“We Need to Remove the Shackles on our Industry” – MHI CEO’s Historic Call For CFPB, Feds to Unleash Manufactured Home Industry Growth Via More Lending – Marty Lavin Insights – plus, Manufactured Home Industry Investing, Stock Updates

DowJonesAvg3.4.2021AtCloseYahooMHProNewsWe need to remove the shackles that the Dodd-Frank Act and the CFPB rules have placed upon our [manufactured home] industry which are currently suffocating and restraining our growth.”

So said then Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) president and CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison over 5 years ago when he was addressing a live audience of manufactured housing professionals in a video recorded address. Why what Jennison said then matters today is a piece of historic insight that will be developed by looking at what was said then, since, and what is occurring now.

The argument Jennison made in that clip video clip shown further below is to significant degree as apt today as it was then. Thousands of manufactured home industry professionals then or now would agree that constraints on financing and limitations on competitive financing are keeping manufactured housing underperforming.

Additionally, more recent statements by executives of publicly traded firms recognize the importance of an access to more and competitive with mainstream housing financing limits manufactured housing growth.

So, while a beneficial tweak occurred to Dodd-Frank during the Trump Administration, nevertheless much of what Jennison was speaking about how limited financing and the negative impact on manufactured home sales continues to be an issue.

All of that begs several questions. That video of Jennison which features other manufactured home professionals as well as public officials and related. That and more will be our featured focus in tonight’s market report.


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The case is easy to make that the shackles are still on the manufactured home industry. Some of those shackles are financing related.




On a day that broadly saw manufactured home connected equities decline today, let’s press ahead toward the insights about the pressing questions connected to why manufactured housing has struggled for years during to an affordable housing crisis.


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Stills from the video posted below.
Still and quote are from the video posted on this page.

This video has insightful pull-quotes from Marty Lavin, J.D., MHI’s prior President and CEO Richard “Dick” Jennison, and others.



MHLivingNews had this video and others produced for the expressed purpose of giving support for what MHI claimed it wanted to achieve at that time. MHI paid not a dime. Nor did any other trade group contribute to paying for this video.

How did MHI use that video? Oddly – if they were serious about their postured claims – not at all.

Keep in mind that at that time, MHProNews/MHLivingNews parent company was an MHI member. This writer was elected by industry peers that were also MHI members to sit on the MHI Suppliers Division board.

Some 6 years later, much has since been learned and discerned.  Thanks to tips from those inside of the industry, a pair of documents were obtained that arguably reflected how 21st Mortgage Corporation – a Berkshire Hathaway owned brand – diverted or cut off manufactured housing lending to thousands of manufactured home firms. How that was done is purportedly through “tying,” which is an antitrust violation.

It was a slow motion journey of discovery that revealed that MHI and their corporate masters were arguably posturing but had no real desire to do what they claimed. See the linked reports from this page to learn more. Implementing the reforms they claimed they wanted would have cost Berkshire their single biggest profit center in manufactured housing at that time. Says who? How about Kevin Clayton in the statements found linked here.


There are several reasons to believe that this ploy may have initially involved Berkshire Hathaway owned brands, but later included other firms involved in the Manufactured Housing Institute. 

While MHI keeps talking about wanting more lending, they are in fact arguably not pursing the most common sense legal tools that already exist that could make that possible.




As Lavin subsequently put it to MHLivingNews, people – professionals, investors, or others – have to pay more attention to what is done than what is said.




There is an argument to be made that much that occurred in the Obama-Biden Administration with respect to manufactured housing was an example of the Iron Triangle at work.




How so?

For instance, even though Jason Boehlert warned MHI members that there would be no change to Dodd-Frank so long as President Obama was ready to veto any legislation that might pass.


Boehlert, by accident or design, let the proverbial cat out of the bag with this comment. After all, Warren Buffett’s grandson was working in the Obama White House. Boehlert was later replaced by Lesli Gooch, who is now their CEO.


Nevertheless, MHI continued to make pursuing the “Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act” their top priority. Meanwhile, the number of independent companies retailing homes was falling. Also, the number of land-lease communities that were selling out to investors was growing. Because vacancies were still an issue when Jennison made those remarks, the harm being done to community owners – as well as their residents and possible prospective residents – was costly.

How much value was being lost by some community owners? Arguably some lost a million dollars or more in potential value. That is the clear implication of the case study produced by UMH Properties, an MHI member.




Once more, such a look through the historic lens speaks volumes. While others who blog, publish, or  talk about trends and industry history, how is it that they do so without making some or all of these same points?



Additional Information, More MHProNews Analysis and Commentary

In an emailed response to MHProNews at 3:46 PM ET today in response to a media inquiry, blogger and would-be rival George Allen began by saying the following. “On one hand I applaud your desire to research and report on troublesome issues throughout the manufactured housing industry today.”

Allen’s message and other items will be examined in an upcoming report.

In part, he noted a theme that MHProNews have reported on several times, although he cites a different source, which is fine.

Those of us in journalism have to come to terms with the fact that free speech, a principle we hold sacred, is being weaponized against the principles of journalism.” Allen cited Steve Coll, dean of Columbia’s School of Journalism. Ask millions, they would say in their own words, “Quite so.” Which begs the question. Where three of Allen’s finger’s pointing back at him?

Blogger Allen then referenced allegations of “felony’ antitrust and possible ‘RICO’ violations are at work in manufactured housing”, is, in my opinion, despite Mr. Strommen’s 120 footnotes, a bit of a stretch.” Why is it a stretch? Is it because it does not fit the Allen, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, or MHI narratives? ICYMI, see Strommen’s research for Knudson Law at the link below.


Does sharing a mere opinion from Allen outweigh the detailed case that Strommen laid out in the report linked above? Given that Berkshire, Clayton, and MHI attorneys declined disputing the claims by Strommen, where is the bulk of the inertia on this vital issue?




The irony, in part, to Allen’s response is that the links from some of his references demonstrate that Allen himself used to make similar allegations. But once the purported ‘deal’ was cut between Allen and MHI – referenced in the link above and previously reported at this link here – the blogger stopped his missives that previously called out manufactured housing industry corporate leaders and MHI too.

Allen’s problem in part is that he has contradicted himself badly. What he said below
lines up with Strommen’s allegations which are heavily footnoted.

Nor has Allen ever explained why he flip-flopped

More examples of this are below and/or are linked from related reports from this article. Serious investigators should not miss any of it.


MHProNews invited a follow up, but Allen indicated he is unlikely to reply. That may be a reasonably good sign that Allen is unable or unwilling to publicly debate or defend in a back and forth give and take his positions vs the evidence-based arguments presented by MHProNews.

That noted, see the related report linked here for some of the granular context that Allen and his peers were being asked to address.

The video below is an apt illustration that debunks one of Allen’s e-mailed claims. Ironically, so too is this report – which he could not have known was mostly written at the time his message came in. More on these points in our upcoming report.



To learn more about what is hobbling manufactured housing that keeps it snoring while far more costly mainstream housing is soaring, see the linked and related reports.


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Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Closing Equities Tickers

Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.

                  • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
                  • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).
                  • NOTE: Deer Valley was largely taken private, say company insiders in a message to MHProNews on 12.15.2020, but there are still some outstanding shares of  the stock from the days when it was a publicly traded firm.  Thus, there is still periodic activity on DVLY.



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