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Huge Gains in New Home Sales and Pricing 10 Years after the Downturn

Ten years after John Burns Real Estate Consulting began surveying home builders every month, new home sales and pricing feedback demonstrate a solid and sustained recovery. Our June 2018 survey capturing 358 metro ratings across 83 metros confirms that demand …

Challenges Mount for First-Time Buyers

One of our first-time home buyer team members just lost out on a home purchase, as only the top 5 bids (out of 20!) were given the opportunity to increase their offer! Homeownership costs continue to grow faster than incomes, …

New Home Sales at the Top 50 Masterplans Set a New Record

Home buyers love master-planned communities. More than 28,000 home buyers purchased homes in the top 50 master-planned communities last year. While new home sales grew 9% last year, masterplan sales grew 20%! All 50 communities sold at least 314 homes …

Four Masterplans Exceed 1,000 Sales in 2017

Masterplan sales surged in 2017. The Villages, Irvine Ranch, Lakewood Ranch, and Summerlin all captured over 1,000 net homes sales in 2017. Sales in a number of western US communities swelled, while many communities in Florida and Texas captured fewer …

Cost Increases Top 2017 Housing Market Surprises

Over 300 home building executives told us their biggest surprises of 2017. Although they anticipated cost increases, 40% told us that the extent of those increases surprised them the most. Stronger than expected demand (especially in the last few months) …

Three New Masterplan Trends

Pools, playgrounds, and clubhouses are no longer enough to lure home buyers to buying in a new home community. Today’s masterplan developers increasingly focus on making life convenient and enjoyable for their residents. Here are some great examples of community …

24,374 New Home Sales Last Year at Top 50 Masterplans; 9% Increase over 2015

Click Here to Download PDF Version of this article   Click here to download the Top 50 MPC Rankings for 2016 In 2016, the top 50 master-planned communities (MPCs) in our annual ranking sold over 24,000 homes, representing: a 9% …

Twenty Top-Selling Masterplans Sold Over 14,000 New Homes in 2016

 John Burns Real Estate Consulting, LLC applauds the nation’s top 20 masterplans for their strong new home sales in 2016. We reviewed nearly 340 masterplans to arrive at our Top 20 list, ranked by 2016 new home sales net of …

The Latest in Masterplan Amenity Innovation

Velodromes, tree houses, zip lines, and even zoos have become hot new amenities for successful master-planned communities. During our survey of more than 270 master-planned communities for our annual ranking of the 50 top-selling communities, we discovered numerous jaw-dropping amenities. …

The Secret behind Mega-Sized Masterplans

Ever wonder why the majority of mega masterplans are clustered in the “smile states,” those that line the coasts and southern portion of the United States?     Sure, California has alluring beaches, Texas lacks income taxes, and Florida is …