March 2021 Manufactured Housing Production-Shipment Data Reveals Big Uptick, Unpacking the Facts, Trends, Evidence – News Analysis

Per sources, the model shown above could be built as a HUD Code manufactured home or as a state-coded modular home. It was built years before the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) branded and Clayton Homes backed CrossModTM initiative.

The following information on the serious surge in HUD Code manufactured home production and shipments for March 2021 has been provided by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) to MHProNews. MHARR cites their sources, which are those used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which is the primary federal regulatory for manufactured home production. The MHARR report will be followed by additional information, MHProNews analysis, and commentary.


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Washington, D.C., May 3, 2021 – 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 in March 2021. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 10,008 homes in March 2021, a 20% increase over the 8,338 new HUD Code homes produced during March 2020. Cumulative production for 2021 now totals 26,479 homes, a 4.6% increase over the 25,311 homes produced during the same period in 2020.

A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through March 2021  — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2021) and prior year (2020) shipments per category as indicated — are:


To see this graphic in a larger size, in many browsers, you can click the image above once. A new window will open. Then, click that image again. Base data per MHARR. Illustrations added by MHProNews.

The March 2021 production data results in no changes to the cumulative top-ten list.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.



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Additional Information, MHProNews Analysis, and Commentary

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The most recent data is in a sense no surprise. In fact, it is long overdue. After all, mainstream single family housing has been surging for years. Statements from MHI member Gary Shiffman led Sun Communities Inc (SUI) and related MHProNews analysis sheds light on those points.



So too have RVs and multifamily housing. Once more, see the reports linked above and below.


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Additionally, someone must consider what is occurring from the public perspective, which should also be viewed in the light of facts, trends, and evidence.



See the reports above and below for more, and do not miss the one about Buffett, Berkshire, and manufactured home lending.



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After months of hard-hitting reports and analysis by MHProNews and our MHLivingNews sister site, it was time for the powers that be in manufactured housing to respond in a fashion that might deflect the heat generated by reports like those found from this page.

What will be interesting is this. After months of MHI ducking on this switch from a previously 2.5 year trend of a mostly declines in shipments, will they now come out and claim credit for this surge? Time will tell. But either way, this is arguably one more example of the reality that fact-based pushback and evidence-based reporting and analysis pay off.

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