Manufactured Housing Image – Progress at Last?

August 17th, 2016 No comments

In reviewing’s manufactured housing report that was picked up by FoxNews and reported in the Daily Business News, a stark reality has to be noted.  Their article represents real progress and hope for manufactured housing’s image and what looks to be a more solid understanding by their writer, Angela Colley.


Image credits,

Among the comments in, was a pat on the back to…, for its steady drum beat of positive stories about manufactured homes, some of which seems to have influenced the narrative found in Colley’s column.


Angela N Colley, credit, Twitter.

Either way, Colley deserves to be commended for doing a balanced report that properly used industry nomenclature; something it can be hard to get some MH pros to do.  This is a sign of progress.

No Popping the Cork on the Champagne Bottle…Yet

The HUD Code side of the factory-built home industry is making serious progress on numerous fronts. This reality is reflected in double-digit rises in new manufactured housing shipments in recent months.  There are plenty of encouraging signs, in the U.S. and globally, as the promise of 1.1 million global units annually in factory-home building tells us that we’re becoming more mainstream.

But there still remains a slew of zoning, HUD, DOE, CFPB, DTS and other challenges that manufactured housing faces.  Each of these acts as a foot-on-the-brakes for even more rapid growth in sales of new homes.

One of those impediments is the other side of mainstream media reports; all-too-often negative when it comes to reflections of resident relations in manufactured home communities.

True, media editors often loves an ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ type of stories. But knowing that, doesn’t it make sense for our industry to work all the harder at getting the good word and the good news out?!

Some of those negative, mainstream media accounts – we know from first-hand experience are exaggerated or overlook realities that take place in the real world.  For example, site fees tend to rise, for all the reasons that rents in mainstream housing rise, or property taxes in mainstream housing rise.

But when you see year-after-year of aggressive increases without good underlying fundamentals, that can turn off even die-hard MHPros in the community sector.  It’s also a reason why some at the GSE’s don’t want to do home only (personal property, chattel loans) in MHCs. Duh!

A number of MH and MHC Pros hate to see those rapid spikes being done by others, but when given the chance to comment publicly, they may opt to say nothing.  Too politically sensitive…


Matthew Silver, Daily Business News.

Matthew Silver, in his routinely effective way, thread the needle on this report:

Residents of Oregon Manufactured Home Community Consider Long-term Leases

We offered a good sampling of manufactured housing pros we know, mostly from the community sector, to share a public comment on the article and issue linked above.  The common response, paraphrased?  “This is too sensitive a topic for me to comment on, but thanks for asking.”

That said, one party did comment, Paul Bradly, with ROC USA, who said this:


Paul Bradley, holding the Jerry Voorhis memorial award.

This is an example of an unbalanced long-term lease that is causing nightmares – bad press and customer relations for the community owner and anxiety and high costs for the homeowners.

The Freddie Mac lease was indexed and had pass through for tax, water, and sewer increases but what’s remarkably different is the dark cloud of a 25% increase in base rent for new buyers in this Oregon example. 

That seems counter-productive.  Don’t we want homeowners to be able to sell, take their equity, and move on for work or whatever?  It’s in everyone’s interest to have an effective resale market!  That’s something Warren Buffet told Kevin Clayton years ago.  Not much has changed, yet.

Rent Control

I’ve lived and worked in states that have some form of rent control, and it is something we oppose in principle as overall harmful to business and consumers alike.

But isn’t it the perception – and in the media, perception magically becomes reality – of aggressive rent increases that create the blow-back that all-too-often ends up in some form of rent control?

We aren’t spelling out the answer tonight.  We’re simply pointing out that there’s more good news reports, but there are still troubling news reports too.  The community sector is hot, as the recent buyout of the majority of Yes! Communities underscores.

But let’s be candid.  A good bit of the black eye that comes manufactured housing’s way – right or wrong, fairly or unfairly – originates from MH Communities too.


Every true career professional ought to seek to inform him/her self and others too. That’s an obvious part of industry advancement.

Most community owners and operators we know, and those we work with, regulate their site fees in ways that keep residents in their homes, and who love their lifestyle. Interviews on MHLivingNews demonstrate that reality.

The anecdotal evidence suggests the same. But when those aggressive hikes hit the local news, how many would be, could be MH buyers are turned off?

Long may free enterprise reign! But let’s not see our fellows doing avoidable missteps that cause so many headaches and heart-aches. Even those exiting the industry ought to carefully protect the interests and image of home owners and the industry that has rewarded them…isn’t that the wise approach?  Yes or yes?

Ending on a Positive

The future for manufactured housing is, was and will always be based upon our ability as professionals to bring real value to ever more Americans in a manner that makes millions happy with their housing choice.  Most of the MH Industry does that daily. That’s part of why our industry is growing, MH is an amazingly good value at a time when quality living at lower costs are so badly needed by so many.  MHProNews and MHLivingNews – our writers and supporters – are twin-engine-platforms that support, fuel and benefit from that pro-MH effort.

Stating the obvious is useful and brings clarity. The more we can increase the good news in the mainstream media – based upon realities – the less the occasional bad news will harm the many who do things right.

But in that perfect-world ideal, motiving all pros to embrace the wisdom of doing things right – first, last and always – will hasten the day the mainstream will completely embrace our homes, communities and lifestyles as the solution for the future.

Spin always is what it is. By contrast – The Truth well told is Powerful.  ##


Jan Hollingsworth, award winning writer, reporter, author of numerous features on MHLivingNews. Google Jan’s name + MHLivingNews, dive in, enjoy and share them widely.

Programing note and thank you – for the thoughtful feedback on Jan’s work key topics on MHLivingNews, for the new work


Frank Griffin, Daily Business News, MHProNews.

being done by Frank Griffin on the Daily Business News (DBNs) and on MHLivingNews, and look for a new report from Frank that you won’t find anywhere else in MHVille – a report on a study that underscores the amazing potential that we have to grow many times larger in new home shipments than we currently are.  This week!  Only on the Daily Business News.


L. A. “Tony” Kovach questioning NY SAA team during New York Housing Association meeting. Photo Credit, Mark Simon, Dirty Jerz Images.

By L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.


Overcoming The Triple Threat

August 14th, 2016 No comments

Perhaps you’ve known or experienced a smear campaign. Hold that experience in mind, as we boil down the triple threat and how it must be overcome.

Let’s begin with well-known principles, noting that applying them is some of the time-tested tools needed to avoid or beat the triple threat.

  • When you keep doing the same things, the same way, you should expect the same results.
  • Those who don’t learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them.
  • Emotions are good, but absent clear reason, feelings can be manipulated.

Let’s apply those three common-sense maxims to our industry and nation.

Regulatory Impact on Business and You

A large majority of our industry’s pros would agree that over-regulation – think Dodd-Frank/CFPB, Zoning, HUD, DOE, ACA, etc. – throttles our industry, keeping pros from achieving significantly higher levels of production, profits and positive results for consumers and business alike. While various industry associations use different approaches – or focus on issue X over Y and Z – their common theme is to slow or stop overregulation harming our profession, products and services.

Now, apply that on a macro-scale. Look at the parallels in other organization’s industries and professions.  Consider the harm being done to our nation’s job creators and productivity.  It’s staggering, as the chart below reveals.


That reads $4 Trillion dollars cost to our economy – that’s bigger than the powerhouse German economy – and frankly, it isn’t just a Democratically caused problem, because the Bush Administration and others also created plenty of costly regulations too.

This industry threat we can label as the Over-Regulated Nation. Keep in mind regulations have multiple effects, for example, keeping new businesses – and thus more job creation – from taking place, as well as causing less growth in or even the failure of marginal businesses.

2) The Mainstream Media (MSM) – Objectivity? Unbiased and Informing?

CNN’s anchor Chris Cuomo amazingly says in the brief video below that the media could not be doing more to help Hillary Clinton’s campaign, “she’s getting a free ride” from the media, “so it better happen.”

Award-winning journalist Sheryl Atkinson recently said something similar. The progressive media’s flagship, the New York Times, recently made that point on page one.


Credit, Gateway Pundit.

When moderate and left-leaning mainstream media types are openly admitting what Fox News and conservative-leaning media pundits have alleged for years – that the “reporting” fix is in for one major party’s candidate over another – then We the People ought to naturally doubt the value of mainstream media (MSM) reports and the spin being generated by their biased coverage.

Sad, but there it is.

Neither of the 2 major party nominees, nor the minor party candidates, are perfect. That fact isn’t new or news. Starting with George Washington to our own time, all candidates had shortcomings, just as you, I or any living person has them too.


So we as citizens ought to strive to

  • focus on issues,
  • consider track records,
  • see who has a history of doing what and then

support and vote for the best option.


Graphic from NAHB.

We don’t buy perfect products or services, we pick the best available based upon our abilities and circumstances.  The same ought to apply for those running for public office.  Feelings can be useful, but reason must be a part of that mix, or our emotions can be manipulated in very costly and damaging ways.

2a) Smear Tactics

I guarantee that you, I or the best living person we know could be smeared based upon

  • something in the past,
  • exaggerating something or by
  • adding outright lies,

and you, I or anyone could be portrayed as the devil him/her self.

If you’ve ever experienced or known someone who’s been unjustly defamed, you understand the point.

Hillary's Mountains to Trump's MoleHills

2b) MSM Ignorance or Bias and Manufactured Housing

We’ll only mention that the media often misreports on modular and manufactured homes. The solution in that case is education and engagement, that’s a placeholder for future columns.  Just look for now at what we’re doing with firms we partner with on MHLivingNews and the related projects. Positive results can be documented, example linked here, more on that another time.

The point is that a good part of what our industry suffers from is inaccurate and biased reporting.  So should we be surprised when the MSM spins or inaccurately reports on politics, economics or any other topic?


Image credit of stories linked, Google search screen capture.

With news as with anything else, the ancient Roman maxim applies – Caveat Emptor“Let the buyer beware.”

3) Emotional Manipulation

The media and big money campaigns are masters at manipulation. TV, movies, music, digital or actual print – and yes, ads or how news reporting is done – are all well-known ways to influence and manipulate people. Studies have documented that when we view TV, most viewers tend to be more passive – and thus are more likely to be manipulated.

In a free society, we can’t change that reality.  But by keeping manipulation in mind – via objective, mental discipline – we can protect ourselves from its impact, and perhaps help others to see and avoid that devious emotional trap manipulators aims to accomplish.


The solution is to be vigilant about manipulation, to stay informed, and to carefully analyze who is saying what and for what possible reason.  Marty Lavin, JD, likes to say – follow the money.  Money and power are motivations for pushing free people in a direction that is proven to be a failure, but that may benefit a select few.

Facts, Track Records and History Ought to Trump Emotion (no pun intended)

As a political independent, this publisher must note that states with Republican governors and legislatures tend to outperform Democratic ones.  When President Obama wants to claim that his policies “have created millions of new private sector jobs,” that’s spin. Few things could be farther from the truth, because it is demonstrable that the job creation is taking place in Republican led states, following their policies, not that of the president and his political party.


Without the jobs created in Texas,, there would have been a net loss of jobs in the U.S. since 2007; credit,

Deep blue California is hemorrhaging businesses and jobs, which typically are going to places that have a lower tax and regulatory burden.


Screen capture, Google search.


States with Republican governors and legislatures have tended to outperform Democratic run states in job growth. Credit,

So why in the world would anyone believe that raising taxes will boost the economy?

Yet that is precisely what Secretary Clinton has promised to do. Socialism and big, bloated government doesn’t work. In fact, if you listen CLOSELY to what Hillary Clinton says, she essentially admits that taxes drive out business, because she has promised new laws that keep corporate inversions down through some new form of legislated punishment.  We’ll publish a Daily Business News report soon, contrasting the two candidates tax plans – because one will lead to job growth, and the other will lead to a still weaker economy.

Democratically run cities, politial cartoon.

It isn’t just Baltimore. Detroit, Chicago, Philly, Flint, Milwaukee and a number of cities which have long been run by Democratic policies that have suffered economically and socially.  Migration is often taking place away from high tax, high regulation (generally “blue” or Democrat-leaning) states.  But a troubling footnote to that fact is this – that those migrating often bring to a Red state their Blue values, and they then vote the way they did before; which turns Red states purple and then blue over time.  Informed Americans must reach out and inform as many in their circle as possible about the avoidable pattern of allowing failed Democratic policies to spread through ignorance, spin, emotional manipulation and misinformation.

Hillary promised 200,000 new jobs in NY in her Senate campaign, but those failed to materialize.  The only reason Barack Obama looks like a hero on jobs is because the MSM routinely fails to point out the facts noted above – that those jobs are being largely created in Republican run states, where lower regulations and lower taxes spurs economic growth.

Hillary - Buildling On Obama's Successes political cartoon.

When you keep doing the same failed policies, the same way, expect the same type of results – failure. Democratic economic, tax and regulatory policies often sound good, but they are proven not to work.

The reason the MSM and the Clinton campaign is trying so hard to make Trump look like a woman hating racist that can’t be trusted, is because a look at Clinton’s record and that of Democratic policies proves that they fail to deliver what they’ve promised.  But that’s the typical Democratic playbook.  Ronald Reagan was accused of many of the same things.

Hillary says she wants to build on President Obama’s successes.  Which ones? The highest debts and deficits in American history?  Job killing regulations and taxes? ObamaCare, that’s sending premiums higher, as benefits for most are harder and more costly to access?  Dodd-Frank that is choking off faster potential growth for the manufactured housing industry?  How about the harm done to our home owners by Dodd-Frank and the CFPB’s regulations?

Obama distracts with shinny baubles from real news and issues.

President Obama promised Hope and Change. How has that worked out? Polls reveal race relations are worse than 7.5 years ago. Minority employment is down, incomes for average Americans are all down, our foriegn policy is a mess. Emotions helped elect President Obama, while facts about his history and policies ought to have informed thinking voters that his opponents – even if not as ‘cool’ – would have been a better choice.

We could (but won’t today) run through the risks and harm from HUD, from the DOE proposals, failure to enforce federal preemption for manufactured housing and a host of issues that harms the earning power of Americans.

We respect the right for voters to cast their ballot any way they want to, or to not go to the polls at all.  But for thinking people who want to avoid the triple threat, voting for a third party or not voting at all is like a vote for Hillary Clinton and her party’s failed policies. We don’t hide our support for Donald Trump, see Sohela’s column linked here, but the point is that common sense is why he has earned that support.


If you want to change the course of America, voting for more ObamaNomics – which is what Hillary is promising – isn’t going to make that happen.  Democratic and Republican presidents – and governors – who cut taxes and regulations saw economic growth in its wake.

Don’t take my word for it, look at California. Look at Democratically run cities where crime and corruption are rising or are rampant.

My freedom matters, and we think your’s and the rest of our nation’s does too. Economic freedom or chains is a key part of what’s at stake in this 2016 election.

If you want more success for those in our profession, let’s get past the triple threat of 1) higher taxes and regulations, 2) media bias, and 3) emotional manipulation games.  Let’s focus on the issues that will lower regulations and taxes, so that more businesses and workers can thrive. ##


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Managing Member
LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC.
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Tijuana Taxi, Manufactured Housing, What’s Here, Coming and Pros Like You

August 10th, 2016 No comments

An industry buddy of mine remarked with a smile that our newsletters – prior to about 2 weeks ago – reminded him of a Tijuana taxi.  When I asked what he meant by that, he explains that they were “colorful.”

Color has the advantage of catching the eye, and oftentimes for holding someone’s interest. That said, too much can be just that…too much.


Check out the whiteboard videos, below.

So if you clicked today on the newsletter blog, or if you already get our 2x weekly emailed news updates, here is a mock-up of what it looks like, below. When you finish scrolling it, please make sure you see the details, insights and previews that follow.


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The Tijuana taxi did its job. See what third-party MailChimp has to report on MHProNews’ emailed news update, in the video below.



Since we began the evolution – leaving the Tijuana taxi look behind for what is becoming our new emailed news-blasts - we've learned that our stats are going higher, and that sign-ups (free subscriptions) for our e-news are rising too.

Our new home page is in the works. It too will be coming soon to a laptop, handheld, iMac or PC near you. Stay tuned...

MH Olympic Tryouts


Frank Griffin, Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Tryouts for a new team member are underway - more to come.

A new pair of third party tips, confidential reports will be investigated, those are coming soon...

From the Many...

In a nation divided, unity isn't easy to achieve.

In a land where you can get a pretty decent clue as to what a person's political leanings are by knowing what - if any - news media they read or watch, just being able to bring MH Leaders and Professionals of all political stripes to a single industry news, tips and views website - that's a major accomplishment.

MHProNews has achieved that feat.


An industry like Manufactured Housing has to have credible, independent, third party news, or it simply isn't going to get the respect MH so richly deserves.

Ds, Ls, Rs, Is, Gs, Ss, Cs, As - they all surf in here.


From the West to the East coasts, from the Gulf to the Gold Coasts - and in the land-locked states too - they come.

The international and domestic investors and researchers - those pros keen on MH - they come here too.

Whoever you are, you're here for a good reason. Thousands join you here daily. Decision makers from firms of all types and sizes, come. What's read or viewed here may be cheered, shrugged or jeered, but it's thought about and discussed.  

You're never alone at In a divided land - in a boutique industry that can with the right touch breakout to ever-higher renewed success - wouldn't you agree that's a major accomplishment?

Our thanks to one and all who've made that possible.

From a humble yet motivated Tijuana taxi, to the next levels of MH Industry achievement, we boldly push head.

To one and all, welcome. The best is yet to come. #

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Publisher | Video Production | Marketing | Training | Consultant

Ph 863-213-4090.

L.A. 'Tony' Kovach, MHM - Publisher, Marketing Director and Industry Consultant
Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management trade journal aka aka

Celebrating MHPros Careers and Contributions

August 7th, 2016 No comments

One of the great pleasures here is to spotlight the careers and contributions to the industry of notable MH Professionals.


In the recent RV/MH Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a ‘class’ of 10 new inductees into the Hall was the highlight of their gala event.  Every year, the class has 5 from the RV industry, and 5 from the MH Industry.  This year’s class and Spirit Award winner are linked here.


The Class of 2016 includes: James (Jim) Miller, Nationwide Custom Homes; Joseph H. Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, Inc.; Ernie Friesen, All Seasons RV/Redding RV; Gary Bunzer, Bunzer Consulting, Inc. (second row l-r)Thomas R. “Tim” McGuire, The Coast Distribution System, Inc.; Ellen Kietzmann and Michael Hesse, Jay Hesse’s son, accepting for Jay Hesse (deceased) (front row l-r)William (Bill) Overhulser, Del Rey Industries; Robert (Bob) Edward Richardson, Richardson Homes Corp. Not Pictured: Ross Kinzler, Wisconsin Housing Alliance; and Roland Sahm (deceased), Elixir Industries.



Spirit Award Winner, Barry Cole.

We also cherish the opportunity to spotlight the professionals who are featured in our A Cup of Coffee with…series.  This month’s “Cuppa” is with Commodore’s Bob Bender, and it’s no surprise that it’s another read hot read. FYI and ICYMI, each of the linked names on this page will take you to that MH Pro’s Cuppa; get insights that you can enjoy!



WHA’s prior Exec Director, Ross Kinzler.

What we’ve learned over the years is that ‘people’ focused stories are one of those magnets for readers.  Readers love the photos of people they know, or are interested in following.  They love to read about certain personalities, or about anyone else in the industry to see what insights that success story may provide for them.


We may well pivot mid-week or this upcoming weekend to a pair of news tips that we’ve been given, each one on a hot topic that is bound to attract thousands of pairs of eyeballs.  One – finance related, the other is from a well-placed source who shared documents that connect certain feds with certain pros in MHVille…


…but today, our focus is celebrating the good news of careers that have moved the needle in MH.  It’s always a pleasure to spotlight something positive.  That combination of spotlighting the positive, and showing what holds us back and what are our opportunities in MH are how you and your colleagues can improve your roadmap for advancement. For a nice write-up on the RV MH Hall of Fame’s 2016 gala and their big announcement, please click here.  ##


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L.A. 'Tony' Kovach, MHM - Publisher, Marketing Director and Industry Consultant
Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management trade journal aka aka

American August in MHVille 2016

August 4th, 2016 No comments

In business and all other aspects of life, honest words and good deeds matter. The Ten Commandments include prohibitions not to lie, steal or cheat. In Acts, the Apostle Peter dramatically shows believers that reality as they witness a man and his wife die, one by one – for the error of deliberately misleading and deceiving.

So what does hell hold for the unrepentant politician who does these things?


There are honest mistakes, a slip of the tongue, poor choices of words, political fly-paper traps – and then there’s deliberate falsehoods and deception. As part of our American August in MHVille line up, my bride Soheyla uses words, thought-provoking images, satire and videos that take apart Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. A European university educated woman shares why Hill and Bill should not go back to the White House.


If you know it, share it.

I’m biased, but I think it’s well done. You look, and tell me, please. “We Provide, You Decide.” ©. As always, other thoughtful viewpoints are welcome.

Her already read-hot thought piece is linked below, along with over 20 more new featured articles. You’ll see why heavy readership by your peers and MH Enthusiasts set a NEW RECORD in July – per Webalizer – and that pace has already spilled over into August. Thank you!

Those reads Include a new Cup of Coffee with… a seasoned yet rising star at a historic MH operation. See that interview below.

We unveil the fact that the Trump family organization is in the factory-built housing business. Can you imagine what that could mean for our industry?! To quote the father of the potential first family, “That could be HUGE!” Two articles on that are linked below that you won’t find anywhere else in the MHIndustryNewsLand.


Image credit – collage of Industry Association logos by MHProNews, each logo is the property of  each organization, and is used here under Fair Use guidelines.

We have info and articles from MHARR and MHI. Be sure to check ’em out.

We have an article by a new expert writer to MHProNews on an interesting wrinkle in Dodd-Frank.

Matthew Silver shares his skills as he unpacks a Seeking Alpha report on investing in MH Communities (MHCs). In another article, Matthew also spotlights an honor received by Chris Nicely, CEO of Next Step Network.

MHRE shares facts and figures on two new properties, one an MHC another for RVs. See links below.

DataComp shares a new MHCommunities report.  MH Community pros and investors may find it timely.

Scott Roberts of Roberts Resorts shares insights on zoning for news MHCs, in connection with a hot report found here. You’ll find Scott’s comments linked below.

We have a new-to-you inspirational article by Zig Ziglar (thanks to his editor generously sharing with us!).

We have a thought provoker by Tim Connor; we’re glad he’s doing better, but not yet out-of-the-woods.  Savor his column…

You’ll find legal and Fair Housing focused articles, business to business, business to consumer articles by Soheyla and myself, and some political commentary from moi on why free enterprise matters, and why socialism always fails.  Let’s understand and defend our free enterprise system and the American Republic.


We set a new record in July 2016!  Thanks to all our readers, contributors, writers, sponsors and team members that made it possible. 15 Minutes a Day on MHProNews and the same on – free resources for the Public and Professionals – these provides fuel and resources for industry image, education and thus growth.

All that and more are linked below.

My thanks to the growing number on LinkedIn who took the time to share kind words on the 7th anniversary since we began the plans and work that became MHProNews.

That said, we launched Volume 1, issue 1 in mid-October 2009.  So it took about 2 months to plan, organize, build and launch what became the website. The start of our 8th year in publishing will be in October, and we hope to have some fireworks for you and the entire MH factory built housing industry then.

With no further adieu, let’s dive into the featured articles and reports for August 2016 – at the single hottest place in all of MH News, Tips and View You Can Use ©.


2016 JLT Market Reports Now Available for Major Markets in Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey and Louisiana

by Darren Krolewski

darren-krolewski-vp-mhvillage-posted-manufactured-home-professional-news-mhpronews-com-55x55Datacomp, publisher of JLT Market Reports, is pleased to announce that our comprehensive manufactured home community rent and occupancy reports are now available for major markets in Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey and Louisiana:

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A Cup of Coffee with…Bob Bender, The Commodore Corporation

a-cup-mhmsm-com1) Who, What and Where: (Your name and your formal title at Commodore Homes and where your company is based).

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2016 Manufactured Housing Legal Update – McGlinchey Stafford – Where Business & Law Intersect

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachThey’ve been listed as “SuperLawyers.”

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TSA Portfolio | 889 Sites | Michigan

by Christopher Nortley

ChristopherNortlyMHREinc=postedMHProNews-comy50x50-MHRE Inc. is pleased to present the TSA MHC Portfolio, consisting of 3 communities in the following locations: Creekside Estates – Wyoming MI, Camelot Manor – Mt. Morris MI, and Saginaw Community Villas – Saginaw MI.

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The Fix, Cons, Racism, Media, RINOs, Democrats, Clintons vs. Donald Trump

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Liars lie and deceivers deceive. Con-artists and spin-artist political hacks have much in common.

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DOE Public Meeting On MH Energy Rule Further Exposes Multiple Fallacies

by Mark Weiss

M-MarkWeiss-MHARRPresident-ManufacturedHousingAssociationRegulatoryReform-posted-MHProNews-com-50x50-The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as announced in the June 17, 2016 Federal Register publication of its proposed rule for manufactured housing energy standards, held a public meeting regarding that rule at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C. on July 13, 2016.

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Getting Zoning Approvals for New Manufactured Home Communities

by Scott Roberts

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When MHI Does It Right, We Showcase That Too – Fair Housing

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachThere are a few voices – notably those supporting very specific missteps by MHI staffers that harm the industry – that have advanced a theory that MHProNews has turned against the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

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EPA Set To Publish Final Composite Wood Formaldehyde Rule

by Mark Weiss

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DNC Cheers Hillary, Sanders Supporters Protest “Rigged System” – Industry Perspective

July 27th, 2016 No comments

Every Democratic or Republican presidential convention for the past few election cycles have been pretty orchestrated affairs; the formalities of voting, speeches that tout the career of the speaker as well as the party’s nominee and their running mate. Flashing back to the 60s or the 70s, there was more tumult and even violent protests. So both the 2016 DNC and the RNC conventions have been tame  by comparison.

Day one and two of the DNC convention has naturally given attention to the historic nature of a woman being nominated to lead a major party ticket.

Brushing past the stage-managed-for-millions-of-TV-viewers elements, what key speakers have said – or not said – speaks volumes.

Pro-Bernie Protestors in Philly – many of whom are #NeverHillary. While polling suggests that most Sanders supporters will vote for Clinton in the fall, some are planning to vote for the Green Party’s Jill Stein, and some have said on camera they will side with Donald Trump. In another contradiction from their platform, protestors were walled off by 4 miles of tall fencing set up prior to the convention, while Democrats say that the U.S. border doesn’t need a fence. Hmmm…

Investors and professionals in our industry and others must carefully consider who to support and vote for in the fall.  Keep in mind, that our reporting facts or sharing the following video ISN’T an endorsement.  We shared videos from last week’s RNC convention, and in fairness, we should from the DNC convention too. Watch it carefully, noting the contradictions reflected below.

The CFPB’s Mother


Elizabeth Warren at campaign event. Warren was a high-profile figure in creating the CFPB, which is harming thousands of MH businesses and millions of MH home owners, not counting the throngs of potential MH buyers. The photo was found on Wikipedia, and credit for it goes to Tim Pierce.

Senator Elizabeth Warren has billed herself as a left-wing champion of progressive causes. Warren played a high-profile role in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) birth.

Warren routinely decries the big banks and Wall Street. So it was interesting to watch as Warren sang Hillary Clinton’s praises, while glossing past the fact that their party’s nominee has deep-pocketed ties to the big moneyed interests. A deliberate oversight?

Senator Bernie Sanders correctly pointed out the many ways he helped move the Democratic Party’s nominee and platform to the left. Sanders followed Senator Warren’s lead on pumping up Hillary, while of course accusing the Republican nominee of racism and other examples of unproven name-calling.

Earlier in the day – in the wake of the WikiLeaks revelations from the DNC’s emails reflecting a pro-Clinton tilt during the primaries – Sanders was booed by some of his own supporters as he asked them to support Secretary Clinton. Some Sanders supporters even took up an anti-Hillary chant that was first heard last week during the RNC convention, Lock her up! Lock her up!”  

Sanders sent messages to his delegates, asking them not to boo and protest inside during the main parts of the convention.


Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as head of the DNC, but within hours was picked up by the Clinton camp. How can you make this stuff up? No fiction writer would pen a story-line so obviously bizarre – yet, here we have a real-world example of the DNC’s “rigged system” Sanders supporters complained about at work.

And Hillary is painted as an agent for positive change?

Your Masthead  scribe watched all of the Monday evening coverage, surfing between channels to get a spectrum of commentary by the talking heads on TV. Some takeaways:

  • Of some 60 speakers on Monday, none mentioned ISIS by name. Not one, on a topic very much on American’s minds.

  • We heard a lot about Hillary’s great qualities and track record. But what was lacking was any specifics about what she’s actually accomplished on behalf of the middle class or identity groups she claims to love. One of the alternate-universe statements in Senator Sanders’ speech was his claim that Hillary would undo the Citizen’s United decision that paved the way to the system of super-PACs. This is ironic, because Hillary Clinton was the main beneficiary of super-PAC money in the Democratic Party.  Does anyone really believe she’ll freely give up those super-PAC dollars and the political clout it represents?

  • I heard no one address or defend the serious ‘pay for play’ issues raised by the Clinton Cash video, see that below.
APTOPIX DEM 2016 Philadelphia

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., march during a protest in downtown Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. On Sunday, Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would step down as DNC chairwoman at the end of the party’s convention, after emails presumably stolen from the DNC by hackers were posted to the website WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Perhaps the most interesting point raised by Bill Clinton was the following. Politico  reported these key words of former president Bill Clinton’s pro-Hillary speech to the DNC this way. Contrasting Trump with his wife Hillary, Bill asked:

Now, how does this square? How does this square with the things that you heard at the Republican convention? What is the difference in what I told you and what they said? How do you square it? You can’t. One is real, the other is made up,” Clinton said. “And — you just have to decide which is which, my fellow Americans.”


Screen Capture on YouTube as of 07-27-2016 at 1:47 PM ET.

Well said, Bill. If Hillary was such a marvelously successful agent for positive change, why are the issues she supports not advancing?  Why the many flip-flops? Why has her foreign policy been marked by so many clear failures?  Why has her party’s agenda in the last 8 years seen minorities income shrink and unemployment rise? Why are the big donors giving to her campaign or super-PACs, unless they expect to get political favors?  

Will our industry’s efforts to reform the harm caused by the Dodd-Frank Act succeed, when Hillary has already said she will accept no legislation passed that would change the CFPB’s regulations?

We Provide, You Decide. ©

Remember – the pay-for-play corruption that the Clinton Cash video above carefully documents. Remember too the principle many politicians brazenly follow – that the big lie repeated often and boldly enough will cause many to believe, in spite of the facts.  That sordid ‘big lie’ principle has been on full display all of this week in Philly. ##


Photo taken during New York Housing Association meeting, Tony questioning regulators.

By L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

L.A. 'Tony' Kovach, MHM - Publisher, Marketing Director and Industry Consultant
Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management trade journal aka aka

Clinton Cash – “Devastating” Video

July 25th, 2016 No comments

Your profession and our industry are obviously a small subset of the nation.  We could mention Dodd-Frank/CFPB, HUD policies, DOE, the so-called ACA, taxes and a host of other examples of federal impact on businesses. Without diving into details on those topics, what’s certain is that when politicians use the power of government and tip the scales via public policy, regulations and laws – federal action clearly effects industries and professions of all kinds.

If we want to get to the root of many issues in the U.S., correcting what’s gone so wrong in DC is a great place to start.


Typically left-of-center Salon headline quoting MSNBC on Clinton Cash  video.

In conversations and in commentary, the Masthead  has suggested for years that the sheer size and scope of the federal government makes it ripe for waste, fraud and corruption. This isn’t a new idea, going back to the Reagan years or before, many others have made the same claim. But to support that point, MHProNews shared a recent report – download linked here – that documents that hundreds of billions could be cut from the federal budget, based upon waste, fraud and abuse.


New York Times Clinton DNC email scandal

Boos at the DNC convention have occured at the very time when ‘party unity’ is supposed to be showcased. Image credits, New York Times.

Why is so much waste tolerated? 

Without directly answering that question, let’s consider for a few moments a new documentary movie, Clinton Cash.  

Time Magazine – which tends to favor Hillary Clinton’s political party’s policies – says it is “mostly true,” and is based upon public sources of information. Time also states that unlike the new movie, Hillary’s America – which speaks more to conservatives – Clinton Cash  speaks directly to the concerns of progressives, Democrats and their agenda.  

The video engagingly documents “pay for play” Clinton politics on a global scale.

Democratic strategist and former Clinton operative, Doug Schoen, has said that Hillary’s campaign can’t be about her record. That’s a stunning admission by a Clinton ally. Schoen says the nation should expect a $2 billion dollar, mostly negative media campaign, aimed at destroying her GOP rival, Donald Trump. 


Bio from his website:
“Douglas E. Schoen has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for over thirty years. A founding partner and principle strategist for Penn, Schoen & Berland, he is widely recognized as one of the co-inventors of overnight polling.
Schoen was named Pollster of the Year in 1996 by the American Association of Political Consultants for his contributions to the President Bill Clinton reelection campaign.” Credits: Wikipedia, Google Images,

Think about that fact. $2 billion dollars?! Why?

First, because she lacks a respectable track record of her own. The only way she wins, is by denying, ducking and dodging her own record, as the FBI and the still surfacing DNC email scandals reveal.


In The Sight of Blood, we looked at what Donald Trump supporters had to say last week and why, and how they disproved time and again the spin and Big Lies being told against him; see link here. Image credit, CNN.

Then, she must distract, detract and seek to defame Donald Trump and his populist “America First” campaign, which has often focused on the “rigged system” that members of both major parties have participated in.  

But isn’t it clear that Clinton’s bundlers and donors are expecting to cash in, along side Hillary’s massive operation?  Isn’t it reasonable to think that obsence levels of federal waste, fraud and abuse are tollerated by so many in DC, because it allows for huge scams that bilk taxpayers of gigantic sums of money?


Sanders supporters are expected to protest by the thousands during the Democratic convention. Some may recall that Sander’s rally where hundreds of his supprters chanted about Hillary Clinton, She’s a liar! She’s a liar! 

Pro-Hillary media outlets are spinning a (distracting) theory that the Russians hacked the DNC and revealed those emails to help Donald Trump become president; let’s stop and analyze that claim for a few moments.

If it’s true that Putin’s government hacked the DNC, doesn’t that imply:

  • they have no fear of what President Obama might do.
  • They had confidence that they’d find something in these DNC files to begin with, or why bother with the hack?
  • The notorious Romanian hacker Guccifer told Fox News  that he hacked Hillary Clinton’s infamous private email server in 2013; so isn’t it reasonable to think that the Russians may have her private server’s emails too? Isn’t it at least possible that this WikiLeaks revelation of the DNC emails is a win-win for Putin, because if she wins in November, Russia could be signaling that they could blackmail Hillary with her own emails? 
  • And isn’t it abundantly clear that Secretary Clinton’s silly Russian reset button in fact resulted with a more aggressive Russian posture in Ukriane, Crimea, the buzzing of American ships and planes, and aggressive moves in Syria and with Iran?  

When you see the video Clinton Cash, you may connect those bullet points above with the dots connected in the movie.


The Big Lie

The “big lie” is not limited to communists or Nazis. Anyone with a big enough platform, in or out of politics, could use the big lie. This is why words alone – no matter how lofty – are never going to be enough.  When good actions fail to follow good words, then We the People need to take notice and apply the lessons.


Image credit, Wikipedia.

Hillary’s term as Secretary of State is one failed policy after another – Russia, China, Syria, Iran, Libya the Muslim world – the list goes on and on of examples of places where our relations have deteriorated during her term in office. It will take an onslaught of the Big Lie to get her into the White House. 

If the Clinton Cash   movie is widely accepted, the explanation for some of the waste, fraud and abuse in Washington may be good old fashion greed and corruption.


Articles like the one shown above are examples of the corruption in the political process, and dovetail with the theme of pay-for-play in the documentary, Clinton Cash.

Of course, Hillary isn’t going to admit to corruption, and of course the Democratic party is going to stand by their nominee. So we should expect her convention to be filled with more of what she’s always done. Duck, dodge and deny the allegations against her (half truths and outright lies).  As you ponder that, keep this quote in mind:

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” 

– Adolf Hitler

For those who think that the expected $2 billion dollar Clinton war-chest makes her unbeatable, keep in mind that Jeb Bush and his allied super-PACs spent $150 million dollars and gained only 3 delegates for the GOP nomination.  That’s proof that money alone won’t win an election today. Millions of voters are ready for real change in DC – which the 2016 Jeb! campaign showcased.  Millions are ready for change that upends the corruption of the system that has erroded the American dream.  Might this apply to Secretary Clinton?


It isn’t just the right or moderates who are opposed to Hillary and her campaign, thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters are expected to be protesting during the week of the Democratic convention. This image and others below posted on this page are from a progressive-leaning blog, Caucaus99percent. In quoting from this site or others, we’re not endorsing the site, but rather are giving examples of how broad the push-back is to Hillary and her allies.

Third-party candidates are hoping to get a boost from Hillary’s scandals, but over a century of U.S. political history suggests the reality is that Donald Trump is the one person in the race that can beat Hillary.

There will be

  • millions who will vote for the Democratic nominee out of habit,
  • others will vote for her because they expect to benefit from her administration.

This is another sample post from the left-leaning Caucaus99percent blog, regarding Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the recent DNC email scandal.  One could argue that not voting is going to be akin to a vote for Hillary.

As usual, those independents who are not in either party – of which your Masthead  writer is one – will settle this race. Recent polls suggest that the contest for the Oval Office is close in the battleground states. There are polls out that indicate that Donald Trump has or will taken the lead nationally.

The Clinton’s have a long history that the Clinton Cash  documentary movie – made by Breitbart News Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, directed by M.A. Taylor, and based on NY Times bestselling book by Peter Schweizer – only begins to scratch the surface.  But that well-crafted documentary may have done America a great service, if enough people see it, heed and act upon its lessons.


Tweeted commentary on the “buried” CNN flash poll, linked here.  Article on “political corruption” in PA Democratic politics, linked here.

The video reveals more than enough to make the case for #NeverHillary. As you listen to the Clinton propaganda machine and their allies, please keep this video and the lessons of the Big Lie in mind.  Share the link to the video with those in your circle of influence.

If we want to protect against even more corruption and harm done to our national politics, industry and profession, it begins with something as simple as #NeveryHillary and the devestating video aptly called, Clinton Cash. The logical vote from there will follow. ##


Photo taken during New York Housing Association meeting, Tony questioning regulators.

By L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

L.A. 'Tony' Kovach, MHM - Publisher, Marketing Director and Industry Consultant
Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management trade journal aka aka