Thursday, March 12, 2009

Oklahoma City Market for February 2009

Oklahoma City Recognition

• The metro area’s average sales price for 2008 was $151,700, an
increase of 0.84% compared with 2007. Statewide, the average sales
price for the year was $149,482, an increase of 0.52% compared with
2007 (The Oklahoman, 02/21/2009)
• Oklahoma home builders are bracing for a rush of buyers now through
November 30 when the first time home buyer credit expires.
Oklahoma’s market, because it’s relatively strong, could respond to
the stimulus faster than areas where housing values have plummeted,
said Steven R. Plaisance, president of the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers
Association and executive vice president of secondary marketing for
Arvest Mortgage Company in Tulsa. “Our affordable home prices and
the historically great mortgage rates make this a good deal for
Oklahomans,” he said. (, 02/18/2009)
• Oklahoma State University’s School of Architecture has earned a
place among the top 20 in a nationwide survey of architectural
undergraduate programs. (The Oklahoman, 02/07/2009)
• Oklahoma’s two largest counties both had above-average employment
and wage growth in the second quarter of 2008. Among 334 large
counties in the U.S., Oklahoma County ranked ninth in rate wage
growth with an over-the-year increase of 6% to $777 a week. Wages in
Tulsa County rose 3.2% to $766, also above the 2.6% national
average. (, 02/03/2009)
• Oklahoma City based Paycom, an online payroll processor, grew its
revenues 89% in 2008 despite a slumping economy. (The Oklahoman,
02/24/2009). Courtesy of Opubco.