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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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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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By L. A. “Tony” Kovach.