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Tiny House/ Park Model Trend

Tiny House/ Park Model Trend

Over the past couple of months I have noticed a growing trend with tiny houses.  Although I don’t think that all housing trends can translate into sales within our industry but I think that this trend might.  HGTV has several shows like “Small Space, Big Style” and shows about tiny houses from 110 sq. ft. up to 1,000 sq. ft.  They showcase homeowners that have made the most out of the limited space they have.   A growing number of people, whether young or older, are starting to appreciate the smaller living space.  Here are some stats I found:

–  68% of tiny house people have no mortgage compared to 29.3% of all U.S homeowners

–  55% of tiny house people have more savings than the average American, with a median of $10,972 in the bank

–  The average tiny house is 186 sq. ft. while the standard U.S home takes up nearly 2,100 sq. ft. That adds up to nearly 11.3 tiny houses!

–  Approximately 2 out of 5 tiny house owners are over 50 years of age

–  More women own tiny houses than men

These stats were taken from The Tiny Life.  The site offers an explanation of what the “Tiny House Movement” means and links to other “tiny house” blogs & websites.

Our industry offers park models as a version of “tiny houses” that we can sell!  I attended Titan & Commodore fall shows several weeks ago.   Both of the plants had a park model on display and they were perfect examples of how organized and efficient “tiny houses” can be.  I did some research on Athens Park Homes and Cavco Park Models & Cabins.  Both brands offer many different floor plans and options which include porch models, front kitchens, movable islands, wood interior accents, log siding etc.  Titan offers two complete series of Athens Park Homes and Cavco also offers two different series.  If you have time please check out their websites.  Click here for Athens Park Homes & click here for Cavco Park Models & Cabins.

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October 2, 2014 Posted by | General Information | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Recap of a Recent Home Show

We were recently in attendance at home show in Augusta, Maine on February 3 – 5th, 2012.  The home show had seven homes and five homes belonged to VBI group members.  The homes that were at the show included three from Pine View Homes, two from Titan homes and one home from Commodore Homes.

Showcase Homes had a Champion Home from the Claysburg, PA  facility and Fairlane Homes had a New Era modular, complete with attached garage!

Attendance was up 30% from 2011 which is quite exciting for our industry.  The overall quality of potential customers was quite impressive as well.

Hooray for 2012!

February 16, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Upcoming Events!

There are quite a few of upcoming events, open houses and meetings coming  up in the near future for the Volume Buyers members.

  • 9/11 – 9/13   Champion/Claysburg  (1-800-932-5121)
  • 9/12 – 9/13   New Era  (1-800-678-5581)
  • 9/12 – 9/14  Penn West  (1-800-727-4566) – (Commodore)
  • 9/12 – 9/16   Titan Homes  (1-800-937-3911)
  • 9/12 – 9/16   Eagle River  (1-717-656-2381)
  • 9/13 – 9/15   Commodore/Colony  (1-800-876-6870)

If you would like more information please feel free to call the numbers above. 

*Note*

On September 14th, 2011 there will be a Group Meeting from 8:30am – 12:30pm.  This meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn in Clarion, PA.  The agenda and additional information will follow.

We do have some rooms set aside on the evenings of 9/13 and 9/14 for those members not staying as guests of our manufacturing partners.  The rate is $75 per night and you can call (814) 226-8850 and ask for the Volume Buyers rate.

-M. Cicardi

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments