I truly appreciate your concern about the website and updated information, it’s a valid one. This year has been the most challenging period I’ve encountered since entering this business over 10 years ago. Don is right on the money, if ALL of the components of this industry (park operators, manufacturers and lenders) don’t regroup and start working together we are all on the way to extinction.
As Corey and I evaluated the industry near the end of last year in making plans for events in 2009, we quickly came to the conclusion that it would be an injustice to encourage new entrants into an arena that was totally unpredictable. At that time, I made the decision to cancel all conferences and bootcamps until we heard and validated any encouraging developments. This also gave me the needed time to evaluate my communities and change things to adapt to the new “government controlled” environment.
I followed the events and news coming from meetings around the country and talked to several who attended national MHI (Manufactured Housing Institute) and state MHA meetings. Sure, there was much being discussed but nothing really materialized. The resounding feeling was a “woe is us” mentality. After talking to a few community owners in my association (Georgia), I decided to work with them on one last effort to bring the key players together and come up with a working group that will produce some sort of results.
We all know that lending is the blood of our business. Without money, we can