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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 Surban Appeal to a Single, Working Mom

As a single, working mom, my two teenage boys often hear me say, “Time is money.” I need to be mindful of my housing budget while managing my crazy busy life with limited time. I am in the season of life …

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. …

Second-Home Destinations Becoming Retirement Hot Spots

In the mid-2000s, the American Dream extended beyond a house and yard to a second home with access to a golf course, clubhouse, and resort pool. New master-planned communities in weekend destinations as diverse as central Oregon, the Texas Hill …

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 …

23,263 New Home Sales Last Year at Top 50 Masterplans, a 14% Increase over 2014

In 2015, the top 50 masterplans listed in the table below sold nearly 23,300 homes, representing: A 14% increase over 2014w Roughly 4.7% of all new home sales nationally The highest sales volume in the 6 years we have been …

21 Top-Selling Masterplans Sold Nearly 14,100 New Homes in 2015

John Burns Real Estate Consulting, LLC (JBREC) congratulates the top 21 masterplans in the country on their strong new home sales in 2015. To identify the top 21, which includes a tie at #20, JBREC associates considered over 230 communities …

Cost Advantages Allow You to Pay More for Land

I learn the most when others tell me I am wrong. At a recent roundtable I moderated for 20 Washington, DC regional home building and development executives, we were discussing the challenges private builders face competing with public builders for …

Shift in Land Sellers Tells the Story of Land Values

Bank sales down significantly. When 60% of the land was being sold by banks, as was the case in early 2011, we advised our clients to buy aggressively in the better locations. Today banks represent only 6% of the residential …