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Rising Construction Costs

Rising Construction Costs

Posted: January 3, 2020 | Tradewinds, Cost Trends

Nationally, construction costs have increased by more than 100% over the last 20 years — a trend that will likely continue — introducing a new layer of complexity to development, capital improvement investments, and landlord tenant lease negotiations.

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Construction Cost Trends—September 2018

Posted: September 12, 2018 | Cost Trends

Construction spending is up since the last issue of Design Cost Data and grew 6% over last year – the hot economy is probably fueling the increases. Home prices are moving upward but with some signs of price resistance. Commercial construction is still doing well across the board with two small sectors in double-digit growth. Although we are guarded in our optimism, we continue to experience good times.

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Construction Cost Trends—July 2018

Posted: July 18, 2018 | Cost Trends

Construction, while still strong, is not “booming” like before. Still growing at a clip of 4–5% over last year, we are seeing regional declines in the center of the country with continued growth on the coasts.

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Construction Cost Trends—May 2018

Posted: May 1, 2018 | Cost Trends

Construction remains relatively strong, but compared to the last few years it’s not booming. Currently, it’s at a 4-5% increase over last year. Home prices are still moving upward because of short supply; not demand and this part of the equation needs to be watched. There is still some chatter of a looming sub-prime problem, let’s hope it’s unfounded.

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Construction Cost Trends—January 2018

Posted: January 4, 2018 | Cost Trends

The construction economy is still good. Commercial is strong and residential is still in positive territory. Housing prices are still moving upward mostly due to a lack of inventory and pent-up demand.

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