Monthly Archives: July 2016

MHVillage Listing Home App

MHVillage Listing AppIf you are a professional in the Manufactured Housing industry, MHVillage has created a special app just for you. Find us in the App Store or on Google Play today!

A number of members expressed a need for an easier way to list homes while in the field. They wanted to be able to enter the listing information while walking through the home, easily upload photos from any phone, and be able to add and remove listings from the road! In response, we created the MHVillage listing app.

Managing your listings right from your phone.

Managing your listings right from your phone.

This free app will let you manage your home inventory right from your phone. You can easily create new listings, edit existing listings and remove homes that have sold.

Over Half of MHVillage Traffic is on Mobile

Over 50% of the people shopping for homes on MHVillage are doing so through their phones. We are constantly working on our mobile interface to make it easier for those shoppers to contact you. We currently have a programming team working on making that process simple and effective.

We also wanted to give you, the MHVillage Professional, powerful tools that you can use on your phone. To check out our app, either head over to iTunes or Google Play to download. We would love to hear your comments and suggestions as we further develop these tools, so please, let us know what you think!

See You in Florida! 2016 FMHA Annual Convention

FMHA Annual Convention, September 14 – 15, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida

FMHA ConventionWe’ll be on the road a lot this summer and fall! MHVillage is attending the Texas Manufactured Housing Association Convention in August and the Florida Manufactured Housing Association’s Annual Convention in September. If you are in the Florida area, we would love to have the opportunity to meet you.

Here are a few of the great workshops that FMHA has planned for their Annual Convention:

Keynote Speaker –  VISION MINDSET GRIT, Success Strategies to Help You Stand Up to Any Challenge, Scott Burrows
Scott travels the world inspiring organizations, associations and Fortune 500 companies – and proving that limits can be exceeded, obstacles conquered and that no circumstances can ever destroy the power of the human spirit.

Trends and Insights on Boomers and Beyond, Joe Adams, The Housing Marketplace, Inc. – Today’s Baby Boomers are savvier and more discerning consumers than previous generations.  Explore why we need to ditch authoritative, step-by-step selling techniques and concentrate on “boomer” perspectives.  Focus is on the importance to Baby Boomers of encore careers, connecting with like-minded people, and enhancing their retired and semi-retired social lives.  Learn more about social motivators, and reimagined home designs that appeal to this demographic.

If you are interested in attended this great event, click here for the registration information.

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Other upcoming events on the MHVillage calendar: (Many, many more to be posted soon!)

August 14-16 TMHA Convention 2016, San Antonio TX

September 13-14 FMHA Convention 2016, St. Petersburg, FL

January 18-20, 2017 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show

 

Meet MHVillage at the TMHA Convention

TMHA Annual Convention, August 14-16, 2016

Texas Manufactured Housing AssociationMHVillage is looking forward to being a part of the TMHA Convention in San Antonio, TX. We will be exhibiting and look forward to meeting you. If you are in the area, this looks like it will be a great event! Take a look at some of these events on the schedule:

Leadership Panel

The panel will discuss the big questions facing our industry with a focus on the Texas market and what they see as opportunities and challenges facing the Lone Star State.

Moderator:
Dick Ernst, President of Financial Marketing Associates, Inc.

Panel:
Kevin Clayton, President and CEO of Clayton Homes
Joe Stegmayer, Chairman & CEO, Cavco Industries, Inc.
Jayar Daily Chief Operations Officer, American Homestar Corporation
Steve Schaub Chief Operating Officer of Yes! Communities

Department of Energy Standards Update for Manufactured Housing and its Impact on Your Business

Manuel Santana – P.E., Director of Engineering for Cavco Industries, Inc.

Mr. Santana, P.E., is the Director of Engineering for Cavco Industries, Inc. and is very active within MHI and on the federal level.  Mr. Santana will discuss the Department of Energy standards update and its impact on manufactured housing.   The most recent proposed rule would implement a key portion of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which directed DOE to establish energy standards for manufactured housing.  Mr. Santana will discuss the details and his role in the process of ensuring the best for our industry in regards to the DOE rules.

The 2016 TMHA Convention will be held at the J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa in San Antonio

The 2016 TMHA Convention will be held at the J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa in San Antonio

For more information or to register, go to http://www.texasmha.com/events/convention

 

Text Leads from MHVillage Mobile!

Did you know that over 50% of the million plus home buyers that shop MHVillage.com each month do so with their phones? That’s why you’ll see regular updates to the mobile version of our website – we want to make sure those buyers are finding your homes as easily as possible!

We are always looking for ways to make it easier for buyers to contact you. We’ve recently added a new feature to the site – text leads! These leads aren’t texted to you, you will see all leads in your email as you always have. Text leads simply allow home buyers who are on their phones to open their text app and request more information, quickly and easily. (Check out the animation below.)

Here’s another great benefit of text leads – every lead you get through text includes the customer’s cell phone number. That’s a powerful tool when getting in touch with buyers!

If you have questions or would like to know more on how to optimize your home listings, email our Customer Service team. We’re happy to help!

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Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Expands to Meet Industry Needs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2017 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Set for January 18-20, 2017

L17-logo-LARGE200The need for insightful, accurate and forward-looking information about the manufactured housing industry is the driving force behind recently announced plans for the 2017 Manufactured Housing Show in Louisville, Ky. The 2017 Show will be held January 18-20 at the Kentucky Exposition Center and will feature more homes on display, along with more efficient space for service and supplier exhibits. An expanded schedule providing a full range of educational seminars is also being added to the 2017 program to offer greater business opportunities to attendees.

The Show is sponsored by the Midwest Housing Federation, including its five member organizations: the Illinois Manufactured Housing Association, the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association, the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute, the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association, and the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association. Leaders of the industry’s retail, builders/developers, installation, and community management sectors will share their experiences and knowledge about all levels of affordable homes, from HUD-Code homes to spectacular systems-built housing.

“The Louisville Show has seen a significant evolution into the manufactured housing industry’s premier indoor housing forum, drawing an ever-increasing turnout from more than 842 different companies across all sectors of the housing industry,” says Dennis Hill, Show Coordinator. “Positive feedback and input from attendees is helping us ensure that the 2017 Show will be even better and offer attendees outstanding opportunities to benefit directly from their overall Show experience. With the Show scheduled the first month of 2017, it will ensure that inventory will be delivered in time for the early selling season and that everyone can be ready for the start of warm weather sales.”

As an added benefit, the 2017 Show will feature a much wider range of educational seminars tailored to provide real learning opportunities that directly improve business strategies and marketing outreach efforts. “What we’re doing with the 2017 Show is to spread the seminars and workshops from just two days to all three days of the Show, along with moving the seminars from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day,” stated Ken Rishel, director of Rishel Consulting Group LLC and chairman of the Show’s educational programming. “This change will give us a total of 6 seminars/workshops during the Show and give attendees more time to visit and see the homes and exhibits, while also allowing us to provide more meaningful and relevant information to attendees.”

The seminars will also focus on bringing in “more outside-the-industry” experts who can provide really important information on key initiatives that attendees need to adopt to be more successful in their day-to-day business activities,” Rishel noted. “We’ll move from the basics of marketing and advertising on the first day of the seminar schedule, to sales and financing strategies on the second day, to the third day’s look at what national issues and trends the industry needs to anticipate and incorporate to be more successful. “Our ultimate goal with the seminars and workshops is to expand our industry’s education and adoption of smarter business strategies in order to expand and accelerate our successes in the housing marketplace,” Rishel stated.

The 2017 Show will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center, with the Crowne Plaza Hotel serving at the Show headquarters hotel. “With the Louisville Airport a mere 3 minutes from the Exposition Center, there is not a more convenient show site,” Hill noted. “The people attending the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show are motivated to purchase homes and services,” Hill stated. “They have invested their time and money to be part of this unique show and they are decision-makers or have the ear of decision-makers. And January is the perfect time to get the industry’s new sales year started. They are ready to do business and you need to be there!”

The Show’s ongoing enhancement activities and initiatives will be announced as developments occur. The Show’s new web site at www.TheLouisvilleShow.com will include all relevant information and registration instructions beginning in early July, along with regularly updated announcements regarding exhibits, seminars and other Show-related items in industry publications and informational platforms.

Dennis Hill may be reached at 770-587-3350 or showways@bellsouth.net.

Questions relating to this press release should be directed to Bruce Savage at 202-664-4512 or bas0707@live.com.

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