Facts Don’t Lie – Manufactured Housing Institute’s Updated Market Share Stats, MHI Data Reflect Industry Woes; plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

DowJonesAvg3.15.2021AtCloseYahooMHProNewsAs newcomers or longtime readers alike should know, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) for years provided their readers with what they called their monthly “economic report.”

However, in recent months, the Arlington, VA based MHI has for whatever reason apparently stopped providing such information to their email readers. Further, to access certain portions of manufactured home industry data, one must be a member and login.

By contrast, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has provided their monthly report via email and on their website free to all who wish for years.

That is not only a MHARR vs. MHI comparison.

So, what is up at MHI? After repeated requests, they will not say.

That this should matter to investors, professionals, public officials, or other advocates and researchers should be self-evident.

Tonight’s featured focus is some data that is found on MHI’s website, if you know where to look for it.  It may shed light on why MHI – which not so long ago was claiming “momentum” – is playing ‘hide the ball’ on industry data; or for that matter, other issues.


Before pressing on to tonight’s featured focus and for the benefit our growing numbers of new readers, a few quick evening/nightly market report insights.

  • Every business evening, MHProNews provides a bullet list of left-right news headlines from CNN and in a matter of moments, savvy professionals can see at a glance news headlines and views across the political spectrum.
  • This is a time saving and insightful way to quickly grab insights from across the left-right divide for those who are hooked on this market-nightly feature.
  • Our featured focus follows the quotable quotes, periodic political cartoons, those left-right headlines, and two of our three market summary graphics as reported at the closing bell.
  • After the featured focus, are some recent/related report links and the third manufactured housing focused stock equities graphic. There are some additional items that include the free signup for the manufactured housing industry’s x2 weekly emailed news to the most-read trade publication in our profession:

On a day that saw manufactured home connected equities with mixed results, let’s press ahead toward the focus on insights from recently updated data from MHI and what they should tell industry investors, professionals, and others..


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



By keeping the manufactured housing market underperforming, it de facto causes all business in it to be undervalued. That in turn creates bargain prices. Is that just luck, or is it part of the Buffett ‘Castle and Moat’ strategic plan to create a slowly developing monopoly?


Bad news is arguably part of the moat. A lack of good news serves a dastardly use for someone who wants to consolidate the industry. Since Buffett-led Berkshire bought Oakwood and then Clayton, the industry is actually smaller in terms of production now than then. How is that possible, during an affordable housing crisis, unless they wanted it to be so?

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As newcomers or longtime readers alike should know, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) for years provided their readers with what they called their monthly “economic report.” However, in recent months, the Arlington, VA based MHI has for whatever reason apparently stopped providing such information to their email readers. Further, to access certain portions of manufactured home industry data, one must be a member and login. By contrast, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has provided their monthly report via email and on their website free to all who wish for years. That is not only a MHARR vs. MHI comparison. The National Association of Realtors (NAR), The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), or the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) provides that information publicly too. So, what is up at MHI? After repeated requests, they will not say. That this should matter to investors, professionals, public officials, or other advocates and researchers should be self-evident. Tonight’s featured focus is some data that is found on MHI’s website, if you know where to look for it. It may shed light on why MHI – which not so long ago was claiming “momentum” – is playing ‘hide the ball’ on industry data; or for that matter, other issues.

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To dot the i and cross the t on some of the comparisons noted above, the NAR presents their data as regular as proverbial rain on the plain in Spain.


Existing-Home Sales

NAR releases national and regional existing-home sales price and volume statistics on or about the 25th of each month. Each report includes data for 12 months and annual totals going back three years. Reports are available for existing single-family homes, condos, and co-ops. Both median and average prices are included.




RVIA’s recap currently looks like this.



By contrast, MHARR correctly reported that manufactured housing has declined 2 years in a row.



MHI used to present a report that looked like the one below. But in recent months, that report was quietly dropped. Will they revive it now that this spotlight is being shined?




That said, MHI did update this PDF.  However, it should be noted that in recent years, their information is arguably skewed. How so? See below.


To see this illustration is a larger size, click here.


The final column reflects “MH as % of New Single Family Homes Sold.” They use this in other reports and illustrations that they provide. But this is arguably misleading for this reason. A significant percent of manufactured homes are sent to land-lease communities. While some are sold, many are there to be rented out. Publicly traded firms make that point clear, even if MHI fails to clarify what those data points are.

What is certain is that unlike the bulk of “New, Single Family Site Built Homes Sold” those new manufactured homes (MH) include ‘sales’ to communities. Those are wholesale transactions for rental purposes.


It is arguably one more problematic point connected to MHI’s posturing vs. reality. While RVs, conventional housing, and resales on existing homes are soaring, manufactured homes are snoring. Since MHI claims the mantle of leadership, they have only themselves to look to for who is to blame.



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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).
                  • NOTE: 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.



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