Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor

Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999.



From 1989 to 1999, he worked for the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he first worked as a crime reporter, then general assignment reporter, farm-ranch-agribusiness editor, regional editor and city editor. Mize grew up on a farm and cow-calf ranch in Sequoyah County and attended Muldrow public schools. He holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism (news-editorial), a bachelor of science degree in political science (state and local government) with a minor in economics, all from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

He holds a master of arts degree in history from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, and a master of divinity degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. He also is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stillwater homes don't stay on market long, data shows

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

    Statistics provided by SmartAsset in New York purport to show how easy it is to sell a home in any given Oklahoma city or town. It bases its 'Ease of Sale Index' on the average number of days for-sale homes are on the market in a given community.

  • 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.

  • 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 Guaranty Co.

  • 'Profit Doctor' offers builders medicine to enhance teamwork

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    With construction still dealing with a post-crash workforce shortage, “it is imperative to have a dedicated team all pulling in the same direction,” expert says at homebuilders event in Oklahoma City.

  • Building Summit & Expo keeps expanding in Oklahoma City

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The seventh annual Oklahoma Building Summit is a real exhibition, according to the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association. The trade group will present the 2015 Oklahoma Building Summit & Expo on Wednesday and Thursday at the Cox Convention Center.

  • Boeing Co., Hobby Lobby have companies taking notice of OKC

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Big expansions at Boeing Co. and Hobby Lobby are beacons announcing anew that Oklahoma City is a good place for regional manufacturing distribution. That was the gist of the industrial property update presented by CBRE broker Caitlin Mazaheri this week at a forum organized by the Oklahoma City Building Owners & Managers Association. Boeing and Hobby Lobby "have brought a lot of people who would normally pass us by and go to bigger markets like Dallas actually stopping and taking a look and considering us, to operate here, and to distribute here to our region, and be that one regional hub," she said.

  • Western store two-steps into Oklahoma City area

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Boot Barn's opening in Norman, OK, and the popularity of Tener's Western Outfitters in Edmond illustrates retail leakage and the strong area market for western wear, columnist Richard Mize writes.

  • Neighbor of First National Center understands woes of refurbishing downtown Oklahoma City skyscraper

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Mark Beffort, who as an owner of City Place, understands the challenge facing the ownership group that plans to redevelop the nearby First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Beffort and fellow investor Roy Oliver bought City Place in 2008 and have converted to top eight floors of the 33-story building into residential condos.

  • Oklahoma City man wins St. Jude Dream Home

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Brian Lemons, an account manager at the Martial Arts Industry Association, said on his Facebook page that he probably will sell the house, valued at $400,000, “because it makes the most sense financially.”

  • Oklahoma City man wins $400,000 St. Jude Dream Home

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Brian Lemons of Oklahoma City is the latest lucky owner of one of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's "$100 houses" in the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. He said he was surprised and honored to be one of the hundreds of winners across the country to support the hospital in Memphis, Tenn. “They told me I won the house, and I was shocked. I didn’t know what to say,” Lemons said. “When I bought the ticket, I viewed it as a $100 donation to St. Jude.” TimberCrafts Homes built the 2,800-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath home in The Lakes at Traditions addition in north Oklahoma City. Its estimated value is $400,000.

  • Studio Z in Edmond hopes to raise art consciousness

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Studio Z is 1,750 square feet of space in a former jewelry store turned art gallery and yoga studio at rejuvenated Downtown Edmond Plaza with lead artist Zonly Looman.

  • Chart for medical office space shows low vacancy, highest rent

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Judging by the use of space in Oklahoma City metro area, medical office space is the healthiest market with lowest vacancy, highest rent.

  • Richard Mize: About those homes raffled by St. Jude

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    I always figured I’d sell it if I won it, which I won’t because The Oklahoman is one of the sponsors of the mostly annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  • We really can’t help going to the Walmarts

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    Walmart-branded stores are dominating the urban landscape across the Oklahoma City metro.

  • Oil-field trailer: Office report replays 'Dark Clouds' saga

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    Office space is again up in the air in downtown Oklahoma City, caused by the downturn in the energy industry. SandRidge Energy has put its three-building downtown campus up for sale, a potential transaction which could greatly affect the office space market.

  • Deciphering my Edmond bill: utility futility

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    It’s like a spread sheet married a ouija board and they had a devil baby.

  • Tour St. Jude Dream Home for chance at $10,000 furniture shopping spree

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    All 6,800 raffle tickets have been sold, but there are still reasons to tour the home in northwest Oklahoma City.

  • State therapist helps pioneer aging-in-place movement

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Kendra Orcutt is an occupational therapist and her expertise is in aging-in-place. Aging-in-place is the approach to home design and rehabilitation that considers reality rather than the ideal. It plans for the physical limitations that come with age, not the fantasy, carefree lifestyle everyone dreams of but few attain without money to burn in retirement.




Richard Mize Wed, Sep. 02 2015 08:25:18 PM CST @briOKC Has there ever been a @Whataburger and In-n-Out cage fight? Hmm ...
Richard Mize Wed, Sep. 02 2015 08:20:04 PM CST @ThomasMcEvoy Not impressed. Whatevs. Exploiting peace movement for PR gains: uncool. Cynical? Me? No corporation gives a DAMN about peace.
Richard Mize Wed, Sep. 02 2015 08:16:59 PM CST READ IT and laugh: @nexttokimdavis -- God bless her soul. But God, open a door or window or something. She needs a job she'll actually do.
Richard Mize Wed, Sep. 02 2015 05:53:11 AM CST READING: Judge considers placing OKC's First National Center in receivership #CRE http://t.co/tRyF2FCqns
Richard Mize Mon, Aug. 31 2015 04:54:08 PM CST @OkStateHBA @NewsOK Twas my pleasure.
Richard Mize Mon, Aug. 31 2015 04:53:45 PM CST WILL PREACH Proverbs 22:1-9 & James 2:1-7, 14-17: "Relative Humility and the Do Point" 10:45am Sunday in OKC here: http://t.co/3Q2XjW8D4p
Richard Mize Sun, Aug. 30 2015 09:41:04 PM CST Richard Mize (audio): "Trust & Obey: More Than a Hymn" Matthew 5:38-48 Hillcrest Christian Church (DOC) OKC 8-30-15 https://t.co/E1Gk1Lzw7X
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 29 2015 04:51:50 PM CST WILL PREACH "Trust and Obey: More Than a Hymn" Matthew 5:38-48, 10:45am Sunday, Hillcrest Christian Church (DOC), OKC http://t.co/JxL7igYjPP
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 29 2015 08:10:15 AM CST COMMENTS: Canned housing stats taste funny #CRE #housing http://t.co/GDv4jJVMlu
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 29 2015 07:44:36 AM CST REPORTS: Weak crude oil prices starting to give Oklahoma City builders jitters #CRE #oil #housing http://t.co/SoyKhTHotM
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 29 2015 07:41:34 AM CST READING: Court documents hint rival bidder seeks ownership of downtown OKC's First National Center #CRE http://t.co/cPaHVbvDUU
Richard Mize Fri, Aug. 28 2015 08:52:24 AM CST COMMENTS: And, yea, all the builders wanted, verily, to say amen #CRE http://t.co/JGiE7uU42G
Richard Mize Fri, Aug. 28 2015 08:51:32 AM CST REPORTS: New home loan rules will further delay closing, title executive warns #CRE http://t.co/jUY9JA4bDA
Richard Mize Thu, Aug. 27 2015 06:34:44 PM CST READING: What it's like inside OKC's bedeviled First National Center right now #CRE http://t.co/vh6lTSlffc
Richard Mize Thu, Aug. 27 2015 05:09:27 AM CST 'REPORTS: 'Profit Doctor' offers builders medicine to enhance teamwork @okstatehba #CRE #housing http://t.co/740cFFv0N8
Richard Mize Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:09:08 AM CST LORD, HAVE MERCY! Two Virginia journalists killed in attack on live television http://t.co/0bTGhbN6M4
Richard Mize Wed, Aug. 26 2015 05:24:43 AM CST OH, YES! All diggity: Made in Oklahoma Coalition spotlights hot dogs that hit the spot for all ages http://t.co/QDMNDLIHX3
Richard Mize Tue, Aug. 25 2015 09:15:42 AM CST REPORTS: Building Summit & Expo grows in Oklahoma City http://t.co/4wPgzdxSK2
Richard Mize Tue, Aug. 25 2015 03:31:30 AM CST READING: State of Oklahoma agencies plan to make immediate emergency moves from OKC's First National Center #CRE http://t.co/IwD7Rs3637
Richard Mize Mon, Aug. 24 2015 04:08:21 PM CST WILL PREACH "Trust and Obey: More Than a Hymn" Matthew 5:38-48, 10:45am Sunday, Hillcrest Christian Church (DOC), OKC http://t.co/3Q2XjW8D4p

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