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12 Reasons to Oppose a New Manufactured Home Post Production Association

February 25th, 2019 Comments off

 

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There are more reasons than this one dozen to oppose the start of a new national post-production manufactured housing trade association.  But those noted are sufficient to get the ball rolling on the timely discussion ahead of the 2019 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show.

 

Some of these are subtle. So, be advised, and read them with care.

1) Manufactured housing shouldn’t get any bigger than it already is, at least, not anytime soon. The fact that the industry once produced over 550,000 new homes built two years in a row, or hit 372,000 plus new HUD Code manufactured homes in 1998, are not a reason enough for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) to want to exceed 100,000 shipments in 2018, while RVs continue to outsell MH by some 5 to 1.

 

2) The Arlington, VA based MHI wants you to know that the manufactured housing industry has too many trade associations already. The fact that other housing sectors – and other numerous industries – have far more trade groups and associations than manufactured housing has is irrelevant to the fine folks in Arlington, VA.  Emotion – or if necessary, power – not logic, should rule.

 

3) Don’t worry about the fact that manufactured homes are increasingly being zoned out of areas that once allowed or embraced them.  Or that several states are witnessing declines in new manufactured home sales, even while an affordable housing crisis is growing. Far more important that ‘we should all speak with one voice in manufactured housing,’ says the MHI party line.  That one voice should come from those closely-aligned with metro Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington connected operations.

 

4) If there is any difference in viewpoints that deviates from any official position held by MHI or Knoxville-metro based Clayton Homes, those opposing manufactured housing (MH) viewpoints should shut up, get out of the industry, be forced to sell out there financial interests at a discounted valuation, or otherwise ought to be driven out-of-business.  See number 3 above; only 1 voice is needed in all of manufactured housing.

 

5) MH Pros and MH Investors only need one official source of news and information. Listening to anyone other than a pro-MHI or pro-Clayton voice is treasonous. For more, ask those who have publicly and privately called for boycotts of all non-conforming manufactured housing news, analysis, and information sources. See numbers 3 and 4 above.

 

6) Accuracy in information is overrated. MHI is correct often enough to please Omaha and Knoxville. That must be why MHI President Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison and his colleagues are getting annual bonuses.  See points 3, 4, and 5 above.

 

7) Style should trump substance, with the pun intended.

 

8) The Illusion of Motion and having a good time at an MHI event that earns the Arlington based trade group hundreds of thousands of dollars a year is smart for the powers that be, and all other viewpoints don’t matter.

 

9) Photos with leading political figures and MHI leaders ought to give confidence that all is well for MHVille.  Any other viewpoint, should see 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 above.

 

10) Ignore the fact that online videos that mock or are critical of manufactured housing, or that blast Clayton Homes, often get far more views than those videos produced by MHI that praise Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington leadership.  Don’t let facts like that bother you. See 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 above.

 

11) Pay no attention to the fact that Clayton’s Market Share of manufactured housing went from about 13 percent to some 50 percent in only some 15 years.  Don’t be concerned about what that trend-line might mean for your firm.  See 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 above.

 

12) Pay no attention to the fact that Warren Buffett himself says that he only wants to buy things that are a value, meaning, at a discounted price.  The fact that low sales volume in manufactured housing happens to play into that Warren Buffett moat strategy is merely a coincidence.  There is no there, there.  There is nothing to worry about.  If you doubt that, see 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11 above.

 

Want a bonus reason?

 

Let fear, habit, going-along-to-get-along, drinking, drugs, sex, threats, blackmail, extortion, or any other reasons motivate you to not want to rock-the-boat or change the status quo for the better.  See the related reports, below the byline and notices.  Facts don’t matter, if they contradict the views of your betters from the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis.  If you don’t get it, look up the meaning of ‘satire.’

 

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Is that too subtle?

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. MHI earlier last year, and for years before, MHI routinely replied promptly to all 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 offer a cogent explanation?

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“Major Step” in Independent National Post-Production Manufactured Housing Advocacy Taken, Per Trade Group

January 8th, 2019 Comments off

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It has been one of the more-read articles on the Daily Business News on MHProNews, which means it is one of the hotter topics in the manufactured housing industry.

 

And today, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) said the following about NAMHCO – in their take on the topic previously reported by MHProNews. More after their full release, which begins below.

 

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MHARR News Item — Independent National Manufactured Housing Post-Production Association Takes Major Step

 

INDEPENDENT NATIONAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING

POST-PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION TAKES MAJOR STEP

 

Washington, D.C., January 8, 2019 – The National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO), a new, independent association representing a key manufactured housing industry post-production constituency, has announced a major step in its initial organization and the start of national-level advocacy activities to better and more effectively represent the post-production sector in Washington, D.C. Accordingly, essential activity to begin addressing and correcting a major gap in the manufactured housing industry’s national-level representation in Washington, D.C. is starting to gain important momentum.

After announcing its formation as an independent organization in late-2018 — including as members (among others), state manufactured housing associations which had previously withdrawn from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) — NAMHCO, issued a News Release just before the start of 2019, stating that it has now retained the services of a lobbying consultant in Washington, D.C. to act on its behalf at the national level, where multiple issues continue to vex the manufactured housing industry’s post-production sector with significantly negative consequences for the entire industry and American consumers of affordable housing. Indeed, the industry – the nation’s premiere source of non-subsidized affordable housing — after a nine-year rebound from historically-low production levels reached in 2009, has just suffered its third consecutive month of flat-line or negative growth – at a time when production levels, due to an unusually strong national economy, should be booming.

In large measure, the industry — since 2000 — has seen its growth unnecessarily thwarted, undermined and impeded by a combination of factors primarily affecting its post-production sector. With manufacturers producing their best, highest quality homes ever, and with production-related regulatory issues at the federal level reduced to some degree in recent years by the highly-focused efforts of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in conjunction with the administration of President Donald J. Trump, it is in the post-production arena – and most particularly the failure to effectively address and remedy major issues affecting zoning, placement and especially consumer financing for HUD Code manufactured home purchasers – where the most significant constraints have been imposed on the industry and its ability to serve the millions of mostly lower and moderate-income American families that want and need affordable, non-subsidized homeownership, and rely on manufactured housing to fill that need.

While HUD Code manufacturers and other smaller and mid-sized industry businesses have — and have had for nearly thirty-five years – independent, aggressive, national-level representation in Washington, D.C. through MHARR, that type of independent representation has been almost entirely absent for the post-production sector and most importantly, its thousands of smaller, independent businesses, since the National Manufactured Housing Federation disappeared as an independent entity and was subsumed into MHI decades ago. And, indeed, the formation of NAMHCO is consistent with the call for an independent, national-level, post-production manufactured housing association set forth in a study, presented to and approved by MHARR’s Board of Directors in 2017.  Furthermore, this new entity will create opportunities – and a venue – for other state associations that have been seeking better and more effective representation of their post-production members in Washington, D.C., particularly with respect to the key issues of zoning, placement and consumer financing.

As was anticipated by MHARR’s study, the establishment of this new association could – and hopefully will – help to encourage and create potential areas of policy cooperation and synergy between MHARR and NAMHCO with benefits for the entire industry (and particularly its smaller, independent businesses) as well as consumers. MHARR has already communicated with the leadership of NAMHCO regarding matters of mutual interest, and will continue to follow-up as appropriate in the near future.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.

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1331 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Suite 512

Washington D.C. 20004

Phone: 202/783-4087

Fax: 202/783-4075

Email: MHARRDG@AOL.COM

 

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