Home Renovations Less Profitable In 2006

A few years ago when the real estate market was booming and inventory was low, many homeowners decided to renovate their current home rather than sell and buy something larger that better suited their needs.

The National Association of Realtors has reported that the cost of renovations climbed in 2006, while the resale value of those renovations declined. Last year, for example, adding a master bedroom suite to a house cost an average of $75,959 nationwide and boosted the home’s resale value by $64,419 – that’s 84.8 percent of the cost recouped. The same job this year cost a lot more – $94,331 – and returned just $68,458, or 72.6 percent.

With the current leveling off of the real estate market, it may be time to rethink a remodel project vs buying a new home. Home sales have slowed causing inventory to increase and making it easier for buyers to negotiate contingency contracts. It used to be, a seller wouldn’t think twice if you needed to sell a house prior to purchasing. But these days, sellers are thinking long and hard about working with a buyer who is also selling a home.

If you are considering a remodel vs buying, give me a call. I am glad to discuss your options with you so you can make the best decision for you and your family. Also, visit my website to view all Ludlow real estate listings.

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