Remodeling Spending to Spike

Across 50 of the largest major markets, home remodeling spending will spike this year, according to findings released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Expenditures for home remodels will rise by 5 percent in 41 of the 50 markets, and by 10 percent more in 11—the […]

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Home Remodeling Spending to Stay Strong

Home remodeling spending is expected to stay strong in 2018, up 7.5 percent from last year, according to the latest Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. “Steady gains in the broader economy, and in home sales and prices, are […]

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All About Clean: Master Bathroom Trends

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Who is leading the home renovation market?

Houzz released its Q2 Renovation Barometer, a report that tracks confidence in the home renovation market among a range of industry professionals, such as interior designers, architects and professional landscapers …

Retirees Turning to Custom Homes to Get the Right Space

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Luxury Homes: How to Tell If You’re Getting a Fair Price $1 Million a Week: Starting With Quality Leads Don’t Let Clogged Gutters Wreak Havoc on Your Home As people reach retirement, their current house may simply […]

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Pets Have Pull for Homebuyers and Renters

Three bathrooms? Check. Garage? Check. Doggy door? Check. Pets are family—and homes have to accommodate family. According to a recently released report by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 81 percent of Americans say their pets play a role in their housing situation—so much so that 89 percent say they would not give up their […]

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Cost vs. Value: Which Home Improvements Offer the Highest ROI in 2017?

With the many different projects reported annually in Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, not much has changed from last year…and that’s not a bad thing. The 29 projects found on this year’s report paid back an average of 64.3 cents on the dollar in resale value. Looking at the 24 most tracked projects (projects […]

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How to keep carpets in selling condition throughout the holiday season

Winter snow, sleet and ice equal dirty, salty, muddy shoes and boots. And with the holidays approaching, homeowners are trying to keep their homes in tip-top shape — especially if they are considering selling anytime soon. …

Are fixer-upper homes really worth the price tag?

Some people get giddy at the thought of rolling up their sleeves and improving a home for profit, but do they really know the savings of a typical fixer-upper home in their market …

How big data can bridge the gaps through home renovation

The worlds of real estate, home renovation, retail and finance are tightly intertwined. New homebuyers often renovate their purchased houses to fit their needs. Existing homeowners renovate to increase the value of their homes — whether they’re lookin…