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Bloomberg – Manufactured Home Industry is the Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis

September 23rd, 2016 Comments off
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The single section home is featured in a video on MHLivingNews. The Energy Star ™ would often sell in the low 50s, has 3 bedroom, 2 baths and is thus lower in cost than what the Bloomberg story shows as the average price. Image, Sunshine Homes, Red Bay, AL.

An article in Bloomberg makes the case that manufactured homes – what they refered to as mobile homes (sic), are an obvious solution to the affordable housing crisis.

It starts with a simple question: Why Aren’t We Building More Mobile Homes?” While their terminology isn’t exactly accurate – and they admit that mobile homes aren’t very mobile – their message is clear.  The manufactured home industry provides real hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price.

Bloomberg’s article shares metrics that show people in West Virginia accepted delivery of more than 1,000 manufactured homes last year, while 2,000 conventional builders secured permits to for new single family homes. This means that 1 in 3 homes added in the state last year was a manufactured home.

The more facts one sees, the more apparent the solution becomes, as MH professionals know.

The average sales price of a manufactured home was $67,800 in April, 2016. By contrast, the average sales price for a site-built home in the same month was  $380,000. While the manufactured home was priced without land, even factoring land cost in creates an amazing savings.

According the stats in the Bloomberg article, 75% of manufactured homes residents have household incomes of less than $40,000 per year.

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Bloomberg means, HUD Code Manufacturd Homes, not mobile homes, but the stats are useful. Credit, Bloomberg.

While the graphic shown above cites that most of the manufactured homes are highly concentrated in southern states (where the bulk of sales have been,) there are over 500,000 manufactured homes in California, which has pushed aggressive regulation that continues to affect the ability to own a home.

While those of us in the industry can see growth, it’s not always as clear to those outside of manufactured housing, due to long insufficiently addressed lingering perceptions.

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Bloomberg cites age, loose lending practices and the fact the manufactured home sales peaked in the mid 90’s – when they made up 1 in 3 homes sold nationwide – among reasons they think MH loans started to go bad, flooding the market with foreclosures and thus limiting demand.

While MH is years into its recovery, the data also shows that manufactured home sales have been slower to recover from the last recession than other forms of housing.

Bloomberg points to Doug Ryan, director of affordable home ownership at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED – a Washington-based nonprofit group,) who cites advantages, and challenges, that the industry faces.

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Doug Ryan, CFED.

You can put them anywhere you have the land, said Ryan. As the Daily Business News recently reported, CFED’s Ryan routinely promotes manufactured homes as an important option in the affordable housing crisis.

What you’re up against is the stigma. You’d have people coming to the planning meetings and saying that you’re killing their home value.” The Daily Business News has covered this scenario playing out in Austin recently.

The Bloomberg piece ends with something for the industry to think about:

Maybe it’s time for another rebrand. The homes vary in size and price, but they’re generally smaller than the typical site-built home. Instead of “manufactured,” why not borrow the name for another kind of often prefabricated abode: the tiny house.”

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Narrative control, it seems, is everything in the fight for the American dream.  As regular readers know, MHProNews and MHLivingNews, we’ve extensively covered the many ways that the MH industry is the solution to the housing affordability crisis in the U.S.

Underscoring Bloomberg’s tip to the MH Industry?  Rebrand them as tiny houses, which are hot. ##

(Image credits are as shown above.)

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RC WIlliams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News, MHProNews

U. S. Housing and Economic Progress is Making Haste Slowly

May 12th, 2016 Comments off

home sales rising  housing wire com  creditSan Jose, California led 119 of the 340 metro housing markets nationwide in returning to or exceeding their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in Q1 2016. The markets are gauged by measuring the averages of housing permits, price and employment levels for the past 12 months, and divide each by their annual average over the last period of normal growth.

As pleasantonweekly tells MHProNews, the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) indicates that 45 markets experienced a year-over-year net gain. The index’s score hit .95, which means the housing market is operating at 95 percent of normal housing and economic activity.

Housing markets continue to recover gradually, edging along by a firming economy, solid job creation and low mortgage interest rates,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady. “We expect the housing sector to improve at a slow, but steady pace throughout the year.” At 49 percent of normal activity, single-family permits are pulling done the numbers.

More than 80% of all metros saw their Leading Markets Index increase or hold steady over the quarter, an important sign that the housing market is heading in the right direction,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Company.

The years 2000-2003 were used as the last normal period for single-family permits and home prices, and 2007 as the base for the employment figures.

The remainder f the top ten: Baton Rouge, LA, Austin, TX, Honolulu and Houston. The last five are Oklahoma City, Los Angeles, Nashville, Charleston, SC and Salt Lake City. ##

(Image credit: housingwire–housing market slowly gaining)

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Business Leaders Overwhelmingly Support Romney

October 25th, 2012 2 comments

In its survey of 284 chief executives in Oct. 2012 regarding the presidential election, ChiefExecutive reports 83.2 percent of CEOs intend to vote for Mitt Romney, nearly identical results to a survey of 334 separate CEOs in Sept. 2012. Additionally, if Romney is elected, CEOs say they are more likely to increase capital expenditures and hiring than if Obama is elected. Almost 58 percent say Pres. Obama has significantly harmed the business climate, and another 26 percent say he has done more harm than good. Although Pres. Obama consistently maintains he supports small business, almost 45 percent of those surveyed operate businesses under $25 million in revenues. The two most critical issues to these business leaders are debt reduction and limiting debt, followed by job creation and corporate tax rates. Thirty-one percent say overall business conditions are weak, fifteen percent say conditions are poor, and only 23 percent describe the business climate as good or very good. As MHProNews has learned, 48.4 percent do not expect change in their employment levels, while another 22.6 employment believe employment will fall. For the full report, click here.

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