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What Does Doing Your Job Looks Like in Manufactured Housing?

May 9th, 2019 Comments off

 

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There is nothing wrong with photo opportunities and videos. MHProNews and MHLivingNews have used them too. But photo ops and videos ought to compliment a broader vision, not replace it.

 

There are thousands of videos about manufactured housing online.  There are untold numbers of still images.  But the ones that are negative often outweigh the views of those that present manufactured housing in a positive light.  That in a nutshell summarizes the plight of the industry’s image challenge.

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Sam Landy, UMH President and CEO.

Sam Landy, JD, President and CEO of UMH Properties (UMH) told MHProNews that marketing is ultimately the responsibility of each individual company.  That is an obvious truism.  It would be nice if a trade group stepped up to do or compliment that effort, but in the current state of industry affairs, that certainly isn’t occurring effectively.  Yes, MHI makes videos or posts photos on Facebook numerous times each week.  But the 7 months of declining shipment numbers tell the tale.

The report last night about Bryan, TX tells another part of the sad tale of the low state of affairs in manufactured housing.  The Arlington, VA based trade group says about itself that: “The Manufactured Housing Institute is the only national trade organization representing all segments of the factory-built housing industry.” Rephrased, they are saying that they address both production and post-production related issues. Hmmm, let’s see.

By contrast, here is what the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform says about itself, “MHARR is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.”

Recast, they are saying that they are a production-issues oriented trade group. Really?  Let’s see.

In the past few days, MHARR has tackled these two issues, published at the links below.

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New, Revised, and Proposed Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Manufactured Homes

By contrast, what has MHI published on their website?

Where is the fine Secretary Ben Carson speech delivered at their own Congress and Expo?  As the report linked below reveals, they emailed a few words from it.  But as of this morning at 9:10 AM ET, their own search tool says the same thing as the screen capture below.  That’s largely a post-production speech.  Secretary Carson’s address praises manufactured housing.  Why isn’t MHI promoting it?

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An online search this morning reveals the Secretary Carson address on MHLivingNews’ site, but not on MHI’s website either.

 

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This was rechecked today at the time shown, so that’s the latest. Will MHI – out of embarrassment, the desire to do what is right, or for any reason post this pro-industry address on their own website? If so, when? If not, why not?

MHARR is stretching beyond their production issue mandate, to see how they can use targeted efforts to address post-production issues.

Bear in mind that the National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAHMCO) broke from MHI, precisely as a vote of no-confidence in MHI addressing issues such as the Duty to Serve manufactured housing.

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But in the world of manufactured home trade media, we are not aware of any that have raised such fundamental and obvious points.  Rather, they have touted MHI – as if they are doing their jobs.

That’s their right to publish what they wish – within the norms of the law and morality – which we respect their right to be wrong in the manner that they ‘inform’ their readers.

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

March 8th, 2019 Comments off


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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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National Weather Service Insights

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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Skyline Champion Corp – Manufactured Homes, Modular Housing – Outlook, Opportunities, & Obstacles

July 31st, 2018 Comments off
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Slide from IR presentation. as are others below. Text graphics by MHProNews. While a design like the home shown above could, in theory, be done as a HUD Code manufactured home, the odds are that this was built as a state-code modular home. 

With almost 2 months since the combination of Skyline and Champion – producers of manufactured home, modular housing, and other forms of factory-crafted construction – has occurred, it’s an apt time to take a snapshot of the new #2 in HUD Code home industry.

 

As with several other publicly-traded operations previously analyzed on the Daily Business News on MHProNews, this first look will begin with their own internally crafted information.

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Slide from IR presentation. as are others herein.

It is worth noting again that often useful industry insights are gained – not only for investors, but for others in the manufactured home industry – by reviewing such IR (investor relations) presentations.

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The top ten states, and the fastest growing states, are shown at the right. Note that some of the fast growing states had such low shipment levels that it could skew the impression. See related reports, linked below, for more details.

These documents – properly understood – can also be useful for advocates, lenders, researchers, and public officials.

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Finance – and access to capital – is more available, especially since the Trump Tax Cut, and deregulatory changes. Those have indeed made a positive difference for the industry. That said, so far, the Duty To Serve (DTS) manufactured housing is still toe in the water, and is being protested by MHARR as insufficient and strayed from the purpose of the law established in 2008 by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act. Rephrased, there are more improvements in financing options possible. is iThe top ten states, and the fastest growing states, are shown at the right. Note that some of the fast growing states had such low shipment levels that it could skew the impression. See related reports, linked below, for more details.

Typical of such reports are mostly accurate industry information.

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One of the driving forces that are growing in the next tier after Clayton, Skyline Champion and Cavco is Legacy Housing. They’ve grown rapidly in Texas, and are now doing the same in GA. Part of their success? Its financing, as well as other price point and specialized products.

The Daily Business News says “mostly,” as there are still times – for example, Cavco’s IR presentation – that cites information that is contradicted by other sources.

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This is arguably one of the best slides in this report, as it captures several key facts about HUD Code manufactured homes. To learn more about third party research on manufactured homes, see the recent NAR report by Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, linked here or below.

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A specific example is the manufactured home community count, which matters very much to those in the community segment of the industry.

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Commentary and analysis by MHProNews.  The community count issue is one that public companies can address without MHI help, but they would be wise to get MHI to correct their apparent error, see what their own members say, in the report below..

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MHProNews is a strong believer – as are others who are forward-looking in MHVille – that accuracy in data matters.  Any given company, as well as the industry at large, benefit from accurate data and facts.

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This is another useful presentation slide, gathering some data which reflects why manufactured housing could be poised for serious growth.

 

Disclaimers

As with any source cited, or any report done by MHProNews or MHLivingNews, the relaying of information or an analysis should not be construed as an endorsement, nor its opposite.

Facts, insights and information are being conveyed for the sake of a deeper, richer understanding of the manufactured home industry in specific, or factory-built housing in general.

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We’d also note that when we see an inaccuracy and mention it – again, using the example of the community count – that doesn’t mean that there may not be others.

We hold no stocks, nor any other positions for or against, this operation, which operates under Skyline Champion Corp. (NYSE:SKY), and is covered as part of our evening/nightly market snapshot.  Last night’s closing numbers are found at this link.

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For newcomers to the website not familiar with modern manufactured homes, learn more by clicking the image above or the link here.  The opportunities are spelled out in reverse, in the report, below.

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Market Snapshot

Given the above disclaimers, the presentation by Skyline Champion (SKY) is one of the better ones for insights provided by publicly traded firms in manufactured housing.

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The chart above reflects an interesting factoid, that Skyline Champion has 7 idle plants, which rephrased, means they could in theory ramp up more quickly than some others.

While it is graphically rich, it could benefit from more photos that exemplify the full range of housing options offered.

Producers of HUD Code manufactured homes or modular housing often show the fanciest and biggest models they can.  That makes sense for showcasing potential and for giving a good first impression.

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The facts are so powerful in favor of manufactured housing, some ask, why isn’t the industry doing much better?  The answer is found in part in Smoking Gun 3.

But such reports – Skyline Champion or others – should arguably show more entry level housing too.  Why?  There are more low-to-mid range potential buyers than those at the top that may want a modular waterfront getaway.

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IR presentations have certain limitations.  Not being specialized attorneys in public companies, we claim no expertise on those legal nuances in an IR presentation.  That said, when Skyline Champion says that there is significant upside for their business, or the industry in general – with proper management – consider that an understatement.

Why?

Several tech giants have spawned or inspired leaders who have launched factory-built housing enterprises.

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MHProNews recently noted that Japanese based SoftBank has bet big on Menlo Park, CA based Katerra.

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They are only the latest higher profile move by a factory-builder to address the affordable housing crisis.

  • With approximately 8.3 million housing unit shortage,
  • and with numerous voices inside and beyond the factory-built housing world having said for years that the construction gap can’t be closed by site builders alone,
  • the upside for factory home building should be obvious.

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This snapshot has selected those slides which in our view reflects the most interesting items to the greatest number of readers. A comparison between quality concerns of manufactured homes vs. conventional housing is launched in the related report, linked below.

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Governor Declares May 6th-12th “Manufactured and Modular Housing Week”

May 2nd, 2018 Comments off

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Governor Kay Ivey has signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 6th through May 12th to be “Manufactured and Modular Housing Week.”

 

The proclamation was issued in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the national Fair Housing Act and the 49th anniversary of the founding of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA).

In a release to the Daily Business News about the Alabama Gov. Ivey’s declaration, the AMHA added, “We are grateful that Gov. Ivey has chosen to recognize our industry and the industry’s contribution to the state’s economy,” said AMHA Chairman David Brewer. “Our industry in this state creates thousands of jobs, pays millions of dollars in tax revenue and, most importantly, helps millions of people throughout the country achieve the American Dream of homeownership.”

One out of every six Alabamians lives in a manufactured or modular home,” said the AMHA to MHProNews.

Alabama also consistently ranks among the top four states in the nation for manufactured housing production. Alabama’s 13 manufactured housing plants create around 4,000 jobs, while thousands more jobs are created by the industry’s service providers, retailers, installers, community owners and finance companies,” per the AMHA.

Data from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform confirms the AMHA point.

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A lot of people don’t realize just how important Alabama’s manufactured housing industry is to our state and our country,” said AMHA Deputy Director Lance Latham. “This proclamation is a great way for us to raise awareness about our industry and the homes we build. We appreciate Gov. Ivey taking the time to recognize our industry and honor those who are involved in the industry or live in one of our homes.”

Manufactured homes are the only type of housing that is built to a national standard.

All manufactured homes must be built to construction and safety standards established by the national Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Manufactured homes are inspected by government-contracted personnel during construction.

All “manufactured homes that are installed in Alabama – including pre-owned homes – must be inspected by the state and meet the state’s federally-approved installation standards,” said the AMHA.

Along the coastal region of the state, manufactured homes must meet Wind Zone 2 standards, meaning they can withstand sustained winds of at least 100 miles per hour,” said the release, while the rest of the state is Wind Zone 1.

Manufactured homes are built using many of the same materials that are used in site-built homes.  That said, they “are less expensive because manufacturers save money by buying materials in bulk and building the homes inside a plant using a more efficient process that allows manufacturers to avoid costly weather delays and higher labor costs that can increase the price of a site-built home.”

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U.S., Brit Media Hyped About Italian Flat Packed PreFab, Video, Stills – From $33K

November 21st, 2017 Comments off

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The house, says the producer, is about 30-40 days out from the time an order is placed until it is ready to ship.

The flat-packed, hinged unit can be set up, they say, in less than a day.  A time elapsed video shows that process.

The Sun has published the most recent report on this technologically interesting house.  They reported a similar figure on costs similar to what the media release to the Daily Business News received directly from the Italian producer.

A single unit is reported as £24,800m which at the current exchange rate, would be $32,736 at today’s exchange rate of 1 pound = $1.32. That unit is the size of a tiny house, about 290 sq feet.

904-square-foot family home which will set you back £54,900,” says the Sun, or about $72,468 at today’s exchange rate.

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Gushing Media…

New Atlas, said:The M.A.Di home is an economic flat-packed housing solution that is not only sustainable, but designed to last and withstand earthquakes. Manufactured by wood specialist Area Legno in Italy, the M.A.Di home is built using CLT (cross laminated timber) to create a modular and multi-functional anti-seismic family home.”

Inhabitat stated, “The modular, the flat-packed design of the M.A.Di Home is meant to create a streamlined, sustainable process between manufacturing and assembly. Thanks to their unique folding ability, the homes are prefabricated off site, flat-packed and easily transported via truck or container to virtually any location.”

And on it goes with Builder, or the Sun – which thinks this could solve the British affordable housing crisis, and others too.

What MADi is Not…

The price doesn’t include:

  • Transport
  • Installation,
  • Foundation, or per their spec sheets,
  • most of the interior items, such as cabinetry and appliances.

To rephrase, it isn’t – yet – an immediate threat to HUD Code manufactured homes (MH). It might well give smaller modular homes a run for their money.

What MADi once more reminds the MH industry professionals is that the nation, and others abroad, are looking for what MHProNews reported months ago, are hunting for “the Single Section Manufactured Home Alternative.”

Are Americans Hunting for the Single Sectional Manufactured Home Alternative?

But be it foreign or domestic, a range of modular, container and PreFab Housing producers are taking aim at those millions of housing units that MHProNews has documented for the industry are needed.

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While some are busy trying to use advertorials and other dubious ways of promoting the industry, what’s needed is genuine public education, and media engagement.

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The media is embracing other forms of factory built housing. Will more in the MH industry learn soon? ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Troubling New Study Reveals a Millennial Trend, Business, Economic, Political Impact 

November 15th, 2017 Comments off

SocialismScreensWomanLookingDailyBusinessNesMHProNewsTruth can be taught and caught.

But so too can error, delusions, deceptions, and lies.

People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one, and if you repeat it frequently enough, people will sooner or later believe it,” said Walter C. Langer, a psychoanalyst.  That observation of Langer’s is very much in keeping with tenants of the propagandists who caused the rise of National Socialists – the Nazis – as well as of communist leaders, like Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, and others.

MHProNews periodically hears and receives unsolicited comments about millennials and their attitudes on issues that impact their work, views and voting.

It’s an issue in the minds of many in management, employers and owners.

Also important, how do people who don’t grasp “the American way” discover the American Dream, including home ownership?  How do those who misunderstand concepts such as free enterprise, and private property respond to policies that may oppose that system and those rights?

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A new survey performed by YouGov reveals that some 44 percent of Millennials accept socialism, slightly more than those who favor capitalism.

While MHProNews believes that the better term to use is free enterprise as opposed to capitalism – because the term “capitalist” was coined by socialist Karl Marx, and thus plays into their narrative – nevertheless the trend ought to be a concern.

Nor are they alone in holding that or other troubling views.  The study was commissioned by the Victims of Communism, a non-profit group.  It’s called their “Annual Report of U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism.”

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In a release to MHProNews, here are some of that group’s top-line discoveries.

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Screen capture from the full survey, a handy download that could be shared at at team meeting, or for individual reading.

Communism was and is still a problem—up 5% from 2016.

Americans still have a lot to learn about communism 5 7 in 10 Americans either don’t know the definition of communism or misidentify it.

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The solution to the divide is more opportunity, not less. See video, below.

7 out of 10 underestimate number killed by communism.  It should be noted that a university researcher in Hawaii has published on a related topic, and he found that those that died under godless Nazi or communist systems far outweighed all those that died in so-called religious wars.

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Is something happening in Venezuela? 6 in 10 are unfamiliar with Nicolás Maduro.

Communist leaders are cited as heroes to their countries by 10-20% of Americans.

The entire survey can be downloaded at this link here.

Why Should Business or Investment Professionals be Concerned?

Among the elements of concern that should be of concern to business professionals and politicos are points like these.

Millennials, per the YouGov research, while increasingly understanding of ills of communism, have a disconnect between communism and socialism.  More are willing to opt for socialist nation than a free enterprise based economy.  For those who believe that government is the solution for anything, the very issues – such as affordable housing, that free enterprise is proven for centuries is the best solution – will only increase.

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Thus, is it any surprise that so many millennials were willing to support Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic race for their presidential nominee?

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While the Donna Brazile book bruhaha has underscored the “rigged’ nature of that contest, perhaps equally troubling for business professionals and investors is this.  With millions of millennials embracing socialistic concepts, and given their growing influence at the ballot, could the day come that they vote ever more socialists into office?

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Considering what took place in Venezuela, which a decade ago was a relatively prosperous nation, could that happen in America?

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MHProNews intended to continue to develop the industry’s first and still best professional resource that identifies opportunities, doesn’t ignore problem areas, while promoting common-sense solutions. Still from the video below.

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An industry professional with deep ties to the community sector of manufactured homes said this to MHProNews in a recently emailed statement. “California does not believe in property rights, plain and simple. We want your single family home rezoned multifamily, so you can’t rebuild your dream home. What’s yours is mine what’s mine is mine.”

Indeed, others in various parts of the country have told MHProNews something similar about their difficulties with local officials, and not always from so-called blue states.

Solutions?

If the roots of the problem are misinformation, isn’t the only solution good information?

The parent company to MHProNews did a test, by hiring a millennial who was a Bernie Sanders supporter. While that person ultimately didn’t work out as a team member, by providing that person who specific reading and viewing assignments, several mistaken economic and political notions where significantly modified.

That person’s work product also improved as a result.

Just as many employers are finding it necessary to do remedial education and training, perhaps the same needs to be done for those workers who may hold to such demonstrably mistaken views.

MHProNews began a periodic series of reports some time ago that focused on general economic, political and other issues – for example, the minimum wage – and how that actually works in practice.


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