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Inside Scoop on the Manufactured Housing Industry in Memes

May 17th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Some readers have asked the Daily Business News for MHProNews for an executive summary of why manufactured housing is underperforming compared to its historic norms.

 

It has been a while since we’ve done cartoons or memes.  While these are meant to be a bit on the lighter side, the issues they reflect are serious ones.

 

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While some of the conversations are obviously fictional, as is common with memes or satire, the impacts and nature of the matters described are arguably correct.  Those in Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington or their allies are welcome to formally reply.

In spotlighting the next meme, it should not be construed as partisan. Democrats and Republicans in Minnesota have studied manufactured housing, and agreed in a bipartisan way that that the industry offers an important part of the solution for the affordable housing crisis.  That said, its a real photo, and there is no disputing that Warren Buffett backed candidate and then President Barack Obama, and that he had access – and a Buffett grandson – working in the Obama White House.

 

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To underscore the reasonableness of these themes of these memes, click on the first of several reports linked below the byline and notices.

 

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We value reader input, as well as news tips. Many of our reports are based on tips from people working in the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) orbit.

 

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Readers are reminded that our publisher was elected by his peers to be on an MHI board.  He has a better than average sense of that trade group than the vast majority of industry professionals who have never been to any or only a few MHI events or meetings, because he was there for years of meetings and first-hand observations.

If this is your first article to read on MHProNews, know that we do mostly serious research, analysis, and fact-checks which have made and kept us the runaway #1 in manufactured housing since our first year. We are now in our 10th year of serving the industry.  But it helps to break up the serious with some periodic satire.

Our evening market report will be posted soon.

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State Association Steps Up, Promoting Manufactured Home Communities Investing

December 20th, 2018 Comments off

 

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The holiday season hasn’t caused the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina still-new communications person to slow down.  Janae Frazier has stepped up to the plate with two new pro-industry videos produced on the MHISC’s YouTube channel in December, 2018.

 

The two videos are entirely different styles, as a look at each under-a-minute videos will reveal.

 

 

Based upon the views on this video, it appears that the Daily Business News on MHProNews is the first one to view each, as both showed zero views at the time we first looked. A state-association specific article will not normally attract the same number of readers as one about one of the industry’s nation associations, or some other hot topic, so this article won’t likely make a big impact on the views, but time will tell.

 

 

Any promotion of the manufactured housing industry is better than no promotion, so the videos are arguably an effort with a good intention.

 

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Janae Frazier’s efforts dwarf that of their larger and better funded Arlington, VA based counterparts.

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Frazier deserves credit for that effort.

But the industry realistically must look beyond efforts and posturing from Arlington, VA toward actual measurable results.  It isn’t even so much about how many views, as how many actual buyers.

When several states are still slipping in new HUD Code manufactured home shipments, during an affordable housing crisis, these are warning signals that can’t be ignored.

 

 

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MHI and its members ought to answer this simple 3 part proposition. Logic says that:

  • MHI either know what to do to get more manufactured home sales, but thus far, have not done it.
  • MHI doesn’t know what to do to get more new HUD Code manufactured home sales, and doesn’t want to admit it.
  • Some combination of the two bullets above, such as MHI knows that it should debunk every piece of misinformation that arises, via an educational effort, but for whatever reason, isn’t doing it.

 

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There is ample evidence to support the concerns that they are doing what Berkshire Hathaway owned brands, such as Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage want. Certainly MHI videos routinely feature Clayton Homes.  When Kevin Clayton said 7 years ago that the industry was ready to start promoting the industry, what has happened since then, and why?

This is the time of year that people are planning for the next year.  What do you want to see occur that will make 2019 significantly better than 2018?

ICYMI, or need a refresher on the latest national data, click the image/text box below to see that report.

 

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Clayton Homes Consumer Complaints Saga Continues, Mold and More

October 4th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Before diving into the update, for those who missed or need a refresher on the red-hot report on the ABC news affiliate video report about Clayton Homes complaints, you can see the video and commentary at the link below.

 

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MHProNews has called:

  • The retailer.
  • The TRU River Birch plant, owned and operated as part of Clayton Homes.
  • A Clayton/Maryville HQ contact that a TRU staffer advised us to call to get to a simple question.

Was the home built before or after the Clayton takeover from River Birch?

MHProNews made it clear that we were open, of course, to learning anything more than any of the above involved wanted to share.  But even that simple question about when this specific home was built, as of this time, has not been answered.

 

Clayton Connected Sources Share Insights…

Off the record, several comments have come in from informed sources who have or still do work with Clayton’s manufacturing division.

One comment was that Clayton is happy to reimburse retailers for authorized work done.  That’s a practice that is fairly common for manufactured home producers.  It’s a valid statement, as far as it goes.  There are several questions, though, which that too raises.  Where was the follow up by the factory to what the retailer said, per local media, the repeated efforts to give the factory out to the Navarre residence?

Because no one at Clayton wouldn’t formally reply, that is a question left hanging.

“Trailer R Us”

An inside joke, inappropriate but share by several in the industry with MHProNews, is that the Clayton “TRU” name is short for Trailers R Us.”  That’s noted, because Cody Navarre said on camera that his desire is for them to take the “trailer” [sic] back, and he’ll have a site-built house constructed.  It’s improper terminology. But what would it take to erase that nomenclature from the Navarre family’s vocabulary, after this?

Another TRU retailer told MHProNews that he had a manufactured home that he could “see daylight” out of the corner of a bedroom. A Clayton contact told the Daily Business News what causes that, explain that is an “easy fix.”  That said, that retailer told MHProNews that they’d tried to get the Clayton factory out for months.  They were “afraid to sell that home,” in that condition. They also didn’t want shoppers to see that, and possibly cost them sales for non-Clayton product.

 

 

A Clayton source also said that after watching the video on the original report, linked here, that several items on that home owner’s list were cosmetic items, which could have been done “in a day.”

That may be true.

But the TRU River Birch service crew came out and fixed only a window, finding mold.  They said they would be out later in the week to “replace” the roof. Time will tell.

Regardless of when this home was originally built, absent any insight to the contrary from Clayton Homes, they are presumably responsible for the service of any new home under warranty. After months of delay, per the ABC affiliate report, that first factory service run finally occurred.

So Clayton has apparently, per the sources, “dropped the ball” in pro-actively addressing an issue that common-sense says will only get worse. A leaky window – or a leak on the ceiling – doesn’t fix itself.  When the address the roof leaks, will they find mold there and/or other issues?

As to the retailer – who, for whatever reason – can’t or won’t address a matter, why didn’t the factory step in more quickly?

A source said that this retailer had a manufacturer that pulled their line of homes. Again, we called the retailer, and so far, no return call from someone in authority. If another HUD Code manufactured home produce pulled their line, that’s an interesting piece of the Navarre tale puzzle.

 

Resolving Disputes

Only a tiny fraction of a percent of homes go to dispute resolution. The good news is that there is a process for this kind of scenario, and perhaps this consumer was not informed about that process. There is no federal equivalent to that for conventional home buyers, who can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, and have similar complaints.

Rephrased, this could matter could be an opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade. But will Clayton, who has the money to do so, use this as a teachable moment in that market?  Or will they just hope it blows over, leaving possibly hundreds of thousands – potentially millions, given social media, etc. – with a poor impression about manufactured homes?

This is an example of what Marty Lavin calls, ‘the other image campaign.’ Until these types of issues are avoided, addressed and/or satisfactory corrected by Clayton/Berkshire Hathaway, will it be a surprise if manufactured housing continues at record low shipment levels?

Time will tell if Clayton and/or their parent company invests in turning a problem scenario into a silver lining opportunity. The Daily Business News will continue to monitor developments in this troubling story.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Anti-MH Bigotry, Prejudice, and Possibly Illegal Action on Display in Manufactured Housing’s Birthplace?

September 24th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Indiana in many ways was the ‘birthplace’ of the RV and MH industries. Recreational vehicle (RV) production is still robust in Indiana.

 

Manufactured homes are still built in Indiana too.  But production of manufactured homes has become more diversified.  States like Texas and Alabama far outproduce Indiana.  Oddly – given the industry’s deep history in the state – manufactured housing is often met with resistance and disdain by local jurisdictions, in the very state where the industry was ‘born.’

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Against that backdrop is a recent report from Washington, IN.  The town of some 12,000 is located in the southern part of the state. Their city council is working on an ordinance that targets manufactured homes (MH), which local media and public officials are inaccurately calling ‘trailers’ or ‘mobile homes.’

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There are reportedly two ordinances involved:

  • One required that manufactured homes be placed in land-lease communities, which could be a violation of property rights, and one-or- more federal laws.
  • Another ordinance that would target rental housing that uses manufactured homes.

We have received some concern from the Board of Zoning Appeals and the city Plan Commission about dilapidated trailers1 in the city,” said Mayor Joe Wellman, per the local Washington Times Herald. “Not so much those that are owner-occupied but those that become rental trailers1 and deteriorate rapidly.”

We’ll grandfather in trailers1 that are rentals at the end of the year,” the town’s mayor said. “After that each time a tenant moves out, in order to continue to keep that trailer1 there, would require an occupancy inspection and a certificate for occupancy.”

There is a sizable problem with rental trailers1,” said Mayor Wellman. “I don’t think we have a definitive number, but the number thrown out indicates at least a couple of hundred rental trailers1 in the city.”

We passed an ordinance about a year ago that if you bring one in it needs to go into a mobile home1 park,” stated Wellman. “The city is trying to be cognizant there are some that are owner-occupied that are in good shape.”

I would say, even if they are rentals, and the owner keeps the place up and makes it a good, safe place to live they will be able to rent them,” opined Washington, Indiana’s Mayor Wellman. “It will just require an inspection and certificate of occupancy.”

Local media said that the ordinance will be up for adoption at Monday night’s city council meeting.

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Numerous Potential Legal Issues Mayor Wellman, Ordinance(s) Have Raised

There are several potential issues that this raises.  The tone of the comments could reflect a bigotry or prejudice against manufactured homes and/or their occupants.

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There is no similar description of conventional housing in the local news report.

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

August 21st, 2018 Comments off

 

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The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has been critiqued a number of times by industry professionals for their demonstrably failed strategy to grow industry sales by using paid advertorials.

 

As but one barometer of the lack of sales being driven for manufactured housing (MH), while RVs have grown in shipment levels, MH has fallen far behind (see the linked report below for graphics, facts and details). Nevertheless, another MHI advertorial has been published recently, as MHI’s CEO Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison doubles down on the questionable strategy.

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MHI promoted at membership renewal time last December the graphic below. It touted a claim that “83 million” have seen their ‘Statepoint’ Advertorials.  Even if the claimed total views was true, which is highly uniquely, what industry shipments in 2017 revealed is that the paid placements of stories had no noticeable impact on industry home sales.  That graphic, with some analysis, is posted below.

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The fact checks reveal head fakes to members and to others who may not be informed about the claims being made by MHI. Note, none of the fact checked items shown above has been disputed by MHI, which has been given a number of opportunities to correct, clarify or respond to such concerns.

The latest MHI paid StatePoint advertorials often quote Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison by name.

The paid ads have hotlinks to MHI’s website.  So, their ‘ad stories’ may drive some traffic to the MHI website, which Alexa reported has a high bounce rate.

But MHI’s having done this for a couple of years, even a glance at shipment statistics reveals there is no significant or proven ability to demonstrably drive more new home sales.

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For the full comparison between MH in the last 2 decades and RVs, click here or the graphic above. This tells the tale of MHI’s lack of effectiveness at promoting manufactured housing to the public at large. Trend lines don’t lie.

Which begs the question, why does MHI still bother?  Who are they trying to impress?  Members and potential members?  In an era when the term ‘fake news’ has become commonplace, doesn’t MHI just play into that narrative, thereby undermining the industry’s credulity?

 

On the Record Industry Comment on Jennison’s Latest Advertorial

M.Mark.WeissJDPresidentCEOMHARRManufacturedHousingAssociationforRegulatorReform-creditManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsWe can all agree that manufactured housing should be performing better, as the country is in the throes of an affordable housing crisis,” said Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

Weiss didn’t comment on the wisdom, or lack thereof, of using advertorials in the first place.  Instead, Weiss focused on what Jennison did and didn’t say in the StatePoint item.

Weiss continued by saying that “Oddly missing from the comments of MHI’s president, however, are any mention of expanded access to consumer financing or enhanced federal preemption under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.

Weiss points are telling.  After all, if you are paying to say whatever you want, why not say something useful to advancing the industry’s broader interests?

This [failure to mention preemption and financing] illustrates why a new independent national post-production association would be welcomed by MHARR,” concluded Weiss’ comments. Weiss and MHARR aren’t alone, as some states and communities have already broken ranks with MHI.

 

What Jennison’s Quotes Said

‘Quotes’ from Jennison were in the final paragraph of the StatePoint ad. They are in these two sentences. Beyond what Weiss said, why did the first line by Jennison seemingly demean “earlier generations of manufactured housing?”

  • Part of this bias may be based on the negative stereotype of earlier generations of manufactured housing, however, today, our homes are built with quality construction materials to meet rigorous federal standards for safety, installation and construction,” says Richard Jennison, president and CEO of MHI.

 

  • At a time when there is a great need for high-quality, affordable housing, today’s manufactured homes are an effective solution for many American families and communities,” says Jennison.

 

Jennison’s Background…

A look at Jennison’s LinkedIn page reveals his prior role was with a brick industry association.

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Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway owns Acme Brick.  There’s been speculation as to what role, if any, that brick industry connection may have had in Jennison’s being considered and hired by MHI.

 

MH Marketer’s Analysis

First, among the versions of the story we found online was The Journal News, which blew up a provided photo so large, that it was pixelated. If they were counting on the image to help sell appeal, it would not be effective.

Next, that begs the question – didn’t MHI or StatePoint bother to check the photos and placements, to see if they looked good or were correctly published?

Weak,” is what L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, award winning industry veteran, expert consultant, and publisher, said to sum the advertorial up.

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The narrative is weak from start to finish. Ask yourself, if you were in the market for a home, what in this advertorial would make you want to visit your local manufactured home retailer or land-lease community?”

The narrative fails to answer the kinds of issues that keep consumers from buying a manufactured home in the first place. Next, it links up MHI’s website four times in 337 words. Virtually any journalist or serious researcher would spot this for what it is, a paid advertorial. When there are legitimate and positive news stories, why would MHI publish problematic stuff like this? Finally, one of those four links go to their quick facts document, which still has inaccurate information.”

The full text of the StatePoint MHI advertorial is below the definition shown.  The hotlinks all pointed to MHI’s website, as was noted above, were at located at the blue text as shown.  Those links were removed for this column.

At the end of this post are links to prior comments by other industry professionals that blasted this debatably flawed advertorial approach, and other related reports.

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(StatePoint) With the cost of housing continuing to rise faster than wages, it’s no wonder that many Americans nationwide are struggling to make ends meet. Luckily, solutions already exist to address the affordable housing shortage, say experts.

For example, more than 22 million people in the U.S. now live in manufactured housing — homes built to a federal standard in factories and placed on a homeowner’s land or on rented lots in manufactured home communities, according to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). In many parts of the country, homes like these are the least expensive kind of housing available without a government subsidy. The cost to buy a manufactured home averages about $70,600, compared with $286,000 for a single-family site-built home, not including land costs.

In response to growing market demand, almost 93,000 new manufactured homes were built in the U.S. in 2017, an approximate 15 percent increase over 2016, according to MHI, but this is still not nearly enough to meet the nation’s affordable housing needs, according to experts. Advocates say that zoning restrictions and other rules and regulations in many areas are preventing manufactured housing from closing the gap — as certain jurisdictions only allow manufactured housing in locations far from town centers and other jurisdictions have considered banning them altogether.

“Part of this bias may be based on the negative stereotype of earlier generations of manufactured housing, however, today, our homes are built with quality construction materials to meet rigorous federal standards for safety, installation and construction,” says Richard Jennison, president and CEO of MHI.

What’s more, today’s manufactured housing includes features that today’s homebuyers want, such as luxury bathrooms, vaulted ceilings and state-of-the-art kitchens with energy-efficient appliances. Often situated in communities with swimming pools, playgrounds and clubhouses, they can be a very attractive option for families and retirees seeking affordability. To learn more visit, manufacturedhousing.org.

“At a time when there is a great need for high-quality, affordable housing, today’s manufactured homes are an effective solution for many American families and communities,” says Jennison. ##

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Given the recent and positive reports about manufactured housing by the National Association of Realtors ®, Bloomberg, and Value Penguin and others, why did MHI go this problematic route?  Is any reasonable answer to that question one that should build confidence in MHI? “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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Kevin Clayton, Leslie Gooch Sound-off; Left & Right Agree? Manufactured Homeland, MHI, & You

August 14th, 2018 Comments off

 

KevinClaytonPhotoLesliGoochPhotoMHInsiderLogoMHProNewsLogoFactChecksDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews600x315To tee-up the Kevin Clayton, Lesli Gooch portions of this article, the Daily Business News on MHProNews will start with noteworthy development in media.  When voices from the political and economic left – and the conservative/libertarian economic and political right – broadly agree on a core issue, that alone should be headline news.

 

From Bill Moyers, or Democracy Now! among progressives, to Breitbart or the Thomas Sowell on the right, there are voices in the media – as well as news analysts – that for years have been raising concerns about the increasing concentration of media ownership.

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Dan Rather quote from the compelling documentary video, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page below.

Some are calling it an “oligopoly,” while others deem it them as “monopolies” of news and information. But the bottom line is that media has been dramatically consolidated in the last 2 decades.

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What that means in practice is that the news you read, view or hear has someone’s agenda behind it.

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Who says?

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Take a look at some of the many possible sample quotes.

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Deepa Kumar quote from the thought-provoking video documentary, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page above.

 

#1) Why Should Manufactured Housing Professionals or Investors Care? 

Simple.

A tiny fraction of a single percent of the U.S. population decides what’s news, and what is not.

When manufactured housing is widely misunderstood, one should consider the mantra of Marty Lavin, JD, and “follow the money.”

That ‘follow the money’ wisdom ought to be applied to those who select, cover, ignore and otherwise ‘frame’ the news; including the news that covers and impacts our necessary part of the safe, quality, affordable housing industry.

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Danny Glover quote from the fascinating video documentary, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page above.

Note that for years, the Daily Business News on MHProNews – most notably in our evening market report – has taken information from both sides of the left-right media divide. In other non-market reports, we periodically curate an topic or issue from a mainstream media source.  That’s fact checked or spotlighted because it is useful or insightful for the industry’s professionals, owners, investors, and others.

We’ve also stressed that publishing a quote has never meant that we agree with everything that source or person says.  More recently, we’ve phrased that at times, one must separate the ‘wheat and chaff.

Even some person or source that you may routinely disagree with, can have a terrific insight on an important issue.  The open mind, with probing questions, can benefit from the – who, what, when, where, why and how – approach.

 

Tim Williams 21st Mortgage Corp President and CEO Said It

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Tim Williams, photo credit, MHProNews.com

As Tim Williams, President and CEO of 21st Mortgage Corp – and the prior Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) – keenly phrased it: “I know that Tony [Kovach, publisher of MHProNews] has corrected errors when they are brought to his attention. His publication accepts opinion articles or will share views in interviews that may differ from his own published position. My impression is that Tony isn’t looking for ‘an amen corner,’ rather, he wants a variety of views that get people to think, talk and take action.

The reason that comment of Williams is so timely is because

  • MHI’s SVP Lesli Gooch, Ph.D., and
  • Clayton Homes President and CEO, Kevin Clayton

both recently made oblique responses via MHInsider to concerns raised by voices here on MHProNews.

Clayton and MHI’s Gooch were likewise obliquely replying to voices from across the Potomac River from Gooch’s office in Arlington, VA.

What they did was what one industry observer called “razzle dazzle.”

  • They didn’t directly respond,
  • they didn’t refute a single concern.
  • Rather, it was arguably cheer leading.  Spin. Misdirection.  ‘The future is this way! – with nary a thought as to what the recent past tells us about those who are speaking, and what their past behaviors have allegedly wrought.
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Graphic by MHProNews, using information provided by each corporation, or named entities.

 The linked article below reveals how the above outcome occurred since
Warren Buffett’s manufactured housing buy-in began.

FEDs, MHI, Buffett’s Berkshire’s Clayton Homes Moat, Affordable Housing, and Billion$ in Manufactured Home Market Manipulation

 

Weaponizing or Surprising the News?

Agree, disagree – or fold your arms without any position or comment – but don’t suppress free speech.

When government surprises free speech, there are constitutional remedies.

But the issue of free speech, controlling what is or isn’t published, and suppressing speech, become trickier when it comes to when a corporation silences, spins, or unjustly parses information.

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Most manufactured home industry professionals don’t realize the scope of the Berkshire Hathaway (BH) Media Group’s direct assets. Beyond these, there are other media ties and interests that they arguably can leverage. Why haven’t they? How does this reality compare with the claims of Kevin Clayton and MH Insider?

This is why those who publish, speak, or act in public have to be held to account.

Fact checks are useful in that regard.  A frank discussion on transparency, in the spirit of the late ELS Vice Chairman, Howard Walker’s words (linked below) would be welcomed by many in the industry, including within MHI’s membership.

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Thoughtful words, worth pondering. See the story, linked here.

It would be useful if Kevin, Tim, Lesli, or Dick would agree to discuss or debate publicly their various actions and inactions. Let that discussion be done on video, so all can see it.  There are several upcoming events where that could be done, or it could be handled virtually, with no travel needed.

  • Wouldn’t an open conversation be a step toward increased MHI and Clayton transparency?
  • If there is nothing to hide, then why are they ducking the conversation and relevant topics?
  • Why oblique replies, that duck serious issues, instead of direct replies to fact and evidence-based questions and concerns?

 

MHI’s Gooch ‘Responds…’

 

Control of the Media

In serious MHVille trade publishing, essentially, all but MHProNews have arguably been co-opted to various degrees by the “big boys,” logically in pursuit of controlling the narrative, in pursuit of their own agenda.

That agenda has for some years, included more consolidation, per industry sources, including those in MHI, or formerly with them.

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. Earlier last year, and for years before, MHI routinely replied promptly to all our inquiries. But since we’ve spotlighted the problems and concerns, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not make or offer a cogent explanation?

We’ve asked before, why didn’t Berkshire Hathaway use their own newspapers for years to reply to flawed reporting about the manufactured home industry?  After we raised that questions a several times, magically, the Omaha World-Herald newspaper that Berkshire owns published an article on manufactured housing.  While it wasn’t perfect, it was a start.  What’s next? Will more industry pressure make them do it more often?  If not, what excuse will they give?

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Where is the support for the National Association of Realtors ® report by Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton that was overall so positive for manufactured housing?

As of yesterday afternoon, no obvious support online was discernable by a Google search for Clayton, Berkshire, or MHI and the NAR’s positive report about manufactured housing.  Why haven’t they beat the drums publicly on that NAR “Making the Case for Manufactured Homes,” or the more recent report linked here?

Going forward, if Kevin is serious about getting help from “Warren” on the image/education issue, from now on, instead of the low-brow-outcomes from email or other limited visibility shares – why not give professional BH Media Group and their other media communications assets the nod to carry such good news as Cororaton’s report?

Wasn’t what Kevin and Lesli Gooch said in print arguably indirect reply to issues we’ve raised?

There is no reason why MHI, and/or Clayton and other Berkshire brands couldn’t use their media holdings or connections to clear up each and every misconception about manufactured housing. Buffett did respond to direct slams on Clayton by the Seattle Times.  If what Kevin Clayton says is sincere, then why have the BH Media Group not done the same for every misrepresentation about manufactured housing?

 

The Jim Ayotte Insight

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Jim Ayotte, Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA) made the following insight.

No one can respond to something that they are unaware of, but once something becomes clear, then prudent steps can be taken.

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There is no denying the trend lines, documents, and quotes-in-context related to consolidation of the industry, as shown in the linked and related reports herein, and further below.

 

Kevin Clayton Said…

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The statement about shipment percentages is either mistaken or demonstrably misleading. See the shipment trends, and percentages in the graphic below. 

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There are a growing number of industry voices that believe that BH/CMH and MHI have by various action/inaction has kept manufactured home sales at historically low levels. Evidence? See Related Reports and videos, linked below, which quotes and cites BH, MHI, CMH, 21st Mortgage Corp, and other sources.

Neither Clayton, nor Berkshire’s Omaha World-Herald, nor Clayton has explained the following.

Why didn’t MHI’s Lesli Gooch ask HUD for Pam Danner’s replacement? See the Washington Post, or the report linked below.

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Is MHI still supporting Vic DeRose at HUD for the Office of Manufactured Housing Program administrator position?  Who replaces Pam Danner is obviously important. MHI could easily strive to work for someone good, or someone equally problematic in place.  Why would they allow that to latter to happen?  Why did they allow Pam Danner to remain so long, when they admitted to the Washington Post to making no direct pushback? The reason given by some industry veterans for MHI’s foot-dragging is that heavy regulations harms smaller companies more than bigger ones. Rephrased, it is an oblique way of building the Berkshire Moat.  See those Buffett and Kevin Clayton interview videos, linked here.

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What about the DOE Energy Rule U-Turn? Why was MHI on the wrong side of that topic, and then after months of outside pressure, have do a 180?

What about concerns over manipulations of the DTS process by the GSEs?  What about the conflict of interest for Fannie Mae being a member of MHI?

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Why did MHI fail to properly promote other lending options, besides those that seemed to be the most profitable for Berkshire brands? See the report, linked above, and the details that flow from that post.

Since MHI is praising S 2155’s MLO rule change, why didn’t they do that same deal 3 years ago, during the Obama Administration, when the CFPB reportedly made that option possible via consumer groups and non-profits, had MHI agreed to dropped the points-and-fees?  After 3 years, they did just that – drop the chase for more points and fees.

 

Wrong, or Misleading, Time and Again?

How can they be so often wrong?  Or misleading?

Isn’t their effort to control the media narrative within the industry part of that pattern? And isn’t their failure to defend and promote the industry, part of the problem?

If MHI or Clayton are the solution, then why have so many retailers and independent producers gone out of business, or were economically pushed into a sale to one of the big boys?

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That’s not to say that everything that MHI does is wrong.  Ditto that for Clayton/Berkshire.  But given the history of often false or misleading statements, why should anything new be expected?  Kevin is saying now that they will promote, but in the video linked here, Clayton said they were ready about 7 years ago to do an image/education campaign.  Why did they wait?  Was it to consolidate more?

‘They did it before, is there any reason why they won’t do it again?’

They Did It Before…Sunday Morning Manufactured Home Industry News Headline Recap July Aug 5, 2018

As an independent publication, service provider and consultant that MHI long praised, their behavior-changes starting in 2014 forced us as a business enterprise to look more closely.  Why did they arguably try to undermine our pro-Industry operation – while we were a dues paying, supportive members?

If they did it to us, what’s to keep them from doing it to you and your operation too?  As or more important, haven’t they done it to thousands of businesses already?

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If the evidence suggests – and neither Clayton nor MHI will deny or defend to the contrary – that they manipulated the market to the detriment of the industry, why should industry professionals trust or believe them now?

If they did it before, what’s to keep them from doing it again?  And if we and so many others who have raised such concerns were wrong, why aren’t they using their vast media resources to routinely correct the record on manufactured homes?

 

The Bottom Line?

Not only is capital and access to lending power, but so is information.  There are several voices outside of manufactured housing that believe they are behaving in a monopolistic fashion.

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What about you?

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Howard Walker, Mensch – Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), Manufactured Homes Retrospective

July 23rd, 2018 Comments off


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It’s a Jewish tradition when someone dies to say, “May his or her memory be for blessing.” The actual honorific is “of blessed memory,” a translation of the Hebrew “zikhrono livrakha” (m.) or “zikhronah livrakha” (f.)…I tend to say, “May his or her memory be a blessing.”” – Nina Amir.

 

When a long-time industry friend and colleague of Howard Walker’s heard we planned this article, he asked us to say in this retrospective, “Be sure to say that Howard Walker was a Mensch.”

Howard Walker, JD, served as Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) Vice Chairman for many years. Sam Zell and several of their colleagues voted in the spring to keep his chair empty for a year.

That was a mark of honor for a man that hundreds of us in manufactured housing – especially in the land lease community sector – came to know.

 

Mr. Walker was a sharp man, who could be tough, and had a quick wit. You obviously don’t serve an industry giant in such a key role for so long without bringing a lot of experience and wisdom to the table.

Walker was trusted.

Howard served on the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Executive Committee as a board member for several years.

Every time we drive into Tampa – dozens of times annually, as we pass Howard Ave near the airport – it serves as a silent reminder to us of the man.

 

Powerful Lesson from a Private Dinner with Howard Walker

Howard invited me to a private dinner for two in Tampa a few years ago, which yielded hours of conversation about the industry.  We naturally also spoke about the Arlington, VA based MHI trade association.

Let’s note that it’s not my intention to reveal anything said by Howard that was shared in strict confidence. But some principles he espoused which where also shared with others will take center stage in what follows.

Specifically, the focus will be a concept which Howard himself shared with others, that he explained that he and ELS believe in.

It is fair to say that Walker felt that others in manufactured housing should also believe in the following principle. Here’s a specific gems that Walker stressed during that dinner.

Tony, as a publicly traded company, ELS believes in transparency, in getting the facts out there.
If there is bad news, we get it out there. If there is good news, get it out there
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– Howard Walker.

He then explained to me the wisdom of this approach.

On a different occasion that year, I was communicating with an ELS administrator, who interfaced with Walker and another one of their top people. I conversationally mentioned to her our plan not to put some bad news out on MHProNews that had just hit the mainstream news.

That ELS executive administrator asked me, ‘Why not get it out there for the industry to read and consider?’

Walker and that ELS executive level administrator were both logically correct. Why hide the truth? Both of those ELS team members shared a similar insight.  They were applying a similar principle – related to the value of addressing what’s in the news, and transparency.

 

Clarifying…

For clarity, it’s not that MHProNews ever ignored all bad news about the industry. From early on, the Daily Business News, the Masthead or one of our other modules periodically reported and specifically analyzed problem issues.

But there is sadly so much skewed reporting or problematic terminology about manufactured housing in the mainstream media, that if we reported on every piece of bad news, that could dominate all that MHProNews would do.  We’d never have time to get to the good news on MHProNews or MHLivingNews.  An example of recent useful – mostly good news – is the report linked below.

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So, for years, the Daily Business News has strived for balance and accuracy.  Here the industry professional or investor can consider the good, bad or ugly. The news is explored through the lens of informed industry professionals.

As any publisher does, we must curate – carefully select, pick and choose – what topics to cover.  Then, we make the case as to why that curated story is important to the industry, officials, advocates, researchers, and investors.

It’s been a few years since that dinner conversation.  But clearly, Howard Walker’s thoughtful gem on transparency stuck with me.

 

Howard Walker, MHProNews and the Sam Zell Interview

Howard facilitated our interview responses with Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS) Chairman Sam Zell.  He insured it would be an accurate reflection of what Mr. Zell said and meant. Those two parts of the Zell interview are linked below.  They are classics.

The photo shown below by MHProNews of Zell, coupled with the quote shown, were among the Zell-isms Howard said were verified with the ELS Chairman.

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To see a two part exclusive interview with Sam Zell, click the links above.

 

Why did Walker facilitate that Zell interview? Isn’t that also an example of transparency, and the desire for accuracy?  Isn’t it also a sign of trust?

It is fair to say that Howard was at times miffed – to put it politely – at some of our coverage about MHI, notably in the roughly last 2 years.

But he also overall praised our industry coverage as “thorough and unbiased reporting,” as a number of emails from him – including the one further below for publication – reflects.

The above tees up the following logical question.

How well, by the Howard Walker/ELS standard – has the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) held to the standard of “transparency?”

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For the bulk of the time since MHProNews has existed, this publication could ask MHI, or any other trade association for comments and insights, and we would promptly get a reply.

As regular Daily Business News readers noted last week, MHProNews can get comments from other national or state trade associations, see examples of 6 in the housing/factory-built housing industry in just a matter of days, spotlighted in the report linked below.

“When I Slow Down, I Go Faster.” – Ken Blanchard, and Manufactured Housing

 

Flash Back

Let’s flashback to the 2017 MHI meeting in San Antonio.  There, this writer asked several MHI member-builders, as well as other MHI members and staff, about what the association’s position should be on Pam Danner at HUD.  Keep in mind that this was several months prior to her removal as head of the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs, which occurred later in 2017.  MHI staff would not answer that question.  Why not?  But numbers of members where happy to discuss the matter.  More on that linked below, in the related resources.

Not long after that San Antonio meeting, MHI sent our firm a letter removing our firm from their membership.  It was roughly that same time frame, that MHI stopped responding to questions from MHProNews.  After years of membership, their written excuse was that it had ‘come to their attention’ that they had ‘no membership category’ for ‘news media.’ Never mind, that our operation does more than news, or that other MHI members publish too.  If you are going to give an excuse, was their’s an example that any excuse will do?

Now consider that in juxtaposition to Howard Walker encouraging MHI leadership in writing to deepen their relationship with MHProNews.

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What’s happened to transparency at MHI?

How would Walker or others objectively answer that question?

Walker praised this publication and our sister platform, MHLivingNews.com in writing and for publication. He never withdrew that statement, shown in the graphic further above.

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Thoughtful words, worth pondering.

Howard said that our brand of reporting was long overdue in manufactured housing.

Howard, let me respectfully suggest that your words – and that stated ELS principle on transparency – are more needed now in MHVille than ever.  The industry is still at historically low levels of performance, as an MHI member-produced graphic below reveals.

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What was accomplished previously in sustainable shipment levels, can clearly be done again.  During an affordable housing crisis, what is missing?  

Fair and necessary questions related to this gem of Walker’s should include:

  • why during an affordable housing crisis is the manufactured home industry at such a relatively low level of new home production and sales?
  • Why did MHI become so aloof from engagement here?
  • Or why does MHI often fail to engage with mainstream media, when doing so could potentially get to the root issues that hold the industry back from more growth?

We’ll look more deeply into this and related in the days ahead.  We may also find occasion to reveal a few more gems from Howard.

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The Festival of Lights, 2016

December 24th, 2016 Comments off
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Hanukkah celebration, photo credit, the DailyTelegraph, UK.

Hanukkah or Chanukah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. The word “Hanukkah” means “dedication.”

The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah (also called a Chanukiah/Hanukiah), one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night,” says Wikipedia.

The typical menorah consists of eight branches with an additional visually distinct branch. The extra light, with which the others are lit, is called a shamash (Hebrew: שמש‎‎, “attendant”) and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest.”

The origin of the festival is a commemoration of the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

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Hanukkah is observed from:

Hanukkah 2016 starts the evening of:

Saturday, December 24

and ends the evening of

Sunday, January 1, 2017.

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Rain and Clouds Don’t Dampen Ohio Manufactured Home Show’s Strong Public Attendance

May 19th, 2014 Comments off


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Public Show Attendance for Friday, May 16th, 2014 (56 degrees, intermittent rain, hours 4 PM – 8 PM) = 337

Public Show Attendance for Saturday May 17th, 2014 (54 degrees, rain, Hours 9 AM – 6 PM) = 1,149

Public Show Attendance for Sunday May 18th, 2014 (63, partly cloudy hours noon to 5 PM) = 1,010

Total of 2.5 days of public Show Attendance = 2,496

Industry Day Attendance (Friday May 16th, 9 AM to 3:30 PM) = 397

Total of all three days and both industry and public attendance = 2,893

Richard “Dick” Jennison said, “Tim, On behalf of myself and the entire MHI membership, I would like to extend a resounding round of applause to you, the Board of Directors of OMHA and the legion of volunteers who made the inaugural Eastern Ohio Home Show such a huge success!  Having the public see and tour our affordable and quality homes is an idea long overdue and a show format for others to emulate.  Great Show and a Great Job to all!” ##

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Factory-Built Home Days in New York

April 24th, 2013 Comments off

Updating an MHProNews posting from March 27, 2013 regarding the modular home being assembled on the Empire State Plaza for the New York Housing Association Spring Symposium and Legislative Summit in Albany April 30-May 3, alloveralbany has a photo of the 1,300 square foot home. Stating manufactured housing is a source of quality, affordable housing, Governor Cuomo has proclaimed April 27-May 5 as Factory-Built Home Days across the state. Albany is also the site of five steel enameled prefabricated Lustron Homes from the 1940s.

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