#1 Texas’ Manufactured Housing Builders Survey Says They are ‘Ready for a Rebound’ But Data Point in Question, DOE MH Energy Rule Too – Facts, Analysis; plus, MHVille Stocks, Markets Update


The Texas Real Estate Research Center (TRERC) issued a press release in conjunction with the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) on Thursday February 16, 3:50 PM ET. To the well informed, that release has some questionable items, an obvious miss, and perhaps terminology/phraseology anomalies. Texas is the #1 production and shipment state in the U.S. for HUD Code Manufactured Housing.  A “rebound” is being projected by their latest report.  The TRERC press release will be Part I of today’s report. Part II will provide additional information with more MHProNews facts, analysis, and commentary in brief. Part III will be the Daily Business News on MHProNews stocks, left-right headline news summary, and market report recap.

Part I.



 Texas’ housing manufacturers ready for a rebound

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (Texas Real Estate Research Center) – Manufactured housing sales have slumped for 15 consecutive months, according to the Texas Manufactured Housing Survey (TMHS), but the latest data indicate improvements on the horizon.

“Supply-chain disruptions and surging demand in 2021 and early 2022 forced housing manufacturers to turn customers away due to capacity constraints,” said Wesley Miller, senior research associate at the Texas Real Estate Research Center (TRERC). “The tables turned in April of last year when demand dropped in response to higher interest rates. Manufacturers slowed production and subsequently shrank payrolls.”

While sales and production remained subdued in January, expectations elevated for the third straight month, and the TMHS business-activity index swung 60 points upward—its largest monthly movement in either direction since the survey started in June 2020.

“The supply chain has been steadily improving over the last six months,” according to TRERC Research Economist Dr. Harold Hunt. “Freight and fuel costs have dropped, although we are seeing fuel prices rebound slightly as of late.”

The TMHS corroborated these developments through consistent decreases in the supply-chain disruptions and raw-materials price indices.

“Mortgage interest rates have also come down from their highs, and the combination of these factors are contributing to the recent optimism,” said Hunt.

Despite improved sentiments regarding macroeconomic factors, housing manufacturers are increasingly concerned about regulatory costs and the impact on their operations.

“The Department of Energy’s (DOE) efficiency standards for manufactured homes are scheduled to go into effect May 31 of this year,” said Rob Ripperda, vice president of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association. “The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), however, administers the manufactured-housing program and opted not to recommend the wholesale adoption of the DOE standards into the HUD code.”

Ripperda said the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) instead proposed energy efficiency updates that more appropriately considered the cost impacts of the changes and preserved the program’s statutory obligation to affordability. He said that with MHCC submitting recommendations, HUD is expected to draft and publish proposed rules that will process through the formal comment and finalization periods.

“There is little chance that all those steps occur before the May 31st implementation deadline,” Ripperda said, “and members of Congress are calling for DOE to delay implementation and to work directly with HUD to ensure the standards between the two agencies are not contradictory.” …


Part II. Additional Information with More MHProNews Analysis and Commentary 

MHProNews has contacted the TRERC on a questioned data point in their report. Managing Editor Bryan Pope acknowledged the questioned, saying he would follow up with the issue experts to seek an informed reply.  Their release opened (see above) with the remark that “Manufactured housing sales have slumped for 15 consecutive months, according to the Texas Manufactured Housing Survey (TMHS), but the latest data indicate improvements on the horizon.” While that might be true in some technical sense (for example, sales at retail vs. wholesale sales), the official information gathered by HUD and provided by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) indicates something different. The below are a recap of the information found on the MHARR website at this link here.

For each month, the number reflects the total combined shipments of single and multi-sectional HUD Code manufactured homes for Texas in the month as shown.

Dec (2022) 1081

Nov 1297

Oct 1404

Sept 1598

Aug 1856

Jul 1466

Jun 2098

May 1820

Apr 1877

Mar 2121

Feb 1592

Jan 1655

Dec (2021) 1474

Nov 1611

Oct 1571

The evidence from the above is clearly different than the claim that: “Manufactured housing sales have slumped for 15 consecutive months…”

Furthermore, other portion of their report seem outdated and or contradicted by the developments on the DOE Manufactured Housing Energy Rule linked below.

Crow Time? Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) File Suit v DOE’s MH Energy Rule Regs, Case No. 23-cv-00174 – Docs, MHARR Factor, Analysis



Last month, the TRERC media release cited TMHA’s Rob Ripperda saying: “Manufacturers have five more months to prepare for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) new conservation standards and the Environmental Protection Agency’s updated Energy Star program requirements,” said Rob Ripperda, vice president of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association. “These adjustments require a lot of retooling, design updates, new materials sourcing, and a host of other process changes for each of Texas’ 26 manufacturing plants. The final impact on construction costs is unknown.” The context is found in the report below.


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MHProNews has asked TRERC about why their release doesn’t mention the TMHA-MHI lawsuit.

It should be noted that TMHA was an important part of the effort to enact the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA).


Implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, Congressional Hearing, Redux


Now that MHI and the TMHA have filed suit to ‘stop’ or slow down the implementation of the DOE energy rule, the question has been raised: will they finally file suit to force HUD to implement the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000?  More specifically, its enhanced preemption provision?

Other possible inconsistencies between the above and what may be found in various remarks in the spring into the summer of 2022 by Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) member producers that are publicly traded and issue quarterly facts and statements.


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There are more factual and evidence-based reports than those shown to be found on MHProNews and/or MHLivingNews that raises questions about some of the remarks from the TMHA and TRERC.  Use the search tool to learn more.

If TRERC and/or the TMHA provides relevant information to the questions raised about factual inconsistencies noted above, MHProNews may provide a follow up report and/or could update this post. Stay tuned.


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Part III. Daily Business News on MHProNews Markets Segment

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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from the evening of 2.16.2023 

  • Tesla recall
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  • Judge says Bankman-Fried could ‘conceivably’ have bail revoked
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  • Household debt hit record $16.9 trillion last quarter, as consumers loaded up their credit cards
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  • The world’s biggest food company says prices will rise further this year
  • US new home construction fell in January for the fifth straight month
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  • Producer prices rose in January but annual inflation continued to cool
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  • This program is using VR training to help solve the nationwide mechanic shortage
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  • China sanctions Lockheed, Raytheon after vowing to retaliate against US restrictions
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  • Dutch chip firm ASML says former China employee stole data
  • Alarming new study finds half of Americans believe news organizations intend to mislead and misinform with their reporting
  • Stanford scholars co-signed Sam Bankman-Fried’s $250 million bail deal
  • Production halt on Ford’s electric F-150 Lightning will last at least a week and half

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‘Stomach Churning Year’ CNN-Wall Street ‘Forget 2022’ Down Year – Major Equities Data Compared to Manufactured Housing Stocks, Manufactured Home Community REITs, Performance for Year by Company




      • NOTE 1: The 3rd chart above of manufactured housing connected equities includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry finance lender.
      • NOTE 2: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).
      • NOTE 3: Deer Valley was largely taken private, say company insiders in a message to MHProNews on 12.15.2020, but there are still some outstanding shares of the stock from the days when it was a publicly traded firm.  Thus, there is still periodic activity on DVLY.
      • Note 4: some recent or related reports to the REITs, stocks, and other equities named above follow in the reports linked below.

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All on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested in manufactured housing related issues. But Congressman Al Green’s office was tremendous in their hospitality. Our son’s hand is on a package that included a copy of the Constitution of the United States and other goodies. Tamas has grown considerably since this photo was taken. 

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