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This week, the Senate has turned its attention to the extension of the home buyer tax tax credit which expires on December 1 unless extended. Members of the Senate have said they have substantially reached an agreement on extending the credit, and plan to add it to a bill that would extend expiring unemployment benefits. The amendment would extend the existing $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers and offer a new $6,500 credit for existing homeowners who have lived in their current residence for a consecutive five-year period within the past eight years. Once the Senate has adopted the extension, the House is expected to take up and pass the Senate language. The White House also came out this week in support of the extension. MHI has expressed its support for extension of the homebuyer tax credit to key members of both the House and the Senate, as well as to the White House.

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Community Owners, Residents Clash over Measure V

Community Owners, Residents Clash over Measure V

A full-blown battle over rent control is on in Humboldt County, CA, reports the Lost Coast Outpost’s Ryan Burns. The Humboldt Mobilehome Owner Coalition established a ballot measure, Measure V, that would regulate rent hikes on manufactured home land-lease sites. It aims to prevent a community’s owners from making what the measure’s adv...

29 Sep 2016

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Trump’s New Theme vs Clinton – Follow the Money, Crowd Shouts Back: ‘Lock h…

Trump’s New Theme vs Clinton – Follow the Money, Crowd Shouts Back: ‘Lock her up!’

Try telling Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign – or former GOP nominee John McCain – that that crowd size doesn’t matter.  Of course it does.  It is an indication of enthusiasm. Over 60% of those polled answer the ‘right track, wrong track’ question by saying that the nation is on the wrong track. In a change […]...

29 Sep 2016

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Markets Rise Again – OPEC Agrees To Production Cuts, Oil Prices Surge – Sen…

Markets Rise Again – OPEC Agrees To Production Cuts, Oil Prices Surge – Senate Overrides Obama Veto – CA Punishes Wells Fargo with Sweeping Sanctions

Noteworthy headlines on CNNMoney – CA Punishes Wells Fargo with Sweeping Sanctions. OPEC Cuts Production, Oil Surges – 35% of Student Loan Defaults From For-Profit College Students. Some bullets from MarketWatch – City-by-city look as house-price gains slow. White House calls Congress veto of 9/11 bill ’embarrassing’. China’s richest ma...

28 Sep 2016

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Battle Over Community Owner’s Rights vs. Resident’s Rights highlighted in S…

Battle Over Community Owner’s Rights vs. Resident’s Rights highlighted in St. Anthony case

Residents of the Lowry Grove community in the Minneapolis, MN suburb of St. Anthony lost their bid to block the sale of the property, according to a ruling by a Hennepin County Judge. “We continue working together to save Lowry Grove. We will organize more action,” said Antonia Alvarez, president of the Lowry Grove Resident […]...

28 Sep 2016

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“Trailer Trash” (sic) Talk – Manufactured homeowners and professionals ask …

“Trailer Trash” (sic) Talk – Manufactured homeowners and professionals ask – What’s in a name?

When retiree Lois Requist decided to downsize from her two-story condo to a manufactured home community in the San Francisco metro area, she was met with some resistance by friends and neighbors—some unfortunately threw the awful “T” word – “tr—lr trash” – at her. Despite the criticism, Requist is happy with the decision she...

28 Sep 2016

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Mixed Post ‘Great Debate’ Polling Results, but most Pundits Tilt Round 1 To…

Mixed Post ‘Great Debate’ Polling Results, but most Pundits Tilt Round 1 Towards Hillary

After an estimated 81 million viewed the great debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, who won? Donald Trump won all of the flash polls after the debate, save CNN’s. Who in the pundit class would think it true? While many panned Trump’s performance, they forget that experts said the same during the GOP primaries.  […]...

28 Sep 2016

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Patrick Industries, Drew Industries Announce Executive Moves

Patrick Industries, Drew Industries Announce Executive Moves

Patrick Industries (NASDAQ: PATK) and Drew Industries (NYSE: DW)  – both based in Elkhart, Indiana- made executive level moves today. Patrick announced, effective immediately, Jeffrey M. Rodino, Executive Vice President of Sales and Chief Operating Officer, assumes the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Sales and Chief...

28 Sep 2016

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Market Rebounds, Manufactured Home Index Down, But Drew and Patrick Up On E…

Market Rebounds, Manufactured Home Index Down, But Drew and Patrick Up On Executive Moves

Noteworthy headlines on CNNMoney – Debate most watched in history. Fed under attack, but still profitable for taxpayers. U.S. probes Wells Fargo whistle blower complaints. Some bullets from MarketWatch – Congress deadlocked over funding bill as government shutdown looms. Chesapeake Energy’s stock plunges as Carl Icahn loses interest. Nike stock dow...

27 Sep 2016

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Emerging Mainstream News Trend? Are Positive Manufactured Home Reports Incr…

Emerging Mainstream News Trend? Are Positive Manufactured Home Reports Increasing?

As the U.S. population rises, the steady growth of the mainstream housing market probably comes as a surprise to few. What may come as a surprise to veteran HUD Code manufactured housing professionals is that an affordable housing option –– manufactured homes! – has had a suddenly flurry of positive coverage, by mainstream news outlets. [&#...

27 Sep 2016

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Skyline Corporation Hits 52-Week High. Is Near-Term Analysis Positive?

Skyline Corporation Hits 52-Week High. Is Near-Term Analysis Positive?

The stock of Skyline Corporation (NYSE: SKY) hit a 52-week high of $12.72 last week, according to a recent report from BarChart. While the stock price has had its ups and downs throughout 2016, Skyline executives have kept a positive tone and goal-oriented approach, which has clearly paid off.  Their president stated their firm’s conviction...

27 Sep 2016

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The Big First Presidential Debate – Pundits, Politicos and Instant Polls

The Big First Presidential Debate – Pundits, Politicos and Instant Polls

The first super-hyped presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle is history.  There is what the pundits say.  There is what the politicos and news junkies walked away with.  There are instant polls, which to a certain degree will reflect what their readership composition is. Then there are the voters. Some of the top headlines […]...

27 Sep 2016

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Building A Good Reputation Is Hard!

Building A Good Reputation Is Hard!

by Wayne Coakley Well, maybe not so hard. Surprisingly, building a good reputation is pretty easy if you built your business around trust from the get-go. NSP_READMORE

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AMHA Announces 3 New Videos Designed to Promote Manufactured Housing, Disp…

AMHA Announces 3 New Videos Designed to  Promote Manufactured Housing, Dispel Myths

by J. D. Harper The Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) has completed a series of short videos aimed at addressing and dispelling myths, misconceptions and stereotypes about today’s manufactured housing. NSP_READMORE

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Carlyle Group (CG) Urged To Invest Multi-Billion$ In “Dry Powder,” says Blo…

Carlyle Group (CG) Urged To Invest Multi-Billion$ In “Dry Powder,” says Bloomberg’s Tan

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach  The Carlyle Group (CG) is reportedly one of the top 100 largest manufactured home community operators in the U.S..  Its big hedge fund business is said... NSP_READMORE

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Management Group Increases Holdings in Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS)

Management Group Increases Holdings in Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS)

by Frank Griffin Schroder Investment Management Group acquired an additional $2,017,000 worth of Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) shares for the quarter ending July 30th, 2016. NSP_READMORE

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Comparing Mid-America Apartment Communities vs. Sun Communities, Head-to-He…

Comparing Mid-America Apartment Communities vs. Sun Communities, Head-to-Head Analysis

By Joe Dyton CML News recently took a deep dive into a head-to-head comparison between Memphis, TN-based Mid-America Communities, Inc. (NYSE: MAA) and Southfield, MI-based Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE: SUI). NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Two Faces of Manufactured Home Community Closures – Urban Institute’s Prese…

Two Faces of Manufactured Home Community Closures – Urban Institute’s Preservation Approach Vs. Little Farm Trailer Park Outcome

by Joe Dyton Affordable housing options are becoming less plentiful around the country, but according to Urban Institute researchers, there are ways to sidestep what has become an outright crisis. NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

UMH Properties Closes on 2 Manufactured Home Communities, more Closings Pen…

UMH Properties Closes on 2 Manufactured Home Communities, more Closings Pending

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach Freehold NJ based UMH Properties, Inc. (NYSE: UMH) announced that it has closed on the acquisition of two communities located in Ohio for a total purchase... NSP_READMORE

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Another 2016 Manufactured Housing Legal Update – Where Business & Law Inter…

Another 2016 Manufactured Housing Legal Update – Where Business & Law Intersect

by Marc Lifeset, JD McGlinchey Stafford is proud to provide the Manufactured Housing Update to the manufactured housing industry.  NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Man Shot in “Trailer Park” (sic) says ABC TV’s Marla Carter, MH Pros React

Man Shot in “Trailer Park” (sic) says ABC TV’s Marla Carter, MH Pros React

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach Tragedy and violence occurs in neighborhoods across America. NSP_READMORE

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MHC Pro/Owner – “Highly Conflicted” over Manufactured Home Community Closur…

MHC Pro/Owner – “Highly Conflicted” over Manufactured Home Community Closures

by Marty Lavin, JD Tony, I am highly conflicted by the closing and eviction of the El Portal MH community. NSP_READMORE

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MH Community Owner’s Reaction to Baytown, TX “trashy mobile home park” stor…

MH Community Owner’s Reaction to Baytown, TX “trashy mobile home park” story

by Richard Nodel I become incensed when I see examples of the absolute worse type of landlord. NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Zoning, Opening up Urban Infill and Making Sure Citizens who want Manufactu…

Zoning, Opening up Urban Infill and Making Sure Citizens who want Manufactured Homes are Heard

by Ed Schafer For the last three or four years, the South Carolina association’s focus is to move beyond killing bad zoning proposals and working to reopen areas that have been... NSP_READMORE

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Discrimination, Zoning and Disparate Impact on Manufactured Homes, Owners, …

Discrimination, Zoning and Disparate Impact on Manufactured Homes, Owners, Prospects

by Mark Weiss The discriminatory exclusion of manufactured homes by local governments is a major problem for the industry and consumers. NSP_READMORE

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Say No Socialist Driven Economy, Praise for Revolution PreFab Homes

Say No Socialist Driven Economy, Praise for Revolution PreFab Homes

by Jay Hamilton Tony, I have no plans to vote for a Socialism Driven Economy. NSP_READMORE

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Business Impact - Left, Right Agree – President Obama’s mark is on powerful…

Business Impact - Left, Right Agree – President Obama’s mark is on powerful U.S. Appeals Courts

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach Elizabeth Wydra is the president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, which Wikipedia describes as a conservative judicial group. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Cavco’s Joe Stegmayer, Directors Insider Trades – & CVCO Portfolio Holder U…

Cavco’s Joe Stegmayer, Directors Insider Trades – & CVCO Portfolio Holder Updates

   by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach  Cavco Industries director Jack Hanna has filed a Form 4, according to a report byStreetInsider, see that as a download, linked here. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Controversial Analysis – NRDC, ACEEE and proposed DOE Manufactured Home Ene…

Controversial Analysis – NRDC, ACEEE and proposed DOE Manufactured Home Energy Standards for Manufactured Homes – Helpful or Harmful?

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach Controversy about the proposed U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) standards for manufactured housing has followed the flurry of commentary from various special-interest and non-profit groups, covered... NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Demand for Manufactured Homes in Louisiana Flood Zone Rising, Factories Gea…

Demand for Manufactured Homes in Louisiana Flood Zone Rising, Factories Gear Up for FEMA, Residents

by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach For two days, rain tortured the heart of bayou country, dumping 24 inches in less than 48 hours on southern Louisiana, says a report in the... NSP_READMORE

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Discrimination, Injustice against manufactured housing – a Call for Action …

Discrimination, Injustice against manufactured housing – a Call for Action by Industry Professionals

by Todd Lamb Tony, I agree with the Daily Business News article and the comments from other manufactured home industry professionals regarding Councilman David McCartney in Baytown. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Responding to Negative News About a trashy Baytown “Mobile Home Park”

Responding to Negative News About a trashy Baytown “Mobile Home Park”

by Karl Radde Stories like this are the kind of thing that generally helps cast such a negative light on our industry. NSP_READMORE

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HUD Code Manufactured Housing, “The Discrimination Code”

HUD Code Manufactured Housing, “The Discrimination Code”

by Marty Lavin, JD Tony, you are so right on the HUD Code has become a deadly “discrimination code,” especially as it applies to manufactured home financing. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

The Importance and Value of Independent MH Trade Publications

The Importance and Value of Independent MH Trade Publications

by Tim Williams MHProNews.com and MHLivingNews.com are both good communications resources for the Manufactured Housing Industry. NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

A Cup of Coffee with… Otis Orsburn, Hybrid Prefab Homes

A Cup of Coffee with… Otis Orsburn, Hybrid Prefab Homes

1) Who, What and Where: (Your name and your formal title at Hybrid Prefab Homes and where your organization is based). My name is Otis Orsburn, President of Hybrid Prefab Homes based... NSP_READMORE

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A Cup of Coffee with…Mark Weiss, President & CEO of MHARR (Manufactured Hou…

A Cup of Coffee with…Mark Weiss, President & CEO of MHARR (Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform)

1) Who, What and Where: (Your name and your formal title at Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) and where your organization is based). Mark Weiss, President and Chief Executive Officer... NSP_READMORE

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Rules for Radicals – Saul D. Alinsky and his Followers Political Action Pla…

Rules for Radicals – Saul D. Alinsky and his Followers Political Action Plan

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach When Jay Hamilton, Executive Director of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association mentioned Saul Alinsky, I knew a little about who Alinsky was, and that he’s inspired... NSP_READMORE

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Happiness Happens

Happiness Happens

by Tim Connor, CSP I am sure you have heard, or maybe even used the term, SH _ T Happens: well how about - Happiness Happens? NSP_READMORE

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

ZigOn Preachers

ZigOn Preachers

by Zig Ziglar The typical American believes that those men and women who fill the pulpits in the churches work a few hours on the weekend and probably spend some... NSP_READMORE

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UMH Properties, Inc. Completes Acquisition Of Two Ohio Communities

FREEHOLD, N.J., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UMH Properties, Inc. (NYSE: UMH) announced that it closed on the acquisition of two communities located in Ohio for a total purchase price of $2,954,000. These two all-age communities contain 165 sites situated on approximately 71 acres. The weighted average occupancy for these communities is approximately 64%. These communities are part of a five community portfolio, all located in Ohio, with a total purchase price of $17,020,000. The portfolio contains a total of 821 sites situated on approximately 342 acres. The acquisition of the remaining communities is expected to close before yearend. The completion of this acquisition is subject to due diligence and other customary closing conditions. Therefore, there can be no assurance that this acquisition will take place during 2016 or at...

the MHMSM Team 02 Sep 2016 Corporate Press Releases

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Redcort Portfolio | 442 Sites | Illinois

Redcort Portfolio | 442 Sites | Illinois

Portfolio Summary Investment:             2 Property Portfolio                                with Storage UnitsStar Class:              2-3MH Sites:                216Storage Sites:         226Homes & Notes:      37MH Occupancy:       96.7%Storage Occup.:      98.7% Sale Price:    $8,289,627 Community Highlights Historically high economic occupancy with current MH economic occupancy of 96.7%, and storage 98.7% Less than 10% park owned homes Redwood has asphalt streets, while Cortland has new chip and tar streets, August 2016 Redwood is 97 miles from Downtown Chicago, while Cortland is 64 miles For additional sales and cap rate information, please call: Christopher Nortley (586) 884-8416chris@mhreinc.com  Enon Winkler (407) 616-0250enon@mhreinc.com  www.mhreinc.com

the MHMSM Team 02 Sep 2016 Corporate Press Releases

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Next Step Network Participating in Give …

Next Step Network Participating in Give Local Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky – This year, Next Step Network is participating in Give Local Louisville, a 24-hour online giving day that supports the local nonprofits doing great work in our community. Last year, through Give Local Louisville, our community raised $3 million for the 362 participating nonprofits. On September 15, for those 24 hours, the Community Foundation of Louisville and its partners will maximize the community's generosity with Golden Tickets, prizes and bonus dollars. This provides an incredible opportunity for donors to increase the impact of their gifts to the nonprofits they care about. Next Step’s mission is to put sustainable homeownership within reach of everyone, while transforming the manufactured housing industry through consumer education, affordability and energy efficiency. By participating in Give Local Louisville, we will raise funds to support new and...

the MHMSM Team 02 Sep 2016 Corporate Press Releases

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MHRE Closes the Matrix MHC Portfolio

MHRE Closes the Matrix MHC Portfolio

On August 4th, 2016 MHRE closed the Matrix MHC Portfolio to a undisclosed buyer.  The portfolio consisted of 11 communities in Michigan, of which 4 were 55+, and 2 in Alabama, with a total combined site count of 7,253 sites. Christopher Nortley, Managing Partner of MHRE explained, “Matrix had a ton of interest in their portfolio, but based on the size, core location, and their home portfolio, it really came down to a hand full of operators that had the capability to acquire a portfolio of this size, but more importantly, an operator that understands the value add component of the home portfolio.“ Enrico Scarda, Chief Executive Officer of The Matrix Group commented, “Matrix acquired and successfully stabilized its portfolio which was positioned for a new operator to take the portfolio to...

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California JLT Market Reports Now Availa…

California JLT Market Reports Now Available

Datacomp, publisher of JLT Market Reports, is pleased to announce that our comprehensive manufactured home community rent and occupancy reports are now available for majormarkets in California: Los AngelesOrangeRiversideSacramentoSan BernardinoSan DiegoSan Francisco Bay NorthSan Francisco Bay SouthVentura These August 2016 reports include detailed information about investment grade communities including: # of Homesites Occupancy % Rents and Increases including Rent Control Amenties Vacant Sites Repossessed and Inventory Homes and More! Plus… valuable Management Insights ranked by the Number of Homesites, Occupancy and Highest to Lowest Rents. To show trends in each market, we also include a report that compares August 2016 occupancy and rents to August 2015. Use these reports to learn more about thesemarkets, earn greater profits, identify potential acquisitions and stay competitive.  Ordering Is Easy! Call us TOLL FREE at 800-588-5426, emailreports@datacompusa.com or visit our secure website at www.datacompusa.com/JLT to download reports immediately.

the MHMSM Team 11 Aug 2016 Corporate Press Releases

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Closed | 278 Sites | Heartland Estates |…

Closed | 278 Sites | Heartland Estates | Lakeland, Florida

On August 5, 2016, MHRE sold Heartland Estates to Murex Properties, a Fort Myers-based company that owns and manages premier manufactured-housing communities throughout the United States. Heartland Estates is a 278 site, Senior, 55+ manufactured housing community, nestled on a ridge, overlooking Lake Hester in central Florida. The community is about one-half mile west of U.S. 27, the principle north-south artery through Florida, and about 8 miles south of I-4. Heartland Estates provides an amenity-rich lifestyle with a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse, with a verandah overlooking both the heated swimming pool and the lake.  The clubhouse and amenities include a ballroom, fitness center, kitchen, library, billiards, shuffleboard courts and horseshoes.   Enon Winkler, Partner with MHRE Inc. explained that “Our strong relationship and trust with the Seller allowed us to maximize value in a time where...

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