MHProNews has obtained the latest July 2019 manufactured housing product, pricing, and other data related to HUD Code manufactured homes sold here in the United States.
To set the table, here is how the Census Bureau describes the history of the survey data, which is useful on several levels, as will be revealed later. The numbers on the left are in thousands of units. Note that some months 2019 shipments year to date have been similar to or lower than 2017 new HUD Code manufactured home shipments.
The graphics placed between their methodology and history description can be downloaded to see them full size.
Census Bureau Current Manufactured Housing Survey
History of Survey Program
The methodology for collecting information on new manufactured homes for 1974 through 1979 involved contacting a sample of manufactured home dealers each month within 137 geographic areas or primary sampling units. The dealers were asked to provide data on the number of manufactured homes received from manufacturers, the number placed on a site for residential use, and the number held in inventory.
The methodology used after 1979 involved a monthly sample of new manufactured homes shipped by manufacturers. The dealer to whom the sampled unit was shipped was contacted by telephone and asked about the status of the unit. This was done each month until that unit is reported as placed.
The methodology used beginning in August 2014 involves contacting the dealer four months after the unit was shipped to ask about the status of the unit. The dealer is asked to report a sales price if the unit is already sold and placed for residential use or to report an intended sales price if the unit is intended for sale and for residential use. The dealer is no longer contacted each month until the unit is placed. Estimates of average sales price include both actual sales prices and intended sales prices.
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