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Tired of renting? Get the Scoop on Manufactured Homes

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Tucked in a quiet Lakeland suburb, a man who calls himself L.A. “Tony” Kovach is nurturing an enterprise he firmly believes could be the next Google or Amazon or Facebook. Just don’t ask him what the L.A. stands for. “It’s a secret,” he says. “A conversation starter.” But it is no secret that what Kovach wants to talk about is manufactured …

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Discovering a 9 out of 10 “Mobile Home Park” Lifestyle

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No two people or places are exactly alike. There are no perfect people or perfect places, but there are lots of good people and good places. Once those realities sink in, amazing discoveries are possible. Who says? E. Jon and Pat Chione, who owned a large townhouse on a nice lakeside property west of Chicago, and used to think “thumbs …

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Noise and Smoke vs. Facts About Manufactured Homes and Lending

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Quality affordable living is — and should be — a bi-partisan issue. There are interest groups that are attempting to use the media to manipulate Congress and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) by diverting attention away from the simple truth that manufactured housing lending is unique and benefits millions of Americans.  To make that case, we open the video …

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Manufactured and Mobile Homes Aren’t Just for Millionaires –  Main Street, Middle America Too 

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The recent hoopla over Actress/Singer Hilary Duff getting the manufactured home in her break-up with ex-National Hockey Leaguer Mike Comrie is once more bringing attention to the rich and frugal who want the good life at a lower price. But middle America needs good, quality affordable homes too. The video shown will give you sneak peaks into nice-to-gorgeous quality homes, that …

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Frugal: Manufactured Mansions Take Their Place in the California Sun

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Malibu, CA — When does a “mobile home” get snapped up for a cool $4 million before it even hits the market? Answer: When it occupies a piece of rent-controlled real estate along the most desirable stretch of coastline in California. Welcome to Malibu, where three communities offer a beach house lifestyle for a fraction of what folks pay for …

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Not “Beer Cans on Frames,” they’re Modern Manufactured Homes!

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When Doc Reynolds describes pre-HUD Code mobile homes as he does in this video, please don’t take him literally. Some people have a gift for creating a mental image in a few words, and Doc has that talent. Today’s manufactured homes aren’t oversized beer cans on a frame with wheels. They are, as Doc explains, a home – super solid, …

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

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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

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

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“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

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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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Local Star Chambers Wage War on Affordable Housing

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

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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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Reinventing HUD’s role in Quality Affordable Housing, Reducing Poverty and Dependency

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Reinventing HUD’s role in Quality Affordable Housing, Reducing Poverty and Dependency The cover letter and proposal outline below was provided to Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Chairman of the Financial Services Committee in response to a request for comments from interested parties on how to improve the delivery of services housing services by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and …

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Keeping the Home Fires from Burning: Fire Safety and the Modern Manufactured Home

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Studies show that manufactured homes built after 1976 are more fire-resistant than comparable site-built homes — but no residence is completely fire proof. Here’s what you need to know to reduce your risk, as we enter the winter fire season.    By Jan Hollingsworth For MHLivingNews It was apparently an attempted case of “spontaneous combustion,” a phenomenon thought to be caused …

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Robert Gann, Chet Murphree, Deer Valley Homebuilders, Guin AL – Inside MH Video Tours

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All across America, every day, thousands are shopping for a new home. People naturally want the most home for their money. They want quality, looks, energy savings. Sure, they want a good price, but most don’t want to sacrifice quality to get there. That’s where the surprising option of today’s manufactured and modular homes comes in.  Its one of the …

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