The dramatic surge in lumber prices is making the dream of homeownership harder to achieve for many Americans.
A big increase in home renovations during the pandemic drove up demand, and sawmills have had trouble keeping up.
They say logistical issues like staffing and delivery are making it hard to keep stores and lumber yards supplied.
The shortage has added roughly $36,000 to the price of building a new home.
Some good news officials say prices are already starting to come down and should be significantly lowered by the fall season when there's typically a natural downturn in demand.