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Sexting, Alice, Zhivago, Network, Culture, Mother’s Day, and Celebrating Manufactured Housing

May 12th, 2019 Comments off

 

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For decades, Americans have been living a sort of “through the looking glass” from the pages of the novel, Alice in Wonderland.

 

 

Through the looking glass” is a metaphorical expression. It means: on the strange side, in the twilight zone, in a strange parallel world. It comes from the idea of Lewis Carol’s novel: “Through the LookingGlass“, and the strange and mysterious world Alice finds when she steps through a mirror,” per Quora.

Until fairly recently, without sex, there was no motherhood. To deny the power of sex is to deny the power of life and living. It should not be over nor under stated.

It was a fairly short time-frame from Dr. Zhivago (1965) being seen subtly under the sheets in that Hollywood blockbuster until the casual sex – and madness – of another hit movie, Network (1976).

If you don’t think culture or videos matter to Manufactured Housing professionals in the U.S. Canada – or even down under – ask a Millennial that watches Netflix’s Trailer Park Boys their feelings about manufactured homes. They’ll educate you in a snap.

Or ask some of the approaching 6 million who watched Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s hit viral video, Mobile Homes – who laughed as they nodded their heads in agreement.

To be modestly successful in manufactured homes (MH), you can ignore culture and its impact. But to become wildly successful ethically and honorable in your market(s), I don’t see how you can grow your business to 10 or 20 times your current MH retail sales levels – which is doable, honestly – without understanding human nature, culture, and the levers that maneuver Western and American society.

It’s useful to embrace history, under whatever banner one names it.

Investors crave a high degree of certainty. Don’t ask me, ask Warren Buffett or other billionaires.

One question is, how is that ‘high degree of certainty’ being achieved in practice?

Jeff Bezos has been the world’s richest man, but sexting and related cost him his marriage and resulted in perhaps the most expensive divorce in history. That’s a small indication of the power of sex over even a wealthy, successful personality.

Has Bezos’ or Buffett’s sexual history kept the media from fawning over either man?

Hardly.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is the current Democratic front runner.  According to Real Clear Politics (RCP), he’s about 25 points ahead of Bernie Sanders. Let’s not quibble for the moment over how accurate – or not – such polling may be. Biden’s famously snuggled, hugged, kissed, and played with the hair of women he didn’t know well, or at all. That’s all on camera. Donald J. Trump, now President Trump, for years was a celebrated womanizer.  But he’s slammed by much of the media for similar behavior? Can you spell double-standards?

The point isn’t to elevate or excuse one over the other. Rather, it’s to reveal the disconnects and hypocrisy.

Looking back at old episodes of I Love Lucy, she and Desi slept in separate beds. How odd for a married couple, though it did – and still does – occur. Watch old Hollywood movies. Before Dr. Zhivago famously moved ever so little under the sheets with his paramour by his side in an adulterous affair, sexuality was just under the surface long before that ‘racy’ scene.

It’s one thing to understand human weaknesses and foibles, and another to celebrate or manipulate them. For example, some drug kingpins became wealthy celebrities. Behind a veneer of generosity to some, was ruthless murder and torture to enforce an organization that would have eventually killed a drug lord otherwise.

There are disconnects between the “me too” movement and the sexual revolution. We see on TV a female political candidate decrying unwanted sexual advances.  Meanwhile that same politico ignores the rape and predatory sexual behavior occurring daily south of the border as illegal immigration is encouraged by open border policies. One female candidate floated making prostitution legal nationally. It’s Alice peering through the looking glass. Darkly.

Politics and business intersect. Period. Don’t like it? Get over it. It is what it is.

Business and culture intersect. These first two intersections impact manufactured housing tremendously.

Religion and morality intersect with business too.

Those who protest that your or society’s moral views should not be imposed on them may well protest moments later if you threaten them with a gun or knife, demanding some or all they’ve worked for in life. Put differently, there are moral standards almost all agree are correct. Every law to some extent is a moral judgment.

America has been a social experiment from the days when the first settlers came here. They wanted religious, political, as well as economic freedom.  They knew what oppression was. They risked all to come to the shores of the first colonies on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Those early social experiments led to a revolution against England, their king, and crown authorized monopolies. The pre-revolutionary Boston Tea Party wasn’t just a tax protest, it could be viewed as a protest against the crown’s monopoly granted to that tea company.

What does this have to do with Mother’s Day?

Everything. At the center of society is the family. Without motherhood, there would be no next generation. Without singles or households, what housing would be needed or sold?

What’s wrong in America is that we don’t ask what’s right, to paraphrase G.K. Chesterton.

We need moral standards, even when we may fail to keep them. We’ve all been hypocrites about something. Let’s recognize that fact, then ask, how did we get into this present exciting yet vexing era?

There has long been those who’ve manipulated others through music, videos, literature, imagery, so-called education, finance, and government.

There are Ten Commandments that God gave humanity. Jews, Christians, Muslims, others largely agree on some variation of those ten laws. God didn’t make people robots, which lacked free will. If you’ve ever wondered why ‘so and so did such and such,’ and ‘why didn’t God stop it?’ The answer is simple. Free will. God respected us enough to give humans the ability to choose between what’s right and what’s wrong.

Our nation and much of Western society have undergone gut wrenching upheavals. Societal, cultural, governmental, business – and yes religious and moral forces – are coming to a head. We won’t speculate on what’s next.

What we can know is that God is good, patient, and merciful. Embracing truth is part of the solution. Motherhood was part of the mystery of the Creator’s plan.

America’s founding fathers were humans, imperfect as are we today. But they had a moral compass that complimented the economic, religious, and political vision. They knew no society could long endure absent religion and objective morality.

Relativism doesn’t work. Ultimately, relativism devolves into power struggles. The United States was predicated on an idealistic notion that government was to be subservient to the people, not the rulers of “We, the People.”

There can be a degree of fear or uncertainty in considering idealistic yet historic concepts. But let’s note that failure to ponder – and increasingly practice time-tested principles anew – is to condemn ourselves to a society that will finally break down in lawless chaos ruled by rival gangs. There are parts of the world that’s already the case. That’s not good for business, people, or anything else.

As a sinner myself, the point isn’t to lord one’s postured nobility over others. It is to understand what makes for a good and just society, and seek to live it personally.

Millions have the simple dream of earning an honest living, and at the of the day, returning to a home they call their own.  Millions of those homes were and can be built in a factory.

Millions want to enjoy the blessings of a family. Society is founded on such households.

What’s gone wrong in America can’t be summed up in 1400 words, or can it? We need to celebrate the good. We need to strive to minimize what’s wrong. We need to make home ownership easier in a sustainable fashion.

Those homes will include millions of moms, whom we should collectively celebrate today.

The laws needed by our manufactured home industry are already on the books. HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s speech linked below on manufactured housing and their value is a fine place to start. We need to enforce good, existing laws. We need to expose the corruption of those who’ve misled so many, hoping to make a dishonest buck.

Happy Mother’s Day.

With no further adieu, let’s look at the articles from the week that was.

 

 

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Speech on Manufactured Homes, “Manufactured Housing…Active Ingredient…Medication…for a Stronger America.”

 

 

What’s New on the Masthead

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Multibillion Dollar Opportunities Knock in Solving Affordable Housing Crisis

Multibillion Dollar Opportunities Knock in Solving Affordable Housing Crisis

The Two Gardens, America, and Manufactured Housing

The Two Gardens, America, and Manufactured Housing

What’s New from Washington, D.C. from MHARR

MHARR Testimony to Congress Seeks Increased SAA Funding and Corresponding Contractor Reductions

MHARR Testimony to Congress Seeks Increased SAA Funding and Corresponding Contractor Reductions

Assistant Secretary Brian Montgomery Removal of Obsolete and Superseded Guidance Documents Letter

Assistant Secretary Brian Montgomery Removal of Obsolete and Superseded Guidance Documents Letter

New, Revised, and Proposed Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Manufactured Homes

New, Revised, and Proposed Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Manufactured Homes

HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Decline Continues, May Updates

HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Decline Continues, May Updates

 

What’s New from the Daily Business News on MHProNews

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Saturday 5.11.2019
Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance – Investor Lessons Learned

Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance – Investor Lessons Learned

 

Friday 5.10.2019

Dr. Ben Carson Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Manufactured Housing Conference Remarks New Orleans, Louisiana, Hyatt Regency Hotel, May 7, 2019

Dr. Ben Carson Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Manufactured Housing Conference Remarks New Orleans, Louisiana, Hyatt Regency Hotel, May 7, 2019

WSJ Blames Trump Tweets for Blowing Up U.S.-China Trade Talks, Plus MH Market Updates

 

Manufactured Home Community Case Study, UMH Properties, Lessons for Independent Community Owners, Investors

Manufactured Home Community Case Study, UMH Properties, Lessons for Independent Community Owners, Investors

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

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

 

Thursday 5.9.2019

 

What the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Said About March 2019 Shipment and Production Data

What the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Said About March 2019 Shipment and Production Data

Prior Facebook Insiders Among Harshest FB Critics, “Break Them Up” – plus MH Market Updates

Prior Facebook Insiders Among Harshest FB Critics, “Break Them Up” – plus MH Market Updates

FHA Incentives For Property Owners Investing in One of Over 8000 Opportunity Zones

FHA Incentives For Property Owners Investing in One of Over 8000 Opportunity Zones

What Does Doing Your Job Looks Like in Manufactured Housing?

What Does Doing Your Job Looks Like in Manufactured Housing?

 

Wednesday 5.8.2019

Manufactured Housing’s Professional Credibility

Manufactured Housing’s Professional Credibility

Bryan Resident Blast Officials “Travesty by Government” – Manufactured Home Ban, Limitations, Update

Bryan Resident Blast Officials “Travesty by Government” – Manufactured Home Ban, Limitations, Update

On “the Border of Insanity,” plus Manufactured Housing Stock Updates

 

New Manufactured Home Professional’s Website Nears Launch

New Manufactured Home Professional’s Website Nears Launch

 

Tuesday 5.7.2019

Sales Topped $1 Trillion Dollars, Volume Car Dealers – When Automotive Pros Enter Manufactured Housing

Sales Topped $1 Trillion Dollars, Volume Car Dealers – When Automotive Pros Enter Manufactured Housing

Attorney Harmeet Dhillon – ‘They Are Gaslighting Us,’ ‘Ignoring This At Your Peril – Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

Attorney Harmeet Dhillon – ‘They Are Gaslighting Us,’ ‘Ignoring This At Your Peril – Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

AEI’s National and Metro Housing Market Trends-Indicators, Interactive Maps and Data

AEI’s National and Metro Housing Market Trends-Indicators, Interactive Maps and Data

Not Renaming Manufactured Homes, Redefining Manufactured Homes – Tiny House Lessons Learned

Not Renaming Manufactured Homes, Redefining Manufactured Homes – Tiny House Lessons Learned

 

Monday 5.6.2019

 

Ramadan 2019, Faith, Fear, Drama – plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

Ramadan 2019, Faith, Fear, Drama – plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

Declining Manufactured Home Shipments More Serious Than Retailers, Communities Being Told

Declining Manufactured Home Shipments More Serious Than Retailers, Communities Being Told

Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger Video Interview at Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting on GSEs Lending for Affordable Manufactured Housing and Clayton Homes

Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger Video Interview at Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting on GSEs Lending for Affordable Manufactured Housing and Clayton Homes

Nobility Homes Annual Report – New, Illustrated Investor’s Corporate Snapshot of Manufactured Modular Home Producer

Nobility Homes Annual Report – New, Illustrated Investor’s Corporate Snapshot of Manufactured Modular Home Producer

 

Sunday 5.5.2019

 

Warren Buffett’s Profitable Lessons for Manufactured Housing

Warren Buffett’s Profitable Lessons for Manufactured Housing

 

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NorthStar and Manufactured Housing Radix

June 6th, 2018 Comments off

 

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This is why we operate with a “North Star Goal‘, a light that represents the highest aspirations of a business. Like a next-generation mission statement, a North Star Goal orients the identity and direction of a brand, guiding all decisions, strategies, and partnerships.”
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The northern star for centuries was and remains today as a guiding light in the nighttime sky, a star which helped sailors orient their direction at sea.

The North Star shines with a humble brightness that belies its navigational importance. Polaris, or the North Star, sits almost directly above the North Pole; therefore, it is a reliable gauge of North if you find yourself lost on a clear night without a compass,” says Universe Today.

 

What is the North Star for Manufactured Housing?

When morality in America represented a broadly shared set of values, many of the professional issues faced today were less evident. There was no huge pushback in the 1950s when in the words In God We Trust” was placed upon U.S. currency. There was less debate when images of the Ten Commandments were set in stone, or otherwise framed and placed in public settings or taxpayer funded buildings.

Shared Judeo-Christian values gave some 97 percent of the people greater moral clarity.

Time magazine reported in 2016 that, “a 1965 poll by Lou Harris finding that 97% of Americans still believed in God. By the time Gallup asked the same question in 2014, that number had fallen to 86%, with 12% of Americans claiming no belief and 2% with no opinion.”

Also in 2016, a Time article said, “In God We Trust” was first added to U.S. coins during the beginning of the Civil War, when religious sentiment was on an upswing and concerned Americans wanted the world to know what their country stood for. Many wrote to Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase on the matter, and he agreed with their arguments. Congress passed his act requesting the addition of “In God We Trust,” adapted from a lesser-known verse of Francis Scott Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner,” and the first two-cent coin with the phrase was minted in 1864.”

Let’s be blunt. Consumers want to do business with honest professionals.

Few want to walk into a business that has a reputation for dishonesty.

Shared common values are so useful in society, that several of the founding fathers wrote that they deemed them to be essential to America’s success.  That doesn’t mean that every manufactured home sales office ought to have to have a Bible on every desk, but it does mean that a business ought to reflect its values through behavior. Indeed, most do.

But what about those organizations that don’t?

In our routine interactions with consumers – due to publishing, marketing and sales coaching/training with MHPros, and in online discussions with the public – it is safe to say that manufactured housing is unjustly viewed dimly by millions.

But whining about an undeserved image isn’t a solution.

Good industry businesses and professionals must get to the root issues, or the “image issues” caused by problematic people and/or organizations will define the good.  That’s reality.

Consumers may not use the term “morality,” or “ethics.”  But experience shows that a significant part of their distrust of the manufactured home industry is rooted in a lack of confidence in what is said.

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How are more new manufactured home sales achieved, without addressing the causes of the public’s lack of trust?

When so-called industry leaders are seen as giving cover for arguably unethical activity, doesn’t that just fuel the problem?  A recent, actual case may serve to make the point.

Public officials and consumers alike have accused a business of “selling” homes to consumers “contract for title” when the seller allegedly doesn’t even own the units being sold. Doesn’t’ that type of story, repeatedly in a region’s local news, only fuels a negative image about manufactured housing and industry professionals?

When industry publishers and association leaders fail to fairly investigate and address that type of transgression in some lawful, and appropriate fashion, isn’t it reasonable to presume that more of the public’s confidence in manufactured housing as an industry can be further undermined?

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Back in the late 1960s, and early 1970s, news stories about flimsy or fire prone mobile homes in the mainstream media were responded to by industry professionals working to pass the HUD Code. Today, the industry’s quality is “amazing,” as HUD Secretary Ben Carson has said. But the industry’s image doesn’t match up with the reality. Part of the solution must be an ethical code of conduct that good associations promote and live by.  That means that when uehtical professional behavior occurs, there has follow through by the industry’s professionals.  That’s both the right and the prudent thing to do.  That’s a practical example of a North Star.

Manufactured Housing Radix

Google’s online dictionary defines both a mathematical meaning for the term “radix,” and a formal meaning. The formal definition says this about radix,

a source or origin of something.

“Judaism is the radix of Christianity

Radix is Latin, which is used some in medicine. Collins dictionary says this, “Word origin of ‘radix’ C16: from Latin rādīx root; compare Greek rhadix small branch, rhiza root.”

So, radix is the root, the origin or foundational issue.

For manufactured housing and the public, its an issue of trust. When millions a year in the U.S. consider manufactured homes, but only some 92,900 bought a new one in 2017,  that’s a wake up call.

Morality is essential at every level of business and society. For example, if brute force power becomes the organizing principle of Americans and business in the U.S., the nation is debatably heading toward even more turbulent waters.

Clear codes of business ethics that include action, not mere lip service, are a must if our industry is to thrive again.

In response to a controversy over some problematic advertising – MHI advertorials – industry professional, millennial Tom Fath, said this.

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It is safe to say that none of us live up perfectly to the moral code set forth in the Ten Commandments. Everyone slips and falls, but isn’t part of the question what happens after a mistake is made? Is the error covered up?  For example, are consumers who are wronged made whole?

In the Daily Business News reports and analysis, the facts, the truth, and common decency – morality – are referenced as guiding lights.

When deception is occurring, it ought to be roundly condemned and corrected in some appropriate fashion.

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Is it Better to Be Candid, or a Kiss-Up? Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sales, Marketing Meeting

May 14th, 2018 Comments off

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Sales professionals and leasing agents in manufactured housing get faced with a daily choice.

 

It could be phrased like this.

Is it better to be a ‘Kiss Up,’ or ‘Candid? ‘

To be sure, someone can be both honest and polite.

But to allow someone to believe something that isn’t true, when you have the opportunity to clear an issue up, is a disservice to guests, clients, colleagues – and in time – it can impact your company’s reputation.

In real world sales scenarios from border to border, I’ve sadly witnessed some manufactured home pros who were not candid when they needed to be.

I’ve also seen sales pros that were not motivated enough.

Coach Lou Holtz did amazing things during his career. Here are some rules he believed in.

 

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There can seem to be a short term cost to honesty at times. But a reputation for candor builds trust. Trust can be a critical foundation for a career or a business.

For those who may be tempted to believe that there is a conflict between ethics and success, don’t let Hollywood or anyone else fool you.

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Spot on.

Moral principles in business – and in life – matter.

If you can tell it like it is, politely, do so.  But there are times that one has to be blunt, in order to convey a fact to a prospect or team member that could harm others if it isn’t known in a timely manner.  Enough said on this for today. ## (Manufactured housing related marketing & sales news, analysis, and commentary.)

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

 

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Morality, God, Freedom. and the Holidays

December 22nd, 2017 Comments off

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With Christmas upon us, and Hanukkah just past, a reflection on what the ‘holidays’ should mean is timely.

In an era when we see so much corruption in Washington, and other problems in society, more are asking: is it time to return to basics?  Like what faith in God should practically mean?  What God considers moral, and immoral?

Dennis Prager made this video in a way that is comfortable for Jews and Christians alike; which polling suggests is nominally about 90 percent of the American population. Since most everyone wants to be dealt with honestly and fairly, how are those ideals best understood and defined?

When the nation reportedly has over a million laws on the books at the local, state, and federal level it is worth recalling that America’s founders were nearly all people of faith.  They believed that faith was essentially to a civil society.


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