Texas Manufactured Housing Association Explores Google Search Interest In “Mobile Homes For Sale” Data, Trends – Surprising Manufactured Housing Institute Insight – plus, Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

DowJones11.17.2020ManufacturedHomeStockUpdatesBroaderMarketSnapshotThe Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) in an emailed statement today indicated the latest results from their analysis of Google search result trends.

TMHA explained their use of “Mobile Home For Sale Search Term Selection” as opposed to the proper terminology of HUD Code “manufactured home” or “manufactured housing” this way.

The google trends data is pulled for the search term “mobile home for sale” because the volume of search data for that term is 10 times higher than the volume of searches for “manufactured home for sale.” In Texas any home with a HUD-Code label on it is legally a manufactured home, and any home built in a factory prior to the introduction of the HUD-Code in 1976 is a mobile home. Despite the legal definition google search data suggests that consumers tend to characterize modern manufactured homes as mobile homes.”

Rephrased, for all of the bluster by those industry insiders who have said for years that they are “promoting” manufactured housing, the TMHA point above blasts that claim that they have been effective right out of the water.

While approaching the topic from a different vantage point than the report by Manufactured Home Living News (MHLivingNews) that spotlighted how Zillow data revealed that interest had declined in the two years covered by their report.

During an affordable housing crisis, single family housing sales dwarf manufactured homes. Even townhouses – far more costly – outsell manufactured homes. To learn more, see the data-packed report linked here or below.


It is fascinating to compare the anemic progress being made by manufactured housing vs. the sharp drop followed by the stunning surge of far more costly mainstream conventional housing.


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The data produced by the TMHA is our featured focus. As regulars to this business-nightly feature know, that is found after the quotable quotes, left-right headline bullets, and 2 of our 3 market summary snapshots at today’s closing bell. The manufactured home industry connected equities follow the featured focus and the recent/related linked reports.


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We are continuing our test of using headlines from Newsmax, which follows CNN below.

Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business

  • Home-buying binge
  • New homes under construction by Pardee Construction LLC are seen in this aerial photograph taken over the Pacific Highlands Ranch master planned community in San Diego, California, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. U.S. homebuyers are favoring newly built properties at the highest rate in more than a decade.
  • Americans’ mortgage debt soars to a record $10 trillion thanks to record-low interest rates
  • Roger Ferguson, a top Black Wall Street exec who manages $1 trillion, is retiring as the CEO of TIAA
  • Stocks reverse course just one day after after hitting new record highs
  • Boeing’s 737 Max debacle may be most expensive corporate blunder ever
  • Retail sales slowed in October, as economists worry about a ‘difficult winter’
  • Amazon is now a drug store. It will ship prescriptions to Prime members
  • Baby Yoda hitches a ride to the International Space Station
  • Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway makes big bets on drug stocks
  • Home Depot is boosting hourly wages as housing market booms
  • Jeep unveils high-horsepower V8 Wrangler
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  • Fox News’ rivals use the network’s own dishonest tactics against it
  • S. President Donald Trump walks up to speak about Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden at the White House on November 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. The is the first time President Trump has spoken since election night last week, as COVID-19 infections surge in the United States.
  • Trump’s social media accounts will lose special treatment once he leaves office
  • People past walk by a Walmart store on August 23, 2020 in North Bergen, New Jersey. Walmart saw its profits jump in latest quarter as e-commerce sales surged during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Walmart reports shortages of toilet paper and cleaning supplies at some stores
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  • Turkeys stand in a barn at the Yordy Turkey Farm in Morton, Illinois, U.S., on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Americans are expected to eat about 46 million turkeys during their traditional family feasts, and the cost to feed 10 people has slipped to its lowest since 2013, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual grocery store survey.
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  • Whole Foods will ‘insure’ your Thanksgiving meal
  • Simon malls will keep stores closed on Thanksgiving
  • Target will close stores on Thanksgiving
  • Walmart stores will close on Thanksgiving Day
  • Pepsi unveils first 2-liter bottle redesign in nearly 30 years
  • Coke is canceling 200 drink brands
  • Coca-Cola discontinues Tab after nearly 60 years
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  • Georgia Secretary of State: Sen. Graham Suggested Auditing Signatures
  • Giuliani Wants Supreme Court to Decide Election
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  • -elect Young Kim, R-CA, to Newsmax: ‘GOP Stands for Great Opportunity Party’
  • County’s Uncounted Ballots Will Boost Trump
  • Shelton’s Nomination to Fed Blocked in Senate
  • US Cutting Troop Levels in Iraq, Afghanistan to 2,500
  • Fed’s Powell: Virus Spike Threatens Economic Stability
  • Hundreds of Businesses With PPP Loans Have Gone Bankrupt
  • Judge Rejects Trump Limits on ‘Dreamer’ Immigration Program
  • Crenshaw Slams Arlington for Canceling Wreath Program
  • Iran Says US Move Against it Would Face ‘Crushing’ Response
  • Pompeo Meets Orthodox Spiritual Leader in Istanbul
  • Ray Dalio: ‘Might Be Missing Something’ About Bitcoin
  • Ray Dalio said Tuesday that he might be missing something about Bitcoin as the cryptocurrency passed $17,000 for the first time in almost three years.
  • Shelton’s Nomination to Fed Blocked in Senate
  • Robinhood Seeks Advisers for Potential IPO Next Year
  • Retail Giants: COVID Has Changed Shopping Forever
  • Zombie Companies Have Racked Up $1.4 Trillion of Debt
  • Most and Least Accurate Polls From Presidential Election
  • Gizzi: Biden to Find Position for ‘Mayor Pete’
  • Graham Denies Pressuring Georgia to Toss Ballots


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Continuing the report from the TMHA on 11.17.2020 is the following.

QuoteSymbolLeft78x121“Search interest in a mobile home for sale in the state of Texas has been elevated since April with four of the six months since coming in at series highs.

July typically marks the peak for searches, but August of 2020 set the record for the most searches for any month since 2012. October search interest was at an all-time high for the month across the series.

Searches for a mobile home for sale typically decline from a summer peak through the end of the year and pick back up in January of the following year as we move into spring buying season.

Mobile Home for Sale Google Search Interest – Texas (Monthly)


This interactive chart is built from Google Trends data for the search term “mobile home for sale”

How are Searches and Sales Related

Searches for the term “mobile home for sale” are a leading indicator for new manufactured home sales and while not perfectly correlated spikes in search interest are often followed by an increase in sales.

Google Trends Data

Google Trends data can give valuable insight into the search patterns of internet users. Because of the enormous volume of searches, Google Trends data is pulled from a random sample of overall searches for a given time period, and that sample changes overtime so the historical data differs upon subsequent views. To get closer to the true amount of search interest for each month, we pull the trend data multiple times and average the results.

The other important thing to note about Google Trends data is that it is normalized over the time span for which the data is pulled. The highest month will have the score of a hundred and then every other month gets a value of what percentage it’s amount of searches represent compared to that highest month’s value. This means that historical percentages will change overtime as new peaks are introduced over time.”



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What TMHA doesn’t mention in the above is that conventional housing is experiencing a surge that dwarfs manufactured housing. Nor is there a mention of the tidal shift from big blue states like California and New York into lower population, cost, and tax states – including red states like Texas.


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