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“What Are We, Chopped Liver?” MHI Member December 2018 Reactions

December 11th, 2018 No comments

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It should be a given that the upper management of Clayton Homes, and their Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) are in favor of their stated agendas.

 

 

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Still from MHI Video, logos added by MHProNews.

 

No sooner than MHI released their self-promotion video, than the industry’s new home shipments data – those nettlesome facts below – indicated that for all of MHI’s claims of millions of readers, their own emailed statement yesterday reflects the opposite results of what they’ve claimed.

Here are the claims, and the evidence, according to MHI.

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Here below is a screen capture of MHI/National Community Council (NCC) Vice President Jenny Hodge’s email on the latest data, per MHI.

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What MHI’s own data and claims logically prove is that for all their bluster, new HUD Code manufactured shipments measured by the seasonally adjusted shipment rate (SAAR) – as of the above – are flat for 2018.  Even if the manufactured home industry finishes strong in the final quarter, what actual good has MHI’s promotions done so far?  

But there’s more sobering words from MHI members.

 

“What are We, Chopped Liver?”

An MHI member producer, in a long phone call to MHProNews, argued that the so-called MHI led “new class of homes” makes no sense, because it would have been easier to have simply built state-coded modular homes.

Another MHI producer said that “KEVIN CLAYTON” supported this “new class of homes” plan – which in that professional’s view – harms the interests of the majority of current manufactured housing plants. 

That source said, What are we [meaning the balance and majority of HUD Code manufactured housing production], chopped liver? 

 

The Genesis…

Here’s how a MHI-only member producer explained it in a message to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

Three years ago I took a group from Fannie Mae through a plant to tour to show what we were building… they were blow away… made you feel they don’t get out much to see what we are building… Surely, good would come from this to obtain better financing on our homes for all [of the manufactured home] industry,” said the message to MHProNews’ tip line.

Fast forward to the roll out of the new class of homes financing…This a slap in the face,” said that production veteran, adding “…what are we chopped liver! Our HUD code is not good enough?

Why [a] 5:12 pitched roof? Many, many factories today will not build that when they have back logs of 3 to 6 months.” He added a laundry list of specs between standard HUD Code production, and the specs that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac want to see in this Clayton/MHI led “new class of homes,” including, “100% drywall… Why? You cannot see that from the street… let the consumer chose that.”

A number of professionals said that this plan was not only developed by Clayton, it obviously could benefit their new conventional housing subdivisions, which that from has been purchasing in recent years.

Warren Buffett has said that they expect to buy more site building opportunities.

Fannie Mae, Clayton, and MHI – to name but three key organizational players – are attempting to move the industry in a direction that arguably contradicts Kevin Clayton’s own statement from a few years ago.  Some may recall Clayton saying that the industry should not to forget those “that brought you to the dance.”

 

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But that new class plan is arguably just what the new GSE connected lending does. It ignores the majority of the industry’s products and consumers in favor of a minority. 

Furthermore, the industry’s HUD Code producers have long been able to build entry-level or residential style products. MHLivingNews articles and videos have made that consumer choice option apparent.

As more than one HUD Code builder proves, you can have residential style homes that are less expensive than these new class of homes will be, and they are proven to attract conventional new home buyers. 

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There are markets for each of these styles of homes, and consumers ought to have the ability to chose that home based upon their budget, circumstances, and desires. Builders should be allowed to build whatever the want to as well. That said, what this new class of homes does is bend the system in an artificial way, based upon financing that the GSEs were required to provided under HERA 2008 mandated Duty to Serve to Manufactured Housing. Its an apparent manipulation of the system, and sources say that even if this plan is successful, it will harm many for the benefit of a few. But what if this plan is no more successful than Clayton’s iHouse or iHouse 2.0?  Then, not only time and expense are lost, but the reputation of the industry is harmed too.

For example, award-winning retailer Stan Dye said that half of his sales are to people that previously owned a conventional house.  Isn’t that good enough for Clayton, the GSEs, and MHI?

 

 

Logically, given that

      FHFA,

      the National Association of Realtors,

      HUD’s PD&R

      plus other research shows that the millions of current manufactured homes can and do appreciate,

      where is the logic for creating these new and unproven standards?

 

Consider the Track Record… 

Consider the track record Clayton Homes has in such “innovative” product roll-outs. Our sources at Clayton remind readers that the Clayton’s iHouse and the iHouse 2.0 – which were both rolled out with great fanfare, and got significant media attention – both flopped.

Oops.

 

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Ever wonder whatever happened to the Clayton’s iHouse? Not much, so it was quietly dropped, per sources at Clayton. Will this new class of homes be next?  More to the point, will this Clayton-MHI “new class of homes’ harm the value of the current HUD Code manufactured homes in the process?  Photo Green Bridge Farm, the Clayton iHouse is shown with a Chevy Volt, which is also being cancelled by GM. Oops.

 

Thus far, the GSEs are leaving the vast majority of producers and all other HUD Code manufactured homes essentially out. The indications are that this plan purportedly came from Clayton and is obviously being promoted MHI. Why didn’t they back chattel and other lending for millions of proven HUD code standards homes instead? 

Isn’t backing all HUD Code manufactured homes what the Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing part of the law clearly implied? Where in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008 – which gave us the Duty to Serve (DTS) did it say that the GSEs should compel manufactured housing to create entirely different homes before they get lending?

It’s an outrage, which is why that MHI builder said it is “a slap in face.”

 

 

It Gets Worse

This plan, which MHProNews said last year could be a Trojan Horse, is sadly developing in just that fashion. Because sources say that this plan arguably undermines the acceptance – and thus the value – of millions of existing HUD Code homes.

Who says? A parter and association member in a community operation. He’s not alone.

Beyond complaints about the new class and related GSE lending, one source said that when you factor in the additional costs of building to this new class or homes standards that Clayton-MHI are leading, the consumers who buy them are not going to save money, or get lower payments, even with the GSEs lower interest rate.

Recall that in San Antonio last year, in a room with a few dozen MHI members, Tim Williams of 21st said that the Berkshire Hathaway lender’s wants to make sure that the GSEs don’t take only their top tier credit “traunch.”

Well, it seems that this plan currently avoids taking any loans away from 21st or Vanderbilt. So Tim Williams, former MHI Chairman and still 21st President and CEO, will get his wish.

Put differently, this plan if it fails or succeeds, purportedly harms the bulk of would be and existing consumers. It does so to the benefit one major conglomerate that also does site building. The plan is finding quiet resistance on several fronts from MHI’s own members. 

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But the voices are muted because of the Smoking Gun track record.   You can learn more about that by clicking the linked box, below, for that report.

 

Smoking Gun 3 – Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp Tim Williams – Manufactured Home Lending, Sales Grab?

 

These are some of the explosive comments signaled last week, in the prior report that is linked from the box below.

 

Explosive Comments on Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing Lending from Well Placed Sources

 

Clever Moat Building?

This new class of homes is arguably clever as a tool to eliminate over time more of Berkshire’s competition. By causing some industry firms to invest in a product, it will tend to get those producers ‘dug in’ to continue the plan. They may be following a lead whose Clayton iHouse and iHouse 2.0 both failed. 

But in the meantime, how many thousands of consumers who wanted to refinance 21st Mortgage Corp or Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance loans – Berkshire Hathaway brands – at a lower interest rate will be left out in the cold? Millions of their HUD Code homes don’t qualify for a program that Congress mandated?  How is that possible, or even sufficient to meet the legal mandates?

Rephrased, this is de facto a head shot against the interests of:

     millions of existing manufactured home homeowners,

     aims at any plants and companies that don’t participate in the plan,

     bending Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the will of Berkshire Hathaway, and it was accomplished in closed door meetings that the GSEs, and MHI won’t release the minutes to.

The standards arguably fail in the essence of the Duty to Serve, namely, to provide more lower cost financing for millions of renters.

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Let the Consumer Choose

The Daily Business News on MHProNews last Saturday said that #HousingChoice should be part of the mantra of the industry’s independents. 

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Consumers need to be educated to accept what millions have already benefited from. What’s good for consumers is also a strong market for investors, lenders, sellers, communities, suppliers, and others.

Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) said months ago that the Duty to Serve was a mandate.

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Weiss also argued that this roll out of the GSE program was set to benefit only a few companies.

 

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It’s not MHI’s VP Jenny Hodge’s fault if new manufactured home shipments are declining. MHI’s president is said to “turn red” when embarrassed or upset. So, how “red” does Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison glow today, after he’s done reading this analysis? 

How red with anger will resident groups become once they figure out that Berkshire Hathaway and MHI – which they arguably dominate – plus the GSEs have ignored them in favor of more expensive housing?

How mad will community owners be if they map out the trend lines, and realize that this plan shafts them too?

Clayton, MHI, and the GSEs won’t formally respond to such concerns. But MHProNews has had tips from ‘inside’ this program, on the GSEs side of the fence.

 

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As one of those sources experienced in financing told MHProNews, the way this program was developed was “completely backwards.” Instead of listening to the industry, and finding ways to meet the needs, the GSEs dictated standards that were set only for this new class of homes. 

The evidence and the comments from an array of sources suggest that this is no accident. It was an arranged plan. It was rigged from the GSE side, and from the producers side. This plan was unveiled in Las Vegas, we are told that many walked out of the presentation in disgust or protest.

Manufactured Housing Institute “Walk Out,” “Cover Up,” and Shock at their Vegas Event

 

It’s as that MHI producer said, a slap in the face of the industry. And MHI now wants members to open up their checkbooks and renew their association membership for a plan their biggest member logically engineered, aimed at harming their own interests.

 

 

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. MHI earlier last year, and for years before, MHI routinely replied promptly to all inquiries. But since we’ve spotlighted the problems and concerns, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not make offer a cogent explanation?

 

It was on a different topic that Marty Lavin said it, but doesn’t it apply here?  As an MHI Producer said, “This program clearly was not “duty to serve.

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”Your Time is Up, White People” SA Politician Declares, Stirring Up Unrest Impacts MHVille, USA

December 10th, 2018 No comments

 

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It’s your own personal rights, property, and wealth that are in the crosshairs. If what is described from news accounts that follow hasn’t yet happened to you, odds are that someone at a meeting you or they attended know about just such an incident on some personal level.

 

 

Meaning, this is an underdiscussed trend already at work in the manufactured housing industry – a.k.a. MHVille.

Today’s report will start out with actual incidents from a distance – across the waters, and further south. That sets the stage for global tendencies. Then, we will walk backward toward the U.S.A. and specific ways that this is troubling trend is already at work in manufactured housing, and/or in a city or town not too far from you. Because what is a maturing problem overseas, is arguably already underway here in the U.S.A. too.

 

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SOUTH Africa (SA) has set a date – March 2019 – when a much-criticized land grab called “expropriations” can begin after a politician named Cyril Ramaphosa declared: “Your time is up, white people,” said the UK Daily Star.

In France, riots are spreading. They began with protests over ever-higher gas taxes – so-called “carbon taxes” tied to global warming – the science of which is surprisingly still in dispute. ICYMI or need a refresher later on, see the 5-minute expert video and related report on that issue, and how it impacts MHVille, by clicking on the linked box below.

 

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In oil-rich Venezuela, after a decade of socialism, the infrastructure is decaying.  That oil rich nation is now importing oil. The state grabbed – “nationalized” – their oil industry after socialists came to power about 10 years ago. Americans investors are among those who arguably lost out. But among the real losers are the Venezuelans, who after a decade of socialist control that they voted for, are now so hungry, they’ve reportedly lost an average of 19 pounds. Once one of the most prosperous nations in Latin America, Venezuela‘s economy is now a basket case. The graphic below is part of a larger report found by clicking on the linked box that follows it.

 

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To avoid having this happen in America, “We, the People” must understand that socialism, communism, and other faux promises of ‘free stuff’ are all based upon lies. The Chinese said centuries ago, teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime, but give a man a fish, and you only feed him for a day. Working age People must Produce, that’s life. In order to encourage production, the fruits of a person’s labors must be respected.  The proper goal of government isn’t to redistribute income, rather, it is to protect personal rights, peace, and to protect private property.  Otherwise, government becomes an enemy of the people it is ideally supposed to defend.  Trade groups like MHARR and NFIB arguably understand those lessons.

 

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In my nation of origin, Iran, the American-backed Shah of Iran was toppled decades ago by promises to the Persian people their that ‘electricity would be free,’ and that the nation’s oil money would be ‘shared with all of the people.’ The empty promises of ‘free stuff‘ and ‘free moneynever happened. ICYMI, you can read more at the link below.

 

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Instead, the Persian people have arguably grown poorer and are now less free.

The current Iranian regime might have toppled during the 2009 ‘green’ movement against the mullahs in 2009, had then President Barack Obama deftly intervened. Mr. Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not do so.  Instead, years later he cut a controversial deal that released about $100 billion to Iran, per the New York Times.  Meaning, to the very government that has kept the Iranians poorer.

What some Iranian expatriates in the U.S. have understandably called ‘fascists’ that rule Iran, are using those billions in funds released by the U.S. and others in a guerrilla war against neighboring nations, which includes the killing of Americans service members.

 

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What was former President Obama thinking when he gave to the leaders of a nation that lies to its people, and gets large, radicalized crowds to chant “death to America” or “death to Israel” as has been seen in globally seen televised marches?

And here is how it comes closer to MHVille.  Ponder how prominent people involved in MHVille – such as Warren Buffett or Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) PAC Chair Nathan Smith – are all-in with political leaders like the former 44th president, Secretary Clinton, and typically Democratic candidates that here in America are at times also promising something allegedly ‘free’ at no cost to voters.

 

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The money trail from billionaires Warren Buffett and George Soros has been previously documented, as it links to groups like the problematic MHAction and better known AntiFa.  Recall, that MHProNews is for free enterprise and limited government, but sees as problematic manipulations of the American system in unjust, thumbs-on-the-scale, or crony-capitalist ways. ICYMI, you can click the linked box below for details, because we follow the facts, money, and evidence.

 

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MHI inexplicably elevated in their purported ‘newsletter’ a policy initiative by Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D) that is arguably harmful to the interests of most of manufactured housing professionals. Furthermore, Senator Warren embraced those radical groups, the same ones that disrupted MHI’s own speaking event of HUD Secretary Ben Carson, MD.  What is MHI thinking?  What are Warren Buffett, his Berkshire Hathaway lieutenants that operate in manufactured housing, and leaders like Nathan Smith of SSK Communities thinking?

 

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Let’s give them their due.  Buffett, the Claytons, and Nathan Smith are intelligent.  So whatever they have in mind – since they continue to support the same leftist groups and policies – is there any doubt that their support to radical groups and radical politicos is intentional?

Award-winning manufactured housing legend Dick Moore, who helped launch the MHIdea independent retailer initiative, has said for the record that he was audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for political, not tax reasons, during the Obama administration.  Moore alleges that they did so as an attack of his written statements about limited government and free enterprise, among other topics he’s written about.

 

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One MHVille pro called MHProNews HQ recently to say that he’s been personally accosted by an MHAction member multiple times.

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That activist MHAction member, per said MH Community owner, poked at the businessman with a walking stick – a cane – reportedly in the presence of several others.  The community owner in question feels caught, because he doesn’t want to say or do something that might cause the narrative to turn against himself.  The community owners doesn’t want him or his community to end up getting sued. So he says he is relatively passive during such incidents.

As noted, MHAction has disrupted the speech of HUD Secretary Ben Carson, MD. MHAction have protested – Blackstone, Equity LifeStyle Properties, and RV Horizons by name and/or in person – among others.

 

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That radical group are holding organizing events. One MHAction event made the news in Illinois, pre-midterm election. Some pooh-pooh these as ‘not drawing very many attendees.’ Well, that may be true, but that misses the point. Such radical movements that toppled once-free Cuba started with only small groups too.  That same is true for each of the nations noted herein.  These radical movements begin small, gather steam, and then historically become quite potent.  One quality that they have is that they don’t stop until they win.

 

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Satellite photos of Cuba vs South Florida, on the left, North Korea vs. South Korea on the right. The freer a society, the more productive the people, and the more prosperous the people. Radical socialist movements, by contrast, lead to impoverishing their people.

 

This issue may be racial in South Africa and in some areas too.  But as a woman of Middle Eastern origins, let’s note that can perhaps better be understood not so much in racial terms, but as “have nots” being stirred into action against those who have. But one must ask, who are those who are stirring the pot? And how does this pattern of activity get stopped?

The short answers are that at times, powerful forces are acting behind the scenes of such radical movements.  And as to how they are stopped, one potent answer is education and historic lessons.

First, those who are drawn into these movements are often already unhappy.  The manufactured home community owner noted above said that he sincerely believes that man who has poked at him with the walking stick is mentally unstable. Perhaps so, but either way, he’s been attracted into a group that is making false promises.  Time and again, around the world, those who make promises like those of MHAction have made fail to deliver.

In Russia just over a century ago, the Tsars (or Czars) were toppled from power by Bolsheviks who were socialists that became known as communists. The nation grew poorer as a result.  There are historical references to Western nations – including some with ties to Wall Street – supporting the Russian revolutionaries. Think about that for a few moments — successful Americans and westerner capitalists helping destabilize Russia by supporting socialists, who later turned against the West as cold war communists. Troubling, but true.

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There are numerous examples of this, from a variety of sources.

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Learn more about that prior report by clicking this link here.

In the USA, as the Daily Business News on MHProNews has previously reported, there are more people on the political left calling for “Universal Income” – free money – “free health care” and “free education.”

 

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The Democratic party today is arguably not the same as the party of Democratic President John F. Kennedy.  President Kennedy signed taxes cuts into law, and revenues to the federal government rose.  Former Democrat, turned Republican, President Ronald Reagan (GOP), led tax cuts and revenues to the federal government rose too, as the graphics above demonstrate.

 

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The Trump Tax Cuts has spurred more tax revenue overall. These are facts. The lower rates spur more investment.

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The estimated $22 Trillion dollars spent on the War on Poverty, which turned 50 a while back, exceeds the total national debt of some 21 trillion dollars. The poverty rate was coming down in the U.S. through free enterprise. The perhaps well intentioned, but still misguided, impact of poverty programs has not proven to move the needle of poverty, as the graphic above demonstrates. Or as MHProNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach said in a Masthead over a year ago, ‘whatever you subsidize, you tend to get more of it.’

Currently under former Democrat turned Republican, the 45th President of the United States (POTUS), Donald J. Trump, tax cuts passed last year have already sparked precisely the same trend as occurred during the Democratic President Kennedy and Republican President Reagan. So why is that trend under-reported by much of the mainstream media?

Part of the solution for our industry and our nation is to cut regulations, taxes, and to cut the size and scope of the federal government.  To minimize disruption, that process takes time.

 

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But that process of taking billions of dollars away from deep-pocket groups that buy votes to get what they want from the federal government is underway. It’s President Trump and those aligned with him – not MHI – that got the roll backs of S2155.  Some key powers behind MHI – such as Warren Buffett and Nathan Smith – are openly for more big government, while MHI claims to be working for reduced regulations?  Once the facts are laid out, aren’t some of MHI’s claims blatantly misleading?

 

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That process of subsidized housing and the like has demonstrably cost manufactured housing billions of dollars a year, and has cost our nation trillions of dollars over the years. It also creates an avoidable underclass, which tend to vote Democratic, because they are the ones promising more ‘free stuff.’

 

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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.

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The Columbia Point Housing Project had near the end of its first life cycle only some 300 housing units that were habitable. That’s the same number Donald Tye, Jr. used in his example to describe the better way for people, and government. Quality, affordable single family manufactured homes.

The manufactured home industry must realize that however imperfect any politician is – and they are all human, and thus all imperfect – the most pro-manufactured housing industry politico since 2000 is demonstrably POTUS Donald J. Trump.    The video on the report found on the page linked below shows the president, the first lady, Vice President Mike Pence, and other officials in Florida, touring a manufactured home community.  President Trump is mingling with residents, and talking about ‘the good people‘ living in that manufactured home community.

 

“I knew right from the beginning.” When President Trump, First Lady Melania, VP Pence Toured Manufactured Home Community

 

Where was there any similar trip by President Obama to a manufactured home community?

Instead, the Obama administration imposed heavy new regulatory burdens on the manufactured housing side of the affordable housing industry.  Apparently, those burdens are what Warren Buffett, the Claytons, their affiliated lenders, Nathan Smith and others involved at MHI want, because that is what campaign donations indicate they have often politically supported.

Protests of manufactured housing industry firms or leaders like HUD Secretary Carson – like the ones shown in the video below – are de facto being funded by big Democratic donors, like billionaires Warren Buffett and George Soros.

 

 

Do you see why a growing number of people within MHI are questioning their own organization? Why more are at MHI are seeing that trade body as a Berkshire Hathaway-led front group, instead of a lobbying group that is working on behalf of the majority of manufactured housing independents?

 

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With that backdrop, now flashback to the video interview at Tunica with former president Danny Ghorbani, and current President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD, with the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).  Do you see why MHARR’s staff leaders think that the Trump Administration is better for the industry than the prior one was?

 

 

Housing and the Policies of Much of the Left’s Leaders

Keep in mind that these leftist groups are making claims and promises about housing too.  As a community owner told MHProNews, the biggest competition for our industry for decades has been subsidized housing.  Those who promise that are running counter to the interests of the vast majority of manufactured housing professionals.  In as much as it traps people in poverty, it is bad for Americans too.  See what the manufactured housing advocate, the Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. said in his in-depth video interview, linked here.

 

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As or more important, those promises from the left run counter to the interests of tens of millions of Americans who want to own, but are stuck in rentals instead.  See that report, by clicking the box linked below.

 

The American Dream, Arguably Among the Most Profitable, But Least Understood Stories in the USA Today

 

These are not matters of mere opinion, to be shrugged off lightly.  The facts, evidence, and money trail are being revealed, step-by-step.

Then look at who is rising on the left in the Democratic Party in America…

 

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Once the issues are better understood, the vast majority of the nation could come together on a range of issues that span racial, political, religious, or other group labels. As some in the GOP have noted, President Trump isn’t a classic Republican. He’s spans the left-right divide in several ways with pragmatic policies that are arguably based upon the American ideals of life, liberty, and property.

 

Openly “Democratic Socialist” candidates are coming into office, like the already well-known Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-D), or her longtime forerunner, Bernie Sander (VT-I, but caucuses with the Democrats).

 

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Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile said that the primary was rigged against Senator Sanders. There is evidence to suggest that the powers of the federal government were being used to tilt the election in favor of Secretary Clinton and against then candidate, Donald J. Trump.

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You can see a Nathan Smith, SSK Communities related report, by clicking this link here.

 

We in MHVille can, should, and must learn from what is happening in France, South Africa, and Venezuela.

Propaganda is demonstrably being fed to the masses, and millions are ‘buying into it.’ In MHVille, MHI has arguably weaponized their information to their members. While it would be inaccurate to say that all news is fake, or that all MHI news is propaganda.  But there is more than enough of it that is weaponized or demonstrably inaccurate, so that our industry’s professionals – and the nation – are increasingly looking askance at MHI or mainstream news.

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MHProNews’ parent operation demonstrated to MHI over the course of years options for lending, and ways to improve the industry’s image. For years, even though our parent operation was an MHI member – and showed the way to grow business – MHI leaders ignored those options. Why? Could it be that slow growth allowed more consolidation of businesses, and at a cheaper price? 

For those who may have missed it, please see the related report, linked the in the linked box further below, on News as Business. 

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An Area of Agreement Between Warren Buffett and MHProNews

December 4th, 2018 No comments

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Warren Buffett doesn’t likely lose any sleep thinking about what the Daily Business News on MHProNews publishes. He reportedly leaves sleep loss and heart burn mostly to his company CEOs.

 

  • With baseball season over,
  • the end of college football’s season in sight,
  • and with the pros season not far behind,

we thought we’d close out this evening with a fun video that makes a simple but common sense point for investors to consider.  It’s actually a favorite analogy of Buffett, per his own paper’s website, Omaha.

Let’s tee it up like this.

Don’t watch the market closely,” Buffett said in 2016 amid wild market fluctuations, per CNBC. “If they’re trying to buy and sell stocks, and worry when they go down a little bit … and think they should maybe sell them when they go up, they’re not going to have very good results.”

 

On another wild day on Wall Street, what are Buffett’s tips?

  • Wait for the right pitch.
  • Invest in something that makes good sense.
  • Don’t get goaded into a bad pitch (a bad deal.)

Those points of agreement noted, don’t push us too much further, because that will lead us to the kind of reports like the ones linked further below.  We wanted to demonstrate that there is always common ground to be found for people of good will and integrity.

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Nathan & Mary Lee Chance Smith, Leaders in ‘Anti-Trump Resistance,’ Manufactured Housing Impact?

December 3rd, 2018 No comments

 

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Nathan Smith, caption says in part, “KY Democratic Committeeman Nathan Smith at important CNN DNC debate live tonight.” What have Nathan Smith, Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton and other ‘connected’ industry professionals actually done for manufactured housing?

If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, chances are, it’s a duck.

 

It’s useful, because of the insights revealed.

What’s useful?  The costly Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) self-defense, self-promotion video is arguably a fine razzle dazzle production. Their video obviously reflects the issues MHI’s leadership and backers are sensitive about.

What MHI’s video attempts is to deflect or distract from topics that:

  • MHARR – the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform,
  • the newly-forming national manufactured home community owners association, NMHCO,
  • MHIdea – independent dealers opposing the monopolistic practices of Berkshire Hathaway and Berkshire dominated MHI,
  • and MHProNews among others – including MHI members – have raised for years.

 

The Nathan Smith Connection

Among the Arlington, VA based national trade group’s leaders is former MHI Chairman, Nathan Smith.

SSK Communities partner Nathan Smith and his wife Mary are self-proclaimed leaders of the anti-Trump resistance movement. They do fundraisers for candidates, and personally donate to campaigns. While personal giving matters, fundraising magnifies their widely noted political impact in KY and beyond.

Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has been to the Smiths home for fundraising.

Here’s what Cincinnati, part of the USA Today news group, had to say.

Northern Kentucky mover-and-shaker Nathan Smith is known for hosting big-name, high-dollar Democratic fundraisers at his Fort Mitchell home. But as part of the Trump resistance, he and his wife, Mary Lee Chance Smith, are doing more now. The Smiths have created “Project Run,” a day-long free training program for Kentucky Democrats interested in running for elected office at any level. Project Run will hold its first training program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 23 at Madison Avenue Christian Church, 1530 Madison Avenue, Covington.”

 

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Among those candidates that Nathan and his wife Mary Lee Chance Smith reportedly supported?

 

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Amy McGrath.

 

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McGrath was running against Congressman Andy Barr (KY-R).  What’s surprising to innocent eyes is that Representative Barr led-the-charge for MHI in their now quietly shelved Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.

Barr is a Congressman spotlighted in MHI’s video, saying pro-Manufactured Housing things in Congress.

 

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Screen capture – still – from new MHI self-defense, self-promotion video.

 

Barr won, despite the back-stab by his purported MHI ‘supporters.’ By contrast, President Donald J. Trump personally campaigned with Barr, prior to the 2018 midterms.

 

Was Manufactured Housing Advocate Congressman Andy Barr Backstabbed?

 

Another prominent politician in the MHI video?

 

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Now defeated Joe Donnelly, Democratic Senator from Indiana. Besides getting support from MHI, former President Barack Hussein Obama campaigned for Donnelly. By contrast, President Trump campaigned for businessman Mike Braun, in a successful effort to unseat Donnelly.

In under 500 words and a few photos are an emerging picture. MHI insiders are using what’s arguably been called the rope-a-dope against the independent members of their own industry.

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With that backdrop, the Nathan Smith video interview clip reveals their monopolistic aim, as he admits MHI failed all too often.

 

 

Of course MHI has ‘failed.’ MHI leaders supported those opposing Preserving Access, which they claimed was needed.

 

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Clayton’s Miss, Kevin and Tim’s Manufactured Housing Kill Shot, More

December 2nd, 2018 No comments

 

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Before we get into the purported Clayton/21st/MHI “kill shots” in our headline and feature image, a few words – a preface – are in order.

 

Preface:

We consider ourselves to be among those independent industry professionals who are positive-goals and solution-oriented people by nature.

Those who know us know us well believe we are social, gregarious, forthright, and hard working. That doesn’t mean we are perfect, but when we have a glitch, we strive to make it right, period.

We smile and laugh at comments like the one below. It is from non-MHARR source(s).  In these 2 quotes below, the “You” below should be understood in both instances as a reference to our online trade publications.

You are prolific and you keep the headlines sexy,” and “You seem to have a conceptual IQ that is more important than spelling ability.”

We’re human, we make mistakes, but once discovered or pointed out, we strive to accurately correct them.  Tim Williams at 21st/and then MHI Chairman has said as much.

 

There Was No Way to Know…

When we launched MHProNews over 9 years ago, we did not imagine nor seek the role of being the ‘communiqué cop’ to spotlight – and thus help stop – what Berkshire Hathaway has arguably been doing for years to our once far-greater industry.

Over 4 years into our project, an MHI staff leader – no doubt with their power brokers okay – had arguably set a trap. Initially, we candidly stepped into it, because we naively did not understand what in hindsight is now more clear. Once we began to discover what was going on, a non-disclosure agreement that they – MHI’s president and general counsel – insisted upon kept our mouths unfairly sealed.

But we stuck by that unjust aspect of their NDA agreement.  We did our home work.  We kept learning more and more about what we hadn’t clearly seen or understood prior to those incidents.

Meanwhile, the powers-that-be kept executing their apparent plan to conquer manufactured housing, in part by using MHI as a tool.

 

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  • So, MHI asked to purchase our LLC’s MHProNews – their idea – they had us sign an NDA.  They then purportedly proceed to use over time what they learned about us during their ‘due diligence’ – against us, only they did so largely behind-the-scenes, per numerous sources.
  • Keep in mind that our publisher was at that time they pulled this apparent ploy an MHI board member.  L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach was elected by his peers. Recall too that MHI elected and staff leadership had praised Tony and our team’s work for years, in front of several audiences, and often in writing.

Part of their plan was debatably to silence our independent news voice, which they apparently attempted to do by killing off our LLC’s MHProNews business.  We can look another time at parallel efforts they arguably used against MHARR or others.

So, we were absolutely not alone. As another non-MHARR source said last week, ‘some of us wake up and think about how to sell another home. Meanwhile, others wake up and think about how to put someone else out of business.’ That’s from a voice with years of Clayton Homes ties.

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In that purported effort to kill our MHProNews business off, MHI and the ‘powers that be’ behind them have clearly failed.

But had they succeeded, in that fashion, we could have been no different than the thousands of locations that have been put out of business by their apparent scheme’s efforts to consolidate manufactured housing into ever fewer – and carefully selected – hands.

So not unlike:

  • closed or acquired-at-a-discount MH retailers,
  • MH Communities that were sold for too little money,
  • MH Producers that were closed or acquired for too little money,
  • And on down the list of businesses and organizations – that during an ever growing affordable housing crisis – witnessed for several years the constant and otherwise inexplicable contraction of manufactured housing.

Rephrased, we could easily have become a victim of their consolidation efforts. In our case, they wanted to shutter an independent voice that they had long praised.

Please keep all of those details in mind, because as the bullets suggest – that applies to hundreds if not thousands of other business professionals in our industry.

 

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We are not idiots, but we were taken in by smiles, kind words, and sometimes big promises too. Aren’t those the historic pattern of every con? “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln.

 

We’ve documented previously – using their own words, which they have never tried to publicly refute – how the “Moat” by Berkshire Hathaway owned brands operated in manufactured housing. One of the more recent reports is found linked just below.  Bear in mind we’ve repeatedly offered them the opportunity – they being the Berkshire brands in MHVille, plus MHI – the opportunity to refute or clarify any of their own words and actions.  To date, nada.  The offer to Clayton, 21st, MHI, Warren Buffett, et al do so in person, via video, or in writing stands.

Machiavellian “Godfather” – Sam Zell, Warren Buffett, Capital, Lending and Crossed Lines in Manufactured Housing

 

 

The Feds and Others Are On Their ‘Case…’

You don’t have to take our word for it, because prior mainstream reports – some of which are found from the report link above – have documented and stated that Berkshire Hathaway brands in manufactured housing – Clayton, Vanderbilt, 21st – are among those being investigated in MHVille by the Feds or others. Or you can just “Google it.” Or see the screen capture from today, below, for some examples.

 

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Federal investigators have been on this matter for some time. Clayton, et al, denies it all.

The Feds have candidly said these issues won’t be fixed overnight, because it is big. They told us what these dark forces are doing in our industry is not unlike what is happening in other industries. That pattern doesn’t make the Berkshire brands or those like them in other industries correct. It just sets the stage for our – and now your – fuller understanding of what’s happened that has kept manufactured housing at historically low levels for over a decade.

The report linked further below on monopolies from the New York Times will be useful to you and others in what we lovingly call MHVille.

There are professionals who are or have been in MHI, in Clayton or 21st, etc. that understand quite well what’s really been going on, while MHI and Clayton posture something different. There are those who have had long ties with the Clayton organization that know those smiling faces, but who tell us they too have suffered “the double cross.”

That’s about all we will say for now, but we have the evidence to demonstrate the above, some of which is linked from reports on this page, or cross liked from those reports.  Of course, at some point in time, such claims and concerns against Clayton, 21st, and MHI will likely have to be adjudicated. Until then, they are deemed innocent in the eyes of the law until proven guilty, or until they enter into a plea or other agreement.

That’s said to express this notion. We have been, and continue to be, pro-industry professionals. But we have come to realize the full depth of what some voices have said for years.  Some of those voices have at least for now, have gone silent or are more muted. Why they are silent, you’d have to ask them.

As noted, we remain goal and solution oriented. For our industry to grow to its potential, there are challenges from within that must be addressed.

 

From now until at least the Louisville Show, we will be making certain preparations. Hopefully before the time the Tunica Show comes around, we will unveil a plan that we will begin to outline tomorrow, which for now we will dub “Victory 2020.”

With that backdrop, we will once more note that someone or group with apparent ties to MHI has apparently been involved with having an investigator hired. The target? Our publisher. They have purportedly tried to dig up any ‘dirt’ – private, personal matters from over 20 years ago – that they think they could find and use to embarrass him, or silence him. We have been told from solid sources that a similar tactic has been tried with others in our industry.

Rephrased, this could be you too.  Tony took the matter up with the powers that be, as the email below reflects.

 

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Federal officials have been notified. They were provided with a string of ‘anonymous letters’ that were sent to our home have since we published the email shown above that was sent to:

  • Kevin Clayton,
  • Clayton attorney and MHI Executive Committee Member, Tom Hodges,
  • Tim Williams,
  • the Dick Jennison,
  • Lesli Gooch,
  • and others as shown.

It should be noted that not long after the message shown above was first published, the anonymous letters to Tony have since stopped. A coincidence?

Our preface is nearly done, and we will pivot in a moment to the headlines from the week that was. We’ve said the above to underscore how important to you some of what follows below can be. We’ll also note again what that message to Clayton et al said, if something happens to us, federal authorities who were already investigating Berkshire Hathaway brands in manufactured housing, MHI, and certain federal officials will know where to look.

There are still Patriots in America who believe in equal justice under the law. But that justice can take time.

 

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What has happened to others or to us could happen to you or someone you care about. Our publisher has nothing to hide from, which is why the intimidation tactics sent by “whomever” didn’t work.

Tony likes to quote at times the maxim, that “You don’t catch flak unless you are over the target.”  MHProNews perhaps can be understood as being over the target then in our reports, fact checks, and analysis.

 

Victory 2020

But merely exposing what has happened to our industry isn’t enough. There has to be a counterweight to MHI. Let’s be clear. There is nothing, NOTHING that they claim that they do ‘for the industry’ that can’t be done better by others.

 

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. MHI earlier last year, and for years before, MHI, Clayton and 21st routinely replied promptly to all inquiries. But since we’ve spotlighted the problems and concerns, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not make offer a cogent explanation?

 

Some other options that are alternatives to MHI are already developing, as we have reported, and of course MHARR has existed for years for independent producers.

Starting tomorrow, we will launch a new series which will begin the lead up to “Victory 2020.”  It took about 15 years for Berkshire Hathaway to conquer half of the production in manufactured housing.

 

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Clayton and their purportedly bought-and-paid for allies took years to get to where they are.

 

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But this is still America. We and others of like mind will be committed to taking the years needed to ethically combat what they have built through their ‘Strategic Moat.’ To learn more about that, see the more complete report, with quotes from Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton and Tim Williams, among others, in the linked report above: “The Feds and Others Are On Their ‘Case…'” 

Another handy report is the one linked below.

 

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Now, onto the reports and intros for the week that was.

 

Sunday Recap of the Week That Was

Financing, Warren Buffett has said, is where most of the money is being made by their firm in Manufactured Housing.  In fact, Clayton Homes is shown in their annual report listed under a financing category.

So it only makes sense from his point of view that Buffett – the-Moat-Builder – will have his MH lieutenants make sure that the GSEs don’t do anything useful for the majority of manufactured home communities and independents.

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That’s what Saturday’s report, linked below reveals. It’s another purported kill shot aimed at the remainder of the industry’s independents.

But that’s not the only new story this week on MHProNews. Not by a long shot, pardon the pun.

Next, a competitor of #4 Legacy Housing called and said that one of that firm’s smart moves is that they have created their own retail and wholesale lending.

Lending or financing is necessary for most any big-ticket business. Sam Zell famously observed that failing in creating a lending base has hurt the industry.

 

 

MHI’s former president had a similar but different take on that topic, found in a previous report linked here.

But a different surprise for manufactured housing professionals, investors, and industry observers is another stunning Clayton revelation. See that among the reports, linked below.

  • #HousingChoice should be part of every savvy industry professionals’ mantra.
  • Brad Pitt has proven with modular homes that even a good deed can be punished.
  • What’s Google Impact on Manufactured Housing and Free Speech? See that, below.
  • A massive judgement has hit a manufactured home community owner, that report is found among our headline news recap too.
  • Two articles review information from the New York Times, one is a review of “Mobile Homes,” the other is their take on Monopolies and their harmful impact on others.
  • There are whistleblowers at Google, as well as in manufactured housing. See Project Dragonfly, linked below.

Note, among the questions we get from those considering whistleblowing on Clayton, MHI or others revolves around the question of legality. You can and should do your own research, but a quick glance at federal and state laws may lead you to realize that whistleblowers are routinely protected by state and federal laws.

 

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And as trade news media, we can publish even copyrighted material, within certain guidelines that we observe. Recall that the Pentagon Papers, federally classified secret information, was legally published by the New York Times and the Washington Post.

 

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More details have emerged about Amazon’s foray into factory-home building, that and several other topics are among the headlines from the week that was, all found further below.

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To report a news tip, click the image above or send an email to iReportMHNewsTips@mhmsm.com – To help us spot your message in our volume of email, please put the words NEWS TIP in the subject line.

 

Note that the Masthead and MHLivingNews below look like similar topics, but they are quite different.

One final word, we don’t generally highlight with the teaser box and featured image in this weekly recap the link to the evening market report. But some of our readers swear by those daily recaps. Check a few out, and you too may end up hooked. Those evening market recaps save time for busy people who still want to keep up with more industry news, but can do so in a matter of only a few minutes.

With no further adieu, and with no exaggeration, welcome to the hottest site in the world for Manufactured Housing “Industry New, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use.”  ©

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They arguably borrowed from the name used in our video series, “Inside MH,” but the “MH Insider” – an unofficial house organ for MHI and their Clayton/21st/VMF backers – has obviously gone unread at the last two trade events where they can’t even give them away. By contrast, our readership on MHProNews has soared in the last year. Does it seems that people want news, facts, research, and analysis, instead of big boy spin, pablum, and propaganda?

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

Festivals of Light – Hanukkah and Advent in Manufactured Home Land – a.k.a – MHVille

 

What’s New on the Masthead

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Hanukkah, Advent, Festivals of Light, and Celebrating Manufactured Housing Integrity

 

What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

 

Saturday 12.1.2018


Housing Choice, Where Modular, Manufactured, Tiny, Conventional Housing Crisis, MHI and MHARR Intersect

Housing Choice, Where Modular, Manufactured, Tiny, Conventional Housing Crisis, MHI and MHARR Intersect

 

Friday 12.1.2018

 

White House Economic News, Christmas, & Oval Office Views, Plus MH Market Updates

White House Economic News, Christmas, & Oval Office Views, Plus MH Market Updates

“No Good Deed” – Brad Pitt, Make It Right Foundation Sued for Defective Modular Housing, NBC News, More Video

“No Good Deed” – Brad Pitt, Make It Right Foundation Sued for Defective Modular Housing, NBC News, More Video

Does Google Harm Manufactured Housing? Other Forms of Free Speech?

Does Google Harm Manufactured Housing? Other Forms of Free Speech?

How do CEO’s Use Their Time? Work, Life Balance Part II

How do CEO’s Use Their Time? Work, Life Balance Part II

 

Thursday 11.30.2018

Huge Lo$$ “Squalor” Reported, MH Community Owners Hit with 8 Figure Judgment, Video and Report

Huge Lo$$ “Squalor” Reported, MH Community Owners Hit with 8 Figure Judgment, Video and Report

“You’re a Nazi!” Oddly, Socialists & Nazis at War, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

 

Crisis of Misinformation, Fact Checks, and Manufactured Housing

Crisis of Misinformation, Fact Checks, and Manufactured Housing

Consumer Confidence High Heading into Holidays, Per Conference Board, Retail Sales Surge

Consumer Confidence High Heading into Holidays, Per Conference Board, Retail Sales Surge

 

Wednesday 11.29.2018

Fed Chair Powell’s Full 24 Minute Economic Speech, Stocks Roar, Plus MH Market Updates

Clayton Homes Owned Sales Centers Reveal Surprising Trend

Clayton Homes Owned Sales Centers Reveal Surprising Trend

New York Times-David Leonhardt-“The Monopolization of America,” Manufactured Housing Slant

New York Times-David Leonhardt-“The Monopolization of America,” Manufactured Housing Slant

Climate Change, Energy, Riots, and Manufactured Housing in Green Era

Climate Change, Energy, Riots, and Manufactured Housing in Green Era

 

Tuesday 11.28.2018

Google Employees Go Public, Protest Controversial “Project Dragonfly”

Google Employees Go Public, Protest Controversial “Project Dragonfly”

Bull Run, Part II Ahead? Says Raymond James Executive, Plus MH Market Updates

 

Annual Home Gains Slow, per S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller – Manufactured Housing‘s Missing Mantra

Annual Home Gains Slow, per S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller – Manufactured Housing‘s Missing Mantra

New York Times Review of “Mobile Homes”

New York Times Review of “Mobile Homes”

 

Monday 11.27.2018

Details Emerging on Amazon’s Plans for Plant PreFab Modular Home Investment

Details Emerging on Amazon’s Plans for Plant PreFab Modular Home Investment

POTUS “Not Happy,” Barra, Kudlow Huddle, Stocks Rise, Plus MH Market Updates

 

Jury Awards Millions to Residents in Suit Against Controversial Community Operator

Jury Awards Millions to Residents in Suit Against Controversial Community Operator

Ford and Toyota Teach Manufactured Housing Professionals and Investors

Ford and Toyota Teach Manufactured Housing Professionals and Investors

 

Sunday 11.26.2018

 

What Just Happened, to Cavco, Independent Communities, Retailers, and Manufactured Housing?

What Just Happened, to Cavco, Independent Communities, Retailers, and Manufactured Housing?

 

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Annual Home Gains Slow, per S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller – Manufactured Housing‘s Missing Mantra

November 27th, 2018 Comments off

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Reminder.  A “mantra” is a refrain, a chant, a repetition of some important point.  The reminder of the need for a mantra is ever-timely for manufactured housing professionals who understand the value of grasping reality globally, but then Acting Robustly Locally.

 

In a new release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, “S&P Dow Jones Indices today released the latest results for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for September 2018 shows that the rate of home price increases across the U.S. slowed for the second month in a row. More than 27 years of history for these data series is available,” they said.

 

YEAR-OVER-YEAR

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 5.5% annual gain in September, down from 5.7% in the previous month. The 10- City Composite annual increase came in at 4.8%, down from 5.2% in the previous month. The 20-City Composite posted a 5.1% year-over-year gain, down from 5.5% in the previous month,” per their release.

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Las Vegas, San Francisco and Seattle reported the highest year-over-year gains among the [top tracked] 20 cities. In September, Las Vegas led the way with a 13.5% year-over-year price increase, followed by San Francisco with a 9.9% increase and Seattle with an 8.4% increase. Four of the 20 cities reported greater price increases in the year ending September 2018 versus the year ending August 2018,” according to their statement to MHProNews.

MHProNews has for some years provided a mix of factory-built housing, as well as broader housing data.  There is no other trade media in our industry’s history that provides a broader or deeper mix of such data for the industry’s professionals.

 

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Per our readers, it is part of why industry readers flock by the thousands daily, which given our industry’s avoidably modest size, arguably reflects the deepest penetration of readers in all of manufactured housing.

 

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As 2018 winds to its close – and MHVille industry owners, leaders, and professionals are planning for 2019 – the mantra for realistic-yet-big thinkers should be this.  Housing data tells us that manufactured housing could be selling hundreds of thousands of new homes annually. Instead, under the claimed leadership of Arlington, Knoxville and Omaha – manufactured homes will close out 2018 with about 100,000 (+/-) shipments.

 

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

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Legacy clearly believes in the future of the business, because they are raising capital to expand their retail base.

 

How do the self-proclaimed leaders in MHVille, the Wizards of All Things MH, explain the difference between the industry’s potential, vs. its actual performance?

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To learn more, see the related reports, linked below.

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The industry can achieve 500,000 to 1,000,000 + new HUD Code manufactured homes sustainably, given the current new housing demands. That’s a 5x to 10x increase. That should be the achievable goal of every independent industry professional.

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Manufactured Housing – MHVille, It’s Not a Matter Open to Interpretation

November 20th, 2018 Comments off

 

ManufacturedHousingNotMatterOpenToInterpretationDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsHere in the U.S., the legal system forbids falsehood, though the law knows that it occurs.  After 18 months of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, millions of observers have learned that lying to the FBI is a federal crime. Some have plead guilty, but not to a 2016 campaign violation. Rather, they plead guilty to making a false statement.

 

Talking heads on TV nod soberly and call it a “perjury trap.”

On an entirely different level, Martha Stewart knows that trap all too well.

So why has lying and deception become so common?

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Manufactured Homes and Misinformation

How does misinformation impact manufactured housing, each and every day?

If tens of millions knew the unvarnished truth about our industry’s affordable housing products and services, and there was reasonable:

  • financing,
  • placement,
  • capital,
  • zoning,
  • and information/attitude parity with conventional housing,

would there have been a million new HUD Code manufactured homes sold in 2018, vs. the estimated 100,000 (+/-) actually expected by year’s end?

 

What is Wrong is That We Don’t Ask What is Right.”

– Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton.

 

Millions who know Chesterton’s work know that he’s better known as G.K., not by Gilbert Keith. Is that a lie? A deception?

When Cavco’s Joseph Stegmayer goes by “Joe,” does anyone seriously think of that as a lie? No, no more so than MHI’s Dick Jennison is lying for being a Dick, when his given name is Richard.

There are customs dating back for centuries that make it clear that we all have a reasonable degree of flexibility in the use of our own names. This writer for a time had people call her Sophia, thinking it would be easier for Americans to say, when my driver’s license said that Soheyla was my given Farsi name.

Samuel Clemens committed no crime when his writings were under the pen name Mark Twain. Teddy Roosevelt was Theodore. Barry Obama was actually named Barack, and so on.

So, a degree of understanding and common sense are necessary for mature adults as to what is or isn’t a deliberate falsehood.

 

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Privacy

It’s true that some people put their sexual lives online via social media, videos, photos, etc. in a deliberate fashion. But there’s still a general acceptance among people that one’s sex life is personal, and those details are generally not put forth for all to see.  We recently reminded readers that when we ask for news tips, we don’t seek information on people’s private lives, unless it has a clear connection to legal violation, or some wrongdoing in an official capacity.

 

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There are some funny, odd, and other items that are beyond suggestive that have been provided to MHProNews, some of which are just not what we are about. This one is on the lighter side, not a slam or slur.

 

There are other details that people keep private.

Medical histories, financial access codes, and identification numbers are but a few examples.

Companies have some items that are kept confidential, rightly, on items like so-called ‘trade secrets.’ Those secrets are often legitimate, although some can be based upon a false premise, if those secrets were in fact stolen from another person or entity.

Theft of intellectual property is what much of the hang up is between the U.S. and China in bilateral trade talks. Some want those U.S.-China trade disputes quickly resolved. But the theft of ‘intellectual property,’ of corporate or even governmental secrets, cost hundreds of billions of dollars a year for American businesses. Furthermore, millions of records of former or current federal officials were reportedly hacked by the Chinese, as the following media and others reported.

 

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Other nation-states directly or through third-parties have hacked the information of citizens, companies, and governmental offices.

Yet in the U.S.A. today, it’s Russia that’s demonized more than China, North Korea, or other countries like Iran. Why?

Does anyone recall that Iran’s nuclear program was supposedly delayed by a piece of malware planted by the U.S. and/or Israel? That’s only a point-of-fact made to say that some cyberwarfare tactics are used by all; it is not to say that the U.S. does some of what China or Iran does.

There’s the language of diplomacy, which is often polite. We hear President Donald J. Trump call Communist China’s President Xi his friend. Really? But it’s a bit like Presidents George W. Bush or Barack H. Obama avoiding the use of the term, “radical Islamic terrorist.” Agree or disagree, but those usages are commonplace in public speaking by leaders. They are often not done as a lie. Rather, it’s a means of politely avoiding a difficult reality. Those who’ve used or avoided certain terminology may sincerely think it is to avoid harmfully stirring up public sentiment.

Mature people have to read between the lines. Tim Williams’ given name is TIMOTHY. Is that a lie, for him to go by Tim? Absolutely not. When James Clayton goes by Jim, does that harm another person? No.

MHProNews does not go after silly or private details that mean nothing to a reasonable person. Rather, we focus on issues that impact the industry, and thus should cause concern, alarm, or may legally be actionable.

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The Tech Giants

The infographic chart below reflects what information is being collected on you by which tech giants.

Yes, on you.

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Click here to see this full sized.

 

It may be legal. But we as a society have gotten into certain habits. A pop-up box appears on a small or larger screen. It asks us to accept the “terms of use,” which are dozens of pages of legalese long. When was the last time you read those? If you want the ap or service, you click “yes,” and go on.

But that “yes” to tech is arguably to some degree a conditioned response. A shrewd attorney, a sympathetic arbitrator, judge, or jury might invalidate that consent, because that “yes” wasn’t fully informed.

The tech giants wield enormous financial and information power over millions in America and billions more around the world. Those companies – the FAANG brands, that we reported in our market report last night as sliding – are products and services that are so commonplace in our society, that tens of millions don’t question them.  ICYMI, you can circle back later and get more details.

 

Investor Fright Bites FAANG, Drags Equities, Plus MH Market Updates

 

A relatively small amount of money from Russia reportedly was spent in the 2016 campaign as disinformation on Facebook. It included both pro- and anti-Secretary Hillary Clinton and/or Donald J. Trump information. Might it have misled a few voters? Not enough to swing the election, or even come close. Who said? Then President, Barack Obama.

Yet because of some segments of mainstream media, as well as some of those tech giants, there are large swaths of the public that believe that actual votes were changed – voting machines or ballots – and that mistakenly think that Donald J. Trump ‘stole’ an election.

1430 AM reports that a new survey by the Economist/YouGov stated that over 40 percent of Americans believe that Russians changed actual votes. That’s not true.  Even former President Barack Obama said at the time that it wasn’t even possible to do that kind of election hack.

Since that statement by the former 44th president, Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and others have said that no votes in the 2016 election were changed by Russian interference.

 

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Almost no one speaks about concerns over how former President Obama and then Secretary Clinton allegedly attempted to influence a Russian election, against Vladimir Putin. It’s all part of a tit-for-tat that the U.S. and Russia have done for years. Or how millions of Israelis and Brits fumed when former President Obama made statements that they felt attempted to influence the election of Prime Minster Bibi Netanyahu, or the Brexit vote.

What’s the common point? All of the above are real issues and concerns, and they relate to widely held misinformation. Each of the above notions could be confirmed with a few simple fact checks.

But what’s sinister and impacts our manufactured home industry – and tens of millions of Americans – is how misinformation or misleading postures are used day-by-day within our industry, and inside of our nation. Or how conditioned responses can cause people to give away information that most would deem private.

Manipulation and misinformation have been made commonplace.

Let’s go back to that list of 7 billionaires who supported Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterms.  It includes Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett. The list below doesn’t include George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer or other billionaires who don’t happen to be in Forbes top ten billionaires, but who nevertheless supported Democratic or socialistic candidates in U.S. elections.

 

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The Democrats are not the same party that they used to be. Neither are the Republicans. Democrats have tilted socialist, and many say so openly.

 

That list of the top ten billionaires includes not just people with enormous wealth, but also those who wield influence over information, media, education, and/or other facets of American life.

It’s for that reason, numbers in our industry – and millions beyond it – are realizing that only the breakup of those oligopolies and monopolies can protect our American Republic.

Note that we didn’t say ‘democracy.’ Yes, there are democratic – direct votes, by the people – elements to our nation. But by law, the U.S. is a Republic. When we pledge allegiance to the flag, it includes the words, “and to the Republic for which it [i.e.: the flag] stands…”

Our publisher is a history buff, in fact, he was an multiple award-winning history major, and had a perfect 4.0 in business that he took as his minor. He saw a quote from a 1938 U.S. Army manual that once made the distinction between the false notion that the U.S. was a pure democracy, when in fact our nation is and always has been since our Constitution was established, a Republic.

That distinction is now missing in many forms of public information.

These are facts, facts, facts. There is no conspiracy implied in reciting facts.

But facts are assiduously avoided by some of the most powerful politicians, as well as among some of the deepest pockets of our nation, and others.

There is media influence in Communist China, where the state openly controls information. The communists always have.  Until the Chinese leadership are forced by circumstances to do otherwise, they will likely will continue to control the flow of information. It makes controlling some 1.4 billion people easier.

There is media influence in America. That control is imperfect, compared to what exists in China, because there is still freedom here. There are conservative, centrist, and leftist media outlets in America. That’s one reason why MHProNews periodically trots out the left-right media infographic, shown below.  It helps readers spot the possible agenda of the source.

 

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources. http://www.mhpronews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/no-fire-just-smoke-and-democratic-clinton-supporter-says-enough/

 

 

A Cult of Personalities 

The New York Post said that the Obama’s are becoming a billion-dollar brand. Not unlike the Clintons, they have established a foundation. Also akin to the Clintons, the Obama’s command a large speaking fee.

The New York Post says that the Obamas have some $50 million they will earn from an agreement with Netflix. There’s another $65 million in the estimated value of book deals. Here’s how they stated it, ”In addition to a $65 million book advance and an estimated $50 million deal with Netflix, both of which she [Michelle] shares with husband Barack Obama…”

Michelle is on a high profile book tour. A common factor, says EIB Network talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, in book deals with major names are requirements to do publicity events. TV, radio, live or canned events are arranged with the ‘author.’ Those ‘author’s’ often have ‘ghost’ or other writers and editors in the mix. No one thinks ill of having an editor or ghost writer.

But where the concern should be is these questions.  Why would someone pay such enormous sums simply to have people speak? What message are they sending? Why are they being paid so much? Who gains from their speaking and fame?

 

Glitches…

You can fault MHProNews for typos or a glitch. You may or may not like every topic that we tackle. Or how we frame an issue. Our sole defense is the truth that we put out more content by far than any other MH industry trade media, plus we are doing professional services and client work too, day by day. On slower days, our publisher and editor goes back and re-edits some long columns like this one, just in case.

But on the facts and evidence, we want it all to be accurate and fair.

On each subject, we strive to bring facts, evidence, reason, and ethics into the discussion. Those issues are ones that matter to every one of our industry’s homeowners or to thousands of independent businesses. It’s also important to the millions of Americans who ought to be our industry’s customers, but have been misled into thinking ill of our housing option.

We source across the left-right media divide – and from public officials, or industry sources – for very specific reasons. First, there is the ancient “wheat and chaff” principle. Wheat must be separated from chaff in nature, before wheat is consumed. Ideally, in sourcing a story, the chaff is threshed out, and the wheat is retained.

By citing sources, if a factual error creeps in, then the cause is known. It’s what a good journalist or researcher should always do.

Manufactured homes are a fraction of the price of conventional housing. But the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) misstated that savings a few years back, in advertorials that they paid to have published. Why did MHI pay for that deliberately misleading information in the first place?

After MHProNews repeatedly spotlighted that issue, MHI eventually pivoted away from that, and now they have an infographic that includes a much better visualization of the savings between a conventionally built single-family house and a modern manufactured home. In doing so, MHI correctly pointed to the U.S. Census Bureau data to achieve that comparison. Good, the source was correctly cited.

But where was their acknowledgment or apology to the industry for their advertorials that misstated the savings? Those inaccurate advertorials are still online.

 

 

MHI brags that millions could have seen those stories they paid to place in various news sources. Misleading statistics were used, that readers can still stumble upon.  See the MHI infographic, below. Is that misuse of information emblematic of a larger problem at MHI?

 

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Why does MHI posture one thing, when they have at various time done quite another? Why all the razzle dazzle, instead of actual performance that can be measured in new home sales? Are MHI’s top 3 staff leaders inept?  Or is there a method and purpose behind that MHI staff leadership madness?

On MHI’s website today, Joe Stegmayer is still listed as their chairman (see graphic, further below). A few years ago, Triad Financial Services President and CEO – Don Glisson, Jr. – stepped aside from being MHI Chairman over a relatively nothing issue that involved blogger George Allen. The issue, per several informed sources, was whether or not Allen would be allowed to speak at an upcoming MHI event. Sources at MHI told the Daily Business News on MHProNews that some staff were strongly opposed to Allen speaking at the event.

But Allen claimed he had been promised a speaking slot.

So, then MHI Chairman Glisson, per those sources, offered a compromise. Give Allen an early morning speaking spot, to keep the claimed promise to the now former community owner and blogger, and thus also limit his exposure to the minimum number of MHI attendees.

That arguably elegant compromise on Allen speaking reportedly brought on a revolt by some, including higher level MHI staff. Why?

Mr. Glisson stepped aside in frustration, essentially saying, ‘I don’t need this aggravation.’

Glisson made no public outcry. He just quietly stepped aside. For those present when that step-down occurred, one minute, Glisson was present, and suddenly, after his decision was shared to select people, he was gone.

Nathan Smith then became MHI Chairman. Later, when TV ads of Smith for SSK Communities reportedly were in violation of federal regulations, did Smith step down? No. When a legal class action was begun by a number of SSK Communities residents, did Smith step down from his role as MHI Chairman? No.

When Tim Williams later became MHI Chairman, and certain troubling reports about Berkshire Hathaway brands in manufactured home lending practices from the Seattle Times became public, did Williams step down? No. When those same Seattle Times reports pointed a finger at Clayton Homes, did Clayton’s Tom Hodges step aside and remove himself from the MHI board? No.

So why would mere allegations about possible SEC violations cause Joe Stegmayer, a former Clayton Homes division president, to step aside as MHI Chairman today? Others cozy with Berkshire Hathaway stayed on. Why should Stegmayer be any different?

 

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The above is telling. Triad’s Glisson has a well earned reputation for being honorable. His firm’s sound business model in manufactured home chattel lending thrived while others in manufactured home lending collapsed in the early 2000s. Track records matter.

MHProNews isn’t saying more or less than what the facts or track records reflect.

How many times has MHI had to pivot from an embarrassing posture? Several, in just recent years, as carefully readers of the Daily Business News know. Where was the transparency that the late Howard Walker said should exist at MHI, that the ELS Vice-Chairman said existed at their publicly traded company?

 

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Thoughtful words, worth pondering. 

 

Why won’t Cavco reveal which stock is in question involving Stegmayer and the bombshell SEC probe? Won’t that information come out, sooner or later?

If Cavco can’t say so publicly, due to some SEC reason, and the SEC won’t reveal it either, why doesn’t Cavco not bluntly say so? Why do they use more nuanced, but evasive, language?

Why did Third Avenue Value Fund (TAVFX) sell off all of Cavco’s (CVCO) stocks recently?  Why don’t others in MHVille trade media raise or report on such problematic issues?  ICYMI, or want to later share those details with others, see the report linked below.

 

Hedge Fund’s Cavco Move, and More from Inside MHVille

 

Are there not sufficient reasons for Stegmayer to step aside from his leadership role at MHI?

What is MHI doing to and for our industry’s image or on regulatory issues anyway? How much of what they do are just a fig-leaf – posturing?  Isn’t the bottom line that manufactured home shipments are still at record low levels, a decade after the 2008 meltdown?

 

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There are a growing number of industry voices that believe that BH/CMH and MHI have by various action/inaction has kept manufactured home sales at historically low levels. Evidence? See Related Reports and videos, linked below, which quotes and cites BH, MHI, CMH, 21st Mortgage Corp, and other sources.

 

Facts matter. As a comparison, why are RVs roaring, while HUD Code manufactured homes are snoring?

 

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“It’s a Disgrace

President Donald J. Trump has said and done some things that are less than pure. He said prior to his election that he used the rigged system himself, which is why he could fight it – because he knew it first hand.

In short, he was self-revealing.  He’s not claimed to be what he’s not.

Millions mistakenly believe something totally untrue about Russia and the Trump Campaign, if that recent poll noted above is accurate. Again, millions were wrongly led to believe that votes were changed. That was accomplished by merely repeating a false impression for days, weeks, and months on end. Recall that in 2017, Project Veritas had an undercover video with a CNN producer that revealed that the Russia Collusion story was a “nothing burger.” But that same CNN producer said that Russian collusion was good for ratings. Welcome to fake news?

That lie or deception about a phony Russian collusion doesn’t mean that everything CNN does is a lie. But it does mean that what CNN or others in media do must be scrutinized.

Fox News isn’t perfect either. They have people or hosts on that can use claims that likewise are incorrect or even deceive, but at least they often show both sides of a given question.

The answer isn’t to throw up one’s hands and not watch news, or not vote, or not be engaged. That’s a fine outcome for those who arguably pull the strings of millions by media and tech manipulation. Those who are not engaged in solving the problem are de facto a vote for those who are engaging in deceptive and manipulative practices.

The ubiquitous Drudge Report ran a headline quoting from President Trump recently that said that he likes to ‘tell the truth as often’ as he can. Wow.

There are things that world leaders know from intelligence and other sources that they don’t tell their populations. It’s been that way for centuries before the printing press. It is also so since the modern internet, broadcast or cable eras.

The point?

The broad brush of what is real is knowable, but it requires a little common sense, some understanding, a bit of history, etc.

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What a Fed Said to MHProNews

Federal investigators have been on the Berkshire Hathaway trail for years, per the Seattle Times, and reports from federal sources to MHProNews. Warren Buffett himself admitted to being questioned about why he sold out his stocks in Fannie Mae prior to the meltdown.

 

Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Berkshire Hathaway Backstory

 

So, when a federal investigator said to our publisher recently would be no surprise to those who have closely followed this periodic series on MHProNews.

In essence, without defending Buffett, that investigators said that what Buffett – whom one of those investigators referred to as “the Oracle of Omaha” – is doing in manufactured housing, is occurring in other industries too.

Put differently, that Fed said is that what is occurring at MHI, and our manufactured home industry being consolidated by manipulation of the system by major players is only a subset of a greater problem.  Our publisher agreed with that agent.

But that is also why for several years, MHProNews has spotlighted issues outside of MHVille.  Those elements of the FAANGs, for example, either parallel and/or are interconnected to what has purportedly developed in our industry.  Further, as our reports have noted, FAANG firms not only daily touch MHPros and manufactured home owners, some of those same tech giants are getting involved in factory-based construction too.

 

Where Left, Right, and Center Might Agree?

There are voices in the Democratic Party, in the political center, and on the right that are seeing the threat to the nation from big tech. Some believe that Berkshire Hathaway plays a role in that monopolistic/oligopoly threat too, as the federal investigator referred to above, implied.

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Just one of numerous examples of articles in the mainstream media, about Berkshire Hathaway’s manufactured housing units. FYI, there will be a report, perhaps next week, on Prosperity Now, which was previously known as CFED. Doug Ryan is pro-manufactured homes, but takes issue with several things in manufactured housing – a mixed bag for the industry.

 

There are areas that the 45th President, Donald J. Trump – who has called the Mueller probe a “witch hunt” and “a disgrace” – can work with Democrats and Republicans on that could benefit the vast majority of the nation. Breaking up monopolies is – on paper – one of those areas. It may be the most important one.

 

 

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Open Markets Austin Frerick argued that monopolies are the most important issue facing America today.  See two of several tweets by Frerick, above and below.

 

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AT&T’s breakup in the 1980s under antitrust action by the federal government was arguably good for the country. The breakup of Berkshire and those FAANG companies could similarly be good for our industry and the nation too. Phone service didn’t end, it got better after the AT&T breakup. Breaking up the monopoly/oligopoly of FAANG and Berkshire could – similar to AT&T’s breakup – lead to a renaissance in American small business, and for our industry too.

 

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Note that federal sources tell MHProNews that their investigations include public officials for possible malfeasance.

Pam Danner, JD, are you reading this today?  Just asking…

…and the industry should ask why Danner was given de-facto support and purported cover by MHI.

 

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Pam Danner, JD, HUD Code Manufactured Housing Program Administrator, credit, MHProNews.

 

MHI’s Response to MHProNews and their Naysayers

As part of MHI’s response to our reports and analysis, we have several sources that said that they were pressured not to advertise with MHProNews. Huh? At the time, we’d been a member for years, and had been praised numerous times for our “News, Tips, and Views That Pros Can Use” © coverage by MHI leaders.

George Allen, who at various times was persona non grata at MHI, and other ‘friends’ of MHI have allegedly attempted a smear campaign against our publisher. That has taken place over a period of years, along with others connected to MHI, per sources. Our L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach addressed that matter directly to Kevin Clayton, Tom Hodges, the top 3 MHI staffers, federal investigator/officials in Washington, D.C., and others. That email is shown below.

 

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Suffice it to say for now that neither the Berkshire Hathaway brands, not MHI, did as requested. We documented that they received this and other messages, and provided the same to officials as noted above. The above began after a report linked here was published, but that may or may not be a coincidence. 

The above has also been provided to federal investigators, who as previously noted, had already been looking into the matters at MHI, and how they relate to Knoxville and Omaha.  That’s been going on for several years.

There will be a special Masthead possibly tomorrow evening. Tune in and check it out, won’t you?

 

 

The World Didn’t End…

When Legacy Housing, an MHI member, advertised their events last fall on MHProNews, did that doom them? Hardly.

Instead, they had two successful fall events.  That is to be expected when you market via the runaway most read-publication in the entire industry. In their public filings for an IPO with the SEC, Legacy Housing said they had their biggest backlog in their firm’s history.

 

Legacy Housing IPO, Lending Tree, & New HUD Ruling Updates

Arguably, those who get spotlighted on MHProNews not only benefit from the exposure, but they are safer from the FAANGs, Berkshire’s and MHI’s of the world.  Again, for some evidence of that, see the upcoming Masthead.

  • Sound information,
  • the rule of law,
  • access to capital,
  • placement,
  • lending, and
  • a level playing field will liberate manufactured housing.

There is, to be accurate, both subjective and objective truth. For example, you may like mustard and ketchup; our publisher dislikes both of those. Those are subjective truths, and in those matters of taste, your truth and ours can collide, but that’s harmless.

Then there are objective realities.

Has MHI failed the majority of its own members?

Several voices at various times have called them out for exactly those kinds of problems. A partial list is insightful.

  • Frank Rolfe,
  • Marty Lavin,
  • Bob Crawford,
  • NMHCO leaders,
  • Titus Dare, and
  • even the MHI exiting president, Chris Stinebert,

among others.

Perhaps because MHProNews has pulled those and other disparate voices into one place, MHI and several Berkshire brands have purportedly targeted our publication for elimination. If they could have disproven our claims, why didn’t they?  So instead of disproving our concerns and allegations, they go after sponsors, or resort to phony smear tactics?

For those who grasp the reality of the concerns, ponder this. Smoking Gun 3, or more recently, the detailed report linked below, reflects a series of facts. Money and evidence trails are apparently difficult for them to deny.  Each fact-based, logic-laced report arguably points to this Occam’s Razor style conclusion.

MHI and their Berkshire brands try to pick winners and losers in our industry.

Why did MHI publish a community count data that agreed with MHVillage, instead of Frank Rolfe’s or George Allen’s manufactured home community totals or estimates? Favoritism? Winner and losers?

 

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Why are MHAction – paid via various money channels by Warren Buffett, George Soros and other deep pockets on the left – targeting

  • ELS,
  • Rolfe & Company,
  • and Blackstone?
  • Why don’t they target Tom Lackey and his defenders/trainers?

The truth is there, to be found, when one follows the money and the evidence trail.

But it takes time to ferret out the facts. Then it takes time to frame that truth in ways that make sense to a growing numbers of industry professionals and investors.

We’ve come into the holiday season. Thanksgiving is almost here. We’ll see if or how much readership might take a short break. But normally, if so, it’s usually a modest one (about 10 percent). Our competition in MHVille trade publishing would only dream of having that potentially modest fall off as being their total readership.

That’s true despite the reported dirty tricks by those who don’t want reports like this available.  But our readers see the value.

 

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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.

 

When your opponents uses the tactics of:

  • Duck
  • Dodge
  • Dismiss
  • Detract
  • Distract and
  • Defame

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you can guess that as a publisher, you are over their targets, catching flak.

And you, faithful reader? Knowledge is potential power. Use it, share it, and base your decisions upon reality, not illusions, lies, or costly faked impressions.

If they drove thousands of others out of business or who sold out for less, then, why would you think they won’t do it to you, too?

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Thus

  • MHARR – which sticks to facts, facts, facts and rarely has to pivot, exists for independent manufactured home producers; and
  • the new NMHCO trade group for communities, have or are forming.

 

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Will independent retailer and other MHVille professionals rise up, as NMHCO is striving to do?

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Keep your friends close,

and your enemies closer.”

 

This [saying] has frequently been ascribed to Sun Tzu and once in a while to Niccolò Machiavelli or Petrarch,” says Edwar Louk in Quorayet there are no distributed sources saying which was its origin before its utilization by “Michael Corleone” in The Godfather Part II (1974), composed by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola: “My dad taught me numerous things here — he educated me in this room. He trained me — hold your friends close but your enemies closer.”

 

There’s a well known U.S. affordable housing crisis. Lawrence Yun at the National Association of Realtors said earlier this year that only builders getting really busy will close the gap, which he estimated at the time as 8.3 million housing units.  A number of tech gurus have said that only factory-home building can close that housing construction needs gap.

Several sources cited at the end of this report are from outside of the manufactured housing industry.  They have said, after researching the matter, that modern manufactured homes (MH) are an obvious part of the solution for the affordable housing crisis.  They include, but are not limited to:

  • The National Association of Realtors,
  • the Urban Institute,
  • Bloomberg,
  • Fannie Mae,
  • Freddie Mac,
  • Value Penguin,
  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson,

and others are among those in 2018 that have praised the quality, surprising safety, and value of today’s manufactured homes.

Yet the manufactured housing industry struggles in its actual performance, in bottom-line new-home sales. Why?

The reasons are many, such as

  • placement/zoning,
  • media/image,
  • regulatory and more.
  • But let’s focus for the next few minutes on access to capital and financing.

There are few in manufactured housing who can as credibly claim to understand the import and legal methods of raising capital as Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) Chairman Sam Zell.

Zell has numerous other business interests.  He is worth billions.  He’s been quoted saying he is happy to be correct 60 or 70 percent of the time. Billionaire Warren Buffett has famously been critiqued – and admitted on occasion – to making mistakes or missing opportunities too. Not to worry, because the baseball slugger who consistently bats .350 or better is worth millions annually.  Thankfully, no one has to bat a 1,000 to be successful.

So perfection isn’t the standard in business or investing. Consistency, overall performance, quality, profitability, legality – and hopefully ethics are, or should be – the standards. Toyota recently recalled 192,000 Prius vehicles in the U.S. alone.  Pay attention, because that won’t cause much of a hiccup for sales by Toyota.  So why, by contrast, does bad news so routinely harm manufactured homes so much more?

 

Stating the Obvious Brings Clarity

It bears stating the obvious. Manufactured housing is made up of a myriad of interrelated and specialized interests. They include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • the production of manufactured homes,
  • the sale of manufactured homes,
  • the transportation and installation of manufactured homes,
  • land-lease manufactured home communities,
  • financing of manufactured homes (wholesale inventory and retail sales),
  • due diligence firms,
  • legal, accounting, HR, and compliance experts,
  • associations,
  • and the list goes on.

Furthermore, the manufactured home (MH) industry can be segmented into corporate giants, mid-level, smaller or even ‘mom and pop‘ sized enterprises.

Zell’s and Buffett’s interests in the MH Industry have both been represented on the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Executive Committee level for years.  That’s where the power is at the MHI trade association.

The two moguls each know how to attract media when they want it. But given all that, it should not be construed to mean that Buffett or Zell’s interests are always in synch.

Nor are Buffett’s and Zell’s politics apparently in alignment.

 

 

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According to Open Secrets, which relies on public records, Sam Zell gave 100 percent to Republican candidates up to the 2018 reporting period reflected in the graphic, shown above. By contrast, Warren Buffett gave 100 percent of his campaign contributions to Democratic ones, as the image below demonstrates.

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Keep you friends close, and your enemies closer. With that backdrop, it is useful for manufactured home professionals to glance at the concept of interlocking directorates.

 

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Business Dictionary defines ‘interlocking directorates’ thus, “Membership on the boards of directors of two or more firms by the same individual. It is normally legal except where the firms are mutual competitors, but is usually considered undesirable because it allows firms to exchange non-public (privileged) information and, therefore, may hinder fair competition.”

 

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Note that their definition is perhaps a bit legalistic. It’s because there are subtle ways that interconnected operations can influence other:

  • companies,
  • nonprofits,
  • foundations,
  • political organizations,
  • or governmental agencies,

which can then be wielded in a dynamically similar way as interlocking directorates operate.  As a reminder, here are MHI’s antitrust guidelines, and note the highlighted portions.

 

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What perhaps too few in the trenches of manufactured housing grasp are how influence, information, and even power can be wielded by means of connections that are technically public, but if unreported or ignored, are effectively invisible. That isn’t a conspiracy, and it can be done in legal or illicit ways, as the prior definition, link to MHI’s antitrust guidelines, and graphics above itself suggests.

Those like Zell grasp this reality well, per our industry sources.

But that doesn’t mean that elites and/or their field leaders can also be blindsided by revelations such as Buffett’s obliquely funding activist protest groups, such as via the Tides Foundation, which in turn funds:

 

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Those bulleted activist groups are politically leftist, democratic socialist, or Democratic party in orientation. It’s what Buffett lieutenant Tim Williams, President and CEO of 21st Mortgage, a Berkshire-brand lender in manufactured housing, called aprogressive” “threat” that challenged manufactured housing. Yet Williams himself, per our sources, has personally contributed to progressive candidates, and via Political Action Committees (PACs), to several others.  We’re in football season, so can you spell, ‘head fake?’

Bluntly rephrased, Buffett has funded through various channels radical and leftist organizations that have deliberately targeted Zell’s ELS brand.

Let that sink in.

And if you are Sun Communities, UMH Properties, or any other sized manufactured home community or other MH operation, ponder this question. If Buffett’s money was used to target Zell, why wouldn’t they your or any other firm too?

 

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Warren Buffett has been funding leftist and Democratic causes and candidates for years. Among them are MHAction, which targeted via protest and mainstream media, ELS, among others in the industry. MHAction – which again benefited from cash that flowed from Buffett – also disrupted the address by HUD Secretary Ben Carson in Las Vegas last April.

 

Furthermore, Buffett’s Berkshire brand Clayton – per sources – has purportedly paid one or more writers who have spotlighted speaker/authors like Esther Sullivan. Professor Sullivan presents a mishmash of pro- and anti-manufactured home positions, most notably negative with regard the owners of certain manufactured home communities.

That’s not to say that only ELS has been targeted by progressive groups interconnected to Buffett’s financial largess. So have:

  • Frank Rolfe of MHPFunds/RV Horizons and his partners,
  • Blackstone – which entered manufactured home communities this year – and other community owners have been targeted by groups that were funded by sources that were given millions from Buffett’s coffers.
  • It’s not speculation, because there’s a public record and a money trail.

MHAction, MoveOn, The Indivisible Project, AntiFa are among those that have also targeted HUD Secretary Carson, others in the Trump Administration, including protests of President Donald J. Trump himself.  Battle lines are being drawn by Buffett on the political left and people like Zell who favor more pro-business policies, like those of the GOP and it’s disruptive 45th president.

 

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A Surprising Discovery

MHAction directly and indirectly revealed to MHProNews their lack of interest in ‘small fish‘ like manufactured home community professionals, George Allen, Spencer Roane, Tom Lackey and SECO. Those three and their ‘education’ all have ties to business tactics that led the Chattanooga Times Free Press and other media to spotlight allegedly illegal activities that harmed numerous consumers. Per mainstream media and other sources to MHProNews, various public officials in Georgia and elsewhere are reportedly investigating those concerns.

 

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If MHAction cared so deeply about ‘victims’ of ‘predatory companies,’ where were they on this issue? MHProNews knows from multiple sources that MHAction was aware of these events, but opted not to act on behalf of those residents. Learn more, linked here.

 

Put differently, there is an open question as to what motivated and directs MHAction or others, to target Zell, Rolfe and Blackstone instead of others like the example noted in the report about Lackey and company, which are linked from the image above and below.

 

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Click here to learn more. If the pro-manufactured home industry’s trade media doesn’t police its own, then mainstream media and public officials will eventually do it instead. Accountability is a traditional role for any industry’s good trade media.  Click here to learn more about the troubling tales about Lackey, Roane, and Allen.

 

If MHAction and their allies are posturing as fighting for the ‘little guy’ who leases a site from an alleged problem operator, why did MHAction or other resident groups effectively ignore defending the purported victims of Tom Lackey? After all, various public accounts, and governmental investigations, claim and are investigating Lackey and his defenders/promoters shown above as potentially guilty of serious criminal and civil offenses.  Of course, like Buffett or anyone else, they are deemed innocent in the eyes of the law, until they plead or are proven guilty in a court of law.

So why does MHAction go after firm’s like Zell’s instead?

That’s not to suggest that Ken Borden at MHAction gets a call from Warren Buffett – that’s unlikely and unnecessary. All that billionaire Buffett has to know is that his money went to the Tides Foundation, and trusting the Tides’ track record would be enough for him. See what Buffett says in his own words, further below, about not-micromanaging. Then someone like Borden will be identified and selected, and they will know what to do, and not do.

 

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Facts are facts. Borden and leftist NY Communities for Change, an offshoot of the now defunct, and scandal plagued ACORN, targeted ELS communities that were reportedly well run and operated within the law. By contrast, MHAction ignored Tom Lackey, George Allen, Spencer Roane and their colleagues. An on-the-ground source told MHProNews that Lackey’s community was “a slum.” Which begs the question. Is MHAction and other like organizations funded by Tides the strong arm tactics of the political left? Are they part of a shakedown, worthy of a RICO and other investigations by state or federal authorities? Legal sources have suggested precisely that could be true. For more on Borden, and MHAction, see “Paving the Road to Hell,” at this link.

 

Why This Matters to Firms of All Sizes in Manufactured Housing

Companies of all sizes in manufactured housing routinely need access to capital and financing.

Every sized operation is impacted by the industry’s stigma, which Clayton Homes and MHI posture at addressing, but have arguably clearly failed at fixing. The evidence? New HUD Code home sales statistics are a stark reminder.

 

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From a report on MHLivingNews.com, which spotlights an article by Lending Tree that is superior to most anything that MHI has produced to ‘promote’ manufactured housing. See that Lending Tree statement – very favorable to manufactured homes – at this link here.

 

It’s the facts – performance – that is the baseline reminder that MHI and Clayton ‘leadership” have failed the industry’s independents.

Marty Lavin, an attorney, MHI award-winner, and long-time finance, community and retail success said that MHI works for the interests of the “big boys.” The interests of other sized firms are only protected to the extent they align with the biggest boys on the MH block, said Lavin. That would arguably be Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, and their firms that operate in manufactured housing such as 21st Mortgage or Clayton Homes.

  • fact checks,
  • following the evidence,
  • following the Money,
  • following the performance vs. the words and deeds of MHI and others reveals this to be a logical Occam’s Razor reality.

Manufactured home operation of the small- to mid-range sizes were allowed to struggle, fail, or are acquired in part due to capital constraints. MHI failed them, in favor of a mega-billionaire. Who says? Among others, more MH industry award winners, like retailers Bob Crawford, or Alan Amy.

 

 

Zell warned how limiting capital access was a weakness for the industry, as the exclusive quotes below to MHProNews via the late Howard Walker – then ELS Vice Chairman – reflect.

 

 

MHI’s Former President Said…

MHI’s prior president, Chris Stinebert also warned the industry in a parting published message.  That’s found in a column in the Journal that was arguably a thinly-veiled warning to manufactured housing professionals.  Stinebert’s article could be read as a parting slap at MHI.

Every industry professional in the manufactured housing is directly or indirectly impacted by these factors MHI’s former president noted. Restricting financing limits sales, which harms affordable home ownership.  Note, one need not agree with Stinebert’s suggested cure to his point #4 to realize that he felt that there were problems with lending and capital access that needed to be addressed.

Not long after Stinebert exited MHI, the industry was about to be hit by the 2008 housing/finance meltdown in a way thousands of industry professionals did not anticipate.

 

A Smoking Gun…

Money trails are used by prosecutors and civil attorneys, say legal experts to MHProNews, to demonstrate what could be patterns of behavior. FBI officials have previously told the Daily Business News on MHProNews that a significant number of special agents are versed in accounting and other forms of business and financial expertise.  That’s precisely done so they can spot and find schemes that can be charged in court with various kinds of “white collar” illegal behavior.

Harvard’s Eric Belsky believed circa 2002 that manufactured housing would dominate conventional housing by 2010. Belsky knew about the repossession glut related to Conseco, Greentree or other now defunct MH lenders. Belsky still believed manufactured housing would not only recover, but would dominate.

Had Harvard’s expert been correct, the nation could have saved tens of billions annually. Furthermore, per research outlined on Value Penguin, the U.S. could gain $2 trillion annually in gross domestic product – impact similar to the Trump Administration regulatory roll backs or the 2017 tax cuts – if the affordable housing crisis was properly addressed.  And using manufactured homes, that could be done simply by enforcing existing laws.  No new legislation is needed. No need for years of debate.  Just enforce the law.

 

How did Belsky miss his estimates about the future of manufactured homes?

Because he failed to anticipate that Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway would buy Clayton Homes in 2003. That same year, Berkshire bought and rolled Oakwood Homes into Clayton, and would create via acquisitions the largest operation in manufactured housing.

Among those units acquired was 21st Mortgage Corp.  But let’s look for the next few moments at the 2008 housing/finance crisis.

During the calamity of the aftermath of 2008, an independent manufactured home producer then told MHProNews what 21st was about to do. But it wasn’t until recently that an actual document – a purported “smoking gun” from 21st’s Tim Williams to independent retailers was actually obtained. The document, shown further below, explained why 21st would only be cutting financing support to non-Clayton Homes manufactured housing carrying independents.

During a crisis, when people are desperately trying to swim for shore, details can often get lost in the fog of panic and pressure.

Thus, some issues only come into focus after a crisis – like the 2008 housing/mortgage meltdown – has come and gone.

When the Urban Institute or others study the manufactured home industry, and they ask why manufactured home sales are at such relatively low ebb, the 21st document, quotes from Buffett, and the videos that follow ought to be among the top exhibits examined.  So how did the Urban Institute – which also gets funded by Buffett, and where he is a life-time trustee – miss all three elements?

When federal officials, investors, and others wonder why manufactured homes haven’t done better, given the affordable housing crisis, these are important starting points for a clear understanding.

And when independent manufactured home retailers are wondering about the future – as which supplier(s) and service providers they should use – an adage ought to be applied.  Namely, that a reasonable predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

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This document was provided as a news tip to MHProNews. To see the PDF of this document, click here or above.

 

The result was predictable. As a former Clayton manager, Ken Corbin publicly said, some 10,000 independent manufactured home retailers vanished. That bold move reflected by the 21st Mortgage document obviously harmed those independent retailers.  But it also hurt:

  • manufactured home communities, that for years relied upon retailers to sell homes into their communities.
  • independent manufactured home producers, which MHI’s own records reflect – see below – fell in numbers following the impact of the 21st document above, which Tim Williams signed.
  • several independent transport, installation, suppliers and others were lost or absorbed by larger firms, as the consequences mounted.

 

 

What’s often missed is that not long after that letter that Williams claimed 21st regrettably had ‘no choice,’ Kevin Clayton was bragging in the video below that “Warren” told him that they had “plenty of money.”

But perhaps the strongest example of how misleading the 21st document from Tim Williams arguably is comes from quotes from Warren Buffett’s own annual letter. Like the Clayton interview video included in this report, Buffett’s own words make it clear that Berkshire could have continued funding 21st, and thus, the industry’s independents.

Instead, they collectively killed off thousands of independent firms, purportedly by pulling the financing – the access to capital – that ELS’ Zell or Harvard’s Belsky both said are so necessary.

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Why did Belsky miss his predicted date? Because it came before Buffett’s entry into MH? Note that MHI, Tim Williams/21st and Clayton have all been asked to address these concerns.  At no time have they even tried to explain it, though previous to such inquiries they would give prompt replies to this trade media outlet.  How is that to be explained?

 

Quotes from Buffett’s Letter

Our gain in net worth during 2009 was $21.8 billion, which increased the per-share book value of both our Class A and Class B stock by 19.8%. Over the last 45 years (that is, since present management took over) book value has grown from $19 to $84,487, a rate of 20.3% compounded annually,” said Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, in his 2009 annual letter to shareholders.

Here are a few examples of how we apply Charlie’s [Munger, Berkshire Vice-Chairman] thinking at Berkshire: Charlie and I avoid businesses whose futures we can’t evaluate.”

In manufactured housing, that meant that Buffett and Munger had no doubt about the future of the industry. Investors, take note.

When the financial system went into cardiac arrest in September 2008, Berkshire was a supplier of liquidity and capital to the system, not a supplicant. At the very peak of the crisis, we poured $15.5 billion into a business world that could otherwise look only to the federal government for help,” said that same 2009 annual letter.

What did that mean for manufactured housing professionals? Simply this. That the 21st Mortgage Corporation letter to independent retailers includes claims that were at best mistaken, misleading – or even false – assertions.

Berkshire made billions that year. Buffett’s conglomerate lent billions that year, his letter said. Yet, 21st had the chutzpah to claim they couldn’t lend to manufactured housing retailers that didn’t carry Clayton Homes product? 

To better grasp the principles of how and why this was done, one must understand Buffett’s concept of the ‘strategic moat.’  The short video below explains part of it, in Buffett’s own words.

 

 

Lines were arguably crossed, or perhaps the better prose is ‘double crossed.’ While Kevin Clayton smiles in the video that follows, as he says how much Clayton valued independent retailers, what they collectively did to independents fails to match those sweet-sounding words.

 

 

Applying MHI award-winner, Marty Lavin’s mantras, “pay more attention to what people do than to what they say,” and “follow the money.”

That debatable double-cross may be why Zell stays in MHI, to – ala the mantra at top – to “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”

 

More from the Oracle of Omaha…

What Buffett Said – Who’s Responsible?

We tend to let our many subsidiaries operate on their own, without our supervising and monitoring them to any degree…Most of our managers, however, use the independence we grant them magnificently, rewarding our confidence by maintaining an owner-oriented attitude that is invaluable and too seldom found in huge organizations,” said Buffett that year.

But it should also be recalled that Buffett preaches about ‘widening the moat.’   See all of the Buffett videos on the key Kevin Clayton videos on the page, linked here, or watch the videos posted on this page.  Clayton talks about ‘widening the moat’ and besting competitors repeatedly in the video. 

Buffett referenced this from his 2008 annual letter, “We are certain, for example, that the economy will be in shambles throughout 2009 – and probably well beyond – but that conclusion does not tell us whether the market will rise or fall.”  He chastised many in media for sensationalism, adding: “Any investors who were misled by the sensationalists paid a big price: The Dow closed the day of the letter at 7,063 and finished the year at 10,428.”

Skipping deeper into that 2009 Buffet annual letter to Berkshire shareholders, we find the section that deals with Clayton Homes, and manufactured housing.  Note that the graphics shown are by MHProNews, but reflect data from Berkshire or others sources, as shown.

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“Finance and Financial Products

Our largest operation in this sector is Clayton Homes, the country’s leading producer of modular and manufactured homes. Clayton was not always number one: A decade ago the three leading manufacturers were Fleetwood, Champion and Oakwood, which together accounted for 44% of the output of the industry. All have since gone bankrupt. Total industry output, meanwhile, has fallen from 382,000 units in 1999 to 60,000 units in 2009.”

By the way, the industry shipped 372,000+ in 1998 – not 1999. And in 2009, the total shipments were under 50,000 homes  So, that last sentence above by Buffett has two apparent fact errors.

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From the National Association of Realtors.  There are a growing number of industry voices that believe that BH/CMH and MHI have by various action/inaction has kept manufactured home sales at historically low levels. The evidence is found herein and are also linked from Related Reports, further below.

 

 

The collapse of so many companies in manufactured housing has several causes, including, but not limited to, the image issues fostered by groups like MHAction. 

But cutting off capital – in the form of lending – has to be high on the list, if not on top.  High rents, high conventional housing costs, these are historic reasons for strong performance for manufactured homes. So how could MHI’s president, in the video above, say with a straight face that the industry must accept slow growth?

 

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The market share graphics, based upon various industry reports and sources as shown, tells the tale of how Clayton used ‘the moat‘ of financing and other tools to rapidly increase their market share.  Note that doing so arguably shrank the overall market, as it increased their market share.

 

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But because of MHI’s problematic track record, which even their former chairman Nathan Smith (above) and MHI member Frank Rolfe (below) in the videos above and below, the trends shown herein advanced.

 

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Evidence that it isn’t just coincidence or some other mystery is found in the RV Industry’s performance during the past 2 decades. Compare their trends to that of manufactured housing during those same years.

 

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That’s arguably among the reasons why industry voices, such as the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – which focuses on federal production-related issues – has encouraged the industry’s post-production sector to organize a new post-production association.  Because MHI has failed the bulk of the industry for years.

 

MHARR Releases Study Recommending Independent Collective Representation for Post-Production Sector

 

Some in the communities side of the industry have begun to do just that, namely, create a new national MH communities group. And purportedly Berkshire-dominated MHI, not surprisingly, attacked that new communities trade group which publicly explained why they left MHI in the first place.

 

Nathan Smith, SSK Communities, and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Slam New National Manufactured Home Communities Group in Written Statement

 

The industry’s independents have witnessed thousands of firms driven out of business, or that sold out to others for less than their true value. That in turn hurts housing affordability, and thus, the nation.

It was apparently done for the sake of billions of dollars, and to grow Berkshire’s strategic moat in manufactured housing.  It’s demonstrably cost Americans trillions, using the logic of two NBER researchers.

That manufactured housing is a proven solution to the affordable housing crisis – one that is hiding in plain sight – is clear to any open-mind researcher. Manufactured homes have enjoyed political support across the left-right political divide.

 

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But “Moat” building Warren Buffett and his minions in MHVille have debatably strangled the industry for years, costing numerous independent businesses millions per location. That monopolistic ploy in turn, for reasons previously linked, has cost Americans trillions in lost GDP.

Is MHAction, MoveOn, et al – and cutting off access to capital, while supporting candidates that support regulations that kill off small businesses – all part of Buffett’s Moat strategy?

 

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The Nation, The Atlantic, GuruFocus, The Seattle Times and others have looked at various aspects of these issues, and on various aspects of the matter, they seem to think so.

But so far, only MHProNews has connected-the-dots across the left-right media divide that linked:

  • Tim Williams/21st “Smoking Gun” Letter,
  • Kevin Clayton video, where Clayton explains how “Warren” uses the Moat, nonprofits and foundations,
  • Buffett’s own annual letter,
  • to the logically avoidable collapse of thousands of manufactured home firms,
  • and now, the way that activist groups such as MHAction has harmed the industry’s image through protests and media coverage.

To date, no one else so far in mainstream media has published the details which are so Machiavellian. Or for those who love gangster movies, it’s a dramatic yet tragic scene that could come out of “The Godfather” series. If Alan Amy in the video above and others in MHVille  are right, Buffett’s lieutenants in MHVille want to “make you an offer that you can’t refuse.”

We’re told by thoughtful attorneys that RICO and antitrust issues are among the concerns they see.

It’s past time for:

  • a law-and-order minded Trump Administration,
  • state attorney generals,
  • private businesses,
  • and specialized civil attorneys,
  • to rise up and stop a corrupt ‘hiding in plain sight’ scheme.

Ending that’s monopolistic “Moat” could revive manufactured homes, and would be part of the affordable housing solutions that would collectively yield to Americans trillions of dollars.

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Affordable Housing, the Visible, Yet Mysterious Struggle for an Obvious Solution, Case Examples

Realtor University, Journal for the Center of Real Estate Studies, Makes Corrections– “The Market for Manufactured Homes,” by Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, CBE

Urban Institute Ask for Correction in Analysis of their Manufactured Housing Research, “Follow the Facts,” “Follow the Money”

Bloomberg “New Home for $90,000? Manufactured Housing Is Making a Comeback” Reveals MH Media Challenge

Due Credit, Warren Buffett, Media, and Manufactured Housing’s Historic Achievement

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Affordable Housing, the Visible, Yet Mysterious Struggle for an Obvious Solution, Case Examples

November 10th, 2018 Comments off

 

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It was then best of times,

it was the worst of times…” –

 Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.

 

 

Dickens was writing about the French Revolution, but considering the famous opening to his novel, “A Tale or Two Cities,” one might believe that Nostradamus was writing about the USA today, including the struggle for affordable housing.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,”  said George Santayana.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.[2]” wrote Dickens, according to Wikipedia.

 

In and around presumptive incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (CA-D) district of San Francisco, there is wealth and poverty. Some of the most expensive real estate in the nation is found there. The homeless defecating on the street is common enough that online maps are available identifying areas to be avoided if you don’t want  to see piles of poop, or the discarded needles of drug addicts.

Welcome to 21st century America.  It is the best and worst of times, all within blocks of each other.

 

Affordable housing is symptomatic of a variety of interrelated problems. The problems and the solutions are arguably known. Indeed, some years ago, MHLivingNews published an article with a video interview running concurrently with home tours that made the case that the solution to the affordable housing crisis is hiding in plain sight. That phrase was popular enough that others in media have used that line since.

“The Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis is Hiding in Plain Sight”

 

Solutions are known, but the problems persist. Why?

MHProNews has been peeling back layers of that puzzling onion over the course of several years. It could be summed up like this. Certain special interests believe they benefit from the current state of affairs. Since it is more than one interest group, depending on the person(s) or organization(s) they are affiliated with, they will fight on several levels to maintain a status quo that has made them millions to billions of dollars.

 

Where Bernie and the Donald Agreed

Some of the richest people on earth, our fellow Americans, are benefiting from a system that both then-presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders and Donald J. Trump, called “a rigged system.”

If the right and left both see the system as rigged, it begs the question.  Why can’t the two parties solve the issues?

Arguably, because one side benefits more from the rigged system, the other party less so. But each major party has powerful members that believe they benefit from their vision of a morphing status quo. “Draining the Swamp” created over a period of decades isn’t going to be an overnight event.  What took years to create, will take years to accomplish.

The solution always begins by understanding the true nature of the problem.

 

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Value Penguin published a useful introduction to the issue.  It was co-authored by small-town business expert Tom Egelhoff and L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, the latter is this report’s writer too.  Fear, Manufactured Homes, and a Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis is found at the link below.

 

 

That column linked above takes several expert views and facts, and makes the case that the lack of affordable housing where its needed costs the U.S. economy some $2 trillion dollars annually in lost gross domestic product (GDP).

Stop right there. Imagine what $2 trillion dollars more GDP could mean to everyday Americans. With approaching 330,000,000 people in the U.S., that would be about $6,000 per every man, woman and child. The typical family of four would average some $24,000 more per household annually.

Put differently, solving affordable housing could be a similar or greater economic stimulus than the tax cuts. And as “Fear” explains, it can all be done using existing laws. That’s the beauty of it. No need to wait years for debating a solution.

Clearly, some would benefit more, others less, from having more affordable housing. But affordable housing in or near the places where homes are needed most would unlock greater opportunities. Investors, existing housing owners, and others waiting to buy could all benefit.

All but a few would benefit from unrigging the system.

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This approach may be especially useful to renters. HUD Secretary Carson said several times in 2017 that renters have an average net worth of $5000. Home owners have an average worth of some $200,000.

That $195,000 difference over time for home owners represents real wealth to potentially millions of people.

 

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But instead, there are tens of millions who are locked out of an appealing ownership opportunity by a system skewed by problematic zoning and discriminatory housing regulatory barriers.

The law of supply and demand is at work. High demand, limited supply, so prices are rising, often faster than wages.

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There are protests in the streets in various places. Some carry signs proclaiming that the rent is “too damn high.” Those who protest arguably often misunderstand the true causes and logical cures.

 

Millions of minds out of ignorance and desperation turn to those who promise a purported “solution.” But the claimed “solution” of self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialists” is one proven to be false. Nevertheless, those Bernie-followers took root.

In the midterms some of those self-proclaimed Democratic Socialists won, including Senator Sanders. Sit up and take notice. Because if those growing numbers of socialists get their way, whose property will they tax and take?

Communism is the scavenger that comes when a society begins to rot from the inside,” taught the American anti-communist, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Sheen grasped that free enterprise and the genius of constitutionally limited government. He supported the American Republic. His talks were educational, and listeners of all faiths – or no faith at all – made his pioneering television broadcast more popular than numerous other shows. When he was awarded the Emmy, Sheen cleverly thanked his writers, “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.”

The genius of Sheen was blending the lessons of history and reason, working together for a better society, guided by the light of faith. He was a compelling educator.

Hold that thought. Because the path ahead for our industry and the nation is an educational one.

Education – hopefully sound information packaged in a reasonable and compelling way – is appealing.

The goal isn’t to blind political or other opponents. Rather, the wise solution is to help the uniformed or misinformed to see the light of truth. Those who grasp the truth have a duty to share it.

The alternative is a growing, dangerous, and costly chaos.

 

An eye for an eye only makes the world blind,” is one of the ways that Mahatma Ghandi is said to explain a misunderstood lesson from the book of Exodus. Ghandi and Exodus were both right, the punishment should fit the crime, but it’s better in love to avoid the crime in the first place.  That insight requires a morally informed and grounded people.

It’s an educational matter. And history tells us that like all other education, it must be a sustained effort.

 

Not Fake Nazis, the Real Deal

There are several economic and political connections with affordable housing.  Ignore that at the same peril as one ignores the law of gravity when standing at the edge of a cliff.

Lies or half-truths told often enough will convince millions. That’s been true long before Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

My parents lived in Hungary during the Nazi occupation of their country. They lived the reality of the real SS. They knew what took place in neighboring Germany that brought Adolf Hitler to power in the early 1930s. They were well educated, and knew they were getting some false news. But after the war, they told their growing family that they discovered just how much propaganda the Nazis had put forth.

The Nazis demonized their made-up boogeymen. The Nazis used brownshirts as street thugs who were their Socialist party’s political enforcers. It’s a shrewd-but-misguided modern American deception to call a Nazi a ‘right wing extremist,’ because Hitler’s minions were “National Socialists,” or “Nazi.”

Rephrased, the Nazis were from the political left.

The Nazis did not believe in a U.S.-style, constitutionally limited government. And just as Nazi Germany ended up going to war against their one-time allies against Poland, the communist (socialists) of Soviet Russia, the new socialists of our day will in time turn against their allies too. Allies of the modern left? Take notice of that historic lesson.  Once the socialists come to full power, history routinely reveals the powerful socialists in government strive to eliminate their then unnecessary allies.

The Nazis were political gangsters. What follows will be a hard set of facts for many to swallow. People are wont to change their minds, until reality makes them do so. If you can find a factual error, you’re hereby invited to send a response, and your sources for it.

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Saul Alinksy, author of Rules for Radicals, credit, Wikipedia.

The Nazis had some commonality to Saul Alinsky and his Rules for Radicals. Alinsky’s book was dedicated to Lucifer (Satan, the devil), he learned his confidence (con game) and other criminal activity from the mob. Those criminal tactics were then applied to politics.

Alinsky’s “Rules” inspired Hillary Rodham, who later became a Clinton.

In 1969, Ms. Rodham wrote a 92 page paper, says Wikipedia, on the Alinsky model, entitled “There is Only the Fight.” According to the Washington Examiner in 2012, “Obama received a comprehensive course in Saul Alinsky during his years as a community organizer in Chicago…”

 

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Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Image credit, Pinterest.

 

From the now-defunct ACORN, which then Barry Obama did legal work on behalf of, sprang the New York Communities for Change. That in turn spawned MHAction. Welcome to the trail to an activist, left-wing opponent to our world of affordable housing. Hold that thought, we’ll return to it.

 

 

The Historic Pattern

The surprising-to-millions reality is that Democratic political operatives have used similar tactics of thuggery and de facto protection rackets for well over a century. The Klu Klux Klan (KKK) we’re racist Democrats. The KKK was the terror arm of the Democrats. Who says? Among others, an African-American Professor.

 

 

The Nazis learned what they did in part from American Democrats, sad to say.

The period of so-called “yellow journalism” in the U.S. was an element in how Democratic President Woodrow Wilson worked with enough of the U.S. newspapers to manipulate and gin up the desire for entering the war he promised to keep Americans out of. Wilson allowed the shipment of military supplies to the Allies to cross the Atlantic in passenger ships. It was only a question of time before the Germans sank one of those ships. The outcry that enthused when a ship was sunk led the U.S. population into its first Great War in Europe.

The passenger ship Lusitania was carrying munitions when it was sunk by a German submarine in May 1915, documents released by the British Government have revealed,” said Centenary News, on May 2, 2014.

The system of media and manipulation is nothing new. There are more kinds of media today than a century ago, but the principles are the same. Those who don’t learn the history of media manipulation are condemned to relive the costly lessons.

Rush Limbaugh recently celebrated 30 years on the air. His audience is up to some 26 million listeners. He’s the self-proclaimed “…big voice on the right,” for good reason. No other TV or radio audience rivals his. Rush has said time and again that conservatives and those on the right don’t think like the leaders on the political left do. That’s an important vantage-point.

 

 

Good! You See It Differently!”

Stephen Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People wrote, “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.”

Former President Barack Obama has said something similar.

If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you, you know, listen to NPR,” said the Hill. “Those who watch Fox News and those who read The New York Times occupy completely different realities,” he said, adding that the network portrays him in “weird ways.”

There is some truth in what he’s [former President Obama] saying in this regard,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said. “He’s right, the mainstream media, they want to destroy [President] Trump and they loved him [former President Barack Obama]. It’s that simple.”

It is that simple, but that’s also the challenge. That’s part of the ‘tale of two cities.’ In a polarized nation, where millions believe that the leaders of the political left and their media allies are correct, and millions of others believe they are wrong, what’s to be done?

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources. 

 

Patient, persistent, properly informed education is the answer. Limbaugh has said recently he hammers away at topics he’s covered for years, hoping to slowly win over some. Clearly, his audience growth means he’s successful at that effort. The solution in part is more of what’s proven to work, persuasive, fact-and-evidence-based educational engagement.

In writing this or any other article and report, let’s note again. If one sees a demonstrable factual error, by all means, we’ve asked readers for years to let us know. In fact, we’ve directly invited those who benefit from the purportedly rigged system in our industry, the Claytons and the Berkshire Hathaway ‘front men’ to engage in a public video recorded discussion. They have declined every time.

If the truth is on their side, why duck or dodge discussion or debate? Why would they miss an opportunity to publicly disprove or make a fool of this writer, if they can do so with facts and evidence?

But the quote in the subheading above applies. To understand another, one must meet them where they are. ‘Good, you see it differently,’ said Covey. Explain your thinking to me. Let’s examine it, together. Let’s discuss it politely and reasonably.

But that’s not what many on the left want.

Ben Shapiro offered to debate now Congressional Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Cortez declined, with a dodge. If Cortez is correct and confident in her socialist views, why not debate Shapiro? It would draw millions of viewers, including many millennials. Could it be that Cortez and her leftist backers don’t want to awaken the millennials and the younger generation?

 

A Useful Hungarian Maxim – “Aki Mondta: Te Voltál, Te Vagy” – Explained 

There’s a Magyar (Hungarian) expression my parents taught us siblings. “Aki mondta: te voltál, te vagy“ It roughly means, ‘the one who is making the accusation is the party guilty of the alleged offense.’

It’s one if the oldest tricks. Let’s look at some contemporary examples.

  • Accuse your opponent of being the ‘Nazi,’ when it is the leftist side that has paid and volunteer members of thug-like misnamed AntiFa groups.  Where do you see the Tea Party, Conservatives, or Trump supporters donning masks and smashing people and property?
  • Accuse your opponent of being a racist, when the accusers themselves benefit from race-baiting.
  • Or the “Affordable Care Act,” which was not affordable medical care at all. Jon Grubber, the Architect for ObamaCare said as much. He blamed ‘the stupidity of the American voter’ for buying the ObamaCare – the ‘Affordable Care Act’ lie. Yet it was Thomas Sowell who in a single paragraph proved why it would never work, based upon simple logic.
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Collage credit, Wikipedia and MHProNews.com.

 

 

Analogies and examples are the tools needed to help people connect to realities that they don’t understand, or have been mislead into believing.  How was the action in the video above any different than what Hitler’s brownshirts behaved?

But reality-checks and patient but persistent charity must be at the core of the responses.

 

 

For instance, let’s admit that it’s true that America was imperfect from its founding. But that racial division of slavery sadly existed in every part of the world. Whites who came to the U.S. were often indentured servants for periods of some 7 years. Blacks were often lifetime ‘property’ of their owners.  But as Dinesh D’Souza correctly points out, there were free blacks too, and some of them were slave owners of other African Americans.

Tragic, but true.

America ended slavery before many other nations did. The lesson? Taking a piece of history out of context can be as bad as not knowing history at all.

Since President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, freed the slaves – today bondage is arguably tied to economic barriers. The invisible economic bondage of manipulated capital, regulations, and laws can be as heavy a chain as the one that bolted people who knew they were captives on ships bound for America.

Don’t believe it? Tour the parts of San Francisco or other places where the addicted or other homeless live on the streets. It’s a tale of two cities, because millions failed to grasp the lessons of Hosea the Hebrew prophet, who spoke for God in saying “My people perish for a lack of understanding…” (Hosea 4:6).

 

Rachel Maddow, MSNBC and Organizing Protests 

For those on the left, former President Barack Obama is correct.  Listen to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, and you have a very different view of national events than those who listen to Fox News.  We surf and read a range of media, so our knowledge is first hand.

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The protestors who were organized to “defend” Jeff Sessions and the Mueller probe when President Donald J. Trump fired Sessions and appointed his chief of staff to run the DOJ on an interim level.  Those protestors purportedly included those who are renters or struggling for affordable housing. Those protests are organized as a coalition of many groups – including, per sources, NY Communities for Change and MHAction – brought together in fairly rapid order by the tens, hundreds, and thousands.

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They believe that the 45th President of the United States (POTUS) Donald J. Trump is a stooge if the Russians. Never mind that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the one that the evidence points to that has ties to the Russians, in a uranium sales deal the Clinton Foundation profited from. Never mind that the same law firm – Perkins Coie – tied to the Democratic “recount” effort in Broward County FL is the same firm that hired Fusion GPS to correct a semi-fictional “dossier” used to illicitly get an investigation of the Trump Campaign. And that in those dark crevices of the infamous dossier, are some Russians who obliquely helped the Clintons against now President Trump.

Let’s look at another item MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow retweeted.

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What is demonstrable fiction is believed as fact by millions, why? Because ‘news sources’ like MSNBC and others on the political left has said the words “Trump-Russia Collusion” so often, they won’t listen to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a Democrat, who said there is no such law barring what’s alleged, and there is no evidence for the claim, even if there was such a crime.  Rephrased, millions of Americans have been conned into believing something that simply isn’t real.

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It’s back the principle of Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebels, who said that ‘if you say a lie big enough, often enough, people will believe it.’ Goebbels and President Lincoln see that narrow point similarly.

Maddow used sarcasm to deflect the one line critique of the Drudge Report. But note she doesn’t really address Drudge’s point.

Note too that during that same time-frame, AntiFa protesters went to Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s home, terrorizing his wife, chanting ‘we know where you sleep,’ breaking their front door, and spray painting their logo on Carlson’s driveway. See the WaPo video, posted further above.

Maddow found time to tweet or retweet links to nationwide protests. But during that protest organizing timeframe, Maddow failed to tweet any admonishment to those AntiFa thugs.

Isn’t it hypocritical of Maddow – or her a number of her peers – to cast blame on the 45th President for his tone? Why did Maddow and so many on the left fail to verbally rebuke those who oppose the free speech rights of Carlson, with threats of violence?  Every violent act, the president has condemned.  Where is Maddow and her fellow liberals condemnation of Antifa, and what they did to Tucker Carlson’s wife?

Aki mondta: te voltál, te vagy” = ‘the one who is making the accusation is the party guilty of the alleged offense.’   The AntiFa thugs, their billionaire background backers, and media enablers may not coordinate in a smoke-filled back room. But they share a common world-view. That world view that Mr. Obama, Sean Hannity both noted is again summed up by 7 Habits author Covey like this:

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.”

For the facts on the multimillion money trail from men like Buffett and Soros to those who organized and run this week’s protests, see the report, linked below.

 

Prosperity Now, Protests, Indivisible Project, Warren Buffett, George Soros, POTUS Donald Trump, MHAction and Manufactured Housing – Following the Money

 

The Dots Being Connected  

Maddow likes to mock, another favorite leftist tactic my parents taught us kids to look for and be able to respond to wisely. President Trump was arguably correct in saying that Tuesday’s midterms was a victory. Each side won something. And the next two years will clarify – for those who make or share the case – why the economy fired up under POTUS Trump’s deregulation and tax cuts.

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Depending on what Democrats actually do, the economy could stall in the days ahead. If so it’s sad, avoidable, but the pivoting POTUS Trump knows how to highlight that too.

The deal making president doesn’t mind going directly to the people and making his case. If Democrats use control of the House in a way that harms U.S. safety or economics security, he can make that case and produce a full victory in 2020. The president thinks for the long run.

Democrats and progressives think long term too. Our president has shown the patience and resolve necessary to battle the left and beat them at their own game.

The Heritage Foundation said in 2014 that the cost of Democratic President Lyndon Banes Johnson’s arguably misnamed ‘Great Society’ programs has been about 22 trillion dollars. That’s roughly equal to the formal federal debt.

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Different sources, the same facts. The socialist promises are proven not to work. Why keep doing what has been proven to fail for over 50 years?

The way to end that morass is through economic growth. Only more income for more people, reducing welfare dependence, and growth in federal revenues will fix the fiscal and economic structural challenges that loom in America.  We can’t afford to become Venezuela. No one will bail the USA out if we fail.

 

Follow the Money

People like Warren Buffett and George Soros have used their money to obliquely fund groups that participated in the recent post-election protests.

Those progressive billionaires have clearly signaled that peace and bipartisanship are not their goal. It never was. Our industry’s Buffett funded Democrats for years, including candidates like Alinskyites Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

There are only a few ways that conservatives – a phrase environmentalists ought to embrace – and those who believe in Constitutionally limited government can defeat the patient, billionaire funded, media and tech giant dominated left.

  • Conservatives must prove to the masses that decades of Democratic policies have failed. The evidence is there in states likes California, and cities like San Francisco, LA, Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago or any city or state that has long run under Democratic Rule. Affordable housing, and a host of other social and economic needs, are everywhere. If their party’s principles work, just ask for proof. Where?
  • Like POTUS Trump, we must be willing to fight deceptive lies or spin with the truth and facts.
  • Those facts must be conveyed in a way that highlight the con-job of Democrats, vs. the proven reality of constitutional conservatism.
  • As a political independent, I recognize that the GOP is more right than wrong. But areas that the POTUS Trump must reach Republicans that have kept me from being one are immigration, trade and a need to avoid foreign wars whenever possible.
  • The GOP losses in the House were avoidable. The president’s press conference revelations of candidates who rejected his “embrace” – and lost – speaks to part of the path.
  • But the other part of his potentially winning coalition are those 22 million Americans who live in manufactured homes. Many already support the President, as a 2016 New York Times poll, and our own unscientific survey, revealed. The left has used MHAction and other resident activist groups to organize a growing number of manufactured home community residents. The GOP and conservative business leaders must learn to engage them successfully. Why?
  • Because they are buying leftist lies being sold by MHAction and others about rent control. It’s all a piece of the progressive cloth.
  • Had the GOP flipped more of those manufactured home owners, they could have won several more Senate seats, in 2018. What the president called his embrace, plus more manufactured home owners, would have held the House.

The Apartment List did research we will close on, but in a unique fashion. They made the case before the election that renters are more likely to vote Democratic. That also means that home owners are more likely to vote Republican.

The National Association of Realtors ™ (NAR) research by Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, Certified Business Economist (CBE), made the case that manufactured homes can and have appreciated in value. She also said that most renters could be manufactured home owners, based upon their respective incomes and costs. Cororaton also debunked several other fallacies about manufactured homes with her research, in which she kindly cited this writer in her first footnote.

 

The HUD Connection

In that same footnotes, the NAR economist also cited Mark Weiss, JD, the President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). Weiss was cited by the Washington Post in their report about the battle over the HUD Code manufactured housing program.  WaPo essentially credited MHARR for having one Pam Danner, JD, removed from her role as administrator over the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP).

Danner was widely seen in the industry as harmful to the manufactured housing, both by overreaching her statutory mandates, but also by failing to enforce enhanced preemption that federal law gives to manufactured homes.

By contrast, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), also cited by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin, but not for trying to have Danner removed. In point of fact, sources tell MHProNews that it was one or more MHI insiders, backed by Clayton Homes, that pressed for Danner over attorney Victor A. DeRose, who was the official consensus candidate for the post Danner ended up getting.

In Senate testimony in the spring of 2018, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, M.D., said that the evolution from the mobile homes of the past to the manufactured homes of today was amazing.” Carson is known for that calm demeanor, but anyone who views that CSPAN video might think he was emoting.  Secretary Carson also blasted the way the regulations over manufactured homes had been handled as “ridiculous” in that same testimony. That might be construed as a quiet slap at the unnamed Danner.

But in fairness to Danner, the program has never been allowed to live up to its potential. Imagine, the most affordable housing in the nation – decades of proven safety, energy, durability, and appeal – and yet it has been arguably stifled.  Why?

The solution to the affordable housing crisis is the key to unlocking some $2 trillion dollars in more economic activity every year. That would means millions of new jobs.  Higher wages.  More home ownership.  Greater net worth for those leaving rentals. And hint-hint to the GOP and conservatives who do the educating needed, fewer renters and more Republican voters.

My circle of friends, family and associates includes numerous Democrats, Libertarians and others from across the spectrum.  Many of them are people with a great sense of conscience and true caring for others.  But that doesn’t mean that they have not been deceived.  This writer candidly admits to being misled by MHI’s true pattern of activity, which has broadened the Clayton Homes and their affiliated Berkshire Hathaway lenders and suppliers “moats.”  It was MHI themselves that finally caused me to wake up, and begin to examine what a few others had said (and I’d somehow missed) for years was going on.

 

Smoking Gun 3 – Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp Tim Williams – Manufactured Home Lending, Sales Grab?

 

Habits can do that to a person.  So, my patience must be as generous as to others as others who enlighted me have been to me.  It isn’t always easy to see that someone could be betrayed for years, but it happens.

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it,” said Covey.

7 of the top 10 billionaires in America are pro-Democratic.  It is there absolute right to be so.  Within the boundaries of law and morality, they can do with those money as they please.

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The Democrats are not the same party that they used to be. Neither are the Republicans. Democrats have tilted socialist, and many say so openly.

 

But what an examination of the evidence reveals is this.

  • Much of the mainstream media,
  • Many in Hollywood,
  • Many in Silicon Valley,
  • Well beyond the 7 of the top 10 billionaires,

are pro-Democratic. They teach it in schools run by Democratic unions, which often used pro-progressive agenda approved textbooks. This isn’t conspiracy, this is demonstrable fact.  To disguise the reality, we’ve been told by left-leaning media for years about the horrible Koch Brothers, who are only 2 of the top 10 billionaires, and not the top 2.

The deck is stacked. The system is rigged.

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Manufactured homes isn’t a one size fits all solution to every problem.  But just as protecting the first and second amendment – along with the others – is routinely useful and good, so too is protecting the right of the people to buy and own the kind of home they want to on their own land, or land they acquire.  It is amazing how the left can hypocritically push “choice” when it comes to unborn human life, but be anti-choice when it comes to practical ways to advance affordable manufactured homes.

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What is wrong is that we do not ask what is right.” observed G.K. Chesterton.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” said Edmund Burke.

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts,” said Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

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Trulia research in 2017 revealed that affordable homes by neighboring conventional housing doesn’t impact value.

 

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HUD Commissioned research in 2011 revealed that manufactured homes sited next to conventional housing both appreciated, side by side.

There are mountains of evidence from Harvard, the Ford Foundation, the Fannie Mae Foundation, NAR, HUD, and others that support the value of modern manufactured homes.  But the keys are these. The laws to help make those affordable homes available for infill on homesites across the nation is the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.  It gives enhanced preemption.  Locals can’t zone HUD Code manufactured homes out, yet have been allowed to do so for decades.

Local zoning officials when they do, routinely do so based upon misinformation.  That’s why education, education, education is a key for the next two years.

The Trump Administration has the power to enforce the law. Will they have the political will and wisdom to do so?  The financing is also there, made possible by the Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing mandated by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008.  FHA, VA, and the USDA also have federally backed loan programs that if properly used could turn millions of renters into home owners.

With 8.3 million housing units needed just to catch up, per NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, the logic of the matter is powerful.  Many of those who once owned conventional housing now own a manufactured home.  Those former conventional housing owners routinely sing the praises of their new federally regulated homes, that the U.S. Census Bureau says costs half as much as conventional housing.

It’s time to let the law work.

It’s time to let common sense and the evidence be put to work, to educate others as to why some are allowed to suffer, while purportedly manipulative billionaires maneuver media, money, and authorities in ways that the common person can’t.

 

Two Great Laws Already on the Books NOW,  Can Unlock Billion$ Annually for Manufactured Housing Industry Businesse$, Investor$

 

Equal justice under the law – applying the laws fairly to all – are principles that should unite about 75 percent of the nation, perhaps more. In the era of POTUS Trump, it is conceivable. Time will tell if it happens, and if it doesn’t why it doesn’t.

 

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, a Novel Yet Proven Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis That Will Create Opportunities, Based Upon Existing Laws

 

History is there to inform us.  The tale of two cities could come to a happy halt in America, given the right leadership. May God awaken, bless, and guide, a renewed American Dream. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, Commentary, and analysis.).

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Due Credit, Warren Buffett, Media, and Manufactured Housing’s Historic Achievement

November 1st, 2018 Comments off

 

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What we learn from history is that people don’t learn from history,”

–        Warren Buffett, per MarketWatch.

 

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken,”

– Warren Buffett, per Brainy Quote.

 

The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. For to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves – and the better the teacher, the better the student body.”

–        Warren Buffett, per Brainy Quote.

 

I just read and read and read. I probably read five to six hours a day.

Warren Buffett – according to the Business Quotes.

 

I want them [the Berkshire Hathaway CEOs] to judge every action by how it would appear on the front page of their local news paper, written by a smart but semi-unfriendly reporter, who really understood it, to be read by their families, their neighbors, their friends. And it has to pass that test

Warren Buffett, according to the Business Quotes.

 

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

– Henry Ford, per Brainy Quote.

 

You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

 

–        Abraham Lincoln, per the Quote Investigator.

 

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we [some fellow Americans] destroyed ourselves.”

–        Abraham Lincoln, per Brainy Quote.

 

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometime you find you get what you need.”

– The Rolling Stones, song lyrics, per YouTube.

 

Never invest in a business you cannot understand.”

– Warren Buffett, per MarketWatch

 

Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.” 

– Warren Buffett, per MarketWatch

 

Notice: There will be certain relevant
disclosures at the end of this post,
plus linked related reports below the by line.

 

Give Warren Buffett his due.

 

The man is smart, and successful. Friends and foes alike can admit that fact. Mr. Buffett is well read. He is patient. When he sees a good opportunity to buy in an industry that makes sense, he strives to get a bargain when he can.

Those are all principles that Buffett himself has stated at various times. Not unlike the 45th President – Donald J. Trump – Warren Buffett has made himself accessible to the media for years.

But Buffett, unlike fellow billionaire turned President Trump, has owned several media outlets, some for many years.

Mr. Buffett has written in recent years about synergy at Berkshire Hathaway. Synergy is not a novel concept to one of the world’s richest men.

Misinformation – misunderstandings about manufactured homes – are among the larger challenges that the industry has. There is also an unjustifiable stigma about manufactured homes. Media is uniquely poised to address those issues. As Bloomberg exemplified earlier this, there are times when manufactured housing gets favorable and fair media coverage.

An important question should be, why doesn’t the industry get favorable media more often?

Before proceeding, let’s note Buffett is the well known chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns:

 

–        Clayton Homes,

–        Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance,

–        21st Mortgage Corp.,

–        Shaw Carpeting,

–        NAI – the Joanne Stevens led manufactured housing brokerage company,

–        along with other corporate and media interests that are captured in this next infographic.

 

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Among those holdings by Berkshire are the BH Media Group. There are some 31 newspapers all told.

As anyone who follows Buffett and Berkshire knows, he can get on television virtually any time he wants to do so. CNBC has fawning coverage of Buffett. At times, so does Fox Business.

But back to the point.

If misinformation and misunderstandings are part of the Manufactured Homes (MH) Industry’s challenge, and Buffett understands the power of synergy between units of Berkshire, that raises a question. Given his gifted mind, why hasn’t Buffett’s BH Media Group done a campaign of favorable media coverage for manufactured housing?

Let’s use but one example from 31 that Buffett’s brands own to make the next point.

 

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The above are screen captures of articles run by Omaha, the Omaha News Herald’s online edition, a BH Media Group paper in Buffett’s headquarters city. You might think of Omaha as his flagship publication, although he owns others with large readership, such as the Tulsa World too.  They are mobile Google searches from yesterday, at the date and time shown, from Berkshire’s Omaha news website.

The first search above uses the term “mobile home.”

The second search used the term “manufactured home.”

 

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Is it possible that Buffett has missed the importance of using correct terminology? So why would Buffett allow his own newspapers to allow misinformation about the industry to continue?

Hold that thought for now, don’t forget that they are failing to correct what they have the resources to properly inform millions. That said, let’s press on.

 

What Buffett’s Allies Missed

In fairness to Mr. Buffett, there are certain things that Warren Buffett’s minions in manufactured housing could not have anticipated. Those will be covered in part in the disclosures, near the end of this post.

But let’s note for the moment the quotes at top, above.

Buffett’s own words clearly state that he believes most normal people would have given up reading an article like this already. Quotes like the above, and others from “the Oracle of Omaha,” indicates that he counts on professionals like yourself most not doing too much reading.  He teaches his unit managers certain principles, explains Kevin Clayton in the video above.

Put the quotes together, and the Berkshire brands count on most people avoiding details, and critical – meaning, analytical – thought.

Buffett also believes people have little or no interests in history, which along with reading, he finds quite useful and profitable.

Buffett also thinks people are chained to their habits. Sadly, he’s normally not incorrect. Will you be the exception?

Put those Buffett principles and his strategic “Moat” principles together, and it means that people – even intelligent professionals like yourself – can be manipulated, and financial advantages gained.

In a recent annual letter, Buffett quipped that Berkshire had 3 percent of the real estate brokerage market, which generated $1.3 billion in volume, adding “That leaves 97 percent [of the real estate market] to go.”

That 97 percent wisecrack was spoken like a true monopolist. In manufactured housing, he’s at or over 50 percent, in just 15 short years. The brokerage jibe was stated as matter of fact, but could also be construed as a jest. Thus, it’s brilliance, if he were ever asked to testify about the matter – or others – before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Congress, FBI investigators, or a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney.

Because as Bloomberg reported – and the Daily Business News on MHProNews spotlighted last year, the one thing that Warren Buffett fears is the breakup of Berkshire Hathaway. More on that later.

FEDs, MHI, Buffett’s Berkshire’s Clayton Homes Moat, Affordable Housing, and Billion$ in Manufactured Home Market Manipulation

 

Non-Profits, Foundations, MHVille, Professionals, and You

Kevin Clayton, President and CEO of Clayton Homes, was considered for a time as a possible successor to Buffett as chairman of Berkshire. In a puff video interview of Kevin Clayton shown below, not a word of Clayton’s or his friendly interviewer’s has been edited or altered. But text commentary and some images have been added, to put context and facts to what is said.

 

 

That combination of Kevin’s words, plus text that mention published MHProNews reports makes this video a powerful tool.  The video and Smoking Gun 3 are a must to understand how once-powerful firms in our industry have vanished.  Others re-emerged only after bankruptcy, and today, only some 20 percent of manufactured housing production is from the vast majority of manufactured home builders.

Smoking Gun 3 – Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp Tim Williams – Manufactured Home Lending, Sales Grab?

 

The principles he’s used have created what Maxine Waters (CA-D), and others have called a monopoly or near monopoly.  Look at the trend line, noting that more details – including extensive quotes from Buffett and Tim Williams of 21st Mortgage Corp, are found in the report linked above.

 

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Why did Belsky miss his predicted date? Because it came before Buffett’s entry into MH? See Smoking Gun 3.

 

Tim Williams, 21st Mortgage, and former MHI Chairman…

Our publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach was for some time quite chummy with Tim Williams, and Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison. Each of those two praised MHProNews and MHLivingNews. They can’t deny that, so they don’t.

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To see the full on-the-record statement by Williams to MHProNews, click here.

 

Jim Clayton, the founder of Clayton Homes and Clayton Bank, praised 21st’s Tim Williams. Williams, per Jim Clayton, is likewise a brilliant, gifted and disciplined professional.

Notice that in none of our analysis or fact-checks of Buffett, the Claytons, Williams, MHI top staffers, or others in the mix does either MHProNews or MHLivingNews go beyond the facts, evidence, credible allegations – and so notes them.  We don’t not use ad hominems or other cheap shots. Rather, we follow the facts, logic, evidence and the money trail. That’s prudent. That is the basis for credibility. That’s part of the reason why, we’re told by credible sources, hundreds of the top industry leaders are regular readers of MHProNews, plus thousands of the small-to-mid-sized businesses.

Competitors are also among our strong readers, again, per messages forwarded to us by their followers.

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When these signs were first introduced, top MHI staff claimed it was aimed at ‘outside’ media, not ‘industry media.’ What caused their change toward a dues paying association member? What message does it send to others in the association? What message does it send to the industry at large? Is MHI trying to create a de facto industry trade media monopoly?  Other monopolies too? L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, publisher, holding the MHI poster.

Until MHProNews, there were no manufactured home industry trade publishers that seriously did the kinds of fact-checks that we have done for years now. That doesn’t diminish the others who blog, or publish. It’s simply a statement of fact. The significance will be clear, further below.

It should be noted that about 18 months ago, the Berkshire dominated Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) directly and through purportedly outside counsel threatened MHProNews on a number of issues.  We were a dues paying member at that time. Our reply was to call their bluff. After a brief flurry of direct and indirect activity, Berkshire dominated MHI decided to go quiet.

But what MHI has been doing is obliquely dealing with issues that the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), and/or MHProNews have publicly raised in writing. On topic after topic, MHI has had to pivot.  They don’t admit it as such.  But they’ve come to realize that fact-checks of MHI, of Clayton, of 21st or other Berkshire brands are taking their toll on the industry’s perceptions.

How is that known?  In part through third-party data which reflects a surge of traffic on MHProNews in the last 12 months.

 

 

Others in MHVille Claiming Harm by MHI, Berkshire Brands

 

A growing number of manufactured home professionals have met with, called, or messaged MHProNews’ publisher, and told their personal tale about the ways that “the moat” was – and related – was deployed against them.

At the proper time, and in the proper venue – no doubt after the midterms – those third-party stories will be told.

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What Buffett feared, a skeptical journalist that seeks the facts in MHVille, is something that Buffett, Clayton, and Tim Williams/21st didn’t count on.  How could they have known that our publisher, who:

–        has an award-winning university background in history,

–        earned a journalism scholarship,

–        studied business as a minor,

–        later entered the manufactured housing industry, earning numerous awards,

–        would after some 15+ years in the trenches of the industry, would launch this publication?

–        Who else besides someone who understand the industry well, still does consulting and services, could have pieced together the various elements of the puzzle that has caused experts to wonder why manufactured housing has struggled, while RVs, conventional housing, and automotive – among others – have grown substantially?

Williams himself, says our publisher, intentionally or not gave certain clues that resulted in some of these reports.

So too did Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, MHI’s president.  Jim Clayton shared insights that are going to be upcoming in the days ahead.

Then, there is the ongoing study of Warren Buffett himself.  Hold those thoughts.

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Buffett’s Berkshire Empire, and the Intersection of Politics and Money

It is not new that money influences politics, and vice versa.

It is not new that most people only lightly follow the news, much less politics. So knowing patterns of behavior – plus the machinations purported in Smoking Gun 3 and other reports – Buffett’s men in manufactured housing have had an advantage over almost everyone.

That was true until Tim Williams, Dick Jennison, Lesli Gooch – among others – statements and actions sparked the curiosity of our publisher.

It was something Buffett may not have anticipated.  In fairness, how could he?

Buffett purportedly knows that the Trump Administration – and potential antitrust actions – are arguably the biggest threat to his operation. There are, per federal and other legal sources, already enough published to establish the basis for opening an investigation.

With that understood, and knowing that Congress could play a role in a major antitrust action, can you see why Clayton, Tim Williams, and other MHI insiders are supporting Democratic candidates in key races?

The good news?

Even largely left-leaning media polling reveals that the GOP candidates in several of these races show that the  Democratic/Buffett/Clayton/MHI plays are poised for defeat.

But the votes are not all in, much less counted.

For those who think ahead, as Buffett does, the prudent move is to vote for Buffett’s Democratic opponents.

Otherwise, the nation could return to Obama era politics and regulations. Or MHAction style targeting could be aimed at your firm someday.

But there are other surprising facts we’ve not yet published.  Stay tuned, and sign up for our ‘read hot’ emailed news.

 

 

 

Buffett Berkshire Brands, and the Intersection of Information

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

 

“The Enemies Within,” Pacific Freedom Foundation, Author Trevor Loudon

 

“Distracting Spectacles” Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel on New American Politics, Trump Campaign

 

 

Never Give Up the Con…

Never give up the con,” said Dinesh D’Souza in his acclaimed documentary, Hillary’s America.

You can watch this fascinating video on several streaming services. The teaser is posted below.

 

MHProNews identified 2 years ago documentaries like Clinton Cash that have had millions of views. Why would an ‘honest’ businessman support a political operation like the Clintons?

CNN is among the media outlets that reported federal probes of the Clintons that are underway.

 

 

The author of Clinton Cash, which did a ‘follow the money’ report on their controversy plagued foundation, later released a graphic novel, a teaser on that is shown below.

The point in part is that none of these are secrets.  But who else in MHVille have tied together these various threads, for industry professionals to read or view them?

MHLivingNews – and MHProNews before it – were each launched with the idea that informed and motivated trade media had to be part of the solution for the manufactured housing industry’s growth.

We said at the top that there would be disclosures.  Here they are, and those who’ve read us for years know these to be accurate.

Our publisher, quoting a line from a Clint Eastwood movie, says “a man has to know his own limitations.” Our editing could be more precise, and with more sponsorship, that will occur. Help us, help the independents of this industry, so that more growth will occur.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews evolved on certain topics, so we understand that others will catch up at different paces too.

But at each turn, we’ve laid out the facts as then known.  No one has challenged the facts or allegations. There were too many voices saying similar things.

Our publisher has invited directly and in digital print public discussion of these items on video with MHI or Clayton/Buffett brands, that could be replayed for all to see.  So far, no takers.  Why not?  If there is nothing to hide, why are they ducking legitimate discussion?

The answer may be in part in that Kevin Clayton video, posted above.  It’s purportedly better than a deposition, in this respect. Kevin says things freely, that in hindsight are arguably stunning admissions, from an antitrust perspective.

The midterms next week could be a repeat of 2016.  Democrats have very deep pocket billionaires, like Warren Buffett, pushing their agenda.  Odd that the party that claims to be for taxing the rich, in fact is backed by the rich, isn’t it?  Odd that a party that claims to be against monopolies, has so many oligarchs supporting it?

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America went through the so-called robber baron era.  It took federal antitrust efforts to break it up.  The same will be true this time, only the challenge may be greater, since it isn’t just Buffett’s Berkshire that needs to be broken up.  It is also the so-called FAANG companies.

 

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And among them are those who are paying lobbyists and even former Barack Obama millions to help their cause in Washington, or to fight for their Democratic candidates on the campaign trail.

 

Draft EO for Trump Administration AntiTrust Order Obtained by MHProNews

 

The next step is easy, for those who want to break free of the purportedly corrupted, rigged system.  Vote for those who back the president who has already drafted an antitrust executive order.

 

Giving Buffett His Historic Due

Our headline and those quotes were all spot on.  Buffett is a smart man. His game has been successful for years. But Team Trump arguably understands what Buffett, and the people behind the FAANG companies, have been doing.

The countdown is coming.  The Trump Administration has been rebuilding the economy.

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In MHVille, we’ve been honored to have a part in spotlighting these issues – and beyond research – our stories have often with the help of third-party news tips.  Please keep those documents and tips coming.  More special reports lie ahead.

The historic irony from the headline is this.

It’s the onetime history major who fell in love with the manufactured housing industry, and others working with him, that has been working to spotlight what and how the ‘big boy’s and their minions could not have anticipated.

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. MHI earlier last year, and for years before, MHI routinely replied promptly to all inquiries. But since we’ve spotlighted the problems and concerns, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not make offer a cogent explanation?

 

Follow the evidence.  Follow the facts.  Follow the money.

 

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Ask yourself. Do these Marty Lavin dictums apply in this case?

 

Then, vote wisely, and get others to do the same. This worked in 2016, and it can work again in 2018.

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