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Brad Hunter / Metrostudy / August 18, 2014
Housing starts numbers out today surprised many observers with its strength (+15.7%), but we find it to have been in line with our actual counts, released earlier this month. As we predicted, last month’s Census estimate was revised upward, and now the numbers are back in line with the trends revealed by the Metrostudy roll-ups.
The last release of housing starts data from the Census Bureau caused undue alarm about a collapse of activity in the South. The Census release had shown a 29.6% decline for total starts in the South, but as we pointed out at the time, this exaggerated the weakness inRead More
Metrostudy Releases Q2 2014 Residential Remodeling Index (RRI) — Remodeling and Replacement Activity Posts Moderate Gains Through 2Q 2014, But Forecast Firms
Brad Hunter / Metrostudy / August 2014
For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 15, 2014) Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company, announced today the release of its Second Quarter 2014 Residential Remodeling Index (RRI) detailing activity in the remodeling and replacement industry.
The index gained 4.3% in the second quarter, year-over-year, which follows a 6.5% year-over-year increase in the first quarter. Despite the moderation in growth rate, the RRI has posted ten consecutive quarterly improvements and eight consecutive year-over-year increases since the market bottomed at the end of 2011.
The slower growth paceRead More
Remodeling and Replacement Activity Starts 2014 Weaker Than Expected But Forecast Remains Strong
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9, 2014) — Following its best year since 2008, the residential remodeling and replacement industry experienced a slightly weaker start to 2014 than originally forecasted according to the latest release of the Residential Remodeling Index (RRI) by Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company. The seasonally adjusted first quarter national composite of the RRI registered a score of 95.2, which was a 0.7 percent improvement over the revised fourth quarter result of 94.5.