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City Considers Manufactured Homes on Scattered Lots for More Affordable Housing

April 12th, 2018 Comments off


It’s grand to see local media using the proper terminology, and a city considering the use of manufactured homes as an option in an area where conventional builders haven’t been prepared to build any longer.

So on vacant “buildable” lots, Andy Taubman’s local manufactured home operation has offered to develop these sites in the city of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Where this proposal goes is not yet determined. But it’s Texas, currently the number one manufactured home producing and sales state in the nation. What is certain is that the research that HUD’s previously commissioned would suggest that property values will rise uniformly for both the conventional and manufactured home.

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Public Policies May Hurt Poorer, Older Residents

June 9th, 2017 Comments off

YesimSayinTaylorDCPolicyCenterManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsResearchDataReportsMHProNewsTRecent research shows that transit-oriented development programs can create social inequities and increase the pace of gentrification, and there is already evidence that this has been happening in D.C.,” says Yesim Sayin Taylor, with the D.C. Policy Center.

The Washington Times noted today that, “The D.C. Policy Center’s report focuses on the District, but smart growth planning has played a prominent role in many other U.S. cities.

Manufactured home industry professionals know that local zoning and development officials often take a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) or BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Absolutely Near Anything) attitude.

In many markets, that in turn has sparked accelerated home values, due to demand, but it also means that those with lower incomes are being priced out of those markets.  That’s an issue that Taylor’s report notes.


Screen shot from Taylor’s report.

Public policy, says Taylor’s research, is pushing out older, lower income citizens in favor of younger ones.

Transportation policies are pushing lower income citizens further out from metro areas too. One irony that this and other studies often point to is that the very things that central planners hope to accomplish – for example, less strain on streets, and transportation systems – are made worse.

If we truly want to make D.C. a more walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly city, we should start with our broader housing and transportation policies,” Taylor says, after having chronicled the various age, ethnic and other negative impacts from current policies and plans.

GeoffAndersonSmartGrowthAmericaManufacturedHousingIndustryResearchReportsAnalysisDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsNationally, there is no question that when cities are building smart growth neighborhoods, people want to live there. When that happens, you have people with more money ousting people with less money,” the Washington Times reports Geoff Anderson said, president of the nonprofit Smart Growth America. “So we need to have public policy that makes sure people who have been there for a long time can benefit.”

While DC may not be the best case for finding buildable infill locations, there are many cities and towns across the country that do have such opportunities.  The HUD PD&R spotlighted and published at this link here revealed that manufactured homes that are properly placed in city limits can appreciate as does other housing, does not harm local housing values, and often improves neighborhoods.



Lisa Tyler. Ph.D.. Credit: MHLivingNews

We don’t have enough public housing to fulfill our needs,” says manufactured home industry expert Lisa Tyler, Ph.D. of Paris, Tennessee. “Manufactured housing presents a solution. It’s inexpensive, energy efficient, and a great value. There’s a lot of opportunity for growth in the industry, but a lot of obstacles, too.”

Tyler has the distinction of being the first Ph.D in United States over a decade whose dissertation was focused on manufactured housing, so her research on MH related issues is current,” per a report on MHLivingNews.

Tyler pointed to a study by William P. McCarty’s – see download, linked here – as one clear indicator that manufactured housing communities are just as safe as conventional neighborhoods.  Yet the impression of crime associated with manufactured homes is one of those false stigmas Tyler says has dogged the manufactured home industry.

The Potential of the MHIA 2000 to Solve Many Such Issues

Certainly, manufactured housing isn’t a cure all.  Some areas will require existing housing, when practical, to be updated.  But in many cases the promise and potential of the full and proper implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 would yield a solution that saves taxpayers dollars and would enhance slipping home ownership rates.


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Please see the downloadable letter to HUD by Tony Kovach. And consider sending your own letter or his along with your own comments. The opportunities would be worth billions to the industry, and that can mean millions more in the market(s) that your operation serves. ##

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Manufactured Housing – Highly Effective Urban Infill?

March 24th, 2017 Comments off

The inside of a Fourleaf Properties manufactured home in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Candy’s Dirt.

As the Corpus Christi, Texas City Council looks to move forward with manufactured housing as a practical, affordable option for urban infill, the trend is also moving forward around the country.

According to KRIS TV, the council discussed whether manufactured homes can be a viable option for affordable infill residential development in single-family zoning districts this week, and is working to tackle whether the difference in quality of site-built and manufactured homes will affect the safety of neighborhoods.

The council also discussed what affect, if any, there might be on property values.

Manufactured homes are currently only allowed in certain zoning districts, and other cities in Texas prohibit these homes in single-family zoning districts in order to not affect property values.

While no decisions have been made yet, other urban areas will likely view the moves of the Corpus Christi City Council as a potential model for how to operate.


Andy Taubman. Credit: The Paper Trail.

As the Daily Business News reported last month, Corpus Christi resident Andy Taubman once again presented manufactured housing as an affordable solution to an ongoing challenge for the city.

Taubman, who is a former chairman of the Streets Committee, believes that using manufactured homes as infill is viable, and has proposed the solution to the city council on two separate occasions in the past. He has also been willing to place two manufactured homes at his cost on property he owns as a demonstration.

The Caller-Times reported that Taubman’s proposal last year drew criticism from former council members, in part because of questions about how long the homes would last.

But, when Taubman presented to the council this week, he said once again that he would self-fund two demonstration projects on lots he already owns, and the design of the homes would have a similar look to traditional pier-and-beam constructed homes.

The council responded with strong support for Taubman’s proposal.

It’s the right path to resolve an issue we’ve had for a long time,” said City Councilwoman Paulette Guajardo.


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Allan Bruckner.

Former Bend, Oregon mayor and property firm president Allan Bruckner has put a similar proposal forward. In a recently penned op-ed in The Bulletin, he makes the case for manufactured housing as a solution to the city’s affordable housing crisis.

One of the obvious and most talked about problems in Bend is our need for affordable housing. Yet so far there has been no effective approach to solving this need. There has been some success for apartments, which require a subsidy to the developer, but very little progress for single-family dwellings,” wrote Bruckner.

Why not consider a subdivision based on factory-built housing (previously called mobile homes [sic]) that doesn’t require a subsidy. Economical factory housing is advertised for around $50 per square foot, whereas low-cost, site-built housing in Bend costs around $100 per square foot for a 900- to 1,200-square-foot house. (Costs for land, water, sewer and road are additional.)

Bruckner also spoke very strongly about the negative perceptions of manufactured housing, and how it needs to change.

While they have a historic negative image as creating slum like conditions, or depreciating like junk, that need not be the case,” wrote Bruckner.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, MHProNews and MHLivingNews continue to cover the challenges as well as the numerous advantages that the manufactured housing industry provides in the U.S., making affordable, quality housing easily available to most of the population.


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MHProNews and MHLivingNews publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach provides deep insight into this opportunity in Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016, and the understanding that the solution to affordable housing is hiding in plain sight.

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Panoramic’s Kennedy says, best and worst of times

August 29th, 2013 Comments off

epoch-times-micro-apartment2-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-pro-news-com-ani1-Panoramic Interests CEO Patrick Kennedy says that for San Francisco developers, this is the best and worst of times. Epoch tells MHProNews that for those building in currently under-supplied market, it’s a good time. But costs are high, which are ultimately passed onto consumers. So Panoramic used modular construction for an infill recently to do a micro-apartment built offsite by Pankow and designed by ZETA Design+Build. “We wanted to use this as an example of how to use hyper-dense, hyper-green, hyper-efficient urban development,” Kennedy said. “The micro-apartments by their very nature use far fewer materials to satisfy basic housing needs; they’re also super efficient in terms of energy consumption. I think our typical apartment’s electrical bill is less than 15 bucks a month,” Kennedy said. The next project will be 120 units. ##

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