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Is There Actually a Lumber Shortage?

Maiclaire Bolton Smith sits down with construction expert Glenn Bearden to discuss what’s really causing the spike in construction material prices—from the pandemic, to labor problems, all the way to the core of human behavior.

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Comparing Two Home Price Booms, Fifteen Years Apart

As home prices soar in 2021, many comparisons are being made between the current housing environment and the one in 2006. However, despite recent double-digit home price appreciation, the mortgage payment to purchase a home is substantially more affordable than it was 15 years ago.

Effect of Hurricanes on Local Housing Markets

In 2020, in the span of six weeks, Hurricanes Laura and Delta made landfall 12 miles apart, together taking nearly 100 lives and decimating southwest Louisiana. A look back at the effects of these two hurricanes on the Lake Charles metro shows the potential effects on properties.