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Lumber price surge drives construction material prices higher

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its producer price index report for September 2020. It showed that the BLS price index of materials and components for construction was up 2.1 percent from August,...

Lumber drives construction material prices higher again

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its producer price index report for August 2020. It showed that the BLS price index of materials and components for construction was up 0.9 percent from July,...
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Rental housing law in Colorado

Nexus Commercial Realty recently presented a webinar outlining legislation being considered which affects multifamily housing. While the focus of the webinar was on legislation pending in Colorado, many of the issues being discussed there...

Construction materials prices lower as lumber falls

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its producer price index report for November 2020. It showed that the BLS price index of materials and components for construction was down 0.3 percent from October,...

Construction materials prices edge higher as lumber rebounds

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its producer price index report for December 2020. It showed that the BLS price index of materials and components for construction was up 0.8 percent from November,...

Looking ahead to 2021

Both CBRE and Yardi Martix have recently issued reports which discussed the prospects for the multifamily housing market in 2021. This article describes some of the key take-aways from those reports. The long view Both reports...

Bumps in the road for Katerra

Ambitious construction startup Katerra has laid off 7 percent of its workforce as it shifts its focus from fleshing out its product offerings to becoming profitable. This is at least the fourth round of...
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Construction materials prices jump again in March

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its Producer Price Index report for March 2021. It showed that construction materials prices were up 2.4 percent in the month, seasonally adjusted. The index of materials...
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Emotional support animal vs person with allergies: Who wins?

The Iowa State Supreme Court looked at a conflict between two people, both requesting "reasonable accommodation," in a recent ruling. Origins of the conflict Karen Cohen has a severe allergy to pet dander. Because of this,...
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Emergency Rental Assistance funds going out – slowly

A report by the U.S. Department of the Treasury states that, as of the end of July, approximately 24 percent of the $25 billion in emergency rental assistance funds allocated under the Consolidated Appropriations...

Comparing urban and suburban apartment markets

RealPage recently held a webinar where they discussed the differences between the recent performance and the future prospects of the urban core apartment markets compared to the more suburban markets. Inspiration for this webcast came...
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Construction materials prices up despite lumber price declines

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its producer price index report for August 2021. It showed that construction components and materials prices were up 0.2 percent in the month, seasonally adjusted. The index...

Multifamily property values continue to rise

Recent reports from CoStar and from Real Capital Analytics (RCA) show that multifamily property values continue to rise in September despite the pandemic. Defining the indices The CoStar report focuses on a relative measure of multifamily...
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Fannie Mae updates 2021 and 2022 forecasts

Fannie Mae recently revised its economic outlook for 2021. The new forecast predicts significantly higher growth over the next two years than their last forecast from only one month ago. The economists at Fannie...
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Forecasts say higher inflation is coming

A pair of forecasts, one from Fannie Mae and one from the Federal Reserve anticipate that a period of significantly higher inflation than had been predicted in earlier forecasts may be on the way. Fannie...
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