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Career move has been a blessing for Oklahoma City Realtor Chuck Harris

Ten years ago, Oklahoma City Metro Realtor of the Year Chuck Harris sold his Enid agency to join Century 21 All Pro Realty in Oklahoma City
BY TIM FALL Modified: February 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm •  Published: February 16, 2013

“My grandkids are what really motivated me” to move to the city, Harris said.

Now he has the best of both worlds, with “great things happening” in home sales, as well as a full schedule of soccer, dance and band performances with his grandchildren, Kayley, 14, Emily, 10, and Austin, 6.

Describing the metro-area housing market as “fortunate” — stable during the downturn of the past several years — Harris said sellers are now seeing an average 3.5-percent gain over a year ago.

Harris said clients from outside the region consistently find amenities offered in metro-area homes “very attractive” compared to homes in the same price range in other cities.

That goes for foreclosures as well as traditional sales.

Among Harris' current bank-owned listings is 8012 NE 140, a 3,367-square foot, five-bedroom, brick home on a leafy 1-acre lot a short walk from the south shore of Arcadia Lake, for sale for $330,000.

It is not what many people think of when they think “foreclosure.”

Entering via the hardwood-floored foyer, the home's construction quality and detail are immediately apparent. Plantation shutters accent the windows in the spacious living room, with custom built-in cabinetry a highlight in the study.

The kitchen and family room flow together, a cathedral ceiling and windows to the rolling back lawn making the center of the home open and bright.

The downstairs master bedroom is a roomy retreat, the adjacent master bath offering separate bath and shower, custom tile, and a deep walk-in closet.

Family space upstairs was the designer's obvious goal. Two ample bedrooms connect via a multipurpose room ready for art projects, homework or Lego compounds.

Two additional bedrooms are just a few steps down the hall — one of which could easily be configured as a media room.

Harris said the $330,000 price tag on the foreclosed property is not unheard of.

“We see a lot of lower-price investor properties,” he said, “but also seven-figure foreclosures.”