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Correcting the Record on Housing Affordability, Manufactured Home Shoppers, & MHI

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Every year, millions of Americans are looking for a new place to call home.  A new report on the Daily Business News states that 1 out of 9 Americans are moving a year, per the U.S. Census Bureau. People move for many reasons. Among the top reasons mentioned are to: 1)    save money, 2)    and to get a new home …

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At Death, What do You do with a Mobile or Manufactured Home?

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This past Thursday, I spent the day in Livonia teaching a continuing professional education class about estate administration for the Michigan Association of CPAs. One of the topics I discussed with a room full of CPAs was the transfer of homes to the loved ones of the deceased. What if you own a mobile home or a titled manufactured home? …

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Introducing ÖÖD – $50,000 Mirrored PreFab – and Compare

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For a generation growing up in often countercultural ways, ÖÖD is bound to hit the right notes with many.  But let’s take a look at what’s being said by others, and then do a quick comparison. “Prefab goes in disguise with these sleek tiny dwellings from Estonian company ÖÖD. With mirrored glass facades—reminiscent of Portuguese prefabs inspired by minimalist artists—ÖÖD …

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Schooling Public Officials, Media on Trailers, Mobile Homes, Tiny Homes, and Manufactured Homes

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Every public official and journalist should understand that a proper use of words – terminology – matters. While it may seem acceptable to some black people to do what Denzel Washington did in the movie, “Training Day,” calling another person the “n word,” this is understandably not done in polite or professional settings. Similarly speaking, while there were houses built …

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Proper Site Preparation for Manufactured Homes

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It’s a fact. As engineer Skip VanZant told MHLivingNews last year, there is more engineering that goes into the most basic manufactured home today than you find in some conventional housing that costs many times the price. But you won’t need an engineer to explain this article to you. We’ll keep it simple, while shedding light on a topic every …

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“Leaders Grasp Nettles” – Health, Professional, and Home Seekers Wisdom

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Nettles are painful to grasp, yet have healing properties which will be described below. This paradox – both pain and healing coming from the same source – is a useful one for professionals, public officials, home owners, investors, and others interested in manufactured homes. Why, you ask? Because some home seekers find an unwarranted emotional reaction or ‘pain’ in the subject of manufactured …

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Attractive Garage Additions for Manufactured Homes – Do It Right

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The addition of garages to manufactured homes in land-lease communities and on private property is becoming more popular every year. Manufactured home owners are looking for the same convenience and security available to site-built home owners. Unfortunately, many of the efforts to marry site-built garages to manufactured homes fall short of the generally-accepted appearance standards for garage/home integrations. Here are …

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Behind the Scenes – 2017 Tunica Manufactured Housing Trade Show

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Some years back – in the days at the Kansas City and Tulsa, Oklahoma manufactured home industry trade shows – was the last time when the general public could gain entry into these types of industry events.  Because they’re “closed,” there’s a natural curiosity about them. So, when our sister-site – MHProNews – offered to provide Manufactured Home Living News …

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Is Extreme Weather Declining, Rising? Climate Depot Report, Housing Windstorm Safety Redux

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As the Washington, D.C. Climate March takes place, a new report from Climate Depot may be like a proverbial rain on their parade. According to the report, the federal government has just released another key piece of scientific data, one that counters claims of man-made global warming. The data, from the U.S. Drought Monitor report, shows that droughts in the …

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President Trump, HUD Secretary Carson, Creating Jobs, by Supplying the American Dream – sans Taxpayer Subsidies

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Millions of Americans want the dream of home ownership to become their reality. More than half a century and trillions of dollars in spending have demonstrated that the noble intentions of the federal “War on Poverty” launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson has failed to move the needle. The poverty rate remains about the same now as then. Meanwhile, affordable …

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Publisher Rebuked! Doubting Doctor, Skeptic Stunned!

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Facts Matter, But LifeStyle, Appeal & Quality Living Matters Too Let’s begin with a blast of honesty.  Doing some Inside MH video episodes are more fun than others. At the start and end of the video below, yours truly gets rebuked by a person being interviewed. Part of what’s interesting in doing unscripted interviews is that you never know what …

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Homes in America – The Place in the U.S. Where Even Doctors Struggle to Buy

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In the United States, some are native born, some immigrate, but all are unified in pursuing the American Dream. For most, that includes owning a home. But according to a new report on housing affordability from real estate firm Trulia, there are some places in the country where even doctors struggle when it comes to being able to afford buying …

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A Look at Today’s Home Buyer, Analyzing Zillow’s Consumer Housing Trends Report

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“For more than a decade, Zillow® has been helping millions of Americans do their homework.” With those words, begins Zillow Group’s Forward to their “CONSUMER HOUSING TRENDS REPORT 2016.”  Perhaps unwittingly, many of the facts Zillow’s interesting and in-depth housing report on consumer desires brings forth, indirectly point to reasons why manufactured housing could be growing at an ever-faster rate …

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Do Potential HUD Program Cuts Mean Opportunity for Manufactured Housing?

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As the Trump Administration continues to move forward with plans on making government more efficient, a number of proposed cuts, including funding to National Public Radio (NPR) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), there appears to be a clear message: serve the public interest in an efficient, businesslike and honest manner. According to HousingWire, an area that could be …

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