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Prefab and Modular Front and Center in Solving Housing Crisis

January 30th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Plymouth Herald.

As populations around the world continue to grow, a recurring theme is the need for housing.

More directly, many nations have declared a “housing crisis” and are looking for solutions.

One of the nations where the need is most pronounced is the U.K., where a report by Cast CEO Mark Farmer entitled; “The Farmer Review of the U.K. Construction Model” cited that labor shortages mean that new homes cannot be built fast enough, and studies commissioned by the U.K. Government have determined that the country will need an additional one million homes by 2020.

Tim Western of property giant JLL believes that modular and prefab is the solution.

There is likely to be a seismic shift in how and where we live and work by 2030,” said Western.

Homes manufactured like cars, in other words off-site in a factory, with the opportunity to pick and choose what goes into a basic structure, will bring ‘car quality’ to the market.

The entire story is on MHLivingNews, linked here. ##

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The Tesla of Modular Homes? Going “Premium” Green

December 5th, 2016 Comments off

A Green Dwellings home. Credit: Palm Beach Post.

Builder Karen Adams is on a mission.

The President and CEO of Green Dwellings in Palm Beach, Florida aims to be the Tesla of green homes.

Green Dwellings recently completed a green home installation near the Intracoastal Waterway south of Southern Boulevard in Palm Beach.

It’s not a mansion and it’s not on the water, but the price could easily fit the bill: $1.595 million.

According to myPalmBeachPost, the 2,500-square-foot home comes with amenities such as solar panels on the roof, twin 500-gallon rain barrels that irrigate the lawn and a charging station for electric cars in the garage. The homes are also built to hurricane code.

While expensive, Adams remains focused on what she believes is her target market – Tesla buyers.


Karen Adams. Credit: Palm Beach Post.

My client is the Tesla client,” said Adams. “Tesla buyers routinely drop six figures on green cars even though a vehicle for half the price would achieve the same purpose as a mode of transport.

Adams believes that fans of the sleek electric cars are willing to pay a premium for similar features in their homes, and she’s not concerned about the price tag.

I already have cash offers,” said Adams, referring to the recently completed Intracoastal Waterway home. “I’m not worried about selling this.

Green Dwellings set out to create beautiful, contemporary, healthy living spaces while reducing waste and the carbon footprint. Their goal is to produce more energy than they use. The company was started in 2012 and spent three years in research and development before production began in 2015.

Their Florida factory is strategically located, so as not to create a big CO2 footprint in transporting the modular homes over long distances. Green Dwellings can ship to the Gulf States, Florida Keys and the Caribbean islands.

Per Adams, using this method of construction is faster, more efficient; better quality control at a much better price.


A shot of the Intercostal Waterway. Credit: SanSpotter.

Adams is targeting affluent neighborhoods near the Intercostal Waterway, while breaking down stereotypes about manufactured homes.

The phrase manufactured home conjures images of flimsy trailers [sic],” said Adams. “This house is a ‘bomb shelter’ that can withstand 175 mph winds.

No one can tell this was built in a factory. It looks like a custom home.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, 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. ##

(Editor’s note: While Adam’s is not wrong on her point that manufactured homes often have a less than stellar public image, for those readers who are not already aware of studies by third parties that demonstrate the fact that properly installed manufactured homes are in fact as or more durable than conventional housing in windstorms.  For but one example, see the report and video, linked here. Readers should also be aware that modular and manufactured homes are not identical, to learn more, click here.)

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Bill Eases Transit of Factory-built Homes

March 7th, 2016 Comments off

Terry_Moulton_Sen_wisconsin__chippewa__creditAccording to what chippewa tells MHProNews, Wisconsin State Senator Terry Moulton (Chippewa Falls-R), representing the 23rd District, authored a bill signed by Gov Scott Walker that will ease transport on Wisconsin roads for delivery of manufactured and modular homes.

Canada has been an active buyer of U. S. factory-built homes recently, but Canadian requirements have restricted travel on Wisconsin roads of these homes without a special permit.

Sen. Moulton wrote, “Senate Bill 372 will adjust the single trip permit requirements for these loads to ensure that manufacturers of factory-built homes will be able to transport modular and mobile homes both within our state and abroad.”

Sen. Moulton adds that the majority of the bills passed this session received bipartisan support. ##

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Factory-Built Homes—the New Cool

July 21st, 2015 Comments off

Photo Credit: Julie Branaman, 83DegreesMedia.

As the housing recovery sputters along from the Great Recession, trying to overcome the lowest percentage of homeownership in 20 years (63%), even with the aid of artificially maintained low interest rates, people are moving away from the McMansions with their high maintenance and trophy appearance, and paying more attention to factory-built homes, according to 83DegreesMedia.

83 Degrees Media has a reputation for covering topics that are so cool, they’re hot.  In a featured article today, they focus on the much maligned days long past of “trailer houses” and “mobile homes,” which have not been built since the federal government began overseeing the construction of manufactured homes in June, 15 1976. The technology that developed astro turf, super efficient heating and cooling systems and robotic surgeries are being applied to homes built in factories and moved to be permanently installed on an owner’s selected homesites.

Consumers are looking to buy greener, modern and less expensive homes. As award-winning writer, Jan Hollingsworth states, “A brand new entry level ‘shade and shelter’ model — with central air and all the comforts of home — can be had for as little as $30,000, while larger, multi-section models with vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, walk-in showers and spa tubs run $60,000 or more.

“For those who really want to splurge, there are multiple-story modulars with all the bells and whistles of any custom home — hand-laid ceramic tile, fireplaces framed by hardwood bookcases and high-end appliances — all for a tidy $120,000.

Bill Matchneer, a Senior Attorney at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings law firm in Pittsburgh, who once managed HUD’s manufactured housing program, says these homes are built as well or better than site-built homes.

Dr. Clivetty Martinez, (PhD) a senior executive for a global pharmaceutical firm, and her husband, Frank, a retired postal engineer, could afford most any home on the market, but have now happily chosen to live in Dover Farms, a manufactured home community (MHC) in Martin, Michigan. “At first I was leery,” Frank Martinez tells MHLivingNews. “Live in a house delivered on a truck?

Today’s factory-built homes can be hard to distinguish from traditional site-built homes. “I think the product makes a lot of sense for people coming through this recovery,” says Evan Atkinson, an award-winning Ohio retailer, developer and community operator whose family has been in the MH business since 1947. “People looking at manufactured housing today are very surprised at what they see.

Just as the overall housing market is recovering from the throes of the downturn, so the MH market is returning as well. Atkinson says the Millennials are more accepting of factory-built homes, especially in light of the rising rental market. “I think they’re feeling a little more stable in their employment situation and we’re seeing more of them coming into the housing market. They are more accepting of manufactured housing,” says Atkinson.

While the older generation typically has a mindset opposed to factory-built homes, baby boomers are more open to lifestyle choices than the preconceived notions of their parents, and are “flocking like ants at a picnic to 55+ MH communities,” in Hollingsworth’s words.

Steve Adler is the Chairman of the National Communities Council.  Adler’s father, Sydney, developed a 1,200-unit retirement community called Trailer Estates on Sarasota Bay in Florida in the 1950s, replete with shuffleboard, boat docks, a marina and clubhouse, and people waiting to move in. Noting his father was ahead of his time, Steve has developed more communities, all-age and senior 55+, like Schalamar Creek in Lakeland, Florida which has a restaurant, golf course and a full schedule of social activities.

Adlers says half of his residents move down from the north and eventually reject the isolation of a suburban home with upkeep worries, and move into one of his communities with Wi-Fi access, computer and digital photography classes, exercise equipment, and opportunities for socialization with other residents.

In the meantime, “Trailer Estates” is still bustling with pre-1976 homes next to newer manufactured models and people fishing from the dock. ##

(Photo credit: 83degreesmedia/Julie Branaman–Trailer Estates MHC on Sarasota Bay, Florida)

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Foot Note – 83DegreesMedia shared the following two links and their intros for publication with permission. Some associations are already sharing the following with their members.  The photos are also by: 83degreesmedia/Julie Branaman

Trailer Estates modular home.

Factory built homes appeal to millennials, boomers across America

Millennials looking to buy their first homes and Boomers looking to downsize find factory-built or manufactured housing to be a good alternative that offers affordable, sturdy and green living.

Soheyla, Tamas and L.A. "Tony" Kovach

Tired of renting? Get the scoop on manufactured homes

Team Kovach, husband L.A. “Tony” and wife Soheyla, of Lakeland share news about the increasingly popular manufactured housing industry through online publications and word of mouth.

The “Preeminent” Manufactured Housing Industry Professionals News Source

September 23rd, 2014 Comments off

5th-anniversary-mhpronews-comFor-the-record comments and ‘quotable-quotes’ continue to be sent to MHProNews in anticipation of the 5th Anniversary celebration in October. Here is a sneak peak at one of the growing number of kind comments already in hand.

“Over the past 5 years, MHProNews and its family of websites has grown to become the preeminent online news source for the manufactured housing industry – an achievement due in no small part to the enthusiasm and dedication of Tony Kovach and his team. Congratulations on your anniversary and best wishes for continued success in the years ahead.” – Darren Krolewski, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, MHVillage / Datacomp Appraisal / JLT & Associates.

5th Anniversary statements for publication have come in from corporate leaders at Triad Financial, CU Factory Built Lending, Show Ways Unlimited, ROC USA, Professional Warranty Service Company, Manufactured Housing Associations Executives and Board members, manufacturers, educators and others.


Statements previously published are linked here.

With over 2 million pageviews exceed twice this summer, MHProNews hit levels of popularity and respect achieved due to the writers, sponsors and team members whose dedication and support made the first 5 years possible. As Barry Noffsinger, CU Factory Built Lending concluded in his upcoming for-publication remarks: 5 more years! 5 more years!

MHProNews thanks all who have shared such comments. ##

(Editor’s Note: As an FYI, when Darren Krolewski says ‘family of websites,’ he is including ManufacturedHomeLivingNews, which in the first year after its 2013 launch of the new public focused image and educational site, achieved not 50,000 or 100,000 organic visits, but over 1 million visits.)

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Board for Board, Factory-Built Housing Shines

May 27th, 2014 Comments off

Calling it the “best kept secret in America,” Sheri Koones understands the precision that goes into the manufacture of every factory-built home and especially appreciates the sustainability of its energy-saving features. The author of five books on prefabricated housing, she delineates between the pre-HUD Code homes and the manufactured and modular homes in today’s market that are far superior to the ones made 40 years ago. Calling it “a miracle,” she became fascinated with factory-built housing when a friend had a modular home built.

Tim Williams, executive director of the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA), says people would be surprised by the quality and affordability of new off-site built homes if they would take the time to visit one. They are not like the poorly built tin cans of olden days, according to what tells Noting that it is conceivable that manufactured homes (MH) can be moved after being sited, he says most on private property are affixed to a permanent foundation. Williams also notes that a factory-built home costs $42 a square foot as opposed to a stick-built that averaged $95 per square foot in 2013. ##

(Photo credit: Manufactured Housing Institute–MH in production)


Living Green Asks Just How Green are Today’s Modulars?

March 13th, 2012 Comments off

By Roto Frank AG (Roto Frank AG) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsFrom the web site Living Green comes a story that looks at the history of modular homes and just how green they are. The modular, as the article points out, has been the “net big thing” in home building for a century or more, yet accounted for only about five percent of new home built in 2010. The revolution, however, may have at last arrived, thanks in part to urban residential growth and new applications for modular construction there. The sustainability factor is another reason. As Living Green points out, almost nothing used in modular construction facility goes to waste. Moreover, they cost less to produce and many manufacturers use the cost savings to invest in energy-efficient upgrades including solar panels.

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It’s Back and Better than Ever!

December 29th, 2011 Comments off

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Everyone I talk to is very pleased the show is moving forward in 2012. This year’s show is in a growth mode and we expect the show to be bigger and better than last year. “ said Ron Thomas, active retailer, community owner and Louisville Show Chairman. While it may not be a surprise to hear a Show Chairman say something like that, the sentiment is echoed in the feedback from other attendees and exhibitors. Perhaps most important is the fact that pre-show registrations are up from the surprising totals of 2011. Lorayne Scott, with Show Ways Unlimited – the firm which organizes the Louisville Show – told MHProNews that:We had 970 retailers, builder/developers, community owner/operator, and installers.  As for the exhibitors we had a total of 442.  The total attendance was 1412.” That total of 1412 from all facets of factory built housing made it one of the top 2 attended events in the manufactured housing industry for 2011. Numerous positive comments have come in from 2011 show attendees who are excited about the shows 2012 plan. One example is from Darrell Boyd with Triad Financial, who said, “I was pleasantly surprised at our attendance at the 2011 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show last year. I knew the 50 year history of the show and the spirit of our industry would bring us back. I just wasn’t sure what to expect in 2011. The traffic at our exhibitor booth was brisk and it seemed the renewed positive attitude of the attendees was infectious and spilled over during the show. I talked to many other exhibitors and manufacturers and they agreed with my sentiment. With the 2012 show approaching, I’m eagerly looking forward to our continued renewed growth.” The 2012 Louisville Show line up includes a strong cross section of free business building workshops and seminars, a special appearance and address by Cavco CEO and MHI Chairman Joe Stegmayer as well as even more homes and exhibitors than 2011. Free online registration is scheduled to end January 3. You can pre-register at this link, or get more information at this link.

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Good Business Develops with the Goodjohns

November 8th, 2011 Comments off

VancouverSun reports the brothers Goodjohn were at the edge of disaster a couple of years ago with their high-end modular business, and now have ten office employees, 30 on the production line, and sales approaching $20 million. Businessman W. Brett Wilson helped Karoleena, Inc., develop a business plan and invested $250,000 for a ten percent stake. An initial challenge for Kris and Kurt was to dispel the myth about the quality of pre-fabricated building. Another challenge in their hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, just north of Montana, was the city packed with traditional builders, so they took their modular cabins to more remote recreational properties. In rural areas of Canada for site-built construction, workers can be difficult to locate and the weather is not always cooperative, two issues of no concern to modular builders. A modular building can be delivered in a weekend. With the focus on pre-existing designs for single and multifamily homes, cabins, and offices, Kurt Goodjohn says, “ Brett gave us his time and energy, and exposed us to the possibilities of what we could do. Perseverance is the biggest thing. We could have given up at any time, but we believed in what we were doing.” They have hired 14 salespeople in Canada and a few to cover the U.S.

(Photo credit: Karoleena, Inc.)

Ahead of his time, Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built Homes for sale

September 28th, 2011 Comments off

American_Systems_Built_Home_Frank_Lloyd_Wright_Burnham_Street_Historic_Distric_Milwaukee_WI_credit_Chicago_Trib_posted on MHProNews.comChicagoTribune reports that fabled Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built Home in south Milwaukee has been placed on the market for sale.  The home is one of six that Wright did as part of his pursuit for affordable housing.  It was made from prefabricated materials that were assembled onsite. The home was originally built about 1916 as a duplex. Jillayne and Dave Arena bought the building when it was a rental unit 30 years ago. Jillayne Arena said they put hundreds of thousands of dollars into making it a single-family home and preserving it.  Moving to Iowa, the pair have it listed for $200,000.

(Photo credit: Chicago Tribune)