The New York Times reports that amid the pandemic and a shift to work from home, many Americans are departing cities for the suburbs. Over the past year, new home construction in small cities and suburban areas rose 15%, compared to less than 10% in big cities. U.S. builders are on track to start construction on 1.1 million single-family homes this year, the most since 2006. However, in the current ultracompetitive housing market home builders are now at risk of losing business because they cannot supply enough inventory. The rising cost of labor and lumber — which has more than doubled over the past year are reasons attributed to market delays.