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San Joaquin Valley Homes Earns Builder of Choice Award

March 23rd, 2022

Win is Result of High Scoring from the Builder’s Trade Partners and Suppliers 

VISALIA, Calif. – Central Valley homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) has been recognized with the coveted “Builder of Choice Award.” The national award was earned through the supportive votes from its partnering subcontractors. The annual award by Builder Partnerships was created to recognize home building companies that have developed strong, lasting relationships with suppliers and trade contractors in their markets.

In a survey created specifically for the award and responded to by trade professionals from across the country, SJV Homes received an overall score of 93% with its highest mark going to the category, “Willingness to Listen.”

“We are so thrilled to be acknowledged with this award by our building partners,” said Joe Leal, co-founder of SJV Homes. “Every day we are keenly aware of how hard we all work and the quality homes we build for this expanding region of Central California. But being recognized based on the satisfaction of our subcontractors is real validation.”

In a letter written to Leal, Jim Robinson and Randy Merrill, founders of SJV Homes, Builder Partnerships noted “a Builder of Choice creates and maintains an environment which allows trade contractors and suppliers to accomplish their work efficiently and effectively. A Builder of Choice is consistent and reliable and instills discipline in the building process.”

SJV Homes works with 95 contractors in the valley to construct homes and install utilities, cabinets, flooring and appliances. Another 25 companies are involved in land acquisition and development. Stable partnerships have helped these businesses plan in advance, invest in their team and create new jobs in the Valley.

Urner’s is a family-owned supplier based In Bakersfield, Calif., that has been in business since 1919. While partnering with SJV Homes for the past three years, the company has hired eight new employees, purchased three new delivery trucks and brought on six outside crews to deliver and install its cabinets and appliances to the builder’s new homes.

“We’ll continue to grow with SJV Homes as long as they will have us,” said Urner’s contract sales manager Jack Howard, who appreciates SJV Homes for its meticulous standards and confident approach to homebuilding. “We really appreciate the fact that in uncertain times they are still looking at growing, not downsizing in any way. They share their business plan at the beginning of each year, which helps us forecast.” 

Bryan Davis, president of M&B Carpentry and Manufacturing, has worked with SJV Homes since it was launched in 2013. In fact, the company is working on 60% of the builder’s new homes and has expanded to three crews to handle it.

“SJV Homes is a very loyal company to work with. Partnering with them has a hometown feel, not like it is with corporate national builders,” said Davis, who has known the owners of SJV Homes for more than 25 years. “I know that I can go into the owners’ offices at any time to sit down and talk.”

The business of building new homes also has a significant impact on the cities where new communities are constructed, from Visalia to Hanford to Tulare and several nearby towns. Since the founding of SJV Homes in 2013, 24 new neighborhoods have been completed and sold or closed out by the builder and its financial partner Presidio Residential Capital. The economic impact of that homebuilding activity in the past five years is as follows:

  • Nearly $500 million paid out to local subcontractors
  • $50+ million infused into city and school funds through permits and fees
  • $100,000+ donated to local schools and charities

SJV Homes plans to open at least five new home communities in addition to the 12 currently for sale. The local builder expects to close its 3,000th home in May, all within an approximate 40-mile radius of its home base in Visalia, Calif.

About San Joaquin Valley Homes

San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) is a local homebuilder with deep roots in and a strong commitment to the Central Valley. Founders Joe Leal, Jim Robinson and Randy Merrill share a vision to build quality new homes in carefully planned neighborhoods for people who love the Valley and want lasting value. In 2013, SJV Homes combined forces with Presidio Residential Capital, a real estate development management firm in San Diego. It has since closed more than 2,500 homes and is now one of the busiest homebuilders in the San Joaquin Valley. For more information, please visit 

About Builder Partnerships

Builder Partnerships is a unique member organization providing training and support to help members improve their performance and profit. Currently, we represent more than 1,600 builders in the United States and Canada who forecast building more than 185,000 homes collectively this year. With more than 75 manufacturer members and service providers, Builder Partnerships also manages highly competitive rebate and incentive programs. We help strengthen relationships between builders, manufacturers, and other service providers in the home building industry. For more information, visit or call (303) 972-7666


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