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A study by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University suggests the remodeling industry is turning a corner. Annual spending levels should start to rise in the beginning of next year causing year over year declines to shrink to 8.9 percent by the second quarter of 2010.

"Remodeling spending by homeowners shows early signs of stabilization," says Nicolas P. Retsinas, director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies.


Some positive signs for the industry are emerging.


"Favorable financing costs - for those households with access to credit - and a pickup in homes sales are producing more opportunities for home improvement projects," says Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies.


Several factors, however, still impede remodeling growth. "A generally weak housing market with unstable prices, near record levels of foreclosures, and other distressed sales are discouraging households from undertaking nonessential remodeling projects."