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4 F’s and True Believers

March 17th, 2018 No comments

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Not necessarily in this order of importance, but count us as true believers in:

 

  • Manufactured Homes,
  • America as a Constitutional Republic with free enterprise,
  • and in the four F’s – Faith, Family, Flag, and Fortune (career).

Count me as a pragmatist too. In both trade publishing and in our professional services to the industry, we go where the evidence leads us.

To rephrase, it’s practical to have faith – among other reasons – because its supported by the evidence, and establishes a moral compass outside of one’s immediate self perceived interest. Faith is good.

We could run through the other four Fs in the same manner.  They are each proven, practical, principled, and profitable when properly understood and applied.

So we believe in Manufactured Housing (MH) within that broader context of the Four F’s.

 

The Industry’s Best Homes Ever?

Many believe that the quality, durability, appeal and value of federally regulated HUD Code manufactured homes has never been better.

Without arguing that claim either way, consider this question.  If these are the industry’s best homes ever, then why isn’t Manufactured Housing doing as well in new home shipments and MH sales as say 20, 30 or 40 years ago?

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Don’t try and take an easy answer, like say ‘financing.’ Back in the 1980s – for example – sales were higher, and interest rates were sky high at the start of the decade. The product wasn’t as good then as today’s, ditto the lending, and yet they sold more homes.  Why?

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Editorially and based upon fact checks, we disagree with some of the conclusions and claims cited by the Urban Institute’s recent look at the question Manufactured homes could ease the affordable housing crisis. So why are so few being made?”

“Follow the Money” – Controversial Urban Institute Report on Manufactured Housing

 

But we commend the Urban Institute for raising the discussion topic! They have asked the right question.  It is one that everyone in the industry that wants to grow in a sustainable fashion must seek to resolve.

Some are happy, because the industry is back near 100,000 shipments annually. Certainly, that’s good news, given where the industry’s shipment levels where in 2009.

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But that’s not good enough. Not by a long shot.  When the nation needs some 8.3 million housing units a year, manufactured homes ought to be doing several hundred thousand new home sales a year.

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Today’s Masthead won’t editorially suggest the causes or the solutions, per se.

What we will do is ask you to take a good look at the proverbial elephant in the room.

Watch the Warren Buffett video above.

While one may agree or disagree with Mr. Buffett’s politics or business practices, there is no denying his business success.  So those success tips the Berkshire Hathaway chairman describes ought to provide lessons for everyone in the industry, regardless of the size of their enterprise.

Then, with those quotes and tips from Buffett in mind, begin to dive into the resources linked below.

Acknowledging that a challenge exists – and understanding the issues involved – are the first steps in all problem solving.

It is a point that Mr. Buffett and business-man-turned President, Donald J. Trump both happen to agree upon.

Namely, that you should know all that you can about an issue that impacts your career or business.  Sound advice, from different ends of an emerging national debate.

Research, reading, viewing as needed, and robust discussion are how those answers are going to be discovered.

Speaking as true believers in the 4Fs and manufactured housing, it’s crazy not to get to the root issues that keep the industry from achieving its previous new home sales levels.

Given today’s widely acknowledged manufactured home quality, and the huge need for affordable housing, it’s an issue that is begging for answers.  ## (Industry commentary and analysis.)

Related:

Housing, Jobs, Poverty, Opportunity – Kerner Commission Remix, HUD and Manufactured Homes

Two Great Laws Already on the Books NOW,  Can Unlock Billion$ Annually for Manufactured Housing Industry Businesse$, Investor$

Progressive “Nation” Reports on Monopolies Cites Buffett, Clayton, Others – MH Industry Impact?

Kevin Clayton Interview-Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes CEO

It’s “Fair Warning,” not “I Told You So”

(Third party images, cites are provided under fair use guidelines.)

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award-winning consulting, publisher, web, video, recruiting, sales training, business development service provider.

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Where I Come From

August 8th, 2017 No comments
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Where I come from –  kids are taught 10 Commandments, and respect.

Where I come from – faith, flag, and freedom aren’t words twisted to elect.

 

Where I come from – a gentleman opens a lady’s door.

Where I come from – dishonesty is something to abhor.

 

Where I come from – people try their best, seeking better day-by-day.

Where I come from – mediocre doesn’t cut it, nor do good folks do their worst, hoping with it to get away.

 

Where I come from – liars, cheats, and thieves are avoided, reformed, or jailed.

Where I come from – money is honestly earned, and is not greenmailed.

 

Where I come from – mistakes occasion learning, humility, and more.

Where I come from – money comes in handy, but the Lord alone we adore.

 

Where I come from – a man’s word is his bond.

Where I come from – serenity is a prayer, not some phony golden pond.

 

Where I come from – when you mistakenly step on someone’s toes, you say “pardon me.”

Where I come from – “golly, gee” is not a mere line from ‘Gomer Pile, USMC.’

 

Where I come from – robots are science fiction for movies, TV, or books.

Where I come from – people matter more than automation of someone’s jobs which gadgets took.

 

Where I come from – you teach a woman or man to fish, so you feed them for a lifetime.

Where I come from – you don’t hook souls on drugs or drink, and drain the social lifeline.

 

Where I come from – songs inspire hearts, minds, and souls.

Where I come from – songs aren’t meant to cause crime, jail time, and paroles.

 

Where I come from – people know freedom isn’t free.

Where I come from – folks celebrate liberty, and opportunity.

 

Where I come from – telling it like it is gains respect, but doing what’s right is even better.

Where I come from – manipulating people, markets or votes are an offense against God’s Letter.

 

Where I come from – the bad guys get arrested, and imprisoned for their crimes.

Where I come from – good guys protect what’s right, and curse to hell ‘politically correct’ ideas, plans, and rhymes.

 

Where I come from – swindles are exposed, while truth and goodness sets us free, my friend. 

Where I come from – we sing God Bless America, may the truth and the good for all prosper once again.  ##

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The Revised Serenity Prayer

Oh God, please grant me the serenity to accept the things that can’t be changed,

The courage to change the things I can, 

And the wisdom that know the difference,

Without making wisdom an excuse to sit idly by 

while others nobly try. 

Amen. ###

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Team Kovach, (l-r) Soheyla (prounounced “So Hey La”), Tamas (pronounced “Tah Mash”) and Tony Kovach (prounounced “Co-Vatch” like a “Watch with a V”). The Kovach family, along with Matthew Silver, RC Williams – plus many volunters and sponsors – who join together daily to bring you the MH “Industry News, Tips and Views Pros Can Use.” © Photo above, from 83 Degress Media.

By L. A. “Tony” Kovach. 

 

Manufactured Housing 2014’s Amazing August!

August 1st, 2014 No comments

 

August. Back to school sales. People in a rush to get their manufactured home before winter sets in. Those end of the summer vacations. Baseball is starting its wind up, while football season is ready to launch. There are plenty of reasons why August is simply AMAZING! Let’s review a few in rapid fire fashion.

  • The RV MH Hall of Fame dinner – Monday August 4th – looms large. We don’t think there is a larger joint RV MH national event, and this year may be a record turn out in recent years. Both industries are up, but let’s be honest, RVs outpace MH by 5 to 1. Ouch! MHPros, we have to work on that!

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  • The new MHProNews issue for August is live! Once more, you’ll get the most industry trade news, tips and views pros can use  © anywhere in the MH world, all right here on this large and ever growing site.

  • Both ManufacturedHomeLivingNews and MHProNews have had STRONG months in July! In fact, we may have essentially tied or even exceed our “Read Hot June” totals, but we needed to do some site upgrades here on MHProNews in this last week of the month. The good news was that our blogs and the back end stayed live, but some of our popular featured articles and other resources were not available for about a day. Still, when the dust settles and we get our Webalizer reports, we’ll be close to those June 2014 totals.

  • We also upgraded our RAM and server this week on ManufacturedHomeLivingNews. Traffic and content had grown to the point the site was hiccuping at times, and so we took Nike’s advice and just did it. Check out the new speed on your next visit, at the link above.

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  • The ‘good news’ about modern manufactured homes is slooooooooooooooowly seeping into the mainstream media. We see it because we look at the news and are looking for the good news. Even the ‘bad’ stories often have silver linings. But there is no question that we need to do a better collective job of sharing the good news of MH today. We do our part! Our writers, sponsors and advertisers do theirs! How about you? What do YOU do to make MH advance?

  • There is still some ‘bad news’ taking place. While arrests or criminal charges for fraud or larceny, etc. may not seem like the same thing as a CFPB or state complaint – or a fair housing case – they are all examples of behavior that nets our industry a black eye when it happens. Over the years, haven’t we all seen desperate operations that tried some scam or gimmick, to hoping for extra bucks or to try to avoid going under? Did you ever see one that took money without delivering homes and survived that?

  • Tips YOU and Your Team Can USE! Speaking of fair housing…I’m not sure how we can ever get a legit fair housing complaint in MH. Every month for years now, we share Nadeen Green, the attorney known as the Fair Housing Lady in monthly featured articles. Some devotedly follow Nadeen’s writings! Some wisely share them with their sales people and office staff. While reading her or any attorney is no substitute for having your own counsel, it sure is helpful.

  • DJ Pendleton rejoins us this month with an article on the latest from the CFPB. Until we can get regulations changed, the wise do all they can to work for change but also to stay between the regulatory ditches.

  • Another expert from Hart King Law – Bill Dahlin, returns this month too. Check out Bill’s article on negligent design, and how that might impact an operation near you (or you…). All of the tips from our featured legal experts can help you stay out of the ditches and/or put you on the road to more profitable ways to do your business.

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The Interviews you won’t find anywhere else!

    • Bill Matchneer, JD, former program director at HUD, who just retired from the CFPB joins us again this month. Check out his latest thoughts since his last interview here. Is there any controversy looming in his comments? Take a look…Bill’s linked below along with our other 18 featured articles for Awesome August.

    • Tim Connor, CSP. Tim’s career has been amazing! I’ve seen him present live many times.  He delivers and his audience ratings prove it. Tim is perhaps our most faithful writer over the years, so we are pleased to bring you at last an interview with a man whose done training in a couple of dozen countries world wide, and here in the U.S. for dozens of operations in factory built housing. After 4000 presentations and 80 plus books, it is safe to say Tim’s top shelf. His thinking can make you money.

    • Paul Bradley, ROC USA. How many in our industry’s ranks have realized that ROC USA has grown so much, they could easily be ranked among the larger portfolio operators in the U.S.? That’s true! Besides our usual ones, we put some TOUGH, thought provoking questions to Paul. We have to keep a straight face, because let me tell you, the man is smart (and witty!). Don’t miss it, and if you are a community owner, you especially don’t want to miss Paul’s interview.

Dennis Hill brings us updates on Louisville and Tunica. Word to the wise, if you haven’t locked in your spaces, better hurry.  Both will sell out way early from what we hear. Make your plans for both events, now.  Read it from Dennis, at the link below.

Speaking of events…many who ‘can’t make it’ to a trade show have asked us over the years, can’t we see a video of the seminars? Well…not usually! First of all, the seminars are put on for the benefit of attendees. Frankly, you don’t get the same impact from a video as you would when you’re live. But we made special arrangements with our friends a ManufacturedHomes.com to bring you some of the highlights of a panel presentation on lessons learned in the MH and MHC space. Check it out, at this link here.

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An actual audience shown from one of our trade show panel discussions.

Experts! Thinkers! Proven Leaders!

  • Ron D’Ambra with PWSC.com joins us this month! Ron’s not talking about his operation, rather he takes another look at the NBC News Today Show video on the MH Hurricane testing. Get some fascinating insights you or I may have missed!

  • Award winning Steve Lefler joins us this month! Community owners, listen up. 5 years into Newport Pacific’s projects with Steve’s “Modular Lifestyles,” a pattern of success is emerging. There are reasons why Steve continues to attract an ever-growing following in factory built housing, but also from outside of our industry’s ranks. He’s changing perceptions, see how!

  • Hall of Famer Ron Thomas Sr. returns! This time, not to talk about Louisville, but rather to open your eyes with a challenge to conventional thinking that may make you say, “Hey. I never looked at it that way before.” Ron has a way of turning a phrase or pin-pointing ‘aha!’ insights. You think that’s why the man’s operation sold 6000 homes? It is also why the nice MHC’s Ron developed are the kinds of places residents are happy to call home.

  • Bob Vahsholtz, industry veteran, expert, strategist and author of Duel Curves, will challenge you anew this month too.

  • Once more, we bring you the immortal words of Zig Ziglar! Our thanks again to Zig’s editor for making this possible. 

  • Powerful, practical management and sales insights from Tim Connors! Plus some from L. A. “Tony” Kovach too…on different industry topics, like the 1.3 billion dollar MH deal that was announced just this week.

Okay, you get the idea! There are reasons why we have the most professional readers of any audience anywhere in the North American factory built housing world. We Provide, You Decide.  ©

With no further adieu, please check out the links on the best and broadest line up in manufactured and modular home trade journalism.

Featured Articles and Reports for Vol. 5, No. 11, 2014

Alphabetically by Category

 

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

 

• July, 1960 Popular Mechanics highlights Evolution of the Travel Trailer

by Paul Bradley

paul-bradley-roc-usa-president-posted-mhpronews-com-50x50In a 1960 article titled, “Trailers Join the Country Club,” Popular Mechanics described the evolution of the travel trailer this way:

“All this started years ago when people with small vacation trailers first stretched an awning out to one side …,” the article reports.

Read more…

• Architects Have a Duty of Care to Future Buyers of Condominiums for Negligent Design

by Bill Dahlin, Esq.

bill-dahlin-hkc-law-california-posted-manufactured-housing-pro-news-com-50x50-On July 3, 2014, the California Supreme Court decided the case entitled Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Read more…

 

• Bacon is so popular!

by Nadeen Green, JD

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Yes, indeed bacon is popular. An entire culture has been developed around this pork product in America, and once limited to breakfast and cheeseburgers, bacon has now found its way into products ranging from ice cream to vodka to toothpaste to fried crickets (I have tried the nacho crickets, not the bacon ones yet).

Read more…

 

• The Impact of a 1.3 Billion Dollar Manufactured Home Communities Acquisition

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony-kovach-2-50We’ve been reporting off and on for the past few months about rumors and tips that suggested that a deal in the $500 million to the billion dollar range has been in the works.

Read more…

 

• A New Strategy for Community Owners

by Steven Lefler

steve-lefler-vp-modular-lifestyles-newport-pacific-manufactured-homes-mhpronews-com-50x50_1Our society has labeled housing for as long as I can remember. I grew up believing “Site Built Homes” typically register in people minds to be “better built,” even though there is conclusive evidence that is not the case.

Read more…

 

FINANCING

 

• CFPB Proposes New HMDA Requirements: Changes Exemption Threshold and Increases Required Disclosures

by D. J. Pendleton, JD

DJ-Pendleton-50On July 24, the CFPB published a proposed rule that, if later adopted, would change the reporting requirements for those who provide loans to purchase homes.

Read more…

 

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

 

• A Cup of Coffee with… Paul Bradley

coffee-501) Who, What and Where: (Your name, and your role/job title at organization or firm and where you are based.)

Paul Bradley, President, ROC USA, LLC, Concord, NH.

Read more…

 

• A Cup of Coffee with… Tim Connor

coffee-501) Who, What and Where: (Your name, and your role/job title at organization or firm and where you are based.)

Tim Connor
CEO of Connor Resource Group
Davidson, NC.

Read more…

 

• Wind Speed and Add-Ons to Manufactured Housing – Response to the NBC News Today Show report of testing by IBHS

by Ron D’Ambra

ron-d-ambra-professional-warranty-service-corp-posted-manufactured-housing-mhpronews-50x50_1After reviewing the NBC Today presentation, one could conclude that without question, of  course the roof would blow off when the carport roof failed, because they compromised the construction and load bearing of the roof on the manufactured home, when they attached the addition directly to the roof!

Read more…

 

• 2015 Louisville and Tunica Manufactured Housing Trade Show Updates

by Dennis Hill

dennis-hill-showways-unlimited-manufactured-housing-mhpronews-com-50x50-We keep getting calls from industry professionals and others regarding the Louisville and Tunica Manufactured Housing Shows for 2015.

Read more…

 

• Tech Talk! Don’t You Hate – Viagra, Cialis or Zyrtec links – appearing on your web browser or smart hand-held device? A Tech Fix Tip!

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach

tony-kovach-2-50It is often NOT what you think! Not many self-respecting webmaster wants to plug certain drugs or other products on their website.

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• A Second Cup of Coffee with…Bill Matchneer

coffee-501) Who, What and Where: (Your name, what you’ve done in the federal government as it relates to manufactured housing and where you currently hang your hat).

Read more…

 

• The Lessons of Valdez – Some things are out of Whack!

by Ron Thomas, Sr.

ron-thomas-sr-rona-homes-founder-mmhflouisville-show-chairman-postedmhpronews-com-50x50-Let me start this topic with a strong statement. Although I am not what some might call an “environmentalist,” I do appreciate all of the efforts that are made to keep our planet as pollution free as possible. I’ve never met anyone who wants dirty water or air. So naturally I support a clean planet.

Read more…

 

• An Opportune Moment

by Bob Vahsholtz

bob-vahsholtz-author-dueling-curves-battle-for-housing-posted-industry-voices-guest-blog-mhpronews-com-manufatured-housing-professional-news-50x50-The road ahead is hard—the opportunities boundless. The whole housing industry is on the rocks, and the nation’s economy festers. The world is mired in debt; our most valuable resource, young people, can’t even find jobs. Many have given up.

Read more…

MANAGEMENT

• Strategic planning vs. strategic doing

by Tim Connor

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Strategic planning is a vital management function. Over the years I have worked with a number of corporations facilitating their strategic planning events as well as following up on their commitments and actions that were driven by these plans.

Read more…

MARKETING

• Enhanced Manufactured and Modular Home Marketing and Sales Results

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach

tony-kovach-2-50American companies spend 2 billion a year on training. So why don’t more manufactured and modular home (MH) retailers and communities invest properly in sales training?

Read more…

 

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

 

• ZigOn Employment Security

by Zig Ziglar

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We frequently hear that “people refuse to change because change is stressful.” I would like to suggest that not to change is even more stressful because the world is changing.

Read more…

SALES

 

• Who is your competition?

by Tim Connor, CSP

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There is a tendency for many salespeople to see their competition as only those businesses selling a similar product, service or idea. In other words, salespeople selling factory built homes tend to see their competitors as other retailers or manufacturers.

Read more…

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Lies, Double-Talk and Cover Ups

June 4th, 2014 No comments

We all have the right to our own opinions, but we don't have the right to make up our own facts.

People sometimes say or do things that can be embarrassing or difficult to walk-back. Rather than 'fess up and try to make things right, at times a smoke screen is rolled out instead.

There have been rumblings, rants and wisps of smoke. "They kinda go out on their own and do things." Some say this is about this group vs. that one.

Please don't jump to conclusions.

brooms_wikicommons-posted-masthead-mhpronews-com-The quote in bold above is from Bob Woodward, of the Watergate break-in, Washington Post reporting fame. I'm talking about current DC politics, will show how this touches on MH, but perhaps not the way one may at first imagine.

Please read thoughtfully, because for perhaps 4 baker's dozens (+/-) of MHPros, this is a "dog whistle" report. Most will gain an entirely different take.

What causes errors or blunders?

"It's isolation," says Woodward, referring to the Obama Administration's presumed impulse for the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl/Gitmo detainees 'prisoner exchange' fiasco.

One lesson is that no leader can afford to be isolated, as Bob Woodward – who has done two books on Barack Obama – says the president did in thesgt-bowe-bergdahl-credit-nypost-posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-com- headline case with the Special Forces sergeant.

Nor should a leader suffer from "arrogance or ignorance," as some – like Fox's Bill O'Reilly – accuse our nation's president on this topic.

Polar OppositesProfessional Lessons?

The parents of soldiers who died searching for Bowe Bergdahl, soldiers he served with and people in both major parties are shocked as more details come out about this dubious exchange of Bergdahl for men the president himself admits could end up returning to acts of terror against the U.S. and it's allies.

So why did the president do this?

The NYPost report and the photo shown are on this web page linked here.

http://nypost.com/2014/06/02/six-soldiers-died-searching-for-deserter-pow-fueling-backlash/

As important as this is, why mention it on a manufactured housing industry trade journal site?

As various voices expressed to your Masthead scribe, there are concerns about bubbling issues, including not yet reported stories.

Sometimes analogies and parallels are the easiest way to get people to take a fresh look at something they are very – or too? – close to themselves.

Concerns are brewing – and may boil – amidst the clearly positive things happening in and for our industry.

Bowe Bergdahl; people in his hometown say he is this nice Buddhist-leaning son of Calvinist parents who was motivated to help the Afgan people. Yet 100% of the soldiers who served with him who have said he walked off – deserted – perhaps is a collaborator with the Taliban. Do you see the near polar opposite of those views?

Now the point is that a number of savvy, successful and motivated MH Pros have similarly divergent views on some important topics to our Manufactured Home Industry! Here is one example.

The RVIA/HUD Code and related issues

It is not my intent to state a position, because frankly I know people on every side of the topics (named and un-named), such as the RVIA issue.

For example, here are the public statements, in sequence of public release, made so far within the ranks of MH:

The number of off-the-record statements we've received dwarfs those shown. They run the gamut. These include industry friends, colleagues and clients. Many have strongly held views on this, or on the placement (or not) of RVs/ANSI Park Models in MHCs.

Which is a long way to say that intelligent people of good will can be on either side of issues, be it the RV/ANSI Park models, definitions of what is a Manufactured Home, how this topic is best handled to MH's advantage and much more that we won't go into today.

Voices at the Table

That the RVIA has a stake in the topic cited above is clear. We should listen, see what might be gained, but act according to our Industry's short-medium-long term best interests. You can bet that is how the RVIA will approach this!

What seems less clear to some is that the principle – that a solid cross-section of own industry's voices – must be given an ear, and ought to be broadly applied.

24: Live Another Day?

Have you seen 24 this season? Real life controversies can be every bit as complex as an intricate mystery or drama.

In episode 6 of 24, partially informed parties get incomplete intel that is misunderstood. The risks shot up (pardon the pun) – life and death – in the fictional drama; partially as a result of guessing vs. knowing.

For our industry, it isn't fictional life and death. Much less is so about real U.S. soldiers in Afgan lands, who risk – or lost – their lives and limbs.

For us, here safe at home under freedom's cover, this ought to be far simpler.

For industry pros, this ought to be about selling HUD Code homes and serving the public well.

But people's lives and careers are impacted by decisions being made, or in some cases, decisions being avoided.

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Making an – – – Out of…

We all recall from junior high what happens when people "assume."

Leaders don't just talk or do, they also ask questions, gather facts and then truly listen.

Then, after gathering info, they act.

Who says?

In the Jim Clayton part II interview, the industry legend says he makes quick decisions, but preferred to wait until he had the facts! He humbly admitted that at times, fast decisions led to errors, which he then sought to learn from.

That's wisdom, candor, humility and billion-dollar thinking.

Which is why all good leaders need to consider a broad, not a narrow view.

It is also why cooler heads must prevail until clarity on issues of importance are reached.

We share interviews with industry success stories and legends – like Jim Clayton and others – not just because they are good reads or interesting viewing!

But also to share success principles from those who know. Are we reading, viewing, listening?

Not 'Stirring the Pot' or Self-Serving…

We have word that a self-proclaimed 'agitator' plans to reveal information that has up until recently been kept quiet.

Why is that plan afoot? What is the motivation for revealing something heretofore kept quiet…is it for said individual's perceived personal or the industry's benefit?

Hopes, Faith and Concerns for the Industry

Dick Ernst graciously said to an audience in Tunica that your commentator sometimes takes controversial positions, but always with the desire to see this industry advance together. 2 minutes before he said that, I had no idea what he would say; so clearly, that was appreciated.

It doesn't mean that the Masthead author is always right (write? ;-), but Dick is correct about the goals and motivations. We routinely work for and support efforts that are hopefully the best outcome for all involved.

But sometimes the best that someone like me can do is raise a topic, take no sides at all, and say..."please, leaders!  Deal with this issue,"  while facilitating a genuine dialogue, as much as one is able.

Fortunate!

We are fortunate to have lots of talented people in our industry's ranks and leadership roles.

With all the right people at the proverbial table, there is no doubt in my mind we will see greater days ahead.

If you haven't already seen all the video interviews this month with industry leaders, kindly benefit yourself and your team by watching them, the list of those and other new red-hot features are linked here, scroll down to the listing.

Lies, double-talk, dodges and cover ups. The truth outs, almost every time.

No less a leader than legendary Jim Clayton says, gather the facts, get the data, then decide.

When the back-room efforts fail to perform, why not just get the issues on the table, let the various voices impacted be considered and come to the best possible outcome for all involved?

Bottom line. Let's resolve issues, so we can move ahead on all the great opportunities that await us.

One more thing…

Oh, Yes. Let's not forget to say, "Hi Phyllis…" ##

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