Monday, May 16, 2011

HOMEBUILDERS...HEAL THYSELF

We've all watched the numerous programs of the past presidential regimes try to boost home sales.  First there were the policies of the Clinton years that motivated banks to fund mortgages to every qualified and a lot of subprime home owners.  This wouldn't have been to bad for America but both the mortgage lenders and the Realtors saw this as the new Golden Goose that would lay those wonderful eggs forever and in a lot of cases took advantage of the situation, some illegally.

But like any pyramid scheme, it all came crashing down around our collective ankles.  The big investment brokerages started to crack and fall followed by just about everything else that provided the essentials for a prosperous USA.  Housing has taken the brunt of it and modular home factories the worst of that.  Unlike site builders that can switch to remodeling during a downturn, the modular factories had to remain true to the only thing they knew, building modules for people to live and work in. 

So what can be done to turn the housing market around...Heck, we'd all settle for just a stabilized market?  John Boehner, Speaker of the House, in an article from CBS, said nothing is going to help. 

So, like it should have been from the beginning, our nation and more importantly for the modular housing industry, we have to turn to each other for that helpAnd it looks like it might be happening.  Factories and builders are starting to share ideas on how to help each other get through this crisis.  Some new blood is coming into the modular industry that just might have some "out of the box" ideas and even some of the good old boy factory owners are embracing a more positive approach to new things within our industry.

Maybe this is what was needed to get home building to start anew and actually get back to being one of the building blocks that make this country great.  We can only hope that the modular factory owners and management work toward helping make everyone realize that modular housing is the best way to build homes.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I had an out of state lead that would normally go in the trash. I gave it to the plant. Two houses are shipping this week.

A little effort went a long way. The eight boxes re good for the plant. A healthy plant is good for me as a builder.

When factories listen to the builder we are appreciative. Goodwill goes a long way and it goes both ways.

Anonymous said...

Coach, I heard Haven is closing down one of its plants? Do you know if this is true?

Anonymous said...

Would it be a surprise if Haven closed a plant, especially after buying the old Penn Lyon plant. Housing starts are not any better and we may see other plants close their doors unless we see some market improvement in the very near future.

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