Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Update: Framing Lumber Prices Down 20% Year-over-year

by Calculated Risk on 9/03/2019 02:29:00 PM

Here is another monthly update on framing lumber prices.   Lumber prices declined from the record highs in early 2018, and are now down 15% to 25% year-over-year.

This graph shows two measures of lumber prices: 1) Framing Lumber from Random Lengths through Aug 16, 2019 (via NAHB), and 2) CME framing futures.

Lumcber PricesClick on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

Right now Random Lengths prices are down 22% from a year ago, and CME futures are  down 23% year-over-year.

There is a seasonal pattern for lumber prices, and usually prices will increase in the Spring, and peak around May, and then bottom around October or November - although there is quite a bit of seasonal variability.

The trade war is a factor with reports that lumber exports to China have declined by 40% since last September.