• Oklahoma County land sales for April 30

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Oklahoma County land sales for April 30, 2016

  • Errant fax sends career on 10-year roll as Oklahoma broker takes off in park properties

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Real estate broker Keith Wilson put his career in park 10 years ago, but has been on a roll ever since. That's "park" as in mobile home park, and "roll" as in a decade of success with a property niche few others seem to want to deal with.

  • Village Verde in northwest Oklahoma City is 'green' from the ground up

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    For Ideal Homes of Norman, a builder in Village Verde since construction started in 2012, green means energy-efficiency and cost-efficiency for homebuyers, of course — and monetary success for Ideal Homes.

  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity renames stores

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity has changed the name of its stores from Renovation Station to Central Oklahoma Habitat ReStore. They remain as home improvement resale stores that sell donated new and “gently used” furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of retail price. The rebranding aligns Central Oklahoma Habitat's stores and donation centers with Habitat ReStores across the nation. Both remain independently owned and operated by Central Oklahoma Habitat. Central Oklahoma Habitat Restores are at 1800 N Broadway Ave., open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 2805 SW 29, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

  • Richard Mize: HUD gives buyers break on student debt

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    In a nutshell, HUD told Federal Housing Administration- approved lenders — that is, those making home loans guaranteed by the FHA — that it had reduced by 50 percent the percentage of debt used to calculate monthly student loan obligations.

  • Oklahoma City opens new demonstration garden

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Oklahoma City's fourth water conservation demonstration garden is open at Bluff Creek Park, 4551 W Hefner Road (entrance at 11301 N Meridian). Stroll through the water conservation demonstration garden and see practical, firsthand examples of Oklahoma-tough plant materials and landscape designs adaptable to home landscapes. The Oklahoma City Utilities Department worked with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service on the garden to promote water conservation through proper outdoor watering and landscaping. The demonstration garden also will be used as a teaching tool for workshops and seminars.

  • Listing of the Week: 3216 Silvercliffe Court, Edmond

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The 4,188-square-foot home at 3216 Silvercliffe Court has five bedrooms, four baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached four-car garage. The living room has a fireplace, cathedral ceiling and ceiling fan. The kitchen is open to the family room and has a breakfast bar, eating space, stainless-steel appliances, a butler’s pantry and island.

  • Block party Saturday to usher in northeast renaissance

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    “oNE OKC: A Northeast Renaissance,” a free outdoor event, will be held Saturday at Douglass High School's Miller Football Stadium. It will be presented from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by the Northeast Renaissance Steering Committee, Leadership Oklahoma City's LOYAL Class XI and the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City. "Imagine a vibrant block party that merges the models of Better Block, H&8th, and the Arts Festival with the intentional use of pop-up shops and real estate tours, said Quintin Hughes, co-chairman of the committee. “Now picture it in Northeast Oklahoma City. That is our goal for oNE OKC.

  • Ray Ridlen: Asian pear rust is widespread across area

    Ray Ridlen, gardening column | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The last several weeks I have observed in the field Asian pear rust. The Master Gardeners have received numerous samples and have answered many phone calls concerning this disease. Many of you might be familiar with Cedar-Apple rust. It makes the walnut-size galls on cedar trees that produce orange gelatinous tentacles right after our first warm spring rain. From these orange tentacles, fungal spores are produced and are blown onto the leaves of susceptible apple and crabapple trees in our landscapes causing leaf spots on the upper surface of the leaves. Over the summer, these spots mature and form a gall on the underside of the leaf; this gall will finally rupture, sending fungal spores back to infect the cedar tree.

  • Earthquake insurance, housing needs go on tour as state agencies plan outreach meetings

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 23, 2016

    This spring and summer Oklahoma's housing issues are taking to the road as the Oklahoma Coalition for Affordable Housing will discuss issues. Also, the Oklahoma Insurance Department will address questions about earthquake insurance.

  • Metro OKC homebuilding is off 2015 pace as for-sale homes supply inches up

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 23, 2016

    Homebuilders picked up the pace of starting new projects in March, The Builder Report by Dharma Inc. in Norman shows. However, new starts by the builders are still down by about 25 percent for the first three months of this year, compared to the same time a year ago.

  • Rebuilding Together tackles northeast OKC neighborhood

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    It was the second year for the organization to make improvements in an entire neighborhood. Last year, it was Classen-Ten-Penn.

  • Richard Mize: Repeating information on earthquake meeting

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    As rattled as most of us still are at finding ourselves in “Earthquake Central,” the efforts of the Oklahoma Insurance Department bear repeating in full in this space — because if you're reading the real estate section, you're paying extra close attention. My colleague Brianna Bailey reported this news Wednesday in the Business section. Here is the full release: Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak has ordered a public hearing to investigate a rise in earthquake insurance rates. The May 24 hearing will include data gathered by the Oklahoma Insurance Department as well as comments from insurers and citizens. “This is a proactive move to protect consumers,” said Doak.

  • Rodd Moesel: Recent rains will provide nice growing spurt

    By Rodd Moesel | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    It's Oklahoma City Arts Festival Week so I guess we should have expected spring showers. Most all of the state has received nice spring rains the past 10 days and a few areas have received even more than they could handle, mainly on wheat fields in southwest Oklahoma. Nearly all of our plants will really benefit from these deep-soaking rains that provide life and energy to the plant world. Many trees, shrubs and flowers already appear greener, even shiny, and seemingly stand taller and you can almost see them smiling and laughing with joy. These significant rains show the importance of well-drained soil or planters for most crops.

  • Oklahoma Realtors take message to state Capitol

    From staff report | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    Realtors, homebuilders, lenders and other in the residential construction industry participated in Real Estate Day at the state Capitol on April 6. They got legislative updates and heard information about state legislators. It was part of OwnOK, organized by the Oklahoma Association of Realtors, Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association, Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, Oklahoma Land Title Association, Oklahoma Credit Union Association and the Oklahoma Employees Credit Union.

  • Keller Williams Realty honors Brad Reeser Team

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    It was named the No. 3 team in the nation with Keller Williams Realty for number of closed units in 2015.

  • Listing of the Week: 17121 Trophy Drive, northwest Oklahoma City

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    The 2,730-square-foot home at 17121 Trophy Drive has four bedrooms, three baths, two living rooms, one dining area and an attached three-car garage. The main living room has a ceiling fan. The kitchen has Bosch appliances, an island and pantry. The master bedroom has a spa with Jacuzzi tub, stero and LED lighting, walk-in closet and ceiling fan. Secondary bedrooms have ceiling fans; two have walk-in closets.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for April 22

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    Oncue Marketing, 300 S Council Road, retail sales, erect, $4,950,000. Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center Federal Aviation Administration, 6000 SW 61, business, add-on, $3,366,713. KFC PC, 6900 SW 29, office-warehouse, remodel, $2,121,000. SSI Inc., 7300 SW 29, manufacturing, add-on, $1,300,000. Trinity Group Architects, 2 NW 132, office-warehouse, erect, $1,200,000. Trinity Group Architects, 2 NW 132, office-warehouse, erect, $1,200,000. Dr. Jennifer Chambers, 12321 N Council Road, medical clinic-office, erect, $800,000. 4D Construction LLC, 4310 NW 10, retail sales, erect, $800,000. RJ Designs Inc., 5816  Twin Fawn Trail, residence, erect, $750,000. Garrett & Company, 8401 N Classen

  • Quail Creek neighborhood, at 50-plus, acts to improve entrances

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    A home tour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday — plus an optional twilight cocktail event — is part of a larger capital campaign and one of numerous fundraising projects planned by the association and the Quail Community Foundation.

  • Western Avenue and NW 49 property plans include retail, housing

    By Brianna Bailey  Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    The owner of Legacy Cleaners at NW 49 and Western says he plans to develop the area around his business into upscale condominiums and shops.