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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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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Outdoor Kitchens: Still on the Way Out?

Outdoor kitchens became a must-have amenity for homeowners ostensibly overnight—and fell out of favor almost as quickly. A recent survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), however, proves outdoor kitchens are still in. In fact, the architects cited in the AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey report an uptick in demand for outdoor kitchens in […]

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When It Comes to Homeownership Decisions, Pets Rule

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: How to Find a Home That Will Increase Your Quality of Life 7 Secrets to Working in a Luxury Real Estate Market Renovate or Decorate? 3 Things to Consider Before Choosing A lot goes into the decision […]

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‘She Sheds’: Space for Fun, Creativity, Relaxation and Escape

(TNS)—Sometimes, you just want to get away. You crave a little personal space—a place you can relax, work, get creative and make a mess without guilt. The best refuge might be waiting in your backyard. That special room may be a she shed. A distinctly female counterpoint to macho man caves, she sheds are springing […]

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Remodeling Activity to Pick Up in 2017

Homeowners are planning to spend more to improve their homes this year, up 6.7 percent to a total $317 billion, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. More remodeling activity generally indicates fit financials at the household level, as well as confidence and strength in the housing market. “Growth in home […]

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Bath and Kitchen Remodels: Breaking Tradition Two Ways

Homeowners are parting ways with traditional bathrooms and kitchens, taking a walk on the side of contemporary and transitional, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Their preference is as clear as black and white (er, gray and white), with subtle shades of gray […]

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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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