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Strong Year for Top 50 Master-Planned Communities

Builders in the top 50 master-planned communities (MPCs) in the country captured 22,238 new home sales in 2014, or 5% of annual US new home sales. We connected with developer and builder representatives, many of whom are clients, at over …

20 Top-Selling Masterplans Sold Nearly 13,200 Homes in 2014

John Burns Real Estate Consulting, LLC (JBREC) congratulates the top 20 masterplans in the country on their strong new home sales in 2014, against an environment of cooler housing market conditions. To identify the top 20, JBREC associates considered over …

5% Capture Rate for Top 50 Master-Planned Communities

The top 50 master-planned communities (MPCs) in the country accounted for 5.4% of 2013 new home sales. There were 23,463 new home sales in the top 50 master-planned communities in the country in 2013—a 12% increase over 2012. Everything is …

Huge Year for Top 20 Master-Planned Communities

By Ken Perlman & Jody Kahn The top 20 master-planned communities in the country sold 15,338 homes in 2013, which is an 11% increase over 2012. With 9 communities, Texas dominated the list. Florida had 4, Nevada had 3, and …

Acquisitions, IPOs, And Private Placements, Oh My!

The housing market is on its yellow brick road to recovery, and transactions that will finance growth for builders and single-family rental operations are blossoming like the field of poppies in The Wizard of Oz. For the first time in …

2012 Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities

50 Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities Up 46% Year-Over-Year The national housing market is clearly showing signs of recovery and nowhere is the improvement more evident than in the performance of the nation’s largest master-planned communities. John Burns Real Estate Consulting surveyed …

Texas Master-Plan Communities Dominate

Last year, sales in the top 50 master-planned communities (MPCs) totaled 16,481 units, or approximately 5% of the estimated 306,000 new U.S. home sales for the year. Texas dominates the top 50. Of the 50 top-selling MPCs in the country, …

Veterans Can’t get the Mortgages They Need

Our survey of 188 home building executives last month turned up a very interesting, and disturbing, finding. More builders are shying away from selling homes to Vets because VA appraisers have become so conservative that the homes rarely close. In …

Public Builders Scooping up Finished Lots

Public builders are dominating finished lot purchases, which is increasing their market share in major metropolitan areas. Although demand for lots and land cooled slightly in the 2nd quarter, our survey of the top land brokers in large metropolitan areas …

Surprise Patterns Emerge in the Spring Selling Season

Generally, the 2011 spring selling season has been a disappointment, but look closely and you’ll find year-over-year sales comparisons at the metro level are revealing some surprising patterns. Each month, we survey 250 to 350 public and private builder executives …