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The Atlantic’s article on Manufactured Housing Evoked Comments

October 29th, 2014 Comments off

mfg_home__pine_grove_mfg_homes_incCommenting on The Atlantic‘s article about manufactured housing (MH), the CFPB and MH financing, Amy Bliss of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance, compliments the piece for citing facts such as:

> energy efficiency,
> less waste in the building process,
> availability to middle-incomers,
while acknowledging the difficulty in finding financing for chattel loans.

Writing on Industry Voices  at MHProNews, she notes the lack of a secondary market with few lenders for MH loans, saying the CFPB should mandate that any lender allowing conventional mortgages cannot simply deny a manufactured home loan.

Doug Ryan, with the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a non-profit that supports manufactured housing as an affordable alternative, says in The Atlantic, The biggest problem (with MH loans) is with how the loans are done. It’s about as enjoyable as buying a used car.”

Bliss says many manufactured home consumers are elderly, the disabled and families with children. The industry should make a talking point out of the disparate impact made on these three protected age groups when lenders refuse to make loans to MH in communities.

Bliss notes that considering manufactured homes in land lease communities as real property is not an answer, but suggests filling communities with new MH will add vigor to the communities. For the full Bill OpEd, click here.

MHProNews  will have a more in-depth look at The Atlantic‘s coverage of the CFPB’s MH Finance report, planned for later this week. ##

(Photo credit: Pine Grove Manufactured Homes)

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The “Preeminent” Manufactured Housing Industry Professionals News Source

September 23rd, 2014 Comments off

5th-anniversary-mhpronews-comFor-the-record comments and ‘quotable-quotes’ continue to be sent to MHProNews in anticipation of the 5th Anniversary celebration in October. Here is a sneak peak at one of the growing number of kind comments already in hand.

“Over the past 5 years, MHProNews and its family of websites has grown to become the preeminent online news source for the manufactured housing industry – an achievement due in no small part to the enthusiasm and dedication of Tony Kovach and his team. Congratulations on your anniversary and best wishes for continued success in the years ahead.” – Darren Krolewski, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, MHVillage / Datacomp Appraisal / JLT & Associates.

5th Anniversary statements for publication have come in from corporate leaders at Triad Financial, CU Factory Built Lending, Show Ways Unlimited, ROC USA, Professional Warranty Service Company, Manufactured Housing Associations Executives and Board members, manufacturers, educators and others.


Statements previously published are linked here.

With over 2 million pageviews exceed twice this summer, MHProNews hit levels of popularity and respect achieved due to the writers, sponsors and team members whose dedication and support made the first 5 years possible. As Barry Noffsinger, CU Factory Built Lending concluded in his upcoming for-publication remarks: 5 more years! 5 more years!

MHProNews thanks all who have shared such comments. ##

(Editor’s Note: As an FYI, when Darren Krolewski says ‘family of websites,’ he is including ManufacturedHomeLivingNews, which in the first year after its 2013 launch of the new public focused image and educational site, achieved not 50,000 or 100,000 organic visits, but over 1 million visits.)

(Original image credit: WikiCommons)


Approaching 5 Years and Version 3.0!

August 7th, 2014 Comments off

5th-anniversary-graphic-fireworks=wikicommons-crowd=li-penny-flickrcc2-posted-mhmsm-comAs we’ve hinted or stated a few times, we’re upgrading our site to handle the ever-growing traffic and content.

With the approach of our 5th anniversary online, we’re also planning by year’s end to launch version 3.0 of the MH Industry-leading trade journal,

Changing for the Better

Between now and the launch of our new site, there will be periodic updates necessary. These may look like outages, but the back end and often much of the site – such as the blogs – may still be up. If you encounter that, you can use the newsletter blog your emailed news updates to navigate any time you might not see the home page.

We thank all our readers and supporters – like you! – for understanding and patience during those times of ‘cyber dust.’

As you will see in the neat future, the changes will be worth it. Just as the upgrade to version 2.0 of our site brought a big increase in traffic, that’s what we’ll expect following this planned update too.

In a site as large as – which one WebTech told us is about the size of a B market news site – our thousands of pages of growing content are part of what has made us the runaway favorite for “Industry News, Tips and Views Pros Can Use.” It also means it takes more time to do a major site make-over!


Facts per Webalizer.

The 2,028,336 page views on MHProNews in July is like 63,385.5 thirty two (32) page magazines being read, cover to cover! From what we know, that dwarfs any of the industry’s publications or news sites, even going back to the “go-go” 90s! We have about the same level of traffic and page views as the next 4 or 5 ‘similar’ industry resources combined. Clearly, readers are discovering valuable insights here.


When it comes to dependability, our overall up-time on our site has been some 99.89%

(much better than the federal healthcare exchange website 😉 – thanks in part to the Liquid Web support team.


At 3:55 PM ET on 8.6.2014, we had, 4267 guests online at the same time…

Imagine, that 4,267 guests online at 3:55 PM ET on 8.6.2014 is roughly the combined total of all attendees and exhibitors at the two largest industry events – the Louisville and Tunica MH Shows – for all of the 2 1/2 days for each event; but all being online on our site at the same time.


The numbers of news tips and new email sign ups continue to rise. The number of sponsors grows, as do inquiries from potential new advertisers. The future looks bright.


MHProNews version 3.0 is
Coming soon to a Laptop, PC or Hand-Held Device near you…


This is a composite mock-up of the top of the planned prototype update; FYI
no politics are intended or implied. This is shown to give a sense of how
the new the MHProNews – version 3.0 – will look!

There will be modern sliders and easy ways to scan and navigate.

Compare the planned look we have vs. the some examples from other
major media news sites, shown below.

Time-lines on a large website format upgrade is not easy to predict, but by year’s end, perhaps sooner, you’ll see something that looks like the above. The plans we’re exploring include, but are not limited to, more videos and interviews, a discussion forum, more robust comments section, gallery, reports and other contemporary news/trade journal features.



Comparison to NBC (above) or FOX (below) news sites,
credit for each site to their respective organizations.





Credit: CNN (above), WSJ (below).


Bottom line, we’ll have a similar professional look and features that
many large news organizations websites use.

We are also looking at the best ways to deliver more people, products, places and online meeting features. Ease of navigation will also be part of the revised site plan.

We believe the future of MH is bright. So we’re investing, growing and preparing for that future with you. Please watch for periodic updates, and on behalf of all on the team, thank you for your readership and support. ##

(Image credits: MHProNews logo, Li Penny at FlickrCC, WikiCommons, screen capture from the footer of MHProNews home page and web-screen captures from their respective media sites, as shown above.)

Jim Clayton Interview with L. A. “Tony” Kovach

April 29th, 2014 Comments off

In a far-ranging interview with MHProNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach, Clayton Homes founder Jim Clayton discusses his path from acquiring his first mobile home, when he initially realized the profits of manufactured homes over cars, to the concept of vesting company employees with ownership rights and responsibilities. Armed with electrical engineering and law degrees, Clayton began examining methods of accounting, sales, media coverage and lending as they apply to the sale of manufactured homes. In the five years from 1968 to 1973 he sold 700 homes for $25 million in revenue each year.

Noting he was a sharecropper’s son, Clayton emphasizes the importance of learning: “I do think that a person can adapt and change successfully into a can-do mindset provided he/she is willing to make the commitment to learning. One must become aware of his/her strengths and weaknesses and be willing to learn from mistakes. Failures and set-backs can promote self-introspection and it is during these moments that greatness is often born.”

Commenting on the concept of servant leadership as a method of corporate management: “A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the ‘top of the pyramid,’… the servant-leader hands the power to the people—and supports with financial and other resources—and sets the boundaries wide enough to all for mistakes. Actual mistakes provide highly productive learning opportunities.”

Clayton says hiring the right people, equipping them with the know-how, and increasing their responsibilities as members of Team Share worked at Clayton Homes and the same philosophy is also working at Clayton Bank and Trust, of which Clayton is chairman. “Each person is an owner through the bank’s ESOP (employee stock ownership plan). Treating them like ‘partners’ instead of employees reduces turnover, increases morale and enhances customer service.”

Commenting on the ‘mirroring’ sales strategy in which sales reps mimic the manners, speaking tone and belief’s of the prospective client, Clayton says, “If the client talks fast, we talk fast. If they lean forward in their chair, we lean forward in ours. Small behavioral nuances can differentiate a super star from the herd as we are agreeable and in non-verbal ways convey that ‘We’re on the same page.’ Customers want to be heard and respected and through ‘mirroring’ we are affirming their value and importance to us.”

For the full interview, click here.

(Photo credit:–Jim Clayton, left, talks with L. A. “Tony” Kovach)

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2014 Comments off

The staff and families of Manufactured Home MSM/MHProNews wish you and yours a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

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First-time Jobless Claims Near Five-year Low

January 21st, 2013 Comments off

CNNMoney informs MHProNews that first-time jobless claims fell to 335,000 for the week ending Jan. 12, falling to a near five-year low, and 37,000 less than the previous week, according to the Labor Dept. While economists had expected a reading of 370,000, they say it is a good sign but still only one week worth of data. The four week moving average fell by 6,750 to 359,250. On the flip side, continuing claims climbed from 3.1 million to 3.2 million for the week ending Jan. 5, 2013, higher than anticipated. In March 2009 initial claims peaked at 667,000.

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Season’s Greetings

December 25th, 2012 Comments off

The staff of MHProNews wish you and yours all the best for this Holiday Season.

Finance Market Whispers – New MH Securitization?

June 7th, 2011 Comments off

MHMSM has been tracking industry whispers about a new securitization of manufactured housing paper.  This is reported to be for chattel loans and financing of portfolios.  Informed sources tell us the deal is ‘close.’  We will plan to bring you a special report once this significant event takes place.

Industry Leaders Work on FEMA Plan Using MHCs in Tornado-ravaged States

May 13th, 2011 Comments off

A group of MH Industry leaders is working with MHC (manufactured home communities) owners David Roden and Spencer Roane who are spearheading a plan for FEMA in disaster areas in the southern U.S.  Some manufacturers, association leaders and businessmen are working on a plan that avoids FEMA’s past missteps, saves tax payers money and can be rapidly implemented.  Discussions include using green community series homes (CHS) that are Energy Star qualified.  MHMSM has been told that one MHC owner reported being contacted by FEMA.  The proposal would require updating files on the available vacant home sites, and then site Community Series Homes (CSH) in these communities that have vacancies to house homeless victims.  After the homes are no longer needed, the community owners would have the opportunity to buy the homes from FEMA.  One participant pointed out that every business in Hackleburg, Alabama, was wiped out except River Birch Manufactured Homes, which could put a lot of people to work and stimulate the local economy and the industry.  Details are developing, including contacts with governors, congressmen and senators to help bring the plan to fruition.  For more information on this proposal, read Manufactured Homes Could Be Part of Post-Tornado Solution in Georgia in the Industry Voices Guest Blog.