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Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, New Online Ad Campaigns Revealed

July 3rd, 2019 Comments off

 

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Examples of the truth hiding in plain sight?

Examples of two of Clayton Homes and their lending arm, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF), online ads are shown below.

 

In the light of their new ad campaign it may now seem counterintuitive – or deceptive? – for Berkshire Hathaway owned Clayton Homes to be telling the professionals in the manufactured home industry that it seeks to elevate the image of manufactured housing. 

Why?

Because recent ads on the Bing browser are featuring Clayton Homes advertising their housing products as “Mobile Homes” [sic].  Here is one of Clayton Homes new online ads, from a screen capture earlier this week.

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Clayton’s captive lender, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF), is doing something similar.  They are using a nicer looking model home, but that may or may not make it better than the Clayton ad, above.

 

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Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Media Outlets

It is worth Noting that Bing is part of the Microsoft family of brands, per their own website.

Bill Gates is the famous principle founder of Microsoft. 

 

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Warren Buffett Donates Billions More, Behind the Curtain Impact on Manufactured Housing

Warren Buffett recently donated over a billion dollars in additional Berkshire Hathaway stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Buffett is a lifetime trustee of the nonprofit.

Manufactured housing has sought for years to shed the “trailer house” and “mobile home” image. 

 

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You must meet people where they are. Terminology must be taught and caught. Despite the example of Clayton Homes and VMF, strive to make it a habit of using the correct terminology. Encourage your team to do the same.  It can and does pay off in your local market.

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But for whatever reason, these new online ads with Clayton’s name and logo suggest that the Knoxville, TN metro-based firm is doing other than what ads like the prior report on their video image campaign below claim. Their online ‘image’ video ad, approaching 2 years online, has only had a few thousand views.  Doesn’t it look like posturing to the industry more than a serious effort to change the image, especially in the light of their new online Bing campaign?

 

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To see the report and video shown in this still image, see the report linked below.

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Is it any surprise that with this kind of marketing, and the problematic support by Buffett through nonprofits of MHAction, that manufactured housing is now into 9 months of year-over-year declines? Are they being ‘crazy like a fox?’

 

 

 

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Warren Buffett Donates Billions More, Behind the Curtain Impact on Manufactured Housing

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CNBC recently reported that Warren Buffett has donated billions more in Berkshire Stock to 5 ‘charities.’ 

  

In an exclusive ‘deeper dive’ report on MHLivingNews, there are facts laid out including how many billions and to what causes they were given. That includes several quotes from Kevin Clayton and others.  Those quotes, facts, and more that are presented shed light on vexing manufactured housing industry issues. 

We’ll likely know later today from official sources if the 8-month year-over-year decline in manufactured housing has continued. 

Either way, up or down, some of the reasons the industry is snoring instead of soaring are laid out in that new analysis.

To see that penetrating report of importance to professionals, investors, advocates, manufactured home owners, home seekers, and public officials, click the linked text/image box below.

 

 

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“California Dreaming” – TB, Disease Exploding – KOMO Spotlights Tragic Spread of Homelessness in City of Angeles

July 2nd, 2019 Comments off

There are an estimated one million rats in Los Angeles – L.A. – the largest city in the “Golden State” of California.

 

Diseases not common in modern times are coming back with a vengeance.

In the modern version being played out today on the streets of Los Angeles and almost every other major city in the state, tens of thousands of the homeless are desperate for shelter, services and of course, drugs,” says KOMO’s YouTube page. 

KOMO was the news station which produced the viral “Seattle is Dying” video report.

There are “Lots and lots of drugs. Eric Johnson reports on Paradise Lost: Homeless in Los Angeles.”

There are some 36,000 homeless in LA, about 59,000 in the county, per KOMO’s report.

The video shows you the result of what $620,000,000 spent by LA to ‘fight’ homelessness. $620 million. Where did that much money go, when there are so many homeless? That’s about $17,222 per homeless person.

 

 

Earlier today, the Daily Business News on MHProNews spotlighted President Trump’s interview with Tucker Carlson, and part of that interview focused on this explosion of homelessness on the streets of major cities, such as L.A., NY City, San Francisco, Seattle, and other metros.  The president says that a common denominator is that these are cities run by Democrats, a liberal “establishment.”

 

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During the recent Democratic debates, housing was brought up by a few of the candidates, but not all. In their defense, it wasn’t a question that NBC News asked, and given short times for an answer, it is perhaps not surprising that more didn’t speak out.

But what sources suggest is that housing will be a serious topic in the 2020 campaigns.  The president and the GOP is clearly laying the foundation for their case.  Democratic hopefuls have spoken outside of the debate arena about some huge proposed programs, but some in the industry say those plans could prove harmful to the interests of manufactured housing.

This will be a topic that MHProNews will monitor and report on. Until next time, while opportunity knocks, tragedy seems to be thumping much louder.

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Retailers Lining Up, Eager to Lodge Antitrust Complaints, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

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CNNmone7.2.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsNewsmax and other media outlets are reporting this evening that there are several retailers forging an alliance to take on Amazon – a company that Berkshire Hathaway reportedly has about a billion dollar stake in, and is involved in factory-built housing and numerous other businesses, and Google.  On a day when the markets rose, and another record fell on the S&P, that antitrust move – and what it might imply for manufactured housing professionals – will be our featured 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 report is found further below, after the newsmaker bullets and major indexes closing tickers.

 

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Part of this unique evening feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – which saves busy 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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  • Stocks are near record highs, but experts say they’d be higher if it wasn’t for the trade war
  • S&P 500 sets another record high
  • Tesla sets a record for sales, and its stock jumps 7%
  • Christine Lagarde tapped as next European Central Bank chief
  • US proposes new tariffs on EU goods worth $4 billion
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  • Nike sneaker featuring Betsy Ross flag canceled after backlash
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  • Gas taxes are rising because Americans are driving more fuel-efficient cars
  • America’s liquefied natural gas boom has a climate change problem
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  • America’s oil boom will break more records this year

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  • Trump-Xi trade talks at G20: America’s biggest weakness is no big secret

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

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“A leading U.S. retail group, whose members include Walmart Inc., is eager to aid antitrust enforcers that are poised to investigate whether Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google are harming competition,” reports right-of-center Newsmax today.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) also represents Target Corp., Best Buy and others.  RILA said it’s prepared to present their concerns to the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission.  The two federal agencies have antitrust oversight of Silicon Valley and other companies when it comes to antitrust regulations.

It’s pretty clear to us that the FTC and different relevant regulators should be taking a much closer look at these platform companies,” said Nicholas Ahrens, vice president of innovation for RILA, in an interview. “We are here to help.”

RILA joins a growing number of companies, including Oracle Corp., Yelp Inc., Tripadvisor, Inc. and News Corp. – parent to Fox News – that have raised concerns about competitive harm from dominant technology platforms.

The retailers’ group has already laid out its views on competition issues to the House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee, which is also investigating the technology industry, Ahrens said.

The trade group wrote a letter to the FTC dated Sunday, arguing that the tech platforms create an “information bottleneck” that has the power to skew markets and circumvent the traditional power of price competition.

That same bottleneck arguably impacts other industries, including manufactured housing.  As was noted at the top, it is prudent to observe the cross ties between Berkshire Hathaway and several tech giants.

It should be “quite concerning to the commission that Amazon and Google control the majority of all internet product search, and can very easily affect whether and how price and product information actually reaches consumers,” the trade group said in a letter responding to a series of hearings the agency held on competition policy.

Representatives for Amazon and Google reportedly didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The FTC has claimed oversight of probes of Facebook Inc. and Amazon, while the Justice Department is set to scrutinize Google and Apple Inc., left-of-center Bloomberg has reported. Separately, the House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee kicked off a broad antitrust investigation into the technology industry last month with a hearing on how Google and Facebook have affected the news industry.

Yesterday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, President Donald J. Trump spoke about antitrust topics, naming the companies also cited in this report. For more on that, see the related reports, below.  Further, several 2020 Democratic hopefuls have raised the issue.  See that in the second linked report below.

It should be noted that MHProNews is by far the most prominent trade publication that is tracking monopolistic and antitrust concerns as it may relate to manufactured housing, along with our sister publication.  While a battle with a firm like the FAANGs Berkshire Hathaway, or Microsoft would no doubt be protracted, it would not be a surprise if those stocks dropped once a case is formally opened.

MHProNews has no position in the stocks mentioned.

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

 

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President Trump Mulls Federal Action Intervening on Homeless Crisis in U.S. Cities

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Still from the first video, posted below.

Tucker Carlson Tonight (TCT) had an exclusive interview with President of the United States (POTUS) Donald J. Trump that was aired on 7.1.2019.  It covered foreign and domestic affairs. It included concerns over antitrust or monopolistic related issues, but also on the growing problems of homelessness in America.

 

The first segment of part two of that interview begins with questions about the power of big tech over the marketplace.  From that, is this POTUS Trump pull-quote: “A lot of people want us to take [federal antitrust, other legal] action against Facebook, Twitter and frankly against Amazon.”

When asked by Carlson if the Trump Administration will take action, the 45th president demurred, saying “I can’t say,” meaning he is not able to comment.

About halfway through this video below on right-of-center Fox News, Carlson pivots to a comparison of the cleanliness of Japanese cities compared to many in the United States.

 

 

Carlson named New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles as examples of cities with a homeless problem.  These are among the places that MHProNews and our sister site have reported on or mentioned previously.

The president said, “Its disgraceful…We are looking at it very seriously. You can’t do that,” meaning allow such problems to occur.

The president said that people and police officers are getting sick just from walking the streets were human waste and other troubling issues are occurring routinely, as was dramatically documented in the viral “Seattle is Dying” video report.

 

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“…You can’t do that, you can’t ruin our cities,” the president told Carlson. He said it is the “liberal Establishment” that runs those cities. “It’s a terrible thing that is taking place.”

The president said that shortly after he took office, that he addressed similar issues that were occurring in “certain places in Washington, D.C. where that was starting to happen.”

POTUS Trump said he ended it “very quickly” because you can’t have world leaders coming and witnessing that in the nation’s capital.

After putting it in the context of the prior beauty of San Francisco, where Trump branded companies have business interests, he said, “We are looking at that very seriously.

Do these governors or mayors” where these troubling issues are occurring “really think this is a positive?” rhetorically asked the president. He said the problems with homelessness wasn’t okay, and “It’s destroying a whole way of life.”

The first part of the same interview is posted below.  It dealt more with trade and foreign affairs.

 

 

How Does This Homeless Issue Relate to Affordable Housing, and Manufactured Homes?

That too is a rhetorical question, because the connection should be obvious. The recent White House announcement of an executive order that established a council to address the barriers to affordable housing is arguably a predicate to whatever the Trump Administration is preparing to do.

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Democrats 2020 Presidential Hopeful Polls Shows VP Biden Drop, Plus Senator Kamala Harris (D) vs. POTUS Donald J. Trump (R) “Matchup” Video

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CNN has announced their latest poll results all of which reportedly occurred since the Democratic presidential debates in Miami last week.

 

 

Insightful Quotes for Manufactured Home Business, Investors, and Professionals

 

For those who missed the debates, and want to see what may explain the shifts see the related reports above and below.

 

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Senator Kamala Harris has surged past several of her fellow Democrats, and per CNN, is in striking distance of former Vice President Joe Biden.

 

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CNN’s polling unit SSRS reflected several different nuances that shed light on the moves up and down among Democratic ranks.

 

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Apparently, a political junkie(s) called Let’s Talk Elections” who apparently lean left decided to do a hypothetical November 3, 2020 hypothetical matchup video between Senator Kamala Harris (CA-D) and President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.  

 

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While MHProNews disagrees with some of the state projections, it is certainly way too soon in any event. There are going to be months of economic, political, and “October Surprise” developments that can’t possibly be factored in some 500 days out.

 

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That said, the producer of this video did reveal several points to consider as to what states Democrats will be hoping to win. So, for those who want to see how Democrats theoretically might win, and how close it would be in 2020, this video is cleverly done.

 

 

But if the election where held, say, a month from today, why is this hypothetical outcome dubious at best?  Part of the reason is found in last night’s NFIB report, linked below.

 

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NFIB President Touts Optimism, Says Capital Spending, Expansion, and Sales Expectations Drive Performance – Plus Manufactured Housing Stock Updates

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CNNmone7.1.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsIt is easy – and sometimes wise – to follow the same reports that others in business media are reporting.  CNBC, Fox Business, CNN and others today are among those reporting on the ‘pause’ in the U.S.-China trade war, the surge in the markets, and the wisdom of allowing U.S. firms to sell to China’s Huawei. Each of those are relevant.  They are all among the market movers cited in our left-right headline summary that follows. But tonight’s focus report is on small business and the return of optimism reported by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Catching up on the view from the giant NFIB association will be our featured report this evening.

 

If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline report is found further below, after the newsmaker bullets and major indexes closing tickers.

 

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Part of this unique evening feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – which saves busy 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.

This is an exclusive evening or nightly example of MH “Industry News, Tips and Views, Pros Can Use.” © It is fascinating to see just how similar, and different, these two lists of headlines can be.

Want to know more about the left-right media divide from third party research?  ICYMI – for those not familiar with the “Full Measure,” ‘left-center-right’ media chart, please click here.

 

The timing on the new Trump Administration executive order (EOs) was interesting. Consumer confidence has wavered. Conventional housing sales have dipped. That said, these types of EOs don’t just pop out of thin air. They are developed over time. There are inputs from a variety of potential federal, state, private industry stakeholders. On a down day for the markets, and mixed results on manufactured housing track stocks, the official White House statement and a video interview with HUD Secretary Carson are our focus for this evening.

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  • Halfway through 2019, tech leads Wall Street

 

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

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Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

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Still from first video, below.

 

In 2018, Small Biz Trends ranked the NFIB as follows.

 

The Big List of Small Business Associations

·        U.S. Small Business Administration. …

·        SCORE. …

·        U.S. Chamber of Commerce. …

·        NFIB. …

·        International Council for Small Business. …

·        Entrepreneurs’ Organization. …

·        National Business Association. …

·        NSBA.

 

Earlier today, the NFIB’s president and CEO Juanita Duggan on the current economic environment for small business in America said that this is the best economy for small business in 50 years.

Frankly, that’s not the sober view of small business in manufactured housing across America, or what we affectionately refer to on MHProNews at times as “MHVille.”  Small businesses in our industry run the gamut from those doing well to those struggling. But what is beyond doubt is that there were thousands of more small businesses in our industry 20 years ago. While some new locations are opening, they are arguably outpaced by those who close or have sold out to consolidators.

That said, let’s turn to what NFIB reports, to get one more perspective on how MHVille’s small businesses stack up with that of other parts of the economy.

 

 

Here’s the NFIB optimism snapshot from June.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 11, 2019) — Small business optimism eclipsed pre-shutdown levels, increasing 1.5 points to 105.0 in May. Six components in the Small Business Optimism Index improved, three were unchanged, and one dipped. Capital spending plans increased along with actual outlays. Small business owners’ expectations for sales, business conditions, and expansion all rose, as the previously reported inventory imbalance was resolved. Earnings, job creation, and compensation remained very strong.

“Optimism among small business owners has surged back to historically high levels, thanks to strong hiring, investment, and sales,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan. “The small business half of the economy is leading the way, taking advantage of lower taxes and fewer regulations, and reinvesting in their businesses, their employees, and the economy as a whole.”

Business owners reporting capital outlays increased six points to 64 percent, the highest reading since February 2018. Thirty percent plan capital outlays in the next few months, up three points and historically high. Plans to invest were most frequent in transportation (45 percent), manufacturing (39 percent), professional services (39 percent), and construction (31 percent).

“Small business owners are demonstrating a continued confidence in the strength of the economy and are betting capital spending dollars on it,” said NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg. “This solid investment performance is supporting ongoing improvements in productivity and real wages.”

A net nine percent of all owners (seasonally adjusted) reported higher nominal sales in the past three months, unchanged from April and historically strong. The net percent of owners expecting higher real sales volumes rose three points to a net 23 percent of owners. A net 16 percent expect better business conditions, up three points, and 30 percent say now is a good time to expand, a five-point increase. The frequency of reports of positive profit trends improved two points to a net negative one percent, a very solid gain.

The net percent of owners reporting inventory increases was unchanged at a net two percent (seasonally adjusted), consistent with the significant build up in the first quarter that added nearly one point to GDP growth. The net percentage of owners viewing current inventory stocks as “too low” was unchanged at a net negative four percent. The net percentage of owners planning to expand inventory holdings was unchanged at a net two percent, indicating the excessive inventory build in Q1 has been substantially resolved overall, helped by strong sales gains.

Inflation pressures remained subdued, even though reports of compensation gains remained at historically high levels. The government reported a substantial improvement in productivity and an associated decline in unit labor costs which offsets the need to increase prices to cover rising labor costs. The net percentage of owners raising average selling prices fell three points to a net 10 percent, seasonally adjusted. A net 20 percent plan price hikes, seasonally adjusted (down one point).

As reported in the May NFIB Jobs Report, small business owners added a net addition of 0.32 workers per firm, with 25 percent citing the difficulty of finding qualified workers as their Single Most Important Business Problem, matching the record high. Sixty-two percent of owners reported hiring or trying to hire employees, up five points from last month, but 54 percent reported few or no qualified applicants for the positions they were trying to fill (up five points).

About the Small Business Economic Trends

The NFIB Research Center has collected Small Business Economic Trends data with quarterly surveys since the 4th quarter of 1973 and monthly surveys since 1986. Survey respondents are drawn from a random sample of NFIB’s membership. The report is released on the second Tuesday of each month. This survey was conducted in May 2019.

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Compare and contrast with NFIB said in the first video from this morning to another one from 4 years ago.

 

Part of the challenge in the U.S. today is a lack of a sense of objective history. There is no doubt that the economy is doing much better than 2 or 4 years ago.

There is also no doubt for those who look at the data that manufactured housing is underperforming.  For more on that, see the related reports, below.

 

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There are several factors that should be understood to explain the rises and falls in the sales, production, and shipments of new factory-built homes during the varied mobile home and manufactured home eras. One should not be overly simplistic. That said, the historic trend is far higher than it has been since Berkshire Hathaway acquired Clayton Homes and their affiliated lenders in 2003. Political and other factors enter into the mix as well.

 

Related Reports:

Addressing Manufactured Housing Insanity, Unusual Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) Tip

 

Yahoo Finance Closing Ticker for MHProNews…

NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services.

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

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Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

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

AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.

Your link to industry praise for our coverage, is found here.

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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Addressing Manufactured Housing Insanity, Unusual Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) Tip

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The [popular] definition of insanity is repeating the same actions over and over again and expecting different results.”

– sources, Solon, Psychology Today.

 

Its like selling tickets to a zoo where only ‘1 in 100 are eaten by lions!’”

– Paul Bradley, President, ROC USA,
speaking about the problems caused by the issue of manufactured home land-lease community closures.

 

MHProNews has from the outset cited sources and those that deserve or wish to be acknowledged.

It was an off-the-record comment by a manufactured housing state association executive and award-winning winner member of MHEC – the Manufactured Housing Executives Council – who said that the proper role of a good association can be summed up with this 3 letter acronym, P.E.P.  Protect, Educate, and Promote.

It was an association peer of that MHEC member who said that the industry is now witnessing “association malpractice” on display from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), but also by others too.

In fairness, there are several associations that could lay claim to working hard at authentically attempting P.E.P.

But can an objective, informed,  evidence oriented professional say that Manufactured Housing Instiutte (MHI) can honestly be named among them?

  • The industry is continuing to consolidate while the industry remains mired under 100,000 shipments for over a decade.
  • Our publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach was still an active MHI member when he said that there is a “high cost of low [manufactured home industry] volume sales.”
  • Within weeks of that analysis being published, U.S. Bank closed its manufactured housing lending division.
  • Since then, more independent retailers, and thousands of manufactured home communities have closed or were acquired by larger firms.
  • Several manufactured home producers have closed and/or were been consolidated since Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway acquired Clayton Homes, Oakwood Homes, and Clayton’s affiliated lending.
  • Because sales volumes and/or occupancy are much lower than they were during the roaring 1990s, those businesses were bought at what is arguably a reduced value for their business.

That ‘bargain’ or ‘value acquisition’ – defined as being something under the intrinsic value of that thing – just happens to be the mantra of Warren Buffett, and others who follow that investment philosophy.

Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway and a relatively small group of firms dominate the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). Is it a coincidence that since 2003, when Buffett purchased Clayton Homes, that the industry’s sales are still at historic lows?  Or is it mere chance that the industry is still selling fewer HUD Code manufactured homes than when Berkshire acquired Clayton and their affiliated manufactured home lenders?

 

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April data reflects month 8th of the downturn, with nary a whimper from MHI or the big boys. Why?

 

Or does MHI’s routine failures – acknowledged by their own elected and staff leaders in the videos below – have a subtle but open and obvious explanation?

 

 

Is there a scheme involving MHI to consolidate independents that is publicly unstated, but is nevertheless the increasingly apparent goal?

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On MHLivingNews there are two new reports. One is the call from a community leader for congressional investigations. ICYMI, that report is found from the link below.

 

The other is a new spotlight about Nathan Smith and his partner’s in SSK Communities rebranding as Flagship Communities.  Renaming is their right.

  • But does the manufactured housing industry’s white hat firms really think that it’s okay that the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI) gave one of those rebranded communities an industry award?
  • Is it appropriate when Smith’s SSK Communities was one of the firms that John Oliver’s viral hit video spotlighted as predatory?
  • Or when Smith and his partners’ You Got It Homes is rated as a “C-“ below average by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?
  • Or when the BBB rates Smith and his partners’ SSK Communities as a “F” a failing grade?

 

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Understanding the Industry Through the Eyes of the Those Outsiders Looking In

The industry must learn to see how others through the lens that others see manufactured housing.

  • Democratic lawmaker’s staff have told MHProNews recently that MHI is viewed as being “anti-consumer.” Ouch.
  • The history of Clayton Homes,
  • the costly legal woes at Cavco Industries since the November 2018,
  • or the ongoing headaches and heartaches that are caused often by Nathan Smith’s SSK,
  • or embarrassment sparked by other MHI member firms such as Havenpark Capital (a.k.a. Havenpark Management)

those are just some of the reasons why the industry’s image is suffering, even though the quality of the homes is overall high, per federal data. Or how does this factoid look to those who ponder it?

 

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The satirical logo is used in part to poke with a lighter touch at a serious topic. As some have framed it, there are white hat companies at MHI, and black hat companies.

 

An Interesting Tip from Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS).

It was voices from Chairman Sam Zell’s Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) home office that encouraged MHLivingNews to do more than just puff-pieces on MHLivingNews, a comment shared while Vice-Chair Howard Walker was still alive.

Walker himself said the following, which strikes a similar note.

 

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Thoughtful words, worth pondering with respect to MHI. 

 

That obliquely raises the following point.

Third-party data reflects the point that MHProNews dominates in manufactured housing trade media.

That said, readership on numbers of Manufactured Home Living News (MHLivingNews) articles routinely dwarfs the totals of individual articles on MHProNews. There are far more total articles on MHProNews, but the readership of MHLivingNews articles, fact-checks, and analysis reports are often far more popular than similar ones done on MHProNews.

Given that there are more consumers than professionals, that data is as it should be. But that also means that the years invested in developing MHLivingNews can yield serious benefits for home owners, home seekers, advocates, investors, industry professionals, and all others.

 

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MHI’s outside attorney, MHI itself, and surrogates of MHI have threatened and rattled sabers against this publication for some years. But when MHProNews calls their bluff, each time, they have backed down. Why? While attorneys tell MHProNews that MHI and their ‘big boy’ backers can certainly afford to sue even without good cause, such a suit would open them up to countersuits and discovery. Is it possible that MHI, Clayton, 21st and others don’t want to have to open their books up to discovery by MHProNews? Besides, how does MHI backers explain away the numerous words of public praise – like the example above – that they’ve previously made?

 

Manufactured Housing Professionals Should Police Ourselves in Concert with Public Officials, or Others Will Police MHVille to the Detriment of Many White Hat Businesses

Ironically, KMHI – which recently gave Nathan Smith and the former SSK Communities/Flagship Communities an award – says that they have a code of ethical conduct. Presumably MHI does too.

What code of ethical conduct explains the track record of high-profile members misbehaving in a way that draws negative attention on the entire industry? When has MHI publicly admonished or repudiated bad behavior by one or more of their member(s)?

MHARR has been involved in several important initiatives over the years that are useful for the manufactured housing industry. After some prodding, MHARR put together the list linked below so that others had a more complete understanding that their methods are fruitful.

 

 

But MHARR have long said that they need a post-production partner.  In November of 2017, they published a deep dive white paper that explained why such a post-production association is needed.

 

 

Indeed, as MHProNews has reported, the:

  • Mainstream conventional housing has numerous trade groups, not just one. NAHB, NAR, MBA are just three of numbers to make the point.
  • The automotive and RV industries also have several trade groups.
  • Why is it that so many in manufactured housing have been lulled into believing that our industry needs only one trade group?
  • When MHI is presiding over an era in our industry that benefits only a few ‘big boy’ companies, why should the balance of the industry trust MHI?

 

Benefits of a New MH Trade Group?

1)    If post-production alliance of ‘white hat’ firms and-or a post-production association of white hat companies were forged, and worked with MHARR, then increased pressure on lawmakers and public officials to enforce good laws already on the books due in good measure to MHARR’s visionary efforts could be brought to bear.

2)    By contrast, posturing and claims by MHI and several of their affiliates continues. Meanwhile, new rent control laws are being passed that will be harder on smaller communities who are routinely NOT the ones that cause rent-control or other such laws to be passed in the first place.

3)    The status quo harms the interests of the bulk of the industry’s independents, while it seems to benefit those who consolidate the industry. Is that accident? Mere chance? Or is that trend by design?

Whatever the cause, it doesn’t change that fact that the trend is what it is. So in a sense, what matters most is that the industry’s independents act in a positive fashion, rather than continue to behave in ways that keeps the industry shrinking when it should be robustly growing.

Manufactured housing has a great story to tell, that when told well, results in sales. But it is MHI’s own Chairman, Joe Stegmayer who recently oddly admitted that the story about manufactured housing is in many ways an under-told story. That was a stunning admission on camera by the man who’s behavior purportedly sparked a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) subpoena that resulted in their stock value dropping like a rock overnight.

 

 

It was MHI member Terry Decio, whose father was once favorably found on the cover of Time Magazine, who in recent years lamented that he’s tired of being in the industry’s that is the best kept secret.

 

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Stopping the Insanity

At Tunica, there was a meeting of a dozen industry professionals exploring a new post-production association.  Susan Bretton with the newly formed National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) was in attendance.  Bretton encouraged the group to advance the cause of a new post-production association. NAMHCO themselves broke from MHI for their years of lack of performance.  Here’s how they put it.

 

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It isn’t only about little companies vs. big ones.

Perhaps more to the point, it is unethical or problematic companies – so called black hat operations – vs. the interests of companies that behave in an ethical fashion. The black hat brands bring black hat headlines and cause the white hats of our industry avoidable grief.

But because there is no retail, finance, installer, transporters and other ‘white hat’ post-production trade group to work with MHARR, what remains are associations that are a mixed in with white hats.  Who is harmed the most by that blending of black hats with white hats? Isn’t it obviously the white hat brands?

Our firm has worked with white hat companies to successfully increase sales at the local market level. Part of how that is accomplished is to distinguish a white hat company from black hat ones.  Then educate consumers to look for the difference, as MHLivingNews has been doing for some time.

The message to prospective consumers can be simple. Manufactured housing and properly operated manufactured home communities are a good option that can save money and deliver a good lifestyle for millions.

But perspective homeowners ought to avoid the bad behavior of the few – who are often, but not always larger firms – which may also hold prominent roles in a national and/or state association(s).  There are black hats in other sectors of housing, not just manufactured homes.  So the need for consumers is to do their homework before buying, shop wisely, and work only with companies that take care of their customers.

It was the same year that Tony Kovach warned about the high cost of low-volume sales that MHProNews took part in a video production that included this clip with MHI president Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison.

 

 

That statement by Jennison was stunning then, and it is stunning – but also revealing – now.

After all, what trade association leader argues for low volume and slow growth?  That statement by MHI’s president, in hindsight, was a warning sign. It seems like an open admission to the MHI agenda in recent years.  Slow growth or negative growth results in consolidation.  Mate that statement with the Nathan Smith comments in the video posted above reflecting his laughing as he said he wanted all of the communities for himself.  Spoken like a true consolidator?!

MHI’s own prior president, Chris Stinebert, politely ripped his own association in the exit message for failing to put customers first, and in failing to provide for alternative sources of financing. ICYMI or need a refresher, see his exit message at the link below.

 

These breadcrumbs merit Congressional inquires.

Jennison, prompted, admitted in 2015 that manufactured housing could achieve 500,000 new HUD Code home sales per year.  Why then is it that the industry is still struggling under 100,000 new home shipments? Why was there an 8 month dip in year over year new manufactured housing production/shipments?

 

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How to Reverse the Trends, Benefiting Home Owners, Professionals, Investors and Others

If there were far more new home sales, as communities become full, the value of each home in that community arguably rises.  Meaning, not only does a family-owned business benefit, but so to can their residents.

If new manufactured home communities and the enhanced preemption provisions of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act existed, that would benefit consumers and most ethical industry owners/investors.  New supply must be brought on line in order to address the problems caused allegedly predatory ‘black hat’ companies such as Havenpark, SSK/Flagship Communities, and others.

No one argues that there should be no more apartments built in order to make existing apartments more valuable.  It is arguably madness – or worse – that MHI hasn’t addressed this problem years ago.

There are a several things that could result in sustainable surge of new manufactured home sales and new communities and privately owned home sites coming online.  Here is a partial list.

  • A new post-production alliance and/or trade association can make a bright line distinction between industry black hats and white hats. The KMHI and MHI examples, by contrast, seem to suggest that there is a lack of will or ability for those and possibly other MHEC members to address the negative blowback caused by black hat firms.
  • Such a new alliance or trade group could do educational events targeting industry, the general public, affordable housing advocates, and public officials. It should be noted that Stinebert and manufactured housing industry investor Robert Robotti held something like those sessions for investors. But something more robust could be done that would boost the sales of those who are part of such a post-production group.
  • Such a new trade group should publicly denounce black hat behavior, it should be part of their bylaws, along with an enforced code of ethical conduct.
  • That trade group could work with MHARR and any others that want to see the industry grow in a sustainable fashion.
  • That trade group could join hands with select resident groups that have a similar interest in boosting the image and understanding of manufactured housing, while calling out black hat behavior. It is a disgrace to the industry that lawmakers and their staff’s see MHI as being anti-consumer. That must change, and after years of waiting for MHI to change, it should be clearly argued that it is insane to keep waiting. MHI debatably has too many years of bad baggage. Isn’t it insane to keep doing the same things, and expect a different result?
  • Resident and industry trade groups must call on Congress to hold public hearings on why problematic behavior that has kept good laws from being enforced have come from within the ranks of the manufactured housing industry.
  • As an upcoming special report will spotlight, there is also evidence that certain public officials are part of that effort to misdirect and fail to implement the understanding of laws such as Enhanced Preemption.

This week the latest data on manufactured home shipments are going to be made known. If the 8-month downturn abates or not, it should not change the industry’s white hat members resolve to forge a new post-production trade group or alliance.

 

What’s the Alternative?

One of the attendees of the Tunica exploratory meeting made a case for trying to ‘take control’ of MHI.  Months have gone by.  Has anyone witnessed anything different from MHI since Tunica? Or is it just more of the same photo-opportunities and fig leaf posturing? There is hoopla presented to the industry’s members. But by contrast, where is the effort to use the good news that HUD Secretary Ben Carson or others have made possible?

It’s MHI members, past and present, that have been among their most vocal critics.

 

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

The opportunity to reform MHI has been repeatedly provided and has gone a wasting.

The trendlines make it clear. The time to form a new white hat post-production structure is now.

 

Lessons Learned…

It Isn’t Just MHI Members Who Believe They Benefit From Black Hat Behavior…

Keep in mind that some believe that they benefit from MHI’s ‘black hat’ behavior in an indirect way.  So, don’t be surprised if white hat firms don’t immediately get on board with this renewed initiative.

But among the lessons to be learned from the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver viral hit video, errantly named “Mobile Homes” is this. Buffett’s and certain MHI member firm’s financial and other fingerprints are arguably on MHAction and the black hat operations.  ICYMI, see that, linked below.

 

Prosperity Now, Nonprofits Sustain John Oliver’s “Mobile Homes” Video in Their Reports

 

Who would have thought in February 2019 that the John Oliver video was coming in April 2019?

There are billions of dollars in upside opportunities in manufactured housing. But in order to achieve that potential, operations of good will should either learn to do on their own what is described herein for their local market and/or they should join forces in a lawful fashion with ethical operations that want to grow and earn more should team up with others like them in a new trade group or alliance.

 

MHIdeals = Manufactured Home Independents Ethical Advancement Leadership Society

Such a society could foster what’s needed for manufactured housing to help millions of more Americans achieve the satisfying dream of home ownership.

Let MHI and black hat firms stay in MHI. If there is a new MHIdeals organization, that group could be the voice for honest business practices that are good for consumers and taxpayers.

Even membership in a properly operated MHIdeals would be valuable. Why? Because if a robust and enforce code of ethical conduct exists, then every MHIdeals member would arguably be a firm some home seeker, investor, or professional would want to do business with.

MHLivingNews, following the tip from ELS insiders and others, began laying the foundation for a method of spotlighting bad behavior from good.  Manufactured homeowners, housing shoppers, and investors exploring the manufactured home arena are all finding this revised vision of MHLivingNews to be a useful and positive resource.

While ELS is eschewed by several, it should be recalled that they purchased a ROC and do so in a fashion that provided those residents with safeguards. It is too soon to say what may follow. But suggestions like the one made to MHLivingNews is noteworthy.

It should be noted, as a disclosure, that ELS is not, nor has been, a sponsor of either site.

It may sound odd that something that spotlights negative behavior can be a positive force.  But the alternative is to allow lawmakers and regulators to punish the good along with the bad.

 

The industry must police its own and call for appropriate actions. In response to a request for comment on the article above, Kurt Kelley put it in writing to MHProNews the following statement.

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Kurt Kelley.

I’m glad to call you a friend, Tony…You and some other industry leaders do a fine job of holding MHI and others accountable for their work. I’ve chosen to leave that to you.” Kurt Kelley, MHReview publisher.

Kelley did not protest any of the report linked here and above. Instead he said “You [MHLivingNews/MHProNews] and some other [presumably, MHARR] industry leaders do a fine job of holding MHI and others accountable for their work.”

That certainly sounds like encouragement of this platform’s – and arguably MHARR’s – efforts to expose and get to the root causes of the problems that are holding manufactured housing at artificially low levels.

We in turn value that Kelley has published articles that – even if obliquely – revealed the troubling nature of the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis. Kelley is also the only trade media, besides ours, that occasionally will publish a MHARR article.  By contrast, MHInsider, George F. Allen, and others are routinely publishing only pro-MHI material, and they – as well as Kelley – arguably do so uncritically.

 

 

Stop the Insanity

It is time to stop the insanity.

It is time to move beyond hoping or trusting that MHI might change.  Hasn’t that proven to be fruitless? Or arguably counterproductive?

It is important to note in closing that MHProNews has given Kevin Clayton, Tim Williams, Nathan Smith, Joe Stegmayer, Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, Rick Robinson, and MHI’s outside attorney several opportunities to respond to these and related concerns.  They’ve opted to remain silent.  Perhaps there is a good reason for them to take the fifth?

 

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MHI’s Rick Robinson, Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison and others have ducked publicly and privately from responding to questions, and have for two years. Prior to that, they used to answer routinely and promptly. Are they unable to answers vexing questions without looking even worse?  The example above occurred in front of dozens of industry professionals. 

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Will New State Rent Control Laws Conflict With Presidential Affordable Housing Initiatives? Who Has What Agenda?

July 1st, 2019 Comments off

 

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Starting with specific examples from a large state, a trend spreading to other states will come into focus.

 

As you know, the New York Housing Association has been battling the adoption of rent control in NYS for decades. Unfortunately, with all parts of the legislative body voting with one voice, we lost the battle just a couple of weeks ago. We are now faced with understanding how the new legislation works and the ramifications it will have on our industry,” said Robert Capenos, Executive Director of New York Housing Association, Inc.

Not being a current member is leaving you without the crucial information you need to navigate this new and onerous legislation. We implore you to re-join your association and be part of the discussion to manage these changes,” Capenos said in an email to past members, openly aiming to coax them back.

New York isn’t the only state to recently pass rent control statewide. Oregon has too. Other states have been or are pondering variations on that rent-control theme.

What Capenos’ letter didn’t mention is news items like the one accessed from the text-image box below.  When a Republican lawmaker joined with Democratic lawmakers to cry ‘foul,’ wasn’t the sudden loss on this latest push for rent control all but inevitable?  Yet, it was only the Daily Business News on MHProNews that seriously covered this topic among the manufactured home industry’s trade media. How to explain that gaping void in an industry with so many bloggers and writers?

 

Manufactured Home Community Residents on ‘Rent Strike,’ Republican Lawmaker Calls Foul

 

Libertarian John Stossel summed up a suggestion that sounds sinister.  Or was Stossel’s a pragmatic reading of what is occurring at the local, state, and federal level?

 

‘Use Government to Handcuff Your Rivals, Clever’ – Stossel

 

Be that as it may, MHProNews was also essentially alone in the industry in tracking the ongoing developments in New York or elsewhere, including the MHAction connection.

 

Ongoing MH Headwinds – Angry Manufactured Home Residents, Understanding the Manufactured Housing Industry Dilemma Through Their Eyes

 

Recall that MHAction, which is pushing rent control in other states and jurisdictions, is backed by whom?  Follow the money trail right back to the Tides nonprofit, and from the Tides their largest donor is the NoVo Foundation. The man who gave millions to the NoVo foundation is none other than Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett. See the data, at this link here.

With that tee up, a clearer view of what is occurring is now coming into focus.

From that perspective, let’s pivot to a report in the Riverhead News Review regarding this newly minted New York law, which is as noted also on the march in numerous states, including in the heartland. 

Tim Gannon for the News Review said on 6.22.2019 that “A state bill limiting rent increases for tenants in mobile/manufactured home parks has been approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.” 

The new law was combined with other bills in a Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act that included an extension of rent control laws in New York City, which expired June 15,” per the News Review.

We’re very happy about this,” according to Peter Baldwin of Riverside, vice president of the Mobile/Manufactured Homeowners Association of Suffolk. “It’s been a long, hard fight, but it was worth it now that we got it.”

Resident groups hope the law will protect against “unreasonable” Think about the example linked above, how the problematic behavior of Havenpark attracted attention from Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D).  Or industry professionals and advocates should muse over the woes spotlighted in John Oliver’s viral hit video on manufactured home companies and other so-called predator firms, linked here.

Local media reported that the new law in New York establishes so-called ‘protections’ for those residents by limiting annual rent increases to 3% — or up to 6% if the increase can be shown to be related to higher operating expenses or property taxes or the cost of capital improvements, according to a release from State Assembly speaker Carl Heastie (D). 

·        There may be an exception higher than 6% obtained by applying for a hardship allowance from New York State Housing and Community Renewal. 

·        But the new law also allows community residents to challenge increases over 3% in court. 

·        Further, the new law strengthens resident protections against eviction from communities for the purpose of changing the use of the land. 

·        The new law requires community owners from initiating eviction cases against residents for two years.  If they are eventually evicted due to a change of use, it provides for a stipend of up to $15,000, according to a release from New York State Senate majority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D). 

It’s going to benefit people who are having trouble staying in their homes, because now, they won’t get kicked out on the street,” Mr. Baldwin said. “Senior citizens and people on fixed incomes also should benefit from the law.” 

Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) said he’s been working for passage of this bill for about 10 years.  That confirms Capenos claim at the top. While the rent control measure has been approved previously in the Democrat-controlled Assembly, it was never approved by the Republican-controlled Senate. Now that Democrats control the Assembly, the Senate and the governorship, the bill could and did pass and was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo into law. 

When local media cited Bob Capenos of the New York Housing Association’s long standing opposition, Capenos said many communities are 40 to 60 years old.  He understandably argued that strict controls on rent increases could limit a community owners’ ability to pay for capital improvements.

As if to confirm the points MHProNews and MHLivingNews have been making for some time, among the posted comments on the Times Review article were these.

Shari Harberts said, Hope Iowa will do the same.” Haberts added [typos in the original], “Mr. Capenos forgets he gets paid by big investors who do not care about improvements and improvements are tax deductable. Most mobile home parks offer no ammenties only increased rent. He knows mobile home parks are being bought up by companies for profit ( Havenpark, LLC. Sun Communties (stock symbol SUI) so , please Mr. Capenos be truthful. I love in Iowa and my park was sold to Havenpark.LLC. Utah and their goal is raising lot rent to the sky to provide income for investors. They raised the rent by 69% saying our park has not kept up with the market atound us. Yes, it was lower but they fotget to say that the other parks have been bought by other REIT like Yes Communties. Did he miss watching John Olivers – Mobile Home on Youyube or, Franke Rolfe the creator of his get rich invesyment course called Mobile Home University or that it’s the only industry that is allowed to rob and rape the buyers and tenants.”

Each of these topics have been spotlighted at various times on either or both MHProNews and or MHLivingNews.  Those insiders who aren’t closely following the trends – for example, from the retail, production or supplier sides of the industry – may not otherwise be able to fully grasp what Harberts means.

A community operator, who is on the NY Housing Association’s board of directors responded as follows to Harberts.

Steve Newman, On the contrary, I am an owner of 2 Manufactured Home Communities in NYS. I invested my own money to buy these properties and use my own capital or borrow at my own risk funds to make significant improvements. Many of my colleagues at NY Housing are like me, small operators!

I can tell you that I will be very cautious about making improvements as a result of the new rent regulations Be careful what you wish for. The real culprits here are localities that impose restrictive zoning ordinances restricting construction of new communities and burdensome regulations which add to cost of buying and installing homes. Lack of financing options for homes by government agencies tasked to serve these communities also increases costs. Unfortunately this complex problem requires a more incentives than disincentives.”

Newman, per his LinkedIn profile, has two communities. One is described [typos in the original] from a company website as “A all age community owned and operated by Rural Home Communities. Steven L. Newman, Owner. Conveniently located south of Watkins Glen, NY offering easy commute to Corning/Elmira and access to all attractions in Finger Lakes…”

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Indeed, Newman’s point is one made from community operators in Canada and the United States, as a prior report with Canadian video reflected from this link here.  Progressives should bear in mind that Paul Bradley, President and CEO of ROC USA told MHProNews that to his mind rent control doesn’t work.

So, there are concerns – even among progressives that are pro-resident – over the effectiveness, or lack thereof, in rent-control efforts.

There is one more point to be made before drawing this narrative to a somewhat painful close.  Who is atop the NY Housing board of Directors? Joe Bushey, who is identified as with G&I Homes.  Here’s how the association website shows it, sans the phone and email.

 

President:

Joe Bushey
G & I Homes
PO Box 226
Frankfort, NY 13340

 

Who owns G&I Homes?  Per the Clayton Homes website, it is Clayton.

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That’s not to imply that every case of rent control has Clayton or Warren Buffett the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerates fingerprints on it.  But clearly, several of such scenarios do have precisely those Omaha-Knoxville fingerprints and money trails. As Joanne Stevens, who works for a division of Berkshire Hathaway was reported to say last week, the industry – i.e. the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has been to confront these issues.  That’s an understatement, since the ultimate power behind Arlington, VA based MHI are the Berkshire brands.

Commenting on similar moves in Iowa for regulating manufactured home communities and imposing new rent control, Stevens said: What happened next [in Iowa and elsewhere] is a commentary on how woefully unprepared the MH & MHP Industry is to make the case for the essential role mobile homes & parks provide in the low-cost housing landscape. Tenants, the media and legislators unleashed their outrage against rent increases and MHP owners.”

 

 

One ought to ask, is creating rage against community owners in general an accident or a byproduct? Is it more than a coincidence when something similar is happening in state after state?  Especially when so often, there are Buffett and Berkshire fingerprints and funds clearly at hand?

It is inevitable once MHI is so highly weaponized that more state associations will likewise feel the power of Clayton, 21st Mortgage, and Berkshire related influence or domination. That has been previously reported in the report below.

 

 

This may help explain in part why some state community associations broke rank with MHI to form the National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO).  The question now is this.  Will NAMHCO now play footsie with MHI and the powers that be in MHVille’s Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis and their big boy allies? Or will they buck the system and publicly call them out as they did before?

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Finally, rent control and manufactured housing were both mentioned in the new presidential executive order.  Is a battle looming ahead? Time will tell. Meanwhile, MHProNews will monitor these and other developments and report to the industry’s professionals, investors, owners, and advocates accordingly.  

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Unpacking New White House Council on Affordable Housing Initiative and Manufactured Homes

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Success has many fathers,
failure is an orphan
.”
– Maxim based on saying popularized by President John F. Kennedy,
but originated in a saying by Italian Count Caleazzo Ciano, per Wikipedia.

 

 

Manufactured housing is underperforming as an industry, as has been noted numerous times here on MHProNews.  So perhaps it is no surprise that when something positive appears to occur, there is a rush to grab credit for that apparent glimmer of hope.

There is therefore a sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious battle in manufactured housing over who did what, when, where, why, and how.  There is also a contest as to what the meaning is of some legal or administrative ruling, or what the possible risks and benefits are of a bill that is being proposed in Congress, and so on.

In the wake of the White House’s surprise announcement of a new executive order establishing a “White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing,” the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and their surrogates were quick to leap to take credit. MHI’s claims could be examined in an upcoming fact-check.  But what follows below is the view from the Washington, D.C. based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform.

Note that MHARR specifically mentions MHProNews participation in that pre-announcement conference call.  MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach’s query was one of only four questions taken by the White House during their pre-rollout conference call. According to the automated login for that call, only several dozen were in on that White House call, and MHARR and MHProNews were among that tiny group so invited.

 

 

Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform Unpacks New White House Council and Manufactured Homes

JUNE 26, 2019

  

TO:                  MHARR MANUFACTURERS

                        MHARR STATE AFFILIATES

                        MHARR TECHNICAL REVIEW GROUP (TRG)

 

FROM:             MARK WEISS

 

RE:                 

President Announces White House Council
on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers
to Affordable Housing

MHARR participated in a conference call on June 25, 2019, conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), during which White House officials announced the impending issuance of an Executive Order (EO) to create a “White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing.” While the substance of the EO – which, as detailed below, is fully consistent with and reflects MHARR policy objectives as advanced before the Administration, Congress and HUD – was described during the conference call, that call, as repeatedly emphasized by the same White House Officials, was specifically “off the record.” MHARR, in accordance with that request, withheld publication on this initiative until it was publicly announced and issued by the White House (see HUD Press Release attached).

Consistent with MHARR’s fundamental focus on the costs imposed by unnecessary and unreasonable regulatory mandates, as well as its more recent initiative and undertaking to combat discriminatorily restrictive and exclusionary local zoning mandates that effectively ban HUD-regulated manufactured housing from large areas of the nation, the President’s Executive Order, specifically acknowledges that “federal, state [and] local … governments impose a multitude of regulatory barriers – laws, regulations and administrative practices – that hinder the development of housing.”  The EO then goes on to expressly recognize types of regulatory actions – which have been prioritized for action and opposition by MHARR — that continue to hinder both the affordability and availability of federally-regulated manufactured housing, stating: “These regulatory barriers include – overly restrictive zoning and growth management controls … excessive energy … efficiency mandates [and] outdated manufactured housing regulations and restrictions.”  (Emphasis added).

Indeed, the EO’s specific emphasis on zoning and other “outdated … restrictions” on federally-regulated manufactured housing is fully consistent with an April 24, 2019 communication from MHARR to Secretary Carson, calling on HUD to “utilize its resources to research, study and analyze such discriminatory and exclusionary zoning and its local and national impacts on the availability of affordable [manufactured] housing and homeownership in light of relevant national housing policies.” The same communication calls on HUD to exercise its authority under the enhanced federal preemption language of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 to either eliminate or limit such baseless restrictions.  And, indeed, in response to an inquiry from MHProNews Publisher L.A. Tony Kovach, it appears that the specific issue of federal preemption will be “on the table” in this process.

Under the EO, the White House Council will be chaired by Secretary Carson and will consist of representatives from eight federal agencies, including agencies that either currently regulate matters affecting manufactured housing – i.e., HUD and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – or seek to regulate aspects of manufactured housing – i.e., the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  Among other things as set forth in the EO, the Council will seek to identify and then “reduce and streamline statutory, regulatory and administrative burdens at all levels of government that inhibit the development of affordable housing.”  This will lead to the development of specific initiatives designed to reduce the targeted federal, state and local regulatory barriers and a report to President Trump within the next twelve months regarding “the Council’s implementation of … this order.”

The EO, accordingly, presents a potentially unequalled opportunity for the specific advancement of policy objectives that MHARR has been tasked with advancing, including, but not limited to: (1) the full and complete implementation of all reform aspects of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000; (2) the elimination of unnecessary regulatory burdens imposed on manufactured housing and manufactured housing consumers by HUD in accordance with Executive Orders 13771 and 13777; (3) the elimination or modification of baseless and discriminatory zoning restrictions on manufactured housing, including both single lots and communities; and (4) other related issues involving regulatory impediments to the availability and affordability of HUD-regulated manufactured housing.

In addition, the initiative established by the EO underscores that recent legislation introduced in Congress to supposedly “modernize” manufactured housing – but which would, in reality, undermine and harm existing, inherently affordable HUD Code manufactured housing – is unnecessary and should not go forward, as set forth by MHARR in its June 24, 2019 Memorandum entitled “Unnecessary/Damaging Bills Introduced in Congress.”

MHARR will continue to keep you apprised of developments related to this important Administration initiative.

cc: Other Interested Industry Members

##

 

MHProNews Analysis

Let’s be blunt.

The fact that “enhanced preemption” is only “on the table” in this process is a possible warning sign.

There is no doubt that MHARR is pushing for preemption. That has been well documented, as is shown in the screen capture graphics herein plus the links below the byline.

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Since the screen capture above was performed, MHARR has done more articles that mention or are focused on the federal preemption given to HUD Code manufactured homes under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.

 

MHProNews and MHLivingNews have likewise promoted the broad use of federal preemption for manufactured homes for years.

 

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MHProNews and MHLivingNews has been online longer than MHARR, so it is no surprise that MHARR is #3 on this search result. But MHI has been online since the 1990s. They were part of the coalition led by MHARR that included state associations that helped make enhanced preemption part of federal law. How is it possible that MHI has no mention of it on their website? State executives are aware of it, and though rarely used, it has been used by HUD on occasion.

 

By contrast, it is MHI and their surrogates that purportedly have hidden and/or obscured this important key in federal law that already exists. Why?  What explains that claim, if they truly want to see the industry grow?

 

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Site search of MHI website conducted on 6.30.2019. By contrast, see what a purported surrogate of theirs has said on this same topic, at this link here and here. Curious, isn’t it?

 

That key of HUD actually using their significant power of federal preemption over local and state roadblocks could turn the lock that opens the door to more manufactured home ownership opportunities for millions of Americans. It is a regulatory short-cut, because it is already federal law.  It fits perfectly with the White House’s stated mission. Is there a reason to delay on this? See but one example of federal preemption being exercised by HUD in the letter to Richland, MS below. 

 

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The letter to Richland is found here, and was requested by that state’s executive, Jen Hall. So why wouldn’t MHI promote it’s use? Indeed, why didn’t MHI ask for this on the recent Bryan, TX case?

So this White House initiative, while promising, nevertheless comes with cautionary notes too.  

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L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach in photo by sign displayed at a MHI meeting.

It is a disgrace that the Manufactured Housing Institute [MHI] has not boldly, consistently, and faithfully promoted the enhanced preemption that is a key part of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. MHI was part of that effort in the waning days of the 20th century. It is already federal law. Because they were part of the coalition that worked for passage, MHI therefore ought to be well aware of the law and its meaning. But that was prior to Berkshire Hathaway’s acquisition of Clayton Homes, and much has changed at MHI since 2003.” said former MHI board member and MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach. 

If MHI sincerely wants to see the industry grow in a robust and sustainable fashion, then they will push for the Government Sponsored Enterprises [GSEs] lending on all HUD Code manufactured homes, not just a select group of them that Clayton Homes wanted supported.  If MHI isn’t just posturing when they say they want to see the industry grow, then they should begin immediately to promote the true meaning of enhanced preemption.  MHI should likewise do more than give a fig leaf to their members whom they hope to mollify or ‘razzle dazzle,’ by going loudly, proudly, and consistently public on the valuable steps that HUD Secretary Ben Carson has taken in recent months to promote a better understanding and broader use of manufactured homes, Kovach said.

The fact that MHI has failed to do so even on their own website speaks volumes, Kovach said.

MHProNews will circle back to this topic as warranted in the near term.  Note that as a courtesy to new readers, or those who may have missed it, the evidence of MHARR’s claims are found linked below the bylines and notice. The hot links above also lead to more evidence on the issue of enhanced preemption.

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