AEI Housing Center Nowcast Data Weeks 30 & 31, July 18th – July 31st, 2020, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

DowJones8.04.2020ManufacturedHomeStockUpdatesBroaderMarketSnapshotThe post-COVID19 shutdowns and restart of the U.S. economic and housing data have been tracked by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

The AEI Housing Center’s Tobias Peter, Director of Research, plus Edward J. Pinto – Resident Fellow and Director – established what they dubbed ‘Nowcast’ housing data.

Advertise with MHProNews to be seen

As regular MHProNews readers know, Nowcast was initially weekly. But it has moved to biweekly because the AEI Housing Center said they believed that the trends have become relatively stable.

Here is how AEI defines their biweekly report.

Nowcasting is the prediction of present economic trends using alternative data sources that are both detailed and high-frequency. This report uses real-time information…” on what is now an every-other week reporting basis.

The most recent Nowcast from AEI, provided on 8.4.2020, will be our featured focus below.

The featured focus segment of this evening’s market report is found beyond the left-right headline news bullets and 2 of our 3 market snapshots at the close today. The manufactured housing industry connected stocks are near the end of the report each evening, after the featured focus and the related/recent report links.


Quotes That Shed Light – American Social, Industry, National Issues…


The quote by President Obama is quite correct, an example of the prudence of the proven principle of separating the wheat from the chaff.


Understanding media bias is useful to sifting through possibly hidden agendas.







Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business

  • Out of stock
  • This illustration photo shows a container of Clorox disinfecting wipes in a kitchen in Culver City, California, on April 24, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. – Top White House coronavirus advisor Deborah Birx shrank in horror and around the nation comedians sharpened their pens: President Donald Trump had just asked if virus victims couldn’t be injected with disinfectant. Even as a new poll shows most Americans wish the former real estate magnate would leave science to the experts, Trump on April 23 evening hit a new high in the annals of amateur presidential doctoring.
  • Clorox says its wipes shortage is expected to last into next year
  • Many parents may have to stop working entirely if schools don’t reopen, Goldman Sachs says
  • Black-owned companies are shutting down twice as fast as other businesses
  • Ford CEO Jim Hackett is retiring in October. COO Jim Farley will replace him
  • Trump’s real goal is to wipe out TikTok, ByteDance CEO says
  • Late-night hosts mock Trump’s possible US ban of TikTok
  • With TikTok’s future uncertain, users are jumping to these other apps
  • BP will slash oil production by 40% and pour billions into green energy
  • One of America’s most storied brands is no more
  • Amazon sold shoes using the N-word until a UK lawmaker complained
  • NBCUniversal plans company-wide layoffs of thousands
  • NEW YORK – JUNE 22: A saleswoman takes a box of Kodachrome film from a display June 22, 2009 in an electronics shop in lower Manhattan in New York.  Eastman Kodak company has announced it will retire the legendary 74-year-old film that revolutionized color photography in the 1930s due to slow sales and dwindling demand in the digital age.
  • How Kodak went from photos to pharmaceuticals
  • Linda Rendle, President of Clorox
  • The Fortune 500 now has a record number of female CEOS: A whopping 38
  • Elephant Ventures has been working from home since March. This week the US team will start a 4-day work week.
  • To fight pandemic burnout, this company is trying four-day workweeks
  • THE TITAN GAMES – “West Region Premiere: NFLs Victor Cruz and Stuntwoman Jessie Graff” Episode 205.
  • Hail Mary: ‘The Rock’ buys the XFL for $15 million
  • What it’s like to cover the weirdest NBA season ever
  • The Nike ad that took 4,000 hours of footage to make
  • Twitch is aiming to build an esports league for HBCU
  • Baseball games are already getting postponed and that’s spooking Wall Street
  • People wait in line to enter a Gap retail store on June 22, 2020 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. New York City began Phase Two reopening on June 22, 2020 as people can eat outdoors at restaurants and barbershops, and salons can also open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Clothing companies are missing their critical back-to-school sales bump
  • Back-to-school sales could hit a record $100 billion
  • Lord & Taylor files for bankruptcy protection
  • Coronavirus canceled office clothing
  • Owner of Ann Taylor files for bankruptcy

Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business

  • Larry Kudlow warns against Fed president’s ‘hard’ lockdown strategy
  • “The country can’t take that,” senior White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said during an interview on “Varney & Co.”
  • Stocks rally as slow coronavirus-relief talks move in ‘right direction’
  • White House pushes back against Fed official’s call for prolonged shutdown
  • Top CEOs warn Congress of ‘catastrophic’ impact if new relief is not delivered
  • Governor signs bill allowing home delivery of alcohol from restaurants, stores
  • WATCH: Labor union leader challenged on Joe Biden’s promise to create jobs
  • Lord & Taylor was once my employer, here are all the things I’ll miss
  • US Postal Service is urged to stop delivering mysterious seeds
  • Gold spikes to record as BofA predicts $3K price tag
  • Study shows small biz workers beating the odds with savings amid pandemic
  • Virgin Galactic unveils Mach 3 supersonic jet
  • Injuries, widespread damage reported in Lebanon blast seen on video
  • Study reveals how the workday under coronavirus has crept into home life
  • Isaias causes deadly tornadoes, ‘life-threatening’ flooding along East Coast
  • TECH
  • Microsoft could face stiff competition from US bidders for controversial app
  • Airline asks passengers to stop drinking their own booze during flights
  • These popular snacks may contain dangerous ingredient, officials warn
  • Facebook removes pro-Trump ad aimed at Joe Biden, claiming false information
  • Passenger’s laptop bursts into flames aboard flight
  • FULL LIST: FDA expands hand sanitizer recall to include over 100 products
  • FULL LIST: FDA expands hand sanitizer recall to include over 100 products
  • Here’s how much money Americans think they need to retire comfortably
  • NY residents protest Amazon’s plans to build a warehouse near Niagara Falls
  • TECH
  • TikTok could be influencing future American voters, yet ByteDance founder slams ‘anti-Chinese’ sentiment abroad
  • Mac & cheese for breakfast: Kraft rebrands boxes for limited-time giveaway
  • 5 simple ways to maximize your 401(k)
  • Maria Bartiromo rings opening bell to mark 25th anniversary on Wall Street
  • Sony Pictures sees $230M profit in second quarter, predicts ‘crowded’ 2021
  • Democrats, White House signal slight progress on coronavirus aid negotiations
  • CEO Jim Hackett to step down from car giant’s top post, replacement named
  • Financial shot-caller: NFL superstar now equity partner of sports nutrition company
  • Parents unhappy with school options assemble ‘learning pods’ for children
  • Trump weighs executive action to suspend evictions, payroll tax
  • Brother of Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend claims his reputation ‘severely tarnished’ in new lawsuit paperwork
  • Planning to claim Social Security at 65? Here’s why you may need to rethink that
  • NEWS
  • Travel company laying off 25% of staff
  • Nearly 1 in 5 Americans is delaying retirement due to COVID-19: Should you?
  • See where Lord & Taylor is closing stores in bankruptcy reorganization
  • Golden Globes’ Hollywood Foreign Press Association hit with bombshell lawsuit
  • Twitter risks $250M fine from FTC over use of security data for ads
  • BP cuts dividend as coronavirus speeds up push into greener energy
  • Violent crime spree rocks Wall Street’s ultra-wealthy
  • What to do with airline and travel credit cards amid coronavirus


10 Market Indicator Closing Summaries – Yahoo Finance Closing Tickers on MHProNews…

ICYMI, to frame the AEI data, earlier today, MHProNews published the report linked below. Take 5 and check it out.

Featured Focus –
Where Business, Politics and Investing Can Meet

AmericanEnterpriseInstituteLogoAEIHousing CenterLogoNowcastDataWeeks30+31July18July31.2020ManufacturedHousingInvestingStockUpdatesMHProNewsLogo

Key Takeaways:

  • Driven by ultra-low mortgage rates and a limited supply, national home price appreciation (HPA) accelerated to around 9-10%.

o  This rate exceeds the rate before the pandemic, which may indicate the home price boom will likely continue due to low rates and heavy demand.

  • In a continuation of the last several weeks’ strong upward trend, purchase rate lock volume for the weeks 30 & 31 rose 40% and 32% from a year ago, respectively.

o  This provides further evidence that the worst of the near term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown may be behind us on a national level.

o  As a result of the last weeks’ strong purchase lock volume, combined with strong volume in weeks 1-13, year-to-date volume is now running 21.6% ahead of last year.


Note: Due to the recent stabilization in rate lock activity and trends, we will be publishing these nowcasts every other week unless we observe notable changes to the market, in which case we may produce additional reports.


Using newly acquired data from Optimal Blue , a rate lock software provider covering roughly a third of the market, the AEI Housing Center Housing Market Nowcast provides near-real-time insights on the single-family residential housing market convulsing from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. While Optimal Blue data are used, Edward Pinto and Tobias Peter are solely responsible for the analysis contained herein.


After extensive historical analysis of Optimal Blue data going back 7 years, we have concluded that these rate lock data track closely those reported in our National Mortgage Risk Index (NMRI), which cover 99% of the agency market. As a result, today’s Housing Market Nowcast will provide an advance look at tomorrow’s housing market as today’s rate locks will become next month’s home purchases and mortgages.


Home Price Appreciation (HPA) Trends

Driven by ultra-low mortgage rates and a limited supply, national HPA accelerated to 9.8% in week 30, a new peak for 2020, and 9.0% in week 31. This rate of HPA is unsustainable and far exceeds the levels before the pandemic.

Weekly Purchase Rate Lock Activity & Mortgage Rates

In a continuation of the last several weeks’ strong upward trend, purchase rate lock activity continued to far exceed 2019 activity. This increase is in part driven by low mortgage rates, which have fallen below 3.0%. As a result of the last weeks’ strong purchase lock volume, combined with strong volume in weeks 1-13, year-to-date volume is now running 21.6% ahead of last year.

To analyze the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we overlay 2019 data on top of 2020 data.

To see the entire report, click here for the download.

Bad News for Site Builders, Good News for Manufactured Housing? Plus, AEI Nowcast, Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

The prior AEI Nowcast data is above.


Related, Recent, and Read Hot Reports

Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Affiliate, Provides Latest Shipment, Labor Data for June 2020 – Analysis

U.S. Revolutionary Communist Leader Bob Avakian Endorses Democrat Joe Biden for President, plus Manufactured Housing Investing, Stock Updates

Warren Buffett Declared “Class Warfare,” Buffett Says Fellow Billionaires – “We’re Winning”

“Madder Than Hell” – Meddling “in Business Deal” – plus Sunday Weekly Headlines Review

Warren Buffett, George Soros, Jeff Bezos, Strategic Ally Bill Gates Rails Against “Outrageous” Free Speech from Dissenting Views to Gates Foundation, Dr. Fauci

Oxfam Report – “Pandemic Profiteers Exposed” – Small Businesses Slide or Fail as Giants Grow, Everyday People Harmed – ‘Usual Suspects’ Oxfam Names Include Ties to Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, George Soros

“Dark Secrets” – Warren Buffett, Racism, Eugenics, Infidelity, Ghislaine Maxwell’s Father Robert Maxwell, Bill Gates, Gates Foundation; plus, Manufactured Housing Stock, Investing Updates

Terror Tactics 1960s-1999 vs 21st Century Terrorist Attacks – Cops, Shops, Workers, Christians, Believers vs Wall Street, Silicon Valley, Marxists, Atheists, Terrorists, Leftist Billionaires – Sunday Weekly Headline Review

Grapes of Wrath – Massive Foreclosure, Evictions Wave Looms, Threatens Housing, Usual Suspects-Gates, Buffett, Soros Lurk in Rigged System – Aspen Institute, COVID19 Eviction Project Plot

Acme Bricks – Yes, Bill Gates Investor in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Brand Acme Bricks – Allegedly Supplying Antifa, Black Lives Matter Rioters “Pallets of Bricks” Investigated

‘Stop Trump!’ Group Supported by Billionaires Soros, Buffett, Gates Vows to Defeat President Trump in 2020

Dark Money-Billionaires Buffett, Gates, Soros Funding Black Lives Matter, Antifa – Named by AG Barr in Riots, Looting – Hijacking Peaceful George Floyd Death Racial Justice Protests

The Party is Over, So What’s Next? Corruption and Evil Boils Down to This. Plus, Sunday Weekly Headlines Review

Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Closing Equities Tickers

Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.

                  • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
                  • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).


Summer 2020
Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.
· LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI, and LP each are suppliers to the manufactured housing industry, among others.
· AMG, CG, and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses. For insights from third-parties and clients about our publisher, click here.
Enjoy these ‘blast from the past’ comments.
MHProNews. MHProNews – previously a.k.a. – has celebrated our tenth anniversary and is in year 11 of publishing.



Learn more about our evolutionary journey as the industry’s leading trade media, at the report linked below.


· For expert manufactured housing business development or other professional services, click here.
· To sign up in seconds for our industry leading emailed headline news updates, click here.

Disclosure. MHProNews holds no positions in the stocks in this report.

2019 Year-End Totals Reveals Decline in New HUD Code Manufactured Home Production, Shipments vs. 2018

Subscribe to Our Newsletter



We recommend that news tips NOT use company, nonprofit or organizational emails or cell phones. To report a news tip, click the image above or send an email to – To help us spot your message in our volume of email, please put the words NEWS TIP or COMMENTS in the subject line.

That’s a wrap on this installment of “News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes and Factory-Built Housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © (Affordable housing, manufactured homes, stock, investing, data, metrics, reports, fact-checks, analysis, and commentary. Third-party images or content are provided under fair use guidelines for media.) (See Related Reports, further below. Text/image boxes often are hot-linked to other reports that can be access by clicking on them.)


By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for
Tony earned a journalism scholarship and earned numerous awards in history and in manufactured housing. For example, he earned the prestigious Lottinville Award in history from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and business management. He’s a managing member and co-founder of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and This article reflects the LLC’s and/or the writer’s position, and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.




Subscribe to the Documented #1

Most-Read - Professional Emailed Headline News

Delivered x2 weekly to your inbox. 

Manufactured Home "Industry News,

Tips, and Views Pros Can Use."   ©


Where "We Provide, You Decide."  ©

mas kovach mhpronews shopping with soheyla .jp

Get our ‘read-hot’ industry-leading 

get our ‘read-hot’ industry-leading emailed headline news updates

Scroll to Top