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06/07/2021

NAHB says material costs spiked in the past year

On average, the 12-month increase in material costs for a new home was 26.1%.
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The National Association of Home Builders reported that building material costs have soared 26.1% on average over the past 12 months, according to a recent survey of single-family builders asking how much costs have increased for the same house over the last year. 

The same May survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index reveals that a record number of builders reported material shortages across the board.

About 28% of builders reported that material costs increased by 20-30% over the past year. Another 15.9% indicated  that costs increased by 30-40%; 5.9% said costs rose by 40-50% and 15.2% indicated that their costs had soared by 50% or more.

On average, the 12-month increase in material costs for the same house was 26.1%. 

The NAHB said this is by far the highest percentage cost increase ever recorded in an NAHB survey.  The previous record was 6.1% in 2017, according to the association.