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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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Louisville Show is Approaching a Sell-Out

Louisville Show is Approaching a Sell-Out

There are almost 6 months to go before the start of the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, and booth space and manufacturers exhibit space is approaching a sell out.  MHProNews has learned there will be 2 new factory builders planning for the 2015 event, and apparently all the current manufactured and modular builders are expected [...]...

28 Jul 2014

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Factory-made Home-building Falls One Percent in Canada

Factory-made Home-building Falls One Percent in Canada

MHProNews has learned from insidehalton.com the Canadian Manufactured Homes Institute (CMHI) reports eleven percent of new single-family homes in 2012 were factory built homes, just one percent off an historic high of 12 percent the previous year. The CMHI envisions eco-conscious consumers see off-site home construction as a green way of building...

28 Jul 2014

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Newly-built Single-family Homes Sales Drops

Newly-built Single-family Homes Sales Drops

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) tells MHProNews data from the U. S. Census Bureau and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reports the sale of newly-built single-family homes dropped 8.1 percent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 405,000 in June. In addition, sales data were revised downward for...

28 Jul 2014

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Third Ave. Value Fund Squeaks out a Gain; Dow, Nasdaq, S&P Fall

Third Ave. Value Fund Squeaks out a Gain; Dow, Nasdaq, S&P Fall

Sluggish earnings reports held back stocks in today’s trading, although the S&P and the Nasdaq show gains on the week, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell slightly overall. CNNMoney informs MHProNews the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -123.23 points, -0.74 percent, to 16,960.57, while the Nasdaq lost -22.55 points, -0.50...

25 Jul 2014

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Manufactured Housing Commponent Supplier on the Block

Manufactured Housing Commponent Supplier on the Block

The founders of Polyvulc USA, Inc. are trying to arrange an immediate sale of the company, allegedly for health reasons, according to plasticsnews.com. Fred Farrell and Larry Lambiotte began the company, making injection molded pier pads from recycled plastics as support systems for manufactured homes in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1995. MHProNews...

25 Jul 2014

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Lippert Components Sponsors Charity Run

Lippert Components Sponsors Charity Run

Elkhart, Indiana-based Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI) is sponsoring Logan’s Run for the Logan Center in South Bend, IN Aug. 2, an annual fundraiser for the agency that aids people with disabilities, according to RVBusiness.com. Approximately 50 chassis division employees and their families have volunteered for the event, flipping pancakes,...

25 Jul 2014

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One-time MH Plant Now Making Shelters

One-time MH Plant Now Making Shelters

A former Clayton Homes plant in Hartselle, Alabama has been purchased by Mitchell Investment Properties, LLC and will be leased to Aqua Marine Enterprises, Inc., manufacturer of individual and community storm shelters. Located in northwest Alabama where the 2011 tornadoes created such havoc, the shelters have been in great demand. According to...

25 Jul 2014

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UFPI Stock Downgraded by Zack’s

UFPI Stock Downgraded by Zack’s

MHProNews.com has learned from digitaljournal.com that Zacks Investment Research has downgraded Universal Forest Products Inc.’s (UFPI) stock from neutral to underperform based on its revenue for Q2 2014 of $784.2 million, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $863 million. While earnings per share of $1.13 were 43 percent greater than...

25 Jul 2014

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Nobility Homes Rises; S&P Hits New High

Nobility Homes Rises; S&P Hits New High

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq remained flat in today’s trading as the S&P inched to a new high, just short of the 2,000. mark, nudging up +0.05 percent, +0.97 points, to close at 1,987.98. CNNMoney informs MHProNews the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped -2.83 points, -0.02 percent, to 17,083.80, while the Nasdaq [...]...

24 Jul 2014

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North Carolina Considering Temporary MH Health Care Facility

North Carolina Considering Temporary MH Health Care Facility

The General Assembly of North Carolina is considering House Bill 625 which would allow a temporary transportable residential structure to be sited on lots zoned single-family residential to care for a physically or mentally impaired person, providing the housing unit complies with all federal, state and local building codes and regulations. The...

24 Jul 2014

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Indiana U. S. Representative’s Staff Visits MH Plant

Indiana U. S. Representative’s Staff Visits MH Plant

The IMHARVIC (Indiana Manufactured Housing Association Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council) reports staff members of 2nd Indiana District U. S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski toured the Fairmont Homes factory in Nappanee, IN earlier this month. 2nd District Director Ben Falkowski and Field Representative Brian Spaulding attended the facility tour...

24 Jul 2014

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

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Increase Your Exposure Online With This FREE Google Plus Authorship Plugin

Increase Your Exposure Online With This FREE Google Plus Authorship Plugin

by Joe Karns By now I'm sure you already know the many benefits to running a blog strategy around your business. However, there is an easy (and FREE) way to get... Read more

MARKETING

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

MARKETING

Community Management: The $20,000 Dog

Community Management:  The $20,000 Dog

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

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Same Sex Harassment in California

Same Sex Harassment in California

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

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

With this ring…

With this ring…

by Nadeen Green, JD June is now just a memory as we continue into the summer of 2014 - the month often associated with weddings by which happy couples are traditionally... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

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

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

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

FINANCING

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

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

HUD Code Manufactured Homes and Attached Garages, a Regulatory Update

HUD Code Manufactured Homes and Attached Garages, a Regulatory Update

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

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach Next Step is a unique organization with a not-for-profit as well as for profit divisions. Stacey Epperson is the President and CEO of both, and she... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Mark Belicky-Carlyle Group, Maria Horton-Newport Pacific, Frank Rolfe and m…

Mark Belicky-Carlyle Group, Maria Horton-Newport Pacific, Frank Rolfe and more at the 2014 MHI Congress and Expo

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

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

“We Need Everyone to fell like its for Everybody” - Dennis Hill video back …

“We Need Everyone to fell like its for Everybody” - Dennis Hill video back story to Tunica and the Successful Return of the Louisville Manufactured Home Show – Inside MH

by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach Every video we do brings unique insights that a motivated professional could put to work to improve their career, location, organization or investments in manufactured housing. Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

“Manufactured Housing Industry Cohesion!” - Paul Bradley, ROCUSA on Cohesion, MHCs they admire, the Value they bring Owners, Residents and the Industry – Inside MH Video Interview

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach Breaking the Stereotypes! Proven Strategies for Profitable MHC Advancement! If there are two phrases that suggest what this interview reveals, those would certainly both apply. ROC... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

“...I kill politicians.”  - Attorney Rick Robinson on Manufactured Housing Lobbying, Writing the Industry “Then and Now” and more – Inside MH Video Interview

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach We enjoy doing and bringing you all of our video interviews, but some are funnier than others. Put this video with Rick Robinson, JD -Vice President... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

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

1) Who, What and Where (Your name, formal title in your company and where you are based). Barry Cole, Manufactured Housing Insurance Services (MHIS) Orange, California. Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

Inside Manufactured Housing Video Interview: a  Behind the Scenes look at the Industry with Kathleen Bianculli of  American Insurance Alliance, LLC

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach We caught up with Kathleen Bianculli – American Insurance Alliance, LLC - at the 2014 Manufactured Housing Institute Congress and Expo (C&E) in Las Vegas to... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

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

 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

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Has everyone written off new manufactured home community development outsid…

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

by Paul Bradley When I talk with friends about new manufactured home community (“MHC”) development, the conversation usually devolves to zoning and planning regulations that don’t permit MHCs or make their... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Ken Segall, Author of Insanely Simple and Apple Marketing Guru, An Inside M…

Ken Segall, Author of Insanely Simple and Apple Marketing Guru, An Inside MH Video Interview

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

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

Newport Pacific Regional Manager, Maria Horton, sounds off on the Professional Property Management Option in this edition of - Inside MH

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach Newport Pacific has long been a West Coast powerhouse in the manufactured home communities (MHC) sector. More recently, they've expanded Eastward and have been exploring more... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

The 6 critical factors of employee performance

The 6 critical factors of employee performance

by Tim Connor, CSP During my many years of working with clients worldwide I have come to believe that there are 6 critical factors that determine employee performance and long-term organization success. Read more

MANAGEMENT

ZigOn Community Values

ZigOn Community Values

by Zig Ziglar Ed Shipman is a throwback to those people who believe in free enterprise, independence, hard work, faith, commitment and responsibility. Read more

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

Creative selling vs. same stuff, different day

Creative selling vs. same stuff, different day

by Tim Connor, CSP Any time is a good time to sell creatively.  Uncertain economic times are an excellent time to sell creatively. And, poor economic times require that salespeople sell creatively. Read more

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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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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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