By Tim Fall
Copyright © 2015, The Oklahoma Publishing Company
What happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas when it comes to bad news for the housing industry at least.
Kurt Dinnes with Kohler representative
at the IBS show in January.
Kurt Dinnes, senior partner in Oklahoma City's Sun Custom Homes, said that while homebuilders in Las Vegas and the rest of the Sun Belt are still working their way out of the economic downturn and housing crash, Oklahoma is ahead of most of the country in returning to pre-crash construction rates.
Dinnes brought that news back from the 2015 International Builders Show held in Las Vegas. He was among more than 400 Oklahoma builders and others in the industry who attended the trade show, classes and business meetings Jan. 20-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Dinnes said that as an Oklahoma representative to the National Association of Home Builders, he "spent more time in meetings than out on the event floor" at this year's show.
Home builder Dan Reeves, left, visits with American
Propane Association representatives. Reeves
partnered with ONG two years ago on one of ONG's
first concept homes where 92 percent of the home's
primary heat source was natural gas.
He said the attitude among the nation's builders was bright, mirroring data that showed builder confidence had moved up in 2014 over the previous year.
Mike Means, executive vice president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, agreed that a "positive attitude" pervaded the convention.
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