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Outside the Box: Inventing New Looks for Manufactured Homes


It’s one of the best-kept secrets in affordable living, and one the manufactured housing (MH) industry would like to share with the world: These aren’t your grandma’s trailers. For nearly four decades, ever since modern HUD-code manufactured housing ushered out the era of the mobile home, the industry has focused on interior design, creating well-appointed living spaces with all the …

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Reality Check – Living Better When Quality Living Costs Less


What is the reality that quality yet affordable living produces? With the affordable housing crisis spreading, we’ll peek and see the solution hiding-in-plain-sight revealed in this half-page report and video. In many of our articles we’ll spotlight one or more “real people.” Those reports come from places border to border in the U.S., and we are looking at including Canada …

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Bad and Good – Two Sides – Manufactured Home Living and News Reporting


If you just want to see the latest Inside MH video and want to skip all the discussion of MH in the news media, please feel free to jump to the bottom, where the newest video is awaiting! For those who want to dig deeper, and better understand what sometimes happens with MH in the media, let’s begin by stating …

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What PBS NewsHour Missed About Manufactured Home Living


Videos can be a powerful way to quickly capture and convey impressions. The written word can provide details and context that a typically short video will of necessity miss. Put video and written words together, add some photos and/or graphics, and you can have rich, multi-media insights that – properly portrayed – can begin to truly inform the reader/viewer. Before …

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Nicole Barker compares her Modular Home with conventional construction 


Nicole and her daughters are delightful, as this short video with them reveals. The timing was terrific: their family were in Springfield, MO for some shopping when the interview coordinator called them, and we just happened to be set up in a model that was just like the one they bought about a year ago.  Nicole explains that her and …

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Lies, Advocacy Journalism and Statistics – Seattle Times/BuzzFeed Attacks, Warren Buffett’s Clayton Homes Defends – charges of Racism and Discrimination – Critical Analysis


“There are lies, damn lies and statistics.” Mark Twain “In my case, using what politely might be called “advocacy journalism,” I’ve used reporting as a weapon to affect political situations that bear down on my environment.” – Hunter S. Thompson “Minorities exploited by Warren Buffett’s mobile-home empire (sic)” The Seattle Times/Buzz Feed “…The Seattle Times account simply follows the long-time …

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College Education Made In Perpetuity – The Kalamazoo Promise; Von Washington Jr – where Affordability and Quality of Life Meet


Von Washington Jr. has many exciting stories to tell. For example, he’s met the President of the United States (POTUS) when the school he was principle at was honored by a visit from Barack Obama. That was in 2010. Today, Von Washington is a steward – one of the directors – at the Kalamazoo Promise, a program that provides college …

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Saving the American Dream for a Soldier, new Wife and Family


Edward Love will tell you in his own words that he was frustrated with the hassles of buying a conventional house. So he and Michelle decided to go looking at manufactured homes. It’s Christmastime, and people love a story where dreams come true. How often do you meet a family with the name Love? How cool is that! In this …

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Local Star Chambers Wage War on Affordable Housing


“The one issue that will prohibit affordable housing in the future — not only manufactured homes, but site-built — is local zoning and covenants.” — Jay Hamilton, executive director of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association When you’re a single mother of three looking to secure your family’s future, you have to have a plan. One young Georgia woman thought she …

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Why Families, Singles and Couples are Attracted to Good Manufactured Home Communities


Millions who don’t yet have a manufactured home are at times baffled by why millions of others love living in a good manufactured home community. A good manufactured home community provides the features and advantages that Rob Gray and Chelsea DeHann describe in this video interview. Let me say what they don’t on camera. Besides saving a ton of money …

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Police Chief’s Wife is on Town Council and Loves Manufactured Home Living


In part 1 of this video interview, you’ll meet Regina Ruddell. Regina is on the town council, serving Ward 4 in Westville IN. She’s rather modest in this video, because she is so popular, she ran unopposed and got 100% of the vote for the Ward 4 council seat. She has a great job, which you’ll learn more about later. …

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Personalizing Your Custom Home – at Half the Cost


Many home buyers want to keep it simple. They shop for an existing home they like, and when they find it and the details are lined up, they purchase. Others want to custom order a new home, and technological advances makes it possible to: buy a custom home for about half the cost, and in only a third of the …

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Sneak a Peek! What Millions Knows – Hiding in Plain Sight – The Home of the Future


Travel any highway or byway anywhere in the nation and you’ll no doubt see cruising down the road a transporter – and a flag car or two – with bold banners proclaiming the obvious: Oversized Load. There is no mystery about what people think they are; the roofs, doors and windows clearly define the parameters of a manufactured home – …

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“It’s not a trailer, it’s a manufactured home!” Inside MH with Mary Johnson, Retired Nurse

There are always some things that we miss when we’re doing video interviews with home owners, housing experts and manufactured home industry professionals. Our videos are unscripted, and so in the minutes before or after a video, I’m chatting with the person, duo or family to get to know them. During those warm ups, some things usually pop up that …

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Getting More Manufactured Home Lending – Video Interview with MH Owner, Tom Fath


Financing is always a hot topic in manufactured housing. A very common Google search is for mobile or manufactured home loans! If you want more MHLending, and want to keep it simple, jump near the end of this article to Want more access to MH loans? For those who want more details, let’s dive in with the following. Lending has …

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