Nestled only a couple of miles from the Mass Pike is Liberty Manor, a 55+ community developed on 150 acres, located in a lovely wooded area of Westfield. I was greeted by Kristen Allard, property manager and her staff, Charlie Pignatare, the construction foreman, and office manager Sue Quinn at their newly renovated, beautiful office and showroom.
Liberty Manor was established in 2006 by Louie Scarfo, Allard's grandfather, who is now 90. Scarfo has played an essential role in the development of the community and is still involved today. It's evident that Scarfo did an excellent job training Allard, the property manager responsible for all the day-to-day operations. Scarfo's daughter Marie Masciadrelli is the president and works closely with her niece Allard.
The community details are outstanding. Each lot is a minimum of 6,000 sf, complimented by large open, manicured open spaces throughout the community. They are tied into town water & sewer and are serviced with natural gas. The community features include:
The Community Center comprises a gym, library, full kitchen, and a formal function facility with an impressive stamped concrete outdoor patio space. This great space hosts the community's active social club.
The homes vary in size up to 2,000 sf, and all have garages under the AC requirements. Each house has its own unique style yet still keeps a cohesive composition to the community's appearance. The skirting panels are ½" concrete that lock together with a groove and tongue and are stabilized with a top and bottom track. The skirting panels truly give the homes a residential look of a foundation. The houses, once installed, are adorned with decks and beautiful landscaping. While driving through the community, many residents were out working in their yards. I even encountered a couple, Dave & Barb Arrighi, out for a ride in their golf cart. The Arrighi's had nothing but great things to say about Liberty Manor.
The community has reached its halfway point of 125 occupied homes/lots. It is still growing strong even with manufacturers' struggle to produce and deliver homes. Allard is working towards completion at 250 homes.
From the front office through the final phases of this community, Liberty Manor is outstanding in its presence and commitment to its community. We need more communities in MA just like this.
Kristen Allard and her staff, Charlie Pignatare, the construction foreman, and office manager Sue Quinn
The 26th MMHA Annual Meeting is now history. We had a great member and sponsor turnout. The presenters were enlightening. A huge shout out goes to Angelo Wallace & Mike Henretty for Zooming into the meeting and having patience through the glitches. Wallace & Henretty were very informative catching us up to speed on the state of the industry. One major ongoing issue is the short supply and demand on the manufacturing end of homes. Approval of alternative materials has alleviated a bit of the pressure this past year to keep up the home production. Extensions have also been granted on the same products to keep manufacturers.
Attorney Adam Bond spoke in depth regarding his case between Great Hill Residents Association, Inc. vs. Great Hill Corp. Attorney Bond won the case on behalf of the community owner, Great Hill Corp., Rick Chaves & Margaret Chaves.
Our President, Jeffrey W.Hallahan, II addressed the membership to discuss recent cases that have impacted our industry. He has worked diligently along side the owner operators and attorneys to assist in any way possible. Jeff wrote an amicus brief that was quite extensive on behalf of Hometown America. We are so lucky to have an attorney as our president, his knowledge of the industry and law gives the membership and upper hand in a unique way.
Thank you to Loren McConnell & Michael Schechner for sharing information about your insurance product.
You also won the crowd over with your M&M jar.
Did you try and guess how many M&M's were in Schechner Lifson Corps. M&M jar???
The answer was…..1984
Congratulations to Mark Bell of Pine Valley for guessing the closest and winning the M&M jar and a 50 gift card.
Here is quick access to the HUD forms that must be filed on new construction homes.
Did you know that once a HUD home passes on as a resale to a second owner that the home is no longer governed by HUD?
The Massachusetts Manufactured Housing Association, Inc. (MMHA) is a statewide not-for-profit organization established in 1996 representing manufactured housing community owners/operators, manufacturers, insurers, financiers, and suppliers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
MMHA is committed to promoting the general welfare and growth of the manufactured housing industry in Massachusetts while seeking to educate public officials, consumers, and industry professionals.
Wyman Residential, LLC invited & hosted an Ice Cream Truck event into it's communities, High Pond Estates & Stone Meadow in Bridgewater. E's Ice Cream Truck offered a sweet treat for all residents and it was amazing.
Pine Hill Estates in Raynham, passed out Lillie's to all resident's of their community during the Easter/Passover holiday.
Stone Meadow & High Pond Estates in Bridgewater handed out over 650 dinners to their community residents with the help of the resident's associations. Market Basket made the turkey dinners with all the fixings and cookies for dessert, they were so easy to work with. The response was an overwhelming success.
In West Bridgewater,
Skyview Village Residents celebrated Veteran's with a community parade.
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Wareham communities, Garden Homes & Mogan's MHP, Great Hill Estates contributed to a $3,000 Scholarship fund which was presented to one lucky recipient.
The HUD Installation Program took effect 5.5 years ago on May 1st, 2016. MA did not have an installation program in place so MA became a default state and HUD implemented minimum standards and a certification program. All manufactured home installers must be certified.
Click on the link below to view HUD's resources.
We are a Massachusetts local industry association representing all sectors of the manufactured housing industry. Membership is open to community owners (both private and resident-owned) and associates members providing product or service to the industry.
MMHA offers the chance to connect with others in your industry. You can learn from others, network and create alliances or partnerships. From Annual Meetings, Educational Seminars, Social Events, and others, all serve as a great opportunity to learn, ask questions, expand the reach of your business. The most successful entrepreneurs are not afraid to network with competitors and other like-minded industry professionals in an effort to expand profitability and efficiency. At MMHA, we offer a bridge to communicate in a collaborative environment.
MMHA offers a variety of educational opportunities from certifications to business training. Educational resources alone can easily pay for your membership.
One of the most overlooked benefits of an association is advocacy. As a member, you have an organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the needs of your industry, as the fortunes of your industry rise, so do your business opportunity. Having a dedicated team to lobby and advocate on your behalf is powerful. Association membership is a lot less expensive than trying to hire a lobbyist yourself.
Join Today, become an active member of the betterment of the Massachusetts Manufactured Housing Industry. It makes good business sense and helps promote the industry’s position as a provider of quality and affordable housing throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Joining MMHA is an investment in your own business. Benjamin Franklin once stated that an investment in knowledge pays the best interest. $300 Annually (includes first 30 sites, $8 per additional site)
MMHA Members prefer to do business with manufacturers, suppliers and service companies who share their commitment to the industry. The association offers several opportunities to increase your involvement in the industry and reach key decision makers. $500 Annually
We would love to have you as a member click below to apply.
3rd Quarter Board or Directors Meeting - Pine Hill Estates, Raynham
4th Quarter Board or Directors Meeting - Stone Meadow, Bridgewater, MA
2nd Quarter Board of Directors Meeting - TBA
Jeff is the owner and operator of 3 communities MA, family owned since day 1. Jeff is also the Vice-Chair on the Manufactured Housing Commission.
Adam is and has been involved in his family's business his entire life. They own 5 communities with 2 in MA. Adam has served on the board for many years.
Jo has been in property management for over 12 years in Florida & MA. She is extremely involved in her communities community where she volunteers in many organizations. She is employed with one of the largest property management firms in MA.
A dedicated board member for many years before becoming the board secretary. June is an expert real estate broker in the manufactured housing industry and owner of Johnson Bayside Real Estate, Ltd.
Justin has been involved in his community since forever working alongside his Grandfather. He now manages the property with his father. Justin has served the board for 3 years.
Debra is a second-generation owner/operator/developer of a 55+ manufactured home community. She has been a supporter of manufactured housing for more than 40 years and is also owner/broker of Debra Johnson Realty Group, LLC, a residential brokerage firm.
With 25 + years of experience in the financial market Sean is our go to finance expert for chattel mortgages. He has served the board 2013.
Long term director, previously appointed Pres. & VP,. Don's expertise is in the insurance portion of this industry. Don is VP of HUB International NE, LLC
A board member now for 5 years, Joe delivers the manufacturing expertise to our association. Joe has been with Champion/Titan Homes for 17 many years.
His family has been in the business for generations, 5 decades. The portfolio includes five communities that have gone through extensive improvements over the past few years. Justin has served the board for 2 years.
Art has served as Pres. and Vi.P., he is also a founding member of this association. Art has over 30 years of industry experience developing, owning & operating two pristine 55+ Communities.
I am excited and humbled to serve as executive director of the MMHA. I have been a property manager for 27 years in both family and 55+ communities. My responsibilities have included all aspects of property management including but not limited to the development, maintenance, acquisitions, finances, and evictions.
I was a member of the association prior to joining the board in 2003 then becoming treasurer 2008-2019.
I was appointed in 2016 served on the City of Taunton, Manufactured Home Park Eviction & Discontinuance Review Board.
I look forward to promoting how valuable an industry this is.
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