YUKON — Homebuilding and home sales were up in Yukon at midyear compared with summertime 2009. Many big-city housing markets still were staggering from the national housing bust, and the Oklahoma City metro area still was shaking off its own chill. "We're busier this year now than we were last year at this time,” said Linda Ryburn, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Twin Rivers Real Estate in Yukon. In fact, she said, "We're having the best year we've ever had.” Sales had moderated some by summer, she said. First-time buyers rushed to home ownership in the spring run-up to the expiration of a popular federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers. The $8,000 credit for first-timers and a $6,500 credit for certain present homeowners expired April 30. Buyers have until Sept. 30 to close on their purchases. "We're seeing more second-time buyers now than first-timers,” Ryburn said in early July. After the deep freeze in 2008, when "We flat-lined,” she said, and timid improvement in 2009 even with the federal incentives, the first half of this year seemed almost like a return to normal. At one point, potential home sellers simply pulled their houses off the market or didn't list them for sale in the first place — not just in Yukon, but across the Oklahoma City area. "We're carrying more listings now than we were last year, Ryburn said. For their part, homebuilders in Yukon joined builders across the metro area in stepping up production. Builders started 43 houses through June, compared with 23 the first five months of 2009, an 87 percent increase, according to The Builder Report by Norman-based Dharma Inc. The Builder Report showed these neighborhoods with construction through June: Preston Park, on Mustang Road a quarter-mile north of Highway 66, with two home starts; Stone Mill, northwest of NW 10 and Mustang Road, with seven homes started; and Villas at Landmark, southeast of Mustang Road and E Main Street, with five home starts. The most recent starts, The Builder Report said, were a 3,260-square-foot house by Willow Bend Homes in Preston Park and a 3,358-square-foot house by Tom Pace Construction in the Stone Mill addition.