Thursday, February 25, 2016

An Interview With Jim Clayton

For TBT we revisit the interview that we did with Jim Clayton Homes. He represents the American dream for many of us, and it's always a treat to get his insight on manufactured housing.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Manufactured Housing By The Numbers

Some days you just have to laugh at the absurd statements people make. 

As an industry, factory built housing has a relatively few amount of professionals that are actively building homes compared to the numbers that site built housing has. The National Association of Home Builders has approximately 140,000 members and over 110,000 members attended the International Builders Show.

Yet there is an online publication that states even though the Manufactured Housing Institute has a mere 500+ active members, "we are able to do shorter, higher energy (read, transfer of emotions) videos, images and stories that hold and move the viewers attention." This publication "has brought millions of visits with tens of millions of hits".
Yet when we go to the site where these videos are hosted, most of the videos show views of less than 50, with the highest number of views being 340. And this is with many companies paying for the production of these videos so we would assume they are using them for their marketing purposes.

As a Lifestylist, my interest is in educating consumers about what a great value manufactured housing is, and I am fortunate enough to be very successful in my career and have been able to produce and edit the videos I have done at no charge - just because I love the industry. Some of our videos have had more views than others, including a video we did for SE Homes of Texas that has had over 1,200 views! Our Tunica overview has had over 1,000 - please see more examples on YouTube or our video channel.But what is important to us is the quality of the message we are sharing and that we are sharing it to the right audience. 

We don't even try to say that we have millions of views of our posts, but the readers who do find us and follow us are here because they like what we have to say. We used to write for this publication but after writing unique content for years and never receiving one inquiry we decided to take our talents elsewhere. And it wasn't our content that was missing the mark - as soon as we started sharing our content someplace else we immediately got two new great customers that to this day we continue to do business with.

This same person who claims to have millions of readers loves to stir things up and recently even made personal attacks against one of the leaders of our industry. He went on to claim that there was a huge out pouring of comments against this person, yet at the recent MHI winter meeting there was an almost universal show of support for the individual that was being attacked and the job he is doing. Trying to stir things up may get you more readers for a short period of time, but they will be wary after that of the fact you may turn on them next. There's enough bad news and stories out there - why not share the good news which there is even more of?

As we have stated from the beginning, our only interest is in creating positive press about manufactured housing. Why we brought up what we did above was so that before you believe the claims that anyone makes, do your homework.

The homes that are being manufactured today are a great value and something we are very proud of - shouldn't your next home be built in a factory? Join us in spreading the great news about manufactured housing.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Sharing the Great News About Manufactured Housing and the Manufactured Housing Institute

After attending the International Builders Show we are more convinced than ever that manufactured housing is the preferred form of building now and in the future.

This home shows a different look for this form of housing but it was built in a factory. Truly a work of art it could be at home in the woods or on a beach anywhere in the country. It would be next to impossible to get this craftsmanship if it was built on site.

The Manufactured Housing Institute is the national organization that is the voice for factory built housing and is doing an incredible job of raising awareness of what this type of housing can offer. For over 20 years we have watched this organization grow - learn more on our Lifestylist® page.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

What's New in Manufactured Housing

It's easy to forget how much value there is in a manufactured home these days - we just take that fact for granted.

I was visiting a retailer today - Tandem Home Center in Tyler, Texas and their homes are beautiful! We all know that kitchens and baths sell a home and the ones in these homes were stunning. Lots of cabinets, large islands, great floorplans.... why are you not living in a manufactured home?

Sunday, September 6, 2015

My Life as a Trailer Diva

Trailers, or manufactured homes constantly get a bad rap. Gone are the days of tires on the roofs and “tornado magnets” - today’s manufactured homes are actually a preferred form of housing.

After being a homebuilder and designing “traditional housing” for over 20 years I decided that the future had wheels and I wanted to roll along with that trend. After looking for 10 years, I’ve found my destiny – I’m now officially a Trailer Diva.

Why manufactured housing? Try to take any traditionally built home down the road at 65…OK, maybe 55 miles an hour and let me know how far you get. Whether a manufactured home is $20,000 or $2,000,000 they are built to withstand all of the potholes and issues that we have to face every day when we drive down the road.

There is a misconception that manufactured homes are made with “trailer parts” and to fix or replace anything in your home you would have to go to a special store and get special parts. Any home that I have been in is built with the same materials that you would find in any home (if not better) and you can upgrade your faucets or carpet at any home improvement store.

While working with Patriot Homes I’ve been fortunate to be able to visit all of their building centers and get to know quite a few of the people who are responsible for building these homes. They are an amazing group and really take pride in the homes that they build. When’s the last time you saw a happy contractor at a typical construction site? Another bonus with manufactured homes is that you have a workforce who works at the same location every day in a controlled environment and are supervised. Manufactured homes are built to national – not local codes and each home is inspected by a national inspector. Patriot’s northern plants are in areas that have a high concentration of Amish workers – true craftspeople that take great pride in their work.

Designing trailers is a blast! I haven’t met a snob yet and they have all been open to new ideas and trends. The day is coming where trends start in the manufactured housing field and then get picked up by site builders. MSNBC recently had a live poll and asked people if they would buy a manufactured home. Over 85% of the people polled stated that they would live in one if it was well designed.

The next time you are considering buying a new home or thinking about investing in a vacation or retirement home, take a look at what manufactured housing has to offer. I promise you it will be one of the best investments of time you will ever make.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Rebuilding Lives After Hurricane Katrina

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It's hard to believe that's it's been 10 years since Katrina set her eye on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. So much of the media was focused on New Orleans, but the entire Gulf Coast especially in Mississippi has yet to fully recover from her wrath.
When it became obvious that here was going to be extensive loss of housing , the Manufactured Housing Institute and the manufactured housing community sprung into action to make sue that people would have a place to live that was safe.
A few years after the storm MHI's magazine: Modern Homes had an article written by Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber with photography by Lisa Stewart Photography that shared what progress had been made, and what an important part of the rebuilding process manufactured housing played.
You can read a copy of the article here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It's Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo! We hope that you are enjoying this day with wonderful food, drinks and friends.