Materials Shortages a Positive Sign for New Home Builders

In what could be termed “good news” for the building industry, builders and lumber companies are reporting shortages of materials according to recent surveys by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA).  These materials include but are not limited to the following: oriented strand board (OSB), with 22 percent of builders reporting shortages, followed by wall board (20 percent), framing lumber (18 percent) and plywood (18 percent).

Items that are typically hard to come by, such as, copper wire, vinyl siding, HVAC equipment, insulation and structural insulated panels show the same “unavailability” as they did in 2004 and 2005 when the real estate market was stable and producing approximately 1.8 million homes annually.  The shortfall of the products listed above, though, indicate that companies are still not ready to “stockpile” material inventory that is used regularly by a thriving real estate industry.

With the post-Recession, record-breaking numbers and statistics emerging recently from the National Association of Home Builders, this shortage of materials would bolster the perception to builders that the housing industry is on the rise.  This cautiously optimistic view is tempered slightly by the inflation of the cost of building materials.  Builders have reported a 5.17% rise in materials costs, while distributors, specifically the lumber companies surveyed by the NAHB, report a 10% (or more) increase in cost.

This should come as no surprise for consumers who “live in the United States,” as the cost of, well everything, has been going up during and since the end of the Recession.  As the building industry balances out, and the new normal of supply and demand is established according to the new pace of the home building/buying industry, one would expect to see these prices level off.  They may not ever retract, but the rise of the cost of materials may cap as demand increases.

Altogether, though, the outlook for builders is positive, and builders seem to think so also, showing higher builder confidence numbers than they have since 2008.  Here at The Parks of Plaquemines in Greater New Orleans, we see many new homes being built by our builders.  Also, there seems to be a lot of interest in building on our lots as our Garden Home Phase I lots are Sold Out.  If you are interested in building your new home on one of our lots at The Parks of Plaquemines, Contact Us at 504-364-2350 or E-mail

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The Old Algiers Harvest Fresh Market – July, 2013


The Old Algiers Harvest Fresh Market

Old Algiers
922 Teche St. / Corner Newton Street
New Orleans, LA 70114

Friday Dates in July, 2013

June 7, 2013
June 14, 2013
June 21, 2013
June 28, 2013

3PM – 7PM

Live music and more every Friday afternoon!

Call 504-362-0708 or Click Here For More Information.

Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns – July, 2013


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center
250 West Park Avenue
Eunice, LA 70535

At Liberty Theater next door to center. Live Cajun and zydeco music.

Saturday, 6:00PM
July, 2013

Call the Theater at 337-457-7389 for Ticket Information.


Battle of New Orleans Talk – July, 2013


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
Battle of New Orleans Talk

Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery
8606 West St. Bernard Hwy.
Chalmette, LA 70043

Discover 1815’s Battle of New Orleans on the battlefield where it happened. Time is approximate; talk takes place when Creole Queen excursion boat arrives.

Tuesday – Saturday – July, 2013
This Is a Free Event.

Call 504-281-0510 or Visit Here to Learn More Information.

Wetland Walk – July, 2013


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
Wetland Walk

Barataria Preserve
6588 Barataria Blvd.
Marrero, LA 70072

Explore wild Louisiana on a ranger-guided walk through swamp and marsh.

Wednesday- Sunday – July, 2013
This Tour is Free.

Call 504-689-3690 ext. 10 or Visit Here to Learn More Information.