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So I don't know what to make of this one, posted earlier today on HousingZone:
BuildFax Remodeling Index Shows Top April on Record.
I'd love to believe it's true -- that we're really seeing remodeling activity hit it's highest mark since 2004. Everybody else seems to be projecting a slowdown, although the anecdotal evidence I'm hearing supports the idea of a surge this spring.
Harvard, for one, recently revised downward their projections for the year, calling for it to essentially be flat from 2010 -- no banner year for remodeling. The NAHB Remodeling Market Index hasn't exactly shown a booming market either.
Here's to hoping BuildFax is right. What are you seeing in your market?