US homeowners spend more than $300 billion a year on residential renovations and repairs. For over two decades, our Remodeling Futures Program has studied trends in the remodeling industry, including changes in the types and costs of projects that homeowners undertake, such as the growing interest in energy-efficient products, healthy homes, and “smart home” technologies. The program issues a biennial Improving America’s Housing report, a quarterly Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), and other publications.

Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity

The Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity provides a short-term outlook of national home improvement and repair spending to owner-occupied homes.

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Reports & Papers

Projecting Home Improvement Spending at the Metropolitan Area Level

September 04, 2018

Author: Elizabeth La Jeunesse

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Remodeling Futures Steering Committee

The Remodeling Futures Program of the Joint Center is a comprehensive study of the factors influencing the growth and changing characteristics of housing renovation and repair activity in the United States.

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Data & Charts


Elizabeth La Jeunesse

Senior Research Analyst

Major Metro Remodeling Markets Projected to Heat Up Across the U.S.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Annual growth in home improvement spending is expected to be widespread across the country’s largest metropolitan areas in 2018, according...

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Abbe Will

Research Associate and Associate Project Director, Remodeling Futures

New Research Brief Examines Volatility in Metro-Area Remodeling Cycles

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The first release in our new Improving America’s Housing research brief series, Investigating Metro-Area Home Improvement Spending Cycles, utilizes data from the...

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