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24TH SURVEY : K&B Still No. 1 Among Area Home Builders

March 05, 1995

For the second year in a row, Los Angeles-based Kaufman & Broad Home Corp. easily captured the top spot in The Times annual survey of residential building in Southern California, building almost 3,000 houses and generating revenue of more than a half-billion dollars in 1994.

K&B built 2,946 single-family houses last year and sold all but 393 of them for a sales volume of $513 million, an increase of 18.2% over its 1993 revenues of $434 million.

The developer, which builds mainly entry-level homes in the $100,000-to-$200,000 price range, did not make a forecast for its 1995 business.

The Times has conducted its voluntary survey of Southland home building since the early 1970s. This year, some 200 surveys were mailed to home builders in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern counties. Seventy-six builders participated in the 24th annual survey, down from 89 respondents in 1993.

The No. 2 builder on the survey was Pardee Construction Co., which built 1,740 houses, condos and apartments and sold all but 125, for a sales volume of $273.4 million, up 20.7% from its 1993 volume of $226.5 million.

The Los Angeles-based builder, which was ranked No. 3 on last year's survey, estimated that it would build 1,331 units in 1995 for a sales revenue of $267.5 million.

Costa Mesa-based Standard Pacific Corp. was ranked No. 3 in the survey, building 882 homes and condos and generating 1994 sales volume of $267 million. Standard Pacific, which has not participated in the annual survey in recent years, did not make an estimate of its 1995 business.

The No. 4-ranked builder is Brock Homes of Woodland Hills, a subsidiary of Ryland Homes, which moved up from No. 16 in the 1993 survey. Brock built 1,312 houses in 1994, selling all but 62, for a sales volume of $238 million, more than 2 1/2 times its 1993 volume of $89 million.

Brock estimates that it will build 1,500 homes this year, for revenues of $270 million.

The Lewis Homes Group of Companies took the No. 5 spot on this year's survey, down from No. 4 last year. Lewis built 1,009 homes and condos for a volume of $232 million, up slightly from 1993 sales of $222 million. In 1995, Lewis expects to build 1,000 units, for a volume of $230 million.

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Here are the top 40 Southland builders in The Times 24th survey. The remaining 36 builders will be published next week:

BUILDING LEADERS

Sales in millions

1994 Company 1994 1995 Rank City, Key Officer Volume Projection 1 Kaufman & Broad Home Corp.* 512.9 0 Los Angeles, Bruce Karatz 2 Pardee Construction Co. 273.4 267.5 Los Angeles, David E. Landon 3 Standard Pacific Corp. 267 0 Costa Mesa, Ronald E. Foell 4 Brock Homes 238 270 Woodland Hills, Frank Scardina 5 Lewis Home Group of Companies 232.2 230 Upland, Richard A. Lewis 6 Warmington Homes* 218.5 179.8 Costa Mesa, James Warmington/Richard Hogan 7 Fieldstone Group, The 210 210 Newport Beach, Keith A. Johnson 8 Centex Real Estate Corp. 202.6 316 Corona, Larry Ludwig 9 Presley Companies, The 177.8 0 Newport Beach, Wade H. Cable 10 Baldwin Company, The 170.7 0 Newport Beach, Alfred E. Baldwin 11 Bramalea California, Inc.* 167 109.2 Newport Beach, Jeffrey G. Roos 12 Forecast Group* 117 145 Rancho Cucamonga, James P. Previti 13 Shea Homes 153.4 186.1 Walnut, Roy Humphreys 14 Van Daele Development Corp. 110.9 115 Riverside, Michael B. Van Daele 15 Barratt American Inc. 109.3 117 Carlsbad, Michael D. Pattinson 16 Beazer Homes California Inc. 85.6 158.7 Irvine, Darrell F. Hoover 17 Laing (John) Homes (California) 61.8 85.3 Laguna Hills, Robert Fritts 18 Akin Companies, The 88.3 91.3 Irvine, Carl Akins/Bruce Akins 19 Inco Homes Corp. 65 0 Upland, Ira C. Norris 20 California Community Builders, Inc.* 50.5 61.9 Santa Monica, Frank H. Countner 21 Century Homes Communities 49.3 78.6 San Bernardino, John Pavelak 22 West Venture Companies 49 63 Burbank, Sanford D. Sigal 23 Regis Contractors 47.7 129.3 Irvine, Geoffrey Stack 24 Crescent Bay Co. 43.2 19.5 Santa Monica, Joel McLafferty 25 EPAC Housing 42.2 49.3 Costa Mesa, Richard L. Doremus 26 McMillan Companies* 32.9 81 National City, Corky McMillin 27 Larwin Co. 30 53 Encino, Michael I. Keston 28 Coleman Homes, Inc. 29.9 24.1 Bakersfield, Thomas M. Coleman 29 J C C Homes* 27 38 Torrance, Gregory L. Delgado 30 Costain Homes Inc. 26.6 32.6 Newport Beach, Julie Newcomb Hill 31 Griffin Industries, Inc. 22.7 25 Calabasas, Paul E. Griffin, III 32 Braemar Group, The 22.3 59 Agoura Hills, Lewis R. Maler/Sidney H. Dinow 33 Premier Homes 22.3 38.3 Corona, Pierre Le Pendeven 34 Osborne Development Corp. 20 35 Laguna Hills, Robert E. Osborne 35 AMCAL Homes 19.6 20 Westlake Village, Percival Vaz 36 R G C 17.7 60 Newport Beach, E. James Murar 37 Showplace Development, Inc. 17.3 0 Los Angeles, Gil Seton Jr. 38 Alexander/Catania Dev. Inc. 17 20 Orange, Guy C. Alexander/Philip R. Catania 39 Rancho Vista Development Co. 15.6 0 Palmdale, R. Gregg Anderson 40 Rhoades (J. P.) Development 15.3 0 Santa Ana, Jeffrey P. Rhoades

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