Here's some Facebook/Turner Turnpike/bar bet/gossip fence fodder: the latest home price estimates from the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Oklahoma home values appreciated 5.72 percent from the second quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of this year, counting only purchase prices and not appraisals for refinancing.
Tulsa saw an increase of 4.42 percent over the same period.
Not real surprising, and not nearly as notable as the 7.2-percent increase for the country as whole. It was one of the strongest quarters since the boom in the middle of the last decade. It added fuel to the housing-is-in-recovery story most of the rest of the country has been talking about.
However haltingly the economy is recovering, however many (rising mortgage rates) question marks (rising mortgage rates) and pesky doubts (rising mortgage rates) haunt the housing recovery, the bust is way behind us.
We're used to it, or should be — pretty good news, I mean. What was a sucking chest wound everywhere else was a bad case of the hiccups — a pretty bad case of the hiccups, admittedly — in Oklahoma.
Here are some stats from other metro areas in this part of the country, also from the FHFA's purchase-only index. Generally, the higher the increase, the bigger the slowdown the city is shaking off.
• Dallas-Plano-Irving: up 8.72 percent.
• Denver: up 10.23 percent.
• Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas: up 6.72 percent.
• Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas: up 11.14 percent.
• Austin, Texas: up 9.82 percent.
• Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.: up 5.55 percent.
• Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Ark.: up 1.8 percent.
• Wichita, Kan.: up 2.2 percent.
Now, counting both home purchase and appraisals for refinancing, the numbers aren't quite as rosy.
Oklahoma City values increased 3.04 percent year over year ending June 30, and Tulsa values eked out a 1.76-percent gain.
For serious chat and natter, here are changes in those places above and others, counting both home purchases and appraisals for refinancing:
• Amarillo, Texas: up 2.27 percent.
• Austin, Texas: up 7.66 percent.
• Boulder, Colo.: up 6.06 percent.
• Dallas-Plano-Irving: up 5.32 percent.
• Denver: up 7.52 percent.
• Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.: up 4.95 percent.
• Fort Smith, Ark.: up 2.05 percent.
• Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas: up 4.26 percent.
• Joplin, Mo.: up 1.47 percent.
• Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.: up 1.56 percent.
• Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Ark.: up 1.31 percent.
• Lubbock, Texas: up 1.78 percent.
• Wichita, Kan.: up 0.65 percent.
Let the gossiping begin!