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What Are Manufactured Housing Industry Professionals Focused On?

May 20th, 2019 No comments

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The first and most obvious answer is their own business interests.  That’s the entirely natural answer to the headline question above.  But the question seeks a deeper response, one that asks – what topics or issues are attracting professional reading?  Because what a professional read says much about where an individual’s focus is.

 

No one in the industry has publicly challenged the claim that MHProNews is the runaway most read, and with good reason.  You are already on the most visited, most reader-engaged trade media in manufactured housing today, and #1 for about 9 years of the past decade. 

Generically, when a visitor comes to MHProNews, they can begin by landing on a ‘category’ or they can go to specific articles. 

  • The MHProNews home page,
  • then the Daily Business News, and
  • the publisher’s Masthead blog are the three top read categories, in that order. 

From the home page, a reader can select from dozens of recent articles and posts-at-a glance.  The approaching new MHProNews format will be similar in that respect, but visually more attractive, with added features and changes.

With that noted, let’s look at the top dozen read articles, as of 5.18.2019 at 07:10 CDT, per Webalizer.

 

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/joe-stegmayer-george-f-allen-manufactured-housing-institute-slogans-slump-slurs-solutions/

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/nathan-smith-ssk-communities-manufactured-housing-institute-leader-profitably-correcting-the-record/

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/george-f-allens-unity-call-for-mhi-mharr-and-national-association-of-manufactured-housing-community-owners-namhco-examined/

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/skyline-champion-sky-hedge-fund-dumps-shares-value-declines/

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/clayton-homes-21st-mortgage-corp-vanderbilt-mortgage-and-finance-investor-lessons-learned/

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/declining-manufactured-home-shipments-more-serious-than-retailers-communities-being-told/

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/tariffs-will-effect-demand-says-kevin-clayton-answers-cnbcs-monopoly-question-video-plus-manufactured-housing-market-updates/

 

Let’s note that the article above has not been online as long as some of the others.  So, by month’s end, it may catch or surpass several others.

 

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/warren-buffetts-profitable-lessons-for-manufactured-housing/ 

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/manufactured-home-community-case-study-umh-properties-lessons-for-independent-community-owners-investors/

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/amazon-berkshire-announcement-emerging-factory-building-elephant-in-the-room/

 

The same point about the Clayton/Monopoly video interview needs to be made about this topic, linked above.  That went live just a few days ago.  It won’t be surprising if it continues to rise in the top dozen.

 

http://MHProNews.com/blogs/tonykovach/multibillion-dollar-opportunities-knock-in-solving-affordable-housing-crisis/

 

The article above merits a different type of comment.  As noted further above, a reader can simply click on ‘the Masthead blog,’ and that article would be the top one viewed.  The site statistics, rephrased, don’t make it entirely clear how many read that specific article, plus others who go straight to the Masthead.  It is worth noting too that while publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach is posting fewer times monthly on the Masthead, those articles are tending to get more read that days gone by.

 

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/warren-buffett-charlie-munger-video-interview-at-berkshire-hathaway-annual-meeting-on-gses-lending-for-affordable-manufactured-housing-and-clayton-homes/

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/nobility-homes-annual-report-new-illustrated-investors-corporate-snapshot-of-manufactured-modular-home-producer/

 

The baker’s dozen would include the following.

 

http://MHProNews.com/blogs/tonykovach/rope-a-dope-preserving-access-to-manufactured-housing-act-mom-dad-you/

Rope-a-Dope – Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, Mom, Dad, & You

 

Notices:

MHProNews runs a variety of reader engagement checks, which include internal and external ones. 

For example, in the last few weeks, we’ve posted less on social media.  While total visits are down slightly, pages per visit have risen. Rephrased, some that come from social media may have only visited that linked page, but may not be among the more common readers who get into multiple articles per visit.

Some articles posted weeks, months, or even years earlier may still get high levels of engagement. For example, the article linked below is in the top 20 being read to the date and time shown in May.  Yet it was published years ago.

http://MHProNews.com/industry-news/industry-in-focus/786-mema-cottages-loved-and-hated-five-years-after-hurricane-katrina

The “Mobile Home Militia” article is not far behind, yet it was published in March.

 

http://MHProNews.com/blogs/tonykovach/mobile-home-militia-clayton-homes-wants-your-cornbread-too-join-the-revolution-you-gotta-have-swagger/

 

Several articles related to MHARR topics – or HUD Secretary Carson – or Legacy – are in the top 25, but this next one bears mentioning.

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/rollohome-creating-60000-factory-built-homes-in-2-years/

That report linked above was published almost a year ago, on June 1, 2018.  It is still as relevant today as then.  We don’t know from statistics alone, but perhaps others are sharing that with their comrades?  What we do know is that some who are telling MHProNews that they are exploring getting into the industry find that article of interest.

Professional readers read what they want to, and they follow – or not – the cross-links that catch their eyes.

 

What are some common themes in the above list?

•          Clayton Homes and concerns over monopolistic practices.

•          Examinations of why the industry is underperforming.

•          The desire for company-specific information – Clayton, Skyline-Champion, Nobility Homes.

•          Warren Buffett related.

•          MHI and MHARR related issues.

·        Shipment data and related facts are routinely highly read.

•          Last, and not least, fact checks of claims by Kevin Clayton, Joe Stegmayer, and George Allen, among other industry personalities.

 

Without going to deeply into the tech behind ‘multiple cPanels’ and multiple data-sets that need to be aggregated to obtain a complete snapshot, from just the top 2 cPanels, as of the date and time shown – 5.18.2019 at 07:10 CDT, per Webalizer –  there have been over 1,070,161 pages viewed.

That’s a lot of hunger for information, insight, and knowledge.

At that pace, there will be over 1.8 million pages viewed during the month of May. Keep in mind, that our industry has about 75,000 people, per one MHI estimate, and that many of those are line workers, grounds keepers, or doing other work that may not find this site of high priority.  Rephrased, the majority of the industry’s decision makers, influencers (e.g.: admin, office managers) or aspiring stars are on this site routinely. 

As a plug – and notice to B2B industry focused marketers – given our banner ad structure – that’s thousands upon thousands of opportunities every day to get in front of an industry focused targeted professional audience – plus the typical reader is reading multiple articles daily enhances that reach.  That’s very different than just once a month, or once a quarter, etc. chance to maybe be seen.  For other marketing or business development related – click here.

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HUD’s 2019 IT Innovation Award

May 17th, 2019 No comments

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Why should this HUD award matter to MHVille professionals?  Here’s the take to consider.  HUD’s Secretary Ben Carson and their leadership are perhaps not getting the credit for shaking up many items that have been their status quo for decades.  In a large, federal bureaucracy that’s routinely has entranced interests, it’s not easy to do.

That said, HUD Secretary Carson – blasted by many in media and politics – has recently made a very pro-manufactured home industry statement, in sufficient depth, that it ought to be front page news. Why isn’t it?

Some may dismiss Secretary Carson, as non-partisan trade media, we’ve taken him seriously since his nomination for the role.  What tomorrow brings from HUD on manufactured housing is not yet known.  But what we do know is that Carson has arguably made the strongest statement from HUD for manufactured housing in the past 20 years.

 

Dr. Ben Carson Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Manufactured Housing Conference Remarks New Orleans, Louisiana, Hyatt Regency Hotel, May 7, 2019

 

This award has nada to do with that, but it reflects an award-winning mindset that is emerging at HUD.  Thus, the value of spotlighting this recognition given to HUD.

 

 

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Department receiving award for advancements in data analytics and digital transformation

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) yesterday received MicroStrategy’s 2019 Federal Information Technology Innovation Award. HUD won the Award because HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development’s (CPD) modernized its Grants Dashboard.

CPD Grants Dashboard provides funding information for each city and state that receives CPD program funds, in a place-based format. The Dashboard details the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities. Before modernizing the Grants Dashboard, HUD relied on manual reports that could not efficiently drive critical decisions or provide oversight into all grant programs.

“It is a great honor to receive MicroStrategy’s 2019 Federal IT Innovation Award. We have made it a priority to modernize our systems to improve the way HUD does business,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “We still have work to do until all of HUD’s systems are up to date, but this award shows that our efforts are paying dividends and the results have made HUD a stronger, more nimble agency.”

“We are incredibly proud to recognize the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with the 2019 Federal IT Innovation Award for their exemplary use of analytics to achieve significant ROI and operational efficiencies,” said Michael J. Saylor, CEO,  MicroStrategy Incorporated. “Their CPD Grants Dashboard showcases an innovative enterprise analytics solution while serving as a blueprint for digital transformation initiatives across the federal government.”

Steven W. Rawlinson, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development for CPD, and Maribel Gatica, Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for CPD, received the award on behalf of HUD at MicroStrategy’s Federal IT Summit in Washington, D.C.

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

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Amazon-Berkshire Announcement – Emerging Factory-Building Elephant in the Room?

May 15th, 2019 No comments

 

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There was no mention this evening of factory-home building when CNBC or some other mainstream business media reported that Berkshire Hathaway has taken a position valued at some $904 million dollars as of the close of the market on 5.15.2019.  But then most others aren’t as keen on factory-built housing, or as in tune with what an announcement like this might suggest for our industry.

 

First, let’s start with some pull quotes from left-of-center CNBC, plus their video.

  • Berkshire’s stake in Amazon was 483,300 shares at the end of the quarter ended March 31, according to a filing at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • The value of that stake is $904 million by the closing bell Wednesday.
  • Buffett first disclosed the new investment in Amazon to CNBC on May 2, though the size of the position was not previously reported to the public.

 

 

Buffett told CNBC on May 2, One of the fellows in the office that manage money … bought some Amazon, so it will show up in the 13F.”  Chairman Buffett was likely referring to lieutenants, Todd Combs or Ted Weschler, who each manage portfolios of more than $13 billion in equities for Berkshire.

Yeah, I’ve been a fan, and I’ve been an idiot for not buying” Amazon shares, Buffett said at the time. “But I want you to know it’s no personality changes taking place.”

Berkshire Hathaway’s report revealed an 18% increase in its J.P. Morgan Chase stake to 59.5 million shares, underscoring the Oracle of Omaha’s love of big financial institutions.

If one goes back to the announcement made the morning of President Donald J. Trump’s 2018 State of the Union (SOTU), Buffett, Amazon’s/Washington Post’s Jeff Bezos, and Chase’s Jaime Dimon’s healthcare initiative sent those stocks south.  There was speculation that the timing was in part a move to embarrass POTUS Trump, who had been bragging about the rising stock markets.

Buffett has long been a Trump critic, even before Mr. Trump’s 2015 announcement of what became a successful White House campaign.

Be that as it may, Amazon’s Alexa Fund invested in 2018 in Plant Prefab, a factory housing builder. With Berkshire’s Clayton Homes dominating HUD Code manufactured homes, and announcing even more prefabricated construction plans on their conventional housing side, there are reasons to be watchful how these developments play out over time.

 

Details Emerging on Amazon’s Plans for Plant PreFab Modular Home Investment

 

We’ll track these developments and report as warranted.

 

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Warren Buffett’s Profitable Lessons for Manufactured Housing

May 5th, 2019 Comments off

 

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“”We can afford to lose money – even a lot of money. But we can’t afford to lose reputation – even a shred of reputation,” wrote Warren Buffett to managers,” according to a post on the Wall Street Journal’s Facebook page.

 

Now contrast that with the investment-focused Motley Fool’s citation of the famous Buffett quote: “Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Don’t forget rule No. 1.

Do these two fabled Buffett quotes complement or contradict each other?

We deliberately avoid answering that today.

Ladies and gentlemen professionally involved in manufactured housing land – what we lovingly refer to here on MHProNews as MHVille – those Buffett quotes bear close scrutiny.

Beyond the words, so too does the actual behavior of Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway’s brands.

It is not that Mr. Buffett is necessarily wrong.  As one of the top four wealthiest people in the world, he’s proven his ability to attract investment capital and make money for the long term.

The question is, how has Buffett achieved that wealth in recent years? Say the last two decades?

No two people agree on everything. We need others in our lives as reality checks. If Marty Lavin never gave MHProNews any more on-the-record quotes than those already given, the ones we have from him are highly valuable to those wise enough to grasp and apply them routinely. It isn’t that Marty invented these sayings; he did not. But as a significantly successful person in manufactured home financing – with real manufactured home (MH) community and high-volume MH retail experience –  what he said is as useful – perhaps more so – as those Buffett quotes are.  Once more, with gusto…

  • Pay more attention to what people do than what they say.
  • Follow the money.

These Lavin tips have been used by detectives, serious reporters, and other researchers for decades.

What they point to, without saying it, is the value of authentic history.

Let’s pair that with what pro-manufactured housing investor Robert Robotti said about investing. “In order to outperform the market, you have to have a contrarian point of view,” Robotti said to the Motley Fool investment media.

 

“Out-Performing the Market” Robert Robotti, Value Investing, and Manufactured Housing

 

In an organization, one needs a significant degree of compliance by team members. No factory could function successfully without team members doing their jobs well. No financing operation could profit, unless team members do their jobs well.  I know, because I’ve seen and experienced these things first hand.

But in order to achieve a breakthrough, one has to be able to step out of the box. If someone stays only inside the box, by definition, no progress is ever made.

We need to be able to celebrate the good that someone has done, while recognizing that they are bound to have flaws. Let’s give some examples, and then return to the profitable MH theme.

We like many of the quotes that the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. has given us to ponder. He was surprisingly successful, but that success was not overnight. It took time, persistence, a kind of urgent patience. King was wise, but he was reputedly also a womanizer. Can’t imagine that his wife liked that reputation, can you?

A couple in the White House today have a similar challenge. But unlike the defense that much of the mainstream media gave Bill Clinton while he was president, or the cover for womanizing given to John F. Kennedy while he was president, Donald J. Trump’s past womanizing is treated quite differently. Before he ran for  president, Mr. Trump was celebrated for the same thing he is now denigrated for doing. What’s up with that? That’s not to attack the other 2, nor to defend the 45th president on that score. It is only to reflect that a double standard exists.  It is also to reflect how helpful history is.  Now, let’s take that back to MHVille.

People have to be able to discern reality, to find what is true, and separate the ‘wheat from the chaff.’  There are things Mr. Buffett has said that are insightful, useful, and true.  That doesn’t mean I have to agree with Buffett’s reputed business practices. Wheat from chaff.  Discern what is useful, then act upon that, and your odds for success go up.

Before diving into our weekly headline review, and we have some doozies for you, let me make one more observation. There have been some famous – but later convicted – con men in our nation’s history. People who were so respected, until they were found out.  Once exposed, they where then reviled. Let’s mention only one to make the point.

Bernie Madoff is described like this by Wikipedia, “Description: Bernard Lawrence Madoff is an American former market maker, investment advisor, financier, fraudster, and convicted felon, who is currently serving a federal prison sentence for offenses related to a massive Ponzi scheme.”

Madoff was celebrated, until he was vilified.  By the way, not all cons are alike.

 

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Now will the day may come that fans of Buffett — or an infinitely lesser light in MHVille, part-time magician George F. Allen — feel the same about them as they do now about Madoff?

Some sing the praises of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). But look at the fact that every one of the corporate industry embarrassments in MHVille named by John Oliver’s “Mobile Homes” video was connected to a firm connected to MHI. Pray tell. What exactly are the leaders at MHI being celebrated for accomplishing?  Other than the increasing consolidation occurring in MHVille?

Cons are often celebrated, until they are finally understood, and then they are fully exposed. Some cons, like Madoff, go to prison.

To grasp those highly profitable lessons, one needs the perspective of history. That requires real history, not fake history. Discerning the truth requires real analysis, not fake analysis.

To be sustainably successful in MHVille, one needs to know when to duplicate – as in a training the line workers in a factory – and when to innovate. The later – innovation – means you have to be willing to be a contrarian at the proper times.

Before closing, let me tip the hat to Jim Ayotte for a statement he made that applies to everyone, not just top-tier association executives. “As an association executive, my job is to assess the situation and seek the best possible outcome based on the facts as I know them.”  Publishers, writers, sales professionals, business owners, line workers – everyone could apply this principle Ayotte made to themselves.

None of us don’t know what we don’t know.  That’s why we need others! But once we begin to suspect something different than what we thought we knew, it becomes parament to pivot to whatever that liberating – and often profitable – truth is.  Albert Einstein was right in saying you don’t keep repeating the same mistakes over and over if you plan to progress.

The reason that a con like Madoff’s or others arguably succeeds for as along as they do is because people are not willing to admit that they have been conned.  They are in denial. They may be embarrassed. Or they may have some other fear.

But the mature, secure adult admits an error.  If the error is that they were conned, one must make that admission, but then the solution is to move beyond the error.  That’s how profitable learning is done.  Objective history is a vital part of that process.

To my knowledge, there is no other manufactured home industry publisher that has the degree of historic and practical insights into manufactured housing reality than we do.  Not bragging, it is what it is.

 

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Danny Glover quote from the fascinating video documentary, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page here.

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Many of these quotes are from MHI insiders.

 

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most-read in MHVille – by fans, foes, and profitable truth-seekers alike?  People put up with our typos because we have something worth putting up with.

We are getting a growing number of calls and messages from investors and their representatives.  They don’t buy the Arlington line.  If those outside looking in don’t buy it, why should you?  Folks, the industry is about to go through a shakeup. I’m not predicting a date, but don’t just mark your calendar. prepare for it yourself.  Start with staying truly informed, and avoid the deceptions that profit others but are costing independents, perhaps like you.

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Gus’ message came in response to a series of exposes on issues within manufactured housing, as well as tips, strategies and opportunities.

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With no further adieu, let’s dive into the headlines from the varied corners of MHVille during the week that just was.

 

What’s New on the Masthead

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Multibillion Dollar Opportunities Knock in Solving Affordable Housing Crisis

Multibillion Dollar Opportunities Knock in Solving Affordable Housing Crisis

 

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

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MHCC Addresses Multiple Issues, HUD Secretary Carson Praises Manufactured Homes at Meeting

MHCC Addresses Multiple Issues, HUD Secretary Carson Praises Manufactured Homes at Meeting

MHARR Calls on HUD Secretary to End Discriminatory And Exclusionary Zoning of HUD-Regulated Manufactured Homes

MHARR Calls on HUD Secretary to End Discriminatory And Exclusionary Zoning of HUD-Regulated Manufactured Homes

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

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Conventional or Manufactured Housing – Facts Matter, and Public Engagement Matters Too

Ultimate Reporters, Researchers, Affordable Housing Advocates, or Shoppers 3’rd Party Research 

 

What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

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Saturday 5.4.2019

George F. Allen’s Unity Call for MHI, MHARR, and National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) Examined

George F. Allen’s Unity Call for MHI, MHARR, and National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) Examined

 

Friday 5.3.2019 

Jobs Surge in April, Unemployment Rate Falls to the Lowest Since 1969, plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

Jobs Surge in April, Unemployment Rate Falls to the Lowest Since 1969, plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

HUD Secretary Carson on National TV, Touting Manufactured Housing, More Jobs & Investment Opportunities

HUD Secretary Carson on National TV, Touting Manufactured Housing, More Jobs & Investment Opportunities

Governor Signs 18’ Wide Single-Section Bill

Governor Signs 18’ Wide Single-Section Bill

Cowards, How Winning Is Done, and Manufactured Housing

Cowards, How Winning Is Done, and Manufactured Housing

 

Thursday 5.2.2019 

Holocaust Remembrance Day, You Don’t Know What Tough Is, and Ramadan

Holocaust Remembrance Day, You Don’t Know What Tough Is, and Ramadan

Top Ten Smaller Cities Millennials Moving to For Lower Housing Cost, Plus Stock Updates

Top Ten Smaller Cities Millennials Moving to For Lower Housing Cost, Plus Stock Updates

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Surprise Appearance at Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee, Exclusive Quotes – Addressing Manufactured Home Industry

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Surprise Appearance at Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee, Exclusive Quotes – Addressing Manufactured Home Industry

Warning – Number 1 Manufactured Housing State, Texas – Reports Month Over Month Rise, Year over Year Shipment Decline Continues

Warning – Number 1 Manufactured Housing State, Texas – Reports Month Over Month Rise, Year over Year Shipment Decline Continues

 

Wednesday 5.1.2019

Newly Published Regional State Data Reflects Gainers, Losers in New Manufactured Homes Shipped

Newly Published Regional State Data Reflects Gainers, Losers in New Manufactured Homes Shipped

One Word From Fed’s Jerome Powell Sent Stocks Lower, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates  

Skyline Champion (SKY) Hedge Fund Dumps Shares, Value Declines

Skyline Champion (SKY) Hedge Fund Dumps Shares, Value Declines

MHARR Weighs in, HUD Secretary Carson Letter – “Discriminatory…Exclusionary Zoning of HUD-Regulated Manufactured Homes”

MHARR Weighs in, HUD Secretary Carson Letter – “Discriminatory…Exclusionary Zoning of HUD-Regulated Manufactured Homes”

 

Tuesday 4.30.2019 

New Manufactured Home Community Research Data – Site Fees, Occupancy Survey, YoY Changes, 20 Top U.S. Markets

New Manufactured Home Community Research Data – Site Fees, Occupancy Survey, YoY Changes, 20 Top U.S. Markets

Barron’s Big Money Manager Survey Democratic, Trump, Congress Result$, plus MH Stock Updates

Barron’s Big Money Manager Survey Democratic, Trump, Congress Result$, plus MH Stock Updates

National Association of Home Builders Co-Hosting HUD Innovative Housing Showcase

National Association of Home Builders Co-Hosting HUD Innovative Housing Showcase

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

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

 

Monday 4.29.2019

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

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

Cruise Ship Retiring at Sea? Will it Eat Into 55 Plus Community or Assisted Living? Plus, Manufactured Home Market Updates

Cruise Ship Retiring at Sea? Will it Eat Into 55 Plus Community or Assisted Living? Plus, Manufactured Home Market Updates

New Investigation, Insider Trades, Hedge Fund Dumps Cavco Industries (CVCO)

New Investigation, Insider Trades, Hedge Fund Dumps Cavco Industries (CVCO)

Secretary Carson Letter Lights Fuse for Explosive Change, Obliquely Addresses Manufactured Housing Action Concerns

Secretary Carson Letter Lights Fuse for Explosive Change, Obliquely Addresses Manufactured Housing Action Concerns

 

Sunday 4.28.2019 

Manufactured Housing – White Hats, Black Hats, Investing, Consumers, MH Independents

 

Manufactured Housing – White Hats, Black Hats, Investing, Consumers, MH Independents

 

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HUD Secretary Carson on National TV, Touting Manufactured Housing, More Jobs & Investment Opportunities

May 3rd, 2019 Comments off

 

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For over a year, the Daily Business News on MHProNews has been virtually alone in the industry’s trade media in periodically spotlighting the Opportunity Zones that were part of the Trump Administration tax and economic stimulus plans. Given the nation’s complex ‘carrots and sticks’ federal tax system, the Opportunity Zones are a plan that provides significant incentives to invest in thousands of locations in the states and Puerto Rico to create new private-sector investments that would generate those coveted ‘higher paying jobs.’

 

 

Last week, HUD Secretary Carson made an appearance on Steve Hilton’s “The Next Revolution” on Fox News, to discuss details to those Opportunity Zones.  Carson chairs a team on that initiative, but what made this interesting that in the context of that discussion, he raised the issue of manufactured homes. The secretary’s comments were positive, useful for the industry, and occurred in the back half of this under 7-minute video interview.

Taken in conjunction with Secretary Carson’s positive comments to the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee reported first exclusively here on MHProNews, they are an obvious part of the case to be made to promote the manufactured housing industry’s long-overdue recovery.

Those positive comments by Secretary Carson to the MHCC are now found on the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) website, at this link here, as part of their new and more detailed Washington Updates report.

Since the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) was also at that same event, why are Secretary Carson’s comments missing from their website?

 

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There are 4 articles on MHI’s website that mention Secretary Carson, but none of them are recent or mention Manufactured Housing, the MHCC comments, or the opportunity zone topic.  They put it out to their members via email.  So why not post it on their website, where the world will see it?

What about MHI’s social media?

There was nothing on Twitter from MHI on this topic.  On April dates before or since the date of the broadcast on Fox News of Secretary Carson, there were lots of pretty photos.

Here below are two examples.

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But once more, no actual, substantive comments from MHI about the Steve Hilton interview with Carson. Why not?  Why does MHI tout the Carson comments only in their email to their own members?

Singing to the choir is fine.  But isn’t it the broader national audience that needs to be converted to the notion that manufactured homes are a solution?

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The numbers for March 2019 manufactured home shipments are in.  They are down once more, for the 7th month, as recent signals from MHProNews reflected.  We’ll have our report on Monday.

Factory backlogs from a Clayton plant and others are reportedly down significantly from this time last year. That may signal that this down-trend will linger.

 

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Regardless of what the powers-that-be may wish to posture or claim, the downturn can’t be pawned off on FEMA, inventory adjustments, or any other excuse. Yes, the John Oliver “Mobile Homes” video is recent.  The impact on the market is not yet known, but are we expecting it to boost sales?

The reality is that manufactured housing has had more problematic news for years than positive news.  MHI’s prior chairman admitted that there is a case to be made to respond to every bad news report.  Why is it that MHI has failed to do so?

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If retail demand and wholesale orders for more rental homes were there, orders and production from factories would obviously be rising.

Back to Secretary Carson.

Per Steve Hilton’s interview YouTube page, the interview focused on “Ben Carson on Trump administration efforts to boost economic development in distressed areas. Carson also discusses the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new ‘opportunity zones’ program.” But as noted, Dr. Carson ties those zones directly in with the home ownership and the role that manufactured homes should play.  That ought to be celebrated and spotlighted by industry professionals, not just here on MHProNews, but throughout the industry – and to the public at large.

Our platforms have and will publish this for the professional and the public.  Will others follow suit?

The HUD code home industry has perhaps the friendliest voice in Secretary Carson since the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA) was passed. Yet, both Democratic and Republican administrations have failed to fully and properly implement the MHIA 2000, and MHARR recently noted in a document to Secretary Carson, linked here.

MHI and their apologists need to carefully digest what the MHARR said in the 3 reports, linked below.

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Skyline Champion (SKY) Hedge Fund Dumps Shares, Value Declines

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Sankaty Advisors Llc decreased its stake in Skyline Champion Corporation (SKY) by 29.6% based on its latest 2018Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Sankaty Advisors Llc sold 2.01 million shares as the company’s stock declined 5.55% while stock markets rallied. The hedge fund held 4.79M shares of the homebuilding company at the end of 2018Q4, valued at $70.32M, down from 6.80M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Sankaty Advisors Llc who had been investing in Skyline Champion Corporation for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $1.15B market cap company,” per Crypto Coins Tribune.

 

That investment group/hedge fund is not alone. Typos are in the original of what follows.

  • It has been reported that multiple insider activity took place at Skyline Champion Corporation (SKY),” said GV Times. BAIN CAPITAL CREDIT MEMBER, LL sold 4,787,131 shares in transaction occurred on 2019/03/05.”
  • On 2019/03/05 MAK CAPITAL ONE LLC, at SKY, dumped 1,500,000 shares at an average price of $20.21 per share. The selling total is valued at $22,032,847,” per that same source, which also reported the following.
  • CENTERBRIDGE CAPITAL PARTNERS had divested 4,313,071 shares through a trade on 2019/03/05.”

Obviously, there are buyers, not just sellers, of SKY.

But the graphic below tells an important tale of the ticker tape.  The Daily Business News on MHProNews has selected that same date as the SEC letter to Cavco Industries was announced as the arbitrary date for that arrow.  That said, while Cavco’s woes may or may not impact others, there are reasons that GV believes help explain their decline.

 

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SKY “is trading at rather expensive levels at just over 2.85x price/book and 1.06x price/sales. Compared to others, Skyline Champion Corporation is in a different league with regards to profitability, having net margins of -6.1%. To put some perspective around this, the industry’s average net margin is 6.67%. SKY’s ROE is -22.1%, which is also considerably worse than the industry’s ROE of 15.57%. It’s also very liquid in the near term, with a current ratio of 1.5. The stock has a debt/capital of 0.25.”

The Post Analyst said, “Skyline Champion Corporation Revenue for the most recent quarter grew by -1.15% from the last quarter, totaling $351.36 million.”

All of this has to be considered in the light of the affordable housing crisis, and the historic underperformance of the industry. Who says the industry has serious upside? Skyline Champion.  They say the long-term average annually has been some 224,000 new homes, but for the last 12 years, HUD Code manufactured home shipments have failed to top 100,000. What’s going on?

 

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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?

 

There’s more to these factoids.  Skyline Champion has utilized a combination of MHI, MHVillage, MHInsider, and ManufacturedHomes at various times in the last year, and yet the firm is still struggling with their numbers.  Notice: as a disclaimer, while MHProNews/MHLivingNews and ManufacturedHomes have done some projects jointly in the past, we have never been jointly owned.

 

The problem if months of at least 6 months of overall industry decline in sales during an affordable housing crisis need to be traced back to issues that industry expert and publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach has repeatedly made in recent years.  Namely that pretty pictures, or sharp videos are not at the heart of the industry’s challenges.

 

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The Skyline-Champion video that follows is elegant work.  Watch it, but then look at the data that follows.

 

 

But the reality is that problematic videos often get more views than positive ones like the one above.

 

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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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A tip has brought us that upcoming exclusive. The teaser of headline news that we already know will be coming aside, let’s swerve back to Richardson at HUD’s PD&R department.

 

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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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Nussbaum’s point mirrors that of Jim Collins, who has written university level studies of big companies that eventually failed.  One is named, “How the Mighty Fall.” Graphic design above by MHProNews.

 

 

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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Bipartisan Praise for Manufactured Housing, What’s Next

April 26th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Wheat and chaff. Let’s give credit where it is due. These two video clips were obtained by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). That’s good. They represent bipartisan praise for manufactured homes as an important part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis. That’s good too.

 

One might wonder why these videos aren’t on YouTube, or why they aren’t being prominently promoted. After all, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro is now a Democratic contender for their party’s nomination for president in 2020. Secretary Ben Carson, MD, is a former 2020 presidential contender. Both men are respected by their respective political party’s.

 

 

But these video statements – freely made by the top person of the federal agency that has primary oversight over federally regulated HUD Code manufactured homes are useful.

 

 

So too was the bipartisan statement made at the state level by a committee that studied manufactured homes. See that report, linked below.

 

 

 

The positive facts about manufactured housing are well known in industry circles. Some third-party, academic-style research in 2018 likewise amounted to praise of the industry. Perhaps the most notable was the research done recently was by the National Association of Realtors, Certified Business Economist (CBE), Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton. So why has MHI not posted that on their website?

 

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As this and other fact-checks reveals, there’s an increasingly evident pattern of failures to properly promote manufactured housing that one can discern at MHI. They question becomes, why? They know about the Cororaton’s useful NAR research. The Arlington, VA based trade group also knows about those two videos, and numbers of others like them.

A trade group sharing such informational/educational material that corrects or clarifies facts about our industry’s housing products and services with industry members is fine. But it isn’t enough.

 

It’s the general public that needs convincing.

 

It is also local public officials that need to be made aware of letters like the one linked here from HUD to a local jurisdiction, reminding them that they could not supersede federal authority.

MHProNews research has identified numerous third-party reports that are useful for referencing the proven value of federally preemptive HUD Code manufactured housing.  That research dates back for over 20 years.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) website has a clearly stated aim to achieve industry growth. They have identified specific issues that are holding the industry’s retailers, communities, and developers back from achieving far higher levels of new HUD Code home sales.  A search of their website reveals several references to Enhanced Preemption. See composite screen capture below, from earlier today.  They are a production, not post-production, trade association representing independent builders of federally regulated manufactured homes.

 

 

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So why is it that MHI as an ‘umbrella’ association that claims to represent “all segments of factory-built housing” – which clearly includes post-production interests – has no mention at all of enhanced preemption.  This search was repeated today, which had the same result as on the previous date shown.

 

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Both sources with MHI, and MHI’s outside counsel, have stated that they monitor our website. MHI leaders have been asked directly about this issue. No changes. Given the issues the industry faces on zoning and placement, why are they allowing one of the best arguments to go unused?

 

When NIMBY and other factors are causing the industry to face pushback, solution oriented professionals must ask, what are the steps that can be taken to address these issues?

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Certainly, part of it is educational.  Local jurisdictions that are taking an anti-affordable housing, or anti-manufactured home stance need to be made aware of the economic harm that their posture causes.  The negative aspect of that is where “Seattle is Dying” and related reports come in.

 

 

That is also where “Fear” comes in, because that report originally published here, and update on MHLivingNews at the linked text-image box below lays out the economic benefits from fostering more affordable housing, all by references to third-party research.

 

 

The above are association work, or the work of a business/investor willing to tackle that locally, knowing the upside profit potential from having done so.

Finally, it could also – at least in theory – be the grounds for a civil rights case by impacted citizens.  In such a scenario, such as exists in Bryan, TX, recovery of legal fees plus damages could be a potential outcome.

 

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MHI in an oblique response to our repeatedly raised concerns has taken to showing photos of their staff or elected leaders with public officials.  What good are those examples of access actually doing the industry?  Are they not in fact a striking case of MHI failing to use that access in furtherance of the interests of independents who want to see new HUD Code manufactured home sales growth?

 

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What practical impact have these prior photo ops actually resulted in, other than photos that MHI uses to impress people with their access? Why not use that access to get HUD to make enhanced preemption a routinely enforced reality?

 

What’s next from MHI? When will they do their self-proclaimed job?  When will they use their self-proclaimed clout?  Photo opportunities alone are meaningless, perhaps even embarrassing, if they don’t ultimately result in timely solutions to issues such as the full implementation of Duty to Serve, or correcting the zoning/placement issues that exist from coast-to-coast.

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YIMBY Action, Extreme Housing Shortage, and Manufactured Homes

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Has MHI reached out to YIMBY Action?

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

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

 

 

 

Hard to Overstate the Needs

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

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

 

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

 

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HUD Secretary Carson to Host Innovative Housing Showcase Featuring Affordable Housing Solutions

April 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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Late last March, the Department of Housing and Urban Development notified MHProNews that there would be a special “Innovative Housing Showcase.”

 

That initial release is now more useful to spotlight, for reasons that will become obvious.  Let’s start with the guts of their statement.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced that HUD will host its inaugural “Innovative Housing Showcase” on the National Mall on June 1-5, 2019, to educate policy makers and the broader public on the new housing innovations and building technologies that are addressing affordable housing challenges across the country.

The Showcase will highlight various solutions that could make housing more affordable for American families and more resilient during natural disasters. Both public and private sector entities that are interested in showcasing their technologies are encouraged to apply…to exhibit.”

WHAT: HUD to Host Inaugural “Innovative Housing Showcase”
WHEN: June 1-5, 2019
WHERE: National Mall, Washington, D.C.
DETAILS: Please visit www.hud.gov/innovative_housing.

 

Note that it doesn’t specifically mention manufactured housing. Perhaps with good reason, because for years, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) failed to do what the National Association of Realtors (NAR) or the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) or others did.  Namely, promote the manufactured housing option, as those other associations promote their form of home ownership.

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MHProNews has called MHI out for this in recent years.  Even that resulted in ‘no comment.’

But given HUD’s announcement, and the decision by two of their member producers to exhibit at this upcoming event, MHI obliquely admitted their need to pivot.

According to MHI today, MHI members Adventure Homes and Skyline Champion have reserved spaces to display manufactured homes as part of the showcase and others may still participate.”

Thus, “…Homes on the Hill” Summer Legislative Fly-In on June 3 & 4. This year’s event has been rescheduled and revamped to coordinate our annual event with the manufactured homes that will be on display on the National Mall that week.”  The underlining was added to emphasize their admission that member companies apparently dragged MHI into this decision.

 

Gomer Pyle…

For shame, for shame, for shame,” was a punch line used by the character Gomer Pile, USMC played by the late Jim Neighbors, to chastise those who needed correction.

If the shoe fits…?

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MHI is arguably being occasionally dragged into doing their self-proclaimed jobs of representing “all segments of factory-built housing,” a way of saying that they are responsible for both post-production and production issues.  If they care about promoting the industry, then why aren’t they leading in areas like this one?

While shipments have been in a 6-month decline, why has MHI been silent in the face of problematic actions by prominent members that sparked vexing headlines?

 

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A source with MHI ties suggests to the Daily Business News on MHProNews that shipment results may reflect an upturn when next month’s data comes out.  Time will soon tell.

But either way, why is MHI not promoting the ways to achieve what Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison said was possible, 500,000 new manufactured homes?

 

What Does MHI Gets High Marks For?

Arguably the answer is photo opportunities, that seem to result in no practical benefits for the industry.

 

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