George Allen / EducateMHC Blog Mobile Home & Land Lease Community Advocate & Expert

August 3, 2017

A MUST READ Manufactured Housing Potpourri!

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Allen @ 5:38 pm

Blog # 458; Copyright @ 6 August 2017; at

Perspective. ‘Land leases communities’, previously manufactured home communities, & ‘mobile home parks’, comprise the real estate component of manufactured housing.

This blog posting is the sole national advocate, voice, official ombudsman, historian, research report, & online communication media for all North American LLCommunities

To input this blog &/or affiliate with Community Owners (7 Part) Business Alliance, a.k.a. COBA7, use Official MHIndustry HOTLINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764

COBA7 Motto: ‘U Support US & WE serve U! Goal of its’ print & online media =
to not only inform & opine, but to transform 7 improve MHBusiness performance!

INTRODUCTION: ‘Hold onto your seat’, so to speak. This is going to be one ‘fast & furious’ run through four important matters, best shared NOW, rather than later….

A Manufactured Housing Potpourri
(‘a mixture or medley of….)


SWAN SONG, besides being ‘George Allen’s History of Land Lease Communities, 1970-2017, & Official Manufactured Housing Shipments Report, 1955-2016, is also:


How so? Three ways. First, it’s a print run limited to 300 books! Available only at the 26th Networking Roundtable and until stock is depleted.

Second. It will be distributed FREE at the Roundtable, giving community owners & operators their first comprehensive history ever, courtesy of COBA7!

And? The inclusion and binding of a blank page, or two, labeled AUTOGRAPHS. The plan here, is to create a ‘once in a lifetime or career experience’ for many! Since more than 100 land lease community businessmen and women, as well as notables from other segments of the manufactured housing industry, are identified throughout the manuscript – many of whom will be present at the 26th annual Networking Roundtable; why not ask for and collect their signatures and bon mots, on the AUTOGRAPH page(s), or where their name appears in the book proper? To the best of my knowledge, this has not been done anywhere, anytime before.
Frankly, how can such a FREE takeaway resource be anything but VALUABLE to the book owner, for years and decades to come? I’ll be collecting as many autographs and bon mots, as possible, of friends and associates, during the day event! How ’bout you?


WHITE PAPER “…to research, document, and describe the nature, state, and degree of disunity among manufactured housing national advocates.” So announced, in effect, within concluding paragraph of Part I in last week’s blog posting (#457).

Talk about immediate and substantive feedback! It’s happened! And cited entity shortfalls go well beyond ‘disunity’ and other matters hinted at in the subject paragraph. Plus, it has become apparent to the WHITE PAPER team, there are at least’ two sides to every matter described’, to date, by direct, dues-paying members and former members of all the national manufactured housing advocacy entities.

KEEP LETTERS (GFA c/o Box # 47024, Indianapolis, IN. 46247) & EMAILS::, A-COMING! We need and value your input…

The WHITE PAPER is, and will be for awhile, in research & documentation stages of this long overdue project, germane to every segment of manufactured housing.


MHAlive! THINK TANK, 9-11AM, 7 August, at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN. If you haven’t already registered to participate, don’t bother! We have the maximum number of manufactured housing & land lease community owners/operators needed to make this a superb

SECOND OF FOUR OPPORTUNITIES TO INPUT MH MATTERS & ISSUES – entirely different from the national advocacy entity challenges being parsed in Part II.

The initial opportunity occurred at the Illinois Manufactured Housing Association (‘IMHA’) annual meeting on 17 May, in Rosemont, IL.

A third opportunity will occur during the aforesaid 26th Networking Roundtable, 6-8 September, in Indianapolis, IN. Still time to register if sincerely interested in your business future! SECO Summit in the South, during mid October, will be last opportunity


HUD must back off its’ heavy-handed increased regulation of manufactured housing installation & start promoting it as best type & source of ‘affordable housing’ in the US today! Or what? Read final paragraph of this Part IV and read how HUD can indeed be guilty of stifling the slow rebounding of new HUD-Code home shipments to homebuyer/site lessees throughout the U.S.

How so?

Since year 2009, when annual shipments bottomed out at 48,789+/- new homes, with 25 percent (or 12,000+/- homes) going directly into (then) manufactured home communities, the industry – with help from (now) land lease community owners/operators, selling & seller-financing new Community Series Homes on-site, saw shipment volume increase to 64,331 (Verified volume per unadulterated IBTS monthly data), with an estimated 40 percent (or 26,000+/- homes) going directly into this unique, income-producing property type! And some report, 50+/- percent of year 2015 volume of 70,544 (Verified…IBTS), or 35,000+/- new homes went directly into this real estate asset class nationwide! No like data yet available for year end 2016. The industry’s rebound does not get much clearer than this!

Ah, but it does! Using MHI’s estimated ‘production value’ of $43,126 per new HUD-Code home (Year 2013 as base line), multiply the three annual shipment volumes, cited in previous paragraph, by $43,126, to clearly see how very much manufactured housing contributes to the national economy, as it continues to work itself out of the repression era!

And finally, as pointed out in last week’s blog posting (#457), the three year average (Years 2013 – 2016) increase in annual shipment volume was every bit of an average of 10.4 percent per year (With max @ 15% by year end 2016), more than three times MAGAnomics “…sustained three percent annual economic growth.” target established by the Trump administration! Few industries perform, dollar wise, better than manufactured housing!

Is ANYONE in Washington, DC., listening and paying attention to the plight of manufactured housing, an industry at the very cusp (‘point’) of ‘being BUSTED by its’ federal regulatory agency’; OR, by dint of major change in personnel and policy, BOOSTED by its’ federal regulatory agency’? Let’s hope so and soon!


George Allen, CPM & MHM; COBA7 c/o Box # 47024, Indpls, IN. 46247

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