Manufactured Home Production Decline Persists As 2019 Begins


    Washington, D.C., March 4, 2019 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year HUD Code manufactured home production declined once again in January 2019. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,556 homes in January 2019 — up from the 5,943 homes produced in December 2018, but down, 12.5%, from the 8,636 homes produced in January 2018.

    This downward trend — at a time when production of the industry’s inherently affordable homes should be increasing — points once again to headwinds that the industry faces as a result of discriminatory zoning and placement restrictions in many areas of the country, but most importantly, a continuing lack of market-significant support by the Government Sponsored Enterprises for the personal property (chattel) loans which comprise nearly 80% of all consumer loans for manufactured home purchases. All of this warrants reconsideration of existing industry policies and positions, and adjustments as appropriate. This entire matter will be addressed at MHARR’s upcoming Board of Directors meeting.

    A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through January 2019  — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2019) and prior year (2018) shipments per category as

    StateCumulativeCurrent Month (Jan. 2019)20192017
    Texas87,805 homes12981,2981,881
    Louisiana32,745 homes282282451
    Florida29,262 homes592592497
    Alabama20,887 homes389389787
    N.C19,753 homes413413375
    California17,567 homes364364345
    Mississippi17,530 homes204204351
    Michigan16,876 homes392392333
    Kentucky15,694 homes176176302
    Tennessee13,518 homes206206239

    The latest information for January 2019 moves California into 6thplace on the cumulative top-ten list, while Mississippi drops to 7thplace on the cumulative shipments list.

    The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.