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.


  • 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?

  • 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.

  • A new vision for the Great Plains: the moving 'Meridian of Fertility'

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

    Here’s hoping Reid Fellenbaum’s “Meridian of Fertility” doesn’t get the same reception that Frank and Deborah Popper’s “Buffalo Commons” got a generation ago by daring to peer into the future of the Great Plains.

  • No nightmares in Oklahoma City street names

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    Horror film star Freddy Krueger, the evil slasher from “Nightmare on Elm Street,” would become lost trying to find that street in Oklahoma City.

  • Lawn order can protect and serve

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Real Estate editor Richard Mize marvels at the risks people take for lawn order.




Richard Mize Today at 11:39 AM @okcmar 'Twas my pleasure.
Richard Mize Today at 7:20 AM READING: Park Avenue retail study recommends making street more inviting to pedestrians LINK #cre
Richard Mize Mon, Mar. 30 2015 04:05:05 PM CST RT @JesusOfNaz316: Bonus points for anyone playing this at the Easter Vigil. https://t.co/d6yWJOL9Xa
Richard Mize Sat, Mar. 28 2015 09:54:37 PM CST PRAYER 4 TONIGHT? A chant: the second half of all 26 verses of Psalm 136. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Richard Mize Sat, Mar. 28 2015 01:59:02 PM CST @Drdmize @stevelackmeyer meant as a high compliment @Drdmize notes'
Richard Mize Sat, Mar. 28 2015 01:47:31 PM CST just took @Drdmize downtown-Bricktown-Midtown for 1st time in long time: Finally so much going on not even @stevelackmeyer can keep up.
Richard Mize Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:27:44 AM CST COMMENTS: Life Scents freshens with hot air LINK #CRE
Richard Mize Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:26:09 AM CST COMMENTS: Oklahoma City Realtors raise money to strengthen homes LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:21:28 AM CST REPORTS: Oklahoma City's big stores see little change LINK #CRE
Richard Mize Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:18:23 AM CST READING: Oklahoma loses 2,400 energy sector jobs over month LINK
Richard Mize Fri, Mar. 27 2015 07:27:54 AM CST REPORTS: Oklahoma Senate committee passes builder registration bill despite doubts LINK #cre
Richard Mize Thu, Mar. 26 2015 10:30:45 PM CST “@JesusOfNaz316: T4: FB is the Golden Corral of social media. #chsocm” YES! Why I love it!
Richard Mize Wed, Mar. 25 2015 07:26:42 PM CST : GO, MY BROTHERS & SISTERS: Disciples of Christ threatens to cancel convention due to religious freedom bill LINK
Richard Mize Wed, Mar. 25 2015 11:31:42 AM CST REPORTS: Oklahoma State Home Builders Association asks lawmakers to oversee builders LINK #CRE
Richard Mize Sun, Mar. 22 2015 07:48:39 AM CST “@ChicagoRabbi: At the Burning Bush the miracle was not that God spoke. The miracle was that Moses heard Him.”
Richard Mize Sat, Mar. 21 2015 01:01:34 PM CST COMMENTS: 'The Fabulous Beekman Boys' bring goat wisdom to Oklahoma City LINK …@Beekman1802Boys
Richard Mize Sat, Mar. 21 2015 11:11:46 AM CST COMMENTS: 'The Fabulous Beekman Boys' bring goat wisdom to Oklahoma City LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Mar. 21 2015 11:11:06 AM CST COMMENTS: HGTV show has eye on Oklahoma City area again LINK #cre
Richard Mize Sat, Mar. 21 2015 09:39:59 AM CST REPORTS: Oklahoma City's Manchester Green Homes is model for green builders LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Mar. 21 2015 09:38:35 AM CST REPORTS: State-owned publishing museum in Oklahoma faces pressing problems, goes on market LINK

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