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The board of directors at UMH Properties Inc., a New Jersey-based firm that owns and operates 28 manufactured home communities, has declared a cash payout of $0.18 per share for the latest quarter. The dividend is payable on Dec. 15, 2009, to shareholders of record as of Nov. 16, 2009. UMH -- whose properties are located in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Tennessee as well as in its home state -- has an annual dividend rate of $0.72 per share.

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Promise Zones Set to Expand to other Struggling Communities

Promise Zones Set to Expand to other Struggling Communities

The next round of the Obama Administration’s Promise Zone applications will be discussed Friday, Sept. 19 at 11 AM eastern time by U. S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Rep. Gary...

18 Sep 2014

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Drew Advances Modestly; Dow and S&P reach new Historical Highs

Drew Advances Modestly; Dow and S&P reach new Historical Highs

The U. S. is reveling in one of the most lucrative stock market runs in it history, but the recipients of this largesse are primarily white, college-educated individuals who are already well off, leading to discussions of income inequality, especially by those who did not gain. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a […]...

18 Sep 2014

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August Housing Starts Decline 14.4 Percent

August Housing Starts Decline 14.4 Percent

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Census Bureau inform MHProNews housing starts fell in all four regions of the country in August by 14.4 percent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 956,000 units. Multifamily production led the downward trend, falling 31.7 percent, while single-family dropped 2.4...

18 Sep 2014

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Scottish Modular Homes use Sheep Wool for Insulation

Scottish Modular Homes use Sheep Wool for Insulation

Scottish company ECHO makes modular pods of local lumber under one hundred square feet each that can be stitched together to make the home any size desired, according to fastcoexist.com. Insulated with sheep wool, the homes are built on stilts to allow placement in any terrain. Says founder Sam Booth, “You just add blocks until […]...

18 Sep 2014

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Mortgage Rate Increase highest in Ten Months

Mortgage Rate Increase highest in Ten Months

In the largest increase since November of 2013, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose 14 basis points from one week ago to 4.19 percent, although it peaked on Sunday at 4.30 percent and then fell, according to worldpropertychannel.com. Erin Lantz of Zillow says the rates hit a five-month high last week in anticipation of the […]...

18 Sep 2014

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Ruth Lake Lodge honored as Modular Building Institute Building of the Month

Ruth Lake Lodge honored as Modular Building Institute Building of the Month

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) has chosen the Ruth Lake Lodge north of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada as its Building of the Month for Sept. 2014, according to realestaterama.com. Providing housing for employees of the Athabasca Oil Sands industries and visitors to the area, the complex has over 600 rooms comprised of 235 modules […]...

18 Sep 2014

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Sun Communities to Sell Six Million Shares to Fund Acquisition

Sun Communities to Sell Six Million Shares to Fund Acquisition

In a filing with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dated July 30, 2014, Sun Communities, Inc. (SUI) is selling six million shares to help fund its acquisition of 59 manufactured home communities from Green Courte Partners LLC for $1.32 billion. The first phase of 34 communities is expected to close by Oct. […]...

17 Sep 2014

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Skyline Revamping its Recreational Vehicle Models

Skyline Revamping its Recreational Vehicle Models

In an attempt to turn around its eighth consecutive year of multimillion dollar losses, manufactured housing producer Skyline Corp. is rolling out a new line of recreational vehicle (RV) models at this week’s Elkhart County RV Open House. Based in Elkhart, Indiana, the company has focused more on its MH line in the past few […]...

17 Sep 2014

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Volatile Skyline Drops again, MH Composite Rises, Dow Hits New High but fal…

Volatile Skyline Drops again, MH Composite Rises, Dow Hits New High but falls back

With news that the Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates before the summer of 2015, although the quantitative easing that provides stimulus to the economy will likely cease before year’s end, Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high above 17,200, gaining +24.88 points, +0.15 percent, but closing just below at 17,156.85. The...

17 Sep 2014

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Georgia Planning Commission Approves Expansion of MHC

Georgia Planning Commission Approves Expansion of MHC

The Upson County Planning Commission in west central Georgia conditionally approved rezoning of a manufactured housing community (MHC) to allow the community to expand. The 51-acre site has been zoned legal nonconforming for single-family residential, but did not allow any new manufactured homes to come in, nor be replaced if damage to a home...

17 Sep 2014

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Builder Confidence in Single-family Homebuilding Rises

Builder Confidence in Single-family Homebuilding Rises

Notching its highest reading since Nov. of 2005, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) tells MHProNews builder confidence in the market for single-family homes rose four points to 59. The HMI gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales, sales expectations for the next six months and...

17 Sep 2014

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Featured Articles and Reports - September 2014 Vol. 5 No. 12

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UnBranding - a Key to Unlocking the Door to more MH Sales?

UnBranding - a Key to Unlocking the Door to more MH Sales?

by L.A. "Tony" Kovach Years before Palm Harbor Homes went into bankruptcy and eventually ended up with Cavco Industries, Palm Harbor ran TV ads showing beautiful, “residential style” manufactured homes. Read more

MARKETING

“Should We Be a More Aggressive Breed?”

“Should We Be a More Aggressive Breed?”

by Nadeen Green, JD Many if not most manufactured housing folks truly make the effort to be compliant with the Fair Housing Act and are well aware of the need to... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Earthquakes & Other Disasters: Are you Prepared?

Earthquakes & Other Disasters: Are you Prepared?

by C. William Dahlin, JD  As reported by major media outlets, a 6.0 earthquake hit Northern California  in late August on a Sunday. Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Pool and Spa Safety

Pool and Spa Safety

by Kathleen Bianculli While the end of summer is drawing near and pools in some areas will be closed for the season, in many areas of the country the pool never... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

“How Sweet the Rose” - Senior Housing Communities - Advertising Do's and Do…

“How Sweet the Rose” - Senior Housing Communities - Advertising Do's and Don'ts

by Nadeen Green, JD While a rose may smell sweet no matter what it may be called, names are in fact labels. Using the wrong label when you market your senior... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

A Breakthrough in Manufactured Home Loan Financing! Discover the One Step P…

A Breakthrough in Manufactured Home Loan Financing! Discover the One Step Program!

by Jerry Bretton In our previous report on SUN, we mentioned that Mountainside Financial has been making loans on manufactured and mobile homes for 14 years. Read more

FINANCING

Are HUD Practices Making Manufactured Homes Less Affordable?

Are HUD Practices Making Manufactured Homes Less Affordable?

by Ron D'Ambra Let's start by saying that, from a business perspective, MORE government involvement is not always viewed as a good thing. Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

3rd Annual Open Space Pace - September 20th, 2014 – Freehold New Jersey

3rd Annual Open Space Pace - September 20th, 2014 – Freehold New Jersey

by Sam Landy Dear Friends, UMH Properties and Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation (MNR) sponsor The Open Space Pace at Freehold Raceway September 20, 2014. The event begins with a 10:00 am parade of... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

A Cup of Coffee with… Sheila Dey

A Cup of Coffee with… Sheila Dey

1) Who, What and Where: (Your name, and your role/job title at organization or firm and where you are based.) Sheila S. Dey, JDExecutive DirectorWestern Manufactured Housing Communities Association Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

5 Reasons for MHPros to Attend the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Sho…

5 Reasons for MHPros to Attend the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show

by Dennis Hill We could name more than 5 reasons why manufacturers and exhibiting companies as well 5 reasons why attendees from the ranks of retailers, communities, builder developers, installers and... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

The High Cost of Low Volume MH Sales for Retailers, Communities, Factories …

The High Cost of Low Volume MH Sales for Retailers, Communities, Factories and others

by L. A. “Tony' Kovach We will demonstrate that the cost of not selling more homes is always high.  Capital is tied up in your inventory, location, general overhead, personnel, marketing,... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Lead, manage or get out of the way

Lead, manage or get out of the way

by Tim Connor, CSP The world is changing at the speed of light. Everything is being touched by this accelerated pace of change. No person, entity, industry, profession, and no part... Read more

MANAGEMENT

Knowledge is Potential Power - 4 Steps and 91 words = Enhanced Manufacture…

Knowledge is Potential Power - 4 Steps and 91 words =  Enhanced Manufactured Housing  Professional Success Infographic

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach We'll share an infographic that explains in 4 easy steps how any MH Industry professional can learn more to earn more. Here is the infographic... Read more

MANAGEMENT

ZigOn Qualities of Success

ZigOn Qualities of Success

by Zig Ziglar Dr. William "Bill" Ross was truly one of a kind and was known for his sense of humor and his zest for life. He had exuberance for... Read more

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

Four Ingredients for MH Sales Success

Four Ingredients for MH Sales Success

by Tim Connor, CSP There are four significant areas when it comes to consistent high sales performance. They are: Self-image and self-esteem. Read more

SALES

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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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