Richard Mize
Business 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 and part-time pastor of Carrier Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ, near Enid.


  • Retail realty sales in Oklahoma City at post-recession high in 2014

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Property transactions, at zero sales for zero dollars in 2009, shake off recession

  • Richard Mize: Mail brings irony, envy, ingenuity

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Richard Mize: Mail brings irony, envy, ingenuity

  • Richard Mize: Insurance rate drop has horns

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Lost in the hurrahing and the minimal harrumphing over an FHA reduction in interest rates were these wee scamps, the devils in the details.

  • Some Oklahoma deals that didn't close still make good stories

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Oklahoma City commercial Realtors hear about old news that wasn’t fit to print.

  • Richard Mize: My Oklahoma home can't wait for spring

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Even if we can’t fix this, let’s go ahead and fix that, and that, and that.

  • Oklahoma lender sees more than mortgages in Federal Housing Administration move

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    FHA premium reduction makes it more competitive, helping Oklahoma families realize the “American dream,” ownership of a home.

  • Elly May Clampett's fancy digs impressed this Oklahoma boy

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    Who doedn’t want a cee-ment pond?

  • New year ushers in old times in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    It’s noon on New Year’s Eve, but midnight seems much longer than 12 hours away — and prospects for new year’s revelry are more remote than that. My serious partyin’ days are way behind me. But first, thanks to the quirkiness of deadlines: Merry Tenth Day of Christmas and happy third day of the new year! See? The holidays are still upon us, despite some people’s rush to yank down the yuletide on or before New Year’s Day. Since they are, and since this year my holiday memory lane has been more like Interstate 635 around Dallas, and since, to me, it’s New Year’s Eve, fondness for a few spaces of new years’ past are rushing in.

  • Richard Mize: No contest in kids' home improvement

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Richard Mize: No contest in kids’ home improvement

  • Facebook opens time portals to Oklahoma Christmases past

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    We had a quiet but reminiscent Christmas without you. Memories of Christmases in Oklahoma were relived, and columnist saw what used to be when he grew up in Muldrow.

  • Richard Mize: FAA keeps Santa safe from drones

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    The Federal Aviation Administration slipped a lump of coal into drone-enthused Realtors’ Christmas stockings — this year’s, next year’s and maybe even into 2016.

  • Richard Mize: Ninth-grade English has news to use

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    The real estate editor shared his best advice this week at The Oklahoman’s Small Business VIP Event.

  • Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma fosters community with center at Muldrow

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    The Cherokee Community Center is a plain but nice place that fosters community in Muldrow. It helped bring life and death in Sequoyah County into focus. This is just to say thank you, my Cherokee friends.

  • Have a seat and hear my toilet trouble

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s Real Estate Editor Richard Mize writes about his recent experience with a troubled toilet.

  • Oklahoma City, other metro home prices fit for holiday cheer and jeers

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Nationally, purchase-only home prices rose 4.5 percent from the third quarter of 2013 to the third quarter of this year, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Oklahoma City prices were up 3.23 percent; Tulsa prices were up 2.46 percent.

  • No legal pot, no property worries in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    In Oklahoma, marijuana is still illegal, and probably destined to stay illegal here for a long, long time, despite the hopes and goals of proponents of decriminalizing it. Might as well worry about air rights over Bricktown when pigs fly.

  • Richard Mize: Taking one toke over the property line

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    In states that have legalized marijuana, whether for medical or recreational use, that new right intersects with property rights and has implications for buyers, sellers, landlords and renters.

  • Aging-in-place can mean aging with grace in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize studies for the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist designation.

  • Richard Mize: Drone use is still up in the air

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    Realtors took up the issue at the recent National Association of Realtors annual convention in New Orleans

  • Richard Mize: Junk haulers making tracks in Oklahoma neighborhoods

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    Maybe if people could move like they used to, the stuff wouldn’t pile up.




Richard Mize Sat, Jan. 24 2015 11:14:01 AM CST READING: Proper Bourbon Pairings For Your Favorite Girl Scout Cookies LINK @briOKC !
Richard Mize Sat, Jan. 24 2015 08:21:34 AM CST COMMENTS: Richard Mize: Mail brings irony, envy, ingenuity LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Jan. 24 2015 08:20:14 AM CST COMMENTS: Retail realty sales in Oklahoma City at post-recession high in 2014 LINK #cre
Richard Mize Sat, Jan. 24 2015 08:19:31 AM CST REPORTS: Price Edwards reports that oil price slide unnerves some in Oklahoma City retail LINK #CRE
Richard Mize Fri, Jan. 23 2015 09:43:51 PM CST @LoRoberson more info please
Richard Mize Thu, Jan. 22 2015 07:54:02 PM CST @smoricebrubaker on research sabbatical! OMG! Watch out! All the best on her book on Christian nostalgia! (I want a sabbatical!)
Richard Mize Thu, Jan. 22 2015 04:40:15 PM CST OKC builders, subs, suppliers, Realtors: If U saw New American Home @ IBS, email richardmize@opubco.com 4 story n @TheOklahoman @NewsOK
Richard Mize Thu, Jan. 22 2015 01:11:06 PM CST READING: Oklahoma bill would put an end to marriage licenses LINK
Richard Mize Wed, Jan. 21 2015 03:57:27 PM CST PHILOSOPHY of journalism, ministry, life: LINK
Richard Mize Tue, Jan. 20 2015 07:11:27 PM CST PREACHES Psalm 62:5-12: "One and All" 11am 1-25-15 Carrier (OK) Cong. Church-UCC 2d Sunday/Ordinary Time LINK #enid
Richard Mize Sun, Jan. 18 2015 09:02:27 PM CST PREACHING 1 Corinthians 6:12, 1 Sam 3:1-10: "Bad Connection" Carrier (OK) Cong.-UCC Church https://t.co/BPqP2tJngn #ENID
Richard Mize Sat, Jan. 17 2015 09:15:14 AM CST COMMENTS: Some Oklahoma deals that didn't close still make good stories LINK #CRE
Richard Mize Sat, Jan. 17 2015 09:14:44 AM CST REPORTS: The Humphreys Fund in Oklahoma City adjusts its sights to 'shoot long' LINK #CRE
Richard Mize Sat, Jan. 17 2015 08:45:06 AM CST COMMENTS: Some Oklahoma deals that didn't close still make good stories LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Jan. 17 2015 08:44:24 AM CST REPORTS: The Humphreys Fund in Oklahoma City adjusts its sights to 'shoot long' LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Jan. 17 2015 08:43:09 AM CST COMMENTS: Insurance rate drop has horns LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Jan. 17 2015 08:40:36 AM CST PREACHES 1 Samuel 3:1-10: "Bad Connection" 11am 1-18-15 Carrier (OK) Cong. Church-UCC 2d Sunday/Ordinary Time LINK #enid
Richard Mize Fri, Jan. 16 2015 04:31:54 AM CST READING: Oklahoma City panel approves razing 9 downtown buildings for a new office tower and two parking garages #CRE LINK
Richard Mize Thu, Jan. 15 2015 09:56:27 PM CST @okcmar truly my pleasure.
Richard Mize Thu, Jan. 15 2015 04:03:16 PM CST SPEAKS: "'War Stories', Press Tips, Wealth" Oklahoma City Metro Assoc of Realtors (commercial members) @okcmar #CRE https://t.co/Hvi8fgjBc3

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