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.


  • 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

  • Numbers between the lines help tell Oklahoma City's oily office market story

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Price Edwards & Co.’s year-end office market summary for Oklahoma City noted how much darker prospects would be if not for some big construction projects waiting to start after the oil price drop.

  • Oil price slide corrodes all cylinders in Oklahoma economy

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

    Oklahoma real estate market braces for the impact of oil’s decline.

  • Richard Mize: Don't look to 2014 for storm clues

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Oklahoma did not rate even a mention in the 2014 CoreLogic Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis

  • 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

  • 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: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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: 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

  • 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 Tue, Mar. 03 2015 10:50:56 PM CST READING AND NODDING: Bibi's Blustery Blunder via @HuffingtonPost LINK
Richard Mize Tue, Mar. 03 2015 08:08:28 PM CST RT @RevChuckCurrie: Mr. Netanyahu’s Unconvincing Speech to Congress, via @nytimes LINK
Richard Mize Tue, Mar. 03 2015 04:47:50 PM CST READING: City scraps site for MAPS convention center LINK #cre
Richard Mize Tue, Mar. 03 2015 12:50:23 PM CST READING: 'Cowboyistan' is key to oil boom, Hamm says LINK
Richard Mize Mon, Mar. 02 2015 10:00:10 AM CST READING: Historians will lead event at the University of Oklahoma about the Western Frontier LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Feb. 28 2015 12:22:24 PM CST “@USATODAY: New York churches face questions about afterlife LINK” #cre ... My Worlds Collide
Richard Mize Sat, Feb. 28 2015 10:38:30 AM CST @mkokc Yep.
Richard Mize Sat, Feb. 28 2015 10:35:26 AM CST NO MORE SERMON WRITING 4 Carrier Cong. Church-United Church of Christ. It quit UCC; we parted ways. Peace2them. Seeking PT pulpit, OKC area
Richard Mize Sat, Feb. 28 2015 10:17:17 AM CST REPORTS & COMMENTS: In Stillwater, Oklahoma, the Wooden Nickel is not closing LINK #cre #longestcorrectionever
Richard Mize Sat, Feb. 28 2015 10:09:18 AM CST COMMENTS: Richard Mize: New home price stats? Pass the salt LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Feb. 28 2015 10:08:25 AM CST READING: The Oklahoman returns to its downtown OKC roots LINK #cre
Richard Mize Sat, Feb. 28 2015 01:35:30 AM CST @jamespwhite thanks. No worries.
Richard Mize Sat, Feb. 28 2015 01:33:48 AM CST READING: For BuzzFeed, The Dress Is One Color: Green LINK
Richard Mize Fri, Feb. 27 2015 08:20:33 AM CST REPORTS: Oklahoma City property could dodge a hard slam from oil price slide LINK #cre #oil
Richard Mize Thu, Feb. 26 2015 09:59:58 PM CST @OKCNightCourt Sorry, Judge, I'll ask.
Richard Mize Thu, Feb. 26 2015 09:59:00 PM CST REPORTS: Oklahoma City property could dodge a hard slam from oil price slide LINK #cre
Richard Mize Thu, Feb. 26 2015 07:02:28 PM CST READING: In Midwest City, OK, hopes remain for resurrection of dead mall LINK #cre
Richard Mize Thu, Feb. 26 2015 01:43:51 PM CST @Jrowe101 Yes. ^&%$#! Apologies.
Richard Mize Thu, Feb. 26 2015 01:42:49 PM CST @gr8ball83 @CowanBrew CORRECTION: Greater OKC Chamber: Avg monthly city O&G payrolls 2 drop 2% in '15, or 400 jobs/month: '14 levels n '16
Richard Mize Thu, Feb. 26 2015 01:42:08 PM CST @BreakingChesky CORRECTION: Greater OKC Chamber: Avg monthly city O&G payrolls 2 drop 2% in '15, or 400 jobs/month: '14 levels back n '16

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