MHVille – “When Hell Freezes Over”

December 7th, 2016 No comments

World War Three could lamentably begin.

Global warming (cooling or whatever their latest belief is…) could hit tomorrow, and we could all melt or freeze.

ET Aliens could invade Earth, or a huge comet hit us that NASA forgot to mention.

Hell could freeze over…

…or not.


The point of the above is that baring something outside the norms:

  • our nation.
  • and quite likely our factory-produced home industry with it,

are poised for a big rebound.



Because there is a new administration coming to Washington, with a fresh set of eyes that wants to fix things, rather than talk or endlessly lobby about national issues.


Tim Connor, CSP.

I don’t care whether you are a liberal, conservative, independent or something else – the bottom line with this year’s election was simply more of the same or something new, different or unique,” said Tim Connor, CSP to MHProNews in a guest column, linked here.

If President-elect Trump continues his current paths, don’t be surprised if we see the largest economic revitalizations for the U.S. in years; one that that could eclipse the growth of the Reagan/Kennedy eras, and it would perform that way for similar reasons.

It’s basic, common-sense economics.

  • Reducing regulations,
  • modifying (lowering) tax rates,
  • incentives for business off- or on-shore

will be magnets for what is still the globe’s largest economy.


That reads $4 Trillion dollars cost to our economy, and frankly it isn’t just a Democratic caused problem, because the Bush Administration also created plenty of costly regulations too. Dramatically reducing bad regulations doesn’t ‘cost,’ it saves and pays. Credit: George Mason University.

The announced $50 billion dollar SoftBank deal may be the first of many such examples.

It’s common sense.

If high taxes and regulations are among the factors driving businesses out of the U.S., then lower taxes and more business friendly regs should serve to bring them back.

Is that oversimplified? Yes. There are also factors such as skilled workers, wages, transportation, and energy costs; to name a few.

Which is why:

  • encouraging “all of the above” energy – making the U.S. more competitive,
  • ending the union/public education monopoly,
  • doing infrastructure and border/immigration reform,

are all pieces to a puzzle that could do what a well-known campaign’s slogan touted: Make America Great Again.

We tend to forget that it wasn’t regulations and high internal taxes that boomed the U.S. economy in the 1800s and 1900s.  It was low taxes (save on imports) and low regulations that encouraged domestic growth.


Racist? Sexist? Homophobic? Xenophobic?

Did SoftBank’s Masa Son (photo above) give you the sense that he felt that President-elect (PE) Trump was racist or xenophobic?


Does billionaire Peter Thiel give you the feeling that the president-elect is homophobic?

Does Dr. Ben Carson give you the sense that he thinks Trump is anti-minority, or attracts racists?


Dr. Carson, top left, Donald Trump, top right. If you, me, or anyone else gets targeted with a billion-dollar smear campaign, any of us can be made to look pretty darn bad. It will take time and performance for President-elect Trump to overcome the claims of racism, sexism, etc. Proof and time will win Americans over.

When one looks objectively, the reality of our incoming president-elect is very different than the negative spin that he was hit with by political opponents and their henchmen.

The multi-billion-dollar smear campaign of the election cycle certainly had an impact on Trump. Certainly, the Billy Bush hot mic episode didn’t help him; but did you notice that all those ladies who accused him during the closing weeks of the campaign suddenly vanished once the voting was done? 

The president-elect is pragmatic. He is right when he says healing the nation’s divisions will take time.


Regarding the cover story, President-elect Trump told Fox News that the nation was already divided, and that he will work to bring it together again.

Doing what he promised is the best possible tonic that will cure the fears and frustrations of the bulk of the nation. Some of those who voted against him are already coming on board with the recent good economic news that has come from the efforts made in NYC’s Trump Tower.

Think of these early victories:

  • rising U.S. stock markets, responding to his tax, regulatory and infrastructure plans,
  • saving jobs at Carrier and
  • the $50 billion dollar SoftBank deals,

all of them send a strong signal that U.S. economic growth lies ahead.


There is simply nothing that compares to the ability of modern manufactured homes to deliver quality, appealing and affordable home, at a price that the U.S. Census Bureau says can be half that of conventional construction. It is the most cost-effective form of unsubsidized housing in the U.S.. So, free market solutions can be useful for the MH Industry.

More hiring, means lower spending on social safety net programs.

Trump’s high-profile jawboning of United Technologies (Carrier’s parent) and Boeing could signal smarter federal spending.

Watch for Dr. Carson to dig into waste at HUD and free enterprise solutions. That could be very good news for MHVille.

PE Trump’s touted “Rule of Law” principle is another example of how MHVille could benefit.


Pam Danner, addressing MHI members. Note: Ms. Danner has been offered opportunities to respond to MHProNews questions, comments and issues raised. Photo credit, MHProNews.

If HUD gets a free-enterprise secretary and appoints a HUD Code MH program administrator to replace Pam Danner that makes “Enhanced Preemption” a reality, then happy days will be here again for thousands of more home buyers every month (speaking of enhanced preemption, please see what JD Harper had to say on that topic, linked here).

To the Brink…

The Masthead sees the painful facts as follows. America was frankly at the brink of serious decline, prior to Secretary Hillary Clinton’s concession to President-elect Donald Trump.

Foreign and domestic policies alike were a mess.

It is no more racist to praise Dr. Ben Carson for having and using a brilliant mind – and thus being a potentially good fit for HUD – than it is to analyze President Barack Obama’s handling of housing, healthcare, Dodd-Frank and a slew of crony-capitalist and international debacles.


Credit: QuotesGram.

It’s character and performance – not skin color – that matters, to paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Credit: QuotesGram.

Objectively stated facts are facts, be they about a woman or man, and regardless of race, faith, party, etc.

The gender and race cards aren’t dead, but they have been so over played by the left and their allies that in the rise of Trump, the cry of “racist!” and the like has been revealed as mere tools of manipulation.  The race/gender/other cards are like a modern reminder of the boy who cried “wolf!”


Much of the elite media is scrambling, along with elitist Democrats and Republicans.  Trump is Tweeting and YouTube-ing his way into a new communications era.


The anti-Trump portions of the media face a number of challenges, as the president-elect can tweet, YouTube and hold big rallies as ways of communicating directly with the public without their filters. Who will win?

Tim Connor is correct. Trump will succeed, because his ego and drive-to-win demands that he deliver on his promises, and because he truly does seem to love America. The president-elect has not taken the oath of office yet, and has already placed a big down payment on becoming the greatest jobs creating president the nation has seen, just as he promised.

The SoftBank and Boeing announcements yesterday – and rumors of a another possible big deal with Taiwan – each signal business and investors that a new Sheriff is coming to town.


Jim Clayton, founder, Clayton Homes, Clayton Bank. Credit, MHProNews.

Jim Clayton aptly named him, “Donald the Disruptor.”

DC has long needed the Disruption being started by “The Donald.“

The president-elect and a team of free enterprise, pro-growth, America First thinkers – like Dr. Ben Carson – could shake this nation up in very good ways.

Some Will be Hurt…but for How Long? 

The media is far from dead. But there will either be:

  • doubling-down by what we will call the pro-Clinton/anti-Trump branches of the media,
  • or they must take a more “fair and balanced” approach.

Crony Capitalism isn’t Dead

The America First, pro-growth, jobs creation Trump Agenda may not look the same as the failed Solyndra types of cronyism. Because there is likely to be a test the new sheriff has for what deals make sense, and which don’t.

What will be the Trump test?

The Masthead thinks the indicators tell us that the Trump Tests will be simple.

  • Is the proposal a good deal for America?
  • Will it be a good deal for job creation?

Watch for the barriers of entry for business and new endeavors to be lowered.

All of this could bode very well for manufactured and modular housing.

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Beyond Hell Freezing Over, There are Caveats

We won’t look today at some of the questionable messaging of the past year or so, led by a certain non-profit group that brought no tangible, positive results to manufactured housing by their efforts in the last two years.

Protecting and promoting the good name of MH will be critical.

The point is, the truth well told can set us free. MH Fairy Tales that are slanted, poorly told or tortured can still harm MHVille.

As the president-elect said at his North Carolina thank you rally, the next chapter is ours to write.

Let’s think this transition through, and then act decisively. Because an opportunity like this to serve millions more Americans in a pro-growth environment may not come again.  Lots of new jobs will lead to more homes of all kinds being sold.

We welcome Dr. Ben Carson at HUD. We have been supporting Mr. Trump in clear and public ways since the spring.

While the calendar and white stuff falling up north says we are moving into winter – but baring hell freezing over – America is heading into a new Springtime.

Let’s pray for the health and safety of our incoming president and his team, so they can put America First and Make America Great Again. ##


MH Industry Publisher and consultant, L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

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DAAD = Dramatic! Advent! Adventure! December 2016!

December 3rd, 2016 No comments

jimvissercongratulationsbestwishesjournalmanufacturedmodularhousingmhpronewsBefore we dive into our Featured Articles for the month and our headline topic, a sincere tip of the hat to Jim Visser at the Journal. He is going out with head held high, he’s way to the plus side of the ledger and he earned it.

Don’t be surprised if more is heard from him and his 36-year young operation. Learn more, linked here.

DAAD = Dramatic! Advent! Adventure! December 2016!

We all know what December is, so let’s tee this topic up and our Featured Articles below with three quick dictionary definitions:





of or relating to drama or the performance or study of drama.

“the dramatic arts”

(of an event or circumstance) sudden and striking.

“a dramatic increase in recorded crime”

synonyms:        considerable, substantial, sizable, goodly, fair, marked, noticeable, measurable, perceptible, obvious, appreciable;





the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.

“the advent of television”

synonyms:        arrival, appearance, emergence, materialization, occurrence, dawn, birth, rise, development;

the first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.

noun: Advent


the coming or second coming of Christ.

noun: Advent





an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.

“her recent adventures in Italy”

synonyms:        exploit, escapade, deed, feat, experience

“her recent adventures in Italy”


engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.

“they had adventured into the forest”

(Credits for the above, Google dictionary)


Image credit, Team Crave, used here along with other images shown under fair use guidlines.

All time moves at precisely the same pace, yet we’ve all experienced time when it seems to move more slowly, or more rapidly.

For tens of millions, this time between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s often seems to go by very quickly.  Jewish and Christian holidays, secular celebrations, shopping, gatherings, parties, and travel.

January 2017 will be upon us soon.

What will that new year bring?

Properly looking at history – recent and more long term actions – may offer clues.

But ultimately, each of us responds or reacts to the ebbs and flows of tide-like events.


The Washington Post and others reported that some 200 counties that voted for Barack Obama where switched to voting for Donald Trump. This election was status quo vs. shaking up the system. Trump significantly outperformed Romney with minorities. Trump attracted many blue-collar union voters, of all backgrounds. Millions believed that Trump would not be business as usual. Yet some on the left are trying to paint this as an election about “white nationalism;” what nonsense. The Masthead’s writer doesn’t know a single person who voted for Donald Trump who is racist, do you? As Democrat James Carville once quipped, “It’s the economy, stupid!”

E Pluribus Unum

From the Many, One.”  This is the translation of the Latin motto on much of U.S. money.

It is fair to say, along with the president-elect, that healing the nation – and what ails it – will take time.

Some are still in shock, having bought into their own or other’s oft-repeated narrative that the election was over before November 8th.  They believed that Secretary Hillary Clinton would be crowned by the many elites in media, arts, philanthropy, globalists, business and voters as our next president.

The elites weaved a tale on sensationalized facts, painting Donald J. Trump – and several of his key team members – as racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic, monsters and con artists with a terrible temperament that could only end in nuclear winter for the world.  To them, the GOP nominee had to be stopped.


Ronald Reagan’s oldest son, Michael, opposed Trump at various points in time, but now is coming around and seeing hope in moves like saving 1100 jobs at Carrier. Photo above – Ronald Reagan, left, Donald Trump, right, photo credit – People.

Perhaps part of the problem was that a similar play book was used by Democratic candidates against Republicans for many, many years – going back to at least the time of Ronald Reagan.

Once elected, did President Reagan bring us to nuclear winter? Hardly.  Instead, he brought us the end of the then Cold War, and along with faith-filled freedom seekers in Poland and elsewhere, brought about the fall of the Soviet Union and their Eastern European empire.

Back to events in this recent race.

It’s as if now President-elect Trump’s opponents went to see D’nesh D’Szoza’s movie – Hillary’s America – plus the Clinton Cash movie – got out their spin machine, and projected onto Trump all that those two video documented that the Clintons’ and their political machine were guilty of doing.

An “America First” – Hostile Takeover by a Populist…

To produce relevant and useful news, you first must absorb news. You always begin with more information than you can use, and select what frames and builds out a story well told that will be useful to readers.

presidentelecttrumpsupporters-postedmastheadblogmanufacturedhousingindustrydailybusinessnewsWe won’t look today at why and “how MHProNews got so much right on this past election” – as a regular reader put it – when so many in media got it so wrong.

We will note that Team Trump first beat successful, accomplished GOP rivals.  Then Trump’s unorthodox campaign upended his Democratic rival, all while beating much – not all – in the media.

It was akin to a hostile takeover in business, and Trump beat the elites in politics and the media at their own game.

By doing so, much has been exposed or brought into sharper focus.

The results will become known.

But we already have clues.

The first three weeks after Trump’s unprecedented victory left some in shock, denial and protesting.

Meanwhile, others are celebrating – including many in manufactured housing, as Warren Buffett, Sam Zell, Jim Clayton, Sam Landy, Mark Weiss, DJ Pendleton and Tim Connor – among others – have shared with us.

The markets have responded positively to what economists are calling a pro-growth agenda.

Are we about to enter what could be the most exciting time ever for professionals to tap the opportunities made possible by manufactured and modular housing?

2017 will be a true adventure; exciting.

The Louisville Show lies ahead, followed by the big Tunica Manufactured Housing Show.


Image credit, PRWeb.

With the White House, the House and Senate all under GOP control:

  • Will regulatory and tax policies be rapidly and favorably changed?
  • Will the border be secured?
  • Will the rule of law return?
  • Are you seeing the potential for anti-trust action by a Trump Administration?

Time will tell.

Count us among the prayerfully hopeful that a pro-growth, pro-business, pro-jobs protecting and creating era is about to be ushered in for the U.S.A.

With no further adieu, let’s look at what the Featured Articles and Reports for DAAD = Dramatic! Advent! Adventure! December 2016!

Featured Articles and Reports for Vol. 8, No. 3, 2016


Another Look at the Meaning of the Trump Victory for Manufactured Housing
by Paul Bradley
paul-bradley-50Based on what’s been promised, my macroeconomic concerns are higher inflation, higher interest rates and higher deficits in the medium-term.
Read more…

“Trailer Haven” Protest
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsIn what community residents are calling an effort to push them out, the new ownership of the Trailer Haven RV and Mobile Home Park in San Leandro,…
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Marketing Commandments, ADA Compliant Websites and Fair Housing
by Nadeen Green, JD
nadeen-green-photo-mhpronewsWhile I am often bossy, I am also not often heeded.  But because of the satisfaction of being able to say “I told you so” from time to time, I have not yet given up on the urge to tell industry folks what to do.
Read more…

Extreme Makeover: “Mobile Home Edition”
by Joe Dyton
joedyton-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsManufactured housing professionals know the benefits of living in a manufactured home.  But tens of millions in the public have little or no clue.
Read more…

Be Surprised! Countdown to Louisville – Getting “The Total Package!”
by Stan Posey
stanposeysunshinehomesfeaturedarticlemanufacturedhousingpronewslouisvillemanufacturedhousingshow2017-50x50Manufactured home retailers, developers and community professionals want to attract and sell as many qualified customers as possible.
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Jim Visser, Journal of Manufactured Housing say “Thank You!” and Good-bye
by by L. A. “Tony” Kovach
tony- kovachThe phone at MHProNewsrang this morning, and after a brief bit of phone tag, Jim Visser, publisher of the Journal of Manufactured Housingand this writer were on an extended call.
Read more…

Having a Successful, Profitable 2017 – and Beyond – in Manufactured Housing
by Soheyla Kovach
s-kYears before we first began publishing and later, Tony and I worked and lived in Manufactured Home (MH) Communities…
Read more…

Multi-Story Modular – The Answer to Rising Costs?
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsFor Trentham, New Zealand-based Matrix Homes, they believe the answer is yes.
Read more…


Saginaw Valley | 179 Sites MHC | Saginaw, Michigan
by Christopher Nortley
christophernortley-mhre_posted-on-mhpronewsMHRE Inc. as the exclusive broker is please to present the opportunity to acquire Saginaw Valley MHC. located in Saginaw, MI.
Read more…

ROC Leaders Meet at Texas Conference
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsEsthela Garza, president of the Pasadena Trails resident-owned community (ROC), and new member Paula Maldonado, were featured on a panel discussing the basics of manufactured housing at the “I’m Home” conference in San Antonio November 14th-16th.
Read more…

Cardboard Modular Homes?!
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsFiction Factory, a Holland-based builder, has unveiled its new modular home, which is made of layered cardboard.
Read more…

MHWC will attend the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show
victoriasontheimer-mhwc_postedonmhpronewsby Victoria Sontheimer
MHWC will be attending the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show January 18-20, 2017 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY.
Read more…

Report: What’s the Most Partisan Federal Agency?
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been deep in the crosshairs of various groups, including industry associations, members of Congress and most recently the incoming Donald J. Trump Administration.
Read more…

A Radical New Solution to the U.K. Housing Crisis
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsSupermarket giant Tesco, along with other chains, are exploring a bold new solution to the housing crisis… and offsetting their costs.
Read more…

Judge Rules for Manufactured Home Owners In Christmas Court Case
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsIn a case that stretches back to July 2015, a Columbia County, Wisconsin circuit court judge ruled in favor of manufactured home owners in the Christmas Mountain Campground.
Read more…

After Land Deal, Tiny Manufactured Homes to the Rescue for the Homeless
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsLinda and David Brown are founders of The Gathering Tree, a nonprofit organization that operates an evening drop-in center for homeless people in Springfield, Missouri.
Read more…

Clayton, Landy on Incoming Trump Administration Impact on Manufactured Housing; Trump Video
by Matthew Silver
matthew-silver-posted-on-mhpronews-comDodd-Frank was never meant to and never should have been applied to manufactured homes in manufactured home communities,” says Sam Landy, CEO of UMH Properties.
Read more…

MHARR Calls for Federal Moratorium On Critical Regulations
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsThe Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has joined with President-elect Trump and leaders in Congress in calling for federal agencies…
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Investors Increase Stakes In Sun Communities
By RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsSun Communities Inc. (NYSE:SUI) has seen a number of investors either increase or take new positions in the company recently.
Read more…

Investor Sentiment Better than Expected for UMH Properties
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsInstitutional investors appear to be pleased with UMH Properties Inc. (NYSE: UMH), with 44 managers opening or increasing stock positions.
Read more…

American Dream, Dead or Reborn?
by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach
tony- kovachThe “Trump Victory [is] a boost for affordable housing and consumers,” says M. Mark Weiss, CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform in a new article, linked below.
Read more…

Investors, Analysts Weigh in on Equity LifeStyle Properties
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsComing off of their most recent earnings report on October 18th, which included a 7.7 percent increase in revenue, Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS) saw one investment firm lower its stake in the company.
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Cavco Industries Reports Q2 Results
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsby RC Williams
Cavco Industries (NASDAQ: CVCO) reported financial results for Q2 2016 on November 8th.
Read more…

Champion Homes Purchases Former Excel Homes Facility
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsChampion Homes has announced that it will purchase and reopen a recently vacated manufacturing facility formerly operated by Excel Homes in Susquehanna Township, Penn.
Read more…

Sun Communities Announces Q3 Results
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsby RC Williams
Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE: SUI) reported its Q3 2016 results on November 1, 2016.
Read more…

Clayton Homes Makes Key Acquisition
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsClayton Homes, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, has acquired Lee’s Summit, Missouri-based Summit Custom Homes, according to the Kansas City Business Journal.
Read more…

Revolution Precrafted Properties Debuts Three New Designs
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsRevolution Precrafted Properties, a company that brings together over 30 of the world’s preeminent architects, artists and designers to…
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Triad Financial Services Announces Record Loan Origination Volume
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsby RC Williams
Triad Financial Services, Inc. (Triad) today announced loan origination data for the first 9 months of 2016. A total of 5,684 loans have been funded by Triad for…
Read more…


During a Busy Week, How to Catch Up on Industry News, FAST!
by Soheyla Kovach
s-kMany readers have told us over the years how useful they find the news articles on the industry first and still only Daily Business News, here on
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Thirty Minutes and Success and Happiness are Yours in 2017
by Tim Connor, CSP
tim-connor-mhmsm-com30 minutes to success and happiness in 2017? Don’t believe me – read on.
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2017 Louisville Show – Be Ready for Special Opportunities!
by Dennis Hill
dennis-hill-showways-unlimited-manufactured-housing-mhpronews-com-50x50Being ready and fully prepared is one of the critical things you can do to get the “jump” on your competition! Luckily, there’s one unique and easy-to-participate forum…
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CBS and Full Measure Trump Videos, Transition Advances, Protests and Democratic Snafus
By L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach
tony- kovachLeftist billionaire and Secretary Hillary Clinton campaign supporter, George Soros has been reportedly funding anti-President-elect Donald Trump protests, reports Politico.
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Money Missing from MH Cooperative, President Arrested
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsState officials continue to investigate what happened at a Richmond, Rhode Island manufactured home cooperative.
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Economic Development – Break for Prefab Builder
by Matthew Silver
matthew-silver-posted-on-mhpronews-comThe Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) has awarded tax incentives to two businesses, including $20,000 for a $1.2 million operation…
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The Patch and MH Industry Post-Election Voices
By Matthew Silver
matthew-silver-posted-on-mhpronews-comThe Patch is a national network of news outlets, which includes the state of Florida.
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Learn More About 2017 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show
by Show Tunica
tunicashow2017-postedonmhpronewsA River Cuts Through a Rock Not Because Of Its Power, But Its Persistence…
THE TUNICA SHOW has been in existence for over 19 years.
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U.S. Homebuilder Confidence, November Report
By RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsThe National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index was released on November 16th and remained unchanged at 63.
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Warren Buffett Billions Richer, Check His Huge Gains After Trump Win
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsEven though the candidate that he backed lost the election, Warren Buffett has still made out in a major way.
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UFPI Q3 Results
By RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsUniversal Forest Products Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI) has announced its Q3 2016 earnings results, including record revenues.
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Dodd-Frank, CFPB Deep in Trump Administration Cross Hairs
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsThe goal of the incoming Trump administration with regard to Dodd-Frank has been made clear.
Read more…


Freddie Mac Forms Partnership, Rolls Out MH Education Curriculum
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsby RC Williams
Government lender Freddie Mac has formed a partnership with Next Step Network, Inc., a Louisville, Kentucky-based non-profit housing intermediary, …
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Trump/Congress Call on Federal Agencies to Defer Action on all Pending Regulations
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsThe Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has made a major announcement regarding a request from President-elect Donald Trump and Congress.
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Sam Zell on Trump Election Impact
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsInvestor and real estate billionaire Sam Zell was on CNBC’s Squawk Box yesterday to discuss the impact of Donald Trump’s election.
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British Giant Eyes Cavco Industries Holdings
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsLegal & General Group PLC, which has made significant moves recently in the manufactured and modular housing segments, held its stake in Cavco Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:CVCO)during the second quarter of 2016.
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Warren Buffett On Trump’s Election – Video
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsEven though he supported Hillary Clinton in this years’ presidential election, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett says that the nation needs to unite.
Read more…


Drew Industries to Announce Q3 Earnings; Analysts, Big Banks Bullish
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsDrew Industries Inc. (NYSE:DW) is scheduled to release its Q3 2016 earnings data this morning at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Read more…

Champion Homes Opens Manufactured Home Plant in Kentucky
by RC Williams
rc-williams-mhpronews-dailybusinessnewsTroy, Michigan-based Champion Homes has opened a 100,000-square-foot facility in Benton, Ky. The facility represents a $6.3 million investment for Champion and is expected to create 150 new jobs.
Read more…


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It’s not Brain Surgery! Dr. Ben Carson Offered HUD Secretary; Push-Back and Cheers

November 26th, 2016 No comments

Anyone confident enough to run for the highest office of the land ought to be even more confident that he can dive into fixing what’s wrong at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Among the anti-Trump media outlets that slammed the pick, Slate’s shot began with their headline, a veiled reference to Dr. Carson being a world-renowned neurosurgeon.  “HUD Is Essential to the Fight Against Poverty. Ben Carson Will Lobotomize It,Slate said.


Born in Detroit, Michigan, on September 18, 1951, Dr. Ben Carson is a famous neurosurgeon, philanthropist, author, evangelical, Tea Party favorite, and a prior GOP candidate for the presidency. After dropping out of the race, he was one of the first of his rivals to endorse the eventual nominee, Donald J. Trump. He has been a loyal and wise advisor and surrogate, routinely promoting Constitutional, free market solutions. Photo credit, Biography.

But last year, the left-leaning Des Moines Register called HUD the poster child for federal waste, fraud and abuse.

So it was no surprise that Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) and prior HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros – himself a Democrat – expressed comfort with the pick of Dr. Carson, who is being panned by many of the pro-Clinton media.


Trillions have been spent on so-called poverty programs that in many cases have proven ineffective. By contrast, U.S. poverty rates were falling – due to private sector, free enterprise business activity – prior to the establishment of the so-called Great Society programs.

Carson said, “I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone,” in a Facebook posting, adding that “an announcement is forthcoming about my role.”

Carson’s Op-Ed on the Washington Times, linked from the image below, holds important clues as to how he views HUD and the free market.


Click here or above to see Dr. Carson’s Washington Times Op-Ed. Image credits: Washington Times.

The Detroit News cited Carson telling Fox News that, “our inner cities are in terrible shape and they definitely need some real attention.”


Home ownership has fallen sharply during the POTUS Obama administration years. Chart credit, FactCheck.

IBD quite correctly pointed out that it was Clinton Administration polices – later protected by Democrats in the House and Senate – that tilted the nation towards the housing/financial crisis meltdown of 2008.

If experts got HUD into its current mess, perhaps a pro-free market, clear-thinker like Carson could assemble the team that could correct it.

Bulldozing vacant houses in Carson’s native Detroit has become a symbol of how good intentions – but bad public policy by so-called experts – has harmed America.

During the Obama years, their answer has been to double-down on more government intervention – example Dodd-Frank – in matters that their party’s policies helped screw up.  That isn’t to absolve Republicans of responsibilities, but it’s historic fact that Dodd-Frank and the 1990s era Clinton housing programs were Democratic plans.

Affordable Housing Crisis, HUD and the HUD Code Manufactured Housing Program

While the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and other associations have taken issue with a number of HUD decisions, such as the on-site completion rule, it is safe to say that no association in manufactured housing has been a more consistent critic of how the manufactured housing program has been operated than MHARR.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has expressed great delight at the victory of Donald Trump, and joined with GOP Congressional leaders and the president-elect in calling for all pending regulations to be halted.

Among the great ironies of modern Washington DC bureaucracies, is that the solution for a significant part of the nation’s affordable housing crisis is found in manufactured housing.  Who says?  The current HUD Secretary, Julian Castro.

The United States faces an affordable housing crisis. And manufactured homes serve as a vital solution for folks of modest means; particularly in rural areas,” Castro said in the video below.  Castro makes an important point. But instead of getting out of the way of the manufactured housing industry, HUD’s current manufactured home program director and staff have routinely created roadblocks instead.

One of the issues that several associations and MHProNews have promoted for years is the failure of HUD to enforce the enhanced preemption of manufactured homes, which was established by law in the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.

Even among industry professionals, too few are pointing out today the hot news from just 2 years ago, when the GAO sang the praises of HUD Code manufactured housing in their report, linked below.


The GAO 2014 – download the report here – demonstrates dramatically that even when financed with a higher – but unsubsidized – loan rate, MH is so affordable that it is the lowest cost form of new permanent housing in the U.S. today.  The solution to the affordable housing crisis is hiding in plain sight, and agencies like HUD and the CFPB have created hurdles that have limited this free market solution from easing the affordable housing crisis.

While manufactured home (MH) placement wouldn’t work as well as modular housing could in the high-rise elements of metropolitan areas, MH would work in hundreds of municipal neighborhoods from coast-to-coast.


On multistory projects, modular homes are an important tool for building affordable, quality homes and would create more jobs in the process. Click above to see that story.

Cisneros is right in saying that Dr. Carson thinks outside of the box.  He is a pro-free enterprise, pro-limited government believer that epitomizes opportunity for all in America.

Should Carson and the Trump Transition team finalize this proffered appointment for the role of HUD Secretary, Carson could jump start HUD by draining the swamp of the leadership at the manufactured housing program.


Given that the U.S. Census Bureau documents the fact that HUD Code manufactured homes are about half the cost of conventional construction, they are an obvious solution that has been too long overlooked by federal officials. Bloomberg, HousingWire, Realtor and Fox News have all recently stated that manufactured homes are an obvious option for creating more home ownership.

Housing is vital, but it isn’t brain surgery.  Career politicos and policy wonks have seen poverty rising in recent years, despite record spending.  Dr. Carson could be just the right medicine needed to bring sanity back to HUD, while other members of the soon-to-take-office Trump cabinet will address other parts of the bloated and dysfunctional federal government.

We will keep readers posted on whomever will be named for this vital role in restoring the American Dream for all. While the Trump Transition Team will no doubt settle on a fine person for HUD, the Masthead would be pleased to report to readers that the doctor is in. ##

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Lessons from The Patch

November 20th, 2016 No comments

The article linked below in the Patch suggests some of the reasons why manufactured housing pros – no matter who you supported in the primaries or general election – should be hopeful for positive outcomes from a Trump Presidency.

But as or more important is the fact that there are many ways to take an issue, and make it into an opportunity to favorably spotlight manufactured housing.

Please read the below before finishing this column.


Now let’s look beyond the particular article above, and make a broader point.  Which is this: how does manufactured housing achieve greater acceptance


L. A. “Tony’ Kovach doing an educational worksh0p for MH Industry professionals.


When speaking at events, one of my questions to the audience might be – “Do you believe that the media impacts your sales, for good or ill?”  In reply to that question, it is normal for every hand in the room to be raised.



Part of the long-term plan for MHProNews and was a simple idea. Trade media – trade journals and multimedia – are a subset of the larger “mainstream media.” As such, we could influence media, as media.

Whatever you think about the mainstream media, this much is certain. Our society and culture are influenced by it. People may or may not agree with an article, news report or editorial, but there can be real value to having certain manufactured home related topics in the mainstream media.

As the publisher of the manufactured home industry’s two leading trade media sites – and – we can often become part of that mainstream media conversation in a variety of ways. Let’s look at two more examples of mainstream media picking up articles about manufactured housing.


The Hill is a respected news site in Washington, DC. It is routinely read by Congress, those working on Capitol Hill, lobbyists and those working in federal offices. Many others from coast-to-coast follow The Hill too.

Or here is another example:


We strive to practice what we preach. Over the years, from major metro publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times News Group, to local or regional markets, we’ve practiced engaging with the mainstream media.

It just makes good sense.

Imagination Station

Beyond the public and our factory-built housing industry’s professionals, among those who visit and are researchers, media, investors and policy advocates. Federal officials have cited us in their research.

We have an increasing impact on the media and others who influence or make policy.

Professionals who team up with us can increase and accelerate that impact in ways that benefit their location(s).

Via our:

  • own publications, or
  • press releases that have been picked up by hundreds of mainstream media sites each time we do a release – which we did many times in the past 18 months and
  • via columns we write for the mainstream media (see examples above),

we are influencing the broader conversation with each effort.

We have routinely engaged third party experts to debunk outdated or errant ideas about manufactured homes that causes people to think anew about our industry’s homes, communities and services.


In depth articles that feature third party experts demonstrate that manufactured homes don’t just look nice, they are a smart option for millions.

Let me state for the record that “puff pieces” and pure marketing efforts clearly have their place.

But what those efforts will oftentimes miss are the more qualified home seekers and those who influence or make policy decisions that – right-or-wrong, for-better-or-for-worse – impact out home owners, shoppers and our industry.

We have never done these efforts alone. From day one, we’ve shared multiple MH Industry Voices and viewpoints.

By tackling those nettlesome issues that hold MH back, we are promoting via truthful story telling what is necessary to make manufactured housing an ever more obvious solution to the nation’s growing affordable housing crisis.

There are a variety of ways that others – or you or your organization can – work with us.  Ways that will help businesses serve more people, more profitably. The truth well told, pays. Routinely engaging the media has a cost, but it also pays.

That’s one important lesson from the Patch.


We must either define ourselves, or others will define us, often to your, our home owners and our great industry’s detriment.  ##

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MH Industry Post-Election Industry Voices & Reality Checks

November 16th, 2016 No comments

A fire was set to a manufactured home in Florida, and anti-Trump graffiti was spray painted on another home, as the Daily Business News report linked below revealed.


Click here or above to see article.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway stocks are soaring, along with the broader markets. Buffett said the president-elect deserves the nation’s respect.


Click image above to see Warren Buffett Video Interview, post Trump Election Victory. Too see more post election commentary by other MH industry connected pros, please click here.

Here are some of the post-election industry-pro shares on Facebook.


Credit, Facebook.




There are plenty of MHPros who know and understand what the score is. To see more MHProfessional, post election comments, click here.

For those who make allegations:

  • in print,
  • online or
  • on TV that Donald Trump, his chief strategist Steve Bannon or his followers are racists, xenophobic or whatever other demeaning words they can think up,

well, maybe that’s why respect for the mainstream media is at or near historic lows?


A recent poll revealed that only 6% of the public now has a great deal of trust in the mainstream media.

Reality Check

Manufactured housing has suffered under the heavy hand of government more than many other industries, more than most, save exceptions such as coal.

This “Drain the Swamp” post-election result is being followed by a new effort at intimidation and manipulation of “We, The People.”

Alan Dershowitz, a Democratic supporter, said he sees no evidence of racism or anti-Semitic behavior on the part of the Trump team’s anouncement that Steve Bannon will be his chief strategist.

Dershowitz also said that if Congressman Keith Ellison, the black Muslim running to head the DNC chair wins that spot, Islamic radicals will cheer that outcome.


When Barack Obama was elected president, there were no riots, no arson or organized protests. People differed with him on policy, and they fought over policy.

Now almost 8 years later, the U.S. now:

  • has doubled the national debt,
  • sees how ObamaCare is failing,
  • has the lowest home ownership rate in a generation,
  • has the weakest GDP in any post-recession recovery in over 50 years,

shall I go on?


MN-D Keith Ellison, the nation’s first elected Muslim leader, is in the running for the new Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair role. Alan Dershowitz said that he will be as embraced by radical Islamic groups, as Steve Bannon or President-elect Donald Trump might be by fringe groups. Dershowitz’s point isn’t to defame either one of them, rather, it is to underscore that one’s followers has no bearing on the person being followed, or their beliefs and policy positions.

Democratic policies in the cities they control have failed:

  • inner city blacks,
  • Hispanics and
  • all other ethnic groups,
  • as schools fail,
  • businesses and jobs flee and crimes rises.

Those are just facts. Painful ones, but still facts.


When Democrats and Republicans both Succeeded

Democratic President John F. Kennedy and Republican President Ronald Reagan both shared an interesting policy that worked for both leaders.


They cut taxes and regulations.  The economy grew, job growth increased and tax revenues ended up growing too.


As investors read the tea leaves on the impact of President-elect Donald Trump’s tax, regulatory and economic plans for the nation, stocks have rallied and the dollar has hit a new high. Manufactured housing professionals should not let left wing protests, labels or other tactics keep the incoming president from delivering on his promises. As Warren Buffett has said, the President-elect deserves our nation’s support.

It is common sense.

If companies leave the U.S. to go to other nations because they have cheaper taxes and easier regulations, then it makes sense for us to bring those companies back via lower taxes and regulations so they can invest in the U.S., create more good jobs – and over time – grow the U.S. tax base too.

If the past week is any indication, there will be a ton of accusations and allegations against the incoming Trump administration by their political and media opponents, for the same reason as they had billions of dollars of attack ads and negative media before the election.

Since 2010, Democrats have lost something like 1,000 seats at the federal, state and local levels.

President Obama has been personally popular, but that popularity did not transfer to Secretary Hillary Clinton, nor to others in his party when he wasn’t on the ballot.  His policies have not proved beneficial.

Note that Obama’s personal popularity disproves the false portrayal of Americans who voted for Trump as racists.  Nonsense. The left-leaning, and anti-Trump Washington Post demonstrated that counties that voted for Obama once or twice, about 1/3 of them flipped to Donald Trump.

Americans are ready for a real, positive change.

So long as President-elect Trump’s policies get implemented – which are similar in some ways to those of Presidents Kennedy and Reagan – it will be good for:

  • manufactured housing,
  • for our home owners,
  • for our home buyers and
  • good for the nation.

Don’t let radicals or their allies make you think differently. ##

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Warren Buffett and other Manufactured Housing Industry Voices – Post-Election on Trump Victory

November 11th, 2016 No comments

Tim Connor, CSP.

I don’t care whether you are a liberal, conservative, independent or something else – the bottom line with this year’s election was simply more of the same or something new, different or unique…”

Tim Connor, CSP – part of a longer statement to MHProNews that is linked here.


The promise of a smooth transition is up to the good will and actions of all involved. President Obama on the right, President Elect Donald Trump, on the left, no political puns are intended.

eddiehicksmanufacturedhousingindustryconsultant-postedmastheadblogmhpronewsM/H owners are certainly one of the “hidden majority” who may have felt somewhat disenfranchised in recent years.”

Eddie Hicks, long-time manufactured housing industry veteran and consultant.

It’s the dawning of a new day. After the shock and elation or disappointment wash over us, and we all have taken a collective deep breath, we can begin looking to the future. And in that future I think it is safe to say that changes, well, they are a come’in…

For any who might not yet be aware, in addition to President-Elect Trump heading to the White House, both the House and Senate will now be controlled by a Republican majority. All three branches of government are in Republican control. What will this mean? It simply means that there is little in the way of the Republican policy agenda.”


DJ Pendleton.

DJ Pendleton, Texas Manufactured Housing Association.


With a personal background in business, rather than government, Mr. Trump – during the just-ended campaign – has been a consistent critic of innovation-stifling and job-killing overregulation and regulators who ignore or rationalize the far-reaching negative impacts of such regulations on the health of the economy, smaller businesses and consumers….”


M. Mark Weiss.

Mark Weiss, Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), part of a longer and more detailed analysis to MHProNews, linked here.


Warren Buffett – on Trump’s victory and impact on the markets

The Masthead  noted some months ago that Mr. Buffett said similarly, meaning, that he felt the nation would do well under a Trump presidency as well as under the Democratic nominee.

From Donald J. Trump to the Manufactured Housing Industry…

As part of an extended pre-election message sent to MHProNews by now-President Elect, Donald J. Trump, the candidate said the following:

Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that have been ignored, neglected and abandoned.

I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice.


President Elect, Donald J. Trump, photo credit, Spectator.

I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good.”

I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens…”

The full Donald J. Trump statement as published by MHProNews is linked here.

Will President-Elect Trump do What He Promised?

President Elect Trump’s transition team is led by former Cincinnati Mayor Kenneth Blackwell. Here is what Blackwell had to say about the Trump campaign’s plan for the first 100 days of the Trump Administration.


U.S. vote-count in red that went for Donald J. Trump in 2016, totals shown are as of 11.10.2016.  Popular vote 60.5 million, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, 60.1 million as of 11.11.2016.  Note: campaigns today are based upon winning the electoral college. If they were being done based upon popular vote, the strategies, campaigns and vote counts would naturally be different. 

The Post-Election Democratic View from MHVille

MHProNews has reached out to specific Democrats within the MH industry, and others who supported candidates besides Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence as his VP. We plan to bring you any comments by Democrats or others shared in the days ahead. We also encourage others who were pro-Trump to sound off via:

…please submit with Industry Voices in the subject line, if you want your comments published. Off the record comments are also welcome too.


To say that this was a contentious election is to understate the realities that we all witnessed in the last 16 months.

Recall that just 2 days before the election, at this link here which cited that in an unscientific poll of manufactured housing industry pros, that broad ‘under the radar’ support for Donald Trump, and opposed to Hillary Clinton, was noted.


Soheyla Kovach, MHProNews co-founder.

MHProNews, periodically provided news, commentary and statements that supported the Trump candidacy, including this column that was republished by the Trump campaign by Soheyla Kovach, linked here on the Trump website.

We have consistently stated that our views do not necessarily represent the views of our sponsors, and have been clear that our support is based upon stated policies and principles. More on that later.

Your Masthead scribe has taken some push-back from certain people during this past year on a variety of fronts, the election being one of them.


Senator Joe Manchin’s comments are proof that there are fair minded people in all political parties, some of whom are willing to call-out those who cross a line. It should be noted that Manchin is rumored to be considering becoming a Republican.

That noted:

  • We at MHProNews have and continue to get a steady stream of input from industry professionals across the spectrum, many of whom are not able to speak on-the-record due to their organization’s rules or posture.
  • That input comes from our clients and sponsors (in operations small-to-large), from readers and ‘insiders,’ so it is ‘connected’ to what the grass-roots realities of our industry are, not just some whim, wish or some party’s agenda,
  • We routinely use a principled approach, that has and will continue over time to serve the manufactured housing industry’s interests well.
  • The factory-built home industry needs a ‘fearless’ voice that will call it as we see it, no matter which way some think that the industry’s or the nation’s political winds are blowing.


America and manufactured housing have suffered under an over-regulated, over taxed economy. Democratic President John F. Kennedy and Republican President Ronald Reagan both worked to lower taxes and the regulatory burden, and saw a surge in revenue, better jobs and economic growth as a result.

While respecting the rights of one and all to take whatever political or policy view they wish, we have and will continue to advocate for what we believe has historically been proven to work.


Bets for the Future?


  • Democrats do what President Obama and Secretary Clinton promised, to support President Trump and work for his success, and
  • If Donald J. Trump gets the same 2 years of doing what he has proposed legislatively that Barack H. Obama was given by his party, then
  • let’s watch and see how well the nation is doing when the 2018 mid-terms come up.

If Alan Amy is right, and Dodd-Frank is repealed,
watch for a boom in 2017 and beyond in MH.

My bet? Barring some unforeseen sneak attack by an enemy, or similar upheaval or disaster, look for:

  • the economy will be moving ahead far better,
  • millions of Americans will see their circumstances improving economically and
  • a range of issues that the president-elect has promised to address will be advanced in ways that will insure a Republican victory in 2018.

And manufactured housing industry professionals, investors and business owners will be doing far better than any time since the 2008 collapse.

As a closing note, one we’ve shared before, that 2008 collapse was started by Clinton Administration policies that were supported by Democrats and some Republicans, but that other Republicans warned were going to upset the financial system.

Democrats fought against the reforms sought that are noted in the video above, changes that might have averted the economic collapse.  It is revisionist history and political spin to say anything different.

Lower taxes, less and smarter regulations are pro-growth, and historically will work to grow the economy for the benefit of millions.


President John F. Kennedy’s official portrait, credit, Wikipedia. Collage credit,

What national and state associations have been fighting to change for many years now, may get advanced in rapid order in 2017, thanks to President-Elect Trump and a Republican majority, so long as they all keep their promises and Democrats support their efforts where they can.

Happy Veterans Day, and a salute to them all our those in law enforcement who protect our nation and streets.

Let’s catch up mid-week, and please stay tuned to the red-hot Daily Business News.  As an FYI, our readership is soaring in the last two months, many thanks to our team, writers, sponsors, readers and all for making that happen. ##

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New Dawn – President Elect Donald Trump & Manufactured Housing

November 9th, 2016 No comments

The messages are already coming in.  Celebration and shock.  Joy and surprise.

The results for the race for the White House, the control of the House and the Senate, are now largely known.


The GOP will hold the House and Senate, and has won the White House for the first time in 8 years. See the videos below.

People from all racial, religious, economic, political and other groups came together in a variety of ways to pull off the upset win, making Donald J. Trump the 45th President of the United States.

It is indeed a movement; a peaceful, American political revolution.

There are many people – millions – who played a part, small to large, in making this outcome happen.

(Note any ads on YouTube videos are from third parties.)

While it is a time to celebrate, it isn’t a time to arrogantly spike the ball.

This isn’t a time for Trump supporters to rub the noses of those who favored the Democratic or third party nominees.  The tone at 3 AM this morning of the president-elect, who truly is not a typical Republican, was the right one.  It is now time to come together.  Please see his and other videos on this page.

President Barack H. Obama said the same thing in his televised announcement this afternoon.

For months, close followers of our site – and there are thousands of you out there – know that we’ve been part of the alternative army of unpaid volunteers who have worked for a true change in Washington politics.  Compared to the role of giant sites like Drudge or Breitbart, or talk radio or the more fair and balanced mainstream media, our role was modest.

But everyone that shared on social media, spoke to friends and neighbors or did what they could can feel good about this victory.

The opportunity for sanity to return to domestic and foreign policy is real.  The first step is done; the next steps await once the transition takes place and the new president, vice president and Congress are sworn in next January and begin their work.

Paid Pundits, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong…

As recently as last week in Chicago, hundreds of manufactured housing industry pros listened to paid experts who explained why Hillary Clinton would be the next president of the U.S.

Those intelligent fellows were not alone.


From the

  • #NeverTrump crowd – who did all that they could to prove that they were ‘right’ by working to keep Donald Trump from winning – to,
  • political opponents,
  • to paid experts, pollsters and commentators…

an amazing array of people got this election outcome wrong, wrong, wrong.  That’s not to rub it in, that’s a simple statement of fact.

They didn’t understand the mood of the tens of millions who handed Trump the victory.  Some in media and politics had a feeling, but most gave America the ‘party line,’ hoping to manipulate or depress the pro-Trump, pro-change crowds’ votes.

They failed.

Trump delivered on his promise to show the nation how to win, against the fiercest onslaught of negative media and negative advertising that has ever been leveled against one person in the history of politics.

For those who think that the Republicans could have had a better candidate, let me make a simple point.  If someone targeted the saintliest person among us with billions of dollars of attacks, they’d look radioactive too.

Trump took it all, and kept on fighting.  However you voted, give the man credit for never, ever quitting.


Those who honestly missed it…

There were some who were mistaken, not manipulating or spinning, just simply missed it about this Trump, “America First” movement.

They didn’t look at the internals of the polling, that we outlined on the Daily Business News and here on the Masthead blog in the days ahead of the November 8th voting.

Donald Trump has exposed what he called “the rigged system,” a cry that Bernie Sanders had also used.

A new coalition was formed by Trump, of:

  • Blue collar, often union workers, many who would traditionally be Democratic voters,
  • Evangelicals and Catholics, who are pro-life and were disturbed by the pounding that religious liberty was taking in America,
  • Small- to mid-sized businesses, who were being crushed under regulations and tax policies,
  • The unemployed and underemployed,
  • Minorities who broke with their ‘leadership’ in enough numbers to make the margin of difference last night,
  • Vets, military and law enforcement,
  • 2nd Amendment supporters,
  • Anti-open border, anti-free trade (bad trade) deals that have so harmed American manufacturing,
  • People from across the political spectrum, who have been saying for years that the nation is going in the wrong direction.


There are millions who bought the lies and exaggerations spun against Donald Trump.

The nation didn’t elect a saint. They elected a winner.  A successful business person – a builder with ties to modular housing! – who used sharp elbows to achieve an upset win against billions of dollars spent and used against him and the movement he represents.


Click here or on the image above to go to page, and see the image credits, videos and more.

How will he govern?  Just look at the people he has already surrounded himself with.

Look at his acceptance speech.

Here are some of the keys for MH Pros regarding the stated Trump agenda:

  • Lower taxes,
  • less and more common sense regulations,
  • repeal Dodd-Frank
  • repeal and replace ObamaCare,
  • bring back trillions offshored,
  • opening up domestic energy production,
  • smarter trade deals,
  • the rule of law and more…

It won’t be easy, but change is coming that will be good for all Americans.  Your Masthead scribe believes that to be true. Watch for housing to grow, and so will our part in the housing market.


To see the article shown above, please click the image above or the link here.

Let’s watch as this historic movement rolls on, and don’t be surprised if business booms in 2017…and beyond.

Thank God.  God blessed America.  Voters responded. Now, let’s get to work to make this new chapter in America happen for the good of all, shall we? ##

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