Florida Top Home Builders – February 2019

An HBW report on the top builders for total new residential construction permits on file during the month of February 2019

When it comes to new home construction in Florida, the top builders are consistent to say the least… While the leaderboard may fluctuate month-to-month, there are two major players in the industry: Lennar Homes and D.R. Horton.  Across the state, and in all regions reviewed, both mega-builders ranked as the top two contractors for housing starts last month.

Throughout the Sunshine State there were approximately 5,540 new residential construction permits added to the HBW database last month, reflecting a 3% month-over-month increase in new residential construction.  Here is a closer look at the construction permit data reports and the leading builders in Florida (Southeast, Southwest, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville) during the month of February 2019:

Tampa

Tampa ranked #1 for total housing starts last month, having approximately 1,440 new permits on file with HBW.  The average value of new home construction was $280,433, and the counties with the bulk of new residential construction activity included Hillsborough (478 permits) and Polk (397 permits).

Out of the nearly 205 active builders in the Tampa area last month, the following ranked as the top five for total new residential construction permits:

Builder Total Permits
Lennar Homes 322
D.R. Horton 200
The Villages of Lake Sumter 121
M/I Homes 39
Taylor Morrison 35

 

Orlando

In Orlando, there were more than 1,240 housing starts last month.  The average value of new construction in the Orlando area was highest in comparison to other regions reviewed (average value: $316,854), and Orange County held the greatest concentration of new residential construction activity (534 permits).

Out of the more than 180 active home builders on file for the month, the following ranked as the top five for total new permits:

Builder Total Permits
D.R. Horton 190
Lennar Homes 159
Minto Builders 72
Meritage Homes 65
M/I Homes 49

 

Southwest Florida

Not far behind Orlando, the southwest region of Florida ranked #3 for total housing starts, having 1,145 new residential construction permits on file last month.  The average value of new home construction was $250,321, and the counties with the greatest concentration of new permits included Lee (280 permits) and Collier (273 permits).

Out of the approximately 220 active home builders on file for the month, the following ranked as the top five for total new residential construction permits in the area:

Builder Total Permits
Lennar Homes 197
D.R. Horton 131
Pulte Homes 121
Neal Communities of SW FL 79
Taylor Morrison 36

 

Jacksonville

Last month, there were nearly 960 housing starts in the Jacksonville area.  The average value of new construction was $232,260, and the counties with the highest concentration of new permits were St. Johns (367 permits) and Duval (296 permits).

Out of the 142 active builders on file for the month, the following ranked as the top five for total new residential construction permits:

Builder Total Permits
D.R. Horton 165
Lennar Homes 151
Dream Finders Home 101
American Classic Homes 54
KB Homes 46

 

Southeast Florida

While the Southeast (756 permits) held the fewest new residential construction permits for the month of February, the area continued to hold a high value of new construction (average value: $291,886).  More than half of all new construction permits originated from two counties at the northern point of region: St. Lucie (288 permits) and Indian River (145 permits).

Out of the 145+ active home builders in the area last month, the following ranked as the top five for total new permits on file with HBW:

Builder Total Permits
D.R. Horton 131
Lennar Homes 123
GL Building Corp 40
Synergy Homes 32
Pulte Homes 23

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

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