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CHECK OUT THE GREAT SEPTEMBER FEATURED ARTICLES! Top pros have contributed 18 Featured Articles for you this month.Here are the August articles according to Subject Category, listed alphabetically. Take one a day for you and your team to learn and grow by. Be informed, inspired and encouraged for optimum success!
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COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)
• Blacks actually do get Old
by Nadeen Green, JD
I was recently on the hunt for an old fair housing case when instead I came across a totally unrelated one (from 15 years ago!) that is still relevant and that reminds me of a message that probably needs reiteration.
• When do you Change the Budget?
by Chrissy Jackson
The budget should be perceived as being cast in stone. It should not be changed. If proper thought and input is provided at the time the budget is created, you should have an effective tool with which to both manage the community and grow the value of the owner’s investment.
GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS
• 100% Accurate Election Prediction Model Projects Romney Win, claims Colorado University Study
by University of Colorado Social Sciences Department
A University of Colorado analysis of state-by-state factors leading to the Electoral College selection of every U.S. president since 1980 forecasts that the 2012 winner will be Mitt Romney.
• A Cup of Coffee with…Congressman Joe Donnelly
1) Who, What and Where: (Your name, and your title, District and Party Affiliation in Congress and how it relates to manufactured housing)
• Governments are Terrible Investors: American Economic History
by John Steele Gordon
America is still a young country. Only 405 years separate us from our ultimate origins at Jamestown, Virginia, while France and Britain are 1,000 years old, China 3,000, and Egypt 5,000.
• One Man’s Perspective on the 2012 RV/MH Hall of Fame Induction Dinner
by Ken Haynes, Jr.
I was fortunate enough to attend the RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Induction Ceremony this year when I was invited to sit at Doug Gorman’s table with his family and Danny Ghorbani. I had prepared Doug’s nomination application after hounding him for years to let me start it.
• The Shale of the Century
by Harold Hunt, PhD
Technology has a way of humbling those brave enough to forecast our energy future. In an April 1977 speech, President Jimmy Carter declared, “The oil and natural gas we rely on for 75 percent of our energy are running out.”
• Demographics and the Cost of Gas: Big Challenge for Manufactured Housing?
by Allen Hutto, JD
Reading the title of this article, you might assume that it refers to the fact that the more a consumer pays for gas, the less they have available for a mortgage payment.
• What Hinders the Growth of a Strong Independent Manufactured Housing Retailer Base
by Lance Inderman
Having sold our interest in Athens Homes to Champion, I am a manufactured housing retailer only now, so I think I need to speak from the perspective of a retailer and what I see as a hindrance to the growth of a strong independent retailer base.
• I Don’t Have any Company Auto Liability Risk. Really?!?
by Kurt Kelly, JD
Many small businesses own one or no motor vehicles. Because of this, small business managers often assume they have only limited company auto liability exposure. But look a little closer, and you may find that’s not the case.
• Building 20 Million Homes
by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach
According to the U.S. Census Bureau and current norms, we will need 20+ million new housing units between now and 2030. How many of those will be factory-built? We have no crystal ball, but let’s look at some key facts. Conventional housing’s tradesmen have been decimated by the five year housing downturn.
• Manufactured Housing Industry Perspective #78
By R.C. ‘Dick’ Moore
Our industry continues to languish on the sidelines, along with much of the nation’s economy. Maybe the upcoming election will bring some relief to those of us who need it so desperately.Meanwhile, our industry continues to shrink. We constantly hear of retailers closing lots and laying off people, even though customers are trying to purchase.
• Whatever happened to Free Enterprise?
by Ronald Reagan
During the presidential campaign last year, there was a great deal of talk about the seeming inability of our economic system to solve the problems of unemployment and inflation. Issues such as taxes and government power and costs were discussed, but always these things were discussed in the context of what government intended to do about it.
• MHVillage Survey of Prospective HomeBuyers
by Dan Rinzema
Have you ever wondered who those 45,000+ people visiting the MH Village website daily are? We did, so we decided to do a short survey to find out.
• Indoor Factory-Built Home ShowThe World’s Largest – The 2013 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show
by Ron Thomas, Sr.
We at the Louisville Show want to treat you to a spectacular array of New Homes, Products and Services. Whatever your business or inventory requires, you’re likely to find the most exciting single-section and system-built homes.
• Are you cheating at checkers?
by Tim Connor, CSP
Confused by the title and its relevance to your career or business? Take a few minutes and read the following and it will help you achieve greater employee performance and improve accountability throughout your factory-built housing organization.
Remember when you were a kid playing checkers with a friend? Here are the rules if you have forgotten.
• Internet by the Numbers
by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach
It routinely amazes web pros to see thousands of manufactured housing professionals who have not yet jumped onto the Internet bandwagon, much less the social networking bandwagon. Some are still paying (wasting?) good money for yellow pages ads, when a website can deliver far more and it can cost similar or less depending on the design of your site and the yellow pages investment.
PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION
• ZigOn Problem Solving
by Zig Ziglar
Fortunately, problems are an everyday part of our life. Consider this: If there were no problems, most of us would be unemployed. Realistically, the more problems we have and the larger they are, the greater our value to our employer.
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