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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

Skyline Corp. Secures Line of Credit

Skyline Corp. Secures Line of Credit

MHProNews has learned from cnnmoney that Elkhart, Indiana-based Skyline Corp. (NYSEMKT:SKY) has obtained a three-year secured revolving line of credit with First Business Capital Corp. The agreement will allow Skyline to borrow up to $10 million. Secured by the company’s assets, the funds will be used for working capital, and loan advances...

27 Mar 2015

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Rep. Hensarling Notes Bipartisan Support for American Dream, Fighting Terro…

Rep. Hensarling Notes Bipartisan Support for American Dream, Fighting Terrorism

In his opening statement to the full House Financial Services Committee considering 11 bipartisan bills “designed to promote a healthier economy, preserve consumer choice and help our fellow Americans achieve the American dream of financial independence,” Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) acknowledged they all passed the House and/or the Com...

26 Mar 2015

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IKEA Develops Modular Refugee Shelter

IKEA Develops Modular Refugee Shelter

Made to be assembled similarly to their furniture, IKEA has designed a modular flat pack refugee shelter that can be assembled by four people within eight hours, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is ordering 10,000 of them. Some of the first units will go to Iraq to house the 2.5 million persons […]...

26 Mar 2015

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MHCV, many Manufactured Housing Stocks Slip; Analysts Predict Further Falls

MHCV, many Manufactured Housing Stocks Slip; Analysts Predict Further Falls

Analysts predict profits for the S&P 500 companies will fall 4.6 percent the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, while others say tech and biotech stocks in the Nasdaq are overvalued. This combination plus weak signals in the economy is the reason the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped -40.31 […]...

26 Mar 2015

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New and Existing Home Sales Rise; Housing Starts Plunge

New and Existing Home Sales Rise; Housing Starts Plunge

While housing starts fell 17 percent in February, as the National Association of Home Builders informs MHProNews, newly built, single-family home sales rose 7.8 percent for the same month to a seasonally annual adjusted rate of 539,000 units. Utilizing data from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban (HUD) and the Census Bureau, this […]...

26 Mar 2015

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City is Developing Manufactured Home Community Co-op

City is Developing Manufactured Home Community Co-op

A manufactured home community co-operative may be in the works for Wahpeton, North Dakota, according to a feasibility study read to the Wahpeton Finance Committee by Wahpeton Economic Development Director Jane Priebe. The town’s Economic Development Commission would develop the project after receiving financial support from a series of...

26 Mar 2015

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Could the Housing Bubble Burst Again?

Could the Housing Bubble Burst Again?

While noting that stocks for companies with strong ties to the housing market are doing well–homebuilder KB Home, Lowe’s, Sherwin Williams, Whirlpool appliances—CNNMoney tells MHPronews the refinancing impetus may be over. Despite high home sales last month, if mortgage rates start to move higher, as the Federal Reserve suggests, the s...

26 Mar 2015

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Modular Classrooms will Accommodate Growing Enrollment

Modular Classrooms will Accommodate Growing Enrollment

The Licking Heights School District in Pataskala, Ohio, just east of Columbus installed six modular classrooms at the beginning of the current school year, and will acquire six more for the Central Middle School before next school year begins. MHProNews has learned from newarkadvocate the current high school had just under 1,600 students in 2003,...

25 Mar 2015

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Economy Fears Drive Down Tracked Manufactured Home Stocks, MHCV

Economy Fears Drive Down Tracked Manufactured Home Stocks, MHCV

Orders for big ticket items, a surprise decline in retail sales and a steep drop in existing home sales instilled fears of a weakening economy in investors, driving down the Dow Jones Industrial Average in today’s trading -292.60 points, -1.62 percent, to end at 17,718.54. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq plummeted -118.21 points, -2.37 percent to...

25 Mar 2015

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Demand, Sales Rise for Manufactured Home Communities

Demand, Sales Rise for Manufactured Home Communities

MHProNews has learned from cpexecutive that Federal Capital Partners and Horizon Land Co. LLC have purchased eleven manufactured home communities (MHCs), primarily in western New York, for $88 million. This 2,413 home site transaction brings to 32 MHCs the two companies own with a total of 5,600 home sites. The largest community in this deal...

25 Mar 2015

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Passages: LaDonna Smith

Passages: LaDonna Smith

LaDonna Sue Smith, wife of Stephen Smith of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed away suddenly March 20, 2015. An innovative hairdresser, LaDonna was a Bible study leader, involved in prison ministry, and sang in a band called AudioSilver. Her husband, Stephen, is vice-president of Durham Supply, a leader in the manufactured housing industry and...

25 Mar 2015

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Featured Articles and Reports - March 2015 Vol. 6 No. 6

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Back to the Future? Back to the Past?

Back to the Future?  Back to the Past?

by Nadeen Green, JD I have never been good at understanding the issues that would be presented if time travel were to become a possibility. Heck, I have troubles following the... NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

The Latest on the CFPB and Finance Regulations

The Latest on the CFPB and Finance Regulations

by Bill Matchneer, JD At the upcoming Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, I will be discussing some difficult problems that new CFPB regulations have caused for the manufactured housing housing industry. NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Financing for Manufactured Homes in Lease Communities bill

Financing for Manufactured Homes in Lease Communities bill

by Sandra Lane A bill proposed by the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) to create a special funding program for manufactured housing loans was passed in their state's House Economic Growth... NSP_READMORE

FINANCING

Understanding How Electricity is Used

Understanding How Electricity is Used

by Steve Lefler Many questions are asked by potential home buyers on energy efficiency in new home construction. The primary question most often asked is how much will my electric bill... NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

What If HUD’s building code for manufactured housing was eliminated?

What If HUD’s building code for manufactured housing was eliminated?

by Steve Lefler The Federal Government needs to consolidate its agencies to control costs. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

2015 Louisville Manufactured Home Show Report & MH Communities Lessons Lear…

2015 Louisville Manufactured Home Show Report & MH Communities Lessons Learned

by Mary O'Hara What’s special about the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show? The homes on display of course! The 2015 Show didn’t disappoint. Dozens of attractive, innovative, affordable homes were on display. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

I Heard It Thru The Grapevine

I Heard It Thru The Grapevine

by Ron D'Ambra Recently there has been a lot of conversation and speculation on the longevity and growth of the manufactured housing industry. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Revisit the Paradigm

Revisit the Paradigm

by Bob Vahsholtz A topic on the forefront of today’s MH thinking is the challenge of finance. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

The NEW Tunica Manufactured Housing Show - Reborn for 2015!

The NEW Tunica Manufactured Housing Show - Reborn for 2015!

by Dennis Hill The industry didn't realize it, but we dodged a bullet last year in keeping the Tunica MH Show's uninterrupted run. The old show site was lost due to... NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

A Cup of Coffee with…Scott Roberts

A Cup of Coffee with…Scott Roberts

1) Who, What and Where: (Your name and your formal title at Roberts Resorts). Scott Allen Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Roberts Resorts & Communities. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Showcasing The Good, Bad and the Ugly = Ticket To Manufactured Housing Succ…

Showcasing The Good, Bad and the Ugly = Ticket To Manufactured Housing Success?

by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach As Sandra Lane recently reported in the Daily Business News, a third party report by the GIA recently project that manufactured housing would double by 2020. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Tunica Manufactured Housing Show Videos!

Tunica Manufactured Housing Show Videos!

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach If you've not been to the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show in the past few years, what's the best way to see what the show will be... NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Stress is an employee performance killer

Stress is an employee performance killer

by Tim Connor, CSP Stress is the single biggest contributor to; -Poor morale NSP_READMORE

MANAGEMENT

Exit Strategies or is it Time to Pull the Trigger

Exit Strategies or is it Time to Pull the Trigger

by Tim Connor, CSP I can’t tell you how many times I have observed clients: develop new products, NSP_READMORE

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

ZigOn Gossip

ZigOn Gossip

by Zig Ziglar We frequently hear little jokes about gossip, like the two people who were talking and one said, "I can't tell you any more. NSP_READMORE

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

There are three types of salespeople

There are three types of salespeople

by Tim Connor, CSP Yes, there are lots of different types of salespeople but let me focus on just three for now; committers, quitters and vacillators and the winner is .... NSP_READMORE

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RV/MH Heritage Foundation Acquires Manuf…

RV/MH Heritage Foundation Acquires Manufactured Home on Display at the RV/MH Museum

ELKHART, Ind., - Thanks to several generous donations, the manufactured home on display at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, is now owned by the RV/MH Heritage Foundation (Foundation), according to Foundation President Darryl Searer.  The home was originally erected and donated by Fairmont Homes for a period of one year for the purpose of showing visitors to the museum the evolution of mobile homes of the early to mid-20th century to today's modern affordable manufactured homes.  Since it was opened to the public in late 2013 it has been toured by thousands of visitors to the museum. As the clock was counting down to the end of the year when the home would have been removed by Fairmont Homes, Jim Shea, president of Fairmont Homes, offered to let the Foundation acquire...

Soheyla Kovach 01 Mar 2015 Corporate Press Releases

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FREE Educational Seminars Are Scheduled …

FREE Educational Seminars Are Scheduled for the  2015 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show!

These seminars were a major HIT at the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. MHPros from Coast to Coast and Canada came... ...they praised the practical information for their businesses. We expanded seminar room space 30%, and still filled it! Come see why... Wednesday March 25th, 2015 Wednesday 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM. Lisa Tyler from Walden University and other MH Experts will be speaking on reasons why Realtors ®, investors, MH veterans and other housing professionals should be joining the ranks of profitably advancing America's most affordable new home construction. Opportunities in Modern MH. This will be a fast paced panel presentation, with Q&A planned. Wednesday 10 AM – 11 AM. Super-Charged Marketing! Dominate your area with savvy Marketing! Learn how to sell more homes and how MHCs can fill more vacant sites. Attract more customers with cash and good credit....

the MHMSM Team 25 Jan 2015 Corporate Press Releases

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Bill Matchneer, Dick Jennison and Ron Th…

Bill Matchneer, Dick Jennison and Ron Thomas Sr. to address Louisville Show attendees

MHProNews  has confirmed that attorney Bill Matchneer, previously with HUD and the CFPB, will be addressing the attendees of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. So too will Richard "Dick" Jennison, MHI's current President and CEO. MH community and street retail Hall of Famer, Ron Thomas, Sr. - who is also the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) Chairman - will speak on financing and MH growth related topics, rounding out what promises to be a faced paced opening hour to the seminars on Wednesday morning. The doors will open at 8:15 AM on Wednesday at the seminar room so MH Industry professionals can network with peers and colleagues. The session featuring these three industry leaders will begin at 8:45 AM sharp. They will be introduced by one or more of the executive...

the MHMSM Team 12 Jan 2015 Corporate Press Releases

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Fairmont residents purchase community

Fairmont residents purchase community

Download pdf Fairmont residents purchase community

the MHMSM Team 11 Jan 2015 Corporate Press Releases

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Tunica manufactured home show 2015 updat…

Tunica manufactured home show 2015 update

Introducing… A Phoenix Rises Is widely considered the “premiere” show of the year… Is a unique show that totally sets it apart from all others… Is so distinctive that retailers will never see the same product at other shows… Is such an inclusive show for the south east region that it has appeal for virtually everyone who attends… Encompasses all levels of affordability, from HUD homes to spectacular system-built housing… One would have to be awfully shortsighted to fail to see that our show could present an enormous marketing opportunity. And one would have to look far and wide to find another event with the pizzazz, panache, and prestige of such a show. That’s because it doesn’t exist. But this one does. You already know it. It’s called The Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. This show possesses every one...

the MHMSM Team 11 Jan 2015 Corporate Press Releases

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2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Sho…

2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show New-Year Updates!

If you are a manufactured housing pro, you can't do better than starting 2015 out right by attending all 2 ½ days of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show! Here is the brochure link with the latest updates. The full brochure can be downloaded from this link here. See you in Louisville! ##

the MHMSM Team 02 Jan 2015 Corporate Press Releases

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