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NAHB Blogs for National Remodeling Month

May is National Remodeling Month.  For that reason, more remodeling-related posts than usual appeared in Eye on Housing.  So, as the month draws to an end, here’s a list of all those posts for any who may have missed some of them: Remodeling Market Index Little Changed in First Quarter  May 3 Bathrooms Top Kitchens as Most Popular Remodeling Project… Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Improvement for Housing

*Eye on the Economy is an NAHB newsletter that is published every two weeks and takes a larger view of recent economic and housing policy news. After soft economic and housing reports for February and March, recent data suggest a return to the trend of housing market improvement – a fitting theme for May, National Home Remodeling month. Leading the… Read More ›

Profile of the Typical Residential Remodeler

Data from an annual census of its members allows NAHB to construct detailed profiles of particular types of members, such as residential remodelers.  The latest census shows that in 2011, NAHB’s typical residential remodeler member had about $536,234 in total revenue, employed 6 people (4 construction and 2 non-construction workers), and started 3 housing units. The 2011 census further shows… Read More ›

The Fiscal Cliff: What it Means for Housing and Home Builders

At the end of 2012, a number of tax and spending policies are scheduled to change. Taken together, these changes may exert a strong fiscal drag on an already fragile macroeconomic environment depending on the actions of Congress. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke calls this the “fiscal cliff.” Tax policy analysts call it “taxageddon” or “taxmageddon.” Regardless of its name,… Read More ›

New Home Sale Advance

April new home sales increased 3.3% from a revised March level. Except for the revised February figure, the April sales level of 343,000 was the highest since the end of the home buyer tax credit in spring 2010. In addition, the revisions added another 22,000 sales to the first quarter average. Inventories remained low and the increase in sales reduced… Read More ›

Traditional Reasons for Remodeling are Still the Main Market Drivers

According to the remodelers who answered special questions on NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the 1st quarter of 2012, the traditional “need to repair/replace old components” and “desire for better/newer amenities” are still why most customers choose to remodel their homes.  On a scale of 1 to 5 (where 1 indicates never or almost never, and 5 is… Read More ›

Housing Affordability Hits Another All-Time High

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), increased to 77.5 in the first quarter of 2012, beating the previous record of 75.9 set in the final quarter of 2011. The HOI is the percentage of homes sold during the quarter affordable to a median-income family, based on standard underwriting criteria.  An HOI of 77.7 thus means… Read More ›

Five-Plus Starts Sustain Longest Stretch Above 200K Since 2008

In April, the (seasonally adjusted) annual rate of starts in buildings with five or more apartments increased by 4 percent from the revised figure for March, to 217,000.  However, the biggest multifamily news in the latest release from the Census Bureau’s Manufacturing and Construction Division lies in the revisions to previous numbers.  The five-plus starts rate for February was revised upward by 8… Read More ›

NAHB Remodelers Tackle Jobs of All Sizes, but Greatest Share of Revenue Comes from Large Projects

Answers to questions on NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey show that remodeling projects in every price range account for at least 9 percent of NAHB remodelers’ business (in dollar volume).  Even jobs that bring in less than $2,500 each account for 10 percent. Given the small amount of revenue per job, and the challenges that scheduling a large number… Read More ›