According to statistics released on Monday (1-17-22) by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), home sales recorded over Canadian MLS® Systems edged up 0.2% between November and December 2021. The small increases in November and December followed on the heels of a 9% increase in activity in October. This places sales in Q4 2021 between the highs and lows seen earlier in the year. The actual (not seasonally adjusted) number of transactions in December 2021 came in -9.9% below the record for December, which was set in December of 2020.
On Tuesday (1-18-22), The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) reported that builder sentiment in the market for newly built single-family homes edged 1-point lower in January to a reading of 84. The HMI has hovered between 83 and 84 for the past three months, the same rate it was at in the spring of 2021. Builder confidence topped at a level of 90 in November 2020.
Doing more with less and concentrating on high value-added products is the focus of B.C.’s NDP government officials, as they face a shrinking supply of harvestable timber, and the need to protect more old growth forests. However, the secondary sector is more frightened than enthused by the plan: to protect up to an additional 2.6 million hectares of old growth, about half of which the government says is in the timber harvesting land base.
Statistics Canada (StatsCan) reported on Friday (1-14-22) that the real gross domestic product (GDP) for the natural resource sector increased 2.9% in Q3 2021. The natural resources sector real GDP has now surpassed pre-pandemic levels, recovering from the -11.1% drop in Q2 of 2020.
The Ashcroft Indian Band has been pressing the B.C. government to overhaul the province’s forestry policies for over two years, saying that the current system fails to reflect the government’s commitment to reconcile with the Indigenous peoples or its legal obligations to them.
According to analysis provided by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) regarding the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) December Producer Price Index, construction input prices rose 0.6% in December when compared to November. Nonresidential construction input prices also increased 0.6% for the month.
The U.S. Forest Service, in a written statement released on Wednesday (1-12-21), announced that it was abandoning its plan to log along the more than 400 miles of roads in burnt areas of the Willamette National Forest. The Forest Service plan was created following the Beachie Creek, Lionshead, and Holiday Farm fires of 2020.
Ingka Group, the owner of most IKEA furniture stores worldwide, announced that it has purchased more land in the United States, as part of a long-term commitment to responsible forest management. “The new forests will support increased biodiversity, help ensure sustainable timber production from responsibly managed forests, and recover land damaged by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) latest Producer Price Index (PPI), which was released on Thursday (1-13-22) with additional analysis provided by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), reveals that the price of goods used in residential construction, less energy, climbed 1.5% in December (not seasonally adjusted). The index was driven higher by a significant price increase for wood products.
According to the newest LendingTree survey, approximately 40% of Americans are considering a move in 2022. Among those responding to the survey, nearly a third said that the pandemic has changed what they are looking for in a home, as well as the location. Consumers are seeking more space to accommodate the actualities of remote work, as the global pandemic continues into another year.