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MHARR Response to Fannie Mae re: “MH Advantage.”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]June 5, 2018 VIA FEDERAL EXPRESS Mr. Jonathan Lawless Vice President Fannie Mae 3900 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20016 Re:MH Advantage Initiative Dear Mr. Lawless: Thank you for your letter dated June 4, 2018 regarding the impending implementation of Fannie Mae’s “MH Advantage Initiative,” as part of its “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” (DTS) …

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MHARR Continues to Press Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac To Fully Engage on Duty To Serve

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Washington, D.C., May 30, 2018 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in written comments filed on May 30, 2018, has called on the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) — the federal regulator of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — to significantly revise and amend the final rule that it issued …

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Montgomery Confirmed as HUD Assistant Secretary

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The nomination of Brian Montgomery to serve as HUD Assistant Secretary for Housing – Federal Housing Commissioner has finally been confirmed by the United States Senate, after an extended delay. Montgomery, who was initially nominated by President Trump in September 2017, was confirmed by a vote of 74-23 on May 23, 2018, following repeated requests …

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“Washington Post Article Underscores Clear Need for An Independent Post-Production Association”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A recent article in the Washington Post regarding the HUD manufactured housing program and the reassignment of former program administrator, Pamela Danner, vividly highlights the glaring need for a new, independent, collective, national trade association to more effectively represent the industry’s post-production sector. While the Post article, published May 2, 2018, was surprisingly objective in …

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Final HUD “Guidance” Letter and News Release

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MHARR CALLS FOR REPEAL OF HUD MANUFACTURED HOUSING “GUIDANCE” DOCUMENTS Washington, D.C., April 25, 2018 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), citing recent rulings by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) stating that DOJ would no longer use its authority to enforce Executive Branch agency “guidance” documents in civil …

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Formaldehyde Rule Implementation Date Change

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]APRIL 4, 2018   TO: MHARR MANUFACTURERS         MHARR STATE AFFILIATES         MHARR TECHNICAL REVIEW GROUP (TRG)  FROM:           MHARR  RE:               Formaldehyde Rule Implementation Date Change Under a recent federal court order, the compliance date for formaldehyde emissions standards, record-keeping and labelling requirements (including requirements applicable to HUD Code manufactured homes) established …

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MHARR Demands Clarification of DTS Vis-À-Vis Supposed “New Class” of Home

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Washington, D.C., March 8, 2018 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), in a February 27, 2018 communication to the Chief Executive Officer of Freddie Mac (copy attached), has demanded clarification of that organization’s implementation of the “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” (DTS) in relation to a supposed “new class” of manufactured …

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Implementation of the Duty to Serve Underserved Markets

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]VIA FEDERAL EXPRESS Mr. Donald H. Layton Chief Executive Officer Freddie Mac 8200 Jones Branch Drive McLean, Virginia 22102-3110 Dear Mr. Layton: I am writing on behalf of the members of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). MHARR members are mostly smaller and medium-sized manufactured housing industry businesses, subject to regulation by the …

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Comprehensive MHARR Comments on HUD Review Of Manufactured Housing Regulations

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] As MHARR previously advised you, HUD, on January 26, 2018, announced a comprehensive, “top-to-bottom” review of all its existing and pending manufactured housing regulations and related “regulatory actions,” pursuant to Trump Administration Executive Orders (EOs) 13771 (“Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”) and 13777 (“Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”). In response to HUD’s request …

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Duty To Serve “Final Rule” Continues To Fail Consumers And Industry – Time For Accountability

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Washington, D.C., February 12, 2018 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), in a February 6, 2018 communication to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee (copy attached), has called on Congress to intervene in order to ensure the proper, timely and robust …

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