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YIMBY Action, Extreme Housing Shortage, and Manufactured Homes

April 24th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The San Francisco Bay Area, and California generally, has an extreme housing shortage.” So says YIMBY Action. The video posted further below by John Stossel for Reason makes their point in sobering terms.

 

Unlike NIMBY, YIMBY means, Yes In My Back Yard.

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YIMBY Action says, “This housing shortage is causing unacceptably high home prices and rents. These costs kneecap our ability to save money, force us into crowded conditions, and trap us in jobs and housing conditions that are inadequate.”

That’s in part an economic argument, and it is supported by the law of supply and demand.

Our housing crisis forces us to commute long hours, increasing carbon emissions and robbing us of time with our families. We must build housing everywhere in the Bay Area to end this shortage. Build housing now!” is their mantra. The video below is featured on their home page.

 

 

The forces they describe, “…increase displacement and gentrification, and make it impossible for San Francisco to be an engine of opportunity or social mobility.” That’s a familiar argument but lacks some of the added details found in the report linked below.

 

 

Several newspapers in Florida ran a letter by our publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach. That letter explains that the common link to problems that spark misunderstanding about manufactured housing are often connected to Berkshire Hathaway brands and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).  Pick a link, take a look, and share it with others.

 

 

There are a variety of organizations and non-profits, businesses, faith-based, and governmental organizations that are natural allies for a robust application of manufactured homes. YIMBY Action could be one of them. The laws are already on the industry’s side.  The facts – properly understood – favor manufactured homes.

 

Has MHI reached out to YIMBY Action?

We’ll plan to ask them, plus others in the days ahead, and will let you know.  One way or another, let’s see if MHI can become engaged in doing their job to help robust industry growth, not just more consolidation because of low or negative growth.

The need for affordable housing is vast.  The lack of affordable housing hasn’t just hurt Seattle, it is hurting cities like San Francisco.

 

 

 

Hard to Overstate the Needs

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report, as of 2017 there were around 554,000 homeless people in the United States on a given night,” says Wikipedia.

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The most proven form of permeant affordable housing are manufactured homes. Yet, MHI and their big-boy brands appears to be okay with low sales levels, or they have a proven ability to meet, talk and take photos with public officials without purportedly accomplishing their stated goals.

 

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It is better to light one candle, than curse the darkness.  Our industry can and should be measuring new HUD Code manufactured home sales in the millions every decade, not just the hundreds of thousands. That’s tonight’s spotlight of  “News through the lens of factory-built homes, and manufactured housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Unique Shipping Container Home, Lessons for Factory Builders, Manufactured Home Professionals

April 24th, 2019 Comments off

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Spoiler alerts. First, this isn’t a tiny container house.

 

The second spoiler alert is that this video doesn’t give the cost of the completed project.  What we know from other container housing projects is that they are significantly higher than a HUD Code manufactured home.

But what makes this one interesting is that:

·        It was a DIY project.

·        So, the construction cost may well have been ‘closer’ to a similar sized manufactured home, and less than a conventional house.

Here is what their YouTube webpage said.

Seven gray metal rectangles create a stacked array of straight lines on a quiet street in New Orleans. These shipping containers once traveled along the Mississippi River.

Now stationary, they make up the extraordinary home of Kicker Kalozdi, founder of premium bag company DamnDog, and his wife Anne Kalozdi, who is a biomedical engineer. They designed and built this house made out of shipping containers… despite having had no real experience building a house before!

It’s an interesting design.  Another reason to showcase this is that this video has had approaching 300,000 views in about a week online.

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We’ve observed previously on the Daily Business News on MHProNews that container housing – especially single-section container homes – reflect an kind of American search for the single section HUD Code manufactured home alternative. A single sectional home looks better than a container does for a house. That’s a fundamentally educational or marketing issues. It is a wake up call. It is an opportunity in disguise. 

 

 

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Infographic – Mapping How Much A Buyer Must Earn to Buy Median Priced House

April 23rd, 2019 Comments off

 

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HSH, HowMuch, and Visual Capitalist have pulled together data that yielded the following information presented. It’s arguably useful data for those savvy manufactured home industry professionals who happen to be near the various markets that are spotlighted.

 

Before diving into the data, let’s note the tragically obvious.

There is no hint of manufactured housing in this information.  Let’s use that factoid to make the point that if the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) was serious about industry growth at this vexing point in time, there are several common-sense steps that they as the industry’s post-production trade association ought to be taking.

So why aren’t they?

The fact that MHI and manufactured homes are routinely missing from reports like this ought to make the Arlington, VA based trade association’s believers pause. After all, recall that MHI – pre-Berkshire Hathaway’s entry into the manufactured housing market – used to promote people like Harvard’s Eric Belksy, who touted that the industry would overtake conventional building.  Conventional housing and manufactured homes were both discussed, not so many years ago.  What happened?

 

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This graphic was created 2 months before the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver “Mobile Homes” satirical hit video. The commentary in the green box reflects a concern that Oliver’s video only further underscored.

 

That was MHI back then.  More recently, we learned today that they had to be dragged by a pair of members into doing an event that was utterly obvious.  The report below speaks volumes, and it is a book-end in a sense to this report.  ICYMI, you can access the earlier report by clicking the linked text-image box below.

 

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That noted, here’s the data from the trio noted at the top in this evening’s report, which includes insights from the National Association of Realtors ® (NAR).

 

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The bullets that follow are pull-quotes from HSH.

  • “How much salary do you need to earn in order to afford the principal, interest, tax and insurance payments on a median-priced home in your metro area?
  • For our calculations, HSH.com uses the National Association of Realtors’ 2018 fourth-quarter data for median-home prices, national mortgage rate data derived from weekly surveys by Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association of America for 30-year fixed rate mortgages and available property tax and homeowners insurance costs to determine the annual salary it takes to afford the base cost of owning a home (principal, interest, property tax and homeowner’s insurance, or PITI) in the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas.
  • We used standard 28 percent “front-end” debt ratios and a 20 percent down payment subtracted from the NAR’s median-home-price data to arrive at our figures. We’ve incorporated available information on property taxes and homeowner’s insurance costs to more accurately reflect the income needed in a given market.”

Visual Capitalist (VC) noted that “Over the last year, home prices have risen in 49 of the biggest 50 metro areas in the United States. At the same time, mortgage rates have hit seven-year highs, making things more expensive for any prospective home buyer.”

 

As multi-decade industry veterans recall, the type of dynamics that VC cited in prior decades used to cause an increase in manufactured home sales.

 

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2018 infographic.

 

Once more, when one considers the favorable facts and the problematic performance of MHI, that begs the question, what changed?

 

The Map and Metro Details

The first graphic reflects the formula used described by VC as follows. “With a 20% down payment and a 4.90% mortgage rate, and taking into account what’s needed to pay principal, interest, taxes, and insurance (PITI) on the home, it would mean a prospective buyer would need to have $61,453.51 in salary to afford such a purchase.”

 

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The 10 Cheapest Metro Areas

Per HSH and using the same down payment and other formula factors noted above, here are the lease expensive metropolitan areas to buy a house.

 

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The 10 Most Expensive Metro Areas

Using that same formula, here’s the ten most costly areas to buy a home.  These are areas that manufactured housing ought to be soaring, not snoring.

 

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Manufactured Housing Professionals and Two Good Laws

Finally, we’ll close tonight’s report with this reminder.

The manufactured home industry already has enviable laws on the books.  The challenge is getting existing laws enforced. Given that this current federal administration has repeatedly said that they are in ‘the law enforcement business,’ why isn’t MHI pushing their vaunted contacts to get existing laws fully enforced?

It should be noted that based upon a growing pile of evidence that MHI may arguably be falling down on the job, that doesn’t mean that individual companies can’t make some of these arguments in their local market, such as enhanced preemption. Duty to Serve?  That’s likely a tougher nut to crack for an independent firm, unless they are a giant.

See the related reports, further below the byline and notices.

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“Mind Blowing,” Ultra-Modern Tiny House on Wheels, Viral Video – MH Intelligence Report

April 10th, 2019 Comments off

 

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There are concerns in MHVille about the 4.4 million plus views of John Oliver’s HBO piece for Last Week Tonight on “Mobile Homes.”

 

There arguably should be furrowed brows among industry leaders. But that’s not our focus, rather, the viral Tiny House Video below is.

Why?

Because in about 5 days, YouTube reports well north of 10 million views of their video.

The video runs almost 6 minutes before you actually step into the ‘tiny house on wheels.’ Hmm, let’s see. House on wheels, if it is tiny, that’s okay?  If it a HUD Code manufactured home, that’s not?

But the fact that almost a third of the video goes by before entering the home once more blows out of the water the notion that videos must be short to be watched. Because their video is about 18 minutes long.

 

 

The Daily Business News on MHProNews has used a variety of methods to illustrate a point. It’s this.

The Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis can’t deny the facts.

New HUD Code Manufactured Housing producers are collectively selling fewer units today than the year Warren Buffett bought into the industry.

 

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While the numbers of independently owned manufactured home industry firms has dramatically shrunk since 2003, Berkshire brands in MHVille such as Clayton Homes, et al have watched as their market share steadily grew.

 

  • Either Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington leaders are inept at growing the industry, or not.  For the record, we believe these to be intelligent, capable people.  The question is, capable of what?

 

  • Berkshire was either lucky that they grew their strategic Moat, or it was their stated plan has been well executed (link).

 

  • Are we to believe that a modest organization that made this tiny house video can routinely generate viral videos in days on tiny houses that may be made to no building code, while the HUD Code manufactured home industry’s giants and their Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) can only muster low 4 or 5 figure levels of viewership in over a year?

 

The Berskhire brands, Cavco’s Joe Stegmayer, and MHI leaders had an opportunity at Tunica to debunk or refute the concerns and evidence that has mounted against them.  They have exercised their constitutionally protected right to remain silent.

If they’ve engaged in any illegal or unethical actions, perhaps that silence is wise.  But how to explain their silence in defending their own members from attacks by Oliver’s episode?  See the report, below the bylines and notices.

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There will be new reports tomorrow and upcoming that will peel back more of the layers on the proverbial onion.  It will include on the record input from a state association that makes some interesting admissions.  There will be some more explosive items from state execs, that were provided as tips off-the-record.

 

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Manufactured housing was roughly 4 times larger in sales some 20 years ago.  During an affordable housing crisis, are we to believe that MHI, Clayton, and the related Berkshire brands can’t do better than what they are?  These are the #NettlesomeThings that an authentic trade media outlet ought to be asking, so why are the others in MHVille not asking these tough questions, and then following up with fact-packed reports?

 

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Gen Z – Manufactured Housing Independents’ Intelligence Report, Useful Research Infographic

April 10th, 2019 Comments off

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Generation Z or Gen Z are the rising group of workers and prospective younger home buyers that follow the Millennials.  While all such simplistic presentations are obviously boiled down generalizations, they can provide independents in our industry the same type of snapshot insights normally only accessible to the industry’s giants.

 

Larger firms get such reports for their teams.  Here on the Daily Business News on MHProNews, we want to make sure we provide “Delivering to Manufactured Home Independents & Investors Useful Intelligence for Your Professional Life.” ©

 

This infographic in part compares Millennials – what they refer to herein below as Gen M – with the younger Gen Z.  Definitions are provided below for both groups.

 

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As thousands of regular MHProNews know, we use a ‘wheat and chaff’ approach to people, as well as to all such data and presentations. There are doubtlessly useful insights for those hiring workers, or those who encounter a younger housing seeker.  When you understand a potential worker’s or housing seeker’s attitudes better, it is easier for you to connect professionally.

 

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State Level Shipment Data Continues to Flash Warning Signals for New HUD Code Manufactured Housing Sales

April 1st, 2019 Comments off

 

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This isn’t an April Fool’s joke.

 

If it is funny in any sense to anyone, it’s only so for those in the industry who may see a perverted value to themselves in the troubling declines in new home shipments and sales in numbers of states across the country.

This data further below is from the Midwest Manufactured Housing States (MMHF).  The MMHF are the parent body for the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. Recall that the Daily Business News on MHProNews exclusive fact-checks once more revealed arguably false – or at best – misleading claims in recent ‘reporting’ by MHInsider about January’s 2019 Louisville Show.

 

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Even though the number of displayed models, and other exhibitors declined, MHInsider had the audacity to claim that the number of attendees was a 60-year record.  That misstatement was debunked at the report linked above.

 

New HUD Code Manufactured Home Shipment Data

Not long after the first of every month, the new HUD Code manufactured home shipment data is compiled and released by IBTS for HUD.  The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) each do monthly summaries based upon that IBTS data.

While MHARR has been sounding the alarm for months, MHI’s missives largely ignore or downplay the troubling trends.  Given that MHI claims to be representing ‘all segments of factory built housing,’ how is it that they show so little published concern over the matter?  Doesn’t that in itself play into the controversy that the Arlington, VA based MHI are okay with historically low production, so that consolidators can continue to acquire other firms or locations at discounted prices from their intrinsic value?

Check out the latest data from the MMHF, per OMHA and MHI.

 

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Per the data above, those 5 MMHF states collectively have witnessed an overall decline in new HUD Code sales.

Year – Total Shipments – MMHF States

2017 – 12,548.

2018 – 12,210.

 

As the graphic below reminds readers, these are not the only states that have marked declines.

 

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While MHARR has raised this issue in recent months, MHProNews has periodically published reports for some years that have aimed at raising awareness on this apparently growing problem. ICYMI, one of several such reports is shown below, that one, from 2017.  Curious minds must ask, how is this even possible during a blossoming affordable housing crisis?

 

While Manufactured Housing Overall Rises, Some Slip Sliding Away

 

Other than MHARR, MHProNews, or MHLivingNews, no one else to date has bothered to seriously look under the hood to see what the causes of this issue might be.  George F. (F?) Allen, for example, has mentioned it.  But when Allen asked industry leaders for explanations, he took at face value the explanations of Kevin Clayton (Clayton Homes) and Joe Stegmayer (Cavco Industries).  No follow up questions by Allen were made in a truly journalistic fashion to help explain the obviously contradictory claims made by the leaders of two of the three top producers of manufactured housing.

A competitor in trade media told me in Tunica last week – with others present – that they don’t publish news, they publish what he himself called ‘fluff,’ said MHProNews publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.  “Hey, we’ve done cheer leading at times too, but never based on mere nonsense or wishful thinking. It isn’t fun to publish unpleasant facts, but if the industry is to solve its internal challenges, it must begin with solid facts. Thus the value of fact-checks. Head in the sand, or see – hear – and speak no evil, doesn’t cut it for true professionals and smart investors.”

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Errata, Apologies, Explanations, Tunica Talk, and Manufactured Housing

April 1st, 2019 Comments off

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Perfection is not attainablebut if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” —Vince Lombardi, per BrainyQuotes.

 

There’s significant value to live events of many kinds, and the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show last week underscored that on several levels.  The MHProNews team was there, and we had a chance to hear from scores of readers – like yourselves – face to face.

 

Among the feedback, which ran the gamut of topics?

Failure to accept ‘friend’ or ‘connection’ requests on a timely basis.  Guilty as charged.  But the reason is time, we get floods of such social media requests, and we strive to accept them as a matter of habit.  But some are missed, and it should never be taken as personal.  There are very few we deliberately decline.  For example, if someone appears to be connected with a sex-trade, we are not interested in that.

 

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But well over 90 percent of spotted invites are connected, once we’ve had a chance to glance at a profile. So please don’t stop sending those social media connections for Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.  We appreciate them and accept them routinely.

 

 

Errata

We periodically apologize for typographical or ‘auto-correction’ errors that get by us.  No one in manufactured housing publishes more content than MHProNews and MHLivingNews does, it isn’t even close. Others get typos too. In fact, the mainstream media gets typos, as this in L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach’s mail this morning spotlights.

 

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This error today in the NY Times is not meant as a slam on them, it happens in all media, ours included.

 

We strive to curate content from sources across the left-center-right media divide. We don’t have to agree with a publication’s editorial perspective to consider it, because in fairness, all media produces some significant and accurate reports, even if their editorial viewpoint may be skewed or agenda driven.

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Many of these quotes are from MHI insiders.

The cause for typos and editing errors should be clarified, not just for us, but for all media.  When Google-Facebook take up a growing share of ad dollars, that means that mainstream and even specialized media has less revenue.  In turn, that means editing or other features suffer.  That’s one reason why we periodically pop up the reader comment in the quote shown, it is heart warming that so many – we thank you – overlook that, presumably due to the content’s value.

 

Gracias, Danke, Thank You

But the most common feedback we received during the Tunica Show included these two words – “thank you.”

Scores of independents stepped up to say “thank you” – or the periodic ‘gracias’ – for covering industry topics that no one else in manufactured housing trade publishing dares to cover.  Besides the mom-and-pop operations, those words of thanks came from larger companies too.

Heads of a well-known, larger operations were among those that specifically said words to the effect that, ‘You [MHProNews] take complex topics and make them easier to understand.  We routinely read what you publish, and can’t thank you enough for what you do.”

Or this one:  ‘The issues [related to] market manipulation you [MHProNews] cover are essential for a clear understanding of why manufactured housing is underperforming. Keep it up.’

TheyTheBigBoysThinkTheyOwnUsIndependnetsQuoteOr, another corporate head, while thanking us, pointed to a topic that they think we need to spend a bit more time on.  That subject?  State associations.

Frankly, it’s a difficult issue.  Here’s why.  On the one hand, state association executives are among our sources for news tips and insights. Let us hastily add that so too are sources within the Manufactured Housing Institute, or other “Big 3,” or Knoxville-connected, and other operations too. For those who are part of a larger organization, we remind you again to use a non-company cell phone or a private email to send us your thoughts and tips.  Sad that it should be that way, but we have sources that have told us that mails are being scanned by larger firms.  That said, our news tips sources are part of the reason why we get subjects no one else in the industry does.

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That noted, the corporate leader who slammed state associations – many of which that MHI-connected firm is a member of – has made a valid point.  While state associations do battle certain issues with success, there are others that arguably go unaddressed or are allowed to slide. Why?  It could be summed up in this prior report, linked below.

 

 

Given the fact that zoning-placement issues are among the top concerns for HUD Code manufactured home retailers – and thus broad swaths of the industry –  state executives and MHI ought to be at the forefront of such challenges.  MHProNews spot-checks have revealed that it is often sadly true that the “enhanced preemption” that is part of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA) are going unmentioned in zoning-planning board or other local issues.  Given that several state association executives, and MHI, ought to be very familiar with the MHIA 2000 and “enhanced preemption,” why is it going largely unmentioned, save by MHARR, MHLivingNews, and MHProNews? Why have state execs who previously called on HUD to enforce this law, go silent?

 

The solutions to the industry’s challenges are in many cases hiding in plain sight.  Good laws are already on the books.  Why does Clayton Homes, state associations, and MHI so often fail to mention or highlight those good laws?  Why do they posture activity, but don’t use their best arguments?

When one looks at the true, underlying causes of the industry’s lack of advancement since 2003, it can be boiled down to a few simple principles.

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Good laws that are going largely or entirely unenforced.  Two examples are:

  • Duty to Serve manufactured housing by the Government Sponsored Enterprises, a decade after it was made law in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA).
  • Enhanced preemption – part of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000.

 

The bonus example is that good news from third parties about manufactured housing are being left to languish.  Third party good news reports are going largely unused, save here on MHProNews or on MHLivingNews.  One of the better examples, from 2018, by a respected sources such as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) is their report on manufactured homes by Scholastica Cororaton, CBE.  It touted the value of manufactured homes, and debunked numerous myths.  Yet that report is nowhere to be found on the MHI website, why?  Yet, MHI claims to represent ‘all segments of factory-built housing.’ If they do, aren’t they doing a pitiful job of it?

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Keep in mind too that besides publishing, we are doing various kinds of promotion, consulting, and business development services for clients.  We have a lot on our plate, but we strive to balance it all out. Our clients routinely praise our work product.

 

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An MHI only member company leader was stunned at Tunica to learn that we get some 10,000 (+/-) unique visits daily on MHProNews, given the relatively small size of our industry.  The 1.2 million (+/-) page views those visitors generate monthly speaks to the content that keeps industry pros and investors coming back for more. We thank you.

 

Finally, for those sending messages that haven’t had a reply or acknowledgement, never hesitate to pick up the phone and call. A good subject line helps us sort through items in our inbox too.  Thanks for the input at Tunica. That’s this morning’s MH Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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HUD, Census Bureau Releases Mainstream January 2019 Housing Starts Data, How Does Manufactured Housing Compare?

March 8th, 2019 Comments off

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There are voices in manufactured housing that are floating a variety of reasons for the poor results in 2018, and the continuingly poor performance to start out 2019.  Those reasons could be listed, in no particular order of importance, such as:

 

–      Weather,

–      FEMA,

–      Inventory adjustments by retailers, especially those by a vertically integrated giant,

–      Claimed slowdowns in other segments of America.

Before considering the validity of any of those claims, look at the latest multifamily and single family housing starts. Because facts trump opinions.

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HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN JANUARY 2019

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for January 2019.

 

Building Permits

Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,345,000. This is 1.4 percent (±0.8 percent) above the revised December rate of 1,326,000 but is 1.5 percent (±1.0 percent) below the January 2018 rate of 1,366,000.  Single‐family authorizations in January were at a rate of 812,000; this is 2.1 percent (±1.0 percent) below the revised December figure of 829,000.  Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 482,000 in January.

 

Housing Starts

 

Privately owned housing starts in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,230,000.  This is 18.6 percent (±26.6 percent)* above the revised December estimate of 1,037,000, but is 7.8 percent (±12.7 percent)* below the January 2018 rate of 1,334,000.  Single‐family housing starts in January were at a rate of 926,000; this is 25.1 percent (±29.0 percent)* above the revised December figure of 740,000. The January rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 289,000.

 

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Housing Completions

Privately owned housing completions in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,244,000.  This is 27.6 percent (±13.5 percent) above the revised December estimate of 975,000 and is 2.1 percent (±12.2 percent)* above the January 2018 rate of 1,218,000.  Single‐family housing completions in January were at a rate of 914,000; this is 30.2 percent (±14.4 percent) above the revised December rate of 702,000. The January rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 327,000.

The February report is scheduled for release on March 26, 2019.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Data collection and processing were delayed for this indicator release due to the lapse in federal funding from December 22, 2018 through January 25, 2019. While response rates were consistent with normal levels, delays in data collection could make it more difficult to determine exact start and completion dates. However, processing and data quality were monitored and no systematic issues were identified.

 

In interpreting changes in the statistics in this release, note that month-to-month changes in seasonally adjusted statistics often show movements which may be irregular. It may take three months to establish an underlying trend for building permit authorizations, six months for total starts, and six months for total completions. The statistics in this release are estimated from sample surveys and are subject to sampling variability as well as nonsampling error including bias and variance from response, nonreporting, and undercoverage. Estimated relative standard errors of the most recent data are shown in the tables. Whenever a statement such as “2.5 percent (±3.2 percent) above” appears in the text, this indicates the range (-0.7 to +5.7 percent) in which the actual percentage change is likely to have occurred. All ranges given for percentage changes are 90 percent confidence intervals and account only for sampling variability. If a range does not contain zero, the change is statistically significant. If it does contain zero, the change is not statistically significant; that is, it is uncertain whether there was an increase or decrease. The same policies apply to the confidence intervals for percentage changes shown in the tables. On average, the preliminary seasonally adjusted estimates of total building permits, housing starts and housing completions are revised 3 percent or less. Explanations of confidence intervals and sampling variability can be found at the Census Bureau’s website.

 

* The 90 percent confidence interval includes zero. In such cases, there is insufficient statistical evidence to conclude that the actual change is different from zero.

 

— end of joint HUD, Census Bureau release to MHProNews. —

 

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Facts are #NettlesomeThings. There’s every reason for the manufactured home industry’s leadership to do more than posture or provide excuses.

#HousingChoice requires that issues like those linked below be effectively addressed in a manner that provides measurable results. #YIMBY should be a mantra too, so where’s #MHIUPdate on those hashtags?

 

The balance are details and commentary, which you and others can begin to unpack in the related reports beyond the byline, our industry-leading email headline news free sign-up offer, and other notices. That’s “Manufactured Housing News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

 

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Democratic and Republican Policy Dilemmas, Affordable Housing, Economic Growth, and Manufactured Homes

February 18th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Let’s be clear. The publishers of MHProNews are political independents. We believe that affordable housing is a non-partisan issue.

 

A new report stresses the notion that Democratic and Republican lawmakers can and are working across the partisan political divide to promote manufactured homes as an important part of the solution for the affordable housing crisis.  That’s an encouraging example that Washington, D.C. could successfully embrace.  See that report by clicking on the linked text/image box below.

 

 

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

 

Ideally, bipartisan efforts to advance affordable housing could spell job plus household wealth creation.  The right policy supports and/or changes will either make common sense cures easier, or harder.  See the report below to learn more.

 

 

While MHProNews’ questions the practicality and constitutionality of many parts of the so-called Green New Deal, there are some stated positions taken by Democrats that we editorially believe makes sense. For example, Senator Elizabeth Warren has previously laid out a good case for antitrust action based upon existing law. We applaud her on that score, but more important, would encourage and celebrate its ASAP adoption.

 

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

 

House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters and some of her colleagues raised a warning a few years ago about Clayton Homes and their lending/businesses practices. That should be pressed by Waters and all on the House Financial Services Committee (FSC).

 

 

President Trump and some Republican lawmakers are similarly raising concerns about monopolistic practices that can unjustly twist the political process.  That goes beyond manufactured homes, and focuses on the tech giants known by the acronym #FAANG. While we believe in free enterprise, we oppose warped forms of rigged capitalism.  Free enterprise has rejected the trusts – monopolies – for decades.  That’s a position that Democrats and Republicans could agree upon. Beyond FAANG, Berkshire Hathaway and Microsoft (#BM) arguably should arguably be broken up under antitrust laws.  Doing so would achieve what Professor Scott Galloways said in the quotation below about the big four, but could be applied beyond those 4 to #DeFaangBM.

Put differently, there is a broad consensus that could be forged to advance not unconstitutional wealth redistribution, but rather enforcement of laws that may fine or punish some who have broken various laws.  That could also give more opportunities for new businesses and existing ones to emerge.

 

 

There is no logic or need to jettison what made America the wealthiest nation on earth. Rather, what is necessary is to apply the “American Way” principles of equal justice under the law that Democrats, Republicans, and Independents have effectively achieved at various points in times past.

 

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Breaking up monopolies is good public policy. Advancing affordable housing – including, but not limited to – the liberal use of manufactured housing just makes good sense too.

 

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It’s a disgrace that America is not in the top 20, 30, or even 40 nations on earth in the rate of home ownership.

 

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Home ownership, as HUD Secretary Ben Carson often said during his first year in office makes a significant difference in growing the personal wealth of Americans.  Renting households, said Carson, have an average household net worth of $5,000.  The average home owner, by contrast, has a net worth of some $200,000.  The most proven form of affordable housing has been manufactured homes.

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Citizens can’t easily stop political posturing or game playing.  But what voters can do is encourage their elected representatives to promote the proven solutions now that routinely don’t even require new legislation.   What is needed is enforcement of existing laws.

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Democrats and Republicans each have billionaire supporters.  Money won’t be taken out of politics anytime soon.  The FAANG and BM have armies of lobbyists.  They will want more regulation, not an antitrust breakup.  But only an antitrust breakup will achieve what is needed for the American people.

 

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Implementing an agenda that is non-partisan and can give each side ‘political victories’ by using existing laws is a simple notion whose time has come. Polls reveal that the public wants bipartisanship, and they are also catching onto the serious levels of ‘fake news’ that exists.

 

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Those who ignore those trends could pay the price in 2020.

 

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, a Novel Yet Proven Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis That Will Create Opportunities, Based Upon Existing Laws

 

President Donald J. Trump, the 45th president’s administration, the GOP, and Democrats can create trillions of dollars in new economic opportunities by implementing existing laws.  See the related reports above and below to learn more.” That’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing” © where We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Disney Utilizes Inaccurate, Prejudicial Terminology “Trailer” Offensive to Factory-Builders, Homeowners

December 26th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Disney Springs in Orlando, FL has been discovered openly using offensive, inaccurate terminology deemed prejudicial towards factory-builders and the over 22 million Americans in the U.S. – plus others in Canada – who live in pre-HUD Code mobile homes, modular housing, and HUD Code manufactured homes.

 

Near the Disney Springs Strawberry parking area where thousands walk by daily, the photos shown were taken on Christmas Day, 2018.

 

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It is unclear at this time how long those modular office units have been at that location.

But what is clear is that the units themselves are labeled as “modular,” which the photo shown above reflects. That modular standard is no doubt the commercial construction code the units in question were built to meet.

 

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On a different, but similarly problematic nomenclature issue, Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform previously said as follows.

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Likewise, manufactured housing advocate, the Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. said as follows about such troubling use of inaccurate “t-word” terminology.

 

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The Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. and his family were raised in a factory-built home, still proudly own one, and are advocates for the proper use of industry terminology.

 

When the National Association of Realtors™ (NAR) Realtor University™ researcher Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, CBE, was contacted last summer about a problematic use of the term “mobile home” in their research documents. She not only promptly responded with a ‘thank you’ for bringing the needed correction to her attention, she had all of the errant NAR documents, graphics, and blogs changed to reflect the proper phrasing. Cororaton then went a step further, and noted Mark Weiss, JD, and MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach in their revised report’s first footnote, as shown below.

 

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Accuracy matters, and giving credit to sources matters to third-parties. The corrected research report is linked here. The Realtor University blog it was posted on is linked here.

 

MHProNews plans to contact Disney Springs’ management/public relations office about the issue later today, and will follow up this report to state what corrective measures – if any – Disney management will take as a result of this matter being brought to their attention.

 

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About one in ten Floridians live in a mobile or manufactured home, with others living in modular or some other form of prefabricated housing construction,” said L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, co-founder and publisher of the industry’s most-read trade publication, MHProNews.

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Potentially thousands walk by that locale daily. So the negative impact of that signage is multiplied and grows over time. But there is also the message being given to the Disney “cast,”  who may be incorrectly led to think that errant term “trailer” is an acceptable term in this case, when it clearly is not.

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Hopefully, this is just an oversight by Disney, the result of ignorance rather than an intentional insult to factory-builders and those who reside in a factory-crafted dwelling,” Kovach said. “But if Disney doesn’t correct this error promptly, and make it clear to their staff – who Disney refers to as “cast members” – that the term “trailer” for the description of a housing or office units that aren’t RVs is improper, prejudicial, and offensive, then we will bring the matter to the wider attention of the tens of thousands of the industry’s professionals.  We could also draw the issue, as needed, to the attention of the millions of residents of the mobile, manufactured, and modular housing communities. If necessary, we’ll also do a follow up report on MHLivingNews, with manufactured home resident groups – and via media contacts – to others in mainstream news forums Our hope is that they’ll make a correction, and will instruct their cast about the proper use of terminology in this matter.”

 

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MHProNews will update readers on the Disney Springs controversy, just as we did on the NAR and other similar topics, as previously reported here on the Daily Business News.

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