Tag Archive for ‘remodeling’

Private Residential Construction Holds Steady in February

The Census Bureau reported that private residential construction spending was essentially unchanged between January and February 2012. However, the initial readings for December and January were revised appreciably lower, respectively, to an increase of 0.4% and a slight decline in spending of -0.1% (versus previous estimates of 1.5% and 1.8%). In concert with other indicators such as new housing starts,… Read More ›

Construction Employment Continues to Grow in 2012

The year 2011 was the first year since 2006 for which the overall construction sector added net jobs. And January data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the construction sector continues to expand. For the economy as whole, hiring continues at rates that add net jobs to the economy. The… Read More ›

Private Residential Construction Spending Hits a Two-Year High

The Census Bureau reported that private residential construction spending activity increased 1.8% during January. The preliminary estimate for December was boosted higher to show a 1.5% gain, versus the originally reported increase of 0.8%. After falling in July 2010 to its lowest reading since mid-1995, spending on private residential construction projects has increased in each of the last six months—rising… Read More ›

Spending on Private Residential Construction Finishes Year on a High Note

According to the Census Bureau, total spending on private residential construction projects increased 0.8% during December. The initial estimate for November was revised measurably lower from an increase of 2% down to an outright decline of 0.3% (due primarily to a sizable downward revision to home improvement spending), while the reported growth rate for October was bumped up to 2.8%…. Read More ›

An Aging Housing Stock

The American owner-occupied housing stock is growing older. And this fact may signal future increased demand for both remodeling and new home construction over the long-term. Data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS) reveal that the median age of an owner-occupied home in the United States was 34 years old as of the 2009 survey…. Read More ›

Expiring Housing Tax and Finance Law: What’s on the 2012 Policy Agenda

Due to heated budget debates during the second half of last year, Congress failed to approve a 2011 “tax extenders”  bill, legislation that typically extends certain business and individual tax rules that expire every year or two. This development sets up a policy fight in 2012 during which advocates will seek a retroactive extension of now-expired tax rules. However, this is not… Read More ›

Private Residential Construction Spending Climbs Higher in November

According to the Census Bureau, private residential construction spending increased 2% during November. While the initial estimate for October was revised lower to 2.3% (from 3.4%) this was offset by an increase in the September reading from 0.6% to 1.5%. Private residential construction spending has risen in each of the last four months. On a year-over-year basis, outlays have increased… Read More ›

The Importance of Home Equity Loans for Remodeling

Historically, home equity loans have been an important source of funding for home improvement spending. The following analysis demonstrates this relationship and examines what impact recent declines in home equity loan use have had on the remodeling sector, as well as the positive effects of the residential energy-efficient tax credits. In particular, as home equity withdrawal declined during the Great… Read More ›