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Manufactured Housing’s Professional Crucifixion

March 30th, 2018 No comments

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Let’s be crystal clear at the outset.

 

Only One can claim to have been betrayed by a close comrade, arrested, found guilty at three separate rigged trials, beaten, brutally whipped/scourged, mocked, marched off on public streets, crucified, died, and was buried in a borrowed grave for our sins on a Friday that’s paradoxically called Good. 

 

Only One can claim to have undergone all of that, and then rise from the dead. And if experts who’ve long studied the Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo are correct, that One left strong evidence that’s inspired billions of souls throughout the centuries ever since. 

Respectful of our weak yet free will that He died for, Jesus of Nazareth beckons us to look anew, and apply what happened almost 2000 years ago to our own time, and our own circumstances.

Let’s do so, and apply that Way to our often troubled profession.

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Manufactured Housing’s Crucifixion

Take up your cross, and follow Me,” Jesus said. Surely at first blush, those words ranks as the worst sounding invitation of all time.

So why did so many in that era take those striking words literally?  When thousands were likewise sentenced to their own cruel deaths by Roman authorities, and by the politicos and hired thugs of their time?

The fact that hundreds of Hebrew Scriptural references seem to fit Jesus’ life so well, isn’t enough for many among the masses. That’s no slam, it’s simple reality. Perhaps understandably so, because like Peter, even Jesus’ followers routinely deny Him, and turn away…

…only to return more humbly again. 

After all, we are sinners.  It’s the one thing that Saul – who originally persecuted believers, and who became the Paul that preached what he had first disdained – said we have in common.

Through the lens of Good Friday, let’s look at Manufactured Housing’s own crucifixion.

Day by day, our industry is mocked in the media. Manufactured homes are a political football that’s kicked and passed around, fumbled, sold out for thirty pieces of silver, and often frustrated by forces seemingly larger than the 22 million now being served.

No wonder it’s ignored by so many, when it commonly goes under false names like “trailer house,” or dated terms like “mobile home,” even though no new mobile homes have been shipped in the U.S. since the first manufactured homes were built on June 15, 1976.

At Christmas, believers heard and read that Jesus was born in a stable, exiled outside of town. It was the social outcasts of that era – the shepherds – who heard the herald angels sing; not the rich, famous, or powerful.

While some brave souls with millions in net worth own manufactured homes, many more shun them, just because of the unfair rep.

And that’s just fine for scores of locals and so called leaders scattered across our land.  Is it better to have half a million homeless? Is it better to have tens of millions locked in poverty? Why not consider the obvious solution? The one hiding in plain sight?

Better – some wrongly believe – to waste billions a year on programs for rentals that can never solve the growing American housing crisis…

…or so the deeds of the short sighted, ignorant, lazy, greedy or corrupt would have millions think.  Never doubt that forces favoring and profiting from subsidized rental housing resists the obvious solution of manufactured homes.

Last week, HUD Secretary Ben Carson – world renowned for his achievements in medicine – was mocked by some in politics and the media too.

Like the president, vice president, cabinet, administration and the American people they serve, they too are all being sold out at every opportunity.  Sometimes that betrayal is by those who are supposedly in their own party, and among their supporters.

No wonder so many of us won’t take the label of Democrat or Republican. Like Judas Iscariot, the news often gives more attention to the behavior of the wicked, than to the behavior of the those trying to do good.  Spotlight some embarrassing incident, no matter how long ago, or regardless of how irrelevant to the important job at hand.

Secretary Carson, teed up by a question from Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), talked about how “Amazing” today’s manufactured homes are.

Carson called many of the regulations of manufactured homes “ridiculous.”  You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to see the truth that what you build indoors in a production center will cost you less than the same thing built outdoors on scattered locations. Save time, buy materials in bulk, cut wasted and stolen items down, save labor, and you’ll save money. 

That’s why Secretary Carson could honestly say that manufactured homes often look like and rival conventional housing, and cost less. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, they are about half the cost per square foot as site building.

There’s an important part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis, as Carson himself observed.

So why aren’t manufactured homes embraced?

One might as well ask, why don’t all embrace the cross of Christ? 

 

Manufactured Housing’s Judas

We will link up below the betrayal of manufactured homes by people, who like Judas, sold the industry out so that they could play the corrupt game in the temple that the money changers did in Jesus’ time.

But those corrupt industry folks, who are building “a moat” to enrich the few to the harm to the many, have been killing off competitors by an abuse of economic and political power.  Like Pilate or his brutal soldiers, they have various kinds of blood on their hands.

Some historians claim Pilate converted later in his life. Some say, some of Pilate’s soldiers and executioners did too. If it’s possible then, it is possible now too.

It took the most grueling and unjust death of all time to bring about the conversion of so many souls over the ages. It took Dieced – the killing of the God who become Man – to win victory over Satan. That’s what made this Friday, Good.

We can’t be surprised if we too have a unique cross to take up too.

On the other side of the darkness of Good Friday, comes the bright sunrise of Easter Sunday.

Manufactured housing has been crucified for years.  It was buried in certain ways by some, including those who falsely claim to be the industry’s allies. Pilate and the authorities spread lies to cover their tracks after they killed the Christ, too.

Might our misunderstood and maligned profession – given Secretary Carson’s and the Trump Administration’s leadership, and enough people of good will across the left-right political divide – support as needed our industry’s much needed rebirth?

Will the needs of the many outweigh in time the blindness and greed of the few? 

If enough do the politically incorrect in our time, then Senator Tillis’ and Dr. Carson’s insights will prove to be wise. In turn, millions more will be served, and can lead a better life.

But never forget, it was corrupt men who sold out Jesus. It was those guilty of sinful avarice, the ignorant, the lazy, the paid assassins, that killed the Savior. And the crowd watched. Some stunningly cheered, “Crucify him!” ## (Masthead op-ed, news, analysis, and commentary.)

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Manufactured Housing Industry Politics – Complicated Cross Currents, or April Fools?

April 7th, 2017 No comments

There are thousands of professionals wise enough to be in the manufactured home industry, who have the noble intent of earning an honest living, by giving good service to the public and other professionals they serve.”
 – Soheyla Kovach.

 

Manufactured Home Industry Politics. Those who know say, “it’s complicated.”
– Soheyla Kovach.

Guys, do you love it – or hate it? – when the wife gets it right?

Ladies, does it make you smile when the gent in your life must say, “honey, that was spot on.”

Among my discoveries at the successful 2017 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show was the numbers who came up to me – or my truly better half, Soheyla – and said, “I really like her articles!”

The opening quotes and the two below are from her promo/teaser a few days ago that announced our theme for the month.

MH Industry politics are indeed complex. I wish we could honestly say it was simple, but it’s not.

Yes, manufactured housing shipments are rising at double-digit levels. Still, the industry’s only scratching the surface of its potential in your market, and other markets from coast-to-coast.

The facts, “Proof!” *** a real-world case study *** and several reports linked in this month’s issue below, all point to the fact that the industry could be rising much faster.

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Are there forces outside and inside of our HUD Code Manufactured Home Industry, that for whatever motives or reasons are holding the industry back from its potential? We covered several points on that theme last month.

This month, let me share the English version of a classic Italian maxim.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
– George Horne.

Please, for your own sake, don’t wait on some magical third party to ride in and save the day.

You must be a key part of your own location(s) growth solutions.

The industry has for decades failed to reach the potential it was tapping in the early 1970s. Various reports suggest that we are building the industry’s best homes ever.

In a growing American affordable housing crisis, we can do much better than we have been.

While all can ‘cop a plea’ to having done something foolish from time to time,
we don’t want to be perceived as – or actually be –
unwise
.”
– Soheyla Kovach.

At Tunica, a panel of three independent MH Industry lenders each shared example stories of how some locations are proactively doing a superior job of attracting and selling the better qualified credit buyers.

HowManyLegsDoesADogHaveIfYouCallATailALegFourCallingTailLegDoesntMakeItALegAbrahamLincolnQuoteHDPostedMHProNews-If your industry peers are doing that, then with the right motivation and commitments, you and your operation can too.

Let’s ignore for the next few minutes the industry’s complex political situations. Focus on you and your location.

See for yourself – via the reports linked below – the opportunities, threats and proven solutions that stand available for any professionals and businesses with the drive to do ‘what it honestly takes’ to make robust growth happen.

Be wise. Check out the April 2017 Issue in depth.” – Soheyla Kovach.

My hunch is if you take up my lady’s challenge, you’ll see the value of her words for yourself and your operation(s).

With no further adieu, let’s stop being foolish and dive into the simplicity of reality checks, goal and solution orientation.

All the Best, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach. ##

Barry and “Be the Change!” Doing Good, Pays
by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachWe decided this month to highlight a simple yet profound reality. Read more…

 

State Law Forces City Decision on Manufactured Home Zoning
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsIn Queensbury, New York, manufactured housing has scored a victory. Read more…

 

 

Manufactured Home Communities, Fair Housing, and Day Care
by Nadeen Green, JD

nadeen-green-mhpronews-comThe seven federally protected classes (race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status and disability) are hugely relevant (and reflective of the issues of discrimination at the time that they were created as well as important today). Read more…

 

What’s the Truth About the Manufactured Housing Industry’s Potential?
by Soheyla Kovach

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Whether or not truth is reported, or distorted, reality – the truth – is. Truth exists. Read more…

 

Price Reduction *** North Tampa Portfolio – MH & RV | 380 Sites | Florida
by Christopher Nortley


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The North Tampa Portfolio consist of 3 communities in which 2 are located in Port Richey while the 3rd is located in Hudson, FL. All the communities have very desirable locations and convenient for an owner to have centralized management to create economies of scale. Read More

 

ELS Rises, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Dip
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsNoteworthy headlines on – CNNMoney – Mercedes-Benz pulls ads from The O’Reilly Factor. Read more…

 

 

Proof! Manufactured Home Communities, Retailers & Builder/Developers Can Attract, Sell Site Built Buyers
by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachWhat’s the difference between a nice sounding theory, and a profitable process?  Proof. Read more…

 

Security Mortgage Group Setting Hot Pace in First Quarter of 2017
by Pierce Redmond

Pierce Redmond-Vice PresidentSecurityMortgageGroup-55x55Security Mortgage Group, a national award-winning MH Community lending broker, is pleased to have financed $78,632,000 thus far in 2017 for several manufactured home communities nationwide. Read more…

 

Brian Gallagher, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Santefort Real Estate Group – RFI – FHFA, Duty to Serve Comments Letter
by Brian Gallagher

BrianGallapher-ChiefOperatingandFinancialOfficeratSantefortRealEstate Group55x55Editor’s note: Brian Gallagher thoughtfully shared the comments below with MHProNews for publication.  Read more…

 

Media, MHI Members Welcomed, Industry Warned
by Soheyla Kovach

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At the 2017 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, members of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and the industry’s top trade media were welcomed – without cost – by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) at the annual in-person meeting of their members.
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Live Oaks & Blue Oaks MHP Portfolio | 170 Sites | Topeka, Kansas
by Christopher Nortley

ChristopherNortlyMHREinc=postedMHProNews-comy50x50-Property Overview MHRE Inc is pleased to present Live Oaks and Blue Oaks located in Topeka, Kansas. The communities are situated just 4.2 miles away from each other. Read more

 

Is What You Say Always Consistent with What You Believe?
by Tim Connor, CSP

tim-connor-mhmsm-comThere is a Native American legend that says – you will only get into Heaven leaning on the shoulders of someone you helped while you were here. Read more…

 

Manufactured Home Community’s Outsider Sparked Water Issues
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsIn Puyallup, Washington, the stereotypes surrounding manufactured versus site built housing are playing out in a less than ideal way. Read more…

 

State Agency to Assist Low Income MH Residents
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsIn Delaware, homeowners in need are going to get some help. Read more…

 

Want Manufactured Home Community Voluntarily Rent Control, Anyone? Anyone?
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsOfficials in Corona, California, say that they may pursue voluntary rent control measures for manufactured home communities, in an effort to help low income and elderly residents who face rent hikes of up to 30 percent over the next two years. Read more…

 

City Turns to Manufactured Homes in Project
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsIn Northern California, the city of Sebastopol is investing $258,000 into a project that establishes affordable housing for low-income residents at the city’s eastern gateway. Read more…

 

April Fools? – MHVille’s Complicated Politics, 2017
by Soheyla Kovach

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NFIB Provides Vital Small Business Guide
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsThe National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is out with its 2017 Small Business Tax Guide.
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Moves In U.S. Home Price Index
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsNew data from Case-Shiller shows that January home prices rose at the fastest rate since 2014. While this spells a win for sellers, it could eventually affect buyer demand. Read more…

 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News March 26th 2017 to April 2nd 2017
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsOur theme for our April 2017 issue is: Manufactured Housing Industry Politics – Complicated Cross Currents, or April Fools? Read more…

 

Cavco’s Buyout
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsCavco Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:CVCO) tells MHProNews that it has signed a Letter of Intent, and has reached an understanding, on terms to acquire Lexington Homes, Inc. Read more…

 

ELS’ Sam Zell Sounds Off on Trump’s Wall
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsELS Chairman and billionaire real estate mogul Sam Zell shared his thoughts recently on President Donald Trump’s plan for the border wall with Mexico, and what it means for business. Read more…

 

City Residents Make Unexpected Moves – Opportunity for MH?
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsNew data shows an interesting trend – popular cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., normally destinations for living, are actually losing people in mass. Read more…

 

Diverse Industry Reactions to Manufactured Home Community Closure Issue
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsIn Chesterfield, Missouri, residents of the town’s only manufactured home community received some very shocking news this week. Read more…

 

Chicago’s Mayor Favors Massive Modular Project
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsIn a follow up to a story that Daily Business News originally covered here, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is “gung ho” about developers planning to build 12,000 modular homes, along with a factory to manufacture them, on the 430-acre site of the old U.S. Steel South Works plant in the city. Read more…

 

Developers Going MOD in Housing Crisis
by RC Williams

RCWilliams-writer75x75ManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsIn Baton Rouge, Louisiana, two developers have turned to modular housing to ease the stress of finding housing. Read more…

 

 

 

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

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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

NorthpointCommercialFinancemanufactured housing_200x200-NCF_WEBAD_200x200 (1)NFP_animation (1)Northpoint Commercial Finance is a company that prides itself on its culture.

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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

ChristopherNortlyMHREinc=postedMHProNews-comy50x50-MHRE Inc. is pleased to present Russell’s MHP located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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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

ChristopherNortlyMHREinc=postedMHProNews-comy50x50-MHRE Inc. is pleased to present Cimarron Park Estates located in Nolanville, Texas. Built in 1970, the investment opportunity consist of 97 sites.

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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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The Sight of Blood

July 22nd, 2016 1 comment

This is a big boy game. You get into the process, you will get hurt, you will see your own blood. I tell people all the time, if you can’t stand the sight of your own blood, don’t run for anything.”

– Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas

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Gov. Mike Huckabee, left, Col. Allen West, right.

You Know You’re Over the Target When You’re Catching Flak.” 

– Colonel Allen West, former Congressman (FL)

Associations, Businesses and the 2016 Campaign

In industries and professional offices across the country – including manufactured, modular and other forms of factory-crafted housing – there are associations, investors and business who are preparing two sets of plans for 2017.

Oversimplifying:

  • Plan A – what they’ll do if Donald Trump and Republicans win on November 8, or
  • Plan B – what they’ll do if Hillary Clinton and Democrats win

We won’t predict the outcome of the election, because it is fair to say that circumstances exist that could land either Hillary or the Trump family at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

That said, we’ve made it no secret for months that for a wide variety of reasons, as a political independent, we support a Trump Presidency as best for America, for our industry and consumers.  Like millions, we were interested but skeptical about Mr. Trump – we were won over slowly, over time.

Trump’s the only candidate in this race who is tackling issues we’ve been raising on MHProNews  and/or here on the Masthead  blog for years.  Furthermore, we absoutely believe that Trump can win. If the cards are well played, and he’s done it so far, then it could be a landslide victory for him and his party in November.

Mr. Trump is America’s blue collar billionaire.” 

– Jerry Falwell, Jr., Liberty University

In last night’s GOP nomination acceptance speech, tens of millions of viewers watched as Mr. Trump reached out to blue collar Democrats, disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters, even the LGBTQ community, while embracing evangelical Christians and conservatives.  He wants Republicans, independents and Democrats to vote for him.  He and the amazingly diverse array of speakers this week offered their many reasons why voters should cast their ballots for the GOP POTUS nominee.

It was arguably the biggest big-tent acceptance speech of any Republican nominee in our lifetime.  Did you or I like every part of that outreach or message? Answering that isn’t even necessary, because Ronald Reagan is 100 percent correct with his “80 percent friend” comment shown below.

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And this NYTimes headline in my email this morning couldn’t have been more wrong.

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The various speakers shown above are just some examples of how wrong that New York Times editorial is, reflected in their headline above. Trump let those who know him, refute the wide variety of false claims made by the NYT or other pro-Hillary news outlets. It’s a valid, even wise, approach for a presidential candidate.

Trump didn’t defend himself, because he had waves of speakers for four days who did it for him. That’s smart. The Donald focused instead on telling the country the hard truths he sees, contrasting “crooked Hillary” with his plans; painting the biggest, boldest vision for real progress for All in Americans since Ronald Reagan faced similar conditions during Jimmy Carter’s presidency. 

Make America Safe Again. America First. MAGA!

The 2016 general election is well underway. Trump is dead-on with so many issues, as the latest (and tragic) terrorist attack reflects. IMHO, this will be the most unique election cycle so far in our lives. We’ll bring you extensive coverage about both major party conventions in the days ahead.  

We’re over the target routinely here on MHProNews, which is why we take flak.  

But we’re always willing to take those shots to shake up the issues that are harming or holding the MH Industry back. We also give others the chance to respond.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © 

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We take flak, but we can’t be faint when someone tries to bloody us for delivering hard truths; because those tough-love truths are always shared with the goal of advancing the MH Industry.We Provide, You Decide.” (C)

The new August 2016 issue of MHProNews is rushing up on us. The RV MH Hall of Fame’s annual gala is coming up fast too.

Nowhere else in MHVille will you find the breadth of balanced coverage and commentary that you do right here. For example, see DJ Pendleton’s latest, posted here. We’ll be bringing you a new A Cup of Coffee with… another long term, big time operation’s top man in our August issue.  Watch for it!

Perhaps these and more are the reasons why thousands of pros from across America – and across the globe – logon here daily by the thousands?  For an industry our size, our audience is amazing! But so is our content.  Is that why the typical guest reading articles and viewing videos here will do 8+ pageviews?  3’rd party stats tell us we have far more engagement than others in the e-publishing field typically do. 

You (or our sponsors…) may not always agree with what we publish – that’s okay – because they know we bring the eyeballs of decision makers (see link above).

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Thousands of MHProNews logon daily, and at any given time thousands may be on the site – see the home page footer’s guest counter.

So you aren’t alone when you read articles, commentary or view videos here.

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Managing Member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC.
Publisher of Industry leading 
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and 
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Consultant and service provider to the MH industry.

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Bernie, Hillary, Donald and Manufactured Housing – Dodd-Frank, Regulations Plus HUD and DTS Revisited

May 22nd, 2016 No comments

Let’s machine gun (rat, tat, tat) through some topics today, because there’s a lot going on that impacts manufactured housing pros and our current and prospective customers.

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1) We’ll begin with the Democrats, and note that Senator Bernie Sanders refuses to lay down, though Hillary at this point is only a few dozen delegates shy of the number needed to clinch their nomination. Where it not for the super-delegate system, their race would be much tighter – but that’s an issue for Democrats and party insiders to wrestle with. What’s clear is that the enthusiasm seems to be with those who feel the Bern.

Jane Sanders, Bernie’s wife, has hinted she wishes the FBI would hasten their decision about Mrs. Clinton. DC insiders tell the Masthead that what seems increasingly likely is that the FBI will turn over their evidence to the DOJ, where Loretta Lynch will do as her president quietly asks, and unceremoniously kill any chance for an indictment of Secretary Clinton on the criminal offense of allegedly mishandling classified material. Sources suggest if DOJ won’t indict, it could then result in some at the FBI who are angry that Clinton is not being prosecuted to leak to the press information damaging to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.

To rephrase; what looked like a more unified Democratic party could in fact have greater fractures than what the Republicans, who are rapidly coalescing around their presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.  Trump is surging in the national polls, now a few points ahead of Clinton.

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Who is Best for Manufactured Housing?

2) Let’s step back from that thumbnail primary analysis and ask a fundamental question. Which party this fall would be better for Manufactured Housing and our industry’s current and potential customers?

MH Associations – and certainly MH professionals – often get engaged in state or federal races – for example – for the Congress and the Senate. Why aren’t we hearing more about the race for the presidency?

We’ve seen and heard very little formally out of the DC or Arlington based national MH associations on this presidential candidate topic, although there are quiet conversations that have been and continue to take place on who would be best for MH in the White House.

Let’s keep it super-simple. Bernie and Hillary are generally both for:

  • higher taxes
  • strengthening Dodd-Frank
  • more regulations
  • keeping or growing ObamaCare into a single-payer health care system

among a host of other issues that impact jobs and businesses.

The presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump,

  • announced last week that he is for dismantling most of Dodd-Frank
  • favors morphing ObamaCare into something more free-market driven, like Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and increased interstate competition between private insurance companies
  • lowering taxes
  • decreasing regulatory burdens on businesses
  • and a host of other measures he asserts will protect the border, improve trade deals, grow American jobs, boost lower and middle class income and reduce the drain on federal budgets

For accuracy and balance, we must note that the Libertarian Party is planning on making the biggest splash they can in this election cycle. Much will depend on their ability to get on national presidential/vice presidential debates. While there are many other so-called third parties out there, none at this time seem to have the requite tools, treasure and talent to mount a serious national effort.

Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the national political scene, and its impact on MH. Because as a well-connected source told us, what happens in the race for the Oval Office, along with control of the House and Senate, will clearly influence every current effort in Washington to deal with regulatory issues that impact the manufactured housing industry, MH home owners, along with our increasing numbers of new home customers.

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A new HUD Issue that may impact Manufactured Housing?

A new Obama Administration ruling outlined and a legislative response described in the story linked here concerns me. Could this issue negatively impact manufactured housing’s preemption?

Keep in mind that in a state like Texas, where TDHCA’s Joe Garcia gives a very positive interpretation to the power of the MHIA 2000s preemption over local zoning matters, this issue could help or harm local placements and thus sales in many markets.

We have one legal source that tells us that, no, this latest regulatory issue linked above won’t change a thing for HUD Code manufactured homes.

I’m not an attorney, but recalling how HERA 2008 surprised us with SAFE, I’m not yet convinced. We’ll stay on this, watch for updates. Meanwhile, you might ask attorneys you or your association know: will this HUD ruling and proposed Senate fix help, harm or have no impact on HUD Code MH preemption?

Duty To Serve Manufactured Housing by GSEs Fannie and Freddie revisited 

Credibility on a topic – any topic – requires an openness to a variety of perspectives. Credibility always requires an openness to new insights and new information. If a statement, view or opinion is inaccurate, then credibility demands a willingness to correct the record. 

There are some topics that are fairly black and white. Others – like the one noted on preemption – may be more complex or nuanced.  In this case, we are considering the issue of the Duty To Serve (DTS) by the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

There are two pending OpEds by industry pros on financing/Duty to Serve that are awaiting revisions by their respective authors.

Depending on when they come in, those may end up on Industry Voices or possibly as a Featured Article for our rapidly approaching June issue. Having reviewed these drafts, one in particular will have interesting insights on the finance/DTS issue.

Plus, and this ought to be its own headline: *** there is a reliable source that claims that one of the GSEs are already making some home only/personal property/chattel loans *** in some manufactured home land lease communities. 

We will keep you posted on all those as they develop. 

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Correcting the Record

MHProNews and MHLivingNews strives to be pro-Industry and yet accurate all at the same time. When we produced the latest version of our popular tornado/hurricanes/windstorm video, we strive for accuracy while keeping a focus that debunks long held beliefs about manufactured homes as tornado magnets.

From time to time, we get a message or call from a reader that effectively says, this or that article needs a correction. Our response is simple. We’re always happy to correct the record, and for accuracy – please supply the facts, figures and source(s) that supports your statement. 

We also encourage well reasoned letters to the editor – OpEds – and these can take positions that agree, disagree or have an entirely new look at topics that your Masthead editor or others in MH present.

Pro-industry trade journalism encourages a candid look at the issues that can help or harm our great industry.  Thousands in MH today have never known now defunct publications such as the MHMerchandiser Magazine.  To you and thousands of others, here and at MHLivingNews.com are the places where you get fair and balanced views we hope will advance MH for consumers and professionals.  ##

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Taking Care of Business – Manufactured Housing Industry – October 2015

October 3rd, 2015 No comments

Before we get down to Taking Care of Business in MH, let me first note the following.

 

In the middle of October, we’ll mark the 6th anniversary launch of what we now call MHProNews.com.  In this issue, you’ll find quotable quotes from industry leaders and professionals who say in their own words, why this online trade journal and professional news source for MH is valuable to them.  We thank all our volunteers, writers, news tip sources and sponsors for making it possible for us to serve you. The article with quotes is linked below.

 

Here is a small snipet of those kudos comments that came in via LinkedIn…

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These are just some of those who sent kudos ad congrats via LinkedIn. Our thanks to all for the kind wishes and thanks for letting us serve you!

…let me stress, that the kind words go to the team.  We have volunteers, writers, formal team members, sponsors, those that give us news tips and more.  Together, we are pleased to be serving you and this great industry that we love.

 

Now, let’s focus on…

 

Taking Care of Business

 

We are over half a decade into the ‘recovery’ of manufactured housing.  That recovery is real, but far too modest.  We must each do our part to be ‘taking care of business.’

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Communications is a huge part of what MH needs. You may need something, but don’t know where to turn.  Or you may have a product or service that is PERFECT for someone that doesn’t even know you exist in MH. Or they may have met you once, but in the hustle and bustle of the post-great recession America, you’re not top of mind.  What to do?

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To rise, you must let go of the dead weights of the past. We must look up to rise, not look down.

Many B2B firms are using this platform, or industry events that we promote, to make their products and services better known and more successful.  That is one way of taking care of business.

 

On the B2C side, taking care of business means reaching more consumers who have cash or good credit.  We have a number of articles that are “how to” or examples in the new features from pros, linked below.

 

We also have articles by attorneys, a reputation promotion professional – who in their unique ways are also ‘taking care of business.

 

Then there are articles on financing and news related to lending (the latest on GSEs, FHFA and Duty to Serve covered in the Daily Business News, is linked here).

 

One last Taking Care of Business not on the reading list below…I’ll be presenting on SuperCharged MH Marketing and Sales in just a few days at the New York Housing Association’s regional meeting – their 65th event!  Kudos to them for that milestone. Please see their brochure, linked here.

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SuperCharged Marketing and Sales at the upcoming New York Housing 65th annual regional MH professional meeting.

Personal note…

 

Let me take a moment, and thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your colleagues.  In case it isn’t clear, I love manufactured housing.  Doing what we do to educate others and promote MH is challenging, but also a joy.  Sure, there are days or situations that arise that are headaches. But we believe strongly that MH has a bright future ahead.

 

There are still plenty of risks.  But working together with other forward thinkers and doers, we believe that our best days could be ahead.  Thanks for letting us share that vision and goal with you.

 

With no further adieu, here are the 18 new Featured Articles for October 2015 – Taking Care of MH Business.

Featured Articles and Reports for Vol. 7, No. 1, 2015

Alphabetically by Category

 

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

 

No Crystal Ball: Disparate Impact Is Not Crystal Clear 

by Nadeen Green, JD

nadeen-green-mhpronews-comThe National Apartment Association recently provided an excellent webinar titled “Fair Housing Disparate Impact: Learn How the Supreme Court’s Decision Affects You.”

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Tenant Discrimination Laws, Trends, and Landlord Recommendations 

by Kurt Kelley, JD

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FINANCING


New Lenders, Investors and New Builders for Manufactured Housing 

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach

tony- kovachThere is a significant degree of frustration in MHVille over financing. Most savvy pros understand that we can’t return to the go-go days of the 90s, when a fogged mirror “got bought.”

 

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CU Factory Built Lending West Region reaches $1B in total loans originationed and over 10,000 Members currently served with Manufactured Housing Financing 

by John Walters

CU Factory Built Lending West Region ReachesCU Factory Built Lending’s West Region office in Federal Way, WA reached two important milestones in August in its mission to serve the manufactured housing industry and its members.

 

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GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

ROC USA Announces yet another MHC Conversion

by Mike Bullard

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Weathering the Storms: How Manufactured Homes Can Do It

by Jan Hollingsworth

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• TCB

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

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6th Anniversary MHProNews Celebration Comments from Readers 

by MH Industry Professionals

mh-logoIt literally drives me temporarily insane when I read or hear manufactured housing referred to by the media, by any other nomenclature than manufactured housing, or manufactured home.

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Sunshine Homes, Red Bay, AL – 2 Points on Manufactured Housing Image, More MH Sales 

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

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JOBS and Careers Positions – Get them, Fill Them – Taking Care of Business 

by Soheyla Kovach

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In the hustle and bustle of business, many have overlooked the obvious place to showcase career openings in manufactured housing.


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Colorado Manufactured Home Community Occupancy and Rent Trends Report 

by Darren Krolewski

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• Selling a Manufactured Home Community? Get Top Dollar! Buying? Check this New Listing Out! 

by Christopher Nortley

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The Image Problem—in Three Stages

by Bob Vahsholtz

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It’s Crunch Time for Nominations to the RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2016 

by Jeff White

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MARKETING


5 Ways to Building Your MH Reputation

by Wayne Coakley

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In last month’s article I promised to give you details and to help you with implementing a Reputation Marketing strategy in your manufactured home business.

 

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Taking Care of MH Communities Business – Marketing and Selling Approaches 

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachCommunity management involves a myriad of details. Maintenance, collections, budgets, CapX, a professional implementation of guidelines for living and pro-active resident relations are among them.

 

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PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION


Living with Wisdom – 3 Tips – Appreciation, Intent, Plans 

by Tim Connor, CSP

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Appreciation – In one of my favorite books, What Happy People Know by Dan Baker he shares a very simple and yet profound topic – simply that the single common trait among all happy people is the ability and willingness to give appreciation no matter what.

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ZigOn The Main Thing

by Zig Ziglar

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The refrain most often heard in the media, in private conversations and correspondence, is “I apologize for not getting back sooner, but I’ve been so busy…”

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Serious September – Manufactured Housing Industry Newsmakers, Reports, Articles and Interviews

September 2nd, 2015 No comments

Serious September 2015. It could just as easily be named, how to Scale Success, or Sliding Sideways September.  Which of the later two it will be depends on how each of us views and responds to events and opportunities.  Before outlining our STRONG Serious September Featured Articles and Interviews line up, let me explain what I mean.

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We could use as an executive summary for the next few paragraphs below that Media Engagement by MH Matters, and that Engaging the Media as Media is Very Useful.

1) We spent the early part of the summer documenting MH potential and opportunities on MHProNews.com.  As with the rest of our content, you can still see and access those articles. June is here and July, linked here.  We could summarize it by saying that with rents rising, site-building through the roof (on costs…) and inventories of ‘affordable homes’ in short supply in many markets, MH has plenty of opportunities for a record rebound.

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The reports, linked via the image above, were part of a hot, hot summer on MHProNews.

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Dick Ernst, FinMark USA and Chariman of Financial Services division at MHI.

2) Among the reasons given for not rising higher in new home shipments than we have include financing and new regulations.  More on that shortly, but I’ll refer back to what Dick Ernst, now Chairman of MHI’s Financial Services Committee, has said.  There is no lack of capacity for our MH lenders to finance many more people, who are financially qualified. That could be rephrased as ‘we need to attract better credit customers,’ without ignoring providing the millions – who have no chance for a site built house – the opportunity to buy from us.

3) We have to broaden our industry’s base.  We have to attract the more credit qualified customers, without ignoring the traditional, affordable, entry-level side of our market.  There are retailers and MHCs who are doing it. That means, it can be done in your market too.  How do we do that, you ask?  Many ways, including through media and PR strategies.

Not Letting CFPB and their cheer leaders off the Hook

It is offensive to think MH pros can collectively do only one thing at a time well.  The people I know can walk, chew gum and carry on a cogent conversation all at once. En masse, there are tons we can do, together.

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Any serious researcher is going to find what you see in the screen capture above. MHProNews, MHLivingNews and our other related media efforts are in-the-mix of the conversation on CFPB regulations and their impact on MH.

So while there absolutely has to be a focus on regulatory relief – that we support in word and deed – we ought not make that the one-and-only-thing needed for industry recovery.  Frankly, the regulatory relief sought is as much or more for those estimated 1.7 million households that have a home under 20k in value, as it is for professionals selling the industry’s pre-owned homes.

So we applaud the efforts of the national and state associations in MH that are working to correct those terrible ‘unintended consequence’ of Dodd-Frank. We’re doing more than cheering. We’re doing the meetings, the legislative outreaches, PLUS providing digital cover for the effort in the form of serious research that makes policy types and Senate staffers say (paraphrasing what a Democratic Senate staffer told me), Hey, that’s a pretty compelling argument.

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Again, any serious researcher on Dodd-Frank and Manufactured Home Loan regulations will come across the MHProNews, MHLivingNews and our OpEd on The Hill Congress blog. We are woven into the conversation, which means that the REAL consumer and industry views are being presented.  Ditto someone checking out Doug Ryan/CFED comments, they are bound to find one or more of our articles that will correct the record, and are in favor of reforms sought by the MH Industry. 

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As further proof of the digital cover, Jan Hollingsworth’s latest column, “Renters’ Nation” has lit up since it was published.

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Click here  to see this read hot, new story….

http://manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/renters-nation-the-dark-side-of-dodd-frank-and-its-impact-on-affordable-housing/

87 hours and 38 minutes after the above was published, Webalizer reports there were 42,917 hits on that one article In MH Land, that’s astonishing.

What has to be done now is to scale that outcome

If you want the CFPB and/or the Senate to agree to changes in MH regulations, let me repeat that: what we now have to do is scale that readership result cited above. Please share the link above to Jan’s article with your local editor, and with your  Congressional Rep, your 2 U.S. Senators and the CFPB.

Let’s put this total readership of Jan’s article into perspective.

Just because some publication may have a million readers, that doesn’t mean that each article is read.  Case in point.  We took respected and popular Forbes’ article, shown below.  On July 29th, 2014 on a hot subject, it had 6,701 views.  13 months later, you see that the total views on that article are now up to 7,732.   What that Forbes article has in views in 4 and 2/3rds years, Jan’s latest article accomplished in less than 4 days.

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Do you recall when this was big news for a while in the media? Look at the actual views on the article, this screen capture dated 9.2.2015.  7, 732 total views.  It isn’t just how many see it, but who sees it an then acts upon it.  Credit – Forbes.

Side Show September?

Word has it from certain hot spots that some are already grumbling that we gave Frank Rolfe his right to free speech via a featured interview in this month’s issue.  Why would we, as a pro-MH publisher, allow Frank to be quoted as he shared it?

Wouldn’t you want to be quoted accurately?

To be taken seriously as trade media, we have to be fair and balanced, or we risk sliding into irrelevance.  We quoted Doug Ryan accurately too, and I’m not equating the two by any means. When we quote:

  • Jim Clayton, or
  • Nathan Smith, or
  • John Bostick, or
  • Mark Weiss, or
  • Dick Jennison, or whomever,

we ought to quote them accurately. And we do.

Indirectly Related – a Note of Caution

There are already whispers about the wisdom of MHI VP Rick Robinson and MHI Chairman Nathan Smith going to a stage in about a week, when the person providing the stage is said to be in conflict with MHI and the NCC.

Policy

As a matter of policy, we’ve allowed people to critique me and our publication, on our own pages.  So we do this very fairly.  I don’t have to agree or disagree with Frank on his statements regarding MHI and the NCC to protect his right to speak out on those subjects, even though it was not at all on our minds when we asked him the questions. We had no idea what Frank’s replies would be.

If MHI wants to respond, they are welcome to do so.  We are willing to share that response, publicly. Fair and balanced reporting. Period.

We Provide, You Decide.” ©

Something we strive diligently to avoid is any FALSE or errant statement (this, in contrast to an unpopular opinion).  When someone says there are 50,000 or 55,000 MHCs in the U.S. (for example), we’ll either want them to correct that number (that totals is likely more like 45,000, according to informed sources) or we would want to cut the statement entirely.

But that’s not what Frank Rolfe did.  Frank stated his views, and in no way shared a claim that is not grounded in a fact, though those facts can be understood in a variety of ways.

The issues raised by others of late are not new, and are not a side show.  They are on the minds of many in MH; we know, because we’ve heard them often enough.  Its just that this was the first time someone wanted to say so, on the record.

“We Provide, You Decide.” ©

Listening and Taking Correction Well

We had a nice message recently that praised our reporting and commentary work, but then included two typos that needed to be corrected (only 2? ;-).  The writer explained, he didn’t want the corrections to be taken the wrong way.  My rapid response was to make the corrections, and thank him.

An MHI staff officer also sent us a correction on a typo recently. Same outcome as the above.  We want to get the facts right.  We thanked the party.

We published the early comments on Jan’s article, one was that ‘it was long.’ We worked that perspective into the article, linked below.  My response?  I thanked the person for the comment.  That said, the challenge with what we face is in MH as an industry is that we’ve let too much stuff build up over the years, and now we need more than 800 words to dig ourselves out.  The fact that there are so many hits on Jan’s article so fast strongly suggests the content is ‘just right.’

You Can’t Please Everyone, All the Time…

Nor should that be our goal.  If everything was perfect in MHVille, then maybe we’d only need 300 to 400 word columns that all say, ‘everything’s great!’

The reality is there is work to do. Plenty of it. Grab a tool, and let’s get to it.  Failure to address the issues that nag us costs new MH sales.

Record Setting!

MHProNews had 5 days in August that topped 100,000 hits.  Again, in an industry our size, that’s amazing.  On On August 21st, Webalizer reported the daily count was 180,959 hits.  Our readers don’t have to like every article, for there to be value.

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MH Professionals, enthusiasts, educators, media, government officials and investors are among the key groups reflected in software and stats. You and thousands of others have made us the runaway #1 place for MH Industry News Tips and Views Pros Can Use. ©

I explained to an industry leader recently that we publish bad news on the Daily Business News; we do so in part, because it happens; but also because when someone gets (for example) arrested for swindling down payments from a buyer, publishing that acts as a cautionary tale.  Good practices are often rewarded with success, while bad ones are discovered and punished.

When there is a controversy, we ought not ignore it, unless paying attention only fuels something that needs the oxygen removed.

In the matter of MHI/NCC and Frank Rolfe, MHI has to consider why they wanted him on stage, and then they need to consider what might happen if they fail to heed the cautionary note above about the upcoming non-association event.

My bet?  If Nathan Smith and Rick Robinson go to that fast approaching private event of an allegedly disgruntled member as planned, the day will eventually come when they wished they had opted not to do so.  That’s my two cents, they can take it or leave it.

But there should be no doubt that we want what’s good for the organization and good for the industry!  We prove that day by day, showcasing the good, and periodically reminding people there are issues to address that need mending.  You’re reading because you know what’s published here matters and has influence.

Intro for our Featured Articles, Reports and Interviews for September…

As we reported above, we had an August that set records.  When you see the incredible line up we have for our Featured Articles for September, perhaps you’ll agree that this month could set new records with readers like you.

  • We have 2 New Cup of Coffee with…interviews. Chris Parish and Dan Rinzema are featured in their own interviews, which many will find inspirational, useful and insightful.
  • These “Cuppa” interviews will be quite different than the interview with Frank Rolfe, who took some very tough questions put to him, and he responded in what will no doubt be seen by many in wave making ways.  We have no direct connection to Frank, so when I commend him for taking the tough questions we gave him head-on and in a timely fashion, that’s sincerely meant.  Others should think to consider that practice.
  • We have a video interview with Matt Webb, in what ought to be a must-view for anyone interested in improving their management and bottom lines, especially in the MH Community sector, but frankly useful beyond that realm too.
  • We have 4 columns by 5 respected attorneys; you’ll see their important topics that can protect your business, below.
  • We have 2 unique reports on how the new Appraisal Rule roll out is going, with our related MH Industry Survey results coming out soon.
  • There is New York Housing Association’s upcoming regional trade show and educational event.
  • Researching Manufactured Housing Industry Personalities, Organization’s and Topics.
  • A look at the hot early response to Renters’ Nation, the Dark Side of Dodd-Frank’s Impact on MH.
  • Ken Haynes Jr. sounds off on a recent media report.
  • AIA celebrates their 15th anniversary, kudos to them and check out their press release.
  • There are 2 inspirational/motivational articles.
  • Certainly not least for anyone who wants to close more sales, there are videos and an article on reputation management.

With no further adieu, let’s jump into this month’s new Featured Articles, Interviews and Reports.

Featured Articles and Reports for Vol. 6, No. 12, 2015

Alphabetically by Category

 

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

 

• How To Keep Peace and Harmony In Our MH Communities (at a low cost) 


Robert-Coldren-JD by Rob Coldren, Esq and Dan Rudderow, Esq.

The rule breaking tenant can be handled in many ways. Options include:

Read more…

 

• Water, Water, How Much Is That Water?
by Bill Dahlin, JD

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Any Californian who has picked up a newspaper, listened to the news, or not been a bonafide Rip Van Wrinkle, is aware that California is in the midst of a significant drought.

Read more…

 

FINANCING

 

• The Appraisal Rule – Six Weeks Report Card

By Lance Hull
LanceHull21stMortgageCorporationPostedMHProNews-com-55x55.jpgOn July 18th, 2015, the Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans (HPML) Appraisal Rule went into effect for our industry.

 

Read more…

 

• Answers to Questions About the New Appraisal Rule

by Darren Krolewski
darren-krolewski-vp-mhvillage-posted-manufactured-home-professional-news-mhpronews-com-55x55The following were answers provided to questions posed by MHProNews.com to DataComp about the new Appraisal rule implementation.

 

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• S. 682 Offers Possible Relief for Consumers Stranded by CFPB

by Bill Matchneer, JD
bill-matchneer-hud-manufactured-housing-division-cfpb-mhpronews-com-50x50Recent history has shown that the regulations designed to…

 

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GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

 

• 65th Annual Convention, Trade Show and Expo – New York Housing Association – Oct 8-12th, 2015 

by Nancy Geer

nancy-geer-new-york-housing-posted-manufactured-home-professional-news-mhpronews-com-50x50-We hope you are well. I have attached the event brochure for you reference. Please see the PDF that is attached.

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• I Can’t Be the Only One.

by Ken Haynes Jr
ken-haynes-jr-new-mexico-manufactured-housing-association-past-president-manufactured-housing-living-news-com55x55It literally drives me temporarily insane when I read or hear manufactured housing referred to by the media, by any other nomenclature than manufactured housing, or manufactured home.

 

Read more…

 

• AIA – Manufactured Housing Specialty Insurance Agents Alliance Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

by Kurt Kelley, JD

kurt-kelly-american-insurance-agency-aia 50x50Bellingham, WA August 25, 2015.

Read more…

 

• Renters’ Nation – Dark Side of Dodd-Frank, its Impact on Affordable Housing – what 38 hours and 25 minutes reveal 

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach


tony- kovachWe’ll let John Caron – whom we interviewed for this episode of 
Inside MH – tell you about his significant history in manufactured housing, MH Communities and in real estate investing in his own words.

Read more…

 

• Controversial Media Reports – The Guardian & KVUE – On-The-Record Interview with Frank Rolfe of Mobile Home University, MobileHomeParkStore, RV Horizons 

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach

tony- kovachOne of the most controversial figures in the MHC world today is Frank Rolfe.

Read more…

 

• Do People Research Manufactured Home Personalities, Companies and MH Industry Subjects? Yes! 

 by L. A. “Tony” Kovach

tony- kovachDo people research companies and people on MHLivingNews.com and MHProNews.com?

Read more…

 

• A Cup of Coffee with…Chris Parrish

a-cup-mhmsm-com1) Who, What and Where: (Your name and your formal title at Parrish Manor).

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• A Cup of Coffee with…Dan Rinzema


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Who, What and Where: (Your name and your formal title at MHVillage/DataComp)

Dan Rinzema, President and CEO, Datacomp Appraisal Systems, Inc. and MHVillage, Inc..

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MARKETING

 

• You Like Me, You Really Do Like Me!

by Wayne Coakley
WayneCoakleyGrenadeMarketingGroupReputationMarketing-ManufacturedHousing-55x62 headshot_MHProNews-com-As you know, nowadays people search online before they buy just about anything.

 

Read more…

 

Matt Weaver, Campbell Caron Properties on IREM, Management, More! Inside MH Road Show Video 

 by Soheyla Kovach

s-k“Failure is Not an Option.”

 

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PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

 

• Living with Wisdom – 3 Tips for Today

by Tim Connor, CSP

tim-connor-mhmsm-comWisdom – the blending of – information, knowledge, experience, judgment, truth, reality, maturity – to achieve dreams, goals, life purpose, inner peace and happiness…

 

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• ZigOn Work

by Zig Ziglar

zig-ziglarOne of my favorite quips about work is this: Someone asked a worker how long he had been working for his company and he smilingly responded, “Ever since they threatened to fire me.”

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By L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.