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The modular homes sector has been plagued for decades by negative connotation, but Canadian Steve Vail is on a mission to polish the industry's image. "Modular does not equal trailers," stresses the president and general manager of Economy Homes and Cottages in Airdrie, Alberta. "We are attempting to move into the housing mainstream." With that in mind, Vail has pulled together a local show home parade of modular bungalows and two-story homes. The event, featuring homes manufactured by Grandview, is meant to demonstrate how modular housing has evolved to offer the same quality of specifications, finishings, and appointments that grace dwellings built on site. And because they are constructed in a factory setting -- allowing builders to accelerate the production schedule, avoid problems encountered when working outside in the elements, and reduce waste through the use of laser technology -- they are competitive with their traditionally built counterparts. Vail is confident that the display -- showcasing homes costing $225,000 to $325,000 and featuring such touches as sound systems, kitchen backsplashes, and garages, and two-sided fireplaces -- will help make some inroads against negative perception of the industry.

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Daily Business News Briefs

Looking for Holiday Manufactured Housing Industry Focused Reading?

Looking for Holiday Manufactured Housing Industry Focused Reading?

Is the wrapping paper off the presents that are no longer under the tree? If you’re an MH pro looking for holiday business reading, then grab your favorite drink and check out some of these options. In the Industry Voices guest blog you’ll find… > Wow! > How to advance the manufactured housing industry in 2015? In [...

25 Dec 2014

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Analysts on Future of U.S. Energy Industry and Impact on MH

Analysts on Future of U.S. Energy Industry and Impact on MH

As the fortunes of the oil and gas industry go, so too go the hopes and revenues of many in the manufactured home industry. As most factory-built home professionals know, an added impetus has been provided by the demand for manufactured homes (MH) and workforce housing for those who work in the energy industry. States […]...

25 Dec 2014

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Merry Christmas to you and yours from MHProNews

Merry Christmas to you and yours from MHProNews

With the major U.S. stock markets closed for Christmas, our routine manufactured housing connected stock recap will resume tomorrow, Friday evening. The Daily Business News team at MHProNews wish you and all manufactured and modular home professionals and enthusiasts the warmth and wonder of this holiday season. There are two Christmas related...

25 Dec 2014

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Do renters of Mobile and Manufactured Homes have enough consumer safeguards…

Do renters of Mobile and Manufactured Homes have enough consumer safeguards?

Regulations concerning the condition of manufactured home communities vary from state to state and county to county. According to he Boise Public Radio, some areas do not offer many safeguards to renters of pre-HUD Code mobile homes or older manufactured homes. “Across the Northwest, some families will spend Christmas in rented mobile homes where t...

24 Dec 2014

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Manufactured Housing Composite rises, Dow hits day 6 of Christmastime winni…

Manufactured Housing Composite rises, Dow hits day 6 of Christmastime winning streak

The MH Composite Value rose nearly 1/2% again today, but it was a mixed day for manufactured housing connected tracked stocks. Sony released The Interview online and in a few theaters, jobless claims are down to a 7 week low. Sales of new conventional housing slid 2% last month.  CNN Money tells MHProNews that today […]...

24 Dec 2014

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Far Out Spaceship like PreFab Home Designs from the 1960s

Far Out Spaceship like PreFab Home Designs from the 1960s

Those of you who were alive in the 1960s, may remember the great interest everyone had in outer space. At the time, the United States was involved in a space race with Russia. Television programs reflected this interest with programs such as “Lost in Space,” “Star Trek” and in the 1970s the all-time cult-classic movie […]...

24 Dec 2014

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L A Times, Tallahassee Magazine tout Downsizing with Manufactured Homes

L A Times, Tallahassee Magazine tout Downsizing with Manufactured Homes

Realtor  explains that the advantages of downsizing include lower payments and easier maintenance. The L A Times and Tallahassee Magazine have specifically promoted manufactured home (MH) living as a good option, as revealed in a special report in Manufactured Home Living News. In hard times, manufactured homes shed their old image,” stated the Los...

24 Dec 2014

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MHCommunities and Suppliers mostly up, MHCV rises and the Dow hits new high

MHCommunities and Suppliers mostly up, MHCV rises and the Dow hits new high

The manufactured home communities sector plus suppliers were mostly up, and the MHCV rose over ½% in today’s trading. OPEC’s pressure on oil seems to be hurting Mother Russia and their rubble. Standard and Poor’s has said they are reviewing the Russian debt status, with a 50% chance it will be downgraded to junk status. […]...

23 Dec 2014

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Equity Lifestyle Properties stock Hits New One-Year High

Equity Lifestyle Properties stock Hits New One-Year High

During trading on Monday, December 22, 2014, the price of Equity Lifestyle Properties (NYSE:ELS) shares hit a new 52-week high, which closed at 51.69 +1.32 (2.62%). According to Intercooler, ELS has been the subject of a number of recent research reports including one conducted by analysts at TheStreet. As a result, on November 3, 2014, they u...

23 Dec 2014

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Analysts say Downs and Ups, while others tout Carlyle Group as “World Class…

Analysts say Downs and Ups, while others tout Carlyle Group as “World Class” returns

When considering the successes of The Carlyle Group (CG) compared to other investment firms, seems to be a study in contrasts. With assets of $203 billion, Carlyle still gets almost all of its profits from private equity operations.  Bloomberg Businessweek  reports that one Carlyle European property fund has lost 80 percent in value, and another is...

23 Dec 2014

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Conference Economists Predict a Prosperous 2015 and beyond, with caveats

Conference Economists Predict a Prosperous 2015 and beyond, with caveats

Manufactured home professionals are often talking about the economy and its impact on the industry. So predictions of an upward expansion for the next several years offered by economic experts at a conference at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas last week will be welcome news. Albert W. Niemi, […]...

23 Dec 2014

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Featured Articles and Reports - December 2014 Vol. 6 No. 3

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Privacy Rights and Contacting Family – what's legal for Manufactured Housin…

Privacy Rights and Contacting Family – what's legal for Manufactured Housing Professionals?

by Nadeen Green, JD So many of you who manage communities in the manufactured housing sector want to “do it right” whatever “right” may mean. Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Writ Petitions and Administrative Records - at What Cost?

Writ Petitions and Administrative Records - at What Cost?

by C William Dahlin, JD Our modern world has created a framework where many factual and legal decisions are made by administrative agencies. This is true at the state and federal... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Is My Park Manager an Employee or an Independent Contractor? If They're an…

Is My Park Manager an Employee or an Independent Contractor?  If They're an Employee, Can I Pay them a Salary vs. Hourly Wages?

by Kurt Kelley Many park owners ask me whether they should set up their park manager as an employee or as an independent contractor (a “contractor”). Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Cyber Crime and Cyber Liability for Manufactured Home Communities and Retai…

Cyber Crime and Cyber Liability for Manufactured Home Communities and Retailers

by Kathleen Bianculli There’s been a lot of talk about cyber-crime over the past few years and the question of need for cyber-liability coverage. Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

The Road to Success Pass through the fast-approaching 2015 Louisville Manuf…

The Road to Success Pass through the fast-approaching 2015 Louisville Manufactured Home Show! Updates!

by Dennis Hill and Ron Thomas Sr. The Louisville Show is sort of a microcosm of all that’s available out there, and as you look over the new homes of varying... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Perceptions, Codes and changing Energy Demands – An Opportunity for Factory…

Perceptions, Codes and changing Energy Demands – An Opportunity for Factory-Built Homes to Leap Ahead?

by Steven Lefler Most people understand a code as a minimum set of regulations and rules of procedures or conduct. The definition of a dwelling is a building or place of... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

A Cup of Coffee with...Steve Adler

A Cup of Coffee with...Steve Adler

1) Who, What and Where: (Your name and your formal title at Murex Properties). Steven P. Adler, President & CEO of Murex Properties, LLC. Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

300 Hours - Revisiting Green Courte Partners Chairman Randy Rowe's 5 Point…

300 Hours - Revisiting Green Courte Partners Chairman  Randy Rowe's 5 Point Plan for Manufactured Housing

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach How does manufactured housing capture more of the $1 trillion dollar annual U.S. housing market? To answer that question and to point the way for locations... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Too Big To Succeed The Bi-Partisan Problem with Big Government and MH

Too Big To Succeed  The Bi-Partisan Problem with Big Government and MH

by L.A. "Tony" Kovach We hear about too big to fail, what about too big to succeed? Quality, green, affordable homes are a growing necessity in America. Our factory-built homes industry should... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Who Tells Our Industry's Stories? Videos, Visuals and Verbiage can Sell M…

Who Tells Our Industry's Stories?   Videos, Visuals and Verbiage can Sell More Manufactured Homes

by L A. 'Tony' Kovach Industry expert and community owner, Marty Lavin, JD has made the point that the mainstream media is telling our story on a daily basis. Where are... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Wake up the Sleeping Housing Giant! Getting Realtors ® and Developers to d…

Wake up the Sleeping Housing Giant!  Getting Realtors ® and Developers to do more MH

by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach Realtors ®! We as an industry could collectively sell tens-or hundreds-of-thousands of more manufactured and modular homes per year by getting more Real Estate agents to... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Will Cable and Broadcast TV both Vanish by 2030?

Will Cable and Broadcast TV both Vanish by 2030?

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach The CEO of Netflix thinks that by the year 2030, cable TV could be dead and gone. While that may seem extreme to some, BetaBeat states, “But... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Honoring Small Business, President Obama and MHI's President

Honoring Small Business, President Obama and MHI's President

by L. A. "Tony" Kovach The New York Times headlines reads, “Honoring Small Business, Obamas Go Book Shopping.” The photo below shows the good optics of this, and this hits many... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

If you want to lead, you have to master self-leadership

If you want to lead, you have to master self-leadership

by Tim Connor, CSP I am amazed at how many people in positions of leadership can’t even lead themselves effectively, consistently or with integrity. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your local... Read more

MANAGEMENT

What are you doing different in 2015?

What are you doing different in 2015?

by Tim Connor, CSP What can a lost sale cost you in sales revenue and personal income? Do you want to sell more in 2015 than you did in 2014? There... Read more

MANAGEMENT

ZigOn The Ten Commandments

ZigOn The Ten Commandments

by Zig Ziglar There seems to be a number of contradictions in our society. We are inundated with statistics proving that crime is decreasing. Their are claims the economy getting better,... Read more

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

Sales Tip - Promise a lot and deliver more?

Sales Tip - Promise a lot and deliver more?

by Tim Connor, CSP Many salespeople make a lot of promises or benefit statements while trying to sell a new prospect or existing customer. The assumption these salespeople often erroneously make... Read more

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Gala New Years Eve Celebration to Benefi…

Gala New Years Eve Celebration to Benefit RV/MH Hall of Fame

ELKHART, Ind., -- Jeff White, vice president of operations for the RV/MH Hall of Fame and the Northern Indiana Event Center, invites everyone to celebrate the new year at a festive 2014 New Years Eve Celebration at the Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart onWednesday, December 31. The upscale casual party begins at 7:30 p.m., with live dance music performed by the popular local band, Mulligan's Island.  A DJ, photo booth and a the live broadcast from Times Square for the ball drop are also being provided by D&T Productions.. The bill of fare includes appetizers, an Italian-style buffet, dessert, late night snacks and a champagne toast at midnight, all prepared by locally owned Rulli's Italian Restaurant.  White said, "We'll even accommodate party-goers who have special dietary requests such as gluten free, vegetarian or other...

the MHMSM Team 16 Dec 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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More than $350,000 Already Pledged M…

More than $350,000 Already Pledged     Manufactured Housing Industry Leaders Stepping Up in Support of the $1 Million

ELKHART, Ind. - Darryl Searer, chairman and president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall), is encouraged by the early support of the "Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge" fund raising campaign.  Commitments are coming in from large and small companies, as well as individuals. Searer said, "Our goal is to raise $1 million in this campaign over the next 3 to 5 years.  These new pledges, plus Kevin Clayton's initial pledge of $200,000, means that we are more than 35% there in only a few weeks since the campaign was announced."   Pledges to date and donations include: * Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes pledged $40,000 per year for 5 years. Total of $200,000* Gary McDaniel, YES! Communities, pledged $25,000 per year for the next three years. Total $75,000* Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, Inc., pledged $10,000 per year...

the MHMSM Team 10 Nov 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Bradley awarded for career dedicated to …

Bradley awarded for career dedicated to housing co-ops

ROC USA® President Paul Bradley was recently honored with the National Association of Housing Cooperatives’ Jerry Voorhis Award. The Voorhis is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes significant leadership in both theory and practice. It is presented annually by the NAHC, a national federation of housing cooperatives, mutual housing associations, other resident-owned or controlled housing, professionals, organizations, and individuals interested in promoting the interests of cooperative housing communities. Incorporated in 1960, NAHC is the only national cooperative housing organization. “What an honor,” Bradley said last week from his Concord, N.H., office. “Jerry Voorhis was a real force in the cooperative housing world and even being mentioned in the same context with him is a thrill.” Jerry Voorhis was a five-term U.S. Congressman from California who went on to lead the National Cooperative Business...

the MHMSM Team 04 Nov 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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ROC USA® Network Welcomes MH Industry Ve…

ROC USA® Network Welcomes MH Industry Veteran  As new National Acquisitions & Portfolio Manager

CONCORD, N.H. — Jason Carter has joined the management team at ROC USA Network as National Acquisitions and Portfolio Manager. He begins his new role Nov. 3. Carter’s primary focus is to identify MH community owners interested in selling their communities to their residents and, with ROC USA Network affiliates across the country, execute on resident purchases. ROC USA Network Director Mary O’Hara said Carter’s years of experience with MH manufacturing, sales, community operations and development will be a significant benefit to ROC USA’s affiliates and clients. His appreciation for manufactured housing as affordable housing and his understanding of what it takes to own and operate a community are critical in today’s marketplace, she said. “ROC USA Network has established a proven track record over the last six years, achieving a level...

Soheyla Kovach 16 Oct 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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RV/MH Heritage Foundation Unveils New $1…

RV/MH Heritage Foundation Unveils New $1 Million Campaign Exclusively for the Manufactured Housing Industry

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., - Darryl Searer, chairman and president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall) and Barry Cole, president of MH Insurance Services and past chairman of the Hall, spoke to a group of manufactured housing (MH) executives at the Manufactured Housing Institute's 78th Annual Meeting on September 15th  at the Westin  Resort  in Scottsdale, Arizona.  They unveiled a new five-year fundraiser especially for the MH industry designed to help theHall retire its debt. After updating the MH leaders of the Hall's current financial position, Searer urged the attendees to help the Hall retire its debt by pledging their support for the campaign. Explaining to the group that the Hall's debt was a result of unfulfilled pledges Mr. Cole commented, "In 2007 our idea was to construct a great legacy building that would include an event center, library and museum with unique...

L.A. Tony Kovach 03 Oct 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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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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