Building Products and Remodeling

Here you will find all of our articles with topics that cover building products and remodeling.

Millennials Pay More for Features and Less for Brands

Our survey of more than 20,000 new home shoppers shows that millennials care more about features than brands—especially if those features involve technology that makes life easier or more fun. As a millennial, I am willing to pay for tech …

YouTube plus Demographic Shifts Giving Rise to DIY Surge

The coming wave of young households, coupled with their propensity to use YouTube to learn skills, will create a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) surge beginning next year. DIY remodeling will grow faster than professional contractor remodeling in 2018–2025, reversing a 20-year trend. Younger …

Hurricanes’ Historical Impact on Construction

As Hurricane Matthew heads toward the East Coast of the United States, our thoughts are with our team members, family members, and millions of others along the Southeast coast. Hurricanes obviously have a big impact on the construction business. Here …

Homeowners Remodeling Rather than Moving

Homeowners are remodeling rather than moving. We know this because “big-ticket” remodeling revenue is surging, while homes for sale as a percentage of occupied households has hit an all-time low. Home builders and resale agents voice frustrations, while remodeling contractors …

Census Revises Remodeling Estimates to Match Our Index

Repair and remodeling spending grew 5%+ last year, just as we predicted. On January 4, the Census Bureau announced a significant revision to their residential improvement spending estimates due to a calculation error. Based on our knowledge of the market, …

Building Products Companies Sitting Pretty

Two questions: Which is a bigger industry: new construction or remodeling? How many $500 billion+ industries can say that they are almost certain to grow 30%, even if interest rates rise? In a survey at our Summit conference in June, …

Building Product Manufacturers: A mitigated strategy to invest in the distressed real estate market.

We have been diving deeper into the Building Product Manufacturer space of the past year in order to provide our clients with a broader picture of the overall housing market. It has become clearer to us that this space offers …

Permit Plummet Is Astonishing

Single-family permits in the Northeast, Midwest and West are already below their respective troughs in 1991, and the South is well on its way to a similar decline. In all regions, single-family permits have declined by 50% or more from …