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Making Affordable Manufactured Housing Appealing and Great Again

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Actions speak louder than mere words.   Let me give a personal example in order to make a point that will relate to many others that you will doubtlessly know. My wife Soheyla Kovach’s dedication to our industry ought to be self-evident to regular readers of MHProNews and MHLivingNews. Trained as a physician, an MD, …

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Affordable Housing – Fleetwood, Champion, Clayton – Genius of the Christmas Story

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Depending on who’s estimate we accept, there’s some 550,000 to 660,000 homeless in the richest nation on earth, the U.S.A. As rents rise, so does homelessness, says Zillow’s research, which supplied the higher homeless count. With some $22 trillion dollars spent on “Great Society” programs as of a 2014 Heritage Foundation report, one must ask …

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It’s Your Profession – Investment of Time, Talent, Treasure – So What’s Next?

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Political correctness – the PC movement – is arguably a form of manipulation and control. 40+ years ago, long before the PC culture took hold, people were aware of the notion that we should be polite and respectful of others. The baby boomer generation were the ones that made greater racial, religious, gender, and other …

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Failure, Success and Profitable Truth Detection for Manufactured Housing

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  Everyone has had the experience of realizing that something that they had believed about a person, thing or group was untrue.    There are scores of reasons that explain why and how that phenomenon of discovery occurs. But the reality is that it does happen, so it needs no more explanation than what’s just …

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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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“How Dare You…!” ELS’ Howard Walker Blast at MH Industry Professional

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The late Howard Walker, longtime vice chairman of Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), and prior Treasurer for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) had at times a brusque sense of humor.   Often the best part of many association or corporate meetings are when networking and socializing occurs. In fairness, that statement applies to MHI too. From …

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FEDs, MHI, Buffett’s Berkshire’s Clayton Homes Moat, Affordable Housing, and Billion$ in Manufactured Home Market Manipulation

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  For billions of souls who believe, since the time Cain killed his brother Able, history records how dark emotions and desires have motivated some to harm or dominate others.    In manufactured housing, Terry Decio with Skyline quipped on camera “I’m tired of being the best kept secret, I’m ready to help house America.” …

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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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