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LIRA: Remodeling Spending Growth To Peak In 2017

Strong gains in home renovation and repair spending are expected to continue into next year before tapering, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

The LIRA projects that annual growth in residential remodeling and repair expenditures will continue to increase, surpassing 8% by the second quarter of 2017 before moderating somewhat later in the year.

“Homeowner remodeling activity continues to be encouraged by rising home values and tightening for-sale inventories in many markets across the country,” said Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center. “Yet, a recent slowdown in the expansion of single family homebuilding and existing home sales could pull remodeling growth off its peak by the second half of 2017.”

“Even as remodeling growth trends back down, levels of spending are expected to reach new highs by the third quarter of next year,” said Abbe Will, research analyst in the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center. “At $327 billion annually, the homeowner improvement and repair market will surpass its previous inflation-adjusted peak from 2006.”