Archive

Posts Tagged ‘ELS’

“How Dare You…!” ELS’ Howard Walker Blast at MH Industry Professional

September 2nd, 2018 No comments

 

The late Howard Walker, longtime vice chairman of Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), and prior Treasurer for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) had at times a brusque sense of humor.

 

Often the best part of many association or corporate meetings are when networking and socializing occurs. In fairness, that statement applies to MHI too.

From time to time, like on a Labor Day weekend, my mind flashes back to an MHI or other industry event. At the moment, I’m thinking of Howard Walker, who boldly approached at an MHI event, during the wind-down of a social/networking period a few years ago.   

The room was emptying. At the moment, I don’t recall the tune I was humming or singing from to those who remained, but perhaps it was from the 1812 Overture. Regardless, the melody was from a classic.  

As that melody was proclaimed, Walker approached, bearing a feigned anger and vexed look. It was quite convincing. He blurted out in my direction, “Tony, how dare you bring culture to a manufactured housing event!” 

His artificial anger melted into a smile.  We discussed culture, music and the classics. As it turned out, Walker enjoyed the classics and cultural activities too. 

There are those on the outside looking in that have a ‘T-word image’ of manufactured housing (MH), manufactured home communities, and by inference, the professionals in this industry. To be sure, some among the MH industry’s own have that view of the business, and/or about themselves. 

Not Howard. He valued culture and the classics. 

 

O Fortuna!

For those who don’t know Carl Orff’s rendition of O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, here you go. This video clip has had over 21 million views on YouTube. Ya gotta believe that it was worth the time for those who viewed and listened.

 

To round out culture, and connect it to our industry, let’s toss in some Henry David Thoreau too. 

MostMenAppearnNeverConsideredWhatHouseIsNeedlesslyPoorAllTheirLivesHenryDavidThoreauManufacturedHomeLivingNews

Each photo is of a modern HUD Code manufactured home, which can be 2400 sq.  ft. or more in size, 1 or 2 levels, set over a basement, or can be as modest as 320 sq. ft. These homes are all built to federal construction and safety standards that went into effect on June 15, 1976, administered by HUD, and are thus known as “HUD Code Manufactured Homes.”  

As a kid, my brilliant father – Francis J. Kovach, Ph.D – was into the classics. Every Sunday, the notes from some mix of classical music – plus the periodic opera – came from behind his routinely closed study door. As he did his writing or research on some book or for a scholarly journal, to keep his focus amidst a big family, in hindsight that closed door and music must have been an oasis of sanity amidst the chaos of a somewhat raucous family life. 

By the way, for those who recall the movie Excalibur, it had a scene or two where a short clip of O Fortuna was also the soundtrack playing. Here’s one clip from that movie with that soundtrack playing, that has over 400,000 views.

 

To achieve our industry’s potential, we must meet people where they are. We’ve spotlighted Elvis, Kid Rock, and Eminem’s connection to MHVille (see those linked under related reports, further below).   

Today, Howard, here’s to culture, the industry, and we raise this glass to you.  

Howard Walker, Mensch – Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), Manufactured Homes Retrospective

Culture, classics, and manufactured homes, wow… ##  (News, analysis, and commentary.)

(Third-party images and content are provided under fair use guidelines.)

FactoryBuiltCarsClothingAppliancesElectronicsCellsSmartPhonesHomesItJustFollowsLATonyKovachC2017MHproNewsBy L.A. “Tony” Kovach – Masthead commentary, for MHProNews.com.

Tony is the multiple award-winning managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

Office 863-213-4090 |Connect on LinkedIn:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/latonykovach

Sign Up Today!EmailedMHProNewsHeadlineNewsDailyBusinessNews

Click here to sign up in 5 seconds for the manufactured home industry’s leading – and still growing – emailed headline news updates.

 

Related References:

Eminem, “8 Mile,” “Mobile Homes,” Frank Rolfe – Understanding Media and Public Perceptions of Manufactured Housing

Elvis Presley’s Personal Mobile Home Restored, Honeymoon Hideaway Up for Auction

“Po-Dunk” Performer Kid Rock, Eyes Senate Run, Makes Manufactured Home Living Hip

Fame, Pretty Little Liars Star Nia Peeples’ Mobile…err….Manufactured Home Tour, Featured on Oprah Winfrey Network Video

Superior September 2016, How Manufactured Housing Can Do It Better

September 6th, 2016 No comments

We as an industry have the superior solution, and while we’re collectively growing nicely, manufactured housing is still just a fraction of its former production levels.

manufactured-housing-mobile-home-shipments-graph-chart-calculatedrisk-posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-com-1-575x349

Manufactured housing peaked in 1998, and has been on a mostly sustained slide since. The rise since 2009’s low point has been good, but we are still just a shadow of our former glory. Image credit, Calculated Risk.

ICYMI (in case you missed it), that relatively low level of production is both a threat and an opportunity in disguise.

Reality Checks

Divisions have always been a part of America. From the days of the colonists – or even before them when the native tribes who traveled the great mountains, rivers and plains of Asia, crossed  the straights from what today is Russia into Alaska, and then fanned out across what would become America – divisions have existed. 

 

native_american_tribesmap-credit-emersonkent-postedDailyBusinessNews-MHProNews-

Divisions have been a part of our heritage. Native American tribes were often rivals. The colonists were not all for the Revolution against England. Is it any wonder there are divisions today too? Note the tribal map is superimposed upon our modern states, which did not exist when they first roamed this vast land. Image credit – Emerson Kent.

Manufactured housing, modular and prefab systems-building is no different. Divisions exist.  It’s part of being human, we lack perfection, we find ourselves at odds with others; by choice, accident or coincidence.

MHI-MHARR-MHEC-DC-MHProNews-collage-copyright2016WeProvideYouDecide

We’ve reviewed before that it is when the national associations are working together in concert with state and community associations that the most progress has been made. UImage credit – collage of Industry Association logos by MHProNews, each logo is the property of their respective 
organization, and is used here under Fair Use guidelines.

How do we make what divides us into something that nurtures and becomes our strength?

Insanity

Blind eyes won’t do it. What won’t fix divisions or help those fissures to strengthen us is to practice denial or insanity.

We’ve all heard or said that the popular definition of insanity is to keep doing the same things in the same ways, and yet expect a different result.

Let’s be honest. Yet at various times, haven’t MH Pros done just that…right?  We have all traveled that rut time and again, on issue after issue.

dont-let-rut-become-grave-poster-zig-ziglar-posted-manufactured-home-professionals-news-mhpronews-com-

Habits, processes and systems are necessary to acheive success. At the same time, a habit can also become a rut, a trap. We must routinely challenge ourselves – and each other – by asking, is this the best that we can do on issue X today? Photo credit, WikiCommons. Poster by MHProNews.

Be it your face or mine in the mirror, we ought to admit that what was once a grove has at times lead to bring stuck in a rut.  That rut has become a trap which slows our progress, or keeps us from going higher and faster. That rut may even mimic an open ended grave.

Illusions…

MontgomeryWardsKodakVintage1947eBay-postedMastheadBlogMHProNews

As Commodore’s Bob Bender, a former Kodak executive noted in our interview with him, there are times when channels become ruts that can trap a person, firm or an industry. Montgomery Wards was once a great retailer, now they are in the dust bin of history. Ditto Eastman Kodak. Photo credit, eBay.

Being years into our industry’s recovery from the bottom of 2009 is good, but it also has its threats. For those of us who survived or now seemingly thrive in America 2016, that self-congratulatory pat on the back for surviving should not lead us to a false sense of success.

We can and must do better. There are too many threats that could still limit or even crush manufactured housing.  Don’t believe it? Just ask a coal miner, or someone who once worked for a giant operation like Kodak or Montgomery Wards.

Bad Media? Good Reporting?

There are often more than two sides to a story, so that thin edge of the coin can become an important insight.

When one fails to properly share each side of a tale, that story is lacking.  When the realities are twisted, that report then morphs into a kind of ghost story or fairy tale.

What is “Good Media?”

MarlaCarterABC13NewsStill2-posted-DailyBusinessNews-MHProNews-470x338

In this new issue, we showcase examples of manufactured housing pros who spoke out on the record against biased or incomplete media reports. When the industry makes responding to such attacks routine and effective, we’ll see manufactured housing acceptance, respect grow and sales soar. Hundreds of mainstream media sites picked up our media release on media bias against MH. See article linked below for this topic and others like it.

Good media does more than the basics of – who, what, when, where and why – of Journalism.

Good media reveals the tensions!  Good media reflects what is real, and may hint at or spell out the possible resolutions!

Tensions. Accountability. Reality checks. Good story telling. Resolutions. Each and all are needed to advance.

Skills, insights and resources like yours and your operation are needed to complete a picture.

NRDC-ACEEE-DOE-ManufacturedHome-MHHousing-EnergyControversy-DailyBusinessNews-MHProNews-

Better late to the dance than to not come at all. Some in MH questioned and resisted early and often what others more recently have realized could harm our industry. What ought to be a positive for MH, has been shown by third parties as negatives about manufactured housing. The engagement of professionals with good trade media and clear-eyed association leaders is the best way to advance the industry on all the issues facing MH. The collage and response article above hit hundreds of mainstream media sights, to help set the record straight about the fact that MH already saves energy, and the options already exist for more energy savings. Image credits on the article, linked below.

That insight then requires expertise. It requires objectively.  It requires a willingness to dig in by each of those who are touched.

Until we shine the proper light on what’s right, and yet don’t avoid what’s wrong, we have not hit the right balance.

We should make you feel hopeful and good, while challenging you too. If we have never stepped on a toe, odds are you or we or both missed something.

Revealing tensions and reflecting various perspectives well is important.

The blind can only grope their way ahead.

Those blinded by habit, hubris or any of the weaknesses that divides humanity are stuck at the speed of groping.

The jet fuel that could power us ahead is to take the limiting dark and/or rose colored glasses off.

We must believe that we can do it, so a kind of positive attitude is necessary.

But we must also be real. Denying the cliffs along the roads we all travel is as bad as being paralyzed by fear.

Balance and tension alike makes for good journalism.

By being true first to each other, we can then as trade journalists better engage the mainstream media, the public, officials and policy types.

Showing reality, and then dealing with it – that is what makes us stronger.

Manufactured housing is a superior solution. Other forms of factory building each have their vital roles too.

Industry Voices, Real News, Thoughtful Interviews and Reports

ToddLamb-ShouldFaceCriminalCharges-HypocrisyGovtLocalGovt-postedIndustryVoices-MHProNews--

Industry pros like Lamb, association and other leaders are among those who have boldly spoken out on issues that impact manufactured housing nationally. We will only advance to the extent that we tackle the issues that hold our industry back.  For the article that drew Lamb’s comment, scroll down to the Featured Articles for Superior Septemember.

We bring you Superior September 2016’s featured articles and reports, each of which includes industry voices like those you know. People like those you work with, or who are and have been walking in shoes like yours.

We can’t fix the world in a single story, issue or report. America’s story isn’t finished, neither is the story of MH.

But day by day, shining hopeful light on issues that matter – on issues which either hold us back or are moving us ahead – these are how we make manufactured and other forms of industrialized housing great in America.

We are in this industry are the future, we must believe that to be true. We must jump or navigate each hurdle, until we arrive at a point that we have the respect and the rewards which comes from doing it right.

With no further adieu, we bring you with the sincere thanks to all who make this and every issue happen, the Superior September 2016 featured articles and reports. MHProNews – “Industry News, Tips and Views Pros can Use.” ©
Another 2016 Manufactured Housing Legal Update – Where Business & Law Intersect

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

MarcLifesetJDMcGlincheyStaffordmanufacturedhousinglaw-postedManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNews-50x50by Marc Lifeset, JD
McGlinchey Stafford is proud to provide the Manufactured Housing Update to the manufactured housing industry. 

Read more…

 

Comparing Mid-America Apartment Communities vs. Sun Communities, Head-to-Head Analysis

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

By Joe Dyton

Joe_Dyton_DailyBusinessNews-MHProNews55x55CML News recently took a deep dive into a head-to-head comparison between Memphis, TN-based Mid-America Communities, Inc. (NYSE: MAA) and Southfield, MI-based Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE: SUI).

Read more…

 

Two Faces of Manufactured Home Community Closures – Urban Institute’s Preservation Approach Vs. Little Farm Trailer Park Outcome

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by Joe Dyton
Joe_Dyton_DailyBusinessNews-MHProNews55x55
Affordable housing options are becoming less plentiful around the country, but according to Urban Institute researchers, there are ways to sidestep what has become an outright crisis.

Read more…

 

Management Group Increases Holdings in Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS)

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by Frank Griffin

FrankGriffinDailyBusinessNewDBNwriterMHProNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryNews55x55Schroder Investment Management Group acquired an additional $2,017,000 worth of Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) shares for the quarter ending July 30th, 2016.
Read more…

 

Say No Socialist Driven Economy, Praise for Revolution PreFab Homes

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by Jay Hamilton

jay-hamiltonTony, I have no plans to vote for a Socialism Driven Economy.

Read more…

 

Carlyle Group (CG) Urged To Invest Multi-Billion$ In “Dry Powder,” says Bloomberg’s Tan

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach
tony- kovach
The Carlyle Group (CG) is reportedly one of the top 100 largest manufactured home community operators in the U.S..  Its big hedge fund business is said to be heading for the exit, according to SeekingAlpha and Bidness.

Read more…

 

UMH Properties Closes on 2 Manufactured Home Communities, more Closings Pending

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach
tony- kovach
Freehold NJ based UMH Properties, Inc. (NYSE: UMH) announced that it has closed on the acquisition of two communities located in Ohio for a total purchase price of $2,954,000.

Read more…

 

Man Shot in “Trailer Park” (sic) says ABC TV’s Marla Carter, MH Pros React

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach
tony- kovach
Tragedy and violence occurs in neighborhoods across America.

Read more…

 

MHC Pro/Owner – “Highly Conflicted” over Manufactured Home Community Closures

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by Marty Lavin, JD
marty-lavin-jd-manufacturedhomefinanceexpert-DailyBusinessNews-mhpronews
Tony, I am highly conflicted by the closing and eviction of the El Portal MH community.

Read more…

 

MH Community Owner’s Reaction to Baytown, TX “trashy mobile home park” story

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by Richard Nodel
RichardNodel-owner-NodelParks-manufacturedhomecommunities-posted-IndustryVoices-manufacturedhousingindustrynewsMHProNews-com-55x55
I become incensed when I see examples of the absolute worse type of landlord.

Read more…

 

Zoning, Opening up Urban Infill and Making Sure Citizens who want Manufactured Homes are Heard

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

EdSchaferGovtAffairsManufacturedHousingInstituteSouthCarolina-postedIndustryVoices-MHProNews-65x65by Ed Schafer
For the last three or four years, the South Carolina association’s focus is to move beyond killing bad zoning proposals and working to reopen areas that have been closed to manufactured homes for many years.

Read more…

 

Discrimination, Zoning and Disparate Impact on Manufactured Homes, Owners, Prospects

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

M-MarkWeiss-MHARRPresident-ManufacturedHousingAssociationRegulatoryReform-posted-MHProNews-com-50x50-by Mark Weiss
The discriminatory exclusion of manufactured homes by local governments is a major problem for the industry and consumers.

Read more…

 

Business Impact – Left, Right Agree – President Obama’s mark is on powerful U.S. Appeals Courts

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

tony- kovachby L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach
Elizabeth Wydra is the president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, which Wikipedia describes as a conservative judicial group.

Read more…

 

Cavco’s Joe Stegmayer, Directors Insider Trades – & CVCO Portfolio Holder Updates

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

   by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach
tony- kovach
Cavco Industries director Jack Hanna has filed a Form 4, according to a report byStreetInsider, see that as a download, linked here.

Read more…

 

Controversial Analysis – NRDC, ACEEE and proposed DOE Manufactured Home Energy Standards for Manufactured Homes – Helpful or Harmful?

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach
tony- kovach
Controversy about the proposed U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) standards for manufactured housing has followed the flurry of commentary from various special-interest and non-profit groups, covered by recent news media reports.

Read more…

 

Demand for Manufactured Homes in Louisiana Flood Zone Rising, Factories Gear Up for FEMA, Residents

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

tony- kovachby L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach
For two days, rain tortured the heart of bayou country, dumping 24 inches in less than 48 hours on southern Louisiana, says a report in the DigitalJournal.

Read more…

 

Discrimination, Injustice against manufactured housing – a Call for Action by Industry Professionals

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by Todd Lamb
ToddGLambLambInvestments1postedIndustryVoices_ManufacturedHomeCommunities-MHIndustry-MHProNews-55x55
Tony, I agree with the Daily Business News article and the comments from other manufactured home industry professionals regarding Councilman David McCartney in Baytown.

Read more…

 

HUD Code Manufactured Housing, “The Discrimination Code”

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

marty-lavin-jd-manufacturedhomefinanceexpert-DailyBusinessNews-mhpronewsby Marty Lavin, JD
Tony, you are so right on the HUD Code has become a deadly “discrimination code,” especially as it applies to manufactured home financing.

Read more…

 

A Cup of Coffee with… Otis Orsburn, Hybrid Prefab Homes

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

My name is Otis Orsburn, President of Hybrid Prefab Homes based in Santa Rosa, California.

Read more…

A Cup of Coffee with…Mark Weiss, President & CEO of MHARR (Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform)

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

a-cup-mhmsm-com1) Who, What and Where: (Your name and your formal title at Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) and where your organization is based).

Mark Weiss, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

Read more

Responding to Negative News About a trashy Baytown “Mobile Home Park”

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

KarleRaddeSouthernComfortHomesBryanTX-postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews-60x63by Karl Radde
Stories like this are the kind of thing that generally helps cast such a negative light on our industry.

Read more…

 

The Importance and Value of Independent MH Trade Publications

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

tim-williams-CEO-President-21st-mortgage-corporation-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-mhpronews-by Tim Williams
MHProNews.com and MHLivingNews.com are both good communications resources for the Manufactured Housing Industry.

Read more…

 

Building A Good Reputation Is Hard!

MARKETING

by Wayne Coakley
WayneCoakleyGrenadeMarketingGroupReputationMarketing-ManufacturedHousing-55x62 headshot_MHProNews-com-
Well, maybe not so hard. Surprisingly, building a good reputation is pretty easy if you built your business around trust from the get-go.

Read more…

 

AMHA Announces 3 New Videos Designed to Promote Manufactured Housing, Dispel Myths

MARKETING

by J. D. Harper

JDHarpercreditLinkedIn-postedMastheadMHProNews-

The Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) has completed a series of short videos aimed at addressing and dispelling myths, misconceptions and stereotypes about today’s manufactured housing.

Read more…

 

Happiness Happens

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

by Tim Connor, CSP
tim-connor-mhmsm-com
I am sure you have heard, or maybe even used the term, SH _ T Happens: well how about – Happiness Happens?

Read more…

 

ZigOn Preachers

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

by Zig Ziglar
zig-ziglar
The typical American believes that those men and women who fill the pulpits in the churches work a few hours on the weekend and probably spend some time visiting, preparing and counseling during the week. In short, they have it pretty easy.

Read more…

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?

AmericanAugustMHVilleDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews2016

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.

knowledge-shared-is-knowledge-multipled-masthead-mhpronews-

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.

MHI-MHARR-MHEC-DC-MHProNews-collage-copyright2016WeProvideYouDecide

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.

shutterstock-ipadcredit-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-774x466-a

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 MHLivingNews.com – 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 MHProNews.com 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 ©.

FEATURED ARTICLES AND REPORTS – AUGUST 2016 VOL. 7 NO. 11

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:

Read more…

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).

Read more…

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

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

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

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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

SoheylaKovach-WebsiteDevelopment+SupportServices-MHProNews-com-photo83degreesmediaJulieBranaman-posted-MHProNews-com-50x50-by Soheyla Kovach

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

Read more…

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.

Read more…

Getting Zoning Approvals for New Manufactured Home Communities

by Scott Roberts

ScottRobertsRobertsResorts-postedMHProNews-50x50Tony, I am not sure if you or the industry are going to like what I have to say.

 

Read more…

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).

Read more…

EPA Set To Publish Final Composite Wood Formaldehyde Rule

by Mark Weiss

M-MarkWeiss-MHARRPresident-ManufacturedHousingAssociationRegulatoryReform-posted-MHProNews-com-50x50-As expected (see, June 13, 2016 MHARR Memorandum on publication of the “Spring 2016 Federal Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda”), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a News Release issued on July 28, 2016,

Read more…

What you must know about Dodd-Frank Construction Loan Documentation Collection & Retention

by Maria DeAngelis-Vesey

Maria_DeAngelis-VeseyCEOEagleOne_Financial-postedonMHProNews-com-55x65Dodd-Frank has 141 separate guidelines that refer to or pertain to the Manufactured Home (MH) and the Modular Housing (Factory-Built Homes) Industry.

Read more…

You don’t solve a problem without recognizing the truth

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachThe following is a thought provoking quote, “You don’t solve a problem without recognizing the truth.” – Sean Hannity.

Read more…

Building Integration Photo Voltaic (BIPV) in HUD Code Manufactured Housing

by Steven Lefler

steve-lefler-vp-modular-lifestyles-newport-pacific-manufactured-homes-mhpronews-com-50x50= (1)The media has many articles on the scarcity of affordable housing in California. Many apartments have minimum vacancy and exorbitant rents.

Read more…

Ultimately Big Government Socialism Always Fails

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachUntil we get down to the root issues, we’ll keep hitting the same brick walls. Let’s consider the following facts. Cuba’s socialist economy is stuck in the past, impoverished by their system.

Read more…

Wild Frontier RV Park | 106 Sites | Ocala, Florida

 by Christopher Nortley

ChristopherNortlyMHREinc=postedMHProNews-comy50x50-Wild Frontier is a 4-star RV Community located in Ocala, Florida.

Read more…

Revolution Homes – 1.1 Million Global PreFabs?! – Trump’s Are In Factory Built Housing

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachA couple of years ago, faithful readers may recall that MHProNews ran an article about the possibility that the Trump organization was in or getting into the factory built housing industry.

Read more…

NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program Teaches Leadership

by Matthew J Silver

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com1Chris Nicely, CEO of Next Step Network, a nonprofit supporter of affordable housing based in Louisville, KY, is one of 50 national leaders to have been chosen to participate in NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, conducted at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard university.

Read more…

No Washington Insiders in a Trump Administration, says Eric Trump

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachThe Hill and Newsmax are among those media operations who are reporting to MHProNews that presidential candidate Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump is saying: A Trump administration won’t have a cabinet stacked with “Washington insiders.

Read more…

Investing in Manufactured Home Communities – Negative Perceptions, but the Industry Grows, says SeekingAlpha

by Matthew Silver

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comThe glitz and glamor that attach to an ownership interest in businesses such as hotels, a race track or a small chain of upscale restaurants suddenly tarnishes for some when the investment being considered is manufactured home communities (MHCs).

Read more…

The NFIB Healthcare Playbook

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachThe National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) is perhaps the largest and best known trade association for the independent business person.

Read more…

Being the Best is an Advantage and MH Synergy

by Soheyla Kovach

SoheylaKovach-WebsiteDevelopment+SupportServices-MHProNews-com-photo83degreesmediaJulieBranaman-posted-MHProNews-com-50x50-Being the best at something matters.

Read more…

Loneliness

by Tim Connor, CSP

tim-connor-mhmsm-comThere is a significant difference between being lonely and being alone.

Read more…

ZigOn Teaching By Example

by Zig Ziglar

zig-ziglarThis little poem crossed my desk recently and it exposed a great truth:

Read more…

Where there is Smoke…is there Manufactured Housing Institute Fire?

December 20th, 2014 1 comment

Some of the hardest working, savviest professionals in manufactured housing bear the title ‘state association executive director’ – or in some cases – ‘state association president,’ etc.. State associations are at the grass roots level of the industry’s representation. No matter how fabulous a national association might be or become, they would still require those state execs to do their jobs well for the national group to be successful in DC.

federated-states-mh-masthead-blog-mhpronews-com-Which is why when MHI was formed, the deal made included a seat at the table through the “Federated States” division for those state associations. The state and regional community associations aren’t our focus today, but are mentioned because some key state execs tell me similar things to what you’ll see quoted below.

We will also explore the state and community associations in a future column.

Let’s start with comparatively light stuff, and work towards some heavier items…

When you see the words “Where is our industry?” in an email, that is often verbal shorthand for the umbrella national association, which in MH, is the Manufactured Housing Institute or MHI.

A VP of a large company emailed me a series of articles, and in one used exactly those words, “Where is our industry?” and in others a bit mail-bags-US-navy-wikicommons-posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-stronger and more detailed language.

The subject of those mainstream-media articles sent by the VP were examples where MHI ought to be deeply engaged on a a given subject.

That VP suggests they are AWOL. Nor is that successful professional alone.

A president of another large firm told me, “It looks like we are heading back to having too many meetings at MHI.Yes, sir was part of my reply. We both agreed there is value to those meetings,

  • education,
  • information, along with
  • networking are all good things that MHI happens to do well.

But once more – the question was raised – where is the action that goes along with that information?  We published a series of video interviews on topics that MHI put on stage last April, where is the MHI action on any one of them, I was asked?

Where are the steps, asks another respected business owner, to addressing the issues that are holding those of us in MH collectively back?

Among the common questions we get from potential investors, researchers and the mainstream media is – when members of your industry know what is holding you back, why are those issues not directly addressed?

Why indeed are we seeing so many questions, concerns and allegations on the topics noted herein, or those not yet covered?

On the Record…

We don’t have to look far for on the record comments. Nancy Geer has a very thoughtful column, linked here.

Leigh J. Abrams, Steve Adler and Randy Rowe are among those who have called for an industry image campaign. There are independent producers that want it too. So where is the action? Where is MHI on these issues?

But the off-the-record comments are often more colorful, more blunt and thus will not usually see the light of day unless it is like this, as a source being cited anonymously. Here is an unedited example from a successful retailing and community pro, taken from a longer message to me:

You have 3 large builders against image. Were any one of them to bolt MHI, the viability of the association would be jeopardized.  Were two or more to leave,  the association would cease to exist, putting Jennison in the bread line.  You wonder why he is not image campaigning. You need to put the Latony bunson burner to the azzes of the big 3. But then any advertising from them to you,  if it happens, is gone. Not so easy,  is it my boy?”

Bunsen_burner_flame_types-wikicommons-posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-com-

To answer that, advertising dollars from those firms – while welcome – has never been a big issue for us. When someone comes on board with us to advertise, they do it because they know we have the runaway largest audience of MH professional readers. They do it because the investors are reading here; along with public officials, non-profits and educators. They sponsor us because they know we will tackle topics in a fair and balanced fashion others won’t.

By the way, Dick Jennison has said as much in writing, stating that MHProNews and this blog are “fair and balanced.”

FYI, I had to smile at the bunsen burner comment above because I know of at least one of those Big Three HUD Code Builders who has publicly stated they would support an industry image campaign.

More on that another time.

More eMail and Insider Sources

imagecredit-pixgood+mhi-logo-posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-com-I’ve been sent documents and memos, some of which originated in MHI’s office in Arlington.  Some come from the president himself, though he may not realize its importance.

These are not likely to be used like an Edward Snowden or SONY Entertainment level embarrassing revelation. In saying that we as a publisher have the documents, we enjoy the 1st Amendment rights the courts have ruled protecting our using them.

But we will not use them today.  Because what is needed are the relatively lighter ones to remind someone that there are people all around who have fingers with which to type us, and tongues with which to speak.

Those sources shared these items with MHProNews,  knowing we will only use what is needed, when it is needed, as it is needed. So this post won’t be the Pentagon Papers or a big document dump. Rather, it will serve as a reminder that positive changes are necessary, and that steps to correct problems will hopefully take place.

I’ve reviewed my notes from conversations with what we will dub, ‘insiders.’

Among other things, they tell me about the pattern of the revolving door at MHI, previously mentioned in this popular article linked here.

Now, when you have a “bad fit,” most owners or managers would agree that the door should revolve.

revolving-door-american-spa=credit-posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-

But when you have just hired someone after a careful vetting process, and they leave you on their own within weeks or months of arrival, that should make someone at the top levels ask, hey, what gives?

When an email tells me that the Suppliers Division will have to do “fund raising” if we are to see an MHI backed set of videos that would promote the industry, then I have to say, what gives?

What are we paying our dues for – and why do we need MHI at all for such an effort – if they won’t put a dime of our dues towards a good effort that will arguably help the association and the industry?

Many think that it is the “Big Three” producers that keep an image campaign or other needed solutions from advancing. I can be persuaded drspikecook=credit-come-on-we=can-do-better-than-this-posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-com0on that either way.

But objectively we must note again that at least one of those big three has said publicly they will support such an effort. So to be fair and as the managing member of the top trade publication in the MH Industry, I’m not ready to throw those 3 under the bus as the cause.

Big manufacturers as well as independents all have an incentive to grow the biz. If factories are selling more, that also means Communities are filling more spaces and Retailers are selling more homes too.

 

Factories have come together at trade shows. Why not promotion?

So is there possibly another explanation for this ‘lack of appetite‘ – as a leading MHI official told me – for promoting the industry?

 

Avoiding Another Internal MH Industry War

This is a serious topic that follows.  Let me now say that we’ve confirmed with multiple sources that a member of the MHI staff allegedly has a plan to put in place a membership director (that won’t likely be the title). Please stop and think about that fact for a few moments.

MHI has been bleeding some members, gaining some others, and has been at roughly equilibrium for some time now. There is a routine call for us as members (and our parent company is a member) to help recruit new members for the association. No doubt that person-to-person recruiting has yielded some results for MHI.

So why do we think that hiring a membership director – who in Washington DC is bound to draw a hefty salary – is likely to move the needle much for the association?

Even if a new membership director did so, there is a questionable practice in a filling a key role like that of hiring someone from outside of the ranks of our industry.

If MHI hires someone from outside our ranks, MHI may as well take that money and burn it. It takes too long to learn the industry’s politics for an outsider to be effective. They’ll be gone before they get anything of merit done.

But let’s take this analysis a step further.

Inside sources say that a goal of this includes recruiting MHARR members. Hey, your Masthead  scribe was publicly opposed last spring to what we thought was a frontal assault by MHARR on MHI. We opposed that as a publisher and we are equally opposed to a frontal assault by MHI on MHARR.

That will only result in a war, and the Industry can ill afford that at such low shipment levels. We want to see the associations work for peace.  So if this new job plan is merely a tactical blunder, we hope this warning flare will make the good folks in Arlington think again.

Further, if MHI wants to court MHARR – and remember, we believe that both should work with each other – then MHI will have to stop taking positions that arguably are aimed at harming MHARR producers.

To MHARR’s credit, they disavowed what we thought was their winter launch against MHI early in 2014. Let me say it again, we applaud the fact that MHARR’s leaders clarified their stance.

It is my sincere hope that MHI, if indeed our sources are correct, will change course before it is too late. Common interests – justice – is a two way street.

True-peace-is-not-merely-the-absence-of-tensio-it-is-the-presence-of-justice-Martin-Luther-King-masthead-mhpronews-(c)2014

As someone near DC told me this week, this is the time of peace and joy. Let this be just that, not in some ‘in name only,’ or papered over fashion, but rather as getting to the heart of issues that divide us.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Back to Those Manufactured Housing State Association Execs

Half of those state execs are in markets that are still losing new HUD Code home shipments.

There are some that tell us that if we subtract out homes being shipped to MHCs for use as rentals, or subtract out homes going to the fracking areas, we are still losing shipments nationally.

Let’s agree that such facts are avoidable in a trillion dollar a year housing market where rents are rising and site building is so expensive!

Christmas is nearly upon us, and we have a much more positive and solution oriented item in mind for the mid-week blog post. Please don’t miss that one.

cash-bag-wikicommons--posted-mhpronews- (1)

But this sampling of industry input has to be shared, or we as a pro-industry publisher aren’t doing our job. Heck, as a pro-MHI member, we aren’t doing our job if we fail to express to leaders what many are saying privately or publicly.

Let’s work wisely together to collectively unlock that cash bag. Let’s avoid those costly past mis-steps!

FYI – for those who think that all we need is an image campaign, let me beg to differ. Maybe nuance is a better way for me to phrase that…because Image alone is not enough.”   We’ll look at what we need – including the finance issue – in an upcoming column. Thanks for checking in, for continuing to sounding off to us – on or off the record – and Merry Christmas. ##

latonykovach-us-supreme-court-building-washington-dc-masthead-mhpronews-com-_light- (1)(Image credits – see individual image file name.)

By L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

An Emotion-Packed, Visceral Experience

December 3rd, 2014 No comments

For any who’ve sold or bought homes – factory-built or otherwise – they know that it’s an emotionally-charged process for many shoppers. It’s a visceral experience.

The mainstream media run stories on our homes and communities. Often, its tales of ‘mobile home’ fires, park closures, wind-storms, flooding, etc.. As if those things were limited to pre-HUD code “mobile homes!”

When industry professionals see ‘downer’ media stories, is it surprising when many housing shoppers think less of our homes as a result?

When a community operator is in the news because they’re facing a class action law suit, or other seemingly bad MH news hits, how does that help sell more modern manufactured homes?

We see some interesting factors coming together. First, the positive examples.

Many are “discovering” modern manufactured housing, in a good way. Some find appeal in:

> the energy savings, check!

> Green or net zero designs like Steve Lefler/Modular Lifestyles promotes, check!

> The lower-costs during a growing affordable housing crisis, check!

> Fits the budgets of low and modest income Americans. Check!

ladder-hands-opensource-flickrcreativecommons=credit--posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-com

Image credit: OpenSource and FlickerCreativeCommons

The MH Industry-fueled Dichotomy

We see MHC leaders like Randy Rowe, Steve Adler – see Steve’s fine, insightful interview, linked here – and others in MH that are doing their level best to create good homes and an appealing lifestyle.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are stories coming out of some communities that – if you read the media accounts – just don’t seem to be doing what’s right. Here’s a DBN story on a sad, dubious example. If the allegations are true, the class action suit is understandable.

On our popular Daily Business News (DBN), we cover the bad news, good and in between. That’s our policy. For example, when Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) had a nice article in the news, we covered it, see this link.

But when that huge judgment against ELS was awarded earlier this year, we covered that too. We also shared expert commentary on the case, two examples of ‘failure to maintain’ are here and here.

We strive to be fair and balanced, because that is pro-industry.

When an apparent bad news story has unfair media handling, we want to present both sides when possible – see another example, linked here. We are NOT in business to make the industry look bad, but nor are we in business of ignoring reality. The truth well told is powerful, and often favors MH.

The High Cost of Division

Industry division – the family feud and more – all carry a high price tag. We have evidence and market facts that suggest that manufactured housing ought to be doing much better than the sub-70,000 shipments we’re currently seeking.

One caller today, who’s operations has sold thousands of homes into both fee simple (land/home deals) or land lease communities, told me he thinks in the current economic conditions, we could be doing 500,000 home a year.

“The REAL Competition” you face isn’t the retailer down the road – in some markets, way down the road – or the other nearby MHCommunity.

scott-maxwell-3d-business-men-flickr-creative-commons=credit-posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-

Image credit: Scott Maxwell FlickrCreativeCommons

The far bigger competition is

  • Apartments

  • Condos

  • Townhouses

  • Duplexes

  • Conventional housing

  • Subsidized rentals, etc.

The other competitor is the media. The solutions?

> Fostering our own media

> Getting more of our good stories into the mainstream media.

> Not embracing those who cause bad stories, we ought to “police our own.”

> Teaming up with others to grow your business.

> We need our own ‘network,’ surprisingly doable today.

A respected industry association exec wisely said (close paraphrase), ‘Tony, we’re not in the business of defending the bad behavior of an industry member.’

More next time. Please check out the read-hot December featured stories and the popular Daily Business News. Your feedback is encouraged. ##

la-tony-kovachby L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

About Manufactured Housing Industry Leadership – It Needed to be said and Written

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

We won’t run all of the comments on the weekend Masthead about MH industry and MHI leadership. This was one from ‘Steve‘ was one of the funnier ones, so let’s share it:

My 2 cents.

It needed to be said and written. Most responses are like a “Stockbroker” quote, “Past Performance is NOT indicative of future results”

It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” –

Mark Twain

We’ve proven in word and deed to be pro-MHIndustry. After all, Factory-Built housing “news, tips and views pros can use” is why we exist. Our relationship has always been cordial to good with the leadership, with MHI CEO Dick Jennison or others too.

That said, there’s been a palpable frustration with many in manufactured housing circles, as Steve put it “It needed to be said and written.”

The comment linked here from publisher Boe Davis is another example of frustration. While Boe kinda blasts away one some points, he too seems to strive at a balanced statement, quoting his humorous ‘tongue in cheek’ comment here.

masthead-graphicSecond, to want good leadership one has to want to be led. I don’t know how many industry related associations there are but there are too many. Unhappy with the group you belong to? Start another association.Boe Davis

Besides comments like those above and below, the single best indicator of how people react to this topic is that at the current pace, this article could be the top new article on MHProNews, perhaps by Monday.

So Why is the MHI Executive Committee Happy?

The above and original column paints only part of the picture. One question we are asked is, why is there ‘happiness‘ reported by the Executive Committee and/or MHI’s leadership? Source inside MHI tell us that part of the reason is that the association is on a sound financial footing. Not too many years ago, that statement wouldn’t have been true.

Being stable and improving financially is a valid measure of association success. But so are results! Almost everyone I know in MH wants to see Dodd-Frank reformed, and progress on that front is being made. A list of the ‘advances on regulatory issues,’ outlined by Marc Lifeset, JD, are in the article linked below.

http://www.mhpronews.com/home/featured-articles/july-2014/7849-is-it-really-progress-manufactured-housing-finance-dodd-frank-and-the-cfpb

some-quit-due-to-slow-progress-never-grasping-that-slow-progress-is-still-progress-rolsey-cutting-edge-blog-mhpronews-com-(c)lifestylefactoryhomesllc2014-

So let no one be confused that we want to treat this sensitive issue in a fair and balanced fashion.

There are specific comments that so heated – for “the good of the order” and the industry – we can’t publish them. The state association exec show shared comments on the issue in this fashion. This too has drawn a number of comments ranging the spectrum.

Poised for Greatness

Let’s be clear. MH is poised for greatness once more. The NYTimes and a chorus of others suggest as much. A trillion dollar annual housing market and a growing affordable housing shortage are among the reasons why.

Whatever your view on the association/leadership topic, the solution is informed, active engagement. Isn’t everything else moot?

vote-wikicommons-posted-masthead-blog-mhmsm-com-

Will MH Catch a break? Elections looming…

Stories we are tracking for publication in the next 48 hours, some election related, on the Daily Business News may signal quite a set of gifts to MH. Sources suggest that the institution most at risk if Republicans pick up control of the Senate isn’t ObamaCare/ACA, but rather the CFPB itself. A pipe dream?

Please stay tuned, and of course, plan to vote on November 4th. Thanks too for your positive, strong response to the tweaks the Daily Business News’ format. “We provide, you decide.” (c) ##

la-tony-kovach-latonykovach-com-By L. A. “Tony” Kovach

CFPB, GAO, HUD, CFED and Manufactured Housing Industry Professionals

October 5th, 2014 No comments

Among the “great calls” was a respected CEO who told me that many issues in MH are so complex, it makes the eyes of lots of industry professionals glaze over. The caller asked me to keep things as simple as possible, so more ‘get it,’ and based upon improved understating, they can act properly.

To make things more visual and easy-to-use, let’s use graphics below to compliment the written commentary and make big issues more manageable.

You can find the articles relating to each of the headlined items linked below. We know MH pros, investors, public officials, not-for-profits and others follow such stories by the thousands daily.

As important as these issues are, let’s step beyond them briefly to pull some threads together with graphics. These images and facts will tell a powerful tale that – once understood and acted upon – could raise our economy and industry to new record levels.

production-wikicommons-posted-masthead-mhmsm-com-

Chart: Wikipedia

USA Facts in Graphics

America became the number #1 nation on earth in production, finance and business; due in part to very modest regulations and simple taxes.

economic-impact-per-state-house-sale-nar-keeping-current-matters-posted-masthead-daily-business-news-

Bill Clinton as president famously said “the era of big government is over,” and later authored a book which advocated a more “partnership” approach between government and business. During a radio interview I heard about his book, former President Clinton suggested modeling what was working between business and government in Korea.

Whatever one thinks about President Obama and his administration, what is indisputable is that during his term, the U.S. federal government’s grown bigger than ever.

We also see routine headlines of often spectacular debacles in recent years. Examples:

  • The billion dollar flawed roll out of the ACA (aka ObamaCare)

  • Veterans Administration (VA) scandals

  • The Secret Service in turmoil

  • GAO’s lavish private parties

  • Choking off lending with CFPB regulations, not only of MH, but also of conventional housing, business and other lending

  • IRS targeting conservative groups

  • Solyndra or other green energy scandals and failed programs

  • The highest percentage of Americans outside of the workforce

  • More on disability and various aid programs

  • High unemployment, under-employment, more low wage jobs and most Americans are worse off now than 6 years ago

  • Vast government debt and groggy deficits that add to the debt

  • A foreign policy we keep hearing the president say is “surprised” by events (Benghazi, ISIS, Russia/Ukraine/Crimea, US Mexican Border, etc)

  • …and White House statements that President Obama reads or hears about such issues in the media instead of federal reports, his classified daily briefs, etc..

Before proceeding, as an independent speaking only for myself, let me be clear: during President George W. Bush’s term, the surplus budget created by the Gingrich/Clinton reforms of welfare and entitlements in the 1990s was lost. President Bush’s so-called “Compassionate Conservatism” created new, unpaid for entitlements and programs. We entered a war in Iraq on what we were later told was “incorrect intelligence” reports. There’s debate on the question of problems which lead to the financial collapse of 2008; could the Great Recession of 2008 have been avoided?

Certainly there are examples in every presidency of serious mistakes made, so this isn’t about partisan finger pointing.

What all this does is make a simple point! Against that backdrop of such clear facts and evidence, why do so many have such great faith in government? Why?

efficient-government-sells-more-homes-cartoon-(c)2014-masthead-mhpronews-com-

forbes-6.1billion-man-hours-doing-taxes-business-council-ny-2trillion-regulatory-cost2014-(c)masthead-mhpronews-com-

Stop and think! Streamlining the federal tax and regulatory system –
as any number of economic and political leaders suggest –
could create a huge economic boom.

MHProNews cartoon.

Solidarity and Subsidiarity, not anarchy or oligarchy

There is a case to be made that the bigger government gets, the more abuse, waste and foul play there is.

In November 2014 elections, IMHO we have little choice but to look at the policies and outcomes of the last 5 years, and vote “no confidence” in those who passed those policies, administer and (sometimes…) enforce them.

But beyond November’s mid-term elections?

“Crony capitalism” works hand-in-hand with big government “socialistic” policies. The irony is that the crony capitalists are robbing from their own future, as well as that of the rest of us too.

Democratic and Republican political camps

The chart doesn’t necessarily imply cronyism, but
note these individuals are in both
Democratic and Republican political camps.
Chart source: ValueWalk.

Henry Ford made it possible for more people to have good jobs that improved their lives. Ford prospered, because many others did!

For all their bluster about “the top 1%,” this Administration goes to the billionaires and millionaires for their political fundraising. The top 1%, 3% and 10% got richer, while the rest of the nation got poorer.

Who is fooling whom?

What these charts also imply is there is no need to artificially hike minimum wages, which some claim would cost 500,000 jobs. What we need instead is to restore the robust demand for workers, which economic growth routinely produces! More demand for workers leads to higher pay. More working means fewer on public programs. Everyone in the mix benefits.

market-share-us-banks-infographic-credit-facethefacts-gw-university-

Federal policies are choking off small lenders, arguably harming
small business and job creation. Chart source: Face the Facts – George Washington University

Former SBA chief in the Obama Administration, Karen Mills’ report for Harvard says Credit is
still tight for
Small Businesses.

Fortune Magazine points to MA and other states creating
Public Private economic partnerships.

Energy and Construction Jobs pay more than most jobs

Energy and Construction Jobs pay more than most jobs.
Domestic energy would reduce foreign oil dependence,
and low cost energy is good for business,
the working poor, everyone.

Infographic found on the Huffington Post website.

impact-revenue-chart-national-association-of-home-builders-posted-masthead-mhpronews-

Housing is another major engine that drives economic growth and ‘good jobs’ creation.

In an era were incomes are down, rental rates are rising and there exists affordable housing shorterages in many markets, manufactured housing and modular home building must be key elements supported – or at least not impeded – by public policies! The case can be made that subsidizing rents is far more costly for federal, state and local budgets than supporting the ownership of quality, appealing, safe, energy saving and durable manufactured homes.

economic-impact-of-housing-us=bi-partisan-policy-center=-infographic-5_6-posted-masthead-mhpronews-com

energy-independence-economic-impact=cline-shale-central-posted-masthead-mhpronews-com-

Energy independence would fuel more domestic manufacturing, creating
more direct and indirect higher paying jobs. This would reduce social welfare
program spending. It also reduces dependance on oil from foreign nations.

FTFin-ten-means-tested-programs-cost1of6federal-dollars-george-washington-univ-posted-masthead-mhpronews-com-

We may never eliminate the need for some entitlements, but by creating more
high pay jobs, while reducing energy costs which harm the poor disproportionally,
the U.S. could rapidly move back to the kinds of surplus budgets enjoyed during the
bi-partisan efforts created by Gingrich-Clinton and others in the booming 1990s.

regulatory-compliance-costs-for-manufacturers-source-national-assoc-manufacturers-posted-masthead-mhpronews0-com-_001

regulatory-costs-by-business-size-manufactrurers-association-posted-mhpronews-

where-would-you-spend-funds-saved-from-regulatory-compliance-national-association-manufacturers-graphic-posted-masthead-mhpronews-com-

Source National Association of Manufacturers study
on economic impact and costs of regulations.

Let’s point to some commentary from Ron D’Ambra, who has said in an earlier column, that HUD regulations can and do benefit the industry, and then emphasize that what our goals should be in fair, common sense regulations

  • that protects the consumer,

  • does not needless drive up costs,

  • does not fall too heavily on independent producers,

  • and gives the consumer more confidence in our homes, knowing these quality standards exist!

Will HUD’s program under Pam Danner’s leadership advance – or at least, not harm – the cause of manufactured housing?

The CFPB may have the power to choke off potentially tens of thousands of MH loans, but only while harming millions of MH home owner values, especially those under $25,000. But do they understand that by troubling our industry and home owners, they are creating negative ripples that will cost federal, state and local budgets far more?

Wack-a-mole?!

Why are we playing federal wack-a-mole? We hit one problem, another pops up! Instead of repeating the same mistakes, lets look at how the game is played!

Let’s get to the root causes, and correct them. That’s what the charts above point to, that our economy could be roaring ahead, and we could be reducing debts and heading back to budget surpluses if we had smarter government. That requires elected and appointed leaders willing to make these a priority, knowing it rapidly benefits everyone mid to long term.

SRfedspendingnumbers2012p4chart4_600-heritage-org-posted-mhmsm-com-

Applying the right principles is more important than party labels. Not only in MH, but other industries and professions, are essentially begging bureaucrats we pay with taxes and borrowed dollars to allow us to legally do today what was legal before! Hello?

Solidarity means to stand with others, and in unity to achieve good goals.

Subsidiarity means to make government and decision making as local as possible.

Anarchy is the opposite of big government – both are extremes!!

When we restore the private/public balance in the middle and follow smart policies, we’ll see a robust economy return. That will help manufactured housing, our customers and the nation as a whole.

Against that backdrop, here are the links to articles and commentary referenced in the headline above. We do have to keep working on these linked issues and others, but let’s not lose sight of the root causes of our problems! As these charts and graphics demonstrated, we can regrow our economy, benefiting virtually all Americans and businesses in the process. ##

la-tony-kovach-latonykovach-com-By LATonyKovach.com