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Pain, Pleasure, Persuasion, Honesty, and Sustainable MHVille Profits

September 9th, 2018 Comments off


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There are precisely three ways to influence any organization of whatever size.

Influence can only occur:

  • From within an organization,
  • from outside of a given group or
  • from a combination of both.

That’s the clarity of applied logic or common-sense reasoning.

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Pain, Pleasure, Persuasion, Honesty, and Sustainable MHVille Profits.

Day by day, MHProNews and MHLivingNews presents facts, figures, evidence, analysis, reasoning, and specific stories.

Why?

Because it works. Reasoning and stories influence people.

Let’s be clear. Some will run from reason or will avoid topics that make them uncomfortable. But the subconscious mind, once exposed to a fact, doesn’t readily forget it. Facts and evidence may get drowned out for a time, but reality has a way of making a comeback.

Pain in the body is a signal that something is wrong. Pleasure and pain can both be manipulated. Emotions used correctly motivates, used incorrectly, can be tricked and manipulated. Humanity was created with both emotion and the ability to reason.

Carrots, sticks, and repetition are how people get attracted, maneuvered, or manipulated. But a cogent presentation of facts and evidence can cut through the noise with some, and those people can in turn influence others.

Let’s start with an example outside of professional associations, but that still matter to everyone in MHVille. Manufactured home (MH) resident groups.

MH resident groups can be right, wrong or a combination of those.

But right or wrong, MH resident groups clearly have influence. Here are a few examples:

  • For years, the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) has had one or more resident group members on it. The MHCC, which meets again this week, has legally established influence at HUD, under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA).
  • You may or may not give the MHCC a second thought. But the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), some companies, and state association certainly do. So do resident groups. Because the MHCC can influence several things that impact the HUD Code manufactured homes that are sold by the industry.
  • At state legislatures, at the local governments level, or in congressional hearings, resident groups have and can make a difference for or against a pending law or other administrative actions.

Knowing this about resident groups, there are state associations that work with them as best they can.

MHARR has had contact with them too, on issues like the Duty to Serve (DTS) Manufactured Housing mandated for the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs or Enterprises) of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) in 2008.

As those who have sat in MHI meetings know, MHI leaders have often cursed resident groups. But like them or not, NMHOA, MHAction and their state affilates are a reality. Better deal with them, or one must find a way to replace their influence with something better.

MH Resident groups matter.

As community owners in numerous states have learned, resident groups can’t be ignored. If they are ignored, it is only at a cost. So, you don’t have to like MHAction or NMHOA to realize they’re a reality that influences bottom-lines literally from coast-to-coast.

But up until recently, who has thought to challenge them in publicly in a debate? Or what about supplanting/replacing them when they won’t see reason on issues that can improve the lives of residents they claim to care about, as well as businesses like yours?

Let’s look at another example, from outside or MHVille. Political parties and candidates.

What government at all levels does or doesn’t do absolutely influences businesses of all sizes. That’s true in and beyond manufactured homes.

So, MHProNews uniquely looks at “News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing.” ©

You ignore politics at the risk of your investments of time, talent, and treasure.

You might have the best product, service, value, and the happiest customers. But government action or inaction on an important issue can strengthen, weaken, speed, slow or destroy your business.

The power to tax, and the power to regulate involve are the power to destroy. That’s based on a Supreme Court justice’s famous statement, shown below. That’s reality.

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Like it or not, political parties, resident groups, associations, and media all influence government.  Government in turn sets the rules that can make or break your business.

So, if you want to be successful long-term in business:

1)    you have to go beyond product, service, marketing, sales and technology. You have to be aware of, and hopefully influence those, that influence others.

2)    If you don’t pay attention to those outside factors, others are and will set the rules of the game in ways that will help or harm your business.

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3)    The same is true for homeowners. Whatever the intent of their members, NMHOA and MHAction arguably advocate for things harmful to manufactured home owners and businesses alike. Proving the harm of radical activists by a cogent use of facts, evidence, and reasoning is thus useful to all.  By all, that means the vast majority of MH home owners, as well as to MH businesses of all sizes and types.

4)    The same is true of both major parties. As political independents, we can say there is one thing about the Democratic platform that – on paper – is good for independent businesses. What is it? Their antitrust/anti-monopoly plank could, if used properly, make a difference for small businesses. But we frankly don’t see Democrats using it yet. Republicans – the so-called Grand Old Party or GOP – tends to be more pro-businesses.  But the GOP has for years done, or failed to do, certain things that harm independents of all sizes. But now, at the federal level and in dozens of states, the GOP has a modest edge in the branches of elected government.

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5)    Thankfully, under President Donald J. Trump’s leadership, he is addressing issues in the GOP like the border, immigration, regulatory relief, tax cuts, tax reform, attracting more capital, putting solid Constitutionally minded justices on the Supreme Court, protecting religious liberty, job creation, helping wages rise naturally, education, etc. These are all pragmatic.  They are useful to people and businesses alike. Thus, Pro-Trump candidates are thus getting our vote and editorial support.

But the point of this analysis and commentary is this.

You may be the most honest or ethical person in your town. You may have great value and service. But as ELS’ Sam Zell observed, others with no investment in your company or profession others can make, break, minimize or maximize your business, profits, and results.

That’s why on the slowest day of the Labor Day weekend, literally thousands of more professionals were reading and viewing content on MHProNews than any other similar trade resource in our industry. Because we at MHProNews and on MHLivingNews keep our eyes on issues that matter to you, as well as to your present, and potential customers.

Pain, pleasure, persuasion, and honestly sustainable MHVille profits can only be achieved via reality-based action. That requires solid information. Day-by-day, we bring you the MH “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use.” ©

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With no further adieu, let’s look at the headlines, reports, facts, and stories that can help make you navigate business better and more profitably.  Together, let’s look at the issues that can make manufactured homes more available to millions of potential buyers, who should become happy home owners. We’ll start with MHLivingNews, the Masthead, and then do the Daily Business News recaps for last week.

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What’s New on the Masthead

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“How Dare You…!” ELS’ Howard Walker Blast at MH Industry Professional

What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

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Saturday 9.8.2018
Shanah Tovah, Happy Rosh! About Leaping Cultural Barriers, and Where the Buck Stops

Shanah Tovah, Happy Rosh! About Leaping Cultural Barriers, and Where the Buck Stops

Friday 9.7.2018

Former President Barack Obama Says President Trump is “Symptom, Not the Cause,” plus MH Market Updates

Former President Barack Obama Says President Trump is “Symptom, Not the Cause,” plus MH Market Updates

Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”

Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”

Manufactured Housing Production Report – After Slow June 2018, July 2018 Increases

Manufactured Housing Production Report – After Slow June 2018, July 2018 Increases

“Growth,” “Fight on to Victory,” “One People, One Family, and One Glorious Nation Under God”

“Growth,” “Fight on to Victory,” “One People, One Family, and One Glorious Nation Under God”

 

Thursday 9.6.2018

Facebook Recent Big Hit, More Trouble Ahead? Plus, MH Market Updates

Facebook Recent Big Hit, More Trouble Ahead? Plus, MH Market Updates

Hot MHVille Issue, Boils Among Most Americans too

Hot MHVille Issue, Boils Among Most Americans too

“Disastrous,” “Uncompetitive” “Takeover” of “Government Sanctioned Monopoly” Blasted in Congress as Bi-Partisan Fix Unveiled

“Disastrous,” “Uncompetitive” “Takeover” of “Government Sanctioned Monopoly” Blasted in Congress as Bi-Partisan Fix Unveiled

Deaths in MH Communities from Trees Falling, “Get to the Root of It”

Deaths in MH Communities from Trees Falling, “Get to the Root of It”

 

Wednesday 9.5.2018

Like No Place Else, plus Manufactured Housing, Stocks, Market Updates

Like No Place Else, plus Manufactured Housing, Stocks, Market Updates

8 Questions for Joe Stegmayer, George Allen, Spencer Roane, GSEs, MHI, FHFA, Other Presenters At Indianapolis Roundtable Meeting

8 Questions for Joe Stegmayer, George Allen, Spencer Roane, GSEs, MHI, FHFA, Other Presenters At Indianapolis Roundtable Meeting

MH Communities, Owners, MH Independents Alert – NMHOA and MHAction Next Steps? – Part 1

MH Communities, Owners, MH Independents Alert – NMHOA and MHAction Next Steps? – Part 1

NDAs, Warren Buffett, Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and MHVille

NDAs, Warren Buffett, Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and MHVille

 

Tuesday, 9.4.2018

Senate Hearings, “High Tech Lynching” plus MH Market Updates

Senate Hearings, “High Tech Lynching” plus MH Market Updates

Blue Collar Worker Attitude, Outlook, Finances – Latest Data, Express-Harris Survey

Blue Collar Worker Attitude, Outlook, Finances – Latest Data, Express-Harris Survey

Main Place in MHVille That’s Cracked the Glass Ceiling?

Main Place in MHVille That’s Cracked the Glass Ceiling?

50 States Ranked by Income, Credit – Manufactured Housing Marketers Data, Cheet Sheet

50 States Ranked by Income, Credit – Manufactured Housing Marketers Data, Cheet Sheet

 

Monday 9.3.2018

2018’s Hardest-Working States in America, How Does Your State Rank?

2018’s Hardest-Working States in America, How Does Your State Rank?

Manufactured Housing’s Labor Day, Celebrating Those That Do the Work

Manufactured Housing’s Labor Day, Celebrating Those That Do the Work

Manufactured Home Retailers, Communities, Is Your Merchandising Nordstrom’s or Salvation Army? Monday MH Marketing, Sales Meeting

Manufactured Home Retailers, Communities, Is Your Merchandising Nordstrom’s or Salvation Army? Monday MH Marketing, Sales Meeting

Tucker’s “Tech Tyranny,” Luther Lowe-SVP Public Policy@Yelp, Author Scott Clelan, “Should Government Intervene?”

Tucker’s “Tech Tyranny,” Luther Lowe-SVP Public Policy@Yelp, Author Scott Clelan, “Should Government Intervene?”

 

Sunday 9.2.2018

Biblical “Talents,” Words, Ideas, Evidence, and Practical Impact on Manufactured Housing, Sunday Morning Recap, MHProNews Headlines Aug 26 to Sept 2, 2018

Biblical “Talents,” Words, Ideas, Evidence, and Practical Impact on Manufactured Housing, Sunday Morning Recap, MHProNews Headlines Aug 26 to Sept 2, 2018

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$2,500 Bamboo and Wood House Measures 861 Square Feet

June 25th, 2015 Comments off

cambodia framework project   building trust internatinal  creditCambodia’s two-story pilot Framework House, built of bamboo and wood, was initially aimed at families afflicted with HIV who are in poor health, but will now be targeted generally to those with low incomes. A collaboration of Atelier COLE, Habitat for Humanity Cambodia and Building Trust International, the family for whom it’s intended gets to choose the layout they need. For example, they might want it to double as a small store or for keeping livestock.

Costing $2,500 (USD), gizmag tells MHProNews the 861 square foot sustainable home features recyclable material for insulation: earth bags, plastic bottles and clay bricks were used on the ground floor, while wattle and daub, split and woven bamboo insulate the top floor. A small solar panel provides sufficient electricity for charging a mobile phone or using a water pump, while a solar powered light illuminates the inside.

Operable shutters provide ventilation and the large overhanging roof feeds into two separate water cachements tanks for cooking, drinking and washing. Local builders and local materials are used throughout. The home is elevated because of flash flooding. ##

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Gizmag says top sustainable housing includes prefabricated homes

November 28th, 2014 Comments off

top-sustainable-models-includes-prefabricated-homes-credit=gizmag-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Having a sustainable green home in today’s housing market can mean more than just having solar panels. It can often mean technology and better quality building components.

With sustainability and energy key buzz words, homebuyers are often looking to minimize environmental impact and total financial outlays. This can be done by using sustainable technology and materials, resulting in a boom for those seeking to drive architectural innovation.

According to a survey by Gizmag  of sustainable homes, a new line of high-end prefab houses called Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes (PATH) are emerging.

Designed by renowned French designer and architect Philippe Starck who recently teamed-up with Slovenian prefab firm Riko, one such PATH home line features multiple shapes and sizes, and a bold exterior boasting plenty of windows. Optional features using sustainability includes a roof-placed solar array, roof-based wind turbine, rainwater collection and filtration system.

The Fall House located on California’s Big Sur coastline, was designed by San Francisco’s Fougeron Architecture. This stylish home is also practical. The two story home has energy efficient windows includes automatic windows. A copper facade twill weather and patina over time given exposure to nearby ocean air. The copper is also offers a degree of fire-protection.

The Waste House gets its name because it was built from mostly re-usable materials that came from household and construction waste. For example, materials utilized in Waste House originally came from such items as toothbrushes and used carpeting. It is a sustainable construction project installed at the UK’s University of Brighton.

The Tighthouse is said to be the first certified passive house in New York City. Tighthouse is actually a 100 year old row home. Now completely renovated, it features energy efficient building materials, including solar panels and a heat ventilation system.

These are just a few examples of innovative pre-fab and remodeled housing which can be stylish and energy efficient for their home owners.

Factory built housing professionals tracking developments in green building, such as California based Modular Lifestyles off-grid homes, will want to explore how trends continue to evolve and impact the market and thus the manufactured and modular housing industries. ##

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Disaster Relief Housing Prototype Sited in Brooklyn

June 26th, 2014 Comments off

Updating a story we first published May 22, 2013 regarding proposed modular disaster relief housing by Garrison Architects, a five module prototype has been installed in Brooklyn. Over the next couple of years, different people will live in the units for five days at a time to determine their functionality, according to dezeen.com. Available in one-and-three-bedroom configurations, each unit features a living room, bathroom and kitchen, using recyclable materials such as cork floors, and sustainable features which include integrated solar shading, thick insulation and optional photovoltaic panels. Each unit, constructed in Indiana by Mark Line Industries, requires only 15 hours to install and plug in to utilities, MHProNews has discovered.

“Aside from the basics of providing shelter after a disaster, the prototype is innovative because it allows residents to remain within their communities instead of being displaced for months, or even years,” explains architect James Garrison. “ ‘Shelter in place’ allows residents to maintain their support networks – their friends and their families. Keeping neighborhoods intact is crucial for successful rebuilding.” ##

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Australia: Moving Manufacturing to Modular

February 14th, 2014 Comments off

Due to a number of factors, manufacturing has declined in Australia, especially in the food and automobile industries, and two staff members of Curtin University have suggested resources be turned to the modular housing market. Jemma Green and Peter Newman say the off-site housing market is a $90 billion industry worldwide, up from $60 billion in 2011, but Australia’s share is only three percent. With an eye toward making it ten percent of the market in 2020, theconversation.com reports, the authors say the procedures, planning and techniques in auto manufacturing are similar to that of making modular homes, opening the door for up-skilling from cars to houses.

While many modular companies just make one story homes, the Hickory Group is producing multi-story modular apartments and motels, MHProNews.com has learned. Although they have been making traditional buildings for generations, five years ago they opened a modular factory in Melbourne and now a team of 150 turns out 500 apartments annually, and many are former auto workers.

“Modular will never completely replace conventional building approaches, but it will take a much greater share in the market, particularly for multi-storey buildings. This 21st century innovation offers a much more sustainable option for the construction sector. Australian manufacturing has a window of opportunity here – to turn around the manufacturing industry from ailing to growing. If we don’t seize the day in building manufacturing, foreign companies will certainly fill the gap in the market, which could lead to job losses in traditional building,” they wrote.
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Living Green Asks Just How Green are Today’s Modulars?

March 13th, 2012 Comments off

By Roto Frank AG (Roto Frank AG) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia CommonsFrom the web site Living Green comes a story that looks at the history of modular homes and just how green they are. The modular, as the article points out, has been the “net big thing” in home building for a century or more, yet accounted for only about five percent of new home built in 2010. The revolution, however, may have at last arrived, thanks in part to urban residential growth and new applications for modular construction there. The sustainability factor is another reason. As Living Green points out, almost nothing used in modular construction facility goes to waste. Moreover, they cost less to produce and many manufacturers use the cost savings to invest in energy-efficient upgrades including solar panels.

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Chinese home builders targeting U.S., Canadian markets

August 5th, 2011 Comments off

Chinese_modulars,_container_home_construction posted MHMSM.com MHProNews.com Chinese factory home and office builders are targeting world markets, including “North America.” Western style literature uses key buzz words: low cost construction, green building, sustainable, easy transport and rapid installation. They build to Europe’s CE standards, Australia’s AS and the UL standards for North America. They produce container houses, prefab and modular house construction. Offices and housing for mineral and “oil camps,” power station, civil facilities are part of their offerings.  The homes are shipped in containers.  2 man teams are said to be able to assemble the home in two days.   Some floor plans resemble single section HUD Code configurations.  The homes can be single or multiple levels.  Some look like HUD Code multi-sectional manufactured homes once erected and installed.

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