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Big Win for OMHA/OMHC in House, Senate Vote Next

May 4th, 2017 Comments off
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In a story that the Daily Business News has followed closely, the Ohio Manufactured Housing Association (OMHA) saw the Ohio House of Representatives pass Substitute HB 49, the “State of Ohio budget bill” on May 2nd, restoring the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (OMHC), consistent with present law.

As we reported prior, the original proposal from Governor John Kasich’s’ office would have abolished the OMHC, and transferred its responsibility to the Ohio Department of Commerce (DOC).

At the core of the campaign against the Commission are claims from Ohio fire and environmental officials who say the board doesn’t do enough to prevent manufactured home fires and ensure clean drinking water in the MH communities.

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As Daily Business News readers are already aware, we have pointed out the facts versus myths surrounding manufactured homes and fires, noting that homes built under post-1976 federal regulations have the same rates in this area as traditional homes.

The OMHC has wide ranging responsibilities as an independent agency, including all regulation of home installations & inspections, dispute resolution, sales licensing, and manufactured home community regulation.

The OMHC also conducts inspections of all new and previously owned manufactured home installations, resulting in less than 10 complaints in the last three years. By comparison, 23,000 home installations have occurred in the last decade, and prior to the Commission’s existence 500 -800 improper home installation complaints occurred annually.

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The OMHA, along with the Association of Manufactured Home Residents of Ohio (AMHRO), representing homeowners and residents, vigorously opposed the proposal from the Kasich Administration during recent legislative testimony before the Ohio House.

During the testimony, AMHRO President Frank Pojman said: “I urge any of your Committee to review agendas and minutes of the MH Commission meetings, to see the all-important issues that are discussed, for the benefits and safety of manufactured homeowners.”

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Tim Williams, OMHA.

The House of Representatives provided for thorough discussion during legislative testimony,” said OMHA Executive Director Tim Williams.

I am pleased the House recognized the value of maintaining the independent Manufactured Homes Commission and its record of consistently operating below budget, providing 100% homeowner safety inspections and reducing both homeowner and business fees.”

The Ohio Senate will now consider Substitute HB 49. The Daily Business News will continue to follow this story closely and provide updates. ##

 

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Residents Win the Day: “We Are the Landlord”

May 1st, 2017 Comments off
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South of Boston in Kingston, Massachusetts, residents of the Town & Country Estates had a busy day last week.

They bought their community.

According to Wicked Kingston, the residents, with help from (ROC USA) and its affiliate Cooperative Development Institute (CDI), residents of the community were able to realize a dream 10 years in the making, as members of the board for the Town & Country Mobile Home Estates Tenants Association finally signed the papers.

We don’t have to look for a landlord, we are the landlord, so that being a co-op and a nonprofit we’re not out to make any money so the only rent that we’re going to be charging ourselves is that which is enough to sustain the place,” said association President Joe Mauriello.

Mauriello says it was resident Joe Bruno that made the purchase possible, as he initially heard about ROC USA and CDI, the part of ROC USA that helped the association get organized, and contacted CDI’s Andy Danforth. ROC USA has been working with them for the last three years, he said, including the last year of actively working on the purchase.

Without ROC or CDI, we would not be owning this park [sic] today,” said Mauriello.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, ROC USA recently helped residents of the Kayadeross Acres Manufactured Home Cooperative in Ballston Spa, New York, to purchase their community, with papers being signed last Christmas. That story is linked here.

An offer to purchase the community from the previous owner provided Town & Country Estates residents the opening they needed to buy the property for $6.2 million. While there will be an increase in rents, residents say that the stability factor is huge.

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At a celebration, two cakes were decorated with the words “We own it!” and a sign that reads “Hooray! Tis the day, to ourselves we now will pay. Congrats family!”

For more on ROC USA, including a recent study on rent rates, click here. ##

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Frank Rolfe–Manufactured Home Communities, Prospective HomeOwners Win with Trump

March 22nd, 2017 Comments off
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Manufactured home community sector maverick, Frank Rolfe, has sounded off in a recent commentary, breaking down the reasons that manufactured home community owners, and prospective home buyers, win with the Administration of President Donald Trump.

According to the NuWire release, Rolfe had plenty to say.

Whether you are Democrat or Republican, there is no question that mobile home park [sic] owners are likely to do very well under the Trump presidency. Here is an outline of the different issues that will help mobile home park [sic] owners, based on the agenda discussed so far,” said Rolfe.

Rolfe and his partners operate one of the largest portfolios of manufactured home communities in the nation.  His boot camps, books and talks draws potential investors. Rolfe’s been called a “media-magnet.”

The most notable place his news release used what many want in terms of correct industry terminology was in the bio, which stated he has over 25,000 home sites in 28 states and draws to a close by saying, “To learn more about Frank’s views on the manufactured home community industry...” 

He isn’t shy about his opinions.

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As for Frank, he takes heat for stating facts and truth publicly when others don’t.  He’s the Donald Trump of our industry.” said Kurt Kelley, JD, a financial services provider, industry writer, and colleague of Rolfe’s.

Speaking on the 2008 SAFE Act and Dodd-Frank in 2010, which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Rolfe sees their repeal being the key to the dream of homeownership.

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Mobile Home University, Mobile Home Park Store and RV Horizons.

If SAFE and Dodd-Frank were repealed, it would allow park owners [sic] to go back to writing mortgages on their homes and letting people be homeowners instead of mere renters. And mobile home parks [sic] work better when the residents all [own] their own homes, and are stakeholders in the business model, said Rolfe.

Rolfe has been outspoken recently regarding MHI, when it comes to defending the industry he loves and works in.

The folks at MHI – the industry lobby group – are nice people, but 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 Rolfe in a feature linked here.

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Speaking on other areas he deemed important, Rolfe pointed out infrastructure, and a focus on the heartland, as promising signs coming from the Trump Administration.

A large number of mobile home park [sic] residents are contractors and laborers, and this group will receive a huge bonus in the form of new employment to repair our nation’s infrastructure. As these bridges, roads, airport and other projects are fairly much equally spread throughout the country; this directive will have a huge impact on many major mobile home park [sic] markets. And greater employment trickles down to other employers that are basic staples of mobile home park [sic] jobs, such as fast food,” said Rolfe.

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Bob Crawford, Frank Rolfe in panel discussion on industry issues, both took aim at what they see as MHI’s misses and failures. Credit, Inside MH Road Show, MHProNews.  Rolfe will be presenting in next week at the educational day for the Tunica Show, to learn more, click here.

If you assume that the ‘red’ states will gain more focus than the ‘blue’ states under the new administration, then that could have a very positive impact on the heartland of America, which holds the majority of mobile home parks [sic] in the U.S.,” he explained.

There are simply not many mobile home parks [sic] in the ‘blue’ states – except for Illinois.” While a popular writer and speaker, Rolfe at times makes a statement that requires a second look.  Deep blue California, for example, has thousands of manufactured home communities. 

The reason is that real estate values are very high on the coasts, and this has resulted in many mobile home parks [sic] being torn down and re-developed over time,” he added, which is a trend that the Daily Business News has often highlighted.

Additionally, most cities stopped allowing new parks [sic] to be built in the 1980s, yet many fast-growing metro areas – such as found in California and Florida – had explosive growth in more recent times and therefore precluded mobile home park [sic] construction.

In conclusion, Rolfe sees better opportunities for manufactured home owners over the next few years.

Every change in Presidential administration opens new avenues for business. The Trump presidency suggests many areas of change that our beneficial to mobile home park [sic] owners,” said Rolfe.

For more from Frank Rolfe, including his commentary on MHI, click here. ##

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Resilience Pays Off, a Win for MH Owners

March 8th, 2017 Comments off
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Wheatland, Wyoming resident and manufactured home owner Jason Halvorsen had a busy Thursday last week.

He made the drive from his home to the Wyoming State Legislature in Cheyenne, with good reason. He wanted to be present when Governor Matt Mead signed a piece of legislation that he sparked, and that would change his life.

 

This is the end. The nervousness was 9 months ago when I got told no at the bank,” said Halvorsen.

The piece of legislation that was signed was Bill 56, which fixes an oversight in how manufactured homes are titled. Wyoming does not currently extend the same rights to manufactured home owners as it does for site built homeowners.

And, without an accurate title, Halvorsen could not get a loan or mortgage on his property, which started the process. Frustrated, he reached out to his representative, Tyler Lindholm.

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This causes a headache for financial institutions, and ultimately limits the economic mobility of mobile [sic] homeowners,” said Lindholm.

It affects a huge amount of people who have gone through this problem over the years, and it closes this loop hole in our law where people will actually be able to get loans on their property if they so choose.

According to Wyoming Public Media, when Lindholm presented the bill to the governor, he said it was by far the hardest piece of legislation he had ever worked on.

Title law is tough as it turns out. And I’m really really glad we’re closing up this hole for individuals like Jason.

Governor Mead thanked both men for their work on the issue, and then signed the bill into law. For Halvorsen, it was a relief. After getting a job offer, he needed to find a home, and his manufactured home was the only one that would work.

I made seven trips down here in two weeks to find homes. I looked at homes. Looked at homes. Looked at homes,” said Halvorsen.

This was the only one that would remotely fit what I needed. I knew it wasn’t perfect but the price was ok. And I could make it work.

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After making a number of upgrades to the home, he wanted to refinance.

And then the issues began.

After going to see a banker, Halvorsen was told that they couldn’t help him, because he didn’t have the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin for his manufactured home.

The Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin is kind of like a flimsy piece of paper. So people don’t realize it’s important and that it needs to be taken down to the courthouse,” said banker Georgann Martinez.

The former owner of Halvorsen’s house never did, and when he reached out to the man, he got word that he had passed away.

He went to the County Clerk to get a duplicate, and the clerk told him it was not possible.

After that, Halvorsen went to a co-worker who he thought might be able to help. Turns out that co-worker was Tyler Lindholm.

He brought me this situation one time during lunch break and said hey this is happening. Can we fix this? And that started all this,” said Lindholm.

And the rest is history.

The Daily Business News originally covered the story of Lindholm’s progress with Bill 56 in a story linked here. ##

 

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