There are numbers of celebrities, past and present, that have personally owned and/or had others ties to mobile and manufactured home living. The ones in the headline are just some of them that will be mentioned in this report.
There are millionaires and even some billionaires who personally own a mobile or manufactured home. They are the rich and frugal.
There are several misconceptions about mobile and manufactured homes, more than most of the public realizes.
Manufactured homes are the homes of the future, not just the past. The brief video clip from the interview below sheds light and gives evidence for that notion.
But don’t just take Alan Amy’s word for it. This is a tiny fraction of the list of celebrities past and present who believe in mobile or manufactured homes.
- Stevie Nicks
- Lawrence Welk
- Kid Rock
- Elvis Presley
- Art Linkletter
It is hard to imagine a more diverse group of performers and entertainers. Here are some snapshots of each from Wikipedia. They are organized by last name.
Each one of those stars has had direct involvement in mobile or manufactured home living. Some of them did or still do own a mobile or manufactured home for their personal residential use. There are other articles on this website that name more celebrities, so this is just an introduction to that factoid.
When the rich, famous and frugal – millionaires and even some billionaires – as well as tens of millions of others from all walks of life have found mobile or manufactured home living to be a good thing, that should make the rest of the nation sit up and take notice.
This report will be part of our kick-off a new year and a new decade for Manufactured Home Living News. We think there are several possible reasons why 2020 could be a big year for those living in a pre-HUD Code mobile home or a post HUD Code manufactured home. This may be a big year for renters and those in conventional housing too.
The linked reports will explain why.
Sky High Potential
Nostalgic views are hot with many. There is the History Channel as well as shows about housing and inheritances, etc.
Many have no idea that back in the mobile home era, which officially ended on June 15, 1976, there were those who literally dreamed and planned for high rise urban towers to provide sites for mobile homes. In cities. There are reasons to believe that is possible still today.
Sound fantastic? Hard to imagine?
Its true. That’s what we deal with here, reality and issues from a practical, evidence and reason based perspective.
Here’s an actual design for such a structure from that timeframe.
But more common options are those shown in the picture below.
What About All the Bad News?
In recent years, much of the word heard in mainstream media about mobile or manufactured home living has frankly been negative. There are reasons why that is so. We have articles and reports that candidly explore those realities. One of them is linked below. It includes the video and much more that most people wouldn’t know about without our background research and expertise.
We believe in manufactured home living, in part because we have personally owned and lived in several conventional houses as well as manufactured homes. So, while we are data and research driven professionals, we also have lived experiences that many frankly don’t.
Let’s note that we don’t believe in supporting ‘black hat’ behavior. When we discover allegations of problematic or possibly illegal behavior, we report on that too. We aren’t just cheer leaders here. We take a broad view of reality, the good, the bad and the meh.
So, there is bad news that often seems to overshadow the good news. But let’s be clear-eyed. Being in media ourselves, there is a mantra in the news business. ‘If it bleeds, it leads.’ Problems usually get more coverage than the far more ordinary good things do. Isn’t it bad or sensational news that you tend to see and read about?
But perhaps it’s that bad news stigmatized angle that may explain why when the rich, famous and frugal decide to live in a mobile or manufactured home, that also makes news. Because some people mistakenly have a stereotypical image of ‘trailer trash’ – which we totally reject that notion – when someone with money or fame choose to live or enjoy getaways in a mobile or manufactured home, that turns heads.
It should. Because with an affordable housing crisis, the solution is hiding in plain sight and has been for years. See that report with a video interview with an expert linked below.
Here’s the skinny history of this industry with sky high visions of a unique way of approaching the American Dream.
There are few things more needed in America today than affordable housing. Manufactured homes offer those of modest means – which means that almost anyone can afford to have one – the ability to own for about the same or statistically often less than their rental payments.
There are state and federal financing programs in place that make those ownership opportunities possible.
Public officials know that affordable housing is a huge issue. They also know that for a variety of reasons, many Americans have a NIMBY attitude about manufactured homes being nearby or next door.
That’s all based upon outdated notions. Who says? Decades of third-party university level researchers that span the decades from 2018 going back to the 1990s or much earlier too. That’s among the items that are linked below.
But let’s be clear-eyed again. Look at what’s happening or developing in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin or other cities and towns across the U.S. Homelessness is rising. That means people living in tents, cardboard boxes or worse on the streets. It’s not only tragic, it is avoidable.
Conventional housing owners need to understand that their fears about mobile or manufactured homes being nearby are misplaced. Decades of research proves that to be true.
Rephrased, those who own a conventional house, condo or townhouse should embrace and celebrate manufactured home living for the same reasons as those who already own one or desire to have an affordable place of their own. Conventional housing isn’t without problems, neither is manufactured housing.
But more important, seeking to bar manufactured housing – which is technically unlawful – hurts those who think they are protecting their homes’ values. See the Fear report linked here or above for the evidence.
Why 2020 Matters
We will plan to explore the politics, the economic and the social issues involved in affordable housing and mobile or manufactured home living. History, celebrities, the rich and not so famous as well as everyday Americans will be part of the plan.
We will soon set up an email list for those who want to stay in touch with what we publish. We already have an active email list on our professional site, MHProNews. Our professional email list has high-engagement and so does our business daily news. Much higher than normal media, per third party research. Why is that so?
Perhaps because we dig into reality. We take on special interests and the connected when necessary. Some of reality, as you know, gets messy. We cover topics here and on our professional site that others may gloss over or, or may hit and leave. We don’t fault mainstream media for that, because they are spread thin and this isn’t there area of expertise.
Precisely because this is our expertise and our daily professional interest, we steadily shine a light on issues with facts, evidence and reason that others often ignore or may not completely understand. That’s not a slam on anyone else, no one is an expert on everything.
Let’s note that some of those we quote may be controversial figures or organizations. Quoting someone doesn’t imply an endorsement. We take a separating the wheat and chaff approach to all people, organizations and things. We don’t expect or offer perfection. There are useful insights from those who may hold a different view than you or I have.
We already have a loyal audience here too. But what we’ve already done here for years we plan to take up a notch in 2020 and beyond.
Let me be clear. We think the next election could – truly just might – hinge on:
- the 111 million renters, some 75 percent of whom surveys indicate want to own a home someday,
- plus the 22 million who live and routinely own their own mobile or manufactured home.
Some elections in given states are decided by only a few thousand votes. The 2016 election of now-President Donald J. Trump proved that point. That may explain why several 2020 candidates have been campaigning in manufactured home communities. That includes Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D), President Donald Trump (GOP), and now former candidate and previous HUD Secretary Julian Castro, to name a few 2020 presidential hopefuls.
There are economic and political power in those numbers of renters and manufactured home residents. For too long that power has gone untapped or has been organized in ways that have not been as effective as possible.
This may be the surprising takeaway for first-time readers here. The laws needed to make more affordable housing available to millions already exist. Why don’t you know more about them?
Those are subjects that we’ve explored here in a thoughtful, evidence-based manner. We’ll continue to shine on a light on the politics, business and other related issues.
Check out the related reports to learn more.
Welcome to your online home for the most factually-grounded website about affordable housing, mobile and manufactured home living. The more time you spend here, the more you’ll understand why:
- the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB),
- the National Association of Realtor’s “Realtor University,”
- academics and mainstream media have cited our work and/or me personally.
See examples of each of those bullets and more are found in the next linked report below.
When we make the news or reports it is because we are shining a light on something of interest or concern. Not bragging, but it isn’t because we’ve ripped someone off or are into or giving cover for some scandal, like some of our would-be rivals.
If living in a mobile or manufactured home:
- is good enough for the rich, famous and frugal,
- if it is good enough for several U.S. Presidents and presidential candidates to get into and support,
- then it is good enough for me and you too.
For proper definitions and access to years of data, click the reports above and below.
In drawing this article to a close, what even first-time readers may have already realized we’ll plainly state. We work with people from all backgrounds and political views, but we have very specific focus.
We believe in:
- defending the rights of people who already have a mobile or manufactured home.
- Promoting the opportunities for potentially millions of Americans to have their own piece of the American Dream of affordable home ownership.
- Of defending ‘white hats’ in business, while exposing alleged ‘black hats’ in our industry.
Every profession has its good, its bad and the mediocre. Manufactured housing is not different in that respect than other professions. But as Alan Amy said in the video above, there are reasons why billionaires and multi-billion dollar conglomerates and wannabees want to dominate and control this industry.
It is because the future of affordable housing will routinely come from factories. We want to make that future as bright as possible for people of good will. We will work with those of whatever background who will do the same.
There’s much more below the byline, or by surfing the site. Or use the search tool to learn more from years of reports.
Did I say last yet? A few more things and then we will wrap this up. If you dig into older articles, you will find some that we published before we understood some of the devious things that were occurring in our industry. We’ve left them as is, because our understanding evolved based upon evidence. But it lets every reader know that while we are experts, even an expert can err and should be open to learning new things. If we can learn, can others be open minded and evolve in their understanding too?
Perhaps one of the most misunderstood things about our industry is addressed in the video below. Enjoy.
Democrats, Republicans, Independents, or those who could care less about politics in general, welcome. We’ll challenge the status quo the good old fashioned way, by shining the light of evidence and reason on the subjects that we tackle.
Together with other people of good will, let’s plan to make 2020 and this new decade a breakout year for the American Dream which for millions already includes their own mobile or manufactured home.
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By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHLivingNews.com.
Tony earned a journalism scholarship and earned numerous awards in history and in manufactured housing. For example, he earned the prestigious Lottinville Award in history from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and business management. He’s a managing member and co-founder of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com. This article and others reflects the parent company’s LLC’s and/or the writer’s position, and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.
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