• Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show continues through Sunday

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Vendors and experts offer creative, contemporary ideas

  • Richard Mize: Symphony Show House: history portal

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The Orchestra League is swinging the doors to history open again this year at 3500 N Coltrane Road in Forest Park.

  • An Oklahoma City home to have, to hold in time for the holidays

    By Tim Fall For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    With rent on their two-bedroom apartment increasing from “about $800 a month to $1,500,” Alyssa Gilliam said she “turned to Facebook” where a friend gave her the name of a trusted Realtor. That was in mid-November. By Christmas, Alyssa and Justin Gilliam, newlyweds, were moved into their new home at 3404 Brookend Court, in the Springhollow area of Quail Creek.

  • OKC Beautiful gardening tip: Repairing winter damage to your trees

    By Carla Sharpe | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Some helpful tips from Loretta Aaron on how to repair damage to your trees.

  • House plan: Contemporary home is spacious

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The Bellewood offers close to 3,400 square feet of indoor floor space.

  • Smart Moves: Tips for a quick sale

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Kathy Zimmermann, a broker-owner with RE/MAX, said that stress levels are highest among sellers who face strict time limits. For such people, choosing the right selling price is paramount.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Jan. 15

    Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    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 mhowell@oklahoman.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS •OKLAHOMA ORCHID SOCIETY, Sunday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Green Growers program is at 1 p.m. and will feature “Using Greenhouse Space more Efficiently.” Main program is at 2 p.m., featuring the video “Cattleya Leudemanniana.” Visitors welcome. •VIOLA GARDEN CLUB, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Set-up 10:30 a.m. Program will feature Oklahoma City Fire Department. Pot luck

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Jan. 15

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Oklahoma City Wynn Construction Co. Inc., 7626 W Reno Ave., public building, erect, $4,700,000. L5 Construction, 7725 W Reno Ave., parking, install, $850,000. Coleman Homes Inc., 13236 N Eastern Ave., residence, erect, $600,000. Huffman Construction, 12509  Sardonyx Drive, residence, erect, $400,000. J.E. Dunn Construction, 4440  Newcastle Road, office-warehouse, remodel, $350,000. Permits Today, 1901 Northwest Expressway, retail sales, remodel, $337,300. Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, 3301 N Harvey Parkway, pedestrian walkway, install, $332,000. Jason Powers Homes Inc., doing business as J.P Homes, 5201 NW 116, residence, erect, $283,000. Jason Powers Homes Inc.,

  • Rodd Moesel: House plants are beneficial in winter

    Rodd Moesel mugbug | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    I also offer my top 25 list of deciduous large trees for Oklahoma that will ultimately grow to 40 feet or more.

  • The House Detective: Maintenance advice for septic systems

    By Barry Stone | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    DEAR BARRY: We just moved from the big city to the country. So for the first time ever, we have a septic system and have to think about what goes down the drain. The contractor who inspected the septic tank advised us to flush an additive down the toilet once a month to maintain the bacteria level in the tank. Our new next-door neighbor says he's never used the stuff and insists that it's a waste of money. What's your advice for the care and maintenance of a septic system? — Jeffrey DEAR JEFFREY: Bacterial additives are often advised by septic contractors, but the need for this is debatable because micro-organisms are added to the tank every time solid waste is flushed down the toilet.

  • Marni Jameson: How to save on a wedding

    By Marni Jameson  | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Jennifer Durbin, author of “Party Tips for the Clueless Chick,” helped me come up with these 10 don’ts to consider before saying I do:

  • Listing of the Week: 2501 Portofino Place, Edmond

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The 3,814-square-foot home at 2501 Portofino Place has three bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, three living rooms, two dining rooms and an attached three-car garage. The living area has built-in bookcases and a fireplace. The home has a library with two-sided fireplace, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with island and pantry, bonus room and screened-in back patio.

  • The Nation's Housing: Home buyers not using new mortgage shopping tool

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Under new rules, after you receive your Loan Estimate you have 10 days for shopping the competition before finally agreeing to the deal or ditching it. The CFPB recommends borrowers obtain Loan Estimates "from three or more lenders" before making a final choice.

  • About Space real estate notes for Jan. 9

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Jan 9, 2016

    About Space real estate notes for Jan. 9, 2016

  • Listing of the Week: 3701 Redmont Trace, Edmond

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    The 4,288-square-foot house at 3701 Redmont Trace has four bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, four living rooms, two dining rooms, a safe room and an attached three-car garage. The library has a masonry fireplace. The kitchen has Kitchen Aid double ovens, an island, walk-in pantry and custom stained maple cabinetry.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Jan. 8

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Oklahoma City Hixon Construction Co. LLC, 2012 NW 178, shell building, erect, $1,900,000. A List Construction, 7601 NW 132 Place, residence, erect, $700,000. 4 Corners Construction LLC, 12008  Grand Cedar Lane, residence, erect, $500,000. Sam Gresham Architects, 2115 NW 122, shell building, erect, $500,000. J. Howell Construction  Inc., 4221  Oakdale Forest Road, residence, erect, $450,000. L5 Construction LLC, 6413 SW 3, retail sales, remodel, $393,377. Aaron Tatum Custom Homes LLC, 12616  Jacinth Court, residence, erect, $364,000. George Thomas Jester, 15800 N Indian Meridian, residence, erect, $300,000. United-Built Homes LLC, 14301 N Indian Meridian, residence, erect,

  • Smart Moves: Narrowing down your options when buying a home

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Here are a few screening tips for buyers.

  • Metro Listing Service adds info on 55-plus communities in Oklahoma City area

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Senior housing communities, real estate agents and senior consumers themselves now have access to property information pertinent to those over age 55 in the Oklahoma City area. The area's real estate listing service MLSOK now allows searches for senior living options within the public multiple listing service system. MLSOK now has a search field for age-restricted communities, housing available exclusively to those aged 55-plus and 62-plus, in accordance with the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995. “We have been lobbying for this addition since the summer and am thrilled it is done,” said Nikki Buckelew who, along with her husband, Chris, established OKC Mature Moves Real Estate Services specializing in post-retirement

  • The Nation's Housing: Updated credit scoring could open window for more buyers

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    For people who have "thin" files with minimal data at the national credit bureaus — or no files at all — the changes could bring tangible improvements.

  • House Plan: Wynant is like two cottages in one

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Because the Wynant looks more like a cottage than a duplex, you might say it's two cottages in one. Both units have side entrances, creating a sense of privacy for each of the families. Other than the right-hand garage that extends two feet closer to the street, the floor plans are mirror images. A simple wooden post supports the roof of a recessed front porch that leads into a small foyer. Inside, the coat closet is on one side, while a wide opening on the other side takes you into the living room. A hallway that links with bedrooms and bathrooms also leads off of the foyer. Living room, dining room and kitchen flow together in one large, open gathering space. Light washes into the living room through a wide side