Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

More Home Starts Keep Builders Busy

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

More Home Starts Keep Builders Busy

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Oklahoma City area home builders are struggling to keep up with recent demand for single-family homes.

Last month, home starts jumped an astounding 75 percent as 395 building permits were issued in nine metropolitan communities. Only 225 permits were issued in April of last year.

Lower interest rates and a growing economy have prompted more people to seek new homes, said Norman home builder Mike Pierce.

Home starts in that city nearly doubled in April when 65 permits were issued, compared with 35 in the same month of 1995.

Pierce said quality laborers are in short supply during boom periods. He said his company is looking outside the Norman area for its skilled labor because "we are being real selective."

"Norman is growing for one thing, and there is just a real good value for homes now. You can get great workmanship and quality for the price here."

Oklahoma City builders also are setting a fast past for spring construction. Permits for single-family homes totaled 194 in April, up 40 percent from 139 permits in April 1995. …

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