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Largest 50 Manufactured Home Community Operations, per Manufactured Housing Institute, Analysis

April 24th, 2018 Comments off

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Sun Communities of Southfield, Michigan, took the top spot with 83,294 home sites under management, followed by Equity LifeStyle Properties of Chicago with 73,700 home sites, RHP Properties of Farmington Hills, Michigan, with 60,163 sites, YES! Communities of Denver with 47,278 sites and MHP Funds of Cedaredge, Colorado, with 31,652 sites.” said the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) National Communities Council (NCC) release to the Daily Business News.

 

These 50 organizations have a total of more than 693,000 home sites with portfolios ranging in size from more than 80,000 sites to just under 3,000,”said the NCC’s statement.

The prior 2017 list was faulted by MHI/NCC members as double-counting some sites listed by RHP and Brookfield Asset Management, then shown as #3 and #5, respectively.

The NCC serves its members by being an effective advocate before public policy makers, the media and the general public,” is another standard line that has drawn the ire of members, who have told MHProNews that MHI (and by implication, the NCC) is “irrelevant” – ineffective at their own agenda – or fails to defend the industry’s members from flawed media reports.

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MHP Funds, currently #5, is a tandem of well known partners/investors headlined by Frank Rolfe and Dave Reynolds.  While Rolfe has ‘gone quiet’ on critics of MHI late last year, he has not walked back his stinging criticism of MHI in failing to defend the industry, harming all of those in the business.

 

Bob Crawford, president of award winning Dick Moore Housing, which sold its last community fairly recently, has given MHI a “5 out of 10” – a failing grade – in its lobbying efforts.


Jenny Hodge for NCC

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Jenny Hodge photo credit, MHI/NCC.

Jenny Hodge is a talented, well liked and respected member of the MHI team. At one point, she was seen by some as the heir apparent to the “floundering” or worse view held by some regarding their president, Richard “Dick” Jennison.

Jennison has since, say sources, gained the upper hand in the Arlington inner-office struggles.

Hodge’s release said, “With the tens of thousands of communities, we are trying to responsibly identify with this list who the up and coming operators are as we see signs of continued consolidation as the industry evolves into a more mature phase,” said Jenny Hodge, Vice President of Research and Market Analysis for MHI, according to their release.

Hodge added, “We are seeing more interest in manufactured housing from large institutional investors and smaller independent developers as well as individuals who want to live in high-quality affordable housing.”

Each of these statements by Hodge is upon considered examination, accurate.

What her first point obliquely underscore is part of the reason for MHI’s existence, which is to foster consolidation, according to a number of their critics. Thus the spreading nick-name for MHI, “the Monopolistic Housing Institute,” which the “I want them all for myself” statement by Nathan Smith nurtured.  Smith is the former MHI Chairman, a prominent Democratic operative, a NCC member, and a partner in SSK Communities.

 

 

MHProNews & MHI – Who is Telling it Like It Is?

It is natural to believe that your side, whichever side that may be, is the ‘right side.’

That said, it is important to note that MHProNews’ publisher has for over a year offered to publicly meet and debate the issues, concerns, and topics raised by MHProNews and/or MHLivingNews.  MHI has ducked, dodged, detracted and declined to accept the invite.

One must ask, why?

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The MHI statistics are a mix of accurate and inaccurate. This year’s list appears to be clean and controversy free. The same can’t be said about the statistics that claim there are some 38,000 communities.  Their own members dispute that number, and that goes to the heart of what’s wrong with MHI, or NCC.

Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, George Allen, Manufactured Home Community Controversy Continues

This isn’t a critique of Jenny Hodge, who is following orders.”  It is a critique of those who are seen as manipulating and “weaponizing” data and messages to their members.

If they had a good come-back, why don’t they present it?

Rather, they dodge those concerns by what a long-time MHI member told MHProNews is “Razzle Dazzle.” While his example was on a different topic, the principle is the same.

“Razzle Dazzle,” Says Former Manufactured Housing Institute Member

There are concerns by some that HUD Secretary Carson might, might by intent or not, give MHI an apparent win, when there is nothing that MHI has arguably done save keep the industry’s growth at lower levels, by failing to accomplish their own claimed agenda. For more details, the related reports will dot i’s and cross t’s that have as of this writing, gone unanswered by MHI, and which their surrogates have used only “razzle dazzle,” hoping to distract people with smoke and mirrors.

It’s a great industry, with numbers of very fine professionals, but some are holding up the industry from within, as Frank Rolfe and others have said.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, George Allen, Manufactured Home Community Controversy Continues

October 31st, 2017 Comments off
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First reported here on the Daily Business News, others in the manufactured home publishing arena have since picked up and carried on their own expressed concerns and/or claims about the number of communities there are in manufactured housing industry.

Why Does the Controversy Matter?

Several reasons, which this report/analysis will explore.

First, it clearly matters enough to those writing –  Frank Rolfe, his partner Dave Reynolds and George Allen – to take the time to write it.  They are in the community space themselves, their operations are members of the Manufactured Housing Institute/National Communities Council (MHI/NCC).

Let’s briefly see what they’ve said.

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Part of our original report, using MHI’s graphic, and citing Rolfe’s, Allen’s and MHI’s data in the text by the arrow. http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/manufactured-housing-institute-outgoing-chair-tim-williams-remarks-vs-mhi-ceo-richard-dick-jennison-comments-fact-checks/

George Allen on Community Controversy

George Allen, who’s blog laid out his case, revealed in the graphic below with key phrases from his column, summarizing Col. Allen’s key points.  Paragraphs of comments are on Allen’s site on this issue, so the below are the bullets.  His bottom line is that we can’t know the total, but he clearly felt it worth exploring.

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Frank Rolfe/Dave Reynolds on Community Count Controversy

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Dave Reynolds (l), Frank Rolfe (r), of Mobile Home University, Mobile Home Park Store, MHP Funds, and RV Horizons.

In an email to MHProNews and others, the partners in “Mobile Home University,” MHP Funds, RV Horizons and other ventures had this key point.

It took two of our employees two years to assemble this list. They started with the phone book. Then they augmented that with visual searches from aerials, discussions with city planning departments, and other unique sources. The end result was the complete list of parks in the U.S.”

Why Community Count Matters, Per Frank Rolfe

In a statement to MHProNews, Rolfe said that this issue relevant to the industry for a variety of good business reasons.  Those included, but may not be limited to:

  • Lenders want sound, accurate data about the industry (to Rolfe’s point, think GSEs/FHFA – lack of data is the reason the GSEs have given),
  • Investors also want sound accurate data about the industry,
  • Media wants useful information too, and Rolfe’s positions on MHI and their general lack of media engagement have been published here previously (example below), and also drew extensive comments at an industry association function, where Rolfe told MHPros – see the videos – some of his thinking on the importance of the industry getting accurate information out about the industry and communities.

 

MHI is Responding to “The Heat,” But Are Doing so Indirectly

After months of pressure from their own members and the industry – not limited to Frank Rolfe, MHARR, or MHProNews – there are at least three cases in recent months of various types of media engagement by MHI, that were not their previously critiqued advertorials.

Two of those three involved communities, and specifically the number of communities and closures.

The Washington Post, and Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star cited MHI’s SVP, as follows per the Star, “”We see these cases [manufactured home community closures] every week,” said Rick Robinson, general counsel of the Manufactured Housing Institute, which has launched a task force to combat what it believes are local government efforts to regulate trailer parks out of existence.”

What else did Robinson say that may not have made that editor’s cut?  We don’t know, because Robinson and MHI won’t say.  Yet, that information would be useful and was supplied to MHProNews for years, until MHI President Richard “Dick” Jennison, per sources, decided to do otherwise.

But that article in the Star was focused on the tear jerking story of community closures, and how they impact – harm citizens.  The Fredericksburg paper citied some problematic figures, which deserve to be corrected.  But once more, without MHI’s cooperation, that is a task made more difficult.

So incorrect information about the industry, and the number of homes, and communities stands.

Here’s one of several problematic points, quoted from the LanceStar:

Mobile homes [sic] are vanishing even as the cost of living in major metropolitan areas creeps steadily upward. In the early 2000s, there were 8 million manufactured homes in the country. Today, there are about 6.3 million, according to census estimates. The disappearances come in clusters.

In Richmond, 24 families were forced out after a 2014 housing code-violation sweep, prompting a federal discrimination lawsuit that resulted in new policies geared toward protecting mobile-home [sic] communities. In Palo Alto, California, nearly 400 mobile home residents are fighting to keep the city from shutting down their park to make way for new condominiums and apartments.”

A recent report on the Daily Business News analyzed a Huffington Post report by Sophie Quinton, which read in part as follows:

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Part of the article by Sophie Quentin, published by HuffPo and analyzed by MHProNews, at this link here. http://www.mhpronews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/sophie-quinton-why-some-cities-are-buying-trailer-parks-sic-and-mobile-home-parks-sic-huffpo/

The Manufactured Housing Institute, an industry group, said it doesn’t appear that parks are closing down more often today than in the past. But in many parts of the country, affordable housing advocates say market conditions make it tempting for park owners to sell to a developer.” (Note, Italics added for emphasis.)

Concerns over community closures are what’s fueled DNC Vice Chair and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) to push for new federal law about this issue. See that report, linked here.

Frank Rolfe’s Upcoming New Video Statement…

In a not yet produced video segment for MHProNews, Rolfe says on camera in front of dozens of industry pros words to the effect that many in the media believe that community closures are part of the industry’s business model.

Rolfe has spoken with several mainstream media outlets over the past few years.  If that impression of his is accurate, that is a serious issue to the industry, community owners and investors.

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MHI’s statistical contradictions and inaccuracy – as recently as checked yesterday for this report – could be fueling concerns for serious researchers, for the GSEs, etc.  These contradictory, problematic graphics by and citing MHI, are accurately reflected in this fact-check report.  The hope is to get MHI to correct their factual errors.

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If in fact Rolfe is correct – and many in media believe that the industry has a common business model of holding land-lease communities only until they are sold off for redevelopment – that in turn fuels comments from the public previously cited by MHProNews.

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It’s misguided for anyone to try to spin this or other analysis into anything other than what it is. A fact check.  A search for accuracy, which Rolfe says is good for the industry. Faithful MHI members ought to want to see their association correct their factual errors. Corrected errors benefits everyone.

Variations of a common commented posted by the general public on articles related to manufactured home community closures reads like this, “never buy a home on rented land.”

That kind of concern is reflected by Paul Bradley’s statement to MHProNews quoted below.

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One way to address this is to segment true homeownership land lease communities and differentiate it from traditional ‘parks’ where closure remains a risk, not a certainty but a risk.

Then, we can promote secure homeownership through an image campaign with good fundamentals.  I think it’s our saving grace in public perception and our path to GSE home only financing, too!”

Bradley, it should be noted, enjoys one of the few pilot programs with a Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE), see that report, linked here.

Factory-Built Home Finance Professional, Titus Dare’s Take

Titus Dare blasted MHI’s advertorials, as he said in his own words, linked here.

But finance professional Dare also laid out his 3 point case for industry advancement, linked here.  His summary read in part, “End the Fear, and the Growth Will Follow,” emphasizing that ““Come on in the water is fine” won’t work when trying to get the FHFA, GSEs or anyone else to come to the manufactured housing table on doing long term chattle-style (home only) mortgage lending.”

As a career banker and a true believer that MH can, and will, solve our housing crisis in America,” Dare told MHProNews in that linked op-ed.

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When he stresses education, it clearly implies education that is fact based and accurate. In Dare’s own words, he stressed what Rolfe did to that live audience in current and upcoming videos.

Calling on MHI to Correct and Maintain an Accurate Record

Based on our own experiences, it would take perhaps an hour or two tops for MHI to correct their reporting of the community count and update their graphics on their website.

Shouldn’t such an update be promptly done?  And shouldn’t it also be accompanied by an explanation/apology, that admits past confusion, but now commits to keeping the record straight moving ahead?

As it currently stands, MHI has documents and graphics that MHProNews and MHLivingNews have spotlighted as factual errors.  It seems possible – even likely, based upon some of the mainstream media accounts noted above and others – that failure to do so is leading to avoidable doubt and skepticism.

Rolfe, Reynolds, MHARR, MHProNews and others have directly and indirectly urged MHI to correct and maintain an accurate repository of information. What possible reason can they give for not doing so promptly?

As Rolfe has noted, investors, lenders, media, and the public are watching.  The GSEs want accurate data.

While accurate information isn’t the only issue that faces the industry, it is one that could be rapidly addressed and resolved. Isn’t it a worthy topic for the MHI/NCC Chicago meeting this week?

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Jenny Hodge, National Community Council, Public Time-Bomb Deployed on Manufactured Housing Institute, Prominent MHI Lender

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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It’s axiomatic. Today’s news becomes tomorrow’s history. Journalist Alan Barth wrote, “News is only the first rough draft of history.” As confirmation hearings and political campaigns often prove, history can in turn make news. Most have had the experience of saying or writing something yesterday, that proved awkward days, months — or years later.

Thus, Andy Rooney’s advice, “Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.”

In another exclusive Flashback report on the Daily Business Reports, what the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI’s) top staffer for the National Communities Council (NCC) – Jenny Hodge – stated then may come back to haunt the national association she works for, now…

Hodge on Transparency

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Our industry is certainly not immune to the forces of market transparency created by the ubiquitous influence of the Internet,” Hodge wrote in 2013, in an article entitled, Evolving the Model for Continued Improvement (see linked copy, below).

Hodge thoughtfully urged strategies mindful of the revelations that the internet created.

The problem?

MHI’s own perceived failures at transparency in communications.  Those alleged failures could be applied to their “weaponized” words – sent or spoken to their own members – and also to the public at large.

Member Frank Rolfe is just one of the more vocal ones who’s blasted MHI’s “hypocrisy,” and failure to communicate – or MHI doing so with transparency.

Eagle One Financial Senior Vice President, Titus Dare is another who said that MHI’s advertorials, are an embarrassing communications tool, one that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) would never use.

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Hodge’s Time-Bomb Drops on MHI, MHI Lender

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As more and more loan portfolios are seen (and documented) to perform well, capital will reenter the space.” Hodge correctly pointed out that new capital wants data on loan performance.

MHI tells its members – and those in the world who might listen – that they want to promote chattel lending by the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs, or Enterprises) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

However, there are numerous reports that MHI’s chairman, Tim Williams of 21st Mortgage, said in a meeting room in San Antonio that his company had not released loan performance data to FHFA/the GSEs.

Furthermore, in the same meeting, Williams said his company was concerned that if the GSE’s entered the manufactured home lending space, they [the GSE’s] may take the better “credit tranches,” leaving them with poorer ones.

Does Hodge’s words about “transparency” – and the need for prospective new lenders to have sound “and documented” data – apply to their positions allegedly expressed by MHI’s chairman and the company he leads?

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While one can certainly understand the desire of a lender to protect their market share, why does MHI tell their members, the industry at large, and those outside who will listen that they are working to get the Duty to Serve with chattel lending to become a reality, when their chairman has not done what Hodge says a lender – such as the GSE’s – naturally want and need in order to enter the market? Image credit is as shown above.

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Applying Hodge’s time-bomb words implies the following.

The upshot from a lack of transparency, and lack of documented data by the industry’s largest lender would tend to push the GSEs away from doing chattel loans in manufactured home land-lease communities, or elsewhere.

If the rumors and claims reported by sources to MHProNews about the Enterprises doing – maybe – only one or two limited – and multi-year – pilot projects proves accurate, it’s precisely because they lacked the data and transparency the GSEs felt they needed.

That would in turn point back to the industry’s largest lender’s stated unwillingness to provide said data, and statements reportedly made by him with several dozen industry professionals in an MHI meeting in San Antonio, earlier this year.

Why Doesn’t MHI Push for Pam Danner’s Removal at HUD? 

Or Why Does MHI Keep Promoting Preserving Access?

Those questions may also find their candid, if awkward, answers in Hodge’s published article.

Another trend likely to continue is the increasing regulatory burden that has hurt the smaller, independent operators of manufactured home communities and resulted in continued industry consolidation.”

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MHI’s networking events – such as this week’s ‘Congress and Expo’ in Las Vegas – are considered by many to be worth-while for business. Beyond networking meetings, how has MHI done at achieving their own stated agenda in Washington, D.C..? When asked to comment or outline their lobbying accomplishments, MHI has been silent. When asked to explain why they complain in writing about HUD, yet are not seeking to change the person – Pam Danner – one or more there allegedly helped put in at HUD, MHI is silent. To a few who’ve heard from MHI leaders on the subject, they’ve told MHProNews that MHI says they’re moving on from the HUD program leadership discussion – meaning, they are okay with keeping Pam Danner.  Do they really want change that will ease regulatory burdens?  Or are they ok with “consolidations,” which Hodge’s column clearly says is the result of such burdensome regulations? 

If that’s true – and she isn’t alone in that belief – doesn’t that potent quote from Hodge expose what MHI is allowing to occur, precisely by not successfully addressing regulatory burdens? 

If MHI appears to be making a ‘good effort,’ but comes up short – the impact on independent communities – or retailers, HUD Code builders, others – is the same.

As Hodge aptly put it, “…increasing regulatory burden that has hurt the smaller, independent operators of manufactured home communities [and other businesses of all types in the industry] and resulted in continued industry consolidation.”

Several MHI members – and even more non-members – believe that the Arlington, VA based association is either mishandling, blowing smoke or fumbling opportunities in their self-promoted lobbying activities, which they style as “Housing Alerts.

Those MHI “alerts” may generate hundreds of emails from industry professionals who sincerely want regulatory relief.

MHI’s top staff cheer-lead around how many emails they generate.  They tout how many are co-sponsoring their Preserving Access bill.

But after years of effort – and millions spent – what positive change have they actually effected?  Where is their claimed “clout?”

If those who believe in conspiracy theories are correct – repeated failures by MHI to achieve promised goals leaves the heavy regulatory burdens intact.

Hodge’s analysis in 2013 stated those regulatory burdens push more industry professionals out-of-the-business.  That would impact thousands of “mom and pop” sized, and other industry companies. Those in turn would often sell to larger operations, which are more able to deal with those regulatory challenges.

The more things change, the more they stay the same,” Hodge said in her opening line.  When applied to how things are done at MHI, has Hodge’s keen statements proven to be true?

Does a close analysis of her article create a new – ironically inconsistent, and contradictory communications tension – in messaging from within MHI itself? ##

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Frank Rolfes, knowing how to find Limelight, touts ways to purchase and run ‘mobile home parks’

December 10th, 2014 Comments off

manufactured-homes-com=credit-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronewsWhile there are those in the manufactured home community side of the industry that abhor the ‘t-word’ or having their properties called ‘a mobile home park,’ on the other end of the spectrum is Frank Rolfe.

First, give the man and his associates their due. Their total communities would place them around #10 among the larger community owners.

Rolfe finds his way into the news, through stories like the New York Times’ Cold Hard Lessons of Mobile Home U,’ which drew a flurry of commentary, for and against by industry pros. The article sparked a recent comment by Dana Hawkins-Simmons in the National Housing Institute’s (NHI) e-publication, Rooflinesseen here.

In a recent article, Rolfe sounded off in favor of the National Community Council (NCC) recent fall event in Chicago and the NCC’s Vice President, Jenny Hodge. He took that opportunity to ‘dis’ a rival – and unnamed – community owner and consultant, who once appeared routinely at MHI and NCC events, and has since been marginalized by those organizations.

Writing in the Journal of Mfd Housing, under the heading, “The end of B.S. – thank heavens,” Rofle asserts,What was notable at the event was the absence of many self-styled gurus who people used to listen to. They have been discarded as the industry has grown up and the professional owner/operators demand concrete qualifications of their experts.”

The “Mobile Home U” partner says that no one questioned him at the Chicago NCC event about his use of terminology. Indeed, with video footage of MHI’s current chairman using similar terminology, it might make it difficult for some industry members at an event with both present to do so.

Says Rolfe’s, “The industry is poised for a major shift for the good, and childish arguments have been cast aside to make way for more important adult topics and negotiations.” On this point, there is wide agreement.

Indeed, the industry is poised for a major shift, but the debate over the use of the ‘t-word’ or ‘mobile home’ terminology is far from over, as the new interview with Murex Properties and NCC Chairman Steve Adler suggests. In fact, the just-posted article on the “Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” points to the heart of the impact of the very challenge that Rolfe claims is no longer an issue, namely image.

Dana Hawkins-Simmons and others such as NextStep CEO Stacey Epperson take an opposing view, believing what you call something matters to the public and thus to the industry.

Indeed, ELS Chairman Sam Zell famously said at last year’s NCC event, “Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.”

Writing in NuWire, Rolfe outlined options for purchasing and financing a manufactured home community. Such articles are Rolfe’s way of getting and staying in the limelight, in order to attract a steady stream of attendees to “bus tours” of MHCs and “boot camps.” These draw potential investors, those who aren’t chasing the same locations the larger portfolio operators seek.

The Mobile Home U partner’s suggested ways to buy a community include,

  • Seller Financing
  • Bank Loans
  • Conduit
  • Master Lease with Option
  • Assignment

Give Frank Rolfe his due. Their operation grows, he has a swashbuckling style listeners find entertaining. Many of this boot camp graduates have gone on to varying degrees of success. He and his peers market, market, market.

The debate over proper use of terminology will rage on, with one wing showcasing a great image, and the other wing of the industry saying the public calls it a ‘trailer’ and ‘mobile home,’ why shouldn’t we?

But is the photo shown above what people imagine when you say the word “trailer” or “mobile home?”

Perhaps the 1.32 billion dollar sale of image-and-brand-building American Land Lease to Sun Communities might have settled that debate, but at least for now, that hasn’t resonated with enough people on the ‘mobile home’ terminology wing of the industry. ##

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Murex Properties CEO Steve Adler Rocks the House

December 5th, 2014 Comments off

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While acknowledging the importance of promoting legislative fixes to Dodd-Frank, which Adler says have a “strangle hold on our lenders and our home sales staff is paramount.” But he rapidly includes “Improving the image of our industry through a coordinated PR campaign and working to promote community living as one of the best forms of housing should be a focus.”

Adler includes insights on management, their operational philosophy and some of his own history and interests. The entire interview is found at the link above, or here. ##

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Invitation and 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Updates

December 10th, 2013 Comments off

H:\1 SK MHMSM\1 DBN\kmhi-ky-manufactured-housing-institute-reception-mixer-2014-louisville-show-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-.pngPre-registrations for the 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show are up over 50% over the same time frame as last year. So state the facts supplied by Show Ways Unlimited, who manage the show for the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF).

Show Chairman Ron Thomas, Sr. reports that in 2013, “Louisville in 2013 we had 1370 builder/developers, retailers, community and owners/operators, representing 573 different companies who attended.”

If that 50% increase in registrations for the industry’s largest event trend holds, that would mean that over 2,000 attendees would arrive in Louisville in 2014. Combined with exhibitors, it could yield a total attendance of over 3,000, compared to some 830 that go to the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI’s) fine annual Congress and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It is an interesting comparison, but frankly it’s not exactly apples to apples.” said L. A. “Tony” Kovach, industry veteran and point man for the online promotion for the Louisville Show.

“Louisville will have 48 new model homes on display.” Kovach explained. “These decorated models will include manufactured homes and modular homes. MHC owner/operators will find Community Series Homes (CSH) on display. Retailers and builder/developers will see residential style and entry level multi-sectional and single section homes. MHI’s annual Vegas event is terrific, I love to go there too. Both Louisville and MHI’s Congress and Expo (C&E) have educational seminars and booths. MHI’s C&E by contrast has more educational events. But having homes on display ads a very different dynamic to what happens in the climate controlled Kentucky Expo Center, where the all-indoor 2014 Louisville Show is held.”

Speaking of MHI, Kovach added that the MHI staff – including their NCC division – will be very visible at Louisville in 2014. “Dick Jennison’s and his colleagues will be co-hosting a mixer with the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI). Betty Whittaker does a great job with that and combined with MHI’s presence, it ought to be terrific.”

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) members often have a private meeting during the Show.

“Norris Homes made the decision to display at the 2012 Louisville Home show after being absent for several years.” said Gary Boerner. “I can honestly say we will not be absent again. The dealer traffic was great and we were able to see and talk to prospects we might have never been exposed to.  It turned out to be a great decision on our part. We are looking forward to another successful show in 2014.”

Skyline Homes’ Terry Decio indicated they will display 4 homes in the KEC’s East Wing, next to the “Show Me the Money!” Seminar room. Enthusiasm is high, with sold out show space and the large boost in early registrations.

“The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is an excellent showcase…With many networking opportunities and a well laid out exhibitor area, we look forward to the 2014 event as an opportunity to grow our manufactured housing business.” said Sherrie Clevenger, NADAguides. ##

For more information,

please see Show Chairman, Ron Thomas Sr.’s report:

http://www.MHProNews.com/home/featured-articles/december-2013/138-general-manufactured-housing-industry-topics/6692-why-will-the-louisville-2014-show-you-the-money

And/Or go to:

http://www.LouisvilleShow.com for a complete list of free business building and finance seminars, networking events, exhibitors/manufacturers and KMHI-MHI mixer.

Interviews we’ve done that mention the Louisville Show include:

A Cup of Coffee with…Terry Decio

A Cup of Coffee with…Wally Comer

A Cup of Coffee with…Barry Noffsinger

A Cup of Coffee with…Dick Ernst

2013 NCC Fall Leadership Forum Announced

April 10th, 2013 Comments off

Image Credit: NCC LogoMHI’s National Communities Council (NCC) has announced that it is expanding its current slate of networking and business building opportunities by creating a new flagship leadership and networking event to be held each fall.  The first annual NCC Fall Leadership Forum will be held On October 16-18, 2013 at the W Hotel in downtown Chicago, and this year’s theme will be “Building a Vision for the Future.”  NCC staff and leadership are developing an outstanding group of industry veterans and leaders as speakers and panelists as well as speakers from outside the industry.  Highlighting the inaugural event will be Sam Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments, as a featured speaker.

MHProNews spoke to NCC Chairman David Lentz, President and CEO of American Land Lease, Inc., who commented about the event, “We are thrilled that the NCC is finally able to take this big leap forward by hosting its new flagship event this fall. This is clear indication that the MHI/NCC staff leadership team of Dick Jennison and Jenny Hodge is now well beyond the recent transition and already having significant impact, and we look forward to more exciting announcements about the future direction of the NCC in the coming months.” ##

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NCC’s Lentz: Attend Legislative Conference to Show Support

January 17th, 2013 Comments off

In a letter obtained by MHProNews addressed to members of the National Communities Council (NCC), Chairman David B. Lentz states members can overcome the challenges and embrace the opportunities presented to the manufactured housing industry, especially in light of the recovering economy. Noting the NCC is the only division of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) that represents community owners, he urges members to attend the MHI Legislative Conference and Winter Meeting Feb. 24-26 in Washington, D.C.. Lentz said such a show of support for MHI’s advocacy efforts and demonstration of industry unity on Capitol Hill in support of affordable housing makes good sense. Stressing the importance of a united front, Lentz points out the recent lobbying success in the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) exempting new manufactured homes from the appraisal requirements for higher-risk mortgages. He says new Dodd-Frank and CFPB regulations will alter the face of the regulatory environment, so members need to get and stay involved.

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MHI to Announce Staff Changes

May 18th, 2012 1 comment

Sources tell MHProNews.com that MHI will announce a staff change today. Rae Ann Bevington, who has filled the role of Vice President of Legislative Affairs at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), MHI-PAC director and other duties is leaving to take on a new association role with ACA International, an international association of credit and collection professionals, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her new position, Bevington will be responsible for raising the association’s profile and brand on Capitol Hill. When asked about the change, MHI President Richard A. “Dick” Jennison confirmed the fact and said they are sorry to lose Bevington, who has served MHI well for some 5 years. “Any departure from any key employee is a tough one.” Jennison said. “She will be missed. We are actively looking for replacements to fill her role.” Jennison made it clear that Bevington is leaving on good terms, and that she has offered to help in the recruiting process for her replacement. Jennison was also asked to confirm who is filling the role of Lisa Brechtel, Vice President and Executive Director of MHI’s National Communities Council (NCC). Jennison confirmed that Bruce Savage has been filling Brechtel’s role, while she is on maternity leave. “Bruce knows the industry, so there is no learning curve.” Jennison said. He added that the NCC role is “too important” to leave unfilled during Brechtel’s leave.

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