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BuildFax Remodeling Index

Data Release: January 20, 2015

Residential remodels authorized by building permits in the United States in November were at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 3,381,601. This is 13% below the revised October rate of 3,897,706 and is 1% higher the revised November 2013 estimate of 3,355,048.

Regional Residential Remodeling

Seasonally-adjusted annual rates of remodeling across the country in November 2014 are estimated as follows: Northeast, 381,208 (down 15% from October and down 10% from November 2013); South, 1,550,010 (down 9% from October and up 6% from November 2013); Midwest, 682,944 (down 20% from October and down 1% from November 2013); West, 811,470 (down 6% from October and up 4% from November 2013).

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.

Historical Values and Subscription Information

The BuildFax Remodeling Index is available as a monthly email with an Excel spreadsheet attachment. Each month's release contains the full list of historical values for the country and each of the four regions, going back to January of 2004. When you subscribe, you will receive the most recent release within one business day. Click here to subscribe for $150/year. You can also subscribe to the free data release mailing list, which delivers the information you see on this page by email each month.