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Administration Announces New Financing Program for Housing Agencies
On Monday, the Obama administration unveiled a new program to support state and local housing finance agencies (HFAs). The plan will help the agencies finance mortgages for first-time homebuyers and develop rental housing. This announcement follows upon the intent to support HFAs first outlined in February under the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan. The Administration's initiative has two parts: a new bond purchase program to support new lending by state and local housing finance agencies, and a temporary credit and liquidity program to improve the access of HFAs to liquidity for outstanding HFA bonds.

State and local housing finance agencies have the authority to finance and administer a number of programs in order to develop and preserve affordable housing for low- to moderate-income households. Manufactured housing is an integral part in meeting the demand for affordable housing, and is an eligible activity for housing finance agencies to be involved with. MHI encourages its members to work closely with state and local housing finance agencies as they can be an important source of financing.

Source: MHI Newswire

Daily Business News Briefs

SearchCore gets Thumbs Up from Merriman

SearchCore gets Thumbs Up from Merriman

Operating its manufactured home retail centers through Wisdom Homes of America, Inc., SearchCore touts that Merriman Capital, Inc. issued a research report update on their company. OTCmarkets tells MHProNews  that Merriman maintained their speculative buy rating on SearchCore with a target price of $0.30 based on the company’s sales and ...

20 Oct 2014

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Manufactured Home Community owners-managers note – Eviction Notice could Di…

Manufactured Home Community owners-managers note – Eviction Notice could Dissolve without Prompt Action

Iowa Code 648-18 peaceable possession law can lead to the loss of ability to evict a resident from your manufactured home property if not done quickly enough, according to what the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association  (IMHA) tells MHProNews. If a landlord allows a resident to remain in/on rented property for 30 days or more after […]...

20 Oct 2014

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On-site Attached Garages Raises HUD Flag

On-site Attached Garages Raises HUD Flag

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) expressed concern to the manufactured housing industry that some on-site attached garages may violate compliance with the federal construction standards and regulations if completed when the home is finished. The Oklahoma Industry Insight  from the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma ...

20 Oct 2014

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Top Ten for Manufactured Home Living News

Top Ten for Manufactured Home Living News

The number 1 source for visitors, per Webalizer, on the new Manufactured Home Living News are from the U.S.. That should be obvious, but what makes up the next 10? The pace of traffic on the site is accelerating.  With over a million visits – and millions more ‘hits’ (or page views) – in the […]...

19 Oct 2014

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Arkansas Program Replaces MH at One Percent Interest

Arkansas Program Replaces MH at One Percent Interest

Under a program administered by the Warren Public Housing Authority in Arkansas, manufactured homeowners who meet income guidelines can upgrade their homes with assistance from the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, as salineriverchronicle.blogspot.com informs MHProNews. A family in the Banks, AR area recently received a new, handicapped...

19 Oct 2014

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Liberty Homes Skyrockets, LPX and Nobility Gain Notably

Liberty Homes Skyrockets, LPX and Nobility Gain Notably

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, in its second best day of the year, rose 263 points as traders greeted positive results from General Electric, Morgan Stanley and Honeywell, plus European stocks rallied. Additionally, there is a possibility the Federal Reserve may extend the quantitative easing, which further encouraged investors. Dow: 16,380.41...

17 Oct 2014

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Manufactured Home Axles Pilfered, Suspect Pinched

Manufactured Home Axles Pilfered, Suspect Pinched

A 16-foot trailer with 20 manufactured home axles worth $500 was stolen from Jackson Mobile Home Service in Mountain Home, Arkansas, according to baxterbulletin to MHProNews. Joshua Craig Thompson of Mountain Home was arrested after he was found in possession of the trailer in neighboring Yellville. The axles were not found. Thompson was booked at ...

17 Oct 2014

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ROC USA hires Seasoned Pro to Lead Acquisitions Sector

ROC USA hires Seasoned Pro to Lead Acquisitions Sector

Jason Carter, a former director of sales and business development at Champion Home Builders has joined ROC (Resident Owned Communities) USA Network as the National Acquisitions and Portfolio Manager.   Carter will identify owners of manufactured home communities willing to sell to their residents, focusing on asset management and community ...

17 Oct 2014

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Factory-built Homes Could Alleviate Coastal Housing Issues

Factory-built Homes Could Alleviate Coastal Housing Issues

The Workforce Housing Coalition (WHC) of Greater Seacoast is considering five parcels of land in York, Maine near the Kittery town line that could be developed as housing for people who earn modest salaries such as laborers, teachers, firemen and police. WHC Executive Director Ashlee Iber Amenti says the owners of the parcels have all […]...

17 Oct 2014

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Washington Honors Six Affordable Housing Advocates

Washington Honors Six Affordable Housing Advocates

The Housing Finance Commission (HFC) of Washington State has announced the winners of the 2014 Friend of Housing awards, including Ishbel Dickens, who was awarded the Margaret M. Sevy Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with manufactured housing, according to djc.com.   MHProNews recalls a story posted Feb. 8, 2012...

17 Oct 2014

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Small MH can be Reconfigured to Sleep, Feed Ten

Small MH can be Reconfigured to Sleep, Feed Ten

Designed by ABI in East Yorkshire, England, with its moveable walls the Concept Van features a cinema, a ten-seat dining table and beds to sleep ten people, according to what dailymail.co.uk  informs MHProNews.   The 30 foot by 13 foot manufactured home (called “Caravan” in the UK) prototype has beds that fold up into the […]...

16 Oct 2014

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Featured Articles and Reports - October 2014 Vol. 6 No. 1

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Green Home Marketing is a Challenge

Green Home Marketing is a Challenge

by Steven Lefler I do not know about you, but I find marketing green homes to be a challenge. The public reads or watches TV shows about these unique homes and... Read more

MARKETING

An analysis of Norm Schultz - We need the horsepower of the RV industry

An analysis of Norm Schultz - We need the horsepower of the RV industry

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach One of our industry friends sent in the article that follows below, with this single line message above their signature/contact info: “Everyone thinks an image campaign... Read more

MARKETING

Get Business Exposure With Facebook Ads for Cheap

Get Business Exposure With Facebook Ads for Cheap

facebook adsIf you are like most business owners, you're constantly on the lookout for effective, low-cost ways to get maximum exposure for your business. Whether you are look for more... Read more

MARKETING

What does it take to Change Minds?

What does it take to Change Minds?

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach The headline is a question every manufactured housing (MH) professional worth her or his salt should ask regularly! How does one change a mind? Why is this... Read more

MARKETING

Why the “ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE” Wasn’t ‘Trademarked’

Why the “ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE” Wasn’t ‘Trademarked’

by David Baker, JD Have you taken the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge”? If not, you may be one of the few Americans left who wasn’t caught up in the remarkably successful... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

“Hello, this call is a …”

“Hello, this call is a …”

by Nadeen Green, JD What? A sales pitch? A political robo-call? Somebody calling to ask you to donate money (again!)? A TDD call? Say what? A TDD call? What is that? Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

A Doctoral Dissertation on Manufactured Housing and why it matters to the I…

A Doctoral Dissertation on Manufactured Housing and why it matters to the Industry

by Lisa Tyler The doctorate journey is a cycle of processes that is often misunderstood. The designation of “doctoral candidate” signifies the completion of post-graduate coursework and focus on completing the... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

News of the New

News of the New

by Bob Vahsholtz New fangled news media can befuddle old timers like me, but fresh, crisp and honest? Wow, what’s not to like! I’m spending more time on Tony’s sites than... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Manufactured Housing Industry - Phoenix Rising!

Manufactured Housing Industry - Phoenix Rising!

by Dennis Hill You don't have to look far for signs that manufactured housing (MH) is continuing the recovery since hitting bottom in 2009. I recall Ron Thomas, Sr. saying that... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Holds their 78th Annual Meeting

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Holds their 78th Annual Meeting

by MHI Staff MHI held its 78th Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona with 143 members and guests in attendance.  The event was on September 14-16th, at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa,... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Manufactured Housing Professionals News – MHProNews - 5th Anniversary Cele…

Manufactured Housing Professionals News – MHProNews - 5th Anniversary  Celebration, Kudos and Quotable Quotes!

by Manufactured Housing Industry Leaders Thousands of manufactured and modular home professionals recall the days of the MH Merchandiser and other now defunct trade magazines; but thousands more have never known... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Quotes from Manufactured Housing Industry Leaders and A Cup of Coffee with.…

Quotes from Manufactured Housing Industry Leaders and A Cup of Coffee with...

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach Some of the most popular articles we have every month are from our periodic interview with manufactured housing industry leaders. “A Cup of Coffee with...”... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Marty Lavin's Comparison – The Merchandiser Magazine vs. MHProNews

Marty Lavin's Comparison – The Merchandiser Magazine vs. MHProNews

by Marty Lavin, JD Editor's Note: For those who know Marty Lavin, you know the man has a long, storied and successful career in manufactured housing retail, finance and communities. Marty's... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Remember - It all started with a Mouse!

Remember - It all started with a Mouse!

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.” - Walt Disney. Disney's legendary creativity and vision lead him to do... Read more

MANAGEMENT

The best day of your life

The best day of your life

by Tim Connor, CSP Too often we get stuck in the negatives in life and fail to remember those special days, events or weeks and even years that bring a smile... Read more

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

ZigOn Cheating

ZigOn Cheating

by Zig Ziglar With schools welcoming children back from the summer break, the following message is particularly timely. The good news is that whatever we have learned we can also unlearn... Read more

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

An Alternate Approach to The High Cost Of Low Volume Sales, or Why Doing M…

An Alternate Approach to The High Cost Of Low Volume Sales, or  Why Doing Manufactured Housing Correctly Pays

by Ron D'Ambra After reading Tony's article on this subject, I was prompted to recall my retail experience, which would forever change my attitude towards a "retailer," and his or her... Read more

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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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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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