2021 ended with total manufactured housing production of 105,772 manufactured homes – 12% increase over the 94,390 manufactured homes produced in 2020. This is the first time since 2006 that new HUD Code manufactured home production surpassed the 100,000-construction mark. A comparison of new manufactured home shipments to previous history, RVs, new conventional and existing housing resales for 2021 are found below. Note that the infographic that follows can be expanded to a larger size in several devices and browsers. Click on the image and follow the prompts in your device or browser.
Washington, D.C., based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) President and CEO, Mark Weiss, J.D., stated: “Annual production in excess of 100,000 homes is significant and stands as a tribute to all those across the United States who work hard every day to produce and provide to Americans at all income levels, high-quality HUD Code manufactured homes that are safe and affordable. However, manufactured housing could and should be performing far better.”
Weiss’ exclusive statements to MHProNews, cited herein, are somehow different than his initial statement published on MHARR’s website. That noted, to Weiss’ points, a new report and analysis by MHProNews provides a comparison of new manufactured home sales totals from 2021 vs. 2021 new conventional housing sales, existing home resales, and RV industry sales, among others. See that data-packed report below.
In emailed replies to MHProNews, Weiss continued: “Given that the United State faces an affordable housing crisis where millions of additional homes are needed, inherently affordable manufactured homes should routinely have annual production levels in the hundreds-of-thousands of new homes. Why isn’t the manufactured home industry doing better? That’s due primarily to discriminatory zoning exclusions and placement restrictions plus the ongoing unavailability of secondary market securitization by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Yet federal laws were enacted by wide bipartisan margins to address both issues. The Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (2000 reform law), enacted with wide bipartisan support, included what’s commonly called “enhanced preemption” over discriminatory zoning laws. Indeed, Democratic lawmakers involved in the passage of that law insisted that then HUD Secretary Mel Martinez use the authority provided under that law to intervene in cases of zoning discrimination against affordable manufactured homes. And that legislation applies equally to Republican or Democratic administrations,” said Weiss.
“Additionally,” Weiss explained “the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008 — also enacted by a wide bipartisan margin — established, for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a mandatory Duty to Serve (DTS) certain specified markets including the mainstream manufactured housing market. More than 13 years later, however, DTS is still not a reality for the vast majority of the manufactured home consumer financing market.”
MHProNews asked MHARR’s Weiss and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) leaders and counsel questions related to the freshy-released data.
Q1) MHProNews asked Weiss: ‘MHARR has previously called for Congress in its oversight role to investigate the problematic implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act and enhanced preemption. Congress held hearings in 2011 and 2012 on those topics. A decade has passed. Should Congress, and other state or federal agencies, initiate such an investigation now?’
Weiss A1. “Congress should conduct further oversight regarding continuing implementation issues with the [MHIA] law including, but not limited to, federal preemption.”
Q2) MHProNews asked Weiss: ‘MHARR’s founding president and CEO, Danny Ghorbani, said in an 2021 interview that he felt that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) should initiate litigation to get the MHIA’s enhanced preemption enforced. Would MHARR welcome an authentic and sincere suit to get that preemption enforcement?’
Weiss A2. “In principle, yes, but there are a number of important variables and considerations, both tactical and strategic that would have to be evaluated.”
Q3) MHProNews asked Weiss: ‘Would MHARR welcome MHI suing to get the Duty to Serve mainstream manufactured housing enforced in a robust yet sustainable fashion?’
Weiss A3. “Yes, particularly insofar as MHI claims to represent the industry’s post-production sector.”
Q4) MHProNews asked Weiss: ‘Explain why these manufactured housing issues matter to affordable housing seekers, current and potential homeowners, somewhat like inflation harms most people.’
Weiss A4. “These issues matter because they directly impact the availability of manufactured housing. And, manufactured housing issues matter to affordable housing seekers because manufactured housing, quite simply, is the nation’s premier source of high-quality, inherently affordable homeownership. Put differently, it makes no sense to impose baseless limitations, restrictions and exclusions on a type of housing that could not only solve the nation’s housing crisis, but also allow a broader cross-section of Americans to become homeowners.”
Recent reports on MHLivingNews correct and clarify mistaken perceptions on issues such as the research that clarify that manufactured homes have been appreciating at a faster pace than conventional housing in dozens of states.
Additionally, when manufactured homes are properly installed, they’re windstorm, hurricane, and tornado resilient.
Questions were emailed to MHI chairman Leo Poggione, MHI CEO Lesli Gooch, Ph.D., former MHI chairman Tom Hodges, plus outside counsels David Goch and John Greiner. They were asked to respond to similar questions MHARR was asked and promptly responded.
‘MHProNews asked MHARR’s CEO Mark Weiss, J.D., the following in the context of the 2021 manufactured housing total production results. MHProNews is hereby asking MHI to weigh in on these same topics. This will likely be part of a planned media release, as well as in a report for MHProNews and/or MHLivingNews.’
Q1) MHARR has previously called for Congress in its oversight role to investigate the problematic implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act and enhanced preemption. Congress held hearings in 2011 and 2012 on those topics. A decade has passed. In MHI’s view, should Congress, and other state or federal agencies, initiate such an investigation now?
Q2) MHARR’s founding president and CEO, Danny Ghorbani, said in a 2021 interview that he felt that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) should initiate litigation to get the MHIA’s enhanced preemption enforced. Will MHI enter into such litigation to enforce enhanced preemption that MHI has previously stated on several occasions it wants enforced? If not, why not?
Q3) Given that MHI leaders are on record favoring the enforcement of DTS in chattel lending by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will MHI engage in a legal action to get the Duty to Serve (DTS) mainstream manufactured housing lending enforced in a robust yet sustainable fashion? if not, why not?
Q4) Explain why these pro-manufactured housing issues matter to affordable housing seekers, current and potential homeowners, somewhat like inflation harms most people.’
Some 47 hours later, MHI hasn’t responded. That noted, other related comments by MHI are found in the infographic above and the related reports for the week that was found below.
To get the teaser on what’s ahead in publishing on the industry’s #1 trade media, don’t miss today’s postscript.
With no further adieu, here are the headlines for the week that was between 1.30.2022 and 2.6.2022.
What’s New on MHLivingNews
What’s New from Washington, D.C. from MHARR
What’s New on the Words of Wisdom by Best-Selling Author, Speaker Tim Connor, CSP
What’s New on the Masthead
What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews
Postscript – What’s Ahead
A new EIN release by MHProNews/MHLivingNews is pending.
Also, a new report on one of the major brands in manufactured housing is planned for this week, perhaps as soon as Monday.
A settlement between an MHI member and a resident is also on our radar for planned coverage.
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