NARI NewsWatch
Apr. 29, 2015

Q1 2015 Remodeling Business Report
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Ratings for current conditions continue to be solidly positive, reflecting improvements versus the same time last year. Looking at expected conditions 3 months from now finds a dominant proportion (74 percent) of remodelers expecting growth while only 8 percent see any level of decline. The balance (17 percent), see sales being about where they were last year. More

2015 National Contractor of the Year award winners announced
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
In case you missed it, 36 national CotY winners were named at this year’s ceremony, held on April 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. See who took home top honors. More

Get ready for National Home Remodeling Month
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
May has been designated as National Home Remodeling Month. We are making several resources available to help you get the word out about the advantages of remodeling with a qualified professional.More

Call for taskforce members
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Interested in industry-related technologies or the workforce of the future? Applications are now being accepted to serve on two new NARI taskforces: Technology Assessment and Workforce Development. More

2015 Fall Leadership Summit
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The dates for the 2015 Fall Leadership Summit have been announced. The meeting will take place September 9-11 at the Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square in Cleveland. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.More

2015 Remodeling Design Awards
REMODELDING
The 2015 Remodeling Design Awards honors excellence in design and construction of residential and light commercial remodeling and renovation projects. Enter today! Early bird deadline is May 6. More

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NARI in the news
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Jan Burchett, Executive Director of Kansas City NARI, was interviewed for Things to Consider Before You Remodel in the March issue of Kansas City Homes & Style.

NARI President-Elect H. Dale Contant, MCR, CRPM, UDCP, was a guest on the Pro Construction Guide podcast, Trade Association Benefits. He was also interviewed for an article that appeared on GuildQuality’s blog.

Bruce Case, CLC, of Case Design/Remodeling was interviewed in “Competition rises as home remodeling goes digital” on CNBC’s website.More

Online referral sites are the new must
Professional Remodeler
Attention remodelers: If you aren’t participating aggressively in an online platform such as Houzz.com or Porch.com, you need to do so. Now. “Houzz is the Google of remodeling,” says April Bettinger, owner of Nip Tuck Remodeling, in Woodinville, Washingtonl. Bettinger attributes $250,000 in 2014 revenue generated from Houzz leads, and says that she’s on track for the same this year.More

5 advantages of content marketing
By Mayur Kisani
Content marketing enables a brand to provide content that customers want in exchange for permission to market a product or service. Attention is the new currency — the new metric toward which brand marketers are shifting focus, away from traditional digital metrics like the click. Content marketing is a branding exercise. Branding by definition is about creating an ongoing connection with a consumer so as to be at the top of their consideration list during purchase. Here are five advantages of content marketing in more detail.More

Home improvement in US slowing or still intact?
Bloomberg
Two indexes that gauge U.S. home-remodeling activity suggest a slower pace ahead. Wall Street seems to disagree. Future market conditions measured by the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index fell to 55.4 in the three months ended March 31 from a record-high of 59.5 in the fourth quarter, data from the group showed. More