Oklahoma City's spring home parade keeps builders busy

New home starts were down in the first quarter, partly because of a slowdown in the depths of winter early in the year. Getting ready for the second annual Parade of Homes Spring Festival also could have distracted builders from getting new permits.
by Richard Mize Modified: May 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: May 3, 2014

Home starts were down here in the first quarter and it could be because homebuilders were so busy.

That’s builder Steve Allen’s take on the numbers anyway, and he said that what other builders are telling him — and what they’re doing — backs it up.

This weekend, with summer weather forecast for the first time this year, could lend more evidence. Builders will have more than 60 new houses open free to the public across the metro area in the second annual Parade of Homes Spring Festival.

Building permits in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Midwest City, Moore and Norman were down 7 percent through March compared with the first quarter of last year, according to the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, which organized the home parade.

“It was kind of a shock to see that,” said Allen, president of the builders group and president and CEO of AllenStyle Homes and Allenton Custom Homes in Bethany. “I hear from all builders across the board that they’re overwhelmed.”

Part of it could be because of the extra wintry weather the first of the year, which kept builders from work. Catching up and getting ready for the parade could have kept many from getting permits to start more houses, Allen said.

People seem to be buying houses here at the same pace as this time last year, even with a slowdown recorded nationally.


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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