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Are You Customer or Product of Tech Giants? Manufactured Housing Connections and Implications

May 23rd, 2019 No comments

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There is significant evidence of the monopolization of America.  Perhaps the best-known examples are the tech giants, many of which have come under fire from both sides of the left-right political divides here in the U.S.  The New York Times reported on Mar 20, 2019 “European authorities on Wednesday fined Google 1.5 billion euros,” equal at that time to some $1.7 billion U.S. dollars, for antitrust activity.

 

As CNN pointed out, that was the third in a series of billion-dollar penalties” for Google.

As MHProNews reported, a co-founder of Facebook, along with other former executives, have called for the breakup of Facebook. That report can be accessed below from the hot-linked text-image box.

 

 

Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg Discusses Antitrust Breaking Up, What Kevin Clayton, Joe Stegmayer, MHI Can Learn, plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

 

MHProNews has thus far been alone in industry trade media to report that Amazon and Berkshire Hathaway now have roughly a billion dollars in common interests.  Given that Amazon has moved into prefab housing, and Kevin Clayton led Clayton homes is likewise into conventional, prefab, and manufactured housing, it ought to be considered as a rumbling of a potential earthquake in manufactured housing.

 

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The list that follows includes some of the top billionaires in the world.  There have been times that #3 Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, parent company to Clayton Homes and other manufactured housing brands, has reportedly been rivaled briefly by #4, Bernard Arnault, a Frenchman.

 

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When one grasps the concept of interlocking directorates, and then how nonprofits can be weaponized to expand that reach of these giants even further, the threat to independents in all segments of society – including manufactured home independents – grows.

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It is with this backdrop, that Jeff Desjardins Visual Capitalist (VC) infographic comes into focus.

Here is how VC says the tech titans are earning their billions.

 

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How the Tech Giants Make Their Billions

At a glance, it may seem like the world’s biggest technology companies have a lot in common.

But a closer look, says VC, suggests that there are two broad categories between these firms.  You are the customer, and you are the product.  Here is how they put it.

You are the Customer

In the broadest sense, three of the tech giants make money in the same way: you pay them money, and they give you a product or service.

Apple (Revenue in 2018: $265.6 billion)

  • Apple generates a staggering 62.8% of its revenue from the iPhone
  • The iPad and Mac are good for 7.1% and 9.6% of revenues, respectively
  • All other products and services – including Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, Apple Pay, AppleCare, etc. – combine to just 20.6% of revenues

Amazon (Revenue in 2018: $232.9 billion)

  • Amazon gets the most from its online stores (52.8%) as well as third-party seller services (18.4%)
  • Amazon’s fastest-growing segment is offline sales in physical stores
  • Offline sales generate $17.2 billion in current revenue, growing 197% year-over-year
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) is well-known for being Amazon’s most profitable segment, and it counts for 11.0% of revenue
  • Amazon’s “Other” segment is also rising fast – it mainly includes ad sales

Microsoft (Revenue in 2018: $110.4 billion)

  • Microsoft has the most diversified revenue of any of the tech giants
  • This is part of the reason it currently has the largest market capitalization ($901 billion) of the Big Five
  • Microsoft has eight different segments that generate ~5% or more of revenue
  • The biggest three are “Office products and cloud services” (25.7%), “Server products and cloud services” (23.7%), and Windows (17.7%)

The remaining tech giants charge you nothing as a consumer, so how are they worth so much?

 

You are the Product

Both Alphabet and Facebook also generate billions of dollars of revenue, but they make this money from advertising. Their platforms allow advertisers to target you at scale with incredible precision, which is why they dominate the online ad industry.

Here’s how their revenues break down:

Alphabet (Revenue in 2018: $136.8 billion)

  • Despite having a wider umbrella name, ad revenue (via Google, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Ads, etc.) still drives 85% of revenue for the company
  • Other Google products and services, like Google Play or the Google Pixel phone, help to generate 14.5% of total revenue
  • Other Bets count to 0.4% of revenue – these are Alphabet’s moonshot attempts to find the “next Google” for its shareholders

Facebook (Revenue in 2018: $55.8 billion)

  • Facebook generates almost all revenue (98.5%) from ads
  • Meanwhile, 1.5% comes from payments and other fees
  • Despite Facebook being a free service for users, the company generated more revenue per user than Netflix, which charges for its service
  • In 2018 Q4, for example, Facebook made $35 per user. Netflix made $30.

So while the tech giants may have many similarities, how they generate their billions can vary considerably.  Which is why MHProNews for some years has been spotlighting those professionals who are raising the warning about monopoly in general, often who specific several tech giants.

 

Some are marketing products to you, while others are marketing you as the product.  Odds are excellent that you are engaged using products or services from multiple – if not all – of these giant firms.

The solution? Understand the pattern, and fight back legally and ethically with whit and wisdom.

That’s tonight’s look at “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Inside Scoop on the Manufactured Housing Industry in Memes

May 17th, 2019 No comments

 

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Some readers have asked the Daily Business News for MHProNews for an executive summary of why manufactured housing is underperforming compared to its historic norms.

 

It has been a while since we’ve done cartoons or memes.  While these are meant to be a bit on the lighter side, the issues they reflect are serious ones.

 

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While some of the conversations are obviously fictional, as is common with memes or satire, the impacts and nature of the matters described are arguably correct.  Those in Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington or their allies are welcome to formally reply.

In spotlighting the next meme, it should not be construed as partisan. Democrats and Republicans in Minnesota have studied manufactured housing, and agreed in a bipartisan way that that the industry offers an important part of the solution for the affordable housing crisis.  That said, its a real photo, and there is no disputing that Warren Buffett backed candidate and then President Barack Obama, and that he had access – and a Buffett grandson – working in the Obama White House.

 

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To underscore the reasonableness of these themes of these memes, click on the first of several reports linked below the byline and notices.

 

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We value reader input, as well as news tips. Many of our reports are based on tips from people working in the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) orbit.

 

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Readers are reminded that our publisher was elected by his peers to be on an MHI board.  He has a better than average sense of that trade group than the vast majority of industry professionals who have never been to any or only a few MHI events or meetings, because he was there for years of meetings and first-hand observations.

If this is your first article to read on MHProNews, know that we do mostly serious research, analysis, and fact-checks which have made and kept us the runaway #1 in manufactured housing since our first year. We are now in our 10th year of serving the industry.  But it helps to break up the serious with some periodic satire.

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Amazon-Berkshire Announcement – Emerging Factory-Building Elephant in the Room?

May 15th, 2019 No comments

 

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There was no mention this evening of factory-home building when CNBC or some other mainstream business media reported that Berkshire Hathaway has taken a position valued at some $904 million dollars as of the close of the market on 5.15.2019.  But then most others aren’t as keen on factory-built housing, or as in tune with what an announcement like this might suggest for our industry.

 

First, let’s start with some pull quotes from left-of-center CNBC, plus their video.

  • Berkshire’s stake in Amazon was 483,300 shares at the end of the quarter ended March 31, according to a filing at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • The value of that stake is $904 million by the closing bell Wednesday.
  • Buffett first disclosed the new investment in Amazon to CNBC on May 2, though the size of the position was not previously reported to the public.

 

 

Buffett told CNBC on May 2, One of the fellows in the office that manage money … bought some Amazon, so it will show up in the 13F.”  Chairman Buffett was likely referring to lieutenants, Todd Combs or Ted Weschler, who each manage portfolios of more than $13 billion in equities for Berkshire.

Yeah, I’ve been a fan, and I’ve been an idiot for not buying” Amazon shares, Buffett said at the time. “But I want you to know it’s no personality changes taking place.”

Berkshire Hathaway’s report revealed an 18% increase in its J.P. Morgan Chase stake to 59.5 million shares, underscoring the Oracle of Omaha’s love of big financial institutions.

If one goes back to the announcement made the morning of President Donald J. Trump’s 2018 State of the Union (SOTU), Buffett, Amazon’s/Washington Post’s Jeff Bezos, and Chase’s Jaime Dimon’s healthcare initiative sent those stocks south.  There was speculation that the timing was in part a move to embarrass POTUS Trump, who had been bragging about the rising stock markets.

Buffett has long been a Trump critic, even before Mr. Trump’s 2015 announcement of what became a successful White House campaign.

Be that as it may, Amazon’s Alexa Fund invested in 2018 in Plant Prefab, a factory housing builder. With Berkshire’s Clayton Homes dominating HUD Code manufactured homes, and announcing even more prefabricated construction plans on their conventional housing side, there are reasons to be watchful how these developments play out over time.

 

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

 

We’ll track these developments and report as warranted.

 

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Antitrust Heats Up With Supreme Court Ruling, Monopolization Legal Experts Weigh In, Clayton-Related Comment Connection

May 15th, 2019 No comments

 

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When you talk about monopolization claims, the main issue is exclusion, unfair exclusion,” John Roberti said.

 

Roberti is the head of the Washington antitrust practice at the law firm Allen & Overy.

So all these companies are going to be asking themselves: Is there anything we are doing that is excluding competitors?”

That question may cause some in the manufactured housing industry to wince.

To be clear, the discussion was about antitrust in tech, specifically with respect to Apple. The Supreme Court ruled earlier this week, giving potential litigants the green light to sue Apple for antitrust concerns connected to the alleged monopolistic practices on their App Store.  A video on that aspect of the issue is linked below.  That hold’s a separate relevance to the manufactured home industry – and the nation at large – in terms of the varied impact of tech giants on communications, marketing, media, and business related.

 

 

But Roberti’s point about ‘unfair exclusion’ from the marketplace could be relevant to manufactured housing, specifically, to Berkshire Hathaway owned brands covered in the report linked below.

 

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In a series of direct quotes in context, a document from 21st Mortgage signed by Tim Williams, Warren Buffett’s annual letter, and video recorded comments by Kevin Clayton, these all line up to demonstrate how independent retailers, communities, and producers – among others – where purportedly harmed by action that could be deemed an antitrust violation.  They were being excluded from 21st lending, per Williams’ letter, based upon a retailers purchase of Clayton Homes inventory, or not. https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/bridging-gap-affordable-housing-solution-yields-higher-pay-more-wealth-but-corrupt-rigged-billionaires-moat-is-barrier/

 

New Kevin Clayton Video Interview

Especially in the light of a new video interview with Kevin Clayton yesterday by CNBC, there could be new fodder for legal and antitrust experts to unpack regarding Berkshire Hathaway’s intentions regarding Clayton Homes and the U.S. housing market.

Diana Olick at CNBC asked Kevin Clayton what might be one of the best mainstream media questions put to Clayton in some time.

First ticking through a list of some of Berkshire Hathaway’s varied investments connected to the housing market, Olick then asked Clayton – “Is this his [Warren Buffett’s] master plan to own every aspect of the U.S. Housing Market?”

Clayton’s response was interesting too.

You know Charlie [Munger] is a huge builder, designer, architect – he has always loved us from the beginning and so has Warren. We are so blessed to have the capital and the 100 plus year vision.” That’s hardly a denial.

The timeline of “100 years” Clayton shared may arguably be a deliberate understatement, given that Clayton has gone from 13 percent of the HUD Code manufactured housing production in 2003, to some 48 to 50 percent market-share by 2018, depending on what data-source one refers to for Clayton’s market-share data.

Back to the interview, Clayton said that: “Right now, our whole goal is to make, you know, attainable home ownership available to more people. Democratization of home ownership. They [Buffett and Munger] love that. The whole [Berkshire Hathaway] board toured our factory recently.”

So, they [Buffett, Munger, the Berkshire Board] are excited too about us trying to blur the lines and bring some of the factory-built efficiencies into the on-site built housing, and that we’ve learned on the off-site side.”

Clayton admitted to CNBC that he wanted to be in the top ten of site builders.

We do. We want to learn that aspect,” Clayton said. “With the nine [site] builders that we have now we are at a run rate in the next 12 months to be in the top ten. One of those [site builders] already has two penalization facilities. We are starting a new penalization facility. We’ll try to be one of the first companies to put more in the panel.  Really help cost efficiency.”

Clayton agreed that it would be a Lego-like paradigm ahead.

That’s right. The homes in the future they will be this blurring of the lines between pieces built off site and on site. So, a panel that already has insulation, windows, and all of that,” per Clayton. “So, we are working with a lot of robotics in doing that.”

The video underscores several ‘enduring competitive advantages’ that Clayton’s commentary de facto pointed to, viewed through the Buffett-Berkshire castle-moat mindsight.

But we are equally excited about the manufactured housing side,” Clayton pivoted. “Because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac just announced their new programs where if it has these high end features, the roof pitch, porch, foundation, they’ll finance on par with traditional housing and appraise those.”

What he was referring to is what they’ve dubbed a ‘new class of homes,’ that are under the HUD Code, but stipulate certain features in order to qualify for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (Government Sponsored Enterprises, or GSEs) lending.

There was no mention of Clayton Homes and MHI’s role in making those GSE and ‘new class of homes’ standards come to pass.

 

To wrap up his interview comments, Clayton said, “That’s that important price point from 149 to 200 [thousand], and then we are trying to bring that site-built side down too.”

The video opens with a discussion of tariffs.  The interview is posted below.

 

 

Excluding Competitors? Back to Possible Antitrust Angles

By purportedly manipulating the GSEs via lobbying and closed door meetings where the minutes have not been released, the comments and implications beg several questions that may involve antitrust concerns.

Before this case, it wouldn’t have been clear if I, as a consumer, went on Amazon and purchased something from a third party seller, that I could sue Amazon for anticompetitive damages related to that sale,” said Valarie Williams, a partner at the law firm Alston & Bird. “But that’s clear now.”

I think [other technology companies] have to be watching it very, very closely,” said Roberti.  It may not be only big tech, but big conglomerates, such as Berkshire Hathaway, and their subsidiaries, such as Clayton and their related lenders.  There is a lot to unpack in this video, and we may return to it in the days ahead.

To see more concerns about market manipulation, which include potential antitrust or fraud aspects, see the related reports, linked below the by line, free ‘read hot’ x2 weekly email headline news, and other notices.  There are also reports that obliquely raise the question, is Clayton and Berkshire really concerned about the ‘democratization of housing?’ If so, why aren’t they and MHI pushing for enhanced preemption, or a full implementation of the Duty to Serve by the GSEs, to raise but two of several possible topics?

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Sexting, Alice, Zhivago, Network, Culture, Mother’s Day, and Celebrating Manufactured Housing

May 12th, 2019 Comments off

 

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For decades, Americans have been living a sort of “through the looking glass” from the pages of the novel, Alice in Wonderland.

 

 

Through the looking glass” is a metaphorical expression. It means: on the strange side, in the twilight zone, in a strange parallel world. It comes from the idea of Lewis Carol’s novel: “Through the LookingGlass“, and the strange and mysterious world Alice finds when she steps through a mirror,” per Quora.

Until fairly recently, without sex, there was no motherhood. To deny the power of sex is to deny the power of life and living. It should not be over nor under stated.

It was a fairly short time-frame from Dr. Zhivago (1965) being seen subtly under the sheets in that Hollywood blockbuster until the casual sex – and madness – of another hit movie, Network (1976).

If you don’t think culture or videos matter to Manufactured Housing professionals in the U.S. Canada – or even down under – ask a Millennial that watches Netflix’s Trailer Park Boys their feelings about manufactured homes. They’ll educate you in a snap.

Or ask some of the approaching 6 million who watched Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s hit viral video, Mobile Homes – who laughed as they nodded their heads in agreement.

To be modestly successful in manufactured homes (MH), you can ignore culture and its impact. But to become wildly successful ethically and honorable in your market(s), I don’t see how you can grow your business to 10 or 20 times your current MH retail sales levels – which is doable, honestly – without understanding human nature, culture, and the levers that maneuver Western and American society.

It’s useful to embrace history, under whatever banner one names it.

Investors crave a high degree of certainty. Don’t ask me, ask Warren Buffett or other billionaires.

One question is, how is that ‘high degree of certainty’ being achieved in practice?

Jeff Bezos has been the world’s richest man, but sexting and related cost him his marriage and resulted in perhaps the most expensive divorce in history. That’s a small indication of the power of sex over even a wealthy, successful personality.

Has Bezos’ or Buffett’s sexual history kept the media from fawning over either man?

Hardly.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is the current Democratic front runner.  According to Real Clear Politics (RCP), he’s about 25 points ahead of Bernie Sanders. Let’s not quibble for the moment over how accurate – or not – such polling may be. Biden’s famously snuggled, hugged, kissed, and played with the hair of women he didn’t know well, or at all. That’s all on camera. Donald J. Trump, now President Trump, for years was a celebrated womanizer.  But he’s slammed by much of the media for similar behavior? Can you spell double-standards?

The point isn’t to elevate or excuse one over the other. Rather, it’s to reveal the disconnects and hypocrisy.

Looking back at old episodes of I Love Lucy, she and Desi slept in separate beds. How odd for a married couple, though it did – and still does – occur. Watch old Hollywood movies. Before Dr. Zhivago famously moved ever so little under the sheets with his paramour by his side in an adulterous affair, sexuality was just under the surface long before that ‘racy’ scene.

It’s one thing to understand human weaknesses and foibles, and another to celebrate or manipulate them. For example, some drug kingpins became wealthy celebrities. Behind a veneer of generosity to some, was ruthless murder and torture to enforce an organization that would have eventually killed a drug lord otherwise.

There are disconnects between the “me too” movement and the sexual revolution. We see on TV a female political candidate decrying unwanted sexual advances.  Meanwhile that same politico ignores the rape and predatory sexual behavior occurring daily south of the border as illegal immigration is encouraged by open border policies. One female candidate floated making prostitution legal nationally. It’s Alice peering through the looking glass. Darkly.

Politics and business intersect. Period. Don’t like it? Get over it. It is what it is.

Business and culture intersect. These first two intersections impact manufactured housing tremendously.

Religion and morality intersect with business too.

Those who protest that your or society’s moral views should not be imposed on them may well protest moments later if you threaten them with a gun or knife, demanding some or all they’ve worked for in life. Put differently, there are moral standards almost all agree are correct. Every law to some extent is a moral judgment.

America has been a social experiment from the days when the first settlers came here. They wanted religious, political, as well as economic freedom.  They knew what oppression was. They risked all to come to the shores of the first colonies on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Those early social experiments led to a revolution against England, their king, and crown authorized monopolies. The pre-revolutionary Boston Tea Party wasn’t just a tax protest, it could be viewed as a protest against the crown’s monopoly granted to that tea company.

What does this have to do with Mother’s Day?

Everything. At the center of society is the family. Without motherhood, there would be no next generation. Without singles or households, what housing would be needed or sold?

What’s wrong in America is that we don’t ask what’s right, to paraphrase G.K. Chesterton.

We need moral standards, even when we may fail to keep them. We’ve all been hypocrites about something. Let’s recognize that fact, then ask, how did we get into this present exciting yet vexing era?

There has long been those who’ve manipulated others through music, videos, literature, imagery, so-called education, finance, and government.

There are Ten Commandments that God gave humanity. Jews, Christians, Muslims, others largely agree on some variation of those ten laws. God didn’t make people robots, which lacked free will. If you’ve ever wondered why ‘so and so did such and such,’ and ‘why didn’t God stop it?’ The answer is simple. Free will. God respected us enough to give humans the ability to choose between what’s right and what’s wrong.

Our nation and much of Western society have undergone gut wrenching upheavals. Societal, cultural, governmental, business – and yes religious and moral forces – are coming to a head. We won’t speculate on what’s next.

What we can know is that God is good, patient, and merciful. Embracing truth is part of the solution. Motherhood was part of the mystery of the Creator’s plan.

America’s founding fathers were humans, imperfect as are we today. But they had a moral compass that complimented the economic, religious, and political vision. They knew no society could long endure absent religion and objective morality.

Relativism doesn’t work. Ultimately, relativism devolves into power struggles. The United States was predicated on an idealistic notion that government was to be subservient to the people, not the rulers of “We, the People.”

There can be a degree of fear or uncertainty in considering idealistic yet historic concepts. But let’s note that failure to ponder – and increasingly practice time-tested principles anew – is to condemn ourselves to a society that will finally break down in lawless chaos ruled by rival gangs. There are parts of the world that’s already the case. That’s not good for business, people, or anything else.

As a sinner myself, the point isn’t to lord one’s postured nobility over others. It is to understand what makes for a good and just society, and seek to live it personally.

Millions have the simple dream of earning an honest living, and at the of the day, returning to a home they call their own.  Millions of those homes were and can be built in a factory.

Millions want to enjoy the blessings of a family. Society is founded on such households.

What’s gone wrong in America can’t be summed up in 1400 words, or can it? We need to celebrate the good. We need to strive to minimize what’s wrong. We need to make home ownership easier in a sustainable fashion.

Those homes will include millions of moms, whom we should collectively celebrate today.

The laws needed by our manufactured home industry are already on the books. HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s speech linked below on manufactured housing and their value is a fine place to start. We need to enforce good, existing laws. We need to expose the corruption of those who’ve misled so many, hoping to make a dishonest buck.

Happy Mother’s Day.

With no further adieu, let’s look at the articles from the week that was.

 

 

 

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Speech on Manufactured Homes, “Manufactured Housing…Active Ingredient…Medication…for a Stronger America.”

 

 

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Multibillion Dollar Opportunities Knock in Solving Affordable Housing Crisis

Multibillion Dollar Opportunities Knock in Solving Affordable Housing Crisis

The Two Gardens, America, and Manufactured Housing

The Two Gardens, America, and Manufactured Housing

What’s New from Washington, D.C. from MHARR

MHARR Testimony to Congress Seeks Increased SAA Funding and Corresponding Contractor Reductions

MHARR Testimony to Congress Seeks Increased SAA Funding and Corresponding Contractor Reductions

Assistant Secretary Brian Montgomery Removal of Obsolete and Superseded Guidance Documents Letter

Assistant Secretary Brian Montgomery Removal of Obsolete and Superseded Guidance Documents Letter

New, Revised, and Proposed Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Manufactured Homes

New, Revised, and Proposed Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Manufactured Homes

HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Decline Continues, May Updates

HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Decline Continues, May Updates

 

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Saturday 5.11.2019
Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance – Investor Lessons Learned

Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance – Investor Lessons Learned

 

Friday 5.10.2019

Dr. Ben Carson Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Manufactured Housing Conference Remarks New Orleans, Louisiana, Hyatt Regency Hotel, May 7, 2019

Dr. Ben Carson Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Manufactured Housing Conference Remarks New Orleans, Louisiana, Hyatt Regency Hotel, May 7, 2019

WSJ Blames Trump Tweets for Blowing Up U.S.-China Trade Talks, Plus MH Market Updates

 

Manufactured Home Community Case Study, UMH Properties, Lessons for Independent Community Owners, Investors

Manufactured Home Community Case Study, UMH Properties, Lessons for Independent Community Owners, Investors

Nathan Smith, SSK Communities, Manufactured Housing Institute Leader, Profitably Correcting the Record

Nathan Smith, SSK Communities, Manufactured Housing Institute Leader, Profitably Correcting the Record

 

Thursday 5.9.2019

 

What the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Said About March 2019 Shipment and Production Data

What the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Said About March 2019 Shipment and Production Data

Prior Facebook Insiders Among Harshest FB Critics, “Break Them Up” – plus MH Market Updates

Prior Facebook Insiders Among Harshest FB Critics, “Break Them Up” – plus MH Market Updates

FHA Incentives For Property Owners Investing in One of Over 8000 Opportunity Zones

FHA Incentives For Property Owners Investing in One of Over 8000 Opportunity Zones

What Does Doing Your Job Looks Like in Manufactured Housing?

What Does Doing Your Job Looks Like in Manufactured Housing?

 

Wednesday 5.8.2019

Manufactured Housing’s Professional Credibility

Manufactured Housing’s Professional Credibility

Bryan Resident Blast Officials “Travesty by Government” – Manufactured Home Ban, Limitations, Update

Bryan Resident Blast Officials “Travesty by Government” – Manufactured Home Ban, Limitations, Update

On “the Border of Insanity,” plus Manufactured Housing Stock Updates

 

New Manufactured Home Professional’s Website Nears Launch

New Manufactured Home Professional’s Website Nears Launch

 

Tuesday 5.7.2019

Sales Topped $1 Trillion Dollars, Volume Car Dealers – When Automotive Pros Enter Manufactured Housing

Sales Topped $1 Trillion Dollars, Volume Car Dealers – When Automotive Pros Enter Manufactured Housing

Attorney Harmeet Dhillon – ‘They Are Gaslighting Us,’ ‘Ignoring This At Your Peril – Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

Attorney Harmeet Dhillon – ‘They Are Gaslighting Us,’ ‘Ignoring This At Your Peril – Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

AEI’s National and Metro Housing Market Trends-Indicators, Interactive Maps and Data

AEI’s National and Metro Housing Market Trends-Indicators, Interactive Maps and Data

Not Renaming Manufactured Homes, Redefining Manufactured Homes – Tiny House Lessons Learned

Not Renaming Manufactured Homes, Redefining Manufactured Homes – Tiny House Lessons Learned

 

Monday 5.6.2019

 

Ramadan 2019, Faith, Fear, Drama – plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

Ramadan 2019, Faith, Fear, Drama – plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

Declining Manufactured Home Shipments More Serious Than Retailers, Communities Being Told

Declining Manufactured Home Shipments More Serious Than Retailers, Communities Being Told

Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger Video Interview at Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting on GSEs Lending for Affordable Manufactured Housing and Clayton Homes

Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger Video Interview at Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting on GSEs Lending for Affordable Manufactured Housing and Clayton Homes

Nobility Homes Annual Report – New, Illustrated Investor’s Corporate Snapshot of Manufactured Modular Home Producer

Nobility Homes Annual Report – New, Illustrated Investor’s Corporate Snapshot of Manufactured Modular Home Producer

 

Sunday 5.5.2019

 

Warren Buffett’s Profitable Lessons for Manufactured Housing

Warren Buffett’s Profitable Lessons for Manufactured Housing

 

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For some time, but more recently in the report linked here, the Daily Business News on MHProNews has a made the point that the purported market rigging by Berkshire Hathaway brands, as referenced in reports linked here, here, and here has harmed more than just independent manufactured home ‘street retailers.’  It has arguably harmed independently owned communities too.  One could go further, and say that a similar case can be made for the harm done to investors, see the report, linked here and here.

 

These in turn would logically harm the interests of manufactured home producers.  Who says? MHI backer, Amy Bliss, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA), among others.  But frankly, it is logical and obvious.

 

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But let’s focus more for this report on manufactured home communities.  Because whether he intended to do so, or not, what the George F. Allen fact-check – linked below – unmasked is the purported harm to independently owned communities, and how Allen’s behavior relates to addressing that harm to independently owned communities, or not.

Note that harm also logically impacts residents in these communities.

But back to the owners of manufactured home community owners. What might the concerns of market rigging cost the owner of a manufactured home community?  Depending on the size of the property or other factors that impact value, the total harm could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even into the millions of dollars.  Take that times some 44,000 communities, and the figures soar into the tens of billions.

Given who would arguably be liable, it’s the type of numbers that might even make the Oracle of Omaha and his investors, wince.

Is there evidence for that economic harm caused to community owners? Yes, and it comes from a publicly traded company. That firm, in the case study below, is UMH Properties.

 

 

The data provided for this case study is taken from UMH Properties (UMH), unless otherwise noted.  This information is an independent analysis, not commissioned by UMH.

 

A Case Study – Countryside Village

Located in Columbia, TN, 46 miles south of Nashville, TN.

Number of Sites: 349
Date of Acquisition: June 29, 2011
Purchase Price: $7,300,000
Purchase Price per Site: $21,000
Capitalization Subsequent to Acquisition (including $8.6m in rental homes): $9,196,000
Total Capital Investment ($47,300 per site): $16,496,000

At Acquisition                                              | Today * |          Increase

Occupancy Percent: 55%                             97%                  42%
Number of Rentals:  79                                222                  143
Site Rent: $302                                             $372                  23.2%
Rental and Related Income* $953,000 | $2,315,000   | 142.9%
Net Operating Income* $497,000          | $1,477,000   | 197.2%

Value per site ** N/A                                |  $70,500         | 49%***
Value of Community ** N/A                    | $24,616,700    | 49%***

 

*At acquisition – 2011 annualized;
Today – Year Ended December 31, 2018.
**Value calculated based on a 6% Cap Rate.
***Increase from total capital investment.

 

 

Rephrased, in this example, using UMH data as show, the seller of that property – adjusted for inflation and other factors – did not realize a gain of some $49,500 per site. For that community of 349 sites, that’s $17,275,500.

Ouch.

There are lots of ways to slice and dice this data. The UMH screen capture, from which the above was mined, is below.

 

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How many billions and billions of dollars in lost property value might Berkshire Hathaway, their allies, and surrogates potentially be liable for if a suit like this was taken to court and succeeded?

Then, apply that same query to retailers, producers, suppliers, lenders, and other firms impacted.

Finally, ponder the harm done to the interests of some 22 million owners of mobile and manufactured homes. That too could total into the tens of billions of dollars. See the related reports, further below.

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Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger Video Interview at Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting on GSEs Lending for Affordable Manufactured Housing and Clayton Homes

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For those that are new or want a refresher, the exclusive report by the Daily Business News on MHProNews of the Clayton Homes related 2018 data from Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway is found at the report linked from the text-image box below.

 

 

2018 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report, Clayton Homes, Shaw Data Revealed, Facts Others Lack

 

This weekend has witnessed the so-called “Woodstock of Capitalism,” the 2019 edition of the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting in Omaha, NE. An estimated 40,000 plus were expected to attend.

Yahoo provided coverage of the event, and the video below is from that source.  Per Yahoo, “Buffett said it would be “very good for America” if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac did more to help finance manufactured homes, such as those made by Berkshire-owned Clayton Homes.”

 

 

There is a lot to unpack from this 4 minutes, 2 second long video.

As close, thoughtful, and longtime readers of our pro-industry trade media platforms already know, there have been allegations for years of market manipulation by Clayton Homes within the manufactured housing industry and finance space.  One such report, based upon a letter from Tim Williams at 21st Mortgage Corp, the words of Buffett himself from that same year, and a nearly 1-hour long video with Kevin Clayton, are all found at the link above.

What is discerned from this weekend’s statement by Buffett and Munger ought to be viewed through that lens, and what follows.

Furthermore, there are sources inside the GSEs, and from a Berkshire brand led by CEO Tim Williams at 21st that indicated that for some time, the powers-that-be from Omaha-Knoxville metros worked first to foil, and more recently, to redirect lending from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac away from the bulk of manufactured housing.

 

For such reasons, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has been engaged in a tough, protracted battle to encourage the full implementation of the law, not just a partial one.

 

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With all due respect to Buffet, as the next link reveals, there have been times that what he said did not line up.

More recently, HBO’s Last Night Tonight with John Oliver viral video errantly dubbed “Mobile Homes” reflected the revelation that it was Buffett’s brands and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) connected companies that were causing the industry blowback in mainstream media reports.  Our publisher in a letter published in 5 markets in Florida, including Jacksonville called on the public to hold those responsible for purported misdeeds, not the industry at large.

Warren Buffett must be construed in the light of not only his words, but also of the deed of the brands they own.  Furthermore, as Buffett and Berkshire has been wont to fund both sides of certain battles, that raises fresh concerns, as the report linked here documents.

Those points and the linked evidence and logic from those articles should be kept in mind by investors, advocates, researchers, policy wonks, politicos  — plus, of course, the industry’s home owners and professionals.

That said, will Buffett’s comments this past weekend could potentially be used to encourage Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to lend on all manufactured homes, or just on select ones, as the Clayton-MHI backed ‘new class of homes’ effort promotes? Time will tell.  But as with all things connected to Buffett, it bears a nuanced consideration. See the related reports, further below.

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Warren Buffett’s Profitable Lessons for Manufactured Housing

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“”We can afford to lose money – even a lot of money. But we can’t afford to lose reputation – even a shred of reputation,” wrote Warren Buffett to managers,” according to a post on the Wall Street Journal’s Facebook page.

 

Now contrast that with the investment-focused Motley Fool’s citation of the famous Buffett quote: “Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Don’t forget rule No. 1.

Do these two fabled Buffett quotes complement or contradict each other?

We deliberately avoid answering that today.

Ladies and gentlemen professionally involved in manufactured housing land – what we lovingly refer to here on MHProNews as MHVille – those Buffett quotes bear close scrutiny.

Beyond the words, so too does the actual behavior of Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway’s brands.

It is not that Mr. Buffett is necessarily wrong.  As one of the top four wealthiest people in the world, he’s proven his ability to attract investment capital and make money for the long term.

The question is, how has Buffett achieved that wealth in recent years? Say the last two decades?

No two people agree on everything. We need others in our lives as reality checks. If Marty Lavin never gave MHProNews any more on-the-record quotes than those already given, the ones we have from him are highly valuable to those wise enough to grasp and apply them routinely. It isn’t that Marty invented these sayings; he did not. But as a significantly successful person in manufactured home financing – with real manufactured home (MH) community and high-volume MH retail experience –  what he said is as useful – perhaps more so – as those Buffett quotes are.  Once more, with gusto…

  • Pay more attention to what people do than what they say.
  • Follow the money.

These Lavin tips have been used by detectives, serious reporters, and other researchers for decades.

What they point to, without saying it, is the value of authentic history.

Let’s pair that with what pro-manufactured housing investor Robert Robotti said about investing. “In order to outperform the market, you have to have a contrarian point of view,” Robotti said to the Motley Fool investment media.

 

“Out-Performing the Market” Robert Robotti, Value Investing, and Manufactured Housing

 

In an organization, one needs a significant degree of compliance by team members. No factory could function successfully without team members doing their jobs well. No financing operation could profit, unless team members do their jobs well.  I know, because I’ve seen and experienced these things first hand.

But in order to achieve a breakthrough, one has to be able to step out of the box. If someone stays only inside the box, by definition, no progress is ever made.

We need to be able to celebrate the good that someone has done, while recognizing that they are bound to have flaws. Let’s give some examples, and then return to the profitable MH theme.

We like many of the quotes that the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. has given us to ponder. He was surprisingly successful, but that success was not overnight. It took time, persistence, a kind of urgent patience. King was wise, but he was reputedly also a womanizer. Can’t imagine that his wife liked that reputation, can you?

A couple in the White House today have a similar challenge. But unlike the defense that much of the mainstream media gave Bill Clinton while he was president, or the cover for womanizing given to John F. Kennedy while he was president, Donald J. Trump’s past womanizing is treated quite differently. Before he ran for  president, Mr. Trump was celebrated for the same thing he is now denigrated for doing. What’s up with that? That’s not to attack the other 2, nor to defend the 45th president on that score. It is only to reflect that a double standard exists.  It is also to reflect how helpful history is.  Now, let’s take that back to MHVille.

People have to be able to discern reality, to find what is true, and separate the ‘wheat from the chaff.’  There are things Mr. Buffett has said that are insightful, useful, and true.  That doesn’t mean I have to agree with Buffett’s reputed business practices. Wheat from chaff.  Discern what is useful, then act upon that, and your odds for success go up.

Before diving into our weekly headline review, and we have some doozies for you, let me make one more observation. There have been some famous – but later convicted – con men in our nation’s history. People who were so respected, until they were found out.  Once exposed, they where then reviled. Let’s mention only one to make the point.

Bernie Madoff is described like this by Wikipedia, “Description: Bernard Lawrence Madoff is an American former market maker, investment advisor, financier, fraudster, and convicted felon, who is currently serving a federal prison sentence for offenses related to a massive Ponzi scheme.”

Madoff was celebrated, until he was vilified.  By the way, not all cons are alike.

 

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Now will the day may come that fans of Buffett — or an infinitely lesser light in MHVille, part-time magician George F. Allen — feel the same about them as they do now about Madoff?

Some sing the praises of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). But look at the fact that every one of the corporate industry embarrassments in MHVille named by John Oliver’s “Mobile Homes” video was connected to a firm connected to MHI. Pray tell. What exactly are the leaders at MHI being celebrated for accomplishing?  Other than the increasing consolidation occurring in MHVille?

Cons are often celebrated, until they are finally understood, and then they are fully exposed. Some cons, like Madoff, go to prison.

To grasp those highly profitable lessons, one needs the perspective of history. That requires real history, not fake history. Discerning the truth requires real analysis, not fake analysis.

To be sustainably successful in MHVille, one needs to know when to duplicate – as in a training the line workers in a factory – and when to innovate. The later – innovation – means you have to be willing to be a contrarian at the proper times.

Before closing, let me tip the hat to Jim Ayotte for a statement he made that applies to everyone, not just top-tier association executives. “As an association executive, my job is to assess the situation and seek the best possible outcome based on the facts as I know them.”  Publishers, writers, sales professionals, business owners, line workers – everyone could apply this principle Ayotte made to themselves.

None of us don’t know what we don’t know.  That’s why we need others! But once we begin to suspect something different than what we thought we knew, it becomes parament to pivot to whatever that liberating – and often profitable – truth is.  Albert Einstein was right in saying you don’t keep repeating the same mistakes over and over if you plan to progress.

The reason that a con like Madoff’s or others arguably succeeds for as along as they do is because people are not willing to admit that they have been conned.  They are in denial. They may be embarrassed. Or they may have some other fear.

But the mature, secure adult admits an error.  If the error is that they were conned, one must make that admission, but then the solution is to move beyond the error.  That’s how profitable learning is done.  Objective history is a vital part of that process.

To my knowledge, there is no other manufactured home industry publisher that has the degree of historic and practical insights into manufactured housing reality than we do.  Not bragging, it is what it is.

 

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Danny Glover quote from the fascinating video documentary, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page here.

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Many of these quotes are from MHI insiders.

 

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most-read in MHVille – by fans, foes, and profitable truth-seekers alike?  People put up with our typos because we have something worth putting up with.

We are getting a growing number of calls and messages from investors and their representatives.  They don’t buy the Arlington line.  If those outside looking in don’t buy it, why should you?  Folks, the industry is about to go through a shakeup. I’m not predicting a date, but don’t just mark your calendar. prepare for it yourself.  Start with staying truly informed, and avoid the deceptions that profit others but are costing independents, perhaps like you.

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

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With no further adieu, let’s dive into the headlines from the varied corners of MHVille during the week that just was.

 

What’s New on the Masthead

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Multibillion Dollar Opportunities Knock in Solving Affordable Housing Crisis

Multibillion Dollar Opportunities Knock in Solving Affordable Housing Crisis

 

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MHCC Addresses Multiple Issues, HUD Secretary Carson Praises Manufactured Homes at Meeting

MHCC Addresses Multiple Issues, HUD Secretary Carson Praises Manufactured Homes at Meeting

MHARR Calls on HUD Secretary to End Discriminatory And Exclusionary Zoning of HUD-Regulated Manufactured Homes

MHARR Calls on HUD Secretary to End Discriminatory And Exclusionary Zoning of HUD-Regulated Manufactured Homes

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

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Saturday 5.4.2019

George F. Allen’s Unity Call for MHI, MHARR, and National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) Examined

George F. Allen’s Unity Call for MHI, MHARR, and National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) Examined

 

Friday 5.3.2019 

Jobs Surge in April, Unemployment Rate Falls to the Lowest Since 1969, plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

Jobs Surge in April, Unemployment Rate Falls to the Lowest Since 1969, plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

HUD Secretary Carson on National TV, Touting Manufactured Housing, More Jobs & Investment Opportunities

HUD Secretary Carson on National TV, Touting Manufactured Housing, More Jobs & Investment Opportunities

Governor Signs 18’ Wide Single-Section Bill

Governor Signs 18’ Wide Single-Section Bill

Cowards, How Winning Is Done, and Manufactured Housing

Cowards, How Winning Is Done, and Manufactured Housing

 

Thursday 5.2.2019 

Holocaust Remembrance Day, You Don’t Know What Tough Is, and Ramadan

Holocaust Remembrance Day, You Don’t Know What Tough Is, and Ramadan

Top Ten Smaller Cities Millennials Moving to For Lower Housing Cost, Plus Stock Updates

Top Ten Smaller Cities Millennials Moving to For Lower Housing Cost, Plus Stock Updates

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Surprise Appearance at Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee, Exclusive Quotes – Addressing Manufactured Home Industry

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Surprise Appearance at Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee, Exclusive Quotes – Addressing Manufactured Home Industry

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

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

 

Wednesday 5.1.2019

Newly Published Regional State Data Reflects Gainers, Losers in New Manufactured Homes Shipped

Newly Published Regional State Data Reflects Gainers, Losers in New Manufactured Homes Shipped

One Word From Fed’s Jerome Powell Sent Stocks Lower, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates  

Skyline Champion (SKY) Hedge Fund Dumps Shares, Value Declines

Skyline Champion (SKY) Hedge Fund Dumps Shares, Value Declines

MHARR Weighs in, HUD Secretary Carson Letter – “Discriminatory…Exclusionary Zoning of HUD-Regulated Manufactured Homes”

MHARR Weighs in, HUD Secretary Carson Letter – “Discriminatory…Exclusionary Zoning of HUD-Regulated Manufactured Homes”

 

Tuesday 4.30.2019 

New Manufactured Home Community Research Data – Site Fees, Occupancy Survey, YoY Changes, 20 Top U.S. Markets

New Manufactured Home Community Research Data – Site Fees, Occupancy Survey, YoY Changes, 20 Top U.S. Markets

Barron’s Big Money Manager Survey Democratic, Trump, Congress Result$, plus MH Stock Updates

Barron’s Big Money Manager Survey Democratic, Trump, Congress Result$, plus MH Stock Updates

National Association of Home Builders Co-Hosting HUD Innovative Housing Showcase

National Association of Home Builders Co-Hosting HUD Innovative Housing Showcase

Wall Street Expects POTUS Trump Reelection in 2020, MHVille First Looks

Wall Street Expects POTUS Trump Reelection in 2020, MHVille First Looks

 

Monday 4.29.2019

Prosperity Now, Nonprofits Sustain John Oliver’s “Mobile Homes” Video in Their Reports

Prosperity Now, Nonprofits Sustain John Oliver’s “Mobile Homes” Video in Their Reports

Cruise Ship Retiring at Sea? Will it Eat Into 55 Plus Community or Assisted Living? Plus, Manufactured Home Market Updates

Cruise Ship Retiring at Sea? Will it Eat Into 55 Plus Community or Assisted Living? Plus, Manufactured Home Market Updates

New Investigation, Insider Trades, Hedge Fund Dumps Cavco Industries (CVCO)

New Investigation, Insider Trades, Hedge Fund Dumps Cavco Industries (CVCO)

Secretary Carson Letter Lights Fuse for Explosive Change, Obliquely Addresses Manufactured Housing Action Concerns

Secretary Carson Letter Lights Fuse for Explosive Change, Obliquely Addresses Manufactured Housing Action Concerns

 

Sunday 4.28.2019 

Manufactured Housing – White Hats, Black Hats, Investing, Consumers, MH Independents

 

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Deer Valley Homebuilders Release w/Video Underscores Surprising Clayton Homes, Berkshire Hathaway Connections

April 23rd, 2019 Comments off

 

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Deer Valley Homebuilders (DVLY) has issued a press release that will be featured further below. But their release obliquely spotlighted several issues that could easily make Deer Valley a case study on the ways that Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corporation, and Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway’s ability to influence the manufactured home marketplace.  This report – using sources inside and beyond Deer Valley or the other firms mentioned – will begin to unpack the nature of the challenges faced by every independent of most any kind in the manufactured housing industry today.

 

 

Clayton Homes’ retail division, per sources, has done several million dollars annual business with Deer Valley in recent years.  That gives Clayton Homes insights into the Deer Valley operation that they may not gain as easily in any other way.

Keep in mind that the same is true for other firms that Clayton retail does business with.

As almost any independent retailer can tell you, 21st financing is a ubiquitous reality in manufactured home lending. Because of overall low totals of new manufactured home retail sales volumes – estimated at under $8 billion in 2018 for the entire industry – there are numerous consequences to those relatively low sales levels.

One of several worth noting is that lenders looking for places to do business may quickly look beyond manufactured housing, because there isn’t enough volume today to gain the interest for many larger lending firms.

To underscore that point, look no further than U.S. Bank.

U.S. Bank had a successful and profitable manufactured housing financing program. But U.S. Bank nevertheless still pulled the plug on their lending program in manufactured housing. Why? Their stated reasons noted the combination of factors which included:

  • relatively low total retail sales volumes,
  • regulatory, and other perceived risks.

What money U.S. Bank made in manufactured home lending was not worth those perceived risks and factors, per both published and insider sources associated with their largely shelved national finance program.

Note that the ‘increases’ in total manufactured home sales volumes since they pulled out of the market has not yet been sufficient to tempt U.S. Bank to return to manufactured home lending. These are all sobering signals to thoughtful industry professionals.

These are among the kinds of nuances and minutiae that time-pressured mainstream journalists – along with others commenting on manufactured housing – are likely to be unaware of or easily digest, even if they are getting input from manufactured home industry sources. And what If those journalists take the easy step of calling the Manufactured Housing Institute? Hold that thought for later, below.

Then, there’s the ‘reputation,’ ‘stigma,’ or ‘image’ of the HUD Code manufactured housing industry.

Journalists are people too. Stating the obvious can bring clarity to issues. ‘Reports’ such as Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s satirical hit video on manufactured housing arguably has an outsized influence on others in media.

Unless a journalist or media outlet is motivated to look more closely, it’s like challenging any mainstream narrative that could well have a strongly differing worldview. How many will have the chutzpah to bring forward a contrarian position – however fact-based – in the face of a media dominated by only a handful of mega-corporate interests?

 

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Frank Rolfe, who with his partners in their operations has sparked numerous controversies of his own before Oliver’s spotlighted video hit, was nevertheless correct about several things with respect to mainstream media reporters. The video clip below and the quotes by Rolfe linked here are just some of the ways that media has been given the wrong impression.

 

 

It is an entirely fair question to ask, how has Rolfe and his partners influenced the media impression of manufactured home communities and the industry at large? Beyond the Oliver video, a sense of that can be had from the video below, which on this date has had over 1.8 million views.

 

 

Publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach’s column in the Jacksonville newspaper Florida Times Union plus others in the Sunshine state that carried the same linked commentary noted the following common thread.  The problematic firms in Oliver’s misnamed “Mobile Homes” viral video report is the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and Berkshire Hathaway brands in manufactured housing.  A relatively few ‘big boy’ brands and operating principles are creating an outsized negative influence on the impression made in the mainstream media. That same Op-Ed by Tony Kovach also noted the need and value of manufactured homes, and the connection to the also viral “Seattle is Dying” video, which can be accessed in the report linked via the text-image box below.

 

Why is Seattle Dying? Affordable Housing, Misplaced Compassion, and Manufactured Homes

 

It is Warren Buffett led Berkshire’s money that can be traced through so-called ‘dark money’ trails to “Manufactured Housing Action” or MHAction. The ‘white paper’ flashed by Oliver in the video was co-authored and co-branded by MHAction.

 

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Rephrased, Buffett, Berkshire brands, MHI, key MHI members, and MHAction – by a combination of action and inaction – can stoke headwinds that are entirely unforeseen by most independents. Why? As a number of independents have told MHProNews, they are so focused on their day-to-day efforts, that they have little time to ponder such macro issues.

Those that do know, or have begun to grasp the matter, already had a healthy respect born out of fear and necessity for 21st, or the TRU line of homes that Clayton has grabbed serious market share with.

 

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The Final Place Setting on Today’s DVLY Media Release Table…

In a more normal world, or less manipulated marketplace, home such as Deer Valley’s would be flying off the production lines. Absent the influences of media reports like John Oliver’s “Mobile Homes” video, well informed retail buyers would be lined up to buy appealing yet affordable housing products like theirs. Bear in mind that just 5 years before Buffett pulled the trigger on manufactured housing by acquiring Clayton and other industry brands, manufactured housing was selling 4 times more homes than the industry is today.

 

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

 

Other brands beyond Deer Valley could be named here, such as Solitaire Homes, which for decades has built and sold HUD Code manufactured homes via their own vertically integrated retail locations.

Why isn’t Solitaire – or any other independent producers – doing significantly more business than they in fact are doing? The vexing answers are found in the items linked from within this report, or in the related reports linked after the byline and notices further below.

The influence of misinformed media and a misguided public on the housing marketplace isn’t just in the U.S. Canadians and Austrians are among those moved by reports about manufactured homes that are coming out of the U.S.A.

It is with this backdrop that one of the following linked 300 word summaries in mainstream media ought to be carefully considered.

 

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  Gainesville

  Lakeland

  Winter Haven

 

In the light of such overbearing realities, a press release by Deer Valley or anyone else in the industry to mainstream media gets only a passing look by most writers.

That’s more than a shame.

The impact isn’t only on Deer Valley, but on essentially any independent one might name. This post outlines a tragedy in our nation, because millions are seeking the affordable homes that Deer Valley or numerous other independent builders of any price-point HUD Code manufactured homes produce.

 

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Still from DVLY video. Their new video is high quality, and makes a positive portrayal of the target audience and model home toured.

 

Those points noted, here below their appealing new video is the Deer Valley press release.

 

 

Deer Valley Partners with Mossy Oak to Create the First-Ever Nativ Living Manufactured Home

GUIN, Ala., April 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In a world of buzzing smartphones and endless emails, outdoor enthusiasts know that there’s nothing like spending time in nature to take a break from the daily grind. That’s why Deer Valley has partnered with Mossy Oak’s Nativ Living Series to help bring the beauty of nature indoors through the creation of the “Robin’s Nest”: a three bedroom, two bath manufactured home for those whose passion for the outdoors inspires them to bring those elements inside.

Deer Valley Homebuilders partners with Mossy Oak to bring you the Nativ Living Series of homes!

Deer Valley’s affordable, high quality homes and commitment to environmentally-friendly construction practices makes a partnership with Mossy Oak a natural fit,” says Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland, Senior VP at Mossy Oak.

The Robin’s Nest is a 1,920 square foot, first-of-its-kind prefab home which combines Mossy Oak’s signature nature-focused designs with Deer Valley’s top-of-the-line construction, ensuring that homes are built using the highest quality construction materials in a climate-controlled factory facility.

We’re proud to partner with Mossy Oak to create an ideal home for any sportsperson, whether you’re looking for the perfect family retreat or a new deer camp headquarters,” says Joey Aycock, Director of Sales at Deer Valley Homebuilders.

Because your home should be every bit as enjoyable as a day spent in the woods.

Stay tuned for the construction of three variations of the Robin’s Nest, coming soon!
WL-MOIL-7206 – “Robin’s Nest Outdoor Closet”
WL-MONL-7206B – “Robin’s Nest Man Cave”
WL-MONL-8037 – “Robin’s Nest 4 Bedroom”

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Deer Valley Homebuilders is the number one source for quality manufactured homes that are heavy-built to last a lifetime. 

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Mossy Oak Nativ Living is for those who are drawn to the beauty of nature and whose passion for the outdoors inspires them to bring those elements into their home. Using textures, colors, elements and designs inspired by nature, Mossy Oak Nativ Living offers a variety of products to complement any cabin, home or lodge.

 

 

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Deer Valley (DVLY) is one of the stocks tracked in our evening manufactured housing market report. Last night’s data is linked here.

 

The Wrap  

A competing trade media site approached our publisher at an event at the Tunica Show in March, 2019. With others in earshot, that competing professional objected to the statements in the graphic that follows below, thinking that they were targeted at their work product. In response, Tony Kovach explained that Clayton Homes, as well as other brands or sites, use 3D visual tours, high-quality videos, and other eye-catching images.

So the comments that follow aren’t a put down of any specific company. Rather, it is an observation that is objectively and demonstrably true. Until the core issues are addressed, the impact of great visuals will sadly be nominal.

There is widely acknowledged affordable housing crisis. Manufactured homes as an industry are underperforming. The shipment data reflects that point.

 

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That begs the question, why?

 

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Watchdogs? Attack-Dogs? The Smear, and Manufactured Housing

April 12th, 2019 Comments off

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The historic vision in America for the news media is to hold the powerful to account. To be a voice for the voiceless.  Investigating concerns about governmental, criminal, or corporate malfeasance are what made for riveting reports that sold newspapers or caused channels to be turned to for some breaking, relevant news report.

 

Unlike numbers today, we believe that mainstream news reporting absolutely still occurs. That reporting – to varying degrees – occurs on both sides of the left-right divide.  But the reason that media has lost so much credibility, per surveys, is because the independence and objectivity of news reports have been called into question.  The fact that Sharyl Attkisson – among others – has devised a list of left-right media bias is itself revealing, and saddening.

 

 

The Smear, Media, and Manufactured Housing

Speaking of the media, today Sharyl Attkisson’s team provided the Daily Business News on MHProNews her expert insights on Smear Tactics as they are used in the media.

Here are the top-lines and neatly notes Attkisson provided here, as published last month in the Hill.

 

 

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Smear /smeer/: noun

  1. Carefully timed and publicized release of negative material, true or not, about a target.
  2. Character assassination.

Bork, Thomas, Hill, Clinton, Clinton, Beck, Imus, Palin, Biden, Obama, O’Reilly, Sanders, Trump, Hannity, Kavanaugh, Northam, Klobuchar, Carlson …

Smears have become a distasteful staple in our media diet. The nonprofits, LLCs, super PACs, PR firms, crisis management companies and global law firms that organize and promote smears have formed a multibillion-dollar industry. They’re profiting beyond imagination.

Are we?

After interviewing many players who work in the smear industry, I came up with three characteristics that qualify an accusation as a smear. The determination of whether a particular attack is, in fact, a smear lies not so much in the truth of the accusation, but in execution and motivation.

In a smear:

▪           The media are used as a tool in an organized effort to amplify accusations, true or not, in a fashion disproportionate to the alleged offense.

▪           Though moral outrage is voiced, the accused actually is targeted for entirely different reasons, usually in a campaign by political or financial competitors.

▪           The goal of a smear is the target’s destruction.

When a smear is launched against someone we don’t like, we may be happy to enjoy the ride. If it’s against someone we like, we fret about how unjust it is. But we seldom step back and see the big truth: We are little more than an unwitting audience watching a scripted play. There are behind-the-scenes producers, writers and actors. They are experts at working the media, plucking our emotions and prompting their desired results. They carefully time each allegation, roll out demands for apologies or resignations, and organize “grassroots” boycotts.

 

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With that backdrop from award-winning journalist and best selling author Attkisson, it seemed prudent to see what bias, if any, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver portrayed, per third party sources.  So MHProNews looked.

 

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More than one left-of-center outlets described it and HBO as ‘liberal’ leaning programing.  Fair enough.

That’s interesting, because a reportedly liberal program has taken dead aim at a progressive billionaire icon.  That would be Warren Buffett, who drew a healthy dose of Oliver’s satirical wrath.  If you’ve not yet seen the video and report, check it out at the linked text-image box below, along with an analysis, and fact-check.  BTW, what follows is the number 1 fact check on this viral video on this date.

 

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Back to Mr. Buffett, the person who supported Secretary Hillary Clinton, or Senator-turned President Barack Obama.

That would also be the same Buffett who is Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, that includes brands like Clayton Homes and their related lending units.  Those firms reportedly dominate the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

Now what’s odd about that is the fact that Tim Williams, when he was chairman of MHI, said that one of the risks to the industry was from the progressive agenda.  Would that be the same agenda that Chairman Buffett supports politically?

 

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Notice. One can agree or disagree with 21st Mortgage CEO and prior MHI Chairman Tim Williams’ presentation, from which the slide above was taken with permission, while still questioning how it came to be that Williams was being intellectually at odds with Berkshire Hathaway Chairman, Warren Buffett. To see all of William’s informative slides, click the graphic above. http://www.MHProNews.com/industry-news/industry-in-focus/is-tim-williams-21st-mortgage-ceo-mhi-chair-at-odds-with-berkshire-hathaway-chairman-warren-buffett

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The Hustle, in their review of the John Oliver video essentially called Buffett a fake liberal fraud, posturing being a do-gooder, while actually taking advantage of the poor. Here is how they said it: “Buffett has long been viewed as a corporate hero. The more he complains about his secretary having to pay higher income tax than he does, the more people view Big B as some rich do-gooder. But Clayton homes’ manipulative business model, which Buffett immediately saw dollar signs in, contradicts many of the ideas of fairness for which Buffett is known.”

 

What those sources didn’t say is how the Buffett empire came to dominate the manufactured home market, and how that impacted customers or independent businesses.  ICYMI, or need that refresher, see that at the linked text-image box below.

 

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By the way, no Clayton, 21st, or MHI senior leader has publicly challenged the accuracy of any of these points. MHProNews has asked them, and their attorneys, to do so. They’ve ducked out every time for some 2 years.  Given the report linked above uses their own words and documents, how could they deny it, with a straight face?

Now, there are several possible ways to consider these facts on top of other facts.  Manufactured home industry professionals who want to believe and support Clayton and MHI are left with a dilemma. Either Williams and Buffett don’t see eye-to-eye on politics, or there is some kind of head-fake going on, right?

Let’s not forget that Secretary Clinton, as the Democratic candidate for the White House pledged to keep Dodd-Frank intact.  Hmm, so the MHI sponsored Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act was backed by Tim Williams, 21st, Clayton Homes, and their allies – but Warren Buffett was backing a candidate that opposed that same legislative bill?

These apparent contradictions lead to another question.  If Buffett, Williams, and Clayton are willing to give a head-fake on one thing, and another, is it unrealistic to think that they might do so on something else of consequence?

 

Holding the Powerful to Account

The media is supposed to hold the powerful to account when the crossed a line.  Are they going to play the role of watchdog?  Attack dog?  Will they take part in a smear?

What shouldn’t happen is that reports that hold the powerful to account, is that others get swept up who are bystanders, making the innocent and the alleged wrongdoers – or their victims – all look badly.

Buffett and a few of his uber-rich, MHI supporting buddies are exposed in this video by John Oliver.  Okay.  But do the independents and honorable people in the industry wanted to be tarred and feathered along with them?

 

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Keep in mind that Warren Buffett has said that the lesson of history is that people don’t learn the lessons of history. He and his allies count on busy professional people not looking in the rearview mirror of history. When we look back at just the last few years, isn’t it apparent that Buffett supports one thing, his minions claim to support the opposite, and the industry is being lead down blind allies? Meanwhile, the data suggests that industry has not yet recovered to the level that it was when Buffett bought Clayton in 2003. Does keeping the industry at a low level of production allow for more industry consolidation, and also keep more new competitors out?

 

That’s enough food for thought on a Friday night.

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