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Where Do Homeowners Take Out the Most Home Improvement Loans?

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Where Do Homeowners Take Out the Most Home Improvement Loans?

Homeowners may look to higher ticket projects in these states

By Caroline Broderick August 25, 2022
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Throughout 2021, American homeowners took out more than 1 million home improvement loans, totaling $131 billion— nearly $30 billion more than 2020. 

This is just one indicator of the rise in home improvement demand post-COVID. Looking deeper into the data, state information on these home improvement loans shows where homeowners are likely making larger-scale, bigger ticket improvements.

Portland Real Estate dug through data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to identify the states with the highest rate of home improvement loans for 2021, including the average loan, number of loans, and total amount loaned. 

These data sets were calculated by dividing the number of owner-occupied homes in each state by the number of home loans originated, in addition to dividing the total dollar amount of loans in each state by the number of loans taken out to find the average loan.

Additionally, if your market is in one of these states, considering a financing option for projects could be beneficial.


State Number of Loans Portion of Homes with Loans Total Amount Loaned Average Loan Amount
Utah 25,227 2.51% $2.97 billion $117,877
Idaho 14,160 2.18% $1.88 billion $132,540
Rhode Island 6,518 1.57% $707.7 million $108,582
Colorado 31,069 1.45% $4.16 billion $133,884
New Hampshire 7,419 1.38% $856.1 million $115,387
Washington 39,108 1.35% $5.45 billion $139,358
Oregon 21,394 1.30% $2.74 billion $128,013
Massachusetts 33,986 1.28% $5.32 billion $156,645
Arizona 33,798 1.28% $4.39 billion $129,895
Delaware 4,528 1.22% $434.8 million $96,020
Pennsylvania 60,798 1.19% $5.52 billion $90,860
Florida 82,289 1.04% $10.02 billion $121,751
Ohio 48,502 1.03% $4.0 billion $82,464
Vermont 2,687 1.02% $286.9 million $106,764
New Jersey 32,745 1.0% $4.44 billion $135,664



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Caroline Broderick

Caroline Broderick is the Managing Editor for Pro Remodeler. Most recently, she served as the associate editor for PR's sister publications, Pro Builder, Custom Builder, and PRODUCTS where she covered design, building products, trends, and more in the residential construction industry. She can be reached at cbroderick@sgcmail.com.

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