Dealers face slightly higher prices across the board, as well as longer lead times, than builders for products such as OSB, plywood, and framing lumber, according to a new survey by the National Association of Home Builders and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.
"While a nascent housing recovery is underway, as reflected by the modest increase in sales by dealers, it's clear that the ongoing material shortages and price increases being reported by dealers continue to be a cause for concern as we move into the latter half of 2013," NLBMDA president Michael O'Brien said in a statement.
Dealers reported more significant price increases than builders, saying their SKUs' prices had risen, on average, 10% or more since the beginning of the year. Builders said the materials they purchase have been priced 5.17% higher for the same period.
A higher percentage of dealers than builders also said they're experiencing shortages on key products:
The data comes from a joint NAHB and NLBMDA survey in May of 230 dealer-members of the NLBMDA as well as 383 builders.