Posts Tagged ‘HUD Code homes’

Hardwiring the Modular Home of the Future

August 30th, 2018 Comments off


One of the distinctions between a modular and manufactured home is the amount of work that has to be done on site, as most industry professionals know. HUD Code homes are built to federal standards, largely administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), while modular homes are built to state or local standards which mirror those of conventional housing.


In the early ’60s, in The Jetsons vision of a smart home, everything about the entire building from walls and windows to floors and technology was reimagined,” says Richard Harper per the Verge, a sociologist and computer scientist who’s done smart home research for Microsoft and Orange. But some 20 years ago, that vision shifted as new technologies emerged.

Says Harper, “The expectation that the walls of the house would be different had been abandoned, and instead houses were seen as husks that are populated with freestanding internet-of-things devices.”

Introducing the Verge and Curbed’s “Home of the Future” – Video

As those who’ve turned into our prior reviews of Curbed, the Verge and Ford Motor sponsored videos, focused on a modular home they’ve dubbed the Home of the Future.

Just the Facts – Compare Curbed and MHI, Next Step, Clayton, Cavco, Champion Homes Video Results

In just 10 days, the video below is approaching 300,000 views, with 7,200 thumbs up, and 398 thumbs down.  Episode 1 has topped 800,000 views on YouTube in just 3 weeks. See the video with our review of prior episodes, linked above and below.


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Existing Manufactured Homes Rising in Value

June 27th, 2017 Comments off

(Manufactured home in Snohomish County, Washington, Credit: Zillow)

It is of concern to me,” Hjelle said. “We are seeing a significant increase in the affordable housing area, which I would consider starter homes, mobile homes [sic], condos and apartments. More so than in the higher-end homes.” Snohomish (WA) County Assessor Linda Hjelle, was commenting on the increase in assessments in this county just north of Seattle.

Linda Hjelle, Credit:

Prices for commercial and residential real estate have risen considerably in recent years, and the lower end of the market is now considered anything  up to $350,000. Home values have increased 11.9 percent and commercial values are up by 9.3 percent, according to the Herald.

However, almost two-thirds of the county’s 17,509 manufactured homes are outside of communities, and their value rose 20 percent, a big blow to one of the best sources of affordable housing. It is attributed to the fact that many communities have been scooped up by developers despite officials making it more difficult.

Residential property values rose $9.9 billion since 2016 to $93.1 billion, while commercial values rose $2.7 billion to $32.1 billion.

The appreciation of the manufactured homes also defies the stereotype that MH depreciates more rapidly than conventional housing, and compromise the values of nearby homes.

Numerous Third Party Studies on MH Valuations

In an MHLivingNews story linked here, Consumers Union, in a report from 2003, said, “Regarding differences in home price appreciation, manufactured homes sited on owned lots exhibit appreciation rates that are comparable to those of site-built homes.

Furthermore, several studies find no evidence of any impact of manufactured homes on the sale prices of adjacent properties (Apgar et al. 2002; Warner and Scheuer 1993; Stephenson and Shen 1997; Hegji and Mitchell 2000). Despite this evidence, community residents continue to harbor stereotypes against manufactured housing and will likely continue to appeal to local government officials to impose regulatory restrictions on such housing.”

(Dr. Ben Carson, Credit: Wikipedia)

While Dr. Ben Carson, the new Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has said he will promote MH, HUD has a long history of failure to enforce the enhanced preemption the MHIA law calls for. If that law were to be enforced, it could potentially unleash millions of dollars in sales of MH and provide affordable housing to millions of people who cannot presently afford suitable housing. It would also present thousands of job opportunities for people to build, transport and prepare sites for the new homes, not to mention the stimulus to the economy for the materials used to build the homes.

HUD has invested millions of dollars in subsidized housing projects only to see the buildings deteriorate and become abandoned, and yet the FHFA has asserted that manufactured housing typically loses value over time.

(Barry Noffsinger, Credit, Factory Built Owners of America)

Barry Noffsinger has a different  take: “Manufactured housing, just like site built homes, can both appreciate and depreciate.  There are many factors such as location, market conditions, mobility, the condition of the home, etc., that affects the home’s value,” Noffsinger told MHProNews.

Below is a video of an interview with William Matchneer, JD, former administrator of the Manufactured Housing Program at HUD.

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What Michigan State Climate, Tornado and ‘Mobile Home” Researchers Missed, and Admitted

June 13th, 2017 Comments off

Those are site built houses in Moore, OK after their disastrous and deadly tornado in 2013. Credit, NPR.

Though mobile homes offer a relatively inexpensive but comfortable housing alternative, it appears that this trend has made the United States more vulnerable to tornadoes over time,” claims Climate Change, Tornadoes And Mobile Homes: A Dangerous Mix.

Mark Skidmore and his colleagues crafted the Michigan State University study, which said, “The two biggest factors related to tornado fatalities were housing quality (measured by mobile homes as a proportion of housing units) and income levelGiven this trend and our findings, it is critical that federal, state and local policymakers consider alternatives to reduce vulnerability for those living in this type of housing arrangement.”

The problem, however, is that Skidmore and his colleagues failed to ask – or discover – that the solution was found over 40 years ago.

Publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach has completed an critical analysis on the study, and has done so in the light of on-the-record replies that Skidmore, with his study colleagues copied, provided exclusively to MHProNews.

Those candid yet surprising replies are now the hinges of the MHProNews analysis, which undermined or gutted every major claim in their provocative headline.

If you like looking at swiss cheese, you’ll enjoy the full report and analysis, found at this link here. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News July 24-July 31, 2016

July 31st, 2016 Comments off

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NIMBYism? Debunking Myths About Manufactured Home Communities (aka ‘Mobile Home Parks’)

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

FEMA moving manufactured homes into four W. VA. Counties. CFPB proposes clarification of Know Before You Owe. Patrick’s revenues rise 35%. Sun’s stock projected to rise 67%. Robot lays brick at super human speed. Desire for homeownership remains strong. MHARR awaits formaldehyde rules. MH industry grows despite negative image. MH Community owner sued by Penn. attorney general. Homeless in IN town get Tiny Homes. Maine manufactured home community growing. Commodore acquires manufactured home builder in Wis. MHARR smells collusion in DOE proposal. Modular container homes going to First Nation peoples in Canada. Lender offering one percent down on home purchase. Sun drawing institutional investors. Habitat for Humanity, air base, team to replace caregiver’s manufactured home. Plus, news and views for yhou to peruse as you make your MH-related industry decisions.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

CFPB Tries to Clarify Know Before You Owe, but Lenders Still See Glitch

Friday, July 29

Patrick’s Sales Rise 35% in Q2; NOI Increases 37%

FEMA Moving Manufactured Homes into two Additional West Virginia Counties

NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program Teaches Leadership

Carlyle Group Leads Gainers; MHCV Slips to 1380.4

Sun Communities Stock hits New High, but Projected Higher

Robotic Bricklayer Lays 225 Bricks/Hour. On Tap: 1000 Bricks/Hour

Thursday, July 28

MHARR Braces for EPA’s New Formaldehyde Ruling

Desire for Home Ownership Remains Strong

NorthStar Tops MH-related Gainers; UFPI Slips -0.99 Percent

Singapore Building Four Blocks of Modular Housing

While Negative Perceptions of MH Persist, the Industry Grows says Seeking Alpha

Pending Home Sales Index Inches Up in June

Wednesday, July 27

Pennsylvania MH Community Owner Sued for not Paying Relocation Costs

Tiny Homes Arrive in Muncie, IN to House Homeless

Planning Commission Approves Siting of Two Manufactured Homes

Patrick Industries Moves Up; Nobility and Carlyle fell the Most

Maine Manufactured Home Community Expanding

Site-built Home Sales Looking Good. Can it Continue?

Tuesday, July 26

Commodore Corporation Acquires Canadian American Homes of Wis.

Resident: Site Manufactured Homes on Vacant lots for Hillcrest Neighbors

MHCV Nudges Up as Dow Edges Down

MHARR Continues Tirade over HUD/MHI/DOE Collusion

First Nation People in Canada getting Modular Container Homes

Sun Communities Draws Hedge Fund Investors

Mon. July 25

One Percent Down Could Put You in a Home

Dow Jones Slips; MH-related Stocks Similarly Quiet

Habitat Teams with Air Base to Replace Special Needs Caregiver’s Manufactured Home

Politically Tarnished Philadelphia Prepares for Democratic Convention, Demonstrators

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News July 17-July 24, 2016 ##

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Commodore Corporation Acquires Canadian American Homes of Wis.

July 27th, 2016 Comments off

Commodore_Corporation credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHProNews has received word from Goshen, Indian that The Commodore Corporation (TCC) has acquired the assets of Canadian American Homes of Dorchester, Wisconsin, and will begin production of HUD Code and modular homes under the MidCountry Homes brand.

Now in its 65th year serving 32 states, TCC is a family-owned system’s built housing company, and now has six manufacturing plants.

Barry Shein Owner and CEO of TCC, said, “We are extremely pleased to add this facility to the Commodore family. The facility is top notch and the people of Wisconsin are first class. It’s a natural fit. We look forward to employing Wisconsin people and building a high quality home.

No other details of the transaction were indicated in the press release. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Feb. 28-March 6, 2016

March 6th, 2016 Comments off

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Rancho El Mirage, new 55+ Manufactured Home Community Opening near Yuma, AZ

Tired of renting? Get the Scoop on Manufactured Homes

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

American Dream lives. HUD Code production starts year strong. Patrick, Drew Industries acquire ancillary businesses. Congressman urges GSEs to buy chattel loans. Rent control equals price fixing. TRID Rule continues to hamper closings. New Durham MHC sets open house. New MH proposed for North Carolina MHC. DNC chair aligns with Republicans. Off-site housing spurs South Carolina development. D. J. Pendleton: Texas races just as hot as nationals. Pending home sales fall. RHP Properties adds to portfolio. Much, much more in news and views for you to peruse as you sip your morning jo.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Rep. David Scott: GSEs should Purchase Chattel Loans

Friday, Feb 26

Sun Community Shareholders Buy and Sell Shares

Patrick Industries Acquires Electronics Distributor

Rent Control termed a Form of Price Fixing

Northstar Added to Stock Lineup; Dow Crosses back across 17k Mark

On Site Completion of Construction of Manufactured Homes Frequently asked Questions

Rent Increase at Calif. MHC has Residents Worried

Thursday, March 3

Minorities, Millennials Still Believe in American Dream

Dublin City Council Sets Timetable for Siting of Modular Homes for Homeless

MHCV Gains 3.14 Percent; AMG Advances 3.32 Percent

DNC Chair Switches Teams over Payday Lending

TRID Rule Continues to Hamper Mortgage Lending Industry

Caddis Capital adds Two More MHCs to Portfolio

Wednesday, March. 2

New Durham Estates to Hold Open House

Prospective MHC Owners Plan to Upgrade the Community with New Homes

Most MH-related Stocks Edge up

New Year Begins with Energetic HUD Code Production

National non-profit Suggests Manufactured Housing as an Option to Renting

Astounding Growth for Single-family Home Rental Company

Tuesday, March 1

Modular Builder in UK sees Profit Grow 29 Percent

Home Prices Rose 6.9 Percent Year-over-Year

Dow Advances 348 Points; MHCV Moves up to 1088.1

Off-site Housing Seen as Spur to Redevelopment in South Carolina

D.J. Pendleton: Texas Races are Hot—but Get Out and Vote Regardless

Pending Home Sales Drop in January

Monday, Feb. 29

Drew Acquires Manufacturer of RV Interiors

Buffalo Home Show to Feature Modular Home

MHCV Drops -2.24%; Carlyle Group Leads Gainers

RHP Properties Acquired 5,538 Home Sites In 2015

Patrick acquires Parkland Plastics

Bills would Begin to Address the Shortage of Affordable Housing

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Feb. 21-Feb. 28, 2016 ##

HUD Code Production for Year Ends on a Strong Note

February 3rd, 2016 Comments off

mh_on_truck__credit_champion_homesAccording to statistics from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews HUD Code manufacturers produced 5,657 homes in December 2015, a 20.1 percent increase over the 4,707 homes produced in the same month in 2014.

HUD Code home production for the year hit 70,544 homes, a 9.6 percent increase over the 64,344 homes produced in 2014. Production fell from 81,457 homes in 2008 to 49,683 the next year as the housing market imploded, and began working its way back with increased production each successive year.

The top ten shipment states since the industry rebound in 2011 have remained relatively the same: Texas leads the charge, followed by Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, California, Kentucky, Tennessee and Oklahoma. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Jan. 3 -Jan. 10, 2016

January 10th, 2016 Comments off

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What PBS NewsHour Missed About Manufactured Home Living

Nicole Barker compares her Modular Home with conventional construction

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

FHFA may securitize chattel loans. PBS NewsHOur critical of MH industry, as HUD Code production gains sharply in Nov. RV/MH Hall announces inductees. CFPB seeks feedback on mortgage disclosure act. Start of year worst ever for Dow Jones. Modular homes for homeless in Ireland dealt another setback. FEMA manufactured homes readied in Calif wildfire region. Marcus & Millichap arrange two MHC sales. GAO evaluates Dodd-Frank. Domestic modular home industry may lose to imports, as modular development is approved in NC. And much, much more in MH industry news and views for you to pursue.

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

FHFA “May” Open the GSE Door to Purchase MH Chattel Loans

Friday, Jan. 8

RV/MH 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Dow Continues its Fall; Most MH-related Stocks Follow Suit

Marcus & Millichap Arrange sale of Fla. Manufactured Home Community

Controversy Escalates over Modular Homes in Cape Coral

CFPB Seeks Feedback on the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

Former MHC Titan’s Tony Condo Yields $4.25M

Thursday, Jan. 7

Marcus& Millichap Notches another MHC Sale

Dow Starts the New Year down 900 points; Most MH-related Stocks Fall, Two Rise

Clayton Teams with Electrolux

21 FEMA MH Near Ready for Occupants in N. Calif.

Foreclosures Waning Steadily in Colorado and Ohio

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Completion of Modular Homes in Ballymun Set for mid-January

Dow Stumbles, Skyline Flies High, AMG Drops

Capital One Provides Loan for Purchase of Calif. Manufactured Home Community

Subdivision Approved for Modular Development in North Carolina

New Home Sales Rise Sharply from Last Year

Tuesday, Jan. 5

Modular Home Development has Begun in the UK

Real Estate Losses in Western North Dakota Start to Mount

Skyline, Sun, UMH all Rise; Patrick Falls

Government Accountability Office Evaluates Dodd-Frank Act Effects

Loan Application Defect Index Falling

In Depth Overview of HUD Code Production for November

Monday, Jan. 4

Mortgage Application Approvals and Home Values Rise

No Covered MH-related Stock Gains as the Dow Hits the Skids

U. S. Modular Home Builders need to Sharpen their Saws

HUD Code Production Spikes in November

More Patrick Stock Sold by Gendell

Really? “Bad bargain? Manufactured homeowners feel the financial strain, PBS NewsHour” MHProNews Flash Report and Analysis

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Dec. 27, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016 ##

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Pleasant Valley Moves into the RV Market

December 24th, 2015 Comments off

mfg_home__pine_grove_mfg_homes_incMHProNews has learned that Pleasant Valley Homes, Inc., of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania has acquired Fork Creek Park Model Recreational Vehicles, an Amish-built maker of vacation and recreation homes, which will now be built in the company’s state-of-the-art facility in Schuylkill County, PA.

Pleasant Valley currently produces Pine Grove HUD Code homes and Pleasant Valley Modular Homes, but with this acquisition the company will expand into the bustling Park Model RV market.

Fork Creek is a phenomenal addition to our product roster,” said Wayne A. Fanelli, President of Pleasant Valley Homes, Inc. “Fork Creek stands for elevated design, thoughtful appointment, and exceptional craftsmanship, something that has always been a hallmark of our company’s strategy.

Fork Creek was founded in 2009 by father-and-son team Dan and Jonathan Allyger, and they will continue to market and grow the brand.

Nicholas Fanelli, a partner and counsel for Pleasant Valley, said, “The deal is a terrific opportunity for both organizations,” adding, “We look forward to a strong and beneficial relationship between the Allyger and Fanelli families.##

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Fire Safety in the Modern Manufactured Home

November 2nd, 2015 Comments off

nfpa logo  wikipedia commons creditA report by the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) John R. Hall, Jr., entitled Manufactured Home Fires documents that manufactured homes (MH), built after 1976 when MH production fell under the dictates of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are more fire-resistant than comparable site-built homes. The study also discloses they are three times safer than pre HUD Code mobile homes from 40 years ago.

In Keeping the Home Fires From Burning: Fire Safety and the Modern Manufactured Home, award-winning consumer reporter Jan Hollingsworth

considers the debate over mandatory sprinkler systems and human no-nos that contribute to most house fire_station__modular_delray_beach_florida__m_space_modular_buildingsfires. Non-functional smoke alarms, overloaded electrical circuits and improper use of cooktops and ovens for heating are primary causes of seasonal home fires. HUD Code manufactured homes now include escape windows, flame resistant wall coverings and tough construction standards that reduce fire chances.

Deanna Fields, Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma, says consumers can have sprinkler systems installed. “Some of our factories incorporate sprinkler systems in certain areas of the house, such as the kitchen or furnace, if the consumer wants to pay for it.

As pressreleaserocket tells MHProNews, Hall is a part of NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research Division, and states, “A manufactured home is not a motor home or a trailer, and although it is often called a “mobile home,” it is not that either.

For Hollingsworth’s complete story about fire safety, please click here. ##

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