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NBC Video – Federal Authorities Investigating Clayton Homes, Maxine Waters Denounces Lending “Discrimination” Against Minorities

October 9th, 2018 Comments off


If you thought it was over for Clayton Homes and their Berkshire Hathaway affiliated lending units with federal officials, mainstream media and other sources are telling the Daily Business News on MHProNews that it’s not.



WBIR, an NBC News affiliate, said Federal authorities are involved in an ongoing investigating of Clayton Homes for possibly discriminatory action against minority borrowers.



It’s not all a ‘new story’ to MHVille. But it is a continuation of the same or new issues that the Seattle Times, BuzzFeed News, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guru Focus, the Nation, and other mainstream media outlets have spotlighted in 2018, or previously.


Still from the NBC WBIR 2018 video posted above.

This report posted above by a local Tennessee NBC news affiliate doesn’t include Clayton’s denial of the allegation.  But in fairness, other sources have told MHProNews that Clayton later denied the charges.  They said in part that numerous routine audits have turned up nothing.


Still from NBC WBIR news affiliate 2018 video, posted above.


But their denial statement is arguably misleading, per other mainstream media, Washington D.C. regulators, and manufactured housing industry sources.


Austin Frerick is a research fellow at Open Markets, a non-profit focused on problems related to monopolies.

MHProNews has heard directly from federal officials, as well as private attorneys, that are exploring these issues, as well as antitrust, or other concerns.


Austin Frerick is a fellow with Open Markets, an anti-trust (anti-monopoly) nonprofit organization.

Some have told the Daily Business News that many who have been through such federal investigations or civil procedures already know. These investigations and procedures can take time.


Rephrased, there can be a quiet before the storm breaks.



Two Sides of the Clayton Allegations Coin

As MHProNews has said, in America, allegations alone are not proof. Thankfully, in the U.S., one is deemed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, via a settlement, or plea agreement, etc.

At the same time, the other side of the coin is that Clayton has previously admitted to having paid fines in connection with this ongoing allegations and media scandal.

While denying intent, both Warren Buffett and his colleague at Berkshire Hathaway – Vice Chairman Charlie Munger – have said that they don’t doubt that ‘someone, somewhere has done something wrong.’


Berkshire’s Munger’s statement to CNN Money of denial, while admitting in his own words that ‘something indeed could have happened with someone somewhere,’ is posted above.


Why It Matters to MHVille

For those who recall the glory days of much higher levels of manufactured home sales, rationale people should ask questions like the following.

  • Why is manufactured housing underperforming?
  • Why is the public perception so poor, in spite of an overall record of quality and home owner satisfaction?
  • Isn’t the steady drum beat of such reports about Clayton or MHI part of the problem?

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An American August in MHVille – New Feature Articles Alert

August 1st, 2016 Comments off

AmericanAugustMHVilleDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews2016The new featured articles for MHProNews  will begin to go live later today, on August 1. Because of the size of this issue, new articles will continue to be added to the featured articles module until completed, which is expected to be August 2, 2016.

A new Cup of Coffee with… interview will be unveiled.

Among the hot topics will be insights on the Trump Organization’s presence in factory built housing industry.

You’ll read from experts in legal, fair housing, insights from MHARR and MHI, communities information, MH Industry focused products and services, solar manufactured homes, a look at the upcoming election, comments by the Democratic and Republican nominees, commentary on those and much more that impacts your profession, business, the nation and our world.

We plan to have everything new “live” (published) on the home page by Aug 3rd, but most of it is available right now.

Featured articles are found below the Daily Business News module, which are the two center sections of the home page under the top navigation header. Stay tuned. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News May 22-May 29, 2016

May 29th, 2016 Comments off

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NeighborWorks, Clayton Homes Partner with Next Step Homes in Waco, Texas

How a Professional Couple saved $100,000 on a New Home in Tennessee

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

MH Communities closing in Minnesota, New York. Cavco stock closes above $100. New home, pending home and existing home sales all rise. Grant will help repair MH in NC. Modular home dealer jailed. MH community charged with violating state, federal Fair Housing laws. Investors alter s takes in Sun, Patrick. Affordable housing shortage could crimp senior lifestyle. Vertical gardens rise in self-sustaining community. Keiser closing leaves jobs undone. Patrick completes acquisition. Much, much more in news, views and tips you can use.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

North Carolina Grant will help MH Residents Repair Homes

Friday, May 27

Former MH Community Property will Host Modular Homes for Homeless

Minnesota MH Community Closing, Consultant Helping with Relocation

Cavco’s Stock Gains 4.76%, closes at $100.23

Drew Declares Quarterly Dividend

New Home Sales Spike; Pending and Existing Home Sales also Rise

Modular Home Dealer Ordered to Jail on 21 Theft Charges

Thursday, May 26

Investors Alter Stakes in Sun Communities and Patrick Industries

Skyline Advances the most on Otherwise Quiet Trading Day

Lawsuit Charges Eviction from MH Community is Discriminatory

Manufactured Housing Institute’s National Congress and Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing

MH Community Closing, Residents trying to Stave off Displacement

Wednesday, May 25

Cavco Industries Releasing Quarterly Numbers May 26

VA MH Community Charged with Violating the Fair Housing Law

Northstar, Skyline Advance over Four percent

New Home Sales Surge in April, especially in the Northeast

MH Industry Leaders Pursue New Marketing Strategies

Shortage of Affordable Housing Could Severely Impact 40% of Boomers

Tuesday, May 24

Ireland Dealing with Severe Affordable Housing Shortage

Self-sustaining Community Features Vertical Gardens

All MH-related Stocks, except one, advance; Dow gains over 200 Points

Lippert Celebrating 60 Years in Business

Strong Dollar Driving Down Foreign Home Buyers in Miami

The Tesla of Housing” Claims Dutch Architect Knijtijzer

Monday, May 23

Modular Apartment Builder Seeks Replacement for Keiser

Patrick Completes Acquisition of Cana Holdings

MHCV Edges Up, Third Avenue Value Gains +0.86%, Major Indices Slip

Inventory of New Homes Continues Falling

Manufactured Home Community in New York set to Close

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News May 15-May 22, 2016 ##

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Lawsuit Charges Eviction from MH Community is Discriminatory

May 26th, 2016 Comments off

Virginia_allison_shelley__wash_post_waples_MH_communityMHProNews posted a story May 25, 2016 regarding the Waples Mobile Home Park in Fairfax, VA being charged with violation of federal and state fair housing laws for evicting residents who do not have Social Security cards, which a legal aid group says is discriminatory because it disproportionately affects Latinos.

The 15 residents are in the country illegally, but Ivy Finkenstadt, a lawyer with the Legal Aid Justice Center, says Waples is discriminating against the residents because of their immigrant status, by refusing to accept tax identification numbers the Internal Revenue Service provides workers who are not citizens.

The state’s landlord-tenant law allows landlords to accept IRS tax numbers as proof of identification, which Waples has done in the past but now insists it must have Social Security cards as proof, according to The Washington Post.

In a region where affordable housing for low-income immigrants often means families doubling up, the eviction proceedings are sending a shock wave through an immigrant community that has a fragile foothold, at best. Some residents took over manufactured homes that had been purchased and registered by a relative or friend, and took responsibility for the monthly expenses.

After Waples’ management began asking for Social Security numbers of all residents, they followed up with eviction notices. Finkenstadt said, “The fact that the company changed what it would accept has an impact on who can rent there, and that effect is discriminatory.”

Management of the community insists they need SS numbers in order to do background checks on residents.

Some of the households have a mix of family members with legal immigration status and those without; and some families who have been asked to leave are still paying on their homes. In the Northern Virginia county where the median monthly rent is $1,600, low wage workers have few options. Michelle Krocker, director of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, said, “It’s all they can afford. As a local economy, we need those workers to be here.” ##

(Photo credit: The Washington Post/Allison Shelley–Waples Mobile Home Park)

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Fair Housing Attorney Honored for Children’s Housing Accessibility Book

May 13th, 2015 Comments off

Nadeen-Green-For-Rent-Media-Solutions-Nadeen Green, a For Rent Media Solutions’™ (FRMS) legal counsel, is a Fair Housing attorney who has taught Fair Housing Law to the multifamily housing industry since the Fair Housing Amendments Act went into effect in 1989.

She is also education director for a small non-profit called International Fund for Economic Development (IFED) which promotes economic self-sufficiency among developing communities around the world, according to forrent. Projects with this organization include providing supplies to an orphanage in China, a nutrition program in Cambodia, and providing computers and the electricity to operate them in 19 Peruvian Andes villages.

Termed the Fair Housing Lady, she deals regularly with housing design accessibility issues as well as Fair Housing issues in general. Recently she teamed with Eleanor Smith, a wheelchair user and the inspiration for the visitability movement, which advocates for changes to single-family homes to make them more wheelchair accessible, to write a children’s book, Libby and The Cape of Visitability.

Nadeed was honored by the Cobb County (GA) Commission and the Cobb Community Relations Council at the Cobb County 5th Annual Creating Community Awards Banquet, for her work on Libby. When asked about her work, she stated, “Much of my work with FRMS is fair housing based, and the travel to other countries and the time spent with those facing mobility challenges and obstacles has broadened my world view. I can more appreciate the diversity in our own country and can draw on personal experiences when I teach and advocate within the multifamily housing industry.

Nadeen Green is a contributor to the MHProNews website. ##

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Senator Edward Brooke (R-MA), Fair Housing Law Champion, Dies at 95

January 6th, 2015 Comments off

r-ma-senator-edward-brook-first-black-us-senator-dies-credit-washington-post-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Americans mourned the recent death of former Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke, the first African American popularly elected to the U.S. Senate. He was 95 years old and died at his home in Coral Gables, Florida.

Brooke (R-Mass.) was very influential in the passing of anti-poverty laws. Obtaining fair housing for everyone was his passion. With Senator Walter Mondale (D-Minn.), he sponsored the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion or ethnicity.

The Washington Post  tells MHProNews  that Brooke hoped to influence civil rights through housing policy. “It’s not purely a Negro problem. It’s a social and economic problem — an American problem,” he told Time in 1967. An amendment he introduced to the 1969 Housing Act capped public-housing rent at 25 percent of income. In 1981, the cap was raised to 30 percent.

Senator Brooke later introduced the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which allowed women to obtain credit independently of their husbands. He was well respected on the Hill, because he was someone who could cross the aisle and work with people with a variety of perspectives.

Brooke was one of only two African Americans to serve in the Senate in the 20th century. He was the first to serve since Reconstruction, when state legislatures appointed senators. Six African Americans have served in the Senate since he left office in 1979.

After distinguished combat service in the segregated U.S. Army during World War II, Brooke forged a legal and political career in Massachusetts, becoming the state’s hard-charging attorney general before winning election to the Senate.

He was one of the most popular politicians in Massachusetts, known for his independence, both from civil rights leaders and from conservative members of his party. In the Senate, Brooke served on the powerful Appropriations Committee and became the ranking Republican on the Banking Committee, which gave him influence over U.S. commerce, monetary and housing policy.

He was a black, Protestant Republican representing a state that was more than 95 percent white, overwhelmingly Catholic and two-thirds Democratic. “I do not intend to be a national leader of the Negro people,” he told Time magazine after his Senate election. “I intend to do my job as a senator from Massachusetts.” ##

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Manufactured Home Owners Gather

September 19th, 2012 Comments off

napavalleyregister reports 80 people, representing a three county area just north of San Francisco, heard five speakers at the Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League (GSMOL) address issues of rent control, recruitment, civil law and fair housing. Two attorneys who specialize in construction and property law discussed responsibilities landlords have to their tenants. They said if there is a problem that can be documented with a photograph, take pictures. A representative from State Sen. Lou Correa’s office who compiles information on rent control ordinances said there is no single state law governing rent control in manufactured home communities, so it must be done on a city-by-city basis. MHProNews has learned American Canyon, where the convention was held, last year passed a rent stabilization ordinance for the MHCs in town. The city’s lawsuit to prevent Napa Olympia Mobilelodge from converting from seniors only to unrestricted resulted in American Canyon paying $575,000 to Napa’s owners as settlement.

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Conference to Cover MHC Issues

March 16th, 2012 Comments off

The OrangeCountyRegister informs State Sen. Lou Correa, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Manufactured Homes and Communities, will hold a conference in Santa Ana Friday, March 16, for MHC residents and owners. A panel of MHC residency law experts and code enforcement officials will discuss health and safety codes, senior housing, legislation, inspections, fair housing issues, and utilities. The discussion starts at 9 AM at the Rancho Santiago Community College and goes until noon.

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