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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Report February 2018

April 4th, 2018 Comments off

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Washington, D.C. The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports 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 again during February 2018.

 

Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 8,065 homes in February 2018, a 10.2% increase over the 7,312 HUD Code homes produced during February 2017.  Cumulative industry production for 2018 now totals 16,701 homes, a 10.3% increase over the 15,139 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2017,” stated the MHARR release to the Daily Business News.

MHARR said that 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 February 2018  — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2018) and prior year (2017) shipments per category as indicated — are:

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The latest information for February 2018 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

 

About MHARR

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the Law of Supply and Demand

July 19th, 2017 Comments off

MillennialLooksSecRickPerrySupplyDemandManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsHere’s a little economics lesson,” said Rick Perry, Secretary of the Department of Energy, in response to a question about how the coal industry can stay competitive, when the shale revolution of the last 10 years has made the supply of natural gas so abundant and cheap. “Supply and demand: You put the supply out there, and the demand will follow,” Perry said.

The reply was made by Perry after he had been subject to criticism in the media – with headlines such as:

  • Another ‘Oops’ Moment?”
  • Rick Perry Hilariously Misunderstands Supply and Demand Theory,”
  • and more.

However, as an article in TownHall, pointed out, Perry’s “theory” was generally accepted by economists, even if it was well over a century ago.

A product is no sooner created, than it, from that instant, affords a market for other products to the full extent of its own value,” – Jean-Baptiste Say, the French economist, in “A Treatise on Political Economy”

Understanding supply and demand is important, especially when industry professionals are seeing it directly affect the factory-built housing market.

For example, a higher demand for affordable housing has led to a shortage of that in many markets nationwide. That has boosted manufactured home sales by double-digits growth rates.  While more is possible, say industry experts, even without that extra effort, the growth from demand is there.

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Supply and Demand in Charts and Video

VEA Australia produced the video below, which demonstrates a basic understanding of the law of supply and demand.

The law of supply and demand, defined simply, is that when the price of a product or service falls, people will buy more of it – and more often.

However, following that same logic, when the price of that product or service rises, the demand for it falls along with that price hike. That drop-in demand continues as the price continues to increase, slowly reducing the amount that is demanded.

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This – it should be noted – is why the NAHB “Priced Out” study makes sense.

Ironically, The Law of Supply and Demand is also why the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) original position was on the proposed DOE rule was flawed, and why the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) position opposing the DOE regulations that MHI originally supported was the common sense one, representing the greatest good for the majority of the industry.

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The law of supply and demand makes it easy to analyze the original positions of the two national manufacturd home associations when it comes to the DOE proposed standards. Links to a previous  analysis of MHI and MHARR views, with other related commentary. Collage credits, Pixabay, MHProNews.

Price Alone Isn’t the Only Factor

On the other hand, price is not the only factor that reflects the demand for any one product or service.

One also has to take into consideration changes to

  • population,
  • income,
  • and consumer preferences

– which can increase and decrease the demand depending on whether they are rising or falling.

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For example, in the factory-built housing industry, the demand for affordable housing is high – due to increased populations, fewer jobs and lower-income levels there are fewer workers in various occupations.

Unfortunately, consumer preference presently tends to work against the industry for various reasons, including the misconceptions, stigma and stereotyping of manufactured housing.

Right now, the factory-built housing sector and affordable housing both fall into the same category on the supply and demand chain – shortage.

There is a very high demand for affordable housing – but because the price of traditional housing (the consumer preference) is so high, it does not fit the current demand.

The solution is a more affordable type of housing, like manufactured, modular and prefabricated housing, which is lower in price and can fill that shortage gap.

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Not only would more people be able to buy a home, but since they will be able to reasonably afford the home, they will be able to spend more in other areas. That will lead over time lead to an increase in demand for many other products and services.

Eventually, if people would turn to manufactured housing to end the shortage of affordable homes, the supply and demand could reach an equilibrium – and from there we would see economic improvements among all income-brackets. This would lead to more economic freedom for individuals who earn low wages and cannot afford to live on that income in the current economy.

Secretary Perry’s Timely Comments

While Perry’s comments may seem misconstrued to some, the idea is that with more of something available, there will be an opportunity for a higher demand. That’s true for energy, and it is also true for housing.

Not everyone who owns a manufactured home is in the low-income, or even the middle-income bracket. The demand for manufactured housing will grow in all income and age brackets – once we see a change in consumer understanding and thus consumer preferences.

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Debunking media or other errors are all a part of changing perceptions, which in turn is proven to raise demand. Collage by MHProNews.com.

Educational efforts by innovators like New Durham Estates has proven that the proper information, presentation (education), combined with demand will lead to a surge in sales.

It all tends to go back to erasing the stigma that has dogged manufactured homes due to improper terminology, prejudice and stereotypes of decades long past.

Change the consumer preference – and we have the means to fill the supply shortage in this time when affordable homes are in the highest demand. ## (News, analysis.)

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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Explodes, November Report

January 10th, 2017 Comments off

mharr-hud-manufacturedhousingmonthlyproductionreport-manufacturedhousingindustryshipmentsdailybusinessnewsmhpronewsWashington, D.C., January 10, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) informs MHProNews that per 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 November 2016.

These just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,098 homes in November 2016, an 18.7 percent increase over the 5,980 HUD Code homes produced during November 2015.

Cumulative industry production for 2016 now totals 74,141 homes, a 14.2 percent increase over the 64,887 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2015.

MHARR’s 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 November 2016 with cumulative, monthly, current year (2016) and prior year (2015) shipments per category as indicated, are as follows:

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Graphic credit, MHARR Top Ten states for manufactured housing shipments.

The latest information for November 2016 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

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Rising consumer and business confidence could point to a brisk spring buying season. That bodes well for the upcoming Louisville and Tunica Manufactured Housing Shows.

The data bodes well heading into the Louisville and Tunica Manufactured Housing Shows and looking ahead to the 2017 selling season.

The Daily Business News recently covered MHARR’s call for a congressional review and rejection of a final regulation adopted by the Department of Energy (DOE) that would adversely affect the manufactured housing industry. That report is here. ##

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HUD Code Manufactured Housing Production Growth Resumes, August report

October 7th, 2016 Comments off

mharr-hud-manufacturedhousingmonthlyproductionreport-manufacturedhousingindustryshipmentsdailybusinessnewsmhpronewsWashington, D.C, October 4, 2016 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports to MHProNews that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), manufactured housing industry production, after declining in July 2016, resumed its trend toward long-term growth during August 2016.

The just-released statistics indicated that HUD code manufacturers produced 7,363 homes in August 2016, which represents a 16.2% increase over the 6,332 HUD code homes produced in August 2015.

Cumulative industry production for 2016 now totals 52,567 homes, which is a 14.9% increase over the 45,736 HUD code homes produced over the same period in 2015.

MHARR’s analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the industry production rebound in August 2011 through August 2016 — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2016) and prior year (2015) shipments per category as indicated — are as follows:

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Graphic credit, MHARR Top Ten states for manufactured housing shipments.

With this latest information, the MHARR analysis reflects no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

The Daily Business News recently covered MHARR and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed manufactured housing energy rule.  That report is here.

MHARR’s President and CEO, M. Mark Weiss, recently provided statements useful to manufactured housing industry pros on zoning and discrimination against MH, as reflected in a recent Op-

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Mark Weiss, MHARR. Photo credit, MHProNews.

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HUD Code Manufactured Housing Production – Drops in July 2016, Top 10 States reported

September 7th, 2016 Comments off
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Washington, D.C., September 7, 2016 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports to MHProNews that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), manufactured housing industry production fell during July 2016.

The latest statistics published by MHARR indicate that after nearly 3 ½ years of monthly (year-over-year) production increases, HUD Code manufacturers produced 5,335 homes in July 2016, a 12.3% decline from the 6,085 HUD Code homes produced during July 2015.

Cumulative industry production for 2016 now totals 45,204 homes, which is still a 14.7% increase over the 39,404 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2015.

MHARR’s analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the industry production rebound in August 2011 through July 2016  — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2016) and prior year (2015) shipments per category as indicated — are as follows:

 

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Graphic credit, MHARR Top Ten states for manufactured housing shipments.

With this latest information, the analysis reflects that Alabama has now edged ahead of North Carolina, into 4th place on the cumulative list of the top-ten shipment states.

Trend or Aberration?

MHARR says it is unclear if the declining production during July 2016 represents an aberration or potential trend.

But they say that “it clearly reflects the unique and ongoing vulnerability of an underperforming HUD Code manufactured housing sector to excessive federal regulation of production and discriminatory policies affecting consumers after HUD Code homes leave the factory — both of which continue to suppress the availability and use of manufactured housing.”

With HUD Code manufacturers building their best homes ever,” states the MHARR release, “and with consumer need and demand for affordable housing at unprecedented levels, HUD Code production — as MHARR and other industry observers have continued to express — should be on its way to hundreds of thousands of homes annually.”

Their report continues by saying, that, “As MHARR has stressed, however, a toxic mixture of costly and unnecessary federal production regulation (such as new HUD on-site construction mandates) and discrimination in areas such as financing, placement and “zoning,” have combined to keep millions of potential new homebuyers out of the manufactured housing market.”

And matters, no doubt,” says MHARR, “will only get worse if the industry and consumers fail to block the U.S. Department of Energy from imposing harsh new “energy” standards on HUD Code homes that will far exceed anything required even for million-dollar site-built homes in most of the country.” ##

(Editor’s Note, MHARR’s President and CEO, M. Mark Weiss, provided statements useful to manufactured housing industry pros on zoning and discrimination against MH, as reflected in a recent Op-Ed, published here.)

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2014 ends with Good News! MH Production in December Increased 18%

February 3rd, 2015 Comments off

mhpronews-new-manufactured-home-shipment-graph-since2008-Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 4,704 homes in December 2014, an 18% increase over the 3,985 HUD Code homes produced during December 2013. This information was reported by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). The statistics came from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Cumulative industry production for all of 2014 totals 64,331 homes, a 6.8% increase over the 60,228 HUD Code homes produced in 2013. This was the fifth consecutive year of annual industry production increases.

Their full report can be read at the MHARR news link, from the MHProNews home page, scroll down the right hand column. ##

 

 

 

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Incoming MHARR president calls on DOE Secretary to Reject Proposed MH Energy Standards

November 27th, 2014 Comments off

doe-logo-graphic-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-energy-standards-mhpronews-M. Mark Weiss, JD, the incoming president for the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), laments the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) stance on the proposed Department of Energy (DOE) standards for manufactured housing.

The essence of MHARR’s position is that the DOE’s standards are far more costly than the benefits to consumers, and will cost producers and consumers alike.

The announcement that MHARR was calling on the DOE to reject the proposal – which came as a press release to MHProNews  – doesn’t come as a surprise. Mr. Weiss took the opposing view to MHI in the November Featured Article, 3 Differing Views on Proposed DOE Energy Standards,  that outlines each trade organization’s thinking in their own words.

Quoting the incoming MHARR president-designate, “Most surprising, is why part of the manufactured housing industry is supporting such costly proposals given the current state of the manufactured housing market and the continuing regulatory-driven erosion in the availability of manufactured home purchase-money financing. While providing little or no relevant information to industry members, the other national industry group touts the Working Group proposal as ‘a win-win for [manufactured] homebuyers and the environment.’”

Their entire MHARR release on the DOE MH Energy standards proposal is linked here. A related article presenting a non-profit’s perspective – which praises the DOE standards proposal – is linked here. ##

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MH Industry memo to RVIA President Richard Coon aims to resolve HUD issues for both industries

November 24th, 2014 Comments off

park-model-fairfield-homes-land-tx=credit-manufactured-housing-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-As was previously reported on ManufacturedHomeLivingNews  and in the Daily Business News, the RV industry is pursuing legislation to remedy concerns with HUD over regulations they feel hampers their business.

As shown at the links above, Congressmen Marlin Stutzman (R-3 IN) and Jackie Walorski (R-2nd IN) introduced House Resolution 5658, entitled the Recreational Vehicle Certainty Act of 2014.

While it is far from certain to pass in the lame duck session of Congress, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will doubtlessly pursue relief in 2015 when the new Congress convenes.

HUD’s Manufactured Housing program Administrator, Pam Danner, issued the RV industry a memo indicating they will enforce in 2015 certain requirements, such as porches counting against the 400 square foot size limit on RVs.

State and national associations in manufactured housing have been keenly interested in this issue, with a split among MH industry professionals as to what overall course of action makes the best sense.

The RV and MH industries have historically had close ties, which MH leaders certainly want to keep going. Those HUD Code home builders involved in producing RVs, park models or who have manufactured housing land lease communities often tend toward favoring a more pro-RV industry position on this issue.

Others like the Wisconsin Housing Alliance’s Ross Kinzler are seeking compromise that creates victories for both parties.  Kinzler wants the RV industry support on issues like the long desired removable MH chassis topic.  Both industries have concerns over Dodd-Frank in its current form.

Into this fluid milieu comes the national Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). In their most recent press release to MHProNews,  the MHARR communique, linked here, indicates their offer to the RVIA’s President Richard Coon to seek a regulatory solution that MHARR’s board and staff hope will resolve inter-industry issues.

MHI’s has been more muted recently on this topic. Their last news release was essentially silent, but prior statements indicated a goal by their leadership to take up the ticklish subject in the near future.  The RV-MH issue was tabled for further consideration at MHI’s summer meeting.

MHProNews  plans to track RV/MH related developments as they occur. ##

Related story, exclusive interview with Ross Kinzler, linked here.

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MHARR President says “Garbage In, Garbage Out” on disputed DOE policy move

November 4th, 2014 Comments off

garbage-in-garbage-out-gigo=credit-forum-geomancy-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Danny Ghorbani, President of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), suggests that GIGO is at play in a recently announced and controversial Department of Energy (DOE) policy effort.

Computer scientists and programmers have a saying – “garbage in, garbage out.” In other words, if a program is based on faulty, invalid data, the output from the program will be equally invalid.” Ghorbani said in an email to MHProNews, published in the Journal.

MHARR’s president elaborated by saying that “…the same wisdom holds true in other fields, including government regulation. If you start with a bad, inaccurate, disingenuous, or faulty premise in the governing law, the resulting policies and regulations will likely be misguided, counter-productive and potentially harmful to both regulated parties and society at large.

MHARR’s Vice President, M Mark Weiss, MHI and Don Westphal are among those who have sounded off on the various aspects of this hotly contested issue. The article linked here features each of those three positions in their entirety. ##

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Manufactured home production growth continues in September 2014 report

November 3rd, 2014 Comments off

rising-home-production-shutterstock-mhpronews-comThe Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reflect manufactured housing industry production growth continued during September 2014.

Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 5,862 homes in September 2014, a 6.9% increase over the 5,483 HUD Code homes produced during September 2013.

Cumulative industry production for 2014 now totals 48,167 homes, a 6.3% increase over the 45,295 HUD Code homes produced through September 2013. 

MHARR’s complete production report is linked here. ##

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