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State-Level Data Provided for Total Manufactured Home Shipments in 5 Key States for 2018

February 12th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The information that follows was forwarded from the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) as a news tip to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

 

It reflects data from the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) states. It includes the so-called ‘birth place’ of manufactured home production in Indiana, and the states around it.

Note that 2 states dropped, 1 state rose, and the remaining 2 states were essentially flat.

 

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The data should be an alarm that challenges the amen-corner that falsely claims that postures that ‘all is grand’ and that there is ‘momentum’ in manufactured housing.  During an affordable housing crisis, how is it possible that the overall results for these 5 historically key states are down?

  • 2017 totals for the 5 MMHF states are: 12,548.
  • 2018 totals for the 5 MMHF states are: 12,210.

Furthermore, while most haven’t mentioned it, the number of homes on display at the 2019 Louisville Show was down from last year too.

Facts are what they are.  BS from the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis may seemingly talk, but it obviously doesn’t move the needle as needed. See the related reports, further below.

 

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State of the Industry 2019 – Reality vs. Potential for Manufactured, Modular, and PreFab Homes? New Infographic

February 9th, 2019 Comments off

 

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When the Daily Business News on MHProNews produced the earlier abbreviated version of the infographic further below, the final new home production data were only an estimate. Now those totals for 2018 are in.

 

So, now based upon the adjusted ‘final’ 2018 information – for accuracy’s sake – we’ve revised the data.  Thus we are now able to elaborate on the best infographic of its kind today in MHVille.  As you will see, there are several new elements.

 

State of the Industry – Reality vs. Potential for new Manufactured Home Shipments?

Let’s be clear. The quotes connected to Plant PreFab – which reportedly received millions from the Amazon brand, Alexa Fund – are their reported views. A case could be made that their estimate for the market potential is too low.

Note too that the modular building associations have advised MHProNews that for a variety of reasons, they don’t have accurate data. What data is known, per those trade groups and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), is significantly lower than the production of HUD Code manufactured homes.  So when you look at the totals for HUD Code production, imagine something well under half that for modular single-family building, per their estimates.

With that backdrop, let’s consider again the statement by Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, President and CEO of MHI. He asserted on stage, in a video-recorded statement he made in front of dozens of industry professionals that manufactured housing could achieve 500,000 new homes shipped. Note that editorially, MHProNews agrees that it is possible, and that even ½ million new manufactured homes a year is likely too low.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) believes that 5oo,000 or more is achievable too. However, MHARR’s President and CEO, Mark Weiss has repeatedly called into question the effectiveness of MHI in the post-production realm. The quality and value of manufactured homes has been widely praised in several researchers and media reports in 2018 alone.

So why are sales levels so low?

Weiss said it is the “Illusion of Motion.”

For years, MHARR has argued that the evidence reflects that MHI appears to be busy.  Meetings, updates, calls to action, and more – but what does MHI actually accomplish? Rephrased, by intent or failure – MHI is arguably not doing the job in the post production side. A pair of state community associations essentially came to a similar conclusion in 2017. They announced the formation of a new community focused post-production trade group in 2018. The National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) was thus born.

 

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Contrarian Resistance

MHProNews and MHLivingNews were both founded in part based upon the premise that manufactured housing is underperforming. Our publisher is also a business development expert and consultant in manufactured housing. Having worked on several high-volume marketing and sales projects, L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach was confident that with the correct blend of advocacy, education, and promotion sales could rise sharply.

After several years as an MHI member, and having questioned the effectiveness of their leadership at PEP – Protecting, Educating, and Promotion of HUD Code manufactured homes – MHI ejected Kovach and his operations from their membership, under their purported claim that they had ‘no membership category for news.’  That’s another story for another time about the Arlington, VA based trade group that ironically – and hypocritically? – repeatedly has claimed to represent ‘All aspects of factory-built housing.’

 

How Big is the Industry’s Potential?

In the United States, 33% of housing units are occupied by rent-paying tenants,” said iPropertyManagement on September 6, 2018.  Their number is likely low, as the Census Bureau and Pew Research both point to near record levels of renters in 2016, some 36.6 percent of the population.

When more than 1 in 3 rent, and millions want to upsize or downsize, how do you describe a possible target market that large? The U.S. population stood at 328,285,992 as of January 12, 2019, said Wikipedia.

Statista says “The average American household consisted of 2.53 people in 2018.” That translates into 129,757,309.091 households.  The National Association of Realtors has previously reported that some 85 percent of renters want to be home owners someday. If so, that means that among renters alone, there are 110,293,712 possible home buying singles, couples, families, and households.

Given the staggering potential opportunities, why are the total numbers for manufactured homes and other forms of factory-building so low? If Amazon’s Alexa Fund partners believes the total potential is some $330 billion a year, and manufactured homes are still shy of $8 billion a year, what accounts for that huge gap?

MHARR, Kovach, NAMHCO, and others question the failed leadership of MHI and their puppet masters. How about you?

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. 

 

Is MHI working to keep production low, so that a few firms consolidate more of the industry at a discount?

 

Facts are stubborn things.” – President Ronald Reagan.

There are those who have pointed the finger (no, not that finger…) at the Berkshire Hathaway brands, and have accused them of market manipulation.

 

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Just recently, several reports of that have come into MHProNews as tips, the ones above and below are just two of them.

 

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To this, MHI and their amen corner reply with razzle dazzle head-fakes, photo opportunities, and use a self-contradictory surrogate to accuse our publisher of conspiracy theories.  But a rival of Clayton’s posted the following in public on Facebook, at about the same timeframe as our reports above were published.

 

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Inderman went onto post the above  about the “Mobile Home Militia” (MHM) concerns about what Clayton allegedly did to their largest independent retailer.

 

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To learn about documented evidence of purported market manipulation, and see a video of Kevin Clayton talking about their “Moat” strategy for market domination, click here.

 

Inderman’s comments – and those of “MHM” – received dozens of likes.  Articles like those we’ve linked from this column will receive several thousand readers each during the course of a their first month online, and hundreds to a thousand or more additional readers in each subsequent month for some time.

 

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The industry is underperforming. It is also arguably manipulated.  No one article can cover all the details, thus others are linked that provide additional insights.

That there are a growing number of those who voice concerns that the manufactured home market has been manipulated – and at best, poorly represented by MHI – is not just the view of just this publication.  As the examples posted reflect, there are a wide range of industry voices that flock here who see it similarly.  Why do they read here?  Why is this the #1 trade media site in MHVille?  Because who else but MHProNews and MHARR dares to publisher these concerns among the industry’s trade journalists?

 

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MHProNews’ parent operation demonstrated to MHI over the course of years options for lending, and ways to improve image at a low cost. For years, even though our parent operation as an MHI member showed the way to grow business, MHI leaders ignored those options. Why? Could it be that slow growth allowed more consolidation and at a cheaper price? ,

 

There are several movements afoot in manufactured housing.  They are aimed in various ways at breaking free of what we have dubbed the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies.

MHVillage’s MHInsider on Clayton Homes, Manufactured Housing Industry Fact Check – Why Correct Data Matters

 

Want to identify those allies of the MH axis?  If they are kissing the donkey’s behind in their writing or speech, that gives you a pretty good clue. If you want to achieve your potential, will you float with the dead and dying fish, or fight the currents?

The opportunities are amazing, but they arguably won’t be achieved by taking the advice of those who have arguably rigged the system.

 

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Touts 2018 Accomplishments, Highlights

February 1st, 2019 Comments off

 

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The partial federal shutdown, now over, delayed several reports, like the one that follows.

 

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) press room provided the Daily Business News on MHProNews select highlights of what they point to as Carson’s accomplishments.

Given the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) claims of close ties and “clout,” it is worth noting that manufactured housing isn’t mentioned at all.  But there are several data points and mentioned items that directly or obliquely should be of interest to manufactured home industry professionals.

 

 

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Here’s the HUD release.  Some analysis will follow HUD’s release.

 

 

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HUD RELEASES 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW HIGHLIGHTING ACCOMPLISHMENTS UNDER SECRETARY CARSON

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2018 Year in Review outlining the major accomplishments of the agency under Secretary Ben Carson.

“Over the past year, the Trump Administration has continued to deliver on its promise to create greater economic opportunity for low-income families and encourage reinvestment in underserved communities,” Secretary Carson said. “HUD is advancing its mission by providing sustainable homeownership opportunities, removing barriers to revitalization and affordable housing, and helping communities impacted by natural disasters rebuild, among other efforts. I look forward to continue building on the successes of the past year and opening more pathways to self-sufficiency for HUD-assisted families.”

HUD’s achievements in 2018 include:

  • Spurring Reinvestment in Communities

o HUD preserved affordable housing options by converting over 100,000 public housing units through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which has generated close to $6 billion in construction investment.

o The Administration established the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, covering 13 federal agencies and led by Secretary Carson, which will work to prioritize Opportunity Zones in a variety of federal efforts, including grant funding, loan guarantees, infrastructure spending and crime prevention.

 

  • Advancing Economic Opportunity

o HUD’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) served nearly 669,000 mostly first and low- to moderate-income, single-family homebuyers through home loans; supported the production and preservation of 121,600 multifamily units; and provided $2.45 billion in insurance for hospital and residential care facilities.

o Ginnie Mae served 1.86 million households by attracting global capital to the nation’s housing market through its mortgage-backed security (MBS) in conjunction with the government’s lending programs, such as the FHA and Veterans Affairs (VA).

 

  • Reducing Homelessness Among Extremely Vulnerable Populations

o   HUD, through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, reduced veteran homelessness by 5.4 percent since last year, falling to nearly half of the number of homeless veterans reported in 2010.

o   HUD-supported Continuums of Care (CoCs) reduced the number of families with children experiencing homelessness by 2.7 percent since 2017 and 29 percent since 2010.

 

  • Funding Disaster Recovery at Historic Levels

o HUD has responded to natural disasters with historic funding levels and assistance to support the long-term recovery of affected communities. Specifically, HUD is allocating more than $35 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to 16 states and local governments in FY2018 following several natural disasters to support long-term recovery efforts.

o HUD introduced new FHA financing options, including the “Disaster Standalone Partial Claim,” for disaster victims who are rebuilding or buying another home following a disaster. This option covered up to 12 months of missed mortgage payments via an interest-free second loan on the home.

 

  • Protecting Taxpayers

o   HUD won a significant legal victory in Anaheim Gardens v. United States, a case that has been pending for 25 years and presented HUD and the Federal government with potentially more than $100 million in liability exposure.

o   HUD reduced the FHA’s exposure to risk and promoted sustainable homeownership. Specifically, HUD exceeded the statutorily mandated 2.0% capital ratio in the Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund in fiscal years 2017 and 2018 by not implementing a premium decrease announced by the previous administration.

 

Read more of HUD’s 2018 accomplishments here and about many of the individuals and families who have been impacted by HUD’s programs and services at HUD.gov/humansofhud.

### End of HUD Release ###

Secretary Carson, it will be recalled, promised manufactured housing professionals a new era of cooperation last year, saying the Trump Administration here’s our industry’s interests and concerns. It is beyond doubt that Carson made significant changes, such as the removal of Pam Danner, JD, from the administrative role at HUD.  There has been some regulatory relief – or at least a pause.

The industry’s members should not forget Lesli Gooch’s questionable statement to Scotsman Guide, just prior to the end of the federal shutdown.  See the related reports below for more.

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Key Clayton/MHI/BO Bets Spanked, First Look at Winners & Losers

November 7th, 2018 Comments off

 

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There’s work to do.

 

There are still undecided midterm races.  Some may be headed to possible recounts, or an upcoming special election.

First, we will look at the facts, then we will take a glance at what this could mean for manufactured housing (MH) and the industry’s investors.

 

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While details are still outstanding, the broad brushes are now known.

  • Democrats picked up enough seats to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, but not as many as the GOP waves during the Clinton or Obama administration midterms.
  • The Republicans or GOP (Grand Old Party) have increased their hold on the U.S. Senate.
  • Democrats won some hard fought gubernatorial races, and will have a net gain in state houses, but Dems also lost some high-profile states.

It’s a mixed bag, with plenty of data to unpack for weeks or even months by political experts and analysts.

Some interesting and troubling factoids include, but are not limited to:

  • Former president Barack Obama campaigned in places like Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Nevada, California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
  • The Netflix-contract beneficiaries -Barack and Michelle Obama’s will earn millions from Netflix millions for years – had results that were decidedly mixed.

Mr. Obama campaigned for Democrats like:

  • Mayor Andrew Gillum, who conceded his race to now Governor-Elect, Ron DeSantis.
  • Stacey Abrams, in Georgia – a higher volume MH state – had stars like Oprah Winfrey came for her too. Abrams has yet to concede the gubernatorial race as this is being written, but trails.
  • Former CFPB director Richard Cordray went down in Ohio to a relative unknown POTUS Trump backed Republican for the governor to replace never-Trump Kasich.
  • Former president Obama embraced Senator Joe Donnelly (IN-D), who lost to relative unknown Mike Braun, who was strongly backed by President Donald J. Trump.
  • Bottom line, in several battle ground (tossup) states, key candidates the 44th president campaigned for, lost. In some states that are strongly Democratic, or are tilting more blue, candidates Mr. Obama backed won.
  • It has to be said that some of Mr. Obama’s campaign events were small to tiny compared to those of President Trump. That has to be a point of concern for Democratic strategists, and by contrast is a bright spot for POTUS Trump, who is his party’s single biggest draw.
  • Some polling was clearly off, while others performed better.

President Donald J. Trump expanded his lead by several seats in the Senate.  These were also other victories in key states he personally campaigned in.

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For example, in Florida, Ron DeSantis is the Governor-elect there. In the primaries, POTUS Trump backed DeSantis over popular Adam Putnam. That bet paid off.

In states like Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas, GOP candidates that faced huge fundraising disadvantages that Democratic billionaires wanted, the D’s fell short.  That includes Beto O’Rourke (D) in Texas, which was highlighted for months by the left-of-center media. O’Rourke could still end up as part of a packed field for 2020 among Democratic presidential hopefuls.

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By the way, the political race across the board for 2020 is underway.

 

Spanked! Clayton/Buffett/MHI/Billionaires Beaten in Other Key Races

The Clayton-MHI and Buffett-Billionaire Democratic donor class bet on unseating:

  • Andy Barr in KY 6, they lost in a race that President Donald Trump personally campaigned for in the midterm run-up.
  • Now Senator-Elect Marsha Blackburn, who was opposed by the Claytons, even though she and Barr had both carried water for them and MHI in Congress for Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing.
  • Joe Donnelly (IN-D), who was a long-time beneficiary of MHI and their allies largess.

There are several candidates that MHI backed candidates, like Secretary Hillary Clinton’s VP, Tim Kaine, that won. But he won in a reliably blue district.

Perhaps among the more important reveals in this past few months, thanks to MHProNews fact-checks and “Follow the Money” Research is this. MHI, the Clayton’s, Warren Buffett and his fellow Democratic billionaires have been exposed for their arguably duplicitous behavior.

Was Manufactured Housing Advocate Congressman Andy Barr Backstabbed?

 

For examples, see the links above and below.

 

“He’s Lying,” Campaign Insider Video – “Don’t Do Politics?” Tell Jim Clayton, Phil Bredesen, and Marsha Blackburn, Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act Supporter

 

Keep in mind, ex-and current MHI members or former Clayton team members have said to MHProNews that this kind of behavior isn’t just reserved for politics.  As but one example, ICYMI or need a refresher, is the example below.

 

Expose! Why Has Warren Buffett/BH Funded Anti-MHC Activists, MHAction? Why Fund Attacks on ELS, Frank Rolfe, Blackstone Group?

 

Some Other Midterm Issues of Interest to MHVille

Some ballot propositions that bear some closer looks for the future are:

  • Prop 10 in California goes down.
  • Prop 4 in FL giving former felons the vote passed.

Another interesting factoid is this. In West Virginia, Joe Manchin (D) vote for Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, and held his seat. Several battleground state Democrats in the Senate who voted against Kavanaugh, lost.

Representative Mia Love, a conservative Black Republican in conservative stronghold Utah is undecided.  She trails her Democratic challenger, Ben McAdams, that may take days to sort out, per the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Another wildcard?  Mitt Romney, who blasted President Trump during the 2016 campaign, publicly made up as he was considered for Secretary of State by then President-Elect Trump won his race in UT.  Will he be the next John McCain/Jeff Flake Republican? Time will tell.

An estimated 113 million voted, per ABC News.  But only some 13 percent of 18 to 39 year olds voted. That often-played card – that the youth vote would pour out this time – was once more elusive, a drag more on the Democrats who court that block.

We surfed between Fox, CNN, and MSNBC last night.  CNN talking heads, for example, admitted that this was not a “blue wave,” though they were clearly thrilled at the victories in the House.

There were states where far left candidates won, like Vermont or Maryland, but so did GOP gubernatorial candidates in those same states. Interesting? You bet.

 

Overall, It’s a Mixed Bag, With Possible Silver Linings

What is certain is that the Team Trump, with far fewer dollars than the Democrats, stopped those who claimed that the Senate would be lost, where the GOP picked up seats.  From the perspective of the Oval Office, if you must have a divided Congress, holding the Senate was the more important win for the Trump Agenda.  POTUS Trump can now more easily get his nominees for the courts and his cabinet.

An underreported point among almost all media is that several of the Democrats positioned themselves as moderates, or even embracing some of the Trump agenda. That’s arguably a ruse, but it worked for some candidates, while it failed for others.  For example, outgoing Senator Claire McCaskill (MO-D) literally called some of her fellow candidates “those crazy Democrats,” while saying she would support the president on border issues.

It ended up pretty-close to what MHProNews projected, with the GOP Senate lead expanding.  It appears as of this time that 9 of the 11 candidates that President Trump campaigned for in the last week before the midterms saw the GOP candidate win. That’s a history-bucking trend.

 

Lee Carter’s Insights 

We will look in the days ahead at Lee Carter’s insights on the how differently Democrats, Republicans and Independents can “hear” exactly the same thing.  This played a role in the midterms, indeed, in every election for some years.

But it is also an insight for manufactured housing professionals.  Those are among the reasons we will look at that, because it one of the keys to better understanding how more votes – and more customers – can be obtained.

Enough for now to say that messages have to be crafted that break-through the noise that opposition or years of misinformation.

 

Wins and Losses, Lessons and Initial Look Ahead

Each side has interesting or troubling victories and losses. Some quick takes are as follows, each of which has significant meaning for manufactured housing industry professionals. We’ll bullet these for now.

 

  • Education can work. Those who followed the Trump Rallies should know they were informative for those who attended and tuned in. He also kept them interesting, often using humor, and kept the crowds engaged.
  • Track records are helpful, but are sadly not bullet proof.
  • President Trump does have coattails, but there are limits.
  • The lack of full unity among the GOP cost some seats that may have been won or held. While there are exceptions, some losses in Congress were by lukewarm Trump supporters.  For example, it is questionable if Ted Cruz would have won absent the 45th President’s support.  Why in still red Texas?  One read is that Cruz’s track record with POTUS Trump was problematic.
  • Money, deception, lies, and propaganda can work, but they are not omnipotent. This bullet deserves several stars by it.
  • That facts and education can still defeat propaganda and money, and are hopeful signs.

 

What MHProNews spotlighted for months was that freebies still hold appeal to tens of millions of voters. Some openly socialist candidates won, while others lost.  Some who backed single-payer healthcare or what some dub “Medicare for all” – socialized medicine – worked often enough for Democrats to expect that to continue to be a theme for their party.

 

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Education has to be ongoing. Otherwise, endless propaganda, billionaires and big money can win out.  Another takeaway was the relevance of the related report, linked further below.

 

 

The Upcoming Lame Duck Session?

What will be something important to watch is what happens in the lame duck session, before the new Congress is seated.  Can President Trump get any legislation he wants through during the next few weeks?  While recent history would suggest that is a challenge, the president is a fighter. Stay tuned.

 

 

What Lies Ahead for America, and MHVille?

As this is being written, markets are up.  A split Congress means that Democrats can’t impeach the president, thought several of their candidates promised to make his life miserable for the next two years. Hearings of all kinds could follow in the House.  Will it slow or stop the America First agenda?

Will there be any bipartisanship on issues like infrastructure?

What will happen on hot topics like the FHFA and the GSEs? This is an issue that will impact MHVille, see the related report, linked below.

 

Conflict of Interests? MHI’s, MHARR’s Most Recent Statements on Controversial GSE Lending, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Weighs In

 

There are several items we will be unpacking in the days ahead.  For example, it is an open question as to the impact of hundreds of billions of investing dollars that were flowing into the U.S. this year as a result of the Trump tax cuts and regulation agenda.  Democrats can’t undo that agenda, those laws are in place and are, for now, safe.  But are they threatened in the foreseeable future?

Markets and investors will be sorting that out, as they look at the tea-leaves.

The Trump-Republican economic platform has been performing.  That message didn’t entirely break through. And therein lies a challenge for manufactured housing and the nation.

The rule of law was essentially on the ballot. The rule of law, arguably benefits our industry, while a lack of it harms it. Socialist ideals, picking and choosing which laws and private property rights are enforced all matter to MHVille professionals.

It is also misinformation that lies at the heart of several of the victories for Democrats. It is misinformation, Capital/lending manipulation, and failure to enforce existing laws that have harmed manufactured housing.

POTUS’ tweets post-election are a riot.  For those who lack a sense of humor, don’t bother looking, but he’s clearly just begun to fight.

We put our boots back on this morning, because the split-decision lays a potential framework for future victories.

We’ll examine some note of those opportunities for the industry, as we continue to unpack this midterm in the days ahead. Of course, that will come along with our continuing industry-leading coverage of other  issues and news that impact manufactured housing.

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Bipartisan Call for FEMA to Intervene, Now

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The New York Times reports that Senator “Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. SenBill Nelson on Monday said in a letter to FEMA’s director that the alternative housing must be deployed.”

 

Those alternative units requested that Brock Long, the director of FEMA, deploy RVs and FEMA Manufactured Housing Units, or MHUs.  Regrettably, MHU wasn’t the terminology used.

In a release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, Senator Rubio’s office said that, the two Florida senators plus “U.S. Representatives Neal Dunn (R-FL), Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Al Lawson (D-FL) requested FEMA Administrator Brock Long quickly approve the State of Florida’s request for direct housing assistance for areas hit by Hurricane Michael.  Housing assistance requested includes recreational vehicles, mobile homes, direct lease and other needed resources in the affected areas.”

The letter signed by 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats is linked here.

The statement from Senator Rubio’s office also said the following.

 

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Dear Administrator Long:

It has been more than two weeks since Hurricane Michael made landfall in North Florida, and many are still struggling to repair and rebuild their lives. Schools in the most heavily impacted areas remain closed, and people are still working to find alternative housing solutions due to their homes being uninhabitable. The magnitude of this storm requires the use of all available resources from FEMA to ensure recovery. As such, we ask that you quickly approve the state of Florida’s request for direct housing assistance in the affected areas.

Hurricane Michael caused catastrophic damage across the Panhandle of Florida. The requested resources, which includes recreational vehicles, mobile homes, direct lease, multifamily lease and repair, and group sites, must be deployed immediately in order to reduce suffering and allow displaced individuals to recover from the storm. Effective housing alternatives are critical in the Panhandle’s recovery effort, and the swift approval of Florida’s request will ensure that needed housing resources are deployed. Northwest Florida suffered catastrophic damage to its housing stock, and those Floridians will need every available federal resource to aid in their recovery.

Thank you for your attention to this request. We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Timeline of Rubio Actions Related to Hurricane Michael:

  • On October 24, 2018, Senator Rubio, Nelson were joined by Representatives Dunn, Gaetz, and Lawson in urging Secretary Ross to approve the Governor’s request for a federal fishery resource disaster declaration due to Hurricane Michael’s impacts on the Florida Panhandle and its fishing communities.
  • On October 22, 2018, Rubio urged Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, to repair and restore the F-22 Raptors damaged in Hurricane Michael to mission capable status as soon as possible.
  • On October 22, 2018, Rubio encouraged FEMA Administrator Brock Long to implement recommendations outlined in a report by the Office of Inspector General in order to help Florida repair and rebuild from the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, and future storms.
  • On October 16, 2018, Rubio urged Secretaries Carson, Mnuchin, and Director Mulvaney to provide federal relief for Floridians impacted by Hurricane Michael.
  • On October 16, 2018, Rubio met with Franklin County and Gulf County officials to discuss the ongoing recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael.
  • On October 15, 2018, Rubio surveyed the damage caused by Hurricane Michael and met with local officials in Marianna Florida.
  • On October 15, 2018, Rubio urged Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to assist Florida schools affected by Hurricane Michael, particularly, by quickly approving Project SERV applications, which are critical to recovery efforts
  • On October 15, 2018, Senators Rubio and Nelson, with members of the Florida delegation, sent a letter urging FEMA Administrator Brock Long to approve Florida Governor Rick Scott’s request to initiate the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program for the remaining 13 counties impacted by Hurricane Michael.
  • On October 12, 2018, Rubio surveyed the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle.
  • On October 12, 2018, Rubio and Nelson with Rep. Neal Dunn urged Secretary Wilson and General Goldfein to expedite repair and restoration operations at Tyndall Air Force Base, which was critically impacted during Hurricane Michael.
  • On October 11,2018, Rubio and Nelson urged Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie to authorize increased outreach efforts and benefits assistance for Florida veterans impacted by Hurricane Michael.
  • On October 11, 2018, FEMA Administrator Brock Long briefed Rubio on damage caused by Hurricane Michael.
  • On October 10, 2018, ahead of Hurricane Michael’s landfall, Rubio urgedAttorney General Sessions, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig to assist communities affected by the storm.
  • On October 10, 2018, following Hurricane Michael’s landfall, Rubio, Nelson and Florida Representatives urged President Donald Trump to approve Florida’s request for a major disaster declaration. Today, the President approved the State of Florida’s major disaster declaration.
  • On October 9, 2018, Rubio joined Senator Nelson and Florida Representatives in urging President Trump to approve Florida Governor Rick Scott’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Michael.

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Schoolhouse Rock on This Historic Day

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The pseudonymous poster of the video concluded his comments with these words, “I don’t believe America will survive as the Nation our founding fathers left us; “One Nation under God indivisible with Liberty and Justice for All”, unless we as a “people” WAKE UP!!!

He or she posted under the name, “EnemyMindControl.” Certainly, we’ve explored for years, as well as more recently, the notion that news often reflects someone’s agenda.  But that’s not the purpose of this post today, rather, its to share a few comments and videos on this Constitution Day.

 

The video below by the Heritage Foundation is specifically aimed at Constitution Day.

The Masthead has a detailed look at related issues, see that at the link below.

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Biblical “Talents,” Words, Ideas, Evidence, and Practical Impact on Manufactured Housing, Sunday Morning Recap, MHProNews Headlines Aug 26 to Sept 2, 2018

Biblical “Talents,” Words, Ideas, Evidence, and Practical Impact on Manufactured Housing, Sunday Morning Recap, MHProNews Headlines Aug 26 to Sept 2, 2018

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SundayMorningManufacturedHousingINdustryRecapDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAug26toSept9-2-2018The word “Talent” has a modern and a biblical meaning, both of which matter to professionals.

 

The meaning of words, ideas, and their practical impact or track record all have significance to the manufactured housing industry, along with every other profession, and field of endeavor.

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Talents has at least two meaning. In the Roman era, a talent was a large sum of money.  For modern Americans, the word also means gifts or abilities that may or may not be properly put to use by those who have a certain “talent.”

The power of ‘big government’ impacts manufactured housing daily in America. The rise of a belief in socialism is a driving force for some who believe – right or wrong – in big government.

The obvious solution to misinformation is proper information. That’s in large part educational or learning.  Ideally that education is done in useful, informative, accurate, and hopefully compelling ways.

Arguably among the pressures that have harmed manufactured housing for the last two decades is misinformation plus how local, state, and federal officials or others can use – or abuse – information in ways to support policies or programs that are bad for the interests of the industry, and are demonstrably harmful to Americans at large.

One of the driving forces in American politics from the founding of our nation until today has been faith and religious beliefs.

How do the ideas of ‘big government’ or rising socialism in America line up with classic Jewish or Christian thinking? Let’s look at the evidence.

The Ten Commandments are a common belief for Jews and Christians alike. Bible Hub says that Leviticus 19:11 in the NET Bible is transliterated this way, “You must not steal, you must not tell lies, and you must not deal falsely with your fellow citizen.”

Most honest people would agree with those ideals.

These Scripture readings for the first day of the Labor Day weekend in the September issue of Magnificat speaks to similar issues. Above and below –  as we’ve done for years – brown and bold text is provided by MHProNews to emphasize a quote. The red below is from the Magnificat.

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  • God chose the weak of the world…”

 

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 1:26-31.

Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God. It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that, as it is written, Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.”

In the ancient Greek, the word “fear” can be understood as “reverential respect,” the type of reverence that a person gives to their Creator. The R is a response or refrain from the people who speak the R phrase, following those sung, chanted or read by the cantor or reader.

 

Psalm 33

R/ (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord,

the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.

From heaven the Lord looks down;

he sees all mankind. R/

But see, the eyes of the Lord are upon those

who fear him,

upon those who hope for his kindness,

To deliver them from death

and preserve them in spite of famine. R/

Our soul waits for the Lord,

who is our help and our shield,

For in him our hearts rejoice;

in his holy name we trust. R/

 

I give you a new commandment:/ love one another as I have loved you.”

  • Since you have been faithful in small matters, come, share your master’s joy.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 25:14-30:

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one—to each according to his ability. Then he went away.

Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money.

After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the ­additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’

Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.’

His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.

For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’” [Source: Magnificat, 9.1.2018]

Pretty blunt, isn’t it?

Among the articles below are ones that deal with the troubling rise of socialism in America. Another reflects the sentiment of evangelicals and the upcoming midterms.

Trends, facts, and evidence are ignored by industry professionals, advocates, and investors at their own peril. Properly understanding the thinking and beliefs that drives or influences policies can be practical and compelling to millions.

The latest on the people, events, and stories that influence our industry are found below.

With no further adieu, consider what follows in the light of the above. Happy Sunday, and enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

 

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Saturday 9.1.2018

MH Intelligence for Your Business – Incomes by U.S. Counties, How Do Your Counties Compare?

MH Intelligence for Your Business – Incomes by U.S. Counties, How Do Your Counties Compare?

Friday 8.31.2018

Midterms and Evangelicals? What’s the Latest Polling, Feedback?

Midterms and Evangelicals? What’s the Latest Polling, Feedback?

POTUS Signs EO, Mercedes Breaks Down New Small Biz Retirement Plan Changes, Plus MH Market Updates

POTUS Signs EO, Mercedes Breaks Down New Small Biz Retirement Plan Changes, Plus MH Market Updates

USMC 3D Printed Barracks, Official Details, Video – Factory Builders Notice

Latest Consumer Confidence Report and Housing Demand

Latest Consumer Confidence Report and Housing Demand

Thursday 8.30.2018

 Sessions “Safe” Until Nov, But POTUS Trump Threatens WTO Pull-Out over China, plus MH Market Updates

Sessions “Safe” Until Nov, But POTUS Trump Threatens WTO Pull-Out over China, plus MH Market Updates

Hardwiring the Modular Home of the Future

Hardwiring the Modular Home of the Future

Follow the Money – Surprising, Inconvenient Truths Impact Manufactured Housing, U.S. Economy, and More

Follow the Money – Surprising, Inconvenient Truths Impact Manufactured Housing, U.S. Economy, and More

Passages – Stanley H. Jackson, Veteran, Patriot Homes Manufactured and Modular Housing Professional, Dies

Passages – Stanley H. Jackson, Veteran, Patriot Homes Manufactured and Modular Housing Professional, Dies

Wednesday 8.29.2018

 U.S. Canada Trade Deal Looming, Stocks Rise, Plus MH Market Updates

U.S. Canada Trade Deal Looming, Stocks Rise, Plus MH Market Updates

“Pleased with Our Progress,” Says Skyline Champion’s Keith Anderson, Report

“Pleased with Our Progress,” Says Skyline Champion’s Keith Anderson, Report

Manufactured Home Retailer Draws Positive Media, as Affordable Housing Crisis Hits Local Market Hard

Manufactured Home Retailer Draws Positive Media, as Affordable Housing Crisis Hits Local Market Hard

Epic Battle for MHVille Mainstay Looms, With “Not the Most Popular Guy” and His Rival

Epic Battle for MHVille Mainstay Looms, With “Not the Most Popular Guy” and His Rival

Tuesday 8.28.2018

“Treading on Very, Very Troubled Territory” President Weighs in on Tech Giants, Plus MH Market Updates

“Treading on Very, Very Troubled Territory” President Weighs in on Tech Giants, Plus MH Market Updates

Globe St ‘Discovers’ Manufactured Homes – “Competition Heats Up in the Mobile Home Market”

Globe St ‘Discovers’ Manufactured Homes – “Competition Heats Up in the Mobile Home Market”

Cavco’s Joe Stegmayer, MHI Chairman, George Allen-COBA7, Collusion, Coverup, and Allegations of Selling Out

Cavco’s Joe Stegmayer, MHI Chairman, George Allen-COBA7, Collusion, Coverup, and Allegations of Selling Out

MHI SVP Lesli Gooch & MHARR CEO Mark Weiss Bookend New, Prior HUD Controversies

MHI SVP Lesli Gooch & MHARR CEO Mark Weiss Bookend New, Prior HUD Controversies

Monday 8.27.2018

 

Professional, Investor Alert “Brace Yourself, This is How Much America’s 1 Percent Has Saved”

Professional, Investor Alert “Brace Yourself, This is How Much America’s 1 Percent Has Saved”

US, Mexico Reach Trade Deal, Replacing NAFTA, Stocks Roar, Plus MH Market Updates

US, Mexico Reach Trade Deal, Replacing NAFTA, Stocks Roar, Plus MH Market Updates

Power & Profit$ from Factual Sales & Marketing, Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Meeting – Part 1

Power & Profit$ from Factual Sales & Marketing, Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Meeting – Part 1

Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow Projects Growth Ahead in Q3 – Includes Positive MH Signal

Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow Projects Growth Ahead in Q3 – Includes Positive MH Signal

Sunday 8.26.2018

Clayton’s Surprising Result – Sunday Morning Weekly Recap, MH Headline Reports and News in Review Aug 19 to Aug 26, 2018

Clayton’s Surprising Result – Sunday Morning Weekly Recap, MH Headline Reports and News in Review Aug 19 to Aug 26, 2018

 

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Clayton’s Surprising Result – Sunday Morning Weekly Recap, MH Headline Reports and News in Review Aug 19 to Aug 26, 2018

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Trivia: note that the MHProNews home page looks like that miniature iPad screen, just moments before the weekly recap is published. We can get our share of typos, but when it comes to evidence, trends, facts, and reports – we sweat the details – all for thousands of industry readers like you. When faced by a menacing Goliath, it’s human nature to react with a level of fear.

 

Fear can be paralyzing. Fear also can keep the mind from seeing weaknesses in a threatening behemoth.

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There are others, of course, that see the Clayton brand as friendly or benign. But even they don’t want to cross them…do they?

 

The ‘800-pound gorilla’ in the manufactured housing room is Clayton Homes. Not many in the industry are willing to publicly name them, unless it is to praise them. A trade media competitor admitted in writing to MHProNews that we write about the topics – like Clayton and their monopolistic moat – that others talk about at the bar, or during a private professional meal.

That aside, here’s a multiple layered surprise.

Clayton has closed about 100 retail stores net in about 7 years. That’s a surprise to many.  But it is part of one of several Daily Business News stories from this past week.

Keep in mind, that Clayton is still buying MH retailers, even as they are closing their own failing retail sales centers. Think about that data-point for a few moments. The industry is slowly growing, and Clayton Homes are closing manufactured and modular home retail stores?

We plan a special report on that topic in the days ahead. But keep that factoid in mind – given to us courtesy of Kevin Clayton, and Berkshire Hathaway – because it is a reminder that they are big, but not invincible. They may have a moat, but not everything that Clayton touches turns to gold.

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Then, keep in mind who is dominating MHI? Why would the independents of the industry support and follow the association that’s led by the company that’s closed more retail locations than perhaps any other retailer in the last 5 years?

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Introducing the Verge and Curbed’s “Home of the Future” – Video

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Saturday 8.25.2018

MH Community Owner Slammed as “Vulture Capitalist” by Mainstream Media

MH Community Owner Slammed as “Vulture Capitalist” by Mainstream Media

 

Friday 8.24.2018 

Just the Facts – Compare Curbed and MHI, Next Step, Clayton, Cavco, Champion Homes Video Results

Just the Facts – Compare Curbed and MHI, Next Step, Clayton, Cavco, Champion Homes Video Results

Smoke and Mirrors Immunity Deal for Allen Weisselberg, Longtime Trump Organization CFO, Plus MH Market Updates 

Chinese PreFabs, Modulars Are Selling in the USA, Here’s an Example

Chinese PreFabs, Modulars Are Selling in the USA, Here’s an Example

Stunning Degree of Corruption, Collusion, Manipulation, and Ignorance Threatens MHVille

Stunning Degree of Corruption, Collusion, Manipulation, and Ignorance Threatens MHVille

 

Thursday 8.23.2018

Court Ruling for HUD on Amending Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Opens Door for More HomeSites for Manufactured Housing

Court Ruling for HUD on Amending Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Opens Door for More HomeSites for Manufactured Housing

Bill Gates Follows this Warren Buffett Investment Plan, Video, Plus MH Market Updates 

How to Avoid Losing Billions, Huge Loses Reported by WSJ, Other Media

How to Avoid Losing Billions, Huge Loses Reported by WSJ, Other Media

Rising Prices and Rates Cool Housing Sales, MH Industry Pro Sounds Off, New Data & Video

Rising Prices and Rates Cool Housing Sales, MH Industry Pro Sounds Off, New Data & Video

 

Wednesday 8.22.2018 

WH Economist Larry Kudlow – Why Market Ignoring Cohen, Manafort News, Plus MH Market Updates 

“Undesirable” – Community Owner Sues City for Fraud

“Undesirable” – Community Owner Sues City for Fraud

Measuring Effectiveness, Facts and Course Corrections for Waste, Fraud, Abuse

Measuring Effectiveness, Facts and Course Corrections for Waste, Fraud, Abuse

Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, Manufactured Housing Institute CEO, Doubles Down, Industry Reactions, Fact Check to Growth Strategy

Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, Manufactured Housing Institute CEO, Doubles Down, Industry Reactions, Fact Check to Growth Strategy

 

 

Tuesday 8.21.2018 

Help Others “Get It” – Loans on “Mobile Homes” Promoted by Another U.S. President

Help Others “Get It” – Loans on “Mobile Homes” Promoted by Another U.S. President

 Paul Manafort Guilty, but No Russia, No Campaign Connection, Cohen Pleads – Plus MH Market Updates

Some Manufactured Homes Included, as Metro Weighs Opening Additional Land for Homes Amid Housing Crunch

Some Manufactured Homes Included, as Metro Weighs Opening Additional Land for Homes Amid Housing Crunch

Court Hands DOE Procedural Victory in Potentially Costly Manufactured Housing Energy Standards Case

Court Hands DOE Procedural Victory in Potentially Costly Manufactured Housing Energy Standards Case

 

Monday 8.20.2018

Big MH Takeover Bid, “Best, Final Offer” Plus Manufactured Home Markets

Big MH Takeover Bid, “Best, Final Offer” Plus Manufactured Home Markets

Trendlines Don’t Lie, Real Challenges, Hidden Manufactured Housing Opportunities Revealed

Trendlines Don’t Lie, Real Challenges, Hidden Manufactured Housing Opportunities Revealed

Sustainable Success. Your Best MH Investment? Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sales and Marketing Meeting

Sustainable Success. Your Best MH Investment? Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sales and Marketing Meeting

Tech Billionaires, “Moral Cowardice,” MH Industry, and National Impact

Tech Billionaires, “Moral Cowardice,” MH Industry, and National Impact

 

Sunday 8.19.2018

Manufactured Housing, Profitable Education, Straw Men, Red Herrings, and Ad Hominems – Sunday Morning Weekly Recap, MH Headline Reports and News in Review Aug 12 to Aug 19, 2018

Manufactured Housing, Profitable Education, Straw Men, Red Herrings, and Ad Hominems – Sunday Morning Weekly Recap, MH Headline Reports and News in Review Aug 12 to Aug 19, 2018

 

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Back to Basics Will Boost Manufactured Home Sales, Sunday Morning Manufactured Home Industry Headline News Recap Aug 5 – Aug 12, 2018

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Let’s stress again that there are numbers of honorable operators and professionals in manufactured housing.

 

Some of those honorable souls would see “the basics” in a similar way that we at MHProNews would agree with too.

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But perhaps in an ironic way, the fact that not everyone understands what “the basics” are illuminates a key part of the factor-built home industry’s problem in the U.S.

For a the next few moments, by “Factory Built Homes,” we’re talking about all forms of off-site built production housing. Manufactured homes (MH), modular homes, other kinds of PreFab homes all frankly struggle with various levels of image and misunderstanding.

Rephrased, it’s an educational issue.

There are training programs in manufactured housing today, right? Numbers of trainers and coaches, some of whom grew up learning and repeating the late Grayson Schewpfinger’s methods. Some of that was fine, he had years of success. So, with no disrespect to the departed, some of that method was also demonstrably problematic.

We won’t run through a bunch of other trainers names, but the following is reality.

If the correct combination of

  • marketing,
  • public relations,
  • sales systems,
  • capital/lending, and
  • lobbying/legal efforts were made,

manufactured housing would arguably be 10 time’s larger than it now is. So too would other forms of U.S. factory building.  When this nation gets the challenges of factory-home building related issues right, the process of acceptance will arguably accelerate in other parts of the world too.  While something like 98.5 percent of our readers are U.S. or Canada, the other 1.5 percent are equally dedicated from other parts of the world.  What happens in MHVille matters.  People from across the globe check in daily here to find out the latest.

 

Proof?

The evidence for the fact that domestic manufactured home production could rise 1o fold, meaning by 1,000 percent, are all around us. One part of the evidence is found in the RV compared to MH report, linked further below.  Or check out the comparisons with the HousingEconomics data, further below.

So, we’ll point you to that and other reports, commentary, and analysis published this past week for more details and specifics.

 

Style, Substance, and Reality Checks

The RV compared to MH Report – linked below – gives a stark reality check for manufactured housing professionals and investors.

There’s a widely held school of thought that advises, “praise in public, correct in private.” That’s a fine norm. But when “private” efforts with the purveyors of the problems have failed repeatedly, a more direct approach is needed.

So that leaves the industry with a need for publicly calling out the problematic behaviors by certain professionals in key places. Where appropriate, that should also lead to remedial legal action, taken by private plaintiff’s attorneys, and/or public officials.

As the Daily Business News has stated for years, we publish reports on various lawsuits and regulatory issues because

1)    they occur,

2)    as a kind of morality tale. Don’t do what caused those people to get in hot water.  By the way, there’s a number of legally focused reports  last week, also found below.

While some are understandably uncomfortable with pointing out problems, what’s the alternative? Allowing another 15 years of the same often avoidable issues?  Again, look at the RV industry, and you’ll see why we’re so passionate about helping manufactured housing achieve what the RV industry has often done quite well.

 

They Did It Before…

Last week, this column asked the question, “They did it before, they can do it again.” Isn’t that obvious?

Reality can be uncomfortable.

But to deny reality is foolish. Check out Zig Ziglar’s article on problem solving, along with our other new and featured articles, linked here or from the hub, below.

Any given professional can make a difference in their own market. So, while collective efforts are useful on some matters, frankly the right “back to basics” protocols will profitably and ethically elevate results in almost any market.

That said, with no further adieu, let’s check out this week’s reports and commentary.

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

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

 

What’s New on the Masthead

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

What’s New from MHARR

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Saturday 8.11.2018

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

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

 

Friday 8.10.2018

Billions in Global Deals, Flying Above the Fray for Unicorn Prefab Builder

Billions in Global Deals, Flying Above the Fray for Unicorn Prefab Builder

“It’s A Problem That’s Been Bubbling for Years,” Turkey Tank$, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

 Freddie Mac’s Manufactured Housing, Myths vs Facts – Your Professional Thoughts?

Freddie Mac’s Manufactured Housing, Myths vs Facts – Your Professional Thoughts?

What RV Industry’s 2018, Prior Results Reveal for Manufactured Housing

What RV Industry’s 2018, Prior Results Reveal for Manufactured Housing

 

Thursday 8.9.2018

 Heartland Immigration Raids by ICE Are Targeting Businesses, Owners, Management – Plus Illegals

“I Admit, I was Wrong,” said Heritage’s Feulner, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

AG’s Hathaway Lawsuit OK’d

AG’s Hathaway Lawsuit OK’d

“All the News That’s Fit to Print,” “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” Affordable Housing, MH Reality Checks

 

 

Wednesday 8.8.2018

Carson’s Recent Address on HUD, Affordable Housing, and the Manufactured Housing Vantagepoint

Carson’s Recent Address on HUD, Affordable Housing, and the Manufactured Housing Vantagepoint

Skirts vs. Coat-Tails for Biz and Investors? Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates 

MHPro Alert: DOE Issues Manufactured Housing Energy Rule RFI

MHPro Alert: DOE Issues Manufactured Housing Energy Rule RFI

“Waste, Fraud, and Abuse” – FHFA, GSE Federal Oversight Announcement

“Waste, Fraud, and Abuse” – FHFA, GSE Federal Oversight Announcement

 

Tuesday 8.7.2018 

Ready Player One, “Mobile Home Stacks,” and the Manufactured Home Industry Reality Check

Ready Player One, “Mobile Home Stacks,” and the Manufactured Home Industry Reality Check

Stocks Rise Amid Trade Tiffs, Iran Sanctions Take Effect, Plus MH Market Updates 

City Settles Case with Community Owner for $1.5 Million 

City Settles Case with Community Owner for $1.5 Million

“Insulting” – Local News Report on “Mobile Home” Fire Underscores Why Terminology Matters

“Insulting” – Local News Report on “Mobile Home” Fire Underscores Why Terminology Matters

 

Monday 8.6.2018

Rising Tide Lifts Millions off Food Stamps, Plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

Manufactured Housing Shipment Totals, June 2018

Manufactured Housing Shipment Totals, June 2018

HousingEconomics Releases New Data on U.S. Housing, Comparing MH and Stick Built Data

HousingEconomics Releases New Data on U.S. Housing, Comparing MH and Stick Built Data

“Fixing Our Industry’s Terrible” Public Relations, a Proven Strategy

“Fixing Our Industry’s Terrible” Public Relations, a Proven Strategy

 

Sunday 8.5.2018 

They Did It Before…Sunday Morning Manufactured Home Industry News Headline Recap July Aug 5, 2018

They Did It Before…Sunday Morning Manufactured Home Industry News Headline Recap July Aug 5, 2018

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MHProNews celebrates success, but won’t shy away from valid concerns.

 

The industry has for year been caught up in the ebb and flow of local, state, and federal politics.

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No one in MHVille is covering political or economic issues impacting manufactured homes more than MHProNews.

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The Daily Business News has been – and continues to be – focused on the causes of manufactured housing underperforming during America’s affordable housing crisis.

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This is one of several topics that could drive voter turnout on both sides of the left-right political divide.

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