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Proprietary Tools

Proprietary Indices

We analyze all the major metropolitan statistical areas  in the United States each month and have developed the following proprietary indices:



Burns Housing Cycle Risk Index™

The Burns Housing Cycle Risk Index™ (HCRI), measures the underlying market risk associated with market fundamentals (demand, supply, and affordability) and has proven to be a very good single metric for market risk.


Burns Home Value Index™

The Burns Home Value Index™ (BHVI) measures home value trends for all homes (new and resale) in 133 markets, allowing us to report on and forecast price appreciation without the noise of shifts in the mix of homes selling, as well as other issues.


Burns Intrinsic Home Value Index™

The Burns Intrinsic Value Index™ (BIHVI) identifies overpriced and underpriced markets by showing what prices should be under normal conditions. Actual prices deviate significantly, highlighting investment risk and creating investment opportunities.


Burns Finished Lot Value Index™

The Burns Finished Lot Value Index ™ (BFLVI) helps investors understand land price trends, incorporating both a finished lot residual value analysis as well as feedback from our network of land brokers.


Burns Affordability Index™

The Burns Affordability Index™ (BAI) measures affordability compared to each market’s historical average, allowing for comparison across geographies and over time.

Proprietary Surveys


Burns Housing Survey from the Front Lines Survey

The first week of each month we publish what happened the prior month in new home sales, pricing, inventory, and other trends, using a very large sample size.

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Broker Land Survey

Insight from 70+ of the top land brokers in the country, with incredible commentary and input for our Burns Finished Lot Value Index ™ (BFLVI)

Consumer and Product Insights

We have partnered with builders and developers across the nation to launch a Consumer Insights survey to home shoppers who have registered at new home communities. Our surveys combined include more than 80,000 total responses to more than 90 questions from prospective home buyers.

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Erik Franks If you have any questions about our proprietary tools, please contact Erik Franks at (949) 870-1228 or by email.