Manufactured Home Production plus Avg New Manufactured Home Cost by Region, More Manufactured Home Industry Facts Including 21st Century Trends-Analysis; plus Sunday Weekly Headlines Recap


In recent years, routinely once a month, MHProNews provides data to industry pros obtained from the Institute of Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), which in turn collects data under contract for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  That data, which is also used by others in MHVille, is effectively “official” federal data. We also provide earlier in the month all or much of the monthly national production snapshot generated by the Washington, D.C. based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). Additionally, the U.S. Census Bureau produces a periodic report that updates information on manufactured housing. Some of that information (production/shipments) from the Census Bureau is rounded off, and thus is less accurate than the IBTS produced figures. That noted, the Census’ cost on new HUD Code manufactured homes data is presumably more accurate than their production/shipment insights. That cost data from Census is also ‘official’ federal data. Those facts, additional trends, and more information recapping recent reports in MHVille are all provided in this news-analysis.  But before providing that, let’s flash back to remarks made in Louisville, KY a few years back by an executive from Ashley Furniture who attended that year’s manufactured housing industry trade show.  The Louisville Show has been a fixture in manufactured housing almost annually for some 50 years, save for a couple of interruptions in the 21st century due to declining attendance one year as the manufactured home industry was in decline and due to COVID19 on another occasion.

That Ashely executive had walked (toured, inspected) several of the new manufactured homes on display. He was apparently a supplier to one or more of the firms which had homes being exhibited. This writer and that executive chatted for a bit, and he expressed his amazement and positive impressions about manufactured homes. Naturally, this writer agreed with that, but mentioned conversationally what manufactured home sales nationally had been. The Ashley executive was stunned. ‘Why are sales so low?’ Quite so.  A brief explanation was given, but the obviously gent had difficulty accepting that homes that were so reasonably priced would be selling at such low levels.




Flashback years earlier to a discussion with two ladies from then central Wisconsin based Moxie Magazine. This writer and they were sitting in a model home in Colonial Gardens in Weston, WI. The home was a 3 bedroom, 2 bath single section manufactured home. While decorated, staged, and lighted, it was hardly the fanciest or largest model at that property. When one of the ladies asked what the price of the home was, the reply was given. One of the women from Moxie burst into tears.  While it was not the first or last time that something was said or done (or not said or done) by this writer that caused a woman to cry, it was the first time it happened in the course of a discussion with media touring a model home.  So, naturally, I asked – why the tears? She explained that she and her husband had bought a house some months previously in the Wausau WI metro that was about 100 years old. The home, she said, was drafty. The utility bills were high. Nor, per that regional media rep, was their home as attractive as the model we sat in. Yet that model home was far less expensive.

Many such true tales could be told that span decades of hands-on experiences in manufactured housing. Working in retail sales, retail management, land-lease community sales, manufactured home community (MHC) management, with factories, financial services firms, associations and others, there have been thousands of encounters with ‘the general public,’ with public officials, and an array of professionals involving modern manufactured homes. Before launching what today is called MHProNews and our MHLivingNews sister site, this writer was a periodic contributor to several trade publications, which are regrettably now defunct. Over three decades of experience as a front line sales person, manager, business owner, consultant, and as trade media could be shared. There are numerous awards and recognition that today are stored, but which once adorned walls in various offices from Texas to Wisconsin, or from Florida to Illinois. This writer has been to manufactured home communities and retail centers in Canada and in dozens of states in the U.S. from California to Maine.  There is a breadth of experience that only a small sliver of living manufactured housing professionals could claim.  Based solely on what others have said, it is fair to say that this writer is a praised expert in many segments of manufactured housing. Don’t ask me to repair a home or install one, but over the years, I’ve participated in or oversaw set ups, installations, refurb, repairs and the like.

“Tony “gets it” when it comes to manufactured housing. He has worked or been involved in almost all phases of the business.” Al Cole, then SVP with Oxford Bank. Cole’s bank does manufactured home lending. 


Those decades of insights are woven into every article and commentary that this writer provides. We are not prone to baseless conspiracy theories.  We vigorously denied some claims a decade or more ago that since then the evidence, trends, and insights which have emerged caused this seasoned MHVille advocate and ‘true believer’ to be compelled to embrace.  There is a case to be made that it is better to admit an error and move on as circumstances warrant than it is to deny reality. Denying reality is like denying gravity. There can be serious consequences to doing either one.

With that introduction, some facts.

Part I

Washington, D.C., May 3, 2024 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), HUD Code manufactured housing industry year-over-year production increased again in March 2024. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 8,447 new homes in March 2024, a   10.4% increase over the 7,646 new HUD Code homes produced in March 2023. Cumulative production for 2024 now totals 24,277 homes, a 14.6% increase over the 21,174 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2023.

A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from January 2023 — with monthly, cumulative, current reporting year (2024) and prior year (2023) shipments per category as indicated — are:

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More from that report by MHARR is found in the headlines recap further below.

Next, per the U.S. Census Bureau, is the following data.

        Average Sales Price of New Manufactured Homes by Region and Size of Home
By Month of Shipment 
United States Northeast
Total1 Single Double Total1 Single Double
December 121,300 79,600 149,600 124,100 83,500 156,600
November 126,600 85,900 154,100 122,600 92,400 158,200
October 120,000 83,300 147,700 118,900 84,300 151,900
September 119,700 80,400 151,700 128,700 85,400 172,800
August 128,800 89,800 154,600 132,500 105,200 158,400
July 118,000 82,300 150,200 122,700 72,900 143,100
June 121,400 85,400 153,900 121,800 85,300 149,800
May 129,900 86,300 160,200 120,900 89,800 146,000
April 125,000 86,100 153,600 123,900 87,000 160,800
March 124,700 85,200 155,400 135,200 100,600 172,900
February 128,100 89,200 160,400 136,600 107,000 167,800
January 126,100 82,100 156,900 122,900 86,700 148,300
December 122,100 80,200 155,700 113,900 75,300 158,300
November 125,200 88,000 155,200 119,200 93,900 146,700
October 128,300 81,400 160,400 127,000 86,400 155,300
September 130,400 95,800 159,400 131,300 101,400 162,000
August 125,700 86,500 158,800 117,800 74,700 145,100
July 131,800 85,200 161,600 129,700 93,300 157,400
June 126,900 87,600 159,600 118,500 92,700 134,100
May 124,900 85,800 159,200 121,500 82,100 148,500
April 132,000 83,100 168,000 128,900 87,200 154,700
March 129,200 87,300 156,600 117,900 97,400 145,300
February 128,000 87,700 156,300 130,600 76,000 152,700
January 122,500 84,600 152,800 120,600 85,900 141,800
December 123,200 80,900 150,300 104,700 73,900 127,200
November 111,900 76,400 139,900 100,900 71,600 133,500
October 112,000 81,700 138,200 110,300 74,400 138,700
September 118,300 78,800 141,300 102,100 76,100 124,100
August 112,000 80,000 138,000 105,000 86,000 117,000
July 118,700 76,000 137,800 98,500 74,100 125,700
June 106,800 70,200 128,100 101,600 73,700 124,200
May 106,500 69,900 128,300 98,400 69,900 121,500
April 100,200 66,700 122,500 95,900 73,800 113,300
March 98,100 63,300 123,200 91,400 58,600 121,300
February 98,300 65,400 122,500 88,300 59,400 113,800
January 95,000 64,100 118,500 102,600 67,900 116,200
December 90,200 62,600 110,800 93,600 58,200 115,300
November 92,600 63,500 112,800 85,600 63,600 103,900
October 89,400 57,200 110,000 91,000 57,700 112,100
September 87,300 58,300 107,800 84,800 61,000 105,600
August 88,200 57,700 109,300 87,600 56,700 109,600
July 84,200 59,800 102,700 78,600 58,600 100,300
June 85,600 52,900 109,800 91,700 55,400 117,000
May 85,900 55,200 109,100 79,100 56,300 100,200
April 86,900 53,300 108,200 86,100 53,900 105,200
March 82,900 53,800 106,900 79,100 54,400 102,400
February 83,400 55,600 107,500 81,500 54,000 109,800
January 86,400 55,300 107,900 77,700 52,900 104,800
December 86,400 54,400 105,700 79,500 54,000 98,500
November 81,600 52,100 107,100 79,200 49,400 113,100
October 81,700 53,900 103,800 80,600 61,200 101,600
September 81,500 55,600 101,800 84,100 59,600 103,700
August 84,100 49,200 107,900 81,900 45,700 101,200
July 82,000 54,000 106,500 88,000 51,600 129,500
June 84,400 52,800 103,800 84,800 57,800 109,100
May 78,100 53,800 98,100 76,400 49,200 105,200
April 78,900 55,700 100,700 82,000 59,300 109,000
March 78,900 50,400 102,100 74,500 48,000 98,400
February 85,000 52,600 107,600 74,100 52,300 97,500
January 81,800 53,400 103,400 86,600 60,100 109,000
Midwest South West
Total1 Single Double Total1 Single Double Total1 Single Double
116,300 82,600 157,500 119,200 79,100 145,600 140,800 76,600 168,000 December
116,800 83,900 157,300 125,100 85,200 150,000 149,600 90,600 175,900 November
111,400 84,600 149,400 119,900 83,000 147,400 135,100 82,200 146,100 October
116,000 83,500 159,400 115,900 78,000 144,500 142,300 87,600 178,400 September
113,900 92,200 145,900 128,500 86,500 153,800 149,500 94,400 163,300 August
116,000 81,400 153,400 114,900 82,600 149,300 137,000 84,800 154,900 July
111,800 84,200 153,700 120,100 85,300 152,600 140,000 89,500 162,400 June
104,900 82,900 141,000 132,500 87,800 161,600 149,700 79,800 171,800 May
112,300 87,000 148,900 123,200 83,200 150,100 150,600 105,100 173,400 April
109,400 88,600 152,000 123,800 80,800 153,100 140,800 94,900 162,000 March
114,400 85,300 158,800 127,800 88,200 157,900 144,000 92,800 170,000 February
107,200 83,600 153,100 129,200 81,200 158,300 131,500 81,300 156,700 January
104,700 82,300 144,300 124,000 80,700 155,400 134,700 77,600 162,400 December
113,600 89,100 147,600 126,000 86,500 155,800 138,400 89,500 161,800 November
113,500 87,500 156,700 128,100 77,000 160,000 153,600 86,200 167,300 October
114,600 93,000 155,500 130,300 94,400 158,500 148,600 107,500 163,900 September
110,900 87,500 151,900 126,400 86,000 159,400 144,100 93,400 166,400 August
110,800 83,600 156,100 131,300 82,900 158,700 156,800 97,300 178,200 July
112,500 90,100 146,500 125,300 88,200 159,900 154,200 68,400 174,500 June
112,300 83,600 148,800 124,400 85,900 162,400 142,000 91,900 156,100 May
110,400 80,500 147,800 132,100 83,500 169,900 155,400 82,400 176,600 April
118,500 90,000 154,200 127,400 85,200 154,400 156,100 89,800 171,600 March
115,900 82,400 155,500 126,300 89,500 155,000 150,100 85,100 163,600 February
108,300 82,800 145,400 122,700 85,400 153,300 140,800 80,700 161,000 January
103,300 88,200 129,400 123,500 80,000 149,600 145,200 76,900 170,600 December
107,300 78,100 143,800 110,700 77,000 138,400 128,800 68,400 145,500 November
101,000 81,000 132,600 110,700 81,900 136,400 131,600 85,000 150,400 October
109,300 80,900 142,300 119,300 78,500 142,200 132,100 76,200 141,600 September
100,000 77,000 132,000 112,000 80,000 139,000 135,000 79,000 143,000 August
110,500 79,100 139,300 119,200 74,500 137,100 131,100 81,700 142,800 July
94,900 65,600 125,800 107,500 70,700 128,000 116,400 72,200 131,500 June
94,300 67,500 128,200 109,900 70,600 129,200 104,400 70,300 125,500 May
85,400 61,800 125,400 100,400 67,700 122,200 118,400 65,000 125,000 April
86,400 60,800 119,100 98,100 63,700 122,400 113,000 67,300 130,800 March
87,300 62,400 118,100 98,100 67,100 121,800 116,900 60,900 131,900 February
83,000 62,100 112,700 94,000 64,600 117,300 113,400 62,300 129,500 January
77,100 55,800 107,900 90,100 64,500 109,900 108,800 64,500 115,900 December
81,000 62,400 117,400 92,600 64,200 109,700 115,400 60,100 128,200 November
81,700 58,300 108,000 87,400 56,500 107,900 108,900 61,200 120,000 October
72,100 52,800 98,300 86,900 58,400 105,700 110,100 68,600 126,600 September
75,900 59,500 97,600 87,900 56,800 109,100 104,900 60,500 119,500 August
72,600 56,900 97,000 83,700 59,500 101,300 103,700 72,100 113,200 July
81,400 56,100 115,200 82,700 51,700 106,800 102,700 55,600 117,000 June
73,400 56,800 100,900 85,200 54,100 108,500 105,100 60,700 117,800 May
79,500 57,000 105,000 84,000 51,600 106,100 111,800 64,500 120,300 April
79,200 55,300 108,400 82,000 53,300 106,900 92,600 54,300 106,700 March
70,900 55,200 98,200 82,000 55,300 105,600 103,500 59,600 118,900 February
74,200 55,400 101,800 86,200 55,200 108,100 103,400 59,900 111,300 January
70,200 54,400 96,100 87,900 54,600 106,900 97,700 52,100 107,600 December
73,400 50,600 104,000 79,500 52,500 104,800 101,400 54,100 114,700 November
72,100 53,800 100,200 81,600 52,500 103,400 96,600 58,800 109,100 October
71,900 55,900 98,400 80,200 55,100 99,300 99,500 55,300 113,000 September
75,700 52,500 99,800 81,400 48,700 106,600 107,500 48,200 120,700 August
74,400 53,900 105,700 78,100 54,900 100,300 108,400 45,700 121,000 July
72,600 52,700 97,100 83,400 53,200 100,500 100,600 47,000 118,800 June
72,300 56,000 98,100 75,800 53,600 95,000 96,300 55,000 106,800 May
70,800 56,700 91,900 77,100 54,000 99,300 95,400 63,600 109,100 April
71,300 49,900 96,300 77,800 50,900 101,600 92,900 49,100 108,500 March
72,500 56,000 97,200 84,800 52,600 106,600 103,100 43,500 119,400 February
68,000 54,200 98,000 81,100 51,400 101,700 95,800 59,000 110,400 January


Notice, from the data above, that in December 2023 the “average” new sales price for a new HUD Code manufactured home was$121,300. In the prior year, December 2022 that “average” new manufactured home was $122,100. Prices on new manufactured homes dipped slightly.

The same can’t generally be said about new conventional housing, nor about resale existing housing, where prices have steadily climbed. In an era where inflation is a big issue for most voters and virtually all Americans, manufactured housing could be touted as a beacon for savings. If only there was a national post-production trade group that were busily doing that kind of promotion

Manufactured housing, according to MHARR (see report linked among the headlines below), is often a fourth of the price of resale or new conventional housing.

While a new ‘site built’ house or a new manufactured home both obviously need a property (lot, home site, etc.) for placement (building or installation), an apples-to-apples comparison reflects that on a cost-per-square foot basis, manufactured homes are about half the cost per square foot as new conventional construction.

The late William Wade “Bill” Matchneer, J.D., was the first administrator for the revitalized HUD Office of Manufactured Housing Programs following the enactment of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000 (sometimes referred to as the MHIA, the MHIA of 2000, the 2000 Reform Law, 2000 Reform Act, etc.).

Matchneer, in his own words praised manufactured homes, said that while they are not always “a mansion perhaps,” but they are nevertheless good quality affordable homes. Matchneer, an attorney, was not given to emotional outbursts. Facts and evidence are supposed to matter to attorneys. That noted, one might detect in this video interview below a sense of pride Matchneer had in manufactured housing, as he says – among other points – that in some ways a manufactured home can be superior in performance to a conventional house, despite perceptions and common stigmas. Per the late Matchneer’s wife, this video interview posted below was shown to guests following his death at a remembrance. Clearly, the video means something to her and it meant a lot to Bill Matchneer, she said.



With those notions in mind, the savings possible from a broader use of modern manufactured homes for affordable housing seekers is stunning to many. As was noted above, that Ashley executive and that lady who bought a conventional house where just two examples out of millions possible where people were surprised by facts related to the industry.

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Note that the manufactured homes in the video interview and photo array above are all what MHARR calls “mainstream” manufactured homes.  Yet those models were produced years before CrossMods. Additionally, these photos and that video illustrate the point that there were residential style manufactured homes years before CrossMods. And those mainstream manufactured homes that often have residential features sold for significantly less than CrossMods. As an MHI member producer told MHProNews, a firm that opted not to build those models, they ran the numbers. CrossMods, that top-level executive said, do not pencil out. Meaning, the money saved on lower finance costs do not offset the added expense of production and installation.

Another MHI member producer, one that is building CrossMods, told MHProNews that the product has not taken off.  See Part IV of the Saturday report on the Daily Business News on MHProNews, linked below, to learn more.

This quote from an MHI insider was uploaded on 4.30.2020. As is so often the case, that insight has stood the test of time. Facts stay relevant. Mere opinions can come and go like leaves in the breeze.


Yet despite appeal, favorable federal laws, widely bipartisan support for the MHIA (2000 Reform Law) and DTS, manufactured housing production has dropped sharply in the 21st century. What is going on? Bing’s AI powered Copilot has previously indicated that this table is unique to MHLivingNews and MHProNews.


1995 344,930
1996 363,345
1997 353,686
1998 373,143
1999 348,075
2000 250,366
2001 193,120
2002 165,489
2003 130,815
2004 130,748
2005 146,881
2006 117,373
2007 95,752
2008 81,457
2009 49,683
2010 50,056
2011 51,618
2012 54,881
2013 60,228
2014 64,334
2015 70,544
2016 81,136
2017 92,902
2018 96,555
2019 94,615
2020 94,390
2021 105,772
2022 112,882
2023 89,169


To learn more about why manufactured home production is so low, see several of the reports linked in the weekly headlines recap that follows.

Don’t miss today’s postscript.

With no further adieu, here are the headlines for the week that was from 5.12 to 5.19.2024.

Part II – Sunday Weekly MHVille Headlines Recap

What’s New from Washington, D.C. based MHARR




ManufacturedHousingAssocForRegulatoryReformMHARRScreenshot 2024-05-06 071922MHProNewsFactCheckAnalysis


What’s New on MHLivingNews





Statements to Congress by Kevin Clayton-Clayton Homes for Manufactured Housing Institute; John Bostick of Sunshine Homes on Behalf of Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform





 What’s New on the Masthead





‘Which Came First the Chicken or the Egg?’ Unveiled – Science-Reason-Faith-Business-Ethical Behavior Challenges Reveal Keen Insights on Charlie Munger, Sam Zell, Warren Buffett and Many Others


‘Grand Canyon Sized Gap’ Between the Elites and Most of Us – Research Reveals What the 1 Percent Think of the 99 Percent – Survey Results, Facts, with Population Manipulation MHVille Analysis


Select Items from the Words of Wisdom from Tim Connor, CSP








What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

Saturday 5.18.2024



Friday 5.17.2024



Thursday 5.16.2024



Wednesday 5.15.2024


Tuesday 5.14.2024



Monday 5.13.2024



Sunday 5.12.2024



Postscript (Part III)

1) Mainstream media often cite each other in their reports. Sometimes, mainstream media takes pot shots at each other. Left-leaning CNN and MSNBC may take shots at right-leaning Fox News or Newsmax. To provide balance in our reports, for a decade or more, this platform’s Daily Business News on MHProNews reports have featured a headline recap from left and right leaning sources. More information, not less, can routinely be beneficial and is thus better.

2) Similarly, MHProNews has periodically looked at work-product from rivals in manufactured housing trade media and blogging. It is common in mainstream media, common in other professions, and ought to be common in MHVille too.  There are times when left or right leaning media deliberately seems to omit information that doesn’t fit their agenda. Who says? Media observers. For that matter, insiders with mainstream news outlets.




“If you watch Fox News you are living on a different planet than you are if, you, you know,, listen to NPR.” President Barack H. Obama. We are not now, nor where we at the time, fans of prior President Obama. People can disagree on facts, but it should be respected that even when parties or professionals disagree, that there may still be truth to what a questioned source has to say. The quote by President Obama is quite right, not only in politics, but also with respect to manufactured housing. In order to win over more people, the prevailing narrative must be challenged. It must be repeatedly challenged.




This quotation graphic created by MHProNews which cited the remarks by Jason Boehlert, who was previously an MHI senior vice president for governmental affairs, was uploaded on 11.28.2017, but it first appeared in 2012 in the article linked below. MHI’s VP Boehlert provided the remarks as part of an op-ed to MHProNews that is found at this link here: That post included then MHI VP Boehlert’s quoted remarks. When that article is carefully considered, in hindsight, it is logically inconsistent. Given President Obama’s reelection and Democratic gains in the Senate, as MHI’s Senior VP Boehlert then pointed out, it was not expected that Democrats would budge on Preserving Access Nevertheless, MHI continued to press that legislation for some 5 more years. Several takeaways from that should be observed. They include the point that despite years of MHI posturing, email campaigns, meetings, ‘housing alerts’ and whatnot then, MHI’s much ballyhooed efforts failed to become law. By contrast, MHARR never invested much time in it, because they thought it was flawed. MHARR proved to be correct. MHI’s effort was proven to be failure. Boehlert, by accident or design, let the proverbial cat out of the bag with this comment. He was later replaced by Lesli Gooch, who is now their CEO. Meanwhile industry consolidation continued.

3) Not only is hindsight potentially 20/20, as the quotation above illustrates, sometimes remarks viewed in hindsight are clearer than when they were first uttered.








4) By sourcing items from across the political spectrum, and by sourcing items from across the manufactured housing spectrum, MHProNews and our MHLivingNews sister site have built up the runaway largest and most read trade platforms serving the manufactured housing industry.  Per a recent report from SimilarWeb about MHInsider, our primary cPanel serving MHProNews has some 30+ times the traffic as measured by visitors as MHI-involved MHInsider does.  Our page views are about 100+ times the rate of engagement, per that same source and the server-based data provided to MHProNews by Webalizer. MHI’s website has more traffic than MHInsider does, but it still pales in comparison to the visitor and pageviews rates reported about our platform.  By periodically peering into what bloggers like Frank Rolfe or George Allen have to say, again, the most complete, the most robust and well rounded reports are found here.

5) While our articles are routinely longer, the engagement rates as measured by pageviews and visitors speak volumes. People want to know. As more Americans realize that news is often biased, providing longer articles that lay out facts and statements in context gives thinking readers the opportunity to see things they literally won’t find on any other single site in manufactured housing.  While that takes time and effort, it is arguably worth it for both us and for our growing numbers of readers.

6) While some in MHVille make boastful remarks about themselves and their platforms, citing some vacuous and self-serving MHI award or MHI-linked award for ‘cred,’

7) MHI’s behavior and claims are inconsistent with their rhetoric in several respects. It has been so for several years.






8) Similarly, the ‘circle fest in a hot-tub’ bloggers and publishers largely in league with MHI are inconsistent and often self-contradictory.






9) Of particular concern, perhaps, is They reportedly have several MHARR members as clients, which is of course each of their respective right. That said, has apparently played favorites with MHI, so much so, that MHI has given them an award too.




10) We respect the right of individuals and organizations to be express themselves, right or wrong, because we freely admit to past mistakes too. That said, by following the suggestions of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethical Conduct, we admit those errors and strive to learn from them. What we don’t seek to do is keep repeating an error.




11) Per Webalizer as of 18-May-2024 07:14 CDT, our primary cPanel on MHProNews has had in the past 11.5 months 2,259,103 visitors and 12,584,490 pageviews. We are not a listing site where people come to shop for housing. We are a Manufactured Housing “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use” © site. An information and news analysis – site. Yet we apparently blow away the rivals and competition, apparently enjoying more traffic than MHI, MHInsider,’s ‘news blog,’ MHReview, and other bloggers sites combined. We’ve invited them to share their data as transparently as we have. There are no obvious takers. Embarrassed, are they? Yet, they boast about all sorts of things, until we come with the pinprick of evidence and truth that pops their respective balloons. To be clear, it isn’t that we make a career out of busting someone’s bubble. It is rather that their bubble’s need to be burst because they say such often outrageous things. See the report on George Allen and related linked above or here. If they had a leg to stand on, and the courage to debate  the issues constraining manufactured housing publicly live or virtually, one might think that they would do so. They were silent again last week when invited to respond to the latest reports, or any report on MHProNews.

12) Because we ground our reports in facts, evidence, and applied common sense, the reports we publish routinely stand the test of time. Thus, they are often visited months or years after they are initially published. Facts and evidence have value.

From time to time, a rival will for whatever reason admit that we have the superior platform. For instance.

  • Darren Krolewski, senior executive with Datacomp, MHVillage, MHInsider.


Much appreciation for the valuable (and often thankless) job that you [MHProNews] do. You have truly become the preeminent news source for the manufactured housing industry, and I wish you many more years of success.” – Darren Krolewski, senior executive with Datacomp, MHVillage, MHInsider.
  • A linked official said that when people at meetings or events are talking about something that they read in an industry trade publication, it is something that they read on MHProNews. 
  • Frank Rolfe, during a bus tour of a manufactured home community spotted me and introduced this writer for MHProNews to the other attendees on the tour as a ‘celebrity’ from the manufactured home industry.
  • George Allen, hardly someone who reportedly wants to praise anyone or any firm who doesn’t pay him in some form or fashion, said the following. He did so despite several critiques of he and his ‘educational’ content.




  • Kurt Kelley may be one of the most likeable and gentlemanly professionals in manufactured housing. We gladly shared articles by Kurt for Years on MHProNews. Well after he launched MHReview, Kelley said this via email.


Indeed, Kelley has contributed to MHProNews numerous times over the years and whether it was intentional or not has had MH Review articles that commented on ‘industry politics” topics too. For instance, MHR published an article about Berkshire Hathaway unit manager Joanne Stevens, which without mentioning MHI, was clearly slamming them for what her article in MHR saw as a failure of industry preparation for obvious attacks on the industry.


13) They may all (not certainly but may) have a higher net worth than this writer does. Reporting things that are not popular in some circles may have a price. But the race is not over. Before this writer hangs up his keyboard and puts himself out to pasture (or passes this platform onto the next generation of truth-tellers), the value of speaking the truth as best as it can be known at the time has potential power. Potential power is often worth money.





14) Because so many (not all) others in MHVille share a narrative that may or may not comport with all known facts and evidence, they have de facto ceded ‘the high ground.’ They have de facto provided us with a ‘durable competitive advantage’ that results in sharing the truth consistently and persistently.

As a result, evidence-based reports that no one else in MHVille has yet to have the cojones to touch are routinely found only on MHLivingNews and/or MHProNews. The headlines for the week in review (Part II above) or some samples below as shown, are just some reasons why people in or beyond MHVille found our content enduring and relevant.






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See reports with critical analysis and commentary on Frank and Dave linked below and in other articles linked from this one.


15) The information in Part I of this article, and the other linked reports, are eye opening evidence of reality. The reality is that manufactured housing is underperforming during an affordable housing crisis. MHI postures efforts that magically fail, year after year, to significantly move the needle to the kind of production levels that MHI’s own prior presidents said where possible.



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From a MHI President and CEO Gail Cardwell era presentation. Title I lending all but ended around the same time as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitized manufactured home “chattel” loans. While it is true that there was fraud, fraud didn’t keep lenders from continuing to do loans on conventional housing. The ramifications of the loss of lending in manufactured housing are still being felt, per sources inside and beyond manufactured housing. Learn more at this link:


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16) MHI’s periodic revision of their website seem to deploy Orwellian or Soviet-style memory hole methods.  Someone who may be inconvenient to the latest narrative from ‘their party’ or ‘the MHI regime’ is systematically erased from their public pages.


Presidents and CEOs Chris Stinebert, Gail Cardwell, and Thayer Long. These are three Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) staff leaders in the 21st century that preceded the tenure of Richard “Dick” Jennison at MHI. Anyone with a modicum of knowledge about the history of MHI in the late 20th and early 21st century should be asking questions and pressing for answers. Why has MHI culled the names of these prior leaders from the history of their own trade association’s website? What is MHI hiding by hiding those names? Why has MHI culled other documents and records from the public side of their website? Why hasn’t MHI made public the meeting minutes with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that seemed to proceed the creation of the apparently market failed CrossMod homes scheme? Why does MHI continue to press CrossMod® homes when their own members say during earnings calls that the manufactured home market is moving to smaller and lower cost homes?


17) It ought to be obvious. The powers that be in manufactured housing want the industry to underperform at this time. The reason that is increasingly obvious is because the largest firms have hundreds of millions to billions of dollars available to take the legal and marketing steps necessary to ‘grow the business.’  Yet, they do not do so. What that implies by behavior is that they are consolidation focused, not organic growth focused — at least they are not production growth and robust community development oriented at this time.









18) What investors have spent billions of dollars in recent years trying to ‘reinvent the wheel’ that manufactured housing already provides are added reasons why the industry should be soaring instead of snoring.




19) MHProNews respects the education and experiences of those we critique. Lesli Gooch may be the least savvy and perhaps most conflicted of the bunch, on some levels. But even “Dr. Gooch” ought to realize after years in the industry that what MHI is and has been doing hasn’t worked, won’t work, and that doing the same thing over and over is a fool’s errand. Even a blind squirrel finds some nuts. So, how is it that MHI keeps making the same mistakes year after year, and almost throughout the 21st century of MHVille history? Simple. It is because the powers that be want the industry smaller at this time for their own selfish reasons.




20) When Allen, or Rolfe, or others periodically let some truth slip out, it is all the more evidence that consolidation is the short-term goal. As Marty Lavin, J.D., has observed, you get more of what you encourage and less of what you discourage.



21) By posturing efforts that lead to nowhere save more consolidation, MHI and others who host events get the benefit of attracting professionals to their venues that otherwise would not come. By attracting people to those venues, they are now opportunities for ‘off market deals.’


Several publicly traded firms are making similar statements, but this one happens to have a partner and co-founder a prior MHI chairman, Nathan Smith.


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The bottom line? There is apparent corruption in manufactured housing. No one could be this incompetent in MHI circles at the levels that they are operating at. They apparently like the status quo, or they would be busy using their resources to change the status quo.


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Enough said for today. There is plenty ahead next week, more deeper dives into issues that in one particular case has merited an update. Another update is pending on a major MHI member firm on the legal front. Don’t miss that and more in the days ahead. ###


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Our son has grown quite a bit since this 12.2019 photo. All on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested in our manufactured housing industry related concerns. But Congressman Al Green’s office was tremendous in their hospitality. Our son’s hand is on a package that included the Constitution of the United States, bottled water, and other goodies.

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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

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