MHARR Sharpens Attention to Causes, Cures for HUD Code Manufactured Housing Production Decline – Manufactured Housing Institute Flagged, CEO Weiss Wants Congress Probe; plus MHVille Stocks Update


As the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) annual board meeting approaches, it is interesting to note the various efforts by Mark Weiss, J.D., MHARR’s president and CEO and Danny Ghorbani, MHARR’s senior advisor, to focus on the underlying causes and cures to manufactured housing industry’s underperformance. In a roughly 1000 word snapshot (about 4 minutes and 15 seconds of reading), the latest MHARR press release continues their 2022 messaging to mainstream media as well as to those sources in the manufactured housing industry willing to expose more to their readers than the MHI ‘amen corner’ (see postscript of report linked here). Part I of this report begins with an item previously reported, but then rapidly pivots to additional information from MHARR that was not part of MHARR’s original monthly production report. Part II is additional information with more MHProNews analysis and commentary. Part III is the manufactured housing industry connected stocks, plus the ‘market-moving’ left (CNN) right (Newsmax) headlines recap.

Part I

HUD Code Manufactured Housing Production Decline Worsens In January 2023, per Manufactured Housing Association

Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports HUD Code manufactured home industry production declined year-over-year in January 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES, March 6, 2023 / — 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 declined once again in January 2023. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 6,951 homes in January 2023, a 23.6% decrease from the 9,110 new HUD Code homes produced in January 2022.

With this report, MHARR is updating and slightly revising the format of its monthly top-ten shipment state data. Previous reports in this series included cumulative shipment statistics dating back to the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011. Beginning with this report, and with more than a decade having now passed since that watershed point, MHARR will re-start the cumulative shipment data to better reflect current and continuing trends in 2023 and beyond. Accordingly, a further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from January 2023 — with monthly, cumulative, current year (2023) and prior year (2022) shipments per category as indicated — are: (see top ten graphic).


With monthly year-over-year production declines having been recorded during all three months of the Fourth Quarter of 2022, this latest data now confirms four consecutive months of progressively worsening year-over-year production/shipment declines, at a time when the need for affordable housing and homeownership stands at record levels. As MHARR’s February 23, 2023 Memorandum, entitled “Latest Wake-Up Calls for the Industry on Consumer Financing and Discriminatory Zoning” indicates, the industry, and especially its supposed national post-production representation, cannot continue to pursue what amounts to a passive, ineffective stance when these two major elements continue to needlessly and drastically suppress industry growth and progress.

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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. ##

MHARR’s post on the topic above is found at this link here. Manufactured Housing Industry Production Totals for 2022, referenced above, are found in the MHARR report linked below.



The MHARR memo mentioned in the news release above is found at this link below.


MHARR recently reported on “Two Manufactured Housing Associations filed Case No. 23-cv-00174 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas re: DOE’s pending MH energy rule.” The two associations in question are the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA). MHARR’s statement on that topic is reported in the item linked below.


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.

Among other things, MHARR called for (and offered to assist with) a court action under the federal Administrative Procedure Act, based on DOE’s failure to fully and properly calculate, account for, and consider all of the anticipated costs of the rule. This included and encompassed DOE’s failure to propose and estimate the costs of testing, compliance and enforcement of the final standards, its use of artificially low inflation indices for the wholly-deficient cost “analysis” that it did perform, and its failure to consider other related factors that would result in costs substantially exceeding anticipated benefits.

MHARR also urged litigation based on DOE’s failure to fully and properly consult with HUD and the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) as envisaged by the rule’s authorizing legislation – the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 – and, just as importantly, DOE’s thoroughly corrupted “negotiated rulemaking” process, which irretrievably tainted the final rule from step-one (and against which MHARR cast the only “no” vote at every step).

As set out by MHARR, the objective of such a court action was to invalidate the DOE final rule – and the entirety of the rulemaking process which led to that rule, beginning in 2008 – and to compel DOE to go back to “square one” with respect to manufactured housing energy standards in full and proper consultation with both HUD and the MHCC, from the start, as expected and authorized by Congress. (See previously referenced Case No. 23-cv-00174.)

While 2022 was the best year for manufactured housing since 2006, the downward trend reflected in the last four (4) months are one of several areas of concern, per Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). The cumulative production of 112,882 homes in 2022 is a 6.7% increase over the 105,772 homes produced during 2021.

Per Mark Weiss, J.D., President and CEO of MHARR, there is a need for “congressional oversight of the HUD manufactured housing program and its regulatory practices is thus essential, and is of particular importance to the entrepreneurial businesses which comprise MHARR.” MHARR has also stressed the relationship between regulatory reform and the boost that the correct balance of regulations could provide the millions of Americans who desire affordable home ownership.

Additional Related Information from MHARR

The most complete known free monthly reporting resource made publicly available by a national manufactured housing trade organization is found at this link below. Years of monthly reports, statistics and data are available news media, researchers, investors, and the public via the following link.

Reprints of MHARR Interviews Conducted by MHProNews

Interview with Mark Weiss, J.D., President and CEO of MHARR is linked below. It includes information that sheds light related to the manufactured housing industry’s downturn during an affordable housing crisis.

Interviews of MHARR’s senior advisor and founding president and CEO, Danny Ghorbani, conducted by industry-leading, are found at this link here.

MHARR Articles Focused on Proper Implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA or 2000 Reform Law) and its “enhanced preemption” provisions are found at the link below

MHARR Accomplishments

A summary of MHARR’s History and Objectives are found at this link here. ##

Contact Information:

Mark Weiss, J.D.,
President & CEO
Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)
+1 202-783-4087




Part II Additional Information with More MHProNews Analysis and Commentary in Brief

The evidence-based case can be made that MHARR’s routine ‘hammering’ of MHI to initiate a lawsuit was an important factor in MHI leadership finally moving to sue on the Department of Energy (DOE) manufactured housing energy rule.  Additionally, given MHProNews’ dominating audience in manufactured home trade media, that ‘one two’ punch essentially put MHI in a box.  A step-by-step analysis on that is found in the report and postscript linked below.

HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Decline Worsens in January 2023 per MHARR – Cavco Wm ‘Bill’ Boor Remark on Manufactured Housing Comes Into Sharper Focus; Sunday MHVille Headlines Recap


Because MHARR began a campaign in 2022 that increasingly leveraged press releases to mainstream media that highlighted content on their website, even when possible media bias is considered, with hundreds of news sites picking up the MHARR release, it is an additional check on MHI’s leaders that was lacking on the association level just a few years ago.


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MHARR has been hammering away at this issue on a routine basis. If MHI’s attorneys’ ‘throw’ this suit, or use some other type of subterfuge, it will not be a surprise if MHARR will spot it and report on it. Count on MHProNews to follow these developments. This platform will also bring you the claims of MHI, which will be unpacked based on known facts and evidence.  “We Provide, You Decide.” ©

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Part III. Daily Business News on MHProNews Markets Segment

The modifications of our prior Daily Business News on MHProNews format of the recap of yesterday evening’s market report are provided below. It still includes our signature left (CNN Business) and right (Newsmax) ‘market moving’ headlines. The macro market moves graphics will provide context and comparisons for those invested in or tracking manufactured housing connected equities.

In minutes a day readers can get a good sense of significant or major events while keeping up with the trends that are impacting manufactured housing connected investing.

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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from the evening of 3.6.2023 

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2022 was a tough year for many stocks. Unfortunately, that pattern held true for manufactured home industry (MHVille) connected stocks too.  See the facts, linked below.

‘Stomach Churning Year’ CNN-Wall Street ‘Forget 2022’ Down Year – Major Equities Data Compared to Manufactured Housing Stocks, Manufactured Home Community REITs, Performance for Year by Company




      • NOTE 1: The 3rd chart above of manufactured housing connected equities includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry finance lender.
      • NOTE 2: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).
      • NOTE 3: Deer Valley was largely taken private, say company insiders in a message to MHProNews on 12.15.2020, but there are still some outstanding shares of the stock from the days when it was a publicly traded firm.  Thus, there is still periodic activity on DVLY.
      • Note 4: some recent or related reports to the REITs, stocks, and other equities named above follow in the reports linked below.

Sun Communities – ‘Development in Our DNA,’ ESG Stance, Q4 2022 Year End Results Earnings Call & PR – Facts, Insights Beyond PR and Official SUI Statements; plus MHVille REITs, Stocks Update

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‘Keeping Our Mobile Home Communities Safe, Well-Maintained, Affordable is Vital’ – Attorney General Wm Tong Testimony, More Follow Probe of Sun Communities (SUI) Issue–Latest MHI Member Scandal?

Nobility Homes, Inc. Sales and Earnings for its Fiscal Year 2022 Report, Result$ Best Inflation – Net After Taxes Up 34%, More Fact$; DeSantis ESG and NOBH; plus MHVille Stocks, Market Updates

‘Manufactured Housing in the News,’ Unpacking UMH CEO Sam Landy Op-Ed’ It’s Time for Bi-Partisanship on Affordable Manufactured Housing Homeownership’ in HousingWire; plus MHMarkets Updates

Manufactured Housing Properties-Results for Three and Nine Months Ending September 30.2022–Exploring ‘Mobile Home Park’ Manufactured Home Community Investing; plus MHVille REITs, Stocks Update

‘Changes Will Benefit Customers,’ Boost Sales-Legacy Homes CEO Duncan Bates – LEGH ‘Delivered 22.5% Return on Equity in 1 Yr’ – Corp Q3 2022 Insights, Analysis; plus MHVille REITs, Stocks Update  

CEO Mark Yost, Skyline Champion Insiders SELL Million$ Value SKY Stock, Home Sales Drop-4th Q 2022 (3QFiscal2023), Official Result$-Facts, Analysis, Info Beyond PR; plus MHVille Stocks Update

Triad Financial Services Q2-2022 FINANCIAL RESULTS, per ECN Capital – Several Bright Spots in Manufactured Home Market Highlighted, Including Communities, Retail, Land-Home, Floor; MHStocks Update

BlackRock Document Exposes Central Banks like Federal Reserve on Recession; Manufactured Home Producer Cavco Industries 2022 Year End Results (CVCOQ3.23) Facts+Analysis; plus MHVille Stocks Update


Manufactured Home Communities (a.k.a. ‘Mobile Home Parks’ – SIC) – Exploring UMH Properties; Fellow Manufactured Housing Institute Member Yes! Communities Suits and Settlements; plus MH Markets Updates


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All on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested in manufactured housing related issues. But Congressman Al Green’s office was tremendous in their hospitality. Our son’s hand is on a package that included a copy of the Constitution of the United States and other goodies. Tamas has grown considerably since this photo was taken. He is now an impressive, often thoughtful, teen. 

By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHProNews.
Tony earned a journalism scholarship along with numerous awards in history. There have been several awards and honors and also recognition 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 This article reflects the LLC’s and/or the writer’s position and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.








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