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Truth, Trump, Tragedy, Triumph, Affordable Housing, and Manufactured Homes

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    Let’s stipulate that both President Donald J. Trump and his anti-Trump opponents at times error in various ways. No one is perfect.   Let’s note later why the bullets below matters for the cause of the economy, affordable housing in general, and manufactured homes in particular. But we’ll do this systematically, by first …

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Only 3 Options – the Elephant in the Room

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A) In manufactured housing production, the elephant in the room is Clayton Homes. They are owned by Berkshire Hathaway, which also owns the 2 largest industry lenders, 21st Mortgage and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF). Berkshire also owns a large stake in the industry’s third largest single family manufactured home loan lender, Wells Fargo. There …

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Terry Decio, Skyline Homes, “The Secret” – The Rest of the Story

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“I’m tired of being the best kept secret. I’m ready to help house America.” – Terry Decio, Skyline Homes, to MHProNews. What happened? The Rest of the Story, 1… Several of the brands that the industry knows today are not the same brand as they were a decade or more ago. Palm Harbor. Fleetwood. Champion. …

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Socialists, Communists, Capitalists, Clarity, Smear, Truth, and “Kissing Ass”

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Stating the Obvious for clarity. It’s complex world, where the agendas are often hidden or disguised. It isn’t always easy to know the truth on a subject. In manufactured housing, that’s also the reality.  Knowing the truth can be challenging. We’ll get to the he headline later, but for now, please let me note the …

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Obscene Profit Break

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“Obscene” is how some people tragically view private enterprise, perhaps unaware of all the good that free enterprise has done to lift billions out of poverty. “Profit Break” aptly describes the promise of this year, the promise of the trade show season and key elements of today’s Masthead. Via the Daily Business News, we’ve taken …

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Analysis-SeattleTimes-BuzzFeed allege – Warren Buffett’s Clayton Homes Exploit Minorities?

First, a programming note – the new January 2016 issue of MHProNews monthly Featured Articles are scheduled to go live by the evening of Saturday, January 2nd.  Next, we will keep this simple. Some don’t understand, or dislike, free enterprise. Some don’t get it that when you make loans that create opportunities for home ownership …

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Tidal Shifts, Time Warp and the Next Level

USA Today reported that: “As retailers seamlessly transitioned from Black Friday deals to Cyber Monday deals as early as Saturday, they were riding the tailwind of a shopping weekend that found more than 103 million people say they had or planned to shop online Thursday through Sunday, according to the National Retail Federation’s consumer sentiment survey of 4,281 …

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Carlyle Scores plus Mad as Hell – America and MHVille

Before we dive into our main theme, a note that the Carlyle Group has just announced a $150 million dollar deal. You’ll see this covered in the read-hot Daily Business News blog. So the MHC consolidation trend moves on, and Carlyle increases their footprint in MH. That said, let’s move onto our main mid-week Masthead blog …

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