Oklahoma Home and Garden News and Features

  • Weak crude prices starting to give local builders jitters

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    A decent rebound in crude oil prices this week didn't cast off the pall gathering at the edges of Oklahoma City metro-area housing, leaving homebuilders and others in the business closely watching the price for West Texas Intermediate crude.

  • Couple find a taste of Tulsa in wooded Oklahoma City

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Northeast Oklahoma City's Stonemill Manor nestles against Stonemill, a David Yost neighborhood known for lots 1 acre and larger carved into the undulating hills of northeast Oklahoma City, with old-growth trees and Yost’s trademark landscaping to frame each luxury home site. Stonemill Manor lots...

  • And all the builders said amen

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    It was like Revival Week for Oklahoma homebuilders, with passionate talks by U.S. Sen. James Lankford and the “Prophet Doctor,” Charles C. Shinn Jr., at separate gatherings Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • The Gideon offers beauty in design

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Coach lights shine like beacons from their sentinel positions atop handsome brick columns that flank the recessed courtyard's entrance.

  • Listing of the Week: 508 E Olivia Terrace, Mustang

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The 3,344-square-foot home at 508 E Olivia Terrace has four bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, three living areas, one dining room and an attached three-car garage.

  • Metro First Realty celebrates 10-year anniversary

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Morrie Shepherd started Metro First Realty in August 2005 with two associates, and has grown to have almost 500 associates working out of eight offices.

  • Richard Mize: And, yea, all the builders wanted, verily, to say amen

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    U.S. Sen. James Lankford pretty much preached to the choir with a legislative update for the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association Tuesday night.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: FHA opens window to more borrowers

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Just because your credit reports and scores continue to bear the wounds of the recession and financial crisis, don't assume you can't buy a house. Shop aggressively among FHA lenders in the coming weeks and months, and you're likely to find a better reception than you feared.

  • Couple find a taste of Tulsa in wooded Oklahoma City

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Brenda and Gregg Jaynes, who moved from from Tulsa, found a wooded lot in Stonemill Manor, southwest of NE 122 and Coltrane Road developed by David Yost. They have just completed the dream house they spent nearly a year building.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Aug. 29

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Oklahoma City City of Oklahoma City, 11501 N Rockwell Ave., recreation center, erect, $8,000,000. Geis Construction, 421 N Portland Ave., office-warehouse, add-on, $6,500,000. ARCO/Murray National Construction, 13600  Pawnee Drive, recreation center, erect, $4,000,000. Stellar...

  • When design styles collide, apply rules of attraction

    By Marni Jameson  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A co-author of “Beekman 1802 Style: The Attraction of Opposites,” (Rodale, Sept. 15, 2015), which is all about blending opposing styles in a home, provides some pointers.

  • Smart Moves: Here are some tips to avoid overpaying

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Sid Davis, author of "A Survival Guide for Buying a Home," said a working knowledge of property values in their target market allows buyers to better craft an offer pegged to the right price point.

  • New home loan rules will further delay closing, title executive warns

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The new mortgage disclosure rules going into effect Oct. 1 could extend the current closing process 10 to 15 days or more for the average home sale contract. So, buyers and sellers should be prepared, said Ted C. Jones, chief economist and senior vice president forOklahoma's Stewart Title...

  • Oklahoma City home and garden notes for Aug. 29

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    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 •OKLAHOMA...

  • Rodd Moesel: What a great August for gardening!

    Rodd Moesel mug bug | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Our trees, shrubs, lawns, flowers and vegetables are partying across Oklahoma with the greenest foliage I’ve ever seen this time of year.