Figures from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) indicate shipments of new “HUD Code” manufactured homes hit 4,405 in January, a 3.8 percent increase over the 4,242 homes shipped in Jan., 2013.
(Photo Credit: Eastern Ohio Home Show, Friday, May 16th – Sunday, May 18th, 2014 at the MAPS Air Field and Museum located adjacent to the Akron/Canton Airport in North Canton, Ohio. This will be a public event.)
The manufactured home industry started growing again even before conventional housing began to recover. The turn around began in August, 2011.
Since that date, the top ten states for manufactured home sales have been:
- Texas (27,635);
- Louisiana, 10,468;
- Florida, 6,959;
- North Carolina, 6.141;
- Alabama, 5,954;
- Kentucky, 5,404;
- Mississippi, 5,329;
- California, 4,491;
- Tennessee, 4,337; and
- Oklahoma, 4,292.
This growth has continued in spite of the worst winter in decades. While some site work for final installation can be impacted by weather, part of the advantage factory built homes provides is because the homes are built inside a climate controlled environment, so construction inside production facilities can continue.
(Photo Credit WelcomeHomeOhio.com)
The recent mix of homes is nearly fifty percent single sectionals, the most affordable, permanent entry level homes available in America today, as well as multi-sectionals, which can include multiple levels. ##