June 9, 2015 — We were very flattered recently to see a story from Builderonline.com, “The Top 15 Builders in 2015’s Retirement Magnets“, which used Topretirements’ “100 Most Popular Retirement Towns” as the starting point of its research. The online publication basically looked at our top 50 towns (chosen on the basis of visitor popularity on our site), and then determined which companies build the most homes in those markets. It was an intriguing idea with at least one very big surprise.
Let’s start with a big surprise: the #10 builder is…. Habitat for Humanity. So at least we know from the beginning that there all kinds of builders in our 50 most popular retirement markets – not just those catering to the retirement set. The builder with the most closings in these markets is D.R. Horton, which had 3124 and 776 closings in 2014 and the 1Q 2015 respectively. Next highest was Pulte Homes, which tallied 2146 and 331 in those 2 periods. The top 5 made up 33.1% of the market share by closings in 2014 for all 50 towns. Most of the remaining 12 companies on the top 15 are household names in the active adult community sphere – Lennar, KB Home, WCI Communities, TRI Pointe, David Weekley, Meritage Homes, the Ryland Group, etc. Snagging the #15 spot on the list was the Ryland Group. Many of these companies are advertisers on Topretirements.com, which we greatly appreciate (and it’s a mystery to us why a few are not, given the fine people who visit this site!).
Builderonline has an interesting chart that shows the number of closings and median selling price for each of the 15 builders. One of the things that it shows is the tremendous variation of price points among these companies. For example (not counting non-profit Habitat for Humanity), KB Home had the least expensive homes of the group with a median closing price of $212,700. Topping the list in the stratosphere was TRI Pointe Homes with its $1,000,000 median price. Six builders had a median price in the $200’s, while several were in the $400s.
See the full list
You can see the list of the top 15 at The Top 15 Builders in 2015’s Retirement Magnets.
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