Remodeling dips slightly in 2QWASHINGTON —

The remodeling market slipped under pressure from a sluggish economy according to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI), which dipped during the second quarter to 43.9 from the first quarter result of 46.5.

The overall RMI combines ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future activity. Current market conditions for the second quarter of 2011 fell to 44.8 from 46.1 in the first quarter. Future market indications dropped to 43.0 from 46.8 in the previous quarter. Market conditions shrank in the Midwest and the South. The West region and Northeast experienced modest improvement.

"Remodelers have experienced the same hiccup that has rippled through the U.S. economy," said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Bob Peterson, CGR, CAPS, CGP, a remodeler from Ft. Collins, CO. "After picking up the pace early in the year, the calls from customers dropped off and remodeling slowed down."

"While the RMI indicates that the home remodeling market softened somewhat in the second quarter, this is still the second highest RMI we've been able to report since the third quarter of 2007," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "There are several barriers blocking the way to a stronger recovery. Homeowners who may want to remodel still face stringent lending requirements, and uncertainty about the economy is making them hesitant to undertake major improvements."

Posted by Karen Koenig

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