manufactured home communities

Homes at Evergreen Estates

An exit strategy – and much more

We helped 55 homeowners form a ROC in Centralia, Wash., last Friday. Our loan officer shared the seller’s heartwarming comment following the closing: “It seems strange after 27 years to be finished but we are so happy for … More »

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Sad and happy follow-up to homeowners’ speeches in Oregon

I blogged about Diane Pense’s and Sam Morris’ speeches in February.  Today, I got some really disturbing follow-up on Diane’s situation. Apparently, her 10-home community isn’t closing down but they didn’t learn that until after they all sold … More »

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Resident speakers stir motivation and encouragement

Inspiring. I spoke at a conference Friday on the West Coast that focused on making sure manufactured housing continues to play an important role in the affordable housing sector. The event was co-hosted by CASA of Oregon, a … More »

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Room for consensus on pressing MHC issues

PBS recently reported on two parts of the manufactured/mobile home industry: Issues homeowners in Manufactured (Mobile) Home Communities (“MHCs”) face; and, The impact of regulation on loans to purchase manufactured (mobile) homes. The reporter did a good job … More »

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The dog days of summer have me thinking …

Wow, it’s hot here!  We’re in an official heat wave which has me thinking about home improvements. Fall home improvements. Since we have reached 10,000 homes in ROCs and founded a cooperative with other community management companies – … More »

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Manufactured Home Retailers (Dealers) in Decline

Updated: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 According to a recent IBTS report, in 1998 there were more than 13,000 HUD-code manufactured home retail sales centers in the U.S.  By the end of 2014, some 16 years later, there are … More »

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Downright inspiring: Clarence Hall

I had the privilege of attending the National Credit Union Foundation’s Herb Wegner Memorial Award ceremony on Monday night in Washington, D.C. All four awardees were very impressive, but one brought tears to my eyes. Clarence Hall is … More »

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Start of the year, end of the year

I have been heads down with report writing the last month and I’ve missed getting my blog together. Well, 2014 was quite a year! Many individual ROCs accomplished great things in 2014, including Wheel Estates in North Adams, … More »