Residential Remodeling in April 2013 is UP 13%

Residential Remodeling in April 2013

National Residential Remodeling

Residential remodels authorized by building permits in the United States in April were at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 2,969,000. This is 13 percent above the revised March rate of 2,631,000 and is 8 percent above the April 2012 estimate of 2,747,000.

Regional Residential Remodeling

Seasonally-adjusted annual rates of remodeling across the country in April 2013 are estimated as follows: Northeast, 507,000 (up 2% from March and down 25% from April 2012); South, 1,344,000 (up 11% from March and up 22% from April 2012); Midwest, 659,000 (up 22% from March and up 9% from April 2012); West, 636,000 (up 11% from March and up 4% from April 2012).

Viewing the Economic Recovery Through Remodeling

“Volatility in residential remodeling activity has continued through the first four months of 2013, with April showing significant gains from March in all regions except for the Northeast, where activity has been steadily dropping for more than six months,” said Joe Emison, Chief Technology Officer at BuildFax.

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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