New Home Sales Reach Highest Level in 14 Years, New Construction Still Lagging Behind Demand
According to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau, sales of new homes in the U.S. unexpectedly advanced for a fourth month in August to the highest level in almost 14 years. Single-family housing starts rose slightly in August, up about 12% annually. However, construction is still lagging behind demand due to labor shortages, permitting delays, and weak productivity in the sector.
Brendan Lowney, Principal at Forest Economic Advisors, said the forest products industry can expect continued rise in demand based on current market trends.
“We estimate the underlying demand for housing based on demographic factors is about 1.5 million housing starts,” Lowney said. “Our current housing stock is old and small, and there is a big upsurge of millennials who are reaching their prime home buying years. We’re very optimistic about the near and medium term for housing starts, which are a huge component of wood products demand. The forest products industry should be heartened by that fact.”
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