US Housing Starts JULY & Softwood Lumber Prices AUGUST: 2021

After a healthy increase in June, US total housing starts for July 2021 fell by -7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.534 million. For July 2021, total residential starts in the US increased by +6% from the same month one year ago, when it was 1.048 million.

WSPF-SYP-ESPF-2x4 Softwood Lumber Prices-2 year-US Housing 1-Unit STARTS & PERMITS: JULY 2021

US Housing Total and 1-Unit Starts July & Benchmark Softwood Lumber Prices August: 2021

Continuing the improvements of most of this year, permits for future homebuilding in July were up by +2.6% compared to the previous month, when it was 1.594 million, to a rate of 1.635 million units. However July 2021 permits are up +6% compared to July 2020 when it was 1.542 million.
June starts of single-family housing, the largest share of the market and construction method which uses the most wood, was 1.111 million annualized, a -4.5% drop compared to June, when it was 1.163 million. Single-family permits were relatively even at 1.048 million units, a -2% decrease compared to June when it was 1.066 million units.

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Continuing to correct downward somewhat, in the week ending August 20, 2021, the price of benchmark softwood lumber commodity Western S-P-F 2×4 #2&Btr KD (RL) was US$390 mfbm. This is down by -$49, or -11%, from the previous week when it was $439. That week’s price is down by -$234, or -38%, from one month ago when it was $624.

Benchmark Softwood Lumber Commodity Western Spruce-Pine-Fir Price: August 2021

Western Spruce-Pine-FIr KD 2x4 #2&Btr prices AUG 2021

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US Housing 1-Unit Starts & Permits July and Benchmark Softwood Lumber Prices August: 2021

WSPF-SYP-ESPF-2x4 Softwood Lumber Prices-2 year-US Housing 1-Unit STARTS & PERMITS: JULY 2021

When compared to the same week last year, when it was $850, price for the week of August 20 is down by -$460, or -54%. Compared to two years’ ago when it was $346, this week’s price is up by +$44, or +13%.

Madison’s Benchmark Top-Six Softwood Lumber and Panel Prices: Historical Perspective

Madison's Softwood Lumber Benchark green and KD Construction Framing Dimension Softwood Lumber and Panel Prices AUG 2021