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Trade Group for Manufactured Housing Under Fire For Failing Mission, Legislative Agenda

Written by admin on Jun 27th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

The Manufactured Housing Institute has been leading the campaign to bring more lenders into the manufactured housing market for years.”

— Lesli Gooch, Senior V.P. of Government Affairs, MHI

 

How does one explain the repeated failures by MHI staff to embrace options and opportunities, or new lenders … that could lead the industry into more competitive lending and more new manufactured home sales?”

— L. A. “Tony” Kovach, elected MHI board member

Arlington, VA June 27, 2016 – The Manufactured Housing Institute, the industry’s largest trade group, has been excoriated in an unprecedented op-ed by a member of one of its boards and publisher of the industry’s leading professional trade publication.

 

The known facts suggest that, for whatever reasons or motives, MHI has missed numerous opportunities to expand manufactured housing home-only and land/home lending. The impact on the factory-built housing industry in terms of lost sales could be in the billions of dollars annually,” L.A. “Tony” Kovach writes in the latest edition of MHProNews.

 

MHI says it represents all segments of the factory-built housing industry; its stated mission is to provide research, promotion, education and government relations programs, and by building and facilitating consensus within the industry.

 

But M. Mark Weiss, president and CEO for the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has repeatedly stated that MHI is tilting toward Berkshire Hathaway-owned MH lenders’ goals.

So consensus is lacking, according to the June 25 editorial, in which Kovach cites complaints from industry professionals – both members and non-members of MHI — who question the trade group’s failure to promote new lending in manufactured housing – which MHI staff asserts is a top priority for the organization.

Some, writes Kovach, “accuse MHI of de facto choking off lending with the goal of causing independent businesses to sell off to MHI member companies, or close shop.”

Others couch their criticism in terms of missed opportunities and questionable competence.

It is MHI members who are quietly telling (MHProNews) that MHI had the opportunity to get the MLO rule changed. Those same voices tell us that achieving that success could have led to others on points and fee thresholds, the twin goals of Preserving Access.

If MHI’s leadership wants to move the ball down the field and score points that sell more homes, a serious series of changes must take place at MHI,” Kovach says.

Discontent with the status quo has reached the point where there are rumblings of some willing to put forth a million dollars in seed money to launch a new trade organization to promote the industry’s interests.

Kovach points out that questions and concerns about MHI’s performance center on certain staff members, not MHI itself.

These concerns are routinely brought to us by members and third parties. So MHProNews’ spotlighting staff related issues at the organization isn’t the same as condemning the organization, of which this writer is a member.”

“It’s sad what’s happening in Arlington,” says Kovach, where MHI is headquartered.

At a time when the demand for affordable housing is growing, Kovach laments MHI’s staff are missing the opportunity to better tell the industry’s story and thus advance its appeal to the home buying public, public officials and to attract and expand lending opportunities.

Read more on the growing controversies surrounding MHI, are linked here. ##

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How much does the locked door on more lending options cost manufactured housing industry members every year? Trade association under fire for failing their mission, members. Closed bank vault door image credit, FlickrCreativeCommons, MHI Logo credit – MHI – both images are used under fair use guidelines for editorial purposes. Text graphic and collage credit, MHProNews.com.


MHLivingNews.com and MHProNews.com are the leading trade publications for manufactured housing consumers and MH industry leaders who want up-to-date lifestyle and business news.

 

Media Contact:

L. A. “Tony” Kovach

Publisher – MHLivingNews.com, MHProNews.com

Phone: 863-213-4090

Email: latonyk@manufacturedhomelivingnews.com. ###


Black Diamond Advanced Technology’s Forward Air Control Utility Suite receives Fielding Authorization from USSOCOM

Written by admin on Jun 27th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

CHANDLER, Arizona – Black Diamond Advanced Technology, LLC (BDATech) is proud to announce that the Modular Tactical System (MTS) and Forward Air Control – Utility Suite (FAC-US) received a Fielding Authorization from USSOCOM. The MTS/FAC-US received vigorous laboratory and field-testing from the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Test Center (AATC), and passed Operator Testing at the hand of Air National Guard Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) and Combat Controllers (CCTs).

The MTS is a TRL-9 ultra-ruggedized wearable computer system that enables C4ISR, Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) operations, Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) control, and much more for the dismounted operator. The MTS has a track record of high user adoption rates across a broad range of mission requirements. The MTS allows a SOF Operator to transition from computer operation to direct combat engagement in seconds with a wearable system incorporated into a compact plate carrier system, without compromising any of the certified ballistics protection. The MTS is fielded in every U.S. service branch, and well as with NATO and U.S. allies for a variety of applications.

FAC-US is DACAS software that is VMF, SADL, CoT, and Link-16 capable. FAC-US was designed from the ground up by JTACs for JTACs to assist both conventional and Special Operators conducting Close Air Support (CAS) and other mission sets with little or no training on the software. BDATech’s engineering team utilized a two-pronged approach in which they observed and analyzed end-user (JTAC) behavior, as well as applied human factors design principles to create a user-friendly, intuitive system tailored to the end user. This approach ensured that FAC-US would make DACAS simplistic enough for combat use. FAC-US integrates a variety of Video Downlink (VDL) devices, LASER Range Finders (LRFs), Designators (LTDs), and Radios. FAC-US also integrates information from ATAK and A-PASS autonomously ensuring that everything a JTAC needs to be successful is readily available.

Get the full story at HERE.


Boston Globe: Manufactured Homes Can “Open a Lot of Doors” to Affordable Housing

Written by admin on Jun 27th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

“In Massachusetts, there is a wealth of research being done on housing  shortfalls – now and anticipated.”

— Mary McBrady, executive director of the Massachusetts Manufactured Housing Association

 

Boston, Mass.  June 27, 2016 — Mary McBrady has her finger on the pulse of America’s housing shortage.

And as the executive director of the Massachusetts Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA), she is especially involved with the grave and growing shortage of mid-priced housing in her state, which many officials consider the biggest single threat to Massachusetts’ economy.

“We, as an industry, need to be part of that conversation and dialogue,” she says. “We may be a small state … however we have an enormous number of researchers and agencies interested in housing policy and analysis.”

Massachusetts, in fact, is a microcosm of the national housing crisis, where the middle class is being squeezed out of home ownership.

A 2014 editorial in the Boston Globe called the historic state capital “a bifurcated city, where the very rich live in market housing and the very poor live in subsidized units.

“And once that happens, much of the city’s character goes out the window.”

The Globe editorial notes that the building trades have pushed hard for stick-built over less-expensive off-site home building techniques achieved through factory-based production.

“Construction workers may well resent the sight of entire walls with doors and windows intact arriving in Allston, Hyde Park, Dorchester, or other Boston neighborhoods on flatbed trucks from out-of-state factories. But there is room for a workable compromise, and (Mayor Marty) Walsh is in a good position to negotiate it:

“Manufactured homes could be built in Massachusetts factories with unionized labor. Then, as more area communities take advantage of the economies of scale, construction prices would drop even further.”

Boston’s mayor, in fact, is quite familiar with the benefits of factory-built homes and as a state legislator sponsored  bills on behalf of MMHA, McBrady says.

With much of the city’s middle class priced out of the traditional housing market, there is ample reason to pursue market-based solutions. According to the Globe:

·        The need for new mid-priced units is vast throughout eastern Massachusetts; in the city of Boston itself, some 30,000 of them need to be produced over the next decade just to meet existing demands.

·        In downtown Boston, a family earning $80,000 annually could afford just 1.7 percent of the homes sold.

In a recent Q&A, MHLivingNews talked to McBrady about housing policy, the Boston Globe editorial, the 40th anniversary of federally regulated manufactured housing and the opportunity for officials to address the nation’s affordable housing crisis with quality factory-built homes that provide much-needed shelter — and jobs.

You’ll find  A Breakfast With Mary McBrady, along with a link to the Boston Globe editorial here. ##

Photo Caption: Mary McBrady – right, with Chicago skyline background during National Community Council Meeting. Logo and still are property of MMHA, and are used here under fair use guidelines. Collage credit, MHLivingNews.com

MHLivingNews.com and MHProNews.com are the leading trade publications for manufactured housing consumers and MH industry leaders who want up-to-date lifestyle and business news.

Media Contact:

L. A. “Tony” Kovach

Publisher – MHLivingNews.com

Phone: 863-213-4090

Email: latonyk@manufacturedhomelivingnews.com ###


Parker & Sons Offers Extensive Range of Home Electrical Services

Written by admin on Jun 27th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

Phoenix, the sixth largest city in the nation is home to over 4 million individuals. The Valley of the Sun is one of the fastest growing major metropolitan centers in the United States. Every year, thousands of individuals choose to make this desert jewel their home. Parker & Sons, a Phoenix institution founded in 1974 is proud to offer an extensive range of home electrical services to the rapidly growing city Phoenix.
Parker & Sons, whose legendary reputation has been built upon a commitment to customer service and attention to detail, is Phoenix’s most reliable home services company. For over four decades, Parker & Sons’ has offered HVAC and plumbing services. Starting earlier in 2016 Parker & Sons debuted an extensive range of home electrical services to those they already offered.

“It has been so exciting that we now offer electrical services. This is something we have been working on for quite some time. We wanted to make sure we didn’t offer and promote these services until we were 100 percent ready. Our standards for quality are so high we wanted to make sure we were doing things right as we started moving into the electric field. Our team is highly trained and incredibly skill. Over the last few months, we have heard back only positive words happy homeowners and renters,” said Josh Kelly of Parker & Son.

The electrical services how offered by Parker & Sons are comprehensive. They include everything from ceiling fan repairs to home-home safety inspections.

“When we were designing our whole-home electrical safety inspection, we wanted to make sure we left nothing out. It is all-encompassing. W modeled it after our 60-point plumbing inspection, which is the most detailed plumbing inspection available. After one of our whole-home electrical inspections, you can rest easy knowing your home electrical system is in excellent condition. And if it isn’t in perfect condition, we will let you know exactly what needs to be done. That is called peace of mind,” Josh Kelly later added.

Parker & Sons can be reached by calling (602)2-REPAIR | (602)273-7247
Or at:
www.parkerandsons.com

Press Contact

 

Josh Kelly

jkelly@parkerandsons.com  

http://parkerandsons.com

(602) 273-7247


Hastings & Hastings Offers Post-Accident Advice

Written by admin on Jun 27th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

– Hastings & Hastings has been defending the rights of accident victims across the state of Arizona for over 35 years. With decades of experiencing providing representation in accident cases, Hastings & Hastings knows that automobile accidents are shocking, disorienting, chaotic, and confusing events. Individuals who have been involved in an accident are often unaware of the correct actions to take following a collision. Hastings & Hastings offers crucial post-accident advice.

Hastings & Hastings begins by stating that the health and safety of all individuals involved in a collision should always be the primary concern. If accident victims are hurt, the first thing they should do is contact the authorities and then wait for help.

Regardless of the severity of the accident, Hastings & Hastings cautions individuals not to leave the scene of an accident following a collision until law enforcement officials have arrived. Drivers and passengers may feel as if the accident was minor, but some injuries could present themselves days or weeks after the accident. Adrenaline can mask pain and cause injuries to go unnoticed. If someone left the scene of the accident before the incident was documented, there could be legal repercussions. The authorities should be contacted following an accident of even minor severity as proper documentation of the event is essential.

Hastings & Hastings advises individuals to gather as much evidence at the scene of the accident as possible. Cell phones are an important tool in gather evidence. Accident victims should take pictures of the scene of the accident before any of the vehicles are moved. They should also take pictures of the damage inflicted to all of the vehicle involved in the accidents.

Finally, Hastings & Hastings notes that individuals should avoid providing any statements on the record to their insurance providers until they contact a legal professional with experience in personal injury matters.

“The reality of an accident is that everything little detail matters. It is most important that people keep their wits about them, which I know can be hard. It helps to have someone you can depend on in these situations. That is exactly what we endeavor to be here at Hastings & Hastings – someone you can depend on,” said David Hastings, the founder of Hastings & Hastings

Press Contact:

Kristy Guell
Hastings & Hastings
Voice: (480)706-1100

E-Mail: kristy.guell@hastingsandhastings.com

Website: http://hastingsandhastings.com


Rahul Manchanda – Men’s Rights Attorney

Written by admin on Jun 24th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

Rahul Manchanda – Men’s Rights Attorney

The past 20 years have been horrific for men’s rights in America.

After then Senator Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton’s enactment and passage of the Violence Against Women’s Act (“VAWA”) in 1994, there has been a virtual holocaust of men in the United States, as this law mandates arrest in all cases of alleged domestic violence, even if there is no real evidence or probable cause.

Not only that, but con-artist females, criminals, prostitutes, and other organized criminals have taken advantage of these VAWA Laws to entrap men, extort and blackmail men, and to gain an unlawful, unethical, and illegal tactical advantage in Family Court, Criminal Court, Integrated Domestic Violence (“IDV”) Court, as well as in the Civil Courts for divorce, child support and custody, visitation, marital estates, and in terms of orders of protection which are handed out to women like they were jelly beans, thus often throwing men out of their homes and lives without due process or notice.

Men have had their entire savings and estates stolen out from under them, banned from seeing their own kids, professionally and personally destroyed, reputations ruined, traumatized, or otherwise facing horrifically unfair jail sentences or other sanctions brought on by the lies and deceptions of an otherwise “scorned” woman, and their civil liberties, human rights, and constitutional protections have been thrown out the window.

Because of the VAWA Laws, men have been reduced to make-shift “money slaves,” with absolutely no rights whatsoever.

The courts have been steadily staffed with VAWA friendly and biased judges and law clerks, all funded by the federal government, and cottage industry “domestic violence” shelters, clinics, legal groups, and pro bono law firms and man-hating feminist institutions have sprung up all over the country to target and destroy men with the full power, force, and color of the federal government.

This is one of the reasons Mens’ Rights Lawyer Rahul Manchanda has decided to step into the breach to aggressively and effectively fight for men who are entangled within the Criminal, Family, Immigration, and Civil Court systems, both federal, state and local.

Attorney Rahul Manchanda will fight for you and your rights like a Wolverine and will not rest until justice is served.

The time has come for the pendulum of the sexual revolution to swing in the other direction, so as to restore the constitutional rights and protections of the American Male, his Family, and to restore his rightful place as a Man in the United States of America.

If you are currently enmeshed in either family, divorce, criminal, immigration, or civil court wherein your status as a “man” has been used against you, where you are presumed guilty because of the lies and false allegations of a bitter or corrupted woman, then please pick up the phone and call us at (212) 968-8600 – we are available for a free consultation, 24/7, 365 days of the year, and will snap into action immediately and quickly to safeguard and secure your God-given and constitutionally bestowed rights, and to get you back on track to where you were before.

That is their promise.

Contact them at:

Rahul Manchanda, Esq.
Manchanda Law Office PLLC
30 Wall Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Tel: (212) 968-8600
Fax: (212) 968-8601
Toll-Free: (855) 207-7660
email: info@manchanda-law.com
web: www.manchanda-law.com


Parker & Sons Encourages Summer Preparations

Written by admin on Jun 24th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

– In Phoenix, seasons change with abrupt and unmitigated speed. Fall flashes by in a matter of days. Springs flowers, blooms, and passes in a matter of weeks. However, one season lingers far longer than all the rest. Parker & Sons, founded in 1974 by Grandpa Jack and Grandma Faye parker, has spent decades servicing Phoenix homes during the brutally hot months of summer. In an attempt to easy summer suffering, Parker & Sons strongly encourages summer preparations.

When preparing for the onset of summer, Parker & Sons advises that Phoenix residents should begin by scheduling an early tune-up for their home air conditioning unit. That last thing anyone wants during a hot summer day is to suffer a breakdown. While Parker & Sons offers fast emergency air conditioning repair services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, surviving even a few hours without functioning air conditioning can be very unpleasant.

The best way to avoid a breakdown is by schedule a full 40-point air conditioning tune-up with Parker & Sons. Eventually, capacitors, motors, and contacts all wear down causing an air condition unit to lose efficiency. The unit may break entirely. A 40-point tune-up is designed to catch potential problems before they can develop into major disasters. Homeowners can be saved from headaches, discomfort, and massive repairs bills. Following a tune-up, air conditioning units will work at peak power and efficiency all summer long.

“There are many precautions homeowners can take to ensure they are ready for the summer. Best of all, many of these things can be done at little to no cost. It is always good to start the summer off with clean air filters. Homeowners can change these on their own, or they can hire an HVAC professional if they don’t feel comfortable. Another thing they can do is clean their vents, both indoors and on the a/c unit itself,” said Josh Kelly of Parker & Sons.

An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure. By attending to air conditioning maintenance early, homeowners can avoid a world of heartache down the line.

Press Contact

 

Josh Kelly

jkelly@parkerandsons.com  

http://parkerandsons.com

(602) 273-7247v


Director of Operations

Written by admin on Jun 23rd, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

Clown Shoes Third Party Candidate

(Burlington, MA) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

Clown Shoes Beer will be releasing its “Third Party Candidate” (an India Pale Lager dry hopped with Idaho 7 and Sterling hops) this week, and its California sales rep “Filthy” Phil Thomas will be running for President.

With the slogan “Keep America Clean: Vote Filthy”, Clown Shoes Beer has launched a campaign to get Phil into the White House, even if only to use the bathroom there. Phil owns an IQ higher than John Travola in Phenomenon, has perfected more dance moves than Beyonce, breaks more concrete slabs with his forehead than Chuck Norris in his prime, surfs 90 foot waves on a longboard, and he can sing with greater sweetness than angelic choir boys pouring their hearts out as they render Ave Maria.

Clown Shoes has released several new beers into its core lineup for 2016, including its Mango Kolsch (in a six-pack), Whammy Bar (an IPA in six-pack cans), The Barista (Imperial Brown Ale brewed with coffee and oats), and American Monastic (a Belgian IPA featuring 7 different hop varieties). Clown Shoes will also be ramping up its extensive barrel-aged lineup, with beers like Archdruid (an Imperial Irish Red Ale aged in Irish Whiskey barrels) and others to come. 

The mission of Clown Shoes Beer is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy. Visit www.clownshoesbeer.com for more information, or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/clownshoesbeer.


Fall Boat Show Sails Into West Palm September 23-25, 2016

Written by admin on Jun 23rd, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

The 3rd Annual South Florida Fall Boat Show is set to sail into West Palm Beach on Friday, September 23rd through Sunday September 25, 2016 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., and West Palm Beach, Florida 33411. 

Over 100 boats and watercraft will be on display and for sale. A wide range of boats will be on display, center consoles, runabouts, cabin cruisers, flats boats, sportfishers, skiffs, ski boats, inflatable’s and kayaks. Customers come to boat shows ready to buy so this is the perfect opportunity to get your fishing and boating bargains. 

While boats are the main attraction, this show offers much more. The Fairgrounds will be packed with an impressive display of marine accessories. A wide range of other types of marine products, hardware, electronics, nautical hardware, clothing, shoes, and nautical gifts will on sale.  The best place to find bargains, quality and a wide variety of fishing equipment and supplies, restock up here. People come to boat shows ready to buy so this is the perfect opportunity to get your fishing and boating bargains. 

Visit the South Florida Fall Boat Show website http://www.SouthFloridaFallBoatShow.com for more information, discount tickets, vendor applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions. Contact South Florida Fall Boat Show at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389.


Making the Choice: Manufactured vs. Modular Homes

Written by admin on Jun 22nd, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

Consider Cost, Financing, Tax Savings and More

We mainly want a house where the floorplan can be slightly altered, and of course, will increase in value.”
– Kathy, a consumer in the market for a factory-built home

Lakeland, Fla. June 22, 2016 — There was a time when folks who wanted a brand new custom home had only one option: Find a contractor and wait six months to a year — or more — to have it built.

But these days, consumers are discovering that new technology, materials and other innovations have created a factory-built alternative that offers the same quality for a fraction of the time and money it takes to construct a site-built home.

Having settled on the factory-built option, prospective homeowners are faced with yet another choice: manufactured or modular?

Both began life — virtually complete — in a factory, just like our cars and eyeglasses and just about everything else produced in the industrial age.

And both are viable options for the individual, couple or family looking for an affordable, attractive and energy-efficient custom home that is move-in ready in a matter of weeks — but budget, lifestyle and aesthetics can play an important role in deciding which best meets their needs.

MHLivingNews’ new primer on factory-built housing sorts out these sometimes complex issues — from detailing the differences between manufactured and modular homes, to exploring the many factors a prospective buyer should consider.

For instance, interiors for today’s residential style manufactured homes and modulars both are comparable to site-built homes, with tall flat or vaulted ceilings, open floor plans, finished drywall and upgrades limited only by a prospective homeowner’s budget and imagination.

But there are some structural and architectural differences that give one of them more flexibility than the other in terms of floor plan, set-up and locale.

One costs about half of a comparable site-built home, while the other offers about 25 percent savings.

One might be financed at a lower interest rate, while the other might have lower monthly payments.

One might cost several thousand dollars more in closing costs, while the other saves thousands in real estate property taxes.

Do you know which is which? You will after reading award-winning consumer reporter Jan Hollingsworth’s Modular Versus Manufactured Homes: Which Is Right for You?  here in MHLivingNews. ##

Photo Caption – Clayton Homes Modular – Top Left. HiTech Housing Manufactured Home, Top Right. Sunshine Homes, interiors, bottom.

MHLivingNews.com and MHProNews.com are the leading trade publications for manufactured housing consumers and MH industry leaders who want up-to-date lifestyle and business news.

Media Contact:

L. A. “Tony” Kovach

Publisher – MHLivingNews.com

Phone: 863-213-4090

Email: latonyk@manufacturedhomelivingnews.com. ###