Elder Abuse, Manufactured Homes, Liabilities and Publicly Traded Firms-plus Manufactured Housing Investment, Stock Updates

DowJonesIndustrialAverageYahoo12262019ManufacturedHousingIndustryInvestmentReportsManufacturedHomeProNewsCommunity associations and resident advocates alike have been making the issue of elder abuse part of the narrative impacting land lease communities and residents who may be 60 or older. This evening’s market focus will briefly introduce a topic that could be fertile ground for litigants, which means risky ground for business owners, managers and/or their investors.

On a day that yet another new record high was achieved on Nasdaq and the broader markets, let’s look at that topic that arguably ought be on the radar of investors in the manufactured home community and other sectors.


Periodic readers of this business-nightly feature should note there are a few tweaks to some of the standard portions of our evening market/investing report. Read carefully as some changes of the ‘standard text’ that follows before our left-right headlines and also in other features near the end of tonight’s reports.

Every evening our headlines that follow provide snapshots from two major media outlets on each side of the left-right news spectrum that reflect topics that influence or move investor sentiment. In moments on this business evening report, you can get ‘insights-at-a-glance.’

This report also sets the broader context for manufactured housing markets, in keeping with our mantra, “News through the lens of manufactured homes and factory-built housing” ©.

We begin with headlines left-of-center CNN followed by right-of-center Fox Business. We share closing tickers and other related data courtesy of Yahoo Finance, and more. 5 to 10 minutes reading this MHProNews market report every business night could save you 30 minutes to an hour of similar reading or fact-gathering elsewhere.

Perhaps more important, you will get insights about the industry from experts that care, but also dare to challenge the routine narrative that arguably keeps manufactured housing underperforming during an affordable housing crisis.


There are lots of place to get news, but no one else in manufactured housing provides “News through the lens of Manufactured Homes and Factory-Built Housing” © like MHProNews. The manufactured home industry is underperforming. Why? We explore that topic routinely, and graphics like the one below spotlight the next two links spotlight the realities of that vexing fact.
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Newsy, Peeling Back Media Bias, Manufactured Housing Sales, Investing, Politics, and You


Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business.

  • About those privacy emails – Here’s why so many companies are spamming your inbox with their new terms of service
  • Nasdaq hits 9,000 points for the first time
  • Last year, I predicted a recession in 2020. Risks have receded, but not for long
  • These are the biggest risks for stocks in 2020
  • Amazon has its best holiday season ever
  • The biggest shopping day of the year dwarfed Black Friday and Cyber Monday
  • Why this is the ‘most hated’ bull market of all time
  • Apple keeps killing off tech before you’re ready. Here’s why
  • Thinking of buying a home in 2020? Read this first
  • She’s 30 and the CEO of a $3 billion dating empire
  • Life outside of work for C-suite executives is just as messy as yours
  • ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ made $500 million in its first week
  • Our favorite gadget of the year
  • 10 cars that could make great investments in 2020
  • Colin Kaepernick’s sneakers with not-so-subtle message sold out online
  • The new plant-based craze: Vegan athletic shoes
  • A new Nike swimwear line includes a swim hijab
  • This company sells tuxedos made for women
  • What male CEOs are wearing
  • 5G is coming. Here’s one way to invest in the telecom boom
  • Decade’s best investment turned $1 into $90,000
  • Investors may be overly complacent about 2020
  • Energy stocks are the biggest losers of the decade
  • This app completely disrupted the trading industry


Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business.

  • Stocks rally to fresh records as Nasdaq blows past 9,000 mark for first time
  • World markets have rallied since President Trump said earlier this week that a trade deal with China was ready for signing.
  • FUTURE PERFECT: US economy is Christmas gift set to keep on giving
  • ELECTRIC SHOCK: Tesla, Elon Musk gear up after ‘proving the skeptics wrong’
  • Beginning of the end? New law will force small businesses to rethink staffing
  • Here’s what ‘Peloton husband’ got his real-life girlfriend for Christmas
  • Personal finance from 2010 – 2020: Here’s what may come next
  • Amazon to create hundreds of new jobs in southern state
  • Woman shocked to learn her Secret Santa is world-famous billionaire
  • O, snap: Ohio State embroiled in heated lawsuit over website’s logo ‘similarities’FDA approves ‘important new option’ for treating migrainesTHE HURT BLOCKER
  • FDA approves ‘important new option’ for treating migraines
  • Fed Chairman Powell sets himself up for epic showdown with Trump
  • YouTube’s highest-earners of 2019 includes 8-year-old who raked in $26M
  • $500K Birkin bags are Christmas investment gifts for these celebrities
  • Long-term mortgage rates hover at historic lows
  • Middle class? These are the states where you can live your best life
  • Embattled union honchos’ lavish spending exposed: Villas, four-figure dinners and more
  • American Airlines workers facing headwinds as court makes ruling amid pay dispute
  • Proposal would allow all drones in US airspace to be remotely tracked
  • 2019 home sales worth more than $100 million broke records
  • Navy picks online video platform over Super Bowl for ads
  • WATCH: Amazon top-seller makes leaving pets home alone a little easier
  • Gold unbowed after Kim Jong Un fails to deliver ‘Christmas surprise’
  • SEE PIC: ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek spotted at basketball game amid cancer battle
  • Burning Man organizers sue over millions in US permit fees
  • Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick severs all ties, dumps last 5.8M shares
  • Police blame couple’s burglary scare on robot vacuum
  • Dogs can count ⁠— especially when it comes to treats, study reveals
  • Holiday gifting: Retailers with the best and worst return policies
  • ‘Die Hard’ star Bruce Willis slashes mansion price by $5M
  • Kroger giveaway on Facebook is a hoax, grocer says
  • NBA rookie conducts Boston Pops orchestra holiday concert
  • ‘Friends’ will be ‘on a break’ from streaming services
  • The weirdest new job titles in new-age listings
  • Louisiana Catholics blessed by air in holy water flyby
  • San Francisco cafes are banishing disposable coffee cups
  • Holiday travel: Americans to hit the road in record numbers
  • Food and drink innovations for 2020
  • Curt Flood set off the baseball free-agent revolution 50 years ago
  • London-based firm says it’s buying Louisiana steel mill
  • Target under fire to shelve plastic bags

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The Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association (WMA) puts out a brochure on elder abuse and seniors’ rights. It’s not strong, but it is linked here. From that is the following.


More pointed are what MHPOA and Buffett-bucks supported MHAction also have information on the topic.


Those are reasons enough for prudent investors to sit up and take notice.

There is this definition from FindLaw. The bold text is added for emphasis.

QuoteMarkManufacturedHomeLivingNews“One commits elder abuse by subjecting a senior citizen to physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment; by neglecting or abandoning a senior; or by exploiting a senior for financial or material gain. Even self-neglect, whereby a senior citizen fails to perform essential self-care tasks, may be characterized as elder abuse for purposes of referring a case to adult protective services (APS).”


But behind the curtain of such facts is this. Certain business and association practices are arguably resulting in rises in site fees at rates that professionals should logically be able to anticipate will be harmful to significant numbers of seniors and others. The harms can be emotion stress that impacts health as well as financial stress that can also impact healthcare decisions. Who says? Among others, those residents who told their stories to the FHFA at the recent listening sessions that included Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

With that in mind, one should ponder the kinds of disclaimers and business practices that foster harm to customers current and future.

It is not easy to imagine a good reason for most independent businesses and the general public good for thwarting production and development of new manufactured home communities and more manufactured housing. Yet, there is consistent and at this point un-contradicted evidence that this is what is occurring in manufactured housing.


  • MHI
  • Key MHI members
  • At least some state associations in alliance with them
  • Possibly attorneys representing such operations
  • Board members of such operations
  • Investors
  • Public officials

are among those that should be concerned about the implications of years of failure to thwart good existing laws.

But there may be more.

What about the issue of Vexatious litigation?

Wikipedia says thatVexatious litigation is legal action which is brought solely to harass or subdue an adversary. It may take the form of a primary frivolous lawsuit or may be the repetitive, burdensome, and unwarranted filing of meritless motions in a matter which is otherwise a meritorious cause of action. Filing vexatious litigation is considered an abuse of the judicial process and may result in sanctions against the offender.”

When a community operator uses or threatens legal actions in connection with issues – rent control or others – that spring from business and association practices or failures to act, that may raise yet other legal concerns that could put certain law firms’ practices in potential jeopardy.

See related reports for more on the background to these issues that could result in liabilities, possible civil and/or criminal cases by public officials and or private plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Related Reports:

Manufactured Double Talk? Analyzing New Land-Lease Manufactured Home Community Developments

Minority Report – Why Majority Should Engage in Solvable Problems of Homelessness and Affordable Housing

Pragmatic, Positive Profitable Vision in a Negative World, Plus Manufactured Housing Sunday Headlines Review, 12.8 to 12.15.2019

Affordable Housing Experts Reveal Surprising Research Results, While Public Officials and Media Decry Corruption

Jennifer Reingold Questioned Berkshire-Clayton Deal; MHI GSEs Rocked by Tip-Document Drop, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

What Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Tim Williams, Berkshire Brands and Manufactured Housing Institute Leaders Fear


Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Closing Equities 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).



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