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Manufactured Home Production Slide Continues – Call it Corruption, Collusion, Incompetence, Attempted Coverup – Self-Evident Failures Mount

February 5th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The Daily Business News on MHProNews starts this report with the release from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) on the new HUD Code manufactured home shipment data for December 2018.

 

We will then turn to some additional analysis and commentary on the closing totals for 2018.

 

HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Decline Persists – Time For Action Not Excuses

 

You can read MHARR’s analysis on their website, by clicking on the text/image graphic above – or continue here below for their complete text, which will be followed by our analysis and commentary which follows their release.

 

HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Decline Persists – Time for Action not Excuses  

Washington, D.C., February 4, 2019 – 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), HUD Code manufactured home production declined again in December 2018. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 5,943 homes in December 2018, a nearly 18% decline from the 7,245 new HUD Code homes produced during December 2017. On a cumulative basis, then, industry production for 2018 totaled 96,555 homes, a 3.9% increase over the 92,902 HUD Code homes produced in 2017.

Annual HUD Code industry production totals for the past ten years – from 2009 to 2018 – are thus:

  • 2009 – 49,683 homes
  • 2010 – 50,056 homes
  • 2011 – 51,618 homes
  • 2012 – 54,881 homes
  • 2013 – 60,228 homes
  • 2014 – 64,334 homes
  • 2015 – 70,544 homes
  • 2016 – 81,136 homes
  • 2017 – 92,902 homes
  • 2018 – 96,555 homes

 

While the four-consecutive-month decline in industry production that began in September 2018, as previously noted by MHARR, is disconcerting, continuing strength in the broader economy, as well as the exceptional quality and value of today’s HUD Code manufactured homes, demonstrate – once again – that constraints on industry sales and production levels exist primarily, if not exclusively, within the post-production sector, as was detailed by MHARR in the January 2019 edition of “MHARR: Issues and Perspectives.” And, while those constraints, including exclusionary and discriminatory zoning and placement restrictions, as well as wholly inadequate consumer financing support from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, are quite real and extremely damaging to both the industry and American consumers of affordable housing, the remedies for those constraints are also quite real and already in existence, in the form – among other things – of the “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” (DTS) provision of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) and the enhanced federal preemption of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.  In short, the industry and consumers do not need new laws.  What is sorely needed, rather, is a willingness to aggressively advance and fully implement all aspects of these existing laws, instead of chasing after illusions – i.e., new laws that, even if enacted by a politically-divided Congress, would take still more years to implement.

MHARR, as a key proponent of both DTS and the enhanced preemption of the 2000 reform law, will continue to aggressively advance the full implementation of both provisions to remedy the post-production limitations that continue to be the primary obstacle to the ability of the industry to achieve its full potential for all families – at every rung of the economic ladder – seeking to achieve the American Dream of homeownership.

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

 

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Data per MHARR, graphic by MHProNews.

 

The latest information for December 2018, does not result in any changes to the cumulative top-ten list.

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.

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First, in fairness and accuracy, one must note that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has stated the slide in new home production via their data release to members too.  However, MHI has not raised any alarms.  Quite the contrary, the Arlington, VA based trade group has touted “momentum” in their own materials.

While an MHI attorney specifically complained about the use of this graphic, below, MHI arguably KNEW what as about to occur, per our sources with MHI. Rephrased, MHI produced this video touting “momentum” knowing that production totals were about to show a decline.

 

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Collage of logos plus a still from MHI Video, logos added by MHProNews. Provided under fair use guidelines.  MHARR and MHProNews were essentially alone in publicly warning against this ‘new class of homes.  It should have been obvious that the HUD Code as a whole should have been promoted, not a tiny select group of housing units that have yet to take off. The logic for their ‘new class’ was arguably flawed from the inception. The data now proves it.

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Their promotions are red-herring, razzle-dazzle, whatever phrase one might call it, besides an attempted deception – a ‘cover up,’ in that sense.

 

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Artful dodge, razzle dazzle, ways of emotionally or otherwise moving the focus away from the actual issue.

 

Let’s look at the data from MHARR above, through a different lens.

 

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The Arlington-based association have used MHI surrogates to echo increasingly self-evidently false impressions.  MHI’s members include the top 3 producers.  They therefor could or should have known the coming totals, well in advance of the industry at large.  Yet MHI and their  amen-corner connected trade publishers are still singing sunshine and roses. What credibility do those MHI mouthpieces have, given the stubborn facts?

While some sign ‘amen’ to all that MHI says, meanwhile, the new manufactured home shipment levels have demonstrably dropped. Facts are #NettlesomeThings.

Numbers of state associations pass along MHI “housing alerts” and ‘news updates’ without any critical analysis. That’s not to condemn all state associations and their executives — some of them are reliable sources for us.  But those that do so feel apparently feel trapped.

While mainstream housing, multifamily building, or RV shipments have soared, manufactured housing is snoring. While there is a modest rise at the first of the year, it was almost wiped out during the drop of last 4 months of 2018.

As MHProNews recently reminded readers, 4 years ago, Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison assured manufactured housing professionals in front of a live audience, caught on video, that the industry could do 500,000 new home shipments.  Previously, MHI projected 107,000 shipments for 2018.  Now, the industry fell thousands of units short of even 100,000.

 

MHI CEO Dick Jennison’s Pledge – 500,000 New Manufactured Home Shipments

 

The reason we keep reminding readers of this video of MHI’s CEO Jennison is that he signaled their slow growth at the time. Jennison’s words, on camera.

 

 

The graphic below was produced prior to the final totals that we now have in hand.  It will have to be updated, as it is 3,445 units too high. Nevertheless, it is still more accurate on the GDP contributions at retail of manufactured homes to the U.S. economy.  Why is it that MHI can maintain – with a straight face – inaccurate information?

But the point of the graphic below is to highlight the opportunity, vs. our industry’ truly meek performance.

 

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This graphic needs to be updated in the light of the fact that it shows 3,445 more units than were actually sold in 2018. But the principle is sound, Manufactured Housing is underperforming. MHI can’t have it both ways. MHI either are or are not the industry’s ‘leaders.’ If MHI are the leaders, then aren’t they responsible for poor results?

 

Here is the simple logic.

MHI either

 

  • Knows how to grow manufactured housing, but is not doing so.
  • Does not know how to grow manufactured housing, but postures through videos and other tools that they are properly promoting the industry.
  • Some combination of the above 2.

Are any of those outcomes acceptable?  Isn’t this the latest example of why deceptive trade practices should be part of a legal investigation of MHI?

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The need for a new, post-production association is becoming ever-more-clear.  Instead of explaining themselves, or defending the industry against mainstream media or other problematic errors about manufactured housing, why are they spending legal dollars threatening MHProNews?

MHI has made MHProNews part of the narrative, by directly and indirectly hiring attorney(s).  Okay, aren’t their deeds once more showing their hand?  MHI won’t defend the industry, nor are they successfully promoting the industry, but they are willing to spend money attacking those that are reporting the facts about their failures?

It is the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies that have ducked the issues.

Let’s close with Mark Weiss, JD’s, apt summary from the above.

 

MarkWeissJDPresidentCEOManufacturedHousingAssocRegulatoryReformDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews“…continuing strength in the broader economy, as well as the exceptional quality and value of today’s HUD Code manufactured homes, demonstrate – once again – that constraints on industry sales and production levels exist primarily, if not exclusively, within the post-production sector, as was detailed by MHARR in the January 2019 edition of “MHARR: Issues and Perspectives.” And, while those constraints, including exclusionary and discriminatory zoning and placement restrictions, as well as wholly inadequate consumer financing support from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, are quite real and extremely damaging to both the industry and American consumers of affordable housing, the remedies for those constraints are also quite real and already in existence, in the form – among other things – of the “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” (DTS) provision of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) and the enhanced federal preemption of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.  In short, the industry and consumers do not need new laws.  What is sorely needed, rather, is a willingness to aggressively advance and fully implement all aspects of these existing laws, instead of chasing after illusions – i.e., new laws that, even if enacted by a politically-divided Congress, would take still more years to implement.”

That’s the vexing reality. That’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Report – Memo Confirms FEMA Can ‘Take Over’ Manufactured Housing Production

September 18th, 2017 Comments off

FEMACommandeerManufacturedHousingProductionCentersLast week’s exclusive report on the Daily Business News advised industry professionals that letters and calls to HUD Code producers can mean that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can essentially ‘take over’ a production facility.

Industry association professionals, speaking off the record, confirmed the concerns of HUD Code producers.  A manufactured home retailer told MHProNews that, “CMH was crawfishing delivery dates today.”

That statement about Clayton manufacturing was on Friday, a similar concern was heard from another retailer, but CMH has not yet confirmed or denied that report.

Industry retailers are often disgruntled about the impact on them from factories that are already stretched on production time.  See the prior report, linked here.

RVIA = Recreation Vehicle Industry Association – Memo to Members

Now, the RVIA has issued a memo to their members, which MHProNews has obtained a copy of’ that memo is available here as a download.

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There has been as of the time this story was drafted no statement by MHI to MHProNews regarding this growing controversy.

That RVIA memo also states that FEMA is making requests.  The RVIA memo seems to see this issue as being within the scope of the Defense Authorization Act.  A copy of that act, as amended, is attached here as a download.

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Related reports to this controversy, which impacts several segments of the manufactured housing industry, will be provided as details become available.

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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 Continues Growth

December 6th, 2016 Comments off

mharr-hud-manufacturedhousingmonthlyproductionreport-manufacturedhousingindustryshipmentsdailybusinessnewsmhpronewsWashington, D.C., December 5, 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 increased once again during October 2016.

Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,154 homes in October 2016, a 4.5% increase over the 6,846 HUD Code homes produced during October 2015.

Cumulative industry production for 2016 now totals 67,043 homes, a 13.8% increase over the 58,907 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2015.

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 October 2016  — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2016) and prior year (2015) shipments per category as indicated are as follows:

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

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MHARR president and CEO M. Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

The Daily Business News has covered a flurry of commentary recently from MHARR and Association President and CEO, M. Mark Weiss, including calls for a moratorium on critical legislation during the last days of the Obama Administration and the MHARR November Washington update.. ##

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HUD Code Manufactured Housing Production Sees Double Digit Growth

November 3rd, 2016 Comments off

mharr-hud-manufacturedhousingmonthlyproductionreport-manufacturedhousingindustryshipmentsdailybusinessnewsmhpronewsWashington, D.C., November 3, 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 increased again during September 2016, showing double-digit growth.

Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,322 homes in September 2016, a 15.7% increase over the 6,325 HUD Code homes produced during September 2015.

Cumulative industry production for 2016 now totals 59,889 homes, a 15.0% increase over the 52,061 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2015.

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

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

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The Daily Business News recently covered MHARR’s President and CEO, M. Mark Weiss, as he took on HUD in an analysis of the manufactured housing program enforcement system. That story 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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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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Manufactured Housing Industry Production Continues Rising

May 5th, 2014 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports figures released by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reveal the production of manufactured homes in March 2014 rose 9.6 percent over the same period of 2013, from 4,467 homes to 4,899. Cumulative industry production for the year has increased 6.2 percent, now totaling 13,665 homes versus 12,860 for the same three-month period in 2013, as MHProNews.com has learned. The top ten shipment states since the industry rebound of August 2011 are the same as the previous month, with Texas totals at 29,835, nearly three times the number for Louisiana in second with 11,127, followed by Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, California, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. ##

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Manufactured Home Production Continues Upward Trend

March 4th, 2014 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports figures from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) indicate shipment of HUD Code homes hit 4,405 in January, a 3.8 percent increase over the 4,242 homes shipped in Jan., 2013. As MHProNews.com has learned, the top ten shipment states remain the same as last month. Shown with cumulative totals since the industry began growing again in Aug. 2011 are: Texas (27,635); Louisiana, 10,468; Florida, 6,959; North Carolina, 6.141; Alabama, 5,954; Kentucky, 5,404; Mississippi, 5,329; California, 4,491; Tennessee, 4,337; and Oklahoma, 4,292.

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Production of HUD Code Manufactured Homes Continues to Rise

January 8th, 2014 Comments off

According to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports HUD-Code manufacturers produced 4,870 homes in November 2013, an increase of 11.5 percent over the 4,365 homes manufactured for the same period of 2012. On the year, industry production now totals 56,243 homes, a 9.4 percent increase over the 51,401 homes produced through November, 2012. Since the beginning of the industry rebound in August 2011, the top ten shipment states, in order, are Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, California, Tennessee and Oklahoma. As MHProNews understands, with one month’s statistics still outstanding, production may hit the 60,000 mark for the first time since 2008.

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