Several MH Communities Sinking, as Manufactured Home Industry at Large Rise$

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MH Communities Sinking, as Manufactured Home Connected Markets at Large Rise$

Let’s be clear from the top.  The short-term concerns that have impacted the slide in today’s MHCommunity sector stocks ought to be a mere blip.

Several MH Communities Sinking, as Manufactured Home Industry at Large Rise$

Top Ten Tips for Selling a Manufactured Home in a Community,
Video of Frank Rolfe, by MHProNews.

The manufactured housing industry’s communities sector has been hot for several years, and for good reasons.

Among them, in no particular order of importance:

  • very stable performance and ROI, including during the 2008 housing/mortgage crash;
  • significant upside opportunities, for those who are aggregating or consolidating communities, since vacancies were an issue for thousands or properties coast-to-coast in from the early 2000s to the mid-2010s. Those with the capital to buy, fix, and fill can earn more than those who are just buying and operating a property;
  • once the don’t rent homes in land-lease communities mantra was broken, dozens of properties were filled more rapidly by those who bought basic, single sectional manufactured homes and used them as infill to ‘get the rent meter on a previously vacant site rolling again.’

There’s more, but let’s hold it right there.

Because the ‘dirty little secret,’ say some suppliers of the community sector, is that there’s several potential hurdles on the horizon.


And the impact of major weather events (such as Irma and Harvey, the more proximate cause of chatter for some investors recently) on properties are among the reasons that the community sector isn’t far hotter than it already is.

Part of the challenges facing the community sector is (hopefully) inadvertently caused by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI); the very people charged with defending and promoting that sector of the industry, say some insiders.

Before Progressing with this Analysis, A Cautionary Tale…

A former client of “Community Investor” George Allen told MHProNews off-the-record that they would periodically have to “walk back” something that Allen would publish on his blog.

Why is attendance down for Allen, or MHI at their D.C. fly-in?

That statement wasn’t made yesterday.  But it’s mentioned here because Allen would publish some things, per that source, that would from time-to-time cause “heartburn” and some “misunderstandings” among less-informed potential investors.

For a variety of reasons – including that cautionary tale in mind – MHProNews has always strived to keep every audience’s interests, accuracy, and balance in mind in our news, commentary, and analysis.

Certainly, it is hard for any thinking party to deny that MHProNews and MHLivingNews – thanks to our industry sponsors – are enthusiastic but reality-grounded true believers in the industry.

That said, the challenges that follow need not be deal killers.  They are not reasons to running away from communities as a solid opportunity for investments.

But the following – while not negating the above and what follows – are genuine issues that MHI, their National Communities Council (NCC) and others are not only failing to address in the public space, they’ve made statements that have fueled concerns.  An example is the snippet from MHI’s SVP Rick Robinson spotlighted in the Washington Post screen capture below.


There are several statements being made – and issues going unaddressed, as MHI/NCC member Frank Rolfe has often said – that give careful investors pause.

MHI has lined up surrogates who act as their defenders, such as Suzanne Felber, who sources say get financial benefits from MHI and their member companies. Then, there are critics, such as Marty Lavin, Frank Rolfe, Titus Dare and several others.

News stories that go unaddressed by the industry’s national community sector representatives create issues that either go unanswered, or some of the answers may not prove to be satisfactory.

This, MHProNews knows because of questions and discussions that are fielded here.

If the old rule of thumb holds, then for each raised hand, there are 100 hands that are thinking the same, but those 99 just didn’t make the effort to ask.

Warning Signs from the Vantage Point of Some Potential Investors…

  • Communities are closing at a faster rate than they are opening.
  • MHI/NCC graphic, shown below, reflects a smaller total number of communities than either Allen (who pegs the total at about 50,000) or Frank Rolfe (who has a database of some 44,000 properties, and thinks it may be closer to 45,000 MHCs) believes exists.
  • Community closures based on 38,000 (+/-) total properties – MHI’s figure, based per sources on their MHVillage/DataComp member’s database count – is more problematic than if it were at the 45k to 50k total properties.
  • MHProNews has brought such errant figures to MHI’s attention, yet they persist (some say, for membership/political reasons) in keeping their stated totals/stats, which in some cases are clearly errant figures – or statistics on their website – or as downloads.
  • As MHI/NCC member Frank Rolfe has said in public, and to MHProNews, reporters and others often get the cold-shoulder from MHI. That leads to doubts about their integrity and dependability as an industry source for reliable information.
  • Rolfe and others have told MHProNews that lenders and investors want solid data they can rely upon. While operations such as his, or others that are in the list of publicly traded companies shown below, have their own facts and figures. But that doesn’t always mean that inquiries will go to them first, or ever.
  • Some may find MHI, and either find (or not find…) what they want, and they cross manufactured homes and/or communities off their bucket list of investment options.

The bottom line is that there are consequences, per sources, to MHI’s problematic communications. Those considerations impact every sector of the industry.


There are consequences to few new communities, and more closures than new start-ups.  That too can be straight-lined to past and current problematic MHI/NCC behaviors.

There are consequences to thoughtful investors and analysts when MHI is not standing up to each and every false or misleading media report.

Or when a senior executive is giving a reply like the one that MHI’s Rick Robinson did to the Washington Post, shown above.

And there are consequences to the trends of communities filling up, opportunities narrowing, and looming question marks hanging over the industry, all of which can be traced back at some level to various alleged failures on the part of MHI/NCC.

These and other concerns and/or allegations above and below are hanging over the organization.


They hang like a blanket over the manufactured home industry’s otherwise outstanding potential.


Finally, claims by outsiders (not MHProNews, we are merely reporting what others have alleged) of racism, steering, predatory lending, monopolistic practices, favoritism (tilting the playing field among MHI members who are ‘favored’ against those who are not insiders) lead to complaints about hypocrisy, corrupt or inept leadership.

Manufactured Housing Institute MHI Logo, Frank Rolfe has previously blasted MHI for failure to engage the media. Racism ought to be swiftly denied and decried. Collage and text by

For these and other reasons that impact the industry, investors, and the public, MHProNews has early and often called for the reform or replacement of the industry’s ‘umbrella’ association as an editorial position.

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