Third Quarter Prices Released

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On 7/5/2011 we uploaded the most recent pricing data. All subscribers should have received a notification email from RemodelMAX. Some of the pricing trends that RemodelMAX chose to highlight are as follows:

LUMBER COSTS GO DOWN DURING THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2011, ROOFING AND INSULATION GO UP

  • Dimensional lumber costs decrease 3-5% around the country.
  • Plywood costs decrease 3-7% in most areas.
  • Shingle costs increase again by 5-10%.
  • Drywall costs continue to stay low.
  • Fiberglass insulation costs up 5-10% in most areas.

Here is a helpful article:
Remodeling activity in April hit the highest level for the month since BuildFax started tracking the market in 2004

By Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
Professional Remodeler

June 15, 2011

The remodeling industry continues to show strength, with record levels of activity for the month of April. The BuildFax Remodeling Index for April 2011 shows that remodeling activity for the month was higher than any April since BuildFax started tracking the market in 2004. The latest BFRI index indicates that residential remodeling activity registered the eighteenth-straight month of year-over-year gains, demonstrating that many Americans are continuing to remodel their current homes, rather than purchasing new homes.

The BFRI is the only source directly reporting residential remodeling activity across the nation with monthly information derived through related building permit activity filed with local building departments across the country. The April 2011 index rose 15 percent year-over-year and for the eighteenth straight month in April to 109.7, the highest April number in the index to date. That follows year-over-year gains of 17 percent in March, 20 percent in February and 22 percent in January.

“April traditionally sets a baseline for the rest of the year in residential remodeling activity, and April 2011 is the best we’ve seen since the beginning of the index in April 2004,” said Joe Emison, vice president of research and development at BuildFax. “The BFRI is indexed to start at 100 in April 2004 and here we are seven years later, after significant drops in housing value, and the index is almost 110. That means there were almost 10 percent more residential remodels in April 2011 than in April 2004. Given the relatively pessimistic economic news that we heard about April, including a slowing recovery, this is a nice surprise for the industry.”

In April, all regions posted month-over-month gains, and only the Midwest posted a year-over-year loss. The West was up 16.8 points (18 percent) year-over-year and up 5.3 points (5 percent) month-over-month. The Midwest was down 16.9 points (19 percent) year-over-year and up 10.7 points (17 percent) month-over-month, recovering slightly from a lower-than-average March. The Northeast was up 3.2 points (5 percent) year-over-year and 9.1 points (14 percent) month-over-month, and the South was up 9.6 points (11 percent) year-over-year and 10 points (12 percent) month-over-month.

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