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I. AGAIN, ‘DOE REGS MUST BE DOA!’

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Blog Posting # 661 @ 22 October 2021: EducateMHC

Perspective. ‘Land lease communities, previously manufactured home communities, and earlier, ‘mobile home parks’, comprise the real estate component of manufactured housing!’

EducateMHC is the online national advocate, asset class historian, data researcher, education resource & communication media for all land lease communities throughout North America!

To input this blog and or affiliate with EducateMHC, telephone Official MHIndustry HOTLINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764. Also email: gfa7156@aol.com & visit www.educatemhc.com

Motto: ‘U Support US & WE Serve U!’ Goal: to promote HUD-Code manufactured housing & land lease communities as U.S. # 1 source of affordable attainable housing! Attend MHM class!

INTRODUCTION: Quite a mix of topics today! First, some important and timely information relative to DOE regs that threaten the intrinsic affordability of HUD-code manufactured housing. Then a personal pique relative to how ‘others’ attempt to affect our daily lives. And finally, a personal lamenting of the passing of more than three decades of dedicated work in behalf of land lease community owners/operators nationwide and in Canada.

I.

AGAIN, ‘DOE REGS MUST BE DOA!’

That’s the ‘short title’ to Part I of this week’s blog posting. Here’s the ‘long title’, so to speak, quoting from the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (‘MH’) latest newsletter to members:

“The Department of Energy (‘DOE’) has published a proposed rulemaking on energy standards for manufactured housing which, if finalized, will eliminate manufactured housing as an affordable housing option for hundreds of thousands of potential homebuyers.”

Did you get that? MHI’s communique goes on to say: “The current DOE proposal is fundamentally flawed and must be completely rewritten to ensure manufactured home remain an available option for American families.”

So, YOU on board with ensuring the DOE regs are ‘DEAD ON ARRIVAL (‘DOA’)?’ If so, YOU must contact MHI’s Policy Department via (703) 558-0675 and ask how YOU can participate in their Call to Action program right now! I’ve already done so.

LATE BREAKING NEWS! Deadline has been extended from 25 October to 26 November 2020! That gives YOU and ME more time to submit written comments relative to DOE’s Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (‘SNPR’) concerning manufactured housing energy conservation standards.

II.

YOU WOKE?

What do the following words have in common?

America, Mute, Freshman, Straight, Depressed. War. Policeman. Handicapped parking, Mr & Mrs., You guys. Long time, no see. Rule of thumb. Hold down the fort.

According to FIRE, a.k.a. Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, “they’re all included in a list of ‘words to avoid’, compiled by Colorado State University’s Inclusive Communications Task force.” And while not banned, per se, they’re words faculty and students are encouraged to avoid, in favor or words that make everyone feel welcomed and ‘safe’.

Don’t know about you, but I’m increasingly pissed off at the wokeness that seems to be occurring these days, especially where the use of personal pronouns is concerned. While completing an application, for something, recently, I was asked to indicate what pronouns I identified with, not whether I was a male or female.

III.

DO YOU REALIZE?

The date, 1 January 2022, is fast approaching, when there will be no annual update to the ALLEN REPORT. We did not survey the 500+/- known owners/operators of land lease community property portfolios this fall, so I have no statistics to compile and write into what would have been the 33rd annual ALLEN REPORT. What does ‘having no updated ALLEN REPORT’ mean to you and me?

• No historical perspective of contemporary land lease communities. In the 32nd edition we identified the seven types of shelter now commonplace on rental homesites.

• No historical perspective relative to HUD-Code housing shipments during the past 50 years, and how our industry sullies its’ ‘cred’ by reporting two totals each month.

• Overall total of rental homesite counts among reporting portfolios, and number per portfolio; as well as number of land lease communities owned and or fee-managed.

• Volume of rental homes and contract sales per property portfolio.

• Average national physical occupancy among reporting property portfolios.

• Average national Operating Expense Ratio (‘OER’) among reporting portfolios.

• Status of professional property management certification among portfolios.

• Growth in rental homesite count to date (i.e. between 1994 & 2020) among all real estate investment trusts (‘REITs’) during the past 26 years. Who will tell you now?

• And in the 32nd ALLEN REPORT, a list of a dozen Evergreen Issues (i.e. ‘always present, always important!’) re manufactured housing and land lease communities.

That’s pretty much what’s ‘leaving the body of land lease community knowledge and statistics’ researched and faithfully reported during the past 32 years. Hopefully someone will come along, in time, and shoulder the mantle (‘covering’) of this unique income-producing property type and popular real estate asset class.

After all, and to date, the ALLEN REPORT opened the door to annual Networking Roundtables, two monthly subscriber-supported newsletters, a weekly blog, the Manufactured Housing Manager (‘MHM’) professional property management training and certification program, as well as a host of Resource Documents such as the National Registry of ALL Lenders, and directories of freelance consultants, MH factories, national and state trade associations, as well as GSE & NGO organizations influencing manufactured housing and the asset class.

GFA

George Allen, CPM, MHM
EducateMHC

NEW LEASE REQUIREMENTS FOR LAND LEASE COMMUNITIES

Monday, October 18th, 2021

Blog Posting # 660 @ 18 October 2021: EducateMHC

Perspective. ‘Land lease communities, previously manufactured home communities, and earlier, ‘mobile home parks’, comprise the real estate component of manufactured housing!’

EducateMHC is the online national advocate, asset class historian, data researcher, education resource & communication media for all land lease communities throughout North America!

To input this blog and or affiliate with EducateMHC, telephone Official MHIndustry HOTLINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764. Also email: gfa7156@aol.com & visit www.educatemhc.com

Motto: ‘u Support US & WE Serve U!’ Goal: to promote HUD-Code manufactured housing & land lease communities as U.S. # 1 source of affordable attainable housing! Attend MHM class!

INTRODUCTION: Just realized I’ve been penning this weekly blog posting for nearly 13 years! It started back in the latter days of the ‘Manufactured Home Merchandiser’ magazine (2008), the year before manufactured housing shipments hit rock bottom, the nadir year being 2009. Anyway, here’s the news of today (Part I), tomorrow (Part II), and maybe/maybe not another book for you to read sometime in the future. GFA

I

NEW LEASE REQUIREMENTS FOR
LAND LEASE COMMUNITIES

On September 13, 2021, Freddie Mac issued a Press Release pertaining to its’ financing of land lease community purchases. Per that Press Release, the GSE is implementing eight tenant protections as a condition on all future transactions involving the GSE.

1. Lease length & Ability to Not Renew. One year renewable lease term, unless there is ‘good cause’ for non-renewal.

2. Rental Increase Notice Period. 30 day written notice of rent increases.

3. Grace Period for Rental Payments. Five-day grace period for rent payments and the right to cure defaults on rent payments.

4. Tenant’s Sale of Home Without Relocation. Right to sell home to a buyer that qualifies as a new tenant in community, without having to first relocate it out of the community.

5. Tenant’s Sale of Home after Eviction. Right to sell home in place within 30 days after eviction by the community owner.

6. Tenant’s Right to Sublease. Right to sublease, or assign the site lease, for the unexpired term to the new buyer of the tenant’s home without any unreasonable restraint, so long as buyer/sublessee qualifies as a tenant within the community.

7. Tenant ‘For Sale’ Signs. Right to post home ‘For Sale’ signs that comply with community rules and regulations.

8. Notice of Planned Community Sales. Right to receive at least 60-days notice of planned sale or closure of the community.

Of course these eight tenant protections will be required only when a land lease community mortgage is being guaranteed by this GSE.

II.

Four Ways Runaway Housing Prices Might Affect the U.S. Economy

In a communique from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, Don Layton writes of an “astounding increase of 19.2 percent” in the Housing Index during the past 12 months, leading him to observe these have become nothing less than ‘runaway home prices’. Then he asks, more than rhetorically, is the impact such runaway home prices will likely have on our national economy. He cites four; the first one positive, the next three not so much so.

1. Helping GDP (Gross Domestic Product) to grow. “Household consumption is the biggest source of GDP, and is influenced not just by the wages and other income of the typical family but by the household’s net worth. This is known as the wealth effect….” Given the meteoric rise in the Housing Index, this translates into more than $50,000 per household – increasing their willingness and capability to spend more if they wish to do so.

2. Making income inequality noticeably worse. Especially between the homeowner population, as the Housing Index continues to increase, and the35 percent of American families who rent their residences and do not enjoy the residual benefits of this rise in wealth. “Thus, ‘have’ and ‘have not’ is increasingly becoming synonymous whether a family owns their home or not.”

3. Pushing down the homeownership rate. “…a family looking to buy their first home is suffering a major decline in purchasing power.” This has much to do with the 22.5 percent increase in house prices since the pandemic began (offset somewhat by lower mortgage rates), leading to a net increase of more than 10 percent. This will especially impact the first time would be homebuyers.

4. Inadvertently causing reports of inflation to be misleadingly low. This is a complicated, difficult to explain, phenomenon – having to do with the manner in which the federal government computes inflation rate, along with the aforementioned increasing Housing Index coupled with decreasing mortgage interest rates. Suffice it to say here that the present five percent inflation rate (per U.S. government) may or may not come down if/when the supply chain issues are resolved.

It behooves each and every one of us to be alert to news and accounting reports that address one or more of the preceding four potential impacts on our national economy and lifestyle.

III.

‘SMITTYALPHA6’, A NOT SO SMALL TALE

By now, most of my friends – in and out of business environs, and family, are familiar with the book title: ‘From SmittyAlpha6 to MHMaven’. Writing that collection of memoirs (i.e. ‘short stories’) into my autobiography was a project decades in the making. And if I have a single thing to be grateful for, where the pandemic is concerned, it’s having 400 days of self-quarantine with Carolyn, during which we read books, did jigsaw puzzles together, and I finally put pen to paper. Now I’m trying to self-motivate to begin reading through, by coincidence, 400 letters I penned and sent to Carolyn during years 1968 & 69. I know there are more ‘SmittyAlpha6’ (i.e. my radio call sign while a company commander in Vietnam) tales contained in there to, once again, share with family and friends. But I also fear some of the memories they might stimulate….Guess I’ll have to wait and see.

Point in telling you all this? If reading this 200 page non-fiction book interests you, make it a point to order it soon. Only a few dozen copies remain from the initial printing and there are no plans, at this point, to do a second printing. So, to order, visit www.educatemhc.com

George Allen, CPM, MHM
Educatemhc

LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE!

Friday, October 8th, 2021

Blog Posting # 659 @ 8 October 2021: EducateMHC

Perspective. ‘Land lease communities, previously manufactured home communities, and earlier, ‘mobile home parks’, comprise the real estate component of manufactured housing!’

EducateMHC is the online national advocate, asset class historian, data researcher, education resource & communication media for all land lease communities throughout North America!

To input this blog and or affiliate with EducateMHC, telephone Official MHIndustry HOTLINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764. Also email: gfa7156@aol.com & visit www.educatemhc

Motto: ‘U Support US & WE Serve U!’ Goal: to promote HUD-Code manufactured housing & land lease communities as U.S. # 1 source of affordable attainable housing! Attend MHM class!

INTRODUCTION: This week’s blog posting was exciting (Part I), disturbing (Part II), and nostalgic (Part III) to pen. You’ll see ‘why’ as you read on through. GFA

I.

LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE!

Institute for Building Safety & Technology (‘IBTS’), along with HUD, MHI, MHARR, and EducateMHC, all reported – as they had in July, the same HUD-Code new home shipment total for the month of August, when there were no ‘Destination Pending’ units to ‘muddy the statistical waters’, as has usually been the case for decades.

This is noteworthy, being a second lightning strike – so to speak, because the manufactured housing industry’s long standing penchant for reporting ‘two different new home shipment totals every month’ (due to presence of ‘Destination Pending’ units at reporting plants) has done nothing to improve its ‘cred’ (i.e. credibility) among Washington policy makers, business regulators, and other influential parties.

Bottom line? How nice it would be to continue, from this point on, to boldly publicize ‘one new MH shipment total’ every month of the year! Will this occur? Let’s wait and see. Sorry to say; but I, for one, am not holding my breath.

II.

DOE ENERGY REGS MUST BE DOA!

Did you know? Quoting here from MHI’s newsletter dated 1 October 2-021:

“The Department of Energy (‘DOE’) has published a proposed rulemaking on energy standards for manufactured housing which, if finalized, will eliminate manufactured housing as an affordable housing option for hundreds of thousands of potential homebuyers. The current DOE proposal is fundamentally flawed and must be completely rewritten to ensure manufactured homes remain an available option for American families.”

You read a similar, albeit much longer similar condemnation of proposed DOE energy regs, here last week, penned by Mark Weiss in behalf of the MHARR.

MHI has already launched a Call to Action about this important matter. Member or not, reach out to MHI, via their website, and offer to send a letter opposing the DOE rule. I’ve already done so! The DOE rule must be DOA (‘Dead on Arrival’) where manufactured housing is concerned.

And hey, there’s more to come. When given an opportunity to make further public comment, and or attend a hearing on this matter, in Washington, DC. do so. I did last time around, in 2014, and consider the experience a top personal learning experience during my career.

III.

‘CHANGING OF THE GUARD’

It happens slowly and quietly, as matters about personal and professional retirement usually do. As I look back, it kinda began – this time around, with the slow-paced retirement (i.e. extending over a year period of time) of Danny Ghorbani, 1985 founder and decades long leader of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (‘MHARR’). Today, Mark Weiss fills the Washington Watchdog’s shoes.

Yes, there is an ongoing, perennial, ‘changing of the guard’, so to speak, taking place these days. And the names that follow just ‘scratch the surface’ of who should be listed.

Then came Gary McDaniel, intrepid leader of ROC Properties (No, not ‘resident owned communities’!), REIT – Chateau Communities, and finally, YES! Communities. (I may have got Properties & Communities labels reversed; could never keep them straight – and I believe there was a firm in there between Chateau & YES!). In any event, Gary’s pretty much disappeared from the MH scene, in much the same fashion as Barry McCabe, former Hometown America property management executive, a decade or so earlier.

While I just know I’m going to unintentionally miss a few – or many, recent retirees during this recitation; how can I be faulted when so many go so quietly. Examples. Greg Johnloz, CPM, out of AZ; Win Moses, community owner, Indiana state legislator, and mayor of Ft. Wayne, IN; William Carr, consultant and husband of the late Judy Carr in Iowa.

Then there’s a raft of men and women who tell you they’re retired, but continue to show up at MH industry events, etc. (Like me). Here thinking of Lou Vela, the $ guy; Joe Stegmayer of AZ and former chairman of MHI, the RV/MH Hall of Fame, and Cavco Industries. Betty Whittaker of KMHI was a surprise retiree – to me anyway, so now I follow her on Facebook. And early this year, we learned of Cary Monroe and John Jacobs, both community loan originators, taking down their shingles. And George Porter, recent RV/MH Hall of Fame inductee, will likely disagree with me listing him as a recent retiree. But as a veteran combat pilot from the Vietnam era, he outa be retired! Maybe someday, with his permission, I’ll share his exciting short story, ‘My Tet Offensive, January 1968’ here or in MHInsider magazine.

A couple local ‘friends in the business’, Sharon Niccum (multi-community owner and appraiser), and Ron Farren, both in Indiana, have reduced their business footprint of late – though Ron has acquired a community or two ‘for fun’ (My comment, not his). And now we learn of Joe Kelley, executive of the Iowa MH Association retiring during November 2021 – that’s next month! Spencer Roane, MHM, and I plan to attend his send-off, to ensure he receives the praise and accolades he deserves after all these years in the saddle. And I’m unsure what to pen about Adriane DeRose, MHM, also here in Indiana. She recently sold her family’s land lease community. If she retires, it will mark the end of an era started many decades ago by ‘mobile home’ manufacturer, the late Robert DeRose (He was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 1988).

OK, I know, there are many more individuals out there who deserve their due in this week’s blog posting. And I’m sorry I overlooked you. Let me know via gfa7156@aol.com

I’ll close this out with some musings from Greg Johnloz, CPM, mentioned earlier. “Semi-retirement is fun, you get to pick and choose what you want to do with a minimum of actual responsibility. You will find you are just as busy as you ever were, but enjoying it more.”

And that’s pretty much how I’ve found retirement to be. Plus, in my case, I got to author my autobiography, ‘From SmittyAlpha6 to MHMaven’. Most of the first printing are in readers’ hands, but if you’d like a copy – and I’m told it is a Good Read, visit www.educatemhc

Uh Oh! I haven’t even posted this blog and already I’m thinking of friends not included. Like Ross Kinzler of WI, now AZ; former community owner Jim Reitzner, also of WI; and the most visionary guy I’ve known in MH and land lease communities, Chuck Fanaro of SaddleBrook Farms and HI-Tech Housing reknown. Now my subconscious will start kicking in….

George Allen, CPM, MHM EducateMHC

WASHINGTON WATCHDOG BARKS AGAIN!

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Blog Posting # 658 @ 1 October 2021: Educatemhc

Perspective. ‘Land lease communities, previously manufactured home communities, and earlier, ‘mobile home parks’, comprise the real estate component of manufactured housing!’

EducateMHC is the online national advocate, asset class historian, data researcher, education resource & communication media for all land lease communities throughout North America!

To input this blog and or affiliate with EducateMHC, telephone Official MHIndustry HOTLINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764. Also email: gfa7156@aol.com & visit www.educatemhc.com

Motto: ‘U Support US & WE Serve U!’ Goal: to promote HUD-code manufactured housing & land lease communities as U.S. # 1 source of affordable attainable housing! Attend MHM class!

INTRODUCTION: Today’s blog is chockfull of timely and interesting information. Are you following what’s going on in Washington, DC. about DOE’s proposed energy standards for manufactured housing? How ‘bout the extremely high prices being paid these days for institution investment grade land lease communities? And finally, an advance look at the happenings at SECO21. Enjoy!

I.

WASHINGTON WATCHDOG BARKS AGAIN!

New DOE Regs Sacrifice Housing Affordability on the Altar of Climate Change.

That title and subtitle tell us, as manufactured housing businessmen and women, a lot!

First off; the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (‘MHARR’) in its’ 15 September 2021 letter to the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (‘MHCC’), once again, faithfully informs ‘everyone’ of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (‘DOE’) rulemaking relative to ‘Energy Conservation Standards for Manufactured Housing’. That’s what a ‘watchdog’ does! But more on that a little later….

AND, while jumping a bit ahead of myself here, this line – about ‘sacrifice housing affordability’ was taken from a short article penned by Judge Block, in the City-Journal (Iowa) on 14 September 2021. It puts this timely matter into clear perspective: “New (energy) regulations sacrifice housing affordability on the altar of climate change.” (I.e. More expensive energy-sophisticated houses = far fewer buyers!) So, how’s this all come together to this end? Starting with Mark Weiss, writing in the aforementioned ‘letter’, recommends the MHCC…

“…reject DOE’s proposed manufactured housing energy standards rule, in its’ current form, as a baseless, unnecessary attack on the availability and affordability of manufactured housing, which will…exclude vast numbers of lower and moderate-income Americans from the American Dream of homeownership in order to satisfy the ideological predilections of ‘climate’ extremists.” Why?

“…HUD-regulated manufactured homes, under existing HUD manufactured housing standards for energy and energy-related functions, already offer occupants lower monthly energy costs than other types of homes….” (And all sorts of energy savings examples are cited following)

AND, the new DOE regs would all but price manufactured housing out of the affordable housing market. How so? “An NAHB analysis presented…in 2014, demonstrated that for every $1,000.00 increase in the purchase price of a single-section manufactured home, 347,901 households (would be) excluded from the market.” A $1,000.00 increase in a multisection manufactured home would see 315,385 households excluded from the market. And these margins become much worse when extrapolating these stats under the full, unmodified 2021 energy savings proposal. To which Judge Block comments: “This amounts to pulling out the rung at the very bottom of the housing market.”

But that isn’t all! Judge Block, rehearsing some of the same arguments just cited, drives right to this point: “Furthermore, the poor tend to have a much greater need for money today than for money tomorrow; energy savings accruing decades from now are of no use if you go bankrupt this year.”

So there you have it. A ‘bark’ from our ‘watchdog’, and colorful concurrence from Judge Block.

A personal recollection. I attended the last go-round with DOE on their proposed energy standards. Know what (negatively) impressed me the most? How there were no businessmen and women (except yours truly) in the room at the time. In other words, once again, bureaucrats were planning the fate (‘eventual demise’?) of our industry. Hardly anyone in the room had profit motive in mind; rather were espousing social activist (i.e. energy conservation) goals and mandates at any cost! And here we go again – or so it seems.

II.

HOTTEST SELLER’S MARKET IN LLCOMMUNITY HISTORY!

“Investment Property Group has acquired Skandia Mobile Country Club for $58,000,000 from the Coulter Family Trust. On 17 acres in Huntington Beach, CA., the property has 167 mobile home units.”

Hmm. That pencils out to a whopping $347,305 value per rental homesite in the land lease community. Remember a scant few years ago when a similarly –sized land lease community in Eugene, OR, sold for $100,000 per rental homesite – and everyone was aghast?

And the average monthly rent, in this property’s county, according to Yardi, is $2,164.00

So, what happens now? Since longtime, experienced owners/operators have acquired this land lease community – hopefully, little to no immediate changes. However, if the ‘buyer’ had been one of the notorious ‘outside the industry’ investment groups plaguing the realty asset class of late, residents could expect immediate and substantial site rent increases, sub metering of utilities (if not already in place), reduction of amenities, and introduction of new fees; predatory landlord features designed to boost the property’s cash flow in order to pay cumbersome debt and cover operating expenses.

III.

SECO21

Have you been participating in the 11th annual SECO conference this week? If so, you know how very well it’s been going.

Spencer Roane, MHM, interviewed me for 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon. Boy, did we cover a variety of timely, sometimes Evergreen, topics, e.g. industry and realty asset class consolidation, chattel capital for home-only loans, and much more. At the end of our session I offered everyone a ‘free’ copy of a speech outline I’d prepared, containing some of what Spencer and I discussed, but many additional subjects as well. So far, more than a dozen attendees have requested a copy. Do you want one? Simply ask via email: gfa7156@aol.com

We also talked about my autobiography, From SmittyAlpha6 to MHMaven. While this was authored as a summary of my Adventures of a Lifetime, it also contains helpful and interesting information about manufactured housing and land lease communities. If interested in learning more, and possibly ordering a copy (There really aren’t too many copies remaining in inventory), visit www.educatemhc.com

Wednesday afternoon (which hasn’t occurred as I pen these lines) will find me interviewing Sam Landy of UMH Properties (‘REIT’). Can hardly wait! Why? Because Sam, unlike the CEOs of other large land lease community property portfolios, has promised to share his firm’s proven operations formula for keeping their more than 24,000 rental homesites occupied and his homeowner/site lessees happy! So, hope you tuned in at 5PM Wednesday to hear Sam.

George Allen, CPM, MHM @ EducateMHC

CALL TO ACTION – AGAIN!

Friday, September 24th, 2021

Blog Posting # 657 @ 24 September 2021: Educatemhc

Perspective. ‘Land lease communities, previously manufactured home communities, and earlier, ‘mobile home parks’, comprise the real estate component of manufactured housing!’

EducateMHC is the online national advocate, asset class historian, data researcher, education resource & communication media for all land lease communities throughout North America!

To input this blog and or affiliate with EducateMHC, telephone Official MHIndustry HOTLINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764. Also email: gfa7156@aol.com & visit www.educatemhc.com

Motto: ‘U Support US & WE Serve U!’ Goal: to promote HUD-code manufactured housing & land lease communities as U.S. # 1 source of affordable attainable housing! Attend MHM class!

INTRODUCTION: Follow up to last week’s blog message: CALL TO ACTION! Surprised by strong positive response, so here we go again! AND, since we’re talking about change these days, for the first time in public, here’re the changes I recommended, upon requests from peers, earlier this year.

I.

CALL TO ACTION – AGAIN!

Wow! More folk read, and now respond, to this weekly blog posting than ever before. So I’ll revisit the subject again this week.

What triggered responses to the CALL TO ACTION blog posting? Best I could tell, ‘reading between the lines’, so to speak, was this short paragraph from blog # 656:

“…I think the time has come for our national advocates; specifically, the Manufactured Housing Institute (‘MHI’) and its’ National Communities Council (‘NCC’) division; along with others, to once-and-for-all, address troublesome matters foisted on land lease communities by real estate investors (a.k.a. consolidators) from outside (& within) our realty asset class. There are at least two upcoming events, one virtual, and the other in-person (so far), where these matters would make for appropriate and timely topics for group presentation and discussion.”

Then I went on to describe the soon SECO 21 Conference, 27 September – 1 October. This annual ‘by owners for owners’ event, in its’ 11th year, expects to draw 600 attendees. For more info, visit secoconference2021.

To this I’ll simply add: I’m scheduled to present the annual State of the MHIndustry & LLCommunity Asset Class around Noon that day. Will do my best to leave time then to address this timely and critical matter if SECO attendees express their desire to do so.

Then I described how, “…from 8-10 November, MHI’s NCC division will host its annual Leadership Forum, billed as ‘The only strategic executive level event of the year.’ To be held in downtown Chicago. For more info, visit manufacturedhousing.org/events.” But don’t expect to find me there, as I have not been invited to be a presenter on any land lease community topic.

OK, I’ve now done what several of you (‘responders’) asked me to do; to revisit this CALL TO ACTION! And as I penned before; will be interesting to see/hear if our elected and salaried national leaders rise to this challenge of addressing contemporary and evergreen issues in our behalf. Doing so will send one message; not doing so will send just the opposite. Which will it be?

II.

AN MHI/NCC MAKEOVER

Very early this year, when I made my plans to retire known, I was approached by several executives from the manufacturing and community segments of our industry. They asked me to draft ‘Suggestions to Improve Manufactured Housing & Land Lease Community Matters at the Manufactured Housing Institute (‘MHI’)’ I did so, and here, for the first time in public, are those suggestions in three parts: Overall, Manufacturers Division, & NCC Division.

OVERALL

Debate and effect needed changes to manufacturer and NCC divisions with the goal of ensuring ‘equal voice (votes) and representation’ among all MHIndustry segments at MHI meetings.

Decide whether to expand focus of MHI from ‘just lobbying’ to include research and distribution of business-related statistics, and several specialized directories re: manufacturers, land lease community owners/operators, lenders. (Note. This statement is a precursor to the anticipated demise of the ALLEN REPORT and a dozen Resource Documents at the end of year 2021)

Make MHI Membership Directory (online) accessible to all inquirers.

MANUFACTURERS DIVISION

Divide manufacturers division into two distinct groups; one comprised of largest firms (e.g. Big 3-C firms), and other comprised of smaller, regional firms – with both groups having equal say and voting power.

Floor fee distribution. Perhaps less $ to MHI and more to state MH associations if/when they actively promote manufactured housing, e.g. as in the state of Michigan, and SECO Conference.

Demonstrate unity with IBST, HUD, MHARR & EducateMHC by reporting monthly MH shipment statistics in the same manner. (Note. This should be the easiest of all changes to effect)

NATIONAL COMMUNITIES COUNCIL (‘NCC’) DIVISION

Divide NCC division into two distinct groups; one comprised of property portfolio firms (i.e. minimum size of 500 rental homesites in one or more properties), the other comprised of sole proprietor and corporate owners with fewer than 500 rental homesites in one or more properties.

Overtly promote professional property management via training and certification, e.g. CPM, ACM, & MHM programs. (Note. Still my belief all on-site property managers should be MHMs; all regional and executive managers should be ACMs, and top executives should be Certified Property Managers under the auspices of IREM – and their firms designated as AMOs (Approved Management Organizations), again, by IREM).

Allow proxy voting during division’s annual meeting and election of officers.

Write NCC Code of Ethics into NCC bylaws and enforce same, especially where predatory landlord practices are concerned. (Note. Mimic how IREM handles violations of their Code of Ethics via committee and public mention in their trade publication).

Assign an MHI staffer with the primary responsibility of serving NCC members needs – like it used to be between years 1996 and 2009. (Note. To not do so demonstrates we have accomplished little since years 1993 and 1996)

George Allen, CPM, MHM
EducateMHC

CALL TO ACTION!

Friday, September 17th, 2021

Blog Posting # 656 @ 17 September 2021: Educatemhc

Perspective. ‘Land lease communities, previously manufactured home communities, and earlier, ‘mobile home parks’, comprise the real estate component of manufactured housing!’

EducateMHC is the online national advocate, asset class historian, data researcher, education resource & communication media for all land lease communities throughout North America!

To input this blog and or affiliate with EducateMHC, telephone Official MHIndustry HOTLINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764. Also email: gfa7156@aol.com & visit www.educatemhc.com

Motto: ‘U Support US & WE Serve U!’ Goal: to promote HUD-Code manufactured housing & land lease communities as U.S. # 1 source of affordable attainable housing! Attend MHM class!

CALL TO ACTION!

Late last week (9 & 10 September), tenant activist group MHAction (That’s short for ‘Manufactured Housing Action’), along with Americans for Financial Reform (‘AFR’), released an online video titled ‘Manufacturing Trouble’, Private Equity & Mobile Homes. This was their attempt to demonstrate, to local and national decision makers, ‘What it’s like to live in a land lease community’ owned by one or another of our nation’s 500+/- property portfolio owners/operators.

In my opinion, the substance of this video left much to be desired (i.e. accuracy), and clearly demonstrated naiveté of the folk who put it together. Specifically, the accompanying Press Release errantly mixes ‘manufactured housing’ & ‘mobile home’ terminology. This simply confuses video viewers. And, the property portfolio profiled in the video, is renowned for being ‘one of the best in the business’ when it comes to fostering good resident relations, attractive curb appeal, and desirable living environments. That error played in our favor.

So then, why a CALL TO ACTION? Well, rent hikes, safety matters, and maintenance (or lack thereof) issues alluded to in the Press Release have become commonplace in some land lease communities today – resulting in negative local press, calls for landlord-tenant legislation (i.e. rent control), and other business-restricting measures. It’s reasonable to expect additional, possibly more accurate, videos to appear in the not too distant future. The challenges identified, are not going away. Hence, the Best Defense is a Good Offence is where to begin!

Therefore, I think the time has come for our national advocates; specifically, the Manufactured Housing Institute (‘MHI’) and its’ National Communities Council (‘NCC’) division; along with others, to once-and-for-all, address troublesome matters foisted on land lease communities by real estate investors (a.k.a. consolidators) from outside (& inside) our realty asset class. There are at least two upcoming events, one virtual, and the other in-person (so far), where these matters would make for appropriate and timely topics for group presentation and discussion.

The SECO 21 Conference occurs 27 September – 1 October. This annual ‘by owners for owners’ event, in its’ 11th year, expects to draw 600 attendees. For more information, visit seco conference 2021

And from 8-10 November, MHI’s NCC division will host its annual Leadership Forum, billed as ‘The only strategic executive level event of the year.’ It will be held in downtown Chicago, IL. For more information, visit manufacturedhousing.org/events

Yes, I’ll be participating in the SECO 2021 Conference as a presenter (i.e. ‘State of the Manufactured Housing Industry & Land Lease Community Real Estate Asset Class’), as well as interviewing Sam Landy of UMH Properties, late afternoon on 29 September.

I likely won’t be participating in the NCC Leadership Forum. Though I’m a founding NCC board member (circa 1996), I haven’t been invited to presenter during the past decade or so. But no matter, this event is ripe to show owners/operators the NCC can be a viable national advocate.

Know what? There’s historic precedent for this CALL TO ACTION! On 26 October 1993, the Industry Steering Committee (‘ISC’), founded by 19 community owners two months earlier on 31 August 1993 (& predecessor to the aforementioned NCC), published a Mission Statement, seven Strategic Objectives, and 17 Issues of Note. Here are some of the appropriate wordings:

From the Mission Statement. “The manufactured home community industry… (has a) goal of providing affordable housing and a quality lifestyle.”

From the Strategic Objectives. “Improve industry image and encourage professionalism among peers.” & “Provide affordable land lease homesites.” & “Promote the manufactured home community lifestyle.”

From the 17 Issues of Note. “Improving management/resident relations” & “Avoiding and combating rent control and landlord/tenant legislation”

These guidelines were published with the intent of guiding present (1993) and future (2021) business operations of ‘manufactured home communities’, now ‘land lease communities’, relative to homeowners/site lessees. Now is time to become a positive national presence!

Again, the question: Whether to continue functioning nationally with a ‘business as usual mindset’, OR finally, come together for the common cause of countering negative property management practices (a.k.a. predatory land-lording), and take practical public steps to improve our industry image and community lifestyle!

Do I have corrective measures in mind? Sure. Some (following) I don’t mind airing via a public platform like this; others I’m reluctant to so disclose. In the first instance: Everyone to agree on a nationwide goal to support Certified Property Manger™ training and designation (‘CPM’) of all executive and regional property managers. And, at the property level, require all on-site managers to be trained and certified as Accredited Community Managers (‘ACM’) via MHEI, or EducateMHC’s Manufactured Housing Manager (‘MHM’) program. And, just as important, widely publicize the NCC’s Code of Ethics, enforcing the provisions contained therein!

Here’s one of my ‘reluctant corrective measures’. During past decades of community consolidation, it has bothered me how bona fide owners of communities, upon acquisition of their property(ies), are routinely replaced with salaried operations executives who do not have ‘skin (personal equity) in the game’. And I wonder whether this new type operator has, as we often say, ‘manufactured housing in their blood’? Specifically; do they have serious concern for the welfare of individuals and families living within their land lease communities, or not? In my experience, the sole exception to this aberration occurs only when professional property management (training & certification) prevails, from top down in property portfolios. Are all your property managers trained and certified as professional property managers?

In any event, it will be interesting to see if our salaried and volunteer national industry and realty asset class leaders embrace and publicly engage in this CALL TO ACTION! I, for one, hope they do!

How do you feel about these matters? CALL TO ACTION, training and certification of property managers, and more. Reach me via gfa7156@aol.com

George Allen, CPM, MHM
EducateMHC

AN HISTORIC OCCASION, UNLIKELY TO BE REPEATED!

Friday, September 10th, 2021

Blog Posting # 655 @ 10 September 2021: EducateMHC

Perspective. ‘Land lease communities, previously manufactured home communities, and earlier, ‘mobile home parks’, comprise the real estate component of manufactured housing!’

EducateMHC is the online national advocate, asset class historian, data researcher, education resource & communication media for all land lease communities throughout North America!

To input this blog and or affiliate with EducateMHC, telephone Official MHIndustry HOTINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764. Also email: gfa7156@aoal.com & visit www.eduatemhc.com

Motto: ‘U Support US & WE Serve U!’. Goal: to promote HUD-Code manufactured housing & land lease communities as U.S. #1 source of affordable attainable housing! Attend MHM class!

INTRODUCTION: An historic occasion & sobering statistics!

I.

AN HISTORIC OCCASION, UNLIKELY TO BE REPEATED!

Some will say this is ‘much ado about nothing’; others will opine ‘this is the way it should be’!

What are we talking about here? Well, the Institute for Building Technology & Safety (‘IBTS’), HUD’s official ‘scorekeeper’, reported 7,564 new HUD-Code manufactured housing shipments for the month of July 2021. This was remarkable for several reasons:

• This was the first time in contemporary industry history when ALL reporting entities (i.e. IBTS, HUD, MHI, MHARR, & EducateMHC) published the same number of new homes shipped – unaffected by adjustments for Destination Pending (‘DP’) units – as there were none! That’s the historic part.

• Quoting from MHI’s ‘Monthly Economic Report’, 7,564 homes shipped is “…a decrease of 1,870 homes, or 19.8 percent, compared to June 2021” (the previous month), and an increase of 74 homes or 1.0 percent compared to July 2020.”

• Furthermore. “…compared with the same month last year, single-section homes were down 9.2 percent, while multi-section homes were up 9.3 percent.” MHI

And there’s more. What does the total shipment picture look like come the end of year 2021?

“The seasonally adjusted annual rate (‘SAAR’) of shipments was 105,224 in July 2021, down 3.4 percent compared to the adjusted rate of 108,885 in June 2021.” What this means is that, given present day shipment levels, we might exceed the 94,390 total realized year end 2020. What do you think?

But the conundrum continues. How can HUD-Code housing manufacturers complain of building material shortages and high prices on one hand, and be boasting record profits on the other?

II.

CASUALTIES (# DEATHS) DURING SEVEN CONFLICTS

Have you ever wondered how the number of combatant deaths, among seven major conflicts, compare? I did, so engaged in a little research via the Congressional Research Service’s ‘American War & Military Operations Casualties’ website. Here’s what I learned:

Civil War, with 3,212,363 combatants, experienced 364,511 deaths; 2 percent of all who served

World War I, with 4,734,991 combatants, suffered 116,516 deaths; 2 percent of all who served

World War II, with 16,112,566 combatants, endured 405,399 deaths; 3 percent of who served

Korean War, with 5,720,000 combatants, tallied 36,574 deaths; one percent of all who served

Vietnam War, with 8,744,000 combatants, had 58,220 deaths; one percent of all who served

Afghanistan, Iraq, Persian Gulf War inconclusive to date, but more than 7,000 deaths to date

This is why it’s widely agreed: ‘War is hell!’ It’s also why some recall the sobering but true words of author George Orwell, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf!”

Had occasion to speak before a group of veterans last night at Warriors Hope 15th anniversary celebration. I shared how, on Christmas Eve 2005, I met a woman manager – my age, in a local pharmacy. And how she told me she marched in Vietnam protest marches at a nearby university and believed tales of us (combatants) being baby killers and worse! Nothing changed her mind for 40 years – until her son joined the U.S. Air Force. When she saw him graduate from basic training, she was convicted of her misplaced hatred, and decided to find a veteran – not to ‘thank him’, but ask forgiveness for what she did all those years ago! As three short sentences, in the ‘Making Amends’ short story I later wrote, say: “We talked. I cried. She atoned.” And, “I reflected on fallen friends who’d never hear these words but through me.”

I try not to think along these lines often. But when I do, I always walk away from the experience reminded of sentiments I’ve lived with for 52 – years, since last in combat; those being, I’m proud to be an American and having served my country. Very grateful to be alive and healthy. And how I now enjoy my family into the fourth generation. But God forbid I forget my friends who did not make it back to live out their lives like me.

Much the same can be said as we recall lives lost 20 years ago on 9/11/2001 or ‘911’. Did you realize? Children in school today, from kindergarten through 12th grade, were not alive on that tragic, historic day?

George Allen
EducateMHC

HOUSE PRICES RISE 17.4 PERCENT

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Blog Posting # 654 @ 3 September 2021: EducateMHC

Perspective. ‘Land lease communities, previously manufactured home communities, and earlier, ‘mobile home parks’, comprise the real estate component of manufactured housing!’

EducateMHC is the online national advocate, asset class historian, data researcher, education resource & communication media for all land lease communities throughout North America!

To input this blog and or affiliate with EducateMHC, telephone Official MHIndustry HOTLINE: (88) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764. Also email: gfa7156@aol.com & visit www.educatemhc.com

Motto: ‘U Support US & WE Serve U! Goal: to promote HUD-Code manufactured housing & land lease communities as U.S. @ 1 source of affordable attainable housing! Attend MHM class!

INTRODUCTION: Yes, another potpourri of housing-related information and statistics. Enjoy!

I.

HOUSE PRICES RISE 17.4 PERCENT
Yes, you read that right! Quoting from the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (‘FHFA’) August 31st Press Release: “U.S. House Prices Rise 17.4 Percent over the Last Year; Up 4.9 Percent from the First Quarter.”

And a few Significant Findings, in the same Press Release:

• House prices have risen for 40 consecutive quarters, or since September 2011.

• House prices rose in all 50 states and the District of Columbia between the second quarters of 2020 and 2021. Five states with highest annual appreciation rates? Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Montana, and Rhode Island (All in excess of 25 percent!)

• House prices rose in all the top 100 largest metropolitan areas over the last four quarters.

So, if that isn’t dismal enough news for those of us in the housing arena, what the Department of Energy (‘DOE’) is proposing to do to manufactured housing, with its’ new energy mandate standards, is ‘over the top’. How so? Read on….

II.

$7,958.00 PRICE INCREASE TO SINGLESECTION MANUFACTURED HOMES

Yes, once again, you read that right! Quoting from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform’s (‘MHARR’) August 30th Press Release: “…proposed DOE (‘Department of Energy’) standards would impose extreme and costly new energy mandates on manufactured homes…without input from the HUD-Code manufactured housing industry….” Just how bad would these price increases be? Well the above title leads the assault, followed by these additional estimates of price increases:

• “The 2021 IECC standards would result in a minimum $12,908.00 retail level structural price increase for a double-section (sic) ‘multisection’ manufactured home.”

• “Cost increases of this magnitude would exclude 6,816,883 (prospective homebuyer) households from the manufactured housing market, based on NAHB metrics developed in connection with DOE’s 2016 proposed energy standards rule for manufactured housing”

• These figures do not include additional costs for testing, enforcement, and regulatory compliance….

If you truly care about the present and future of HUD-Code manufactured housing, and its’ land lease community sector, then you’ll be present if/when given the opportunity to participate in public hearing(s) about ‘proposed DOE standards’ and their probable consequences to our ability to deliver affordable housing to this nation’s would be homebuyers!

III.

THE QUESTION ON EVERYONE’S MIND:

HUD-Code housing manufacturers having a profitable year or do they continue to suffer financial loss due to raw material price increases, OEM inventory issues, and transportation costs?

On one hand, Wall Street analyst reporting paints a generally rosy picture of manufactured housing profitability.*1 Yet communiques from some of these same firms (Think the Big 3-C companies) paint a dismal state of business affairs, e.g. “…we have concerns (as to) viability to continue to maintain price protection.” (&) “This is resulting in the production of hundreds of units at significant losses.”

Who and what to believe?

Your input on this confusing but important matter? Gfa7156@aol.com

End Note.

1. For examples of said stock market performance among HUD-Code manufacturers and land lease community real estate investment trusts (‘REITs’), read the monthly ‘Manufactured Housing Production & Stock Market Report’ that’s an integral part of every issue of The Allen Confidential newsletter. Visit www.educatemhc.com

IV.

HOW ‘BOUT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR?

Federal Housing Finance Agency (‘FHFA’) will, on 14 September 2021, host a Public Listening Session about ‘Using Accessory Dwelling Units (‘ADUs’) to Increase Housing Supply.’ This session will occur between 1 & 4PM EDT. Contact FHFA directly for more information.

FHFA goes on to say it “…is interested in learning more about the potential of accessory dwelling units (‘ADU’) to address housing supply and affordability challenges in communities across the U.S., including how FHFA and its’ regulated entities, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac could support this housing type.”

A few personal observations about this emerging ADU matter:

First, I’m encouraged to hear a federal agency declare ADUs are indeed a ‘housing type’.

Second; Use of Tiny Houses (in my opinion, a type of ADU) are already approved for siting on larger building sites, in California, on which already sit larger stick-built or manufactured homes.

Third. In my opinion, ADUs (whether they be Tiny Houses or customized sheds with built-in sanitary facilities and kitchens), when allowed by local housing authorities, make for ideal siting on functionally obsolete rental homesites in land lease communities.

I plan to sit in, and possibly comment, during this Listening Session. How ‘bout you?

George Allen, CPM, MHM c/o EducateMHC

COST-BURDENED RENTERS

Friday, August 27th, 2021

Blog Posting # 653 @ 27 August 2021: EducateMHC

Perspective. ‘Land lease communities, previously manufactured home communities, and earlier, ‘mobile home parks’, comprise the real estate component of manufactured housing!’

EducateMHC is the online national advocate, asset class historian, data researcher, education resource & communication media for all land lease communities throughout North America!

To input this blog and or affiliate with EducateMHC, telephone Official MHIndustry HOTLINES: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764. Also email: gfa7156@aaol.com & visit www.educatemhc.com

Motto: ‘U Support US & WE Serve U! Goal: to promote HUD-Code manufactured housing & land lease communities as U.S. # 1 source of affordable attainable housing! Attend MHM class!

INTRODUCTION: This week’s blog is truly a potpourri of real estate, government, REITs, property management, and resource topics. I hope you enjoy and learn from them!

I.

COST-BURDENED RENTERS

This from latest Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (‘JCHS’) report: “Housing affordability has been a challenge for the lo9west-income renters since pre-pandemic. According to the report, more than 80 percent of renters earning less than $25,000 were cost burdened – spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs – in 2019; and the majority spent over half their income on housing.” Affordable Housing Finance magazine.

II.

BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THIS…
“The U.S. government is about to wage war against a new, booming class of cryptocurrency called STABLECOINS.” These are what governments fear and will fiercely fight.

“…stablecoins are tethered to real assets, such as the dollar or gold…meaning they can easily be used for everyday commercial transactions as well as long-term contracts.”*1

“…stablecoins cut out the middlemen. For instance, credit card transactions typically cost merchants 2 percent to 3 percent in fees. With stablecoins, those fees will go out the window.”

“Regulators are waking up to the fact that stablecoins threaten not only existing payment systems but also, and more fundamentally, the very monopoly that governments have on issuing currency. Governments want no challenges to that monopoly.”

End Note. #1. All quotes from ‘Why Washington Detests This Cryptocurrency’ column in August/September issue of FORBES magazine, page #15.

III.

LLCOMMUNITY REITS #3 OUT OF 13!

According to HOYA Capital’s ‘REIT Same-Store NOI Growth by Property Sector, the misnomered Manufactured Housing REIT ranks # 3 (out of 13 sectors) in performance at 18 percent; only behind Shopping Centers (not malls) & Self-Storage sectors.*1

If interested in following our real estate asset class REIT performance, month to month, do so via The Allen Confidential newsletter, which contains the Official MH Shipment & Stock Market Reports (i.e. five REITs & four publicly-traded HUD-Code housing manufacturers). Visit www.educatemhc.com

End Note. #1. Misnomer because ‘manufactured housing’ describes the producers of this type factory-built housing; whereas land lease community REIT – or alternatively, manufactured housing REITs, are appropriate monikers for the unique, income-producing property type.

IV.

CONTROL YOUR DESTINY AS A PM!

Are you an on-site property manager (‘PM’) or regional property manager of one or more land lease communities? Are you trained and certified as a PM? If you just answered ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ to those two questions, here’s an opportunity for you to control your destiny as a professional property manager!

How so? Best way is to identify friends planning to attend the LouisvilleMHShow, 19-21 January 2022; or even a group of PMs from your property portfolio, then reach out to the instructors of the Manufactured Housing Manager (‘MHM’) program via email: educatemhc@gmail.com – expressing your interest in participating in the one day ‘no test’ program.

Nearly 1,500 land lease community owners/operators and property managers are already MHMs in the U.S. and throughout Canada. It is by far, the most popular training and certification program for this real estate asset class. Now is the time to act! Start the ball rolling today.

V.

HERE’S HOW TO ORDER MY BOOK!

If you attended the final Networking Roundtable & Retirement Celebration on 12 August in Nashville, TN., you received, among other special gifts, a copy of FROM SMITTYALPHA6 TO MHMAVEN, the 200 pages autobiography I authored during last year’s pandemic.

This tome describes my Adventures of a Lifetime, from childhood thru college to the jungles of Vietnam. And how, along the way, Carolyn and I met, raised a family, and started GFA Management, Inc., dba PMN Publishing, to serve manufactured housing & land lease community owners/operators from 1980 thru this year. Plenty of photographs too.

To order, visit www.educatemhc.com and insert the book title into the SEARCH block. You’ll be glad you did. The initial print run was 250 copies, and already 2/3rds are in the hands of readers.

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George Allen, CPM, MHM
EducateMHC

NO ONE ELSE WILL ASK YOU THIS…

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

Blog Posting # 652 @ 20 August 2021: EducateMHC

Perspective. ‘Land lease communities, previously manufactured home communities, and earlier, ‘mobile home parks’, comprise the real estate component of manufactured housing!’

EducateMHC is the online national advocate, asset class historian, data researcher, education resource & communication media for all land lease communities throughout North America!

To input this blog and or affiliate with EducateMHC, telephone Official MHIndustry HOTLINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764. Also email: gfa7156@aol.com & visit www.educatemhc.com

Motto: ‘U Support US & WE Serve U! Goal: to promote HUD-Code manufactured housing & land lease communities as U.S. @ 1 source of affordable attainable housing! Attend MHM class!

INTRODUCTION:

I.

NO ONE ELSE WILL ASK YOU THIS…

Did you attend the RV/MH Hall of Fame Banquet, on 16 August, honoring the combined classes of 2020 and 2021 inductees? If so, you were part of an attendance record-setting event (More than 640 guests), first time honoring of military veterans in the audience, and several heart-stirring acceptance speeches by inductees or family members. And the food was great as well.

But that wasn’t all you missed. Most event guests made it a point to take a walking tour of the huge, recently-completed manufactured housing exhibit hall; something many of us have awaited for decades! A few even made it upstairs to the reorganized, spruced-up library, where the industry and asset class library of George Allen, and his writings, are now on public display.

But a lesser known event occurred Monday afternoon, when second generation Hall of Fame member Jim Scoular met with several other industry/asset class executives. Purpose of the meeting? To share ideas on how to best organize displays and furnish the exhibit hall with examples of mobile and manufactured housing, and land lease community memorabilia. I’d like to share some of the ideas expressed, but it’d be premature to do so. But it does bring us to THE QUESTION: ‘How do you think the museum hall should be configured to demonstrate history and progress of our type factory-built housing and varieties of community lifestyle? Address your remarks to me via gfa7156@aol.com I’ll collect them to pass onto the committee chairman and members.

I can tell you this much though; all segments of the manufactured housing industry will, in some fashion, be represented. Some examples:

Manufactured housing exhibits will likely include a covered wagon, 9, 10, 12, & 14’ wide singlesection units, a new singlesection 16X80, and mulitsection 28X48. Also, outdoors, a modular home – maybe equipped as a Smart House. Also interactive displays, perhaps showing HUD-Code houses being fabricated in plants and transported to building sites.

Land lease communities? What type lifestyle to display? Smaller ‘starter’ homes characteristic of young families, or larger multisection homes often found in all-adult or retirement communities in and out of Sunbelt regions? One idea would be to showcase a new community, highlighting its’ new development and completed phases with a video, photos, and layout.

Suppliers, lenders, transporters, insurers, installers, and other segments of the industry will be included in the displays.

One aspect of the planning meeting ‘conversation’ had to do with trade terminology; i.e. ‘What to use when describing industry segments in the new exhibit hall?

Manufactured housing and homes has been in place since 1976, and likely will not change here, though the terms intermediate & affordable housing pop up from time to time. Your opinion?

Trailer & mobile home parks; manufactured housing & home communities; land lease & lifestyle communities. What term should be used in this new museum setting?

And then there’re the folk who market and sell manufactured housing? You comfortable with ‘dealer’, or prefer to use the contemporary term, ‘independent (street) MHRetailer’?

So, there you have it. Some thoughts in play relative to the new manufactured housing exhibit hall at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN. Make your thoughts known via gfa7156@aol.com
No guarantee though, that your suggestions will prevail.

II.

THANKS TO ALL!

Last week’s blog posting featured my ‘good-bye talk’ presented at the final Networking Roundtable & Retirement Celebration, on 12 August, in Nashville, TN. Well, that gala event (i.e. First national manufactured housing-related public event in 1 ½ years!) went off without a hitch. Close to 150 registered, but 20 or so fewer attended, mainly due to testing positive for covid, flight cancelations, etc..

A dozen vendors of products and services germane to land lease community operations featured wares and abilities during the first half the day. Then Scott Roberts of Roberts Communities kept the audience on the edge of their seats with his audio-visual supported description of land lease communities he’s been developing and enlarging during the past few years.

Following a group photograph of everyone present, and a cocktail party sponsored by Skyline-Champion, everyone enjoyed (especially me) a retirement celebration dinner. The highlight there was the presentation of a large shadow box crafted by Travis McCarty, my grandson, for the occasion. It featured the corporate logos of all the sponsoring firms, along with a dozen or so individuals who contributed to the legacy occasion.

Everyone present at the event received a copy of FROM SMITTYALPHA6 TO MHMAVEN, the autobiography I authored during the pandemic. It was ‘hot off the press’ just before the Networking Roundtable began. Copies will be mailed to individuals registered to attend, but unable to do so. Additional copies are available for $39.95 plus shipping & handling, via www.educatemhc.com or phone me via (317) 881-3815

So, many Thanks to everyone who made this rare event possible, especially my business partners, Susan McCarty, MHM, and Erin Smith, MHM, of EducateMHC. Carolyn and I especially enjoyed the less stressful time for us, planning and hosting this 30th and final Networking Roundtable!

George Allen, CPM, MHM