Parade of Homes marches on despite building slowdown in Oklahoma City

Home construction is off 16 percent compared to this time last year in the Oklahoma City area, but the show goes on: The Parade of Homes Fall Classic, with 129 new houses open free to the public from 1 to 7 p.m., continues Saturday and Sunday. Parade books, with maps and descriptions of the homes, are available at Arvest Bank and Best Buy locations. Download a free ticket at or get one at any home on the parade. Builders reported 3,004 home starts through August, down from 3,595 through August last year, according to The Builder Report by Dharma Inc. in Norman. It was the lowest number for the period in five years. "It's been a strange market," said Jay Evans, owner of Two Structures Homes and chairman of the Parade of Homes. "Sometimes you'll get a few sales and think, OK, we're starting to turn the corner a little bit, then it slows down a little bit. "But there's still good interest rates. It's still a good time to buy. Right now, there's a little more inventory, so if you want to see homes that are finished and ready to move in, there's a little more out there for you to see than, say, a year ago." In the Parade of Homes, new houses are open across the metro area, but two additions are featured: Southfork at Surrey Hills, southwest of Hefner and Mustang roads, developed by Michael Love's Surrey LLC, and Chisholm Creek Farms, north of NW 178 between Western and Santa Fe avenues, developed by Jack Evans of TimberCraft Homes.