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Led by OSB, Lumber Products Now Add Nearly $30K to the Price of a New Home, $92 to Rent

Led by OSB, Lumber Products Now Add Nearly $30K to the Price of a New Home, $92 to Rent

Changes in prices for softwood lumber products that occurred between April 17, 2020 and July 8, 2021 have added $29,833 to the price of an average new single-family home, and $9,990 to the market value of an average new multifamily home, according to NAHB’s latest estimates. The increase in multifamily value, in turn, translates to households paying $92 a month more to rent a new apartment.

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At NAHB’s Urging, White House Holds Supply Chain Summit

At NAHB’s Urging, White House Holds Supply Chain Summit

NAHB’s tireless efforts to engage the White House to convene a home building materials supply chain summit to seek out solutions to end production bottlenecks that have resulted in soaring material prices has borne fruit.

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OSB Prices Have Skyrocketed More than 500% Since January 2020

Filed in Advocacy, Housing Affordability, Material Costs by on July 15, 2021 0 Comments
OSB Prices Have Skyrocketed More than 500% Since January 2020

Framing lumber prices garnered more attention than any other building material over the past year as prices quadrupled between April 2020 and May 2021. But even as lumber prices decline, the spotlight on lumber continues to crowd out the story of meteoric price increases of another wood product integral to the integrity of a building’s structure — oriented strand board (OSB).

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NAHB Urges Congress to Enact Policies to Help Builders Boost Housing Production

Filed in Advocacy, Housing Affordability, Material Costs by on July 14, 2021 3 Comments
NAHB Urges Congress to Enact Policies to Help Builders Boost Housing Production

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard testified before Congress today and called on lawmakers to enact key policy proposals that will help home builders to expand the housing supply, reduce the housing deficit and improve housing affordability for all Americans. During a hearing before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight on the topic of expanding housing access to all Americans, Howard noted that rising home prices, apartment rents and construction costs represent additional risks to housing affordability for prospective home buyers and renters.

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Why Builders Stick with Lumber Despite Price Hikes and Shortages

Filed in Economics, Material Costs by on July 12, 2021 4 Comments
Why Builders Stick with Lumber Despite Price Hikes and Shortages

With builders grappling with record-high lumber prices and supply shortages over the past year, why are so few willing to switch away from traditional wood framing methods? A June 2021 survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) reveals several reasons, but one stands out above the rest.

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Strategies Builders Employ to Combat Rising Building Material Costs and Shortages

Strategies Builders Employ to Combat Rising Building Material Costs and Shortages

Single-family builders have taken several steps to counteract rising building material prices and shortages. More than 50% report taking these two specific actions.

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Use This NAHB Resource to Help Select New Home Building Materials

Filed in Business Management, Material Costs by on June 15, 2021 0 Comments
Use This NAHB Resource to Help Select New Home Building Materials

NAHB has developed a guide to help builders gather information from manufacturers and distributors when considering new home building materials.

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Building Costs Skyrocket Over the Past 12 Months

Filed in Advocacy, Housing Affordability, Material Costs by on June 4, 2021
Building Costs Skyrocket Over the Past 12 Months

Building material costs have soared 26.1% on average over the past 12 months, according to a recent survey of single-family builders asking how much costs have increased for the same house over the last year.

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Record Number of Builders Report Material Shortages

Filed in Economics, Material Costs, Trends by on June 2, 2021 26 Comments
Record Number of Builders Report Material Shortages

Shortages of materials are now more widespread than at any at any time since NAHB began tracking the issue in the 1990s, with more than 90% of builders reporting shortages of appliances, framing lumber and OSB.

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Building Materials Top Housing Concerns

Filed in Economics, Material Costs, Trends by on May 17, 2021 18 Comments
Building Materials Top Housing Concerns

Builder confidence held stable in May, despite growing concerns over the price and availability of most building materials, including lumber.

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