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Systems Build Homes Celebrated in Nation’s Capital

August 6th, 2013 Comments off

August 4-10 is being hailed in Washington, D. C. as National Building Systems Week, with demonstrations and model home and factory tours to educate consumers about the merits of off-site built housing. Sponsored by the Building Systems Council (BSC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the event includes modular, concrete, panelized and log homes that can save time and money compared to a traditional-build home. In addition, as realestaterama informs MHProNews, their energy efficiency can be unparalleled, and computer-assisted design (CAD) allows unlimited customization of the structure. “Another great quality of systems-built homes is that once they are completed they are indistinguishable from their traditional site-built cousins,” says BSC Chairman Kevin Flaherty, vice president of marketing for Genesis Homes and Champion Home Builders, Inc.

(Photo credit: National Association of Home Builders–modular home in progress)

In the Beginning…from Travel Trailers to Manufactured Homes

June 27th, 2013 Comments off

Metal travel trailers evolved as an interesting, inexpensive way for a family to take a vacation, but the Great Depression transformed them into dwellings as people lost their homes. During WWII, the units provided portable quarters for the military as well as housing for factory workers that were part of the war production effort. In the later 1940’s and through the 1960’s the homes became larger and more livable as communities sprang up, mostly on the outskirts of town. In the early days, there was a central shower and laundry facilities, and an outhouse between every two homes. As tells MHProNews, construction standards that existed for the factory-built homes varied from state-to-state. As of June, 1976 the now legally-termed manufactured homes have to adhere to strict standards of construction—the HUD Code– established by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), regulations which have been updated several times. Bruce Savage, consultant to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), the industry trade organization, says, “The HUD code has evolved, and the guidelines are fairly strict, but how they are achieved is up to the manufacturer.” Joe Stegmayer, CEO of Cavco Industries, Inc. says it takes 7-10 days to complete a highly-finished manufactured home—from window treatments to appliances and painted drywall—with precision. Some homes are destined for retirement communities, some for family living. Says Kevin Flaherty of Champion Homes: “In the family communities, people are looking for an affordable home with security. In the adult community, they are often driven by a desire to minimize their housing investment so they can protect their savings. Buyers appreciate that they can purchase just the home and not have to liquidate as much money, since they are renting the lot.” Manufactured housing continues to provide inexpensive home ownership.

(Image credit: Cavco Industries, Inc.)


Manufactured Housing Big in Southeast Mich.

May 6th, 2013 Comments off

Craig’sDetroit notes southeast Mich. is home to two of the largest owners of manufactured home communities. RHP Properties of Farmington Hills is the largest privately-owned MHC in the nation, having just competed a deal to acquire 71 more communities, bulging its portfolio to $2.25 billion, as MHProNews posted April 16, 2013. It now owns 231 communities comprised of 51,000 homesites. Meanwhile, Sun Communities, Inc. of Southfield, Mich. owns and operates 183 communities with over 67,000 homesites. Tim DeWitt, executive director of the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA) in Okemos says industry production began in Mich. but moved across the border to Elkhart, Ind. in the 1960’s when workers compensation laws took effect. Richard Lutz, associate at the Southfield office of Marcus and Millichap Real Estate Investments Services, Inc. says around 2000, approximately 12,000 MH units were selling in the state each year, but that has dropped to 2,000. The three county Detroit area has 41,000 homesites in almost 100 communities. Kevin Flaherty of Champion Homes, Inc. in Troy, Mich. says some community owners are buying direct from the producer and selling them to residents, thereby lowering the cost.

(Image credit: Champion Homebuilders, Inc.)

2013 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show – by the Numbers

April 1st, 2013 Comments off

attracting-more-customers-with-cash-good-credit-seminar-2013tunica-show-posted-mhpronews-com-Increased optimism, higher attendance and more sales by factory-builders were reported by those who attended the 2013 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. Kevin Flaherty, Vice President of Marketing at Champion Enterprises, told MHProNews that “Champion had a very successful show with most retailers citing a significant increase in lot traffic starting 60 days ago.  While appraisals and financing still exist as hurdles, there is a definite feeling that this year will outpace 2012.  It appeared that all manufacturers placed a greater emphasis on interior design components with exciting applications found throughout the show.  The number of supplier displays and the activity at their booths is further evidence that confidence in manufactured housing is returning!” Dennis Hill, Show Coordinator for the Tunica Show confirmed that statement, saying, “All of the factories I spoke with reported this was a selling show.”

Others made similar comments.

By the numbers, attendance at the Show was up in every category in 2013 over 2012.

2012 vs. 2013

37 – 62 = Builder/Developers (167% increase over 2012)

48 – 82 =  MH Community owners/managers (170% increase over 2012).

39 – 45 = Installers (115% increase over 2012)

899 – 1,045 = MH Retailers (116% increase over 2012)

Compared to 2012 when 2,028 attendees and exhibitors came to the Tunica Show, 2013’s final report reflected a grand total of 2,204 attendees and exhibitors.

All attendees who took part in the educational seminars were asked to give a written evaluation of their experience. On a scale of 1 being the poorest and 5 being the best, all presenters and/or panels were ranked by attendees as a 4.0 (“good”) or better. When asked “Is having business building seminars a positive, appealing attraction for coming to the Tunica MH Show?” with 1 = no attraction to 5 = a “strong attraction,” attendees rated the seminars as a 4.82 overall attraction (good to strong). ##

(Photo Credit: Lisa Tyler for MHProNews)


Hard Hats May be Hard to Find

March 22nd, 2013 Comments off

BuilderOnLine tells MHProNews that at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas in Jan., Champion Enterprises’ Director of Marketing, Kevin Flaherty, was surprised at the standing-room-only turnout for his presentation on modular housing. As the housing recovery continues to take hold, and the construction industry is trying to regroup some of the two million skilled workers lost as the result of the housing collapse, many of whom left for other fields of endeavor, builders may consider other methods to meet the demand for homes. Flaherty says if industry projections are correct, the field-labor shortages will be felt strongly in 2014, and modular might attract contractors who will need to sustain their production schedules. Although modular only accounts for three percent of housing starts nationwide, if builders cannot find enough job-ready workers—they generally are not in a position to pay for training—that number may grow significantly.

(Photo credit: National Association of Manufacturers)

Kevin Flaherty of Champion Homes Picked for Trustee Position

March 20th, 2012 1 comment

The National Association of Home Builders tells the Board of Trustees for its Building Systems Councils (BSC) has chosen Kevin Flaherty as its vice chairman. A 28-year veteran of the building systems industry, Flaherty is vice president of marketing for Genesis Homes and Champion Home Builders in Troy, Michigan. He led Champion’s entry into the modular sector in 2002, and now is responsible for national marketing initiatives and support services for 21 Champion manufacturing plants. The BSC represents the concrete, log, modular and panelized building system industries. “There are plenty of misconceptions in the public about the building systems industry, and the BSC council members and Board of Trustees will continue to address those misconceptions and promote the industry,” said Flaherty. Dwight Hikel, president and CEO of Shelter Systems Limited in Westminster, MD, was chosen as BSC chairman. Jason Blenker of Blenker Building Systems in Amherst, WI will serve as second vice chairman.

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Home Ownership as Investment Questioned

February 20th, 2012 Comments off

Noting that manufactured homes of today are superior to the “single-wides” of 40 years ago, has learned from MSNRealEstate that MH appeals to a variety of home buyers. Kevin Flaherty, vice president of marketing at Champion Home Builders says at the affordability level, “People are looking for a comfortable, safe shelter and they’re not heavily invested in the amenities.” At the other end buyers want to save money but they also want some of the up-scale features in a site-built home—granite counter tops, solid wood cabinetry, painted walls. They can have the roof pitch raised so it looks more like site-built. Phoenix-based Cavco Industries CEO Joe Stegmayer says manufactured homes cost 25 to 30 percent less than a comparable stick-built home. He adds the savings can be even more in rural areas where builders have farther to travel. The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), of which Stegmayer is chairman, says 2009 government data indicate the average new manufactured home was 1,530 square feet compared to 2,422 square feet for a site-built ;home. He says owning a home these days is not necessarily that great of an investment. “Maybe they can afford a higher-priced home, but they don’t want all their money tied up in a home,” Stegmayer says. “They buy a factory-built product at a much lower cost and use that excess income for other purposes: travel, hobbies, pastimes, investment. We’re seeing a lot more of that.”

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