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Q2 Best Economic Growth in Years, Per Federal Data, MHVille Insights

July 27th, 2018 Comments off

 

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There are numerous points that mainstream media pundits are passing over or missing in the latest economic report. Certainly, the major news outlets fail to mention manufactured housing (MH) at all when it comes to economic data and potential impact.

 

The Daily Business News will begin by setting the stage with some terminology.

The Department of Commerce’s (DoC) Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) tells the Daily Business News that “BEA produces some of the most closely watched economic statistics that influence decisions of government officials, business people, and individuals. These statistics provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy. The data on this page are drawn from featured BEA economic accounts.

Gross domestic product is a monetary measure of the market value of all the final goods and services produced in a period of time,” explains Wikipedia.

Among the factors often glossed over is the drag caused by the windstorms and other disasters of 2017. It’s significant to note the growth in spite of hundreds of billions of dollars in losses caused by hurricanes and other natural disasters.

 

 

Best Quarterly Data from the BEA in Years

Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018 (table 1), according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 2.2 percent (revised),” said the BEA to MHProNews.

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The increase in business investment reflected increases in structures, intellectual property products, and equipment. The increase in government spending reflected increases in federal national defense, and state and local government spending,” per the BEA.

Structures, of course, includes commercial and residential building. The later includes HUD Code manufactured homes, and both of those categories include modular construction too.

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Graphic, data, per Sun Communities (SUI).  When the price advantages are so strong, how can MH be lagging in this kind of economic environment?

Income growth has also been steady, which is useful for incentifying home buying. But as some pundits have noted, even in a tight labor market, wage growth is still more modest than some would expect. Why?

One answer is technology, as there is a balance of economic pressure from automaton and robotics that could replace human labor. Amazon warehouses, and numerous retailers, are using more robotics, automation or self-checkout. Those work to depress wage growth.

But another is the downward pressure on pay that illegal immigration causes.

Notice that legal immigration can impose some downward pressure – depending on the field of activity, supply and demand – but legal immigrants are still subject to minimum wages.

By contrast, illegals may take jobs that undercut minimum wage laws.

Competition from illegals who are often paid ‘under the table’ thus acts as a drag on overall wage growth. That’s not a political statement, that’s economic reality 101.

 

Manufactured Housing and the Economy

There’s an interesting new CNN article that we will analyze in a separate report, because it cites research previously spotlighted by MHProNews.

What we will note for this report is the following. There is plenty of demand for new housing. A growing economy is good for new housing demand.  So why is manufactured housing lagging?

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The only JCHS graphic that specifically mentions manufactured housing.

The Daily Business News spotlighted the fact that new conventional housing sales have dragged recently. See that linked report, which can be referenced later for more details, below.

 

New Home Sales Fall to 8-Month Low in June, Data Signals Trouble – or Opportunity in Disguise for Manufactured Housing?

The manufactured home market has suffered for over a decade due to regulatory, placement, capital, and financing challenges. That must frankly be coupled with a widespread lack of understanding for the realities of modern manufactured homes, vs. the mobile homes of 42 plus years ago.

There are companies that more successfully address the perception issues on their local market level than their competitors do. Those who do so see sales grow.

Overall however, MHVillage and some state data point to warning signs, even though there is plenty of interest.

 

MHVillage Confirms Data, and Michigan Operational Slide Revealed

These facts point to image and public education needs that ideally are addressed at the local market level, because all sales are local.

The facts about manufactured homes have been available for decades. An example of overall positive third-party research is linked below.

 

Realtor University, Journal for the Center of Real Estate Studies, Makes Corrections– “The Market for Manufactured Homes,” by Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, CBE

But regulatory reforms and financing have been arguably hobbled. The new report below takes a fresh look at efforts on that front.

 

Focus on More Financing, HUD Program Reforms, Aimed at Increasing Manufactured Homes Sales, Meeting with Assistant Secretary–Federal Housing Commissioner, Brian Montgomery

The economy and manufactured housing could both be growing more rapidly. The report linked below provides a snapshot of how that could be accomplished.

 

 

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) says in a new post that over 7 million new affordable housing units are needed.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun has said there is a total of shortage of some 8.3 million housing units needed.

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Collage by MHProNews.

Those are the examples of why manufactured homes could be growing at a faster pace. Home building factories can arguably ramp up the training of labor faster, per sources, than many site builders can.

 

Next Step Solutions?

A successful independent has said that he supports another new post-production association, to address the needs. “…If retailers would bow up and tell the MHI manufacturers they want dues paid to a new association rather than MHI there will be change. I do believe the majors have weaponized regulation that further entrench their companies or widens and deepens their moat. Keep my name off it please but I’ll support the efforts if [there] is enough backbone out there,” said the quoting the message to MHProNews.

Two state associations came to a similar conclusion last year, and are in the process of launching a new communities focused association.

 

New Manufactured Home Industry National Association Related Statements

Will retailers and other independents involved in the post production sector do the same? MHARR said last year, they will support and encourage such an effort.

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

The economy is growing. The Washington Post made it clear that MHI did not intervene in the Pam Danner related issues at HUD.

 

Greener, Stylish Manufactured Homes – Hidden Facts in the Washington Post Manufactured Housing Narrative

 

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Realtor University, Journal for the Center of Real Estate Studies, Makes Corrections– “The Market for Manufactured Homes,” by Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, CBE

July 25th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Corrected map and data about distribution of manufactured and mobile homes by state.

Not only where the errors corrected, but Cororaton went the extra mile by thanking Weiss and Kovach for their outreach and input in making those correction.  The corrected NAR report is linked here, and the thirty pages of facts and figures starts on page 48.

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Millions of people are looking on manufactured home sites every year.  Yet only about 108,000 (+/-) new manufactured homes are expected to be sold in 2018.  Why so historically low?  

Why it Matters?

Several reasons, but let’s look at just 3 for today.

1) As MHProNews previously noted, facts matter to those researching, pondering policy positions, or considering investing in the manufactured home industry.

As one of several ‘wheat and chaff’ observations previously cited, Frank Rolfe is among the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) members who has said that solid data and information are desired by lenders and investors.  When some errors are found, other facts may be questioned.  It is professional and honorable to get the facts accurately reported.

 

2) By contrast, MHI has stubbornly refused to correct factual errors that have been brought to their attention.  One of several examples is linked below. Why won’t they stand up for accurate information?

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If Rolfe’s point makes sense – and numerous industry professionals see the common-sense wisdom of accurate information – then why doesn’t MHI?  What makes the Arlington, VA based trade group so unwilling to admit errors, when their own prior Chairman publicly admitted that they’ve made errors in the past, and should strive to avoid them in the future?

 

Is it because – as Richard “Dick” Jennison himself said, that MHI wants to see the industry grow slowly?  Who does that benefit?

 

3) The NAR Correction Case Points to the Path for Better Understanding, Based Upon Sustainable Education Based Solutions

What manufactured housing has arguably needed for years to achieve new highs is to make the case based upon evidence and factual information, that third parties could verify.

Facts combined with real interviews with experts and home owners pave the path for more sales.

Snippet from Affordable Housing Focus Group Video

 

This isn’t theory, it’s a known by-product of making a rational case for manufactured homes.

 

The Manufactured Home (MH) Industry has waited for years for MHI to live up to its claimed status of representing all aspects of factory-built housing.  For whatever reasons one cares to suggest, its difficult to deny that they’ve demonstrably failed at that, as the Washington Post report, or the failure for MHI to engage researchers and third-party media in correcting errors proves time and again.

New manufactured home sales are sliding in some states. How is that tolerable during an affordable housing crisis?

MHVillage Confirms Data, and Michigan Operational Slide Revealed

 

The Next Step?

A successful independent – one who has not publicly made such an offer previously, and one who is not a member of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – recently emailed the following to MHProNews about the need for a new, post-production national MH association.

I support it and I would support consolidating efforts with MHARR. If retailers would bow up and tell the MHI manufacturers they want dues paid to a new association rather than MHI there will be change. I do believe the majors have weaponized regulation that further entrench their companies or widens and deepens their moat. Keep my name off it please but I’ll support the efforts if their is enough backbone out there,” quoting the message verbatim.

MHARR made it clear last year that they are open to more producers – factory-builder members – and support a new post-production association. But they also said they believe that it is in the industry’s interests to have a separate post-production association.

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

MHARR’s reported success in dealing with the Pam Danner issue, as the Washington Post made clear, demonstrates what can happen by direct engagement with the more pro-business Trump Administration.

Greener, Stylish Manufactured Homes – Hidden Facts in the Washington Post Manufactured Housing Narrative

MHProNews editorially supports such a move, and invites interest from those who would “bow up” to what Marty Lavin called “the big boys” who have bent MHI to serving their interests, rather than those of the industry at large.

A new post-production association could make it a point to routinely contact media and researchers each and every time a false report is published or produced.  That in time could be more effective than spending tens of millions on marketing.

The Protecting, Education, and Promoting (PEP) the truth about manufactured homes – and leveling the regulatory and placement playing field – are what a new trade body should be laser focused on.

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George Allen Blasts MHI, NCC Ignoring Own, Spencer Roane, SECO, COBA7, Tom Lackey Controversies

May 30th, 2018 Comments off

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The absurdity of publishing only half-truths, ‘happy talk,’ endless self-promotion, and polite platitudes has been on full display in manufactured housing for years.

 

Google’s dictionary defines absurd this way:

  • wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate – “the allegations are patently absurd”
  • arousing amusement or derision; ridiculous – “gym shorts and knee socks looked absurd on such a tall girl

 

MHR and MHInsider have featured Spencer Roane and George Allen recently in glowing terms. At least one of those was published after the Tom Lackey controversy erupted. In a free society with First Amendment guarantees, it is their absolute right to praise whomever they want to. As the MH Industry’s leading trade media, MHProNews defends their right to praise and elevate on a pedestal Allen, Roane, or anyone else.

Rights recognized, the wisdom of giving only praise without an honest analysis ought to be contrasted with the allegedly unethical – and perhaps illegal – acts committed by a follower and colleague of Allen and Roane; Tom Lackey.

Lackey stands accused by several people of ‘selling’ homes he did not own.

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SECO still shows Tom Lackey on their planning committee, as of 12:27 PM ET, on 5.30.2018. Why?

Lackey – per more than one mainstream media source – plus local officials, ‘sold’ often older manufactured homes, that were in poor condition to individuals via “contract for title.”

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That method of so-called “seller financing” is promoted by Roane at SECO, who in turn is promoted by Allen and COBA7.

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Fairness, Balance

MHProNews contacted Lackey directly and indirectly through his SECO/COBA7 allies, to give him an opportunity to clear up any misunderstandings or inaccuracies that may exist in the mainstream media reports, and/or the allegations by local officials and those customers of his.

Lackey was invited by MHProNews to comment himself, or via an attorney.

Days later, Lackey has done neither, which of course is his right to remain silent.

Meanwhile, Allen and Roane – as the Daily Business News has previously reported, have repeatedly given cover to – or even praised Lackey.

Spencer Roane w/Southeast Community Owners (SECO), Praises Tom Lackey, Accused of Rent-to-Own Manufactured Home Sales Improprieties

That cover by Roane and Allen has occurred several times after the allegations by public officials and customers of Lackey have come to light. The most recent public embarrassment is in a report on 5.27.2018, by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, linked here.

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It is important to note, as the Daily Business News previously reported, that reporter Tyler Jett and their paper have made it clear that they are sticking with this story-line.  There will likely be more such reports.

There have already been several troubling news items done by that media outlet, and another.

So, there is clear evidence that this is not a one-and-done affair for that publication.

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This is the latest example of how head-in-the-sand is not an option for the majority of honorable professionals in manufactured housing.

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See No Evil…

Certain state associations, an industry museum, and others have promoted Allen and Roane – per state-based sources – for industry ‘political’ reasons.

Yet the pair have for years been openly promoting concepts that arguably led to the tawdry allegations about Lackey. Those accusations are being leveled from public officials, consumers, and which are found in the mainstream media.

For an industry with an ongoing image issue, it’s madness to be silent about such apparent outrages. Absurd.

Consumer protection is at the heart of the HUD Code for manufactured homes (MH).  Why doesn’t the MH Industry take that consumer protection to the next level, by protecting would-be buyers via warnings against predatory operations?

 

MHI?

MHProNews asked MHI to weigh in on this serious post-production issue, giving MHI an opportunity to defend their industry.

MHI’s reply? Silence. As of the time this is being written, there is no press release.  Nor any other apparent public response by MHI. It’s their right to not weigh in, of course.

But isn’t it absurd?

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A far more prudent posture would be the Biblical analogy, using the example of the wheat and the chaff. Allen and Roane have done good things in their lives, such as serve America in the military. That deserves recognition and respect.

The pair of Allen and Roane – to an apparently authentic degree – care about their peers, notably those in the community sector. There have been times the duo have done good things. The RV MH Hall of Fame recognized Allen and Roane both as inductees. That’s reality.

Fair, balanced, and honest reality ought to be a central tenant of every news report, and commentary column.

It ought to be disclosed that this writer has on various occasions engaged Allen and Roane, privately and publicly. MHProNews gave Allen and Roane several opportunities to clarify or rebut the Chattanooga Times Free Press report.

Here below was Roane’s on-the-record reply.  The image is a composite, faithfully representing everything Roane said.

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Against that backdrop, where are the public voices of reason from MHVille?

One that bears mention is the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association’s, Jay Hamilton.

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Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA).

In a polite, and hypothetical fashion, Hamilton told the Chattanooga Times Free Press in his own words the following, in an indirect way.

When there is something allegedly wrong with a member company, a good association with a code of conduct will review the evidence. Based upon that internal review, a good association may recommend expulsion, or even a referral to a regulatory agency.

Of course. Bravo.  Hamilton’s exact words are found in the Times Free Press article, which once more, is linked here.

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Defending the Indefensible?  Why?

As reporter Tyler Jett spotlighted, Allen has given cover to Lackey and Roane. In Allen’s self-touted blog post on 5.29.2018, he mentioned nothing at all about the controversy surrounding Lackey, SECO, COBA7, or himself published by Jett.

Had Allen thought the report inaccurate, wouldn’t Allen stand on his own soap box, and decry Jett’s accuracy?

So, de facto, one may logically presume that Jett’s Times Free Press report accurately quoted Allen and Roane.

And yet, Roane denied the accuracy of the report.  He said to the Daily Business News: “Those familiar with this situation are unwilling to comment further because statements already reported by news media were inaccurate or out of context.

Roane stated that via an email, which a collage of the screen capture, is shown above.

Can’t these two gents even get their stories straight?

And why would Allen assert to the reporter, Tyler Jett, that Lackey gave title to an alleged victim? Why say something so absurd, when local officials, at least one other media outlet, and numerous consumers all say that the title was never given?

It’s absurd. The allegations are tragic, on so many levels.

While Allen and Roane struggle against saying anything negative about themselves, or their SECO board member and colleague – Tom Lackey – Allen yesterday published his latest broadside against the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

Allen will be quoted at length below. A few things ought to be noted, to set the table.

Allen and Roane are human. This writer, and all other mere mortals, make mistakes. When a publicly impactful error in judgment occurs, it ought to be acknowledged. Amends ought to be made. Normal people accept mistakes that are admitted, and may even respect the humility of the confession.

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But instead, Lackey said nothing in public. If there is an attempt to make amends to those alleged “contract for title” victims, there is no public evidence of that yet known.

Meanwhile, Allen and Roane are tripping over each other in offering apparently phony red herrings, or praising Lackey for his role in SECO.  What?

Absurd.

Scenarios like Lackey’s were predictable. As Roane himself told Jett – per the Chattanooga Times report, and his own on-the-record emailed statement to MHProNews – the ‘contract for title process’ is “complicated.

So, with limited training” in a once a year “class,” Roane is teaching a process he calls “seller financing.” That on its face uses terminology that the CFPB has previously called a “disguised credit transaction.”

It’s absurd. Tragic.

Why are Allen and Roane given stage time and/or cross-promotions for this type of activity by state associations? It’s absurd. In hindsight, isn’t it being too polite, for “political” reasons? Are associations – or a museum that does so – opening themselves up for liability?

Every state the trio are an association member of, and every museum or institution that has given them a platform or promotion, ought to ask for a public apology — by each of the three.

Absent an appropriate public apology with amends, to protect the reputations of other members, and to protect the public who might keep doing business with such people, shouldn’t each of the associations they are connected to do what Hamilton said hypocritically could be done?

 

Forewarned

This writer has at various times urged Allen and Roane to reconsider the problematic parts of their enterprises. Clearly, to no avail. But someone in the industry must at least try do it.  Why? Because the majority of the honest businesses in this industry will continue to suffer so long as inexplicable, ‘allegedly’ problematic behavior is tolerated.

What’s ironic, is that when Allen publicly slaps MHI – which the Arlington, VA based group has arguably committed their own mistakes – is the retired Marine officer looking in the mirror?  Isn’t he as reticent to admit wrongs, and failures, as MHI is?  What happened to Semper Fi?

Where has that hiding-from-the-truth led the manufactured housing industry?

Answer, it is a self-evident part of a pattern that during an affordable housing crisis has led to the industry’s lowest sales levels in its history.

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Manufactured housing is well below its historic highs. Credits, MHI, Cavco.

Tragic. Absurd.

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And such behavior is no doubt what has led members and staff of the Arizona and Nevada community owner’s association to stand up to MHI, and announce the launch of a new national association.

 

Before turning to an extended quote from Allen’s blog, a related point is in order.  Multiple sources within and tied to the land-lease community sector have advised MHProNews about a now-aborted effort to launch yet another new national trade association.

Per those source, Allen “derailed,” and “sabotaged” that other new post-production association effort.

As a long-time, now-former client of Allen once told this writer, with George, “…it is AAA. All about Allen.”  That source said that AAA explains much of Allen’s behavior.

Final point before Allen’s extend quote.

With the above noted, there are times that Allen makes useful observations and speaks the truth. Chaff and wheat.  So, one must be discerning.

It is interesting to note that Allen apparently tosses his own COBA7 and MHI under the bus, in the except below. The one mentioned accurately, is the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). Allen is right in saying MHARR represents independent producers of HUD Code homes. He is also correct in saying that MHARR has advocated for an effective, robust post-production association.

Allen also correctly noted the frustration by state associations with MHI. The later points have of course been reported by MHProNews in more detail, and with specific evidence.

—- Start of Extended Quote from George Allen blog —-

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What happened to George Allen preaching against the use of the term “mobile home?”

National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (‘NAMHCO’)

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new national advocacy presence ‘soon to be’ on the manufactured housing industry scene! Being formed to represent and advocate for business interests of land lease communities, from the smallest to largest in size, by rental homesite count.

Where do I stand on this potentially controversial matter? As administrator of COBA7, I am not one of NAMHCO’s organizers, though I certainly understand the pent-up frustration of state MH associations and property owners, feeling underserved by the three present day national MH advocates. Today’s status quo relative to the realty asset class? In my opinion,

Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is 100% HUD-Code housing manufacturer focused. Land lease community owners/operators are not eligible to belong. Though MHARR does advocate for a new national presence to represent all non-manufacturing segments of the manufactured housing industry. (202) 783-4087

Manufactured Housing Institute is the ‘broad brush’ national advocate serving all segments of the manufactured housing industry. It is primarily financed and perennially led by the ‘Big Three C’ HUD-Code housing manufacturers: Clayton Homes, Champion Home Builders (soon to be, I believe, Skyline Champion), & Cavco Industries. MHI, through its’ National Communities Council division, since 1996, has, in this industry observer’s opinion, given little more than lip service to the land lease community real estate asset class it claims to serve…

Community Owners (7 Part) Business Alliance was launched in early 2014 to serve the product and service needs of land lease community owners/operators nationwide. COBA7…”

—- End of extended quote from George Allen. —-

The need for a new, post-production association ought to be self-evident.

The need for honorable professionals to police their own industry ought to be ever-more apparent.

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That new national association that AZ and NV are promoting, along with current ones, ought to take steps to insure the following:

  • Organizations ought to be established or reorganized with a structure that keeps big companies from dominating the smaller ones.
  • An association’s professional code of conduct ought to be enforced, in a fair manner, that protects vulnerable consumers and the reputation of honest business people.

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L. A. “Tony” Kovach, photo by Mark Simon, shows Kovach engaging with SAAs in NY.

By L. A. Tony’ Kovach, publisher of MHProNews.com.
Tony is the award-winning managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.