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Research conducted over the past 30 years concludes that manufactured homes do not have a negative impact on the value of adjacent or surrounding stick-built dwellings. Not only does factory-made housing have the potential to rise in value over time, according to separate studies from the University of Michigan, Consumers Union, and East Carolina University, it can match the performance of a conventional house if properly maintained. All three concur that a manufactured home placed on privately owned land in a good neighborhood would experience the same opportunity to grow in value as a site-built house in the very same location, if purchase price and maintenance costs are among the factors that influence appreciation. The Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina even says the value of a factory-built residence that has been well-tended could grow in value "as much if not more than site-built homes." In that state, manufactured housing has appreciated by 4 percent to 5 percent for the last 20 years or more.

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From "Studies Examine Manufactured Homes' Value" SCNow (10/12/09) Sweeney, John

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Third Avenue Gains the Most, Patrick Slides Among Tracked Stocks

Third Avenue Gains the Most, Patrick Slides Among Tracked Stocks

Stocks were mixed in today’s trading as the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up +0.35 percent, +59.54 points, to close at 16,979.13, as the Nasdaq was mostly flat, losing -0.02 percent, -1.03 points to end at 4,526.48. The S&P 500 nudged up +4.91 points, +0.25 percent, to close at 1,986.51, as CNNMoney informs MHProNews. The […]...

20 Aug 2014

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Sam Zell: Going Head-to-Head with Former Partner?

Sam Zell: Going Head-to-Head with Former Partner?

Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS)/Equity Residential Chairman Sam Zell is seeking to raise $600 million for investments in emerging markets in India, China and Latin America, and may be competing with his former partner at Equity Residential, Gary Garrabrant, who left Equity suddenly in 2012, according to therealdeal.com. Garrabrant, who founded...

20 Aug 2014

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Modular Shipments Fall in Q2 2014

Modular Shipments Fall in Q2 2014

According to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), the National Modular Housing Council (NMHC) reports 3,543 new modular homes were shipped in the second quarter of 2014, a drop of 7.7 percent from the same quarter in 2013. As MHProNews has learned, compared to the same quarter of 2013, results for 2014 indicate 11 states had […]...

20 Aug 2014

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Very Small Homes Catching Public Eye

Very Small Homes Catching Public Eye

The tiny home movement stretches from do-it-yourself models to made-to-order units to converted shipping containers and old cable cars from San Francisco. Pictured is a railroad car in Montana with a studded leather couch and chair and wood-grain floor and ceiling, offset by modern stainless-steel appliances. Compared to the cost of moving a train...

20 Aug 2014

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Former Modular Home Plant now Makes Pallets

Former Modular Home Plant now Makes Pallets

The facility that was headquarters for modular home builder Pittsville Homes for 40 years in Pittsville, Wisconsin has been sold to Hay Creek Pallet Co., which was renting part of the building as the modular home business declined and the owner, Jim Hoogesteger, decided to retire, according to wisconsinrapidstribune.com. In the past, one of the...

20 Aug 2014

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All-cash Home Sales Fall Nationally, Save Several Metros

All-cash Home Sales Fall Nationally, Save Several Metros

According to RealtyTrac, all-cash deals comprised 38 percent of all home sales in the second quarter of 2014, a drop from 42 percent in Q1 2014, as institutional buyers—those buying at least ten homes annually—are finding good deals drying up. They accounted for 4.7 percent of all home sales, a drop from six percent in […]...

19 Aug 2014

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Single and Multifamily Housing Starts Rise in July

Single and Multifamily Housing Starts Rise in July

Spurred by strong single-family and multifamily growth, housing starts for July rose 15.7 percent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 1.093 million units, the highest rate since Nov. 2013, as reported by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U. S. Census Bureau. According to the National Association of...

19 Aug 2014

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Skyline Reverses Recent Losses, Regains Five Percent

Skyline Reverses Recent Losses, Regains Five Percent

Despite recent cautions that the stock market is due for “a correction,” the three major indexes all traded higher on the day, each gaining up to one half of one percent, adding a positive twist to yesterday’s gains, according to what CNNMoney tells MHProNews. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained +80.85 points, +0.48 percent, to […]...

19 Aug 2014

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Foreclosure Filings Edge Up in July

Foreclosure Filings Edge Up in July

Foreclosure filings, which include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions increased two percent from June to July, but dropped 16 percent from a year ago, reports worldpropertychannel.com. “July was the 46th consecutive month where U.S. foreclosure activity was down on a year-over-year basis,” said Daren Blomquist, vice pre...

19 Aug 2014

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Riverlake Infuses Modular Builder with Cash

Riverlake Infuses Modular Builder with Cash

Riverlake Partners LLC, a private-equity fund that focuses on growth investments typically with companies in the $20 million to $70 million value range, has made a majority equity investment in Guerdon Enterprises LLC, a producer of large, multi-unit modular commercial and residential buildings. Based in Boise, Idaho, Guerdon serves the Western U....

19 Aug 2014

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Zillow Takeover of Trulia Contested

Zillow Takeover of Trulia Contested

According to housingwire.com, an article in the New York Post reports the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block the $3.5 billion takeover of Trulia by Zillow due to anti-competition concerns. Although the two companies will remain separate entities, their combined 86.4 million visitors in May...

19 Aug 2014

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Featured Articles and Reports - August 2014 Vol. 5 No. 11

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Enhanced Manufactured and Modular Home Marketing and Sales Results

Enhanced Manufactured and Modular Home Marketing and Sales Results

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach American companies spend 2 billion a year on training. So why don't more manufactured and modular home (MH) retailers and communities invest properly in sales training? Read more

MARKETING

Bacon is so popular!

Bacon is so popular!

by Nadeen Green, JD Yes, indeed bacon is popular. An entire culture has been developed around this pork product in America, and once limited to breakfast and cheeseburgers, bacon has now... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Architects Have a Duty of Care to Future Buyers of Condominiums for Neglig…

Architects Have a Duty of Care to Future Buyers of  Condominiums for Negligent Design

by Bill Dahlin, Esq. On July 3, 2014, the California Supreme Court decided the case entitled Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

A New Strategy for Community Owners

A New Strategy for Community Owners

by Steven Lefler Our society has labeled housing for as long as I can remember. I grew up believing “Site Built Homes” typically register in people minds to be “better built,”... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

The Impact of a 1.3 Billion Dollar Manufactured Home Communities Acquisitio…

The Impact of a 1.3 Billion Dollar Manufactured Home Communities Acquisition

by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach We've been reporting off and on for the past few months about rumors and tips that suggested that a deal in the $500 million to the... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

July, 1960 Popular Mechanics highlights Evolution of the Travel Trailer

July, 1960 Popular Mechanics highlights Evolution of the Travel Trailer

By Paul Bradley In a 1960 article titled, “Trailers Join the Country Club,” Popular Mechanics described the evolution of the travel trailer this way: “All this started years ago when people with... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

CFPB Proposes New HMDA Requirements: Changes Exemption Threshold and Incre…

CFPB Proposes New HMDA Requirements:  Changes Exemption Threshold and Increases Required Disclosures

by D. J. Pendleton, JD On July 24, the CFPB published a proposed rule that, if later adopted, would change the reporting requirements for those who provide loans to purchase homes. Read more

FINANCING

The Lessons of Valdez - Some things are out of Whack!

The Lessons of Valdez - Some things are out of Whack!

by Ron Thomas, Sr. Let me start this topic with a strong statement. Although I am not what some might call an “environmentalist,” I do appreciate all of the efforts that... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

2015 Louisville and Tunica Manufactured Housing Trade Show Updates

2015 Louisville and Tunica Manufactured Housing Trade Show Updates

by Dennis Hill We keep getting calls from industry professionals and others regarding the Louisville and Tunica Manufactured Housing Shows for 2015. Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

An Opportune Moment

An Opportune Moment

by Bob Vahsholtz The road ahead is hard—the opportunities boundless. The whole housing industry is on the rocks, and the nation’s economy festers. The world is mired in debt; our most... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

A Cup of Coffee with… Tim Connor

A Cup of Coffee with… Tim Connor

1) Who, What and Where: (Your name, and your role/job title at organization or firm and where you are based.) Tim ConnorCEO of Connor Resource GroupDavidson, NC. Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

A Second Cup of Coffee with...Bill Matchneer

A Second Cup of Coffee with...Bill Matchneer

1) Who, What and Where: (Your name, what you've done in the federal government as it relates to manufactured housing and where you currently hang your hat). Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

A Cup of Coffee with… Paul Bradley

A Cup of Coffee with… Paul Bradley

1) Who, What and Where: (Your name, and your role/job title at organization or firm and where you are based.) Paul Bradley, President, ROC USA, LLC, Concord, NH. Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Tech Talk! Don't You Hate - Viagra, Cialis or Zyrtec links - appearing on y…

Tech Talk! Don't You Hate - Viagra, Cialis or Zyrtec links - appearing on your  web browser or smart hand-held device? A Tech Fix Tip!

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach It is often NOT what you think! Not many self-respecting webmaster wants to plug certain drugs or other products on their website. Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Wind Speed and Add-Ons to Manufactured Housing – Response to the NBC News …

Wind Speed and Add-Ons to Manufactured Housing  – Response to the NBC News Today Show report of testing by IBHS

by Ron D'Ambra After reviewing the NBC Today presentation, one could conclude that without question, of  course the roof would blow off when the carport roof failed, because they compromised the... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Strategic planning vs. strategic doing

Strategic planning vs. strategic doing

by Tim Connor, CSP Strategic planning is a vital management function. Over the years I have worked with a number of corporations facilitating their strategic planning events as well as following... Read more

MANAGEMENT

ZigOn Employment Security

ZigOn Employment Security

by Zig Ziglar We frequently hear that "people refuse to change because change is stressful." I would like to suggest that not to change is even more stressful because the world... Read more

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

Who is your competition?

Who is your competition?

by Tim Connor, CSP There is a tendency for many salespeople to see their competition as only those businesses selling a similar product, service or idea. In other words, salespeople selling... Read more

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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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Call for Nominations for the RV/MH Hall …

Call for Nominations for the RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2015

ELKHART, Ind., -- The RV/MH Hall of Fame Selection Committee has issued a call for nominations for the Class of 2015. Darryl Searer, Hall president, said, "The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors -- manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media, associations, etc -- for the class of 2015 and beyond. "The nomination guidelines and forms available online atwww.rvmhhalloffame.org/pages/nominations.cfm." According to the guidelines, anyone can nominate a person to the Hall of Fame that meets the eligibility requirements. The only people who may not be considered are those who currently serve on the Hall's Selection Committee. To be eligible the nominee must be, or have been, an active participant in any segment of the recreation vehicle, campground or manufactured housing industries for a minimum of 25 years....

the MHMSM Team 08 Jul 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Southwest Region Manufactured Home Commu…

Southwest Region Manufactured Home Communities Showing Rent and Occupancy Growth, Outpacing National Average, According to JLT & Associates’ 14-Year Market Summary Report

Grand Rapids, Michigan – JLT & Associates (JLT), the nation’s #1 market research company for the manufactured housing industry, today announced a 14-year summary report of its manufactured home community rent surveys for 6 Southwest markets. Recognized as the industry standard for manufactured home community market analysis for over 20 years, JLT Rent Surveys provide detailed research and information on communities located in 72 markets throughout the United States, including the latest rent trends and statistics, marketing programs and a variety of other useful management insights. The most recent JLT Rent Surveys for the Southwest region cover 261 manufactured home communities encompassing 69,728 homesites in Albuquerque, Greater Kansas City, Greater Phoenix, Las Vegas, Tucson and Salt Lake City. This summary report is based on rent and occupancy trends from 2000 to 2014. Findings...

the MHMSM Team 01 Jul 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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