Strong demand buoys public builder optimism for 2024

By Vincent Salandro
Builder Online
May 24, 2024
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: United States

The resilience of demand in the housing market—partially aided by limited resale supply—contributed to strong quarters across the board for public home builders. In the recent round of quarterly earnings reports, many public builders posted record quarterly levels of sales, revenues, and profits per share, results supporting a growth-oriented outlook for 2024. The quarterly results and demographic tailwinds did little to temper growth plans, with many companies reiterating their 10% annual growth targets for closings and community openings. In addition to limited resale supply, large public builders are also benefiting from several competitive advantages over the existing-home market, namely the ability to offer financing incentives. With elevated mortgage rates, rate buydowns remain prevalent in the market, particularly for first-time home buyers. Additionally, the ability for home builders to aid with closing costs and offer design upgrades are resonating with prospective buyers.

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