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

May 29th, 2019 Comments off

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Since its inception in 2003 this part of my web site has offered a mix of consumer news, excerpts of reports about manufactured homes, miscellaneous ideas and suggestions, Q&A snippets, updates, consumer alerts, and commentary from yours truly,” said John Grissim, author of the Grissim Guides in a Summer-Fall 2018 announcement.

 

Grissim notes he’s published 90,000 words in his various blog postings over the years, calling that book-length.  He’s perhaps best known for the research-volume aimed at consumer by that name, the Grissim Guide.

Grissim wasn’t necessarily praised by many professionals, as he was both pro-manufactured homes, but also tough on of HUD Code manufactured housing.

A quote from him dated February 2009, helps make the point why not all industry pros loved him.

After outlining a concern out of Utah, he said as follows: “Comment: With this story gaining momentum and national attention, once again HUD-ville takes a big hit to its image. It’s hard not to believe that its homes are nothing more than cheaply constructed, poorly designed housing for the working poor.”  Note to our growing numbers of new or first-time readers, MHProNews often turns quoted text bold and brown to make it pop, but otherwise the text is as in the original.

Grissim went on to say, Last summer the buzz was all about formaldehyde out gassing from travel trailers and single-section HUD-code homes used for temporary housing by hurricane victims. This is absolutely the last thing this industry needs to experience.”

It should be noted that Grissim’s audience was a blend of potential consumers and manufactured housing industry professionals. Part of his business model was selling his Ratings Guide, a book that purported to rate the quality of the various builders of HUD Code manufactured homes.

Industry purists, such as our publisher, frankly thought the very premise of the Ratings Guide to be problematic for manufactured housing. Why?

Because if a HUD Code manufactured home builder meets the construction, energy, safety standards, and all the relevant inspections, certifications, etc., that was Number One.  HUD Code homes have significant consumer protections, most notably since the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000.  That was the period Grissim was publishing such columns in.

So, of course there would be differences in fit and finish between entry level, mid-range and upscale or residential style manufactured homes. But Grissim, who could claim being an experienced journalist, was lawfully able to publish what he wished. That’s America and the right to free speech and freedom of the press.

The above tee’s up a sense of the author, because thousands of manufactured housing professionals today would otherwise be unfamiliar with Grissim. Having set the table, it’s the following quotes at length from that report of his that are the focus of this fact-check and analysis.

Let’s begin by noting that by Grissim covering this as he did, albeit incompletely, he did so well before others, most of whom to this day have ignored the topic all together.

What follows is word-for-word from his post – linked here. We’ve screen captured this page too, as a documentary reference should the site go down or be otherwise changed, which Grissim himself suggests he plans to modify his content. Following the content between the — lines, there will be an MHProNews analysis. Typos are in the original.

 

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As recession deepens, MH plant closings mount. Industry production capability could shrink 30% by summer. What this could mean for home buyers.

Figures released early this month by the Institute for Building Technology & Safety (IBTS), the Washington, DC-based organization that tracks numbers for HUD, show a total of 169 production facilities around the U.S. are currently engaged in building HUD-code homes. That figure is down from 180 in October of last year.

But the worst may be yet to come. Some plants shut down over the holidays due to lack of orders, which are typically low during the winter months. With many retail dealerships struggling to make ends meet, and with sources drying up for so-called inventory flooring loans (loans to pay for lot models until they’re sold), orders from retailers for model homes may drop dramatically. This in turn could trigger a corresponding increase in plant closings.

One industry professional familiar with these trends told me he would not be surprised if by summer the total number of still-operating plants was in the 125 range, amounting to a roughly 30% contraction since last fall in the MH industry’s total production capacity.

Put another way, by this summer another 43 plants could be idle. For many companies, this will be catastrophic, forcing them into bankruptcy or sale. This is particularly true of builders that produce only HUD code homes, versus a mix of HUD and modular code dwellings. Unfortunately, the MH industry is generally weak, with very few players strong enough to buy their competitors, or even assume their debt.

Companies that are able to produce, in addition to HUD code homes, modular-code homes and RVs (especially park models), should fare better during the crunch, but the outlook is still grim. Adding to the challenge, some parts and materials suppliers to the RV and factory-built home industry are themselves in survival mode, and may go under.

In late January, Liberty Homes, the Goshen, IN-based builder, announced it was closing its Statesville, NC plant, laying off 90 workers. Patriot Homes, also HQ’ed in Indiana, has closed its Texas plant, and another facility in Indiana, and reportedly laid off its entire engineering staff before last Christmas. And Fleetwood, as reported last month, is closing seven of its plants.

For its part, industry stalwart Palm Harbor Homes reported company sales for the fourth quarter of last year were $89.6 million, down from $140.6 million during the same quarter a year previously. PH’s shipments to its most important markets–Texas, Florida, Arizona and California–were down nearly 38%. Larry Keener, Palm Harbor’s CEO said they expect this downward trend to continue through calendar 2009. The company is looking to free up some working capital by leveraging some of the more than $100 million in unleveraged assets on its books.

Also hanging in there is Cavalier Homes, a publicly held builder HQ’ed in Addison, AL. On January 27, 2009, Cavalier agreed to sell its in-house finance company, CIS Financial Services, Inc., to Jacksonville, FL-based Triad Financial Services, one of the industry’s oldest (and consistently successful) manufactured home lenders, for $750,000 cash plus CIS’s loan portfolio. According to the company’s CEO, “Bobby” Tesney, the transaction was in no way an indication of any change in Cavalier’s fortunes. “We think we will be here for the long run,” he explained in a subsequent phone call. In fact, Cavalier has excellent cash reserves and no long term debt, so the builder looks to be in good shape to weather a long downturn.

For home shoppers, the good news is this remains a buyer’s market with retailers bending over backwards to sell you a home, and at a very competitive price. But be certain the manufacturer from whom you’re contemplating buying is still in business and will be there to take care of your warranty needs. And don’t completely rely on your retailer for assurances. Verify all dealer claims. Visit this site for the latest news, and don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions.

With some big banks moving to block mortgage brokers from offering their loans to consumers, home buyers may have fewer choices.

 

In its February 1, 2009 edition, the New York Times reported that some large national banks, such as JPMorgan Chase, are no longer accepting home loan applications processed by mortgage brokers. [See also the story that follows this item.] Ostensibly the reason is, during the go-go subprime home loan years, many independent mortgage brokers played fast and loose with the documentation criteria they used to qualify borrowers, allowing many to obtain loans way beyond their ability to pay. The banks in turn suffered the losses, not the mortgage brokers who pocketed their origination fees and incurred no further liability.

There is much truth in that argument, but regrettably a decrease in the number of reputable independent mortgage brokers (who typically offer a wider variety of loan products than the local bank) means home buyers will have less choices and may be obliged to borrow from local institutions who often charge higher interest rates.

For their part, the mortgage brokers counter that it was the lenders, not the brokers, who determined the submitted loan documentation was satisfactory and thus it was the banks’ sloppy standards that ultimately were the source of so many subprime loans going south.

The brokers certainly have a point. In my view both parties are to blame. For several years there, the banks were busy selling their brokered loans to Wall Street’s masters of the universe for big money and they, like the brokers, could have cared less how bad the loans were because they, too, were off the hook if the loans went south. But that’s another story.

This said, I recommend my clients talk to a reputable mortgage broker as part of the process of shopping for the money before shopping for a home. For more on working with mortgage brokers, please see the discussion on mortgage brokers in chapter 4 of The Grissim Buyer’s Guide to Manufactured Homes & Land.

 

Speaking of mortgage brokers, Clayton Homes’s subsidiary finance company, 21st Mortgage Corporation will cut them off as of March 1, 2009. But wait, there’s more….

Pity the nation’s independent MH dealers. As I reported in the Grissim 2009 Report, last month the Clayton-owned subsidiary finance company, 21st. Mortgage Corp., announced that due to lack of funds to lend, it was largely pulling out of the inventory flooring business for dealers who sold homes other than those built by Clayton and Clayton-owned subsidiary manufacturers. Then, on January 30, the other shoe dropped.

Tim Williams, 21st’s president, sent an email “to all MH retailers and mortgage brokers” announcing that due to the bank’s inability to find money to lend indie dealers to finance retail home sales, effective March 1, 2009 the bank will limit its financing programs to the following (I’m quoting here):

  1. We will no longer offer any of our programs to Mortgage Brokers.
  2. We will offer FHA Title I financing for any brand home subject to retailer meeting FHA requirements.
  3. All other finance plans will only be offered for sales of the following homes:
  4. 21st Mortgage repossessions
  5. New homes built by Clayton Homes, Karsten Homes, Southern Energy or any other Clayton Homes subsidiary. The dealership must be a 21st Mortgage approved retailer.
  6. For any brand of home floor planned with 21st Mortgage prior to March 1 2009
  7. For any brand of home sold from a retailer’s inventory provided the retailer replaces the inventory with a home built by a Clayton Homes subsidiary.

 

Williams’s letter went on to say:

“We will continue to seek adequate funding so we can once again become an active lender meeting all your needs. You need to take appropriate action to apply for financing with alternative lenders, including CU Factory Built Lending, Triad Financial, and US Bank. Many retailers have found the FHA a viable alternative and I urge you to talk with your credit manager and become familiar with the terms available.”

This announcement was directed to independently owned MH dealerships that have long used 21st Mortgage’s lending programs for homebuyers. But Clayton Homes’ also owns a second finance company, Vanderbilt Mortgage, which offers similar loan programs exclusively through Clayton Homes-owned dealerships. If 21st. is having difficulty raising capital to lend, it would make sense that Vanderbilt is also dealing with the same problem.

At this writing, there has been no change in Vanderbilt’s program. However, I have learned from a reliable source that an executive at one of the alternative lenders mentioned above recently received over a two week period calls from the credit managers of 18 Clayton-owned dealerships asking about the availability and terms of both his company’s chattel and home mortgage programs. Do they know something we don’t?

The above developments will not impact homebuyers who intend to pay cash or otherwise obtain financing from their local bank or credit union. The rule here is: dealer arranged financing for your home purchase should be absolutely your last resort. The interest rates are almost always higher than you will find elsewhere in the private sector. Shop carefully for the money before you begin shopping in earnest for the home of your dreams.

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That statements and views by Grissim are interesting on several levels.

  • First, not that it was every doubted, it nevertheless reaffirms that the 21st Mortgage Corp document signed by Tim Williams and previously published by MHLivingNews and MHProNews reads as the copy of an original that we’ve published, which is hereby reposted again, below.

 

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  • If there is any record of Clayton’s ‘captive’ lender Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF) having any such issues funding issues, we are unaware of it at this time. Clayton, VMF, and 21st have all been repeatedly invited to respond to our published articles, and at each turn, they have declined.  The same invitation has been given to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), which is widely seen as dominated by Omaha and Knoxville.  The Arlington, VA based MHI has declined to respond or comment as well to the concerns surrounding the 21st letter and related
  • Grissim says those messages were sent out by email, and we have sources that say it was sent by U.S. mail too. That’s significant for reasons that attornies at Berkshire, Clayton, 21st, MHI and possibly others should understand the ramification of legally.
  • Grissim published this prior to the video interview published by MHLivingNews at the link below, wherein Kevin Clayton says in a past-present-and-future sense, that “Warren” assured them they have ‘plenty of money.
  • Grissim published that prior to the Warren Buffett annual letter, which seems to directly contradict they key claim made by Williams, namely, that they were cash strapped, and that is what allegedly forced their cutback.

The most complete report on this topic is found at the link below, which includes the quotes from Warren Buffett, and the complete video interview with Kevin Clayton, where he lays out the Buffett vision for the strategic “moat” and being a ‘tough competitor.’

 

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In a series of direct quotes in context, a document from 21st Mortgage signed by Tim Williams, and video recorded comments by Kevin Clayton, these all line up to demonstrate how independent retailers, communities, and producers – among others – where purportedly harmed by action that could be deemed an antitrust violation.  https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/bridging-gap-affordable-housing-solution-yields-higher-pay-more-wealth-but-corrupt-rigged-billionaires-moat-is-barrier/

 

Restated, while there is more analysis that could be done on what Grissim wrote, the above is sufficient to reaffirm concerns that Berkshire Hathaway owned brands purportedly colluded in a fashion to rig the marketplace, tipping manufactured home retailers and more producers out of business.

Newer industry readers, investors, public officials, and other researchers should keep in mind that some who received that 21st letter from Tim Williams – and survived – recall the document, and have confirmed having received it.  Several of those have thanked MHProNews for not letting this topic slide, as they knew some put under by that document, and they recognize that if it happened before, something like that can occur again.

In the light of more recent revelations published in MHProNews and MHLivingNews, there are numerous reasons for Congress to investigate in a public setting what occurred, why, and how that impacted thousands of independent businesses that may have been marginal, but had survived up until that point in time.

The role of MHI, if any, in the matter also bears scrutiny.

If their paid staff grasped the reality, and hid it, what liability or legal exposure do they have?  One might wonder, why former MHI President and CEO Chris Stinebert left as and when he did, – well prior to the events related to these 21st financing cut-off letters – and why he waited until leaving to publish a letter that politely chided his own MHI trade association on issues, including financing.  See that at the link from his name, above.

To learn more about or review the related macro issues – all of which must be grasped to understand why manufactured housing is underperforming – see the related reports, further below the byline and notices.

 

That’s this predawn hump-day edition of “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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“Fight Like Hell” for Independence, Says Trustee – Manufactured Housing Inspiration?

April 3rd, 2019 Comments off

 

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The story from the Boston Globe has nothing on the surface to do with housing, much less factory-built housing. But it had much to do with independence, and the willingness to fight in an arguably increasingly monopolistic, manipulated or ‘rigged system’ society.  Who says? The New York Times, see the column, linked here.

 

A snapshot from outside of our manufactured home industry is worthy of a few moments consideration to gird you or others as to the nature of the struggle – and the inspiration needed – to the good fight for independence.  Because manipulation and ‘rigged systems’ are not only found in our industry, they are increasingly evident elsewhere too.

Here’s what the left-of-center Boston Globe sent to the Daily Business News on MHProNews yesterday, and we’ll then look at what this tale should inspire in our industry’s professionals, investors, and others keen on affordable housing for millions of Americans.

 

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Two Hampshire College trustees have resigned in recent weeks, a result of the increasing acrimony enveloping the board as it charts an uncertain future for the liberal arts school.

Gaye Hill, the board chairwoman, resigned this week, saying she had become a lightning rod. Another trustee, Mingda Zhao, also stepped down, saying he was forced out.

Zhao’s resignation letter offers a hint about what’s next for the private Amherst college. It says board leaders seem to be pushing for the school to close and be acquired by another institution. But he said it is also possible to “fight like hell” to keep the school open and independent,” said the Boston Globe, in an article linked here.

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What Zhao is describing, per the Boston Globe, is what could be called a backstab of the college by various people with ‘special interests,’ including other members of its own board of directors. Stop and think. How is that different than the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) being accused of betraying the interests of the independents in the manufactured housing industry?

 

Yesterday two different reports came into MHProNews from two different sources that represent different parts of the manufactured housing industry.  One came in from NAHMCO, the National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners. Another came in and had already been published from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).  ICYMI, see the linked text-image box below for that report.

 

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While entirely different, each one reflects a vote of no-confidence by their respective associations and members in the so-called leadership of Arlington, VA based MHI.

Washington, D.C. based MHARR cites post-production issues that the see MHI as having not only failed at, but arguably having manipulated against the interests of the majority of firms in the manufactured home industry.  Among the points they made was diversion of Duty to Serve (DTS) financing by the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) away from the majority of manufactured homes into an untested program promoted by industry giant Clayton Homes. Clayton, a Berkshire Hathaway brand along with others in the manufactured home industry, is widely seen as dominating MHI, along with other ‘big boy’ companies, as MHI award winner Marty Lavin, JD, has put it.

NAMHCO also cited DTS yesterday and the need to obtain more market rate financing. The NAMHCO statement bears some clarifying, which MHProNews plans to do in the days ahead before publishing their full document.  But it is noteworthy that NAMHCO – still in its infancy – and MHARR, decades established, de facto or explicitly take a viewpoint contrary to the happy talk fed by MHI to their members and state association affiliates.

 

Why Is There a Need to Fight to Implement Existing Laws?

That existing laws have to be fought to get them properly implemented is itself an outrage. Manufactured housing enjoys some of the finest federal laws that consumers or the industry’s honorable professionals could want.

The reality is that those laws are not being implemented. Cities and local jurisdictions are increasingly limiting or banning manufactured housing. And when one pulls back the veil on why those laws are not being implemented, time and again, there is evidence that a Berkshire brand or other MHI connected firm is benefiting at the expense of independents.

Barbara Hames of Hames Homes in Iowa may or may not have thought much about the fact that Havenpark Capital is an MHI member. She may or may not have thought much about how the apparent collusion between 21st and Clayton Homes, with no warnings from MHI, arguably harmed the interests of the communities she has now sold. Would Hames have sold at all, in the absence of the market manipulation by 21st, Clayton Homes, and Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway documented at the link here?

 

Where Was The Buffett Mantra in Tunica Last Week?

What independent industry professionals and others must consider is this question. When Warren Buffett preaches the importance of protecting a firm’s reputation, why did Clayton, 21st and MHI all decline to attend the meeting of independents? Those independents wanted to hear first-hand what the counter argument might be to the documents and video linked above and here. Those independents wanted to hear that directly from the horses mouth.

Why did Clayton, 21st, MHI, Fannie Mae, et al stay silent?

Those manufactured home industry independents – including representatives from MHARR and NAMHCO.  They and those in attendance reflected the interests of some 200 industry locations.  They were there to begin the process that NAMHCO started some 2 years ago, or that MHARR began decades ago.

Like Zhao urged those that want to save their college from a takeover, the independents of manufactured housing must “fight like hell” if they want to stay independent.  How else will they survive the purported market manipulations and failures to act that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies stand credibly accused of, and failed to respond to once more in Tunica last week. Their trade media surrogates likewise opted not to attend, is it any surprise?

Susan Brenton told the independents there at Tunica that she saw value to their doing what NAMHCO has already started. It is worth noting that NAMHCO, as a post-production association, has a D.C. lobbyist, but not Washington metro office at this time.  That’s a reminder that a post-production trade group has no specific need for a costly D.C. metro office.

While there are obvious expenses to forging a new non-producers trade body, it is modest compared to the potential upside. The ‘Axis’ in manufactured housing obviously hopes it is never formed, as former MHI chair Nathan Smith quickly slammed NAMHCO in a written statement a few months ago, as the article linked further below the byline and notices reminds readers.

Affordable housing isn’t a partisan issue. It matters not if the person fighting for affordable manufactured homes is a Democrat, Republican, or an Independent. That is underscored in another article linked below.

Democrats, Republicans Agree – “Manufactured Homes Can Play a Vital Role in Easing” the Affordable Housing Shortage

The fear tactics, restraint of trade, manipulation of access to financing and other methods arguably being employed by specific Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington connected brands have arguably cost the industry’s professionals tens of billions of dollars since Warren Buffett made the move in 2003 to buy Clayton and it’s affiliated lenders, and control other organizations.

Fortunately, Berkshire has the deep pockets to pay those billions. Instead of proposing problematic or unconstitutional wealth taxes, and other floated notions by 2020 candidates, why don’t they focus their energy and talents on something that is doable, legal and useful?

 

Who Will Act? Will Senator Elizabeth Warren, and/or the Trump Administration Act to Restore Open Markets, Thereby Supporting Affordable Manufactured Homes?

 

Why not break up Berkshire, do whatever the law allows with MHI, and fine them billions as the EU has Google for violations of antitrust and other laws?  Why not make an example of them, so that others won’t be tempted to so manipulate this industry or any other ever again?

As independents begin the process of organizing, the time is now.  Like Zhao suggested in his scenario, one must fight like hell, for a heavenly cause.

That’s this morning’s first look at “News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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HUD Secretary Carson “HUDdle Conference” Draws Manufactured Housing Issues Engagement

March 21st, 2019 Comments off

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The Daily Business News on MHProNews learned that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, M.D., kicked off their latest ‘HUDle’ meeting at their Washington, D.C. office building.

 

In a statement to MHProNews, here is what the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) said today.

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Among the manufactured home industry professionals present was Mark Weiss, JD.  Weiss is the president and CEO of MHARR.

MHARR’s president emphasized the urgent need for HUD to address and resolve two key issues that continue to suppress the availability of inherently affordable manufactured housing for millions of American consumers, and the economic growth of the industry,” per their statement, which added, “Those two issues are, first, discriminatory zoning laws that exclude or severely restrict the placement of manufactured homes in large areas of the country.  The second is the critical need for reform at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration (under the “Duty to Serve” and beyond), to substantially increase the availability of manufactured home consumer financing (and especially personal property or ‘chattel’ financing) to market-significant levels.”

 

MHARR stated that they will be following-up soon with relevant HUD officials to further pursue these key policy objectives.

 

The issues come in the wake of fact-checks and related exposes by MHProNews, which included specific examples of the post-production Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) was routinely failing to address specific cases spot-checked by MHProNews. Here accessible via the linked text-image box is but one example. Others follow below the byline, disclaimers, and notices.

 

MHI’s Growth Agenda? Rick Robinson, JD, SVP Manufactured Housing Institute, Preemption Evidence, Writ of Mandamus, and Addressing HUD Code Manufactured Home Shipment Woes

 

Placement and financing are post-production, not production related issue, so they fall into MHI’s self-proclaimed bucket of representing “all segments of factory-built housing.”  Topics like this and others will be among the issues addressed at the rapidly approaching “Fix the MH Industry Trick$” meeting a week from today Thursday afternoon at the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show.

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New NAMHCO Association Challenges Manufactured Housing Institute on DTS, Financing, and More

January 16th, 2019 Comments off

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The new National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) has launched another proverbial shot across the bow of the establishment Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), that they broke away from last year.

 

While it is too soon to see what the effectiveness of this new trade group will be, they are reporting that they are tackling issues that the MHI is widely seen as failing the industry’s communities, and others too, on in their lobbying.

Keen industry observers wonder if this may cause MHI to stop posturing, and start doing?

The news release that was provided to the Daily Business News on MHProNews is as shown below.  It will be followed by some related reports and other relevant information.

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NEWS RELEASE

 

January 11, 2019

 

Greetings members from NAMHCO Lobbyist Tom Heinemann:

 

Happy New Year!

 

As the Federal Government shutdown enters its third week, Susan Brenton and I have been working with the Board to finetune NAMHCO’s policy priorities and have started conversations with key Congressional offices, Freddie Mac, and advocacy groups and Federal Departments, including HUD and the Federal House. So far, we have been welcomed as a new independent voice on manufactured housing.

 

Over the next several weeks we will be shaping the priorities that impact NAMHCO that impact the membership, including:

 

·      Reducing regulatory burdens community owners face with seller-financing manufactured homes in their community.

·      Increasing financing options and affordability for prospective buyers of manufactured titled as chattel through working with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s Duty to Serve Chattel programs.

·      Increasing financing options for community owners through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s multifamily manufactured housing Duty to Serve efforts.

·      Easing regulations governing the installation of homes in existing communities.

·      Ensuring Fair Housing regulations do not place undo burdens on tenant screening,

 

while also recognizing that local zoning ordinances can have an adverse impact on the affordable housing communities provide.

 

To the news:

 

Government Shutdown: HUD, Agriculture Closed; FHFA, CFPB Open:  The current government shutdown has entered its third week.  Federal agencies that impact the MH industry that are closed include: HUD, which sets construction standards, and offers a little used chattel finance program (Title I); and the department of Agriculture, which offers guaranteed loan programs for manufactured housing.  Agencies that are funded through user fees, such as the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remain open. Additionally, the Department of Energy, which is contemplating energy efficiency standards for manufactured housing is open.

It should be noted, that while HUD is shuttered, labels are still being issued, and designs approved by its third-party contractor, IBTS.

 

The House has passed numerous bills to re-open the government, however broader appropriations are tied to the Administration’s request for $5.7 billion for a border wall, which Democrats oppose.

 

Freddie Mac: Publishes Paper on the Prevalence of Tenant Protections in MHCs: Last month, Freddie Mac published an analysis of tenant protection laws across the 50 states.   As part of its Duty to Serve plan, Freddie Mac would purchase mortgages on manufactured home communities that had a suite of consumer protections for Duty to Serve credit. Both GSE’s (Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae) purchase mortgages on MHC’s as part of its multifamily business.  The report found that no one state has the full complement of protections.

 

Here’s where Arizona, Nevada, and California stand:

Resident Protections Download Linked Here.

 

 

The entire Freddie Mac report can be found here:

 

NAMHCO has reached out to Freddie Mac to be a part of the discussions around this initiative.

 

For more information, contact:

Susan Brenton: suebrenton@me.com or 480-966-2446

 

 

 

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“It’s a Terrible Idea,” Comments from Manufactured Home Community Owners, Senior Management, and Investors

December 7th, 2018 Comments off


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Skimmer alert: the subject isn’t a video per se.  But we open this Daily Business News on MHProNews with a comment about a new video because it shines a light on broader issues that have drawn comments – also shared below – from a variety of industry personalities.  Many are from the manufactured home community sector.  But other voices from retail and production have weighed in too, as you will see.

 

A company president with interests in communities that has also done retail wrote a long missive that began as follows. “My first reaction when I saw the opening frames [of the Manufactured Housing Institute self-promotional video] was WTF?????  OBVIOUS to me at least that this was made for folks who DON’T know the real details behind the [manufactured housing industry’s current condition] story.  In a depressed industry, with competition slowly being choked out of existence, they [MHI] come out like we’re back in 1999!  What a joke.”

 

Terrible Idea

It’s a terrible idea,” said another large community owner during a 75-minute phone call to MHProNews,to have communities lumped in” with producers, retail, and other industry segments at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). That pro said he hasn’t seen the MHI video, and said he could care less.

Why?

What has MHI done to alleviate any of the concerns” for communities, was the response.  Examples given by the caller included costly installations being mandated by HUD was part of that community owners comment.

He’s far from alone.

The Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and financing issues have sparked several responses from operations of varied sizes, from coast-to-coast.

MHI pays lip service to communities. Sure, they have their community focused events. But in terms of policies, what has MHI actually done? It’s still a retail and production-oriented organization.”

The dues paid by communities [to MHI] are not that bad,” said one. “But there’s no performance [by MHI] either. I’m waiting to see who will step up and do something that will be helpful for communities.”

MHI provides “a lot of sizzle, but the steak’s still kinda tough. We as an industry are still WAY below where all rationale says we should be, IF ONLY NORMAL MARKET FORCES WERE AT WORK HERE.  I have long felt that to NOT be the case, as you [MHProNews] are also verifying through your investigative reporting.”

Put differently, one of the hot-topics include a growing sense of manufactured home market manipulation and monopolistic practices.  There are many who believe that the industry should be performing far better, but that manipulation of the market has kept the industry at far below it’s capability.

 

 

A Wink and a Nod?

I have no doubt that deals are made [at MHI] with a wink and a nod” that benefits some operations at the expense of others stated a partner in a community operation.

Nathan Smith was a name that drew repeated fire. “What a likable guy, who sadly is working every ——ing day to get politicians elected who harm everything independent business people in our industry stand for and need [in order] to be successful.” Without saying so, it is likely a reaction to the report found by clicking on the hot-linked box below.

 

Nathan & Mary Lee Chance Smith, Leaders in ‘Anti-Trump Resistance,’ Manufactured Housing Impact?

 

I just want an organization that helps keep Big Brother off my back,” explained one, commenting about MHI. “We have modest working-class [MH] communities. There are no clubhouses. Having to put in high-cost pads only increases the costs to consumers. MHI’s promos only shows photos or video of freshly black topped streets, that have double wides1, garages, and swimming pools. Hey, that’s great for those few that actually do offer that, but that ignores the reality at over 80 percent of the properties in our industry. It’s like they [MHI] are embarrassed by the reality that millions are happy to have a home that they can call their own, even if it is modest, it’s theirs.”

 

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One mentioned a comment by Kevin Clayton, on an occasion when he said that the industry should “…dance with those that brought them to the dance.” Meaning, the industry should not forget the entry level product.  “But this Clayton/MHI new class of homes absolutely ignores the ones that brought manufactured homes to the housing industry dance.  Not providing them with Fannie [Mae] and Freddie [Mac] lending is another case of leaders doing the opposite of what they’ve said. Their program does nothing for community owners, and all of our industry’s existing home owners. It’s outrageous.”

It’s why, one said, so many community people walked out last year from the MHI presentation at their Congress and Expo.  ICYMI, you can learn more about that by clicking on the box in the report linked below.

 

Manufactured Housing Institute “Walk Out,” “Cover Up,” and Shock at their Vegas Event

 

 

What’s Next?

There have been questions and comments about the new national manufactured home community organization.

MHProNews has spotlighted the emerging group, and without endorsing it, has noted that at least NMHCO has condemned MHI’s performance failures for communities, which is a hopeful sign that those organizing community owners not only understand the issues, but have plans to address them.

An industry veteran said the need for MHIdea and the new community organization could not be more pressing, saying in part that while most are figuring out how to do more or better business, “SOME in our industry focus on an entirely different goal every morning:  “What can I do today to make my competition go away?“”

One pro said that whatever MHI or Clayton say they want, automatically sparks skepticism.  She gave an example, citing the fact that MHVillage has launched MH Insider, which has praised Kevin Clayton and MHI makes.  That pro now questions not only that publication, but the parent operation too. “If someone is promoting those con artists,” that person alleged, “after the reports we’ve read [on MHProNews], they are either blind, naïve, or part of their con.”

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Are Tech and Emerging Trends Threatening to Undermine MH Communities?

An interesting observation has been about the changes on the horizon in transportation. Out West, where Elon Musk and his Boring Company have been doing tests on the hyperloop, there’s a gnawing concern that in conjunction with other trends, that hyperloop could in time undermine community values in or near metro areas.

Some of us [in the community sector] have thought about or sell properties to big box stores or multifamily housing redevelopers. But as technology like hyperloop develops, it may become ever-more important to be resident satisfaction focused. While today, communities have great stability and lots of exit options, that may not always be the case. If so, that could be [a] good [development] for residents, and the industry, in the long run.

 

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More people work from home than a decade ago,” observed another. “Their [a home owner’s] location doesn’t have to be near downtown, or even in a suburb. Where is there any drive [by MHI] to attract that [home buying] audience?

The fact that MHI used Nathan [Smith] to attack the new communities association in their so-called newsletter is [a] clear reason to believe that they know that there’s unrest among many NCC [National Community Council] members.”

Anyone who has gone to a few Congress and Expos knows that they have very low actual attendance at most of their breakout sessions,” said one. “They have a few keynotes [that get better attendance], but beyond those, most [community professionals] take off and talk business with others or are handling calls and messages.”

 

Regarding MHI/NCC meetings:

> Education could be better and more relevant, as often low attendance at actual sessions underscores.

> Lobbying on behalf of actual needs and concerns of communities is almost none-existent.

> Some argue that MHI is undermining communities, by favoring initiatives that tilt toward clients of what previously was known as Clayton Bank, 21st, Vanderbilt, or other Berkshire Hathaway brands operating in manufactured housing.

Some – as was indicated earlier – used choice, blunt words.

Nathan is a disgrace to our industry,” is one example. “How can he be in a leadership role? I wouldn’t be surprised if he helped that d-mned Richard Cordray in his Ohio campaign for governor [the comment came from several states away, Cordray was prior head to the Obama Administration CFPB]. Nathan’s whole schtick is like a carnival barker, an embarrassment to those of us who try to run an honest business.”

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I wouldn’t mind supporting more than one association, if a new group actually wanted to do something real. Once they [a new organization] proved themselves, dropping out of MHI would be no problem.”

Other who aren’t in MHI – but may or may not be members of state associations – are hopeful too.

I’ve been told that the mixers and events [for MHI] exist for two main reasons. They want independents [retailers, communities] to come which raises money for MHI, but it also gives the portfolio operations a chance to —ing schmooze us into selling [to them]. That video you guys have of Nathan [Smith] laughing while he says he wants all the communities for himself says it all. You guys [MHProNews] need to use that Monopolistic Housing Institute logo more, because that’s like a meme that captures what they [MHI] are all about.”

 

 

 

Anger Over GSEs and Financing

 

While community owners like the rates and terms they get on refinancing a property with one of the GSEs, when the topic turns to lending on actual manufactured homes, they often get angry.

It’s worse than an insult to promote this Clayton [Homes] backed ‘new class of homes,” said one. “It undermines what the HUD Code stands for and has accomplished. MHI has essentially helped the GSEs avoid supporting 95% of what consumers want to buy, in favor of something that is totally unproven.”

A concerned producer and MHI member indicated that the lower rate offered by the GSEs on that new class of homes is cancelled out by the far higher cost of the product. That same producer soberly said that the majority of producers couldn’t build such a home the way they are configured.

Put differently, that professional was explaining why most of the 130 some plants producing homes in the U.S. are being undermined by this Clayton/MHI initiative, that they purportedly got the GSEs to buy into.

Another MHI only member producer stressed that modular homes already qualified for GSE lending. “This [new class of homes] was just unnecessary.”

There are clearly conflicting interests at MHI, and they always tilt toward what Berkshire Hathaway wants.”

The two most heard or read words?

Thank you,” with an example from one who added, “for giving voice to those of us who’ve been abused by a train of lies and broken promises.”

You [MHProNews] are smart to be mixing in those videos and reports that teach the basics of what made America great,” because “what the reality of what is happening to our country could cost everything we hold dear if we don’t change [the trajectory of] the culture.”

 

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Financing – Dramatic Shift – Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Insider News Tips

October 13th, 2018 Comments off

 

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What follows dramatically changed the manufactured home industry.

 

It started with the SAFE Act. Two years later, it was Dodd-Frank. While Dodd-Frank was being passed into law, came first one, then another letter from 21st Mortgage Corp that was sent to the independents of manufactured housing.

In the wake of that trifecta came
• a steady wave of independent retail closures.
• Thousands of manufactured home communities had been losing occupancy for approaching a decade. Losing occupancy in communities resulted in relatively few outright failures, but far more that sold out to larger portfolio operations.
• All of the above resulted in a number of independent producers of HUD Code manufactured homes.
• U.S. Bank essentially shuttered a profitable manufactured home lending operation, citing low volume and regulatory risk.
• Communities that made loans on manufactured homes to buyers – like UMH Properties – likewise stopped making those deals, due to regularly risk.

All of the above created dramatic change for the industry. They are points few who understand the facts would deny. So, what are the insider insights?

Many.

This column will focus on one aspect today that has literally impacted the entire industry, without exception. Other reports from inside MHI, and later from inside Clayton Homes, and other organizations impacting MHVille will follow in the days ahead.

 

The View of Insiders at MHI

Recent reports on MHProNews have spurred a surge in news tips from manufactured home industry readers and insiders. These aren’t the fluff-talk that others may publish, but rather core issues that make or cost companies opportunities and money.

Among those numerous tips and comments?

Those that focused on inside information from and about the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and how they’ve handled the industry’s post-production and production agendas.

It should be noted, prior to proceeding to this manufactured home regulatory and financing focused report, that there have been some ‘fake news’ tips coming in too. MHProNews seeks evidence and corroboration on claims, not just a mere allegation.

Evidence and corroboration are important for our work. Why? Because some hate an operation, agency, and/or person so badly that they will make up something that sounds salacious, plausible or ‘juicy.’ But if it turns out to be untrue, has no corroboration, etc., then we at MHProNews don’t run it.

It should also be noted that those who provide news tips may hold different policy, political, or other views than MHProNews’ publishers.

For example, among the tips are voices that are pro-MHI, or pro-Clayton, etc. So why do pro-Clayton, 21st, MHI, etc. voices pick up a phone, or send messages, documents, and other forms of news tips, and insights?

Among the reasons we have been told by such sources is that they may like some person or industry organization, but nevertheless they too have concerns with specific things said, or done. Others raise the flag on some failure to act in a timely or proper fashion about an important issue.

Nathan Smith is among those who has said that the industry must admit its past failures. Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison – MHI’s President and CEO, has also generically admitted past failures. Both of those were captured on videos by MHProNews.

It’s facts, evidence, reason, and related we pursue at MHProNews. Insights and information are then shared with manufactured housing readers and investors through the lens of how it impacts the industry.

With that tee-up, let’s examine how a financing related issue dramatically changed the manufactured home industry, as told to MHProNews from voices in or associated with the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

 

Inside MHI and Financing, and MH Consumers

The industry’s retailers and communities didn’t have to hear from Harvard’s Eric Belsky to know that credit – access to capital and financing – are essential to manufactured housing.

The industry’s consumer groups have also protested what then CFED’s Doug Ryan – who today is Prosperity Now’s point-man for manufactured housing issues – called Clayton’s monopoly on manufactured home lending. Ryan said that in an article published by American Banker.

What MHI insiders have stressed to the Daily Business News on MHProNews is that the consumer groups offered during the Obama Administration to compromise with MHI.

They [MHI] are now trying to sell S 2155 as an accomplishment, as a win by MHI,’ said one source. “But MHI specifically rejected that same deal with consumer groups about 4 years ago.

 

“Stomping” and MHI’s Dick Jennison

A caller told our publisher that when L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach sends a message to MHI’s team members, asking for a comment, or sharing some information, those messages are supposed to be forwarded by staff to MHI’s President, Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison.

He will come stomping out of his office” in anger said the caller. Another source at MHI said that “Dick [Jennison] gets red-faced when he gets upset” – including, but not limited to, those messages.

MHI will work with alternative bloggers and trade media competitors, in an effort to try to counter news coverage by MHProNews, or some report by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform, explained a person privy to such details.

Without specifically using those words, these sources were saying that MHI strives to ‘control the narrative’ as much as they can.

MHI team members have traditionally been a mix of both Democrats and Republicans, explained one. They don’t necessarily do that formally, but that has been the modus operandi (MO – method of operation) for years, explained that source, who believed it was a good association practice.

MHI felt the heat rising from the grass roots of the industry about financing and Dodd-Frank, explained one. They felt they had to “do something” to get what looked like a win on the heavy regulations coming out of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

But they could have had that same win with the MLO rule years ago, simply by making that agreement with the consumer groups. It would have required no legislation in Congress, because it would have been done via the CFPB. That would have “saved millions of lobbying [and overhead] dollars in the process.

For anyone who’s business was negatively impacted by those years of regulatory overreach during the Obama era, they are potent admissions that imply what were avoidable burdens and costs for thousands of industry companies.

 

Attempted Choke Hold on Information, “Scandal…”

Dick, wants to hold things very close to the vest.” There are circles within MHI staff, and circles within MHI members, per several insider sources.

The division boards and staff may make recommendations, but it’s the MHI Executive Committee that has the power.

The Executive Committee tasked Dick with carefully managing the budget. He’s done that to their satisfaction,” said a known voice.

Meanwhile, an MHI VP has told MHProNews that Jennison “didn’t really understand, or much care about, the industry itself.” Additional details on that will be part of an upcoming related report.

Dick’s job [at MHI] isn’t lobbying per se. It’s to manage the people, and [to] manage the budget.”

Reacting to those MHI insider comments, one industry professional and longtime association member said that it’s not “the millions wasted on lobbying Dodd-Frank” that bothers himas much as the billions in lost business or [business] valuations caused by MHI’s failure to compromise with consumer groups on Dodd-Frank. That’s the scandal.”

Some of the professionals they essentially put out of business were longtime industry friends of mine,” said a retailer. “I pray that Republicans hold the Congress, and that in the next two years the Feds expand their investigation into the market manipulation of manufactured housing that’s taken place. Buffett’s control of the industry through crony Democratic capitalism is an issue that could unite the left and the right. It’s cost taxpayers, homeowners, housing seekers, and small businesses like myself tremendously.”

An MHI member producer said that wiping out thousands of the independents in retail “hobbled every non-vertical producer” in the industry.

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Another interesting observation was from one caller, who described them-self as not being crazy about MHARR because of style. But that person admitted that what they, MHProNews and others have often forced the much larger Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) to pivot or change course.

The insights above confirmed prior sources, some of those are linked in the ‘related reports’ that are found further below.

The bottom line on this issue is that capital and restrictions on financing that dramatically changed the industry could have in many cases been avoided and/or mitigated. As one put it, had MHI settled the high-cost lending and MLO rule issues 4 years ago, they could have been focused on exclusionary zoning or other larger issues instead.

This is part one of a planned multiple part series that will include tips and insights from industry insiders.

Motivations?

One of those noted above said that they wanted to get some things off their chest, and another that said they wanted more transparency, so that the industry can deal with the real issues, heal, and advance to its true potential.  A third said that no other resource is as read as MHProNews, and this gave them the anonymity they needed to keep their job, and still share useful insights.  Other motivations were mentioned by professionals involved in the above, but stating them could reveal the source.

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Flag Day, POTUS Trump Doctrine, Supply, Demand, Financing, Affordable Housing, Jobs, Economic Growth, Human Dignity, and God

June 14th, 2018 Comments off
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People crave dignity.

 

The System has been Rigged,” the 45th President of the United States (POTUS), Donald J. Trump, has said. He understands these realities.

POTUS Trump undertook to break the grip of those who’ve rigged the free markets that harm the opportunities, and diminish the dignity of tens of millions in our Republic.

That’s a worthy topic to consider on Flag Day, which happens to be the President’s, and this writer’s, birthday.

Millions have been misled by flawed education, and agenda-driven opinions masquerading as facts or news.

Dignity flows from many factors, including:

  • the pride of work,
  • rising earnings,
  • maximum opportunities,
  • innovation,
  • enriching human relationships,
  • the spiritual life,
  • a growing net worth,
  • which can be fueled by the security, and pride of home ownership.

The bullets above yields a healthier society, happier people, and offers the additional benefit of reducing the costs for government at all levels.

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Common Sense Solutions that Boost Wealth for Everyday Americans

Small-town business expert, talk radio host, and author Tom Egelhoff plus myself share some common beliefs.  Those common principles caused us to do a joint article on how factory-crafted manufactured homes are a proven path to increased home ownership, that fuels the creation of more wealth for everyday Americans.

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To see the fact-packed Op-Ed on the popular Value Penguin website, click the link below or the image above. https://www.valuepenguin.com/home-insurance/fear-manufactured-homes-affordable-housing-crisis

 

Egelhoff and myself also share a reason-based confidence in President Trump’s fine work on behalf of all Americans.

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Tye explained that public housing – an entitlement – often yields addiction. Ownership vs. renting or living in “projects” leads to integrity, a view he likens to those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Isn’t this part of the antidote to the t-word issue?

Someone making a basic wage is unable to buy the typical, conventional house in America.

But millions priced out of conventional housing can buy a manufactured home.

When millionaires and even billionaires own a manufactured home, the rest ought to consider its wisdom too.  For example, POTUS Trump supporter and performer Kid Rock is one of those who owns a private jet, a Rolls Royce, and a manufactured home.

The Kid Rock video below uplifts – celebrates – those who own a lower cost house, be it a manufactured home, or an older conventional house.  Note to parents with kids at hand: the video has some salty language and suggestive images. The video has had over 16.4 million views as of 6.14.2018.

 

Daily Business News on MHProNews sources tell us that Vice President Mike Pence understands first-hand the value of manufactured homes, which along with RVs, are produced in his home state of Indiana, and elsewhere from coast-to-coast.

 

America First, Economic Nationalism are Common Sense

Peace, prosperity and security are all supported by the president’s most recent deal on behalf of Americans, Koreans, the people of Asia, and the nation-states of the world.

America First” is common sense.

Placing one’s homeland first is part of a new geopolitical framework the president is creating. It recognizes the inherent goodness of nationalism and cultural pride.

POTUS’ move away from globalism is a step toward the proven principles of solidarity, and subsidiarity.

Someday, historians may say that pragmatic economic nationalism, personal or cultural pride, solidarity, and subsidiarity are key contributions of what can be called “the Trump Doctrine.”

 

Tariffs and America First

There are elitists across the political spectrum that don’t understand, or won’t admit to, the fundamental common sense of economic tools such as tariffs.

By contrast, the president embraces their use.

When America was a young nation, tariffs protected our farmers and factories. Before the income tax, when the federal government was smaller, tariffs protected American jobs, plus paid much of the federal government’s expenses.

POTUS Trump no doubt knows what Pocket Sense expressed this way, “Prior to the passage of the 16th Amendment in 1913, the United States government funded its operations mainly through excise taxes, tariffs, customs duties and public land sales.”

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Given the numerous scandals, millions of man-hours of lost time, plus other problems with the current income tax system, is the president leading America back to the future by using tariffs in strategic ways?

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One doesn’t always know what the president’s next move is. Are his threatened use of tariffs also a possible signal for something else in the future?  Would this president at some point take on a reform of  the U.S. income tax system, which Steve Forbes, and others say is massively wasteful?  Image credit, Prager U.

 

Trusts-Busting Yields Innovation, More Businesses, and Job Creation/Protection

MHProNews has chronicled the rise of globalist uber-billionaires, and their monopolistic conglomerates.

The president has signaled a willingness to do trust-busting actions.

Breaking up monopoles would protect and fuel American Jobs, American Innovation, and American Independent Businesses, that historically create the most jobs, and also innovate the most.

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It’s the mega conglomerates that are automating more, and hiring fewer human workers.

It’s the leaders of the mega corporations that often want open borders, cheap foreign labor, and the illegal immigration that is undermining our economic, judicial and electoral systems.

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Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway’s manufactured housing finance, production and other units have been accused of monopolistic practices by a range of media across the left-right political divide.

How many more Americans would be in a manufactured home already, if not for the allegedly monopolistic practices of anti-Trump, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway?

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Unlocks $2 Trillion Dollars in Additional Annual GDP

Problematic zoning, so-called expert “central planners,” and land use policies have hamstrung America for far too many decades.

Two university professors in 2016 estimated that the roadblocks to affordable housing are costing the U.S. economy some $2 Trillion dollars annually in additional GDP.

Using their $2 Trillion potential GDP growth statistic, if existing federal laws were being robustly enforced, the economy could experience a largely unsubsidized jolt that could create even more good jobs.

 

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The president spotlighted factory home builder Levitt in a speech.

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POTUS Trump understands from his professional experiences that factory home building can create entry-level to elegant homes.

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At the time Belsky made this prediction, manufactured homes were selling over 250,000 new units per year. What happened?  Smoking Gun 3 spells it out.

From Operation Breakthrough in the 1970s, to Harvard’s Eric Belsky in the early 2000s, the potential for the manufactured homes that HUD Secretary Ben Carson called “Amazing!” to fuel the American Dream is real.

HUD’s Operation Breakthrough, Promoting Factory, Industrialized Building – Mobile Home Era to Modern Manufactured Homes.

Enforcement of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 – which includes enhanced preemption – utilizes principles the president grasps from his myriad of professional experience.

Mandating the robust enforcement of the Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing that the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 required would also aid the process. Leveling the playing field via regulatory tweaks across FHA, VA, and the USDA (Rural Housing) loan programs for manufactured homes in both fee simple and home only scenarios would too.

The New York Times and MHProNews surveys both suggested that manufactured home owners were among the once “forgotten Americans” who supported President Trump.

Those home owners deserve the dignity and respect of being manufactured home owners.

A simple president tweet in support of those manufactured home owners could be a useful step to restoring their dignity, often robbed by elitists politicos whos slammed them as deplorables.

Enhanced preemption, education on the realities of manufactured homes vs. the myths, and proper lending access could transform America in short order.

That can be done via enforcement of existing law.  It would cost very little to the federal or local governments.  It would increase the property tax base.  It would increase the net worth of Americans.

God is modest, and the Creator understands the notion of saving the best for last. The American Dream is tied up with faith, flag, family, and fortune.  Hebrew and Christian Scriptures prove that the Ten Commandments protect private property.

God isn’t a socialist.  God’s Word enshrines free enterprise, and private property.

President Trump’s taking action that protects faith communities, defending the use of the phrase merry Christmas, and protect Life, Liberty, and Property are Godly principles.

These are all concepts worth to reflect on this day, and every day.

Our sincere thanks for the president’s many successes to date.

Here’s to more, and a heartful happy birthday wish to President Donald J. Trump. Please continue your work at making America ever greater, all for the benefit of restoring the dignity and opportunities of Americans first. ## (Coaching tips, marketing, sales, and management news.)

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President Trump – “Bigger than Watergate,” “We Need Accountability” – National, MH Industry Impacts

May 18th, 2018 Comments off

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Imagine if during the 2008 campaign, if someone in the Bush Administration had planted one or more FBI informants in then Senator Barack Obama’s campaign. Then further imagine, that federal investigations were started, based in part on information paid for by opposition to then-candidate, Senator Obama.

 

Then envisage that word of that hypothetical attempt to illegally influence a presidential election had leaked out, or if the story was broken by news media. That would have been a huge scandal, and rightly so.  Part of the bedrock of the American political system are free and fair elections.

To have the power of the federal government weaponized for political opposition purposes would debatably be “worse than Watergate.”  That wouldn’t be a partisan issue, its a question of integrity and the rule of law to protect the rights of all.

There is no evidence that the above hypothetical ever occurred during the Bush years.  But there is mounting evidence that federal taxpayer funded resources were used to influence a presidential election.

That in brief is what President Donald J. Trump’s Thursday tweet means with respect to Obama-Clinton operatives.

That has sparked political pundits, media outlets, and public reaction.

Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI ‘SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN IMBEDDED INFORMANT,‘” the president tweeted in reference to a National Review report published last week, said the Hill, a news source based in the nation’s capital.

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For those who may not recall, the Watergate scandal occurred when President Richard Nixon, a Republican, was tied to the attempted coverup of a crime, in which former FBI and CIA agents broke into the offices of the Democratic Party and George McGovern (that year’s Democratic Presidential candidate).

Watergate was the location for the DNC offices at that time.  The Watergate break-in was an illegal political spying effort, designed as part of an illicit plot to help defeat McGovern.  It was no doubt a dark, ugly chapter in our nation’s history.

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The photo above at the left is an aerial view of the Watergate complex, the buildings which at the time were the office of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). That’s what gave rise to the name of the break-in and cover-up scandal, called, Watergate.

But today, we’re not talking about former federal agents.

Rather, the concern is that active, paid FBI and other federal agency staffers have illicitly been involved in derailing a political campaign – and post-election – of attempting to unseat a duly elected president.

If the leak yesterday – that the above concerns are part of what an upcoming inspector general report will allegedly reveal – that would be a bombshell.

Andrew McCarthy says, ‘There’s probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the [Trump] campaign.’ If so, this is bigger than Watergate!

There are now numerous reports that allege that Obama-era led agencies used their surveillance powers to monitor and attempt to disrupt the Trump campaign.

This is not the first time that the Obama administration has been accused of spying on the Trump campaign.

Last year, President Trump accused the former president of wiretapping Trump Tower shortly before the 2016 election.

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped,’ in Trump Tower just before victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” the president tweeted in March 2017.  Then White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later clarified the tweet to mean that the Trump campaign had spied upon, not a literal wiretap.

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Attorney, Author, Talk Radio Mark Levin Calls for Accountability

 

MHVille – First Look

The Daily Business News has for over a year made the case held by thousands of manufactured housing professionals, from coast-to-coast. Namely, that the current Trump administration has been far more business-friendly than former President of the United States (POTUS) Barack Obama’s Administration was.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and others have praised President Donald Trump for his pro-growth, pro-business policies.  The NFIB has hundreds of manufactured housing industry members.

POTUS Trump has also been more business-friendly than the Bush or Clinton Administrations were. That’s according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) survey, NFIB surveys, and statements from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

The regulatory freeze that has given the industry relief from several pending regulations did not occur under Barack Obama.

Rather, President Trump is undoing many of the costly and burdensome regulations of prior administrations.  These points aren’t a matter of posturing, they are all a matter of record.

Accurate Trump Administration Predictions

Based upon the Trump Administration’s policy stances, statements made over a year ago from MHARR’s top officials predicted that President Trump would be pro-business, and that others in the industry needed to rally around his efforts.

Proof?  See the focused 2 minute 20 second video, posted above. Note that foresightful MH industry leadership.

By contrast, Democratic presidential candidate, Secretary Hillary Clinton pledged very similar policies on regulations as Barack Obama had initiated with Congress.

Secretary Clinton named Dodd-Frank as an example.  She pledged to keep those onerous regulations as they had been during the POTUS Obama years, suggesting that she may also strengthen them.

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is officially hoping that next week the House will vote to pass their version of S. 2155.  That bill includes a roll back of the CFPB’s so-called MLO rule, that effectively gagged unlicensed personnel from speaking to consumers about lenders and loan terms.

It must be noted that this Congressional effort would not be taking place with any hope of enactment under a hypothetical Hillary Clinton presidency.

Who says?

That’s the application of the logic of former MHI government relations vice president, Jason Boehlert.

President Obama opposed a similar MHI backed bill, threatening to veto it. Secretary Clinton said she agreed with Mr. Obama, pledging to do the same or ‘strengthening’ Dodd-Frank.  Now, look again at the video with MHARR posted above, and ask, what were MHI and those who rule that association thinking?

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The Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigation of the so-called “Trump campaign-Russian collusion” allegations has now turned one year old.

Even as third-party analysts claim that 90 percent of mainstream media reports have been anti-Trump, public opinion has nevertheless shifted away from Mueller.

In a recent survey, just over half the country now believes that Mueller’s so-called probe into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign is – as the 45th president has often called it – “a witch hunt.”

It’s worse than most realize, because there was never a predicate crime being alleged.  

Democratic attorney Alan Dershowitz argued over a year ago that there is no federal crime of collusion.

Had collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign existed, said Dershowitz – noting that there is no evidence of any collusion – it would have looked bad.  But the Harvard law professor Dershowitz said that even if the alleged collusion existed, it would not have been illegal.

Then what was the Mueller investigation all about?

Recall that President Obama said days before the election, that the Russians were unable to interfere in the American elections.  There is no evidence that a single vote was changed by Russian attempts to hack.

Recall that MHProNews advised readers last year that even a CNN producer admitted to undercover investigators a year ago that the Russia-Trump stories were “bullsh-t.”

An underreported aspect of the specious ‘Russia’ story is that governments around the world, including the U.S. government, attempt to influence each other’s elections all-too-often.

Recall that Barack Obama attempted to interfere with Israel’s elections, and with the Brexit vote in England. Arguably worse, is that POTUS Obama – following calls from the Clinton State Department – invaded Libya.  For what?  The Libyan nation – as a result of that Obama-Clinton action – has since been destabilized. As but one tragic result, America later lost diplomats in Benghazi, Libya.  That’s been one of many consequences from that outrageous Obama-Clinton military plan to attack Libya’s leadership. The previously pacified Libyan people now are suffering a civil war.

The Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, per sources, is their “payback” for Secretary Clinton’s alleged interference in the Russian elections.

Ironically, every scandalous effort to weaponize federal resources are boomeranging back onto Democrats and their anti-Trump allies.

The U.S. ought to be vigilant and protect the election process, against foreign and domestic manipulation and interference.

U.S. policy ought to respect the rights of foreign nations.   Furthermore, U.S. policy ought to pro-actively protect our own nation’s borders, and then it can call upon others to act similarly.

For years, America has been living in a topsy-turvy world.  So much so, that Barack Obama candidly and accurately said not long ago that there are two ways that the nation looks at the facts.  That’s sad, but true.  Isn’t he, Secretary Clinton, and their allies part of the reason that claim is accurate?

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Plausible allegations of officials – starting during the Obama era – using:

  • federal agents,
  • taxpayer dollars,
  • and illicitly applying federal legal procedures to stop or unseat a campaign – or a duly elected president – are all indeed worse than Watergate.
  • Aren’t these an apt description for an attempted coup?

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Simplified Summaries of Threads

Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile said that the Hillary Clinton campaign rigged the primaries, to prevent Bernie Sanders from becoming the Democratic Party’s candidate.

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It is now clear that the Clinton campaign paid millions for the so-called “Steele Dossier,” which used foreign intelligence assets – British and Russian sources – to try to paint then candidate Trump in an unfavorable light.

That bogus politically-motivated ‘fake dossier’ – along with leaks of one or more FBI memo(s) – were in turn used by then FBI director James Comey to spark the Mueller probe.

If that isn’t outrageous enough, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a staff packed with Clinton campaign donors.

Millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on what looks to be a political effort initially designed derail candidate Trump, and later used to spark a stir they apparently hoped would lead to a duly elected president’s impeachment.  All on totally spurious – faked! – grounds.

If this is so, it’s not just outrageous, its criminal.

 

Why This Matters to MHVille, Next Week

Next week, the House will vote on their version of S. 2155, which includes a provision that would remove the MLO rule.  The mortgage loan originator (MLO) rule that is widely seen as harmful to manufactured housing industry retailers, communities, lenders, and others.

GovTrack tells MHProNews the odds of passage for S. 2155 stands at 56 percent.

Under President Obama, such a measure would have been vetoed.

Under a hypothetical Hillary Clinton Presidency – based upon her campaign promises – a bill like S. 2155 that will change Dodd-Frank would have been vetoed.

If S.2155 bill passes – and MHProNews’ publisher has editorially supported a similar such pro-business, pro-consumer change like this for years – it will be a Trump Administration accomplishment.

It would be entirely spurious for MHI to claim any legitimate bragging points.

Why?

MHProNews reported that days before the 2016 election that MHI had not one, but two paid pro-Clinton speakers on their stage in Chicago.

Warren Buffett was pro-Barack Obama and pro-Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Buffett is the Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.  Berkshire is the parent to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage, and has interests in a raft of other suppliers, lending, and services entities that intersect with manufactured housing.  Berkshire’s brands are widely seen as dominating MHI.

Based upon feedback from industry sources, there is a growing realization that MHI has been slow-walking or stonewalling reforms that hurt the industry, rather than championing them.

The Washington Post’s recent report on HUD, Pam Danner and manufactured housing underscored those concerns.

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As a result of years of MHI failures and allegedly weaponized reports, there is also a growing interest in creating a new post-production association, one that truly represents the independent retailers, communities, lenders and others.

 

Manufactured Housing is Non-Partisan

Manufactured housing – because it is affordable housing – ought to be viewed as a non-partisan issue.  It has long enjoyed the support of Democrats and Republicans alike for that reason.

But during end of the ‘Bush 43’ years, and during the eight years of the Obama presidency, anti-business policies often harmed our industry.

By contrast, President Trump – and cabinet members such as Secretary Ben Carson – have been working to undue those harms, pledging a new era of cooperation.  Would that have taken place under madam Clinton’s leadership?

 

Developing News on More Manufactured Home Lending

There is a developing story on financing that you may not hear from MHI or their echo-chamber surrogates. They will certainly not reveal it unless and until MHProNews hereby and in upcoming reports spotlights it.

When you see that upcoming report, you’ll see why.

Watch for that pending finance focused report from the MH Industry’s leading independent news source.

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Canadian and American Financial and Banking Systems Compared, Infographic

May 16th, 2018 Comments off

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The Daily Business News reports every day on Canadian based companies as well as U.S. based firms in our evening market report.  But it’s been a while since we’ve taken a broader look at the Canadian market, or done a comparison with how U.S. and Canada are similar and differ.

 

So, the following interesting Visual Capitalist infographic is a step toward providing a look at life north of the longest peaceful border on planet earth.

As is widely known, Canada avoided much of the turbulence that was experienced in the U.S. during the run up to and since the 2008 mortgage/housing crisis.  But like the U.S., affordable housing is an issue north of the border.

Manufactured housing regrettably experiences resistance on either side of the 49th parallel.

Against that backdrop, per RBC Global Asset Management and VC:

General Differences:

Historically, the Canadian banking system favors a limited quantity of banks, and many branches. It also carries the British influence of valuing stability over experimentation. Meanwhile, U.S. banking is more decentralized and localized, and more open to experimentation. This has led to trial and error, but also the world’s largest bank system.”

 

Regulatory Focuses

Canada’s banking system tends to promote safety and soundness, while the American system keys in on privacy, anti-money laundering, banking access, and consumer protection measures.”

 

Market Environment
The Canadian market is worth C$142 billion (US$111 billion) per year, while the U.S. market is over 10x bigger at US$1.4 trillion. Interestingly, these market sizes explain why Canadian banks often seek growth opportunities in the U.S. market, while U.S. banks just focus on the massive domestic sector for growth.”

Number of Banks

There are 85 banks in Canada, and 4,938 in the United States.”

Market Share
Canada’s five biggest banks hold a whopping 89% of market share, while America’s five biggest banks only hold 35% of market share.”

 

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Jana Kasperkevic, Tiny Houses, Manufactured Homes & Financing

June 22nd, 2017 Comments off

JanaKasperkevicGuardianMarketplaceTinyHouseManufacturedHomeAnalysisCommentaryReportDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews400A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” said Alexander Pope, about 208 years ago, and it is as true today as it was then.

An early version of the saying, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” is attributed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,  (1091-1153), and that too remains true.

Jana Kasperkevic is a good writer who recently published an article for the Marketplace.org about tiny houses, and manufactured homes. The headline said, “Tiny homes seem perfect for most millennials, except for one big problem.”

In a catchy opening, Kasperkevic states, “Tiny homes seem like a perfect answer to most of millennials’ problems. They are affordable. They are minimalistic. The[y] [sic] are trendy. Except there’s one problem: Tiny homes are not considered homes when it comes to bank loans, making it hard for potential owners to find financing.”

DefiningSICinJournalismDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews-comThen comes one of several problem areas in her column, “Because tiny homes are portable and their owners could just pack up, get in and move somewhere else, the U.S. financial system does not consider them houses. Instead, they fall into a category with recreational vehicles and mobile homes called manufactured homes — homes that can be made in factory and then moved as needed. Often, they are paid for upfront or bought with funds obtained through a personal loan.”

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Credit, Marketplace.org, from Kasperkevic’s article.  To see her full commentary, click here.

While the portion of the paragraph quoted above following the “– homes…” is accurate, the first part of that paragraph is problematic.

Perhaps more troublesome to those who believe that facts matter are the two paragraphs she writes, as follows.

But that could change next year.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has proposed a pilot program that would allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to provide financing for buyers of manufactured homes. According to Bloomberg, the program could go into effect as early as January. And when it does, it could transform the tiny home industry.”

What the above does is represent that a tiny house is a manufactured home.  While it is true that some manufactured home producers are building what they label as a ‘tiny house,’ it is not accurate to say that every tiny house is a manufactured home.  There are other errors and oversights in the above, but let’s focus on mixing the terms, manufactured home and tiny house.

To be a manufactured home, a home must be certified by HUD, and have a HUD red, metal label.

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Why Routine Media Engagement is Necessary for Industry Growth

MHI/NCC member Frank Rolfe has said that even since the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has brought on first one, then another full time public relations professionals, he is still getting phone calls from media outlets who tell him that MHI will not speak to them by phone.

That, says Rolfe and others, creates an ongoing series of problems.

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A source within MHI told MHProNews that some researchers call, when asked about certain topics, are told that they need to do a Google search for that, MHI couldn’t (wouldn’t) help them.

So, while several producers in the industry are seeking to tap into the tiny house movement, MHI has been less than fully engaged in addressing incorrect information, such as the article by Kasperkevic.

Lindsey Bostick, who is a millennial, works in the industry and owns a residential-style manufactured home, has explained why she believes the homes are a good fit for her generation, as well as others.

ChrisGalushaTinyHouseTalkDailyBusinessNewsResearchReportsAnalysisManufacturedHomesMHProNews298x527Had Kasperkevic carefully read the draft of her own article, some of the discrepancies between what she wrote and the facts might have popped out at her, or her editor(s).

For example, she wrote that, “They make it look easy,” said Chris Galusha, president of the American Tiny House Association. “They are like, ‘Ta-da! We’re putting a tiny home here.’ Nobody realizes that behind those shows, there’s a lot of time spent with people negotiating or checking with building officials or taxing authority and stuff like that…”

…“I’m always in favor of having guidelines like building codes and regulations, because that protects everybody,” Galusha said.”

Manufactured homes are built to federally preemptive standards, the nation’s first and still only national building code for housing. Tiny houses aren’t necessarily built to any standard, as Galusha’s words imply.

 

What a Google Search Could Have Revealed

Had Kasperkevic done the Google search shown below, she would have found this article by RC Williams on MHLivingNews.  Williams’ article pointed out that financing isn’t the only problem; zoning is another big hurdle for tiny houses.

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Original photo credit, Toledo Blade. To see article, click the image above.

MHI member, Credit Human’s regional manager, Barry Noffsinger said, “Tiny houses are cute and popular to watch on TV.”

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Barry Noffsinger, photo credit, MHProNews.

It obviously holds appeals to some,” Noffsinger stated, “but they aren’t built to a code, so placement can be a nightmare.”

As a manufactured home lender, Noffsinger added, “And since there is no building code, how do you finance one? By contrast, modem manufactured homes can be very residential, they too can have amazingly appealing features, and placement and lending is easier, because they are built to a federally preemptive building code.”

Tiny houses have received favorable media attention in recent years. But not enough attention has been focused on the fact that many, if not most, are not built to a building code, with some jurisdictions raising safety concerns,” said Mark Weiss, an attorney who is president and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

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Mark Weiss, JD, President, CEO of MHARR.

MHARR’s president noted that tiny houses aren’t manufactured homes, as some may incorrectly think. He also lamented the difference in media attention the two housing types tend to bring.

By comparison,” says Weiss, “manufactured homes are built to a federal code which provides not only a safe, quality home, but multiple layers of protection for consumers — all at much lower price per square foot.  Which makes more sense?  And where is the favorable media attention for HUD Code homes?”

In fairness, Kasperkevic isn’t alone in the problems with conflating the various terminologies involved.  But journalists are supposed to be focused on getting the facts, and reporting accurately and without bias. RC Williams’ recent report on schooling the media is thus of value.

The Road Ahead

While several manufactured home companies are investing in providing solid information for customers and shoppers – including the one linked or others shown in the video above – there is still more work to be done. What should be apparent from those who study the issues is that those who invest in getting the facts straight are growing at a more rapid pace than the industry at large currently is, as seen linked here.

StillRoundTheCornderThereMayWaitNewRoadSecretGateJRRTolkeinRoadAheadManufacturedHousingDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews507Within a trillion dollar a year housing industry, where major players are dancing around – and in – the HUD Code manufactured home industry’s appeal, will more industry professionals leave their comfort zones to routinely get and keep the record straight when media and researchers make mistakes? ## (For Jana Kasperkevic’s full story, click here. “We Provide, You Decide.”©   News, analysis, commentary).

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