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Amazon Kindle Fire HD and iPad Mini

The Apple Kindle Fire HD and the iPad Mini are among the top rated gifts for the 2012 Holiday Season. How does your manufactured home company or manufactured home community website look on these devices? In between a smart-phone’s small display and a full-size computer display, these new devices represent a growing segment of the online searching and shopping market. Some of your online market have already been searching for information about manufactured homes on these devices and we can help you to see how important this segment is. Contact us to find out how to help these prospects have the best possible experience and how to see how many of your website visitors are coming from tablet devices.


Mortgage Advice > mortgage for manufactured home

Great information regarding mortgages for Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and Mobile Homes…

 

Mortgage Advice > mortgage for manufactured home.


Start-up says 80% of its Facebook ad clicks came from bots – latimes.com

 

Must read if you intend to spend money on Facebook advertising. Let the professionals at Manufactured Home Source help you with any and all of your Internet Marketing needs…we can help you sell more manufactured homes and bring residents to your mobile home park, land-lease community.

 

 

Start-up says 80% of its Facebook ad clicks came from bots – latimes.com.


5 Companies on the Cutting Edge of Sustainable Prefab Housing

 

Wow, really cool stuff from Stephanie Buck via www.mashable.com

 

5 Companies on the Cutting Edge of Sustainable Prefab Housing.


3 Surprising Benefits of New Prefabricated Eco-Friendly Homes | SanJoseGreenHome.com

Excellent information from SanJoseGreenHome.com regarding the unexpected benefits of modular housing.

 

3 Surprising Benefits of New Prefabricated Eco-Friendly Homes | SanJoseGreenHome.com.


Eco-Friendly Appliance Guide – Greener Ideal

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by derrick @ 12:00 pm on July 25, 2012

Eco-Friendly Appliance Guide – Greener Ideal.

 

Some excellent information from Jessica Snow for Greener Ideals!


HR 3849 Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act

HR 3849 protects against the loss of some 20,000-25,000 jobs, promotes new jobs as a
modest industry rebound is underway and protects the home values of some 9-10 million
residents of 4.4 million pre-HUD Code mobile and manufactured homes. In brief,
here below are some facts and why this bill is needed.
First, this bill has bi-partisan support.
Further, Barney Frank’s office has advised the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)
that he will not oppose changes to SAFE and Dodd-Frank, as they recognize that the
unintended consequences of the law currently will adversely impact millions of home
owners and cause about about half of all new personal property lending to vanish.
60% of all Manufactured Housing loans today are personal property (home only, or socalled
‘chattel’ loans). The cost of originating and servicing a personal property loans is
about the same for a $30,000 home loan as a $230,000 house loan. So it is clear that
the business math means that a low dollar value loans will not be economically viable
for a lender – and thus won’t be made – once Dodd-Frank is fully implemented by the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
This means current home owners with low value homes will watch their home’s value
plunge, and/or will limit their resale options should they need or desire to refinance,
move or sell.
Since every new manufactured home built represents one full time job, the failure to
pass the bill will cost 20,000 to 25,000 jobs, and will hamper manufactured housing’s
current recovery, which is creating new jobs.
Testimony before Congress has underscored these points, that perhaps half of all personal
property loans will vanish once Dodd-Frank and SAFE are fully implemented.
This means that 4.4 million mobile homes (defined here as a style of factory built homes
constructed on or before June 14, 1976 that are shipped on a permanently attached
frame) and manufactured homes (defined under federal law as factory-built homes built
to the federal HUD Code that went into effect on June 15, 1976) with a value under
$30,000 will be adversely impacted.
The vast majority of those millions of threatened home owners don’t yet know of the
looming impact, but should Congress fail to act, they will no doubt discover this reality
that hard way.
Thus the need for Congress to act as rapidly as possible to avoid the above consequences
is necessary. Thank you for your support of this bi-partisan effort.

SOURCE: Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management http://www.mhmarketingsalesmanagement.com/downloads/alerts/4.8.2012%20HR%203849%20Preserving%20Access%20to%20Manufactured%20Housing%20Act.pdf


We are looking for link exchange partners!

Some benefits of link exchanges:

Value: The “cost per click” on most search engines is increasing. As more and more websites vie for the traffic directed by pay-per-click website, the cost to the advertiser will raise. On the other hand reciprocal links from other website, in most instances cost you nothing except the time to submit your URL and other details.

Reliability: Reciprocal links continue to drive traffic for as long as the links exists. It’s true that you can not expect the same results as from the major search engines, but then again, there are no ongoing costs.

Search Result Enhancement: As long as there are free search engines, many of them will reward you for being “popular”. This popularity is often measured in the number of links that are directed to your website, and to a lesser extent to the number of links going out of your site, a commonly overlooked fact. Search engine results and website listing placement tends to improve dramatically for sites that implement good link exchange practices.

True Network Effect: Reciprocal links are a widely-distributed source of traffic. They are not reliant upon a single point of control, as are many other sources of traffic, like search engines. Links represent a “fail-safe” network. They are protected from the ever-changing criteria and consolidation of the free search engines, and they are sheltered from the competitive attacks that is now taking place with the pay-per-click bidding wars.

Publicity: The very act of asking for the link from another site is equivalent to an industry-specific press release, but the payoff here can be long term. You never know what will come your way from making your market aware, especially if your product is new or unique. In fact, in promoting your website you may well also be promoting your product. A legitimate request to another website to sway or exchange links is the ONLY way to properly engage in email website promotion, without “spamming”.

Branding: The more links you have, the greater the “branding” effect for your name. This broad awareness can improve the click-through-ratio for your links. At the least, it makes surfers curious as to why your site name seems to show up everywhere.

Traffic Driver: A well-structured links page can actually be used to bring people back to your site. As well as being a vehicle for website promotion it can also be a valuable resource to your visitors, and they will come back to it again and again.

Links to other sites is not a net traffic drain. This line of thinking is simply flawed, for a variety of reasons. The benefits of linking far outweigh the occasional click out of your site by people who are ready to leave. A well-designed links page opens all of the outgoing links in a new browser window, leaving your site open on the user’s machine.

Minimal Oversight: Unlike pay-per-click search engines and banner ads, links take only limited management time once they are in place. This is the opposite of pay-per-click, because when you are spending money for each click, you need to constantly stay on top of both your bids and your volume. That is a hidden but very real cost of pay-per-click banners and ads. To assist you in managing your links, our site offers GI Link Manager, free for the downloading.

Asset Value: Reciprocal links are assets of the business. Like the bricks of a house, a few don’t amount to much, but pile them up, and you have a rock-solid foundation and structure. They can also greatly enhance the equity value of a website.

Interested in becoming a link exchange partner with us? Contact me for more information: derrick@manufacturedhomesource.com


Why Build a Factory-Built Home?

The factory system combines engineering know-how and factory production methods to design and build efficiently and with greater quality control. When done properly, the efficiency results in lower costs and the quality control results in a better product.

Building a factory-built home will normally save you time compared with building a conventional site-built house. Saving time on construction not only saves money, it also reduces the stress involved in home building. The faster you build your home, the sooner you will be able to enjoy it and dispense with the worries and preoccupations of construction.

Manufacturers of prefab homes are usually able to build new house plans more affordably than custom stick builders, for the same kinds of reasons that automobile manufacturers are able to build a new car for far less than a mechanic could build the same car in his garage. They include:

*Volume purchases of materials, which allows modular manufacturers to secure significant discounts.

*Lower labor costs: Experienced factory workers are well paid, with good benefits, but they do not command the wages paid to professional carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and painters.

*Assembly-line efficiencies: Organizing the construction process with inventory controls, power tools and equipment, and quality-control systems enables the factory crews to produce a home with greater efficiency than a handful of construction workers building in the field.

*Less material loss: Inclement weather does not damage the materials.

*Less pilferage and vandalism: Factories are easier to secure than building sites.

*Less waste: By working with standardized dimensions, modular manufacturers are better able to make optimal use of materials and avoid waste.

When a manufacturer is building without a backlog, it can deliver a house five weeks after the customer has finalized the plans and obtained a building permit and financing. The general contractor begins the site work and completes the foundation while the manufacturer is building the house. If the house is small, uncomplicated, requires little on-site construction, and the GC is not too busy, it will be completed in about three weeks. Adding these two time frames together, a prospective homeowner can plan to move into the house eight weeks after finalizing the preliminary steps.

These are just some of the advantages enjoyed by factory-built home owners. Check back with us, as we will blog about other advantages in the future.


ADVANTAGES OF MANUFACTURED HOUSING

In the face of today’s challenging economy, the need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. Today’s manufactured homes can deliver outstanding quality and performance at prices ranging from 10 to 35 percent less per square foot than conventional site-built homes. These savings allow more and more americans to own their own home, even in the face of an ever-widening housing affordability gap.

The affordability of manufactured housing can be attributed directly to the efficiencies emanating from the factory-building process. The controlled construction environment and assembly-line techniques remove many of the problems encountered during traditional home construction, such as poor weather, theft, vandalism, damage to building products and materials, and unskilled labor. factory employees are trained and managed more effectively and efficiently than the system of contracted labor employed by the site-built home construction industry.

Much like other assembly-line operations, manufactured homes benefit from the economies of scale resulting from purchasing large quantities of materials, products and appliances. manufactured home builders are able to negotiate substantial savings on many components used in building a home, with these savings passed on directly to the homebuyer.

Today’s manufactured homes have experienced a major evolution in the types and quality of homes being offered to buyers. Technological advances are allowing manufactured home builders to offer a much wider variety of architectural styles and exterior finishes that will suit most any buyer’s dreams, all the while allowing the home to blend in seamlessly into most any neighborhood. Two-story and single-family attached homes are but two of the new styles being generated by factory-built innovation. as a result, today’s manufactured homes are offering real housing options for the neglected suburban and urban buyers.

At the same time, greater flexibility in the construction process allows for each home to be customized to meet a buyer’s lifestyle and needs. Interior features now include such features as vaulted ceilings and working fireplaces to state-of-the-art kitchens and baths, giving the homebuyer all the features found in traditional, site-built homes. enhanced energy efficiency in manufactured homes, achieved with upgraded levels of insulation and more efficient heating and cooling systems, provide another source of savings for homeowners, especially in this era of rising energy costs. smart buyers are turning to EnergyStar-labeled manufactured homes for substantial savings in many aspects of owning and operating home.

Technological advances, evolutionary designs, and a focus on delivering quality homes that families can afford are the driving forces within the manufactured housing industry. That’s why more people are turning to manufactured housing to deliver homes that fit their needs and wants, at prices they can afford!

Cost-Effective:
Depending on the region of the country, construction cost per square foot for a new manufactured home averages 10 to 35 percent less than costs for a comparable site-built home.

Independent appraisal studies confirm that manufactured homes can appreciate in value just like other forms of housing.

Built for Quality:

All aspects of the construction process are controlled.

The weather does not interfere with construction and cause delays.

All technicians, craftsmen and assemblers work as a team and are professionally supervised.

Inventory is better controlled and materials are protected from theft and weather-related damage.

All construction materials, as well as interior finishes and appliances, are purchased in volume for additional savings.

Cost of interim construction financing is significantly reduced or eliminated.

All aspects of construction are continually inspected by aprofessionally trained third-party inspector.

Amenities:

Floor plans are available that range from basic to elaborate. These include vaulted or tray ceilings, fully-equipped kitchens, walk-in closets, and bathrooms with recessed tubs and whirlpools.

A variety of exterior siding is available, including metallic, vinyl, wood, or hardboard. In some cases, homebuyers can also opt for stucco exteriors.

Homes have pitched roofs with shingles and gabled ends.

Design features such as bay windows are available.

Awnings, patio covers, decks, site-built garages and permanent foundations often are available as upgrades.

The home can be customized to meet the needs of the consumer.

Safety:

The building materials in today’s manufactured home are the same as those used in site-built homes.

The homes are engineered for wind safety and energy efficiency based on the geographic region in which they are sold.

Manufactured homes are among the safest housing choices available today due to federal laws requiring smoke detectors, escape windows, and limited combustible materials around furnaces, water heaters and kitchen ranges.

Properly installed homes can withstand 120-130 mph 3-second gust winds in areas prone to hurricanes.

This information is courtesy of the Manufactured Housing Institute Quick Facts 2011


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