Michigan Home to Nine of the Largest MH Community Owners

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Northville Crossings, a Sun Community in Michigan

Michigan Home to Nine of the Largest Manufactured Home Community Owners and Operators in the Nation

The manufactured housing industry is poised to have one of its best years in recent history and Michigan is responsible for a large percentage of the success, according to the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association, (MMHA).

“Michigan has always been a big proponent of manufactured homes, the communities and the people who reside in them, so it really isn’t unexpected that Michigan is home to many of the largest manufactured home community owners and operators,” said Bill Sheffer, executive director of MMHA.

According to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) National Communities Council, nine of the country’s top 50 manufactured home community owners and operators are based in Michigan. Michigan-based community operators are responsible for 213,244 of the 693,000 national manufactured home sites; nearly 31 percent of all manufactured home sites in the county.

Northville Crossings, a Sun Community in Michigan
Northville Crossings, a Sun Community in Michigan

MMHA members on the list include Sun Communities of Southfield, which manages nearly 83,300 home sites across the country; RHP Properties of Farmington Hills with just over 60,000 home sites; Lautrec, Ltd., Farmington Hills; Meritus Communities, Bloomfield Hills; M. Shapiro Real Estate Group, Farmington Hills and HomeFirst Certified Communities,
Birmingham. Other top community operators headquartered in Michigan, include Nodel Parks, Southfield; Riverstone Communities, Birmingham and Choice Properties, Troy.

“It is an honor to be in the top 50 largest manufactured home community owners and operators in the country,” said Jeff Davidson, president of Meritus. Meritus Communities was 12th on the list. “This ranking is a reflection of the hard work and dedication the entire Meritus team has to the industry and the people who live in manufactured home communities.”

The MMHA community as a whole should be extremely proud of this,” said Kim Scott, Director – Operations (Manufactured Housing Division), M. Shapiro Real Estate Group. “Everyone on that list, as well as everyone involved in MMHA, worked together through the leaner years to do what was best for the communities, their owner/operators, and their residents. Being recognized for our successes is a testimony to all those efforts over the years.”

MMHA is dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of manufactured and modular home living and connecting people interested in finding a community or home with its members. The Michigan Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA) is one of Michigan’s oldest trade associations, founded in 1941. MMHA is a nonprofit association representing the manufactured and modular home industry in Michigan. MMHA works to improve the image of manufactured and modular housing by educating consumers, media and government about the quality, affordability, design, and beauty of the homes.

For more information, visit the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association at
www.michhome.org or contact MMHA, 2222 Association Drive, Okemos, MI 48864-5978; 517.349.3300.