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Would You Buy a House in a Solar Subdivision?

Milwaukee Business Journal - Business Pulse Survey - June 9, 2017
Would you buy a a house in a solar subdivision?

Neumann Developments, Inc. to Break Ground on a Master Planned
Community in Summit.

News Release - By Detour Marketing - May 31, 2017

Summit, WI – (May 31, 2017) – On Wednesday, May 31st at 4:00 p.m., Neumann Developments, Inc. along with the Village of Summit and the Development’s Preferred Builders, will hold a ground breaking ceremony at Lake Country Village. This Master Planned Community includes four distinct neighborhoods; Lake Country Village will feature three unique single family neighborhoods with approximately 300 home sites and Interlaken Village will offer 26 estate sized homesites. Neumann Developments, Inc. will begin construction on the first phase which includes The Residences at Lake Country Village offering 43 homesites, The Estates at Lake Country Village offering 24 homesites and Interlaken Village offering 12 homesites.

“Offering the very best in lifestyle, amenities and green space is an important part of how we determine land selections and plan our developments,” states Matt Neumann, Principal of Neumann Companies. “We are excited to break ground at this great location and start developing these communities.”


From left:  David Roembke, Steeple Pointe Homes, Joseph Greenspan, Steeple Pointe Homes, Scott Thistle, Halen Homes, Brian Ruffing, Steeple Pointe Homes, Rod Demlang, Demlang Builders, Tim O’Brien, President of Tim O’Brien Homes, Steve DeCleene, President of Neumann Developments, Inc., Jack Riley, President, Village of Summit, Matt Neumann, Principal of Neumann Companies and Bill Niemann, Pabst Farms Development. Not pictured, John Stoker, Victory Homes of Wisconsin.


Neumann Developments, Inc. completed this land acquisition of approximately 250 acres in Oconomowoc’s Pabst Farms in early 2017. Lake Country Village and Interlaken Village are currently being developed at this location and both neighborhoods will be within the Pabst Farms master planned community.

Bill Niemann, Executive Vice President of Pabst Farms Development says, “Pabst Farms Development is pleased to be working with Neumann Developments on the next phase of our residential development. We have worked with Neumann in the past and firmly believe that they are a good fit for our vision. They are devoted to preserving permanent green space and building a quality neighborhood that will add lasting value to our master planned community.”

Neumann Developments, Inc. is partnering with a team of area single-family home builders to create a Preferred Builder Program in these new neighborhoods. The Preferred Builders are all members of the Metropolitan Builders Association. Buyers will be able to choose from a number of reputable home builders to design and build their home or purchase a home and lot package.



This Master Planned Community will feature at least 110 acres of permanently preserved parks and open space for residents to enjoy. Neighborhood amenities will include five miles of walking and bicycle trails, children’s play areas, outdoor swimming pools, fire pits, sports courts and community gardens just to name a few.

Read the full news release here


Entire New Berlin subdivision to run on solar systems

Today's TMJ4 - By Scott Steele - May 23, 2017

The next generation of subdivisions broke ground in our area Tuesday.

Three local companies have joined forces to create a community of homes which will produce their own electricity.

The parcel of land in New Berlin is the Badger State's first Net Zero community, meaning the electric use of every house erected will be offset by solar systems, a pet project of Neumann Companies’ namesake Matt Neumann.

“Solar costs are down 80 percent in the eight years we’ve been in business,” Neumann said “Eighty percent. So, it’s so much more economically viable today than it was years ago. We think this is the way of the future and we think there’s a lot of people out there that are going to say we want to do the right thing environmentally.”

Read the full Today's TMJ4 article here

Neumann Companies’ Groundbreaking in New Berlin at Wisconsin’s First Net Zero Community.

News Release - By Detour Marketing - May 23, 2017

New Berlin, WI – (May 23, 2017) – On Tuesday, May 23rd at 11:00 a.m., Neumann Companies along with
Tim O’Brien Homes Inc, SunVest Solar Inc., and the City of New Berlin will hold a ground breaking ceremony on Wisconsin’s first Net Zero community, Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin. A Net Zero Community has the electrical generation from photovoltaic (PV) solar systems (the amount produced) that will offset the projected electrical consumption (the amount used) of each individual home built.

Red Fox Crossing will feature 34 single-family homesites developed by Neumann Developments, Inc., the Net Zero Ready Homes will be built by Tim O’Brien Homes Inc., and each solar array will be designed and installed by SunVest Solar, Inc.


From left: Steve DeCleene, President of Neumann Developments, Inc., Kirk Kindred, National Sales Director, SunVest Solar, Matt Neumann, Principal of Neumann Companies, Greg Kessler, Director, Department of Community Development, City of New Berlin, Tim O’Brien, President of Tim O’Brien Homes, Craig North, Vice President of Construction of Tim O’Brien Homes.


“It has always been our dream to offer an energy independent community,” said Matt Neumann, Principal of Neumann Companies. “We are excited to have all three companies involved in creating Wisconsin’s first Net Zero community.”

The three partner companies share an environmental tie. Neumann Developments, Inc. has developed over 3000 acres of land with 50% preserved green space. Tim O’Brien Homes is a home builder that focuses on energy efficiency and green building practices. In fact, they built the first Emerald Certified home following the National Green Building Standard (NGBS). And SunVest Solar adds the technology to bring solar energy to homes, both new and existing homes as well as commercial projects.

“Red Fox Crossing has the potential to be the turning point in building a more sustainable community and neighborhood in Wisconsin, versus focusing on only one home at a time,” says Tim O’Brien, President of
Tim O’Brien Homes. “A more holistic approach to high performance and sustainable communities.”



The 34 homes in Red Fox Crossing will start in size from 1,900 square foot for a ranch and 2,200 square
foot for a two-story and feature natural materials on the exterior. Each home will include a six to eight
kW photovoltaic (PV) solar array and be certified by the following programs: U. S. Department of Energy Net
Zero Ready Home, ENERGY STAR® V3 National Qualified Home, EPA WaterSense® and EPA Indoor Air
Plus Qualified Home. “Solar is the number one source of new electric generation in the United States that enables the homeowner to generate electricity from the sun,” said Kirk Kindred, National Sales Director for SunVest Solar. “We are proud to bring the value of clean renewable solar energy to the first Net Zero
Community in Wisconsin.”

Read the full news release here

Neumann Developments, Inc. Cultivates New Master Planned Community in Oconomowoc’s Lake Country Village and Interlaken Village.

Press Release - By Detour Marketing - January 4, 2017

Oconomowoc, WI – Neumann Developments, Inc. has completed a land acquisition of approximately 250 acres in Oconomowoc’s Pabst Farms and will be developing four distinct neighborhoods within the Pabst Farms master planned community. Lake Country Village will include three unique single family neighborhoods with approximately 300 home sites and Interlaken Village will offer 26 estate sized lots. The design will include at least 110 acres of permanently preserved parks and open space for residents to enjoy. Neighborhood amenities will include five miles of walking and bicycle trails, children’s play areas, outdoor swimming pools and fire pits.

Bill Niemann, Executive Vice President of Pabst Farms Development says, “Pabst Farms Development is pleased to be working with Neumann Developments on the next phase of our residential development. We have worked with Neumann in the past and firmly believe that they are a good fit for our vision. They are devoted to preserving permanent green space and building a quality neighborhood that will add lasting value to our master planned community.”

“Offering the very best in lifestyle and amenities is an important part of how we make land selections and plan our developments,” notes Matt Neumann, Principal of Neumann Developments, Inc., “We are excited to unveil the neighborhood plans and start developing this community.”

Read the full press release here

Business Journal reveals the top-ranked high schools in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Business Journal - By Melanie Lawder, Reporter - December 15, 2016

Eight of the top 10 best performing public high schools in Wisconsin are in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, according to new data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Click through the attached slideshow to see which high schools are the best in the state or sort through our database to figure out where your child's high school stands.

Overall, of the top 26 high schools in the state, 13 are in southeastern Wisconsin, according to state data compiled by American City Business Journals, the parent company of the Milwaukee Business Journal. And of those 13, eight are located within Waukesha County, which also is home to the best-performing school in southeastern Wisconsin — Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy.

Three of our current neighborhoods offer families the opportunity to enjoy these top schools:

  • Hardiman Meadows: Merton Primary is ranked #6 in elementary schools in the state and Arrowhead High School is #25 for high schools in the state.
  • Woodridge Estates: North Shore Middle School is #2 in the state.
  • Highlander Estates: Homestead High School is #6 in the state

Read the full Business Journal article here

Weyerhaven Subdivision - Selected as a 2016 Parade of Homes Host

Proud to be selected as a 2016 MBA Parade of Homes host

March 22, 2016

We are excited to be one of the host sites of the 2016 Metropolitan Builder's Association Parade of Homes. There will be eleven builder's models open for tours in August. Weyerhaven subdivision located in Menomonee Falls will be our host location this year. Weyerhaven has many homesites to choose from and will offer ammenities including paved walking trails and a unique clubhouse and outdoor pool.

Learn more about Weyerhaven by clicking here.

See images of Weyerhaven under construction on our Facebook page

Advocate Says Solar Energy Should Shine in Wisconsin

WUWM - By Susan Bence - January 21, 2016

Pewaukee-based builder and developer Matt Neumann added solar installation to his business in 2009. He calls the timing perfect.

“Because in 2008 the federal investment tax credit was extended until the cap was lifted so you could receive a 30 percent tax credit for any system you install, whether is was $1,000 or $ 1 million,” he says.

The investment tax credit was due to expire this year, but it’s been extended five more years. “The 30 percent tax credit is good through 2019, 2020 it goes down to 26 percent, 2021 is goes down to 22 percent and then going forward it stays fixed at 10 percent,” Neumann says.

Neumann says solar costs have dropped approximately 70 percent since he jumped into the business. “And most of that drop took place between 2011 and now. With that cost reduction comes market competitiveness. A lot of the rebates and incentives that were there before, they’re now gone, but that’s okay because our industry is maturing, there’s a lot more capital in our industry than there was in the past,” he says.

Read the full WUWM article or listen to the interview here

Business Journal picks 40 Under 40 winners: Developer Matt Neumann, DOT's Roselle among fourth group revealed

Milwaukee Business Journal - By Mark Kass, Editor-in-Chief - January 8, 2016

Waukesha County developer Matt Neumann and Wisconsin Department of Transportation official Jason Roselle are among the final group of winners to be announced in the Milwaukee Business Journal's 40 Under 40 awards program for 2016. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos of the winners.

Read the full Business Journal article here

Matt Neumann wins MBA Builder of the Year award

Matt Neumann was honored with the Metropolitan Builders Assosication's Builder of the Year award. This award is the highest honor the Association can bestow on one of its members. The recipient is selected based on criteria like integrity, business accomplishments, community service and overall contributions to the association. Concratulations Matt!

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Milwaukee Business Journal reveals Fastest Growing Firms winners

Milwaukee Business Journal - By Todd Bragstad - June 25, 2015 - Photo Credit - Scott Paulus
Tim O'Brien of Tim O'Brien Homes

The Milwaukee Business Journal has selected 31 winners for the 2015 Fastest Growing Firms awards, which recognizes southeastern Wisconsin companies for significant growth over the past three years. This year’s winners come from many sectors of the economy, including construction, high-tech, manufacturing, real estate and insurance. Some are repeat winners from previous years, such as Catalyst Construction, Concurrency Inc., Winter Services Inc., SafeNet Consulting Inc., HNI and Schmidt Custom Floors Inc.

For several others it’s their first time to be selected as Fastest Growing Firms. Some of those winners include Annex Wealth Management LLC, Neumann Cos., ZMac Transportation Solutions, O&H Danish Bakery and Air Flow Inc.

For a company to be selected, it must have annual revenue between $3 million and $500 million, and have recorded a profit for the past three years. Companies with the highest percentages of growth from 2012 to 2014 were selected as winners. As in past years, we worked with Schenck SC on the verification process.

“We have another group of highly successful winners that have pushed hard and smartly gone about their business to sustain growth over the past few years,” said Mark Kass, the Business Journal’s editor-in-chief. “Six of the group of 31 winners exceeded 100 percent growth rates from 2012 to 2014. It’s another good sign that our economy continues to rebound.”

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Developer buys 112 acres of Mequon-Thiensville School District property for $2.9 million

Mequon NOW - By Jeff Rumage - June 16, 2015

Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School District has closed on the sale of 112 acres of vacant land to Neumann Companies for $2.9 million.

Mequon-Thiensville voters gave the school district permission in July to sell the land located between Wauwatosa and Swan roads, just south of the Knightsbridge and Brighton Ridge subdivisions.

The school district received three offers and, in October 2014, approved the offer from Neumann Companies.

Mequon-Thiensville Superintendent Demond Means announced the closure of the sale the school board meeting Monday, June 15. The $2.9 million sale price is well above the $1.9 million value placed on the land during a market appraisal conducted in February 2013.

"This is great news for the children of the Mequon-Thiensville School District," Means said in a statement. "The additional revenue will benefit each and every student in the classroom, which in turn benefits the Mequon-Thiensville community. Additionally, I look forward to the potential of more families moving into Mequon and enrolling their children in the best school district in the state."

Part of the money from the land sale will go toward paying off the school district's nonreferendum debt, which equals $1.25 million. The school board met last week to discuss possible investment options for the remaining $1.7 million.

The land will be home to Neumann Companies' Highlander Estates subdivision, which will feature 109 lots on 110 acres of land. Neumann Companies is planning to host a groundbreaking celebration in July.

The land is part of the new central growth zoning district, which allows lots as small as one-third of an acre in certain "cluster" developments containing at least five houses. Neumann's cluster lots range in size from 0.48 to 0.87 acres in size, with the average cluster lot spanning 0.53 acres. Thirty-three percent of this subdivision is designated as open space.

The homes will have an estimated market value of $400,000 to $600,000 per site, resulting in a total property value of $44 million to $66 million.

> Read Full Article Here

Neumann Companies Helps Drive a Great Business Experience

Oconomowoc Enterprise - May, 2015 - Photo Credit - Oconomowoc Enterprise

Test your drive at the new Lake Country Range and Putt, formerly Storms Driving Range. Two OHS seniors, Colton Persha and Reece Block, now own and operate the range. Neumann Companies is set to develop it in either 2016 or 2017. Instead of letting it sit vacant, Neumann gave the seniors an opportunity to start their own business.

> Visit Lake Country Range & Putt for more information.

Matt Neumann Honored in 2015 Professional Builder 40 Under 40 Awards

Professional Builder - By Denise Dersin, Editorial Director - March 5, 2015

Meet this year’s 40 Under 40 awardees, the latest crop of bright young superstars in the home building industry. Each has already achieved incredible success in his or her work life, and their backstories may surprise you.

> Read Full Article Here

Brookfield council approves Elmbrook Estates subdivision featuring smaller lot sizes

Brookfield Now - By Geoff Bruce - February 17, 2015

After a few weeks of thorough discussion, the city of Brookfield has approved key steps in order to help Neumann Companies Inc.'s proposal for a 46-unit subdivision at 15425 Lisbon Road become a reality.

The common council approved an ordinance amending the city's 2035 Comprehensive Plan to allow for greater density. The greater density was needed for Neumann to achieve its desired number of 46 single-family lots.

Two council members, Christopher Blackburn and Renee Lowerr, opposed the action.

Blackburn began proceedings by speaking against the city's recent trend of changing the allowable uses for a handful of properties throughout the city.

"This is another rezoning of an R-2 residential (site) to a different type of zoning that results in higher density. When residents move into a community and they see what the zoning is, they have certain expectations," Blackburn said. "I think those expectations should be upheld. You've got to draw the line someplace."

Lowerr proposed an amendment to the motion that would limit Elmbrook Estates to a count of 40 lots rather than 46; the amendment died for lack of a second.

> Read Full Article Here

Woodridge Estates named 2015 MBA Parade of Homes site

Novemmber 7, 2014

Neumann Developments, Inc. is proud to have Woodridge Estates in Delafield included as a 2015 Parade of Homes site. Learn more about Woodridge Estates' location and available homesites.

Great people are the foundation of the Neumann Companies

JS Online - By J.A. Berger - Novemmber 1, 2014

As a home developer, there is a respect you must have for the land. To see it as one thing – farm fields or fallow land – to honor it for its past and have a vision for its future. The transformation to a community is a fragile and challenging endeavor. For Matt Neumann, of Neumann Companies, the process starts with a dedicated and trusted team. “Our business philosophy is to make our internal team our first priority, because doing so leads to a team that is happy, dedicated and loyal and therefore takes care of all our clients and trade partners,” Neumann said. “Building a solid business starts by building the best team.”

Matt Neumann grew up in the business, and started selling real estate about 11 years ago while attending graduate school at Marquette University. “My dad built homes that sparked my interest in the industry,” he remembered. “I fell in love with the dynamics of the industry, and have been in land development and home building ever since.”

What do you enjoy about building and developing?

It’s the relationships with people on our internal team, the land sellers, the communities we work with and our trade partners. We rely on those relationships to build our business for the long run.

How do you differentiate your business from others?

We have three core businesses: Neumann Developments, Inc. builds communities, Tim O’Brien Homes builds “green” homes in those communities and SunVest Solar builds solar arrays to provide long-term green-energy savings.

How has being a member of the MBA helped your business?

The MBA helps you build a network of businesses and owners to establish relationships with. The MBA has a fantastic group of businesses to service all development and housing needs for our industry.

What activities do you participate in at the MBA?

Currently, I’m the co-chair of the developer’s council, and have served on the arbitration committee. Neumann Developments, Inc. has hosted four Parade of Homes sites in the last six years, and we’re considering a few for 2015. Tim O’Brien Homes, past president of the MBA has built homes in every Parade of Homes event for the last six years. I’m also the president of the Wisconsin Solar Energy Industries Association on behalf of SunVest.

How has technology changed your business?

It’s been dramatic. Smart phones do literally everything you need. We are in a mobile world where everyone wants immediate access to information. This has led to us valuing in-person meetings all the more to build personal relationships.

What is your proudest professional achievement?

Assembling our fantastic team of people and building a reputation in land development, home building, and solar energy savings, leading to long-term business opportunities. More specifically, we proved we can weather the storm of a massive recession, coming out stronger while growing our businesses with the best teams in our respective industries.

What is one of your greatest business challenges?

It’s challenging to maintain communications with all those who need to be in the loop on various issues. There are only so many hours in the day for work, and keeping relationships strong often relies on communication. I enjoy actively listening to people to understand how we can grow together, and that requires time which is sometimes very hard to come by.

What is your favorite quote/saying that represents your business philosophy?

‘Work hard, play hard.’ Anyone who knows me knows that I love competition, having fun and laughing often. If you don’t enjoy what you do, you better find something else to do.

What inspires you?

My faith and family are my top two priorities in my life. My inspiration to grow our businesses is rooted in family and faith because I’d like everyone to have the peace of knowing their eternal future while also enjoying life with their family. Our companies provide a positive work environment that always prioritizes faith and family above business.

Who is your personal hero?

My dad. He’s never been afraid to take a leap of faith and try new things. He’s always starting something new, and there’s never a dull moment with him. He’s taught me “the ropes” of the building industry, but also gave me space to do what I feel is best for the companies, allowing me to develop the businesses into what they are today.

Linfield Crossing in Brookfield was awarded the "Best Development" at the Metropolitan Builder's Association Emby Achievement Awards

Metropolitian Builder's Association - September 29, 2014

Push To Impose Extra Fees On Solar Customers Draws Outrage In Wisconsin

ClimateProgress - By Kiley Kroh - September 14, 2014

A recent move by Wisconsin utility We Energies to not only raise electricity rates on all consumers but also to add an additional charge on those who produce their own energy and sell it back to the grid has sparked outrage within the state and beyond. The plan would raise the “fixed charge” on all customers’ electric bills from $9 to $16 a month, as well as reduce net metering — a policy that enables customers with solar panels or other forms of distributed generation to sell their excess electricity back to the grid — and add a new charge on these electricity-generating customers.

The result of such a policy, said Matt Neumann, owner of Wisconsin-based SunVest, would be dramatic: “It would not only end solar but remove the economic viability for any renewable energy in Wisconsin.” Neuman, whose company is the largest solar installer in the state, said the demand charge of $3.80 per kilowatt (kW) per month works out to about $220 per year for a 5 kW system, a deterrent for potential solar customers and an unfair penalty for those who have already chosen to go solar.

And by increasing fixed charges by 75 percent, Neumann said the utility is punishing everyone, even those who have taken steps to reduce their electricity consumption. The proposal also seeks to ban third-party ownership of renewable energy systems, meaning those customers who rent or lease, rather than owning the entire system outright.

Jess Williamson, We Energies spokesperson, said the company is “requesting modest increases that will help us to continue to make improvements to improve and modernize our grid, to meet environmental standards” and cover costs associated with maintaining a reliable electricity system. As for the additional charge and reduced compensation for customers who produce their own energy, Williamson said it’s simply a matter of fairness. “Under the current rates, they really don’t pay their fair share of grid operating costs,” she said. “We’re asking for a demand charge and also asking that instead of buying excess energy at a premium rate, that we pay a comparable market rate.”

> Read Full Article Here

For developer, it’s not just home building: Matt Neumann

Milwaukee Business Journal - By Sean Ryan - Photo, Scott Paulus - May 30, 2014

When Matt Neumann started in the subdivision business in 2004, it felt like a developer could do no wrong.

Properties were gaining value at 10 percent or more a year, covering up any mistakes made along the way, said Neumann, president of Neumann Cos., Pewaukee. He said he didn’t appreciate just how strong the market was at that time, but through the economic downturn of 2007-2009 has since learned a lot more about home building and development.

“You felt like every project you started you would finish and it was going to go great,” he said of the boom years. “What happened, though, is as the market changed starting in late 2006 to 2007 and continued to slide in 2011, you learn quickly what mistakes you can’t afford to make. We walked away from a lot of projects at that time.”

Those write-offs, Neumann said in retrospect, were “the biggest blessings we’ve ever had” because the company was not bogged down with land holdings going into the downturn. As the market rebounded, Neumann became the busiest subdivision developer in the Milwaukee area. Neumann Cos. started four subdivisions with 150 lots last year, and this year has a pipeline of 10 projects with about 400 home sites, Neumann said.

Neumann, whose father, Mark Neumann, led the company before him, now focuses on identifying sites for subdivisions and working with sellers and local and state government officials to prep them for development. After weathering the latest housing downturn, Neumann said he recognizes the risk inherent in the new development.

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Land for sale in Milwaukee Wisconsin by Neumann Developments, Inc.

Many desirable homesites available - take a tour today!

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Wisconsin's First Net Zero Community

Neumann Companies along with Tim O’Brien Homes Inc, SunVest Solar Inc., and the City of New Berlin held a ground breaking ceremony on Wisconsin’s first Net Zero community, Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin.
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MBA 2017 Parade Site

Highlander Estates in Mequon has been chosen as a 2017 MBA Parade of Homes site. Learn more about this community and the available homesites.
> More Info


Homesites available in Menomonee Falls

Weyerhaven, Menomonee Falls, WI
From $104,900
Currently 7 homesites available in Phases I & II.
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Matt Neumann Honored in 2015 Professional Builder 40 Under 40 Awards

Professional Builder - By Denise Dersin, Editorial Director
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SunVest Solar Project Map

More than 2,000 kW and 100 Systems installed in 4 different states!
> Map info here

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