Despite hurdles, remodeler confidence grows in Q3

NAHB/Royal Building Products Remodeling Market Index climbs while facing labor and supply challenges.
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The NAHB/Royal Building Products Remodeling Market Index (RMI) for the third quarter posted a reading of 87, up five points from the third quarter of 2020.  

The reading is a sign of positive residential remodeler sentiment for projects of all sizes, the National Association of Home Builders said. 

In the third quarter of 2021, the Current Conditions Index was  90, a four-point increase from the third quarter of 2020.  All subcomponents also posted increases compared to the third quarter of last year: large remodeling projects rose six points to 86, moderately-sized remodeling projects increased five points to 91 and small remodeling projects inched up one point to 91.

The RMI is based on a survey that asks remodelers to rate various aspects of the remodeling market “good,” “fair” or “poor.” Responses from each question are converted to an index that lies on a scale from 0 to 100, where an index number above 50 indicates that a higher share view conditions as good than poor.

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The NAHB/Royal Building Products Remodeler Index moves ahead compared to a year ago while breaking even with Q2 of this year.

The RMI is an average of two major component indices: the Current Conditions Index, and the Future Indicators Index. The Current Conditions Index, in turn, is an average of three subcomponents: the current market for large remodeling projects ($50,000 or more), moderately-sized projects ($20,000 to $49,999), and small projects (under $20,000).

The NAHB also reported that there is strong demand and continued optimism in the residential remodeling market, despite the fact that supply constraints are severe and widespread.  

More than 90% of remodelers in the third quarter RMI survey reported a shortage of carpenters. And 57% of remodelers reported having slightly raised prices for projects over the last six months, with another 28% indicating a significant increase in price, due in part to higher material costs and ongoing strong demand. 

Half of these remodelers reported some pricing out of demand due to higher prices for remodeling projects.