Home Improvements & Remodeling On The Rise

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The Federal Savings Bank informs readers that homeowners are building more value in their homes through remodeling.

Current property owners are increasing their home remodeling efforts, according to recent data released on September 17th by BuildFax. The Federal Savings Bank encourages homeowners to use a special cash-out refinance loan as a helpful way to pay for home improvements during a bullish housing market.

Figures from construction data show that building permits for home improvements to existing residential properties increased during July, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.51 million. This marks a 2 percent increase from June, as well as a 16 percent increase from July 2012.

"The national upward trend in remodeling is unmistakable, with the notable exception of the Northeast, in which the major cities (Boston, New York) have seen substantially less residential remodeling this year than last year, even though overall permit volumes have remained close to last year's totals," said Joe Emison, chief technology officer at BuildFax.

These figures are keeping with data from the National Association of Home Builders. The NAHB also reported on September 17th that builder confidence in the housing market remained strong in September, coming in at 58 on its Housing Market Index.

"While builder confidence is holding at the highest level in nearly eight years, many are reporting some hesitancy on the part of buyers due to the sharp increase in interest rates," said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson. "Home buyers are adjusting to the fact that, while mortgage rates are still quite favorable on a historic basis, the record lows are probably a thing of the past."

With a home purchase being one of the largest investments a consumer can make, it's no surprise that many people are looking to increase the value of their homes even further. Upgrades to home areas like kitchens and bathrooms can not only make a home more comfortable, they can greatly increase a home's resale price.

Paying for remodeling with a cash-out refinance

Since remodeling projects can definitely add value to a property many homeowners have turned to cash-out refinancing as an affordable way pay for home improvements.

A cash-out refinance loan allows a homeowner to access their property's equity in order to access funding. With home prices rising across the country, more homeowners than ever are finding themselves with the ability to take out a cash-out refinance loan.

For eligible service members with a VA home loan, a VA cash-out refinance can make the process even easier. In addition to using the funds for home remodeling, VA cash-out refinances can also be used for paying off debt, funding school tuition and other important matters.

Even better, a VA cash-out refinance loan can be used to refinance a non-VA home loan into a VA loan, giving eligible borrowers even more options.

Contact The Federal Savings Bank, a veteran owned bank, to get started on a cash-out refinance loan.

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