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MHI staff has held several meetings with key U.S. Senate staff regarding S. 1660, the "Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act." This legislation would require all finished wood products to comply with the California CARB standard regarding formaldehyde emissions. MHI has serious concerns with this legislation because among other things, it specifically singles out manufactured homes and RVs as being subject to the CARB formaldehyde standards. In addition, S.1660 would effectively transfer jurisdiction from HUD to EPA regarding formaldehyde regulation for manufactured homes. MHI will continue to meet and to work with key Senate offices during the legislative process.

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Daily Business News Briefs

Alberta Wildfires have Driven Residents to Safety in Workforce Housing

Alberta Wildfires have Driven Residents to Safety in Workforce Housing

While the wildfire engulfing Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada has burned 1,600 buildings and forced 80,000 people to flee their homes, stocks for companies that produce temporary accommodations have shot up as much as 35 percent, according to what bloomberg tells MHProNews, although Andrew Bradford of Raymond James, Ltd. says there is absolutely...

05 May 2016

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At Annual Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett sees no Housing Bubb…

At Annual Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett sees no Housing Bubble

Thousands of enthusiastic followers descended on Lincloln, Nebraska to hear Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, the parent of Clayton Homes, expound at the company”s annual meeting, as housingwire tells MHProNews. According to Fortune, Buffett said the housing market is on stable footing, noting, “I don’t see a nationwide b...

05 May 2016

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Louisiana Pacific Gains almost 4.5%; MHCV Slips -1.06%

Louisiana Pacific Gains almost 4.5%; MHCV Slips -1.06%

In the news from CNNMoney: KFC introduces ‘Finger Lickin’ Good’ nail polish. Fastpitch softball player Monica Abbott signs $1 million contract, first U. S. woman in team sports to sign a contract at that level. Cloud computing and data mining skills will get you a job. Amazon is investing in airplanes. Wildfire in Alberta, Canada...

05 May 2016

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New Modular Vermont Neighborhood will be Net Zero

New Modular Vermont Neighborhood will be Net Zero

Waltham, Vermont is saying goodbye to the six-year abandoned Gevry Mobile Home Park with the sounds of demolition, as it welcomes the new McKnight Lane neighborhood in its stead. Fourteen homes are being demolished and 14 new, affordable modular homes will replace them, according to Katie Forleo of the non-profit Cathedral Square the sponsor of...

05 May 2016

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Drew Wastes no Time Moving on Europe

Drew Wastes no Time Moving on Europe

Following a story MHProNews posted April 29, 2016 regarding Drew Industries increasing its line of credit from $100 million to $200 million, with up to $50 million earmarked for approved foreign currencies, the component supplier to the manufactured home (MH) and recreational vehicle (RV) industries, has acquired Project 2000 S.r.l., a Florence,...

05 May 2016

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MH Lender Cascade Financial Services Acquired by Centerbridge

MH Lender Cascade Financial Services Acquired by Centerbridge

Funds advised by private investment firm Centerbridge Partners, L.P. will acquire Southwest Stage Funding, LLC, dba Cascade Financial Services, a lender to buyers of manufactured homes, according to what prnewswire tells MHProNews. Following the closing of the transaction, which is scheduled to be finalized in the third quarter of 2016, Cascade...

04 May 2016

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Sun Communities Gains the Most, Affiliated Managers Drops

Sun Communities Gains the Most, Affiliated Managers Drops

In the news from CNNMoney: Gun background checks are surging. Should investors fear Trump or Clinton? Johnson & Johnson lost another talcum powder cancer lawsuit. Outlook stinks for Priceline in the wake of the CEO’s inappropriate relationship with an employee. Legal marijuana sales tripled in 2015. Four U. S. governors say their states...

04 May 2016

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MHRE Expanding its National Footprint

MHRE Expanding its National Footprint

MHProNews has been informed MHRE Inc., Manufactured Housing Group, the real estate brokerage and advisory company predicated exclusively in the manufactured housing and recreational vehicle asset class, announces it is expanding from its Detroit home office to open locations in Orlando, Fla. and San Diego, Calif. to better serve its clientele with...

04 May 2016

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Trump’s Opponents Spent over $75 Million Trying to Defeat Him

Trump’s Opponents Spent over $75 Million Trying to Defeat Him

MHProNews has learned from thegatewaypundit that anti-Trump groups spent $75.7 million on 64,000 television ads against Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency, according to ad tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. This figure does not include ads that appeared on cable and satellite channels as those are not part of the tracking data. Conservative...

04 May 2016

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MH Community Residents Organizing to Prevent Closing of Lowry Grove in Minn…

MH Community Residents Organizing to Prevent Closing of Lowry Grove in Minnesota

Following a post MHProNews published April 30, 2016 regarding the planned closing of Lowry Grove manufactured home community (MHC) in St. Anthony, a suburb of Minneapolis, tcdailyplanet reports residents of the community have gathered to discuss their options in trying to maintain Lowry as their home. They would have to raise $6 million as a...

04 May 2016

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New Manufactured Home Community Considered for Alberta, Canada

New Manufactured Home Community Considered for Alberta, Canada

MHProNews has learned from mygrandeprairienow that a new manufactured home community (MHC) may be in the works for Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. Developers are considering property currently being used for agriculture production as the site. The city will take under advisement amending a bylaw to rezone the property, changing it from industrial...

04 May 2016

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Featured Articles and Reports - May 2016 Vol. 7 No. 8

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Warmly Welcoming Martha Stewart

Warmly Welcoming Martha Stewart

by Nadeen Green, JD Well, my previous post from a view weeks ago was somewhat prescient as later that day Mr. Castro went public with HUD’s position on criminal background checks... NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Manufactured Home Lending, Regulations, Rentals and MH Communities – Don Gl…

Manufactured Home Lending, Regulations, Rentals and MH Communities – Don Glisson, Jr. - Video

by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach As an interview in this same issue with manufactured home community owner/operator Ed Zeman underscores, the MH Industry has undergone significant changes; often sparked by regulations... NSP_READMORE

FINANCING

Learn how to drive change in your organization and the industry at MHI Cong…

Learn how to drive change in your organization and the industry at MHI Congress & Expo

by Rachel Young Have you ever tried to make a change in your organization, with family or yourself, only to find things quickly reverting to the way it’s always been done? NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

A Cup of Coffee with...Ed Zeman, Zeman Homes

A Cup of Coffee with...Ed Zeman, Zeman Homes

Who, What and Where: (Your name and your formal title at Zeman Homes and where your company is based). Edward Zeman, Chairman, Zeman Homes, Chicago, IL. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Designs, Décor and Manufactured Housing Advancement

Designs, Décor and Manufactured Housing Advancement

by Katy Weldon Exciting things are happening in manufactured housing.  Everywhere there seems to be enthusiastic energy and the upbeat momentum that comes with positive change. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

We All Need Deadlines plus the Will to March On

We All Need Deadlines plus the Will to March On

by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach Regular readers of my Masthead Blog, featured articles or other posts by moi know you'll often find a good, inspirational or historic quote being applied to... NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

What do you call it?

What do you call it?

by Tifanee McCall I recently returned from exhibiting at the Tunica Show where I had the opportunity to meet and talk with many of my fellow industry members. NSP_READMORE

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Blowing Away the Outdated Myths for Fun and Profit

Blowing Away the Outdated Myths for Fun and Profit

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach Manufactured housing has powerful truths on its side, but decades of outdated information, biased, slanted (or worse) kinds of media coverage have harmed us. NSP_READMORE

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Challenges to CFPB Constitutionality could Create Financial Havoc?

Challenges to CFPB Constitutionality could Create Financial Havoc?

by Matthew Silver Writing in National Mortgage News, Craig Nazzaro says there are two significant court cases now challenging the authority and structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), both of... NSP_READMORE

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Champion Homes Expanding Operations in Kentucky

Champion Homes Expanding Operations in Kentucky

by Matthew Silver Champion Home Builders will invest $6.3 million in a manufacturing plant in Benton, Kentucky, leasing a 100,000 square foot facility and create up to 150 jobs for production... NSP_READMORE

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Clayton Acquires another Site-built Home Builder

Clayton Acquires another Site-built Home Builder

by Matthew Silver MHProNews has learned from builderonline that manufactured housing giant Clayton Homes has acquired Goodall Homes of Gallatin, Tenn. as it increases its mark on the site-built home industry, having purchased site home... NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

MHARR, MHI Spar over FHFA & Duty To Serve Manufactured Housing via GSE Chat…

MHARR, MHI Spar over FHFA & Duty To Serve Manufactured Housing via GSE Chattel Lending

by Matthew Silver On April 26, 2016 the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) held a roundtable discussion with manufactured housing industry leaders, inviting those who commented on the proposal, to get... NSP_READMORE

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“Why is HUD Bent on Destroying the Manufactured Housing On-Site Market?”

“Why is HUD Bent on Destroying the Manufactured Housing On-Site Market?”

by Mark Weiss, JD As has been previously addressed in this column, one of the central reforms of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 was its matching directives to HUD... NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Would you buy from you?

Would you buy from you?

by Wayne Coakley Do you have a plan to inspire your staff, sales team, and management to give first class service to your customers? NSP_READMORE

MANAGEMENT

ZigOn Good Guys & Girls

ZigOn Good Guys & Girls

by Zig Ziglar Joe Craven had an idea to start a pottery manufacturing business. He built an advanced kiln but could not make it work. NSP_READMORE

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

Are you stuck on your own pedestal?

Are you stuck on your own pedestal?

by Tim Connor, CSP We all have a certain degree of "self-adornment" but the real question is - is our self-made pedestal beyond - humility, wisdom, compassion and the ability to... NSP_READMORE

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

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Closed | 852 Sites | Lake Villa | Oxford…

Closed | 852 Sites | Lake Villa | Oxford, Michigan

MHRE Inc. Detroit Location: 12900 Hall Road, Suite 130 Sterling Heights, Michigan 48313 Orlando Location: 1040 Woodcock Rd, Suite 216 Orlando, Florida 32803 San Diego Location: 31890 Via Cordoba Temecula, California 92592

the MHMSM Team 03 May 2016 Corporate Press Releases

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Come “Make a Deal” with CU Factory Built…

Come “Make a Deal” with CU Factory Built Lending and Mountainside Financial at MHI National Congress & Expo

Open your doors of opportunity May 3 to 5 at the annual MHI Congress & Expo by playing Let’s Make a Deal with CU Factory Built Lending and Mountainside Financial. Visit MSF at booth 407 and CUFBL at booth 506 for your opportunity. Whether you’re a retailer, community owner or investor, our innovative programs are designed to meet the needs of your customers. As your credit union partner for manufactured home lending, we are committed to the sustainability of the manufactured housing industry, and the best interest of our members. We value stewardship of our members’ funds, therefore, we are dedicated to ethical lending practices. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas. If you have any questions before then, please visit us online at www.cufbl.com andwww.mountainsidefinancial.com. ###

the MHMSM Team 27 Apr 2016 Corporate Press Releases

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MHWC Will Attend the National Congress &…

MHWC Will Attend the National Congress & Expo, May 3-5, 2016

MHWC, the national leader in new home manufactured warranties, will be exhibiting at the 2016 National Congress & Expo to provide information on the benefits of its many warranty programs to builder/dealers and manufacturers. The Expo will be held on May 3-5, 2016 at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. The National Congress & Expo is an excellent venue for attendees to obtain the knowledge and resources necessary to excel in today’s housing marketplace. Attendees will be able to choose from top quality educational programs and special events; network with the most successful professionals in the industry including manufacturers, community owners/managers, suppliers, financial service providers, insurers, retailers and more. Tifanee McCall, National Account Manager for MHWC, will be in attendance to answer questions and provide information on any of the numerous new home warranties and risk management services provided...

the MHMSM Team 01 Apr 2016 Corporate Press Releases

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Inventory Insurance for Floor Plan and R…

Inventory Insurance for Floor Plan and Retail Dealers

Triad Financial Services has been providing financing services to the Manufactured Housing Industry for over 55 years.  Triad is one of the leading lenders of retail finance in the industry.  In recent years, Triad has filled a void in the industry by providing Floorplan Financing for certain manufacturers and retailers alike. As part of Triad’s Floorplan Financing Program, Triad offers an Inventory Insurance Program. The Inventory Insurance Program is for both Triad Financed inventory and Non-Triad Financed Inventory.  The program offers exceptional coverage at very competitive rates.  Some of the program highlights include: Program rate for ALL states is $ .49 (per $1000 value of inventory) ALL perils including Flood & Wind (available in ALL areas) Includes a $100,000 Transit Limit No monthly reporting on Triad Financed Inventory Full replacement cost coverage on new inventory Premium will be...

the MHMSM Team 20 Mar 2016 Corporate Press Releases

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Closed! South Haven MHP - South Haven, M…

Closed! South Haven MHP - South Haven, Michigan

Property Overview South Haven contains 53 sites, which was built in the 1959 expanded in 1961, on 3.9+/- acres with a density of 13.59 units per acre. The community is serviced by municipal water and sewer, which is not sub-metered and is included in the resident’s rent. The streets are constructed of asphalt are in “average” overall condition. Sites in the community average approximately 65x40 and can accommodate both single and double wide homes, with overhead utilities, and off street parking for 1-2 cars.

the MHMSM Team 20 Mar 2016 Corporate Press Releases

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Michigan Manufactured Home Community Ren…

Michigan Manufactured Home Community Rent and Occupancy Continues Growth Trend According to Datacomp 16-Year Market Summary Report

Grand Rapids, Michigan – Datacomp, publisher of JLT Market Reports and the nation’s #1 provider of market data for the manufactured housing industry, today announced a 16-year summary of its manufactured home community rent and occupancy reports for major markets in Michigan. Recognized as the industry standard for manufactured housing market data for over 20 years, JLT Market Reports provide detailed research and information on communities located in 87 markets throughout the United States, including the latest rent trends and statistics, marketing programs and a variety of other useful management insights. The most recent JLT Market Reports for manufactured home communities in Michigan were released in February 2016 and include 363 communities encompassing 113,777 homesites. This summary report is based on rent and occupancy trends from February 2016 to February 2015. Findings and...

the MHMSM Team 20 Mar 2016 Corporate Press Releases

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