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  • Improving Your Home: Tips provided for keeping the inside of your house dry

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Improving Your Home: Paul Bianchina gives some practical home maintenance tips for keeping that water where it belongs.

  • Realtors' groups launch app

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The app allows real estate agents and potential homebuyers to search for homes on the Multiple Listing Service.

  • The House Detective: Wasterwater drains into backyard

    by Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: We bought our home a few months ago and discovered septic problems as soon as we moved in. The septic tank was replaced less that a year ago, but there is an open pipe that spills water into our backyard. Fortunately it only drains water from the kitchen and laundry. Nothing was disclosed by the sellers or our home inspector, and the home warranty company says this kind of problem is not covered by the policy. What do you think about this problem, and who is liable for repairs? — Jennifer DEAR JENNIFER: What you describe does not appear to be a septic problem. More likely, the wastewater line from the kitchen and laundry was not plumbed to the septic system but was diverted to the yard area.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Is spring the time to list a home?

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Reviews of realty industry and academic studies suggest that while sales totals generally are highest in May and June, they are actually reflecting listings, contracts and buyer searches that occur earlier in the year.

  • Listing of the week: 18500 Scarlet Oak Lane

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The Listing of the Week is an updated 11/2-level home in the Twin Oaks addition in northwest Oklahoma City.

  • Smart Moves: How to save for a house

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Here are a few pointers for would-be homebuyers with a weakness for impulsive shopping.

  • Ray Ridlen: How do you become a Master Gardener?

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Last year, Oklahoma County Master Gardeners assisted more than 20,000 area residents with gardening questions.

  • More consumers grow their own

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    At the Home Depot, edible plants have been the fastest growing category in live goods for the past five years.

  • Whistle-Stop festival held in Wellston

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and a Whistle-Stop and Festival in Wellston was one of the events held to mark the centennial.

  • Zoo Atlanta director selected for Oklahoma City Zoo post

    BY MATT PATTERSON, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Dwight Lawson, director of Zoo Atlanta, was one of 26 people who applied for the position.

  • Oklahoma City civic croups announce Beautification Station 2014

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A tour of Oklahoma City parks is planned for May 17.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for April 16, 2014

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for April 16, 2014

  • Oklahoma City-area community news in brief

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    COMMUNITY Westwood offers golf basics for men NORMAN — Westwood Golf Course is offering a Men’s Beginners Clinic from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday in May. Classes will introduce clubhouse policies and cover fundamental guidelines, course rules and etiquette. Participants will receive instruction in putting, chipping and full swing mechanics. Clubs will be provided, if needed. Instructors will be golf professionals Rick Parish, Bobby Florer, Robert O. Smith, Richard Buchanan and Jerry Halsey. Cost is $80, or $20 per class. Participants get a $10 discount if they pay for all four classes ahead of time. To register, call 292-9700.

  • Martin Park Nature Center in Oklahoma City hosts Earth Fest

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Earth Fest event is held annually at Martin Park Nature Center in Oklahoma City.

  • Architectural Tour includes variety of properties in Oklahoma City

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Homes, offices and multiunit housing are featured in Saturday’s 13th annual Achitectural Tour in Oklahoma City.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Moving defines disruption

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The hardest part is mental, making thousands of small interconnected decisions in short order about where to put, well, everything.

  • Rodd Moesel: It's time to plant away, but watch for late freezes

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Be prepared to cover your tomatoes, peppers, impatiens, begonias and other tender crops with row cover fabric, HotKaps, Wall O’ Waters, cardboard boxes, empty milk jugs or old sheets or blankets for a little extra protection.

  • Oklahoma City home and garden briefs for April 12

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    CALENDAR For more information, call the phone number or use the email address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send email to Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS •African Violet Society of Oklahoma City, 2 to 4 p.m. April 20, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland, ARC-194. Call 256-6881 or 376-3369. WORKSHOPS •Lawn management seminar, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Still time to get started maintaining your lawn so that it will flourish throughout the summer. Attend this free seminar to learn how. No registration

  • Gardeners can take steps to conserve water

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    For those who have an irrigation system, now is the time for a system checkup. Look for leaks, broken pipes and clogged or broken sprinkler heads.

  • Richard Mize: Earthquake waves hit funny bone

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The slightest quake sends wee wavelets through the house detectable only by a slight ripple in the cat’s water dish, noticeable only if a cat actually witnesses it.