New Home Trends Institute | John Burns Real Estate Consulting

New Home Trends and Curated Inspiration Backed by Deep-Dive Research

What is the New Home Trends Institute (NHTI)?

We are committed to helping New Home Trends Institute members stay on top of consumer and design trends through exclusive insights, networking opportunities, and becoming an extension of your team.

Backed by the deep-dive research at John Burns Real Estate Consulting and supported by our experts across the nation, the New Home Trends Institute pairs design inspiration with exclusive insights into the “why” behind consumers’ housing choices. Gain exclusive insight into housing preferences and pain points through our monthly survey insights reports, webinars, and proprietary surveys of builders, architects, designers, and other industry professionals. We specialize in trend tracking and use this information to foster housing innovation. We also offer exclusive members-only networking through council meetings as well as in-person and virtual events.

Survey Insights Reports

Monthly survey insights from consumers and consumer experts, as well as informational webinars

Exclusive Networking

Annual Housing Design Summit and NHTI Councils

DesignLens™ Database

Design and product inspiration and solutions with new features added monthly

New communities and topics featured each month include:

  • New home projects
  • Master plans
  • Historical Neighborhoods
  • Golden Oldies
  • And more!

Each community includes:

  • Photo tour with narration and analysis
  • Site plan
  • Floor plans
  • Project stats
  • Included features
  • Consultant information

You can search the over 25,000 images stored in the DesignLens archives by:

  • Architectural styles
  • Density per acre
  • Exterior features
  • House widths
  • Housing types
  • Interior details
  • Lot size
  • Regions
  • Square footages

Burns Monthly Housing Market Update

Stay informed about what’s going on in the housing market each month with a client-exclusive webinar hosted by John Burns.

Team Extension

Customized NHTI partnership plans and introductions to JBREC local experts, other NHTI members, and industry experts

Jenni Nichols If you have any questions about the New Home Trends Institute and if you would like find out how to become a member, please contact Jenni Nichols, Director of DesignLens at

For customized design insight for your community, contact any of our consulting leaders:

Sector Expertise
Market Expertise
Service Expertise

Annie Radecki 

Senior Vice President, Consulting 

Barry Cox 

Vice President, Consulting 

Bryan Lawrence 

Vice President, Consulting 

Caroline Kiernan 

Senior Consultant 

Chris Montgomery 


Chris Porter 

Senior Vice President, Chief Demographer 

Christopher Dorociak 

Senior Vice President, Consulting 

Deana Vidal 

Senior Manager, Trend Consulting 

Don Walker 

Managing Principal 

Elizabeth LaJeunesse 

Manager, Building Products 

James Penner 

Senior Consultant 

Jeff Brazel 

Senior Vice President, Consulting 

Jeff Kottmeier 

Senior Vice President, Consulting 

Jenni Nichols 

Director, DesignLens 

JT Graham 


Kaylin Czajkowski 

Manager, Consulting 

Kelly Smit 

Senior Associate, Consulting 

Ken Perlman 

Managing Principal 

Kristin Matthews 

Vice President, Consulting 

Lesley Deutch 

Managing Principal 

Mary Katherine Miller 

Senior Associate, Consulting 

Matt Billingsley 

Associate, Consulting 

Matt Saunders 

Vice President, Building Products 

Mikaela Sharp 

Director, New Home Trends Institute 

Mike Gerran 

Director of Quality Control 

Oliver Radvin 

Senior Vice President, Consulting 

Pawan Thampi 

Senior Vice President, Building Products Consulting 

Reid Randall 

Senior Consultant 

Scott Wild 

Senior Vice President, Consulting 

Steve Basham 

Manager, Consulting 

Will Frank 

Senior Vice President, Consulting 

Zak Nyberg 

Senior Manager, Consulting