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“Cost of Doing Business” Publication

“The Cost of Doing Business Study, 2016 Edition,” a national study of single-family builders’ financial performance, has been released by BuilderBooks, the publishing arm of the National Association of Home Builders. The study gives builders the opportunity to see industry averages for profit margins, asset levels and equity positions.


NAHB builder members from all regions of the country provided their past financial data using a survey instrument developed by NAHB’s Economics and Housing Policy Group. This new resource provides home builders a rare glimpse at other builders’ financial books, with access to data on profitability, cost of sales and expenses from home builders.


Readers can see how they measure up against industry-wide averages in areas including gross margin and net profit, cost of goods sold, operating expenses and financial ratios.


Several categories are analyzed in the survey—volume, operation type and land vs. no land—making it easy for builders to compare their performance against the data. More than 35 proven cost-cutting, profit-raising ideas that builders can apply to their businesses are provided.


The Cost of Doing Business Study is available for purchase ($149.95 retail/$79.95 NAHB member, ISBN 978-0-86718-746-5) at or by calling (800) 223.2665. The eBook is available at ($89.99 retail/$55.99 for NAHB members).

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