Lumber Costs Soaring and Other Manufactured Housing Impacts, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

DowJonesAvg3.25.2021AtCloseYahooMHProNewsLOGOSoftwood lumber prices are now about 112% higher than they were a year ago and have jumped 10% in just the past week, according to Random Lengths. Increased demand for single-family housing, much of it driven by the coronavirus pandemic, has housing starts up 30% year over year, according to the U.S. Census.” So said left-of-center CNBC on Feb 10, 2021.

Fast forward a few weeks to this report.

Fortune said 5 days ago on 3.20.2021 about lumber costs – “That’s an all-time high, and up 188% since the onset of the pandemic. The National Association of Home Builders calculates that current lumber….” pricing.

Ironically, “Got Clout?” MHI raised this issue – so they said on March 17, 2021 – in yet another coalition effort. Quoting the MHI email:

MHI Calls on Department of Commerce to Address Lumber Shortage

MHI, along with more than 35 broad-based business organizations, called on Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to address the lumber supply shortage in the country. Stating that lumber prices have nearly tripled and oriented strand board (OSB) prices are up more than 250% since last spring, the letter urges the Secretary to immediately examine the lumber supply chain, identify the causes for high prices and supply constraints, and seek immediate remedies that will increase production. In addition to the Department of Commerce, MHI has also been calling on the White House and Congress urging federal intervention and necessary action to support increased production of lumber.”


That 400 word executive summary from June 2, 2017 continues to shed light on the troubling realities of the disconnect between what MHI says and what MHI arguably does. To see that classic executive summary, click here.


Let’s see in the days ahead just how much “got clout?” MHI and their “35 broad-based business organizations” get done on this lumber cost issue.


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This pattern may be a threat to HUD Code manufactured homes, perhaps particularly to more expensive CrossModTM or other pricy units. A report on what that is so is planned for the near term, and it will be sobering for those who are pinning their hopes on that option.

In a related report to today’s listening session, see the featured focus this evening.

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On a mostly up day for manufactured home connected equities, let’s press ahead toward the featured focus on manufactured housing lending.


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This is an odd statement at best or arguably demonstrably false at worst. How so? Because DTS was made law as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008). Over a dozen years later, there is still negligible support for chattel lending, which is about 75 percent of most manufactured housing loans. Why do key MHI members, seemingly in unison, say similar things that are dubious or false? Compare what Boor said to what Gooch said just days ago. Keep in mind that publicly traded firms are supposed to make factually accurate statements.
When Cavco’s CEO Wm. Boor claims progress is being made, that only needs to be compared to what his colleagues at MHI had to say about the same topic.

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Featured Focus –
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This email was sent to Tom Hodges, Lesli Gooch, and the outside MHI attorney, John Greiner, among others in the BCC line earlier this evening.


Quote from the body of the email to MHProNews earlier today.  It was sent late afternoon, so the more likely time for a reply would be tomorrow.

from:          L. A. Tony K
to:  Tom Hodges – Clayton Homes, MHI Chairman
Lesli Gooch – Manufactured Housing Institute
John Greiner – Graydon Law
date:           Mar 25, 2021, 6:40 PM
subject:       Tom, Lesli, John – media outreach for comment

Tom, Lesli, and John,
As I presume you are aware, during today’s “listening session” someone decided not to listen.


We have a few tips on that, but will hold that for later.  At this time, MHProNews are inviting you to respond via email to what was heard and what is posted in articles #1 and #3, linked below.

We would also value your thoughts on how today’s comments I delivered to attendees were different in methodology than those made in person and virtually in the December 2019 listening sessions?

You know the drill. Some BCC’s are in the mix, to document the request, that include MHI members and affiliates.

It seems to me that after 12+ years of waiting for the Duty to Serve to be implemented, and even longer on the Enterprise Housing Goals, that just patient and polite talking points rephrased over and over again are clearly not enough – right?

Please email your response for our mutual accuracy. Again. see #1 and #3 below. Thank you.


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Notice to MHProNews readers: The linked reports below are the same ones that were sent to them – #1 and #3 below – for comments/feedback/reply.






The case can be made that manufactured housing will continue to underperform – especially by historic standards – until the root issues are address. See the linked and related reports.  ICYMI, this report linked here could become a new, broader executive summary of what is hobbling manufactured housing sales, complete with cross links. It features numerous third-party comments. Check it out.




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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.



Spring 2021

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.
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