Building Materials Prices Climbed 5.4% in 2020
Only twice during the course of 2020 did overall prices decline for residential construction materials. Softwood lumber prices experienced the most volatility and reached historic highs. Data from Random Lengths suggests lumber prices will rise even more through January.
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.