Adelaide's top 10 home builders of 2018

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Top 10 home builders in Adelaide, SA

The top home builders for 2017/18 were revealed as part of the Housing Industry Association (HIA)’s Colorbond Steel Housing 100 Report. The report details the top builders nationally and by state. To find out the top 10 builders in South Australia (SA), measured by new buildings constructed (new housing starts), see below:

1. Hickinbotham Group of Companies

Hickinbotham Group of Companies is a family-owned business that has been around since 1954 in SA. Since that time, it has built more than 35,000 homes and developed more than 50 community estates. It also trades as Hickinbotham Homes, Statesman Homes, Country Homes, Charterhouse, Land Australia and Construction Services Australia.

In 2017/18, the Hickinbotham Group started 1,378 new house builds in SA.

2. Rivergum Group

Established in 1994, the Australian-owned Rivergum Group has locations in SA, Queensland and Victoria. It has received multiple awards, including HIA Affordable Housing (SA) and HIA Best Display Home in 2017.

The building group started 507 new builds in SA in 2017/18, and 581 in total across the country. These builds were predominately houses, but also include a few multi-units and semi-detached dwellings.

3. Longridge Group

The Longridge Group has been building homes in SA for more than 50 years. It consists of Sarah Homes, Longridge Homes, Atlas Living and Gallery Living.

The group started building 260 new houses in SA in 2017/18.

4. Rossdale Homes

Rossdale Homes has been around since 1980, with clients ranging from first home buyers, investors, retirees to property developers. It has also won awards for building specialised housing suitable for the rehabilitation and care of people living with disabilities.

Rossdale Homes started building 258 new homes in 2017/18 in SA, where it operated as the builder and developer.

5. Metricon Homes

Metricon Homes is the biggest builder in the country, according to HIA. It has offices and display homes in SA, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. It has received multiple awards, including a number of HIA South Australian Housing, Kitchen and Bathroom Awards.

During the 2017/18 year, Metricon Homes started work on 257 new homes in SA.

6.  Metro Property Development Pty Ltd

The Metro Property Development group operates throughout Queensland, NSW, Victoria and SA. Since its inception eight years ago, Metro Property Development has been building and developing residential and investment properties in Adelaide with a 6-star energy rating. The group also trades as Creation Homes (in QLD, Victoria and NSW), Metro Pearls Chelva, Metro Pearls Madison and Metro Pearls Brooklyn.

The SA division of Metro Property started 245 new builds in SA in 2017/18. The group built a total of 660 homes around the country during that time.

7. Country Living Homes

Country Living Homes builds a range of homes in Adelaide and also country SA, such as Moonta Bay and Marion Bay. It specialises in many types of construction, including transportable homes, granny flats, office blocks and two storey homes.

It started 149 new house builds in SA in 2017/18.

8. Oakford Homes

Oakford Homes is a family-run business in SA that has been around since 1980. It has experience building single and multi-storey homes, high density unit developments and high-end custom homes.

Oakford Homes started building 146 new houses in 2017/18 in SA.

9. Simonds Group

The Simonds Group is an ASX-listed company which comprises of Simonds Victoria, Simonds Queensland, Simonds South Australia and Simonds New South Wales. HIA ranked it as the fifth largest builder in the country in 2017/18.

Simonds Group started building 136 properties in 2017/18 in SA, and has built a total of 2,500 around the country.

10. GJ Gardner Homes

GJ Gardner Homes has offices in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. It has built over 36,000 homes and has more than 120 franchisees.

In 2017/18, GJ Gardner Homes started 74 new house builds in SA.

What’s happening in the Adelaide building market?

The home building market in Adelaide has accelerated, according to the Housing Industry Association (HIA). New building developments were up by an estimated 16% to 10,825 in South Australia in 2017/18, compared to the prior year. This was partly due to the renovations market performing strongly in SA, HIA said.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, private sector house approvals in South Australia increased by 2.3% in January, while there was a decline of 0.80% for units.

Property research house in March found Adelaide’s housing values were up 0.80% over the past year. The median house value in Adelaide is currently $465,000 and $332,500 for units. By comparison, Sydney’s median house value is currently about $370,000 dearer than a house in Adelaide, according to CoreLogic.

Across the capital city sub-regions, CoreLogic said Adelaide is among some capital cities providing the strongest housing market conditions, as well as Hobart, Canberra and Brisbane.

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