Manufactured Home Article

From the Halls of Montezuma – America, the Beautiful – Independence Day Reflections


“Superficiality is the curse of the modern world.” – Matthew Kelly We will take a look at freedom, prosperity and America. We won’t do it in the depth needed, but this will be more than a short or superficial read. On this 4th of July, let’s start with something almost everyone has heard or knows. O beautiful for spacious skies, For …

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Entry Level v Residential Style Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes and MH Appraisals – Tom Papszycki, Arrowhead Homes – Inside MH Video Interview


There are far too many preconceived and misconceived notions about manufactured and modular homes, and part of our mission is to shed light on specific issues that are often misunderstood by prospective home shoppers.  Its safe to say that most of America has never been in a manufactured home, even fewer have been in modular homes. Public officials and others …

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40th birthday of Manufactured Housing, End of Mobile Home era


Birth, Death, Resurrection of Affordable Living – Celebrating Factory Crafted Homes Lakeland, Fla. June 15, 1976 – Ever since the industrial revolution, factories have been a driving force in the economy — and in American culture. Factories meant jobs, and they also meant access to quality, affordable goods that were once out of reach for ordinary people: everything from cars …

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A Breakfast with…Mary McBrady, Massachusetts Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA)


1) Who, What and Where: (Your name, town and your formal title at Massachusetts Manufactured Housing  Association, MMHA). Mary McBrady, Executive Director of Massachusetts Manufactured Housing Association. I work out of my home office in this part-time contract position. MMHA maintains a post office box in Halifax, MA about 15 miles away. 2) Background: (Educational/Professional snapshot before entering the factory-built housing arena, …

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St. Petersburg, FL – Misjudging Mobile Homes – Tale of Two Cities


The much-maligned mobile home drew the typical response from a successful, retired northern couple. E. Jon and Pat Chione enjoyed a good life in highly taxed Illinois. He had a classic car, a classic boat and enjoyed racing, as well as bass flashing. Pat loves to decorate, shop and explore. A relative inherited a mobile home in Highland Mobile Park, …

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Media Should Re-Visit Dodd-Frank Reporting in Light of Congressional Testimony


Senators, CFPB Chief Richard Cordray Explain How Current Rules Harm  Manufactured Home Owners, Buyers, Sellers and Lenders in the Under-$100K Market For the past year or so, various media outlets have framed unflattering stories about manufactured housing around the premise that the industry’s lending practices unfairly gouge people of modest means, and that Dodd-Frank regulations have failed to protect them. …

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Modular Versus Manufactured Homes: Which Is Right for You?


A Primer on Factory-Built Housing Claus and Kathy are preparing to pull up stakes and start a new life in Florida. Married for 30 years, they’d like their fresh start to begin with their first custom-built home. There was a time when folks who wanted a brand new custom residence had only one option: Find a contractor and wait six …

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Walk Down Memory Lane: From Trailers and Mobile Homes to Early and Modern Manufactured Homes (Video)


With millions of Americans stuck in ever-rising rental rates, and skyrocketing conventional housing prices, the need for an appealing, safe and affordable option is clear — and the solution is hiding in plain sight. Perhaps 99 percent of all Americans are operating under a number of outdated and misinformed notions about factory-built homes. But that is about to change. Manufactured …

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How a Professional Couple saved $100,000 on a New Home in Tennessee


Jerry McKibben is an engineer, and his wife Karen spent years doing customer service. As you’ll learn in this video, they’ve owned conventional housing, as well as lived for a time in a pre-HUD Code mobile home that was on the property where they planned to build. Now retired, Jerry and Karen did their home work. Jerry approached home buying …

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NeighborWorks, Clayton Homes Partner with Next Step Homes in Waco, Texas


NeighborWorks Waco and Clayton Homes have partnered with the Next Step Network to increase access to locally-built, energy-efficient, affordable homes for families in the Waco region. The partners will hold an open house June 9-10 in conjunction with NeighborWorks® Week at the site of the first modular duplex, located at the corner of North 19th and Mitchell Streets in north Waco. On Thursday, …

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Illinois Professional Couple Discover their Getaway Home near Florida’s top Beaches


Meet Cathy and her husband Bruce Reimenschnedier. They are retired, successful business professionals. They own a conventional house in a subdivision, another place on the Fox River in Illinois, and now they own a manufactured home in a quiet, modest community tucked away on a side street that’s not far from the beaches and activities found in the St Pete/Clearwater/Tampa …

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Possible American Dreams! Engineer Skip VanZant on Evolving U.S. Housing


When the video interview posted on this page began, I knew Skip VanZant was a smart, experienced and successful housing professional, but I didn’t know that he was an engineer. It was during this video that his degree was discovered.  It is through the lens of engineering a home that we “framed” part of this video, because continuous evolutionary engineering …

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Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Conventional Housing and Manufactured Homes Video Report


Time to Re-Think Where to Seek Shelter from Hurricanes and Tornadoes “We see winds getting underneath those structures…those forces are tremendous…” — Julie Rochman – President & Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Spring is a season of great renewal, but it is also a time when windstorms blossom, causing anxiety and fear for millions who …

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State Inspector Becki Jackson – Safety & Quality of Manufactured Homes


Quality affordable living. It’s a hot-button topic across much of the United States. Reporters, public officials, housing advocates, educators, experts, lenders, investors and the home shopping public are all looking for common-sense solutions. Inspector Becki Jackson says it’s a matter of education, because the solution is available right now, today. “It used to be that manufactured homes were just for …

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Quality Control Manager report-Highland Mobile Home Park, St Petersburg FL


Gretchen Vogel is a quality control manager. We met her shortly before she going to work. We asked her to sit down on camera and tell us her experience and insights into Highland Mobile Home Park. Highland is a 55+ adult community, centrally located minutes from beaches, shopping and the attractions in popular St. Petersburg, FL. See and hear her …

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