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About Us

About Us

John Burns Research and Consulting (JBREC) provides independent research and consulting services related to the US housing industry.

GUIDING LIGHTS

Purpose

Solving today to help you navigate tomorrow.

Vision

To be the most trusted and respected US housing market analysts and consultants.

Mission

To help executives make informed housing industry investment decisions.

Trusted by executive decision makers

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Trusted by Executive Decision Makers

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Pulte Group - Logo Transparent
Shea Homes- Logo Transparent
NDS - Blue Logo Transparent
BB Living - Logo Transparent
AHV Communities logo
SFRhub Advisors Logo
Corevest - horizontal Logo Transparent
KTGY - green logo
LGI HOMES LOGO Transparent
WHA Logo - gray
Mattamy Homes - Logo Transparent
Sparrow Logo Transparent
RESIBUILT - Logo Transparent
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Rancho Mission VIejo - Logo Transparent
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We service our clients in two ways

Research Memberships

We provide our research members with subscription packages of informative, timely analysis supported by data and dashboards. We also service our members by answering their individual questions and hosting them at our client-only events.

Consulting Services

We provide our consulting clients with customized analysis to help them answer specific questions on topics ranging from developing strategy to acquiring a specific property or company.

OUR EXPERTISE

We understand the housing industry.

Residential For Sale

Residential For Rent

Building Products

Consumer and Design Trends

Residential For Sale

We provide the most comprehensive view of the residential for-sale market, covering new construction and resale market dynamics at every level—from individual communities to the nation.

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Residential For Rent

We give our clients a competitive edge in all aspects of the residential rental market, from established asset classes like multifamily to growing institutional asset classes like single-family rental and build-to-rent.

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Building Products

We analyze and forecast the residential new home construction and repair and remodeling markets by major product category, installer type (DIY or pro), and project size, providing strategic recommendations customized for you.

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Apartments

Our multifamily clients outperform their competition because they have made educated strategic decisions using our analysis.

Mixed-Use

We understand how residential and commercial uses fit together to maximize value, helping clients create a seamless, connected lifestyle for residents and users.

Consumer and Design Trends

We provide proprietary insight into the consumer and design trends that will inform your community development, home design, marketing, and material-manufacturing decisions.

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OUR EXPERTISE

A Holistic View of the Housing Industry

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Residential For Sale

We provide the most comprehensive view of the residential for-sale market, covering new construction and resale market dynamics at every level—from individual communities to the nation.

Residential For Rent

We give our clients a competitive edge in all aspects of the residential rental market, from established asset classes like multifamily to growing institutional asset classes like single-family rental and build-to-rent.

Stacked Lumber and Blueprints at a Construction Site

Building Products

We analyze and forecast the residential new home construction and repair and remodeling markets by major product category, installer type (DIY or pro), and project size, providing strategic recommendations customized for you.
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Consumer and Design Trends

We provide proprietary insight into the consumer and design trends that will inform your community development, home design, marketing, and material-manufacturing decisions.

Why JBREC?

We provide trusted analysis for executive decisions.

Our experienced team of analysts and consultants helps our clients make smart investment decisions.
Reputation

We provide logical, unbiased recommendations and advice, trusted by the best and brightest in the real estate industry.

Trusted Integrity

We do not recommend stock investments or take contingency fees. We aim to be as accurate and honest as possible, with no conflicting agendas.

Experience

Our team includes national housing-market leaders, many with direct industry experience, as well as regional experts who live and work in their markets. Our experts have learned from multiple housing cycles.

Client Service

Some of the biggest names in the industry use JBREC's products and services. Our clients have personal access to our team of market and industry experts. We also connect clients to opportunities for new business.

Proprietary Tools

We have created many tools to provide unique and timely insight. Our surveys, indices, and interactive dashboards allow our clients to accurately track the market at any time.

Timely Data

We create, collect, and buy the best industry data available, enabling our analysts to evaluate market conditions. At JBREC, we focus exclusively on housing and strive to have the most current data at our fingertips.

Top-Down, Bottom-Up Analysis

We analyze the housing industry from every angle. Our company has both a top-down (cyclical analysis, demographic trends, macroeconomic trends, policy changes) and a bottom-up (local market consulting, local market surveying, local market analysis) approach to our products and services.

National Footprint

We have one of the largest and most geographically diverse real estate consulting groups in the US. Our executives live in many of the major housing markets across the country and regularly travel to others.

Rigorous Review

Before sending any of our reports, our peer-review team checks facts, calculations, methodology, graphics, and language for the highest possible quality.

Our Story

John Burns founded the company in 2001 because he saw a need for better analysis of the housing market. The company has grown to a highly passionate team of research analysts and consultants in offices across the country, who work together to provide the most trusted source of US housing analysis.

The Beginning

John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC) was founded on December 28, 2001, with the above logo created for free by John’s college roommates at Scott Design.

 

 

First Consulting Assignment

JBREC lands its first consulting assignment for a large land developer.

 

 

 

First Hire

The company hires its first of many team members, who we now call PALS (Passionate, Articulate, Likable, Smart).

 

 

First Research Subscription

A Western US home builder becomes JBREC’s first research client.

 

 

First Securities Investor Clients

JBREC research on rising investor risk is featured in a Wall Street report, leading to our expansion to inform stock market investors.

 

 

Early Calls for Housing Downturn

JBREC publicly proclaims the severity of the housing downturn. These predictions prove accurate as the downturn worsens.

 

 

Lands First $1 Million+ Assignment

The firm lands its first $1 million+ consulting assignment to help restructure a large, bankrupt home builder.

 

 

Inaugural Client-Exclusive Summit Conference

JBREC hosts its first-ever client conference in Laguna Beach, highlighted by a soon-to-be-famous hedge fund panelist correctly telling a prominent bank exec that they will soon need to be rescued but he need not worry because his firm is “too big to fail.”

 

 

JBREC Presents to Government Officials

Multiple presentations to government officials create significant Wall Street interest in becoming a big single-family rental home landlord.

 

 

Consulting Team Expansion

JBREC acquires an eight-person consulting firm to help with explosive growth for distressed private equity investor groups.

 

 

New Research Reports for Building Products and Apartments

New research reports for building products companies and apartment developers are introduced.

 

 

New Single-Family Rental Research Product


The firm introduced a new report for single-family rental owners.

 

 

Geographic Expansion

The company invests in a significant consulting geographic expansion.

 

 

Inaugural Housing Market Outlook Conference in New York


JBREC hosts its first-ever client-exclusive conference in New York City.

 


 

JBREC Purchases DesignLens™

The company purchases DesignLens™, leading to what is now the New Home Trends Institute.

 

 

Big Shifts Ahead

JBREC publishes the book Big Shifts Ahead: Demographic Clarity for Businesses.

 

 

Burns Interactive Dashboards

The first set of Burns Interactive Dashboards is made available to research subscribers.

 

 

Inaugural Housing Design Summit

In the same year JBREC is named ULI Orange County’s Outstanding Employer of the Year, the company hosts the inaugural New Home Trends Institute client conference.

 

 

JBREC Becomes Certified Evergreen®

JBREC becomes one of the first companies to be named a Certified Evergreen® Employer by The Tugboat Institute.

 

 

JBREC Becomes Great Place To Work® Certified™


JBREC earns its first-ever Great Place to Work Certification® and hosts its first client-exclusive conference on Build-to-Rent housing.

 

 

 

New Company Purpose

The company defined its purpose of “solving today to help you navigate tomorrow” and achieved 100% employee retention for 12 consecutive months during a period commonly referred to as “The Great Resignation.”

 

 

Catching Up to Our Growth

The company finishes its first full year of Open Book Management, with every team member earning  JBREC U credentials that certify their understanding of company financials. Each team member is trained on how they can make our short- and long-term financial results even better.

 

 

Company Rebrand

The company is renamed John Burns Research and Consulting (JBREC) and introduces a brand new logo and brand identity.

 

 

Achievements

Certified Evergreen

John Burns Research and Consulting was the first company to receive the certification from the prestigious organization, Tugboat Institute. Evergreen businesses are led by purpose-driven leaders with the grit and resourcefulness to build and scale private, profitable, enduring, and market-leading businesses that make a dent in the universe.

Great Place To Work® Certified™

94% of employees at JBREC say it is a great place to work compared to 57% of employees at a typical US-based company. Thanks to our people, we’re proud to have earned Great Place to Work® Certification™.

Inc. 5000 2023

We’ve made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America! This remarkable milestone wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our passionate, hardworking JBREC team.

Gallup Employee Engagement Results

In our latest survey, JBREC scored 4.41 out of 5 in overall employee satisfaction.

Integrity Research Compliance Accreditation

We demonstrate each of the Key Compliance Controls as defined in best practices for industry consulting firms, as well as a majority of overall best practices for political intelligence firms.

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How I Made It: John Burns, real estate guru, joined the industry by 'accident'

Los Angeles Times, May 2017

Source: Los Angeles Times

John Burns is chief executive of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, an Irvine company that provides research and business advice to home builders across the country. The firm has hundreds of clients nationwide.

Burns describes his job as running around and talking to a lot of “insanely smart people all the time.” He then takes knowledge gleaned from industry leaders, small contractors and economic data and figures out where the housing market is headed.

Burns makes his money by selling that knowledge to clients. Those who’ve signed up for the research include major home builders like Lennar Corp. and single-family rental companies like Invitation Homes.

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Respected business news and trade media outlets turn to our team for clarification on important and timely issues. 

Contact us to maximize your opportunities in the housing market.

If you have any questions about our services or would like to speak to one of our experts about how we can help your business, please contact Client Relations at clientservices@jbrec.com.

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