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Ultimate Victory

April 21st, 2019 Comments off

 

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From what was seemingly the most humiliating defeat in earth’s history, to the most glorious triumph, all in the span of a few days.

 

That’s what a surprising victory looks like.

In the life of Jesus as recorded in the sacred texts, there is an episode that we could all identify with.

Jesus comes to the shore, and with Simon (Peter’s) permission, boards his boat. They push out from shore just a bit, and that wandering Jewish preacher begins to teach to the people listening. When he finished, to thank Simon, Jesus tells him and his crew to go out farther, and lower their fishing nets for a catch, because Simon and his companions were professional fishermen.

Here is how that episode reads in Luke chapter 5, from the English Standard translation from Bible Hub.  When Simon says “Master,” he is speaking to Jesus.

 

4And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.5And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

 

Each of us at some point in almost any career one can imagine is about “catching people,” hopefully in a good sense of the term.

A close look at the evidence reflects that our industry is under assault from outside and in.  America is too. If you look at other nations, they likewise have their own woes.

But for those who believe and act upon that faith, the final victory is assured. That’s what this day called Easter and the recent historic events are all about. The rest are the details that makes every life on earth an adventure to be celebrated.

Some of those who resisted or opposed Jesus of Nazareth, or who followed Jesus in secret, went through that emotional roller coaster of His controversial life, Jesus dying a humiliating death, and then His rising from the dead. Some changed, others did not. That’s free will.

The forces of the Roman empire and the local leaders of that era looked to be all powerful.  But in the final analysis, they were not all controlling in the end, where they? The world order of that era was turned upside down by those events in that obscure outpost of a now long gone empire.

 

We at MHProNews don’t claim to have a script as to how the events in our industry and nation will play out. But we believe in that final victory.

Thus, we move on in faith, day-by-day doing reporting and analyzing what the evidence appears to the truth of a given matter.  We plan our moves, in faith. We may connect the dots of a specific event to the larger puzzling picture of the struggle for freedom our industry’s honest professionals merit.

We believe in our affordable manufactured homes, in free enterprise, and we oppose deceptively rigged systems. We believe in the God-given rights of the people. We believe in money honestly earned.

Yesterday, in the Jacksonville newspaper the linked item below was published. They chose the headline, as editors are permitted to do. But the copy was submitted by me. In 300 words, it flips the script on John Oliver.

 

https://www.jacksonville.com/opinion/20190420/letter-affordable-mobile-homes-are-desperately-needed

 

From our family and team to you and yours, Happy Easter!

With no further adieu, let’s look back at the week that was from 4.14.2019 to 4.21.2019.

 

What’s New on The Masthead

The Two Gardens, America, and Manufactured Housing

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

Mortgage Prison – What Australian Housing, John Oliver Can Teach Americans – Correcting Corruption, Incompetence with Classy Affordable Manufactured Homes

 

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

 

 

 

 

What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

Saturday 4.20.2019

The Blind Leading vs. Truth Telling, Life of Jesus Video

The Blind Leading vs. Truth Telling, Life of Jesus Video

 

Friday 4.19.2019

Start of Passover for Jews, Good Friday for Christians 2019

Start of Passover for Jews, Good Friday for Christians 2019

 

Thursday 4.18.2019

Early PreFab Leader Sears Sues Eddie Lampert, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin for Alleged Billions of ‘Theft,’ Plus MH Market Updates

Early PreFab Leader Sears Sues Eddie Lampert, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin for Alleged Billions of ‘Theft,’ Plus MH Market Updates

“Warren Buffet’s Exploitative Mobile Home Investment” Kori Hale in Forbes Rips Clayton Homes, Berkshire Hathaway’s Predatory Manufactured Home Practices

“Warren Buffet’s Exploitative Mobile Home Investment” Kori Hale in Forbes Rips Clayton Homes, Berkshire Hathaway’s Predatory Manufactured Home Practices

Government Forces Sale of Manufactured Home Community, Case Ruling, Details

Government Forces Sale of Manufactured Home Community, Case Ruling, Details

Insider Tip – “Selling Access” to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Manufactured Housing Institute’s Latest Razzle Dazzle

Insider Tip – “Selling Access” to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Manufactured Housing Institute’s Latest Razzle Dazzle

 

Wednesday 4.17.2019

Got a Fair Housing Complaint? HUD Awards Millions More in Anti-Discrimination Efforts

Got a Fair Housing Complaint? HUD Awards Millions More in Anti-Discrimination Efforts

‘Revitalization doesn’t have a color or party, it starts in the heart’ Scott Turner, Opportunity Zones Conference, Plus MH Market Updates

‘Revitalization doesn’t have a color or party, it starts in the heart’ Scott Turner, Opportunity Zones Conference, Plus MH Market Updates

Foundation for Action as Fannie Mae CEO Put on Notice for Robust Personal Property Manufactured Home Lending

Foundation for Action as Fannie Mae CEO Put on Notice for Robust Personal Property Manufactured Home Lending

The God Who Sees, Kathie Lee Gifford & Nicole C. Mullen Inspirational Music Video

The God Who Sees, Kathie Lee Gifford & Nicole C. Mullen Inspirational Music Video

 

Tuesday 4.16.2019 

Wells, Chase, Citi Mortgage Lending Plunges, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

Wells, Chase, Citi Mortgage Lending Plunges, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

Ross Kinzler Confirms Allegations, MHEC Peer Claims “Association Malpractice;” Member Backstab, MHI Failure Concerns

Ross Kinzler Confirms Allegations, MHEC Peer Claims “Association Malpractice;” Member Backstab, MHI Failure Concerns

Monopolization of America Video, Your Customers, Manufactured Housing, Berkshire News Tip, and You

Monopolization of America Video, Your Customers, Manufactured Housing, Berkshire News Tip, and You

 

Monday 4.15.2019 

Tax Day Infographic, Fascinating Facts At A Glance

Tax Day Infographic, Fascinating Facts At A Glance

What Tiger Woods, Nike Can Teach Manufactured Housing Leaders, Plus MH Market Updates

What Tiger Woods, Nike Can Teach Manufactured Housing Leaders, Plus MH Market Updates

Done! AG Bag$ Manufactured Modular Home Retailer

Done! AG Bag$ Manufactured Modular Home Retailer

Peer Alleges State Execs Crossed Line, “Kissing Ass” Clayton Homes, Manufactured Housing Institute, Back-Stabbed MHI Member Reacts

Peer Alleges State Execs Crossed Line, “Kissing Ass” Clayton Homes, Manufactured Housing Institute, Back-Stabbed MHI Member Reacts

 

Sunday 4.14.2019 

Jujitsu – Last Week Tonight John Oliver “Mobile Homes” Video Fact-Check Revelations

Jujitsu – Last Week Tonight John Oliver “Mobile Homes” Video Fact-Check Revelations

 

 

Why do you look for the living among the dead? 
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Once more, with thanksgiving, happy Easter.

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Howard Schultz Serious About 2020 Independent Run, Outlines Plans, plus Manufactured Housing Equities Updates

March 13th, 2019 Comments off

DowCNNBusinessTicker3132019If a few days of pause in headlines about billionaire Howard Schultz of Starbucks fame made you think you missed a latte, he’s back.  Schultz spoke in Miami, FL today, and outlined some of his concepts for a independent in the White House. On a day that broader markets rose, with a more mixed day on manufactured housing connected tracked equities, we’ll take a fresh look at Schultz plans for a 2020 campaign to become the first independent in the 21st century to become president.

 

If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline report is found further below, after the newsmaker bullets and major indexes closing tickers.

 

The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.  Headlines – at home and abroad – often move the markets.  So, this is an example of “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing.” ©

Part of this unique evening feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – which saves busy readers time, while underscoring topics that may be moving investors, which in turn move the markets.

Readers say this is also a useful quick-review tool that saves researchers time in getting a handle of the manufactured housing industry, through the lens of publicly-traded stocks connected with the manufactured home industry.

This is an exclusive evening or nightly example of MH “Industry News, Tips and Views, Pros Can Use.” © It is fascinating to see just how similar, and different, these two lists of headlines can be.

Want to know more about the left-right media divide from third party research?  ICYMI – for those not familiar with the “Full Measure,” ‘left-center-right’ media chart, please click here.

 

Select bullets from CNN Business

•          The company has lost more than $28 billion in market value since Friday

•          Grounding all 737 Max planes could cost Boeing billions of dollars

•          Boeing says it will tell the FAA to ground its 737 Max planes ‘out of an abundance of caution’

•          Kayak will allow flyers to filter by plane model, including the 737 Max jet

•          Norwegian Air wants Boeing to pay for grounded 737 Max planes

•          A group of 150 PhD economists are at the core of Amazon’s revolutionary e-commerce strategy

•          Fiat Chrysler recalls nearly 900,000 vehicles

•          Why failure shouldn’t be a bad word in business

•          Spotify wants EU antitrust officials to investigate Apple

•          Brexit chaos leaves business ‘staring down the precipice’

•          Toyota is working on a moon buggy

•          Huawei CEO: US scare tactics will frighten off investors

•          Who is Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei?

•          Huawei is under siege, and now it’s going on the offensive

•          Why the tech giant is suing the US government

•          Walgreens and CVS are 2019’s stock market losers

•          Rite Aid’s CEO is out as company cleans house

•          FDA calls Walgreens’ sale of tobacco to minors “disturbing”

•          This is the CVS of the future

 

Select bullets from Fox Business

 

•          Trump orders US to ground Boeing 737 Max jets

•          FAA has grounded these jets in the past

•          Pilot of crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet reported flight-control problems

•          After Boeing jet crash, Trump tweets ‘airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly’

•          British lawmakers reject no-deal Brexit in any circumstance

•          SEC chair Clayton on Elon Musk saga: 280 characters on Twitter ‘just aren’t enough’ at times

•          BlackBerry morphs into billion-dollar AI cyber company

•          Trump’s grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets trims stock market gains

•          Fiat Chrysler recalling nearly 863K US vehicles that don’t meet EPA standards

•          FDA moves to ban sales of flavored e-cigs

 

Today’s Market Indexes at the Closing Bell…

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Today’s Big Movers

For all the scores and highlights on tracked manufactured home connected stocks today, see thBloomberg graphic, posted below.

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

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First, as a backgrounder, let’s share a video of Howard Schultz talking about leadership.

The video above is from a prior London Business Forum. “This is the story behind the Starbucks comeback told by its CEO Howard Schultz. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Howard returned as CEO eight years after he stepped down. Determined to re-establish the company’s vision, Howard reveals what he has learnt about becoming and leading a global brand,” says that YouTube page summary.

Then, here’s CBS News on a talk by Shultz today.  Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he would lead a charge to make a “transformative change” for the country. He told CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe he would appoint “the most diverse administration” in history. Sounds a bit like the Obama 2008 campaign, but we’ll see.

 

 

Finally, from Fox Business, a 36 minute video of his talk today in Miami, FL.

The possibility of a Schultz campaign furrows brows among Democrats, which may make it a dream come true for the GOP.  But for those who reflect back on the Ross Perot independent campaign in the 1992 election cycle, it shouldn’t be taken lightly by either major party.   It could prove to be a healthy thing for the debates over who should lead the nation after the 2020 campaign voting wraps up.

Says fellow billionaire Steve Forbes, “Don’t under estimate a Schultz candidacy.”

 

Related Reports:

Raucous Caucus, Democratic Reality Check by Speaker Pelosi, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, plus MH Market Updates

Grasping True Value of the Green New Deal for America, Affordable Housing Professionals and Advocates

HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Opportunity Zones, Revitalization, DROPS 2020 Announcement, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

Warren Kicked Hornet’s Nest – How Move May Connect With MH, Renters, Professionals

 

 

Bloomberg Closing Ticker for Tracked Equities on MHProNews…

NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services.

NOTE: The chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).

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Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.

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Manufactured Housing’s Top 10, March 2019

March 3rd, 2019 Comments off

 

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Exploring the following top ten should be a periodic habit for every professional.  It should be part of every business review from firms small- to-large in manufactured housing.

 

These top ten items should be discussed internally, until a new habit is formed by those in management, as well as by those who own, advocate for, and/or invest in manufactured housing,  The top ten should also be a priority for those who aspire to leadership.  How else can one grow without really grasping the following top ten challenges, and following the logical next steps they imply?

In no particular order of importance, here are the bullets of the top ten items of concern in manufactured housing.

 

  • Zoning, placement and local restrictions.  To see examples of how this already has been overcome in specific cases, and thus can be – overcome in others, see two of the reports, linked further below.

 

  • Financing – wholesale and retail.

 

  • Capital, beyond the financing above, access to capital is necessary for business growth.

 

 

  • Recruiting of needed talent, be it trade-work, office, sales, management, production, service, installers, transporters, etc.

 

  • Training, Education, and Motivation.  If a location(s) and/or the industry is/are underperforming, part of that must be due to Human Resources type needs. Thousands of manufactured home industry owners and employees alike are thirsting for good information and motivation. Education is a routine attraction for professionals to attend industry events. Education/information, reality checks like this article, and motivation are top attractions to MHProNews, which leads the industry by a country mile in trade media, because the thirst for knowledge that can pave the way to more sales is so great.

 

  • Attracting more and better qualified customers who are considering other types of housing, and successfully engaging with them. Millions rent who could be buying a manufactured home. Millions more are downsizing or upsizing housing every year too. Furthermore, when over 5.6 million housing units were sold in 2018, almost all for sums well above the costs of our industry, during an affordable housing crisis, why were less than 97,000 new HUD Code manufactured homes sold in 2018?

 

  • Breaking out of ruts and problematic patterns of behavior. Asking honest questions. Seeking objective answers.  Many in the industry either accept the status quo, or don’t stop and think about how much better business could be. That means that many don’t consider what is needed to achieve more profitable growth. Think management by objective (MBO), change management, inspirational dissatisfaction, and more.

 

  • Customer satisfaction and referrals. Customer satisfaction doesn’t depend on a perfect product. Rather it depends upon a marketing and sales process that prepares a customer for reality, helps them to appreciate that reality, and then makes them happy with reality. With some 8.8 million mobile and manufactured homes in America, if only one out of ten of those helped sell another new manufactured home every year, then the industry would be selling 880,000 new manufactured home shipments a year, not under 100,000 new homes shipped that actually occurred in 2018.  Keep in mind, that the National Association of Realtors ™ (NAR) chief economist, Lawrence Yun, PhD. said in 2018 that the nation needs some 8.3 million more housing units.  To do that, said Yun, builders have to get really busy.  Only factory builders can hope to achieve the needed growth, is what Jeff Bezos’ Amazon’s Alexa Fund decided last year when they invested millions into a prefab housing startup.

 

  • Everything else.

 

Both for publishing and for business development services, the parent company of MHLivingNews and MHProNews – dba’s of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC – have a primary focus of dealing with evidence, facts, and realty. Using demonstrated methods with the proper insights and resources yield better and more profitable outcomes.

When it comes to items like those above, for example, education, consider what others have said.  The first person to speak on this video is someone who heard a talk that was motivating to them, even years later.  The entire video is laced with what others have said about our pro-growth work.  You will see people you know. None were compensated in any way, in fact, many paid us and thanked us for helping improve their operation. If you’ve seen these 2 videos before, look at them again through new eyes, and with the top ten items above in mind.

 

 

Savvy pros know that wishful thinking can’t be relied upon.  Pragmatic, proven methods can be trusted.  Lessons learned can be applied to achieve more profitable growth.

As an educational plug, see the video below to discover how even a modest-sized family operation could grow rapidly and profitably, by learning and applying the right principles.  They were already successful, but became more successful after working with MHProNews’ L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach on a consulting, training, and marketing project.

The company in the video made an investment in their own business, and it paid for itself through more profits. In this example below, the firm had over 400 percent growth, for an already successful company. Other examples exist from other sectors of the industry.  Would you like to learn more about that? Check out the video.

 

 

Then ask yourself, would you like to have similar growth too?  If so, click here or call L. A. “Tony” Kovach’s office at 863-213-4090. Our methods are proprietary, and our clients commit to keeping them proprietary. That said, you can get a very good sense of what takes place from the unscripted interview video, above.  Note there was no payment or other consideration made for Fath doing this video, he says why he did the endorsement near the end of the discussion.

The true story of Rollohome should not be overlooked or forgotten. They went from a start up to 60,000 new homes sold in 2 years.  Manufactured housing is just scratching the surface of its potential today.

Rollohome, Creating 60,000 Factory-Built Homes in 2 Years

 

If Rollohome could do it, why not many others today?

Readers like you and from firms of all sizes have made us the runaway number one – #1 – trade media in our industry’s history.  Thank you. We are also the most praised and endorsed industry trade media ever, with third-party citations from NAR, CFPB, an item read into the Congressional Record, plus periodically named by others in the mainstream news media, and more.

 

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The words of the late Howard Walker, ELS Vice Chairman, shared for publication with MHProNews.

 

Please see the Friday evening report below for just how “read hotMHProNews is. Our thanks to readers, supporters and sponsors for making that possible and true.

Notice to Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) members. Some have asked why MHI news isn’t often published here?  Fair question.

For those who don’t know, or need a reminder, keep in mind that it was MHI who asked some years ago not to have all of their reports published here, as was previously done. MHProNews published all MHI reports for years, we were also paid, until they said, please stop doing so going forward. Note, that they also stopped giving  the Journal of Manufactured and Modular Housing a monthly article before they asked MHProNews to stop, and yet Jim Visser at the Journal rarely editorialized.

So, for whatever reasons, we at MHProNews were not alone. It was all MHI’s idea, it’s documented, and it was not our notion.  By contrast, MHARR continues to sponsor MHProNews. Interesting factoids, aren’t they?

 

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One more note, our editorial stances are our own.  Sponsors may or may not agree with our editorial topics or perspectives.  That freedom gives us the ability to cover a breadth of topics no one else in the industry even comes close to matching.

 

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There are many reports, news, and commentaries this past week that delve on these issues.

 

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There are clearly issues to be navigated.  We believe in pragmatic reality,  not mere rah-rah. That’s what the Top Ten should tell you. But above and below you will see reasons why some are exceeding expectations. The industry is just scratching the surface, which means that tremendous growth is possible for those willing to work smarter than others.

 

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With no further adieu, please check out the “read hot” reports week that was from 2.25.2019 to 3.3.2019.  Keep in mind we don’t turn each hot-linked headline into one of those hot-linked text image boxes.  Each news item, report, post, and analysis are there to live out the mantra for our tag line, Manufactured Housing “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use © as we explore “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing.” ©.

 

What’s New from MHARR

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What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

 

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Saturday 3.2.2019


Rent Control & MH – Politicians “Are Carpet-Bombing Our State With Regulations That Will Deliberately Destabilize The Housing Market And Leave It Obliterated”

Rent Control & MH – Politicians “Are Carpet-Bombing Our State With Regulations That Will Deliberately Destabilize The Housing Market And Leave It Obliterated”

 

Friday 3.1.2019

 

  In Manufactured Home Marketing, Size and Results Matter!

In Manufactured Home Marketing, Size and Results Matter!

  WH Economic Advisers Chair Kevin Hasset on U.S. Economy, 2018 totals, 2019 Forecast, plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

 

  Housing Policy, and Pragmatism – Bridging the Gap – Conservatives AND Liberals, or Conservatives VS. Liberals?

 

Housing Policy, and Pragmatism – Bridging the Gap – Conservatives AND Liberals, or Conservatives VS. Liberals?

  New Inductees Into State’s Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame Announced

New Inductees Into State’s Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame Announced

 

Thursday, 2.28.2019

 

  “Whose Got a Problem?” Coach Lou Holtz Wisdom = “If Enough People Care”

“Whose Got a Problem?” Coach Lou Holtz Wisdom = “If Enough People Care”

  Millennials Driving Home Ownership Rates Back Up, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

Millennials Driving Home Ownership Rates Back Up, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

  “Billion Dollar Empire Made From Mobile Homes,” What Washington Post’s Peter Whoriskey Didn’t Report

 

“Billion Dollar Empire Made From Mobile Homes,” What Washington Post’s Peter Whoriskey Didn’t Report

  Independent Businesses, Affordable Manufactured Housing, Open Markets, & Robust MH Sales Growth

 

Independent Businesses, Affordable Manufactured Housing, Open Markets, & Robust MH Sales Growth

 

Wednesday 2.27.2019

 

  Trillion Dollar Housing Plan, American Action Forum (AAF) Research on Green New Deal, Costs Graphic, Video

Trillion Dollar Housing Plan, American Action Forum (AAF) Research on Green New Deal, Costs Graphic, Video

  Sparks Fly! Rep Jim Jordan’s Broadside of Convicted Perjurer, Michael Cohen, Plus MH Market Updates

Sparks Fly! Rep Jim Jordan’s Broadside of Convicted Perjurer, Michael Cohen, Plus MH Market Updates

  Manufactured Home Industry Professionals Feedback, Manufactured Housing Institute and Zoning Related Issues – Part 1

Manufactured Home Industry Professionals Feedback, Manufactured Housing Institute and Zoning Related Issues – Part 1

  Housing Economists Projections from NAHB, CoreLogic, Nationwide, and MHVille

Housing Economists Projections from NAHB, CoreLogic, Nationwide, and MHVille

 

Tuesday 2.26.2019

 

  Fed Chair Powell Challenges Theory Behind Sanders, AOC, Progressive Green New Deal Plans, plus MH Market Updates

Fed Chair Powell Challenges Theory Behind Sanders, AOC, Progressive Green New Deal Plans, plus MH Market Updates

  Dramatic Reversal, City Passes Urgency Ordinance Effectively Banning Manufactured Homes, Front & Back Stories

Dramatic Reversal, City Passes Urgency Ordinance Effectively Banning Manufactured Homes, Front & Back Stories

  Berkshire Chairman Warren Buffett Announces Support for 2020 Hopeful, Behind the Curtain

Berkshire Chairman Warren Buffett Announces Support for 2020 Hopeful, Behind the Curtain

  Top Global Brands – Animated Infographic from 2000 to 2018 – Most Companies are American, Plus Berkshire Hathaway Ties

 

 

Monday 2.25.2019

 

  Lina Khan, AntiTrust Legal Queen, Set to Join Democratic Staff, FAANG & BM, Beware – Plus MH Market Updates

Lina Khan, AntiTrust Legal Queen, Set to Join Democratic Staff, FAANG & BM, Beware – Plus MH Market Updates

  2018 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report, Clayton Homes, Shaw Data Revealed, Facts Others Lack

2018 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report, Clayton Homes, Shaw Data Revealed, Facts Others Lack

  Top Independent Manufactured Home Retailer Outsells Clayton Homes, Doesn’t Sell CMH Products, Per Mainstream News

Top Independent Manufactured Home Retailer Outsells Clayton Homes, Doesn’t Sell CMH Products, Per Mainstream News

  12 Reasons to Oppose a New Manufactured Home Post Production Association

12 Reasons to Oppose a New Manufactured Home Post Production Association

 

Sunday 2.24.2019

 

  6 Things Missing From Warren Buffett’s Annual Letter

12 Reasons to Oppose a New Manufactured Home Post Production Association

 

There are reasons why manufactured housing is selling less than in years gone by.  Legacy Housing, along with others, believe there is room for serious growth.  Their graphic below is a reminder of what once was, because it should be a measuring rod for what could be again.  Or more.

 

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Legacy clearly believes in the future of the business, because they are raising capital to expand their retail base.

 

So under-performance is opportunity in disguise.  

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Some Have Tried to Copy, But Have Missed the Mark

We’re not knocking any competitor or other firm when we say – as but one example – that story telling videos are largely done the wrong way in manufactured housing. The proof is in the bottom line results.  Clayton, for example, spends millions on marketing.  Clayton sponsored Duck Dynasty, which for a time was the hottest show on TV.  why didn’t they sell 500,000 homes a year, instead of less than 50,000?

By contrast, we’ve taken specific locations, and by doing a combination of items like those discussed in the Tom Fath interview above, have had compelling videos that are authentic interviews. A native American and his wife are in the video below.  They were paid nothing, yet gave an insightful story that is persuasive because it is an interview that was unscripted and authentic.

 

 

Or we’ve done interviews with professionals, that can be good for the public (B2C) or useful with professionals (B2B).  An example is below.

 

 

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Turn the Page, Manufactured Housing Making History

December 30th, 2018 Comments off

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There are words, and then there are deeds.

 

There’s smoke and mirrors, or the clarity born of facts, evidence, and sound reason.

It’s about time to turn the page. 2018 is about to come to a close. It will be several weeks before the industry at large knows the final tallies for HUD Code manufactured housing shipments for the year. But rest assured, about a dozen (+/-) MHPros already know pretty close to what the final count for 2018 will be.

You’ll get an idea too from one of the articles in a headline linked below.

Why did the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) invest a purported 5 figures in a video to promote how great they are? Is it because annual dues/membership renewal time was coming up? Did the Arlington, VA based MHI want to get into the pockets of independents in manufactured housing once again? Did MHI leaders want to collect more money from independents before the disappointing totals for 2018 would be revealed?

There are many ways to point to the tragic truth that:

  • thousands of manufactured housing (MH) independents,
  • numbers of investors, and
  • millions of consumers have debatably been conned, manipulated, and cheated out of greater wealth.

We never say things like that lightly. Keep in mind, we have done our share of ‘cheer leading’ on MHProNews and on MHLivingNews for the industry too. Cheer leading is easy.  Cheer leading, when it is honest, is fun.  Telling several thousand industry pros that they’ve been ripped off?  Not nearly as much fun.  Don’t blame the messenger for the #Nettlesome message, we’re just following the evidence, tips from sources, track record, and common sense.

There came a point in time when questions, evidence, and logic opened-our-eyes as to the obvious reasons why the industry has failed to progress. Why did RVs roar past MH?  Why is mainstream housing so high, when the value of manufactured and modular homes should mean that our MH industry should be performing at much higher levels too?

When affordable housing is in crisis, and MHVille will finish about 100,000 (+/-) shipments, how is it possible that voices from Arlington keep belting out that same old tired song?

There comes a point in time when the accumulation of voices that kept telling MHProNews, ‘something is wrong here’ begs for attention. We’re returning the favor that those voices gave to us.

There comes a time to turn the page.

But a way simple way to prove the truth about MHI is to invite the leadership of the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis to do the right thing.  No excuses.  Just do one thing right, one time, on one specific issue.

Turn the page and learn more.

 

 

The Disney “Trailer” Controversy & MHI ‘Leadership’

Bragging is easy for some. But it’s performance that counts.

When MHI’s former chairman Tim Williams, who is also the president of Berkshire Hathaway owned 21st Mortgage Corp, says there’s a good case to be made that every problematic report, misuse of terminology, etc. should be challenged, it was a revealing statement.

We believe that Tim Williams was right on that point.

Why did Clayton, Warren Buffett or Berkshire Vice-Chair Charlie Munger respond to attacks on Clayton, 21st, or Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF)? It can be oversimplified and summed up n two words.

Reputation Defense.

If Reputation Defense is good enough for Clayton, 21st, and VMF – then why isn’t a fact-based reputation defense of the entire MH industry every bit as important to MHI, or the Berkshire brands that dominate MHVille? Why has MHI already weighed in with Disney, to defend the industry’s reputation?

MHI and their masters will either weigh in on the Disney controversy – see the articles linked below – or not. It’s really that simple.

Our publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, has reached out to numbers of those MHI leaders on Friday. He did so bcc’ing numbers of MHI and non-MHI members. He also sent a message to an attorney who claims to represent MHI.

No excuses.  The truth will come out, period.

Either MHI and their Omaha-Knoxville and allied masters will act to defend the reputation of manufactured housing – as has:

–   Mark Weiss, JD, President of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

–   Al Kemp, Executive Director of the Manufactured Home Park Owners (BC, Canada), and

   Paul Bradley, President of ROC USA already have.

Or MHI won’t. Simple. Clear.  No excuses.

See what those 3 industry leaders had to say in one of the linked articles on Disney further below.

 

MHI-Inspired “Boycott”?

It spoke volumes that MHI purportedly had their part-time surrogate, George Allen, call for a “boycott” of MHProNews within hours of our article and most recent headline news update being published and emailed.

Antitrust Girard Gibbs law firm says this, “A group boycott occurs when two or more competitors in a relevant market refuse to conduct business with a specific individual or company. Individual companies may always unilaterally decide to stop doing business with another company, but agreements between competitors may violate antitrust laws.”

So, there is a legal expert’s view that an organized boycott can be an antitrust violation. That means that those who were behind the called for boycott, have placed themselves in the legal cross hairs.

Those who participate, ditto.

The hypocritical irony of the call for a boycott is that GF Allen has – when he was on the outs with MHI – called MHI and their masters, Oligarchs. Allen has said in his own words that the industry was being monopolized. But sadly, the retired Marine Allen has a purported reputation for saying and doing what he thinks will give him more money, leverage, and/or attention. Rest assured, if a group of independents offered Allen a pile of cash, based on his history, he’d arguably turn on MHI again in a New York minute. His own reputation after the SECO-connected legal fiasco speaks sufficiently of his credibility. Keep in mind that just because SECO isn’t in the headlines, that doesn’t mean that the investigation and case prep aren’t ongoing.

George can say whatever stuff he wishes to say or write – within the norms of the law, ethics, etc. – but facts still matter. If Allen had proven a single claims, that might have been interesting. But instead, bomb throwing without a shred of evidence, and a call for a “boycott.”  That’s called a red herring. It’s also arguably opened Allen – and those with him – up for legal investigation, and potential action.

It would also be the reasons why industry pros should say, ‘what are the folks in Arlington and Knoxville trying to keep us from reading?’

Short of successful criminal and civil actions against the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis, the next greatest thing they fear is arguably exposure.  Once the mask is completely off, then their MHI connected ‘alleged’ con game is over.

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As with any con, the faces smile while pockets are being picked. Is your firm one of those pockets being picked?

After all, if those in MHVille who see MHI in a protection racket/con game fashion are correct, then the little guys are paying to have the big guys destroy the little guys own interests.

Or as Marty Lavin, an MHI award winner put it in his words, MHI only works for the little guys when that happens to match the interests of the big guys.

Within an hour of being asked, Al Kemp – who was on vacation in Hawaii when his office had contacted him – within an hour, Al had written Disney a fine message.  It was a good compliment to those from Mark Weiss and Paul Bradley. Al thought it that important.

If Al Kemp, Mark Weiss and Paul Bradley did, how about MHI?

What excuse will MHI give? Does it matter? Or if they now act only because they were pushed into it, what glory is there in that?

Do you see why our publisher has at times used satire? Don’t the tragic jokes practically write themselves?

And if MHI or the Berkshire brands do – out of shame or embarrassment – finally weigh in with Disney on their terminology issue – and they should! – then here’s the next question.  Why haven’t they done a real reputation defense of the entire MH Industry for the last few years on all similar issues?

It’s debatably time to turn the page on the failed systems and problematic leaders of recent years.

In the articles and reports that follow, several themes will come to light.

1)    There are huge opportunities in factory-built housing.

2)    Manufactured homes are underperforming.  That’s opportunity in disguise, for those who know what to do.

3)    That logically means that MHI, their allies and surrogates, have ignored reputation defense.  Doesn’t that disproportionately hurt the little guys more than the big ones?

Our sources in Washington and other cities were investigations of the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis are underway tell us that these things take time. You and thousands will need to be patient, just as we are.

But there will likely come a day when you’ll wake up to a headline that’s not found first on MHProNews, but rather will be in national media. Those imagined headlines could read like this:

  • Antitrust charges filed against major firms, and trade group, details at 10.”
  • “RICO-related arrests occurred at national trade association headquarters, details at 10.”

The mantra of a con artist is ‘never, ever give up the con.’ They – whomever are in that loop – won’t likely confess, unless it is part of a plea deal with federal/state investigators. They arguably won’t admit they’re deceiving the MH industry they claim to be protecting.

The powers that be certainly won’t want to face millions of manufactured home owners – who because DTS isn’t being properly implemented by MHI, Fannie and Freddie – are arguably be cheated of lower payments, and higher resale values.

Turn the page.

2018 is almost done. 2019 is almost upon us.

Thousands of more pros are logging on daily than at this time a year ago.  Why?  Because at a minimum, they – like you – are learning to be more skeptical of the ludicrous claims made by MHI and their puppet masters.

 

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Anyone who can produce graphics like the above, and can still smile, ask for their year-end bonuses, and do so while they tell you that 100,000 (+/-) new HUD Code manufactured homes are sold in 2018 are selling and/or smoking something.

Buying or smoking what they offer is arguably bad for your health.

Want to make manufactured housing history? Turn the page.

 

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Liars can lie with a straight face. Con artists can’t give up the con, because if they do, what’s left for them? Either MHI knows what they say they are doing – in which case shipments should be rising significantly, right? Or MHI and their Knoxville-Omaha masters don’t know what to do, in which case their failure to move the needle makes sense, but in that case, they shouldn’t claim to be leaders, right? Or, MHI knows what to do, and do what doesn’t work, which benefits a few that want to consolidate the industry into their hands at a discount – are there other logical alternatives? If so, please, explain it in writing, because MHI can’t or won’t. 

 

What’s good for your health is a dose of reality-based reports. See those hot-linked headlines and image/text boxes that take you to the reports for the week from 12.23.2018 to 12.30.2018 are below.

Notice: the headlines that are also boxed-links isn’t to imply that story may be more important than another.  Read every headline, because what you need may be the one you could miss. Resolve to make the changes at your location that can make 2019 brighter than any other year. 

With no further adieu, let’s dive into the week that was.

 

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Saturday 12.29.2018

Going PreFab, Habitat for Humanity Announces Plan for Factory Home Building in 2019

Going PreFab, Habitat for Humanity Announces Plan for Factory Home Building in 2019

 

Friday 12.28.2018

Leaving Paradise, “Hell on Earth” – FEMA and Christmas, New Year Responses to Grim Camp Fire

Leaving Paradise, “Hell on Earth” – FEMA and Christmas, New Year Responses to Grim Camp Fire

Bankrupt Sears Gets Last Minute Bid, Plus MH Market Updates

 

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

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

What the Latest Numbers from #1 Manufactured Housing Market Texas Reveals

What the Latest Numbers from #1 Manufactured Housing Market Texas Reveals

 

Thursday 12.27.2018

“We Have to Keep Changing Too as Retailers”

7 Facts Can Free You from Bear Market Fears, Plus MH Market Updates

7 Facts Can Free You from Bear Market Fears, Plus MH Market Updates

Oil, Soybean Market Maneuvers and Manipulation Reveal Broader Concerns for MHVille

Oil, Soybean Market Maneuvers and Manipulation Reveal Broader Concerns for MHVille

Metro Town Rejects Hundreds of Affordable Housing Units, Cites Reasons Against Using Manufactured Homes

Metro Town Rejects Hundreds of Affordable Housing Units, Cites Reasons Against Using Manufactured Homes

 

Wednesday 12.26.2018

Santa Rally Better Late Than Never, Dow Up 1,000 – Most Tracked Manufactured Home Stocks Rise

Introducing Hyundai Engineering Projects, Donates Disaster-Resistant Modular Homes

Introducing Hyundai Engineering Projects, Donates Disaster-Resistant Modular Homes

FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit (MHU) Program Extension Announced

FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit (MHU) Program Extension Announced

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

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

 

Tuesday 12.25.2018

Legends, Battle of Bedford Falls, and Christmas in Affordable Housing’s MH Land

Legends, Battle of Bedford Falls, and Christmas in Affordable Housing’s MH Land

Sears Prefab Home Initiative

Sears Prefab Home Initiative

 

Monday 12.24.2018

Divergence-Real Economy vs. Market, POTUS Blames FED, Market Plunge Deepens, Plus MH Equities Updates

Best Prefab, Modular Homes 2018, Videos

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“Manufactured Housing Institute Attorney” Letter and MHProNews Response

“Manufactured Housing Institute Attorney” Letter and MHProNews Response

Clayton Donates Manufactured Home for Christmas, But What’s Up With Those Lumps of Coal?

Clayton Donates Manufactured Home for Christmas, But What’s Up With Those Lumps of Coal?

 

12.23.2018

Escaping the Grave? Affordable, Manufactured Housing News

Escaping the Grave? Affordable, Manufactured Housing News

Together with thousands of honest MHVille pros of good will, we can make our industry achieve its great potential. That’s done by making American lives better, together. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (Sunday Morning, weekly headline news review, analysis, and commentary.)

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Escaping the Grave? Affordable, Manufactured Housing News

December 23rd, 2018 Comments off

 

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A rut has been defined as an open-ended grave.

 

Habits can be useful, and good habits are necessary in one’s personal and professional life.

But problematic habits are a rut.  They may be comfortable, at least until the walls of the rut finally weaken and collapse.

If a collapsed wall of a rut is deep enough, if not escaped in time, that open-ended rut can become a grave.

 

The Challenge of Contemporary MH News…

CaseyMackLegacyHousingManufacturedTinyHomesKudosMHProNewsThe challenge of a pro-industry, pro-consumer trade journalist in manufactured housing today can be summed up like this. In an obviously underperforming industry, one must both challenge the status quo, while not alienating the core audience.

Furthermore, in case an insufficient number of the core audience fails to awaken from the sleep-walk of a potentially deadly rut, one must attract a new professional- and investor-audience that ‘gets it.’ Experience has shown that newcomers have at times rapidly lapped sleepwalkers, who by definition, are not performing to their potential.

That’s transparency.

Our site statistics, other third-party insights, and other metrics tell us we are successful in a variety of ways at threading those needles.

For example, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) – which claims to professionally represent all aspects of factory-built housing – says there are some 40,000 people working in the manufactured home industry.  That seems like a low figure, for common sense reasons. The graphic below explains one of many reasons we think that MHI is ‘wrong again’ on claimed ‘facts.’

 

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So, with it understood that some 40,000 (+/-) are working full-time in our industry, and knowing that every day north of 11,000 unique visitors are logging onto MHProNews, and they read an average of about 4½ articles each, that tells you just how powerful our market penetration is.

No data set is perfect.  But the vast majority of those professional readers here – third-party data, messages, calls, and common-sense all suggests – aren’t lawn mowers and line workers – whose work we respect, because those workers are essential to our industry. Rather, our trade media site of professional readers are the managers, owners, executives, investors, policy-makers, advocates, and other pro-doers.

IfMHProNewsIswritingAboutItIWantToKnowAboutItAgain, the biggest names – plus the mom and pops – and all in between are among most faithful readers of our proprietary e-list.

  • When facts are twisted by the powerful,
  • when pros get spin instead of the truth, or
  • professionals are squelched and told how to think or behave,
  • human nature often rejects those trying to push them around.

That push-back may not be an open rejection.  But people find ways to respond – such as by reaching out to MHProNews with the news tips that some of those ‘big boys’ hate to read.

We have a variety of ways – often, from insights directly from within companies and organizations – of knowing in a broad fashion who are logging on.  We aren’t Google or Facebook, so we don’t ‘see you’ on this site, but our email database and other insights suggest the following:

  • YouMHProNewsSeemToHaveConceptualIQThatIsMoreImportantThanSpellingAbilityAbout 97% of MHProNews readers are U.S. based.
  • About half of the remaining 3 percent are from Canada, the rest are often from ‘investor’ nations that have people with deep pockets, researching opportunities in factory-built housing.
  • While we have corporate plus independents of all sizes and types – retailers, communities, producers, etc., etc. – the very biggest names in our industry are among our most dedicated readers, per third-party reports.
  • Our open rate on our emails, and our click through rates dwarf others in media and publishing. All of this is from third-party information.
  • Our readership – which was already #1 in our industry – skyrocketed since we went to a more fact-check oriented format, about 16 months ago.  To be more specific, readership more than doubled in that timeframe.

It’s not because we are wacky ‘conspiracy theorists’ or mere ‘bomb throwers,’ as the blindly MHI favoring types want to project.  MHProNews carefully lay out the facts, show the money-trails, document public sources, and lay out the reasoning. It’s what the president of a well-known organization called our “street cred” that keeps him and thousands of others coming back.

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The words of the late Howard Walker, ELS Vice Chairman, shared for publication with MHProNews.

 

What’s Coming in 2019

Looking ahead, MHProNews plans to roll out in the first quarter of 2019 the latest version of our already industry-leading MHProNews site.

As 2018 winds down, it is possible that manufactured housing will close again with perhaps a modest gain over 2017. That’s an embarrassment to anyone who truly understands our industry. Yet the true story of Rollohome reminds us that one could create in 2 years a company that could dwarf the industry’s current number 2 producer. In five years, Clayton, 21st, and VMF could be in the rear-view mirror.

In fact, among the tips – from multiple sources – is that increasing unrest is found at Clayton Homes among their team members.  It is obvious that MHI has fairly routine turnover and has suffered along with that problem for years.

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Leadership isn’t about self-congratulatory posturing, like what we satirically call the Monopolistic Housing Institute – and their string pullers – have been doing. Leadership is about taking the bull of reality by the horns and working treacherous bullhorns around toward victory.

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JiuJitsu is what our industry has needed for some time.  Our sources, supporters, clients, and sponsors understand that reality.

We provide daily reality checks found nowhere else in the avoidably modest-today industry we affectionately call MHVille. But we won’t rest until MHVille honorably emerges to becomes MHLand, and then MHNation.

That’s the Manufactured Housing Revolution.

 

 

A few will of course check out, unable to deal with reality.  But far, far more MH pros and investors are checking in than the trickle that check out or knock us. A common comment from investors, researching our industry is this.  With the manufactured housing product such a good value, and given the affordable housing crisis, how can it be performing so poorly?’

TheyTheBigBoysThinkTheyOwnUsIndependnetsWhile a tiny few can’t handle the truth, over 11,000 daily per third-party metrics find what we publish relevant. In a modest sized industry, those totals are why we dwarf all the other trade publications in our industry, combined.

Perhaps the best compliment of all is that those who wish we and our fact-checks would vanish are among our most avid readers. Thanks.

In fairness to other who publish or blog in MHVille, there’s one other publisher in factory-built housing who could be said that he’s also trying to thread-the-needle that we do. But they don’t do fact checks, and all of the others are arguably different degrees of sellouts. Just look at who backs what, and that speaks volumes.

There’s one trade association – the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform  or MHARR – that has been facts-, evidence- and reality-based for years. They are an independent producers organization, but have correctly called for a new-post-production trade body, because MHI has for too-long failed the majority of the industry.

MHARR Releases Study Recommending Independent Collective Representation for Post-Production Sector

There’s the larger trade body that so lacks transparency that they prefer half-truths and arguably deceptive spin to the public debate they refuse to have with us and others who are seeking to expose their purported con game.  We are publicly calling BS on many of their claims. They can’t even correct obviously flawed data, why not? Don’t they care about their own image and reputation?  The bottom line of their failures is evidenced by the shipments. The rest of MHI’s efforts are arguably smoke and mirrors.

 

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TonyYouGuysAreTooSmartToBeInThisIndustryAn attorney claiming to be working for MHI, and interestingly across-the-river from Nathan and Mary Smith, has sent via FedEx a letter to our publisher.  Whining and crying, threats, etc. – instead of openly debating the issues.  If they could debunk our concerns, why do they dodge doing so? As we said some days ago, you aren’t drawing flak unless you are over the target.

Read the headlines, and you’ll know what kind of articles the claimed MHI attorney is whining about.

A non-MHARR member wrote earlier today to say, “…keep giving them hell.” That source is one of several that says there are growing reports of rumblings from within the ranks of Clayton and their Monopolistic Housing Institute puppets.

Our news tip sources make that point clear.

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We have a new set of Clayton Homes, MHI, and insider insights below, with more coming in the days ahead. But we mix it all in with the other MH “Industry News, Tips, and Views that Pros Can Use” that caused you to make us #1.

Our sincere thanks to all who make that the truth.

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In an affordable housing crisis, when the National Association of Realtors says 8.3 million housing units are needed, MHVille is underperforming.  When MHVille has enhanced preemption that modular producers don’t, HUD Code manufactured housing is the obvious solution for many projects and needs. So the low production levels oddly have benefited just a handful that keep consolidating the industry at discounted prices, to the detriment of the many.

With no further adieu, dive into the headlines from the week of 12.16.2018 to 12.23.2018 that keeps readers coming back for more.  Merry Christmas to all.

Notice for New Visitors: You can access one or more of the articles below by either clicking on the hotlink, or by clicking on an image/linked box.  Either way, you can access the ‘red hot’ reports, news and commentary that follows.

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Affordable Housing – Fleetwood, Champion, Clayton – Genius of the Christmas Story

 

Affordable Housing – Fleetwood, Champion, Clayton – Genius of the Christmas Story

 

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Affordable Homes, Warren Buffett as Mr. Potter in Christmas Classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”

 

Affordable Homes, Warren Buffett as Mr. Potter in Christmas Classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”

 

What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

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Saturday 12.22.2018

  Capital Pouring In, What Warren Buffett May Not Want MHVille Professionals to Know

Capital Pouring In, What Warren Buffett May Not Want MHVille Professionals to Know

 

Friday 12.21.2018

  Darkest, Shortest Day 2018, Markets Dump, Apt Rentals Bump, Housing Slump$

Darkest, Shortest Day 2018, Markets Dump, Apt Rentals Bump, Housing Slump$

  “Trailer Park Boys” – Al Kemp, Canadian Manufactured Home Community Association Letter Reacts to Netflix Series

“Trailer Park Boys” – Al Kemp, Canadian Manufactured Home Community Association Letter Reacts to Netflix Series

  Zillow Research Reveals Impact of Rising Rents on Homelessness, Affordable Housing Advocates, Public Officials, and Investors Take Note

Zillow Research Reveals Impact of Rising Rents on Homelessness, Affordable Housing Advocates, Public Officials, and Investors Take Note

  Optimism Among U.S. Manufacturers at Record High Heading into 2019

 

Thursday 12.20.2018

  MH Equities Snapshot, Plus, ‘Rich Won, Workers Lost’ from Fed, per Cramer, As Market Slide Continues

MH Equities Snapshot, Plus, ‘Rich Won, Workers Lost’ from Fed, per Cramer, As Market Slide Continues

  Virgin of Guadalupe Appears, Community Management Resident Legal Uproar, Surprising Attorney’s Opinion

Virgin of Guadalupe Appears, Community Management Resident Legal Uproar, Surprising Attorney’s Opinion

  Minimum Wages Set to Rise in 2019 in these 20 States, “Fight for $15” Battle Continues, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow Opposed

  State Association Steps Up, Promoting Manufactured Home Communities Investing

State Association Steps Up, Promoting Manufactured Home Communities Investing

 

Wednesday 12.19.2018

  Fed Rate Hike, Chair Jerome Powell Comments Send Broader Markets, Most MH Equities Reeling

  Sam Zell’s ELS Scores Again, Details Others Missed

Sam Zell’s ELS Scores Again, Details Others Missed

  Insider Tips – Clayton Multi-Million Dollar Plan Aims at Replacing Sales Staff? Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Kevin Clayton Meeting

Insider Tips – Clayton Multi-Million Dollar Plan Aims at Replacing Sales Staff? Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Kevin Clayton Meeting

  New HUD Report Reveals Tragedy of Homelessness, When Solution for Affordable Housing is Hiding in Plain Sight

New HUD Report Reveals Tragedy of Homelessness, When Solution for Affordable Housing is Hiding in Plain Sight

 

Tuesday 12.18.2018

  Spotlighting Pro-Growth Educational Effort by Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association

Spotlighting Pro-Growth Educational Effort by Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association

  Sun Communities, SUI Insider Trades, Institutional Moves, Plus Manufactured Home Equities Updates

Sun Communities, SUI Insider Trades, Institutional Moves, Plus Manufactured Home Equities Updates

  Manufactured Housing Institute Housing Alert, Affordable Housing Crisis, MHI’s #NettlesomeThings Response

Manufactured Housing Institute Housing Alert, Affordable Housing Crisis, MHI’s #NettlesomeThings Response

  Millionaires Survey IDs Top Threats to Their Wealth

 

Monday 12.17.2018

  New Skyline Champion Manufactured and Modular Home Factory Set to Open, Plus MH Market Updates

New Skyline Champion Manufactured and Modular Home Factory Set to Open, Plus MH Market Updates

  Cavco Industries (CVCO) Hit$ Bottom

Cavco Industries (CVCO) Hit$ Bottom

  MHI Allies Respond, Provide Confirmation to #NettlesomeThings, Facts, and Clayton/Berkshire Exposés

MHI Allies Respond, Provide Confirmation to #NettlesomeThings, Facts, and Clayton/Berkshire Exposés

  Scandalous, Presidential Politics, Affordable Housing, Mobile and Manufactured Homes

Scandalous, Presidential Politics, Affordable Housing, Mobile and Manufactured Homes

 

Sunday 12.16.2018

  Children, Grandchildren, Family, Manufactured Housing, Money, and You

Children, Grandchildren, Family, Manufactured Housing, Money, and You

 

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Whistleblower! Ex-Clayton Homes Team Member on TV Denounces Manufactured Housing Giant’s Practices

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Foreword: a Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) member messaged our publisher, “You seem to have conceptual IQ [and] that is more important than spelling ability.”

 

That there are divisions in manufactured housing ought to be self-evident. That’s true for any industry or large group. But among the many questions that ought to be asked, are those divisions in manufactured housing (MH) bad?

Are some distinctions within the MH Industry useful — or even good?

Within companies there are different points of view too.  The larger the organization, the more points of view will exist.

It goes without saying that Clayton denies recurring allegations that have surfaced in 2018, that have been visible for some years in mainstream media. Before we get into the Clayton whistleblower mainstream TV news video, this topic is serious enough where it merits a giant step back for perspective.

 

MH Divisions

It goes without saying that neither MHI, nor the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), are entirely monolithic organizations. Because there are some dual members of both national trade groups, there have at times been some in MHVille that mistakenly believe that the two are one in the same.

Hardly. A close look at the track records of the two trade groups make it abundantly clear that there are real differences in style, goals, and more.

There are those in manufactured housing who believe there should only be one national trade group.  To that point – we ask, if that is logical – then why are there so many trade groups in:

  • Mainstream housing: National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), National Association of Realtors (NAR), Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), and on down the list or remodeling, finance, and more.
  • Automotive – According to Wikipedia, there are some 29 pages of associations in the automotive field. Just starting with A: Auto Care Association. Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. American Automobile Association. American Highway Users Alliance. American Hot Hod Association. American Motor League. Association of Global Automakers.
  • How about RVs? There are producers, dealers, owners, suppliers, and a plethora of trade groups that represent the varied interests of Recreation Vehicles (RVs). FYI – for those who aren’t into RVing, an RV is not just a motorized vehicle, towable RVs are a huge part of the RV business. Some of those towable RVs are de facto a competitor to manufactured housing.  FEMA orders for RVs vs. MH are but one example.

So, if there are so many trade associations in other industries, why are there so few manufactured housing national trade groups?

That is arguably a problem for the manufactured housing industry.  There are inherent conflicts of interest in having manufactured home (MH):

  • Communities
  • Producers
  • Suppliers
  • Lenders and Financial Services
  • Retailers
  • Transporting and Installation
  • Professional Services and more

all in one trade association.

The proof is found in the results vs. the claims of MHI.  For all the bluster and what one ex-MHI member called their ‘Razzle Dazzle’ at appealing getaway spots, the declining sales of HUD Code manufactured housing for two straight months is all the evidence needed that MHI is at its core ineffective at best.  The report hot-linked via the box below can be read later for greater depth of understanding of this issue.

 

“Pants on Fire” – Latest New Manufactured Housing Shipment Report

 

As fabled author Adam Smith said in the Wealth of Nations,People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” Merely readingantitrust guidelines at an MHI meeting doesn’t automatically mean that monopolistic activity isn’t at play. When a high-profile congressional representative (see further below) and others in Congress raised that very concern about monopoly, why haven’t others in manufactured housing trade media done the same, save MHProNews?

 

The Elephant in the Room 

It was almost funny when some years ago when a now-former MHI leader said at one of their meetings that the ‘elephant in the room’ was Danny Ghorbani and MHARR. That’s a tip of the hat to the outsized-shadow they’ve cast, but the obvious actual elephant in the room is Clayton Homes, and the array of Berkshire Hathaway brands working in manufactured housing.

There is one kind of value to having Berkshire in manufactured housing, but it arguably already existed with Sam Zell of Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) fame and is limited to this next point.

Warren Buffett has given his seal of approval on the common sense value of manufactured housing.

But beyond that, there has been years of “consolidation” of manufactured housing production, retail, lending, supply, and more in our industry ever since Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway entered our industry.

Our HUD Code manufactured home industry’s sales have overall declined – not rose – since Clayton and Oakwood were acquired by Berkshire.

 

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See related report, linked here.

 

There are a variety of reasons why the Washington, D.C. based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has argued that there must be one or more new post-production trade groups. We’ll refer readers to MHARR’s report, when they declined expanding to compete with MHI, because they believe that the industry should be more like housing, automotive or other industries with a myriad of representative bodies.  That is a natural way of blocking conflicts of interest that are arguably evident at MHI.

 

MHARR Releases Study Recommending Independent Collective Representation for Post-Production Sector

 

It should be noted that the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA) was achieved when MHARR, MHI and state association came together on areas of mutual interest.  But that is different than unity under one umbrella, which has demonstrably resulted in far lower shipment levels than existed in the late 1990s.

Kevin Clayton has been in the mainstream news several times in recent weeks, since the MHProNews exclusive in the hot-linked box below was published.

GIGO, Esther Sullivan, Clayton Homes, Boston Globe, GSMOL on ‘Manufactured Insecurity-Mobile Home Parks and Americans’ Tenuous Right to Place’

 

But the reality is that what could have been done in 2011 to promote the industry and growth – according to Kevin’s own statement in a friendly video interview – has been allowed to drag on until 2018.  For whatever reasons, there is no denying that what MHI and Clayton have done in the last two years has had no appreciable change in the modest growth the industry has had, especially when compared to the strong growth of the RV industry.

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So while

  • MHI’s Lesli Gooch has defended Clayton/Berkshire against charges of monopolizing the industry in a response to Doug Ryan at Prosperity Now, or
  • Clayton Homes has denied to local, regional, and national media the varied allegations against them,

there is also no denying that the claims keep popping up. In fact, when MHProNews offers MHI or Knoxville’s brands the opportunity to respond to reports like this, they’ve passed.  Why, if they had a good defense, would they miss out on the opportunity?

It is arguably absurd that the elected leadership of MHI’s current and prior 2 chairman have had serious negative media coverage, and yet have been allowed to continue as chair.  What image does that give the outside world about manufactured housing, or MHI?

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It is also absurd that that all three of the current and prior chairs have clear and deep ties to Berkshire Hathaway.  The real elephant in the room is Clayton and the Berkshire brands. If they want to claim leadership of the industry – and MHI and Clayton repeatedly do so – then the results of the industry logically fall at their feet.

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Louisiana is one of the top ten states for manufactured home shipments in recent years, per data collected by HUD and reported by MHARR. Clayton Homes has a serious presence in the state. Yet, sales are declining. Why???

And those results have been towards ever more consolidation of the industry in the hands of a few, including Clayton Homes and their sister companies involved in manufactured housing.

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One more point must be made. When the allegations of racism and other claims of financing malfeasance were lodged against Clayton and their related lenders – 21st Mortgage and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance – first surfaced, MHProNews and MHLivingNews leapt to their defense. Why?  Because we knew of no such examples, and asking some industry pros, they said similarly.

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But as the claims have continued, and other facts emerged, we looked deeper.  Our understanding of the issues has matured, in part with input from others in manufactured housing.  Unlike MHI or Clayton, which rarely wants to admit in public an error, our publisher has said ‘mea culpa’ several times, as we have pivoted to our clarified understanding.

 

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With that tee up, we now show the video from the Clayton headquarters – the Knoxville metro’s own TV news media – is shown below.

 

 

Former Clayton Team Member Blows the Whistle on TV on Clayton Homes Business Practices

With that backdrop is this ongoing controversy about Clayton Homes and concerns over racism and unjust lending practices.

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Maxine Waters is among those who signed the letter that this local Knoxville TV news media report reflects.

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One of several reasons to provide this to 2018 Knoxville TV news report to industry members at this time is that Waters will likely become the next chairperson for the important House Financial Services Committee.

 

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Waters has called Clayton and Berkshire ‘near monopolies.’ That charge may take on new meaning in 2019. The Democrats have an anti-monopoly plank in their revised platform.

 

As the Daily Business News on MHProNews has previously documented, there are voices across the left-right divide that are seeing the challenges to small and independent businesses from monopolies.

Monopolies and growing consolidation over time causes ripples in costs to consumers, and for employment opportunities and thus wages too.

Some will act out of habit and ‘stroke the check’ to renew their MHI membership.

Others will feel compelled for reasons that sources say are akin to RICO related concerns.

For those who don’t want to be part of feeding the hand that bites them, this is a good time to step back and decide to cancel membership in Berkshire dominated MHI, and explore other options.

To learn more, see the related reports, and click on the hot-linked boxes further below.

Finally, it should be noted that Berkshire vice-chairman, and longtime Warren Buffet partner, Charlie Munger has said on camera that he doesn’t doubt that some wrongdoing has occurred.

 

 

While denying the thrust of the anti-Clayton claims, Warren Buffett has said similarly to what Munger has said.

It’s a complex puzzle.  But MHProNews is committed to providing the facts that unravel the fog in a way that no others in MH trade media will give you.  That way, you can make more informed decisions to operate your business.

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Manufactured Home Communities Sold=Mega-Million$, SUN Settles Big Case, ‘Mobile Homes’ in the News

October 22nd, 2018 Comments off

 

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What follows are a series of screen captures of news headlines from across the country.

 

These screen captures are from this morning, 10.22.2018, at the times shown.

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There are two communities that sold for a total of $165 million dollars. That’s one of the headlines that professionals – notably those in or tied to the communities sector – are keenly interested in reading about.

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Next, the State of New York’s Attorney General settled a case a big case with Sun Communities and others in the manufactured home community (MHC) business.  The litigation involved rent-to-own or lease-purchase options. Keep in mind prior news we’ve covered on the Daily Business News on MHProNews that related to that hot topic, starting at this link here.

 

Consumers/MH Shoppers

Now, imagine yourself as a typical American.  Picture that you are not in the manufactured home industry.  You know only what you read, see, or hear from the mainstream news media. 

This imaginary person is seeking affordable housing.  You are more likely to be thinking the words ‘mobile home’ instead of ‘manufactured home,’ right?  After all, that is what Foremost told us in their survey, linked here.

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What if you are one of the claimed 25 million unique visitors that MHVillage says visits their website each year?  Please, keep scanning, and keep that mind open for what follows.

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This Google search is a common result. Page after page of what appears to be mostly bad news. 

Objectively speaking, isn’t this what millions of Americans think about ‘mobile homes’ or more properly, manufactured homes – right?  Millions wonder, what is the cost for them to get a lower price?  Millions think no further than the headlines like those, shown above. 

 

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Data per MHVillage, collage by MHProNews.  This is not a slam on MHVillage, rather it is a reality check that neither they, nor anyone else in MH trade media tackles with the serious view required to solve the problem of an ongoing drum beat of negative news.  This list of news articles above is unedited, as it appeared this morning. Solutions will be explored in an upcoming report.

 

It is headline news like the above that is part of the reason why MHVillage – or for that matter, most every manufactured housing operation in the nation – has such a low percentage of closings vs visitors to their websites or business locations.

That sadly low closing ratio are common, even among the giants. 

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Clayton’s Surprising Result – Sunday Morning Weekly Recap, MH Headline Reports and News in Review Aug 19 to Aug 26, 2018

August 26th, 2018 Comments off

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Trivia: note that the MHProNews home page looks like that miniature iPad screen, just moments before the weekly recap is published. We can get our share of typos, but when it comes to evidence, trends, facts, and reports – we sweat the details – all for thousands of industry readers like you. When faced by a menacing Goliath, it’s human nature to react with a level of fear.

 

Fear can be paralyzing. Fear also can keep the mind from seeing weaknesses in a threatening behemoth.

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There are others, of course, that see the Clayton brand as friendly or benign. But even they don’t want to cross them…do they?

 

The ‘800-pound gorilla’ in the manufactured housing room is Clayton Homes. Not many in the industry are willing to publicly name them, unless it is to praise them. A trade media competitor admitted in writing to MHProNews that we write about the topics – like Clayton and their monopolistic moat – that others talk about at the bar, or during a private professional meal.

That aside, here’s a multiple layered surprise.

Clayton has closed about 100 retail stores net in about 7 years. That’s a surprise to many.  But it is part of one of several Daily Business News stories from this past week.

Keep in mind, that Clayton is still buying MH retailers, even as they are closing their own failing retail sales centers. Think about that data-point for a few moments. The industry is slowly growing, and Clayton Homes are closing manufactured and modular home retail stores?

We plan a special report on that topic in the days ahead. But keep that factoid in mind – given to us courtesy of Kevin Clayton, and Berkshire Hathaway – because it is a reminder that they are big, but not invincible. They may have a moat, but not everything that Clayton touches turns to gold.

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With no further adieu, let’s dive into the headlines and topics for the week in review.

 

 

 

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Saturday 8.25.2018

MH Community Owner Slammed as “Vulture Capitalist” by Mainstream Media

MH Community Owner Slammed as “Vulture Capitalist” by Mainstream Media

 

Friday 8.24.2018 

Just the Facts – Compare Curbed and MHI, Next Step, Clayton, Cavco, Champion Homes Video Results

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Chinese PreFabs, Modulars Are Selling in the USA, Here’s an Example

Chinese PreFabs, Modulars Are Selling in the USA, Here’s an Example

Stunning Degree of Corruption, Collusion, Manipulation, and Ignorance Threatens MHVille

Stunning Degree of Corruption, Collusion, Manipulation, and Ignorance Threatens MHVille

 

Thursday 8.23.2018

Court Ruling for HUD on Amending Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Opens Door for More HomeSites for Manufactured Housing

Court Ruling for HUD on Amending Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Opens Door for More HomeSites for Manufactured Housing

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How to Avoid Losing Billions, Huge Loses Reported by WSJ, Other Media

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Rising Prices and Rates Cool Housing Sales, MH Industry Pro Sounds Off, New Data & Video

Rising Prices and Rates Cool Housing Sales, MH Industry Pro Sounds Off, New Data & Video

 

Wednesday 8.22.2018 

WH Economist Larry Kudlow – Why Market Ignoring Cohen, Manafort News, Plus MH Market Updates 

“Undesirable” – Community Owner Sues City for Fraud

“Undesirable” – Community Owner Sues City for Fraud

Measuring Effectiveness, Facts and Course Corrections for Waste, Fraud, Abuse

Measuring Effectiveness, Facts and Course Corrections for Waste, Fraud, Abuse

Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, Manufactured Housing Institute CEO, Doubles Down, Industry Reactions, Fact Check to Growth Strategy

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Tuesday 8.21.2018 

Help Others “Get It” – Loans on “Mobile Homes” Promoted by Another U.S. President

Help Others “Get It” – Loans on “Mobile Homes” Promoted by Another U.S. President

 Paul Manafort Guilty, but No Russia, No Campaign Connection, Cohen Pleads – Plus MH Market Updates

Some Manufactured Homes Included, as Metro Weighs Opening Additional Land for Homes Amid Housing Crunch

Some Manufactured Homes Included, as Metro Weighs Opening Additional Land for Homes Amid Housing Crunch

Court Hands DOE Procedural Victory in Potentially Costly Manufactured Housing Energy Standards Case

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Monday 8.20.2018

Big MH Takeover Bid, “Best, Final Offer” Plus Manufactured Home Markets

Big MH Takeover Bid, “Best, Final Offer” Plus Manufactured Home Markets

Trendlines Don’t Lie, Real Challenges, Hidden Manufactured Housing Opportunities Revealed

Trendlines Don’t Lie, Real Challenges, Hidden Manufactured Housing Opportunities Revealed

Sustainable Success. Your Best MH Investment? Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sales and Marketing Meeting

Sustainable Success. Your Best MH Investment? Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sales and Marketing Meeting

Tech Billionaires, “Moral Cowardice,” MH Industry, and National Impact

Tech Billionaires, “Moral Cowardice,” MH Industry, and National Impact

 

Sunday 8.19.2018

Manufactured Housing, Profitable Education, Straw Men, Red Herrings, and Ad Hominems – Sunday Morning Weekly Recap, MH Headline Reports and News in Review Aug 12 to Aug 19, 2018

Manufactured Housing, Profitable Education, Straw Men, Red Herrings, and Ad Hominems – Sunday Morning Weekly Recap, MH Headline Reports and News in Review Aug 12 to Aug 19, 2018

 

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Emerging Building, Construction Technologies Poised to Disrupt Housing, Developing, and More

May 29th, 2018 Comments off

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This 10-minute video will show you some technologies that you will be familiar with, such as 3D Printing.

 

But it will also introduce you to technologies that you may not be familiar with at all.  This new TechZone video was posted earlier in May 2018, and it already boasts over a million views.

From:

  • patio and road paving systems,
  • to tear down tech,
  • 3D printing,
  • to wall building drones,
  • robots that build walls faster than humans,
  • and more

this is a video that forward thinkers in the manufactured and modular housing industry will want to carefully digest.

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Sunday Morning Manufactured Housing Industry Research, Reports, Headline News Recap 4.29.2018 to 5.6.2018

May 6th, 2018 Comments off

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Is it a coincidence?  As the temperatures outdoors are rising, so too are the reports, research and news items that shake, rattle and roll (pardon the last pun) manufactured housing professionals.

 

Warren Buffett’s annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting is underway, and sucks up a fair amount of O2.

An admission was made by a senior MHI staffer to the Washington Post rocked several notables in the industry. They also served to confirm various MHI related reports.

The latest new home shipment stats, plus news good, bad and meh for the industry are below.  Let’s dive into the week that was… 

 

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Saturday 5.5.2018

“Trapped. Threatened. Scared.” “Mobile Home [SIC] Owner’s Fears Reflect National Crisis”

 

“Trapped. Threatened. Scared.” “Mobile Home [SIC] Owner’s Fears Reflect National Crisis”

 

Friday 5.4.2018 

McKinsey Global Institute “Blueprint for Addressing the Global Affordable Housing Challenge” Points to Factory Building

Warren Buffett’s Big Bet Raises Stock$, Plus Manufactured Home Industry Connected Stocks, Investor Market Data

Hundreds of New Manufactured Home Communities Opened, But How Many Have Closed? Industry Research Result$

Hundreds of New Manufactured Home Communities Opened, But How Many Have Closed? Industry Research Result$

Kanye Controversy, Universal Income, Venezuela, President Trump, Manufactured Housing, First Principles, and You

Kanye Controversy, Universal Income, Venezuela, President Trump, Manufactured Housing, First Principles, and You

 

Thursday 5.3.2018

HUD Code Manufactured Home Shipments, Housing Production – March 2018 Data

HUD Code Manufactured Home Shipments, Housing Production – March 2018 Data

Crude Oil Continues Rise, MH Impact and Manufactured Housing Industry Stock Market Updates

What are the FACTS about Manufactured Housing Industry Traffic vs. Real Estate? MHVillage, MHProNews, Manufactured Housing Institute Data

What are the FACTS about Manufactured Housing Industry Traffic vs. Real Estate? MHVillage, MHProNews, Manufactured Housing Institute Data

Closure by Collusion? Dark Side of Local Manufactured Home Community Code Enforcement?

 

Wednesday 5.2.2018 

Governor Declares May 6th-12th “Manufactured and Modular Housing Week”

Consumer Fraud Settlement, Implication$, plus Manufactured Housing Industry Connected Stock Market Updates

Manufactured Housing National Research Report, Marcus & Millichap Manufactured Home Industry Performance Data

Manufactured Housing National Research Report, Marcus & Millichap Manufactured Home Industry Performance Data

Juliet Eilperin’s Washington Post HUD Manufactured Home Program News Confirms Manufactured Housing Institute Position and Report

Juliet Eilperin’s Washington Post HUD Manufactured Home Program News Confirms Manufactured Housing Institute Position and Report

 

Tuesday 5.1.2018

CEOs Debate Over Affordable Housing, One Touts Manufactured Housing Concerns

Manufactured Home Communities Giant RHP Propertie$ Deal, plus Manufactured Housing Industry Connected Stocks, Market, Data Updates

Manufactured Home Communities Giant RHP Propertie$ Deal, plus Manufactured Housing Industry Connected Stocks, Market, Data Updates

Washington Post “Once obscure office at HUD [Manufactured Housing] is the subject of unusually intense lobbying effort”

Talk Radio “Open for Business Host” Tom Egelhoff Sounds Off On “MOBILE HOMES” as “AFFORDABLE HOUSING ANSWER”

Talk Radio “Open for Business Host” Tom Egelhoff Sounds Off On “MOBILE HOMES” as “AFFORDABLE HOUSING ANSWER”

 

Monday 4.30.2018

Critical Thinking Skills, Crucial For Well Grounded, Evidence over Emotion Based Independent Thought in MHVille

Latest Acquisition of Manufactured Home Industry Connected Firm, plus MH Market Updates

The Apprentice – Proper Understanding, Planning, and Execution – Monday Morning Manufactured Home Marketing and Sales Meeting

The Apprentice – Proper Understanding, Planning, and Execution – Monday Morning Manufactured Home Marketing and Sales Meeting

RVHorizon/MHP Funds Investing/Mobile Home Univ Communities Leader, Frank Rolfe’s Hidden Gem

RVHorizon/MHP Funds Investing/Mobile Home Univ Communities Leader, Frank Rolfe’s Hidden Gem

 

Sunday 4.29.2018 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry Headline News 4.22.2018 to 4.29.2018

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry Headline News 4.22.2018 to 4.29.2018

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