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Neal Communities escalates ranking on national top 100 list

by: Candice McElyea

Neal Communities has risen to #67, up from last year’s #94, on BUILDER magazine's top home builder rankings, based on number of closings in the United States in 2011. With 384 closings, the new ranking represents a 41% increase from 2010, which was the first year Neal Communities made the top 100 list.

“To make such a giant leap on this list is a remarkable accomplishment for my team,” said Pat Neal, president of Neal Communities. “We have had three years of tremendous growth, which has allowed us to move forward quickly, create new communities and hire more people.”

According to Hanley Wood, the publisher of BUILDER, the top 100 list is compiled from data collected by the magazine through direct surveys of the builders. BUILDER has been compiling the list since 1984. John Caulfield, a senior editor and the author of the newest article appearing in the May 2012 edition, stated, “Builders ranked on the top 100 list recorded their highest market-share percentage in a decade.”Since the creation of Neal Communities in 1970, the Lakewood Ranch-based builder has built over 8,600 homes, 11,000 lots and several commercial ventures, primarily in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Over the past 40 years, Pat Neal has built cooperative partnerships that have helped the region prosper. His actions have created jobs and continually foster a philosophy of protecting and preserving the environment and land for generations to come.

Neal Communities is currently leading a major company expansion into several new counties in Florida and is celebrating sales success in several newer communities such as Central Park in Lakewood Ranch, which recently recorded its 300th home sold in less than two years. The home builder also added several new divisions within its family of companies in the past two years: Neal Signature Homes, John Neal Homes, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pool & Spas, First Continental Mortgage and Allegiant Title Professionals.

In addition to the top ranking for closed homes in 2011, BUILDER recently named Neal Communities one of 2012’s “America's Best Builders." Biz941 also recently named Neal Communities as the top builder in the Sarasota-Manatee region by issued permits. The company is ranked #1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on its number of home sales. As the area’s largest and most established locally-owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. The company’s additional honors and accolades include 32 Parade of Homes 2012 awards, 48 Aurora Awards, five Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, please visit

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