MANUFACTURED HOUSING ASSOCIATION OF MAINE
Hello MHAM Members. Here are several items of interest. The Annual Maine Manufactured Housing Show was recently held at the Augusta Civic Center. MHAM members displaying homes were Pine View Homes of Winslow, Ralph’s Homes of Waldoboro, and Twin Town Homes of Oxford Tom Drew of Primary Residential Mortgage in Scarborough also hosted a booth. Exhibitors were pretty upbeat about the levels of interest shown by potential home buyers, and it appears that many are choosing to purchase their new homes in the not too distant future. The low interest rates and pent up demand indicates that this may be another year of improvement for the industry. Although attendance did not approach that of several years ago, it was a significant improvement over last year. We hope this bodes well for business this year.
Nationally, HUD Code production of homes in 2014 was up 6.8% over 2013, to a level of 64,331 homes shipped, compared to 60,228 for 2013. This marks the 5th consecutive year that there has been an increase over the previous year. Here in Maine, the total through November of 2014 is 358 HUD homes shipped. Attached is a month by month breakdown of revised figures for both HUD and Modular homes shipped to Maine in 2014. Bob LeClair of the Manufactured Housing Board estimates that when all the figures are in, 2014 will show an approximate 10% increase for 2014 over 2013.
The Manufactured Housing Board is in the process of updating its Community Rules. It is anticipated that at its March meeting, the Board will set a date for the required Hearing on the Rules changes, as required by law. Of particular interest to many will be the updated requirements for water testing in communities over which the MHB has jurisdiction – those private water systems having from 3 to 9 connections per well. Mr. LeClair asks that any persons having concerns or questions about these Rules changes feel free to contact him at “Robert.V.Leclair@maine.gov”
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