Who are NAHB Builder Members?

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The 2016 annual member census conducted by NAHB reveals that 60% of our builder members are single-family builders, 23% are residential remodelers, 6% are commercial builders, 5% are multifamily builders and 4% are land developers. Commercial remodelers and manufacturers of modular/panelized/log homes each comprise 1% of the builder members.

Overall, 32% of NAHB’s members are builders who are directly involved in home building while the remaining 68% are associate members who work in support industries and professions such as trade contractors, manufacturers, retailers/distributors, designers and architects.

As NAHB economist Carmel Ford explains in a recent Eye on Housing blog post, NAHB conducts the yearly census to better understand the composition and characteristics of the members who belong to our organization.

Share of  2016 Builder Members by Primary Business Activity

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NAHB’s builder members reported that they had a median of five employees on payroll in 2016. A further breakdown of the number of workers on payroll is as follows:

  • No employees: 3%
  • One employee: 14%
  • Two to four employees: 31%
  • Five to nine employees: 24%
  • 10 to 49 employees: 24%
  • 50 or more employees: 4%

In 2016, builder members started a median of six housing units. In 2008, the first year the member census was conducted, builders reported starting a median of four units. The median then slipped to three units between 2009 and 2011, but gradually increased thereafter. It rose to four units in 2012, and was five units between 2013 and 2015.

The median dollar volume of builder members in 2016 was $2.4 million, barely under the median dollar volume reported in 2015 ($2.5 million) and the second highest median dollar volume since the start of the census in 2008.

The median age of NAHB builder members is 56. More than half (53%) have either a college or an advanced degree.

View the full article that profiles each type of NAHB builder member.

 

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