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“Major Step” in Independent National Post-Production Manufactured Housing Advocacy Taken, Per Trade Group

January 8th, 2019 Comments off

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It has been one of the more-read articles on the Daily Business News on MHProNews, which means it is one of the hotter topics in the manufactured housing industry.

 

And today, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) said the following about NAMHCO – in their take on the topic previously reported by MHProNews. More after their full release, which begins below.

 

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MHARR News Item — Independent National Manufactured Housing Post-Production Association Takes Major Step

 

INDEPENDENT NATIONAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING

POST-PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION TAKES MAJOR STEP

 

Washington, D.C., January 8, 2019 – The National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO), a new, independent association representing a key manufactured housing industry post-production constituency, has announced a major step in its initial organization and the start of national-level advocacy activities to better and more effectively represent the post-production sector in Washington, D.C. Accordingly, essential activity to begin addressing and correcting a major gap in the manufactured housing industry’s national-level representation in Washington, D.C. is starting to gain important momentum.

After announcing its formation as an independent organization in late-2018 — including as members (among others), state manufactured housing associations which had previously withdrawn from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) — NAMHCO, issued a News Release just before the start of 2019, stating that it has now retained the services of a lobbying consultant in Washington, D.C. to act on its behalf at the national level, where multiple issues continue to vex the manufactured housing industry’s post-production sector with significantly negative consequences for the entire industry and American consumers of affordable housing. Indeed, the industry – the nation’s premiere source of non-subsidized affordable housing — after a nine-year rebound from historically-low production levels reached in 2009, has just suffered its third consecutive month of flat-line or negative growth – at a time when production levels, due to an unusually strong national economy, should be booming.

In large measure, the industry — since 2000 — has seen its growth unnecessarily thwarted, undermined and impeded by a combination of factors primarily affecting its post-production sector. With manufacturers producing their best, highest quality homes ever, and with production-related regulatory issues at the federal level reduced to some degree in recent years by the highly-focused efforts of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in conjunction with the administration of President Donald J. Trump, it is in the post-production arena – and most particularly the failure to effectively address and remedy major issues affecting zoning, placement and especially consumer financing for HUD Code manufactured home purchasers – where the most significant constraints have been imposed on the industry and its ability to serve the millions of mostly lower and moderate-income American families that want and need affordable, non-subsidized homeownership, and rely on manufactured housing to fill that need.

While HUD Code manufacturers and other smaller and mid-sized industry businesses have — and have had for nearly thirty-five years – independent, aggressive, national-level representation in Washington, D.C. through MHARR, that type of independent representation has been almost entirely absent for the post-production sector and most importantly, its thousands of smaller, independent businesses, since the National Manufactured Housing Federation disappeared as an independent entity and was subsumed into MHI decades ago. And, indeed, the formation of NAMHCO is consistent with the call for an independent, national-level, post-production manufactured housing association set forth in a study, presented to and approved by MHARR’s Board of Directors in 2017.  Furthermore, this new entity will create opportunities – and a venue – for other state associations that have been seeking better and more effective representation of their post-production members in Washington, D.C., particularly with respect to the key issues of zoning, placement and consumer financing.

As was anticipated by MHARR’s study, the establishment of this new association could – and hopefully will – help to encourage and create potential areas of policy cooperation and synergy between MHARR and NAMHCO with benefits for the entire industry (and particularly its smaller, independent businesses) as well as consumers. MHARR has already communicated with the leadership of NAMHCO regarding matters of mutual interest, and will continue to follow-up as appropriate in the near future.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.

Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

1331 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Suite 512

Washington D.C. 20004

Phone: 202/783-4087

Fax: 202/783-4075

Email: MHARRDG@AOL.COM

 

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What Just Happened, to Cavco, Independent Communities, Retailers, and Manufactured Housing?

November 25th, 2018 Comments off

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Every Sunday morning for several years, we provide this popular week in review.

 

It helps answer the question, ‘What Just Happened?’ It will also suggest a few answers to a question that hasn’t been asked, what’s coming up in this week ahead?

Drama.

Some of it is ‘manufactured drama.’

Some of it was arguably avoidable drama, as in the case of Cavco Industries, whose stock has tumbled over an SEC subpoena over trading by Joe Stegmayer, MHI’s Chairman and now ex-Chairman and CEO at CVCO.

On the plus side, there are more details linked about the Legacy Housing (LEGH) IPO below.

If you were out of town, you might have missed the MH Whistleblower…its both fun and serious.

Then there’s local drama, like the story about a manufactured home community owner who’s property is threatened with closure, but who is fighting back. That story includes local news video, and numerous exclusive comments from the targeted owner, and is linked below.

There’s a new move called NobleHomes, and #NobleNotMobile.  That report is likewise linked below.

Then there’s the MHIdea, a blast at MHI from veteran manufactured housing independents in the retail sector.  They’ve publicly said in their own words, enough of the failed leadership and monopolistic games by the big boys and their Arlington-based trade association. That interesting – historic – move and report are among those listed further below.

There are things to be thankful for, and in the spirit of the season, there’s a nice nugget we’ve published about MHI in a thanksgiving story found below.

There are good things shared from and about MHARR too.

Then there’s a report yesterday that will have thousands saying, ‘what’s that all about?‘ Facts are facts. One reader was laughing when he called, but another was ‘you’ve got to be kidding,’  No joke, the facts are what they are.  And that report spotlighted facts, the money trail, and evidence that Omaha and Knoxville may have a hard time explaining away.

Stunning.

Then there’s a new Masthead on truth detection 101. If you want to learn how to spot a lie or a con job, it’s insightful, practical – and even inspirational – reading.

Among the vexing topics reported below is one about homelessness, because it is arguably being fostered by flawed policies.  Our industry could be part of what fixes that problem.  When the needs are so great, and one solution is obvious, why are manufactured homes bucking so many headwinds?

What just happened?

Discover it all for yourself.  It’s awaiting your gaze and professional curiosity. The headlines of the week from Sunday 11.18.2015 until 11.25.2018 are  all found below in the broadest, deepest, most read, trade media in all of manufactured housing.

A special word of acknowledgement to the Dick Jennison, from MHI, and Timothy W. Williams, of 21st Mortgage Corp.  Yes, that’s code, but they should get it, and so will numerous others who are thoughtful readers of this report and what follows below.

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Giving Thanks for Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes, Classic “Mobile Home Parks” and Manufactured Home Communities

Giving Thanks for Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes, Classic “Mobile Home Parks” and Manufactured Home Communities

 

 

The Latest from MHARR

HUD Publishes Final Revised RV Exemption Rule

HUD Publishes Final Revised Rv Exemption Rule

 

 

What’s New on the Masthead of MHProNews

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Failure, Success and Profitable Truth Detection for Manufactured Housing

Failure, Success and Profitable Truth Detection for Manufactured Housing

 

 

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Saturday 11.24.2018


Center for Public Integrity – Stunning Clayton Homes-Warren Buffett-Berkshire Hathaway Manufactured Home Lending Truth Outs

Center for Public Integrity – Stunning Clayton Homes-Warren Buffett-Berkshire Hathaway Manufactured Home Lending Truth Outs

 

Friday 11.23.2018

Are Flawed Policies Fostering Homelessness, Crime? What Happens When Affordable Housing, Including Manufactured Homes, Are Lacking

Are Flawed Policies Fostering Homelessness, Crime? What Happens When Affordable Housing, Including Manufactured Homes, Are Lacking

Dow Falls 178+ Points, Worst Thanksgiving Week Since 2011, Plus MH Market Updates

 

Public Official, ABC News, Manufactured Home Community Owner Clash Over Resident Concerns

Public Official, ABC News, Manufactured Home Community Owner Clash Over Resident Concerns

Take One – Data Driven U.S. Outlook in 2019 and MHVille

Take One – Data Driven U.S. Outlook in 2019 and MHVille

 

Thursday 11.22.2018

Yes, Thankfully There’s Times Manufactured Homes Earn Bipartisan Praise in Washington, D.C. Metro

Yes, Thankfully There’s Times Manufactured Homes Earn Bipartisan Praise in Washington, D.C. Metro

Giving Thanks for Manufactured Housing Independents, Applauding “MHIdea!”

Giving Thanks for Manufactured Housing Independents, Applauding “MHIdea!”

MH Silver Lining? Residential Construction Report, Oct 2018, per HUD, Census Bureau

MH Silver Lining? Residential Construction Report, Oct 2018, per HUD, Census Bureau

Fascinating Thanksgiving Factoid, Socialism Preceded Thanksgiving in America

Fascinating Thanksgiving Factoid, Socialism Preceded Thanksgiving in America

 

Wednesday 11.21.2018

MH Marketing Insights – Where are Americans Moving? U.S. Moves, by State – Charts, Video

MH Marketing Insights – Where are Americans Moving? U.S. Moves, by State – Charts, Video

Market Woes? No Recession, Says Goldman Sachs, Plus MH Equities Updates

Market Woes? No Recession, Says Goldman Sachs, Plus MH Equities Updates

#NobleNotMobile, New Contest and Video Program Launched, Exclusive Details

#NobleNotMobile, New Contest and Video Program Launched, Exclusive Details

What’s the Truth About Thanksgiving in MHVille?

 

Tuesday 11.20.2018

Manufactured Housing – MHVille, It’s Not a Matter Open to Interpretation

Manufactured Housing – MHVille, It’s Not a Matter Open to Interpretation

 

FAANG – Increasingly Tied to Factory-Home Building – Takes $1Trillion Tumble, Drags Markets – Plus MH Equities Updates

FAANG – Increasingly Tied to Factory-Home Building – Takes $1Trillion Tumble, Drags Markets – Plus MH Equities Updates

Builder Confidence Drops, Post Midterms, Affordability Concerns Rise

Builder Confidence Drops, Post Midterms, Affordability Concerns Rise

MH Communities Reminder, Assistance Animals – HUD Order Levies Landlord Fine

MH Communities Reminder, Assistance Animals – HUD Order Levies Landlord Fine

 

Monday 11.19.2018

Investor Fright Bites FAANG, Drags Equities, Plus MH Market Updates

Legacy Housing IPO, Lending Tree, & New HUD Ruling Updates

Legacy Housing IPO, Lending Tree, & New HUD Ruling Updates

16 Tons, and MH Whistleblowers

16 Tons, and MH Whistleblowers

Beautiful, Harsh, Priceless Realties from a Master Builder, Monday Morning Marketing, Sales, Meeting

Beautiful, Harsh, Priceless Realties from a Master Builder, Monday Morning Marketing, Sales, Meeting

 

Sunday 11.18.2018

Hedge Fund’s Cavco Move, and More from Inside MHVille

Hedge Fund’s Cavco Move, and More from Inside MHVille

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CATO/YouGov Research Reveals Surprising Views of Clinton, Trump Voters, Free Speech, Political Correctness

November 6th, 2017 Comments off

StateOfFreeSpeechToleranceInAmericaCatoYouGovSurveyDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThat the nation – and thus Washington, D.C. – are polarized is no secret.

That big pieces of legislation impacting manufactured home owners, businesses, and investors has been stuck in the halls of Congress, due in part to polarization is widely known too.

But just how wide is that gap?

To what degree are people willing to discuss political issues today that impacts everyone?

Those are some of the issues that a YouGov survey recently completed for the Cato Institute dives into in a release to MHProNews.

While Democrats and Republicans have seen various topics differently for many years, the degree of those differences now are also examined in the Cato/YouGov survey.

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That the contemporary divide impacts lobbying, or legislative efforts ought to be self-evident.

In their release to the Daily Business News, those the Cato/YouGov poll results and some of their top level takeaways are documented.  A point that’s implied is also worth noting, as it reflects the challenge that pollsters today face.  Namely, if people –more likely on the right, per Cato/YouGov research – are much less willing to reveal their honest views, how does that impact voter surveys in a run-up to any given election?

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Over Half of All Americans…

Per the Cato/YouGov’s data, over half of all Americans feel silenced by political correctness.

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That “self-censorship” caused by the political climate is corrosive of the state of the Union and of free speech at many levels.

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Before diving into written analysis of the top lines of the research, note how the Cato Institute describes themselves as, “a libertarian think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Our vision is to create free, open, and civil societies founded on libertarian principles. Cato does not undertake lobbying efforts, back political candidates, or engage in political activities. It does not associate with any political organization or party. In order to maintain its independence, Cato does not accept government funding, but receives approximately 80 percent of its operating budget through tax deductible contributions from individuals, with the remainder of its support coming from foundations, corporations, and the sale of books and publications.”

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Cato/YouGov Top Lines by Select Categories, Plus Full Survey Download

Washington, D.C. – The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, a new national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, finds that nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have. The consequences are personal—58% of Americans believe the political climate prevents them from sharing their own political beliefs,” stated their release.

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Clinton Voters Can’t Be Friends with Trump Voters

Nearly two-thirds (61%) of Hillary Clinton’s voters agree that it’s “hard” to be friends with Donald Trump’s voters. However, only 34% of Trump’s voters feel the same way about Clinton’s. Instead, nearly two-thirds (64%) of Trump voters don’t think it’s hard to be friends with Clinton voters.

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Other Interesting Findings Include the Following

It follows that a solid majority (59%) of Americans think people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions in public, even those deeply offensive to others,” per the release commentary from Dr. Emily Ekins.

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“On the other hand, 40% think government should prevent hate speech. Despite this, the survey also found Americans willing to censor, regulate, or punish a wide variety of speech and expression they personally find offensive, said Ekins.

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Other bullets:

  • 51% of staunch liberals say it’s “morally acceptable” to punch Nazis.
  • 53% of Republicans favor stripping U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag.
  • 51% of Democrats support a law that requires Americans use transgender people’s preferred gender pronouns.
  • 65% of Republicans say NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the anthem.
  • 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
  • 47% of Republicans favor bans on building new mosques.

Americans also can’t agree what speech is hateful, offensive, or simply a political opinion, said Ekins, per the Cato/YouGov research.

  • 59% of liberals say it’s hate speech to say transgender people have a mental disorder; only 17% of conservatives agree.
  • 39% of conservatives believe it’s hate speech to say the police are racist; only 17% of liberals agree.
  • 80% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say illegal immigrants should be deported; only 36% of conservatives agree.
  • 87% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say women shouldn’t fight in military combat roles, while 47% of conservatives agree.
  • 90% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say homosexuality is a sin, while 47% of conservatives agree.

These data show why censoring offensive speech is difficult—Americans can’t agree what speech is offensive or shouldn’t be allowed,” said Cato’s Director of Polling, Ekins.

What is deeply offensive to one person may simply be a political opinion to another. These data show that if we silence speech that any number of people find offensive, we will shut down a wide variety of important political debates,” Ekins stated.

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