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Legacy Housing Announces New Bulk Leasing Program for Manufactured Home Communities and Mobile Home Parks

February 15th, 2019 Comments off


Legacy Housing Corporation (NASDAQ: LEGH) has announced a new program for manufactured home park and community owners across America. 


The new Legacy bulk leasing program allows for parks and community owners to lease brand new singlewide and doublewide homes from our Eatonton, Georgia factory at an 8-year lease term.  With no payments for the first 60 days and a 4-home minimum purchase, this program is the perfect way for parks to fill spaces at affordable amounts and to get brand new 2019 models for their lots and communities.

Legacy’s bulk leasing program offers free shipping for the first 200 miles of transport and has a $1,000 refundable deposit per home, returnable upon the installation and skirting of home or the denial of credit/leasing qualification.  With the right to terminate a lease with proper notice with a minimum penalty, and the right to move homes within a park if appropriate notice is provided to Legacy, this program is currently helping to make new product accessible to small business owners and entrepreneurs in the park home market.

This upcoming Wednesday and Thursday, February 20 and 21, Legacy will be having our Semi-Annual Sale at our factory in Eatonton, Georgia.  Featuring over 140 brand new homes, including 100+ park-ready singlewides ranging from 12×34 to 16×64 and over 2 dozen Tiny Houses, this sale has something for every park owner.  With a mix of 1,2, and 3 bedroom units, wind zone 1 and wind zone 2 compliant houses, these homes are pre-built and ready to roll.

Legacy Home Sale Feb 20-21

With monthly bulk leasing prices starting at $243 / month for a 12-wide, this is a can’t miss opportunity to get the most bang-for-your-buck.  For more info on Legacy’s bulk leasing program or to join us at our upcoming Georgia Home Sale, email or call our Georgia sales team direct at (770) 502-6228.

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Fall Manufactured Housing Show Features Free Education, Fun, Special Financing, & More

September 18th, 2018 Comments off


A big manufactured housing show is set for October 15-17, 2018 in Fort Worth, TX. 


It makes several simple, yet profit-generating, promises.

  •  Free Education,


  • A variety of off-hours fun and entertainment,


  • Special Financing that helps you stock and sell more homes,


  • Marketing and Sales Tips from Pros,

To learn more, click the article linked above and/or click their banner ad below for more details, or to RSVP. 


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Jana Kasperkevic, Tiny Houses, Manufactured Homes & Financing

June 22nd, 2017 Comments off

JanaKasperkevicGuardianMarketplaceTinyHouseManufacturedHomeAnalysisCommentaryReportDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews400A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” said Alexander Pope, about 208 years ago, and it is as true today as it was then.

An early version of the saying, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” is attributed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,  (1091-1153), and that too remains true.

Jana Kasperkevic is a good writer who recently published an article for the about tiny houses, and manufactured homes. The headline said, “Tiny homes seem perfect for most millennials, except for one big problem.”

In a catchy opening, Kasperkevic states, “Tiny homes seem like a perfect answer to most of millennials’ problems. They are affordable. They are minimalistic. The[y] [sic] are trendy. Except there’s one problem: Tiny homes are not considered homes when it comes to bank loans, making it hard for potential owners to find financing.”

DefiningSICinJournalismDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews-comThen comes one of several problem areas in her column, “Because tiny homes are portable and their owners could just pack up, get in and move somewhere else, the U.S. financial system does not consider them houses. Instead, they fall into a category with recreational vehicles and mobile homes called manufactured homes — homes that can be made in factory and then moved as needed. Often, they are paid for upfront or bought with funds obtained through a personal loan.”


Credit,, from Kasperkevic’s article.  To see her full commentary, click here.

While the portion of the paragraph quoted above following the “– homes…” is accurate, the first part of that paragraph is problematic.

Perhaps more troublesome to those who believe that facts matter are the two paragraphs she writes, as follows.

But that could change next year.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has proposed a pilot program that would allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to provide financing for buyers of manufactured homes. According to Bloomberg, the program could go into effect as early as January. And when it does, it could transform the tiny home industry.”

What the above does is represent that a tiny house is a manufactured home.  While it is true that some manufactured home producers are building what they label as a ‘tiny house,’ it is not accurate to say that every tiny house is a manufactured home.  There are other errors and oversights in the above, but let’s focus on mixing the terms, manufactured home and tiny house.

To be a manufactured home, a home must be certified by HUD, and have a HUD red, metal label.


Why Routine Media Engagement is Necessary for Industry Growth

MHI/NCC member Frank Rolfe has said that even since the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has brought on first one, then another full time public relations professionals, he is still getting phone calls from media outlets who tell him that MHI will not speak to them by phone.

That, says Rolfe and others, creates an ongoing series of problems.


A source within MHI told MHProNews that some researchers call, when asked about certain topics, are told that they need to do a Google search for that, MHI couldn’t (wouldn’t) help them.

So, while several producers in the industry are seeking to tap into the tiny house movement, MHI has been less than fully engaged in addressing incorrect information, such as the article by Kasperkevic.

Lindsey Bostick, who is a millennial, works in the industry and owns a residential-style manufactured home, has explained why she believes the homes are a good fit for her generation, as well as others.

ChrisGalushaTinyHouseTalkDailyBusinessNewsResearchReportsAnalysisManufacturedHomesMHProNews298x527Had Kasperkevic carefully read the draft of her own article, some of the discrepancies between what she wrote and the facts might have popped out at her, or her editor(s).

For example, she wrote that, “They make it look easy,” said Chris Galusha, president of the American Tiny House Association. “They are like, ‘Ta-da! We’re putting a tiny home here.’ Nobody realizes that behind those shows, there’s a lot of time spent with people negotiating or checking with building officials or taxing authority and stuff like that…”

…“I’m always in favor of having guidelines like building codes and regulations, because that protects everybody,” Galusha said.”

Manufactured homes are built to federally preemptive standards, the nation’s first and still only national building code for housing. Tiny houses aren’t necessarily built to any standard, as Galusha’s words imply.


What a Google Search Could Have Revealed

Had Kasperkevic done the Google search shown below, she would have found this article by RC Williams on MHLivingNews.  Williams’ article pointed out that financing isn’t the only problem; zoning is another big hurdle for tiny houses.


Original photo credit, Toledo Blade. To see article, click the image above.

MHI member, Credit Human’s regional manager, Barry Noffsinger said, “Tiny houses are cute and popular to watch on TV.”


Barry Noffsinger, photo credit, MHProNews.

It obviously holds appeals to some,” Noffsinger stated, “but they aren’t built to a code, so placement can be a nightmare.”

As a manufactured home lender, Noffsinger added, “And since there is no building code, how do you finance one? By contrast, modem manufactured homes can be very residential, they too can have amazingly appealing features, and placement and lending is easier, because they are built to a federally preemptive building code.”

Tiny houses have received favorable media attention in recent years. But not enough attention has been focused on the fact that many, if not most, are not built to a building code, with some jurisdictions raising safety concerns,” said Mark Weiss, an attorney who is president and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).


Mark Weiss, JD, President, CEO of MHARR.

MHARR’s president noted that tiny houses aren’t manufactured homes, as some may incorrectly think. He also lamented the difference in media attention the two housing types tend to bring.

By comparison,” says Weiss, “manufactured homes are built to a federal code which provides not only a safe, quality home, but multiple layers of protection for consumers — all at much lower price per square foot.  Which makes more sense?  And where is the favorable media attention for HUD Code homes?”

In fairness, Kasperkevic isn’t alone in the problems with conflating the various terminologies involved.  But journalists are supposed to be focused on getting the facts, and reporting accurately and without bias. RC Williams’ recent report on schooling the media is thus of value.

The Road Ahead

While several manufactured home companies are investing in providing solid information for customers and shoppers – including the one linked or others shown in the video above – there is still more work to be done. What should be apparent from those who study the issues is that those who invest in getting the facts straight are growing at a more rapid pace than the industry at large currently is, as seen linked here.

StillRoundTheCornderThereMayWaitNewRoadSecretGateJRRTolkeinRoadAheadManufacturedHousingDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews507Within a trillion dollar a year housing industry, where major players are dancing around – and in – the HUD Code manufactured home industry’s appeal, will more industry professionals leave their comfort zones to routinely get and keep the record straight when media and researchers make mistakes? ## (For Jana Kasperkevic’s full story, click here. “We Provide, You Decide.”©   News, analysis, commentary).

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Kevin Clayton at Clayton Homes Takes Buffett’s Big Stage, Video

May 13th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: FOX Business.

Yesterday, in part one of this series on the “Woodstock for Capitalists,” the Daily Business News focused on several aspects of the business, wit, insights, and politics of Warren Buffett.

Today, we look at Kevin Clayton of Clayton Homes, who even before his featured interview on FOX Business, Warren Buffett spoke highly of Clayton Homes in his annual letter to shareholders on February 25th.

Clayton and Berkshire have been a wonderful partnership,” wrote Buffett.

Kevin Clayton came to us with a best-in-class management group and culture. Berkshire, in turn, provided unmatched staying power when the manufactured home industry fell apart during the Great Recession.”

The Knoxville News-Sentinel also reported that, for the second year in a row, Buffett defended Clayton’s financing practices.


The tag team that engaged in so-called ‘agenda journalism,’ targeting Clayton Homes, as a way of derailing MHI’s version 3.0 of “Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing.” The report, while flawed, was widely cited by Democrats who opposed the measure and stalled in the Senate.  For insights on MHI’s fourth attempt at passage, click here

In 2015, a joint Seattle Times, Center for Public Integrity and later BuzzFeed News investigation accused Clayton Homes of pushing minorities and others into high-interest predatory loans, which Clayton has strongly denied. The Daily Business News covered that story extensively, separating agenda media hyperbole, faked news fiction from the facts. One of those stories is linked here.  

In his interview with FOX Business’ Liz Claman, Clayton highlighted the fact that they expect to sell in excess of 45,000 manufactured homes this year, doing their part to address the affordable housing crisis in the U.S.

The average new home in America is almost $400,000 now,” said Clayton.

Pointing to their display home, Clayton spoke directly to an ongoing challenge for the industry that needs to be addressed.

What our industry is saying, if that it’s built with the steep-pitch roof, onsite garage, and porch, built to the federal code and to FHA setup standards, it should be financed and zoned just like site-built traditional housing.”

Clayton also shared details on the company’s new “tiny homes,” designed by Mountain Brook, Alabama-based Jeffrey Dungan Architects.

We’ve been working for two years to develop the best tiny homes,” said Clayton.

What’s unique about us, is this home is built to live in permanently and meets your local and state housing codes, which is a huge advantage.”

Clayton and Buffett after the annual paper toss in 2015. Credit: FOX Business.

Among the points absent from the discussion was the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA), enhanced preemption, and the examples that HUD themselves provided of municipal placement in a university level report, linked here.

Tiny House – Risks, Trends, and Rewards?

ihouse Clayton Green-Bridge-Farm-Chevy-Volt-posted on Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management

The i-House was a highly publicized, widely respected, ‘green’ and vogue concept home. But it fizzled in the market place. See prior Daily Business News report, linked here. In the Green Bridge Farm photo by Jetson Green above, the i-House was paired with an electric Chevy Volt, as a way of underscoring its green features.

The tiny house move by the giant is not a guaranteed lock, as those who recall the Clayton i-House recall the fanfare, which fizzled as a result of all-too-modest sales.  So industry observers are watching this move carefully.

As our regular readers are aware, MHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the “tiny home” movement extensively, including the potential for big legal trouble for owners and a detailed side-by-side comparison with manufactured homes, highlighting function and value versus fashion.

Clayton Homes is reassuring their prospects for their tiny house that their units are built to a building code, unlike so many on the market that are built to no codes at all.

Others in HUD Code manufactured housing are making their own moves on tiny houses.  Some are built to the HUD Code, some to the ANSI code, and others reportedly to no codes, but still rolling out of HUD Code production centers. The tiny house craze is no doubt fueled by the mainstream media’s love affair with the typically mobile units, while at the same time slighting manufactured homes.

About Clayton Homes

Clayton Homes is the largest producer of manufactured homes (MH) in North America and as noted is a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

Vertically integrated, the company has several hundred retail centers nationwide, HUD Code and modular production centers. Through its affiliates and family of brands, Clayton builds, sells, finances, leases and insures Clayton-built manufactured and modular homes.  Their retail operation famously also buys products and uses services from other producers.

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After Land Deal, Tiny Manufactured Homes to the Rescue for the Homeless

November 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Judy Huntsman presents the Brown’s a $30,000 check. Credit: The News-Leader.

Linda and David Brown are founders of The Gathering Tree, a nonprofit organization that operates an evening drop-in center for homeless people in Springfield, Missouri.

They had a vision to be able to do more. And they did.

The Gathering Tree has purchased a 4.5-acre tract of land in north Springfield to create a tiny-home community for disabled and chronically homeless people.

The new community will be called Eden Village and will eventually include 30 homes and a community center.

Linda and David Brown invited the public and media to an event on November 21st to announce the plans for Eden Village. During the event, Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realtors owner Judy Huntsman presented a check for $30,000 to pay for the first tiny, manufactured home at Eden Village.

It’s time for us to step up to the plate,” said Huntsman. “When I saw these tiny houses, I just said, ‘we have to do this.‘”

Linda Brown, also a real estate agent, has been looking for property for the tiny home community for some time. She recently found a former manufactured home community that is complete with concrete pads and utility and sewer hook-ups for the tiny factory-built homes.


A tiny home model. Credit: The News-Leader.

I took that back to the city and they gave me the thumbs up. They said, ‘OK, this is good,” said Linda Brown. “We don’t have to rezone. It’s already a mobile home park [sic]. That is what we are going to do.

The homes are 400 square feet with one bedroom, one bathroom and a kitchen.

All we have to do is roll them in and plug them in. And they are good to go,” said Brown.

There will be a shared community building with laundry facilities and a large kitchen for entertaining up to 30 guests.


Outside of The Gathering Tree, Springfield Missouri. Credit: The News-Leader.

Per the Springfield News-Leader, Eden Village will specifically house individuals who qualify as “chronically disabled homeless” by standards of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Residents, many of whom are on disability, will pay their own rent.

The inhabitants will have dignified homes in a community infused with respect and hospitality,” a press release said. “The Gathering Tree’s Eden Village will radically transform Springfield’s approach to homelessness and provide a model that can be replicated elsewhere to help address the issues of homelessness.

We hope to have the first home on the site in early 2017,” said David Brown.

Once we have about 10 homes and the community building ready, people can begin moving in.

The Daily Business News has covered rise of “tiny homes” recently, including the city of San Jose, California, bypassing state building codes to provide homes for the homeless. ##

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Tiny Houses Go Luxury – Clayton home building group unveils new series, Video, Photos

September 9th, 2016 Comments off

lowcountrytinyhouseclaytonhomebuildinggroupluxurytinyhouses-creditknoxvillenews-posteddailybusinessnews-mhpronewsWe are excited to build homes and explore opportunities for this housing segment,” said Mike Duncan with Clayton Homes to MHProNews. “Some may say it is a fad, and there are certainly some obstacles when it comes to zoning and acceptance in some areas, but it will be fun to try and see if we can meet the market with a product that works and to learn from it.”


Jeffrey Dungan Architect, photo credit – Houzz.

People were very excited,” said Jeffrey Dungan to the KnoxvilleNews, whose company designed the prototype. Speaking about attendees’ reaction to Clayton’s “Low Country” tiny home prototype at the Cashiers Designer Showcase in North Carolina, Dungan stated that “It was almost like a childlike response, even with people who are 70 years old. I don’t know quite what it is, there’s this youthful exuberance when you talk about tiny homes and when they get to actually stand in one.”

The regional event attracts interior designers and builders who are exploring new trends. Dungan said the display model – produced in Clayton Alabama production center – could have been sold 15 times, right on the spot, it drew so much positive attention.



Mike Duncan, VP, Clayton Homes.

The home and design by Jeff Dungan is stunning and was very well received at the event in Cashiers, NC,” Duncan said.

Very different use of material and exterior design,” and “super fun to build.”

We’ve dedicated a facility in Alabama to build Tiny homes and will explore possibilities,” Duncan explains. “It certainly gives a platform to showcase the neat things that can be done.”


“Low Country” tiny homes, like those showcased in Cashiers, are 396 square feet.  They retail for $96,000. The Clayton home building group has two other series of tiny homes being designed.


The Campground Series will be there entry level tiny house, and based upon transport and other factors, would retail in the $40,000 range. These are built to the RV Code, not to the HUD Code.  So the total size must be under 400 square feet.

The Lakeside series will sell the $60,000 range. Hollingworth stresses that these are estimates, and that the distance to transport will clearly be a factor in the pricing.

Duncan told the Daily Business News that the KnoxvilleNews article “has been shared a lot,” and “helps broaden the audience of consideration.” That story, which includes a full photo-spread, is linked here. ##

(Photo and video credits, Clayton Homes, KnoxvilleNews).


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Developer Fumes over slow Approvals, Manufactured Housing Association jumps in

November 20th, 2014 Comments off

microsuite-vancourver-sun-glenn-baglo=credit-canada-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-I don’t know why Vancouver is so behind the 8-ball on this, despite our affordability challenge,” says Jon Stovell, President of Reliance Properties, a developer in Vancouver. Barbara Yaffe says in the Vancouver Sun  that “In 2011, Reliance refurbished the Burns Block on Hastings, transforming it from a vacant single-occupancy residence hotel into 30 microsuites. At monthly rates of $850 per suite, the building was rented out in a week.”

Stovell points out that the young and those earning $38,000-$50,000 a year need an affordable place to live. Microsuites like the one shown in the photo are popular in parts of Europe and Asia. The city relaxed its 320 square foot minimum standard to allow Reliance to build units of 226 to 291 square feet.

Vancouver’s planning director Brian Jackson admits that the city is not approving more such units in their downtown’s east side, over concerns about impact on city services, including community centers, libraries and land values. Stovell says talks are moving at a glacial pace.

British Columbia (B.C.) Housing, the Real Estate Institute of B.C., the Urban Development Institute and the Manufactured Housing Association of B.C. Is investing $30,000 in a survey through December focused on small housing options.

Yaffe state the study will “explore best practices and lessons learned in small-market unit design.” She also says it will explore views of developers, individuals or couples living in units of 500 square feet or less and families of three or more in 750 square feet or less.

The study group observes: “With land available for residential development becoming more scarce and home prices growing at a faster pace compared with incomes, small homes are becoming increasingly popular among builders and buyers.”

The groups work may reveal ways to break through the impasse between city planners and developers like Stovell who believe they offer a solution for high cost urban living.

Tien Sher Homes, which redeveloped another building with 290 and 653 square foot units from $130,900 and up has a brochure that touts they are for those “people who chose quality construction and intelligent design over sprawling square footage.” Units “maximize every square inch for the stylish comfort you require, and the vibrant lifestyle you crave.”

But isn’t it possible that some, like those getting into the Tiny House movement, are turning to such micro-units simply because of necessity and affordability?

The need for businesses, associations and government to work together to overcome barriers to affordability is clear. ##

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Tiny House, not ok’d for Manufactured Home Community

August 30th, 2013 Comments off

tiny-house-Bob Pritt’s 208 square foot home is only 208 square feet, cost him about $20,000 to build, but Anderson County can’t say yes, because his home is not a HUD Code certified manufactured home, so it can’t be placed in a manufactured home land lease community. Pritt’s had his home titled as an RV, WBIR tells MHProNews. But as community owner-operators in many parts of the U.S. know, manufactured home communities are often only allowed to have pre-HUD code mobile or post HUD Code manufacured homes in them, no RVs or tiny houses are allowed. It is interesting to note that Pritt’s tiny house, on a cost per square foot basis, is about 3 times the price of many 16×80 single section manufactured homes. ##

(Image Credit: WBIR)