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Cui Bono? “Killing Me Softly,” Manufactured Housing’s New Theme Song?

April 4th, 2019 No comments

 

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Whitney Houston died a tragic death. She began her career in Gospel. It was Roberta Flack’s, not Houston’s song, but one might suspect that near the end of her dramatic life, the lyrics “killing me softly with his song” were perhaps filled with deep meaning for Whitney.

 

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When a company is a subsidiary of the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, there is not much they are unable to afford, so long as it makes good business sense.

Need great marketing? Berkshire can provide the capital needed. Research? Warren Buffett led Berkshire has personal connections with the Urban Institute, along with other nonprofits. What they may not want to pay for directly – for whatever reason – they can hire done in the way of consumer or other research.

One could go on, but the point is simple.

 

During well-documented affordable housing crisis in the U.S., how is it possible that the most proven solution known in the U.S. is languishing? How is it that Buffett and Berkshire would allow Clayton Homes to be in the manufactured home industry that 2 decades ago was doing 4 times the level of sales that it is today?  How is it possible that once more, for the last 6 months, the industry’s sales are shrinking during an affordable housing crisis?

 

 

The Investigators Question – Cui Bono?

The Latin phrase ‘cui bono‘ is a question that means, ‘who stands or stood to benefit?’ If one is looking for a criminal or a motive for an action, the question cui bono – who benefited – helps narrow down the suspects.

Clayton Homes and their allies demonstrably dominate the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). They and a handful are what MHI award winner Marty Lavin, JD, called big boy” firms that arguably rule the Arlington, VA based MHI roost.

The latest new manufactured home production and shipments data is out for February 2019. It’s sobering. Yet, when MHI put out its latest missive to their members yesterday, there was no mention of the roughly half-year downturn in production and shipments of new HUD Code manufactured homes.

Instead, in an “MHI Update” there is blather about other topics, including the theme for their upcoming Congress and Expo, “Let’s Keep Building.”

The irony and hypocrisy are so thick, a good steak knife and fork are needed. But it’s part of their purported M.O., to borrow from the song lyrics, of “killing me [or thee] softly.” Happy. Upbeat. All is well. New research…

If MHI is doing it, then the big boys must want it done that way, right?

Please try to explain the logic of allowing federally regulated HUD Code manufactured homes to languish during an affordable housing crisis? Who benefits? How did or do they benefit?

The answer we’ve logically deduced at MHProNews is as sobering as the latest shrinking production data.

For newcomers, Berkshire is based in Omaha, Clayton and their affiliated lenders are in metro Knoxville, and we’ve noted earlier that MHI’s office is in Arlington, VA.

 

That said, as was noted in Soheyla’s market report feature on 4.3.2019, the question was asked. How does one of explain the manufactured home industry’s poor performance since 2003?

 

SoheylaKovachMD-MHProNewsMHLivingNews“There are only a few possible logical options.

 

  • The Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington (OKA) axis and their allies are incompetent. They don’t know how to sell affordable manufactured homes during an affordable housing crisis.
  • The OKA axis are posturing efforts to address concerns that for whatever reasons are not working. This is what MHARR called the “Illusion of Motion.”
  • The Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis have a plan, and they are acting upon it. That plan does not short term include short term steps that will fix the headwinds that are buffeting manufactured housing.”

  

We respect the intelligence of Kevin Clayton, Tim Williams, Tom Hodges, Rick Robinson, and others in the mix noted above. They are smart, successful professionals. So, one may logically deduce that the OKA axis must for some reason want or accepts these historically low levels of production and sales.

If so, why? Cui bono? Who benefits from it?

The logical answer is stark. Let’s sum up to this point. If one agrees that these are intelligent, capable people, here’s what one comes to conclude. There is some arguable benefit to those who want to consolidate pieces of the industry slowly at a bargain price. Whenever the powers that be are ready to take the foot off the brake pedal, the manufactured home industry will roar back to life. The value of their assets’ that were acquired at a bargain rate will then soar.

We’ve provided several opportunities for Kevin, Tim, Tom, Rick, Lesli, Dick, and others to publicly refute these contentions and concerns. We did so as recently as last week in Tunica, where they and/or their attorneys could have attempted to explain away the following. We invited them to give their version of the impact of what Berkshire Hathaway brand records and video linked below described.  Click on the linked text-image box for the details and ‘smoking gun’ evidence.

 

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The reply from the fine folks in Knoxville and Arlington was silence.

Let me confess that some of what we do is arguably unorthodox. For instance, I documented those outreaches to Kevin and his crew with bcc’s to individuals who are in the industry, to federal or other legal officials, and to MHI members and non-members. We’ve advised MHI’s outside counsel, who had previously informed us that he is assigned to monitor moi and our publications.

Put differently, they can’t deny that we’ve given them every opportunity to clear up any misunderstandings. If there is an alternative reading of these linked facts, or others like it, they remain mute. Keep in mind, until 2 years ago, they routinely replied promptly. But now, they rest instead on their 5th Amendment protected right to remain silent.

We respect that right, along with the others protected by the U. S. Constitution.

They’ve made the claim for years that MHI represents ‘all segments of factory-built housing.’ If so, they are failing. If they don’t change behavior, it implies they are either insane – or they must want this outcome of declining sales –  for whatever reasons.  The opportunities for HUD Code manufactured homes are amazing, but the performance doesn’t rise to the level of tepid, based on current and historic trends.  In a U.S. market that did $1.6 trillion dollars in new and existing housing sales in 2018, manufactured housing couldn’t crack $8 billion?  Consider the facts and pull quotes.

 

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Meanwhile, as the industry sags, the routine of pleasant MHI and other meetings goes on. The steady drone of MHI happy talk and happy music strums on.  Cui bono?  Why not take Warren Buffett at his own words?

 

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If you listen to Amazon’s Alexa Fund estimate in 2018 for the potential for prefabricated housing sales in the U.S., they estimated that at some $330 billion annually.  There are several kinds of prefab housing, but manufactured homes are outselling the others.  So let’s cut that Alexa Fund estimate in half, or $165 billion.  That suggests the industry could be doing some 20x the sales volume it is currently achieving. Is that sufficient motive to manipulate a marketplace?

 

 

Whitney, you were a superstar. Will you warn the advocates for affordable housing that the powers that be, like with thee, are killing the pain of independents softly, with their song…?  “We Provide, You Decide.” © (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Related References:

The text/image boxes below are linked to other reports, which an be accessed by clicking on them.

New Manufactured Home Production, Shipment Data-February 2019

 

Surprising Discovery on Manufactured Housing’s Enhanced Preemption, Hidden Gem$

MHI CEO Dick Jennison’s Pledge – 500,000 New Manufactured Home Shipments

Positive, Uplifting Third-Party Reports Favor Modern Manufactured Housing, So What’s Going Wrong?

 

“Democrats Are Sinful Hypocrites. Just Like All of Us.” Weaponizing Information, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and MHVille

Profiting & Correcting – Manufactured Housing Traps, Pitfalls and Swindles

Conquest Capitalism – Thoughts of Chairman Warren Buffett – Billionaires Campaign to Control Trillion Dollar Affordable Housing Market

 

“The Illusion of Motion Versus Real-World Challenges”

HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Decline Persists – Time For Action Not Excuses

MHARR Urges Congress to Preserve DTS In GSE Reform Legislation DBN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Will Manufactured Housing Benefit from Emerging Trends?

May 28th, 2015 No comments

In our rapidly approaching June 2015 issue, we will feature an emerging trend of the growth of the U.S. population in more rural areas.

Parallel to this – and given recent events, it could become an accelerating driver of the “move to the country” – is the surge in violence in major cities.

The Memorial Day weekend wrapped up with dozens of shootings in Baltimore, Chicago and New York, among other U.S. cities. While crime is nothing new, the spike seems clearly tied to the pull back by law enforcement from “pro-active policing.” The result is a 60% rise in murder in Baltimore vs. the same period last year.

Some are speculating that this could be a summer of race riots in the U.S.. Clearly, that would be tragic, if it happens. Naturally, it would be far better if that could be avoided.

But should that occur, what would happen to those singles, couples and families who believe they can pick up and move? Where will they go to?

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The possibility is rising that once ‘dying’ rural communities could see a revival. There is already a documented trend in population rising in the non-urban counties, which we will provide a report on in our upcoming June issue, which should be live by Monday night June 1.

There are a number of trends that represent opportunities that manufactured housing pros ought to be tuned into so they can tap more new home sales.

Speaking of Trends…

If you haven’t been on MHLivingNews.com lately, you need to check it out, because page views are surging there. April was a record month, and by mid-May, that record was already eclipsed on ManufacturedHousingLivingNews.com.

The opportunities surround us. We encourage all MH Pros to raise their eyes, look around and see the many ways that our industry is well poised to leap ahead. ##

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