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“The Ultimate Battle Against Destructive Energy Regulation”

So, what could be worse than destructive, excessively costly federal manufactured housing “energy conservation” standards developed through a distorted and fundamentally tainted process at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)? The answer? Destructive and excessively costly manufactured housing “energy conservation” standards developed through two distorted and fundamentally tainted processes – one inside of DOE and …

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“Zoning Exclusion — To Fight Or Switch?”

For those of us “senior” enough to remember cigarette commercials on television, an iconic brand, with a somewhat unusual advertising approach, was Tareyton cigarettes. Tareyton commercials featured “smokers” with phony black eyes, who supposedly preferred to “fight” rather than “switch” to some other cigarette brand. The idea, of course, was to promote brand loyalty. Unfortunately, …

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MHARR Exposes FHFA Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing Failures and Distortions to Congress

MHARR EXPOSES FHFA DTS FAILURES AND DISTORTIONS TO CONGRESS  Washington, D.C., October 16, 2020 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in verbal and written comments presented at an October 16, 2020 Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) “Listening Session” concerning implementation of the statutory Duty to Serve Underserved Markets (DTS) mandate (see, copy …

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“Wasted Manufactured Housing Opportunities Mount As The Clock Ticks Down”

MHARR — ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES  By Mark Weiss At press time for this article, just four weeks remain before the November 3, 2020 presidential election. The election itself, as illustrated during the September 29, 2020 “debate,” presents a stark contrast for voters, and its outcome will produce equally stark policy contrasts for the manufactured housing …

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“Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Have Learned Nothing From Their Subprime Debacle”

For the vast majority of lower and moderate-income Americans seeking to enter the housing market via the most direct and affordable means – i.e., through the purchase of a mainstream, inherently affordable HUD Code manufactured home – the Duty to Serve Underserved Markets (DTS) mandate, enacted by Congress twelve year ago as part of the …

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“An Unequaled Opportunity About to Go to Waste”

The latest issue of the quarterly publication of HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) – called “Evidence Matters” — has been released to great fanfare by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). Ostensibly, the fanfare arises from the fact that this “Winter/Spring” edition of “Evidence Matters” focuses on “Factory-Built Housing,” including manufactured homes. And, …

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“A Red-Flag Warning for the Manufactured Home Industry and Consumers”

While Washington, D.C. and many, if not most, state capitals are currently fixated on the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences, other dynamics are afoot in the nation’s capital that will inevitably have a profound long-termimpact on the nation as a whole and on the federally-regulated manufactured housing industry. One such dynamic is the approaching …

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“Discriminatory Manufactured Home Energy Regulation Looms Once Again”

Like a monster in a B-Grade horror movie that refuses to die, the specter of excessive, discriminatory and extremely-costly federal manufactured housing energy “conservation” standards has emerged once again, this time courtesy of energy special interests and a distinctly un-Trump-like cave-in by the leadership at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As a result, the …

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MHARR February 5, 2020 Washington Update – Report and Analysis

REPORT AND ANALYSIS IN THIS REPORT:                                                 FEBRUARY 5, 2020 PRESIDENTS’ ORDERS SUPPORT MHARR ON “GUIDANCE” LETTERS MHARR WINS FIRST ROUND OF HUD FOIA APPEAL ON MHCC   MHARR CONTINUES TO EXPOSE FANNIE AND FREDDIE SCHEMES MHARR SEEKS DECISIVE ACTION BY WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL MHCC SUBCOMMITTEE RECOMMENDS ON-SITE CHANGES 2020 HALL OF FAME CLASS OMITS HUD …

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