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

April 16th, 2019 Comments off



There are several hot-button issues that are circulating in manufactured housing. They include, but are not limited to, the following.




The Last Bullet…

It was the last bullet above that was a kind of ‘last straw’ for some members of the Manufactured Housing Executives Council (MHEC). MHEC is open to most industry national and state associations executives. They have what is supposed to be a private communications tool to allow executives the ability to discuss regulatory or legal issues a member(s) faces, and to get input and feedback from other MHEC members.

Rephrased, MHEC is largely common sense, at least in principle.

But it is monitored by MHI and MHARR, and occasionally MHI or MHARR will weigh in on a topic. For the most part, it is by state executives, and for state executives, at least in its operating principle.

But sources tell the Daily Business News on MHProNews that some MHEC messages are in fact passed on to non-staffers. At times, for example, an issue discussion is passed along to MHI Executive Committee members, who in turn represent specific companies.

The How Gold Rules report is essential in understanding how raw power has been exercised by 21st’s Tim Williams, per several state association executive sources.



These are elements tied to the discussion of monopolies, the most recent report is linked below.


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


All of that is useful – and perhaps necessary – background to fully grasp the significance of what follows.



Ross Kinzler’s Commentary

The Daily Business News on MHProNews had multiple sources provide the much the same tips last week, regarding the John Oliver video reactions and commentary among MHEC state executives.

Some of them gladly jumped in with comments like that of Amy Bliss’.  But clearly some were not pleased, as our report yesterday outlined.

Another peer of Bliss’ called what was happening with this issue as association malpractice.”

Here are those comments in context, with typos in the original, and only bracketed comments added to clarify a meaning.  As is our custom, we turn quotes brown and bold, so that it pops and is easily read.

This is a terrible cover-up by mhi and [other] state associations of this guy’s assault on the industry and its homebuyers. The worthless mhi is sitting on 4 Million dollars reserve and wouldn’t challenge this…For example, they can easily afford to buy an ad…and respond to his key slanders in a few minutes…in order to establish documented response and to deter copy cats that now feel like there is an open season on this industry. That’s what LEGITIMATE ASDOCIATIONS like NAHB or Realtors or NRA or NAM, etc., etc. would do for slanders much more trivial than what this ding bat [John Oliver] has done.

And what the hell is mhi’s lie to these state[s]…about   “they tried to stop it in advance” is all about? Right! If so, why don’t they publicize what and how they tried to do so? Man, talk about association malpractice…mhi has perfected the science. These creeps are truly disgusting.”


There were other comments from those in the chain akin to the thrust of the one immediately above sent to MHProNews, but not all of those were as colorful. MHProNews has several other comments, and reserves the right to do follow up reports on this troubling topic, for reasons that will be clarified in what follows.

But what the various MHEC tips had in common was the fact that there is ‘disgust’ among some state execs over the maneuvers or failures to act that are arguably harming new manufactured home sales.

What was Kinzler’s response to our query about Bliss’ purported backstab among other execs of an MHI member?



You quoted an email that was marked Confidential and asked me to respond to you and others, known and unknown.

No thank you.  

As to the individual that unethically forwarded that message, I’m on your trail.”

Here is that screen capture, to document the accuracy of the above.



There were CC and BCC’s in this email thread. MHProNews invited Ross to comment on Bliss’ message about an MHI member, and the above was Kinzler’s reply.

Let’s note that we’ve held Kinzler and Bliss alike up for good that they did on other issues in our prior published reports, so this is a professional critique, not personal. Their respective accountability is the issue for this specific case.

That said, the point stands that Bliss and Kinzler – instead of holding ‘big boy brands’ in MHI to account for sparking this black-eye report on MHProNews, Bliss targeted an MHI member that had nothing to do with the bad news side of the problematic John Oliver video.

Kinzler stood silently by Bliss, despite the apparent faux pas of her purported backstab of her own and an MHI member.

MHProNews will continue to focus the laser on the issue in this matter.  The association that is supposed to benefit and defend the industry, is standing silently by as the industry is assaulted.  Who benefits from that pattern of activity?

Isn’t it the big boy brands that are consolidating the industry, and are likewise causing a sizable share of the bad news stories that the industry faces?

These are arguably reasons why a new post-production trade body is necessary. The National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners has already made that break.  MHARR made that break years before.




The Bottom Line?

Millennial Tom Fath made the previous statement cited above.  The industry does seem to be under attack, and as Frank Rolfe charged, MHI has routinely failed to defend or promote the industry properly.

Ironically, the former MHI chairman, Tim Williams of 21st, made the point to MHProNews on the record that there is a good argument to be made that all such slurs should be addressed.

If so, why aren’t they doing so?

The hypothesis that becoming more obvious is this.  Headwinds harm the independents more than the big boys. The big boys can afford temporary setbacks better than independents. Bad news is like taxes or regulations.  It is arguably harder on small firms than big ones.

The industry’s production levels are smaller today than when Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway bought into MHVille in 2003.  How is that to be explained?  Given Berkshire has dozens of its own newspapers, and billions they could invest in correcting the record if they so desired? Isn’t the only logical deduction that they want to see the industry struggle, so that more companies get consolidated at a ‘value’ price?

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Equal Justice, Citizen Power, and Manufactured Housing

March 21st, 2018 Comments off


The successful McCrory, AR lawsuit was a case brought by a nonprofit organization called Equal Justice.


The organization’s name, Equal Justice, is at some level likely inspired by a longer phrase found on the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. = Equal Justice Under Law.


It’s a quintessential American ideal, that the law is to be equally applied to all.

In the McCrory case, Equal Justice sued on behalf of a lower income family, for the right to live in what a photo of their dwelling suggests was an an older factory produced home. AMHA’s JD Harper called the case a “significant victory” for that household, by extension others and for the industry.

McCrory Lawsuit – “Significant Victory Against Zoning Discrimination” – Manufactured Homes

As MH activist, businessman, and semi-retired minister, the Rev. Donald Tye Jr., has told the Daily Business News that a manufactured home can be a critical path for economic security and a step on the path to wealth building.


Tye explained that public housing – an entitlement – often yields addiction. Ownership vs. renting or living in “projects” leads to integrity, a view he likens to those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Home ownership builds character, says Tye. It also brings other economic and social benefits. As a black who grew up in and lived through the civil rights movement, he believes that “access and equity” are critical for people of all racial groups to reach their potential.


Government, Winners and Losers

Last year, a federal official described to the Daily Business News how HUD and other agencies in the federal government operate.

In a conversation, that federal official referred to HUD as a huge conduit to “channel money” into “various areas,” with “several cottage industries” that had grown up to tap into those funds.

At the time, former award-winning WHA executive director and prior MHI board member, Ross Kinzler provided the following reaction.

Almost all of the government is picking winners (contracts, grants, attention) and losers (ignore, regulate or prosecute),” Kinzler’s message said.

Surprised by…” the federal official’s “…contention?” Kinzler’s message added, “Nope.”


Ross Kinzler, retired Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance. Credits, MHProNews.


Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

Kinzler compared the far greater success of MH communities serving than publicly funded housing.

In another reaction then, was the following industry veteran’s comment.

This is precisely why HUD and other federal agencies need to be down-sized and fundamentally reformed as promised by President Trump.  HUD studies show that manufactured housing — which it regulates — is the nation’s most affordable non-subsidized housing and home ownership resource,” said Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

“The System Is Rigged,” Federal Official’s Description of HUD, Industry Reactions


Power, and Powerless?  No…

What Equal Justice reminded MH Industry professionals is that people are not powerless in the face of seemingly greater forces.

Persistent complaints and periodic news articles about alleged abuses at HUD that grew more intense last year, finally culminated in the removal of Pam Danner from her role at HUD over the federally regulated manufactured housing program.

More recently, a top down review of the HUD code manufactured home program was ordered, and public comments were solicited.

Tye recently stressed the concept of the “consent of the governed,” which pre-dates the U.S. Constitution, but which that charter which limits federal power is designed to protect, “We, the People.”


Multiple Votes

The notion of enhanced preemption that undergirds manufactured housing could be a key that unlocks up to nearly $2 trillion dollars annually, according the a study done late in the Obama Administration.

YIMBY vs. NIMBY, Obama Admin Concept Could Unlock $1.95 Trillion Annually, HUD & MH Impact

Law suits and demands made on public officials are some of the tools that everyday people have.

But informed citizens – and that is arguably a key, people must be well formed, and informed – also have multiple votes, not just period election votes.

Legal matters sometimes come down to a small group of citizens, empaneled in a grand jury or jury to hear civil or criminal cases.

Every juror has a vote. That guilty” or “not guilty” vote can often act as a check on authority.  While every vote in a voting booth matters, your single most powerful vote is arguably the vote as a juror.  A single juror can hold out against all of his or her peers and effectively nullify the power of government on a given case.

It was the ultimate defense of the rights of “We, the People” vs. the power of government.


Formation and Information

It is easy to imagine how some claims of abuses of corporate power could result in class action litigation that may end up in front of a jury of citizens.

The more informed they are, the better.

This is where professionals need to engage those that they know, and via social media and personal contact, spread a better understanding of both manufactured homes, the benefits they offer individuals and society.

It is also where proper character formation plays a role.

The founders were imperfect people, trying to form “a more perfect Union.”  They believed that education and morality based upon Judeo-Christian principles were essential.

As issues local and federal play out, formation begins with a thirst for understanding and justice. The principle of Equal Justice implies that no one is above the law.

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Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Asks Industry Members to Ask Senators to Support S 2155, Behind the Scenes Details

March 6th, 2018 Comments off


In a ‘housing alert’ email to association members, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) urged the industry’s professionals to contact their senators and ask them to vote “Yes” on S. 2155.


Passage of this language will ensure that manufactured housing retailers and sellers are not subject to compliance requirements clearly designed to apply only to the actual entity making the mortgage loan,” read part of the association’s message.

GovTrack tells the Daily Business News that the odds of passage, as of this morning, stands at 42 percent.

That’s better than what Skopos Labs believes the odds are for passage of Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, which as of this morning were just 26 percent.


Like Getting Half of Preserving Access…

S 2155 has much more to it than MH Industry issues.


Lesli Gooch. Credit: MHI.

That said, the language that is Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) rule related is akin to half of what Preserving Access bill purportedly hopes to accomplish.  Namely, the repeal of the MLO rule from CFPB regulations.  That is mildly similar to what MHI SVP Lesli Gooch has said is their strategy to move the bill ahead by whatever is moving on Capitol Hill.



Left and Right…

Doug Ryan at Prosperity Now (formerly CFED) opposes the bill, saying to the IndyStar that “This [provision for manufactured housing in the bill] will hamper new lenders from getting in.”

Some moderate Democrats, such as Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, are likely to vote for the S 2155 bill.  Meanwhile Senators like Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are opposed to it.

Progressive media, such as The Young Turks (TYT) scorched S 2155 backers, MHI, and Warren Buffett.

For example, “One of the bill’s chief architects, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and her husband have nearly $1 million invested in two of the bill’s biggest winners, J.P. Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway, according to a 2016 financial disclosure document reviewed by TYT Investigates.

Heitkamp and her spouse collectively own between $100,001 and $250,000 of corporate securities stock in J.P. Morgan, as well as an additional up to $45,000 in a J.P. Morgan fund. Heitkamp alone owns between $215,000 and $550,000 worth of Berkshire Hathaway stock, and including joint investments, she and her husband have up to $600,000 invested in the company. Together, the Heitkamps could have up to $895,000 invested in the two firms.

For the senator, whose net worth was roughly $4.5 million in 2015, according to an estimate by the Center for Responsive Politics, these J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway investments potentially account for a substantial portion of her assets.”



Positives in the S 2155 Bill, PLUS Behind the Scenes Analysis

For those who favor free markets and more moderated regulations, the bill on the surface is just fine.

The bill would indeed be good news for thousands working in manufactured housing, if it is passed into law, because it makes communications for front-line sales people with prospective buyers.  In those ways, MHProNews and MHLivingNews demonstrably favored passage of Preserving Access, of which this bill has one of its two provisions.

But is that the key issue?

As MHProNews has previously reported, sources say there is a kind of hypocrisy in the Arlington, VA based association’s manufactured housing advocacy, as the linked and below reveal.  Plus both sides are playing politics on this issue, playing to their respective audiences.

MHI – and the powers that be behind them – are demonstrably being hypocritical, as sources inside and outside of MHI have told MHProNews – as recently as today – because MHI could have made a deal like this without Congress, by agreement with the non-profits in a deal with the CFPB’s then Director, Richard Cordray.

See the email below as one of several possible pieces of evidence.



Furthermore, MHI knew in 2012 that they were not going to be able to get past President Obama’s threatened veto of Preserving Access, even if the Senate had voted for it (the House has passed it repeatedly, but the Senate never has).

See former MHI VP Jason Boehlert’s statement, and full report, linked below. These can be called ‘allegations.’  But doesn’t the clear evidence support those claims?  And why won’t MHI defend or explain any of this, when they are often given the opportunity?

2012 Election Results and Coming Lame Duck Session

Sources say that “consumer groups” are now opposing the option they had previously offered, in part as a possible negotiating point.

Depending on which source and their claim(s) you listen to, MHI and their overlords are:

  • Inept, since they could have made this deal years ago, and saved millions of dollars in lobbying and costs,
  • Arrogant, for not making a deal, that MHI insiders tell MHProNews was on the table,
  • Playing a shell game, because a few big companies benefit from NOT passing any bill, and they would benefit if the bill passes too. For a select few, either one is ‘win-win.’
  • Deceptive to the small to mid-sized businesses that are the most harmed by this, which has per sources led to more companies that have sold out for less than their true value in a normal business climate, or were forced out of business entirely.
  • Harming many consumers, who really do need honest guidance.

What’s particularly interesting is that Nathan Smith, MHI’s prior chairman, admitted on camera that the association had a history of missed opportunities.  Has that history changed since he made that statement?

Per sources to the Daily Business News about this MHI plan, you can therefore call these maneuvers posturing, a con, hypocrisy, stupidity, arrogance, or any of the other claims and allegations noted herein or in the linked reports.

Whatever you or those sources believe, the end result for thousands of independents is the same.

Independents have been, and are being harmed, when MHI could have made this same deal years ago.

Who will hold MHI and their string-pullers accountable?


And just days ago, MHProNews confirmed with sources at the CFPB that no known meeting has taken place, nor had been scheduled there.  Why not, if they were serious about making these reforms to Dodd-Frank happen?


Inside Scoop Mulvaney-CFPB and MHI, Berkshire Hathaway Company Meeting Detail$


  • No wonder some states have quit MHI,

State Associations, Companies Quit Membership in Manufactured Housing Institute, (MHI), One Explains in Writing, ‘Why?’

  • Even retired Ross Kinzler – who said in an email to the Daily Business News that he’s doing work for MHEI, an arm of MHI – won’t defend MHI’s legislative agenda,


‘Over Target’ Reactions, WHA Exec (ret) Ross Kinzler, Won’t Defend MHI Policies & Points to Prior MHI Failure


And businesses have reportedly quit MHI too; blogger and NCC co-founder George Allen says he is among them.


On paper, the S 2155 bill is worth supporting for many in the industry.  But who will hold MHI and the forces that control them to account for years of harm already done to the industry and untold thousands of more potential home owners every year?


Part of a memo from 21st Mortgage to their retailers, click the below report for details on this sad chapter in the industry’s history, that arguably led to hundreds of independent businesses, out of business.

Killing Off 100s of Independent Manufactured Home Retailers, Production Companies – Tim Williams/21st Mortgage “Smoking Gun” Document 2


Its Easy Being a Cheer Leader, Not as Much Fun to Tell Bad News…

…but how can independents plan and execute, if ‘their’ national association has hidden agendas?

MHProNews gets a volume of calls and messages about such reports – cheers to jeers. We’ve made our mea culpa for being misled ourselves, but once an error is discovered, the best option left is to correct it and then avoid it next time.

But for the sake of independent businesses, someone has to be willing to stand up and speak truth to the industry’s powers, as that truth is known and reported by reliable sources, including those who are or were in MHI.


If we’re mistaken, please – MHI, show us where and how?

Oh, that’s right, your own paid MHI staff leaders won’t publicly defend the official agenda either, will you?





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Finance Related:

Besides Preserving Access, there are the maneuvers that have taken place for years on the important Duty to Serve (DTS) issue.  Thankfully, the Washington, D.C. based trade group – as opposed to Arlington based MHI – has their eyes on the problematic issues emerging behind the curtain on that topic.

Plot Twist – Duty to Serve – Freddie Mac CEO Layton Called to Accountability w/Congressional, Administration Leaders Over New Manufactured Home Lending Revelations

Progressive “Nation” Reports on Monopolies Cites Buffett, Clayton, Others – MH Industry Impact?

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Kinzler, Gallagher on Congressman Keith Ellison, the MH Industry, and Manufactured Home Communities

October 20th, 2017 Comments off

ProgressiveStarCongressmanUSRepDemocraticNationalViceChairKeithEllisonOfficialPhotoDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsCongressman Keith Ellison (D-MN-5) is a rising star in the Democratic Party.

Ellison’s not been without controversy among his peers.

While today’s focus is his proposal that will impact manufactured home communities and other elements of the industry, some background on Representative Ellison and his interest in manufactured housing is warranted.

Rising Democratic Star, Keith Ellison

Ellison is viewed provocatively by many within manufactured housing industry circles. The reason?

It’s because of his joint call with some fellow Democrats, who formally asked federal officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to release their findings to-date on their investigation of charges of racism, steering, and predatory lending by units of Berkshire Hathaway. See that related, exclusive Daily Business News report, linked here.

But Ellison’s willingness to boldly push for his progressive, left-wing agenda were among the factors that landed him the vice-chairmanship of the influential Democratic National Committee (DNC).


Beyond pushing to investigate what his Democratic colleague has referred to as the near monopoly” of Berkshire Hathaway‘s units in manufactured housing, Ellison is making his presence felt in other ways in the manufactured home industry.


U.S. Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Mike Capuano (D-MA). Image credits, Twitter, Wikipedia.

While voices in Arlington, Omaha, Knoxville, and their allies want to ignore or brush off Ellison’s public moves, they do so at their own risk.

One need not look beyond the prior failure of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) to pass their Preserving Access bill – and the reasons why it failed – in the last congressional session.  Disregarding Ellison and others he’s aligned with, is to do so at the peril of the millions spent to date lobbying for their proposed changes to Dodd-Frank.

‘Heads in the sand’ won’t make a painful truth go away.

Ellison vs. MHI backed Preserving Access

Ellison and Maxine Waters (D-CA) were the opposition leaders to the MHI backed Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, which recently cleared the powerful Financial Services Committee, where Ellison is a member.

HR 1699, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, by a bipartisan vote of 42 to 18,” stated NYHousing.

Of the 60 members on the [Financial Services] Committee, only two members spoke out against the bill. Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) expressed concerns that the bill will remove consumer protections,” the association’s statement said.

However meritorious the HR 1699 bill may be, what’s often missing in discussions elsewhere in the industry is that Waters and Ellison have already teed up their knockout punch, referenced above and once again, linked here.


See that in depth report on Ellison, Water’s efforts, linked here. 

It’s progressive political star Ellison who’s hunting for allegations of racism, steering, and predatory lending.  That, D.C. insiders say, will be the Waters/Ellison rallying cry.

Surprisingly, MHI and Berkshire Hathaway firms contacted have pointedly declined MHProNews invitation publicly condemn racism. Why not respond publicly via the industry’s most popular trade media, and denounce racism in a simple statement?

Expect Ellison, Waters and their allies to make that an issue in the mainstream media, per sources to the Daily Business News.

Against that context, this Daily Business News report now turns to Ellison’s own manufactured home industry focused legislation.

Cong. Ellison’s ShelterForce Op-Ed


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As the Daily Business News has previously reported at this link here, Ellison introduced a bill that has significant support among members of the manufactured home industry.

The Frank Adelmann Manufactured Housing Community Sustainability Act (H.R. 3296)

In support of that legislation, DNC Vice Chair Ellison penned an Op-Ed for ShelterForce, which reads today as the download – linked here – reflects.

Quoting from that column, Ellison begins with an impassioned plea.

Frank Adelmann was bereft when he received an eviction notice from Lowry Grove mobile home park,” Ellison stated. “At 59, he had no resources to move and could not afford another home. The day before the park was to close, Frank ended his life. He was one of ninety-five families who lost their homes. Kids, parents, veterans, and even seniors, some in their eighties, were evicted. Parents struggled, and mostly failed, to find a home they could afford in the same St. Anthony’s school district. And dozens who thought Lowry Grove would be the last home they lived in, suddenly had nowhere to go.”


Ross Kinzler, retired Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance. Credits, MHProNews.

Regarding Ellison’s op-ed, award winning industry veteran, Ross Kinzler told MHProNews that, “The congressman acknowledges the problem right off the bat then promotes “cures” that ignore it.”

Brian Gallagher, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, of growing and respected Santefort Real Estate Group, LLC, took a more nuanced opening in his detailed reply to the Minnesota congressman.

After laying out their operation’s credentials, Gallagher wrote, “We share your concerns to ensure that the MH industry continues to provide quality affordable housing to over 22 (not 17) million Americans, all of them generally unsubsidized by government programs.”

Gallagher gives as an example of their manifest concern for their residents and prospective home owners.

Our company endeavors to be an example of best practices in responding to resident needs every day, including our offering of a 5% fixed financing rate to “Neighborhood Heroes” – Vets, nurses, teachers, and police/fire personnel,” Gallagher said in his letter to Ellison, that he then provided to MHProNews.

Ellison’s Stance

In Minnesota, ten mobile home communities have closed in the past twenty-five years, and no new ones have opened,” Ellison stated. “This uncertainty affects nearly 3 million Americans who are residents in the nation’s 50,000 [SIC] manufactured housing communities. While most of these people own their homes, they rent the land, which leaves them vulnerable to dramatic rent increases, arbitrary rules, and even eviction.


Notice: that the SIC was editorially added by MHProNews, because the likely closer estimate
for the number of communities is around 44,000.
This article will have an updated link on that controversial topic, by Monday.


Ellison’s point is that the problem is real, and he proposes to correct that through his H.R. 3296 legislation.

The Free Market Solution?

But Kinzler, who long lived in neighboring Wisconsin, believes Ellison’s proposed solution misses some key points.

Ten communities have closed in MN and no new ones built,” Kinzler tells MHProNews,What would the world look like if 25 to 100 new communities were built?  Supply and demand answers lots of questions.”

Kinzler added, “His [Ellison’s] “problems” are the creation of local government created shortages.”


Credits are as shown, to see the latest story on the Lowry Grove saga, click the image above. Note: the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and their National Communities Council were contacted for comments, and provided none. Click here for that report

The Lasting, Painful Legacy of Magar Magar, and Lowry Grove?


Brian Gallagher. Credit: LinkedIn.

We acknowledge that bad actors exist in our industry, as they do in all, but they do not tell the whole story,” Gallagher’s letter and attachment – linked here at a download – to Ellison said.

From experience, professionals like Gallagher and other industry professionals know the impact that stories like Magar Magar – spotlighted by NPR – or Lowry Grove have on public officials and millions of Americans.

It was precisely the Lowry Grove community’s drama in Minnesota which sparked Ellison’s bill.

Gallagher, Kinzler and others are far from alone in saying that issues of image, misunderstandings, and “bad actors” need to be addressed by the industry and its members.

That may explain why Gallagher took pains to spell out in his letter to Ellison the good that they strive to do in their operation, and that most industry members strive to do the same.


That ‘there are good actors too’ theme is that ROC USA President and CEO, Paul Bradley sounds often.


A Santefort Neighborhood.  While the history on this particular property is not known to MHProNews, many investors are buying older communities, and are improving them. That’s private capital – free enterprise – at work to provide appealing, affordable, and quality homes. That routinely happens in manufactured housing without taxpayer subsidies.  Santefort website photo above, is provided under fair use guidelines.

But there are other voices who share a different viewpoint, believing that bad news should be overlooked, or ignored.

For example, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) President and CEO, Dick Jennison, told MHProNews in writing that those who responded to the PBS NewsHour – and by inference, similarly negative stories – ”are either misguided or have a self-serving agenda.”

Seriously? Don’t industry members have the right to defend their profession’s reputation?  The full context of Jennison’s remark is in the screen capture, below.


Then MHI Chairman Tim Williams told MHProNews that, “We can also make a case to counter the segment addressing manufactured home site rent increase. No one from MHI was asked to comment on the segment and the allegation that consumers become trapped in their homes. The reporter did not make any effort to understand the cost of operating a manufactured home community and why those costs must be passed on to the tenants, even though MHI provided ample evidence and information to assist the reporter in his research.” Wouldn’t the insights Williams shared be useful for the media and public to know? The only reason the industry knows, is because MHProNews asked for and received William’s thoughtful comments. Those are linked, here

A related article to Jennison’s message are shown at this link here.

Gallagher Stresses Objective, vs. Emotional Response to MHC Issues

Any rental resident is subject to market and regulatory forces, as are the MHC operators. State laws generally govern rent increases, and very, very few, if any, MHC residents who are financially able to pay their rentfall asleep wondering if they’ll have a home in the morning.” wrote Gallagher; the italicized part was a quote from Ellison’s column, linked here.

Ironically,” Gallagher stated in his letter to Ellison, “as I trust you know, Lowry Grove appears to be on its way to become a modern MHC (see 10/14/17 Star Tribune article, attached).   Apparently, the town approved only 350 of the 700 units requested for the 15-acre site.  Time will tell how this ultimately turns out – but it is further support, in my opinion, for the proposition that “hard cases make bad law.”

Gallagher draws towards a conclusion by noting that Ellison is mistaken in opposing Preserving Access.

Finally, your column also mentioned your effort to oppose proposed legislation which would “exempt manufactured housing sales people from the CFPB licensing requirements’.  This proposal is intended to correct the misfit between the SAFE Act, designed for traditional single-family home/condo sales and financing, and the standard operating procedures of the manufactured housing industry, which, as you mention constitutes 50,000 communities housing 22 million residents,” Gallagher said.

The law does not relieve loan originators from compliance, or dilute borrower protections, but allows MH sales people the ability to discuss financing alternatives with applicants in the absence of brokers and third-party lender without fear of non-compliance with federal regulations.   This will facilitate transactions without sacrificing the protections of the CFPB,Gallagher noted.

Again, Ellison’s full column is linked here, and Gallagher’s response is linked here. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, Analysis.)

Related: this video below debunks many of the stereotypes, through an interview with a now retired official who served at both the CFPB and HUD.

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Texas, Florida Hurricanes Slam September Hiring, First Jobs Drop in Years

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StormCloudsSeptemberJobsReportDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsCooltText576The U.S. lost 33,000 jobs in September after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit Texas, Florida and other Southeastern states. It was the first decline in nearly seven years,” reports AP, the Washington Times, and others.

The unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent from 4.4 percent, the Labor Department said Friday, the lowest level since February 2001,” AP said.

Manufactured housing industry lenders have told MHProNews that the hurricanes are adding wrinkles to their collections processes, as those impacted by storms are struggling to regain their footing.

Sellers, as has been previously reported, are feeling a very different set of impacts as FEMA and longer wait times are adding to independent retailers stress.

BobCrawfordDickMooreHousingPresidentFacebookIndustryVoicesManufacturedModularHousingProNewsFEMACommandeerManufacturedHousingProductionCentersMany of us can remember Katrina and tracking down houses that were abandoned at a truck stop or on the side of the highway, en route because the driver could make so much more money pulling for FEMA “right now,” said Bob Crawford, the award winning president of historic Dick Moore Housing.

There is legitimate reason for concern,” Crawford told MHProNews. “If they [FEMA] commandeer a large portion of production/plants, all of us independents are going to feel that hit and, depending on your suppliers, that could be a BIG hit.”

Other retailers have said similarly, as was previously reported at this link here.

We can see why FEMA buys direct from manufacturers to expedite new homes to those [storm victims] who lost their homes,” Rodriguez said. He is “Absolutely” sympathetic to the needs of those tens of thousands of hurricane victims.

However,” the Tejas Homes leader asked, “who is looking out for the long-term viability of the [independent] retailer organizations?”

Public officials across the political divide are responding as they can, pointing operations to resources for home owners and businesses that may help.  See a recent report, linked here.


More Impact from FEMA to Come?

Ross Kinzler told MHProNews that he expects other kinds of impact ahead on manufactured housing independents — producers, and retailers.

Kinzler – the actively retired Wisconsin Housing Alliance’s (WHA) prior executive – said, “…HUD code labels should not used for FEMA,” a point he’s made for several years.  The harm it produces to the industry, “has played out time and again.”

Watch as the Harvey units flood back into the retail market in 24 to 36 months, depressing new home shipments,” Kinzler predicts.

If the past is any experience, the industry could go from feast to famine rapidly, if the proper steps aren’t taken.

You can’t sell in bulk to FEMA…AND sell full price units later without taking a hit,” Kinzler said.


Ross Kinzler, retired Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance. Credits, MHProNews.

Back to the Jobs Report…

Looking past the hurricanes’ impact, the job market and economy generally look healthy,” the Washington Times said. “Some economists expect job growth to rebound in the coming months as businesses in the area reopen and construction companies ramp up repair and renovation work.”

That statement dovetails with a Daily Business News report on expectations of manufacturers.

One manufacturing trade group predicted this September slam on jobs, but said that the longer term outlook for the 4th quarter in the U.S. was brighter.  See that report, linked here.

But short term, there will be pain, experts say.

Roughly 1.5 million people were unable to work last month because of the weather, the government said, the most in 20 years,” per the U.S. Labor Department and the Washington Times.


These facts underscore why Juanita Duggan, president of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), has stressed the urgency of tax reform, to boost the economy and spark the economic growth that might lift the U.S. economy past debt and other looming economic challenges. ## (News, analysis.)

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Association, Business, Professional Leaders Sound Off – MHVille, October 2017

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ExtraExtraReadAllAboutItSocialNormsPGCC-eduDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsIn “Interview with the Commissioner,” Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) Executive Director Deanna Fields, shares her insights on engagement – past, present, and planned – with public officials, and how that benefits the industry.  Click here.

In “Healthy and Unhealthy Personal and Professional Promotion,” best-selling author and consultant Tim Connor, CSP, outlines where the lines are – what’s right and what’s wrong – with various types of promotional efforts. Click here.

Ross Kinzler has sounded off on Congressman Keith Ellison’s recent manufactured home community, and finance, related published commentary.  That article will be coming soon to the Daily Business News. A well-known community professional is joining that discussion.

In “Sustained Manufactured Home Production Growth in August 2017,” Mark Weiss, JD – President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – provides a snapshot of the latest facts on shipments.  Click here. A recent Daily Business News analysis of that data is found at this link here.

Another respected association leader sounds off in, “Kudos from Tim Williams to MHProNews on 9th Anniversary Celebration,” to see Williams’ kind words of encouragement, click here.


MHProNews has been goal and solution oriented from day one. Manufactured housing is the solution to the affordable housing crisis that is hiding in plain sight. Together with profesisonals who are passionate about advancing the industry,, MHProNews and our sister site – are promoting the Manufactured Housing Revolution.

In Overlooked Lending Option, you’ll see a finance source that’s competitive and…overlooked. As past, present and future reports on MHProNews have demonstrated, there are plenty of manufactured home lending options that for various reasons are just not getting the attention they deserve, yet, the mainstream home buying public wants them.  To check that article out, click here.

The above are just some of the first wave of Featured Articles in – Volume 9, Issue 1 – now published and live on the home page of MHProNews, in the featured article module.  Or you can scan and access them all by clicking here.


As thousands of daily, regular readers know, most of what you find here you’ll not find anywhere else in MHVille.

We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, announcements, analysis, commentary.)

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“The System Is Rigged,” Federal Official’s Description of HUD, Industry Reactions

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HUDCashManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsPixabayAmong the thousands of daily readers, MHProNews software indicates that hundreds of public officials are among those professionals who routinely logon. While the specifics of who those visitors are isn’t known, Webalizer detects .gov, .mil, and .edu – along with numerous other such extensions.

A federal official called MHProNews recently.

In a conversation, that person referred to HUD as a huge conduit to “channel money into “various areas,” with “several cottage industries” that had grown up to tap into those funds.

Within that macro-context, the official stated that the relatively tiny manufactured home industry didn’t get much attention.

Industry Reaction, Feedback

Former award-winning WHA executive director and MHI board member, Ross Kinzler provided the following reaction.


Ross Kinzler.

Almost all of the government is picking winners (contracts, grants, attention) and losers (ignore, regulate or prosecute),” Kinzler’s message said.

Surprised by…” the federal official’s “…contention?” Kinzler’s message added, “Nope.”

Kinzler recently compared the far greater success of MH communities serving than publicly funded housing.

In a similar vein, was the following industry veteran’s comment.

This is precisely why HUD and other federal agencies need to be down-sized and fundamentally reformed as promised by President Trump.  HUD studies show that manufactured housing — which it regulates — is the nation’s most affordable non-subsidized housing and home ownership resource,” said Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

MarkWeissManufacturedHousingAssociationForRegulatoryReformMHARRPresidentCEOMHProNewsManufactured housing asks for virtually nothing in the way of funding from HUD,” Weiss told MHProNews, “but has been ignored as an element of HUD housing policy and regulated to death, while large-scale subsidization and money-transfer programs that fail to produce positive results for Americans and particularly lower and moderate-income families have ruled the day. It’s long past time that all this changes.”

Manufactured Housing Advocate Reaction  

One of those “Cottage Industries” needs to be Manufactured Housing,” said actively retired businessman and minster, the Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. “The Preemption Law on the books for HUD puts it in the mix.”


To read the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act for yourself, click the image above. “We Provide, You Decide.” ©

Tye observed that Warren Buffett’s clout ought to allow him to cut through the noise, and obtain the enforcement needed to make preemption a reality.


From the Government Accountability Office’s report on manufactured housing. Click the graphic above to download.  If common sense were applied to the facts, manufactured housing would be front and center in federal policies, because it fits the Trump-Carson public-private partnership model, and needs no new law.  All that is needed is the enforcement of existing law.  The solution to the affordable housing crisis is hiding in plain sight.

When asked why he thinks that use of influence wasn’t occurring to advance preemption as the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 called for, he responded, “So it is with most billionaires. They could care less about regulations or deregulation! They buy influence on either side of the aisle. It’s just business.”


In a prior report, linked here, Tye explained that public housing – an entitlement – often yields addiction. Ownership vs. renting or living in “projects” leads to integrity, a view similar to those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See another recent statement, linked here.

Tye’s experience reportedly extends to several billionaires. His remarks about billionaires buying influence mirror some of those comments made by Donald J. Trump on the presidential campaign trail last year.


To see an article that explains the distinction between residential and ‘entry level’ or ‘shade and shelter’ HUD Code manufactured homes, click here. To see a video on that same topic, click here.

Ticking off names of presidents on both sides of the political aisle, Tye’s reply to the Daily Business News concluded, “The system is rigged.” ## (News, Analysis.)

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News July 30th to August 6th, 2017

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WeekOfJuly302017toAug52017DailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsOur new August issue will go live tonight, Aug 6th.  Until then, our  theme for the month: July Justice 2017 – MH Billionaires, Millionaires, and You  Our featured articles will be available on the home page. Our May theme will be available mid-week this week.

 To see the line-up of over 2-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.


When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©


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“Po-Dunk” Performer Kid Rock, Eyes Senate Run, Makes Manufactured Home Living Hip


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Ross Kinzler, top left. Sophia, top center and Right (credit, Phys) Kinzler credit, MHProNews.

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Actively retired minister and factory built housing advocate, Donald Tye Jr. explains the complex web that can cause addiction. Loss of hope is one factor. In a prior report, linked here, Tye explained that public housing – an entitlement – often yields addiction. Ownership vs. renting or living in “projects” leads to integrity, a view similar to those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Ross Kinzler, Others Ask – What Jobs Will Remain?  Are AI and Automation Taking Over?

August 5th, 2017 1 comment

Ross Kinzler, top left. Sophia, top center and Right (credit, Phys) Kinzler credit, MHProNews.

There are more than 6 million unfilled jobs in the U.S.  Many of the unemployed lack skills for those jobs.  Why?” asks Ross Kinzler, the award-winning, now actively-retired director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA).

Doesn’t the U.S. have government-operated training centers,” he asks, “for advanced skills currently called tech schools and universities?  I suspect those schools turn out grads that meet the schools needs, not the economy’s needs.”

The concerns and research about the rising trend of automation, robotics and AI – Artificial Intelligence – is a hot topic for millions. 

How real is the threat?

Research conducted by the Oxford Martin School estimates that 86 percent of food service jobs are at high risk of being automated by 2030. So are 75 percent of transportation and warehousing jobs; 67 percent of real estate, rental, and leasing jobs; 67 percent of retail jobs; and 62 percent of manufacturing jobs,” per an article  on TownHall.

Many jobs will disappear because of AI.  Computers make less errors, don’t take breaks, play on their phones, gossip or ignore customers.  Progress,” said Kinzler.


Feasibility of Automation, Credit the Daily Mail.

Developments in AI and Robotics that may be a Threat to Jobs

Daily Business News readers might remember developments like Sophia, the human-looking robot that speaks, using artificial intelligence.  Sophia admits that “people should question the consequences of new technology.”


QuickTron Zhu Que robots used by Alibaba Group, Credits the Daily Mail

In China – where labor abounds – Alibaba-owned warehouse called T-mall has learned that a degree of collaboration between humans and machines is needed.  Their warehouse features 60 robots, called Zhu Que, which are Wi-Fi equipped and self-charging.

Since introducing the Zhu Que in July, warehouse production has tripled, per the Daily Mail.

Those robots, get instructions from Wi-Fi signals, which allows them to find the goods, pick them up, and move them to the appropriate place or human worker.

The Zhu Que is also outfitted with laser detection that keeps them from running into each other, something or some else.

The robots need to collaborate with each other and work independently at the same time. They represent the highest level of China’s warehouse robots,” said Cainiao Logistics, an Alibaba branch that manages the warehouse.

The delivery-bots bring the goods to the workers to be sorted, instead of them needing to run all around the warehouse themselves.

Since the introduction of the Zhu Que, the human workers have been able to sort around twice the products in half the time, says the Daily Mail.

While there are some jobs today that cannot be replaced by automation and AI – at least not yet – the fact still remains that in the next couple decades, millions of jobs could be on the line.

If that happens, how will people without special training and expertise make a living?  Who will replace the income tax dollars? What about the sales taxes generated from the incomes of human workers?

Artificial Intelligence and Automation Could Lead to New Social Issues

Pundits and experts on both sides of the political aisle say that every wave of previous technological advances always created some displacement, but new jobs opened up too.

A common example is the industrial revolution, which not only made it possible for fewer farm workers to do more, but created an opportunity for those farm workers to work in factories.

But will this time be different?


Ross Kinzler, retired Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance. Credits, MHProNews

Kinzler told MHProNews that,

AI creates societal issues that are deeper:

No real wage growth

Too many colleges turning out too few real productive grads

Immigration forcing down wages (see #1)

The coming split between the tech have’s ($1,100 Samsung Note 8) and the have not’s. (Banking at WalMart)”


Battle of the Billionaires

Elon Musk has warned government officials that AI and robotics poses a threat.  Mark Zuckerberg publicly chided him for that, to which Musk sharply replied that Zuckerberg isn’t as informed as he may think.

Facebook’s founder Zuckerberg has proposed “universal income” to ease the concerns. But no one is seriously explaining where the money would come from that would make “universal income” a valid proposal.

If hiking the minimum wage creates problems, wouldn’t universal income be far worse?

It should be noted that Zuckerberg is exploring a presidential run as a Democrat in 2020. Is that why he is sounding more like a promise-making candidate than an Austrian School economist?

LudwigVoMisesAustrianSchoolEconomicsDailyBusinessNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryReportsMHProNewsIs this Shift Coming Too Fast? 

Elon Musk’s warns that AI regulations can’t wait.

Musk isn’t alone.

Jack Ma – founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group – suggested that this latest industrial revolution could lead to a gap in the economy so drastic, that is could lead us right into World War III, as reported by the Inquisitr.

The first technology revolution caused World War I. The second technology revolution caused World War II. This is the third technology revolution,Ma said.

Note that these comments comes from the founder and chairman of the company who owns the warehouse in China that has just tripled production with the addition of the Zhu Que robots.


Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, Credits Getty Images/Inquisitr

Ma’s business is involved in factory built housing in Asia.

As the Daily Business News has reported previously, Ma has U.S. plans and there are other potential disruptions for the factory-built home industry that could flow from AI, automation, and robotics.

Kinzler is worrying about the masses of people.  Donald Tye Jr. and others are sounding off, and they will be part of a follow up planned on this emerging challenge.

The scary part for me is the implication for the have’s and have not’s,” Kinzler said. 

“I can’t believe it will take long before self-driving cars will have their own traffic lanes because engineers will argue if all of the cars in the road are self-driving, they can go faster and in a tighter formation…The short, quick routes in major cities will be the self-driving cars (rich), and city streets (slower) for the poor who drive their own car,” Kinzler told MHProNews.

Will lack of regulation lead to loss of jobs in the wake of AI and automation take over, and even potentially cause the loss of a balanced economy and eventually lead to WWIII?


L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach addressing industry professionals in an educational session.

Just as MHProNews has been monitoring developing technologies,” said MH publisher and industry consultant L. A. ‘Tony” Kovach, “such as 3D printing for several years (linked here and here), we plan to track developments and industry responses to the emerging automation, AI, robotics and their related potential impact on factory-built housing, and society.”

The recent Daily Business News report on Sophia – see photo/graphic above – is linked here.

The Daily Business News article discussing Elon Musk’s warnings to regulate AI before it is too late – is linked here. # # (News, analysis.)

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RV/MH 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

January 8th, 2016 Comments off

RV MH hall of fame in elkhart indianaThe nominating committee for the inductees into the RV/MH Hall of Fame had to narrow down a field of 72 to ten people, as MHProNews understands. The Board of Directors of the Heritage Foundation hereby presents the Class of 2016:

  • Gary Bunzer, Bunzer Consulting, 40 years as an RV training and tech specialist, Calif. and Wash. state.
  • Ernie F. Friesen, owner, All Seasons RV Center in Yuba City, and Redding RV Cener in Redding, Calif.
  • Jay C. Hesse (deceased), founder Blue Ox towbar assemblies and fifth-wheel tailgates, Nebraska.
  • Thomas R “Tim” McGuire, Coast Distribution System, first national distributor of RV accessories.
  • William “Bill” Overhulser, Del Rey Industries, in 1968 the largest producer of truck campers.
  • Ross Kinzler, retired Executive Director of the Wisconsin Manufactured Housing Association.
  • James “Jim” Miller, R-Anell Housing Group, North Carolina, and MH Industry OEM and supplier.
  • Robert Edward Richardson, Richardson Homes Corp., Indiana, MH Manufacturer, OEM, Supplier, Dealer.
  • Roland Sahm (deceased), founder Elixir Industries, Calif., RV/MH Supplier
  • Joseph H. Stegmayer, CEO Cavco Industries, Inc., Arizona, MH manufacturer.

The Class of 2016 will be officially inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame at the Annual Induction Dinner on Monday, August 1, 2016, in Elkhart, Indiana. ##

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