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Latest New HUD Code Manufactured Home Shipment Statistics Report

September 7th, 2017 Comments off

According to the Manufactured Housing Association of Regulatory Reform (MHARR), per official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), “year-over-year manufactured housing industry production grew once again during July 2017.”

Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 5,803 homes in July 2017, an 8.7% increase over the 5,335 HUD Code homes produced during July 2016,” MHARR told MHProNews in a release.

Cumulative industry production for 2017 now totals 52,405 homes, a 15.9% increase over the 45,204 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2016,” MHARR’s statement said.

The report also states that, “A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through July 2017 — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2017) and prior year (2016) shipments per category as indicated — are:”

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Image credit, MHARR.

For more from MHARR, including their defense of federal preemption, thoughts on new regulations and more, click here, or the image below.

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Lois Starkey, left, Richard A Dick Jennison, center, HUD’s Pam Danner, right. Fire sprinkler image credit is as shown, collage credit, MHProNews.com.

To download the shipping report from MHARR click here.

About MHARR

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing,” per the association. ## (News, analysis.)

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Action Alert! Billions in Opportunities, Industry Professionals, Deadline for Comments to HUD Loom

June 7th, 2017 Comments off

ActNowJune14DeadlineBillionsAtStakeHUDCommentsUntil 11:59 PM on June 14, manufactured housing industry professionals have a unique opportunity to sound off in favor of regulatory relief for the HUD Code manufactured housing program. The comments request is based upon President Trump’s Executive Order #13777

Because President Trump has a proven willingness to effect regulatory change under his executive authority, this is far more likely to have an impact than anything that might be attempted later legislatively. To rephrase, this is a unique opportunity that ought not to be missed.

We’ve reviewed the first few visible comments posted on the Regulations.gov website,” said L. A. “Tony” Kovach, “and they are okay, but miss some key information and important points.”

Some include fact errors, which apparently have come from a third party.  When some fact errors are present, that may cause those reading those comments to dismiss them or reduce their significance.”

MHARR has stressed that without replacing the current program administrator, any regulatory change could be thwarted from within.  This is a point that MHI has avoided to date, and appears to be missing from the comment letters now visible.

A link to MHARR’s comments on the issue can be found here.

A link to the comments submitted by L. A. “Tony” Kovach can be found linked as a download, here.  Readers are welcome to adapt or use that information to craft their own letter.

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When you do the math from the recent Zillow study, and compare it to data from NAHB or NAR, there are trillions of dollars in affordable housing demand –
and thus opportunities – in the next few years. Taxpayer subsidized programs won’t be able to cover that cost, but the proper approaches for manufactured housing could.

Facts Matter, Per Federal Tips on Submissions

Please note, that the economic impact of manufactured housing is over $5.5 billion in retail dollars in 2016.  That’s based upon the June 1016 Census bureau data, of $70,500 average per home, times 81,100 homes which equals $5,717,550,000.

The rule of thumb that manufactured housing producers has used, per MHI, has been 1 home produced equals 1 job.  The Daily Business News notes these data points because what seems to be a form letter has some of those figures wrong on the regulatory comment site.

Readers are encouraged to share their comments about reforms needed at HUD with the regulatory program, based upon President Trump’s Executive Order #13777, which can be transmitted or posted at this link below.

https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=HUD-2017-0029-0001

Follow the four steps below for an effective and personalized comment.

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4 Steps for a Personalized and Effective Comment

Please follow these simple steps for an effective and PERSONALIZED comment on HUD regulations.

  • 1) Navigate to the page linked above or click here.
  • 2) Download and save the MHProNews/MHLivingNews sample letter (click here). Then upload that document at the Choose files button (see arrow above).
  • 3) Using the comments box, write a PERSONALIZED message. You can, for example, explain what you do in manufactured housing, and why this issue matters to you, your team, your prospects, and customers.
  • 3a) Example: If I were in retail – for instance – I’d mention how often local zoning officials try to block your home buyers from placing a new, attractive home in a town, city, or county area. You and those potential buyers are prevented by local officials from getting their part of the American dream. That’s what the enhanced preemption of the manufactured housing improvement act is supposed to do, allow for the placement of a manufactured home!  Many end up renting instead of owning because of that NIMBY problem. You could draft your comment in Word, check for spelling errors, and then cut and paste your comment into the comments box, as shown above.
  • 4) Complete the name, contact information, email, and push “CONTINUE.” Follow the prompts, and you’re done! ##

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Beauty Queen’s Sarcastic Remarks Spark Interest in MH

September 20th, 2013 Comments off

In response to the South Carolina beauty contestant at the Miss America pageant who made fun of her home state’s bounty of manufactured homes, as MHProNews covered Sept. 16, 2013, Brian Hicks with The Post and Courier says the line— “I’m from the state where 20 percent of our homes are mobile, because that’s how we roll”—was probably composed by the show’s writers. The actual rate is 17.9 percent, tops in the nation. And while some fellow residents may be upset, Mark Dillard, executive director of the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina (MHISC) says the phone has been ringing more than usual, and he is using the occasion to educate people who call about manufactured homes. “These homes don’t roll, except from the factory to your land,” Dillard says, noting this is no longer 1975, before the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) began putting strict controls on their production. One SC manufactured housing business put up “Thank You Miss South Carolina” on its electronic reader board. Hicks tells MHProNews manufactured homes are indistinguishable from subdivision homes and subject to the same regulations. But as Dillard remarks, “Who’s smarter, or more financially savvy: a person who buys a house they can afford, or a person who gets in over their head by trying to buy a McMansion?”

(Photo credit: archerland2005/flickr–manufactured home)

Community Sued for Violation of Fair Housing Act

September 16th, 2013 Comments off

A discrimination lawsuit has been filed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a violation of the Fair Housing Act against Whitacre’s Manufactured Housing Community in Inwood, West Virginia. A resident of the community with a psychiatric disability was injured during a home invasion and subsequently obtained an emotional-assistance dog to help decrease his anxiety and panic attacks. Whitacre management allegedly tried to evict the tenant because the dog violates their no dog rule, but that suit was dismissed because the dog is a service animal, and the Fair Housing Act allows service dogs. According to journal-news.net, the complaint states owner Jim Whitacre loudly cursed the tenant and threatened to evict him because of the animal, and then tried but failed to legally evict him. In addition, when the resident tried to make good on a bad rent check, Whitacre refused to accept the second check, despite receiving a $175 late fee, and tried to evict the family for late payment of rent. The complaint also alleges other residents who were behind several months in rent were not evicted, and that Whitacre made discriminating statements against the resident because of his disability. The HUD compliant will be heard by a U. S. Administrative law Judge. MHProNews has learned the resident is also suing Whitacre for financial compensation based upon the emotional distress caused by the discriminatory conduct.

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Manufactured Home Production Continues to Rise

September 6th, 2013 Comments off

According to statistics gathered on behalf of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), manufactured housing production rose in July, 2013 to 4,793 HUD Code homes, an increase of 13.5 percent over the 4,221 homes produced in July, 2012. The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports industry production through July, 2013 equals 33,926 homes, an increase of 6.2 percent over the 31,936 manufactured homes produced for the same period in 2012. As MHProNews has learned, Texas continues to be the largest shipment state.

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Pre-HUD Code Mobile Homes Fingered for Construction and Energy Issues

August 22nd, 2013 Comments off

charolle-white-pre-hud-code-mobile-home-credit-earthfix-oregon-public-broadcasting-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-professional-news-mhpronews-Mold, uneven floors and energy wasting are among the complaints that Charlotte White, an owner of a pre-HUD Code mobile home expressed, says earthfix. The 64 year old White is retired and lives in a single wide located in Rainbow Rock Village in Curry County, Oregon. Their story underscores the dramatic improvement in quality, safety and energy efficiency in manufactured housing since the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) manufactured home safety standards went into effect, which took place on June 15, 1976, and accelerated with the updates to the so-called HUD Code in 1994. Nevertheless, millions of pre-HUD Code mobile home owners may struggle with issues like those which have impacted White, including utility bills that may be half or more of her monthly social security check of under $400 monthly. MHProNews notes that the earthfix report failed to identify if the pre-HUD Code mobile home has been properly maintained, which industry pros know can lead to some of the complaints expressed in the story. These are clarifying points to a story run previously, at this link. ##

 

(Photo Credit of Charlotte White: earthfix and Oregon Public Broadcasting)

 

IBTS Inc Gets 25 Million Contract from HUD

August 21st, 2013 Comments off


institute-building-technology-safety-ibts-logo-posted-manufactured-housing-professional-news-mhpronews-daily-business-news-The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on fbo.gov and its own website that it was awarding the
Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) Inc. the contract to perform “…assessment inspections, monitoring, and evaluation of the performance of private and state agencies responsible for oversight of design and construction of manufactured housing.” The contract award amount was stated as $25,006,546.00. The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has opined that this keeps HUD labels coming, but voiced other concerns as part of a commentary on this award that they have provided MHProNews, which is linked here. Details on the HUD contract award are linked here. ##

 

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Housing Starts Rise in July almost Six Percent

August 16th, 2013 Comments off

Signifying continuing recovery of the housing market, housing starts nationwide jumped 5.9 percent to a seasonally annual adjusted rate (SAAR) of 896,000 units in July, led by a sharp rebound in the multifamily sector, strong enough to offset a slight loss in the single-family home market. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), figures released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Census Bureau report multifamily starts grew by 26 percent over June, to a SAAR of 305,000, offsetting a dip the previous month. Single-family fell housing starts hit 2.2 percent to a SAAR of 591,000. Regionally, housing starts rose 40.2 percent in the Northeast, 25.4 percent in the Midwest and 7.2 percent in the West. The South dropped seven percent. MHProNews understands building permits rose 2.7 percent nationally, increasing in all four regions.

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Construction Company Head Slams Modular Housing

August 12th, 2013 Comments off

Responding to the onset of numerous modular housing projects now underway in New York City, Samuel C. Florman, Chairman of Kreisler Borg Florman General Construction Co., notes that George Romney (Mitt Romney’s father) promoted prefabricated housing as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1969-1973. Writing in crainsnewyork, he says nine factories had public and private support across the board but “the experiment failed. They falter because of suddenly weakened financial backing, technical complications, community conflicts, weather, accidents, labor unrest and, in general, the unforeseen.” MHProNews understands that the absence of weather conditions is one major factor in the success of modular construction.

(Photo credit: Forest Ratner Co.–Brooklyn Atlantic Yards modular housing)

HUD Issues Ground Anchor Proposal for Manufactured Homes

July 29th, 2013 Comments off

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published a proposed ground anchor testing and installation rule for manufactured housing in the July 26, 2013 edition of the Federal Register. The proposal would adopt recommendations made by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee to determine ground anchor performance. Since there is no national test method for rating ground assemblies in different soil classifications, the proposal would establish a uniform test method to be used by all states. As MHProNews has learned, comments from interested parties are due by Sept. 24, 2013. For the Federal Register text, please click here.

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