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  • 12 Apr 2018 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    The Sales Tax on Manufactured Homes
    Has Not Gone Up!

    State officials have been telling member companies and the public that the base tax on manufactured homes has increased to $500.

    For example, the SCDMV recently told lenders the agency would not issue titles unless the "new" tax amount was collected.

    The confusion came from a misreading of legislation passed in Columbia which did raise the sales tax on automobiles, but not manufactured homes.  

    After MHISC discussed the error with the DMV’s attorney, the agency corrected taxpayer instructions on its website, returning the stated base amount to $300.

    Our association is contacting officials whenever this misunderstanding comes up. 

    Current MHISC members who encounter problems are encouraged to contact the association for help in educating officials on the issue.


  • 12 Apr 2018 4:08 PM | Anonymous

    Manufactured Housing Champion


    South Carolina’s manufactured housing industry is lucky to have strong support from our representatives in the United States Senate.
     
    Our state’s senior senator, Lindsey Graham, is also a tireless advocate for keeping manufactured housing accessible and affordable for our working families.
     
    As a boy, Senator Graham’s family lived in a manufactured home in Central, South Carolina.
     
    He fondly recalls the pride they felt when the modest success enjoyed by their family-owned restaurant made it possible for his father to purchase the home.
     
    That experience fuels his passion for our industry.
     
    In March, Senator Graham voted in favor of legislation clarifying a manufactured housing retailer or seller is not considered a mortgage "loan originator" simply because they provide a customer with some assistance in the mortgage loan process.
     
    This provision was included in the "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act," a package of reforms intended to improve the regulatory framework that governs lending and promotes economic growth.
     
    We salute Senator Graham for his continued support for affordable housing for all Americans.

  • 12 Apr 2018 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    2018 Board Nominations

    Chair – John Bowers
    Vice Chair – Joanne Polston
    Secretary – Tony Massarelli
    Treasurer – Brian Rowland
    Immediate Past Chair – Gary Blue
    Retailer – John Johnson
    Service Supply – Roscoe Still
    Community – Nick Prosise


  • 12 Apr 2018 3:18 PM | Anonymous
    MHISC's Spring Meeting

    We are just days away from MHISC's Spring Meeting! We've got all the essentials like fun, networking, helpful information, and friends. The meeting takes place 
    April 26-27 at The Marriott in Columbia, SC. The Marriott is located right in the heart of Downtown Columbia.

     

    What You Can Expect!

    Win $1K
    You have the chance to win $1000.
    We are giving away the cash at our Annual Meeting.
    You don’t have to buy a ticket to be entered but you must be present to win! 

    Reception and Dinner
    Enjoy the company of industry friends at a 5-star reception and dinner.

    Casino Night
    We bet you'll have a great time at MHISC's Casino. Experience the feel of Las Vegas at our Spring Meeting. We will have real tables and live dealers.


    Hall of Fame Induction
    Jim Martin and Ronnie Boyce will be inducted into the
    South Carolina Manufactured Hall of Fame

     
    Industry Speakers
    "The real story from Our Industry's Chief Lobbyist in Washington"
    Lesli Gooch

    Committee Meetings
    The MHISC Dealer Roundtable, Modular Steering Committee, Membership Committee, Image and Professionalism Committee and the Community Managers Committee
    will all meet.

    PAC Golf Tournament
    The MHISC PAC Golf Tournament raises funds to help support the legislators who support our industry. The tournament will be held at Golden Hills Country Club this year.

    Register Now!
    Book a Room
    Play Golf


  • 26 Feb 2018 9:24 AM | Anonymous
    eUpdate

    The Electronic Supplement to MHISC's Update magazine:
    February 2018


    Read the New Issue of MHISC's Update Magazine

    AnchorWin $25! There are photos of 27 MHISC members in the new issue of Update magazine. Be the first to find your picture and email info@mhisc.com.

    Inside this issue:

    SC pushes back against HUD on installation requirementsHow the Champion / Skyline merger will affect the industry in SCCasino Night April 26MH Dealers Get Inventory Tax BreakTiny Houses You Can Sell as Permanent Residences

    CLICK HERE TO READ UPDATE


    Senator Tim Scott is a Champion for the  Manufactured Housing Industry


    Thanks to his efforts, HUD will review all regulation of our industry to see if federal rules are actually helping or hurting the cause of affordable home ownership.

    Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina and our national affiliate Manufactured Housing Institute is participating in the comment period. Let’s continue this partnership!


                                MHISC's Spring Meeting


    This year's spring meeting will be April 26-27 at The Marriott in Columbia, SC. This is a new location for MHISC. The Marriott is located right in the heart of Downtown Columbia, Columbia's new hot spot. MHISC is packing this meeting full of fun, networking, friends and news-to-use!

    Meeting Highlights:
    Reception and Dinner
    Enjoy the company of industry friends at a 5-star reception and dinner.

    Casino Night
    We bet you'll have a great time at MHISC's Casino. Experience the feel of Las Vegas at our Spring Meeting. We will have real tables and live dealers.

    Hall of Fame Induction
    Jim Martin and Ronnie Boyce will be inducted into the
    South Carolina Manufactured Hall of Fame
     
    Industry Speakers
    "The real story from Our Industry's Chief Lobbyist in Washington"
    Lesli Gooch

    Committee Meetings
    The MHISC Dealer Roundtable, Modular Steering Committee, Membership Committee, Image and Professionalism Committee and the Community Managers Committee
    will all meet.

    PAC Golf Tournament
    The MHISC PAC Golf Tournament raises funds to help support the legislators who support our industry. The tournament will be held at Golden Hills Country Club this year.

    ROOM BLOCK DEADLINE 3/30/2018
    Call The Marriott at (803) 771-7000

    MORE DETAILS


    Three Reasons that Energy Star Home Sales Are Expected to Rise in SC

    The $1000 per home tax credit for manufacturers that build ENERGY STAR homes was extended retroactively through 2017.  Congress is expected to do the same for 2018.
    MHISC’s legislation to extend the sales tax incentive for Energy Star homes for five more years in SC has passed the Senate and now goes to the House.  The sales tax on the home is zero for Energy Star homes in SC. 
    The industry’s energy research institution says they will announce changes in the next few weeks to make it easier to qualify a home as Energy Star.

    Social Media Ambassadors
    Would you be interested in helping to spread the word about manufactured and modular housing?
     
    We're putting together a team known as MHISC Social Media Ambassadors.
     
    If you are involved with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram, we'd love for you to play a role.
     
    The goal of the MHISC Social Media Ambassadors is to flood the internet with new developments and vital information about manufactured housing.
     
    Additionally, whenever an issue comes up about manufactured housing, team members will immediately get concise, accurate information that they can post or tweet--or even easier--share or re-tweet.
     
    If you would like to join the team—please email MHISC’s new Communications Coordinator Janae Frazier. She can be reached at jfrazier@mhisc.com.
     
    This is an expanded version of MHISC's Media Response Team.


  • 13 Sep 2017 9:54 AM | Anonymous

    VIDEO Guía: Cómo Proteger Su Casa Manufacturado Contra Fuertes Vientos


    WLTX created a wonderful video based on MHISC's guide to preparing your manufactured home for a storm, especially for our Spanish-speaking South Carolinians. See full text here.



  • 07 Sep 2017 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    MEDIA ADVISORY FOR Hurricane Irma; week of September 7, 2017 – September 13, 2017

    More information (available 24/7): Director of Communications Katrina Jørgensen 817-881-8199;  803-771-9046  Ext. 6


    Guide to Manufactured Housing and Hurricane Safety

    Columbia, SC -- During the State of Emergency in South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Irma, the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina is providing this quick guide that will provide up-to-date facts, important safety information for South Carolinians and help answer frequently asked questions about manufactured homes. We have also included a quick vocabulary guide to the industry.

    • MHISC represents manufacturers building modern houses for South Carolina homeowners as well as over 250 manufactured home communities in the state. Our association has over 600 member companies.
    • Please see the attached Storm Safety Guide to accurately inform the public about how to prepare their homes ahead of Hurricane Irma.  “Most of the guidelines for preparing a manufactured home for a tropical storm are the same as for other houses,” MHISC Executive Director Mark Dillard said.  “But there are a few steps specifically for our homes that that can be done quickly and cost-effectively by homeowners without a construction background.” MHISC has already sent this guide to our members, and reminded them of safety guidelines in seeking shelter, whether they live in a modern manufactured home or a site-built house.
    • Tough new wind safety standards went into effect in 1994 after Hurricane Andrew. Studies show these modern homes to be as safe as traditional houses.
    • Federal law requires that a home built and installed after 1994 in the nine South Carolina counties nearest the coast must withstand winds of 100 mph. Homes placed inland must be able to withstand sustained wind gusts of 80 miles per hour. South Carolina counties prone to hurricane-force winds are labeled Wind Zone II: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper and Williamsburg. Learn more about Wind Zones here.
    • All manufactured homes come with a “data plate,” which is usually in a utility closet near the beaker panel on a kitchen cabinet. This plate will state what wind zone the home was built for. NOTE: Mobile Homes built prior to 1976 were not constructed to any type of code and may not have a data plate or wind zone rating. They are designated as "mobile homes".
    • Please see our Storm Safety page for more information.

    The Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina (MHISC) was founded in 1967 to promote improved standards in the factory-built home industry.  MHISC represents the manufactured home industry on the SC Building Codes Council which promulgates building codes for the state.

    The association also holds a seat on the SC Department of Insurance Loss Mitigation Advisory Committee.  The Committee was formed to develop strategies for reducing loss of life and reducing property losses due to hurricane, earthquake, and fire.

    Important Terms in Manufactured Housing

    Trailer / Trailer park:  The term “trailer park” does not apply to current day manufactured home rental communities.  A trailer is a product which can be pulled by an automobile and is used for temporary quarters.  During the 1940’s and 1950’s “trailer parks” were set up for short term rentals by traveling workers. A camper, motorhome, travel trailer, RV or anything that can be pulled behind a passenger vehicle is not considered a manufactured home.

    Manufactured home:  A manufactured home is a house built in a controlled factory environment for use as a permanent home.  Homes built after 1976 to a national building code are manufactured homes.  They are built to standards issued under the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C.A. §§ 5401-5426.)

    Mobile Home: “Mobile home” refers to a home built before the advent of a national building code for manufactured homes in 1976. Modern manufactured homes are no longer referred to as “mobile homes”.  “Mobile home” refers only to homes built before 1976.

    The difference between a manufactured home and mobile home is not just a matter of semantics. Federal and state law and local ordinances make a distinction between the two and treat the two types of houses differently. 

    The distinction between the two is especially relevant in discussing safety issues.  Mobile homes were built to a patchwork of local and voluntary codes.  Manufactured homes are built to stringent federal standards.

    Modular Home:  Modular homes in South Carolina are built in a factory to the same code as site-built homes, the International Residential Code.  They are shipped to the home site and placed on a permanent foundation which also meets the same requirements as site-built homes.

    Wind Zone: A wind zone rates the amount of wind pressure a home must be built to withstand. Wind zones were created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Modern manufactured homes must be built to a particular wind zone requirement depending upon where the home will be placed. Homes placed in South Carolina’s nine coastal counties are built to special “Zone II” hurricane-resistant standards.  The remainder of the state is categorized as “Zone I”.   A similar wind zone system is also used for modular and site-built homes.

  • 25 Aug 2017 12:53 PM | Anonymous


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