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If you’ve been wishing and hoping and dreaming for an all new reno show with a different Jo and maybe a Jordan, too, your flippin’ dreams are coming true.

The Bachelorette’s JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers aren’t set to star, they’re already starring on CNBC’s Cash Pad where they travel the country and turn unused crash pads into – say it with us in a game show announcer voice – CASH PADS.

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Remodeling Impact Report

The new Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors looks at renovation “joy scores,” as well as reasons for doing remodeling jobs and which ones Realtors say get the biggest ROI. Photo: Ebby Halliday Realtors

Americans are crazy about renovations. Entire entertainment mediums are dedicated to our love of home improvement, like DIY Network and HGTV Magazine.

In the first ten months of October 2015 alone, Americans spent $326.1 billion on remodeling their homes. The big goals were to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes, and materials; add features and improve livability; and just because it was time for a change.

That’s according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors, the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report. It examined reasons homeowners tackle renovations, as well calculating a “joy score” from each project. The report also details Realtors’ opinions of home renos, how they add value to a property, and what projects are most likely to attract a buyer.

This report is the first of its kind from NAR, surveying Realtors, consumers, and members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

“Realtors know that certain home upgrades and remodels can be beneficial to get more buyer eyes on a property, potentially bring in more offers or gain more equity from a home,” said NAR President Tom Salomone. “But remodeling projects are just as valuable to homeowners who simply want to get more joy out of their dwellings. Regardless of the situation, Realtors know what remodeling projects bring the biggest bang for the buck and what projects are most likely to improve a homeowner’s impression of their current place.”

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State Fair Remodel - Small

The State Fair of Texas is upon us and it’s more than Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Goodarts Peanut Patties and whatever’s being popped into the deep fryer this year (no surprise: there was no line for the 60-ticket lobster with champagne gravy). It’s also a place to shop for some home improvement.

But remember, this is a fairground, so don’t get carried away and forget to do your research. Sometimes there’s a deal to be had. Sometimes you waste $20 trying to toss that plastic ring on the bottle neck just to “win” a $3 garish stuffed animal. Don’t let the grease fumes distort your reasoning.

For those thinking about remodeling, one option is Statewide Remodeling who are offering 20 percent off. Started in 1994, the company is the largest remodelers in Texas with offices in Dallas, Plano, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio – and for the next little while, at Fair Park. They seem to do it all from exterior to kitchens, baths, windows and the like.

Jump for more deals to be had at the State Fair of Texas:

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Curbless shower master bath Graf Developments

Bruce Graf says that aging-in-place can be stylish with key updates in often-used rooms, such as master suites.

A survey recently released by the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business polled 1,000 people ages 50 to 80 years old. Only about 1 in 5 respondents to the survey had any plan to remodel their homes or incorporate technology to help them as they age, and yet, the vast majority (96 percent) of respondents said they want to remain independent while they grow older, and 91 percent said they wanted to stay in their own home, commonly referred to as ‘aging-in-place.’

Bruce Graf, a nationwide renovation consultant with over 32 years of experience and a Baby Boomer himself, scoffs at these survey results.

“It’s funny, people will spend $50,000 for a car. This is something with a relatively short life and depreciates the very second it’s driven off the car lot,” Graf said. “However, they think twice about spending that amount on their home, a place they could spend the next 30 years in easily, and it appreciates greatly.”

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