The truth is hiding in plain sight in tens of thousands of locations from border-to-border, and from coast-to-coast.
The Inside MH Road Show sat down with Mike Harrison, whose award-winning Lifeway Homes business is located in the nation’s heartland, in growing Tulsa, OK.
Harrison and his team serve several states, but do most of their single-family home projects for customers in his home state.
We’ve interviewed several of his clients, one of those video interviews is linked above. It’s a successful, professional couple – and Chris Tracy knows construction, as viewers will discover.
In recent years, the boom and floods in North Dakota drew Harrison there to do some major projects. He discusses that in the video below, because he did developing and redeveloping with contemporary manufactured homes.
2017 was a widely reported year of disasters, impacting various parts of the U.S.
The lessons learned from Harrison’s experiences could prove useful from CA, to TX, and in FL. It could also be used in Puerto Rico, for those who have the vision needed for replacing the tens of thousands of housing units battered on that ravaged island. There’s a desperate need there for a timely, and cost-effective, solution.
At the same time, there’s areas almost as desperate for affordable homes as those storm ravaged places are. For about 8 million households nationally, a manufactured home could be a good option.
Harrison jokes about the evolution from trailers, and mobile homes built decades ago, to today’s manufactured homes. The home we did the interview in was an Energy Star ™ rated Sunshine Home, which builds “residential style” manufactured homes. Sunshine doesn’t currently sell entry level housing. They focus only on homes that compete toe-to-toe with conventional housing in looks and quality features, yet are about half the price of site building.
As the diagram above reflects at a glance, there’s simply no comparison between what was true 40 plus years ago, and what factory-built homes evolved into today.
At several locations in America, we’ve heard from manufactured home retailers that among their customers are conventional ‘stick builders’ (on-site construction), and those in the building trades who understand new construction.
Over the years – MHLivingNews, and our sister site, MHProNews – has communicated with public officials who’ve been personally involved in housing projects using manufactured homes.
We’ve also spoke with engineers who bought a manufactured home, after carefully studying the modern realities.
Then there’s the rich and famous who own a manufactured home, that are a dear place they’re proud to hang their hats.
There’s no doubt that some, for whatever reason, aren’t as enamored as most of 22 million (+/-) who live in a manufactured home.
There’s also no doubt some working in the industry who are sadly not as concerned with the satisfaction of their customers as Mike or so many others we’ve interviewed are. We provide common sense tips to help shoppers find the good operations, and how to avoid those that may be problematic.
But the good news is that third-party research reveals that most manufactured home (MH) owners overwhelming love their homes.
The beauty of the federal law is that it offers protection for MH consumers investments – to a degree not found in any other kind of U.S. housing today – when someone buys a new HUD Code manufactured home.
The clear majority of those we’ve talk to, who voluntarily go on camera (no paid actors, no paid endorsements) embrace with pride their homes.
Our website, videos, and true stories have evolved along with this amazing and misunderstood part of the new home industry.
Our goal is simple and upfront. People need facts, not hype, about their housing options.
So, scan the research articles, and listen to the interviews, like this one.
Between the articles and video interviews you’ll find here on MHLivingNews, odds are good you’ll see the solution to America’s housing crisis is hiding in plain sight.
Several in the media have made exactly that discovery.
You may also discover a home that could be right for you, or someone you know, that’s looking for a quality, affordable home. ##
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