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U.S. home builders - statistics & facts

The homebuilding industry in the United States consists of several large public residential construction companies. These public companies operate in most of the United States, except in the Northeast where small privately financed builders are more common. Apart from major players, there are a plethora of small builders in the United States that tend to focus on niche markets. Larger builders also tend to focus on one specific sector such as luxury homes or entry level homes. However, in comparison to smaller players, larger industry companies are capable of obtaining debt and equity financing for large land purchases and construction projects. These companies tend to expand their operations and purchase smaller builders during times of economic prosperity.

Since the height of the recession in 2008, the residential construction industry has continued to grow as the number of building permits increases. Trends in construction also tend to change in tandem with demand. As Millennials reach 30, it is expected that urban rentals will shift towards home ownership. However, many Millennials cannot afford to buy residential property in urban areas and thus, first-time homebuyers will move toward the suburbs. A focus on resiliency in new construction has become a more important due to recent natural disasters. Productivity has been threatened by labor shortages as the workforce ages without replacement, while automation and modernization of the industry have altered operations and increased safety through the use of technology like building information modeling. Artificial intelligence and data will also become more persistent in altering housing industry.

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In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 23 most important statistics relating to "U.S. homebuilders".


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