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5 Themes for Masterplan Success

The top 50 master-planned communities (MPCs) sold more than 31,000 new homes last year, a phenomenal 10% increase over 2018. Based on consulting and/or visiting almost all of the top 50, we identified 5 themes for success this year: Lower …

JBREC’s 2020 Southern California Outlook: 7 Trends to Watch

Rising New Home Sales and Prices* New home sales to rise from 19,590 in 2019 (preliminary) to 20,890 in 2020. Housing demand drivers such as job growth and affordability indicate that sales could be even higher than projected. Supply constraints …

Designing with More Confidence

Builders can finally rely on data as well as opinion to make multi-million dollar design decisions, resulting in improved profitability. At last year’s Housing Design Summit, the head of architecture at one of the largest builders in the country shared …

2019 Top 50 Masterplans Reveal Southern Attraction

Congratulations to the skillful management teams behind the top 50 master-planned communities, which sold at least 360 new homes per community during 2019. Together, the top 50 masterplans sold more than 31,000 new homes in 2019, reflecting a 13% increase …

Smart Home Tech Quickly Becoming Standard in New Homes

While smart home technology was an interesting new home upgrade option three years ago, new home buyers in most price ranges and locations now expect new homes to come equipped with the ability to control temperatures, lighting, security, and other …

New Single-Family Rental Market Index: Healthy Industry with Strong Leasing Demand and High Occupancy

Categories: Rental Housing

John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC) and The National Rental Home Council (NRHC) released the inaugural Single-Family Rental Market Index (SFRMI), a first-of-its-kind resource that will serve as the definitive gauge of professionally managed single-family rental industry conditions. With scores above …

Water: The Rising Tide of MPC Amenities

90% of the 50 top-selling master-planned communities (MPCs) include a significant water amenity! While working on our year-end summary of the best-selling masterplans, we noted some amazing water-inspired amenities.   44 fishing ponds and lakes in The Woodlands by Woodlands …

The Trends That Matter

Which trends will matter and which will not? One way we think about this is by looking at the adoption curve below. Which innovations will explode along the green line versus stagnate along the red line? In this podcast episode, …

Unique Perspectives from Taylor Morrison’s CEO

Sheryl Palmer, the CEO of the sixth-largest home builder in the country, joined our podcast host Dean Wehrli for one of the most insightful interviews I have heard in a while. Sheryl shared her: Unique and very thoughtful view of …

Fall 2019 DesignLens Trends Update

Each year, our team visits thousands of new home communities and masterplans and selects 84 innovative and inspirational developments to photograph and analyze. We also invite the most innovative people we know to our collaborative Housing Design Summit each February, …