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Affordable Housing – Fleetwood, Champion, Clayton – Genius of the Christmas Story

December 22nd, 2018 No comments

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Depending on who’s estimate we accept, there’s some 550,000 to 660,000 homeless in the richest nation on earth, the U.S.A. As rents rise, so does homelessness, says Zillow’s research, which supplied the higher homeless count. With some $22 trillion dollars spent on “Great Society” programs as of a 2014 Heritage Foundation report, one must ask – how much waste, fraud, corruption, and ineffectiveness is there at the federal level alone?

 

The U.S. homeownership rate doesn’t place us in the top 40 nations on earth, how is that possible?

And it’s almost Christmas.

The genius of the Christmas story is so vast that it can’t be fully grasped in any one article, or book. It can be viewed in a variety of accurate ways. Suffice for now to note that Mary and Joseph were home-owners, not per se ‘homeless.’ Rather, they were traveling when the couple finally found shelter in a stable.

What sparked their journey, so late in Mary’s pregnancy? Because the Roman Emperor Caesar had mandated a census count for tax and other purposes. They had to travel to Bethlehem, because it was mandated by imperial decree – their law.

The carpenter and his family experienced what it was like to be homeless. For what Christians call the “Holy Family,” that stable they sheltered in for the Christ child’s birth may have been in a cave.  For thousands in towns like Los Angeles or San Francisco, it may be tents, a cardboard box, dumpster, or a sleeping bag. The ‘luckier’ homeless in the U.S. are living in vehicles, not designed for residential purposes.

Why is it so in the U.S., two thousand years after the birth of Jesus?

There are many causes, of course. Here on MHProNews we track, research, follow-the-money, and report our findings daily on certain aspects of news and view that routinely relate to the broader issue of affordable homes and public policies.

The Holy Family weren’t Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Green, Socialists, Communists, or any other political or special interest group – which isn’t a slur on any of the member of those groups, just a statement of fact.  But with so many who claim to be Christians, it’s no wonder each of those political groups’ leadership periodically gloms onto the moving Christmas tale, spinning or weaponizing what occurred for their own purposes.

Rather, the Jewish Joseph and Mary were faithful, non-partisan, working-class people.

For thousands of years, there’s been dictators like Caesar, or shrewd (unethical) business people who’ve rigged their scales to give less than what a buyer bargained for.

Before there was Clayton Homes in contemporary manufactured housing, there was what we should clearly state is the OLD Fleetwood Homes and PREVIOUS Champion Homes that were affordable manufactured home builders. The old Fleetwood and Champion of the 1990s were in a race to buy up chunks of the industry in their day.  The two firms often paid hefty premiums for retail locations, hoping thereby to increase their market shares, also thereby narrowing the distribution networks of competitors products.

As Warren Buffett observed in an annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that in 1998 Fleetwood, Champion, and Oakwood – then the Big Three of manufactured housing – has some 44% of the market. According to data from the now defunct Manufactured Home Merchandiser Magazine, the top three that year – Champion, Fleetwood, and Oakwood – produced 172,723 of the 372,843 total HUD Code manufactured homes shipped that year, or 46.3 percent of the total.

By 2017, it was Berkshire owned Clayton Homes that had some 50 percent market share, although they claim in their annual report that it was ‘only’ 47.7%. Unlike the old Champion and prior Fleetwood, Buffett’s brand Clayton Homes didn’t overpay for retail outlets, factories, or anything else.  Rather, Berkshire’s subsidiaries bought locations, loans, and businesses at a discount – a ‘value’ – as investors understandably call it.

There are numerous questions that should arise from this outline.  For example, two decades ago – when it was Champion and Fleetwood that dominated the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) – how different was it from how the Berkshire brands in manufactured housing dominate MHI today?

Community owners didn’t feel well represented in the old MHI.  So, they forged the National Communities Council (NCC) side of MHI. There are MHI/NCC members – some from the large companies – that tell MHProNews that they still don’t feel well represented. Is it a surprise that a new national MH Communities association is coming to birth?

Among resident groups, there are squabbles and contests too. GSMOL, for example, wags a finger at MHAction, saying the later are taking credit for things that the GSMOL accomplished. On the professional side of MHVille, the independent producers’ Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) similarly asserts that MHI often takes credit for things that MHARR or others accomplished. Interesting, isn’t it?

Meanwhile, there are thousands of professionals – and millions of residents – all trying to earn an honest living. Their struggle is often more about battling systems that are often arguably “rigged” by the “big boys” against the smaller businesses and the masses of workers and retirees whom they seek to serve.

Then, millions more trapped in rentals that one protest leader said was “too damn high.”

But negative media like the problematic Netflix series the “Trailer Park Boys” fuels stereotypes that cause many to never consider what the GAO, NAR, Fannie Mae, Ford Foundation, HUD, and other third-party researchers called the most affordable, permanent, and safe – yes safe – new homes in America.

Inaccurate stereotypes, the propagation of misleading information, stigmas, and corrupted, rigged systems all are contributing factors to the tragedy of over a half-million homeless and relatively low rates of home ownership in the U.S.A. today.

Scales, information, and systems are usually rigged in order to cheat the many to benefit a few. It was so thousands of years ago, and it is similar so today.

But angels reportedly sang at the birth of the child Jesus whose birth into a sinful and corrupted world we celebrate on Christmas.  Wise men came from afar bearing gifts to curiously see first-hand what that star over Bethlehem was all about.

We are wise when we ponder the deeper meanings of the Christmas story too.

As we bring or open our gifts for each other, let’s remember that a greedy and power hungry few are working to manipulate scales, information, and the masses, for their own benefit. That’s arguably why there’s still so much poverty, and why millions in America are trapped in Mr. Potter’s rentals, and don’t own a home.

 

Affordable Homes, Warren Buffett as Mr. Potter in Christmas Classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”

 

May the inspiration of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus enlighten our minds, hearts, and hands to do whatever is just and good. Because the honest actions of the few – then and now – can uplift the many, inspire the wise, and bring out the good in others.  The honest truth always what sparks change for-the-better in our world.

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Facts Matter – Mr. Obama’s “Alternative Universe,” Trump Admin, Investors & Politicized Manufactured Housing Data

January 26th, 2018 No comments

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Former President Barack Obama recently said something relevant to the nation.  But it was particularly and profoundly insightful to manufactured housing professionals.

According to the Hill,Former President Obama said in an interview that Fox News viewers and NPR listeners are living on different planets in terms of what news they consume.

“If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you, you know, listen to NPR,” Obama told David Letterman…The former president was referring to how the Russians were able to “exploit” different kinds of U.S. voters, who were “operating in completely different universes.

No matter what you thought of his politics and policies, Mr.’s Obama’s point is salient and timely for Manufactured Housing professionals, Investors, and Advocates.

“Alternative Facts,” “Different Universes” in Manufactured Housing

There have always been those who’ve distorted reality.

But in the 1980s, perhaps one reason Democrats and Republicans could reach more compromises is because there was arguably less of a tendency to completely ignore facts, or one would get called out for it.

You are entitled to your opinion,” quipped Daniel Patrick Moynihan per Goodreads,But you are not entitled to your own facts.”

There are today professionals in and outside of our manufactured home industry that rail against reality.

Many think they know a fact. Or they trust a source, without realizing that the source has changed.

Depending on the source or context, they could be mistaken, because “facts” have been so politicized.

We will use the Manufactured Housing Institute to make our point.

In MHI’s 1.25.2018 “Housing Alert,” one finds the following phrase, quoting:

As the only trade association officially registered to lobby on behalf of the manufactured housing industry in Washington, MHI will continue to work with the Administration’s key housing leaders and Congress…”

For those in the know, the first part of that sentence are code-words aimed against the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). So, we asked MHARR to provide their take on MHI’s claim.  Here’s the meat of what they sent to MHProNews, quoting:

MHARR has been registered as an MH lobbying organization since 1985… The filing receipt for MHARR is attached.  This is all public record.”

A screen capture of MHARR’s filing receipt is below.

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Facts matter. MHI’s claim that they are the only registered lobbying group in Washington is simply not accurate.

Huh? MHI is making a bold claim. They’ve made that same allegation repeatedly. It’s wrong.

Not true.

Many work at MHI, did someone fail to check before they repeatedly wrote their flawed phrase?  It was most recently used above, but used the day before as shown in the graphic below.  Who gets credit for their glitch?

Or did MHI simply make an assertion, because no one would likely check it out, to see if it was accurate or not?

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It that part of a pattern?  Let’s look…

Does MHI Politicize Facts?

We Provide, You Decide.” © The graphic below is from MHI. It’s about a piece of information that the industry’s members ought to care about. How many manufactured home communities (MHCs) are there?

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The red box reads “37,624 land-lease communities.” But Frank Rolfe says they’ve done a hand count, at 44,000. George Allen claims there are even more than that. Why did MHI publish the lowest number? Is it because MHVillage is a favored company?

MHI has three members who are all publishing on this topic. The statistics being used by MHI are those of their member MHVillage/DataComp; let’s call them the MHI favored insiders on this topic.

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MHI member Frank Rolfe is not without influence, and George Allen is another member who likewise has a following.

  • Why is MHVillage data being used by MHI, when it is the lowest of the three competing sources?
  • Why MHVillage’s data, when Rolfe asserts in writing that they did a hand count that took them 2 years to complete, that shows 44k communities – thousands more communities than MHVillage does?
  • Doesn’t the lower MHC count harm the MH industry’s relative importance?
  • Is it a case of MHI politicized facts, based upon favoritism and agendas?

As a source at RV Horizon’s – one of Frank Rolfe’s operations – told MHProNews, lenders and investors want hard accurate data. They want to know.

Of course, the facts matter to investors.  They should matter to policy makers and everyone else too.

MHI has for some time published inaccurate information about the kind of financing and terms that are available for manufactured housing loans.  MHLivingNews did a report on that, linked below.  Award-winning Bob Crawford was asked to share his insights, which he gracefully did.

I’ve not recheck recently, but late in 2017, when we last looked – weeks after we brought the errors to MHI’s attention, weeks after the report above – the same MHI “fact sheet” was not updated on their website.  MHI still had the same errors. Why?  Was it because the facts they published were more useful to Berkshire Hathaway companies, such as Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt and 21st Mortgage?

MHI has a demonstrable pattern of what could be termed politicizing MH Industry information.

It’s done in a way that apparently favors some companies over others.

If one heeds what Warren Buffett has said – see his quotes in the column below – the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway counts on the fact that people don’t change habits easily, and that history is often ignored.

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To rephrase, Mr. Buffett counts on others being superficial.  Meanwhile Mr. Buffett and his team are laser focused on facts, and how facts can be used to their advantage.

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See first understanding. Don’t skim. Don’t jump to conclusions.

MHI also arguably have a pattern of telling most of their members and the industry-at-large one thing – via their emailed ‘updates’ and ‘alerts’ – but failing to mention key points, that are often highly important.

We know from various sources that MHI, Knoxville and others in their group closely follow what we publish.  We’ve seen emails that have been forwarded by MHI surrogates and allies.  We’ve contacted MHI and their executive committee directly numerous times.

They can’t legitimately claim not to know the above and what’s below.

They know.

Yet they fail to make changes, even after confronted with the facts.

Why?

Could it be that the longer the foot is on the MH industry’s break pedal, that more of the MH industry gets consolidated, at bargain basement prices?

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Why does this Matter to the MH Industry, Investors, or Public Officials?

Because MHI often buries their oversights, one would have to know what to look for – in some cases – to see the problem.

The Daily Business News will have a new report planned for today that relates to a follow up on the HUD’s announced top-down review.  In our inital report yesterday we cited Lesli Gooch’s otherwise fine letter to HUD.  But we also underscored her key oversight.  Gooch didn’t call for Danner’s removal.  Why not?  Arguably, with the wrong person at the helm, every other change you could propose would be moot. Others – including MHI’s most award-winning retailer – that we cited in the report linked below came to that same conclusion.  Danner had to go.  Why didn’t MHI get that reality years ago?

They knew.

MHI seems to have a pattern of posturing something, but omitting one or more key facts or points.  Currently, with respect to Pam Danner and HUD, they are failing to mention that for months, MHI would not take a public position on her role at HUD.  Why not?

We believe the answer is that heavy regulations harms independent producers, retailers and communities – among others. That in turn is useful to larger MHI member companies. Those independents, often wearied and financially stressed after years of fighting regulations, may finally sell out for less, or just go out of business.

Another example of MHI publishing misleading or errant ‘facts’ are linked below.

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MHI and their executive committee masters are arguably using government regulations as an indirect tool to consolidate the manufactured home industry.

If MHI postures opposing heavy regulation, but in fact fail to move the needle, they can ‘look good’ to members who are so busy, they may not realize what’s missing.  That’s how MHI are accomplishing the mission that their big corporate masters have in mind.

Perhaps that’s why MHI’s executive committee was happy to reward MHI CEO Richard “Dick” Jennison and others with a bonus and/or raise?  Even after MHI staff have demonstrably failed to accomplish any of their own major stated policy goals in years?

Busted! “Failure Bonus” Paid-Richard “Dick” Jennison, CEO Manufactured Housing Institute-per MHI Document$

Facts matter.

Reality matters.  Patterns of behavior matter.  We are pro-MH Industry, and have been so years before we began publishing.

This writer was praised by many of those same MHI connected people, right up to the point that we figured out what the devil was going on at MHI.

We figured it out over time, thanks in large part thanks to:

  • voices from within MHI,
  • from some within Berkshire Hathaway firms,
  • as well as other MHI member operations.
  • MHARR played a roll in that process too, because they’ve been consistent and clear on lobbying and policy positions that MHI flip-flopped on.

There are reasons why a pair of state associations quietly dropped out of MHI. Ditto some member companies. There are reasons why others would if they could, but MHI carrots and sticks exist. To see how those carrots-and-sticks work, behind the scenes to the majority of the industry, see the report linked below.

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There are reasons why MHI won’t debate in public, or won’t take our questions any more.

Keep in mind, MHI and their leadership used to respond rapidly and gladly to MHProNews.

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But when we pressed them last February on the HUD regulatory overreach issue and Pam Danner’s role there, they rapidly ejected us from membership on a phony excuse.  That excuse?  Claiming they had discovered we are a news organization, and they had no such membership category. 

What? MHI did that via an unsigned letter, bearing nobody’s name. It’s bogus, because others in the industry also publish and have consulting, just as we do. Those others are still in, but we are not?  Pardon MHI’s obvious hypocrisy?

They didn’t want us in their meeting rooms.  Isn’t that the more obvious reason?  They didn’t want us to report – for example – on how Tim Williams/21st subverted the DTS process.

MHI then intensified their campaign against us, just as they have been campaigning against MHARR.  Is it a coincidence that MHARR members are getting bought out by larger MHI member companies?  Or that MHI’s messages – like the ones shown above – try to discredit MHARR.

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For those who watch the details, even though MHARR is a manufacturers association, aren’t they routinely more reliable than MHI?

Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Gives Written Responses – “Part of a Rigged, Corrupt System”

We’ll say it again.  The MHI system is apparently rigged and corrupt, as we said in our last Masthead post, linked above.

It may or may not be exactly what Marty Lavin or Frank Rolfe had in mind, but both have made points about MHI’s hypocrisy, and failures.

We are not alone, there are MHI board members among those who whisper and complain to us.

MHI members are among those who thank us for having the courage to stand up to the Berkshire Hathaway dominated MHI.

The Other Side of the Coin

That said, there are those who don’t like this kind of column or reporting.

A reader recently wrote saying we are trying to make Clayton Homes look bad.  I can’t think of a single comment we’ve made against their products. We don’t slam Clayton’s homes, or the thousands of good people who work for them.

A large portion of our readers work for a Berkshire Hathaway (BH) owned MH company. We have/do work with numerous client companies who use Clayton products, or lending from 21st,etc.

We stick with the facts – and once they are understood – where those facts take us.  That’s what media is supposed to do.  MHI, Clayton, or whomever is welcome to submit a rebuttal. We’ve invited it. Why don’t they?

Because one of the largest factors holding the industry back from robust growth has been a pattern of failure and misleading information that comes out of MHI.

We’ll draw to a close with former President Barack Obama’s quote, cited above.  He’s correct, but not quite how he meant it.

President Donald J. Trump routinely gets a raw deal from many in the mainstream media.  There are millions today who are de facto propagandized.  If the media had treated POTUS Obama as they are POTUS Trump, their would have been howls of racism, or some other slurs.

In one year of President Trump’s leadership, the economy has demonstrably improved, using policies that have been proven good by President John F. Kennedy (D) and President Ronald Reagan (R).  We supported the Trump campaign, based upon his platform and his track record of business savvy.  We opposed Secretary Hillary Clinton based upon her platform, and her track record.

The fact that people can become so habitualized and trusting – in this example, with MHI – explains in part how Warren Buffett can openly support Hillary Clinton, who vowed to protect Dodd-Frank as is.

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The truth about MHI is in several ways hiding in plain sight. But the MHProNews exclusively obtained documents from Tim Williams speaks volumes. But only to those with an open mind to reality, vs. fantasy. 

Meanwhile Buffett’s MHI member and prior chair, Tim Williams can claim to be fighting to reform Dodd-Frank. In hindsight, its an obvious contradiction.

I understand why some have a hard time accepting this. Why?  Because frankly, it was hard for me to accept it too.  From early on, there were voices in and with MHI warning me about Jennison, BH, and later others.  I heard them, but wasn’t immediately convinced.

I want to apologize for the time it took us to realize just how corrupted MHI has become during the Jennison era. This isn’t personal, its professional.

Simple Summary

This can be simple. Is Jennison – and are MHI’s so-called leadership – good or bad for the industry? Do they benefit someone beyond the big companies, or favored firms like Clayton’s client, NextStep?

If they had nothing to hide, why are they so afraid of debating the issues in public via video, as we’ve been inviting them to do for about a year?

Facts matter.  Reality is what it is.

People are entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.

We had to be sure about MHI et al.  Thus, we’ve followed each case of misinformation from MHI as they arose, and we reported them accordingly. Collectively those cases, concerns and allegations add up.   The Kevin Clayton video interview laces it all together in his own words.  The video is nearly an hour long, and posted near the end of the report, linked below.

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Then MHI Chairman, Nathan Smith laughed about consolidation on camera.

Dick Jennison somberly explained to the industry, why it should grow slowly. Duh?

It’s the truth hiding in plain sight.

Sure – from the vantage point of the big boys – let the MH Industry get consolidated.  No wonder Jennison and others got an apparent raise and bonus. No wonder they duck debate with one of the few voices that have a platform big enough to matter to them.

Busted! “Failure Bonus” Paid-Richard “Dick” Jennison, CEO Manufactured Housing Institute-per MHI Document$

The future of the industry is potentially bright.

But it has been held back by either MHI incompetence, arrogance, or behavior whose outcome was big companies gobbling up little ones at a reduced price. To those who arguably got swindled, it was tragic!

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As independent business people ourselves – who have felt the betrayals of MHI et all, and have listened to the stories we’ve heard from others in the industry who were likewise betrayed – we would not be silent, once the pattern became clear.

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If MHI is telling the truth, if their track record is so strong, then why do they duck debate or honest discussion in public, via video, so all of the industry can see?

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Open Letter to Dr. Ben Carson – How You Could Lead HUD to Historic Achievements by Ending a Form of Discrimination

December 17th, 2016 No comments

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To: Dr. Ben Carson – named by President-elect Donald J. Trump as his desired Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

From: L. A. “Tony” Kovach – Managing Member, Lifestyle Factory Homes, LLC – Publisher of MHLivingNews.com and MHProNews.com.

Subject: A Specific Way to Apply Your Goals and Principles that Could Transform HUD and Save Taxpayers Billions, by Enforcing the Law, Using Common Sense and Ending a Form of Taxpayer Funded Discrimination.

 

Dear Dr. Carson,
Let me begin by congratulating you and President-elect Donald J. Trump. By way of introduction, like you, my truly better half and I publicly supported Mr. Trump’s candidacy consistently against the many deceptive and even vicious tactics used by his opponents.

We believe, as you do, that “patient endurance” (cf: Heb. 10:36) will obtain everything and that “…the truth sets us free” (cf: Jn. 8:32).

You know what discrimination is and how it works. Most use the word discrimination in racial terms, which those enlightened by a proper understanding of the Word know is wrong.

For the purposes of your upcoming role at HUD, let’s focus on the following aspect of the dictionary.com definition of discrimination:

…”treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.”

Discrimination, as you know, is often caused by ignorance.

Discrimination is rooted in a lack of objective understanding. It is caused by improper information and a paucity of intellectual curiosity. Your career reflects the opposite of such qualities, as you pioneered new achievements in neurosurgery through the combination of education, effort, goal orientation, desire, and faith.

Millions today are trapped in poverty.  As you stated months ago, the federal government often misuses resources that if left in the hands of “We, the People” could be used far more effectively. But it will take time and effort to move giant bureaucracies – such as HUD – and millions back to the proper limits of law.

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You know that just as some treatments must be done in stages to avoid a shock to the body, similarly, some steps will be needed at HUD to avoid a negative shock to the American body politic.

There are some hundred plus millions from all backgrounds in the U.S. who have never been properly taught the advantages of limited government. Millions have never been told the brilliance of free enterprise. They don’t understand the blessings of solidarity, subsidiarity, and self-reliance.

Millions will therefore need to be taught to fish – and must learn why metaphorical fishing, as your life epitomizes, is a beautiful thing – a way to tap those talents and skills that you and President-elect Trump have spoken or written about which are often now dormant.

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HUD’s and Federal Waste is Unsustainable – Yet a Solution Saving Billions is Hiding in Plain Sight

Billions of dollars annually are squandered by HUD for housing programs that long-term are unsustainable.

Yet millions from all backgrounds have been hooked – so to speak, on those programs – which tends to trap and thus limit their human potential.

One of the departments at HUD is the manufactured housing program. It is led by a person who is a partisan Democrat, and she behaves in ways that the outgoing Obama Administration has regrettably often acted. Namely – Pam Danner, JD – and her staff have routinely failed to enforce the law as it is written and intended. Some believe such HUD staffers who are failing at their duties are part of the swamp that must be drained for this program to perform for Americans as it supposed to by law.

That law is the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA 2000).

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                         Download the MHIA 2000 at this link or from the image above.

The proper enforcement of the MHIA 2000 holds the key to solving America’s growing affordable housing crisis. It does so using the law and the free market.

Manufactured homes – as a prior HUD Code Manufactured Housing program administrator explains in an interview in the video below – must by law perform in a dynamically similar fashion to conventional construction. As U.S. Census bureau studies demonstrate, HUD Code manufactured homes are about half the cost of similar-sized conventional construction.

 

 

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, linked as a download from the graphic below, proves that manufactured homes are the most cost-effective form of housing.

 

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So why are manufactured homes so disrespected and discriminated against?

Dr. Harold Hunt has correctly stated, manufactured homes Are Not Your Grandfather’s Trailer House.

 

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Dr. Lisa Tyler’s doctoral dissertation has pointed to the discrimination and rejection in zoning based upon ignorance; the lack of a proper understanding and treatment of manufactured housing.

 

 

Engineer Dr. Tim Reinhold has demonstrated what common-sense should tell a thinker.  That a manufactured home – which must withstand the stresses of movement – is stronger than standard building techniques, so long as the manufactured home is properly installed.

 

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To see an interview that includes Dr. Reinhold, click here or the image above.

 

There is much more that could and needs to be brought to your attention, sir, about modern manufactured homes that would dispel the myths, misconceptions, and outdated notions.

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There is genuine pain felt by those who feel discriminated against, due to widespread ignorance about their housing choice. Simply by supporting the MHIA 2000 law that HUD regulates – and thus promoting a better understanding of the quality that modern manufactured homes represent – some of those discriminatory attitudes would fade. We should celebrate those who live within their means. See Joe Dyton’s narrative and the Op-Ed by poet Lois Requist, linked here or from the image above.

 

In cities and local jurisdictions across America, manufactured housing is being discriminated against.

 

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For a sampling of recent examples of how local officials are discriminating against federally preemptive HUD Code manufactured homes, click here or the image above.

 

Yet those very local officials who are violating the MHIA of 2000 – that HUD’s Pam Danner and her staff have routinely failed to rigorously defend – are excluding the solution to the affordable housing crisis that Bloomberg, HousingWire. Realtor and Fox News have all pointed to needs to be promoted.

That appealing, common-sense option is regulated by the agency you will soon lead.

 

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Manufactured homes can be highly cost-effective, entry level (‘shade and shelter’) that are safe and energy saving; or they may be ‘residential style’ homes that likewise must meet all of the safety and energy standards. The home above is an Energy Star rated residential style home that costs about half of what a similar size, conventionally built housing unit would. When HUD pays for housing, why not have those dollars go farther? But long-term more important, by HUD supporting and allowing the MHIA 2000 law to work as intended, over-time the free market will naturally reduce the demand for subsidized housing on more expensive conventional building.

 

I’m hopeful that a man of your intellect and solution-oriented desire for Americans to prosper will see from this introductory letter, related links and visuals that HUD has disgracefully tilted the playing field away from a free market solution to affordable quality living.

Instead, the government – HUD – is subsidizing other forms of housing that manufactured homes provide a far more cost-effective alternative. That defies logic.  That could only happen in broken, Washington, D.C.

Many think that tiny houses – which are often built on a chassis, and are thus mobile – are hip and cool. Yet those tiny houses are routinely built to no code at all. By contrast, manufactured homes are built to the only federal – and thus preemptive – housing code of its kind. Aren’t the ironies amazing?

Our industry has frankly failed to dispel the myths or outdated notions that separate manufactured homes from the mobile homes and trailer houses of yesteryear.

But HUD has failed to enforce the law that makes the path to homeownership available to millions more who are otherwise often stuck in rentals.  Millions are in HUD subsidized rentals. That can change – improving lives and saving taxpayer money – with the proper leadership.

The Senses at Work

Let me conclude with an invitation. Please invest two days before or after you are sworn in, and let me personally show you how these homes are built.

Then let’s go to the locations these marvels are properly sited in and introduce you to the people who know and love the homes they own, live in or otherwise serve and sell.

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The collage represents a variety of HUD Code manufactured home styles and sizes by various producers from locations across the United States.

Seeing is believing. Touching, hearing and feeling will be eye-opening.

Please let me invite you to spend a few hours at the upcoming Louisville or Tunica Manufactured Housing Trade Shows. While these trade events are closed to the public, the industry would be thrilled to have you as an honored guest. You could see in a matter of a few hours the difference between outdated perceptions vs. the modern realities.

Truth and prudent action can end the wasteful discrimination.

If you witness and research the modern realities vs. the myths, you will likely discover that the solution to affordable housing is sadly tucked away at HUD, and has been badly mismanaged prior to your arrival.

The Trump family is no stranger to upscale factory-built housing. Those modular home building methods also offer an important solution in many cases.

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But for single family new construction, nothing on the market in the U.S. today is as cost-effective as HUD Code manufactured homes.

So please let me personally arrange for you and any associates of yours that you desire to attend a tour at a few locations. Talk to experts. Question the owners. That will yield the epiphany that could make your time at HUD just as historic as some of your achievements in pediatric neurosurgery.

Manufactured homes are a truly American housing product and process that could ease federal budgets. The homes your department regulates offers millions a common sense, free market path to home ownership.

From the:

  • working class or retired people of very modest means,
  • to the middle class,
  • to frugal millionaires,

they are all among the 22 million (+/-) who benefit today from manufactured home living.

If you allow HUD to follow the law – and thus unleash the power of the MHIA 2000 –  that will create so many good jobs in the process, and it would do so ‘the good old fashion American way.’ No crony capitalism is needed.

Please allow me to serve by personally and meaningfully introducing and Welcoming you to the World of HUD Code Manufactured Homes.

You have the patience, persistence, and wisdom to see how this possible dream for millions can come true in a way that will save the federal government billions of tax dollars a year.

Come, let us reason together.” (cf: Is. 1:18). Amen?

Respectfully yours,

L. A. “Tony” Kovach

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Team Kovach, (l-r) Soheyla (pronounced “So Hey La”), Tamas (pronounced “Tah Mash”) and L. A. Tony Kovach (pronounced “Co-Vatch” like a “Watch with a V”). 

Manufactured, Modular and PreFab Housing Industry News Never Sleeps

December 11th, 2016 No comments

It’s lunchtime somewhere on planet Earth. As reports we’ve done for years – and added more to this past week – there are international stories about factory-built housing.

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Global professional and investor audience, but some 97% (+/-) are in the U.S. and Canada. Map credit, MailChimp.

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R. C. Williams, Daily Business News on MHProNews.com.

Those business-focused stories – most by our hot, new writer – R.C. Williams – may intersect with U.S. or Canadian businesses that:

  • operate MH Communities (look for two new reports on Monday 12-12-2016),
  • build manufactured, modular and PreFab homes,
  • Investors looking to place money in U.S. or Canadian projects,

among numerous other possibilities.

Almost every website is 24-7-365 (we have over 99.5% up-rate). But in the factory built housing world, no one has or does produce more industry related news than MHProNews. No one.

We provide more because we made the decision years ago to provide multiple Daily Business News reports.

Look for a report tomorrow (12-12-2016) morning about a growing trend that – one that should remind us all about what’s taking place in cities and towns coast-to-coast.

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Entrepreneurs November in MHVille 2016

November 1st, 2016 No comments

Whatever happens between now and the election, we know that in business, we have to carry on the day after the polls close. We’ve already seen plenty of Wag the Dog tactics in this race, it won’t be a surprise if we see it again.

 The 2016 race has been a wild ride, right? Whoever gets the nod for the Oval Office, whoever wins the House and Senate, it’s time to keep on trucking on November 9th and thereafter.

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Entrepreneurs know that there is a bit of the gambler in every successful business professional. You may never bet the ponies, play cards or the lotto – but you are betting on your own ability to navigate the business, regulatory/political and economic climate.

 Odds are good that we’ve seen, done, and/or have a good feel for what you do in our industry. This is part of what makes MHProNews.com – different. It is no doubt part of what makes us the runaway leader in digital trade media for the manufactured and modular home industry.

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We’re true believers, much like thousands of you. Sharing Industry News, Tips and Views Pros Can Use matters.

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Like you, we’ve gambled and have won. No one bats 1000, but the greater our understanding of an issue, the more likely it is that you or we can be successful at it.

With thanks to all, and no further adieu – let’s dive into this month’s Featured Articles.

Insider Trades, as Short Interest in Sun Communities by Fund Managers Rises

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by Joe Dyton

Joe_Dyton_DailyBusinessNews-MHProNews55x55Sun Communities, Inc. saw its short interest rise significantly in September, reports Chris Copeland for Baseball News.

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Florida 5 Star Coastal MHC | 368 Sites | Clearwater, Florida

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by Christopher Nortley

ChristopherNortlyMHREinc=postedMHProNews-comy50x50-MHRE Inc. is pleased to present the opportunity to for an investor to purchase a Florida 5-starManufactured Housing Community built in 1968 located in the heart of Clearwater, Florida.

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Why I’m Running for President

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by Donald Trump

creditjimhoft_postedonmhpronews_2Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that have been ignored, neglected and abandoned.

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City tells Community Owner, Stop Lying – called a “Slumlord”

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsOn the northwest side of San Antonio, a literally smelly controversy has been brewing.

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The 2017 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show Tunica, Mississippi March 29th – 31st, 2017

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by Show Tunica

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THE TUNICA SHOW has been in existence for over 19 years.

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Northpoint Commercial Finance Believes That Success Comes from Teamwork

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by Northpoint Commercial Finance

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Hillary’s Huma Abedin Weiner Schnitzled FBI Meltdown – Campaign 2016 Update

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachAbedin is Hillary Clinton’s top aide, and is linked to Middle Eastern radical groups. Each image above is provided under Fair Use guidelines.

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MHARR’s Mark Weiss takes on HUD: Production, Paperwork and Contractor Make-Work

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsAll of this change – without the benefit of actual rulemaking (as required by the 2000 law) — was touted by HUD (and others), at the time, as a money-saverBut it has not worked out that way,– M. Mark Weiss

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Department of Labor New Overtime Rule Reminder

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by IMHA-RVIC

departmentoflabor_rulrreminderBack in May, IMHA-RVIC let you know that the Department of Labor released its final rule revising the overtime exemption regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Russell’s MHP | 54 Sites | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by Christopher Nortley

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Head-to-Head: Cavco Stock Compared to Site Builder MDC

by RC Williams

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As the manufactured housing (MH) industry develops its value proposition as a solution to the waning American dream of home ownership, a recent comparison of company stock value and ROI, sheds light on just how powerful the industry’s potential could be.

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Dodd-Frank, CFPB, Transcript-3 Leaked Clinton Goldman Sachs Speeches – Manufactured Housing Industry Impact?

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachOne of the hottest issues in the manufactured housing (MH) industry for the past 5 years has been:

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Assistant Mayor Pushes to Remove “Trailer” Terminology

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by Joe Dyton

Joe_Dyton_DailyBusinessNews-MHProNews55x55Portsmouth, NH assistant mayor Jim Splaine is doing what he can to put an end to the stigma that’s often felt by people who live in manufactured homes.

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City Controversy with Owner – RVs being denied in Manufactured Home Community

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsFearing another “crew camp” situation – one in which transient workers use parked RV’s for living – the Williston, North Dakota Planning and Zoning Commission denied two special use permits that would allow RV parking at Glen Villa and FM Parkway manufactured home communities, owned by Rick Carriger.

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Big Bet to Battle Homeless and Housing Crisis: Modular Homes

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsVancouver mayor Gregor Robertson believes that a shipping container prefabs parked on the south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery holds the key to his city’s homeless and affordable housing crisis.

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Clayton Homes Receives Get ISO

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsClayton Homes announced this week that all 36 of its home building facilities in existence in 2015 have attained International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 registration.

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Cimarron Park Estates | 97 Sites | Nolanville, Texas

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

by Christopher Nortley

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The Presidential Campaign Mask is Off

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachWhen Hillary Clinton answered moderator Chris Wallace’s question in the third presidential debate about open borders and open trade, she essentially confirmed the accuracy of the documents coming out of her campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails via WikiLeaks.

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The Growing Residential Style, Energy Star Home Market – Pre-Louisville Planning – Sunshine Homes

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach

tony- kovachManufactured home retailers and MH Communities that retail homes are looking for product that sells.

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Equity LifeStyle Properties Leads Up Day for MHCV, Broader Markets Down

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsNoteworthy headlines on CNNMoney – Civil rights groups brace for “chaotic election.” Warren calls out KPMG for Wells Fargo disaster. U.S. economy posts best growth in 2 years.

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Facebook Sale Results in Arrest at Manufactured Home Retailer

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsDeputies in Jones County, Mississippi got some help on an arrest, thanks to Facebook.

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Officials Report Tax Break sought by Clayton Homes

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsManagement of Clayton Homes in Chino Valley, Arizona has asked the town council for a break on sales taxes, stating that what is now the highest rate in the region is hurting business.

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Rewarding Bad Behavior? City Threatens Evictions, MH Residents Push Back

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsA manufactured home community in Manassas, Virginia is facing a unique set of circumstances.

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Austin City Councilman Proposes Mandated Amenities for MH Communities

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsAustin City Councilman Pio Renteria has proposed a new ordinance for manufactured home communities in Austin, after a visit to one last week.

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Fire Safety for All Housing, Including Safer Manufactured Homes

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachOctober is Fire Safety Month — for good reason. The risk of fire rises significantly in fall and winter and fire prevention experts are working overtime to get the word out on special hazards of the season.

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Equity LifeStyle Properties Q3 Report

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsEquity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS) reported Q3 2016 earnings and provided guidance for 2017 via conference call on October 18th.

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Is America losing the 3D Technology race in housing?

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsAmerica invented 3D printing. But when you track the stories about 3D technology, as MHProNews does as a trade publisher, what you see are the occasional examples of 3D printing of housing being used here in the U.S., as in the example here.

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First Look: 2017 Home Buying Season

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsAccording to a new report released by Realtor, the 2017 home buying season will see a significant increase in first time home buyers, high demand for suburban homes and increasing affordability issues among buyers.

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PreFab Home Installed in Two Days as Part of Global Parisian Show

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

by RC Williams

rcwilliamsdailybusinessnewsmhpronews-postedmastheadblog-mhpronewsRevolution Precrafted Properties is a company that touts how they bring together over 30 of the world’s preeminent architects, artists and designers to create an exclusive series of prefab, livable spaces.

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“Leaked Documents” – Influencing the Manufactured Housing Industry Conversation

August 20th, 2016 No comments

In a perfect world, many federal programs that now exist would end, and the manufactured housing industry would see a tremendous growth as a result.

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That said, the maze of federal programs and bureaucracies that now exist – and tragically waste hundreds of billions of dollars a year – more realistically could be slowly wound down.

Until that happy day, when the playing field would be leveled because the federal finger isn’t tilting the advantage this way or that way, manufactured housing ought to do what it can to get its fair share of those programs. 

Wind all of those programs down that can be undone, and let MH benefit along the way; that’s not a contradictionit’s prudence.

That said, the Masthead  thinks the Section 8 program change signed into law by a coalition of industry and other industries support is – or can be – a temporary advance. We cover an MHI related update on that topic, linked here.  A prior report on that is found on MHLivingNews.com, click the image below.

To get a sense of the sheer scope of the potential, see this report linked here, found no place else in the MH Publishing world.
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2 ‘Leaked Documents’ and the DOE Regulatory issue

At some point, more in the MH industry will learn the general principle that more regulations are going to result in:

  • more pain,
  • more costs,
  • more lost options for consumers,
  • and more lost MH sales that would otherwise take place for industry pros,

absent said new regulation.  No is powerful.  The MH industry’s default position, until strong evidence suggests otherwise, ought to be NO when it comes to more federal (or other) regulations.

We won’t embarrass some in the industry today with so called ‘victories’ that were once cheered in the past that turned out to be disasters – efforts that some in the industry claims to have lobbied for – more regs that harmed MH instead of helped. So let’s turn outside of our MH ranks for the next few moments to understand this DOE issue.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a competitor, in some ways, with MH.

So the NAHB priced-out study (see it as part of the download on the report, linked here) ought to be seen as a pure gift to MH, because NAHB tells industry members what the impact of even $1000 in new price hikes would be – tens of thousands of potential lost customers.

To rephrase, the NAHB priced-out report helps industry pros bypass the ‘partisan’ MHI vs. MHARR issue.

The NAHB’s bottom line is that higher costs will keep X thousands of potential buyers from making a purchase. The higher the price, the fewer can qualify.  It’s common sense, right?

So why has it taken so long to get to MHI to the point they are now taking another look at these DOE regs, which MHARR opposed from the outset?  Don’t get me wrong, better late than never!  But where was the pro-active thinking on this issue?

The Masthead isn’t taking sides on the following question,

  • is MHI rethinking this DOE issue (perhaps a bit late in the game),
  • or is this just a head-fake?

We don’t claim to have that answer, not yet anyway.

What we know from various parties – including the one that leaked two documents to us – is in this report, linked here. We’ll let industry pros read it and sort it all out for themselves.

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Leaked! Confidential! 

Confidentially sent information and comments has allowed MHProNews to provide objective insights that are found no-place else in the MH Industry.

Pros in other industries, professions and civil servants share “inside baseball” insights, leak documents and so forth, with media – especially when no one in an organization is listening. Prior to MHProNews, there was simply no place available to send such information – the mainstream media for the most part just doesn’t care enough (yet, along with our sponsors, we’re working on that issue too). We’re it.

So that time-honored tradition of whispering to the media when no one else will listen has been picked up by MHProNews.

We love on the record comments and columns, but we also respect confidential sources. Each serves a unique and vital purpose.  Each is why thousands of pros, investors, researchers and public officials will logon today, thousands more tomorrow, and likely thousands will read this very column – and most certainly – Matthew Silver’s report linked above.

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Be a NewsMaker! As – We Provide, You Decide

There is a push from outside MH and within to get MH businesses to embrace this new DOE energy rule.

For reasons stated above, we’ve editorially opposed it. But for accuracy and balance, we do have industry friends and sources within MH who embrace this rule, but they are not yet ready to go on the record with their thinking.

So in all sincerity, our tagline applies: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

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New tips are welcome at iReportMHNews@MHMSM.com. When you send documents and/or messages, please let us know if your comments are on or off the record.

Knowledge is potential power. If you or someone you know is kept from sharing some key insight, or if a harmful issue is being ignored, etc.; please feel free to share it as a news tip. We’ve had this document/leak and yet another news tip just recently, but there has been more over the years sent to us.

There are times that may be the only way that we as an industry will advance as rapidly as possible to achieve our true potential. Do what you can, and we will too.

Together, Everyone Achieves More (TEAM). ##

(Editor’s note: let’s pray for those tens of thousands of victims of flooding in Louisiana; we have been tracking that in reports on the Daily Business News, the most recent, linked here.)

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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

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

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

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

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

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TSA Portfolio | 889 Sites | Michigan

by Christopher Nortley

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

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

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

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DOE Public Meeting On MH Energy Rule Further Exposes Multiple Fallacies

by Mark Weiss

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

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Getting Zoning Approvals for New Manufactured Home Communities

by Scott Roberts

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

 

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

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

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

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EPA Set To Publish Final Composite Wood Formaldehyde Rule

by Mark Weiss

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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Loneliness

by Tim Connor, CSP

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

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ZigOn Teaching By Example

by Zig Ziglar

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

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