October 2023 Ultimate Manufactured Housing and Mobile Home/Manufactured Home Research – Trends, Statistics, Expert Views, Fact Checks, and Insights

Objective research is an obvious way to establish the truth about a subject, including modern manufactured housing. There are numerous impressions which are good, bad, or meh about the manufactured home industry that are the result of incomplete information or at times arguably agenda-driven actions and claims. Mobile and Manufactured Home Living News (MHLivingNews.com) was launched over a decade ago. It was established with the goal of debunking many of the misconceptions based upon facts and evidence. Our co-founder is one of the most endorsed and recommended experts in manufactured housing.  The founders of MHLivingNews have owned and lived in fine conventional housing and appealing manufactured homes. Unlike thousands of industry professionals, the founders of this platform currently own a manufactured home. With some 3 decades of experience in most facets of manufactured housing, their experiences are useful in better understanding the routinely third-party generated research reports that are linked below.

Each research topic that follows will name the source of the base information. Typically, each report includes the underlying documents and research sources that are citied. Sources for the information include federal sources, universities, nonprofits, mainstream media, and others who are often viewed as experts.

MHLivingNews, MHProNews, and L. A. “Tony” Kovach have been cited, highlighted, or have featured him as a speaker and/or in op-eds by the following professionals and organizations on issues related to manufactured housing. This is a partial list – dozens of other local and national media have featured Kovach and his insights on modern manufactured homes. A partial list of praise by industry pros of Kovach is linked here

  • Consumer Financial Protect Bureau (CFPB).
  • Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).
  • Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).
  • Scholastica “Gay” Cororaton (National Association of Realtors).
  • Lisa Tyler, Ph.D., in her doctoral dissertation
  • Various manufactured housing industry events.
  • Chicago Sun Times Newsgroup.
  • The Hill.
  • Tampa Free Press.
  • The Patch.
  • 83 Degrees.
  • PissedConsumer – consumer advocacy platform.

In no particular order of importance, with Kovach as your primary guide into the world of manufactured housing, and with no further adieu, here are the latest insights and research sources.


  1. Do Manufactured Homes Appreciate? Yes they can and have for years, per LendingTree, the FHFA, and other sources cited in the report below.


Unpacking “Manufactured Homes as an Investment” LendingTree “Mobile Home Values Are Rising Faster Than Single-Family Home Values”—When do Mobile and Manufactured Homes Appreciate or Depreciate?


2. Freddie Mac – Debunking Mobile Home and Manufactured Housing Myths


‘Debunking Manufactured Housing Myths – Get the Facts,’ Says Mortgage Giant Freddie Mac’s Research – FHLMC Counters, Clarifies Claims About Trailer Houses, Mobile Homes, and Tiny Houses


3. Per Freddie Mac research, some 25 million American Renters Could Buy a Manufactured Home.


Are You or Someone You Know Among the 25 Million Renters Who Could Buy a Manufactured Home Today? Freddie Mac Study ‘Identifying the Opportunities to Expand Manufactured Housing’ by Aw, Brown, Yea Examined


4. While Manufactured Homes can be harmed by a tornado or hurricane, the National Weather Service (NWS) has made clear that manufactured homes are about as safe as conventional housing in windstorms.



“Preliminary Tornado Data 2021 National Weather Service, III.org–Surprising, Hopeful Facts for Affordable Housing Seekers” – Impact on Conventional Housing, Mobile Home, Manufactured Homeowners

Devastating Manufactured Home Tornado, Hurricane Windstorm Video, National Weather Service Facts


5. Scholastica “Gay” Cororaton, CBE, National Association of Realtors research on surprisingly positive information about modern manufactured homes and its affordability.


Realtor University ® “The Market for Manufactured Homes,” Research by Scholastica Cororaton, Certified Business Economist, Highlights


6.  October 2023 New Home Manufactured Housing Production Data.




7. Class Action Lawsuit Against Specific Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) members and/or are MHI State Association Affiliate members.


CLASS ACTION Case No. 23-cv-6715 v Datacomp-Equity LifeStyle Properties-Hometown America-Lakeshore Communities-Sun Communities-RHP Properties-YES! Communities-Inspire Communities-Kingsley Mgt-Cal-Am Properties


8. Apparent Conflicts of Interest by MHI CEO Lesli Gooch Identified – Sources Include OpenSecrets, LegiStorm, and Center for Public Integrity




9. Underlying Causes of Affordable Housing Crisis – HUD Researcher Pamela Blumenthal and Regina Gray


Affordable Housing, Conventional Housing, Mobile Home, Manufactured Home, and Modular Housing Conundrum – What U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Research Revealed


10.  Freddie Mac Research – Majority of Consumers Say They Would Consider Buying a Manufactured Home


New Freddie Mac Research Brief Says Majority of Consumers Would Consider Purchasing a Manufactured Home Most Have Good Perception of Manufactured Housing – Facts & Analysis


11. The Journey Home Roadmap – Freddie Mac Research.


The Home Journey Roadmap, Mortgage Giant Freddie Mac Explains Step-By-Step ‘How to Achieve the American Dream with Manufactured Housing’ – Financing, Buyers Tips, Facts and Analysis


12. Tips for Consumers Who are Shopping for Builders of conventional housing and manufactured homes.


Tips For Consumers – Home Builder Reviews – How to Avoid Construction Issues on Conventional Housing-Other Types of New-Existing Manufactured, Modular, Mobile, or Prefab Homes Dispute Resolution


13. Exploring the Claims by Patrick Revere – MHInsider (note: their parent company is one of those named in the class action antitrust-lawsuit) about Manufactured Housing Industry Trends.




14. HUD PD&R Regina Gray on importance of manufactured housing.




15. Manufactured Housing Doesn’t Cause Deprecation of Neighboring Conventional Housing in Urban Areas – HUD Research.  Note: weakness on this research paper on the point of overcoming regulatory barriers is that it doesn’t mention the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA) and its enhanced preemption provision.  That noted, the research on the impact of manufactured homes next door to conventional housing in urban settings is useful and important.

16. Proper Terminology on Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes.




17. True Story about 4 Attorneys research into manufactured housing – why the industry is underperforming during an affordable housing crisis.





18. The only known free and publicly available monthly resource that collects and updates national official HUD Code manufactured home production with top ten shipment states – Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).


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The reason that 2002 is noted is that is the year that Berkshire Hathaway acquired a major stake in Oakwood manufactured homes. Their investment in Clayton Homes occurred in 2003. A steady wave of consolidation followed. Note: depending on your browser or device, many images in this report and others on MHProNews can be clicked to expand. Click the image and follow the prompts. For example, in some browsers/devices you click the image and select ‘open in a new window.’ After clicking that selection you click the image in the open window to expand the image to a larger size. To return to this page, use your back key, escape or follow the prompts.


19. Other research (more will be added in the days ahead, so stay tuned).


Ultimate Reporters, Researchers, Affordable Housing Advocates, or Shoppers 3’rd Party Research Reports on Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes, and Modular Housing

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Manufactured Home Specific Shopping Insights and Tips


“All the Truth About Manufactured Homes” – Facts, Comparisons Between Trailer Houses, Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes, and Conventional Housing

Saving Time, Money, Hassles – How Can You Buy a Manufactured Home Without Encountering Problems? Pissed Consumer Video Interview of L. A. “Tony” Kovach on Manufactured Housing

Mobile and Manufactured Home Living Revolution Revival – “You Can Live Better When Your Living Costs Less.”


For those who want research on manufactured housing, which routinely debunks the common myths, see the report linked above.



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All on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested in the discussion of manufactured housing-related issues in our 12.3.2019 meetings. But Texas Congressman Al Green’s office was tremendous in their hospitality. Our son’s hand is on a package that included a copy of the Constitution of the United States and other goodies. MHLivingNews and MHProNews has worked with people and politicos across the left-right divide.

By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHLivingNews.com.

Tony earned a journalism scholarship and earned numerous awards in history and in manufactured housing. For example, he earned the prestigious Lottinville Award in history from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and business management. He’s a managing member and co-founder of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com. This article reflects the LLC’s and/or the writer’s position, and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.


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