How Stringent Design Regulations Restrict Housing Affordability and Choice

Posted on July 14, 2020 by Jorie Helms
Housing affordability has long been at the forefront of housing policy and attention. It’s been even further ignited by the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on employment and people’s ability to afford somewhere to live. Recent land use trends...
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NAHB and Hanley Wood Announce New Partnership

Posted on July 7, 2020 by Jorie Helms
Hanley Wood/Meyers Research and NAHB today announced that BUILDER will cease to be the official magazine of NAHB at the end of 2020, as the two organizations prepare to launch a new home building data platform for NAHB members. Hanley Wood/Meyers R...
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Norman overhauls building permit system

Posted on June 23, 2020 by Jorie Helms
By: Chip Minty The Journal Record NORMAN – Builders and contractors have maligned the city of Norman’s permitting process for years, calling it slow, inefficient, and costly to their businesses. They consider Norman among the hardest communit...
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Millennials’ market: Young finding ways to buy OKC real estate

Posted on June 9, 2020 by Jorie Helms
By: Janice Francis-Smith The Journal Record Taylor Pettyjohn said she was “super excited” on Friday afternoon, just hours after she and her husband closed on their first house. The young couple are expecting their first child in October, and as...
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Jump in mortgage applications for home purchases shows buyers are back

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Jorie Helms
By Kathleen Howley Purchase apps last week were 6.7% higher than a year ago, MBA says Applications for mortgages to purchase homes gained for the sixth consecutive week to a level that was 6.7% higher than a year ago, back when a deadly pandemic ...
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Cities blocked from imposing aesthetic design standards under new law

Posted on May 26, 2020 by Jorie Helms
By: Janice Francis-Smith, The Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY – After a coordinated effort by a handful of statewide organizations concerned with residential real estate, legislation to keep municipalities from imposing purely aesthetic design standards...
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