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Construction costs are continuing to climb. Last year alone, construction pricing increased 5.07%. Materials costs and a labor shortage are the main driver of the rising pricing, and they are likely to fuel another increase in costs this year.

“Both material and skilled labor costs in construction have been on the rise for some time, and today’s multifamily developers are seeking cost-effective ways to bring multi-unit projects to fruition,” Richard Lara, president and CEO of RAAM Construction, tells GlobeSt.com.

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Los Angeles Magazine.

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