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Back to Basics Will Boost Manufactured Home Sales, Sunday Morning Manufactured Home Industry Headline News Recap Aug 5 – Aug 12, 2018

August 12th, 2018 No comments
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Let’s stress again that there are numbers of honorable operators and professionals in manufactured housing.

 

Some of those honorable souls would see “the basics” in a similar way that we at MHProNews would agree with too.

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But perhaps in an ironic way, the fact that not everyone understands what “the basics” are illuminates a key part of the factor-built home industry’s problem in the U.S.

For a the next few moments, by “Factory Built Homes,” we’re talking about all forms of off-site built production housing. Manufactured homes (MH), modular homes, other kinds of PreFab homes all frankly struggle with various levels of image and misunderstanding.

Rephrased, it’s an educational issue.

There are training programs in manufactured housing today, right? Numbers of trainers and coaches, some of whom grew up learning and repeating the late Grayson Schewpfinger’s methods. Some of that was fine, he had years of success. So, with no disrespect to the departed, some of that method was also demonstrably problematic.

We won’t run through a bunch of other trainers names, but the following is reality.

If the correct combination of

  • marketing,
  • public relations,
  • sales systems,
  • capital/lending, and
  • lobbying/legal efforts were made,

manufactured housing would arguably be 10 time’s larger than it now is. So too would other forms of U.S. factory building.  When this nation gets the challenges of factory-home building related issues right, the process of acceptance will arguably accelerate in other parts of the world too.  While something like 98.5 percent of our readers are U.S. or Canada, the other 1.5 percent are equally dedicated from other parts of the world.  What happens in MHVille matters.  People from across the globe check in daily here to find out the latest.

 

Proof?

The evidence for the fact that domestic manufactured home production could rise 1o fold, meaning by 1,000 percent, are all around us. One part of the evidence is found in the RV compared to MH report, linked further below.  Or check out the comparisons with the HousingEconomics data, further below.

So, we’ll point you to that and other reports, commentary, and analysis published this past week for more details and specifics.

 

Style, Substance, and Reality Checks

The RV compared to MH Report – linked below – gives a stark reality check for manufactured housing professionals and investors.

There’s a widely held school of thought that advises, “praise in public, correct in private.” That’s a fine norm. But when “private” efforts with the purveyors of the problems have failed repeatedly, a more direct approach is needed.

So that leaves the industry with a need for publicly calling out the problematic behaviors by certain professionals in key places. Where appropriate, that should also lead to remedial legal action, taken by private plaintiff’s attorneys, and/or public officials.

As the Daily Business News has stated for years, we publish reports on various lawsuits and regulatory issues because

1)    they occur,

2)    as a kind of morality tale. Don’t do what caused those people to get in hot water.  By the way, there’s a number of legally focused reports  last week, also found below.

While some are understandably uncomfortable with pointing out problems, what’s the alternative? Allowing another 15 years of the same often avoidable issues?  Again, look at the RV industry, and you’ll see why we’re so passionate about helping manufactured housing achieve what the RV industry has often done quite well.

 

They Did It Before…

Last week, this column asked the question, “They did it before, they can do it again.” Isn’t that obvious?

Reality can be uncomfortable.

But to deny reality is foolish. Check out Zig Ziglar’s article on problem solving, along with our other new and featured articles, linked here or from the hub, below.

Any given professional can make a difference in their own market. So, while collective efforts are useful on some matters, frankly the right “back to basics” protocols will profitably and ethically elevate results in almost any market.

That said, with no further adieu, let’s check out this week’s reports and commentary.

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

FEAR, a Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis, and the Manufactured Home Dilemma

 

What’s New on the Masthead

FEDs, MHI, Buffett’s Berkshire’s Clayton Homes Moat, Affordable Housing, and Billion$ in Manufactured Home Market Manipulation

What’s New from MHARR

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Saturday 8.11.2018

“Shadows of Liberty” Movie Introduction, Affordable Housing, and You

“Shadows of Liberty” Movie Introduction, Affordable Housing, and You

 

Friday 8.10.2018

Billions in Global Deals, Flying Above the Fray for Unicorn Prefab Builder

Billions in Global Deals, Flying Above the Fray for Unicorn Prefab Builder

“It’s A Problem That’s Been Bubbling for Years,” Turkey Tank$, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

 Freddie Mac’s Manufactured Housing, Myths vs Facts – Your Professional Thoughts?

Freddie Mac’s Manufactured Housing, Myths vs Facts – Your Professional Thoughts?

What RV Industry’s 2018, Prior Results Reveal for Manufactured Housing

What RV Industry’s 2018, Prior Results Reveal for Manufactured Housing

 

Thursday 8.9.2018

 Heartland Immigration Raids by ICE Are Targeting Businesses, Owners, Management – Plus Illegals

“I Admit, I was Wrong,” said Heritage’s Feulner, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

AG’s Hathaway Lawsuit OK’d

AG’s Hathaway Lawsuit OK’d

“All the News That’s Fit to Print,” “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” Affordable Housing, MH Reality Checks

 

 

Wednesday 8.8.2018

Carson’s Recent Address on HUD, Affordable Housing, and the Manufactured Housing Vantagepoint

Carson’s Recent Address on HUD, Affordable Housing, and the Manufactured Housing Vantagepoint

Skirts vs. Coat-Tails for Biz and Investors? Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates 

MHPro Alert: DOE Issues Manufactured Housing Energy Rule RFI

MHPro Alert: DOE Issues Manufactured Housing Energy Rule RFI

“Waste, Fraud, and Abuse” – FHFA, GSE Federal Oversight Announcement

“Waste, Fraud, and Abuse” – FHFA, GSE Federal Oversight Announcement

 

Tuesday 8.7.2018 

Ready Player One, “Mobile Home Stacks,” and the Manufactured Home Industry Reality Check

Ready Player One, “Mobile Home Stacks,” and the Manufactured Home Industry Reality Check

Stocks Rise Amid Trade Tiffs, Iran Sanctions Take Effect, Plus MH Market Updates 

City Settles Case with Community Owner for $1.5 Million 

City Settles Case with Community Owner for $1.5 Million

“Insulting” – Local News Report on “Mobile Home” Fire Underscores Why Terminology Matters

“Insulting” – Local News Report on “Mobile Home” Fire Underscores Why Terminology Matters

 

Monday 8.6.2018

Rising Tide Lifts Millions off Food Stamps, Plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

Manufactured Housing Shipment Totals, June 2018

Manufactured Housing Shipment Totals, June 2018

HousingEconomics Releases New Data on U.S. Housing, Comparing MH and Stick Built Data

HousingEconomics Releases New Data on U.S. Housing, Comparing MH and Stick Built Data

“Fixing Our Industry’s Terrible” Public Relations, a Proven Strategy

“Fixing Our Industry’s Terrible” Public Relations, a Proven Strategy

 

Sunday 8.5.2018 

They Did It Before…Sunday Morning Manufactured Home Industry News Headline Recap July Aug 5, 2018

They Did It Before…Sunday Morning Manufactured Home Industry News Headline Recap July Aug 5, 2018

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Carson’s Recent Address on HUD, Affordable Housing, and the Manufactured Housing Vantagepoint

August 8th, 2018 No comments

 

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By contrast, Mark Weiss, in a soon-to-be-released commentary, told MHProNews that “HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson, as the saying goes, “gets it.”

 

First, and most fundamentally, he understands – and has very plainly stated — that to successfully address and ultimately solve the nation’s affordable housing crisis, which has some 21 million American families spending more than one-third of their household income on housing expenses and 11 million of those spending more than half of their income on housing, it is “vitally important … to develop more affordable housing.”

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Perhaps the best ‘get’ of the year for MHI are the comments that Secretary Carson made to their last Congress and Expo scheduled in Las Vegas. There, per HUD’s official transcript to MHProNews, Dr. Carson said:

When I originally got the invitation to join you [manufactured housing professionals], “I was quick to say yes. Back when my hair was less gray, when you thought of manufactured homes, you basically thought of a small box, on concrete blocks, with some uninspiring siding or trim. Times have certainly changed.”

It’s a theme that many cited by MHLivingNews or MHProNews have shared.

Let me say straight out, at HUD, it is not about how much money we spread around. We define success not by the amount of money we pour into our programs, but by the number of people we help graduate from our services and become self-sufficient. Only then can we begin to help others in need of our resources.” said Carson, per HUD.

Carson said that at HUD, “we drive for new efficiencies, transparency, and accountability in our large portfolio – or as some would call it, our alphabet soup of programs and services.”

That’s why everyone in this audience and the manufactured housing industry is so important – and that’s why I am here today. You are a big part of the solution to providing unsubsidized, quality, affordable housing.”

That’s a snapshot of why MHARR’s president’s case for Secretary Carson ‘getting it,’ about manufactured housing is hopeful.

 

HUD and Transparency

Needless to say, there are a variety of audiences that Dr. Carson addresses.

One doesn’t expect Secretary Carson to say the same things, or stress the same points.  But are the broad-brush principles he espouses in synch?

Tonight, against that backdrop, we’ll feature a release from HUD on Sec. Carson’s address to a group in Orlando 2 days ago.

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Delivers Remarks at the
Florida Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO) Annual Convention

Orlando, FL ~ August 6, 2018

Thank you all for the invitation.

 

Also, I would like to thank Debbie Johnson, the current President of FAHRO, and William Russell, President and CEO of the Sarasota Housing Authority.

 

I really appreciate the testimony William gave on behalf of FAHRO, in late April, before the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance on rent reform. As you’ll hear in a few minutes, we are aligned on all the major issues.

 

When I got the invitation, I knew I had come to your convention and expo and discover what new programs and policies are in the works for Florida’s 84 housing authorities.

 

As the local Sarasota Herald-Tribune mentioned in a recent editorial, there is a lot the Secretary of HUD could learn from what Housing officials are doing in Florida, so here I am.

 

Sarasota Visit

 

I ought to also mention that I was in Miami just last week – to announce an end to veteran homelessness in Miami-Dade County – and before that, I was in Sarasota with William, handing out free books to children living in public housing as part of HUD’s Book-Rich Environments Initiative. This is a win-win partnership with the National Book Foundation, our public housing authorities, libraries, educational partners, and everyone involved.

 

I think the children were more excited about the books they were receiving than the ice cream that was also being handed out. That’s a wonderful observation.

 

Growing up in Detroit, I learned that between the covers of those books we could go anywhere, we could do anything, we could be anyone – books can help you believe in yourself, and with that vision, you can accomplish most anything.

 

That’s why we are here today, to have a conversation and ultimately move forward on new initiatives to help our residents have a vision of themselves living a life full of many possibilities outside of public housing and realizing their God-given potential.

 

The question is, how do we accomplish this? And that’s mainly what I would like to discuss with you today – the key goals of our “Making Affordable Housing Work” rent reform proposal, and how it dovetails with FARHO’s action plan on reform.

 

Rent Reform: Making Common Cause  

 

It’s no secret that the current rent system is counterproductive. I understand your discouragement and frustration. Every one of us here knows that the current model of public housing is unsustainable, in both dollars and common sense.

 

Let’s look at three main concerns we both share.

 

First, the rent system, as it currently exists, perpetuates an economic disincentive to earn more in wages.

 

Our policies ensure that the more our residents earn, the more rent they have to pay. Where then, is the incentive to work, or to get a better paying job, or have two parents living together and sharing their wages? There isn’t any, I’m afraid to say.

 

The unintended consequences of the way we calculate the level of assistance – more specifically, how it can hold back the very people we’re supposed to help – must be the central piece of any reform efforts.

 

Second, it is common knowledge that the current system is unduly difficult.

 

Is there a tenant, housing authority or policy maker who hasn’t been puzzled by the complexity of our rental model?  Or, extremely troubled by the resources in time and staff, you must allocate to carry out the necessary procedures?

 

We all know how dense and complicated the system is: public housing agencies, owners, and residents must monitor and record more than several dozen different sources of income – from figuring out future incomes and tax deductions, to recording detailed medical, child, and other mandated information.

 

It creates a perfect storm of paperwork that is incredibly burdensome and often creates confusion along with errors.  We have discovered that each year, nearly 25 percent of rents charged to HUD-assisted families are miscalculated, resulting in $750 million in improper rent payments.

 

So, why would we continue a policy that costs us millions of dollars in errors? Any rental reform also needs to tackle head-on this mounting burden as well.

 

Third, we also find common cause in changing a policy that forces all public housing authorities into a one size-fits-all system, to one that grants greater flexibility – so that those with “boots on the ground,” not Washington, will have increased local control and choice on how best to serve their communities and encourage residents on the road to independence.

 

Just look at the 39 Moving to Work demonstration programs that provides this flexibility for public housing agencies. It has proven to be so successful that the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act expands this program by an additional 100 public housing authorities.

 

The question remains then, why are we still committed to a policy that gives very little flexibility to local housing agencies that best understand the specialized needs of their residents?

 

We therefore need to push for policies that encourage choices and grant waivers that allow more innovation and experimentation.

 

Unstainable Rental System

 

Most of you know the large number of new applications who file for housing assistance and receive it – only one in four — and the small number who graduate out.

 

Overall, public housing was originally meant be help vulnerable people take their first step toward self-sufficiency, and not be an end in itself — with families locked into helplessness for generations, relying solely on the federal purse for survival. Though, in rare cases, some agencies do require time limits on staying in federal housing.

 

That’s why we need to make rental reform a top priority. But I would be remiss if I also didn’t mention the need to encourage more private sector investment in affordable rental units, as well as helping our able-body residents secure better job opportunities – a point I will return to later.

 

Up Date: Where We Go from Here

 

Overall, the Administration’s legislative proposal is only the first step on the road to major reform. But even today, we are having an impact on helping define the debate and drawing attention to the pressing need for a change – both in the way we calculate rent and require minimum work requirements for work-able households.

 

Since our original proposal to increase tenant contributions, both houses of Congress plan to continue to fund our housing assistance programs at historic funding levels, around $1.25 billion — so that decreases for now, the immediate need for any rent increases.

 

As to where we are, in getting our rent reforms through Congress, Representative Dennis Ross and I had a good discussion recently regarding his draft bill, which contain several of our key suggestions.

 

Conclusion: Moving Toward Self-sufficiency  

 

Let me conclude on this note.

 

For generations, the idea of the government providing housing assistance meant only one thing—helping to pay the rent so families can have a roof over their heads. But we must think also about how we can help families access financial, education, and other opportunities.

 

In short, we must think beyond investing in bricks and mortar and invest in human capital. In today’s very tight labor market, employers are desperate for workers, and we need to rise to the challenge. The result being a win-win for everyone – with tenants earing more money so they can move out, and the local economy getting the manpower it needs.

 

That’s why HUD is focusing far more on policies and partnerships with the public and private sector and nonprofit community to further develop the skills and talents of our residents – with the end goal an independent life out of public assistance.

 

I know you’re familiar with Job Plus, Moving to Work, and Section 3 – in fact, we just kicked off a major conference with all the parties involved to reinvigorate the program.  There is also the launch of our new EnVision Centers, located on or near our public housing developments.

 

We need to envision a new path forward for our residents — one takes a holistic approach and goes beyond simply providing housing – and these Centers will provide a one-stop shop, for key services in health, education, and job training.

 

I am certain we can all agree with this approach and ultimate goal.

 

By working together, we’re going to make these major changes in how our affordable housing system operates, so that it encourages economic advancement and well-being for Florida’s vulnerable families.

 

FAHRO and HUD make a formidable team and together we will make rent reform happen.

 

Thank you again for the invitation to join you in Orlando. I look forward to your questions.

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— end of HUD’s official Carson transcript —

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Taken in Las Vegas, durng the same trip as the MHI event. Who won? 

A fair reading of his statements to FAHRO, mindful of the difference in audience, does reflect a similar desire to lift people from dependence to independence.

With indications that HUD will complete their regulatory review this year of the manufactured housing program, the industry will move from reading tea leave to seeing just what happens on issues such as:

  • Title I, and changing the 10-10 rule,
  • Enhanced preemption being fully implemented,
  • A non-career administrator being appointed,
  • And the other aspects that are required by law under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.
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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Tells Senators, Today’s Manufactured Homes “Amazing” Quality and Value

FEAR, a Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis, and the Manufactured Home Dilemma

 

“Thou Shall Not Steal,” $2 Trillion Annually Lost to Lack of Affordable Homes, Making the Manufactured Home Case

Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies 2018 – Affordability, Manufactured Homes, and Modular Housing Report

MHPro Alert: DOE Issues Manufactured Housing Energy Rule RFI

August 8th, 2018 No comments

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a “Notice of Data Availability and Request for Information” (“Notice”) regarding its previously dormant manufactured housing energy conservation standards rulemaking in the August 3, 2018 edition of the Federal Register (see copy attached),” said the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

 

The DOE Notice seeks information and comments on possible alternatives to the horrific proposed manufactured housing energy rule previously published by DOE on June 17, 2016,” said MHARR in a statement to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

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To refresh your recollection, this rulemaking was initiated in response to language contained in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) which purported to shift responsibility for manufactured housing energy standards from HUD to DOE.  This directive – which lacks any substantive basis and is totally unnecessary – as demonstrated by Census Bureau data showing that manufactured housing energy costs are either lower than, or comparable to those of other types of homes, has consistently been opposed by MHARR, which was successful in stopping the imposition of such damaging and discriminatory standards at least three times over the past decade,” per MHARR’s statement.

“Each time, though, the rulemaking proceeding was revived with the assistance and cooperation of some in the industry,” said MHARR.

That some” is MHARR’s thinly veiled code for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).  MHI promoted costly energy standards that per the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) “priced out” study would have cost the industry hundreds of thousands of potential customers. After months of push-back by MHARR, MHProNews, and other third parties, MHI finally did a U-turn on their position.

Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Shifts on DOE Regulatory Rule, Report, Analysis

The most recent DOE activity, the January 2017 proposed  rule, was the product of a fundamentally tainted and arguably scandalous “negotiated rulemaking” which MHARR vehemently opposed, and was ultimately rejected by the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in late 2016,” said MHARR.

That proposal was subsequently withdrawn by the Trump Administration on January 31, 2017, after MHARR cast the only “no” vote against the proposed rule within the DOE Manufactured Housing Energy Standards Work Group and emphatically opposed the proposed rule in written comments to DOE and direct meetings with senior DOE and OIRA officials,” the Washington, D.C. based MHARR said to MHProNews.

Unfortunately, after declaring the manufactured housing energy rulemaking “inactive” in the Fall 2017 Federal Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda (SRA), DOE — apparently pressured by litigation filed in late December 2017 in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. by the special interest Sierra Club – has now revived this manufactured housing rulemaking proceeding once again.” MHProNews previously reported on that Sierra Club suit, at the article linked below.

Will Costs Rise $6,000 per Home? DOE Energy Rule on Manufactured Housing Revived, MHARR Rattles Legal Saber

While the Notice offers certain clues as to the possible direction that DOE may be pursuing, it will require extremely thorough study and an extremely strong response to prevent the imposition of debilitating and discriminatory energy standards on federally-regulated manufactured homes that could potentially exclude millions of moderate and lower-income Americans from the HUD Code manufactured housing market and the only type of non-subsidized home ownership that they can afford,” the D.C. based trade group said.

MHARR will carefully examine the DOE Notice and will respond in a strong and thorough manner consistent with its previous activity on this rulemaking.  By copy of this package, MHARR is urging others in the industry to further oppose any such rule.  MHARR will prepare and submit written comments on this matter soon, and will make those comments available to all HUD Code industry members,” said MHARR adding that: comments in response to the Notice must be filed with DOE on or before September 17, 2018.

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Download the DOE Federal Register RFI at this link here.

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As MHARR noted – and MHProNews has previously reported – the cost per unit could grow $6,000 or more per unit, if the previously supported standards by MHI are enacted. Research suggests that the typical family can’t recoup that cost during the timeframe that the normal home owner lives in their new home. The bottom line is this would cost the industry sales, and would cost thousands annually the opportunity to stop renting, and start owning.

It’s your industry, and sales to your potential customers who may not be able to qualify that are the issue.  What too few discuss in this regard is that consumers can already upgrade their energy standards, with a variety of HUD Code builders.  Why not allow consumers the right to choose?  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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“Waste, Fraud, and Abuse” – FHFA, GSE Federal Oversight Announcement

August 8th, 2018 No comments

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The House Financial Services Committee announced that there will be an upcoming hearing that will continue their probe into allegations of “waste, fraud, and abuse.”

 

The Daily Business News on MHProNews has tracked developments over the ongoing drumbeat out of Washington, D.C. over concerns regarding the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) and their legal charges.

Mel Watt Charged With Sexual Harassment – Manufactured Housing Industry Repercussions?

By law, the FHFA oversees the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. See the linked articles herein for more details.

Update on Fannie Mae Lobbying, and Manufactured Housing Controversy

The allegations include sexual misconduct by Mel Watt, plus concerns over apparent lobbying activity by Fannie Mae, among others.

 

Why It Matters to MHVille Owners, Investors and Professionals

All this could impact the lending which by law the GSEs are supposed to be doing for manufactured housing.

The Duty to Serve (DTS) provisions of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) mandated support for manufactured housing.  Yet it has taken a decade to reach the current toe-in-the-water stage.

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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has been pushing for years on this issue.

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By contrast, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) – which is seen by many as a lobbying tool for Berkshire Hathaway’s lending, production, supplier, and retail interests in the industry – could become part of the backdrop to concerns over improper lobbying by Fannie Mae.

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Via a media release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, the Financial Services Committee announcement said as follows.

 

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Official statement from the U.S. House of Representatives, Financial Services Committee.

Committee Announces September FHFA Oversight Hearing

WASHINGTON – House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Ann Wagner (R-MO) announced today that the Committee plans to hold a hearing no later than Thursday, September 27, 2018 as a part of its ongoing investigations into various allegations of waste, fraud and abuse at the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) and the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Fannie Mae Chief Executive Officer Timothy Mayopoulus and FHFA Director Mel Watt will be invited to testify.

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Significant Slowdown of New HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Growth in June, Per Latest Data

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While manufactured housing production has nudged up marginally in June, the data reveals that it has slowed significantly from earlier this year.

 

The state-by-state breakdown of production is found in the chart below, based upon data collected for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by IBTS.

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A more detailed report will be published early next week with additional shipments and production information. Last May’s report for the same data above is linked below.

HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Report, May 2018, State-by-State Total

Is this yet another warning sign that all isn’t quite as rosy as the national association in Arlington – or their cheer leaders – want to project?  Recall the previously raised data-driven warning flag in the Daily Business News report below.

MHVillage Confirms Data, and Michigan Operational Slide Revealed

Given the clear superiority that third-party data proves that manufactured housing has in America over conventional builders, plus the growing affordable housing crisis, what explains this signs of potential problems?

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Besides surging third-party site statistics (readership) on MHProNews, plus hundreds more getting our email headline news, there are other strong indicators of increased reader engagement. Among them are an increase in LinkedIn connection invitations being sent to our publisher, L. A. “Tony’ Kovach. Our thanks to all for kind words, and the other signs of support for our industry leading coverage and analysis.

Several industry voices – which includes Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) members, and those in state associations too – are telling MHProNews that Arlington, VA based MHI’s failure to routinely address errors in mainstream media reports is part of the problem.

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While there are reports about staff shakeups there, given their overall growing staff, why can’t they do the common-sense thing that the former MHI Chairman said to MHProNews?

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This was ‘promised’ by MHI sources prior to Patti Boerger being hired as their PR person. What happened to that promise? If this is so common sense, why isn’t MHI doing it?  MHI’s contact page no longer shows Boerger today. A source there tells MHProNews that she is no longer with MHI. http://www.mhpronews.com/blogs/industryvoices/about-responding-to-pbs-newshours-bad-bargain-report-by-stephen-fee/ 

Or are they still trying to keep production low, so that there is more consolidation?

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Learn more, click here.

 

MHProNews looks at the facts, considers various sources, and follows the evidence. MHI earlier last year, and for years before, routinely replied promptly to all MHProNews inquiries. After all, we are pro-MH growth. But since we’ve increasingly spotlighted alleged problems and concerns in Arlington, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not offer a cogent explanation?

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Fresh Facts, Figures, Future of Affordable Housing -Comparisons- Conventional Site-Built v Mobile/Manufactured Home Industry Data

August 2nd, 2018 No comments

 

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It should be noted that affordable housing is a non-partisan issue.

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From the Realtor University report available below as a download.

People most commonly live in apartments, other forms of rental housing, and other types of homes.

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Housing affordability – or the lack of it – is driven by several factors.  Land cost obviously varies by market and location.  Land use is another issue for a separate report.

Those hundreds of millions may be Democrats, Republicans, Independents, or any other political or apolitical view.

The point?

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From the July 2018 update of the Realtor University report available below as a download.

Housing is non-partisan, even though there may be partisan views about it. Politicos or policy advocates routinely have a position on housing issues, perhaps because they recognize that the needs are large and growing.

How great are the needs for affordable homes in the summer of 2018?

They are summed up by Lawrence Yun, Ph.D., Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors ® as is shown below.

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Collage by MHProNews.

 

The number of articles and reports to date in 2018 that are favorably reporting on manufactured homes as an important part of the solution for the affordable housing crisis seems to be rising.

 

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While the thrust of these third-party reports have routinely been positive, an all too common facet has been misinformation on some data or terminology point.

Thus this post will be a data and evidence based effort to provide a rapid reference for third parties looking for more accurate information. Third party sources are as shown.

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Land cost varies by market and location. About 1 in 3 Manufactured homes, per NAR data, are being placed in land-lease communities, so about 2 out of 3 are going onto privately owned properties. Why are sales so low, when the data is so favorable?  See the comment from an industry professional, further below, plus the linked related reports at the bottom of this post.

The manufactured home industry bears some responsibility for the confusion.  The following sourced information, often using data from the National Association of Realtors ® (NAR), Census Bureau, HUD, IBTS, Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), MHU, or other sources as noted.

 

Properly Defining Mobile Homes, and Manufactured Home

The National Association of Realtors Journal of the Center for Real Estate Studies did a fact-based report entitled “The Market for Manufactured Homes” by Scholastica ‘Gay’ D. Cororaton, CBE, Research Economist, National Association of REALTORS®.

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Cororaton’s research had some revisions in July 2018 – linked as a download, here – as was a related post on Realtor University’s blog entitled “Making the Case for Manufactured Homes.”  Their report on manufactured homes starts on page 48.

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Insightful data, per NAR. From the July 2018 update of the Realtor University report available below as a download.

 

The National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards

National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act as: “A manufactured home means a structure, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode is 8 body feet or more in width or 40 body feet or more in length or which when erected on-site is 320 or more square feet, and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and includes the plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, and electrical systems contained in the structure.”

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Red arrow, blue text by MHProNews. Data from the Realtor University report available below as a download.

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development are the primary federal regulator, and so the standards are often called the HUD Code for manufactured housing.  One simple way to identify a HUD Code manufactured home is if the home bears a HUD label, see photo below.

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The terminology matters because
the terminology determines the
construction standards a home was
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You must meet people where they are. Terminology must be taught and caught. Make a habit of using the correct terminology.

The HUD Code standards went into effect on June 15, 1976.  So, homes built before that date can properly be called a mobile home.

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has been notified (again) about information that they’ve published in downloads, advertorials, and on their website that is a mix of accurate and inaccurate information.

They were advised that MHI members and others were included in a BCC addressed to the MHI Executive Committee, plus many on the MHI staff.

The NAR is among other trade associations that have been notified of the ongoing mix of data errors by MHI, which as noted, is a mix of good, bad and meh information coming from the Arlington, VA based trade group.

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From the July 2018 update of the Realtor University report available below as a download.

 

Among the responses to the message to MHI and others?

Well put, Tony [Kovach, MHProNews publisher].   Thanks for the bcc, too.

STILL seems to be a void in the ether when it comes to a nationwide pro-MH body to represent our industry, not just certain players therein. I won’t beat the dead horse about BH/CMH other than to say they are at least 80% at cause for the lack of accurate information going out to the public, and IMHO, it’s for the purpose of their moat.  

Glad to see that there are still folks who can see the benefits a financially healthy & industry hearty organization could bring to us as a whole.  There are SO MANY fronts that need to be addressed that it would require a full-time devotion to them, something that business owners seem to be reluctant to do, for whatever (and valid) reasons…” This was part of a longer message from a well known industry professional.

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There are a growing number of industry voices that believe that BH/CMH and MHI have by various action/inaction has kept manufactured home sales at historically low levels. Evidence? See Related Reports and videos, linked below, which quotes and cites BH, MHI, CMH, 21st Mortgage Corp, and other sources.

 

This article may be updated, if MHI makes corrections, and does as NAR thoughtfully did – provide the appropriate credits for the sources of the correction of prior errors.  MHI’s leadership will be advised of this article, but frankly, its unnecessary.

Unnecessary, why?

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Part of several messages for publication by Tim Williams to MHProNews.

Because as Tim Williams said – and it is still true – MHI members, leadership, and senior staff are among the routine readers of MHProNews.

Our latest 3rd party metrics reflect that our site traffic has more than doubled since Sept 2017.  Our sincere thanks to our readers, and all of those who make this site’s fact checks and reports possible. NOTE: as of this date, none of the linked reports have been publicly disputed by sources from BH, CMH or MHI.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Manufactured Housing Industry Facts, It’s About More, Per Economic Expert’s Insight

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The top right graphic is an example of a useful MHI data point. The “Wheat and Chaff” is the wise way to a approach any information source. Keep the good, reject what’s not.

There appears to be considerable confusion about a variety of facts regarding modern manufactured homes, as well as the manufactured housing industry. Why?  Let’s tee up this topic, before diving into this relevant research, and today’s timely fact check.

 

Accurate Information Matters

When reading mainstream media reports, or research being done by third-parties at non-profits, universities, etc., there are often modest to significant errors found about manufactured homes.

During live presentations, hundreds of industry professionals have been asked by our publisher a variation of this question. ‘Does misinformation about manufactured homes (MH) hurt our MH industry’s sales?

Routinely virtually every hand in the room will go up.

So, by an almost universal acceptance by those motivated enough to attend a seminar, accurate information about MH matters.

The reputation of the MH industry – and to an extent, its integrity – can be influenced by the accuracy of the data about manufactured homes.  Rephrased, inaccurate information logically hurts sales, and harms our industry’s image.

Before diving into the focus of this particular fact-correcting analysis, the Daily Business News will remind readers about this potent fact check about tornadoes.  If the general public realized that the odds of not dying during a tornado in 2017 were over 1 million to one in favor of the MH resident, wouldn’t people feel more confident about buying a manufactured home?  Just think, only 1 out of a million died during a tornado in 2017.

Per room after room of raised hands by industry professionals during live seminars, thousands of industry pros believe more of the public would by a manufactured home, based upon accurate information.

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Nevertheless, to date, only MHProNews and MHLivingNews have routinely promoted that kind of data, which is based upon National Weather Service’s reporting.

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The good news is that some state associations and the NAR (see above) have started to address this, as the report linked above noted.

So, accurate information matters. It matters to:

  • Investors,
  • Bankers,
  • Public officials,
  • Professionals in or considering the manufactured home industry,
  • Affordable housing advocates,
  • Economists,
  • Media,
  • Policy makers, staffs, politicos,

and the public at large.  Accurate information is presumably why MHI wants members to fly-in once  a year to Washington, D.C.  and hand out information packages to staff and members of the House and Senate in the Congress.

 

Why Is There So Much Misinformation About Manufactured Housing?

What contributes to, or is the origin of, some of those factual questions and concerns from third parties?

Let’s note for accuracy and fairness that no one source is fully responsible, nor is any one professional exempt, from striving to learn and accurately share the facts about the modern manufactured home industry.  We value input from our readers, and when an error is spotted, we want to correct it.

Each person reading this is to some degree, is either part of the solution, or part of the problem. That’s reality.

The Daily Business News will look at what should be a simple issue, which regrettably is being mistakenly proclaimed in error to the public, policy makers, influencers, and the media.

Let’s look at a recent data-dispute, and the facts about manufactured housing’s contribution to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  The GDP of an industry helps others measure its significance.  The larger the GDP, the more important the industry.

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has said that manufactured housing’s contribution to the United States of America’s (USA) Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is “almost $3 Billion dollars.”

Others, depending on MHI’s data, then repeat that claim.

But is that MHI figure, previously disputed several times by MHProNews, accurate?

We asked the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, Certified Business Economist (CBE), to explain how GDP is calculated.

Does GDP use wholesale or retail sales figures?  Note, ICYMI, the report linked below reflects corrections made about manufactured housing by Cororaton in a NAR report.  She as an economist understands accuracy, and has made corrections as needed herself, and thanked those who helped with those corrections.

Realtor University, Journal for the Center of Real Estate Studies, Makes Corrections– “The Market for Manufactured Homes,” by Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, CBE

Here was her on-the-record reply was to MHProNews.

GDP is measured at the retail price because the retail price determines what  the FINAL user spends.  Not wholesale price because wholesalers still sell to retailers, who then sell to consumers (as the final users),” said economist Cororaton.

She added that “The final users can be consumers, businesses (for fixed investments and inventory), the government, and foreigners (exports).” What that means in part is the sale of FEMA units to the federal government is part of the GDP.

However, the price of imported goods are excluded (GDP is a measure of domestic production),” NAR’s Cororaton said.

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Composite information from LinkedIn.

She then pointed us to additional authoritative evidence, in the form of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

The BEA recently provided MHProNews with the latest GDP data, cited by the Trump Administration in saying that the GDP in Q2 was up 4.1 percent. It doesn’t get more official than the BEA, does it? Cororaton emailed a BEA primer on the issue, available as a download, linked here.

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This is an authoritative reference on calculating GDP, per Certified Business Economist CBE, Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton.. To download the report, click here.

 

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Many who first explore manufactured housing say or wonder, “this sounds too good to be true.’ Manufactured housing professionals must understand and anticipate that reality. Part of the secret is accurate information, not hyped or error plagued information. For newcomers to the website not familiar with modern manufactured homes, learn more by clicking the image above or the link here.

 

Why Does this Matter to MHVille? Just the Facts…

For some time, MHI has been publishing information that far undervalues the industry’s contribution to the GDP.

Using MHI’s own information, which has rounded up in some cases, the correct GDP – per the BEA’s and CBE Cororaton’s formulas – would be over $6.5 billion a year, not “almost $3 billion…”

 

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This is “updated” in June 2018, but still has errors. Note, there are improvements from some prior fact-checks by MHProNews, but still several errors. How are third parties to know what is accurate about the MH Industry?

Not only is that a more accurate total, but isn’t $6.5 billion more than twice as impressive as “almost $3 billion” for the manufactured home industry?

Then why does MHI use an arguably flawed, and inaccurate total for the industry? Remember, MHProNews has published a higher, more accurate estimated GDP previously and brought that figure to MHI’s attention.

Now that an respected economist with NAR is confirming the correct formula, will MHI finally change that erroneous, embarrassing, and industry diminishing, claim? Will MHI check their math, and make the necessary corrections?

 

Only Two Possibilities

1)        MHI can ignore the error, as they have other mistakes and apparent spin or hypes about some of their claims (think S 2155, for a regulatory example). An example is the correct count on communities. Once more, it’s MHI’s own members, past and present, that have said their current manufactured home community count is too low.  Their June 2018 data, reflects a change that is still inaccurate.  Why?

Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, George Allen, Manufactured Home Community Controversy Continues

 

Note that when we published that article linked above, MHI said that the count was “37,524 land lease communities.” In their June 2018 updated graphic, shown above, they now say almost 40,000.”  Why not make a more complete and accurate correction?

As a result of their ongoing unwillingness to correct such data points, not only media and researchers, but corporations have published incorrect information to potential investors.

So, based upon past experience, it is entirely possible that MHI will ignore the facts, and keep claiming a data point that’s debatably embarrassing to the industry. Or:

2) MHI can do what’s right, and make the correction, which is the minimum that they should do. But will MHI do as NAR’s Cororaton did, and credit the sources for the correction?

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Accuracy matters, and giving credit to sources matters to third parties. “The time is always right to do the right thing.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Adults make mistakes.

But don’t mature adults admit error, make corrections, and then move on? What will MHI do? What will their action or inaction say about the organization? How will MHI’s actions reflect upon the industry?

Two state associations have broken ranks with MHI, over their stated concerns that MHI has failed to represent their interests.  More recently, they’ve launched a new national communities association (see related reports, linked further below).

State Associations, Companies Quit Membership in Manufactured Housing Institute, (MHI), One Explains in Writing, ‘Why?’

Why would MHI understate, after they’ve been informed previously about the error?  How can they claim it is accidental?  What other reason might make sense?  Could it be that they are trying to understate the industry’s size, to discourage new entries into the industry? Isn’t that similar to what MHI President, Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison did by understating the industry potential for more rapid growth? What CEO of a national association argues for slower growth? It sounds pretty to say ‘sustainable,’ but the industry sustained several times this sales level in the past. Who benefits from slow growth?  What normal non-profit organization rewards a CEO like that, with a bonus, contract extension and more pay?

 

A respected non-MHARR industry voice has challenged retailers to organize and leave MHI, similar to what communities are starting to do. He believes that the majors have “weaponized” certain aspects of national association’s work, using these words:

“…If retailers would bow up and tell the MHI manufacturers they want dues paid to a new association rather than MHI there will be change. I do believe the majors have weaponized regulation that further entrench their companies or widens and deepens their moat. Keep my name off it please but I’ll support the efforts if [there] is enough backbone out there.”

MHI members are encouraged to get MHI to change their incorrect reporting of data, just as they are encouraged to get them to be more transparent on other past errors.  See the Howard Walker related report, linked below.  Is there any excuse for repeatedly making the same mistakes?  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ##(News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Mel Watt Charged With Sexual Harassment – Manufactured Housing Industry Repercussions?

July 30th, 2018 Comments off
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Official photo, Mel Watt, FHFA. Graphic by MHProNews.

The mortgage industry and Washington were rocked Friday by news that Federal Housing Finance Agency Director [FHFA] Mel Watt has been accused by an agency employee of sexual harassment,” wrote Rob Blackwell for AmericanBanker.

 

As many manufactured home industry veterans know, the FHFA was established as the receiver for the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, after the mortgage/housing financial crisis.  It was part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA 2008), signed into law by President George W. Bush.

The Duty to Serve (DTS) manufactured housing and underserved markets also flows from HERA.  Since the FHFA is the regulator of the GSEs, who’s at the top at FHFA matters to the industry’s consumers and professionals.  Numerous non-profits – as well as various associations and industry businesses – have expressed their desire for a robust entry by the GSEs into manufactured home lending.

Much of the focus has been in the arena of chattel (personal property, home only) lending.

Watt was already slated to leave the FHFA in January 2019.  There have already been several names floated for his replacement.  Some, per informed sources, say that while the names are all “familiar faces,” some are “potentially problematic” for the interests of manufactured housing.

If allegations spelled out in Politico prove true, that time line for Watt’s departure could be accelerated.

 

Politico Pounces

Politico obtained transcripts of reported conversations between Watt and an employee, whose name was withheld. In those alleged conversations, Watt appears to be suggesting a relationship with the employee.

Well, you probably want to know what I wanted to talk to you about,” Watt said, according to Politico. I mentioned to you there is an attraction here that I think needs to be explored. In my experience there are four types of attraction: emotional, spiritual, sexual or of friendship. So, the exercise here is to find out which one exists here.”

Watt supposedly noticed a tattoo on the employee’s ankle and asks her, “If I kissed that one would it lead to more?”

The employee’s lawyer, Diane Seltzer Torre, confirmed to American Banker that an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint had been filed against Watt. The FHFA confirmed an investigation is underway,” but Watt’s response is that it was “intended to embarrass or to lead to an unfounded or political conclusion.”

However, I am confident that the investigation currently in progress will confirm that I have not done anything contrary to law,” Watt said. “I will have no further comment while the investigation is in progress.”

Watt’s statement did not specifically confirm or deny claims that he made those suggestive comments to an employee. Rather, he stressed that any actions he took were not illegal.  One question that needs to be asked, who will pay if there is a settlement? Will it be taxpayers, or Watt himself?

Legalities and the truth aside, if Watt made such comments, this may be enough to force him out before his term is up.

As the head of an independent agency, Watt can only be removed “for cause” by President Donald J. Trump.  These allegations could possibly qualify, if the Trump Administration wanted to accelerate his departure for whatever reason.

The president could either allow one of Watt’s deputies to temporarily run the agency if he stepped aside, or appoint an interim head under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, which allows a Senate-confirmed official to temporarily serve as director,” according to Blackwell.

Mick Mulvaney is a similar case, who has been serving for months as the temporary head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Whether Watt chooses to leave or is forced out, it is obvious that his days at the agency were winding down.

The transition timeline is likely to be expedited,” said Isaac Boltansky, director of policy research for Compass Point Research & Trading.

 

FHFA, DTS and Manufactured Housing Lending

MHProNews will monitor these developments, as they impact the various efforts to compel the GSEs to do more in the way of supporting manufactured housing chattel and other lending options.

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While the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has signaled a level of satisfaction with DTS to date, the Washington, D.C. based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has made it clear they believe the process has been largely stymied to date from doing what Congress mandated a decade ago.

 

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MHARR, per sources, has launched several initiatives to compel more lending.

Meanwhile, MHI has given lip service to similar efforts, but there has been signs of foot dragging and posturing, perhaps because of the interests of their dominant Berkshire Hathaway members, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance.

It should be noted that after numerous offers to publicly respond to or debate the evidence-based reports linked below, neither MHI nor a Berkshire Hathaway owned unit has accepted those offers to respond to these published concerns. Why not?  Is it because the documents and quotes provided are often from 21st, Tim Williams, Kevin Clayton, or Warren Buffett himself? Doesn’t that make it hard for them to refute? “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Corrected map and data about distribution of manufactured and mobile homes by state.

Not only where the errors corrected, but Cororaton went the extra mile by thanking Weiss and Kovach for their outreach and input in making those correction.  The corrected NAR report is linked here, and the thirty pages of facts and figures starts on page 48.

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Millions of people are looking on manufactured home sites every year.  Yet only about 108,000 (+/-) new manufactured homes are expected to be sold in 2018.  Why so historically low?  

Why it Matters?

Several reasons, but let’s look at just 3 for today.

1) As MHProNews previously noted, facts matter to those researching, pondering policy positions, or considering investing in the manufactured home industry.

As one of several ‘wheat and chaff’ observations previously cited, Frank Rolfe is among the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) members who has said that solid data and information are desired by lenders and investors.  When some errors are found, other facts may be questioned.  It is professional and honorable to get the facts accurately reported.

 

2) By contrast, MHI has stubbornly refused to correct factual errors that have been brought to their attention.  One of several examples is linked below. Why won’t they stand up for accurate information?

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If Rolfe’s point makes sense – and numerous industry professionals see the common-sense wisdom of accurate information – then why doesn’t MHI?  What makes the Arlington, VA based trade group so unwilling to admit errors, when their own prior Chairman publicly admitted that they’ve made errors in the past, and should strive to avoid them in the future?

 

Is it because – as Richard “Dick” Jennison himself said, that MHI wants to see the industry grow slowly?  Who does that benefit?

 

3) The NAR Correction Case Points to the Path for Better Understanding, Based Upon Sustainable Education Based Solutions

What manufactured housing has arguably needed for years to achieve new highs is to make the case based upon evidence and factual information, that third parties could verify.

Facts combined with real interviews with experts and home owners pave the path for more sales.

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This isn’t theory, it’s a known by-product of making a rational case for manufactured homes.

 

The Manufactured Home (MH) Industry has waited for years for MHI to live up to its claimed status of representing all aspects of factory-built housing.  For whatever reasons one cares to suggest, its difficult to deny that they’ve demonstrably failed at that, as the Washington Post report, or the failure for MHI to engage researchers and third-party media in correcting errors proves time and again.

New manufactured home sales are sliding in some states. How is that tolerable during an affordable housing crisis?

MHVillage Confirms Data, and Michigan Operational Slide Revealed

 

The Next Step?

A successful independent – one who has not publicly made such an offer previously, and one who is not a member of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – recently emailed the following to MHProNews about the need for a new, post-production national MH association.

I support it and I would support consolidating efforts with MHARR. If retailers would bow up and tell the MHI manufacturers they want dues paid to a new association rather than MHI there will be change. I do believe the majors have weaponized regulation that further entrench their companies or widens and deepens their moat. Keep my name off it please but I’ll support the efforts if their is enough backbone out there,” quoting the message verbatim.

MHARR made it clear last year that they are open to more producers – factory-builder members – and support a new post-production association. But they also said they believe that it is in the industry’s interests to have a separate post-production association.

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MHARR’s reported success in dealing with the Pam Danner issue, as the Washington Post made clear, demonstrates what can happen by direct engagement with the more pro-business Trump Administration.

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MHProNews editorially supports such a move, and invites interest from those who would “bow up” to what Marty Lavin called “the big boys” who have bent MHI to serving their interests, rather than those of the industry at large.

A new post-production association could make it a point to routinely contact media and researchers each and every time a false report is published or produced.  That in time could be more effective than spending tens of millions on marketing.

The Protecting, Education, and Promoting (PEP) the truth about manufactured homes – and leveling the regulatory and placement playing field – are what a new trade body should be laser focused on.

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Howard Walker, Mensch – Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), Manufactured Homes Retrospective

July 23rd, 2018 Comments off


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It’s a Jewish tradition when someone dies to say, “May his or her memory be for blessing.” The actual honorific is “of blessed memory,” a translation of the Hebrew “zikhrono livrakha” (m.) or “zikhronah livrakha” (f.)…I tend to say, “May his or her memory be a blessing.”” – Nina Amir.

 

When a long-time industry friend and colleague of Howard Walker’s heard we planned this article, he asked us to say in this retrospective, “Be sure to say that Howard Walker was a Mensch.”

Howard Walker, JD, served as Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) Vice Chairman for many years. Sam Zell and several of their colleagues voted in the spring to keep his chair empty for a year.

That was a mark of honor for a man that hundreds of us in manufactured housing – especially in the land lease community sector – came to know.

 

Mr. Walker was a sharp man, who could be tough, and had a quick wit. You obviously don’t serve an industry giant in such a key role for so long without bringing a lot of experience and wisdom to the table.

Walker was trusted.

Howard served on the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Executive Committee as a board member for several years.

Every time we drive into Tampa – dozens of times annually, as we pass Howard Ave near the airport – it serves as a silent reminder to us of the man.

 

Powerful Lesson from a Private Dinner with Howard Walker

Howard invited me to a private dinner for two in Tampa a few years ago, which yielded hours of conversation about the industry.  We naturally also spoke about the Arlington, VA based MHI trade association.

Let’s note that it’s not my intention to reveal anything said by Howard that was shared in strict confidence. But some principles he espoused which where also shared with others will take center stage in what follows.

Specifically, the focus will be a concept which Howard himself shared with others, that he explained that he and ELS believe in.

It is fair to say that Walker felt that others in manufactured housing should also believe in the following principle. Here’s a specific gems that Walker stressed during that dinner.

Tony, as a publicly traded company, ELS believes in transparency, in getting the facts out there.
If there is bad news, we get it out there. If there is good news, get it out there
.”
– Howard Walker.

He then explained to me the wisdom of this approach.

On a different occasion that year, I was communicating with an ELS administrator, who interfaced with Walker and another one of their top people. I conversationally mentioned to her our plan not to put some bad news out on MHProNews that had just hit the mainstream news.

That ELS executive administrator asked me, ‘Why not get it out there for the industry to read and consider?’

Walker and that ELS executive level administrator were both logically correct. Why hide the truth? Both of those ELS team members shared a similar insight.  They were applying a similar principle – related to the value of addressing what’s in the news, and transparency.

 

Clarifying…

For clarity, it’s not that MHProNews ever ignored all bad news about the industry. From early on, the Daily Business News, the Masthead or one of our other modules periodically reported and specifically analyzed problem issues.

But there is sadly so much skewed reporting or problematic terminology about manufactured housing in the mainstream media, that if we reported on every piece of bad news, that could dominate all that MHProNews would do.  We’d never have time to get to the good news on MHProNews or MHLivingNews.  An example of recent useful – mostly good news – is the report linked below.

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So, for years, the Daily Business News has strived for balance and accuracy.  Here the industry professional or investor can consider the good, bad or ugly. The news is explored through the lens of informed industry professionals.

As any publisher does, we must curate – carefully select, pick and choose – what topics to cover.  Then, we make the case as to why that curated story is important to the industry, officials, advocates, researchers, and investors.

It’s been a few years since that dinner conversation.  But clearly, Howard Walker’s thoughtful gem on transparency stuck with me.

 

Howard Walker, MHProNews and the Sam Zell Interview

Howard facilitated our interview responses with Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS) Chairman Sam Zell.  He insured it would be an accurate reflection of what Mr. Zell said and meant. Those two parts of the Zell interview are linked below.  They are classics.

The photo shown below by MHProNews of Zell, coupled with the quote shown, were among the Zell-isms Howard said were verified with the ELS Chairman.

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To see a two part exclusive interview with Sam Zell, click the links above.

 

Why did Walker facilitate that Zell interview? Isn’t that also an example of transparency, and the desire for accuracy?  Isn’t it also a sign of trust?

It is fair to say that Howard was at times miffed – to put it politely – at some of our coverage about MHI, notably in the roughly last 2 years.

But he also overall praised our industry coverage as “thorough and unbiased reporting,” as a number of emails from him – including the one further below for publication – reflects.

The above tees up the following logical question.

How well, by the Howard Walker/ELS standard – has the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) held to the standard of “transparency?”

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For the bulk of the time since MHProNews has existed, this publication could ask MHI, or any other trade association for comments and insights, and we would promptly get a reply.

As regular Daily Business News readers noted last week, MHProNews can get comments from other national or state trade associations, see examples of 6 in the housing/factory-built housing industry in just a matter of days, spotlighted in the report linked below.

“When I Slow Down, I Go Faster.” – Ken Blanchard, and Manufactured Housing

 

Flash Back

Let’s flashback to the 2017 MHI meeting in San Antonio.  There, this writer asked several MHI member-builders, as well as other MHI members and staff, about what the association’s position should be on Pam Danner at HUD.  Keep in mind that this was several months prior to her removal as head of the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs, which occurred later in 2017.  MHI staff would not answer that question.  Why not?  But numbers of members where happy to discuss the matter.  More on that linked below, in the related resources.

Not long after that San Antonio meeting, MHI sent our firm a letter removing our firm from their membership.  It was roughly that same time frame, that MHI stopped responding to questions from MHProNews.  After years of membership, their written excuse was that it had ‘come to their attention’ that they had ‘no membership category’ for ‘news media.’ Never mind, that our operation does more than news, or that other MHI members publish too.  If you are going to give an excuse, was their’s an example that any excuse will do?

Now consider that in juxtaposition to Howard Walker encouraging MHI leadership in writing to deepen their relationship with MHProNews.

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What’s happened to transparency at MHI?

How would Walker or others objectively answer that question?

Walker praised this publication and our sister platform, MHLivingNews.com in writing and for publication. He never withdrew that statement, shown in the graphic further above.

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Thoughtful words, worth pondering.

Howard said that our brand of reporting was long overdue in manufactured housing.

Howard, let me respectfully suggest that your words – and that stated ELS principle on transparency – are more needed now in MHVille than ever.  The industry is still at historically low levels of performance, as an MHI member-produced graphic below reveals.

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What was accomplished previously in sustainable shipment levels, can clearly be done again.  During an affordable housing crisis, what is missing?  

Fair and necessary questions related to this gem of Walker’s should include:

  • why during an affordable housing crisis is the manufactured home industry at such a relatively low level of new home production and sales?
  • Why did MHI become so aloof from engagement here?
  • Or why does MHI often fail to engage with mainstream media, when doing so could potentially get to the root issues that hold the industry back from more growth?

We’ll look more deeply into this and related in the days ahead.  We may also find occasion to reveal a few more gems from Howard.

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