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.


  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants more than the facts

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seeks more than the nuts and bolts of consumer complaints. The federal watchdog agency wants to hear the whole story.

  • National Register research sparks a rabbit chase in Enid, Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Richard Mize: Before you know it, you can be well off the beaten path when researching northwest Oklahoma architect R.W. (Roy W.) Shaw.

  • Oklahoma boards rise to meet new standards of the National Association of Realtors

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    New standards mandated by the National Association of Realtors have had the Oklahoma Association of Realtors counseling local boards on how to adapt.

  • Purple is in for property descriptions

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize writes about property descriptions.

  • Richard Mize: Faithful hail new garage sale season in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Blame it on my upbringing, but it’s garage sale season, and I am a heathen nonbeliever. When I was young and itching to run errands just to get to drive, nobody ever sent me to shop. “Go to Muldrow and get some milk” — all the time. “The mower’s broke again. Run to the co-op and get some more shear pins — a sack full” — more often than I care to remember. Maybe it was a list: “Go to the Piggly Wiggly and get milk, bread, a can of tomato paste — paste, not sauce — a can of Eagle Brand milk and some vanilla extract.” Yes, ma’am. But never in my formative years was I ever told: “Go shopping.” Which is why, although I do go to stores to buy specific things, I don’t shop

  • Oklahoma Realtors miss media with video-only annual report

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Text is often needed to answer questions prompted by video, and better later than never, The Oklahoman’s real estate editor gripes.

  • Oklahoma City Realtors raise money to strengthen homes

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Metro Association of Realtors in Oklahoma City started the OKCMAR Foundation after the May 20, 2013, tornado in Moore, but has expanded the charity beyond storm recovery.

  • Richard Mize: Life Scents freshens with hot air

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize’s column.

  • 'The Fabulous Beekman Boys' bring goat wisdom to Oklahoma City

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, from the reality show on the Cooking Channel, are in town as part of the OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show at State Fair Park.

  • Richard Mize: HGTV show has eye on Oklahoma City area again

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Richard Mize: HGTV’s “House Hunters” show is again looking at the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • Richard Mize: Fire, water tips trigger flashback

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize writes about the use of rain barrels and fire safety tips.

  • Oklahoma City apartment construction is strong but it's no boom

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Apartment construction exploded in 1970-1973 and 1982-1985, but has been moderate since 2000, according to CBRE.

  • Time and space bend at The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com in downtown Oklahoma City

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Architect Lisa Chronister probably had no idea what all her short tour wrought from visit to new home of The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com.

  • Richard Mize: My house should get AARP mail

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Aging house feels effects of winter.

  • In Stillwater, Oklahoma, the Wooden Nickel is not closing

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The future of the popular, fire-damaged store Wooden Nickel in Stillwater got lost in a story about the building now housing it.

  • Richard Mize: New home price stats? Pass the salt

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    First, take a grain of salt. Now, an item from The Associated Press: “WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices rose in December at a faster pace than in November, likely because of a much smaller number of homes for sale.” And an item from the Los Angeles Times: “Home prices climbed 4.6 percent nationwide in the 12 months ending in December, down slightly from the previous month and the slowest pace since 2011 ...” Item, item, schmitem. Smite ’em, I mean. Which is it? “U.S.

  • Richard Mize: Homeowners face functional obsolescence

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    How many once-sacrosanct household things in your life — appliances, furniture, decorations or even spaces dedicated to specific functions — have been shoved aside or made irrelevant by changes in technology or habit?

  • Richard Mize: Edmond is a suburb of Oklahoma City? Who knew?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Moving my workplace south a few miles makes all the difference in the urban-suburban world of the Oklahoma City area.

  • Sliding oil prices will hit new Oklahoma City apartment market first if any, brokers say

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Lower oil prices not certain to hit apartment market, according to brokers for Commercial Realty Resources Co. and Price Edwards & Co.

  • Richard Mize: Take Zillow zeriously but not literally

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Let’z get to the nitty gritty of Zillow’s “Zestimates.” First, on the outside chance that someone reading about real estate doesn’t know about Zillow: It’s the most popular housing information site online, with listings of homes for sale as well as information about properties that are not on the market. For example, if you type in my address, you will see a satellite photo of my neighborhood and learn that my 2,001-square-foot home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 546-square-foot (two-car) attached garage. The home was built in 1987 and has central air conditioning. All accurate. For some reason, Zillow says it has “other” heating; well, it’s central, forced-air heating, although there’s a




Richard Mize Mon, Apr. 27 2015 12:16:59 PM CST @stevelackmeyer You done good!
Richard Mize Mon, Apr. 27 2015 10:45:55 AM CST “@JesusOfNaz316: I came so that they might have coffee and have it abundantly.” Amen.
Richard Mize Sun, Apr. 26 2015 09:15:59 PM CST REPORTS: Oklahoma City's Jeff Click Homes takes suburban design to the edge LINK
Richard Mize Sun, Apr. 26 2015 09:14:45 PM CST REPORTS: Innovative Oklahoma City Keller Williams sales team uses humor to push home sales LINK
Richard Mize Sun, Apr. 26 2015 05:58:00 PM CST COMNENTS: Sneak peak of Symphony Show House LINK @TheOklahoman @NewsOK
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 25 2015 09:48:05 AM CST COMMENTS: National Register research sparks a rabbit chase in Enid, Oklahoma #CRE LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 25 2015 09:47:08 AM CST COMMENTS: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants more than the facts #CRE LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 25 2015 09:46:16 AM CST REPORTS: Oklahoma City-area builders ease into Parade of Homes Spring Festival LINK
Richard Mize Fri, Apr. 24 2015 02:15:42 PM CST Richard Mize: Consumer watchdog is all ears LINK
Richard Mize Thu, Apr. 23 2015 11:03:57 PM CST READING: Wide area of Oklahoma included in update to risks from induced earthquakes #cre LINK
Richard Mize Thu, Apr. 23 2015 01:26:44 PM CST PARADE OF HOMES info, RebuildingTogetherOKC, @CFPB takes notes: See Sat. real estate section @NewsOK @TheOklahoman LINK
Richard Mize Thu, Apr. 23 2015 12:18:50 PM CST @McNeill_Tweets Not until somebody inputs the numbers. Not me 6 x 12 x 30 years = 2,160 data points. Maybe some week ...
Richard Mize Thu, Apr. 23 2015 12:11:40 PM CST 'TIS TIME to consult the Scrolls of Life & Shelter: OKC building permit data dating to the '80s. LINK
Richard Mize Thu, Apr. 23 2015 07:50:19 AM CST “@politico: New crop insurance math challenges farmers. LINK | Getty image LINK” MAKES ME MISS AG NEWS
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 22 2015 10:21:21 PM CST REPORTS: Oklahoma Senate defeats builder registration bill supported by builders #cre LINK
Richard Mize Tue, Apr. 21 2015 10:40:34 PM CST READING: Oklahoma Geological Survey issues strongest statement yet linking quakes to disposal wells LINK
Richard Mize Tue, Apr. 21 2015 06:24:13 PM CST GOOGLE ACTUALLY doesn't know all! Have you hugged a research librarian lately?
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 18 2015 03:38:29 PM CST @misterfulmer Yer welcome!
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 18 2015 01:30:53 PM CST @misterfulmer From the story:"Friday, (Ward) Hall offered few details on plans for Gateway other than saying it was bound for commercial."
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 18 2015 12:57:27 PM CST COMMENTS: Editor/bouncer tangles with the Purple Prose Posse's assault on house plan descriptions: LINK #CRE

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