Homebuilder Survey

Homebuilder Survey


Our national homebuilder survey provides timely and accurate new home market trends with national and regional data plus metro commentary. We’ve been surveying builders since June 2008 and our typical sample is 33% public homebuilders and 67% private builders.

Included in All Research Packages

Survey feedback from ~380 public and private builders

Preview our survey results on the 2nd business day of each month.

Our First Glance email shares updated new home sales, starts, and pricing trends from the month just ended, while we develop our full report.

Explore new home trends 2-3 weeks before the Census Bureau releases.

Use our better representation of production volume builders.

Monitor new home market conditions.

Standard metrics include sales, single-family starts, pricing, cancellations, finished inventory, traffic, and sales expectations. Questions of the Month deliver unique insights on topics ranging from migration to build times to investor sales.

Review quarterly construction cost updates.

Builders share year-over-year percentage changes in labor and materials costs by segment or stage of construction each quarter.

Track the regions and metros you care about.

Graphs reveal regional differences, and the analysis and commentary sections offer metro level insights.

What’s Included in This Report

Timely and accurate new home market trends

All of our surveys are delivered via email with a short summary, and are posted in our client portal for easy access. Every month, here’s what you can expect in the Homebuilder Survey:

New Home Sales

We analyze on year-over-year and month-over-month new home sales trends, combined with community count changes, and calls out current drivers and differences by buyer segment.

Single-Family Starts

We compare single-family starts trends year-over-year and month-over-month and addresses shifts in builders’ strategies that impact starts rates, in addition to comparisons to the Census Bureau’s releases.

New Home Price Trends

The direction of prices month-over-month captures shifts in builders’ pricing power, while the change in prices year-over-year demonstrates the scale of price appreciation.

Buyer Segments

We compare selected metrics for builders focused on first-time/1st move-up buyers versus those focused on 2nd move-up/luxury buyers for similarities or differences.

Questions of the Month

These varying questions provide insights on timely topics, such as build cycle times, construction costs, migration impacts on demand, and home sales to investors.

Other Standard Metrics

We monitor cancellations, finished inventory, and sentiment-based traffic and expected sales ratings that suggest short-term and 6-month sales outlooks.

Receive accurate answers to these critical questions

Have builders sold more homes compared to last year and where are sales strongest or weakest?

How much have builders raised home prices year-over-year and do those increases cover their cost increases?

What are builders forecasting for their sales and starts next year?

Are builders delivering homes faster than two years ago?

Are builders’ sales to first-time/1st move-up buyers stronger or weaker than sales to 2nd move-up/luxury buyers?

What percentage of builders’ sales are cancelling and how does that compare to history?

Included with all research memberships

Must be subscribed to one of our main research membership packages. Not available to New Home Trends Institute members.

Metro and Regional Housing Package

This package provides a complete picture of housing supply, demand, and affordability through local insight, proprietary surveys, and extensive data analysis. We currently provide an overview of major housing and economic trends across 100 MSAs nationwide.

Single-Family Rental Package


This package provides a comprehensive overview of the single-family rental (SFR) industry’s major markets, including forecasts, SFR market rankings, macro drivers, housing supply, and demographic trends.

Rental Communities Package


This package provides complete look into the multifamily sector, including apartments and dedicated build-to-rent communities. A deep dive into the sector’s major markets, including forecasts, rental market ratings, key fundamentals, economic drivers, demographics, and the impact of alternative housing sectors.

Building Products Package

This package provides current, in-depth insight into building products industry conditions in the country, including a forecast for residential new construction and repair and remodeling spend over the next four years.

Geographic Overview of the Public Homebuilders Package

This package is designed for those who compare publicly-traded builders (including securities investors) to each other. Every month we rank each publicly-traded homebuilder based on the past, current, and forecasted performance of its geographic footprint.

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.