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. He is pursuing a master of divinity degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa.

He also is pastor, part-time, of Carrier Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ, northwest of Enid.

Top Stories


  • Oklahoma City office market in good shape after major moves

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Jan 18, 2014

    The market for office space for lease in Oklahoma City's ends 2013 in good shape after big moves by the biggest energy companies.

  • Richard Mize: It took 10 years and one grandbaby to take care of an empty nest

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Jan 18, 2014

    Finally, that bedroom is no longer “Ashley's room.” It's finally just a spare bedroom, thanks to little Avery's room 444.5 miles away.

  • Did M*A*S*H's Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III lead social media guidance for financial institutions?

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Jan 11, 2014

    The interagency Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council has finally come up with “consumer compliance risk management guidance” for social media.

  • Oklahoma lender looks to 'Lone Survivor' to aid Boot Campaign

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Jan 11, 2014

    This weekend's release of the movie version of Marcus Luttrell's war memoir will bring attention to the Lone Survivor Foundation and the Boot Campaign for mortgage-free homes for veterans, according to Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.

  • Oklahoma City a leader in housing recovery, The Wall Street Journal reports

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Jan 4, 2014

    “Home prices have zipped back into record territory in a handful of American cities, a milestone that comes seven years after the housing bust ravaged the market and the broader economy,” the paper reports.

  • Oklahoma soil moves, lives and breathes, and shakes, quakes, rattles and rolls

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Jan 4, 2014

    Thank you, earthquakes, for lessons in philosophy, land development, home construction and soil science.

  • Outgoing Oklahoma Association of Realtors president looks ahead

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 27, 2013

    Joe Pryor, an agent with Redbud Realty & Associates in Edmond, served as 2013 president of the Oklahoma Association of Realtors. He looks ahead to 2014.

  • In the email box: Something serious and something sweet in Oklahoma City

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Dec 28, 2013

    Certified Aging in Place; more on “dog” houses; Central Oklahoma Habitat gets $5,000 donation.

  • Richard Mize: Dammed ice causes roof damage

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Dec 21, 2013

    Here we go again. If you've spotted a new water stain in the ceiling since the snow and ice earlier this month, it probably was caused by ice damming. Almost unheard of in these parts 10 years ago — actually, until the winter of 2006-07 — ice damming has become almost as common in late fall and winter in Oklahoma as deer season. Transplanted Northerners might wonder what the hubbub is about. Ice damming is as common as snow shovels in northern climes. (Come to think of it, snow shovels, too, have popped up in stores around here with every snowstorm for several years now. Is Oklahoma drifting north?) Ice damming is when ice builds up along the edges of roofs and backs up under shingles and flashing.

  • Oklahoma City realty pros go to bat for 1031 tax-free exchange

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 20, 2013

    Some prominent property transactions probably wouldn't have occurred without the provisions of Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows deferment of capital gains taxes.

  • Tax reform targets include 1031 property exchanges

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    Eliminating capital gains tax deferment on like-kind property would chill real estate investment markets, say critics of the Senate Finance Committee proposal.

  • Time stands still as a fake tree for Oklahoma kid

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    Does your Christmas tree always go in the same place? It depends on what you're definition of “always” is.

  • If the Empire State Building goes public, does it make a sound?

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Dec 7, 2013

    Iconic or not, the Empire State Building's values rests on the bottom line, especially now that shares in the ownership are trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Oklahoma homes sell for the holidays

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Dec 7, 2013

    Sellers: Never let the facts of the calendar get in the way of marketing your home.

  • Editor blessed to pray at Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity dinner

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 30, 2013

    The ecumenical Christian housing ministry celebrated the work of its hundreds of volunteers at an annual recognition dinner. The least we can do is give thanks.

  • Oklahoma housing cruises low but relatively smoothly

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 30, 2013

    Four recessions have beset the economy the past quarter-century. The last one, the Great Recession, hit housing hardest. For all the trouble, home values in Oklahoma have seen the same appreciation as the country as a whole, but without so much fuss.

  • Richard Mize: Oklahoma, Arkansas spaces anchor my holiday memories

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Nov 23, 2013

    Richard Mize: Being home for the holidays is one thing. Maybe residential is even the best thing. But retail, office, industrial and special-use space have a place on property rolls of Thanksgiving and Christmas past.

  • Richard Mize: Ideas for columns pour in

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 23, 2013

    Sixty-two comments later, I had plenty of column ideas.

  • Oklahoma City commercial realty is hot property

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 16, 2013

    There's plenty of real estate news to go around in Oklahoma City.

  • Earthquakes in Oklahoma are the new normal

    BY RICHARD MIZE richardmize@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Nov 9, 2013

    After three years of earthquakes in Oklahoma, a little temblor now and then is no reason to freak all the way out.




Richard Mize Sun, Apr. 20 2014 03:53:59 PM CST PREACHING (audio): John 20:1-18 "To Know His Voice" Easter morn, 4-20-14, Carrier Cong. hurch-UCC, Carrier,OK #ENID https://t.co/OfRniFNtsT
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 19 2014 09:13:44 PM CST PREACHES 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 "Mind Your Manners," Communion, 6 p.m. Easter Sun, Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, LINK #ENID
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 19 2014 09:12:21 PM CST Kids' prog., 5-min sermon John 20:1-18 "To Know His Voice," Communion, 11 am Easter Sun, LINK Carrier Cong.-UCC #ENID
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 19 2014 09:58:53 AM CST PREACHES 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 "Mind Your Manners" 6 p.m. 4-20-14, Easter, Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, LINK #ENID
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 19 2014 09:58:26 AM CST PREACHES John 20:1-18 "To Know His Voice" 11 am Easter, 4-20-14 LINK Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, Carrier, OK #ENID
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 19 2014 04:44:23 AM CST COMMENTS: Easter: Open house? LINK
Richard Mize Thu, Apr. 17 2014 09:42:30 AM CST PRESENTS:"Communion Like It's the Year 58" Maundy Thursday, 7 pm 4-17-14 Carrier Cong.Church-UCC LINK , Carrier,OK #ENID
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:43:59 PM CST PRESENTS "Communion Like It's the Year 58" Maundy Thursday, 7 pm 4-17-14 Carrier Cong.Church-UCC LINK , Carrier, OK #ENID
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:42:34 PM CST PREACHES 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 "Mind Your Manners" 6 p.m. 4-20-14, Easter, Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, LINK #ENID
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:40:04 PM CST PREACHES John 20:1-18 "To Know His Voice" 11 am Easter, 4-20-14 LINK Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, Carrier, OK #ENID
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:38:41 PM CST PRESENTS "Talk about Terrified" Mark 16:1-8, 7 a.m., 4-20-14, Easter Sunrise, Rose Hill Cemetery, Carrier, OK, LINK #ENID
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 16 2014 04:07:32 PM CST PREACHES John 20:1-18 "To Know His Voice" 11 am Easter, 4-20-14 LINK Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, Carrier, OK #ENID
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 16 2014 02:01:38 PM CST PRESENTS "Communion Like It's the Year 58" Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. 4-17-14, LINK, Carrier, OK #ENID
Richard Mize Sun, Apr. 13 2014 06:15:57 PM CST PREACHING (audio): "Not a High Horse." Zechariah 9:9-10, Matthew 21:1-11 Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, 4-13-14 #ENID https://t.co/WhQjbla96i
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 12 2014 07:30:12 PM CST : 8-hour sermon 11am Sun LINK Ha ha, 2 write! 20 min 2 preach: Matthew 21:1-11 "Not a High Horse" #ENID ... Come!
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 12 2014 08:15:08 AM CST COMMENTS: Richard Mize: Earthquake waves hit funny bone LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 12 2014 08:14:26 AM CST COMMENTS: Oklahoma City limits, school districts take time to get lined out LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 12 2014 08:13:47 AM CST REPORTS: Architectural Tour includes variety of properties in Oklahoma City LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 12 2014 08:09:51 AM CST PREACHES Matthew 21:1-11 "Not a High Horse" 11 a.m. Sun, Carrier Cong. Church of the United Church of Christ LINK #ENID
Richard Mize Fri, Apr. 11 2014 01:24:48 PM CST PREACHES Matthew 21:1-11 "Not a High Horse" 11 a.m. Sun, Carrier Cong. Church of the United Church of Christ LINK #ENID