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Homebuilding slows in April with both labor and lumber in short supply

May 18, 2021
"All of a sudden, these guys don’t have the wood to start supplying some of these jobs,” one analyst said.
Both labor and lumber are in short supply when it comes to building new homes.
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It's getting more expensive to build a house

May 18, 2021
The land, labor, supplies, and permits add up.
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The homebuilding industry still needs thousands of workers, and it's looking in new places to hire

Sep 17, 2020
A training program for high school students in the juvenile justice system aims to expand the pool of candidates for entry-level jobs.
A construction worker roofing an apartment complex in Uniondale, New York. Construction, generally considered essential, has continued in the pandemic.
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Housing starts pick up — prices too

Aug 18, 2020
Lumber prices are surging, along with prices of Chinese-made components that go into building a home.
A construction worker roofing a New York residence in May. Housing starts were up more than 22% in July.
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Home design is adapting to the pandemic, too

Aug 17, 2020
New features include dedicated work space and antimicrobial surfaces.
Consumers want some kind of quiet space or designated work space in their homes.
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Why does it cost so much to build new houses?

Mar 11, 2020
We break down one builder's complaint: government regulations.
A new development in Lanham, Maryland, where rowhouses start at $355,000. The builder chalks up about 11% of that price to regulatory costs.
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What's making homebuilders so cheery?

Sep 18, 2019
Lower mortgage rates should help more people buy new homes.
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The U.S. housing market is in a weird place

Jun 18, 2019
There is demand for new homes, but a lot of it is among first-time home buyers who can’t afford them.
Real estate agents leave a home for sale during a broker open house on April 16, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
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Homebuilders struggle during all-important spring season

Apr 23, 2019
Homebuilders are facing a lot of headwinds as we head deeper into the spring season.
Real estate agents leave a home for sale during a broker open house on April 16, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
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Increase in home renovation plans suggests people unwilling to move

Apr 5, 2016
People gave up on the idea of a big, fancy house after the housing crisis, according to one economist.
Many U.S. homeowners are looking to spruce up their homes.
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