Increase in Home Improvement Projected Moving into 2016
Good news for professionals. According to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) report by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University growth is expected in residential improvements by early 2016. The projection is that annual spending growth for home improvements will accelerate to 4.0% by the first quarter of next year.
“A major driver of the anticipated growth in remodeling spending is the recent pick up in home sales activity,” says Chris Herbert, Managing Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies. “Recent homebuyers typically spend about a third more on home improvements than non-movers, even after controlling for any age or income differences, so increasing sales this year should translate to stronger improvement spending gains next year.”
“Other signals of strengthening remodeling activity include sustained growth in retail sales of home improvement products and ongoing gains in house prices across much of the country,” says Abbe Will, a research analyst in the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies. “Rising home prices means rising home equity, which should encourage improvement spending by a growing number of owners.”
LIRA estimates homeowner spending on improvements for the current quarter and subsequent three quarters. The indicator, measured as an annual rate-of-change of its components, provides a short-term outlook of homeowner remodeling activity and is intended to help identify future turning points in the business cycle of the home improvement industry. LIRA is released in the third week after each quarter’s closing, and the next LIRA release date is October 15, 2015.