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Warren Buffett Donates Billions More, Behind the Curtain Impact on Manufactured Housing

July 3rd, 2019 Comments off

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CNBC recently reported that Warren Buffett has donated billions more in Berkshire Stock to 5 ‘charities.’ 

  

In an exclusive ‘deeper dive’ report on MHLivingNews, there are facts laid out including how many billions and to what causes they were given. That includes several quotes from Kevin Clayton and others.  Those quotes, facts, and more that are presented shed light on vexing manufactured housing industry issues. 

We’ll likely know later today from official sources if the 8-month year-over-year decline in manufactured housing has continued. 

Either way, up or down, some of the reasons the industry is snoring instead of soaring are laid out in that new analysis.

To see that penetrating report of importance to professionals, investors, advocates, manufactured home owners, home seekers, and public officials, click the linked text/image box below.

 

 

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City Ponders “Mobile Housing Units,” to Address “Affordable Housing Shortage,” Citizen Reaction

June 13th, 2019 Comments off
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Photo of manufactured home from the same city, posted on a local real estate MLS.

Union Springs is located in Alabama. According to Wikipedia, Union Springs is a city in and county seat of Bullock County, Alabama, United States. The population was 3,980 at the 2010 census.”  The population, per at least two online sources, appears to be trending down. “Total Population: 3,785,” in 2018, per Suburban Stats. 

 

 

The Census Reporter estimates the town at 3640.

Google maps says it is about a 50-minute drive into Montgomery, AL, which is 45 miles away by the more direct route.

 

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Alabama is one of the top 10 states in the U.S. for the production and sales of new manufactured homes.

Bearing those points in mind as a brief introduction, let’s dive into a letter to the editor of the Union Springs Herald, found at this link here and reproduced below.  A collage of their header is reproduced, along with the letter, under fair use guidelines for media.  It will be followed by commentary and analysis.

 

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Dear Editor:

I recently attended a public hearing assembly held by the Union Springs planning commission and I was dismayed by the number of requests to install mobile housing units within the city limits. Union Springs has an affordable housing shortage and providing a means to relieve this problem is needed. However, it seems as if these mobile units will be squeezed into any available space with little regard to the impact they will have on their neighbors. One proposal was to bring in a minimum of four to six mobile units on 5 acres of land on Industrial Park Rd. This sounds like someone is interested in building a trailer park.

There are other remedies that can be used to relieve our housing issues. Many of the vacant buildings in our downtown would be perfect as condominiums with retail space on the ground level. Centrally located to the major thoroughfares, this would be quite attractive to young singles or newly married couples who cannot afford to live in Pike Road.

An effort to build two or three-bedroom single family homes would also attract families with children or elderly parents for the same reasons.

One indicator of neighborhood stability and viability is the number of owner-occupied homes in the area. If the City of Union Springs wants to attract high paying jobs and reduce the number of residents who move out looking for modern homes and conveniences, then we need to encourage building single family homes vs. mobile homes.

When I use our highways to travel to the surrounding cities, I am awed by the newly built homes that dot the countryside. Let us not limit ourselves to a vision of who we will be in the future by who we are now. If someone can afford to rent, they can afford to buy. There are many programs which will educate and assist renters into becoming buyers.

Finally, let us consider the age and code requirements of these proposed mobile units before granting approval. Do these older units meet the current standards of insurability? Changes to existing structures must meet current building standards; the same should be required for new mobile units.

Darlene McGaw

 

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In the same newspaper last year, I am a Highly Qualified History teacher,” in announcing her campaign for the Plainfield Board of Education, “I am Darlene McGawasking for your prayers, support and your vote on June 05, 2018.” The Union Herald also said that she has a “B.A. in Psychology.” A LinkedIn profile reflects that “Cheryl Darlene McGaw is a Teacher at Plainfield Board of Education.”

Safe to say that she is an intelligent, educated woman who had the confidence to run for public office and to speak her mind openly on civic issues. She has apparently earned a significant level of public confidence.

One might wonder, why hasn’t the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), or the state association responded to this letter to the editor?

We waited about 19 hours, nothing.  Yet, MHI has a full-time public relations person.

In another letter to the editor in Buffalo, New York that MHProNews did a detailed analysis on yesterday, has since had one posted response as of this morning. The letter and a video with others that feel similarly is found at this link here, or by clicking the text-image box below.

 

Ongoing MH Headwinds – Angry Manufactured Home Residents, Understanding the Manufactured Housing Industry Dilemma Through Their Eyes

 

Here below is the lone posted comment to that recent letter and prior video commentary by Gail Travers. The typos that follow are in the original. Reminder to new readers, often MHProNews takes direct quotes and turns the text bold and brown to make it pop, but otherwise does not change the words quoted.

 

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keep fighting to keep scum like these peple under control we wanted to buy there but because of the situation with this company there we changed our minds i feel so bad for the residents there i hope N.Y. will do the right thing and give these folks a worry free nights sleep and place heavey restrictions on these investors rather fron out of town or here if the folks there dont win this battle where would many of them go its shameful

 

In fairness to the ‘Linda Tower,’ there are times that comments posted by smart phone can result in some ‘fat finger’ errors. That noted, Tower’s comments, Travers’ and that of Ms. McGaw are indicative of the way that much of the public reacts to manufactured housing.  It helps explains why the Zillow research below reflects the point that only 8 percent of housing seekers even admit to considering a manufactured home.

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Only 8 percent of housing shoppers considered a mobile or manufactured home, and many of those did not buy one. That’s both a challenge, but also an opportunity in disguise for those who have a sales and marketing system that deals with that reality.

 

Thousands of manufactured home professionals know better. But let’s be candid. There are also scores who work in our industry that believe similarly. The level of true ‘education’ in the industry is pitiable.

These kinds of public comments – or industry realities, in numbers of cases – are educational and public relations issue, not just a marketing challenge. That’s why speeches and addresses like HUD Secretary Carson’s, prior HUD Secretary Julian Castro’s comments are useful.  But only to the degree that they are made know.

 

 

Last week, in under 400 words, the case was made that “Enhanced Preemption” must be a mantra of HUD and MHI.  It has already been promoted for years by MHARR, and our publications.  See the report, via the linked text-image box below.

 

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The proper application of “enhanced preemption” would make local opposition moot. The combination of enhanced preemption and articles like the one below would ease the fear that so many fear that property values will be diminished. HUD and other third party research demonstrates that is not the case.

 

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The article cites numerous third party research that debunks several concerns that McGaw and millions of others have been led to mistakenly believe. https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/fear-a-solution-to-the-affordable-housing-crisis-and-the-manufactured-home-dilemma/

 

Union Springs isn’t Seattle or Los Angeles. But which is worse?  Tents or people living in cardboard boxes living outside of your housing unit? Or is it to have a properly installed manufactured home next door? Which will help or harm housing value more?

 

 

There has been reams of nonprofit and university level research for over 2 decades to debunk the vast majority of the public’s concerns, based upon facts, third party research, unpaid expert or home owners statements. Why is so little or none of it on MHI’s website? Why is it that some that MHI promoted before is now missing?

 

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Why did Belsky miss his predicted date? See that ‘smoking gun’ report, linked here. See too what the John Oliver video background research revealed

 

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What Are Federal Officials Researching About Manufactured Housing?

June 2nd, 2019 Comments off

 

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At the start of every month, businesses and organizations of all kinds routinely assess the activities and results for the weeks that were just completed.  When compared with an organization’s goals and objectives, that weekly, monthly, and quarterly review of activities and results are a prudent element for monitoring the pulse of an organization. Otherwise, the ‘illusion of motion‘ can set in.

 

To spotlight keen insights on federal officials with respect to our manufactured home industry, let’s take a quick step back.  Using that same method noted above, MHProNews strives to take an hour or two and review statistical and other data at the start of every month. On June 1st, 2019 data generated by third-party Webalizer reported the following about ‘the feds.’

On just two of our several cPanels for MHProNews, there were 3290 hits by “US Government (gov),” per Webalizer.  On our industry professional site, those same 2 cPanels reported 336,385 total visits.  That means that the U.S. Government website traffic is less than ½ of 1 percent of our total traffic on MHProNews.

But those thousands of hits by federal officials on MHProNews should not be discounted or dismissed as insignificant.

MHProNews’ content is geared toward industry professional readers.  Software tells us a lot, but not everything. We don’t ‘see you’ or othres who reading here, because you are not required to login to access our content. What software often does tell us are generic things, like are you a .com, .net, .org, .gov, etc.  Some platforms accessing the site are not identified at all, and are listed as ‘unknown.’ There are no doubt some from the general public that surf in, but ManufacturedHomeLivingNews (MHLivingNews) is designed for them and is more to their liking.

By contrast to generic site info reported by Webalizer or others, our emailed headline news is specific.  Those who sign up, or those who have been on our email list for over 9 years, have or use a given name, even if the name provided is a pseudonym.

That email list tells us that the bulk of our readers are people that can readily be identified, and are professionals who are directly connected to the manufactured home industry.  But there too among our emailed headline news readers are some who have self-identified as public officials. That’s fine.

From a marketer’s perspective, what the data – and comments like Casey Mack’s – tell us is and you is that the vast majority of our audience is what we intended when we launched this platform some 9.5 years ago — manufactured home industry professionals.  As noted, that’s good for business-to-business marketers, and it is a good gauge on other matters too. It’s the ‘other matters’ that no doubt interests federal officials.

So what the data tells us is that significant numbers of federal officials are reading on MHProNews. What are those feds reading and researching?

 

Beyond Data the eMail Inbox, Calls…

Beyond data from third party analytics, there are emails from public officials, and those who are running political campaigns.  The most notable there are several Democrats running for their party’s nomination for the 2020 contest for who sits in the Oval Office.  We also receive routine communications from federal agencies by email, including from the White House and the campaign of President Donald J. Trump.  Speaking of the president, whatever your views on his style may be, objective thinkers realize that the quote below applies to you, us, and anyone who uses common sense. We share the quote because it applies to our industry. The segue to the quote below aside, let’s return to the headline theme.

 

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Politically incorrect? Yes. But the quote above is apt and valuable to goal and solution oriented professionals, regardless of their views.

 

There are numbers of messages that come in daily from industry professionals. Those blow away the totals that come in from public officials. Once more, while not entirely scientific, even apart from Webalizer or other analytics data it gives us a good sense of who the vast majority of our readers are.  Namely, manufactured home industry professionals.

On any given day, our readers will totally dwarf the engagement of a blogger such as George F. Allen, based upon information we have, which includes what Allen calls his ‘intimates’ (ouch). Allen has flip-flopped from being a staunch Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and Clayton/21st/Berkshire Hathaway critic, to a de facto – if not open – cheerleader for them.  We don’t see Allen’s banking account, but there are reasons to believe that he’s been ‘rewarded’ for his flip-flop, in which he has yet to disavow his own prior claims against what he said in his own words are monopolistic practices that are steadily eroding the numbers of manufactured housing independents.

Allen writes for MHInsider – whose first three initials are MHI, and they too are arguably MHI toadies – and each likes to name drop. It’s a reasonably free country compared to others, and we respect their first amendment rights. While Allen or MHInsider may get some federal readers too, it is logically unlikely that they do so for the same reasons as those who come to research here at MHProNews. Why? Because ‘Toadies‘ are easily identified by objective people.

 

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MHInsider, George Allen, others are current examples of toadies to the industry’s powers that be.

 

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The industry can thank HUD Secretary Ben Carson for his periodic plugs for manufactured housing.  The industry must also ask, why has MHI still failed – as of today’s date shown below – to promote Secretary Carsons’ strong endorsement of the use of manufactured homes to solve the affordable housing crisis?  Dr. Carson’s address to their own trade group is still not found on their website.  Nor have we found evidence that MHI used their media contacts to elevate the understanding of the industry, and thus provide third-party evidence that could boost new manufactured home sales.  We’ve asked MHI to respond to that, and have asked their outside attorney to do so too. Silence.

 

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HUD officials inform us that they are among those who surf our site and content.

 

These search results on MHI’s website are not just curiosities or oddities.  Rather, it goes to the heart of their claim to the IRS that they are ‘trying to improve the regulatory and market environment for the industry.’   There is no doubt that MHI meets with federal officials, they make sure that they show those photo opportunities to their industry readers. They’ve produced videos, but those routinely get very few views compared to those who attack MHVille.  So why do they then fail to tout good news about manufactured housing in an effective way with the general public?  Inept?  Unmotivated?  Incompetent?  We give them credit for being intelligent people. That therefor suggests a hidden agenda, because the alternatives are suggested by those prior three questions.

 

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A typical Allen statement to his ‘intimates’ is that MHProNews is sponsored by MHARR. Duh. Our banner ads are open for anyone to see. What Allen and his ilk fail to mention is that MHI, Clayton Homes, and 21st Mortgage were all banner advertisers or used other services supplied by our firm too. When our fact-checks and analysis did not suit them, apparently, they stopped their support. While our understanding of certain trends evolved, our pro-growth, pro-independent, pro-consumer views have not wavered, and pre-date modest banner ads from MHARR or others, which we of course value. But a few ad dollars doesn’t change our views, as we tell prospective advertisers. Our views are not changed by someone dangling the promise of ad support. We effectively tell them, support the biggest and most read professional platform, or not.  Marketers pay for engaged eye balls here, they don’t pay to influence our content. 

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The evidence reflects that it is often the ‘big boy’ members of MHI that spark negative headlines. Instead of improving the operating environment, as their IRS 990 filing claims, MHI and key members are arguably doing quite the opposite in practice. By suppressing the good news about manufactured homes with bad news, aren’t they depressing new manufactured home sales?

MHProNews and our sister site have made the argument that MHI is de facto – if not intentionally – working to consolidate the industry into the hands of a few larger brands.  Among those are Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corporation and others owned, connected to, or influenced by Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway. All of that is of potential interest to federal officials.

The following are hot-button issues in the U.S. in Washington, D.C. and beyond:

  • Affordable housing.
  • Income inequality.
  • Monopoly and consolidation.
  • The alleged failures of capitalism, and the rise of interest in ‘socialism.’
  • Anything connected to President Donald J. Trump and several of the members of his administration.

The vast majority of those topics are found only on MHProNews in MHVille.  That’s why industry pros flock by the thousands daily, and logically why thousands of hits resulted from federal officials too.

 

Independent

At MHProNews, we are political independents, which doesn’t mean that we don’t care.  Quite the opposite.  We are strongly in favor of morally undergirded Constitutional safeguarded rights given by God, not man, corporations, or governments. While Jefferson was – like us all – a less than perfect human, the Declaration of Independence that he drafted for the founding fathers captures some of the best thinking of thousands of years of human history when it comes to protecting the rights of citizens. The ‘right to life, liberty, and property‘ was the famous phrase he first wrote in the draft for the Declaration, which was tweaked in the final version to read “the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Free markets can benefit from proper oversight that protects against monopolistic power or criminal actions. So when corporate giants arguably subvert the normal channels open to small business owners, then not only do those small businesses suffer, but “We, the People” of America suffer too.

Before turning to our headlines for the week of 5-26-2019 to 6-2-2019, let’s summarize the above.

Of course federal officials are on our website daily.  If they want to get that Arlington, VA based MHI propaganda that has been authorized by those who pull their strings in Omaha and Knoxville, they can and no doubt do read that too.  Then, like intelligent people, they compare what they read.  That’s what thinking, analytical people do.

As a passing note, often the strongest arguments against something comes from those who’ve quit that something.  The former smoker or alcoholic may be the one that is most passionate about arguing against those potentially harmful items if they become habitual.  As former MHI members, one should take into account that our publication spent years as MHI members – and that sheds some light on the undemanding forged here too.

It is in testing or questioning results that may flow from an intelligent clash of ideas that allows someone to ponder the claims and underlying logic of:

  • what MHI, MHInsider, Allen, and other bootlickers say vs.
  • what is said here on MHProNews, on MHLivingNews, or at the Washington, D.C. based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

Those two bullets are the two broad camps in MHVille trade media today.

Rephrased, most of the topics linked in our weekly recap, further below, would never be found on an MHI minion’s website.  But they are found here.

Which claims stand the test of reason and time?  That is how the truth can be clarified.

We are only hours or days away from the latest shipment data.  7 months into a downturn that is taking place during an affordable housing crisis, MHI has sounded no alarms in their messaging to members.  Why not?

Some in D.C. have and will no doubt go with what MHI says, because they have donor dollars to dole out.  But buying votes isn’t the same as the truth.

Here it is only the power of evidence and reason that prevails.  While we are independent of each other, MHARR has no PAC either. You ask them why. By contrast, MHI makes their PAC well known.  Of course they can buy a statement read into the record.  But those statements, if heard mostly by their own followers, how do they advance the industry?  Or are they just another form of the ‘illusion of motion?’

We believe at MHProNews and MHLivingNews the that evidence, analysis, fact-checks and reason are magnetic.  That’s why we have by far the largest audience of its kind in our industry. And that’s why, IMHO — federal, other public officials and higher office seekers are drawn to MHProNews too.  Even if public officials or others who come here disagree, they know they will find evidence and reason to support our position.

With no further adieu, let’s turn to the headlines from the week that was.

 

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Affordable Housing War – Does Ethical, Legal Way to Redistribute Wealth from Billionaires to Millions of Americans Exist Without Socialism or Passing New Laws?

Oklahoma Tornado Kills – Sobering, Surprising Fact Check – Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes, Commercial Buildings, Conventional Housing, Twisters, and Death

 

What’s New in Washington, D.C. from MHARR

HUD Rescinds 2017 “Guidance” On Carport-Ready Homes

What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

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Saturday 6.1.2019

Brief History and Objectives of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

Friday 5.31.2019

2019 Maine Manufactured Housing Show Insights

Facts Aren’t Partisan – Southern Border & Immigration Reality Checks, plus Manufactured Housing Stock Updates

U.S. Slips in World Competitive Rankings, per Swiss-Based IMD Competitiveness Center

Key to Unlocking Door for More Manufactured Home Sales, Professor Lisa Tyler’s Valuable Research


Thursday 5.30.2019

Cavco Industries Investigated Anew for Violations of Federal Securities Laws, plus Manufactured Home Industry Stock Updates

Representative Ilhan Omar’s Bill Would Regulate Manufactured Home Community Owners

Patrick Industries-Manufactured Housing Supplier-PATK Investor Relations Spotlights Manufactured Home Industry Challenges, Opportunities

Affordable Housing and the Two Sides of Rent Control, in Two Videos – Pros and Cons

 

Wednesday 5.29.2019

Democratic Professor Defends Conservative Right to Free Speech; How Free Speech Helps, Harms Manufactured Housing

Manufactured Home Communities’ Dodd-Frank Moment Looms, Senator Elizabeth Warren Takes Aim at Several Manufactured Housing Institute Community Members

John Grissim Guides Author Finger Pointed at 21st Mortgage Corporation, Notorious Tim Williams Letter Cutting Off Retailers

 

Tuesday 5.28.2019

Lawsuit By Manufactured Home Community Owner Claims City “Intent” on Putting it Out of Business

What is Marketing? What is Selling? Succeeding with Manufactured Homes in Your Local Marketplace(s)

Senate Democrats – Including 2020 Presidential Contenders – Ask CFPB Protect Consumers Against Predatory Lenders — Point Finger at Clayton Homes, Berkshire Hathaway Lending

 

Monday 5.27.2019

Wheel Estate – Manufactured Home Consumer – Special Shopping Report

Dramatic, But Misleading? Manufactured Home Marketers Eye-View of Recent Tornado Deaths in Oklahoma, Alabama

Shocking, True State of the Manufactured Housing Industry, plus Solutions for Profitable, Sustainable Growth – May 2019

Memorial Day, We Remember, Beyond Burgers, Brats, and Buns

 

Sunday 5.26.2019

George Allen’s “Peace Offensive,” Saul Alinsky, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and Manufactured Housing’s War

Thanks as always for checking in. That’s this Sunday morning edition of “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (Headline news, weekly recap, news, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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“Monopoly” in Manufactured Housing Alleged by George Allen, MHI Defender’s Turn by former Community-Investor, Self-Claimed EducateMHC Blogger

Capitalism vs. Socialism Town Hall Discussion, Plus Manufactured Housing Equities Updates

 

“Trailer Parks,” Presidential Candidate, Prior HUD Secretary Julian Castro on MH Community Operators, Residents Not Knowing Their Rights

Manufactured Housing Institute Housing Alert! “On Capitol Hill…MHI Advances Manufactured Housing Finance Reform,” Redux

Andy Gedo, Partner at ManageAmerica, Raises Clayton Homes Monopolistic Practices Debate; Manufactured Housing Institute Related Issues

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Antitrust Heats Up With Supreme Court Ruling, Monopolization Legal Experts Weigh In, Clayton-Related Comment Connection

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Ultimate Victory

April 21st, 2019 Comments off

 

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From what was seemingly the most humiliating defeat in earth’s history, to the most glorious triumph, all in the span of a few days.

 

That’s what a surprising victory looks like.

In the life of Jesus as recorded in the sacred texts, there is an episode that we could all identify with.

Jesus comes to the shore, and with Simon (Peter’s) permission, boards his boat. They push out from shore just a bit, and that wandering Jewish preacher begins to teach to the people listening. When he finished, to thank Simon, Jesus tells him and his crew to go out farther, and lower their fishing nets for a catch, because Simon and his companions were professional fishermen.

Here is how that episode reads in Luke chapter 5, from the English Standard translation from Bible Hub.  When Simon says “Master,” he is speaking to Jesus.

 

4And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.5And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

 

Each of us at some point in almost any career one can imagine is about “catching people,” hopefully in a good sense of the term.

A close look at the evidence reflects that our industry is under assault from outside and in.  America is too. If you look at other nations, they likewise have their own woes.

But for those who believe and act upon that faith, the final victory is assured. That’s what this day called Easter and the recent historic events are all about. The rest are the details that makes every life on earth an adventure to be celebrated.

Some of those who resisted or opposed Jesus of Nazareth, or who followed Jesus in secret, went through that emotional roller coaster of His controversial life, Jesus dying a humiliating death, and then His rising from the dead. Some changed, others did not. That’s free will.

The forces of the Roman empire and the local leaders of that era looked to be all powerful.  But in the final analysis, they were not all controlling in the end, where they? The world order of that era was turned upside down by those events in that obscure outpost of a now long gone empire.

 

We at MHProNews don’t claim to have a script as to how the events in our industry and nation will play out. But we believe in that final victory.

Thus, we move on in faith, day-by-day doing reporting and analyzing what the evidence appears to the truth of a given matter.  We plan our moves, in faith. We may connect the dots of a specific event to the larger puzzling picture of the struggle for freedom our industry’s honest professionals merit.

We believe in our affordable manufactured homes, in free enterprise, and we oppose deceptively rigged systems. We believe in the God-given rights of the people. We believe in money honestly earned.

Yesterday, in the Jacksonville newspaper the linked item below was published. They chose the headline, as editors are permitted to do. But the copy was submitted by me. In 300 words, it flips the script on John Oliver.

 

https://www.jacksonville.com/opinion/20190420/letter-affordable-mobile-homes-are-desperately-needed

 

From our family and team to you and yours, Happy Easter!

With no further adieu, let’s look back at the week that was from 4.14.2019 to 4.21.2019.

 

What’s New on The Masthead

The Two Gardens, America, and Manufactured Housing

 

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Mortgage Prison – What Australian Housing, John Oliver Can Teach Americans – Correcting Corruption, Incompetence with Classy Affordable Manufactured Homes

 

What’s New from Washington, D.C. from MHARR

 

 

 

 

What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

Saturday 4.20.2019

The Blind Leading vs. Truth Telling, Life of Jesus Video

The Blind Leading vs. Truth Telling, Life of Jesus Video

 

Friday 4.19.2019

Start of Passover for Jews, Good Friday for Christians 2019

Start of Passover for Jews, Good Friday for Christians 2019

 

Thursday 4.18.2019

Early PreFab Leader Sears Sues Eddie Lampert, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin for Alleged Billions of ‘Theft,’ Plus MH Market Updates

Early PreFab Leader Sears Sues Eddie Lampert, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin for Alleged Billions of ‘Theft,’ Plus MH Market Updates

“Warren Buffet’s Exploitative Mobile Home Investment” Kori Hale in Forbes Rips Clayton Homes, Berkshire Hathaway’s Predatory Manufactured Home Practices

“Warren Buffet’s Exploitative Mobile Home Investment” Kori Hale in Forbes Rips Clayton Homes, Berkshire Hathaway’s Predatory Manufactured Home Practices

Government Forces Sale of Manufactured Home Community, Case Ruling, Details

Government Forces Sale of Manufactured Home Community, Case Ruling, Details

Insider Tip – “Selling Access” to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Manufactured Housing Institute’s Latest Razzle Dazzle

Insider Tip – “Selling Access” to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Manufactured Housing Institute’s Latest Razzle Dazzle

 

Wednesday 4.17.2019

Got a Fair Housing Complaint? HUD Awards Millions More in Anti-Discrimination Efforts

Got a Fair Housing Complaint? HUD Awards Millions More in Anti-Discrimination Efforts

‘Revitalization doesn’t have a color or party, it starts in the heart’ Scott Turner, Opportunity Zones Conference, Plus MH Market Updates

‘Revitalization doesn’t have a color or party, it starts in the heart’ Scott Turner, Opportunity Zones Conference, Plus MH Market Updates

Foundation for Action as Fannie Mae CEO Put on Notice for Robust Personal Property Manufactured Home Lending

Foundation for Action as Fannie Mae CEO Put on Notice for Robust Personal Property Manufactured Home Lending

The God Who Sees, Kathie Lee Gifford & Nicole C. Mullen Inspirational Music Video

The God Who Sees, Kathie Lee Gifford & Nicole C. Mullen Inspirational Music Video

 

Tuesday 4.16.2019 

Wells, Chase, Citi Mortgage Lending Plunges, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

Wells, Chase, Citi Mortgage Lending Plunges, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

Ross Kinzler Confirms Allegations, MHEC Peer Claims “Association Malpractice;” Member Backstab, MHI Failure Concerns

Ross Kinzler Confirms Allegations, MHEC Peer Claims “Association Malpractice;” Member Backstab, MHI Failure Concerns

Monopolization of America Video, Your Customers, Manufactured Housing, Berkshire News Tip, and You

Monopolization of America Video, Your Customers, Manufactured Housing, Berkshire News Tip, and You

 

Monday 4.15.2019 

Tax Day Infographic, Fascinating Facts At A Glance

Tax Day Infographic, Fascinating Facts At A Glance

What Tiger Woods, Nike Can Teach Manufactured Housing Leaders, Plus MH Market Updates

What Tiger Woods, Nike Can Teach Manufactured Housing Leaders, Plus MH Market Updates

Done! AG Bag$ Manufactured Modular Home Retailer

Done! AG Bag$ Manufactured Modular Home Retailer

Peer Alleges State Execs Crossed Line, “Kissing Ass” Clayton Homes, Manufactured Housing Institute, Back-Stabbed MHI Member Reacts

Peer Alleges State Execs Crossed Line, “Kissing Ass” Clayton Homes, Manufactured Housing Institute, Back-Stabbed MHI Member Reacts

 

Sunday 4.14.2019 

Jujitsu – Last Week Tonight John Oliver “Mobile Homes” Video Fact-Check Revelations

Jujitsu – Last Week Tonight John Oliver “Mobile Homes” Video Fact-Check Revelations

 

 

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Warren Buffett Urges Government Care For People Who’ve Become ‘Roadkill’ – Video, Analysis

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In Hungarian (Magyar) there’s an expression that when translated into English goes something like this,The one making the accusation is the one guilty of the offense.”

Keep that penetrating phrase in mind as you digest what Warren Buffett said that follows.

In an interview with CNBC, Warren Buffett said the following:

 

  • We are prosperity. We should take care of people who’ve become roadkill because of something beyond their control … I think that’s the obligation of a rich country,” Warren Buffett says.
  • He said the benefit of free trade is rather “invisible,” and in fact the policy has done some damage to those dislocated workers.
  • In a country with $65,000 in GDP per capita … you do take care of the people that for one reason or another … have become roadkill…”
  • I’m 100 percent for free trade. I think it has benefited the country enormously and will continue to benefit it. But the benefit of free trade is invisible. … There’s nothing in Walmart that says you saved 8 percent because we bought this somewhere other than American manufacturers…”
  • You have this huge national benefit unseen but you ruined the economic lives of people who are 50 or 55. They are not going to be retrained and relocated … they became uneconomic in the world of economy. Rich countries can take care of those people to follow policies which benefit all of us to take care of the relative few who are dislocated.”

 

The Journalistic Questions…

When trying to unpack what someone is doing, the basic questions of a trained journalist are, “Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and How Much?” And then “Follow the Money…”

Recall that historically and biblically, money is not evil. Money is considered a blessing. Rather it is the inordinate, disproportionate love of money in an exaggerated way, that is the evil. Making anything that is not God, into a deity to be worshiped, that’s idolatry.

Back to Buffett and his comments. So, who are the ones that promoted that so-called free trade?

If Buffett admits that so-called free trade” has “ruined the economic lives of people,” in what sense is that trade “free?”

There is, as the entitlements system is currently constituted, a taxpayer cost for those who are displaced by “free trade.” Those with multinational aspirations are benefiting from shipping jobs overseas, and then they expect the federal government to take care of those whose lives they’ve helped destroy?

Why do people who want to work feel a loss of a sense of personal value when their job gets shipped overseas or south of the border?  Why do some turn to problematic practices in the wake of that disruption in their lives?

But there is still more to this ruin that hollowed out once great cities like Detroit than meets the eye.

That shipment of jobs overseas slowly erodes the American economy.  A nation must produce in order to have wealth.  If the production is lost, then wealth is lost, albeit it may be lost by many, but still can benefit a select few. Free trade is not ‘free,’ rather, it is ‘costly trade.’  Take one more look.

When jobs are shipped to communist China, for example, there is no less than a triple cost, plus the ripple cost.

  • First, that lost job in the U.S.
  • Second, the taxpayers may end up picking up the tab for entitlements that Buffett and others says he now wants the federal government to make.
  • Third, the U.S. has to pay more for national defense, because we’ve just made – for example – China richer, and part of that Chinese wealth goes into their growing military might. It’s a prescription for slow, national U.S. suicide.

In terms of the ripple effect, U.S. companies that want to stay competitive, now feel they too must buy products from overseas.  Still more American jobs are lost.  The vicious cycle goes on. Free trade? Hardly.

 

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There is nothing wrong with wealth honestly earned. Rather, honestly earned wealth should be celebrated.  But when that wealth is earned through a manipulation of the American economic system, why should the bulk of the people pay for that dislocation which was caused by the mega rich doing the manipulation?

For those who care to recall, back in the 1980s Walmart – Buffett’s example – used to advertise that their products were routinely “Made in the U.S.A.” Planned or not, when they began to shift those purchases to nations overseas, that slogan at Walmart was dropped, but shoppers weren’t told that those products were now “Made in China” or wherever.  Tens of millions were now trained to shop at Walmart.

Independent businesses vanished. Why is it that so many smaller towns, that thrived pre-Walmart, are now becoming ghost towns?  Once Walmart put them out of business, they often closed the local Walmart, only to open a Walmart Supercenter several miles down the road.

It’s another form of the economic moat system that Buffett and Clayton are purportedly using, per their own statements in manufactured housing, linked here, here, and here.

Bulk buying power gave Walmart an edge over smaller, local competitors. Walmart’s strategy that put smaller rural businesses, out of business, is not so different than part of what Clayton Homes has arguably done in several markets. Clayton has closed, per their own information, 100 (+/-) retail centers that were losing money.  Sources have told MHProNews that before closing those stores, in various cases, independent retailers were put out of business first. So, Clayton’s strategic and economic moat was expanded, as more independents were driven out of business.

It must not be forgotten what Kevin Clayton said in the video linked here.  Kevin said that it would be okay with “Warren” if he (Clayton) lost money for 5 years, so long as he was increasing the Clayton manufactured housing moat. Clearly, if it is okay to lose money company wide, then it is obviously okay to lose money at a retail center for a time, so long as competitors are being put out of business.

 

 

Once the Buffett mindset is better understood, what sounds like altruism turns out to be greed in disguise.  If a firm decides to move overseas, why should they dump the cost of those men and women who have been displaced onto the rest of society?  Why isn’t there a provision where the firm has some direct level of responsibility for the economic harm their decision causes?

That’s rhetorical, but it underscores how Buffett and others like him are okay with shipping jobs overseas and letting taxpayers foot the bill. They get to sound caring, when in fact it is those shipping jobs overseas that slowly hollows out America. Play that scenario out to the horizon, and there would be no one working in the U.S., save on minimum wage type positions. Once robotics takes those over, then what?

 

 

While one may agree, disagree, or be neutral about the Trump Administration’s style, the 45th president is arguably right to try to use tariffs, tax cuts, regulatory reforms, and other tools to ‘bring back’ U.S. jobs. By making U.S. energy more plentiful, that makes it less costly. That helps level the playing field between nations that are more energy dependent on others.

Then President Obama mocked candidate Trump, saying ‘what magic wand did Donald Trump have to bring back manufacturing jobs?’  Per then POTUS Obama, those jobs ‘were never coming back.’

POTUS Trump has proven with some 600,000 new jobs in American manufacturing alone in just 2 years, that work like steel, automotive, and other plants can be brought back to the U.S.  The wages of workers is going back up.  Controlling immigration is another example of how POTUS Trump is trying to use the law of supply and demand to help American workers, who are in turn voters.

For those who care more about style than substance, they may never grasp the genius behind the Trump economic plan.  Tariffs historically were part of what protected American industries and made our nation richer than others to begin with.  Keep in mind that tariffs used to pay a huge part of federal expenses, before the income tax and other changes went into effect here in the U.S.

There are arguably plenty of things that need to be corrected in the U.S., that could make this nation into an even greater economic powerhouse. While people like Buffett often praise more taxes on the rich, they themselves escape those taxes, while the rising millionaires end up paying a significant portion of those taxes.

The changes that hobbled America were done slowly, over time, not unlike how Buffett and his moat work slowly and over time. It will take time to unwind the arguably deep harm that was started over a century ago with laws like the graduated income tax, which is a Marxist or socialistic concept. But when one looks a North Korea, or Venezuela, those at the top live like kings, while their people live in poverty, or even desperation.

Rephrased, there is a steady stream of propaganda aimed at millions, including the business and investor class that watches a video like the one from CNBC above.

In diplomatic language, President Trump speaks nicely about North Korea’s Chairman Kim or Chinese President Xi. He’s not praising dictators. Rather, he’s dealing shrewdly, doing very tough business with rough people, using polite diplomatic language. It’s savvy.

The race for 2020 is on.  The Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe results not only cleared the Trump campaign and the president himself, it claimed in the brief seen so far that no American was guilty of collusion with Russia.  But frankly, that last part is not quite so.  Some in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign bought and paid for Russian propaganda that formed the basis of a fake ‘dossier’ that was used as a pretext to spy on a GOP presidential campaign.  The federal government’s spy apparatus was weaponized during the Obama era, and it was done to favor the campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

There are people in both major parties who have done some dastardly deeds, and we as political independents here at MHProNews aren’t blanketly praising or condemning either party.  Each has weaknesses and strength, just as people do, businesses or organizations do. Our weakness is typos. We all have strengths and weaknesses, and rather than hide it, one should make the best of it. That’s why a wheat and chaff approach must be used with all people and all things.

To dot the i, and cross the t on Buffet and his statements above. The man is shrewd, and smart.  But Buffett speaks in a kind of code, or with what some might say is a forked tongue.  What Buffett says sounds compassionate, its arguably deceitful. What Berkshire’s surrogates in manufactured housing say may sound sweet as honey, but once swallowed, it arguably turns sour in the stomach.

The Omaha-Knoxville moat is designed to kill of independent businesses. That’s not compassion. Displacing American workers, to increase a profit margin overseas, that’s not compassion. These vexing issues won’t be fixed overnight.  One must be as long-term in thought as Buffett himself is to defeat this kind of plan and this type of player.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed. We thank those sources in the industry that keep informing us, so that we can keep informing you.

 

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Finally, the rise of some new producers of HUD Code manufactured housing suggests that the moat can be beaten. Certainly, some are willing to engage in the struggle, because they’ve put millions of dollars and their reputations on the line. More on that another time. That’s another episode for today of “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” ©

 

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Killer Alabama Tornadoes Didn’t Discriminate – Tragic Yet Powerful Storms vs. Manufactured Housing, Conventional & Commercial Construction Insights

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Roughly 40 storms that struck 4 states were among the “tornados that devastated our state and left 23 people dead” said the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association’s Lance Latham to the Daily Business News on MHProNews. The tragic deaths apparently occurred in all types of construction, conventional housing, and factory-built housing too.

 

Dozens of souls are injured.  How many are missing that once found could cause an increase to the final death toll?

Conventional housing, commercial buildings, and manufactured homes were all ravaged by the tornadoes that brought President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Lee County, AL on Friday to tour the devastation, comfort the grieving, and thank recovery workers.

The tragedies have focused a grim spotlight on how much better manufactured homes performed than some untrained eyes may realize.

 

Beyond Death, Destruction and Injuries – Sobering Surprises?

In the background of the reporter in this first video by AL.com is a HUD Code manufactured home.  Trees are stripped and down. Nearby is what appears to be some structure that was swept away. But the manufactured home, with the roof partially ripped away, nevertheless is still standing. A Coca-Cola truck is tipped over right by it.

 

 

ABC News filed this next report.

 

 

What their video above doesn’t specify is that the commercial structure in their opening still and is this factoid.  That commercial structure – a bar-  lost its entire roof.  It appears to be the same building in this next raw footage from the video surveillance cameras, which shows the approaching tornado. ABC’s report suggests the connection between the video below and their story.

Rephrased, the raw video below is of this devastated commercial building seen in the opening still above of the ABC News report. Why is that detail of interest to industry professionals, advocates, and others?

 

 

Because those details suggest that the manufactured home in the AL.com footage apparently better survived the horror of this powerful storm than that commercial building – that bar – in the ABC News report did. There is other visual evidence one can spot in these various videos that reflect a contrarian reality to the commonly believed thoughts about manufactured homes.  They have to be tough, because they have to be moved to their location.  Industry pros must get that, so that the public learns it.

These are the kinds of facts that industry professionals, advocates, weather professionals, researchers, and public officials need to be made better aware of, for the sake of all. AL.com stated that “At least four of the 23 people killed in Sunday’s tornado outbreak in Lee County were said to have been inside mobile homes.”  As the facts become better known, we plan to do a report for Manufactured Home Living News.

ABC said that one of the twisters was an EF4, with 170 mile per hour winds. That storm was nearly a mile wide, reportedly cutting a path of over twenty miles of devastation.

Yet, the stills from the ABC video reveals some manufactured homes in the distance appear to have survived the deadly and diabolically destructive storm.

 

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To better understand this issue of windstorms and manufactured housing, see the MHLivingNews report, which includes an official statement by a National Weather Service (NWS) statement that ought to be required reading for every weatherman, manufactured home researcher, and advocate.

 

 

 

Killer Storms

Tornadoes kill. Lightening, hurricanes, or even straight winds can be murders too.

But deaths during weather events aren’t caused by a type of housing or construction. Remember that the destructive tornado that struck Joplin, MO destroyed conventional housing only.  There are urban legends and ‘mobile homes are tornado magnet’ myths that must be debunked almost every time such an event sadly occurs. You can’t stop Mother Nature from doing what she’s done decades before the first mobile home, or later, manufactured homes, were built.

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Storm strikes are not easy to predict, which is part of the danger.  But thankfully, the fatalities – while tragic – are relatively tiny compared to other causes of death, like automotive accidents.

 

 

So it isn’t housing types that cause deaths. Those fatalities are caused by storms. Flying poles, trees, metal and other objects can penetrate the envelope of most types of construction. Once a structure’s envelope is breeched during a windstorm, it can get ripped apart.

This is an issues that haunts our industry, because not enough has been done by industry leaders to allay the fear that causes many to never consider a manufactured home because of skewed perceptions about this troubling issue.  It should be noted that the journalists in these posted videos didn’t bad mouth manufactured homes.

No one wants to see any premature deaths. MHProNews extends its condolences to all who have suffered losses.

See the related reports for more storms and manufactured housing fact-based insights. That’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes and factory-built housing”  © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

 

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

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According to Realtor Magazine,While a 3 to 5 percent annual increase is standard, you may want to adjust this to fit your situation and the local rental market,” said a publishing arm of the National Association of Realtors ™ (NAR), in February, 2016.

 

In a January, 2019 report, RentCafé reported “Strong demand for rental units in 2018 has fueled price growth nationally with the average rent in the U.S. clocking in at $1,419 at the end of 2018, 3.1% more expensive than the previous year.”

But when the Washington Post reported that Yes! Communities was raising their site fees (a.k.a. ‘lot rent’) by 4 percent a year over the past 6 years, it was framed in an evocative way.  The report – by using selective quotes from residents – made it sound as if the rental hikes were horrifying. Yet, based upon the spot checks reflected above, the increases seem to be roughly in line with mainstream rental housing trends in recent years.

Note too that even conventional housing owners may experience increases in property tax, HOA fees, insurance, and the like.

The Washington Post (WaPo) article keeps getting republished by various mainstream media outlets. As of this date, the Google search below reflects over 7,000 sites have picked this story up.

Here are some pull quotes from the WaPo article:

  • Okay — it’s a trailer park, not a fancy gated community,” said Jessica Boudreaux, 33, who lives there with her two daughters. “If people could, they’d live somewhere else.” (MHProNews will comment on that point, and others, further below. Note the terminology error, see further below for correct nomenclature).
  • They prey on people who can’t afford land, people who can’t move,” said David Barrett, 62, an excavation equipment operator who lives in Florence Commons.
  • It’s [Florence Commons manufactured home community] really gone downhill,” said Kris Wilkin, 47, a state corrections officer who bought a 2003 double wide in Florence Commons seven years ago.

 

  • For practical reasons, they can’t move. The dwellings are called “mobile,” but they are costly to transport and sometimes owners are contractually forbidden to move them. (Actually, on a national basis, perhaps one out of five are ‘mobile homes,’ four out of five are HUD Code manufactured homes, so the author is mistaken in his terminology.)
  • Vanessa Jasinski, vice president of marketing for Yes Communities…said…that in the past five years, 46 home renters at Florence Commons have purchased homes in the community.
  • Florence Commons, along with more than 200 other mobile home parks across the U.S., has produced hefty returns for Stockbridge Capital, a $13 billion private-equity firm, and its major investors.

 

  • [Per Stockbridge]…“senior management team [at Yes! Communities] has a demonstrated track record of increasing home rental rates.”
  • It has received $1.3 billion in financing through government-sponsored lender Fannie Mae, which says mobile homes are inherently affordable.” The money helped them buy existing mobile-home parks.
  • Over the past three years, some of the biggest private-equity firms — Carlyle Group, Apollo Global Management and TPG Capital — have taken stakes in mobile home parks, according to a forthcoming report by the nonprofit groups Private Equity Stakeholder Project, MHAction and Americans for Financial Reform. The mobile home parks owned by private-equity firms have more than 100,000 home sites, according to the report.

 

The WaPo Report is Largely the MHAction Report…

One might ask, why is MHAction so adept at getting their narrative out to the mainstream media, while the Manufactured Housing Institute – which says it represents “all segments of factory-built housing” – so often fails to rebut or get its own counter-narrative out?

MHAction has published a new ‘white paper’ style document that addresses this same topic. That new document from MHAction, is linked here as a download. As with other MHAction narratives, while it is mildly pro-manufactured home living, it is apparently – even blatantly – anti-businesses that operate in manufactured housing.  While big businesses are often named, the ‘end game’ for MHAction is arguably to turn privately owned communities into all Resident Owned Communities (ROCs).

Yet, when MHAction was asked to weigh in on the vexingly apparent misbehavior purportedly taking place at Bradenton Tropical Palms, a ROC in Florida, that non-profit and others have remained silent. To learn more about that scenario – which has been one of the top reported news stories in manufactured housing for about 10 months, see the linked text-image box below.

 

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Peter Whoriskey, with the Washington Post, was contacted for some additional insight on his use of the MHAction white paper for this report, but did not return the message as of the time this report is being written.  MHAction was likewise contacted about some fact-errors in their white paper, they declined comment.

It should be noted that since Manufactured Home Living News published the report linked below, MHAction has been mute. This report, and others similar to it, identifies the money trail from Warren Buffett – Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway – has funding to nonprofits, which in turn funded MHAction and other anti-manufactured housing reporting.  Even another resident group’s leader has publicly blasted MHAction, for taking credit for activities that they had little or nothing to do with.

 

Manufactured Home Resident Group President Cautions Against MHAction, Surprising Background Reveal to Manufactured Housing Action

MHAction has protested Blackstone, RV Horizons, Mobile Home University, Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), HUD Secretary Ben Carson, among others. Oddly, while they protested those organizations and events, they stayed mute on the ‘education’ provided to SECO members by George F (F?) Allen supported Spencer Roane and his protegee, Tom Lackey, who made the news in a bad way for promoting and/or selling homes ‘contract for title’ or ‘lease-purchase option.’  For more on that, see the report on the MHI part-time surrogate Allen and company, linked here.

Rephrased, MHAction has not lifted a finger in some egregious cases that involve manufactured home community residents. Instead, they target specific community operators. By extension, many readers of reports like WaPo’s by will take away Whoriskey will be left with the impression that all community living is like what they are reporting.

 

 

Where is the Balance in Whoriskey’s Story?

The MHAction white paper includes some flawed data, and some spin.  For example, they say there are 18 million living in mobile or manufactured homes, when the more commonly cited estimated figure is 22 million.

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Click here to see the complete, but arguably agenda-driven, MHAction and their colleagues ‘white paper.’

 

Ironically, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) just announced that they have a report that they showed some attendees at their Winter fundraiser (err, ‘winter meeting’).  Per MHI in an email to their members on 2.27.2019.

  • “MHI commissioned Trifecta Research for the study and the findings provide exciting insights into a variety of topics and market trends, including the characteristics and satisfaction of individuals who live in manufactured homes across the country.

 

  • This extensive independent research study of manufactured housing residents reveals positive signs for future growth. For example, a notable finding from the research is the level of satisfaction that individuals feel regarding their decision to live in a manufactured home. Two-thirds of owners were either “extremely” or “very satisfied” with their manufactured homes, and at least “very likely” to recommend manufactured housing to others. For those living in land-lease communities, 62% were either “extremely” or “very satisfied.” Satisfaction soared to 76% for respondents living in a 55+ community, indicating they were either “extremely” or “very satisfied.”

 

  • MHI has a strategic plan to utilize this research to bolster advocacy efforts, public relations outreach, and more. We want you to utilize these exciting findings as well.’

 

After saying that they want these findings to be used, they then contradict themselves by placing it behind a member-only login. Where is their logic?  MHAction – to promote their errant ends – is prompting their white paper, which can be download from their website.  By contrast, MHI ‘hides’ its good news about manufactured home living?

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The National Association of Realtors, Bloomberg, and over a dozen organizations and reports last year were pro-manufactured housing.  Yet, MHI has neglected to archive and publicize those findings to the world?

Is it inept?  Lazy?  Trying to foster contraction of the industry by allowing mostly bad news to have more play?  How does one explain years of such behavior by MHI?

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See the report linked below to see how stunning this pattern of behavior is by MHI.

 

Positive, Uplifting Third-Party Reports Favor Modern Manufactured Housing, So What’s Going Wrong?

 

MHI’s response?  Mostly silence, but an arguably illicit threat by MHI to sue MHProNews for citing what they’ve said.

 

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Can you spell, ‘over the target’ reaction?

 

 

The Bottom Lines?

Billion-dollar empire made from mobile homes, by WaPo’s Peter Whoriskey is a arguably a slanted hit piece.  MHI hasn’t bothered to refute it.  MHAction, which crafted the white paper that apparently sparked the Whoriskey’s column, gets funding from the same source that MHI does, Warren Buffett and/or Berkshire Hathaway brands or supported nonprofits and foundations.

It’s all out in the open to the extent that someone can follow the money, follow the facts, and connect the same dots that MHProNews and/or MHLivingNews has done.  But the bulk of manufactured housing trade media are either all-in for MHI, or at least silent about their problematic behaviors, and that of their purported Omaha-Knoxville masters.

Buffett had a stake in the Washington Post years ago. Mainstream media reporters – who may not have the same agenda that the WaPo does – have communicated with MHProNews about various issues reported here and on/or MHLivingNews.  The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has already been cited in a favorable way – by WaPo – for having intervened with HUD for having Pam Danner, JD, removed for the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs.

Danner, per reports, is no longer with HUD.

The bottom line is yet another example of how MHI inexplicably fails to do what good post-production trade groups are supposed to do.  Protect, Educate, and Promote or P.E.P.

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How long will retailers, lenders, suppliers, and others tolerate the multi-year pattern of behavior that has left 5 of the top 10 manufactured housing shipment states sliding in new home shipments during an affordable housing crisis?

 

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To learn more, see the linked related reports, above and below.  MHProNews invites those voices in Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis to refute, confirm, or clarify their pattern of behavior either in writing, or live at the Tunica Show with an audience of manufactured home professionals. That’s fair, if they are able to explain their behavior, let them do so.  If not, let their small to mid-sized members beware.

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Trillion Dollar Housing Plan, American Action Forum (AAF) Research on Green New Deal, Costs Graphic, Video

February 27th, 2019 Comments off

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In 2018, Statista says that there were some 127.59 million households in the United States.

 

In their analysis of what several Democrats are now referring to as the “aspirational” Green New Deal (GND), estimates that the housing cost component of the plan could range from $1.6 trillion to $4.2 trillion dollars.

To put that in perspective, according to February 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau that covers the period of September 2018, the average sales price for a new manufactured home is $83,600.  So, if every household were to receive a brand-new HUD Code manufactured home at that average sales price, it would cost $10,666,524,000,000.

Here’s what the American Action Forum says that the broad-brush costs of the Green New Deal would look like.

 

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To put that in further context, the U.S. now has $22 trillion in federal debt.  This sum would be more that 2 to 4 times that amount, which took the nation’s federal government over 200 years to build up.  The Green New Deal is proposing to spend that in a decade.

The video below, from right-of-center Fox Business has a panel discussion about this topic.

 

 

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell weighed in recently to say that the economic theories behind this plan don’t work. See that in the related reports, further below. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

 

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Wall Street, Lesli Gooch – Manufactured Housing Institute EVP – Penetrating Scotsman Guide Interview Analysis

January 26th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Timely information combined with money can move stocks and markets. Information may be legally or illegally used, as the growing storm clouds over Cavco Industries (CVCO) concerning certain trades by Joe Stegmayer and Cavco reminded the manufactured home industry and its investors.  But note that Stegmayer and Cavco are not directly tied into today’s analysis, though they will be the focus of a looming report.

  

There was an interview reported this past week by the Scotsman Guide with the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Executive Vice President (EVP) Lesli Gooch, Ph.D. That publication has quoted MHI previously.

Before examining Gooch’s comments and their timing, one should pause and do a brief refresher on the award-winning Oliver Stone movie, Wall Street.  Some selected quotes from Wikipedia will serve to tee up the ball, by conveying plot-lines that convey fictional but still useful concepts.  Each bullet is a quote from the link here.

     Bud Fox is a junior stockbroker at Jackson Steinem & Co. in New York City. He wants to work with his hero, Gordon Gekko, a legendary Wall Street player.

     Bud provides him [Gecko] some inside information about Bluestar Airlines, which he has learned in a casual conversation with his father, Carl, leader of the company’s maintenance workers union.

     …Gekko offers Bud another chance, and tells him to spy on British CEO Sir Lawrence Wildman and discern Wildman’s next move. Bud learns that Wildman is making a bid for a steel company. Through Bud’s spying, Gekko makes money, and Wildman is forced to buy Gekko’s shares to complete his takeover.

     …Bud is promoted as a result of the large commission fees he is bringing in and is given a corner office with a view. He continues to maximize inside information and use friends as straw buyers to provide more income for him and Gekko. Unknown to Bud, several of his trades attract the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

     …Bud devises a plan to drive up Bluestar’s stock before manipulating it back down…” 

 

The MH Evening Market Report 

Every evening for several years, the Daily Business News on MHProNews does a closing market recap of specific manufactured housing industry connected stocks after the closing bell. What years of observations have yielded helped forge an evolving evening market report. Every business news show or website is premised in part on the notion that news stories, data, headlines, and insights often move one or more stocks, or even the broader markets.

For balance, MHProNews uses bullets from CNN Money and Fox Business, to allow for the media’s evident left-right divide. We use closing market data from CNN, Yahoo, and Bloomberg too.

 

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MHProNews looks at issues from a wide variety of perspectives.

 

That a mere statement can move stocks and/or the broader markets is beyond question. For example:

Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Jaime Dimon made a public announcement in 2017 on the day of President of the United States (POTUS) Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union (SOTU) Address. Healthcare stocks, and much of rest of the markets dropped that day, as an apparent result.  Prior to that, stocks had enjoyed a long, steady rise.

Words and ideas apparently matter to Wall Street and investors. Who speaks those words matters too.

With that backdrop, let’s consider what “Dr. Gooch” from MHI said to the Scotsman Guide, as well as what occurred. There are no specific allegation being made. But the facts, quotes, narrative, and the outcomes after the shutdown will be considered. 

Let’s next look at some selected items from Scotsman Guide (SG) Media’s About Us page.

Scotsman Guide, the leading resource for mortgage originators, is published nationally every month in separate residential and commercial editions

 

Our History

Scotsman Guide Media is privately held company that has served the mortgage lending industry since 1985

Mission Statement

Scotsman Guide Media’s mission is to be the leading provider of information, resources and tools for professionals in the mortgage industry —in both the residential and commercial markets.

Toward this goal, Scotsman Guide Media has been taking the following steps

         Publishing educational articles and in-depth news-based features that keep mortgage professionals apprised of market trends and developments…”

The Daily Business News on MHProNews now turns to the actual SG article, starting with the date, time stamp, and featured image as shown.

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Top Headlines 

Jan 22, 2019  16:50 ET.

Shutdown threatens manufactured-home industry

The government shutdown hasn’t widely affected the manufactured-housing industry yet, but a prolonged closure has the potential to stop deliveries of new manufactured homes all over the country, an industry trade group says. 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Manufactured Housing, an agency that oversees the building code and certification process for manufactured homes, has been closed during what has become the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. This has only so far affected manufacturers producing homes that require letters of approval for alternative construction, according to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), an industry trade group.  

HUD often opts to approve alterations in approved floor designs or other features in manufactured homes on a case-by-case basis.  Because of the shutdown, HUD’s office can’t do that, leaving some manufacturers in limbo, said Lesli Gooch, MHI’s senior vice president for government affairs.

“If you don’t have approval through the alternative-construction process, that house can’t be delivered because that house can’t receive the HUD code-certification label,” Gooch told Scotsman Guide News. “We have a lot of manufacturers.”

Gooch said one plant in Mississippi, for example, was awaiting approval last week from HUD to install an HVAC unit that isn’t on its approved list. That company is producing manufactured-home units for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Because HUD is closed, they are not going to get approval, which means the production of these FEMA units is on hold until they get approval,” Gooch said. She said the trade group is still investigating how many deliveries have similarly been disrupted.

“I don’t have a sense of how large a problem this is as far as production being halted because of the need to renew an alternative-construction letter or the need to obtain an alternative-construction letter,” Gooch said. “The Mississippi issue is one that I was contacted about just because it is one federal agency requesting homes, and they can’t be built because HUD is closed,” she said.

Gooch also said there is the potential for widespread problems should the shutdown drag on for another month. MHI believes there is a possibility that the supply of HUD tags could run out because of the closure and budget impasse.  

Every manufactured home that is built and delivered in the U.S. — roughly 8,000 per month — has to be inspected and certified as having met safety standards. Once inspected, the manufacturer is given a red-metal tag, which is affixed to the exterior of the building to verify that it meets the standard. The home can’t be delivered to a customer until it is tagged.

“Based on our research, the industry’s PIAs [primary inspection agencies] should have enough labels on hand to get through the end of February,” Gooch said. “If the government shutdown continues, early March is our first estimate of when a problem could develop.” 

For the duration of the shutdown, HUD has also stopped the Title 1 loan program, which backs a small number of chattel loans each year used by borrowers to buy manufactured homes that aren’t titled as real property.  

 ## End of SG article being reviewed ##

The original article from the Scotsman Guide is linked here, and a download of the screen capture of that article’s page as of the date of this Daily Business News on MHProNews post is linked here.

Now, let’s turn to two graphics from our evening market reports.  The first is from the evening of 1.23.2019.  This would be the day after Gooch’s quoted commentary, shown above.

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Berkshire and MMI clearly have other interests, beyond manufactured homes, as is true of some of the other tracked stocks shown above. But Cavco is a factory-built housing focused firm. The majority of the tracked stocks fell on the day following Gooch’s comments.

 

The next graphic is from the evening of 1.25.2019, after the end of the partial federal shutdown was announced.

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Virtually all tracked stocks moved up by the close of the market’s day following the partial federal shutdown. Next, look at what the broader markets did on 1.23.2019 and on 1.25.2019.

 

Note that there was already Washington, D.C. and media scuttlebutt that a deal to end the recent shutdown was already in motion at the time the Scotsman Guide article was published.  Note too what the broader markets did on both days, which largely closed up.

 

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These 12 indicators are published every evening on the Daily Business News on MHProNews market summary and related featured report. Note that the markets generally rose both days, but on the 1.23.2019, the manufactured housing industry’s connected tracked stocks largely fell. It could be a coincidence. But what if Gooch’s article – intentionally or not – was used by traders and investors to reconsider some of their positions in manufactured home businesses?

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Then consider this point.  There are arguably few manufactured home industry professionals, much less stock market watchers and investors, who would have even considered the notion that a partial federal shutdown could impact manufactured housing at all.

So why make did Gooch make those comments in the first place?

As was noted at the top of this column, Joe Stegmayer is under the cloud of an SEC subpoena. He stepped down as Chairman and CEO of Cavco, and the stock plunged as a result. A follow up report on that topic is pending, as there are new developments learned about that fiasco, which will be reviewed in the days ahead by MHProNews. 

But for now, we will simply note the obvious. Stegmayer is still MHI’s Chairman. He is an ex-division president of Clayton Homes, a Berkshire Hathaway company. Since the time that Triad Financial Services CEO Don Glisson, Jr was briefly their chairman, MHI apparently has had no problem with keeping someone on as chair that has come under a cloud of legal or media suspicion. Consider these three. 

   Better Business Bureau (BBB) “F rated” SSK Communities’ partner Nathan Smith

   Tim Williams, President and CEO or Berkshire Hathaway owned 21st Mortgage Corp, and

   Joe Stegmayer of Cavco Industries (CVCO) have all come under a cloud of legal, media, regulatory, and/or some other combination of suspicion. 

None of those 3 bothered to step down as MHI Chairman.   Although MHI has postured efforts for growth for years, the industry has steadily been consolidating. Sales have been moribund, in spite of overall quality and satisfaction that third party research has documented. One such example of their party praise is linked here.

 

Questions, Questions…

There ought to be some open questions from investigators that seek honest answers as to why Gooch would make these statements in the first place.

  • Who did or might have benefited from Gooch’s odd statements?
  • Who did this potentially impact – or which firms might have been harmed – by Gooch’s statements?
  • Were her arguably misguided comments merely foolish? Or where they a page out of the MHI play book – namely, actions and/or inactions that harm independents – that also fits loosely with a plot-line of the movie Wall Street?

What is certain is that Congressional hearings and an SEC investigation ought to be conducted related to several issues connected to the Manufactured Housing Institute. But it won’t be only about the article reviewed above. It should also be about the facts and evidence from articles linked below the bylines and the notices that follow.

We opened this with the words, “Timely information combined with money can move markets. Information may be legally or illegally used…”  There’s an affordable housing crisis.  Yet, manufactured housing is snoring instead of roaring.  MHI claims to be promoting the industry.  How did Gooch’s comments promote confidence?

 

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See MHI President Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison’s comments, linked below the byline. Also see what MHI’s prior president said at this link here.

 

Corruption, waste, fraud, and other abuses in the Washington, D.C. metro are not new.  But that doesn’t mean that they should be tolerated.

Something has smelled in certain offices in Arlington, VA for some time. And it’s not a flowery aroma.  Rather, it’s arguably the stench of a string of troubling incidents and concerns connected to MHI that has made them worthy of suspicion, which our coverage and analysis of such #nettlesome things have made this pro-manufactured housing growth publication the most widely read trade media in this industry today. 

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Government Officials Investigate “Mobile Home Evictions,” CBS News Video, Manufactured Housing Report, Analysis

January 24th, 2019 Comments off

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I hope the city of San Jose will opt to protect vulnerable mobilehome park residents from preemptive evictions and not submit to the devious and greedy manipulations of the park owner. I live in San Juan Capistrano and our strong supportive city council opted to protect their MH residents (on a different issue, but relating to abuses of MH residents by Park owners). SJC City Council is a strong example of doing what is right to protect their residents and to preserve affordable housing,” said Carol Brinkman.

 

The city of San Jose is closely monitoring mobile home evictions after complaints came from residents saying they are getting pushed out for minor infractions,” said KPIX 5 out of San Jose, California.

Last summer, Karen Carpenter reportedly received an eviction notice from the Winchester Ranch manufactured home community (MHC) where she has lived for six years. The reasons cited by management?

Minor clutter, some old paint cans and some weeds,” Carpenter said.

 

Carpenter told the CBS News affiliate that she was ill last summer and didn’t get outside to work during her first “seven day notice.” But she pointed out in the video report to KPIX 5 where those items were, in her back yard, masked from the street.

I just can’t believe that I’m going to be possibly evicted over some weeds and old paint cans,” said Carpenter.

The community manager’s did not comment for the CBS affiliate’s mainstream media (MSM) report. But it was noted that Winchester Ranch is in the process of redeveloping into a large apartment complex, which will have “nearly 700 units.”

To Carpenter, her eviction notice for a relatively minor infraction is not a coincidence.

They are going to be developing the park, and the first phase is right where I am sitting. That’s my only guess as to why they are singling me out,” she said.

Carpenter hired an attorney and is fighting eviction.  The issue is getting attention at San Jose City Hall. In December 2018, the Housing Commission reportedly wrote a memo to the mayor Sam Liccardo and City Council, warning of possible preemptive evictions for minor infractions at mobile home parks in San Jose.

The memo stated there could be attempts to avoid provisions of the city’s MHC conversion ordinance, “which guarantees mobile home residents extra time, monetary compensation and other benefits if a park converts to another use,” said KPIX 5.

Carpenter doesn’t have a mobile home, based upon the visual evidence, it is a manufactured home.  But doesn’t episodes like this feed into negative stereotypes that are arguably harming residents and most industry professionals alike, not just in San Jose, but nationally?

The city’s investigation memo noted that the land San Jose manufactured home communities are built on have “become so valuable that it creates an incentive for park owners to convert the property into other more profitable uses.”  This is among the reasons that the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has argued for a robust application of existing laws, such as enhanced preemption made law under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.

It is also why MHARR – an independent producers association – has encouraged the creation of new post-production associations, so that new structures can advocate for what the Manufactured Housing Institute and their allies apparently won’t.

 

City Officials Vows to Monitor, Investigate

We are going to monitor any housing issue that is brought to our attention,” said Rachel VanderVeen, Deputy Director of the San Jose Housing Department. Housing officials say they don’t have any active cases of abuse of the mobile home conversion ordinance at this time.

Manufactured home industry professionals should understand that just as associations and industry firms may share cross talk, so too do public officials. So an event in San Jose should not be considered as an isolated concern.

Meanwhile, Carpenter will have her day in court. “If I lose, I will have to move out within 5 days,” said Carpenter.  The CBS affiliate closed their report by saying, “She doesn’t have firm plans on where to go if that happens and she is afraid of becoming homeless.”  Is that the image of insecurity that will draw potentially millions of prospects to manufactured home communities and retail ceners?

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