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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Rises Sharply

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off

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Washington, D.C., May 3, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that, according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased substantially again during March 2017.

These just released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 8,245 homes in March 2017, a nearly 16 percent increase over the 7,110 HUD Code homes produced during March 2016.

Cumulative industry production for 2017 now totals 23,384 homes, a 22.4 percent increase over the 19,101 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2016.

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 March 2017 — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2017) and prior year (2016) shipments per category as indicated, are:


Credit: MHARR.

The latest information for March 2017 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

In its most recent edition of “Issues and Perspectives,” a newsletter that focuses on items relevant to the manufactured housing industry, MHARR tackled key issues, including the new tariff on Canadian soft lumber.


MHARR President & CEO, Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

After threatening to impose trade duties on goods imported from China and Mexico during the presidential election campaign in 2016, the administration announced its first new tariff on imported goods in a statement issued by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on April 24, 2017,” says MHARR in the report.

While the imposition of the Canadian lumber tariff caps a period of serious economic uncertainty for the residential construction industry, increases in home prices driven by higher supply costs for basic raw materials, such as wood, will have a magnified impact on the highly-priced sensitive manufactured housing market.”

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RC Williams, MHProNews.

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MHARR: Manufactured Housing Must Remain Federally Regulated

March 23rd, 2017 Comments off

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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) is out with an advance of its April edition of “Issues and Perspectives,” a newsletter that discusses items relevant to the manufactured housing industry.

This edition of the newsletter addresses the need for manufactured housing to remain federally regulated, with MHARR President & CEO Mark Weiss stating, “In the natural world, the telltale scent of decay inevitably attracts predators and opportunists. Apparently, it’s no different with the decay of the HUD manufactured housing program over the past decade, and particularly over the past three years.


M. Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

Weiss continues, stating that, “With the program in a steep decline under its present Administrator, talk has once again emerged about ‘sunsetting’ the program at HUD, along with its federally preemptive building code, removing this expenditure from the federal budget.

Such an action would effectively return the regulation of manufactured housing to the control of state and local governments.

Weiss also points to “insiders and outsiders that would like to see an elimination of the program, saying “insiders would rather take the easy way out, and simply end the federal program without examining the consequences of doing so,” and outsiders having “always opposed federal regulation of manufactured housing and have sought to destroy it based on their own narrow self interests.

Weiss points to what MHARR see as the answer.

The answer, quite simply, is to make the federal program follow the law and implement the 2000 reform law according to its terms and full purposes.”


The full newsletter is linked here.


Then President-elect Donald Trump, left. Dr. Ben Carson, center. Henry Cisneros, right. Image credit, Fox Business.


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