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

April 18th, 2019 No comments
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The definition given by Dictionary of the noun razzle-dazzle reads in part as follow, with the bold added for emphasis: “Informal. showiness, brilliance, or virtuosity in technique or effect, often without concomitant substance or worth; flashy theatricality: The razzledazzle of the essay’s metaphors cannot disguise its shallowness of thought.”

 

The Urban Dictionary defines the term ‘dog and pony show’ in similar terms. “Man do the ignorant apathetic masses eat up this dog and pony show.”

Dog and pony show” is a colloquial term which has come to mean a highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince opinion for political, or less often, commercial ends,” said Wikipedia.

 

So razzle dazzle, or dog and pony show are designed to catch the eye and impress, even if there is no substance or practical usefulness to it. With that backdrop is this following insider tip. The words in brackets are added for clarity, our common MHProNews bold and brown are added to make a direct quote pop, but the comments – typos and all are in the original – are from an insider with knowledge of the developments in the manufactured housing industry’s version of ‘the Swamp.’

On the BC [Ben Carson] matter, though, you are absolutely right, as they use these stuff for dog and pony show, but never ask these people [at the Manufactured Housing Institute] to get something tangeable done for the industry and consumers…waste of the industry’s hard-earned clout.”

 

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From an MHI email to their members earlier this week. Such an address by HUD Secretary Ben Carson, MD, could be useful or not.  Will Secretary Carson do something substantive, that will help the industry, consumers, and HUD? Or is this just another photo op? Time will tell.

 

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The Daily Business News with MHProNews was previously tipped some time back about the red herring use of photo ops with political figure by Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and members of Congress, federal or state officials.  Photo ops are morally neutral, the specifics of how it is used is the question. In MHI’s case, per insiders, they are literal ‘head fake’ attempts to impress the rank and file industry member with their access – what MHI touts as clout – but without actually producing any useful results.

This new allegation would suggest that MHI is selling access to photo opportunities to Secretary Carson, because it costs hundreds of dollars to attend MHI’s Congress and Expo.

People love selfies and photos with celebrities and famous people. The desire for a photo with a notable person can include public officials. The photo of Nathan Smith with Vice-President Joe Biden, or the signed photo from Barack Obama serves to make the point.

 

 

One reason that presidential or other campaigns make coffee shop, restaurant, factory, or other stops is precisely to give ‘real people’ the opportunity to have a photo made with them. It is a practice done by people of both major parties. Those photos become free ads for a politico on social media, emails, texts or other more traditional ways to commemorate that moment. MHProNews team members are not immune to that phenomenon; we have photos with notables and officials too. We have not opted to publish such photos recently of a given team member with some well-known political personality. Doing so could be misinterpreted.

 

 

It’s a Profit Center

An upcoming analysis of the MHI 990s make it clear that meetings and events like their ‘Congress and Expo’ are profit centers. They earn significantly more from such an event than the cost to put it on.

In essence, per another source with insider knowledge, what the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is doing is “selling access” for “photo opportunities” with HUD Secretary Ben Carson in this case, or with other figures in various instances. Professionals got photos last year with Secretary Carson or others and more will doubtlessly do so this year. That’s not necessarily a slam on Carson or HUD. It is what it is.

Both MHI and HUD will be given an opportunity to respond to these concerns.

 

Where is the Practical Use of MHI Access and Clout?

The quote at top is a key to understanding the emergence of the puzzling picture that is manufactured housing today. If MHI has such “clout,” when they have photos with several key people in the Trump Administration, or with Democrats or the GOP in Congress, why aren’t they using it to gain real results? Why is MHI proudly pushing a speech and photo opportunities?

Why aren’t they asking and OBTAINING Secretary Carson’s potentially powerful position for HUD’s intervention in areas like

Or why haven’t they shown results in obtaining:

  • Eliminating the 10/10 rule on FHA Title I loans?
  • A broad use of the Duty to Serve lending by the GSEs for all manufactured homes, not just for the Clayton Homes promoted ‘new class of homes?’

The list of possible ‘asks’ by MHI and their ‘big boy’ masters could go on.  One might note what MHARR said to Fannie Mae’s new CEO, when they made the point that failing to implement DTS (or by inference, other such policies) adds to the profitability of Berkshire Hathaway owned brands in manufactured housing.  It gives Clayton and their sister companies an outsized influence.  It makes the point that MHI award-winner Marty Lavin previously made, doesn’t it?

 

Wasted MHI Clout? 

If MHI has such clout, as they have claimed for years in graphics like the above, why didn’t the stop the hit against their own prominent members in the John Oliver viral “Mobile Homes” video?

If MHI has such clout, why is the primary media narrative arguably against the industry’s homes and communities, rather than for it?

MHI can no longer as easily escape with the ‘head fake’ photo “razzle dazzle” or “dog and pony show” techniques any longer, so long as MHProNews and/or any others spotlight what they are and have been doing for years.

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What have these prior photo ops actually resulted in, other than photos?

Rhetorical or visual red herrings are a deceptive ruse arguably designed to deceive and impress independents or others without delivering any actual and measurable results. MHI is collecting millions in dues, and what do they have to show for it?  Why is the industry performing at a lower total production rate today than the year that Warren Buffett entered the industry over 15 years ago?

 

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Skyline-Champion (SKY) is an MHI member.  They are making the case in the chart above that there is upside.  Of course there is, but why isn’t that upside being achieved?  It is self evident to those who look at history and the facts that the industry is under-performing. Several MHI member companies have said as much, in their own IR presentations. Rollohome went from zero to 60,000 new homes shipped in 2 years. What was done before can be done again, better, faster, and with sustainable results, thanks to existing laws.

 

MHI obtained a video with Secretary Carson, and a video with previous HUD Secretary Julian Castro. Castro is currently seeking a run at the White House as a Democrat. Dr. Carson is a well-known member of the GOP, and as a Republican, sought his party’s nomination as president in the 2016 campaign cycle.  Why are those videos touting bi-partisan praise for the industry not on the home page of their website?  Why instead are they a challenge to find?

The evidence and reasons suggests – and the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis has not yet denied or explained away – the claim that the “Illusion of Motion” has made MHI money, while the industry continues to consolidate into ever fewer hands.  MHI meetings have become ‘Buffett’s Big Boy Buffet.’ Members pay for the honor of potentially becoming the next meal for a corporate giant.

If the industry was performing near their historic norm, or to the industry’s potential, then the value of those businesses arguably would be higher.

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Does MHI, Clayton Homes, et al’s failure to seriously move the needle to advance the industry de facto benefit Berkshire Hathaway and others who are consolidating the industry at effectively depressed prices? If so, is MHI engaging in unethical or perhaps illegally deceptive trade practices?

Is it a coincidence that failing to fight and win media image, to fully implement good laws, to overcome regulatory or other hurdles creates shark-like resistance?  Meanwhile, the manufactured home industry staying smaller limits the attraction of new competition, and that pattern allows Warren Buffett and his de facto allies to buy up chunks of the industry at a discount? Aren’t these useful in doing exactly what Buffett has said in his own words?”  That summarizes points that publisher and industry expert L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach has made.

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

The industry’s independents in MHI ought to demand their money’s worth, or seek new structures that achieve the claimed goals of the Arlington based association that claims to represent “all segments of factory-built housing.”

 

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Never forget that even during medieval times, castles and their moats were in fact breached. These lessons are not shared to discourage, but to identify the root issues, so that they can be successfully addressed.  One of many things that Secretary Carson could do is ask the FTC and DOJ to investigate allegations of violations of antitrust and other laws.

 

Photo ops and nice speeches are fine, and we can all enjoy them.  But it is measurable results that the industry needs, and the same applies to current manufactured home owners and the roughly 100 million living in rentals, most of who want to become a home owner.” says Kovach.

The time for razzle dazzle and head fakes is over. The industry continues to be consolidated.

See the related reports to learn more, found further below the byline, offers, and notices.  That’s this morning’s edition of manufactured housing “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use© where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Sounds Off on Housing Market, Opportunity Zones, More

March 14th, 2019 Comments off

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There is discussion of the 2020 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Budget, and its impact on housing.

 

There talk about opportunity zones, something that could prove useful for manufactured home producers, among others.

Then there is discussion by Secretary Carson on homelessness and more.

This week, Secretary Ben Carson appeared on CNBC to discuss how HUD is promoting economic opportunity through the Opportunity Zones initiative, among other tools for revitalizing distressed communities around the country and creating more affordable housing for American families.

 

With Opportunity Zones – which MHProNews spotlighted earlier this week – Carson said, “you are taking dollars that are going to be invested in something somewhere, and you are directing them to the areas that have been most neglected economically, historically,” Secretary Carson said. We have “a chance to revitalize those areas and to provide jobs and opportunities for the people there so they can climb the ladders [of opportunity] and become part of the American dream.”

 

 

Secretary Carson serves as Chair of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. The Council’s 13 Federal member agencies will engage with governments at all levels to identify ways to effectively use taxpayer dollars to revitalize low-income communities.  The video also discussed the 2020 HUD Budget, some facts about the manufactured housing component of that topic are in the report linked below the byline, email headline news sign-up, and notices.

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Touts 2018 Accomplishments, Highlights

February 1st, 2019 Comments off

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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HUD RELEASES 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW HIGHLIGHTING ACCOMPLISHMENTS UNDER SECRETARY CARSON

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

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

HUD’s achievements in 2018 include:

  • Spurring Reinvestment in Communities

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

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

 

  • Advancing Economic Opportunity

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

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

 

  • Reducing Homelessness Among Extremely Vulnerable Populations

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

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

 

  • Funding Disaster Recovery at Historic Levels

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

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

 

  • Protecting Taxpayers

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

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

 

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

### End of HUD Release ###

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

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

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Yes, Thankfully There’s Times Manufactured Homes Earn Bipartisan Praise in Washington, D.C. Metro

November 22nd, 2018 Comments off

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A new article on Manufactured Home Living News (MHLivingNews) points out praise across the left-right partisan divide in favor of modern manufactured homes.

 

That same new Thanksgiving Day report also pulls together elements from both national trade associations that are based in or near Washington, D.C.

In that lighter holiday mood, and as positive as is reasonably possible spirit, you can see the report, linked below.

 

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For another Thanksgiving report, thankful for the independents, who along with others, made manufactured housing great, see the related reports, further below.  From all of us to all of you, happy Thanksgiving. ##We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 25 to July 2, 2017

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A look at the new MHProNews.com home page.

As vacation season rolls on, we’ll try something just a little bit different again today for our weekly recap of .  Reader feedback, always encouraged and appreciated.  Matthew and his work are missed, but we hope his trip to the mountains will be a good one!

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We’re testing out some new things on the Daily Business News this week too, and have had some guest writers doing reports for us.  Traffic on these reports have been good  – that’s always a positive sign – but your written feedback is appreciated. 

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Zillow Group Study Reveals Trillions in Manufactured Housing Industry Opportunities

April 11th, 2017 Comments off
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When you do the math from the recent Zillow study, and compare it to data from NAHB or NAR, there are trillions of dollars in affordable housing demand – and thus opportunities – in the next few years. Taxpayer subsidized housing programs won’t be able to cover that cost, but the proper approaches for using modern manufactured housing could.  Graphic credit, MHProNews.com/GraphicStock.

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

When the Zillow Group’s ™ recent survey of Consumer Homebuyer Trends tells you 92% of Americans aren’t considering a manufactured home – and only half of those who ponder manufactured housing actually purchase one – consider it a multi-million-dollar opportunity in your professional back yard.

Nationally, that means trillions of dollars in opportunities gaping before the HUD Code manufactured home industry in the next five years.

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RC Williams.

Recent reports by RC Williams on the Daily Business News point to the reality that entry-level housing sales reported by the National Association of Home Builders – and from the National Association of Realtors – documents the fact that sales are actually slipping under the $250,000 price point.

The cause isn’t lack of demand.

Rather, there’s not enough existing home inventory – or new builder inventory – at those price levels. That can results in bidding wars from buyers. It also means there are markets where there may be more real estate agents than there are houses for sale under $250,000.

Proof Tapping the Demand Can Be Done

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Tom Fath.

The case study linked below with millennial and third generation industry professional, Tom Fath, documents how that ‘yawn of the consumer market’ towards manufactured housing can be turned into demand yielding more well-qualified credit and cash customers. Their operation is growing at triple-digits annually – to understand how they’re tapping the market, see the video interview, linked here.

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A panel of manufactured home industry lenders – compromised of Credit Human’s Barry Noffsinger, Triad Financial Services’ Don Sharp, and Cascade Financials’ Mike Jones – confirmed to industry professionals at the 2017 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show that there’s a huge market, and some in the industry are successfully tapping into it.

But much more is possible.

MH Industry Leaders Believe It Can Happen

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Sam Landy, UMH President and CEO.

High-flying UMH Properties President and CEO, Sam Landy, JD, has likewise told the industry that hundreds of thousands of new manufactured home sales annually could become the industry’s new reality – if regulators in Washington, DC get out of the way – and allow the industry and private investors to do their jobs.

Sunshine Homes owner and president, John Bostick has pointed out that factory home building in Japan – “the land of engineers” – is commonplace there.

Bostick also said that an operation like his could successfully double production in about 60 days, while maintaining high quality and

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John Bostick, president, Sunshine Homes, Red Bay, AL. For A Cup of Coffee with…John Bostick, click here.

customer satisfaction, hallmarks of his A+ BBB rated firm.

Bostick’s statements are noteworthy, because their firm is already growing at about double the pace of the industry at large. To learn more, click here.

HUD – Holdup or Partner?

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Dr. Carson has also said he sees the value of public-private partnerships. Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump Administration willenforce the law.” Kovach said, “All that sounds promising. Will the necessary changes be made at HUD to ‘drain the swamp’ of the manufactured housing program, so the industry and free markets can do its job?”

Doing so would create tens-to-hundreds of thousands of good jobs annually as new manufactured home shipments rise.  That in turn would reduce poverty, help inner cities, cut government deficits, while easing government subsidized housing challenges, Kovach and others say. To learn more, see link here.

HUD’s Swamp…

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Pam Danner, JD, HUD Code Manufactured Housing Program Administrator, credit, MHProNews

Kovach explained that Pam Danner, JD, isn’t the only fly-in-the-ointment there. According to what informed sources with years of ties to the HUD Code manufactured home program tell MHProNews, there are other internal road blocks at the federal housing agency.

For example, “Sources within tell us that HUD’s legal counsel has for years taken a position the polar opposite of what the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 requires,” said Kovach.

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L. A. “Tony’ Kovach.

Meanwhile, NIMBY, BANANA, and zoning officials – who are either ignorant, or who deliberately ignore federal law – are contributing factors causing the affordable housing crisis.”

The acronym NIMBY means “Not In My Back Yard,” while BANANA means “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything.”

The Daily Business News has tracked the various issues within and outside of manufactured housing for years, all of which are slowing the industry’s obvious ability to be the solution to a crisis that subsidized housing tax dollars alone can never hope to solve.

Real estate agents, conventional house builders, local or state public officials, investors, Dr. Carson and the Trump Administration – all of these are potential allies for manufactured housing,” Kovach said. “As more forward-looking MH Industry professionals take the needed steps, the potential to tap into trillions of dollars in opportunities in the next 5 years grows.”

We know the roadmap! How many more industry pros will commit to the necessary steps to program, chart and follow the course?”

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A Deep Dive Into Consumer Housing Desires

The first look at the Zillow Group’s ™ insightful report – including added insights from Noffsinger – along with a video of a couple who were previously skeptical of “trailers,” owned a conventional house – and who now proudly own a manufactured home – are all linked here. ##

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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Increases, January Report

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Washington, D.C., March 6, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that, according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased substantially during January 2017.

These just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,827 homes in January 2017, a 33.5 percent increase over the 5,862 HUD Code homes produced during January 2016.

MHARR says that the steady increase in HUD Code manufactured housing production since 2011 is “clear and indisputable evidence that manufactured homes not only continue to serve a vital role in the nation’s housing market, but that today’s high-quality manufactured homes are attracting ever-larger numbers of homebuyers.

MHARR’s analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through January 2017, with cumulative, monthly, current year (2017) and prior year (2016) shipments per category as indicated are:

The latest information for January 2017 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

MHARR has long maintained that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cannot meet the mandate of “Duty to Serve” (DTS), and cannot adequately serve the manufactured housing market and the millions of moderate and lower-income consumers who rely on affordable, non-subsidized manufactured housing without manufactured housing chattel lending.

The full MHARR report is linked here.

For more commentary from MHARR, including Ben Carson’s confirmation as HUD Secretary, click here. ##

 

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Jobs Report at the Start of the Trump Economy

February 4th, 2017 Comments off
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The second full week of the Trump Administration came to an end on Friday, and brought with it the first jobs report under the new commander in chief.

U.S. employers added the most workers in four months, while wage growth slowed slightly more than projected.

According to CNSNews, the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed total nonfarm payroll employment rose 227,000, beating estimates of a rise to 180,000. The unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a point to 4.8 percent.

The Labor Department’s “Employment Situation Report” is released monthly, and it reflects data gathered in the pay period that includes the 12th of the month. Labor participation was up two-tenths of a point to 62.9 percent.

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This means that the report released today reflects the situation just prior to when President Trump was sworn in on January 20th.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, the January report reflects anticipation of President Trump’s policies, meetings and movement prior to taking office, including the highest Small Business Optimism Index in 37 years from the NFIB.

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Juanita Duggan, President and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business (credit, NFIB).

We haven’t seen numbers like this in a long time,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Small business is ready for a breakout, and that can only mean very good things for the U.S. economy. Business owners are feeling better about taking risks and making investments.

Private employment, excluding government agencies, rose by 237,000 after a 165,000 increase in December. Government employment fell by 10,000 and factory payrolls grew by 5,000.

Retailers increased payrolls by 45,900. Employment in financial activities was up 32,000, professional and business services rose by 39,000, and leisure and hospitality was up 34,000.

Per Bloomberg, hiring in construction, retail, finance and professional services helped labor numbers. The 36,000 increase in construction payrolls was the largest since March.

 

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Today’s report reflects the consumer confidence that the Trump presidency has inspired,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

President Trump campaigned on how to make America work again. Even before he took office, the markets knew he would deliver on that promise.”

Spicer was optimistic, but also mentioned that Trump remained realistic about what needs to happen next.

The president’s already taken significant steps to turn our economy around and he is looking forward to ensuring that every American who wants a job has the opportunity to find one,” said Spicer.

While the president’s definitely pleased that the job growth has far surpassed expectations and that the labor force participation is rising, he also recognizes that there is a lot more work to be done.

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Dr. Ben Carson at his confirmation hearing. Credit: Fox News.

President Trump’s actions leading up to, and after, his inauguration, stand to have significant positive impact on the manufactured housing industry. One of the most influential was the President’s nomination of Dr. Ben Carson for HUD Secretary, and his comments on the importance of manufactured housing.

For more on President Trump’s activity, including the Executive Order regarding Dodd-Frank, click here. ##

 

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NPR and Fair Housing: Is “Liberal Bias” Creating Fake News?

February 1st, 2017 Comments off
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A recent op-ed by Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, puts a new spotlight on the coverage provided by NPR and poses serious questions about how the organization covers news.

Is National Public Radio’s description of an Obama urban directive as something that merely ‘links [government] funding to desegregation’ fake news?” writes Gonzalez, in The Daily Signal.

Well, it’s so slanted that if you had no prior knowledge of the program, and heard NPR’s depiction of it, you would just say to yourself, ‘Sounds good to me.’

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Mike Gonzalez. Credit: The Daily Signal.

But to many conservatives, including the man that President Donald Trump has nominated to be the new secretary of housing and urban development, Dr. Ben Carson, the Orwellian ‘Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing’ is a tortured interpretation of the Fair Housing Act.

The stated goal of the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” portion of the Fair Housing Act is to allow for the building of high density, low income housing in suburbs to better reflect the racial makeup of the nation.

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Dr. Ben Carson at his confirmation hearing. Credit: Fox News.

In an op-ed to the Washington Times, Dr.  Carson commented on the rule, saying that “It would require that such affordable housing be built primarily in wealthier neighborhoods with few current minority residents and that the new housing be aggressively marketed to minorities.

In practice, the rule would fundamentally change the nature of some communities from primarily single-family to largely apartment-based areas by encouraging municipalities to strike down housing ordinances that have no overtly (or even intended) discriminatory purpose —including race-neutral zoning restrictions on lot sizes and limits on multi-unit dwellings, all in the name of promoting diversity.”

Gonzalez then points out that recent NPR coverage of Ben Carson and his nomination leaves out details.

That view was not reflected in NPR reporter Pam Fessler’s unflattering piece on Carson following his nomination. The piece referred positively to the housing program as ‘stepped up enforcement of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which is intended to reduce segregation,’” wrote Gonzalez.

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Given NPR‘s reporting, including their recent reports on manufactured housing communities, Gonzalez poses the question: should the Trump Administration end government funding of NPR?

 

The MH Industry Speaks

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Negative coverage of our industry is something many media outlets are guilty of, but I am a patriot first, said Nodel Parks owner Richard Nodel. 

Anything that is an abridgment of our constitutional rights is a greater threat to all of us than just a negative news article. Let’s fight bad information with good information and not have to resort to un-American activities like censorship of the media. Just because we don’t like the report, do we try and shutter the source?”

Others in the industry see it differently.

We need to send a message to liberal media outlets, like publicly supported NPR,” said Lamb Investments principle, Todd Lamb.

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Todd Lamb, Lamb Investments.

If there is going to be government funds they need to be non-biased or fair to all sides. Now is the opportunity for conservatives to strike back at what we have endured for ten or more years. Gone are the days when a journalist would pride himself on hiding his own opinions or views. I used to enjoy listening to NPR. Now,” Lamb said, Im in favor of pulling any and all funding from it!”

On the issue of media coverage of the MH Industry and politics in general, Lamb said, “I agree with Tony Kovach, I agree with Dr. Ben Carson, and of course, I agree with our new President, Donald J Trump.

UMH CEO Sam Landy, whose company was front and center in an NPR manufactured home community focused article, believes that accountability, above all else, is key.

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Sam Landy. Credit: REIT. For a Cup of Coffee interview with Mr. Landy, click here.

NPR and UMH both care deeply about people. UMH has operated manufactured home communities since 1969. We believe enforcement of our rules and regulations is best for the majority of the people who live in our community,” said Landy.

NPR is reminding us that we must exercise our authority with compassion. We welcome outside oversight and criticism as it allows us to objectively evaluate our actions. We believe in each case covered here we in fact did the right thing for our residents, and that we did it in a compassionate manner. We welcome NPR‘s follow up.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach also commented on the op-ed by Gonzalez.

With huge deficits and mounting debt, should U.S. taxpayers be funding any media,” Kovach says, “other than video feeds from CSPAN or social media posts by agencies that allow citizens to follow their government’s actions?

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Kovach continued, speaking to “agenda journalism (as opposed to legitimate editorializing, which should be in a different part of publication) is the recent case of NPR’s attack on private investor owned manufactured home communities.

MHLivingNews.com and MHProNews.com dug into those issues, revealing facts that NPR simply ignored. When we contacted NPR for comments on clearly overlooked third-party information that ran counter to their narrative, their reply? That they stand by their reports,” said Kovach.

For more coverage on the fallout from the NPR feature on manufactured housing communities, click here. ##

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Carson Approved by Senate Committee, Provides View on MH

January 24th, 2017 Comments off
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The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee has unanimously approved Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.) His nomination now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

Manufactured housing also took center stage, as the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) tells MHProNews that Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) asked Dr. Carson to describe in writing his view of the role of manufactured housing in the provision of affordable housing in rural areas.

 

I do see manufactured housing playing an important role in providing affordable housing in rural areas. I think it’s important to ensure HUD’s policies promote access to this valuable resource,” said Carson.

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Senator Dean Heller. Official photo.

After the vote by the senate, Carson will inherit an agency with 8,300 employees and a budget of about $47 billion.

According to WWLP, Committee Chairman Michael Crapo of Idaho praised Carson and his impressive career.

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Senator Michael Crapo. Credit: Wikipedia.

HUD will benefit from having a secretary with a different perspective and a diverse background,” said Crapo.

The committee advanced Carson’s nomination in a simple voice vote without major opposition from Senate Democrats, who are fighting other appointees of President Trump.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the leading Democrat on the panel, said he was supporting Carson because of his commitments to address lead hazards, uphold fair housing laws and advocate for rental assistance, despite his reservations.

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I would not have chosen him because of his lack of experience and his often troubling public statements over the last three years,” said Brown.

But despite my reservations and my disagreements with some of his positions, I’ll give Dr. Carson the benefit of the doubt.”

Prior to the vote, Brown proposed unsuccessfully that the committee begin requiring Cabinet-level nominees to submit three years of tax returns before confirmation hearings.

Republicans opposed the change.

Our extensive coverage on the nomination and confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson includes four former HUD Secretaries endorsing Carson and an open letter from MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

The letter from Kovach is linked here. ##

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