U.S. lumber prices grew by 10% due to high mortgage rates, recovering from a 3-week low

U.S. lumber prices grew by 10% due to high mortgage rates, recovering from a 3-week low

Posted on September 19, 2022   |  

  • Lumber prices grew by 10% to $506 per thousand board feet, recovering from a 3-week low due to a surge in mortgage rates, which is the highest level in over a decade.
  • The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate soared to 5.89% this week, which is the highest level since 2008, amid the housing market collapse.
  • These high mortgage rates are decreasing demand in the housing market, which led to lower demand for lumber as well.