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Done! AG Bag$ Manufactured Modular Home Retailer

April 15th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Attorney General (AG) Lawrence Wasden has announced the conclusion of a consumer protection lawsuit against manufactured home retailer Hathaway Homes Group, LLC, and its former owner, Paul J. Hathaway,” the Idaho AG’s Office told the Daily Business News on MHProNews.Judgments entered…in Fremont County District Court restrict Hathaway Homes and Hathaway from doing business in Idaho.”

 

Reporting on the same case, “More than a dozen former customers told the Post Register in recent years they were treated unfairly by Hathaway Homes Group. They said Hathaway cheated them in one way or another.” Hathaway declined comment.

According to the Idaho State Journal:

  • Hathaway Homes Group and All Terrain LLC (another company that Hathaway owned) and Hathaway himself are undergoing Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.
  • Recent court documents show continued liquidation efforts. Wells Fargo moved to repossess Hathaway’s office in St. Anthony. And auctions are being held for property that Hathaway owned through his businesses.
  • The liquidations are attempting to repay the millions of dollars of debts that Hathaway owes to his former creditors, the largest of which (about $3.8 million) is owed to TAG Lending in Utah.
  • According to an April 2018 court disclosure document, creditors had unsecured claims against Hathaway and his businesses totaling more than $8.2 million.”

 

Here is the balance of the media statement, continued from the above, from the Idaho AG’s office.

 

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On March 29, 2019, Hathaway signed a settlement agreement with the Office of the Attorney General. The settlement and final judgment were filed for the court’s approval on April 9. Once approved and the final judgment signed, starting May 1, Hathaway will be prohibited from:

  • advertising or selling new or used manufactured homes to Idaho consumers or misrepresenting his authorization to do so; and
  • advertising or selling new or used manufactured homes from within Idaho, unless he’s properly licensed and works under a state-licensed business entity.

“The financial and emotional toll Mr. Hathaway’s alleged fraudulent actions have had on consumers cannot be quantified,” Wasden said. “While the conclusion of this case does not restore what consumers lost, it is intended to prevent Mr. Hathaway from causing others similar harm in the future.”

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division started its investigation in early 2017. Hathaway customers reported hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses. Customers alleged that Hathaway Homes accepted their down payments for new, unbuilt manufactured and modular homes that were never ordered from manufacturers. Customers also alleged Hathaway misrepresented the conditions of his used homes and failed to perform the warranty work on his installed homes.

Wasden filed a lawsuit against Hathaway Homes and Hathaway under the Idaho Consumer Protection Act in September 2018. Hathaway Homes, which was under the control of a bankruptcy trustee, did not appear in the case, and a default judgment was entered on April 2, 2019. The default judgment prohibits Hathaway Homes from doing business in Idaho except to the extent necessary to complete the bankruptcy matter.

Wasden’s office will monitor Hathaway’s future business activities. Anyone who observes Hathaway violating the settlement may file a complaint with the office.

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Inducted in Gala Ceremonies

August 13th, 2018 Comments off

 

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The Class of 2018 includes: (Back row left to right) Bill Wilson, Cherry Hill Mobile Home Park and Indian Hill Estates; Roger Faulkner, General Coach Canada; Mike Cirillo, Star Management; John Evans, CMHI. (Front row left to right) Derald Bontrager, Jayco, Inc.; Joan Cohron, accepting for Darrel/Harrel Cohron, Dealer and Community Owner; Becky Lenington, PA RV and Camping Association; Carol Mix, accepting for Gub Mix, Association Executive; Dan Pearson, Pleasureland RV; Gregg Fore, Dicor Corporation

 

ELKHART, Ind., — “Over 400 industry leaders, friends, colleagues and guests gathered at RV/MH Hall of Fame  last night (August 6,  2018)  to help celebrate the induction of the Class of 2018 into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall),” said the hall in a statement to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

The RV industry inductees include Derald Bontrager, Jayco Corporation; Roger Faulkner, General Coach Canada; Gregg Fore, Dicor Corporation; Rebecca (Becky) Lenington, Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association; Daniel R Pearson; Pleasureland RV,” per Ryan Szklareks.

On the manufactured housing side, the inductees include Michael A. Cirillo, Star Management: Darrel Cohron and Harrel Cohron (deceased), Cohron’s Manufactured Homes; John Evans, California Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI); Gub Mix, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona State MH Associations; Bill Wilson, Cherry Hill Homes, Inc.,” said Szklareks.

Before the induction ceremonies, Hall President Darryl Searer, said in his “Annual State of the Hall” address, “Besides this being our 46th year in existence, this is our eleventh year at this beautiful location and my seventh State of the Hall address.  I’m excited as we continue to make great progress in all areas of the operation. Income is up and expenses are down. Our debt continues to be paid down at an aggressive pace, and we are financially stable and operating in the black. But we still have a very small amount of debt.”

I can now announce with certainty that on or before December 31st of this year we will be debt free!  We would never have been able to achieve this goal without all companies and individuals that have made this goal possible by their generous donations.  I especially thank those who have contributed to the Kevin Clayton Debt Reduction program which started less than four years ago is now at 98 percent of its $1 million goal. Thank you all.”

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2018 RVMH Heritage Foundation’s Darryl Searer Spirit Award honoree Jim Scoular (r) accepts the award from Foundation President Darryl Searer(l).

Searer also presented the 2018 RV/MH Heritage Foundation’s “Darryl Searer Spirit Award” to Jim Scoular.  The Spirit Award is an annual award to honor the person who has demonstrated his or her desire and dedication to further the legacy of our great heritage.

In making the presentation Searer said, “Jim Scoular is no stranger to the Hall of Fame. He is the second generation to be involved on the board of directors and has been instrumental in making sure the Hall of Fame remains the shining star of both the RV & MH Industries for many years to come.”

Searer pointed out that when it looked like the Hall of Fame could become a thing of the past. He said, “Jim rejoined the board of directors and did something about it. Today our financial worries are behind us thanks to this man’s concern and love for the Hall.

“He also has been the driving force behind the temporary Scoular MH Museum now available for all to enjoy.”

 

Extended Bios

 

Derald Bontrager

Jayco, Inc.

Indiana

RV

Derald Bontrager has dedicated his career to the advancement and betterment of the RV industry and has done so by leading with integrity, passion, and a desirable work ethic. He is one that many respect and admire as a mentor for his strength and determination to always do what is right, not just profitable. Not only has he led Jayco through several economic down turns to come out stronger on the other side, but has been actively involved in RVIA for many years, serving as members of various committees, the Executive Board, and Chairman of the Board.

 

Michael A. Cirillo

Star Management

California

Manufactured Housing

 

Mike Cirillo has been an institution in the MHRV world in California and Nevada for years, and now after 35 years he is dedicating a huge amount of time to educate a new generation of MHRV leaders with Pacific Current Partners. Whether with park residents, vendors, or clients, Mike consistently shows incredible patience and professionalism, striving always to make the right decision and treating his stakeholders with the utmost respect. With his hands-on approach, Mike leads by example every step of the way.

 

Darrel/Harrel Cohron

Dealer and Community Owner

Indiana

Manufactured Housing

 

Darrel and Harrel operate a manufactured housing dealership and have developed six different communities outside of Indianapolis. These communities represent 1800 sites. They were in at the start of the mobile home community business and worked hard to maintain a good image. Their communities represent a lifestyle that is attractive, clean, and safe for their residents. The Cohron’s dealership and communities are ranked highly as a family owned Manufactured Housing business in America.

 

John Evans

CMHI

California

Manufactured Housing

 

John Evans definitely has earned the reputation for his values, morals, and hard work for the Manufactured Housing Industry. John began his career with Phillips Industry. After a stint with Elixir Industries, he returned to Phillips where he stayed until he joined the Kinro family in its west coast expansion. John was instrumental in helping the company’s growth in the manufactured housing industry in California and Idaho. His hard work, perseverance, and many contributions have been recognized several times with industry awards from various associations.

 

Roger Faulkner

General Coach Canada

Ontario

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Roger Faulkner has been one of, if not, the most recognized individual contributor and influence of the Canadian RV Industry for over 25 years. Like in the United States, the great recession almost completely decimated RV Manufacturing in Canada, but Roger’s vision, persistence and commitment towards maintaining the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association ensured that the CRVA remained a vital component of the North American RV Industry. CRVA would not be in the same regard as it is today without Roger’s dedication and tireless efforts in the RV Industry in Canada.

 

 

Gregg Fore

Dicor Corporation

Indiana

RV

 

Gregg’s leadership as president of Dicor led to many new innovative products for the RV OEM and aftermakerts. He has distinguished himself during his 42-year RV Industry career as a highly successful businessman, community leader, National Industry Association volunteer executive, and RV Industry promoter. His During Gregg’s term as RVIA Chairman he led the Association to be more inclusive of all interests in the industry resulting in much improved communication, cooperation and team effort leading to a much stronger RV Industry. Gregg has led with grace, humility and respect.

Rebecca Lenington

PA RV and Camping Association

Pennsylvania

RV

 

Rebecca Lenington is synonymous to RVing in Pennsylvania. She has truly dedicate her life to making sure Pennsylvania has one of the strongest RV and camping industries in the country. Whether it involves the RV show, education or legislative work, Rebecca made it her life’s mission to see that the industry she cares so much about is a success. With Rebecca’s leadership, PRVCA has been able to gather members from all segments of the industry to share a common table, put personal agendas aside, and work for the good of the industry.

 

Gub Mix

Association Executive

Utah

Manufactured Housing

 

There are state executives and then there is Gub Mix. He was the rare industry veteran that went on to become a state executive. In fact, at one time he simultaneously lead four state associations – Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. Gub was a voice of reason and a constant industry promoter. Northwest Pride was followed by the creation of the National Congress in Las Vegas. He correctly saw that there was no national convention for manufactured housing and Las Vegas was the perfect venue. The National Congress grew quickly and became the place to be each Spring.

 

Daniel R Pearson

Pleasureland RV

Minnesota

RV

 

Dan Pearson started his RV industry career at Pleasureland RV as a lot/parts runner in 1975, also did various jobs in the parts and detail area. He transferred into sales and eventually became Sales Manager. In 1982 he became president and has served in that role ever since. He has taken the dealership with one location to multiple locations. Time and again, he has proven to be a strong and loyal RV industry advocate. His years of service to RVDA and his skills in industry relations have always been impressive.

 

Bill Wilson

Cherry Hill Mobile Home Park and Indian Hill Estates

Kentucky

Manufactured Housing

 

Through the years, Bill Wilson unselfishly volunteered countless hours of personal time to represent KMHI and MHI, as well as the industry, on important issues and legislation that shaped the present and future of the industry. His expertise and very personal experiences in the retail business and industry was a great asset for his business, as well as the association and the industry. Bill has a passion to make this industry as great as it can. ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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“Last Call” 2018 RV/MH Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

July 5th, 2018 Comments off

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The RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Annual Induction Dinner celebrating the Class of 2018 is only a month away,” according to Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Heritage Foundation.

 

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Searer said, “We are on track to break the all-time attendance record for our induction dinner so I urge anyone planning to attend to register now to insure quality seating for the event.”

The induction ceremony will be held on August 6, 2018, at the Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Indiana.

The 2018 Induction Dinner celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar cocktail party, followed by the dinner and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Searer said that “I hope all the friends and colleagues of the inductees and industry members will join us in honoring these outstanding industry pioneers who have had a major impact on our professions and lives.”

This year’s class includes five members of the RV industry and six from the manufactured housing industry.

The RV industry inductees include Derald Bontrager, Jayco Corporation; Roger Faulkner, General Coach Canada; Gregg Fore, Dicor Corporation; Rebecca (Becky) Lenington, Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association; Daniel R Pearson; Pleasureland RV.

On the manufactured housing side, the inductees include Michael A. Cirillo, Star Management: Darrel Cohron and Harrel Cohron (deceased), Cohron’s Manufactured Homes; John Evans, California Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI); Gub Mix, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona State MH Associations; Bill Wilson, Cherry Hill Homes, Inc.

Searer added that “This event is truly a major industry affair. It not only honors the inductees who have attained a major milestone in the lives and careers; it’s also an opportunity to network with industry leaders who normally attend the event.” ## (News, event, and announcement.)

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News February 12th 2017 to February 19th 2017

February 19th, 2017 Comments off

sunday-morning-weekly-manufactured-home-pro-news-recap-1-4-to-1-10-2015-mhpronews-com-A new month means new-featured articles on the MHProNews.com home page.

This month’s theme? Frank, Frustrations and Free Enterprise February in MHLand, 2017.

To see the line-up of over 3-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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Container-MODs Once Moved Cargo, Will Now Provide Homes for Veterans

 

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Saturday February 18th, 2017

 

NAHB Home Builder Confidence Report Released

 

 

Friday February 17th, 2017

 

Community Owners, Residents, Agree on Bill

 

UMH Up, Manufactured Housing CV Down, Broader Markets Rise

 

New Modular Housing Project Unveiled

 

Homeowner Survey: Location Matters

 

Small Business Optimism Index: January Results

 

 

 

Thursday February 16th, 2017

 

MHC Residents Face Uncertain Future

 

LPX, LCI, Manufactured Housing CV Up, Broader Markets Mixed

 

No End in Sight? Trump Cheers Stock Market Streak

 

Killam Properties Reports Q4, 2016 Earnings

 

Modular Construction Helps to House Veterans

 

 

Wednesday February 15th, 2017

 

Duty to Serve (DTS) Manufactured Housing “Confidential Documents,” Draft and Downloads, FHFA, GSEs

 

Proposed Death Blows to CFPB Put Forward

 

UFPI, Manufactured Housing CV Soar, Broader Markets On Record Streak

 

Modular Company Purchased Out of Bankruptcy

 

After Fight, MHC Gets Green Light

 

Nation Looks to Shipping Containers for Migrant Housing

 

 

 

Tuesday February 14th, 2017

 

State Makes Move to Combine Housing Divisions

 

Deer Valley Soars, Manufactured Housing CV Down, Broader Markets Up

 

Landmarkers send Aluminaire House Packing from NY to CA

 

Manufactured Home Resident Scholarships Due

 

Stopped Before They Can Start? MHC Develop Stalled

 

 

Monday February 13th, 2017

 

MHC Gets Reprieve – But for How Long?

 

SKY, Cavco Up, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Rise

 

Industry Lender Announces Name Change

 

Future Looks Bleak for MHC

 

Manufactured Housing – Hope for Ownership Versus Rentals?

 

 

Sunday February 12th, 2017

 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News February 5th 2017 to February 12th 2017

 

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Community Owners, Residents, Agree on Bill

February 17th, 2017 Comments off
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In Utah, the relationship between manufactured home community owners and residents has been a long-standing, and well known battle.

But recently, what some on both sides are calling “a miracle” has taken place.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, those who support resident and community owner rights have joined forces to support a bill to better define the rights of each group.

HB236 was endorsed on an 8-1 vote Wednesday by the House Business and Labor Committee, and was sent to the full House for consideration.

As further proof the day of miracles is not over, we are in full support of the bill,” said Mike Ostermiller, who represents the Utah Housing Alliance of Mobile Home Park Owners.

Our group also supports HB236 and believes it clarifies some rights of tenants, including the right to sue park [sic] owners and collect attorney fees if they win,” said Connie Hill, who represents the Utah Coalition of Manufactured Homeowners.

Rep. Bruce Cutler, (R-Murray), the bill’s sponsor, says that it takes some small steps that all sides agree on, but not the much larger steps that both sides have sought through the years.

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I started working on the bill seeking a home run, but that’s not going to go anywhere. So let’s see if we can at least get halfway to first base. And I think that’s about where we are,” said Cutler.

Provisions in the bill include requiring a written lease between home and community owners, which recent court decisions said were not mandated by rule of existing law.

With the bill, failure of a homeowner to negotiate and sign a lease could be grounds for eviction. If a community owner fails to live up to promised terms, homeowners could sue for damages and attorney fees.

Being able to collect attorney fees is important because most mobile-home [sic] owners do not have much money and have been unable to pursue such legal action,” said Hill.

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Other provisions outlaw so called “unconscionable” actions and rules by community owners, such as community owners blocking residents selling their homes to new owners by refusing to rent to them, because they wanted to buy and rent the homes themselves at lower prices.

A legal help line for community owners and residents that had been operated for two years by the University of Utah law school would also be terminated as a part of the bill, and those running it recommended its termination, saying it was not working as intended. ##

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GOP Senators to President-elect Trump: Fire CFPB Head Richard Cordray!

January 11th, 2017 Comments off
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Republican Senators Bob Sasse (Neb.) and Mike Lee (Utah) penned a strongly worded letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Monday, urging President-elect Donald Trump to remove Director Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB).

It’s time to fire King Richard,” said Sasse, who also serves as a member of the Senate Banking Committee.

Underneath the CFPB’s Orwellian acronym is an attack on the American idea that the people who write our laws are accountable to the American people. President-elect Trump has the authority to remove Mr. Cordray and that’s exactly what the American people deserve.

According to CNN, the CFPB has declined to comment on the letter, but has said recently said that Cordray “has no plans to step down” and noted he was confirmed in 2013 by a bipartisan group of 66 senators.

That confirmation followed President Obama’s controversial recess appointment of Cordray in 2012.

The Daily Business News has followed the CFPB saga closely, including their involvement in the Wells Fargo case and a D.C. circuit court ruling that deemed the organization unconstitutional due to it’s lack of independent oversight.

The Constitution was written to protect the American people from unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats, said Senator Lee. “Considering the damage CFPB has done to credit unions and community banks, President Trump should act quickly to remove the director.

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There are also those who have worked with the organization that see it as successful.

The CFPB ‘remarkably successful’ under Cordray,” said Patricia McCoy, a Boston College Law School professor who oversaw CFPB mortgage policy in 2011. McCoy pointed to the Wells Fargo case as evidence.

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Daily Business News readers who have followed the history of the CFPB understand that the CFPB was not the lead agency in the case and during the time the events took place in 2011, the CFPB charter basically only allowed it to police the activity of big banks.

It did not catch the Wells Fargo activity at that time.

The Senators conclude the letter with an impassioned plea.

President Trump has the power to protect the American idea from this destructive view by removing Director Cordray. Director Cordray’s removal will be the first marker in the long process of rolling-back an agency that combines the powers of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches into the hands of a few unaccountable Washington elites.

The full letter is linked here. ##

(Editor’s Note: MHLivingNews has closely followed Director Cordray’s testimony, see the video linked here – his interesting statements on manufactured home loans..)

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Tiny Houses on Planning and Development director’s radar

September 21st, 2016 Comments off

alpinetinyhomes-credit-postedmanufacturedhousingindustrydailybusinessnewsmhpronewsTiny house heat has spread to the small community of Vineyard, Utah, where a regulator is working on ways to keep up with this housing innovation and related demand.

Located about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, Vineyard is known for its rural feel, lakefront views and convenient location to city amenities. Now, it’s exploring how to solve the challenge of a gray area in housing regulations.

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vineyardplanningcommunitydevelopmentdirectormorganbrim-linkedin-posteddailybusinessnewsmhpronewsWhen you deal with tiny homes there is a lot of gray area and that’s kind of the frustration with the tiny home community,” said Morgan Brim, planning and development director for Vineyard.

Tiny homes tend to be on the fringe of the local zoning laws.”

 The city codes regarding tiny homes are in question.

Tiny houses are not, in most cases, considered to be the same as a traditional house, but they are not typically considered to be RV’s or mobile homes, they aren’t HUD Code manufactured homes, nor are they usually modular or prefab homes either. This presents a challenge for Vineyard in finding a legal place to put them.

As Vineyard considers changes to its municipal code to allow tiny homes a place in the city, like other municipalities in Utah, officials are still trying to figure out how, where and how many.

We’re not in favor of it, we’re not against it. We’re simply doing research on it,” Brim said.

A potential solution appears to be forming with the creation of the Utah County Tiny Home Coalition (UCTHC), a forum for city planners, community leaders and others to discuss tiny housing solutions. According to the organizations Facebook page, the group meets monthly.

All of this comes at a time where manufacturing is booming for Vineyard based Alpine Tiny Homes, a custom tiny homebuilder.

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Keeping up with the demand is the biggest challenge, Alpine Tiny Homes owner Boyd Riding said, leading to what he says is a waiting list for the company’s homes.

Riding shared that most of his buyers are ditching their traditional homes and downsizing to just a few hundred square feet. The whole idea of a tiny house is to have less and to literally live simply, you don’t need all of the stuff in your home,” Riding said.

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Riding added that they average tiny homebuyer is debt free and well educated; They’re the kind of neighbor you would probably want to have.”

As it stands now, tiny homes have an easier time receiving permits in rural Utah counties, who have a permits process in place for the homes. Summit, Wasatch and Garfield counties all currently have a process for tiny homes in place.

Regular Daily Business News readers understand that this placement issue for tiny houses isn’t limited to Utah. Tiny houses have attracted some manufactured home producers to the niche, using homes that may be built to ANSI/RV standards. Municipalities throughout the U.S. are working to figure out proper zoning laws to handle the way that homes are built in the modern age and exactly what the differences are.

Manufactured homes can be financed, have federal preemption and are built to federally supervised standards. Those facts suggest that the tiny house movement ought to be a wake up call within and beyond of the ranks of manufactured housing professionals; if tiny houses are cool – why aren’t manufactured homes seen as being at least as hip?  ##

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Long Island Manufactured Home Community gets Low Marks from Residents

March 18th, 2015 Comments off

manufactured homes  abandoned   kaitlyn walsh  northfieldnews creditA group of community members and elected officials have organized a summit to discuss crime, lease violations and illegal rentals at Lakewood manufactured home community in Riverhead, New York on Long Island.

Promoted as a 55-and-over community, residents have complained to management as well as local officials of drug sales, gunshots, hypodermic needles and human waste littering the community, but allegedly to no avail. In addition, under age 55 squatters have moved into some of the units as well as families with school-age children, although the leases signed by residents allege it is a community for only seniors.

As riverheadlocal tells MHProNews, residents say the community has gone downhill since Kingsley Management Corp. bought the community in 2011, with complaints of prostitution and filthy, decaying abandoned homes. When residents complained of a tree they thought was in danger of falling, they allegedly were told to take care of the problem themselves.

Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio says there is a lot of fear in the community, noting, “We can’t expect anyone to live in conditions like this, let alone our seniors. There are basic things that should be taken care of as a property owner who is renting space to occupants.

Residents say they have complained to management, including the corporate office in Utah, but they say management is not responsive. Community management says they are taking violators to court, and are enforcing the rules and lease provisions.

The town can bring violations of code enforcement against the community management but has no control over lease provisions. MHProNews sent an email to Kingsley in Utah ahead of this publication seeking comment on the riverheadlocal article but did not receive a response. ##

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Regional Fed Head Says Interest Rate Will Remain Low

July 1st, 2014 Comments off

John Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, while expressing optimism the economy is well on its way to recovery, says the Fed will need to keep interest rates near zero until the middle of next year. Speaking to members of the Utah and Montana Bankers Association, he said with inflation rising back to normal levels, unemployment falling and economic growth returning, the Fed is tapering its stimulative bond-buying program and intends to end it this fall. The Fed’s swollen balance sheet of over $4 trillion will hopefully shrink at some point to contain no mortgage-backed securities, according to reuters.com. Williams predicts gross domestic product (GDP) will grow more than three percent through the end of this year, as unemployment falls to six percent, eventually dropping to 5.5 percent by the end of 2015, as MHProNews understands. ##

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Utah Programs Help With Down Payments

April 3rd, 2012 Comments off

Utah State Capital Eric Miller PhotoFrom Salt Lake City, the Associated Press and the Examiner, MHProNews.com learns that Utah Governor Gary Herbert recently announced a plan to help would-be homeowners with downpayments. Two new mortgage loan programs at the Utah Housing Corporation are available to first-time home buyers and repeat buyers with credit issues or a lack of savings. The HomeAgain Loan will allow people to qualify for a second mortgage of up to six percent of the home’s purchase price. In addition a Score Loan is available for buyers with a credit score of 620 or higher to qualify for a second mortgage of up to four percent of the purchase price. Manufactured homes on a permanent foundation qualify.

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