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

July 23rd, 2018 Comments off


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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Walker was trusted.

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

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

 

Powerful Lesson from a Private Dinner with Howard Walker

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

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

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

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

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

He then explained to me the wisdom of this approach.

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

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

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

 

Clarifying…

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

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

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

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

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

 

Howard Walker, MHProNews and the Sam Zell Interview

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

The above tees up the following logical question.

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

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

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

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

 

Flash Back

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

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

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

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What’s happened to transparency at MHI?

How would Walker or others objectively answer that question?

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

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Thoughtful words, worth pondering.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The interstate near the airport in Tampa, FL, Howard Ave sign. 

It goes without saying that the keen and colorful Howard Walker, Mensch, is missed.

May his memory be a blessing.  May those words inspire thoughtful reflection. May he rest in peace. ## (Retrospective, industry events, analysis, and commentary.)

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Life Hack Success Tip-Any Pro Can Do This-Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sales, Marketing Meeting

May 21st, 2018 Comments off

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Today is going to be DIFFERENT.

 

Open your minds for something simple, yet profoundly effective for those who dare embrace it.

It’s a Success Tip that Warren Buffett’s over half-a-century partner Charlie Munger believes in and practices.

It’s this.

Reading for understanding.

Reading, and being able to admit that you were mistaken about something.

Reading with an open mind, looking for the opportunity, the gem that the reading is bringing to you.

When MHProNews first launched, our URL – the base web address – was and remains MHMarketingSalesManagement.com. Marketing, Selling, and Management are at the core elements of any successful enterprise.

We encouraged readers almost a decade ago to devote 15 minutes a day to reading. That was back before we introduced the industry’s first and still only Daily Business News, which is this module or blog within our broader trade media website.

Today, the goal should not be for 15 minutes a day. That isn’t nearly enough to keep up with your industry and the world that impacts your industry. An hour a day is the minimum.

You can split that hour-a-day of reading and viewing into 10-to-15 minute segments. You can do it all at once. How, where and when you invest that hourly daily has a lot of flexibility.

Watch the video, and see what Munger does.

Charlie Munger is a billionaire. He is the vice-chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate that dominates much of manufactured housing. Munger takes reading with him, everywhere he goes. For example, he shows up early for meetings, and is reading before and after the meeting.

So Munger is wasting no time! He is reading during what for others might be down-time!

If you are reading and viewing at least an hour a day on MHProNews and MHLivingNews.com – and you do so for a deep understanding – that habit will transform your career, and your professional life.

That hour-daily habit would likely lead to improvements in every other area of you life too.

 

Foundational For Success

We don’t hide the fact that we believe in faith, flag, family, fellowship, and free enterprise. We celebrate what each of those words represent, because each are and should be cherished ideals.

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Third-party statistics prove that we are still the industry’s leader in trade media, by a country mile. MH “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use” © is more than a tag line.

That’s a mission we are committed to, in order to help industry pros and investors like you become all that you can be.

We practice what we preach.

We read and read, then we write what the evidence tells us we should know, which then suggests which way to go.

In our consulting, professional business development services, marketing and sales coaching, it is all based upon observations, evidence, feedback, real world experiences, and ongoing refinement.

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Learn more about the above, linked here.

For a time, we trusted the ‘industry leaders’ to a certain degree. But we admit that on some things, the industry’s leaders were mistaken in what they said and did. To the degree we listened, we were off.

The evidence of why the industry’s so-called ‘leaders’ have been wrong is in the chart below.

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There are reasons why manufactured housing slid from 372,000 plus shipments in 1998, to under 50,000 shipments in 2009. Understanding what caused that, and navigating the realities of what the MH slide while America’s affordable housing crisis grew are fundamental.  Understanding the opportunities and the obstacles can make anyone with the time, talent and treasure commitments a success in this amazing industry.

If what those leaders wanted us all to do was so dang smart, why did the manufactured housing rumble and tumble as fat as it did?

When the nation has an affordable housing crisis, why will there only be about 100,000 new manufactured homes built this year?

The answers for that and more are found in reading for understanding.

 

The Trumpian View

Donald J. Trump has a similar belief to Munger’s and Buffett’s in this respect. The billionaire builder and businessman turned populist President of the United States (POTUS) believes this.  It pays to know all that you can about something that impacts your profession.

That Trumpian view is more than reading.  But it includes reading, plus viewing, asking questions, and listening to the answers. It requires the search for understanding.

Reading and viewing here and on MHLivingNews.com an hour a day. Every day. Do that for a year. Then, a year from now, tell me in an email, call, or other message what that practice did to make your professional life more profitable and effective.

Take that challenge.

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Donald Trump, Warren Buffett, and Charlie Munger didn’t say it. But another successful business guru did. Want to understand something enough to benefit from it? There is no substitute to investing the time needed. Buffett says he reads 5 to 6 hours daily. Wow…but look were that got him.

Read for understanding, no less than one hour a day. Enough said for today. ## (Manufactured housing related marketing & sales news, analysis, and commentary.)

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‘You Are Either Clayton Homes, or You’re Not’ – Monday Morning MH Sales Meeting

 

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Time, talent, treasure. Why not put your money, as we do, where your mouth is? 

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“Ignorance” at Work, Proposed Code Change Would Impact Thousands

April 23rd, 2018 Comments off

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There is “ignorance” – or prejudice – arguably at work in the Texas city moving to limit manufactured homes in their jurisdiction.  By their own estimates, thousands will be impacted.

 

The City of Kilgore, Texas Planning and Zoning Board approved changes “unanimously recommended,” per the Longview News Journal.

Manufactured housing lots are scattered throughout the Kilgore City Limits – there’s space for, potentially, more than 7,000 mobile homes [sic],” said the Kilgore News Herald, adding, “A proposed change to the city’s codes would limit such structures (mobile or manufactured) to designated areas moving forward.

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Recommended changes won’t necessarily affect residents of existing manufactured homes, city leaders said. Existing homes also can be replaced one time, but only if the home is the same size or larger than the existing residence and is no older than 5 years old,” according to Jimmy Daniell Isaac for the Longview News Journal.

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What’s there is there and you can replace it,” once, Kilgore Planning & Zoning Director Carol Windham said, per the Kilgore News Herald. “We’re not going to take that away.” If approved, ‘Single Family Manufactured Housing’ will be eliminated outside specific spots: “We’re not allowing any more unless you put it in a licensed mobile home park. That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

But the Longview report suggests the quote above from Kilgore’s paper isn’t quite accurate.  If a home is lost in a fire, for example, and must be replaced with one that’s 5 years old or newer, that may cause some property owners to de facto have their rights limited or taken, depending upon their economic circumstances.

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This is what all of the surrounding communities have done,” commissioner Terry Thrower said in Isaac’s report. “City Council members will consider final approval of the ordinance changes in May, City Planner Carol Windham said. If approved, it would end nearly a year of subcommittee and workshop discussions about regulating manufactured housing in Kilgore.”

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This particular listing has two homes, plus a garage and out buildings, for about the same price as the median conventional house. The main home is a manufactured home, the photos did not show the second home, but it too is likely a HUD Code manufactured home. Two homes, plus an acreage, for the price of one.

 

Costly NIMBY At Work?

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In a posted comment on both news sites, “It seems like some civic leaders in Kilgore are not aware of the “Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.” That federal law gives “enhanced preemption” to federally regulated manufactured housing,” wrote L. A. “Tony” Kovach, publisher of MHLivingNews and MHProNews.

At the very time that millions across the nation – including in Texas – are struggling with housing that costs too much, why in the world would Kilgore make it more difficult to buy the most affordable kind of permeant housing available?” – Kovach rhetorically asked.

The likely answer is ignorance, which means, lack of knowledge,” Kovach said, “University level studies demonstrate that manufactured homes properly installed appreciate side by side with conventional housing. A study done by Chang Tai Hsieh of the University of Chicago, and Encirco Moretti said that cutting off affordable housing cost the American economy some $2 trillion dollars annually.”

Just because other locales have done something, doesn’t mean that Kilgore should follow suit. More study is warranted, because violating federal law and costing your economy makes no sense,” Kovach’s remarks concluded.

YIMBY vs. NIMBY, Obama Admin Concept Could Unlock $1.95 Trillion Annually, HUD & MH Impact

In a report entitled “Local Star Chambers Wage War on Affordable Housing,” Texas retailer Gary Adamek, Fayette Country Homes said that zoning related issues were more harmful to the industry than Dodd-Frank ever was.

JD Harper of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) referred to similar placement and zoning issues in his state as “economic racism,” and praised the Rev. Donald Tye Jr. call for HUD to step up and enforce enhanced preemption.

 

At the very time that HUD Secretary Ben Carson has called modern manufactured homes “amazing,” and the Trump Administration is striving to create more economic opportunities for Americans, why would Kilgore – or any other town – choke off economic options, by limiting affordable housing?

 

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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has sounded of for years on the need to enforce enhanced preemption, the most recent example is in the report linked above. This is one of several issues that based upon trends and if left unchecked, will continue to limit manufactured housing’s growth potential.  It would harm the nation, because it will negatively impact those seeking affordable, quality homes, argues Kovach and others. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)  (Third party images are provided under fair use guidelines.)

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Manufactured Housing – Regulatory, Other Roadblocks and Potential Solutions, Up for Growth Research, plus Urban Institute Report Revisited

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Look Who’s Promoting the Good News About Manufactured Housing, While Defending Problematic Anti-MH Reports

February 13th, 2018 Comments off

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There are several developing stories with focused upon the manufactured housing industry in process.

 

Several news tips have come in, including responses from sources such as the Urban Institute.  We are giving them an opportunity today to clarify, before we publish.

Which brings up these 2 questions.

Who is telling the good news stories about the manufactured housing industry?  Because there is plenty of good news to share. Or…

Who is defending the factory built home industry against problematic reports, be it from researchers, media or whatever other sources?

Current and long-time prior Manufactured Housing Institute members, Frank Rolfe and Marty Lavin raised important concerns on how a failure to address problematic reporting – or failing to tout good news – are key issues that holding up the manufactured housing industry’s sales and growth.

Marty Lavin Lashes the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) Latest Initiative

Who’s Telling the Good News?  Whose Defending the Industry?

We recently looked at the power of narratives, repeated over and over, and how they can influence and essentially brainwash those who don’t realize what is taking place.

What’s Your Manufactured Housing Narrative? Monday Morning Sales Meeting

So we will simply lay out the facts.

Who is doing more than what you see in the sampling, below?

Weather Expert’s Surprising, Bombshell Statement on Tornado Deaths and Affordable Manufactured Homes

“The Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis is Hiding in Plain Sight”

Researchers Shake Up American Dream? Rent vs. Buy, Ken Johnson, Florida Atlantic University, Exclusive to ManufacturedHomeLivingNews

Elvis & Priscilla Presley Honeymooned in this Mobile Home

Why Are Billionaires Attracted to Manufactured Homes?

Time Travelers, and the Future of American Homes

Elected Official Explains Surprising Modern Manufactured Homes, Video Interview

Attractive Garage Additions for Manufactured Homes – Do It Right

These are just a few of the articles on MHLivingNews that Protect, Educate, and Promote (P.E.P) the manufactured home industry and its homeowners.

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Meanwhile, MHI – who has a many times greater budget and numbers of highly-paid professionals who are supposed to be doing P.E.P. for the industry, where are there similar effort, visible daily to the public?

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The truth is there for anyone who have the eyes to see.

We’re awaiting an update from the Urban Institute (UI), but note that there is only one issue they’ve raised with our reportone.  And we believe they are demonstrably mistaken about that sole issue that they raised.  UI was given links to each of the articles we’ve done that mention them, but we’ll share just this one link for now.

Was the Urban Institute Misled, Duped, or Part of a Manufactured Housing Industry Scam?

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Sam Zell, Randy Rowe, John Bostick, Terry Decio, Joe Stegmayer, Marguerite Nader, Barry Noffsinger – Manufactured Home Industry Interviews

December 8th, 2017 Comments off

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A Cup of Coffee with…exclusive interviews…

…they are back.

For a variety of reasons, MHProNews has held several dozen stories online, but in a secluded part of the website.

Now, they are back.

Here are the exclusive interviews that you can find right now on the home page.

 

Sam Zell, “The Point of the Spear” and “You’ve Got to Have Confidence”

http://www.MHProNews.com/featured-articles/december-2017/sam-zell-the-point-of-the-spear-and-you-ve-got-to-have-confidence 

 

Sam Zell says “Our Way of Life is Very Much Threatened”

http://www.MHProNews.com/featured-articles/december-2017/sam-zell-says-our-way-of-life-is-very-much-threatened 

 

A Cup of Coffee with… Randy Rowe

http://www.MHProNews.com/featured-articles/december-2017/a-cup-of-coffee-with-randy-rowe

 

A Cup of Coffee with…John Bostick

http://www.MHProNews.com/featured-articles/december-2017/a-cup-of-coffee-with-john-bostick 

 

A Cup of Coffee with…Joe Stegmayer

http://www.MHProNews.com/featured-articles/december-2017/a-cup-of-coffee-with-joe-stegmayer

 

A Cup of Coffee with…Terry Decio 

http://www.MHProNews.com/featured-articles/december-2017/a-cup-of-coffee-with-terry-decio 

 

A Cup of Coffee with…Marguerite Nader

http://www.MHProNews.com/featured-articles/december-2017/a-cup-of-coffee-with-marguerite-nader

 

A Cup of Coffee with…Barry Noffsinger

http://www.MHProNews.com/featured-articles/december-2017/a-cup-of-coffee-with-barry-noffsinger

 

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News, September 10 to September 17, 2017

September 17th, 2017 Comments off
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Our new September issue is live. Our featured articles will be available on the MHProNews.com home page. Our September theme will be available mid-week this week.

 To see the line-up of over 2-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

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What’s New On MHLivingNews

Manufactured Home Community Survives Hurricane Harvey, Damage Reports, and Relief Efforts

September 16th, 2017

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September 15th, 2017

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September 13th, 2017

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September 11th, 2017

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September 10th, 2017

 

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News August 6th to August 13th, 2017

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A look at the new MHProNews.com home page.

Our new August issue will go live tonight, Aug 6th.   Our featured articles will be available on the MHProNews.com home page. Our August theme will be available mid-week this week.

 To see the line-up of over 2-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

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“Po-Dunk” Performer Kid Rock, Eyes Senate Run, Makes Manufactured Home Living 

Rising Renters Nation, Pew Research, Overlooked Affordable Home Ownership 

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August 10th, 2017

 

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August 8th, 2017

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August 6th, 2017

 

Economic Freedom, Millennial Considers Founders Through Lens of Ron Paul, Walter Williams, Milton Freidman

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A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” – Thomas Jefferson, Rights of British America, 1774 (1)

A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.” – George Washington, letter to Benjamin Harrison, October 10, 1784 (2)

While people travel, enjoy cook-outs and fireworks this 4th of July, don’t forget the reason we celebrate this holiday – American Independence, and freedom.

These two things mean different things to different people – to some freedom simply might mean to be able to go and do as they please while for others it means being able to speak their mind and stand up for what they believe in.

But what about the freedom to reach our full economic potential? With interference like the Internal Revenue Service taxing us more and more the higher we earn, it’s almost a punishment to succeed.

The Central Government should be limited to basic functions. Defending the nation against foreign enemies, preserving order at home, mediating our disputes.” – Milton Freidman (3)

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Former Congressman, Ron Paul.

One of the founding principals of our country, freedom, is surprisingly limited in government today, says thinkers like former Congressman Ron Paul, when compared to the government we started with over 250 years ago; and it’s probably not something our founding fathers would be pleased to see.

It’s grown significantly with the country, which was to be expected. Unfortunately with that growth we’ve also seen more government interference with things they shouldn’t and don’t need to be involved in.

Writing in a column published in Newsmax and elsewhere with 4th of July reflections, Paul notes our government is involved with everything from our schools and housing, to tracking our income and keeping records of all our electronic correspondence. (4) This did not used to be the case, nor should it continue to be.

Enormous taxes, burdensome taxes, oppressive, ruinous, intolerable taxes.” – John Adams (5)

Take the IRS for example. One of the things that finally caused the American colonists to say enough was enough was when Great Britain started to excessively tax everything from sugar to eventually tea. Yet today we are taxed not only a flat rate on specific purchases, but are also taxed a large sum each year based on how much we earn in a given year.

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Historic cry of the colonists who wanted to escape the burdens of British rule, “No Taxation Without Representation,” Credits Emaze YouTube.

The more you earn, the higher you are taxed. While this may seem fair to some, it can feel like a punishment for success.

Why are we not entitled to keep the money we earn in full? Why must we be forced to give away a significant portion of our hard earned income to a government which steps in and restricts our lives in so may different aspects?

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Walter E. Williams, Ph.D., Economist, George Mason University.

Income redistribution is simply a legal form of what a thief does. That is, when a thief robs you he redistributes income from you to him. Now the primary distinction between his behavior and that of congress is simply a matter of legality.” – Walter E. Williams, Ph.D., George Mason University. (6)

Yes, that income tax pays for many important things – like keeping our government services up and running, keeping programs to help low-income families get ahead, and much more. But rather than forcing everyone who succeeds to pay for it all, why not find a more fair way to collect this tax?

Perhaps that might convince more people to work harder and strive for success. No one really wants to live on a small government assistance check each month – but when they start earning just enough that they no longer qualify, then they are punished by being cut off of government help without the means to obtain affordable housing, or healthcare.

No one should be punished for success, and no one should be forced to live in poverty because they cannot afford to live through the transition from poverty to success. Lower tax rates, fairer tax principles, would be a step in the right direction for economic success for all Americans.

MiltonFriedmanAmericanEconomistNobelPrizeWinnerManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThere might not be a perfect method of taxation – but there is certainly a more fair method than exists today that could be put in place. A flat tax for instance, would be a potential solution and has been considered.

Right now, in the words of Walter Williams, we’re the victims, and Congress are the thieves. This is unacceptable – and yet we do nothing but comply, year after year.

Our founding fathers left their King and their country over a tax on tea; and yet we’ve allowed the government they stood up for and created to do the same thing to us, on a significantly larger scale.

Is this really freedom? ## (News, Flashback, Analysis.)

Footnotes & Sources:

(1) http://www.marksquotes.com/Founding-Fathers/Jefferson/

(2) http://www.marksquotes.com/Founding-Fathers/Washington/index2.htm

(3) http://www.newsmax.com/RonPaul/tyranny-government-independence-british/2017/07/03/id/799606/

(2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUL152yGVGI

(5) http://foreignpolicy.com/2012/07/03/tea-taxes-and-the-revolution/

(6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXy-OJi8JTQ

(Publisher’s note Analysis and other columns that reflect an opinion should be construed as that of the writer, and may or may not reflect the views of the publisher, or sponsors. Other well-reasoned perspectives are welcomed via iReportMHNewsTips@MHMSM.com.  Note, the author questioned her own headline and asked for help with it.  Editors historically pick the final headline. She submitted it as: “The Hope of Economic Freedom is Lost on Our Current Government.”)

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Americans On the Move – How Often? What are the MH Opportunities?

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AmericansAreMoving!ManufacturedHousingIndustryResearchDataReportsDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsManufactured home professionals may not always realize how many people are ‘on the move’ in their market.

Not every mover in an area may not represent an opportunity to sell a home, or fill a leased site/home in a community.  But many – once they’re properly exposed to the realities of contemporary manufactured home living – discover they like what the industry offers, and will act positively.

How Often Do People Move?

The percentage of Americans moving over a one-year period fell to an all-time low in the United States to 11.2 percent in 2016, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last November.

But that ‘low’ still means that almost 1 out of every 9 people you pass is going to make a housing change – in the next 12 months.

While some are last minute housing shoppers, National Association of Realtor figures suggest that home buyers start looking online months in advance of a housing transition.

Those advance shoppers are also often the more credit qualified buyers.

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The numbers may be historically low, but they are still so common as to represent 1 out of 9 Americans moving annually. Those represent opportunities for manufactured and modular home professionals.

Details on People Moving

People in the United States are still moving, just not to the same extent as they did in the past,” David Ihrke said, a survey statistician in the Journey-to-Work and Migration Statistics Branch.

The decision to move can be personal and contextual. What causes one person to move might not be enough to convince another,” Ihrke said.

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According to the Census Bureau, among those who moved, 42.2 percent said they moved for a housing-related reason, such as wanting a new or better home/apartment.

By comparison,

  • 27.4 percent said they moved for a family-related reason,
  • 20.2 percent said they moved for an employment-related reason,
  • and 10.2 percent said they moved for some other reason.

Among the various regions in the U.S., the South saw the greatest number of people moving out (901,000), but also saw the largest inflow of people moving into the region (940,000).

The ratios, states the Census Bureau, was similar in other parts of the country.

The highest mover rates by race:

  • black or “African-American alone population” – 13.8 percent, and
  • Asian alone population” – 13.4 percent.

By comparison,

  • the “white alone” population moved at a rate of 10.3 percent, and
  • the Hispanic or Latino population (12.6 percent) were more mobile than the non-Hispanic white population (9.8 percent).

Geographic Mobility

The statistics came from Geographical Mobility: 2015 to 2016, a collection of national- and regional-level tables from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement.

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Still from video interview below.

Also published were updated historical tables and graphs on migration. Some of those statistics extended as far back as 1948, stated the Census Bureau report.

Tapping into the Opportunities Revealed by the Facts

The proper understanding of the market, what moves housing shoppers, and the correct mind-set are all important for a manufactured home professional,” says consultant and manufactured home industry veteran, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

The video interview with Tom Fath of New Durham Estates on this page demonstrates how changing a professional’s understanding and approach to marketing and selling can yield more credit qualified and cash customers.

The truth well told is powerful,” says Kovach. “What award winning operations like the Fath family’s has learned, is that there’s no need to exaggerate, over-promise, or under-deliver.  Those who do, suffer in the long run.  Those who learn more to earn more, often see sustained growth and success.” ##

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What is Affordable Housing? How Affordable is Manufactured Housing?

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WhatIsAffordableHousingManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews395Recently, a manufactured home industry professional said, “We hear about affordable housing all the time.”  He then asked – “What is affordable housing?  How is it defined?”

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD’s Definition

HUD defines “Affordable Housing as those households that are paying 30 percent or less of their income on housing.” So, singles, couples and families “who pay more than 30 percent of their income or housing are considered cost burdened.”

HUD says, “Those cost-burdened families may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care.”

How Does Someone Qualify for Section 8 Housing?

HUD’s website says, “You need to verify your income with HUD to qualify for low-income housing. You can use IRS tax returns and recent pay stubs to do this. If you get into a public housing or Section 8 unit, HUD will look at your income documents annually to make sure you remain eligible.”

How Affordable is Rent Today?

HUD cites a study that MHProNews has previously referenced.

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According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, in no community in the nation can a family afford a modest two bedroom apartment on a minimum wage income.”

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While there are a variety of federal and private sector studies that one can point to, broadly speaking, millions of affordable housing units are needed in America today. Manufactured Homes are uniquely positioned to address those needs for speed, quality, safety and low cost – per the U.S. Census Bureau, about half that of housing in general. NLIHC graphic above, collage by MHProNews, the original images are by NLIHC and are shown under fair use guidelines.

Is Housing Important to Health & Well Being?

During the run-up to HUD Secretary Caron’s confirmation, one of the slams against him by critics was that he had no experience in the housing field.

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But a point that Carson often made – the relationship between health and housing – is also made by a study from prestigious John Hopkins University.

Quoting in part, “Affordable and safe housing is important to the well-being and health of families. Without adequate housing, families have trouble managing their daily lives. … Low-income families may not have enough money to cover other vital needs, such as food, utilities, or health-related expenses if housing costs are too high.”

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Including pre-HUD Code mobile homes, there are about 8.8 million housing units in America at the time of the above report. Graphic, with MHProNews.com logo superimposed, Comments in drop shadow box by MHProNews.com.

How Affordable is Manufactured Housing?

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GAO graphic. Click the image above or the links below for the full report download.

The Government Accountability Office did a study that MHProNews has previously reported, and is worth revisiting.

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That study showed that manufactured homes are the most affordable form of housing in America.

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See the GAO affordability graphic above. The download to the full 2014 GAO report is linked here. ##

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