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Bad Actor Ferreted Out? MHC Draws Media Attention

May 2nd, 2017 Comments off

A downed tree at the Highland Woods community. Credit: WSAV.

In Chatham County, Georgia, a “voice of the viewer” report on a local TV station appears to have uncovered a bad actor.

According to WSAV TV, their coverage of lingering storm damage that was causing safety concerns for residents of the Highland Woods Mobile Home Park led to a county inspector paying a visit.


We found a lengthy violation history at Highland Woods long before the hurricane hit,” said Bob Sebek, Chatham County’s Zoning Administrator.

Thirteen year resident Carla Law contacted the TV station to report that a home behind hers, smashed by a tree, remained wide open more than six months after the incident.


Resident Carla Law. Credit: WSAV.

I’m thrilled about the fast response from the inspectors,” said Law.

I think she’s taking pictures of the abandoned homes that, broken glasses are out of, the broken windows, the doors not being secured.”

And, there’s the violation history.

Highland Woods had 88 violations on record since 2002. Last year there were 10, 14 violations were cited in 2015, and in 2014 the trailer park [sic] received 48 violations,” said Sebek.

Law says that A & W Ventures, the company that owns and operations Highland Woods, would address required fixes by performing just enough maintenance to meet code.

They boarded up a few windows and they’ve nailed a few doors shut, and like I said, they do enough to pass what they have to pass,” said Law.

Resident Joan Wells also received an interesting response when she took her issues to the management office in the community

I was told to work it out with her neighbors,” said Wells.

It may be my neighbor, but it’s not my job to go and tell my neighbor, what to do their house or their yard…because I do not rent lots.”


Credit: WSAV.

Sebek says that he spent more than an hour on site at Highland Woods, and that the evidence collected is being processed.

The record indicates the management historically waits until they’re on the verge of a court appearance before violations are addressed and brought up to code,” said Sebek.

Calls to A & W Ventures by MHProNews for comment were not returned.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, the majority of manufactured home community owners strive to run clean, safe communities and adhere to all of the rules. Occasionally, there are those that look to take advantage, and we have covered a number of stories of so-called “bad actors,” including a recent case in Chapmanville, West Virginia. That story is linked here. ##


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Modular Builder Acquires Retailer, Misconceptions Corrected

February 7th, 2017 Comments off

A Nationwide Home model, like the ones sold at Silverpoint Homes. Credit: Triad Business Journals.

Silverpoint Homes, a West Virginia-based company that specializes in the sale and construction of modular houses, is the new owner of the former Nationwide Homes of the Triad in Whitsett, North Carolina.

According to Triad Business Journal, this is the second location for Silverpoint Homes in the state, with the other located in Lincolnton. 

Most of the business will remain the same as it has been for more than a decade. Silverpoint will continue to sell nothing but Nationwide Homes,” said Adam Peterson, general manager of Silverpoint’s Whitsett location.

Silverpoint will retain former employees, including three sales representatives, a site coordinator and an administrator. We hire subcontractors for construction work, which includes building foundations, porches and completing interior work once a modular home has been placed.

We’re very busy,” said Peterson. “The real estate market is very good at the moment.


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Peterson also shared his thoughts on many people not understanding the difference between modular and manufactured homes, which included incorrect statements made by Peterson himself.

Modular homes are built inside a factory in modules, which are then trucked to construction sites. Cranes are used to set the modules on permanent foundations. Construction of modular homes must comply with the N.C. Residential Building Code.” said Peterson.

By comparison, manufactured houses are built on a non-removable steel chassis and are held to a less-stringent building code. They’re typically referred to as ‘mobile homes.’”

As Daily Business News readers already know, Mr. Peterson is making statements that are incorrect and require clarity.


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Manufactured homes are held to strict federal HUD code for building standards, and they are also constructed in a factory. Also of note, a mobile home has not been constructed in the U.S. since June 15, 1976.

The misconceptions about “mobile homes” are, in most cases, a result of comments like those made by Peterson, which media outlets continue to run with.

Modern manufactured homes, as mentioned prior, are built to strict federal housing guidelines, and in many cases look, feel and function just like a site built or modular home.

Also of note, Peterson said, “the cost of buying a modular home is about 20 to 30 percent less than a similar site-built structure. Both appreciate in value and a modular home can be ready for occupancy in about three-to-five months.

It should be noted that while modular homes offer savings over site built homes, manufactured housing is often 25 to 30 percent cheaper than modular housing, due to the extra costs related to onsite assembly.

For a detailed and accurate comparison of manufactured and modular homes, click here. ##

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Bad Actor? MHC Residents Given 48 Hours Notice to Vacate

February 6th, 2017 Comments off

A home at Caroline Estates Mobile Home Park. Credit: Tri State Update.

A visit to a manufactured home community in Chapmanville, West Virginia, by the Logan County Health Department quickly turned into a crisis.

Community landlord George Evans told residents of the Caroline Estates Mobile Home Park on January 29th that they needed to be out of the community by January 31st because the Health Department found issues with electrical hook-ups and other health violations.

According to Tri State Update, this put community residents into a panic, with many saying they had no place to go.

I didn’t know what I was going to do. I mean I’ve got two kids. My son had trouble at school yesterday just thinking about all of this,” said Joda Farley, who has lived in the community for 7 years.

That was the situation when I moved in the place and he knew that. I had no place to go and I needed a place to live so there it is,” said resident Greg Williams.


Chapmanville, West Virginia. Credit: Google.

While the violations may have come to a surprise to residents, Evans appears to have known about them all along.

Inquiries to the Logan County Health Department uncovered that issues at the community had been going on for years, and a health inspector confirmed that after dozens of violations that Evans’ license to own and operate a manufactured home community was revoked on January 1st.

Residents at the community said that Evans collected rent in early January, even though he was aware of his license being revoked.


Resident Greg Williams in front of his home. Credit: Tri State Update.

You have all of these violations that need to be corrected, why not let us know and lets correct them? Instead you wait until you have 10 families set out? It’s not right,” said Williams.

Joda Farley owns her home. Without a place to move it, she’s taking a “wait and see” approach to what to do next.

It is the only thing I can do. I don’t have a place or the means to try to move it. I mean I just have to ride it out and see how far it goes,” said Fairley.

Per Tri State Update, as of January 31st, all residents living in the community had not moved out yet and some are in the process of finding other places to live, and Evans has not returned calls for comment. Inquires from the Daily Business News have not received responses as of the time of this article. ##


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Bloomberg – Manufactured Home Industry is the Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis

September 23rd, 2016 Comments off

The single section home is featured in a video on MHLivingNews. The Energy Star ™ would often sell in the low 50s, has 3 bedroom, 2 baths and is thus lower in cost than what the Bloomberg story shows as the average price. Image, Sunshine Homes, Red Bay, AL.

An article in Bloomberg makes the case that manufactured homes – what they refered to as mobile homes (sic), are an obvious solution to the affordable housing crisis.

It starts with a simple question: Why Aren’t We Building More Mobile Homes?” While their terminology isn’t exactly accurate – and they admit that mobile homes aren’t very mobile – their message is clear.  The manufactured home industry provides real hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price.

Bloomberg’s article shares metrics that show people in West Virginia accepted delivery of more than 1,000 manufactured homes last year, while 2,000 conventional builders secured permits to for new single family homes. This means that 1 in 3 homes added in the state last year was a manufactured home.

The more facts one sees, the more apparent the solution becomes, as MH professionals know.

The average sales price of a manufactured home was $67,800 in April, 2016. By contrast, the average sales price for a site-built home in the same month was  $380,000. While the manufactured home was priced without land, even factoring land cost in creates an amazing savings.

According the stats in the Bloomberg article, 75% of manufactured homes residents have household incomes of less than $40,000 per year.


Bloomberg means, HUD Code Manufacturd Homes, not mobile homes, but the stats are useful. Credit, Bloomberg.

While the graphic shown above cites that most of the manufactured homes are highly concentrated in southern states (where the bulk of sales have been,) there are over 500,000 manufactured homes in California, which has pushed aggressive regulation that continues to affect the ability to own a home.

While those of us in the industry can see growth, it’s not always as clear to those outside of manufactured housing, due to long insufficiently addressed lingering perceptions.


Bloomberg cites age, loose lending practices and the fact the manufactured home sales peaked in the mid 90’s – when they made up 1 in 3 homes sold nationwide – among reasons they think MH loans started to go bad, flooding the market with foreclosures and thus limiting demand.

While MH is years into its recovery, the data also shows that manufactured home sales have been slower to recover from the last recession than other forms of housing.

Bloomberg points to Doug Ryan, director of affordable home ownership at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED – a Washington-based nonprofit group,) who cites advantages, and challenges, that the industry faces.


Doug Ryan, CFED.

You can put them anywhere you have the land, said Ryan. As the Daily Business News recently reported, CFED’s Ryan routinely promotes manufactured homes as an important option in the affordable housing crisis.

What you’re up against is the stigma. You’d have people coming to the planning meetings and saying that you’re killing their home value.” The Daily Business News has covered this scenario playing out in Austin recently.

The Bloomberg piece ends with something for the industry to think about:

Maybe it’s time for another rebrand. The homes vary in size and price, but they’re generally smaller than the typical site-built home. Instead of “manufactured,” why not borrow the name for another kind of often prefabricated abode: the tiny house.”


Narrative control, it seems, is everything in the fight for the American dream.  As regular readers know, MHProNews and MHLivingNews, we’ve extensively covered the many ways that the MH industry is the solution to the housing affordability crisis in the U.S.

Underscoring Bloomberg’s tip to the MH Industry?  Rebrand them as tiny houses, which are hot. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News July 24-July 31, 2016

July 31st, 2016 Comments off

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NIMBYism? Debunking Myths About Manufactured Home Communities (aka ‘Mobile Home Parks’)

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FEMA moving manufactured homes into four W. VA. Counties. CFPB proposes clarification of Know Before You Owe. Patrick’s revenues rise 35%. Sun’s stock projected to rise 67%. Robot lays brick at super human speed. Desire for homeownership remains strong. MHARR awaits formaldehyde rules. MH industry grows despite negative image. MH Community owner sued by Penn. attorney general. Homeless in IN town get Tiny Homes. Maine manufactured home community growing. Commodore acquires manufactured home builder in Wis. MHARR smells collusion in DOE proposal. Modular container homes going to First Nation peoples in Canada. Lender offering one percent down on home purchase. Sun drawing institutional investors. Habitat for Humanity, air base, team to replace caregiver’s manufactured home. Plus, news and views for yhou to peruse as you make your MH-related industry decisions.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

CFPB Tries to Clarify Know Before You Owe, but Lenders Still See Glitch

Friday, July 29

Patrick’s Sales Rise 35% in Q2; NOI Increases 37%

FEMA Moving Manufactured Homes into two Additional West Virginia Counties

NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program Teaches Leadership

Carlyle Group Leads Gainers; MHCV Slips to 1380.4

Sun Communities Stock hits New High, but Projected Higher

Robotic Bricklayer Lays 225 Bricks/Hour. On Tap: 1000 Bricks/Hour

Thursday, July 28

MHARR Braces for EPA’s New Formaldehyde Ruling

Desire for Home Ownership Remains Strong

NorthStar Tops MH-related Gainers; UFPI Slips -0.99 Percent

Singapore Building Four Blocks of Modular Housing

While Negative Perceptions of MH Persist, the Industry Grows says Seeking Alpha

Pending Home Sales Index Inches Up in June

Wednesday, July 27

Pennsylvania MH Community Owner Sued for not Paying Relocation Costs

Tiny Homes Arrive in Muncie, IN to House Homeless

Planning Commission Approves Siting of Two Manufactured Homes

Patrick Industries Moves Up; Nobility and Carlyle fell the Most

Maine Manufactured Home Community Expanding

Site-built Home Sales Looking Good. Can it Continue?

Tuesday, July 26

Commodore Corporation Acquires Canadian American Homes of Wis.

Resident: Site Manufactured Homes on Vacant lots for Hillcrest Neighbors

MHCV Nudges Up as Dow Edges Down

MHARR Continues Tirade over HUD/MHI/DOE Collusion

First Nation People in Canada getting Modular Container Homes

Sun Communities Draws Hedge Fund Investors

Mon. July 25

One Percent Down Could Put You in a Home

Dow Jones Slips; MH-related Stocks Similarly Quiet

Habitat Teams with Air Base to Replace Special Needs Caregiver’s Manufactured Home

Politically Tarnished Philadelphia Prepares for Democratic Convention, Demonstrators

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News July 17-July 24, 2016 ##

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Couple suing Oakwood Homes for Alleged Defective Home

February 3rd, 2016 Comments off

oakwood_homes__wvrecord__creditCMH Homes of Belfry, Kentucky, dba Oakwood Homes, is the target of a lawsuit by a West Virginia couple who claim the manufactured home they purchased and had installed on their land was defective, and/or improperly installed.

Deba and Zachary Hubert purchased the home in June, 2014, according to what wvrecord tells MHProNews. After it was set up and leveled, the couple allege the home was not square, windows leaked, there was mold in the home, the electrical system did not work correctly and the gutters were installed wrong.

Following their complaints, CMH sent service representatives to repair the problems numerous times, but the Huberts claim the problems have not been fixed to their satisfaction. The plaintiffs, claiming the home is a total loss, allege they have suffered aggravation, inconvenience and emotional distress as well as the mold that may have caused allergy problems for their children.

The complaint, seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as interest, was originally filed in Mingo County Court Dec. 30, 2015, but was moved to federal court on Jan. 29. ##

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Virginia Manufactured Home Residents could see Substantial Drop in Utilities

July 16th, 2015 Comments off

electric_meter_fotoseach_2_comBeginning in January 2016, wset-tv informs MHProNews, Virginia customers of Appalachian Power (AEP) will be eligible to participate in five new energy-and cost-saving programs as approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC).

These four new residential programs and one targeted to commercial/industrial use are in addition to low income home weatherization and residential air conditioning load-control summer peak demand reduction programs initiated in May of this year.

Similar to programs offered in West Virginia, one of the residential programs would provide incentives to manufacturers of ENERGY STAR® qualified manufactured homes (MH) sold and installed in AEP’s Virginia territory. Jim Fawcett, manager of energy efficiency and alternative energy initiatives for AEP, said, “All of these programs offer benefits to our customers through a combination of direct rebates and long-term savings on their bills. Appalachian Power and its customers also benefit through the management of demand growth.

The other residential programs include a walk through assessment with rebates for energy efficient upgrades; $50 to customers for recycled appliances that are picked up; and instant discounts on specific LED lighting at participating retailers, and mail-in rebates on select ENERGY STAR® appliances.

Commercial customers will be entitled to rebates for installing certain energy efficiency upgrades.

Approved by the SCC for three years, the $5.3 million annual cost will be recovered through a Rate Adjustment Clause (RAC) on customer bills beginning in January 2016. The RAC will add less than $.60 to the electric bill of a residential customer using 1000 kilowatt-hours per month. ##

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Ritz-Craft Commemorates 750th Modular Home

June 6th, 2014 Comments off

Ritz-Craft Homes of North Carolina is celebrating its 750th home built since it began production at its Hamlet, North Carolina facility in 2005. According to, most of the modular homes go to coastal and mountain markets, with only eight to 12 remaining in Richmond County. Dale Dixon of Ritz-Craft says his 65 employees crank out about 50 homes a year, but the facility has capacity for 200. The company also owns and operates Legacy Crafted Cabinets and Ritz-Trans, for trucking, MHProNews has learned. “Most anything can be modulized. We’ve built doctors’ offices, duplexes and condos,” Dixon said. “We’ve built houses from West Virginia to the Florida Keys out of the Hamlet facility.” ##

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Important and Urgent Message from MHI Chairman Nathan Smith

April 28th, 2014 Comments off

In an urgent action alert, Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Chairman Nathan Smith says the Senate Banking Committee is set to take up housing finance reform on Tue., April 29, and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is expected to offer two amendments that would attach the provisions of the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act to the bill. Smith implores members to contact their senators and urge them to support these amendments. As MHProNews posted April 21, Action Alerts have been set up on the MHI website with emails already composed, requiring only personal information of the sender, and the emails will go out to your senators. Please click here to send your letters. ##

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Modular Builder Sued over Home

December 13th, 2013 Comments off

A Mercer County couple in West Virginia is suing J&M Quality Construction LLC and Mod-u-Kraf Homes LLC alleging the modular home they ordered was improperly delivered, resulting in damage that made the home uninhabitable. The defects were not discovered until the couple moved into the home, MHProNews has learned from, and they incurred loan interest while not being able to occupy the house. They are seeking $50,000 in damages, plus costs, in Mercer County Circuit Court, according to the complaint.

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