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Clayton Home Building Group Donates New Home to Alabama Resident in Need, Video

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National homebuilder partners with Jesus Works Ministry to make local woman’s dream come true MARYVILLE, Tenn. Clayton home building group, Clayton Homes of Pelham and Jesus Works Ministry, a multi-congregation outreach program headquartered at the Alabaster First United Methodist Church, have teamed up to donate a home to Ava Woods, a church nurse at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Alabaster, Ala.   …

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No Longer “Trailer Trash” – Manufactured Homes are Quality, Affordable Housing

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Al Kemp, the Executive Director of the Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance of British Columbia has an important message. “Trailers haul beer. Manufactured homes provide housing for people.” When talking about them to the public, or to elected officials, that’s the first item that Kemp likes to clear up. Instead of the stereotype of a “trailer,” he says that this is …

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Election 2016 – American Dream Dies or Reborn? Ignorance Costs, Knowledge Pays

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“I don’t care whether you are a liberal, conservative, independent or something else – the bottom line with this year’s election was simply more of the same or something new, different or unique,” said Tim Connor, CSP. Connor earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, and is the author of over 80 books on business, management and personal development. He …

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Texas ROC Leaders Tout Resident-Ownership at “I’M Home” Convention

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Two Members of a Texas resident-owned community were featured on a panel discussion explaining the basics of manufactured housing Monday at a national conference for housing professionals. Esthela Garza, president of Pasadena Trails ROC, and Paula Maldonado, a new Member there, spoke to a room of about 75 housing industry experts about the benefits of manufactured …

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State’s Manufactured Home Sales Soar

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The Northwest Housing Association has announced that manufactured homes sales in the state of Washington have increased 47 percent year-to-date in 2016. According to the association, this completes a big turnaround over the last decade.  In the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown, demand dropped from 3,000 manufactured homes per year to less than 600. “550 homes have already been …

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Designer Amy Shock’s Extreme Mobile Home Makeover – Photos & Report

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When it comes to the benefits of living in a mobile or manufactured home, the money that can be saved compared to conventional housing is often near the top of the list. So, what is one to do with all the money a buyer may have leftover after the home has been purchased? One option is to put the money …

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Home Safe Home

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                                   ‘Tis the Season to Celebrate Fire Safety                                             in Your New Manufactured Home “If all pre-HUD-standard manufactured homes were removed from the inventory, the fire death rate per 100,000 occupied manufactured homes would be … well below the range estimated for the rate for other one- or two-family homes.” — National Fire Prevention Association   “In 2013, Thanksgiving was …

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“Home Sweet Home” – Assistant Mayor Wants to End Housing Choice Stigma

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire assistant mayor Jim Splaine is doing what he can to put an end to the stigma that’s often felt by people who live in manufactured homes. Too often, the areas where manufactured homeowners live are improperly referred to as “trailer parks.” Splaine said, “I think it does upset people who live in home parks and have them …

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Novogradac’s Report – Affordable Housing 2046 – Does MH Hold the Key?

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“I suspect that manufactured housing will finally become more cost-effective and will be prevalent in urban and suburban communities.” – Richard Gerwitz, Citi Community Capital “I’m struck by some of the inventiveness in the single-family home environment–like tiny houses and new forms of modular housing,” – Jana Cohen Barbe, Dentons “Manufactured homes, as America’s most affordable housing, can, should and …

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“The Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis is Hiding in Plain Sight”

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“…lower rates of crime than you would expect, because they had pride of ownership…” – William P. McCarty, PhD – University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Criminology, Law and Justice   “What may be surprising to real estate licensees is the level of energy efficiency available …” – Harold Hunt, PhD – Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University   …

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Novi Home Show Features Modern Manufactured Homes on Display

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The Novi Home Show takes place October 14-16 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. The show is billed as a “one-stop destination for home improvement products for every type of project imaginable.” Decorating and landscaping exhibits will be on display, as well as experienced businesses available for consulting or hire. What the curious and manufactured home enthusiasts will …

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Pride and Prejudice: The Truth About Manufactured Home Communities and Crime

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“Some had lower rates of crime than you would expect, because they had pride of ownership and the shared backgrounds of residents.” — Researcher William P. McCarty   Homeowners love them. Affordable housing advocates laud them. Municipal planners approve them. And yet, many local governments throughout the land, spurred by neighborhood activists, are working relentlessly to block new manufactured home …

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Taking on the Trash Talk! Are People Defined by their Housing Choice? Video, Photos

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Lois Requist is retired.  She’s an author, and the former Benicia, CA poet laureate. She recently moved into a manufactured home in a community in San Francisco metro. Terry Reynolds has a manufactured home too. Reynolds and his wife own a triple sectional, Requist has a more modest, yet still appealing, multi-sectional. Each has a story to tell, and we …

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Bloomberg, HousingWire, Realtor and Fox all suggest Manufactured Homes as Important Solution for Affordable Housing in America

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While housing becomes more and more expensive across the United States, there’s a simple solution.  For those who either want to be frugal and still get great quality or those who have limited funds, but desire to be a homeowner — the answer, suggests Bloomberg and HousingWire – could be modern manufactured homes. Realtor and Fox News are also among those which have …

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Two sides – Controversy at Cal-Am’s Heritage Village Manufactured Home Community in Beaverton, Oregon

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“Northwest Oregon is experiencing a profound housing affordability crisis…has Cal-Am made any efforts to work with the residents…?”  – Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR1) “Without the…operating efficiencies inherent in association…operations, affordability would be an even greater problem.” – Community Association Institute “Our efforts represent more than a year-long campaign to improve the Community for the benefit of the homeowners.” – Cory Sukert, President …

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