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January 2013 HUD-code Home Shipments

The report has been release for January 2013 new manufactured home sales.  4,190 new manufactured homes were shipped in January of 2013 which is up 6.2 percents from January 2012.  Good news all around because increases were up across the board including both single and multi-section home shipments in comparison to January 2012.  The total floors that were shipped were 6,417 which was an increase of 7.5 percent in comparison to January 2012.

The SAAR or seasonally adjusted annual rate of shipments was 63,588 in January 2013.  These numbers are up 19.4 percent from the adjusted rate in December 2012.

The number of plants that are reporting production in January 2013 was 123 and number of active corporations was 45.  These numbers have not increased nor decreased from December of 2012.

*The SAAR corrects for normal seasonal variations in shipments and projects annual shipments based on the current monthly total.

March 28, 2013 Posted by | General Information | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

One of the Most Important Industry Events in Decades!

AlbanyIn Albany, the New York Housing Spring Symposium & Legislative Summit has been scheduled!  The dates are scheduled for April 30th and May 1st, 2013 at the Hilton Albany.  Join us for one of the most important industry events in decades!  There will be a day and a half filled with informative and relevant seminars.

Join us in educating your elected officials about the industry and visit with your Senator & Assembly Member.  Discuss the legislation they have before them and keep them informed.

  • Visit the numerous industry manufacturers, lenders and suppliers at the Trade Expo
  • Meet representatives of a variety of state agencies that regulate the industry
  • Visit the House on the Hill Home Display at the Capitol
  • Network with your elected officials at the Legislative Reception

This attachment (NYHA Spring Symposium Legislative Summit Information) includes a registration form and more details on the Symposium.

Please contact the Association office if you have any questions.

March 22, 2013 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New York Housing Association 62nd Annual Convention & Trade Expo 2012

The NYHA is having its 62nd Annual Convention & Trade Expo in Verona, NY on October 25 and 26, 2012.  The convention will be at The Turning Stone Resort & Casino.

There will be inspiring speakers, council meetings, industry trade show, informative seminars and networking opportunities over a two day period.  Some of the following presentations you will be able to see if you attend this convention include:

  • National Industry Perspective & Industry Update: Richard Jennison, President, Manufactured Housing Institute
  • NYS Building Code Updates for the Factory-Built Housing Industry: Timothy King, Code Compliance Specialist
  • Special Guest Speaker: Commissioner Darryl Towns, New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR)
  • 20 Easy Marketing Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank: Beth Monicatti-Blank, President All Season’s Communications
  • Valuation & Appraisal of Manufactured Homes: Sherrie Clevenger, Managing Editor of NADA Guides
  • Measuring Customer Satisfaction and Improving Loyalty: Joe Adams, President, The Housing Marketplace
  • Wage Theft Prevention Act & Human Resource Issues: Carrie Kirvin-Puls, Human Resources Consultant, Paychex
  • USDA Lending Programs for Factory-Built Homes: Susan Underwood, Sr. Housing Specialist, USDA
  • Innovative Loan Programs for Manufactured Homes: Scott MacFarlane, US Bank; Ryan Howerton, 21st Mortgage; Kevin Archer, Triad Financial; Rich D’Elia, First Credit Corp; Tim Nolan, MHD Empire Service Corp; John Harcher, CU Factory Built Lending.

If you would like to register for the conference you may fill out the form here.  There is also a more detailed schedule on this PDF as well.

October 15, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Call for Presentations!

It is time MHI and MHEI or the Manufactured Housing Educational Institute  is calling for presentations.  They are looking for proposals for educational workshops.  These workshops will be held during the 2013 Congress & Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing.

This expo will be help at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas on April 16 – 18, 2013.

If you would like to submit a proposal please click here for a form.  The submission deadline is October 10th, 2012 which is right around the corner.  There is additional information on the form about policies that are related to speakers.

Make sure your workshop is relevant to the industry.  The length of a workshop should be right around one hour and fifteen minutes (keep that in mind).

The proposals will be evaluated on the following:

  • Relevance and timeliness to topic in relation to the modular and manufactured housing industry
  • How well-defined the topic is
  • The practical application of the materials for the attendees
  • Presenter qualifications

Any MHI members may contact Ann Parman for more information.

September 21, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shipments are up in March 2012!

Great news is on the horizon!  New HUD code homes that were shipped in March 2012 were up 16.4% from shipments in March 2011!  A total of 4,696 new manufactured homes were shipped in March 2012.

Up 23.5% from March 2011, single section homes accounted for the largest portion of the increase.  Multi-section homes also increased from March of last year.

January, February and March 2012 shipments are up 31.8% with 12,780 shipments in comparison to March 2011 shipments of only 9,696.

The *SAAR or the seasonally adjusted annual rate was 57,268 for March of 2012.  From February’s numbers it is down 9.3%.  (February 2012’s SAAR was 63,111 shipments).

The total number of floors that were shipped were 7,132 for March of 2012 which is an increase of 14.4% in comparison to March 2011.  122 plants and 46 manufacturing companies reported production in March which is unchanged from last month.

*SAAR corrects for normal seasonal variations in shipments and projects annual shipments based on the current monthly total.

May 11, 2012 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

Manufactured Housing Finance Relief Legislation Unveiled

This post is from an email via The Manufactured Home Industry.  This email is so important that I decided to post it word-for-word because it is quite important to our industry and could have not said it better myself.  *Note it is quite a lengthy post but important.


(Arlington, VA – February 1, 2012) – “During a hearing of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity evaluating the effectiveness to which the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has implemented key provisions of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) formally unveiled legislation (H.R. 3849) to reduce regulatory burdens impeding access to affordable manufactured housing financing”.

“In detailing challenges facing the manufactured housing industry, Congressman Miller cited a number of difficulties the industry has suffered over the past decade, including: a decline in new manufactured home construction of roughly 80 percent; the closure of more than 160 plants; and the loss of over 200,000 jobs.  He specified that “Congress must address the problems with regulatory overreach that impedes the ability of consumers to obtain mortgage financing for manufactured homes.”

The bill (titled the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act) was developed on a bipartisan basis by Reps. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Stephen Fincher (R-TN) and Gary Miller, in consultation with the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), to address two significant issues impacting the manufactured housing industry:

  • Reducing the threshold by which small balance manufactured home personal property loans are considered High-Cost Mortgage Loans under provisions within the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111-203) and thereby subject to punitive and onerous liabilities.
  • Clarifying that those selling manufactured homes—who are not fundamentally engaged in the business of mortgage origination —are not to be considered mortgage originators under the federal SAFE Act and thereby better able to provide adequate technical assistance to consumers throughout the manufactured home buying process—similar to the SAFE Act treatment of real estate brokers.

Upon introduction of the legislation, MHI Chairman and Cavco Industries Chairman and CEO Joe Stegmayer stated “we are truly grateful for the dedicated leadership and work of Representatives Joe Donnelly, Stephen Fincher and Gary Miller on this very important issue.  Serving the financing needs of the manufactured housing market has always been a unique challenge.   It has grown more challenging by the establishment of new federal guidelines that do not adequately account for the complexities and realities facing the industry and consumers alike. The legislation is an essential step in preserving the affordability advantage of manufactured housing and protecting the equity that 19 million existing manufactured home residents have built in their homes.”

During the hearing, several members of the subcommittee reaffirmed the important role manufactured housing plays as an affordable, high quality housing source and the need for improved access to financing, including Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA) who stated that the manufactured housing industry has been “hindered by a lack of financing availability.”  Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) highlighted the valuable role manufactured housing plays as an “important source of affordable housing” that is “threatened by a lack of financing options.”

In his testimony, Cavco Industries Director of Engineering Manuel Santana, P.E. – testifying on behalf of MHI – reinforced these points and stated that “the single most important issue impacting the manufactured housing market remains the availability of accessible and affordable financing for those seeking to purchase manufactured housing.”  Mr. Santana added that “lack of a viable secondary market for manufactured home loans coupled with growing regulatory burdens threaten to further constrict the limited financing options that currently exist within the manufactured housing market.”

MHI will continue to work on a bipartisan basis to educate Members of Congress and develop solutions to the financing crisis within the manufactured housing market.  For a copy of the legislation, click here.  A description of the bill’s impact on SAFE Act and the Dodd-Frank Act is available here.

MHI is the preeminent national trade association for the manufactured and modular housing industries, representing all segments of the industry before Congress and the Federal government. From its Washington, D.C. area headquarters, MHI actively works to promote fair laws and regulation that will help provide quality, affordable housing for homebuyers. For more information on MHI, visit www.manufacturedhousing.org.

February 10, 2012 Posted by | Legislation | , , , , , | Leave a comment

2012 MHI Legislative Conference

There are many new legislators in Congress thanks to last year’s election.  That is why we are asking you to share how important our industry is to “the health of the economy and housing Americans” in 2012.  Everything that happens in D.C. can and most likely will shape our industry throughout 2012.

By attending MHI’s February 2012 Legislative Conference you presence and voice will be heard.  This meeting will be critical in reaching out to the members of the 112th Congress on issues of that are of great importance to our industry which include the following:

  • Dodd-Frank Financial Reform
  • EISA Standards
  • SAFE Act
  • The future role of government’s support of affordable housing programs
  • Vital industry tax credits
  • Increased oversight of the federal manufactured housing program

Get your voice heard and make sure the correct people are listening to you about how important our industry is in this economy.  Sponsorship opportunities are available here.  Check out the following registration deadlines which expires on Jan. 26th, 2012:

December 29, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment