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  • 27 Aug 2013 2:14 PM | Anonymous

    New Staff Assignments for Chapter and Community Issues


    • Andrea and Allen have swapped some of their duties.  Andrea will now work with the chapter presidents, to grow the chapters and promote strong programs. Allen will now staff the Community Managers Committee and focus on their issues.
    • You may have heard that Jay Hamilton will be resigning down the road as director of the GA association.  I understand that he has new responsibilities with his family business weighing on him.  Jay is a great guy and I really have enjoyed working with him.
  • 26 Jun 2013 10:44 AM | Anonymous

    It's a cliche, but you really don't want to miss tonight's Midlands Chapter meeting.

    Tonight's MHISC Midlands Chapter meeting will be an interesting and important one.  We'll be rolling out the new manufactured housing legislation designed to crack down on bad apples and keep under-qualified, under-funded dealers out of the industry. Allen will talk about the impact of the new edition of the International Residential Code which kicks in next Tuesday.  Time flies, speaking of cliche's. 

    Also,  a fund-raiser for Mr. Jackie Jones, a well-loved former board member and top lender in our industry.  I always enjoyed Jackie's enthusiastic, positive personality.  When he was on our board, his favorite word was "absolutely!"  We also share a love for Crown Royal; Jackie has good taste. 

    We're sending all the members an e-Update today outlining the new legislation.  We'll be there tonight to answer your questions. 

  • 24 Jun 2013 10:16 PM | Anonymous
    New Cost-saving Amendment to Modular Code Approved by State Legislature

    The SC General Assembly approved legislation to remove expensive gypsum underflooring requirements on modular and site-built homes. The legislation, drafted and proposed by MHISC, suspends enforcement of 501.3 of the 2012 International Residential Code in SC.

    The legislature passed the bill, S348, in June, which means the gypsum requirement won't be in effect when the 2012 edition of the IRC goes into effect July 1.

  • 06 Jun 2013 10:21 PM | Anonymous

    The Final, Official Building Code for South Carolina

    The new building code for modular homes kicks in July 1st.  The state legislature approved final changes today, the last day of the 2013 legislative session.

    South Carolina made over 20 changes to the standard International Residential Code used by most states.  MHISC supported the changes which removed requirements in the code which didn't justify the increased costs involved.  

    If you are a MHISC member, contact the association at mdillard@mhisc.com for a list of all the changes that will save homebuyers, manufacturers and homesellers substantial dollars.

  • 25 Apr 2013 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    Association Humor Can Be Tricky

    It's a little geeky but I enjoy taking photos at MHISC's meetings and putting them on the website.  The most entertaining job was the Fun Captions page where we wrote wiseacre things about certain members.

    Humor for places like churches and associations is a little tricky.  You've got to get the right tone.   You don't want to offend anyone. On the other hand, humor isn't very humorous unless there's a little edge to it.

    Originally we did 14 photos and captions; now there are 10.  One was pulled because it wasn't funny.  A second had a reference to me and it's always a little sad when people try to make themselves look cool in their own publication and productions. (Like Hugh Hefner.) The third photo and caption taken down was a quip about a member who has a surprisingly attractive wife.  (Guess.)  The fourth reject was actually pretty funny, I thought, but a tiny bit risque.   Just barely and mildly too risque for our website.  Maybe I'll sell it to Yahoo.  

  • 04 Jan 2013 10:41 PM | Anonymous

    Something cool on the way.  MHISC will launch  The Guide to SC Manufactured Home Dealers on the #1 manufactured home website for South Carolina:  MHISC.com. 

     

     

  • 01 Jun 2012 9:51 PM | Anonymous

    Coming to your mailbox in June

    Two magazines will be coming to MHISC members this month.

    MODern Times, our modular publication, will bring you up-to-date on:

        * How the new law guaranteeing the placement of display modular homes is working out.

        * New energy standards for modular homes in effect for 2013.

       * The fight over sprinklers

    Update magazine has a great line-up of articles:

       * How federal regulations will tighten lending--unless the industry can lobby changes

       * Results of the battle over sales tax at the SC Statehouse

       * Back to the Beach for MHISC's next meeting. (Take a trip to Wild        Dunes. Get a great room rate.)

       * New boss for the SC Manufactured Housing Board

       * Appointments for Marion Moore and Richard Bagwell

        * What can be done about zoning problems in your market area.

       *  Sales states for SC

       * Advice for seven of the biggest challengers for community managers

       * Election results - MHISC Board and for chapter leaders

       * Pix of your friends at the Spring meeting in Columbia

    If you don't receive both of these publications in June, please let me know so we can get you on the mailing list.  Just contact Mark at mdillard@mhisc.com.

     

     

  • 24 Mar 2012 10:23 PM | Anonymous

    New Revenue Stream for MHISC

    Lava lamps, quicksand and Jefferson Davis

    Like everybody else in the housing business the association has been looking for a few additional revenue streams. After the hotdog stand in front of the MHISC office was closed by the health dept we decided to rent space to a local lawyer.

    There were some hassles involving the attorney's original demand that we build a 30-foot handicapped ramp in the front yard but the biggest hassle has been clearing out 15 years worth of stuff to make room for our new tenants. Stuff in closets, desks, file cabinets.

    Among the things we found:

    > A lava lamp

    > Pregnancy test

    > Slide Projector (remember those?)

    > Box of leis,  those things Hawaiians put around your neck when you get off the plane

    You know those big commercial dumpsters they put on construction sites? We filled the entire 18,000 cubic feet.  One advantage, the building is a lot lighter which is more important than you’d think.  The Daughters of the Confederacy once planned to build a large confederate monument on a few yards down Laurel Street from our building.  They couldn’t because there’s quicksand below the surface in our part of Columbia; the monument would have sunk.   

    It's an image I keep trying to put out of my mind;  Like the Statue of Liberty in Planet of the Apes; with only the noble head of Jefferson Davis rising above the ground. 

  • 13 Mar 2012 1:37 PM | Anonymous

    State Agency Names Attorney as New Leader for SC Manufactured Housing Board

    The next leader for the state licensing board will be Lil Ann Grey.  She's been named Program Coordinator for the board. That means she'll have the role held by Mike Anderson before he retired, David Bennett before he passed away and Jake Jones before they ran him off.

    Lil Ann was an attorney for the board's parent agency, LLR--the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.  She's been working closely with Gary Wiggins in preparation for the move.  Gary and Doug Green have been holding down the fort since Mike Anderson retired while handling myriad other duties. 

    Lil Ann Grey is a USC Law School graduate and also worked in private practice and for the SC Department of Consumer Affairs.  She's a friendly, pleasant person and I look forward to working with her.

     

  • 27 Feb 2012 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    A Nagging Feeling about Your MH Business

    Do you ever get the nagging feeling that things are going on you don't know about? I had that a lot in high school.

    You can spend a few minutes with MHISC's Update magazine and feel like you know what you need to know to do business in the manufactured and modular industries in South Carolina.

    What's happened with sales tax; is it really going to go up? What's the deal on these legal changes for modular homes? What new companies have come into the industry? What's this big meeting in April everybody is talking about.

    Update went to the printer today. The magazine will be on the desk of every major retailer, community owner and manufaturer next week.

    Here's the article line-up for the Spring Issue. Lots on information boiled down to one page stories. All written by a professional journalist who translates it all into comprehensible, concise articles.

    COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT
    Promotional: Value of New Community Designation Multiplied by Website Exposure

    GOVERNMENT
    PAC: Board Members Contribute $10,000 to MHISC’s Political Fund
    Sales Tax: Legislators Propose Full 6% Sales Tax; MHISC Says No Thanks
    Chattel Loans: Agency Wants to Apply RESPA

    DEPARTMENTS
    Calendar: Get the Early Bird Rate for the Convention
    Statistics: 2011 Ends on a Strong Note
    On the Road: A Legislator a Day

    MEETINGS
    Annual Meeting set for April 18-19: A Nice Little Day and a Half Meeting

    MEMBERS
    Grapevine: Manufacturer Reps Make a Move; Yes! Buys Seven Communities in SC
    Dues: Manufacturers Supporting MHISC
    Member Contributions: Members Lobby the Sales Tax Issue
    New Members: Cherokee Builders, Charriette Homes, Wells Fargo
    Profile: Beaufort Chapter President Julian Pangrass
    Committees: MHISC Will Appoing 2012-2013 Committee Members in April

    MODULAR
    Sales: Law Guaranteeing Placement of Display Mods Now on the Books
    Building Code: New Energy Efficiency Standards
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