Re: Lumber prices
From: Gary Hellenga (
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2021 12:39:39 -0700 (PDT)
We (Bozeman Cohousing) are preparing to get a construction contract
imminently, and the lumber price situation has greatly impacted the costs
of the proposed contract.

The article listed below was published in June, just around the peak of
lumber prices.  A more current view might be gained from, which shows current (late
summer), which shows that lumber is currently down significantly.  However,
there has been considerable volatility, so builders may be leery of bidding
the current (low) price in contracts, if there's a risk the price will be
$200/thousand-board-feet higher next month.

> Message: 3
> Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2021 13:27:17 -0400
> From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>
> To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>,
>         affordablecohousing [at]
> Subject: [C-L]_ Why lumber is so expensive suddenly
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> I wasn?t Trump?s unwise import taxes ? it started with the big recession
> in housing when the demand for new housing was flat and 30+ mills when out
> of business. Other disasters destroyed forests and planting was scaled back
> because there was no demand. The prediction was another recession in lumber
> during COVID but the opposite happened. Demand shot up. But it takes time
> to grow wood and build sawmills so it?s a game of catch up.
> Nice infographics.
> Sharon
> ???
> Sharon Villines, Editor & Publisher
> Affordable Housing means 30% of household income
> Cohousing means self-developed, self-governed, self-managed
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