Lumber Back Up

The price of lumber has jumped back up again and is adding to the cost of new home construction.

Over the past four months, lumber prices have nearly tripled, causing the price of an average new single-family home to increase by more than $18,600.

According to Random Lengths, as of the end of December, the price of framing lumber topped $1,000 per thousand board feet — a 167% increase since late August.

This most recent lumber price upsurge is due to a number of factors, including:

  • Ongoing supply chain disruptions
  • A doubling of tariffs on Canadian lumber imports into the U.S. market that increased price volatility
  • An unusually strong summer wildfire season in the western United States and British Columbia

Predictions on what lumber prices will do during 2022 are mostly pointing to even higher costs for home builders and ultimately, new home buyers.

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Lumber Back Up

The price of lumber has jumped back up again and is adding to the cost of new home construction.

Over the past four months, lumber prices have nearly tripled, causing the price of an average new single-family home to increase by more than $18,600.

According to Random Lengths, as of the end of December, the price of framing lumber topped $1,000 per thousand board feet — a 167% increase since late August.

This most recent lumber price upsurge is due to a number of factors, including:

  • Ongoing supply chain disruptions
  • A doubling of tariffs on Canadian lumber imports into the U.S. market that increased price volatility
  • An unusually strong summer wildfire season in the western United States and British Columbia

Predictions on what lumber prices will do during 2022 are mostly pointing to even higher costs for home builders and ultimately, new home buyers.

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Construction Openings

It’s not just the availability of materials impacting home builders today, it’s also the availability of labor.

The market could use more inventory.  Home builders are trying to catch up.

You’ve likely read the stories about the cost and availability of materials making an impact on home builders’ ability to keep pace with demand.

It turns out they have another factor impacting them as well- labor.

There are more construction job openings than ever before in history.

This is according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There are 410,000 job openings in the Construction Sector.

A year ago there were 253,000.

If you know of anyone looking for work, there is a good chance a home builder could use the help.

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Record Increase

Home builders have experienced their largest-ever increase in building costs so far in 2021.

This is according to the latest Producer Price Index report.  

Year to date, building costs are up 14.5%.  This amount tops the previous record of 7.1% which occurred in 2008.

Specific materials which have seen significant increases include lumber, drywall and steel.

The price of steel has risen 117% this year.

These material cost increases combined with increases in items like building permits and tap fees are causing home builders to raise their sales prices.

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Lower Lumber

Lumber prices are becoming more normal again.

After soaring this Spring to record levels, they have lowered back to near pre-pandemic levels.

The current price for 1000 board feet of lumber is $577.  This is 62% below the price this past May when it reached an all-time high of $1,515.

In the years leading up to the pandemic, prices tended to be between $350 and $500.

While this is great news for consumers and home builders, the prices aren’t drastically lower yet in the lumber aisle at your local bib-box hardware store.

This is because many retailers are still selling through their inventory of lumber which they purchased at higher prices.

However, for the long term, home buyers will benefit from the more normal lumber prices that now exist in the market.

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Construction Jobs

When you see people working to build a new home or new commercial building, you may wonder how much money they earn.

Here is some interesting research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which ranks the highest-paying construction jobs based on median annual income.

Who knew that elevator and escalator installers would be at the top?

  1. Elevator and Escalator Installer = $88,540
  2. Boilermaker = $65,360
  3. Building Inspector = $62,860 
  4. Electrician = $56,900
  5. Plumber = $56,330
  6. Ironworker = $53,210
  7. Sheetmetal Worker = $51,370
  8. Carpenter = $49,520
  9. Equipment Operator = $49,100

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Construction Jobs

When you see people working to build a new home or new commercial building, you may wonder how much money they earn.

Here is some interesting research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which ranks the highest-paying construction jobs based on median annual income.

Who knew that elevator and escalator installers would be at the top?

  1. Elevator and Escalator Installer = $88,540
  2. Boilermaker = $65,360
  3. Building Inspector = $62,860 
  4. Electrician = $56,900
  5. Plumber = $56,330
  6. Ironworker = $53,210
  7. Sheetmetal Worker = $51,370
  8. Carpenter = $49,520
  9. Equipment Operator = $49,100

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Homebuilder Headaches

The National Association of Home Builders recently surveyed their members to ask them about the challenges they currently face and the challenges they expect to face.

 

Far and away, the biggest headache for homebuilders right now is the rising cost of building materials.

 

96% of the survey respondents cited this as a significant problem they faced in 2020 and 89% believe it will be a significant problem this year.

 

It turns out that builders are not only concerned about building material costs, but also the availability of those materials.

 

78% said availability was a significant problem last year and 80% said that it will be a significant problem in 2021.

 

Due to increasing materials costs, we notice builders locally having to raise their base prices significantly in order to keep up with rising costs.

 

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Double Lumber

The price of lumber has doubled in three months.

 

Lumber is just one of several examples of skyrocketing materials costs which are impacting both home builders and home buyers.

 

The cost of lumber is now at a record-level $1000 per 1000 board feet.

 

These rising costs not only add to the sales price of a home but also add to the inventory shortage issue.  Some large, publicly-traded home building companies are slowing production in hopes of building costs dropping over the next few months.

 

Many people expected lumber prices to drop, or at least level off, when the tariff on Canadian lumber changed in December.

 

However, because demand has been so high from both building and remodeling, lumber costs continue to climb.

Construction

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All Time High

 

Home Builder’s confidence in Baby Boomer buyers is at an all time high.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) surveys their members each quarter to discover what they expect of future sales.

 

The builders base a large part of their answer on how many people are visiting their sales centers and model homes versus the same time last year.

 

The results in their most recent survey show that builders have never been more confident about buyers who are 55 and older.

 

The confidence index for this age group is actually double of what it was in 2012.  The NAHB sites low interest rates and strong job growth as the reasons for the high confidence.

 

 

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