“Attack Threatens” to “Eliminate Affordable Manufactured Housing” – Facts & Analysis; plus, Manufactured Home Stock Updates


Yes, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) said that ‘hundreds’ of form emails have been sent by MHI members and/or affiliate members regarding the looming Department of Energy (DOE) rule. Yes, MHI admits that this would be harmful to the industry. But MHI has apparently left out some key items. They have claimed an achievement, the delay of this rule, that was specifically requested by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), which has been on this issue since 2007. Where is MHI’s evidence that they even made such a request? By contrast, MHARR specifically asked for more time in their comments. Perhaps more important, a DOE document tip makes it clear that this was an unreported MHI outreach to DOE that apparently belies MHI’s posturing.


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Additional, as MHProNews first reported almost 2 years ago, Warren Buffett and other allies of his apparently helped fund the lawsuit that brought the industry to this risky position.




There will be more following the MHARR comments, which said in part that the DOE rule “attack that threatens to eliminate mainstream, affordable manufactured housing as it exists today.”


MHARR Supplemental Comments Urge MHCC to Intensify Opposition to DOE Energy Rule

NOVEMBER 16, 2021

                       MHARR STATE AFFILIATES
                       MHARR TECHNICAL REVIEW GROUP


FROM:           MHARR



             Comments submitted to the statutory Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) (see, copy attached) urge the MHCC to redouble its already-stated opposition to the proposed manufactured housing “energy conservation” rule published by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on August 26, 2021 and a related Notice of Data Availability (NODA) published on October 26, 2021.

MHARR’s comments to the MHCC concerning the DOE NODA, filed on November 12, 2021, are in advance of an MHCC meeting scheduled for November 19, 2021, to consider additional information and analysis set forth in the NODA, allegedly in further support of the DOE-proposed energy standards that could add more than $12,000 to the retail cost of a new double-section manufactured home, without even considering the cost impact of new and additional testing, enforcement and regulatory compliance requirements that would be necessitated by the new standards.

MHARR, for its part, has consistently opposed DOE energy standards for manufactured homes since the matter was first broached in 2007 (the only industry organization to do so), as representing an unnecessary, destructive and discriminatory burden on lower and moderate-income Americans that will needlessly exclude millions of potential purchasers from the manufactured housing market and from homeownership (with all of its attendant benefits) altogether.

In addition to the comments provided to the MHCC on the October 26, 2021 NODA, MHARR will also file separate supplemental comments with DOE to address the specific assertions set forth in the NODA. Those comments will be filed, as usual, in advance of the November 26, 2021 comment deadline and made available to industry members for use or reference in their own comments.

As it has previously, MHARR urges other industry organizations and members to submit their own comments in opposition to the DOE proposed rule and NODA as a needless, destructive and extreme act of regulatory overreach. Ultimately, however, as MHARR has emphasized previously, court action by the industry may be necessary to stop this baseless attack on the industry’s homes and American consumers of affordable housing – an attack that threatens to eliminate mainstream, affordable manufactured housing as it exists today.

cc: Other HUD Code Industry Manufacturers, Retailers, Communities and State Associations


Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)
1331 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Suite 512
Washington D.C. 20004
Phone: 202/783-4087
Fax: 202/783-4075
Website: manufacturedhousingassociation.org

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The image below is provided by MHProNews, and is not from the MHARR release.

While MHI postures to its trusting industry readers via email and in other ways that they are opposed to this looming DOE energy rule, evidence to the contrary such as this letter speaks to a different reality. It is difficult to grasp what has kept manufactured housing underperforming for over 2 decades without a clear understanding of the notions of paltering, spin, “Deception and Misdirection.”  Put briefly, there is clear evidence that MHI says one thing, but on all too many occasions directly and/or through the various resources of dominating members can undermine the very efforts that they claim to be working toward. NOTICE. Several images on our site can be clicked in certain browsers to reveal a larger size. This is one of them. Click the image, follow the prompts. 

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An industry skeptic once observed that MHARR and MHI have overlapping members. That’s true. But that does not mean that MHARR is just another shadow boxer, somehow akin to MHAction is to MHI, both receiving Buffett bucks.

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MHAction, given repeated opportunities to stand up for specific steps that would benefit consumers as well as ‘white hat’ brands in manufactured housing arguably demurred; see the reports linked above.  That’s mentioned because in an era of deceptions big and small, MHARR stands because they have decades of history that reveals them to be a beacon of authentic advocacy on behalf of their members.  As a stating the obvious disclosure, MHARR is an advertiser on our site.

  • That said, at various times, so too was MHI, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corporation, and others such as MHVillage, to name but a few.
  • On topic after topic of of critical importance to unlock opportunities for robust growth, MHARR has gone above and beyond their specific mandate of representing producers of HUD Code manufactured housing.
  • By contrast, MHI et al are often apparently guilty of posturing efforts without doing what logically should follow their pretty words.
  • The fact that some producers of HUD Code manufactured housing that are MHI members does not keep them from supporting MHARR. They may do so for a range of reasons, from hedging their bets, to realizing that MHI’s dominating brands need a check from within the industry.

A quick review of recent developments demonstrates just what a sad charade MHI appears to be. MHI and MHARR on paper often say some similar things.

For instance:

  • On the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA), both MHARR’s Mark Weiss, and MHI’s CEO Lesli Gooch have spoken out in favor of implementing “enhanced preemption.” But MHI has yet to engage in any known legal effort to promote the enforcement of enhanced preemption. MHI’s several times the size in staff and budget of MHARR. MHARR specifically states they are producers group. MHI, by contrast, says that they “represent” “all segments” of manufactured housing (or they may say, of ‘factory built housing’).  If so, then why does MHI’s posturing without action tend to benefit consolidators at the expense of independently owned firms? If MHI truly represents all segments, why are they not suing in court to get the MHIA enforced? After all, a Tiny House nonprofit and the Institute of Justice have teamed up to do just that to promote tiny houses in Calhoun, GA.
  • So why hasn’t MHI done something similar, say, in Ayden NC, where Rev. Ivory Mewborn has been advocating for the Taft family’s rights to buy a manufactured home?


  • Meaning, MHI will say the right things without doing the right things – isn’t that the pattern for roughly the past 2 decades? Not only has MHI not done their own stated job, they apparently – in concert with their dominating brands – have kept state associations that they call ‘affiliates’ from doing their job too. MHARR invited dozens of state associations to work with them to get enhanced preemption legally enforced. But MHI ‘affiliates’ failed to accept the MHARR offer.

On getting more lending, MHI has claimed to support more lending. But when their behavior is closely examined, it reveals a darker reality that Prosperity Now’s Doug Ryan has aptly called out publicly.  The second link below reveals that MHI, which loves to tout their ‘housing partners,’ failed to join some of their own ‘partners’ and own members in signing onto a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) that urges them to move the GSEs to do what MHI claims to want. Can you spell posturing without performance? Blatant capital H Hypocrisy?

See his context and the full ‘debate’ context in the report, linked here. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/epic-kevin-clayton-moat-rant-analysis-lesli-gooch-debate-defense-doug-ryan-charge-end-clayton-monopoly-over-manufactured-housing-breaching-buffett-berkshire-clayton-monopolistic-moat-method/


So, when this is the pattern that stands publicly unrefuted by MHI, their own attorneys, and dominating brands, why should anyone trust MHI on this DOE Energy issue?

MHARR has warned that this threat is so grave that legal action may be needed. It remains to be seen what MHARR will specifically announce on that topic. That said, why hasn’t MHI even mentioned legal action to stop this DOE energy rule, if needed? Could it be that they want this rule, as one more tactic in the Buffett moat toward consolidation of the industry?

To learn more, see the linked related reports.

Goch is a paid mouthpiece for MHI. This pull quote from a letter from Goch is fascinating. On the one hand, Goch says that MHI is working for the interests of all, and wants all points of view. But then, Goch threatens in writing an then MHI member who dared question the association. They can not have it both ways. Part of the irony is that in hindsight, as the evidence mounts, it becomes obvious that MHI has postured efforts for almost 20 years, since the start of the Berkshire era of manufactured housing began. Coincidence? Or just part of a broader plan that has benefited a few at great cost and harm to the many? https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/sun-communities-official-q2-2021-results-inversion-spencer-roane-letter-manufactured-housing-institute-scientia-potentia-est-plus-manufactured-home-stock-updates/
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Next up is our business daily recap of yesterday evening’s market report, related left-right headlines, and manufactured housing connected equities.

The Business Daily Manufactured Home Industry Connected Stock Market Updates.  Plus, Market Moving Left (CNN) – Right (Newsmax) Headlines Snapshot. While the layout of this daily business report has been evolving over time, several elements of the basic concepts used previously are still the same. For instance. The headlines that follow below can be reviewed at a glance to save time while providing insights across the left-right media divide. Additionally, those headlines often provide clues as to possible ‘market-moving’ news items.


Market Indicator Closing Summaries – Yahoo Finance Closing Tickers on MHProNews…


DowJones11.16.2021YahooManufacturedHousingMajorMarketSnapshotatCloseMHProNewsHeadlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from the evening of 11.16.2021

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  • Wall Street bonuses are set to surge at least 20% this year
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  • JPMorgan is suing Tesla over Elon Musk’s tweets
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  • This infamous Steve Bannon quote is key to understanding America’s crazy politics
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  • KFC wants customers to ditch the drive-thru
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  • McDonald’s is returning the Egg McMuffin to its original price
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  • What will your raise look like in 2022? There’s good news and bad news
  • How to figure out how much money you really make
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Headlines from right-of-center Newsmax – evening of 11.16.2021

  • Lawyer: Bannon ‘Had No Choice’ But to Reject Subpoena
  • Former White House strategist Steve Bannon, center, and his lawyer, David Schoen, right, pause to speak with reporters after departing federal court, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Washington.
  • “Once privilege is invoked… Mr. Bannon had no choice,” David Schoen, the attorney now representing former Trump adviser Steve Bannon said Tuesday. [Full Story]
  • Newsmax TV
  • Alaska Gov. Dunleavy: Biden Moves Against Oil Leaves US Weak | video
  • Tenney: Spending Bill’s Aims For Green New Deal ‘Scary’ | video
  • Gordon Chang: Biden Didn’t Mention COVID Origins to Xi on Purpose | video
  • Buddy Carter: GOP at Infrastructure Bill Signing ‘Pouring Salt in the Wound’ | video
  • Meuser: Infrastructure Bill Too Tied to ‘Bogus’ Spending Demands | video
  • Greene: Bannon Charges Will Backfire on Dems | video
  • Meuser to Newsmax: Infrastructure Plus Spending Bills Equals ‘Disaster’ | video
  • More Newsmax TV
  • Newsfront
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  • JPMorgan Chase & Co has sued Tesla Inc for $162.2 million, accusing [Full Story]
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  • Jury Begins Deliberating at Kyle Rittenhouse Murder Trial
  • The jury began deliberating Tuesday at the murder trial of Kyle [Full Story]
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  • President Joe Biden pressed his Chinese counterpart on Beijing’s [Full Story]
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  • Gordon Chang to Newsmax: Biden Didn’t Mention COVID Origins to Xi on Purpose |video
  • Florida Woman Whose Family Sued Hospital for Ivermectin Dies
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  • NYC to Permit Revelers for New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
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  • The U.S. Pentagon racked up its fourth comprehensive audit failure, [Full Story]
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  • Lawsuits filed around the country challenging the Biden [Full Story]
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  • More Finance
  • Health
  • Pfizer Asks FDA to Authorize Promising COVID-19 Pill
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Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Equities Closing Tickers

Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.

                          • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
                          • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).
                          • NOTE: Deer Valley was largely taken private, say company insiders in a message to MHProNews on 12.15.2020, but there are still some outstanding shares of  the stock from the days when it was a publicly traded firm.  Thus, there is still periodic activity on DVLY.
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As the Summer of 2021 draws to a close

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All on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested. But Congressman Al Green’s office was tremendous in their hospitality. Our son’s hand is on a package that included a copy of the Constitution of the United States and other goodies. Tamas has grown considerably since this photo was taken. 

By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHProNews.
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