Monday, December 19, 2011
As this chart shows, remodeling activity has surged this year (source). I should know, since we have done quite a bit of it ourselves this year and last. Plus, some contractor friends—particularly one that specializes in energy retrofitting—tell me that business is doing very well.
As Calculated Risk notes: "The BuildFax Residential Remodeling Index increased for the twenty-fourth straight month in October to 147.6, a new high for the index. This was up from 141.4 in September, and up 39% year-over-year from 105.8 in October 2010. This is based on the number of properties pulling residential construction permits in a given month."
Not everything is in the dumps, as you might expect if you only looked at the stock market, PE ratios, and 10-yr Treasury yields.
Posted by Scott Grannis at 2:03 PM