Archive

Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category

Tic Toc – July 4th, Tim Williams 21st Mortgage, John Greiner, JD, Graydon Law – Message Review

July 5th, 2019 Comments off

TicTockJuly4thTimWilliams21stMortgageCorpJohnGreinerJDGraydonLawMessageReviewDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

Part of the ‘secret’ for legal victories can be consistency, procedures, and documentation.

 

TimWilliams21stMortgageCEOMHProNews

Tim Williams, prior MHI chairman, president and CEO of 21st Mortgage Corp, photo credit, MHProNews.com

There is little doubt that Tim Williams, President and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway owned 21st Mortgage Corporation and his company has vastly more experience in legal matters than our far more modest operation does.

It should similarly stand to reason that the outside attorney for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), John “Jack” C. Greiner with Graydon Law would likewise have more experience in legal matters than little ole us. Per Graydon’s website, “Jack is a commercial litigator with an emphasis on communications and media law. He is one of the region’s leading advocates for governmental transparency.” Transparency, how interesting. That’s one we’ll all have to place in our memory file. Jack, should nonprofits, corporations, and their officers be transparent too?

That said, it would not be surprising if they would agree with the first sentence at the top. Juries and judges look for consistency, evidence, facts, and common sense.  The court system – judges and juries – also keep an eye out in cases for inexplicable, odd, or behavior that is in conflict with their stated claims. It’s been many years since we’ve been involved in any litigation, over a decade in fact. Though it is rarely fun, we recall the lessons, and have routinely been successful on the rare occasions it was necessary.

The truth backed by evidence is an often powerful thing. My hunch is that the other side has carefully researched that claim, and knows it to be accurate.  

 

Consistency?

In 2017, 2018, and 2019 were some of the years when messages and letters were sent to the management of MHProNews by attorneys for MHI, as well as by purported surrogates for the Arlington, VA based trade group. Those messages were threats, legal or not, and arguably attempts at intimidation.

Part of our consistent response has been to call out those actions publicly but also to invite them to reply to our many fact-checks, related analysis, and reports. In early 2017 and previously, responses from Berkshire Hathaway brands and/or MHI were swift, as numerous articles and letters published over the years reflects. Williams was among several MHI leaders who publicly praised this publication publicly and in writing.

 

TimWilliams21stMortgagePublicationDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHLivingNews

It was apparently only as reasonable answers to reasonable questions posed by MHProNews became elusive for the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis that they stopped replying directly.  But they often used indirect means to communicate, including those noted above. 

Those patterns of behavior could prove relevant in several ways the days ahead.

 

Shifting Sands in Washington and Beyond

The dynamics in Washington, D.C. are shifting rather significantly in recent months. There are some things, as Warren Buffett correctly observed, that just take time.

·        Antitrust drums are heating up on both sides of the left-right political aisle.

·        More in Congress are talking and writing about the Duty to Serve, and why it hasn’t been fully implemented with respect to manufactured housing.

·        Affordable housing, homelessness, zoning, regulatory barriers, and even enhanced preemption are being discussed by more people in and out of the industry.

Slow, steady progress is apparently being made.

Those are all topics that are largely found in manufactured housing trade media only on MHProNews and MHLivingNews. Why? The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform has been on several of those topics for years, to their credit.

But by contrast, MHI sycophants are mute or deflect from those topics. Why?

MHI themselves tout their latest photo op, their latest lightly viewed videos, or the newest bill that they support. Those are all apparent razzle dazzle, but where is the beef?

Where are the bottom line results as measured by new manufactured home shipments?  Given the MHI claim that they are the umbrella trade group that should ‘lead’ the industry, what direction has that MHI leadership actually taken MHVille at large?

The facts speak loudly.

ManufacturedHousingIndustryProductionShipmentsMay2019DailyBusinessNewsMHproNewsMHARR 

MarkWeissQuoteFactsAreStubbornThingsManufacturedHousingAssocRegulatoryReformLogo

 

Tic Toc, Tic Toc… 

Moments, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years go by. Some things only gain clarity from the passage of time and consistent observations. As Warren Buffett aptly said, the rear view mirror is clearer than the windshield. This is a point of agreement between our publication and Mr. Buffett.

 

InBusinessWorldRearViewMirroIsAlwaysClearerThantheWindshieldWarrenBuffettMHProNews

 

It was about 5 years ago that we brought to the industry’s attention the full length video version of this now better-known 18 second video clip.

  

 

That comment by MHI’s president made no sense at the time, but in hindsight it was arguably a piece of a puzzle. 

Because it was an odd and embarrassing MHI comment, not long after, during a time when Tim Williams at 21st was still in rapid-reply mode with MHProNews, and while this writer was still an MHI member, MHProNews asked Williams/21st – then MHI’s chairman – to have MHI’s Jennison clean that comment up publicly.

Williams agreed.

Jennison, no doubt with Williams’ prompting, did so on video camera and in front of dozens of industry professionals.  MHI’s president pledged both that the industry could achieve 500,000 new HUD Code manufactured home shipments as well as promised the passage of the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act. 

 

MHI CEO Dick Jennison’s Pledge – 500,000 New Manufactured Home Shipments

 

Neither one has come to pass. Both are part of the MHI Orwellian ‘memory hole.’ 

Words can be cheap at MHI, it seems?  

JohnCGreinerAttorneyPhotoGraydonlawLogoDailyBusinessNewsMHproNewsWith the industry now into its ninth month of year-over-year downturn, MHProNews sent the following to Tim Williams/21st, John Greiner, and one of Greiner’s colleagues at Graydon Law. Greiner is MHI’s outside attorney assigned, said Greiner, to monitor our website.  MHI members, that’s where part of your dues are going to, why not rather to suing cities like Bryan, TX for failure to abide by enhanced preemption

That logical but rhetorical question aside, the meat of that message’s contents is shown below, between the dashed lines.

 

 

Subject: Tim, a formal request for you/MHI

Tim,

1)    Let me hereby request copies of any and all audio or other recordings, notes, emails or any records in any format relative to our discussion in Las Vegas during the dinner we shared with your colleagues from Berkshire Hathaway brands in the context of that year’s Congress and Expo.

2)    You and/or your colleagues are also hereby invited to respond to any of our recent or other reports.  See the below. Please email those for our mutual accuracy in handling said comments.

Thank you. 

Tony

http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/but-i-was-born-free/

Other articles are linked from the forward below. Thank you. 

tk

 

The screen capture that documents that email is found below.

 

TimWilliams21stMortgageCorpJohnCJackGrienerGraydonLawManufacturedHousingInstituteMHIOutsideattorneyMHProNews

 

We will report back on what response, if any, is obtained. 

Until then, let this be kept in mind by investors, professionals, researchers, public officials, attorneys, investigators and others.

·        There is an affordable housing crisis.  Yet with numerous positive reports that debunk the myths and misconceptions often held by the public, somehow, magically, the industry is shirking in new home shipments? Why are MHI staff given bonuses instead of being terminated for lack of performance?

·        HUD Secretary Ben Carson has valiantly laid out a thoughtful case for manufactured housing.

·        On MHI’s own website, examples of those important topics are difficult or impossible to find, and Carson’s fine speeches are not to be found.

·        Manufactured housing is now into 9 months of year-over-year declining shipments.

 

By contrast, on MHARR’s website, topics like “enhanced preemption” are easy to find several articles. An MHI state affiliate successfully obtained a letter from HUD invoking enhanced preemption, so why not MHI? Yet MHARR is a fraction of the size of MHI, and has been online only a fraction of the time that MHI has.

Which association is doing their stated job better?

To George F. Allen’s [past] credit, his blog does raise some of these same issues and concerns.  But he has contradicted himself in arguing in recent months for MHI, the Berkshire brands, and larger community operators that behaved in problematic ways – per Allen.  Rephrased, Allen – without public explanation, other than what sources say is a compensated flip-flop – has gone from criticizing Clayton, 21st, MHI and others, to now being their cheer leader.

2019-06-30_0852-GeorgeAllenEnhancedPreemptionManufacturedHousingInstituteSurrogateMHProNews

ManufacturedHousingIndustryMonopoly-Oligarchy-GeorgeAllen-PostedDailyBusinessNews

FrankRolfeDaveReynoldsRVHorizonsMobileHomeUQuoteSlammingManufacturedHousingInstituteMHI

Frank Rolfe swore off commenting about MHI further publicly, but he and Dave Reynolds recently took this swipe at MHI. They are MHI members, taking a shot at their own trade group. http://www.mhmarketingsalesmanagement.com/blogs/daily-business-news/frank-rolfe-dave-reynolds-both-finger-manufactured-housing-institute-mhi-failures-in-writing-again/

GeorgeFAllenCommunityInvestorEducateMHCSECOcoba7MonopolyConsolidationClaytonHomes21stMortgageBerkshireHathawayQuotesManufacturedHomesCommunitiesMHproNews

More on this below.

Allen, more recently has called for a boycott of this publication, a possible antitrust violation, and has urged his readers to only read other trade media in manufactured housing that he has personally approved.  Ironically, one of those publications – Kurt Kelley’s – has praised our work, and said that they are leaving our call for accountability to us.  Interesting, isn’t it?

KurtKelleyPublisherPhotoManufacturedHousingReviewMHLivingNewsQuoteFriendHoldMHIAccountableMHARR

Indeed, Kelley has contributed to MHProNews numerous times over the years, and has commented on political topics too. He published an article by Berkshire Hathaway unit manager Joanne Stevens, which without mentioning MHI, was clearly slamming them for what her article in MHR saw as a failure of industry preparation for obvious attacks on the industry.

 

Some things take time.  With a shifting political climate in America, it may only be a question of time before topics and issues found only on MHProNews, MHLivingNews or on the MHARR websites may become more common headlines and topics elsewhere in Washington, and then the mainstream media.

 

Unorthodox 

This writer freely admits that some of what we have done in trade publishing has been unconventional by MHIndustry standards. It was also never my or our publications’ ambition to stumble into troubling facts via news tips about the underlying causes for so many of our industry’s woes. But once discovered, where we supposed to ignore them?  Turn a blind eye as others do?  Cower in fear over every threat? 

If the industry is to regain its former glory and surpass it while independents still have an opportunity, it will only happen when enough honest professionals and other people of good will stand up and force the issues.

BloombergShipmentProductionGraphicManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

April data reflects month 8th of the downturn, with nary a whimper from MHI or the big boys. Why?

That said, what has harmfully impacted thousands of independents in manufactured housing has arguably been largely avoidable, and it has harmed the interests of millions of our fellow Americans. Unconventional situations can’t always be addressed in the normal ways.

 

MobileHomeEraManufacturedHomeEraMHIA2000EraShipmentProductionDailyBusinessNewsMHproNews2019-06-29_1051

There are several factors that should be understood to explain the rises and falls in the sales, production, and shipments of new factory-built homes during the varied mobile home and manufactured home eras. One should not be overly simplistic. That said, the historic trend is far higher than it has been since Berkshire Hathaway acquired Clayton Homes and their affiliated lenders. Political and other factors enter into the mix as well.

Keep in mind, we’ve spotlighted examples of these topics for years, beyond having the most extensive coverage of industry stocks, business and other news. A first look at our June 2019 traffic suggests a record month for readership. Our thanks to readers like your, our business development clients, and our sponsors who make this possible.

NothingIsChangedUntilItisChallenged-768x318

MHProNews’ parent operation demonstrated to MHI over the course of years options for lending, and ways to improve image at a low cost. For years, even though our parent operation as an MHI member showed the way to grow business, MHI leaders ignored those options. Why? Could it be that slow growth or negative growth allowed more consolidation and at a cheaper price for big boy companies

 

Given the choice, thoughtful professionals can discern fluff and cheerleading from logic, fact-checks, and evidence. Perhaps that’s why we are the industry’s most read, and the others that cheerlead for MHI merely lag behind. The manufactured housing industry is arguably engaged in an undeclared war, and has been since 2003.  The big boys have decided to conquer MHVille, and the remaining independents have to recognize and decide to sell out, fold, or resist. The odds favor the big boys, but when the 13 colonies declared their Independence the odds favored the Brits of that era. This too is doable. This undeclared war is winnable. 

ManufacturedHmeIndustryAchieveGreatPotentialAddressingResolvingCauseCorePerceptionIssuesLATonyKovachQuotePresentationPhoto

When the 13 colonies declared their independence from Britain, they were taking on the most powerful army and navy in the world. The odds were against the rebels. But after a long struggle, the U.S. became independent. Freedom is never free. It always comes at a cost. But the price is lower, and the cause of freedom far nobler, than the cost of bondage and servitude.

We Provide, You Decide.” © Dig into the related and linked reports above and below to round out the picture. Let’s restore the American Dream, starting with an understanding of Independence Day. ## (News, analysis, fact-checks, and commentary. All third-party images and content are provided under fair use guidelines for media.)LATonyKovachQuoteManufacturedHousingIndustryWontReachPotentialAddresscoreIssuesArtificallyholdingitback466

L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach is co-founder of MHLivingNews and MHProNews. He is a highly acclaimed industry expert and consultant, a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, and is a 25 plus year award-winning manufactured home industry professional. Kovach earned the Lottinville award in history at the University of Oklahoma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Reports:

Click on the hot-linked text-image boxes below to learn more.

“But I Was Born Free”

 

 

 

Nobility Homes Bucks National Trends, Reported Serious Growth, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day, ‘Making America America Again’

June 16th, 2019 Comments off

 

FathersDayMakingAmericaAmericaAgainDailyBusinessNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNews

Pardon the pun, but we believe that facts trumps spin.

 

Actor Scott Baio said it during the 2016 GOP Convention. Democratic hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden said it recently too, though both meant something different by the same words. “Make America America Again.” But it was Let America Be America Again” is a poem written in 1935 by American poet Langston Hughes, per Wikipedia. Let’s look at that slogan in a unique way, using the context of Father’s Day. 

 

Millions of fathers of millennials were raised with a Horatio Alger view of America. “A man’s home was his castle.” History reflects that women or men could achieve the American Dream. With savvy, hard honest work, a few breaks, discipline and so on, anyone could become a millionaire, if that was a person’s goal.  These were common thoughts, although the evidence even then was incomplete at best.

There is a significant, albeit imperfect, correlation between overall home ownership rates and the sales of more manufactured homes. The graphic below tells part of the tale. 

 

UnitedStatesHomeOwnershipRatesWikiDailyBusinessNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNews

Some of the spike in conventional housing sales in the 2000s were through so-called ‘liar loans.’ Those in turn set the stage for the 2008 housing/mortgage crisis. The correlation is not perfect, but it is common sense that when more affordable housing – including factory-built homes – are being sold, then the overall rate of home ownership will rise by that same degree.

 

Compare that graphic to the production of pre-HUD Code mobile homes, and post HUD Code manufactured homes. Given the caveats cited, do you see some correlation between the two rates?

 

SkylineChampionInvestorRelationsProductionGraphicDailyBusinessNewsMHproNews

The reason that presidents on both sides of the political aisle often promoted first mobile homes, and later manufactured homes is because several understood that affordable housing needs were being met by the private sector with factory-built homes.

 

America has to a certain degree gone from ‘can do’ mentality to ‘no, there’s a law or regulation, and you can’t do that.’

Let’s stress that ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘Father Knows Best  were more idealized than a universal truth. But that such TV programs existed and were widely embraced decades ago depicted a world view that has been slowly shifting. Now, one has to go to TV Land on cable to see that type of programming – which was often literally in black and white.

Race riots during the later half of the prior century were often fueled by practical hurdles to equality. But if one traveled back in time to the early 1200s and England, whites were fighting other whites over the rights of the people. These were finally guaranteed by the Magna Carta in 1215.

 

MagnaCarta1215EnglandHumarnRightsGuaranteesDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

Among the rights safeguarded by Magna Carta were protection of private property – housing – rights.

 

It is also a historic fact that free blacks owned black slaves in various parts of pre-1865 America. That’s not to say that race wasn’t a factor in America, of course it was. But those two factoids about whites oppressing whites and blacks oppressing blacks are to stress the reality that there has been a long climb up from slavery, to serfdom that all races were subject to for much of human history.  That struggle toward a higher degree of freedom and equality crossed several imaginary lines we hold to today. Injustice and oppression has existed globally since early in the dawn of human history.  Indeed, a fair view of history could be imperfectly summed up with the following sentance.  History is the story of the struggle of one group, tribe, people, or nation trying to oppress others, and those others resisting – or succumbing to – that oppression. 

Those acts of oppression occurred within a ‘nation,’ as well as between tribes and nations.

Why do people pour across our southern border if not because they hope to get a better life here in the imperfect USA than their even more imperfect and troubled homeland? 

The expression ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ takes the American Dream and turns it on its head. But that expression exists because it reflects the understandable perspective of numbers of people that the system is to some extent rigged.

This writer grew up in the wake of the civil rights era. America wasn’t perfect then, nor is it now. But my parents came to America after post-World War II Europe.  They had witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by the National Socialists (NAZI) and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), who between the two had carved up Poland and other places, until the two European socialist powers turned upon each other. 

Sanitized American or global history helps no one, save in the view of those who engage in revisionism in the hopes of weaponizing the past to their supposed benefit in the present. 

Home ownership and the right to earn an honest living and keep the product of one’s own two hands have been frustrated at various times for large periods of our national and global history. It is no surprise that it is so today.

 

Fathers and Families

Good fathers – as well as good mothers – routinely want the best for their children. There are sad exceptions to the rule, but there is something deep within a parent in an organic family that desires to improve the lot of their offspring.

  • Ease of access to capital,
  • ease of access to home ownership,
  • equality of opportunity,
  • equal justice under the law,

these are just some of the ideals that have sparked generations of Americans for centuries.  Don’t forget that despite the guarantees of Magna Carta, it was imperfectly applied.  That’s why thousands left England, risking a dangerous voyage to come to the American colonies in the first place. History is an uneven struggle of advances and retreats in personal rights. That’s true here and in other lands too. As a disclaimer, this writer has been a political independent for years, respectful of the rights of those who support this or that major or minor political party.  The point is that these facts have political implications, but they transcend politics too.

As was noted last Sunday, some 70 years after George Orwell’s novel 1984 was published, his thoughts are sparking new interest. Orwell and other authors saw what was taking shape in their time, and they warned against a possibly darker future ahead. Big brother re-casting history, creating memory holes to do away with inconvenient truths, these Orwell and others could see were already becoming problematic.  A good bit of Orwell’s concerns related to weaponizing history.

TheMostEffectiveWaytoDestroyPeopleIstoDenyandObliteratetheirownUnderstandingOftheirHistoryGeorgeOrwellQUotePrismMHProNews

Thousands of manufactured home industry professionals have little or no clue about the rich history of their profession. Nor do most understand the context of their industry in the broader scope of Americana. For example, in the early 1970s, new home shipments approached 600,000 new homes per year for 2 years. Given more technology, and billions in capital that poured into the U.S. from overseas or domestically from tax reforms, is there any reason why manufactured homes can’t exceed those totals today? See more about Orwell and thought-provoking quotes at the linked report here and further below.

 

America is polarized today. But it was at the time of the revolution against England too. There were decades of efforts known as the abolition movement to end slavery. There was division in the lead up to the war between the states, which is most commonly called the Civil War.  There is an uneven march to ending serfdom and slavery in the world, as the graphic below depicts.

 

TimeLineForAbolitionofSlaverySerfdomByCountryYearsWikiDailyBusinessNewsMHproNews

Along with ending serfdom or slavery in a formal sense, it is wise to understand that the right to private property goes with personal freedom. Economic, religious, political, and personal liberty all go hand-in-hand. Part of the tragedy of our era is that reportedly tens of millions are still de facto slaves in various parts of the world. The fight for freedom never stops.

 

Those points said, while there are always extremists, there is perhaps an opportunity to forge something new and unique in our own time. But that will only occur if people clearly see what’s gone wrong, and address the root causes of injustices. Those injustices include limiting people’s access to affordable housing.  They also include manipulations – what Senator Bernie Sanders and now President Donald J. Trump have called – a rigged system.  Increasingly, left and right see similar issues.  What differs is their approach to solving those issues.

Our industry has arguably been weaponized from within, not just from outside it’s boundaries. In contacts with public officials – elected and appointed- there is among several a willingness to accept the evidence and reasoning presented here on MHProNews and on MHLivingNews, precisely because we strive to accurately cite facts, evidence and sources.  Meaning, we strive to be grounded in reality. That in turn means our readers are more grounded in reality too. 

As our readers are routine sources of news tips, it is an exchange, not a one-sided communication.  

 

SubmitNewsTipsCommentsLettersToEditorMHProNews

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

 

Mobile and Manufactured Home History

Yesterday, we noted the celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of the start of HUD Code manufactured homes (see reports below). One might wonder why the same powers-that-be in the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis that failed to robustly tout the Innovations in Housing Showcase also failed to build on that event by celebrating the start of manufactured housing on June 15, 1976?

The truth is hiding in plain sight. We see evidence from politicos on both sides of the left-right aisle that manufactured homes could become a factor in the 2020 contests ahead. 

But as or more important, manufactured homes offers an opportunity for those who want their own slice of the American Dream to have it. Research shows that most renters – something like 80 percent – want to be owners someday. 

There are an estimated 111 million renters – per Apartment List – in America.  Those fathers, mothers, and households must be presented with the full truth about manufactured homes. They must also be given the opportunity tap that opportunity in practical ways.  That’s why topics like ‘enhanced preemption’ are so vital.

 

Be it Ever So Humble…

Even with all of the hardships and challenges, America represents an opportunity that most places on earth only aspire to have. Never forget that as we work in our own way for a better American Republic, we are each already so fortunate when compared to billions of others around the world. 

The truth and proven principles must be the guiding lights in the night sky.  That’s part of what that featured image at the top means.

Let’s all tip the hat to our fathers, who along with our mothers, made our lives possible. My folks and yours were human, a mix of goodness and weakness. That’s why we need a measure of mercy and appreciation combined. 

Then, let’s build on the hard work of the generations that have struggled for an ever higher degree of human freedom and equality under the law. Let’s make sure that those who manipulate the system in ways that diminish our own rights and that of others are exposed, and brought to as swift an end as the law permits.

The monopolization of America is just part of a pattern that been evolving. It’s not only occurring in our manufactured home (MH) industry, but there are egregious cases in MHVille that must be addressed. That will involve the legal and political systems.  In a sense, the biggest compliment we can get is the back-handed one that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis work so hard to obscure or attempt to undermine what we do here. The second biggest compliment they can give us is to keep ducking public debate over the published concerns. If they were so confident, they’d debate us, right? Instead

That said, well plan to be here for you day-by-day to share the reports, to celebrate the successes, to do the fact-checks and analysis, as well as to call for the corrections needed. 

Happy Father’s Day.

Those latest reports follow below. With no further adieu, let’s dive into the week that was from 6.9.2019 to 6.16.2019.

 

New June Featured Articles:

Including new Tim Connor, plus A Cup of Coffee with…, and other reports – linked here.

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews:

mhlivingnews-improvedlivingforle-logo

GoodbyeTrailerHousesMobileHomesHappy43rdAnniversaryHUDCodeManufacturedHomesMHLivingNews

https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/goodbye-trailer-houses-and-mobile-homes-happy-43rd-anniversary-hud-code-manufactured-homes/

 

What’s New in Washington, D.C. From MHARR

 

 

What’s New on the Masthead

Surprising Non-Partisan Revelations, Opportunities, Controversies Could Decide 2020 Campaigns – Affordable Housing, Antitrust, Wealth Inequality, and Manufactured Homes

Surprising Non-Partisan Revelations, Opportunities, Controversies Could Decide 2020 Campaigns – Affordable Housing, Antitrust, Wealth Inequality, and Manufactured Homes

 

 

What’s New on the Daily Business News

11DailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsLogos

Saturday 6.15.2019

·        Celebrating Manufactured Housing’s 43rd Birthday, Born June 15, 1976

Celebrating Manufactured Housing’s 43rd Birthday, Born June 15, 1976

 

Friday 6.14.2019 

·        It’s Your Money, Your Future – 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate Line Up, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

It’s Your Money, Your Future – 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate Line Up, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        RE Focused Economist Says, ‘Millions of Housing Units’ Needed

RE Focused Economist Says, ‘Millions of Housing Units’ Needed

·        Dueling Statements, NAMHCO, MHI, MHARR, Weigh In On Controversial MH Bill, “George Allen Pawn Gambit”

Dueling Statements, NAMHCO, MHI, MHARR, Weigh In On Controversial MH Bill, “George Allen Pawn Gambit”

·        “Together, We Are Building a Safe, Strong, and Proud America,” Happy Birthday, President Donald. J. Trump

“Together, We Are Building a Safe, Strong, and Proud America,” Happy Birthday, President Donald. J. Trump

 

Thursday 6.13.2019 

·        Criminal Justice Reform, Benefits Cited, Including MH Industry, Communities, American Society

Criminal Justice Reform, Benefits Cited, Including MH Industry, Communities, American Society

·        Tanker Strike Spark Oil Jump, Likely Rise in MH Transport Costs, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        Investigating Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Over Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing

Investigating Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Over Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing

·        City Ponders “Mobile Housing Units,” to Address “Affordable Housing Shortage,” Citizen Reaction

City Ponders “Mobile Housing Units,” to Address “Affordable Housing Shortage,” Citizen Reaction

 

Wednesday 6.12.2019 

·        “Have…Giants…Stifled Competition,” Antitrust Battle Lines in D.C., plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

“Have…Giants…Stifled Competition,” Antitrust Battle Lines in D.C., plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

·        Ongoing MH Headwinds – Angry Manufactured Home Residents, Understanding the Manufactured Housing Industry Dilemma Through Their Eyes

Ongoing MH Headwinds – Angry Manufactured Home Residents, Understanding the Manufactured Housing Industry Dilemma Through Their Eyes

·        Time to Say Goodbye, Lessons Learned, What’s Next

Time to Say Goodbye, Lessons Learned, What’s Next

·        Highlights Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger’s First Six Months, What’s Next?

Highlights Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger’s First Six Months, What’s Next?

 

Tuesday 6.11.2019

·        News Media Alliance Slams “Anti-Competitive Behavior,” Report, Congress Investigates – Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

News Media Alliance Slams “Anti-Competitive Behavior,” Report, Congress Investigates – Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, MHI Chairman, Insights from Innovative Housing Showcase

Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, MHI Chairman, Insights from Innovative Housing Showcase

·        WAVY, Mainstream TV – HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Innovative Housing Showcase – Clayton Homes, and Berkshire Hathaway Revelations

WAVY, Mainstream TV – HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Innovative Housing Showcase – Clayton Homes, and Berkshire Hathaway Revelations

·        Country Star John Rich Performs ‘Shut Up About Politics’ – Manufactured Housing Takeaways

Country Star John Rich Performs ‘Shut Up About Politics’ – Manufactured Housing Takeaways

 

Monday 6.10.2019

 

·        U.S. Chamber hits POTUS on ‘Weaponization of Tariffs,’ POTUS Trump Hits Back, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

U.S. Chamber hits POTUS on ‘Weaponization of Tariffs,’ POTUS Trump Hits Back, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        Governor Kristi Noem Tells Young Woman too Many People are Governed by Feelings

Governor Kristi Noem Tells Young Woman too Many People are Governed by Feelings

·        HUD Secretary Ben Carson Address to Innovative Housing Showcase, Complete Official Speech Text

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Address to Innovative Housing Showcase, Complete Official Speech Text

·        “Cribs with Carson,” Tiny House, Manufactured Homes, Innovative Housing Showcase, National Mall, Washington, D.C. Video Report

“Cribs with Carson,” Tiny House, Manufactured Homes, Innovative Housing Showcase, National Mall, Washington, D.C. Video Report

 

Sunday 6.9.2019

·        George Orwell, All Issues Are Political Issues, Manufactured Housing Challenges, and You

George Orwell, All Issues Are Political Issues, Manufactured Housing Challenges, and You

Don’t forget, for the biggest possible professional audience and
top business/team development services,
click here.

 

Let’s close with the following plug, that is actually free plug for you and your professional future.

There are a numerous good reasons why you should be on our industry-leading email headline news list. Let’s name only a few.

  • When numerous federal officials are on our email list, shouldn’t you want to know what their reading?
  • When the corporate leaders of the largest companies in manufactured housing are – per our sources – regular ‘5 star’ readers of our headline news, knowing they may not even like what they read, doesn’t that tell you that you should be reading them too?
  • When thousands of industry professionals logon daily, routinely from our 2x weekly email headline news, isn’t that across-the-board ‘voting with time and browers’ the strongest reason you could have for being a regular reader too?
  • We are pro-industry, pro-consumer, pro-growth, and believe that our industry’s proven solutions are fundamentally nonpartisan.
  • To properly inform and educate others, one must be as informed as they can be too.  This site is ‘informing the leaders,’ and ‘teaching the teachers.’ While we disagree with several of Warren Buffett’s business practices, one must acknowledge the wisdom of his habit of reading a lot, from a variety of sources. He reportedly reads 5 to 6 hours a day.  If you read 30 minutes to an hour a day here and on MHLivingNews, you’ll find yourself grasping opportunities, and avoiding possible heartaches that you may not have realized existed.
ManufacturedHomeIndustry#1HeadlineNewsMHProNews

To see a sample of our emailed news update, click here. To sign up for the factory-built home industry’s #1 headline news, click here or the graphic above.

When our homes and industry are properly understood, manufactured housing can be a major force for solving the affordable housing needs of Americans. That means we can be part of lifting millions from dependence to greater independence. From poverty to greater personal wealth. That’s accomplished in part through education and information, and this is the runaway #1 professional resource for that in all of manufactured housing. Thank you so much for your part in making that statement true. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (Sunday headline news recap, commentary, fact-checks, and analysis.)

FactoryBuiltCarsClothingAppliancesElectronicsCellsSmartPhonesHomesItJustFollowsLATonyKovachC2017MHLivingNews-575x170(Third-party images and citations are provided under fair use guidelines.)

L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach is co-founder of MHLivingNews, MHProNews, is a highly acclaimed industry consultant, a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, and is a 25 plus year award-winning manufactured home industry professional. Kovach earned the Lottinville award in history at the University of Oklahoma. His minor in business included “Management by Objective (MBO).

 

Related Reports:

Click on the hot-linked text-image boxes below to learn more.

 

 

 

FormerManufacturedHousingInstitutePresidentChrisStinebertManufacturedHomeOwnersUrbanInstituteYouMHLivingNews

https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/former-manufactured-housing-institute-president-manufactured-home-owners-urban-institute-and-you/

 

SmokingGunEvidenceOfAntiTrustMonopolisticCollusionMoatClaytonHomesKevinClayton21stMortgageTimWilliamsWarrenBuffettMHLivingNewsMHProNews

In a series of direct quotes in context, a document from 21st Mortgage signed by Tim Williams, 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. Why hasn’t Allen told his readers how that cost them money? https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/bridging-gap-affordable-housing-solution-yields-higher-pay-more-wealth-but-corrupt-rigged-billionaires-moat-is-barrier/

 

MHARRCallsHUDSecretaryCarsonEndDiscriminatoryZoningHUDRegulatedManufacturedHomesCommodoreHomesCorpMHARR

Photo of Commodore Homes model, MHARR logo, are provided under fair use guidelines. See article and letter to Secretary Carson, linked here. https://manufacturedhousingassociationregulatoryreform.org/mharr-calls-on-hud-secretary-to-end-discriminatory-and-exclusionary-zoning-of-hud-regulated-manufactured-homes/

 

MHARRLaunchesFightingDiscriminatoryZoningMandatesManufacturedHousingProjectMHProNews

https://manufacturedhousingassociationregulatoryreform.org/mharr-launches-fighting-discriminatory-zoning-mandates-manufactured-housing-project/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dueling Statements, NAMHCO, MHI, MHARR, Weigh In On Controversial MH Bill, “George Allen Pawn Gambit”

June 14th, 2019 Comments off

 

NAMHCOlogoMonopolisticManufacturedHousingInstituteLogoMHARRlogoGeorgeFAllenPawnNAMHCOMHIMHARRWeighInOnControversialBillGeorgeAllenPawnGambitMHProNews

Stung by recent critiques and fact checks of MHI [Manufactured Housing Institute] before, during, and after the recent Innovative Housing Showcase – for which they have no good response – MHI had to try to change the narrative.”

 

A source with long, ongoing ties to MHI said the above in response to MHProNews inquiries about the Arlington, VA based trade group’s release to MHI members and followers that is published herein further below.

You only have to look at the timing of the MHI statement and look at George’s [Allen] follow up to his readers to know that Dick [Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, MHI President and CEO] coordinated with his compensated pawn. From the perspective of MHI and the [MHI] Executive Committee, Allen is seen as a useful surrogate – a tool that they think they can’t lose with.”

Why? How so?

Allen, per, that source, helps MHI continue to continue their manufactured home industry consolidation campaign with Allen’s help as a masking cover. Allen can be sacrificed like a pawn at any time. But unlike an actual game of chess, MHI can replace Allen any time they want to, once his usefulness to them is done. “The perfect example of that is Suzanne Felber,” of whom that source said that MHI “…tried to use [her as a surrogate in attacks] against MHProNews, but it proved ineffective, so they simply moved on to others like Allen.”

It should be noted that Felber, who is also “compensated,” is still used by MHI for minor event-related tasks.

MHI’s Executive Committee, senior leadership, and outside law firm hired to deal with MHProNews were contacted in response to questions about their statement on 6.13.1.2019 to MHI’s members and followers. Cincinnati based Graydon, MHI’s outside law firm that has an office in MHI board member Nathan Smith’s home town of Fort Mitchell, KY, confirmed receipt of the inquiries.

But they have not yet made any formal response.

No official response was made by MHI.

Here is the MHI statement to their readers, which was described by one source as “their latest head-fake,” for purpotedly factual reasons that will be noted afterward. MHI’s statement – with all of their legal threats and warnings not to share this with publicly – follows below. Let’s note that MHProNews does not at this time support this bill as it stands. Nor should publishing this be construed in any way as an endorsement of MHI, for reasons long-time readers understand. As a stating the obvious disclaimer to longtime readers, MHI and their ‘big boy backers’ used to be a sponsor of this site, until questions from this pro-growth trade media apparently became to difficult for them to respond to. Our track record reflects that banner ads or sponsorship doesn’t change our editorial stance, which perhaps explains why we are the most read trade media in the industry by far.

 

— start of MHI release —

HOUSING ALERT

June 13, 2019

MHI Protects Industry and Manufactured Housing Land-Lease Communities from Attack

MHI was able to successfully combat efforts to have anti-industry language included in a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to issue guidelines for localities to consider manufactured housing in their use of federal funds. Nestled within a broader proposal to gain support of localities for manufactured housing, the original language would have actually sought to establish congressional intent that certain manufactured homes and land-lease communities are harmful for consumers.

The original version included language that disparaged the energy efficiency of HUD Code manufactured homes and also criticized all manufactured housing land-lease communities that are not resident-owned. Thanks to MHI’s efforts, the bill that was ultimately introduced on Wednesday, S. 1804, did not include any of the negative language. Instead, the language supports the inclusion of manufactured housing in jurisdictions across America.

MHI was the only association representing the industry to identify the threat and fight for removal of the language prior to Senate introduction. Other associations that claim to represent the industry actually supported the provisions that disparaged manufactured housing. In contrast, MHI worked to have that language removed so that the bill only promotes the industry’s goal of having localities support more manufactured housing in their jurisdictions.

This anti-industry attack was timed during last week’s MHI Homes on the Hill Legislative Fly-In, when policymakers were seeing first-hand the quality and beauty of manufactured housing. MHI appreciates our champions in Congress who worked with us to remove the negative language and ensure the final legislation that was introduced on Wednesday genuinely helps promote manufactured housing. The bill now makes the following positive points about manufactured housing:

(1) Manufactured housing is a significant source of unsubsidized affordable housing in the United States.

(2) Nearly 22,000,000 people in the United States live in manufactured housing, which opens the door to homeownership for families who, in many housing markets, cannot afford to buy a site-built home.

(3) Manufactured housing is the only form of housing regulated by a Federal building code, which includes standards for health, safety, energy efficiency, and durability, and is found on land owned by the homeowner and land leased by the homeowner in communities owned and operated by private entities, nonprofit organizations, or resident owned communities.

(4) Manufactured homes can open the door to homeownership for millions of families; they can appreciate in value and be an effective long-term affordable housing solution for some families and communities across the United States.

If passed, HUD will issue guidelines to states and localities relating to the appropriate inclusion of residential manufactured homes in their comprehensive housing affordability strategies and community development plans, called the Consolidated Plans. HUD requires these Consolidated Plans, which are designed to help states and local jurisdictions assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, as a part of applications for funding under any of the Community Planning and Development formula grant programs, including the Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and Housing Trust Fund.

S. 1804 was sponsored by Senator Cortez Masto (D-NV) and cosponsored by Senators Scott (R-SC), Smith (D-MN), Young (R-IN) and Cramer (R-ND).

MHI will continue our consistent and constructive presence on Capitol Hill and cultivation of strong bipartisan relationships to ensure that manufactured housing is a part of federal efforts to address the nation’s affordable housing challenges.

 

— End of the body of MHI’s release —

 

 

MHI’s Factual Misses

It should be noted that MHI, for all of their posturing above, did not mentioned that the House and Senate versions of the bill are not identical. Thus, their own claim of fixing the language of the bill is not accurate.

The House version has one or more factual errors, which also arguably undercuts MHI’s posturing, above. For proof, see both versions of the bill, linked below.

Questions were sent to the “MHI compensated surrogate, George Allen,” who has not formally denied nor confirmed that he is “rewarded” – per sources that claim knowledge – for being MHI’s “pawnand “attack dog.”

One source noted with humor the prior reference on MHProNews of Allen as the roaring, but cowardly lion – which helped suggest the featured image at top, with Allen’s head on the pawn.

But more than one Allen follower copied in messages had things to say to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

For example, the National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) provided a detailed on-the-record statements last night to MHProNews, which will follow below.

That source said they understood why MHProNews did articles that included mentions and or does fact-checks of Allen, but the new trade group official saw no value in commenting on “George” at all.

Another source with NAMHCO previously said that Allen’s usefulness to them was mainly for recruiting new members into their association who distrust MHI.  There is apparent ongoing communications.

Another source reminded MHProNews of NAMHCO’s prior statement about MHI [shown below], and said that Allen’s missives and flip-flops were too “self-contradictory” for him to have “any credibility.” Further, the public scandals and purported controversies attached to Allen are known by too many to give him use behind his own die hard followers. Ouch.

 

MHCommunitiesOfAZNealTHaneyPresidentWhyTheyQuitManufacturedHousingInstituteMHIDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews600

What Haney’s statement reflects are the apparent track record of a lack of credibility and effectiveness of MHI in their claims. 

 

The NAMHCO source who spoke to MHProNews yesterday likewise saw no value in commenting about MHI or their motivations.

That said, it was noteworthy, per that caller, that HUD officials took a “narrow view” of “enhanced preemption” even though the evidence provided by MHARR reflected a much broader power. That source said that MHARR was correct in pressing the matter. Rephrased, at least one party at NAMHCO sees enhanced preemption as MHARR and MHProNews do. For those readers not yet aware of that issue, see the related report, linked from the text-image box below.

 

MHARRCallsHUDSecretaryCarsonEndDiscriminatoryZoningHUDRegulatedManufacturedHomesCommodoreHomesCorpMHARR

Photo of Commodore Homes model, MHARR logo, are provided under fair use guidelines. See article and letter to Secretary Carson, linked here. https://manufacturedhousingassociationregulatoryreform.org/mharr-calls-on-hud-secretary-to-end-discriminatory-and-exclusionary-zoning-of-hud-regulated-manufactured-homes/

 

 

Here is the formal NAMHCO statement to MHProNews.

We are pleased with the introduction of S.1804, the “HUD Manufactured Housing Modernization Act of 2019.”  Beyond the findings sections, this bill actually does something quite important.  It requires HUD to issues guidelines to include manufactured housing to states and localities as they develop their comprehensive plans to address affordable housing.  This means, manufactured housing could be considered in state and local grant applications for Community Planning and Development grants, HOME investment grants, and the Housing Trust Fund.   This bill puts manufactured home communities at the table at both the federal and the state and local level, and presents and opportunity for state and local agencies to support and strengthen the affordable homeownership that communities provide.”

Additionally, I also attached the House version of the Bill, H.R. 926 introduced by Norma Torres, which NAMHCO did not endorse.”

The post-production, manufactured home community focused trade group also provided the text of the NAMHCO release on the issue, which is found linked here as a download.

 

 

The View from MHARR

MHARR had no formal comments about the matter.  But a source with the Washington, D.C. based trade group noted that Allen was misguiding his readers because they collect no dues from post-production companies.

Indeed, that fits with their routine statement that MHARR is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.

It was purported and ongoing failures of MHI to address financing, placement, and zoning issues – among others – that has motivated MHARR and their members – who produce HUD Code manufactured homes – to go beyond their core mission.  In that respect, the trade group is arguably doing more than those who are paid by the post-production sector.

A MHARR source also observed that MHI’s statement – cited above – was not accurate, as they spoke in person with more than one party in Congress connected with the pending bill.

To that point, the questions put to MHI and their outside law firm – which were sent by MHProNews prior to hearing from a contact with MHARR – are worth noting.

 

RequestForCommentEmailtoManufacturedHousingInstituteMHI2019-06-14_0619DailyBusinessNewsMHProNews600

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

No doubt you’ve also seen the email from your purported surrogate, George F. Allen that followed this email from MHI.

MHProNews would like to see:

1) the original language of the bill,

2) evidence that others in the industry failed to address the matter.

3) the revised language.

4) all communications relative to this bill.

Perhaps more to the point, instead of this legislation, how do you explain MHI’s failure promote enhanced preemption?  What evidence can you provide that you’ve asked HUD to fully enforce enhanced preemption?

We are on deadline.  While you are welcome to respond now, or later, we’d prefer your on-the-record reply via email asap, so it can be included in our planned report.

Thank you.

Tony

LATonyKovachMHProNews2019-06-14_0741

 

 

 

 

What Third Party Legislation Monitoring GovTrack Says

GovTrack, pointing to Skopos Labs research, is giving the MHI supported bill a 3 percent chance of becoming law.

 

HR926GovTrackSkoposLabsHUDManufacturedHousingModernizationAct2019DailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

 

That was similar to the odds GovTrack gave for the MHI backed Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act at various times.

Preserving Access never passed. To learn more about that, see the deeper dive, linked below.

 

Rope-a-Dope – Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, Mom, Dad, & You

 

Given low odds of passage, this new controversial MHI supported bill – whatever its merits may or may not be – appears to be a moot point.

But that doesn’t mean that the language of the bill in its current – MHI supported – form is without risks. The controversy exists precisely because the bill, per sources, has several possible land-mines. Even without passage, the bill may cause harm to the industry.

 

 

Starting with the Title, Reasons Why MHProNews Says Bill is Flawed As Is

First, it should be realized that the Senate version of this bill is supported by Prosperity Now and MHI.  Put differently, that means that Buffett’s fingerprints are on it from two sources. That’s the first red flag, IMHO,” said publisher, consultant, and multiple award-winning L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

Next, whoever the geniuses at Prosperity Now and/or MHI were that gave this bill its name, that too is arguably flawed. Think about the title: “HUD Manufactured Housing Modernization Act of 2019’’. For those who will never read beyond the title, that implies that manufactured homes need to be ‘modernized.’ It’s poor marketing, and factually inaccurate,” said industry expert Kovach.

How is it that MHI keeps taking positions that undermine the industry’s image? Or why do they back steps that seem to derail or reroute access to more capital, financing, and placement of the industry?” Kovach asked. “Why doesn’t MHI just back a full throated use of Enhanced Preemption? Or the GSE’s Duty to Serve all new HUD Code manufactured home sales, not only those new class of homes that Clayton Homes and MHI wants to sell?”

Beyond the fact that MHI is using this as a purported dodge over their recent misses, he pointed in that last comment to the problematic use of a phrase that is looked at in more depth, below.

DuckDodgeDismissDistractDetractDefameFromIssueTacticsByThoseWithNoGoodAnswersMHProNews-768x609

 

Problematic New Class of Homes Angle?

What NAMHCO and Allen have apparently missed is a problem with MHI’s language – quoted above, and recapped below – that could be a reference to the Clayton Homes/MHI backed ‘new class of homes.’ New readers are reminded that MHProNews often takes a direct quote and makes the text bold and brown so it ‘pops,’ but otherwise leaves the quoted statement unaltered.

Quoting from MHI’s email: “If passed, HUD will issue guidelines to states and localities relating to the appropriate inclusion of residential manufactured homes in their comprehensive housing affordability strategies and community development plans,” with the underscoring editorially added.

Sources tell MHProNews that “residential manufactured homes” is not language used in federal legislation already in effect on HUD Code manufactured housing. It may be a possible end-around way of promoting ONLY the Clayton/MHI backed ‘new class’ of homes, or one more ‘Trojan Horse.’

As MHI themselves admit, “If” the bill is passed, which is low odds, per GovTrack. Which brings industry professionals and advocates back to the issue of the lack of consistent enforcement of “enhanced preemption,” which MHI seems unwilling to support, per prior reporting that MHI has not challenged.

 

Manufactured Housing Professionals, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Must Promote These Two Words

 

Thus, posturing by MHI and their surrogate Allen on this issue yesterday, and repeated red-herring style head-fakes by both ought to be seen for what it is.

Meanwhile the industry:

  • is now into 8 consecutive months of year-over-year declines in new home shipments during an affordable housing crisis.
  • MHI continues to put up fig leaf videos and statements, which get very little visibility beyond industry members, which are their apparent target audience. How does that help increase industry shipments?  Isn’t it the public that needs persuasion?
  • Despite MHI saying they invite questions – “If you have any questions, please contact MHI’s Government Affairs Department” – they continue to exercise their Fifth Amendment protected right to remain silent when asked by MHProNews, even though they routinely replied promptly until questions by MHProNews apparently became to difficult for them to navigate.  That fits the pattern of Rick Robinson, SVP and General Counsel, and MHI’s Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, ducking questions in public for 2 years when asked by MHProNews. 

 

Downturn Harming Independents, Would-Be Consumers 

Independent manufactured home industry members have been telling MHProNews that they are personally impacted by the downturn in new HUD Code manufactured home sales, which only makes sense based upon the statistics.

Meanwhile, MHI, while claiming “clout,” uses that for photo opportunities – or even nice videos – but demonstrably continues to miss at what matters most to businesses, investors, and professionals.  Namely, the bottom line of more sales.

One of the most insightful phrases this year in describing MHI is theIllusion of Motion,” said Kovach. “Their controversial bill is arguably an example of how MHI is running around the block to do what full implementation of Enhanced Preemption and better lending demanded by DTS would achieve.  If they had clout, what this bill claims to do could be done by administrative fiat. It’s almost pointless.”

If they really care about growth instead of consolidation, MHI, NAMHCO, and others should join MHARR and MHProNews in calling for full enforcement of the industry’s good, existing lawsWe consistently pushed for enforcing existing laws before, while we were MHI members, and since. Everything else is a dodge, distraction, and delay that is costing our industry billions of dollars collectively every year.”

He added, “Its a disgrace that MHI and Allen aren’t robustly promoting enhanced preemption and the good news that Secretary Ben Carson has made available, instead of this latest head fakeThey are arguably deceptive cowards, unwilling to face in public and debate the issues that are costing this industry billions, and are leaving millions who could benefit from manufactured homes with a false perception — shame on their disgraceful behavior.”

See the related reports, below the byline and notices for more.

RememberThisQuoteIrPrettyPicturesMHIndustryWillOnlyAchieveItsGoalsByResovingItsCoreIssuesLATonyKovachMHProNews

The quote above is about a year old, and is standing the test of time. 

 

That’s today’s second installment of News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

ManufacturedHousingProNewsMHProNewsConfidentialTipsDocumentsNews

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

NOTICE: You can get our ‘read-hot’ industry-leading emailed headline news updates, at this link here. You can join the scores who follow us on Twitter at this link. Connect on LinkedIn here.

NOTICE 2: Readers have periodically reported that they are getting a better experience when reading MHProNews on the Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari browser than with Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome reportedly manipulates the content of a page more than the other two browsers do.

(Related Reports are further below. Third-party images and content are provided under fair use guidelines.)

1) To sign up in seconds for our MH Industry leading emailed news updates, click here.

ManufacturedHomeIndustry#1HeadlineNewsMHProNews

To see a sample of our emailed news update, click here. To sign up for the factory-built home industry’s #1 headline news, click here or the graphic above.

2) To pro-vide a News Tips and/or Commentary, click the link to the left. Please note if comments are on-or-off the record, thank you.

3) Marketing, Web, Video, Consulting, Recruiting and Training Re-sources

SoheylaKovachDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHLivingNewsSubmitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com. Soheyla is a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

Related Reports:

You can click on the image/text boxes to learn more about that topic.

Positive Congressional Reactions – Innovative Housing Showcase, HUD, MHEC, MHI, and Other Insights

Secretary Ben Carson’s, Julian Castro’s Manufactured Housing, “Trailer,” “Mobile Home” Revelations, 2020 Battles Ahead

“Monopoly” in Manufactured Housing Alleged by George Allen, MHI Defender’s Turn by former Community-Investor, Self-Claimed EducateMHC Blogger

Conquest Capitalism – Thoughts of Chairman Warren Buffett – Billionaires Campaign to Control Trillion Dollar Affordable Housing Market

 

George Orwell, All Issues Are Political Issues, Manufactured Housing Challenges, and You

Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, MHI Chairman, Insights from Innovative Housing Showcase

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Kristi Noem Tells Young Woman too Many People are Governed by Feelings

June 10th, 2019 Comments off

 

GovernorKristiNoemTellsYoungWomenTooManyPeopleGovernedByFeelingsDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

Still image from video posted further below.

Starting at about the 37:18 time mark on the video below, Governor Kristi Noem, the first female governor for the state of South Dakota, is where her part of the program begins.

 

Noem addressed the Turning Point USA Young Women’s Leadership Summit (YWLS) 2019 on June 9, 2019.

She didn’t want people to vote for her because of her gender.  She wanted votes because she was “the right person for the job.”

Noem want to tell the YWLS five tips she wished she had at their age. But first, she dived into some personal history.

She had already won statewide office races as South Dakota’s only congressional representative, before running for governor. “Governor’s are CEOs. They are the boss of that state.”

That’s why she was told by several people that she “didn’t have the right body parts” to be governor. Ouch. Meaning, her being a woman was a disadvantage in the view of several for her being a leader in their state.

Her points, which spans gender lines, include that notion that some will think for various reasons that “you are not qualified” for what you want to do.

Also among her topics is why she wanted to get involved in government and politics. It began as a sort of tax rebellion.

Jumping back before her political career, she said that growing up, she had the same types of chores as her brothers did, and she loved it.

As a young girl, Noem wanted to be a farmer and rancher.  She railed over the consequences she faced when after her beloved father died in an accident. She had to leave college to return home to run the family operation at the young age of 22. They had 12,000 acres and hundreds of heads of cattle, ranch and farm hands that didn’t want to listen to a young woman who was now the boss. But the toughest part may have been the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), who wanted to collect a ‘death tax’ on the family property (about time marker 41:17).  That was a turning point for her.

 

 

South Dakota is one of those states that have had surges in manufactured housing.  As with most of the country, manufactured home shipments are down from the last high of 1998.

But the takeaways from this video are less about the industry in general, or what kind of housing was on this family’s property. Instead, the value is in life lessons in facing challenges, ignoring those voices that said ‘you can’t do that,’ and using reason over emotion.

To Noem, there has been for men and women a tendency to allow feelings or emotions to dictate too many decisions. That in her successful vantagepoint has become out-of-balance.

Today we have a lot of people serving in office that are governed by feelings,” the South Dakota governor said, while noting the crucial role feelings play in interpersonal relationships.

Resonating with people’s hearts is incredibly important, but we also can’t be completely motivated feelings,” Noem said. “We need to have thoughts and ideas and belief systems.”

That’s a theme MHProNews has beat the drum about for years. Right reason and correct actions bring  “stability to the type of government that we need to have” as Americans.

This country doesn’t need more speech-givers,” she said. “It doesn’t need more bench sitters or couch potatoes. What we need is problem-solvers.”

This isn’t a pep-rally type of speech.  Instead, it is as thoughtful as the comments noted reflect.

During a time in our industry when arguably hundreds of business owners, and possibly thousands of professionals are being mislead on a wide range of issues – often based upon emotional, vs. reason based responses – it’s a timely message that the Daily Business News on MHProNews felt was relevant for our professional audience.

 

FunctionEducationTeachThinkIntesivelyThinkCriticallyIntelligencelusCharcterTrueGoalEducationRevMartinLutherKingJrMHProNews

HumanitiesValueBuisnessCriticismDissentWhenGoingAlongGetAlongWhereWhistleblowersDiscouragedBadThingsHappenBusinssesImplodeMarthaCNussbaumPhotoQuote

Design by MHProNews.

That fits beautifully with yesterday’s topic, the first one linked below the notices and byline.

News tips and inside comments have been a significant source of our reports.  Videos like this one have come in as a result of a tip.

When you think there isn’t much that you can do to fight a giant, think again.  News tips can be one way to help our industry regain its footing by being a whistleblower against problematic behavior.

ManufacturedHousingProNewsMHProNewsConfidentialTipsDocumentsNews

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

 

That’s it for this edition of News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

ManufacturedHousingProNewsMHProNewsConfidentialTipsDocumentsNews

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

NOTICE: You can get our ‘read-hot’ industry-leading emailed headline news updates, at this link here. You can join the scores who follow us on Twitter at this link. Connect on LinkedIn here.

NOTICE 2: Readers have periodically reported that they are getting a better experience when reading MHProNews on the Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari browser than with Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome reportedly manipulates the content of a page more than the other two browsers do.

(Related Reports are further below. Third-party images and content are provided under fair use guidelines.)

1) To sign up in seconds for our MH Industry leading emailed news updates, click here.

ManufacturedHomeIndustry#1HeadlineNewsMHProNews

To see a sample of our emailed news update, click here. To sign up for the factory-built home industry’s #1 headline news, click here or the graphic above.

2) To pro-vide a News Tips and/or Commentary, click the link to the left. Please note if comments are on-or-off the record, thank you.

3) Marketing, Web, Video, Consulting, Recruiting and Training Re-sources

SoheylaKovachDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHLivingNewsSubmitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com. Soheyla is a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

Related Reports:

You can click on the image/text boxes to learn more about that topic.

George Orwell, All Issues Are Political Issues, Manufactured Housing Challenges, and You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Tech, Big Brother, 1984, Manufactured Home Professionals, and You

June 5th, 2019 Comments off

BigTechBigBrother1984ManufacturedHomeProfessionalsYouDailyBusinessNewsMhProNews

Prager U” has a formula that works.  They create videos that are typically under 6 minutes long, have a narrator that some will know, and that woman or man will provide a relatively balanced view of a topic for consideration.  This video, posted on 6.3.2019, had 427,548 views in under 48 hours.  If only manufactured housing could say the same about a pro-industry video.

 

The thrust of the Prager U concept is educational. They take a controversial issue and strive to shed light on it. Prager U is branded, but in a mild way that keeps millions coming back to see their next video.  Yes, they are generally conservative, but do so citing the views of other political or moral perspective.

In fact, that’s the point.  They look at what the opposition says, and then they do a fact-check and analysis. 

Sound familiar?  It’s Prager’s video version of what significant parts of MHProNews content has been in recent years.  In fairness, this has been done for years by media, but has grown more popular on both the left and the right.  So one takeaway is that the Prager approach is a proven one. Manufactured housing industry leaders should sit up and take notice.  

On this specific video, “Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, explains how and why Big Tech is making Orwell’s 1984 a 21st century reality.” 

Their YouTube page says, “George Orwell’s fictionalized world where Big Brother reigns supreme is no longer a figment of the imagination, but a prophetic vision of present-day threats.”  It would be hard to name many businesses today that operate in our factory-built home industry that don’t use one or more of the services that are spotlighted by this video.  

What this video doesn’t do is call for boycotts or even an antitrust breakup. MHProNews has argued for antitrust action, and word earlier this week that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are gearing up antitrust investigations sent the FAANG stocks down.

 

Washington Leak – Justice Department Prepares Major Antitrust Investigation

 

The earlier report MHProNews did on the Creepy Line took an in depth look in text and videos into the ways that big tech is purportedly manipulating data that harms companies and can tip elections.

 

“The Creepy Line” Video DocuDrama, Manufactured Housing – The Problem, Solution, and You

 

While Bozell doesn’t call for a breakup, he does make it clear that the situation is serious.  It is.  Monopolization isn’t just a manufactured housing industry problem; it is a broader economic threat that impacts a score of industries. This video is one of about 100 that as of this post being drafted YouTube has ‘restricted.’  What is there about this video that is anything other than a simple exercise of free speech?

 

 

Among the 2020 issues we expect to be significant is consolidation, monopolization, and antitrust. It’s a topic most of our colleagues in manufactured home trade publishing simply won’t go near, perhaps out of fear for what the industry’s Big Brothers in Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis might do.

As the powers that be in manufactured housing are viewed by numbers as a cause – rather than a solution – for the industry’s underperformance, the FAANG threat to economic, political, and free speech freedom should be seen as part of the bigger picture that arguably should include Berkshire Hathaway and Microsoft, perhaps others too.  While the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis bears responsibility for the widely misunderstood manufactured home industry, don’t overlook the supporting role played by these tech giants.

Learn more from the related reports, below.

This is your pre-dawn installment of manufactured home “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

ManufacturedHousingProNewsMHProNewsConfidentialTipsDocumentsNews

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

NOTICE: You can get our ‘read-hot’ industry-leading emailed headline news updates, at this link here. You can join the scores who follow us on Twitter at this link. Connect on LinkedIn here.

NOTICE 2: Readers have periodically reported that they are getting a better experience when reading MHProNews on the Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari browser than with Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome reportedly manipulates the content of a page more than the other two browsers do.

(Related Reports are further below. Third-party images and content are provided under fair use guidelines.)

1) To sign up in seconds for our MH Industry leading emailed news updates, click here.

ManufacturedHomeIndustry#1HeadlineNewsMHProNews

To see a sample of our emailed news update, click here. To sign up for the factory-built home industry’s #1 headline news, click here or the graphic above.

2) To pro-vide a News Tips and/or Commentary, click the link to the left. Please note if comments are on-or-off the record, thank you.

3) Marketing, Web, Video, Consulting, Recruiting and Training Re-sources

SoheylaKovachDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHLivingNewsSubmitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com. Soheyla is a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

Related Reports:

8 Months of Declining Year-Over-Year HUD Code Manufactured Home Production – When Will Manufactured Housing Institute Act?

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

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

Census, HUD Official Residential Construction Report for April 2019, Dare to Compare to Manufactured Housing Data

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

HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Affordable Housing, Obscuring the Truth, Innovations in Housing, and Manufactured Homes

 

Cowards, How Winning Is Done, and Manufactured Housing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Reactions to HUD Secretary Carson’s “Innovations in Housing” Promoting Manufactured Homes

June 4th, 2019 Comments off

PublicReactionsHUDSecretaryBenCarsonInnovationHousingPromotingManufacturedHomesDailyBusinessNewsMHproNews

HUD Secretary Ben Carson is making good on his word on May 7, 2019 to promote manufactured homes as part of his prescription for a better America.

 

In a video interview with right-of-center Fox Business yesterday, Secretary Carson said the following.

 

 

 

Fox summed the video up on their YouTube page this way, “Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson discusses how the government plans to address cost and resilience issues associated with housing.”

As a potent exercise in gauging the public response, MHProNews copied the first of several public comments that were posted on 6.3.2019, the date the video was posted.

The numbers under a name of the posted comment are the numbers of likes at about 7:57 PM ET, on 6.3.2019.  There were 126 Comments posted by that time, and 4,363 views, 264 likes (thumbs up) vs. 9 thumbs down.

 

mmclaugh08
Great job for US Sec Carson!
14

Manufactured Homes YouTube Video Channel He is doing a fine job. He gave an address on manufactured homes, which can be found at this link here. More details. https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/hud-secretary-ben-carson-speech-on-manufactured-homes-manufactured-housingactive-ingredientmedicationfor-a-stronger-America/

 

 

Maria Farfan
Apartment in Case require you make Triple your salary to qualify,like 2000 rent you need 6000 a month
10

 

We Smoke Bitcoins
Ben is a really great dude!
18

 

Laura Floyd
🤠🙏✝️💒👍. I trust you Ben.
25

 

 

Max Mustermann
sure …. the admin doners call for annuling all regulations and you trust the puppet that Trump placed to give them free reign over that 🙂

Reply:

Manufactured Homes YouTube Video Channel
Max Mustermann Max, Secretary Carson’s predecessor had similarly good things to say about manufactured homes. But perhaps what would be more interesting to you is a bipartisan panel of legislators that had some potent and timely insights. https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/democrats-republicans-agree-manufactured-homes-can-play-a-vital-role-in-easing-the-affordable-housing-shortage/

 

 

Carolyn Jackson
I love Ben. I hope he sticks around.
9

 

LibertyOrDeath
Never get tired of seeing Dr. Carson and hearing anything he has to say. Thank you.
25

 

Max Mustermann
… the very definition of a propaganda post 🙂 … no specifics … blind trust … calling to just agree 🙂

Reply:

Manufactured Homes YouTube Video Channel
@Max Mustermann Max, it seems to me that you may not want to dig into the research that backs up his claims? Why not look at what the National Association of Realtor’s said last year? https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/realtor-university-the-market-for-manufactured-homes-research-by-scholastica-cororaton-certified-business-economist-highlights/

 

Joke van der Have
Love Dr. Carson, smart and honest man. Thank you Dr. Carson.
4

 

reinfree
Dr Carson is a brilliant man. Always great to see & hear him.
4

 

Debra Russo
Hello AGAIN Mr. Carson. Yes we need to see more of this man.
20

 

Debbie Belden
Dr Carson is brilliant in his common sense. Thank you Sir
4

 

 

Chatla Suresh
Is there a good stuff left? Why public property is given into private property?
1

 

Jean Grey
We stand with you Dr. Carson!!! Don’t let these goons get in the way of this important project!!!! #Americans First! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
3

 

 

Anglomik
Carson’s ideas make sense, therefore government beuocracy will fight him on this.
4

 

LIES IN THE SKIES
Thanks for all you do Dr. Carson , America really appreciates it.

The above are vivid examples of the value of third-party comments about manufactured homes. The comments above are as posted, meaning typos are in the original. More on this event in the days ahead.

To sign up for our industry leading, x2 weekly emailed headline updates, sign up in seconds at the link below.

ManufacturedHomeIndustry#1HeadlineNewsMHProNews

To see a sample of our emailed news update, click here. To sign up for the factory-built home industry’s #1 headline news, click here or the graphic above.

That’s this morning’s first installment of manufactured home “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

ManufacturedHousingProNewsMHProNewsConfidentialTipsDocumentsNews

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

NOTICE: You can get our ‘read-hot’ industry-leading emailed headline news updates, at this link here. You can join the scores who follow us on Twitter at this link. Connect on LinkedIn here.

NOTICE 2: Readers have periodically reported that they are getting a better experience when reading MHProNews on the Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari browser than with Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome reportedly manipulates the content of a page more than the other two browsers do.

(Related Reports are further below. Third-party images and content are provided under fair use guidelines.)

1) To sign up in seconds for our MH Industry leading emailed news updates, click here.

ManufacturedHomeIndustry#1HeadlineNewsMHProNews

To see a sample of our emailed news update, click here. To sign up for the factory-built home industry’s #1 headline news, click here or the graphic above.

2) To pro-vide a News Tips and/or Commentary, click the link to the left. Please note if comments are on-or-off the record, thank you.

3) Marketing, Web, Video, Consulting, Recruiting and Training Re-sources

SoheylaKovachDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHLivingNewsSubmitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com. Soheyla is a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

Related Reports:

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours Innovative Housing Showcase on National Mall in Washington, D.C.

 

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

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

Census, HUD Official Residential Construction Report for April 2019, Dare to Compare to Manufactured Housing Data

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

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

https://manufacturedhousingassociationregulatoryreform.org/lead-follow-or-get-out-of-the-way/

https://manufacturedhousingassociationregulatoryreform.org/mharr-releases-study-recommending-independent-collective-representation-for-post-production-sector/

http://www.mhmarketingsalesmanagement.com/blogs/daily-business-news/cowards-how-winning-is-done-and-manufactured-housing/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Leak – Justice Department Prepares Major Antitrust Investigation

June 3rd, 2019 Comments off

 

WashingtonLeakJusticeDepartmentPreparesMajorAntitrustInvestigationDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

According to Rueter’s and Yahoo Finance, “The U.S. Justice Department is preparing an investigation of Alphabet Inc’s Google to determine whether the tech giant broke antitrust law in operating its sprawling online businesses, two sources familiar with the matter said.”

 

Officials from the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and Federal Trade Commission, which both enforce antitrust law, met in recent weeks to give Justice jurisdiction over Google,” according to those sources, and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) which broke the story.

This word from Washington, D.C. will fuel speculation that Berkshire Hathaway brands, along with other tech giants that impact manufactured housing and the nation, will soon become more visible targets of antitrust regulatory scrutiny. Those who’ve relied on the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and their industry trade mouthpieces would have had no clue that this has been brewing for years. Meanwhile, MHProNews has been covering this developing topic from several angles for years. Our sister site has been laying the foundation for understanding on MHLivingNews too, in reports like the one linked below.

 

SmokingGunEvidenceOfAntiTrustMonopolisticCollusionMoatClaytonHomesKevinClayton21stMortgageTimWilliamsWarrenBuffettMHLivingNewsMHProNews

In a series of direct quotes in context, a document from 21st Mortgage signed by Tim Williams, 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. MHProNews has given these firms an opportunity to refute or clarify the issues and concerns raised.  They and MHI have all declined responses. https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/bridging-gap-affordable-housing-solution-yields-higher-pay-more-wealth-but-corrupt-rigged-billionaires-moat-is-barrier/

 

Pivoting back to the Google-specific matter, this could be welcome news for manufactured housing industry professionals for several reasons.

Google declined comment initially, but DOJ would not confirm or deny the claim of an antitrust investigation. It’s worth noting that the European Union (EU) has fined Google billions for prior antitrust concerns.

During the Obama Administration, there was DOJ and FTC pressure on Google, but it went nowhere substantially. In April, 2016, the left-of-center news source – the Intercept – reported that “the Google lobbyist with the most White House visits, Johanna Shelton, visited 128 times, far more” than others. The Obama Administration and the tech giants – including Google – had a cozy relationship, by several mainstream media accounts.=

Lawmakers have complained about alleged political bias, its plans in China, and more.

 

“For the Good of Consumers and Competition”

TripAdvisor remains concerned about Google’s practices in the United States, the EU and throughout the world,” TripAdvisor chief executive and co-founder Stephen Kaufer said in a statement, adding: “For the good of consumers and competition on the internet, we welcome any renewed interest by U.S. regulators into Google’s anticompetitive behavior.” Note to first time visitors, MHProNews often takes direct quotes and turns them bold and brown to make them pop, but otherwise the content is as stated.

This is very big news, and overdue,” Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican Google critic, said on Twitter with respect to this investigation.  In that, he joined President Donald J. Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who said that Google is a threat to democracy.

 

Brad Says POTUS Trump is Right: More than Facebook & Twitter, Google Threatens Democracy, Online Freedom

 

This has become an increasingly bi-partisan issue, as what follows will reflect. While MHI devotees fly into Washington, D.C. today, will this even be a topic, unless a brave member raises the relevant questions?

 

The Broader Antitrust Picture and Manufactured Housing

As MHProNews has previously reported, several Democratic lawmakers and 2020 presidential hopeful candidates have made antitrust part of their platform.  Among the most visible to date has been Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D), who has renounced any corporate contributions in favor of individual donors.  Perhaps of more import to manufactured housing industry firms, Warren has sent off a round of formal letters of inquiry to manufactured home community operators. See that MHProNews exclusive report, linked here.

Even more specifically, Democratic Senators have asked the CFPB to take steps to curb allegations of predatory behavior by Clayton Homes and their lenders, see that recent report, linked here.

Senator Cory Booker (NJ-D) threw down an antitrust gauntlet with ABC News, in a video and report posted below.

 

Senator Cory Booker – ‘We Need a President…to Enforce Antitrust Laws,’ Digging Warren, POTUS Trump

 

Daily Business News on MHProNews reported in 2018 that the Trump Administration had prepared an antitrust executive order.

 

Draft EO for Trump Administration AntiTrust Order Obtained by MHProNews

 

This trade media platform also reported Democratic steps taken, such as the one below.

 

Lina Khan, AntiTrust Legal Queen, Set to Join Democratic Staff, FAANG & BM, Beware – Plus MH Market Updates

 

Sources have told MHProNews that Berkshire Hathaway has ‘beefed up’ its antitrust legal team, perhaps in anticipation of just such an expected move. That may also explain why Berkshire’s industry players who have allegedly been involved in allegations of antitrust and other potentially corrupt practices have remained silent when asked about this topic.

 

UnderstandingWarrenBuffettCastleMoatMetaphorsQuotesDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

Learn more at this link here, here, and here.

MHProNews will continue to monitor this developing issue. Antitrust is likely to be a significant part of the 2020 debate.  Consolidation and monopolization is a concern across numerous industries, and manufactured housing is one of them. To learn more about this topic which is expected to expand to other giant firms, click the links above, or further below the byline and notices.

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

 

ManufacturedHousingProNewsMHProNewsConfidentialTipsDocumentsNews

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

NOTICE: You can get our ‘read-hot’ industry-leading emailed headline news updates, at this link here. You can join the scores who follow us on Twitter at this link. Connect on LinkedIn here.

NOTICE 2: Readers have periodically reported that they are getting a better experience when reading MHProNews on the Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari browser than with Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome reportedly manipulates the content of a page more than the other two browsers do.

(Related Reports are further below. Third-party images and content are provided under fair use guidelines.)

1) To sign up in seconds for our MH Industry leading emailed news updates, click here.

ManufacturedHomeIndustry#1HeadlineNewsMHProNews

To see a sample of our emailed news update, click here. To sign up for the factory-built home industry’s #1 headline news, click here or the graphic above.

2) To pro-vide a News Tips and/or Commentary, click the link to the left. Please note if comments are on-or-off the record, thank you.

3) Marketing, Web, Video, Consulting, Recruiting and Training Re-sources

SoheylaKovachDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHLivingNewsSubmitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com. Soheyla is a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

Related Reports:

Andy Gedo, Partner at ManageAmerica, Raises Clayton Homes Monopolistic Practices Debate; Manufactured Housing Institute Related Issues

 

Restraint of Trade, Manufactured Housing Institute, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage, and Antitrust Law

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

 

“November Rain” – DoJ’s Top Antitrust Cop – Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim ABA Speech on Antitrust Enforcement for Americans

Warren Buffett’s Profitable Lessons for Manufactured Housing

Does Monopoly Power Impact Workers’ Stagnant Wages? MH Industry Impact$

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

Shocking, True State of the Manufactured Housing Industry, plus Solutions for Profitable, Sustainable Growth – May 2019

“Monopoly” in Manufactured Housing Alleged by George Allen, MHI Defender’s Turn by former Community-Investor, Self-Claimed EducateMHC Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Affordable Housing and the Two Sides of Rent Control, in Two Videos – Pros and Cons

May 30th, 2019 Comments off

 

AffordableHousingTwoSidesRentControlTwoVideosProsConsDailyBusinessNewsManufacturedHousingMHProNews

Still from the second video, posted further below.

As a disclosure, MHProNews has argued for years that however good it sounds, rent-control doesn’t work in practice. That noted, as the affordable housing debate is only growing, and some are pushing rent control as a ‘solution,’ this morning the Daily Business News on MHProNews hereby presents two videos on opposite sides of the rent control debate.  We’ll close with a link to one of our own reports on the topic.

 

The first video spotlights in a somewhat lighthearted way the growing affordable housing crisis, and goes through some notable facts, mixed with debatably opinions, and which ends with the presenter’s argument for rent control.  In fairness, the stats near the start of her video are largely useful.

 

 

The next is a shorter video that explains why rent control does not work in practice.

 

 

The National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, Ph.D, made the point that only more housing supply can successfully address the problem of rising housing cost in a free market fashion.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson made a similar argument, and specifically proposed manufactured homes as part of his prescription for a better America.

If you are a manager or owner of a company, it is prudent to have your staff understand issues like rent control.  The more people you have working in your company, the more likely you will have some that think rent control is a good idea. Facts and reason can help those who believe that rent control is a solution, when history has repeatedly shown that it is not.

Affordable housing is likely to shape up as a 2020 issue. Expect rent control arguments to be part of that slippery ‘debate.’ See related reports, further below.

That’s this morning’s pre-dawn episode of “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

ManufacturedHousingProNewsMHProNewsConfidentialTipsDocumentsNews

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

NOTICE: You can get our ‘read-hot’ industry-leading emailed headline news updates, at this link here. You can join the scores who follow us on Twitter at this link. Connect on LinkedIn here.

NOTICE 2: Readers have periodically reported that they are getting a better experience when reading MHProNews on the Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari browser than with Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome reportedly manipulates the content of a page more than the other two browsers do.

(Related Reports are further below. Third-party images and content are provided under fair use guidelines.)

1) To sign up in seconds for our MH Industry leading emailed news updates, click here.

ManufacturedHomeIndustry#1HeadlineNewsMHProNews

To see a sample of our emailed news update, click here. To sign up for the factory-built home industry’s #1 headline news, click here or the graphic above.

2) To pro-vide a News Tips and/or Commentary, click the link to the left. Please note if comments are on-or-off the record, thank you.

3) Marketing, Web, Video, Consulting, Recruiting and Training Re-sources

SoheylaKovachDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHLivingNewsSubmitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com. Soheyla is a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

Related Reports:

You can click on the image/text boxes to learn more about that topic.

Rent Control & MH – Politicians “Are Carpet-Bombing Our State With Regulations That Will Deliberately Destabilize The Housing Market And Leave It Obliterated”

 

Shocking, True State of the Manufactured Housing Industry, plus Solutions for Profitable, Sustainable Growth – May 2019

“Game On” – “Fighting Discriminatory Zoning” “Moral Obligation” Fix “Worsening Nightmare” – State Associations Entering Spotlight

 

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

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

“Lead, Follow … Or Get Out of The Way”

“The Illusion of Motion Versus Real-World Challenges”

HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Decline Continues, May Updates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day, We Remember, Beyond Burgers, Brats, and Buns

May 27th, 2019 Comments off

MemorialDayUSFlagsTombstonesBeyondBurgersBratsBunsManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNews

It was after services this Memorial Day weekend, and our family was recognizing the contributions of various military members that we know.

 

For example, publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach was telling a retired special forces operator ‘I know it’s Memorial Day weekend, and not Veterans Day weekend, but I just wanted to thank you for your service to the country.’ That vet, still a reasonably young man, said ‘Your welcome, and thank you for knowing the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.’

Memorial Day is when Americans recognize the memory of those who have died in the service of our country – thus ‘Memorial’ day. Flags, for example, may be planted on the grave sites or tombstones of veterans.

That said, part of how one remembers the stories of the fallen is from those who survived to tell those tales.

In that context, the video below is a poignant reminder of veterans from wars, past or current.

 

 

Freedom isn’t free. It never has been. It never will be. Look at history and you often see in the details of an epoch the struggle of one group(s) or nation(s) trying to dominate or ‘conquer’ other groups or people.

There is liberty that is:

  • Economic,
  • Social,
  • Political,
  • Religious,
  • Intellectual,
  • Health and safety,
  • Speech,
  • and so on through the various types of freedom.

 

HistoryAwardMedalsEarnedByLATonyKovachMHProNews

Cartoon caricature of L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach at the bottom right, who earned these history awards in statewide scholastic competitions, plus other awards in history that didn’t come with a medal. Living with Tony at times is like living with a history instructor.

Freedom must not be confused with license, that’s a principle that dates back centuries,” said award-winning history buff and manufactured home industry veteran, Tony Kovach. “Part of what challenges our industry faces also has parallel challenges in other modern or prior professions here in the U.S.  We [in manufactured housing] are not alone, even if our circumstances in manufactured housing may be more exacerbated than many other sectors of the economy.  Memorial Day reminds us that freedom isn’t free. It always has, and always will require a keen eye to what the internal and external threats are, and how those threats must be met with a morally appropriate response.”

Therefore, we pause to give thanks to those who’ve fallen, without whom, America and much if not all of the world may not be free at all today.  Numbers of those veterans live in a manufactured home, as the video interview below reminds us.

 

 

 

Lessons of the Past Can Guide our Present to a Better Future

It is also worth noting that while the U.S. essentially took pragmatic sides in World War II, and has in other conflicts before and since, a close look at the Second World War reveals that two great socialist-minded, dictatorial systems were contesting for European, and then potentially global domination. The National Socialists – a.k.a., the Nazis of Hitler’s Germany – were a different form of socialism then the former U.S.S.R. espoused.  The old Soviet Union, the USSR, was short for “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.”

In Venezuela, in Cuba, in North Korea, in former Nazi Germany, or the now-former Soviet Union, in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and elsewhere, socialism proved deadly and dictatorial to tens of millions. A few elites lived or live well at the top.  Meanwhile, the masses struggled, or even starved.  In essentially every case, socialism was ‘sold’ to the masses through promises that sounded great, but were never kept.

 

“Death by Government,” Fascism, Communism, Socialism, ‘Big Brother,’ per Williams, Rummel and Owens

 

Those who fell in battle during WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or in other conflicts against socialistic or communistic powers kept other nations and our own freer. America isn’t perfect, it never has been, nor will it ever be because the U.S.A. is made up of imperfect people.  But America has been greater than so many nations precisely because it has done so much for so many, so selflessly. Fallen warriors can be thanked for that truth.

As a closing historical note, to make that last point, Mexico is a free neighboring nation.  But in the Mexican American War, which took place from April 25, 1846 – February 3, 1848 (1 year, 9 months, 1 week and 1 day), the U.S. after winning the war, gave Mexico back the bulk of its territory. Try to find other nations in world history that did something like that, and did it so often?

 

 

Americans today have been cut off from much of what is noble about our land’s history.  Yes, there were dark episodes, but that is true for any nation in the march from slavery or serf-like status toward human freedom. Our history as a nation, should inspire our industry’s professionals to resist the drift toward socialism, or to the threat from monopoly.  Both are to be opposed vigorously.  Because each one are a threat to all of our freedoms as Americans.

This writer is happy to have come to the USA lawfully, and is happy about both my ancestral homeland while also taking pride in being an American.

We can thank U.S. service personnel over the centuries who made the ultimate sacrifice by dying for their country.  That has made it possible that you and we are free to pursue our part of the American Dream today. Salute!

There is no market report this evening, as the stock exchanges are closed. Last Friday’s closing ticker can be found at this link here.

This is our Monday morning pre-dawn edition of “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

ManufacturedHousingProNewsMHProNewsConfidentialTipsDocumentsNews

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

NOTICE: You can get our ‘read-hot’ industry-leading emailed headline news updates, at this link here. You can join the scores who follow us on Twitter at this link. Connect on LinkedIn here.

NOTICE 2: Readers have periodically reported that they are getting a better experience when reading MHProNews on the Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari browser than with Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome reportedly manipulates the content of a page more than the other two browsers do.

(Related Reports are further below. Third-party images and content are provided under fair use guidelines.)

1) To sign up in seconds for our MH Industry leading emailed news updates, click here.

ManufacturedHomeIndustry#1HeadlineNewsMHProNews

To see a sample of our emailed news update, click here. To sign up for the factory-built home industry’s #1 headline news, click here or the graphic above.

2) To pro-vide a News Tips and/or Commentary, click the link to the left. Please note if comments are on-or-off the record, thank you.

3) Marketing, Web, Video, Consulting, Recruiting and Training Re-sources

SoheylaKovachDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHLivingNewsSubmitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com. Soheyla is a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

Related Reports:

You can click on the image/text boxes to learn more about that topic.

George Allen’s “Peace Offensive,” Saul Alinsky, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and Manufactured Housing’s War

 

Warren Buffett “Oracle of Omaha” HBO Documentary Berkshire Hathaway #Advexon Video

Senator Cory Booker – ‘We Need a President…to Enforce Antitrust Laws,’ Digging Warren, POTUS Trump

“Monopoly” in Manufactured Housing Alleged by George Allen, MHI Defender’s Turn by former Community-Investor, Self-Claimed EducateMHC Blogger

Capitalism vs. Socialism Town Hall Discussion, Plus Manufactured Housing Equities Updates

 

“Trailer Parks,” Presidential Candidate, Prior HUD Secretary Julian Castro on MH Community Operators, Residents Not Knowing Their Rights

Manufactured Housing Institute Housing Alert! “On Capitol Hill…MHI Advances Manufactured Housing Finance Reform,” Redux

Andy Gedo, Partner at ManageAmerica, Raises Clayton Homes Monopolistic Practices Debate; Manufactured Housing Institute Related Issues

Dr. Mark Calabria, FHFA Director Interview, Front Lines of GSE Reform, Manufactured Housing Impacts Ahead

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

“Lead, Follow … Or Get Out of The Way”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Game On” – “Fighting Discriminatory Zoning” “Moral Obligation” Fix “Worsening Nightmare” – State Associations Entering Spotlight

May 25th, 2019 Comments off

 

GameOnFightingDiscriminatoryZonginMoralObligationFixWorseningNightmarestateAssociationsEnteringSpotlightMHProNews

Nature abhors a vacuum.

 

That axiom is true in science, as well as in issues of pragmatic leadership.

In a communique to the manufactured housing industry’s dozens of state association executives, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) outlined their plan to address the “moral obligation” to fix the “worsening nightmare” of “discriminatory zoning.”

The memo was described by one MHEC-connected source as “a shot across the bow” of the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). MHEC is the Manufactured Housing Executives Council (MHEC), which includes most, if not all, manufactured housing state associations.

MHI-MHARR-MHEC-DC-MHProNews-collage-copyright2016WeProvideYouDecide

MHI, MHARR, MHEC logos, are each the property of their respective association, and are shown here under fair use guidelines.

That same source said that the shot missed the bow and landed on the deck of MHI’s battleship.

It’s game on,” said that pro-industry growth source. “The outrage of MHI’s power-brokers keeping the industry at a historically low ebb for over 15 years isn’t over.  But if MHARR is as serious as they appear to be, this represents a challenge to the behind the scenes efforts to artificially suppress and slow manufactured housing sales growth unlike anything I’ve seen in years.”

Per MHEC sources, there are ‘several’ states that have reached out to the Washington, D.C. based MHARR about their memo.  MHARR has not yet issued a follow-up or added details to their communique.  When asked, they would not characterize the responses at this time.

 

SubmitNewsTipsCommentsLettersToEditorMHProNews

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

 

A Key Issue, Alongside Financing, Regulatory Overreach…

 Tony, as I’m sure you know, not everyone is comfortable with how ‘in your face’ some of your [MHProNews] reports have been,” said a message to MHProNews.  That message continued, “However, between what MHARR has laid out, and what your publications [MHProNews/MHLivingNews] have hammered home in recent months, there is a degree of clarity that some [state] executives and other industry members have lacked on why the industry has underperformed to the degree that it has. I’m not making predictions, because 21st and Clayton still have the raw power that report of yours [re: How Gold Rules] spelled out.  But your reports on the Mobile Home Militia, the expansionary moves by Legacy Housing, and others independents in the industry that reflect serious, committed resistance are perhaps giving some more confidence to others in the industry to test the waters of resistance too. While some will still likely sell out, some of us [executives] don’t want to see a lot more independents vanish. This MHARR initiative can help in that regard.  If states and MHARR work together on this initiative, it can make a difference and help return serious growth to the industry.”

Notice: the links were edited into the above, and were not in the original.  As longtime readers know, we turn quoted text bold and brown, to make it pop. Bracketed comments are added for clarity, but otherwise, the comments are as stated.  For newcomers, investors, and researchers, it is useful to understand that even MHI members – in their own investor relations package – make it clear that the industry is underperforming. The graphic below is an example of that, from an MHI member firm.  Comments in red and yellow are by MHProNews, but the original graphic and the trend line of 224,000 annual shipments a year are from that MHI member company.

 

3ErasMobileHomesManufacturedHomesManufacturedHousingImprovementActEraSkylineChampionShipmentProductionGraphicMHProNews

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?

MHARR’s full statement is available at the linked text-image box below, as well as here on MHProNews beneath that.

 

MHARR Launches “Fighting Discriminatory Zoning Mandates” Manufactured Housing Project

 

 

May 14, 2019

 

VIA E-MAIL

To: MANUFACTURED HOUSING STATE ASSOCIATION STAFF EXECUTIVES

Re:  MHARR’s “Fighting Discriminatory Zoning Mandates” Project 

Dear Friends:

As you know, the utilization and placement of federally-regulated manufactured homes in large areas of the United States is either excluded or discriminatorily restricted by local zoning mandates. These mandates have drastically limited affordable housing opportunities for millions of lower and moderate-income Americans, while unfairly burdening and restricting the growth and expansion potential of the HUD Code manufactured housing industry. The same mandates also constitute a direct impediment to the accomplishment of the most important and fundamental statutory objective of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, which seeks to “facilitate the availability of affordable manufactured homes and … increase homeownership for all Americans.”

While many of you and your respective associations have done your utmost to address and resolve such injustices within your individual states, the absence of a collective, organized and aggressive national effort to confront and eliminate these discriminatory zoning and placement mandates has — and will continue — to take a heavy toll on both our industry and consumers of affordable housing. Indeed, with the industry’s hard-working manufacturers, retailers and communities producing and offering their best homes ever, the aggressive application of the legislative mandates contained in the 2000 reform law to challenge, oppose and correct this long-standing and worsening nightmare for the industry and its consumers, is no longer an option, but a moral obligation for all who seek to advance the industry and its products.

Based on all of this, the MHARR Board of Directors, at its March 27, 2019 meeting, carefully considered the extremely detrimental impact of such discriminatory zoning and placement mandates. And, given the absence of an independent, unbiased, objective, national representative for the industry’s post-production sector, the Board ultimately concluded that action would be necessary by MHARR – in cooperation with as many state associations as appropriate and warranted — to take the lead in addressing this zoning and placement crisis; thus the establishment of this “Fighting Discriminatory Zoning Mandates” project.

Now, therefore, MHARR, with your help and assistance, will begin to gather information from around the United States regarding the nature, extent and specific impact of such discriminatory mandates, and take action, as appropriate, within its sole discretion, designed to either eliminate or ameliorate specific, selected discriminatory mandates based on as much accurate and factual information as can reasonably be collected.

For these reasons, MHARR now seeks input and information from you, regarding the existence of specific and particularly egregious discriminatory local exclusions and/or restrictions on the siting and/or placement of both individual manufactured homes on privately-owned land and manufactured home communities within your state, for information-gathering, analysis, evaluation and potential follow-up by the Association, including possible litigation, if so determined by MHARR in its sole discretion. Through this initial process, MHARR seeks to gather information targeting a total of approximately one-dozen of the most egregious cases in various states where federally-regulated manufactured homes have either been excluded altogether or discriminatorily restricted by local ordinances.

As for the legal aspects and related costs of subsequent phases of this project, MHARR has – and continues to maintain — that the enhanced federal preemption provision of the 2000 reform law provides the industry with the opportunity to target the two most egregious available cases (i.e., a single home on privately-owned land and a land-lease community) to be challenged and pursued, if necessary, to the Supreme Court, as appropriate and necessary.  By taking this action for the first time under the specific enhanced preemption provision of the 2000 reform law, that case, if won on the merits, would establish the needed precedent to challenge other similar instances of discriminatory exclusion. Needless to say, however, this would be a costly undertaking.  Following the initial phase, therefore, MHARR would consult with the selected landowner/developer and state association involved, to determine and establish specific logistics for the legal aspects of the following phases and relevant costs of the project, and would do the same for the selected landowner and state association in the single home on privately-owned lot case.

Consequently, we ask that you consult with your Association’s Board on this matter and, within the next thirty-days — and utilizing the attached self-explanatory and easy-to-use forms — provide feedback to MHARR regarding local-level ordinances that impose either an outright exclusion of HUD Code manufactured homes or restrictions that discriminate against HUD Code homes. More specifically, MHARR seeks, from each state, the two most egregious examples of such exclusionary and/or discriminatory mandates within that state – one involving the development, placement, expansion, or redevelopment of a manufactured housing land-lease community, and one involving individual home placements on privately-owned land. MHARR, will then follow-up as it determines to be appropriate and prudent, and will share its findings with participating state associations as the project moves forward.

MHARR thanks you in advance for your cooperation and assistance in this crucial undertaking for both the industry and its consumers.

 

Sincerely,

John Bostick                                                                 Mark Weiss

MHARR Chairman                                      MHARR President & CEO

 

cc: MHARR Members

Manufactured Housing Retailers, Communities and Finance Companies

Attachments

###

 

This is part of an effort that was announced by MHARR shortly after the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show in March, 2019.

 

MHARR Board Holds Highly Productive Meeting — Adopts Bold New Initiatives

 

Following that meeting, MHARR formally requested that HUD initiate a new study to research discriminatory zoning and its impact on manufactured housing.

 

HUD Study, Analysis of Zoning Discrimination Against Manufactured Housing Sought

 

MHARR’s President and CEO, Mark Weiss, JD, then authored an “Issues and Perspective” that essentially challenged MHI to do the job they claimed to do, or get out of the way and let MHARR do it.

 

“Lead, Follow … Or Get Out of The Way”

 

In response to that, MHI did nothing directly.  But sources and evidence indicate that purported MHI surrogate George F. Allen ‘attacked’ MHARR’s initiative on his blog. Why would Allen, who claims to want to see the industry return to greatness, attack an effort aimed at accomplishing precisely that launched by MHARR? Thus, MHProNews did a fact check on Allen’s attack, at the link below.

 

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

 

Allen’s purported role as MHI’s ‘attack dog’ was further evidenced in the report that can be accessed by industry readers by clicking on the text-image box below.

 

Joe Stegmayer, George F. Allen, Manufactured Housing Institute Slogans, Slump, Slurs, Solutions

 

Then, our publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach laid out a detailed review of how George Allen himself publicly called Clayton Homes and other Berkshire Hathaway brands operating in manufactured housing as part of a growing monopolization of the industry.  Allen did so on his own blog, see that report with the evidence and illustrations, linked below.

 

“Monopoly” in Manufactured Housing Alleged by George Allen, MHI Defender’s Turn by former Community-Investor, Self-Claimed EducateMHC Blogger

 

MHI, Allen, and the MHInsider are apparently working in concert with Berkshire Hathaway brands to distract the industry’s members from ploys that are arguably occurring that aim to create headwinds for manufactured housing independents.  Is there evidence?  Check it out for yourself.

 

Kobayashi Maru, Crime, Kevin Clayton, Darren Krolewski, MHInsider – State of Manufactured Housing Industry

 

Our publisher laid out a details case for how MHI, backed by Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, et al, used the “Rope-a-Dope” to wear out independents in the battle for Preserving Access, which never passed.  Several MHI members are quoted in that report.

 

Rope-a-Dope – Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, Mom, Dad, & You

 

 

Neither the powers that be behind MHI, nor MHI’s outside attorney would not respond to the varied allegations against MHI, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Nathan Smith, and others in a scheme to monopolize the market, in a way that Allen himself claimed was occurring.

Rather than respond to specific concerns and credible evidence, MHI’s outside attorney threatened MHProNews with legal action, pointing to items in articles we’ve published. MHProNews has challenged them on their legal claims, and asked them to respond.  MHI’s outside attorney, which has an office in Nathan Smith’s home town, has not yet responded to the meat of the concerns.

 

Lanham Act, Monopolistic Housing Institute, err, Manufactured Housing Institute, Legal Bullies, and You

 

 

MHI’s outside attorney has claimed that there is no connection between themselves and Nathan Smith, former MHI chairman and a partner in scandal plagued SKK Communities.  But frankly, that’s a nuance, a detail either way.  Isn’t the bigger issue – why hasn’t MHI hired an attorney to sue cities that are violating the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000?  Why isn’t MHI doing what MHARR has begun to undertake?

 

 

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

 

MHI’s Rick Robinson had an opportunity to discuss issues face to face with MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach in Deadwood, SD.  He declined publicly, in front of dozens of industry members as witnesses.

RickRobinsonManufacturedHousingInstituteMHIDailyBuisnessNewsMHProNews

Robinson – an attorney and MHI’s general counsel – personally knows an aspect of the law that might be useful to fight discriminatory zoning. Why hasn’t he put that to work himself, or done so with MHI’s outside attorney?

 

MHI’s Growth Agenda? Rick Robinson, JD, SVP Manufactured Housing Institute, Preemption Evidence, Writ of Mandamus, and Addressing HUD Code Manufactured Home Shipment Woes

OccamsRazorDefinedManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

There are several potential explanations for MHI’s failure to engage on issues that their own mission statement and IRS form 990s claim that they are supposed to be focused upon. For example: 1) They are incompetent. 2) They lack intelligence. 3) They lack motivation. 4) They have an unstated agenda. 5) They want to see the industry grow slowly and/or shrink, so that more companies close or sell out to major companies. These are a few of the logical options. MHProNews editorially believes that the people at MHI are intelligent enough, so what logical conclusions are left? Among others, it was longtime MHI member George Allen who said that they are working to monopolize the industry into a few hands.

MHCommunitiesOfAZNealTHaneyPresidentWhyTheyQuitManufacturedHousingInstituteMHIDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews600

MHI, the Berkshire brands operating out of the Knoxville, TN metro area, and their outside attorney have been invited to debunk, refute, or otherwise respond in writing or in public to the mounting evidence and allegations against them.  So far, silence, which is their constitutionally protected 5th Amendment protected right. But in the meantime, there is evidence that Warren Buffett’s money has been donated to other nonprofits that have fought the industry publicly on issues that debatably have harmed the image and thus the sales of the industry.

 

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

 

That’s a snapshot of research and action plans vs. posturing, fig leaves, and sloganeering by the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis.

Its your industry.  This is your future. If you are a member of a state association, why not ask them if your state plans to participate in this MHARR initiative?

Zoning and financing are two key issues.  What has MHI done to fix them?  Yet it is there own claimed role to do what they’re arguably failing to do.

ManufacturedHousingInstituteMHILogoPhotoOnlyTradeOrganizationrepresentingallsegmentsfactorybuilthousing2019-05-14_0808

Then contrast that to the ongoing efforts – like the removal of Pam Danner at HUD – and steady, reliable reports and warnings by MHARR.

MarkWeissDTSQuoteManufacturedHousingAssocRegulatoryReformMHARRDailyBusinessNewsMHproNews

Allen has pointed out the obvious, that MHARR is a sponsor of our website. But that’s out in the open, MHARR has banner ads here. What Allen fails to mention is that MHI used to sponsor MHProNews too. Our coverage has been based upon our LLC’s own research and work, without favor.

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

 

ManufacturedHousingProNewsMHProNewsConfidentialTipsDocumentsNews

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

NOTICE: You can get our ‘read-hot’ industry-leading emailed headline news updates, at this link here. You can join the scores who follow us on Twitter at this link. Connect on LinkedIn here.

NOTICE 2: Readers have periodically reported that they are getting a better experience when reading MHProNews on the Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari browser than with Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome reportedly manipulates the content of a page more than the other two browsers do.

(Related Reports are further below. Third-party images and content are provided under fair use guidelines.)

1) To sign up in seconds for our MH Industry leading emailed news updates, click here.

ManufacturedHomeIndustry#1HeadlineNewsMHProNews

To see a sample of our emailed news update, click here. To sign up for the factory-built home industry’s #1 headline news, click here or the graphic above.

2) To pro-vide a News Tips and/or Commentary, click the link to the left. Please note if comments are on-or-off the record, thank you.

3) Marketing, Web, Video, Consulting, Recruiting and Training Re-sources

SoheylaKovachDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHLivingNewsSubmitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com. Soheyla is a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

Related Reports:

You can click on the image/text boxes to learn more about that topic.

Warren Buffett “Oracle of Omaha” HBO Documentary Berkshire Hathaway #Advexon Video

Senator Cory Booker – ‘We Need a President…to Enforce Antitrust Laws,’ Digging Warren, POTUS Trump

“Monopoly” in Manufactured Housing Alleged by George Allen, MHI Defender’s Turn by former Community-Investor, Self-Claimed EducateMHC Blogger

Capitalism vs. Socialism Town Hall Discussion, Plus Manufactured Housing Equities Updates

 

“Trailer Parks,” Presidential Candidate, Prior HUD Secretary Julian Castro on MH Community Operators, Residents Not Knowing Their Rights

Manufactured Housing Institute Housing Alert! “On Capitol Hill…MHI Advances Manufactured Housing Finance Reform,” Redux

Andy Gedo, Partner at ManageAmerica, Raises Clayton Homes Monopolistic Practices Debate; Manufactured Housing Institute Related Issues

Dr. Mark Calabria, FHFA Director Interview, Front Lines of GSE Reform, Manufactured Housing Impacts Ahead

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

“Lead, Follow … Or Get Out of The Way”