TAMU Research Warns of More Manufactured Housing Supply Chain Price Hikes, Other Challenges Looming, But Manufactured Home Opportunities Exist; plus, Manufactured Housing Market Updates


In a news release from Texas A&M University (TAMU) to MHProNews, media relations professional David Jones, the following report is provided with related information. While the information is focused on their research in Texas, about 1 in 5 manufactured homes are produced and sold in that state. Additionally, the supply chain issues that impact the Lone Star State will routinely by similar or perhaps worse in other U.S. jurisdictions.  Following their release is additional related information, more MHProNews analysis and commentary. Then, our business-daily manufactured housing market recap is preceded by our left-right headline snapshot.



Supply-chain disruptions worsen, higher Manufactured Housing Prices Ahead per Texas Real Estate Research, Facts

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (Texas Real Estate Research Center) –Supply-chain disruptions accelerated sharply, according to the latest Texas Manufactured Housing Survey (TMHS), and conditions are expected to worsen through first quarter 2022. Raw-material prices were largely unchanged in October, but pressure is building upstream and price hikes are expected.

“Material costs calmed for manufacturers during the third quarter allowing them to pause price increases for finished homes,” said Wesley Miller, senior research associate with the Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University (TRERC). “That relief appears to be temporary amid surging supply-chain disruptions and rising labor costs.”

Despite supply bottlenecks, manufactured-housing production increased for the fifth consecutive month, and the TMHS production index reached its highest level since February. Manufacturers expect those gains to continue and should chip away at backlogs that have built up since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“By streamlining product offerings, expanding operations, and staffing up despite a tight labor market, HUD-code manufacturers continue to increase the number of homes they’re building this year,” said Rob Ripperda, vice president of operations for the Texas Manufactured Housing Association. “Supply-chain linked price increases could put downward pressure on demand, but the TMHS respondents are expecting sales to increase over the next six months.”

“Supply chains are being hit from multiple sources at once,” said Dr. Harold Hunt, TRERC research economist. “Ships, trucks, and rail transportation are falling short of needed capacity to clear bottlenecks. Unfortunately, forecasts project shortfalls well into next year.”

On the labor front, manufacturers increased hiring despite fewer prospective employees. While the TMHS labor-supply index stabilized after five consecutive months of decline, manufacturers expect conditions to worsen considerably through first quarter 2022. These obstacles elevated the level of uncertainty surrounding the industry and have pushed plants into higher capital expenditures in attempts to streamline operations.

Despite these challenges, manufacturers managed to increase business activity and expect to do so in coming months. The industry outlook remained favorable, but optimism waned for the first time in at least 16 months.

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 Additional Information, More MHProNews Analysis and Commentary 

The information from the TAMU above should be considered in the light of other known facts. For example, despite steep price hikes, production has still been rising in 2021 for the first time since it began to drop in the fourth quarter of 2018.


Crossmod has been a dismal failure and it sent a message to the rest of the HUD [Code manufactured home] industry … you’re chopped liver; it actually helped the site builder get an entry level home but with little success. Mainstream [manufactured housing] has been ignored [by MHI]… there is reason.   Elephant in the room…” That harkens back to this comment from early on in the ‘new class of manufactured housing’ announcement that has since proven to be quite accurate.

Insider and a range of industry insights plus common sense analysis has proven to be accurate time after time. Meaning, the reports found on MHProNews and our MHLivingNews sister site has proven its reliability.  This report linked below that featured the image above was posted Feb 21, 2018. It predicted that the so-called ‘new class of homes’ – since rebranded as CrossMods – could be a ‘Trojan Horse’ for manufactured housing. If one measures performance by new homes shipped, that concern has proven to be true. How could we know years in advance where the industry might be heading? Because we have reliable sources plus know the industry from the inside, not just as publishers – but as performance based professional service providers. The MHI plan – supported by Clayton Homes, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, was arguably flawed from the outset. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/manufactured-housings-trojan-horse/

The above are and what follows are from MHI member producers. That noted, there are a variety of factors that went into another Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) member production insider saying that he foresees a downturn ahead.


That’s sobering forecast apparently predicated on factors such as the MHI trade association doesn’t make some commonsense changes in tactics. This is as easy as ABC.

A) MHI claims to want more competitive lending. But if they are sincere in saying so, why didn’t they sign onto a letter pressing the FHFA and Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to do provide Duty to Serve (DTS) lending for mainstream manufactured housing with competitive single-family, home only loans?




B) MHI claims it wants to see HUD implement its enhanced preemption authority under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000. If so, then why didn’t they weigh in on the controversy in Ayden, NC or Bryan, TX?






C) On the looming Department of Energy (DOE) rule, MHI claims it wants to beat it back. If so, then why did a source at DOE provide documented evidence that MHI was previously asking for this rule to be fast-tracked?

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D) If Clayton Homes, other Berkshire Hathaway and related brand leaders, MHI and their staff and board leadership are not trying to rig the marketplace to yield low volume and consolidation than why have they ducked responding to evidence to the contrary once again?





As Florida Manufactured Housing Association Executive Director Jim Ayotte ironically put it, ‘this is not rocket science.’ Manufactured housing has good laws. Manufactured housing has a good story to tell.

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Then, why has MHI and its dominating brands failed so consistently to do what is common sense? They can’t have it both ways. If they are leaders, then their leadership is missing their own stated marks. Mainstream housing can’t keep up. Manufactured housing has an opportunity to ‘catch up,’ as William “Bill” Boor himself said.

Bill Boor is correct in saying that the industry has an opportunity to ‘catch up’ – or even pass – conventional housing builders. But that opportunity existed 2 decades ago too. That means, that until the root issues are addressed, authentic progress will not be obtained. That noted, by addressing the root issues robust growth can occur.

Then, why aren’t the powers that be behind MHI doing the common sense steps that would cause the industry to catch up and surpass conventional housing?  The answer to these questions routinely goes back to what several of MHI’s own members have publicly said. They want consolidation.


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Ironically, Skyline Champion’s own investor pitch-deck provides ample evidence for manufactured housing industry underperformance. That same pitch-deck further provides evidence that Mergers and Acquisitions are a key part of their business model. What is there in such revelations that Birch and Williams miss? Bear in mind, that they are mere stand-ins who voluntarily raised their hands in defense of Berkshire and MHI firms like Skyline Champion. Notice: Several of the illustrations shown in this report can be opened in many browsers to reveal a larger size. To open this picture, click the image once. When the window opens, click it again to reveal the larger size photo. Use your browsers back key to return to the article.

Consolidation occurs more readily when an industry is underperforming.


Next up is our business daily recap of yesterday evening’s market report, related left-right headlines, and manufactured housing connected equities.

The Business Daily Manufactured Home Industry Connected Stock Market Updates.  Plus, Market Moving Left (CNN) – Right (Newsmax) Headlines Snapshot. While the layout of this daily business report has been evolving over time, several elements of the basic concepts used previously are still the same. For instance. The headlines that follow below can be reviewed at a glance to save time while providing insights across the left-right media divide. Additionally, those headlines often provide clues as to possible ‘market-moving’ news items.


Market Indicator Closing Summaries – Yahoo Finance Closing Tickers on MHProNews…

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DowJones11.8.2021YahooManufacturedHousingMajorMarketSnapshotatCloseMHProNewsHeadlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from the evening of 11.8.2021

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Headlines from right-of-center Newsmax – evening of 11.8.2021

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Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Equities Closing 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).
                          • NOTE: 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.
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As the Summer of 2021 draws to a close

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All on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested. 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. 

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