Skip to main content


Housing Production Shows Solid Start to 2020

Total housing starts decreased 3.6 percent in January from an upwardly revised December reading to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.57 million units, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department. Meanwhile, overall permits surged to a 13-year high.

Window and Door March 2021 Stock Index

Stock prices of publicly traded window and door companies substantially outpaced the broader market in March, as the W&D Stock Index increased 15.8 percent compared to a 1.8 percent increase for the S&P 500.

Remodeling Industry Confidence Up Strongly Year over Year

The National Association of Home Builders released its Remodeling Market Index in the first quarter of 2021, posting a reading of 86, up 38 points from the first quarter of 2020. 

Interest in New Homes Increases Among First-Time Buyers

As the housing industry celebrates New Homes Month in April, recent data from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, reveals that first-time home buyers account for almost half (43 percent) of the new home market in 2021, up from 32 percent in 2018.

Contractor Index Shows Increasing Optimism

The Farnsworth Group's Q1 - 2021 Farnsworth Contractor Index shows increasing optimism across the board, though not yet to pre-pandemic levels.

Pandemic a Boon for U.S. Home Improvement, according to Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies 2021 Improving America's Housing Report

While the U.S. economy shrank by 3.5 percent in 2020, spending on home improvements and repairs grew more than 3 percent, to nearly $420 billion, as households modified living spaces for work, school and leisure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Improving America's Housing 2021, a…

February Home Sales Down to Lowest Level Since May 2020

Higher interest rates, supply shortages and rising material prices, particularly for lumber, put a damper on new home sales in February. Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 18.2 percent to a 775,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate.

Builder Sentiment Falls Amid Higher Material Costs, Interest Rates

Despite high buyer traffic and strong demand, builder sentiment fell in March as rising lumber and other material prices pushed builder confidence lower.

U.S. Remodeler Index Signals a 10 Percent Market Surge in 2021

A new index of residential remodeling activity, the U.S. Remodeler Index, offers key insights from a surging remodeling and home improvement market, spurred in part by the COVID-19 pandemic