Consumer Group Leader, Manufactured Housing Institute Rep Agree to Stall Federal Action



There are a few things that a newcomer or longtime reader of MHProNews and our sister site must bear in mind. Despite the currently low ebb of the industry, the upside potential is nothing less than impressive. Few investment opportunities rival the potential of HUD Code manufactured homes. Those other options are often far less of ‘a sure bet’ as manufactured housing – properly understood and executed – represents.


There is what’s said in MHVille. Then there is the reality that the ‘powers that be’ may know to be debatably different than their media releases or statements to the industry’s members reflect.  

No one in manufactured housing trade media history have ever dissected, examined, and pulled back the layers of the HUD Code industry to discover its inner working as this publication and our sister site have in recent years. You and thousands of others have responded to those fact-checks and revelations by making this site the #1 trade media in our industry by far.  Others may brag about this or that, but however pretty they think their words or covers may be, they are replete with unexamined head fakes, documentable errors, and purported deception.  Those are aimed to keep the sleeping giant of manufactured homes as dormant as possible, for the profit – licit or not – of the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis.  


When someone carefully examines the publicly traded companies IR packets, thoughtful professionals ask questions. When the case for manufactured housing is so compelling, how is it that the industry is underperforming so badly?
When someone realizes that HUD Secretary Ben Carson has been trying to promote the industry as an affordable housing solution, why is it that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis has not done all that it can to promote Dr. Carson’s pro-manufactured housing industry message? Why have they at times done the reverse of promoting it?

To understand manufactured housing’s potential, one must know the huge need for affordable housing. They must also know that the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, and the potential value of other existing federal laws that deal with financing.

Insiders are also aware of the broader macro-economic and political forces at play.




While mainstream news has its value, some of it is little more than the talking points of this or that camp. Those camps have their Washington and state level surrogates and contacts.  

When someone does the math, here is what is clear. One trillion dollars is the low side estimate for the immediate need of affordable housing, over and above current housing spending. That figure could be significantly higher. While that figure is at retail and not the net, the bottom-line profit potential that trillion-dollar plus sum reflects is plenty of motivation for the kind of slippery behavior one has witnessed in MHVille in much of the 21st century.


There is per sources a relatively small group of insiders who are aware and part of the deception that has hamstrung manufactured housing for over a dozen years. Then there are the subordinates of those few, who are carrying out orders, perhaps wittingly, perhaps not. A growing number inside the industry understand elements of the ploy, but some believe they benefit from it and are largely silent publicly. Others are unsure, fearful, or waiting to see what happens next. There are several such sub-groups that can be identified. Some, like the quote above, are turning a blind eye. Wishing reality away won’t work.
Time and again, MHI’s general counsel, their president Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, their executive vice president (EVP) Lesli Gooch and their outside counsel have declined to explain away the evidence or concerns presented. Meanwhile, by contrast, third-party investigators are finding that the evidence presented by MHProNews and MHLivingNews to be compelling.
Is there anyone who seriously believes that Berkshire Hathaway with all of its assets, contacts, and media resources is unable to rapidly turn the fortunes of manufactured housing around if it so desired? Doesn’t that leave the logical conclusion that they and their allies want this manufactured home downturn? Follow the logic, evidence, and the money motivation.

The ploy at work in manufactured housing may in time make Bernie Madoff jealous.


Barring the unforeseen, there will be a series of inter-related special reports planned on MHProNews and MHLivingNews in the next 72 to 120 hours. They will deal with the headline topic. It will name names and provide specifics. 


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