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Frequently Asked Questions about Manufactured Homes

Frequently Asked Questions about Manufactured Homes

Frequently Asked Questions about Manufactured Homes Frequently Asked Questions about Manufactured Homes If you have decided that a manufactured home may be the home choice for you, but you still want to know more about the purchase and move-in process, read on to find the answers to the most frequently asked questions. What can I afford?  Your consultant will meet with you to “pre-qualify” you for your mortgage (if you’re placing your home on private property) or for your consumer […]

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The ‘people’ side of factory-built homes

The ‘people’ side of factory-built homes

The ‘people’ side of factory-built homes Make no mistake about it, the manufactured housing industry is also a people business. A lot has been written about the advantages of having a home built in a factory with all the protection of a factory roof and the modern technology that is housed in the plant … and it’s all true. The industry also has a professional army of men and women who run the plants and use the modern technology to […]

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Legal Seminars for Community Managers

Legal Seminars for Community Managers

Member News – Legal Seminars for Community Managers   COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT AND LEGAL: (CML 101, 201, 301) For the past three years OMHA has offered a three part community manager series to accommodate the growing need for professional community manager education.  Topics featured were: Evictions, Collections, Tenant Screening, Park Operations, Sales, Title Transfers, Abandoned Homes, Consumer Protection, Health Dept, OMHC, Resident Relations, Marketing, Incentives, and more.  These courses will continue to be offered every other year – next series will […]

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Member News – Top 3 Reasons Communities Join OMHA

Member News - Top 3 Reasons Communities Join OMHA

Member News – TOP 3 Reasons Community Owners Join OMHA   Legal Services OMHA provides no-charge legal advice on special manufactured home law and will provide legally-approved forms free!  The General Counsel will assist not only you as the member but your local attorney.  Also, OMHA’s General Counsel has developed a reputation throughout Ohio for providing guidance to local judges, to instruct them on all aspects of manufactured home law.   OMHA also works with OMHC, the Tenant Association AMHRO, and […]

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‘Floored’ by Options

‘Floored’ by Options

‘Floored’ by Options A U.S. News & World Report article described one family’s manufactured “dream” home: the “three bedroom home boasts a master suite with walk-in closet and bath with sunken tub and double sinks. There’s an eat-in kitchen, formal living and dining rooms and a den with a fireplace.” Little wonder,” the magazine mused, that “there’s a ton of interest in manufactured housing,” a type of housing it called the nation’s fastest growing. Today’s buyers can get quality and design that […]

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High Price Mortgage Loan Appraisal Rules & Valuation Tools

High Price Mortgage Loan Appraisal Rules & Valuation Tools

High Price Mortgage Loan Appraisal Rules & Valuation Tools By Sherrie Clevenger, Managing editor of NADA guides Regulatory changes for manufactured housing appraisals are looming.  On July 18, 2015 appraisal requirements for financed manufactured home transactions will change.  Lenders will have several options to meet these requirements; and, this article shares what retailers and community owners need to know. Many people consider the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 to be one of the most complex pieces of legislation ever written.  The […]

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CFPB Report Validates MH Calls for Regulatory Relief

CFPB Report Validates MH Calls for Regulatory Relief

CFPB Report Validates Manufactured Housing Industry Calls for Regulatory Relief Bureau’s findings show potentially significant loss of credit available to consumers and disparate impact of regulations on manufactured housing over site-built counterparts Washington, DC—On September 30, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its report Manufactured-housing consumer finance in the United States to provide “a comprehensive understanding of manufactured housing and its financing.” The report highlights differences in costs and financing available between the site-built and manufactured housing markets, as […]

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CityScapes at Mills of Carthage

CityScapes at Mills of Carthage When the City of Cincinnati, Ohio, decided to revitalize the neighborhood known as Carthage by relocating an industrial plant, it chose to redevelop the site with new, affordable housing. However, like countless other cities across the nation, it faced a major dilemma. Local homebuilders were either unable or unwilling to build homes on the site that met the pricing and architectural guidelines established by city officials. That’s when the manufactured and modular housing industry stepped […]

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Planned neighborhoods replace yesterday’s trailer parks

Planned neighborhoods replace yesterday’s trailer parks

Planned neighborhoods replace yesterday’s trailer parks Turning onto the street, you see brick patios, decks, stone and brick exteriors, biking and walking paths, and golf courses. There’s a luxurious clubhouse surrounded by a pool, tennis courts and a playground area. Sound like an upscale, suburban subdivision or condominium community? Maybe. Or, it could be a new manufactured home community. That’s what is being developed for manufactured homes purchased today. Residents pay a monthly lot rental fee, which often covers services […]

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The inspection system for manufactured homes

The inspection system for manufactured homes

The inspection system for manufactured homes It can generally be acknowledged that a building code is only as good as the enforcement system that accompanies it. The manufactured home enforcement program required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a thorough and efficient system designed specifically for the factory production environment. Because the factory pace differs from that of the construction site, the manufactured home enforcement system is necessarily different too. The goal in both cases, […]

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