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Manufactured Home Production Rises Again in August, 2018 HUD Code Data

October 3rd, 2018 Comments off


The manufactured home reason has cause to feel good about a steady growth in production, while simultaneously feeling a level of anguish that sales are not far higher.


The latest data from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), and their statement, tends toward the former.  It is an understandable position.

At the same time, when one looks at the dramatic difference between the cost of a single family stick built’ house, and HUD Code manufactured homes, isn’t it obvious that the sales of manufactured should be far higher?


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Indeed, Mark Weiss, J.D. – President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – directly pointed to one of those issues that keeps manufactured homes at what is arguably artificially low levels. ICYMI, or want a refresher, see Weiss’ comments in the new article linked below.


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Those points noted, let’s dive into MHARR’s just released statement to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.  It can be read on their site, at the link below, or continue reading here on MHProNews.

Strong HUD Code Production Growth in August 2018

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Strong HUD Code Manufactured Home
Production Growth in August 2018

Washington, D.C., October 3, 2018 – 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), strong year-over-year manufactured housing industry production growth continued in August 2018. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 9,157 homes in August 2018, an 8.6% increase over the 8,434 HUD Code homes produced during August 2017. Cumulative industry production for 2018 now totals 66,688 homes, a 9.6% increase over the 60,839 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2017.

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



Please note: There was a minor error in the September 10, 2018 MHARR Production Report.  Cumulative production for 2017 through the end of July 2017, should have been stated as 52,405 instead of 52,305, and the cumulative production increase percentage should therefore have been 9.8% instead of 10.0%.  Please correct your records accordingly.

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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May 2017 HUD Code Manufactured Housing Production Report

July 6th, 2017 Comments off

USCapitolBuildingWashingtonDCLatestManufacturedHousingIndustryHUDCodeShipmentReportWashington, D.C. – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews 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 experienced double-digit growth once again during May 2017.

Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,882 homes in May 2017, a 16.25% increase over the 6,780 HUD Code homes produced during May 2016,” MHARR stated in their release to the manufactured home industry’s Daily Business News.

Further, MHARR says “Cumulative industry production for 2017 now totals 38,450 homes, an 18.05% increase over the 32,570 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2016.”

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 May 2017  — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2017) and prior year (2016) shipments per category as indicated — are:”



The latest information for May 2017 moves Michigan into the 8th spot on the cumulative top-ten list, edging past Kentucky,” MHARR said.


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Energy Efficiency a Top Draw for New Homes

March 28th, 2014 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says the most desirable features in a typical single-family home include walk-in closets in the master bedroom, low-e windows, a laundry room and a great room. Energy efficiency is also at the top of the list with Energy-Star appliances and windows, and programmable thermostats. According to data from the 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS), has learned on a median per-square foot basis for electricity use, home owners spent 78 cents per square foot per year, as opposed to 65 cents per square-foot per year for new homes. Other features new homeowners want include granite countertops, a double sink and a central island in the kitchen. On the outside people opt for a front porch, outdoor lighting and a patio. ##

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BBC Checks Out Manufactured Homes in U. S.

September 24th, 2013 Comments off

Following on the heels of Miss South Carolina’s line in the Miss America Beauty Pageant about factory-built homes in her home state, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) asks rather rhetorically why so many Americans live in these dwellings. Based on U. S. Census figures, 20 million Americans occupy 8.5 million manufactured homes, 57 percent of which have a full time employed head of household, and 23 percent are retired. As MHProNews knows, seventy percent of all new homes sold priced under $125,000 are manufactured homes. Household income of MH residents is roughly half the national average, and the top five states with the most factory-built housing are South Carolina, New Mexico, West Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama. Mississippi is the only one of the five that is also among the poorest states. While the stigma of manufactured homes persists in much of the country, elaborate homes in some Florida retirement communities and along the southern California coast certainly defy that image.

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More New Homes, Exhibits plus Seminars at 2014 Louisville Show

September 3rd, 2013 Comments off

show-me-the-money-louisville-manufactured-housing-show-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Inquiries about the 2014 Louisville Show to MHProNews serve as a good reminder to share updates about the upcoming manufactured home industry trade event and revised show website. As previously reported, the number of homes on display will rise again in 2014.  There will be 48 new model homes on display, and show space for model homes is sold out, says Dennis Hill, Show Coordinator. Exhibitor space is also approaching a sell out, 4 months before the show begins. “These are among the many good signs for the continued growth and success of the Show since its come back in 2011” Hill said. The updates for the Louisville Show website are completed today, as the online registration link was scheduled to go live sometime on September 3. This website’s Louisville Show blog has other news and updates. The show blog is found at the bottom of virtually every page on the website, as is contact information for show management. ##

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Program to Help Residents Replace Aging Factory-built Homes

August 21st, 2013 Comments off

According to the Curry County Assessor in Oregon, 25 to 30 percent of all the housing stock in the county is manufactured housing (MH), and roughly half of those were built before 1980. While the Housing and Urban Development—HUD Code–standards took effect in 1976, minimum regulations that initially covered MH were hardly sufficient to make the homes last three decades, especially in an area like Curry that gets a lot of moisture. Rotting floors, extensive mold and poorly insulated homes create health risks for the occupants, according to the local health department. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute reports manufactured homes built before 1980 use 53 percent more energy than other types of homes. In July, the county forged a partnership with non-profit NeighborWorks Umpqua to begin an initiative called reHome Oregon, with the goal of replacing 25 aged MH with new, Energy Star models. The collaboration will use grant funds to remove and demolish the old units, and will seek discounted home prices and transport costs from manufactured home producers, as informs MHProNews. Finally, reHome Oregon aims to help residents purchase the new homes through the U. S. Department of Rural Development Housing Program and the Network for Affordable Housing.

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Manufactured Housing Residents to Receive Relocation Expenses

August 14th, 2013 Comments off

Residents of the Pan and Fork manufactured housing community in Basalt, Colorado, just northwest of Aspen will be compensated for relocating due to a redevelopment project slated for their community. The town, which co-owns the property with the non-profit Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation, needs to do flood mitigation and infrastructure work at the site before it is re-purposed as commercial space, a city park and a nonprofit campus. The compensation is based on the number of children in each family and the amount of time they have lived at Pan and Fork. At a meeting with town officials and eight of the families, which the town intends to relocate by the end of Sept., the payment for them will include $7,800, which is the equivalent of a year’s rent in the community, $5,000 for a deposit on a new home, and $7,500 for relocating or abandoning each home. In all, 122 residents occupying 38 manufactured homes need to be moved. According to aspendailynews, the current town ordinance calls for new homes be given to those displaced by redevelopment, but an amendment to the ordinance currently in process will provide for relocation assistance. MHProNews has learned the town will put a $5 million bond issue on the ballot Nov. 5 to help pay for relocation and infrastructure expenses.

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Collaborative Effort will Improve Lives of Manufactured Home Residents

July 31st, 2013 Comments off

Realizing the importance of manufactured home communities as supportive social networks, Karen Chase helped organize the Housing Stock Upgrade Initiative—now a non-profit called ReHome Oregon—to repair, rehabilitate, and replace manufactured homes. With help from a variety of federal, state and local public and private entities, residents of manufactured homes in Curry County, Ore. will be eligible to receive loans at zero interest rates for rehabbing and, in some cases, replacing their homes. The county assessor’s office reports there are 3,876 factory-built homes in the county, 604 of which are in poor condition. A tarp covering part of a home keeps one man from being homeless; another home is accessed via a ladder through a window. Annette Klinefelter, who does grassroots work in health and economic development, says, “I have not talked to one person who lives in a manufactured home who doesn’t have an upper respiratory problem. With a small investment, the entire burden on the whole system is decreased. We can do better by them. Life hasn’t been very good to some of them, so they think that anything that is this good must be too good to be true. Many times they don’t trust government programs. We can make it in such a way there is no wrong door.” Weatherization and installing energy saving devices can make a huge difference; counselors will be available to assist people in adjusting to new homes and taking advantage of resources to improve their living situation when the program goes into high gear in January. As MHProNews has learned from, the program will also create jobs for many of those unemployed.

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Residents Offered Relocation Costs as Community Sets to Close

July 31st, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews published July 3, 2013 regarding the anticipated closing of the Dallas West Mobile Home/RV community set for Aug. 31, current owner Cienda Partners has extended the final date to Jan. 31. Hispanic rights activist Carlos Quintanilla, representing the residents, had asked for $8,500 relocation allowance for each homeowner, a six-month rent-free extension, and assistance finding a new place to live. The owners said their lease agreement only requires them to give 30 days notice but they gave 81 days, and offered $2,000 if residents moved by Aug. 31, $1,000 if they were gone by Nov. 30, and nothing after that. Quintanilla says, “These are individuals who have lived there for a very long time, and they’ve invested money in their homes,” alleging the owners have neglected needed repairs. Cienda has an agreement to sell the property, located in what’s becoming a high-end redevelopment area near downtown Dallas, to Wood Partners of Atlanta who will likely build apartments on the site. As dallasobserver reports, Cienda says they are looking forward to helping residents find new homes.

(Photo credit: dallasobserver/facebook–Carlos Quintanilla speaking to residents of Dallas West Mobile Home/RV community.

Abandoned Manufactured Homes Set for Removal

July 31st, 2013 Comments off

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) in Northfield, Minn. intends to purchase and demolish five pre-HUD Code homes in Florella’s Park that have been abandoned for many years, and will also begin the same process for six additional homes. The HRA had to appear in court with the manager of Florella to obtain the titles of the homes from the owner who died some 20 years ago. After the units are listed in public media for 30 days, the HRA will buy the homes for $500 to $2,000 each, and then pay $4,500 to demolish each one, including land maintenance for each site. The funding will come from the Community Development Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, through the Dakota County Community Development Agency. The sites will be prepared so the community owner can bring in new homes subject to updated codes and standards, as MHProNews has learned from

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