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“Pants on Fire” – Latest New Manufactured Housing Shipment Report

December 4th, 2018 No comments



Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire…”

    part of a children’s rhyme to discourage dishonesty.


You want to be very careful about lying;

otherwise you are nearly sure to get caught.”

   Mark Twain, advice to youth, per Speakola.


Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive.

A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth

in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”

   Chris Jami, according to Goodreads.



Facts and evidence can be nettlesome things.

The latest new HUD Code manufactured home shipment data is in. And the timing couldn’t have been worse for the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) new video, which brags about how much they are doing to promote the sales of more manufactured homes.

Can you spell ‘embarrassing?’


For the second month in a row, the shipments of new HUD Code manufactured homes are down, albeit modestly. But during the same timeframe that Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, and MHI’s SVP Lesli Gooch have taken to mainstream and other industry news media (not us) to claim how manufactured housing is being embraced as a solution to the affordable housing crisis, the shipment levels have dipped two months in a row. 

Ouch. Embarrassing…

According to the latest data from HUD, and the analysis of the Washington, D.C. based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), shipments declined .5 percent over the same month last year. 



As MHProNews has alone been reporting to the industry’s professionals for months, there have been numerous warning signs on the horizon.

It’s not a disaster. But it is a cause for quiet concern among some of MHI’s larger members, and the independents alike. There are firms like Legacy Housing that in their recent IPO filing are reporting sales growth that bucks the national trend.  For more details on that, click the box below for that distinctive report.

Legacy Housing IPO, Lending Tree, & New HUD Ruling Updates


But the national data clearly reflects that overall, sales for the manufactured home industry at large have slipped. State data, as the Daily Business News on MHProNews has reported, reflects the fact that at least two of the top ten manufactured housing states examined have been losing sales, not gaining them.  One of those exclusive MHProNews reports is available by clicking the box, linked below, which has distinctive but related data with analysis.


Another Top Manufactured Home State is Sliding on New HUD Code Home Shipments, More New Data


One informed source with long ties to Clayton has said that there are troubling rumors coming from production centers tied to their parent company in Knoxville, TN. Time will tell.

And this two month dip arguably belies MHI’s razzle dazzle claims in their new video, just as the Daily Business News on MHProNews has been warning.  See the previously reported screen captures of the latest MHI video, presented as a collage, below.  Using their own data, taking them at their word, doesn’t it prove the latest national shipment report clearly demonstrate the opposite of what they are claiming?




Let’s make it simple.

   Over 1/3 of the U.S. are renters.  That represents millions upon millions of potential buyers.

   The National Association for Realtors (NAR) said earlier this year that the nation needs 8.3 million more housing units.

   The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) says the nation needs for more affordable housing rental units have risen from 5.8 million to 7.2 million units, per Curbed.

   Manufactured homes are the most affordable kind of new permanent housing in the nation, per NAR’s 2018 research.

   Site builders are stalling on sales, due in part to rising costs and interest rates.

   All of the above are historic reasons why manufactured home sales normally should be rising.

   The RV industry went from trailing manufactured home shipments by 3 to 2 two decades ago, to now outselling manufactured homes by a ratio of some 5 to 1.

   If RVs could grow so much, why not MH?

   And yet given all of the bullets above, new HUD Code manufactured home sales are slipping nationally? Two months in a row?

   How can Kevin Calyton, Tim Williams, Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison or the MHI staff show their faces at Louisville with these troubling results?


See MHARR’s full report, by clicking the linked box below.

Production Flatline Continues in October 2018


See last month’s HUD Code shipment data by clicking the linked box below.

September 2018 Manufactured Home Production Data Shows Slight Flatline


See our pro-active step one of our manufactured housing solutions report from last night, by clicking the linked box below.


#$2Trillion U.S. GDP Growth via Affordable Housing Plan Few Discuss – Introducing #YimbyVictory2020


When MHProNews spotlighted that MHI had reputedly done nothing on reaching out to the CFPB in 2017, MHI – perhaps in their embarrassment – began to move to get something done. When MHARR pushed MHI long enough on the DOE energy rule, MHI finally pivoted. It seems that MHI acts for the interests they claim to stand for best when the spotlight hits their lack of action otherwise. Will this story cause them to actually do what their video purportedly claims they do?


MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. MHI earlier last year, and for years before, MHI routinely replied promptly to all inquiries. But since we’ve spotlighted the problems and concerns, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not make or offer a cogent explanation?

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New Manufactured Home Community Excitement, Reactions to Brewing Controversy

July 12th, 2017 Comments off

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How exciting it is that we are having a new community being built in Oklahoma!”

So says Deanna Fields, Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma, as part of a guest column to the Industry Voices blog in, linked here.

Fields lays out additional facts not found in our original report, which is linked here.

Between the two, a professional reader gets a much fuller and more complete sense of the events, that the Daily Business News is told may be the first new manufactured home community in about thirty years.

But industry excitement is the opposite of the reaction of some locals, who don’t want their upper end bedroom community


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lifestyle and values disrupted. See those links above for more details that their local media missed. ##

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New Data from NAHB on Cash Sales for Homes

May 5th, 2017 Comments off

Manufactured Housing: a “front and center” solution. Credits: NAHB, MPA Mag, Marlette Homes.

New information from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows an interesting dynamic taking place with cash sales for homes.

According to MPA Page, NAHB’s analysis of recent census date showed that cash sales accounted for only 4.7 percent of new home sales, down from a peak of 9.5 percent in Q4 of 2014. The marks the lowest level since 2010.

By comparison, conventional mortgages were the dominant financing source for new home sales, coming in at 72.5 percent, the second-highest share since Q4 of 2014.

In an interesting note, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) noted that, despite the small percentage of cash finances in new home sales, a large share of existing homes are sold for cash.

In February 2017, cash sales made up 27 percent of existing home sales – the highest level since November of 2015.


Credit: Buying Bedford Real Estate.

Other data from the NAHB report showed that FHA loans placed second behind conventional loans at 14.8 percent, followed by VA-backed home sales with 8.1 percent.

In the period between the 2001 financial crisis and the recession in 2008, VA loans averaged just 2.9 percent, but increased significantly to 9.3 percent on average after the recession in 2009.


Opportunities for Manufactured Housing Abound


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As the Daily Business News has reported prior, the traditional housing sector remains constrained by a dearth of properties available for sale.

Builders have cited a range of problems including shortages of labor and land as well as rising material prices. A recent survey showed that homebuilder confidence slipped in April from a near 12-year high in March.

The Daily Business NewsMHProNews and MHLivingNews continue to make the case for manufactured housing as a viable solution to hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price extensively, including Bloomberg making a statement to the same effect.

The myths, and the facts surrounding manufactured housing abound. To learn more, including why manufactured housing is the solution hiding in plain sight for many to achieve the American Dream, click here. ##


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New Player Enters Manufactured Home, Communites, RV Game

May 5th, 2017 Comments off

The De Rancho Y Mobile Villa Community. Credit: Apartments.

Gelt Inc., a Tarzana, California based real estate investment firm, has announced the formation of a new subsidiary to purchase and manage manufactured home and RV communities.

According to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, the new company, called Happy Home Communities, will buy and manage various communities in a sector they feel is primed for growth.

This sector that is under the radar, stable and offers people a low-cost alternative to apartments and homes,” said Gelt partner and co-founder Keith Wasserman and Chief Operations Officer Jeff Harris.

Wasserman and Harris also announced the hiring of Ellie Davis to buy and manage operations of the properties for Happy Home and cultivate broker, lender and resident relationships.

Davis has extensive expertise in the manufactured home sector, managing more than 4,000 home sites and 11 resorts, and was most recently regional VP for Sun Communities in Southfield, Michigan.

Also announced was Happy Home Communities first purchase, De Rancho Y Mobile Villa manufactured home community in nearby Bakersfield.

De Rancho Y already boasts a strong occupancy of 97 percent and a stabilized cashflow yield, but we see continued upside through the renovation of common areas and amenities,” said Davis.

We plan to renovate the playground, sport court, and add an open gazebo/barbeque area or dog park. Other planned improvements include asphalt repairs, pool area renovations and the potential addition of mobile homes [sic] into current vacant spaces.”


Tarzana, shaded in red. Credit: Google.

The Daily Business NewsMHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the case for manufactured housing as a viable solution to hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price extensively, including Bloomberg making a statement to the same effect.

Imagine engineered homes, that meet or exceed strict federal safety, energy and performance standards, built to the nation’s only preemptive code for permanent homes,” said Daily Business News Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.


L A ‘Tony’ Kovach, credit, MHVillage.

By using the same proven systems that keep costs down on cars, smartphones, clothing or other produced products, you save on labor, time, have about 30% less waste, can buy in bulk and thus save money.”

And the U.S. Census Bureau and Government Accountability Office state our homes are about half the cost of conventional construction,” he added.

For more on companies entering the manufactured housing industry, including Jacksonville, Florida-based Park Place Communities via Crowdfunding, click here. ##

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Is Modular Movin’ on Up? Builder Sees Opportunity

April 28th, 2017 Comments off

A Squash Meadow home. Credit: MV Times.

On Martha’s Vineyard, style and price are par for the course. For builder Bill Potter, he saw opportunity to deliver both, with modular, at the right time at the right price.

According to MV Times, when the markets crashed back in 2008, Potter and his wife Terry started asking themselves what they could do with the company then known as Potter Construction.

That brainstorming turned into Squash Meadow, the couple’s firm combining modular construction with onsite building practices, known as hybrid prefab. This would allow higher end customers on Martha’s Vineyard to custom design their homes at an attractive price in what was a skittish economy.

With the concept in mind, the Potters were ready to begin. Then the challenges began.

But we needed a modular building partner who was willing to work with us, to change their business practices to accommodate the need of clients here,” said Bill Potter.

We made a list of seven modular construction companies in the Northeast and pitched them all on their notion. Six said no, but Westchester Modular Homes in Wingdale, N.Y., on the New York/Connecticut border, said yes.”

The two companies married their visions, and started on what would turn into a fruitful journey.

We’d been doing some green building, and we wanted to continue doing that, as well as offering more design choices, and Westchester was willing to adapt,” said Potter.


Bill Potter. Credit: MV Times.

Originally, Potter Construction had four employees and would hire crews when they were awarded a building contract.

Since their move to hybrid construction, the company, now known as Squash Meadow, now has a management team of ten, and Potter says that on any given day you’ll see “50 Island guys working at our work sites.”

Potter says that the hybrid model proof is in the pudding: clients see savings of 20 percent over traditional site built homes and three month completion times versus one year. For client Julie Fay and her family, they are believers.

This was a stellar experience for us. We bought our land last June, and we were fully moved in by September. Their computerized design system let us walk through every room [in the design phase] and see what our choices looked like. We got a realistic view down to appliances and interior details,” said Fay.

We wanted a green design, and we had a contractor friend look over our shoulders every step of the way. Squash Meadow could do anything. Of course some choices involved a price tag, but it was an easy and predictable process.”


A View from the Architectural Angle

Phil Regan, managing partner of Vineyard Haven based Hutker Architects Inc., provided his take on modular.

The modular industry is an affordable option and historically a sort of bucket of parts in dimensions of two, four and eight feet built in units small enough to be shipped. There has not been a lot of design but that is changing,” said Regan.

Modulars are not quite small houses now, but generally are under 2,000 square feet. Above that level, design plays a larger role. There is market demand for modular design but it seems to me that onsite construction and modular methods right now are like a pair of magnets — drawn to each other but when they get close, the direction starts to shift.”

An Expert Take


Modular Home. Photo credit, Hybrid PreFab Homes.

In MHProNews’ popular, in depth interview series, “A Cup of Coffee with...” Hybrid Prefab Homes President Otis Orsburn shares important details about this.

The hybrid prefab home methodology has been readily accepted by traditional construction contractors, investors, lenders and the ultimate homeowner, ” said Orsburn.otisorsburnhybridprefabhomes-dailybusinessnewsprefabricatedmodularhomeindustry-mhpronews

Another success is creating and managing the plan set that addresses the entire vertical construction of the home.” Orsburn stated that, “Historically, this has been the largest dysfunction when building a home that is replete with factory-built nuances that traditional contractors have not dealt with before.”

Orsburn continued.

These nuances are viewed as weaknesses because they haven’t been utilized in mainstream construction. After attending my classes for general contractors, these contractors become our spokes people.”

For more on activities on bringing affordable housing options to Martha’s Vineyard, including “tiny homes,” click here. ##


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Triad Financial Services Creates New Program Manufactured Home Dealers

April 26th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Triad.

Triad Financial Services, Inc. tells MHProNews that it has formed the Triad Manufactured Home Risk Purchasing Group (RPG) for manufactured home dealers.

Triad says that it created the program in response to the increasing demand for affordable liability insurance for manufactured home retail dealers. In addition to the insurance savings, the program will also provide periodic loss prevention and risk management information.

Recent changes in the manufactured home general liability insurance markets have undergone changes to where it may be difficult to find affordable coverage for manufactured home dealers,” the company said.

Triad wants to ensure that dealerships across the country are aware of the RPG and the benefits it provides to dealers.”

New Capital

The Daily Business News recently covered Triad’s building on their ongoing process of introducing new capital to the market, including recently bringing Superior, Wisconsin-based Superior Choice Credit Union to the Louisville Manufactured Home Show.

During the show, the Inside MH Road Show team interviewed Boyd and Joel Braun, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, and Ben Altonen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with Superior Choice Credit Union as seen in the video below.

Triad Financial Services is a privately held, full service finance company based in Jacksonville, Florida with locations in Bourbonnais, Illinois; Irvine, California; Atlanta, Georgia and Wichita, Kansas.

The full release from Triad is linked here. ##

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UPDATE: New Manufactured Home Community Laws Take Effect

April 13th, 2017 Comments off

The ordinance is discussed. Credit: Daily Iberian.

In Iberia Parish, Louisiana, an area the Daily Business News has covered prior, new laws are going into effect for manufactured home communities related to trash collection.

And some residents and owners are not pleased.

According to KATC, the Iberia Parish city council approved ordinances last month, making manufactured home communities commercial property, and requiring owners to hire their own trash collection services.

While Parish President Larry Richard signed the two ordinances into law after the council approved them, he’s now asking the council to revise and clarify some of the language.

We are not trying to get rid of mobile homes [sic] in Iberia Parish. We welcome mobile homes [sic]. We recognize we have a problem with it,” said Richard.

I hope these new laws will fix those problems,” said Council Chair Natalie Broussard.

The first of the laws now classifies communities with three or more manufactured homes commercial property.

The second one requires owners of both new and existing communities to provide their own trash services beginning October 1st.


Credit: Google.

For Broussard, she wondered exactly what all of this means.

Are these really commercial enterprises? Should they be treated like the other commercial enterprise and the developers or owners of these parks [sic] pay for their own trash disposal just like every other commercial enterprise in Iberia Parish?” asked Broussard.

She’s not alone.

If you have three or more trailers [sic], you’re now a trailer park [sic]. So, if I owned a trailer [sic] and I had two kids that wanted to live on the same property, we would be required as a trailer park [sic] to assume our own trash pickup,” said Councilman Warren Gachassin at a community meeting last month.

That’s one of our big failures in this ordinance is that we did not set up a way that anybody can apply for a variance,” said Broussard.

We need to offer some variance of making it commercial when it is truly family members living on the same piece of property and nobody is paying rent.”

Broussard also said that this is one of the areas that the council should review, in addition to the list of language that Richard has asked the council to clarify.

We can always amend an ordinance, so it’s very simple. Let’s let it go into effect now that he signed it,” said Broussard.

Let’s see how it works, and then we can start tweaking it. Nobody is opposed to making some necessary changes.”

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A New Housing Insurance Market?

March 16th, 2017 Comments off

An unrelated “tiny home.” Credit: Youtube.

Although it’s still considered a small share of the market, the growing buzz around so-called “tiny homes,” has opened up a new market for insurance.

According to Insurance Journal, while enthusiasm does run high, so do the challenges and realities that the tiny home industry, and owners, face: building codes, zoning ordinances, community norms and, insurance issues.

Some of the biggest issues involve building codes that have yet to be standardized and a variety of city and municipality zoning and ordinance regulations on where tiny homeowners can place their dwelling legally,” said Mike Schmidt, business development director for the Tiny Home Industry Association and CEO of Ensemble Ventures, a Colorado Springs business development firm.

As state and local governments struggle with, and have their own rules on, exactly how to classify tiny homes, there continues to be confusion over definitions between RVIA standards (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association) versus International Residential Codes (IRC), which lends to potential challenges around how to insure them.

There’s been some crossover between the two and how you apply insurance to this market is very interesting,” said Schmidt.

There are different types of tiny houses — how they are sited and built, how they are placed, whether they are on a trailer; a lot of things that are evolving and developing.

Additionally, zoning codes and regulations that classify tiny homes as RV’s create an additional set of problems surrounding permanent residency.

HUD basically mandates and specifies that you can’t live in an RV more than 30 days at a time in a fixed location which has really hampered the (tiny home) industry significantly,” said Schmidt.

We’ve spent a lot of time looking at single family homes building, and development lags in the country. There’s a serious need for affordable housing and tiny houses may have a role to play if we can get some of the conflicting zoning and ordinances cleaned up.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, even though tiny homes may look more affordable on the surface, manufactured housing provides a significantly better value per square foot.



Credit: CJOB.

It appears that changes could be on the horizon, given a recent addendum to the IRC.

The addendum provides architects, designers, builders, community developers and zoning officials a means of recognizing tiny houses as an official form of permissible dwelling,” said Thom Stanton of the Housing Development Institute.

The Insurance Industry

With code and zoning issues, the insurance industry has been slow to move. But one agent has decided to dive in and work to corner the market after meeting one of the earliest adopters of tiny homes.

I met Dee Williams and she talked about the frustration of not being able to find insurance,” said Darrell Grenz, owner of the Darrell Grenz Insurance Agency in Portland, Oregon.

I started going to some of her workshops to learn about the tiny home industry and then one of my clients built a tiny home.


A park model home by Skyline Homes. Park models are being used by some to target the ‘tiny house’ movement. These homes – depending on their size and configuration – may be built to the ANSI or HUD Code.

Then, Grenz was hooked.

It was almost like destiny. My office, located in North Portland, has become a hotbed for the tiny home movement,said Grenz.

But, Grenz ran into challenges as he started calling his carrier reps, as many said no to taking the risk. He finally got a big break, which involved Lloyd’s of London building a program to insure tiny homes.

Even with that success, there’s still concern about agents not having a full understanding of the market.

The problem is that most insurance agents do not understand the differences on all these things (in tiny homes) and the tiny home movement, if it’s really a movement,said Martin Burlingame, CEO of Colorado Springs-based Commercial Insurance Group.

It’s a disaster for insurance because you have agents doing all kinds of crazy things.

The biggest problem when it comes to insurance is whether the tiny home is a permanent residence or a rental property. Many tiny home enthusiasts have taken to the Airbnb-style home venture.

Even though Burlingame says that the market isn’t growing as fast as many would like, he sees the potential.

How the industry evolves over the next few years will be interesting to watch. The evolution reminds him of another emerging market and product evolution: the legal marijuana industry,” said Burlingame.

Why Not Manufactured Homes vs. Tiny Houses?


Several manufactured housing professionals believe that those fascinated with tiny houses ought to be thinking manufactured homes instead.


Brian Cira, photo credit, MHProNews.

Anybody with a brain in their head would look at a manufactured home,” Brian Cira, president, Fairmont Homes, Nappanee, IN said.

We do it much more efficiently, much more smartly. We’ve been doing this for decades. … We could build these [tiny houses] all day long.

For a detailed comparison of tiny houses and manufactured homes, see the article, linked here. ##


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Fewer New Homes – Opportunity for Manufactured Housing?

March 16th, 2017 Comments off

Day laborers wait outside of a Home Depot in Southern California. Credit: KPCC.

Is there a correlation between the recent “day without immigrants” and the building of fewer new homes?

According to CBS News, it’s an open secret that many unauthorized immigrants work in the construction industry, and while they represented a five percent share of the U.S. civilian labor force in 2014, they made up about 13 percent of workers in the construction sector in that same year, per a Pew Research Center study.

And, according to a study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), workers who are foreign born represent almost 30 percent of people employed in construction- related trades.

The NAHB says that they are in step with President Donald Trump’s position, which takes a strong stance against illegal immigration and supports immigration reform that would create a guest-worker program. This would allow employers to recruit legally authorized immigrant workers when not enough domestic workers are available.

Dallas, Texas-based home remodeling company owner Stephan Sardone saw the impact of the “day without immigrants” last month, when all of his subcontractor’s employees skipped work on a job.

The strike caused a minor inconvenience, but its message was clear,” said Sardone.

In his address to a joint session of Congress last month, President Trump made the call for a merit-based immigration system – one that is used in multiple nations around the world – that would give preference to highly skilled and employable immigrants over those moving for family reasons.


Protestors against illegal workers. Credit: Patriot-Fire.

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard says that the roots of the labor shortage are deeper.

The homebuilding industry’s labor shortage has its roots in the housing bust, when large numbers of small-business owners and workers had to find some other way to feed their families,” said Howard.


Jerry Howard. Official Photo.

Many found jobs in other fields and haven’t returned to homebuilding. On top of that, a number of immigrant construction workers left the country altogether and haven’t come back.

You have a workforce where those who are trained in much-needed skills have jobs in other sectors and don’t want to come back,” said Howard.

That’s a huge factor as to why there is a shortage of housing construction, and it’s not a problem that will go away overnight.

Information from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that housing starts are expected to increase to 1.3 million this year, which represents a slight improvement over last year but still well below pre-financial crisis levels.

Homebuilders are building more than they have been in recent years, but not at the level that we truly need to satisfy demand,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun.


Manufactured Housing: The Answer, Hiding in Plain Sight 


Credit: MHABC.

The Daily Business News has covered the labor shortage in home construction extensively, and continues to show evidence that manufactured housing is a practical and affordable solution to provide quality homes at a competitive price.

And, even though manufactured and modular homebuilders can also feel the “pinch” at times, one of the numerous advantages of factory building is the ability to recruit and train team members who can work effectively in a production center environment.


John Bostick, president, Sunshine Homes, Red Bay, AL.

As John Bostick, owner and president of Sunshine Homes said in an interview this summer, “We have an almost unlimited capacity” to expand production.

For more on manufactured housing being the solution that’s hiding in plain sight,  see MHProNews  and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach’s insight into the opportunity linked here. ##


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Constraints on New Home Construction – Is MH the Answer?

March 14th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Clark County Home Builders.

New data from Redfin shows that more consumers than ever before are in the market for a home.

While sales are picking up, new home construction is well below levels prior to the recession of 2008.

Could manufactured housing be the solution?

According to National Mortgage News, there are key factors that limit new home construction.


Credit: National Mortgage News.


Rising Land Costs are a factor, as many homebuilders who where able to grab empty lots as land prices tanked during the recession. They got a great deal and have built on the land, which is significantly more expensive now that it was just a few years ago.

Severe Labor Shortages are hurting the construction industry badly, with 184,000 construction jobs nationwide left unfilled. As the Daily Business News covered recently, a poll conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) revealed that 76 percent of builders indicated cost and availability of labor as their major problem. The poll concludes that the anticipated construction labor shortage could cripple the improving housing market.


Credit: National Mortgage News.

There are currently 184,000 open construction sector jobs,” said Robert Dietz, chief economist at the NAHB.

The rate of unfilled sector jobs has been on the rise and now stands at rates near cycle highs and at levels comparable to the housing boom period. The rising rate of unfilled jobs has slowed the construction sector’s net job growth.


Credit: Real EstateSyracuse.

The “Renter’s Nation” continues to heat up, as many of the homes that were left vacant during the financial crisis became single-family rentals, and many flock to them to get the home experience, without the cost and restraints.

Credit: National Mortgage News.

Access to Credit is an issue, as it is still very difficult to obtain a traditional home loan, and without buyers for homes, homebuilders have a hard time justifying more home construction.


Manufactured Housing to the Rescue?

With all of the challenges facing new home construction, the manufactured housing industry remains a practical and viable solution to making the American Dream accessible to everyone.

Mega successful business people like Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, Jim Clayton, founder of Clayton Homes, and ELS Chairman Sam Zell all understand the immense value proposition that manufactured housing provides, with Zell famously being quoted as saying during this interview, “Everyone calls them trailer parks. Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.


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