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A Cup of Coffee with Scott Jones1) Who, What and Where: (Your name, and your role/job title in the industry, your association roles, etc.)

Scott Jones - I am back in the industry after a break of several months while I established an on-going business called EZTravelpad - a travel agency with a strong online presence. Check it out at www.eztravelpad.com - it's a better option in many cases than going with other online travel providers + we offer individual service also.

Currently I am back in the MH industry selling in 2 large MH communities- 1 is all adult 55+ and the other is for families of all ages. Both are located in Elkhart, IN. Business is solid.

Previous roles in the industry have included running dealerships in Indiana and North Carolina, wholesale factory sales rep and/or sales manager for Champion, Clayton, Commodore, Liberty & Redman in a variety of markets ranging from South Carolina to Montana. Additionally I spent a number of years in the mortgage industry so have first hand insights into their prior implosion.

Also served on the board for Indiana Manufactured Housing Assn.

2) Background (brief Educational/Professional snapshot before entering the factory-built housing arena):

Grew up in the industry - Parents had a MH community, and a sales center in Terre Haute, IN from mid-60s until late 80s. I remember un-boxing furniture and screwing the legs on the bottoms of couches when I was about 8 years old - remember when our homes all included furniture & decor?

Attended Rose-Hulman Institue of Technology and Indiana State University.

Was absorbed into the industry full-time previous to completing my higher education.

3) When and How: (When and how you got into the Manufactured Housing Industry. Some of the roles you've had in the industry, companies, titles, Associations, etc.)

As I mentioned earlier, I grew up in the business. My father built a MH park in mid-60s, served an instrumental role in IMHA during some of the good years. My mother was 1st female on that board, and I think I may have been the youngest to serve, but not certain of that fact. I remember the day my father and Paul Stiner were floating in our pool and decided to bring an ex-military man with no industry experience in as Exec Dir of IMHA - that man was Holt Blomgren. Memories are funny

I was exposed to, worked with and for some great people who made a difference in this industry - there are still some great people in this industry - it's hard to imagine right now, but our best days may still be in our future!

4) What are your personal interests or hobbies? How do you like to spend non-work time?

I love to travel, hence the travel agency. It's a big world, and I intend to see as much of it as I can. My wife and I have no children so are free to enjoy our pleasures as they present themselves - skiing, traveling, dining, going to the movies. I am finding there isn't much free time these days, but am resolving for 2010 to make changes to insure more down-time. I'm currently reading a bit on restructuring priorities and time management.

5) As a wholesale rep and in your Association roles, you've seen a lot of different things over the years. What was memorable? What do you see that has lessons for the industry today? For example, you mentioned in a blog post a story out of California that many may find of interest, and you can go on from there if you'd like.

I was relating a memory of a time back in the mid 80s when I was on the board with IMHA. We had a significant sum that had been collected in a fund from manufacturers and retailers. We were deciding how to use the funds. I suggested an institutional ad campaign. I thought we could afford to produce a campaign with a celebrity like Paul Harvey or someone else who people trust to act as an industry spokesperson sharing the virtues of manufactured housing. I was told that California had tried such a campaign but it hadn't worked so we moved on to another plan. I was later told that California had hired Art Linkletter, and the reason that the campaign had failed was because TOO MANY customers showed up at dealerships that were ill-prepared to meet the customer's expectations.

Look around - you know that this industry has had a habit of under-delivering on our potential.

I have traveled extensively and met with hundreds of retailers. I have done business with people who did it right, and those who didn't. Perhaps I shouldn't have enabled those NOT doing business the way they should. Perhaps none of us should have and we'd be better off today as an industry.

I remember traveling North and South Carolina in the mid & late 90s, seeing homes crammed into retailers' storage lots - 2, 3 & 4 years worth of inventory - and it wasn't just in the Carolinas.

Manufacturers paying retailers under the table to buy more and more inventory - totally unsustainable. Retailers turning a blind eye to unscrupulous salespeople inventing income docs on their computers. Lenders turning a blind eye to phony down payments. It was a house of cards that we ALL built. It's human nature.

6) What do you consider the largest challenges facing the industry today?

Two things -

Financing and capitalization are the biggest challenges.

There needs to be some reasonable financing available for HUD code homes placed on private property. I think something like the Fannie Mae Select program is a good start. Financing will gradually come back, but make no mistake, underwriting is going to be tougher for a long time so we need to develop a product and niche to attract the home buyer that CAN afford something else but chooses not to go the site built route. It's NOT all about price. It IS all about VALUE.

7) What are the biggest challenges to retailers and associations today?

Survival. Maybe it's time for new alliances and partnerships?

8) How would you like to see the industry respond to these challenges?

Think urban renewal, think public transportation, think green, think outside the box.

The MH industry has an opportunity to sell the baby-boomers 1 more time, and THIS IS our LAST shot at them. Demographics are in our favor as economic forces have dealt the economy a big punch in the gut, and many people have downsizing on their radar. Our industry is totally capable of serving this huge market, but it involves selling them a lifestyle, not just a house.

The days of the traditional street dealer may never come back like they once were, but the days of the developer may be upon us like never before. The boomers want to buy into a lifestyle. Low maintenance, convenience, affordability, efficiency. They are not interested in a large home on an acre in the country with a well and septic tank and a riding mower that needs repaired. They are interested in a nice home close to the grocery store & church. They want a home that's safe, with neighbors looking out for them if they decide to go away for a few weeks or months. They want a community that they can count on to help them after their hip replacement because the kids live 2 time zones away. I believe this is the new buyer for the MH industry.

9) From your perspective, what are some significant initiatives associations you know that have been undertaken to support the industry and its future?

I know there are some good people at associations across the country. I like the Wisconsin Housing Alliance and Amy Bliss' "Tomorrow's Home Foundation" initiative. This is something that could gain a lot of traction in the press and provide excellent PR.

PR is free.

10) What do you think the broader industry can do to improve the climate for Manufactured/Modular Housing today?

Each of us must go to work each and every day dedicated to figuring out how we can provide a better value - and that doesn't mean figuring out how to cut a corner or provide a cheaper widget. It means making the experience of buying and living in a MH better.

11) What are your thoughts on promoting an industry-wide image building campaign, ala the RV Industry's noteworthy Go RVing multi-media campaign? Do you think a regional/more localized marketing/PR campaign would work better than a national campaign? How would you suggest the industry avoid the very issue you noted in your California/Art Linkletter post if there were a regional or national campaign?

I believe in institutional advertising and I believe in associations, but I don't think a national campaign is feasible due to the regional differences in our industry. It's a different buyer with a different mentality from one market to the next. Sure, there is some commonality, but Detroit and Chicago are totally different markets than Lansing and Springfield - let alone the vast differences between Connecticut and North Carolina, etc.

It is way to premature to talk of institutional advertising when we're in survival mode, but social media may be an answer - maybe it's time for each of us to use YouTube, Facebook & Twitter to their fullest potential. As an example, I know of a MH dealer that has an ad that has gone viral on YouTube. It has been viewed over 1,023,138 times in the last 2 months. Someone was thinking outside of the box.

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Foreclosure Inventory and Delinquency Rate Fall from Year Ago

Foreclosure Inventory and Delinquency Rate Fall from Year Ago

Jacksonville, Fla.-based analytics firm Black Knight Financial Services reports foreclosure inventory fell to its lowest level in six years in June, dropping 36 percent from a year earlier to 951,000 properties, according to nationalmortgagenews.com. Marking its 26th consecutive month of declines, foreclosure starts numbered 88,300 in June, a drop...

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Chinese Homebuyers Buoying the U. S. Housing Market

Chinese Homebuyers Buoying the U. S. Housing Market

According to CNNMoney, the Chinese are now the biggest international buyers in the U. S. housing market, and over half of the $22 billion they spent on homes for the year ending in March was spent in California, New York and Washington, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). California is popular because it [...]...

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Skyline Rises, Nobility Homes falls; Dow Slips, Nasdaq and S&P Rise

Skyline Rises, Nobility Homes falls; Dow Slips, Nasdaq and S&P Rise

U. S. investors did not seem fazed by violence in Israel/Gaza and the Ukraine, as the Nasdaq rose +17.86 points, +0.40 percent, to end hump day at 4,473.70, while the S&P 500 hit a new intraday high but settled at 1,987.01, +3.48 points, +0.18 percent. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped -26.91 points, -0.16 [...]...

23 Jul 2014

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Existing Home Sales Rise in June

Existing Home Sales Rise in June

Sales of previously-owned homes rose 2.6 percent in June to a 5.04 million annual rate, an eight-month high, according to figures released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). More listings cooled prices as they advanced to their slowest rate since March 2012, as inventories increased to a nearly two-month high, according to...

23 Jul 2014

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Equity LifeStyle Properties Posts Gains for Q2

Equity LifeStyle Properties Posts Gains for Q2

Margeurite Nader, CEO and President of Equity LifeStyle Properties (NYSE:ELS), in discussing second quarter 2014 results, reports the company experienced its 19th consecutive quarter of occupancy growth, with homeowner occupied sites increasing by 113, and home renter sites rose by only two. Last year, by comparison, ELS had lost 189...

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Despite Cautionary Data, Housing Market Improves Modestly

Despite Cautionary Data, Housing Market Improves Modestly

Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) dipped .06 points to -2.59 last month, indicating a flat housing market, although on the year the housing market has improved by .86 points, according to housingwire.com. The all-time low was -4.42 in Nov. 2010, MHProNews has learned. Other housing market indicators are more favorable, as...

23 Jul 2014

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NBC News Today Show report shows Manufactured Home did as well as Conventio…

NBC News Today Show report shows Manufactured Home did as well as Conventional On-site Construction in hurricane high winds test

“Regarding this previous portion of the test, IBHS indicated: “When one of these high wind-rated HUD-Code homes is installed on a permanent foundation, in most of the country, it would end up resisting wind storms better than surrounding site-built homes.” So stated a MHI President and CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison in a longer report to [...]...

23 Jul 2014

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MHC Residents Protest Seizure of Belongings

MHC Residents Protest Seizure of Belongings

Residents at Blackhawk Estates manufactured home community (MHC) in an unincorporated area near Des Plaines, Illinois protested Monday after their property managers allegedly enforced what the residents are calling “the fine print” in their leases by walking through the community and taking belongings from residents’ yards, including chi...

23 Jul 2014

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Wells Fargo Reports Growth in Originations

Wells Fargo Reports Growth in Originations

According to nationalmortgagenews.com, Wells Fargo executives welcome the effort by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director (FHFA) Mel Watt to expand mortgage credit availability, but caution that capturing the lower-credit quality homebuyer is not likely to increase the size of the mortgage market nor impact earnings of mortgage originators. The...

23 Jul 2014

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Fitch Predicts Housing Market will Expand 16 Percent

Fitch Predicts Housing Market will Expand 16 Percent

Fitch Ratings expects the housing market to continue growing this year and become much stronger in 2015, according to housingwire.com. Fitch forecasts single-family housing starts to grow 9.5 percent the remainder of the year to 677,000, and new home sales to advance eight percent to 465,000 while home volume will drop five percent to 4.835 [...]...

22 Jul 2014

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Manufactured Home Performs well Under Wind Test

Manufactured Home Performs well Under Wind Test

Following a story MHProNews posted July 17, 2014 regarding a manufactured housing wind test sponsored by the insurance industry, Dick Jennison, MHI president and CEO says the results will be on the Today Show tomorrow morning, July 23, between 7 and 7:30 AM. Conducted in several phases by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home [...]...

22 Jul 2014

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Featured Articles and Reports - July 2014 Vol. 5 No. 10

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Tattoos, Technology and Manufactured Housing Sales Growth

Tattoos, Technology and Manufactured Housing Sales Growth

by Jason Brady Before we bought out ManufacturedHomes.com – which was previously a part of SearchCore - one of the big draws for that operation was their tattoo website. Read more

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Community Management: The $20,000 Dog

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by Kathleen Bianculli It’s exciting. You just purchased a manufactured home community. It has fifty (50) sites, forty eight (48) of which are occupied by home owning tenants paying $300/month... Read more

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Same Sex Harassment in California

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by William “Bill” Hart, JD In Hart King's continuing efforts to bring recent developments in California employment law to our clients who employ workers in the state, we provide this summary... Read more

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With this ring…

With this ring…

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Is It Really Progress? Manufactured Housing Finance, Dodd-Frank and the CFP…

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by Marc Lifeset, JD The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) amended the federal Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), directly impacting the manufactured housing industry in a... Read more

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Why Don’t States Do More to Promote Affordable Housing?

Why Don’t States Do More to Promote Affordable Housing?

by Doug Ryan Since 2005, CFED has promoted manufactured homes as a viable housing opportunity, particularly for low- and- moderate-income families. We have focused on making manufactured housing part of the... Read more

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Following-up on Dirty Laundry

Following-up on Dirty Laundry

by Stacey Epperson Earlier this year I wrote about “Dirty Laundry,” the tendency to keep the two million pre-1976 mobile homes in the United States out of sight and out of... Read more

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HUD Code Manufactured Homes and Attached Garages, a Regulatory Update

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by Lois Starkey I am following up on a communication I sent to manufacturers in January regarding attached garages.  As you know, late last year it was brought to MHI’s attention... Read more

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Louisville 2015…The Road to Success

Louisville 2015…The Road to Success

by Ron Thomas, Sr. The numbers really add up. Think about all of the exciting brand new homes. Think about the 1,561 plus customers who visited in 2014. Think about the... Read more

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Time to Pull Ourselves Together

Time to Pull Ourselves Together

by Bob Vahsholtz There’s work to be done. Those of us still involved in housing need to pull up our socks and get the wheels turning in the direction of industrializing... Read more

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Taking Inventory in Manufactured Home Communities Today

Taking Inventory in Manufactured Home Communities Today

by Maria Horton As we enter the second half of 2014, we find ourselves taking inventory of goals met, goals yet to be achieved and pondering our new goals for the... Read more

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Stacey Epperson, CEO of Next Step, Discusses Affordable Housing and the Ene…

Stacey Epperson, CEO of Next Step, Discusses Affordable Housing and the EnergyStar Manufactured Home Solution – Inside MH

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by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach This 137 second video gives you a snapshot of the personalities and the energy that was found at the 2014 Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Congress and... Read more

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“Manufactured Housing Industry Cohesion!” - Paul Bradley, ROCUSA on Cohesio…

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“...I kill politicians.” - Attorney Rick Robinson on Manufactured Housing …

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Inside Manufactured Housing, video interview with Richard “Dick” Jennison, …

Inside Manufactured Housing, video interview with Richard “Dick” Jennison, President and CEO of MH Institute at 2014 Congress and Expo, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas NV

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach The Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) 2014 Congress and Expo was widely seen as a big success this year, and you'll hear the details of the records... Read more

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A Cup (err...glass) of Beer with...Barry Cole

A Cup (err...glass) of Beer with...Barry Cole

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Inside Manufactured Housing Video Interview: a Behind the Scenes look at t…

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Are Voluntary Sprinkler Standards Still Needed? Ask the State Executives!

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 by Bill Matchneer, JD I attended the MHI Summer Meeting in Indianapolis to assist the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) with the compliance effort for the new Dodd-Frank valuation rules I worked... Read more

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Has everyone written off new manufactured home community development outsid…

Has everyone written off new manufactured home community development outside of the Dakotas?

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by L. A. “Tony” Kovach We caught up with fabled Ken Segall, author of Insanely Simple, the marketing whiz who was part of the legendary Steve Jobs/Apple success story. Read more

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Newport Pacific Regional Manager, Maria Horton, sounds off on the Professio…

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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...

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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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RV/MH Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Dinner…

RV/MH Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Dinner Reservations Outpace Last Year's Event

ELKHART, Ind. -- The RV/MH Hall of Fame's Induction Dinner Committee Chairman Mark Wasson (BlueLinx Corporation), reports reservations for the induction dinner honoring the Class of 2014 are running significantly ahead of last year's reservations.   Wasson said, "As of June 19, more than 175 friends and family of the inductees have registered which is more than double the number of registrations for the Class of 2013 induction ceremony by the same date." This year's RV/MH Hall of Fame's annual Induction Dinner will be held on August 4, 2014, at the Hall of Fame's Event Center in Elkhart, Indiana, according to Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall). According to Wasson, this year's program begins with a private cocktail party in Champion Hall from 4:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m honoring all the past inductees, board members...

the MHMSM Team 20 Jun 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Trey Miller Tapped as Chairman of the 20…

Trey Miller Tapped as Chairman of the 2014 RV/MH Golf Classic Annual Fundraiser

ELKHART, Ind., -- Atwood Mobile Products' Aftermarket Sales Director Trey Miller has accepted the position of chairman of the 2014 RV/MH Golf Classic annual fundraiser,  according to Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall). Searer said, "We are delighted that Trey has stepped up to lead our golf fundraiser.  Trey will be contacting golfers from the RV/MH industries in the coming months, and I encourage all golf enthusiasts to join us for a fun-filled day and at the same time, help support the Hall.  The Hall's 2014 Golf Classic fundraiser will start at 7 a.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014, with a full breakfast followed by a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at the Bent Oak Golf Club in Elkhart.  The awards luncheon begins immediately following the golf tournament. Individuals can sign up as a...

the MHMSM Team 20 May 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Senate Banking Committee Approves GSE Re…

Senate Banking Committee Approves GSE Reform Bill

On May 15th, the Senate Banking Committee approved legislation (currently unnumbered) on a 13-9 vote that would eliminate Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and overhaul the nation's secondary housing finance market. The bill, authored by Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and ranking member Mike Crapo (R-ID), now moves to the full Senate. A floor vote this year appears unlikely after several key Democrats on the panel voted against the plan out of concern that it goes too far in eliminating the current system and does not do enough to preserve affordable housing finance options. The bill expands on legislation introduced last year by Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) and replaces Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a system where the government would explicitly guarantee big losses in the housing market but...

the MHMSM Team 16 May 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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