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Introducing the JW Corruption Chronicles, News Reporting Isn’t Dead

August 16th, 2018 Comments off


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Before starting the headline report, some disclosures are warranted. Disclosures. This digital publication is a subsidiary of a privately held LLC, which engages in trade media as well as various expert, marketing and business development services focused on HUD Code manufactured homes (MH), and factory-built housing in general.

 

A look at our principal’s LinkedIn profile reflects from the outside-in the breadth, level, and depth of contacts, largely within the MH industry, but also to parties beyond who have an interest in our covered issues.

Our mission has always been to serve individual businesses – and through professionals and businesses, help the industry at large – deal with challenges, and thereby grow to their market(s) sales potential.  

That market potential is often several times larger than an specific location is currently achieving. With the widest and most engaged audience in the industry, our sponsors, clients and contacts have often praised our work publicly, again, see the LinkedIn profile for examples.

 

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The JW Corruption Chronicles Preface

With that brief disclaimer, let’s introduce this JW Corruption Chronicles topic as follows.

Perhaps the first job of government is to protect and safeguard its people. That protection should include safeguards against all forms of crime and foreign attackers.

The job of news media is to report the news.  

As the insightful and compelling Shadows of Liberty documentary video posted at the link below reminds viewers, news coverage can be manipulated. News coverage can come with a hidden or thinly veiled agenda.

“Shadows of Liberty” Movie Introduction, Affordable Housing, and You

When award-winning, independent journalists and author, Sharyl Attkisson produced her left-right media divide guide, the Daily Business News immediately saw its value for our industry professionals, investor and other readers. It’s posted again, below.

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources. 

No one guide can be complete, but the above is a useful start. While reportedly 90 percent of mainstream media is in the hands of but 6 major conglomerates, that doesn’t mean that each of their individual reports are corrupted or tainted.

There are honest reporters, who seek to do their jobs well, and the same can be said of editors and producers too. News isn’t dead. But it must be discerned, and analyzed. 

One of the reasons that the founders of the United States of America (USA) included protection for the freedom of the press in the very first amendment to the Bill of Rights was to act as a watchdog against corruption in or by those in government.

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Business Certainty and Safety  

Investors and savvy professionals want as much certainty as possible. No one of sound mind wants to waste time, money or resources.  

So the safety and security of people are important to investors and businesses.

Crime impacts many in the manufactured home retail and communities sectors, as well as other segments of the industry too. 

Pride and Prejudice: The Truth About Manufactured Home Communities and Crime

Terrorism can have criminal connections. Specifically, those ties are often to illegal drugs, sex or other forms of human trafficking.  

Sebastian Gorka, a terror expert, previously told MHProNews that a manufactured home business or community can be a target, just as much as any other ‘soft targets.’  

The Daily Business News on MHProNews seeks to curate topics, using a ‘separate the wheat from the chaff approach.’  

Any source can provide useful information for industry professionals, but sources and the insight ideally ought be curated for its usefulness.  

Shadows of Liberty featured several progressives, while the report below is from a more conservative/libertarian leaning group. 

With that backdrop, here is a report that you may not find on your favorite news channel or source. Its core theme is terror and related crimes. 

Bear in mind, all that it reveals about both government activities. Consider the threats to safety and security it reveals.  

At the conclusion of their unedited report, provided by them directly to MHProNews, there will be a brief conclusion and related commentary. 

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ISIS Militant Quietly Released after
FBI Intervention Surfaces in Minimum Security Jail

 

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An ISIS operative jailed in Chicago and mysteriously released after FBI intervention, has surfaced in a minimum security prison about 165 miles south of the Windy City. His name is Emad Karakrah, the ringleader of a sophisticated narco-terror operation, and in 2014 he was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase through Chicago streets with an ISIS flag waving from his car.

When police finally captured Karakrah, he told officers his car was rigged with explosives that would detonate if searched. Bomb disposal units secured the vehicle without incident, but Karakrah’s arrest helped expose a huge narco-terrorist network with roots and financing in El Paso, Texas. Karakrah also lived in New Mexico, the border state where authorities just raided an extremist Muslim compound that trained kids to commit school shootings.

Judicial Watch uncovered Karakrah’s terrorism record and has reported extensively on his extremist activities, including a 2009 plot to bomb talk-show host Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago studios and the iconic Sears Tower. Judicial Watch also produced an investigative documentary about the narco-terrorist cell that Karakrah and other jihadists—including two of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists (Jaber A. Elbaneh and Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah)—operated from El Paso.

Karakrah was a logistics and transportation operative for militant Islamists in the United States, according to high-level law enforcement sources. He moved people, weapons, explosives, drugs, money, and other materiel to terrorist cells operating in Chicago, Brooklyn, New York and Saddle Brook, New Jersey, among other locations across the U.S. More than a decade ago Karakrah smuggled drugs and weapons for the renowned Juárez drug cartel in Mexico.

At some point, Karakrah reportedly became a confidential informant for the FBI, but went rogue and broke contact with his bureau handlers. This appears to be the reason that the FBI got involved in his state case, which was veiled in secrecy. Legal proceedings against Karakrah in Chicago were delayed at least twice because of FBI “equities,” sources close to the case confirmed.

An FBI agent was present during Karakrah’s proceedings in Cook County Court and the agency facilitated his release in 2015, which was kept from the public record. Judicial Watch followed the case closely and verified that Karakrah was no longer in custody of Cook County Jail.

The Illinois Department of Corrections subsequently confirmed in writing that Karakrah was not in custody. Judicial Watch’s efforts to independently ascertain Karakrah’s whereabouts were unsuccessful until recently. Karakrah has surfaced at the Lincoln Correctional Center, a minimum security facility in a town of about 14,000 residents. Karakrah’s Illinois Department of Corrections profile lists his “projected discharge date” as July 13, 2020.

The pending release is frightening considering Karakrah’s disturbing history, criminal record and documented ties to some of the world’s most dangerous jihadists. The collaboration between Mexican drug cartels and Islamic terrorists practiced by Karakrah and his cohorts has become a monstrous national security issue for the U.S. Judicial Watch has exposed a number of the enterprises as part of an ongoing investigation into the critical national security threats along the porous southern border.

Among the most distressing is that Islamic terrorists joined forces with the Juárez drug cartel years ago and the partnership has resulted in ISIS operating in a region controlled by the cartel, just a few miles from El Paso in a border area known as “Anapra” in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Other Mexican drug cartels have smuggled nationals of terrorist countries into the U.S. for years, records uncovered by Judicial Watch show.

In one operation exposed by Judicial Watch, drug cartels smuggled nationals of terrorist countries into a small Texas rural town near El Paso. To elude the Border Patrol, they used remote farm roads to reach stash areas in Acala, a rural crossroads located around 54 miles from El Paso.

Judicial Watch also uncovered State Department records confirming that “Arab extremists” are entering the U.S. through Mexico with the assistance of smuggling network “cells.” Among them was Karakrah’s partner, Shukrijumah, the Al Qaeda operative wanted by the FBI. Shukrijumah helped plan several U.S. attacks, including plots to bomb Oprah Winfrey’s studio and detonate nuclear devices in multiple American cities.

For years Shukrijumah appeared on the FBI’s most wanted list and, despite being sought by the agency, crossed back and forth into the U.S. from Mexico to meet fellow militant Islamists in Texas. In fact, as one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, Shukrijumah piloted an aircraft into the Cielo Dorado airfield in Anthony, New Mexico.

Just last week Judicial Watch reported that an Arab man living in Mexico smuggled six citizens of Yemen—an Al Qaeda hotbed—into the U.S. through the southern border. The feds say the smuggler, 31-year-old Moayad Heider Mohammad Aldairi, conspired with “others” to sneak the six Yemeni nationals across the Texas border for a fee. ##

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Commentary on the above.

The midterms are a mere 82 days away. The Trump Administration is made up of people, as is any other presidential administration.  

The vast majority of those people working in the federal government were hired prior to President Trump’s term in office began.  Just as it takes a business with new ownership time to make changes, the same is true in the vast federal government.  2,711,000 people worked for the federal government in Nov of 2014, per the Wall Street Journal.  It took over a year to get FBI agent Peter Strzok fired.

Rooting out corruption can take time. But it is worth the effort.

The U.S. economy is beginning to roll. Donald J. Trump beat the expected nominees, like much better-funded former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in the GOP primaries. As candidate and as president, Mr. Trump has criticized policies of predecessors on both sides of the political aisle.  

The JW “Corruption Chronicles” has an audience because it documents what they claim.  

Likewise, this MH Industry trade publication has an audience because we seek to stick with documents, evidence, reason, while tracking the record of various groups and individuals that impact our industry. 

President of the United States (POTUS) Ronald Reagan asked his supporters, ‘are you better off than you were 4 years ago?’ POTUS Trump and his supporters can ask business and professionals a similar question at the midterms. ‘Are you better off than you were 2 years ago?

Finally, for years we’ve spotlighted the distinction between

  • free enterprise,
  • crony capitalism, and
  • socialism.

Socialism is a proven failure, for over 100 years. Yet it is becoming more popular, especially among the younger generations.

Capitalism, Socialism, & Manufactured Housing

If you are a manager or owner, you may want to encourage your team mates to get and stay informed. Part of their education should be a daily does of MHLivingNews and MHProNews. Do you want to keep the momentum going?  Or do you want to return to the challenges of the past 20 years?  The nation is by no means fixed.  But are we moving in a better direction? 

Millions are answering that question, yes.

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After De-Regulation, Senator Warren Promotes Re-Regulation Via Accountable Capitalism Act, Plus MH Market Updates

August 15th, 2018 Comments off

CNNmoney8.15.2018ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsElizabeth Warren’s vision, if it became law, could “destroy capitalism,” says a Harvard expert in a video interview that will be our spotlight 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 belowafter the newsmaker bullets and major indexes closing tickers.

 

The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.  Headlines – at home and abroad – often move the markets.  So, this is an example of “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing.” ©

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.

 

Select bullets from CNN Money…

  • Qatar throws Turkey a lifeline as spat widens with US
  • Goldman Sachs says it’s advising Tesla
  • The Dow is having its worst day in months. Here’s why
  • Over FAANG? Tech investors should focus on these stocks next
  • It’s official: Tencent has a major gaming problem
  • Macy’s momentum may be starting to slow
  • MoviePass just lost $132 a share and it’s trading at 5¢
  • Tiffany is remodeling to draw more Millennials
  • Kansas newspaper goes from endorsing Trump to denouncing his attacks on the press
  • Corona owner makes $4 billion bet on cannabis
  • Verizon’s 5G sales pitch: Free TV
  • How much of a pay raise can you really ask for?
  • Former war refugee is making money transfers easier
  • How America’s foreclosure capital came back from the dead
  • American oil refineries are working harder than ever before
  • Sears CEO Lampert offers $400 million for Kenmore
  • Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week
  • Tinder co-founders claim they’re owed $2 billion
  • Autonomous vehicles are coming. Now comes the hard part.
  • Stelter: Trump and his media boosters live in a hall of mirrors
  • Southwest will only allow cats and dogs as emotional support animals
  • Alphabet invests $375 million in Oscar Health
  • Y Combinator sets out to find the next Facebook — in China
  • Tesla: Not clear yet whether Musk’s plan makes sense
  • Analysis: Facebook doesn’t have an obligation to support journalism
  • The threat Turkey’s crisis poses to the world
  • South Korea is banning thousands of BMWs after fires
  • Elon Musk says he’s working with Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake to take Tesla private
  • FBI warns banks about potential ATM hacking scheme
  • Carl Icahn abandons effort to kill Cigna’s Express Scripts deal
  • Uber makes a big hire to win back user trust
  • Look out Apple! Another company nears $1 trillion

Select Bullets from Fox Business

  • SEC ramps up Tesla probe with subpoenas
  • Stocks plunge as Turkey trade feud worries rise
  • China feeling the brunt of trade war
  • MoviePass is burning cash but insists it can survive
  • Young entrepreneurs ditching Silicon Valley for these US cities
  • Roundup ingredient found in Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and other cereals
  • Elizabeth Warren’s Accountable Capitalism Act would force companies to look beyond shareholders
  • Harley-Davidson CEO reacts to Trump trade controversy in letter to employees
  • Soros bets on social media, BlackRock
  • Get ready to pay more for toilet paper, tissues and diapers – here’s why
  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac offer home loans for 3% down
  • North Face plans move to Denver from Bay Area by 2020, transferring 650 jobs: report
  • Home builders souring on housing market?
  • These states have the most million dollar homes
  • McDonald’s details $6 billion US restaurant modernization
  • Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather enters fitness ring
  • This team just unseated Michigan for college football’s top-selling ticket
  • Why Home Depot’s blockbuster earnings bode well for the housing market
  • Twitter is launching a charm offensive with conservatives: Charlie Gasparino
  • J. Rodgers on social media censorship
  • Father pleads to tech giants to help him find his missing daughter
  • Young entrepreneurs ditching Silicon Valley for these US cities
  • Small business optimism at 35-year high
  • Finding qualified workers remains owners’ biggest challenge.

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

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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.

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

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What will happen if the blue wave became real?  Perhaps Democrats like Senator Elizabeth Warren are giving the nation a clear clue.

Let’s change the compensation structure for the CEOs to say that the CEOs will not be permitted to juice the [stock] price, and then once they juice the price, make a quick sale, make a bazillion dollars, and keep emphasizing the incentives,” she said to CNBC.

The Massachusetts Democrat introduced the Accountable Capitalism Act, which would require corporations with more than $1 billion in annual revenue to obtain a federal charter.

But if passed, couldn’t those capital requirement levels be later changed?  So all others should be watching this too.

 

The video discussion posted above shows the pros-can-cons to this concept.

But a simple thumbnail analysis is this.  Should a bill like this become law, it could well drive capital off-shore all over again.

 

Bloomberg Closing Ticker for MHProNews…

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NOTE: The chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

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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Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s Honeymoon Mobile Home Auctioned Soon

August 15th, 2018 Comments off

 

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It’s a shame that so many in the industry just don’t get it,” said an industry reader and client who tipped the auction of Elvis’ honeymoon mobile home to MHProNews.  “Manufactured home pros should celebrate the mobile home past, not run from it. Yes, we need the right terminology, and done correctly it would elevate the industry’s image.”

 

MHProNews and MHLivingNews previously reported on a prior sale of the home.

Judging from the current photos the auction house shared, the true pre-HUD Code mobile home looks to have been updated and rehabbed.

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The auction tells MHProNews the same, describing the home like this: “Elvis & Priscilla Presley’s 60′ Two Bedroom Delta Mobile Home From Circle G Ranch W/All Paperwork (Recently Restored)

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For a forward thinker with wit, some spare change, and an eye for marketing this could be a traffic magnet for a manufactured home sales center or land-lease community,” said publisher and consultant, L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

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The auction will be held on Aug 25, 2018 10AM PDT, in Agoura Hills, CA, by GWS Auctions CA Bond#: 62520248.

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“Buyers Have Had Enough,” says Redfin’s Glenn Kelman

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As U.S. home prices have increased faster than wages for 70 straight months, buyers in markets like these have finally had enough, at least for now. There are still plenty of markets where homebuyer demand is strong. But for the first time in years, we are getting reports from managers of some markets that homebuyer demand is waning, especially in some of Redfin’s largest markets,” according to CEO Glenn Kelman, per Fox.

 

In a release do the Daily Business News on MHProNews, Redfin Housing Demand Index fell 0.7 percent month over month to 120 in June.

Per the real estate firm, “The decline was driven by a 2.2 percent decrease in the seasonally adjusted number of homebuyers requesting tours, and a 12.2 percent decrease in the number making offers on homes from May to June. The Demand Index is based on thousands of Redfin customers requesting home tours and writing offers.”

It’s not the only signal of still strong demand, that nevertheless shows signs of more road bumps ahead.  Several of those bumps, arguably, spell opportunity in disguise for savvy factory-builders and investors.

Home builders’ confidence in the U.S. housing market edged lower in August as builders reported strong demand but also expressed concerns that rising prices loom as a potential threat to sales,” said Fox, adding as follows.

Builder confidence edged down to 67 in August on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), from July’s 68 but in line with economists’ expectations. It is the lowest reading for the HMI since September 2017 when the reading came in at 64. It is, however, still a solid reading with any measure above 50 indicating expansion.”

An interview with Kelman by Bloomberg is posted above.  Redfin is competing against real estate brokers, as well as firms like Zillow.

The above points to opportunities in the affordable housing field. They are also reasons why manufactured housing should be performing far better that it has been. For reasons why the reality is different than the potential, and what that means to potential visionary investors, see the related reports, linked below. ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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“Work With Us Or Die,” Threat from Facebook’s Brown, per SUN Report

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Campbell Brown is Facebook’s head of news partnerships.  According to reports from The Australian, Drudge, and the Sun, Brown told a group of media executives down under that they have to “Work with us or end up in hospice.”

 

Hospice is defined by Google’s dictionary as “providing care for the sick, especially the terminally ill” or dying.

In dramatic damage-control mode, Facebook denies that charge, and says that it was a statement taken out of context.

But what the issue spotlights is the problem of monopolies, or more precisely oligopolies. An oligopoly is defined as “a state of limited competition, in which a market is shared by a small number of producers or sellers.”

For every independent business or hopeful startups, there is a rising tide of mega-corporations that dominate a given industry. While it is more pronounced in manufactured housing that in other industries, there are some similar trends.

 

Independents – Work With Us Or Die

Rephrased, what these giants are telling independent businesses in that pithy headline from “The Sun” – “Work With Us Or Die.

It should be chilling to those who believe in free enterprise.

As the Daily Business News recently reported, mainstream media is dominated by some 6 major conglomerates.

 

“Shadows of Liberty” Movie Introduction, Affordable Housing, and You

In manufactured housing, the concern is being raised that Berkshire Hathaway could have been correcting the record for years on the misconceptions about manufactured homes.  Why haven’t they?  It puts into question claims by Kevin Clayton, Berkshire Hathaway CEO, and Lesli Gooch, SVP for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

 

Kevin Clayton, Leslie Gooch Sound-off; Left & Right Agree? Manufactured Homeland, MHI, & You

 

But the problem isn’t limited to them.  Thus part of the solution must be to understand the threat that domination by one or a few is harmful to the free marketplace, and ultimately to workers and consumers.

 

NY Stern University’s Scott Galloway on Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Capitol Hill Hearings

 

Facebook and Google, the later whose parent company is Alphabet, have been coming under fire globally. The EU fined Google for anti-trust activity. Congress and others are looking too.  While the headlines about Facebook are often tied to “fake news,” perhaps the more important issue is the raw power that these operations have over information.

As manufactured home marketers know, Google and Facebook can make or break your firm. So “shadow banning” and other ways that information is manipulated – or eliminated – by the FANG giants.

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And as a multiple award winning retailer told MHProNews,Tony, no independent can afford to publicly fight 21st.” Agree or disagree with that retailer’s statement, but the thought that you can’t fight Clayton or Berkshire Hathaway is similar to the Sun’s pity headline, Work With Us Or Die.”

Are independent manufactured home businesses mere vassals or serfs to powerful megacorporations, and the association that those “big boys” dominate? A retailer in the article linked below thinks so.

 

How Many MH Independents, Retailers Have Been Lost Recently? “They Think They Own Us”

 

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Battle for the House, What to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries

August 14th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Barring some unforeseen political earthquake, the smart money has the GOP holding the Senate in November’s midterms.

 

So, the focus for most pundits is on the House of Representatives.

The White House has made it clear that they think they can get a red wave in November, due in part to increased economic improvements.  Some believe that the immigration issue cuts the Trump Administration’s way among the electorate.

In an evening message to the Daily Business News, among the points that the Oval Office is touting is the record high small business optimism.  The White House pressroom also spotlighted a new column by Charlie Kirk in the Hillthat President Trump’s trade policies could level the playing field in a historic way. “President Trump has the potential to end up as the most free-market president of our lifetime.”

Democrats have been saying for months that it is a blue wave coming. The historic pattern is for the party in power to lose seats at the midterm.

Tonight’s snapshot will cover both sides of the left-right media divide.

Per CNBC,

  • Four more states — Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont — will hold primary elections on Tuesday.”
  • In Minnesota, four House races will play a major role in determining which party holds the House after November’s midterms.” President Trump recently stumped in Duluth, MN, which is across the bridge from Superior Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin holds closely watched Senate and governor’s races, as well as a contest for outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan’s seat.”

Per Fox News:

 

Readers must be mindful of the sources, which is why the left-right media divide chart further below is useful.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) does not take a position on political races.  That said, they are on record with this view of the Trump Administration.

 

 

Word from MHI members is that they are talking about the GOP loss of the House. While they took no official position in the 2016 presidential election, they predicted the loss of the House and Senate to the Democrats, and had two pro-Clinton speakers on their stage in the days just before the election.

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources. To learn more about the power of media, and impacts on manufactured housing, see a new, in depth report, linked here.

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway reloads Apple, Goldman Sachs, Plus MH Market Updates

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CNNmoney8.14.2018ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsWarren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns Clayton Homes and numerous other HUD Code manufactured home industry-connected operations. But its reach is so vast, that in direct and indirect ways, it can influence the manufactured housing industry.  With that backdrop, the latest moves by Berkshire Hathaway are posted below.

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 belowafter the newsmaker bullets and major indexes closing tickers.

 

 

The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.  Headlines – at home and abroad – often move the markets.  So, this is an example of “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing.” ©

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.

 

Select bullets from CNN Money…

  • Consumers spent big at Home Depot
  • Tesla: Should you buy, sell or short?
  • Google parent company invests $375 million in Oscar Health
  • Royal Bank of Scotland will pay record fine for crisis-era misconduct
  • Tinder co-founders sue app’s owners, claiming they’re owed $2 billion
  • Tinder co-founder: ‘They lied about the financial performance’
  • Tesla: Not clear yet whether Elon Musk’s plan to go private makes sense
  • The threat Turkey’s crisis poses to the world
  • Uber hires chief security officer to help earn back user trust
  • Elon Musk says he’s working with Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake to take Tesla private
  • FBI warns banks about potential ATM hacking scheme
  • How America’s foreclosure capital came back from the dead
  • South Korea is banning thousands of BMWs after engine fires
  • Coca Cola is fighting Gatorade by investing in BodyArmor
  • Analysis: Facebook doesn’t have an obligation to support journalism
  • Southwest will only allow cats and dogs as emotional support animals
  • Carl Icahn abandons effort to kill Cigna’s Express Scripts deal
  • China’s ‘Tesla-fighter’ plans to go public in New York
  • Look out Apple! Another company nears $1 trillion
  • Corporate America is raking in fat profits. Will it last?
  • What happens next in Turkey? It probably won’t be good
  • 4 things you can do to be recession-ready
  • Lee and Wrangler jeans get the boot as VF Corp moves to Denver
  • RELIABLE SOURCES
  • Three theories why Omarosa’s book is not a #1 best seller
  • Could she become Wall Street’s first female bank CEO?
  • Cinemark’s Movie Club is the anti-MoviePass
  • Drones and bluetooth sneakers: What’s with all the pizza gimmicks?
  • Papa John’s is helping out franchisees hurting from the PR crisis
  • The big business of Frankenfoods
  • How an iced tea company became a marketing phenomenon
  • White anxiety finds a home at Fox News

Select Bullets from Fox Business

 

  • Tesla chief Elon Musk imploding?
  • US stocks rising, Dow posts triple-digit gain
  • FBI warns of impending ATM hack
  • Tinder co-founders sue parent company for $2 billion
  • Berkshire boosts Goldman stake, confirms Apple purchase
  • This team just unseated Michigan for college football’s top-selling ticket
  • Boston-area mayor boycotts Sam Adams after founder praises Trump
  • McDonald’s details $6 billion US restaurant modernization
  • Lockheed Martin, Air Force reach deal on $480M hypersonic weapons contract
  • Toxic red tide butchers Florida tourism and wildlife
  • These are the best and worst states for middle-class Americans
  • Florida algae hurting business
  • Americans will pay for ‘08 financial crisis with ‘lifetime income loss’
  • NFL anthem protests: Florida police union offers olive branch to players
  • Blue light from phones, tablets can impair your vision, study finds
  • Harley-Davidson overseas move was years in the making: Bikers for Trump
  • China feeling the brunt of trade war
  • Has big tech become untouchable?
  • Kroger grocery unit bans Visa credit cards
  • Trump hopes economy will help drive ‘red wave’ in midterms
  • The economy is moving forward very swiftly: Rep. Faso
  • NY Senate candidate will push to make rent tax deductible if wins
  • Small business optimism at 35-year high
  • From sales rep to salad vending machine tycoon

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.

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report – 

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Per CNBC today:

  • Berkshire Hathaway loaded up on Apple, Delta, Southwest and Goldman in the second quarter.
  • In May, Buffett told CNBC that Berkshire had added 75 million shares of Apple and exited its stake in IBM in the first quarter.

 

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway increased its stake in Apple by 5 percent, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday that discloses positions through the end of the second quarter.

Berkshire also upped its holdings of Goldman Sachs by 21 percent, Delta by 18.8 percent and Southwest by 18.7 percent, the filing said, and it added another 6.7 percent to its Teva stake, which it had doubled in the first quarter of this year. Buffett’s conglomerate has been steadily building its Apple stake for two years to become its second-biggest shareholder.”

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Kevin Clayton, Leslie Gooch Sound-off; Left & Right Agree? Manufactured Homeland, MHI, & You

 

 

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

NOTE: The chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

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.

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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Kevin Clayton, Leslie Gooch Sound-off; Left & Right Agree? Manufactured Homeland, MHI, & You

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KevinClaytonPhotoLesliGoochPhotoMHInsiderLogoMHProNewsLogoFactChecksDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews600x315To tee-up the Kevin Clayton, Lesli Gooch portions of this article, the Daily Business News on MHProNews will start with noteworthy development in media.  When voices from the political and economic left – and the conservative/libertarian economic and political right – broadly agree on a core issue, that alone should be headline news.

 

From Bill Moyers, or Democracy Now! among progressives, to Breitbart or the Thomas Sowell on the right, there are voices in the media – as well as news analysts – that for years have been raising concerns about the increasing concentration of media ownership.

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Dan Rather quote from the compelling documentary video, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page below.

Some are calling it an “oligopoly,” while others deem it them as “monopolies” of news and information. But the bottom line is that media has been dramatically consolidated in the last 2 decades.

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What that means in practice is that the news you read, view or hear has someone’s agenda behind it.

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Who says?

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Take a look at some of the many possible sample quotes.

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Deepa Kumar quote from the thought-provoking video documentary, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page above.

 

#1) Why Should Manufactured Housing Professionals or Investors Care? 

Simple.

A tiny fraction of a single percent of the U.S. population decides what’s news, and what is not.

When manufactured housing is widely misunderstood, one should consider the mantra of Marty Lavin, JD, and “follow the money.”

That ‘follow the money’ wisdom ought to be applied to those who select, cover, ignore and otherwise ‘frame’ the news; including the news that covers and impacts our necessary part of the safe, quality, affordable housing industry.

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Danny Glover quote from the fascinating video documentary, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page above.

Note that for years, the Daily Business News on MHProNews – most notably in our evening market report – has taken information from both sides of the left-right media divide. In other non-market reports, we periodically curate an topic or issue from a mainstream media source.  That’s fact checked or spotlighted because it is useful or insightful for the industry’s professionals, owners, investors, and others.

We’ve also stressed that publishing a quote has never meant that we agree with everything that source or person says.  More recently, we’ve phrased that at times, one must separate the ‘wheat and chaff.

Even some person or source that you may routinely disagree with, can have a terrific insight on an important issue.  The open mind, with probing questions, can benefit from the – who, what, when, where, why and how – approach.

 

Tim Williams 21st Mortgage Corp President and CEO Said It

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As Tim Williams, President and CEO of 21st Mortgage Corp – and the prior Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) – keenly phrased it: “I know that Tony [Kovach, publisher of MHProNews] has corrected errors when they are brought to his attention. His publication accepts opinion articles or will share views in interviews that may differ from his own published position. My impression is that Tony isn’t looking for ‘an amen corner,’ rather, he wants a variety of views that get people to think, talk and take action.

The reason that comment of Williams is so timely is because

  • MHI’s SVP Lesli Gooch, Ph.D., and
  • Clayton Homes President and CEO, Kevin Clayton

both recently made oblique responses via MHInsider to concerns raised by voices here on MHProNews.

Clayton and MHI’s Gooch were likewise obliquely replying to voices from across the Potomac River from Gooch’s office in Arlington, VA.

What they did was what one industry observer called “razzle dazzle.”

  • They didn’t directly respond,
  • they didn’t refute a single concern.
  • Rather, it was arguably cheer leading.  Spin. Misdirection.  ‘The future is this way! – with nary a thought as to what the recent past tells us about those who are speaking, and what their past behaviors have allegedly wrought.
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Graphic by MHProNews, using information provided by each corporation, or named entities.

 The linked article below reveals how the above outcome occurred since
Warren Buffett’s manufactured housing buy-in began.

FEDs, MHI, Buffett’s Berkshire’s Clayton Homes Moat, Affordable Housing, and Billion$ in Manufactured Home Market Manipulation

 

Weaponizing or Surprising the News?

Agree, disagree – or fold your arms without any position or comment – but don’t suppress free speech.

When government surprises free speech, there are constitutional remedies.

But the issue of free speech, controlling what is or isn’t published, and suppressing speech, become trickier when it comes to when a corporation silences, spins, or unjustly parses information.

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Most manufactured home industry professionals don’t realize the scope of the Berkshire Hathaway (BH) Media Group’s direct assets. Beyond these, there are other media ties and interests that they arguably can leverage. Why haven’t they? How does this reality compare with the claims of Kevin Clayton and MH Insider?

This is why those who publish, speak, or act in public have to be held to account.

Fact checks are useful in that regard.  A frank discussion on transparency, in the spirit of the late ELS Vice Chairman, Howard Walker’s words (linked below) would be welcomed by many in the industry, including within MHI’s membership.

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Thoughtful words, worth pondering. See the story, linked here.

It would be useful if Kevin, Tim, Lesli, or Dick would agree to discuss or debate publicly their various actions and inactions. Let that discussion be done on video, so all can see it.  There are several upcoming events where that could be done, or it could be handled virtually, with no travel needed.

  • Wouldn’t an open conversation be a step toward increased MHI and Clayton transparency?
  • If there is nothing to hide, then why are they ducking the conversation and relevant topics?
  • Why oblique replies, that duck serious issues, instead of direct replies to fact and evidence-based questions and concerns?

 

MHI’s Gooch ‘Responds…’

 

Control of the Media

In serious MHVille trade publishing, essentially, all but MHProNews have arguably been co-opted to various degrees by the “big boys,” logically in pursuit of controlling the narrative, in pursuit of their own agenda.

That agenda has for some years, included more consolidation, per industry sources, including those in MHI, or formerly with them.

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. Earlier last year, and for years before, MHI routinely replied promptly to all our inquiries. But since we’ve spotlighted the problems and concerns, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not make or offer a cogent explanation?

We’ve asked before, why didn’t Berkshire Hathaway use their own newspapers for years to reply to flawed reporting about the manufactured home industry?  After we raised that questions a several times, magically, the Omaha World-Herald newspaper that Berkshire owns published an article on manufactured housing.  While it wasn’t perfect, it was a start.  What’s next? Will more industry pressure make them do it more often?  If not, what excuse will they give?

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Where is the support for the National Association of Realtors ® report by Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton that was overall so positive for manufactured housing?

As of yesterday afternoon, no obvious support online was discernable by a Google search for Clayton, Berkshire, or MHI and the NAR’s positive report about manufactured housing.  Why haven’t they beat the drums publicly on that NAR “Making the Case for Manufactured Homes,” or the more recent report linked here?

Going forward, if Kevin is serious about getting help from “Warren” on the image/education issue, from now on, instead of the low-brow-outcomes from email or other limited visibility shares – why not give professional BH Media Group and their other media communications assets the nod to carry such good news as Cororaton’s report?

Wasn’t what Kevin and Lesli Gooch said in print arguably indirect reply to issues we’ve raised?

There is no reason why MHI, and/or Clayton and other Berkshire brands couldn’t use their media holdings or connections to clear up each and every misconception about manufactured housing. Buffett did respond to direct slams on Clayton by the Seattle Times.  If what Kevin Clayton says is sincere, then why have the BH Media Group not done the same for every misrepresentation about manufactured housing?

 

The Jim Ayotte Insight

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Jim Ayotte, Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA) made the following insight.

No one can respond to something that they are unaware of, but once something becomes clear, then prudent steps can be taken.

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There is no denying the trend lines, documents, and quotes-in-context related to consolidation of the industry, as shown in the linked and related reports herein, and further below.

 

Kevin Clayton Said…

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The statement about shipment percentages is either mistaken or demonstrably misleading. See the shipment trends, and percentages in the graphic below. 

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There are a growing number of industry voices that believe that BH/CMH and MHI have by various action/inaction has kept manufactured home sales at historically low levels. Evidence? See Related Reports and videos, linked below, which quotes and cites BH, MHI, CMH, 21st Mortgage Corp, and other sources.

Neither Clayton, nor Berkshire’s Omaha World-Herald, nor Clayton has explained the following.

Why didn’t MHI’s Lesli Gooch ask HUD for Pam Danner’s replacement? See the Washington Post, or the report linked below.

Greener, Stylish Manufactured Homes – Hidden Facts in the Washington Post Manufactured Housing Narrative

Is MHI still supporting Vic DeRose at HUD for the Office of Manufactured Housing Program administrator position?  Who replaces Pam Danner is obviously important. MHI could easily strive to work for someone good, or someone equally problematic in place.  Why would they allow that to latter to happen?  Why did they allow Pam Danner to remain so long, when they admitted to the Washington Post to making no direct pushback? The reason given by some industry veterans for MHI’s foot-dragging is that heavy regulations harms smaller companies more than bigger ones. Rephrased, it is an oblique way of building the Berkshire Moat.  See those Buffett and Kevin Clayton interview videos, linked here.

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What about the DOE Energy Rule U-Turn? Why was MHI on the wrong side of that topic, and then after months of outside pressure, have do a 180?

What about concerns over manipulations of the DTS process by the GSEs?  What about the conflict of interest for Fannie Mae being a member of MHI?

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Why did MHI fail to properly promote other lending options, besides those that seemed to be the most profitable for Berkshire brands? See the report, linked above, and the details that flow from that post.

Since MHI is praising S 2155’s MLO rule change, why didn’t they do that same deal 3 years ago, during the Obama Administration, when the CFPB reportedly made that option possible via consumer groups and non-profits, had MHI agreed to dropped the points-and-fees?  After 3 years, they did just that – drop the chase for more points and fees.

 

Wrong, or Misleading, Time and Again?

How can they be so often wrong?  Or misleading?

Isn’t their effort to control the media narrative within the industry part of that pattern? And isn’t their failure to defend and promote the industry, part of the problem?

If MHI or Clayton are the solution, then why have so many retailers and independent producers gone out of business, or were economically pushed into a sale to one of the big boys?

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That’s not to say that everything that MHI does is wrong.  Ditto that for Clayton/Berkshire.  But given the history of often false or misleading statements, why should anything new be expected?  Kevin is saying now that they will promote, but in the video linked here, Clayton said they were ready about 7 years ago to do an image/education campaign.  Why did they wait?  Was it to consolidate more?

‘They did it before, is there any reason why they won’t do it again?’

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As an independent publication, service provider and consultant that MHI long praised, their behavior-changes starting in 2014 forced us as a business enterprise to look more closely.  Why did they arguably try to undermine our pro-Industry operation – while we were a dues paying, supportive members?

If they did it to us, what’s to keep them from doing it to you and your operation too?  As or more important, haven’t they done it to thousands of businesses already?

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If the evidence suggests – and neither Clayton nor MHI will deny or defend to the contrary – that they manipulated the market to the detriment of the industry, why should industry professionals trust or believe them now?

If they did it before, what’s to keep them from doing it again?  And if we and so many others who have raised such concerns were wrong, why aren’t they using their vast media resources to routinely correct the record on manufactured homes?

 

The Bottom Line?

Not only is capital and access to lending power, but so is information.  There are several voices outside of manufactured housing that believe they are behaving in a monopolistic fashion.

Seattle Times -Federal Investigations-Berkshire Hathaway’s Clayton Homes, GuruFocus Spotlights Buffett’s Clayton’s “Unethical,” Monopolistic Moat

What about you?

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Ford is Powering the “Home of the Future”

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Still from the video posted below, text graphics added by MHProNews.com.

Several years ago, early in our history, MHProNews interviewed Eddie Hicks, a veteran manufactured home community consultant. Part of the topic was product placement.

 

Fast forward to the Verge and Curbed, which have snagged Ford as the sponsor for their “Home of the Future” video series.

You’ll often notice on the top right corner of their video the Ford logo.

 

To the point of product placement, you will also note that tough, cool looking Ford truck during various outdoor scenes of the exterior views of this modular/prefab home.

This week’s episode featured shingles that are actually part of the roof. You’ll recall the MHProNews column with Steve Lefler on that topic, so technically, that’s not ‘new’ news to our readers. But what this does is reflects the direction of their storyline, their narrative.

Namely, that solar isn’t only green, with a lower carbon footprint. But solar can also be cool looking.

Notice the style of the video?

From the camera angles, to the music and more, it’s clearly geared to a younger crowd.

But factory-built housing marketers, did you notice something else?

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Click here or above to learn more about this upcoming wholesale event, which is not related to the story posted.

This video isn’t 1 or 2 minutes, or even 30 seconds, as so many ‘video experts’ say they have to be. Instead, this video weighs in at nearly 7 minutes in duration.

We know from experience that as long as the audience is interested, they will tune in and stay tuned to videos that are 5 to 10 minutes plus in length. On a ‘heavy’ topic, like the Kevin Clayton video interview (ICYMI, that’s posted on the page, linked here), a motivated viewer will hang in for that nearly hour-long video presentation.

From the beginning, when it came to the length of a video, we asked ‘Why not?’ How many tens of millions of Americans will watch hours of TV daily?

The evidence on video length is obvious.  Cable shows, news, streaming video movies, and other programming abound.

 

The Thinking Behind the Pitch

Notice too that this video is done by the Verge and Curbed. These are specialty media – trade media – like MHProNews or MHLivingNews are.  That gives it ‘third party’ authority to the viewer.

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The “Home of the Future” video itself notes that the solar array included in this home isn’t enough to power more than 60 percent of the needs of the model home. They do mention that additional solar could be added.

Notice that no mention of cost is involved?  We aren’t agreeing or disagreeing, just making an observation.

In terms of analyzing their episode, the thrust of this style of video reflects a scripted format. That can be debated. Like our “Inside MH” video series, they do an interview, a conversation.

For our Inside MH series on MHLivingNews, we leaned in the direction of an unscripted, genuine, free-flowing conversation.

The “product placement” style is all around this “Ford” powered video as they tell the story. But it isn’t just Ford.  There are other credited or placed elements revealed here too. So there are similarities between what they’re doing, and what we’ve done.

The biggest difference is budgets and sponsors – i.e.: scale, and we did it sooner on MHLivingNews than they did. But the proof of concept is similar, and their example, is a clear sign of what the world of HUD Code factory-built housing needs too.

But there is an important distinction that some in MHVille haven’t yet grasped.  For this type of campaign to be effective, it has to be more than just a fun view. The narrative has to get to the root of core issues that have dog manufactured homes, or factory-built housing.  It must lance-the-boil, or it will be merely entertainment.

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Learn more about the above, linked here.

We noted in the “Becoming a Standing Out Performer that those who’ve implemented some of these kinds of strategies with us have watched their results skyrocket.

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So this is more than just a cool or  interesting, under 7 minute video that is backed by giant Ford, that has a brief commentary.

Rather, this should be a reminder of how this can and should be achieved for MHVille.

Rephrased, this could be you and your operation’s location.

Learn more about this proven concept at the link below.

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HUD Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing Rule

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The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, was put into effect in 2015, during the tenure of former President Obama.

 

The rule required jurisdictions that received Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding to assess fair housing.

AFFH aimed to identify solutions to discriminatory barriers in housing markets. The Daily Business News on MHProNews reported over a year and a half ago a proposal aimed at what opponents of AFFH called “massive overreach” by HUD.

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With that background, the following HUD News release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews will be placed in context. The move seems to be in keeping with the Trump Administration executive orders. Notice that HUD is calling for public input on this proposed rulemaking. 

 

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Notice solicits public’s comments on ways to improve fair housing choice

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today published a notice inviting public comment on amendments to its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulations.  HUD’s goal in pursuing new rulemaking is to offer more helpful guidance to states and local communities to effectively promote fair housing choice through the use of their federal funds.  Read HUD’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

As HUD begins the process of amending the existing AFFH regulations, it is soliciting public comment on changes that will: (1) minimize regulatory burden while more effectively aiding program participants to meet their statutory obligations, (2) create a process focused primarily on accomplishing positive results, rather than on analysis, (3) provide for greater local control and innovation, (4) seek to encourage actions that increase housing choice, including through greater housing supply, and (5) more efficiently utilize HUD resources. 

“HUD believes very deeply in the purposes of the Fair Housing Act and that states, local governments, and public housing authorities further fair housing choice,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.  “HUD’s 2015 rule often dictated unworkable requirements and actually impeded the development and rehabilitation of affordable housing.”

“It’s ironic that the current AFFH rule, which was designed to expand affordable housing choices, is actually suffocating investment in some of our most distressed neighborhoods that need our investment the most,” Carson continued. “We do not have to abandon communities in need. Instead we believe we can craft a new, fairer rule that creates choices for quality housing across all communities.”

“Today we begin the formal process of examining how we can get this regulation right by first listening and learning from those who must put these rules to work and live with its impact,” Carson concluded.

 

Background

On July 16, 2015, HUD published its AFFH final rule.  The stated purpose of that regulation was to provide HUD program participants with a revised planning approach to assist them in meeting their legal obligation to affirmatively further fair housing.  Since then, HUD found that in contrast to its stated goals, the AFFH rule proved ineffective, highly prescriptive, and effectively discouraged the production of affordable housing. 

Last January, HUD suspended the obligation of local governments to file plans under the regulation and, in May, withdrew a computer assessment tool required to be used by local governments in preparing those plans.  HUD found that rather than assisting local governments in formulating acceptable fair housing assessments, the ‘Local Government Assessment Tool’ was confusing, difficult to use, contained errors, and frequently produced unacceptable assessments, and otherwise required an unsustainable level of technical assistance.  HUD continues to review comments submitted in response to the withdrawal of the Local Government Assessment Tool.  The Department will consider those comments during its consideration of potential changes to the AFFH regulations. ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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