Posted on July 23, 2008

What does the presence of manufactured housing tell us about America? What does it show us about a shelter? What makes an ideal home? How do those questions and their answers change over time?

These are some of the things that the curators of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) have attempted to ask in their latest exhibition. It is an exploration in to pre-fabricated houses.

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Posted on July 22, 2008

Palm Harbor (PHHM) gave a mixed assessment in its first quarter '09 filing, during a meeting today. They reported revenues of $130 million (on target) but a drop from $143 million in the same quarter last year.

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Posted on July 21, 2008

The latest round of earnings reports by some of the leading builders of manufactured homes shows that many are looking for new markets. The environment is tough right now: shipments of HUD-Code homes continue to be way below historical norms. Now, a larger crisis in lending is reducing the ability of buyers to finance new home purchases.

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Posted on July 18, 2008

Amid a week of dramatic and often challenging news from the housing industry, Fleetwood Homes reported its best operating quarter in a while.  Its a good story that reflects some opportunity for manufactured housing.  I emphasize operations because the company still lost 2 cents a share, but much of that was outside of the nuts and bolts of making manufactured housing.

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Posted on July 18, 2008

The new survey on banks is out from JD Power & Associates.  The survey finds that people are growing increasingly unhappy about the level of service that they get at their bank.  The survey covered experiences last year, before the credit crisis really took over the attention of the public.  Presumably, that was also at a time when banks were operating at full speed.

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Posted on July 17, 2008

A bill to fund the cleanup of the state's abandoned manufactured housing was ratified in the North Carolina General Assembly yesterday.  H1134, sponsored by Philip Haire, awaits a signature from Governor Easley.  It will become effective July 1, 2009 and run until 2023.

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Posted on July 11, 2008

It is hard to concentrate at work today, what with the developing crisis in the financial markets. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the nation's largest purchases of home mortgage securities, are spiraling downwards. What will be done about it? Will the regulators abandon their free market posture? Will Freddie be taken over? How would it be done? The questions go on and on.

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