Archive for March, 2021

‘Where’s There’s Smoke, There’s Fire’

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Blog Posting # 631 @ 26 March 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.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: This has not been a comfortable blog to pen. Anyone who knows me, knows I’ve spent my career promoting and improving HUD-Code manufactured housing (via Community Series Home design in 2009, and monthly MH Shipment & Stock Market Reports) and land lease communities ( via books, newsletters and 32 years of ALLEN REPORTs) in every way possible! It’s long bothered me it takes two national advocates (i.e. MHI & MHARR) to represent big and small housing manufacturers; and, how the National Communities Council (‘NCC’) division of MHI stands idly by – or so it appears, as a few large property portfolio firms, including some from outside the industry, abuse our homeowners/site lessees with impunity. Somewhere along the timeline of manufactured housing, these anomalies must be addressed – by ‘us’ or by ‘someone else’. Which will it be? Read here and decide for yourself….GFA

‘Where’s There’s Smoke, There’s Fire’

This idiom, underscored by a proverb suggesting the “indication of a problem or wrongdoing, such a thing probably occurred or exists.” So what are smoke signals the manufactured housing industry and land lease community real estate asset class are experiencing in early 2021?

• ‘Monopolization of the American Manufactured Home Industry’ MHProNews

• ‘A ‘Hostage’ Strategy for (Mfd) Housing Investment?’ Private Equity Stakeholder Project

• ‘What Happens When Investment Firms Acquire Trailer Parks’, New Yorker magazine

It’s not my intent, in this blog posting, to dig into these three exposes’ appearing this month (March) in three different media; but rather suggest, in the words of Tariq Ramadan*1,

“If there is smoke, there is fire, that is quite true. But one should find what the fire is, and who lit it.”

During 40+ years in and around factory-built housing, and as a long time land lease community owner, I’ve seen ‘smoke come and go’, almost always signaling a significant challenge or issue (as opposed to ‘problem’) within the industry or realty asset class. For example, recall the:

• regulatory mashup upon and since the debut of the HUD-Code during the mid-1970s!

• clamor for effective land lease community national advocacy during the early 1990s, as real estate investment trusts (‘REITs’) formed and property consolidation accelerated!

• misguided attempt to compete with site-builders during the late 1990s*2 – resulting in the loss of easy access to chattel capital for home-only loans, and disappearance of 10,000+/- independent (street) MHRetailers, for 20 years; 2000-2020!*3 & 4

• Increasingly obvious downsides of two sector corporate consolidations, relative to small business owners (i.e. housing manufacturers & land lease community owners/operators*5), as well as severe reduction in the number of small business owner members supporting state manufactured housing associations nationwide!

There, I’ve said (& penned) it; CONSOLIDATION, the ‘bugaboo or crown jewel’ of manufactured housing and land lease communities nationwide!

To ‘out’ these latest two smoke storms affecting our industry and realty asset class is risky business for me. Why? Because I’ve pretty much ‘made my living’ since the late 1990s, 1) by identifying who the community consolidating portfolio firms were and are*6, and 2) tracking stock market performance of all nine public companies (i.e. four HUD-Code housing manufacturers and five land lease community portfolios).*7 Yes, CONSOLIDATION has made this dual task easier, to be sure, but I’ve also seen the ongoing consequences, pro & con, of these acquisitions and mergers. And that’s what the three named exposes’- all penned by outsiders, named at the beginning of this blog, are doing: identifying the mostly negative, significant consequences of CONSOLIDATION.

Within the HUD-Code housing manufacturer sector of the industry, is it a ‘good or bad’ thing for the three largest consolidated firms to garner 75+/- of national market share of new manufactured homes shipped nationwide? And what effect does it have, if any, that these Big 3-C firms belong to, and are major financial supporters of, the largest national industry advocacy institute? And the questions continue…

Within the land lease community sector of the industry, is it a ‘good or bad’ thing for “The Top Ten firms…comprised of three REITs…and seven privately-owned firms (during year 2020)…to own and fee-manage 559,216 rental homesites in 1,820 land lease communities…”? This compared to 926,828 rental homesites in 4,989 land lease communities reported by 92 of 500+/- known portfolio ‘players’ domiciled throughout North America? Yes, that’s how lopsided the rental homesites/property counts have become since CONSOLIDATION ‘took off’ during the mid-1990s.*8

So, where does all this leave us today? Hard to really say, without exaggerating.

Within the aforementioned HUD-Code housing manufacturer sector of the industry, the terms monopoly and fair trade are increasingly being thrown around, to account for how the largest firms better absorb changing and increased regulatory measures (costs) foisted on the industry by its’ regulators.*9

Within the aforementioned land lease community sector of the industry, the collective term ‘predatory landlord practices’ (e.g. exorbitant site rent increases, new ancillary charges, home sales and seller-financing) are increasingly cited by homeowner/site lessees, as significant impediments to their otherwise affordable attainabale lifestyle.

Once again, in the history of the manufactured housing industry – and land lease community realty asset class, we approach that proverbial fork in the road, offering us opportunity to self- police and address our CONSOLIDATION-related challenges in both industry sectors; or, as has been our sad practice in the past, sit on our hands and wait for someone else (e.g. tenant activists and government regulators) to come along and regulate us even further! What will be our choice?

End Notes.
1. Swiss Muslim academic and philosopher
2. Era of ‘big box = big bucks’ Development Series manufactured homes
3. 10,000+/- per MHI; (and) Two decade long paradigm shift, from year 2000 thru 2020
4. Independent (street) MHRetailers. A term coined by William Carr, freelance consultant to the manufactured housing industry
5. Owners/operators. A term coined by David Helfand when CEO of ELS, Inc.
6. 25 portfolio owners/operators in 1987; today, more than 500, per 32nd ALLEN REPORT.
7. 25 housing manufacturers in 1977; today, far fewer, beyond the Big 3-C Companies: Clayton Homes, CAVCO Industries, & Skyline-Champion. Performance tracked monthly in the EducateMHC: ‘MHShipment volume & Stock Market Report’. See www.educatemhc.com
8. Ibid., 32nd ALLEN REPORT
9. E.g. HUD & DOE, for starters

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George Allen, CPM, MHM @ EducateMHC

Very Special Announcement! Monday, 29 March, is National Vietnam Veterans Day. If you know a Vietnam Vet, please reach out and Welcome him or her home. Seriously. There were no public ‘Welcome Home’ greetings and accolades during the 1960s and early 1970s. Semper Fi!

Walker & Dunlop’s ‘A Tale of Two Cities’

Friday, March 19th, 2021

Blog Posting # 630 @ 19 March 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 7 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: This should be an interesting and informative ‘read’ for you. In it we share some late-breaking housing stats with you, followed by a critique of a 17 page report of questionable origin, and ending with some addtional helpful housing insights. Enjoy!

I.

Walker & Dunlop’s ‘A Tale of Two Cities’

The winter 2020 Quarterly Report in MULTIFAMILY OUTLOOK, contained a few thought-provoking gems worth repeating here.

“While unemployment rates dropped quickly from 14.7 percent in April (2020) to 8.4 percent in August, a more detailed look shows widening inequality …yet to be resolved. For those with a bachelor’s degree or higher, unemployment peaked at only 8.4 percent in April and has since fallen to 5.3 percent – a rate …once thought to be near the point of equilibrium for the economy. Unemployment rates for those with less than a high school education peaked at 71.2 percent and for those with a high school education, at 17.7 percent. More than one in ten people of the 42 million people in these segments of the labor force still remain unemployed as of August.”

“…the economy is far from being back to ‘normal’. The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet increased to nearly $3 trillion this year, as subsidies such as those provided by the CARES act backstopped businesses, individuals, and farmers. That’s almost triple the subsidies provide in 2008 which have yet to be paid back, igniting a debate about whether the economy can grow out of its increasing debt burden, print money, or continue in a low interest rate environment to pay back the debt.”

II.

Monopolization of the American Manufactured Home Industry

Here’s how the publisher of MHPro News introduced this controversial topic. “Samuel Strommen of the Knudson School of Law (a.k.a. USD Law) provided…(a) copy of his research paper that focused on Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes, their related lending, other Manufactured Housing Institute (‘MHI’) members, MHI itself, and the industry’s Real Estate Investment Trust (‘REITs’) sector.” Who is Samuel Strommen?

Precise title of this typescript? ‘The Monopolization of the American Manufactured Home Industry and the Formation of REITs: a Rube Goldberg Machine of Human Suffering.’

Now, don’t go and get all excited about this 17 page report with its’ ballyhooed 131 footnotes – if you can even find it online. An interesting ‘read’ sure, but not, in my opinion, of academic quality or much use to our industry and realty asset class.

First off, no record of Samuel Strommen being at the Knudson School of Law (a.k.a. USD Law), past or present. So, no idea as to what, if any, academic or manufactured housing credentials this individual possesses. I was thinking professor; now thinking law student, if that.

There’s passing mention of REITs in the report title, plus what you read in the introductory remark above – but no mention, beyond “increasingly consolidating landlords”, (that I read) in the report proper. A near total disconnect! Hint. This awkward wording suggests the identity of the real writer. Otherwise, the phrase would have been better penned as “landlords increasingly consolidating…”

Then there’s this salacious opinion appearing in the four sentences Introduction. “… (manufactured housing) the only form of residence in the United States that carries its’ own pejorative connotation, ‘trailer trash’.” Really? And I (you) should want to read further into this insulting screed?

“The aim of this paper is thus: to expose a number of antitrust violations – both blatant and subtle – in the form of the increasing monopolization of the manufacturing, financing, and the increasingly consolidating landlords, and to call for reforms within this industry.” And that’s pretty much what the writer does, except for NO further mention of, as pointed out earlier, ‘increasingly consolidating landlords’. Wonder why? Though there is mention of “25-30% of all manufactured homes are situated in manufactured home communities (commonly referred to…as ‘trailer parks’).”Called such by whom? Three paragraphs later, the writer refers to this unique, income-producing property type, properly, as a ‘land-lease community’. So, obviously, he has no expertise in the nature and use of manufactured housing trade terminology.

An error? “…production of manufactured homes hit its’ apex (i.e. highest point. GFA) over twenty years ago, with a maximum production of some 375,000 units in 1998.” NOT! That was simply a renascence year for the industry. Its true acme year was 1973 (25 years earlier) when 579,940 new ‘mobile homes’ were shipped nationwide! Perhaps that’s the ‘diff’; ‘mobile homes’ vs. manufactured homes shipped.

Earlier, I made reference to 131 footnotes in this report. Interestingly, the following observation is presented sans documentation: “While claims that Berkshire Hathaway vis-à-vis Clayton Homes have (sic) violated American antitrust law have (sic) not been litigated in court, ample evidence that violations are taking place are myriad.” (‘myriad = 10,000 times’. GFA) What evidence? Where’s ‘the footnote’ when one needs it?

Now here’re some interesting word choices: “What was previously a top ten (manufacturers) has amalgamated (‘consolidated) into a top three. What the industry has presented as apotheosis is closer to apoptosis.” (i.e. from ‘glorified’ to ‘self-destruction’). And this, “In public, Buffett boasted through a rictus (‘gaping grin’) that Clayton and its financing arm were performing a good deed….” These elitist word choices are what lead me to think (maybe) a law student is penning this rough document.

One of the most telling – and to me, helpful, sentences in the entire report, is this: “Clayton Homes (and their affiliated lenders) would suffer a detriment if (the) GSEs were to re-enter the chattel mortgage industry.” Really? And here I believed it was the two GSEs (and FHFA) who were digging in and dragging their heels when it came to implementing aggressive Duty to Serve (‘DTS’) plans and programs in favor of manufactured housing finance. So, which is it?

True or False? “…currently , half of the MHI executive (committee board members) are former employees of Clayton Homes.”

The report ends with the same question I’ve been posing for months. “Why has manufacturing yet to cross the 100,000 unit threshold, much less come anywhere close to its’ most recent 1998 peak?” While I criticize much of the content of the report, I do support this question!

‘A Rube Goldberg of human suffering’ is the subtitle of this research report. Personally, I don’t think the writer, professor, student, or whoever he/she is, addressed this salient point.

III.

Everyone Wants a Piece of Our Action!

When was the last time you read anything in Apartment Management Magazine about manufactured housing and land lease communities? Well, YARDI breeze, a property management software designed for multifamily rental properties recently (February 2021) contributed an article, based on a recent NorthMarq report, to this publication, titled: ‘Five Reasons Manufactured Housing Could Outperform the Market in 2021’. The first reason being high demand for land lease communities as being desirable places to live (especially during the pandemic. GFA). And the next four reasons?

1. Affordable manufactured housing (i.e. article simply put it: ‘MHCS’) can help solve the affordable housing crisis. Nothing new there, except the article is ‘silent’ on the lack of reasonable access to chattel capital for home-only loans on units going directly into land lease communities onto rental homesites.

2. There’s plenty of investment opportunity. (Said out of one side of the writer’s mouth – or pen) Versus mentioning the majority of ‘investment grade’ land lease communities (i.e. 100+ rental homesites in size) are already consolidated into one or another of 500+/- property portfolios throughout North America!); meaning, ‘plenty of investment opportunity’ among the 80+/- percent of the national rental community inventory, those properties containing fewer than 100 rental homesites. For more on this subject, read the 32nd annual ALLEN REPORT (January 2021), available for purchase via www.educatemhc.com

3. Manufactured homes are (un) surprisingly high quality. Best sentence in the article? “If renters are looking for a high-value deal, they need to take a closer look at well-built, competitively priced manufactured housing.” Note that ‘renters’ is used here, as opposed to ‘buyers’, since this is a multifamily rental property association trade publication.

4. Retired baby boomers are a growing demographic. To entice them, according to the article, use “many of the same rental perks used to bring in millennials:” Those being online rent payments, communal spaces, eco-friendly amenities, hosted events and activities, and fitness areas.

And Thanks to Dick Bessire, founder and partner at Bessire & Casenhiser in San Dimas, CA., for sending along this material.

George Allen, CPM, MHM
EducateMHC

Washington’s MH Watchdog Barks!

Friday, March 12th, 2021

Blog Posting # 629 @ 12 March 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.

Washington’s MH Watchdog Barks!

Right to the point! The following lightly edited paragraph is quoted from 1 March1, 2021 communique from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform:

“By tying manufactured home chattel loan participation in (Federal Housing Finance Agency’s) Enterprise Housing Goals (‘EHG’), to thus far non-existent support for such loans under Duty to Serve (‘DTS’ plans), FHFA has created a ‘perfect storm’ of malign neglect for the vast majority of lower and moderate-income American families seeking to realize the American Dream of homeownership via inherently affordable manufactured homes – directly contrary to Congress’ objectives for both EHG and DTS.”

So, what to do about this sad, ongoing ‘perfect storm’ of malign neglect on the part of FHFA & GSEs? Another brief paragraph from the same MHARR communique on March 1st, 2021:

“MHARR calls on FHFA to end this baseless charade, and (1) require market-significant purchases of mainstream, affordable manufactured home personal property loans under DTS; and (2) simultaneously restore EHG credit for such purchases, based on the known and well-documented affordability of both mainstream manufactured homes and chattel financing.”

Will this happen? No. Not unless you, as a manufactured housing businessperson or land lease community owner/operator, insist on more political pressure on whichever national advocacy entity that commands your loyalty and receives your dues monies.

Kudos to Mark Weiss at MHARR for speaking out so clearly and forcefully in our behalf in this timely, ongoing, and important matter!

II.

Off to a Too Slow Start in 2021!

Affordable housing is in very short supply and site-built housing prices jumped 11 percent during 2020, but new HUD-Code manufactured housing shipments, in January 2021, lagged behind the 8,733 we achieved during January 2020 – before the coronavirus pandemic hit!

That’s right, only 8,476 new HUD-Code housing shipments is the official January 2021 total posted by IBTS and embraced by HUD, MHARR, & EducateMHC; that’s 257 fewer new HUD-Code homes than the aforementioned 8,733 shipped during January 2020. Will we recover this ground during the next 11 months? In my opinion Yes; but ONLY IF manufacturers shorten delivery backlogs and lower unit prices as soon as possible! AND, as one land lease community portfolio owner/operator succinctly put it, after reading this month’s ‘MHShipment & Stock Market Report’,

“These (lower shipment) numbers don’t support the contention by manufacturers (plants) last year, that they were experiencing ‘significant increases in demand for manufactured homes’.”

Does the point of that observation remind you of another quote? Does me. In 1858, in Clinton, IL., Abraham Lincoln said: “You can fool some of the people all of the time and all the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” HUD-Code manufacturers, are you paying attention?

Is the ‘MHShipment & Stock Market Report’ a new media resource to you? Probably. Though researched and penned, but purposely restricted to limited distribution since 2016, it’s become, in just the past several months, a major statistical reference for the industry and realty asset class nationwide!

Once each month, soon after the Institute for Building Technology & Safety (‘IBTS’) posts manufactured housing shipment data, here at EducateMHC we compare said tallies to the previous year, estimate the production value of homes shipped, and identify emerging trends. Also visit the New York Stock Exchange and Toronto Exchange to ascertain that day’s stock prices on all nine public manufactured housing and land lease community real estate investment trusts (four of the former and five of the latter). After posting said prices in the report, we calculate a Composite Stock Index comprised of eight of the entities (not including Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.). The Composite Stock Index on 3 March 2021 was $621.91, compared to $577.00 on (pre-covid) 3 March 2020. The newest feature of this seminal report is the U.S. House Price Index for the most recent month it is available.

Want to view the ‘MHShipment & Stock Market Report’ every month? Visit www.educatemhc.com and download The Allen CONFIDENTIAL: PRIME EDITION – Current Month’s Issue.

‘Murdered By Gods’

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Blog Posting # 628 @ 5 March 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, & commu8nication 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: gfra7156@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: Four opportunities coming your way. An exciting mystery novel authored by a land lease community owner. Help finance the new manufactured housing wing at the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Watch to see if CDC overstepped constitutional boundary with its’ eviction moratorium.  And, if a freelance consultant, here’s your opportunity to be included in the 22nd annual ‘Who Ya Gonna Call in 2021?’ directory. No one sends more MHNews your way!

 

I.

 

‘Murdered By Gods’

 

“I looked down at my phone, which seemed to be the source of the sudden heat. I’ve had phones get a little too warm before, especially when exchanging a lot of data…but never at such a temperature as what I was feeling now. It actually felt like it was burning my fingers, which prompted me to drop it with a yelped curse, “Shit. That’s Hot.”

 

As I said it, the buzz of conversation spiked in volume and intensity. Shouts, even shrieks of alarm erupted all around us. Focused as I was, on my defective phone, I did not immediately grasp the significance of this, but over the din, I could just make out a hissing sound – like a pressure valve releasing steam – emanating from the device.

 

…Everywhere I looked, I saw people staring at the floor, staring at mobile phones they had dropped or thrown down in dismay. I grabbed (Diane’s) clutch purse from her hands and flung it away. The purse was still in the air when it, and every other mobile phone in the great hall, erupted in a flash of white-hot flame.” Pp. 307 & 308

 

So goes, Murdered By Gods, a thrilling mystery authored by land lease community owner and real estate broker Charles G. Irion of Phoenix, Arizona.  Interested in reading more? Here goes…

 

“The business end of the submachine pistol was close enough that, had I been so inclined, I could have reached out and touched it.

 

There’s an axiom in self-defense instruction: run away from a knife, charge a gun. The reason is simple. Since you can’t outrun a bullet, you might as well go on the offensive. Additionally, guns are most effective at a distance, where the shooter has time to adjust his aim or lead a moving target.

 

Holding the nearest gunman’s gaze, I slowly raised my hands in what I hoped looked like a signal of surrender.

 

Something else I learned from close-combat instruction is it is physically impossible to pull a trigger while speaking.

 

As the first syllable left his throat, I made my move.”  Pp. 181 & 182

 

If you’d like to learn more about Charles Irion and this 12th exciting book in a series, read the full review I’ve penned, in the April issue of The Allen Confidential newsletter. However, if you want your copy now, order it directly from Chuck via www.charlesirion.com, or amazon.com

 

 

II.

 

Have YOU Donated Yet?

 

‘Fundraising for the New Manufactured Housing Museum Addition is Gaining Momentum’ is how a recent Press Release reads, from the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN.

 

This is exciting! For many of us in the manufactured housing industry, and among land lease community owners/operators nationwide, we’ve been awaiting this important development for decades; frankly, ever since the RV/MH Federation was birthed in 1972 – that’s one year shy of 50 years ago! Now do you see why this long-promised addition to the Hall of Fame facility is generating so much interest – and donations?

 

Carolyn and I have donated annually, for decades, to support the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Now we all have an opportunity to help it grow, and recognize the manufactured housing industry as it has the recreational vehicle industry all these years. We’ll be making a donation this weekend.

 

“…kick-off donations from Clayton Homes ($300,000), Cavco Industries ($100,000), MHI ($50,000), MMH & RVCA Michigan Association ($50,000), and dealer/developer/dedicated board member Jimi Scoular ($50,000).”  Plus a whole raft of nearly two dozen individuals donating from between $1,000 and $25,000. If Jim Scoular’s name ‘rings a bell’ with you, it’s likely because he, his son, and late father, recently co-authored their family’s history in manufactured housing, titled Leap of Faith. This book available for purchase directly from the RV/MH Hall of Fame (574) 293-2344.

 

How to donate to the RV/MH Hall of Fame? Mail check to RV/MH Heritage Foundation @ 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart, IN. 46514. (tongue in cheek) ‘Tell’em, George sent you!’

 

Let’s celebrate the 50th Anniversary, in 2022, of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation, in the new manufactured housing addition!

 

III

 

The CDC

 

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas recently declared Center for Disease Control (‘CDC’) eviction moratorium a constitutional overstep; specifically, a federal health agency attempting to play the role of an economic regulatory agency. This ruling is being contested. Every land lease community owner/operator should follow this matter through the legal system, in hope for relief from this one-sided coronavirus pandemic measure.

 

IV.

 

Calling All Freelance Consultants!

 

Do you provide freelance (i.e. not on someone else’s payroll) consulting services to manufactured housing firms and or land lease community owners/operators nationwide? If so, maybe you should be listed in the annual ‘Who Ya Gonna Call in 2021?’ Directory of Freelance Consultants. The 23rd annual directory will be distributed along with the April issue of The Allen Confidential newsletter.

 

The directory generally contains the names, business profiles, and contact information on 40 or so individuals from throughout the U.S. If you’re been on the list now, or have been before, you know it. If not, and interested, email me (gfa7156@aol.com) your name, a paragraph describing your consultancy specialty (e.g. marketing, advertising, sales training, fee-management, ROC conversions, insurance, infrastructure, home-only finance, land planning & zoning, water leak detection, property valuation, resident screening, home installation, sub metering, and landscape architecture, just to name a few) and contact information (e.g. phone number, email address, and web site.

 

To obtain a copy of the 22nd annual directory, contact Erin Smith, MHM, via EducateMHC@gmail.com or visit www.educatemhc.com