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Reprieve in Community Closure Collision, Another Round Ahead?

May 11th, 2018 Comments off


Local media originally reported that the tortured odyssey of the Northern Housing Community in Schofield, Wisconsin did not receive a timely appeal.

Those initial accounts turned out to be inaccurate.

Your article was very interesting,” said Sarah L. Ruffi, of the Ruffi Law Offices in Wausau, WI. “I represent Northern Mobile Home Park, LLC in its battle with the City of Schofield, Wisconsin.  I just read your article and wanted to clarify that Northern DID file a timely appeal.”

ABC News 9 amended a prior report, and confirmed what Ruffi said.

Schofield city leaders said an appeal filed by owners of Northern Mobile Home Park * was submitted before its deadline,” said local media.

News 9 previously reported the appeal was not filed in time. Now, we’ve learned city leaders received the appeal on May 1, but it was sent four days earlier. On Tuesday, city leaders said it’s in the hands of the city’s attorney,” stated the ABC affiliate.

Residents of the Northern Housing Community now have some hope.

It’s certainly slightly more hopeful but it places everybody in limbo,” Wayne Warren, a resident said. “You hope for the best and plan for the worst, it’s all you can do.”

While News 9 said they received no reply from management, MHProNews received the comment from the attorney shown above, part of a longer message.

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* The name on the sign is “Northern Housing Community,” News 9 appears to have a typo in their report.

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Veteran Gets Assist from Manufactured Home Community Residents

May 26th, 2017 Comments off

Auer’s home in the Lakeview Community. Credit: FOX 11.

As we head into a holiday where we honor those who’ve made sacrifices, the spirit is alive and well in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

According to FOX 11, Martin Auer, who is an Army and Marine Corps reserve veteran, and also a 30-year resident at the Lakeview Mobile Home community, needed some help.

His home was in need of some TLC. I needed a new shed, plus I needed new skirting,” said Auer.

The company that owns the Lakeview Community, RV Horizons, selected Auer to receive a renovation, and community residents got together to volunteer their time and deliver on that promise.

It’s back-breaking, but it’s worth it,” said resident and volunteer Edith Simpson.

It’s going to be really nice, and when we get it done, it should look like a really nice place,” said community manager Donna Hodges.


Volunteers work on the home. Credit: FOX 11.


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As the renovations got under way, Auer, in true military fashion, was grateful.

I’m very appreciative, and relieved. I didn’t have to try to get it done myself,” said Auer. “There’s a lot of good people out there.”

The feeling from the volunteers is reciprocal.

Freedom is not free, and it takes a lot of sacrifice from people like Mr. Auer,” said Hodges.


Credit: FOX 11.

I know what it’s like to struggle. It’s nice to be able to help somebody in the community that really needs the help,” Simpson added.

As the house skirting, hammering and building took place, Simpson and Auer reflected on the deeper meaning of taking action for good.

This is good, people’s attitudes have really changed about the military,” said Auer, while discussing that the treatment of veterans has not always been as good as it is now.

We’re all together, chipping in and helping, and doing what we can,” said Simpson.


Credit: FOX 11.

Our vets deserve to be helped out with every little thing that they need, and this is a big thing, more people should get out there to help our vets.”

RV Horizons says it would like to continue doing projects like this for residents in need in the future.

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West Invests in 50 Plus Manufactured Home Community Deal

January 11th, 2017 Comments off

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West Partners, a San Diego, California based investment firm, has acquired a majority stake in Milwaukee, Wisconsin based manufactured housing services provider Asset Development Group.

Asset Development Group owns and operates 53 communities with more than 5,400 sites in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan. Additionally, the company provides insurance brokerage, resident home financing and leasing and home brokerage assistance in its communities via their sister-operation, Home Source One.


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Manufactured housing is an attractive niche in the U.S. residential market, serving the growing need of affordable housing. We are excited to partner with a capable and experienced management team led by Jim Reitzner that shares our dedication to creating value over the long term,” said Art McGill of West Partners.


Jim Reitzner. Credit: MHProNews.

We are honored to partner with the West Partners Team and look forward to their help and guidance as we expand our vertically integrated manufactured housing business throughout the U.S.,” said Jim Reitzner, CEO of Asset Development Group.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Robert W. Baird served as financial advisor to Asset Development Group in the transaction.


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Reitzner told MHProNews that, “Treating people exactly as you’d expect to be treated is the guiding tenet of business and life. Throughout the process, the West Team embodied respect, understanding and compromise.”


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West Partners is the arm of the Gary & Mary West Family Office, making investments into privately held companies. The firm’s focus is on acquiring controlling stakes in companies operating in growing markets, with strong management teams and also invests in commercial real estate with ranges from $10 to $100 million. ##

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Judge Rules for Manufactured Home Owners In Christmas Court Case

November 24th, 2016 Comments off

Christmas Mountain Entrance Area. Credit: Trip Advisor.

In a case that stretches back to July 2015, a Columbia County, Wisconsin circuit court judge ruled in favor of manufactured home owners in the Christmas Mountain Campground.

The ruling reinstates a permit to operate.

The permit was originally revoked in July 2015 by the Sauk County Board of Adjustments because they claimed about a dozen of the 92 members of the Christmas Mountain Campground Association were living in their homes more than the eight months out of the year that they’re allowed to do so.

The agency also claimed that several homeowners were in violation for putting additions on their homes.

We’ve had two building permits. We’ve added on to our place here twice and had permits done by what was legal and they came back and say, ‘Well, you shouldn’t have done this,” said homeowner Larry Richardson, who uses his manufactured home as a vacation property.

According to other homeowners, they only made additions to their homes after getting the permits necessary to do so. In response to the permit being revoked, 46 of the homeowners retained an attorney and filed suit claiming that the county’s failed to notify the campground members of meeting notices, instead sending the notices to the association as a whole.


Judge Todd Hepler. Credit: Wiscnews.

On that portion of the lawsuit, Columbia County Circuit Court Judge Todd Hepler ruled in favor of the homeowners.

There are still two other portions of the suit that have not been ruled on yet, surrounding an element of inverse condemnation and a laches defense.


Alan Deutch. Credit: Avvo.

Per Channel3000, a “laches defense” is the equitable equivalent of statutes of limitations. The lawsuit argues that the county’s failure to take action against the homeowners for a considerable period of time is the basis of a laches defense.

The next legal step in the case will be a status conference to be held at a future date.

The judge’s ruling is important because it means the owners have rights in determining what happens to the property they own,” said attorney Alan Deutch. ##

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Modular Home Builders Oppose Roundabouts

February 26th, 2014 Comments off

In the late 1990s Wisconsin had a higher crash rate at intersections than the national average, motivating the state department of transportation to build European-style traffic circles, or roundabouts, on state and county roads, some 280 of them with another 90 planned. A state lawmaker has suggested the decision to install them should revert to local municipalities because they know their needs and traffic pattens best, the informs MHProNews. The circles have reduced severe accidents by 38 percent, prompting state engineers to suggest the state should decide. Modular housing representative Amy Bliss opposes the roundabouts because drivers have to take alternate routes to avoid negotiating the circles with their big trucks, which increases the costs of delivery. ##

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HUD Retains Multifamily Housing Office

December 3rd, 2013 Comments off

The Minneapolis Multifamily Housing office, which serves people in the Dakotas, Iowa, and Wisconsin as well as Minnesota, will continue to offer financing, mortgage insurance and operating assistance to a variety of multifamily apartments, nursing homes and manufactured home communities, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. U. S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota says, “The announcement guarantees Minneapolis will continue to be a national model for helping families find an affordable place to call home. The decision to keep the Minneapolis Multifamily Housing (MMH) office open is a huge victory for our city and for families who need rental housing options that include nursing homes, cooperatives, apartments and affordable housing for the elderly, people with disabilities and low-income families.” As tells MHProNews, Rep Ellison says the Minneapolis office is one of the top loan producers in the region, building over 6,000 units each year and helping families find appropriate rental housing. He adds, “Keeping the Multifamily Housing office ensures Minneapolis will continue to be a leader in enabling us to provide more workforce housing and still meet the needs for affordable housing for the elderly, people with disabilities and low-income families.”

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Orders for Manufactured Homes Rise in Iowa

October 16th, 2013 Comments off

The Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) reports retailers’ orders for manufactured homes (MH) are up this year over last by 28 percent to 203 homes, third in growth behind Wisconsin and Indiana in the north central region. Sixty-six percent of them were single section. Iowa ranks 35th in the nation for total MH orders, as MHProNews has been informed. Texas continues to dominate both the number one shipment state position with 20 percent of the orders, as well as production at 25 percent of the total.

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Wisconsin to Allow Larger Modular Homes on Roads

November 14th, 2011 Comments off

The JournalSentinel reports while Republicans and Governor Scott Walker lauded the efforts of the state legislature to create jobs in their three-week session, the Democrats are skeptical of their claims. However, they did pass legislation that would allow trucks to transport larger and heavier loads, like modular homes, on the roads. Many Democrats supported this measure, although they say not many jobs will be added because of the new bill.

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Did Wausau Homes’ Support of Gov. Walker Elicit Tax Break?

March 10th, 2011 1 comment

The Wausau Daily Herald reports Wisconsin’s Democratic Party has leveled charges at Gov. Scott Walker that his eliminating sales and other taxes on manufactured housing built in the state but sold beyond the border is politically motivated.  Wausau Homes’ owners donated a total of $25,000 to Walker’s campaign over a two-year period, but deny any involvement in the tax break discussion.  Wausau co-owner Jay Schuette said he is not a supporter of the tax break, but he did support Gov. Walker because of his politics and fiscal platform.  His co-owner brother, Tom, helped organize a rally opposing health care reform, and the family did host Walker when he campaigned in Wausau.  Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA) Executive Director  Ross Kinzler said he originally pushed for the tax break for a southeastern Wisconsin homes manufacturer.  The state estimates it will lose $450,000 in revenues over a two-year period due to the exemption.

Wisconsin Budget to Promote Manufactured Housing

March 2nd, 2011 Comments off

As reported in Milwaukee’s The Business Journal, the loud news currently coming from Madison, Wisconsin, is the bitter debate in the legislature over collective bargaining.  The good news in Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal is the exemption from sales and use taxes of “modular and manufactured homes that are sold in this state but used outside this state.”  Although Governor Walker gives no reason for these exemptions, it is thought to be a stimulus for Wausau Homes and other manufactured and modular producers in the state.  The same exemptions already apply to certain types of aircraft and motor vehicles.