Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Dave Jones Realty, llc. 0789397

Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay? | MyKCM

Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market:

  1. Home renovations have shot up
  2. Inventory of homes available for sale on the market has dropped

A ‘normal’ housing market is defined by having a 6-month supply of homes for sale. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors, we are currently at a 4.4-month supply.

This low inventory environment has many current homeowners worried that they would be unable to find a home to buy if they were to list and sell their current houses, which is causing many homeowners to instead renovate their homes in an attempt to fit their needs.

According to Home Advisorhomeowners spent an average of $6,649 on home improvements over the last 12 months. If that number seems high, it also includes homeowners who recently bought fixer-uppers.

A new study from Zillow asked the question,

“Given a choice between spending a fixed amount of money on a down payment for a new home or fixing up their current home, what would you do?”

Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said that they would rather renovate their current homes than move. The results are broken down by generation below.

 

Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay? | MyKCM

More and more studies are coming out about the intention that many Americans have to ‘age in place’ (or retire in the area in which they live). Among retirees, 91% would prefer to renovate than spend their available funds on a down payment on a new home.

If their current house fits their needs as far as space and accessibility are concerned, then a renovation could make sense. But if renovations will end up changing the identity of the home and impacting resale value, then the renovations may end up costing them more in the long run.

With home prices increasing steadily for the last 6.5 years, homeowners have naturally gained equity that they may not even be aware of. Listing your house for sale in this low-competition environment could net you more money than your renovations otherwise would.

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many homeowners who is thinking about remodeling instead of selling, let’s get together to help you make the right decision for you based on the demand for your house in today’s market. Call a Real Estate Professional at Dave Jones Realty, llc for all your real estate needs! 

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Good morning 

Thank you for sharing your information with us 

Have a great day.

11/13/2018. 

Nov 13, 2018 06:58 AM #1
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William Feela
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If you are remodeling for you it is a great idea.  Otherwise maybe not somuch

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Dave it is tough to get your money back on major renovations.  So my advice is enjoy the renovations for a while before putting the house on the market. 

Nov 14, 2018 07:29 AM #3
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