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New Financing for MH in 2015; Plus DC, Tunica and Louisville Updates

January 11th, 2015 No comments

A lender who’s firm originated hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages in December is poised to enter manufactured home (MH) lending. That lender holds a high level management role. Our source has been talking to us for about 2 1/2 years, as part of their expanding their understand of the MH space. He tells us their entry could happen in time for the 2015 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show.

There are a number of reasons this should be welcome news in MH retail and community circles. The way this particular loan program is toon-clips-laugh-all-the-way-to-the-bank=credit-posted-masthead-mhpronews-com-being described, the rates and terms would be competitive with its conventional housing counterpart. The loans could be made on manufactured homes in both fee simple and land-lease scenarios.

Stop by booth #115 at the Louisville Show and leave your business card to get follow up announcements expected on what looks like a unique, non-recourse MH lending option.

Manufactured Housing’sDC Talk

Sources close to Arlington-based MHI tell MHProNews that the Manufactured Housing Institute is giving off-the-record assurances to MHARR. The issue is MHI’s planned hiring of a full time membership recruiter, and the alleged assurance is to not use that yet-to-be-hired recruiter to ‘go after’ MHARR’s members. If that plays out that way, it’s a bullet dodged for all, and thus good news for an industry tired of periodic tugs-of-war between the two national trade associations.

But dozens – if not hundreds – of high level eyes will watch to make sure such a detente proves to be true. Of course, we will track that for you too.

More DC talk. As we foreshadowed the night before the official MHI word was released, Lesli Gooch was hired to replaced Jason Boehlert. We welcome Ms. Gooch to MHI, and hope for the best in the important work that needs to be done on Capital Hill and with regulators.

Tunica Surprise

We’ve known for week’s about the upheavals that have taken place with respect to the late March, 2015 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. While we lightly hinted, this was a deliberate “failure to report.” It was important for the Tunica Show to come up with a strong plan B, when a specific Harrah’s manager allegedly threw a major monkey wrench into the mix.

That said, we now want to tip the hat to Jen Hall, who also knew (and who is not our source on this), for her bold and smart effort to try and repair the Harrah manager’s curve ball. The Mississippi executive’s effort deserves a separate article someday, but until then, Jen – as some say…”good-on-ya!”

For the official word on “what’s up” with the 2015 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, please click here.

Louisville is Large and in Charge!

Louisville has been the big #1 in attendance for U.S. Manufactured Housing Events two years running! Even with a clear-but-cold long range forecast for 2015, preregistrations for Louisville are running nicely ahead of the 2014 pace.


Change up on Wednesday Morning Presentation schedule!

Please see the Daily Business News Monday morning for updates on the first Wednesday morning Speaker’s line up. Bill Matchneer, MHI’s CEO Dick Jennison and the MMHF Chairman – speaking about MH finance and more – will all be on the revised plan for the first, fast paced hour. Don’t miss it.

Everything at the Kentucky Exhibition Center is all indoors, in climate controlled comfort. Here is a snapshot!

  • New Homes! – more manufacturers than any year since 2010! See this page linked here.

  • Lenders, on homes, MHCs and inventory. The full compliment of dependable MH lenders will be at Louisville, of course. See the finance panels at this link here.

  • Suppliers! Compare quality providers side by side, see exhibitors line up, linked here.

  • Quality and free ‘SRO’Business Building Seminars! SRO stands for Standing Room Only, as was the case in most of last year’s sessions. So Show Management has grown the space by 30% so you can take a seat if you were standing last year.

There are lots of reasons the attendance and excitement has been strong and growing year after year. Come see why first hand. We will be at booth #115. Drop off your business card, and we’ll keep you posted on lending and other industry news, free of charge. Wasn’t it the TV character “Kojack” who said, “Who loves ya, baby!We love MH!

My wife, our growing-in-MH-trade-show-fame 8 year old son, a guest and myself will all be there to say hello.

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Want to grow? Then Go to the Louisville Show. See you bright and early Wednesday at the KEC Seminar Room at 8:30 AM! ##

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Finance, Fire Safety, Fines and the Future

November 30th, 2014 No comments

Besides the rapidly approaching Louisville Show, all of our other duties, etc., we are swamped with the upcoming new December issue! The December 2014 featured articles will be live on the home page by close of business December 1, 2014.

As always, here on the Masthead,  you’ll find a handy, full run-down on the new issue in a start-of-the-month blog post. You can circle back here for that after the new issue is live.


For the next few moments, let me give you what media and news calls ‘the tease.’ The word historic is often over-used.  But once the new December issue is live, please make some mental notes. There will be topics in it that when you look back in a few weeks, months (or maybe, even in a few years…) you will find yourself agreeing are historic for manufactured housing.

In the strictest sense, we cover housing history on a day-by-day basis here at MHProNews. The Daily Business News  readership continues to rise, as does our readership overall.  Webalizer’s report on MHProNews  documented the fact that visits by professionals like you continue to grow year-over-year. When you are reading here, you are far from alone! You’re in the good company of other owners, executives, managers, investors and public officials, plus the educators and non-profits that do their research on MH here too.


Please take a look at our newest feature on the Daily Business News (DBN). The Sunday Morning Weekly Recap. We produced this based upon reader input for an easy place to scan DBN headlines for the stories most important to busy professionals.

In the last 3 weeks, we’ve seen close to 100 news stories in the DBNs, all of which relate directly or indirectly to your business.

For example,

MHProNews knew about all three of the above staff changes before they were announced, as officials with each organization know we knew. We wanted to respect their making their own announcements. There is some news you run with when you first hear it, others that you wait on. More on that in the new December issue!


Sunday Morning – 3 weekly ‘headline news’ recaps!

FYI – in one of the recaps above, you’ll find a story on fines and the CFPB, one that MH pros should know about.

That is where we will wrap this up today, by pointing you to the most robust summaries of the news that impacts housing and thus manufactured housing. If you haven’t already checked out the 3 weekly news recaps, they’re each linked above. In the matter of minutes, you can scan nearly 100 headlines that impact our housing world!

Thanks for checking in, and for making the Masthead a top read blog too. ##

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la-tony-kovachby L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach