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Little change in Remodeling Market Index

BY HBSDealer Staff

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) decreased one point to 47 from the upwardly revised 48 in the previous quarter.

In the first quarter, the RMI component measuring current market conditions dropped one point to 49, while the component measuring future indicators of remodeling business fell two points to 44.

“We are seeing that the demand for remodeling work has been pulled forward because of a mild winter,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman George “Geep” Moore Jr., owner/president of Moore-Built Construction & Restoration in Elm Grove, La. “That is why many remodelers reported lower numbers for future activity.” 

The three components measuring current market conditions moved in different directions: Major additions was even at 44, minor additions rose one point to 52, and maintenance and repair dropped four points to 51. Two of the four components measuring future market indicators decreased: Backlog of remodeling jobs dropped four points to 43, and appointments for proposals fell five points to 45. Calls for bids rose one point to 47, and amount of work committed for the next three months remained even at 42. 

Regionally, remodeling market conditions in the West increased three points to 47, while the other three regions declined: the Northeast to 48 (from 55), the Midwest to 50 (from 52) and the South to 46 (from 49).

The overall RMI combines ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future activity. An RMI below 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is lower (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is higher.

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Pulte surveys renters on homeownership

BY Brae Canlen

A majority of renters who have been considering a home purchase intend to do so within the next two years, according to a survey conducted by home builder PulteGroup.

Among the top reasons renters indicated they have increased their interest in buying a home include:

• They like being able to call themselves homeowners (49%);
• They view it as a good financial investment (44%); and
• They need more space for their family/kids (36%).

The survey also revealed that deterrents — both real and perceived — still persist, preventing some renters from taking the leap. The top three reasons indicated by current renters for not purchasing a home sooner include:

• Not enough money for down payment (54%);
• The belief that renting is cheaper than buying (28%); and
• Uncertainty with employment status (23%).

"Clearly the dream of homeownership is alive and well in America, yet we still have a ways to go to ensure more renters are able to take that important step toward buying their first home," said Deborah Meyer, senior VP PulteGroup. "Homeownership is more attainable than ever with historically low mortgage rates and competitive pricing, as well as affordable new homes designed for first-time home buyers coming into the market.

"We are seeing a renewed sense of optimism, especially from young professionals and young families visiting our communities nationwide," she continued. "In fact, in the first quarter of this year, sales and traffic for our Centex homes, which caters to the value-conscious and first-time buyer, saw a significant improvement over last year — yet another sign of an improving housing market.”

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Beacon Roofing Supply promotes executive

BY Brae Canlen

Beacon Roofing Supply, the Peabody, Mass-based supplier of roofing and other exterior building products, has promoted Kent Gardner to executive VP west division. The company’s west division is currently comprised of three regions: Shelter Distribution-Midwest, Shelter Distribution-Southwest and Pacific Supply.

Gardner joined Beacon in 2005 and was promoted to VP in March 2007 and to senior VP in January 2011. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army.

Paul Isabella, Beacon’s president and CEO, said: "Mr. Gardner’s leadership skills have been key to many of the important changes that we have implemented in several acquired companies over the years. In addition, the results for the regions he has overseen have improved significantly under his direction. Kent’s work ethic and team-building skills will continue to serve Beacon well in the coming years."

Beacon Roofing Supply operates 193 branches in 38 states in the United States and across Canada.

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