By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From the state of the remodeling industry to Amazon’s ups and downs this week, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

State of the industry: pretty good | HBSDealer Staff: For retailers who specialize in helping homeowners with their remodels, 2019 is looking like it will be a pretty solid year. Houzz recently put out its data from a survey reviewing 2018 and predicting 2019’s trends, and the numbers (and the experts) are looking optimistic.

Amazon Gobbles Up Eero to Round Out Its Smart Home Plan | Lauren Goode: Eero is joining forces with Amazon. As one of the early entrants into mesh wi-fi routers, they’ve built up a lot of expertise that Amazon can leverage as it continues to build out its own plans for Smart Home domination.

Amazon cancels HQ2 in New York after backlash | Jacob Kastrenakes: Speaking of Amazon, the company has decided to withdraw its proposed HQ2 site in New York. There was enough of an outcry from local politicians, labor groups, and other grassroots activists that the company has chosen to focus just on the northern Virginia site, as well as the center in Tennessee. Currently there are no plans to look for a new HQ2 site.

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