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Politically Incorrect Cartoon Commentaries, Lighter Side of Making America and Manufactured Housing Great Again

June 9th, 2018 Comments off

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Long-time MHProNews readers know that over the years, we’ve broken many of the politically incorrect rules in MHVille reporting, and hard-hitting commentary.  You rewarded us with the most page views and readership of anyone in industry publishing, thank you. Thanks too for those who make this possible.

 

But today, to keep things light – and still make industry pros, investors, researchers and others think – we’re going to let these political cartoons do most of the talking.

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For years, manufactured housing’s future was mired in D.C. politics that seemed to have no end in sight.

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For example. Manufactured housing had near zero impact on the housing/mortgage meltdown of 2008.

Yet, the industry is routinely reminded by certain groups of its loose lending sins by lenders of roughly 2 decades ago. The bulk of those sins didn’t cost taxpayers. The mistakes of the 90s and early 2000s of operations like GreenTree and Conseco didn’t melt the economy down.

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But for some, those sins of the past seemingly can’t be absolved or forgotten.  Why is that so?

Why did conventional housing and lending get a hall pass, which cost taxpayers and the economy trillions in de facto bailouts, and federal taxpayer support?

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Why did manufactured housing – which a bi-partisan swatch of politicos and experts agree is an important part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis solution – get punished?

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The loudest voices aren’t always the correct voices.

The Daily Business News could go on and on this morning with questions like that, which our reports seek to answer.

Cartoonist Branco has done brilliant work, and the word is that from time to time, he’s retweeted by President Trump.

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Just the facts. Its the elitists, those that know better, but screwed America up for the many for the benefit of the few for decades. They are in both major political parties.

We editorially supported President Trump, months before the 2016 primary was settled.

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There’s so much news, but one must not forget what happened, in some cases, not so long ago. Memory is a gift that must be used, along with prudence, and a questioning mind.

We did so because an objective consideration at what Secretary Clinton presented, and promised looked like more of the same in Washington, D.C.’s swamp.

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Former DNC Chair Donna Bazile said that the primary was rigged against Senator Sanders. Their is evidence to suggest that the powers of the federal government wee being used to tilt the election in favor of Secretary Clinton.

We supported Candidate Trump, even thought Warren Buffett supported Secretary Clinton.

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Speaks volumes!

By contrast to Clinton, then candidate Trump is a business tycoon, a builder, and an entertaining communicator.

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Americans can’t afford to forget what it was like just 2 short years ago. The advocates of the corrupt socialist agenda never stop pushing. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, plus action to defend our God-given, constitutionally protected rights.

Then candidate Trump energized the base of numerous business professionals, and the millions of what Ms. Clinton called “deplorables.” The president brought back the “blue collar Democrats” into the common-sense conservative cause.

President Obama pledged to veto Preserving Access if it hit his desk.

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Any day now…

Secretary Hillary Clinton pledged to keep Dodd-Frank intact.

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Branco must get it on climate. No one wants dirty air or dirty water. But the climate agenda is about taxes, plus picking winners and losers.

S 2155 did half of what Preserving Access hoped to do, but it also did much more, and President Trump signed it into law.

These are facts.  They may be politically incorrect, but they are facts.

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President Abraham Lincoln said that America would never be conquered from without, but only from within. Its the power grabbers, those that took big chunks of the financial, healthcare, and other sectors over that must be watched., and defeated legally.

We believe in common sense, even if it isn’t politically correct.

The economy is roaring, while obstructionists are screaming about every single thing they can, as if the president hates the Americans whose lives his policies are clearly improving.

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If Russian interference with elections is a serious issue, and it is, then why isn’t voter fraud a serious issue?

If you aren’t comfortable with the president’s tweets, don’t read them. But watch his bottom line results.  Promises made, promises kept.  Make America Great Again. That’s patriotism.  That’s common sense.

Pay attention to what is getting done now, that was not getting done before in Washington, D.C.’s swamp.

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George Soros and other uber rich billionaires oddly often support socialistic, and leftist causes, why? Does big government = power? Does supporting big government give the uber rich more influence than every day Americans? Drain the swamp.

Regulations are frozen, thanks to the President’s executive orders. Pam Danner is gone at HUD. Thank you, Secretary Carson, please keep it that way.  Please make sure that Danner isn’t returned, and that the replacement is some hand-picked candidate of the billionaire crony capitalists who seek to dominate our industry, to the harm of the majority of small to mid-sized businesses.

The DOE energy rule is frozen, thank you Secretary Perry, please keep it that way.

As the midterms approach, why not vote for common sense? Why not vote for those who support the man getting things done?  Why not support the 45th president’s policy and agenda?

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While the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) paid for two pro-Clinton speakers in the closing days before the 2016 election, the Kovach family supported Donald J. Trump’s candidacy as the best for the industry, small business and hundreds of millions of Americans. One of those stories ended up on the president’s campaign website, and hundreds of conservative and pro-Trump websites.

The Fed just announced that the net worth of Americans has hit 100 Trillion dollars.  Talk is cheap. Action speaks louder than words. Thank you, Mr. President.

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The president’s birthday is coming up next week. We support making America and our industry great again. We are willing to be politically incorrect to do so.

The cartoons speak volumes.  Consider sharing them and this post with your circle of influence.

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Michael Geller, Making a Home for Manufactured Housing, a Vision for America

June 19th, 2017 Comments off

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That same exercise is useful in reverse.  It’s helpful to understand what other nations do that may prove to have valuable insights for manufactured and modular home builders here in the U.S.

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Architect Michael Geller shared his experiences of the recent 2017 Manufactured Housing Association of British Columbia’s annual conference. Geller’s column in the Vancouver Sun began with the headline, “Making a Home for Manufactured Housing.”

Geller’s thoughts will be explored below, after context is provided.

Let’s note that Geller nailed all of the terminology. MHProNews, and MHLivingNews readers are routinely reminded how useful it is to properly describe our homes, because it elevates the value proposition to all those who are listening or reading.

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Snapshot from Canada’s Versions of Factory Building

For those not familiar with Canada’s version of manufactured housing, they have a code known as Z240 that their homes are built to, roughly analogous to the HUD Code for manufactured housing in the U.S.

As in the states, Canadian modular are built to the same standards as conventional housing, which like Z240s, are built in a controlled environment.

Specifically, the Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI) says, “Regardless of how or where a building is constructed, the authority having jurisdiction (e.g. the municipality) where the building will be located has a mandate to confirm that the building is built to code requirements. A certification label, indicating compliance with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards, is the building inspector’s assurance that the factory-constructed parts of the building meet local requirements.”

Code References to Z240 MH Series Manufactured Homes

Some building codes state that homes constructed in compliance with Z240 MH Series are “exempt” from the code. In effect, this means that homes constructed to the standard are deemed to comply with the code. Local authorities rely on the Z240 MH label to confirm acceptability.”

If you look at the statistics in the CMHI statistical reports document, linked here, and adjust for the population difference between the U.S. and Canada, it seems that the Canadians could be doing better than their U.S. counterparts.  Their annual report has more data than their U.S. counterparts typically do.

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About Geller

Simon Fraser University says that “Michael Geller is an architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer with four decade’s experience in the public, private, and institutional sectors. His company, The Geller Group is active in real estate consulting and property development. Current activities include land use planning, feasibility studies, and development approvals for a variety of large and small projects around Metro Vancouver.”

As you consider Canadian vs. U.S. shipment totals, bear in mind that Canada’s population is about 11% of that in the U.S. So, to get a comparable, apples to apples sense, multiply their shipments by 8.91 and you’ll see that their shipment totals look to be higher percentage wise than HUD Code manufactured housing is here in the U.S.

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With that Backdrop, Highlights from Michael Geller’s Expertise

Imagine if cars were built like houses,” says Geller.

I thought about the differences between building cars and houses on a recent tour of a Kelowna manufactured housing factory organized as part of the 2017 Manufactured Housing Association of British Columbia’s annual conference,” he said. “I was invited to offer the perspective of an architect and developer on factory-built housing to an audience comprising manufacturers, dealers, transporters and government officials,”

Geller explained his history, and the interest than – and now – with homes that could be relocated if needed, but typically would stay in their original location once sited.

I have had a longstanding interest in manufactured housing dating back to 1970 when I was one of seven architectural students from across Canada to win a CMHC travelling scholarship. Our travels took us across the U.S. with guide Warren Chalk, one of the founding members of Archigram, an avant-garde 1960s British architectural group, with projects that included Plug-in-City, a massive framework into which modular dwellings could be slotted and removed.”

Back then, Geller spent weeks learning and promoting the early days of factory built housing.

For six weeks,” he said, “we toured mobile home parks and housing factories on a government initiative to promote manufactured housing on a major scale.”

As part of his thesis years ago, he proposed concepts he believed would be good for the industry and Canadian society.

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Image credits, Sage Creek website, a Canadian modular home community.

In my university thesis,” said Geller, “I focused on a factory-produced relocatable housing system, and proposed that just as schools set up portable classrooms, governments could install modular housing on vacant lots. This could then be relocated when the property was needed for redevelopment, effectively eliminating the cost of land.”

He gave examples of past projects and plans, then said, “In recent years, BC Housing and the City of Vancouver undertook a feasibility study of a concept to promote relocatable modular housing as an alternative to housing people in shelters.

In British Columbia (B.C.), “today, thousands of attractive permanent homes are being built in factories. Companies such as Triple M, Moduline, SRI and many other manufacturing plants are constantly improving assembly-line procedures to build complete homes in days, rather than weeks or months,” he says, using points familiar with professionals south of the U.S. Canadian line.

By building in climate-controlled settings, workers are not dealing with rain or snow,” he said. “Waste is considerably reduced, and consequently factory-built homes are cost-effective, environmentally smart, and able to be customized as on-site construction. For this reason, many of the PNE show homes have been built using modular construction.”

At the Kelowna conference, I learned there are two basic types of factory-built housing: manufactured homes and modular-built homes.”

What follows would be wonderful if American public officials and media reported as accurately as did Geller.

Manufactured homes are typically constructed on a steel frame in one or two sections and are virtually complete when they leave the factory. Thus, they are ready for move-in the same day or a few days after arriving on the site. These homes can be installed on simple foundations and even relocated, although most are never moved from their original site,” he wrote.

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Image credits, Sage Creek website, a Canadian modular home community.

He notes that the homes can be placed on crawl spaces or over a full basement.  Many in the U.S. tend to forget that concrete slab construction can be harder on the body. So the type of building that manufactured and modular homes produces is not only more economical, it can be healthier too.

Modular-built homes do not have a steel frame,” (Editor’s note to American readers; in the U.S. you can have on-frame as well as off-frame modular building). Geller said, “A typical bungalow consists of one or two modules, while multi-storey homes or buildings are created with multiple modules. These homes are typically set on full-perimeter foundations with a crawl space or even a full basement.”

Geller wraps with surprise, but a prediction for future acceptance and growth.

While I am surprised that factory-produced housing is not more popular in Canada, expect this to change, since it is cost-effective, energy- and resource-efficient, and well suited to a variety of housing forms. It could be an affordable solution for infill and laneway housing, and multi-storey apartments.”

Imagine if houses were built like cars.”

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