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MHC Community Owners Seek Code Changes

February 7th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Bismarck Tribune.

In Bismarck, North Dakota, affordable housing is of vital importance.

And, according to the Bismarck Tribune, a group of manufactured home community owners are petitioning the city commission for the creation of a task force to keep manufactured home community living affordable.


These homes represent the most affordable unsubsidized housing in Bismarck,” the letter from community owners reads.

Unfortunately, Bismarck’s city policies unfairly burden the affordability of manufactured homes and impose on these homeowners costs which other homeowners are not asked to bear.

According to Myron Atkinson, spokesman for the group, and owner of Tatley Meadows, the issue is the manner in which costs for water, sewer, property taxes and other services are calculated.

The current calculation leads to a higher price per unit for those living in manufactured home communities versus those in other residential properties.

For example, sewer service is charged at a rate of $2.41 per unit for those with one to four families on a meter,” said Atkinson.


Credit: MH Village.

For those with five or more on a meter, the rate is $2.92 per unit, meaning mobile home [sic] owners pay a higher rate even though they each own their homes individually.

Atkinson shared that some progress has been made over the last year but there are still discrepancies.

Manufactured home owners were specially assessed at 200 percent of a special assessment basis, compared to 100 percent for a single-family dwelling.

While that percentage has been reduced to 150 percent, it’s still an issue for Atkinson.

We want our people treated like every other homeowner,” said Atkinson.

We [MHC operators] are expecting a sudden change in sanitary sewer rates being affected by federal environmental regulations, with rates expected to go from $2.56 to $2.92. It’s going to make a real difference in what rent increase is going to have to be.

And that rent increase has MHC owners concerned. Atkinson is estimating he will have to raise rents $15 per month just due to the sanitary sewer rates. By comparison, he says that he usually tries to keep increases below 3 percent annually as he adjusts for rising costs in employee salaries and services.

If you’ve got affordable housing, you should keep it affordable,” said Atkinson.

While the group has not heard back from city commissioners, Atkinson said that they are hopeful for a response soon, and that the proposed task force would include both residents and owners working with the city to find solutions to the challenges. ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.

Shock-resistant Homes

January 5th, 2012 Comments off

A report from the BOI Fair 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand, says the Siam Cement Group (SCG) of Thailand is looking to invest five billion dollars in Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, countries where it already has a strong presence. As BusinessMirror tells, in keeping with the theme of the event, “Going Green for the Future”, SCG is showcasing its SCG HEIM, promoting human value as well as meeting consumer demand. Utilizing a steel skeletal construction, this modular home building system is designed to withstand a 7.0 earthquake 300 kilometres from the epicenter. SCG also developed a cylindrical housing unit made of innovative cement with high shock resistance to earthquakes, explosions, as well as massive water and wind storms. Their most recent item, termed Shield-Life, is a strong, solar-paneled polyethylene shelter useful for disaster relief. This annual manufacturing show was originally scheduled for November but was postponed due to a typhoon just north of Bangkok.

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FEMA Homes: Drafty in ND

December 29th, 2011 Comments off

Following the floods last Spring that destroyed many Minot, North Dakota, homes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) brought in manufactured housing for hundreds of residents. Although the winter so far has been mild, residents say their heating bills are two and three times more than in their original homes, according to KFYRTV. Nathan Routhier, who is repairing his flood-damaged home, says it is warmer than his temporary FEMA home, which has a cross-wind. Kevin Martin, of Ralph’s Plumbing and Heating in Minot, says the higher electric bills are partly due from heating the tape that protects the outdoor water pipes. Noting this may not be sufficient to keep the pipes from bursting, he says, “It’s hard to take something of that nature, plug it into the prairie and expect it not to freeze. I don’t think it can take extreme cold.” FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Deanne Chriswell, while noting the temporary homes are not as comfortable as an actual house, believes they will endure the ND winters, but offers a phone number in case the pipes fail.

(Photo credit: KFYRTV)

MHC Ownership: Good Retirement Income

December 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Frank Rolfe, CEO of MHC owner American Home Communities, LP, writes in NuWireInvestor that buying a small manufactured home community for retirement income is a feasible way to maintain a reasonable standard of living. Given that safe investments only give you a return of two percent, you need $3,000,000 in order to earn $60,000 a year. Noting that only 60 percent of Americans have sufficient resources to comfortably retire, Rolfe suggests buying a 30-100 homesite ‘”mobile home park” valued at $500,000 with 5-20 percent down can return an income of $60,000. Many communities have close to 100 percent occupancy, and it’s an affordable housing market for which the demand, especially in a recession era, is ongoing. He says you do not have buildings to maintain and upgrade, only water and sewer service to keep flowing and roads to keep solid. Noting the importance of being fair to the residents, it nevertheless costs $3,000 to move a manufactured home; and even if you do lose a few, raising the rent $20 a month on a 50 unit MHC will bring in $1000 more each month. The days of a ten percent return on your IRA or mutual fund investment are gone.

(Photo credit: TriStar Estates)