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Oklahoma City building summit, home tours ahead

The early fall home event lineup includes the Oklahoma Building Summit, the “Fall Classic” Parade of Homes, the Heritage Hills Historic Homes Tour and the Garden Tour for Connoisseurs.
by Richard Mize Published: August 22, 2014
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The first wave of fall home tours and related events is about to hit. Here’s a rundown.

Building Summit

• First some “inside baseball” for builders: The 2014 Oklahoma Building Summit Sept. 11 in Midwest City will feature a main presentation on ways for builders to improve their bottom line by eliminating waste.

Keynote speaker Scott Sedam with TrueNorth Development of South Lyon, Mich., will preach the “lean building” philosophy.

“Homebuilding is awash in waste, a documented minimum 20 percent, or a minimum of $50,000 in the average $250,000 house price in the United States,” Sedam said. “The savings are available to all homebuilders, enabling increased profit to builders, suppliers and trades alike.”

The summit, at Midwest City’s Reed Center, is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association. The all-day event kicks off at 8:15 a.m. For more information, go to www.okbuildingsummit.com.

Parade of Homes

• It’s called the “Fall Classic” Parade of Homes now, since builders started a spring event, but this one is the biggie: The Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association’s 69th annual Parade of Homes, Sept. 20-28, with more than 100 new homes open free to the public.

Three Edmond neighborhoods will be featured: Iron Horse Ranch, Birnam Woods and Rush Brook — and I confess a fondness for Iron Horse Ranch just because of the street names, which include: Stirrup Lane, Wild Horse Way, Roundup Road, Pinto Pass — and my favorite: Cattle Drive.

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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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