A housing index that measures activity in the remodeling market reached a record-high in the final quarter of 2014, showing that home owners are once again sprucing up their homes following a large slowdown in remodeling activity in the years following the Great Recession.
The National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index rose to 60 in the fourth quarter of 2014. Any reading above 50 indicates more remodelers are reporting higher market activity than those who say they are experiencing less activity.
“The recent pace and volume of business has been a boon to our remodeler members’ confidence in the recovery of the housing market,” says NAHB Remodelers Chair Paul Sullivan. “The upward trajectory of the RMI results over the past year has shown that home owners are ready, willing, and deciding to remodel.”
All of the subcomponents measured within the index posted increases, including large additions, small remodels, and maintenance and repair.
“Even with some weakness in existing homes sales and house prices earlier in the year, remodelers are upbeat as 2014 closes,” says NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “The consistent improvement in RMI results throughout 2014 are a sign of the gradual recovery of the remodeling market.”