9 Ways for Investors to Cash In on Home Improvement
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Home values and the retail giants Lowe’s and Home Depot are the primary beneficiaries of the recent increase in home improvement projects.

Home is where the ROI is. Return on investment, that is.

Though the U.S. homeownership rate is down to 63.4 percent, the lowest since 1967, and millions of properties have finally regained the value lost in the 2008 recession, Americans never stopped replacing broken windows, hammering on new shingles and installing new appliances. Here’s how analysts view the home improvement market and considerations for investing in the castles we call home.

The home improvement market is “cyclical, but not as cyclical as homebuilding itself,” says James Goldstein, a senior analyst with New York-based CreditSights, which covers the U.S. retail market. Home improvement retailers saw sales erode up to 7 percent during the recession, but that was nothing near the decimation suffered by homebuilders. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard Univer…………… continues on U.S. News & World Report

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