DENVER, Dec. 4 (Hanley-Wood News Service) - M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MDC; PCX) today announced that it received 457 home orders in November 2001. November

2001 2000

Orders for Homes, net

Colorado 173 145

California 108 110

Arizona 115 132

Nevada 24 31

Northern Virginia/Suburban Maryland 37 48

Total 457 466

MDC, whose subsidiaries build homes under the name ''Richmond American Homes,'' is one of the largest homebuilders in the United States. The Company's wholly owned subsidiary HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation provides mortgage financing primarily for MDC's home buyers. MDC is a major regional homebuilder with a significant presence in some of the country's best housing markets. Richmond American Homes is the largest homebuilder in Colorado; among the top five homebuilders in northern Virginia, Phoenix, and Tucson; and among the top ten homebuilders in suburban Maryland, Las Vegas, Southern California and Northern California.