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Home Improvements After the Home Purchase

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  • Fifty-three percent of buyers undertook a home improvement project within three months of their home purchase.
  • Buyers who purchased older, previously-owned homes were the most likely to undertake a home improvement project. Seventy-three percent of those who purchased a home that was built in 1920 or earlier did make a home improvement soon after buying the home, compared to only 33 percent of those who purchased a home built between 2010 and 2012.
  • Remodeling the kitchen was the most common home improvement project among recent buyers—47 percent of buyers who did undertake a home improvement project remodeled the kitchen. Bathrooms were a close second at 44 percent.
  • For more information, check out the the 2013 Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences .

T.J. Doyle, Director of Research Marketing and Communications

TJ Doyle, Marketing and Communications Manager, works on marketing the products and services the Research Division produces to members and non-members alike. TJ oversees Research’s social media presence, focused on promoting NAR Research to members, the media, government affairs and other industry groups.

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