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Hunter-based businesses McDonald Jones Homes, Mojo Homes, Montgomery Homes and Hunter Homes are among the nation’s busiest builders new data shows.

Despite a drop in number of new home builds this year, the quartet has helped cement the region’s reputation as a haven of development by featuring in the top 100 of a national housing report.

Produced annually, the list ranks Australia’s largest 100 residential builders based on the number of homes started each year.

Hunter-based MJH Group (NXT Building Group), which trades predominantly in NSW as McDonald Jones Homes and Mojo Home sits in second place.

The group is also the second largest home builder nationally, commencing 4,143 builds in the 2021-22 period.

McDonald Jones Stadium
McDonald Jones Homes won the naming rights for Newcastle’s largest sports stadium in October 2016.

MJH Group also secured second spot on the national list of largest detached house builders (3,675) and second on the list of largest semi-detached dwelling builders, with 468 starts.

It also reaffirmed its place as the busiest builder in NSW with 2,556 builds commenced during the 2021-22 period.

Belmont based Montgomery Homes, moved up the national list 22 spots to be ranked the 66th largest home builder nationally and 19th largest in NSW, with 216 new builds started.

And for the first time Heatherbrae’s Hunter Homes made it to 70th spot on the national list, ranking 20th largest in NSW, with 202 starts.

“As a result of their inaugural listing Hunter Homes also made the list of the Biggest Movers in 2021/22,” HIA Hunter executive director Craig Jennion said.

And, while the number of new homes built dropped from 88,215 to 74,973 on the previous period, Australian building groups earned an additional 8.8%, securing $34.7 billion in revenue as construction costs soared.

As a region, the Hunter has access to a number of the country’s largest home builders including Metricon Homes, who opened a design showroom in Hamilton in October.

The HIA-COLORBOND® steel Housing 100 Report 2021/22:

FYI: There are currently 79,880 individual construction companies registered in Australia, 26,701 in NSW.

It’s an industry that generates more than $360 billion annually and produces around 9% of Australia’s GDP.

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