Washington, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K
                             CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
                          TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934


         Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): July 16, 2003

                              AVATAR HOLDINGS INC.
             (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

                 (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

         0-7616                                          23-1739078
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(Commission File Number)                    (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

          201 Alhambra Circle
          Coral Gables, Florida                                    33134
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(Address of Principal Executive Offices)                         (Zip Code)

                                 (305) 442-7000
              (Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

          (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


Item 7. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

      (c) Exhibits.

      99.1 Press release of Avatar Holdings Inc. dated July 16, 2003.

Item 9. Regulation FD Disclosure (Information Furnished in this Item 9 is
Furnished Under Item 12).

      The following disclosure is being furnished pursuant to Item 12 of this
Form 8-K.

      The information set forth in the press release issued by Avatar Holdings
Inc. on July 16, 2003, announcing acquisition of land in Polk County, Florida,
attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1, is incorporated herein by reference.


      Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                       AVATAR HOLDINGS INC.

                                       By: /s/ Juanita I. Kerrigan
                                           Name: Juanita I. Kerrigan
                                           Title: Vice President and Secretary

Date: July 16, 2003

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Item No.

99.1        Press release of Avatar Holdings Inc. dated July 16, 2003.