Home Sweet Home

While the local and national housing markets have for the past few months been situated firmly in the limelight, factory-built housing has been largely ignored.
But with credit beginning to flow more freely, an $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers and new activity in some of the state’s oil fields, Oklahoma’s largely rural home market is primed for sales.
Availability
Ronald Richards, VP of Marketing for League City, Texas-based Oak Creek Homes, said it comes down to ease.
“Factory-built homes are, of course, more affordable, but a lot of it has to do with availability,” Richards told TBJ at the Great Southwest Home Show, a recent factory-built housing trade show hosted by the QuikTrip Center.
This user-friendly form of housing is especially important as it relates to one of Oklahoma’s largest industries, oil and gas.
“In areas where the oil patch gets really active, you suddenly have a large workforce and no place to put them,” Richards said. “We can fill that need fast.”
Richards said Oak Creek Homes provide what they call ruggedized units to oil companies to not only provide shelter for their employees, but to provide office space as well.
“We see them put their offices and the measuring units in some of them,” he said.
But readily available housing is not just important to businesses, Richards said.
Availability is a major selling point in Oklahoma’s residential market, where a large percentage of the population lives in isolated, rural areas.
“In these rural areas, you find a lot of people who want to live on an acreage they own,” Richards said.
While it would cost a significant amount of money to prepare the site for building, ship materials to the site and hire a building crew to commute to a remote area every day, a family can get into a large, move-in-ready factory-built home for a little more than a new pickup truck.
“Not to mention the shortage of building crews in rural settings, which means you have a long wait while that home gets built,” Richards said. “We can have a move-in-ready home out there almost as fast as you need it.”
Efficiency
Kenny Shipley, co-owner of Fort Worth-based Legacy Housing LTD, said a major part of factory-built housing’s affordability has to do with the efficiency of its building process.
“We build these things indoors, so we never lose any time or materials to the weather,” he said.
He also said the repetition of the building process created efficiency.
“We build about six floors a day at our Commerce (Texas) factory,” Shipley said. “When you do something that much, the efficiency you gain is incredible, there is just not a lot of waste in our process.”
Richards echoed Shipley’s claims, adding that factory-build homes were more environmentally sound than site-built homes.
“Our process is very efficient,” he said. “The factory building process, since there is so little waste, is very environmentally friendly. Our factory is actually certified green under the National Green (Building) Standard.”
The process isn’t the only efficient thing about factory-built homes, the houses themselves are built in an extremely exacting manner.
“When you have someone site build a home, you get an inspector on site maybe once a week,” Shipley said. “We have in-house inspectors, and all of our homes are built to HUD (Housing and Urban Development) standards.”
“A lot of our homes actually end up being certified by the Energy Star program,” Richards said.
Affordability
“We build affordable housing, that’s the bottom line,” Shipley said. “These get you a lot of bang for your buck.”
“A lot of times when people buy a home, they either love the house and hate the location, or they kill themselves to get into a good location, but hate the house they move into,” said Rick Vaughn, regional manager of a new Longtide Homes dealership set to open in Glenpool in the coming weeks. “You can move a factory-built home anywhere you have a plot of land, you don’t have to settle on that bad neighborhood.
“We sell a lot of homes to middle-income families who want the safety and feel of a rural lifestyle, but don’t want to have to pay a fortune for it. We help people afford the American dream.”
Transactions
Realtime Automation LLC purchased 3,977 SF at Graham Franklin Industrial Park for $186,000. The seller was Deshon Apartments. Tulio Remington of Remington Commercial Properties LLC represented the seller. Brian Frere of Keller Williams Realty represented the buyer.
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Bobby York purchased 7,500 SF at 5230 E. Pine for $250,000. The seller was WJM Management Co. LLC of Oklahoma City. Shawna Hale, Dwayne Flynn, SIOR, CCIM and Bill Mizener, SIOR with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Leases
AABC leased 1,802 SF at Southeast Plaza, 4530 S. Sheridan Road. The landlord is SECORP. Tulio Remington of Remington Commercial Properties handled the transaction.
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Langsham Health Services LLC has renewed its lease for 7,200 SF at 5460 S. 103rd East Ave. Matt Klimisch, SIOR, CCIM, Tom O’Brien, SIOR, CCIM and David Glasgow with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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RHC LLC has leased 1,500 SF at Metro Warehouse, 5616 S. 122nd East Ave. Tom O’Brien, SIOR, CCIM, Matt Klimisch, SIOR, CCIM and David Glasgow with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Wizard Transportation has leased 2,000 SF at Tulsa Industrial Investments, 9402 E. 55th Place. Jim Brown, CCIM and Stacie Stuart with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Dale’s Contractors leased 1,837 SF at Bank of America Branch, 1801 N. Highway 66 in Catoosa. Steve Baker, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Kuai Zi has leased 1,400 SF at Broken Arrow Plaza, 6436 S. Elm Place in Broken Arrow. Mendy Parish, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Youthcare of Oklahoma has leased 434 SF at 1711 E. 15th St. Steve Baker, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Automated Mail Service has leased 30,812 SF at 6915 E. 38th St. Jamie Hill, SIOR, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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JWC Furnishings Inc. has leased 4,400 SF at Tulsa Business Park, 7334 E. 38th St. Brian Hunt, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma represented the landlord and Jim Brown, CCIM and Stacie Stuart with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma represented the tenant.
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Nelson’s Buffeteria has leased 4,068 SF at 1547 E. 3rd St. Jim Brown, CCIM and Stacie Stuart with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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MidAmerica Surgical Systems LLC has leased 3,944 SF at Tulsa Business Center, 12211 E. 52nd St. Bob Pielsticker, SIOR with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Med Staff Oklahoma LLC has renewed and expanded its lease for 2,845 SF at Eton Square, 8321 E. 61st St. Steve Baker, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
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Guffey’s Warranty Deeds
The following are recent warranty deeds filed in the Tulsa area. Deeds are published as space becomes available. Information is listed as follows: Date, Type, Grantor, Grantee, City, State, Desc, Consideration.



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