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Manufactured and Modular Housing Factoids, and Profitable Analysis

July 12th, 2018 No comments
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Modular home photo, from MBI website. Modular home building saves time and money over conventional housing, but tends to be less savings that HUD Code manufactured homes yields for a similar size home.

Tom Hardiman with the Modular Home Builders Association (Modular Building Institute) thoughtfully confirmed for MHProNews the data on shipments of new modular homes cited by the recent Harvard State of the Nation’s Housing in 2018 Report.

 

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Tom Hardiman, Modular Building Institute, credit, Bisnow.

Accuracy in information are important for all aspects of factory home building. 

The new Daily Business News report on D.R. Horton is designed for professionals, as opposed to the general public. 

What’s more useful for the home shopper is the MHLivingNews report on D.R. Horton, that’s linked here or further below.  Notice that the kitchen models shown are from a range of HUD Code builders, including one that’s never been a client or sponsor.

You can search high or low, and still have a hard time finding a place where either MHProNews or MHLivingNews has undermined the quality of any federally certified HUD Code manufactured home.

We advocate against that ever being done.

 

We do compare cost, politics, policies, or other factors that have no connection to the quality of a builders’ homes.

 

When this writer owned a record setting MH retail center, or in the ongoing work we do with factory-built home industry clients in:

   coaching,

   videos,

   websites,

   training,

  • recruiting,

   or inspirational speaking,

we never encouraged blasting a competitor for the quality of their homes. It’s a foolish strategy for those who do. Doing that also undermines the logic of why HUD Code manufactured homes.

Have you ever noticed that MHARR seems to have a similar policy? I’ve never asked, but over a decade of observation tells me that MHARR doesn’t talk about any builder’s homes. Rather, they stick with policies and related discussions. Critiquing an association is different than critiquing the quality of a builder.

That said, we do encourage strict, factual comparisons to site built housing options.

The secret sauce for manufactured housing sales advancement is education. Professionals need to be educated. Home seekers need more education too.

 

 

Another part of the secret sauce for manufactured home success is the right kind of analysis and comparisons. Trade media can open doors that a business can’t as readily.

The more expert the trade media, the more reliable the research, the more readers can count on what they see and view.   

Every other major industry you can think of has trade media.

It is common in other industries, that trade media reports problems, and does analysis, as well as successes.

 

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Ask Yourself This…

Stop and think. Which would YOU believe or trust more:

   An automotive, travel or tech trade site that praised everything, and never critiqued anything?

   Or would you find those tech, auto, or travel media that candidly critiqued and reported on issues, so that you can be better informed?

Isn’t the obvious answer the second option?

We’ve said on MHProNews for years that every publication in MH that has an audience has some value.

But are those that won’t honestly analyze the clearly failed “leadership” that has caused manufactured homes to be at such a relatively low level of acceptance helping or enabling the industry to make needed course corrections?

 

We Take It Too

We get a steady steam of reader comments and feedback. They range from cheers to sneers. We consider comments from readers. Everyone likes praise. But we carefully consider critical comments. What do they tell us?

It’s all part of our own reality check.

 

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Critiques, properly understood, are a way of improving performance. Every business, every sports team which aims to win does evaluations, which are a critique. “We Provide, You Decide.”

The D.R.Horton report on MHLivingNews carries the added weight of being the industry’s top publicly focused trade media.

Exposé! Heartbroken Conventional Housing Buyers? Dare to Compare Site Built with Modern Manufactured Homes

Consider sharing links to that with the general public. Consider sharing the links to the Daily Business News, and this analysis, with peers, colleagues and other professionals.  Note that many of the same points, other than HUD Code home related items, apply to modular homes. Rephrased, the quality of modular or manufactured homes will both routinely be better than what is found in conventional, site building. Not a slam, just an evidence based reality that the D.R. Horton story exemplifies. 

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Container Houses for Under $40,000, Transported by Flatbed, Construction, LifeStyle Videos

July 7th, 2018 No comments

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The two videos below have well over 2 million views between them.

 

Compare that to all of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Videos combined, and it’s an absolute blowout.

Container housing – at this point – are not as inexpensive on a cost per square foot basis as a manufactured home.

The first video provides a look at how a container is converted into a housing unit.

The second video is a de facto sales pitch. It’s a marketers “romancing” of the “tiny house” type space.

These are just some of the competition for manufactured homes today.

Each of these alternatives could easily be a pivot-point, for those who understand “jiu jitsu.”

But the reality is that if these alternatives gain serious sales, their costs will decline as sales volume rise. That’s the law of supply, demand, and free enterprise.

For industry professionals and investors, these reflections are a reality check. They serve to remind us all that the status quo ought to be rejected, and growth-oriented approaches should be selected.

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The Rollohome report is a reminder of just how rapidly new production can be brought on-line, and sales can be ramped up.

Rollohome, Creating 60,000 Factory-Built Homes in 2 Years

And the Genz report is a deep dive that reveals from a third party look at just how much the industry ought to be bragging, instead of lagging.

“Why Advocates Need to Rethink Manufactured Home Quality,” Harvard, GSE, Genz, “High Satisfaction”

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Wheat, Chaff, and the Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sales, Marketing Meeting

 

Achieving the American Dream, with Quality, Appealing, Affordable Home Ownership

 

Manufactured Housing Program Review Addressed by HUD Secretary Carson during Oversight Hearing

 

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Factory-Crafted Home Living, Reimagined – “The Art Park” vs. MHCs – Interview with Robbie Antonio, Founder of Unicorn Revolution Precrafted Homes

June 20th, 2018 Comments off
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Housing is a global need, and Asia is the largest market. As the Daily Business News recently reported, U.S. based Hometown America is one of several operations in manufactured housing that has ties to Asia, some of which are deepening.  Hometown’s recently announced deal is valued at nearly ½ a billion dollars.

 

CNBC is a division of NBCUniversal, and their “Managing Asia” program is about the Asia Pacific region, featuring CEOs, entrepreneurs and other business leaders.

Divestopedia defines a unicorn like this, “…a unicorn refers to any tech startup company that reaches a $1 billion dollar market value as determined by private or public investment. The term was originally coined by Aileen Lee, founder of Cowboy Ventures.”

In a release to MHProNews, CNBC’s Christine Tan provided the following transcript of an interview with Robbie Antonio, or Revolution Precrafted, a firm which asserts their focus on “Modern Prefab Homes by World Renowned Architects & Designers.”

Here in the U.S. “trailer parks” evolved into “mobile home parks” of 5 (+/-) decades ago have become what a number of industry professionals today refer to as “land lease communities” or “manufactured home communities.”

Forget all of that for the next few minutes, save as history and background.

Then, consider what Robbie Antonio is doing to bring factory-crafted homes into the future. Note how Antonio is attracting global attention, including well qualified buyers and investors alike.

The project that Tan is asking Antonio about is the one in the video, below.

 

 

Christine Tan: You know Robbie, we’re here at this 150 hectare park at Batulao Artscapes which you call a living Art Park. What can one experience by living here?

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Robbie Antonio. Credit: Design Bloom & Revolution Precrafted Properties.

Robbie Antonio: I’ve seen other art parks around the world and many of them are just museums and you get to see art and then you go back home. Imagine living in it. Imagine living in a David Salle house, Elizabeth de Portzamparc house, and really being surrounded by this magical environment.

C: What is the price point? How cheap can a prefabricated housing be?

R: The house and lot here is less than 50,000 dollars which is about 3 million pesos or so

C: Your family has been in real estate for almost 30 years. You started Revolution Precrafted in 2015 to essentially create a startup for prefab housing. How did you stumble upon the idea?

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R: I come from the real estate world and I’ve been doing this for over 10 years. In New York, I built my own company called Antonio Development where I did a project in the Plaza District, the most sought after area in all of Manhattan, close to Central Park where nothing has been made in 20 years. So when I did that with Mr I.M Pei, it was the first round of residential products I had ever done. At the very early age of 28 I started the idea of positioning buildings in a proper format, came back to Manila and did a flurry of branded towers with fashion companies such as Armani, Missoni and Versace. I did Trump Tower and also projects with Hollywood icons such as Paris Hilton where I did 9 towers with them. In mid-2015, I wanted to do something extremely disruptive. I wanted to be an asset-light, no inventory business and global.

C: So you were tired of the old model?

R: Yes, to begin with, and second I was looking at major unicorns like Airbnb and Uber from miles away and I basically said this to myself: “What do they have in common?” I asked myself this for a straight week. No inventory, asset-light, using technology and truly global.

I feel that I’m a man of the world and I did not want to just do projects here in Asia. I wanted to look at the world as if it were all the same country and I wanted to be global without being asset heavy. Then it just dawned upon me. It was like a Eureka moment, an epiphany in the middle of 2015. I wanted to investigate an industry called the prefab market, a space which allows you to get from Point A to Point B very succinctly.

It’s a means to the end, not the end. The end is to truly be everywhere, ubiquitous, and I wanted to be prevalent and omnipresent in all the regions of the world. I’ve told my team I want to be in 25 different countries this year, 55 by next year, 85 in 2020 and possibly go public then.

C: You’re not worried about cannibalizing your family’s real estate business?

R: Why would you talk about cannibalization when you should be talking about complementary businesses?

C: How so?

R: We’re in Batulao, it’s a 145 hectare development. This specifically is a Century Properties Development, the only 1 I’m doing out of 11 countries and all the master plans we have closed. Case in point you have David Salle’s house there, Elizabeth de Portzamparc’s house here. Most of these developers outsource construction and supplying of construction to an entity anyway so that’s adding value, not cannibalization.

C: So I know it’s your own business but what did your father say when you told him about it?

R: I told him after the fact. I said this is what I’m doing, I’ve been working on this and I’m recently launching this in Miami Art Basel which had just happened a week or 2 weeks before. So I’m very independent, I’ve always been an independent person. To be emancipated and to really feel empowered is something that is integral to my existence.

C: You literally introduced brand to the whole concept of prefabricated housing by listing well known designers like the late Zaha Hadid and Tom Dixon to create these pre-fabricated housing for you. How do you get these high-end well known architects and designers to create something? They’re so used to big budgets, how do you get them to create something at a fraction of the cost? How big a challenge was it?

R: That’s the point. That’s why it was so intriguing for a lot of people and that’s why it was so intriguing for me. I always say in business that if someone’s in, I’m out. So that really means I always want to be a first mover in anything I do, and for this particular case as you just stated a lot of these brands are used to doing mega mansions or mega museums. Jean Nouvel’s did the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a billion dollar project but now we’re doing a Jean Nouvel museum here for not even 0.5% of that. So it was this antithetical rationale and business concept that was intriguing for them.

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C: They took it as a challenge?

R: Of course! If you have the foremost brands in design and architecture doing really expensive structures with probably no budgets at all, you get people to think a little bit more. That sets parameters like a mathematical equation and gets people to challenge themselves more.

C: I can understand architects, but you recently just signed on Manny Pacquiao –

R: That was last night, haha.

C: What has boxing got to do with housing?

R: I’m going to do sports cities around the world with him.

C: That’s your latest addition?

R: That was yesterday, he’s our 76th one. I told everyone in my office that I’m going to stop when we hit 100 and take a break.

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C: How did you convince Manny Pacquiao to sign with you?

R: First we’re the only branded housing company in the world, bar none. So ultimately it’s a choice of doing it with some entity that has not done it or it’s not within their business plan, or doesn’t understand the full ethos of high impact design and doing it at an accessible price point.

He’s a humanitarian and that’s what I like about him. So we’re talking about creating sports cities and fitness centres under his name and his design, possibly even his land and really trying to change his neighborhood. That’s what I found also enthralling about the entire conversation, and we’re going to go after it. I don’t go for brands just because they’re famous; I go for people who are relevant.

C: So, you’ve got housing, you’ve got this, and you’ve got sports cities and sport complexes, what’s next?

R: At Revolution we’re doing multiple products in multiple geographies. I want to be in 6 regions in the world pretty much everywhere in the world. We’ve hit 4, definitely Asia with our projects in Myanmar, Philippines and Indonesia. For Dubai, our mega project in 9 islands in the world, we’re a foreign group doing something there where not even locals have actually announced so it has been something really interesting to us. I just came from Bahrain where I spoke and we’re definitely going to enter that market as well.

C: But what’s next? Office towers? Skyscrapers? What’s next for Robbie Antonio?

R: We’re going to go vertical, and we’re going to do prefab condominiums and prefab hotels later on this year. We’re actually going to do an Art Hotel here which is still relevant to the art concept. Aside from just creating products, we also engender creative and ingenious concepts for different master plans.

C: Revolution became profitable barely a year after it opened for business.

R: Yeah, the first quarter actually.

C: Did you ever think you would be so successful so quickly? You’re actually the Philippines’ first unicorn startup

R: I mean, I knew we were going to be successful, but I didn’t know the speed with which we were going to achieve this. A lot of these other mega startups, so-called unicorns have unbelievable valuations which raise a billion dollars so on and so forth, but I wanted to stay true to the integrity of the firm to be an asset light business model and to be everywhere.

C: You’ve signed up more than 7 billion dollars in deals in countries like Puerto Rico, Japan and Dubai, in more than 10 markets. Which overseas markets are you eyeing next?

R: I’m going to Europe next week, to 8 or 9 different countries. Scandinavian countries love modular prefab systems and I’m going to Norway, Sweden, Finland, also going to Poland as well and Spain. But this is a night each, this is no vacation. I haven’t had a single day of vacation since I started the company.

C: I understand the basic concept of your business model is that you manufacture parts of the home in the factory then you ship them on-site before assembling them like Lego bricks. How big a challenge is that, logistically?

R: Extremely complex. The prefab business has always been a fragmented industry, meaning that American prefab companies cater mostly to American end users and you go straight to retail. Asian ones are catering to Asians, Malaysian ones are catering to Malaysians and so forth, and it’s the same thing in Europe.

C: So you try to build the factories close to your projects?

R: No, that’s why I have a network, because the orders are coming from different parts of the world. In some cases for example Batulao is not all, fully prefab. Some are inserted on site in terms of some of the components.

C: So it’s basically cheaper to do it that way?

R: Yes, and faster. This goes back to the value proposition of Revolution. The first is speed, we’d like to say we produce things – we used to say at least 90 days, but now I produce in 45, 60 days.

C: So how safe is your housing, Robbie?

R: These are rigorously tested from the factories which go up to 250km/h seismic conditions to the highest degree, so these are very strong robust structures.

C: So just to clarify they can withstand a bad typhoon or a bad hurricane?

R: Why do you think we’re shipping in Puerto Rico and why do you think our orders are coming from there? Didn’t they just have a massive hurricane there last year? This is exactly why the value added is also helping people get to the points they usually can’t get to. For example, Islands, Dubai the World Islands is perfect. Puerto Rico, Vieques is perfect.

C: So you’re actually solving the world’s housing shortage problem?

R: In a way. I mean think about it right? It’s not all about design anymore. The amazing thing about it is it’s not a want, it’s a need and that’s something we’re trying to solve here.

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C: I know you’ve done the math, so I know you’ve worked out how much it costs in terms of transportation costs and shipping, give me an idea how much it costs to actually ship such a big structure to market?

R: It’s actually not that much. Our containers ship a little bit over a thousand US Dollars only, so some of these homes can be put in 2 or 3 containers and you can do the math, when it gets from one point let’s say Southeast Asia to Australia.

C: So you’re inking all these multimillion dollar deals everywhere across the world. But are you investing enough in factories to support the kind of growth you see overseas?

R: We have an amazing network of global fabricators, and depending on where their orders are coming from and from which region in the world, I basically make that call and start producing these homes. So it’s a really B2B2C model where we partner and form a joint venture or we supply to a developer and they turn it out to the end user, and so far the sales have been super robust. For example, our project in Lakeshore Pampanga, the world’s first livable food bar, sold over a 1000 homes in about 2 months so it’s very enriching to see that people appreciate what you do.

C: Are you upping your investment in factories? What sort of amount are we talking about?

R: Absolutely. Ultimately later on I’d like to have different networks of different fabricators, but I’m not at that point right now. I’d like to create my own because I’m literally a control freak.

C: You want to set up your own factory?

R: Yeah.

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C: When will it happen?

R: As early as this year actually. I’m already having conversations with amazing technology providers and we’re just going to go make the investment

C: So how many of your own factories do you ultimately want to have?

R: Ideally I’d like to have 1 per region, so ultimately that will be 6. I’ll start with Asia because that’s where most of the orders are coming from.

C: So, late last year, you’ve actually raised an undisclosed amount of money in your second round of funding from Singaporean venture capital K2 Global. Given all these deals you’re inking and your need for investment in factories, how soon before your next capital raising exercise?

R: I’m probably not going to do a Series C because we don’t need the money until maybe next year. We’ve gotten good fresh round from institutional investors and large family offices so I think it won’t be until next year when I have hundreds or thousands of these homes already and different master plans to show, and I’ve reached the goal of hitting the 25 countries we have to have penetrated by the end of the year.

C: What are your plans to take Revolution public? What are you looking at?

R: I mean there are only 2 ways to go to exit out of this or to maintain it. One is to sell it to a company.

C: Are you interested in that?

R: Look, the biggest homebuilders in the world are in America and they’re worth 10-13 billion so how can they buy some entity which should be selling at more than that? So the only way to go like many of the unicorns you’ve seen is to go public

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C: Where would you list?

R: Probably America, UK, or Singapore

C: What sort of time frame are you looking at?

R: Maybe 2020 or 2021.

C: Give me a sense of how big you will be in 2020?

R: 85 countries, we hope – north of several billion dollars of revenue a year.

C: North of several billion dollars?

R: That’s for sure

C: What are you talking about, 10 billion, 20 billion?

R: No, that’s probably a valuation but that will be very difficult to achieve in terms of revenue and high profitability. The greatest thing for our business would be if we can achieve the sort of scale where we can be truly global, supply everywhere, and be very highly profitable.

C: What is highly profitable to you? What sort of figure are you looking at?

R: 30, 35% margin

C: And is that something you’re looking at?

R: So, think about it. We have total project revenues about 7.2. About a 3rd of that goes to construction, that’s our revenue. So you can just do the math accordingly and then we make about 30% of that, so that’s what we’re expecting from the current deals. I haven’t even got to Europe yet though, but that’ll be next week.

C: Do you worry about expanding too fast?

R: Do I worry about expanding too fast? I don’t think I’m expanding fast enough in fact.

C: Really?

R: I’m a man of instant gratification and quite frankly I need to see things done very quickly. Expediency is integral and I always say my biggest weakness which is actually my biggest strength as well, is my impatience. I like to see things in a jiffy.

C: Will you be happy just heading Revolution Precrafted? Is there something else in the pipeline you want to kick off?

R: Not at all, I don’t think this is the ultimate legacy.

C: What other things are you planning?

R: I think we’re doing something great here.

C: But what projects would interest you? Does it have to be a 100 million dollar idea or 200 million dollar idea?

R: No, it’s got to be a several billion-dollar idea for me to jump and be excited about something, and it’s not just about the math believe it or not. It’s about truly changing the way people think about something. That’s what really interests me, the challenge of that. The sheer challenge and difficulty of achieving something that is seemingly insurmountable challenges me.

C: You father is well known Philippine real estate tycoon Jose Antonio of Century Properties. You’ve joined him in the ranks to be among Forbes’ 50 richest in the Philippines. How does it feel like to create your own business, to be successful in your own right?

R: It’s obviously gratifying. I know a lot of people and friends from different countries who are of the 2nd or 3rd generation and I respect that but I respect the founders more. I mean growing a business is very impressive, but starting a successful business is the most difficult thing.

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C: So you don’t want to be seen as the 2nd generation, you want to build something in your own right, in your own right?

R: I’ve already done it, so I think that’s the point of this exercise. And look, I don’t know what you call that, insecurity. Sometimes when I interview people I actually like people who are because they always have something to prove and when you have something to prove you work harder than everyone else.

C: You have something to prove all the time?

R: To myself. Not to anyone else, but to myself.

C: So your family is in real estate, your father obviously running Century Properties. Any valuable lessons you picked up from him over the years as young boy watching him grow his business?

R: I mean I obviously thank him because my love for real estate came from him so I will never take that away from him. But the desire to do something differently, the desire to create something is truly inborn and sort of innate with me, so I always try to innovate, disrupt an industry or industries.

C: Whether it’s Paris Hilton, Lenny Kravitz or Adrien Brody, you in particular hang out with the who’s who in the celebrity world. What’s it like having friends in such high places? Is it mostly business or mostly pleasure?

R: First, I don’t just hang out with celebrities. I mean a lot of people think that but a lot of it is they’re my friends. Some of them are my very good friends or my best friends. To me work is play; to me a trip in Spain has got to be filled with meetings aside from other things. It’s all intertwined in one.

C: So you always try to find a way to turn a personal relationship into a business relationship? You’re always looking for an opportunity?

R: I always think, “Is there a deal here?”

C: So when you’re talking to Lenny Kravitz or Adrien Brody, you’re always thinking is there something I can do with them?

R: I bet you half of them are thinking the same way! So I might as well just make the first move, some of them may come to deals and some of them may not be deals and that’s really ok,

I get back to them in a couple of months or weeks when I have something formidable because I want everyone to be excited by this.

C: You’re one of the most well connected young Filipinos today. You’ve been described as someone with a magnetic personality that no one can say no to. Are you really that persuasive when it comes to closing a deal?

R: First I think I give the value proposition in a succinct and formidable manner where they can truly understand it and buy into it. I think obtaining 76 of the world’s best architects and designers is not an easy thing and I’ve been doing this prior to this, so I’ve totaled it to about 84, probably more than any human being in the world

C: So you just turn on that Robbie Antonio charm to get people to say yes to you?

R: No, I mean, I think it’s just my personality. I’m very much driven by obtaining these things

C: Do people ever say no to you?

R: Of course some people do. Very few, but some people do. Most say yes and we’d like to keep it that way

C: You’re 41 years old, born in the Philippines. You studied many years in the US, got your Economics degree there, an MBA from Stanford, spent 5 years working in the US, joined your father’s business in 2009, and then really founded Revolution Precrafted in 2015. How would you describe your leadership and your management style? What is Robbie Antonio like?

R: I’m hardcore. I have an almost West Point type of leadership, military style. In fact I love interviewing military people, people who have business backgrounds because they’re very disciplined. I wake up my team up at like 4:35 in the morning.

C: You wake them up at 4:35 in the morning?

R: Yeah, I basically Whatsapp all of them and I ask for reports and all that and I’m probably the last person they hear from in the evening.

C: Is it true you have a rule in the office where employees have to answer a text or an email within 10 minutes of getting it and accomplish the task within 24 hours?

R: Yeah, that is correct and if I don’t hear from them, I have 1 of my assistants (and I have 4) contact them to get me a response.

C: Why is speed important to you?

R: Because it’s always a race. People say it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, but I strongly disagree. It’s both, it’s always a sprint and then you need to be sustainable to make it a marathon.

C: And finally as one who’s won awards and really made the journey, what advice would you give other young entrepreneurs on how to build great disruptive businesses?

R: Think bold, always think big and achieve it no matter what people say. Be passionate, be obsessed, do it all. Know your rights and never, never, ever give up. Once you give up it becomes a habit and you don’t ever want that to happen. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Manufactured Home Communities, Retailers, Developers Face Disruptive, Troubling Trend

June 8th, 2018 Comments off

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There’s an old axiom that describes the purported three options that someone faces when confronted with a threat.Fight, flight or deal with it.”

 

Marty Lavin, JD, is one of a few voices in manufactured housing who has publicly called out in digital print the problem of discrimination against manufactured homes where thousands can consider it.

MartyLavinJDMHProNewsLavin’s professional history has included involvement in a high volume retail center, land-lease communities, manufactured home lending, and working with a GSE. Lavin made the speaking circuit for years, was featured in the now defunct Manufactured Home Merchandiser Magazine, has periodically contributed for MHProNews, and published himself. He was awarded one of the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) most coveted awards, the Tataro, for his lifetime of service to the industry in financing.

So when Lavin says that “The HUD Code is a discrimination code,” it’s a phrase that should make industry readers across the spectrum sit up, and take notice. It should raise questions, like what does that mean?  We will explore that, and step-by-step see how it leads up to an emerging issue – one that is holding the industry’s sales at bay – related below. 

 

Discrimination Against MH

Ponder for a few moments the fact that modular, prefab, and tiny house builders – those who don’t build manufactured homes – distance themselves from manufactured homes. It isn’t just stick builders, or others in the general public, who attempt to besmirch manufactured housing, often by unjust and inaccurate reference to HUD Code homes as “mobile homes,” or “trailer houses.”   

There are regrettably voices within Manufactured Housing that mix the terminology in problematic ways too.  The need to correct terminology is real.

 

It’s a flawed strategy to diminish manufactured housing, or misuse the terminology, said L.A. “Tony” Kovach years ago. It plays into the hands of those who unjustly target any factory-built home.

Which is part of the reason why MHProNews and MHLivingNews periodically use the Steve Duke quote and graphic below.

Brad Lovin of the NCMHA put a different, but related point on the issue of mainstream media reporting.  

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It is all part of the puzzle that has kept manufactured housing at historically low levels, during an affordable housing crisis.

 

Fractures Within the Factory Housing Industry

There are several fractures, and conflicts that exist within the ranks of factory builders. Modular homes get trucked in too.  Some modular homes have a permanent frame, at times referenced by industry members as “HUDulars,” while other MODs use a detachable carrier.  But site-built housing components get trucked to a job-site too. Does that make a site-built house, a trailer or pick up house?

Retailers have been known for decades to target residents in a land lease community for trading in their older manufactured home, encouraging them to buy a new one that would become part of a land-home package. No more “landlord” is part of the argument made in such cases.

Communities have competed with each other for residents, what some have called “poaching.” While unpopular among land-lease community owners, it is arguably free enterprise at work. Deal with it.

Developers of fee-simple land/home projects are impacted too, as the case below will explain.

All of these fractures demonstrate a lack of industry cohesion. But perhaps it is to be expected.  Certainly HUD has said that they don’t believe that it’s realistic to expect the industry to speak with one voice.  The related report linked below can be read later for additional depth of understanding on the point.

 

 

Regardless, all of the above plays into the hands of those in the offices of local jurisdictions who are prepared to discriminate against the sellers of – or providers of home sites for – HUD Code manufactured homes. 

 

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A developer and realtor in posh Hilton Head was recently in their local news for proposing a small development of single family manufactured homes.  The owner of the parcel wanted to subdivided it into lots for manufactured homes, to create some more affordable housing there.

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Push-back from NIMBY-minded locals was deafening.  They said they did not want “a trailer park” [SIC] with “mobile homes” [SIC] in their neighborhood.

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The realtor involved with the Hilton Head, SC, development plan told MHProNews that the homesites would be sold fee simple, they are not planned as a land lease. Every home owner would own their own land, the so-called land/home package.

That important detail that the proposed manufactured home development – that it was not going to be a “park” – didn’t seem to matter to locals.

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It is an example of the prejudice against manufactured homes being displayed for all who “google the news” about this industry to see. It exemplifies Lavin’s point about the HUD Code being used as a discriminatory target. 

While this directly impacts retail sellers of manufactured homes, it impacts factories too, and thus other product and service providers to the industry. 

The Hilton Head and other cases like it raise several legal issues. But law suits might cost that property owner in Hilton Head more than the profits from the sale of that parcel of land for development for manufactured homes may be worth. Sam Zell’s point about defending the property line is an apt one.

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Zell’s comments on defending the property line, along with other community related comments, are found in the interview linked here.

 

Developing Trend that Communities and Execs are Telling MHProNews

MHProNews has been virtually alone in reporting to the industry news stories like the one in Wisconsin, where local officials want to shut down a community they don’t like, by non-renewal of their operating license.  The details can be read later, in the article linked below.

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That attorney, others, MH Communities professionals, and executives are among those that have called or messaged MHProNews with their insights and concerns on what they described as a “disruptive, emerging trend.” 

Community operators have told MHProNews that they’re concerned that local jurisdictions targeting “blighted” properties near their own well-kept ones, which could be later used as a wedge to arguably undermine their license renewal too. 

 

Non-Renewal 

There are multiple cases in various parts of the nation where local officials are in various stages of non-renewal of a community’s license to operate, which would be a prelude to closing a community.

Such a forced closure could be a prelude to redevelopment with far more costly housing, or other forms of development. The biggest losers are arguably the residents, and they routinely say so to local media. The related report about a corrupt practice raised by Fox contributor John Stossel could be playing out in a similar way in MHVille.

Hundreds of New Manufactured Home Communities Opened, But How Many Have Closed? Industry Research Result$

All of the above are examples of what family-community operator Tom Fath has called an industry under assault.

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While this impacts producers of manufactured homes indirectly, it is a post-production issue. What have MHI discussions or “task forces” actually done to address such issues?

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What positions will that the emerging new national association for community operators take to address such matters? Their stance could decide how many MHI members, or non-aligned communities, they will attract? 

 

Is the Industry’s Image Being Defined by the Lowest Common Denominator? 

Publisher Kovach has been a consultant, service provider, and a multiple award-winning manager/owner involved in the front lines of manufactured home retail and communities for decades. He says that this unjust discrimination against manufactured homes is but another example of how the underlying issues must be dealt with, rather than discussing the symptoms.

Among the reasons that the Daily Business News on MHProNews has spotlighted problems in the industry, is to help industry members fully grasp how officials and the public reacts to stories, like the one in Moscow, Idaho, or the more recent ones coming from Northern Georgia tied to controversial SECO board member, Tom Lackey.  The referenced links below can be read later.

“Jail Him!” NPR’s “Mobile Home Park Owners Can Spoil An Affordable American Dream” Refuted

More than one SECO member has attempted to defend their ‘hands-off Tom Lackey’ position.

One of them said recently that they are trying to lead by example. They attempt to show operators of visually unappealing or problem plagued properties how to upgrade their communities. They don’t want to be cops, policing their own industry.

Understandable. But does that go far enough? And when the SECO planning board members are in the news, drawing problematic headlines, what examples does that set?

 

Spencer Roane w/Southeast Community Owners (SECO), Praises Tom Lackey, Accused of Rent-to-Own Manufactured Home Sales Improprieties

 

In Ohio, stories about actual pre-HUD Code mobile homes burning down were used to change their state’s regulatory structure. It was an entirely unjust line of attack. Resident groups and the state association worked together to attempt to preserve the successful regulatory structure.

But in the end, the voices in Ohio pushing a “dangerous dwellings” narrative image won. Those anti-MH naysayers won, even though manufactured homes are safer than site built homes against a fire.  The anti-MH voices won despite the fact the incidents cited were true mobile homes. The appearance of MHI VP and general counsel, Rick Robinson made no appreciable difference, did it?

Manufactured Homes Commission Abolished, Effective January 21, 2018

 

Getting to the Underlying Issues 

It is the problematic stories in MHVille that are part of the root causes of the industry’s challenges, argues Kovach. It impacts all, but it is largely a post-production issue.  

Each individual business must create a distinction in the minds of the local home buying public. “That’s the opportunity in disguise,” Kovach says. 

Each business, every location, must learn how to effectively define itself. Otherwise, time after time, others will define you, often to your disadvantage.”  UMH’s Sam Landy is correct when he says that ultimately, each business must market itself.

But it is also a problem that an effective post-production national association could be utilized to address such challenges.

Fight, flight or deal with it.” Without dealing with the underlying issues, the industry can expect more of the same. The popular definition of insanity is to keep doing the same things, in the same ways, and expect a different result.  ##  (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Robotics, 3D Printed Housing, Imminent Challengers for Manufactured Homes, Modular Housing – 3D Build Systems CEO Don Musilli

May 29th, 2018 Comments off

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A revolutionary idea in home building is taking place insouthwest Florida, per Sun Coast News. and other regional media.

 

Once the foundation is poured the robot will print that structure in 18 to 24 hours,” said CEO Don Musilli, to ABC 7.

Instead of a year to build a house conventionally, Musilli and 3D Build Systems COO Deborah Hegedus believe they can cut the total build time down to a single month.

All the technology we’re working with is all bottom up. This is not technology that your grandfather used, or your father used,” Musilli told Sun Coast.

The 2 videos on this Daily Business News report bring out some similar, distinctive, and complementary facts.

3D Build Systems says they can build housing from 700 to about 2000 square feet in size.

This is similar, but on a larger scale, to the 3D printing that MHProNews previously reported is being deployed by an Austin, TX 3D builder.

 

3D Printed Home in Austin, TX Aims to Revolutionize Affordable Housing

What is often missing from reports on emerging technologies in construction are accurate estimates of pricing. Sun Coast reported an estimated price of $150,000. But what does that include? The article, and others, were silent on that point.

So MHProNews reached out to Musilli. In a series of emails, here’s what he said.

We are developing 3 typical home designs with pricing that will be put on our website within the next 20 to 30 days,” Musilli told the Daily Business News via email.

As his message suggested, there is no firm price now, but it should be noted that such pricing is often missing from others doing 3D housing printing.  To his credit, Musilli, is the first to directly address such specific questions.

We have been developing these prices and want to be fairly sure that what we present is accurate. For approximation we believe we can complete one of our homes in 1200 to 1400 sq. ft. range for around $150K,” per Musilli message.

That reply was to the MHProNews’ querry requesting a turn key, move-in ready price.

Again, we will have more data shortly,” he said.

 

Comparisons to Conventional Housing

In the Sarasota market, starter, new conventional housing ranges from $100.50 – $149.22 per square foot, according to Home Builders Pro Matcher.

So, doing the math provided by Musilli, a 1,300 square foot home for $150,000 turn-key would be $115.39 per square foot.

If they hit that target figure, that would make these 3D printed houses very competitive to mainstream site-built housing.  That said, in some ways, it could be superior, if the homes are indeed able to handle 220 mile-per-hour winds, and an 8.0 rated earthquake.

It would be surprising if they could do a turn-key finish of their models in 30 days, but even if it was completed in 60 days, it would be far faster than conventional housing.

That could be a tough competitor, perhaps even a body-blow to modular builders, if the pricing holds and as 3D housing catches on.

It could also put a pinch on some higher end HUD Code manufactured home builders too.  Manufactured housing would still be significantly less in price.

But as robotics ramps up, don’t be surprised if the pricing drops.  Note too that the new tax law, per sources, could spur robotics sales. See the infographic below.

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The Wrap

The bottom line is that this is a big threat to site builders, but it is also a looming challenge to higher cost factory builders.

Nevertheless, the Google search below is accurate, then the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has been mute on this topic.

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By contrast, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) has, per the search shown, has to some degree addressed this issue.

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MHProNews has been tracking and reporting on the emerging 3D printed housing tech for several years.

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The bottom line is that industry professionals should be mindful of these developments, and should develop responses to the challenge.

The alternative of inaction from could be problematic for hundreds of business in MHVille in a fairly short period of time. ## (News, analysis, and expert commentary.)

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High-Rise Manufactured Home Stackable Towers, Compete with Modular/PreFabs, Density at Lower Cost

May 28th, 2018 Comments off
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It is no secret about lifting HUD [Code manufactured] homes…[it’s] done all the time,” said industry installation expert, George Porter.

 

There are some differences because of the [different kinds of HUD Code manufactured home’s] frame, but fairly similar,” Porter told the Daily Business News via a series of emailed statements.

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In a separate statement, Danny Ghorbani – an engineer by trade and the founding president of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – agreed that multiple level manufactured housing was doable.

Ghorbani pointed out that plans for that type of structure have existed for decades.

I do remember the Wisconsin manufacturer who toyed with the idea of placing single section mobile homes (it was in the early 1970s, and before the Federal law) in a cylindrical super structure,” Ghorbani told MHProNews.

That design Ghorbani described is in the diagram shown below.

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The first point is simple.

The concept of multiple stories of manufactured homes in some form of superstructure capable of holding individual units has been done before.

So, it is doable again.

It’s a possible case of back to the future.

 

Why This Matters to HUD Code Builders, Communities, Developers, Retailers, and Others in Post-Production Today

There are several reasons this could be useful information for manufactured home industry professionals, and investors today.

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As with many modular and prefab units, modules are craned into place, after they are assembled and moved to the job site. See Blokable story, linked below for more details.

One is because of the widely held – and misinformed – belief that only modular or other prefab housing units could be stacked beyond two levels.

Blokable – Making “Housing As Easy as Ordering A Car”

The economies of scale found in HUD Code manufactured homes are capable of being deployed in units elevated and moved into place.  There are a variety of tower-structures possible that would create greater density than manufactured homes on only ground-level.

In some urban, and other pricey land settings – such as scenic waterfronts – that high-rise potential could prove to be an advantage.

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When an Aging Community “Needs to be Redeveloped”

The movie trailer, Ready Player One, reflects a kind of a put-down for this type of possible future. But that slam, as is true of many that face manufactured homes, is based upon ignorance, prejudices, or other agendas.

This process as shown could be done tastefully, and efficiently, per experts like those MHProNews has asked.

It may provide an option for those who have a community that needs to be redeveloped, due to aging and failing infrastructure.

It may also provide an option for certain metro infill scenarios.

Finally, it could provide a viable plan for a community of the future near a metro, where greater land density is desirable.

Certainly, the costs of the superstructure must be factored into the calculations, to test the viability vs. other options.  But on the surface, there are reasons to believe that this could be a far less costly option.

But it is one of several ways that the manufactured housing of the future could take shape.

George Porter says he has used slides of a project like this in his classes and presentations. I have the picture and have talked to the person who ran the community…I use it in some seminars.” Porter told MHProNews, adding, tongue-in-cheek, “How to triple your rental income.”

The designer of the Kasita modular ‘dumpsters design’ uses a metal rack system in their presentations. They are far costlier per unit than a HUD Code manufactured home. Why not use HUD Code homes instead?

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As Ghorbani noted, this isn’t a production issue, it is a post-production opportunity.  So, he says, it is yet another example of an arena that a robust, effective post-production association could prove useful. ## (News, analysis, and expert commentary.)

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It’s a Revolution – $300 Million Deal Inked for 1,000 PreFabs

May 17th, 2018 Comments off
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One of several ‘big deals’ that Revolution Precrafted homes is working on, see the video below.

Philippine-based unicorn startup Revolution Precrafted has sealed a $300-million exclusive deal in the Caribbean for the supply of its prefabricated units,” the firm said in a release to the Daily Business News.

The initial franchise deal with NOVO Development involves the supply of at least 1,000 units in the region that would create sales revenues of as much as $300 million. Revolution Precrafted offers exclusive tie-ups in over 195 countries that allow its partners to use its designs and units for a fee of $125,000 to $2 million, depending on the size of each country’s economy,” the firm tells MHProNews.   

Bloomberg filed this video report.

An even larger deal may be pending, per sources to MHProNews.

Do the math. These aren’t cheaper, low end housing. It’s a 300k per home price tag.  Revolution – as long-time Daily Business News readers know – specializes in ‘designer’ homes by high end architects and artists.

It is another concrete example of how Asian producers are providing products to North American, Caribbean, and Latin American nations. American factory builders, this is your wake up call.  The time for lethargy is long over. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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“No Nails, No Glue,” Architect Creates ‘IMBY’ Flat Pack PreFab

April 18th, 2018 Comments off

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An architect in Sydney, Australia has created what’s billed as an easy-to-assemble “IMBY” – “In My Back Yard” – prefabricated plywood kit home.

 

It’s delivered flat-packed and ready to put together by owners or occupants, says inventor Adriano Pupilli to Domain. And you don’t even need an IKEA Allen key,” says its inventor Adriano Pupilli,

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Pupilli leads a team of architects who’ve drawn their fair share of positive media.  Domain is just the latest to spotlight his firm’s work.

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There’s no nails or glue [needed] either,” said Pupilli, “it’s just wedges that lock into each other in a Japanese-style of joinery, and you then just tap them in with a wooden mallet. You can then add extras or take them away, according to how much, or the kind of space you need.”

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The report says the models kits “start at $9800 for a studio, $15,400 for a sleepout, $22,800 for a guest pavilion and $27,600 for a full bach, or basic holiday home.”

According to their website, “Adriano Pupilli Architects is a Sydney-based practice with a passion for thoughtful architecture…”

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What the flat packed units don’t seem to include are the fixtures and finish needed to make walls, floors and a ceiling from a box into a livable home.  Quoting, “People looking for that flexibility also provide planning authorities with the opportunity to consider the approvals required, and the necessary zonings.

That’s because enormous confusion exists around whether such structures need planning permission. As long as they’re smaller than 20 square metres in area, under three metres in height, and are called a shed, then they probably won’t, says Mr Pupillo, director of the Manly-based Adriano Pupillo Architects.”

Domain says the “invention has been welcomed by housing affordability expert Adrian Pisarski, executive officer of National Shelter. “I think it’s helpful for a range of people to extend family living, or allowing teenagers to have some separate space.”

In Australia as in the U.S., they have their version of manufactured homes.

Unfortunately, there and here, there is a dose of stigma attached to the manufactured home type of factory built homes.

While these “IMBY”  units may be lower in cost once completed than hiring a contractor, it will likely be quite a bit higher per square foot than a manufactured home.  Here in the U.S., as industry professionals know, manufactured homes are rapidly made move-in ready.

As the Daily Business News reported last year, it seems that there is a search by housing hunters at home and abroad for a single section manufactured home alternative.

Are Americans Hunting for the Single Sectional Manufactured Home Alternative?

Put differently, it’s a reminder that manufactured home industry companies and professionals need to address the image issue at the local market level. “We Provide, You Decide.”  © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Israelis Install New Prefab “Mobile Homes” In New Settlement

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Israel began Wednesday to install houses at its first new settlement in about 25 years, says Agence France Presse (AFP).

A number of prefabricated mobile homes were delivered to the site that will become Amichai, the first new settlement sanctioned by the Israeli government since 1991,” per AFP’s YouTube page.  Note that in Israel, or other nations that don’t have the HUD Code for manufactured housing, the term ‘mobile home’ may not be as problematic as it is here in the U.S.

 

A number of prefabricated mobile homes were delivered to the site that will become Amichai, the first new settlement sanctioned by the Israeli government since 1991,” per Lebanon’s Daily Star.

Britain’s The Guardian reported a year ago that thousands of homes were authorized by the Israeli government, once President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated. It’s a hot button issue in the Arab-Israeli peace process.

A number of settlements built without permits from the government have been retroactively legalized in that time, and existing settlements have expanded exponentially,” said the Daily Star.

Amichai is located in the northern West Bank, near the Shilo settlement. It is in Palestinian territory occupied by Israel for 50 years, as a result of the 1967 Middle Eastern conflict.

All settlement construction is considered illegal under international law,” says the Daily Star,  “but Israel distinguishes between those it sanctions and those it doesn’t.”

The settlement is being built for about 40 families that were evicted from Amona, a community built without Israeli permits.  That community was demolished in February 2017.

The demolition came after Israel’s supreme court concluded it was built on private Palestinian land.  But the ruling was heavily criticized by many members of Israel’s right-wing government.

The families were expected to move in in about a month, said Israel Ganz, vice-president of the Binyamin Regional Council which manages settlements in this part of the West Bank.

To see 40 families here is a first step but we dream of seeing hundreds of families on these hills,” he added, pointing to the surrounding area. More than 600,000 Israelis live in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Israel has turned to prefabricated homes for years as part of their affordable housing planning.

It is part of a trend of greater acceptance of prefab housing globally.

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Survey Top 2017 PreFab, Modular, Tiny and 3D Printed Housing News Stories

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MHProNews tends to focus on HUD Code manufactured homes, but we routinely spotlight other forms of factory-built housing. We’ve done so for years.

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