Lackluster product prices, log prices and housing starts are continuing, despite low unsold home inventories.
The recovery has gone flat although fixed rate mortgages seem to get more attractive by the week, for now. Recent trends of lumber, home construction and housing markets are compared to 2009 and 2005.
Stud prices have picked up slightly and log prices have stabilized, for now. Logs are expensive relative to product prices in January. The imbalance of log and product prices has not improved from December to January.