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MHC Residents, Black Business and Nonprofit Leaders, Others Point to Harmful, Corrupt Practices, plus Sunday Manufactured Housing Headlines in Review 12.1 to 12.8.2019

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The recent Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) listening session in Washington, D.C. and their aftermath have added wrinkles to a growing body of evidence of corrupt and harmful practices purportedly involving federal officials, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, certain business and related nonprofits. To oversimplify, aspects of federal laws that aimed …

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Remember Pearl Harbor, Freedom Isn’t Free – Plus, Michael Moore vs. Rush Limbaugh – MHVille Lessons

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This first video reminds everyone that factually accurate reporting occurs across the left-right divide. On December 7, 1941 is recalled as a “day that will live in infamy,” when the Japanese pulled a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. While there is much more that could be said, the bottom line …

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Employment Hits 50 Year Best, Stocks Soar, MHVille Impacts? Plus, Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

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The latest job creation and unemployment data is in. The reports reflect the best job numbers in 50 years, per the Labor Department of left-of-center CNBC’s analysis of their data. What that should mean for manufactured housing will be our focus for this evening. As a just for funnies side …

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SEC, Cavco Industries, Duty to Serve Lending, Investing and Claimed Manufactured Housing Institute Corrupt Practices – Facts & Analysis

SECCavcoIndustriesSecurities and Exchange Commission (SEC) law and regulations are a specialized arena of legal practice. A simple Google search demonstrates that point. The SEC is tasked with regulating publicly traded companies. It was the SEC that issued a subpoena to former Cavco Industries (CVCO) Chairman and CEO Joe Stegmayer and his firm in 2018. When that was made public by the firm’s announcement just over a year ago, CVCO stock fell sharply. A series of plaintiffs’ shareholders legal inquiries followed. Cvco legal Public statements by Cavco make it clear that they’ve spent millions in insurance and other legal defensive strategies. The firm’s stock, in fits and starts, has slowly climbed back. graphic At the recent Washington, D.C. listening session, Mark Weiss, J.D., President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) cited Cavco’s own public statements about Duty to Serve manufactured housing by the FHFA regulated Enterprises of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as a reason why the industry is underperforming. MHARR David Dworkin made a statement in his comments letter about DTS and manufactured housing. Given his prior role with Fannie Mae, Dworkin said that Fannie had the resources to do what was necessary to fully implement the 2008 law. That stood in stark contrast to what the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Executive Vice President (EVP) and CEO-elect Lesli Gooch’s comments letter on the same topic stated. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/david-dworkin-national-housing-conference-compared-and-contrasted-with-lesli-gooch-manufactured-housing-institute-on-fannie-mae-freddie-mac-proposed-modifications-to-fhfa-on-duty-to-serve-finance/ It must not be forgotten that Cavco’s ability to grow their market share was accomplished in good measure by the support from Third Avenue Value Fund (TAVX?). They cut all of their stock holding in Cavco not long before the official word of the SEC subpoena was made public. Coincidence? https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/new-investigation-insider-trades-hedge-fund-dumps-cavco-industries-cvco/ Besides essentially ignoring the allegations of antitrust and other legal issues involving 21st Mortgage Corporation and Clayton Homes, MHI stands credibly accuses of several problematic practices that arguably harm manufactured housing’s performance in the marketplace. However, they posture for their members the opposite, using photo ops, videos, rewarded surrogates, their own messages and other ‘evidence’ of their self-proclaimed clout. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/saturday-satire-and-executive-summaries-for-manufactured-housing-professionals-investors-advocates-researchers-public-officials-and-investigators/ But a close examination of statements by EVP and CEO-elect Lesli Gooch and others at MHI routinely reveals a pattern of purported paltering. That’s a mix of accurate, misleading and/or false information designed to fool those who may not be paying close attention. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/investor-alert-manufactured-housing-institute-paltering-concerns-fannie-maes-duty-to-serve-plus-manufactured-housing-investing-stocks-updates/ Tim Williams, former chairman of MHI, still a board member, and president and CEO of the Berkshire Hathaway owned 21st Mortgage Corporation has a lengthy history of statements and actions that when added up amount to an arguable effort on their part to divert Duty to Serve away from mainstream manufactured housing. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/newsletter/2019/11/18/mh-finance-war-surprising-tim-williams-21st-statements-realtors-mh-praise-bellwether-fun-insightful-satire-with-mhis-lesli-gooch-tax-tip/ MHI – Nonprofit Carrying Out Who’s Wishes? MHI’s messages and website state that they represent all segments of manufactured and factory built housing. But even a casual attention to what was said by numerous speakers at the 12.2.2019 FHFA listening session revealed numerous voices that would strongly object to that claim. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/i-was-moved-literally-crying-duty-to-serve-manufactured-housing-underserved-markets-dc-meeting-plus-manufactured-home-investing-stock-updates/ Among the problematic practices in Arlington, VA based MHI are purported tacit tolerance of business practices that spark negative media, public officials and other backlash. They also demonstrably fail to push for the full enforcement of those portions good laws that might benefit manufactured housing, a claim when asked to respond to they routinely decline commenting on. DTS - with statements of not only Weiss’ comments or Dworkin’s - but numerous others at the FHFA listening session on December 2, 2019 illustrates the gaping disconnect between MHI’s claims to represent all aspects of manufactured and factory built housing while doing more photo and video opportunities that posture efforts while producing no measurable results. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/study-in-contrasts-lesli-gooch-v-mark-weiss-manufactured-housing-duty-to-serve-presentations-spotlight-lack-of-proper-lending/ Tony State association executives that once used to periodically raise concerns about MHI’s lack of effort have either left the association for their failure to perform, or have effectively been silenced through tactics described in the in the report linked from the text image box below. JD Neal https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/pendleton-harper-bowersox-manufactured-housing-associations-carrots-sticks-report-plus-sunday-weekly-industry-headlines-review-11-24-to-12-1-2019/ Tim Williams’ own stated logic stands starkly unfulfilled, as does the advice of the late Howard Walker, J.D., then with Equity LifeStyle Properties. Tim Howard It should be noted that some of the very people who now seek to divert attention away from our reports previously praised them. Tim Howard Apparently, once we uncovered - through insider tips, documents and other evidence – the realities vs. the posturing, MHProNews and our sister site became persona non grata? Clayton The de facto beneficiary of the status quo on DTS and a lack of reforms at FHA, is 21st Mortgage Corporation and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF) both sister companies wholly owned by the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, which also owns Clayton Homes. The FHA’s top man is Brian Montgomery, who is backed by MHI for a Trump Administration nomination to be HUD’s next Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Wiki have told MHProNews that since Montgomery return to HUD, Trump Administration agenda reforms at HUD have slowed dramatically. Is it a coincidence that MHI claims a cozy relationship with Montgomery and reforms are slowing? Carol Fox Lavin Sources in and out of HUD have told MHProNews that while Secretary Carson may or may not be informed about the nuances of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, specifically the enhanced preemption issue, by contrast Montgomery knows the law well. If so, that logically means that Montgomery is part of the internal roadblocks at HUD that keep the law from being properly enforced. The importance of the law is not disputed by MHI or MHARR, both of whom agree on paper that the law needs to be fully enforced. However, MHI – which clearly has greater access and is focused on post-production, not just production related issues as MHARR is, seems to be making more of a show of supporting enhanced preemption than actually pushing for it effectively. Who benefits from that behavior? Who is harmed? The beneficiaries short term would be larger producers and consolidators. Smaller companies have a demonstrably more difficult time fighting regulatory hurdles, and NAM and others have documented. NAM Long As to who is harmed, the answers are millions. Those who are among the 111 million in many ways ‘trapped’ in rental housing who could afford to own would be among them. But so too are those who already own manufactured homes, who due to a lack of enforcement of useful portions of laws like DTS and enhanced preemption find themselves with fewer placement, lending or other options. There is a case to be made for a serious need for several federal and/or state and other legal investigations by public officials into Clayton, 21st, VMF, Cavco, MHI and possibly Skyline Champion (SKY) among other MHI members for potentially illegal practices. Bob MHARR and some resident leaders are pushing for public hearings need to be held to apprise the public of problematic practices tied to these organizations. MHARR Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger should arguably be among those asked to testify under oath, as should Kevin Clayton, Tim Williams, Nathan Smith, Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, Jason Boehlert, Lesli Gooch, Mark Bowersox, Brian Montgomery, Pam Danner, Teresa Payne, Tom Heinemann and Rick Robinson, among others. Among those others should be William ‘Bill’ Matchneer, and certain officials from MHARR - who are uniquely positioned to shed light on various circumstances and insights into industry practices as it pertains to enhanced preemption, DTS, the 10/10 rule at FHA, and more. There are clearly good reasons why lawmakers, media, and federal officials from a variety of agencies are investigating Berkshire brands and others with clear ties to MHI. https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/five-point-plan-for-affordable-housing-and-manufactured-home-living-recovery/ Tens of millions of real people are plainly being harmed by the status quo. Who says? Among others, that is a basic premise of the White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing chaired by HUD Secretary Carson. When they say that regulatory barriers - including zoning and rent control - are root issues, then the various forms of market manipulation fostered by the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their ‘big boy’ allies must be scrutinized to discern their role in these issues. With affordable housing being a key issue, and with the lack of proper implementation of good existing laws being a contributing factor to the status quo, this is an issue fraught with risks for many in and beyond Washington, D.C. Takeaways? Given decades of useful third-party research that routinely praised manufactured homes, it is difficult to imagine how manufactured housing can be performing so poorly, absent incompetence or some scheme designed to consolidate the industry during an affordable housing crisis. The people at MHI are routinely well educated. That mitigates against an argument for incompetence. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/affordable-manufactured-housings-puzzling-contemporary-condition-revealed-by-quotable-quotes-from-residents-professionals-expert-researchers-advocates-public-officials-graphics-and-repo/ As those researchers noted in the report linked above, herein and others below the byline have detailed, manufactured homes is a much-needed product that performs in a uniquely beneficial fashion for those seeking affordable housing. Secretary Carson has argued as much on several occasions. Carson That said, Dr. Carson’s role at the agency he leads has the authority to have HUD’s general counsel intervene in cases of problematic zoning and placement issues and/or to ask the Department of Justice to take on such cases. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/bombshells-former-hud-manufactured-housing-program-administrator-bill-matchneer-cavcos-manuel-santana-statements/ There is much known, as the linked report and this outline makes plain. But there are also details that can only be discovered and unpacked by those who have subpoena powers. The SEC, HUD, FTC, DOJ along with other possible federal and state agencies need to investigate. Investors where already harmed once at Cavco, are other such harms looming? The logical answer is yes, so long as the status quo continues. Media like this platform reports and to some degree can advocate. But it is public officials who are tasked with the job of making sure laws are enforced. 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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) law and regulations are a specialized arena of legal practice. A simple Google search demonstrates that point. The SEC is tasked with regulating publicly traded companies. It was the SEC that issued a subpoena to former Cavco Industries (CVCO) Chairman and CEO Joe Stegmayer and …

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Conventional Housing News Could Be Manufactured Housing Bright Spot, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

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According to Realtor.com, “Home sales will drop, the housing shortage could become the worst in U.S. history, and home values will shrink in some cities,” said CNBC. That 2020 forecast from Realtor.com is from an organization with one of the largest databases of housing statistics available. As troubling as that …

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Giant RHP Properties, Manufactured Housing Institute National Communities Council Member, Facing Senator’s Claim They’re Violating State Law

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Residents, including activists with Warren Buffett donation backed MHAction, are protesting another rent hike by giant community operator RHP Properties. In doing so they obtained support from Democratic State Senator James Skoufis who called their behavior clearly illegal under their state’s new rent control law. RHP denied that charge, saying …

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21st Mortgage News Tip – Not Just DTS Chattel Lending Being Diverted, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

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The Duty to Serve manufactured housing – most often of interest to the lack of personal property or ‘home only’ chattel lending – has been at center stage recently. But not to be forgotten are other lending options that have also been mysteriously sidelined, while higher rate loans take their …

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More Mixed News on October 2019 Manufactured Housing Production, Shipment Data

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The good news, per the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) latest production data for October 2019 is that shipments are up year-over-year. The production trend, which means shipments too, are back up. The problematic points realistically are numerous. But problems – properly understood and navigated – spell opportunities …

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#1 Texas Latest Oct 2019 Shipment Data, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

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The short version of the latest data, per the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) to Manufactured Home Pro News (MHProNews) is that the totals rose compared to September 2019, but are down year over year and compared to October 2018. On a day when China-US trade news sent the broader …

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Study in Contrasts-Lesli Gooch v Mark Weiss, Manufactured Housing Duty to Serve Presentations Spotlight Lack of Proper Lending

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Accuracy is – or should be – a hallmark of journalism, including trade journalism. Actionable insights ought to be part of the mix as well for those writers who want to see the most proven form of affordable housing in America flourish instead of struggle after years of seemingly intractable …

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“I was Moved, Literally Crying” – Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing, Underserved Markets DC Meeting – plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

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The final speaker at today’s “listening session” at the Federal Housing Finance Agency offices was Maurice Jourdain-Earl, shown in the featured photo this evening with his wife. Jourdain-Earl is the Managing Director of Compliance Tech. The pull quote at the top was how he opened his address earlier today. An …

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Huge “Landmark Case” – Law Firm Wins Millions for Manufactured Home Community Residents, Broader Industry Impacts Ahead?

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It is a legal victory being hailed by plaintiffs as a “landmark case” securing a record settlement against a community operator that attorneys said left their residents in squalor while raising site rents rapidly. Readers can decide if that claim is hyperbole, or if this now settled case should send …

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Pendleton, Harper, Bowersox – Manufactured Housing Associations Carrots & Sticks Report – plus Sunday Weekly Industry Headlines Review 11.24 to 12.1.2019

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Time has passed since I briefly spoke with JD Harper of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA). We were at the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show and were walking in different directions in a public place. Some years earlier at a different industry event JD and I chatted a bit longer …

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Vexing Questions Dogging Manufactured Home Industry Go Unanswered by Key Figures

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There are any number of issues that arise day-by-day that impact manufactured housing that may have little or nothing to do with the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). Something similar could be said of several key MHI member companies. That’s reality. That said, it is MHI that has taken upon itself …

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Fake News About Legacy and Deer Valley Housing, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stocks Updates

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We should thank God often for the growing use of the term, “fake news.” Obviously, not all news is fake. Some reports are accurate, but others are less so. The reports below are examples of sources that generate purportedly pseudo reports on manufactured housing investing and other news. There is …

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Investor, Professional ALERT – Global Prefabricated Manufactured Home Market 2019-2020-2021 – Reveals Fake ‘Research’

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The reports like the one in this fact-check and analysis may appear in your news feed or that of others doing various types of ‘industry research.’ They are all-too-common.     They might look at a glance like they come from a press release to a mainstream news source here …

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Retailer, Producer, Finance Exclusive – Interview with New Class of Manufactured Housing “CrossMod Homes” Developer-Seller

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What follows is further below is a Q&A interview with Dustin Arp, president of Spark Homes in New Braunfels TX. Arp, who per the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) is “One of the first manufactured homes conforming with the requirements of the pilot programs recently launched by the Government Sponsored …

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Transparent Thanksgiving in Manufactured Housing Land

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Let’s thank God for the courage of those first settlers who crossed an ocean at great risk in rather flimsy ships by modern standards. Let’s thank the Creator of all things visible and invisible for both those natives who already lived here in the Americas, as well as for those …

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President Trump Signs Hong Kong Protection Bills, Markets Rise, plus Manufactured Housing Investing, Equities Updates

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On the evening before Thanksgiving, the markets rose to new highs, despite what would normally be a mood-killer on Wall Street. Are investors getting used to the roller coaster ride away- and toward- a possible trade deal with China? The nuances behind the bills, which matters to several manufactured housing …

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HUD’s Brian Montgomery – William ‘Bill’ Matchneer Exposé – If the Shoe Fits, Affordable Housing, Manufactured Homes – Impacting American Dreams?

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In the classic story of Cinderella, if the shoe fits, a happy ending for that lady followed.   In our contemporary era of questionable or problematic behavior, the ‘if the shoe fits’ metaphor can be used differently. If a person or organization fits certain allegedly illicit behavior patterns robbing others …

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