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Building Products


Throughout the years, building product manufacturers have found immense value in our research and services. They rely on our forecasts for their business planning.

Consistently, we hear the following two themes as to why they trust our firm:

  • Unbiased. We are independent advisors. We do not recommend stock investments or take contigency fees, so it is clear we have no conflicting agendas.
  • Thoughtful. Our forecasts are rooted in our experience, our local knowledge of major housing markets across the United States, and our ongoing dialogue with our clients. We have learned to not just rely on industry data points to inform our decisions. We continue to improve our models and forecasts with new knowledge regularly.

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Our clients outperform their competition because they have made educated strategic decisions.

Our research and consulting services enable our building product manufacturer clients to gauge housing market conditions and better align their supply chain and sales force. We also help them better understand home builder product purchasing decisions and construction timelines, giving them a highly informed view regarding future demand.

Recommended Research Subscription for Building Product Manufacturers

Every month, we analyze and forecast the housing market at the metro, regional, and national levels to provide you with the information you need for a competitive edge.  All of our reports are delivered via email with a short summary, and posted on our website for access 24/7.  Based on their needs, building product manufacturers are recommended to subscribe to our Building Product Industry Analysis and Forecast.

Building Product Industry Analysis and Forecast

This monthly report analyzes and forecasts the building product sector trends and industry drivers in terms of both residential repair and remodel spending and new home construction activity.

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Specialized Reports for Building Product Manufacturers

We offer customized consulting services for those looking to plan their business better and to support upcoming decisions with facts.

Customized Consulting

Our leadership can help executives make more informed decisions on issues including market feasibility, land and company valuation, demographic drivers, home and community design, and effective marketing.

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Kitchen and Bath Market Index

National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and John Burns Real Estate Consulting have partnered on the Kitchen and Bath Market Index (KBMI), a barometer of the business health of the industry.


This quarterly industry index gauges the economic pulse of the kitchen and bath market, examining current conditions and future expectations in the industry. It also monitors issues and challenges industry professionals are facing in their businesses. The KBMI surveys and analyzes the sentiments of designers, manufacturers, retailers and building/construction firms who are members of the NKBA.

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US Remodeler Index

Created by Qualified Remodeler magazine and John Burns Real Estate Consulting, the USRI measures remodeler sentiment for current activities, future or near-term activities, as well as consumer demand or ‘hotness.’


The USRI benchmarks current industry growth, near-term project demand and is an independent, frontline view into market trends, shifts, constraints and underlying drivers of professional home repairs and remodels. The USRI is derived from surveys of presidents, owners and managers of 346 remodeling firms in all U.S. 50 states.

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The DIY Meter

Family Handyman and John Burns Real Estate Consulting have collaborated to design a new survey-based activity gauge for the do-it-yourself (DIY) segment of the US residential repair and remodeling market: The DIY Meter.


The DIY Meter serves as an important resource for building product or material manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers who seek to understand their customers’ needs, wants, motivations, and tipping points at a deeper level. Our executive-oriented report delivers an independent, full-color view of the project, design, and spending trends that drive a significant portion of total demand within the US repair and remodeling industry.

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Each research subscription comes with access to our ongoing insight, client events and services.

Examples of How Clients Used our Research to Help Communicate to Investors


The Home Depot

CFO Carol Tome: 3Q-15 Earnings Call
“One thing we’ve learned looking at data coming out of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies as well as John Burns Real Estate Advising Firm is that homes that are older than 45 years tend to be have a higher repairs. And in fact the amount of money spent on repairs in those older homes is 5.6% higher than the amount of money paid to repair a home that is 20, 24 years old.”

Home Depot Investor Presentation (June-2016)
Used our Burns Residential Repair and Remodel Spending™ research to communicate tailwinds for home improvement spending

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Summit Materials

CEO Tom Hill: 2Q-16 Earnings Call
Houston] there is definitely some softness as a result of lower oil prices, especially on the north side of town which is not one of our biggest markets, and also on the high end of the residential. We follow several forecasters in Houston. Metrostudy I think is forecasting single-family permit growth there in 2017, and also John Burns is another one that we follow specifically on Houston. He would be for us another small decline in 2017 there, so somewhere probably in between is where it will actually be but I think Houston is a great market and we have a great position there.

Sara Newton-Mahony If you have any questions about our services or if you would like to speak to one of our team experts about how John Burns Real Estate Consulting can help your business, please contact Sara Newton-Mahony, Director of Client Relations at (949) 870-1252 or at