Manufactured Home Article

A Breakfast with…Leonard Kopowski, Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association (LMHA)


1) Who, What and Where: (Your name, town and your formal title at Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association, LMHA). Lenny Kopowski , Metairie, La. , Director of Government Affairs 2) Background: (Educational/Professional snapshot before entering the factory-built housing arena, at or before the Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association – LMHA). I graduated from the University of New Orleans with an Undergraduate Degree …

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Million Dollar MODs Down Under


Australia is home to many exotic animals interesting geography and that world-famous version of English known as the ‘Aussie accent.’ The land ‘down under’ is also increasingly home to million dollar modular homes.   While most of the modular homes in Australia are for coastal and rural retreats, a growing number of architect-designed, multi-million-dollar prefabricated homes are being built. Rob …

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Changing Perceptions About Manufactured Homes in 15 Minutes


by Lisa Tyler  I recently facilitated a Personal Finance undergraduate level class. The cohort style class was comprised of adult learners with varied life and career experiences. One of the main topics was on the home buying process and determining affordability of selections. Magnolia Model MH 213, see tour linked here.  Keep in mind that all students were residents of …

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Manufactured Homes and the Harvard Study on Rental Housing


Manufactured Homes and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies reports on America’s Rental Housing; Evolving Markets and Needs On December 9th, 2013 Harvard University’s respected Joint Center for Housing Studies issued a report entitled “America’s Rental Housing: Evolving Markets and Needs.” The study begins by reporting what we all know from experience, namely that the numbers of renters are significantly up as …

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Lessons for First Time Home Buyers


While this video may not specifically show manufactured homes, it offers tips for first time home buyers that are useful. Start your home shopping early. Give yourself time, don’t feel rushed. Realize the benefits of buying versus renting, some of which these actual home buyers mention. Realize that manufactured homes are often the run-away best home value available in many …

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Manufactured Home Building Continues to Rise in October 2013


The quality and affordability of modern manufactured homes is being rewarded by growth in new factory-built home construction. According to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), manufactured housing production showed strong increases once more during October 2013. Recently released statistics report that HUD Code home manufacturers produced 6,078 homes in October …

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MH Posters that Speak a Thousand Words

If a picture is worth a thousand words, so too can a poster speak volumes with the right photo and a few select words. The first poster includes a quote from Warren Buffett, who has invested billions in manufactured housing. When Buffett speaks, investors, public officials and millions listen. The next poster includes a quote from Sam Zell, founder of …

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Return to the RV/MH Hall of Fame to see the new manufactured home on display in Elkhart, Indiana – US Destination


Last August, we promised readers an update on our US Destinations article on the RV/MH Hall of Fame, once their new manufactured home was installed and their display was complete. Today, we are keeping that promise! “Visitors to the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum now have a new manufactured home exhibit to tour, thanks to the generosity of Nappanee, …

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What do actors Pamela Anderson, Matthew McConaughey and Minnie Drive have in common with 20+ million Americans? Living in Manufactured Homes.


Shortly after Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller, sounded off about manufactured homes in South Carolina, the BBC did a story that asked the question, Why do so many Americans live in mobile homes? The title and some of the article’s terminology was a mix of accurate and off-target insights, so let’s take a closer look at their story. Tom Geoghegan’s …

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A Breakfast with…Nancy Geer, New York Housing Association


1) Who, What and Where: (Your name, town and your formal title at New York Housing Association, NYHA). Nancy P. Geer, Executive Director, Latham, NY   Background: (Educational/Professional snapshot before entering the factory-built housing arena, at or before the New York Housing Association – NYHA). Graduated from Ilion High School in Central New York, attended Mohawk Valley Community College and …

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Not Your Grandfather’s Trailer House


by Harold D. Hunt, PhD, The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University  Few would argue that significant strides have been made in the quality of construction, wind resistance and aesthetic appeal of a modern manufactured home. What may be surprising to real estate licensees is the level of energy efficiency available to today’s manufactured housing buyer. Before 1976, each …

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Wall Street Journal takes note as private equity firm, Carlyle Group, purchases 2 manufactured home communities


Washington based Carlyle Group (CG) made the move to enter the manufactured housing industry, through its recent purchase of two land-lease manufactured home communities in Florida. The Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) Dawn Wotapka reports that Carlyle is purchasing the properties for $30.8 million from Shamrock Holdings, LLC and Paradise Valley, Arizona based firm. This is news to both potential home …

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Lake Mirror Classic Automobile Festival, October 18-20, 2013, Lakeland, Florida, U.S. Destination

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The 14th year of the Lake Mirror Classic Automobile Festival is now history. Some 600 show vehicles were part of one of the biggest regional events of its kind in America.   As with many such events, awards were given for various categories of classic vehicles.  Mirror Lake in Lakeland, Florida lives up to its name. Lakeland, Florida is located …

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2013 National Communities Council Fall Leadership Forum Enjoy a Chicago, Lake Michigan – Odyssey Dinner Cruise – US Destination


Odyssey-Lake Michigan-Chicago Skyline-Photo credit: SunTimes News Group The National Communities Council (NCC) division of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) held its first annual Fall Leadership Forum on October 16-18, 2013 in Chicago, IL. While most of the event was held at the W Center on 111 West Adams, the dinner on the 17th was held on the Lake Michigan cruise …

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La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad CA US Destination for 2013 MHI Annual Meeting


World class professional golf course. Tennis, spa or swimming. Shopping, coffee, drinks and dining. Quality conference facilities, surrounded by palm tree lined streets, flora, fauna, fountains and more. You can find all of this near the Pacific Ocean and a short drive north from San Diego, CA. This is the La Costa Resort and Spa – located in Carlsbad, California …

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