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72% Blue Collar Workers “Optimistic,” White Collar and More Insights from Porch/Examiner Poll Report

September 14th, 2018 Comments off



The Washington Examiner recently reported on a survey commissioned by Porch on worker sentiments.


Porch is a free online network that links homeowners and repair, renovation. and cleaning professionals.  Their research found concerns about robotics and automation.  That’s a topic that the Daily Business News on MHProNews has reported on several times in recent years, see related reports, further below.


But the new survey found “That recession driven grimness hanging over the workplace has lifted and now workers of all shades are feeling good about their future,” said the Washington Examiner.


The polling said that 72 percent of blue collar workers and 76 percent of white collar workers are optimistic about their future.

Many workers feel they can find another job easily.  That was confirmed by the latest JOLTs report, see that further below.


The survey found that most blue-collar and white-collar workers are happy, feel respected, and like each other.

Consumer confidence, manufacturers, and business confidence have also been on the rise, as MHProNews has been tracking those trends since the election of President Donald J. Trump.

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CATO/YouGov Research Reveals Surprising Views of Clinton, Trump Voters, Free Speech, Political Correctness

November 6th, 2017 Comments off

StateOfFreeSpeechToleranceInAmericaCatoYouGovSurveyDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThat the nation – and thus Washington, D.C. – are polarized is no secret.

That big pieces of legislation impacting manufactured home owners, businesses, and investors has been stuck in the halls of Congress, due in part to polarization is widely known too.

But just how wide is that gap?

To what degree are people willing to discuss political issues today that impacts everyone?

Those are some of the issues that a YouGov survey recently completed for the Cato Institute dives into in a release to MHProNews.

While Democrats and Republicans have seen various topics differently for many years, the degree of those differences now are also examined in the Cato/YouGov survey.


That the contemporary divide impacts lobbying, or legislative efforts ought to be self-evident.

In their release to the Daily Business News, those the Cato/YouGov poll results and some of their top level takeaways are documented.  A point that’s implied is also worth noting, as it reflects the challenge that pollsters today face.  Namely, if people –more likely on the right, per Cato/YouGov research – are much less willing to reveal their honest views, how does that impact voter surveys in a run-up to any given election?


Over Half of All Americans…

Per the Cato/YouGov’s data, over half of all Americans feel silenced by political correctness.


That “self-censorship” caused by the political climate is corrosive of the state of the Union and of free speech at many levels.


Before diving into written analysis of the top lines of the research, note how the Cato Institute describes themselves as, “a libertarian think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Our vision is to create free, open, and civil societies founded on libertarian principles. Cato does not undertake lobbying efforts, back political candidates, or engage in political activities. It does not associate with any political organization or party. In order to maintain its independence, Cato does not accept government funding, but receives approximately 80 percent of its operating budget through tax deductible contributions from individuals, with the remainder of its support coming from foundations, corporations, and the sale of books and publications.”


Cato/YouGov Top Lines by Select Categories, Plus Full Survey Download

Washington, D.C. – The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, a new national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, finds that nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have. The consequences are personal—58% of Americans believe the political climate prevents them from sharing their own political beliefs,” stated their release.


Clinton Voters Can’t Be Friends with Trump Voters

Nearly two-thirds (61%) of Hillary Clinton’s voters agree that it’s “hard” to be friends with Donald Trump’s voters. However, only 34% of Trump’s voters feel the same way about Clinton’s. Instead, nearly two-thirds (64%) of Trump voters don’t think it’s hard to be friends with Clinton voters.


Other Interesting Findings Include the Following

It follows that a solid majority (59%) of Americans think people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions in public, even those deeply offensive to others,” per the release commentary from Dr. Emily Ekins.


“On the other hand, 40% think government should prevent hate speech. Despite this, the survey also found Americans willing to censor, regulate, or punish a wide variety of speech and expression they personally find offensive, said Ekins.


Other bullets:

  • 51% of staunch liberals say it’s “morally acceptable” to punch Nazis.
  • 53% of Republicans favor stripping U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag.
  • 51% of Democrats support a law that requires Americans use transgender people’s preferred gender pronouns.
  • 65% of Republicans say NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the anthem.
  • 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
  • 47% of Republicans favor bans on building new mosques.

Americans also can’t agree what speech is hateful, offensive, or simply a political opinion, said Ekins, per the Cato/YouGov research.

  • 59% of liberals say it’s hate speech to say transgender people have a mental disorder; only 17% of conservatives agree.
  • 39% of conservatives believe it’s hate speech to say the police are racist; only 17% of liberals agree.
  • 80% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say illegal immigrants should be deported; only 36% of conservatives agree.
  • 87% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say women shouldn’t fight in military combat roles, while 47% of conservatives agree.
  • 90% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say homosexuality is a sin, while 47% of conservatives agree.

These data show why censoring offensive speech is difficult—Americans can’t agree what speech is offensive or shouldn’t be allowed,” said Cato’s Director of Polling, Ekins.

What is deeply offensive to one person may simply be a political opinion to another. These data show that if we silence speech that any number of people find offensive, we will shut down a wide variety of important political debates,” Ekins stated.

The complete research by Cato/YouGov with Ekins commentary and analysis is available as a download, linked here. ## (News, research, analysis.)

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Homeownership Remains the Core of the American Dream

February 21st, 2017 Comments off

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A recent poll commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that homeownership is still at the core of the American Dream.

According to the Times NWI, even as housing markets continue to recover at different rates around the country, the American Dream of homeownership remains strong – four out of five Americans believe that owning a home is a good investment.

And, they believe that it’s something policymakers need to take active steps to encourage and protect.

When surveyed about investments, 82 percent of respondents rate “a home for you to live in” as a good or excellent investment, which was the highest of six choices, retirement accounts coming in second at 67 percent.

And, as the Daily Business News has reported, contrary to some concerns about Millennials rejecting the idea of homeownership, 81 percent of 18-29-year-olds want to buy a home.

Perhaps most striking is that 55 percent of those surveyed said the biggest obstacle to buying a home was finding a home at an affordable price.

Additionally, 50 percent of those surveyed citied insufficient savings for a down payment as an obstacle and 41 percent reported difficulty getting approved for a home loan as a challenge.

Finally, 72 percent of survey respondents support the government providing tax incentives to encourage homeownership.

Benefits, particularly the mortgage interest deduction, which has been included in the tax code for more than 100 years, have been critical to developing the American Dream of homeownership.


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MH, a Solution Hiding in Plain Sight 

MHProNews and MHLivingNews continue to cover the challenges as well as the numerous advantages that the manufactured housing industry provides in the U.S., making affordable, quality housing easily available to most of the population.

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Jim Clayton, right. L. A. “Tony” Kovach, left. Photo credit,

MHProNews and MHLivingNews publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach provides deep insight into this opportunity in Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016, and the understanding that the solution to affordable housing is hiding in plain sight.

With new attitudes about housing, millennials are also looking for viable economic solutions that also provide the opportunity for sustainability.

Leaders in business also clearly understand the opportunity, such as Warren Buffet and Berkshire Hathaway, which owns Clayton Homes, and Sam Zell, Chairman of Equity LifeStyle Properties, or independents such as John Bostick, with Sunshine Homes.

Giants and independents alike are “doubling down” on the manufactured housing industry, with Zell being quoted as saying during this interview “Everyone calls them trailer parks. Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.

Sunshine Home’s John Bostick knows the challenges facing manufactured housing, as well as the immense opportunities when he reminds professionals that “Easy doesn’t pay well.” What Bostick means is that it is only through effort that manufactured housing will advance to its potential. ##


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Homeowner Survey: Location Matters

February 17th, 2017 Comments off

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For most homeowners, the belief is that it’s all about location, location, location.

Now, a community preference survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that, along with access, is indeed the case.

According to the Lansing State Journal, the survey shows that most homebuyers say their ideal community is one with a mix of houses, stores and other businesses that are easily walkable, rather than neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation.

More and more consumers are being drawn to mixed-use neighborhoods that come with shorter commutes and more walkable areas,” said Meghan Webber, CEO of the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors.

The NAR survey also showed that a majority of Americans prefer houses with small yards and easy walks to schools, stores and restaurants, over houses with large yards that require owners to drive to schools, stores and restaurants.

While those surveyed say that they prefer walkable communities, that preference does have its limits.

A majority of consumers responded that they prefer communities where it is easier to walk and their commute is shorter, but when comparing a detached single-family house to an apartment or townhouse, the detached home wins out, even with a longer commute and more driving.

Today’s buyers want a community where they can walk to shopping, restaurants and schools,” said Webber.


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Yet buyers aren’t willing to compromise on a single-family house; they want the house and the walkable community.

Overall, the survey suggests a growing momentum away from the sprawling suburban environments of the past and toward mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly communities.

Consumers’ attitudes are changing and it’s becoming evident that suburban neighborhoods – where amenities are spread out – aren’t as desirable as they once were,” said Webber.

Keeping a community attractive, livable and functioning well is a complex task.


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MH & Modular – Practical Solutions?

As Daily Business News readers already know, both modern manufactured and modular housing provide quality, easy to implement and cost effective alternatives, especially in mixed use areas where site built structures can be time consuming and expensive.

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Majority of Financial Advisors See Strong Economy Under Donald Trump

November 30th, 2016 Comments off

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A new survey from the Financial Services Institute shows confidence from independent financial advisors in President-elect Trump’s ability to strengthen both the economy and the stock market.

Many are also considering expanding their operations.

The survey revealed that 58 percent predicted a strong economy, and 56 percent said stocks will profit from the better economy.

Only 6 percent of the 1,357 polled see the 2017 economy as “weak,” while 49 percent said that Congress should cut spending as part of tax reform.


FSI CEO Dale Brown. Credit: FSI.

Main Street financial advisors serving retirement savers have their finger on the pulse of the lives of their hard-working clients and it’s important that we tap into their perspective,” said FSI President Dale Brown. “Our members have a unique vantage point on these issues, as they work closely with investors of all sizes and means, to help them save for retirement, fund their children’s education and care for aging parents.

Thirty-four percent of those surveyed said that they plan to expand their business, up from 29 percent in July 2014.

The so called “Main Street” advisors the institute represents leaned strongly towards Trump, with 71 percent choosing the business leader turned president-elect and 19 percent supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Advisors also supported a repeal of the “fiduciary rule,” a 1,000-page regulation that is due to take effect in April, and covers the ethics of financial advisors.

Trump and Republicans in Congress are expected to kill the regulation.

Our members, who are Main Street not Wall Street, contributed $48 billion to the U.S. GDP in 2015,” said Brown. “Their call to repeal the DOL fiduciary rule as soon as possible is driven by their clients’ need to access their help in securing a dignified retirement. Last year, the clients of our members sent over 100,000 letters to the Department of Labor, pleading for relief from the rule. It’s time we allow these professionals to serve their clients in a way that they want and deserve to be served.

The View From The MH Industry


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Several of the biggest names in the manufactured housing industry also see significant benefit from a Donald Trump administration.

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Jim Clayton (left) with Daily Business News Publisher Tony “L.A.” Kovach. For A Cup of Coffee with…Jim Clayton, click here.

Here are some promises and expectations from the president-elect, alongside my comments and thoughts, said Clayton Homes and Clayton Bank Founder, Jim Clayton.

MH Community and Manufacturing Operators – along with others in business – get to expense expansion cost under the president-elect’s proposals. WOW! What a nice surprise!

Dodd Frank and CFPB to be Hallelujah! We bankers can move bloated compliance teams back to the basics – lending and deposit gathering.  Will be so great to close MH loan applicants on the spot and same-day. 

Roads, bridges, and tunnels updated and expanded. A trillion in infrastructure spending over 4 years would boost growth by several percentage points.

The full commentary from Jim Clayton can be found here, and extensive coverage of feedback from the MH industry can be found here. ##

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Modular Shipments continue to Rise

August 28th, 2013 Comments off

national-modular-housing-council-logo-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-home-pro-news-com- (1)The National Modular Housing Council (NMHC) reports that actual shipments of 3,838 new modular homes occurred in the second quarter of 2013, up 10.6 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Relative to Q2 2012, state shipment results for the second quarter of 2013 showed increases for 22 states and reductions in 12 states. Iowa Manufactured Housing Association Joe Kelly tells MHProNews that “Iowa ranked 4th in the U.S., among 34 states surveyed, in the growth of business in the second quarter of this year, compared to last year’s second quarter.  149 modulars were ordered by Iowa retailers and builders in the second quarter, compared to 103 last year.” For the first half of 2013, 244  modulars were ordered, ranking Iowa 6th highest among the 34 states.” Modular shipments still trail manufactured housing shipments nationally by a significant margin, although there are jurisdictions where mods rival HUD Code manufactured housing shipment numbers. ##


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Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

February 29th, 2012 Comments off

Manufactured Home Real Estate Photo by Eric MillerMortgage applications decreased 0.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 24, 2012. This week’s results are adjusted for the Presidents Day holiday. The MBA Market Composite Index decreased 0.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 9.4 percent compared with the previous week. “Mortgage rates remained near survey lows last week, but refinance volume fell slightly,” said Michael Fratantoni, Vice President of Research and Economics at the Mortgage Bankers Association. Fratantoni continued, “According to survey participants, more than 20 percent of refinance applications were for Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) loans. The HARP share of total refinance applications has increased over the past month. Purchase application volume increased over the week, but remains within the narrow and anemic range of activity we have seen since the expiration of the homebuyer tax credit in May 2010.”

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Fewer Applied for Mortgages Last Week

February 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Mortgage Bankers Association LogoMortgage applications decreased 2.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 2.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 9.0 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased 3.6 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 1.7 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 17.1 percent compared with the previous week and was 4.3 percent lower than the same week one year ago. “The Federal Reserve surprised the market last week by indicating that short-term rates were likely to stay at their current low-levels until the end of 2014. Longer-term treasury rates dropped in response, and mortgage rates for the week were down slightly as a result,” says Michael Fratantoni, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics. Fratantoni continues, “Although total application volume dropped on an adjusted basis relative to last week, refinance volume remains high, with survey participants reporting that the expanded Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) contributed to roughly 10 percent of their refinance activity.”

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Survey Provides Insight into Views on Homebuying

January 27th, 2012 Comments off

MetLife InterGenerational GraphicA recent survey from MetLife provides some insight into generational views on housing and finance. According to the survey, Multi-Generational Views on Family Financial Obligations, most do not believe parents have a fiscal responsibility to help their adult children buy a home. Just 12 percent of Baby Boomer parents say they have provided money to an adult child to help them buy a home. Americans also don’t see home ownership as a cross-generational family financial responsibility. Half of Americans in this survey (52 percent) suggest that a parent has no responsibility at all to help their children by contributing to the down payment on a house. Baby Boomers (56 percent) are especially likely to believe this, compared to Gen Yers (47 percent), who are more likely to be just entering the housing market (44 percent of Gen Yers rent, compared to 11 percent of Boomers). Less than 10 percent in each generation feel a strong or absolute responsibility to contribute to a down payment.

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Fannie Mae Says Consumer Sentiment Stabilizing

December 7th, 2011 Comments off

Fannie Mae LogoIncidental improvement in the housing market is being noticed as consumer sentiment stabilizes, according to a new survey from Fannie Mae. The group’s November National Housing Survey revealed home price expectations moved from negative to positive territory for the first time in six months, with respondents expecting home prices to increase by 0.2 percent over the next year. This places consumer sentiment in line with Fannie Mae’s Economics & Mortgage Market Group’s November forecast of temporary economic improvement during the third and fourth quarters of 2011, leading into a slower economic growth path in 2012. “Though their home price expectations have become slightly positive, consumers remain concerned about the direction of the economy and continue to view their household finances as being relatively flat,” says Doug Duncan, vice president and chief economist of Fannie Mae. “Most Americans expect no improvement in their personal financial situation in the next 12 months and will likely remain wary about undertaking the significant financial obligation associated with homeownership until their view of their income, expenses, and job security heads in a more positive direction.” The survey also reveals thirty-two percent of Americans now say they would rent their next home, while 63 percent say they would buy, down 3 percentage points since last month and a return to the level seen in September.