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In this issue: Each One, Reach One. HUDs up 10 Straight. Customer from Hell. Debby Damages MHC. Dying to Tell the Truth. NY Replacing Mobiles. Hall Raises 62K. MHC owner Wins. Rising Sun. New MOD Plant. Ways to Reach your Target Market. New July Articles, more!

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NEW! In The Masthead, Publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach writes, Each One, Reach One.
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NEW! In The Industry Voices Blog, The Customer from Hell.
CURRENT In The Industry Voices Blog, Will we catch the Tsunami?.
NEW! In The Cutting Edge of Online Marketing, What are the ways to reach your target market?.
CURRENT In The Cutting Edge of Online Marketing, Factories increasing sales in a down market.
CURRENT In The Words of Wisdom, The past is dead – let it go.
CURRENT In The Words of Wisdom, What’s Really Important in Life.
CURRENT In The INspirations, Think You are Too Small to be Effective?.
CURRENT In The INspirations, Enslaved by Daily Trivial.
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CHECK OUT THE GREAT JULY FEATURE ARTICLES! Twelve top pros have contributed Feature Articles for you this month. Here are the June articles according to Subject Category, listed alphabetically. Be informed, inspired and encouraged for optimum success!


Featured Articles and Reports for Vol. 3, No. 10, 2012

Alphabetically by Category


• Raise your right paw…

by Nadeen Green, JD


…do you solemnly swear that you have been a good dog, and that you have not attacked or bitten any other living creature?

Wouldn’t it be loverly if before a dog (pet or service animal) moved into your manufactured housing community that you could ask it about its previous history. Of course this is not a real plan, because dogs might not answer truthfully, even if under oath (maybe because they have been told to “lie” down so much).

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• Resolving a Dichotomy

by Eddie Hicks


It is my considered opinion that for the manufactured home land lease community industry to make serious gains, we are going to have to resolve a dichotomy. Who are we going to market and appeal to with our high value manufactured homes?

With the notable exception of seniors, most of our industries traditional home sales have been to buyer/residents using chattel mortgage financing with minimal down payments and fair to poor credit. That hasn’t worked well in recent years largely because of the inherent high rate of loan defaults. And with past abuses, we have largely been abandoned by many investor sources. With the exception of the FHA Title I program, there is not much of a secondary market for our lender’s notes. Unless we improve the financial and credit status of our home buyers, were are going to be stuck in this pattern, forever.

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• What Components are Used in Budget Preparation?

by Chrissy Jackson


Components are not people. Components are items that the people involved in creating the budget use to better enable them to forecast the financial future of the community. The more components that are available and the more that you use, the more accurate and complete your fiscal forecasting will be.

How can you see into the future? One of the best ways is to look at the past! That’s right. The historical financial performance of a community is the first component that should be reviewed when creating a new budget for the future. Look at the various categories. Be sure you understand what charges, costs, and other expenses were put into each expense category. Think in terms of the big picture.

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• OPM Addiction! Caution, Danger ! (part I)

by John Merchant, JD


OPM is every bit as addictive and dangerous as O P IU M and it’s caused grief to many victims, both “users” and their money sources. OK, just a minute here! What’s OPM?

As the more worldly and experienced realty investor knows, it means Other Peoples’ Money (OPM) and I’d suppose most or all of us who weren’t born with a built-in golden spoon have looked at or taken a bite or two of that apple at some stage of our housing and Real Estate Investment (REI) career.

To prove my point, anybody in the room you are in who has NEVER used money or credit belonging to somebody else (with their ostensible consent of course) please raise your hands.

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• What’s Up with Home Ownership?

by Joanne Stevens, CCIM


It’s an up and down housing market and will become more so. Let’s take a quick look to see what’s up and what’s down, and what it may mean for manufactured housing.

First, what’s up?

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• A Severe Mercy

by Michael Barnabas


Punishment is one goal of the criminal justice system. Another goal is rehabilitation and reform – or at least – it should be ideally. Similarly, when an industry experiences a punishing downturn, part of the lesson should lead to self examination and reform.

In a sense, the market and economics can provide us with could be called a Severe Mercy. Let’s see how that severe mercy can play out for the manufactured housing industry.

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• Mystery Solved: Workers Compensation Insurance For Manufactured Home Community Owners and Retailers

by Kurt Kelly, JD


Workers compensation insurance is a mystery to many. People with employees ask me from time to time whether they need workers compensation insurance. My reply is meant to catch their attention, “Not if you can afford to pay an employee’s medical expenses and lost wages… for life.” When an employee is injured…

…on the job, workers compensation insurance pays their wages and medical expenses for as long as they are injured. Also, those that carry workers compensation insurance cannot be sued in civil court for on the job injuries. When your business carries workers compensation insurance, its benefits are the employees’ only option.

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• Will Facebook Collapse? Social Networking and Manufactured Housing

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach


Articles like Getting Zuckered! along with other media reports has raised the question, will Facebook collapse? Clearly not tomorrow, but over time? We have seen trends like MySpace rise and fall. We saw America Online in the 90s rise to dominance, only to get past by later. So while it is not my aim to predict what will happen to Facebook, what I will use this as is a growing trend towards very focused social networking groups online, and what that might mean for manufactured housing professionals.

More topically or group focused social networking groups are indeed a trend online. Let’s look at how that trend may play out in manufactured housing. We will start with a peek at LinkedIn, and move on from there.

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• What is and is not leadership

by Tim Connor, CSP


According to James MacGregor Burns, who authored the Nobel prize-winning book Leadership, there are at least 130 current definitions of leadership; while Warren Bemis and Burt Nanus, in their book Leaders, claim there are at least 340. Here are a few:
We have conceived of leadership…as the tapping of existence and potential motive and power basis of followers by leaders, for the purpose of achieving an intended change…
Though leadership may be hard to define, the one characteristic common to all leaders is their ability to make things happen…

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• MH Strategic Relationships

by Tim Connor, CSP


It’s a proven fact based on years of sales experience and research that developing and cultivating strategic relationships or informal partnerships is one of the fastest and least expensive ways to grow your business or organization.

Recent research has indicated that the average cost of a sales call today is close to $1000. This number includes the resources, time, training, etc. required for each salesperson to reach out to a prospect and attempt to close them. Obviously, this varies by industry, but it will prove pretty close with many products/services in the manufactured housing industry.

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• Loyalty

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach


In every business, industry, relationship or aspect of life, loyalty is a factor: either by it’s presence, or by it’s absence. The topic for this column is loyalty, let’s look at disloyalty another time. In many ways, loyalty is a good thing, but it should have its limits. As manufactured housing is starting a long overdue rise in new home sales, let’s explore loyalty and it’s limits.

First, the FreeDictionary defines loyalty as:

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• Re-Branding Your Way to Success

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach


Re-branding is a tried and true approach for companies and organizations to broaden their appeal, and thus their results. It can be done at a single location, regionally or company wide, depending of the unique dynamics of your company. It is not new in manufactured housing. Arguably, when we went from being “mobile homes” in the 1950s to the early 1970s to “manufactured housing” since June 15,1976, we have as an industry already gone through a major re-branding.

Clayton Homes is arguably using rebranding, when they rolled out their iHouse. They don’t call it a single section manufactured home, or “single-wide” do they? They got a strong, positive media reaction to this effort as well.

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Positive Public Education on Manufactured Housing Made Easy

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach


It should be self-evident that a better public image would result in more manufactured housing sales and thus more revenues to companies and associations.

It’s obvious that the web is a powerful tool, one that we use daily. Do you know what the second most popular search engine in the world is? Most know that Google is #1. Some might guess, Yahoo, Bing or another search engine as being numbers 2, 3 and so on. But in fact the number two search engine is YouTube. Video is one of the fastest growing elements of content online. We will take a look at how we can leverage YouTube to improve manufactured housing’s public image – and thus our Factory Built Home Industry’s bottom line results.

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• Harvey Mackay

by Greg McClanahan


Many of us love inspirational stories and those stories often make a point that lasts in our minds. Another example of great customer service and what it can do for your business growth is demonstrated in the following story about Harvey Mackay.

A Duck or an Eagle

Harvey Mackay tells a wonderful story about a cab driver that proved this point.

He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey.

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• ZigOn Even More about Doing Things Poorly

by Zig Ziglar


My first professional job was to sell heavy-duty waterless cookware. We did it on a direct sales approach, going from door to door with our presentations. It took me quite a while to make enough sales to survive. Then one day I went to a sales meeting and a man named P. C. Merrell was there. He was the visiting supervisor from Tennessee and he was talking about dinner parties, where instead of demonstrating for only one couple you would demonstrate for four or six couples, or even more.

Well, I was enthralled because the people taking that approach were selling a great deal more than I was. I determined I was going to do the same thing.

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• The Road Ahead…New Leadership Required

By Mike Moore


We are headed for more trouble as many of you are witnessing and sharing with me daily. The majority of stories shared with me include faltering hopes, negative attitudes and a sense of doom from those on the front lines of business…salespeople. Frustration is mounting among many salespeople that their daily reality and their companies leadership approach aren’t aligned.

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