Builders to present 'first-in-the-nation innovation' phone app during Oklahoma City's Parade of Homes

The Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association is turning social media savvy with an educational panel and a phone app for the Parade of Homes.
by Richard Mize Published: July 31, 2010

First came the "smart home" and "smart phone."

Homes with computerized-digitized-razzamatazzed appliances, electronics and other features that make George Jetson's place seem downright backward. Phones with abilities to make Dick Tracy's 2-Way Wrist TV look plain humdrum.

Now come "smart homebuilders."

It's Parade of Homes 2.0.

The Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association will debut what it says is its "first-in-the-nation innovation" phone app during the Parade of Homes, Oct. 9-17. Interactive maps to spotlighted neighborhoods, photos of homes and information on the homes and builders will be featured in the iPhone application.

The app will provide "details, feedback, profiles — everything the public needs to know about your parade home and the whole parade experience," Mark Dale, president of the association, wrote in his weekly newsletter.

He said the app has "state-of-the-art stuff that even impressed Jeff Click."

Builders and people who know builders know Click — "Daddy 2.0" as of 7:56 a.m. Friday — as the first homebuilder in Oklahoma City to fully embrace the "smart home" concept when he went into building in 1998 at age 22. If he's impressed, it's impressive.

Daddy 2.0? Yes, Jeff and Deziray became parents twice over Friday when Giavauna Leona Click came in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 20 inches, giving little Alessondra a baby sister.

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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