In Oklahoma City proper, the 1,313 single-family permits issued through June was a 25.3 percent increase from the first half of 2009. In the metro area — Oklahoma City, Edmond, Midwest City, Moore and Norman — the 1,878 permits issued through June represented a 21.3 percent increase.
"We're experiencing a lot of people getting out again and wanting to buy," said builder Steve Allen of Allenton Homes & Development. "We've had a great last couple of months."
Allen builds in two distinct price ranges $200,000 to $300,000, and $500,000 and up. Most of the buying activity now, he said, with the tax credits over, is in the $200,000 to $300,000 range, where move-up buyers who sold homes to first-time buyers using the credits are landing.