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As the Community Turns… are Residents Hurting Themselves?

As the Community Turns… are Residents Hurting Themselves?

In a story that the Daily Business News has been following extensively, the saga of the East End Mobile Home Park in Manassas, Virginia has shown signs of hope. But, the very residents that have fought to stay, may actually put themselves in a position to not be able to do that. Last week, we […]...

29 Apr 2017

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Consumer Confidence Index Report in for April

Consumer Confidence Index Report in for April

The slog of “sausage making” in Congress was a contributing factor in the April Consumer Confidence Index, as it ticked down in April, but consumer outlook for the next six months remains positive. According to CNBC, the Index dropped to 120.3 in April, while economists were expecting the index to only fall to 122.9 for […]...

28 Apr 2017

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Carlyle and Killam Leap, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets End Week …

Carlyle and Killam Leap, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets End Week Lower

Noteworthy headlines on – CNNMoney – Google launches servers in Cuba. 21,000 AT&T Wireless workers could strike Monday. Exxon profits surge 122 percent, ending two-year slump. A third of Starbucks sales were made online or via app. Some bullets from Fox Business – Trump Saves NAFTA for now, U.S. borderland cheers. U.S. Congress p...

28 Apr 2017

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Manufactured Housing Community Helps to House Students

Manufactured Housing Community Helps to House Students

As the messages about the quality, affordability and efficiency of manufactured housing continues to make its way into the mainstream, more and more groups are taking a deeper look. That also goes for colleges and universities. According to TropNews, Troy Villages at Walnut Creek, which provides off campus housing for Troy University in Troy,...

28 Apr 2017

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Is Modular Movin’ on Up? Builder Sees Opportunity

Is Modular Movin’ on Up? Builder Sees Opportunity

On Martha’s Vineyard, style and price are par for the course. For builder Bill Potter, he saw opportunity to deliver both, with modular, at the right time at the right price. According to MV Times, when the markets crashed back in 2008, Potter and his wife Terry started asking themselves what they could do with […]...

28 Apr 2017

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Clayton Homes Building Out, Giving Back

Clayton Homes Building Out, Giving Back

Clayton Homes, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has announced that it’s constructing a $14 million training lodge at its corporate headquarters in Maryville, TN. “This is part of improving the team member experience throughout Clayton,” said Chris Martin, a spokesman for Clayton. “It represents an investment th...

28 Apr 2017

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Manufactured Home Owners Catch a Break

Manufactured Home Owners Catch a Break

In Colorado, House Bill 17-1354 is music to the ears of manufactured home owners and residents throughout the state. According to the Reporter Herald, the bill would help prevent residents from losing their homes over delinquent tax bills they didn’t know were unpaid, and is one step closer to becoming law. The Colorado House Local...

27 Apr 2017

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Patrick Rises Over 3 Percent, Manufactured Housing CV Broader Markets Jump

Patrick Rises Over 3 Percent, Manufactured Housing CV Broader Markets Jump

Noteworthy headlines on – CNNMoney – United and dragged passenger reach settlement. Southwest Airlines: We won’t overbook anymore. China’s Uber worth $50 billion after raising more cash. 10 things United is doing to avoid another dust-up. Some bullets from Fox Business – Amazon’s first-quarter profit, revenue beat e...

27 Apr 2017

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Is Time Finally up for the CFPB?

Is Time Finally up for the CFPB?

Movement by the House Financial Services Committee, led by Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), could spell the end for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as we know it. According to ACA International, the committee debated the future of the Financial CHOICE Act during a hearing yesterday. Originally introduced by Hensarling in 2016, the CHOICE...

27 Apr 2017

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More First Nations Turning to Modular

More First Nations Turning to Modular

Throughout Canada, many First Nations native tribes are struggling with the dual challenge of quality, and affordable, housing. Mold and other natural elements, when combined with overcrowding, present issues tribal members call a “sad reality.” The solution, they believe, lies in modular housing. According to the CBC, the Yale First Nation in Bri...

27 Apr 2017

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Bark Worse than Bite? Manufactured Housing Institute Slams Trump Administra…

Bark Worse than Bite? Manufactured Housing Institute Slams Trump Administration Lumber Tariffs

Comments from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on CNBC yesterday regarding proposed anti-subsidy tariffs on Canadian goods raised quite a stir. “The tariff is not the beginning of a trade war with Canada,” said Ross. “It shows President Trump is making good on promises to hold Canada accountable for unfair practices such as those that have hurt [&#82...

27 Apr 2017

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Proof! Manufactured Home Communities, Retailers & Builder/Developers Can A…

Proof! Manufactured Home Communities,  Retailers & Builder/Developers Can Attract, Sell Site Built Buyers

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach What’s the difference between a nice sounding theory, and a profitable process?  Proof. NSP_READMORE

MARKETING

*** Price Reduction *** North Tampa Portfolio - MH & RV | 380 Sites | Flori…

*** Price Reduction *** North Tampa Portfolio - MH & RV | 380 Sites | Florida

by Christopher Nortley Portfolio Overview The North Tampa Portfolio consist of 3 communities in which 2 are located in Port Richey while the 3rd is located in Hudson, FL. All... NSP_READMORE

MARKETING

ELS Rises, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Dip

ELS Rises, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Dip

by RC Williams Noteworthy headlines on – CNNMoney – Mercedes-Benz pulls ads from The O’Reilly Factor. NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

What’s the Truth About the Manufactured Housing Industry’s Potential?

What’s the Truth About the Manufactured Housing Industry’s Potential?

by Soheyla Kovach Whether or not truth is reported, or distorted, reality – the truth – is. Truth exists. NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Manufactured Home Community’s Outsider Sparked Water Issues

Manufactured Home Community’s Outsider Sparked Water Issues

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

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

State Agency to Assist Low Income MH Residents

State Agency to Assist Low Income MH Residents

by RC Williams In Delaware, homeowners in need are going to get some help. NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

State Law Forces City Decision on Manufactured Home Zoning

State Law Forces City Decision on Manufactured Home Zoning

by RC Williams In Queensbury, New York, manufactured housing has scored a victory. NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Want Manufactured Home Community Voluntarily Rent Control, Anyone? Anyone?

Want Manufactured Home Community Voluntarily Rent Control, Anyone?  Anyone?

by RC Williams Officials in Corona, California, say that they may pursue voluntary rent control measures for manufactured home communities, in an effort to help low income and elderly... NSP_READMORE

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City Turns to Manufactured Homes in Project

City Turns to Manufactured Homes in Project

by RC Williams In Northern California, the city of Sebastopol is investing $258,000 into a project that establishes affordable housing for low-income residents at the city’s eastern gateway. NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Manufactured Home Communities, Fair Housing, and Day Care

Manufactured Home Communities, Fair Housing, and Day Care

by Nadeen Green, JD The seven federally protected classes (race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status and disability) are hugely relevant (and reflective of the issues of discrimination... NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Live Oaks & Blue Oaks MHP Portfolio | 170 Sites | Topeka, Kansas

Live Oaks & Blue Oaks MHP Portfolio | 170 Sites | Topeka, Kansas

by Christopher Nortley Property Overview MHRE Inc is pleased to present Live Oaks and Blue Oaks located in Topeka, Kansas. The communities are situated just 4.2 miles away from each other. NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Brian Gallagher, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Santefort Real Est…

Brian Gallagher, Chief Operating and Financial Officer,  Santefort Real Estate Group - RFI - FHFA, Duty to Serve Comments Letter

by Brian Gallagher Editor’s note: Brian Gallagher thoughtfully shared the comments below with MHProNews for publication.  NSP_READMORE

FINANCING

Security Mortgage Group Setting Hot Pace in First Quarter of 2017

Security Mortgage Group Setting Hot Pace in First Quarter of 2017

by Pierce Redmond Security Mortgage Group, a national award-winning MH Community lending broker, is pleased to have financed $78,632,000 thus far in 2017 for several manufactured home communities nationwide. NSP_READMORE

FINANCING

NFIB Provides Vital Small Business Guide

NFIB Provides Vital Small Business Guide

by RC Williams The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is out with its 2017 Small Business Tax Guide. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Moves In U.S. Home Price Index

Moves In U.S. Home Price Index

by RC Williams New data from Case-Shiller shows that January home prices rose at the fastest rate since 2014. While this spells a win for sellers, it could eventually... NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Media, MHI Members Welcomed, Industry Warned

Media, MHI Members Welcomed, Industry Warned

by Soheyla Kovach At the 2017 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, members of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and the industry’s top trade media were welcomed – without cost – by... NSP_READMORE

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News March 26th 2…

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News March 26th 2017 to April 2nd 2017

by RC Williams Our theme for our April 2017 issue is: Manufactured Housing Industry Politics – Complicated Cross Currents, or April Fools? NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Cavco’s Buyout

Cavco’s Buyout

by RC Williams Cavco Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:CVCO) tells MHProNews that it has signed a Letter of Intent, and has reached an understanding, on terms to acquire Lexington Homes, Inc. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

April Fools? – MHVille’s Complicated Politics, 2017

April Fools? – MHVille’s Complicated Politics, 2017

by Soheyla Kovach Three april fools looking at camera with different expressions, credits, MHProNews.com/GraphicStock. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

ELS’ Sam Zell Sounds Off on Trump’s Wall

ELS’ Sam Zell Sounds Off on Trump’s Wall

by RC Williams ELS Chairman and billionaire real estate mogul Sam Zell shared his thoughts recently on President Donald Trump’s plan for the border wall with Mexico, and what... NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

City Residents Make Unexpected Moves – Opportunity for MH?

City Residents Make Unexpected Moves – Opportunity for MH?

by RC Williams New data shows an interesting trend – popular cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., normally destinations for living, are actually losing people in... NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Diverse Industry Reactions to Manufactured Home Community Closure Issue

Diverse Industry Reactions to Manufactured Home Community Closure Issue

by RC Williams In Chesterfield, Missouri, residents of the town’s only manufactured home community received some very shocking news this week. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Chicago’s Mayor Favors Massive Modular Project

Chicago’s Mayor Favors Massive Modular Project

by RC Williams In a follow up to a story that Daily Business News originally covered here, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is “gung ho” about developers planning to build 12,000 modular homes,... NSP_READMORE

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Developers Going MOD in Housing Crisis

Developers Going MOD in Housing Crisis

by RC Williams In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, two developers have turned to modular housing to ease the stress of finding housing. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Barry and “Be the Change!” Doing Good, Pays

Barry and “Be the Change!” Doing Good, Pays

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach We decided this month to highlight a simple yet profound reality. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Is What You Say Always Consistent with What You Believe?

Is What You Say Always Consistent with What You Believe?

by Tim Connor, CSP There is a Native American legend that says - you will only get into Heaven leaning on the shoulders of someone you helped while you... NSP_READMORE

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Triad Financial Services Inc., Announces Formation of Triad Manufactured Home Risk Purchasing Group for Manufactured Home Dealers

Jacksonville, Fla. (April 21,2017) – Triad Financial Services, Inc (Triad) has been providing services to the manufactured home industry for over 50 years. During this time, Triad has incorporated various services to better assist those in the manufactured home industry. In 2016, Triad created a Risk Purchasing Group (RPG) in response to the increasing demand for affordable liability insurance for manufactured home retail dealers. In addition to insurance savings, the program will provide periodic loss prevention and risk management tips and information. In addition to the general liability program, Triad’s insurance division provides competitively priced inventory open lot coverage, commercial property coverage, commercial auto insurance, coverage for contractors equipment, as well as access to a national homeowners program for manufactured housing. Recent changes in the manufactured home general liability insurance markets have...

the MHMSM Team 26 Apr 2017 Corporate Press Releases

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Call for Nominations for the RV/MH Hall …

Call for Nominations for the RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2018

ELKHART, Ind., -- It's still six months until the October 31, deadline for nominations for the RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2018, and Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation (Foundation) wanted to remind those considering nominating someone that they should start working on their nomination. Searer said, "Even though we are intensely planning for the induction dinner celebration for the Class of 2017 on August 7, 2017, it's really not too early to start the process of nominating a deserving individual to the Hall of Fame for the Class of 2018. It's a lengthy process that should not wait until the last minute, so I urge those who are considering a nominee to download the guidelines and forms so their nominee can be considered for the Class of 2018." The nomination...

Soheyla Kovach 21 Apr 2017 Corporate Press Releases

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*** Price Reduction *** North Tampa Port…

*** Price Reduction *** North Tampa Portfolio - MH & RV | 380 Sites | Florida

Portfolio Overview The North Tampa Portfolio consist of 3 communities in which 2 are located in Port Richey while the 3rd is located in Hudson, FL. All the communities have very desirable locations and convenient for an owner to have centralized management to create economies of scale. The trailing cap rates as a portfolio are in the 6.06% to 8.09% range while the year 1 pro-forma cap rates are in the 7.09% to 8.58% range.  This portfolio is a perfect opportunity for an investor to capitalize on the strong demand and growth occurring in Florida while being able to create economies of scale with a purchase of 380 sites. Portfolio Summary Investment:              3 Property Portfolio Star Class:               2-3 MH Sites:                 70 RV Sites:  ...

the MHMSM Team 04 Apr 2017 Corporate Press Releases

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SECURITY MORTGAGE GROUP Finances $78,632…

SECURITY MORTGAGE GROUP Finances $78,632,000 in the First Quarter 2017

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Security Mortgage Group, a national award-winning MH Community lending broker, is pleased to have financed $78,632,000 thus far in 2017 for several manufactured home communities nationwide. The most recent March closings included the following: Managing Director, Gerard D. DiMarco, Jr., secured acquisition financing for two manufactured home communities totaling 192 sites in Wyoming. The $4,750,000 loan featured a limited prepayment penalty and flexible lending terms. Gerry also helped negotiate financing for a repeat client’s purchase of a 184-site mobile home and RV park in Corpus Christi, TX with a non-recourse loan of $2,445,000.  Anthony J. DiMarco, the other managing director, helped negotiate financing for a repeat client’s Ohio and Kentucky MHC Portfolio with over 700 sites. The $26,025,000 non-recourse loan featured a long-term fixed rate.   In addition, Anthony closed a...

the MHMSM Team 04 Apr 2017 Corporate Press Releases

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Live Oaks & Blue Oaks MHP Portfolio | 17…

Live Oaks & Blue Oaks MHP Portfolio | 170 Sites | Topeka, Kansas

Property Overview MHRE Inc is pleased to present Live Oaks and Blue Oaks located in Topeka, Kansas. The communities are situated just 4.2 miles away from each other. Together, there are 170 MH sites. Blue Oaks has 8 park owned homes, of which 5 are occupied. It has strong employment next door with two distribution centers for Target and Home Depot. Live Oaks has 11 park owned homes, of which 4 are occupied. This community is in an excellent location with great road frontage and heavy traffic count, and it is near the university and other various businesses. The current owners have put in time and effort to clean and fix up the communities. They repaired and replaced the underground utility lines and fixed up the roads. The market for rentals is available,...

the MHMSM Team 04 Apr 2017 Corporate Press Releases

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Sizzling Sunshine Homes! @ Tunica Show …

 Sizzling Sunshine Homes! @ Tunica Show = Exclusive “Total Package” for More Sales for Retailers, Communities, and Builder/Developers

Business is BOOMING at Sunshine Homes!  Retailers, communities, and builder/developers are watching homes sell fast and at good margins.  Let’s review some of the reasons. As important as great homes are, what we do to support our independent retailers and communities that compliments those sizzling model homes in your inventory can mean the difference between okay sales, and homes that turn several times a year. First, if you’re ready to attract more customers that pay cash or has good credit, look no further than Sunshine Homes.  Our Energy Star ™ rated homes are residential designs that impress and sell previous owners of conventional homes.  You can have floorplans ordered either as a HUD Code manufactured home, or as a state coded modular home. Award-winning Stan Dye of Star Homes says that 99% of...

the MHMSM Team 24 Mar 2017 Corporate Press Releases

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