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Jim Clayton to Deliver Keynote Address

MHI is pleased to announce that Jim Clayton will provide the Keynote address for the 2010 National Congress and Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing. What better way to celebrate our 20th Anniversary! Jim Clayton is an industry legend who formed today's largest producer and seller of manufactured homes, Clayton Homes. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of the most keen business minds of today who made his own American Dream come true.

ULI and NCC to Co-Host 2010 Forum to be Held During the 2010 National Congress and Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing!

The 2010 National Congress and Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing is scheduled for April 13-15, 2010 in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace and promises to provide the best in programming and networking opportunities for the largest yearly gathering of hundreds of industry leaders. Visit www.congressandexpo.com for more information. Information on speakers and educational sessions will be forthcoming.

The MHI National Communities Council (NCC) is pleased to announce that the Urban Land Institute's Manufactured Housing Communities Council (MHCC) will co-host the 2010 National Communities Forum in Las Vegas on April 13th. This will be the premiere land-lease community event of the year with unprecedented networking opportunities. This is one event you won't want to miss!

The MHI-NCC is the national association to provide owners and managers of manufactured home communities a forum for establishing policies and lobbying on legislative and regulatory issues to protect and enhance manufactured home communities nationwide. The ULI-MHCC is specifically designed to provide a forum for education, networking, and sharing best practices among its members. By combining the MHI-NCC, the industry's Washington, DC advocate and trade group, and the ULI-MHCC, the industry "think-tank," this is sure to be an outstanding, one of a kind forum.

Visit www.congressandexpo.com for information on exhibiting opportunities and click on "For Exhibitors." Exhibitors receive two complimentary registrations valued up to $1000 for each booth reserved, providing full access to all events and sessions. The 2010 Congress and Expo will feature exhibits from leading product and service providers in the industry providing the opportunity for attendees to see the latest innovations and technologies available to help them work and serve their customers more effectively. For any questions on exhibiting, please contact Greg Rinck at (703) 558-0646 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For information on sponsorship opportunities visit www.congressandexpo.com and click on "For Sponsors." This is the premiere opportunity to network with hundreds of housing professionals and top decision makers and increase your company's visibility. Sponsors can take advantage of a wide array of benefits including free registrations, registration list for marketing, free exhibit booth space and much more. For any questions on sponsorships, please contact Cheryl Hardee at (703) 558-0668 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MHI thanks the following sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor
Triad Financial Services

Gold Sponsors
Follett Investment Properties
Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage

Silver Sponsors
Newport Pacific
Okaply

Bronze Sponsors
CU Factory Built Lending
Green Courte Partners
RHP Properties
U.S. Bank

Source: MHI Newswire

Daily Business News Briefs

Settlement of Sixteen Year Legal Wrangling between Owner and Community Pend…

Settlement of Sixteen Year Legal Wrangling between Owner and Community Pending

Updating a story MHProNews last posted Jan. 30, 2014 regarding a 16-year attempt by the residents of Naples Estates (Fla.) manufactured home community (MHC) to purchase their community, Collier County Circuit Judge Hugh Hayes had ruled in favor of the Naples Estates Homeowners Association (NEHA) to seek financing to buy the 484 home site MHC....

22 Sep 2014

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San Diego Offers $22 Million to MHC Residents

San Diego Offers $22 Million to MHC Residents

The city of San Diego has offered to pay the residents of De Anza Cove manufactured housing community (MHC) $22 million in relocation expenses plus attorney fees to settle a lawsuit, following eleven years of legal wrangling. The homeowners’ attorney released a statement saying the city’s offer is a good first step, according to...

22 Sep 2014

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Student Debt will Cut Home Sales Eight Percent

Student Debt will Cut Home Sales Eight Percent

Although MHProNews has posted several stories relating to the effect of student debt on home sales, a new study by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, according to The Wall Street Journal, says higher levels of student debt will reduce U. S. home sales by eight percent this year. Studying purchase activity for households under 40 […]...

22 Sep 2014

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Planning Commission Rejects Manufactured Home Proposal

Planning Commission Rejects Manufactured Home Proposal

The Franklin County (Missouri) Planning and Zoning Commission rejected a conditional use permit (CUP) plan to replace a series of duplexes, senior apartment and Korean-syle huts with single and multi-section manufactured homes for a 110-acre retreat complex for the National Association of Intercultural Family, Inc. (NAICFM). Initially approved in...

22 Sep 2014

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Attempt to Replace Vacated Manufactured Home Sites Denied

Attempt to Replace Vacated Manufactured Home Sites Denied

A request by the owner of residential property in Pierce City, Missouri to re-zone the land as a manufactured home community (MHC) was denied by the city’s aldermen, which is keeping the owner from filling two vacant home sites. A local ordinance requires an empty slot to have a replacement unit sited within 60 days […]...

21 Sep 2014

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Millennials Continue Living with Mom Dad

Millennials Continue Living with Mom Dad

The homeownership rate among young adults ages 18-34 has fallen to a new low, 13.2 percent, as Millennials continue to live in their parents’ basements. In 2014, according to Census Bureau data compiled by trulia.com, 31.1 percent of this age group lived with their parents, a slight decline from 31.2 percent a year prior. As […]...

19 Sep 2014

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Skyline Rises again as Dow Reaches New High

Skyline Rises again as Dow Reaches New High

The huge splash made by Alibaba’s IPO evidently drowned out most everything else, although the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed enough gain, +0.08 percent, +13.75 points, to set another new high, ending the week at 17,279.74. The Nasdaq slipped -.30 percent, -13.64 points, to end the day at 4,579.79, while the S&P 500 also fell...

19 Sep 2014

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Lippert Contributes to RVs, MHs and Community Charities

Lippert Contributes to RVs, MHs and Community Charities

Employees of manufactured housing component supplier Lippert Components, Inc. of Elkhart, Indiana participated in the annual JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk to Cure Diabetes, raising over $15,000 for research into a cure for Type 1 diabetes. According to rvbusiness.com., around 200 employees and their families took part in the...

19 Sep 2014

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Ratner-Skanska Dispute Eating at the Big Apple

Ratner-Skanska Dispute Eating at the Big Apple

Updating a story MHProNews last posted Sept. 5, 2014 about the dispute between Ratner and Skanska in New York City that has brought to halt the construction of the largest modular tower in the world, concern is growing that if the project fails, financing for future modular projects may be in jeopardy. Forest City Ratner’s […]...

19 Sep 2014

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Defensive Building Materials used for Modular Homes

Defensive Building Materials used for Modular Homes

MHProNews has learned that John Paul Builders of Brick Township, New Jersey, is building five modular homes in New York and New Jersey using Eco Building Products’ treated wood product that is protected from mold/mycotoxins, fire, water, fungus, rot and wood-ingesting insects. Calling them “defensive building materials, ECO says its Red S...

19 Sep 2014

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Four MH Industry Members Honored at MHI Annual Meeting

Four MH Industry Members Honored at MHI Annual Meeting

Four members of the manufactured housing industry were honored at the recent Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) annual meeting Sept. 14-16 for their outstanding contributions to the industry. Dick Ernst, president of Financial Marketing Associates, received the MHI Chairman’s Award from MHI Chairman Nathan Smith. A longtime member of the...

19 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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