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Pouring Gas on PreFab Fire, CNN Report Spotlighted

June 6th, 2017 Comments off

PouringGasPreFabHomeFireModularManufacuredPreFabHousingDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsYou may agree or disagree with CNN’s clearly slanted coverage of President Trump, as even Harvard’s recent media study reported.

But one must give credit where it’s due.

CNN gave solid coverage recently on the growing factory-built home movement.  They even got (most) of the facts and nomenclature right.  What was missing was in their recent article discussion of manufactured homes, but their coverage of modular and “prefabricated” or “prefab” housing was quite solid.

Pour Gas on the Blaze

CNN noted Japanese prefab builder Muji, which MHProNews has profiled several times, among them the column by Sandra Lane, at this link here.

They also drew attention to Joseph Tanney, who’s Resolution: 4 Architecture firm exemplifies the sustained interest in prefab, one paralleling the kinds of higher-end designs by famous designer, Antonio Robbie, PreFab Leader & how Revolution PreCrafted, linked here.


Modular home designed by Res4Arch, credit, CNN.

The interest or the promise of prefab is nothing new, but it’s been reignited, and gasoline continues to be poured on the fire,” says Tanney, a New York-based firm that’s developed modular housing systems since 2002. “And because more architects are participating in this base, the level of design is increasing across the board.”


Joseph Tanney, Res4Arch. Credits as shown, text credit and collage by MHProNews.

While many prefab companies focus on both affordable and high-end primary residences, others advertise them as country retreats, backyard workspaces, guesthouses, and in-law suites,” writes Elizabeth Stamp for CNN.


Res4Arch – credit, their Website.



Image credit, LinkedIn.

The designs are only limited by the maximum dimensions allowed to be shipped on the highways, which in the United States is 16 feet,” Stamp wrote, nailing a detail often missed by others covering the factory-built home industry.

Here’s where Stamp might have pointed to the residential side of HUD Code manufactured homes, but overall, her coverage was solid.

Among the points that Stamp’s CNN column made is that Japan and other nations are doing more in prefab than the U.S. is doing.  This echoes a point made by Sunshine Homes, John Bostick, part of the video below, which featured a veterinarian who purchased a residential style manufactured home in a nice land-lease community.

MHLivingNews has long pointed out that frugal millionaires are buying manufactured homes, as well as the higher priced modular and prefab housing options Stamp’s column covered.

By focusing on stories about the rich, famous and upwardly mobile – not just the lower end of affordable housing, as important as that is and should be – the factory-built home industry elevates its brand by spotlighting ‘good news.’  Being socially accepted and celebrated is valuable.

Thus stories like Stamp’s on CNN should be acknowledged by all segments of the factory-built housing. ##

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Business Optimism Rises with Trump’s Ascendancy, as Energy Issues take Center Stage

December 13th, 2016 Comments off

President-elect Trump  Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The National Federation of Independent Businesses’ (NFIB) small business optimism index rose from 94.9 to 98.4 in the wake of president-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the U. S. elections, marking the largest increase since 2009.

Bill Dunkelberg Smallbusinessadvocate


This month we bifurcated the data

to measure the results before and after the election,” explained Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg, noted here. “The November index was basically unchanged from October’s reading up to the point of the election and then rose dramatically after the results of the election were known.”                                                               

The balance of opinion on sales expectations surged by 10 percentage points to +11, while the same gauge when applied to expectations for business to improve shot up from -6 to +38, a huge jump, according to Bloomberg.

Small businesses like unified Republican government,” said Neil Dutta, head of U. S. economics at Renaissance Macro Research LLC. Dutta reported that the NFIB index rose in 2004 after George W. Bush won a second term, but dropped when President Obama was re-elected in 2012.

Dunkelberg also noted that Trump’s plan to cut corporate taxes will benefit domestic firms, especially when coupled with his nomination of Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration (SBA) and thereby roll back regulation and attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Rex Tillerson Newyorker

Meanwhile, as Lifezette informs MHProNews, Trump has fired several shots across the bow indicating that energy will be in the forefront of his administration: His choice of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and former Governor of Texas Rick Perry to (possibly) head the Department of Energy signals a focus on energy development unlike any recent administration. Tillerson has business interests all across the globe, Pruitt fought Obama’s focus on “green energy” at every turn, and you cannot be governor of Texas without an interest in the West Texas oil deposits as an economic force.

The Impact of Energy Development on Manufactured and Modular Housing

Oil pumps Watford City, ND Tom Haines/theatlantic

As MHProNews has reported here dozens of times, the Marcellus Shale deposits in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, and the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota–in addition to West Texas–have led to an unprecedented surge in demand for affordable housing, modular and manufactured, for the oil field workers and support services. In short, under a Trump administration, Lifezette reports “Energy will be key to America’s economic growth and revival.”

While President Obama and other world leaders have had more of a focus on “clean and green energy,” especially in light of the Paris Agreement, “Trump is signaling a commitment to an economy powered well and cheaply by abundant supplies of oil, gasoline and electricity.”

The Paris agreement, while not having any enforcement mechanism, requires nations to “come together every five years to set more ambitious targets as required by science,” and to “report to each other and the public on how well they are doing to implement their targets.”

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman notes what might happen if Trump tries to withdraw from the Paris accord. “You mess with this issue, you abandon Paris, you will see a backlash that will make Greenpeace look like a knitting circle,” said Friedman, pointing his finger. “They will go after his golf courses … They are really playing with fire.”

Trump may or may not be able to withdraw from Paris, but he is sure to go after Obama’s Clean Power Plan, perhaps by refusing to defend it in upcoming court battles. Marlo Lewis, senior fellow in energy and environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said, “This regulation was transparently designed to kill the future of [coal plants]. That is the centerpiece of the EPA’s war on coal, or war on affordable energy.” ##

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Article submitted by Matthew J Silver to Daily Business News on MHProNews.

Update of Manufactured Housing Community Delayed

January 21st, 2014 Comments off

Following a story we first posted Oct. 21, 2013 regarding the proposed redevelopment of Vineland Vista Mobile Home Park in St. Helena, California owned by Vintner Hall Wines, the Napa Valley Planning Commission has delayed approval of the modification because the old ordinance does not allow for multifamily modular housing. The 18 homesite community is currently unoccupied, says Redevelopment would bring the community up to state standards, and Hall Wines wants the commission to change the ordinance so they can proceed with the update. MHProNews has learned, however, the commissioners want to wait until next month when the ordinance change will coincide with the process for adopting the county’s new Housing Element, which is scheduled to go before the commissioners Feb. 19.

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