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Why Is Manufactured Housing Struggling During an Affordable Housing Crisis? Former MHI President, VP, Other’s Quotable Insights

January 14th, 2019 Comments off



It is no secret that MHProNews believes in applying similar principles of accountability to an association that one should apply to a successful, ethical business.


If there was a business manager or company president that year-after-year, failed to deliver, what would happen to such a professional?  What happens to a head coach that doesn’t deliver?  How long would excuses by accepted?

How can the manufactured home industry understand and accept its long and enduring malaise in recent decades, when the industry’s modern manufactured homes are widely praised by third-party researchers?

The following is the first of a planned series of quotable quotes, including voices from within MHI.  They will serve to shed ‘insider light’ on this controversial but essential-for-future growth topic.


Understanding the Manufactured Housing Institute – Consider these Quotable Quotes – Infographic

See the related report – by clicking on the text/image box – for Chris Stinebert’s comments in context.


Former Manufactured Housing Institute President, Manufactured Home Owners, Urban Institute, and You


Manufactured Housing and Grief? 

Numbers are seeing MHI for what it is, but there are those who struggle against a kind of grief – a sense of loss – in accepting the reality of what MHI is all about.  For those, the following tips about the 5 stages of grief are useful. While this graphic is focused on the ‘loss’ of a loved one, it can apply to the loss of other things too.




MHI leadership?  Facts are #Nettlesome things.  And these quotes above from past and present MHI leaders and members are a vexing reality.



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MH Industry pros?  Head fakes and razzle dazzle shouldn’t fool mature adults forever. Grab your energy drink or coffee, put your boots on, and get ready for the internal battle for the future of manufactured housing – especially for independents.


See the cartoon-laced, satirical MHI ‘razzle dazzle’ fact-checks, linked here and here.

Because this is your wake up call. Reality is what it is. Denying reality is to accept the status quo.


MHProNews’ parent operation demonstrated to MHI over the course of years options for lending, and ways to improve image at a low cost. For years, even though our parent operation was an MHI member, and showed proven ways to grow business, MHI leaders ignored those options. Why? Could it be that slow growth allowed more consolidation and at a cheaper price? We learned the hard way, what about you?

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Manufactured Housing Institute VP Revealed Important Truths on MHI’s Lobbying, Agenda

November 28th, 2017 Comments off

ManufacturedHousingInstituteLogoMHILogoShadowDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsHindsight is 20/20.

This may be seen as one of the larger, most consequential reveals in the manufactured housing (MH) industry of 2017.

What Frank Rolfe told Inside MH viewers on MHProNews about the odds against passing Preserving Access in 2015 was actually acknowledged by a previous vice president of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

The statement was made on-the-record, directly to MHProNews, and on behalf of MHI.

The surprising admission by the MHI VP clearly contradicted much of what MHI was telling its members and the industry for the next three years.

Given Democratic gains in the House and Senate, it is not widely anticipated that Obama will seek to strike a conciliatory mood with Republicans on fiscal issues, or on issues related to a softening of Dodd-Frank,” said Jason Boehlert in an statement to MHProNews.

Boehlert, was the prior Government Relations (GR) VP, before current SVP Lesli Gooch, Ph.D. The context of Boehlert’s comments was the time frame in the aftermath of the 2012 re-election of President Barack Obama.

JasonBoehlertManufacturedHousingInstitueMHIVPGovtAffairsManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBuisnessNewsMHProNewsBoehlert’s statement on behalf of MHI then said a few paragraphs later that MHI’s plan would be as follows. During the lame duck session, MHI will be working to pass legislation (H.R. 3849 and S. 3484) reforming portions of the Dodd-Frank and SAFE Acts.“  Those were the bill numbers for earlier versions of Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act


How did so many thousands of MH Industry professionals miss this revelation that was hiding in plain sight?” L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, publisher of MHProNews said, applying that statement to himself as well.

We trusted MHI then,” but, “time and the many revelations about MHI and its often errant communications of the past couple of years should place Boelert’s comments in its clear meaning. Too many of us in the industry and as members were trusting. But in hindsight, Boelert said it himself.”

The MHI bill was never going to happen.

Time for MHI to Use Secretary Clinton’s Comment?



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True MHI believers may shrug and say – as did Secretary Clinton at her infamous Benghazi hearing – “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

 Just as those who bled, died and cried over Benghazi said, “plenty,” so too is this revelation.

 That written comment was never retracted or corrected. It would, sources say, have to be okayed by higher ups before being sent to MHProNews.

 Logically MHI’s leadership:

    Knew their multi year effort for Preserving Access was doomed to fail,

   Should have known, based upon the logic of Boehlert’s statement, shown again in the graphic below (Note: Boehlert was later promoted to SVP).


To see Boehlert’s full statement click the image above.

  1. If MHI leaders knew, then weren’t they deceiving their own members – and through them, the rest of the industry – on their ability to pass Preserving Access?
  2. And if they didn’t know, did they fail to think through the logic of Boehlert’s statement? 

As a reminder, Richard “Dick” Jennison promised passage of Preserving Access to MH Industry members in 2015, during his address to industry members in Louisville in 2015.


Photo of Dick Jennison at the session where he promised industry members that Preserving Access would be passed, ‘but we need your help.’ VP Jason Boehlert’s analysis made it clear, that wasn’t happening. What kind of promise did Jennison make?


MHI continues to be silent on this an all the other allegations, perhaps hoping it will blow over.

As the Daily Business News exclusively reported, their is word that Frank Rolfe, a member critical of MHI on such matters, has likewise decided to go silent.

Study Recommending New Manufactured Housing Association for Independent Retailers, Communities, Lenders, Others Released

Thus, the call for action outlined above, and added insights on this Dodd-Frank, Preserving Access related topic is linked cartoons below.


As the allegations and concerns about MHI continue to mount, another look at what Warren Buffett said about habits and history, are linked below.

“Perverse”–Warren Buffett-Dodd-Frank, CFPB, Manufactured Housing, Loans, Independent Businesses Fact Check$

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Lesli McCollum to Fill Jason Boehlert Vacancy at MHI

January 8th, 2015 Comments off

uscongress-capitol-hill-credit=wikicommons-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Two reliable sources tell MHProNews that Lesli McCollum will fill the vacancy left by Jason Boehlert  at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) in the Government Relations role.  McCollum is said to be experienced in Government Relations work.

Sources say that a formal confirmation and announcement of this appointment by MHI is likely to occur in the near future. ##

Editor’s Note, update: MHI released on 1.9.2015 Lesli’s last name as Gooch.

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Manufactured Housing Institute Senior VP leaving

November 21st, 2014 Comments off

jason=bohlert-departs=mhi-logo-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews0com-Effective in December, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Jason Boehlert will leave the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

Boehlert is scheduled to become the new Executive Director of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA) and National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED). He is the latest in a series of departures and new faces at MHI.

MHI said in their release thatBoehlert moves on after more than four years at the helm of MHI’s government affairs department.”  They listed a series of the activities he was involved in, including but not limited to, extending energy tax credits on manufactured homes, Dodd-Frank/CFPB and related regulatory issues and GSE reform.

MHI has begun searching for a full-time replacement, but emphasized that they will be well represented by, “its internal and external lobbying team of:

  • Dick Jennison, President and CEO

  • Lois Starkey, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

  • Rick Robinson, Vice President and General Counsel, Government Affairs

  • Porterfield, Lowenthal, Fettig & Sears which serves as MHI’s external lobbying firm

MHProNews  wishes Boehlert and the association well during their respective transitions and future activities. ##

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(Editor’s Note: full MHI release will be posted later today at this link. Related association story, predicting Boehlert’s departure is at at this link.)

MH Industry Pros Respond to CFPB Report

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

richard_cordray_c-span2__creditWhile the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent report on financing the purchase of manufactured homes (MH) notes buyers of MH are often poor, elderly, rural and vulnerable to high-cost “chattel” (“home only,” personal property) loans, the bureau wants to ensure consumers have access to “responsible credit.” Their report, comments and the resulting controversies are the subject of a new Industry in Focus report, linked here.

Consumer Affairs reporter Truman Lewis says mortgage lenders generally disregard MH lending because the demand is not great, which leaves the door open to five national MH personal property lenders.

However, smaller regional and local MH lenders exist, but CFPB regulations restrict sales people from referring consumers to them for fear of violating CFPB rules.
Dan Rinzema, president of MHVillage and DataComp says the government regulation is misguided and does not help the market for the resale of manufactured homes, which would help make MH a competitive housing choice. Doug Ryan, Director of Affordable Housing Initiatives at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a non-profit that supports affordable MH, echoes CFPB’s claim that borrowers are vulnerable to expensive loan products.

Some Washington insiders say the report stems from the stiff grilling CFPB Director Richard Cordray received Jan. 28, 2014 at the hands of the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee, and point to a video of that hearing.

The 55-page report alleges that 68 percent of all MH purchase loans in 2012 were chattel loans compared to three percent of site-built home loans, and included that two-thirds of MH loans were eligible for traditional mortgages but chose personal property loans instead. Chattel loans are quicker to obtain, says the report, but have lower origination costs. Industry finance expert Dick Ernst, a principal at FinMarkUSA, says while the report notes the absence of a secondary mortgage market for MH, the cost to originate personal property loans is the similar regardless of the amount of the loan.

Meanwhile, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, in response to a request from the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee for an analysis of HUD’s implementation of the MHIA of 2000, says HUD has fallen short of encouraging Ginnie Mae to securitize manufactured home loans, which in turn reduces the availability of affordable MH.

The law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLC said in a statement the CFPB report indicates the agency is showing interest in the MH industry which may lead to adjustments that could reduce burdens on the lenders and lower costs of credit to borrowers. Robert Williamson, of Hart King Law, says the paper may be a public recognition of the importance of MH to the consumer housing market, and may in turn stimulate a more robust MH market.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) notes the report may be establishing a jumping off point for future CFPB activity, while the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) remarks the CFPB acknowledges the negative impact the Dodd-Frank Act, implemented in Jan. 2014, is having on the manufactured housing market.

Tim Williams of 21st Mortgage Corporation says the statement that 60 percent of chattel customers own their land and are therefore eligible for a conventional mortgage is incorrect, noting it is irresponsible of the CFPB to make such false statement. He says 26 percent of 21st’s borrowers say they own their land, but he is pleased the CFPB admits their regulations restrict credit to manufactured home owners.

When consumers are considering buying a site-built or a manufactured home, the two pieces of crucial information are the down payment and the monthly payment. MH sales people are restricted in what they can offer in response to such a question, while some believe it’s not a violation if a Realtor ® gives such information.

A chart from Fannie Mae demonstrates that even when the interest rate is higher for an MH, monthly payments often make the purchase of a manufactured home the lower cost option. The restrictions on MH salespeople helping consumers find financing can turn people away from even being interested in a manufactured home, further damaging the industry’s chances of offering affordable options, as Jason Boehlert, Senior VP of Government Affairs at MHI notes.

Major MH lenders have told MHProNews they have added staff to deal with the increase of applications being “shot-gunned” to multiple lenders, since the CFPB regulations took effect in Jan. 2014. This is increasing costs, all because MH retailers do not want to be accused of steering customers, which could result in heavy fines.

In addition, the lack of a secondary market for MH loans also limits mortgage lenders from making MH loans, which higher costs of funds makes the loan cost more to the borrower. The CFPB regulations result in lenders not accepting loans for under $25,000 because the cost to originate and service that sized loan makes them unprofitable.

While CFPB Director Cordray says, “Manufactured housing is a critical source of affordable housing for some consumers,” the regulations of the agency work is in the opposite direction—preventing potentially millions of Americans from buying durable, affordable, energy efficient homes that could stimulate the housing market and the jobs that would accompany the stimulus. ##

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U. S. Representatives in Home Districts; Contact them to Support 1779

August 12th, 2014 Comments off

House of Rep sealThe Manufactured Housing Institute’s Chairman Nathan Smith has been urging industry members to contact their U. S. Representatives in support of H. R. 1779 via the MHI’s new advocacy page, requiring just a few clicks to send a letter. Smith says both houses of Congress are in recess and the members are likely to be in their home districts. He suggests contacting Jason Boehlert or Rick Robinson at MHI for a brochure to take with you when you schedule a visit with your representative, encouraging them to support 1779, and urging them to pressure party leaders to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote. MHProNews understands they return to Washington after Labor Day. ##

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New Finance Reform Bill Includes Manufactured Housing

March 17th, 2014 Comments off

Following a post published March 13, 2014 regarding the new housing reform bill introduced by Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) for the Senate Banking Committee, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) informs us the replacement for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would provide manufactured home (MH) loans secured by private property. The committee draft for the new Federal Mortgage Insurance Company (FMIC) includes “personal property loan secured solely by the home itself” and “hybrid-land home loan for a manufactured home,” and includes a mechanism for a new secondary market. The GSE’s affordable housing goals and duty to serve would both be eliminated, according to the head of MHI’s Government Affairs, Jason Boehlert, and replaced with incentive funds targeted to the affordable housing market.

In addition the bill establishes an Office of Consumer and Market Access that will also support pilot programs dealing with the development of sustainable homeownership and affordable rental housing, which includes MH. The committee bill is considered a working draft and will be changed before it is proposed as legislation. MHI is working with committee members to ensure the sections regarding MH remain. To access the news release and a summary of the measure, click this. ##

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Boehlert promoted, Rick Robinson new GC at the Manufactured Housing Institute

November 21st, 2013 Comments off

rick-robinson-vice-president-government-affairs-general-counsel-manufactured-housing-institute-mhi3-posted-mhpronews-com-.pngArlington, VA. An announcement of the promotion for Jason Boehlert to Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) will accompany the announced appointment of Rick Robinson as MHI Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel. Sources close to the Manufactured Housing Institute tell MHProNews that the formal announcement could come later today or tomorrow. The change is said to be geared towards ‘beefing up’ MHI’s efforts with regulators and on Capitol Hill. Updates and additional information will be available in the Corporate News Release and in the MHI news module. ##

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Boehlert Addresses MHI’s Winter Legislative Session

February 28th, 2012 Comments off

Jason Boehlert, vice president of government relations for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), shown here explaining the landscape of legislative affairs inside the Washington, D.C. beltway at the MHI legislative session government affairs briefing Feb. 25. His presentation included pending legislation that would provide regulatory relief for the manufactured housing industry. The House has bi-partisan support for the legislation but it needs sponsors in the Senate. MHI is urging members and industry stakeholders to contact their congressional representatives to support H.R.3849 that addresses two issues that affect consumers ability to obtain financing for MH: Reducing the threshold by which small balance manufactured home personal property loans are considered High-Cost Mortgage Loans under provisions within Dodd-Frank; and two, clarifying that those selling manufactured homes—who are not fundamentally engaged in the business of originating mortgage loans—are not to be defined as mortgage originators under the SAFE Act.

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SAFE Act Final Rule Available For Download

June 29th, 2011 Comments off

Jason Boehlert at MHI has informed that the complete final SAFE Act rule is about to be published.  The rule will not officially be released in the Federal Register until tomorrow.  Deborah Robertson of McGlinchey-Stafford is in the process of compiling a detailed analysis and interpretation of the final rule for MHI, which we will release as soon as it is available.  However, in the meantime, there are several sections within the rule that MHI members may want to familiarize themselves with, including:

  • Pages 21-23: Taking an application
  • Pages 23-28: Offers or negotiates
  • Pages 28-30: Compensation or gain
  • Page 35: Seller financing
  • Page 140: Appendix with examples or mortgage loan originator activities

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

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