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NAR – Millennials Want Quality Affordable Homes to Buy in 2017

January 19th, 2017 Comments off

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The times are changing, and so are the demographics.

Research from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) states that in 2017, more than half of all first-time homebuyers will be a millennial.

The Digital Journal and hundreds of other media and special interest websites have picked up the exclusive MHLivingNews story, “Millennials Will Surge Housing in 2017, Want to Buy Quality Affordable Homes.

The millennial generation is now the nation’s largest age group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau,” Arkansas State University said in a marketing report. “These young adults, between the ages of 18-34, are digital natives with enormous social influence and purchasing power. Millennials dominate the workforce and the consumer market.

The millennial influence shows in the numbers.

In sharp contrast with 2016, when only 33% of people planning to buy a home were first-time buyers,” said Realtor’s ® writer Cicely Wedgeworth, “52% of buyers with their eye on a home purchase next year will be first-timers. And 61% of those are under age 35.LindseyBostick-SunshineHomesManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

Many desire to move from renting to owning, but often struggle to find that a real possibility in the current site-built market. The manufactured housing industry can offer a solution to that problem,” said Lindsey Bostick of Sunshine Homes, who also happens to be a millennial that has lived in different types of housing.

The full story on MHLivingNews is linked here. ##

(Editor’s Note: Lindsey Bostick and Sunshine Homes will at the show in Louisville this week, offering tips for those who want to connect with the Millennials market in 2017. For more details, click here.)

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Do Home Resale Slides reported by Realtors  ® signal opportunities for factory built home professionals?

November 13th, 2014 Comments off

16316132-mmmain-credit-mlive-posted-dailybusinessnews=mhpronews-Andrew Dodson’s report for MLive says that Bay City, Michigan’s decline in real estate sales year-over-year is a reflection of national trends.

October home sales in Bay County were down 6.5 percent, the second consecutive month of declines. 1,041 homes have sold in 2014, down from 1,052 a year ago at this time, or 1.05 percent slide. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) indicates a similar trend.

Inventory is constantly an issue and when I tell people in the public that, they are shocked,” said Cindy Gregory, a Realtor  ® with Ayre/Rhinehart Bay Realtors. “We’re begging people to find out who wants to sell — we have many more buyers than sellers at this point,” Jean Ann Deshano, a Realtor  ® with Remax Results, said.

Dodson tells MHProNews that, “The average price of a home in Bay County in October was $90,145, up nearly 18 percent from a year ago when the average home sold for $76,441. For the year, the average home in the county is selling for $83,367, up 11 percent from $75,084 a year ago.”

The NAR says that the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) for existing housing (resales) through September was at 5.17 million for 2014.

Shortage of Affordable Housing Opportunity in disguise for manufactured and modular housing?

In neighboring Ohio at The Greens of Vista near Zanesville, Realtor ® Bobbi Lepi teamed up with Williams-Burg Square to market manufactured and modular homes. In the next in a periodic series of interviews soon to be released on, Lepi talks candidly about her and her home buyers impressions of modern manufactured homes.

When one looks at the volume of housing resales taking place in Bay City, MI – and compares that with manufactured housing shipment levels in most states in the U.S. – it becomes clear that even a modest size town is outselling many states total new manufactured home sales.

With some 5 million resales and 1 million new SF and MF housing units expected for 2014 – compared to under 70,000 new HUD Code homes expected to be shipped for 2014 – the sheer magnitude of the opportunity for factory built housing professionals who engage realtors and other housing professionals begins to open up the mind.

Manufactured housing pros will have an opportunity at the rapidly–approaching Louisville Show to learn more about ways to tap into the growing demand for quality affordable living all around them. Information on business building seminars, free to MH professionals attending the event, is available at this link. ##

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(Editor’s Note: See related report – Back to the Future for Manufactured Housing Pros – Industry in Focus, at this link.)

Louisville Show is Approaching a Sell-Out

July 28th, 2014 Comments off

2014-louisville-manufactured-housing-show-crowd-photo-credits-mhpronews-manufacturedhomes-com-There are almost 6 months to go before the start of the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, and booth space and manufacturers exhibit space is approaching a sell out.  MHProNews has learned there will be 2 new factory builders planning for the 2015 event, and apparently all the current manufactured and modular builders are expected to return.

Registration for the 2015 show opens on October 1, 2014.  Dennis Hill of Show Ways Unlimited suggests it’s wise to mark your calendars now for the 2015 show.

“Louisville has been the best attended industry event 2 years in a row.” Dennis Hill said.  “As videos from attendees in 2014 posted on our updated show website underscore, the enthusiasm and value for attending the show has not been better in a decade. Our popular Business Building Seminars will be back, and because they were often standing room only in 2014, we’ve expanded the seminar space.  The full seminar line up will be available this fall.”

Show Chairman Ron Thomas Sr. had only this to say, “It’s the best way to start off your new year. Don’t miss it!” ##

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2014 Louisville Manufactured Home Show Video Preview

December 18th, 2013 Comments off

louisville-show-manufactured-home-daily-business-news-mhpronews-manufacturedhomes-com-The 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is just a little over a month away. A sold out show and attendee registrations running well ahead of 2013 all suggest an even stronger event to kick off the 2014 selling season.

For those who haven’t been to this or other factory built home trade shows in recent years,, MHProNews and the Louisville Show management teamed up to provide industry professionals with this video preview. Links to the LouisvilleShow website, popular business building and finance seminars, 48 model homes, 91 exhibitors, plus super networking at the KMHI-MHI mixer are all among the reasons pros say they to go.

Business-boosting branding and technology will be featured as well.

SearchCore Inc – Louisville 2014

Show dates are January 22-24th. For more information on the largest event in 2013, click here and then go to the website to pre-register. Most industry members can attend free with a photo ID and a business card. ##

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Invitation and 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Updates

December 10th, 2013 Comments off

H:\1 SK MHMSM\1 DBN\kmhi-ky-manufactured-housing-institute-reception-mixer-2014-louisville-show-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-.pngPre-registrations for the 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show are up over 50% over the same time frame as last year. So state the facts supplied by Show Ways Unlimited, who manage the show for the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF).

Show Chairman Ron Thomas, Sr. reports that in 2013, “Louisville in 2013 we had 1370 builder/developers, retailers, community and owners/operators, representing 573 different companies who attended.”

If that 50% increase in registrations for the industry’s largest event trend holds, that would mean that over 2,000 attendees would arrive in Louisville in 2014. Combined with exhibitors, it could yield a total attendance of over 3,000, compared to some 830 that go to the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI’s) fine annual Congress and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It is an interesting comparison, but frankly it’s not exactly apples to apples.” said L. A. “Tony” Kovach, industry veteran and point man for the online promotion for the Louisville Show.

“Louisville will have 48 new model homes on display.” Kovach explained. “These decorated models will include manufactured homes and modular homes. MHC owner/operators will find Community Series Homes (CSH) on display. Retailers and builder/developers will see residential style and entry level multi-sectional and single section homes. MHI’s annual Vegas event is terrific, I love to go there too. Both Louisville and MHI’s Congress and Expo (C&E) have educational seminars and booths. MHI’s C&E by contrast has more educational events. But having homes on display ads a very different dynamic to what happens in the climate controlled Kentucky Expo Center, where the all-indoor 2014 Louisville Show is held.”

Speaking of MHI, Kovach added that the MHI staff – including their NCC division – will be very visible at Louisville in 2014. “Dick Jennison’s and his colleagues will be co-hosting a mixer with the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI). Betty Whittaker does a great job with that and combined with MHI’s presence, it ought to be terrific.”

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) members often have a private meeting during the Show.

“Norris Homes made the decision to display at the 2012 Louisville Home show after being absent for several years.” said Gary Boerner. “I can honestly say we will not be absent again. The dealer traffic was great and we were able to see and talk to prospects we might have never been exposed to.  It turned out to be a great decision on our part. We are looking forward to another successful show in 2014.”

Skyline Homes’ Terry Decio indicated they will display 4 homes in the KEC’s East Wing, next to the “Show Me the Money!” Seminar room. Enthusiasm is high, with sold out show space and the large boost in early registrations.

“The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is an excellent showcase…With many networking opportunities and a well laid out exhibitor area, we look forward to the 2014 event as an opportunity to grow our manufactured housing business.” said Sherrie Clevenger, NADAguides. ##

For more information,

please see Show Chairman, Ron Thomas Sr.’s report:

And/Or go to: for a complete list of free business building and finance seminars, networking events, exhibitors/manufacturers and KMHI-MHI mixer.

Interviews we’ve done that mention the Louisville Show include:

A Cup of Coffee with…Terry Decio

A Cup of Coffee with…Wally Comer

A Cup of Coffee with…Barry Noffsinger

A Cup of Coffee with…Dick Ernst

Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Draws Praise and Enhanced Interest

October 9th, 2013 Comments off

louisville-manufactured-housing-show-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-The early sellout of model home floor space for the 2014 Louisville Show is one of many signs that the trade show is on a strong track. Last year set a post 2010 record for attendance, making Louisville the best attended manufactured housing industry event.

Attendees MHProNews has spoken to often mirror what Bob and Janet McDonald said, “The Louisville show is a MUST see. I was very impressed at the last show and I can’t wait to see the exhibitors at this year’s Louisville show.” Exhibit space is also almost sold out, for reasons highlighted by Ralph Metcalf from CuttingSystem who stated that “The Louisville Show is an excellent venue to introduce your products to the manufactured housing community. Manufacturers, dealers and set up personal all have a chance to view your offerings. We have been very successful at this show and highly recommend it.’”

Manufacturers have praised the show too. Gary Boerner from Norris Homes frankly observed: Norris Homes made the decision to display at the 2012 Louisville Home show after being absent for several years. I can honestly say we will not be absent again. The dealer traffic was great and we were able to see and talk to prospects we might have never been exposed to.  It turned out to be a great decision on our part. We are looking forward to another successful show in 2014.”

Wally Comer from Adventure Homes radiated praise for the Show, as well as for Ron Thomas Sr. – Show Chairman – and Dennis Hill – Show Coordinator – in his exclusive interview linked here.

Publisher and industry consultant L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach said, “From ‘mom and pops’ to mid-sized operations along side the largest players in the industry flocked to Louisville last year. More pros seeking to grow are bound to come in 2014. The strategies to move from survive to thrive will be showcased in the free educational offerings. Want to grow? Be there!”

Pre-registration is open along with many more details found at the Louisville Show website. ##

Louisville 2014: Manufacturers Space Sold Out

August 22nd, 2013 Comments off

Louisville-show-2014With almost 5 months before the show starts, Dennis Hill with Show Ways Unlimited has told MHProNews that the manufacturers floor space is sold out. This is a good sign of the momentum being built during the last 3 years since the show was canceled in 2010. In 2011 there were some 2 dozens homes on display. In 2013, that number had risen to 39 homes. In 2014, 48 homes are booked, and it took getting more of the Kentucky Expo Center space to accommodate those extra homes. Updates are taking place on the during the next two weeks. You can also see the latest info on the show at this link on the Corporate Press Release news module. ##

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MH Community, Retailers and Builder/Developers Swell

March 8th, 2013 Comments off

has learned that the latest totals for manufactured home community professionals as well as builder/developers registered for the 2013 Tunica Show has more than doubled over last year at this time. Manufactured Home Retailer registrations are up some 22.5% over the same time in 2012.

In a statement, show coordinator Dennis Hill said: “This represents an increase of 186 additional attendees when you compare last year with this year at the same time.  Things continue to look good for the Tunica Show.” This is similar to the trend that took place for the Louisville Show earlier this year, when attendance rose some 30% over the previous year. “With shipment levels up for January 2013 over last year, and housing starts and manufactured home shipments expected to rise by some 15% over 2012, there are bottom line reasons for professionals to attend Tunica, where you can easily compare products and services side by side.” said MHProNews publisher and show promoter L. A. “Tony” Kovach. MH Community Series Homes along with dozens of other retailer and builder/developer models will be showcased.

At the current registrations pace, a total of 2200+ industry professionals could attend, making it the largest and best attended industry event of the year. The Tunica Show opens at 9 AM March 27 and runs until noon on March 29th. For more details, see the story by Show Chairman Keith Bennett linked here. To pre-register for the Tunica Show, and for a list of exhibitors and business building seminars, click the linked here. ##

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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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MHI Chairman to Attend Louisville Show in January

November 16th, 2011 Comments off

MHProNews has learned that Cavco Industries CEO and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Chairman Joe Stegmayer has accepted the invitation from the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) to address the 2012 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. When asked what topics he plans to cover, Stegmayer replied, “On behalf of MHI and the company I represent, Cavco/Fleetwood, I will discuss MHI and our industry’s efforts to work with FHA on financing and with HUD on regulatory matters. I also will look forward to sharing news about the growing membership in MHI and our search for a new president.”

MHProNews asked Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) executive director Mark Bowersox about the development. “Having Joe Stegmayer represent the Manufactured Housing Institute at the Louisville show creates a great opportunity for all industry members to hear about the national issues that impact their businesses everyday. In my opinion, Joe’s attendance, along with the increased size of the show, makes this a must attend event for anyone within driving distance of Louisville,” Bowersox said.

The MMHF state execs, show chairman Ron Thomas Sr., Dennis Hill and I are all very pleased to have MHI’s Chairman of the Board, Joe Stegmayer, attending the Louisville Show in January 2012. Last year was a strong return (for the Show) with lots of positive energy from attendees and exhibitors. The 2012 event promises to be even better. There are great networking and deal making opportunities. The business and profit building seminars and workshops alone would make the flight or drive worth while. There are more homes, products and services on tap that can easily be compared, all indoors in the state of the art Kentucky Exhibition Center (KEC).Those who come should walk away prepared to advance and improve in the new year. As a retailer, manufactured home community operator, developer, supplier or vendor, I would hate to miss this event. We will be there to hear what Joe Stegmayer and so many other movers and shakers will offer us.” said MHProNews publisher Tony Kovach.

(Editors note: you can get more read information about the 2012 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show at this link:

or go to the link on that page to sign up for free attendance).

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