Residential Remodeling in December 2012 Dropped 6%

Residential Remodeling in December 2012

National Residential Remodeling

Residential remodels authorized by building permits in the United States in December were at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 2,725,000. This is 6 percent below the revised November rate of 2,895,000 and is 6 percent below the December 2011 estimate of 2,901,000.

Regional Residential Remodeling

Seasonally-adjusted annual rates of remodeling across the country in December 2012 are estimated as follows: Northeast, 636,000 (up 39% from November and up 37% from December 2011); South, 1,088,000 (down 13% from November and down 1% from December 2011); Midwest, 596,000 (down 8% from November and down 17% from December 2011); West, 777,000 (down 16% from November and down 8% from December 2011).

Viewing the Economic Recovery Through Remodeling

“Super-storm Sandy was the only bright spot for residential remodeling in December.” said Joe Emison, Chief Technology Officer at BuildFax, “The last time the Northeast broke 600,000 estimated residential remodels was five years ago. Unfortunately, the rest of the country saw both month-over-month and year-over-year declines in residential remodeling activity.”

About the BuildFax Remodeling Index

The BuildFax Remodeling Index (BFRI) is based on construction permits for residential remodeling projects filed with local building departments across the country.  The index estimates the number of properties permitted.  The national and regional indexes are based upon a subset of representative building departments in the U.S. and population estimates from the U.S. Census.  The BFRI is seasonally-adjusted using the X12 procedure. For more details and historical index values, please visit

About BuildFax

BuildFax is the creator of the first and only national database of historical building permit data. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, BuildFax has created a proprietary property intelligence engine that contains building and permitting information from 5,000+ cities and counties throughout the country. As the best and only source of a structure’s “life story,” the BuildFax database continues to grow, currently covering over 60 percent of the U.S. commercial and residential building stock with over 6 billion data points.

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