• The House Detective: Aftermath of an 'as-is' home purchase

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: We just purchased a home “as is.” The previous owner signed a mold disclosure statement that says there is no known mold. After moving in, we found that one entire bathroom wall is rotted with mold, and the roof has mold as well. Isn’t the seller liable for withholding this information? — Klemmy DEAR KLEMMY: Your question raises more than one issue. To begin, sellers are required to disclose all known defects, even when the sale is “as-is.” If the bathroom walls were covered with apparent mold, that should have been disclosed. However, mold does not cause walls to rot. The primary concern with mold is the airborne spores that can be harmful to breathe.

  • Community briefs

    Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Community briefs

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: A look back at 2014 lessons learned, Part 2

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Perhaps the best part about what I do, besides connecting with my wonderful readers each week, is that I get to learn from folks who know a whole lot more than I do. As I stumble and bumble my way through the maze of home improvement and better living, I get to call on experts to help me out of my messes, and ideally help you avoid the mistakes I’ve made. It’s my tradition, at the end of each year, to look back on all the advice I gleaned (or extorted) from those experts, sift out my favorite lesson from each month, and share them in a two-part round up. Last week, I shared my favorite lessons for the first half of 2014. Here are the highlights from the year’s last six months: IN JULY, I got permission to

  • Ten home robots to lighten your domestic chores

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    At the end of every year in recent memory, it seems, high-tech optimists have predicted the next year as the one when robots will finally lift from our shoulders the burden of dreary domestic tasks. Think washing floors, scrubbing the grill, cutting the lawn, watering plants, changing cat litter, vacuuming the carpet — and, for good measure, pacifying the baby and entertaining the older children. That was certainly the case at the close of 2013, said Dan Kara, a robotics analyst with ABI Research. “This was supposed to be the year where everything was going to be different,” Mr. Kara said. “Again.”

  • Oklahoma news briefs

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, Dec. 26, 2014

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs

  • DIY: Holiday wreaths are made with materials from dollar store

    Kelly Smurthwaite-Schumacher, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Holiday wreaths are a great way to deck your halls — but many times can be expensive. Here are three low-cost alternative to expensive store-bought wreaths.

  • Oklahoma City recreation facilities to observe holiday hours

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Martin Park Nature Center in Oklahoma City will have new hours beginning Jan. 2.

  • Norman houses show seasonal shine

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Houses in Norman are bright with colors and decorations for the holiday season.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City invites holiday visitors

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    The Bricktown Canal is decked out for the holidays, and Downtown in December offers activities for all ages in Oklahoma City.

  • Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University needs volunteers

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    The Botanic Garden is at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

  • Oklahoma Realtors offer advice for whether to decorate a home for sale during the holidays

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Okahoma City-area Realtors talk about how how they advise their clients to balance holiday decorations with a sign in the yard. Turns out the most steadfast rules may in fact be unbreakable — but they aren’t unbendable.

  • Oklahoma City home and garden notes

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Oklahoma City-area home and garden notes for Saturday, Dec. 20.

  • Richard Mize: FAA keeps Santa safe from drones

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    The Federal Aviation Administration slipped a lump of coal into drone-enthused Realtors’ Christmas stockings — this year’s, next year’s and maybe even into 2016.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: A look back at 2014 lessons learned, part one

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Every year at this time I look in my rearview mirror to check what the heck just happened. I flip through my 50 columns, and extract my favorite nuggets of advice, one lesson from each month, and serve it up in a 12-lessons-for-Christmas kind of way, in two parts. Here is part one of my top takeaways for 2014: IN JANUARY, while researching a column on linen, I interviewed Richard Ostell, a respected fashion and home designer, from Westchester, N.Y. He made me love linen even more, which I thought not possible. Linen in a home is like a sigh of relief. “Linen is honest, simple, humble and durable,” he reminded me in an hour-long linen love fest. What’s more, and here’s where I really fell for the classic

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Dec. 20

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Oklahoma City Flintco Inc., 300 NE 9, parking, erect, $5,817,000. Bob Moore Auto Group, 13010 N Kelley Ave., automotive sales, erect, $5,500,000. J1K LLC, 7400 S Sooner Road, retail sales, erect, $4,215,000. Clark Construction, 9800 Broadway Extension, hospital, erect, $2,000,000. Tectonic Management Group Inc., 6401 S Portland Ave., parking, install, $1,500,000. Renaissance Architects + Engineers, 1515 N Klein Ave., school, erect, $1,330,949. Ancon Development Corp., 925 Cedar Lake Blvd., office, erect, $1,000,000. Nation Wide Permits, 13901 McAuley Blvd., medical clinic-office, remodel, $765,000. Vanhoose Construction, 5005 S Interstate 35 Service Road, office-warehouse, erect,

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Dec. 20

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for Dec. 20, 2014

  • Rodd Moesel: Many great gifts to buy for gardeners

    By Rodd Moesel | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Christmas is just days away and gardeners everywhere are looking forward to giving and receiving special gardening gifts with family and friends over the Christmas holidays. Most everybody has been enjoying Christmas trees, wreaths, swags and ropes of evergreens to decorate their home and office. Poinsettias of all colors, cyclamen, Norfolk Island pines and amaryllis have been adding color and atmosphere to the holiday festivities in many homes and businesses. If you get a chance, please visit the Myriad Gardens to enjoy the amazing and spectacular 18-foot-tall poinsettia tree in the Conservatory and the beautiful Christmas lights on so many of the outside trees as well as the giant red shiny ornaments and huge silver pine

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Coming up short on home values

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    According to new statistical analyses by Quicken Loans, owners on average now underestimate the value of their homes by 1.6 percent compared with appraisers’ valuations.

  • The Listing of the Week: 3233 NW 188, Oklahoma City

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    The 2,503-square-foot home at 3233 NW 188 Terrace has three bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, three living areas, one dining area and an attached three-car garage.