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More Americans are expected to remodel their homes this year

A rising number of Americans are preparing to renovate their homes this year, a potential boost for the economy, according to projections released Thursday by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The report estimates that spending on remodeling and repairs will climb 8.6 percent this year to $310 billion. The gains would bring renovations close to the 2006 peak of an inflation-adjusted $327 billion.

The additional spending would likely contribute to broader economic growth, creating more jobs for construction workers and building supply firms.

Driving the increased spending on contractors are rising home sales: The home renovators include both people...

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