WASHINGTON - At $9.4 billion, Los Angeles County, Calif. leads the country for counties spending the most money on remodeling, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Rounding out the top 5 list is Cook County in Illinois, Orange and San Diego counties in California, and Maricopa County in Arizona.
The NAHB model uses data from the American Housing Survey - which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau - to estimate local remodeling based on home and home owner characteristics. It is then applied to the information on every county's homes and home owners that the Census Bureau released late last year from its American Community Survey. The new NAHB estimates include remodeling spending per owner-occupied home.
"Total remodeling spending in a particular county is most strongly related to the number of home owners in the county," according to NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "On the other hand, we found that remodeling per home depends upon factors such as the share built before 1980, the share owned by married couples, and, most significantly, the average value of the homes."
Nantucket County Massachusetts leads the nation on remodeling spending per home at $9,369. Other counties in the top five include New York County (Manhattan) and three counties in the San Francisco Metropolitan area. In each of these counties, remodeling is over $8,000 per owner-occupied home. In comparison, the average across all counties nationwide is $2,085.
"Many remodelers are seeing increased interest from home owners on upgrading their home," said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Bob Peterson, CGR, CAPS, CGP, and president of Associates in Building & Design, Ltd. in Ft. Collins, Colo. "Investing in home remodeling brings the immediate satisfaction of enjoying a more comfortable dwelling, but can also support long-term home values."
The counties with the highest total estimated spending on home remodeling:
1. Los Angeles County, Calif. - $9.4 billion
2. Cook County, Ill. - $4.6 billion
3. Orange County, Calif. - $4 billion
4. San Diego County, Calif. - $3.4 billion
5. Maricopa County, Ariz. - $3 billion
The counties with the highest estimated spending per owner-occupied home:
1. Nantucket County, Mass. - $9,369
2. Marin County, Calif. - $8,755
3. New York County, N.Y. - $8,716
4. San Francisco County, Calif. - $8,443
5. San Mateo County, Calif. - $8,053
ABOUT NAHB REMODELERS: NAHB Remodelers is America's home for professional remodelers, representing the more than 14,000 remodeling industry members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Founded in 1982, the organization provides information, education and designation programs to improve the business and construction expertise of its members and to enhance the professional image of the industry. Its membership incorporates 148 local councils in 45 states
ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 160,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB's builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.
SOURCE: National Assn. of Home Builders
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