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State-Level Data Provided for Total Manufactured Home Shipments in 5 Key States for 2018

February 12th, 2019 Comments off



The information that follows was forwarded from the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) as a news tip to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.


It reflects data from the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) states. It includes the so-called ‘birth place’ of manufactured home production in Indiana, and the states around it.

Note that 2 states dropped, 1 state rose, and the remaining 2 states were essentially flat.



The data should be an alarm that challenges the amen-corner that falsely claims that postures that ‘all is grand’ and that there is ‘momentum’ in manufactured housing.  During an affordable housing crisis, how is it possible that the overall results for these 5 historically key states are down?

  • 2017 totals for the 5 MMHF states are: 12,548.
  • 2018 totals for the 5 MMHF states are: 12,210.

Furthermore, while most haven’t mentioned it, the number of homes on display at the 2019 Louisville Show was down from last year too.

Facts are what they are.  BS from the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis may seemingly talk, but it obviously doesn’t move the needle as needed. See the related reports, further below.



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Winners and Losers, 5 Midwestern States, Manufactured Home Shipment Breakdown

July 9th, 2018 Comments off



“…Check out Michigan numbers. They are declining but the retail market is strong. Less rental purchases.”

The above was part of a series of off-the-record messages from a HUD Code home production center that ships into the Midwestern states.  There were several topics, but this one – which came from a Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) member company – was focused on concerns that manufactured housing was still hitting new home shipment headwinds.

Further, the new home shipments don’t closely reflect new home sales, as would have been true 10, 20, or 30 years ago.


In another message from a different source was a related news tip from a Daily Business News reader.


It appears to be a scan or photos of two charts, which MHProNews has added its logo and fair use notice to, after-the-fact.  The spot-checked data appears to be accurate.


The only JCHS graphic that specifically mentions manufactured housing.  To see the related report, click here, the image above, or the related report below.

How can it be that during a growing affordable housing crisis, that manufactured home shipments are declining anywhere in the U.S.?

But as the Daily Business News has exclusively reported on prior occasions, rises in new home shipments to states such as Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Alabama are masking the decline, modest growth or essentially flat sales in some 1½ dozen other states, per the last review, shown in the linked article below.

While Manufactured Housing Overall Rises, Some Slip Sliding Away


The Troubling Trend report, which is linked below and can be read later for greater depth of understanding on the topic, spotlights how several industry professionals in operations of all sizes are telling MHProNews that rental shipments into communities are another ‘mask’ for essentially flat manufactured home sales.

Manufactured Home Communities, Retailers, Developers Face Disruptive, Troubling Trend

While shipments have been steadily rising for years, producers from among MHI and MHARR member companies have told MHProNews that they feel concerns about what could happen in 3 to 5 years, if the underlying cause for these trends aren’t addressed.

It is worth noting that Ohio has risen significantly.  This is true, even though that state went through a bruising media battle with their governor and politicos that wrenched away their state commission that oversaw manufactured housing installations.

That state association took pro-active steps to address the mainstream media, and this trade media, in disputing the claims. While they didn’t succeed in their quest, all the apparently negative publicity did not negatively impact their shipments. Why?  Could it be that the routine push-back by the Ohio state association helped attract new customers that may not have come otherwise?  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Reaching for the Sky, Multiple Level HUD Code Manufactured Homes

February 21st, 2018 Comments off


Near Houston, in a residential style neighborhood off Atascocita Road in Humble, TX is Classic Pine Estates.  It was a seen as a hot property when it was developed.

Among its bragging points?

A full two-story HUD Code manufactured home, reportedly built by Fleetwood Homes, circa 2002.  According to Zillow, it is 3 beds2 baths, 2,112 sq ft and worth about $149,236.


The home can be seen from the Google street view, and also from the Google Maps 3D view, off Grand Prix Drive, less than a city block off Atascocita Road, near the entrance to Classic Pine Estates.  While arguably not as stylish as the homes at the in Newport Beach or near Cincinnati as shown, it was an example of what could be done with HUD Code manufactured housing.  Note that the distortions in the photo below are from the Google street view imaging process, those windows would be level.


Note that the distortions in the photo below are from the Google street view imaging process, those windows would be level.

That two story home was reported installed on it’s foundation system near the height of the boom, when about 250,000 manufactured homes were being produced a year, compared to less than 93,000 installed in 2017.  At the peak, over 372,000 new HUD Code homes were being built.

It’s a reminder of the days when manufactured homes were literally reaching for the sky.


A finished upper level was accessed from the living room stairs in the Cape Code style home, located in Sunset Village, north of Chicago, IL. Photo spread at this link.

The featured photo at the top of this post is from CityScapes At The Mills of Carthage, near Cincinnati, Ohio. It was featured in MHLivingNews at the link below.

CityScapes at the Mills of Carthage; Boston and other cities, are you Listening?

The article was written in response to an editorial a few years ago in the Boston Globe, that called for manufactured and modular homes to be allowed into the city of Boston.

That Boston Globe editorial began as follows, “THE TERM “manufactured housing” tends to invoke a 65-by-12-foot mobile home plopped down in a trailer park. But the industry has evolved to the point that many housing units assembled in factories are indistinguishable in looks and quality from homes built on site.”


In Newport Beach, California you can see multiple level homes that the developer used, which fetch over $300,000 – a bargain. The Daily Business News featured that property previously, in comparing it to the most popular house on Realtor  for 2017.

Most Popular Home of Year Goes To…Shotgun like ‘Single Sectional’ – Think “Lido” Manufactured Home

MHLivingNews did a video interview with a resident of a multiple story manufactured home that is set on a foundation in the golf-course style neighborhood, in the article linked below.

The Greens of Vista – HomeOwner Interview – Manufactured Home Living


High Rise Multiple Story “Racks” of Manufactured Homes

But decades before any of those projects are the design concepts envisioned using single-sectionals built on rack-type structures.  The vision was to maneuvered units with a crane, as one does with modular sections.  The concept was seen as a way of creating several stories of single level homes that could literally be made like a high-rise apartment, only at a lower price.

As HUD considers what reforms to make to the manufactured housing program, one-point ought to be stressed to regulators.  With a performance-based code, the sky is the limit.

Neither the industry’s professionals,

  • nor regulators,
  • nor investors
  • or others researching the modern HUD Code manufactured housing industry ought to think of the industry as limited. One of the points that MHProNews would editorially agree with the recent, controversial Urban Institute studies is this.




The industry could rapidly be ramped up.

HUD Comment Letter – FR-6075-N-01 Regulatory Review of Manufactured Housing Rules

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8 Trump Voters, One Year Later – How They Feel, per Bloomberg

November 28th, 2017 Comments off

84BattleGroundstatesBloomberg!YearLaterDonaldTrumpVotersIt’s been a little over a year since the historic voting that thrust first time candidate Donald J. Trump into the White House over Democratic rival Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Much of the news media – across the left-right media bias spectrum captured in the graphic further below by Sharyl Attkisson – were in shock on November 9th when the Clinton campaign conceded the race in a phone call.

Against that backdrop, left-leaning Bloomberg reported the following.

In the aftermath of November’s election, there was the sense in many East Coast circles that it wouldn’t take long for the voters of Middle America to regret their decision to put Donald Trump in the White House,” per Bloomberg’s writers – Esmé E. Deprez , Jeff Green, Mark Niquette and Elise Young.

Nine months later, we’ve found few signs of such remorse,” they said.

We’ve been tracking a group of Trump supporters from the four key Heartland states that helped swing the election:

Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan,” per their report.

True, there has been slippage in support for him in some cases, but what comes through clearly is that the emotional bond between the firebrand politician and his base remains very strong. Here they are–eight portraits in all–in their own words.”


MHProNews notes the original story is linked further below, and will only show the top lines with this brief commentary.

When a non-push-poll (a manipulative kind of survey) is used, others in media have had similar findings to Bloomberg.

Is that a surprise?



  • unemployment at a 17-year low,
  • with consumer confidence at a 17-year high. And
  • the markets having set dozens of records since the election, there are practical reasons why voters are staying loyal to the president and Vice President Mike Pence, who both affirmed, “We are going to be in the promise keeping business.”

Here’s the 8 President Trump voters, and how they rate him one year after the vote.

Byrn Biemeck, Milwaukee, WI.


Michael Makowski, Concordville, PA.

MichaelMakowskiCOndorvillePA54SmallBusinessMarriedBloombergDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAnn Peterson, Rochester, MI.

AnnPetersonRochesterMI52YearOldRealEstateBloombergDailyBuisnessNewsMHProNewsGeno DiFabio, Youngstown, OH.

GenoDiFabioYoungstownOH54DriverMarriedBloombergDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsKim Woodrosky, Wilkes-Barre, PA.


KimWoodroskyWilkesBarrePA53RealEstateInvestorBloombergDailyBusienssNewsMHProNewsTom Anslow, Port Clinton, OH.


William Chaney, La Crosse, WI.

WilliamChaneyLaCrosseWI41AccountExecWholesaleMortgBloombergDailyBuisnessNewsMHproNewsTom Viviano, Sterling Heights, MI.


Why are they loyal?  As noted, the president and his administration have been in the promise keeping business.

Mulvaney Moves Quickly to Start Reigning in the CFPB

Last night’s closing numbers, plus the spotlight report and the Trump effect on the markets – 1 year later – are all found at the link below.

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Rain and Clouds Don’t Dampen Ohio Manufactured Home Show’s Strong Public Attendance

May 19th, 2014 Comments off

shoppers-manufactured-homes-eastern-ohio-home-show-credit-omho-ribbon-cutting--posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-com300xCool, cloudy and rainy weather failed to dampen the solid turnout of the public who came by the thousands to see modern manufactured and modular homes on display during the Eastern Ohio Home Show. Tim Williams, executive director for the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association, provided MHProNews with these officials totals:

Public Show Attendance for Friday, May 16th, 2014 (56 degrees, intermittent rain, hours 4 PM – 8 PM) = 337

Public Show Attendance for Saturday May 17th, 2014 (54 degrees, rain, Hours 9 AM – 6 PM) = 1,149

Public Show Attendance for Sunday May 18th, 2014 (63, partly cloudy hours noon to 5 PM) = 1,010

Total of 2.5 days of public Show Attendance = 2,496

Industry Day Attendance (Friday May 16th, 9 AM to 3:30 PM) = 397

Total of all three days and both industry and public attendance = 2,893

Richard “Dick” Jennison said, “Tim, On behalf of myself and the entire MHI membership, I would like to extend a resounding round of applause to you, the Board of Directors of OMHA and the legion of volunteers who made the inaugural Eastern Ohio Home Show such a huge success!  Having the public see and tour our affordable and quality homes is an idea long overdue and a show format for others to emulate.  Great Show and a Great Job to all!” ##

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County service shutoff to community abated as owners agree to pay $314,000 bill

August 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Valley_Hills_MH_community_photo_credit_RealtyOhioRecordPub reports that Valley Hills Mobile Home Park owners will be paying $314,000 to the county water resources department that was in arrears. County officials threatened a cut off of service to the community located on Sandy Lake Road in Rootstown, OH. Buckeye Portfolio LLC of Burbank CA reportedly paid the last sewer bill in 2008, according to Jeff Lonzrick, who heads the county water resources department. Commissioners reportedly didn’t want to endanger residents, but threatened the shut off in order to collect. Portage County Treasurer Steve Shanafelt stated that the property owners delinquent property taxes “threw a wrench in their day,” adding the firm’s chief financial officer has agreed to bring the bill up to date, “but it will be a matter of time.” The Valley Hills land lease community has its own water supply, but uses county sewer services.

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RV/MH Hall of Fame inducts 10 in ceremony

August 3rd, 2011 Comments off

RV_MH_Hall_of_Fame_TripAdvisor_posted_on_MHMSM.com_MHProNews.pngSome 350 leaders from the RV and Manufactured Housing industries gathered at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart to dine on surf and turf while honoring the class of 2011 inductees. Hodge Patel from U.S. Congressman Joe Donnelly office said: “Each year about 45 million vehicles travel the Indiana Toll Road. We need to work to capture these travelers so that they too can experience the RV/MH museum and hall of fame…The wow-factor is inside this building and we all need to re-double our efforts, just as Go RVing and many others have done financially and through other commitments.” The Spirit award went to retiring board member Jerry Pickrell, in recognition of 20 years of service. Inductees included: George Allen, GFA Management, Greenwood, IN. Robert Azevedo, Alpine RV, San Francisco, CA. MH Retailer Leonard O. Brown, West Valley View, Inc. Allegany, NY. Both Harold ‘Hal’ Gerring, (deceased), Gerring Industries, Shipshewana, IN. Larry Huttle, Airstream, Jackson Center, OH. James Knott, J & B Homes, Carlsbad, NM. John Martin, TCA and MHI, Locust Grove , VA. Mike Schneider, Affinity Group, Ventura, CA. MHARR co-Founder James F. Shea, Jr, Fairmont Homes, Nappanee, IN was also among the inductees. The Hall of Fame tells that photos from the event will be available in the next few days.

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