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.


  • Wells Fargo could raise the bar in Oklahoma City

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Rather than complaining about its name being on a historic livery stable in Oklahoma City, now a bar called Whiskey Chicks, Wells Fargo could rise to the occasion for history’s sake.

  • Richard Mize: A move crops mental images of grandbaby

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

    What do you call it when your baby bird moves away, gets married, has a baby bird of her own — and then moves again, just when Paw Paw has gotten used to where the grand nest is?

  • There are seven riskier places to live than in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    CoreLogic ranks the Sooner State at No. 8 for risk exposure to natural hazards.

  • No end in sight for big box retail in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Although national chains may be reducing the number of big-box stores they open, the trend doesn’t appear to be going away completely in Oklahoma.

  • Richard Mize: No barriers to recycling in Edmond

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

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize finds no barriers to recycling in Edmond.

  • Richard Mize: Home price drop barely noticeable

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Home prices in the Oklahoma City area dropped 1.9 percent in the second quarter of the year, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

  • Cubic feet, not just square feet, matter in warehouse rents, Oklahoma brokers say.

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Storage is three-dimensional, even though warehouse space is rented by the size of the floor, with rent rates by the square foot. Ceiling height matters, brokers in Oklahoma say.

  • Oklahoma City building summit, home tours ahead

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    The early fall home event lineup includes the Oklahoma Building Summit, the “Fall Classic” Parade of Homes, the Heritage Hills Historic Homes Tour and the Garden Tour for Connoisseurs.

  • Oklahoma City office market takes several stories

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Downtown Oklahoma City is humming. Northwest and north submarkets are in good shape. Midtown submarket takes a big hit.

  • Builders dig for licensing, get no worms

    BY RICHARD MIZE | Updated: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Homebuilder licensing: Can open, worms everywhere! Right? Not really. Not at a meeting this week of the state House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee. The committee met Wednesday to consider licensing, or registration — or something— to protect builders and homebuyers in the wake of “builders” who swarmed Moore to rebuild after the May 20, 2013, tornado. Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, a builder, called for the meeting. Lawmakers heard from representatives of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association who called for homebuilder registration.

  • Richard Mize: Builders dig for licensing, get no worms

    RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Richard Mize: Builders dig for licensing, get no worms

  • Oklahoma City-area malls thrive amid national reports of other malls' deaths

    RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Penn Square, Quail Springs, Sooner Mall and Northpark Mall are alive and well, thank you very much.

  • Richard Mize: Big ol' boy just floored by door war

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize is floored by small doors on home’s bathroom and closets.

  • Oklahoma, Texas experience a mismatch for church marketplace

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Church property sales were pew and far between. So it took me awhile to get used to the idea of a market for “religious service properties.”

  • Richard Mize: Cool off after door-to-door sales pitch

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Don’t let anybody rush you

  • Oklahoma creates its own affordable housing tax credit program

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    High demand for affordable housing built for working low-income families and the elderly exceeds the housing stock available in Oklahoma, especially in rural areas, according to the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency. The new state housing tax credit program will help meet the demand not met with federal housing tax credits, the agency said.

  • Healthy lifestyles driving real estate development, even in Oklahoma City

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    New publications by the Urban Land Institute and the firm formerly known as Ernst & Young outline real estate development projects with a healthy lifestyle focus and the role of infrastructure in meeting millennials’ desire for changes in property and community design. These preferences affect millennials’ decisions in Oklahoma City.

  • House cats prompt new bingo game

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    What’s Cat Barf Bingo? It’s something I just made up, as I threw my hands up, as a cat once again threw up.

  • Richard Mize: Do-it-yourself disposal swap left me drained

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize writes about his do-it-yourself disposal swap.

  • Does Oklahoma City commercial property really need an asterisk?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Foreign capital spilling out of gateway cities to lower-tier real estate markets? Does that include Oklahoma City? Should it?




Richard Mize Sun, Dec. 21 2014 10:01:04 PM CST @rtotheichard @briOKC actually the 2nd try was OK. I give it a B+ -- IF consumed ice cold B4 ice waters it down. See? Prayer works. :-)
Richard Mize Sun, Dec. 21 2014 06:59:25 PM CST PREACHING (audio) Romans 16:25-27: "A Round of Advent Toasts" 12-21-14 Carrier (OK) Cong.-UCC, https://t.co/UvHl5unFhV @unitedchurch #Enid
Richard Mize Sun, Dec. 21 2014 06:14:57 PM CST BTW, @briOKC I'm fixin' to heed Not So Rev. @rtotheichard's spirit-yule counseling again. 1st try: Benchmark No. 8 = fail. Pray 4 me.
Richard Mize Sun, Dec. 21 2014 05:10:54 PM CST PREACHES Luke 2:1-14: "The Way of the Manger" 7pm Christmas Eve, Carrier Congregational Church-UCC, Carrier,OK LINK #enid
Richard Mize Sun, Dec. 21 2014 12:58:21 AM CST Sign of the times: The Oklahoman's Big Screen LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Dec. 20 2014 09:57:54 PM CST @briOKC Grace & Peace of the One who creates the fruit of the trees and vines be upon you! :-) For these spirits we are grateful!
Richard Mize Sat, Dec. 20 2014 05:11:43 PM CST PREACHES Romans 16:25-27: "A Round of Advent Toasts" 12-21-14 Carrier Congregational Church-UCC, Carrier, OK LINK #enid
Richard Mize Sat, Dec. 20 2014 07:46:37 AM CST COMMENTS: Richard Mize: FAA keeps Santa safe from drones LINK #cre
Richard Mize Fri, Dec. 19 2014 05:33:34 PM CST READING: Oklahoma City's building boom offers reminder of an earlier era LINK #cre
Richard Mize Fri, Dec. 19 2014 05:30:02 PM CST READING: Steve Lackmeyer: More towers on the horizon for Oklahoma City LINK #cre
Richard Mize Wed, Dec. 17 2014 04:21:24 AM CST READING: OKC council approves plan for hotel on Reno near scrapyard LINK #cre
Richard Mize Tue, Dec. 16 2014 07:10:00 PM CST COMMENTS (vintage): Expert Van Pelt wants real estate for Christmas LINK #cre
Richard Mize Mon, Dec. 15 2014 09:32:36 PM CST MORE. Browns' Hawkins emotional in defending T-shirt LINK
Richard Mize Sun, Dec. 14 2014 09:29:13 PM CST PREACHING 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24: "The Beginning is Near" Carrier Cong-United Church of Christ, Carrier, OK LINK #ENID
Richard Mize Sun, Dec. 14 2014 02:45:29 AM CST READING: Building momentum: Oklahoma City keeps growing up LINK #cre
Richard Mize Sun, Dec. 14 2014 02:42:57 AM CST READING: New Oklahoma City skyscraper means demolition of historic downtown buildings LINK #cre
Richard Mize Sat, Dec. 13 2014 05:15:58 PM CST : @Drdmize just told me: You don't have to be @stevelackmeyer with your sermons! LOL (I was worrying that tomorrow's is too short.)
Richard Mize Sat, Dec. 13 2014 03:50:38 PM CST PREACHES 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24: "The Beginning is Near" 11am 12-14-14 Carrier (OK) Congregational Church-UCC LINK #enid
Richard Mize Sat, Dec. 13 2014 09:20:23 AM CST COMMENTS: Richard Mize: Ninth-grade English has news to use LINK #cre
Richard Mize Sat, Dec. 13 2014 08:58:41 AM CST PREACHES 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24: "Present Tension" 11am, 12-14-14 Carrier (OK) Congregational Church-UCC LINK #enid