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Monday, May 12, 2014

Update: Framing Lumber Prices

by Calculated Risk on 5/12/2014 12:13:00 PM

Here is another graph on framing lumber prices. Early in 2013 lumber prices came close to the housing bubble highs. Then prices started to decline sharply, and prices declined over 25% from the highs by June.

The price increases early last year were due to stronger demand (more housing starts) and supply constraints (framing lumber suppliers were working to bring more capacity online).

Prices didn't increase as much early in 2014 (more supply, smaller "surge" in demand), however prices haven't fallen as sharply either.

Lumcber PricesClick on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

This graph shows two measures of lumber prices: 1) Framing Lumber from Random Lengths through last week (via NAHB), and 2) CME framing futures.

Right now Random Lengths prices are down about 2% from a year ago, and CME futures are up about 4% year-over-year.