Jonathan Sweet is the editor in chief of Professional Remodeler, an award-winning trade publication for remodelers and home improvement contractors. He started his career covering homes and small businesses at a daily newspaper and has spent more than a decade writing for several construction trade publications including Qualified Remodeler, Construction Pro and Concrete Contractor+Jonathan Sweet

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Another positive prediction for the housing market this week, as the National Association of Realtors released their latest forecast for 2011 during the group's annual conference in New Orleans.

Unfortunately, it is the NAR, so we have to take it with a grain of salt. (Although in all fairness, the group has gotten a lot better since the days of David Lereah's Baghdad Bob-esque pronouncements as the market collapsed.)

Big move by NARI last week:  the trade association has hired a lobbyist to represent remodelers' interests in Washington, D.C.

This is all part of a great transformation at NARI as the group really works to become a bigger force not only inthe industry but forthe industry. Sure, NAHB has a very significant presence in D.C., but representing builders takes up a lot of their attention. It's great to see NARI get in the game. And the more people out there advocating for housing the better!


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