Remodeling Confidence Remains Solid in Third Quarter
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 - The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 58 in the third quarter of 2018, remaining stable from the previous quarter. The RMI has been consistently above 50--indicating that more remodelers report market activity is higher compared to the prior quarter than report it is lower--since the second quarter of 2013. The overall RMI averages current remodeling activity and future indicators.
"Remodelers across the country are seeing home owner demand remain strong through the midpoint of the year," said NAHB Remodelers Chair Joanne Theunissen, CGP, CGR, a remodeler from Mt. Pleasant, Mich. "Both positive home price growth--albeit at a slightly slower rate--and good consumer confidence are supporting the steady remodeling market."
Current market conditions rose one point from the previous quarter to 58. Among its three major components, major additions and alterations rose one point to 56, minor additions and alterations decreased one point to 57 and the home maintenance and repair component rose one point to 60.
The future market indicators remained the same as the previous quarter at 59. Calls for bids rose two points to 57, amount of work committed for the next three months increased three points to 59, the backlog of remodeling jobs fell four points to 62 and appointments for proposals decreased two points to 59.
"The stability of the RMI reflects offsetting trends in the remodeling market," said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. "A sound economy with low unemployment and easing lumber prices are being counterbalanced by rising interest rates and the ongoing labor shortage."
ABOUT THE RMI: The RMI is based on a quarterly survey of professional remodelers, whose answers to a series of questions were assigned numerical values to calculate two separate indexes. The first index gauges current market conditions and is based on remodelers' reports of major and minor additions and alterations, plus maintenance work and repairs, on both owner- and renter-occupied dwellings. The second index summarizes indicators of future remodeling activity and is based on remodelers' responses to questions about calls for bids, amount of work committed for next three months, job backlogs and appointments for proposals.
ABOUT NAHB REMODELERS: NAHB Remodelers is America's home for professional remodelers, representing the more than 53,000 members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) who are involved in the remodeling industry. Founded in 1982, the organization provides information, education and designation programs to improve the business and construction expertise of its members and to enhance the professional image of the industry. Its membership incorporates nearly 100 local councils across the nation. Learn more about remodeling at nahb.org/remodel.
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ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 700 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB's builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.