• Richard Mize: Fiery Fourth makes for smoky Fifth

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The ’hood smells like hell? Ah, I love the smell of sulfur, nitrates and carbon in the morning. SNIFFF! Breeeaathe in that fine ash still hanging in the air from all that black powder! Pack away those memories. Oh, what? You are one of those “people” who don’t like fireworks? So you sure don’t like the Fifth of July then, with its lingering smoke and smells and spent shells and duds and a scorched patch of grass here and there. When I was little, smoke just hugged the pastures around our place the morning of the Fifth. Coolish morning air at ground level helped it settle, I guess, just off the Cookson Hills to the north and down to the Arkansas River bottoms a couple of miles south.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for June 28

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Oklahoma City The Hodges Group PC, 14141 S Pennsylvania Ave., school, erect, $18,000,000. SGS LLC, 14901 N Kelley Ave., shell building, erect, $1,400,000. Candelaria Foster, 5800 NW 135, office, erect, $1,373,900. Quigley (Jim) Custom Homes LLC, 15804 Chapel Ridge Lane, residence, erect, $950,000. Korte Construction, 7300 SW 29, manufacturing, erect, $720,000. Vega Architecture, 7013 N May Ave., retail sales, remodel, $651,250. Lippert Brothers, 620 N Harvey Ave., public building, remodel, $520,000. Ben Hayes Construction, 4001 Northwest Expressway, bank, add-on, $500,000. Richmond Signature Homes, 1520 NW 177 Terrace, residence, erect, $386,900. Bill Gumerson & Associates,

  • Listing of the Week: 1405 Canterbury Place, Nichols Hills

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    The 4,295-square-foot house has four bedrooms, four baths, three living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage.

  • Richard Mize: What is a life lived in luxury?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Twice in my life, I lived in luxury. Once was in 1979. My folks built a nice brick house next door to the frame farm house where I’d spent my first 14-15 years on this mortal coil. The new place had three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, a formal living room, formal dining room, an attached two-car garage and two back patios. I think it had 1,750 square feet, or so. It was filled with all-new furnishings, selected by Mama — a new console Zenith! A new Radarange! We got a new car that same year. And a new tractor. And a bunch of other stuff that came from the proceeds of selling land my dad had farmed and raised cattle on for 40 years. The lap of luxury! The other was in 1999.

  • Oklahoma City realty agents react to FAA drone notice

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Not many real estate agents in Oklahoma City have adopted drone technology to obtain aerial photos and videos. Now the Federal Aviation Administration says if they do, they need to be certified by the FAA for commercial use.

  • Builders have lots to be concerned about

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City is in the unusual position of being in step with a national homebuilding trend. Metro-area builders have faced lot shortages and rising prices since at least late 2012.

  • Prudential Alliance Realty honored for distination services

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    This award recognizes the office in the Prudential Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services networks that demonstrates excellence in destination referral relocation performance, conversion, customer satisfaction, supporting the needs of Brookfield Global Relocation corporate and government clients.

  • Oklahoma City real estate briefs for June 21

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City real estate briefs June 21, 2014

  • Richard Mize: Did housing crash spook Millenials?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    HOUSTON — Someone finally said it, sort of: The idea of owning a home — as American as the flag and apple pie — may have been tarnished for good by the housing crash. We should all hope not. “The housing market appears to be in recovery mode, though at a meandering pace,” said Hugh F. Kelly, Ph.D, chairman of The Counselors of Real Estate, based in Chicago, and clinical professor of real estate at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. Yes, yes, go on.

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $38 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • Dunbar School in northeast Oklahoma City to be transformed into senior housing

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Owner has applied for $525,000 loan to convert closed Oklahoma City school into low-, moderate-income housing.

  • Mark Dale dies after helping shape two sets of Oklahoma City home builders, 20 years apart

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Dale, 63, owner of Carriage Homes, died Saturday after a bout with cancer. He was a former president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association and two-time former president of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association.

  • Listing of the Week: 1101 Olde Bridge Road, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    The 3,508-square-foot home has four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, three living rooms, two dining areas and an attached side-entry two-car garage.

  • Ray Ridlen: Dealing with abiotic diseases of tomatoes

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    While tomatoes are easy to grow, insects and diseases can damage plants and reduce crop yields. Environmental stresses can cause additional problems. Physiological disorders of tomatoes include blossom end rot, fruit cracking and sunscald. Blossom end rot Blossom end rot is a common problem on tomatoes. It appears as a brownish black spot on the blossom end (bottom) of the fruit. Secondary organisms invade the brownish black spot and cause the fruit to rot. Blossom end rot is most common on the earliest maturing fruit that ripen in July and early August. Blossom end rot is caused by a calcium deficiency in the developing fruit. Wide fluctuations in soil moisture levels impair calcium uptake by the root system of the

  • Oklahoma City building permits for June 14

    Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Oklahoma City Sun Construction Services LLC, 2225 SW 104, shell building, erect, $1,881,000. J.R. Bowers Jr. Construction Co. Inc., 3131 NW 177, residence, erect, $825,000. PFDA Architects Inc., 4605 NW 23, retail sales, remodel, $800,000. Richey Zink & Associates Inc., 1031 N Lee Ave., medical clinic-office, remodel, $600,000. The Roberts Group, 16236 Morningside Drive, residence, erect, $530,000. Oak Leaf Custom Homes, 6113 NE 103 Court, residence, erect, $450,000. Timber Ridge, 13116 Carriage Way, residence, erect, $450,000. Saratoga Roofing & Construction, 16761 Little Leaf Court, residence, erect, $420,000. Aaron Tatum Custom Homes LLC, 7901 SW 101, residence, erect,

  • Richard Mize: Deal killer? An inspector weighs in

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Here’s the fourth and final (?) installment of a series that started with my musing over the ups and downs of “deal breaker” and “deal killer” home inspectors, and misunderstandings and disagreements between inspectors and Realtors. Jack L. Werner of A to Z Inspections, 3625 N McKinley Ave., was the only inspector to weigh in. Knowing him to be meticulous in these kinds of detailed matters, I yield the floor. This is an edited version of his lengthy email: “Inspectors are REQUIRED by the CIB (Construction Industries Board), our governing agency, to comment on the life expectancy of all appliances. Several inspectors were at the CIB meeting several years ago when this was addressed.

  • Couple offer charitable contribution to market secluded home east of Edmond

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Tom and Lisa Price are using an “I win/you win” philosophy to market the more than 7,600-square-foot house in the Sugar Hill addition, which they built in 2007.

  • Norman contractor faces embezzlement charges

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Officials say construction company owner never completed work on homes damaged in Moore tornado.

  • Richard Mize: Deal killers raise ire of Realtor

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Here is part 3 of an online discussion of “deal killer” and “deal breaker” home inspectors. While a lot more thoughtful than many comment threads, it did get a little warm. I noted: “From the American Society of Home Inspectors’ ‘Standard of Practice’: ‘The inspector shall: A. inspect readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and components listed in this Standard. B. provide the client with a written report, using a format and medium selected by the inspector, that states: 1. those systems and components inspected that, in the professional judgment of the inspector, are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe, or are near the end of their service lives ...

  • Neighboring states outpace Oklahoma home price appreciation

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, May 31, 2014

    Considering the housing booms and busts in most big cities in the region, the first-quarter stats from the Federal Housing Finance Agency aren’t surprising.