Posts Tagged ‘ remodeling ’

Harvard Housing Studies: Home Improvement Spending Will Remain Low

Oct 16th, 2014

In line with the slow recovery of the overall housing market, the home remodeling industry is expected to continue its path of moderating growth, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA). The report, done by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, projects annual growth in [...]

Doors & Windows with Style!

Sep 9th, 2014

There is a growing trend in the remodeling marketplace. Homeowners are purchasing new doors and windows with the primary goal to improve the look and style of the homeowner’s architectural fashion sense.

Turning Data into Dollars: Use These Five Sales Techniques to Net More Jobs

May 23rd, 2014

The biggest challenge for remodeling companies, including door and window dealers, is lead generation. In a recent webinar, “Turning Data into Dollars,” offered by Tim Musch, director of business for MarketSharp, 75 percent of remodelers said consistent lead generation was a top concern. Additionally, 13 percent said closing sales, 5 percent said production issues and [...]

NARI Reports Bold Colors on Trend for Home Improvement Month

May 22nd, 2014

Vibrant, energetic colors is one of the top remodeling trends seen in 2014, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in its Member Profile Study data. This year, design experts agree it’s all about color and creating contrasts, from pairing classic with contemporary styles to infusing touches of color into the timeless [...]

Mayday! May Day!

May 20th, 2014

Are you in distress or dancing this spring? “Mayday” is a call for help internationally recognized by mariners and aviators as the signal there is a life-threatening emergency. The cry of “Mayday” has saved the lives of many and been the final words of others. “May Day,” on the other hand, is a celebration of [...]

Severe Winter Constrains First-Quarter Remodeling Market Index

Apr 24th, 2014

Against the backdrop of unusually severe winter weather, the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) declined to 53 in the first quarter of 2014, according to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). This reading is down from the historically high level of 57 in the two most recent quarters, but remains above the key break-even point of [...]

Housing Industry “Gets Back to Normal”

Apr 23rd, 2014

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In the years following the bust, economic forecasters often used the term, the “long road back to normal” or the “new normal.” In today’s National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Spring Construction Forecast Robert Denk, NAHB assistant vice president for forecasting and analysis, discussed “getting back to normal” and painted a picture of this road past, [...]

Current Remodeling Conditions Fell in March Survey

Apr 22nd, 2014

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) first-quarter 2014 Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions show current condition ratings fell significantly in March. Business conditions during the first three months of 2014 dropped to 6.07, down from 6.41 in December. There was a decline in all but one [...]

Remodeling Market Index Steady at Historical High

Jan 24th, 2014

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) held steady at 57 in the fourth quarter of 2013. This is the same level as the third quarter of 2013 and the highest reading since the first quarter of 2004. An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market [...]

Doors and Windows or Granite Countertops?

Nov 12th, 2013

“Surveys say consumers want energy efficiency in remodels, but at the point of sale, they put their money into granite countertops,” Arlene Zavocki Stewart, president at AZS Consulting Inc. told me on LinkedIn, after my most recent DWM blog. Then she asked me, “Why the disconnect? Do you think it’s because of bad surveys, fickle [...]