I recently talked to remodeler David Merrick, president of Merrick Design & Build, outside of Washington, D.C.He says the market is strong, and is keeping them much busier than many of his cohorts in other parts of the country. Even there, though, project sizes are smaller and competition is
I recently got to spend some time in Madison, Wis., for one of our PR Night educational and networking events.
Madison is one of those markets that has been relatively healthy throughout the downturn, with a strong white collar economy, led by state government and the University of Wisconsin. Even
Jersey City, NJ -- Writing from the NARI Spring Business Meeting here, and the news seems to be mostly positive.Most remodelers I've talked to are seeing business pick up, with much better first quarters than a year ago. It seems to be the case pretty much nationally, as I'm hearing it from
In case you weren't able to catch it live, we've archived our webinar with Mark Richardson. As usual, Mark had some great insight into where the market is headed and how remodelers can take advantage of it.
Just go to https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/943591774 to view the full webinar.
More good news this week for remodeling.The market keeps growing, even while new construction continues to get battered. The latest is a report from BuildFax, which tracks monthly permit information and shows that remodeling activity increased in January for the 15th straight month and was up 22
By Jonathan Sweet, Editor in ChiefPosted 3/7/11The battle to repeal the new 1099 requirements continues to move at a glacial pace.(In case you missed it, you're going to have to start issuing a bunch more 1099s in 2012 if nothing changes. The requirement was included in the Patient Protection
By Jonathan Sweet, Editor in ChiefPosted 2/16/11In a report sure to cause some controversy, real estate research firm CoreLogic says that the National Association of Realtors is overestimating existing home sales by 15 to 20 percent.The firm says that NAR is not taking into account the higher share
One of the big barriers to a housing industry recovery is the perception that there are a large number of vacant homes out there that are going to flood the market any day now.That perception may be wrong, though, according to respected housing economist Tom Lawler. Lawler analyzed some of the
A preview of our February issue:I’ve just gotten back from the International Builders Show, the industry’s big show for all things residential.
I’ve been going to the show since 2000 and this was easily the smallest one yet. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it was