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Warning – Number 1 Manufactured Housing State, Texas – Reports Month Over Month Rise, Year over Year Shipment Decline Continues

May 2nd, 2019 Comments off

 

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Last night, the Daily Business News on MHProNews looked at regional data that revealed 3 states with increases, but 3 others with significant declines in new manufactured homes shipped.

 

 

Now, in our pre-dawn report, multiple tips from members of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) provided their state’s latest – sobering – shipment data.

Quoting the TMHA, following the graphic below.

 

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Manufactured home shipments for March moved up 4.9% over February. The month-over-month growth was aided by an additional work day and stemmed from a 10.5% increase in multi-section shipments which once again beat single-section shipments for the fourth month in a row. Single-section shipments slipped -0.7% from February.

We’re now past the point where the year-over-year comparisons for a single month should be substantially impacted by FEMA units and March saw a marked -26.8% slowdown in comparison to March of 2018, which was last year’s peak month.

Multi-sections shipments were down -9.8% and single-sections were down -39.5%.

While shipments were soft this month, the early data indicates that retailer sales expanded in February and titles issued thus far for March sales also indicate strong year-over-year growth for that month. We’ll be watching the titling data as it comes in, but It appears likely that last year’s backlog constraints led retailers to over order and build up a stock of homes in inventory that they are now selling from. If the year-over-year elevated sales continue, then shipments should pick up later in the year as those inventories decline.”

 

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Certainly, TMHA has significant influence from Clayton Homes, Berkshire Hathaway brand lenders, and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). Their staff arguably has the same “How Gold Rules” pressures that other state association executives have previously reported, see that, in the report linked from the text-image box that follows.

 

 

But the independent minded thinkers in MHVille need look no further than what MHI member companies that are publicly traded have said in their investor packets.

 

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Skyline Champion (SKY) have said similarly.

 

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In 1998, manufactured homes (MH) outsold RVs by some 3 to 2. In 2017, RVs outsold MHs by some 5 to 1. RVs recovered far more quickly from 2008. The facts raise questions. One, is the effectiveness of MHI as the post-production or ‘umbrella’ association in the country. The other question is more sobering. Has Buffett-Berkshire “Moat” strategies kept manufactured home production at historically low levels to allow a few big boy brands to consolidate others at a discounted ‘value’ by MHI insiders?

 

There are clearly investor concerns at play, because both Skyline and Cavco are trading below where they were about 6 months ago. See those related reports, below.

Facts matter.  During an affordable housing crisis, there certainly could be some variation, but the rise in shipments could be much stronger than it has been.  See the related reports to better understand the various forces at play that arguably are artificially limiting manufactured housing – often from within.

 

Multibillion Dollar Opportunities Knock in Solving Affordable Housing Crisis

 

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What the Latest Numbers from #1 Manufactured Housing Market Texas Reveals

December 28th, 2018 Comments off

 

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In a media release from the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), here are the latest insights.

 

Shipments in November moved down from both October and November of 2017 as the market faced fewer production days, rising interest rates, and falling oil prices,” said the TMHA statement.

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Manufacturer annual totals for (November, year to date) MH shipments in Texas,” are as follows.

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During an affordable housing crisis, however someone might chose to spin it, the manufactured housing numbers from Texas are foreboding.  Pause to consider what the market potential is, versus the actual results?  For example:

 

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The new data from Texas yesterday reveals once again the arguably false claims by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and their dominating Berkshire Hathaway members, such as Clayton Homes. 

In response to our Daily Business News on MHProNews fact-checks, evidence, and “follow the money” research, a voice from Indiana is whining in defense of MHI, instead of standing up for the interests of the independents he claims to represent.  

But far more important than a threatening letter from a claimed attorney for the Arlington, VA based MHI, or a voice from Indiana that can’t refute a single claim made here on MHProNews, are those dozens of new readers signing up for our industry-leading emailed news updates, joining the thousands of others already on our e-list.  

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As or more important are those from within MHI – or within/tied to Clayton, 21st Mortgage, other Berkshire brands, and from other industry sources – who are providing a growing stream of news tips.  

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Traffic on MHProNews has steadily grown for about 16 months, because industry professional readers want to know. Smoke and mirrors from Knoxville, Arlington or their rewarded allies only takes professional people so far, or for so long. Then, pros eventually wise up to the fact that sweet voices that say sweet things may in fact be leading you into troubled waters.

So while others in MHVille who are tied to the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis play “the smear”  plus duck, dodge, dismiss, detract, distract, and defame – MHProNews will show the facts, evidence, and what common-sense suggests. Remember the 6Ds, and then understand why people use them.  By contrast, we hold those ‘MH leaders’ accountable for results that don’t match their claims or words.

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It’s simple, actually. If any of our MHProNews reports were factually inaccurate, then the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis and their allies could simply disprove them. So why don’t they? Why do our fact checks stand on their own merits? Because the facts checked stand unrefuted. It’s the principle of Occam’s Razor.

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The fact that MHI is apparently using another purported pawn-puppet – one tied to SECO related scandals – instead of dealing with the issues that are keeping manufactured housing at historic lows suggests the latest ‘over the target reactions is for them a #Nettlesome issue.  Compare what TMHA said to what MHI themselves said, because facts are facts, no matter how #Nettlesome. 

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Facts are facts. If MHI, Clayton, 21st or anyone designated on their behalf can point to factual errors in a report, let them do so. The TMHA and MHI data only confirm what MHProNews previously reported, summarized in part in the graphic below.

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Otherwise, the industry must recognize that the data reflected above or in other related reports linked further below stand publicly undisputed. Emotions have their proper place, when emotions rouse us to do what a mature person intelligently should do. But heads in the sand and happy talk help no one, but a few consolidators a.k.a. monopolistic players.

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Reason and common sense must be in the mix too.

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The only way to solve a problem is to first recognize it exists, and then use a goal-and-solution oriented approach, one based upon facts to solve what needs correcting.

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If MHI’s CEO Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison had a good explanation for why the performance is so poor, in spite of their multimillion-dollar budgets and all of their supposed promotional efforts, why doesn’t he just give the explanation?

 

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The wise don’t go to a doctor over an illness or disease, and then beg for a reason to keep doing unhealthy habits. Rather, the wise seek the facts, then look for the path that returns the body – business, or an industry – back to good health.  For a late Christmas gift, we give once more the gift of the unvarnished truth coupled with common sense. Some will hate that truth or fact checks, but the largest professional audience in MHVille finds us to be informative, as well as entertaining.

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OTR from industry pros. We get the full range of comments, but the most common words we read include, these two “Thank you.”

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Gus’ message came in response to a series of exposes on issues within manufactured housing, as well as tips, strategies and opportunities.

The MH industry has been essentially flat when it could be rocking and rolling. We’ll dig more deeply in to the causes and solutions in 2019. Join us for the ride by signing up for our popular headline news emails, above or below. See the related reports, below the notices and byline, for more insights and facts on the new manufactured home shipment trends.

Rephrased, we’ll have FUN in 2019 while calling the ‘powers that be on’ the carpet, and holding their performance up to their own problematic claims and words, vs. the actual performance our once roaring industry achieved.  The only way things will change is if the status quo is challenged.

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Affordable Housing, Manufactured Homes, Bipartisanship, Bill, Newt, Sexual Scandals, and You

October 5th, 2018 Comments off

 

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It would be a grave mistake to think that bipartisanship is dead.

 

Earlier this year, Maxine Waters (CA-D)  and Jeb Hensarling (TX-R) worked with each other to pass a bill out of the Financial Services Committee that latter passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin.

Who Says Bipartisanship is Dead? House Passes Massive “JOBS & Investor Confidence Act” S 488 by 406 to 4 Vote

 

S. 2155 was passed mostly by Republicans, but with some Democrats joining the effort. While missing or hyping some details, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is correct in pointing out that there are benefits to our industry in S. 2155.

There are other possible examples of bipartisanship, but those two suffice to make the point.

That said, bipartisan efforts arguably aren’t as common today as they were two decades ago.  The photo at top features Democratic President Bill Clinton with GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R).

If you are under 35 – unless you were an unusually politically-focused teen or youth – you may only know from a historic reference by media of the following, compelling facts.

Bipartisan efforts in the President Bill Clinton (D) Administration worked with a Republican dominated Congress in 1996 and 1998 to pass legislation that:

  • reformed welfare,
  • balanced the budget,
  • passed a key piece of modern manufactured housing legislation,
  • and much more.
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As an upcoming special report will feature, Democratic President Bill Clinton, Republican (GOP) House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and others who were part of a cast that passed historic pro-growth, debt/deficit cutting, and pro-manufactured housing legislation. Make sure you are signed up for our emailed news updates so you don’t miss an upcoming special report.

 

That manufactured housing (MH) legislation is still on the books, but is only partially implemented.  That means it has not been fully applied to the benefit of the manufactured housing industry and consumers alike.

Yet that little-known law could unlock tens to hundreds of billions in business the next decade, if it is properly utilized. Tech gurus involved in factory-built housing say the new housing market is some $330 billion a year. That gives a reader a keen sense of what manufactured home potential is. More of those details about pro-manufactured housing laws another time, but they’re covered in part in the report linked here, which can be read later for greater fact-based insights.  ICYMI, the post below is another example of bi-partisan efforts.

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The First Takeaways

The first takeaway is that bipartisanship can still happen.  But it arguably isn’t as common as it once was.  The other takeaway is that manufactured housing is poised for tremendous potential profits, but those won’t occur until pragmatic and ethical action occurs.

 

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As political independents who are pro-business, pro-consumers, and pro-workers, this industry-leading trade publication looks at facts, evidence, follows the money.  We then seek and present reality, always in search of what is necessary, true, and good. We do so with significant input from informed MH professionals, and the strategic support of a few-long-term thinkers and doers.

Bipartisanship can be good, but only when the legislation or policy is good.

But bipartisanship when a policy is flawed is wrong, period. Majorities don’t create morality. God establishes eternal moral standards. When laws or legislation are good, they comport with the moral norms given by the Creator of all humanity.

Principle of ‘The Lesser of Two Evils,’ and MHVille’s Future

 

Sexual, Sensationalized, Dirty Politics and Manufactured Housing

In the late 1990s, House Speaker Newt Gingrich worked with President Bill Clinton even as the two major parties sought to outmaneuver each other. President Bill Clinton was fairly accused of numerous sexual scandals.

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Clinton had sexual encounters that became widely known.  The photo below spotlight just 4 of them.

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The truth sets people free.

Speaker Gingrich himself had an affair while in office during the 1990s, with then Callista Bisek. That affair later resulted in a divorce, and an eventual marriage by Newt of the woman who is now his wife. Callista Gingrich today is the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.

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Reality is what is. It makes no sense to live life based upon half-truth, spin, deception, or lies.

While bipartisanship was evident in the 1990s, so was manufactured political gamesmanship.

Eighty-four ethics charges were filed by Democrats against Gingrich during his term as Speaker. All were eventually dropped except for one: claiming tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes,” says Wikipedia. “…In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the “Renewing American Civilization” courses under investigation for possible tax violations.”

Rephrased, Gingrich was publicly smeared with dozens of charges, but in the end, nothing stuck.  Sound familiar?

Nevertheless, “In 1998, Republicans lost five seats in the House,” says Wikipedia… “His [Gingrich’s] private polls had given his fellow Republican Congress the impression that pushing theLewinsky scandal would damage Clinton’s popularity and result in the party winning a net total of six to thirty seats in the US House of Representatives in this [1998] election. The day after the election, a Republican caucus ready to rebel against him prompted his resignation of the speakership. He also announced his intended and eventual full departure from the House in January 1999. When relinquishing the speakership, Gingrich said he was “not willing to preside over people who are cannibals,” and claimed that leaving the House would keep him from overshadowing his successor.”

People can change. But human nature remains the same. We are all people who have our own unique weaknesses.

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It is difficult at best to succeed long-term in business in America today without having at least a basic sense of politics. Much of what happens is for the camera, sound bites, and public impact. Various scandals manufactured for media are used with the idea of manipulating and thereby influencing voters.

Having worked with mainstream media on several occasions spanning over 20 years, this writer can tell you first-hand that stories are routinely ‘framed’ by television and print media to fit a narrative.  That spin may or may not fit all of the facts.

Rephrased, sometimes key information is left out or over-emphasized, which can make a story appear to be plausible or true. In fact, some news is just agenda-driven, manipulative propaganda.

President Clinton remained in office, even though it is widely believed he was guilty of several examples of sexual misconduct.  Those Clinton misdeeds pale in comparison to what Judge Kavanaugh is accused of doing. After 7 FBI investigations, there is no evidence, no corroboration against Judge Kavanaugh. Yet, the slander against Judge Kavanaugh persists.

By comparison, the mainstream media largely gave President Bill Clinton a pass, and there was considerable evidence that spanned years against him.  Then First Lady Hillary Clinton orchestrated the defense of her husband Bill.  She did so by publicly crushing President Clinton’s accusers. For more of an inside, fact-based look at the inner-workings of the mainstream media, see the related reports, further below.

Hillary did her part to deflect the allegations against her husband Bill.  She did so in conjunction with Clinton political operative James Carville.  It was Carville who came up with the troubling line – quoted below – that still haunts manufactured housing to this day.

“Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” James Carville, Clinton Strategist

People on both sides of the aisle – and those who are a-political – still use Carville’s comment, yet it is deeply offensive to millions.

“’Trailer Trash’? Watch Who You’re Insulting When You Throw Around Those Words” – Buffalo News

It is an example of how politics can make strange bedfellows.

All that said, Speaker Gingrich and President Bill Clinton worked with each other to pass much of Gingrich’s “Contract with America.” The tech revolution was underway in the 1990s. Billionaires today like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and others were young in their careers in that timeframe. It took time for those tech gurus to evolve to the point that they became fabulously wealthy. They too played, and used, the political and media game.

An important lesson learned from billionaire Warren Buffett is precisely the need to understand history, to be well read, and to think long term.  It is no secret we disagree with much of Mr. Buffett’s machinations. But that doesn’t mean that we should ignore the lessons he has taught, for good-or-ill, to the manufactured home industry.

Buffett’s deeply political.

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MHARR, MHI, and State Associations, Working Together

We will look in greater depth in the days ahead to see how:

  • the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR, previously known as the Association for Regulatory Reform – ARR),
  • the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI),
  • and Will Earle of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA)

all came together with numbers of other industry pros to work with Speaker Gingrich, Congress, and President Bill Clinton to pass a historic piece of legislation for our then thriving HUD Code manufactured housing industry.

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Danny Ghorbani, left – then president of what today is MHARR. Bill Clinton, right. There were numerous industry and political professionals that were involved in the process of making pro-manufactured housing industry legislation come to fruition. Then and now, it will only happen when pragmatic reality guides enough peoples’ thinking and actions.

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What was accomplished previously in sustainable shipment levels, can clearly be done again.

 

Clarity on reality – then, now, and in the future – is vital for our industry’s revival.

The intriguing back-story to how MHARR, MHI, and what became MHEC give an illuminating “lessons learned” that could make it easier for our industry if understood and applied.

Partisans on both sides of the aisle – including partisans in our industry’s trade associations – must see reality clearly to understand how tens of billions of dollars in annual sales could be achieved in the near term in manufactured housing.

That kind of growth only occurs when local businesses in their local markets do their best, achieving results several times greater than they now are accomplishing.

But that achievement won’t happen absent reality-checks, pragmatism, and the correct next steps.

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Fair Warning

The video posted below opens with salty “R” rated language.  We’ll present both the teaser (the ‘trailer’) and the full length video.

 

The video shows rough-but-real, raw news footage. The video takes viewers on a compelling snapshot of how our future is being shaped. It also suggest how our collective future could become so much brighter.

 

There’s a highly documented affordable housing crisis. Lawrence Yun, Ph.D. and chief economist for the National Association of Realtors ® says that some 8.3 million housing units are needed.  That’s a sense of the potential manufactured home and other factory builders could be tapping into.

Manufactured homes are arguably best poised to address those needs, because of the two great federal laws, that if fully implemented could open the floodgates for manufactured housing and millions of Americans. To achieve our industry’s amazing potential, more should realize that President Trump, with a GOP House and Senate, could give our industry the brightest period it has ever achieved.

Please skip something else this evening, and make the time to watch the video above. Then kindly share this post and these videos with others. FYI, the video below is quick and industry-focused.

 

President Donald Trump, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, Private-Public Partnerships to Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

Once informed, vote wisely in the midterms. Give the 45th President of the United States (POTUS) the support he needs in Congress to make America and our manufactured home industry great again.  He’s promised to enforce the law.  Let’s give him the Congress he needs, and then do as the NFIB and others have, ask him to fully enforce our industry’s two great laws.

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Rich Attkisson Dies, Manufactured Housing Career, Life Remembered

November 27th, 2017 Comments off

RichardAttkissonPassagesManufacturedHousingTMHADailyBusinessNewsMHproNewsWe are sad to report that Rich Attkisson of R.A. Financial passed away Friday, November 24,” said the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA).

Rich and his wife Dorothy were always present at the Annual TMHA Conventions and you could almost always find Rich on the golf course during the TMHA golf tournaments.  They were active members for over 30 years and very supportive of the Association and the industry as a whole.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dorothy the entire Attkisson family during this very difficult time,” per the association’s release to the Daily Business News.

Richard H. “Rich” Attkisson (aka “Big Daddy”) passed away on November 24th, 2017. Rich was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 8th, 1935 to John Attkisson and Eleanor Knittel Attkisson, the first of five children. The family moved to Elyria, Ohio, when he was young, where he grew up and graduated from Elyria High School in 1953,” per Caitlin Nauert, at the TMHA.

He joined the U.S. Air Force soon thereafter and proudly served his country for 12 years when he decided to try his wings in civilian life. His first civilian job was with Associates Finance Company, and he was in some type of financing the remainder of his life,” Nauert said.

R.A. Financial was primarily a used manufactured home lender, said the TMHA. The Associates was a significant new home lender in manufactured housing before pulling out due to the post-1998 industry meltdown.

Beyond sports, the TMHA noted that “Rich was very active in his Church, the Cibolo St. Paul Evangelical Church. He served on the Church Council, was co-chairman on the annual free Community Christmas Breakfast, and served monthly on the Church’s “Outreach Project”, serving free meals to needy citizens in the community.”

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Rich is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy “Dolly” Katt Attkisson; daughter Kristina Attkisson and son Richard, Jr., Arlington, Virginia; step-daughter and son-in-law Karen and Alfred Mitchell, San Antonio; step-son and daughter-in-law Keith and Joane Rylander Williams, Austin; four granddaughters: Alice “Ali” Attkisson, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Brooke A. Attkisson, South Carolina; Cara E. Attkisson, Fairfax, Virginia; and Kasey A. Johnson, San Antonio; sister and brother-in-law Eleanor and William “Bill” Parmenter; brother and sister-in-law Jack and Pam Attkisson; brother Robert “Bobby” Attkisson, all of Elyria, Ohio, and sister and brother-in-law Ruthann and Jim Nemeth, Wakeman, Ohio; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sylvia and Robert “Bob” Seiler, San Antonio, and sister-in-law Viola “Bootsy” Norwood, Abilene; as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Ohio, Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma,” wrote Nauert.

Rich is preceded in death by his parents and nephew William “Billy” Parmenter.

Visitation will be held at Sunset Funeral Home on Austin Highway, on Tuesday, November 28th.  It will be from 6:00 to 800 P.M.

Funeral Services will be held at Cibolo St. Paul Evangelical Church, 108 South Main Street, Cibolo, at 10:00 A.M on Wednesday, November 29th. The memorial services will be conducted by Pastor Jason Ford and Rev. Chester Sassmann.

MHProNews extends its condolences to all those touched by the loss.  May Rich Attkisson rest in peace. ## (Passages, obituary.)

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How Many Manufactured Housing Units Will FEMA Use? Disastrous Opportunities, Knock

October 11th, 2017 1 comment
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Newer model FEMA MHUs were deployed in Louisiana, during their flooding. Credit: Yahoo.

Post-Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) has provided the Daily Business News with an update on the recovery steps in their state.

In trying to anticipate next steps, we expect vendors will be selected by the GLO [General Land Office} and soon to follow local Council of Governments (COGs) for temporary housing,” TMHA’s statement said.

TexasManufacturedHousingAssociationTMHADailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsNo one at this point knows how many MHUs [Manufactured Housing Units] will be used in temporary housing efforts,” the Austin-based trade association said. “Both state and local agencies are waiting for FEMA to vet the disaster registrants to determine eligibility, need, and type of temporary housing.”

FEMA has had over 900,000 registrants with some level of disaster claim. Expectations are that the total number of registrants will surpass one-million people,” TMHA stated, noting that in “prior disaster events, TMHA has been told approximate six percent of FEMA claims result in eligible persons in need of some form of temporary (18-month) housing, of which MHUs are one option.”

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It will be months before the details all become clear.

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Featured image credit, Hurricane Harvey Relief.

In the coming weeks and months, we anticipate contractors and vendors selected by federal, state and local governments to start deploying and building MHUs,” TMHA’s release stated. “We also anticipate more calls for adequate placement locations, such as on vacancies in MH Communities.”

A COG in the Machinery of Government…

For our industry to participate and demonstrate the role we can play providing some of the permanent replacement housing, you must get involved with the local COGs. We must appeal at the local COG levels to be included, and not excluded, when the permanent rebuilding efforts begin in 2018,” they said.

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TMHA is already working to advance this effort at the state level, but we have been told time and again the ultimate decision on housing and rebuilding will be controlled at the local level,” per the TMHA. “We ask our members to get involved early, participate vigorously, educate people about our homes, and advocate for yourself and our industry.”

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Manufactured Housing Units, designed for FEMA, called MHUs, where deployed in 2016 in Louisiana in response to their floods.  The score card for the effort wasn’t high, see story linked from the photo above. Photo credit, WAFB.

Enormous Opportunities Require Effort

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Reports from Texas have been that D.J. Pendleton and the TMHA team have been working long hours in the run up and wake of Hurricane Harvey on behalf of their industry members. Photo credit, MHProNews.

The permanent rebuilding efforts will be enormous and last for years,” per the TMHA’s research.

This effort is one that the manufactured housing industry must be a major contributor to. In the years to come we will have an opportunity to show not only what we can do,” the association said, “but also amaze would be detractors just how far we have come. It is on all the industry to make sure we are given opportunities to compete on a level playing field so recovering homeowners are presented our homes as a permanent housing option.” ## (News, Analysis.)

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TMHA’s Pendleton on Amarillo, Manufactured Home Placements in Urban and Suburban Areas

July 28th, 2017 Comments off

UrbanSuburbanPlacementManufacturedHomesAmarilloTxDJPendletonTMHAZillowDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe City of Amarillo, Texas, has approved permits for the construction or renovation of 104 manufactured homes – which is more than double the number of last year.  It is also the highest total number of permits yet, per the Amarillo Globe News.

In our industry, the biggest problem we have is that when people think of a mobile home, they think of their great-grandma’s trailer,” Texas Manufactured Home Association Executive Director DJ Pendleton told the local newspaper. “People hear ‘mobile home’ and automatically go to the worst image in their brain. Really, it’s an incredibly regulated product that has to go through federal building codes as well as state and local regulations.”

You can get a lot more house for the same amount of money,” said Texas A&M University Real Estate Center research economist, Harold Hunt.

Hunt has previously shared articles with MHLivingNews.com.  He knows and sees the value – and need for – the use of more manufactured homes, today.

Hunt said, “And with a lot of them today, it’s hard to distinguish the inside from any other house. We’re talking about a lot more affordable housing, which is a big issue in the state right now.”

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Dr. Harold Hunt has studied manufactured homes in his state, and is clearly supportive of their value, and need. To see one of his reports, click the image collage above, which were provided by Hunt and the Real Estate Center.

Amarillo Compared to Other Cities

Potter-Randall Appraisal District encompasses 4,499 manufactured homes, well above similar districts surrounding Columbus, Ga. (1,424), Rochester, Minn. (1,777), Greeley, Colo. (2,238) and Lubbock (3,151),” per the Globe News.

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DJ Pendleton. Credit: MHProNews.

Sure, we need to continue efforts to grow our presence in the more densely populated urban centers where population growth and housing demand drive large market potential,” Pendleton told MHProNews, “But bread and butter rural modest and lower income small Texas cities and towns must stay open for business when it comes to manufactured housing.”

The Globe News explained how manufactured home owner, Tammy Deterts’ property, about an acre of land north of the Amarillo city limits, has served her, her son, daughter-in-law and grandson.

Deterts picked out nearly everything on the interior of her 16-by-80-foot home, including the flooring, drapes and carpet — all of which would have been unaffordable in a built-to-suit stationary house,” the Globe News reported

When we want to crank up our music, we can,” Deterts’ said. “(If) we want to have a big get-together with family, we’ve got the space to do that. In apartments, you don’t get that.”

Pendleton told MHProNews that overall, the Globe News report was fair and balanced, though it had a few imprecise points in terminology.

More open-minded cities, like Amarillo, prove the point that when given even a relatively fair playing field to compete, manufactured housing can thrive,” said the TMHA’s executive director.  “The issue is keeping and fighting to keep or even regain those level playing fields in similar cities, because it is hard to get out there and show really what all you can do and offer if you aren’t allowed off the bench.”

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Harper’s Op-Ed on a related issue can be found at this link here, or by clicking the image above.

In an Op-Ed on a related issue, neighboring Arkansas Executive Director JD Harper  thanked Rev. Donald Tye Jr. and MHProNews for underscoring the need to push enhanced preemption with HUD.

Doing so, as Pendleton, Harper and other industry professionals know, would grow sales and ease the housing crunch in numerous markets.

This Globe News story,

are all among the examples that demonstrate why the misconceptions are just that – a lack of understanding of the facts about HUD Code manufactured homes today.

Will more cities take Amarillo’s lead and increase the availability of manufactured housing to solve the housing crisis? # # (News, analysis.)

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Passages: Brian Raymond Kirby of Heath, Texas

March 8th, 2017 Comments off

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Longtime Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) member Brian R. Kirby, 62, passed away March 4, 2017 at his home in Heath, Texas surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Brian and his wife Deborah began Magnum Home Service in Heath 33 years ago and operate the business with their son Josh. Very able with his hands, he enjoyed planning and building projects, and was the go-to handyman for his family.

An active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Rockwall, Texas, Brian enjoyed spending time with his eight grandchildren, delighting in their games and in taking them for burgers and banana splits.

Brian is survived by his wife: Deborah of Heath; mother: Libby Kirby of Battle Creek, NE; sons: Joshua Kirby and wife Jennifer of Heath and Matthew Kirby and wife Alethea of Rockwall; daughter: Rachel Carl and husband Jordan of Dallas, TX; grandchildren: Peyton, Maddie, Tillie, Conrad, Greyson, Kirby Ann, Griffin, Calvin and baby Layla on the way!

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday, March 10, 2017, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3003 Horizon Rd., Rockwall.

MHProNews and MHLIvingNews extends its deepest sympathy to the Kirby family on their loss.

 

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Texas Manufactured Housing Association Houston Metro Community Owners Event Approaches

January 5th, 2017 Comments off
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Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) executive director, DJ Pendleton, will be part of a  January 23, single-day 2017 Houston Market Area Event and forum for manufactured home community owners.

Pendleton will be discussing TMHA’s role during the 2017 Texas Legislative Session, what bills TMHA is working to pass and defeat, the association said in a release to MHProNews.

Topics of discussion include: current market trends, local, national legal and regulatory issues effecting owners, lending trends for community owners, best practices in operating, filling communities and more,” TMHA said.

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D.J. Pendleton. Credit, MHProNews.

Attendees receive a detailed local market report with useful information to help you achieve your community goal in 2017 and beyond. Breakfast and lunch are included with ticket price. Event includes an optional evening Networking Cruise,” contact TMHA for event details.

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Austin City Councilman Proposes Mandated Amenities for MH Communities

October 19th, 2016 1 comment
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Cactus Rose MH Park. Credit: KUT.

Austin City Councilman Pio Renteria has proposed a new ordinance for manufactured home communities in Austin, after a visit to one last week.

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Pio Renteria. Credit: Austin City Council.

When I went down there I said, ‘my goodness, there’s no rec centers,‘” Renteria told KUT.There’s nothing there for the kids. They’re just running around, and when I inquired with one of my policy aides, she said, ‘yeah the laundry room is the recreational center.’

MH industry professionals see the effort as misguided.

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D.J. Pendleton.

This just seems like yet another city overreach with an idea that has not yet been thoroughly thought out as to its practical impact,” said DJ Pendleton, Executive Director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA).

And it is once again, the singling out of manufactured home communities compared to other housing options.

I don’t wholly disagree with the sentiment that it would be nice to have higher quality MHCs out there,” said MJ Vukovich, Vice President of Bellwether Enterprise, a Minneapolis based commercial and multifamily mortgage bank.

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MJ Vukovich. Credit: Bellwether Enterprise.

However, someone has to pay for it and considering that low income housing is in low enough supply as it is, city councils may want to be a little careful how much they burden those trying to bring the product to the market.

The full public-focused story, including links to the proposed ordinance and the full take from Pendleton, Vukovich and others is available at MHLivingNews at this link here. ##

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Official wants Mandated Amenities for MH Communities

October 14th, 2016 Comments off
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Cactus Rose MH Park. Credit: KUT.

Communities in and around Austin, TX have been a hotbed for discussions about affordablity and manufactured housing over the last few months.

According to KUT, Austin City Council member Pio Renteria recently visited some of his constituents at a manufactured home community and was shocked by what he saw.

When I went down there I said, ‘my goodness, there’s no rec centers,‘” Renteria told KUT. “There’s nothing there for the kids. They’re just running around, and when I inquired with one of my policy aides, she said, ‘yeah the laundry room is the recreational center.’

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Pio Renteria. Credit: Austin City Council.

Renteria has penned an ordinance that would require all new mobile home developments to include a playground and at least one other recreational space. The proposed ordinance would also require space for a community garden in both new and existing communities.

There’s huge mobile home parks now being built all along the Eastern Crescent, on the border of the city,” he said.This is a little urgent now because there are so many in the pipeline.

A View from the Manufactured Home Industry

D.J. Pendleton, Executive Director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) provided his thoughts on Renteria’s proposed ordinance in his commentary on the MHProNews Industry Voices Blog.

This just seems like yet another city overreach with an idea that has not yet been thoroughly thought out as to its practical impact,” said Pendleton.

And it is once again, the singling out of manufactured home communities compared to other housing options.”

As the Daily Business News and MHLivingNews have covered here and here, misconceptions about manufactured housing have led to NIMBY-ism (Not-In-My-Back-Yard.)

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Notice there is no proposal to mandate vegetable gardens in multi-family housing, or even in other single-family neighborhoods in Austin,” said Pendleton.

Pendleton also shared that he’s all for community owners investing in upgrades and tenant amenities to improve their communities as they see fit. Improving and upkeep takes financial resources, which are inevitably passed on to the residents. While that’s the case, items that Renteria proposes confuse him.

I’m confused by the Council Member Renteria’s quote of,There’s huge mobile home parks now being built all along the Eastern Crescent, on the border of the city.’ ‘This is a little urgent now because there are so many in the pipeline.’” 

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One of Robert’s Resorts communities in TX.

Pendleton continued by saying, “I know Scott Roberts got a rezoning approval for the construction of a new community, but the quote gives the implication there are tons of parks under development.  I’d of course love it if that were actually the case, but other than Robert’s Resorts, I’m not aware of any.

In fact, the city just turned down a request to allow for a new community to be developed after neighbors showed up to oppose it.

Pendleton also calls the lack of logistical details in the ordinance into question.

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Video and this still from Roberts Resorts are from an exclusive interview, A Cup of Coffee with Scott Roberts of Roberts Resorts, with more photos and videos – linked here.

The vote on this proposal was delayed.

Daily Business News will continue to monitor this story.  Pendleton’s commentary and more related information are found, linked here.##

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