As was teased earlier today, a new report has been released that recommends to manufactured housing industry companies and state associations that a new “post-production” trade association be formed to represent their unique interests.
A post-production association could be defined as an trade association that represents all those not directly connected to the building or ‘production’ of federally regulated, HUD Code manufactured homes.
Commenting on the study, MHARR President and CEO, Mark Weiss, told the Daily Business News that the “…study on the representation of the industry’s post-production sector, highlights the need for the independent, collective, national representation of that crucial sector, in order to provide it, at long last, with the aggressive representation that it deserves, and to ensure that its unique interests are fully protected, defended and advanced, without being needlessly tethered to other interests – particularly industry mega-conglomerates — which may not share the same perspectives or goals.”
MHARR’s president said that their association aren’t the best place for the industry’s post-production sector to seek representation.
The study suggests that the same problems that exist at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) – for example, the built-in, apparent conflict-of-interest between manufacturers dominating all else that the association does – needs to be avoided by a new post-production association.
“While the study shows that MHARR itself is not the correct place for that representation, the Association will not only continue to provide accurate and factual information to the post-production sector as it has for many years, but will also provide its full assistance to any such new organization, after its formation and incorporation, in connection with relevant regulatory, legislative, and, if need be, legal matters,” Weiss said.
Calling it must reading for the industry, Weiss stated that, “This “must-read” study, demonstrates how the post-production sector, under its current representation model, is being short-changed and is falling well short of its full potential – with corresponding negative consequences for the broader HUD Code industry as well as consumers – in crucial areas including, but not limited to: placement, zoning, and, even more importantly, the needlessly restricted availability of competitive, lower-interest-rate consumer financing for the 80% of the manufactured home purchase-financing market represented by chattel (i.e., personal property) loans.”
The full MHARR press release to MHProNews is linked here.
The study regarding the creation of a post-production association, is linked here.
The timing and importance of the study are underscored by an exclusive report earlier today on the evolving story on Pam Danner as the administrator of the HUD Code manufactured housing program office.
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