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Oklahoma builders, agents face winter weather

BY RICHARD MIZE Published: January 30, 2010
The ice and snow are dealing homebuilders and real estate agents more setbacks, a month after the Christmas Eve blizzard brought construction and home shopping to a stop.

For builders, the wintry weather could mean another statistical hiccup.

The blizzard kept builders out of city halls the last week in December, when they might have been obtaining building permits, said Mark Dale, owner of Carriage Homes and president of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association.

Lingering ice and snow now could have a similar effect on the number of permits issued in January.

The delays are temporary, since builders will move forward with their plans as soon as the weather improves, but coming at the end of a month can affect attitudes by drawing down monthly numbers when builders are looking for encouragement.

Some Realtors took Friday off.

"It is a forced break. I have lots of work to do but since I pretty much work seven days a week and am on call — and they do call and I’m grateful — I’m thrilled with the break,” said Anne Wilson of Paradigm AdvantEdge Real Estate. "I have clients that are ready to look but are considerate about my choices. They’ve left it up to me: ‘When you want to get out, let’s go.’ So, all in all, I’m grateful to read a book.”

Angela Berkshire of REA-Real Estate Advisors said she worked online Friday but was game if a buyer were daring.

"Showing property — well if they like an adventure, then come on, let’s go see property. It depends on the results you want for you and your clients,” she said.

Pat Maye of Metro Mark Realtors in Nichols Hills said he was rescheduling appointments.

"Most homebuyers and sellers aren’t too interested in getting out either,” Maye said.

Mike Grissom, a builder and Realtor, said he was ready to get out, too, if necessary.

"If I get a call to show, I know it’s a serious buyer and I will find a way to get there.

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