• The Nation's Housing Column: Rent payments can improve your credit score

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Young, first-time buyers would greatly benefit by having their rent histories included in credit reports and factored into their scores.

  • Realtors support agent's sign language in Oklahoma

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Courtney Gentry, who is profoundly deaf and unable to hear or speak at any level, is making a career in real estate sales with help from the Oklahoma Association of Realtors, which provided an interpreter for a continuing education course, and her husband, who also knows sign language.

  • The House Detective: Contractor not a true friend

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    DEAR BARRY: I had a so-called friend build my house. What a costly lesson it has been. After moving in, there was one defect after another. It took four months to get him to look at the problems. He fixed a few of them and then stopped returning my calls. The worst thing is a pool of standing water under the house, nearly a foot deep. I’ve contacted the state contractor’s board, but they don’t seem willing to do anything. What should I do? — Cordell DEAR CORDELL: Many people have endured the frustrations of dealing with unqualified and unethical building contractors and then experienced the lack of enforcement by the agencies that should be policing these pros. The first thing you should do is hire the most

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Community briefs for March 7, 2015

  • Keller Williams honors Edmond team

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    The team was recognized recently at the Keller Williams annual convention in Orlando, Fla.

  • Smart Moves: Former rentals can be huge deals

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Steve Israel, the president of a real estate firm that caters to homebuyers, said one strategy is to consider properties that were once rental units but are now up for sale.

  • Richard Mize: My house should get AARP mail

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Aging house feels effects of winter.

  • Ray Ridlen: Get prepared for spring by soil testing

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Q: I have general questions about soil testing: Why should I soil test? When do I sample? How often do I soil test? How do I take a soil sample? How do I take a soil sample for my garden? My lawn? My field crops? A: Garden: In essence, take 15 to 20 random samples throughout your garden. The number depends on the size of your garden. Samples should be 6 inches deep. You may use a shovel or a soil probe (which may be available from your county extension office). Place the samples in a plastic bucket, mix well and remove 2 cups of soil for us to test. Lawn: In essence, take 15 to 20 random samples throughout your lawn. The number depends on the size of your lawn.

  • Serve Moore will continue to help community

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Serve Moore opened its new office last week.

  • Tried and True Native Plants to use in the Garden

    Connie Scothorn | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    It is always easier to learn from other people’s mistakes—especially in the garden. When planning a native landscape there are thousands of plants that you may not have experience with, so here are a few to try.

  • How to use Native Plants in the Landscape

    Connie Scothorn | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    It is well known that native plants do better when used in the landscape; they are better adapted to the environment and more tolerant of soils and weather conditions. But how does one effectively incorporate native plants into the landscape?

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Community briefs

  • Trout fishing event for kids set in Yukon

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Yukon Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Kids Trout Fish Out is free and open to the public.

  • Myriad Botanical Gardens orchid show in Oklahoma City offers respite from winter

    By Christine Eddington, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Exhibit and annual show at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City celebrates the power of orchids to instill passion in collectors.

  • Life-centered design improves lives through remodeling

    Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Life-centered design is a design approach that tailors home design and remodeling to the individual to help improve the daily life of those who live in and visit the home.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Saturday, Feb/ 28.

  • Listing of the week: 1409 NW 188, Oklahoma City

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Listing of the week: The 5,014-square-foot home at 1409 NW 188 in Oklahoma City has five bedrooms, four baths, four living rooms, two dining rooms and an attached three-car garage.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Feb. 28

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Oklahoma City building permits for Feb. 28

  • Rodd Moesel: Time to finish pruning your trees, shrubs

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    If you go too long without pruning, God provides storms, tornadoes and high winds to provide periodic pruning but these natural forces will not be as selective as you can be with a good saw, loppers and sharp snips.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Tough stuff advice raises readers' questions

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Following my recent columns on getting rid of tough stuff at home, I answered letters from stirred-up readers.




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