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February Jobs Data in 1 Infographic, Construction Hit, Plus Manufactured Housing Stock Updates

March 8th, 2019 No comments

CNNmone3.8.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsFebruary’s job totals were the worst since Sept 2017. The broader markets are down for 5 straight days. Part of the buzz about the lower numbers is reaction to the anemic job report, which included a sharp drop in construction jobs.  A look under the hood of the February jobs number will be our focus for this evening.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources. http://www.mhpronews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/no-fire-just-smoke-and-democratic-clinton-supporter-says-enough/

 

Select bullets from CNN Money…

  • America is about to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s leading exporter of oil
  • How to read what’s really happening in a weird US jobs report
  • Oil helped Norway build up a $1 trillion fund. Now it’s dumping oil stocks
  • LIVE UPDATES US markets retreat (again) on gloomy data, oil plunge
  • The US economy added only 20,000 jobs in February
  • LaCroix maker’s CEO blames poor results on ‘injustice’
  • Another congressional committee is digging into Facebook
  • LIVE UPDATES The line for Jeffery Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s SXSW talk takes up two floors
  • Jamie Dimon and Mellody Hobson: Black Americans are still worse off financially. Businesses can help
  • This vending machine can help save the environment — and save you money
  • Should Netflix and Hulu give you emergency alerts?
  • Some industries are still overwhelmingly male-dominated. Here’s how women can get in
  • Shopping Content by CNN Underscored
  • The Galaxy S10+ is a pragmatic, practical and nearly perfect phone
  • True gender equity at work is still a distant reality
  • Iconic Chrysler Building to sell at a huge loss
  • ‘Captain Marvel’ is here to save the 2019 box office
  • 20190109 perspectives employers for women
  • 4 signs a company is a good employer for women
  • Attitudes about menstruation are changing. So why are they so taboo at work?
  • What images of women at work tell us about sexism
  • The real barrier for future female CEOs: Access to the boss
  • The secret to closing the nation’s skills gap: moms
  • Facebook’s plan to put ‘privacy first’ could create new problems
  • Mark Zuckerberg lays out his vision for a new Facebook
  • Europe will fight Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for Facebook
  • Facebook will integrate messaging platforms
  • Facebook to crack down on anti-vaccine misinformation

Select Bullets from Fox Business

 

  • US women’s soccer team sues for equal pay, treatment
  • Stocks down on weak US job creation, falling Chinese exports
  • US economy adds just 20,000 jobs in February, unemployment at 3.8%
  • Kudlow: US-China trade deal can be ‘historic’
  • It has to be right for America
  • Bull market hits 10-year mark: Will it be the last?
  • Retail apocalypse: 4,810 closures in first three months of 2019
  • LaCroix maker’s stock tumbles as CEO blames ‘injustice’ for poor sales
  • This is how scammers are trying to steal your money
  • Here’s why some Democrats want to delay tax filing deadline
  • International Women’s Day 2019: How corporate America is clearing a path to the c-suite
  • Farmgirl Flowers: A fierce business model for flowers
  • Blue Ridge Fudge Lady: A lot of sweetness, a whole lotta gumption
  • Veteran with PTSD creates jewelry to empower women

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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Tonight’s market report pulls from insights from CNBC, and Yahoo News, both of which are analyzing federal employment data provided by the Labor Department, and other sources as cited.

 

 

Yahoo’s analysis states that the numbers are better than what it appears at first blush, and reminds viewers that this will likely be revised over the next few weeks.

 

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Among the silver linings are rising wages. The still above is one of the notable datapoints from the Yahoo video.

 

CNBC yields these nuggets and pull quotes, following the infographic.

 

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  • Professional and business services added to a hot streak of strong employment gains, but big losses in the construction industry threw cold water on the February jobs report, the worst month for job growth since September 2017.
  • CNBC studied the net changes by industry for February jobs based on the data from the Labor Department included in the jobs report released Friday. The government said the U.S. economy added just 20,000 jobs last month, far short of the 180,000 increase expected by economists polled by Refinitiv.
  • The construction industry posted a net loss of 31,000 jobs in February, with declines of 13,000 jobs in both civil engineering and specialty trade contractors. Building construction also posted minor losses as economists theorized that poor winter weather could have contributed to the jobs shortfall.
  • The best we can guess it probably has something to do with weather,” said Brian Turmail, a spokesman for the Associated General Contractors of America.
  • You know there was snow in Los Angeles … but [the losses] just don’t seem to sync up with what we’re seeing,” he added, citing reports of labor shortages flagged by employers.

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Rephrased, as Yahoo’s report suggested, there are reasons to think that it is an anomaly, that could be revised up in the weeks ahead.

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Bloomberg Closing Ticker for MHProNews…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For the examples of our kudos linked above…plus well over 1,000 positive, public comments, we say – “Thank You for your vote of confidence.”

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HUD, Census Bureau Releases Mainstream January 2019 Housing Starts Data, How Does Manufactured Housing Compare?

March 8th, 2019 No comments

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There are voices in manufactured housing that are floating a variety of reasons for the poor results in 2018, and the continuingly poor performance to start out 2019.  Those reasons could be listed, in no particular order of importance, such as:

 

–      Weather,

–      FEMA,

–      Inventory adjustments by retailers, especially those by a vertically integrated giant,

–      Claimed slowdowns in other segments of America.

Before considering the validity of any of those claims, look at the latest multifamily and single family housing starts. Because facts trump opinions.

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HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN JANUARY 2019

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for January 2019.

 

Building Permits

Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,345,000. This is 1.4 percent (±0.8 percent) above the revised December rate of 1,326,000 but is 1.5 percent (±1.0 percent) below the January 2018 rate of 1,366,000.  Single‐family authorizations in January were at a rate of 812,000; this is 2.1 percent (±1.0 percent) below the revised December figure of 829,000.  Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 482,000 in January.

 

Housing Starts

 

Privately owned housing starts in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,230,000.  This is 18.6 percent (±26.6 percent)* above the revised December estimate of 1,037,000, but is 7.8 percent (±12.7 percent)* below the January 2018 rate of 1,334,000.  Single‐family housing starts in January were at a rate of 926,000; this is 25.1 percent (±29.0 percent)* above the revised December figure of 740,000. The January rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 289,000.

 

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Housing Completions

Privately owned housing completions in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,244,000.  This is 27.6 percent (±13.5 percent) above the revised December estimate of 975,000 and is 2.1 percent (±12.2 percent)* above the January 2018 rate of 1,218,000.  Single‐family housing completions in January were at a rate of 914,000; this is 30.2 percent (±14.4 percent) above the revised December rate of 702,000. The January rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 327,000.

The February report is scheduled for release on March 26, 2019.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Data collection and processing were delayed for this indicator release due to the lapse in federal funding from December 22, 2018 through January 25, 2019. While response rates were consistent with normal levels, delays in data collection could make it more difficult to determine exact start and completion dates. However, processing and data quality were monitored and no systematic issues were identified.

 

In interpreting changes in the statistics in this release, note that month-to-month changes in seasonally adjusted statistics often show movements which may be irregular. It may take three months to establish an underlying trend for building permit authorizations, six months for total starts, and six months for total completions. The statistics in this release are estimated from sample surveys and are subject to sampling variability as well as nonsampling error including bias and variance from response, nonreporting, and undercoverage. Estimated relative standard errors of the most recent data are shown in the tables. Whenever a statement such as “2.5 percent (±3.2 percent) above” appears in the text, this indicates the range (-0.7 to +5.7 percent) in which the actual percentage change is likely to have occurred. All ranges given for percentage changes are 90 percent confidence intervals and account only for sampling variability. If a range does not contain zero, the change is statistically significant. If it does contain zero, the change is not statistically significant; that is, it is uncertain whether there was an increase or decrease. The same policies apply to the confidence intervals for percentage changes shown in the tables. On average, the preliminary seasonally adjusted estimates of total building permits, housing starts and housing completions are revised 3 percent or less. Explanations of confidence intervals and sampling variability can be found at the Census Bureau’s website.

 

* The 90 percent confidence interval includes zero. In such cases, there is insufficient statistical evidence to conclude that the actual change is different from zero.

 

— end of joint HUD, Census Bureau release to MHProNews. —

 

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Facts are #NettlesomeThings. There’s every reason for the manufactured home industry’s leadership to do more than posture or provide excuses.

#HousingChoice requires that issues like those linked below be effectively addressed in a manner that provides measurable results. #YIMBY should be a mantra too, so where’s #MHIUPdate on those hashtags?

 

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Drilling Down on State Manufactured Housing Shipment Data, Shocking Revelations, Warning Signs

March 8th, 2019 No comments

 

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There are numerous states that experienced a downturn in new HUD Code manufactured home shipments in December of 2018. Each of those, to varying degrees, merit their own story.

 

One that experienced a pronounced drop was the #1 production and shipment state in the U.S., which is the state of Texas.  According to data that ultimately comes from IBTS collected for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHOA) said that year over year (YoY) December 2018 vs. 2017, Texas experienced a stunning 44 percent drop.

 

December 2017  2018   % Change

Texas         1941  1085    -44.1%.

 

But we will look for the next few moments at Arkansas, and their shipment data.  Because like Michigan – which also is experiencing a downturn – Arkansas has invested in a nascent marketing campaign to boost their new manufactured home sales.   We will note that Michigan in some ways has reportedly invested more and longer in marketing than Arkansas, but both experienced a drop in new HUD Code manufactured homes shipped.

Here’s the regional shipment data, per MHAO.

 

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There are differences between what Michigan and Arkansas have done and are doing, which is not the focus of this analysis, but that point is hereby duly noted. In Arkansas’ case, a feature for them has been their videos, which aim to address several common concerns that consumers have about manufactured homes.

MHProNews has been one of the platforms that has shared their videos.  Here is one of the AMHA promotional videos again.  It is a quality, professional video production.

 

 

In favor of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association’s (AMHA) video efforts vs. say the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) marketing-promotional videos, the AMHA’s videos have attracted far more viewers.  The video above was published on Sep 1, 2016, per the AMHA’s YouTube page. On this date at 4:37 AM ET, there are 68,434 views reported on this 2:30 second video.

That said, one must ask, has the AMHA videos moved-the-needle on new manufactured home sales?  That’s the acid test.

Per the report by MHAO, YoY for the month is as follows.

December 2017  2018   % Change
Arkansas   104      67     -35.6%

Year over year totals for Arkansas are as follows.

Year-To-Date 2017   2018   % Change
Arkansas         1766   1805   2.2%

Here’s how our publisher’s and award-winning industry consultant’s comments were phrased, in the red textbox on the graphic below.

 

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The above is a collage from the MHAO’s most recent newsletter, and is provided here under fair use guidelines for media.

 

There are those voices in manufactured housing that are talking about weather, inventory adjustments, or how other sectors like automotive had declines too among other excuses for the lack of serious growth.  But there are numerous reasons why those are false arguments, which are easily disproven.

One example is the article below, which demonstrates that within automotive, there are firms that rose while others slipped.  So how a marketing message is crafted, and then what happens after that marketing message is produced all are factors in bottom line performance.  Click the text-image box to see that video and report.  Further below the byline is a report on a video about a home built on a frame with a hitch set on blocks.  The video is over 16 minutes long, is an interview done by a third-party, and has had over 1 million views in just 3 weeks.

 

“What’s My Name?” What Manufactured Housing Marketers, Pros, Investors Could Learn From This Video

 

There are those who are deliberately distorting – or at best, misreading – the authentic causes for concern about manufactured housing’s slide.  Automotive, RVs, and other industries have far out performed manufactured housing since the last manufactured housing industry peak was achieved in 1998.  Yet it is manufactured housing that is in the affordable housing business, during an affordable housing crisis.  Aren’t the distinctions significant?

 

As the Klaxon sounds, the Wake Up Call to Change Call

A klaxon is a powerful horn or alarm that often signifies danger. A klaxon is hard to ignore. The klaxon means the time to act is asap, not someday in the murky mist.

Compared to MHI, AMHA’s budget is modest.  One should say in AMHA’s favor that it is better to try something than do nothing.

There is no one cause for this problem of shipment and production at disappointing and still historically low levels.  So, no one article is going to lay out all of the facts.  But to better understand the range of issues that arguably contribute to this malaise, see the linked related reports, below the byline, notices and market-based business development opportunities. Other thoughtful perspectives are encouraged and welcomed.  Comments can be private or for publication, just so note in your messages.

 

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Some years ago, UMH President Sam Landy, JD, told MHProNews that every firm is ultimately responsible for their own marketing.  That’s demonstrably and logically true.

But beyond the duty of each company to self-promote, there are other needs as well that could be done in groups of firms that have reasons to work together to promote more sales and profits.

There is a thirst for manufactured housing independent industry professionals for understanding.  There are numbers who realize that what MHI claims vs. their performance on behalf of the industry are not necessarily the same thing, to be polite.

A new post-production association is needed, period.  To rely on MHI after years of failed performance in the post-production side is demonstrably foolish.

Ready for solutions instead of excuses?  Are you going to the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show?  To learn more about organizing such a post-production alternative to MHI, contact Tony@MHMSM.com, or call 863-213-4090.

 

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The communities sector had state associations break away from MHI.  The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) broke away from MHI years before. Both cited the failed performance of MHI, in their own words. This operation’s parent company was an MHI member, and L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach was elected by peers to serve on an MHI board.  If MHI wee performing, instead of their purported posturing, more head-fakes, and making excuses themselves and/or through surrogates, MHProNews would arguably still be a member of that trade group.

Performance matters more than empty promises.

Isn’t it self-evident that doing more of the same as in recent years, will only produce more of the same sad, low results? That’s obviously not cheer leading, like others are wont to do in MHVille that kiss the MHI donkey derriere. Rather, it’s the increasingly self-evident sobering truth.

 

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Only the truth told well and often enough, and then acting upon truth, will set manufactured housing operations free to return to and surpass the industry’s glory days. The time to act is asap or now. Contact Tony@MHMSM.com, or call 863-213-4090.

 

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Anti-Monopolistic or “Antitrust” Action Heating Up in Washington, D.C., What It Could Foreshadow for MHVille

March 7th, 2019 No comments

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On the left or so-called progressive side of the political aisle, several Democratic candidates for the 2020 race have made strong statements about doing more antitrust action. One of those are linked further below. Then, on the conservative side of the aisle, some Republicans and others are condemning what they see as a trend toward bias by Big Tech that violates their free speech rights.

 

Furthermore, President Donald J. Trump has purportedly had drafted an executive order (EO) on antitrust action. See that prior report, from the linked test image box below the byline and notices.

Against that backdrop, there is talk of how this talk of antitrust could play out in MHVille. That talk about the issue is more behind the scenes of late, but it exists. Some firms, per sources, are shoring up antitrust and other legal experts.

With that, there is a growing move in Washington, D.C. to take a more serious look at antitrust, most of the news revolves around big tech. But it should not be though that it would end there.

There’s discussion, for example, of how Cavco and their SEC woes may or may not include possible antitrust issues.  If so, that could prove difficult for Clayton Homes and their related Berkshire Hathaway manufactured home lenders.

These two videos and the pull quotes from Bloomberg Law, therefore, should be construed not only on the obvious level of big tech. Big Tech also obviously impacts manufactured housing, via marketing and in other ways.

While there is debate back and forth, one could argue that there is growing energy behind antitrust action in Washington and beyond.

So, these videos and the Bloomberg Law commentary should be construed through the lens of how this may play out for members of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

 

 

Antitrust Enforcement in Spotlight at Senate Hearing

  • Posted on Bloomberg Law, at this link here, March 5, 2019, 5:46 AM Updated March 5, 2019, 5:20 PM
  • Senate antitrust hearing comes amid heightened pressure on Alphabet’s Google, Facebook
  • Robert Reich, Joshua Wright testify
  • The Senate’s top Republican [Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)], on antitrust issues March 5 cautioned against using competition law to address growing concerns about big-tech companies.

By contrast, Bloomberg’s recent video discussion, posted below, said the following

Feb.27 — U.S. antitrust enforcers are zeroing in on technology giants following years of criticism that they haven’t done enough to rein in dominant internet companies like Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. The Federal Trade Commission said it’s creating a task force led by senior competition officials and 17 staff lawyers to investigate potentially anticompetitive conduct by technology companies. Matt Stoller, Open Markets Institute fellow, and Bloomberg’s David McLaughlin discuss on “Bloomberg Technology.”

 

 

Note that the Open Market’s folks have taken specific aim at Clayton.  Some tweets are shown below.

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Study – Top Reasons People Can’t Buy a House? Plus, Manufactured Housing Stock Updates

March 7th, 2019 Comments off

CNNmone3.7.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsThere’s plenty of reasons why manufactured housing ought to be performing much better than it has been. The report featured this evening is about a survey by BankRate.  Properly understood, their data  could be added to the list of reasons why much more sales growth is possible.  On a day when the markets took a slide, our focus tonight is a possible silver-lining to can-do manufactured housing professionals, per data about mainstream housing that is reported by CNBC.

 

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.

 

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

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

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

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

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Select bullets from CNN Money…

  • Bob Iger’s millions get the green light
  • Disney shareholders narrowly approve CEO’s compensation package
  • Europe will fight Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for Facebook
  • Facebook’s plan to put ‘privacy first’ could create new problems
  • Tim Cook adopts the nickname he just got from Trump
  • GM is gone. Now come 3D printers and robots
  • Scenes from a GM plant closing
  • Martin Shkreli continues to run business from prison, report says
  • What to expect in the February jobs report
  • US markets fall for fourth straight day
  • When is the best time to sell a stock?
  • Airbnb acquires last-minute hotel booking app HotelTonight
  • Europe’s central bank pushes back interest rate hikes as economy slows
  • To understand the impact of Trump’s tariffs, look to Ohio
  • Content by LendingTree
  • How to pay off your house ASAP
  • SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, built to carry humans, is set to return home
  • Charlotte Russe store in Fairfax, Virginia.
  • Charlotte Russe will liquidate and close all of its stores
  • Athleta may be the new Gap’s best hope for survival
  • Children’s Place and Gap are buying most of what’s left of bankrupt Gymboree
  • What Old Navy’s spinoff says about America’s cheap clothing addiction
  • The Gap will close its Fifth Avenue store in New York
  • Flags line up outside of the Lordstown General Motors plant on March 5, 2019. The plant is closing on Wednesday.
  • As GM’s Lordstown plant idles, an iconic American job nears extinction
  • After 52 years, Lordstown must face life after GM
  • Without GM, Lordstown, Ohio, will never be the same
  • GM finds jobs for nearly 1,000 workers at closing plants
  • General Motors is getting rid of these 6 cars

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  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans go up in smoke as Pentagon investigation of pot smoking nears end
  • Report shows US employers cut more jobs last month than in past 3.5 years
  • Carson: 3D printed houses cheaper, faster, more resilient than average buildings
  • Sears sued by Stanley Black & Decker over Craftsman brand
  • FCC halts T-Mobile, Sprint merger review
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  • Here’s why some Democrats want to delay tax filing deadline
  • Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ theme land to open in May, second one in August
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  • ‘Ghost employees’ at center of Connecticut tax evasion scheme
  • How much you really need to live comfortably in all 50 states
  • Here are the best places to find a home for under $100,000
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  • Second federal judge rejects census citizenship question, Secretary Ross asks for hearing delay
  • Twitter execs ‘fully aware’ of inappropriate suspensions: Harmeet Dhillon
  • Southern border is crisis of epic proportions: Former DHS agent
  • The fight to bring Iran hostage Robert Levinson home to America

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This is the Number 1 obstacle keeping people from buying a home, per BankRate and CNBC.

  • Income shortfalls are the top reason why people aren’t buying homes, according to a survey from Bankrate.com
  • Monthly cash flow is a key factor in determining whether you can afford a home.
  • Forget student loans. Insufficient income is the No. 1 hurdle keeping many people from buying a home.
  • More than half of the participants in a survey by Bankrate.com cited inadequate income as a barrier to homeownership.
  • The personal finance site polled 2,668 adults between Jan. 30 and Feb. 1.
  • In fact, when it comes to buying a home, income shortfalls are an even bigger roadblock than credit card and student debt, Bankrate.com found.

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

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“What’s My Name?” What Manufactured Housing Marketers, Pros, Investors Could Learn From This Video

March 7th, 2019 Comments off


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Sadly, the mistakes being made in marketing and communications about manufactured housing are legion. The good news? That’s opportunity in disguise, says L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach. The video below – and the firm’s results – reflect concepts that the factory-built housing industry’s professionals, marketers, and investors should ponder.

 

As the Motörhead song “Sympathy for the Devil” plays, the 2019 Acura RDX is showcased against a colorfully lit backdrop. … It is introduced as the future of Acura as it leaves a cloud of dust behind,” said iSpot.

Some years ago, Ken Rishel – an associate of one George F. (F?) Allen – publicly mused to the effect that manufactured housing ought to avoid becoming a commodity.

Say, what?

In fairness and to Rishel’s credit, for years, he’s made a brand for himself and his wife Donna in MHVille. Some of his concepts have played better with manufactured housing audiences than others. That said, with shipments falling, there’s seemingly no imminent risk of manufactured homes flying off proverbial shelves, as a desired ‘commodity’ does.  The discussion is akin to how many angels can dance on the head of the pin.

What’s been demonstrated by not only the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), but also by their purported masters in the Omaha-Knoxville metros, is this. They don’t seem to know – or haven’t shared even with their own teams yet – any proven method of selling en masse a most necessary – and desirable – product. It’s a product that has tens of millions of potential customers. During an affordable housing crisis, manufactured homes should be flying off the metaphorical shelves of manufactured home street retail or community-based sales centers.

The proof that the powers that be are failing? Their own relatively meek sales levels. Or the still historically low sales levels of the industry at large. Or ponder the string of marketing and product launches that Clayton has had since Berkshire bought them in 2003 that landed with a thud (think, for instance the iHouse and iHouse 2.0 – do you ever think about what happened there?).

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Ever wonder whatever happened to the Clayton iHouse? Not much, so it was quietly dropped, per sources at Clayton.

Or ponder the number of manufactured home ‘street’ retail centers Clayton Homes has closed since 2010 (some 100+), and the list could go on.

 

But that kind of analysis would be based upon the as yet unproven premise that either Omaha-Knoxville and their tool in Arlington are looking for serious growth any time soon. There is posturing to that effect, but where is the proof of that?  It certainly isn’t in the production and shipment data.

Or consider the in-depth review of MHI SVP and General Counsel, Rick Robinson, JD, provides ample cause for industry professionals to doubt their sincerity and/or capabilities for advancing the manufactured home industry into anything other than more consolidations.

After all, the industry’s been at historically low levels for over a decade.

 

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Where’s the industry’s marketing imagination? Where the marketing élan or chutzpah?

This car commercial is far more imaginative and hipper than perhaps anything that Knoxville-Arlington have done. Is that why a lesser-known luxury car brand outsells the entire manufactured housing industry in unit volume combined?

 

 

CarSalesBase said that in 2018:

Acura imports the RLX from Japan, while its other models for the US market are locally produced in Honda’s factories in East Liberty, OH (RDX), Marysville, OH (TLX, NSX), Greensburg, IN (ILX), and Lincoln, AL (MDX),” per that source.

Acura’s video campaign has clearly been party of the increase in their unit sales. By contrast, MHI and Knoxville have presided over a year-over-year decreases in numerous markets.

 

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Knoxville, Arlington, Where’s the Beef?

By contrast, Acura is rising year-over-year (YoY), at the same period of time that manufactured homes are sinking YoY.

 

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The need for new industry leadership is becoming ever more apparent.  “If MHI was doing their job properly, and the industry were growing robustly and ethically, odds are we’d still be their members. Or if the fine folks in Knoxville where across the board successful, and where behaving in keeping with the high moral values they project, we’d be happy to support or cheer their efforts. But isn’t the mounting evidence to the contrary?  How long will the MHVille powers-that-be duck the necessary public debate over performance and results? Where I come from, smart people don’t follow so-called leaders unless they are leading others to someplace worth going to,” said Tony Kovach.

 

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$170 Million Manufactured Home Community Acquisition by Giant RHP Properties, 17 MHCs, Now 25 States

March 7th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Last year, growing RHP Properties expanded their portfolio, but the giant manufactured home community (MHC) operation is doing even more buying in 2019.

 

On Sept. 10, 2018, RHP Properties – which says they have the nation’s largest privately-owned portfolio of manufactured home communities (MHC) – announced that they had acquired Shady Park. That MHC has 304 home sites, and is located in Selbyville, DE.

In an announcement on March 16, 2018, RHP Properties, told the Daily Business News on MHProNews that the firm acquired Brookside Country Club. That land-lease community has 421 home sites and is located in El Monte, California.

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But earlier this week, one of the largest operations of its kind in the manufactured home community sector – per the National Communities Council data posted above – announced an even larger move.

 

 

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Per the firm’s release, RHP “Expands into Wisconsin/Portfolio Now Includes 25 States.”

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., March 4, 2019. RHP Properties, the nation’s largest privately held owner and operator of manufactured home communities, has announced the acquisition of 17 manufactured home communities in five states containing 3,177 sites — including its first communities in Wisconsin — bringing the company’s total of manufactured home communities to 254 nationwide.  The announcement was made by Ross H. Partrich, CEO, RHP Properties.

With these purchases, RHP Properties now owns and operates the following communities:

  • Arizona: Crescent Manor in Tucson
  • Colorado: Crestline Manor and Lamplighter in Colorado Springs
  • Indiana: Island Grove in DeMotte
  • Pennsylvania: Redwood Estates in Oakdale; Virginia Hills in Imperial; and Washington Estates and Washington Estates II in Washington
  • Wisconsin: City View in Kenosha; Wheatland Estates in Burlington; Lincoln Park in West Allis; Village Terrace and Back Acres in Johnson Creek; Hickory Lane in Little Chute; Evergreen Villa in Stevens Point; Lazy Acres in Wausau; and Whispering Pines in Merrill.

RHP Properties is pleased to announce the purchase of these high-quality manufactured home communities, including expanding our company profile into the state of Wisconsin,” said Partrich. “With a strong start to 2019, we look forward to continued growth and opportunities throughout the year. As the need for affordable housing continues in the United States, we are proud to offer high quality homes, become active members of these communities and provide our 30 years of stable management and ownership experience to our residents.”

With these acquisitions, RHP Properties now owns and operates 254 manufactured home communities totaling more than 63,659 home sites.

About RHP Properties, Inc.

Founded in 1988, RHP Properties is the nation’s largest privately held owner and operator of manufactured home communities with managed assets of $3.8B, including 254 manufactured home communities nationwide, totaling about 63,659 homes in 25 states. Headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, RHP Properties employs more than 950 professionals.

— end of RHP media release to MHProNews

It’s a big, bold move that has the industry’s largest privately owned communities portfolio advancing even closer to the site-count of Sun Communities (SUI) and Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS).  Other recent community sector related reports are further below the byline, industry head-line email news and other offers, plus our notices.

 

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Record Numbers of Manufacturers Are Optimistic, Per New Reports

March 6th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Two sets of media releases to the Daily Business News on MHProNews reflects the following data, that should be of keen interest to all segments of the manufactured housing industry.

 

First, the following.

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Manufacturing in the United States is on the rise, and manufacturers are confident about the future. Empowered by tax reform and regulatory certainty, manufacturers are investing in our communities and in our people. But to keep up this momentum, we have to get serious about infrastructure investment and attracting, recruiting and training our people for the high-tech, high-paying modern manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow. As laid out in the NAM’s ‘Building to Win’ blueprint, a bold infrastructure plan will help secure American prosperity, job creation and our leadership in the world.” – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons

 

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While this is for all manufacturers, not factory-builders, it nevertheless reflects how other sectors of the economy are faring.  So why is manufactured housing still dragging?

 

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More on that, further below the White House press room’s latest to MHProNews.

 

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The nation’s top manufacturers have for the ninth consecutive quarter given the Trump economy a thumbs up, setting record industry optimism of the economy and predicting positive growth unseen during the Obama administration,” Paul Bedard reports for the Washington Examiner. “The past nine quarters . . . have seen record optimism, with an average of 91.8 percent of manufacturers positive about their own firm, compared to an average of 68.6 percent during the last two years of the Obama administration.”

 

U.S. employers need to enhance the skills of their current and future workers for the economy to remain on its robust growth trajectory, said Ivanka Trump, ahead of a meeting Wednesday with prominent business executives, educators and governors,” Eric Morath writes in The Wall Street Journal. Ms. Trump will convene the first meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board this afternoon.

 

Yeah, This Looks Like a Border Crisis

More than 76,000 migrants crossed the southern border illegally last month, the highest number in 12 years. So much for all those media ‘fact checks’ arguing that there’s no emergency to justify President Trump’s wall,” the New York Post editorial board writes.

Why are they coming in such vast numbers? Because smugglers have put them wise to how to take advantage of recent court decisions to claim asylum and remain here indefinitely.”

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Over the past several years, technological advancements like electronic health records (EHRs), cloud computing, and connected smart devices have made the long-held vision of improving patients’ access to their medical records a genuine possibility,” Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Liddell, and CMS Administrator Seema Verma write in Fortune. “A new rule issued by President Donald Trump’s administration will help turn this vision into reality.”

 

 

First lady Melania Trump is challenging journalists to cover the opioid crisis as often as they publish ‘idle gossip and trivial stories.’ She made the request while speaking in Las Vegas Tuesday at an event with conservative commentator Eric Bolling, whose 19-year-old son died from an overdose in 2017,” Caitlin Yilek reports in the Washington Examiner.

 

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In an era where news is often weaponized to fit a narrative or agenda, it is useful to see insights from a variety of sources that may not get the same level of national attention.

 

While the Trump Administration has been more business friendly by far than the two preceding administrations, there are still several vexing issues that manufactured housing professionals have to navigate.  That’s normally done by trade associations.

But not all trade groups are alike.  To learn more, see the related report linked below the bylines, email and other offers, and notices.

 

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Opportunity Zones, Revitalization, DROPS 2020 Announcement, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

March 6th, 2019 Comments off

CNNmone3.6.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsHUD Secretary Ben Carson is periodically featured on MHProNews for what should be obvious reasons.  Among those is the fact that the agency he heads is the primary regulatory body for HUD Code manufactured housing.  In a new video interview, Secretary Carson talks Opportunity Zones, President Trump and allegations of racism, plus he drops a surprising announcement. On a mixed day for MHVille equities, Secretary Carson’s insights will be in our featured report this evening.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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Newsmax TV is a right-of-center “Independent” media brand that positions itself as an alternative to Fox News.

Reportedly growing in popularity, Newsmax snagged another interview with HUD Secretary Carson.

Near the end, Carson drops what some will see as a surprising announcement. It was inexplicably not covered in the Washington, D.C. based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) ‘news’ to their readers and members earlier today.

Secretary Carson and the Trump Administration have arguably been friendlier to MHVille than any administration in the prior 16 years. See the related reports for more insights.

 

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MHI’s Growth Agenda? Rick Robinson, JD, SVP Manufactured Housing Institute, Preemption Evidence, Writ of Mandamus, and Addressing HUD Code Manufactured Home Shipment Woes

March 6th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Ask the typical business professional or sales agent this. Do they want to sell more or less of their product or service?  Do they want more profits, or lower profits? The typical answer will be ‘More, of course.’  The background of this story is the profitable sale of more new HUD Code manufactured homes.  But the foreground of this report is the headline question, because it explains a vital path to achieve the sale of more new homes for the manufactured housing industry.

 

Stating the obvious can clarify an issue.

Journalists routinely are about seeking answers to questions. Associations are about agendas. A reasonable question is, what is an association’s agenda? Not just the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), but any association?  How does a specific trade group go about promoting an agenda? Is a trade group or association successful? If not, why not? If so, how so?

Consider these possible goals.

  • Selling more new manufactured homes.
  • Closing more loans.
  • Providing more of the products and services your firm or others in the industry may wish to sell.
  • These are worthy and logical goals – an agenda – for every forward-looking business.
  • They are also logically at the heart of the P.E.P. of every good post-production trade group, with P.E.P = Protect, Educate, and Promote.

Investors in publicly traded companies operating in manufactured housing, may wonder in the wake of the Cavco stock brouhaha, are publicly traded firms in MHVille doing all that they can to maximize shareholder value?  Are some trade groups that a given company supports working toward more growth and profitability, or not?

With the backdrop of those interests, questions, and possible agendas, consider the following facts, quotes, and insights.

 

Rick Robinson, JD

During the 2017 battle in the state of Ohio over their state’s manufactured home regulatory commission, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Senior Vice President (SVP) and General Counsel, Rick Robinson made an argument on behalf of the industry in that state’s House of Representatives.

That argument included a mention of the federal preemption that HUD Code manufactured housing enjoys. The text of that talk by Robinson is linked here as a download.

It is widely acknowledged, including by MHI, that zoning and related challenges are a concern that is hampering the sales of more HUD Code manufactured homes. This is no secret. It’s been a challenge for many years. MHLivingNews, in an article by award-winning journalist Jan Hollingsworth, linked from the text-image box below, spotlighted that problem some years ago.

 

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GaryAdamekPHotosFayetteCountryHomesMHLivingNewsMHProNewsIn an interview for that article by Hollingsworth, a Texas retailer told our journalist that zoning and placement issues were a bigger challenge to the industry than Dodd-Frank was at the time.

Pause and ponder that for a moment.  A volume retailer, in the number one state selling for manufactured housing, said that the biggest issue at that time wasn’t fewer lenders or points and fees on manufactured housing loans. The biggest issue wasn’t the MLO rule, which has since been rolled-back as part of the Trump Administration’s deregulatory agenda.

The biggest issue for retailers – per Gary Adamek, of Fayette Country Homes – was zoning and placement related woes.

 

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has likewise spotlighted the issue for several years. Indeed, one might say that MHARR fought for this issue over 20 years ago, in the run up to what became the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA 2000).

 

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Associations in the same industry normally monitor each other’s work. MHI was also part of the process of getting the MHIA 2000 passed into law. So, there is no denying that MHI would institutionally know about federal enhanced preemption.

Furthermore, MHI hired an attorney to attempt to threaten – some might say, attempt to bully – MHProNews, and their attorney said they will be monitoring our website. Okay, it’s a public site for industry professionals. Put differently, MHI stated via said outside counsel that they read what the Daily Business News on MHProNews publishes. We already knew that from a variety of other MHI sources.  But MHI’s contracted outside attorney from Ohio made their close reading of the MHProNews website official.

The point is that there are no common-sense arguments that MHI can make whereby they could claim ignorance of federal preemption, or any lack of knowledge about the enhanced preemption provided under the MHIA or 2000.

Those predicates establishes these facts.  MHI knows about federal preemption, and enhanced preemption.

 

 

Which brings up the following.

 

 

Author Rick’s Book…

Rick Robinson Twitter handle is @authorRick, so tweets about him are at #authorRick. Robinson wrote a book entitled “Writ of Mandamus.” The dictionary defines said writ as follows.

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So, attorney and author Robinson knows this infrequently mentioned legal process — the writ of mandamus. Follow the evolving logic, because it is potentially profitable, thus worthwhile, as well as revealing.

How and why? Because properly applied, there is at hand a potent legal tool that already exits that could lead to opening more markets for manufactured housing (MH) sales.  Everyone in the MH industry that benefits from more sales would benefit from the application of the details revealed in this report.

So, MHI should care about using this, and be front and center on this issue, right?

 

Getting a Law Enforced

The passage of a law is normally a multi-year task.  Perhaps sadly, it may then become a challenge to get a law enforced. At least, that has been the experience of the manufactured housing industry on some key pieces of legislation.

Two current and practical examples of that challenge of getting an existing law enforced?

 

  • The Duty to Serve (DTS) Manufactured Housing and underserved markets mandated for the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA).
  • The routine enforcement by HUD of the “enhanced preemptionclause of the MHIA 2000. It will be recalled that Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) Executive Director JD Harper has sounded off on the issue of enhanced preemption several times, including here on MHProNews. By contrast to enhanced preemption, HUD vigorously enforces fair housing laws. Where is a similar level of enforcement for the MHIA of 2000 enhanced preemption by HUD?

It should be noted that a source at HUD told MHLivingNews that HUD had a staff attorney who served that agency’s manufactured housing division for years and who per sources routinely declined to enforce that enhanced preemption provision of the federal code. As a side note, the finger pointing at an attorney was not Bill Matchneer, but another lawyer who has since left the agency after several decades there.

Why did that attorney not push HUD’s preemption for manufactured housing hard?

JenniferHallMSmanufacturedHousingAssocDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThat’s approaching the heart of the issue.  Note that it isn’t that HUD’s preemption was never enforced, as Jennifer ‘Jen’ Hall from the Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA) demonstrated.  See her article about the letter she obtained from HUD regarding federal preemption.  Hall’s commentary on that HUD letter are linked here, with the document from HUD on preemption linked here.

 

 

So, state execs know about federal preemption too.  At least some have previously pushed for the enforcement of said federal preemption.

MarkWeissJDPresidentCEOManufacturedHousingAssocRegulatoryReformDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHARR continues to push for the enforcement of enhanced preemption.  But with the MHIA passed, preemption it is now a “post-production” issue, and MHARR is a production regulatory focused trade group. Thus, what MHARR does now is periodically spotlight the matter, as it falls on state associations and/or MHI to deal with this as a post-production enforcement matter.

There are several states associations where sales volumes are so low that their state trade groups are marginal at best in size and resources. Thus, it falls to Arlington, VA based MHI, which claims to represent “all segments of factory-built housing industry” – including after construction, a.k.a. post-production issues – to seek the enforcement of this worthwhile federal law.

Where is MHI on that potentially profitable effort?

What is the MHI agenda on seeking the robust application of federal enhanced preemption?

These are important questions that demand answers from MHI.  Given months of shipment declines during an affordable housing crisis, what better time than now for them  to answer those questions? The latest data and analysis on the falling numbers for manufactured home shipments are linked from the text-image box below.

 

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So, there are good federal laws that are on the books. Why are those federal laws not being properly enforced?  MHARR in their recent report on the challenges facing new manufactured home shipment levels mentioned as important factors zoning, placement, and DTS.

Those are all post-production topics. So, the spotlight logically falls on MHI.

 

 

MHI and Their Photo Ops with Federal Officials

MHI enjoys touting their connections with high-level officials. Photos ops are shown to their readers, which are presumably supposed to impress their members and demonstrate visually MHI’s self-proclaimed clout.

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Beyond networking meetings, how has MHI achieved their own stated claim of clout in Washington, D.C.? Or with cities and states?  MHI was praised for their effort in Ohio, but that was a failed effort. Where is the MHI clout???

 

But there’s an apparent problem with these claims by MHI of their ‘clout.’

MHI has complained at times about zoning and placement that hinders more manufactured housing sales. At least by word, HUD Secretary Carson promised a “new era of cooperation” with manufactured housing at an MHI event. Certainly, Pam Danner was exited from the program – which was achieved in large part by the efforts of MHARR, per the Washington Post.

Did enhanced preemption get raised by MHI at their various meetings with Secretary Carson or other key HUD staffers? If so, to what effect? If the topics were not broached, why not?

In the words of the classic Wendy’s ad, “Where is the beef?”

Or consider Western Communities association executive director Sheila Dey, JD, in her recent Op-Ed complaining about a lack of placement parity in her state. Dey is correct that manufactured housing is a smart option for affordable housing, and she made useful points on the need for that parity in placement.

But why is Dey left pleading with state officials for a state law at all?  Why not make what can be viewed as a more logical plea?  Why isn’t   her trade group and MHI jointly going to HUD, and ask, ‘What’s up with the lack of enforcement of federal preemption for manufactured homes?

Those local zoning issues would arguably vanish, if federal preemption were robustly enforced.  One logical result is that manufactured home sales could soar.

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Countering False Narratives Against the Placement of Manufactured Homes

Beyond the preemption law itself, the article linked below outlines compelling facts that explain why it is in the state or local governments’ best interests to push for more affordable manufactured homes.  The report below lays out the logic as to why local and state governments ought to embrace manufactured homes, why it would be an economic boon to them, good for their residents, why it is proven not to harm neighbors values, and thus compliments the legal side of the enhanced preemption argument.

 

 

These realities beg these questions. Why aren’t MHI, Dey, or others routinely raising those points? They apparently know, right? Why not use their best arguments?  Yet as recently as this week, and for weeks on end, MHProNews has spotlighted the fact that the words “enhanced preemption” are not to be found on the MHI website.

 

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How to explain this troubling oversight?  Or is it rather, indicative of what is taking place in Arlington?

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Occam’s Razor

It is the job of post-production associations to protect, educate, and promote (PEP) solutions to advance their industry.  That PEP mantra is standard fare, according to an executive director of an MHI state affiliate.

So why isn’t MHI:

 

  • Using their self-proclaimed ‘clout‘ to ask HUD to enforce enhanced preemption?
  • If hypothetically HUD refused or declined for any reason to enforce enhanced preemption, then why didn’t MHI’s general counsel ask a court to issue a “writ of mandamus,” to compel the Feds to enforce the law?
  • Since MHI’s staff, general counsel, outside counsel, and numerous – if not all – state associations know about MHARR and our publishing about Enhanced Preemption, then why isn’t the enforcement of enhanced preemption even on MHI’s own website?

Here again is Robinson’s testimony that mentions federal preemption, linked here.

 

Troubling Answers?

There are only a few reasonable conclusions that the facts, evidence, quotes, and logic herein and step-by-step reasoning reveals.

1) Perhaps MHI is inept. Maybe they are too lazy to put articles about enhanced preemption on their website, and maybe they are too unmotivated to actually make the case in Washington, or with local jurisdictions.  That’s a possibility, right?

2) Or, MHI is trying to posture action – what MHARR’s Mark Weiss, JD called the “Illusion of Motion” – performing what seems like activity, while actually keeping the manufactured home industry at lower sales levels.

3) If #2 is true, one must ask, why would MHI work against more growth? Why would MHI fail to use sound legal arguments?

One proposed reason for #3 above that some in manufactured housing have advanced is that lower sales levels reduces business’ values. That in turn allowed Berkshire Hathaway and other corporate consolidators of smaller firms to acquire firms at a “discount.” That’s a Machiavellian charge, but in the light of recent incidents and allegations against Clayton Homes’ threat aimed at a prominent independent, is it unbelievable?

 

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Meaning, is there a hidden agenda at MHI?  If so, is it an agenda that may violate antitrust or other laws, and that violates their advertised claim of representing all segments of factory-built housing?

Inept. Or a hidden agenda. Does either conclusion look good for Arlington, VA based MHI?

As to state association executives, don’t forget what certain executives previously told MHProNews.

 

 

The above concerns raise even more vexing questions.

Why did MHI sound no alarms over the letter and related documentation linked below about 21st Mortgage, Warren Buffett, and the video with Kevin Clayton? After all, MHI claims to represent all segments of the industry, not just the big boys.

 

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If MHI were ignorant about these issues, then the answer is to get educated. If they were ignorant before, they are now hereby educated, as they will read this along with their attorneys.  Other readers will better grasp this issue, because it is posted on the most read-trade media site in all of manufactured housing.

There has been silence for a while from MHI’s outside lawyers.  Will they, after this report, once more threaten MHProNews for calling MHI out for their purportedly false and misleading claims? One might ask, why doesn’t MHI use that same money spent on outside attorneys to contact cities and towns that violate enhanced preemption?

As noted, MHARR’s job is not post-production focused. But going above and beyond, MHARR’s President, Mark Weiss, JD, has at times been looped in or teamed up with MHProNews’ publisher to address certain test issues.  Those include specific tests of enhanced preemption.  Each test proved successful.

See the reports linked here below, with still more found further below, after the bylines, offers, and notices.

 

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At the approaching Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, will Rick Robinson or any other MHI representative(s) be willing to publicly discuss, clarify, and debate these issues in front of hundreds of independents and other industry members?

If not, why not?

The solution for the affordable housing crisis is hiding in plain sight. Dey is correct in saying that manufactured homes are an important part of that solution. But there is growing evidence that the post-production voices that are supposed to represent all segments of the industry, are perhaps only representing the interests of the few.

 

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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?

 

 

That’s why NAMHCO members broke from MHI.

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That’s why MHARR broke from MHI years before.

 

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Isn’t it time now for the rest of the industry’s independents to seriously view this multiyear pattern of behavior and failures to truly implement good laws, to do the same as NAMHCO and MHARR have done? Meaning, should independents break with MHI, and to the degree possible, with those who support the Arlington based trade group?

 

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Let MHI exist for the sake of big companies. It is their right. Let MHI cheerleaders kiss the MHI donkey all they want to, that’s arguably odd, but it is their right.

But it seems entirely wrong for MHI to claim clout, posture action, and assert that they care about growth, when in fact the solutions for the industry are already in hand.

Near the heart of that should be efforts to enforce laws already on the books.  Those laws should be enforced, even if they may run counter to the interests of big companies that happen to be MHI members.

  • Omaha-Knoxville and their surrogates in trade publishing can mouth whatever Arlington based MHI wants, that’s their right.
  • But it is not MHI’s right to claim one thing, and do another. That’s deceptive. And there are legal sources that say that laws that relate to deceptive trade practices can be applied to trade associations.

 

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If MHI were doing their job, our firm would still be a member. The fact that numbers have left or broken away from MHI to form new trade groups should speak volumes.

The facts laid out and linked from herein should reveal that the remaining independents may be feeding the hands that bites their own interests.

Some in MHVille – who are often associated with MHI – for their own reasons, purportedly want to mitigate sales growth.  The reason stated is that lower sales volumes – or in the case of communities, more vacant home sites – makes buying out independents less costly.

 

 

Why are only MHARR and MHProNews raising such issues?

The logic of this is hard to avoid, once the facts are laid out in this fashion.  But if MHI wants to issue a written statement that explains this, we are once more inviting them to correct or confirm the record.

Only the truth known and acted upon will set the industry free to achieve more robust sales.  DTS and Enhanced Preemption are two of those tools.  Why isn’t MHI using their clout to move them in a way that benefits the maximum number of industry professionals?

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As Affordable Housing Crisis Rages, New HUD Code Manufactured Housing Shipments Fall, Some States Drop 35-40 Percent

 

Bad News Is Coming to MHVille, Again. Three Vital Stages for Manufactured Housing Professionals

Manufactured Housing’s Top 10, March 2019

Rent Control & MH – Politicians “Are Carpet-Bombing Our State With Regulations That Will Deliberately Destabilize The Housing Market And Leave It Obliterated”

“Billion Dollar Empire Made From Mobile Homes,” What Washington Post’s Peter Whoriskey Didn’t Report

Two Great Laws Already on the Books NOW,  Can Unlock Billion$ Annually for Manufactured Housing Industry Businesse$, Investor$

Democrats, Republicans Agree – “Manufactured Homes Can Play a Vital Role in Easing” the Affordable Housing Shortage

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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