Soaring Lumber Prices Limit Housing's Growth
Demand for single-family homes remains a bright spot for the overall economy. However, the price of lumber has staged a staggering increase in recent months, exacerbating affordability woes and limiting housing’s economic impact.
Data at a Glance
NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI)
The HMI offers an insider’s perspective on the current state of housing. Each month, builder sentiment about the present and near-term housing market is depicted on a scale of 0 to 100, indicating the portion of builders experiencing positive market conditions.Learn more
Housing starts data are key economic indicators that track the pace of residential construction. These monthly Census Bureau statistics typically reflect broader trends within the overall economy such as interest rates and job growth.Learn More
Framing and Lumber Prices
Fluctuations in the costs of building materials, particularly those of framing lumber, contribute significantly to home prices and housing affordability levels.Learn more
The latest on starts and permits, home sales, lumber prices, mortgage rates and more.
State and Local Data
Regional reporting of building permits, home sales, employment and workforce demand.
Analysis from NAHB economists on the current and future state of housing.
Exclusive NAHB surveys provide insights from several sectors throughout the industry.
Economic models help determine rent costs, home prices and housing affordability.
Detailed research on a wide variety of topics related to the U.S. housing market.