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Democratic Professor Defends Conservative Right to Free Speech; How Free Speech Helps, Harms Manufactured Housing

May 29th, 2019 Comments off

 

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In the broader society, there are numbers of those who do not believe in free speech. If you don’t agree with their perspective, you don’t deserve the right to speak or write to the contrary is their view.

 

The video tonight is by a self-proclaimed Democrat who takes about 7 minutes to make the historic and logical case for giving conservatives their obvious rights to free speech. It makes several interesting points. In this Big Think video, Jonathan Zimmerman argues that the history of debate in the U.S. – of who gets to say what, and how that has evolved – and why it should be taught to every American.

 

 

Manufactured housing in the last 7 months is once more a shrinking industry as measured by year-over-year new manufactured home production.  Among the reasons?  Research, evidence, and reason reveals that a steady diet of misinformation – inside and outside of the industry – are among the causes.

 

Shocking, True State of the Manufactured Housing Industry, plus Solutions for Profitable, Sustainable Growth – May 2019

 

This platform has routinely fact-checked other publishers, trade groups, or bloggers who have promoted or defended the questionable acts by Warren Buffett, Clayton Homes, the Manufactured Housing Institute, or so-called predatory lenders and community operators.  The only reason we have the ability to do such analysis is because of the God-given, First Amendment protected right to free speech and of freedom of the press.

We strive to use reason and evidence to shred the head fakes or arguments of purported MHI and Berkshire sycophants such as MHInsider, or the self-contradictory blogger George Allen, who previously blasted Clayton, MHI and predatory community operators, and now defends or promotes them?!?

But we defend their constitutional right to revealingly make illogical fools of themselves.

Ditto to MHI, who arguably falsely claim to represent all segments of factory-built housing, while consistently failing to take the often-obvious steps necessary to defend the industry’s remaining independents. What more proof is needed than 7 months of declining new home shipments, after MHI brazenly claimed momentum?

The point tonight is simple. People must be willing to analyze claims in an objective fashion. As the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, the purpose of education is to learn to think critically.

 

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There are those who recently raised anew claims of FBI and other evidence against the Rev. King while he was active in the civil rights movement. Whatever the truth of that, King clearly made significant contributions to society. If the embarrassing claims about King are true, the principle of wheat and chaff is a useful reminder that every soul or organization is a mixed bag. Accept the good, reject what is problematic.

 

Free speech is under assault in a variety of ways. We need more public discussion and debates that use genuine arguments, not just repeated falsehoods or emotional manipulation of sincere people and professionals.

 

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently made a good, solid case for manufactured housing, which MHI has inexplicably failed to post on their website or promote through their media allies. While tragic, its revealing.  Free speech is to be celebrated, cherished, and protected, along with the other rights protected by the Constitution.

 

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As a closing point, only a spread of morality and ethical practices will eradicate deceptive speech.  The founders were right about that, and more.

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“Game On” – “Fighting Discriminatory Zoning” “Moral Obligation” Fix “Worsening Nightmare” – State Associations Entering Spotlight

May 25th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Nature abhors a vacuum.

 

That axiom is true in science, as well as in issues of pragmatic leadership.

In a communique to the manufactured housing industry’s dozens of state association executives, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) outlined their plan to address the “moral obligation” to fix the “worsening nightmare” of “discriminatory zoning.”

The memo was described by one MHEC-connected source as “a shot across the bow” of the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). MHEC is the Manufactured Housing Executives Council (MHEC), which includes most, if not all, manufactured housing state associations.

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That same source said that the shot missed the bow and landed on the deck of MHI’s battleship.

It’s game on,” said that pro-industry growth source. “The outrage of MHI’s power-brokers keeping the industry at a historically low ebb for over 15 years isn’t over.  But if MHARR is as serious as they appear to be, this represents a challenge to the behind the scenes efforts to artificially suppress and slow manufactured housing sales growth unlike anything I’ve seen in years.”

Per MHEC sources, there are ‘several’ states that have reached out to the Washington, D.C. based MHARR about their memo.  MHARR has not yet issued a follow-up or added details to their communique.  When asked, they would not characterize the responses at this time.

 

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A Key Issue, Alongside Financing, Regulatory Overreach…

 Tony, as I’m sure you know, not everyone is comfortable with how ‘in your face’ some of your [MHProNews] reports have been,” said a message to MHProNews.  That message continued, “However, between what MHARR has laid out, and what your publications [MHProNews/MHLivingNews] have hammered home in recent months, there is a degree of clarity that some [state] executives and other industry members have lacked on why the industry has underperformed to the degree that it has. I’m not making predictions, because 21st and Clayton still have the raw power that report of yours [re: How Gold Rules] spelled out.  But your reports on the Mobile Home Militia, the expansionary moves by Legacy Housing, and others independents in the industry that reflect serious, committed resistance are perhaps giving some more confidence to others in the industry to test the waters of resistance too. While some will still likely sell out, some of us [executives] don’t want to see a lot more independents vanish. This MHARR initiative can help in that regard.  If states and MHARR work together on this initiative, it can make a difference and help return serious growth to the industry.”

Notice: the links were edited into the above, and were not in the original.  As longtime readers know, we turn quoted text bold and brown, to make it pop. Bracketed comments are added for clarity, but otherwise, the comments are as stated.  For newcomers, investors, and researchers, it is useful to understand that even MHI members – in their own investor relations package – make it clear that the industry is underperforming. The graphic below is an example of that, from an MHI member firm.  Comments in red and yellow are by MHProNews, but the original graphic and the trend line of 224,000 annual shipments a year are from that MHI member company.

 

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In 1998, manufactured homes (MH) outsold RVs by some 3 to 2. In 2017, RVs outsold MHs by some 5 to 1. RVs recovered far more quickly from 2008. The facts raise questions. One, is the effectiveness of MHI as the post-production or ‘umbrella’ association in the country. The other question is more sobering. Has Buffett-Berkshire “Moat” strategies kept manufactured home production at historically low levels to allow a few big boy brands to consolidate others at a discounted ‘value’ by MHI insiders?

MHARR’s full statement is available at the linked text-image box below, as well as here on MHProNews beneath that.

 

MHARR Launches “Fighting Discriminatory Zoning Mandates” Manufactured Housing Project

 

 

May 14, 2019

 

VIA E-MAIL

To: MANUFACTURED HOUSING STATE ASSOCIATION STAFF EXECUTIVES

Re:  MHARR’s “Fighting Discriminatory Zoning Mandates” Project 

Dear Friends:

As you know, the utilization and placement of federally-regulated manufactured homes in large areas of the United States is either excluded or discriminatorily restricted by local zoning mandates. These mandates have drastically limited affordable housing opportunities for millions of lower and moderate-income Americans, while unfairly burdening and restricting the growth and expansion potential of the HUD Code manufactured housing industry. The same mandates also constitute a direct impediment to the accomplishment of the most important and fundamental statutory objective of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, which seeks to “facilitate the availability of affordable manufactured homes and … increase homeownership for all Americans.”

While many of you and your respective associations have done your utmost to address and resolve such injustices within your individual states, the absence of a collective, organized and aggressive national effort to confront and eliminate these discriminatory zoning and placement mandates has — and will continue — to take a heavy toll on both our industry and consumers of affordable housing. Indeed, with the industry’s hard-working manufacturers, retailers and communities producing and offering their best homes ever, the aggressive application of the legislative mandates contained in the 2000 reform law to challenge, oppose and correct this long-standing and worsening nightmare for the industry and its consumers, is no longer an option, but a moral obligation for all who seek to advance the industry and its products.

Based on all of this, the MHARR Board of Directors, at its March 27, 2019 meeting, carefully considered the extremely detrimental impact of such discriminatory zoning and placement mandates. And, given the absence of an independent, unbiased, objective, national representative for the industry’s post-production sector, the Board ultimately concluded that action would be necessary by MHARR – in cooperation with as many state associations as appropriate and warranted — to take the lead in addressing this zoning and placement crisis; thus the establishment of this “Fighting Discriminatory Zoning Mandates” project.

Now, therefore, MHARR, with your help and assistance, will begin to gather information from around the United States regarding the nature, extent and specific impact of such discriminatory mandates, and take action, as appropriate, within its sole discretion, designed to either eliminate or ameliorate specific, selected discriminatory mandates based on as much accurate and factual information as can reasonably be collected.

For these reasons, MHARR now seeks input and information from you, regarding the existence of specific and particularly egregious discriminatory local exclusions and/or restrictions on the siting and/or placement of both individual manufactured homes on privately-owned land and manufactured home communities within your state, for information-gathering, analysis, evaluation and potential follow-up by the Association, including possible litigation, if so determined by MHARR in its sole discretion. Through this initial process, MHARR seeks to gather information targeting a total of approximately one-dozen of the most egregious cases in various states where federally-regulated manufactured homes have either been excluded altogether or discriminatorily restricted by local ordinances.

As for the legal aspects and related costs of subsequent phases of this project, MHARR has – and continues to maintain — that the enhanced federal preemption provision of the 2000 reform law provides the industry with the opportunity to target the two most egregious available cases (i.e., a single home on privately-owned land and a land-lease community) to be challenged and pursued, if necessary, to the Supreme Court, as appropriate and necessary.  By taking this action for the first time under the specific enhanced preemption provision of the 2000 reform law, that case, if won on the merits, would establish the needed precedent to challenge other similar instances of discriminatory exclusion. Needless to say, however, this would be a costly undertaking.  Following the initial phase, therefore, MHARR would consult with the selected landowner/developer and state association involved, to determine and establish specific logistics for the legal aspects of the following phases and relevant costs of the project, and would do the same for the selected landowner and state association in the single home on privately-owned lot case.

Consequently, we ask that you consult with your Association’s Board on this matter and, within the next thirty-days — and utilizing the attached self-explanatory and easy-to-use forms — provide feedback to MHARR regarding local-level ordinances that impose either an outright exclusion of HUD Code manufactured homes or restrictions that discriminate against HUD Code homes. More specifically, MHARR seeks, from each state, the two most egregious examples of such exclusionary and/or discriminatory mandates within that state – one involving the development, placement, expansion, or redevelopment of a manufactured housing land-lease community, and one involving individual home placements on privately-owned land. MHARR, will then follow-up as it determines to be appropriate and prudent, and will share its findings with participating state associations as the project moves forward.

MHARR thanks you in advance for your cooperation and assistance in this crucial undertaking for both the industry and its consumers.

 

Sincerely,

John Bostick                                                                 Mark Weiss

MHARR Chairman                                      MHARR President & CEO

 

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This is part of an effort that was announced by MHARR shortly after the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show in March, 2019.

 

MHARR Board Holds Highly Productive Meeting — Adopts Bold New Initiatives

 

Following that meeting, MHARR formally requested that HUD initiate a new study to research discriminatory zoning and its impact on manufactured housing.

 

HUD Study, Analysis of Zoning Discrimination Against Manufactured Housing Sought

 

MHARR’s President and CEO, Mark Weiss, JD, then authored an “Issues and Perspective” that essentially challenged MHI to do the job they claimed to do, or get out of the way and let MHARR do it.

 

“Lead, Follow … Or Get Out of The Way”

 

In response to that, MHI did nothing directly.  But sources and evidence indicate that purported MHI surrogate George F. Allen ‘attacked’ MHARR’s initiative on his blog. Why would Allen, who claims to want to see the industry return to greatness, attack an effort aimed at accomplishing precisely that launched by MHARR? Thus, MHProNews did a fact check on Allen’s attack, at the link below.

 

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

 

Allen’s purported role as MHI’s ‘attack dog’ was further evidenced in the report that can be accessed by industry readers by clicking on the text-image box below.

 

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Then, our publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach laid out a detailed review of how George Allen himself publicly called Clayton Homes and other Berkshire Hathaway brands operating in manufactured housing as part of a growing monopolization of the industry.  Allen did so on his own blog, see that report with the evidence and illustrations, linked below.

 

“Monopoly” in Manufactured Housing Alleged by George Allen, MHI Defender’s Turn by former Community-Investor, Self-Claimed EducateMHC Blogger

 

MHI, Allen, and the MHInsider are apparently working in concert with Berkshire Hathaway brands to distract the industry’s members from ploys that are arguably occurring that aim to create headwinds for manufactured housing independents.  Is there evidence?  Check it out for yourself.

 

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Our publisher laid out a details case for how MHI, backed by Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, et al, used the “Rope-a-Dope” to wear out independents in the battle for Preserving Access, which never passed.  Several MHI members are quoted in that report.

 

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

 

 

Neither the powers that be behind MHI, nor MHI’s outside attorney would not respond to the varied allegations against MHI, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Nathan Smith, and others in a scheme to monopolize the market, in a way that Allen himself claimed was occurring.

Rather than respond to specific concerns and credible evidence, MHI’s outside attorney threatened MHProNews with legal action, pointing to items in articles we’ve published. MHProNews has challenged them on their legal claims, and asked them to respond.  MHI’s outside attorney, which has an office in Nathan Smith’s home town, has not yet responded to the meat of the concerns.

 

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MHI’s outside attorney has claimed that there is no connection between themselves and Nathan Smith, former MHI chairman and a partner in scandal plagued SKK Communities.  But frankly, that’s a nuance, a detail either way.  Isn’t the bigger issue – why hasn’t MHI hired an attorney to sue cities that are violating the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000?  Why isn’t MHI doing what MHARR has begun to undertake?

 

 

Nathan Smith, SSK Communities, Manufactured Housing Institute Leader, Profitably Correcting the Record

 

MHI’s Rick Robinson had an opportunity to discuss issues face to face with MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach in Deadwood, SD.  He declined publicly, in front of dozens of industry members as witnesses.

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Robinson – an attorney and MHI’s general counsel – personally knows an aspect of the law that might be useful to fight discriminatory zoning. Why hasn’t he put that to work himself, or done so with MHI’s outside attorney?

 

MHI’s Growth Agenda? Rick Robinson, JD, SVP Manufactured Housing Institute, Preemption Evidence, Writ of Mandamus, and Addressing HUD Code Manufactured Home Shipment Woes

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There are several potential explanations for MHI’s failure to engage on issues that their own mission statement and IRS form 990s claim that they are supposed to be focused upon. For example: 1) They are incompetent. 2) They lack intelligence. 3) They lack motivation. 4) They have an unstated agenda. 5) They want to see the industry grow slowly and/or shrink, so that more companies close or sell out to major companies. These are a few of the logical options. MHProNews editorially believes that the people at MHI are intelligent enough, so what logical conclusions are left? Among others, it was longtime MHI member George Allen who said that they are working to monopolize the industry into a few hands.

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MHI, the Berkshire brands operating out of the Knoxville, TN metro area, and their outside attorney have been invited to debunk, refute, or otherwise respond in writing or in public to the mounting evidence and allegations against them.  So far, silence, which is their constitutionally protected 5th Amendment protected right. But in the meantime, there is evidence that Warren Buffett’s money has been donated to other nonprofits that have fought the industry publicly on issues that debatably have harmed the image and thus the sales of the industry.

 

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

 

That’s a snapshot of research and action plans vs. posturing, fig leaves, and sloganeering by the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis.

Its your industry.  This is your future. If you are a member of a state association, why not ask them if your state plans to participate in this MHARR initiative?

Zoning and financing are two key issues.  What has MHI done to fix them?  Yet it is there own claimed role to do what they’re arguably failing to do.

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Then contrast that to the ongoing efforts – like the removal of Pam Danner at HUD – and steady, reliable reports and warnings by MHARR.

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Allen has pointed out the obvious, that MHARR is a sponsor of our website. But that’s out in the open, MHARR has banner ads here. What Allen fails to mention is that MHI used to sponsor MHProNews too. Our coverage has been based upon our LLC’s own research and work, without favor.

That’s this Saturday’s edition of “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Kobayashi Maru, Crime, Kevin Clayton, Darren Krolewski, MHInsider – State of Manufactured Housing Industry

May 23rd, 2019 Comments off

 

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Nearly a week has elapsed since the message further below was sent to the co-president of a well-known Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) member firm that will be part of today’s fact-check and analysis.

 

 

To grasp the subject – for outsiders looking in, and for those in the industry who don’t yet ‘get it’ – a pair of analogies are useful, but one must begin with facts about law enforcement.

When local, state, or federal law enforcement undertakes a case, their goal in part is to obtain a conviction. That means at times that law enforcement professionals allow a criminal enterprise to continue while a case is being “built.” For those who’ve watch a legal drama in a TV series or a movie, that picture of monitoring or penetrating a criminal enterprise will start to come into focus.

 

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Using the principle of the wheat and chaff, this Warren Buffett quote is pure wheat. Give credit where it is due.

 

But that’s fictional. How real is it?

On various occasions during my manufactured home career, I’ve met and worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),” said industry publisher and consultant, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach. “Convictions were obtained. There are a few industry pros who know, but I was also given a letter of thanks from the FBI, which proves it.”

Local law enforcement cases were worked on with Kovach’s assistance too.

Kovach explained he has friends who are and/or were in law enforcement. A case isn’t solved in an hour or two, he said. It can be weeks or months in many instances. If it is a major criminal enterprise, years could be involved.

What’s occurring in manufactured housing is not a onetime petty theft. It’s arguably a multiple billion-dollar ongoing scam that’s harmed taxpayers, as well as numerous specific companies in manufactured housing. Several multiple decade brands were put out of business that could well be thriving today if not for specific, illicit, market manipulation for which there is extensive credible evidence,” Kovach said. “That’s why the feds, attorneys, and others have opened up investigations.”

Kovach added, “I’ve personally been told [by federal investigators] that this will take time. Likely years. But to underscore that there are such investigations, we periodically share the video from Clayton Homes’ hometown news media. Don’t forget that the Seattle Times has also reported ongoing federal investigations too. The feds have their needs and timelines, but we as pro-industry publishers must think about warning those who are the purported targets of such scams.”

The news video he referenced is below.  The views reported on that video have roughly tripled since MHProNews began spotlighting it by posting it.

 

 

How do the powers that be in MHVille counter such claims?

In part, through threats from attorneys – that have not yet been acted upon – or by using surrogates George F. Allen purportedly to smear our publisher by sending out by email, or verbally tells his “intimates,” about Tony Kovach’s prior use of a pen name.  Allen acts as if that use of a pen name was a crime – to which, there are times our publisher/consultant laughs.

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Concerns over Allen are not to be construed as calling into question potentially positive aspects of his career. But when someone has lost their pizazz, are they willing to cross lines to get – in their own minds – their magic back?

Look, I’ve not claimed to be a choir boy, and [George] Allen isn’t a dummy. He knows that thousands of people use a pen or stage name quite legally. I have too. So what? Most adults over a certain age know that Mark Twain real name was actually Samuel Clemens. Does George want Clemens charged post-mortem with the use of a pen name? Absurd. Performer Kid Rock’s real name is Robert James Ritchie. It’s legal and done for specific professional reasons. Ironically, Allen has told the story about walking into other people’s businesses in our industry and saying he was paid to claim that he was someone other than who he was. He calls that ‘mystery shopping.’  George has told dozens of industry professionals that he’s claimed – for instance – being in drag, or poised as a biker – in doing what he calls ‘mystery shopping.’ So, it’s smoke Allen and his buddies blow, and arguably hypocritical.”

 

Warning the MH Industry, Consumers – A War Without Guns

Among the sources for MHProNews are those inside what Allen us to call the 3Cs – Clayton, Cavco, and now Skyline-Champion. The in-depth ‘read hot’ report yesterday unpacks Allen himself pointing the finger and named Clayton, 21st and others as being part of an effort to monopolize the manufactured housing industry.

Every con job is a crime taking place in plain sight. Exposing the con is the start of ending the con.  There must also be legal efforts, which MHProNews sources confirmed are underway.

While those investigators must do what they feel that they ought to do, there is also a need for parallel efforts, that exposes the tentacles of those who by default or by design are pawns in the long-game being played by the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis.

 

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It’s Warren Buffett who talks about the long game and patience,” Kovach said, adding, “while Kevin Clayton said last week that it was a 100-year strategy.  Was that an understatement?  From 2003 to 2017, Clayton went from 13 percent market share to some 48 to 50 percent, depending on what source is cited. At that pace, it isn’t 100 years to conquer what’s left of manufactured housing, is it?”

 

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Using the principle of the wheat and chaff, this Charlie Munger quote is pure wheat. Give credit where it is due. Munger is Buffett’s longtime partner in Berkshire Hathaway.

 

The point Tony makes in part is to know when Buffett or Clayton are to be taken at their word, and when their words must be considered in the light of their behavior and trends.

 

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This is a quote that bears scrutiny. It’s insightful, but it also has undertones that merits investor and public officials deeper understanding.

 

He then points to statements by MHI award winner, Marty Lavin, which makes those points quite well.

 

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Ask yourself. Do these Marty Lavin dictums apply in this case?

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

 

MHI claims to be working to grow the industry.  But where is the evidence?

If asked, they can point to articles and videos they’ve produced, including the video from which the still below is taken.

 

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Clayton Homes is the purported source of this push. Kevin Clayton spoke about this very notion in the video interview with CNBC. Is there a conflict of interest at play at MHI, when the largest member is so deeply involved in conventional housing? What do the MHI bylaws have on that? They are mute, and won’t turn those documents over for examination. Perhaps there is nothing there. But if there is nothing to hide, why hide it?

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But even if every claim in that graphic were 100 percent true, that doesn’t mean that they have been ineffective at doing what they claim to do?  Are they implying that they are incompetent?

Or are they shrewd?

Is Omaha-Knoxville dominated MHI – which is based in Arlington, VA – working to grow the industry?  Or are they working to suppress the industry in a fashion that escapes the scrutiny of the unwary?

 

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Then, is MHI embracing publishers like MHInsider, or bloggers like George Allen, as surrogates to counter the analysis and reports published by MHProNews, or the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)?

Having set the table, let’s present the link to an in-depth report on that above, but also share an email between Kovach and MHInsider’s Darren Krolewski.

 

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If we are to save the maximum number of independents and rally the maximum number of industry professionals to resist the increasingly self-evident trends, doing what some think is unconventional – but is legal and moral – is useful,” said Tony Kovach.

 

He pointed to the email that followed.  The screen capture that documents the message is immediately below, and is followed by the complete, unedited text of his message. The typos are in the original.

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Darren,

As you know, we’ve fact-checked MHInsider previously.  Have you corrected any of the factual errors that we brought to industry readers’ attention?  If so, where, when, and how?   A link or example are welcome for our planned report.

Next:

 

First Annual MHInsider™
State of the Industry Issue.

How many real issues will you deal with? Will you examine – for example – the problem of consolidation and monopolization? Will you examine the fact that every item spotlighted by John Oliver’s video was an MHI member company?  Or that Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett’s directly or indirectly funded nonprofits that have sparked negative news for the industry?

In fairness, are there any reactions, corrections, or analysis you’d like to provide on any article linked further below on MHProNews?

 

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This claim will be unpacked, further below.

 

We’ve visually spotlighted that your ‘print circulation’ is in fact not all picked up at events.  The evidence reflects that most are not picked up, and are therefor logically not being read.  A company that advertised with us and your firm said your marketing produced zero results, while by contrast, MHProNews produced all of their external results – both by electronic measures and actual follow ups with respondents.

That said, what is the actual, effective engagement of MHInsider?  How many page views online?  How many daily visits?

Finally:

Given the problems with other facts your publication has previously reported – and to our knowledge, has not yet issued corrections – are there also problems with MHVillage claims of some 25 million unique visits a year?

It seems hard to imagine that the claim of some 25 million unique – non-duplicated – visits occur annually, and yet less than 97,000 new HUD Code homes were sold in 2018.  I’m asking you man-to-man, but on the record, is your firm exagerating those claims in some form or fasion?  For example, is it actually X number of unique daily visits, and you are extrapolating from that? Meaning, are there duplicate visits being counted as ‘unique?’

Please advise on each in writing, so we are both clear on each element of the above.  A confirmation and timeline on your reply are appreciated. Thank you.

Tony

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Such claims matters to manufactured housing industry professionals for these reasons. First, because they think it is important enough to make the claim. Why? Because for years, these same people praised our platform as the tops, including Krolewski.

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–      There is clear evidence in the report linked here that MHInsider, along with George Allen and others, are singing from the same song book that MHI does. It’s their right to do so.  But if MHI is misleading the industry – and there are arguably numerous examples herein or another linked here how that’s occurred – then aren’t their surrogates likewise misleading their readers?

–      If Berkshire Clayton, MHI and others are part of a scheme to consolidate manufactured housing, or are using methods that violate RICO, postal, IRS, and other statutes, then are their surrogates who continue to spew their drivel co-conspirators?

–      Is MHInsider exaggerating or lying about their actual traffic and readership, which could be a deceptive trade practice, or worse?

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Data per MHVillage, collage by MHProNews. It is a legal violation if claims are made that are not true. If MHVillage can document their claim, why have they demured responding with the evidence?

 

Recently, an MHInsider advertiser told MHProNews that our platform – which provides third-party data about audience engagement – produced the ONLY results for their marketing effort.  MHInsider and others produced zero results, per that party which monitored their results.

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A realtor who used to use MHVillage told MHProNews this week that based on their experience, MHVillage has lost its “umph.”  An MHI-member industry producer has used them for years. While they claim huge traffic numbers, using their own data, they have poor conversion ratios.  That firm talks about their untapped upside, and the industry itself is underperforming.  These are examples that underscore concerns previously raised by MHProNews graphically illustrated in the photos below.

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A photo of another rack at Tunica appears almost untouched. The industry’s pros, given a choice between fluff and reality often chose the real deal. But this raises concerns about their claims of 31,500 ‘circulation.’ Circulation to whom?  If it is to industry professionals, and if they are in fact being read, why are their results reportedly poor?

 

It all begins to look like smoke and mirrors. Big claims, by MHI, MHVillage, MHInsider, Clayton Homes, et al, but poor outcomes.  Why?

Because of the millions who are not being served who need affordable housing, these are issues that merit congressional and other investigations, that are public – not quietly taking place behind the scenes.

 

 

Trekkies and Chess Players, Unite…The Kobayashi Maru

In chess, if someone finds themselves in a losing posing against a superior force, one can quit – resign – or put strategies to work that change the games dynamics.  That’s how winning is done from a normally losing position.

The Kobayashi Maru is a training exercise in the fictional Star Trek universe designed to test the character of Starfleet Academy cadets in a no-win scenario. The Kobayashi Maru test was first depicted in the opening scene of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and also appears in the 2009 film Star Trek.” – Wikipedia.

There are several factors at play that could go either way for manufactured housing independents.  They underscore the need for a classic “SWOT” analysis.

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The four quads of a good SWOT analysis. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats.

 

Without going into but a few points, it is obvious that:

 

–      there is an affordable housing crisis.

–      That manufactured homes are the most proven solution in American history for affordable housing.

–      HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently praised the industry, while saying it is time to end the secret, and bring manufactured housing out of the darkness of limestone into the brightness of the limelight.

–      That Secretary Carson statement may not comport with the timeline – and thus the desired plan – of Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington to slowly consolidate manufactured housing into ever fewer hands and brands.

–      Which may explain why once more today, as of 10:33 AM ET on the MHI website and the Clayton Homes websites have no results in searching for HUD Secretary Carson’s fine speech to manufactured housing professionals in New Orleans.

–      There are documented examples of Warren Buffett donations flowing through ‘dark money’ channels to groups that have attacked various manufactured housing industry initiatives, and brands in a fashion that arguably harms smaller firms than larger ones.

–      Buffett has worked to elect and support politicians who promote heavier regulations and higher taxes that experts say can harm smaller firms more than larger ones.

The disconnects between claims made, behavior, and actual results are numerous.

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MHProNews has offered several times to discuss these issues in public with those being named herein.  They’ve routinely declined.  That’s not proof, but it is indicative that they are unwilling or unable to debunk the concerns, allegations, and the evidence presented.

These merit public investigations. We will be pressing public officials, not just law enforcement, and others in the legal and investment communities to investigate what is occurring in manufactured housing.

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Because the logic of the facts in the report linked above indicates it is costing the economy huge sums of money, and that means that individuals citizens, along with taxpayers are being harmed.

 

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Never forget that even during medieval times, castles and their moats were in fact breached.

 

If MHI, Clayton and others in the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington triangle are serious about growth, why is it that MHARR is the association pushing for the solutions that will actually return the industry to health and growth?

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“Monopoly” in Manufactured Housing Alleged by George Allen, MHI Defender’s Turn by former Community-Investor, Self-Claimed EducateMHC Blogger

May 22nd, 2019 Comments off

 

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Free enterprise is predicated in part on the ability to compete. Be it in tea, banking, or other sectors of the economy, America from its earliest days as a colony includes examples of not just tax revolt, but anti-monopoly rebellion too. New York Times columnist David Leonhardt are among the scores of sources that have said as much.

 

  • The Open Markets Institute has said that antitrust or anti-monopoly efforts are one of the most important issues of our time. As they put it on their home page, the Open Markets Institute “…promote greater awareness of the political and economic dangers of monopolization, identifies the changes in policy and law that cleared the way for such consolidation, and fosters discussions with policymakers and citizens as to how to update America’s traditional political economic principles for our 21st century digital society.” Note to newcomers, MHProNews often turns direct quotes bold and brown to make them ‘pop,’ but otherwise the quoted words are as reported.
  • Several Democratic 2020 presidential contenders have made monopoly and antitrust enforcement a campaign issue.
  • The Trump Administration has let it be known that they have an executive order drafted on antitrust, a copy of which was obtained by MHProNews.
  • The Department of Justice’s antitrust point man – Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim – was cited at length in a prior Daily Business News on MHProNews report in a talk dubbed “November Rain.”
  • A top antitrust attorney named Lina Kahn was hired by Capitol Hill Democrats.  These 4 bullets make it clear that this challenge of market consolidation and monopoly are a bi-partisan concern, though the two major parties may have differing approaches.
  • Facebook’s co-founder is among several who have called for the breakup of the company.  But it isn’t just big tech that is facing calls of breakup under antitrust law.

 

That brief survey with links to various reports makes it clear that antitrust or anti-monopolistic practices sentiment has swelled in several swaths of the national political and economic discourse.

Which begs the question.  Other than MHProNews, and MHLivingNews, why has the bulk of the other trade media or bloggers in the manufactured housing industry been so obviously silent on the topic of monopolization, antitrust, and consolidation?

As MHProNews has noted before – but will hereby spotlight in a different way with additional quotes – there is an exception of sorts.

It’s George F. Allen, who shed his COBA7 moniker in favor of EducateMHC, reportedly sold his modest direct interests manufactured home communities, but still has a website called “Community-Investor.”

Before turning to Allen’s comments, let’s note that MHInsider, a far larger medium which is a staunchly pro-Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) backer, reveals nothing on a site search under the term ‘monopoly.’  Ditto a search under ‘consolidation’ or ‘antitrust.’ A search for articles about manufactured housing’s ‘enhanced preemption’ – mandated by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 – are missing from MHInsider, much like that topic turns up nothing on MHI’s website too. In fairness and accuracy – to MHInsider’s credit – they provided a few pull quotes from HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s address in New Orleans, which is more than the zero found on MHI’s website as of this morning as this article is being drafted.  But MHInsider lacks the entire – and highly useful for the industry’s independents – recent Secretary Carson speech to manufactured housing professionals.

 

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Other publishers in MHVille may lack a search tool, or have so few industry readers, that their pro-MHI stance is worth mentioning but not worth the time to document.  So, there are others, most of whom routinely sing from the same hymnal that MHI provides.  MHI-affiliated state associations often likewise regurgitate uncritically – often verbatim – MHI’s missives, perhaps for reasons noted in a prior report linked here.  That stated, one must note that a few manufactured home community (MHC) state associations broke ranks with MHI, citing the Arlington, VA based trade group’s lack of effectiveness.

 

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Onto Allen and Monopoly…

With that survey and backdrop, here’s what Allen has had to say on the topic of monopoly operating in the manufactured housing industry.

 

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The date shown is when the screen captures were performed, not the date it was published. More on that, further below.

 

To use a phrase Allen enjoys, those are salient points. He’s made others before, like this one.

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While those are comments were made in years gone by, that begs the question. When the evidence for monopolistic behavior in America and our manufactured home industry specifically has mounted, why has Allen more recently defended the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), which is the arguably the breeding ground for what Allen dubbed himself called oligarchs and monopolists?

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While MHI’s SVP Lesli Gooch has denied the charge that Ryan raised in the article above, Doug Ryan at CFED, and long time MHI member, George Allen, are among those who’ve raised the issue of monopolistic practices by MHI. 

When Allen has demonstrably agreed with the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in the past, why has he attacked the Washington, D.C. based MHARR more recently?   Aren’t his disconnects apparent?

 

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Hold those thoughts.

Be it Allen, MHI, or others – each has precisely the same rights protected by the Constitution that we all do. From the days of the British colonies, to after the time that the United States was finally formed following years of revolutionary warfare, and through the varied phases of our national history, America has had a love-hate relationship with pamphleteers and publishers. But with few exceptions – like the classic prohibition of not crying “fire” in a crowded theater when there is none – we defend in principle the constitutionally protected right citizens enjoy to say what they will, even if it is determined later to be demonstrably wrong.

Which brings us to a pressing point of free speech and free press. On the left, right and the dwindling center, there are voices in media talking about the news that have raised concerns about free speech, concentration of media, and manipulation of news reports.  That there is a need for a graphic like the one below is troubling, but speaks volumes.

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

The quotes that follow exemplify the issue, across the left-right and even academic landscape.

 

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Dan Rather quote from the compelling video, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page.

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Deepa Kumar quote from the compelling video, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page.

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Danny Glover quote from the compelling video, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page.

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That’s problematic, but hardly new in either American or world history. In ancient times, a leader might lop the head off someone who brought bad news.  Far more recently, media in the 20th or 21st century have examples of being pushed and prodded by government and/or private interests. One must be aware of that pattern in order to begin to discern the vexing reality that someone’s worldview is forged by what media sources they adhere to most routinely.

 

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The founding fathers themselves experienced the problems of negative media that was often harsh and agenda driven.  The founders used the press and pamphleteering to stoke the flames that caused a revolution against England, and eventually turned colonies into the independent but United States. Those founders believed that it is the clash and testing of ideas that can reveal to those who scrutinize details what is or is not true.

A close reading or attention paid to statement and subsequent events may also reveal the instances when people say or write one thing, but do another.

 

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Ask yourself. Do these Marty Lavin dictums apply in this case?

 

While all fail from time to time to live up to ideals, there is a special scorn many have for blatant and repeated hypocrisy. Perhaps rightly so.

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Now the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has an antitrust statement. According to form, MHI’s numerous meetings every year are opened with a reminder that antitrust guidelines apply. But does that mean that they are adhering in deed to those antitrust guidelines, and not just merely in the mentioned word? There are highlighted items in the MHI antitrust statement, linked here, which in this writer’s informed view merit legal and regulatory oversight attention.

So why are these issues missing from MHI’s website?

 

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Every symphony has high and low notes. There may be sobering, often dark drum rolls, and heartening crescendos. Symphonies – like other art forms – are meant to entertain, reflect, and inspire life. Novelists have plots, as well as subplots. Intentionally or not, publishing, writers, and media sources go through their own peaks, valleys, twists, turns, and familiar refrains.

The wonder isn’t that Allen – not just MHProNews or MHLivingNews – has raised concerns about “consolidation.”

Rather, it’s that others in manufactured housing trade publishing have not done the same. Are they unaware? That’s highly unlikely, because this writer hears from those publishers, their team, and followers. Are they afraid to rock the boat? Fearful? Paid-off via ads or other incentives? What?

One trade media competitor, in what was an unintended backhanded compliment said ‘Tony, you [MHProNews, MHLivingNews] write about that others in the industry read or talk about at bars and during meals.’  If so, that may explain why our audience dwarfs all others.  But that statement begs the question, then why doesn’t that gent and other writer/bloggers follow the lead of tackling the real issues, instead of playing footsy with MHI-driven drivel?

 

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Why does MHI have an antitrust statement, beyond as legal cover, while doing nothing of merit to commission independent research over concerns that they as a nonprofit group are being used as a tool for consolidation?

 

Then keep your tongue from evil

and your lips from speaking deceit.

Turn aside from evil and do good…” Psalm 34:13.

 

Let’s recall anew that George Washington, and other founders, for whatever their personal failings were – and they had them, as we all do – stressed the need for morality and religion, not just laws or a constitution.

 

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With that backdrop, back to Allen, monopoly, consolidation and what to do about it in MHVille.

 

Quoting Allen

A Final Thought for Year 2018, but Key for 2019

No names here, but hope you too boycott an ongoing online MH-related news media attempt to denigrate and divide us as an industry and realty asset class!

In my opinion, life is too short to be making crass and obtuse claims of national advocacy conspiracy, corporate antitrust imaginations, and disgusting personal attacks, only befouling internet platforms better used to promote manufactured housing and the land lease community lifestyle!

If so, join me in 2019, committing to read only print and online trade publications advancing the causes, and improving the image, of HUD-Code manufactured housing and land lease communities! No more caterwauling (‘to fight like cats’) in public and in private. Period.”

To spell it out for those not informed, Allen called there for a boycott of MHProNews, and of this writer. The ironies and hypocrisy there are thick.  Because of his own self-contradictions, and his own de facto concerns over the very kind of monopolization and consolidation – in that quoted case above, of media – that he blasted previously about MHI and Clayton. Can George spell hypocrisy?

Yet Allen’s aptly cited problems with consolidation, oligarchy, and monopoly. He still calls consolidation “a problem” in even recent posts.

 

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To see more disconnects between Allen and his flip-flops, then and now, click here.

 

Nevertheless, he is hypocritically attacking this platform, and the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), each of which have consistently been sounding alarms about those issues – with specific examples – to the attention of the thousands of the industry’s readers.

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Allen has pointed out the obvious, that MHARR is a sponsor of our website. But that’s out in the open, MHARR has banner ads here. What Allen fails to mention is that MHI used to sponsor MHProNews too. Our coverage has been based upon our LLC’s own research and work, without favor. What Allen has, by contrast, avoided is what are the ways that he is being coached, rewarded, and influenced?  In pointing an errant finger, are three pointing back at George’s chest? Note too that MHProNews cites sources from MHI, MHEC members, MHARR, and others.  We do so accurately and in their historic context. 

 

Allen’s voice is significant, but small compared to this platform’s.  We have more readers in a few hours than he will have all week.  So, why bother?  Because frankly, reviewing the history of Allen’s musings make clear some of the very problems he once asserted, and now denies.  Its instructive to unpack Allen.

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Many of these quotes are from MHI insiders.

Allen is interesting to the extent that he does periodically make accurate statements.  But a stopped clock is correct twice daily too.  More politely, he is a reason why we believe in the wheat and chaff approach to people and sources. We all have our good and bad days, our good points, and our weaker ones.  Our readers have pointed out that we get typos, for instance.  Guilty as charged.  That’s our chaff, but who strive for finer wheat that feeds our audience that doesn’t find like content from other’s in the industry trade media.

Closely read, Allen’s arguably consistent about only one thing, support for himself.

With that said, he has apparently been re-embraced by the very people – MHI and their leaders – that he railed against for unfair treatment by examining his business interests under the cover of a nondisclosure agreement (NDA), and then unethically going into competition against him. Allen personally felt the sting of manipulative and costly maneuvers from MHI, whose structure and funding point to firms in Omaha and the Knoxville, TN metro areas as their dominating, driving forces.  He ought to be leading the charge, instead of giving the manipulators cover.

Rephrased, Allen knows first-hand who pulls the puppet strings at Arlington, VA based MHI. He fought them, he was marginalized, he lost. That is, he lost until he was more recently reembraced to be the apparent purported surrogate and attack dog for the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis.  Now, for example, MHI Chairman Joe Stegmayer is back on Allen’s stage.

The key to understanding Allen’s pivots in publishing is to understand that he is highly motivated by self-interest.  That is per a former, significant client of his, who told this writer that the way to understand Allen is summed up in this saying: “With George, it’s always AAA – All About Allen.” Pondering that claim, and watching the pattern after that was heard, that source arguably proved correct.

The point here isn’t that Allen has flip-flopped, or that the balance of the industry’s trade media has been mute on the issues of monopolization, consolidation, antitrust, and market manipulation that has kept manufactured housing underperforming.

 

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While MHI in their monthly shipment report doesn’t deny the decline, neither are they addressing the underlying causes, nor have they proposed a remedy via their messages to the industry. Why not?

Frankly, we’ve covered much of that ground previously.

So the point here now is to make clear to new industry readers, investors wondering why a stock isn’t performing as it could be, outside researchers, legal, and public officials looking into MHVille seeking to grasp the facts that have caused obvious patterns to be obscured by others –including, but not limited to, the industry’s trade media.

 

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Be Skeptical, Question and Test

It’s entirely logical to test the accuracy of the reports and analysis here on MHProNews and MHLivingNews. It is logical to likewise test the writing and publishing of others in this same news and commentary space, to see how consistent each sources may be, or what evidence is offered by said sources beyond mere words.

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Besides, Allen himself said similarly – as this report makes clear – only he’s not been consistent about it.

Allen uses the old debaters’ tricks of red herrings, commits the ad hominin attack fallacy, and demonstrably accuses others of what he does himself. It’s the classic definition of a hypocrite.

 

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When we’ve given documented opportunities to Allen to publicly debate the issues we claim.  Bring on the supporting evidence as to what are the factors hindering manufactured housing industry’s growth, during an affordable housing crisis.

Other than MHARR and our trade media, who today in MHVille have offered a cogent explanation for the why and how the explains the cause of over 15 years of manufactured housing as an industry’s underperformance?

That underperformance in turn cost taxpayers, homeowners, and independent businesses collectively billions, at each turn.  Some of those independent businesses are the smaller community owners that Allen and his allies claim to care about.

That public debate offer with George Allen is one he’s routinely ducked out on. Thus, noting his roar like the lion in Wizard of Oz – but his failure to back up that roar – he’s arguably earned the mantle of that fictional character. It should be noted, Cowardly Lion finally got his courage, and did the right things.

We hope and pray Allen will do the same. Because Allen, in fairness and accuracy, has at times – albeit inconsistently – argued similar claims to those we, MHARR or others in MHVille seeking to maintain a lower profile have raised. Let’s note that some of those MHI sources, unhappy with what the Arlington trade group is apparently doing, have said they would testify to federal investigators about what they know.

Let’s return to one of those flashes from the past of apparent candor from Allen about the problem of monopoly power.

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Hopefully you already realize we live and work in turbulent times, where the national economy and our industry’s business model are concerned. But have YOU stopped and considered the lasting effects horizontal (consolidation) and vertical integration have had, and continue to have, on our industry and realty asset class?

If you’re one of those who believe the MHIndustry needs a new, independent national trade association to protect and advance the business interests and concerns of the post production sector of manufactured housing, you’ll want to read this week’s blog posting from beginning to end. Because there is indeed a third such party ‘waiting in the wings’ for the timing and leadership to be right and effective from the word ‘Go’!

  • In short order, the number of independent (street) MHRetailers plummeted from more than 14,000 to fewer than 4,000.”

After listing some of the extensive holdings of Buffett led Berkshire in manufactured housing, Allen says:

Now, here’s the proverbial ‘rub’. With quiet but increasing frequency we read of conspiracies and monopolies gradually taking over (if not already ‘taken over’) the political agenda of the manufactured housing industry.”

Assuming truth and legitimacy of these claims of ‘conspiracies and monopolies gradually taking over the political agenda of the manufactured housing industry’, what’re the solutions? In the same op/ed piece in THE JOURNAL, the writer makes this case for a new independent national trade association to represent the post production sector of manufactured housing:

  • “…to monitor issues in the nation’s capitol, mobilize for effective action, and fight for their interests and issues, rather than the few industry-dominant lenders and the corporate conglomerates that stand behind them.” And until that happens, the writer opines, our shipments of new HUD-Code homes will continue to languish well below 100,000 units per year.

So, where’s this new independent national trade association going to come from? Surely not the Manufactured Housing Institute (‘MHI’) with its’ 80+ percent national member market share of new HUD-Code manufactured housing distribution; nor, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (‘MHARR’) and its’ regional housing manufacturing firms.”

Allen on that occasion from his blog dated 21 August, 2016 proposed himself  and his now defunct COBA7 as the industry’s solution and savior.  It is as if he set out to prove the point noted above from that former client of his that said, “With George, it’s always AAA – All About Allen.”

But sadly, one must ask, is Allen a white hat in MHVille, or a black hat?

 

White Hats, Black Hats…

 

 

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Allenites – those who uncritically follow him – turn a blind eye to problems like his ‘education’ on lease-purchase, or contract for title, which an industry attorney has called ‘illegal’ in the Dodd-Frank era, and which the NY State Attorney General’s office punished dozens of manufactured home communities for practicing. Hasn’t Allen condemned the kind of problematic negative news headline causing issues that his buddy Tom Lackey is accused of running? If so, why didn’t Allen called Lackey out, and asked for his ouster from SECO’s board? See the Chattanooga Times Free Press report, which notably cited MHProNews in part of its coverage. Note the circle.  MHVillage – which is a sister firm to MHInsider, which has Allen as a writer.  MHInsider’s parent company is part of MHI.

Allen failed to mention at all then that Dick Moore/Bob Crawford had launched a third party effort dubbed the MHIDEA, which MHProNews reported years before this specific 8-21-2016 musing by Allen.

While the effort never garnered the traction its concept merited, MHIDEA – short for the Manufactured Housing Independent DEaler Alliance – was launched in 2008, even before the full effects of Buffett’s Moat became clear.

 

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Never forget that even during medieval times, castles and their moats were in fact breached.

 

MHProNews reviewed MHIDEA’s otherwise insightful notions in depth in a report, linked below.

 

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During the 2010 timeframe, MHProNews reported on the MHIDEA efforts. Hindsight can be 2020. Had MHIDEA been better supported – by us and others – would the industry’s current issues be as severe as they are now?

By contrast, MHARR covered these issues to various degrees, and in a consistent fashion.  It must be noted that several of Allen’s references to concerns over monopolization were oblique references to claims and allegations made by MHARR.  They have been by far the most consistent in the industry on the topics that they’ve engaged upon.

Once more, it must be noted that MHI avoids these controversies, as reflected by using the site-search tool on their website.  If they suddenly, after weeks and months of such reports suddenly popped information that mentions these issues onto their platform, that doesn’t change the fact that they’ve avoided it for some years.

 

 

Summing Up

This current and historic survey revealed the following.

  • MHARR has consistently called out the problems of market monopolization, proposed solutions, and has done so for a period of years. It should be noted that the MHARR website is relatively new, so one would have to go to MHProNews’ MHARR module, or specific MHARR monthly articles to see the years of consistency in their reports and analysis.

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  • MHIDEA – while effectively dormant at this time – raised these concerns over a decade ago.
  • NAMHCO – which does not yet have a website – is still young, but has made it clear that they felt that MHI was ineffective and not advancing the interests of their members, which is why they said they broke from MHI in 2017.
  • MHI has nothing on several potentially positive items for the industry, ignored publishing Secretary Carson’s fine speech, and has nothing on these controversies.
  • MHInsider – essentially parrots the MHI stance, as have most if not all of the lesser known trade bloggers and publishers.
  • Blogger George Allen has flip-flopped, apparently based on if he’s getting benefits from MHI or not. But what’s clear is that Allen on several occasions raised the issue of monopoly, consolidation, and ‘oligarchy.’  More recently, Allen has attacked MHARR, and MHProNews for making arguments similar to those he himself previously advanced.  Allen does not bother to explain his contradictions, which can demonstrably occur within the same blog post.
  • MHProNews raised the issues years ago, in reporting on the MHIDEA and MHARR reports. But frankly, this writer – and our LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC family of publications – were not convinced initially. We reported what others said, but did not strongly advocate on the issues of monopoly, consolidation, marketing rigging, and the need for legal and federal action.
  • As I’ve said previously, per the SPJ standards of journalism ethics that call for clearly stating errors or omissions once noted, it took years of evidence, documents, news tips, and commentary by others until the scope and chutzpah of the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis was fully grasped in more recent years.
  • Oddly, some of Allen’s and MHI’s circle and readers have been among those who’ve for some time explained why they thought market manipulation was underway. They explained Allen’s role – or lack thereof – in masking or exposing it at various times.
  • It should also be noted that MHInsider publisher Darren Krolewski himself praised this publication and writer for taking on the tough issues. He was among those that informed us of what was underway, where MHI was allegedly undermining our pro-industry growth work, even as we were dues paying members of that association.

 

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Krolewski is now co-president of MHVillage, and the publisher of MHInsider. He now arguably avoids the difficult topics he once praised us for tackling on MHProNews.

 

Allen could perhaps go back and purge his site, if he was incentivized to do so. But we already have the screen captures, so why bother?

While he loves to charge that we misquote or do something ‘out of context,’ he’s not once provided evidence of that claim. In fact, as noted, when invited to debate or prove his case in a third-party moderated forum, publicly in front of an industry audience, and on video so others could witness it later, he’s always declined that offer.

The allegations and concerns raised in this report clearly tie directly into the issue of what we’ve dubbed  the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis.

Namely, that leaders at Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF), Joe Stegmayer (MHI Chair), MHI salaried staff, and their inside and/or outside attorneys have repeatedly been invited to discuss and debate these concerns publicly.  Such offers to those leaders have been documented. The offer was to do hold such a discussion/debate in front of a live manufactured home industry professional audience.  That means that those who understand and/or are the most impacted by the issues to be discussed would be in attendance. A third-party moderator, plus video recording so others could see it all later, were part of the offer.

The powers that be in MHVille have declined every time. It’s their right to remain silent.  But that means that the allegations against them stand unrefuted.  One might ask, why they haven’t sued us – with or without just cause – as they’ve threatened in writing several times to do?  Is it perhaps because their leaders have praised us often, and for years, and that would come up in any legal proceedings?  How could they possibly explain it all away with a straight face?

 

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What the axis apparently did instead was reembraced Allen, who was persona non grata after their purported backstab of Allen only a few years ago. Allen was apparently re-engaged and rewarded precisely, to be used as a purported surrogate and as an attack dog against MHARR, MHProNews, and this writer.  Given that they can’t or won’t defend their actions, they’ve turned to the smear tactics instead. Allen and company do what they allege we do, interesting ploy, isn’t it?

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Last week, an MHI member named Andy Gedo began to enter into a question/answer with this writer about an article posted on LinkedIn.  That posted article spotlighted how Kevin Clayton, in a recent video interview with CNBC, did not deny that Berkshire monopolization of not only manufactured housing, but the broader housing market, was underway. Gedo initially questioned, but gave up on, defending Clayton against that claim. The Gedo discussion with this writer in its entirety is linked below.

 

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While these incidents, Berkshire Hathaway documents and direct quotes in context linked here or other concerns are not proof in an absolute or legal sense, it is enough to cause more federal regulators, public officials, candidates, media/researchers to sharpen their scrutiny.  That’s frankly part of the reason to do such summary articles, which then link evidence and examples.

The reason we say ‘more’ is because there are already – beyond MHARR, NAMHCO, MHIDEA, MHProNews, and MHLivingNews – non-industry sources that have spotlighted some of these same concerns.  Some of those are linked below.

 

  The New York Times had an interesting article on the historic trends, and named several industries being monopolized.

  The Atlantic, without specifying how the monopolization was being accomplished, noted that the independent retailers in manufactured housing were being rapidly eliminated/consolidated, that report is linked here.

  GuruFocus said “Warren Buffett Can’t Escape Unethical Strategic Moats,” their specific points are linked here.

  The Nation called it “The Dirty Secret Behind Warren Buffett’s Billions…” and specifies Clayton Homes among those using the strategic moat in ‘dirty’ ways.

  The Jacksonville Florida Times Union summarized the connection between the John Oliver viral hit video dubbed “Mobile Homes,” MHI, Clayton Homes, and their related lenders. That op-ed was first fact-checked by an editor, before it was published not only in the one newspaper it was submitted, but at least in 5 Florida newspapers.

But what those other sources may lack are specific examples of documents and video that were not yet published, until the trade media our LLC deploys covered them.

 

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In a series of direct quotes in context, a document from 21st Mortgage signed by Tim Williams, and video recorded comments by Kevin Clayton, these all line up to demonstrate how independent retailers, communities, and producers – among others – where purportedly harmed by action that could be deemed an antitrust violation. Why hasn’t Allen told his readers how that cost them money? https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/bridging-gap-affordable-housing-solution-yields-higher-pay-more-wealth-but-corrupt-rigged-billionaires-moat-is-barrier/

 

What this summary does is reveal to industry readers and to outsiders looking in that there is substantial evidence of monopolization, consolidation, and examples of potential violations of antitrust laws at play in manufactured housing that date back about a decade or more. That’s almost roughly the same timeframe that Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway bought Clayton Homes, and began the slow ‘strategic moat’ and other related conquest techniques of the manufactured housing industry.

No one with common sense can believe that Buffett, Berkshire, and their billions could somehow have failed to grow manufactured housing to over 500,000 or more shipments a year.  MHI’s president himself said that was doable.

 

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Which leads thoughtful readers and researchers with the vexing concerns that manufactured housing has been de facto sabotaged, largely from within.

 

 

That’s why the industry is the ‘best kept secret’ in affordable housing, as Terry Decio from Skyline Homes lamented on camera.

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That’s arguably why Secretary Carson’s full address isn’t found on MHInsider, or at all on MHI’s website.  Carson made it clear he wants to promote the manufactured housing solution, and end the secrecy that hangs over the industry.

Alan Amy is one of the many quiet, thoughtful voices that helped advise this writer as to what was occurring, and why. Manufactured housing is the housing of the future, not just the past, said Amy.  The big boys are consolidating the industry at a discount now, knowing that they can reap billions in annual earnings once they’ve completed their conquest of the industry, and a friendly administration to their interests takes over in Washington, D.C.

 

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Gus’ message came in response to a series of exposes on issues within manufactured housing, as well as tips, strategies, and opportunities.  From independents like Gus, to the largest players in the industry, and thousands in between, this is the most read source in the industry, because we tackle the issues most avoid – all in search of getting manufactured housing to achieve its true potential.

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Note the trend line. This is from an MHI member firm’s investor relations package.  They point to the industry underperforming, but they refer to it as the upside potential for growth. Manufactured housing is underperforming. Note the difference between RVs 20 years ago, and MH 20 years ago. No one else has advanced a thesis as logical and compelling. To date, Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington have not even attempted to refute the claims. Will they today?

The puzzle pieces fit, which is what Occam’s Razor calls for in its test of reason.  Otherwise, observers are to believe that Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Tim Williams, and MHI staff are all incompetent?  That they don’t know how to grow this industry that used to produce hundreds of thousands of homes per year?  That they can’t achieve growth during an affordable housing crisis? That’s absurd.

Once more, the powers that be are invited to refute or explain away these concerns and allegations. Or they can keep using diversionary tactics, while the industry’s shipments have shrunk for 7 months, during an affordable housing crisis?  Absurd. Preposterous.  Impossible to believe, unless the powers that be want it to be so.

And on that note, let’s call it a morning, as the sky suggests that the dawn will soon break.  We pray that dawn will be a sign for this once far greater industry that a new day is coming.  But like the founders and generations before us, freedom won’t be free. It will only come from a struggle.  That struggle begins with understanding the issues, which hopefully this report, fact-check, and analysis has helped shed fresh light upon.

It is long past time to break up the monopolists, using existing federal and state laws.  As Secretary Carson said about a different topic last night on Tucker Carlson’s show, “enforce the law.”

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Fact Check, Darren Krolewski, MHInsider Claim on 2019 Louisville Show Attendance

March 25th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Darren Krolewski, Co-President at MHVillage and publisher of their MHInsider magazine made another bold claim in their most recent issue.  As regular and close readers of MHProNews fact-checks may recall, a problematic claim was made in their prior issue too, and no known correction of that factual error took place.

 

In that prior instance, they made an outrageously high claim for the number of new home sales that claimed were being made by a Clayton Homes retail center.  Even MHProNews sources with Clayton denied the accuracy of the overblown MHInsider reported statistics.

In this fact-check instance, Krolewski personally said that in 2019, they had the biggest attendance of any Louisville Show in the 60-year history of the event.

Seriously?

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First, common-sense alone tells an informed manufactured home industry reader or investor that when this segment of the factory-built home industry is at only about 75% under its last peak in 1998, that outrageous claim on its face doesn’t make much sense.  There were thousands of more retailers years ago, not to mention more communities, suppliers, producers, lenders and so on.

 

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Second, the industry today is doing only about 20 percent of what it produced in the early 1970s. See the shipment graphic, provided by another Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) member, Skyline-Champion (SKY).

Third, Danny Ghorbani used to run the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show as a vice president for the Manufactured Housing Institute in the 1970s. When asked by MHProNews about the attendance, he said the show drew roughly 10,000 attendees a year back in the day.  That would be several times higher than the 2019 turnout.  Ghorbani stressed that the show was a national event then, and is only a regional show now.

Keep in mind as well that the number of new home display units in Louisville declined in 2019, a fact they show management, MHVillage, and MHI can’t hide.  At its peak, by contrast, the Louisville Show used to have over 150 or more factory-built homes on display.  That’s several times bigger than what the show has been in recent years.  Homes used to occupy several show halls. This year, exhibitor space and display unit totals both decline.  Is MHVillage/MHInsider giving cover to MHI for troubling signs ahead?

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What Does This Obvious Error by MHVillage/MHInsider Means?

At a minimum, this is another example of either an obvious error that a manufactured home industry knowledgeable editor should catch, or perhaps is an example of a deliberately false or “fake news” claim.  The problem is this is a pattern of repeated errors, not a one-off.  See another recent example from MHInsider below. But why would they be making obviously mistaken or fake claims?

 

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Legacy Housing monitored their results of their most recent promotion.  Casey Mack, made the following statement. Additional details are found here and here, or further below.  Rephrased, part of this might be puffery on the part of MHVillage/MHInsider.  They may be posturing for the sake of advertisers.   But beyond that, this purported pattern of “fake news” all seems to point in one direction.  Namely, to make the readers of such false information believe that times are better than they actually are.  The industry in numerous markets is in months of decline, not growth.  Where is there such an admission by Krolewski, MHInsider, or MHI?

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While several speculative notions could be floated as to why this occurs, one point is clear.  MHInsider repeatedly themselves makes or publish the claims of others that appear exaggerated on their face or are perhaps deliberately misleading.  Either way, it is part of an ongoing pattern that pro-Manufactured Housing Institute MHInsider has exhibited for some time.

For just one example of a growing industry crisis, where are their reports on problems like the one reported in MHVille only by MHProNews, in the hot-linked text-image box below?

 

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These are the issues that cause manufactured home retailers real or metaphorical heartburn. Why doesn’t MHInsider, MHR, or other industry publishers aligned with MHI cover these same concerns?

 

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Darren and others at MHI praised the fact checks and ‘thankless‘ pro-growth work based upon reality, not falsehoods.

 

The Daily Business News on MHProNews believes in accuracy.  While anyone – including us – can get typos or such accidental mistakes, factual errors beg for correction. Where is MHInsider’s mature admission of such mistakes?

 

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Fake news or false hype are apparently aimed to make manufactured home industry pros and independents think things are better than they are.  MHInsider, MHI, or MHR each provide examples that sadly don’t help manufactured home pros recover from the very real challenges faced in zoning, financing, public acceptance, and the like.  These are issues that MHProNews, MHARR, NAMHCO, and others will be exploring at Tunica Thursday March 28 at 12:15 PM.  We’ve documented the problems for some years, now it is time for industry professionals to organize and take the steps towards cures.

 

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MHVillage’s MHInsider on Clayton Homes, Manufactured Housing Industry Fact Check – Why Correct Data Matters

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It is stating the obvious that facts and sound data matters to investors, advocates, public officials, and industry professionals.

 

The thirst from accuracy is voiced from inside and outside of the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) member ranks.  Just as Warren Buffett might turn cool on a possible deal that was discovered to have incorrect information, so too those who are studying manufactured housing might not be as impressed by an organization’s claim if other data that they release proves to be wrong.

 

For that reason, as an example, Franke Rolfe and Dave Reynolds or RV Horizon’s/MHUniversity got tired of complaining about a lack of good data available from MHI or anyone else regarding the total number of land-lease manufactured home communities.  They’ve told MHProNews that their ‘hand count’ of all manufactured home communities took two people two years, and they identified about 44,000 communities.  The pair said they think there may be a few hundred more nationally than that 44k, but that those other properties would have as few as 2 sites.

The problem with manufactured home community (MHC) counts is made more challenging because some states require that every community be registered, but roughly half of the nation does not.  So, there is no accurate ‘master list’ in each state that could allow a simple contact of every state to yield a national total.

 

Fact Check of MHInsider on their Clayton Homes Claim

With that principle of the importance of accuracy of data in mind, we turn to a factoid stated in MHInsider in the January/February 2019 Louisville Show issue.  In it, they claimed that Clayton Retail’s Williams-burg Square location in Frazeysburg, Ohio sold some 2,000 homes in 2018.

2,000?

The 2018 report is not yet available, but Kevin Clayton’s own annual report for 2017 stated that “Clayton Retail sold over 18,000 homes to families.”  They said that there were 361 total stores in the U.S.

  • So, if that 2017 total were exactly 18,000, it would mean the average Clayton owned retail center would sell 49.86 a year, just under 50 homes a year per store.
  • A Daily Business News with MHProNews source with ties to Clayton said there might be 2 Clayton retail locations in the entire nation in 2018 with 1/10th of the total sales that MHInsider inaccurately claimed that the Frazeysburg, Ohio location sold.  That source tells us that the typical Clayton store sells about 50 to 60 homes a year.  It’s a number which roughly lines up with what Kevin Clayton’s report cited above claimed.

 

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Even if someone didn’t know industry trends, a close reading of the same MHInsider article would suggest as much.  Not far from that same photo, their column stated that the entire state of Ohio only sold about that number of homes. See the screen captures, above and below.

 

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We contacted Darren Krolewski, who is listed as the publisher of MHInsider.  Let’s note in fairness that they do print a slick looking magazine. But the topic today is accuracy.

As of the time this article was written, Krolewski had not replied to the question about the factual accuracy of their article. Perhaps, Krolewski was just busy.

Anyone who pays close attention to the HUD, MHARR, IBTS or even MHI data should have know better.

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Why it Matters – Confidence, Capital, Financing, Respect

The excuse, err, reasons given by the Government Sponsored Enterprises for not doing more lending in manufactured housing is a lack of good data. See the related reports, below the byline and notices.

Confidence by investors and others is based in part upon certainty.  Uncertainty in data creates less confidence among investors and others.

While MHI’s amen, echo chamber corner is arguably finding MHInsider to be useful for their purposes.  But usefulness for Arlington doesn’t mean it is adding to the confidence of investors.

Facts and figures should be accurate. Manufactured housing is underperforming. That’s a fact.

Is this a reliable resource?  We’ll look at other fact-error concerns from MHVillage/MHInsider and their allies in the days ahead. That’s this morning’s look at “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Earning More Honest, Honorable Manufactured Home Industry Profits in 2019

December 31st, 2018 Comments off

 

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Every business professional or account worth their salt does a financial analysis.  Serious investors in the equity markets or who want to risk money in a property or enterprise want data and evidence too.

 

Two articles on varied topics posted today on the Daily Business News each have a kind of lesson learned.  Those lessons could be summed up like this. The opportunities for affordable housing are immense in the U.S. Yet, manufactured housing (MH) is underperforming.

Why?

In fact, the MH industry is hovering near historic lows by several measures. This is despite the fact that there have been several generally positive, third-party reports on manufactured housing in 2018 alone.  As usual, we’ve covered those good reports on the Daily Business News on MHProNews, along with hundreds of other topics.

 

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MHProNews has done extensive fact-checks in 2018.  We’ll finish the year with this one more, for the sake of the industry’s business professionals, investors, advocates, officials, and policy wonks.

For the purposes of this report, we are not going to dispute the claims of MHVillage (MHV) shown below.  We’ll simply take their own claims at face value.  The data was pulled from their MHV site on 12.30.2018 at about 3:30 PM ET.

 

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Similarly, for the purposes of this analysis, MHProNews won’t dispute the claims of Alexa.  Generally, to get this level of data from Alexa, as is shown below, one must register a site.  So presumably, MHV and/or their sister operation registered their website.

 

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This reflects several points that MHProNews has made for years, including, but not limited to the following:

  • The vast majority of those who consider a manufactured home never buy one. It is, per MHV’s data, over 99½% that don’t buy from them. Of course, they may buy elsewhere, but other statistics demonstrates that #nettlesome point that manufactured homes are not being bought at the rates or percentages in numerous years past.
  • While that is a problem, it is also an opportunity in disguise for those who learn how to convert lookers and visitors – online, as well as at sales centers and communities – into paying customers.
  • Those that buy a manufactured home on MHV are predominately used home shoppers, MHVillage Co-President Darren Krolewski said as much in Tunica before a live audience of dozens of industry professionals in 2018, in response to a question from MHProNews.
  • Krolewski also admitted publicly at that same event that he doesn’t know why the conversion ratios are so low.
  • As low as MHV data revels its conversion ratios are, if one takes the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) claims seriously about reaching an audience of tens of millions in 2018, their pathetic conversion ratio data makes MHV look like superstars. Sadly, when MHI’s own claims are properly understood, they arguably make MHI “promotional” efforts look foolish at best — or exaggerated, deceptive, and ignorant at worst.
  • In fairness to MHV, they likely are – because they are a predominately publicly-focused website – higher in total traffic than MHProNews, which is laser focused on professionals. Meaning, their traffic data-points and MHProNews would be apples and oranges for those who are targeting a Business to Business (B2B)  vs. a Business to Consumer (B2C) audience.

ICYMI, it is also worth noting that on the last day of the Tunica Show, just shortly before the show closed, the following photo was taken. There are others like it for more racks, as the insert reveals. MHVillage’s “MH Insider has not resonated with the B2B audience. They have advertisers, to be sure, but the readership – based upon the clear visual evidence below – is lacking.

 

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One could go deeper, but this is sufficient to make the following points.

  • Whatever MHI and MHV are doing, it is insufficient to dramatically move-the-needle in new manufactured housing results.
  • The same point could be made about Berkshire Hathaway owned MH industry giant, Clayton Homes. Why they do, what they do, their data for 2017 claims they were 47.7 percent of the industry’s total sales. They’ve arguably spent millions on promotion. But the entire industry is still only going to finish 2018 with about 100,000 (+/-) total sales for the year, as suggested by MHI’s own most recent SAAR forecast.

This leads us to inexorably the following conclusion.

 

Without Changing the Behavior, the MH Industry Won’t Improve Enough to Achieve its Potential

It is no secret that MHI and some of their surrogates have worked for some years to derail and undermine MHProNews, for whatever reasons one may wish to speculate. That began prior to MHProNews’ serious fact-checks and investigations, which began when an MHI member gave a news tip about Richard ‘Dick Jennison and Lesli Gooch, so one shouldn’t think that MHI tried to derails us to ‘retaliate.’  If anything, MHProNews was frankly slow-to-respond.

The video below could be seen as a mainstream media summary of recently reported scandals.  The video news is from Kevin Clayton/Clayton Homes’ own base of operation headquarters, in Knoxville, TN.

 

 

The video above lays out facts, allegations, and federal investigations that MHProNews – and numerous others in mainstream media – have independently reported on.  So, no one can claim with a straight face that MHProNews is making up news, rather, we are the primary news source that can be trusted to report-on and thereby hold the powerful to account.

The Manufactured Housing Institute leadership, and the Berkshire brands operating in manufactured housing, objectively have their own image problem.  While Clayton says they’ve paid no fines lately, they’ve previously admitted in public to paying fines and having to refund money on home loans in the not-too-distant past.

 

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The last MHI chairman who had no public scandals was Don Glisson Jr. MHI’s prior president left with a series of statements that all pointed to similar problems MHProNews has also reported. While Clayton’s Tom Hodges has had no negative news tided to his name, Clayton Homes has had numerous issues reported in mainstream media over a period of more than a decade. See the video posted above as but one example, from 2018.

 

MHI, MHVillage, and MHInsider are tied-at-the-hip, as the prior related reports linked below the byline and notices at the end of this post indicate.

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Data earlier this year, per MHVillage, collage by MHProNews.

 

If MHI can’t improve its own image, and MHV can’t do a better job than what their latest or prior data shows, then the long-time, proven results from MHProNews’ leadership stands ready to fill-the-gap.

 

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Our publisher’s and team’s work have been:

 

  • favorably cited in mainstream media, in local media from states border-to-border, and in national platforms too. We’ve routinely defended and promoted the good news about manufactured housing, while acknowledging the problematic in the industry too.
  • Our sister site, MHLivingNews was cited by the CFPB in their White Paper on Manufactured Homes.
  • A document from a news tip that was first published on MHProNews was introduced into the Congressional Record.
  • We’ve been cited by third-party researchers, like the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2018 report on Manufactured Housing,
  • Our publisher and work was applauded in a peer-reviewed, doctoral thesis on manufactured housing.
  • Our pro-industry work has drawn over 1000 LinkedIn recommendations and endorsements, with the vast majority unsolicited.
  • Additionally, there’s the company awards, letters, and videos of recommendation, plus the public and private thanks from individuals across the spectrum in manufactured and modular housing.

So, depending on who jeers and why, the jealous, agenda driven, and skulking back stabbers can become a back-handed badge of honor. Some will buy what a circle of connivers try to sell, but naturally others won’t.  Consider this as part of the praise…

 

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Our sources and readers span the spectrum of all sizes of manufactured housing operations. MHI members, Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) members, and thousands of industry independents and investors beyond those two national trade bodies are among our daily visitors.

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

 

There are clearly others – like those linked here – fighting for improvement in manufactured housing in the U.S.  Those who have sounded off from the U.S. and Canada in the recent report, linked below, are objectively attempting to correct the record on issues that have for too long hobbled manufactured housing.

 

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The evidence should be clear. If you want to grow, then it simply makes sense to work with those who are proven to hold even the powerful in MHVille to account, while cheering on the good that the industry has accomplished.

 

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Kevin Clayton, Leslie Gooch Sound-off; Left & Right Agree? Manufactured Homeland, MHI, & You

August 14th, 2018 Comments off

 

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From Bill Moyers, or Democracy Now! among progressives, to Breitbart or the Thomas Sowell on the right, there are voices in the media – as well as news analysts – that for years have been raising concerns about the increasing concentration of media ownership.

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Dan Rather quote from the compelling documentary video, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page below.

Some are calling it an “oligopoly,” while others deem it them as “monopolies” of news and information. But the bottom line is that media has been dramatically consolidated in the last 2 decades.

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What that means in practice is that the news you read, view or hear has someone’s agenda behind it.

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Who says?

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Take a look at some of the many possible sample quotes.

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Deepa Kumar quote from the thought-provoking video documentary, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page above.

 

#1) Why Should Manufactured Housing Professionals or Investors Care? 

Simple.

A tiny fraction of a single percent of the U.S. population decides what’s news, and what is not.

When manufactured housing is widely misunderstood, one should consider the mantra of Marty Lavin, JD, and “follow the money.”

That ‘follow the money’ wisdom ought to be applied to those who select, cover, ignore and otherwise ‘frame’ the news; including the news that covers and impacts our necessary part of the safe, quality, affordable housing industry.

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

Note that for years, the Daily Business News on MHProNews – most notably in our evening market report – has taken information from both sides of the left-right media divide. In other non-market reports, we periodically curate an topic or issue from a mainstream media source.  That’s fact checked or spotlighted because it is useful or insightful for the industry’s professionals, owners, investors, and others.

We’ve also stressed that publishing a quote has never meant that we agree with everything that source or person says.  More recently, we’ve phrased that at times, one must separate the ‘wheat and chaff.

Even some person or source that you may routinely disagree with, can have a terrific insight on an important issue.  The open mind, with probing questions, can benefit from the – who, what, when, where, why and how – approach.

 

Tim Williams 21st Mortgage Corp President and CEO Said It

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As Tim Williams, President and CEO of 21st Mortgage Corp – and the prior Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) – keenly phrased it: “I know that Tony [Kovach, publisher of MHProNews] has corrected errors when they are brought to his attention. His publication accepts opinion articles or will share views in interviews that may differ from his own published position. My impression is that Tony isn’t looking for ‘an amen corner,’ rather, he wants a variety of views that get people to think, talk and take action.

The reason that comment of Williams is so timely is because

  • MHI’s SVP Lesli Gooch, Ph.D., and
  • Clayton Homes President and CEO, Kevin Clayton

both recently made oblique responses via MHInsider to concerns raised by voices here on MHProNews.

Clayton and MHI’s Gooch were likewise obliquely replying to voices from across the Potomac River from Gooch’s office in Arlington, VA.

What they did was what one industry observer called “razzle dazzle.”

  • They didn’t directly respond,
  • they didn’t refute a single concern.
  • Rather, it was arguably cheer leading.  Spin. Misdirection.  ‘The future is this way! – with nary a thought as to what the recent past tells us about those who are speaking, and what their past behaviors have allegedly wrought.
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 The linked article below reveals how the above outcome occurred since
Warren Buffett’s manufactured housing buy-in began.

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

 

Weaponizing or Surprising the News?

Agree, disagree – or fold your arms without any position or comment – but don’t suppress free speech.

When government surprises free speech, there are constitutional remedies.

But the issue of free speech, controlling what is or isn’t published, and suppressing speech, become trickier when it comes to when a corporation silences, spins, or unjustly parses information.

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Most manufactured home industry professionals don’t realize the scope of the Berkshire Hathaway (BH) Media Group’s direct assets. Beyond these, there are other media ties and interests that they arguably can leverage. Why haven’t they? How does this reality compare with the claims of Kevin Clayton and MH Insider?

This is why those who publish, speak, or act in public have to be held to account.

Fact checks are useful in that regard.  A frank discussion on transparency, in the spirit of the late ELS Vice Chairman, Howard Walker’s words (linked below) would be welcomed by many in the industry, including within MHI’s membership.

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Thoughtful words, worth pondering. See the story, linked here.

It would be useful if Kevin, Tim, Lesli, or Dick would agree to discuss or debate publicly their various actions and inactions. Let that discussion be done on video, so all can see it.  There are several upcoming events where that could be done, or it could be handled virtually, with no travel needed.

  • Wouldn’t an open conversation be a step toward increased MHI and Clayton transparency?
  • If there is nothing to hide, then why are they ducking the conversation and relevant topics?
  • Why oblique replies, that duck serious issues, instead of direct replies to fact and evidence-based questions and concerns?

 

MHI’s Gooch ‘Responds…’

 

Control of the Media

In serious MHVille trade publishing, essentially, all but MHProNews have arguably been co-opted to various degrees by the “big boys,” logically in pursuit of controlling the narrative, in pursuit of their own agenda.

That agenda has for some years, included more consolidation, per industry sources, including those in MHI, or formerly with them.

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. Earlier last year, and for years before, MHI routinely replied promptly to all our inquiries. But since we’ve spotlighted the problems and concerns, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not make or offer a cogent explanation?

We’ve asked before, why didn’t Berkshire Hathaway use their own newspapers for years to reply to flawed reporting about the manufactured home industry?  After we raised that questions a several times, magically, the Omaha World-Herald newspaper that Berkshire owns published an article on manufactured housing.  While it wasn’t perfect, it was a start.  What’s next? Will more industry pressure make them do it more often?  If not, what excuse will they give?

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Where is the support for the National Association of Realtors ® report by Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton that was overall so positive for manufactured housing?

As of yesterday afternoon, no obvious support online was discernable by a Google search for Clayton, Berkshire, or MHI and the NAR’s positive report about manufactured housing.  Why haven’t they beat the drums publicly on that NAR “Making the Case for Manufactured Homes,” or the more recent report linked here?

Going forward, if Kevin is serious about getting help from “Warren” on the image/education issue, from now on, instead of the low-brow-outcomes from email or other limited visibility shares – why not give professional BH Media Group and their other media communications assets the nod to carry such good news as Cororaton’s report?

Wasn’t what Kevin and Lesli Gooch said in print arguably indirect reply to issues we’ve raised?

There is no reason why MHI, and/or Clayton and other Berkshire brands couldn’t use their media holdings or connections to clear up each and every misconception about manufactured housing. Buffett did respond to direct slams on Clayton by the Seattle Times.  If what Kevin Clayton says is sincere, then why have the BH Media Group not done the same for every misrepresentation about manufactured housing?

 

The Jim Ayotte Insight

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Jim Ayotte, Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA) made the following insight.

No one can respond to something that they are unaware of, but once something becomes clear, then prudent steps can be taken.

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There is no denying the trend lines, documents, and quotes-in-context related to consolidation of the industry, as shown in the linked and related reports herein, and further below.

 

Kevin Clayton Said…

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The statement about shipment percentages is either mistaken or demonstrably misleading. See the shipment trends, and percentages in the graphic below. 

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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.

Neither Clayton, nor Berkshire’s Omaha World-Herald, nor Clayton has explained the following.

Why didn’t MHI’s Lesli Gooch ask HUD for Pam Danner’s replacement? See the Washington Post, or the report linked below.

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Is MHI still supporting Vic DeRose at HUD for the Office of Manufactured Housing Program administrator position?  Who replaces Pam Danner is obviously important. MHI could easily strive to work for someone good, or someone equally problematic in place.  Why would they allow that to latter to happen?  Why did they allow Pam Danner to remain so long, when they admitted to the Washington Post to making no direct pushback? The reason given by some industry veterans for MHI’s foot-dragging is that heavy regulations harms smaller companies more than bigger ones. Rephrased, it is an oblique way of building the Berkshire Moat.  See those Buffett and Kevin Clayton interview videos, linked here.

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What about the DOE Energy Rule U-Turn? Why was MHI on the wrong side of that topic, and then after months of outside pressure, have do a 180?

What about concerns over manipulations of the DTS process by the GSEs?  What about the conflict of interest for Fannie Mae being a member of MHI?

Duty To Serve, “Complete Waste of Time” per Tim Williams, CEO/21st Mortgage; POTUS Trump, Warren Buffett Insight$

Why did MHI fail to properly promote other lending options, besides those that seemed to be the most profitable for Berkshire brands? See the report, linked above, and the details that flow from that post.

Since MHI is praising S 2155’s MLO rule change, why didn’t they do that same deal 3 years ago, during the Obama Administration, when the CFPB reportedly made that option possible via consumer groups and non-profits, had MHI agreed to dropped the points-and-fees?  After 3 years, they did just that – drop the chase for more points and fees.

 

Wrong, or Misleading, Time and Again?

How can they be so often wrong?  Or misleading?

Isn’t their effort to control the media narrative within the industry part of that pattern? And isn’t their failure to defend and promote the industry, part of the problem?

If MHI or Clayton are the solution, then why have so many retailers and independent producers gone out of business, or were economically pushed into a sale to one of the big boys?

Smoking Gun 3 – Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp Tim Williams – Manufactured Home Lending, Sales Grab?

That’s not to say that everything that MHI does is wrong.  Ditto that for Clayton/Berkshire.  But given the history of often false or misleading statements, why should anything new be expected?  Kevin is saying now that they will promote, but in the video linked here, Clayton said they were ready about 7 years ago to do an image/education campaign.  Why did they wait?  Was it to consolidate more?

‘They did it before, is there any reason why they won’t do it again?’

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

As an independent publication, service provider and consultant that MHI long praised, their behavior-changes starting in 2014 forced us as a business enterprise to look more closely.  Why did they arguably try to undermine our pro-Industry operation – while we were a dues paying, supportive members?

If they did it to us, what’s to keep them from doing it to you and your operation too?  As or more important, haven’t they done it to thousands of businesses already?

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If the evidence suggests – and neither Clayton nor MHI will deny or defend to the contrary – that they manipulated the market to the detriment of the industry, why should industry professionals trust or believe them now?

If they did it before, what’s to keep them from doing it again?  And if we and so many others who have raised such concerns were wrong, why aren’t they using their vast media resources to routinely correct the record on manufactured homes?

 

The Bottom Line?

Not only is capital and access to lending power, but so is information.  There are several voices outside of manufactured housing that believe they are behaving in a monopolistic fashion.

Seattle Times -Federal Investigations-Berkshire Hathaway’s Clayton Homes, GuruFocus Spotlights Buffett’s Clayton’s “Unethical,” Monopolistic Moat

What about you?

Progressive “Nation” Reports on Monopolies Cites Buffett, Clayton, Others – MH Industry Impact?

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