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#$2Trillion U.S. GDP Growth via Affordable Housing Plan Few Discuss – Introducing #YimbyVictory2020

December 3rd, 2018 Comments off



Whatever your position is on Nancy Pelosi (CA-D), she is proving you can’t beat someone with no one.  That principle applies in numerous aspects of one’s business or professional life too, including our once far-greater in scope industry.


Affordable housing advocates need more than a lament. Those who want more affordable homes can’t just be opposed to NIMBY. There should be an affirmative case made for YIMBY.

  • NIMBY = “Not in My Back Yard.”
  • YIMBY = “Yes in My Back Yard.”

That case is arguably #YimbyVictory2020 and #$2Trillion. Before diving in, bear in mind, these concepts originate from experts outside and inside of our industry.

Put differently, important groundwork for YIMBY is already in place. For example, research summarized in the graphics below from real estate giant Trulia demonstrate that affordable housing doesn’t harm the values of nearby existing housing.  The reason that is good news is that is what causes many to oppose affordable homes.



The Trulia research reinforces what HUD’s PD&R on manufactured homes documented in a separate study that was MH specific, namely, that MH appreciated side by side with conventional housing discovered.  See the HUD PD&R researched linked further below.


For federally regulated manufactured housing supporters, the research done by third parties – like the HUD PD&R linked below – reveals that despite contrary belief, conventional housing and manufactured homes appreciated side-by-side.



In a university-level study of actual homes in various cities in the U.S., HUD commissioned researchers learned that manufactured homes appreciated side-by-side with conventional housing. As part of a broader understanding of the facts, including the Trulia study noted above, this is a huge reason why manufactured homes ought to be embraced by the public, planners, advocates, and public officials. Click here or the image above to download the HUD research.


That was the lived experience of manufactured housing advocate, and factory-built home owner, the Rev. Donald Tye, Jr.


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


Value Penguin features an article by business-in-small-towns expert Tom Egelhoff and MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach that explains how correcting the false impressions about modern manufactured homes could unleash another $2 trillion dollars a year in U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). They cited the third-party experts that generated that $2-trillion-dollar PER YEAR Additional GDP estimate, plus other sources named in their research, make an unambiguous case for what our part of the affordable housing industry should be cheering and gearing up to do.

That case by Egelhoff-Kovach is based upon existing laws being enforced.  ICYMI, or need a refresher, click the linked article, below.



What is increasingly clear is that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and Clayton Homes purported claims of ‘promoting the industry’ are either

  • ineffective,
  • a smokescreen (diversion),
  • incompetent,
  • or some combination of factors that have arguably produced no demonstrable good results for the bulk of the industry, but have benefited a few ‘MHI insiders.’ Click the link on the image below to learn more.


Clayton’s Miss, Kevin and Tim’s Manufactured Housing Kill Shot, More


Clarity vs Ambiguity or Misinformation

For years, not unlike others in MHVille – a.k.a. manufactured housing land, or the MHIndustry – Tony Kovach asserted that virtually every major concern about contemporary manufactured homes was based upon misinformation.

But unlike others, Kovach and his colleagues went beyond asserting to what industry professionals is an obvious claim. They proceeded to launch what today is known as MHProNews.  Later, they added MHLivingNews. Now after years online, those twin pro-industry trade publications have been acknowledged as dependable sources for accurate information on manufactured homes.

  • Interviews and videos,
  • Third party research,
  • Fact checks – fisking – or analysis of flawed information,
  • and periodic exposes on what are factors behind our industry’s decline are often found only on MHProNews among the industry’s trade media.
  • But the good news about manufactured homes, and factory-built housing has not been overlooked either. Quite the opposite, arguably no one in MH trade media has done more to promote the industry as the solution hiding in plain sight than MHProNews and MHLivingNews. As Skyline’s Terry Decio said, our publications are among the best things the industry’s got. See Decio’s comment in the video below.


PEP can = More Honest Profits and Opportunities

Deer Valley’s Chet Murphree and James McGee said near the end of the video interview below that education is the key. They also said that MHLivingNews and MHProNews are leading the charge on education.




All of that is done here on MHProNews and MHLivingNews have been accomplished in conjunction with sponsors, clients, and reliable industry sources that provide useful news tips.

We’re far from alone.  Today, in a now modest industry – well over 10,000 readers like yourself will logon and read an average of 4½ articles per visit, per recent Webalizer data of our top two URLs, and we have dozens.



Understanding the Challenges Helps Clarify the Needs and Solutions

As long as most people who hear the words “manufactured home” (MH) have a knee-jerk negative reaction, that’s a problem.  When people hear “manufactured home” relate it to pre-HUD Code “mobile homes” –  or shudder, to the totally inappropriate ‘trailer houses’ – the MH industry has an image problem.

With respect to all of those who think that we should drop all terminology, that’s just not practical. First, it is a mistake to merely run away from who we are.  Manufactured housing has a great story to tell, it just hasn’t been told with the ongoing vigor that is needed.

It’s self-evident from the latest two months of declines in new HUD Code home shipments that whatever Clayton or MHI claim to be doing to advance manufactured home acceptance hasn’t worked.


Production Flatline Continues in October 2018


But that 2 month drop in new HUD Code manufactured home shipments shouldn’t be accepted as the end of the story.

Rather, it should be what it is, proof that the industry’s co-called leaders – Clayton and MHI – are demonstrably unproductive.

Let that sink in.

Ironically, anyone who watches their own self-defense/self-promoting new video and does so with a questioning mind, will come to the conclusion that their own claims disprove their effectiveness.  Want evidence?  For more on that see a related report with examples, in the box linked below.


Crisis of Misinformation, Fact Checks, and Manufactured Housing



If Amazon/Jeff Bezos’ Alexa Fund is Right,
There’s Over $300 Billion A Year in Affordable Housing Opportunities

The opportunities in affordable housing are enormous. The industry should be – and could be – one of the hottest sectors in the entire U.S. economy. Keep in mind, that a third-party organization named the U.S. the hottest market in the world for the first time in years.

For more details on the potential for affordable housing in America, see the report linked in the box below.


$300 Billion Market, As Predicted, Jeff Bezos’ Amazon Alexa Fund Dives Deeper into PreFab Homes


That’s why there is a need for a forward-looking effort, which we will hereby dub #YimbyVictory2020.

Part of that #YimbyVictory2020 must include an ADL type wing for manufactured housing, to protect the industry from errant media and avoidable problems from outside of our industry, or within.



Before Frank Rolfe went radio silent on such issues, Rolfe said that the bill board association vigorously defended their industry, every time they were challenged. Rolfe argued, that was needed in manufactured housing too. MHProNews has made that case for years, but it is becoming increasingly evidence that we were correct in doing so. Tim Williams admitted it was a wise strategy too. So, why does MHI and Berkshire Hathaway fail to do it?



What Can You Do?

Everyone has options to support an organization that is not beholden to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and arguably their most powerful backer, the various Berkshire Hathaway brands operating in our industry. Those organizations include, but are not necessarily limited to:


  • MHARR,
  • The NFIB, less industry focused than MHARR, but nevertheless reportedly has hundreds of manufactured housing industry member independents, per NFIB sources to MHProNews.
  • NMHCO,
  • MHIdea,

are among the options already on the table.

The first two bulleted organization above have already demonstrated years of pro-growth policies. The next two are nascent, but arguably can only be better than MHI, because they’ve both publicly rejected MHI’s track record and lack of performance.

We as the industry’s leading trade media have been – and/or could be – supportive of any or all of the above. As needed, other new option(s) could also be established.

There are already some new HUD Code production independents taking shape in the wake of the 2016 election.

It’s clear that Warren Buffett and the Claytons have and are supporting those who favor higher taxes and more regulations. Buffett and his MHI/industry allies – like Nathan Smith – clearly oppose the lower regulations, lower taxes, pro-growth agenda of the Trump Administration. For the latest example, see the report found in the box linked below.


Nathan & Mary Lee Chance Smith, Leaders in ‘Anti-Trump Resistance,’ Manufactured Housing Impact?






Simple Concepts for Understanding, that Lead to Simple Concepts for Growth

  • Pay more attention to what people have done, than what they claim or say. That’s a paraphrase of what MHI award winner, Marty Lavin, JD has said. Here are some others…
  • Follow the Money. We’ve been doing that on MHProNews for some time, as links further below reflect.
  • You get more of what you encourage, less of what you discourage. The ways that Buffett and his billionaire friends have encouraged high regulation, high tax candidates, should speak volumes to the industry. So long as people take a clear eyed look at MHI’s leadership, the reality of how MHI has arguably deceived the industry’s independent companies becomes more clear.

Positive approaches to end the stranglehold of big-government supporting Democratic billionaires are already underway on numerous fronts, both within and beyond manufactured housing. Let’s note that while we are non-partisan, facts-are-facts. There are some in the GOP that are closer to the Democratic position than they want to admit.  There are some in the Democratic party that are closer to the GOP than they want to admit.



The Democrats are not the same party that they used to be. Neither are the Republicans. Democrats have tilted socialist, and many say so openly. Members of both major parties need to look anew at what it means to be a ‘classical liberal.’ That could become common ground. 

But overall, the Democratic Party of today is the party of the uber rich, as the graphic above illustrates. They have successfully postured being for the little guy for years.  That’s been accomplished in part by wide segments of the media being de facto pro-Democratic, as are the giants of FAANG.



Manufactured housing advocates can easily ally with:

  • Potentially millions of Democrats who want to see wage growth, affordable housing, who on paper claim to be anti-monopolistic (antitrust), but it will require a sustained educational effort.
  • Investors that want their piece of that $2 trillion dollar a year in economic growth message, which manufactured housing is uniquely positioned to achieve.
  • With limited government GOP and Libertarian supporters.
  • With all people of good will, who want a level playing field and their shot at the American Dream, which includes home ownership.
  • The capital, NGOs, residents, downsizers, and renters can be attracted that will be needed to make #YimbyVictory2020 a reality.
  • It will take sustained messaging and engagement.

This is the continuation of a process that is already underway among dozens of potential allies, some of which MHProNews has already contacted and established initial relationships with. This methodology has proven potential.

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$500 Billion Dollar Affordable Housing Plan from Warren, Growing Manufactured Home-Impacting Plots

September 29th, 2018 Comments off


There are at least 4 recent “affordable housing program” proposals that have been announced that have the potential to impact manufactured housing for good or ill.

3 of them are by higher-profile 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Senator Kalama Harris’ (CA-D) office has provided a plan she has styled the “Rent Relief Act of 2018,” which can be read at that hot-link or as a download.

Senator Cory Booker’s (NJ-D) communication’s team provided MHProNews his idea that will impact the affordable housing and manufactured home markets in a concept he’s styled “Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, and Equity Act of 2018.’’

This passed week, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (MA-D) office has provided the Daily Business News on MHProNews her plan. It’s dubbed the “American Housing and Economic Mobility Act.”

The last plan was described by the left-of-center Intercept  as “The legislation calls for a half-trillion dollar investment in affordable housing over the next 10 years, creating up to 3.2 million new units for low- and middle-income families.” Why have a plan that only covers less than half of the affordable housing shortfall reported by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) ?


That’s 3 plans from 3 Democratic hopefuls.  We will review those in the days ahead here on MHProNews, but note here that each involves an effort to frame affordable housing as an important issue for the upcoming midterms. Each prospective Democratic hopeful believes that affordable housing is one of the necessary planks for winning the midterms, and thus winning the White House 2 years later.


Collage by MHProNews.

That’s a huge signal to manufactured housing tea-leaves-readers. Note that a quick thumbnail is this.  Each plan has an opportunity to erode the private-sector solution for affordable housing that is provided by the manufactured housing industry.

Henry Kraemer, a Portland-based activist, co-authored an article in The Nation in May making the political case for Democrats to take up housing issues. In August, he followed up withco-authored report laying out specific policy recommendations, such as new rent subsidies and expanded public housing,” said the Intercept.

Manufactured housing investors and professionals – sit up and take notice from the ONLY trade publisher in MHVille that keeps you abreast of these topics which can help-or-harm your bottom lines with such clarity and depth of information. Where’s the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) analysis and commentary on these looming issues?


HUD Secretary Ben Carson and the Trump Administration’s Plan – Which Has Noted MH

The “U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it aims to “streamline and enhance” an Obama-era rule on desegregation,” said CityLabs.


The same source said that this time “...HUD is adopting a novel framework for rolling back its rule on desegregation: Carson is pitching this rule change as a way to fend off NIMBYism.” If that sounds like YIMBY vs. NIMBY, CityLabs says you’re right. Once more, it is the Daily Business News that spotlighted that issue, which a few state association executives, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), and a small circle of others have mentioned.

YIMBY vs. NIMBY, Obama Admin Concept Could Unlock $1.95 Trillion Annually, HUD & MH Impact

A Washington, D.C. source has told MHProNews that our submission to HUD and the DOE have drawn attention on manufactured housing issues. CityLabs calls Carson’s move an about face. Coincidence?


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When former President Jimmy Carter blasted the Trump Administration for their failure to address affordable housing as he thought it should be done, a HUD spokeswoman told MHProNews that part of the Carson plan is manufactured housing.  She specifically pointed to the talk Carson gave, which is linked below.

“A New Era of Cooperation and Coordination,” is Promised by HUD Secretary Carson, Saying “I Hear You”

The reported hit by former President Jimmy Carter (D) on President Trump, , covered exclusively in MHVille on the Daily Business News, is found at the link below.


President Jimmy Carter Blasts Trump Administration on Affordable Housing, Carter’s Manufactured Home Ties

Possible Warning Signs…

The above link doesn’t mean that manufactured housing professionals should be too relaxed about maneuvering that is underway at HUD, by MHI and MHARR.  See that report, linked below.

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


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As the midterms approach – now just 38 days away, and with early voting starting in some places – the industry needs to wake up and smell the coffee for what’s coming.  There are signals both ways as to how the polling is going.

Pew Research says that interest among voters about the midterms is at 72 percent, a sky-high level for non-presidential year voting. It’s a jump ball between the two major parties.

See the new, related report, linked below. MHProNews will look at several facts and analysis in upcoming reports in the days ahead.  Stay tuned to your #1 source for manufactured home “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” ©.  You can sign up for our industry leading news at the link below. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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