Manufactured Home Article

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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Yahoo! Finance Cautions: Mortgage Credit Availability Declining as CFPB Rules are coming on line


Credit for mortgages in general are declining as new regulations and approaching ones are coming on line, says Yahoo! Finance. They cite the Mortgage Bankers Association and AllRegs as their sources, explaining too that tightening credit will result in fewer loans. Their report says that a significant impact will be felt by all home loans under $100,000. Since the Manufactured …

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LMHA’s Lenny Kopowski honored with Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award


Leonard “Lenny” Kopowski, Director of Government Affairs, LMHA, was honored with the Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award presented by the Manufactured Housing Executives Council (MHEC)  during the Manufactured Housing Institute’s 2013 Annual meeting held recently in La Costa, CA. In Kopowski’s role for the Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association (LMHA), Lenny used a three step, “outside the box” public relations …

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Professionalism, KYPs and Manufactured Housing


What sets apart the so-so service of a person or a company versus that of another which excels with customers? In a word, professionalism. This is true for all industries. For example, the service at a good restaurant with a top notch server is marked by someone who is warm and professional. A good server makes you feel welcome, then …

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Comparing Residential Style and Entry Level Manufactured Homes


Manufactured homes come in a wide variety of shapes, styles and sizes that start from 400 square feet and ranging up to thousands of finished square feet. Many of these styles can been seen from our weekly featured homes photo gallery. Let’s over-simplify and say that manufactured homes come in two broad categories – entry level and residential style homes, …

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Demens Landing Park, Saint Petersburg Florida, US Destination


Not far from our new base of operations in Lakeland FL is Demens Landing Park in Saint Petersburg. You’ll find the St. Petersburg Yacht Club here, and so many of the sights and sounds that make this sub-tropical metro paradise that draws millions from around the world.  At the bridge you cross to get to Demens Landing Park, you’ll be …

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