• The Nation's Housing Column: Mortgage requirements are easing

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Bottom line: If you’ve been stuck on the home buying sidelines, check out what’s going on. Talk to lenders and mortgage brokers. Who knows? Maybe the opening of the credit box, even if it’s just a crack, might be enough to help you buy a house at today’s near-historic low rates.

  • Oklahoma City home and garden notes

    Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Feb. 21.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: The price of potential

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The word potential gets called out when one wants to infuse a precarious situation with rosy hope and optimism. It’s loaded. Put the word house in the same sentence, and, baby, you’ve just added another barrel to the shotgun.

  • Ray Ridlen: Plants may benefit from winter watering

    BY RAY RIDLEN | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Is it time to water your landscape? Here are a few considerations before getting out your hoses.

  • Richard Mize: Homeowners face functional obsolescence

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    How many once-sacrosanct household things in your life — appliances, furniture, decorations or even spaces dedicated to specific functions — have been shoved aside or made irrelevant by changes in technology or habit?

  • Selling a modest home in a posh neighborhood

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Here are a few pointers for the sellers of a modest home in a classy area:

  • Oklahoma City homebuilder's designers bring clients into the building process from the start

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Christopher Lee & Co. Fine Homes in Oklahoma City adds two ‘designer/project managers’ in the past year

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs

  • All Paws on Deck gives public chance to help shelter

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    The cleanup will be held on Saturday in Oklahoma LCity.

  • Richard Mize: Edmond is a suburb of Oklahoma City? Who knew?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Moving my workplace south a few miles makes all the difference in the urban-suburban world of the Oklahoma City area.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes

    Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Feb. 14

  • Improving Your Home: Remodeling plans that are adding up

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Expanding up can be a great way to maximize the usefulness of a small lot, provide additional privacy, or take advantage of a great view.

  • Midwest City to give away trees

    By Kay Hunt, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    The online lottery for a tree giveway is only for residents of Midwest City.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Homeowner tax breaks appear safe, for now

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Homeowner writeoffs become targets for cutbacks or elimination whenever tax code reforms get serious attention because of their costs in uncollected federal revenues. The mortgage interest deduction alone cost the treasury $113.4 billion in fiscal 2015, property tax writeoffs $27.8 billion, according to estimates by the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs

  • Not in a nursing home, and that's all that matters for Oklahoma woman

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Kendra Orcutt, a registered occupational therapist from Norman, went to work identifying and addressing the specific needs of Tuttle resident Angie Traxler and her family. Orcutt helped Traxler’s family remodel its Tuttle home to accommodate her needs.

  • The Listing of the Week: 6012 Morning Dove Lane, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    The 2,945-square-foot home at 6012 Morning Dove Lane has three bedrooms, three baths, two living areas, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage.

  • Oklahoma City resident Louise Hamm to celebrate 100th birthday

    By Lee Hallman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    The Atoka native said good times have far outweighed the bad.

  • Smart Moves: Taking the worry out of looking for a home

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    To calm their fears and frame a realistic view, nervous young buyers should consult others in their age group who’ve already bought a home.

  • The House Detective: Buyers afraid to cancel bad deal

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    DEAR BARRY: While on leave from the military, we bought a home that was totally misrepresented. According to the listing, it was a 2,300-square-foot, four-bedroom, lake-view house. During the escrow, we read the tax documents and discovered that the home is actually 2,000 square feet with only three bedrooms. We also learned that the fourth bedroom is an unpermitted addition and the “lake” is a retention pond. When we tried to cancel the sale, the seller threatened to keep our deposit and take us to court. We consulted an attorney, but he said he couldn’t do anything in this case. So we closed escrow and now owe more than the current appraisal value of the property.




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