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“Cribs with Carson,” Tiny House, Manufactured Homes, Innovative Housing Showcase, National Mall, Washington, D.C. Video Report

June 10th, 2019 No comments
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has kept a relatively low profile since taking office, but he’s excited to show the American people what he’s been doing,” said the Daily Caller, a right-of-center media outlet.

 

The Daily Caller News Foundation traveled to the Innovative Housing Showcase to see what kind of ideas he has cooked up to make housing more affordable,” per DCNF, which provided this video.

 

 

The video begins with “Big Blue,” a tiny house, but finishes with Secretary Carson along with “TheDCNF’s Vince Shkreli as he tours through the strange new housing projects guided by none other than Carson himself. Maybe you’ll find your next home.” 

This DCNF video is a more light-hearted take than other snapshots, apparently aiming this video at a younger audience. Dr. Carson acts as a tour guide, walking through the homes, and describing some features.  In a manufactured home, he turns to a Skyline Champion team member, who provides some additional information. 

More on some behind-the-scenes reveals about this event soon, so check back in. 

That’s a wrap on this Monday morning, pre-dawn installment of News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Anti-Monopolistic or “Antitrust” Action Heating Up in Washington, D.C., What It Could Foreshadow for MHVille

March 7th, 2019 Comments off

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On the left or so-called progressive side of the political aisle, several Democratic candidates for the 2020 race have made strong statements about doing more antitrust action. One of those are linked further below. Then, on the conservative side of the aisle, some Republicans and others are condemning what they see as a trend toward bias by Big Tech that violates their free speech rights.

 

Furthermore, President Donald J. Trump has purportedly had drafted an executive order (EO) on antitrust action. See that prior report, from the linked test image box below the byline and notices.

Against that backdrop, there is talk of how this talk of antitrust could play out in MHVille. That talk about the issue is more behind the scenes of late, but it exists. Some firms, per sources, are shoring up antitrust and other legal experts.

With that, there is a growing move in Washington, D.C. to take a more serious look at antitrust, most of the news revolves around big tech. But it should not be though that it would end there.

There’s discussion, for example, of how Cavco and their SEC woes may or may not include possible antitrust issues.  If so, that could prove difficult for Clayton Homes and their related Berkshire Hathaway manufactured home lenders.

These two videos and the pull quotes from Bloomberg Law, therefore, should be construed not only on the obvious level of big tech. Big Tech also obviously impacts manufactured housing, via marketing and in other ways.

While there is debate back and forth, one could argue that there is growing energy behind antitrust action in Washington and beyond.

So, these videos and the Bloomberg Law commentary should be construed through the lens of how this may play out for members of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

 

 

Antitrust Enforcement in Spotlight at Senate Hearing

  • Posted on Bloomberg Law, at this link here, March 5, 2019, 5:46 AM Updated March 5, 2019, 5:20 PM
  • Senate antitrust hearing comes amid heightened pressure on Alphabet’s Google, Facebook
  • Robert Reich, Joshua Wright testify
  • The Senate’s top Republican [Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)], on antitrust issues March 5 cautioned against using competition law to address growing concerns about big-tech companies.

By contrast, Bloomberg’s recent video discussion, posted below, said the following

Feb.27 — U.S. antitrust enforcers are zeroing in on technology giants following years of criticism that they haven’t done enough to rein in dominant internet companies like Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. The Federal Trade Commission said it’s creating a task force led by senior competition officials and 17 staff lawyers to investigate potentially anticompetitive conduct by technology companies. Matt Stoller, Open Markets Institute fellow, and Bloomberg’s David McLaughlin discuss on “Bloomberg Technology.”

 

 

Note that the Open Market’s folks have taken specific aim at Clayton.  Some tweets are shown below.

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Anti-MH Bigotry, Prejudice, and Possibly Illegal Action on Display in Manufactured Housing’s Birthplace?

September 24th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Indiana in many ways was the ‘birthplace’ of the RV and MH industries. Recreational vehicle (RV) production is still robust in Indiana.

 

Manufactured homes are still built in Indiana too.  But production of manufactured homes has become more diversified.  States like Texas and Alabama far outproduce Indiana.  Oddly – given the industry’s deep history in the state – manufactured housing is often met with resistance and disdain by local jurisdictions, in the very state where the industry was ‘born.’

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Against that backdrop is a recent report from Washington, IN.  The town of some 12,000 is located in the southern part of the state. Their city council is working on an ordinance that targets manufactured homes (MH), which local media and public officials are inaccurately calling ‘trailers’ or ‘mobile homes.’

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There are reportedly two ordinances involved:

  • One required that manufactured homes be placed in land-lease communities, which could be a violation of property rights, and one-or- more federal laws.
  • Another ordinance that would target rental housing that uses manufactured homes.

We have received some concern from the Board of Zoning Appeals and the city Plan Commission about dilapidated trailers1 in the city,” said Mayor Joe Wellman, per the local Washington Times Herald. “Not so much those that are owner-occupied but those that become rental trailers1 and deteriorate rapidly.”

We’ll grandfather in trailers1 that are rentals at the end of the year,” the town’s mayor said. “After that each time a tenant moves out, in order to continue to keep that trailer1 there, would require an occupancy inspection and a certificate for occupancy.”

There is a sizable problem with rental trailers1,” said Mayor Wellman. “I don’t think we have a definitive number, but the number thrown out indicates at least a couple of hundred rental trailers1 in the city.”

We passed an ordinance about a year ago that if you bring one in it needs to go into a mobile home1 park,” stated Wellman. “The city is trying to be cognizant there are some that are owner-occupied that are in good shape.”

I would say, even if they are rentals, and the owner keeps the place up and makes it a good, safe place to live they will be able to rent them,” opined Washington, Indiana’s Mayor Wellman. “It will just require an inspection and certificate of occupancy.”

Local media said that the ordinance will be up for adoption at Monday night’s city council meeting.

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Numerous Potential Legal Issues Mayor Wellman, Ordinance(s) Have Raised

There are several potential issues that this raises.  The tone of the comments could reflect a bigotry or prejudice against manufactured homes and/or their occupants.

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There is no similar description of conventional housing in the local news report.

MHProNews has already and plans to further contact association, attorneys, and other officials – including, but not limited to – the town of Washington, IN, and at the federal level.  Stay tuned. See related reports, linked below. “We Provide, You Decide.” ©  ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

1.    Terminology error – the word ‘trailer’ is in the original. It is unclear from the article if these are mobile homes, post-HUD Code manufactured homes, or a combination of both.

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Inside Washington, Knoxville, Omaha, and Arlington Sept, 2017

September 27th, 2017 Comments off

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In Knoxville and Maryville, from the manufactured housing industry perspective, its Clayton, 21st and VMF watch.

In Arlington, VA – it’s the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) watch.

In Washington, D.C., there’s sadly way too much to watch.

Today, the insider watch could be called “quotable quotes,” and powerful insights. Quotes from:

  • Warren Buffett.
  • Jim Clayton.
  • Sam Zell.
  • Tim Williams.
  • Howard Walker.
  • Nathan Smith.
  • Frank Rolfe.
  • Bob Crawford.
  • Rick Robinson.
  • Marty Lavin.
  • Richard J. “Dick” Jennison.
  • George Allen.

and a host of others.

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ATTOM Data’s Blomquist Spotlights Manufactured Housing Opportunities

August 4th, 2017 Comments off
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Potential home sellers in today’s market are caught in a Catch-22. While it’s the most profitable time to sell in a decade, it’s also extremely difficult to find another home to purchase, which is helping to keep homeowners in their homes longer before selling,” said Daren Blomquist, Senior Vice- President at ATTOM Data Solutions.

And the market is becoming even more competitive, with the share of cash buyers in the second quarter increasing annually for the first time in four years,” Blomquist says.

According to a report by ATTOM Data Solutions, the current tenure for homeowners is 8.05 years, which is up from Q1 2017 when it was 7.85 years.

That’s up from the 7.59 years average from Q2 2016.

With more people staying in their homes longer, and not enough affordable homes being built, the law of supply and demand is at work.  Prices for housing is rising.

While it is providing the biggest returns for sellers since Q3 2007 – currently $51,000 (26 percent) – it’s not creating the best environment for buyers, per RealtyTrac.

An ongoing issue in the greater Seattle area is a lack of supply which is aggressively driving up home prices,” said Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist at Windermere Real Estate, covering the Seattle market.

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The only short-term solution is to build more homes, but thanks to land constraints and construction costs, this simply is not happening at a rate that you would normally expect in a market like this. Unfortunately I do not expect this trend to change until zoning and regulation costs change, which is unlikely in the current political climate,” Gardner said.

Across Southern California we are witnessing concerns over housing affordability keeping homeowners in current homes for longer tenure, and keeping available home inventories low in supply.” said Michael Mahon, president at First Team Real Estate covering the Southern California market.

The Solution No One Seems to See is MH

Manufactured housing would be able to create not a short-term solution, but a long-term one, in the form of affordable housing for the nations most expensive, and in some cases overvalued markets.

With a lower cost of production, the speed at which HUD Code manufactured homes can be made, and the affordable price tag when compared to conventional housing, industry professionals know that this could solve a lot of problems.

So Why Don’t More Manufactured Homes Sell?

In the wake of the Daily Business News’ coverage of Donald Tye Jr. – and his pro-manufactured housing advocacy – he has been contacted by local real estate interests.  Tye says, “They’ve never heard about manufactured housing’s preemption.”

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That’s revealing.

It also demonstrates the work that must be done by pro-growth professionals.

Barry Noffsinger, John Bostick, Mark Weiss, Donald Tye, Jr., Sam Landy, L. A. “Tony” Kovach and a number other professionals have gone on record saying that the industry could be growing at far more rapid pace.

They say that 300,000, 400,000, half a million or more new manufactured home shipments could be achieved, in a sustainable way.

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Is the replacement of Pam Danner – and avoiding Danner’s replacement at HUD by someone like former MHI VP Lois Starkey – going to take place?

For example, in a text by Dick Moore Housing President, Bob Crawford, to MHProNews, he asks, “…is it just me?”  

Speaking about MHI’s former VP, he stated, “…Lois Starkey caught NO heat for [her] time at MHI until the recent flurry, and now she’s working with her BFF, Pam Danner.”
Isn’t that just more of the same?  Is she being groomed to take over for Danner?  Seems like Warren & Cordray,  in a very disturbing replay,” Crawford’s message said.

There is a clear lack of understanding of the manufactured housing industry by many mainstream professionals, public officials, the media, and the general public.

Errors are perpetuated by often inaccurate or negative press in the mainstream media.

The only way to combat such woes are for more industry professionals to speak out every time there are problematic reports in local media.

Yet the umbrella association, the Manufactured Housing Institute, routinely fails the industry in this regard, per veterans…and their own members.

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For years, we have wondered WHY there was so little pro-industry advocacy from MHI to government movements, proposals, rules, etc. that were [often] not in the best interest of this industry.”  Crawford said.

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…MHI – the industry lobby group…what’s with the concept of silence is golden? Negative articles on the industry are met with “no comment.” Positive news opportunities are met with “no comment.” I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Frank Rolfe, in a prior, related statement to MHProNews.

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In a recent Masthead column, publisher L.A. Tony Kovach reflects on the lack of response from MHI on a number of situations including …

  • their lack of a position on Pam Danner and the call to remove her from the position of HUD manufactured housing program administrator,
  • their seeming refusal to defend the industry against the on-going false claims of mainstream media,
  • their habit of misinforming their own members on a number of different issues,

…and more.

Even as we see the housing market improving in some ways – specifically those that benefit sellers – it does nothing to help more people obtain their goal of homeownership while home values continue to rise.

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What Blomquist’s data points to, as Barry Noffsinger’s recently indicated, underscores the opportunities for manufactured housing.  But it won’t fall into the industry’s laps, these industry veterans say.

Will cities like San Jose, and San Francisco, California, and Denver, Colorado embrace manufactured housing as a solution to their affordable housing supply crisis? Or is that unlikely simply because not enough people know and promote the value of this housing alternative? # # (News, analysis.)

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Proposed Manufactured Home Community Faces Hurdles

June 1st, 2017 Comments off
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In a Washington State community, NIMBY is raising its head.

According to the Sequim Gazette, a proposed gated 55 and over manufactured home community, is drawing the ire of Carlsborg residents.

The group, which cites environmental and traffic impacts, says that it has collected 163 signatures on a petition, hoping to delay the project or kill it all together. A hearing on the property is scheduled for today, where community residents will be able to share their concerns.

Clallam County Senior Planner Donella Clark recommended approving the project, with a number of mandates and recommendations ranging from widening the road the community will be on, to installing berms to blend the property in with the neighborhood.

Chris Anderson, owner of CA Homes Inc., says that he intends to build a total of 73 manufactured homes, called CA Homes Mobile Home Park, in three phases over three years.

If I can get it approved, the first phase would include 42-43 homes,” said Anderson.

This is my first foray into modular [sic] homes in my 28-year career.”

Anderson says that when he began operating his business, he was building higher end homes, but when the recession hit, he switched to affordable housing.

And, he sees a huge opportunity in Carlsborg.

There’s a lack of senior living here,” said Anderson.

We’re a retirement community and almost 70 percent of our clientele are retired. There aren’t solutions readily available to them.”

The homes would range from 1200 to 1700 square feet, and sell for between $125,000 to $150,000.

NIMBY Rises

Neighbors who are around the project site say they learned about it from a sign posted on the property earlier this month.

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There’s a perception (by neighbors) that some of the laws have not been followed closely so I think it’s fair for us to point out those discrepancies,” said area resident Charles Meyer.

The more we got looking (at recent planning documents), the more unbelievably inaccurate everything was,” said area resident Debra Stevens, a retired city planner.

Neighbors say that Anderson’s State Environmental Policy Act application is inaccurate, because it doesn’t have up-to-date information on the property.

In Anderson’s application, he states an environmental review for a 21-lot subdivision was completed by the previous owner Tony Glavin in May 2007, which reviewed and agreed upon a study in February 1995 because no development had occurred.

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As of this week, the county says that neighbors have submitted more than 40 comments to the county’s Department of Community Development.

Anderson says that he’s worked closely with Clallam County and other agencies to follow their recommendations.

I understand the neighbors aren’t happy with it,” said Anderson.

I’ve accepted phone calls from people who have called me directly. Neighbors all got to do what they wanted to do on their properties, but I understand I’m not going to make everyone happy.”

In most instances, inaccurate information and misconceptions about manufactured housing communities lead to cases of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard).

As Daily Business News readers are aware, stories pitting developers against residents have been in the news recently, including the case of a proposed MHC in Iberia Parish, Louisiana.

Also, there are instances of “backdoor NIMBY,” where politicians–and the residents who re-elect them–seem to know that developments bring more tax revenue than manufactured home communities, as most recently shown in Palm Beach County, Florida. ##

 

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NFIB Sounds off to Washington on Tax Reform

May 23rd, 2017 Comments off
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The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) tells MHProNews that in a meeting last week, the organization told House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) that small business owners expect comprehensive tax reform this year and that it must feature parity for businesses of every size.

Tax reform has the potential to have an enormously positive impact on small businesses; it is their top priority in 2017,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan.

Given that small businesses account for nearly half of the gross domestic product (GDP) and private sector workforce, and create two out of every three net new jobs, the U.S. economy will not reach its full potential for growth without a robust and flourishing small business sector.”

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As Daily Business News readers are aware, the NFIB has been very vocal about small business taxes, stressing the importance to the American economy.

Tax reform that starts with small business is one of the keys to unleashing a strong American economy. Approximately 75 percent of small business owners are taxed at the individual tax rate, not the corporate tax rate, because their businesses are structured as pass-through entities,” said the NFIB in an April statement.

Tax discrepancies between corporate and individual rates must be addressed in this once-in-a-generation window of opportunity. There is tremendous optimism for this new Congress to repair and simplify a tax code that is holding back our small business economy.

Duggan made that clear to the committee.

To be clear, tax reform should result in a tax code that is easier to comply with, ensures that small businesses have rate parity with their larger competitors, and reduces tax rates for all small businesses. No small business should pay a higher tax rate than they do currently, and small businesses should not face a higher tax rate than large corporations, which would put them at a competitive disadvantage,” said Duggan.

Fortunately, the House Republican tax reform blueprint and the tax reform plan outlined by President Trump take important steps forward toward these goals, and we remain confident that Congress and the Administration will unite behind a tax reform proposal that starts with small business.”

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She also pointed out that small business owners have high expectations for tax reform this year, and that Congress’s failure to deliver could affect the economy.

In April, the Small Business Optimism Index fell to 104.5, as ‘expected business conditions’ dropped significantly. The Committee and Congress must understand that small business owners are paying close attention, and they are making decisions that affect the economy based on how Washington performs. The time to address small business owners’ biggest economic concerns is now,” said Duggan.

Duggan and the NFIB were very vocal and active leading up to, and after the election of President Trump, including a March report about small business optimism being at it’s highest rate in 37 years.

We haven’t seen numbers like this in a long time,” said Duggan at the time.

Small business is ready for a breakout, and that can only mean very good things for the U.S. economy. Business owners are feeling better about taking risks and making investments.

The Daily Business News will continue to follow and report on the progress of tax reform. For more from the NIFB on small business, click here. ##

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Tiny Homes Make Moves North of the Border

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A Mini Homes of Manitoba home. Credit: MetroNews.

In Manitoba, Canada, a company called Mini Homes of Manitoba has been working for nearly two years to make tiny home living legal in the province

According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the goal for company co-founders Anita Munn and her husband, Darrell Manuliak, is to start a tiny home village by teaming up with a group to purchase land with enough interest.

A lot of municipalities are more welcoming to tiny homes, off the wheels and on a foundation,” said Munn, during a meeting at the company’s offices last week.

Then it’s just a matter of applying for a variance on their zoning requirements.”

Munn and Manuliak say they have sold seven tiny homes in the last two years, and have five more currently under construction.

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Anita Munn and Darrell Manuliak. Credit: CBC.

This is not for everyone. There are still people who want a large home, but more and more people are finding they don’t need as much space,” said Munn.

Representatives from Tiny House Festival Foundation, a Vancouver non-profit, were also in attendance at the meeting, and shared additional details on why they believe tiny homes are a solution.

In Vancouver, we’re looking at a situation where the housing crisis is in full swing, and a lot of people are investigating this as an affordable option,” said foundation co-founder Lisa Chessari.

That’s not to say there isn’t a world of difference between a crowded city squeezed between the ocean and mountains on the Pacific coast and Canada’s endless heartland in big sky country. But affordability, sustainability are driving the concept forward.”

For local resident Deborah Lavallier, who owns several acres of land, she likes the concept of creating a community.

I like the idea of like-minded people living together. We could have a community. The land is right on the river — we could have docks, canoes, kayaks, a gazebo, a barbecue. And you’re 10 minutes from the city,” said Lavallier.

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Anita Munn checks out one of the tiny homes. Credit: CBC.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, so called “tiny homes” face an uphill battle, as zoning laws vary widely. And, some potential customers also see challenges in making it work.

We’re looking at downsizing, and we’re looking at tiny homes, but not this tiny,” said Don Magnussen, who was looking at one of Mini Homes of Manitoba’s 342 square foot units.

Maybe 500 to 600 square feet, but we don’t have the land. The problem is finding a place to put these homes.”

 

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While “tiny homes” may be all the rage, people like Don Magnussen are finding that the real value is in a tried and true model.

Unlike tiny homes, which are still struggling with state and local regulations, buyers of manufactured homes generally avoid building code and zoning issues. In Washington State, a law passed in 2005 prevents cities from discriminating against manufactured homes, which has helped to break stereotypes.

Manufactured homes are built to a national code that ensures homes meet basic structural, safety and energy standards,” said Craig Sedlacek, the program manager for the Factory Assembled Structures program at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. The organization conducts building inspections for manufactured homes.

There’s no real definition for a tiny home. It might be built to a local code, a recreational vehicle (RV) code or no code at all. It’s important for buyers to understand what standards a home is built to before they buy it.”

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Manufactured Homes Knock Tiny Homes Down to Size

April 13th, 2017 Comments off
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Kerstin Gillespie’s manufactured home. Credit: Stanwood Camano News.

While “tiny homes” may be all the rage, more and more people are finding that the real value is in a tried and true model.

According to the Northwest Housing Association (NHA) in Olympia, Washington, more and more people who look at tiny homes as an option have discovered manufactured housing not only offers affordability, but also meets meeting zoning, building and life safety standards that many tiny homes do not.

My home is really cute,” said Kerstin Gillespie of Allyn, Washington. She purchased a 586-square-foot manufactured home, placing it on family land to live in while she attends graduate school in nearby Tacoma.

Inside it has 9-foot ceilings, lots of windows and lots of light. I went with a manufactured home because I’d had a good experience buying one before and knew I could move in quickly and get more home for the money.”

Gillespie was able to customize her home, an option that often gets lost among the stereotypes surrounding “mobile homes” or “trailer parks.” HUD Code homes must be at least 400 square feet. The houses compete favorably with the cost of tiny homes; their lower price reflects the efficiencies of being factory built.

Per Stanwood Camano News, unlike tiny homes, which are still struggling with state and local regulations, buyers of manufactured homes generally avoid building code and zoning issues in Washington State, as it passed a law in 2005 preventing cities from discriminating against these manufactured homes.

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The inside of a Fourleaf Properties manufactured home in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Candy’s Dirt.

Manufactured homes are built to a national code that ensures homes meet basic structural, safety and energy standards,” said Craig Sedlacek, the program manager for the Factory Assembled Structures program at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. The organization conducts building inspections for manufactured homes.

There’s no real definition for a tiny home. It might be built to a local code, a recreational vehicle (RV) code or no code at all. It’s important for buyers to understand what standards a home is built to before they buy it.”

Sedlacek also points out that the standards cover important questions about where a home can be located and whether it meets health and safety standards.

One big trend we are seeing is an increased demand for smaller, well-designed floor plans,” said Kevin McShane, sales manager for the Fleetwood Homes plant in Oregon.

The tiny home term is used a lot, but we find that homes under 300 square feet are too small for most people. Floor plans with 500 to 1,000 square feet of living space are now about a third of our business and growing.”

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Manufactured Home Community Suffers Setback

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Resident Jim Ott reviews damage. Credit: News Tribune.

In Puyallup, Washington, the stereotypes surrounding manufactured versus site built housing are playing out in a less than ideal way.

Literally, it stinks.

Residents of Elmwood Mobile Manor watched a new neighborhood come together, dubbed Stewart Crossing, and they thought it would be a great addition. Little did they know that it would create major issues with water.

According to the News Tribune, residents say that, due to federal flood-prevention requirements, the developer of Stewart Crossing raised the ground level between three and four feet. Now the community is the lowest spot in the immediate neighborhood and it threatens to make their homes uninhabitable.

Due to the raising, several homes’ septic systems have failed, drinking water may be contaminated and areas flood when it rains.

For Jesus Arvilla’s and his family, it’s coming to them using a porta-potty because their septic tank failed.

Every time they pumped it, it would fill with water five minutes later,” said Arvilla.

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Jesus Arvilla outside of his home. Credit: News Tribune.

When we want to take a shower, we have to go to my auntie’s house.”

That water has largely saturated the community’s septic system drain fields, and filled some septic tanks. That means that sewage has no place to go.

They elevated the land all around us,” said resident Eli Berniker. “Because they elevated it, the water in our park [sic] is raised. And it’s causing a problem with our septic tanks because they can’t drain properly.

Residents say that they have spent more than $80,000 trying to solve the problem, by creating a new drainage mound on what was formerly the park’s guest parking lot. That system handles the sewage from two homes and possibly has capacity for a third. But the community has no money and no land to expand the new system.

Other neighbors of the Stewart Crossing development have also complained, and took those complaints to a city council meeting last week.

We all know we have a problem,” said David Toomey, owner of Toomey Auto Electric.

I have two questions: What the hell are you going to do about it? And how soon are you going to do it?

The council removed the approval of the Stewart Crossing plats from the agenda and asked the city’s engineers to come up with a solution.

Kurt Wilson, owner of Stewart Crossing, said that he is sympathetic to Elmwood residents and would work with them to solve the problem. Wilson also believes that exceptionally heavy rains have not helped.

Twelve months’ worth of rain in four months,” said Wilson.

The park’s [sic] septic systems are old and don’t meet modern codes. Stewart Crossing has followed city rules to the letter.

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Lance Gauthum pumps a septic tank at Elmwood, while talking to Jim Ott. Credit: New Tribune.

Puyallup Mayor John Hopkins said that the city, residents and developer are all working hard on a solution, which includes bringing in a specialist.

Our engineers aren’t groundwater experts, so we’re asking an expert to tell us what’s wrong,” said Hopkins.

Wilson and the city worked last weekend to pump out residents’ septic tanks in an effort to buy time.

One of those septic systems, which served two homes, failed during the pumping.

Elmwood resident James Ott summed up the situation.

We’re being run out of town without a gun,” said Ott.We need to put our thinking caps on now how to fix this solution.” ##

 

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