Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door
It's official. We're in the new year and the $1,500 tax credit is
over. As we've reported in recent weeks, many manufacturers and dealers
saw quite a rush in the last few weeks of the year as homeowners
scrambled to get their window and door upgrade projects done in time to
claim the incentive on their taxes.
As 2010 wrapped up, we also
heard rumblings from window and door companies that the first quarter of
2011 would likely be slow because of the pull-forward phenomenon
created by the credits. Some companies' leaders predicted that the
phones would stop ringing for a while because most consumers who were
planning window and door projects moved their timelines up a bit to get
the work done in 2010.
Please let me know what you're
experiencing. Is there a tax credit hangover? Have your phones stopped
ringing now that the $1,500 carrot has gone away? Are you talking about
the new lower credits? Send me an email or post a comment.