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Apt Warning for Manufactured Housing Professionals, MH Customers, by Award Winning Journalist Sharyl Attkisson, TEDx

March 11th, 2019 Comments off

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become a wiser consumer of information, in an increasingly artificial and paid for reality,” said investigative journalist,” Sharyl Attkisson in the TEDx Talk posted below.  This intriguing talk has had over 1 million views.

 

 

Attkisson is “a five-time Emmy Award winner, a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting and a fourth degree black belt in TaeKwonDo,” says Amazon.

In under 11 minutes, Attkisson – whose work the Daily Business News on MHProNews has cited numerous times, lays out real and hypothetical examples of how research, studies, news, and social media can all be astroturfed or manipulated by special interests, that seek to advance their own agendas.

 

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources. 

Without denying the potential value of other journalists, fact-check sites like Snopes, or that Wikipedia may have good information on it, Attkisson lays out evidence of the methods she’s uncovered by he research that are used to twist what may seem on the surface to be sound information.

Astroturfed spin can then skew what reporters, fact-checkers, or research sites produce, she explains.

It is all done to shape the view of reality of readers and viewers, says Attkisson, to accomplish someone’s or some organization’s hidden agenda.  She mentions – among the tools that are used by astroturfers – nonprofit groups that are funded by semi-hidden third parties that seek to advance and agenda for their own obvious gain.

Noting that Kevin Clayton touted their use of nonprofits in the video on the page linked here, we will return to other points of how her TEDx talk applies to manufactured housing shortly.

 

Clues to Spot Misinformation

But first, what are the clues that someone might look for to spot manipulated information?

When one hears an echo chamber effect from several sources that all say the same thing, does that make the information reliable?  Or is that echo chamber itself a flag for Astroturfed and manipulated information that seeks to advance a hidden agenda?

Here’s her TEDx video.

 


Quotes and Pointers For Savvier Consumption of News and Views

Hallmarks of astroturfing include the use of inflammatory language” says Attkisson. Examples she gives include ‘crank, quack, nutty, lies, paranoid, and conspiracy.’  For the multiple award-winning Attkisson, evidence is what should matter.

Attkisson says:

  • Astroturfers claim to debunk myths that aren’t myths at all.” She explains that use of charged language “tests well” with audiences.

 

  • Without using the phrase ‘ad hominem attacks’ that is precisely what she is describing that is often done to target people, personalities, or organizations – when facts are not being examined, or are being deliberately ignored. Demonstrable facts and evidence should be the focus, says Attkisson. People can better draw valid conclusions based on facts, not hyperbole or highly charged but deceptive dodges.

 

  • Most of all, Astroturfers reserve all of their public skepticism for those exposing wrongdoing, rather than the wrongdoers.” Instead of questioning authority, they question those who question authority, says Attkisson.

 

  • By following her tips, she compares it to taking off your smudged glasses, properly cleaning them, and realizing how foggy the vision has been.

 

In this video, Attkisson says she can’t resolve the problem, but hopes people will be motivated to take of those proverbial glasses and wipe them, to become a wiser consumer of information, in an increasingly artificial and paid for reality.

With that tee up, let’s look at a specific example of how this applies to manufactured housing today. Because the nation is in an affordable housing crisis. Yet the most proven solution is being largely marginalize and ignored. A partial explanation for how that is being accomplished is suggested in part by her TEDx Talk video.

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How Attkisson’s Lesson Applies to Manufactured Housing, Impacting Business and Homeowners Alike

MHProNews opens with that this Monday morning, 3.11.2019 for very specific reasons. Let’s give one example. The money trail that funds the left-wing activist group MHAction reveals traces back in part to funding by Warren Buffett connected foundations and nonprofits, such as the Tides Foundation. MHAction was decried by others who hold a similarly ‘progressive’ agenda, because they have made false claims, said the president of the Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League (GSMOL).

On seemingly the opposite side of the fence from MHAction is the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).  That Arlington, VA based business trade group says it represents “all segments of factory-built housing.”  But it very obviously gets a large amount of funding from Berkshire Hathaway owned brands, like Clayton Homes, 21 Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF), Shaw Carpeting, and others. MHI and MHAction each are getting dollars from the same deep pockets that originate in Omaha, NE.

The net result of MHAction or MHI interaction – or lack of the same – with the media on specific issues often helps shape news coverage.   The question that journalists ought to be asking, using Attkisson logic, should include what is the agenda behind the money?

Yesterday, in an analysis by industry expert and MHProNews publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, he made the point that if Buffett wanted the compelling facts about manufactured housing to be clearly known, he has the resources to make that possible. Yet, more than 15 years since he has purchased Clayton Homes and other part of the industry, manufactured housing is at a lower sales level than it was when he made his acquisitions and billions in investments.

A logical conclusion from the known facts and evidence is that Buffett, Clayton et al want to keep the industry depressed, as they buy up pieces at a discounted value while avoiding antitrust scrutiny. See the full analysis linked here.

Time and again, what MHI and their surrogates do is continue to spew their party line, while ducking authentic discussion or debate over their practices and clearly poor results.  Attkisson’s TedX talk helps clarify the methodologies used by MHProNews, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) and others like the newly formed National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) who tired of MHI excuses, after years of failed performance.

Attkisson’s tip will help bring into focus some of the larger forces at play that influence our industry, and the nation at large.  That’s this morning’s “New Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

 

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Bad News Is Coming to MHVille, Again. Three Vital Stages for Manufactured Housing Professionals

March 4th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The numbers for new HUD Code manufactured home shipments for January, 2019 are in.

 

The latest data from IBTS and HUD are sobering.  The decline that began in 2018 for new HUD Code manufactured home shipments are continuing. We’ll have a separate report with the facts.

It’s is the latest ‘wake up’ call – or alarm – for manufactured housing professionals who have had their fingers crossed.  There are those who for whatever reason want to hope, trust, close their eyes, drink, do more social media, binge on TV, or do whatever wishful thinking they chose – instead of admitting the facts, and then acting.

 

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All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, per BrainyQuote.

 

 

The Stages of Manufactured Housing Truth?

  • MHI’s Arguably Deliberately Mislead the Manufactured Housing Industry and its Professionals.
  • How so? MHProNews was alone in spotlighting the highly questionable – or deliberately misleading video – that MHI produced last fall, designed to get new members in, and get current members to renew their membership.  They spoke about “momentum.” If so, it is momentum in reverse.  Instead of explaining or defending this based on evidence, MHI instead hired an a outside attorney to threaten this publication, see that report linked here.
  • It should be obvious that when MHI had the three largest producers as members, that they could or should have known in advance what those trends would be. After all, each producer knows what they produce, precisely.  The industry finds out later.  MHProNews had heads up messages from MHI-only members as to what was coming. That’s why MHProNews raised the flag last fall, because we had reliable sources telling us what was coming.
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Still from MHI Video, logos added by MHProNews.  Logically, the powers-that-be knew this was bunk when they produced it, or did they mean – momentum in reverse?  Shipments dropped in January 2019, as our upcoming report will break down the data.

 

2) The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has said for years what they summarized recently in their “Illusion of Motion” report. Prior to that, they issued a detailed report about 18 months ago explaining why there had to be a new post-production trade group to represent the interests of manufactured housing independents.

  • Two state community associations broke ranks with MHI in 2017 and stated on-the-record that they did so due to MHI’s failure to represent their interests. They formed a new association in 2018, NAMHCO – the National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners. NAMHCO recently hired a lobbyist, so their organizational efforts are underway.
  • There’s been discussion for years about forming a new post-production association, such as the MHIdea. With all that has been revealed about Clayton-21st and the ‘Warren Buffett Strategic-Economic Moat’ strategy – coupled with dozens of reports by MHProNews – how much more evidence is needed?

If the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis – which has been routinely invited to explain our concerns, if they can – some of their actions and claims, vs. the results. They’ve been mute.  Yet, a Clayton Marketing Manager offered praise for our trade media work as a “thought leader” in the industry. Kevin Clayton, Tim Williams are among those that have praised our work in writing.  Perhaps they and their surrogates thought that we’d never catch on?

 

Manufactured Housing Institute Members Defending MHI, Great Debate About Manufactured Home Industry Progress, Problems, and Profits

 

There are still MHI defenders, and we’ll share a link to one, above, and another MHIer on the record defense by an MHI board member in report from another coming soon to the Daily Business News on MHProNews. Stay tuned.

 

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3) Clear and Pressing Need for a Post Production Association, Organizing Discussions at Tunica Show

Some are from parts of the U.S. that may not normally go to the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, we get that fact. For those, feel free to touch base to schedule a time to chat with us by phone or via a Go-To-Meeting type discussion.

Hundreds of independents are expected at the 2019 Tunica Show, coming up later this month. Send us a message, and we’ll set a time for group or private discussions.

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Contact Tony@MHMSM.com for meeting times at Tunica 2019 in March. Put the phrase, New MH Association Inquiry in the subject line. Or Call 863-213-4090.

The time to act is now. If new manufactured home shipments continue to drop, the math is sad by clear. More manufactured home independents will fail.

 

The Good News?

The good news is that the trends can be reversed, but only by changing course. That can be done individually or in groups see the graphic above to get set for the discussion. See the related reports, further below, to learn the troubling trends, and patterns of causation.

Manufactured homes arguably should be selling at ten times or more the sales currently experienced. Would you like to see a 10x increase in honestly earned sales? To learn more click here or above. That’s this morning’s installment of manufactured housing professional focused “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

 

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HUD Warns PHAs, Manufactured Housing Pros – Take Note

February 20th, 2019 Comments off

 

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A manufactured home community (MHC) professional told MHProNews that the single largest competitor for our industry is subsidized housing.  Ponder that statement.

 

That and the recent Daily Business News on MHProNews report linked here and further below about ‘appalling’ are apt backgrounds for the following stern warning from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The change by HUD is arguably long overdue, as the problems have noted have endured through Democratic and Republican administrations.

The best pull-quote from below is by HUD Secretary Ben Carson, M.D.: It’s become painfully clear to us that too many public housing authorities and private landlords whom we contract with were using the weeks before their inspection to make quick fixes, essentially gaming the system,” said Secretary Carson.

Here’s the new HUD release to MHProNews, which will be followed by related comments and reports.

 

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HUD TO DRASTICALLY CUT NOTICE FOR INSPECTIONS OF PUBLIC HOUSING AND PRIVATELY OWNED APARTMENT BUILDINGS

14-day advance notice designed to encourage year-round maintenance

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced it is dramatically reducing the advance notice it provides to public housing authorities (PHAs) and private owners of HUD-subsidized apartment developments before their housing is inspected to ensure it is decent, safe and healthy.  HUD’s new standard provides PHAs and private owners of HUD-assisted housing 14 calendar days’ notice before an inspection, a dramatic reduction from the current notice which can frequently extend up to four months. Read HUD’s notice.

In addition, HUD is launching a series of listening sessions around the nation to gather input from the public and HUD stakeholders about a planned pilot program to test innovative new approaches to inspecting HUD-assisted properties.  Initial listening sessions are planned in Philadelphia, Fort Worth, Atlanta, Detroit and Seattle.

Currently, HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) provides advance notice before a scheduled inspection which frequently extends up to 120 days. This amount of lead time allows certain public housing authorities and property owners to undertake cosmetic, ‘just-in-time’ repairs to their properties rather than adopting year-round maintenance practices.

It’s become painfully clear to us that too many public housing authorities and private landlords whom we contract with were using the weeks before their inspection to make quick fixes, essentially gaming the system,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The action we take today is part of a broader review of our inspections so we can be true to the promise of providing housing that’s decent, safe and healthy to the millions of families we serve.”

Today’s notice is part of a wholesale reexamination of REAC’s inspection process that Secretary Carson launched shortly after taking office. HUD will be consulting with PHAs and property owners over the next several months to discuss other improvements to REAC’s process.

REAC is responsible for inspecting properties owned and operated by approximately 3,700 local public housing authorities nationwide.  In addition, REAC-contracted inspectors evaluate approximately 23,000 privately owned apartment buildings.  Combined, approximately 96 percent of these properties pass their inspections.

Still, it has been HUD’s observation that many public housing authorities and private owners of HUD-subsidized housing have grown accustomed to REAC’s 20-year-old inspection regime and, in some cases, invest more resources in passing minimal inspection requirements rather than satisfying their obligation to provide quality housing.

Beginning 30 days after publication of this notice, HUD employees and contract inspectors acting on behalf of HUD shall provide property owners and their agents 14 calendar days of notice prior to their inspection.  If an owner/agent declines, cancels or refuses entry for an inspection, a presumptive score of “0” (zero) will be recorded. If the second attempt results in a successful inspection within seven calendar days, the resulting score will be recorded.

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

— End of extended quote from HUD release. —

 

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“Appalled” said David McCarthy – HUD Cites “Substandard Conditions,” But How Many Multi-Million Opportunities for Investors and Manufactured Housing Pro?

The announcement, while it should be welcomed by virtually everyone, must be viewed by what follows.  There is certainly a manifest need for the industry to step up and offer HUD an alternative, but where is the post-production leadership for doing that?  See the related reports, below. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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“Appalled” said David McCarthy – HUD Cites “Substandard Conditions,” But How Many Multi-Million Opportunities for Investors and Manufactured Housing Pro?

February 16th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Rebecca Luyre at the Hartford Courant reported the cancellation of a HUD Section 8 contract for affordable housing at aging buildings named Barbour Gardens in that city in Connecticut.

 

Protests over the dismal living conditions at a North End apartment complex have cut short the federal government’s $750,000-a-year contract with an absentee landlord, a win for Hartford residents campaigning against slumlords’ grip on city housing,” wrote Luyre for the Courant.

It is a tale that goes well beyond Hartford, CT. In cities and towns across America, there are multifamily and other properties that are marginal or poor in quality, but still get federal or other funding.

 

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This tragic tale should stir questions for our industry’s professionals and investors like those that follow.

  • Does this case highlight numerous possible opportunities to profitably correct such wrongs with modern manufactured homes?
  • Why couldn’t investors and manufactured home professionals team up to replace such horrible projects?
  • Wouldn’t the costs often be lower using brand new manufactured homes than it would be for rehabbing aging properties, with the returns coming more rapidly, and with higher ROI?

Depending on the property or configuration of a given site, multilevel and/or single-family manufactured home living could be offered vs. remodeled apartments. Given that HUD also overseas manufactured housing, which enjoys “enhanced preemption,” aren’t the woes that HUD and the public cited in Luyre’s report – linked here – yet another reason why modern federally certified manufactured home sales ought to be soaring?

 

 

Hartford Woes… “Appalled”

This is reportedly the third time in a year in Hartford that “affordable housing” was found to be substandard, and HUD pulled a contract for the federal agency’s support.

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McCarthy is the founder and president of Heritage Housing Inc., based in Norwalk, CT.

According to that firm’s website, “David R. McCarthy founded Heritage Housing, Inc. in 2017 and serves as its President.  David has thirteen years of experience in real estate development and acquisitions with a specialty in affordable housing.  David developed or preserved over 1,000 units of affordable housing prior to founding Heritage Housing, Inc. and worked on projects that ranged from 10 to 400 units and from $3 million to $100 million.  He is deeply familiar with 9% and 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits; tax-exempt bond financing; HUD Project-Based Section 8 programs and Section 236, Section 221(d)4, and Section 223(f) financing; public housing authority Project-Based Voucher and RAD programs; and HOME / state funding programs.  He has worked on projects in Connecticut, New Jersey, Michigan, and West Virginia.”

Clearly, this scenario reflects the multibillion dollar potential market factory-built housing professionals are leaving largely untapped.  The opportunities for uses of modern manufactured homes go well beyond what is now routinely at play.

Not unrelated, an industry community owner/operator told MHProNews that in their view, the largest competitor to manufactured homes are subsidized rental housing units.

The Courant states that McCarthy had been in talks with HUD, the city of Hartford, and the Barbour Street property’s owner – ADAR Hartford Realty, LLC – since November about buying the 1960s-era brick façade buildings.  The plan was to invest more than $7.5 million in renovations.  How many HUD Code manufactured homes could be purchased and permanently installed in that city for those sums?

 

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That Barbour Gardens apartment was described as a “mold- and vermin-ridden complex” that has 84 units for low-income residents.

The conditions became so bad that residents turned to a local church and organized to protest.

Barbour Gardens’ residents-turned-activists rallied around HUD’s decision at a news conference at Urban Hope Refuge Church. They organized last year with support from church pastor A.J. Johnson and his colleagues at the Christian Activities Council, a city nonprofit,” wrote Luyre.

Pastor Johnson said residents “…demand accountability from HUD for the devastation caused to the residents and to the community at large, as the scandal of warehousing the poor and segregated communities has clearly come to light.”

 

Hartford is Far From Alone

That phrase from Johnson rings familiar with those Daily Business News on MHProNews readers who recall how actively retired Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. had blasted the warehousing of people like cattle in such projects.

 

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The Columbia Point Housing Project had near the end of its life cycle only some 300 housing units that were habitable. That’s the same number Donald Tye, Jr. used in his example to describe the better way for people and government. Quality, affordable single-family manufactured homes.

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Tye explained his family’s history with factory-built homes, which were positive.

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See video interview linked here, and more further below under related reports.

 

Put differently, this sad saga in Hartford has been an ongoing issue with a number of public housing projects for decades.  It’s an issue that spans Democratic and Republican administrations. The scenario described by Lurye’s report could well be playing out in one or more locations not far from you. Which again begs the question, how can the HUD Code industry’s so-called leaders not see the many paths for growth that are available?

 

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It is arguably one more reason that the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has failed not only the industry’s independents, but also hundreds of thousands of Americans like those who are trapped in such poor circumstances as the Hartford Courant described.  It is why #HousingChoice should become part of the industry’s mantra.

Barbour Gardens in Hartford – and any other cases like it elsewhere – are examples why a post-production association – and/or enterprising investors with an informed attorney and manufactured housing professionals in tow – could tap into numerous possible ways of profitably improving people’s lives.

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Zillow Research Reveals Impact of Rising Rents on Homelessness, Affordable Housing Advocates, Public Officials, and Investors Take Note

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In a press release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, Zillow has timed the results of their own study on homelessness in the U.S.A. near the date that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annual report to Congress occurred.

 

The Zillow findings are eye opening. The real estate website powerhouse asserts, among other points, that HUD has long underestimated the actual count of homelessness in the U.S. by some 20 percent.

 

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Communities where people spend more than 32 percent of their income on rent can expect a more rapid increase in homelessness, according to new Zillow-sponsored research on the size and root causes of the nation’s homelessness challenge. The research also estimates that the scale of homelessness nationwide has been undercounted by roughly 115,000 people, or 20 percent,” per Zillow’s study.

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The video posted below gives a snapshot into the report.

 

 

MHProNews will plan a more in-depth review of the Zillow findings, perhaps after Christmas. Because once more, the facts from Zillow and HUD alike point to several vexing issues that should cause minds and hearts to stir into action.

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If HUD is correct, and you can see our report from HUD in the related reports linked below the byline and notices, over 550,000 Americans are homeless in the U.S.

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But if Zillow is correct, that number stands at some 660,000 souls.

As Christmas approaches, and tens of millions celebrate of the birth two thousand years ago of the child Jesus in a stable, it seems that public policy has failed hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens.

The video and research are troubling, but also point to opportunities to turn their plight into a promise for a better future that our industry should be front and center in by making homelessness here history.

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Passages, Rodrick Dennis ‘Monty’ Montange

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Rodrick Dennis “Monty” Montagne,

Navy veteran, musician and manufactured housing industry professional Roderick Dennis “Monty” Montange, 80, has passed at his home on Friday July 7, 2017.

Montange was born to parents Rodrick and Evelyn Montagne on August 23, 1936 in Fargo, North Dakota – per the Billings Gazette.

It wasn’t until after his time in the Navy, where he met his wife, Beatrice Joanne Borsvold, that he moved to Montana where he lived out the rest of his life.

Though he served in the military, it was in manufactured housing that “Monty” said was his favorite career.  That was reflected in the fact that it was also the industry he spent the most time in.

Along with working in the manufactured housing industry, Montange also enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing his guitar.

He played local venues with other local bands and musicians, though he enjoyed it most when the opportunity arose to sing with his wife.

Survived by Montange is his wife Beatrice, their three sons Dennis, Roderick and Donald, brothers Pierre and Gary, and sisters Sandra, Linda and Margret, as well as his brother-in-law, Robert Borsvold, and a number of both grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

MHProNews extends its deepest sympathies to his family. # #

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Tax Facts 2016-2017, Business, Jobs and You

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Thousands of manufactured housing professionals – along with several million manufactured home owners – join with citizens from coast-to-coast in the final mad dash to complete and file their 2016 income tax returns by the midnight, April 18, 2017 deadline.

Thus MHProNews is hereby providing key facts from a variety of sources about the income tax that will prove eye-opening and useful, as tax policy will soon take center stage in Washington, D.C.

How High Are Current Federal Tax Collections?

MHProNews has learned from CNSNews that, according to the federal government’s Monthly Treasury Statement, the government collected record amounts of individual and payroll taxes in the first six months of the fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2016 thru March 31, 2017), raking in $695,291,000,000 in individual income taxes.  That’s $7,387,280,000 more than the $688,003,720,000 in individual income taxes that the federal government collected in the first six months of fiscal 2016. (All figures herein are using constant 2017 dollars.)

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Social Security and other payroll taxes collected by the IRS for the first six months of the fiscal year (FY) amounted to $547,591,000,000, about $2,731,820,000 more than the $544,491,000,000 in Social Security and other payroll taxes that the government collected in the first six months of fiscal 2016.

However, compared to the first six months of FY 2016, total tax collections dropped from $1,513,124,070,000 in total to $1,473,137,000,000, a decline of $39,987,070,000, largely due to a drop in corporate income tax collections. Corporate receipts fell from $124,954,730,000 in the first six months of FY 2016 to $100,234,000,000 (in constant 2017 dollars) for the same period of FY 2017, a drop of $24,720,730,000.

Additionally, customs duties collections also fell $1,179,869,000 in the first six months of FY 2017 over the same period of 2016; and excise tax collections dropped as well, falling $2,745,320,000 for that same period, all in constant 2017 dollars.

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This results in the federal government running a $526,855,000,000 deficit through the first six months of this fiscal year, because while the Treasury was collecting $1,473,137,000,000 in total taxes, it spent $1,999,991,000,000.

Based on the 153,000,000 people working in the U. S., the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the $1,473,137,000,000 collected in total taxes collected equates to $9,628 for each working person. The $526,855,000,000 deficit equals about $3,443 for every person with a job.

How Much Time is Being Spent on Income Tax Related Items?

As Forbes informs MHProNews, Americans will spend over 8.9 billion hours complying with IRS requirements for tax year 2016, amounting to 225,500,000 work weeks, based on a 40 hour week. According to The Tax Foundation, compliance will cost $409 billion for the year.

Why so expensive? Why so long?

The Tax Code has grown from 409,000 words in 1955 to 2.4 million words today, adding the equivalent of 89 words per day, with more to come despite Congress being in session only 111 days in 2016.

That doesn’t include Tax Regulations (the official interpretation of the Tax Code), which alone amounts to 7.7 million words, plus Proposed Regulations which are still waiting comments and testimony. There are also some 60,000 pages of related tax-related case law. All that time and complexity is good for tax lawyers, but reduces productivity and are barriers that discourage small business creation and expansion. So simplifying the code would create jobs and more news businesses, per the experts.

Snapshots of Income Tax History

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This chart at the left documents the growth of the income tax since its enactment 104 years ago. As Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said: “The American Income Tax is perhaps the most dramatic example of how government grows at the expense of liberty. Slowly. Constantly, Inexorably.”

Bottom Lines

An upcoming, follow up report will spotlight opportunities that the federal government has to save on expenditures, and thus cut the ballooning federal deficit. Armed with these facts, professionals are in a better position to discern truth from fiction as the debate over federal tax policy will soon be raging. ##

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Weaponized, Faked News Harms Manufactured Housing Homeowners, Professionals

February 26th, 2017 1 comment
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The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

– American Maxim.

 

Why not half-a-million [new manufactured homes sold annually]? We can get there.”

  – Richard “Dick” Jennison, president and CEO, Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

 

James McGee and Chet Murphree said it very well on a video, it’s all about education…This [MHI] advertorial approach was a mix of good, bad, inaccurate, and deceptive marketing on behalf of a national manufactured housing association. I’ve focused on the bad, because that is where the problems will come from. You would never see the NAHB or another national trade association blurt out such problematic nonsense.”

– Titus Dare, SVP of Eagle One Financial.

 

We have created a great industry that is in decay and under attack.  In order to change the perception of our industry, MH pros and leaders need to focus on the facts and true benefits regarding our products and communities to ensure our customers make educated decisions that fit their needs.”

– Tom Fath, manufactured home owner and industry professional.

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I would agree with MHI’s Richard “Dick” Jennison on this point. The manufactured housing industry can and should be selling 500,000 or more new homes annually,” said L. A. “Tony” Kovach to the Daily Business News.We can achieve that half million [+/-] new manufactured homes a year sustainably. It can be done with happy customers using sound loans, as opposed to problematic and unsustainable, lending.”

However,” says Kovach, “we won’t get there if MHI allows its president and other key people to sacrifice credibility and ethics.”

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Tom Fath’s complete commentary can be see by clicking the image above.

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L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach addressing industry professionals in an educational session.

 

“Some of what they do is demonstrably wrong, as concerns by third-party comments demonstrate,” Kovach said.It’s bad for MH homeowners and for independent businesses too. Thus, we have and will continue to call out Jennison, Lesli Gooch and others who we’ve previously exposed examples of their faked and weaponized news, which have been promoted by them to MHI members, the industry and to the public at large.”

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Quoted from StatePoint Advertorial, paid for – and touted by – MHI in recent meetings. Industry professionals are concerned that such questionable “marketing” will create credibility issues for manufactured housing with media, GSEs, federal officials and others.

Examples of published Industry Voices comments on MHI’s problematic advertorials, from Titus Dare‘s and Tom Fath‘s statements, which were cited above. A previous in-depth critique of Gooch and Jennison authorized “faked, weaponized news” is linked here.

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For Dare’s complete commentary, please click the image above.

What’s Needed for More New Home Sales Growth?

Beyond finance related topics, almost everyone in the industry, including MHI, agrees that better communications that educate the public to modern manufactured housing realities are a key to increased sales success.

That said, why has MHI failed to recognize MHLivingNews and MHProNews pioneering educational/informational/media work, which has been done in concert with other industry professionals?

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Why have top MHI staff ignored or sideline positive information – or stories that set the record straight for manufactured housing? Several MHLivingNews reports have been picked up by Google News, mainstream media, other MH industry companies, and associations – with a number of professionals routinely linking and/or forwarding stories to others.

So why aren’t key MHI staffers promoting these positive news items?  Why do they feature faked, advertorial “news” that risks their association’s – and the industry’s credibility – when there are real news items, with positive and authentic stories – to report?

What do other industry professionals say?

Words from the Chairman

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Tim Williams.

MHProNews.com and MHLivingNews.com are both good communications resources for the Manufactured Housing Industry,” said Tim Williams, president of 21st Mortgage and MHI Chairman. “I and many others at 21st Mortgage and at MHI logon to see the latest news, interviews, debates, videos, opinions and reports they publish.”

Having a trade publisher that presents thoughtful, respectful commentary independent of any association’s perspective – as important as an association’s view can be – can be a big asset to advancing the MH Industry’s cause,” Williams said.

Williams is hardly alone in that view. It’s clearly reflected by comments by others, and statistics that make the MHProNews and MHLivingNews platforms the factory-built housing industry’s most-read and widely-respected trade media.

So, why then have a handful of MHI connected personalities gone out-of-their way to undermine MHProNews’ and MHLivingNews’ pro-industry work?

Further, if these paid MHI staffers were correct and justified in their messaging approaches, why have they not defended or explained their reasoning in the wake of exposes published about their allegedly problematic communications activities?

More and Faster Growth? “No Lack of Capacity”

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With many manufactured home industry producers reporting double-digit increases over last year, and with several weeks of current backlog, the stage is set for increased production and the opening of new production capacity.

Producers tell us that logistical constraints are a possible choke point,” says Kovach.

But that production capacity can and is being addressing by increased staffing and other logistical issues needed for more rapid growth. Several producers have told MHProNews that they plan for more increased production, and even new plants, in the near term.

In short, the stage is set to achieve a march toward the 500,000 new home shipments in a sustainable way.

That would almost certainly mean increased sales and profits for most industry retailers, communities, product-and-service providers.

So, with lending, educational and production capacity all available, industry communities and retailers could be growing at a far faster pace than they currently enjoy.

What Other Pros Say Keeps the MH Industry from Reaching its Potential?

Frank Rolfe has said that it’s the industry itself, and Rolfe pointed a finger directly at MHI.

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Bob Crawford (l) and Frank Rolfe (r) in panel discussion on industry issues. Both of these successful professionals took aim at what they see as MHI’s misses and failures. Photo credit, Inside MH Road Show, MHProNews.

Bob Crawford, president of historic Dick Moore Housing, has said MHI has failed independent communities and retailers for years.  Crawford and Moore have called for a new post-production association to address the vacuum caused by MHI’s allegedly flawed leadership and execution.

MHI award-winner Marty Lavin, JD, has called out the national association as having failed in its previous attempt to do meaningful consumer research that would benefit the industry at large. Lavin recently asked aloud, how will the new MHI plan be any different or better than their last failed effort?

MHI has not responded to any of these or other challenges directly. But they have asserted thorough their own emailed newsletter that they are working to improve business.

It should be noted that MHProNews has repeatedly offered MHI staff opportunities to engage on these and other concerns, but as if to underscore Rolfe’s point, MHI has routinely declined.

Why?

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MHI’s Weaponized Text?

 When you read a newspaper article, you are reading weaponized text that is designed to affect a person just like you…,” said WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. He said that recently in the context of WikiLeaks own work, and the problem of mainstream media often having their own agenda.

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But does Assange’s principle of “weaponized” news apply to MHI?

If so, doesn’t that further underscore Tim Williams’ point on the importance of MHProNews and MHLivingNews being an independent news source, and a check on MHI’s ethical, effectiveness and advocacy related issues?

UMH’s Sam Landy, on a different yet-media relations topic, said they welcome outside critiques.

By contrast, MHProNews has learned about another industry operation that was threatened by an MHI-connected, outside attorney.  That operation told the Daily Business News the threat came for questioning in print the Arlington, VA based association publicly on an issue they were lobbying on.

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Is that the behavior the industry wants from a self-proclaimed national umbrella association?

Allegations, Allegations…

A recently reported threat against MHProNews was made by an attorney, claiming he was doing so on behalf of MHI. “Their allegation is laughable and spurious, as an attorney told us,” said Kovach. “But that doesn’t mitigate the fact that they made the written threat, which we know was circulated to others. Why?”

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Why is MHI trying to surpress details about discussions regarding FHFA, the GSEs and their duty to serve (DTS) manufactured housing? Do they want only their ‘weaponized’ news to reach the industry? Image credit, MHProNews. To see the article above, including the downloads MHI wanted suppressed, click the image above or click here.

Monopoly?

The answer may be that some at MHI are attempting to create de facto industry trade news – and other? – MH monopolies.

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Doug Ryan at CFED, community owner/service provider George Allen, and others have publicly called out what MHI does in monopolistic terms.

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While Lesli Gooch responded to Ryan’s allegations publicly, the question of monopoly keeps raising its head with respect to MHI, even though they often open their business meeting sessions with a reference to anti-trust rules.

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Given the stated free enterprise and – anti-trust perspectives – of the new Trump Administration, could the accusations of MHI behaving like a monopoly create regulatory headaches for that association’s leadership, and potentially for some of their members too?

Bloomberg

Noah Smith on Bloomberg recently weighed in on the problems caused by monopolies for consumers, small business, how it harms job creation and more.

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If a de facto monopoly existed on MH industry news, then sources for information on the industry would by definition be severely restricted.

That in turn would harm the ability of independents, non-profits or corporations to make informed decisions.

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Geoge Allen, photo credit, MHProNews.com.

Allen has complained that MHI, through their National Communities Council (NCC), has essentially gone into competition with his own work.

Allen, an MHI member and co-founder of the NCC, was in talks at various points with MHI about their buying his business units out. There are claims and counterclaims as to why that MHI buyout of Allen’s publishing and business meetings failed.

But what is more certain is that MHI is openly encroaching upon work Allen has provided his readers for years. How does that look to current and prospective members, when the trade association you are in – or are considering joining – goes into competition with members’ operation?

Several professionals have told MHProNews about their own allegations of MHI game-playing and favoritism by key staff at the association.  So Allen is not alone.

Undermining Industry Independents?

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At the recent San Antonio MHI meeting, Dick Jennison and Lesli Gooch repeatedly made thinly veiled statements, aimed at MHProNews. But when these signs were first introduced, top MHI staff claimed it was aimed at ‘outside’ media, not ‘industry media.’ What caused this change toward a dues paying association member? What message does it send to others in the association? What message does it send to the industry at large? Is MHI trying to create a de facto industry trade media monopoly? Photo of L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach by an MHI no journalists sign, credit, MHProNews.com. 

We’ve known for some years now that Jennison and others [with MHI] are trying to undermine our pro-industry, pro-consumer, pro-MH image, education, information and business development work,” says Kovach.

We’ve had calls, face-to-face conversations, emails and messages that point directly at MHI trying to dissuade advertisers, or to get current sponsors to drop MHProNews. Call the allegations discussed herein what you will,” Kovach said.

But imagine for a moment if the association you’re paying dues money to began working directly against your company’s interests. It’s outrageous. But we’ve been patiently waiting for these MHI staffers to overplay their hand.”

The threatening attorney’s letter apparently authorized by MHI’s staff leadership is related to part of an ongoing, periodic series by MHProNews on manufactured home lending.

Specifically, its focused on the Daily Business News story on the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) legally mandated Duty to Serve manufactured housing. Why do some at MHI want to exclude thousands in the industry from having information that dozens of insiders already have?

It should be noted that not all MHI staffers are being painted by these concerns.  There are those with MHI who are reportedly less-than-happy with the current regime.

But top staff clearly directs the actions of the balance of those working at MHI, or it’s divisions, such as the NCC or MHEI.

Options?

Some industry members are weighing their options, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Demanding that MHI leadership reform the organization into a more open body, and remove from its ranks those paid staffers who have engaged in the reported pattern of problematic communications and behavior toward their association’s own members.
  • See if MHEC would expand its role, to become what MHI was supposed to do, but is currently failing at accomplishing.
  • Create a new, rival post-production association.
  • Explore a strategic alliance with another association, such as the NFIB.
  • See if MHARR’s board would agree to expand its membership in a way that will allow that organization to be a kind of NFIB for all MH industry professionals.
  • Undertake legal action(s) against MHI, if and as necessary.

Evidence

Regarding these and other allegations reported on the most recent Masthead, MHProNews has and will continue to gather documents and evidence regarding these MHI top-staff related issues.

The implications of these problems are far reaching to the industry professionals, tens of millions of home owners and potential buyers.

Billions of dollars are at stake.  That could mean significant growth opportunities for businesses, if the concerns caused by MHI team members are successfully addressed.

Follow Ups…

In spite of written and other threats or intimidation tactics, our MHProNews reporting team of RC Williams and Matthew Silver will continue to track and report on general industry, association and other industry-related issues.

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American Banker’s Association analysis of the 2014 MidTerm Elections

November 6th, 2014 Comments off

american-bankers-association-aba-logo-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-The American Banker’s Association (ABA) has released their analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections. MHProNews has obtained their statement. Quoting,After countless television and radio spots, endless debates and campaign expenditures of nearly $3.7 billion, the control of the U.S. Senate is now in the hands of Republicans and, as expected, Republicans exceeded their margin of control in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

As is the case with all informed Americans, bankers remain concerned with the difficult issues our country faces on the tax policy, health care and the budget deficit. More directly, bankers are concerned that four years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, banks of all sizes are feeling the strain of regulation weighing the industry down and harming their ability to serve their customers.”

The seriousness of the concerns of the ABA and other groups reminds manufactured housing professionals that our industry is far from alone in feeling the negative impact of the CFPB and other regulatory over-reaches at the federal level. Quoting again from the ABA release,The results of this election could have a significant impact on the ability of our country to address issues before they grow beyond repair.

The entire ABA post-election report is available at the link here. ##

Related story on GreenbergTraurig (GT) post election report, linked here.

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Manufactured Home Community Rent Control on Public Meeting agenda

August 29th, 2014 Comments off

santa-clarita-ca-rent-control-hearing-credit-signalscv-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-The City of Santa Clarita, CA, will host three public comment meetings to discuss draft updates to Santa Clarita Municipal Code 6.02, the Manufactured Home Park Rent Adjustment Procedures. Meetings are open to the public, as well as to residents of manufactured home communities, business owners and managers.

The City of Santa Clarita and signalscv  tells MHProNews that meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main Street. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Century Room at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard. Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Canyon Country Library, located at 18601 Soledad Canyon Road.

In an exclusive interview that will be published next week on MHProNews, Sheila Dey, executive director for the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association (WMA), has said such meetings can be intimidating to public officials who are subject to election, because 100 residents may show up and only one or two representing community owners are there to share their perspective.

Since 1945, the WMA has served the“exclusive purpose of promoting and protecting the interests of owners, operators and developers of manufactured home communities in California.”

The comments of Sheila Dey, JD, will be of keen interest to manufactured housing professionals. “A Cup of Coffee with…Sheila Dey” will be on the home page under Featured Articles starting September 1, 2014.

A balanced perspective, including a video from a Canadian news organization, on the rent control topic is found at this link. ##

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