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Manufactured Housing Industry Overview – October 2016

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“When everyone is going right, look left.” – Sam Zell. Technology and mega-mergers often grab the headlines when it comes business news. News about social media and Google? Ditto, in essence those are offspring of the tech sector, too. As many manufactured home pros know, perhaps one of the least appreciated opportunities that exists in …

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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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Taking Care of Business – Manufactured Housing Industry – October 2015

Before we get down to Taking Care of Business in MH, let me first note the following.   In the middle of October, we’ll mark the 6th anniversary launch of what we now call MHProNews.com.  In this issue, you’ll find quotable quotes from industry leaders and professionals who say in their own words, why this …

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Serious September – Manufactured Housing Industry Newsmakers, Reports, Articles and Interviews

Serious September 2015. It could just as easily be named, how to Scale Success, or Sliding Sideways September.  Which of the later two it will be depends on how each of us views and responds to events and opportunities.  Before outlining our STRONG Serious September Featured Articles and Interviews line up, let me explain what …

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From Prison to President, Lessons for Manufactured Housing Professionals

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." – Nelson Mandela Our industry …

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Manufactured Housing in Oct 2013 – What’s Hot and What’s Not

Ever wonder what others in the factory built housing industry are thinking about? What captures their attention? Ever wonder why someone does what they do, or fails to do something? The answers to those sorts of questions interests me too. In this column, we are going to look at 4 broad categories of 'what's hot …

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Escape Up!

In recent years regulatory impact has forced our industry into pretzel-like contortions. Consider the challenges faced by manufactured home communities. When options – such as "buy-here, pay-here" "captive finance" are tried, the ever growing cost of regulatory compliance threatens those methods. While a number of states have de minimus exemptions, not so with the Feds. …

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Advancing Manufactured Housing through Education

Business and profit building education has always been one of the many benefits of membership in state and national associations. When we say that an association exists to protect and promote the industry, that's true. One of the ways those goals are accomplished is precisely through educational workshops, seminars, symposiums and events tailored for manufactured …

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