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Legislative Update

Language to Preserve Lending for Manufactured Housing Passes House Appropriations Committee

Legislative language that would preserve lending for manufactured homes cleared another important hurdle, passing the House Appropriations Committee.

In March, Rep. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., along with 32 other members of the House, sent a letter to the appropriations committee imploring lawmakers to remove manufactured housing as a class from the increased protections designed by the Consumer Protection Finance Bureau.

“Since the CFPB’s Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (‘high-cost’) rules consider costs as a percentage of a loan, smaller loans, like manufactured home loans, often violate points and fee caps,” the letter stated. “Because of the resulting high-cost designation, many lenders have stopped making manufactured housing loans. It is crucial that the definition of high-cost loans is modified so that manufactured housing loans are not unfairly swept under the high-cost designation simply due to their size.”

Census data shows that nearly 20 million people in the U.S. live in manufactured homes.

The bill, H.R. 1699 – “Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing”, resides in $20.2 billion Financial Services Appropriations bill that provides annual funding structure for the departments of Treasury and Judiciary, the IRS, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other related agencies.

The language will need to pass the full House before moving to the Senate and White House before coming law.

In a prepared statement, the Manufactured Housing Institute offered its support of the efforts.

“The successful inclusion of the language demonstrates positive momentum and follows inclusion of the language in the Financial CHOICE Act, financial reform legislation that passed the House of Representatives earlier this month,” the statement read in part.

MHI is the national trade organization representing the factory-built housing industry.

MHI Summer Legislative Fly In

Smart industry professionals know that our business has concerns and issues that must be addressed in Washington D.C.. Join the Manufactured Housing Institute for their 2017 Summer Fly-In and make sure your concerns are heard.

From MHI (The Manufactured Housing Institute):

Do You Want Change in Federal Policy for Manufactured Housing?

Join us in Washington, D.C. on June 26-27 at the Hyatt Regency for MHI’s Legislative Fly-In program.

Our story must be heard as Members of Congress consider the many issues that impact our industry. With your participation, we can drown out the misinformation that is being sent to Capitol Hill from those who do not understand the manufactured housing market. We can ensure all Members of Congress understand the importance of manufactured housing as a critical resource for working families and the largest form of unsubsidized affordable housing in the nation.

Let your voice be heard during this two-day program. Visit Congressional offices to advocate for:

-Reducing regulatory burdens to financing for manufactured homes.
-Fighting regulatory overreach by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
-Fostering economic growth by supporting quality, affordable manufactured housing.

The 2017 Legislative Fly-in program includes:

  • Meetings on Capitol Hill with your Members of Congress or their key staff
  • Lunch on the Hill with presentations by Members of Congress
  • Networking with your MHI peers from across the country
  • Briefing sessions on MHI’s legislative priorities
  • Training on lobbying and influencing your elected leaders
  • Tips on continuing relationships with your elected officials once you return home

A complete schedule of events as well as registration details can be found on the Manufactured Housing Institute’s web site.

 

Energy is Up at MHI Congress & Expo in Las Vegas

MHI Congress and ExpoIt was a stellar year at the Manufactured Housing Institute’s Congress & Expo in Las Vegas. Five of us from MHVillage attended the show this year, along with about 1,200 others, representing the biggest turnout in a decade.

“That’s proof that the industry is back, it’s healthy, and it’s growing,” MHI President and CEO Dick Jennison said, adding that year-over-year shipments to date are up 17 percent.

There was plenty of discussion about financing mechanisms, a conversation that runs right up to Washington D.C., where Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in talks with multiple levels of government oversight to provide greater access to personal property, or “chattel”, loans that feed manufactured home sales.

The Congress & Expo was held at Caesar’s Palace, May 2-5.

MHVillage Booth at the 2017 MHI Congress & Expo

MHVillage team members talk with attendees at our booth in the Caesar’s Palace exhibit hall at the MHI Congress & Expo.

MHVillage had a front and center spot in the exhibit hall, greeting longtime account holders and advertisers, as well as gaining new ones.

“We get about 45 to 50 leads a month from MHVillage. We do a lot of business with MHVillage, and it helps,” said James Reitzner, who owns manufactured home communities in Wisconsin and Northern Michigan. “About 45 percent of our leads come from MHVillage.”

Many of the attendees at this year’s show were investors, who have honed in on the trend toward manufactured housing as growing stock in the affordable housing market, and as a stable and long-term solution to diversify real estate holdings.

“There’s been a lot of movement in the industry,” said Tyler Gordon, of West Partners, an investment group in Carlsbad, Calif. “There’s a lot of consolidation, and eager sellers. It’s a matter of finding the right property to buy, which is why many of us are here.”

Nov. 1-3 NCC Fall Leadership Forum

MHVillage is Proud to be a Sponsor of the 2016 NCC Fall Leadership Forum

NCC Fall Leadership

2016 NCC Fall Leadership Forum: The Time is Now
November 1-3, 2016
Westin Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

Go to MHi’s website to register and get for all the details about this important industry event.

Please note: Early registration ends on Oct 03, 2016.
Regular registration starts on Oct 04, 2016 and ends on Oct 30, 2016.

The fourth NCC Fall Leadership Forum will be held November 1-3 at the Michigan Avenue Westin Hotel in downtown Chicago. This event offers unparalleled industry networking opportunities, relevant content to help you grow your business, and unique topics designed to these unique times.  If you’re involved with manufactured home communities – as an owner/manager, manufacturer, service provider, broker, lender or consultant – don’t miss the industry’s flagship networking event in downtown Chicago.  The NCC Fall Leadership Forum is the place for networking, new ideas and building relationships while reaching customers.

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2016 MHI Annual Meeting, Sep 25-27

MHVillage is proud to be a Silver Sponsor for the MHI Annual Meeting on September 25-27, 2016 in Huntington Beach, CA.

mhi-meetingAbout MHI’s 2016 Annual Meeting

The MHI Annual Meeting is the largest membership meeting of the year and provides an excellent opportunity to exchange information with industry friends and stay current on housing marketplace trends.

MHI will hold elections for its 2017 officers during the Annual Membership Meeting luncheon on Monday afternoon. On Monday evening during the Annual Awards Dinner, special awards will be presented to those individuals that have gone above and beyond for the industry during the last year. The prestigious MHI Chairman’s award, State Association Executive of the Year Award, Frank Walter Standards Award, and Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award will all be presented.

Your involvement in MHI and active participation in working to find solutions to problems are essential to the future of the industry.

Your registration fee includes the following:

  • Monday Morning Breakfast (Breakfast Sponsored by YES! Communities – Speaker: Patti Boerger, MHI Vice President of Communications)
  • Networking receptions on Sunday and Monday evenings
  • Monday Luncheon and Annual Membership Meeting
  • Monday Evening Awards Dinner
  • Tuesday Morning Breakfast
  • Committee, board and division meetings throughout that provide MHI members the opportunity to provide input on important industry issues

Manufactured Home Community Tour Added to Schedule of Events
10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning, September 25th

An optional manufactured home community tour has been added to the Annual Meeting schedule of events for Sunday morning, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. Participants will meet in the lobby of the Paséa Hotel and walk across the street to Surf City Beach Cottages. After purchasing the community in 2013, the owners of Surf City Beach Cottages embarked upon a series of renovations and upgrades designed to enhance the property’s character as a beachside lifestyle community. Tour participants will have the opportunity to visit the inside of a 2-story Fleetwood home located in the community. No RSVP is required to participate in the community tour.

Registration Information:
Get more information on this event, and register online on MHI’s website. Online registration will close on September 22, 2016. After that date, you would need to register on site at the event.

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2016 National Congress and Expo

The National Congress and Expo is almost here! Once again, MHVillage.com will be exhibiting and will be a sponsor of this fantastic industry event. If you have never attended the National Congress and Expo, you are missing out! This is great opportunity to learn more about what is happening with manufactured housing.

Early Bird Registration prices end this Friday! Click here to get more information and register to attend.

From the Manufactured Housing Institute’s website:MHI

Plan to join us for the 2016 Congress & Expo to be held on May 3-5, 2016 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to obtain the knowledge and resources necessary to excel in today’s housing marketplace. Attendees will be able to choose from top quality educational programs and special events; network with the most successful professionals in the industry including manufacturers, community owners/managers, suppliers, financial service providers, insurers, retailers and more; learn what is working for others and how it can work for you; establish new business relationships to enhance your potential for growth; develop new ideas that will make a meaningful difference for your business; hear from powerful general session speakers; and to see the latest and greatest technologies and products available for the industry by visiting the exhibit floor. Attendees also won’t want to miss the highly acclaimed annual NCC Spring Forum presented by the MHI National Communities Council.

For more information, click the image below, or go to: www.congressandexpo.com/2016/

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MHI Legislative Conference and Winter Meeting

MHI MeetingFrom the MHI website:

About MHI’s Legislative Conference & Winter Meeting

It’s up to you to educate Members of Congress on how important our industry is to the health of the economy and housing Americans. What happens in Washington, D.C. can and will shape our industry, and your business. Attending MHI’s 2016 Legislative Conference & Winter Meeting could be the best business decision that you make this year. Your presence and voice in Washington, D.C. for this meeting is critical to reach out to the Members of the 114th Congress on issues of utmost importance to the industry and its future:

  • The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act
  • Increasing Manufactured Home Lending Access to Secondary Market Finance Mechanisms
  • Extension of the New Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit
  • Agency Regulation of New Energy Standards
  • Oversight of the Federal Manufactured Housing Program

Regular registration starts on Jan 16, 2016 and ends on Feb 06, 2016.
Late registration starts on Feb 07, 2016.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

For more information on registering for the event, hotel reservations, and a schedule of events, please see MHI’s website.

2015 MHI Annual Meeting, October 4-6, 2015

2015 MHI Annual Meeting
October 4-6, 2015
Boca Beach Club
Boca Raton, FL

Boca Beach Club
Click here for information on this event, to view the schedule and to register before online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on October 1st.  After that date, you would need to register onsite at the event. The MHI Annual Meeting will be held on October 4-6, 2015, at the Boca Beach Club in Boca Raton, FL.

About MHI’s 2015 Annual Meeting

The MHI Annual Meeting is the largest membership meeting of the year and provides an excellent opportunity to exchange information with industry friends and stay current on housing marketplace trends.

MHI will hold elections for its 2016 officers during the Annual Membership Meeting luncheon on Monday afternoon. On Monday evening during the Annual Awards Dinner, special awards will be presented to those individuals that have gone above and beyond for the industry during the last year. The prestigious MHI Chairman’s award, State Association Executive of the Year Award, Frank Walter Standards Award, and Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award will all be presented.

MHVillage and Datacomp are proud to be among the sponsors of this event.

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MHI 2015 Annual Meeting Coming Up!

MHI’s 2015 Annual Meeting
Oct 04, 2015 12:00pm – Oct 06, 2015 12:00pm

The MHI Annual Meeting is the largest membership meeting of the year and provides an excellent opportunity to exchange information with industry friends and stay current on housing marketplace trends.

MHI Annual EventEarly-Bird Deadline for Registration and Hotel Reservations –

Extended to September 11, 2015

From the Manufactured Housing Institute’s website:

The Keynote Speaker is Tom Derzypolski from BowStern Marketing Communications.
MHI has initiated a more focused effort on its Facebook page and has increased its posting quality and quantity significantly in recent months. The number of people following the industry on the MHI Facebook page has grown significantly. Tom’s presentation will explore how MHI members can become even more involved in promoting the industry through social media and how their businesses can benefit.

MHI will hold elections for its 2016 officers during the Annual Membership Meeting luncheon on Monday afternoon. On Monday evening during the Annual Awards Dinner, special awards will be presented to those individuals that have gone above and beyond for the industry during the last year. The prestigious MHI Chairman’s award, State Association Executive of the Year Award, Frank Walter Standards Award, and Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award will all be presented.

Your involvement in MHI and active participation in working to find solutions to problems are essential to the future of the industry. We look forward to seeing you October 4-6 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Early registration ends on Sep 04, 2015.
Regular registration starts on Sep 05, 2015 and ends on Oct 02, 2015.
Late registration starts on Oct 03, 2015.

Learn more and register for this event at the MHI website.

Early Bird Registration for the 2015 Legislative Conference Ends May 15th!

MHI’s 2015 Legislative Conference and Summer Meeting

June 14 – June 16, 2015

MHI Legislative Conf

Early-Bird Deadline for Registration and Hotel Reservations – May 15, 2015

A description of the event from the MHI website:

MHI’s 2015 Legislative Conference & Summer Meeting

It’s up to you to educate Members of Congress on how important our industry is to the health of the economy and housing Americans. What happens in Washington, DC can and will shape our industry, and your business. Attending MHI’s 2015 Legislative Conference & Summer Meeting could be the best business decision that you make this year. Your presence and voice in Washington, DC for this meeting is critical to reach out to the Members of the 114th Congress on issues of utmost importance to the industry and its future.

Go to the MHI event details page to learn more about registration, the meeting schedule, sponsorship and location information.