Remodeling Indicators Show Increase in Second Quarter charts with pen

    Most indicators in the 2014 Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) survey pointed to growth in the remodeling industry this quarter. The survey, conducted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), offers a more positive report than it did last quarter, which showed a decline in business conditions during the first three months of 2014. [...]

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