Category: Consumer News

  1. Remodel or Relocate? 8 Critical Questions to Consider

    Home buying and home remodeling television programs aren’t just a fad; their enduring popularity indicates that they’re here to stay.  If you’re among the growing masses of dedicated viewers, you might begin (if you haven’t already) to look around and notice some of your own home’s shortcomings. Inadequate storage, limited cooking space or simply an outdated design might conjure thoughts of one day remodeling your kitchen, bathrooms or living spaces. Or instead, perhaps you’ll begin to consider moving into a Read More


  2. Aging in Place on the Rise as a Reason to Remodel

    According to a recent NAHB survey, “desire for better/newer amenities” and “need to repair/replace old components” once again ranked as the top reasons owners remodel their homes.  However, several other reasons to remodel are gaining ground, particula…





  3. House Search Takes Many Months, But Buyers Do Not Intend to Give Up

    The Housing Trends Report (HTR) is a new research product created by NAHB’s Economics team to track prospective home buyers’ perceptions about the availability and affordability of homes for-sale in their markets.  Results are based on national polls c…


  4. Mortgage Rates Climb in April

    According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), mortgage rates continue to rise and this is confirmed by data from Freddie Mac. The short end of the yield curve, which is most sensitive to monetary policy, has been the primary force behind the …


  5. Get Your Home in Shape for Summer

     The fitness levels of many of us tend to wane during the fall and winter seasons, and then a renewed motivation comes each spring as we endeavor to get ourselves “beach ready.” Similarly, a home endures a variety of harsh elements during the winter months, and springtime is typically a great opportunity to get it back into shape. The spring maintenance to-do list can be quite long for some, but the good news is that many of the items on Read More


  6. Fed Keeps Rate Steady: Higher Rates Expected

    As was widely expected, the Federal Open Market Committee (“FOMC”), the monetary policy making body of the Federal Reserve, maintained the federal funds rate at a range of 1.50 to 1.75 percent following its meeting that convened on March 1-2, a rate it…