Manufactured Home Communities REIT Reports April Site and Home Rental Collections, plus Manufactured Housing Investing, Stock Updates

DowJones4.21.2020ManufacturedHomeStockUpdatesBroaderMarketSnapshotThere is no doubt that well managed property rental, including the rental of manufactured homes in land-lease communities, can be a profitable business. Sun Communities, ELS and UMH Properties have all documented that point.

That noted, it is at times such as this upheaval caused by the Wuhan Virus (a.k.a. CCP Virus or COVID19) pandemic that an aspect of risk from renting homes instead of selling manufactured homes or having “owner occupied” HUD Code manufactured housing becomes more apparent.

Perhaps that awareness is what has caused UMH Properties (UMH) to issue more than their normal number of press releases since the CCP (Communist Chinese Party) Virus began the market rout, hoping to calm the fears of investors.

As the headline references, tonight’s market focus is on a media release by UMH Properties which shares their new April site fee and rental housing data. That will follow our normal left-right media headline snapshot, plus other standard graphical data and market daily fare.


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Before diving into the headlines, let’s note our prior report on 3.11.2020 about UMH’s effort to address possible concerns by investors. That release noted their concentration in the Marcellus shale, something that the recent plunge in oil may cause added attention from investors.

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That tees up their release yesterday, that stated the following.




Apr. 20, 2020, 08:00 PM

FREEHOLD, NJ, April 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — UMH Properties, Inc. understands that its investors may have concerns about the Company’s rent collections and operations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are pleased to announce that our April rent collections are not significantly impacted by the crisis. As of April 20, 2020, we have collected approximately 91% of our total April site and home rental charges. This compares to 94% through March 20, 2020, 93% through February 20, 2020 and 92% through January 20, 2020. As the states in which we operate begin to re-open and our residents receive their stimulus checks, we expect that any April shortfall will be collected over the coming weeks and months.

UMH’s community operations continue to excel despite these challenging times. As of March 31, 2020, same store occupancy was 84.6%, representing an increase of 100 basis points over year-end 2019.

UMH Properties, Inc., which was organized in 1968, is a public equity REIT that owns and operates 122 manufactured home communities containing approximately 23,100 developed homesites. These communities are located in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan and Maryland. In addition, the Company owns a portfolio of REIT securities.

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Their 6 month stock performance is summarized in the graphic below.


Beyond that, companies like UMH arguably ought to be stepping back and reevaluating their relationship to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). ICYMI, see the items linked below from the recent ‘big debate’ online about MHI, some of their key members and their related performance.


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