June 4, 2013
Kate Smith, a national color expert who works with Therma Tru Doors, is advising homeowners to match the color of their entry doors to their personalities to give guests a “preview” of the owner inside the home.
“An entry door painted a bold shade of orange says, ‘I’m friendly, fun-loving and enjoy getting together with people,' so that’s the color for an... more »
April 25, 2013
Buoyed by rising home prices throughout much of the nation, both single- and multifamily housing starts are expected to post double-digit gains over last year in 2013. However, headwinds continue to hold back even stronger growth as the housing recovery evolves, according to economists at the National Association of Home Builders' Spring 2013 Construction Forecast Conference Webinar.
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April 18, 2013
Spending by homeowners on improvement projects is expected to accelerate as the year progresses, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released April 18 by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. On top of the almost 10 percent growth reflected in U.S. Census Bureau figures for 2012, the LIRA projects strong gains in homeowner remodeling spending... more »
April 9, 2013
The 2013 forecast for construction-put-in-place is up 8 percent―$918 million―over 2012, according to consulting and investment firm, FMI. Even with the strong improvement, however, FMI does not expect annual construction to go above the trillion-dollar mark until 2015.
Residential buildings have shown the most improvement. While single-family construction was up 23 percent, multifamily... more »
April 3, 2013
New residential construction activity saw a 26.5 percent increase in 2012 over the prior year, thanks to strong gains in the single-family and mulit-family segments, according to the new AAMA/WDMA 2012/2013 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast jointly released by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. The study forecasts... more »
March 19, 2013
Housing production across the nation moved up 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000 units in February, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Census Bureau. The slight uptick represents gains in both the single-family and multifamily sectors. Single-family housing starts saw a 0.5 percent gain to a... more »
January 28, 2013
After languishing for several years, the U.S. remodeling industry appears to be pulling out of its downturn, and a renewal of the nation’s housing stock is underway, according to a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Entitled The U.S. Housing Stock: Ready for Renewal, the 36-page study sees foreclosed properties being rehabilitated, sustainable... more »
January 17, 2013
All signs point to a strong rebound for home improvement activity in 2013, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released today by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Robust spending in the second half of 2012 suggests the remodeling recovery is already underway, and the LIRA projects annual homeowner improvement spending will see accelerating double-... more »
December 13, 2012
Renewed optimism has residential contractors projecting revenue growth during the coming years, which is changing their strategies for how they bid jobs and select products, and where they shop for building products, according to new study from L.E.K. Consulting. The company's third Contractor Behavior Survey finds contractors are slightly less price sensitive when choosing building products and... more »
December 11, 2012
More than 62 percent of online consumers interested in learning more about home automation cite security as their primary purchase motivation, according to new research by the Consumer Electronics Association. Its recent survey found that almost half (49 percent) of consumers are familiar with home automation systems that allow them to remotely monitor and control one or more technology... more »