This and Leslie Gooch’s article both push for a chattel pilot in Land Lease Communities; ROC USA is right with them! Like Gooch, I see the fundamental issue coming down to what we can work out with the GSEs relative to, as she wrote, “reasonable standards for land leases in conjunction with such homes.
We have Fannie Mae financing homes in some of our communities already, but it’s too limited. We want a chattel pilot and standard land lease so we can scale. It should reassure skeptics that home-only loans by the GSEs have worked in Land Lease Communities. We need DTS to get together as a larger market opportunity for the GSEs.
I am surprised that the Community Bankers’ Association (ICBA) would come out against GSE chattel product – from the many community bankers I’ve talked to over the years, the local bankers want a secondary market for chattel.
One of the concerns that lenders often express about manufactured home loans in Land Lease Communities is that homes there lose value. But that is not a given. I can point to examples in Land Lease Communities where homes are appreciating.
In fact, the two unique elements of this sector – relatively more expensive chattel products and land lease – can be resolved by the GSEs; they could make this market no different than the conventional residential markets where supply, demand, location and upkeep influence house price performance. The GSEs, with the right lease terms to secure their and homeowners’ interests, could help fix the problem that causes some manufactured homes to lose value. ##
(Editor’s Note: The National Mortgage News article Paul Bradley is commenting on is linked as a download, here. For an interview with manufactured home owner – Kim Capen, who likewise points to appreciation of manufactured homes in his community – click here.)