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Manufactured Housing Compromise? Carrots and Sticks, and Mutual Victories?

March 22nd, 2019 No comments

 

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The approach often deployed by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and their industry acolytes is one of sounding reasonable. It’s also the voice of polite compromise.

 

But unfortunately, it’s been demonstrated time and again to be ineffective. A recent example is the article linked below.

 

Urgency Grows, Another City Prepares Ban on Manufactured Homes

 

MHI participated in the same HUDdle linked further below, and at other meetings that the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) likewise attends. MHI postures efforts, but when closely scrutinized, where are their results? 

If Arlington, VA based MHI was effective at their job, why did NAMHCO and their members break away from that trade group?  Indeed, if MHI was doing their job, why would the manufactured housing industry face declining sales during an affordable housing crisis?

The time for talk and watching the troubling trend-lines ought to be over. A few big companies that are MHI members may benefit from the headwinds that MHI may posture efforts against, but in fact does nothing effective at stopping.  These are serious times, serious allegations, and the time to examine and discuss them – with MHI, Clayton and their allies invited for the first session – is asap. 

The time to meet, and organize an effective post-production trade association is going to start at next week’s Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. Hundreds of independents will already be there.  Why not stay an extra half-day, and start charting a course for a brighter future?

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Canadian-Owned U.S. “Mobile Home Park” Condemned, Residents Must Scramble to Meet Deadline to Vacate

March 5th, 2019 Comments off

 

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This troubling story out of the northern U.S. is one that periodically crops up in state-after-state.  As Amy Bliss, the Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA) state association executive director recently said to MHReview (MHR),  “The biggest reason for community closures is because the municipality revokes the license to operate because the owner has let the community go into a state of disrepair. I hate to see Wisconsin lose sites and it is extremely sad for the tenants.”

 

This specific planned closure of a condemned community is in the state of Michigan. The reasons cited by officials include a state of disrepair that the residents at this community can no longer successfully address, because of what local media says is an ‘absentee’ owner in Canada.

Per WLNS, in Jackson County, Michigan, “Several families in a Jackson mobile home park will be forced to leave on March 13th because of unfit and dangerous living conditions.”

The issues of alleged bad management and poor maintenance at the Fisher Mobile Home Park date back for a year.

Don Hayduk, Division Director for Environmental Health, Hayduck said he knows condemning the property isn’t convenient for the residents.  But that official says he believes that resident safety has to come first.

I like it here, and…I don’t want to move,” says Ginger, a current resident at Fisher says in the video posted produced by WLNS.I hate change.”

It seems likely that the costs of living are low, which is something for cash-strapped residents to like.

 

 

But moving is exactly what Ginger and other remaining residents at the community will have to do in about 8 days, if they hold to the order. Fisher Mobile Home Park was condemned by the Health Department for several reasons, dating back for more than a year.

Hayduk said absentee management is a factor.

There is no onsite management and hasn’t been for quite some time,” Hayduk says. “They don’t have a certified water operator, as per Michigan requirements, as well as the park is unlicensed at this point.”

It should be noted that in this instance, based upon the visual evidence from the video, the community appears to be comprised mostly – or perhaps entirely – of pre-HUD Code mobile homes. If so, it is indeed a “mobile home park.”

 

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Remaining residents have been trying to handle problems themselves, but can’t.

It is beyond their capability,” Hayduk stated. “And I give them all the credit in the world, the residents. They are trying their best to live there, to create an environment that is acceptable for them. But it’s gotten to the point where it’s not sustainable.”

According to WLNS, different Michigan agencies have tried contacting the property owner, who they say lives in Canada. The video report indicated that there has been no response.

A case worker was assigned by public officials to the Fisher MHP to help those remaining families and households find new places to live once time runs out.

 

Not Just MH Communities, but Manufactured Home Industry Impacts?

It is one more headache for residents, and one more black eye for the industry. Community closures are all too commonplace.  How they are handled – or mishandled – is an ongoing issue for community operators, and the industry at large, since about 1/3 of all new manufactured homes are installed in a land-lease community, per the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

It must be considered as part of the puzzle of items that contribute to shirking new home sales at the very time that affordable housing is most needed.  You can access the related report below, and others that follow the byline, by clicking on the linked text-image box.

 

As Affordable Housing Crisis Rages, New HUD Code Manufactured Housing Shipments Fall, Some States Drop 35-40 Percent

 

The Google search result shown below are from this morning.  The comments on that graphic are integral to the understanding of this issue, and how it impacts the industry at large.

 

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One might wonder what is next for this Jackson County, MI location?  Will it be redeveloped?  Is the city doing the work of eviction for an absentee owner who wanted to see the property closed in as inexpensive a way as possible?

The Daily Business News on MHProNews will strive to monitor this matter, and others like it.  See the related reports below the byline, notices, and business development opportunities for industry commentary on this and similar issues.

 

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Marty Lavin, JD, was a long time community owner, before selling the properties, in at least one case, into resident ownership. He is an MHI award winner, did work for many years in retail and lending.  He is also a part-time industry critic, who may aim sharp words to stir the desire for positive changes.

 

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Thorns and Roses In Manufactured Home Community Controversy

February 13th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Affordable housing is in crisis in much of America. Manufactured homes are the most proven solution that has been hiding in plain sight for decades.

 

 

As a recent report reminded readers, there were numerous third-party organizations and media reports in 2018 alone that to various degrees made the case for manufactured homes.

A focus group video of manufactured home owners, plus numerous real – vs. staged – interviews over the years demonstrate that the owners of pre-HUD Code mobile homes and post-HUD Code manufactured homes routinely love their homes. 

Tiny houses get tons of media love. So do RVs. But manufactured homes are less costly per square foot than either of those two options. Conventional housing isn’t perfect either, as mainstream media reports reflect.

 

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So, given each of those realites, how does one explain why manufactured homes are not more widely embraced?

As the Daily Business News on MHProNews reader ponders that question, mindful that research studies prove those points, turn to the next item.

Manufactured home communities (MHCs) are a useful part of that affordable housing solution.

MHCs have been increasingly in demand among investors for a decade or so. With few new MHCs coming on-line in recent years, and with thousands that have closed for various reasons, given the law of supply and demand, the property values on remaining MHCs have been steadily rising.

That in turn means rising site fees in MHCs, which has often sparked a hue and cry among resident-activists. 

The combination of factors has prompted a steady growth in the movement for residents owned communities or ROCs. 

While support for ROCs can span the left-right divide, it is fair to say that anecdotally, more support tends to come from those who self-identify with the political left.  

There are numerous currents and eddies that influences public perceptions about manufactured homes and communities. Despite the rollout of this or that previous effort by MHI, Clayton Homes, or others, the following reality is clear.

Manufactured homes are not connecting with the broad swatches of the public. That’s indisputably proven by the low total new home production numbers. It’s a post-production Issue.

Now, what to do about reality?

 

#NobleNotMobile? 

In a stated desire to boost public perceptions, ROC USA launched the #NobleNotMobile effort. The jury is still out, but so far, there’s not a lot of visible traction. That said, the notion is, well, a noble one. It is certainly better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

There are a number of resident groups in the U.S. ROCs are a standard staple in their narratives. 

Then, there are manufactured home post-production associations that have a stake in the image of the industry.

Given the collective poor performance in new home sales of any number of states, or the low national production totals of HUD Code manufactured homes, one might think that MHI, Clayton, et al, would awaken to the notion that public perceptions matter.

Indeed, their leaders have said that they do.

For those realists who grasp that public perception is an issue, consider the publicly posted comments that follow. 

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Those are a sampling of what has been posted on articles about the Millie Francis religious art controversy.

When Francis was asked by MHProNews if she thought this would be an issue if the painting where a menorah, a Star of David, a painting of Buddha or the prophet Mohamed, she replied “Absolutely not.” She is convinced that an element of this issue is what is painted. Given the examples of angels or other religious art in the same community, one might wonder.

Industry feedback has been mixed.

But consider this comment from the community sector, “Tony, Brian Gallagher is right in saying that we in the community business have residents with religious or secular art visible outdoors year round. The additional details from that [mainstream news] story [Tony] posted [on LinkedIn] makes it clear to me just how wrong the Bradenton Tropical Palms seem to be.”

Others may say that they care, but they also say that for this or that reason, they don’t want to get involved in this specific controversy.

Why not? Is it because religion is involved? Doesn’t that topic resonate with potentially millions of Americans our industry may want to attract?  Or would we rather turn that – and other target audiences off – by allowing this Bradenton Tropical Palms/ROC issue to fester?

Meanwhile, the Millie Francis saga rolls on. There is every reason to expect more mainstream news stories, like the one below, or perhaps more reports that have less balance that could make the matter worse. Take five, click the image or link, and read it.

 

Thorns and Roses in MHVille

Various species of natural roses have thorns. With one in 3 new manufactured homes, per MHI, going into land lease communities and with large numbers of vacant sites still awaiting residents, one might think that MHI or their NCC would have acted to nip-in-the-bud stories like this one about Francis. 

No one is saying that MHI, ROCs, resident groups – or anyone other than the Bradenton Tropical Palms, Vanguard Management or the Knox and Levine law firm – have caused the current state of affairs for Millie Francis, based upon the currently known information. 

But just as one may stop to help an injured stranger, isn’t there wisdom in trying to sort out how this matter might be brought to a positive end that could turn negatives into a positive?

At Valentines, some clip the thorns off roses before they are given to a loved one. Why hasn’t one or more of the industry’s leaders stood up to the plate, and turned a problem into an opportunity?

 

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MH Black Eye, or Opportunity in Disguise? Vexing Saga of Millie Francis’ Faith Based Art, Bradenton Tropical Palms ROC, Vanguard Management, Knox and Levine

 

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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:

 

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  • 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.

 

Disclosure

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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2019 Trade Shows, Next Battleground of the Manufactured Housing Revolution?

January 7th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Capital, other market manipulations, plus an apparent failure by the Arlington, VA based Monopolistic Housing Institute (MHI) to deliver on their self-proclaimed ‘promotion’ of the industry are obvious takeaways from the latest new HUD Code manufactured home (MH) shipment report. But those are not the only problems that the Manufactured Home (MH) industry and its numerous varied professionals face. Yet, every problem – properly understood – is an opportunity in disguise.

 

Cohesion – so called ‘unity’ – sounds like a noble goal. But for various reasons that aren’t the focus of this column, cohesion won’t possibly be achieved accept by conquest of the larger powers, OR until clear alternatives to the present Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis power structure in MHVille are established.

Without balanced and mutually respected interests, how else could cohesion or unity be achieved?

The aim of alternative structures in MHVille should not be to create a new monopolistic nexus that challenges the current monopolistic one.

Rather, the goal should be to fuel in an authentic manner what made manufactured housing a far greater – in sheer size and scope – the industry in the past to begin with. Diversity! Thousands of MH Independents, and hundreds of different independent producers.  There was diversity galore in those MH Industry glory days gone by.  That’s how growth is proven to occur.

 

Genuine vs. Weaponized Insights

To be historically more accurate about manufactured housing, what too many industry pros never lived through – and thus never understood – is that the old Fleetwood and the old Champion home builders each established their own unique vertically integrated machines in the 1990s.  Those firms are not the Fleetwood or Champion of today, but the names are similar.

The old Fleetwood and the old Champion had a similar thirst for market domination as Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, Kevin Clayton and Tim Williams at 21st Mortgage jointly share. The ongoing relevance of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has long been as a counterweight to the Machiavellian Housing Institute, err, Manufactured Housing Institute, then or now.

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The names at the top of the pile at MHI have changed, but the challenges have has some similarities.

Monopolistic practices that manipulate capital access, political, placement, and regulatory schemes are the enemy. What MHARR, or National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) have done for decades for smaller firms is provide the authentic cover that MHI has arguably long neglected.

Hundreds of manufactured housing firms, per sources at NFIB, are members of that organization. If the MH industry felt fully represented by MHI, what would lead so many to join organization’s like MHARR or NFIB? What would spark the revolt among community owners that has led to NAMHCO? New and existing alternatives to MHI should be fueled, not thwarted.

The Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis is simply better at building moats than Fleetwood and Champion were. By ‘better,’ one should understand ‘cheaper.’

For example, the old Fleetwood and Champion arguably overpaid in many cases for the retail centers they acquired. By contrast, the evidence in the linked reports reflect that Buffett’s style of moat-building underpays for businesses. They accomplish that by artificially depressing sales and thus business and/or property valuations.

That process thereby creates the “value” acquisition Buffett and his longtime partner Charlie Munger crave. The rest are details and commentary.

Manufactured Home Production Decline Accelerates in November 2018

It is Buffett who reportedly said he wants sharks in the waters of his Moat, not MHProNews. We simply accept that – plus the evidence of his, Kevin Clayton, and Tim Williams – each at their own words. Perhaps one reason why – until this point in time – that their respective attorneys rattle sabers in our direction instead of just sue, is that they know that it is hard to argue with their own words.

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Which leads us to trade shows and the opportunity for the next phase of the Manufactured Housing Revolution.

New Era in National U.S. Manufactured Home Community Representation Underway?

 

 

Show Ways Unlimited and Manufactured Housing Trade Shows

Sources with close ties to Show Ways Unlimited are among those that shed light on how Clayton allegedly manipulated the now defunct Carolina show, and tipped it out of existence. Those same informed sources have said that Clayton only entered the Louisville Show as a defensive mechanism, to counter the independents who were behind the revival of the show. Team Clayton has been working to undermine the Tunica Show, per sources, by establishing their own show in Birmingham, AL. Those claims are whatever they are, and should be discerned in the light of the evidence.

Meanwhile, the current trade shows are nothing like the glory days of Louisville or the Nashville Show, which was the forerunner of the Tunica Show. Back in the glory days, 100, 150, or 200 plus new homes used to crowd exhibit halls and parking lots.  Professionals from around the world attended those much larger events. The mainstream media came too, just as they do today for automotive, RV, and boat shows.

One question that potential MH Revolutionaries must ask is this. Is this going to be an industry on the rise or slide?  Do you want to enhance the income-producing and exit-value of your business, or do you want to sell it someday cheap to a monopolistic player?

One must look at authentic manufactured housing history, not the weaponized version that some like George F. (F?) Allen produces, that later version of which magically places Allen himself in the center of the MH Universe.

Allen, like MHI, is arguably a would be power-broker. If he and his MHI supported allies can succeed at diminishing the largest trade publisher in the industry – MHProNews – that would make Allen appear to be bigger than he is. It’s somewhat like taking a lake and shrinking it, to make little fish look bigger. Sad.

What MHI and Allen have in common are meetings that draw a crowd, however modest. Never mind that those crowds are small compared to a manufactured housing trade show. For those who would shrink an industry in order to grow their own influence, it is arguably a bit like Buffett’s moats. Only G F (F?) Allen’s is discernably cruder in execution.

A key to authentically re-growing the industry has long been about more than attracting more industry professionals to an event. As or more important, one must also attract mainstream media, new potential lenders (as Triad has done for years), and investors. Then, post-industry trade days, there must also be public days.  It worked in the past, why not now?  It’s worked for RVs, and other industries, why not ours in MHVille?

 

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Among the most common comments heard at Louisville and Tunica every year from exhibitors is, why aren’t there public days?  The same old tired story is given in reply by show management, year after year.  Who does that old, tired cover-story benefit?

This writer had an operation that used what amounted to ‘public days’ to sell dozens of additional homes per year to retail customers. Few things would serve to remove the stigma of the industry better than spotlighting realty, instead of allowing the old ‘mobile home’ or ‘trailer house’ stereotypes to live on.

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See the entire article and other industry reactions, at this link here.

 

PewResearchRentalHouseholdsManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThere is an obvious opportunity to start that ball rolling at the upcoming 2019 trade shows. That is where hundreds of independent retailers and communities will be.  But those must be an organizing stepping stone to something that is entirely new in 2020.

That there is frustration in MHVille is apparent to all who will listen.

The launch of a new community association is but one example. The longtime existence of MHARR as a counterweight to MHI is another. A third is the #NobleNotMobile concept. Like MHI member Frank Rolfe’s lament against MHI and what he called their hypocrisy, Paul Bradley and ROC USA are MHI members too.  Bradley was clearly no longer satisfied with what MHI claims as promotion. Thus Bradley and his colleagues conceived of #NobleNotMobile, and that’s how frustration gave birth to action.

There are 22 million Americans living in pre-HUD Code mobile homes, and post-HUD Code manufactured homes. There are millions more in the U.S. who rent. According to Pew Research, CityLab and others, about 100 million in the U.S. are living in rentals. Most of those obviously fail to seriously consider manufactured housing as an option, in part, due to the ‘trailer’ stigma.

Ten percent of either of those 2 populations groups could swing many elections in the nation. Something similar could occur in Canada, for that matter.

The ability of the industry to achieve it full potential lies not along the proven failed path of the Manipulative Housing Institute, and the arguably hypocritical and jealous path of yesterday’s news, George F (F?) Allen.

The path is to forge new structures that fuel independents. That must avoid the problems that made MHI the Menacing Housing Institute that it has become.

The humble observations, evidence, allegations, history, and logic herein are for the industry’s and investors consideration.

Among the next questions should be this one. At what point will the bulk of the industry’s remaining independents realize that their numbers are still shrinking? They are shrinking in the community and retail sides.

The number of retailers and communities are shrinking during an affordable housing crisis.  Is that coincidence or market manipulation? Who’s side is MHI on? In that battle, who’s side has George F. (F?) Allen taken?

The new HUD Code manufactured home shipment tallies are going to be low and vulnerable to many headwinds so long as the number of distribution points, producers, capital access, and image all remain artificially limited.  That’s what producers – including MHI members – tell us.

The fact that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis would apparently stoop to using a surrogate like George F (F?) Allen, speaks volumes. It’s the latest in a series of over-the-target reactions, previously reported. See the linked report, further below.

 

Taking Charge of Your Own Future by Teaming with Others Like Yourself

The time to take the bull by the horns is now. Hundreds of billions in new capital is flowing into the U.S. Jeff Bezos led Amazon’s Alexa Fund estimates that the market potential is $330 billion annually.

You do the math that mathematically-challenged MHI can’t or won’t do for you. They claimed, incorrectly (again), the Manufactured Housing adds $3 billion a year to the economy. At retail in 2017, the obvious math was some $6.5 billion.

Divide $6.5 billion into $330 billion.

The product of the above is how much the potential growth could be for factory-homebuilders of all kinds.

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New paths, new structures to do for retailers, communities, and all others in the industry are how that potential is to be tapped. That’s the next step in the Manufactured Housing Revolution. Ready to take that next step?  Ready to take a step that will liberate you from the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis? “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, commentary, and analysis.)

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New Year’s Respect for Those Who Get It Done, Epic, Honest, Mobile Home Professional’s Plug

January 4th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Let’s be clear. There are good reasons to use proper terminology.

 

That said, this world-famous “epic and honest” commercial further below has 4.8 million views at the time we are posting it on the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

At the time that WAAY-31 TV spotlighted them, they were already an internet/YouTube sensation, with over a million views. There’s perhaps no better intro to their YouTube commercial, than this local TV news feature.

 

The images in the 79-second Cullman Liquidation Center’s commercial-video below are gritty.

The talk is blunt.

 

 

It’s like watching a lower-tech version of performer Kid Rock in his Podunk music-video, which also featured clips of numerous manufactured homes, including his own.  Kid Rock’s video has over 21 million views, as of this date.

 

These guys and gals at the Cullman Liquidation Center are far better marketers, and no doubt harder workers, than anyone at the Arlington, VA based Manipulative Housing Institute (MHI) ever dreamed of being. Who knows how much MHI spent on their consultants and producers who created half a dozen videos that have what, under 3,000 views combined at the end of a year-plus?

So we at the Daily Business News on MHProNews respect their north-central Alabama YouTube achievement, while noting that this engrains a stereotype.  It’s a stereotype that neither MHI nor Clayton has successfully erased.

So, Cullman Liquidation’s “epic and honest commercial” apparently intuited that in their case, for their target audience, this was an approach for them. Not agreeing, just saying it is what it is.  And without consultants and 6 figures spent by MHI on ineffective items, these guys and gals became a sensation.

They thereby totally blew away the results of the Monopolistic Housing Institute.

That’s epic and honest.

 

Raising a Glass, A New Year’s Toast…

I’m not a beer drinker, but I’d raise a mug of beer to these guys and gals, as well as to the thousands of industry professionals:

  • who get under the manufactured homes,
  • move the metal with a totter down the road safely,
  • build the block piers,
  • hook up the utilities, and also to those who
  • build the homes,
  • mow the community lawns,
  • service and maintain the homes and properties,

that keep our industry literally moving, and alive.  Three cheers to the ones who get it done! They are epic and honest.

 

Here’s The Challenge

The challenges to these guys and gals – and all others like them that they symbolize – is that they should use that same creativity to get involved in the #NobleNotMobile effort.

 

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Let’s see what these guys and gals in Cullman can come up with that would elevate HUD Code manufactured housing.  Let’s also call on everyone else that’s cares about this industry and growth to use their creativity in this same #NobleNotMobile fashion.

We need to inspire, uplift, and correct the terminology, so that millions more will embrace what our industry does.

 

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Those north of the border ought to think about what Canadian Al Kemp had to say about this topic too.

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Let’s see what these internet sensations from Alabama can creatively do that would make manufactured home living appealing to all classes.

My hunch is they could pull it off.

Are they – or You – Up for the Challenge? Because these are the kinds of things that done properly, would help change our industry’s image and sales for the better.

About 1/3 of the nation rents.  Millions more want to downsize. Now is the time to get this done.

That’s our take this morning on the MH “Industry News, Tips, and Views, Pros Can Use,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, commentary, and analysis.)

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