Tag Archive for ‘RMI’

Remodeling Market Remains Solid in the Second Quarter

Remodelers’ confidence remained solid in the second quarter of 2019 with a Remodeling Market Index (RMI) reading of 55, up one point from the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) (Figure 1). Readings above 50 indicate that more remodelers report market activity as higher than as lower, compared to the previous quarter. The RMI is… Read More ›

Many Remodelers Are Now Creating ADUs

Despite some recent improvement, household formations have been lagging since the latest downturn.  The accompanying effects have been many—including a lower rate of housing production, a lower rate of replacing older housing units, a consequently aging housing stock, and increased doubling up.  Remodeling is also potentially affected, as the tendency to double up may be accommodated in part by modifying… Read More ›

Curb-less Showers Now Among the Most Common Aging-In-Place Projects

Last week’s post covered general issues related to Aging-In-Place (such as how many professional remodelers do it, and how many of their customers are receptive to it), using data from NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the 4th quarter of 2018.  This post covers some of the more detailed questions from the same survey, including specific types of Aging-in-Place projects undertaken… Read More ›

Remodeling to Age-In-Place Remains Strong, Still Mostly for Older Home Owners

According to NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the 4th quarter of 2018, over three-fourths of professional remodelers undertake projects designed to allow home owners to Age-in-Place.  Their customers are generally familiar with the Aging-in-Place concept, and at least somewhat receptive to it.  However, in practice remodelers continue to perform Aging-in-Place work mostly for customers age 55 or older,… Read More ›

For Remodelers, Shortages of Skilled Labor Remain Elevated

In response to NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the 3rd quarter of 2018, roughly 85 percent of remodelers reported shortages of workers available to perform finished or rough carpentry, and nearly half (48 percent) classified the shortage of finished carpenters as serious.  Although these percentages are down slightly from a year earlier, they remain seriously elevated. The RMI… Read More ›

Remodeling Confidence Remains Solid

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) remained stable with a reading of 58 in the third quarter of 2018, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The RMI has been at or above 50 since the second quarter of 2013, which indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher than report it is lower (Figure 1). The overall… Read More ›

Remodeling Confidence Increases Despite Rising Costs

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) rose one point to 58 in the second quarter of 2018, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). A RMI reading above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher than report it is lower compared to the prior quarter. The RMI has been above 50 for 21 consecutive quarters (Figure… Read More ›

Aging in Place on the Rise as a Reason to Remodel

According to a recent NAHB survey, “desire for better/newer amenities” and “need to repair/replace old components” once again ranked as the top reasons owners remodel their homes.  However, several other reasons to remodel are gaining ground, particularly the desire to be able to age in place. The survey took the form of a special question on NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) instrument for the first quarter of 2018. … Read More ›