Monday, May 3, 2021

Ever-Rising LBM Prices Now Add $36,000 to the Typical New Home

In just three short weeks, the NAHB has announced an additional $12,000 to the cost of a typical single-family home. THREE WEEKS! 

Here's a fact not many of us knew. About 1 in 4 homes for sale are now newly built, the highest share ever. Historically new homes make up about 1 in 10, but fierce buyer competition is behind that shift. Prices for new and existing homes are at record highs.

Related Article: Escalating Lumber Pricing Add $24,000 to Average New Home

With lumber prices seem to set a new record almost daily, now up 67% this year and up 340% from a year ago. And lumber doesn’t just go into framing a house. Those added costs hit cabinets, doors, windows and flooring.

Lumber prices are skyrocketing for various reasons beyond just high demand from homebuilders and remodelers. Lumber tariffs had prices already rising a year ago, but then when the pandemic hit, production shut down. The expectation was that housing demand would dry up for a long time. But instead, after a brief pause, it came roaring back. Homebuilders were caught off guard, as were lumber producers.

The surge in lumber prices in the past year has 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, according to the NAHB.

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Gary Fleisher is the Managing Director and contributor to the Modcoach Network and its affiliated blogs. Email at modcoach@gmail.com

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