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MHBA Updates
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We wanted to provide a few updates on items the Modular Home Builders Association is working on for the industry.

MHBA continues to promote the industry and reach out to potential home buyers to share the advantages of modular homes. This is done primarily though our Home of the Month competition as well as press releases, online advertising, and interviews in other publications. These efforts are funded by the MHBA member manufacturers who voluntarily support our Consumer Awareness Program (CAP) at $10/floor manufactured. This fee is passed on to your builder network and can be capitalized in the cost of the home making it a tiny fractional expense that does a tremendous amount of good for the industry. Please consider supporting our industry’s Consumer Awareness Program and pass the fee onto your builders whether they are MHBA members or not! They are benefiting from these efforts.

MHBA has retained a lobbyist and are working to get an amendment added to a transportation bill in Connecticut that, if approved, would essentially double the number of oversize shipments we can send into and through the state by allowing day time moves. Several members are financially supporting this effort.

We recently received news that the Michigan State Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving a modular home owner who built a state and local approved home in a development that had a restrictive covenant against modular homes and the lower court ordered the home removed. The Supreme Court specifically invited MHBA to file an amicus brief on the case. This may be the first time a state Supreme Court has taking up the issue of the validity of these restrictive covenants.

We are talking with various housing authorities and government agencies about using modular to address chronic housing problems, mainly in large urban areas. We have open dialogues going on now with NYC Mayor’s Office, NY Department of State, Fannie Mae, and various contacts in the SF/Bay area.

We firmly believe that the modular industry has a historic opportunity to gain major market share over the next 12-24 months if we can position ourselves and work together better. We are still a small national trade association with just over 100 total member companies trying to address multiple issues and opportunities. We need your help to move beyond 3% market share. We need more builders and suppliers in the organization to build up our reserves if we are to be able to keep fighting anti-modular rules and regulations. We need more manufacturers supporting industry efforts like CAP. We need to work together better as a unified industry rather than as dozens of individual manufacturers.

Save the Date – MHBA’s annual conference will be October 9-10 at the Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania. Speakers, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and more details will be posted when finalized.
Started on April 17, 2018 by Tom Hardiman
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