Oklahoma Home and Garden News and Features

  • Real estate notes for April 30

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Real estate notes for April 30, 2016

  • Errant fax sends career on 10-year roll as Oklahoma broker takes off in park properties

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Real estate broker Keith Wilson put his career in park 10 years ago, but has been on a roll ever since. That's "park" as in mobile home park, and "roll" as in a decade of success with a property niche few others seem to want to deal with.

  • Oklahoma County land sales for April 30

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Oklahoma County land sales for April 30, 2016

  • Village Verde in northwest Oklahoma City is 'green' from the ground up

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    For Ideal Homes of Norman, a builder in Village Verde since construction started in 2012, green means energy-efficiency and cost-efficiency for homebuyers, of course — and monetary success for Ideal Homes.

  • Block party Saturday to usher in northeast renaissance

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    “oNE OKC: A Northeast Renaissance,” a free outdoor event, will be held Saturday at Douglass High School's Miller Football Stadium. It will be presented from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by the Northeast Renaissance Steering Committee, Leadership Oklahoma City's LOYAL Class XI and the Alliance for Economic...

  • Oklahoma City building permits for April 29

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Harrison French & Associates, 12324 NW 10, retail sales, erect, $3,000,000. Kirkpatrick Forest Curtis PC, 6900 SW 29, warehouse, remodel, $1,129,500. Robert Lee, 16500 Arthurs Circle, residence, erect, $700,000. Kirkpatrick Forest Curtis PC, 6900 SW 29, warehouse, remodel, $500,000....

  • Richard Mize: HUD gives buyers break on student debt

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    In a nutshell, HUD told Federal Housing Administration- approved lenders — that is, those making home loans guaranteed by the FHA — that it had reduced by 50 percent the percentage of debt used to calculate monthly student loan obligations.

  • Listing of the Week: 3216 Silvercliffe Court, Edmond

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The 4,188-square-foot home at 3216 Silvercliffe Court has five bedrooms, four baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached four-car garage. The living room has a fireplace, cathedral ceiling and ceiling fan. The kitchen is open to the family room and has a breakfast bar, eating...

  • Oklahoma City opens new demonstration garden

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Oklahoma City's fourth water conservation demonstration garden is open at Bluff Creek Park, 4551 W Hefner Road (entrance at 11301 N Meridian). Stroll through the water conservation demonstration garden and see practical, firsthand examples of Oklahoma-tough plant materials and landscape...

  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity renames stores

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity has changed the name of its stores from Renovation Station to Central Oklahoma Habitat ReStore. They remain as home improvement resale stores that sell donated new and “gently used” furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the...

  • The Nation's Housing: Fannie Mae gives 'transactors' credit for good behavior

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Be aware that how you manage your credit could now become a key determinant of whether you get a mortgage. Transactors will reap the benefits; revolvers playing games with credit cards will get more scrutiny.

  • Ray Ridlen: Asian pear rust is widespread across area

    Ray Ridlen, gardening column | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The last several weeks I have observed in the field Asian pear rust. The Master Gardeners have received numerous samples and have answered many phone calls concerning this disease. Many of you might be familiar with Cedar-Apple rust. It makes the walnut-size galls on cedar trees that produce...

  • Marni Jameson: Color caution — Let the experts do the picking

    AT HOME WITH MARNI JAMESON   | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    I'm about to make your life a lot easier. For years I have followed and shared this design principle: When choosing a color palette for your home, start with an inspiration piece — a painting, rug, fabric or wallpaper swatch you love — and let the colors be your dowsing rod. Now I...

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for April 29

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    ­­­CALENDAR For more information, call the phone number or use the email address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send email to mhowell@oklahoman.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS •WATER...

  • The House Detective: Don’t expect VA inspector to be building inspector

    The House Detective by Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    DEAR BARRY: We just read your article about window requirements for a basement bedroom. The windowsills in our basement are too high to comply with this code, but this was never mentioned by the Veterans Affairs inspector when we bought our home. Our agent advised us not to hire a home...