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Home remodels on the rise in Phoenix

PHOENIX -- It's another positive sign that we are feeling much better about our home values in the Valley.

Everybody from home remodelers to the do-it-yourself weekend warriors are coming out of the woodwork.

KTAR's Rosie Romero of "Rosie on the House" said the recent boost is among people who had big ideas for their homes in 2008 before they "got hit between the eyes with the economic two-by-four. Those projects are now coming back because they're just tired of waiting."

But many of those projects are coming back in a slimmed-down version of the original plan.

"What we're seeing drive the phone calls right now is deferred maintenance," said Romero. "If the home needed painting in 2008, people just patched things up and now it really needs that paint job. And instead of busting up the master bathroom for a full makeover, we just go in and update fixtures and luxury showerheads."

Romero said his business has gone up by 100 percent in the past few months. Home Depot reported an 8 percent jump in sales in 2012.

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About the Author


Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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