National Housing Market Outlook

Public Builders Scooping up Finished Lots

Jody Kahn

Jody Kahn

August 4, 2011
Public builders are dominating finished lot purchases, which is increasing their market share in major metropolitan areas. Although demand for lots and land cooled slightly in the 2nd quarter, our survey of the top land brokers in large metropolitan areas around the country tell us the public builders continued to buy finished lots at a much faster pace than the private builders.
Land prices didn’t change much in the 2nd quarter, with slightly rising prices in Texas being the notable exception.
Finished lots in good locations are becoming a rare commodity, primarily because consumers have demonstrated they are less willing to commute than they were several years ago. Because of this, we are expecting land development in good locations to increase later this year, especially now that conservative bank financing has returned.

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Jody Kahn
Jody Kahn
Senior Vice President of Research Surveys
Jody delivers timely and accurate insights on housing market trends at the metro, regional, and national levels. She combines statistics and commentary from JBREC’s independent surveys with data trends, forecasts, proprietary indices, feedback from consultants, and decades of housing experience to give clients insights that support business decisions.

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