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Skyline Founder Art Decio Donates Movie Equipment to Boyhood Gym

Skyline Founder Art Decio Donates Movie Equipment to Boyhood Gym

While Skyline Corp. of Elkhart, Indiana is determining what suitor, if any, will acquire all or part of the company, founder Art Decio has agreed to donate $20,000 for high definition movie equipment for the Roosevelt Center gymnasium in Elkhart, where he and Mayor Dick Moore played basketball some 60 years ago. The nonprofit group […]...

01 Oct 2014

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Dow Plunges, MH Composite Advances, Skyline Falls Back

Dow Plunges, MH Composite Advances, Skyline Falls Back

The fear among investors may have hit a fever pitch because of ebola, ISIS, Europe’s economy, or protests in Hong Kong, as more stocks have hit 52-week lows as opposed to 52-week highs. It may be the “correction” that some analysts and pundits have bandied about recently. As CNNMoney informs MHProNews, investors are fleeing stocks […]...

01 Oct 2014

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Dates Set for Louisville Manufactured Housing Show

Dates Set for Louisville Manufactured Housing Show

The 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show will be held Wed., January 21 through Friday January 23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center near the Louisville Airport. The show has grown each year recently in attendance, number of exhibitors and number of manufactured homes on display, providing a marketplace for builders, developers, retailers,...

01 Oct 2014

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Nominations due this Month

RV/MH Hall of Fame Nominations due this Month

The RV/MH Hall of Fame has issued a reminder that the deadline for nominations for inductees into the Class of 2015 will end Oct. 31, with selections made in Jan. 2015. Nominees must have 25 years experience in any segment of the manufactured housing or recreational vehicle industry in order to be considered for inclusion, […]...

01 Oct 2014

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North Carolina’s Deltec Sites First Net-Zero Home

North Carolina’s Deltec Sites First Net-Zero Home

The Renew Collection of Deltec Homes of Asheville, North Carolina offers homes with net-zero level of efficiency, reducing energy consumption by two-thirds compared to a traditional site-built home, according to sbcmag.info. Featuring double-stud walls, solar panels, triple-paned windows, exterior insulation and fresh air ventilation, their first...

01 Oct 2014

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Japanese Modular Homes Standardized but Warrantied for 20 Years

Japanese Modular Homes Standardized but Warrantied for 20 Years

An architect from Australia visiting modular home manufacturers in Japan notes the factories are similar to automobile assembly lines with many robots, houses moving along assembly lines and technicians doing the jobs the robots cannot. Mathew Aitchison from the University of Queensland says he visited four different companies making modular...

01 Oct 2014

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Pending Home Sales Slip a Percent

Pending Home Sales Slip a Percent

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Pending Homes Sales Index (PHSI) slipped 1.0 percent in August to 104.7 from 105.8 in July, and is now below the August 2013 reading of 107.1. Regardless of the slight decline, as the worldpropertychannel.com reports,the index remains above 100 (an average level of contract activity) and...

01 Oct 2014

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Kicks off New Fundraiser Challenge

RV/MH Hall of Fame Kicks off New Fundraiser Challenge

During the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) 78th annual meeting, Darryl Searer, chairman and president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Barry Cole, president of MH Insurance Services and past chairman of the Hall, urged assistance from the attendees to help retire the Hall’s debt, which has resulted from prior unfulfilled pledges....

30 Sep 2014

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Skyline Responds to Cavco’s Letter

Skyline Responds to Cavco’s Letter

In response to Cavco Industries, Inc. attempt to acquire Skyline Corporation following Skyline’s announcement it will spin off its RV division to Evergreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC, as MHProNews reported Sept. 29, cnnmoney.com reports the company’s board of directors issued a statement: “Our Board has established a special committee t...

30 Sep 2014

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Skyline Continues Climbing, as Manufactured Housing Composite Drops

Skyline Continues Climbing, as Manufactured Housing Composite Drops

The Dow Jones Industrial Average nudged down for the second straight day, although managing to keep its head above the 17,000 mark, -28.32 points, -0.17 percent, to close at 17,042.90. Both the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 fell -0.28 percent, the Nasdaq dropping -12.46 points, to end the day at 4,493.39 percent. The S&P 500 […]...

30 Sep 2014

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County Jail looking to Modular Incarceration Units

County Jail looking to Modular Incarceration Units

According to syracuse.com, Onondaga County officials in New York are considering modular units to house a growing number of mentally ill inmates as they negotiate a multimillion dollar expansion of the Justice Center. With 35-40 percent of the inmate population having mental health problems, the 671-bed county jail has only 55 beds for mentally...

30 Sep 2014

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Featured Articles and Reports - October 2014 Vol. 6 No. 1

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Green Home Marketing is a Challenge

Green Home Marketing is a Challenge

by Steven Lefler I do not know about you, but I find marketing green homes to be a challenge. The public reads or watches TV shows about these unique homes and... Read more

MARKETING

An analysis of Norm Schultz - We need the horsepower of the RV industry

An analysis of Norm Schultz - We need the horsepower of the RV industry

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach One of our industry friends sent in the article that follows below, with this single line message above their signature/contact info: “Everyone thinks an image campaign... Read more

MARKETING

Get Business Exposure With Facebook Ads for Cheap

Get Business Exposure With Facebook Ads for Cheap

facebook adsIf you are like most business owners, you're constantly on the lookout for effective, low-cost ways to get maximum exposure for your business. Whether you are look for more... Read more

MARKETING

What does it take to Change Minds?

What does it take to Change Minds?

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach The headline is a question every manufactured housing (MH) professional worth her or his salt should ask regularly! How does one change a mind? Why is this... Read more

MARKETING

Why the “ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE” Wasn’t ‘Trademarked’

Why the “ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE” Wasn’t ‘Trademarked’

by David Baker, JD Have you taken the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge”? If not, you may be one of the few Americans left who wasn’t caught up in the remarkably successful... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

“Hello, this call is a …”

“Hello, this call is a …”

by Nadeen Green, JD What? A sales pitch? A political robo-call? Somebody calling to ask you to donate money (again!)? A TDD call? Say what? A TDD call? What is that? Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

A Doctoral Dissertation on Manufactured Housing and why it matters to the I…

A Doctoral Dissertation on Manufactured Housing and why it matters to the Industry

by Lisa Tyler The doctorate journey is a cycle of processes that is often misunderstood. The designation of “doctoral candidate” signifies the completion of post-graduate coursework and focus on completing the... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

News of the New

News of the New

by Bob Vahsholtz New fangled news media can befuddle old timers like me, but fresh, crisp and honest? Wow, what’s not to like! I’m spending more time on Tony’s sites than... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Manufactured Housing Industry - Phoenix Rising!

Manufactured Housing Industry - Phoenix Rising!

by Dennis Hill You don't have to look far for signs that manufactured housing (MH) is continuing the recovery since hitting bottom in 2009. I recall Ron Thomas, Sr. saying that... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Holds their 78th Annual Meeting

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Holds their 78th Annual Meeting

by MHI Staff MHI held its 78th Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona with 143 members and guests in attendance.  The event was on September 14-16th, at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa,... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Manufactured Housing Professionals News – MHProNews - 5th Anniversary Cele…

Manufactured Housing Professionals News – MHProNews - 5th Anniversary  Celebration, Kudos and Quotable Quotes!

by Manufactured Housing Industry Leaders Thousands of manufactured and modular home professionals recall the days of the MH Merchandiser and other now defunct trade magazines; but thousands more have never known... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Quotes from Manufactured Housing Industry Leaders and A Cup of Coffee with.…

Quotes from Manufactured Housing Industry Leaders and A Cup of Coffee with...

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach Some of the most popular articles we have every month are from our periodic interview with manufactured housing industry leaders. “A Cup of Coffee with...”... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Marty Lavin's Comparison – The Merchandiser Magazine vs. MHProNews

Marty Lavin's Comparison – The Merchandiser Magazine vs. MHProNews

by Marty Lavin, JD Editor's Note: For those who know Marty Lavin, you know the man has a long, storied and successful career in manufactured housing retail, finance and communities. Marty's... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Remember - It all started with a Mouse!

Remember - It all started with a Mouse!

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.” - Walt Disney. Disney's legendary creativity and vision lead him to do... Read more

MANAGEMENT

The best day of your life

The best day of your life

by Tim Connor, CSP Too often we get stuck in the negatives in life and fail to remember those special days, events or weeks and even years that bring a smile... Read more

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

ZigOn Cheating

ZigOn Cheating

by Zig Ziglar With schools welcoming children back from the summer break, the following message is particularly timely. The good news is that whatever we have learned we can also unlearn... Read more

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

An Alternate Approach to The High Cost Of Low Volume Sales, or Why Doing M…

An Alternate Approach to The High Cost Of Low Volume Sales, or  Why Doing Manufactured Housing Correctly Pays

by Ron D'Ambra After reading Tony's article on this subject, I was prompted to recall my retail experience, which would forever change my attitude towards a "retailer," and his or her... Read more

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2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Sho…

2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is filling up fast and early!

Attendees, mark your calanders now, pre-registration will open on October 1, 2014. Exhibitors, Reserve your space now.  See download linked here.

the MHMSM Team 02 Sep 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inducts the Cl…

RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inducts the Class of 2014 into RV/MH Hall of Fame

(Back row l-r) Thomas "Tom" L. Kern, Style Crest Enterprises; Ed Evans, EPM; Gary McDaniel, YES! Communities ; Richard "Dick" King, King Insurance (second row row l-r) Barry Cole, Manufactured Housing Insurance Services; Bob Livingston, Good Sam; John D Roba, Roba and Associates (front row l-r) Mrs. James F Shields. accepting on behalf of her husband,James F Shields (deceased), Pan Pacific RV Centers; Debbie Brunoforte, Little Dealer, Little Prices and Peter B Orthwein, Thor Industries. ELKHART, Ind., August 5. 2014 -- The Class of 2014 was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall) last night in Elkhart, Indiana, in a gala ceremony before a record breaking crowd of more than 440 family members, friends, and colleagues from across the country. The Class of 2014 includes: Debbie Brunoforte, Little Dealer, Little Prices;...

the MHMSM Team 05 Aug 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Steve Lefler - Modular Lifestyles and Ne…

Steve Lefler - Modular Lifestyles and Newport Pacific – Successfully Gaining Acceptance for Super Energy Saving, Green Manufactured Homes

Learn more at the article linked here, or by calling Steve Lefler, Vice President of Modular Lifestyles, Inc., a division of Newport Pacific Family of Companies at Ph. (888) 437-4587. Email steve@modularlifestyles.com. Steve is a Dual DRE and HCD Salesperson. Advanced Green Building Professional. CEC Solar Wind Retailer/Installer. http://www.modularlifestyles.com ##

the MHMSM Team 01 Aug 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Sun Communities, Inc. to Acquire America…

Sun Communities, Inc. to Acquire American Land Lease Manufactured Housing Portfolio from Green Courte Partners for $1.32 Billion

Increases Sun Communities' portfolio to 245 communities totaling nearly 90,000 sites in 29 states with a combined enterprise value of approximately $5.1 billion Southfield, MI, July 30, 2014 - Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE: SUI) (the "Company") today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a portfolio (the "ALL portfolio") from Green Courte Partners, LLC ("GCP") sponsored funds. The ALL portfolio consists of 59 manufactured home communities, including those acquired from American Land Lease, Inc. by GCP in 2009. The communities comprise over 19,000 sites in eleven states, including nearly 11,000 sites located in Florida. Over 14,000 sites, or 73%, of the ALL portfolio are age-restricted.  In connection with this transaction, the Company will assume GCP's right to acquire an additional manufactured home community pursuant to a binding purchase...

the MHMSM Team 31 Jul 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Mountainside Financial launches Dodd-Fra…

Mountainside Financial launches Dodd-Frank compliant non-MLO, MLO SUN Manufactured/Mobile Home Direct Loans and Refinancing

Using online articles, banner ads and video, Mountainside Financial is announcing the launch of the evolution of their direct lending platform promotion. As a division of San Antonio Credit Union (SACU), Mountainside has a unique 14 year history of making direct to consumer loans on manufactured and mobile homes. Direct loans are often done in "partnership" with brokers, communities, Realtors ®, other housing professionals and manufactured home retailers who refer consumers to them. Anthony Ducharme, Direct Channel Manager for Mountainside, explained how they created their new SUN System with Manufactured Home Professionals in mind who needed a compliant process to navigate SAFE Act and Dodd-Frank regulations enforced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). "If you've been originating your own loans, talk to us. If you want to have a legally complaint...

the MHMSM Team 08 Jul 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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