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Insightful Quotes for Manufactured Home Business, Investors, and Professionals

June 30th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The quotes that follow from the first two nights of the 2020 Democratic primary are not to be construed as an endorsement of that candidate or their positions.  In some cases, the quotes are aimed to underscore claims backed by evidence.  The candidate may be right on the facts but may or may not be correct in their proposal to deal with those facts.

 

With that said, consider these pull quotes, taken from the full debate transcripts from NBC, linked here.

  • It has been far too long that the monopolies have been making the campaign contributions, have been funding the super PACs, have been out there making sure that their influence is heard and felt in every single decision that gets made in Washington.” Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D).

 

  • I know what it’s like to rent a home and to worry about whether you’re going to be able to pay the rent at the first of the month and to see a mom work very, very hard and know that moms across this country are getting paid less simply because they’re women.” Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

 

  • I mean, first of all, we’ve got to recognize that the China challenge really is a serious one. This is not something to dismiss or wave away. And if you look at what China is doing, they’re using technology for the perfection of dictatorship.” South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

 

I think we have a serious problem in our country with corporate consolidation. And you see the evidence of that in how dignity is being stripped from labor, and we have people that work full-time jobs and still can’t make a living wage.

We see that because consumer prices are being raised by pharmaceutical companies that often have monopolistic holds on drugs. And you see that by just the fact that this is actually an economy that’s hurting small businesses and not allowing them to compete.

One of the most aggressive bills in the Senate to deal with corporate consolidation is mine about corporate consolidation in the ag sector. So I feel very strongly about the need to check the corporate consolidation and let the free market work.” Senator Cory Booker (NJ-D).

 

  • “…we have to restore the backbone of America, the poor and hardworking middle class people.” – Former Vice President Joe Biden.

 

So the way I understand this, it’s there is way too much consolidation now in giant industries in this country. That hurts workers. It hurts small businesses. It hurts independent farmers. It hurts our economy overall.

And it helps constrict real innovation and growth in this economy.

Now, look, we’ve had the laws out there for a long time to be able to fight back. What’s been missing is courage, courage in Washington to take on the giants. That’s part of the corruption in this system.” – Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D).

 

  • “…the 40 million of us who can’t start a family, can’t take a good idea and start a business and can’t buy our first home.” – Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-D).

 

Socialism, in that sense, is not the solution. We have to look at what really will make a difference

I’m a small-business owner who brought that same scrappy spirit to big Colorado, one of the most progressive states in America.” – former Governor John Hickenlooper.

 

  • “…And at a time when we have three people in this country owning more wealth than the bottom half of America, while 500,000 people are sleeping out on the streets today, we think it is time for change, real change.” Senator Bernie Sanders (VT-I, causes with Democrats).

 

  • Right now, we have a system that favors those who can pay for access and outcomes. That’s how you explain an economy that is rigged to corporations and to the very wealthiest.” Former Texas Congressman Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke.

 

I think we have to do real things to help American workers and the American people. Right? This is the issue that all of us hear on the campaign trail…

Then we’ve got to fix our public education system. It’s not delivering the results our kids needs, nor is college and post high school career and technical training programs doing that. You know, I’m very different than everyone else here on the stage. Prior to being in Congress, I was an entrepreneur. I started two businesses. I created thousands of jobs. I spent my whole career helping small- to mid-sized businesses all over the country, 5,000 of them I supported. The Obama administration gave me an award for lending to disadvantaged communities.

I know how to create jobs…” – Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney.

 

  • I was 6 years old when a presidential candidate came to the California Democratic Convention and said it’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans. That candidate was then-Senator Joe Biden. Joe Biden was right when he said it was time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans 32 years ago. He is still right today.” – Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-D).

 

There were other noteworthy quotes shared by many of the candidates, not just those noted above or that follow.  A weakness in the format was arguably that there was too few serious follow up questions. For example, in areas where the income inequality, the education process, housing policy, or gun laws have been in Democratic hands for decades, how do those candidates explain that they want to move the nation ahead with their plan, when prior efforts clearly failed?

Wittingly or not, NBC moderator Jose Diaz-Balart made that point with respect to New York City with this question: “Mayor De Blasio, good evening. You’re the mayor of the biggest city in the United States, but it’s also one of the cities in the country with the greatest gap between the wealthy and the poor. How would you address income inequality?”

In that sense of candidates with longer records and little to show for it are perhaps among the most vulnerable contenders.  An example of such is former Vice President Joe Biden. When any candidate says they can ‘fix’ the economy to be more fair to the worker, or fix the problem of big business consolidating smaller ones and their overbearing market and political power, how can they say that with a straight face?  Especially when they had years in office to do so, but failed to do it?  Or, how can a candidate rail against ‘Wall Street,’ or big businesses, when they have accepted years of campaign contributions from some of those same big corporate interests directly or through PACs?

 

  • Yes, they will pay more in taxes, but less in health care for what they get.” – Senator Bernie Sanders. What wasn’t nailed down in that bit of candor is the point made by Thomas Sowell.

 

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See a free enterprise solution for rising health care costs that is already working in numerous U.S. cities and towns, linked here.

 

Be it heath insurance, which is not the same as health care, or most any other instance one cares to mention, government routinely is less efficient than the private sector. The waiting time for treatments in Canada and England for certain procedures with their socialized medical care can be months to years.  That’s why the solution linked here, which costs less and is already proven to work, is but one example of free enterprise offering solutions that big government has failed to deliver.  Why have so many members of both major parties largely ignored that proven pathway?

Whatever the answer to that question, that being so, what must occur is fostering more competition, not less of it.  That’s why the issue of consolidation and monopolization should be important to every American.  It is an area that Democrats – at least in their talking points – have been engaged on more than the GOP, which some have taken notice and are mimicking. While some monopolistic minded businesses may give away something free or at lower cost to gain market share, in time, other options are eliminated. Once no other options exist, where will the competition be to keep prices in check?

That’s why some of those quotes from Democratic candidates cited above are important. As Senator Warren has put it, the laws needed to address these challenges are already on the books. They should be enforced.

What members of both major parties should do, with respect to manufactured housing, is hold hearings to explore how market dominance was or is being achieved, and through prompt public hearings put pressure on federal agencies to act sooner, than later.

 

The Manufactured Housing Connections, Opportunities and Obstacles

Manufactured home professionals should take heart that HUD Secretary Ben Carson has been pushing a narrative for some 2 years, and has recently connected it directly with manufactured housing.  Carson’s recent speech in New Orleans de facto addresses how manufactured homes could play an important role in addressing the issue of income inequality in a way that – at least so far – not one of the Democratic candidates have made a similar tie-in.

Dr. Carson’s evidence based notion is this. Home ownership is perhaps the most proven form of personal or household wealth creation. As Carson said in his speech linked here and above, the typical home owning family has a net worth of some $200,000 vs. the typical renter having a net worth of only some $5,000. Carson further pointed out that FHFA data reflects the point that manufactured homes can appreciate in value too. Rephrased, Carson confirmed prior data points made by researchers, for example, linked here.

The thumbnail analysis above should not be construed to mean that the GOP has every answer, nor that the Democrats do.  There are areas that each major party tends to have a superior or inferior track record.

What citizens must recognize is that identifying a problem is only the start. When someone says ‘free college tuition,’ the same principle that Senator Sanders said applies.  There is nothing free, someone always pays.  Sanders admitted that the middle class will have to pay more in taxes for so-called ‘free’ health care. The same principle applies to free education or any other government handout.

How many taxpayers will be willing to pay for free healthcare for hundreds of thousand to potentially millions of new illegal immigrants a year?  When the Trump Campaign starts hammering home those and other points, Democrats will have to pivot or look like they lack basic math skills. Yet on the second night of the primary debates in Miami, all 10 Democrats on stage raised their hand to say that their health care plan would cover all border crossers.

Do they realize that if that would be true, then what is to stop someone from coming to the U.S. by plane boat, or via the northern border?  Get to the U.S., and you’ll get free healthcare, and a raft of other promises of free stuff?

That’s a concern that a few Democrats have prudently raised. Time will tell if they pivot.  If they don’t, will promises of free stuff that can’t possibly be honored triumph over reality?  We’ll see.

The path to prosperity is arguably found in a combination of factors:

  • breaking up the power of huge conglomerates that drive down employment and keep wages lower in the process.
  • Illegal immigration creates a large pool of lower wage workers too, so controlling borders to prevent illegal entry and vetting who is allowed into enter the country is just common sense that most nations follow.
  • Creating a path to sustainable home ownership that is as simple as possible is prudent too.

These are issues that some Democrats have already proven their ability to engage in positively, as have some Republicans.

  • Facts vs. fantasy.
  • Truth over false promises.
  • Equality of opportunity and rights, not contrived or forced outcomes.
  • Economic basics being applied.

These are some of the things that more of America’s elected and appointed political leaders must learn to embrace.  The late Democratic leader, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, wisely said the following famous maxim.

 

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NBC’s Savanah Guthrie asked Colorado’s former governor the following. “Governor Hickenlooper… You’ve warned that Democrats will lose in 2020 if they “embrace socialism,” as you put it.”

Hickenlooper replied, “Well, I think that the bottom line is, if we don’t clearly define that we are not socialists, the Republicans are going to come at us every way they can and call us socialists.”

Right or wrong, belief in socialism is rising, but is still not half of the population.  But when on scratches deeper, what has a broad coalition across the left-right spectrum is a belief that the system is rigged. Many who think they want socialism actually want justice. They want to level the playing field.

That’s where the fertile ground could be found for those willing to tackle in an honest and sensible fashion what has gone wrong for so many in America.  That includes why so many don’t get it that manufactured housing is a valid solution for the American Dream of home ownership, along with the how and why that understanding has been thwarted.

There is plenty of fertile ground for the GOP or Democrats to work in concert, or to campaign on a platform that will be more than empty promises.

It is real challenges and pragmatic solutions that we strive to monitor, fact-check, and report on here at MHProNews.

With no further adieu, let’s dive into the reports for the week that was.

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

 

 

What’s New in Washington, D.C. from MHARR

 

What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

Saturday 6.29.2019

  “…the Water’s Edge”

“…the Water’s Edge”

 

Friday 6.28.2019

  Rep SWALWELL Said “Pass The Torch,” Biden says No – Democratic Debates, Nights 1 & 2, Full Transcripts, Videos – plus MH Stock Updates

Rep SWALWELL Said “Pass The Torch,” Biden says No – Democratic Debates, Nights 1 & 2, Full Transcripts, Videos – plus MH Stock Updates

  Investment into U.S. Real Estate Market Risen – 3 Year Trend, Says Marcus & Millichap CEO Hessam Nadji

Investment into U.S. Real Estate Market Risen – 3 Year Trend, Says Marcus & Millichap CEO Hessam Nadji

  Rent Controls and Manufactured Housing Restrictions Targeted in New Presidential Executive Order

Rent Controls and Manufactured Housing Restrictions Targeted in New Presidential Executive Order

 

Thursday 6.27.2019

  Democrats Take Aim Big Business, Breaking Up Monopolies, Antitrust – plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

Democrats Take Aim Big Business, Breaking Up Monopolies, Antitrust – plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

  Berkshire’s Joanne Stevens Rips Manufactured Housing Institute

Berkshire’s Joanne Stevens Rips Manufactured Housing Institute

  Clayton Homes Contradicts Wall Street Journal’s “Fannie and Freddie’s Latest Push: Factory-Built Homes”

Clayton Homes Contradicts Wall Street Journal’s “Fannie and Freddie’s Latest Push: Factory-Built Homes”

  Controversial Association Award Spotlights Manufactured Home Industry Challenges

Controversial Association Award Spotlights Manufactured Home Industry Challenges

 

Wednesday 6.26.20.19 

  First of Two Night Democratic 2020 Presidential Debates Ahead, Videos, Facts

  President Trump ‘Big Tech Should Be Sued,’ Google Manufactured Housing Angle Overlooked, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

President Trump ‘Big Tech Should Be Sued,’ Google Manufactured Housing Angle Overlooked, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

  HUD Announces Secretary Ben Carson to Chair White House Council on Affordable Housing, Manufactured Housing Getting Attention

HUD Announces Secretary Ben Carson to Chair White House Council on Affordable Housing, Manufactured Housing Getting Attention

  Federal Bill that MHI, Prosperity Now, NAMHCO Tout – MHARR Opposes, Why?

Federal Bill that MHI, Prosperity Now, NAMHCO Tout – MHARR Opposes, Why?

 

Tuesday 6.25.2019

  President Trump Signs Executive Order on Affordable Housing Crisis, Ray of Light for Manufactured Housing? Plus, Manufactured Home Stock Updates

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Affordable Housing Crisis, Ray of Light for Manufactured Housing? Plus, Manufactured Home Stock Updates

  “Incestuous” Lobbying? Kings of K Street, Revolving Door, Big Tech, Berkshire Hathaway – Follow the Money

“Incestuous” Lobbying? Kings of K Street, Revolving Door, Big Tech, Berkshire Hathaway – Follow the Money

  Sun Communities (SUI) As Viewed by Hedge Funds Data, Per Media Reports

Sun Communities (SUI) As Viewed by Hedge Funds Data, Per Media Reports

  21st Mortgage Corporation Manufactured Housing Loan Data, Per Federal Sources

21st Mortgage Corporation Manufactured Housing Loan Data, Per Federal Sources

 

Monday 6.24.2019

 

  Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Manufactured Home Loan Origination Data, Per Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Manufactured Home Loan Origination Data, Per Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

  HD’s Bernie Marcus Says Bernie Sanders ‘Enemy of Entrepreneur,’ plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

HD’s Bernie Marcus Says Bernie Sanders ‘Enemy of Entrepreneur,’ plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

  Nicole Friedman, Ben Eisen, Wall Street Journal – Fannie, Freddie, Manufactured Homes, and MH Financing – Part 1

Nicole Friedman, Ben Eisen, Wall Street Journal – Fannie, Freddie, Manufactured Homes, and MH Financing – Part 1

  Driverless Trucks Coming to Big Box, Will Emerging Tech Impact Manufactured Housing Deliveries?

Driverless Trucks Coming to Big Box, Will Emerging Tech Impact Manufactured Housing Deliveries?

 

Sunday 6.23.2019

  Senate Democrat Specifically Urges Broader Manufactured Housing Lending, Bipartisan Approach to GSE Reform

Senate Democrat Specifically Urges Broader Manufactured Housing Lending, Bipartisan Approach to GSE Reform

 

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Rent Controls and Manufactured Housing Restrictions Targeted in New Presidential Executive Order

June 28th, 2019 Comments off

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Still from first video, below.

In section one, paragraph 2 of the new presidential executive order are several items that could directly or indirectly impact the manufactured industry.

 

Two specific items jump out, but there are others.  Those two are:

·        rent controls;

·        outdated manufactured-housing regulations and restrictions;

 

The Daily Business News on MHProNews has obtained the entire executive order, which will be found below the first posted video, which has the signing ceremony.  Following the executive order and another video featuring an interview with HUD Secretary Ben Carson, there will be some additional commentary and analysis.

 

 

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Executive Order Establishing a White House Council on
Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing

 Issued on: June 25, 2019

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Purpose.  For many Americans, access to affordable housing is becoming far too difficult.  Rising housing costs are forcing families to dedicate larger shares of their monthly incomes to housing.  In 2017, approximately 37 million renter and owner households spent more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing, with more than 18 million spending more than half of their incomes on housing.  Between 2001 and 2017, the number of renter households allocating more than half of their incomes toward rent increased by nearly 45 percent.  These rising costs are leaving families with fewer resources for necessities such as food, healthcare, clothing, education, and transportation, negatively affecting their quality of life and hindering their access to economic opportunity.

Driving the rise in housing costs is a lack of housing supply to meet demand.  Federal, State, local, and tribal governments impose a multitude of regulatory barriers — laws, regulations, and administrative practices — that hinder the development of housing.  These regulatory barriers include:  overly restrictive zoning and growth management controls; rent controls; cumbersome building and rehabilitation codes; excessive energy and water efficiency mandates; unreasonable maximum-density allowances; historic preservation requirements; overly burdensome wetland or environmental regulations; outdated manufactured-housing regulations and restrictions; undue parking requirements; cumbersome and time-consuming permitting and review procedures; tax policies that discourage investment or reinvestment; overly complex labor requirements; and inordinate impact or developer fees.  These regulatory barriers increase the costs associated with development, and, as a result, drive down the supply of affordable housing.  They are the leading factor in the growth of housing prices across metropolitan areas in the United States.  Many of the markets with the most severe shortages in affordable housing contend with the most restrictive State and local regulatory barriers to development.

These regulatory barriers impede our Nation’s economic growth.  Hardworking American families struggle to live in markets where there is an insufficient supply of housing — even in markets generating a significant number of jobs.  One recent study suggests that certain regulatory restrictions on housing supply have forced workers to live far away from high-productivity areas with the best available jobs, creating a geographic misallocation of labor between cities that may have decreased the annual economic growth rate in the United States by 36 percent between 1964 and 2009.

Low- and middle-income Americans are often hit the hardest by regulatory barriers to housing development.  High housing costs place strains on household budgets, limit educational opportunities, impair workforce mobility, slow job creation, and increase financial risks.  Furthermore, studies have consistently identified high housing prices as a primary determinant of homelessness, and research has directly linked more stringent housing market regulation to higher homelessness rates.

To help these populations, in 2018, the Federal Government invested more than $46 billion in rental assistance programs for low-income families — much of which grows at approximately 3 percent per annum while assisting a fixed number of households.  The Federal Government provides additional housing support through the tax code, with over $9.1 billion in tax expenditures in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to developers of low-income housing.  Generally, these Federal tax dollars are focused disproportionately on areas with high-cost and highly regulated housing markets.

But to improve housing affordability in a truly sustainable manner, we need innovative solutions — not simply increases in spending and subsidies for Federal housing.  These solutions must address the regulatory barriers that are inhibiting the development of housing.  If we fail to act, Federal subsidies will only continue to mask the true cost of these onerous regulatory barriers, and, as a result, many Americans will not be able to access the opportunities they deserve.

Sec. 2.  Policy.  It shall be the policy of my Administration to work with Federal, State, local, tribal, and private sector leaders to address, reduce, and remove the multitude of overly burdensome regulatory barriers that artificially raise the cost of housing development and help to cause the lack of housing supply.  Increasing the supply of housing by removing overly burdensome regulatory barriers will reduce housing costs, boost economic growth, and provide more Americans with opportunities for economic mobility.  In addition, it will strengthen American communities and the quality of services offered in them by allowing hardworking Americans to live in or near the communities they serve.

Sec. 3.  White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing.  There is hereby established a White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing (Council).  The Council shall be chaired by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, or his designee.  The Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, or their designees, shall be Vice Chairs.

(a)  Membership.  In addition to the Chair and Vice Chairs, the Council shall consist of the following officials, or their designees:

(i)     the Secretary of the Treasury;

(ii)    the Secretary of the Interior;

(iii)   the Secretary of Agriculture;

(iv)    the Secretary of Labor;

(v)     the Secretary of Transportation;

(vi)    the Secretary of Energy;

(vii)   the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;

(viii)  the Director of the Office of Management and Budget;

(ix)    the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers;

(x)     the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs; and

(xi)    the heads of such other executive departments and agencies (agencies) and offices as the President, Chair, or Vice Chairs may, from time to time, designate or invite, as appropriate.

(b)  Administration.  The Vice Chairs shall convene regular meetings of the Council, determine its agenda, and direct its work with the oversight of and in consultation with the Chair.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development shall provide funding and administrative support for the Council.

Sec. 4.  Mission and Functions of the Council.  The Council shall work across agencies and offices, with consideration of existing initiatives, to:

(a)  solicit feedback from State, local, and tribal government officials, as well as relevant private-sector stakeholders, including developers, homebuilders, creditors, real estate professionals, manufacturers, academic researchers, renters, advocates, and homeowners, to:

(i)   identify Federal, State, local, and tribal laws, regulations, and administrative practices that artificially raise the costs of housing development and contribute to shortages in housing supply, and

(ii)  identify practices and strategies that most successfully reduce and remove burdensome Federal, State, local, and tribal laws, regulations, and administrative practices that artificially raise the costs of housing development, while highlighting actors that successfully implement such practices and strategies;

(b)  evaluate and quantify the effect that various Federal, State, local, and tribal regulatory barriers have on affordable housing development, and the economy in general, and identify ways to improve the data available to the public and private researchers who evaluate such effects, without violating privacy laws or creating unnecessary burdens;

(c)  identify and assess the actions each agency can take under existing authorities to minimize Federal regulatory barriers that unnecessarily raise the costs of housing development;

(d)  assess the actions each agency can take under existing authorities to align, support, and encourage State, local, and tribal efforts to reduce regulatory barriers that unnecessarily raise the costs of housing development; and

(e)  recommend Federal, State, local, and tribal actions and policies that would:

(i)   reduce and streamline statutory, regulatory, and administrative burdens at all levels of government that inhibit the development of affordable housing, and

(ii)  encourage State, local, and tribal governments to reduce regulatory barriers to the development of affordable housing.

Sec. 5.  Reports.  The Vice Chairs, on behalf of the Council, and with the oversight of and in consultation with the Chair, shall:

(a)  within 12 months of the date of this order, submit to the President a report on the Council’s implementation of section 4 of this order; and

(b)  submit to the President any subsequent report that the President may request or that the Council may deem appropriate.

Sec. 6.  Agency Participation and Response.  The heads of agencies and offices shall provide such assistance and information to the Council, consistent with applicable law, as may be necessary to carry out the functions of this order.

Sec. 7.  Termination.  The Council shall terminate on January 21, 2021, unless extended by the President.

Sec. 8.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
June 25, 2019.

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Issues Related to New Executive Order

 

 

Related News Tip

An emailed news tip came in that read as follows.

From an industry source: 

On the surface, this appears to be good news.  But I want to draw your attention to the following regarding zoning and regulatory compliance:

‘More than 25% of the cost of a new home is the direct result of Federal, State, and local regulations, with the price tag even reaching up to 42% for some new multifamily construction.’

Manufacturers will tell you that one of the key cost drivers between modular and manufactured homes is the higher inspection costs under the IRC and state building codes for modular homes.  This can cause modular homes to be 15% to 20% more costly than manufactured homes.  If the Administration somehow is successful in reducing those costs, the competitive advantage of manufactured homes begins to erode.”

That will be a concern to monitor.  But there are other potential road blocks and hurdles ahead too.

National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel said in part, “An effort by this administration to address restrictive local zoning would be welcomed if it weren’t belied by other actions to gut affordable and fair housing in America. The council, made up of the Secretaries of Treasury, Labor, Agriculture and the EPA, will likely work to remove important federal regulations that protect fair wages, fair housing, the environment, and more, and not the restrictive local zoning over which the federal government has very little control.”

NIMBY and green groups, among others, have or will be expected to raise concerns too.

MHProNews will return to this developing issue in an upcoming report, which will likely reference these points.

 

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HUD Announces Secretary Ben Carson to Chair White House Council on Affordable Housing, Manufactured Housing Getting Attention

June 26th, 2019 Comments off

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In a release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has said the following. The typo on date and comma error are in their original.

 

HUD No. 19-096
HUD Public Affairs
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Tueesday
June 25, 2019

HUD SECRETARY BEN CARSON TO CHAIR WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING

WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Council on Eliminating Barriers to Affordable Housing, and named Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson as its chairperson.

The Council will consist of members across eight Federal agencies and engage with State, local, and tribal leaders across the country to identify and remove the obstacles that impede the production of affordable homes – namely, the enormous price tag that follow burdensome government regulations.

“With the signing of today’s Executive Order, President Trump is prescribing a powerful treatment that correctly diagnoses the source of America’s affordable housing condition: this is a matter of supply and demand, and we have to increase the supply of affordable homes by changing the cost side of the equation,” said Secretary Carson. “Increasing the supply of housing by removing overly burdensome rules and regulations will reduce housing costs, boost economic growth, and provide more Americans with opportunities for economic mobility.”

Research indicates that more than 25% of the cost of a new home is the direct result of Federal, State, and local regulations. For this reason, in recent years, the construction of new multifamily and single-family dwellings has not kept pace with the formation of new households. Census Bureau data indicates that from 2010 to 2016, only seven homes were built for every 10 households formed. As a result, Americans have fewer housing opportunities, including the opportunity to achieve sustainable homeownership, which is the number one builder of wealth for most American families.

To curtail burdensome regulations, the Council will be tasked with accomplishing the following items by January 2021:

  1. Work across agencies, States, local governments, tribal governments, and private-sector stakeholders to identify policies that artificially increase the cost of developing affordable housing.
  2. Report on the quantifiable effect that Federal, State, local, and tribal regulatory barriers have on affordable housing development, the economy, and society.
  3. Take action to reduce Federal regulatory and administrative burdens that discourage private investment and housing development;
  4. Take action within existing Federal programs to align and support local, and tribal state efforts to reduce regulatory and administrative burdens that discourage housing development.
  5. Recommend Federal, State, local, and tribal policies that would:
    • Reduce and streamline statutory, regulatory, and administrative burdens that inhibit the development of affordable housing supply at all levels of government;
    • Incentivize State, local, and tribal governments to reduce barriers to affordable housing development.

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

 

MHProNews report on this topic from 6.25.2019 is linked from the text-image box below, and includes a video with Secretary Carson.

 

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Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, MHI Chairman, Insights from Innovative Housing Showcase

June 11th, 2019 Comments off

 

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With enough patience, facts and patterns in dispute often reveal themselves more clearly to those with an open mind who are honestly seeking clarity. By definition, the closed-minded can’t be reasoned with.

 

This report will have two primary components.  The first will be from the recent and positive Innovative Housing Showcase, held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Joe Stegmayer, former Chairman, President, and CEO of Cavco Industries was prominent there.  The second will look again at a leadership and related questions that keep arising at Cavco.

 

MHI Chairman Stegmayer At Recent Innovative Housing Showcase in Washington, D.C.

Five U.S. congressmen and several other senior government officials took tours, said Joseph Stegmayer, Cavco’s former chairman and CEO,” said Phoenix metro’s AC Central, a Gannett media publication that is part of the USA Today network.

This is one of the best unsubsidized ways to promote affordable housing,” Stegmayer said of manufacturing housing, per that same source.  He said that factory-built homes can be made at about half the cost of comparable dwellings built on site.

Some other facts, per AZ Central:

·        Cavco exhibited a 1,050 square foot home with two bedrooms and two baths that was built at one of its two factories in Virginia that retails for about $64,000.  What they didn’t specify was that it was the lone single sectional on display in the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  Skyline Champion displayed two multi-sectional models.

·        Cavco was one of 19 exhibitors at the National Mall and teamed with UMH Properties, a real estate investment trust or REIT that owns and operates manufactured-home communities around the nation.

This was the only news report found on line as of the date and time shown about the publicly traded firm’s (CVCO) involvement in the project. We’ll return to that factoid later.

 

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In the MHI branded video below, Stegmayer says: “Manufactured Housing is so much of an untold story. It has come a long way in a short number of years. And now were providing homes that rival anything built on site at half the cost. And so, to meet the affordable housing crisis in this country, and there truly is a need for affordable housing, manufactured housing can go a long way to doing that.”

 

 

Stagmayer continued by saying, “We can provide a home for millions of people who otherwise can not afford a home and would be renting for the rest of their lives. Here [he’s standing in a manufactured home] they can buy a home, build equity, just like any other home owner. And, ah, stay in that home for years or resell it and move up to a larger home if someday they get a larger family.”

A lot of flexibility in manufactured housing.  A lot of sustainability,” Stegmayer said during his portion of the video. Let’s note in fairness that these are very similar points that MHLivingNews, MHProNews and scores of others have made about our industry. Our publisher has noted that the firms involved in the Innovative Housing Showcase are to be applauded. On the thrust of several of these points by Stegmayer, we’d editorially concur.

But what follows in that same video is both true and troubling.  It gets near a central issue that is hampering manufactured home industry growth.

 

Manufactured Housing Professionals, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Must Promote These Two Words

 

Secretary Ben Carson, as the head of HUD, made this National Mall opportunity available in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Dr. Carson explains that they encouraged local municipalities to look at manufactured homes and look at their regulations.  Carson said there may have been reasons in the past for some regulations, but no longer.  Why hasn’t the HUD Secretary mentioned “enhanced preemption?”  Is it possible that he’s not been briefed on that point by HUD staff? 

But more questions arise from this MHI branded video and recent mainstream media reports.

Looking again at MHI’s chairman’s comment, it isn’t as if the manufactured home industry has suddenly appeared out of nowhere and has an “untold story,” as Stegmayer framed it.  Indeed, Arlington, VA based MHI – a location not far from the National Mall – claims to have told that story to millions of people.  See their claim to that effect illustrated in their own still from an MHI video, below.

If so, the public literally are not buying what MHI is selling, based on recent new manufactured home production and shipment trends.

Look at the stills from the late 2018 MHI self-touting video and compare it to the fact that manufactured housing has had 8 months of consecutive year-over-year decreases in shipment levels.

 

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That downturn is now into month number 8.

 

Further, manufactured homes are not an untold story at all.

As the AZ Central story reflected, starting with the headline, a HUD Code manufactured home is errantly termed a ‘mobile home.’  Over the years, has Cavco or MHI failed to brief that media outlet, which issues periodic reports on hometown firm Cavco, about the proper terminology to be used?  If not, then they are not following the logic of their own prior chairman, who said this.

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The story most told is a painfully familiar one to anyone who tracks news coverage about ‘mobile homes’ and ‘manufactured homes.’  The bulk of the reports are negative, as the screen capture below indicates.

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While the evidence is anecdotal, it is also not disputed by live audience of manufactured home industry professionals when they are asked:

·        does the public here more bad news or good news about manufactured homes? 

·        Is the impression conveyed in third party reports largely positive one, or largely negative?

·        Manufactured home industry professionals almost universally agree that the image is a problematic one.

That being so, it is not an untold story. Rather, it is a told story that is all-too-often being mistakenly framed.

Where is MHI’s effective response to that largely undisputed fact?  Because it is obvious that their claim of millions exposed to their advertorials – if true – has not worked. The shipment numbers and other research proves that point.  Further, only 8 percent of home shoppers, per Zillow, considered a manufactured home in research that firm did.  Many of those who considered a manufactured home never bought one. Put yourself briefly in the shoes of a possible manufactured home customer. If they simply googled news about ‘mobile homes’ or ‘manufactured homes,’ wouldn’t that explain why – given that much reporting is negative – that the public literally isn’t buying one?

 

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Only 8 percent of housing shoppers considered a mobile or manufactured home, and many of those did not buy one

 

What do those third party research facts say about the effectiveness of the industry?  So Stegmayer’s own words about the “untold story” – seen through that lens – is troubling at best.  The screen capture from the date and time shown is but one example. 

 

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Furthermore, there is no evidence that HUD Secretary Carson has been advised about enhanced preemption.  MHProNews has asked officials at HUD to respond to that concern.  They have no comment on that now.

Why not?  Doesn’t their failure to comment on such a straightforward question itself raise concerns that perhaps Secretary Carson has not been brief about enhanced preemption?

Stegmayer has had face time with Secretary Carson on numerous occasions in the last year or so.  Did Cavco’s former president, and the man who is still MHI’s chairman, not raise the issue of “enhanced preemption?”  If not, why not?

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These are questions that Cavco’s shareholders – among others – ought to be asking.

If the report by AZ Central is accurate, and only 5 congressional representatives bothered to come and see what MHI dubbed Homes on the Hill.  That too suggests something was missed by MHI, doesn’t it?  There are 535 members of the U.S. House (435) and Senate (100). Numbers of those in Congress get contributions from MHI’s PAC.  So why did such a small group of representatives come over a 5 day event?

The MHI “Homes on the Hill” videos are a fine idea. 

·        The videos are well done in a technical sense.

·        But where is the promotion for those videos? 

·        Why is it that the MHI video posted above that was published on Jun 2, 2019, after a week online, has only 732 views, per YouTube, as of 4:49 PM ET on 6.9.2019? Ponder the point that John Oliver’s viral hit on numbers of MHI members errantly named “Mobile Homes” has had over 6 million hits on YouTube in about 2 months. That’s the graphic comparison that industry professionals, investors, and advocates must ponder.  Stegmayer’s choice of words ‘the untold story’ is not supported by facts.  The story about manufactured homes has been told millions of times.  It simply hasn’t cut through the negative noise. 

Where has that negative noise about manufactured housing originated from?  The sources are varied. That said, there is a money trail in the millions that clearly points to donations by Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway – parent to Clayton Homes, their sister Berkshire lenders, and a powerhouse at MHI – that have flowed via the Tides nonprofit to groups such as MHAction or Prosperity Now that have in turn attacked manufactured housing operations.  Rephrased, Buffett’s been backing both pro-and-con voices about manufactured homes.  The voices that undermine the industry’s story seem to win the media war routinely. Why?

None of the Berkshire brands or MHI has denied the evidence presented. That leaves the evidence presented unchallenged.  The collage below illustrates the point just made.

 

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Now, against that backdrop, let’s pivot back to Cavco’s November 8, 2018 news release.

 

Stegmayer, Cavco, and the SEC/Shareholder Legal Clouds 

As the numbers of shareholders suits against Cavco Industries continues to grow, an interesting point keeps arising relative to Joe Stegmayer, their former Chairman, President, and CEO. Let’s mention that he was also a former Clayton Homes division president.

Part of the announcement on November 8, 2019 that sent Cavco shares plunging related to Stegmayer was that the multi-year leader of the publicly traded firm (CVCO) would step down into a more supportive, non-executive role.

But several indications from sources previously reported within Cavco, plus more recent hints by George Allen and others in his orbit, suggest that Stegmayer still exercises a leadership role that some believe is more like that of the shadow president than some supportive ‘non-executive’ role.

Quoting from their November 8th press release, “Mr. Stegmayer stepped down from his position as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company after an internal investigation, conducted by independent legal counsel, identified certain violations of Company policy related to securities trading activities conducted by Mr. Stegmayer. The Board’s decision to transition Mr. Stegmayer to a non-executive role allows the Company to retain his deep industry and operational experience.

The Cavco press release further stated that, The Company also announced that it had received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement (“SEC”) requesting certain documents relating to, among other items, trading of the stock of another public company. Subsequent to sending the Company a subpoena, the SEC sent a subpoena for documents and testimony to Joseph Stegmayer, regarding similar issues. The Company has initiated an independent investigation and intends to cooperate fully with the SEC’s investigation.

In a typical ‘all in the company family’ motif, the release said: Joseph Stegmayer, former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented that “Dan Urness is a great choice to lead Cavco. He is a strong leader, with the ability to connect with customers, partners and teammates. His institutional knowledge of our Company and significant industry experience will ensure a smooth leadership transition. I look forward to continuing to serve the Company in my new role.”

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The satirical logo is used in part to poke with a lighter touch at a serious topic. As some have framed it, there are white hat companies at MHI, and black hat companies.  Certainly the black hats must find the white hats useful.

Stegmayer has remained Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), despite the legal flap, its costs to Cavco, and the hit on CVCO’s stock valuation.

 

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These are questions that may be of interest to shareholder’s plaintiff’s attorneys.

 

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But there are broader industry questions that ought to be explored, perhaps in concert with Congressional and other state/federal inquiries.

Readers will be reminded that some 5 years ago, Stegmayer was talking on camera about the industry returning to 250,000 shipments.  That video is found in the report in the text/image box above. Stegmayer did say that return to 250,000 could accomplished in a year.  But he clearly suggested that it was doable in the foreseeable future.  What happened to that 250,000 new home shipment aim since then? 

Why is a new manufactured home shipment goal unmentioned by MHI more recently? 

Or ponder the fact that after the embarrassing reply the MHI President and CEO Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison gave to MHProNews on camera that same year – that the industry should grow slowly – the next year, after being privately chastened by Tim Williams, per sources, Jennison said that the industry could return to 500,000 new manufactured home shipments.  We professionally concur that that half-million or more new home production goal is achievable.  Others in the industry believe so too. The points Secretary Carson has cited in various interviews and his speech in New Orleans all point to the great potential of the industry in this affordable housing crisis.

 

MHI CEO Dick Jennison’s Pledge – 500,000 New Manufactured Home Shipments

 

All of which begs the question, how effective has MHI been at representing “all segments of manufactured housing?” 

As the decade de facto post-production association, after decades in that role, has MHI still not figured out what keeps people from buying a manufactured home? Why aren’t they routinely addressing those prospective home buyers concerns?  Lightening rod Frank Rolfe, a well known MHI member, made the point simply.

 

Rolfe and Dave Reynolds effectively doubled down on that recently, when they said the following.

MHI has had two different public relations people, for a combined total of several years now. Do those ‘experts’ in media relations not have a message or method for advancing the acceptance of the industry? Do they not yet have a message that resonates with the millions in the public that would buy what our manufactured home industry offers, if they simply understood it properly?

When AZ Central reports that only 5 congressmen came to see what MHI dubbed “Homes on the Hill,” what was MHI’s public relations effort doing? 

The industry is only at ¼th of the production it was in 1998. Where is MHI’s recovery plan?

 

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This pro-growth industry-leading trade media will continue to monitor and report on these and other related issues.

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WAVY, Mainstream TV – HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Innovative Housing Showcase – Clayton Homes, and Berkshire Hathaway Revelations

June 11th, 2019 Comments off

 

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WAVY is one of several mainstream news outlets that came up in a Google search for “Innovative Housing Showcase” (IHS) and “Manufactured Homes” on 6.10.2019.  That’s more than a full week after the event – which ran from June 1-5, 2019 – began.

 

The WAVY report was fine, with a body of 336 words – not counting the headline, captions, etc. – and included the video posted below, which says it was produced by KNWANorthwest Arkansas News.

 

 

The portion that dealt with manufactured homes read as follows.

Ben Carson, the U.S Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said the federal government is focused on improving  building standards and codes to reduce risks. He said officials are also looking at many options including encouraging alternatives like manufactured homes,” per WAVY and the KNWA video.

They are bolted down to cement foundation. They are better able to withstand hurricanes and tornadoes than site-built homes are,” according to a brief clip with Carson.  But it is unclear from that statement, if Carson was speaking about a “Boxabl” prefab that he is standing in during the interview, and/or if he was speaking about HUD Code manufactured homes.

As manufactured home retailers know, not all manufactured homes are placed on a cement slab foundation, although they must be installed on an approved foundation for the area that it is being placed in.  The short video below sheds some light on the topic for those not familiar with the details.

 

 

Allow us to take a 100 acre area and put in 1,000 units in a matter of days or weeks instead of a year or more,” Carson said about the potential for more rapid post-disaster relief, per WAVY.

The HUD and National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) co-sponsored event can be viewed as positive for the industry.  The reactions from those in various videos taken during the event would reflect that impression.

 

Clayton Homes, Berkshire Hathaway Connections, and Revelations

However, upon closer scrutiny, some interesting points emerge both pre-IHS, during their National Mall display, and post-event.

First, “Innovative Housing Showcase” and “Clayton Homes” turns up zero results, as of this morning on the Google search shown below.

 

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Clayton, as most industry professionals know, is the largest builder of HUD Code manufactured homes.  They and their fellow Berkshire Hathaway brands are commonly viewed as the dominating force at the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

Clayton did not display any manufactured homes, but per our sources, had team members present for the event.

 

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Perhaps more noteworthy is the absence of any BH Media Group coverage of the IHS event.

BH Media Group, part of the Berkshire Hathaway owned assets – including their de facto flagship Omaha World Herald – turned up no results in the search above. BH Media Group has several media assets in Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. where this event took place.  A 2018 list of BH Media group newspapers is below.

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Most manufactured home industry professionals don’t realize the broad scope of the BH Media Group’s direct assets. Beyond these, there are other media ties and interests that Berkshire Hathaway arguably can leverage. Why haven’t they done so with respect to the Innovative Housing Showcase? Or Secretary Carson’s positive address in New Orleans? How does this reality compare with the claims of Kevin Clayton, MHI, or their sycophants, such as MH Insider and George F. Allen?

 

Given the fact that a media outlet from Northwest Arkansas, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and Epoch Times – among others – all thought this is relevant topic, why not the BH Media Group?

The very limited number of total Google search results for on IHS and manufactured homes further undermines any claims that might be made that Clayton Homes, Berkshire Hathaway, or MHI are properly promoting events like this one that could sway more consumers who are considering their housing options.

Such factoids reinforces other concerns raised by MHProNews, MHLivingNews, or MHARR about Clayton’s, Berkshire’s, and MHI’s intentions regarding the growth of the industry.

There are only a few logical explanations for this.  They reasonably could be summed up as follows:

  • Clayton, Berkshire, and MHI are inept at promoting the manufactured home industry. (MHProNews doesn’t think this is the case, this is just a potentially logical explanation for the poor media coverage during an affordable housing crisis).
  • Clayton, Berkshire and MHI lack motivation or the talent necessary for promoting such an event (same parenthetical comment as above).
  • Clayton, Berkshire, and MHI posture efforts and offer fig-leaves like some nice, professional videos, which are getting very few views – especially when compared to negative media coverage.
  • Clayton, Berkshire, and MHI are allowing the industry to struggle during an affordable housing crisis, and are therefore promoting or allowing impressions to exist that would not appeal to most consumers.
  • Clayton, Berkshire, and a few ‘big boy’ MHI members are allowing headwinds that might be abated to continue, precisely with the goal of consolidating more of the industry into ever fewer hands.
  • In support of the above, the fact millions of dollars in Warren Buffett’s donations have gone to organizations that have often opposed manufactured housing supports some of the later bullets.

As prior reports last week reflected, there are some MHI videos of the event, see the more detail report from the linked text image box below.

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Affordable Housing, Obscuring the Truth, Innovations in Housing, and Manufactured Homes

 

But for an organization – MHI – that has a full-time public relations person, plus other staff members, what were they doing in the run-up to the event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.?  Why wasn’t this event last week an all- hands-on-deck to promote the turnout of federal, other public officials, and the mainstream media?

A related and upcoming report on MHProNews will reveal that the turnout of elected officials was embarrassingly low. MHI claims ‘clout,’ but when it comes to actually using it on something that could potentially grow industry acceptance and sales, why is it so lacking?

These relevant queries and factoids beg more questions.

  • Does MHI and other ‘big boy’ members do ‘fig leaf’ promotion, designed primarily to appease industry critics of their efforts?
  • Are MHI and a few ‘big boy’ firms trying to impress their followers? Because if they are trying to move the needle for the industry, 8 straight months of year-over-year declining new home shipments clearly reveals that however bold their claims may be, the sobering facts mitigate against any rationale notion that their efforts are working.

The acid test is new home sales, production, and shipments.  Anything else is a fig-leaf, dodge, or distraction.

 

Secretary Carson’s Historic Effort

HUD Secretary Carson certainly has done more than perhaps any of his predecessors in the 21st century to promote manufactured homes and other forms of prefab or tiny housing.  But has Dr. Carson’s staff tell him about “enhanced preemption,” or other relevant details from reports linked with added evidence that should be red flags?

Certainly, there are those at HUD who have made it clear to mainstream media that Clayton Homes and their lenders are already under investigation.

 

 

There is no indication that we can find that Secretary Carson has been briefed by his staff about the “enhanced preemption” enjoyed by manufactured homes under federal law established by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.  When MHProNews recently asked multiple HUD officials about that concern, they declined to comment.

MHI has declined comment on that topic as well.

MHI’s president and CEO signs a form with the IRS every year that claims that MHI is seeking to address regulatory and market acceptance. Evidence uncovered from this and related reports linked herein call that claim – made under penalty of perjury – into doubt.

 

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It is not legally permissible for MHI, or other nonprofits, to deliberately deceive prospective or current members, or the federal government, about their true goals and objectives. While the standards are different with publicly traded firms, failure to properly disclose the reasons for underperformance, per legal sources, could likewise be a possible source for liability and/or various types of federal action.

 

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Address to Innovative Housing Showcase, Complete Official Speech Text

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This week, we showed that the future belongs to the American builder. And we showed this limitless future can be accessed, owned, and built upon by any hard-working citizen of this great land we all call home,” Secretary Carson said in his closing remarks at the Innovative Housing Showcase (IHS).

 

That’s encouraging to all builders, including factory-builders. But today’s focus is on the official text provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

 

Dr. Ben Carson
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Innovative Housing Showcase Opening Remarks
Washington, D.C., National Mall, June 1, 2019


As prepared for delivery. The speaker may add or subtract comments during his presentation.

Welcome, everyone, to the inaugural Innovative Housing Showcase!

My ride this morning was a 3D-printed car – a 3D-Printed Utility Vehicle (PUV), in fact – graciously lent to us by my friend, Secretary Rick Perry at the Department of Energy. This incredible technology is made possible by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who develops energy-efficient building system technologies, and is also an exhibitor in this week’s Showcase for 3D-printed housing materials.

When the printing press was invented in the year 1440, who could have imagined that six centuries later, we would be printing cars – and even homes? There may be no more enduring testament to the strength of the human spirit than when we come together, transcend our differences, and build a better tomorrow with the tools of today.

Innovation is what happens when the transformative power of the human brain is fully harnessed. As a brain surgeon, I often repeat a saying that my mother instilled into my brother Curtis and me, whenever we hit a roadblock growing up: “You have a brain – you have to use it.”

HUD and our partners are now clearing the road for millions of Americans to prosper by driving the development of a new generation of homes that are both more affordable and more resilient.

Before discussing some of the incredible highlights of the week ahead, I would like to take a moment to separately acknowledge and thank each of our exhibitors, who are pioneering the path for a bright future in America’s housing industry. These exhibitors include:

  • Akkerman Inc., whose innovative technologies allow new infrastructure to be installed in densely populated areas;
  • Barbco, who produces environmentally sensitive equipment that aids affordable housing development;
  • Boxabl, who developed the “universal building box” used to create almost any style of home at a fraction of the cost;
  • Build us H.O.P.E, who provides housing and supportive services to the homeless, disabled, and mentally ill;
  • Cavco, a leading designer and builder of systems-built structures, such as manufactured homes;
  • Core Housing Solutions, who provides affordable housing by building “tiny houses on wheels”;
  • Ditch Witch, who provides directional drilling machines and equipment;
  • Ducky Johnson, an award-winning structural moving and elevation company that has become a leading disaster response provider;
  • Hammerhead Trenchless, who manufactures products that rehabilitate and replace underground utility infrastructure;
  • IndieDwell, who makes quality, sustainable modular homes at affordable pricing;
  • MinMaxSpaces, a turn-key provider of relocatable buildings and storage solutions;
  • National Utility Contractors Association, whose technology allows utility infrastructure to be installed and accessible;
  • Piedmont Green, who provides high quality container house services;
  • Prescient, who changes the way homes are built through an innovative design platform;
  • Skyline Champion Corporation, who builds a wide variety of manufactured and modular homes; and
  • UMH Properties, Inc., a dedicated proponent of innovation and advancement in manufactured housing.

That’s a lot of names – but it takes teamwork to make any great dream work. And so, on behalf of HUD, I am grateful to each one of you for elevating this historic event with your participation.

The Purpose Of The Showcase: Increasing Affordability and Resiliency

What brings this incredible array of pioneers together this week is a joint mission to educate and inform America’s national conversation on housing policy. We believe the best way to galvanize people and policymakers toward a powerful vision of the future is to place that vision right in front of them – and show them what is truly possible.

The Showcase features state-of-the-art building technologies and housing solutions that can make homeownership more affordable for American families, and homes more resilient during natural disasters. In addition, there will be a wide array of exhibitions, prototype homes, panel discussions, and policy conversations with leaders across the housing industry over this five-day event.

While the policies of the Trump Administration have created “a rising tide that floats all boats” – including historic highs in employment, job creation, and financial growth – there are still far too many Americans who seek affordable rents or sustainable homeownership and simply cannot get their foot in the door.

To echo the words of our President, we have a special duty to make sure these “forgotten men and women” will be forgotten no longer.

It is especially meaningful that today marks not only the start of the Showcase, but also the first day of June – which has been designated by President Trump as National Homeownership Month. During this month, we are reminded that homes are not simply physical structures – they are social, cultural, and economic engines. They are where families are raised, and communities are interconnected. Housing problems are fundamentally human problems – and ultimately, that is the bottom line that truly matters.

As HUD Secretary, I spend a lot of time listening to the struggles and stories of everyday Americans trying to buy a home for the first time. It’s an uphill climb. But in my work, I have found there is nothing more rewarding than watching hard-working families successfully make the transition from public or HUD-assisted housing, to private home ownership. It is not only a journey of financial self-sufficiency – but one of deep and enduring pride.

That’s why, in response to the affordable housing crisis facing our country, new construction technologies and development techniques play a pivotal role in lowering the cost of production and increasing the affordability of new homes for millions of hard-working Americans.

For example, in recent years, manufactured housing is one solution that has emerged out of the limestone and stepped into the limelight – carrying the potential to permanently change the cost side of the equation.

According to data by the Manufactured Housing Institute, the average cost per square foot of a manufactured home is nearly half that of a site-built home – $49 [dollars] per square foot, as opposed to $107 [dollars]. These dramatic cost savings in construction enable responsible citizens to secure housing that may be considerably less expensive than renting or purchasing a site-built home.

And yet, even at this lower price, manufactured homes appreciate in value at a rate similar to site-built homes, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency Housing Price Index. Sustainable homeownership is the number one builder of financial capital for most American families. For example, the average net worth of a renter is $5,000 [dollars], while the average net worth of a homeowner is $200,000 [dollars]. That’s an extraordinary 40-fold difference. But with comparable home appreciation rates to site-built homes, manufactured homes exhibit their own extraordinary potential to be a wealth creation tool for families from every socioeconomic background.

And indeed, three fully-built manufactured homes are here, on display, for the American people to see and experience for themselves in the week ahead.

While home affordability is a challenge that touches every family, natural disasters remain a persistent threat that can decimate local communities and their way of life.

Just this week, at least 53 tornados ripped through eight states, stretching from Idaho to Colorado.

Natural disasters do not just devastate housing capital – they devastate human capital, through lives interrupted, school days missed, and communities fragmented under strain. To address this damage, last year, HUD allocated more than $35 billion in funding to 16 state and local governments, supporting America’s hardest hit regions. These grants represented the largest single amount of disaster recovery assistance in HUD’s history.

Technological innovations such as manufactured homes can help mitigate these harms through the use of environmentally resilient construction materials, as well as by providing an affordable and permanent housing solution for lower-income survivors.

For example, on a recent visit to Alabama, I was shown a site that was demolished by massive tornadoes – and the only homes in the area that successfully weathered the storm were manufactured houses. It was a testament to their resilience, befitting the silent strength of the American spirit.

HUD’s Role in Affordable Housing and Resiliency

Although this Showcase is the first of its kind, it is also the continuation of a joint effort from both the public and private sectors. Together, we have made it a top priority to increase the supply of affordable homes and provide a pathway to self-sufficiency for our country’s most vulnerable residents.

HUD’s innovation efforts complement our broader work in the areas of community revitalization, deregulation, and advancing economic opportunity. Some of these initiatives include:

  • Our recent investment of $74 million [dollars] to hundreds of public housing authorities across the country, so residents can increase their earned income, save for the future, and reduce their dependency on government assistance through the Family Self-Sufficiency Program;
  • Our work with local community leaders and public officials throughout the country to break down burdensome regulatory barriers to new home construction and development, which can account for 25-40 percent of costs; and
  • Our championing of Opportunity Zones, which are driving billions of dollars of private capital into the revitalization of economically distressed neighborhoods in a long-term, sustainable way.

In each area of focus, innovation has a powerful role to play in driving our country forward. For this reason, HUD recently created the Office of Innovation, which is accelerating public-private partnerships and borrowing wisdom from the best practices of American enterprise.

I am also delighted that two institutions under HUD’s purview will be exhibitors throughout the Showcase as well. These include the Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, and HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling.

The FHA is the largest mortgage insurer in the world. It maintains an active insurance portfolio of more than $1.3 trillion [dollars]. Each year, the FHA helps more than a million homebuyers achieve the dream of sustainable and affordable homeownership of single-family homes, while its insurance programs for multifamily properties support the availability of more than 300,000 affordable rental units, including for seniors and people with disabilities.

Our Office of Housing Counseling supports a nationwide network of Housing Counseling Agencies and counselors, who are trained to provide tools to current and prospective homeowners and renters, so that they can make responsible choices to invest in a home, prevent foreclosure, protect credit, or seek advice for housing needs in any financial situation. To increase the reach of this important work, HUD will be granting an additional $43 million [dollars] in federal funds to support hundreds of state and local HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agencies around the country.

While these programs open the doors of homeownership for so many American families throughout the year, HUD is especially humbled and honored today to be opening our own doors to the American public, hosting this historic Showcase in the heart of our nation’s capital.

Finally, I would like to extend a very special thanks to the National Association of Home Builders for co-presenting this Showcase with HUD – and for your tireless efforts to bring this incredible event to life. And we are also very grateful for the generous financial support provided by MiTek, the International Code Council, Inc., the National Multifamily Housing Council, the Whirlpool Corporation, and Professional Builder.

Conclusion

The participants in this Showcase are not just stakeholders in the US housing industry – we are stakeholders in the America our fellow citizens are building today, and for our children to inherit tomorrow.

A key lesson I drew from decades as a surgeon is one I see again as Secretary of HUD: The work isn’t easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. When a patient pursues the long road back to full health and self-sufficiency, changes do not happen overnight. Improvements take time, regular review, and the support of your whole family.

I am extremely proud of the family we have assembled this morning. I look forward to beginning a fantastic new tradition here on America’s front lawn, and to working with you, and for you, to ensure safe, quality, and affordable housing for all who call our great country home.

Thank you, and enjoy this exciting and historic week ahead!

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has kept a relatively low profile since taking office, but he’s excited to show the American people what he’s been doing,” said the Daily Caller, a right-of-center media outlet.

 

The Daily Caller News Foundation traveled to the Innovative Housing Showcase to see what kind of ideas he has cooked up to make housing more affordable,” per DCNF, which provided this video.

 

 

The video begins with “Big Blue,” a tiny house, but finishes with Secretary Carson along with “TheDCNF’s Vince Shkreli as he tours through the strange new housing projects guided by none other than Carson himself. Maybe you’ll find your next home.” 

This DCNF video is a more light-hearted take than other snapshots, apparently aiming this video at a younger audience. Dr. Carson acts as a tour guide, walking through the homes, and describing some features.  In a manufactured home, he turns to a Skyline Champion team member, who provides some additional information. 

More on some behind-the-scenes reveals about this event soon, so check back in. 

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Manufactured Housing Professionals, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Must Promote These Two Words

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There are times that simplicity is useful. Consider these facts.

 

·        There is an affordable housing crisis.

·        HUD Secretary Ben Carson and thousands of others say that local zoning and placement (barrier) issues are harming the nation.

·        Conventional builders (National Association of Home Builders, factory builders, others) say that zoning, regulatory, and placement issues are harming the nation and affordable housing.

·        But the simple application of two words that are already law could solve much of this almost immediately.

 

What are those two almost magical words?

Enhanced preemption.

Under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, there is a provision that ‘enhanced’ federal preemption. That provision has been used on occasion, but not routinely.

If HUD Secretary Ben Carson ordered the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP) to fully implement enhanced preemption on HUD Code manufactured housing, local barriers that so complicate the issue of manufactured housing could melt away.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) is already behind this concept.

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) was part of the coalition that made enhanced preemption part of federal law.

 

 

There are state association executives that already know about this provision of the current manufactured housing law, believe in it, and want to put that provision to work.

There are HUD Code producers that of course know about enhanced preemption.

Implementing those Two Words = Enhanced Preemption = under the MHIA of 2000 could change the fortunes of potentially millions of Americans over time.  It would boom the production side of the industry.  Others could enter the industry and tap into the millions of affordable housing opportunities that those two words would unlock.

 

 

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Pushing Back Against NIMBYism, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, NAHB Innovative Housing Showcase, Schedule

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The very best way, obviously, is to address the ideological factors that are causing [prices] to rise so much,” Carson said, per the News and Observer about how to create more affordable housing. “These density and height restrictions and parking restrictions, they add to a new, single-family construction about 25% [in price] and to multifamily 32% on average. That’s a massive increase in pricing, which leaves a lot of people very distressed.”

 

Secretary Carson’s office noted in a press release that the country is far behind schedule in building new housing units.

The U.S. needs about 1.3 million new homes and 325,000 new apartments per year to keep up with population growth. But in 2018, only some 900,000 homes were started and on average only 244,000 apartments are built per year, HUD said, citing data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Apartment Association (NAA).

We are working with the various local jurisdictions to remove a lot of the [regulatory] barriers,” Carson said. “That is the thing that the builders are waiting for.”

Which from the manufactured home industry perspective begs the question, has the Manufactured Housing Institute and/or the HUD staff informed Secretary Carson about the “enhanced preemption” provisions regarding manufactured homes? That’s the subject of a deeper dive, linked below.

 

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Part of what’s noteworthy in the above is Carson’s choice of the words, “ideological factors…” – an online dictionary, per Google, said: ideological” is an adjective that means: “based on or relating to a system of ideas and ideals, especially concerning economic or political theory and policy.”

Below is the schedule that HUD set for the Innovative Housing Showcase, per the HUD website. 

 

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SCHEDULE

IHS Location:

National Mall (between 4th and 7th Streets)
Washington, DC
Site Map

IHS Operating Hours:

Weekend Hours: 10am – 6pm
Weekday Hours: 9am – 6pm

IHS Schedule:
(Last updated 6/5/2019 – Dates and times are subject to change.)

 

Saturday, June 1 – General Public Day

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

 

 

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Welcome

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson

 

10:30 AM – 11:15 PM

 

Panel: Beyond the Prototypes – Meet the Exhibitors Part 1

 

Moderator: Denise Dersin (Professional Builder Magazine)

Panelists: Boxabl,

Ducky Johnson,

MinMax Spaces,

PRESCIENT,

Skyline Champion

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Tunneling Presentation

 

 

Description: IHS brings together a collection of innovative companies to display new building technologies and housing solutions that are addressing affordability and resiliency. Meet our exhibitors and learn more about the housing prototypes and materials they are displaying on the National Mall. Exhibitors for this presentation will include Boxabl, Ducky Johnson, MinMax Spaces, PRESCIENT, and Skyline Champion.

 

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

 

On-Stage Interview with Zack Gillin, Tiny House Nation

 

Interviewer: Denise Dersin, Professional Builder Magazine

 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

 

Panel: Many Problems, Mini Solutions

 

Moderator: Zack Giffin, Tiny House Nation

Panelists: Elizabeth Singleton (Build us HOPE),

Andrew Bennett (Core Housing Solutions), and

Alexis Stephens (Tiny House Expedition)

 

Description: Tiny homes: they’re all the rage right now, but what really goes into the building process, and how can this trend be used to reach its full potential? Experts in tiny-home building will discuss the process of producing these structures, and how tiny homes can be an innovative solution to a wide range of housing needs. Exhibitors for this presentation will include Build us HOPE, Core Housing Solutions, and Tiny House Expedition.

 

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

 

Panel: Beyond the Prototypes – Meet the Exhibitors Part 2

 

Moderator: NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde

Panelists: indieDwell,

NUCA,

Oak Ridge National Laboratory,

Piedmont Green,

CAVCO

 

Description: IHS brings together a collection of innovative companies to display new building technologies and housing solutions that are addressing affordability and resiliency. Meet our exhibitors and learn more about the housing prototypes and materials they are displaying on the National Mall. Exhibitors for this presentation will include indieDwell, NUCA, Oakridge Lab, Piedmont Green, and CAVCO.

 

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Closing Remarks

 

NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde

 

Sunday, June 2 – State and Local Government Day

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

 

 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Panel: The Ins and Outs of Innovation

 

Moderator: Lorraine Woellert (POLITICO)

Panelists: Mike Luzier (Home Innovation Research Lab),

Jeff Rumer (National Utility Contractors Association)

 

Description: Two leaders in innovative building technologies and processes, the Home Innovation Research Lab (HIRL) and the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), bring their leadership to discuss the future of home building. Michael Luzier of HIRL and Jeff Rumer of NUCA – two groups that are the frontline of innovation – will discuss building material testing and trenchless technology.

 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

 

Panel: Local Solutions to Housing Challenges

 

Moderator: Laura Kusisto (Wall Street Journal)

Panelists: Commissioner Sheila Kiscaden (Olmsted County, Minnesota),

Daria Daniel (National Association of Counties),

William Doerner (Prince George County, MD Planning Board and Economist at FHFA)

 

Description: States and local governments are taking action to boost housing in their communities. From affordability to availability, production to preservation, this panel will discuss the increasing level of activity happening in housing at the state and local level, as well as the regulatory barriers that impede the construction of affordable housing.

 

 

Monday, June 3 – Federal Government Day

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

 

 

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM

 

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson

 

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Opening Remarks

 

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

 

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Remarks

 

FHFA Director Mark Calabria

 

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

 

Remarks

 

FEMA Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor

 

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

 

Panel: Innovations in Disaster Recovery and Mitigation

 

Moderator: Stephen Jordan, (Institute for Sustainable Development)

Panelists: Mike Hernandez (Fannie Mae),

Janet Golrick (HUD),

Roderick Scott (Ducky Johnson House Lifting).

 

Description: Featuring federal leaders in disaster recovery and housing, a Showcase exhibitor specializing in pre-disaster housing mitigation, and the Institute for Sustainable Development, this panel will discuss post-disaster housing issues, the value of mitigation, and why continuous improvement in housing innovation is vital for the nation’s risk management agenda. Participants include Mike Hernandez (Fannie Mae), Janet Golrick (HUD), Roderick Scott (Ducky Johnson House Lifting).

 

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 

Remarks

 

HUD Acting Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery

 

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

 

Remarks

 

Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes

 

Tuesday, June 4 – Capitol Hill Day

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

 

 

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Opening Remarks

 

NAHB Vice Chairman Dean Mon

 

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

 

Panel: Fostering Innovative Technology

 

Moderator: Christopher Bourne (HUD Office of Innovation)

Panelists: Carlos Martin (Urban Institute),

Andrew McCoy (Virginia Tech),

Michael Luzier (Home Innovation Research Lab),

Dr. Theresa Weston (DuPont)

 

Description: The Fostering Innovative Technology panel announces the publication of HUD’s Office of Innovation report, “Building Even Better Homes: Strategies for Promoting Innovation in Home Building.” The panel will discuss the current state of innovation within the home building industry and ways in which government, academia and industry can work together to enable more innovation in housing.

 

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

 

On-Stage Interview

 

Moderator: Katy O’Donnell (POLITICO)

Participants: Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO)

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)

 

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

 

Panel: The Impact of Housing Policies

 

Moderator: Katy O’Donnell (POLITICO)

Panelists: Caitlin Walter (National Multifamily Housing Council),

Todd Richardson (HUD Office of Policy Development and Research),

Robert Dietz (NAHB’s Chief Economist)

 

Description: Panelists from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, National Association of Home Builders, and the National Multifamily Housing Council will discuss how housing policies impact affordability across different markets. The panelists will also discuss new research that is critical to informing housing policy and influential in the field. Panel moderated by Katy O’Donnell of POLITICO.

 

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM

 

Closing Remarks

Wednesday, June 5 – Industry Day

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

 

 

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Opening Remarks

 

HUD Acting Dep. Secretary Brian Montgomery

 

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

 

Fireside Chat

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson,

Ankur Jain, Founder and CEO of Kairos

Moderator: Avik Roy, Policy Editor, Forbes; President & Co-Founder, The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Panel: Holistic Housing for Veterans

 

Moderator: Kayla Williams (Center for a New American Security)

Panelists: John Boerstler (NextOp),

Dr. Keith Harris (Veterans Health Administration),

Taryn Patterson (Leading Age Maryland),

Dylan Tête (Bastion)

 

Description: Supportive housing programs that are person-centered and trauma-informed incorporate a holistic approach to the provision of services that promote the dignity, strength, and empowerment of trauma survivors. By incorporating neighbor-to-neighbor social capital exchange and knowledge about the role of trauma in individuals’ lives into programs, policies, and procedures, supportive housing can facilitate transformative gains that lead to increased social connectedness, economic empowerment, and housing stability. Through this case study of an innovative and award-winning veteran housing development in New Orleans, participants will hear examples of how Bastion Community of Resilience is using this approach to reintegrate military veterans who have experienced trauma.

 

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

 

Remarks

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

 

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

 

Panel: Keeping Up With the Codes

 

Moderator: Sara Yerkes (International Code Council)

Panelists: Ken Bland (American Wood Council)

David Pereg (International Codes Council Evaluation Service)

Neil Burning (International Codes Council)

 

Description: Construction codes are good and necessary – but not everything is in the codes, especially innovative technologies and techniques. As leaders in the field of innovation, panelists from the American Wood Council and Home Innovation Research Lab talk about the processes to getting their products included in the codes.

 

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

 

Panel: Real Estate Realities – The Next 10 Years

 

Moderator: Diana Olick, CNBC

Dr. Robert Dietz (NAHB Chief Economist),

Mark Richardson (Professional Remodeler),

Terry Horton (D.R. Horton and Horton World Solutions)

 

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Closing Remarks

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard

 

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Public Reactions to HUD Secretary Carson’s “Innovations in Housing” Promoting Manufactured Homes

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson is making good on his word on May 7, 2019 to promote manufactured homes as part of his prescription for a better America.

 

In a video interview with right-of-center Fox Business yesterday, Secretary Carson said the following.

 

 

 

Fox summed the video up on their YouTube page this way, “Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson discusses how the government plans to address cost and resilience issues associated with housing.”

As a potent exercise in gauging the public response, MHProNews copied the first of several public comments that were posted on 6.3.2019, the date the video was posted.

The numbers under a name of the posted comment are the numbers of likes at about 7:57 PM ET, on 6.3.2019.  There were 126 Comments posted by that time, and 4,363 views, 264 likes (thumbs up) vs. 9 thumbs down.

 

mmclaugh08
Great job for US Sec Carson!
14

Manufactured Homes YouTube Video Channel He is doing a fine job. He gave an address on manufactured homes, which can be found at this link here. More details. https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/hud-secretary-ben-carson-speech-on-manufactured-homes-manufactured-housingactive-ingredientmedicationfor-a-stronger-America/

 

 

Maria Farfan
Apartment in Case require you make Triple your salary to qualify,like 2000 rent you need 6000 a month
10

 

We Smoke Bitcoins
Ben is a really great dude!
18

 

Laura Floyd
🤠🙏✝️💒👍. I trust you Ben.
25

 

 

Max Mustermann
sure …. the admin doners call for annuling all regulations and you trust the puppet that Trump placed to give them free reign over that 🙂

Reply:

Manufactured Homes YouTube Video Channel
Max Mustermann Max, Secretary Carson’s predecessor had similarly good things to say about manufactured homes. But perhaps what would be more interesting to you is a bipartisan panel of legislators that had some potent and timely insights. https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/democrats-republicans-agree-manufactured-homes-can-play-a-vital-role-in-easing-the-affordable-housing-shortage/

 

 

Carolyn Jackson
I love Ben. I hope he sticks around.
9

 

LibertyOrDeath
Never get tired of seeing Dr. Carson and hearing anything he has to say. Thank you.
25

 

Max Mustermann
… the very definition of a propaganda post 🙂 … no specifics … blind trust … calling to just agree 🙂

Reply:

Manufactured Homes YouTube Video Channel
@Max Mustermann Max, it seems to me that you may not want to dig into the research that backs up his claims? Why not look at what the National Association of Realtor’s said last year? https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/realtor-university-the-market-for-manufactured-homes-research-by-scholastica-cororaton-certified-business-economist-highlights/

 

Joke van der Have
Love Dr. Carson, smart and honest man. Thank you Dr. Carson.
4

 

reinfree
Dr Carson is a brilliant man. Always great to see & hear him.
4

 

Debra Russo
Hello AGAIN Mr. Carson. Yes we need to see more of this man.
20

 

Debbie Belden
Dr Carson is brilliant in his common sense. Thank you Sir
4

 

 

Chatla Suresh
Is there a good stuff left? Why public property is given into private property?
1

 

Jean Grey
We stand with you Dr. Carson!!! Don’t let these goons get in the way of this important project!!!! #Americans First! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
3

 

 

Anglomik
Carson’s ideas make sense, therefore government beuocracy will fight him on this.
4

 

LIES IN THE SKIES
Thanks for all you do Dr. Carson , America really appreciates it.

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