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MHBA COVID Update 3/27/2020
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All, it has obviously been a stressful and challenging few weeks for everyone with a lot of questions circulating. While we don’t have all the answers, we want to share what we do know:

First, from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development “Pennsylvania producers of manufactured and industrialized housing may remain open provided that you adhere to social distancing restrictions and taking other mitigation measures to ensure the health and safety of employees and patrons. Please be reminded, the all other restrictions under the Governor’s authority regarding residential construction remains in effect. Third party agencies performing duties under the PA Industrialized Housing Program have been provided information regarding the ordering of PA industrialized housing insignias.”

We caution that this does not mean things will be back to normal quickly. Many factories may find that employees are not willing to return to work yet and it may take a while to staff back up. This also does not address the potential difficulty of availability of local authorities, permits, and inspections. Nonetheless, modular factories in Pennsylvania may begin opening now. As situations change quickly, please check with your state to determine essential worker status.

On a more positive note, there may be niche opportunities emerging from this crisis. One builder mentioned the possibility of “boomerang” parents leaving senior living centers and returning home to live with their children, opening the door for more accessory dwelling units or “granny pods.”

In fact, several builders we spoke with have expressed cautious optimism for the near term. We talked to a few today who indicated that on-line web traffic was up, good leads were still coming in and deals are still being discussed.

It makes sense. With so much uncertainty in the world, real estate has generally been a safe bet. And with interest rates at historic lows, now is a great time to start planning for the future. If you haven’t done so lately, now may also be a great time to spruce up your website content and social media outlets as no doubt many more people are home in front of their screens!

Stay safe!
Started on March 27, 2020 by Tom Hardiman
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