• Termite inspector causes damage to home siding

    By Barry Stone Certified Building Inspector | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Unfortunately, many termite inspectors believe that forceful poking is the only effective method.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: First-time homebuyers back in market

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    First-timers need to check out FHA again. For many of them, it could be the way to finally own, rather than keep paying rent.

  • Metro First Realty hires Judy Lindsay as consulting broker

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Metro First Realty has hired Judy Lindsay as consulting broker and director of education at the corporate office at 3232 W Britton Road.  She has 30 years of experience in the local real estate market. After working in office building management and leasing in the 1980s, she went into residential real estate in 1991. She holds the Certified Relocation Professional and Certified Residential Brokerage Manager professional designations. After two terms on the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors Board of Directors, she served as president in 2009. She is certified by the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission to develop and teach continuing education classes for Realtors and has done so for a number of years.

  • Urban amenities mean extras downtown during summer in Oklahoma City

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Living in downtown Oklahoma City has grown in popularity for the past decade, and as the heart of downtown got stronger, so did the beat of the street.

  • Fire blight can be deadly to many members of rose family

    By Ray Ridlen Gardening columnist | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Here are some facts about fire blight. •Fire blight is a bacterial disease that can kill branches and whole plants of many members of the rose family, including apple, pear, quince and crabapple. •Symptoms include dead branches, water-soaked blossoms, light brown to blackened leaves, discolored bark, black “shepherd’s crook” twigs, and dried fruits. •Fire blight bacteria can be spread by insects, splashing rain or contaminated pruning tools. •Management includes resistant varieties, cultural practices, pruning and preventive chemical sprays. The disease also can occur on serviceberries, flowering quinces, cotoneasters, hawthorns, quinces, pyracanthas, blackberries, raspberries and mountain

  • All the Home’s a Stage Part 7: The house that got away

    by MARNI JAMESON | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    I knew the minute we didn’t get the house it was the one I wanted. I hadn’t been this heartsick since I got sent home from summer camp with mono. After helping DC shop for a new home for months, a home he made no secret of saying could be ours if our stars stayed aligned, we had a good sense of what we were looking for — and weren’t. Like much of life, the house-hunting process turned out to be a string of butterfly-high hopes followed by canyons of disappointment. Houses with so much promise online turned out to have fatal flaws — literally. One was next to a cemetery. On one of our weekly house-hunting escapades-slash-therapy sessions, our agent, Wendy, drove us by a sunny-colored Mediterranean-style house

  • Kitchen Remodeling Done Right the First Time

    Veronica Davis | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Many problematic kitchen issues are not as much of a pressing concern in new home construction. However, if you're renovating a kitchen, knowing how to identify problem areas is going to provide you with the most negotiating power to get the job done

  • Parties Extra! Video---Genea Vallion and Cathy Blair from Trochta's---Beautiful flowers!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    [brightcove]4316696964001[/brightcove] Genea Vallion and Cathy Blair from Trochta’s talk about flowers on Parties Extra!

  • How to Start a Garden

    Lynn Smith | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Your best childhood memories often resurrect themselves in your adult life. This is a story of one woman's journey to gain sustainability in Oklahoma City.

  • Richard Mize: Offend ye not the grill gods

    Richard Mize | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Summer officially began in Oklahoma City at 11:39 a.m. Sunday, which left 9 hours and 10 minutes to celebrate with fire and beefsteak or ribs -- or chicken or some other vegetable. If you didn't burn anything or blow anything up there's still the rest of summer! Just try not to offend the grill gods. And ... oh, whatever. Be safe. I just had to write a line or two so I could use this goofy photo illustration! (Actual grilling safety tips, also from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, are below!) By Trisha Gedon                  STILLWATER -- Shorts, flip flops and glowing coals in the grill are just a few of the signs of

  • Common oversights when remodeling

    Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    We find it a healthy exercise to talk about mistakes as a way to inform homeowners and to help them dodge a bullet or two. Here are a few more potential areas for problems during a renovation project and some advice on how to avoid them.

  • Temperatures, watering times down this year

    By Rodd Moesel | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    This year we have yet to reach 100 degrees and have been blessed with regular refreshing and thirst-quenching rains.

  • All the home’s a stage, Part 6: House hunting

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    So when Marni Jameson recently began looking for an already-built house, she hoped, for a change, she could be the beneficiary of someone else’s finish and fixture decisions — not the victim.

  • Builders gain confidence in new projects, home sales

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index climbed to 59 this month, up five points from 54 in the May reading.

  • Finding the perfect gift for a DIY Dad

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Gifts abound for the DIY dad.

  • Pond, water garden tour is set for this weekend

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Annual Water Garden Tour to feature ponds, gardens and water features.

  • Enhancing a vacant home’s appeal

    by Ellen James Martin ellenjamesmartin@gmail.com Universal UClick | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Smart Moves with Ellen James Martin

  • St. Louis residents seek to make Angelou’s home a landmark

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    A little more than a year since Maya Angelou died at the age of 86 in North Carolina, there’s an effort afoot to get Angelou’s 1,300-square-foot childhood home at 3130 Hickory St. designated as a local landmark

  • The Pereza keeps people connected

    Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    The Pereza keeps people connected

  • Oklahoma City building permits

    Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Oklahoma City building permits