• Woman leaves her house and everything else to her Oklahoma City church

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Mayflower Congregational Church of Oklahoma City gets everything its late member owned

  • Land sales

    Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Oklahoma county land sales

  • Extreme outdoor living

    BY RICHARD MIZE | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Here’s a listing that wouldn’t surprise me: Exquisite exterior! This is a remodeled and expanded home designed for entertaining and outdoor living. The 2,317-square-foot home at 123 High Cotton Road has 4,634 square feet of living space. Oh, so traditional: The home has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage. The living room has a fireplace. The kitchen has eating space, a breakfast bar, pantry, granite counters and double ovens. Oh, so mundane: The master bedroom has a full bath and walk-in closet. The home has window treatments, combination woodwork, wood floors in the entry and kitchen, a covered patio and security system.

  • Ray Ridlen: Detecting winter-kill of turfgrass

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Due to the cold temperatures throughout Oklahoma this past December and January, some areas have experienced more winter-kill of bermudagrasses than in most previous years. Winter-kill is a relative term, meaning that some portion of a plant or portion of a turfgrass stand has died during the winter. In this article we discuss winter-kill, what it is, how it occurs, and how to detect the amount of winter-kill so that planning can begin to effectively help the turfgrass stand recover in spring. Winter-kill or tissue death during the winter can be from dehydration, true low temperature injury, or a combination of the two. For the purposes of this article, we discuss winter-kill associated with low temperature injury.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers update state's progress on registry ban

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    State Sen. Greg Treat, R-Edmond, said the government should not block an owner’s right ‘to find the best use for their property.’

  • Urban Institute asks of mortgages: 'Where have all the loans gone?”

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Not much criticism has been leveled at the conclusions of the Urban Institute study. Bankers want to bank. Realtors want to sell real estate. People want to own homes – except for a big swath of people who got burned in the bubble-bust debacle and may avoid home ownership for good.

  • Oklahoma City apartments change hands in $65 million deal

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    An owner in New Jersey recently sold five Oklahoma City metro-area apartment complexes totaling 1,658 units for an average of $39, 227 per unit.

  • Shelters will be a highlight of next weekend's Home & Outdoor Living Show

    By Tim Fall, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    Show manager RaeAnn Saunders said that nearly 20 storm shelter companies will be exhibiting at the show March 21-23.

  • Richard Mize: Man bites dog in piggy bank

    Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    My best guess is that after 15 years, we probably have about 32-percent equity in the house. That means we are among the 86.7 percent of homeowners who are happy to be above water with our houses – and all 42.7 million of us should be truly grateful, considering the late national housing debacle.

  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity elects three new directors

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Three new members have been elected to the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity board of directors: Joshua Fahrenbruck, vice president, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; state Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore; and Rayme Sanchez-Mantilla, pastor, Cristo mi Fortaleza Free Will Baptist Church. “All three of our newest board members embody the spirit of community and fellowship we share at Habitat for Humanity,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, president and CEO. “I appreciate Joshua, Mark and Rayme, and their willingness to bring their unique talents and expertise to our board. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue our work to provide safe and secure housing to Oklahomans.” Fahrenbruck is a native Oklahoman

  • Oklahoma City real estate notes for March 15, 2014

    Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    January home prices go up 3.5 percent in Oklahoma City

  • Oklahoma City takes abandoned property issue to Boston meeting with seven other cities

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Nels Petersen, president of the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors, and six other city and realty leaders, will get training through Boston’s Community Progress Leadership Institute.

  • Car salesman wants to build fortress-like home in Edmond

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    The residence, which could climb as high as 90 feet, would be the largest private residence in the United States if completed.

  • Moore considers enacting a stronger building code

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    Under proposed changes, homes in Moore would be built to withstand winds of 135 miles per hour and would require wind-resistent garage doors and hurricane clips on the roof.

  • Richard Mize: Marriage, mortgage to death

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    It really is like dating and finding a mate, you know, this home ownership thing – unless it’s just a fling.

  • Location entices couple to build house on narrow lot near downtown Oklahoma City

    By Tim Fall, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    Ann and Brian Dell retained Butzer Gardner Architects to design a house that would maximize the narrow lot they owned.

  • Listing of the Week: 221 E 12th, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    The 1,639-square-foot home has three bedrooms, two baths, three living areas, one dining area and an attached single-car garage.

  • Real estate notes for March 8

    Published: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    Real estate notes for March 8

  • Oklahoma House approves measure to ban city vacant property registries

    | Published: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    The Oklahoma House passed a bill Tuesday to ban city registries for vacant property. The bill, supported by Realtors, was drafted after Oklahoma City officials created a registry of vacant local properties.

  • Family brings homebuilding skills from Iran to Oklahoma

    By Tim Fall, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    Ali Farzaneh, his brothers and his father have made their family name synonymous with homebuilding in central Oklahoma.