Housing Affairs Letter

Manufactured Housing

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Mortgage Boost For Factory Housing

Many manufactured or factory-built homes will soon equal traditional single-family homes when it comes to financing. Freddie Mac creates a new financing program to allow conventional financing for manufactured homes.

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Factory-Built Homes Gain Popularity

Faced with a growing national affordable housing crisis with no viable solution on the horizon so far, manufactured homes are quickly gaining popularity as a quick and long-term fix.

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Factory Housing New HUD Dilemma

HUD is facing an avalanche of suggestions for its proposals of new rules for manufactured housing following the ouster of Obama administration holdovers at the helm of HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing.

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HUD Seeks Mobile Home Regulation Easing

HUD begins a top-to-bottom review of rules and regulations -- current and pending -- of manufactured housing, primarily mobile homes. The Federal Register notice points to an effort to address the affordable housing shortage.

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Fannie Mae Boost For Factory Housing

Fannie Mae puts is financial muscle behind a $1 billion deal. The government-sponsored enterprise finances its largest Manufactured Housing Communities (MHC) transaction by backing a venture initiated by YES! Communities LLC, a major manufactured housing

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FEMA Choice Of Housing Criticized

A move by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to switch from trailers to larger temporary housing units will prove to be more costly according to FEMA field staffers. Staffers say the larger homes are more expensive and less convenient for disaster survivors.

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Factory Housing Loan Protection Sought

A proposed amendment to the Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act would ensure availability of financing for affordable manufactured housing. Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) crafted the proposed Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, HR 1779, which would

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Manufactured Housing On Upswing

Prefabricated housing shipments are expected to increase 15% annually to 2017. A new study by RnR Market Research estimates that the factory home industry will reach annual earnings of $4.6 billion in 2017, an improvement from last year but still below the 2002 level.

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Poison More Prevalent In Mobile Homes

HUD regulations allow for a lower margin of safety against carbon monoxide poisoning in manufactured or mobile homes than in traditional site-built homes, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report.

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Factory Housing Vent Systems Scored

HUD rules to provide safety from carbon monoxide in manufactured homes are inadequate says the Government Accountability Office in a new report. GAO says HUD’s key standards provide a lower margin of safety from exposure than those for site-built homes.

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