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“Pending home sales crept higher in May, ending a six-month streak of declines. However, year-over-year contract activity slid across the U.S.” So said the tweet, shown below, by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Where is the similar monthly and other public statements from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)? Missing, say MHI critics. While some similar data on manufactured housing that is provided to the general public by the NAR can be accessed for MHI members, that’s a limited group. By comparison, the much smaller and production focused Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) provides monthly reports to the public on their website. They have done so for years.

Manufactured Housing Industry Production Increases in April 2022 Per Official Data Provided by Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform

MHProNews editorially hereby challenges MHI to answer publicly to the Arlington, VA based trade group’s critics. The month of June has come and gone. Where was there any mention of National Home Ownership month by MHI? In what sense can they claim to represent “all segments” of the industry, when they don’t do what NAR or the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) do for their members in terms of promoting their housing option?

Here is another example of NAR research being publicized.

Here is another example.

When left-leaning CNBC does a report, when was the last time that they cited MHI monthly data? Tweets by MHI? This is objective, factual, third-party evidence of just how weak MHI is at doing their own claimed job.

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CNBC’s Diana Olick reports on a rise in housing supply and affordability.


Here are two more recent tweets by NAR.

So, NAR and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are producing a steady diet of factual information, colorful and informative professional graphics, and tweets or other delivery methods to inform media, policy makers, the home owning and home seeking public.  By contrast, notice that two of the tweets below from MHI have the same image. Back in 2018, in a series of tweets ‘thanking’ lawmakers, the featured images used by MHI were routinely the same. The contrast between the professionalism of conventional housing associations and that of MHI is apparent for those who look, or now, for those who read this article and see the facts and evidence for themselves.

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Nor is the NAR or NAHB (see an example further below) afraid to take a shot politically at the administration holding office when the facts and policy provisions in place are harmful to their members interests. A recent example of that from the NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, Ph.D., is found in the report below.


A similar statement could be made about small-business focused trade groups, such as the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) or the Job Creators Network (JCN).  Two recent linked reports provide examples.  Thoughtful manufactured housing industry professionals who wonder why the industry is still operating at only about 1/3rd of the previous highwater mark of 1998 during an affordable housing crisis should compare their approach to MHI’s methodology.

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It should be noted that somewhat similar to NAR or NAHB, the NFIB and JCN merit another embarrassing comparison for MHI – which is both a production and post-production or ‘umbrella’ trade group – and that is that they tweet regularly. Meanwhile, in stark contrast, MHI from one of their Twitter feeds hasn’t tweeted in years – see their @MHIUpdate Twitter account. Their second and apparently newer account since 2018 has only been lightly used, as will be illustrated by the screen shots further below.

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MHI’s other Twitter account @MHIAction can be measured in how many tweets per year, while NAR may tweet more in a day or week than MHI has in some years.

  • What does MHI’s communications and other professionals do with all their time?
  • Where is there an internal and/or external accountability and performance study to measure MHI’s effectiveness or communications?
  • Keep in mind that a relatively small number of dominating brands make up the MHI board of directors. It is they who hold sway, say MHI insiders and longtime observers.

Note that MHI’s ‘newer’ Twitter feed for June 2022 has ZERO tweets about National Home Ownership Month. The screen captures below from their Twitter feed reveal a paucity of engagement, despite their pledge some years back that they were and would robustly promote the manufactured housing industry. The evidence demonstrates that once MHI’s 2018 “momentum” campaign launched, the industry demonstrably went into a 2.5 year downturn. If that is the result of MHI’s handiwork, perhaps the industry should be happy that they aren’t doing ‘more’ ‘for’ the industry?


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By contrast, NAHB and NAR are routinely and seemingly successfully overall at promoting their industry, including with relevant, new data or on the theme of National Home Ownership Month.


The above is just a sampling of some what NAHB has done to promote their business interests.

Compare that, or NAR’s, sampling – each a mere percentage – of their tweets with ALL of the MHI tweets shown above for 2020-to their year-to-date posts on Twitter for 2022. Note that none of them, including the one from June 2019, made a specific mention of June as National Home Ownership Month. How is that possible? Doesn’t that support the concern raised by an MHI affiliate that previously asserted that MHI was guilty of “association malpractice” in their performance? Doesn’t this underscore the reasons that some have previously broken ranks with MHI or still are discussing the launch of an MHI post-production alternative?

MHProNews takes the editorial view that MHI is in need of a formal performance audit.

Perhaps as or more important, some of their own members have quietly or openly broken or defied their messaging and claims, as has been noted above or is evidenced by the recent reports linked below.





All such quotes should not be construed as a blanket endorsement of all that a person or organization has said or done. Rather, with quotes or other references, we apply the principle of separating the wheat from the chaff. There are good reasons to source insights and relevant comments across an array of topics and viewpoints.


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Don’t miss today’s postscript. With no further adieu, here are the headlines for the week that was from 6.26.2022 to 7.3.2022.

What’s New and Recent on MHLivingNews



What’s New and Recent on the Masthead

Manufactured Housing Institute Leaders-Lawyers Asked About Explosive Allegations by Nonprofit Veteran on High Profile MH Industry Threat; Exclusive Q&A Claims Downturn Less Than 1 Year Away if MHI Fails


The Latest from Washington, D.C. from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform

“The ‘Woke’ War On Affordable Housing” MHARR – Issues and Perspectives, by Mark Weiss


Manufactured Housing Industry Production Increases in April 2022 Per Official Data Provided by Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform

What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

Saturday 7.2.2022

Courthouse News on University of Chicago – Institute of Politics Survey Reveals Numbers of Americans Ready to ‘Take Up Arms’ Against ‘Corrupt’ Government; plus Manufactured Housing Stock Update


Friday 7.1.2022

Joe Biden Asks at Summit, “Which Way Am I Going?” Matthew Continetti Analysis of Biden’s America, With Rahm-Rand Analysis for U.S. and MHVille Application; plus MHStock Market Updates

Thursday 6.30.2022

Manufactured Housing Institute ‘Response’ to Explosive Allegations by Manufactured Home Industry Insider – Exclusive Facts & Analysis Includes MHI, Other Sources; plus MHMarket Update

Wednesday 6.29.2022

U.S. Consumer Confidence Reflects Another Drop on Housing & Auto Purchase Plans, Business, Employment, Inflation Outlook – ‘Correction Dead Ahead’ – plus Manufactured Housing Stocks Update

Tuesday 6.28.2022

Succession Planning, Warren Buffett, Legacy Housing, MHProNews, MHLivingNews, and the Future of Manufactured Home Trade Media; plus, Manufactured Housing Daily Business News Stock Market Update

Monday 6.27.2022

Fire-Brimstone – ‘Hold On I’m Comin’’ – Will Deposed President Trump Return to Washington in 2023? Following Midterms, Interview Statements Reveal Option if GOP Captures House in November 2022

Sunday 6.26.2022

Recent Mainstream Media Scandals in Manufactured Housing, New Medicinal Reports On Manufactured Housing Pending; Sunday Weekly Headlines in Review

Postscript – More Facts, Editorially Commentary, and Analysis

The latest shots across the MHI bow by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has buttressed the concerns raised by this publication that a serious downturn on the industry’s entry level production will result unless MHI seriously changes course. MHI has essentially admitted that in their own public statements. But the ‘response’ by MHI to these concerns as conveyed via email to their own members gives no hint that they will engage in litigation to stop the DOE rule.

Put differently, there is no obvious indication that MHI will do anything more than they currently have postured or signaled, no matter how feckless those MHI moves may prove to be.

Industry members of state associations, which are routinely MHI affiliates, or who are buying products from one of the big three producers should be asking their representatives, will they push for litigation by MHI to get the industry’s rights defended?

The evidence suggests that MHI is following their pattern on the destructive DOE Energy Rule that they have on Duty to Serve (DTS) or the enhanced preemption of manufactured housing made possible by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. Meaning, they have and will wring their hands and posture effort. But the net result of following that pattern will be harmful to the industry’s independents.

Perhaps one of the ‘backup plans’ should be to press the wave of GOP lawmakers that appear to be poised to retake Congress in the November midterm election on 11.8.2022. State and federal antitrust officials and elected officials should be made aware of the harm this is causing to the most affordable permanent homes sold in America today. There should be a serious exploration of MHI’s behavior as a tool of big brands that are deliberately deceiving smaller members in ways that benefit the larger brands while harming the smaller ones.


But, if MHI surprises and in fact makes a genuine (vs. fake) pivot on DOE, that sort of change should be cheered. Time will tell, and readers can count on MHProNews and our MHLivingNews sister site to provide the facts, evidence, and expert commentary that can help the industry’s white hats to navigate and plan in difficult times and treacherous waters.

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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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