Crow's Construction Materials Cost Index (CMCI) Reports 35% Drop in Building Materials Costs

Jun 30, 2010, 12:23 ET from RISI

BOSTON, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Crow's Weekly Market Report (Crow's) today reported that the total cost of lumber and panels for construction of a 2,116 sq ft home has decreased by 35% since April of this year. Based on the Crow's Construction Materials Cost Index (CMCI), the wholesale cost of lumber and panels for framing an average home has dropped from $7,511.80 on April 30, 2010 to $4,951.44 today. This dramatic drop is the result of a steep, supply-driven run-up in prices during the first quarter of the year.

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Ken Tennefoss, Executive Editor of Crow's Weekly Market Report, commented, "Once buyers filled up inventory needs and production volumes became more in line with demand, prices began a continuous decline to the point we are at today." He continued, "The market dynamic can change in a very short period of time. That's why it is imperative that lumber and panel users and producers have the most accurate and up-to-date market intelligence available."

Crow's CMCI is published each Friday in Crow's Weekly Market Report.

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