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The Future of Retail, Disney, ‘Trailer Trauma,’ and Manufactured Housing

January 14th, 2019 No comments

 

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Disney’s theme parks are part of a larger conglomerate. It includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following companies.

 

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Disney management seems to believe that they can ignore the more than 22 million in the U.S., and millions more in Canada, who call a manufactured or modular home – their home. Instead, they are wrongfully calling such code-compliant structures ‘trailers.’ Click to download the full size infographic.

 

 

Put differently, consider Disney as one of those giants that are steadily building their moat, rather akin to Berkshire Hathaway.

Our publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach has periodically said that you either define yourself, or others will define you – and if others are defining you – that may often be to your detriment.

 

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We don’t believe in boycotts, for several reasons, including legal ones. But we do believe that information can prove to be powerful. Information can be accurate, misleading, mixed, or weaponized. Thus the rise of the term, across the political spectrum, of “fake news.

 

 

Disney and the Future of Retail

Some say retail is dead.  Some claim that manufactured housing independent retailers days are numbered too.  That may be true for some, but not for others.  Some will not accept the death or insult of their profession without a proper fight.

But in a battle against a giant, one must pace.  This #DisneySprings struggle – and the broader one it represents – is best understood as a marathon.

As a part of a conglomerate, Disney has access to some of the keenest minds in science, technology, marketing, and branding.

One can learn – and should – learn from anyone, but not necessarily what a given source thinks they are communicating.

The photos and videos are from Disney Springs. It’s open to the general public. It’s their freemium version of Disney’s theme parks.

 

 

Disney makes tons of money for themselves – and their retail partners – by attracting a crowd.

 

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Don’t think that Retail is Dead. Disney Springs proves otherwise. Disney – as with any firm – arguably does some things well, others, but others – like this ‘trailer’ slur – badly. MHPros can learn from both, but should not emulate both.

 

Part of their strategy?  They hire talented performers, many who are hoping for that ‘break’ that will take them to the next level beyond where they currently hang out. The Disney stage or street performances are arguably a far better venue for many talents than a dark club that attracts people whose aim is to get drunk.

Manufactured housing professionals and investors have much to learn from Disney, for good and ill,” says Tony Kovach. “On all things, prudent professionals should approach it with a wheat and chaff mindset.  What’s the good?  What’s wrong?  What can we learn from this? What can be done about what’s wrong?

MHProNews verified that Disney have still kept their problematic signage in place. We’ve also learned that they have other modular offices on the same property, kept behind fences draped by a plastic material meant to hide them from public view. Interesting.

Neal Haney, one of the co-founders of NAMHCO – the National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners – is the most recent to weigh in on the Disney controversy.  Neal – via NAMHCO’s Executive Director Susan Bretton – said this, below.

 

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We will be forwarding this article to Disney management, and ask them again to correct the public slur and misinformation about factory-built homes and modular structures.

 

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Few operations no better than Disney the subtle nuances of influencing the public. They’ve been notified, and they have formally responded. We’ve been told verbally and in writing that their management has discussed this vexing matter. So Disney can’t claim ignorance. There is a step-by-step, entirely lawful plan that is being implemented. Think of this Disney Springs issue as part of the broader Manufactured Housing Revolution.

 

 

See the related reports, linked immediately below as well as after the byline and notices further down this post for more details and information on how this matter has evolved.

 

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You must meet people where they are. Terminology must be taught and caught. Make a habit of using the correct terminology.

 

In the Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL area where MHProNews is based, one estimate puts the population of manufactured and mobile home residents at every fourth person. Statewide, it is about 10 percent.  Nationally, over 6 percent.

 

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Disney understands math. Industry pros must too. There is power that our industry has failed to exercise, due to years of failed leadership.

That is changing.

 

Food, Folks, Fantasy, Fun, and Flubs – Disney’s “Trailer” Slur Update

 

A Disney spokesperson that the Daily Business News has been communicating with declined to say to MHProNews if the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has weighed in, or not, on this #nettlesome issue.  But either way, it’s revealing that Berkshire Hathaway backed MHI has taken no public position on a matter that impacts the image of our industry, and the tens of millions of our home owners and residents.

Retail is not dead.  Here, we don’t just mean manufactured housing’s independent retailers, but also, retail stores and shopping centers. We won’t do a deep dive today, but merely note that Disney has demonstrated the art and science of becoming a destination. Thousands flock there daily. Manufactured housing has much to learn, good and ill, serious, smiley, and sobering, from Disney.

Our leadership team has several next steps in mind for Disney, until they correct this public misinformation and slur. Stay tuned.

But in the meantime, wheat and chaff.” Disney has good examples, and problematic ones. They have talented performers, and others who are less so.

Bryan Malpass below, and Nicholas Marks are two of those talents.  Malpass, below, has the voice.  Live, it is far better, but this gives you a clue.

 

 

Marks, if you watch the entire video, is one of the most amazing guitarists you will likely see.  Marks is the definition of performance art.

 

 

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There is nothing changed until it’s challenged.  When the industry is in apparent retreat, when MHI is doing – and not doing – what they do – battles must be fought.  Haney and NAMHCO – or MHARR, over the course of many years – plus others are among those fighting for what’s right.

 

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There are a variety of legitimate ways to patiently win battles like this one with Disney’s arguably misguided management. It may take weeks, months, or longer.  But victory is assured only for those who enter the fray with a ‘never quit’ – pursue all avenues until success is obtained for a just cause – mindset.

This is all part of the manufactured housing industry’s wake up call.  MHI has apparently failed the industry again (see further below).

Disney is arguably insulting the factory-built housing industry, and its 22 million plus residents in the U.S., plus millions more in Canada. There is no need to call a boycott, because better ways are available. Stay tuned, or join in the fun of the fray. That’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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MHARR, ROC USA, Canadian Association Weigh-In On Disney “Trailers” Controversy

 

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Disney Utilizes Inaccurate, Prejudicial Terminology “Trailer” Offensive to Factory-Builders, Homeowners

 

 

 

 

“Major Step” in Independent National Post-Production Manufactured Housing Advocacy Taken, Per Trade Group

January 8th, 2019 No comments

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It has been one of the more-read articles on the Daily Business News on MHProNews, which means it is one of the hotter topics in the manufactured housing industry.

 

And today, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) said the following about NAMHCO – in their take on the topic previously reported by MHProNews. More after their full release, which begins below.

 

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MHARR News Item — Independent National Manufactured Housing Post-Production Association Takes Major Step

 

INDEPENDENT NATIONAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING

POST-PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION TAKES MAJOR STEP

 

Washington, D.C., January 8, 2019 – The National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO), a new, independent association representing a key manufactured housing industry post-production constituency, has announced a major step in its initial organization and the start of national-level advocacy activities to better and more effectively represent the post-production sector in Washington, D.C. Accordingly, essential activity to begin addressing and correcting a major gap in the manufactured housing industry’s national-level representation in Washington, D.C. is starting to gain important momentum.

After announcing its formation as an independent organization in late-2018 — including as members (among others), state manufactured housing associations which had previously withdrawn from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) — NAMHCO, issued a News Release just before the start of 2019, stating that it has now retained the services of a lobbying consultant in Washington, D.C. to act on its behalf at the national level, where multiple issues continue to vex the manufactured housing industry’s post-production sector with significantly negative consequences for the entire industry and American consumers of affordable housing. Indeed, the industry – the nation’s premiere source of non-subsidized affordable housing — after a nine-year rebound from historically-low production levels reached in 2009, has just suffered its third consecutive month of flat-line or negative growth – at a time when production levels, due to an unusually strong national economy, should be booming.

In large measure, the industry — since 2000 — has seen its growth unnecessarily thwarted, undermined and impeded by a combination of factors primarily affecting its post-production sector. With manufacturers producing their best, highest quality homes ever, and with production-related regulatory issues at the federal level reduced to some degree in recent years by the highly-focused efforts of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in conjunction with the administration of President Donald J. Trump, it is in the post-production arena – and most particularly the failure to effectively address and remedy major issues affecting zoning, placement and especially consumer financing for HUD Code manufactured home purchasers – where the most significant constraints have been imposed on the industry and its ability to serve the millions of mostly lower and moderate-income American families that want and need affordable, non-subsidized homeownership, and rely on manufactured housing to fill that need.

While HUD Code manufacturers and other smaller and mid-sized industry businesses have — and have had for nearly thirty-five years – independent, aggressive, national-level representation in Washington, D.C. through MHARR, that type of independent representation has been almost entirely absent for the post-production sector and most importantly, its thousands of smaller, independent businesses, since the National Manufactured Housing Federation disappeared as an independent entity and was subsumed into MHI decades ago. And, indeed, the formation of NAMHCO is consistent with the call for an independent, national-level, post-production manufactured housing association set forth in a study, presented to and approved by MHARR’s Board of Directors in 2017.  Furthermore, this new entity will create opportunities – and a venue – for other state associations that have been seeking better and more effective representation of their post-production members in Washington, D.C., particularly with respect to the key issues of zoning, placement and consumer financing.

As was anticipated by MHARR’s study, the establishment of this new association could – and hopefully will – help to encourage and create potential areas of policy cooperation and synergy between MHARR and NAMHCO with benefits for the entire industry (and particularly its smaller, independent businesses) as well as consumers. MHARR has already communicated with the leadership of NAMHCO regarding matters of mutual interest, and will continue to follow-up as appropriate in the near future.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.

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Washington D.C. 20004

Phone: 202/783-4087

Fax: 202/783-4075

Email: MHARRDG@AOL.COM

 

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Next Federal Contract, MHARR and What National Trade Association Leadership Looks Like

November 3rd, 2018 Comments off

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The last time federal data was checked by the Daily Business News on MHProNews, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) had about 7 times the revenue that the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) does.

 

In their last emailed message to their members, MHI – via the voice of their previous Executive Committee Chairman, Nathan Smith – made an arguably hypocritical attack on the brand-new national community association, as was fact-checked and analyzed in the report below.

 

Nathan Smith, SSK Communities, and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Slam New National Manufactured Home Communities Group in Written Statement

 

In that same message from MHI to members – which several state associations then forward to their members – MHI failed to mention that HUD had clarified and issue that is important to communities and retailers, and thus all of those who supply them.

By contrast, MHARR notified their members, affiliates and readers on the same day that HUD notified both MHARR and MHI.  The ‘frost free foundation’ interpretive bulletin (IB) impacts thousands of locations nationally, some of which are MHI members.  Why the silence?

HUD “Clarification” on Frost-Free IB Offers More Questions and Confusion Than Answers

 

In that same most-recent MHI message to members, the Arlington, VA based production and post-production trade group also failed to raise the issue that MHARR has, in a new report at the link below. It is about the federal program’s monitoring contract. Why didn’t MHI feel it was worth mentioning?  Why did MHARR think it important to do so?

 

MHARR Communication with HUD Assistant Secretary Brian Montgomery Regarding Program Monitoring Contract

 

 

Freedom isn’t Free or Easy

Manufactured housing industry professionals are free to spend their money, vote, travel, and do whatever they want to, within the bounds of laws and ethics.  People are free to be part of the new national community-owners trade association, which is made up of members who left MHI. ICYMI, or need a refresher, see what the NMHCO had to say, in their own words, quoted in the article below.

 

New National Manufactured Housing Association Makes Its Appeal to Industry Members

 

Professionals are free to be members of MHI, and/or MHARR

But wisdom suggests that the track record of MHI and MHARR should be routinely examined.

For example, in 2008, when the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) was passed, it included the SAFE Act, which MHI and their prior Chairman Nathan Smith and Tim Williams both freely admitted got passed them.  Keep in mind that MHI is a self-proclaimed umbrella trade group that says they work for post-production and producers issues.  That means, the SAFE Act was within their focus of attention.

 

 

By contrast, in that same HERA 2008 bill, MHARR – which is laser focused on federal production and related regulatory issues – worked to get the Duty to Serve (DTS) Manufactured Housing by the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) into that same HERA law.

MHARR does what they do without a political action committee (PAC), although their members are free to donate to campaigns as they may wish.

MHI has a PAC.  As MHProNews spotlighted recently, the key people and operations involved in MHI arguably backstabbed House Representatives Marsha Blackburn, and Andy Barr, both of whom faithfully supported MHI’s Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.

 

“He’s Lying,” Campaign Insider Video – “Don’t Do Politics?” Tell Jim Clayton, Phil Bredesen, and Marsha Blackburn, Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act Supporter

 

ICYMI or need a reminder, see those two links of what MHI and their big boy allies have done, above and below.

 

Was Manufactured Housing Advocate Congressman Andy Barr Backstabbed?

 

Let us be clear from an analytical perspective. MHI, or any trade group, is free to change positions.  They are free to be loyal to, and/or to betray congressional or senate candidates.

But should that be done lightly?  What message does documented betrayal send to MHI’s own membership?  Should it raise the question, has MHI betrayed some of their own members at times?

 

Modifying Marty Lavin

Let’s look at long-time MHI member Marty Lavin’s mantra, “Pay more attention to what people do than what they say.”  Doesn’t it suggest that one listen to what someone says, but then focus on what they actually do?

Yes.

MHI purportedly postures at lobbying.  They say they are doing something.  But meanwhile, they often fail the majority of their own members in the very things that they say they are doing. Why? Who benefits?

 

What MHI does Better

What MHI debatably does better than lobbying is having events that people can mix, mingle and network at nice locations. There is value to networking events. But it is a value that others could create outside of MHI. There is also value to education and marketing.  Those three items are appropriate for a post-production association. Perhaps the new national manufactured home community owners  association will do some of those roles?  Will they challenge MHI’s grip over them?

MHARR has for years fought for the interests of their members. MHI has allegedly tried to kill MHARR off many times, as they tried in just the past few days via their last email to kill off the still nascent NMHCOA.

 

Disclosures

As a disclosure, MHARR does run banner ads with MHProNews. But our policy is simple.  No sponsor dictates our editorial or publishing content.  We’ve had some MHI members recently that reached out for the purposes of running ads with us.  One recently did, Legacy Housing, and per our sources, they felt well served for both of their events.

While we welcome other perspectives, our writing and publishing perspectives are our own.  We faithfully share other’s messages.

No person, no product, no organization is perfect. That includes us. But when a mistake is made, the polite and professional thing to do is to raise one’s hand, and say, ‘ooops, that’s my bad, I’ll try to avoid this next time.’

MHI has a terrible track record in the last decade or so of heading off bad regulations, or of mitigating them.  Some of their own top people have said so. At least some with MHI arguably worked to get Pam Danner in at HUD. They then arguably defended and even promoted Danner, all while Danner’s work at HUD harmed thousands of manufactured home retailers, communities, and thus upstream suppliers and vendors.

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Post-midterms, the following should be considered by NMHCO and/or any other existing, new or planned trade group.  A good post-production trade group should do three things. P.E.P. Protect, Educate, Promote. At the heart of each of these three things, is education that is based upon reliable information.

A new or existing post-production trade group should realize that MHI has purportedly weaponized events and trade shows, to the benefit of their ‘big boy’ members.

 

With that in mind, post-midterm, we will begin several initiatives.  Among them is to promote the following, which was proven by the RV industry to work for their growth.

  • Wholesale and Retail Trade Events.
  • Education.
  • Media Engagement.
  • These should not necessarily exclude large companies, but they should not be allowed to dominate or in any way dictate their operation.

These realities noted, let’s close by saying that the record reflects that MHARR does an amazing job with limited resources.  To use a southern expression, they are good at making every dime “holler dollar.”

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New National Manufactured Housing Association Makes Its Appeal to Industry Members

October 17th, 2018 Comments off

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The greatest hindrance and the greatest threat to the industry is not the economy, the homes or the communities, it is governmental interference and over-regulation,” said Neal T. Haney.

 

The manufactured housing industry has long been a mainstay of affordable housing in the United States. For decades the industry has provided an unmatched quality of life with an affordability not seen in any other sector of the housing market. The homes and the land lease communities in which they are situated have become fixtures across the country providing an affordable, quality lifestyle to all segments of our population. Over the years it has seen its ups and downs, but has been able to survive and even thrive through the difficult times,” said Haney, the president of the newly formed National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners, Inc. – or NAMHCO.

We’ve been reporting on the emergence of a new association for community owners, in articles like the ones linked further below.  It is a move that the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has been encouraging for years.

Study Recommending New Manufactured Housing Association for Independent Retailers, Communities, Lenders, Others Released

Now, that new NMHCOA association is taking shape.  Their organizers are making their appeal in writing.

 

The Manufactured Housing Communities of Arizona (MHCA) is a statewide association representing community owners in Arizona. As state associations do, the MHCA has been very active and productive at the state level in combatting governmental interference with its burdensome regulations and obstacles,” said Haney, as he walked through some history. “At the state level most community owner associations have been able to not only monitor proposed local and statewide legislation, but interact with legislators to prevent onerous regulations that are detrimental to our industry.”

 

‘No Effective National Representation’…

The national legislation and rule making over the last ten years has proven that we do not have that representation” at the federal level, Haney explained. One only has to look at the passage of the Safe Act and the Dodd-Frank Act to see how devastating and onerous national legislation can be. Other similar chattel groups (the RV industry) saw the proposals and their representation managed to have them exempted.”

It was a devastating finger pointed at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), which two state community associations broke from last year, due to a lack of effective national representation.  The group passed out literature at MHI’s annual meeting.

 

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

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The national organization to which we belonged [i.e. MHI] was apparently unaware of the legislation and its ramifications until after passage and it was already being implemented. The rule making in the aftermath has been horrendous and little if anything has been done to stop the bleeding,” said Haney’s letter. 

Recently, HUD has issued rules concerning the screening of prospective tenants for our communities. Again we find no one aware of what is happening, much less advocating on our behalf. Installation requirements are being implemented that have no basis in common sense and the result will be additional burdens on community owners and added costs for homeowners,” said Haney.

We need someone to advocate on behalf of the community owners. This singular task needs to be done at the congressional level and in the departments that make policy affecting our industry. Every community owner, and every association that is accepting membership dues from community owners, should be concerned with the lack of representation at the national level and should be involved in finding adequate representation. If you are willing to be a part of the solution, please contact our association office.”  Haney pointed to Susan Brenton, who has served the Arizona community owners for several years.

Brenton previously worked with resident groups in her state, so she is aware of the dynamics on both sides of that fence.

Brenton’s contact information is: 2158 N, Gilbert Rd., Suite 116, Mesa, AZ 85203, 480-966-2446 • suebrenton@me.com.

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New Manufactured Home Industry National Association Related Statements

June 26th, 2018 Comments off

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State associations representing manufactured housing communities – Manufactured Housing Communities of Arizona (MHCA) and the Manufactured Housing Community Owners Association (MHCO) of Nevada – both of which had previously withdrawn from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), have announced the formation of a new, independent post-production manufactured housing association,” said the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulator Reform (MHARR) to MHProNews.

 

In its initial communication regarding the new group, “the MHCA states:”

The MHCA had joined a national association [i.e. the Manufactured Housing Institute or MHI] in the hopes that we would get … representation and effectiveness at a national level.  The national legislation and rulemaking over the last ten years has proven that we do not have that representation,” said MHARR about the MHCA’s release to them.

The MHCA has taken the first steps in establishing a new organization to lobby on behalf of community owners and associations representing community owners.  The new organization is the National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners, Inc. (NAMHCO)….”

The MHCA communication concludes by observing that “we have a problem at the national level,” and invites other post-production groups to become “part of the solution” by joining and supporting their new national association.

MHARR notes that their move is similar to a suggestion that MHARR made in a 2017 study and analysis “MHARR Releases Study Recommending Independent Collective Representation for Post-Production Sector to function at the national level.” More on that in the related report, linked below, which can read after you’ve finished reading this post.

Study Recommending New Manufactured Housing Association for Independent Retailers, Communities, Lenders, Others Released

 

MHARR Comments on Announcement of
National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners, Inc. (NAMHCO) 

While this action (at present including only HUD Code communities) – is both positive and encouraging,” said the MHARR release, “the industry’s entire post-production sector (communities, as well as retailers, developers, finance providers, insurers and others) remains in desperate need of an independent, collective, national association and representation to deal effectively with national-level issues that are today either not being addressed at all, are not being addressed effectively, or are, in effect, being held captive to the interests of the industry’s largest corporate conglomerates.”

At present, HUD Code manufactured housing is nearly alone, as a major industry, in being without an independent, national, collective post-production association, and this crucial “missing link” needs to be decisively corrected as soon as possible if the industry is to advance and expand to its full economic and market potential,” the statement to the Daily Business News said.

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While HUD Code production is gradually recovering and improving from its recent modern-day minimum level, and manufactured homes, in 2018, offer superb quality with unprecedented value for consumers, the industry’s post-production sector has, conversely, regressed, with repeated failures in critical areas such as consumer financing, placement, zoning and installation, among others,” said the Washington, D.C. based MHARR.

These failures [by MHI] suppress and unnecessarily restrict industry growth,” said their release, “as untold thousands of consumers are eliminated from the market due to unnecessarily high interest rates on manufactured homes and particularly manufactured home chattel loans (due to the ongoing refusal by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to provide market-significant securitization and secondary market support for such loans).”

To make matters worse,” the independent producers’ trade group said, “even for consumers who would be able to obtain such financing, the refusal of local communities to permit the development of new manufactured housing communities, or otherwise permit the placement of manufactured homes in vast areas of the United States, needlessly drives potential homebuyers away from the HUD Code market. As a result, while manufactured homes have progressed substantially, once they leave the factory, the industry (and consumers) are ill-prepared, ill-equipped and ill-served in the field.”

 

The Contradiction…

This dichotomy, between significant successes in the production realm, as contrasted with significant failures in the post-production realm, not only undermines industry growth and needlessly excludes large numbers of consumers from the HUD Code market, but also harms, as one of its primary victims, the state associations on which post-production industry businesses rely so heavily,” said MHARR.

State association executives have told MHProNews that for some years, they’ve been controlled by the same interests as controls MHI. One of several examples is linked in the report, linked below, which can be read later for additional depth of understanding on the issue.

 

While most state associations continue to do excellent work under difficult circumstances, they are unfairly handicapped in many instances, by a lack of centralized policy information, formulation, direction and coordination. This effectively leaves state associations either “on their own” to individually seek relevant factual and policy information from other states, or worse, dependent on MHI and its few industry-dominant corporate conglomerates on matters that rightfully should be discussed, debated, formulated and decided on a collective, independent and collaborative basis,” MHARR argued.

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In either case, the collective functionality of the state associations and the post-production sector is not what it should be, or needs to be, in order to successfully advance both the post-production sector and the industry as a whole,” their release stated.

Rephrased, the producer’s trade group MHARR is saying that the manufactured home industry won’t grow at the pace of potential it could achieve, due in part to the lack of an effective post-production organization.

This matter, moreover, has been unnecessarily complicated by the involvement of self-promoting individuals and/or entities that not only have difficulty in grasping the magnitude of the ongoing failures of the post-production sector – and the damage thereby inflicted on the industry and consumers – but also continue to press and advance ostensible remedies (publications, conferences, meetings, etc.) that are overly simplistic, unduly parochial, and simply inadequate to address the much larger and significantly more complex problems underlying this crucial issue,” said the MHARR statement.

That made be construed as an oblique hit on COBA7 and SECO, which are recognized for certain positive efforts, while reportedly frustrating the formation of a robust post-production trade group.

MHARR, therefore, for reasons that it has previously spelled-out in detail, supports the formation of the new, independent communities association,” they said, concluding:

In addition, MHARR also supports and encourages the expansion and further development of this association going forward.”

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