Remodeling Market Sentiment Remains in Positive Territory in First Quarter

Down one point compared to the previous quarter, the NAHB/Westlake Royal Remodeling Market Index (RMI) for the first quarter of 2024 posted a reading of 66.

According to Eye On Housing, Demand for remodeling remains solid and an RMI of 66 is consistent with NAHB’s forecast for remodeling spending in 2024.  Nevertheless, construction costs are still an issue in some places, as rising prices for labor and building materials continue to be major headwinds to faster growth for this sector.

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

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