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Positive Congressional Reactions – Innovative Housing Showcase, HUD, MHEC, MHI, and Other Insights

June 7th, 2019 No comments
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Still from video, posted further below.

By presidential proclamation and custom, June is National Home Ownership Month.  So it was fitting to set the dates for the Innovative Housing Showcase at the first of June.

 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) media relations (“Office of Public Affairs”) provided the following to the Daily Business News on MHProNews on 6.4.2019.

The first-of-its-kind Innovative Housing Showcase is underway on the National Mall in Washington! In the first three days of this unprecedented event on “America’s front yard,’ thousands of people saw for themselves some of the innovative building technologies that are designed to address some of the serious housing challenges confronting the nation. Secretary Carson and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue were among a host of senior-level officials who addressed the assembled audience about how the federal government is helping to drive some of the innovations on display during the event. And two more days still to come!

On several levels, the event was certainly a positive for manufactured housing, tiny houses, container, and other types of prefab structures.  It was also good for the installation technologies that compliment them. More on that, further below, including new videos that give a feel for the reactions of those who saw manufactured homes, often for the first time. 

As HUD press release reminded readers, the Innovative Housing Showcase was set in the context of June as National Home Ownership  month.  Both HUD and the White House provided the following.

 

Proclamation on National Homeownership Month, 2019

 ECONOMY & JOBS

 Issued on: May 31, 2019

During National Homeownership Month, we acknowledge the benefits of sustainable homeownership.  Homeownership continues to be an important option for many Americans to invest in their communities, build wealth, and achieve the American Dream.

My Administration’s economic policies have helped spur a booming economy, in which nearly 6 million new jobs have been created and wages are rising at the fastest rate in a decade.  We have slashed more than 30,000 pages of job-killing regulations from the rule book that had been constraining economic growth, and my Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has put more money into the pockets of American workers.  These successes have led to more opportunities for Americans to become homeowners, and we are committed to building on them by continuing to work with State and local governments to remove burdensome and unnecessary regulations that restrict development and artificially raise housing costs.

To offer the opportunity for more sustainable homeownership to a greater number of Americans, we must also reform our Nation’s housing finance system.  Earlier this year, I signed a Presidential Memorandum instructing the Secretaries of the Treasury and Housing and Urban Development to construct a plan on reforming the housing finance system to promote competition in the housing finance market that will also preserve the 30 year, fixed-rate mortgage for qualified homebuyers.  These reforms are critical to improving access to sustainable mortgages and to maintaining responsible support for homeownership and for building wealth.

This month, we reaffirm our commitment to empowering more Americans with the opportunity to take the important step of becoming homeowners.  By keeping taxes low, continuing to remove burdensome and unnecessary regulations, and making much-needed reforms to the housing finance system, we will open doors to sustainable homeownership to more Americans and their families.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2019 as National Homeownership Month.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Still from Innovative Housing Showcase presentation, courtesy of HUD to MHProNews.

 

Part of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) release on the topic said the following: “Thousands visited three manufactured homes displayed on the National Mall this week. Among them were Members of Congress who walked from meetings and votes on Capitol Hill to learn more about the quality and attainability of today’s manufactured homes.

Attendees indicated that the presentations in the tent on the National Mall were well attended, as this stills above and further below from HUD also attests.

Sources told MHProNews that Adventure Homes, which initially was going to participate, in the end did not place a model on display.  Skyline Champion had two multi-sectional homes on display. Cavco Industries provided the single-sectional. Indications are that roughly a thousand people walked through a manufactured home on a given day.

Among those who did so was Secretary Carson himself, as well as Congressional representatives as the video posted below attests.  The video was well done, reflecting members of both major political parties.  The reactions are clearly positive, some are even enthusiastic. 

 

 

As MHProNews reported earlier this week, the response by the public to an interview with Secretary Carson ‘talking up’ manufactured homes was overall positive. See that report in the link below.

 

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

 

Reality Checks

That said, the manufactured home industry is in its eighth consecutive month of year-over-year declines in production during an affordable housing crisis. Yes, steps like this one led by Secretary Carson are useful.  But per our sources, it was producers that took the lead to get manufactured homes on the display.  MHI pivoted their fly-in schedule to meet that change. So the credit goes largely to those individual producers. 

Conspicuously absent in the display on the National Mall this week was Clayton Homes.  Sources tell MHProNews that they had representatives there, but no manufactured homes by that firm were on display.

It must be kept in mind that ‘the big boss’ over Clayton Homes President and CEO Kevin Clayton is Warren Buffett. As MHProNews and MHLivingNews has documented, Buffett’s money has flowed to nonprofit groups that in turn have publicly attacked firms in manufactured housing, often other MHI members. That was most notable in the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver viral attack, errantly dubbed “Mobile Homes.”

One must also be mindful that it was early April that Olver’s video, which topped 6 million views on YouTube. Does any objective manufactured home professional think that helped industry shipments that month, or since? 

 

 

While hundreds have watched the well-done MHI video above that reflects positive federal reactions to manufactured homes, another video viciously mocking and attacking HUD Secretary Carson has had over 1.6 million views since May 26, 2019. Let’s note that posting this below is not to be construed as endorsing it, quite the opposite is true.  But in order for the industry’s professionals, investors, and public advocates to grasp the realities and challenges that the industry – and Secretary Carson – faces, a complete picture must be painted. 

 

 

That video above, as well as other media-launched slurs aimed against him, utilize what Dr. Carson correctly identified as Saul Alinsky tactics.

 

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The industry’s professionals, supporters and advocates must objectively grapple with what it is up against. For whatever motives one may wish to ascribe, Buffett’s bucks – via so-called dark money channels – has been documented to being used to attacking manufactured housing.  This has been going on for some years that MHProNews has documented to date.

 

Prosperity Now, Nonprofits Sustain John Oliver’s “Mobile Homes” Video in Their Reports

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Still from Innovative Housing Showcase presentation, courtesy of HUD to MHProNews.

 

A Positive Event Set in a Difficult Reality

It is natural to feel good about a noble effort by two HUD Code manufactured home producers.  We’ve said previously, and say again, we applaud those builders for their participation in this National Mall display.

But aren’t those efforts being undermined by their association’s biggest member’s biggest boss?  While MHI claims to be working to reduce regulations, Warren Buffett has consistently supported candidates that push for more regulations.  That’s not speculation, that’s reality.  Without dealing with those realities, the industry could be locked in low gear for years to come, until Buffett and his brands believe they’ve achieved sufficient mass to dominating a critical part of the national needs for affordable housing.

 

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The first video branded by MHI posted above had 566 views as of about 8:25 AM ET on 6.7.2019. By contrast, there are over 1.6 million views of the video mocking Secretary Carson, whom this publication has since his nomination and continues to editorially support. That’s just one of several such assaults on the good doctor. Those attacks on our industry, at least in some cases, have Warren Buffett’s donor fingerprints on them. We noted that the disruption last year by MHAction of Secretary Carson’s address to MHI was by the same group – MHAction – that Buffett funded that undergirded the John Oliver hit video.

Until that clear conflict of interest – the elephant in the room, ‘big boy’ member of MHI seemingly trying to tamp down manufactured housing’s image, and thus sales and production, with the apparent objective of consolidating more of the industry – the rest of the industry can do whatever. 

But the numbers speak loudly.

Secretary Carson is doing is part, no doubt.  He’s doing so with national networks, as well as with this Innovative Housing Showcase, and more.  There is no HUD Secretary of either party that in the last 2 decades has done more promotion of manufactured homes than Secretary Carson has. 

 

 

Thus we see that there are individual member-companies of the industry, including some in MHI, that are arguably trying to promote the industry.

 

 

But that quality video above has had 176 views on 6.7.2019 as of about 8:30 AM ET.  Rephrased, the attack videos are dwarfing the positive videos. And those attacks are purportedly coming in several instances from groups that Buffett’s bucks have been documented to have funded. 

 

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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) argued in a detailed study released in 2017 that the industry needs a new post-production body. They’ve done so numerous times before and since.

 

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MHARR Releases Study Recommending Independent Collective Representation for Post-Production Sector. https://manufacturedhousingassociationregulatoryreform.org/mharr-releases-study-recommending-independent-collective-representation-for-post-production-sector/

 

Federal investigations of Clayton Homes are already underway, as the video below reminds us.  HUD and other agencies are involved in those investigations.

 

 

Perhaps concerns like those alleged above, and others that Democratic law makers are raising against Clayton and their affiliated manufactured home lenders need to be publicly elevated by having Congress call Mr. Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Tim Williams at 21st Mortgage Corp, and others in to see if they are still behaving in ways that are harming the acceptance of manufactured housing.  One must not forget the documents and video evidence linked here that antitrust experts say is compelling.

How long will the industry accept the “Illusion of Motion” when the clear reality is that manufactured housing should be roaring? Instead, manufactured homes are now into 8 straight months of a decline. That doesn’t happen by accident, during an affordable housing crisis.  There are logical reasons why this downturn is occurring. If the industry’s members allow a few positive sound bites to obscure the reality of the data, then too many will be surprised by what may follow. 

Time will tell if MHI does a better job of promoting these positive videos with the public-at-large after this useful and positive event than was arguably done before the Innovative Housing Showcase.  The acid test is will MHI truly promote what Secretary Carson has teed up?  Will they do so in a fashion that will spark sales growth?  Will Buffett continue to undermine an industry that is smaller today than the year he entered the business?

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Never forget that even during medieval times, castles and their moats were in fact breached. We fight the good fight, believing that victory can occur.  But it won’t happen without grappling with reality, getting to and resolving root issues. 

 

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours Innovative Housing Showcase on National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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White Flag? Tariffs, Manufactured Housing Institute Fly-In, Antitrust Exemptions Topics by Politico in Washington, D.C.

June 5th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Politico is a left-of-center media outlet that is part of the News Media Alliance. That’s a trade group of some 2000 publications, of which this trade media is not a member of, that is pressing for legislation to exempt them from antitrust laws for a four-year period.  The goal is to allow them to negotiate with Google and Facebook in order to survive in the news industry, without themselves being charged with an antitrust violation. “We are at a critical time for the news publishing industry. Present trends simply cannot continue. We need to take action to give publishers the right to stand up for themselves and fight for a sustainable digital future for journalism,” says the News Media Alliance.

 

That is part of a ‘newsletter’ that paired or included reports on China, trade, tariffs, and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) fly-in and more. There was no mention of the Innovation in Housing event that has its final day in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall today.

 

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

 

 

MHI’s Fly-In

Per Politico, “FLYING IN: The Manufactured Housing Institute is on the Hill today for the second day of a two-day fly-in. They’ll meet with Sens. Todd Young (R-Ind,), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Reps. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), David Kustoff (R-Tenn.), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), John Rose (R-Tenn.), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), David Scott (D-Ga.) and Bill Foster (D-Ill.).”

Ponder that the list above.  It had to be provided to one or more reporters.  Who is more likely to have provided that list than someone at MHI?  So why didn’t they also plug the display of manufactured homes on the National Mall?

That list of legislators includes several familiar names from the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act days. After years of effort and millions spent, that Preserving Access bill failed, in what’s been termed in hindsight as a rope-a-dope ploy. What part passed into law via S 2155 could have been achieved without legislation years earlier. See those links for more details, because even though these are well documented and evidenced insights, others in the manufactured home industry’s trade media routinely avoid such topics.

Trade, tariffs, and antitrust were dominating themes in Politico’s D.C. focused newsletter. They noted that Google and Facebook are spending millions in the nation’s capital, preparing for the antitrust, Congressional and other looming battles. It will be recalled that MHProNews spotlighted the revealing Kevin Clayton take on the matter, linked below. If Clayton is arguing to stop tariffs, that’s a possible signal to tea leaves readers to consider the opposite view.

 

Tariffs “…Will Effect Demand,” says Kevin Clayton, Answers CNBC’s Monopoly Question – Video – plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

 

White flag?

 

Andy Gedo, Partner at ManageAmerica, Raises Clayton Homes Monopolistic Practices Debate; Manufactured Housing Institute Related Issues

Never.

But a new piece of bipartisan legislation that was highlighted is a bill to fight Google and Facebook by exempting publishers from antitrust in negotiations with the digital duopoly giants. Think about that for a moment. Why not just break up Google and Facebook, and save the digital marketplace that way? Isn’t it akin to waving a white flag, to beg Congress to do what antitrust laws should be protecting digital publishers or others in business from already?

According to Roll Call on 6.4.2019, “The News Media Alliance reported spending about $385,000 on federal lobbying during the first three months of this year, while Google and Facebook both disclosed shelling out nearly $3.4 million in the same period. In all of last year, the alliance spent $1.8 million on federal lobbying, according to congressional lobbying disclosures. Google reported $21.2 million for 2018, while Facebook dished out $12.6 million.

In the convoluted world of Washington, D.C. following the money doesn’t automatically lead one to instantly discerning the underlying logic. Google and Facebook are individually outspending the combined lobbying efforts of the News Media Alliance. Allow monopolistic players to become too big, and of course they will use that power.  Or as NY Stern’s Scott Galloway phrased it last year in speak about 4 of the tech giants:

 

 

Without denigrating the aim of the News Media Alliance backed bill, perhaps the simplest and fastest answer are the ones reported here and here Monday. Investigate and break up the corporate giants, but extend it formally to Berkshire Hathaway, Microsoft and all of the FAANGs. #DeFaangBM.

 

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These are not liberals vs. conservatives, or ‘left vs. right’ issues.  Rather, they are about what is wrong or right, and that should be non-partisan. This pattern impacts manufactured housing professionals and investors, wittingly or not, day by day.

 

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Census, HUD Official Residential Construction Report for April 2019, Dare to Compare to Manufactured Housing Data

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Our publisher was laughing this morning after he read an email.  When asked what the joke was, he replied by showing a pro-Manufactured Housing Institute trade media outlet that was announcing their ‘State of the Industry’ upcoming report.  “The state of the industry can be summed up by statistics,” said L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, as the laughter faded, replaced by a sober look, “which reflects the dismal reality that during an affordable housing crisis, manufactured housing is selling fewer homes today than 15 years ago, when Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway entered the manufactured home industry by buying Clayton Homes.  Coincidence?

 

He added two question.  “Do you think that trade publisher will look at the underlying issues or evidence that have contributed to the industry’s decline?  Or do you think they will be doing more cheerleading, as more slow-motion consolidation takes place?”

 

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Time will tell what the pro-MHI echo chamber might produce next. We’ll plan to report on what their latest spin on reality might be.

That said, HUD’s and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Residential Construction report for April, 2019 is out this morning.  Following their data-driven report, there will be a recap of HUD’s new manufactured home shipment data.

 

 

 

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May 16, 2019

 

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN APRIL 2019

 

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

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Building Permits

 

Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,296,000. This is 0.6 percent (±2.6 percent)* above the revised March rate of 1,288,000, but is 5.0 percent (±1.4 percent) below the April 2018 rate of 1,364,000.  Single‐family authorizations in April were at a rate of 782,000; this is 4.2 percent (±1.2 percent) below the revised March figure of 816,000.  Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 467,000 in

April.

 

Housing Starts

 

Privately owned housing starts in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,235,000.  This is 5.7 percent (±13.0 percent)* above the revised March estimate of 1,168,000, but is 2.5 percent (±10.4 percent)* below the April 2018 rate of 1,267,000.  Single‐family housing starts in April were at a rate of 854,000; this is 6.2 percent (±13.7 percent)* above the revised March figure of 804,000. The April rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 359,000.

 

Housing Completions

 

Privately owned housing completions in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,312,000.  This is 1.4 percent (±15.5 percent)* below the revised March estimate of 1,331,000, but is 5.5 percent (±11.9 percent)* above the April 2018 rate of 1,244,000.  Single‐family housing completions in April were at a rate of 918,000; this is 4.1 percent (±13.4 percent)* below the revised March rate of 957,000. The April rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 381,000. The February report is scheduled for release on March 26, 2019.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

 

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

 

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

 

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The data above sums up what MHI’s own flatly stated report, without presenting a solution to the problems that their own slogan indicates lies in their purvey.

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MHARRR’s analysis of HUD Data revealed that 8 of the 10 of the top ten states in manufactured housing shipments are behind in year-over-year totals.

 

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While MHI in their monthly shipment report doesn’t deny the decline, neither are they addressing the underlying causes, nor have they proposed a remedy via their messages to the industry. Why not?

But somehow, MHI managed to claim in their late 2018 self-promotional video that they had ‘momentum’ – which is true, if they meant reverse momentum. Or momentum in the sense that more consolidation is underway.

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While MHARR’s mission is to represent producers in regulatory concerns at the federal level, due to the severity of the concerns, they’ve stepped up and are initiating projects aimed at addressing zoning, placement, and finance related challenges. See the related reports, further below the byline, offers, and notices.

 

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FHA Incentives For Property Owners Investing in One of Over 8000 Opportunity Zones

May 9th, 2019 Comments off

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In the wake of encouraging commentary last week and this week by HUD Secretary Ben Carson regarding manufactured housing – which included his tying that in with Opportunity Zones – comes this news today from HUD.

 

To set the stage for this release, ICYMI or need a refresher, see the report at the link here that contains the official statement by Secretary Carson on manufactured housing, which included his thoughts on Opportunity Zones.

 

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FHA OFFERS INCENTIVES FOR PROPERTY OWNERS WHO INVEST IN OPPORTUNITY ZONES
Lower costs and dedicated underwriters to stimulate housing investment in distressed neighborhoods

 

WASHINGTON – The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced a package of incentives to encourage multi-family property owners to invest in thousands of neighborhoods located in Opportunity Zones across the nation. Read today’s Housing Notice

FHA is introducing reduced application fees paid by property owners applying for certain multifamily mortgage insurance programs for the development or rehabilitation of apartment units located, or proposed to be located, in Opportunity Zones. In addition, FHA is designating teams of senior underwriters to review these applications to ensure the most attentive and timely processing.

When more investors can apply for benefits in Opportunity Zones, more investors can supply benefits in Opportunity Zones.  And that’s exactly the intention of today’s Notice,” said Secretary Carson. “These FHA incentives, combined with the preference points HUD already offers grantees for activities in Opportunity Zones, show how this Administration is maximizing the power of public-private partnerships to never forget – and always lift up – our nation’s “the forgotten men and women.”

 

Reduced Application Fees

Applicants to FHA’s New Construction and Substantial Rehabilitation (Section 221(d)(4))Urban Renewal and Concentrated Development (Section 220), and Purchase or Refinance of Existing Multifamily Property (Section 223(f)) multifamily mortgage insurance programs will be eligible for significantly lower application fees provided the property is located within qualified Opportunity Zones.  For transactions that are defined as ‘broadly affordable,’ FHA’s application fee will be reduced from the current $3 per thousand dollars of the requested mortgage amount to $1 per thousand dollars of the requested mortgage amount, resulting in an average cost saving to applicants of approximately $28,000. ‘Broadly affordable’ is defined as developments in which at least 90 percent of the units are Section 8-eligible or deemed affordable under the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)

program.

“When more investors can apply for benefits in Opportunity Zones, more investors can supply benefits in Opportunity Zones.  And that’s exactly the intention of today’s Notice,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “These FHA incentives, combined with the preference points HUD already offers grantees for activities in Opportunity Zones, show how this Administration is maximizing the power of public-private partnerships to never forget – and always lift up – our nation’s “forgotten men and women.”

For ‘market rate’ and ‘affordable’ transactions, FHA will reduce application fees from $3 to $2 per thousand dollars of the requested mortgage amount, resulting in an estimated average cost savings of $14,000.  Read more about the definitions of broadly affordable and affordable in the Federal Register.  

 

Designated Senior Underwriters

            FHA will designate seasoned underwriters to process applications located in Opportunity Zones to ensure expert and expedient reviews. Applications must meet the following criteria to qualify for reduced fees and designated underwriting:

  • The application is submitted under FHA’s Section 221(d)(4), Section 220, or Section 223(f) program for a property located in, or proposed to be located in, a qualified Opportunity Zone, and/or:
  • The application involves an investment from a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF).

The new incentives offered by FHA are available immediately for applicants of market-rate properties that have not yet submitted a pre-application, and for applicants for affordable properties that have not yet applied.

 

Opportunity Zones

Created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Opportunity Zones are intended to stimulate economic development and job creation in distressed low-income communities by incentivizing long-term capital investment.  The program offers capital gains tax relief to those who invest in these targeted distressed areas. This program is anticipated to spur approximately $100 billion of private capital investment in Opportunity Zones. There are more than 8,700 census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones in all 50 States and in the U.S. territories. Read more about the Opportunity Zones program.

 

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

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Wall Street Expects POTUS Trump Reelection in 2020, MHVille First Looks

April 30th, 2019 Comments off

 

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While some polling suggests that if the election were held today, Biden would have a 6 to 7 point edge.

 

But according to left-of-center CNBC:

  • While Biden was viewed as the most stock market-friendly possible Democratic candidate, more than 70% expect Trump to be reelected.
  • Elections can affect financial markets; the Dow rallied 8 percent from the 2016 election to year-end as investors grew confident in tax reform and big spending.
  • A new poll of Wall Street insiders shows that a vast majority expect President Donald Trump to win reelection in 2020.
  • While Joe Biden was viewed as the most stock market-friendly possible Democratic candidate for the White House, more than 70% of survey respondents told global investment bank RBC Capital Markets that they expect Trump to be reelected.
  • Most expect Trump to win in 2020, but there’s still some nervousness around the event,” Lori Calvasina, RBC’s head of U.S. equity strategy, wrote to clients. Sixty-seven percent “of our March 2019 survey respondents believe that Joe Biden is seen as the most acceptable Democratic candidate by the stock market for the White House. No other candidate got a significant number of votes.”

Biden held his first rally yesterday in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania where he drew an audience of an estimated 600 attendees.

By contrast, President Trump held a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Friday, where he packed a 12,000 seat auditorium, and had more outside.

Both PA and WI were states that had been reliably ‘blue’ or Democratic leaning in presidential contests for years.  Trump flipped those and Michigan, as part of his successful bid to crack ‘the blue wall.’

Certainly, Biden is in the lead in several polls.  His campaign said they raised $6.3 million dollars on the first day, which topped Beto O’Rourke and Bernie Sanders first day campaign hauls.  While O’Rourke is fading in the eyes of some, it is still early.  Sanders leads in support for the Democratic nominee for president in some states.  But Washington whispers are that their party bosses prefer Biden to Sanders.

Some speculate neither will do sufficiently well, and that Michelle Obama will enter the race in that case.

Time will tell.

What is certain is that with the economy moving ahead, that plays in the incumbent Trump’s favor.  But much of the mainstream media tilts towards the Democrat, and some 90 plus percent of news coverage has been anti-Trump.

The Obama-Biden administration gave manufactured housing Pam Danner at HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP), Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the so-called Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ObamaCare), higher taxes, and more regulations.

The Trump Administration removed Danner at HUD, cut taxes, ended the individual mandate in ObamaCare, signed a roll-back of the MLO rule that muzzled manufactured home sellers with the CFPB.  There is record low unemployment.  Wages are rising. Factory-jobs that former President Obama said were never coming back have returned by the hundreds of thousands.

 

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President Trump is also the only president known to have visited a manufactured home land-lease community at any time in decades, while in office.

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The battle for 2020 is well underway. Think long-term, but pick your party favorites early.

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National Academy of Sciences Praise for Industrialized Housing Projects, Research, Profitable Manufactured Housing Lessons Learned

April 27th, 2019 Comments off

 

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According to LinkedIn, Todd Richardson is the General Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy Development and Research at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in Washington, District Of Columbia (D.C). He has been with HUD since September 1991.

 

Richardson – in extended quotes that will follow further below – is a reminder of the value of institutional memory. But let’s take a segue before diving into the headline, because it is all interlaced.

At present, at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), there is no one with a significant degree of institutional memory of the manufactured housing industry as it existed prior to 2003. By contrast, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – a fraction of the size of MHI – has decades of more institutional memory than does MHI.

Hold that thought for another time, because perhaps as soon as next week, that point will be revealed as a far more significant than many industry professionals might, investors, and manufactured housing advocates may think.  That may be a good spot to remind professionals to sign up for our emailed-headline news. It’s the hottest ticket for the most read site on all of manufactured housing trade media.

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HUD PD&R At Work – and Manufactured Housing Related Research

In an undated post that appears to have been published circa 2017-2018, Richardson made a similar point about the value of institutional memory. Here is how he phrased it.

Periodically, I find it helpful to look back at the early days of the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R).”

That’s an important principle Richardson is stating, as keen minds looking for more opportunities and profits could discover.  Insights from the past are often clues to opportunities from the future.  Let’s return to the HUD professional’s comments.

According to Richardson, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, HUD PD&R ran a demonstration project called Operation BREAKTHROUGH. According to then-Assistant Secretary for PD&R Michael Moskow in 1974, “The Department of Housing and Urban Development launched Operation BREAKTHROUGH in 1969 to stimulate volume production of quality housing for all income levels. Factory building offered a logical means — then as it does now — for the housing industry to grow and progress. We set ambitious objectives for that growth. BREAKTHROUGH tested many techniques of industrialization.”

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That document – that specific HUD PD&R – can be accessed from the report linked here. But please wait until next week, because what may seem like magic, a new document will appear there to replace another.

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Back to Richardson’s narrative.

This demonstration [i.e. Operation BREAKTHROUGH],” wrote Richardson, “involved complex partnerships with multiple “Housing System Producers” (including General Electric and Alcoa) and “Prototype Site Developers” (including the Boeing Company). The report states that between 1971 and 1973, “on the nine prototype sites are 2,938 housing units, 2,794 representing BREAKTHROUGH systems…. Those producers, assigned to 44 separate parcels or micro-sites, erected a variety of single family and multi-family dwelling types. There are 45 different combinations of producer and type…”

Now stop and think for a moment about just how huge GE and Alcoa were at that time.  Bear in mind the points that the Daily Business News on MHProNews has made for years about big firms – such as Amazon – poised to enter MHVille and/or factory-building in a more serious way. Affordable housing is a huge magnet. The profit potential is immense. From the days of Sears’ precut-homes going on, various types of prefab housing has long held promise in the U.S. It continues to do so.

Back to Richardson.

“…Probably almost as interesting as the technology and site plans was the financing…”

Notably, in 1971 Congress funded $30 million ($192 million in 2017 dollars) toward PD&R’s Research and Technology Account to subsidize various aspects of the demonstration,” said Richardson.

Then comes Richardson’s tee up to what will be the punch line. “When the National Academy of Sciences reviewed PD&R in 2008, it summarized the core lessons from Operation BREAKTHROUGH as follows:..

First, General Deputy Assistant Secretary Richardson says what the misses were. But then he laid out what the National Academy of Sciences said we’re some of the hits or successes from Operation BREAKTHROUGH.

However, one generally unrecognized success of Operation Breakthrough is the recent marketplace acceptance that increased factory production of housing improves construction efficiency, quality, and affordability. Factory production can be achieved not only by complete factory production of housing units as in manufactured housing, but also with factory production of increasingly sophisticated building components that are then assembled in the field into traditional single and multifamily housing.”

So, Manufactured housing was spotlighted by the National Academy of Sciences, by name, as a key lesson.

Hold that thought.

Bear in mind, that in the late 1960s or early 1970s, there were mobile homes, modulars, and various forms of prefabricated construction. There were no manufactured homes, yet.

 

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But in 1974 those manufactured housing construction and safety standards were passed into law. After June 15, 1976, there were no longer any mobile homes being built, because that was the day manufactured housing units were on assembly lines in states from coast-to-coast.

 

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Back to what the National Academy of Sciences said, per HUD’s Richardson.

The latter concept of factory production has grown dramatically in the last two decades. The structural building component industry consisting primarily of factory-built wood trusses and walls has grown in sales in a decade by over 120 percent, from approximately $6.9 billion in 1996 to $15.3 billion in 2006 (SBC Legislative, 2007). The leadership shown in developing an idea that has continued to grow in the housing industry can be viewed as an Operation Breakthrough success. But, it is important not to overlook the lesson that the government’s role in sponsoring research and technological leadership has boundaries that must be compatible with marketplace conditions.”

IfMHProNewsIswritingAboutItIWantToKnowAboutItQuoteNow, as the annual Berkshire Hathaway annual event is approaching in May, so too are the annual insights into the performance of Clayton Homes and their associated lending units. An example of a prior year’s fact check is here.

Bear in mind that Clayton Homes has been digging deeper into conventional housing. But Clayton are doing so in part, per sources, with an eye on industrialized or factory-building techniques being applied in on site-construction. At least some of the housing producers they bought were already into it.  Clayton will arguably help them scale that potential.  They have said as much in their own statements.

Step-by-step, thoughtful readers here can discern how these topics interrelate.

 

Head Fakes?

There are blathering commentators in MHVille who posture knowledge about the manufactured housing industry. They may indeed have even a significant level of experience in the industry.  But there are degrees of experience and understanding in any profession.  More to the point, some want to provide accurate information, others may want to provide spin useful to some special interest(s).

Some of the industry’s commentators include one that has an ugly blog, another has a slick appearing publication. But both of those arguably have a problem with factual accuracy, as a link here and here demonstrates.

Note that neither of them as made any public effort to correct factual errors, as the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics arguably ought to motivate them to do.

 

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Truth Can Be Stranger Than Fiction, But Fiction Can Be Useful

The closing thoughts for today starts with this gem from novelist George Orwell, per Goodreads. “He who controls the present controls the past. He who controls the past controls the future.”

Orwell is famous for Animal Farm and 1984. Our publisher says those used to be required reading when he was in junior high and high school.

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The manufactured home industry and its professionals are getting a steady stream of what debatably could be called propaganda. They get that spin directly from MHI, but also from MHI mouthpieces or periodic surrogates like the ones linked here and here.

The Daily Business News on MHProNews periodically calls each of them out for their disinformation. Our publisher periodically challenges MHI, their puppet masters, and those competing trade outlets to debate those fact-checks and analysis in public.

When an outgoing MHI president has de facto taken a slap at his former organization, that should speak volumes. MHProNews sources include past and present professionals with direct MHI ties.

But veering back to fact checks, the most recent such outreach to invite the powers-that-be and their trade media surrogates to debate in public was earlier this week. They have yet to accept, even though such offers have been extended over a period of several years. That offer was well documented.

That begs the question, why won’t they discuss or debate the issues in public?  If they are correct, and we were wrong, what can they lose?

Those arguably spin outlets and MHI provide a mix of accurate and inaccurate information, which to the undiscerning eye might mistakenly be accept as accurate, because some of what is said appears to be real. That’s why fact-checks are useful, to separate the ‘wheat from the chaff.’

SpencerRoanePentagonPropertiesCreditsPostedDailyBusinessNewsResearchDataReportsMHProNewsSo as recently as this week, that offer to dispute our fact checks and analysis have gone unaccepted. But one-time MHI member, Spencer Roane, a longtime buddy of blogger and self-proclaimed industry historian George Allen wrote this to MHProNews, as part of a longer message. Bold and brown were added by MHProNew, as is our custom on direct quotes, but the text is as shown from Roane. “…The Jacksonville newspaper post is about the need for affordable housing.  Hard to argue w/ that.  The only fact-checking appears to be Kovach’s, and that involves MHI membership and Buffet affiliations.  So what?  Other than sharing the interest of many in the industry about overly aggressive community owners/managers, none of this has anything to do w/ me.

Regards, Spencer Roane.”

 

The significance is nuanced.

Roane did not defend Allen.

Rather, Roane claims that “…none of this has anything to do with me…” Interesting…

The link that follows is being edited in, so that readers can follow what Roane is referring to. Let’s unpack this more carefully, for reasons that will become clear.

Roane – who publicly is no fan of ours, but who sources say is a regular reader here – says it is “Hard to argue w/ that” fact check published in the Jacksonville newspaper.” Meanwhile he dismissively says “so what” about “The only fact-checking appears to be Kovach’s, and that involves MHI membership and Buffet affiliations,” he went onto admit that “Other than sharing the interest of many in the industry about overly aggressive community owners/managers…”

In analyzing that, it is tied to institutional memory and what is occurring in the manufactured housing industry, including the community sector that Allen and Roane claim to care so deeply about.  Thousands of industry professionals have never experienced the industry’s more successful times.

 

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In 1998, manufactured homes (MH) outsold RVs by some 3 to 2. In 2017, RVs outsold MHs by some 5 to 1. RVs recovered far more quickly from 2008. The facts raise questions. One, is the effectiveness of MHI as the post-production or ‘umbrella’ association in the country. The other question is more sobering. Has Buffett-Berkshire “Moat” strategies kept manufactured home production at historically low levels to allow a few big boy brands to consolidate others at a discounted ‘value’ by MHI insiders?

 

As a community owner himself, Roane admits that “aggressive community owners/managers” are an area of concern. Rightly so. There is blowback on the industry-at-large from the John Oliver “Mobile Homes” viral satirical video that Roane correctly said has only been fact-checked here and on MHLivingNews.

 

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You build a case, by laying out the evidence, one fact at a time.

 

Coming from Roane, that and the Jacksonville newspaper observation are both back-handed compliments.  In effect, he’s saying that Allen’s public posturing about the John Oliver satirical video hit has been ineffective. He’s also said that ours is the only one.

There has been no other fact-checks useful to independent manufactured home industry professionals or investors published that we are aware of either. How could Allen, or MHInsider effectively do so? After all, they are part or full time defenders of MHI and those who are in the tank with MHI.

How could MHI fact-check Oliver, given that they would be exposing themselves and their Omaha-Knoxville masters in the process?

Roane arguably let the cat-out-of-the-bag, albeit obliquely.

The evidence mounts that Omaha-Knoxville with cover from MHI and big boy members – are engaged in practices that objectively appear to be harmful to the long-term interests of independents in the community, retail, production, lending, suppliers, and other segments of the industry.  That means it is harmful to the interests of investors in those segments too.

Bear in mind that the Oliver video – to a casual observer – may have appeared to have come out of nowhere.

But to dedicated, careful, MHProNews readers, they already had the heads up to the background behind the Oliver video, which is MHAction and their so-called white paper. MHLivingNews reader/viewers already knew about Clayton-21st and their historic or more recent machinations, and they already knew that MHAction was apparently getting the benefit of Buffett’s money through dark money channels, as was previously reported here.

Those are among the reasons that industry professionals logon here daily by the thousands, far and away more than any other publication.

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That others are aware of those moves, and are fighting it in their own way, was reported at the link below. ICYMI, click on the text-image box for more details.

 

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The truth can be stranger than fiction.  Who would have thought that Buffett would fund his own opposition?

We at MHProNews did, because of a combination of institutional memory, numerous insider tips, and years of research.

See the related reports below the byline for more insights that publicly stand unrefuted by the powers that be, their allies, or sycophants.  Watch for some significant new insights tomorrow, and exclusive reports early next week.

 

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To survive and profitably thrive in manufactured housing’s shark-infested waters, one needs a combination of factors.  One is useful intelligence.

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HUD Office of Inspector General Breaks Up Section 8 Scam

April 8th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The media release from HUD reported below is one of dozens of such incidents that are discovered every year, year after year.

 

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Manufactured home community owner Marge Clark recently told MHProNews that in her view, perhaps the largest competitor to affordable manufactured homes is arguably subsidized housing.

 

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Actively retired Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. told MHProNews that he believes that however well intentioned it may be, numerous social ills result from “warehousing people like cattle.”

 

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

 

So while HUD has their reason for reporting this incident, manufactured home professionals could look at this same story through a different lens.  After years of abuse under administrations that are both Democratic or Republican, is there any reason yet to believe that such abuses won’t continue?

Has federal involvement in housing helped or harmed the communities and individuals they are supposed to represent?  That’s not to say that they can’t be better run, and of course the effort can and should be made.  But with decades of track record, a fresh look at this pattern is long overdue.  More on that point after HUD’s release, which follows.

 

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 HUD FINDS COOK COUNTY COUPLE ENGAGED IN SECTION 8 SCHEME

 

            WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that a Cook County, Illinois couple committed fraud by accepting housing assistance they were not qualified to receive in order to rent a property they jointly owned.

 

According to HUD’s complaint, Korey Sloan and Christie Caldwell are married and own a single-family property in Matteson, Illinois.  In 2006, Caldwell and the couple’s four children sought rental assistance from the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) to lease the home from Sloan, who posed as an unrelated landlord.

 

In her initial application for rental assistance, and in subsequent tenant recertifications, Caldwell denied any relationship with Sloan and any ownership interest in the property while the family continued to reside in the home.  As a result, Sloan and Caldwell fraudulently obtained rent subsidies they were not qualified to receive for more than seven years.

 

Following its investigation, HUD’s Office of Inspector General referred the matter to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office for criminal prosecution and to HUD for an action under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act (PFCRA).  An Administrative Law Judge for the Department ruled that, by failing to respond to the complaint, the couple admitted to defrauding the Housing Choice Voucher Program and is therefore liable for penalties totaling $25,830.

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

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Reinventing HUD’s role in Quality Affordable Housing, Reducing Poverty and Dependency

 

HUD is not alone for waste, fraud, and abuse.  It happens locally, at the state and more broadly at the federal level.  Recall this factoid.

 

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HUD Proposes Ending Manufactured Home Formaldehyde “Health Notice”

March 22nd, 2019 Comments off


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Let’s be clear. For years, not only manufactured housing, but other forms of housing had formaldehyde.  The health notices that were required in manufactured homes were arguably discriminatory.  Science says there can be more formaldehyde in parts per million (PPM) in the normal person’s breath than there used to be in the components going into manufactured homes, or other forms of site-built conventional housing.

 

 

That doesn’t mean that for a tiny minority that it wasn’t a potential issue. It just means that it was arguably unfair to place a notice in manufactured homes that were not also placed in other forms of construction too.  After all, the emissions came from components that went into conventional housing, as well as manufactured homes.

 

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That said, that small level of formaldehyde has been dropping due to changes made possible by free enterprise and advances by firms in the production supply chain.

 

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With those quick backdrops, tonight’s report from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is another piece of potentially good news from HUD.  Here’s what the Washington, D.C. based MHARR told the Daily Business News on MHProNews earlier today. Note, the illustrations are by MHProNews, not MHARR.

 

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TO:                  MHARR MANUFACTURERS

                        MHARR STATE AFFILIATES

                        MHARR TECHNICAL REVIEW GROUP

 

FROM: MHARR

 

RE:                  HUD PROPOSES RULE TO ADOPT EPA FORMALDEHYDE STANDARDS — ELIMINATE FORMALDEHYDE “HEALTH NOTICE”

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in the March 22, 2019 edition of the Federal Register, has issued a proposed rule that would amend the Federal Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards (24 C.F.R. 3280) and Procedural and Enforcement Regulations (24 C.F.R. 3282) to incorporate formaldehyde emission controls and related certification requirements previously adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to the Formaldehyde Standards for Wood Products Act of 2010. HUD’s action implements a directive in that law, requiring HUD to update its manufactured housing formaldehyde standards to ensure consistency with the EPA standards, within 180 days of the enactment of the EPA standards.

 

Given the statutory nature of this mandate, MHARR, in comments before the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), at its October 25-27, 2016 in-person meeting, and in separate regulatory reform comments pursuant to Trump Administration Executive Orders 13771 and 13777, submitted to HUD in June 2017 and February 2018, specifically called on the Department to repeal the red formaldehyde “health notice” currently required by section 3280.309 of the federal manufactured housing standards. Emphasizing that the new EPA requirements apply to composite wood building materials across-the-board, and that “manufactured homes utilize the same construction materials as site-built and other types of homes,” MHARR stated that the “discriminatory requirement [for] each manufactured home [to] prominently display” the red formaldehyde “health notice,” must be repealed.

 

And now, based on MHARR’s position on this matter, HUD is planning, as part of its March 22, 2019 proposed rule, to eliminate this red formaldehyde “health notice” which has been a subject of significant controversy – and a discriminatory impediment to the industry and its growth – for over three decades.

 

Comments on HUD’s proposed rule must be submitted by April 22, 2019.  MHARR, as usual, will submit comments in advance of the deadline, which may be cited by other interested parties.  This matter, in addition, will be addressed at MHARR’s upcoming Board of Directors meeting.

 

 

cc: Other Interested HUD Code Industry Manufacturers

 

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This is consistent leadership on the production side of association engagement.  Where is there a similar level of engagement by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) on post-production issues? Why do even pro-MHI sources tell MHProNews, for example, that Arlington, VA based MHI at last report had not contacted or engaged the latest city to announce that it wanted to ban manufactured housing?

Watch for a special report planned for the next few days.  If you haven’t already made plans to attend the 2019 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, come but make sure you are there Thursday afternoon, March 28th, for a special event. That’s manufactured home “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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

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

 

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

MarkWeissJDPresidentCEOManufacturedHousingAssocRegulatoryReformDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Department of Housing and Urban Development, on March 20, 2019, held the latest in a series of “HUDdle” conferences with invited HUD-program stakeholders.  The conferences, which are an initiative of — and hosted by — HUD Secretary Ben Carson, focus on emerging issues at the Department, including, but not limited to, aspects of its ongoing regulatory reform process,” MHARR said.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

–      Weather,

–      FEMA,

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

–      Claimed slowdowns in other segments of America.

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

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HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN JANUARY 2019

 

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

 

Building Permits

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

 

Housing Starts

 

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

 

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Housing Completions

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

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

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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