This report will provide the following details.
- Part I) Newly released data gathered on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as reported by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).
- Part II) A recent statement by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) with respect to new manufactured home shipment trends.
- Part III) MHProNews – Related Facts, Analysis and Commentary
With that outline, let’s dive in.
Part I: Latest HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Shipment Data
The following comments came from MHI’s recent plug of their upcoming fundraiser, err, annual event. It read as follows after our Part II heading.
Part II: Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Recent Comments
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What the above fails to mention is that other aspects of conventional housing are growing. See the latest data on that in the report linked below.
Part III MHProNews Facts, Analysis and Commentary
MHI’s statement above about shipments being “flat” is not accurate. MHI has contradicted their own prior statement below. New manufactured home shipments declined. Recall their prior statement below.
Further recall the stills below from the MHI video which touted their accomplishments, momentum and success which has, as predicted, now been removed from the MHI home page.
Then, ponder the MHI ‘razzle dazzle’ tactic of photo opportunities and similar video ops – exemplified at this link here – with public officials of either major party. That demonstrates their access. The recent bus tour stop at a Clayton Homes plant in Alabama further sheds light on the conflicted messages that are flowing from both HUD, MHI and Clayton Homes. Call it spin, gaslighting, manipulation or whatever. But the stark reality is that MHI has failed to do what they claimed would occur in their 2018 video above. If one believes MHI’s claims above – taking them at face value – what it proves is that their efforts have backfired. That’s further demonstrated by the latest data. It is also reflected in the Zillow research that MHLivingNews spotlighted in the report below.
There is only one trade publisher focused on manufactured housing that has systematically laid out the evidence of how manufactured housing has been subverted by a combination of forces inside the industry and from professionals at HUD, FHFA or others that have failed to enforce existing laws. One of several examples of how that has been accomplished is the report and evidence provided below.
To see examples of laws not being enforced, see the related reports above and below.
- fails to advise their members of a series of problematic issues that are heading toward ‘white hat independents’ (see examples, linked below)
- fails to enforce their own so-called Code of Ethical conduct, which means that prominent MHI members are sparking negative media, and fueling the call for new laws that may harm industry independents,
- then the reasons why NAMHCO and others breaking ranks publicly with MHI becomes more evident.
Ironically, Tim Williams arguably was correct when he said that what the industry should do is debunk every inaccurate statement. That being so, why have they created a new class of homes instead of defending the reputation of millions of good existing manufactured homes?
Ponder that, contrast that with what MHI has actually been doing for years. As the industry has stalled, consolidation has continued at discounted valuations. Follow the money to see who has benefited, why and how. Pay more attention to the results than to the posturing and claims that are being made by the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis.
There are reasons why some insider provided MHProNews the documents below tied to MHI and their new CEO.
There are reasons why MHI and the members of the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis won’t address these allegations, troubling facts, and in-your-face evidence.
Nothing will change until it is challenged and the status quo is fundamentally addressed and properly corrected.
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Submitted by Soheyla Kovach for MHProNews.com.Soheyla is a co-founder and managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com. Connect with us on LinkedIn here and here.