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Higher Lumber Costs Add More Than $35K to New Home Prices, $119 to Monthly Rent

According to NAHB’s latest estimates, rising softwood lumber prices over the last 12 months have added $35,872 to the price of an average new single-family home, and $12,966 to the market value of an average new multifamily home.  That increase in multifamily value translates to households paying $119 a month more to rent a new apartment. These estimates are based on the softwood lumber used… Read More ›

How Builders Try to Deal with Rising Lumber Prices

As most industry observers know, softwood lumber prices have been extremely high and volatile over the past year.  During an unprecedented four-month surge in 2020 prices nearly doubled, reaching an all-time high in September.  Since then prices have continued to fluctuate, increasing recently to the point that they are now considerably higher than they were even at last September’s historic… Read More ›

Record Steel Mill Product Price Increases Add to Lumber Woes, Push Building Materials Higher

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction ex-energy rose 1.4% in February (not seasonally adjusted) and have increased 7.7% over the past 12 months, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Building materials (i.e., inputs to residential construction less food and energy) prices have declined just twice since December 2019. The index… Read More ›

Global Exports of U.S.-Grade Framing Lumber

The United States consumed roughly 47 billion board feet of softwood lumber in 2019, 30.8% of which came from 48 foreign countries.  All softwood lumber imports are not created equally, however.  The lumber used to frame a home in the United States must meet stringent standards set by the American Lumber Standard Committee and only 16 foreign countries produce lumber… Read More ›

Lumber Headlines Broad-Based Increases in Building Materials Prices

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction ex-energy rose 2.1% in January (not seasonally adjusted) and have increased 6.8% over the past 12 months, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Building materials (i.e., inputs to residential construction less food and energy) prices have declined just twice since December 2019…. Read More ›

77% of Remodelers Report A Framing Lumber Shortage

With the recent increases in the price of many residential construction materials, and in particular softwood lumber, NAHB wanted to get a better understanding of how these price increases are impacting remodelers. In the Q3 2020 Remodeling Market Index (RMI), remodelers were asked to report on material shortages, if any, as well as material price changes over the last six… Read More ›

Softwood Lumber Prices Surge a Record 29% in September — Building Materials Up 4.4% in 2020

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction climbed 1.8% in September (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The index for inputs to residential construction, goods less food and energy (i.e. the “core”)—a less volatile price measure—increased 2.2% over the month. The core index for building materials has… Read More ›

Ready-Mix Concrete, Gypsum Products Lead Building Materials Prices Higher in January

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction increased 0.5% in January (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Building materials prices have increased 2.0% over the last 12 months and by 3.3% since January 2018.  The average monthly increase since the start of 2018 has been 0.14%, with the largest… Read More ›