2020 Housing Giants List

Each annual Housing Giants list is a snapshot in time of builders’ perceived opportunities and challenges. This year is no exception, but the challenges that have emerged are unprecedented

By Pro Builder staff | June 3, 2020
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Chronicling the Housing Industry

For more than 50 years now, Pro Builder has been publishing its Housing Giants list and, in doing so, has chronicled housing’s ups and downs. For an industry generally looked upon as staid and conservative, the last half century—especially the last two decades—has been a wild ride. After scaling previously unthinkable peaks in 2005 and then plummeting to its depths in 2012, home building fought its way back to what looked to be a sustainable, profitable undertaking.

Then, in 2019, housing data started showing the fruits of the industry’s labors. In December, annual housing starts reached a remarkable 1.626 million units (seasonally adjusted), the largest number of starts in 13 years.

In January 2020, starts increased 21.4% year over year. Total permits, single- and multifamily, rose by 9.2% to 1.551 million—the highest since March 2007. At the beginning of March 2020, when February’s numbers came out, housing continued to look strong, the good news continuing with the eighth consecutive month of increasing home sales, to 6.7% year over year nationally.

But by that time the COVID-19 virus had taken hold, and on March 13 the U.S. declared a national emergency. While most states deemed home building to be an essential business, the effects of stay-at-home orders, the number of businesses closing, and the job losses that ensued kept many Americans from shopping for a new home. Once again, home building stats experienced a precipitous drop.

Each Housing Giants list is a snapshot in time and this one is no exception. This year’s survey was conducted in early 2020 and its results, especially builders’ perceived opportunities and challenges, reflect the perspective of that time.

2020 HOUSING GIANTS QUICK DATA DIVE

  • Consolidation remains a key growth driver among the Housing Giants' top 20, which increased their market share from 20% to 24% and closed 72,000 more units than the previous year—a 23% leap-—while those below them on the list remained basically flat year over year.
  • 2019 was the best year yet since the Great Recession for Pro Builder’s Giants, with a 6.3% bump in home building revenue and more than 63,000 additional units closed or completed compared with 2018.

 

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Rank Previous Rank Company Sort descending 2019 Housing Revenue $ 2019 Closings/Units
82 95 Allen Edwin Homes $227,239,000 887
109 NR American Classic Homes $151,901,292 190
184 NR American Classic Homes $69,500,000 626
57 57 American Legend Homes $338,270,110 734
129 NR American Southern Homes $119,974,000 387
76 61 American West Development $255,981,564 591
112 114 Anglia Homes $143,000,000 592
142 148 Antares Homes $105,000,000 368
54 54 AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg $362,000,000 327
20 18 Ashton Woods $1,729,279,478 4,763
204 205 Baessler Homes $56,500,000 170
157 70 Baldwin & Sons $88,374,000 147
87 86 Ball Homes $203,841,266 652
17 17 Beazer Homes $2,077,246,011 5,500
58 49 Beechwood Homes $338,066,546 474
155 158 Berks Homes $89,049,088 306
192 209 Bill Beazley Homes $63,767,098 272
96 108 Bill Clark Homes $169,048,174 485
41 46 Bloomfield Homes $495,000,000 1,457
203 206 Bob Ward Cos. $57,242,000 151
211 215 Braselton Homes $50,100,000 216
24 20 Brookfield Residential Properties $1,184,194,000 1,930
220 217 Buffington Homes $47,111,627 152
218 NR Capitol City Homes $47,501,756 141
151 155 Capstone Homes $92,638,826 242
100 133 Caruso Homes $163,125,000 240
63 67 CastleRock Communities $306,119,130 1,018
85 83 Caviness and Cates Communities $213,395,000 1,018
26 31 CBG Building Co. $956,538,028 2,703
45 53 CBH Homes $448,713,190 1,543
12 13 Century Communities $2,481,464,973 8,000
97 100 Challenger Homes $167,000,000 477
122 130 Charter Homes & Neighborhoods $126,807,000 444
46 47 Chesmar Homes $446,000,000 1,329
8 21 Clayton Properties Group $4,399,108,705 51,971
228 234 Clearview Homes $42,875,000 107
170 198 Colina Homes $78,898,589 330
246 245 Conaway Homes $20,322,159 114
225 NR Covington Homes $45,000,000 100
117 111 Craftmark Group $133,597,904 177
179 185 Creative Homes $72,305,496 141
99 NR Crescent Homes $163,380,000 424
2 2 D.R. Horton $17,460,800,000 59,490
16 15 David Weekley Homes $2,174,850,861 4,804
194 168 Devon Street Homes $62,153,760 222
212 187 Don Julian Builders $49,556,791 81
137 132 Dorn Homes $111,000,000 275
30 33 DRB Group $797,915,000 2,443
35 38 Dream Finders Homes $736,609,660 2,048
25 26 Drees Homes $1,039,459,872 2,097
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