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Lies, Damned Lies and DOE’s Energy Rule

MHARR – ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVESBY MARK WEISS MARCH 2022 “Lies, Damned Lies and DOE’s ‘Energy’ Rule” Well, the various comment periods for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) egregious manufactured housing “energy conservation standards” rule have now ended. In their wake, the record is littered with the predictably disingenuous droppings of its obsequious cheerleaders. Their comments, …

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“Where is the ‘Equity’ for Manufactured Homes and Consumers Of Affordable Housing?” – MHARR Issues and Perspectives

The Biden Administration, this month, marks its first full year in office. As one of his initial steps, President Biden announced that the concept of “equity” – economic equity and, most especially, racial equity – would be a bedrock foundation for his Administration’s policies and programs. In Executive Order 13985 (“Advancing Racial Equity and Support …

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MHARR Issues Strong Warning Against Solar Energy Mandates for Manufactured Homes

Washington, D.C., May 26, 2021 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has issued a strong warning to a special interest group against any effort to seek solar energy mandates for federally-regulated manufactured homes. On May 4, 2021, the group – the “Clean Energy States Alliance” (CESA) – published a two-volume report specifically …

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“FREDDIE MAC UNWITTINGLY PROVES ITS OWN FAILURE” MHARR — ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES — May 2021

By Mark WeissMAY 2021 “FREDDIE MAC UNWITTINGLY PROVES ITS OWN FAILURE” Remember Inspector Renault in the classic film “Casablanca,” who was “shocked, shocked” to find gambling going on at Rick’s? Well, we now have something similar with mortgage giant Freddie Mac. After doing virtually nothing — along with its cohort Fannie Mae — for a …

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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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