Follow the Money Trail in Manufactured Housing, Recent Nonprofit Research Reports on MHVille Shed Light on Manufactured Housing Industry Potential and Woes; plus Sunday Weekly Headlines Recap


Not since Andy Gedo of ManageAmerica has anyone in the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) orbit exhibited the ability or desire to publicly question the multi-year thesis advanced here on MHProNews and/or MHLivingNews about what has caused over two decades of manufactured home industry underperformance. This editorial viewpoint will make a simple case: no one since Gedo has had the guts, relative candor, or skill to either do an online, virtual, or in person presentation, explanation, or defense of MHI and their dominating corporate brands. That’s a tip of the hat to Gedo, but it is also a public challenge to anyone – anyone! – in the MHI or their corporate circle to properly explain and effectively defend what is once more demonstrated by third-party nonprofits to be the Kabuki Theatrics of the Arlington, VA based trade group (i.e.: MHI). Imagine: MHI dares tell their members and the world that they oppose manufactured home community resident protections, while also saying that they represent “all segments” of the manufactured home industry. That’s not enough for them, they also claim to represent “all segments” of factory-built housing. Pardon me, but the Modular Home Builders Association’s Tom Hardiman took issue with that when they took MHI apart publicly on their Clayton backed CrossModTM scheme. The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform has repeatedly taken MHI apart for that claim, when they time and again use facts, evidence, historic trends, and common sense to demonstrate that MHI does not represent the entire industry. Even MHI admits they don’t represent the interests of consumers – which is a pretty significant arena when your business model is dependent on consumers.

As evidence that even MHI admits that they don’t reflect the interests of residents, they said in a recent email to their members the following: “The letter was supported by MH Action, National Neighborworks Association and ROC USA.” Which letter? What does that letter say? See that report in our Saturday Daily Business News on MHProNews item, which is part of the industry’s most-followed roundup of “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use.” ©

There are blowhards who blog for MHI without directly saying as much. They routinely ignore reality by mentioning only those who parrot the MHI party line. It is an old propagandist’s tactic.

One of those shills for MHI attempts to mask their often pro-MHI narrative by tossing an occasional bone to MHARR or mentioning (obliquely) this publication or others that are opposed to MHI’s propaganda.

Restated, one sly propagandist is running interference (such as it is…) for another one. Lines like “put up or shut up” are mouthed, when their argument is a logic non sequitur. That same posturing and preening ‘educator’ of manufactured home communities has led his independent followers to be fed to the consolidating vultures and lions at MHI who are gobbling up the white hats that often cause states and federal officials to look askance at our industry’s “predators.” Neither MHI, nor those who provide the MHVille equivalent for CRC’s “deception and misdirection” cover for MHI can be properly understood unless the methods and meaning of “paltering” are understood.

A modification of the opening salvo at the top is in order.

The best discussion/debate about the true state of the manufactured housing industry was the one with Gedo. But Tim Williams with the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA), Jim Ayotte with the Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA) and Elizabeth Birch, J.D, attorney for the OMHA have all entered into more modest levels of debate. Once their opening salvo’s were refuted, none of them were willing to actually enter into a public debate. Neither has George F. Allen been willing to publicly debate this writer about the effectiveness of MHI or the true causes and possible cures for the industry’s 21st century limitations. Instead, Allen understandably runs for cover behind his military service in Vietnam, hurl boasts that as noted are logical non sequiturs. It is a magician’s slight of hand deployed as ‘rhetoric.’ Red herrings are another old trick.




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For the most part, Andy Gedo of ManageAmerica was respectful and fair-minded, while pressing his argument. The Gedo-Kovach discussion/debate over the issues that have kept manufactured housing underperforming in the 21st century are found at this link here:

But one must not overlook this broadside against MHI from Prosperity Now’s Doug Ryan, and that fact-check and analysis.

While MHI’s SVP Lesli Gooch has denied the charge, Doug Ryan at CFED which rebranded as Prosperity Now had their own mini-debate. See the context and the full ‘debate’ in the report, linked here.
MHI has been ducking accountability for years, as these documented examples reflect.

Back to MHI, instead of their would-be defenders and preening surrogate-bloggers.

What an incredibly flawed public posture for MHI to take on resident protections. MHI circulated their opposition letter to members of Congress, by their own admission. See that in the report linked below. It is thus a poor reflection on anyone sitting on an MHI board who is not at a minimum playing the role of anonymous whistleblower and tipster.

What sparks these remarks today?

Several of the new items for the week that was are linked further below in our weekly recap of MHVille headlines in review.

Those new pieces of evidence unpacked in reports are near the top of the list for motivations to challenge MHI, their attorneys, their corporate masters, or their surrogates to publicly debate their effectiveness in a manner akin to what Gedo and this writer did. Or let the debate be live on Zoom, GoToMeeting, or some similar platform that allows thousands of industry professionals to tune in and can record the debate for playback later for those who miss it live.

Among the new items is one from MHI rival MHARR – the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform. It will speak for itself. MHProNews will plan to unpack their newest Issues and Perspective by MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, J.D., perhaps later in the week ahead. Until then, you can read Weiss’ thoughts unfiltered via the link below.

But another news item is also by a nonprofit that MHProNews has highlighted several times. The Urban Institute has obvious ties to Warren Buffett, who has served as a lifetime trustee and donor. See what the Urban Institute researchers said about the manufactured housing industry and the reasons for its underperformance. Then check out our analysis of their statements.

With that latter paragraph in mind, don’t miss our postscript.

Day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year, this platform has faithfully named names and cited sources without twisting their words out of context. Only by fairly representing the views of a group or person can an honest evaluation of their methods and accomplishments (or lack thereof) occur.

With no further adieu, see the headline linked reports and analysis for the week that was from 8.7.2022 to 8.14.2022.

What’s New on MHLivingNews


What’s New from Washington, D.C. from MHARR in August 2022


What’s New on the Words of Wisdom by Tim Connor, CSP


The Latest on the Masthead


What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

Saturday 8.13.2022

Senator John Hickenlooper, Rep Cindy Axne Lead Members of Congress Challenge to FHFA Director Sandra Thompson on Manufactured Home Community Resident Issues; plus MHVille REITs, Stocks Updates

Friday 8.12.2022

‘Dirty Dozen’ News Roundup-FBI Whistleblower. IRS-Who’ll Be Audited? Trump Records Post-FBI ‘Raid.’ Gabbard-Banana Republic. Green New Steal? ‘Kill Trump’ Plot? Plus MHVille REITs Stocks Update

Thursday 8.11.2022

Manufactured Housing Builders ‘Hit Brakes’ as Retailers ‘Cancel Orders’ But Some Bright Spots per University Research; plus Manufactured Home Community REITs, Manufactured Housing Stock Updates

Wednesday 8.10.2022

Consumer Sentiment Crash, Lowest Level in Years for Buying, Selling Housing per Fannie Mae HPSI Survey, See Data; plus Manufactured Home Communities REITs, Manufactured Housing Stocks Update

Tuesday 8.7.2022

Time to Negotiate ‘Long Gone’-Former Official Explains Why FBI Raided Trump, Trump Supporters Voice Outrage – “Unprecedented”–Watergate Analogy, Biden, Clinton Questions; plus MHStock Updates

Monday 8.6.2022

‘Forced Out Without Warning,’ Government Officials and Manufactured Home Community Operator Battle – Residents, Robert Rosenfeld Impact – Facts, Analysis, Possible Implications

Sunday 8.5.2022

‘Depriving People of Their Rights, Property Until Their Children Wake Up Homeless on the Continent Their Fathers Conquered’ – Shocking Case Illuminates U.S. Tragedies; plus Sunday Weekly Recap


In fairness to the Urban Institute’s authors’ thesis shown in our deep dive on MHLivingNews, linked above, where they seem to have had some factual errors, they have been contacted to see if they would like to correct their mistakes.  That occurred during the weekend (8.13.2022). They deserve some time to respond.

Until they respond, recall that Warren Buffett’s involvement with the Urban Institute (UI) was previously unpacked in reports like the one linked here. UI can say their authors are independent, hmm, okay. But readers ought to be clearly advised as to the various ties so that they can discern for themselves if there was a possible influence or not. That said, our  industry-leading trade platforms have referenced the Urban Institute and their research numbers of times over the years.

That said, here are some of the pull quotes from UI authors Karan Kaul and Daniel Pang. Much of it is quite fine, which is noted in our outreach to them and in our MHLivingNews report linked above.

  • “Manufactured housing is the most affordable permanent housing option in the U.S.A. today. It is, as MHLivingNews has previously reported – and UI confirmed above – about half the cost per square foot as conventional housing. The quality of manufactured homes is significantly superior to many pre-HUD Code mobile homes. Kaul and Pang aptly make the point that the terminology matters, because a mobile home and manufactured home are distinctive. They were each built to different construction standards.”
  • Research also shows that when anchored properly, manufactured homes built after 1994 were at least as safe as site-built homes during tornadoes and hurricanes.
  • “…the share of new manufactured homes priced below $125,000 was 67.3 percent of new units shipped in 2021 (table 5). Note that the share of manufactured homes priced between $125,000 and $249,999 has jumped from 4.0 percent in 2014 to 32.1 percent in 2021. This suggests that manufactured housing has the potential to serve the needs of households priced out of site-built housing…”
  • “Additionally, if the right set of policies were put in place (i.e., zoning reforms to encourage more manufactured housing, as well as improvements to chattel financing), this number could be even higher. Most importantly, all these units would be created in the affordable segment of the market, mitigating the rising housing cost burdens low- and moderate income households face.”

The bulk of what Kaul and Pang wrote, and the bulk of their evidence, is quite good. There are apparent errors in claims and logic, which our analysis mentions some. If Kaul and Pang respond and correct, we’ll reflect such a pivot. If they fail to do what good researchers should, then other glitches can be illustrated and the possible motivations for their failure to correct will be questioned.

When an industry has members who express serious and evidence-based concerns about why it is underperforming, slight of hands (ignoring, dodging, ducking, using straw man or red herring tactics, etc.) should not be accepted by thoughtful professionals seeking the truth.

MHProNews and our MHLivingNews sister site have accurately quoted MHI and numbers of their top backers accurately and by name. Kevin Clayton, Tim Williams, Tom Hodges, and officials from Skyline Champion (SKY), Cavco Industries (CVCO), Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), and the list goes on from corporate, public officials, nonprofits, and more are shown in the quotable quote graphic below.  Note: in many devices and browsers you can click the image below, follow the prompts, and see this in a far larger and more readable size.  Or you can download it and open it on your own device.

“In the business world, the rear-view mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” – Warren Buffett. That begs a key question. Why don’t more people LOOK at the rearview mirror so they can learn more about the patterns that influence what’s ahead? Note: depending on your browser or device, many images in this report can be clicked to expand. Click the image and follow the prompts. To return to this page, use your back key, escape or follow the prompts. NOTE: in some browsers, click on the image to open the image in a new window. Then click to expand (plus sign). 

Restated: there is a prima facie case to be made that manufactured housing has been undermined from within with the apparent purpose of benefiting the larger brands who are consolidating the industry. When you follow the money trail, and ask ‘who benefits?’ (cui bono?), that is the obvious answer.


Otherwise, if one doesn’t think that they are ‘failing on purpose’ while posturing efforts that superficially may seem sound, one must think that MHI is led by inept and self-deluded fools. We don’t think that MHI are led by inept or deluded fools. Rather, the evidence suggests that they are cunning. They palter, spin, and omit because that is the only way the corporate powers that dominate MHI can hope to keep the independents on board at the state and national levels. Do they want to debate that? Anyone ready for that discussion or debate? Put up or shut up?

But that ‘put up or shut up’ is someone else’s line. It is a bit like any cheap pick-up line deployed at a bar or dark corner here or overseas. Here, we believe in free speech. We believe in honest, open debate.

And when honest debate or arguments are avoided, we will point that out, so that thoughtful people can see where the strong arguments are and where the weak ones are.

Habits, ego, fear, so-called short-term pragmatism, subversion from those who – like Allen?! – acknowledge the grumblings of disappointed pros but won’t act in favor of it – these are among the reasons that a new post-production trade group have not yet emerged.

Manufactured housing ought to be soaring. Yes, it is growing.

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But this once far greater industry could be several performing at several times its current size. The report and analysis of the Urban Institute report – properly understood – make that point. Digest it and share it.

In closing, MHProNews noted anew that from time to time, a once mighty or lauded corporation or billionaire falls in court.


MHProNews spotlights granular issues in manufactured housing, but also takes a periodic look at macro issues too. This is to set the concerns of our industry into a broader context. In order to solve our industry’s problems, good existing laws must be properly enforced. There is no
need to wait years for legislation that in the past has often led to little or no discernable benefit.

Yes, taking on the billionaire class and their tenacles in MHVille ought to be entered with eyes open. But there are reasons for hope.


Not since Andy Gedo has an extended discussion or debate occurred in the manufactured housing arena. OMHA’s Williams and Birch folded quickly. So too did FMHA’s Ayotte. To their credit, at least they made the effort, which neither MHI nor their board members or attorneys have done.


It is facts, evidence, and analysis like this that keep thousands of MHVille pros flocking to these pages day by day. Will some decide to organize their own post-production trade group and fight back at some point? Maybe yes, or maybe no. But if that ever occurs in an authentic way, the potential for the industry is spelled out in part in that report and analysis on the UI’s Kaul and Pang’s thesis. Manufactured housing could be several times its current production levels. Who said? Ironically, an ex-MHI president and CEO. How is that accomplished? For the answer, look to another ex MHI president and CEO.

Still and quote are from the video posted on this page.
Chris Stinebert’s comment only makes sense if one believes that the industry’s largest trade association – MHI – was somehow failing in those categories. Note that on the resale front, that could also be an oblique slam on MHVillage. When the Stinebert parting message is carefully considered, knowing that he is said to have signed an NDA – non-disclosure agreement – the comments are a polite slap in the face of the trade group he was leaving. See remarks from an MHI personality at this link here:

We rest our case. Stay tune for what the next set of headlines reveal, here at the one and only source for “Intelligence for your MHLife” © here at MHProNews and MHLivingNews, where “We Provide, You Decide.” ©  ##


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Our son has grown quite a bit since this 12.2019 photo. All on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested in our manufactured housing industry related concerns. But Congressman Al Green’s office was tremendous in their hospitality. Our son’s hand is on a package that included the Constitution of the United States, bottled water, and other goodies.

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Tony earned a journalism scholarship and earned numerous awards in history and in manufactured housing.

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