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Monday, September 12, 2011

Autumn is Arriving at Wisconsin Building Supply

Labor Day weekend has come and gone, and it’s football season once again! Autumn is arriving in Wisconsin, which means the push is on to complete projects before the inevitable winter weather.

The cost of lumber materials for a typical two-story house has dipped slightly from last month, but the current amount is up compared to this time period in 2010 and 2009. United States softwood lumber exports offshore soared to the highest first-half volume in more than a decade, according to a recent Random Lengths report. That’s 488 million board feet in the first half, up 77% from the first six months of 2010. China is still the largest export market for U.S. lumber by a sizeable margin, and Canadian exports to China are growing significantly.

We’re all aware of the dismal status of many economic and housing reports recently. But the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has just released a new monthly economic indicator -- the NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) -- designed to track housing markets throughout the country that are showing signs of improving economic health.

“By examining key indicators of home prices, employment and housing permits data, we are using a comprehensive, but conservative method in determining which markets are improving,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Last year at this time, there was not a single market that showed improvement using these criteria, and now we can point to 12 examples of growth.”

We also want to make you aware that the Wisconsin Builders Association is seeking nominations for major awards:

  •       Builder of the Year
  •       Associate of the Year
  •       Hall of Fame
  •       Rising Star 

Nomination forms are available on the WBA website and are due September 30, 2011.  For questions on these awards, please contact Kathy Johnsen at (608) 242-5151, ext. 12, or

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