SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Trust is hard to earn and even harder to keep, but national homebuilder and land developer Taylor Morrison Home Corp. (NYSE: TMHC) has done just that. For the fifth year in a row, Taylor Morrison has been recognized as America's Most Trusted® Home Builder by Lifestory Research, an annual study ranking the largest homebuilders in the U.S. based on consumer trust. Taylor Morrison first earned the No. 1 spot in 2016 and has dominated the title ever since—marking the longest-running record in the award's history.
"The very nature of building homes means our customers place an incredible amount of trust in us each and every day, and we at Taylor Morrison are determined to make that experience as magical as it can and should be," said Sheryl Palmer, Taylor Morrison chairman and CEO. "With great trust comes great responsibility—it's what inspires and motivates us to continue to always do the right thing and put our customers at the forefront of everything we do, every decision we make."
With Taylor Morrison's previously announced acquisition of William Lyon Homes expected to close in early February, it's exciting to note that William Lyon also topped the Most Trusted charts, earning the No. 3 spot in 2020 and maintaining a Top 3 position for the last three years. The strategic combination will create the nation's fifth largest home builder based on the last 12 months of closings, and one that has earned an unrivaled reputation centered on trust.
"One of the many reasons William Lyon Homes and Taylor Morrison are such complementary builders lies within the alignment of the companies' cultures and values," said Matt Zaist, William Lyon Homes president and CEO. "William Lyon is a family business with a long history of integrity, and we are delighted to join a company with one of the most recognized and highly regarded cultures in homebuilding."
"When you look at the reputations Taylor Morrison and William Lyon hold in the public eye, you really couldn't have a more powerful combination," Sheryl added. "Trust is a virtue we're compatible on, and I cannot wait to begin building upon this reputation, together."
The title of America's Most Trusted Home Builder was earned based on survey responses of more than 34,000 home shoppers in the top U.S. housing markets who were asked to rate the trustworthiness of more than 100 homebuilders. The survey aims to understand how trust impacts consumers' evaluations of builder brands.
Lifestory Research, a national independent market research firm who conducts the survey, measured consumer brand awareness and trust and ranked the top 25 homebuilders based on annual closings according to their trust score. For study methodology and the full list of rankings, visit www.lifestoryresearch.com.
About Taylor Morrison Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE: TMHC) is a leading national homebuilder and developer that has been recognized as the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 America's Most Trusted® Home Builder by Lifestory Research. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona we operate under two well-established brands, Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes. We serve a wide array of consumer groups from coast to coast, including first-time, move-up, luxury, and 55 plus buyers. In Texas, Darling Homes builds communities with a focus on individuality and custom detail while delivering on the Taylor Morrison standard of excellence.
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