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Clayton Homes Fights Zoning, for “First Class Manufactured Homes” – Mainstream Media Reports

January 10th, 2019 No comments

 

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Cari Gorman-Salisbury owns a 2-acre lot surrounded by R1L-175 zoning which limits property owners to site-built structures. Mistakenly believing her property, acquired in 2017, provided for manufactured homes, she bought one and had it delivered one day in September to the property located on the west side of Orme Road off Rocking J Lane in the Dewey area,” per the Verde News.

 

Within hours after a neighbor complained, the home was removed. Manufactured homes, no matter how large, expensive or well-built they are, are not allowed, based on a change in zoning made in 1998,” said that local media.

Another area publisher – the Daily Courier – said that “Despite the stigma attached…” that “Joseph Roe, project manager for Clayton and Oakwood Homes, supports Gorman-Salisbury’s application.”

The entire report that involves manufactured housing and this Clayton effort to fight a zoning battle will be shown, for industry readers to consider. But the Daily Business News on MHProNews will tee this up noting that this article reveals some troubling trends.

  • Clayton lost their argument, 5-to-0.
  • They used the ‘new class of homes’ argument, which apparently had no weight with local officials, based upon that 5-0 no vote.
  • Clayton’s managers are not reported as making any argument that uses “enhanced preemption.” For regular and careful readers here, a related report linked below makes this recent report timely.

 

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With that tee up, let’s show the local media’s featured image, and then dive into their narrative, followed by some commentary and related reports.

 

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Gorman-Salisbury, seeing other manufactured homes in her neighborhood, had applied for a use permit from Yavapai County but hadn’t heard back when the delivery took place,” said the Verde News, which will be source cited in the quotes that follow, unless otherwise shown.

“At a Dec. 6 Planning and Zoning meeting, she told commissioners that when she bought the property in 2017, the deed hadn’t been updated in 1998 to indicate the current zoning, and the title company and Yavapai County staff also failed to note the change.

Eight nearby residents opposed the applicant’s request, two indicated their support. Those in opposition stated the proximity of a manufactured home would decrease their property values, and some had bought property because of the zoning.

Commissioners and supervisors, when looking at permit requests, consider impact on surrounding properties, impact on traffic, conformance with development standards, maintaining the character of the neighborhood, preservation of safety and welfare in consistency with the comp plan, said Commission Chair Jim Stewart. Items not to be considered were the personality of the applicant, questions concerning technical issues, water availability, financial gain or hardship, viability of a project, or setting precedence.

Commissioner Sandy Griffis said she thought manufactured homes were the wave of the future, and she felt not all were substandard. In fact, five manufactured homes reside on property within the 1,000-foot radius of Gorman-Salisbury’s property, she said.

The P&Z Commission voted 5-2 to recommend denial of the request, with Commissioners Stewart and Griffis opposing.

At the Wednesday, Jan. 2, supervisors’ meeting, Gorman-Salisbury said manufactured homes are becoming more important with today’s crisis in lack of affordable housing. The quality is equivalent and construction safety requirements are the same as for site-built homes, she said.

Of the 34 nearby parcels, she said 15 are vacant, 10 are site-built homes, one has a small garage, and eight are manufactured homes. She also refuted the idea that manufactured homes lower neighbors’ property values.

Joseph Roe, project manager for Clayton and Oakwood Homes, supports Gorman-Salisbury’s application. Despite the stigma attached to manufactured homes, they are subject to countless inspections from federal, state and the county, he said. He asked those opposing the permit to look at the homes and see how well produced and well put together they were.

Board Vice Chair Craig Brown mentioned that 25 to 30 percent of housing permits applications received in the county are for manufactured homes. Supervisor Tom Thurman suggested that the company work with people buying their product to help check zoning prior to making a purchase.

David Roe, general manager of Clayton and Oakwood Homes, said Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, federal housing finance agency, are in the process of changing banking qualifications for manufactured homes as they recognize the homes are equal in quality to site-built homes.

There are many categories of manufactured homes and the one the applicant bought is of a high level, said Supervisor Rowle Simmons, who disagrees with treating them all as equal, saying, “We cannot use an umbrella here.”

Brown and Board Chair Randy Garrison said the Board of Supervisors probably will be seeing more of these applications in the future. The board voted 5-0 to deny the use permit…”

 

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Some Takeaways?

One must keep in mind a powerful claim that Kevin Clayton made in the video that is posted as part of a ‘read hot’ report, linked below.

 

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In the report linked above, Kevin Clayton personally said that it would be okay for Clayton Homes to ‘lose money for 5 years,‘ according to Warren Buffett.

Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway – the parent company to Clayton, 21st and a slew of other firms involved in manufactured housing – told him it was okay, so long as it builds their competitive moat.

 

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These are arguably part of a pattern of tactics, actions, and omissions, that has yielded over time what the Atlantic projected.

 

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The Atlantic correctly projected that ever fewer independents would exist.

 

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Meanwhile, Clayton has grown.

 

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See that report in and analysis of the Atlantic article linked in the related report, further below the bylines, disclosures, and notices.

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There are only a few possibilities logically.  But given the Clayton claims, don’t they win either way in ‘fighting’ a zoning case like this one or others?  They appear to ‘fight’ for the industry, but meanwhile, aren’t they and their allies at MHI consolidating it?

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Examining Derek Thompson’s Atlantic Report on ‘Mobile Home’ Retail Market as Fastest Dying Business In America

January 10th, 2019 No comments

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At the center of a perfect storm of boomer burnout, a brutal recession, and a rapidly changing industry, the mobile home retail market could be the worst industry in America. Here’s why,” wrote Derek Thompson as his subheading on a story for the Atlantic, a popular progressive news and views website. With a raging affordable housing crisis in the U.S., or in Canada for that matter, how is this contraction possible?  

 

At the time Thompson’s report was published, it was the headline that shocked many in the manufactured housing industry.  That headline sparked controversy, which wasn’t limited to the threat to manufactured home retail, but could have been misread as a challenge to the existence of other parts of the industry.

That headline? “America’s Fastest-Dying Business? It’s Mobile Homes1,” said Thompson. Across the left-right divide in manufactured housing professional circles, Thompson’s narrative sent shock waves and reactions, including commentary and reports here on MHProNews.

 

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But in hindsight, Thompson – who obviously erred in terminology when he referred to federally regulated, HUD Code manufactured homes as ‘mobile homes‘ [SIC] – was citing serious data. Besides the error in terminology, was there any other oversights or misses in Thompson’s report?

To properly analyze any study, research, or statements, one ought to first admit that no single report can cover every detail or nuance. This report, like Thompson’s or any other is self-limiting. Facts, quotes, and statements are used by a writer who could have arranged them in a variety of ways. That years later, Thompson’s work in the Atlantic is worthy of review stands on its own merits.

The Daily Business News on MHProNews is hereby looking back at the Atlantic report, a section-by-section “Fisk” or fact-check of what was good, bad, or possibly missed. While this focused on retailers – what Thompson calls “dealers” – it should be more broadly understood by manufactured housing (MH) investors and professionals as impacting every part of the industry.  Why?  Because then and now, a large part of the industry’s production goes to market via retailers.  Having – or not having – a sufficient number of independent retailers has and still does place pressures on manufactured home producers, communities, suppliers, installers, transporters, financial service firms, and arguably all others throughout the industry. 

 

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Following his subheading quoted above, Thompson wrote as follows. “If I asked you to name America’s least fortunate industry, your mind might go to records stores, obliterated by on-demand apps; or photofinishers, left in the cold as digital cameras turn Americans into our own photo editors; or fabric makers, where business is booming … in Shenzhen, China. 

But when it comes to unlucky industries, it’s manufactured home (aka mobile home) retailers who really hit the trifecta*. First they missed out on the housing boom. Then they felt the gut-punch of the recession. Now they might yet might miss out on the recovery. That makes them America’s fastest dying industry, according to a new report from IBISWorld.”

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These graphics were part of Derek Thompson’s original report, and are placed in the same location with respect to the Atlantic’s narrative. That original report is linked here.

 

If Thompson was referring to the conventional housing boom of the early 2000s, he was quite correct in saying that manufactured housing missed it. 

But in the early 2000s, Eric Belsky of Harvard University’s respected Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) had been researching manufactured home quality, and the industry in general. Based upon his research, Belsky projected that despite of the slide in manufactured home sales due to the arguably self-inflicted wound of a repossession glut in the late 1990s and the early 2000s, Belsky’s study and analysis led him to believe that given the need for affordable housing plus the improved quality of manufactured homes, would lead the industry into housing dominance by 2010.

So, Thompson mentioned none of those points by Harvard’s Belsky.

That said, the projection by Belsky proved to be wrong, for reasons noted and explored as part at the report linked below.

 

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Back to Thompson’s narrative in the Atlantic.

With a 70+% decline in revenue over the last ten years, the mobile home industry faced a descent on par with record stores and clothing mills. But it’s the pace of its future decline that sets them apart. In the next six years, manufactured home dealers are projected to see revenue evaporate 50% faster than even music stores and the wired phone industry. Here are full IBISWorld rankings, listed by industry revenue.”

 

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Notes to new readers on MHProNews. 1) MHProNews uses brown and bold fonts to reflect direct quotes. 2) The graphic above was part of Thompson’s Atlantic report at this same point in his narrative, but the arrows and commentary are by MHProNews.

 

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Noting again the error in industry terminology issue, which should have said manufactured home, Thompson wrote, “The typical mobile home buyer is a retiring, low-income couple in the southeast, said Mary Gotaas, an analyst at IBISWorld. The southeast region accounts for 40% of the industry’s dealership, and mobile homes are usually bought by consumers over the age of 50. “They’re retiring, they don’t care about equity or link-to-land ownership, and they want something cheap because they’re saving for things like medical bills,” she said.”

Ironically, at about that same time, HUD was producing a PD&R that reflected university-level research on manufactured housing. Here’s how HUD describes a PD&R, “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) supports the Department’s efforts to help create cohesive, economically healthy communities. … It is intended to help you identify PD&R data sets that can be used as a basis for your research or analysis.”

 

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The HUD PD&R screen capture – with linked download available here – arguably reflects a lack of understanding about how enhanced preemption could solve the affordable housing crisis using mostly private capital. The research is useful, but adding in the missing ingredient of enhanced preemption would make it priceless. 

That roughly 8 year old research commissioned by HUD made the point that the data reviewed proved  that manufactured homes could and did appreciate in value, and that it did do so side-by-side with conventional housing in urban neighborhoods as infill. Some of the biggest ‘hits’ on the manufactured home industry’s products and value-proposition were being debunked by university level scholarship.

Returning to Thompson’s narrative in the Atlantic, “Thirty years ago, I had a list of 90 manufactured homes makers,” said Thomas Roberts, a real estate agent with Century 21 Realty in Fremont, California, who works with mobile home makers. “Today, I don’t think there are more than 25. Nobody’s opening mobile home parks.”

Both of those claims were exaggerated at best, and were demonstrably errant. But Thompson was quoting someone else’s claim. And while factually wrong, the trend lines were broadly relevant.

 

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There were dozens of fewer factories, and the creation of new manufactured home (MH) communities had slowed to a trickle.  As noted above, all of that can be traced in part to a restriction of capital/financing. That impacted the occupancy rates of MH communities, and thus also the creation – or lack thereof – of new land-lease communities.

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Thompson next said, “Five broad factors account for the mobile home industry’s long slide. First, the housing bubble’s loose credit encouraged low-income families to buy regular “site built” homes instead of mobile homes. Second, the recession hit low-income folks who comprise most of the mobile home market harder than average. Third, the housing bubble’s collapse killed the price of houses and condos, making them a better deal for low-income families (especially since manufactured homes depreciate in value, while a house’s value increases over time). Fourth, older couples who would normally sell their house to buy a mobile home are waiting for the value of their houses to rebound. When the market recovers, they’re more likely to buy “modular homes,” which differ from mobile homes because their walls are put together on site.”

That is once more laced with errors and accurate insights alike. Modular homes are built in modules, with the walls already assembled, plus an ongoing terminology issue, misusing ‘mobile homes’ when he means ‘manufactured homes.’ But those errors aside, several point are broadly correct. Furthermore, in Thompson’s defense, he was citing third-party sources. So, he might be forgiven technical industry errors in writing a one-and-done column about what he thought was a dying industry.

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Thompson rolls on in his narrative in this fashion. 

Fifth, and most importantly, even when demand for mobile homes returns, retailers might be left in the dust. A new trend in mobile homes is for manufacturers to open their own outlets, so that retailers are bypassed.” That was a telling comment, on what industry professionals refers to as vertical integration.

 

 

Wrote Thompson, I actually think the next six years are going to shape up for [mobile homes] really well,” said Thayer Long at the Manufactured Housing Institute. “People are looking for smaller homes, and dollar-for-dollar, we offer the best house.” Thompson or his editor clearly should not have inserted “mobile homes” in brackets, given that Thayer Long well knew that they are HUD Code manufactured homes. For newcomers, in the U.S., there have been no mobile homes built in the U.S. since June 15, 1976, in Thompson’s misinterpreted sense of the term.  In Canada, their mobiles homes of the past, gave way to their Z240 code for manufactured homes decades ago as well. 

But what followed from Thompson was arguably vexingly correct, “The future of the industry will resemble Clayton Homes, a mobile home conglomerate which was acquired by Warren Buffet in 2003. Clayton started as a retailer, but they’ve expanding into manufacturing, financing, leasing, and insuring mobile homes. Now the company is a do-it-all industry leader that even serves as a distribution center for other manufacturer’s homes. Thus sounds the death knell for private mobile home retailers.”

While that was broadly accurate, what Thompson did not note was how this was being accomplished. Once more, the facts presented in the report previously linked or here paints a more complete picture.

 

 

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Think about this fact. Mainstream news media routinely uses other firms logos, content, videos, and images. How do they do that without getting sued for copyright violations?

Short answer?

First, we are not attorneys, but our reading of what federal websites and the courts have upheld is the following. That under the principle of “fair use,” media is able to use others content in specifically defined ways. So, when a firm like MHProNews uses Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, or the Manufactured Housing Institute logo of content, and stays within those “fair use” for news-media lanes, they are a legal defense from a claim of copyright infringement.

That’s mentioned for a few reasons.  One, while the Atlantic provided their fair use disclosures in their article by Derek Thompson differently than MHProNews has been doing for years, they gave disclosures too. No doubt, those disclosures where provided with fair use guidelines in mind.

Here is how the Atlantic finished up their disclosures on Thompson’s article.

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*Contrary to common belief, today’s manufactured or mobile homes don’t all look like 1960s caravans, with the cinder-blocks and wheels. Manufactured homes are prefabricated houses built entirely off site and delivered to where the family has leased land. They can look awfully like real “site built” homes. See for yourself on Clayton’s gallery of manufactured and modular homes. The word “mobile” doesn’t always to their constantly moving — although many mobile homes are built on wheels — but rather their ability to be transported when needed.”” MHProNews Footnote 1: coming from a non-MH industry professional, that’s a pretty good mainstream explanation of a manufactured home.

Thompson and/or his editor used a British expression “1960s caravans” to distinguish the mobile homes of the past, with the manufactured homes of today. At the end of their article, they essentially corrected the terminology errors the rest of the Thompson article used. That is arguably better than many in mainstream media do, given that thousands of articles or videos errantly use ‘mobile home’ indiscriminately and/or interchangeably with manufactured homes. 

 

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There are phases are different points in the evolution of the factory-built home industry history, just as there has been an evolution in telephones, computers, automotive or scores of other industries. For instance, one doesn’t properly call an old bag phone from the 1980s – the early version of a cell phone  to the smart phones of today.  The two are different, but the former evolved over the years into the later.

 

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Thompson’s article linked to Clayton’s website. It bears mention that an article last year in the Boston Globe, didn’t link Clayton’s site, but it did spotlight Clayton Homes produced homes and pricing. More on that another time. 

Finally, about what some might see as the overuse of third-party discourse notices on MHProNews. MHI has had multiple attorneys over the course of years sending threatening letters to the publisher of MHProNews. Among those are “cease and desist” letters are complaints about the use of a logo, which were part of the fisking of their content. Those attorneys arguably must know – if they are worth their salt – that they have no legal leg to stand upon. That’s not to say that they can’t sue.  In America, almost anyone can. But MHI – and the powers behind their throne – must know it is a hollow threat in the sense that they realize that MHProNews is operating within the guidelines of fair use.  

What MHI attorneys, leadership – elected or staff – have not done is debunk or disprove any of our research. They arguably want to silence this platform, which is demonstrated in a variety of ways. But emailed invitations as recently as last week to: Clayton, 21st, Cavco, Nathan Smith/SSK Communities, and MHI’s staff leadership have yet provided not a single intelligent response that debunks a even one claim or concern raised here or on MHLivingNews. Rather, MHI and their powers-that-be demonstrably have used efforts – like threats of litigation – to silence us by threats and intimidation tactics?

What should that tell the industry’s readers and investors?

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Some of those who allegedly are now resisting the reports on MHProNews, have previously and publicly praised MHProNews as the best in the industry.

What messages from readers and third-party metrics tells us is this. Our readership – which was already the runaway #1 in manufactured housing trade media – has skyrocketed since we began our exposes of the purportedly rigged, corrupt system that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies have used to slowly monopolize manufactured housing. What this article in the Atlantic did was identify the trend.  What the Atlantic’s Thompson didn’t do is identify how that was done by manipulating capital, credit, and more.  Again, click here to learn more.

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Others think that they also benefit Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and what is arguably a rigged system too. But there are growing voices within those operations that confirm and thank us for reports like this one.  The rise of former MHI members, who launched new trade groups, or left MHI, are evidence that the research here is based on realities that others in manufactured housing recognize, and are acting upon.

 

Atlantic/Thompson Fisking Takeaways? 

Are independent manufactured home retailers SLOWLY dying?

The trend lines say, sadly, yes. A state association executive said almost the same rate of decline in the total number of independent retailers roughly a year ago. Facts and trend lines are what they are. 

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Manufactured Housing Institute on Urban Institute, Bloomberg, National Association of Realtors Reports Praising Manufactured Homes

January 10th, 2019 No comments

 

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Imagine for a few moments that a law would allow you to place a new HUD Code manufactured home someone wants to purchase in one of the numerous areas where they are currently being zoned out by local officials.  There is arguably no need to imagine that, because that law exists. It is a federal law already on the books. To set the table on this analysis, it is useful to read or refresh yourself on the topic of “enhanced preemption.”  That’s an important and useful provision under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000.

 

Yesterday, the Daily Business News on MHProNews presented an eye-opening fact-check that underscored where you can most easily find information online when searching Google for “manufactured housing” and “enhanced preemption.”  That report can be accessed by clocking on the hotlinked text/image box below.

 

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Next, imagine that you wanted to tell your fellow Americans the facts about the good news of manufactured housing.  In the course of the year, several third-party research items make the news, which on balance, were favorable to the industry.  You’d want to refer to some of that research, wouldn’t you?

Common sense suggests, yes. Just as companies use testimonials to bolster their claims, so too industries, companies, or institutions routinely point to outside research by a third-party that ‘makes their case.’

Yesterday, and today, two separate reality-checks are going to make something ever more clear.  Using their own website’s search tool, MHI has apparently no content on their own website that says anything about ‘enhanced preemption.’

Furthermore, after discovering the above, the industry’s most-read trade media – MHProNews – did an additional check.

Is MHI showcasing the positive third-party reports about modern manufactured homes on their own website?

Again, based upon the results shown from their own website search tool, the surprising – shocking, and disappointing – answer is, no.  MHI has made no mention of the positive research on their own website of the reports by the Urban Institute, Bloomberg, or National Association of Realtor research.

 

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What’s going on?

 

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Fair and Balanced…

One of the searches for those 3 positive reports on manufactured housing provided a link to this article linked here, which is reproduced under fair use guidelines for media. The linked article is overall okay. But there is not one word about enhanced preemption, while they do raise the argument of “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH).

If challenged, either an appeal to AFFH or “enhanced preemption” would likely have to be adjudicated. An industry attorney observed that while both could be useful arguments to advance the industry’s interests, the AFFH argument requires both factual research/evidence but also a legal argument.  By contrast, the Enhanced Preemption assertion requires only a legal argument, a simpler case.

 

Furthermore, HUD Secretary Ben Carson has already said publicly that “I hear you” to the manufactured home industry’s concerns and issues.  Given that the Trump Administration has said that it wants to enforce the law, isn’t it just common sense that the simpler argument at least be raised by the industry’s largest trade group?

 

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In the light of the first report linked above and here, a non-MHARR industry producer emailed yesterday to say that MHI is “as worthless as tits on a boar hog,” a colorful, if sexist sounding, assertion.

MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach represents the growing numbers of industry voices with more sobering concern.  Kovach says that there is a case to be made that the “Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis” – which obviously has made MHI it’s favored industry trade group – is allowing actual and artificial headwinds to limit the industry’s growth and recovery.  That in turn allows larger companies to slowly, steadily “consolidate” smaller ones that weary of the barriers to remain or enter the industry.

 

 

 

In that view, articles like the two below are window dressing. “You could call these MHI articles razzle dazzle, red herrings, window dressing, or head fakes,” Kovach said. “It’s like their latest emailed news update.  Not one word about the drop in new manufactured home shipments.  Instead, you have a bunch of photos of people who met in Washington, D.C.  You have plenty of plugs for their next events, which are profit centers. So, where is the actual performance of MHI? As the classic Wendy’s commercial asked, ‘Where’s the beef?’”

 

 

The articles on zoning and manufactured housing used in their claimed battle for using more manufactured homes as affordable housing are as linked here.  The images that are shown therein have been added by MHProNews to juxtapose what MHI has done, with the sometimes stark comments by others – including MHI affiliates and members – on the topics of enhanced preemption and the promotion of the industry that they claim to represent.  In the light of such facts, is it any wonder that a new national trade association is taking shape?  Or that rumblings for another to represent independent retailers and others are growing? See the related reports, linked further below. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Mobile Home Replacement Plan Offers Upgrade to Manufactured Homes

January 9th, 2019 No comments

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The Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC) and city of Mankato officials met with mobile home owners, community owners and management, plus representatives of the United Community Action Partnership to discuss the initiative second phase of a project to replace older mobile homes there.

 

MVAC and Mankato hope to replace at least five more “run-down mobile homes” over the next 18 months using $110,000 in federal and state dollars, per the Free Press.

The program provides forgivable loans for eligible homeowners to purchase a newer HUD Code manufactured home.

We should not have people living in substandard housing,” said Judd Schultz, housing services director for MVAC. “This program is a small step but it’s doing a good job getting people into a better house, which is stabilizing their lives and making them healthier.”

Another goal of the program, aid the Free Press, is to remove blight in the mobile home parks. The vacated homes are demolished.”

It all comes down to building a better quality of life in these mobile home parks,” said Mankato Department of Public Safety Cmdr. Dan Schisel.

 

 

A pilot program in 2017 replaced four homes in three communities. Five of the six manufactured home communities in the city signed on to participate in phase two. Discussions are underway to expand the plan in other parts of their county.

 

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Some in manufactured housing have expressed a desire to push this type of project more broadly.  There are variations of this concept in different parts of the U.S. That’s MH “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,”  © where “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©  ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Why Did Stocks Tank in December? Plus Manufactured Home Stock Market Updates

January 9th, 2019 No comments

CNNmoney1.9.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsOn the fourth day in a row that markets rose, and most manufactured housing industry tracked stocks rose as well, we will look at reports on data that may help explain why markets dropped in December, 2018.  That will be this evening’s featured focus.

 

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…

  • The global market for smartphones is shrinking
  • Smartphone sales fell for the first time in 2018. This year may be better
  • The worst news for the stock market has been priced in — for now
  • CEOs are leaving US companies as economic uncertainty grows
  • The world’s richest couple is splitting up
  • Cheap wine is over. Now one big alcohol company has to adjust
  • More big consumer companies will bet on pot this year
  • Her clothes are keeping female construction workers, firefighters and paramedics safe
  • 4 signs a company is a good employer for women
  • The Dow has spiked 2,000 points since Christmas Eve
  • Saudi Arabia has always claimed vast oil reserves. An audit just proved it’s right
  • Car sales drop in China for the first time in 20 years
  • Miscarriages are common. At work, a culture of silence keeps women quiet
  • Baidu self-driving vans to deliver Walmart groceries
  • GM and DoorDash to deliver food in self-driving cars
  • Waymo starts giving public rides in self-driving vans
  • Uber wants to test self-driving cars again after fatality
  • Planes may hold the secret to safe self-driving cars
  • Chobani looks beyond yogurt
  • Kroger and Microsoft partner up to take on Amazon
  • Pizza Hut expands beer delivery service
  • Chipotle’s new strategy: Dieters welcome
  • This coffee company thinks it can beat Starbucks in China

Select Bullets from Fox Business

  • Amazon’s Jeff Bezos divorcing after 25 years of marriage
  • Stocks rise on optimism about trade talks
  • After Bezos split, here’s a look at some of the 5 most expensive divorce settlements
  • MacKenzie Bezos could be world’s richest woman following divorce from Amazon CEO
  • America’s cheese problem is at an all-time high
  • Trump has bested Pelosi, Schumer on national security battle: Varney
  • C. Penney announces more store closures
  • Toyota announces recall of 1.3 million vehicles in US
  • This could be the world’s biggest economy in 2030
  • Trader Joe’s ranked top US grocery store chain
  • Fed minutes reveal dovish approach to rate hikes this year
  • Trade meetings conclude in China as hopes of a deal build
  • New York City’s iconic Chrysler Building is up for sale
  • Inside Disney’s massive ‘Star Wars’: Galaxy’s Edge attraction
  • LA teachers prepare to strike for first time in 30 years
  • Costly mistakes to avoid before and after a car accident
  • Britain will leave EU on March 29
  • Mortgage applications rise over 20% as rates drop
  • Sears gets a lifeline, one last shot at survival
  • Biggest engine ever to power Boeing’s biggest jet
  • Dish Network Chair Charlie Ergen in 5G hot water with FCC
  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ $250M yacht has a helipad and spa
  • Government shutdown: Trump giving best effort to ‘minimize’ impact, Sarah Sanders says
  • 5G wireless spectrum expected to roll out in 2019 and 2020
  • Top Trump official to pharmaceutical industry: President won’t stop until drug prices drop

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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Most manufactured housing industry track stocks rose today, as a look at the Bloomberg closing ticker on our evening market report reflects.

The question has been asked for weeks, what was behind the market sell-off in the final quarter of 2018 – notably in December? Here are some views on that subject from CNBC.

  • First, on the upside, the 2017 tax cut ‘was not a sugar high,’ says one of the CNBC panelists, who says he doesn’t see a reason to fear recession until at least 2021 or 2022.
  • In recent days, Apple, Constellation Brands, Lennar and Samsung have lowered financial forecasts.
  • For the fourth quarter, 72 S&P 500 companies have issued earnings warnings, twice as many as have issued positive guidance, according to FactSet.
  • Analysts are now looking for single-digit earnings growth for the next three quarters of this year.

 

The Fed is expected to be less aggressive this year too, as the latest meeting minutes and other indicators suggest.

 

 

Volatility is still expected, is a common view, but that will be due in part to global and political concerns.  The U.S. economy, as MHProNews has reported for months, is still looking sound.

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

January 9th, 2019 No comments

 

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One advantage that HUD Code manufactured homes have over other types of factory building that keeps costs lower is that it is federal and enjoys the enhanced preemption established by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000.

 

There are some items that the Daily Business News on MHProNews sets out to research deliberately, others that come in as news tips, still other issues or topics are just stumbled upon. In this instance, in the course of doing some research on the subject of “manufactured housing” and “enhanced preemption,” the following results shown below are what appeared.

As a quick and simplified background, several factors online influence SEO or search engine optimization. Among them are time on-line, back-links, traffic, is it a mobile or desktop search, your location (same search – especially mobile ones – different locations may result in a different results) and more

Often, but not always, if two generally equal websites exist, but one has been online longer, it will often tend to get a higher Google ranking, for reasons noted in part above.

Then, when it comes to specific topics, key word usage can become more interesting.

What you will see below is the first few pages of mobile searches from 2 evenings ago, for the words – “manufactured housing” “enhanced preemption” – placing those words in quotes forces a search engine into a more precise outcome.

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has been online for about 20 years.  About two years ago, they reportedly spent a boat-load redoing their website.

So, who comes up first for the mobile search terms – “manufactured housing” “enhanced preemption” – two nights ago in Lakeland, FL?

 

Here are the unedited results, summarized below.

 

  • The first 2 images that come up under the image search function on Google are both from MHProNews, under the mhmarketingsalesmanagent.com URL. As has been noted previously, MHProNews has numerous URLs, some of which will be demonstrated in this analysis.

 

Then, we have a new site under development, that should be ready by the end of the first quarter of 2019. It’s the 9th result, even though we are not yet promoting that website.

 

  • #10 HUD.

 

  • #11 is a paid ad, irrelevant to the search, that’s Google making some money.

 

  • #12, cites John Bostick of Sunshine Homes, on the Gov’t Publishing Office website, in 2012.

 

  • #13 House Financial Services Committee (FSC), in 2011 testimony by MHARR.

 

  • #14 is a post MHProNews placed on ZipRecruiter, as part of a project for an attorney for possible litigation of industry related issues.

 

  • #15 is the NJ state association website. We know first-hand that the NJ state association website is about 2 years old. Interestingly, that’s the very first mention of MHI – the Manufactured Housing Institute – on the topic of Enhanced Preemption.

 

  • #16 – Then, finally! MHI is found on Constant Contact, likely in an email message to their own members.

 

  • #17 is MHProNews again, with another URL that we have – and there are many such URLs – for MHProNews.

 

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So, summing it up. The MHARR website – which is less than 2 years old, led the pack.  Next, MHProNews and MHLivingNews dominated these results 2 evenings ago.  Once more, the results could be different in a different part of the country, but on this type of issue – “manufactured housing” “enhanced preemption” – will likely be similar.

 

The Surprises From This Research?

Why are MHI’s result on this issue so poor?  Note that NONE of these results came up on the MHI website.

There are several possible explanations.  To cut to the chase, we went directly to MHI’s website.

We did the exact same search using the same search parameters, with the MHI website search tool.

The first search, nothing. “No Results.”  See the composite screen capture, below.

 

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The next search, this time, using only “Enhanced Preeemption” – once more, “No Results.

 

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The third search, removing the quote marks – just in case some goofy code was at work on the MHI website – and once more, “No Results.”

 

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Once this result becomes public, do not be surprised if MHI decides to quietly – and quickly – ‘correct’ this issue. But go to MHI’s website, and check this out for yourself. We’ve asked others to do this, so that they see this first hand before MHI has time to make any changes.

Again, go back to the original mobile search results, that did reflect MHI. One was on the NJ association state association’s website, the other was on Constant Contact.

When manufactured housing is struggling against zoning and placement issues in states and jurisdictions from border to border and coast to coast, why is “enhanced preemption” entirely missing on MHI’s website?

Three primary possible explanations are:

  • Incompetence.
  • Ignorance.
  • Deliberate.
  • Some combination of those three bullets above. Can you think of another possibility?

Why are shipments so low? Many reasons can be and have been examined by MHProNews and MHLivingNews – or MHARR – for that matter.

But what this appears to be to a prudent analysis is that MHI is ‘apparently’ hiding “Enhanced Preemption.” Note too that while a Clayton ad came up on the search results, Clayton Homes is likewise nowhere to be found on the first pages of this Google search.

 

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How ever one cares to spin it, doesn’t this speak volumes?  There’s an affordable housing crisis, and one of the best legal tools on the books for years – the federal enhanced preemption for manufactured housing under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 – is not being mentioned or promoted by MHI?  Even on their own website?

 

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At the very time that manufactured home shipments have stalled or slipped for three straight months during an affordable housing crisis, where is MHI and the Berkshire brands in MHVille on this tremendous advantage? Among the related reports found below the byline and notices is the link to the report on that issue by MHARR that ranked number one. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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FHA Call to Lenders on Workers, Contractors, re: Federal Government Shutdown

January 9th, 2019 No comments

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Shutdown theater continues in Washington, D.C. So, yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) requested that approved lenders consider the financial hardships caused by the partial federal shutdown.

 

That press release is below, including a letter linked from FHA’s Brian Montgomery.  After that there will be an infographic that manufactured home retailers, developers, and communities may find of interest.

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WASHINGTON – The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today called on all approved mortgagees and lenders to be sensitive to the financial hardships experienced by borrowers as a result of the shutdown, including those borrowers subject to furlough, layoff, or a reduction in income related to the shutdown.   Read FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery’s letter to lenders and approved mortgagees.

FHA-approved mortgagees and lenders are reminded of their ongoing obligation to offer special forbearance to borrowers experiencing loss of income.

FHA expects all approved mortgagees and lenders to make every effort to communicate with and assist affected borrowers to the greatest extent possible by:

  • extending special forbearance plans to borrowers impacted by the shutdown, and
  • fully evaluating borrowers for available loss mitigation options to avoid foreclosure whenever possible.

“In accordance with longstanding policy, FHA expects mortgagees to assist borrowers experiencing a loss of income,” said FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery in a letter to FHA-approved lenders and mortgagees.

FHA is also strongly encouraging all approved mortgagees and lenders to waive late fees for affected borrowers and to suspend credit reporting on borrowers nationwide who have been affected by the shutdown.

 

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

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Here above is the promised infographic, and some 2019 FHA lending guidelines.  Turn to an FHA lender approved for manufactured home lending for additional details.

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Chinese Buyers Compete With U.S. Buyers for American Housing, Plus MH Markets Updates

January 8th, 2019 No comments

CNNmoney1.8.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsMarkets closed up again today, the first 3 consecutive days of increases on the Dow since November, 2018. In the mix of noteworthy reports this evening for manufactured housing investors and professionals in this item, that even with the trade battle, Chinese are still the #1 foreign buyers of U.S. housing.  That means competition for existing homes.  But is it a market that manufactured housing will tap successfully?

 

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…

  • Gold gains while stocks sag
  • Precious metals always do well when investors are nervous — and right now, they’re nervous
  • Consumers may be the biggest risk to the stock market
  • The future of beauty is on display at CES
  • Why Larry Summers thinks a recession could be coming
  • Slowdown arrives at precisely the worst time for GE
  • Amazon passes Microsoft to become the world’s most valuable company
  • Samsung warns its profit could plunge
  • How the shutdown could affect the January jobs report
  • Trump’s border address sparks debate inside and outside TV networks
  • He wanted to make brushing teeth more enjoyable. So he invented Quip
  • Perfect seats and room service robots: This tech is transforming business travel
  • There are fewer gig jobs than you think
  • Etsy CEO on 3 ways Congress can fix the gig economy
  • When your dream job turns out to be a nightmare
  • Meet the invisible workers of Silicon Valley
  • Lyft files confidential plans for an IPO
  • The meatless burger for meat lovers
  • LG says these are the TVs of the future
  • What you’ll see less of at CES this year: Chinese vendors
  • This vending machine bakes bread all by itself
  • Ford wants its cars to ‘talk’ with traffic lights and pedestrians

Select Bullets from Fox Business

  • Stocks post another day of gains on hope for China trade deal
  • Sears gets a lifeline, one last shot at survival
  • Why Ocasio-Cortez’s 70% ‘soak-the-rich’ tax may fail
  • Top government officials scrap CES over shutdown
  • What happens if PG&E goes bankrupt?
  • Dem lawmaker works to save tax break for rich constituents: Varney
  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ $250M yacht has a helipad and spa
  • States where high earners face the highest taxes
  • Why Trump can’t declare national emergency to build border wall
  • Warren Buffett predicted Sears’ downfall over a decade ago
  • TSA: Shutdown may lead to ‘massive’ security risks at airports
  • Opinion: Five simple ways to save money in 2019
  • Is Disneyland repeating Apple’s mistake by raising prices?
  • Biggest engine ever to power Boeing’s biggest jet
  • Tesla Model Y: What we know so far
  • Top 5 highest-yielding CDs right now
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should avoid this ‘bad habit,’ according to Mark Cuban
  • Mattel announces ‘Barbie’ movie starring Margot Robbie
  • JPMorgan Chase’s Dimon says partisan politics are getting in the way
  • Job openings fall to five-month low – but there’s still plenty to go around
  • These are the best jobs for 2019: Report
  • Carl Icahn reportedly exits Dollar Tree stake
  • Boeing delivered a record number of jets in 2018
  • Larry Ellison discloses $1B stake in Tesla
  • Amazon snags most valuable US company for first time
  • Eagles fans Venmo Bears kicker Cody Parkey after missed field goal
  • Vanguard’s index funds: A history of evolution for investors
  • Fed nominee Nellie Liang withdraws board nomination
  • US needs to dominate 5G, AI
  • As CES 2019 prepares to kick off, these are the top critical issues facing U.S. tech.
  • California’s Gavin Newsom may be good for politics, but not so much for business
  • Opinion – 10 business techs for entrepreneurs at CES 2019
  • JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon: Tight credit market not a concern
  • Trump plans prime-time address, visit to Mexico border

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Today’s Big Movers

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Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

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The National Association and CNBC reports this evening that Chinese buyers are expanding their reach in the U.S. housing market, as middle class home buyers, with numbers seeking financing, are getting in on the act.

  • For 6 straight years, Chinese buyers have been the top foreign buyers in both units and dollar volume of residential housing, according to the National Association of Realtors ™ (NAR), and now they expanding to new, lower-price tiers.
  • More middle-class Chinese buyers are searching for lower-priced homes and they are using mortgages much more often, said the NAR.
  • While California is still the favorite among Chinese buyers, they’re moving into other markets, such as Texas, Georgia, and Florida.

 

  • Chinese consumers may have soured on some American products, like iPhones, but they have only sweetened on U.S. residential real estate,” said CNBC.

According the Wikipedia, about 5.6 percent of those in the U.S. are Asian Americans. But Foremost research reflects that only about 1 percent of manufactured home owners are Asian in origin.

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This is one of several barriers of acceptance that the manufactured housing industry has not yet generally addressed, as the data reflects.

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

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“Major Step” in Independent National Post-Production Manufactured Housing Advocacy Taken, Per Trade Group

January 8th, 2019 No comments

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It has been one of the more-read articles on the Daily Business News on MHProNews, which means it is one of the hotter topics in the manufactured housing industry.

 

And today, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) said the following about NAMHCO – in their take on the topic previously reported by MHProNews. More after their full release, which begins below.

 

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MHARR News Item — Independent National Manufactured Housing Post-Production Association Takes Major Step

 

INDEPENDENT NATIONAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING

POST-PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION TAKES MAJOR STEP

 

Washington, D.C., January 8, 2019 – The National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO), a new, independent association representing a key manufactured housing industry post-production constituency, has announced a major step in its initial organization and the start of national-level advocacy activities to better and more effectively represent the post-production sector in Washington, D.C. Accordingly, essential activity to begin addressing and correcting a major gap in the manufactured housing industry’s national-level representation in Washington, D.C. is starting to gain important momentum.

After announcing its formation as an independent organization in late-2018 — including as members (among others), state manufactured housing associations which had previously withdrawn from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) — NAMHCO, issued a News Release just before the start of 2019, stating that it has now retained the services of a lobbying consultant in Washington, D.C. to act on its behalf at the national level, where multiple issues continue to vex the manufactured housing industry’s post-production sector with significantly negative consequences for the entire industry and American consumers of affordable housing. Indeed, the industry – the nation’s premiere source of non-subsidized affordable housing — after a nine-year rebound from historically-low production levels reached in 2009, has just suffered its third consecutive month of flat-line or negative growth – at a time when production levels, due to an unusually strong national economy, should be booming.

In large measure, the industry — since 2000 — has seen its growth unnecessarily thwarted, undermined and impeded by a combination of factors primarily affecting its post-production sector. With manufacturers producing their best, highest quality homes ever, and with production-related regulatory issues at the federal level reduced to some degree in recent years by the highly-focused efforts of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in conjunction with the administration of President Donald J. Trump, it is in the post-production arena – and most particularly the failure to effectively address and remedy major issues affecting zoning, placement and especially consumer financing for HUD Code manufactured home purchasers – where the most significant constraints have been imposed on the industry and its ability to serve the millions of mostly lower and moderate-income American families that want and need affordable, non-subsidized homeownership, and rely on manufactured housing to fill that need.

While HUD Code manufacturers and other smaller and mid-sized industry businesses have — and have had for nearly thirty-five years – independent, aggressive, national-level representation in Washington, D.C. through MHARR, that type of independent representation has been almost entirely absent for the post-production sector and most importantly, its thousands of smaller, independent businesses, since the National Manufactured Housing Federation disappeared as an independent entity and was subsumed into MHI decades ago. And, indeed, the formation of NAMHCO is consistent with the call for an independent, national-level, post-production manufactured housing association set forth in a study, presented to and approved by MHARR’s Board of Directors in 2017.  Furthermore, this new entity will create opportunities – and a venue – for other state associations that have been seeking better and more effective representation of their post-production members in Washington, D.C., particularly with respect to the key issues of zoning, placement and consumer financing.

As was anticipated by MHARR’s study, the establishment of this new association could – and hopefully will – help to encourage and create potential areas of policy cooperation and synergy between MHARR and NAMHCO with benefits for the entire industry (and particularly its smaller, independent businesses) as well as consumers. MHARR has already communicated with the leadership of NAMHCO regarding matters of mutual interest, and will continue to follow-up as appropriate in the near future.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.

Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

1331 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Suite 512

Washington D.C. 20004

Phone: 202/783-4087

Fax: 202/783-4075

Email: MHARRDG@AOL.COM

 

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Open Offices? Not So Fast, Per New Study

January 8th, 2019 No comments

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One of the items that Kevin Clayton – among others in business – has touted is how their open office spaces are.  Egalitarian. Team building. Lots of nomenclature has been tossed about to make it sound, hip, cool, and the way to go.

 

Not so fast, says a new study.  It may be ‘cheaper,’ but it may not be better.

 

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CBS News’ Sunday Morning has done another discussion and recap of this subject, reviewing the latest research. But they aren’t alone, and in one sense, these reports have been ongoing for some time.

 

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They find that people put on their head-sets, and are less in tune with their neighbors than those in other office designs.

 

 

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The bottom lines from the latest research?

Workplace happiness: neither open-plan offices or shorter work weeks help.

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