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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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Lumber prices climb as people stuck at home build those gazebos they've been putting off

Jul 10, 2020
The price of lumber is at a 2½ year high, driven by a sawmill slowdown and more interest in home projects.
Timber on the dock of a New Zealand port in February. Demand for lumber hasn't slowed, but production has.
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