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Emerging Building, Construction Technologies Poised to Disrupt Housing, Developing, and More

May 29th, 2018 Comments off


This 10-minute video will show you some technologies that you will be familiar with, such as 3D Printing.


But it will also introduce you to technologies that you may not be familiar with at all.  This new TechZone video was posted earlier in May 2018, and it already boasts over a million views.


  • patio and road paving systems,
  • to tear down tech,
  • 3D printing,
  • to wall building drones,
  • robots that build walls faster than humans,
  • and more

this is a video that forward thinkers in the manufactured and modular housing industry will want to carefully digest.

We have a follow up Daily Business News report pending on a related process that is poised to launch later this year, or early in 2019.  It is a must for factory builders.  Stay tuned. ## (News, analysis, and expert commentary.)

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


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Investor$, Manufactured Housing, and Proof of Concept

March 30th, 2018 Comments off


There are signals that the tech sector – notably giants such as Facebook and Amazon – could come under greater regulatory or even antitrust actions. The markets have already signaled that such action could take some of the bloom off that rose for investors.


Where will capital seeking opportunities flow?


For contrarians, one possibility is the affordable housing sector, notably manufactured housing.


Investor$, Manufactured Housing, and “Proof of Concept”

Investors often want data, or a demonstration project before diving in. “Proof of Concept” defines such a demo.

What makes manufactured housing (MH) unique is that in spite of the obvious headwinds, Proof of Concept examples abound.

For example, MH Communities are in high demand, and publicly traded companies provide significant and useful data.



Sun Communities Annual Data and Manufactured Housing Industry Investor Presentation Highlights

Deals made and pending, such as the ECN Triad Deal last year, or the pending Skyline Champion marriage spotlight recent financial support for deals beyond communities.

ECN Triad Financial Services – Fascinating Facts, Manufactured Home Industry Professionals, Investors


Skyline Corp, Champion Homebuilders Conference Call Presentation Facts, Figures, Forward-Looking Statements, Planned Merger Detail$


Sam Zell’s View of MHVille…

One of the billionaire investment mogul Sam Zell’s rules is, “When everyone is going right, look left.”   It’s worth noting Zell’s deeply involved in manufactured home communities, and has said he hasn’t lost interest in it.




While one can debate Warren Buffett’s business practices, what’s not in dispute is his long term view of investments has paid handsome dividends in manufactured housing.  His annual report, is linked below.

Warren Buffett’s Annual Report to Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders, Clayton Homes and Manufactured Housing

While it may seem negative, what is harmful to smaller investors could for a deep pocket investor’s perspective, the “war between the Warrens” points to an increased promise, for those who can read between the lines.

Warren Wages War

Two more outside experts looking in points will suffice to make the case for manufactured housing’s potential.



Appealing Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Marketing, Finance Booklet Reviewed

There are headwinds, and items to navigate. But in the light of statements like those found in the two short videos below, the potential of manufactured housing is a concept proven with some 22 million Americans, and the fact that billionaires, and billion dollar operations are betting on its future growth.


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Immediate Expensing, Investing in Manufactured Housing, Developments w/Manufactured Homes

January 12th, 2018 Comments off

TaxBreaksMHProNewsDevelopingInvestingManufacturedHousingMHProNewsBillions are being freed up from tax reform domestically. Hundreds of billions more poised to come back into the U.S. via repatriation and from foreign capital.

Could manufactured homes and PreFab housing witness a new wave of investments?

The smart-money, early indications are; yes.

Housing is a trillion-dollar-plus annual industry.  There’s an affordable housing shortage of some 8 plus million units needed, now.

Plus, there are ‘disastrous opportunities’ awaiting the visionaries who are willing to – as has Warren Buffett or Sam Zell – made longer term investments.

New Production Center Opening; While Some States Struggle, Others Roll On

While investments in existing communities has drawn more headlines, it is also an arena packed with competitors. The Zell mantra of – when others are going right, look left – could be applied to new manufactured home production centers, retailing, and developing.

The entire playing field could be shifting in the coming years for manufactured homes, and the broader factory built housing.

Private Equity Fund Grabbing 2 PreFab Home Builders

What makes manufactured housing particularly attractive are the combinations of the following:


  • Enhanced preemption – with the Trump Administration repeatedly saying they will enforce the law – it could be a big time for the manufactured home industry on the preemption front, given the language in the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.
  • Quality, Safety, Speed, Dramatically Lower Costs – as regular readers/viewers on MHLivingNews and MHProNews know, the industry’s reality is far different from the common perception. That’s an opportunity in disguise.
  • Immediate Expensing – Fox Business and other media outlets are touting what could be the next wave caused by the Immediate Expensing provision of the new tax law. Lending with land/home mortgage, or home only (chattel, personal property loans).

Against this backdrop, we present the video interview with Mike Harrison, of Lifeway Homes in Tulsa, OK.


Harrison helped arrange the previous, popular interview with an elected public official, who knows manufactured homes first hand, and praises them.  To see that video and report, click the above.


While Harrison has years of single family placement experiences, he’s been involved in several development and redevelopment projects, using manufactured and modular homes.

The disaster of Puerto Rico alone represents billions of dollars in opportunities for the visionary.


New HUD Code Manufactured Home Factory Opening, State Announces Hundreds of News Jobs


After the tax and regulatory cuts, investing – and investment dollars – looking to enter American business are ramping up.

That said, arguably new and existing players in the industry need to avoid the many pitfalls of the past, while navigating toward the opportunities.

Warren Buffett, “the Moat,” Manufactured Housing, Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt, Wells Fargo, NAI…

The data doesn’t lie. When 8 million plus housing units are needed, and the quality and safety of manufactured homes has never been better, don’t be surprised if the next ‘Buffett or Zell’ will soon enter the space.

Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Gives Written Responses – “Part of a Rigged, Corrupt System”

With the Trump administration’s more business friendly and enforce the law stance, much of the ground work is already in place.

Billionaires and billion-dollar operations are doing all they think they can to expand their footprint.  That’s a key takeaway from award winning industry veteran, Alan Amy in this brief video.


The Bottom Line

There are few opportunities as robust as manufactured housing in America is today. But it isn’t low hanging fruit. It looks like – and is – work.

Which is why it requires long term thinking, and behavior, to result in success. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Clayton Homes Building Out, Giving Back

April 28th, 2017 Comments off

A Clayton Homes kitchen on display. Credit: Clayton Homes.

Clayton Homes, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has announced that it’s constructing a $14 million training lodge at its corporate headquarters in Maryville, TN.

This is part of improving the team member experience throughout Clayton,” said Chris Martin, a spokesman for Clayton. “It represents an investment the company is making in its team for years to come.”

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the three-story, log cabin-style lodge will replace the old lodge currently on the company’s campus.

Clayton is also working with a Dayton, TN nonprofit called Blazing Hope Ranch to re-purpose some of its old structures.

Blazing Home Ranch helps survivors of human trafficking, and says it will use some of the old buildings on the lodge site to house survivors. Vanderbilt Mortgage, the financing arm of Clayton Homes, also made a donation to Blazing Hope earlier this year.

Clayton has made a number of improvements to its site to better engage employees, including a wellness center, a cafe and a disc golf course. The lodge is designed for offsite team members to stay in when they visit Maryville for training, retreats or conferences.


Buffett and Kevin Clayton. Credit: Reuters.

We have several other projects in the works to make sure our team members have a great place to work,” said CEO Kevin Clayton, also adding that the new building should be completed by June 2018.

As industry professionals and Daily Business News readers are already aware, Clayton Homes is the largest producer of manufactured homes (MH) in North America. Vertically integrated, the company has several hundred retail centers nationwide. Through its affiliates and family of brands, Clayton builds, sells, finances, leases and insures Clayton-built manufactured and modular homes.


The operation also buys products and uses services from other producers.

For the most recent closing numbers on all Berkshire Hathaway – and all MH industry-connected tracked stocks – please click here.  ##

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Green Building Materials Front and Center in Construction

April 8th, 2017 Comments off

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In a new report from Allied Market Research, the firm shows significant market growth for green building materials over the next five years.

According to the Environmental Leader, the “Green Building Materials Market Report” forecasts that the global market is expected to grow from $171,475 million in 2015 to $377,029 million by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 11.9 percent from 2016 to 2022.

The report also shows that the emission reduction potential of green building materials, higher asset value of green buildings, growth in public awareness regarding green materials, and increase in client and market demand are the major factors that will drive market growth.

With reduced operating costs and a better indoor working environment, the report states that those factors will add to market demand for green building materials.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, the manufactured and modular housing industries have long shown the significant upside of factory built housing, including lower costs, a more consistent product and strict federal standards.

Factory-built homes are becoming more popular in the housing industry as builders face a shortage of construction workers. Among the upscale modular homes covered, includes the work done by Revolution PreCrafted Homes, where Eric Trump sits on the board of directors. In a survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index reported that on average, single-family homebuilders use 10.2 different green products or practices, and 22 percent always or almost always have their homes certified to a green standard.

For more on the green building movement, including Karen Adams, President and CEO of Green Dwellings in Palm Beach, Florida aiming to be the Tesla of modular green homes, click here. ##


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Irene, Two Years Later

August 30th, 2013 Comments off

ap-toby-talbolt-credit-weston-mhp-berlin-vt-post-irene-recovery-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-professional-news-.pngVPR tells MHProNews that most of the money from recovery efforts post tropical storm Irene went to rebuilding state and town roads and bridges. But signifcant sums were also used for relief of those, including in manufactured home communities like this one in Berlin, VT, to help storm victims with recovery efforts. Then Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter was dubbed as the Irene Recovery Officer. When it came to working with individuals and families in the post-Irene recovery, Minter acknowledged there are still Vermonters rebuilding from the storm who did not receive the help they hoped for from FEMA or the state. “We pushed the envelope,” Minter says.  Where FEMA couldn’t help, Minter says many state and local organizations stepped in to provide assistance. She’s pleased that, “I wondered if we would ever get to this place. I know there are still people who have outstanding needs, but we really have come so far.” ##

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Modular Homes becoming a new Jersey Shores thing

August 22nd, 2013 Comments off

image-credit-totalmortgage-modular-home-under-construction-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-pro-news-Updating the recent story on Scranton PA based Westrum Development is installing a two story Cape Cod modular home on the post hurricane Sandy Jersey shore the firm built in just 28 days. Cost for Westrum’s three-bedroom modular home, says totalmortgage and the Wall Street Journal, is $179,000. 10 homeowners in Breezy Point, Queens are applying for permits for modular homes. Westrum’s goal is 3,000 more modular homes, targeted mostly for locations in New Jersey and Long Island, NY. Meanwhile, Jeffrey T. Evans, Executive Director Government & Corporate Relations of Benchmark Worldwide, LLC – a prefab builder using metal Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) – says “What do I think of these modular homes? The answer is “not much.” compared to his building process. As MHProNews knows, system builders are all-too-often busy disrespecting each other’s product rather than pulling together to promote the kind of positive factory built housing vision found on or the GoRVing campaign. ##


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Companies team up for new panelized building process

October 26th, 2011 Comments off

SABIC Innovative Plastics Meccano de Mexico photo credit SABIC posted on MHProNews.comMHProNews has learned that SABIC Innovative Plastics and construction supply firm Meccano de Mexico developed one-piece, reusable concrete forms made from SABIC’s LNP Verton long glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite. The corrosion-resistant composite forms developed by SABIC and Meccano de Mexico replace heavy multi-piece steel forms. They are used to mold concrete panels for houses. 500 panels are required for a typical row house. The forms are available in a range of sizes: the average height is 1.1 m (3.7 ft) and widths of 20 cm (0.8 ft), 30 cm (1 ft) and 60 cm (2 ft)) are available. “Using LNP Verton composite, our new concrete forms can give contractors exceptional benefits including significant time savings, easier handling and durability for repeated use,” says Salvador Jalife Lozano, chief innovation and development officer at Meccano de Mexico.  Lozano stated that “These moulds have the potential to change the way concrete panels are formed on the job site, helping to streamline construction and provide a competitive advantage for Meccano and its customers.”  LNP Verton compounds weight 20% less than aluminum and 40% less than carbon steel. The product is said to provide the mechanical performance, including the dimensional stability, strength and resistance to humidity, needed for working with concrete.

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Prefabs under 200 square feet, for $20,000 – $30,000

September 29th, 2011 Comments off

Sett-Studio-exterior-568x380 credit jetsongreenJetsongreen reports on a variation our previously reported ‘tiny house’ trend. Austin, TX based Sett Studio is building a line of prefab studios that are 97 to 192 square feet in size. Sett’s modern design with energy-efficient construction can be used as a home office, art studio, exercise or meditation space, kids room, game room, or guest room.  A Sett Studio can be purchased for about $20,000 – $30,000. The model shown features an interior application of Monotread, a milled OSB made from fast-growing, sustainably-harvested wood.  On the outside, the tiny studio can be finished with Hardie siding, charred wood, or stainless metal shingles. A Sett Studio is built using Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) and Energy Star windows.  Construction takes some 45 days with installation finished in a about two days. Transportation costs are between $500-$3,000 depending on where the studio is shipped.  If building permits are necessary, Sett Studio can provide architectural drawings for an additional fee.

(Editor’s note: You can learn more about the modular and prefabricated “Tiny House” movement by inserting the keywords Tiny House into the search box of the Daily Business News near the top right of the advertisers module on this webpage.)

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ACT Modular home being sold through sealed bids

September 1st, 2011 Comments off

ACT_Logo_CampusExplorerRegisterHerald reports that students from Beckley, West Virgina Academy of Careers and Technology (ACT) put their training to work by building an actual modular home that will be auctioned through a sealed bid. Principal Charles Pack said “Not only do they learn about it, they are able to actually build a house and know they are doing exactly what they are going to do in their careers.” Previous academy-made homes can be seen in the community, including a dentist’s office. Building and trades instructor Van Carr said, “It gives them the real, hands-on experience. They get to work with other classes and are never assigned to work with the same student twice. They have to learn to be able to work with different personalities and be able to get along.” Students are expected to work within a time limit, as they would on a real job site. This modular home has special touches added by the students. Carr had his second-year students pick out all the fixtures, flooring and trim. The students chose to use Berber carpet and oak hardwood flooring. The modular house is 1,248 square feet with three bedrooms, a living room, combination kitchen and dining room, utility room and two full baths. The kitchen has an island, stove, side-by-side refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, oak cabinets and stainless steel sink.

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