• 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 City real estate briefs for June 21

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City real estate briefs June 21, 2014

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City area home sales, construction slow this year

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

    Realtors say financial regulations are frustrating sales and builders say a shortage of residential lots that are stymieing construction.

  • Train horns to go quiet downtown by November 2015

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    Quiet zone to reduce train noise will be from SE 23 to Wilshire Boulevard.

  • Edmond's reputation attracts retirees to new neighborhood

    BY JIM STAFFORD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, May 24, 2014

    Parkview neighborhood is a gated community of single-family homes for adults 55 and older

  • Listing of the Week: 13100 SW 5, Yukon

    Published: Sat, May 24, 2014

    The 1,889-square-foot home has three bedrooms, two baths, one living room, one dining areas and an attached two-car garage.

  • Rodd Moesel: Plenty of time to grow container-grown plants

    Published: Sat, May 24, 2014

    Container-grown plants can be planted year-round and we are currently in the middle of the prime spring planting season. You can plant color annuals, perennials, warm season vegetables, shrubs, trees, Bermuda grass lawns, container gardens now and enjoy a high success rate with your plantings. In another month we will have to focus more of our attention on watering and battling the insects, but now we can make a huge impact by planting new plant materials. We plant annuals and vegetables to enjoy now as we feed our stomachs and our souls. We plant perennials, shrubs and trees to enjoy now but really as an investment in the future to enjoy in the years and decades ahead as they grow more impressive with time.

  • Symphony Show House offers penthouse view

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, May 17, 2014

    Fundraising event continues this weekend atop Founders Tower, 5900 Mosteller Drive.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for May 17

    Published: Sat, May 17, 2014

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for May 17.