Posted on May 4, 2008

The crisis that may befall the 160 residents at Homestead Village Mobile Home Park in North Raleigh does not have to be a regular problem.  Solutions exist in many states to address this very problem.  North Carolina ought to think about what it can do, because safeguards can be applied to protect our citizenry living in mobile home parks.

To review, the residents at Homestead Village will be kicked out of their homes in the near future if the City of Raleigh goes ahead with a proposal to rezone the 38.5 acres in their park to mixed use commercial.  Such a rezoning is the request of a buyer for the land who would presumably build shops, offices, and mixed use on the site.  It is located on a sought after part of land near Capital Boulevard in North Raleigh.

Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Asheville) introduced a bill last session (H1700) that would

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Posted on May 3, 2008

MHR profiled problems facing 160 residents in the Homestead Village Mobile Home Park on Friday. This park is threatened with closure. There are good reasons behind the news. The park owner is 70 and he wants to get out of the business. He could sell the park to another person who would keep the park in operation.

A buyer, presumably willing to pay a higher price, has emerged who will buy the park

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Posted on May 2, 2008

Approximately 160 residents of Homestead Village Mobile Home Park may be evicted from their homes, if plans for rezoning by the Raleigh City Council bear fruit. The 38.5 acre site is located on prime real estate off of Capital Boulevard in North Raleigh.

The park is owned by Robert and Catherine Binns. Mr. Binns, 70, wants to sell because

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Posted on April 30, 2008

When I speak before a group of people about manufactured housing, someone inevitably asks the same question sooner or later.  Usually, it is the first or second question, actually.

The question is -- "What is the difference between modular housing and manufactured housing?"

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Posted on April 29, 2008

Listening to a conference call from UMH Properties (formerly United Mobile Homes) in Sept. 2007 is uncanny. "Next year at this time, affordable housing is going to be the number one political issue in this country," says UMH founder and President Eugene Landy. "People are not going to be able to get mortgages, they are not going to be able to buy homes. They are going to have to buy housing that they can afford.

Landy believes that manufactured housing stands to gain from these changes.  People still need housing, due to the expanding population.

"It is going to be a trend for our industry," he says. "The Federal Reserve numbers are that people are

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Posted on April 28, 2008

A new survey suggests that California voters want to put restrictions on the use of eminent domain in their state, but they are not interested in simultaneously eliminating rent control.  The poll, conducted this spring by the Public Policy  Institute of California, hints that Proposition 99 will emerge as the preferred Amendment in the June 4th voter referendum in

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Posted on April 25, 2008

Legislation has passed unanimously in the California House that would allow mobile homes left on highways to be removed under the authority of the Vehicle Abatement Act. The bill was proposed by Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley).

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