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4 Tips for Buying Mobile Homes in California
The many quality mobile homes California has to offer have several features in common. First, they provide safety unlike those manufactured 40 years ago, thanks to the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974.

Trends and Innovations in Mobile Homes
If you haven’t explored the options available in mobile homes in recent years, you may not be aware of the many innovations now offered. Manufactured housing has come a long way over the years.

Champion's got it 'going'
It's been a long, winding path for the Champion Homes plant since its 1962 beginnings in York, but perhaps no other era in its history has seen more product diversity, innovation and skill than right now.

Factory Expo Home Centers Embraces New Concept in Manufactured Homes
Factory Expo Home Centers is pleased to announce that last year's introduction of new manufactured homes "concept" has been met with surprising success in 2009.

Champion Home Builders Named Harnett County's Industry Of Year At Appreciation Event
A manufactured home company has won the Harnett County Industry of the year award for 2008.

Champion to Resume Manufacturing Operations in Tennessee
Champion, a leader in factory-built construction, today announced it will resume its Tennessee manufacturing operations at a facility located in Dresden, Tenn.

Champion Homes of Lillington Receives North Carolina STAR Award
Champion Homes of Lillington, N.C., a member of the Champion family of builders, has earned the prestigious Carolina STAR award for safety.

Modular Industry Urges Level Playing Field within Military Construction
Speed, Sustainability of Modular Construction Offered As Solution to Troop Movement.

Champion Enterprises Makes Five-Year Commitment to the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture
Champion supports urban renewal proposals that emphasize wood and steel modular construction for projects across the country

Two Genesis by Champion Modular Homes Built in One Day on Delmar Street, North End Village, Detroit
Southeast Michigan-Based Companies Demonstrate How Modular Building Can Quickly Improve Detroit's Housing Stock, Providing an Affordable Choice and Changing Lives

Champion Launches Suite Retreat National Promotion Feature-filled spa bath is at cutting edge of home design and lifestyle trend
Champion today announced the launch of its newest national promotion, the Suite Retreat. The feature-filled master bath, available in select Champion family of homebuilder models for a special promotional price, will be distributed through its Champion Home Center (CHC) retailer network.

Champion Enterprises Reports Second Quarter 2006 Results
Revenues increase 17 percent, driven by 62 percent increase in modular sales, despite weaker manufactured housing order rates and declining backlogs. Deferred tax assets reinstated on historical profitability and favorable outlook.

Champion Enterprises Names William C. Griffiths Chairman and Adds Two Directors to Its Board
New Directors Thomas Madden and David Weiss Add International, Homebuilding and Further Financial Expertise

Champion Enterprises Acquires Highland Manufacturing from Norwest Equity Partners
$23 Million deal adds to Champion's growing modular market share Expands Champion's presence in the north central United States

Champion Enterprises to Acquire Caledonian Building Systems
$110 Million Deal Boosts Champion's Presence in International and Commercial Modular Market Steel-framed Construction Capability a Significant Product Enhancement


Consumer News

Discover The Style And Beauty of New Manufactured Homes For Sale
Today's modern manufactured homes are built with both quality and style in mind. These beautiful and modern homes feature contemporary design elements, high-quality construction and safety standards that rival most traditional "site-built" homes.

Tips for Buying a Manufactured Home in Mesa, Arizona
Finding the right home for sale can seem like a difficult task at times, but there are several things you can do to help make the experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible.

Mobile Homes California Buying Guide
When purchasing one of the many mobile homes California has to offer, following five easy steps allows you to find the best home for you and your family at the lowest price possible...

How to Choose the Best Mobile Home for Your Money
Mobile homes have changed greatly over the past few decades. In 1976, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) began regulating the construction of mobile / manufactured homes pursuant to the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974...

5 Reasons Why Manufactured Homes Beat Onsite Building
In California, like many other states, homebuyers increasingly have been turning toward manufactured homes instead of choosing traditional site-built homes...

Mobile Homes California Buyers Are Snapping Up
It's hard to believe from the description, but did you know that the 2,305-square-foot Mojave model is one of the mobile homes California buyers have to choose from...

Mobile Homes California Sales Benefit From Quality and Exceptional Value
Even as foreclosure sales and discounted new homes dominate the headlines, mobile homes California residents can have custom built often represent the best deal in real estate...

Mobile Homes California Residents Can Count on for Quality and Value
Real estate can be such a fickle beast, with house prices going up and down, but with mobile homes California residents can count on affordable prices, a wide selection of floor plans and high quality construction...

Mobile Homes, California Make Perfect Home
You wouldn’t buy a car you can’t see in person, and the same rule should apply to the mobile homes California and the surrounding states have to offer...

Mobile Homes California Buyers Know Quality Housing Options
You wouldn't buy a car you can't see in person, and the same rule should apply to the mobile homes California and the surrounding states have to offer...

5 Reasons to Purchase Factory Expo Mobile Homes California
The mobile homes California has to offer are among the best, with builder Factory Expo leading the industry not only in the state, but also nationwide. These manufactured homes California residents have embraced, feature the most stylish designs, and all are built to federal Mobile Home Construction and Safety Standards...

Colo. Appeals Courts Revives Mobile Home Owners' Lawsuit
The Colorado Court of Appeals decision on Thursday revived a lawsuit brought by mobile home owners against the city of Steamboat Springs, reports Steamboat Today...

Mobile Homes California Families Can Afford
When Dave and Amy Stewart decided that their family had outgrown its current mobile home, they decided to take a look at some newer features becoming available for manufactured homes in California...

Factory Expo Offers New Models of Mobile Homes in California
Homebuyers should never rush the process. They should take their time, looking at a variety of houses before making their final decision. Homebuyers looking at the mobile homes California...

Mobile Home California Demand Continues to Grow
Tony LaRue was recently retired and ready to move to a southern climate to enjoy his golden years. He'd had enough of shoveling snow. He and his wife wanted a quality built new home that wouldn't require a lot of maintenance, they wanted a nice view and they had a budget.

Energy-efficiency grants available from co-op
Members of Palmetto Electric Cooperative who own manufactured homes are eligible to apply for two new Help My House energy-efficiency programs.

Make sure to maximize tax breaks on 2009 income tax return
This tax credit was originally intended for first-time home buyers, but that's no longer the case. Under legislation signed in November, two types of home buyers qualify for a tax credit on their 2009 returns:

Netgear and Ericsson introduce a mobile broadband hotspot with a twist
We have seen a couple of mobile broadband hotspots come to market in the last year, the Novatel MiFi on Sprint and Verizon, and the recent Sprint Overdrive from Sierra Wireless. They're pocket-sized, battery-powered devices with a 3G connection that can connect a handful of devices to the Internet wherever they're plopped down.

Studies Examine Manufactured Homes' Value
Multiple studies over the last thirty years have shown manufactured homes adjacent to and among site-built structures have had neither a positive nor negative effect on the property values in a surrounding area.

10 Tips: Do homework before Buying Manufactured Home
For years, manufactured homes have been an attractive, comfortable and affordable option for many Floridians. These homes typically cost much less than traditional homes, but buyers still need to be vigilant. These tips can help.

Thousands Of Iowans Get Help From FEMA
A week after FEMA sent temporary housing to Cedar Rapids, people are starting to move in. FEMA has leased 301 sites in area mobile home parks and has delivered 36 manufactured homes with 61 more coming from Maryland and Arkansas.

Who Can Benefit From A Reverse Mortgage?
Reverse mortgages are becoming an increasingly popular lending option for older Americans. Reverse mortgages allow homeowners over the age of 62, the ability to convert a portion of their homes’ equity into cash, which they can receive in monthly installments or through a line of credit.

No Longer Limiting Themselves to Motorhomes and Tents, Campgrounds are Now Providing Luxurious Accommodations
For three decades, El Capitan Canyon catered exclusively to RV and tent camping enthusiasts seeking a quiet getaway in a rugged oak- and sycamore-lined canyon on the California coast, just west of Santa Barbara.

What exactly is a manufactured home?
The Definition of a Manufactured Home From the Manufactured Housing Institute. The answer may surprise you.

The HUD Code is Very Important to Buyers
When today's buyers take possession of a newly purchased manufactured home they can be assured that it was built to a stringent set of national regulations that ensure the safety and construction of manufactured homes.

Some Facts to Ponder About Home Owners
Each year Foremost Insurance Co. completes a study of the manufactured home industry. The facts in this column came from QUICK FACTS 2007, a pamphlet published by the Manufactured Housing Institute. The study is based on the year 2005. The results of this survey are based on more than 19,000 respondents nationwide.

Manufactured Home Industry Loses Another Leader
I did not know Bill closely as a personal friend; however, through industry functions I came to recognize what a nice guy he was. He was extremely knowledgeable about our industry and I was always amazed that, whenever I had a problem or question and called on him, not only did he have the answer but he got back to me almost immediately. If you needed help he was one of the first ones to step forward and volunteer.

Price of not complying with statute may prove to be too great to pay
I want to expand on the letter that appeared on March 27, 2007 from Stephen Pelser of Ocala regarding the FMO being the watchdog protecting the interest of people living in manufactured homes. With all the mobile home parks in the Ocala area this is important information for all mobile home owners.

Manufactured homes meet high standards
The first sentence of a letter to the editor published March 26 states, "trailers, mobile homes, manufactured homes -- whatever you call them -- should be outlawed, at least in states that are prone to these horrible tornadoes."

Coastal Florida Mobile-Home Residents Conflicted Over Lucrative Buyout Offer
The owners of nearly 500 mobile homes in one of the last waterfront trailer-park towns in South Florida stand to become instant millionaires if they agree to sell to a developer. But some are holding out, saying there are some things more important than money.

Mobile homes are essential alternative
You often hear it ? home ownership is a badge of social respectability and long-term rental housing is akin to throwing money out the window. But when you begin your housing search, you quickly learn that many options are out from the start.

Banker calls modular housing key to recovery
Bill Bynum is on a mission to put an end to the bureaucratic hang-ups keeping affordable housing from the people who need it most, and to help low- and moderate-income people in South Mississippi recover from Hurricane Katrina.

Manufactured homes can bring buyers into market
Many times, home prices are too high for consumers to realize the dream of owning a home. There is a way, however, to begin building that dream through the purchase of an affordable manufactured home.

Quickly built house draws attention in storm-ravaged area
A new house in the flood-devastated Lakeview area of New Orleans is drawing interest in the area not just because of how it looks but because of how it was built.

Thousands tour modular open house Lakeview home built in 7 weeks
At the open house for the new, yellow two-story home in Lakeview, the curious opened closet doors and kitchen cabinets, peered into bedrooms and bathrooms and looked up at the high ceilings.

Couple tackles workforce housing problem
Punta Gorda couple's gutsy decision to take on a really big local problem -- the shortage of workforce housing.

Purchasing a Manufactured Home
Your all-in-one center for buying your own home

Financing Options for Manufactured Home Buyers
Financing a manufactured home requires a slightly different approach than financing a site-built home. It is surprising how many options are available for the purchase of a manufactured home.

Choosing Your Neighborhood
As you shop for a new home and decide what type of community you want to live in, explore living in a manufactured home community. Today"s manufactured homes provide durable, state-of-the-art housing with custom features and options at prices you can afford.

Manufactured Housing - A Sound Financial Investment
In general, manufactured homes will appreciate at the same market rate as other homes in the same neighborhood, but, as with all housing, it is subject to the same market factors that affect appreciation.

Homemaker Buyers turn to manufactured house
While some Californians are fleeing the Golden State in search of more affordable housing, others lured to the beauty and great weather of Ventura County are turning to an alternative.

7 On Your Side: What You Should Know Before Buying A Manufactured Home
Allison Wells thought she'd never see her $1000 deposit again. Money she gave to now defunct Pleasant Homes in hopes of owning a manufactured home.

Financing Your Manufactured Home There Are More Options Than You Think
Financing your manufactured or modular home isn't as difficult as you might think. You may be surprised to see the variety of loan options available. Your retailer can help arrange financing for your new home, or if you prefer, you may contact a lender of your choice.

Encinitas considers how to control price
Chris Carbonel and Jerry Abels are residents at The Sands, which is fighting its owner to keep rents affordable. Some residents are trying to buy their spaces.


Industry News

Fund sees stability in manufactured homes
British Columbia's largest investment fund is making a $487-million wager on the manufactured home sector, offering a large premium to take over Calgary's Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc.

Mobile Homes California New Home Builders Can't Compete With
Consider the advantages buyers of manufactured homes in California have over people who buy houses built onsite. First of all, they can choose a lot wherever they wish.

Factory-built homes have fast construction nailed down
Collectively called factory-built homes, they are built partially or completely in factories, then delivered to home sites by truck.

AHA expands with White Mountain Chapter
WHITE MOUNTAINS - The Arizona Housing Association (AHA) is pleased to announce the addition of a new Chapter in the White Mountains of Arizona.

March sales help shrink local inventory
BULLHEAD CITY - With March come and gone, Bullhead City has seen 17 consecutive months of year-over-year increases in home sales.

Home sales show positive gains in BHC
In February, 86 homes were sold in Bullhead City, up 40 percent from just 63 in January 2010 and up a considerable 80 percent from February 2009. Last month's numbers almost touch the best month of 2009 - August - which came in with 87 closed sales, according to statistics from the Western Arizona Realtor Data Exchange (WARDEX).

Housing decline slows, improves in some areas of Cochise County
In 2009, the pace of decline in existing home sales in Cochise County slowed considerably, and some areas of the county saw improvement, according to data on the Southeast Arizona Multiple Listing Service. Overall, home sales countywide dropped 2.7 percent in 2009, following declines of 20.7 percent in 2006, 10.6 percent in 2007, and 20 percent in 2008. The volume of homes sold throughout Cochise County in 2009 was 44.8 percent below the housing market peak reached in 2005.

$5.5 Million to NH Community Loan Fund
A national panel has picked the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund to receive a five and half million dollar award. The Loan Fund has built a reputation for helping owners of mobile homes get mortgages just like conventional home owners. The award money will touch over a hundred households. New Hampshire Public Radio's Jon Greenberg has more.

Now Couldn't Be a Better Time to Buy a Manufactured Home
Economic indicators suggest that the current housing market crisis is starting to recover, as mortgage rates have dipped to an all-time low, and home inventories have started to decline. Interest rates remain low, but for how long? As a result, now couldn't be a better time to buy a new manufactured home.

House below Lowe's goes to good cause
The house at the base of the Lowe's now infamous retaining wall has a new lease on life.

California Manufactured Housing Institute Names 2008 Award Recipients
Russ Williamson, Division Manager for Skyline Homes, San Jacinto, has been selected by a committee of former recipients to receive the highest honor awarded by CMHI - the Jack E. Wells Memorial Award.

Mortgage Crisis Creates Demand for Mobile Homes
While the mortgage industry gets a bail out, many people who lost their homes due to foreclosures find a cheaper way to keep a roof over their heads.

Report: Pam Anderson Moves Into Mobile Home
Pamela Anderson and her kids have relocated from their Los Angeles house into a mobile home. But don't worry that the former 'Baywatch' star has fallen on bad times.

Only in Malibu: The $2-million Mobile Home
Bluff-side Paradise Cove and Point Dume Club take manufactured-home living to new heights.

More investors eyeing mobile home, RV parks as low-maintenance-cost alternative
More than ever, investors seem to be looking at mobile home and recreational vehicle (RV) parks as a good place to put their money, especially in places like Arizona.

Manufactured home legislation passes in the state Senate
For the 40,000 people living in the state's manufactured home communities, compromise legislation that was unanimously passed in the Senate, Monday, June 30, assures that they will be allowed first offer to buy their parks, should they go up for sale.

Laurel Creek Homes, the Newest Company to Enter Arizona's Manufactured Housing Business, Has a Recipe for Success, Even in the Worst of Times
For the past two years, the real estate market has been heading into rough waters, with falling home values, declining home sales and mounting foreclosures, much of which is the direct result of several years' worth of easy credit and sub-prime loans.

20 lose jobs as plant closes
Four Seasons Housing Inc. will close one of its plants, laying off 20 people and moving 18 others to different buildings.

As of July 1, all manufactured homes must be approved by licensed installer
Traditional homes being built today are subject to numerous inspections, from foundation to electrical to a final walk-through prior to occupancy to ensure a safe environment. The same will be true for all manufactured homes in Ohio that are installed beginning next month.

Manufactured home residents seek the first right of refusal
Sen. George Bunting, D-Bethany Beach, calls Senate Bill 122 simple, but its effect is anything but uncomplicated in the ongoing debate over issues confronting residents of manufactured home communities in the Cape Region.

Innovations boost image of factory-built housing
Factory-built housing is touting environmental benefits and a fresh look to win a new generation of buyers as the industry continues to fight an image of cheap design and endure the same housing slowdown pummeling conventional home builders.

Industry also copes with housing slowdown
Factory-built housing is touting environmental benefits and a fresh look to win a new generation of buyers as the industry continues to fight an image of cheap design and endure the same housing slowdown pummeling conventional home builders.

Home show looks at ultimate amenities for indoors and out
Mobile-home parks are now called manufactured-home communities, according to experts at Four Seasons Housing Inc. of Middlebury, Ind, one of the construction companies utilized by 422 Home Sales in their "422 Ultimate Street of Dreams Model Homes Tour" at the Pittsburgh Indoor/Outdoor Home Show.

Mobile homes are constructed to stay safe
A report by the University of Florida School of Building Construction concludes that modern manufactured housing is comparable to and, in some cases, better than site-built structures, but that the negative portrayal of manufactured housing by the media has helped foster the public perception that factory-built homes are inferior.

Factory-built homes have come a long way
If you are thinking about building a new home, want to save money and have ideas of what you want in your residence, read Kit Homes by Rich Binsacca. Starting with a short history of the more than 75,000 Sears Roebuck kit homes built between 1908 and 1940, this unique book explains the pros and cons of today's factory-built homes.

Factory Home Living
Why Can't They Get The Story Straight?

Consumers Hopeful Significant Changes Occur in Canadian Lumber Deal
With Current Prices, Duties Will Be At Peak When Agreement Starts

The Advantages of Manufactured Housing
Why would you want to buy a manufactured home? Less Expensive, Quality Control & Amenities

The HUD Code
Manufactured homes are built to a quality-assurance standards administered by HUD.

Manufactured Homes Offer State-of-the-Art Options & Designs
Homebuyers in the market for affordable, technologically advanced housing realize that manufactured homes can fill that need.

Patrick Industries Reports Increased Earnings and Sales
Operating gains drive best second quarter and six-month results since 1999

Patrick Industries, Inc. , today announced its net earnings more than quadrupled on a 20 percent increase in net sales for the second quarter ended June 30, 2006.

Drew Industries Reports Record 2006 Second Quarter
Increased Sales in RV and Manufactured Housing Segments Lead to 18% Gain in Profits

Drew Industries Incorporated today reported its net income increased 18 percent on a 24 percent increase in net sales for the second quarter ended June 30, 2006.

Lambert-Edwards RV & Manufactured Housing Investor Conference to Feature Leading Suppliers and Manufacturers
Conference to Highlight Growth Prospects of Two Rebounding Sectors

A group of the leading emerging growth companies from the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries will present at the Lambert-Edwards RV & Manufactured Housing Investor Conference on June 8, 2006 in New York City.

Sun Communities, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2006 Results
Sun Communities, Inc. , a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates manufactured housing communities, today reported second quarter results.

$12M manufactured-home factory planned for Skagit Valley
A $12 million, 132,000-square-foot facility to build manufactured homes is being planned in Skagit County.

HUD's Study OK's Homes for Coasts
Acomparison by the Housing and Urban Development department has shown that HUD Code homes built to Wind Zone III specifications are equal in strength to site-built homes that withstand 130 mph winds.

Affordable' homes planned for Fort Pierce

Northwest Fort Pierce could see its first wave of "affordable" new housing introduced by a private developer as early as next week.

Advice on Buying a New Manufactured Home
If you are contemplating the purchase of a new home, whether it is a manufactured home, a modular home, site built or panel built, you want to take steps to assure that you are making wise and not emotional decisions.