Wood Markets 2013: Optimism Prevails
February 5, 2013 | 12:02 pm CST

Sales for 2013 are expected to match or beat 2012 figures. That is the consensus of a majority of representatives from the major woodworking markets.

Backing that optimism are projections by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and other groups for gains in new housing and remodeling projects in 2013.

NAHB forecasts 949,000 housing starts in 2013, an increase of 21.5 percent. In a statement, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe noted, “Nearly every measure of housing market strength — sales, starts, prices, permits and builder confidence — has been trending upward in recent months and we expect to see gradual but steady growth along these lines in 2013.”

Single-family starts are projected to rise 22 percent to 650,000 units in 2013, while multi-family also is expected to grow 22 percent to 299,000 units. With continued optimism, NAHB also is forecasting increases in 2014; a 30 percent jump in single-family units to 844,000, and a 6 percent gain in multi-family units, to 317,000.

Residential remodeling is also expected to show steady improvement in 2013 and 2014. “That outlook is consistent with the indicators of future activity in our recent Remodeling Market Index survey,” Paul Emrath, NAHB’s vice president for survey and housing policy research said in a statement. He added that many remodelers have been reporting increases in calls for bids and appointments for proposals.

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