Growth in Remodeling Continues

Trending now - growth in remodeling expected to continue into the future, says the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity from Harvard's Joint Center of Housing Studies

By Gene And Katie Hamilton

Growth in Remodeling in 2017

Are you noticing longer checkout lines at your local home improvement center? If you're remodeling or thinking about it you're part of a trend that's increasing. Strong gains in home renovation and repair spending are expected to continue into next year before tapering, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA projects that annual growth in home improvement and repair expenditures will continue to increase.

Homeowner remodeling activity continues to be encouraged by rising home values and tightening for sale inventories in many markets across the country, says Chris Herbert, Managing Director of the Joint Center. Yet, a recent slowdown in the expansion of single family homebuilding and existing home sales could pull remodeling growth off its peak.

Even as remodeling growth trends back down, levels of spending are expected to reach new highs by the third quarter of next year, says Abbe Will, Research Analyst in the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center. At $327 billion annually, the homeowner improvement and repair market will surpass its previous inflation-adjusted peak from 2006.

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