LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (June 30, 2016) – Neal Communities, southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, topped Builder Magazine’s list of the top 10 local homebuilding leaders, with 747 closings and over 19 percent of the market share in 2015.

A gap of 141 closings exists between Neal Communities’ No. 1 spot and the No. 2 position on the recently released list, which is based on local housing data in the North Port, Sarasota and Bradenton region.

The homebuilder also recently moved up to No. 45 on Builder Magazine’s national list of the 100 best homebuilders in the United States. The magazine also ranked only the top private builders in the country, and Neal Communities is No. 27 on that list this year, only 26 home closings away from being one of the top 25 private builders in the country.

“This accolade is a true testament to the dedication and commitment of our professional team members,” said Pat Neal, chief executive officer of the Lakewood Ranch-based builder. “It’s evidence that all the hard work – from our strategic land acquisition, ideal locations and superior customer experience has contributed to our ranking. Additionally, with an executive team and staff who live, work and raise families in the communities in which we build, rating high among local builders is extremely important to us.”

To date, the builder has sold 481 homes in southwest Florida through May 31, 2016, spanning from Hillsborough to Collier Counties.

The most since its 1970 inception, the homebuilder pulled permits on over 1,200 homes in Sarasota and Manatee Counties in 2015. Neal Communities also opened 13 new communities last year and expects to unveil another eight in 2016, continuing its five-year expansion plan.

In 2015, the builder received several prestigious awards, including recognition as Professional Builder’s 49th builder to receive its esteemed 2015 Builder of the Year award.

About Neal Communities
Neal Communities was named the Professional Builder 2015 “Builder of the Year” and was named one of 2012's "America's Best Builders" by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. The company is ranked No. 1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked nationally among the top 50 builders by BUILDER Magazine. To date, Neal has built over 10,000 homes in southwest Florida. 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. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding, Fiducia Insurance and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm's continued, record-setting local success. The company's honors and accolades include 44 Parade of Homes 2015 awards, 50 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards.

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