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

Healthy Home Remodeling: Consumer Trends and Contractor Preparedness

January 31, 2019

Author: Elizabeth La Jeunesse

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


Kermit Baker

Senior Research Fellow

The Canary Signs: 10 Indicators That Show Remodelers’ Current and Future Market Conditions

Monday, February 11, 2019

It looks like 2019 will be a time of transition for the remodeling industry, and we’ll see as we progress...

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Elizabeth La Jeunesse

Senior Research Analyst

More Consumers Are Interested in “Healthy Homes”

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Americans are increasingly worried about the links between health and everyday environmental exposures in their homes, according to “Healthy Home...

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