There is much to do, so today will be briefer than normal. Among the headlines below is a new report on Manufactured Home Living News that spotlights a real estate agent who is giving praise for manufactured homes, while she seeks to debunk misconceptions. It is worthy of your time, and of sharing widely. The still used in the featured image is from the video posted on that MHLivingNews item linked below.
The first week of December, yours truly will be in Washington, D.C. for several planned and anticipated meetings. More details on that will come, but it began with an invitation to present to some public officials, which was gladly accepted. The timing is terrific. Stay tuned.
It seems that the lady of the house tagged her hubby – this writer – yesterday. I grumbled a bit, the post got tweaked, and I’m okay with it now. Yes, her tag remains, but the incomplete thought is now finished. Hey, I’ve done similarly, so no foul.
The industry has been poised for greatness since the passage of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA). Then, the Duty to Serve (DTS) manufactured housing, rural, and affordable housing preservation – all of which can describe aspects or our industry – was made law in 2008 in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA). HERA made DTS by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mandatory, not optional or based upon their personal tastes in styles of manufactured housing.
It is the FHFA’s job to enforce that mandate, but it is also the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs or “Enterprises”) job to obey the law.
I don’t know where you hang your hat, but where I do, if a law is passed and it covers me, I better comply or could face the consequences. Approaching 20 years have elapsed since MHIA was made law, and over a decade ago, DTS was made law. How can someone explain that such blatant examples of ignoring the law are going unpunished, or without serious federal oversight that probes what forms of corruption or other forces may involved? Our being poised for growth isn’t the same as growth, as recent shipment trends reflect. Don’t by all the stuff from the axis about the drop in shipments being do to restocking, FEMA, etc.. Professionals in retail restock all the time somewhere. The industry should grow regardless of FEMA, and regardless of who decides to shed some inventory to replace it with other inventory.
If you are a regular reader, thanks, and chances are you come here for thoughtful straight-talk based upon evidence, not mere emotion or whim.
If you are a new reader, welcome, and we hope you give the time needed to discover why the manufactured housing industry has made stories and reports like the ones that follow the absolute, runaway most read among all manufactured home professional trade media. Oh, don’t miss the Saturday satire feature, it could end up as a classic.
With no further adieu, let’s dive into the headlines from the reports in the week that was, 11.10.2019 to 11.17.2019.
What’s New on MHLivingNews
FYI. We’re experiencing a surge in new sign ups for our industry-leading headline x2 weekly emailed news updates. We have two websites, and lots of modules, some of which are not easy to see unless you look for them. Therefore, many find it helpful to scan the emailed headlines to see if they missed anything. We also had a record on Friday, makes sure you look at those reports, ICYMI, to see what all the buzz was about. We don’t have time to pour through all the data, it would be a full time job. But among those places that third-party metrics tell us has heavy engagement?
Washington, D.C. MHVille, for better or for worse, change is coming. So be informed, get or stay engaged, and make your voices heard.
In French, the word “adieu” means about the same as the English “goodbye,” or the Spanish “adios.” Each of those has a similar root. “God be with ye (you)” = goodbye. Most of us know it at some level, but some don’t yet realize yet that we need God’s wisdom, will, and way to be better understood and followed. As someone who admits my own shortcomings, and begs the Lord for mercy and strength daily, let me encourage fellow sinners to look up for the true North Star. All others lead to darker places we really don’t want to end up. Money is nice, but as I told our son this morning, if you had a billion dollars, lived to be 100, died and went to hell, would it be worth it?
His answer? No. Smart kid.
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By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHLivingNews.com.
Tony earned a journalism scholarship and earned numerous awards in history and in manufactured housing. For example, he earned the prestigious Lottinville Award in history from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and business management. He’s a managing member and co-founder of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com. This article reflects the LLC’s and/or the writer’s position, and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.
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