There are more reasons than this one dozen to oppose the start of a new national post-production manufactured housing trade association. But those noted are sufficient to get the ball rolling on the timely discussion ahead of the 2019 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show.
Some of these are subtle. So, be advised, and read them with care.
1) Manufactured housing shouldn’t get any bigger than it already is, at least, not anytime soon. The fact that the industry once produced over 550,000 new homes built two years in a row, or hit 372,000 plus new HUD Code manufactured homes in 1998, are not a reason enough for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) to want to exceed 100,000 shipments in 2018, while RVs continue to outsell MH by some 5 to 1.
2) The Arlington, VA based MHI wants you to know that the manufactured housing industry has too many trade associations already. The fact that other housing sectors – and other numerous industries – have far more trade groups and associations than manufactured housing has is irrelevant to the fine folks in Arlington, VA. Emotion – or if necessary, power – not logic, should rule.
3) Don’t worry about the fact that manufactured homes are increasingly being zoned out of areas that once allowed or embraced them. Or that several states are witnessing declines in new manufactured home sales, even while an affordable housing crisis is growing. Far more important that ‘we should all speak with one voice in manufactured housing,’ says the MHI party line. That one voice should come from those closely-aligned with metro Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington connected operations.
4) If there is any difference in viewpoints that deviates from any official position held by MHI or Knoxville-metro based Clayton Homes, those opposing manufactured housing (MH) viewpoints should shut up, get out of the industry, be forced to sell out there financial interests at a discounted valuation, or otherwise ought to be driven out-of-business. See number 3 above; only 1 voice is needed in all of manufactured housing.
5) MH Pros and MH Investors only need one official source of news and information. Listening to anyone other than a pro-MHI or pro-Clayton voice is treasonous. For more, ask those who have publicly and privately called for boycotts of all non-conforming manufactured housing news, analysis, and information sources. See numbers 3 and 4 above.
6) Accuracy in information is overrated. MHI is correct often enough to please Omaha and Knoxville. That must be why MHI President Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison and his colleagues are getting annual bonuses. See points 3, 4, and 5 above.
7) Style should trump substance, with the pun intended.
8) The Illusion of Motion and having a good time at an MHI event that earns the Arlington based trade group hundreds of thousands of dollars a year is smart for the powers that be, and all other viewpoints don’t matter.
9) Photos with leading political figures and MHI leaders ought to give confidence that all is well for MHVille. Any other viewpoint, should see 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 above.
10) Ignore the fact that online videos that mock or are critical of manufactured housing, or that blast Clayton Homes, often get far more views than those videos produced by MHI that praise Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington leadership. Don’t let facts like that bother you. See 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 above.
11) Pay no attention to the fact that Clayton’s Market Share of manufactured housing went from about 13 percent to some 50 percent in only some 15 years. Don’t be concerned about what that trend-line might mean for your firm. See 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 above.
12) Pay no attention to the fact that Warren Buffett himself says that he only wants to buy things that are a value, meaning, at a discounted price. The fact that low sales volume in manufactured housing happens to play into that Warren Buffett moat strategy is merely a coincidence. There is no there, there. There is nothing to worry about. If you doubt that, see 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11 above.
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Let fear, habit, going-along-to-get-along, drinking, drugs, sex, threats, blackmail, extortion, or any other reasons motivate you to not want to rock-the-boat or change the status quo for the better. See the related reports, below the byline and notices. Facts don’t matter, if they contradict the views of your betters from the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis. If you don’t get it, look up the meaning of ‘satire.’
Is that too subtle?
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