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The number of San Diego military families who used their Veterans Affairs benefits to buy a home in the past year has nearly tripled to 3,700. Still, many active and retired military families say they have been unable to take advantage of the program due to some rules -- including that homes be in move-in condition -- and they are losing out on affordable, foreclosed properties to investors and all-cash buyers who can offer more equity and close on escrow in days. The VA is working with the National Association of Realtors, big banks, and local agents to clarify its rules; but VA officials, bankers, and brokers say new regulations are needed to give special preference to veterans.

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From "VA Home Loans See Surge in Demand" San Diego Union-Tribune (09/29/09) Showley, Roger

Daily Business News Briefs

Patrick Ind., Sun Gains; Dow, S&P Set New Highs

Patrick Ind., Sun Gains; Dow, S&P Set New Highs

The stock market ended the week and October, 2014 on a high—the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 closed at records highs, the Nasdaq hit the highest point since 2000. Dow Jones Industrial Average 17,390.52 +195.10 (+1.13%). Nasdaq 4,630.74 +64.60 (+1.41%). S&P 500 2,018.05 +23.40 (+1.17%). The Yahoo! Finance Manufactured H...

31 Oct 2014

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Japanese Retailer Muji adds Modular Homes to Homegoods

Japanese Retailer Muji adds Modular Homes to Homegoods

Homegoods retailer Muji in Japan has entered the modular housing business, according to gizmodo.com.au, adding modular homes to its line of 7,500 housewares. Japanese homes last on average 38 years (100 years in U. S.) because people there prefer to tear down existing buildings and build to their own specs. That isn’t a sustainable economic...

31 Oct 2014

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Manufactured Homes Soar in Energy Efficiency, says University of Michigan

Manufactured Homes Soar in Energy Efficiency, says University of Michigan

When the temperatures drop in wintertime, owners of Manufactured Homes reap a great benefit, lower heating bills. One of the top trends driving today’s housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes that don’t sacrifice comfort for quality. Here’s what is trending for 2015 and beyond. “Because of the way manufactured homes are const...

31 Oct 2014

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Drought Affecting Water Quality in California

Drought Affecting Water Quality in California

The Del Oro Water Co., which serves the Quail Trails Village Mobile Home Park in Paradise, California, in responding to resident’s complaints about the foul-smelling water, says that because of the water shortage, more chemicals are needed to treat the existing water. But the company adds that it is bacteria and contaminate free and safe...

31 Oct 2014

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MHC Residents turn back Adjacent Path Plan

MHC Residents turn back Adjacent Path Plan

The 2014 Active Transportation Plan (ATP) of Calistoga, California originally included a pedestrian and bicycle pathway that wound around the Calistoga Springs and Chateau Calistoga manufactured housing communities (MHCs), but residents of the communities are overwhelmingly against the path. Seniors in the communities have safety and privacy...

31 Oct 2014

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Liberty Homes Keeps Falling, losing -20 percent today

Liberty Homes Keeps Falling, losing -20 percent today

Oil selling on the world market for $83 a barrel is bad news for Iran, Nigeria, Russia, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, who all depend on oil selling above a certain level. Iran’s budget, reports CNNMoney, is based on oil at $135 a barrel, while the Saudis can withstand oil at $95 a barrel, although as […]...

30 Oct 2014

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Application for Manufactured Home to Tend Animals Questioned

Application for Manufactured Home to Tend Animals Questioned

Derek Tansell and his partner Sharon Snook were denied the right to site a manufactured home in a rural area of Chapmansdale Parish, England, in order for someone to live on the premises and take care of the couple’s alpacas, ponies, chickens, horses and ducks. According to fromestandard, the couple said previously they do not […]...

30 Oct 2014

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Teens plan saving for a new home instead of buying video games, a New Study…

Teens plan saving for a new home instead of buying video games, a New Study says it’s true!

The 13- to 17-year-olds of “Generation Z” believe homeownership is more important than graduating from college, getting married or having children. Inman reports to MHProNews that teens in the survey indicated that they’d give up perks like video games, eating out, social media or music downloads if it meant affording any house they wanted. That&#8...

30 Oct 2014

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Accessing Washington’s Political Power Brokers? Open your Vault.

Accessing Washington’s Political Power Brokers? Open your Vault.

With the mid-term elections just a halfway point to the 2016 Presidential Election, the topic of donations to candidates once again has us in disbelief in the obvious padding of campaign war chests from Goliath donors. Foster’s Daily Democrat  are among those telling MHProNews  that it’s no secret that poorly funded candidates tend to lose an...

30 Oct 2014

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Affordable Housing Provider Celebrates 40 Years

Affordable Housing Provider Celebrates 40 Years

Frontier Housing, a non-profit affordable housing steward in Morehead, Kentucky that offers factory-built homes as one of its options, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing housing solutions in northeastern Kentucky Nov. 15 at the Morehead Conference Center. Following entertainment and dinner, three awards will be announced: the Amanda...

30 Oct 2014

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Dutch Mini Homes start at $95,000 for Smallest Model

Dutch Mini Homes start at $95,000 for Smallest Model

The 2by4 Architects design firm in the Netherlands has developed a series of three small modular houses, each a little larger than the previous one.  The tiny mods have wooden walls, frame and roof.  They include an electric heat pump system, as well as optional off-grid components such as a composting toilet, solar panels and […]...

30 Oct 2014

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Featured Articles and Reports - November 2014 Vol. 6 No. 2

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Foreclosure and Insurance Proceeds

Foreclosure and Insurance Proceeds

by C. William Dahlin, JD Any person or entity who lends money for the purchase of real property can, of course, become a secured lender. In simple terms, that means that... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

“You Should Get a Spanking...”

“You Should Get a Spanking...”

by Nadeen Green, JD ...if you are being naughty when it comes to fair housing and familial status issues. Actually, you would likely prefer a spanking than what you might get... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

The 6th Circuit Court says Manufactured Homes aren't Consumer Product

The 6th Circuit Court says Manufactured Homes aren't Consumer Product

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach One of our legally connected friends very thoughtfully shared this article, republished from Law360, which is significant to our industry and directly related to it. Every... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Preparing For CFPB’s New Appraisal And Valuation Rules

Preparing For CFPB’s New Appraisal And Valuation Rules

by Dick Ernst By now industry participants should be very aware of the “Big 8” Dodd-Frank regulations that have been implemented since January of 2014. Read more

FINANCING

MHI Letter Alfred M. Pollard, General Counsel - Federal Housing Finance Age…

MHI Letter Alfred M. Pollard, General Counsel - Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)

by MHI Subject - Enterprise Housing Goals; Proposed Rule 12 CFR Parts 1282 - Blanket Loans on Manufactured Housing Parks. Dear Mr. Pollard: Read more

FINANCING

A Cup of Coffee with… Ross Kinzler

A Cup of Coffee with… Ross Kinzler

1) Who, What and Where: (Your name, and your role/job title at organization or firm and where you are based.) Ross Kinzler, executive director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance based in... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Three Views on Manufactured Housing DOE Energy Efficiency Standards

Three Views on Manufactured Housing DOE Energy Efficiency Standards

MHI, Don Westphal and MHARR We'll share without commentary three different perspectives on the DOE Energy Efficiency Standards for Manufactured Housing. We'll start with MHI's view, share Don Westphal's letter to... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Where Are We Now? - A Second Chance

Where Are We Now? - A Second Chance

by Marty Lavin, JD As we view the manufactured housing industry condition at present, one can’t help but wonder about its status now and in the immediate future. When I speak... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

About the MBA's Lobbying, Conventional and Manufactured Housing's Roles in …

About the MBA's Lobbying, Conventional and Manufactured Housing's Roles in U.S. Recovery

by Rick Rand Lucine Colignon's Daily Business News column on the MBA's lobbying to change current regulations is a great article.  It raises a number of topics relevant to MH businesses,... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

The 2015 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show Tunica, Mississippi - March 25 - …

The 2015 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show Tunica, Mississippi - March 25 - 27, 2015 - A Phoenix Rises

by Dennis Hill A Phoenix is a mythical bird that near the end of its life builds a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

The 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Kentucky Exposition Center Lo…

The 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Kentucky Exposition Center Louisville, Kentucky January 21 -23, 2015 The Road to Success

by Dennis Hill The numbers really add up. Think about all of the exciting brand new homes. Think about the 2,500 professionals who were in Louisville in 2014, representing hundreds of... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Approaching Version 3.0 - Impacts You and Manufactured Housing Industry

Approaching Version 3.0 - Impacts You and Manufactured Housing Industry

by L. A. "Tony" Kovach Manufactured Housing Professional News - MHProNews.com - is widely recognized as the runaway #1 industry professional trade journal serving the factory built housing industry, as numerous... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Adios

Adios

by Matthew Silver It has meant a lot to me to work with Tony and Sohyela (at MHProNews – writing the Daily Business News articles), I have learned so much. I... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Look for Reality – Management 101

Look for Reality – Management 101

By Tim Connor, CSP Perceptions become reality in the minds of people.  What are the prevailing or dominant perceptions that exist in your organization? Are you in touch with the causes... Read more

MANAGEMENT

ZigOn Integrity

ZigOn Integrity

by Zig Ziglar This morning as I sat at my desk, I spotted a large hawk in the willow tree behind my home. Two or three small birds, which I believe... Read more

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

Top 25 Steve Jobs Quotes

Top 25 Steve Jobs Quotes

by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach Girish sent these top 25 Steve Jobs quotes via Linkedin, and it was immediately apparent that this was worth sharing with our MH Industry. Jobs was... Read more

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

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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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