Americans Spend $1.9 Million on Renovations

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) estimates that homeowners in a typical zip code spent some $1.9 million on home renovations and remodels.  This boils down to about $1,400 spent per occupied home.  In some areas, mostly in New York and California, the cost can actually be about $5,000 per occupied home.  Because many homes across the US are aging, more money needs to be spent on remodels to keep them up-to-date and energy efficient.

America’s Houses Are Aging

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, America’s houses are growing older.  Homes built from 2000 to 2009 represent 15 percent of the housing stock while some 41 percent of the stock was built before 1969.  The average age of an American home is 35 years old, which means that these homes are less energy efficient than new homes.

As America’s homes age, there is an opportunity for buyers, contractors, and developers to remodel or rebuild aging homes so that they keep up with the modern upgrades today’s new construction has.


2013 Upstate New York School District Rankings

The 2013 rankings for the best school districts in upstate New York were just released.  Suburban Western New York school districts did fairly well,  with 8 out of the top 30 spots.  Suburbs of Rochester and Syracuse also did very well, with Pittsford ranking number 1 once again.  City schools for all three major metropolitan areas did very poorly, with Buffalo ranked third from the bottom at #427.  See a full listing of all 429 school districts here or check out the top 30:

• 1. Pittsford (Monroe County, Rochester Area)

• 2. Fayetteville-Manlius (Onondaga County, Syracuse Area)

• 3. Honeoye Falls-Lima (Monroe County, Rochester Area)

• 4. Brighton (Monroe County, Rochester Area)

• 5. Skaneateles (Onondaga County, Syracuse Area)

• 6. Williamsville (Erie County, Western New York)

• 7. Cazenovia (Madison County, Syracuse Area)

• 8. East Aurora (Erie County, Western New York)

• 9. Bethlehem (Albany County, Albany Area)

• 10. Clarence (Erie County, Western New York)

• 11. Niskayuna (Schenectady County, Albany Area)

• 12. Penfield (Monroe County, Rochester Area)

• 13. New Hartford (Oneida County, Utica-Rome Area)

• 14. Westhill (Onondaga County, Syracuse Area)

• 15. North Colonie (Albany County, Albany Area)

• 16. Voorheesville (Albany County, Albany Area)

• 17. Jamesville-DeWitt (Onondaga County, Syracuse Area)

• 18. Guilderland (Albany County, Albany Area)

• 19. West Irondequoit (Monroe County, Rochester Area)

• 20. Victor (Ontario County, Rochester Area)

• 21. Orchard Park (Erie County, Western New York)

• 22. Vestal (Broome County, Binghamton-Elmira Area)

• 23. Iroquois (Erie County, Western New York)

• 24. Bemus Point (Chautauqua County, Western New York)

• 25. Saratoga Springs (Saratoga County, Albany Area)

• 26. Lewiston-Porter (Niagara County, Western New York)

• 27. Fairport (Monroe County, Rochester Area)

• 28. Amherst (Erie County, Western New York)

• 29. East Greenbush (Rensselaer County, Albany Area)

• 30. Lancaster (Erie County, Western New York)