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Secretary Carson Letter Lights Fuse for Explosive Change, Obliquely Addresses Manufactured Housing Action Concerns

April 29th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Last year at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Manufactured Housing Action (MHAction) in conjunction with other left-leaning groups, protested Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson’s address to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) at their annual “Congress and Expo” fundraising and networking event.

 

At that time, MHAction issued a press release, photos, and video footage of their efforts to disrupt the talk by Secretary Carson.  The picture above is one of those items, and it’s use or quoting MHAction herein are not to be construed as an endorsement of their views or tactics.

Ben Carson insulted and dismissed us while telling the corporate investors in attendance that they should keep profiting off the housing crisis. Ben Carson’s job is to help solve the housing crisis for people, not profiteers. We came to Las Vegas today to remind Secretary Carson to do his job,” said Patricia Norberg, a manufactured homeowner from Delaware and a grassroots leader with MHAction. “Corporate and private equity investors associated with MHI say ‘jump’ and Carson says ‘how high?’ We’ve had enough.”

MHAction said that low-income senior Jeliner Jordan asked Carson, “If you increase rents and cut the HUD budget, where will I live?” Carson responded by saying “This is a perfect example of what happens when the swamp gets ahold of people.”

 

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What perhaps was missing from a clear understanding of the above drama was the fact brought forth by twin reports on Manufactured Home Living News, the first of which documented that MHAction has had dark money funding from Warren Buffett through the NoVo Foundation and the Tides nonprofit.

 

 

The second and more recent report then applied that insight learned to the MHAction supported and inspired video by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver errantly dubbed “Mobile Homes.”   In an apparent head-fake to many resident groups and industry professionals alike, MHAction – in concert with others – published a white paper that was cited by Oliver in his report.

 

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You build a case, by laying out the evidence, one fact at a time. To see the John Oliver errantly named “Mobile Homes” video and related fact-check, click here.

 

That MHAction co-branded white paper in turn was publicized by the Washington Post, others in media, and finally Oliver’s video.   But when one grasps how dark money operates in such matters, and steps back to look with that in mind, it is Buffett money that arguably helped fund an attack on a number of significant MHI members, including his own Clayton Homes and related lenders.

The rationale for Buffett doing so, in brief, is that like taxes or regulations, bigger companies can handle negative media better than smaller firms can.  Negative news for he and his allies is less harmful than it is for independents.  That in turn allows larger firms to gobble up smaller ones at reduced prices.  Here’s how retailer Alan Amy summed it up.

 

 

A View from NMHOA… 

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Separate the “wheat and chaff,” with all people, organizations, and ideas. One must separate the useful from what is not.

As a letter from the prior National Manufactured Home Owners Association (NMHOA) president Tim Sheahan quoted below in part reflects, when manufactured home communities were being developed, site fess or ‘lot rents’ were being held in check. Here is how he put it while he was still president of NMHOA, in his comments letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) last year.

In 1970, my city of San Marcos had a population of less than 4,000 and was part of the dramatic manufactured housing community development boom of the 1970s, adding over 3,000 pads among 18 manufactured home communities, which led to more than a doubling of the population by the mid 1970s.” wrote Sheahan.

Like many areas of CA, manufactured home purchasers in San Marcos were lured away from metropolitan areas by the promise of a quiet semi-rural retirement lifestyle with low lot rents and nice amenities, which often included clubhouses/community centers, swimming pools and spas, saunas, shuffleboard courts, pool tables and card rooms, community kitchens; and, in some cases, tennis courts, golf courses and fishing ponds. Downsizing to a MH also enabled them to enhance their financial nest eggs for the retirement years. Initially, stiff competition among various developers during the only time a true “free market” situation existed in these communities commonly led to very reasonable starting rents,” stated Sheahan.  That last sentence is a telling and arguably correct point with the law of supply and demand in mind.

He then said, “As the communities filled with “im-mobile” homes, free market forces such as competition were lost and lot rents for captive homeowners skyrocketed in many areas of California.” That point is largely correct, but it fails to note that it was the lack of new community development that de facto eliminated the option for someone to leave a community where they felt like they were being mistreated in favor of a newer one.”

 

Real World Lessons Learned

LATonyKovachMHanufacturedHomeLivingNewsManufacturedHousingProNewsConsultantIndustryExpertIn the Oklahoma City and Houston, Texas metro areas, I personally witnessed periods in manufactured housing history where land-lease community owners that were developing new sites, offered to move residents from other area communities in to their property at the property owners’ cost,” said publisher and industry consultant L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

Rephrased, as long as there are reasonable alternatives to residents, then the temptation to ‘jack up’ site fees of ‘trapped’ residents is significantly reduced or even eliminated.

Imagine if apartment complexes were no longer being built in the U.S. What would happen? In a free market, as population grows and demand rises, rents would too.  The steady construction of new apartment buildings helps keep existing apartment owners from going too high on rental rates,” explained Kovach.

So, NMHOA’s Tim Sheahan isn’t wrong about the early history, but the solution now isn’t rent control, which Paul Bradley of ROC USA has himself said isn’t an answer,” Kovach said. “Rather, a longer-term solution is to provide more options for community residents, so that the temptation to do what certain MHI member companies have been accused of in recent years is eliminated.”

 

With that Backdrop, The Fuse for Meaningful Solutions is Lit with New Letter

At their annual meeting at the 2019 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, members of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) voted to undertake a new initiative to address zoning and placement issues that in their view is not being successfully addressed by the MHI. That perspective is held by others in MHVille too, including a number of MHI members.  At the recent Bryan, TX effective ‘ban’ voted by their city council of even new manufactured housing in various cases, MHI – per MHI members in attendance – did not even send a staffer to protest the ban.

Although MHARR is an independent production association, which compared to MHI claims to be both a producers and post-production association, they’ve taken another step into post-production territory, with their recent vote.

As careful and regular MHProNews readers know, MHARR recently asked HUD to initiate a study of the problems related to placement and zoning issues, tied into the legal concept of enhanced preemption.

In a light-the-fuse letter obtained by MHProNews to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, the next step in that process is being taken.

MarkWeissJDPresidentCEOManufacturedHousingAssocRegulatoryReformDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHARR’s President and CEO, Mark Weiss said to Secretary Carson and several key Washington, D.C. figures as follows, under the subject: Discriminatory and Exclusionary Zoning of HUD-Regulated Manufactured Homes.

One of the principal challenges faced by the manufactured housing industry and particularly its smaller businesses in providing inherently affordable, non-subsidized housing and homeownership for lower and moderate-income Americans, is the discriminatory exclusion of HUD Code manufactured housing from large areas of the United States under the guise of local zoning regulation.”

Such exclusionary and, in fact, discriminatory zoning mandates, affect not only single-home manufactured housing placements, but also the development and/or expansion of manufactured housing communities which provide much-needed land-lease (i.e., rental) space for manufactured homes.”

Weiss’ letter than reminds Secretary Carson that he himself made a similar point last year.

In a 2018 speech to the Policy Advisory Board of the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies, you specifically identified and recognized the harmful impact of exclusionary zoning on the availability of affordable housing and homeownership for all Americans, stating that HUD would act “to identify and incentivize the tearing-down of local regulations that serve as impediments to the developing [of] affordable housing stock. Out-of-date building codes, time consuming approval processes, restrictive or exclusionary zoning ordinances, unnecessary fees or taxes, and excessive land development standards can all contribute to higher housing costs and production delays.” (Emphasis added).”

Weiss followed that up by agreeing in this highly specific fashion, “…indeed, in the case of HUD-regulated manufactured housing, the law provides HUD with powerful tools and authority to override local zoning actions that discriminatorily exclude or severely limit the placement and utilization of HUD Code homes. Specifically, in the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, Congress gave HUD the express authority to federally preempt state and local “requirements” of any kind that impair “federal superintendence of the manufactured housing industry” and the accomplishment of the Act’s congressionally-mandated federal purposes, including “facilitat[ing] the availability of affordable manufactured homes.” Indeed, in a November 13, 2003 letter to then-HUD Secretary Mel Martinez (copy attached), key congressional proponents of the 2000 reform law stated that enhancements to the scope of federal preemption set forth in that law “have given HUD the legal authority to preempt local requirements or restrictions which discriminate against the siting of manufactured homes (compared to other single family housing) simply because they are HUD-code homes.”

Rephrased, Weiss stressed the merits of using “Enhanced Preemption” – a point that MHARR, MHLivingNews, and MHProNews have stressed for years as an existing legal remedy to prompt local zoning “NIMBYites” to relent under federal supremacy.

While there are examples of HUD flexing its supremacy since the 2000 law, those cases are scant.  One such letter from HUD to a local jurisdiction is linked here.

Thus, Weiss pressed on by saying, “Despite this enhanced preemption authority, however, HUD has failed to take action to stop the baseless – and expanding – exclusion of safe, decent and affordable HUD-regulated manufactured homes from numerous jurisdictions around the United States.”

“…MHARR met with officials of HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) on April 4, 2019 and requested that HUD, as a first step, utilize its resources to research, study and analyze such discriminatory and exclusionary zoning and its local and national impact(s) on the availability of affordable housing and homeownership in light of relevant national housing policies. Such research and analysis could then serve as a roadmap for further HUD action going forward.  Accordingly, we ask that you authorize and advance such a study within the Department,” wrote Weiss.

MHARR’s CEO added, “Quite simply, in order for manufactured housing to reach its full potential as an inherently affordable, non-subsidized housing resource for millions of lower and moderate-income Americans, it cannot, should not, and must not be unfairly and illegitimately excluded from significant areas of the country. In order to stop and reverse this phenomenon, leadership from HUD and by you, personally, as HUD Secretary, is essential and, indeed, indispensable.”

Among those cc’d were:

Hon. Mike Crapo
Hon. Maxine Waters
Hon. Mick Mulvaney

The letter and attachment are linked here.

As important as that letter is in tipping a domino toward more action, were the attachments.  One was a powerful letter dated in 2003, signed by Maxine Waters and others in Congress calling on HUD then to exercise their rights under “enhanced preemption” given to HUD by Congress under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA).

That letter from congress is a legally significant document, because it reflected in that time-frame the legislative intent that Congress had.

All of this begs an important question.  Why hasn’t MHI done this years ago?

It is MHI that claims to represent “all segments of factory-built housing,” while MHARR has historically stated plainly that they represent the interests of independent producers of HUD Code manufactured homes.

While there are several ways that HUD can respond, there is now a formal series of steps being taken by MHARR to prompt action.  Given that the Trump Administration has said that they are in the “enforce the law” and “promise keeping” business, it will be interesting to see how Secretary Carson and senior HUD leadership responds to these efforts. To learn more, see the link below, “Lead, Follow, or Get out of the Way.”

 

A New Paradigm Ahead?

Consider the opening quotes from MHAction, NMHOA, and Secretary Carson at the top. Then ponder how independent producers of HUD Code manufactured homes, and residents of manufactured homes, could both begin pushing for implementation of existing federal law.  The common opponent, it would seem, are the big corporate interests that MHAction claims to rail against, but is in fact supported by.  But that point doesn’t seem to be a logical hinderance for the good that could flow to existing residents, independent businesses, new investors, and new housing seekers. MHARR’s effort is timely, and in hindsight, it can be seen as a significant one.

Time will tell, but the stage is being set.  The proverbial fuse has been lit…

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Biggest Manufactured Home Living Story? Millie Francis’ Our Lady of Guadalupe Mobile Home Art, Religious Liberty, Heading to Mediation, Arbitration or Litigation

January 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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It’s the top mainstream news story involving the industry that too few manufactured housing (MH) profession leaders seem to grasp – or are willing to tackle.

 

 

Nevertheless, it’s perhaps the biggest one in years to impact our flailing segment of the affordable housing industry.

Once the ubiquitous Drudge Report linked up the account of Millie Francis and her public display of Our Lady of Guadalupe, numerous other mainstream media outlets picked up the subject.

 

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Scores of news sources have run variations of her tale. It includes Francis’ battle with her resident owned community’s (ROC) management company and on-site manager Janet Nowakowski, whom Francis claims is in violation of community rules, while selectively enforcing others.

Legal opinions and other manufactured home industry professional have weighed in with their views.

What mainstream media stresses Francis’ determined “They’ll have to kill me first” statement, standing before her now iconic painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the street facing of her pre-HUD Code mobile home comes down.

The Bradenton Tropical Palms resident owned community’s management hired the law firm, Knox and Levine, to pressure Francis into removing the painted image of the Madonna, the mother of Jesus under her venerated image as Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLG).

 

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Devout Catholics see OLG as the patroness of the Americas, and of the unborn.

 

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A Bradenton city official has told MHProNews that they are aware of the drama, and recommend that Francis contact a Fair Housing organization in the area. That mirrors other legal commentary shared on-and-off the record to MHProNews, previously reported at the link here.  One example is shown below.

 

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The Millie Francis, Our Lady of Guadalupe Drama Synopsis 

Millie Francis found herself in a firestorm over a painting she was “inspired” to commission while at mass as she prepared to receive holy communion at Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton, FL.

Francis told the Daily Business News on MHProNews that she is seeking an off-ramp from the drama, but does not want to have the image painted by artist Ingrid Brandt removed.

Francis pointed out to MHProNews other examples of architectural changes in that same section of Bradenton Tropical Palms community she lives in that involve the use of dolphins, geckos, or other symbols.  Those other examples may also be viewed as religious in nature.

 

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Which begs the questions, why is Francis’ painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe causing persecution? Why are the others apparently accepted by the resident owned community’s management? Is Francis’ interest in the cooperative ‘resident owned community’ somehow inferior to that of others who live there?

 

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Part of the caustic elements in the evolution of this matter is that the entire affair was arguably sparked by the resident owned community’s own security company.

 

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The security service would reportedly drive by Francis’ home at night, shining a light through her pre-HUD Code mobile home’s window. Some ‘stranger’ would also come by, said Francis, who would peer in.  That individual was apparently not spotted or stopped by security in the gated Brandenton Tropical Palms.

So, as a result of those incidents, Francis asked for and was given permission by that ROC to do what others at that property have done, architecturally remove and replace her front window.

A source close to Francis told MHProNews that this hullabaloo may be traced to something as simple as incomplete paperwork. If so, then why all the threats of litigation and eviction over a powerful cultural and religious symbol?

The Orlando Sentinel produced a short video, that included the still-video-frame of a comically evil-looking, mustachioed manager posted above. Is that the image that ROCs or others in the manufactured home industry want?  If not, where is the action to intervene and bring this to a proper resolution?  Why not let Francis fill out and sign a few papers, and let her keep her artwork, as others in the same community have been allowed to do?

The most recent video about this tragi-comic tale is posted below.

 

 

 

Behind the Veil of the Media Narrative

It is noteworthy that the art has its own legal protection under Florida law. But that law may not necessarily protect the artwork exactly where it is currently located, which is Francis’ stated desire.

The media accounts metaphorically paint Francis as a tough, 85-year-old woman, who will die before she gives up that commissioned art work.

While Francis is indeed determined, she is also a heart patient. The stress over this issue could kill her. When we spoke in person, she had to pause and catch her breath. Tears came to her eyes, as Francis shared the unexpected development of her circumstances.

A brief, follow-up phone call from MHProNews with the valiant senior revealed she was having her heart examined by medical professionals, apparently due to her distress.

A sense of the sheer breath of news coverage are found in the Google screen captures as shown. Well over 100,000 online links to this topic are reported by Google.

 

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Mediation? Arbitration? Litigation?

A possible mediator for Francis has stepped forward. That party spoke to MHProNews at length, off-the-record. While trained in mediation, he is not an attorney. It remains to be seen if he can find a compromise with Knox and Levine.

Otherwise, the case will head to arbitration or the courts.

 

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Where are the Manufactured Home Industry’s Non-Profits?

At the time Millie Francis spoke to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, she was unaware of any activity by any nonprofit on her behalf. There is no known indication since which indicates that has changed. Which should make any industry professional wonder, where are resident and/or trade groups such as:

 

  • ROC USA
  • Prosperity Now
  • MHAction
  • NMHOA
  • #NobleNotMobile
  • Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA)
  • Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)

 

on this issue, which has focused global attention on Manufactured Home Living since the Drudge Report linked a news story up?

Perhaps the most in-depth report – and one of the highest ranked among some of this morning’s Google searches – is the one posted on MHProNews. It is found at the link here, and in the related references below the byline.

 

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It should be disclosed that MHProNews provided the Drudge Report with a document containing pages of evidence about Mille Francis’ Our Lady of Guadalupe case. That was sent to the Drudge team prior to our own publication of the report linked here and below.

Within hours of the email shown in the screen capture below, Francis’ narrative was linked up by news media maven Drudge.

 

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A similar document as the one sent to the Drudge team, sent to the Bradenton Tropical Palms, is linked here as a download.  The parties certainly ought to know how badly this looks.  So, why haven’t they taken a bite of humble pie, and quietly resolved this with Millie Francis?

For reasons made clear in the in-depth report found linked below, which included third-party expert legal commentary, MHProNews editorially believes that the Bradenton Tropical Palms is harming Millie Francis’ civil and religious rights. They and their attorneys are thus arguably negatively impacting the interests of not only Francis, but that of the entire manufactured home industry and its millions of homeowners too.

After all, ponder how this appears to outsiders looking in. If millions of manufactured and mobile home owners live in a land-lease, and this is the kind of treatment that residents receive?  How can that be anything other than a negative reflection on our entire profession?

Examples of how the public has reacted to this are predictable, with some examples posted at the detailed report, linked below the byline.

 

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All of the positive efforts of the industry are moot if post-production industry leaders are not wise enough to step up to the plate and help resolve this vexing matter in a positive way. If they won’t do it out of compassion for the rights of Millie Francis, then they should act out of pure self interest. Either way, they should act.

 

Sense of Urgency?

There ought to be some urgency for the industry’s post-production associations and non-profits to step in and help resolve this matter in a favorable fashion. Francis’ health is an obvious issue. Her rights are purportedly being violated, say legal experts. Plus, these troubling headlines and related reports will likely continue for weeks or months.  That will continue to forge a problematic stereotype about our industry, at the very time – the growing affordable housing crisis – that the opposite image is being portrayed than what is needed.

It’s baffling that one or more post-production industry nonprofits have reportedly not already stepped up to help settle this case.  As the meme from the Orlando Sentinel exemplifies, this makes a ROC and manufactured home communities in general look like a monster picking on an 85-year-old heart patient, a devout Catholic Christian who felt inspired to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Ouch.

Angels? Geckos? Dolphins? Those are all apparently okay.

But the Catholic patroness of the unborn and of the Americas? That’s apparently a no-no at the Bradenton Tropical Palms in Florida.

An affordable housing crisis grows.  The National Association of Realtors and others favorably spotlighted in 2018 manufactured homes as the most affordable type of permanent home ownership in America.  Nevertheless, due in no small measure to a stream of incidents – including this one – the opportunity for doing more good is misunderstood and maligned.

Warren Buffett is a well-known, big-time supporter of abortion. Apparently, the secular Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington masters of MHVille won’t lift a finger to come to the side of their own industry and this ailing Catholic widow.

What words does one find to describe the outrage this episode should spark from coast-to-coast among industry pros and investors?  What words should describe the way this impacts manufactured home owners, and what is more typically an appealing lifestyle?

MHVille’s so-called corporate and non-profit leaders?  Where’s your leadership on this top-headline issue? “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, commentary, and analysis.)

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Manufactured Home Industry Groups Fighting Hard, Meanwhile, a Man Died

January 18th, 2019 Comments off

 

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We as an independent manufactured home producer’s association have often worked successfully with resident groups, on issues of mutual interest. We don’t deal with community related issues directly. I believe that people of good will may agree or disagree on details, and still have mutual respect. Let me express my sincere condolences to those touched by the loss of Ed Speraw.” – Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform.

 

It goes without saying among numbers of manufactured home community (MHC) owners and managers, that activist resident groups are often viewed dimly. Resident activists routinely return that perspective.

That’s a recipe for years of more acrimonious relationships.

Recently, Ed Speraw – the former President of the Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association (DMHOA) – died.

The Daily Business News on MHProNews pondered how the word of that passage of Speraw from this life might best be handled.

We reached out for comments from resident group leaders and manufactured home industry leaders. We obtained two, one a professional – above, another from a friend of the deceased.

Those and more are available via the linked text/image box posted, below.  It explores areas of agreement, and disagreement, and where common ground may be found.

 

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Teachable Moment?

Editorially, MHProNews management hopes that this might be a conversation starter. The report above will certainly cause some to react or think.

The industry’s leadership on the MHI/NCC side has sadly failed to bridge the gap with resident groups. There is arguably little-to-no trust.

Monopolistic practices arguably hurt residents, most small-to-mid sized businesses, and the new home sales levels of our industry.  That’s one of several possible foundations for mutual advocacy efforts.  Further, there are thousands of independently owned manufactured home communities where residents and management get along just fine.  This writer has seen that first hand, in communities from border to border.

While some keep spinning the pipe dream that pretty pictures or slick videos will solve what has ailed new manufactured home sales, years of fact-checks, new home shipment tallies, and following-the-money prove otherwise.  Part of the challenge is ‘resident relations.’  When residents have to sue, for example, the MHI chairman, that’s not cause for enthusiastic trust.

How many other industries have such a significantly acrimonious relationship with a significant percentage of their product owners?  While customers do sue other product makers, or may protest something, those other industries are already thriving. No so, manufactured housing.

Education is needed all around. It’s arguably overdue to break through thin egg shells. Instead of living in disconnecting white silos, by cracking shells, why not mix it up, and enjoy some omelets?

 

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What Are Millennials Thinking? Affordable Housing, Manufactured Homes, Other Time-Sensitive Trends

October 5th, 2018 Comments off

 

Studious, acute Daily Business News on MHProNews readers may recall our report from earlier this year that references the factoid that millennials are now the largest age-group of home buyers.

 

As with many of our topics, related articles are cross-linked.

Those linked articles can be read later for greater understanding on a specific point.

It should also be noted that skim-readers often miss some detail(s) that can change the entire meaning of an article.

Simple advice?

Read with care, and you’ll be surprised at what you walk away with from every MHProNews post.  If the industry’s best known billionaire thinks careful reading is good, that’s a useful insight, isn’t it?

 

NAR, Gen Y and MH Takeaways

The National Association of Realtors ® (NAR) produced the core study last spring that included data about Gen Y with respect to housing.

 

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NAR, in our experience, has demonstrated that their research aims at accuracy, not weaponization.

For example, when our publisher contacted NAR about factual errors in their 2018 research about manufactured homes, their researcher double-checked the concerns, and then made each correction promptly.  Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, Certified Business Economist (CBE) then took the added step of giving public credit for those corrections in her very first footnote.

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Accuracy matters, and giving credit to sources matters to third parties.

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Sadly, by contrast, when the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has been contacted by our publisher about factual errors on numerous reports and documents.  That has occurred for a period of over 2 years.  Time and again, weeks or months later – corrections were not made by MHI.  The reader can ponder the ‘why’ behind that phenomenon, but millennials are the focus of this specific report, not MHI.

So, when NAR says that millennials are the largest group of home-buyers, there have been no known reports that debunk their claim.

Then, let’s look at the following facts and infographics, that provide snapshots of millennials at that moment in time.

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Millennial Infographics

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This next one is about millennials, videos, social media, and related.

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Millennials, MHAction, and Manufactured Housing Professionals

If you scratch deeply enough, people of good will can routinely find common-ground with others. Considering other perspectives is useful.

MHProNews noted in a report earlier today that all good bi-partisanship benefits businesses of all sizes, not just the giants.

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Bi-partisanship furthermore should be good for consumers, and taxpayers too.

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MHAction and Millennials

Against that backdrop, MHAction is a multi-generational group, but with relatively youthful leadership at the national level.

If you watch the following MHAction video, you’ll note that Elizabeth Warren (MA-D) is front-and-center as part of their presentation. The golden-ager at the start of their video posted further below – Margie Mathers – tells a heart-strings story, that may well be true, as far as it goes.

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But what’s arguably missing from Mathers’ statements in the MHAction video are similar to what was missing from NMHOA’s President, Tim Sheahan’s comments to regulators. It’s the cause of the issues they are concerned about, rather than just the symptoms.

When:

  • capital or government barriers of entry into business,
  • or barriers to remain in business, are too high for small businesses,
  • then you end up with precisely what Ms. Mathers and Mr. Sheahan have each described.
  • I.e.: larger corporations that control businesses, instead of many smaller ones.  Oddly, their own comments indicate smaller firms tend to be responsive to their residents and customers. 

An MHAction video, which includes commentary and analysis on the left side of the screen, is shown below.  It includes Gen Y protestors, but is multi-generational.

 

Self-described progressive groups like MHAction or NMHOA should be open to the views of fellow progressives, and of course, other groups too.

  • It was the left-leaning Seattle Times that reasoned earlier this year that when a large company can ‘get away with’ poor behavior toward their customers, that is an indicator of monopoly.
  • The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has argued that more options for siting manufactured homes would be good for residents, as well as for independent businesses.  Zoning and placement are a post-production issue, so that’s one that MHARR may comment on, but they are a producers’ organization.  So they stay laser focused on issues that directly impact the regulation of HUD Code manufactured homes.
  • What Ms. Mathers said on camera in the MHAction video above was largely fine, while her community was owned by a ‘mom and pop’ operation. By her own statement, it was after her community was acquired by a big company that she said her problems occurred. Mr. Sheahan made a similar statement, in quotes and a document found as a download in the report linked below.

Tim Sheahan, NMHOA President, Controversial Points of Agreement with Marty Lavin, George Allen on Communities

The MHAction video posted above is edited by them to make it into an arguably classic manipulation video.  It uses emotion to advance an agenda.  That agenda is debatably bad for those residents, and for private enterprise too.  So a careful look at all the elements at play undermine what MHAction, and their political allies, want to accomplish with their video, as posted further above.  It is useful to see their methods at work, in their own words.

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When their fellow traveler, President Barack Obama (D), or Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D), promoted heavy regulations as ‘solutions,’ what they and others of like mind created was a trend toward less affordable housing, and more big businesses. That is among the reasons why NMHOA or MHAction members ought to seek to reform or create a new option for manufactured home owners.

Sources have informed MHProNews that billionaire George Soros’ money is involved in the background of MHAction, and other similar progressive or left-wing groups.  The members of NMHOA or MHAction may be well meaning. They need to be heard, properly engaged, and then reasoned with, not dismissed out of hand.

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But the leadership of MHAction and NMHOA certainly ought to be well informed as to where their money is coming from.  Those leaders should know how their action fits into a pattern of activity that demonstrably harms the very manufactured home owners and others they claim to be helping.

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Blackstone Group, Manufactured Home Communities, and MHAction

Blackstone is featured prominently at the end of the MHAction video.  Last July, Blackstone reportedly acquired numerous manufactured home communities, and already had other real estate investments in conventional housing.

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As one of the comments on the still reflects, MHAction is affiliated with other progressive or leftist groups.  They don’t always make that clear in their videos.  Perhaps that is an effort by MHAction to make their numbers seem larger than they actually are.  But that also reveals another challenge and reality.  They are tied to larger organizations – such as George Soros backed Move On, and New York Communities for Change (NYCC) – which emerged from the ashes of scandal plagued ACORN.

Barack Obama, before becoming a U.S. Senator and then the 44th president, was an attorney that had represented ACORN. As PolitiFact said, “When Obama met with ACORN leaders in November 2007, he reminded them of his affinity for ACORN and his time as a Project Vote organizer.”

Earlier today, President Donald J. Trump tweeted about George Soros.  See progressive Vox’s comment about that tweet, and the tweet itself, below.

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Our afternoon report focused on bipartisanship, and the times when it is or isn’t appropriate.  It is all part of the puzzle that once understood, reveals how smaller businesses, would be and current manufactured home owners are often harmed by poor public policy, or groups that have an agenda that is not in alignment with the interests of manufactured home owners and independent businesses.

 

Millennials and Public Policy

Industry pros are reminded again than public polling can be tilted by push-polls, over-or-under sampling of a group or party, and other techniques that can twist the meaning of the survey.

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Polling is arguably used by various media to motivate – or demotivate – various groups of potential voters, donors, and activists.

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With those caveats, let’s dive into what the most recent polling says about millennials and their political views, which obviously can impact the legal and thus the business environment in America.

In order to better understand the political landscape in advance of the midterm election, and from the point of view of American millennials, BuzzFeed News and Maru/Blue teamed up to conduct an online survey of 1,006 randomly selected 22-37- year-olds,” said the opening from their detailed polling.

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The BuzzFeed – Maru/Blue survey made similar points to others that have been reported by the Daily Business News on MHProNews. Note that BuzzFeed teamed up with the Seattle Times on one of their Clayton Homes exposés.

If accurate, their survey suggests that the tilt toward socialism could be more profound than other polls so far have reflected.

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Owner/Investor Cautionary Tale?

It isn’t only millennials that may lack critical-thinking skills.

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But the data suggests that more Gen Y in the U.S. are more likely to be ‘buy into’ socialist promises.

You can’t force someone to vote or think this or that way, but you can share information with them.  That is the better long-term approach anyway. The maxim, “Those who are convinced against their will, are of the same opinion still” applies. So does this axiom, “Give a man to fish, and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

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“Results vs. Resistance,” Cutting Fog with Facts for MHVille

October 1st, 2018 Comments off

 

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Some 72 percent of Americans believe that misinformation from media is common today, said a recent Axios poll. Distortions of reality impacts manufactured housing in a variety of ways.  The light of truth is a useful disinfectant to the darkness of false information or harmful fiction.

 

As was recently reported on the Daily Business News on MHProNews, manufactured home community resident Rob Weymouth wrote a letter to his local editor to encourage readers to “vote Democratic” to fix his states rent control bill. It was Democrats who passed the rent control measure, a Democratic governor signed into law, and Weymouth himself said the law was “useless.”

Weymouth has the seal of approval from the Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association (DMHOA), which is affiliated with MHAction, and NMHOA.  ICYMI, see the related report, below, later for the details.

MH Communities, Owners, MH Independents Alert – NMHOA and MHAction Next Steps? – Part 1

MHProNews has reported for years on the unintended problems caused by rent control.  Paul Bradley, of ROC USA, took aim at the issue of rent control too, saying there had to be a better solution.

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Why not look past the feel good, easy fix sound bites – that are often based upon myth – and see the reality that rent control harms residents, potential developers, and smaller property owners alike? Tim Sheahan, President of the National Manufactured Home Owners Association himself identified, albeit perhaps unwittingly, the fact that when there was a lot of developing going on, land-lease was affordable and the free market kept site-fees – a.k.a. ground rent – stable.

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Part of Weymouth’s – and those of his associates who agreed with his reasoning for voting for Democrats – was another claim that’s easily disputed.  Namely, that Republicans are the party of the rich.

Tell that to the top 10 billionaires in America.

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7 of those 10 billionaires are reliably Democratic supporters.  3 of those top ten are more conservative or Libertarian leaning.  Warren Buffett is near the top of this list, and he and his fellow travelers are reliably Democratic supporters.

Yesterday, on Sunday Morning Futures, House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy was asked how does the GOP fight the perceived blue wave and their oversized pockets?

McCarthy answer was comparing “results vs resistance.”  The “resistance” is a term that the left has adopted to the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Democrats have two liberal billionaires that are trying to buy the House to flip it,” McCarthy said, per the Daily Caller. “You have Mike Bloomberg who first promised $80 million. Now he’s talking about going to $100 million just on Democrats in the House. And then Tom Steyer who has already spent $120 million. And he brags because he wants to impeach the president.”

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signaled that he may run in 2020 for president as a Democrat.  If so, having a majority in the Congress would be for him and his colleagues the ideal outcome.

The difficulty is, when you have liberal billionaires willing to write a $100 million check at the time, that’s very difficult to try to equal the playing field,” McCarthy said.

How do we equal the playing field? Results vs. resistance. The results of this economy [are] better than we’ve seen in the last 50 years.”

 

Counter-Indicators?

President Trump, when out on the stump at his rallies, explains to his listeners how suppression polling is supposed to work.

Take, for example, a “push poll” that tries to get a surveyed person to answer questions in a preferred fashion. Here at MHProNews, we are routinely called for polls.  We know first-hand that push polls are a common surveying method.

Another tactic used by some polling operations is the over-sample from among Democratic supporters, while under sampling Republicans and independents. That occurred in the 2016 election cycle.  By looking at the internals of some polls, and using public data with adjustments, MHProNews was able to use mainstream polling and project the path for a Trump victory on election night accurately.

But how many voters look at the ‘internals’ of a poll to begin with?  The president is correct in suggesting that a possible goal of polls is to convince people that the election is “over,” and there are no good reasons to go out and vote.  The odds may favor the Democrats, on money or the historic trends of many midterms in the last 50 years.  But going to vote still counts.

In 2016, Republicans were outspent by Democrats for president that year. CBS News reported that “Election 2016’s price tag: $6.8 billion. Americans who are running for federal elective offices spent more than ever — about $6.8 billion — in that pursuit, including the nastiest presidential election in recent memory, between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.”

Per the New York Times,Mrs. Clinton’s total expenses were $565 million, compared with $775 million for President Obama; Mr. Trump spent $322 million, while Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee that year, spent $460 million. Mrs. Clinton closed with under $1 million in the bank, much less than the $7 million remaining for the Trump” campaign.

Former Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Chairman was one of those movers and shakers in MHVille that supported Clinton, and previously supported President Barack Obama.  He’s used Clayton Homes for product, and 21st Mortgage for lending, both Berkshire Hathaway brands.  Berkshire Chairman Warren Buffett was a prominent backer of then Senator, later President Barack Obama.  The money and influence tilted toward the Democrats.

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So the trend for years has been more money for Democrats, including more big donors for Democrats. But just as President Trump was able to win with fewer dollars, that is possible in the 2016 cycle too.

 

Evidence for the Red Wave?

In fact, there are several surveys and counter-signals that could indicate that the blue wave Democrats and much of the mainstream media is reporting could prove to be incorrect.  Let’s look at some facts.  Gallup did a survey in September that demonstrated that the GOP is at its highest level of acceptance in some 7 years.

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Per Gallup, the Republican Party is viewed slightly more favorably than Democrats.  Isn’t that odd, given all of those polls that suggest an edge to Democrats? But there’s more.

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The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) – which sources there tell the Daily Business News on MHProNews includes hundreds of manufactured housing industry firms among their 325,000 members – has reported their highest levels of business confidence in many years.  That confidence wave began with the election of Donald J. Trump.

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Consumer confidence surveys are likewise at historic levels since President Trump began his term in office.

In the recent TV viewing of the Ford-Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings in the Senate last week, Nielson said that some 20 million Americans tuned in that day to watch part or all of the proceedings. “20.4 million people tuning in on six broadcast and cable networks, according to Nielsen data released on Friday,” said NBC NewsMillions more listened to the testimony by radio.

Per Forbes,On the three major [cable] news networks, Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, the Kavanaugh hearing averaged 11 million total viewers from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., according to Nielsen data. That viewership peaked from 3:15 and 6:45 p.m., when Kavanaugh himself testified, with almost 13 million total viewers.”

Fox News easily beat the audience share of MSNBC and CNN. See the graphic, below. While not every CNN viewer leans Democratic, and not every Fox viewer leans GOP, those are the widely noted tendencies.

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Perhaps more significant are the radio audiences.  While there are “progressive” talk radio shows, conservatives and libertarians dominate talk radio. Rush Limbaugh, per various reports, can reach up to 30 million people online, via broadcast, etc. Sean Hannity can be about half that “Rush” audience size.

With unemployment among blacks, Hispanics and women at record lows, and wages rising, there are reasons to believe that their support for President Trump-backed candidates will grow.

Once again, black entertainer Kanye West publicly made a pro-Trump talk this past weekend.  While booed by some members of the largely liberal Saturday Night Live (SNL) audience, he’s part of that trend towards a less monolithic voting among minorities for Democrats. The broad-minded network did not air it, but here is a clip of what took place.

Democrats may be signaling their own concerns over 2018 in subtle as well as obvious ways.  Former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Secretary Hillary Clinton have been and/or soon plan to hit the campaign trail in support of Democrats.  It is worth noting that former Secretary Clinton will be campaigning with openly socialistic candidate, Mayor Andrew Gillum in FL.

Every election comes down to turn-out. November 6 is just 36 days away, and early voting has begun. Some polling suggests that a record midterm could be ahead. The president has a packed campaign rally schedule.

As MHProNews fact-checks and analysis has documented and reminded industry professionals, the Obama Administration era foisted more regulations, Pam Danner at HUD, higher taxes, Dodd-Frank, doubled the federal debt, ObamaCare, and other road-blocks on our industry’s growth. President Obama promised to veto Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, while President Donald J. Trump signed S. 2155 into law, which contained a key plank from the same bill.

The mask is arguably coming off of the various ways that MHI acts as Buffett’s Berkshire tool. MHI’s own former VP blew part of the Arlington, VA based trade group’s cover.

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The midterms can continue the momentum in the economy, or it could reverse it with promised socialist policies being openly advanced by several Democratic candidates.

 

Results vs. Resistance.”

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Supply, Demand, Manufactured Homes, and Land Lease Communities

September 11th, 2018 Comments off

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As you listen to this video about blueberries, think about manufactured home community sites, instead of blueberries.

 

With that understanding, this video is one way to explain to resident activist group members why a lack of new construction is one of the drivers of higher site fees.


But another factor that has to be considered by activists and there supporters is interest by home shoppers in manufactured homes themselves.

When headline grabbing activists make living in a manufactured home community sound less appealing, what that does is arguably harm the values of existing pre-HUD Code mobile homes and manufactured homes. Why? Because the demand is lower, the price will likely be lower.

As noted earlier today, these issues aren’t meant to be a put-down of well-intended followers of NMHOA, MHAction or other activist-leaders.

Rather, reports like this and the one below are meant to give a tool to those on staff who may interact with such residents.

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These provides a means to explain to those who may be well intended, but are logically being misled by the leadership of manufactured home activist residents. NMHOA and MHAction leaders are arguably harming the interests of member home owners on several levels.

Maybe that’s why those leaders don’t want to discuss or debate such issues in public?

We’ll plan reports like this on MHLivingNews, but until then, your front line staff need to get their arms around this.  We already have the related report below.

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Because there are per sources, hundreds if not thousands in MHVille who don’t know how to explain such issues to residents and shoppers.

To learn more details, please see the related reports, linked above and below. Retailers, communities and others should make sure that your staffs are on top of these types of nuts-and-bolts issues.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Pain, Pleasure, Persuasion, Honesty, and Sustainable MHVille Profits

September 9th, 2018 Comments off


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There are precisely three ways to influence any organization of whatever size.

Influence can only occur:

  • From within an organization,
  • from outside of a given group or
  • from a combination of both.

That’s the clarity of applied logic or common-sense reasoning.

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Day by day, MHProNews and MHLivingNews presents facts, figures, evidence, analysis, reasoning, and specific stories.

Why?

Because it works. Reasoning and stories influence people.

Let’s be clear. Some will run from reason or will avoid topics that make them uncomfortable. But the subconscious mind, once exposed to a fact, doesn’t readily forget it. Facts and evidence may get drowned out for a time, but reality has a way of making a comeback.

Pain in the body is a signal that something is wrong. Pleasure and pain can both be manipulated. Emotions used correctly motivates, used incorrectly, can be tricked and manipulated. Humanity was created with both emotion and the ability to reason.

Carrots, sticks, and repetition are how people get attracted, maneuvered, or manipulated. But a cogent presentation of facts and evidence can cut through the noise with some, and those people can in turn influence others.

Let’s start with an example outside of professional associations, but that still matter to everyone in MHVille. Manufactured home (MH) resident groups.

MH resident groups can be right, wrong or a combination of those.

But right or wrong, MH resident groups clearly have influence. Here are a few examples:

  • For years, the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) has had one or more resident group members on it. The MHCC, which meets again this week, has legally established influence at HUD, under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA).
  • You may or may not give the MHCC a second thought. But the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), some companies, and state association certainly do. So do resident groups. Because the MHCC can influence several things that impact the HUD Code manufactured homes that are sold by the industry.
  • At state legislatures, at the local governments level, or in congressional hearings, resident groups have and can make a difference for or against a pending law or other administrative actions.

Knowing this about resident groups, there are state associations that work with them as best they can.

MHARR has had contact with them too, on issues like the Duty to Serve (DTS) Manufactured Housing mandated for the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs or Enterprises) of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) in 2008.

As those who have sat in MHI meetings know, MHI leaders have often cursed resident groups. But like them or not, NMHOA, MHAction and their state affilates are a reality. Better deal with them, or one must find a way to replace their influence with something better.

MH Resident groups matter.

As community owners in numerous states have learned, resident groups can’t be ignored. If they are ignored, it is only at a cost. So, you don’t have to like MHAction or NMHOA to realize they’re a reality that influences bottom-lines literally from coast-to-coast.

But up until recently, who has thought to challenge them in publicly in a debate? Or what about supplanting/replacing them when they won’t see reason on issues that can improve the lives of residents they claim to care about, as well as businesses like yours?

Let’s look at another example, from outside or MHVille. Political parties and candidates.

What government at all levels does or doesn’t do absolutely influences businesses of all sizes. That’s true in and beyond manufactured homes.

So, MHProNews uniquely looks at “News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing.” ©

You ignore politics at the risk of your investments of time, talent, and treasure.

You might have the best product, service, value, and the happiest customers. But government action or inaction on an important issue can strengthen, weaken, speed, slow or destroy your business.

The power to tax, and the power to regulate involve are the power to destroy. That’s based on a Supreme Court justice’s famous statement, shown below. That’s reality.

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Like it or not, political parties, resident groups, associations, and media all influence government.  Government in turn sets the rules that can make or break your business.

So, if you want to be successful long-term in business:

1)    you have to go beyond product, service, marketing, sales and technology. You have to be aware of, and hopefully influence those, that influence others.

2)    If you don’t pay attention to those outside factors, others are and will set the rules of the game in ways that will help or harm your business.

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3)    The same is true for homeowners. Whatever the intent of their members, NMHOA and MHAction arguably advocate for things harmful to manufactured home owners and businesses alike. Proving the harm of radical activists by a cogent use of facts, evidence, and reasoning is thus useful to all.  By all, that means the vast majority of MH home owners, as well as to MH businesses of all sizes and types.

4)    The same is true of both major parties. As political independents, we can say there is one thing about the Democratic platform that – on paper – is good for independent businesses. What is it? Their antitrust/anti-monopoly plank could, if used properly, make a difference for small businesses. But we frankly don’t see Democrats using it yet. Republicans – the so-called Grand Old Party or GOP – tends to be more pro-businesses.  But the GOP has for years done, or failed to do, certain things that harm independents of all sizes. But now, at the federal level and in dozens of states, the GOP has a modest edge in the branches of elected government.

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5)    Thankfully, under President Donald J. Trump’s leadership, he is addressing issues in the GOP like the border, immigration, regulatory relief, tax cuts, tax reform, attracting more capital, putting solid Constitutionally minded justices on the Supreme Court, protecting religious liberty, job creation, helping wages rise naturally, education, etc. These are all pragmatic.  They are useful to people and businesses alike. Thus, Pro-Trump candidates are thus getting our vote and editorial support.

But the point of this analysis and commentary is this.

You may be the most honest or ethical person in your town. You may have great value and service. But as ELS’ Sam Zell observed, others with no investment in your company or profession others can make, break, minimize or maximize your business, profits, and results.

That’s why on the slowest day of the Labor Day weekend, literally thousands of more professionals were reading and viewing content on MHProNews than any other similar trade resource in our industry. Because we at MHProNews and on MHLivingNews keep our eyes on issues that matter to you, as well as to your present, and potential customers.

Pain, pleasure, persuasion, and honestly sustainable MHVille profits can only be achieved via reality-based action. That requires solid information. Day-by-day, we bring you the MH “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use.” ©

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With no further adieu, let’s look at the headlines, reports, facts, and stories that can help make you navigate business better and more profitably.  Together, let’s look at the issues that can make manufactured homes more available to millions of potential buyers, who should become happy home owners. We’ll start with MHLivingNews, the Masthead, and then do the Daily Business News recaps for last week.

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Wednesday 9.5.2018

Like No Place Else, plus Manufactured Housing, Stocks, Market Updates

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Tuesday, 9.4.2018

Senate Hearings, “High Tech Lynching” plus MH Market Updates

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Monday 9.3.2018

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Sunday 9.2.2018

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What Happened to Those Anti-MHI Resident Group Protests?

October 13th, 2017 Comments off
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The staff leadership of two of the best known resident groups, both of which have demonstrated their anti-community owner bias, along with an ability to do protests and get local/national media. As an example, see the report, the Road to Hell.

The headline is a fair question, one asked by industry professionals, which the Daily Business News assured industry readers would be part of a follow up report.  This is that report.

A recap of facts is warranted.

Shortly before and after Hurricane Irma, the responses to MHProNews inquiries from resident group sources went dark.

Given that much of the state of Florida was without power, for those residents who were based in in that state were the Manufactured Housing Institute meetings were to be held in Orlando, that was perhaps no surprise.

Sources never stated where those alleged resident protestors were coming from.  But it would not be a surprise if they were going to come from Florida, see below messages. That alone may explain the lack of protests.

Below the links that follow are some of the screen captures from the emails regarding this issue, and they dovetail precisely with the responsible reporting by MHProNews on this subject.

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Kevin Borden, Exec Director of MHAction and Sandra BP-Weeks, their public relations professional, both did similarly. They indicated that a discussion was necessary, and then said no comment. They hinted, but neither confirmed or denied the protest plan.

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A few of the messages from MHAction. All media experience times they sound a warning, that ends up not panning out. It’s part of the news business. Weather warnings, terror alerts, etc. are just two examples most are familiar with. MHProNews is proud of our record of accuracy in trade media reporting, and has always been willing to show other perspectives, or correct if needed. 

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Publisher’s Commentary

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L. A. “Tony” Kovach, has a proven track record of holding resident groups, public officials and errant industry parties accountable, or as an industry leader recently said, “Tony has street cred.”  Photo by Mark Simon, shows Kovach engaging with SAAs in NY.  He’s the publisher of the industry’s two largest and most popular trade media, MHLivingNews.com and MHProNews.com. LinkedIn? Connect here.

There are many possibilities as to why the protests didn’t materialize,” said publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach.  “What we know is that first one, then another source advised MHProNews about the plan.  NMHOA said they wouldn’t “participate,” which further indicated that there was a plan for resident groups to protest, but that they would not be among them.”

Weather?  Head fake? Power outage? They lost the element of surprise? The bottom line is they [the protests] didn’t happen, and those resident group sources haven’t said why,” Kovach said. 

Given their respective histories, the plan and sources seemed credible.  We made it clear that it was an allegation, with credible reasons to believe them, which we showed previously.  That makes our report accurate, even though the protests never took place – much like a severe weather alert – that doesn’t result in a tornado.”

“But had the protests taken place, and had we failed to warn the industry’s members after we had been tipped…that possiblity, it seems to me, would have been the black eye. We took the prudent course of action, said alleged, and showed the information available.”

That said, MH Industry members thanked us for learning so much about anti-manufactured home business/community resident groups, that have managed to get significant media attention,” Kovach said.

See links above to learn more, or our previous report fisking a resident group, “The Road to Hell.”  ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

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MH Activist Group Responds to Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Orlando Meeting Protests

August 9th, 2017 Comments off

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I won’t be at the MHI meeting in Orlando,” Dave Anderson, Executive Director of the National Manufactured Home Owners Association told MHProNews in an emailed comment.

NMHOA isn’t planning to participate,” Anderson said. “I don’t know if our state member group, Federation of Manufactured Home Owners of Florida, is planning to go. The state associations make their decisions independently.”

A follow up question to NMHOA on the above has not taken place as of the time this Daily Business News (DBN) post was drafted.

What Does The NMHOA Reply Practically Mean?  Who’s Not (Yet) Talking About Protests?

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has not yet responded to queries on if they’re taking precautions to safeguard members from the potential negative impact of protests.

MHI board members tell MHProNews that to this point, no formal notice or warning has been detected or transmitted by the Arlington, VA based group to their members.

However, sources say that several state association executives have quietly advised at least some of their key members about these concerns.

But a closer look at Anderson’s reply above may suggest what they may know is being planned by others in the activist, anti-business community movement.

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Please return to the quote above, which was emailed by NMHOA’s Anderson. They said that they won’t “participate,” in what?   That could be an important clue, one more confirmation of what follows, below.

The other major activist group, see below, has both replied – and yet dodged the – heart of the questions.

Besides MHI’s silence is MH Action’s – Which are Different.

MHAction has pointedly acknowledged this trade publication’s inquiries.

But they have not yet confirmed or denied the reports that they are planning protests and disruptive activities.

Anderson and his colleague at NMHOA have been contacted about this several times, before the response above came in.  As the photo below – from the NMHOA website indicates – NMHOA features several protests.

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NMHOA, and MHAction have both participated in anti-MHC or anti-Industry protests. Sources have advised MHProNews that what’s looming over the Orlando MHI meeting could be far more radical than anything the industry has previously experienced.  Photo credit, NMHOA website.

But sources tell MHProNews that the greater threat of disruptive activity could be from Kevin Borden led, MHAction.

More than one source associated with MHAction have indicated to the DBN – previously and recently – that disruption of the MHI Orlando meeting is on their planning table.

Informed sources have also told the DBN on MHProNews that it’s precisely MHAction, rather than NMHOA, that:

  • disrupting the MHI meeting,
  • capturing that with videos,
  • and posting such protest videos online after the event

as being more of Borden’s style.

Reminder – (Duh…) – Reporting is Not Endorsing

While most who have contacted MHProNews about this looming issue understand that as a pro-industry trade publisher, we are reporting.  However a few who admitted to skimming the news, rather than actually read the reports – had the false impression that this trade media platform is endorsing a protest.

Far from it.

MHProNews has previously spotlighted Borden and company, fisking their anti-industry allegations, in a report published weeks before this protest issue emerged.  To see an example, click the link here

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To see a previous Masthead spotlight of these activist groups, some of their history, and their leaders, click here.

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The photo is of an actual protest against a community operation, a mock up to illustrate what has and part of what could be happening in Orlando in September. MHI Logo is provided under fair use guidelines. To learn more, click the link above.

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Presidents, Protest Groups, Update on Plot to Disrupt MHI Annual Meeting in Orlando

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I’ve been protested before,” the corporate president said to MHProNews. “That doesn’t scare or bother me,” the caller said in reaction to the report, linked here.

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MHProNews previously reported on the “All Parks Alliance for Change,” “Mobile Justice,” a photo taken at the Minnesota state capitol protest that activist group held. To see that prior story, click here or the image above. The leader of that particular group is one of those mentioned in more detail below.

Other manufactured home industry business and association professionals who called or messaged MHProNews about the notice that one or more left-wing resident groups were mulling disruptive activities were not as enthusiastic.

Several were leery about being caught up in the middle of – as one said – “bull horn toting, sign-carrying picketers,” press, and TV cameras.

But one party was more cynical, and clinical. “C’mon! They may protest means they may not too.”

Sources and Methods

Sources and methods for this Daily Business News report need to be carefully presented:

  • to be accurate,
  • useful to professionals discerning meeting and travel plans,
  • and which may also serve to disrupt the alleged disrupters.

At a minimum, as one professional noted, the element of surprise is gone for both left-wing resident group activists, as well as for those who may want to brave photographers with print media, and TV cameras — that follow in the wake of those anti-business minded protesters.

One of several fine points, per sources that tipped MHProNews, suggest is that the protest groups could use live streaming video themselves. They would certainly “milk any and all media” or self-generated coverage “for years to come after the MHI Orlando event.”

A simple check of activist resident group websites underscored the wisdom of that comment.  Some examples, will be seen below.

Revelations, Allegations, and An Exclusive Update from Activists

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It is unclear if Communities for Change will or won’t be part of the alleged plot to disrupt the MHI meeting. What is known from a direct communication with this group is that they suggested to MHProNews that MHAction be contacted for information. To see a previously published story on how Westin and Borden teamed up using media in an attempt to discredit industry community operations, please click the photo above. Note that MHProNews debunked key elements of their media-driven claim.

MHProNews has verified directly with one such group that a steering committee has – or must – meet to further discuss just such a protest at MHI’s annual meeting in September in Orlando.

In follow ups to that same group, they have issued a “no further comment” statement.

Another group directly contacted has not yet replied.

That is not uncommon with that second organization. That group previously has replied at times, but at other times remain mute – as they know from experience that MHProNews and MHLivingNews are pro-Industry, pro-Consumer trade media that has actively debunked anti-industry claims for years. Two recent examples of this trade media platform defending the industry from unjust attacks are linked here and here.

For the response from Jonathan Westin’s organization, see the caption below his photo.

Insider Insights into ‘Splits’ Within Left-Wing Activists Resident Groups

Sources inform MHProNews that MHAction and NMHOA have a “split” when it comes to their respective “styles.”

MHAction, sources say, sees itself as more aggressive than long-time Ishbel Dickens led NMHOA.

For Ken Borden’s MHAction, per that source to the Daily Business News, NMHOA is “not aggressive enough.”

There are other resident groups that have done such ‘media magnet’ protests before, at their respective market levels.

What is unclear from information presently at hand is if – or how many of those more local groups – may be interested in leaving their normal theaters of operation, to step onto a national stage in Orlando.

That it could happen is suggested, sources say, by the emergence of Dave Anderson at NMHOA – see more on that – further below.

Disruption – Not Chess, Pinball

Tony, don’t think about these activists as chess players,” said one professional. “They absolutely have strategies, but it is more three dimensional than two. Think pinball. Disruption that gains favorable media attention for their cause – in their minds – that’s already a victory.”

That source wasn’t justifying the activist groups; rather it was an insight into their trouble-making, grab-attention worldview.

A comparison was also made by said professional between the types of protests one has seen in the U.S., pre-Trump Administration, and the far more virulent – and sometimes, violent – protests that have spring up this year, thanks in part to George Soros, and similar leftist-minded, funding sources.

Protest Group Profiles

We will provide 3 basic snapshots – self-descriptions and media headlines – of those who have been activist leaders against the business interests in the MH finance, and MH community sectors of the industry.

No particular order of importance should be construed from the 3 names listed below.

  • Ken Borden
  • Ishbel Dickens
  • David “Dave” R. Anderson

 

Ken Borden – Snapshot

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Each of these spotlighted individuals and groups has a proven track record of protests, and being media savvy. As the graphics and links below reflect, MHI has been ‘caught off guard’ before with far less dramatic incidents than the ones such seasoned protesters are allegedly plotting.

 

Ishbel Dickens – Snapshot

 

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Ishbel Dickens has directly challenged MHI positions in several venues, as MHProNews has previously reported. One such venue, where MHI said they were blind sided, was at the Congressional Field Hearings, to see that story, click here or the image above. Dickens and NMHOA colleague, Carla Burr, were part of the PBS News report that was harmful to manufactured housing and communities.  See that report, linked here. MHProNews has led-the-charge that debunked several of that group’s claims, but they are tenacious. Note their ties with CFED, Prosperity Now…others?

 

David “Dave” R. Anderson – Snapshot

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As noted above in red, Dave Anderson of NMHOA was active in the MN based All Parks Alliance group, which staged the protest shown in the photo at the top.

 

An industry source stressed to MHProNews, that readers should note that not all resident groups are made up of radical political leftists. Some are interested in bridging gaps, another topic, another time – but that point is mentioned here for a balanced understanding of the various groups themselves.

For specific examples, some state associations work with various levels of effectiveness with resident groups in their states.

MHI Security and Countermeasures?

Those professionals who asked MHProNews about MHI’s plans, if any, to deal with protests and disruption were referred to MHI.  Note MHI has not opted to share a comment on this matter.

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The original picture is of an actual protest against a manufactured home community operation — a mock up to illustrate what has happened, and part of what could – per sources – be coming in Orlando in September. As one source suggested, it should not be thought that the limits of what the protesters might do is what is shown above; as political leftist groups outside of MH have grown more aggressive and even violent in 2017.  MHI Logo is provided under fair use guidelines.

Some callers asked or spoke about other MHI related items.  But those are beyond the scope of this potential threat of protests at MHI’s annual meeting in Orlando focused report.

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Disclosures, Experience and Insights

This writer lived in a larger land lease community (several hundred sites) that had an activist protest group that was routinely able to get the local, anti-community owner media coverage they craved.

That location’s owner historically took the ‘no comment’ approach with the press. Thus, all of the coverage was slanted against that operation…

…until an alternative method and counter-plan was developed.

Those NMHOA linked-activists were listened to, a meeting attended, and parties involved were later addressed directly by this writer.

An alternate, indirect method of addressing both resident concerns and the media was established. Protest coverage by local media was no longer one-sided.

Over a period of several weeks, that engagement and countermeasures resulted in the activist numbers going from close to 100 attending their meetings, to their numbers dwindle down to single digits attending.  Only a handful afterwards were participating in their picketing and media actions, during the time this writer was involved in and led that effort.

That hardcore local version of NMHOA group remained, but the decreased level of protest, the shift in the overall resident population view, all proved useful with local media.

It was also good for generating new home sales, which protesters otherwise had previously hampered.

Those kinds of ‘disrupt the disrupters’ strategies have not been requested by MHI, who’s own ‘no comments’ approach, is unlikely to ask – or listen? – based upon their own recent patterns of problematic activity.

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CFED Turned Prosperity Now

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If MHI is serious about passing their bill, then it would be wise to come to grips with operations such as Prosperity Now, which is pro-manufactured housing, but opposes much of the MHI agenda. To learn more, click the image above.

Yesterday the Daily Business News reported on the former CFED, which has rebranded as Prosperity Now.

They are using a different activist approach.

While they have not replied for comments on if they plan any direct level of involvement in an anti-MHI protest at Orlando, their recent actions offer a strong clue as to the kinds of issues that protesters that do attend are likely to raise.  Note too in the Ishbel Dickens graphic above the ties between NMHOA and CFED/Prosperity Now.

Borden’s History

Kevin Borden is already on record protesting Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), and Frank Rolfe and company’s operations. MHProNews did a report – linked here – that debunked the thrust of those MHAction claims.

Prosperity Now is anti-the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, and they will likely continue to beat the drum of certain industry lenders and operations who they deem to be engaged in – or wanting to do – what they call, “predatory lending.”

That report – which for MH Industry or Investor newcomers presents links plus facts that debunk Prosperity Now’s allegations – is linked here.

Further updates on the emerging elements of what sources allege are developing plans by left-wing activists to disrupt the MHI annual meeting in Orlando meeting will be made as warranted. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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