Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

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6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2019
Jul. 26, 2019
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Document Type 10-Q  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2019  
Document Transition Report false  
Entity File Number 1-9977  
Entity Registrant Name Meritage Homes Corp  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code MD  
Entity Tax Identification Number 86-0611231  
Entity Address, Address Line One 8800 E. Raintree Drive  
Entity Address, Address Line Two Suite 300  
Entity Address, City or Town Scottsdale  
Entity Address, State or Province AZ  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 85260  
City Area Code 480  
Local Phone Number 515-8100  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock $.01 par value  
Trading Symbol MTH  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   38,281,242
Entity Central Index Key 0000833079  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31