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Oklahoma City Real Estate

September 29th, 2022

Oklahoma City is located near the center of the state of Oklahoma and serves as the stateÕs capital and the seat of Oklahoma County. The city covers 621 square miles,Guest Posting making it one of the largest cities in land area in the United States, according to the official Oklahoma City website. The city has a population of 558,000 people.

Energy forms an important piece of the economy, both of the city and of Oklahoma state, with oil reserves first discovered in the area in 1928. ÒOklahoma remains an energy state and the heavy concentration of oil and gas activity in the metro area will provide a boost to area job and income growth as long as energy prices remain high enough to encourage local firms to expand their operations,Ó according to the 2008 Oklahoma Economic Outlook report by Mark C. Snead of Oklahoma State UniversityÕs William S. Spears School of Business. Because of this, the rising oil costs that are bringing other regions to their knees may actually be helping counties in the state of Oklahoma.

ÒThe Oklahoma City region is outperforming the state for much the same reason that the state is outperforming the nationÑenergy,Ó according to Snead. ÒThe greatest income gains in the metro area have occurred in Oklahoma County and have propelled the county among the ranks of the top ten nationally in terms of income growth in recent data releases.Ó

The city boasts a low median housing cost of $134,900, according to, and 87 percent of Oklahoma City homes are occupied, leaving the area with a 13 percent vacancy rate. Of occupied homes, 38 percent are rental units with the remainder being owner-occupied. A property owner in Oklahoma City should expect to pay approximately $1,104 per month for property-related expenses and mortgage payments, while owners without a mortgage will pay approximately $373 on average, according to 2006 U.S. Census data. Median gross rent was $570 per month as of 2005, according to census data.

Home Value Trends in Oklahoma

April 23rd, 2022

Even halfway into 2007, some media and real estate experts are still discussing how we’re in a crashing market with slow sales and low home value averages. Do me a favor and don’t believe the hype. Overall, the real estate market in the U.S. is fairly balanced, having leveled out from the several-year boom experienced earlier in the decade. Knowing how real estate is doing nationwide, or what the national median home value is won’t really help you anyway when you’re thinking of buying or selling or relocating to a new home. (Though if you’re curious, the national median home value in 2006 was $221,900).

Real estate is an investment, so you want to make sure you’re putting that investment in an environment that has room to grow. Basically,you want your home value to appreciate over the years. The best way to predict where a specific area’s real estate market and home value prices are going is to examine the past market (home value rates, number of sales per month, etc) as well as the specifics of the area: economy, employment opportunities, and attractions to outside visitors. These factors will have an affect on whether your home value is likely to rise or fall over the years.

Oklahoma and its capital, Oklahoma City, is one of the more populated Midwestern states, with a total population in 2006 of 3,579,212. The people of Oklahoma rely on a mix of an agricultural and industrial economy for their livelihood. Their main agricultural products include cattle, wheat, milk, poultry and cotton, while their industries produce transportation equipment, machinery, electric products, rubber and plastic products and food processing. With so many different employment sectors, Oklahoma has kept a low cost of housing and living as well steady home value rates.

Though tourism is not a major industry in the state, there’s still plenty to do in the area. With cities such as Oklahoma City and Tulsa, nightlife activities are never scarce. Visit theaters, clubs, bars, restaurants, breweries and shows in the evenings and enjoy the various museums, amusement and water parks, zoos and aquariums Oklahoma has to offer during the day. For the adventurer several state parks provide the perfect environment for hiking, biking, camping, boating, fishing, etc. Wildlife refuges are prevalent in Oklahoma, as is a heavy Native American history and culture. Oklahoma has something for everyone’s tastes, though in many ways it is an underrated part of the United States. The lack of attention is most likely why Oklahoma didn’t experience the same kind of boom in real estate as other areas did and why their market has not crashed nor home value prices fallen drastically. There has been some decrease in home value appreciation, but nothing like what other areas have experienced.

Yet another reason for Oklahoma’s stable market is its relatively low unemployment rate of about 4.2%. More than 20,000 jobs were added in 2006 and since then several sectors have seen job growth, particularly: natural resources/mining and education and health services. Unfortunately, this increase in job availability hasn’t been echoed in income, as the national median household income of Oklahoma in 2005 was $38,895 which was a decline compared to some areas in the U.S. Luckily for residents, Oklahoma’s housing costs are fairly low also, since the median home value in Oklahoma City in 2006 was $125,000, while in Tulsa it was about $131,000.