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Another Top Manufactured Home State is Sliding on New HUD Code Home Shipments, More New Data

November 7th, 2018 No comments

 

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Doctor’s don’t serve their patient if they ignore troubling test results or health symptoms.  A good physician candidly shares the good, the bad, and the problematic honestly with their patients.

 

An analogous principle from medicine holds true for good trade media.

While big companies have several resources available to them to inform them of trends, and allows them to prepare, smaller to mid-sized companies often don’t have that same luxury.

 

Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”

 

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Data forwarded from a Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) member for analysis and commentary.

 

According to data provided by a source that is a member of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO), two states in their region are down year-over-year.

One of those states is Louisiana.  According to data compiled by the independent HUD Code home producers trade group – the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – Louisiana has been the number 2 state in recent years.

 

 

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Louisiana is the number 2 state in HUD Code manufactured home shipments for the past 7 years. For that state to be sliding, in addition to others in the U.S., is a significant development.

 

Yesterday, the Daily Business News on MHProNews once more led national manufactured housing trade media in reporting that another top 10 state is sliding, as are several other states.

 

New Shipment Data, Top Manufactured Home State, Other MH States Continue Slide

 

During the growing affordable housing crisis, this is a warning sign.  So why hasn’t the umbrella association the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) addressing this persistent problem, when MHProNews has been spotlighted the troubling trend for years?

Why does MHI ignore the clear warning signs?

Keep in mind that while there is an emerging new national manufactured home community association – one that Nathan Smith and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) are trying to embarrass and purportedly hope to kill-in-their-crib – the only national post-production association is MHI.

 

Nathan Smith, SSK Communities, and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Slam New National Manufactured Home Communities Group in Written Statement

 

 

MHARR’s focus is on production related regulatory issues.  MHARR only began to take up finance issues – a post-production concern – because sources say that MHI has demonstrably failed their own members in that and other areas.

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Past and current MHI members like Kenny Lipschutz, Marty Lavin, Frank Rolfe, the states that have broken away from MHI, are among the signals that no matter how pleasant their mixers or networking may be, they are ‘not getting their job done’ on behalf of the majority of their members.

 

The above from MHAO is from August data. The new MHARR September 2018 shipment data is found at their report linked below.

 

September 2018 Manufactured Home Production Data Shows Slight Flatline

 

 

Notices

This report is being drafted prior to the close of polling on November 6, at 3:25 PM ET.  MHProNews will begin to unpack the midterm outcomes later Wednesday, and in the days ahead.

Another forward-looking notice is that MHProNews contacted:

  • Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes,
  • Tom Hodges, JD, Clayton Homes,
  • Tim Williams, 21st Mortgage,
  • Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, MHI President,
  • Rick Robinson, JD, MHI General Counsel,

among others in manufactured housing industry leadership.  They’ve been asked about specific HUD Code manufactured home industry related issues and reports. As of this time, they have not yet responded. Keep in mind these same sources used to reply promptly.  Why are they hiding from the industry’s leading media?

Whatever their response – or failure to respond – will be likewise be part of upcoming reports.

Other factory-built home industry publishers arguably have their hands tied on what they publish, which is routinely fluff and just cheerleading. If that is the only media you’d read, you might be led to think that everything is all good. But in fairness to them, it often due to who those other publisher are being paid by – follow the money.

MHProNews prides itself on being the most independent, analytical, and essentially the sole fact-checking national trade publisher in our industry.

Those are among the reasons why MHProNews leads all others by a country mile in professional readership, from companies of all sizes, including those noted herein. MHProNews routinely have more readers in a day than others do in one or more months, per third-party data.

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Red Wave? Blue Wave? Here’s What Wall Street Is Watching, plus MH Market Updates

November 6th, 2018 No comments

CNNmoney11.6.2018ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsTake a giant step back. Then, stop and think. The first part of that headline is from CNBC, a left-of-center media outlet. For about a year, the mainstream media has said that a ‘blue wave is coming.’  We’ll see in a matter of hours.  But the fact that they finally mention that it might be ‘a red wave,’ or as more report, a mixed result in the control of the House and Senate, is revealing.  CNBC’s report will be our focus 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.

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Select bullets from CNN Money…

  • LIVE UPDATES Election Day in America
  • ‘It disturbs me to my core’: Fox News staffers express outrage over Hannity’s rally appearance
  • Steve King denies Des Moines Register from election event
  • Amazon HQ2: The pros and cons of choosing two cities
  • Papa John’s is still struggling to bring customers back
  • Foxconn hiring plans for Wisconsin plant under scrutiny
  • AMC Theatres will raise the price of its MoviePass rival service for some customers
  • Under Armour: Report on strip club visits was ‘tough to read’
  • Will Colorado deal the shale oil boom a blow?
  • The argument against having close friends at work
  • Donald Trump billed himself as America’s first CEO president
  • But two years in, it’s clear he’s the opposite of a modern chief executive
  • What will the election results mean for Wall Street?
  • National outlets are treating the 2018 race like it’s a presidential election
  • Learning from 2016: This year, the media is reporting poll results differently
  • PERSPECTIVES I worked for the FBI. The mid-terms could be hacked, but here’s the bigger threat
  • Inside the battle over San Francisco’s homeless tax
  • Jamie Dimon doesn’t see a US recession on horizon
  • Gold is back. That’s a worrying sign
  • Why the strong dollar is so bad for business
  • The US economy added better-than-expected 250,000 jobs in October
  • Where’s the Trump economy heading?
  • GE’S LONG GOODBYE
  • 20181106-current-horticulture-led
  • GE’s dismantling continues: It is selling yet another business
  • GE slashes 119-year old dividend to a penny
  • The debt headache at GE is growing
  • GE hit with new investigations from SEC and Justice Department
  • Will GE’s new boss cut the company’s complexity?

Select Bullets from Fox Business

  • How stocks usually perform following midterms
  • Midterm Election Coverage: FOX Business Network
  • Midterms: The Economic & Investor Issues
  • Midterms and marijuana: These 4 states will vote on legal pot
  • At present, recreational marijuana use is legal in nine states, as well as Washington, D.C.
  • Ahead of midterms, soda industry poured millions into fighting sugary drink taxes
  • Jittery investors await midterm elections
  • Continue to Midterm Elections
  • US states where employees get paid time off to vote
  • Maxine Waters will ‘grind down’ Trump’s deregulatory efforts: Jeb Hensarling
  • AFL-CIO president: Union worker health care, wages ‘under attack’
  • Midterms and gun control: NRA candidate ratings for tight races
  • US midterms: Trump military funding on chopping block?
  • Election Day freebies: Here’s where to find deals
  • Stocks rally as Americans hit the polls to vote in midterms
  • Amazon’s HQ2 may have two joint finalists: Here’s a look
  • Home Depot creates 3,000 multimillionaires, co-founder says
  • These proposed federal laws could open the financial floodgates for marijuana companies
  • Lowe’s to close underperforming stores in US, Canada
  • These are the most livable mid-sized American cities

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 –

 

We’ve sounded off on the midterms for months, so tonight we’ll let CNBC’s video and bullet’s spotlight the night of the election.  We’ll only note for now that both parties brought out their ‘biggest guns.’ Former president Barack Obama, former VP Joe Biden and a host of Hollywood personalities have stumped for or with Democrats.  President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have been stumping for their candidates.

The results will soon be known.

Congressional races in Indiana, Kentucky, Florida and Virginia will be among the first Wall Street is watching to see whether the electorate’s response to President Donald Trump’s programs is strong enough to launch either a “red wave” of support or a “blue wave” backlash.

The view of major firms such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley is for a mixed outcome, with Democrats gaining control of the House and Republicans holding or even adding to their majority in the Senate. The market reaction to that scenario could be muted, but not so if there’s an upset, with either party staging a surprise victory and gaining total control of Congress.

Stocks could rally if there’s a GOP surge — or red wave — and some strategists see a sharp decline if Democrats overcome the odds and take both the House and Senate.

Key early indicators of blue or red wave:

  • Kentucky — polls start closing at 6 p.m. ET
  • Indiana — polls start closing at 6 p.m. ET
  • Virginia — polls close at 7 p.m. ET
  • Florida — polls start closing at 7 p.m. ET

 

Bloomberg Closing Ticker for MHProNews…

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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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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New Shipment Data, Top Manufactured Home State, Other MH States Continue Slide

November 6th, 2018 No comments

 

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August 2018 new home shipment data is in.

 

Let’s be clear, it’s not a disaster. But it continues to signal issues and challenges that the Daily Business News on MHProNews has led-the-charge in spotlighting.  Because during an affordable housing crisis, manufactured home should be doing much better than it is.  RVs are outperforming manufactured homes by a wide margin.  Clearly, something is missing in the leadership of the post-production side of the manufactured home industry.

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Michigan is down -16.9 percent year to date comparing 2017 to 2018 data. IL had a steep drop, but is still modestly up for the year. 4 of the 5 MMHF states dropped during August, with only Ohio up modestly.

 

A report will be published tomorrow that will reflect the national manufactured home shipment numbers, which are down a bit.  Some states are still rising, but others are sliding.

A source with ties to the OMHA has provided the information shown in the graphic above.  Michigan is one of the top ten manufactured housing states in the nation, as data from the product-focused independent producers Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has reported.  Michigan is the home to a number of large community operators, among others.

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Michigan shipment data reflects it is the #8 state in the nation since 2011.

 

MHProNews highlighted last summer the trend in the same 5 states.

 

Winners and Losers, 5 Midwestern States, Manufactured Home Shipment Breakdown

 

This is a trend that MHProNews alone has tracked and raised the cautionary flags on in reports to manufactured housing industry professionals for some years.

 

While Manufactured Housing Overall Rises, Some Slip Sliding Away

 

Today is the November 6, 2018.  Regulations, financing, placement, and politics are all among the issues that keep manufactured housing artificially limited at a time of a growing affordable housing crisis.

 

Manufactured Housing Institute Shipment Data, FEMA, an Inside Look

 

But tomorrow, whatever the outcome of voting, there will need to be plans forged and put into motion that will address the root cause of these issues.

Today, if you haven’t already vote wisely. Make sure your colleagues do the same. Tomorrow, the Daily Business News will bring more data, and much more about the next steps for forward-looking and honest-success minded industry professionals.  That’s manufactured home “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” ©  ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Lead, Kindly Light

November 6th, 2018 No comments

 

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Lead, kindly Light, amidst th’encircling gloom,

Lead thou me on!

 

The night is dark, and I am far from home;

Lead thou me on!

 

Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see

The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou

Shouldst lead me on;

I loved to choose and see my path; but now

Lead thou me on!

 

I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,

Pride ruled my will: remember not past years!

So long thy power hath blessed me, sure it still

Will lead me on.

O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till

The night is gone,

And with the morn those angel faces smile,

Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

 

–    John Henry Newman

 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge…”

–    Hosea 4:6 (CSB)

 

 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths
.“

– Proverbs 3:5-6, source, Got Questions?

 

Scripture protects private property rights. It teaches that “unjust weights and measures” are to be rejected.

Before modern currencies became common, the barter or trading of good and services was more common. So a just “weight and measure” was an admonition that someone not defraud another by deception.

Lying was likewise condemned, in a very formal ways, since Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments.

The challenges of our manufactured home industry can in many ways be boiled down to

 

  • Facts vs. misinformation.
  • Action guided by the truth, vs. action or inaction that lacks a proper understanding.
  • Equal justice under law.
  • A system rigged against the everyday Americans, including numerous small to mid-sized businesses.

The evidence reveals our homes are a great value, but are misunderstood, and the system has often been tilted in the favor of a few. Of the top ten richest in America, 7 of those 10 are pro-Democrat.

 

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The Democrats are not the same party that they used to be. Neither are the Republicans. Democrats have tilted socialist, and many say so openly.

 

President Barack H. Obama (D) had his 8 years, isn’t it only fair that President Donald J. Trump get his next two years with a congress that will work with him for an agenda that is working?

 

Danny Glover, Presidents Barack Obama & Donald Trump, Promises Kept, and Affordable Manufactured Housing

 

It’s in your hands, so please Vote.

If you’ve voted, get others on the fence to see the Light. “Lead, Kindly Light… Lead Thou Me On.”

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Sexual Harassment, #MeToo Small Business Workplace Webinar

November 6th, 2018 No comments

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Sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement have received lots of news coverage of late,” says the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

 

While most of the headlines focus on big-name companies, illegal harassment occurs in businesses of all sizes,” said their statement to the Daily Business News on MHProNews. “Small businesses who ignore the risks associated with not preventing and stopping discrimination, including sexual harassment, in the workplace, risk financial and reputational devastation.”

The NFIB – with Juanita Duggan as their president – is for SMBs (small- to mid-sized businesses.)  Hundreds of manufactured housing firms, per our sources at NFIB, are members of that association.

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This webinar will talk about the perils of ignoring harassment in the workplace and offer simple steps employers can take to protect employees in businesses of all sizes.

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From NFIB President Juanita Duggan

For those who are standing in line, to vote – or have friends that still need to vote, please check out:

 http://www.nfib.com/advocacy/elections/

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NFIB has advocated the same pro-growth agenda that President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have.

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On the Eve of the Midterms, Closing on Willie Horton? Plus, MH Market Updates

November 5th, 2018 No comments

CNNmoney11.5.2018ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsMarkets rose, but they’ve been bouncing around pre-midterms through much of October.  This past weekend, several of the Sunday talk shows featured the booming economy.  It was a surprising pivot from media outlets that have kept mum of the economic boom in roughly 21 months of President Trump’s administration. With a booming economy – recently rated by an international monitor as the best in the world – mainstream media voices are asking, why is the economy not getting more emphasis by Team Trump? Why are they closing instead of what Democrats and left-leaning media decry as a Willie Horton style theme?

 

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.

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Select bullets from CNN Money…

  • PERSPECTIVES I worked for the FBI. The mid-terms could be hacked, but here’s the bigger threat
  • Tesla cuts price on Autopilot upgrade
  • Lowe’s is closing 51 stores
  • FedEx is hiking rates again
  • 7-Eleven hops on the self-checkout bandwagon
  • NBC and Fox News pull Trump campaign’s racist ad
  • Facebook pulls Trump ad as well
  • ‘Boycott Amazon’ is trending in Saudi Arabia
  • The mystery around Amazon HQ2 continues
  • Amazon offers free shipping on all holiday orders
  • Investors too optimistic about US stocks, and Millennials have too much cash
  • How the economy is playing in five close House races
  • Inside the battle over San Francisco’s homeless tax
  • How narcissistic CEOs put companies at risk
  • Oil drilling is on the ballot
  • 20181105-colorado-energy-ballot
  • Voters will decide on new safety and environmental regulations for Colorado
  • Iran is still exporting oil as sanctions deadline passes
  • Will Exxon’s oil production keep shrinking?
  • Saudi Arabia has ‘no intention’ of repeating 1973 oil embargo
  • How the shale oil revolution made the U.S. the world’s number 1 oil supplier
  • Applebee’s is betting on stress eaters, and it’s paying off
  • Starbucks’ red and green holiday cups are back
  • Chick-fil-A is trying to get into your home
  • Dunkin’ is serious about high-end espresso
  • Panera wants you to know exactly what’s in your bread
  • Big Tech and the midterms: The scary thing is what we still don’t know
  • The drastic rise of America’s news deserts
  • Social media giants beef up election security
  • Facebook promised to fix political ads on its platform. It hasn’t
  • Twitter took down thousands of accounts that discouraged voting in midterms

Select Bullets from Fox Business

  • Amazon HQ2 to be split evenly between two cities: Report
  • Stocks mixed on eve of midterms as tech lags
  • Lowe’s to close underperforming stores in US, Canada
  • Former GE CEO will get this much severance
  • Verizon to reorganize business segments[overlay type]
  • Verizon to reorganize business segments
  • Amazon: The Bezos Behemoth
  • Free shipping promotion could cost Amazon big bucks: Moody’s
  • Amazon HQ2 search: Where Bezos’ private jet has traveled most
  • Amazon drops free-shipping minimum for all customers
  • Trump’s Iran sanctions: EU plans for workaround
  • Iran sanctions had ‘enormous’ economic consequences: John Bolton
  • IRS increases retirement contribution limits for 2019
  • The most livable mid-sized cities in America
  • Franchising fast food restaurants isn’t as profitable as you think
  • Looking to sell your home? Top advice from the ‘Property Brothers’
  • Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia take political stances before Election Day
  • Maxine Waters will ‘grind down’ Trump’s deregulatory efforts: Jeb Hensarling
  • Midterms and marijuana: These 4 states will vote on legal pot
  • Here are the best credit cards for cash back deals
  • Subaru and Toyota to recall more than 400,000 vehicles
  • Inside the jobs report and why it did not disappoint
  • Microsoft is getting ripped off by China, losing $10B in profits

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

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Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

The die is almost cast.  The pundits and talking heads in 36 hours will be talking about why the results of the midterms.  The panels will ask, why did it go this way instead of that way?

Many now are saying that the market turbulence has been pre-election jitters.

Investors like certainty.

As part of the agenda media, CNBC tonight has a video that says that investors should “hope” for a split House and Senate.  They have a pundit that says that investors should want the GOP in charge of the Senate, and Democrats in charge of the House.  That’s one view.

Some normally anti-Trump media outlets this past weekend surprisingly praised the economy, and then asked: why isn’t the president spending more time talking about the economy than about immigration? Why did the GOP roll out an ad that even Fox News said they would not run?

A new GOP backing ad is being compared to the controversial Willie Horton ad from the late 1980s. That ad, by the way, worked. This is what a CBS affiliate in Boston, a clearly anti-Trump outlet had to say.  They include some clips of the controversial video, which features an illegal immigrant who killed cops, and said he wants to kill more.

 

What follows below is the controversial Willie Horton ad that some say helped sweep the George Bush to victory over Michael Dukakis.  Note that YouTube says that this ad was not run by the GOP or the Bush campaign.  The “Infamous attack ad from 1988 U.S. Election against Michael Dukakis. This ad was ran by the National Security PAC, not directly by the Bush/Quayle campaign,” is how it was described.


Perhaps the Willie Horton ad would not have been described as racist if Willie had been Anglo, but the principle applied.  That’s water under the bridge.

The illegals coming into the U.S. aren’t white. Is it really racist to show clips of a courtroom video?

Immigration is a strong motivating issue for millions of GOP voters.  It is unclear if this ad will have the effect that it aims for, because it is being discussed by mostly negative news analysts in a mostly negative way.  Fox News won’t run it.

That said, a few observations from those who have observed a number of Trump rallies in 2018.

  • The economy is discussed in some detail at rallies.
  • Health care is discussed, including the GOP position that pre-existing conditions will be protected.
  • Veterans’ health care is a talking point.
  • The “right to try” law is discussed.
  • Defense and foreign policies are rally topics too.
  • All of that is framed in the context of “promises made, promised kept.”
  • On immigration, it is one of the issues that gets voters motivated.

Texas has studied the immigration issue.  Literally hundreds of thousands of crimes in that state are committed by illegals.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety: “According to DHS status indicators, over 270,000 criminal aliens have been booked into local Texas jails between June 1, 2011 and October 31, 2018, of which over 182,000 were classified as illegal aliens by DHS.”

This writers is someone who came to the U.S. legally.  Our publisher is the son of 2 legal immigrants, who applied and waited for years to come to America.

The immigration question is often morphed into something that it shouldn’t be.  Laws exist for a reason.  Immigration laws exist for a reason too.  It is unjust and unsafe to allow people to enter the nation without vetting. It is unsafe for those making the journey.  It is unsafe for citizens on both sides of the border.

Will the president’s gamble pay off on the immigration issue pay off?  In about 36 hours, we’ll know more. For other topics, from an industry perspective, see the related reports, linked below.

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MH Sales, Marketing, Management Life Lesson – Plan A, Plan B

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Imagine the following, because the odds are good that it has already happened to you and your business.

 

Let’s presume for the next few minutes that you are an ethical person, working in an honest business.

Based on that, do you have to have a perfect product or service in order to sell it?

Of course not. If perfection was the standard, there would be NO business. “Excellence” was Apple founder Steve Jobs’ standard.

Coach Lou Holtz standard was doing good, following the principles of the millennia-ageless “golden rule.”

We tell professionals in columns and our clients “don’t over promise, don’t under deliver.”

We did and do that in our MH businesses.

We do that in our publishing work too. Our website isn’t perfect, this writer isn’t perfect, but thousands of manufactured and factory-built housing professionals like yourself will logon today to see something good enough to read, consider, and perhaps do themselves. By the way, thank you, and know that serving you and thousands of others is a responsibility we don’t take lightly.

Back to the headline point, the life lesson that impacts your business or professional routinely. What if someone smeared you personally, and/or smeared your operation.  What would you do?

Before answering the question, let’s clarify the topic.

What is or isn’t “a smear?

The dictionary says that “smear” in this context means: “damage the reputation of [someone, some organization] by false accusations; slander.”

So, a smear is a false accusation, designed to disparage someone or some operation’s reputation.

There are some who confuse a true or evidenced based concern with a smear.  But spotlighting a legitimate issue isn’t a smear at all. A smear is a lie designed to make you or your organization look bad.  If something isn’t a lie, it isn’t a smear.

That clarified, based upon our experiences in MHVille, smears happen routinely. They happen to us, they happen to others.

Before we get into specific smears, let’s make a brief, but related point.  In a very real sense, Manufactured Housing as an industry has been smeared.

So as a professional or business, there must be a strategy to deal with the reality of smears.

I’m writing this on an iPad. That iPad or my iPhone does automatic word completion. It’s a useful feature.  Odds are good you have a smart phone with a similar feature.  Have you ever had an automatic word turn out to be the wrong word? Or have you thought you typed one thing, and autocompletion or autocorrection was wrong?

It happens all the time, right?

It is an example of a good product, that isn’t perfect product. Yet millions of smart phones of all brands have a similar feature.

You have a manufactured home for sale. It isn’t perfect. It’s not the Taj Mahal. But it doesn’t have to be perfect! It only has to do the job it is supposed to do. I’ve personally sold as many as 15 homes in a month – closed, delivered, and funded – with double digits in the month before and after.  This isn’t theory.  We talk facts, experience, and reality here.

The point is simple yet profoundly important to you, your business or location(s).

 

Solution to Smears?

So long as you don’t over promise, or under deliver, part of the solution to smears are the following:

  • You have to continue to be who you authentically are, honest, responsible, delivering on every promise. Just HONESTLY showing up, day after day, doing the right work with the right words, will over time prove to discerning people that the smear isn’t true.
  • One has to be willing to defend the truth. That’s the truth of our industry, and the truth about you, your firm, your product or service. If your firm is a client of our business development services division, you already know how we do that, successfully. If you want coaching on this and you are the boss, send that message, or pick up that phone and call the number below. If you’re not the boss, then talk to your boss, or send that person this article.
  • The Truth Well Told is Powerful, and NECESSARY. The truth well told is HUGE in debunking a smear.

We’ve paid attention to some companies and associations that have spent sometimes large sums of money with others (and I’m not knocking the others).  A year goes by.  Two years.  What actually changed for those firms or states? If there was only modest growth, was that growth any different than the growth rate of the industry at large?

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We show charts like the one above for good reasons. Thousands of manufactured home industry professionals have not experienced shipment levels 3, 4, or 5 or more times greater than they are today.

 

A Very Public Example of Beating The Smear

Closing on a very public example, which may sound political, but is in fact an amazingly powerful public example of the smear. Why is President Donald J. Trump controversial?  He’s accused of all sorts of things.  Where is the evidence, beyond the smear?  The Mueller probe has gone mostly quiet.  Many of the attorneys who worked for special counsel Robert Mueller have left.  Everything has leaked out or was made public.

If there was a case against the 45th president, the whole world would know it.  Instead, there is this drum beat of racist, and other slurs – the smear – even though there were no such allegations about this same man before he started to run for the White House.  This president is an amazing example of how to deal with the smear.

  • Book after book came out that tried to paint the president as the devil’s own brother.
  • Third-party research shows that 92 percent of mainstream media coverage of the president is negative.
  • Yet, at this point in his presidency, after years of “the smear,” the president’s approval rating is higher than President Barack Obama at this same point in the two’s presidencies. Yet, former President Obama had an often fawning media.

The point? How did President Trump accomplish what he has, in the face of an onslaught of attacks and smears?

  1. A) POTUS Trump pushes back. He often points out the hypocrisy of the allegations, or shows how they contradict the facts.
  2. B) POTUS Trump rallies and communicates with his base. He tweets. He holds rallies. He is communicating daily to his supporters, and his support has grown. 
  3. C) POTUS Trump educates. Have you watched more than one of his rallies?  Have you watched one from start to finish, not just the 30 or 60 second sound bite on the evening news? The president is informing his base.  He is telling them what he promised, and what they’ve done. He uses facts and figures. Sure, he tries to make it entertaining and engaging. Millions love it.

If you hate, love or are somewhere in the middle on the president, you’re getting a life lesson that is absolutely priceless. Pushback against the smear, and showing up and doing your job well are huge.

By this time Wednesday, the odds are excellent that the results of the midterms will be known. But you and we have to get up and go back to work, regardless of the outcome. Whatever the outcome, President Trump will go back to work too.  Ditto folks like you or we too.

One of the president’s slogans is so smart. “Promises Made, Promises Kept.” That works in business. It works in business and life too.

How do you beat the smear?

Frankly, some may never believe the truth. Some will accept the smear.

But if you do the right things, in the right ways, over time, it can be used to benefit you and your business. It’s not easy, but it is doable.  The most obvious example is the 45th President.

Finally, you have to think long-term.  You have to plan your career and your location(s) like you are going to do this, and only this, for the next several decades.  Long-term thinking and “promises made, promises kept” has huge long-term benefits.

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Former Clayton Homes Team, Employees Speak Out – Mainstream Media, Trade Media Reports

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Pay more attention to what people do than to what they’ve said or promised. Then, “Follow the Money.”

 

There have been several reports in recent years that have spotlighted troubling claims of problems with respect to Clayton Homes, and their Berkshire Hathaway lending affiliates, 21st Mortgage Corp and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF).

The call for comments from the Daily Business News on MHProNews has also drawn a steam of insider insights.

The last one is perhaps the biggest bombshell, and from a well placed source. But let’s work up to that one by beginning with select quotes from a Value Walk analysis of Clayton Homes’ denials. That Value Walk review will be followed by statements to MHProNews from Clayton team members and/or former employees.

 

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Per the Value Walk Team, From the Article Cited Above

According to Value Walk, in an article at this link here, “Clayton Homes published a rebuttal of CPI’s investigation…as an article in the Omaha World Herald, but the article was full of half-truths and omissions. Moreover, it did not factually rebut a single fact presented by CPI in regard to its investigation.”

The following are pull-quotes from Value Walk.

The truth about Clayton Homes,”

“FACTS: Many customers interviewed as a part of the investigation said they were told that Clayton lenders were their only option or the best option, but offered no proof. Numerous customers did not realize and were not told, that the home dealers and lenders were part of the same company. Most said they were not encouraged to explore alternatives.”

“FACTS: Two former Clayton dealers interviewed as a part of the investigation noted they received financial incentives, which they called “kickbacks,” for financing buyers through Clayton lenders or adding on Clayton insurance products. A third former manager, who worked for the firm until late 2013, described constant pressure from his supervisor to make sure at least 80% of borrowers used Clayton financing.”

“FACTSClayton has successfully pressured federal financial regulators against proposals to mandate appraisals on more transactions. Of note, the firm also succeeded in preventing new rules requiring full appraisals, including inspections, on loans for new homes that were secured by land.”

“CLAIM: Loans over the past year had an “average total down payment of just under 19 percent.”

FACTS: This one is pretty much a flat out lie in that Clayton is not referring to down payments in the traditional sense. The company has long advertised “$0 CASH DOWN” loans where customers put up land that they own instead of cash. Obviously, land collateral is very different from a cash down payment, because it does not reduce the balance of the loan or increase the borrower’s equity in the asset being bought…”

 

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Let’s note for balance that there are sources we’ve asked at Clayton that contradict, or explain the following or the above in different ways that their accusers do.

All motivated sellers want to close more deals, and sell more homes. It’s a given. Done ethically, it’s the free market at work.

That said, we have heard from multiple sources that Clayton Homes in their initial and ongoing training are encouraged to pressure prospects.  Clayton then rewards certain kinds of behaviors and outcomes.

A standing joke from sources in one Clayton region was that “divorce is good.”

A divorce means you can sell two manufactured homes instead of one,” was how the company perspective was explained by more than one source at or formerly with Clayton.

One of them claimed that the “divorce is good” philosophy in sales dated back several years, and started “at the top” of the organization.

There are several techniques we were shown that were manipulative,” said another. “Some are so deceptive, that they might as well be a lie.”

Some common threads are phrases designed to get the customer to commit today, or to go with in-house Vanderbilt for loans, vs. trying other sources of lower-cost lending. That’s in keeping with Seattle Times, Value Walk and other mainstream media claims.

Indeed, when an online “Ripoff Reports” and/or some legal court filings are examined as third-party checks for accuracy, there are similar claims found there too.  See the screen capture, further above, which are just a sampling from 11.4.2018.

 

Why this Matters not only to Clayton, But Others in MHVille Too

The problem for non-Clayton companies in this purported pattern is that while it can be traced to a specific firm, because Clayton is the largest company in manufactured housing, it may cause others to think it is the entire industry behaves in this problematic fashion.

Given the number of independent retailers or producers that get good reviews from customers and avoid headlines or court rooms, what may be true about Clayton, clearly need not be true about others in the industry.

Again, in fairness, some Clayton members asked about these concerns often put a different light or spin on such issues and allegations.

 

Clayton GMs…

A key to the Clayton structure is their store location general manager, or GM. Many Clayton sales professionals are taught and encouraged to to aspire to the GM role.

That’s what makes the following insight a possible earthquake for Clayton thousands of employees, their GMs and sales team members.

 

From a Key “Team Clayton” Member

If Buffett and Clayton get their way, and finally conquer Manufactured Housing, here’s what the Clayton GMs don’t realize. Right now, a good Clayton GM can make 6 figure income, no problem,’ said a longtime Team Clayton member, who added the following key insight. ‘But if Clayton does wins, and they essentially take over the manufactured home marketplace, watch their GMs pay plan change. Then GMs will become more like a shoe store manager, earning maybe 50k to 70k.’

Rephrased, Clayton “success” at “conquering the industry” could be rewarded with a de facto pay cut.  If so, ouch and ouch.

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Destroying the Competition

While the message below was posted publicly via social media to MHProNews, the name will be withheld for the sake of the sender. Having read one of the Smoking Gun reports, the Clayton man said, “What’s wrong with destroying the competition?”

 

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For those who watch and read the related reports, linked above and below, keep the following in mind.

Pay more attention to what people do, than what they claim or promise.

Then follow the money.

In a society that tolerates a rigged system, professionals must be careful to avoid the traps, pitfalls, and swindles that are established which aim to “destroy the competition…” Loyalty to Clayton and their success could result in less earning power, and other possible problems, per sources.

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VP Mike Pence, “We’ll Hold House,” Make History “When We Elect John James” Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity Rally With POTUS Trump Monday Evening

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Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity will join President Donald J. Trump at a rally Monday, November 05, 2018 at 09:00 pm (CST) on the eve of this week’s midterm elections, the Trump campaign announced Sunday.

 

The Hill reports, “The two conservative media personalities will join Trump for a rally Monday night in Cape Girardeau, Mo.”

The campaign said in a statement that Hannity and Limbaugh are “longtime friends” of Trump and “strong advocates for the President’s America First agenda.”

We’re glad to welcome Cape Girardeau native Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity as special guests to this final stop on the tour where President Trump will make his case to the American people to support GOP candidates on Election Day in order to continue our great American comeback under his leadership,” said Michael Glassner, Chief Operating Officer of the Trump Campaign in a statement.

Meanwhile, in Michigan and elsewhere that Vice President Mike Pence is stumping for Republican candidates, the VP has said that they will “make history,” and “hold the House.”

VP Pence also predicted that John James will unseat Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow in Michigan.

Conventional wisdom and most of the last 100 years of history for both major parties suggests differently.  For example, starting with the first midterm, President Barack Hussein Obama began bleeding Democratic seats.  Over the next 6 years, Democrats lost over 1,000 local, state, and national seats during the Obama Administration era.

But conventional wisdom and the polls were defied before. In 2016, MHProNews projected the path to victory for President Donald J. Trump, against the long odds of most analysts.

The analysis by the Daily Business News on MHProNews believes that Republicans can pick up as many as 10 (+/-) seats in the U.S. Senate.  That’s based upon the most recent data on early voting, and closely analyzing other polling data that some others don’t consider.

For example, President Trump’s approval with minorities has soared in the wake of all-time low unemployment numbers.

That said, with so many retirements in the U.S. House by Republicans, it is the harder fight.  So, as with any electoral contest, the outcomes is based not upon polls, but actual turnout and votes.

The progressive publication The Nation put it bluntly this weekend.  In a release to MHProNews, they said “Ignore the polls.” It is all about actual votes.

Fisher and Stifel investment firms have both said that the significant market turmoil in the October run-up to the midterms was due in part to uncertainty of the GOP holding the House.  If the GOP wins both the House and the Senate, and defies history again in 2018, then there are reasons to expect a strong continuation of the Trump economic reforms and more business and job growth.

The immigration issue, strong business confidence, wage growth, economic numbers measured by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and other data favors the #45th president and his party.   Recent word that one of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers admitted that she was lying could add one more bit of incentive to those who are tired of dirty politics.

The bottom line is simple.

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Business Strategy, Open and Stealth Clients, Transparency, and Manufactured Housing

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When you’re in a business, you better know as much about what influences your profession as you can.

That’s a view that billionaires Warren Buffett and Donald J. Trump had in common, 3 years ago.  No doubt, both see it similarly today too.

Knowing how to maneuver in an often complex regulatory world can mean the difference between being successful or failing in business.  We’ve all known people who were good at their profession.  But for whatever reason, they failed in business.

Why? The reasons can be many, let’s consider one thought for only a paragraph.

Bernie Sanders and Donald J. Trump both spoke in 2016 about a “rigged system.” But they each approached the matter quite differently.  Then Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman, Donna Brazile publicly said and wrote that she found evidence that the campaign between then Secretary Hillary Clinton, and Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nominee for president in 2016 was rigged against Sanders. Sanders campaigned for Clinton anyway.  We won’t go into the why of that today, but merely note the facts and assertions.

 

The Need to Know

The first point is that information and understanding are crucial for businesses or professionals.  “If MHProNews is writing about it, I want to know about it,” said an executive in a message to MHProNews earlier this year.  A community owner wrote us in an email, “I think I see what you’re [MHProNews] trying to do. I want to help in any way that I can.”

What we do on MHProNews isn’t always easy. It isn’t all fun or free. If there is broad agreement that ‘the system is rigged,’ and that reliable information is important or vital, those factoids helps explain why MHProNews, after a dip, skyrocketed over the last year in readership.

We followed the facts, follow the evidence, and are asking the questions others in MHVille have often overlooked, downplayed or ignored.

There will be new stories and reports next week, before and after the midterms, that will reflect the research, fact-checks, and evidence that we’ve uncovered on issues that impact your bottom line.  Issues on hot-button themes like finance, capital, placement [zoning/regulations], becoming more profitable, and more.

 

Stating the Obvious Can Bring Clarity

Systems get rigged to benefit those who rig it.  That rigging isn’t necessarily done in the dark.  Some rig things quite openly.  But most people don’t have the time or manpower to hunt the facts down.

MHProNews helps level-the-playing field between those, such as Clayton or 21st, who have ‘spies’ and other sources of information, that small-to-mid-sized operations may lack.

 

Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”

 

Let’s be clear. Politically, gender, race, religion – or by any other metric – our audience spans the gamut, and yet the readership stays engaged here.

Not everyone likes every article.  Our sponsors don’t have to like every article.

That used to be the mark of mainstream media reporting, that some news stories made people cringe, based upon evidence.  What happened?

When there is wide agreement  within and outside of MHVille that news gets weaponized, then fact-checks, evidence, probing questions, and common sense become all the more valuable.

Our sources inside large companies tell us that our readers are like a who’s who in MHVille.  But then there are small to mid-sized businesses that are thirsting as much for insight as the larger firms do.  That’s why thousands check in here each and every day, in an industry that MHI (we think, mistakenly) says has some 40,000 total full time equivalent (FTEs) in it.

Our manufactured housing professional market penetration is stunning.

That level of engagement is unparalleled in manufactured housing history. Why?

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Thoughtful words, worth pondering. 

 

Two Broad Ways

There are broadly speaking two kinds of clients that MHProNews, MHLivingNews and our business development services units each serve.  Open clients and ‘stealth’ clients.  Here’s what a recent client, whose company is a MHI member, had to say.  The word heard is that their two events had strong sales.

In the last days of October, there were 2 new inquiries for client services from Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) members. Needless to say, we as publishers and service providers, like any business, we want more sponsors and clients.  As has been noted before, but it bears repeating, our former MHI clients told us in various ways, and in their own words, that they found value with us.  But that they also said that they purportedly felt pressured. Heck, Tim Williams and the late Howard Walker are among the thousands that have praised our work too.

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The words of the late Howard Walker, ELS Vice Chairman, shared for publication with MHProNews.

 

Some past clients who were MHI members may or may not come back. That’s life.

That said, we have taken a very specific stance with these potential newcomers from MHI or anyone else.  Let’s lay it out, publicly.  We’ve edited out the name of the firm, and the president of said firm from the extended quote below.  It will save time, and clarify this part of the column.

— start quote, addressed to MHI member, Asking For Services —

 

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— end quote, highlighting was in the original, only names edited out as shown —

MHProNews is poised in several ways to change the dynamics of the industry for good.  The late Howard Walker was right.  Transparency matters.  Getting good, bad or ‘meh’ news out matters.  Prudent publicly traded firms do so.  Others should see that value too.

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While our understanding as publishers of why the manufactured housing industry has been limited in its comeback has evolved somewhat over the years, our mission and passion to serve this great industry has never changed. Both the past, and the current needs point to these realities.  Many more new home sales are possible. There must be good reasons why they aren’t taking place.  That means, can do minds open to the truth can find the way.

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It is obvious that manufactured housing is underperforming. The questions that investors and professionals must ask, are why? Once the why is understood, then the next steps become more clear.

 

When you look at what was done before, it is an indicator of what can be done again.  Or even more. Our belief in the industry and its ability to grow to a size that is several times larger than it is today.  We cite as evidence experts like Lawrence Yun.

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We’ve worked with manufactured housing industry clients that covered an array of the industry’s sectors in markets from border-to-border, and coast-to-coast.  A number of those firms witnessed significant and profitable growth. A look at LinkedIn or other letters and video statements have praised our work.  But there are more that have kept their names and data proprietary, unless we mutually agree otherwise. Those are ‘stealth’ clients.

Our philosophy is simple. We’re pro-free enterprise.  We are pro-constitutionally limited government.  We believe that customers – retail or wholesale – deserve to be well served by all companies, media, and their government too.  We think money can be earned honestly and with pride in our great industry.

 

An Executive Said…

A state association executive emailed us to say that the number of independent retailers in a state he named has plummeted since 2011. That of course lines up with Smoking Gun 3. It may be stupid to admit this, or simply honest – transparent. An MHI company leader apologized to us for not advertising with us.  That high-level person then explained what he and our publisher both knew to be true.  No worries.

That said, there are several ways to support our work, and for your company to benefit in the process.  Carefully review the options linked here.

It speaks volumes that this may be necessary in 2018 America.  But it is what it is.  We don’t whine over spilt milk, we do something about it.

It would be a mistake to think that this kind of system rigging only happens in manufactured housing.  There are mainstream media personalities who have their advertisers attacked too.  In the automotive industry, the movie Tucker exemplifies the same principles that took place then, that are occurring in recent years in MHVille too.

 

As another sponsor told us, “you should consider it a badge of courage and a point of pride that you have certain forces lined up against you.”  It was a sincere compliment, which we value. 

Freedom isn’t free.  It never has been, and it never will be.

But think about yourself and your operation.   Is it smart to be the last one eaten alive by a giant? Far wiser to recognize the trends, see what’s coming, and take prudent action today, against a rigged system, while it can still be stopped.

The midterms will likely be resolved by Wednesday morning, perhaps even late Tuesday night. Whatever happens, MHProNews has plans to continue to address the industry’s potential and the roadblocks to that potential.

MHInsiderManufacturedHousingINdustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsWith more clients and sponsors, more can be done, and faster.  But thanks to our clients and sponsors – who do not dictate our content, but they understand its value – over 10,000 professionals logon daily here, per the data from just 2 of our cPanels/URLs, and we have many more.  No one else in the industry even comes close to that level of engagement.

  • Covering real issues in an authentic way brings readers from the largest operations to the smallest companies in our industry.
  • We have federal officials who inform us that they logon routinely.  Media and other researchers come here.  Investors come and call.
  • Glossy magazines with weaponized ‘news’ may look pretty.  They may get read by some, but the masses have already spoken, we have several photos just like the ones at the left from several events in 2018.

The fact that MHI and their purported string-pullers feels the need to ‘go after us,’ the new national community association (see one of the stories, linked further below), and MHARR speaks volumes, doesn’t it?  They fact that they and their allied media hide information from most of their own members speaks volumes too, right?  See those related reports, among the stories from the weak that was.

It Can Be Better

There are only a few things that MHI does that benefit most members, and they can easily be done by others better.  See Saturday’s report, linked further below.  We’ll examine all of that and more, after the midterm results are known.

If you and/or some of your colleagues haven’t already cast your ballot, think of your vote this way.  The Democratic billionaires, per even British newspapers, are trying to buy this election.  The Guardian covered that story about 2 weeks after we did a similar report to MHVille.

We have Democratic friends, colleagues and family, as well as Libertarians, Republicans or those who hate all politics and parties.  But Bernie Sanders found out, the system is rigged.  As political independents, we believe that neither major party, nor any candidate is perfect.  We therefor have to chose among the imperfect, just as you or we are imperfect.

  • Who among the two major parties is delivering results for small to midsized businesses and their workers?
  • Who is bringing more capital into America?
  • Who is trying to secure a border that costs America over $100 billion a year, per federal data?
  • Who is trying to restore American manufacturing, and other industries that the prior administration or Hillary Clinton said would never come back?

Freedom isn’t free.  Reality checks matter. Being in business or investing is a risk.

Reduce your risk. Increase your freedom.  Act and vote wisely.  Support those who support you.

Many a giant that rigged America’s system in the past was eventually neutralized. 2016 continued that revolutionary tradition. Political and economic challenges against a rigged system are rarely easy, but they are periodically necessary.

For folks in Omaha, Knoxville, Arlington or elsewhere, please take note. If it wasn’t already clear, let’s make it like crystal. We plan to win. Honestly and ethically win. Others who don’t want to be the last one betrayed or eaten at a big discount will come with us.

David slew Goliath with a well placed rock.

With no further adieu, let’s look at the headlines from the big week that was.

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

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Compelling Information for Renters and Manufactured Home Owners

What’s New from MHARR

MHARR Communication with HUD Assistant Secretary Brian Montgomery Regarding Program Monitoring Contract

 

The Daily Business News on MHProNews

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Saturday 11.3.2018

·        Next Federal Contract, MHARR and What National Trade Association Leadership Looks Like

Next Federal Contract, MHARR and What National Trade Association Leadership Looks Like

 

Friday 11.2.2018

·        FHFA Comments on Duty to Serve Manufactured Home Lending due by Midnight Tonight, with MHProNews Regulatory Comments

FHFA Comments on Duty to Serve Manufactured Home Lending due by Midnight Tonight, with MHProNews Regulatory Comments

·        October Jobs “Astonishing” Report, Mark Levin on Midterms, and MH Market Updates.

·        Manufactured Home Businesses, Employees, and Single Payer Health Care – Facts for the Midterms

Manufactured Home Businesses, Employees, and Single Payer Health Care – Facts for the Midterms

·        Tara Reardon, ROC’s-On Sharing Manufactured Home Solution with Thousands

Tara Reardon, ROC’s-On Sharing Manufactured Home Solution with Thousands

 

Thursday 11.2.2018

·        Herman Cain, Republican Voters Historic, Strong Early Voting Turnout, But Avoid Complacency, Vote – Plus MH Market Updates

·        Due Credit, Warren Buffett, Media, and Manufactured Housing’s Historic Achievement

Due Credit, Warren Buffett, Media, and Manufactured Housing’s Historic Achievement

·        “Girls of Steel,” 3 Untold Stories of Job Creation, Growing Opportunities for MHVille

“Girls of Steel,” 3 Untold Stories of Job Creation, Growing Opportunities for MHVille

·        Manufactured Housing Institute Insider Insight, Pulling Back the Curtain on How Things Are Done at MHI

Manufactured Housing Institute Insider Insight, Pulling Back the Curtain on How Things Are Done at MHI

 

Wednesday 11.1.2018

·        Top Industry in 50 U.S. States At-A-Glance, Infographic and Chart

·        Who Gets Credit? Latest National Data, Including Wages, Salary Jump Decade’s High-VIDEOS, Plus MH Market Updates

·        Nathan Smith, SSK Communities, and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Slam New National Manufactured Home Communities Group in Written Statement

Nathan Smith, SSK Communities, and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Slam New National Manufactured Home Communities Group in Written Statement

·        Manufactured Housing’s Halloween Lighter Side, Cartoons and Video Tip

Manufactured Housing’s Halloween Lighter Side, Cartoons and Video Tip

 

Tuesday 10.31.2018

·        Lies in Disguise? Robots in the Workplace, Plus Manufactured Housing Industry Stock Updates

·        Mayor Sounds Off on UMH Properties – Data, Documents, & More

Mayor Sounds Off on UMH Properties – Data, Documents, & More

·        Bipartisan Call for FEMA to Intervene, Now

Bipartisan Call for FEMA to Intervene, Now

·        Markets, Money, Medicinal, Madness, and Manufactured Housing

Markets, Money, Medicinal, Madness, and Manufactured Housing

 

Monday 10.30.2018

·        SMB Webinar – Digital Transformation of Small to Medium Sized Businesses, Visa’s Experience and Solutions VP, NFIB Wednesday

·        U.S. May Increase Tariffs on China, Stocks Drop, Plus MH Market Updates

·        Short, Medium, Long Term Strategies – Step One – Manufactured Housing Marketing Sales Monday Meeting

Short, Medium, Long Term Strategies – Step One – Manufactured Housing Marketing Sales Monday Meeting

·        Following Facts, Money – Sam Zell, Warren Buffett, Tim Williams/21st Mortgage, and Manufactured Housing

Following Facts, Money – Sam Zell, Warren Buffett, Tim Williams/21st Mortgage, and Manufactured Housing

 

Sunday 10.29.2018

·        Father and Son, How Often? Common Sense, and Manufactured Housing Industry Week in Review 10-21 to 10-28-2018

Father and Son, How Often? Common Sense, and Manufactured Housing Industry Week in Review 10-21 to 10-28-2018

We take our publishing, consulting, marketing and other roles seriously. We work to win for our clients, and for the industry at large.

When people trust you with their time, that means we are responsible for trying to get it right. We strive to make sure that we focus on the issues that others can’t, don’t or won’t mention.

Among the nicer comments from competitors is the one that said that we cover the stories that others talk about in bars and restaurants. There are nice people in our industry’s trade media. But we cover the reports that others who may be bought and paid for won’t touch.

There are still some professionals that tell us they’d rather not see anything political here on MHProNews. We understand and respect that view. But we disagree, and here’s why. Warren Buffett and his buddies are highly political. They debatably use politics to help get what they want for their businesses. Furthermore, placement issues are all about local or state politics.

Ignore political considerations at your own peril.

The manufactured housing industry is marching towards the midterms, now just over 2 days away. No one in manufactured housing even comes close to the kind of breadth of coverage for the issues that impact your business. Maybe that’s why we’re number 1 by a country mile.

Our sincere thanks to readers like you, our business development clients and sponsors for making it so.

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