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‘Tip of Iceberg’ – Rick Rand; Marty Lavin, Communities have ‘No Confidence’ in Manufactured Housing Institute, New National Trade Group Announced

May 25th, 2018 No comments

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We are at the tip of the iceberg,” for the manufactured home industry’s opportunities, said Rick Rand of Great Value Homes in WI.

 

 

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Posturing

As the Daily Business News previewed last night, and per the Masthead prediction earlier this week, MHI is posturing. They are doing a ‘victory lap’ to their members about the passage of a Dodd-Frank rollback bill, which included the MHI-backed MLO provision.

But even as MHI is attempting to rally their troops, others have walked out of the Arlington-based trade group.

Some of them have been pushing and organizing a new post-production trade association  for manufactured housing.  The word is that the new communities group has already been formed, and will be formally announced, per industry sources.

 

State Associations, Companies Quit Membership in Manufactured Housing Institute, (MHI), One Explains in Writing, ‘Why?’

MHI award-winner Marty Lavin had several things to say about the Arlington, VA based trade group. But Lavin stopped short of calling for a new association.  “Good luck,” he said about that, because he is not convinced that it will work.

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While Lavin and Rand wouldn’t ‘go there’ – yet – on the new association mood and movement, Lavin did unload on MHI on several levels.

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Chris’ final letter to the Journal was a polite, yet arguably veiled slap to MHI. See that, linked here.

In my opinion, Chris Stinebert was the most effective [MHI President] by far, but he was in thrall to the big boys,’ said Lavin in an on-the-record statement.

Chris knew where his dinner came from. The job he now has shows his worth. Left alone he would have been very good,” Lavin told the Daily Business News via text.

But none of them [the MHI presidents] are effective because of their strict loyalty to the “big boys,” who determine their job retention,” said Lavin, who spent decades in volume manufactured housing retail, had a GM dealership, manufactured home communities, and was a finance expert who served on numerous MHI boards and task forces.

Lavin was asked about the effectiveness of MHI for their broader membership, beyond the big boys? He said that MHI presidents should not be seen as loyal to the association’s [members] or [the MH] industry.”  It was a stinging rebuke for Arlington.  He elaborated.

Look at every [MHI] Chairman in the last 30 years. Any plain Jane boys there?  Say like Doug Gorman,  you or me? Never happen,” the attorney, volume retail, communities and finance veteran modestly said, in as much as Lavin is an industry success story in his own right.

Lavin added, “So the association [MHI] is not there for the “industry,” unless the interests of the Big Boys join the industry’s.”

Ouch.

 

Former MHI Member Sounds Off

Speaking via email to MHProNews about the passage of S. 2155, an award-winning, former MHI member had this to say.

Typical MHI…making a big deal out of something that Congress would have easily given to the industry…years ago, if the selfish folks had not kept it hostage to their other demand, which they knew darn well all along they will never get…what a rip-off of the honest and trusting industry folks by these rogues and their enablers.”

The reference to the “other demand” was about the points-and-fee rule that has debatably kept the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act from passing for years. Was that points-and-fees rule MHI leadership stubbornly clung to for years – and the multi-millions of dollars of failed efforts – now DOA?

Rephrased, will MHI still pursue the points-and-fees rule? Let’s wait and see…if they even bother to directly address it, unless they are pushed into discussing it. That alleged lack of transparency has dogged MHI in recent years.

 

AZ, NV, with Allen and SECO? The New National Association

Sources with ties to George Allen, and Spencer Roane-led SECO are telling MHProNews that that two communities associations that exited MHI last year – NV and AZ – are announcing the launch of a new national communities trade group.

The western manufactured home communities leadership will be addressing members of George Allen’s “round table” later this year.

One source speculated that this may be Allen’s last roundtable meeting.

A representative of the AZ and Nevada communities group also plan to address the Spencer Roane led SECO conference later this year, as the western communities associations are looking to recruit new members for their reportedly formed national group.

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Among the calls and messages to MHProNews on this new association topic yesterday was a range of enthusiasm-to-concerns over the nascent project. Some examples of those concerns included, but are not limited to:

  • Will the AZ and NV association’s new national effort lead to members of state associations peeling off?
  • Will there be a split among Allen and Roane’s following, especially in the wake of problematic mainstream media reports about a SECO board member?

There is insufficient insight to address those or other concerns at this time.

But in principle and with qualifiers, MHProNews editorially supports the formation of a new national post-production trade group, which will presumably draw a number of new members from MHI.  Given the right effort, it can be successful.

The prototype for that is the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), which launched decades ago, and is still going strong today as a voice for the industry’s independent producers.

 

MHI Member blasts Jennison, and MHI “Deceptions”

One caller familiar with the new development launched into a colorful tirade against Jennison, who the caller said “kisses -ss,” and does exactly what his “bosses” want him to do for them.  It was a clear echo of the view that Lavin expressed, from an entirely different part of the nation.

Another message to MHProNews expressed the notion that the Washington Post article did serious harm to MHI’s credibility, since Lesli Gooch told the “leftist,” and “anti-Trump” newspaper (message quotes), outraged “that MHI made no move to have Pamela Danner removed from HUD.”  Expletives peppered that message, while thanking MHProNews for its detailed coverage on that topic.  A recent report on that Washington Post story that favorably mentions MHARR’s effectiveness is linked below.

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The View from the Masthead

The word “Masthead” has more than one meaning;

  • the highest perch on top of a sailing ship,
  • and the listing of those who are the “pecking order” for a newspaper, or other media publication.

Each use of the term masthead at its core implies a greater visibility, and thus greater insight.

Once you understand the realities of the industry vs. it’s various claimed dynamics, it becomes clearer what must be done to advance the cause of manufactured housing,” said L.A. “Tony” Kovach, whose name is on the MHProNews Masthead – or editorial – blog.

Once the good people of the industry were clearly and repeatedly exposed to the realities of MHI, it was only a question of time that a few things would occur.  One, that those with the stamina and backbone would break ranks with MHI. Two, that MHI would be forced to pivot on a variety of previously flawed positions,” Kovach opined.

We don’t have to know every nuance and angle to know that the laws of human nature are as powerful as the law of gravity. In science and with people, there are certain things that occur in a genuine leadership vacuum. Voices from associations like MHARR – or the community associations of AZ and NV – are examples of what forward thinkers, once awakened to reality, will do,” Kovach said. He offered qualified encouragement to the effort.

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Learn more about the above, linked here.

Because MHProNews gathers insights from a wide array of sources, the insights from ‘the masthead’ are often uniquely accurate.

There are several developments and related announcements expected in the next few days, perhaps after the Memorial Day weekend.

 

The Wrap

Drawing to a close for this report, Rick Rand’s enthusiasm for the future of manufactured housing being at “the tip of the iceberg” of the industry’s great potential is arguably correct.  While Rand or Lavin didn’t say it, the formation of a new association – which MHARR, this publication and others have been calling for – could be a welcome development for the industry.

It is worth mentioning that at one time, manufactured housing had numerous regional and national trade groups.  So, this nascent effort by AZ and NV has precedent.  In fact, it is arguably overdue.

MHARR has not weighed in on the new effort, but it has been promoting a new post-production group’s formation, as one of the related reports linked below will detail.

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Behind So-Called “MH Resident Activists,” MHAction’s Kevin Borden, Anti- HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Manufactured Housing Industry Protests

May 21st, 2018 No comments

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The topline is simple.

 

Many if not most of those so-called MHAction protestors were not manufactured home residents.

But where did MHAction come from?  What is the origin of their funding? Are there possible silver linings from the headlines they grabbed?

The Washington Post’s recent report on manufactured housing (MH) is part of the useful lens used to pull back the curtain on what MHAction billed as anti-an HUD Secretary Ben Carson, anti-MH industry protests.

 

MHLivingNews’ report spotlights the praise for the quality of the industry’s homes, by contrasting it against the protesters who themselves said that they tried to disrupt the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) final planned Las Vegas meeting.

 

Industry professionals are wise to keep in mind that these anti-business protesters ties to radical groups, revealed by the report linked below.

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The story above could prove useful, especially to retailers and communities that may have a customer that is interested, but on the fence, due to some online report that creates undue concerns.

The facts are presented.  Modern manufactured homes truly are “amazing,” as Secretary Carson said – and federal data helps make the point.

As an attendee told MHProNews, their protests were ultimately not effective, as Dr. Carson ‘turned them into a punch line that drew laughter and applause.’

But those protestors still got headlines.  That’s reason enough to know more, so that you and your team can respond to shoppers who may have questions about this kind of tactic.

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House Financial Services Report to MHProNews – Overview of Homelessness in America

May 18th, 2018 No comments

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WASHINGTON, D.C. “The Housing and Insurance Subcommittee met today to examine the current state of homelessness in America, and to discuss issues regarding veteran, youth, and any other populations affected by homelessness,” per their overview submitted to MHProNews.

 

The majority of programs to reduce homelessness and provide assistance in housing services fall under the responsibility of the Department on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA),” per the statement from the House Financial Services committee, provided to the Daily Business News by Sarah (Rozier) Flaim and Keeley Christensen.

The McKinney-Vento Act plays a key role in reducing homelessness. Congress has increased funding over a 20-year period to support federal, state, and local efforts to decrease homelessness across all demographics. It has been reported by the Department on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that from 2008 to 2016, the number of people experiencing homelessness has declined,” their emailed report stated.

Today’s subcommittee hearing was critical today in order to discuss state of homelessness in America and to review the effectiveness and efficiency of our federal programs. It was also critical as we determine if we are getting the most out of taxpayer money that is currently appropriated to them. We need to make sure HUD’s resources are not focused primarily on metropolitan areas. That means addressing some of the funding disparities between rural and urban populations. We can start by looking at the federal definition of homelessness to be more inclusive and recognize the reality that the homeless population in rural areas face different challenges than the homeless in large metropolitan cities,” said Financial Services Subcommittee Chairman, Sean Duffy (R-WI).

 

Key Takeaways

  • Addressing homelessness requires a holistic approach involving federal, state, and local governments,  and non-profit & faith-based organizations working together to improve housing assistance approaches to reflect the needs of families, veterans, youth, and any other population at high risk of not having a place to live.
  • America’s housing policy needs to support efforts to decrease homelessness, while using taxpayer investments wisely and efficiently.
  • Youth, particularly between the ages of 14-24, without appropriate housing and social services, are the most  are some of the most vulnerable and at-risk of being homeless, requiring a coordinated strategy.
  • Congress has a responsibility to review all programs under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to determine if they are effective in eradicating homelessness across the nation.

 

Topline Quotes from Witnesses

There is no one pathway to homelessness for youth and there is no one pathway to stability… Utilizing the McKinney Vento Education Act definition allows us to assist youth before they become chronically homeless. As the debate continues, I encourage us to think outside of the confines of definitions and to decide what we think is acceptable for youth who grow up in our nation. Youth without a permanent place to call home, regardless of where they are staying from night to night, are without stability… Solving this difficult issue requires the flexibility to incorporate known best practices from all youth serving agencies,” stated Ann Bischoff, Executive Director, Star House.

 

In rural Wisconsin, there are many unique partnerships to assist homeless families in providing housing as well as skills to move them out of poverty… In addition, private donors and private foundations offer additional funds to provide the needed case management to assist clients [in maintaining] housing stability… Through my work with the homeless population for the past 15 years, I have realized that the strategies focusing on collaboration utilize excising funding from State, Federal, and private donors more effectively… In addition… providing housing with supportive services creates an environment in which program participants are less likely to draw on expensive public services, use homeless shelters, or be incarcerated,” stated Duana Bremer, Social Service Director, Polk, Burnett, and St. Croix Counties, The Salvation Army.

Homelessness has declined among all subpopulations, including individuals, families with children, veterans, and people who are chronically homeless… It happened because of strong, outcome-focused federal support, including most notably via the McKinney Vento homeless assistance programs; and improving strategies and practice at the local level… The federal government has a critical role to play in solving the problem, and it has shown that it can play that role very effectively,” stated Nan Roman, President, National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Homelessness is a complex challenge, requiring many collaborative approaches to addressing the needs of homeless people, but first, and foremost, homelessness is a crisis of housing affordability… We need to focus our homeless resources on effective programs, programs that work, using the best available data to make decisions,” stated Peter Lynn, Executive Director, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. ## (News, related linked analysis and commentary.)

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“Big Tech Lies,” “You’re the Product,” Consider “Breaking Them Up” says Apple Co-Founder, Steve Wozniak – Plus Manufactured Housing Industry Market Updates

May 17th, 2018 No comments

CNNmoney5.17.2018ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsSteve Wozniak – Apple’s co-founder – unloaded a lot of thought-provoking fodder to Business Insider, and that will be our focus report for this evening.

If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline reports are found further below, just beyond the Manufactured Housing Composite Value for today.

 

The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.

Part of this unique feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – that saves readers time, while underscoring topics that may be moving investors, which in turn move the markets.

Readers say this is also a useful quick-review tool that saves researchers time in getting a handle of the manufactured housing industry, through the lens of publicly-traded stocks connected with the manufactured home industry.

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Selected headlines and bullets from CNN Money:

  • Is the 1-minute commercial break the future of TV?
  • Wells Fargo altered documents about business clients
  • Why Millennials aren’t feeling the boom in household wealth
  • The fight for the future of CBS
  • JCPenney is running out of time
  • Remington exits Chapter 11 bankruptcy in less than 2 months
  • Facebook, Uber, Wells Fargo: The strategy behind 3 corporate apology ads
  • Walmart’s online sales grow 33%
  • Walmart figured out its Amazon strategy. So why’s the stock down 13%?
  • China approves sale of Toshiba’s chip unit to group led by Bain Capital
  • WWE soars on report of lucrative new TV deals
  • On anniversary of Mueller appointment, Giuliani and Fox News keep swinging
  • Suzanne Scott makes history as Fox News’ first female CEO
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club is going public (again)
  • Almost half of US families can’t afford basics like rent and food
  • Can I start investing with $500?
  • A Comcast-Fox marriage would be built on a ton of debt

Selected headlines and bullets from Fox Business:

  • Meghan Markle faces tax dilemma
  • NAFTA talks down to ‘last conversations’: Trudeau
  • Kudlow: We’re asking China to change its approach
  • Stocks slip as Cisco outlook weakens technology
  • Redstone vs. Moonves: Judge denies CBS restraining order bid[overlay type]MEDIA & ADVERTISING
  • Redstone vs. Moonves: Judge denies CBS restraining order bid
  • Ruling escalates ugly corporate battle.
  • Trump’s Iran deal withdrawal sparks corporate exodus
  • Fox News, FOX Business name Suzanne Scott as CEO
  • Billionaire Tim Draper: Your ‘money is at risk in banks’
  • China trade debate roils Trump team as Navarro spars with Mnuchin
  • Wells Fargo employees changed customer information on documents: report
  • Royal family’s cars: Meghan Markle will be motoring in style
  • Walmart’s lower prices give Amazon a run for its money
  • Canada’s Justin Trudeau on NAFTA talks: Feeling positive about this
  • ‘Pro-business’ Wyoming changes cryptocurrency rules to entice entrepreneurs

 

Today’s markets and stocks, at the closing bell…

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Manufactured Housing Composite Value (MHCV)

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Today’s Big Movers

For all the scores and highlights on tracked manufactured home connected stocks today, see thBloomberg graphic, posted below.

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From Business Insider the following pull-quotes on topics that the Daily Business News has been covering for over a year.

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak spoke to Business Insider at the WeAreDevelopers World Congress in Vienna, Austria.

  • Wozniak said he was “bothered by what technology has become.
  • He hinted that the breakup of big tech monopolies may be necessary or useful.
  • Wozniak: “All big companies lie to make money on some level. They withhold secrets — it’s not news. I don’t look at it and say to myself: “This is a big thing,” he told Business Insider.
  • Steve Wozniak: In a company like Apple that made computers easy to use, I always thought that the user was more important than the technology. We put a lot of effort into letting people live their lives in a normal, human way.”
  • Steve Wozniak: “But that “human way” is changing. We used to be able to have conversations in secret with people. If I were to say something to you in private now, others wouldn’t hear it — that isn’t the case anymore. We lost our security a long time ago. We’ve lost our privacy and it’s been abused. If I think I have a level of privacy that I don’t, that’s deceit. And that bothers me. I hit a limit. I can’t take that. It’s one step in a long series of steps that are all in the same direction.”

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NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).

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LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

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For the examples of our kudos linked above…plus well over 1,000 positive, public comments, we say – “Thank You for your vote of confidence.”

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“Political Necrophilia,” Tragedy in SloMo, Southern Economic Political Lessons for Looming U.S. Midterms

May 17th, 2018 No comments

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“...Trade Minister Moises Naim said the pages of history books are filled with people hanging on to dead ideas. Naim, who created a highly critical TV miniseries about Chavez that was banned in Venezuela, calls it “political necrophilia,” per Yahoo News in their latest in a periodic series of reports on the socialist meltdown in that once thriving South American land.

 

Venezuelans are doing a good job collapsing their own oil economy,” said Blood Profits author Vanessa Neumann, who spoke with Fox Business on Trump administration plans to impose new sanctions on individual Venezuelans.

Neumann explained that while specific people are being sanctioned, the U.S. government is taking pains not to do something that doesn’t make that nation’s self-implosion worse.  The Trump Administration doesn’t want to “own” what is taking place there.

 

 

The truth is that the [socialist] revolution is a nightmare,” carpenter Luis Sosa, 36, said per Yahoo.  Sosa is in a noisy backstreet workshop, refurbishing the wood of a sofa with bright pink spray paint. “In clean elections, the government would lose.”

 

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Part of the essence of propaganda is to keep repeating a lie, over and over again. But sometimes, over time, the true nature of the lie becomes evident.

The YouTube page for the BBC video below said, “They are just some of the tens of thousands of Venezuelans who have fled their country amid hunger as hyperinflation has created a humanitarian crisis on both sides of the border,” said the BBC’s Katy Watson.  Watson spoke with some of those fleeting that desperate nation in the under 2 minute video that follows.

 

Why This Matters to MHVille

It is not just housing that is in crisis in an oil-rich, but economically and politically starved nation.

Almost everything is in meltdown.

For those who believe that socialism creates a utopia with saints, note that “Blood Profits author Neumann said that corruption and crime are rampant there.

Why does this matter to manufactured housing professionals and investors, living safely in the U.S.A.?

First, it is a humanitarian tragedy in our own hemisphere.  It has and will impact the U.S. in various ways.

Next, as more Millennials and other Americans embrace the theoretical notion of socialism, there is a living, breathing – or dying? – example of the reality of socialism revealed in these video glimpses into the horror there.  Millions are or have eaten their pets, vermin, or are scraping for food amidst the uncollected trash.

Third, when you see in an upcoming MHProNews special report what a leftist group active in MHVille is pushing for, remember the reality of Venezuela. Recall that they were relatively prosperous before socialists came to power.

Fourth, with the U.S. midterms only a handful of months away, discern if candidates you’re considering – are they among the open or closet socialists here?

If so, do you want to vote into power those who promise what no socialist in history has ever delivered?  Recall what MHI award-winner Marty Lavin had to say in “Not Enough Hunger.”

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As we pray for the people of Venezuela, pray for an awakening among those here in the U.S. and around the world who want a falsely promised socialist paradise. As Trade Minister Moises Naim said, it is debatably an economic and “Political Necrophilia.”

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Who will replace Pam Danner at HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs?

May 17th, 2018 No comments
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The Daily Business News can report that there are multiple candidates for the position vacated by the removal of Pam Danner at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP).

 

According to the HUD website, the Mission of “The Office of Manufactured Housing Programs executes responsible regulation and solutions-oriented oversight and monitoring to protect consumers and preserve and promote the affordability, quality, durability, and safety of manufactured homes.  This office also provides technical assistance to Federal Housing Administration programs.”

The one candidate we are able to publicly name at this time is Vic DeRose.

At one point prior to Danner’s selection, DeRose was the “consensus candidate” openly advocated for by both national associations: the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

MHARR still supports DeRose, while MHI is characteristically mum on the topic, at least in public.

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As an attorney with a deep background in manufactured housing, DeRose would bring several useful experiences to the table at HUD. He is liked and respected, per industry sources.

Stating one or more names of others who are seeking the job of administrator over OMHP, or who are being promoted for the position by various interests, would de facto tend to reveal the source(s) for the information.

That said, it is fair to say that there is significant weight that could be thrown behind an alternative candidate to De Rose.

MHProNews know De Rose by reputation, including his deep family ties to the industry.

Industry sources tell MHProNews that De Rose comes highly recommended by those who know him.

 

The Word From HUD

The word heard from the halls at HUD is that no quick decision is going to be made to replace Danner.

As has been previously reported, Teresa Payne is temporarily in charge of the program there. HUD is still officially reviewing the input from public comments to HUD about the MH Program, requested earlier this year.

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While De Rose, per our sources, would be a far better leader for the program – especially when compared to what was widely seen by industry professionals as the disastrous years under Danner – sources say it is far from certain that he will get the nod.

What is sure is that the Danner years – which Secretary Carson may have had in mind when he called some of the regulations over manufactured housing “ridiculous” – should serve as a reminder to the industry of just how problematic it is to have the wrong person in that critical role.

MHProNews will continue to monitor the developing situation. Some related back stories regarding Danner are found or linked in the report below. ##  (News, analysis and commentary.)

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Ben Shapiro Nails It on Taxes, Regulations, and Affordable Housing – Under 2 Minute Video Must View for MH Industry Pros

May 16th, 2018 No comments

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Ben Shapiro is a renowned conservative political pundit, syndicated columnist, lawyer, and NYT bestselling author. He is Editor-in-Chief of news and opinion site The Daily Wire and host of the popular video podcast, The Ben Shapiro Show,” says his YouTube page.

 

Fox News has called Shapiro “a leading millennial conservative.”

In the under-two minute video clip below, Shapiro joined Fox & Friends to discuss the new “head tax” in Seattle.  In it, he rapidly lays out the case that should have affordable housing advocates – including manufactured home professionals – on the edge of their seats, with note pad in hand.

Shapiro says that high demand, and over-regulations on developing are part of what’s fueling soaring housing costs.

A profile video on the fast-talking attorney is below.  Shapiro’s approximately 100 million page views a month Daily Wire is roughly 30 times more than what Webalizer says industry-leading MHProNews traffic is. He clearly must have something to say that people want to read and hear.

While the evidence-and-logic focused attorney doesn’t mention any specific kind of housing in the first video, common-sense suggests that the modern manufactured homes that HUD Secretary Ben Carson called “amazing” in recent Senate testimony are an important part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis.  You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to realize that almost everything we use comes from a production center.

The logic of factory-based home building is proven, and necessary.

Affordable housing is a non-partisan issue, as Danny Ghorbani – an engineer and the retired founding president of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – has often said.

With this more business-friendly regulatory environment under the Trump Administration, the time is now to promote a better understanding of the factors that fuel economic growth.

Lower taxes, less and more common-sense regulations, are spurring the economy.

The Treasury took in a record amount of taxes last month, even though there’s been a big tax cut.  The formula that the Daily Business News has noted worked for Democratic President John F. Kennedy and Republican President Ronald Reagan, is also working for pragmatic President Donald J. Trump.

If the industry can cut through the D.C. noise, and get HUD and FHFA to enforce existing laws, the result will be a revival of manufactured housing (see related reports, below).  Thus private enterprise – in the form of routinely unsubsidized manufactured homes, as Secretary Carson said – can be an important part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis.

On a closing note regarding Shapiro.

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Note that “progressive” (read, Democratic) Jeff Bezos led Amazon, and equally progressive led Starbucks are among those hollering the loudest about the new Seattle head-tax.  Doesn’t Amazon’s threat to not build there make the point that higher taxes harm an economy?

Issues of taxation and regulation, as MHProNews has said for years, can be summed up like this.  The power to tax or regulate is the power to destroy. Manufactured home industry professionals, investors and advocates need to see the reality of that logic.  It is up to professionals to point to events both past and present that prove that to be so. We must personally take those proven principles, and make that case with your circle of influence, in the marketplace, and at the ballot box. ## (News, profile, analysis, and commentary.)

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21% of Americans have no Retirement Savings, and Manufactured Housing

May 15th, 2018 No comments

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The historic claim-to-fame for millions of Americans with respect to manufactured homes was that they were a great way to start out home ownership for singles and younger families.  The other large group of manufactured home owners traditionally has been those approaching retirement, or who are already retired.

 

A recent report by Fox Business spotlighted a Northwestern Mutual study that stated:

  • Americans feel underprepared for retirement, according to their new data.
  • Northwestern Mutual found one in five Americans (21%) have no retirement savings at all.
  • Nearly two thirds of people with a savings account or plan are certain their money will run out sooner than they hope, “which would leave them, aside from Social Security, penniless.”
  • According to baby boomers polled, one in three have $25,000 or less in their retirement saving accounts. So, as a result, many consider extending their retirement date.
  • The financial services provider predicts 38% of Americans will retire at age 70 or older, compared with 33% at the more traditional range of 65 to 69.

Continuing to work later in life should be a personal choice not a mandatory requirement for survival,” Rebekah Barsch, vice president of planning at Northwestern Mutual, said in a statement, adding that proactive financial planning can be the difference between “a desired and a default retirement lifestyle.”

This dovetails with our recent post by small business author and talk show professional, Tom Egelhoff.  He said that a dozen years ago, they decided to sell their conventional home, and move into a manufactured home in a land-lease community.

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Award winning retailer Stan Dye said that about half of their customers are over 50, and have previously owned a site-built home.

A Foremost Insurance survey of some 10,000 manufactured home owners stated that 41 percent of those manufactured home owners were over 50.

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AARP and Manufactured Housing

As we double check data for a report, a now-dated 2007 study by American Association of Retired Pesons (AARP) claimed that “Approximately 3.3 million (48 percent) of manufactured homes occupied as a primary residence were owned or rented by a person age 50 or older. Around 44 percent of manufactured homeowners age 50 and older reside in a manufactured home park.”

AARP’s 2017-2018 policy report, with respect to manufactured housing, said in part:

Housing affordability — “manufactured housing plays a critical role in serving the housing needs of older Americans. Without this option, many would find it difficult to afford housing. Sixty percent of people age 50 and over living in manufactured homes have low incomes, although they typically receive no direct housing subsidy.”

So far, so good.

But then come a series of AARP caveats.

Among those voiced by the giant association are concerns over utilities, maintenance, and updates to the standards called upon by the 2000 reforms, but which they say have not yet been implemented.

There are several technical points the AARP’s policy statement could use some updates on.  With some 38 million members, there is a huge market with those well organized advocates.

Then, there is this extended quote from AARP.

Issues facing owners of manufactured housing units — “owners of manufactured housing face several issues that do not affect conventional housing. Manufactured housing unit owners often do not own the underlying land and may therefore have to move when the land is sold or changes uses. Residents sometimes fear retaliation from community owners for attempting to form resident associations in states that have minimal protections for unit owners, as doing so can include eviction. Community or land owners have other leverage over unit owners. They can deny a potential buyer the right to keep a home in its location. This lack of protection limits unit owners in their ability to exercise control over their homes.”

Place yourself in the mind of an AARP member reading that statement.  Wouldn’t it slow down – or perhaps even halt your interest – in owning a manufactured home?

It is these types of underlying issues – ones that the vast majority of busy, front-line manufactured housing professionals – may not realize are out there, much less stop and consider.

In working on our consulting side with retailers and communities who sell homes, careful follow up calls to those prospects who visited a sales center, but didn’t buy, often reveal these kinds of concerns that kept someone from buying.

The tragedy for all concerned is that each of these concerns the AARP or others have voiced have real-world replies and resolutions for home seekers.

When the industry’s members, owners and executives are asking themselves why the industry is at a relatively low ebb, cautionary admonitions from AARP and others must be kept in mind.

The solution?

A proper engagement with AARP and others who post such notices to members.  That engagement could come from a post-production association or advocacy group, that represent retailers and communities that have specific standards which address the AARP’s various points.

It could go a long way to resolving these and other concerns. The result?  Potentially millions of more Americans who would give manufactured homes a good look, and that would result in more manufactured home sales.  ##  (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Hundreds of New Manufactured Home Communities Opened, But How Many Have Closed? Industry Research Result$

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George Allen’s photo is used sideways by Allen himself, as if to say, he looks at things differently. Allen, left, Dave Reynolds of MHP Funds/RV Horizons/Mobile Home University, right. 

In any industry, trends are worth noting, and are important for investors, owners, lenders, policy pros, and other professionals alike.

 

As the chart below will spotlight, there have been hundreds of manufactured home communities that have opened since 2002.   That’s news to many, not to others, in manufactured housing.

But how many have closed?

 

New Manufactured Home Community Openings

Information from MHI connected DataComp, says there has been 310 new manufactured home communities (MHCs) opened since 2002.

DataCompNumberNewManufacturedHomeCommunityOpeningsNotMobileHomeParksManufacturedHomeIndustryResearchDataReportsMHProNewsTrend lines?  71 new MHCs have opened since 2010, vs. 239 from 2002 until 2010, the year manufactured home industry shipments hit bottom.

Their data doesn’t provide a count on expansions of existing communities.  They were asked.

What we know from publicly traded operations, there are operations such as Sun Communities or UMH Properties which have stated in their investor documents that they have added home sites.

The fact that new communities are opening is naturally being seen by some as good news.  Compared to a community closure, of course it is.

But what’s the bigger picture?

How many community closures have occurred since during that same time frame?

 

Manufactured Home Community Closures, Per Professionals

Dave Reynolds, and his partner Frank Rolfe are cited by the Manufactured Housing Institute’s National Communities Council as being the #5 operation in the country in terms of total sites.

Reynold’s and Rolfe’s are partners in MHP Funds/RV Horizons, and other well-known community focused operations.

They are also the only operation in the nation that’s claimed to have done a hand count that took two years to establish how many communities there are in the U.S.  They say there’s 44,000 communities that their team counted and verified, and have estimated the total to be around 45,000

Reynolds’ insight matters.  Here’s what he told MHProNews on-the-record.

I would guess there are a few hundred in CA and a few hundred in FL and then the rest in other areas of the country. It may be higher, but I would not think it would be over 2,000,” said Reynolds to the Daily Business News.

 

George F. Allen

Retired Marine Colonel, George F. Allen is a co-founder of the National Communities Council and an inducted member of the RV MH Hall of Fame.  His Allen Letter is the longest running print piece left in the industry from the glory days of the industry.

Allen, in an on-the-record statement to the Daily Business News, said via email, “I have no idea. To the best of my knowledge, no one is tracking this body of statistics…”

Allen acknowledged that he used to state in writing years ago that there was 55,000 MHCs, and more recently states in writing that there are about 50,000 communities, per his estimates.  But based upon his reply, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s making that mathematical difference of 5,000 communities as an estimate.

What both Reynolds and Allen state and imply is this.

  • No one is tracking this data, meaning MHI and their National Community Council (NCC) isn’t tracking this data.
  • There are likely thousands of community closures, as a routine drum beat of stories in the mainstream media routinely indicate, several times a month.

It could mean that community openings are being outnumbered by closures by a ratio of 7 closures to 1 opening or more. Ouch.

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The evidence suggests that thousands of communities have closed since 2002, but there are no hard numbers known to exist at this time.

 

While old apartment complexes, and conventional single family housing units are destroyed every year by the thousands of units, it is clear that the number of new multi-family housing and single family housing projects are far outpacing tear-downs and/or redevelopments.

MHProNews has noted previously that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has arbitrarily claimed that there are 38,000 land-lease communities.  That’s lower than Reynolds and Rolfe’s hand-count of 44,000 properties, and estimate of 45,000.

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It should be noted that Cavco Industries, whose chairman is also the MHI chair this year, has published data for their investors that claimed that MHI informed them that there was about 50,000 communities.

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First Takeaways?

Reynolds and Rolfe, along with others in the industry, believe that data matters with investors.  Lenders on manufactured home communities confirm the importance of hard data in loan-making decisions.

While Rolfe went silent about half a year ago on public critiques of MHI, he issued stinging critiques for years, while saying that the people at MHI are nice.

George Allen publicly stated he’s dropped his membership at MHI. Allen’s not alone, a number of state associations did last year too, as have others industry companies. But Allen’s quit is telling, since he’s an NCC co-founder. He confirmed to MHProNews that he is still not an MHI member.

Allen had more to say, but that was off the record.

The point is that data from MHI is problematic at best.  The clearly have not done what Nathan Smith promised the industry some years ago, namely, that they the Arlington, VA based trade group must admit they’ve failed previously, and need to be more pro-active.

While MHI has released with great fanfare the top 50 MH Community operators, they don’t say how many community closures are occurring.

Don’t they realize that investors and observers insight and outside of MHVille are concerned?

What do the Openings vs. Closures Trend Lines Mean?

In a conversation with a larger community operation, pro-industry MHProNews asked, what will happen to affordability in communities, if these trend lines continue?  When Reynolds & Rolfe, UMH Properties, Marcus and Millichap, and others are pointing to increased competition for land-lease communities, what will happen to property values, site fees, etc.?

That’s an excellent question,” said a senior member of that community operation. ‘Inevitably, if the trends continue, the law of supply and demand dictates that those communities will become less and less affordable.’

It’s not time for a panic, but it is arguably yet one more example of how MHI has as a trade body failed its members and the industry.

Allen and others in the industry have been calling for a new post-production trade association.  The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform, this publication and others have made the same call.

Certainly, the industry can muddle along, modestly rising when new manufactured housing shipments should be roaring.   If more in the industry were doing a good job of promoting it’s lifestyle and affordability, as Sun Communities does, then logically more communities and expansions could be approved, and these troubling trends headed off.

 

Bottom Lines?

Manufactured housing professionals have been failed for years by MHI.  Individual companies and locations can certainly improve their results.  No one has to waiting for Arlington, VA hoping that MHI magically changes years of a noteworthy track record that the above underscores.

Over half a year has passed since MHARR released a detailed and thoughtful study.  It is worth another look. They represent independent producers well, and even the Washington Post has obliquely proven their effectiveness, even though MHI outspends them by millions of dollars a year.

The same could be true for other professionals.  Let the big companies that believe in rah rah without results stay put, while small to mid-sized firms organize and forge a new organization.

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Bob Crawford, left, Frank Rolfe, right. Still credit, Inside MH video, by MHProNews.com. president of award-winning Dick Moore Housing, Bob Crawford (l) called for a new post-production association, because he said that MHI wasn’t getting the job done. At that same panel discussion, Frank Rolfe said that his source in Congress told him that MHI was not going to be able to pass Preserving Access into law, Rolfe proved right – even though Dick Jennison had promised a live audience a year earlier that MHI would get the bill they’ve now worked on for 5 years done.

That’s the common sense take that professionals like Bob Crawford and industry giant Dick Moore called for almost a decade ago.  Isn’t it time to get busy and just do it?  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Governor Declares May 6th-12th “Manufactured and Modular Housing Week”

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Governor Kay Ivey has signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 6th through May 12th to be “Manufactured and Modular Housing Week.”

 

The proclamation was issued in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the national Fair Housing Act and the 49th anniversary of the founding of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA).

In a release to the Daily Business News about the Alabama Gov. Ivey’s declaration, the AMHA added, “We are grateful that Gov. Ivey has chosen to recognize our industry and the industry’s contribution to the state’s economy,” said AMHA Chairman David Brewer. “Our industry in this state creates thousands of jobs, pays millions of dollars in tax revenue and, most importantly, helps millions of people throughout the country achieve the American Dream of homeownership.”

One out of every six Alabamians lives in a manufactured or modular home,” said the AMHA to MHProNews.

Alabama also consistently ranks among the top four states in the nation for manufactured housing production. Alabama’s 13 manufactured housing plants create around 4,000 jobs, while thousands more jobs are created by the industry’s service providers, retailers, installers, community owners and finance companies,” per the AMHA.

Data from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform confirms the AMHA point.

MHARRTop10ManufacturedHousingProducingstatesDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAlabama’s manufactured housing industry also plays a role in responding to the nation’s natural disasters by providing temporary emergency housing.  Those HUD Code “FEMA units” are built at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for those who have lost their homes as a result of tornados, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

A lot of people don’t realize just how important Alabama’s manufactured housing industry is to our state and our country,” said AMHA Deputy Director Lance Latham. “This proclamation is a great way for us to raise awareness about our industry and the homes we build. We appreciate Gov. Ivey taking the time to recognize our industry and honor those who are involved in the industry or live in one of our homes.”

Manufactured homes are the only type of housing that is built to a national standard.

All manufactured homes must be built to construction and safety standards established by the national Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Manufactured homes are inspected by government-contracted personnel during construction.

All “manufactured homes that are installed in Alabama – including pre-owned homes – must be inspected by the state and meet the state’s federally-approved installation standards,” said the AMHA.

Along the coastal region of the state, manufactured homes must meet Wind Zone 2 standards, meaning they can withstand sustained winds of at least 100 miles per hour,” said the release, while the rest of the state is Wind Zone 1.

Manufactured homes are built using many of the same materials that are used in site-built homes.  That said, they “are less expensive because manufacturers save money by buying materials in bulk and building the homes inside a plant using a more efficient process that allows manufacturers to avoid costly weather delays and higher labor costs that can increase the price of a site-built home.”

Census Bureau data suggests that manufactured homes are about half the cost of conventional construction, on a per square foot basis, with land costs not included in either case.  ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

 

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