Manufactured Home vs. Conventional “Site Built” Housing, Latest 5 Years Trends, Data – plus Manufactured Housing Investing, Stock Updates

DowJones9.08.2020ManufacturedHomeStockUpdatesBroaderMarketSnapshotTonight’s topic is the latest 5 year data set from the U.S. Census Bureau obtained by MHProNews.

While others in manufactured housing trade media – including those who publish as well as blog – routinely continue to ‘cheer lead’ for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and their ‘big boy’ backers, the factual evidence provides a different picture.

Their data dispels once more the false claim made by MHI in the last quarter of 2018 that the industry had “momentum.” Indeed, the argument can be made that they already realized that the industry was in a mild – and entirely avoidable – downturn.

While conventional housing in recent years has continued to surge, manufactured housing has struggled. That fact alone begs serious questions for investors, public officials, affordable housing advocates, and others.

In reading what follows in our featured focus segment further below tonight, new readers as well as thousands of long-term followers of MHProNews reports should bear in mind that manufactured housing has the benefit of two important 21st centuries laws. More on that in what follows.

Note that the featured focus segment follows the quotable quotes, left-right bulleted headline recap from CNN Money and Fox Business, and 2- of our 3-evening market summary graphics. The 3rd business-nightly graphic – manufactured home connected equities summary data for today – is found after the featured focus, related report links, near the end of each business evening’s column.


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First, the hard data, per the U.S. Census Bureau, covering the years 2014 to 2019.

Cost & Size Comparisons:
New Manufactured Homes and New Single-Family Site-Built Homes
2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
New Manufactured Homes
Avg. Sales Price  $     81,900  $     78,500  $      71,900  $     70,600  $   68,000  $    65,300
Avg. Square Feet           1,448           1,438             1,426            1,446         1,430           1,438
Avg. Cost per Sq. Ft.  $       56.56  $       54.59  $        50.42  $       48.82  $     47.55  $      45.41
Avg. Sales Price  $     53,200  $     52,400  $      48,300  $     46,700  $   45,600  $    45,000
Avg. Square Feet           1,072           1,072             1,087            1,075         1,092           1,115
Avg. Cost per Sq. Ft.  $       49.63  $       48.88  $        44.43  $       43.44  $     41.76  $      40.36
Avg. Sales Price  $  104,000  $     99,500  $      92,800  $     89,500  $   86,700  $    82,000
Avg. Square Feet           1,747           1,747             1,733            1,746         1,713           1,710
Avg. Cost per Sq. Ft.  $       59.53  $       51.26  $        53.55  $       51.26  $     50.61  $      47.95
Housing Starts vs. MH Shipments
(Thousands of units)
New Single Family
Housing Starts              888              876                849               782             715              648
Percent of Total 90% 90% 90% 91% 91% 91%
Manufactured Home Shipments
Shipped                 95                 97                  93                 81               71                64
Percent of Total 10% 10% 10% 9% 9% 9%
Total              983              973                942               863             786              678
New Single-Family
Site-Built Homes Sold
(Home and Land Sold as Package)
Avg. Sales Price  $  383,900  $  385,000  $    384,900  $   360,900  $ 352,700  $  347,700
Derived Average Land Price  $     84,485  $     87,253  $      91,173  $     82,491  $   80,246  $    84,444
Price of Structure
Avg. Square Feet           2,518           2,602             2,645            2,650         2,724           2,707
Avg. Price per Sq Ft. (excl. land)  $     118.91  $     114.43  $      111.05  $     105.06  $   100.02  $      97.25
Manufactured Home Shipments
Total         94,615         96,555          92,902         81,136       70,544        64,331
Single-Section         42,930         44,979          46,305         38,944       32,210        30,218
Multi-Section         51,685         51,576          46,597         42,192       38,334        34,113
New Manufactured Homes Placed
(for Residential Use)
Located in Communities 31% 37% 32% 34% 34% 33%
Located on Private Property 69% 63% 68% 66% 66% 67%
Titled as Personal Property 76% 77% 76% 77% 80% 80%
Titled as Real Estate 19% 17% 17% 17% 14% 13%
  1 Includes manufactured homes with more than two sections.
  Source:  These data are produced by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Census Bureau from a survey
                   sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Additional Information, MHProNews Analysis, and Commentary

Last week, the manufactured housing industry year-to-date through July 2020 data was published by this trade media outlet. That report is linked below. That data found via that linked report is likewise juxtaposed with conventional housing and other relevant data. The facts above and below point to evidence why manufactured housing should be roaring, not snoring. Are we to believe that educated, seasoned professionals involved in manufactured housing ‘leadership’ can’t do better than what they are?

New Year to Date July 2020 Manufactured Home Production Data Compared to Mainstream Conventional Home Building and Post-COVID19 Housing Trends

Or is it that the industry is underperforming precisely to force smaller firms out and thus foster more consolidation? To help answer that, see the flashback insight below.

Sometimes the best place to hide the truth is in plain sight.

While mainstream manufactured homes continues to struggle, industry sources tell MHProNews that Skyline Champion (NYSE:SKY) may be pivoting away from their recent posture toward independents. Skyline Champion leaders have not yet confirmed that claim.

Skyline Champion Retailers Call Foul on Factory’s Price Hikes to Independent Dealers, SKY CEO Mark Yost Spotlight

The Census Bureau data will be a fine tee-up for a topic that will be the planned financing related featured report tomorrow morning. Stay tuned.

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The graphics from Sun Communities above are just some of many reasons why manufactured housing should be soaring. But instead, the industry is into another year of contraction. That is a fact, year 2 of contraction during an affordable housing crisis. It is a clear evidence-based indictment of MHI’s claims to be working to grow the industry. The only growth that is readily identifiable is for consolidators who are growing their portfolios.

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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).



Summer 2020
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