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The Fed, Inflation, Wall Street Journal Video – Most Tracked Stocks Rise

September 1st, 2017 Comments off

9.1.2017DowJonesTickerManufacturedHousingIndustryDataResearchReportsDailyBusinessNewsMHPronewsjpg-The Manufactured Housing Composite Value (MHCV) is back in positive territory today.  That and other details are found further below.

If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline reports’ are found further below, just beyond the Manufactured Housing Composite Value for today.

The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.

Part of this unique feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – that saves readers time, while underscoring topics that may be moving investors, which in turn move the markets.

Readers say this is also a useful quick-review tool that saves researchers time in getting a handle of the manufactured housing industry, through the lens of publicly-traded stocks connected with the manufactured home industry.

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1-mhpronews-logo-manufactured-housing-professional-newsSelected headlines and bullets from CNN Money:

 

  • What can Trump do about gas prices?
  • Harvey highlights issues of aging 911 tech
  • Public workers can now apply for loan forgiveness
  • How Trump compares with Obama so far on jobs
  • Dell CEO pledges $36M to Harvey relief efforts
  • PayPal introduces a new cash back credit card
  • Harvey: 70% of home damage costs aren’t covered
  • Silicon Valley to Trump: ‘Dreamers are vital’
  • Kenya election shocker sparks fears over economy
  • 4 questions to ask yourself before retiring
  • How free self-driving car rides could change everything

 

Selected headlines and bullets from Fox Business:

 

  • Congress may vote next week on Harvey aid package
  • Jobs report breakdown: Here’s who’s hiring
  • US hiring cools off with 156,000 new jobs in August
  • Wall St up as jobs data keeps rate expectations in check
  • S. gasoline prices notch first slide since Harvey, oil falls
  • slide since Harvey, oil falls
  • GM, Ford to ship vehicles into Houston after Harvey
  • Washington Post writer slams Jeff Bezos in op-ed for mistreating workers
  • The coastal elites are saying ‘Texas, it’s your fault’: Stuart Varney
  • S. Energy Secretary approves release of another 3.5M barrels from oil reserve
  • Trump’s tax plan could cut rates for wealthy, here’s how they could still pay more
  • Hurricane Irma the next threat?
  • Ezekiel Elliott appeal: NFL players union sues to block suspension
  • Trump’s expected repeal of Dreamer program draws fire from business
  • White House vows quick action as Harvey aid estimates soar

 

ICYMI – for those not familiar with the “Full Measure,” ‘left-right’ media chart, please click here

Today’s markets and stocks, at the closing bell…

 

S&P 500 2,476.55 +4.90 (+0.20%)

Dow 30 21,987.56 +39.46 (+0.18%)

Nasdaq 6,435.33 +6.67 (+0.10%)

Crude Oil 47.33 +0.10 (+0.21%)

Gold 1,330.70 +8.50 (+0.64%)

Silver 17.70 +0.22 (+1.26%)

EUR/USD 1.1861 -0.0055 (-0.46%)

10-Yr Bond 2.157 +0.036 (+1.70%)

Russell 2000 1,413.57 +8.29 (+0.59%)

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Manufactured Housing Composite Value

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Today’s Big Movers

For all the scores and highlights on tracked stocks today, see the Bloomberg graphic, posted below.

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report – 

The video below is from the Wall Street Journal and MarketWatch.


  

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Still from the video above.

 

See Recent Exclusive 1 Year Snapshot of All Tracked Stocks

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/manufactured-housing-industry-markets-wall-street-reacts-to-trumponomics-1-year-data-snapshot/

NOTE: the chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).

Manufactured Home Industry Connected Stock Markets Data

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Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.

Your link to a recent round of industry praise for our coverage, is found here.

For the examples of our kudos linked above…plus well over 1,000 positive, public comments, we say – “Thank You for your vote of confidence.”

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(Image credits are as shown above, and when provided by third parties, are shared under fair use guidelines.)

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A Top MH Connected Lender Hit by More Embarrassing News, Video, Market Updates

August 31st, 2017 Comments off

8.31.2017DowJonesTickerManufacturedHousingIndustryDataResearchReportsDailyBusinessNewsMHPronewsjpg-If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline reports’ are found further below, just beyond the Manufactured Housing Composite Value for today.

The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.

Part of this unique feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – that saves readers time, while underscoring topics that may be moving investors, which in turn move the markets.

Readers say this is also a useful quick-review tool that saves researchers time in getting a handle of the manufactured housing industry, through the lens of publicly-traded stocks connected with the manufactured home industry.

MH “Industry News, Tips and Views, Pros Can Use.” ©

Selected headlines and bullets from CNN Money:

  • Texas officials report price gouging post-Harvey
  • Popular homeowner tax cut could be on chopping block
  • How Harvey victims can protect their finances
  • Mnuchin: We’ll be looking at Harriet Tubman $20 bill Trending
  • Apple will unveil new iPhones on Sept. 12
  • 4M more fake Wells Fargo accounts uncovered Trending
  • What is Arkema?
  • Fox Sports to air 6-second ads during NFL games
  • Nonprofit quietly gives rural kids tech training
  • Gas prices have spiked 10 cents since Harvey hit
  • India’s economic growth slumps as big reforms bite

 

Selected headlines and bullets from Fox Business:

  • Harvey shuts down America’s largest gasoline pipeline, but don’t panic just yet
  • S. issues fuel waivers for 38 states as Harvey shuts refineries
  • S. releases 1M barrels of oil from strategic reserve
  • Largest US refinery may be shut up to two weeks: sources
  • Wall Street gains on data and Mnuchin tax reform remarks
  • Wells Fargo reveals up to 1.4 million more fake accounts
  • Mnuchin on Harriet Tubman’s $20 bill: What he did and didn’t say
  • Texas teen uses boat to rescue at least 50 Harvey victims
  • Anheuser-Busch making canned water for Harvey relief effort
  • Media’s Harvey mockery perpetuates America’s divide: Katrina Pierson
  • Government flood insurance on the brink after Harvey, fmr. FEMA director says
  • Russia must close consulate, annex buildings in U.S., State Dept. says
  • As US North Korea travel ban kicks in, tourists say their farewells
  • Amazon hit with lawsuit over eclipse glasses
  • Ezekiel Elliott appeal update: Cowboys star’s hearing enters 3rd day
  • Ezekiel Elliott appeal update: Cowboys star’s hearing enters 3rd day
  • $4.2 million penalty approved in deadly 2012 platform fire

 

ICYMI – for those not familiar with the “Full Measure,” ‘left-right’ media chart, please click here

Today’s markets and stocks, at the closing bell…

 

S&P 500 2,471.65 +14.06 (+0.57%)

Dow 30 21,948.10 +55.67 (+0.25%)

Nasdaq 6,428.66 +60.35 (+0.95%)

Crude Oil 47.07 +1.11 (+2.42%)

Gold 1,327.20 +13.10 (+1.00%)

Silver 17.65 +0.15 (+0.84%)

EUR/USD 1.1907 +0.0013 (+0.11%)

10-Yr Bond 2.121 -0.022 (-1.03%)

Russell 2000 1,405.28 +13.95 (+1.00%)

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Manufactured Housing Composite Value

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Today’s Big Movers

For all the scores and highlights on tracked stocks today, see the Bloomberg graphic, posted below.

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

Did You Know? Wells Fargo is one of the top 5 lenders in the manufactured housing industry. Watch for a special report on manufactured home lending pecking order.

Numerous news sources are reporting that the number of embarrassing, fake accounts found at Wells Fargo has swelled to some 3.5 million accounts.

Berkshire Hathaway holds about 10 percent stake in the company, according to prior reports by the Motley Fool and other stock watch/advisory services.

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See a different, but apt, special report on MHLivingNews.com. Click the image above.

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Google News collage of the top – not all – headlines on this issue. The video report on this page is the ‘positive’ report on this topic.

Does this indicate a pattern?


The special report on Clayton/Vanderbilt/21st on the Daily Business News, is linked here.

 

See Recent Exclusive 1 Year Snapshot of All Tracked Stocks

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/manufactured-housing-industry-markets-wall-street-reacts-to-trumponomics-1-year-data-snapshot/

NOTE: the chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).

Manufactured Home Industry Connected Stock Markets Data

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Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.

Your link to a recent round of industry praise for our coverage, is found here.

For the examples of our kudos linked above…plus well over 1,000 positive, public comments, we say – “Thank You for your vote of confidence.”

We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, Analysis.)

(Image credits are as shown above, and when provided by third parties, are shared under fair use guidelines.)

SoheylaKovachManufacturedHomeLivingNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews-Submitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com.

 

Warren Buffett on President Trump, His Own Politics PLUS, POTUS Trump on Tax Reform, Harvey–2 Videos

August 30th, 2017 Comments off

8.30.2017DowJonesTickerManufacturedHousingIndustryDataResearchReportsDailyBusinessNewsMHPronewsjpg-If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline reports’ are found further below, just beyond the Manufactured Housing Composite Value for today.

The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.

Part of this unique feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – that saves readers time, while underscoring topics that may be moving investors, which in turn move the markets.

Readers say this is also a useful quick-review tool that saves researchers time in getting a handle of the manufactured housing industry, through the lens of publicly-traded stocks connected with the manufactured home industry.

MH “Industry News, Tips and Views, Pros Can Use.” ©

Selected headlines and bullets from CNN Money:

  • One of the most expensive natural disasters ever
  • Uber’s new CEO: ‘This company has to change’
  • Harvey: Nation’s largest oil refinery forced to shut down
  • JJ Watt’s new goal for Harvey relief is $10 million
  • Harvey victims turn to crowdfunding for recovery help
  • Gas prices: The Harvey news is getting worse
  • Will corporate tax cuts help the middle class?
  • Attacked reporter: Gianforte still won’t interview
  • Tomi Lahren joins Fox News as contributor
  • China can squeeze its neighbors when it wants
  • How to avoid ‘storm chaser’ fraud after Harvey

 

Selected headlines and bullets from Fox Business:

 

  • Warren Buffett: ‘I’d do it for President Trump’
  • Don’t chase storm stocks after Harvey, Wells Fargo says
  • S. flood insurance program received 35,000 claims as of noon Wednesday
  • Upbeat U.S. growth revision drives Wall Street higher
  • Gasoline jumps, crude down; Harvey shuts 24% of U.S. refining
  • Trump doubles down on 15% corporate tax rate, pressures Congress to act on reform
  • Flood insurance policies plunge in Houston
  • Trump to meet with ‘Big Four’ ahead of hectic month on Capitol Hill
  • How to find the best ‘Made in America’ cars
  • How Millennials’ finance habits differ from previous generations
  • Joel Osteen on Harvey backlash: ‘Probably’ would have done things different
  • North Korea missile threat: US diplomatic efforts failed, Fmr. Navy SEAL says
  • How big is the average person’s Social Security check?
  • Trump to begin tax reform blitz in Missouri
  • NFL cancels Texans-Cowboys preseason game after Harvey

 

ICYMI – for those not familiar with the “Full Measure,” ‘left-right’ media chart, please click here

Today’s markets and stocks, at the closing bell…

 

S&P 500 2,457.59 +11.29 (+0.46%)

Dow 30 21,892.43 +27.06 (+0.12%)

Nasdaq 6,368.31 +66.42 (+1.05%)

Crude Oil 45.95 -0.49 (-1.06%)

Gold 1,313.40 -5.50 (-0.42%)

Silver 17.38 -0.05 (-0.26%)

EUR/USD 1.1883 -0.0085 (-0.71%)

10-Yr Bond 2.143 +0.007 (+0.33%)

Russell 2000 1,391.32 +7.64 (+0.55%)

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Manufactured Housing Composite Value

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Today’s Big Movers

For all the scores and highlights on tracked stocks today, see the Bloomberg graphic, posted below.

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report – 

As promised in yesterday’s market recap, a special report on Clayton/Vanderbilt/21st on the Daily Business News, is linked here.

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Logos are the property of their respective organization, and are posted under fair use guidelines.  To see the special report, click the image above.

 

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Image credits are as shown above.

As industry professionals widely know, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to several manufactured housing industry connected stocks.

In the CNBC video below, Warren Buffett, who turned 87 on Wednesday, says he has lived under 15 of the 45 U.S. presidents.  Buffett says he’s bought stocks under 14 of the 15 presidents.  He explains that he is not in the business of attacking the current or any U.S. president.

I worked for Hillary. I raised money for Hillary. I voted for Hillary. I was disappointed when she lost.”  Yet, ironically, as MHProNews has reported, Buffett’s and Berkshire Hathaway’s wealth has risen significantly since President Donald J. Trump was elected.


Meanwhile, while President Trump was in Iowa, he spoke about the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, as well as about his tax reform plans.  That video, is below.

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See Recent Exclusive 1 Year Snapshot of All Tracked Stocks

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/manufactured-housing-industry-markets-wall-street-reacts-to-trumponomics-1-year-data-snapshot/

NOTE: the chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).

Manufactured Home Industry Connected Stock Markets Data

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Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.

Your link to a recent round of industry praise for our coverage, is found here.

For the examples of our kudos linked above…plus well over 1,000 positive, public comments, we say – “Thank You for your vote of confidence.”

We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, Analysis.)

(Image credits are as shown above, and when provided by third parties, are shared under fair use guidelines.)

SoheylaKovachManufacturedHomeLivingNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews-Submitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com.

 

Post-Charlottesville, CfA’s Hunts Evidence of Racism, Steering, Predatory Lending Against Buffett’s Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage, and 21st Mortgage

August 30th, 2017 Comments off
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Campaign for Accountability (“CfA”) seeks records from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) regarding consumer complaints related to Clayton Homes,” said Daniel Stevens Executive Director of CfA.

These are the first words in his letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Stevens’ complete letter – linked here as a download – was included in a news release that identifies his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the CFPB.

The CfA letter was in response to distinct but related prior reports and demands regarding charges of racism, steering, and predatory lending lodged by the Seattle Times/Buzz Feed, plus a group of Democratic Congressmen.

The Democratic legislators demanded that the same racially charged claims be investigated by CFPB and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

I was appalled by some of the findings…,” said Maxine Waters (D-CA). “There is no place for these kinds of sleazy and deceptive practices. I was further taken aback by Mr. Buffett’s defense of Clayton’s lending practices given the concerns that were raised by the articles earlier last year.”

Her comments came as part of a letter included in CfA’s FOIA request to the CFPB.

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The accusations stem from Mike Baker and Daniel Wagner in an article they had published in the Seattle Times, titled “Minorities exploited by Warren Buffett’s mobile-home [sic] empire.”

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After the Seattle Times/Buzz Feed news article was published, the following members of Congress:

requested that the CFPB and the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate, and take the action necessary.

Clearly, they believe that these allegations are a cause for concern.  A text-friendly copy of the Democratic lawmaker’s letter is linked here, and the copy of the letter itself is linked here.

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U.S. Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Mike Capuano (D-MA). Image credit, Twitter, Wikipedia.

Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), and Michael Capuano (D-MA) are calling for a joint Department of Justice (DOJ) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) investigation in response to the Seattle Times and Buzzfeed News’ investigative series concerning allegations of discriminatory lending and collection practices by Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage, and 21st Mortgage,” opens the letter from those lawmakers to CFPB Director Richard Cordray, and then Attorney General, Loretta Lynch.

Effort to Defend the MH Industry…

When the initial Seattle Times/Buzz Feed reporting occurred, MHLivingNews reached out to several industry professionals, all of whom said they had no personal experience of racist behavior by

  • Clayton Homes,
  • their in-house ‘captive’ lender, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF),
  • or 21st Mortgage Corp, a Berkshire Hathaway lender that serves independent retailers and communities.

MHLivingNews’ report – linked here – uncovered no such accusations by any of the professionals then asked against those Berkshire Hathaway units.

Later, the Daily Business News (DBN) reported on the second piece of this CfA related story; the Democratic lawmakers who have asked the Department of Justice and the CFPB to investigate the allegations made by the left-of-center Seattle Times/Buzz Feed news report. That DBN report is linked here.

Concerns by CfA over Clayton’s Expansion into Site Built Housing

A noted reason for the CfA to follow-up with the issue is Clayton Homes relatively recent move into selling modifiable, site-built homes, which are expected to sell for less than $250,000, per MENAFN.

CfA Executive Director Daniel Stevens said, “Clayton Homes appears to have been preying on some of our most vulnerable citizens. As the company expands its footprint to reach more Americans, it is imperative to know whether the government found any wrongdoing and, if so, what actions were taken.”

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The ongoing Clayton buying spree has been carefully covered by MHProNews, to see the article above, click the image.

What Industry Professionals Had To Say Previously

When the Seattle Times article was first published, MHLivingNews reached out to MH industry professionals who have worked with Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt, and 21st, to get their take on the accusations.

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Marty Lavin, JD.

…The Seattle Times account simply follows the long-time line of denigrating “trailers,” all in the name of selling more papers and creating notoriety.  The fact that the story can be directed to ensnare Warren Buffett, billionaire investor, just adds to the article’s appeal to the public; his involvement with the industry posed as a negative catch point,” said Marty Lavin, JD – a manufactured housing lending expert.

I am a Hispanic retailer, with a large Hispanic customer base.” said Gus Rodriguez, owner of Tejas Homes in Conroe, Texas. “I would not tolerate any predatory lending practice with any of our customers. Our relationship with 21st Mortgage and the customers they approve for financing is based on credit worthiness and their ability to pay.”

That was then.

MHProNews will reach out again to industry professionals, following this report, to see what they may think today.

Worthy of Investigation, or Selective Reporting?

On the one hand is Brad Lovin, of North Carolina Manufactured Housing Association (NCMHA) general admonition, who says that “Publishing hand-picked information can be worse for the impression it makes on manufactured homes and our industry than stating entirely false information.

On the other hand are concerns that Steven’s CfA, Democratic lawmakers and others are advancing.  Would they be pushing this issue, if they didn’t believe there was evidence to support their contentions?  Time will tell what the CFPB’s reports will reveal.

But how will potential revelations impact firms beyond Clayton, VMF and 21st?  How will those concerns, if found to have validity, impact MHI members?

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Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance logos are shown under fair use guidelines.

Not Just Smoke? Fines Against Buffett’s Brands, and Refunds 

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According to Yahoo! Finance, Buffett said that over the course of two years, regulators from both the federal government and 25 different states have examined Clayton Homes mortgages over 65 times.

The results of those reviews were $38,200 in fines, and $704,768 in refunds made by Buffett’s brands.  No further information has been found on the subject of fines and refunds at this time.

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Fines and refund totals, per published media reports.

Forbes on the Clayton/Buffett Lending Controversy

Pro-business Forbes reported last year that “Last month, the Maryville, Tennessee-based company “categorically and adamantly” denied discriminating against borrowers, and defended the practices of two lending arms, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc and 21st Mortgage Corp.”

The same report noted that Buffett made “no apologies whatsoever” about Clayton’s “exemplary” lending.

Post-Charlottesville…Are They Listening?

In the wake of the emotionally-charged, post-Charlottesville America, MHProNews reached out to top executives at Clayton, Vanderbilt, and a Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Executive Committee member – individuals who have replied to our previous media inquiries.

Those professionals were provided this linked report.

Almost a day later, no denial, and no condemnation of racism has been made. An update will be planned if and when they respond to the allegations.

Given that days have passed since the CfA published their FOIA request, is it possible that Clayton, VMF and MHI are not yet ready to reply to such inquiries?

Are they tone-deaf to what’s going on in the nation?  Or how this could hurt not only their firm – but also MHI, and by extension – MHI members and the broader industry at large? Does the industry need this kind of news?

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Manufactured Housing Institute MHI Logo, Frank Rolfe has previously blasted MHI for failure to engage the media. Racism ought to be swiftly denied and decried. Collage and text by MHProNews.com.

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Tim [Sheahan] and I [Isbhel Dickens] have met with the [National Manufactured Home Owners of America – NMHOA] Board Chair and the in-house counsel for MHI and offered to try to negotiate acceptable compromise legislation regarding…[Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing].  However, to no avail,” Dickens, JD, told MHProNews in January, 2016.

Dickens’ added, “It is unfortunate that abuse by a few has negatively impacted some good lenders – see this Seattle Times article:

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/times-watchdog/minorities-exploited-by-warren-buffetts-mobile-home-empire-clayton-homes/

Maybe when you [MHProNews/MHLivingNews] highlight these types of abuse and shed some light on the seamier side of the industry then we’ll be better able to have the balanced conversation you anticipate.”

HUD’s Belated, Blustering “Promotion” of Manufactured Homes

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MHProNews will reach out once more to the activist groups, one of which is allegedly – per sources connected with those groups – planning a protest of the MHI annual meeting in Orlando.

Given the CfA FOIA request, and the post-Charlottesville atmosphere, will such a protest include charges of racism?

One of several Daily Business News updates on the 4th attempt by MHI at passage of Preserving Access is linked here.

Note that it was Preserving Access which allegedly brought out the long knives of anti-MH activists to oppose MHI’s bill in the first place.  Will history repeat itself? This time, will the racism angle take a more prominent role?

The Paradoxical, Contradictory Signals from Buffett/Berkshire Hathaway Dominated MHI

Each of the lawmakers who requested the investigation into Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt, and 21st, are progressive, left-of-center Democrats.

The complex nature of the Democrats attacking Buffett – who owns Berkshire Hathaway, and his manufactured housing units, which dominate MHI – has lead industry professionals to ask, ‘what’s going on?’

Buffett politically holds a similar point of view as those fellow Democrats investigating him.

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Hillary Clinton, left, Warren Buffett, right. Credit – Boston Globe.  

Buffett’s support of Secretary Hillary Clinton makes him look eye-to-eye with those pushing to investigate his business practices.

The contradictory, paradoxical support of Buffett for legislation like Dodd-Frank, which are harming the manufactured housing industry, and MHI Chairman and 21st Mortgage CEO Tim Williams’ calling out the progressive agenda has sparked serious concerns regarding the sincerity of MHI’s efforts to modify Dodd-Frank regulations.

The Democratic lawmakers lodged the following complaint as part of their joint letter (linked here as a download).

As the [Seattle Times/Buzz Feed News] investigation makes clear, Clayton is the nation’s largest manufactured housing company and has a “near monopolistic” grip on lending to minority borrowers seeking financing for manufactured housing reaching nearly 72% of African-American borrowers, 56% of Latino borrowers, and 53% of Native American borrowers.[5] Given Clayton’s uniquely broad control of the manufacture, sale, and financing of manufactured homes, it is imperative that their business practices comply with federal law in order to ensure affordable housing for low-and-moderate income buyers. Surely, if news outlets can launch an investigation into potential violations of federal fair lending and consumer protection laws, agencies charged with protecting the nation’s consumers should be able to investigate these allegations, and, to pursue appropriate enforcement actions.”

Will the CfA FOIA Request Cause an Uproar in Orlando?

 

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Warren Buffett, right, credit Wikipedia. Tim Williams, right, credit, LinkedIn. Collage credit, MHProNews. See that report, linked here.

The question now is, will the CfA’s Freedom of Information Act request spark additional issues by MHAction, the alleged protestors of the Manufactured Housing Institute?  After all, two of four executive committee seats at MHI are held by leaders working for Berkshire Hathaway.

Tom Hodges, Howard Walker, Tim Williams and Joe Stegmayer – the current MHI Executive Committee. Credit: Legal500.com, MHI, LinkedIn, MHProNews

With millions on edge after the Charlottesville incident – which was clearly racially motivated – tensions are running high all over the country.

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The photo is of an actual protest against a community operation, a mock up to illustrate what has and part of what could be happening in Orlando in September. MHI Logo is provided under fair use guidelines.  For the latest on the activist group responses to inquires about anti-MHI Orlando protest news, click the image above or this link here.

With so many on edge, is it possible that the alleged plans of protests at the Orlando MHI meeting will get out of hand, or even become violent? ## (News, analysis of allegations of racism, steering, predatory lending charges.)

(Editor’s Note: MHProNews began last week preparing a post-Charlottesville statement condemning racism in conjunction with manufactured housing advocate, the Rev. Donald Tye Jr. Stay tuned for that statement and related report.)

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Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. left, L. A. “Tony” Kovach, right have drafted a joint statement against racism and injustice, which will be published in the near future. Stay tuned for the compelling statement and report.

(Images credits are as shown, and when by third parties, are provided under fair use guidelines.)

JuliaGranowiczManufacturedHomeLivingNewsMHProNews-comSubmitted by Julia Granowicz to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.