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Governor Declares May 6th-12th “Manufactured and Modular Housing Week”

May 2nd, 2018 Comments off

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Governor Kay Ivey has signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 6th through May 12th to be “Manufactured and Modular Housing Week.”

 

The proclamation was issued in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the national Fair Housing Act and the 49th anniversary of the founding of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA).

In a release to the Daily Business News about the Alabama Gov. Ivey’s declaration, the AMHA added, “We are grateful that Gov. Ivey has chosen to recognize our industry and the industry’s contribution to the state’s economy,” said AMHA Chairman David Brewer. “Our industry in this state creates thousands of jobs, pays millions of dollars in tax revenue and, most importantly, helps millions of people throughout the country achieve the American Dream of homeownership.”

One out of every six Alabamians lives in a manufactured or modular home,” said the AMHA to MHProNews.

Alabama also consistently ranks among the top four states in the nation for manufactured housing production. Alabama’s 13 manufactured housing plants create around 4,000 jobs, while thousands more jobs are created by the industry’s service providers, retailers, installers, community owners and finance companies,” per the AMHA.

Data from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform confirms the AMHA point.

MHARRTop10ManufacturedHousingProducingstatesDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAlabama’s manufactured housing industry also plays a role in responding to the nation’s natural disasters by providing temporary emergency housing.  Those HUD Code “FEMA units” are built at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for those who have lost their homes as a result of tornados, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

A lot of people don’t realize just how important Alabama’s manufactured housing industry is to our state and our country,” said AMHA Deputy Director Lance Latham. “This proclamation is a great way for us to raise awareness about our industry and the homes we build. We appreciate Gov. Ivey taking the time to recognize our industry and honor those who are involved in the industry or live in one of our homes.”

Manufactured homes are the only type of housing that is built to a national standard.

All manufactured homes must be built to construction and safety standards established by the national Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Manufactured homes are inspected by government-contracted personnel during construction.

All “manufactured homes that are installed in Alabama – including pre-owned homes – must be inspected by the state and meet the state’s federally-approved installation standards,” said the AMHA.

Along the coastal region of the state, manufactured homes must meet Wind Zone 2 standards, meaning they can withstand sustained winds of at least 100 miles per hour,” said the release, while the rest of the state is Wind Zone 1.

Manufactured homes are built using many of the same materials that are used in site-built homes.  That said, they “are less expensive because manufacturers save money by buying materials in bulk and building the homes inside a plant using a more efficient process that allows manufacturers to avoid costly weather delays and higher labor costs that can increase the price of a site-built home.”

Census Bureau data suggests that manufactured homes are about half the cost of conventional construction, on a per square foot basis, with land costs not included in either case.  ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

 

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“Mobile Home Ban” Suit Win, “Equal Justice Under Law,” Manufactured Home Owners, Buyers, Industry

December 5th, 2017 Comments off

McCroryARCaseMobileManufacturedHomeCaseSettlementNov2017EqualJusticeUnderLawManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThis kind of wealth-based banishment scheme is unconscionable discrimination,” said Phil Telfeyan, Executive Director of the non-profit, Equal Justice Under Law.

McCrory, [AR] and all of our communities, should invest in residents rather than criminalize poverty,” Telfeyan said.

Telfeyan’s comments addressed to MHProNews related to a victory reported by the Associated Press (AP), which attracted nationally attention to the discrimination case in McCrory, Arkansas.

A city in east-central Arkansas has settled a federal lawsuit brought by a national civil rights organization over an attempt to ban mobile homes worth less than $7,500,” said AP as quoted in U.S. News and World Report.

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Per AP, “…the McCrory City Council passed an ordinance in September 2016 banning trailers [sic] that have a value of less than $7,500. Equal Justice Under the Law sued the city and its police chief in January, calling the ordinance wealth-based discrimination. The group filed the lawsuit on behalf of a couple who were told they’d have to move out of their $1,500 mobile home.”

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It’s unclear from the photographic evidence if the home was a pre-HUD Code mobile home, or perhaps an older HUD Code manufactured home (MH).  But neither would properly be called a “trailer.”  To learn more about proper terminology, click this link here, or the graphic below.

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The council repealed the ban in January,” said AP, adding that, “Equal Justice officials say the Tuesday settlement totaled just over $20,000.”

“…even though state law in Arkansas prohibits cities from totally banning manufactured/modular home placements; restricting them only to rented lots in ‘parks’; or setting conditions/restrictions that are dissimilar to those for ‘site-built units’ – a number of cities still attempt to unduly restrict MH placements due to unsubstantiated fears of plummeting property values and ‘undesirables’ that their decisions-makers fear will inhabit such domiciles,” said the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association’s JD Harper, in an Industry Voices column to MHProNews, linked here.

Harper said it’s an important victory for the MH Industry, current home owners and prospective manufactured home buyers.

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There are industry legal minds that have told the Daily Business News off-the-record that while useful, settlements aren’t a legal precedent.

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Weiss is the president and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform.

Most of the bans/restrictions that I’ve heard of, focus on age or specific features,” Weiss told the Daily Business News.

A source with ties to MHARR told MHProNews that this case is one that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and HUD should be pursuing, under the enhanced preemption enacted by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.

The Arkansas Times said that “The couple makes about $13,000 a year, well below the federal poverty line.”

This settlement is a victory for Lindsey [Hollaway and], David [Watlington], and impoverished people everywhere. No one should fear being chased out of their hometown simply because they are too poor to afford a more expensive residence. At a time when civil rights feel under attack in this nation, this settlement is a victory for everyone who values individual dignity, according to Telfeyan.

McCrory will pay some $20,000 for the settlement, attorney fees, fine forgiveness, and other costs.  As MHLivingNews has spotlighted, public officials who do the proper research often discover what the elected official in the interview linked below learned.

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Equal Justice Lead Counsel, says, ‘Willing to Consider Other, Similar Cases’

Your “readers should alert you [MHProNews] to any other ordinances that limit manufactured housing on the basis of value or age and contact you immediately if/when anyone is being faced with eviction based on an alleged violation of such an ordinance,” said Catherine Sevcenko, JD.

Sevcenko is the legal director at Equal Justice Under Law.

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Assuming the person who gets in touch with you would be willing to be a plaintiff, there is a good chance we might be able to get

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involved,” Sevcenko said.  The attorney explained that “we can never promise legal representation until we have reviewed the facts and circumstances of a particular case.”

Sevcenko provided MHProNews with a case out of North Carolina that she stated is useful in such claims.  That case, is linked here as a download.

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Betty Whittaker – State Association Executive of the Year; JD Harper – Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award

October 2nd, 2017 Comments off

BettyWhittakerKMHIExecDirectorKentuckyManufacturedHousingInstituteLogoJDHarperJimMooreExecellenceCommunicationAwardWinner Betty Whittaker, is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI). She was recently awarded by her peers in MHEC the manufactured housing industry State Association Executive of the Year Award, per a release from Globe Newswire.

Whittaker is a 20-plus year manufactured housing industry veteran.  Her efforts helped assure the passage of a bill that allows a manufactured home to be severed from the land, and allow a new title to be obtained for that home.

That new law became effective in July 2017.

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Whittaker also worked with her state’s governor’s office and other groups to lobby for sales tax reform for manufactured housing.  Her efforts, in conjunction with KMHI members, led to change regulations that eliminated water testing requirements for communities that sub-meter.

Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award

JD Harper and the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) were  honored by receiving from their peers the Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award.

The award is named for the late executive director of the Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Association (PMHA), who was known for his commitment to industry communications.

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The AMHA created a video series to educate consumers and dispel myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes about modern manufactured homes.

The video series has been featured here on the Daily Business News on MHProNews and on MHLivingNews, at this link here.

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MHProNews congregates them and Richard “Dick” Ernst for being awarded the Totaro Award for lifetime service to the industry in the finance field. This publication and others supported Ernst for the award for some time, an honor for the president of Financial Marketing Associates that was long overdue. ## (News, commentary.)

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Association, Members Respond to Hurricane Harvey, FEMA and Related Manufactured Housing Efforts

September 8th, 2017 Comments off
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With tens of thousands of households left homeless after Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is preparing for what administrator Brock Long believes could be years of work to get people back into homes.

  • As the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews has previously reported,
    FEMA,
    the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
    as well as manufactured housing industry professionals,

are all gearing up for the biggest housing relief efforts seen in the United States to date.

The DBN has also reported on an urgent call from FEMA for manufactured homes.

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Lance Latham, AL Manufactured Housing Association.

Now the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) has informed MHProNews that many of the 4,500 requested emergency housing units will come from Alabama.

A lot of our retailers and manufacturing plants are already FEMA contractors, and they have a great deal of experience with building these homes,” said Alabama Manufactured Housing Association Deputy Director, Lance Latham.

“Alabama is Uniquely Prepared to Meet this Need”

There are some twelve manufactured housing plants in the state of Alabama.  Those production centers reported have nearly 4,000 employees. In 2016, those manufactured home plants produced more than 11,000 homes.

That total, sources say, does not include units made specifically for FEMA.

Our industry is very strong in Alabama, and because of that we are in a position to help,” said Latham. “As one of the top four states in the country for producing manufactured housing, Alabama is uniquely prepared to meet this need.”

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FEMA manufactured homes that were used in Minnesota after flooding. Image credit, FEMA.

FEMA Manufactured Housing Units (MHU) can be between one and three bedrooms, and must be handicap accessible. The MHUs are built and inspected to the same HUD Code for manufactured homes, but have specific features that FEMA desires for emergency relief use.

During the recent urgent call for manufactured homes, FEMA will be taking all homes up to three bedrooms, and no larger than 16 X 72, per Federal Business Opportunities.

While FEMA gathers up existing manufactured homes for survivors of Harvey in Texas or Louisiana, manufacturers will need to replenish their inventory. Builders are striving to keep up with existing sales from retailers, communities and developers.  But they are also striving to prepare for the possibility of major hurricane destruction in Florida and the southeastern Atlantic, as Hurricane Irma is projected to make landfall.

Disruption in the Supply Chain Could Stall Production

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Supplies like plywood could see a shortage due to Hurricane Harvey. Image credit, Love To Know.

Sources in Alabama have told MHProNews that there could be a temporary disruption of supplies as many of the suppliers are in the Houston metro area, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall less than two weeks ago.

Disruption in the supply chain is expected to affect both manufactured housing and the conventional housing industries, as well as remodelers. The first things expected to see a price hike are plywood and OSB.

According to the same sources, several manufacturers are already announcing the rise in prices to retailers, communities and developers.

The price of fuel is also temporarily up, which will tend to lead to a fuel surcharges.

All these potential shortages can affect the efficiency of the production of additional manufactured homes for FEMA.  Still, the response time using MHUs or other manufactured homes is likely to be much more rapid than conventional construction, because similar factors will impact ‘stick builders.’

Regardless, AMHA states that manufacturers in Alabama are prepared, and that “the plants can easily switch over to doing FEMA units,” per AL.com. ## (News.)

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Preemption Fact Check: HUD’s Pam Danner Interview by MHI Surrogate Suzanne Felber

August 21st, 2017 Comments off

MultiBillionDollarFactCheckGraphicStockDailyBusinessNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryResearchReportsDataMHProNewsWhy does federal preemption of manufactured housing matter?

Because preemption is what allows a HUD code manufactured home (MH) to be built to a performance based standard proven to save consumers time and money, while protecting durability, and homeowner safety.

The enforcement of manufactured home preemption could open hundreds of thousands of new MH sales every year for manufactured housing retailers. That would in turn make more affordable housing options a reality for millions over time.

For those who worry that manufactured homes could reduce the property values of home owners, MHLivingNews spotlighted how HUD’s own PD&R report proves differently. University level research proves that manufactured homes and conventional housing in several cities are proven to have appreciated side-by-side.

Donald Tye, Jr’s family and neighbors’ experiences place a human face on that reality.  Tye’s story also underscores the transformation possible for millions otherwise trapped “like cattle” in what he called “tenements,” if quality, affordable factory-crafted manufactured homes are made available in urban areas to singles and households of modest means.

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The Columbia Point Housing Project had near the end of its first life cycle, only some 300 housing units of the total of some 1500 were habitable. That’s the same number Donald Tye, Jr. used in his example to describe the better way for people, and government that could have been used on that same property. That way? Quality, affordable single-family manufactured homes.

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HUD Sec Dr. Ben Carson, for related story, click the image above.

No less a famous personality than HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson has made a similar point to Tye’s.  Carson has said several times that home owning households have an average $200,000 average net worth. Meanwhile, HUD’s Secretary states that the average net worth of renters is only $5000 per household.

Carson has also said he sees the value of manufactured homes in rural areas.  What is unclear at present is this question.  Is Carson familiar with HUD’s own PD&R report, linked above, or the transformational power of enhanced preemption that the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA 2000) law calls for already?

So, enforcing manufactured home (MH) preemption could restore the American Dream for millions otherwise trapped in renting. It can do so with little or no cost to federal taxpayers.  It is obviously in keeping with the Trump Administration’s call for public/private partnerships to save federal tax dollars, while creating opportunities for businesses that create more-higher paying jobs.


The View of a Texan

If federal preemption means something, it’s that it preempts local and state housing codes.

Joe A. Garcia is the Executive Director, Manufactured Housing Division in the Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs (TDHCA).

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Garcia has said publicly that when asked by a local jurisdiction, he stresses how he would testify if asked about a manufactured home placement issue. Garcia has bluntly said that federal preemption means what it says.

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Yet, 17 years after the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA 2000) – which strengthened preemption, by referring to it as “enhanced preemption” – why do we still see so many local jurisdictions fight the plain meaning of the law?

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Click the image above to see some relevant portions of the MHIA 2000.

NIMBY and ignorance are part of the answer. But is there more?

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Follow the money.” “Pay more attention to what people do than what they say.”  Those favorite points of MHI award winner Marty Lavin, JD, may prove useful in the analysis of the video interview with Pam Danner, shown below.

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Lavin has enjoyed significant success in working in manufactured housing. He’s considered an expert in the field of finance, is sensitive to consumer interests, image, and has worked in communities and retail for years as well. The vessel in the photo is his custom cruiser, berthed in Miami Beach, FL. The Lavin’s hang their hat in Burlington, VT in a big house in a pricey neighborhood.

AMHA’s Harper on Preemption

JD Harper told MHProNews last December that “…most [in Arkansas] cities view factory-built structures through the same prism as billboards, cell towers and sexually-oriented businesses… something to be avoided if at all possible, but restricted and heavily regulated if allowed at all.”

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Harper, a twenty year industry veteran, is the executive director of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA). He is not alone in that assessment.

In fact, Harper’s view is so common that Lavin has paradoxically referred to the technically preemptive HUD Code as a “discrimination code.”

That discrimination plays out in states across the nation.  MHLivingNews spotlighted cases in Georgia and Texas, in the report, Local Star Chambers Wage War on Affordable Housing.”

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To see the entire report that includes quotes from Jay Hamilton and Gary Adamek, among other industry professionals, click here or the image above.

In that linked report, Jay Hamilton and Gary Adamek, among other industry professionals, shared their experiences in fighting local zoning challenges.

GaryAdamekFayetteCountryHomesMHLivingNewsDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsWhat was evident to me in talking to a [Huntsville, TX] city councilman after the meeting — his concept of a manufactured home was what his grandmother would have lived in, in 1975: a 12×48 trailer with metal siding,” Adamek, a principle at Fayette Country Homes told MHLivingNews.

Harper has sounded the alarm on repeated occasions to defend preemption.

In a detailed letter to HUD with commentary to MHProNews, Harper called upon HUD and Pam Danner, the administrator for the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs, to task for not enforcing federal preemption.

As an industry wag has quipped, “where else in the federal government can you find an official fighting not to go to the letter of their authority, and beyond?!”

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Actively retired minister and factory built housing advocate, Donald Tye Jr. Collage by MHProNews.com.

As a HUD insider source told MHLivingNews, HUD had an attorney who allegedly for 30 years failed to aggressively enforce preemption, as the enhanced preemption in MHIA calls for…why?

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Interview with HUD’s MH Program Administrator, Pamela Beck Danner, JD

The video posted further below, is an ‘interview’ by Suzanne Felber of Danner. Note as a disclaimer that MHProNews is not promoting either Felber, or her AHA agenda, by showing this video.

Rather, the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews presents this as a unique opportunity to see the real Danner, and a Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) surrogate in action, in their own setting and words.

There are a variety of interview methods professionals may employ. The interview style in the video below might be described as a ‘fawning fan’ interview. That is made clear by Felber’s closing comments.

Note that sources tell MHProNews that Suzanne Felber and her partner draw financial benefit from MHI, directly and indirectly.  This publication has already previously noted Felber gushing over MHI President, Richard “Dick” Jennison (see example, linked here).

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Caption: MHI’s Dick Jennison allegedly also used Felber in a spurious effort to attack MHProNews, claiming a copyright infringement by using a photo of Jennison that was clearly labeled as to its source, in complete compliance with fair use guidelines. Concerns and allegations about MHI, anti-Trust and RICO, other violations are found at this link here.

Defining Commentary

Critical analysis, “fisking,” and critiques are among the phrases used by journalists and others to describe “fact checking” a person’s or organization’s statements. They often look at possible motives too.

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Against this backdrop, note that Danner uses the term preemptive or preemption in this video, to describe her authority at HUD.  Rightly so. Then, why – as Harper and so many others ask – does she fail to use it properly?  Why has she refused to reply to MHProNews when we directly asked her about preemption, but will reply to us on more mundane issue?

An electronic transcript of the video above is available as a download, linked here.

No publisher in manufactured housing history has devoted more time to spotlighting the fact that billionaires, millionaires, rich and famous people – along with all other socio-economic classes – have embraced manufactured homes. HUD’s own data proves manufactured homes are high quality, with just a fraction of 1 percent going to dispute resolution.

So what’s the hang-up with Danner at HUD making enhanced preemption a reality, when affordable housing is in crisis?

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Mark Weiss at Washington, D.C. based MHARR has systematically pointed out the problems with HUD’s stance on issues, such as their IB on the frost free foundation issue.  Capitol Building credit, Wikipedia. MHARR, Mark Weiss images MHProNews. MHARR logo is their intellectual property, and is shown here under fair use guidelines.

Why is Danner at HUD allegedly overstepping it’s authority on issues like the Interpretative Bulletin (IB) on frost free foundations?

Why does MHI claim to oppose HUD’s position on the foundation issue, while at the same time not asking for Danner to be removed from the head of the program?

Does a new Industry in Focus report document in Chairman Tim Williams’ own words a clear disconnect between what MHI leadership says, and what it does?

An off-the-record message from an industry veteran and organizational leader, to MHProNews this weekend stated as follows.

The more I see and hear, the more I think Lois has been interviewing for a job with Pam Danner for the last two to three years. I hope my instinct is wrong, because I have always found Lois down to earth and approachable (compared to others). I’m starting to feel like the industry has been set up for the final knockout punch by HUD and we were just caught not paying attention.  Kind of like an old dog rolling over on his back to be petted by his master and instead finds himself in a small cage headed to the Vet’s office to be put to sleep.”

In an insightful comment from a federal official, linked below, we’re told from an inside the beltway vantage point what HUD is really all about.

At the end of that DBN article, Tye reacts by saying, “The system is rigged.” ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

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TMHA’s Pendleton on Amarillo, Manufactured Home Placements in Urban and Suburban Areas

July 28th, 2017 Comments off

UrbanSuburbanPlacementManufacturedHomesAmarilloTxDJPendletonTMHAZillowDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe City of Amarillo, Texas, has approved permits for the construction or renovation of 104 manufactured homes – which is more than double the number of last year.  It is also the highest total number of permits yet, per the Amarillo Globe News.

In our industry, the biggest problem we have is that when people think of a mobile home, they think of their great-grandma’s trailer,” Texas Manufactured Home Association Executive Director DJ Pendleton told the local newspaper. “People hear ‘mobile home’ and automatically go to the worst image in their brain. Really, it’s an incredibly regulated product that has to go through federal building codes as well as state and local regulations.”

You can get a lot more house for the same amount of money,” said Texas A&M University Real Estate Center research economist, Harold Hunt.

Hunt has previously shared articles with MHLivingNews.com.  He knows and sees the value – and need for – the use of more manufactured homes, today.

Hunt said, “And with a lot of them today, it’s hard to distinguish the inside from any other house. We’re talking about a lot more affordable housing, which is a big issue in the state right now.”

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Dr. Harold Hunt has studied manufactured homes in his state, and is clearly supportive of their value, and need. To see one of his reports, click the image collage above, which were provided by Hunt and the Real Estate Center.

Amarillo Compared to Other Cities

Potter-Randall Appraisal District encompasses 4,499 manufactured homes, well above similar districts surrounding Columbus, Ga. (1,424), Rochester, Minn. (1,777), Greeley, Colo. (2,238) and Lubbock (3,151),” per the Globe News.

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DJ Pendleton. Credit: MHProNews.

Sure, we need to continue efforts to grow our presence in the more densely populated urban centers where population growth and housing demand drive large market potential,” Pendleton told MHProNews, “But bread and butter rural modest and lower income small Texas cities and towns must stay open for business when it comes to manufactured housing.”

The Globe News explained how manufactured home owner, Tammy Deterts’ property, about an acre of land north of the Amarillo city limits, has served her, her son, daughter-in-law and grandson.

Deterts picked out nearly everything on the interior of her 16-by-80-foot home, including the flooring, drapes and carpet — all of which would have been unaffordable in a built-to-suit stationary house,” the Globe News reported

When we want to crank up our music, we can,” Deterts’ said. “(If) we want to have a big get-together with family, we’ve got the space to do that. In apartments, you don’t get that.”

Pendleton told MHProNews that overall, the Globe News report was fair and balanced, though it had a few imprecise points in terminology.

More open-minded cities, like Amarillo, prove the point that when given even a relatively fair playing field to compete, manufactured housing can thrive,” said the TMHA’s executive director.  “The issue is keeping and fighting to keep or even regain those level playing fields in similar cities, because it is hard to get out there and show really what all you can do and offer if you aren’t allowed off the bench.”

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Harper’s Op-Ed on a related issue can be found at this link here, or by clicking the image above.

In an Op-Ed on a related issue, neighboring Arkansas Executive Director JD Harper  thanked Rev. Donald Tye Jr. and MHProNews for underscoring the need to push enhanced preemption with HUD.

Doing so, as Pendleton, Harper and other industry professionals know, would grow sales and ease the housing crunch in numerous markets.

This Globe News story,

are all among the examples that demonstrate why the misconceptions are just that – a lack of understanding of the facts about HUD Code manufactured homes today.

Will more cities take Amarillo’s lead and increase the availability of manufactured housing to solve the housing crisis? # # (News, analysis.)

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Moratoriums on “Marijuana and Mobile Homes”

June 27th, 2017 Comments off

MoratoriumsMedicalMarijunaMobileHomesManufacturedHousingIndustryReportsResearchDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Herald Leader reports that the Siloam Springs, Arkansas Board of Directors approved a pair of moratoriums on Tuesday to “buy time for city code change on medical marijuana and mobile home [sic] trailer parks [sic].”

The local paper said that “The moratoriums will temporarily prohibit applications from being made for medical marijuana groweries and dispensaries or for mobile home [sic] and manufactured home developments.”

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JD Harper, Executive Director of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) tells MHProNews that, “Unfortunate headline writing by someone’s editor.”

I don’t believe it is nearly as bad as it appears,” said Harper.

The AMHA executive director has some 20 years in the industry, and said in an emailed statement that, “I was recently contacted by the city administrator of Siloam Springs (whom I’ve known for many years).  He asked for the industry’s input on re-vamping the city’s ordinances and subdivisions regulations relating to manufactured home communities.”

I provided a number of pieces of information, including: a model zoning ordinance and placement regulations; the state statute governing municipal authority over manufactured home zoning; the state’s installation standards; definitions for ‘manufactured homes’, ‘modular homes’ and ‘mobile homes’; an article from our legal counsel; and info about the City of McCrory being sued for discrimination for banning certain housing units,” Harper said.

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I feel confident that the City of Siloam Springs will proceed with an abundance of caution.”

Harper has been leading-the-charge in his state to improve the understanding and image of manufactured housing, as some of  the graphics from the AMHA website shown above, demonstrate. ##

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Arkansas MHA Names Industry Achievement Recipients

October 15th, 2015 Comments off

arkansas mfg housing assocThe Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), at its 44th Annual Meeting and Convention held in Little Rock, presented Industry Achievement Awards to association members for their contributions to the manufactured home industry.

AMHA Executive Director J. D. Harper tells MHProNews Country Comfort Homes of Hot Springs, AR was named 2015 Sales Center of the Year for their outstanding customer service. Country Comfort is the state’s largest-volume seller of custom factory-built homes by Deer Valley Home Builders of Guin, Alabama and Scot-Bilt Homes of Waycross, Georgia.

Lexington Homes, Inc. of Lexington, Mississippi received the Manufacturer of the Year Award for the consistency of their production of HUD Code homes shipped into the state.

The 2015 Factory Sales Representative of the Year honor goes to Ed Spaeth of Lexington Homes. He began his career in the MH industry in 1982, selling homes for Spirit Homes in Conway, AR until it closed in 2002. He remained with Spirit’s parent organization, Cavalier Homes, until 2011, and has been with Lexington Homes the last three years.

The 2015 Supplier of the Year award goes to A&R Mobile Home Supply of Cabot, AR. Founded in 1987 by Russell McGough, A&R is still a family-owned business supplying a wide range of service and supplies to the factory-built home business. ##

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Passages: Dee Greiner

June 11th, 2015 Comments off

dee greiner  thecabin  credit obitLong-time veteran of the manufactured housing (MH) industry, Dee Greiner of Conway, Arkansas passed away in her home June 9, 2015. She began her MH career with Barcraft Industries in 1967, and in 1972 joined the staff of Castle Industries, becoming vice-president. In 1986, according to thecabin, she co-founded Prestige Housing, which later became Spirit Homes. She served many years on the board of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), and became its chairwoman in 1991. In 1998 she was inducted into the AMHA’s Hall of Fame. MHProNews sends its deepest sympathies to her family. ##

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State Manufactured Housing Association Reveals Honors Bestowed

October 27th, 2014 Comments off

arkansas mfg housing assocThe Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) recognized leaders in the industry at its 43rd Annual Convention in Little Rock recently, MHProNews  learned from AMHA Executive Director,  J. D. Harper.

Kevin Hawks of Hawks Enterprises was inducted into AMHA’s Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor bestowed upon any individual for a lifetime of achievement. A ten year board member of the AMHA, he was recently re-appointed as an industry representative by Gov. Mike Beebee to the state agency that regulates the factory-built housing industry. Hawks Enterprises has received the “Retailer of the Year” award three times.

Other honors akevin_hwaks__hawks_sales_ar_hall_of_fame_oct_2014warded:

Putnam Homes of Fort Smith named 2014 “Sales Center of the Year.”

Lexington Homes, Inc. named “Manufacturer of the Year.”

Ben Hooker of Southern Estates named “Factory Sales Representative of the Year.”

A&R Mobile Home Supply and Service of Cabot named “Supplier of the Year.”

Members Recognized for Long-Time Membership of Arkansas MHA:

> Skyline Homes for 40 years
> Franklin Homes for 30 years
> Capital Buyers for 20 years. ##

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