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Neal T Haney, NAMHCO Then, Now and What’s Next in Manufactured Housing and Land Lease Communities

January 6th, 2019 No comments

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First, a message from Susan Brenton with NAMHCO and AZMHCA.com to our publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

 

Tony:
Here’s NAMHCO’s statement regarding the Disneyland issue, from President Neal Haney.

It is important to get the nomenclature right – whether it be modular offices or manufactured homes.  Trailers are for cargo, modular and manufactured structures are built to modern codes and provide homes and workplaces for millions of Americans.”

That’s their association’s response to the Disney controversy of their improper use of the term ‘trailer’ as applied to a modular or manufactured home.  The question is, will the Manufactured Housing Institute – (MHI) – which is the only national trade association with a full time public relations person – weigh in?  And if so, how?  How long?

Disney would not confirm any contact by MHI, even though the MHI leadership, and that of Clayton Homes, and Cavco Industries were also contacted personally by Tony Kovach. Why aren’t MHI or the ‘big boys’ defending the good name of the industry?  Where is there self-proclaimed ‘clout?’

Moving on to Neal T. Haney’s “Then, Now, and What’s Next.” This is a previously published item by Haney, but given their new national association’s launch, it seemed like a good time to spotlight Haney’s thoughts on the industry in general, and land-lease communities in particular.

Some pull-quotes from “Then, Now and What’s Next.”

 

  • The history of the manufactured housing industry can be divided into two broad categories. The early era generally is prior to HUD developing a national code for the manufacturing of homes (Pre-HUD). The modern era is that period of time after HUD developed the national code for construction which went into effect June 15, 1976.”

 

  • The “trailers” of the time were relatively small, single section and built to be highly mobile. Many home owners were able to move and site the homes themselves. The utility requirements were minimal. Heating and cooking were often LP gas. The homes only required an electrical service of 50 amps or less. Manufacturing codes existed but varied from region to region.”

 

  • As we approached the HUD era, both homes and parks changed. With less need for mobility in housing, many homes became permanently set. In addition to working families looking for affordable housing, a growing number of individuals from the Midwest and Canada were coming to Arizona to escape the harsh northern winters. Manufactured housing and manufactured housing communities provided the most affordable way to enjoy the Arizona climate.”

 

  • Homes increased in size. Multi-section homes grew more prevalent. Utility requirements increased. Minimum electrical requirements were 100 amp; all-electric homes required 200 amp service. Heat and cooking were supplied with natural gas. Pitched and shingled roofs replaced the metal roofs. Vinyl and wood composite siding replaced the metal siding. Homes became larger and could no longer be moved by homeowners. Professional movers and installers needed to transport and install homes. In spite of all the improvements in the homes themselves, they remained more affordable than any similarly sized site-built homes.

 

  • Communities replaced parks…”

 

See Haney’s full article as a download, linked here. See how nicely that fits with the infographic below?

 

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Now, let’s turn to the week that was from 12.30.2018 to 1.6.2019 on the manufactured housing runaway most-read “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” © resource.  Because in the week that was, some of what we’ve been warning the industry about for months has finally come to pass.

 

New manufactured home shipments dropped, during an affordable housing crisis.  Why?  See the reports for the week to answer that 3-letter question.

 

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Friday 1.4.2019 

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Thursday 1.3.2019

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Wednesday 1.2.2019

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Tuesday 1.2.2019

HUD’s FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery on 2019 Manufactured Housing Hot Seat

 

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2019 – ‘Don’t Tease?’ RV Horizons, MHI v CSPAN, HUD’s Brian Montgomery, Clayton – New Year’s Spotlights

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Monday 12.31.2018

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Earning More Honest, Honorable Manufactured Home Industry Profits in 2019

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Eye Opening – Manufactured Homes in National, Global Context

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Sunday 12.30.2018

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New Association Weighs In, Giving Credit Where It’s Due, Opportunitie$, But Winds of Change Challenge Manufactured Housing’s Future

January 5th, 2019 No comments

 

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Every part of the headline will be covered in this column and analysis, only the sequence will be mixed. Let’s frame this report simply.

 

Affordable housing is potentially worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year in the U.S. That’s the conclusion of Jeff Bezos’ Amazon Alexa Fund. Yet, manufactured housing only did about $6.5 billion at retail in 2017 (2018 totals won’t be known for a few weeks).  That means there is a huge upside potential.

 

Which begs the question.  Why isn’t that potential being properly tapped?

 

Manufactured housing has always had high potential, but it has never achieved it. During an affordable housing crisis, that’s an opportunity in disguise.  If you happen to be a small to midsized business, manufactured housing advocate, or investor, and wondered why this industry isn’t easier or doing better than it should be, today’s column will shed light on that topic.

 

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The manufactured housing opportunity demands serious effort and some capital to properly access the market with what the public wants at various price points. That the factory homebuilding market is worth the effort is attested to by Warren Buffett, Sam Zell, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos, among scores of others.

The chart below by the National Association of Realtors™ (NAR) speaks volumes.

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How is it possible that our percentage of housing market share, and manufactured home production are both down from prior highs, right when they are needed the most?

 

It was part of the NAR 2018 report that made an overall good case, based upon research, facts, and evidence, for manufactured housing.  The writer of that NAR report was kind enough to cite this author in her first footnote.

So, if the market potential is so great, why is the manufactured home industry struggling so much?  When we have ‘two great laws’ already on the books, why is our industry struggling?

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That’s what this column will begin to explore. This matters to you only if affordable housing and manufactured homes are important to you as a professional.

 

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Warren Buffett didn’t say it, but another successful business guru did. Want to understand something enough to benefit from it? There is no substitute to investing the time needed. Buffett says he reads 5 to 6 hours a day. Wow…but look were that reading got him.  Don’t skim. Read.

 

 

Citing Facts, Evidence, and Sources

We believe in citing sources whenever possible and giving credit where it’s due. Manufactured housing success story Marty Lavin said about a decade ago that the industry, if not careful, could go the way of the buggy whip.

When horse drawn carriages were no longer the primary means of transportation, buggy whip demand dropped like a rock.

Why listen to Lavin?

Lavin has enjoyed notable successes in manufactured home land lease communities, high volume retail, and in performing manufactured home lending.

Lavin happens to be an attorney too. He and his wife reside in a large and elegant home in an appealing part of Burlington, VT in the late spring, summer, and into the fall. When winter strikes up north, they go to Miami Beach, where they live in a custom Italian made vessel that has three levels, is 72’ long, and originally sold for millions of dollars. The Lavins still have numerous financial and real estate interests.

 

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Marty and this writer have spent numerous hours debating and discussing the HUD Code manufactured home industry. As the photos above and below suggest, some of those discussions were in the Lavins’ fine craft, and at his home.

 

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As with any two people, Marty and I see some things similarly, others not.  It should be noted that his better half was a keen part of their financing operation.

One of those operations that Lavin had is now part of Credit Human, Federal Credit Union. It used to be called, Mountainside Financial.

For those in MHVille who know Marty, when he speaks, people in the know of our industry listen.  MHI gave him a coveted award, a GSE had him for consulting, and so on.

Now you know, some of the rest of that story.

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Big Fish, Small Fish, Midsized Fish

A former reality TV star and real estate billionaire once said, if you are going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.

But thinking alone – big or otherwise – is never enough. Planning, execution, and other factors enter into the mix of sustainable, ethical business success.

Among the roadblocks of life in modern America are the jealous, and those who will stoop to any trick or dishonest device to trip up another.  If you’ve worked in an office or company for any length of time, the words ‘company politics’ has meaning, right?

If one gives credence to an interesting perspective of a New York Times columnist a few weeks ago, the United States of America (USA) was established on more than a principle of distrust in public officials. Independent-minded Americans also distrusted Monopolists. Those bags of tea that went into Boston Harbor in 1775 were the product of a British state-sanctioned monopolist.

 

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It’s a historically valid point.

 

Much of the Bill of Rights – the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution – revolve around the simple notion of protecting individuals against oppression by others. Those others included public officials, but it wasn’t limited to them. Monopolists of various kinds have ever been in the background of America’s history, even if they didn’t embrace that term.

Bear in mind, that there is more than one kind of slavery.

The original purpose of America’s government was to protect life, liberty, and property. Let the people earn a honest living, and let them keep the vast majority of the fruits of their labors. Realize or recall that there was no federal income tax until about a century ago.  There was no federal reserve system either. There was also – especially compared to today – almost no federal debt. Today, the debt is soaring towards $22 trillion dollars.

 

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That pre-income tax, pre-Federal Reserve system in America yielded the most successful economy in human history up to that point in time. Tariffs paid for much of the federal government, which was modest in size. We didn’t have endless wars overseas. While property taxes began not too long after the revolution, and well before income taxes, all of those taxes began low.

 

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A snapshot of taxes in America are above and below.

 

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For most of our nation’s history, there was no income tax.

 

It would be overly simplistic to say that Woodrow Wilson – a racist who happened to be a Democrat – began by himself to change what made America the most successful nation on the planet. It is axiomatic that there are routinely powerful people behind a president, or other politicians.

Over the years, what was true about the U.S. prior to the Wilson administration slowly morphed into what we now have in the U.S.A. today.

 

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Bank on the fact that the billionaires understand the financial and tax system in America.

 

Wheat and chaff. We all produce some of both. It’s wise to learn from both the good and the ill caused by ourselves and others. Yes, we ought to learn the bad, because without that, how are mistakes previously made to be avoided?

Warren Buffett is debatably correct when he says that the lesson of history is that most fail to learn from history. But Buffett arguably says that as his way of explaining how he and his investors benefit because they learn from history, while most others don’t.  They think they can count on you not reading this far, or not knowing any history.

Let’s rephrase that Buffet tip. Are you and your colleagues learning from history?

Before Donald J. Trump became a TV star – on a show I never watched for more than a few minutes (pardon me, Mr. President, but that’s the truth) – this writer already knew his Art of the Deal book. Before Warren Buffett became a household name, I already had a book of Buffett quotes. Wheat and chaff.

That means, take the good, learn from each person’s good ideas. But whatever remains that is chaff ought to be ignored, burned up, used for mulch, or fed to cattle.

We can all learn from the opposition, not just from allies. There are things Buffett says that are spot on, others, not so much.  So on throughout the industry or nation, including moi.  We’ve all produced wheat and chaff.  But some chaff we don’t grasp until later on.

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There are Democrats, Republicans, and others who point to the increasing monopolization of America. The impact of the trend toward monopoly on our manufactured home industry is just part of a broader trend. It’s harmful to small businesses, which create the most jobs. Will Democrats and the Trump Administration work to break up the monopolies?

 

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The parent company to MHProNews is LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC. We have hundreds of internet properties. People don’t get that; but it’s another topic for another time. We as professionals are pro-free enterprise. We believe that limited government properly operating is a protection for honest people. As political independents, we seek whatever is good in various parties or interest groups thinking while rejecting whatever is problematic.

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From an MHI only-member company president. 

I first ‘retired’ for several years starting in the late 1980s, after less than a decade in manufactured home retailing. I’ve long done some level of writing, including an award-winning paper that made me the first freshman ever at the University of Oklahoma to win the coveted Lottinville Award in history.  That doesn’t mean I don’t get typos, as regular readers know.  As Clint Eastwood once said in a movie, a man has to know his limitations. 

History and business management classes were great, but when I later stumbled upon selling manufactured homes, that was magic.

This writer earned his keep by selling more HUD Code manufactured homes – and teaching my colleagues and later sales team how to sell more homes – than almost anyone in our market. We – the team – accomplished levels of sales off a single location most in our HUD Code manufactured home (MH)  industry today would not think possible.

Affordable housing is always needed.

The growth at that MH retail center I was an owner/partner of was accomplished during an overall manufactured housing market crash in that state. While about 80 percent of the retailers in that state vanished, our sales center was growing virtually the entire time.

The reason this background matters to MHVille will become apparent.

We accomplished that honestly. When there were over ten thousand retailers of manufactured homes in the U.S., we were named by a third-party as ranking #76 in the nation. Rephrased, yours truly was in the top ½ of 1 percent of all HUD Code manufactured home retailers in the country.

Our results during a down market attracted the attention of numbers here in the U.S., but also a Canadian association.  One of my first speaking gigs in MHVille was to a trade group north of the border. They were terrific hosts, and seeing their version of manufactured housing was impressive.  My theme for that talk in Edmonton, Alberta? Get on your Pontiac and Ride. 

Ladies and gents, they have a fabulous mall there, at the time, it had an indoor roller coaster, an artificial lake with sand, and more. Amazing for that time.

Part of the point is this.  It frankly doesn’t matter much what the general housing or manufactured home markets are doing. There is almost always a way to honestly sell plenty of manufactured homes.  But you must understand the product, your target audience(s), and the current market dynamics.

You have to communicate to others what you know to be true about our product.

 

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That sales success for what began as a modest little retail center – that some thought would never make it – was accomplished from small town Purcell, OK. We – the team – prayed hard, worked hard, and played hard. It would never have worked based on the local population. So, we sold homes into wide parts of Oklahoma, and even a few into neighboring states too. If someone was willing to learn to earn, we could take ‘a housewife’ that had never worked out of the home, and teach that person how to outsell an entire sales center of a competitor.

It takes a little time to teach manufactured home sales, but it can all begin in less than a week.  In under a week, you’ll know if someone has the aptitude. In under a week, you’ll see the motivated sell their first home or two.  If you think it is about personality, guess again.

As one of the top sellers of manufactured homes in the nation then, powerful financial services firms like Foremost took a keen interest in our work. They brought this then younger fellow up to Grand Rapids, MI. The trip to their headquarters included the best restaurant, with fine, expensive wine.  These are matters of record, for those naysayers in MHVille who subtly or boldly attempt to denigrate this writer’s expertise or work product.

The Manufactured Home Merchandiser, and what later became Automated Builder magazines both featured my team’s results.

That said, let me never tire of saying that not one retail customer of our humble sales center in Purcell ever hired an attorney to write a letter, much less sue. We kept our promises, but we also made it clear to buyers that they had duties and responsibilities too. Don’t over promise. Don’t under deliverSet the right expectations. We didn’t do a ‘sign-here, sign here’ ten-minute document closing. Buyers were given and understood the details, told what to do, how to do it.

The lenders we worked with us told us our loans performed better as a result.

Everyone was respected by our operation and team, before that became politically correct.

Happy customers send referrals. Happy customers make their loan payments to their lenders.

The business was profitably sold, and I retired as a young man. Oh, to be clear, there were a few lawsuits, but only with vendors/businesses who tried to cheat me. Our firm would counter-sue, and won each time. Documenting facts matter. That’s one reason why I get letters from companies now.  You learn the hard way that some people will lie, even about success. As time passes, people forget or want to ignore the good things that you did, etc.

Some lessons you don’t learn at the university come from the school of hard knocks.

 

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Travel, and fun are grand. But after a bit, ‘retirement’ for a doer can become boring. I did a fair amount of writing, and then, some consulting. There was also the telecom business, and that was a money-maker. As in MHVille, I got nice letters about our performance in that field. Money also kept coming in for over a decade from prior years of insurance sales.

This writer has earned awards and positive, peer recognition in several different industries. Selling any product or service is about a few basic principles.

  1. Understanding your product, service, and what potential value it offers the public.
  2. Understanding the market, and your target audience(s).
  3. Understanding the competition.
  4. Understanding your own operation, what are your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT).
  5. Getting in front of your prospective buyers as often as necessary to honestly close as many as you possibly can, without high pressure. ‘Marketing’ and sales are both science and art. Especially with housing, because each sale of a home ought to be personalized.

Once you understand the amazing value of a manufactured home, you don’t have to give one away. We taught our team that amazing value.  Compared to many firms, our turnover was low.

The competition for manufactured housing might appear to be the other retailer or other communities. But the actual competition is apartments and conventional housing. Never forget that point.

That’s why the upside in manufactured housing is so strong, then and now. Once you learn how to properly and honestly engage with customers, the potential is amazing.

Times change, but human nature remains the same. Ask Warren Buffett.

There were always relatively low-cost ways of marketing manufactured homes (MH), but the internet has made it easier in several ways.

Having done numerous successful projects from Texas or southern states up to northern states, out west, and to the east, what’s truer than ever is that our MH Industry’s opportunities have never been greater.

We’ve done hands-on projects for other MH companies with:

  • MH communities,
  • MH retailers,
  • MH producers, and
  • MH financial services firms, among others.

Let me stress, in any business of more than one, all success is team success. So, while this writer brought X to the table, everyone at the table contributed to success. That’s how success in an organization always works.

While not every MHVille project was a success, the vast majority were. For example, people can be taught how to succeed, but then may fall back into an old, bad habit. There is evidence like letters-of-recommendation or third-party reports to prove these points. Why is this relevant now? That’s all said so that the naysayers in MHVille who have been attempting to backstab are shown for being who and what they are.

Those less than successful MH Projects produced lessons learned. They can be reduced to these 3 gems. People unwilling to change, internal power struggles that were avoidable, but still happened, and starting off well, and not sticking with the plan. People often fall back into bad or old habits.

Let me note that about three years of RVs, and 3 wildly successful RV projects, were part of my roaring 90s. Statistical Surveys documented two of those, the third was a project for a campground location that – last I heard – Sam Zell’s Equity LifesStyle Properties (ELS) now owns.

 

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There was also time in the 90s and 2000s invested in trade show marketing, and beyond telecommunications, automotive services. Success, success. See the 5 numbered bullets above. Each of those projects yielded tremendous insights, useful for manufactured housing marketing and sales. It is all about those 5 bullets, plus prayer. It’s about getting in front of your target audience with the right attitude of service-via-authentic-engagement that’s tailored to each prospective buyer.

Enough about me. That’s said to reflect the reality that when it comes to manufactured housing, we know what we are talking about here. It’s why our content is relevant.  Keep in mind, MHI says there are 40,000 full time pros in our business.  They’re wrong, but let’s use that number as a reference point. This article is long, but by the end of the month, it may have 5,000 or more individual views.  A good, shorter one can hit 15,000 to 20,000 in 30 to 45 days.  In a small industry today, nothing in MHVille comes close to our engagement with the target audience.

 

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The clear trend is increasing readership. Thousands of Pros like yourself are logging on here daily. Thousands of pros can’t be wrong!

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Combine the two and above and you’ll see that over 11,000 visits a day occur here, and that’s in an industry that MHI claims has some 40,000 total Full Time Equivalent (FTE) professionals. That’s amazing market penetration. No one else comes close. George, and your puppet masters, eat your heart out.  What does this mean?  We believe that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis are losing their information grip on MHVille. That’s why they are scared. 

As MH community owner John Caron said in a video further below, what we do here on MHProNews can be summed up in the word, “relevant.”

 

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Gus’ message came in response to a series of exposes on issues within manufactured housing, as well as tips, strategies and opportunities.

 

George F. (F?) Allen or Darren Krolewski have been among those who praised my work in public and in writing. So why are those same voices now they trying to undermine what we do now? Isn’t that a fair question?

 

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Darren and his father witnessed first-hand a project that Liberty Homes commissioned them to study, review, and report back to them about, so that they could understand what we were doing.  In that project, we achieved a surge in new home sales, and filled numerous sites – in part by raising prices on homes going in a previously struggling land-lease community.  That same community’s sales had previously been groping for traction for at least 3 years. We didn’t rent homes, we SOLD homes. We have the reports that Darren and his dad wrote, and they sing this writer’s praises.

FYI, I have never tried to eliminate a competitor, we are not the monopolists. Competition is good, while monopoly in many cases emerges as a form of economic slavery.

So, let George F. (F?) Allen and Darren Krolewski play and say their seemingly hypocritical purported ploys, but they must stand on their own smelly hypocritical behavior.  George stood in front of a room full of industry professionals in Louisville, and said pointing to me and a colleague that, ‘These guys [MHProNews] are the future of manufactured housing.’ In a moment of humility, Allen referred to himself as the past and [the then] present.

 

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Let me now say one of my weaknesses.  I tend to be trusting, until someone proves not to be trust worthy. I’m working on that one, and hereby credit interesting folks like George and Darren for the lessons learned — painful ones that are arguably making me stronger in that regard.

Can we stop Kevin Clayton and the Berkshire brand’s cronies, tools, and surrogates from paying whomever to say whatever? Clearly, no.

But it was a Clayton owned retail store in the Houston metro not so many years ago that I was given to save from closure, and did. Then, from my vantagepoint, the Clayton politics and games began. I wanted no part of that, so this writer shook hands with the fellow I reported to, and we parted ways. My guess is that Clayton didn’t learn the lessons of my work at that store, because that location I turned around for them — later closed anyway. It is now operated by an independent. Last I checked, that independent was doing fine.

Some people who think they know it all – like Clayton? – can’t seem to explain why they have had to close over 100 retail centers, during an affordable housing crisis.

Some giants who are busy building moats instead of learning how to play nicely with others can’t explain why their Clayton iHouse, or other projects of theirs, were abject failures.

 

 

Doesn’t Clayton understand their own industry well enough to make an iHouse successful?  They had an interesting concept.  They just didn’t know how to market and sell it.  They didn’t lack for publicity. They just proved to the world that Clayton didn’t know how to market it and sell the iHouse.

 

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Let me hereby warn all of those involved in the ‘new class of homes’ project of MHI-Clayton. It is fatally flawed.  That is not just my opinion, but the view of those inside companies that have committed to this debatably flawed concept.

 

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  • First, it misdirects the Duty-to-Serve (DTS) dollars from the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE) away from all manufactured homes, including those that are most affordable, other than those select few models. That means it fails millions of existing HUD Code manufactured home owners that might want to refinancing, but it also fails the producers of the vast majority of manufactured homes that are being sold in the U.S.  The plan is arguably designed in part to protect Berkshire’s lenders, and Tim Williams has said as much in the last MHI meeting I attended.  Dozens heard what I did.
  • Next, where is the track record that Clayton can point to that shows that they can sell these kinds of upscale HUD Code homes? Clayton failed with the iHouse, which could have worked.  Why does anyone in MHVille think that just because they are the biggest, that means that they are correct about this new class of homes?

 

Clayton and Berkshire professionals are among those MHI member firms who provide news tips to us. Why? Because some of those good people inside problematically led operations ‘get it’ that their leadership’s core is purportedly built on a monopolistic premise. Want evidence?

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Dare to See what Kevin, Tim Williams, and Warren Buffett each says himself. We quote them, in their own words, or show them speaking in their own words in videos and documents found at the link below.

 

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I’m sorry to admit that this writer has gotten used to the game playing and corruption that has crippled this once far larger and greater industry. Manufactured housing has gone through highs and lows. The need for manufactured housing has never been more obvious to those who understand the product.

 

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Why did Belsky miss his predicted date? Because it came before Buffett’s entry into MH? See the report linked here… 

 

So why is manufactured housing hovering near historic lows?  There are many factors.

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But don’t expect MHI, Clayton, or Buffett to explain those causes to you. Because arguably, they are at the heart of the problem.

 

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Go to the linked text/image box above that cites Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, and Tim Williams/21st. Only then will you begin to get the picture.

A big problem that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis has is that they’ve praised us and our pro-industry work publicly too many times.  Is that why thy use pawns like George F. (F?) Allen? Pardon me, if I yawn.  Because Tim Williams and other MHI powers that be praised us, now they want to silence us?  Excuse me?

 

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Or this from Sam Zell’s right hand man, may God rest his soul.

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

But there is more evidence of respect from such leaders, and others too.  See the video below.

 

 

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Education, said James McGee and Chet Murphree are at the heart of whatever is needed in our industry. That’s true.

That education must be internal to our industry and external to the general public. You can see their comments near the end of the video posted below.

 

 

The data and the quotes both point to this fact. The most successful communications tool to the largest audience of industry professionals is the one you are now reading. MHProNews is tailored primarily to industry professionals who want to – or need to – grow. There are secondary audiences on MHProNews, such as investors, affordable housing advocates, public officials, and policy wonks that find manufactured homes to be interesting. But the primary audience are professionals in our industry.

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), based in Arlington, VA claims many things. Some are true, others are inaccurate, some are a mix of disputable claims. MHI has an educational arm, MHEI. Let me say, there is some value to that concept.  But it is being underutilized. Furthermore, they can’t teach what they don’t know. Some of their ‘education’ misses the mark.

Want evidence? The proof is in the new HUD Code shipments numbers.

 

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There is an ‘info war’ on in manufactured housing, and in the nation as a whole.

 

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

 

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For the monopolists and their pawns – like self-contradictory George F. (F?) Allen? – there are a few simple realities they can’t disprove.

1)    If firms like Clayton truly knew what they are doing in manufactured housing, why have so many locations had to be closed during an affordable housing crisis?

2)    If they know what they are doing, why are shipments so low?

There are several possible, logical explanations.

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Sometimes the truth is hiding in plain sight. Follow the facts, evidence, and the money.

 

Arlington based MHI is regrettably part of the problem in our industry. The list of those who think so is significant.  Keep in mind, this writer for years was an MHI member, and was elected to an MHI board.  I tried for years to effect change internally. My reward was finally to be ejected from membership on the written pretext of an unsigned letter that our operation published news, and they had ‘no membership category for news.’ Can you believe that? It’s true. It didn’t matter that our primary sources of revenue – and a stated part of our membership from the outset – was Business Development Services and consulting.

The truth is often different than what people say. Once more, Marty Lavin is right. Pay more attention to what people do, than to what they say.

And follow the money.

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

 

Manufactured housing has several moving parts. But the core of the business is simple.

Affordable housing. The rest are details and commentary.

 

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That affordable housing is one of the largest potential businesses in America. It was noted at the top, it is worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year. While manufactured homes have reached some impressive levels of success in the past, it has arguably never achieved its potential. Why are they willing to try to suppress MHProNews? Could it be that the monopolists want those hundreds of billions for themselves?

 

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The Disney “Trailer” Controversy

Disney would not confirm yesterday that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) had weighed in with them on the controversy over the errant – and in that context, derogatory – term ‘trailer.’  Why not?  If MHI cared – as they claim to do – about our industry’s image, why don’t they see to this matter?

 

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Perhaps it has been too long since Kevin has walked a sales lot and tried to sell a HUD Code manufactured home. I wonder if – or how many -manufactured homes Darren has personally sold? Or has George F. (F?) Allen sold anywhere near the number new manufactured homes – and for the price-points – that we and some of our clients have achieved.

 

Who is the Industry Listening to, and Why?

Until the industry sheds that ‘trailer’ image, we will be hobbled. It is one of the points that Frank Rolfe and I have tussled over.  I get why he did what he’s done, and we know that they have significant achievements.  But there’s a cost to that T-word, and the image that goes with it.  Frank is slowly coming around on terminology too, but we’ll see what time brings.

 

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That said, Susan Bretton with the National Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NMHCO) association sent me the following comments on the Disney controversy.

“Tony:

Here’s NAMHCO’s statement regarding the Disneyland issue, from President Neal Haney.

It is important to get the nomenclature right – whether it be modular offices or manufactured homes.  Trailers are for cargo, modular and manufactured structures are built to modern codes and provide homes and workplaces for millions of Americans.”

We’ll be passing that onto Disney next week.  Ask yourself.  Why hasn’t MHI, Clayton, Cavco, etc. weighed in on this controversy?  MHARR, Al Kemp led Canadian Association has, ROC USA has.  Why not MHI?  Do you see the obvious disconnects?

 

Summing Up

The Monopolization of our MH Industry is a subset of a broader problem in America. We’ve made that point clearly in numerous reports.

Monopolistic practices create several problems. Among them:

  • A corruption of the political process. Just look at gridlock in DC, over an issue that leaders of both sides of the political aisle have agreed upon before.
  • A corruption of businesses and markets. Free enterprise and monopolistic capitalism are two different things. Smaller businesses routinely better serve their customers. That doesn’t mean that big businesses can’t serve well, but when they get to the point of market dominance, it’s a problem for all. That includes, surprisingly, the harm done to the monopolists, another story, another time.
  • Some believe that Buffett, the Berkshire brand companies have artificially kept manufactured housing small, to allow them to consolidate the maximum amount of the market place.
  • Monopolies also harm wages.  Look at Amazon, and the controversies in the news about their pay.  Do workers at Clayton believe that if they ever succeed, that they will get a pay raise for it?
  • In fairness to MHVillage, they have a somewhat useful service. But they clearly don’t know how to convert their visitors into more customers, Darren said as much last year in Tunica. Their own data says as much, even if Darren didn’t say so.  We will always try to be objective, that is one of many values that we bring to our industry’s readers and clients. Objectivity and fact checks. But that objectivity cuts both ways.  There is no point in the powers that be denying the fact that manufactured housing is underperforming. The only questions are why?  And what can be done about it? Clayton, MHVillage, and industry statistics all point to problems – disconnects – between the tens of millions who could be a manufactured home owner, but are not.
  • Stereotypes must be changed, and that has to occur through fact-based education. It is not about high-pressure sales tactics. It is also not about over-promising and under-delivering on homes.  I’ve never tried to sell a new Chevy, but if I did, I wouldn’t do it by saying it was a Rolls Royce.

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  • MHI is IMHO, hopelessly corrupted. They can’t even purportedly backstab in a consistent and intelligent way. There may be a one, two, or three people at MHI that are worth their salt, but the majority at MHI are spokes in the monopolists’ wheelhouse.
  • Clayton, and Berkshire Hathaway ought to be broken up under antitrust laws, as should the FAANGs. The SEC and others in Washington D.C. are already investigating many of the issues noted above and from articles linked herein. So while we will say, alleged, and mean it, one must also consider that there is a reason why these monopolists want you not to be reading here on MHProNews.
  • It is only because we are over the target that we are catching flak. When Allen or anyone else claims to be working for the interests of the little guy, all you have to ask is this.  If that is so, why is he carrying MHI’s water?
  • We are not perfect, never claimed to be. Because we publish more than anyone else, and it is relevant, and we research before we write, we get the most readers by far, period. If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. Because our firm does more – much more – than just write!

 

 

If we were kooks and odd balls, you wouldn’t have read this far.  Pardon me, George F (F?) Allen and your hidden allies, but we’ve never spun a conspiracy theory.

We’ve laid out facts, money trails, evidence, and reason.  As recently as yesterday, this writer personally invited Kevin Clayton, Joe Stegmayer, Tim Williams/21st, Nathan Smith, Richard ‘the Dick’ Jennison, Lesli Gooch, Rick Robinson to refute a single one of the fact-evidence based reports we’ve published.  There reply?

Crickets.

Because we do follow the money, the evidence, the history/track record, and the facts. That’s why investors and pros call, write, and engage here. We lay out evidence based upon reality, not some MHI razzle dazzle smoke screen that requires readers to suspend their common sense.  If they truly wanted to grow the industry, and if they truly wanted to grow, then why are new home shipments doing so poorly?

 

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Pardon me if I either hold my nose, or laugh out loud. What garbage! If they properly did what they claimed, manufactured housing shipments would soar over 500,000 new homes per year.

 

The Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington (OKA) Axis may be good at creating a growing monopoly, as the article linked above lays out in their own words.

There is an affordable housing crisis. Manufactured homes have been highly praised by third-party research for over 20 years.  Last year alone, there were several largely positive research reports, like the one from NAR cited above. Nevertheless, the industry at the end of 2017 was at about 24 percent of their previous high.  That prior high was also still not the industry’s true potential.

We are left with a few inescapable conclusions, based upon the evidence and common sense.

  • OKA-Axis (A-OK Axis sounds better, but they aren’t a-ok) either don’t want to grow the MH industry, but they claim that they do.
  • The OKA Axis want the industry to stay small, so they can increase their monopolization. When they are ready to take the foot off the break peddle, they will.
  • The OKA Axis have weaponized as much of the MH industry’s trade media as they can.  MHProNews is the one spot they can’t control. To be fair, MHARR’s reports must be considered, as MHARR has routinely been correct on issues that MHI is wrong about. But MHARR’s stated focus is advocacy in DC for the independent producers of HUD Code manufactured homes, not trade publishing.
  • MHARR, and the new NAMHCO are evidence that MHI isn’t doing the job. Both are breakaways from MHI.
  • Even self-contradictory George F. (F?) Allen has admitted in the past, and recently that MHI isn’t doing their job. He has a few interesting things to say, but he is arguably duplicitous, self- serving, and not to be trusted. It was a former Allen client who told me that the way to understand George is simple. ‘Tony, it is AAA, All about Allen.’ The rest are details and commentary.
  • There are some fine state execs, and some not so fine. Most are under the Berkshire thumb, in some form or fashion. But among those, there are some who provide us with intelligence as to what is going on.
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George F. (F?) Allen, has a modest following today, which once used to be a larger following. As a former client of his told MHProNews, with George “It’s AAA, All About Allen.” If someone is doing good, and Allen’s not somehow in the mix, it is not uncommon for Allen to attempt to undermine that source. If GFA wants to debate publicly, have him invite me to his event.  I challenge him, or any of his puppet masters, to a public debate.  Allen would run off stage in less than 10 minutes, based upon facts that he can’t refute. Ditto his puppet masters, which is arguably why the Dick Jennison ran away from his own presentation last year in Louisville.

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MHI’s purported attorney asked us to ‘cease and desist,’ yeah, right.  But what none of the personalities noted above have tried to do is show me or the industry how any of our research on MHProNews is incorrect.  Yes, we get typos, because we are busy doing other things.  But facts, those are #NettlesomeThings.

 

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There are few things that MHI and their puppet masters fear more than having to face real questions from an informed professional. If they weren’t so scared of the truth, then why have they ducked it for so long? Dozens in Deadwood heard MHI SVP and General Counsel duck questions from MHProNews.

 

If OKA-Axis and their surrogates could disprove any of what we’ve published, they wouldn’t be trying to silence us with letters filled with what they want to project as dirt about me from 20 to 25 years ago.  I’ve said before, and will again.  Anything they want to point to, let them do so in public, and let them appear in public. I can explain in two minutes family feuds of the past, that were long ago settled favorably, or why this firm or another had to be sued, and why we routinely won. I’ve got nothing professionally to hide, so how about them?  It is they who are the muckrakers, not myself. We’re laser focused on facts, evidence, and what are logical questions.

 

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You don’t need to hear from our various sources that our reports are driving the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis nuts, all you have to do is realize that they are trying to silence us any way that they can. That’s evidence enough that if they don’t want you reading here, that’s why you should be reading here all the more.

 

We are the only independent trade media in MHVille to report what is actually occurring, not the spin coming out of Arlington.  The feds are investigating Clayton et al, not us.  Perhaps the powers that be in MHVille afraid that their purported monopolistic con game is up?

 

 

Maybe they should be? We here at MHProNews must be over the target. That’s why they are pulling out all the stops.

 

 

Their target is hundreds of billions of dollars a year in potential business in manufactured housing.

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“Top 10” – RV Horizons Lost License, Reports Mainstream Media, Protests, MHU/MHP Funds Leader Responds

January 4th, 2019 No comments

 

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Since Colorado-based RV Horizons purchased Houlton’s St. Croix Meadows RV Park in the fall of 2015, Town of St. Joseph Town Board has twice voted to deny renewal of the park’s operating license, citing various infractions including failure to pay its bills to the city,” said the Wisconsin-side of the St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN metro’s Hudson Star Observer.

 

The Hudson newspaper cited this as one of their top 10 stories for 2018. An official for RV Horizons said off the record about that point from the newspaper’s report, “I guess it’s good that a community license renewal is a top story in this town and there are no bigger issues to report on. That’s the kind of town we like to invest in!

The Hudson paper did make it clear, later in their story, that the RV Horizon’s license was renewed.  RV Horizon confirmed that in an extensive comment published further below.

But an industry’s activist group, MHAction has put this incident out to their followers in a variety of ways.  They played a prominent part of that news media’s report.

That further muddies the waters, when MH spin and their own media efforts, are more commonly entering the media mix.  The image below is from earlier in this effort by MHAction.

 

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The photo at the top is from a December protest of MHAction of a different ‘Frank and Dave’ event.

 

 

Beyond the Mainstream Report

To get both sides of the story, MHProNews reached out to Dave Reynolds and Frank Rolfe, principals in RV Horizons and other manufactured home related operations.

 

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Dave Reynolds sent the following, detailed response to a series of questions from MHProNews to RV Horizons.

 

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Dave Reynolds (l), Frank Rolfe (r), of RV Horizons, MHU, MHP Funds. 

Tony,

Here is my response:

 

  1. Status of water issues  –  water is tested regularly as required by Wisconsin DNR and is safe for consumption.   We have just recently installed a second well to provide more capacity as well as a backup.
  2. Status of Payments  –  We are current on our payments and actually tried to prepay this a year in advance and the Town would not accept that payment due to their accounting procedures.    We are in constant contact with the Town and provide them a report each month that includes a community occupancy map and the monthly parking fee tax payment.
  3. Shandra/MHAction Statements –  I would be happy to talk to her to hear her concerns.
  4. Cosmetic vs. structural changes  –  We are doing both, and both are important.  Structural improvements include the upcoming sewer project at a cost of over $200,000 which will be completed in the spring, a new well has already been drilled, a generator will ensure water is always flowing to the residents even in the event of a power outage, dangerous trees and tree limbs have been removed or trimmed back.  The majority of improvements are infrastructure improvements and not cosmetic.  But cosmetic improvements are important as well and we will continue to improve property appearance  – something we will never apologize for.    To date we have spent approximately $250,000 on property improvements on top of over $200,000 in new home inventory.
  5. Management Problems  –  We have had excessive turnover in the Community manager position, and the district manager position for that matter.  This is where the miscommunication stemmed from and we have addressed that situation to highlighting the importance of maintaining a strong commitment to our relationship with the Town, our residents, and towards continued improvements to the community.    This community went for many years with no improvements prior to our ownership.    While we look forward to completing all of our projects to improve the community, it doesn’t happen overnight.     There is a strong need for affordable housing in this market and our goal with this and every community we own is to improve them each and every year.”

Dave Reynolds
PO Box 457
Cedaredge, CO 81413

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Returning to Local Media Report

Back to quotes from the Star Observer about RV Horizons -“Both votes — the first in June 2017 and the second in June 2018 — were reversed, allowing the company’s continued presence in the community.”

I wish I could change what’s happened in the past,” RV Horizons district manager Rod Engh told town officials in September before they voted to reinstate the license, per John Russett’s narrative.I can’t. But I can say that it’s going to get better — I promise.”

Russett added that, “What preceded the vote was nearly two years of back-and-forth between Houlton MHP, LLC — the subsidiary created by RV Horizons to run St. Croix Meadows RV Park — and town officials on the company’s failures to meet its obligations to the town.”

Mark Hazelbaker, an attorney with Kasieta Legal Group, LLC, in Madison, attended the Sept. 13 meeting on behalf of RV Horizons with Engh.

There is some back and forth of events, including claims- and counter-claims about improvements.  But perhaps the most important part of the account to potentially thousands of manufactured home industry professionals is that a spokesperson for MHAction was cited and quoted extensively.

What follows is the conclusion of their  article, which appears to rely solely on Sandra BP-Weeks, as if she was a manufactured home community expert, or a neutral third-party.

Here is that extended quote from the Star Observer follows below, between the — lines, but the entire, original report is at this page linked here.

Since the mid-1990s, manufactured home communities have shifted largely from locally owned entities to ownership by multi-state corporations, according to Shandra BP-Weeks, one of three organizing directors for MHAction, a national movement of manufactured homeowners pushing back against the consequences of corporate ownership.

“There’s not a clear process at most of these companies for residents to make their concerns heard,” BP-Weeks said. She added many corporate models are designed with a focus on a return for investors as opposed to quality of life improvements for residents.

While some corporate owners make a point to maintain local management, she said a growing trend is to consolidate parks under one manager by purchasing multiple parks in the same area.

I think that the management style is something that seems to be sort of led by RV Horizons, so we’ve seen recently that a couple other companies are starting to do that,” Weeks [reportedly] said.So this is definitely a pattern we’ve seen with them in that they’ve mentioned on their mobile home university website as a good strategy with buying mobile homes to buy them in regions so they can share managers between the communities.”

— end of Hudson Star Observer  report.

 

The above quote framed the account in a fashion that made not just RV Horizons, but other firms in the manufactured home industry appear to be problematic. There was no balance on that from RV Horizons, which is one reason MHProNews sought their vantagepoint.  Professional readers now have some balance, with this report.

As a relevant bookend, the Public, a progressive publication sympathetic to MHAction, recently said about different cases that, “…Residents have joined the Manufactured Housing Association of Illinois (mhoia.org) and Manufactured Housing Action (mhaction.org). In December, 2017, Jeff and Debbie Kiel of Urbana joined other protesters in confronting RV Horizons at a Mobile Home University Workshop in Austin, Texas.

This month (December, 2018), the Manufactured Housing Association of Illinois is launching a campaign to call attention to the destructive business model used by RV Horizons and Kingsley…”

What the Star Observer and the Public have in common is this. There is a multi-state effort underway by MHAction, often teaming with other state-based resident groups, to advance their agenda. The MHAction narrative is to call significant swaths of the community sector as a “destructive” business model.

Would the improvements at St. Croix Meadows have occurred in the absence of private capital?

 

MH Industry Takeaways?

While this account is about RV Horizons and ‘Frank and Dave,’ it is more broadly a case of the manufactured home industry in the U.S. currently having no effective post-production national association.  Modestly funded MHAction has a spokesperson that is actively engaging the media, to essentially attack the industry.  Where is something similar occurring for industry professionals?

Rolfe has made that point previously, and rather politely, before going quiet on such issues.

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  • The absence of an engaged-on-such-issues, post-production national manufactured home trade association means that no one routinely steps-up-to-the-plate to defend such cases with communities.
  • That also applies to retailers, who do battle with zoning and other officials.
  • It is essentially true for almost anyone else in the industry, save for selected cases that may tilt toward a favored MHI member.

With MHAction actively engaged with media, and with politicos – such as Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D), who is ‘exploring’ a run for the Democratic nominee for president in 2020 – the industry’s members should be keenly aware of the potential risks from having no effective voice to respond to such issues.

So MHPros are left with an ironic, #nettlesome, and troubling picture.  MHAction is more active with the mainstream media to create a poor image than the Manufactured Housing Institute is to defend the industry from such problematic reports.

And ‘Frank and Dave’ are MHI members.

The bottom line in this particular case appears to be that RV Horizon did what they needed to do to resolve the matter with local officials in Wisconsin. But the ongoing activities by MHAction to stir-the-pot against private enterprise is not to be overlooked.

While this isn’t the only issue creating artificial headwinds for the industry, no wonder industry shipments are down.  See the related reports, further below the byline and notices.

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Jobs Blowout, Fed Comments, Markets Leap, Plus MH Markets Mostly Rise, Update$

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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…

  • It was just hibernating
  • Markets bet Fed is done hiking rates — despite blockbuster jobs report
  • US hiring surged in December, employers added 312,000 jobs
  • Former Credit Suisse bankers charged in $2 billion loan fraud
  • IRS hit by shutdown, creating taxpayer headaches
  • These companies are expecting gigantic IPOs. The market might stop them
  • Delta fare warning sends airline stocks lower
  • Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines founder, dies at 87
  • Cable news networks air Trump’s comments in real-time. Should they?
  • One type of diversity we don’t talk about at work: Body size
  • SpaceX is now worth more than $30 billion
  • Carlos Ghosn will appear in public for the first time since his arrest
  • Dow surges 747 points, pushed by Fed comments and strong jobs report
  • Fed chair Jerome Powell says he would not resign if Trump asked
  • iPhones in India cost almost half of what millions there make in a year
  • PERPECTIVES Netflix chose Saudi Arabia over artistic freedom
  • Disney leads the way for a record year at the box office
  • NFL ratings rebound from declining viewership
  • Netflix says more than 45 million accounts have watched ‘Bird Box.’ But the figure needs an asterisk
  • NBC News veteran warns of ‘Trump circus’ in 2,228-word farewell
  • CHINA’S ECONOMY
  • China steps up efforts to support its slowing economy
  • PERSPECTIVES Why the US would never win a trade war with China
  • Apple won’t be the last casualty of China’s slowdown
  • China says it is restarting trade talks with the US
  • Luxury brands are already feeling the China burn

Select Bullets from Fox Business

  • Stocks soar on Powell comments, massive jobs report numbers
  • Here’s what Fed’s Powell would do if Trump asked him to resign
  • Opinion: Trump-Powell truce? Dow rallies. Government should take note
  • Powell says Fed will be ‘patient’ with monetary policy in 2019
  • Larry Kudlow: US economic recession isn’t happening
  • US economy shatters expectations to add 312k jobs in December
  • New gun laws in 2019: What to know
  • Mark Zuckerberg halts Facebook share sales amid stock rout
  • Amazon cashierless convenience stores could be worth billions, firm says
  • College Football Playoff championship ticket prices reach historic lows
  • How GM is trying to beat Ford
  • NFL playoffs pay: What players will earn this postseason
  • Time for a new Trump game plan: Kennedy
  • Apple’s slide gives Buffett big buying opportunity he wanted
  • For-profit colleges forgive $500M in student loan debt amid deception allegations
  • These states are experiencing the greatest population growth
  • A historic look at job creation in the US over the past 10 years
  • US economic recession concerns are ‘completely misguided’: Douglas Holtz-Eakin
  • Sears’ future in the hands of Lampert’s billion-dollar bids
  • Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher, industry pioneer, dead at 87
  • US-China trade talks scheduled for Monday in Beijing
  • The brands creating food to disrupt healthy snacking
  • 2019 jobs most prevalent in these cities

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

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Today’s Big Movers

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

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

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The Daily Business News on MHProNews has been reporting for months what the latest economic numbers once more reflected.

The economy is sound, and the rousing jobs report underscored it. But the markets have been roiled for months.

Per CNBC,

At 8:30 a.m., the Labor Department said the U.S. economy added 312,000 jobs in December. That blew past an expectation of 176,000 jobs. Later on Friday morning, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank will be patient in raising rates, quelling fears of tighter monetary policy in the near future.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 746.94 points higher at 23,433.16, or 3.3 percent, and briefly rose more than 800 points. The S&P 500 rallied 3.4 percent to 2,531.94, with the tech sector gaining more than 4 percent. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 4.26 percent to 6,738.86. This was a rebound from Thursday’s plunge, which was triggered by a massive drop in Apple’s stock.

Stocks took off after Powell hinted the central bank could pause its rate hikes, something this beaten-down market was waiting for. “As always, there is no preset path for policy,” Powell said. “And particularly with muted inflation readings that we’ve seen coming in, we will be patient as we watch to see how the economy evolves.”

 

What the data also reflects is that manufactured housing ought to be roaring. For a look at some recent data points, see the linked textbox/images to access that report.

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Legacy Housing IPO (LEGH) Quiet Period Set to Expire, SA’s Don Dion

January 4th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Don Dion on Seeking Alpha provided an executive summary goes like this.

 

LEGH’s quiet period is set to expire on Jan. 8, 2019.

Our research has demonstrated that prices enjoy a temporary increase around the expiration of quiet periods.

Risk-tolerant investors should consider buying shares ahead of LEGH’s quiet period expiration,” said Dion on SA.

 

Dion provides a disclaimer, which read as follows:

Disclosure: I am/we are long LEGH. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.” Dion also says of himself, “Long/short equity, special situations, momentum, event-driven.”

By contrast, MHProNews has done business with Legacy, as well as some of those who sell Legacy products, but only on a marketing basis. That said, the Daily Business News on MHProNews wasn’t asked or commissioned to do this review. We curate and compose articles on subjects that our management deems relevant to our industry.  Our timing and curation are solely ours. Legacy will be as surprised as you are that this our next report.

 

Why Legacy and Why Now?

Legacy, as Dion noted, “manufactures, sells, finances, and distributes tiny homes and manufactured houses through a network of [retail] stores throughout the U.S. It is the fourth largest company in the U.S. that produces manufactured homes…”

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From Legacy Housing (LEGH) S1. See full S1 as a download, linked here.

 

That’s later statement by Dion is not quiet accurate, as LEGH have no known presence in the West, Alaska, Hawaii or other U.S. locations. Legacy is focused more on the South Central, South Eastern and Midwestern states, with their website having the full details.

While the HUD Code manufactured home industry’s latest production report indicates that manufactured housing took a dip in November, Legacy reported as part of their IPO filing that they have their largest backlogs in their firm’s history.

The purpose of the LEGH IPO was to raise capital for more company-owned distribution. Meaning, more vertically integrated retail centers.

That’s something that other producers of HUD Code manufactured homes, modular housing, or ‘tiny’ park model style homes are also doing or considering.

 

 

As one of the sources in the Going Vertical article linked form the text/image box above has told MHProNews, not a day goes by that they don’t consider going vertical themselves.

Legacy isn’t just considering it. They are taking action. That’s what co-founders and co-presidents of Legacy Ken E. Shipley and Curt D. Hodgson are known for doing. Acting, not just talking.

 

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SA’s Dion correctly notes they are the number four producer of HUD Code manufactured homes, per the LEGH IPO data, adding:

The homes range in price from $22,000 to $95,000 and in size from 390 square feet to 2,667 square feet. Legacy Housing reports that it sold 3,274 sections in 2017 and 3,045 sections during the first nine months of 2018.”

 

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Legacy clearly believes in the future of the business, because they are raising capital to expand their retail base.

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A report last night, linked here, reveals that even with much higher pricing, conventional housing didn’t dip as HUD Code manufactured homes did. Again, Legacy and others are bucking the trend, which means others in MHVille and/or investors can too.

 

That’s the kind of growth the industry at large should be achieving. That’s one of the reasons we selected this topic. Investors are among the readers here, because as Evergreen’s —— said on Forbes recently, there is a serious lack of accurate information available about manufactured housing.  Thank you so much, Manufactured Housing Institute, which claims to represent all aspects of factory built housing. Seriously?

Yeah…right. Here is now a quiet period is defined.

 

Dion said that “Legacy Housing priced at $12 after setting a price range of $10.75 to $12.75. During its market debut on Dec. 14, the company’s stock closed at $12.10. LEGH reached a high of $12.5 briefly on Dec. 17 before falling back to close at $12.20 that day,” which may be accurate, but the stock has been under $12 during the broader market’s recent slide.

 

Here above are the closing numbers for last night, from our evening market report on a basket of manufactured home industry-connected tracked industry stocks that are publicly traded.

Among those every-business-evening tracked manufactured home connected stocks is Third Ave Value Fund.  Third Ave, in the later part of 2018, reportedly shed all of their shares of Cavco Industries. That occurred shortly before a Cavco insider told MHProNews about the Joe Stegmayer connected “Debacle.” Cavco has been trading at less than half of their prior high for the last 12 months.  While the two operations are quite different, it is an interesting data-point.

 

 

More on Third Avenue and Cavco are found at the linked text/image box below.  Hint, the SEC being part of the federal partial shut down may be a breather for them, but there are several shareholder plaintiffs attorneys circling around CVCO.

 

Hedge Fund’s Cavco Move, and More from Inside MHVille

 

You can see the rest of Dion’s 2 pages of commentary are this link here.  As noted above, some of his insights are fine, others may need some factual tweaks.  So caveat emptor.

 

 

Take Aways?

The points or take-aways of this report are several. Let’s just look at a few.

  • The industry in general’s slow down is inexcusable, in as much as there is an affordable housing crisis, and HUD Code manufactured homes are the most affordable type of permanent housing in America.
  • Legacy is bucking-the-trend. While some producers, or MHI mouth pieces – and those two are not the same sets of people – have given us their reasons for the downturn, it’s arguably excuses or a cop out. Others, not just Legacy, are growing in their local markets. If others can, then logically others who do things properly should be able to do so too.
  • The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) about 14 months ago published a formal report calling for a new post-production trade organization. They did a detailed review as to why they made that recommendation to the industry-at-large.
  • Indeed, since then a new communities trade group has launched. The jury’s hasn’t yet convened, much less ruled on that trade association. Some think that just because it isn’t MHI, that alone is enough. NMHCO has hired Tom Heinemann as a lobbyist.  formerly with HUD, MHI, and who consulted with a GSE. Will those be good credentials? Or will they prove to be problematic? MHProNews will observe, and keep you posted. The proof is always beyond the words, in the doing.

 

MHARR Releases Study Recommending Independent Collective Representation for Post-Production Sector

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunshine Homes proved they could buck the trends, Legacy Housing are doing the same – each with entirely different product lines. You are either defining yourself in your market, or something else is going to do it for you. In the later case, that may be to the detriment of your interests. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News , analysis, and commentary.)

 

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New Year’s Respect for Those Who Get It Done, Epic, Honest, Mobile Home Professional’s Plug

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Let’s be clear. There are good reasons to use proper terminology.

 

That said, this world-famous “epic and honest” commercial further below has 4.8 million views at the time we are posting it on the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

At the time that WAAY-31 TV spotlighted them, they were already an internet/YouTube sensation, with over a million views. There’s perhaps no better intro to their YouTube commercial, than this local TV news feature.

 

The images in the 79-second Cullman Liquidation Center’s commercial-video below are gritty.

The talk is blunt.

 

 

It’s like watching a lower-tech version of performer Kid Rock in his Podunk music-video, which also featured clips of numerous manufactured homes, including his own.  Kid Rock’s video has over 21 million views, as of this date.

 

These guys and gals at the Cullman Liquidation Center are far better marketers, and no doubt harder workers, than anyone at the Arlington, VA based Manipulative Housing Institute (MHI) ever dreamed of being. Who knows how much MHI spent on their consultants and producers who created half a dozen videos that have what, under 3,000 views combined at the end of a year-plus?

So we at the Daily Business News on MHProNews respect their north-central Alabama YouTube achievement, while noting that this engrains a stereotype.  It’s a stereotype that neither MHI nor Clayton has successfully erased.

So, Cullman Liquidation’s “epic and honest commercial” apparently intuited that in their case, for their target audience, this was an approach for them. Not agreeing, just saying it is what it is.  And without consultants and 6 figures spent by MHI on ineffective items, these guys and gals became a sensation.

They thereby totally blew away the results of the Monopolistic Housing Institute.

That’s epic and honest.

 

Raising a Glass, A New Year’s Toast…

I’m not a beer drinker, but I’d raise a mug of beer to these guys and gals, as well as to the thousands of industry professionals:

  • who get under the manufactured homes,
  • move the metal with a totter down the road safely,
  • build the block piers,
  • hook up the utilities, and also to those who
  • build the homes,
  • mow the community lawns,
  • service and maintain the homes and properties,

that keep our industry literally moving, and alive.  Three cheers to the ones who get it done! They are epic and honest.

 

Here’s The Challenge

The challenges to these guys and gals – and all others like them that they symbolize – is that they should use that same creativity to get involved in the #NobleNotMobile effort.

 

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Let’s see what these guys and gals in Cullman can come up with that would elevate HUD Code manufactured housing.  Let’s also call on everyone else that’s cares about this industry and growth to use their creativity in this same #NobleNotMobile fashion.

We need to inspire, uplift, and correct the terminology, so that millions more will embrace what our industry does.

 

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Those north of the border ought to think about what Canadian Al Kemp had to say about this topic too.

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Let’s see what these internet sensations from Alabama can creatively do that would make manufactured home living appealing to all classes.

My hunch is they could pull it off.

Are they – or You – Up for the Challenge? Because these are the kinds of things that done properly, would help change our industry’s image and sales for the better.

About 1/3 of the nation rents.  Millions more want to downsize. Now is the time to get this done.

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Comparing Conventional Housing Data for November 2018, to Manufactured Housing Industry Data, Nov 2018

January 3rd, 2019 Comments off

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Here’s the overview for this evening’s report.  First, we’ll look at HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau’s November 2018 conventional housing data.

 

Then, compare that to the data that was just published today on HUD Code manufactured homes for November of 2018.

Finally, we’ll wrap this evening up with a brief, but relevant to industry pros, advocates, and investors commentary.

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for November 2018:

 

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Building Permits

Privately‐owned housing units authorized by building permits in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,328,000.  This is 5.0 percent (±1.6 percent) above the revised October rate of 1,265,000 and is 0.4 percent (±1.7 percent)* above the November 2017 rate of 1,323,000.  Single‐family authorizations in November were at a rate of 848,000; this is 0.1 percent (±1.4 percent)* above the revised October figure of 847,000.  Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 441,000 in November.

 

Housing Starts

Privately‐owned housing starts in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,256,000.  This is 3.2 percent (±9.8 percent)* above the revised October estimate of 1,217,000, but is 3.6 percent (±9.4 percent)* below the November 2017 rate of 1,303,000.  Single‐family housing starts in November were at a rate of 824,000; this is 4.6 percent (±8.4 percent)* below the revised October figure of 864,000. The November rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 417,000.

 

Housing Completions

Privately‐owned housing completions in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,099,000.  This is 0.4 percent (±8.7 percent)* above the revised October estimate of 1,095,000, but is 3.9 percent (±11.5 percent)* below the November 2017 rate of 1,144,000.  Single‐family housing completions in November were at a rate of 772,000; this is 5.4 percent (±7.6 percent)* below the revised October rate of 816,000. The November rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 314,000.

 

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Let’s put that data in the manufactured home perspective.

 

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So, at the same time frame that manufactured homes dropped, conventional housing starts and permits – many times higher in retail price – were still rising.

Here’s is the latest from MHARR on the data.

 

Production Decline Continues in November 2018

 

 

 

 

A state association, Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) cheer-leader, Amy Bliss-led Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA), are still putting out late this afternoon MHI propaganda.  They did so even in the face of such disturbing numbers, as is linked in the report, above.

 

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MHProNews has held MHI accountable for misleading and arguably deceptive statements for years. Those warnings ought to take on a new sense of urgency for savvy pros who think objectively, instead of swallowing the MHI party line.

 

The WHA’s own newsletter is now projecting possible problems for 2019. Really?  After months of MHI claiming all the good they are doing for building on the industry’s ‘progress’?

 

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In defense of state executives in general, there are many who believe they have no choice but to put out MHI’s ‘stuff.’  Recall the Gold Rules report, which arguably still very much applies. See that by clicking the link below.

 

 

The industry’s fundamentals are sound.

  •  Product quality overall and customer satisfaction are good.
  • Third-party reports that take a dive into the facts are often positive.
  • Despite stormy stocks, the economy is overall good too.

The only common sense conclusion that an objective person who studies the issues can come to is that the so-called leaders of manufactured housing are failing the industry.

The Arlington-Omaha-Knoxville Axis (A-OK Axis ) can dress these failures up any way they want to. We are already hearing the whispers of what their spin is going to be when the MHI monthly report comes out, later this month.  We’ll fact-check it for you.

But the Monopolistic Housing Institute (MHI) has been called out, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage and the Berkshire Brands have been called out for their BS.

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Fertilizer is useful for growing certain things, but as a trained MD, let me say that consuming BS is not recommended for humans.

See related reports, further below.  More on this in the days ahead.

Just remember, it has been MHARR that for years has warned the industry that a new post-production association is needed. Today’s data is more proof.

 

MHARR Releases Study Recommending Independent Collective Representation for Post-Production Sector

 

 

 

It was MHI award-winner Marty Lavin that said that MHI was working for the interests of the big boys.  Today’s data is more proof.

 

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

 

MHProNews has been alone in the industry’s trade media at giving warnings of what is to come, for some years.

 

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As pro-industry trade media, we’ve been laying out the facts, while most others in the industry’s trade media are laying out happy talk that is just hot air.

 

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It’s misguided for anyone to try to spin this into anything other than what it is. A sobering fact check. MHI members are among our sources.  Everyone that wants honest growth should want to see MHI admit their mistakes, and own these failures and arguably deceptive steps they’ve taken. Corrected errors benefits everyone.

 

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Listen Now to Warren Buffett, Most MH Tracked Stocks Drop, Manufactured Housing Market Updates

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It is about what’s sustainable, and what’s problematic. It’s about knowing what’s moral or legal, vs. what’s immoral and illegal. The rest are the details and commentary on today’s market plunge, which the Daily Business News on MHProNews market report last night forecast. Let’s see how Warren Buffett’s thoughts on this matter may apply.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Select bullets from CNN Money…

  • The Dow drops 660 points as the tech company fed Wall Street’s biggest fears
  • Apple’s plunge has cost Warren Buffett nearly $4 billion
  • ANALYSIS The iPhone has lost its magic
  • PERSPECTIVES Apple’s problems sound alarm bells about China’s future
  • 5 takeaways from Apple’s stark China warning
  • GM’s plug-in tax credit set to expire
  • Delta fare warning sends airline stocks lower
  • Disney leads the way for a record year at the global box office
  • These companies are expecting gigantic IPOs. The market might stop them
  • NBC News veteran warns of ‘Trump circus’ in 2,228-word farewell
  • Luxury brands are already feeling the China burn
  • One type of diversity we don’t talk about at work: Body size
  • Why economists think hiring is starting to slow
  • We tested Tumblr’s ban on porn. It needs work
  • The very important reason these tiny robots are taking pictures of cats
  • Inside China’s Silicon Valley: From copycats to innovation
  • How Amazon’s AI brought me my socks
  • Microsoft president: World needs to keep pace with AI
  • Chipotle’s new strategy: Dieters welcome
  • Bored of exercise bikes? This company wants to make them more fun
  • Dollar General tries to make healthy food more accessible
  • Panera wants you to know exactly what’s in your bread
  • Welch’s says grape juice is for men now

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  • Stocks off to historically bad 2019 behind Apple plunge, China worries
  • The companies that could feel pressure from new Democratic House
  • These US companies blame Trump’s trade war for hurting sales
  • Apple’s slide gives Buffett big buying opportunity he wanted
  • These states are experiencing the greatest population growth
  • Cathay Pacific to honor $16,000 flight sold for $675
  • Google stashed billions in offshore tax haven
  • Here’s why your tax refund may be delayed
  • ADP job growth of 271,000 soars past expectations
  • General Motors taps new president as 4Q sales fall
  • Mark Zuckerberg halts Facebook share sales amid stock rout: Report
  • Roku CEO: Cord cutters creating opportunities
  • How GM is trying to beat Ford
  • Companies adjusting brands to new economy are succeeding: Andy Puzder
  • Dallas Fed president advocates for pause in interest rate hikes
  • California will force these companies to hire female board directors
  • Opinion: New Trump rule could help small business employees afford health insurance
  • College Football Playoff championship ticket prices reach historic lows
  • Your Wallet in the New Year
  • 5 financial terms to know in 2019
  • Only this many Americans can cover a $1,000 emergency
  • These US taxpayers will pay more thanks to new law

 

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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First, the facts. Most manufactured home tracked stocks are at less than half of their 1-year peak.

Last night, this MHProNews market report forecast today’s declines. It wasn’t rocket science, because when you watch the market trends, you start to get a feel for it.  Note, we have no positions in these tracked stocks.  As a trade publication, and as a consulting and professional services provider, we are transparently pro-manufactured home industry, pro-MH owners, and pro-consumer.

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It may save time for you to review last night’s market spotlight. The headline is a summary, but you can get the details by clicking on the linked text/image box below.

 

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Then, look at the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulator Reform (MHARR) news release to MHProNews about new home production, issued just a few hours ago.

 

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Next, let’s get the market overview, per CNBC this evening.

U.S. stocks fell sharply on Thursday following a dire quarterly warning from Apple. The iPhone maker blamed a slowing Chinese economy for the shortfall, intensifying fears that the global economy may be slowing down because of the ongoing trade war.

A weaker-than-expected reading on U.S. manufacturing added to those fears.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 660.02 points, or 2.8 percent, to 22,686.22 as Apple shares led the decline. The 30-stock index tumbled to its low of the day right before the close, trading down as much as 707.83 points.

The S&P 500 pulled back 2.47 percent to 2,447.89 as the tech sector fell 5.07 percent. The Nasdaq Composite tumbled 3 percent to 6,463.50, snapping a five-day winning streak, as Apple’s stock dropped nearly 10 percent. Thursday marked Apple’s worst session since 2013.

Apple said it sees first-quarter revenue of $84 billion vs. a previous guidance of a range of $89 billion and $93 billion. Analysts expected revenue of $91.3 billion for the period, according to the consensus estimate from FactSet. Apple blamed most of the revenue shortfall for struggling business in China.”

 

 

Jeff Cox does a nice job in this video, and he makes the Warren Buffett quote, including some Buffett audio, in the video posted above.

For our growing numbers of newcomers to this site, let’s disclose that we see reasons to believe that Warren Buffett’s operations in manufactured housing could well have crossed some regulatory red-lines.  You can learn more about that at the report, linked below.

 

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As a long time Buffett watcher, let’s note that while no one could dispute his track record, there is a case to be made that his “strategic moat” – at least with respect to the manufactured housing industry, could in fact be open for antitrust action.  Buffett may have alluded to this when Bloomberg reported last year that one of his few concerns is about Berkshire Hathaway being broken up.

Buffett’s quote below is sound.

 

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The question is, does Buffett’s Berkshire brands tip firms – via various manipulations – into problematic positions that his firms then takes advantage of?

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Sometimes the truth is hiding in plain sight. Follow the facts, evidence, and the money.

The problem with Apple, the FAANG stocks and Berkshire Hathaway is arguably the problem of monopolization. When huge stocks slide, it does tend to drag the broader markets with it.

The solution is antitrust action by state, federal, and plaintiffs’ attorneys.  Or what Scott Galloway called putting oxygen back into the system.

For more on ‘inside baseball’ on what’s brewing under the surface of manufactured housing, see the reports linked below.

Finally, take heart.  There are some good firms in this industry.  In normal – historic – market conditions for manufactured housing, the industry ought to be soaring, not snoring.

A good way to take advantage of this time would be to own a company, or a large stake, and think long-term.  It could be a far safer bet than many stocks. Learn more, linked here.

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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.

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Manufactured Home Production Decline Accelerates in November 2018

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The Daily Business News will save its comments for after the new releases below from MHARR on MHProNews.

 

 

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PRODUCTION DECLINE CONTINUES IN NOVEMBER 2018

 

Washington, D.C., January 3, 2019 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), HUD Code manufactured home production declined once again in November 2018. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,670 homes in November 2018, a 10.8% decline from the 8,602 new HUD Code homes produced during November 2017. On a cumulative basis, industry production for 2018 now totals 90,612 homes,[1] still a 5.8% increase over the 85,657 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2017.

A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through November 2018  — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2018) and prior year (2017) shipments per category as indicated — are:

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The latest information for November 2018, does not result in any changes to the cumulative top-ten list.

Although industry production as reported for November 2017 may have been skewed somewhat higher due to the production of disaster response homes for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (insofar as the HUD production reports do not differentiate between FEMA production and shipments and units produced for the general consumer market), the fact remains that production levels remain disappointingly low for a HUD Code industry that should be booming based on the strength of the broader economy, including both job and wage growth, versus the increasing cost of other types of housing. In part, as MHARR will soon address in greater detail, the industry’s difficulty in once again reaching – and substantially exceeding – the 100,000 home-per-year benchmark, is, to a substantial degree, a product of continuing problems affecting the industry’s post-production sector, including, principally, exclusionary zoning affecting communities, related placement issues, and most importantly, the continuing unequal secondary market treatment of the nearly 80 percent of manufactured homebuyers who rely on chattel loans to finance the purchase of their home. Significantly, though, it appears that the post-production sector could be on its way to more effectively addressing these and other issues through independent representation at the national level.  More on this development will be forthcoming soon.

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Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the
views and interests of independent producers of
federally-regulated manufactured housing. 

[1] Correcting and updated for a transposition error earlier in 2018.

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The Daily Business News on MHProNews has been sounding the alarm for months that this was coming.  This pro-industry trade publication has also been cautioning for years that certain states and markets have been going backwards.  All of these are warning signs.  All of this directly refutes certain problematic claims by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

MHProNews will do its own fuller analysis on this issue in the next 2 days.  Watch for it.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News , analysis, and commentary.)

 

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“…And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand,”
– Mark 3:25, cited by Abraham Lincoln in the following quote.

 

A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.” – Abraham Lincoln, in famous ‘a house divided’ speech.

 

We aren’t dust in the wind, not yet anyway.

The song by Kansas, below has had 120 million views. It’s based upon Ecclesiastes 1:14, and is a reminder of the inevitability of death.  But it that also reminds us to make the most of this life as one prepares for what follows. And while we all will become dust one day, we are God’s beloved dust, always.  There is nothing without a deeper meaning, nothing.

 

 

Decisions – and indecisions – inevitably create results. Elections have consequences.

Lawlessness does too.

There’s potentially a record number of cases in the modern era involving human trafficking on our southern border.

That includes teenage female sex slaves, per independent award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson.

Former President Barack Obama, Hollywood celebrities, lawmakers, numerous millionaires or billionaires, and the Pope – to name but a few – all live behind walled properties.

Other nations like Hungary, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the historic Great Wall of China are among the past or present reminders – ‘living proof’ – that walls, fencing, and physical barriers work. But lawmakers – who in several cases previously supported fences and/or a wall plus other additional border security – are hypocritically continuing the standoff in Washington, D.C.

So, it is now almost two week into a partial federal shutdown.  Several sources suggest it could be a record for such shut-downs, as both sides are dug in.

The connections between largely uncontrolled illegal immigration, crime, and affordable housing are rarely heard on mainstream news reports. Why?

Millions of human lives are being toyed with by political and economic forces struggling for control of the minds, hearts, and soul of the world’s richest nation.  Its not merely the attractive magnet of a better life that’s to blame for border jumpers.  It is at least as much the deceptive, cynical decisions made here in the U.S. that’s creating misery on both sides of that invisible line.

There are the whitewashed bones of the dead who’ve crossed illegally and didn’t make it.  They are found in parts of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and on the Mexican side of the line too.

Or there are those who crossed and lived, only to become young sex slaves. Others who become low-cost labor that undermines the earning power of American labor.  Those fellow humans are not being treated like beloved dust.  But rather, they are manipulated, abused and tossed aside like dirt by the powerful that pull the strings behind the curtains.

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According to sources, it is team Clayton that ‘dropped a dime’ on those in factory-built housing that resulted in immigration raids.

 

Shadows of Liberty

Actor and millionaire Danny Glover, as longer-time Daily Business News on MHProNews readers may recall, said that there’s a monopoly of not only money, but also of information.

 

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

 

Former CBS Anchor Dan Rather said that mainstream news is mostly controlled by a limited number of companies who decide what you see, hear, and read. That in turn has a subtle but substantial cumulative and manipulative impact on the views of your fellow Americans.

 

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

 

Among those media giants?

It’s Disney, who owns such outlets as ABC News, ESPN Sports, A&E, Marvel, and much more.

 

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

 

Yesterday, MHProNews reached out to MHAction, to see if they really care about the image and integrity of manufactured home owners as it relates to the Disney controversy playing out in Orlando, Florida.

 

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We will report what, if anything, MHAction will do.

The leadership team – elected and staff – of the Monopolistic Housing Institute, err, Manipulative Housing Institute, opps, the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) was contacted in the last part of December about this Disney topic. If it’s good for the industry at large to be properly understood and respected, is it good for MHI – with their own full time PR person – to weigh in on this topic?

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They arguably liberated us, more on that further below.

 

MHI either will or they won’t weigh in on the Disney controversy. Either way, it speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

MHProNews will soon begin to take the pulse of other selected industry trade groups, to see if they will weigh in on what may be a slow, protracted struggle with Disney to get them to do whatever is right on what should be an easy decision for a multiple-billion dollar firm. Keep in mind, that Disney may have already spent more in communications with MHProNews and in their ‘internal discussions’ than what it would cost to simply replace a few signs.  Or how much would it cost Disney to draft and email a memo to their staff on proper industry terminology, and the respect for 22 million homeowners in the U.S. and the additional souls living in factory-built homes in Canada?

Whatever response, or no response, those nonprofits provide the Daily Business News, and MHProNews will report back to our growing numbers of professional readers-investors and affordable housing advocates.

 

Affordable Housing, and a Costly Shutdown 

One can debate the style and tactics of former NBC reality TV star and billionaire real estate mogul turned-President, Donald J. Trump. But he was arguably the creation of a political and economic revolt by tens of millions of voters tired of the status quo. He’s a disruptive figure, doing what a disruptive person in the White House does.

One can also debate equally controversial figures, such as Maxine Waters (CA-D). Waters will likely take over the reins today at the powerful House Financial Services Committee.

MHProNews alone in 2018 reported in MH trade media an instance – S. 488, the Jobs and Investor Confidence Act – that produced a high degree of bipartisanship – 4o6 to 4 – that Waters and now former chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX-R) achieved on an economic reform bill.

Similarly, MHProNews alone in MHVille trade media reported the high degree of bipartisan victory achieved in the recent prison reform bill.

Why do these issues matter to MHPros, investors, and affordable housing advocates?

Because the law of supply and demand is operating at all times.  Unjust incarceration costs taxpayers, and results in human tolls. It also means that businesses that are crying for qualified labor are going without. Prison reform was prudent, and should remind both left-and-right that the nation even recently could come together, as honest Abe Lincoln thought possible.

 

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While there is a case to be made that the community sector is perhaps the most secure and stable one in MHVille, it too has proven vulnerable to market manipulation. When you check out the evening Daily Business News market report, you’ll see quite stable firms also being buffeted by arguably artificial head winds. It is going to be a battle for your profession and investments in 2019, and beyond.

 

An unsecured southern border has allowed waves of undocumented peoples from Latin America, but also from other nations around the world, to sneak into the USA.

While the mainstream media often reports that there are 11 million undocumented in the U.S., there are estimates as high as 20 million.

But stop and think about either of those totals of undocumented in the U.S. from an affordable housing perspective.

When the National Association of Realtors (NAR) chief economist Lawrence Yun said that the nation needs some 8.3 million housing units, perhaps half that count is arguably the result of the presence of illegal immigrants being in the U.S.

Does that impact you, your profession, and investments? Of course, it does.

Like it or not, while political theater is being stage-managed by partisan forces in Washington, D.C. for millions of viewers/readers/listeners, the battle for your wallet and will are ongoing.

You and millions of others are being treated like dust in the wind, before your time.

 

MH Errata 

An errata or erratum is “an error in printing or writing.” We get typos, sorry, but it is what it is. Last night, an executive with a MHI-only-association member company emailed MHProNews’ publisher, L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach to say that the order of the names under a pair of Democrats in a photo were mistakenly reversed. Those elected officials names were correct, but the order was somehow flip-flopped in the sequence. It was possibly an error from another source that we overlooked in transcribing those two Democrats names, either way, we should have caught it. In minutes, the correction was made, and our publisher emailed back his thanks.

Here was the reply from that source.

Not criticizing…

Thanks for all you do…

The deep state shall no longer be like cockroaches… shine the light on them and they scatter… accountability is paramount to corrective action…

Keep up the work…”

 

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Screen capture of the email, quoted in the text above.

 

Another manufactured home industry veteran, community and development focused Eddie Hicks emailed to share an on-the-record view of a concept to get beyond the political divide in Washington, D.C. Hick’s commentary, is linked here or by clicking the pull-quote, below.

 

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Eddie Hicks has enjoyed a long, distinguished, and colorful career in manufactured housing. For years, Hicks pushed for a federal program’s full implementation, one that benefited a few communities. But failure to fully enforce the law meant that numerous others didn’t get the benefits they may otherwise have earned. There are a number of cases where lack of enforcement of existing laws harms MHVille. 

MHC Pro Eddie Hicks, Federal Stalemate, and the 28th Amendment Solution

 

A third MH industry pro, with millions personally invested in the industry, plus a leader of an independently owned firm, emailed to say:

I always knew you were gonna get attacked…[by MHI and their string pullers]…never quit.” He also said, “See you in Louisville.” The extended quote from that MHPro is linked here or by clicking the textbox below.

 

Profitably Defeating “the Long Knives” – 2019 New Year’s Resolution for MHVille

 

Yet another industry partner-investor emailed to our publisher to say:

I really enjoyed this article!  I love the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life“.

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God Bless…”

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Screen capture of email, quote above.

 

The point of sharing these specific quotes from the many that come in?

While there’s a diversity of views in our industry, many are aware and eager to see the disruption of the political, social, and economic status quo.

It’s fight night at the fight club.

While you sleep, events are in a manner of speaking being scripted, hoping to manipulate you, your family members, your co-workers, and circle of friends or industry colleagues.  That’s not a conspiracy theory, that’s reality.  That’s what those voices on Shadows of Liberty and other experts who have studied the issue say.  Do you think it is a coincidence when every Democrat, or every media talking head on this or that network, is repeating the same words, over and over? What are the odds of that occurring, if it weren’t in some fashion – scripted?

 

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Rephrased, it’s all part an info war,” as another MHI member industry president said. The “info war” is part of the broader puzzle of legal, regulatory, and economic manipulation. Who says?

As our report on Monday duly noted, the richest nation in the world was ranked #41 by Wikipedia in the rate of home ownership. How is that possible?  How do you explain that low rate of U.S. home ownership?

Here’s what both 2016 candidates Senator Bernie Sanders (VT-I, self-avowed Democratic Socialist who caucuses with Senate Democrats) and GOP nominee Donald J. Trump said “the system is rigged.” Click that report below to better understand the relevance and interconnections of these issues.

 

Eye Opening – Manufactured Homes in National, Global Context

 

 

Trillions in Value Changed Hands in the 2008 Housing Crisis…

Trillions more were ‘lost’ in the waning weeks of the 2018 market slide.

Housing and real estate are a multi-trillion-dollar part of the U.S. economy. We will soon be bringing you an exclusive analysis on a report by NASDAQ that should glue eyes from the U.S., Canada, and beyond.

The left-right media divide is often nicely captured by the eclectic Drudge Report. It is one of several sources we keep an eye on, to help industry readers like you save time, and stay better informed.

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Yes, the nation is waking up to divided government. It is now a marathon to 2020. Who will win?

Our left-right evening market report is becoming a must-read for a growing number of pros. Everyone with motivation wants information that’s worthwhile. Everyone needs third party-reality checks.  That’s one of many reasons why we value reader input and tips.

 

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MHProNews looks at issues from a wide variety of perspectives.

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The evening market routinely places our MHVille industry into the broader, roiling, economic and political nexus that’s holding once far-greater industry from achieving its true potential.

 

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Every piece of a puzzle matters, if you want a complete picture.  The amount of capital in the U.S. today could readily expand manufactured housing production.  The same holds true for retail centers, or the creation of more developments and communities.

 

The factory-built home industry could come roaring back in short order. That’s what those years in the early 1990s tell you in the graphic above.

The news, historic context, plus analysis craved by folks from coast-to-coast isn’t found anywhere else in MHVille trade media. The cheers and jeers – the later of which we see as a badge of honor – because of who and why they’re motivated to smear, sneer, and jeer.

Here on MHProNews, we hold the powers that be, the blatantly fake or hypocritical, accountable. Because it all impacts and matters to you, and your loved ones.

HUD’s FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery on 2019 Manufactured Housing Hot Seat

 

What’s Next?

There’s a series of open questions that will unfold in 2019.  They absolutely impact your profession. But they also impact tens of millions of lives, and represent trillions – yes, trillions – in economic value and activity.

 

FEAR, a Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis, and the Manufactured Home Dilemma

 

These facts and linked reports all provide evidence to back the thesis or claims with relevant data-points from credible sources.  When the facts are inter-laced in a report like this, a new clarity about the full scope of our opportunities – and obstacles – begins to emerge.

Why is manufactured housing underperforming?

Rigged system.  Misinformation that has been allowed to persist. Some of that at a local level, perhaps like the Disney case, may begin as innocent ignorance.  Ignorance is nothing to be ashamed of, we are all ignorant about many things.

But once Disney – or anyone else becomes informed, at that point, they are ignorant no longer.

Does it all interrelate?  As our readers in Wisconsin say, “youbetcha.”  Especially if you don’t want to be dust in the wind before your time.  This version of the Kansas song posted below are the lyrics and the song, and ‘only’ has 9 million views.  If only MHI could come up with a video that has 9 million views.

 

 

Life is rich and filled with meaning.  But we were not meant to be trampled upon, we were not meant to be divided as we are.  Abe Lincoln FOUGHT with people of good will to hold this nation together.

Don’t think for a second that you won’t have to fight too.

Because those who don’t fight have already surrendered, they just don’t know it.

By the way, those teen sex slaves?  They aren’t just from south of the border anymore.  By allowing lawlessness to occur, we’ve created human tragedies of drugs, sex, crime, and violence on both side of the U.S.-Mexican border.  It is a tragedy that crosses gender, age, racial and other lines.

It’s avoidable. Law and order must be restored.  If the laws that impact manufactured housing would be restored, and other laws were justly enforced, our nation would have an amazing revival.  If not, dust and ashes await.

 

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, a Novel Yet Proven Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis That Will Create Opportunities, Based Upon Existing Laws

 

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One can’t snap a finger and change what’s happening at the southern border. Yes, visa overstays, and other immigration relate issues exist too. No one article this brief covers every angle.

Nor can we snap our fingers and instantly change what is happening in Washington, D.C., your state’s capital, or even in your own county.

Ponder for a few moments again the list of billionaires in this list below.  We’re not against honestly earned wealth. But when the system is rigged by whomever – and it is mostly the uber rich and their pawns, like MHI’s the Dick Jennison – then you have to ask how is that unraveled?

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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. The GOP is becoming more Trumpian.

 

Its both simple, complex, and will require dedication. First, understanding, then action based upon understanding.  Sharing information is part of it.

 

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Submit confidential or on-the-record news tips, or comments at this linked email mailto:iReportMHNewsTips@mhmsm.com

 

Enforcing just laws and upholding human dignity are the heart of what must occur.  God gave us free will. We’re not robots.  We’re responsible for our decisions and choices. Make those choices good ones, and your life will have enduring meaning, even after you are dust in the wind.

So, this article will remind you and thousands of others who will read it why you are here reading in the first place. You want third-party reality checks to help you navigate your professional decisions. To make the most of your life and opportunities.

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Gus’ message came in response to a series of exposes on issues within manufactured housing, as well as tips, strategies, and opportunities.

Some of the richest, most powerful, and influential people in our industry will read this column.

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MHI can’t even get the data about our industry correct, why is that? MHI claims, for example, that there are some 40,000 full time workers (FTEs) in manufactured housing. We think that number is too low. Why? Several reasons, but ponder this one. While we can’t predict with certainty how many will read this article, it won’t be surprising if 15,000 to 20,000 will have read it within 30 to 45 days. Given the content is geared toward professionals, its an indicator of a high degree of industry engagement, plus some outside researchers, investors, policy wonks, etc. Nothing in MHVille comes close to this level of engagement by professionals. So while the industry is small today, arguably artificially modest due to the ‘rigged system,’ a large percentage are reading and re-reading what we publish. BTW, the reason there is a need for a new post-production association is precisely because of how MHI operates in fact, vs. what they posture. 

 

MHARR Releases Study Recommending Independent Collective Representation for Post-Production Sector

 

Some of those who read here hate what we do.  Why?  Because they believe they benefit by the status quo, and by others being kept in the dark. It is reports like the one below that they hope we won’t re-link.

We just did. Click on that image/text box to access that report.

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Some of the industry’s rising stars are going to read this, at the same time that you do. Thousands – perhaps tens of thousands – of MHPros across the left-right political divide will surf in, and read this specific post.

The industry’s relatively low status today is the result of years of manipulation of “rigged” regulatory, zoning, capital markets, unjustified stigma, and sad slurs cast upon millions of HUD Code manufactured home and pre-June 15, 1976 mobile home owners.

Knowledge is only potential power. Understanding is a necessary first important step. But there must be follow-up steps beyond merely knowing too.

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Everyone of those voices noted, and numerous more that aren’t mentioned, are part of a network that keeps us informed. We in turn inform readers like yourself.

To better understand the battle for MHVille, and the emerging next steps, click the report linked here.

New HUD Code home shipments data will be released soon. You’ll see what we are hearing from our sources.

Stay tuned for the latest, and if you aren’t yet on our email list, you can sign up free in seconds at this link here.

From the biggest names in MHVille, to the mid-size, or modest ‘mom-and-pop’ professionals, you’re going to find the information here you won’t get from anyone else. Our thank to our tips, comments sources, business development clients and sponsors who make this possible.

Only when enough savvy, motivated people of good will are doing what’s right can we advance manufactured and modular housing long-term in an honorable and ethical fashion.

 

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The character Tyler Durden from the Fight Club, 20th Century Fox. Not necessarily an endorsement of the whole movie, just a thought provoking quote. 

 

It’s Fight Club. It’s Info Wars. It’s Battles with People Wielding Long Knives.

 

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From the ‘fight club.’ Crude, but true. But we are beloved dust, God made us for specific reasons. Will we do enduring work? Or will we fritter away the gift that we’ve been given? What’s past is done, it is what happens from this point forward that matters.

 

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