• Oklahoma City-area Parade of Homes Spring Festival features 117 entries

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    New homes are open free to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and again May 8-10 in the Oklahoma City area.

  • Oklahoma City Orchestra League's Symphony Show House is open through May 17

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Dubbed “A Treasure in the Trees,” the 7,400-square foot home, with swimming pool and garden house, overlooks 3 1/2 green, hilly acres in northwest Oklahoma City. The Symphony Show House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Community briefs

    Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Community briefs

  • Homebuilder Caleb McCaleb to give away a home valued at $450,000 for HOPE

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    As many as 600 families benefit every month from HOPE Center’s services, which include providing food, clothing, household items, diapers and personal hygiene items to needy families, and operating a health services center, Hope Clinic.

  • The House Detective: Addition not included in appraisal

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    DEAR BARRY: When we bought our home 22 years ago, it had two unfinished rooms in the attic. About 12 years ago I finished these rooms, making two additional bedrooms and a bathroom, but this was done without a building permit. Now that we are planning to sell, the appraisal shows the house as a one-story with only two bedrooms and one bathroom. Because of this, we can’t sell the house for its actual value. Our Realtor is not sure what to do. What do you recommend? — John DEAR JOHN: When you converted the attic space to living space, a permit was required. Any construction or alterations that involve that many square feet and any work that involves plumbing and electrical changes require a permit.

  • Smart Moves: How to sell a roughed-up home

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Those planning to market a home in poor condition are wise to search for a listing agent willing to serve as a project manager

  • Show houses bring country music to mind in Oklahoma City

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    If you’re ready to walk out on your house, maybe it’s time to walk into another.

  • Ray Ridlen: Here's how to become a Master Gardener

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    The only requirement to become a Master Gardener is that you love gardening and are willing to share that love with others. You must also attend a series of classes that begins in early September and continues through November.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Putting the humble back in home

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Marni shares a few pieces of simple-living advice from “Keep It Simple,” which might help us put a little humble back in our homes.

  • The Listing of the Week: 8908 Halbrook Manor Lane, Oklahoma City

    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    The 2,644-square-foot home at 8908 Halbrook Manor Lane has four bedrooms, 2 baths, one half-bath, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached three-car garage

  • The Nation's Housing Column: A way to keep money in the family

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A family-funded reverse mortgage known as the “Caregiver” loan allows any number of children and grandchildren to pool resources to provide a flexible line of credit at interest rates far below what commercial reverse mortgage lenders charge and with far fewer hassles.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes

    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City are home and garden notes for Saturday, May 2.

  • Elephants destined for Oklahoma City doing well in temporary home

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The timetable for their move from San Diego to Oklahoma City is still being determined.

  • Oklahoma City dog park reopens

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Paw Park had been closed since February for renovation.

  • Teacher's Pets program visits Lexington schools

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The Teacher’s Pets program helps Lexington special-education students learn about safety, hygiene, teamwork and communication.

  • Putnam City Arts Festival will showcase creative students

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    The festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Putnam City North High School, 11800 N Rockwell.

  • Edmond considers increasing fee for recycling program

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Edmond City Council will consider a rate increase for the household hazardous waste and recycling programs. Bob Masterson, the city’s fleet vehicle maintenance and solid waste superintendent, wants the increase by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

  • Iris Expo set for Saturday in Edmond

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Edmond Iris and Garden Society iris show and sale is at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Community briefs

  • Veggie up! Norman's Farm Market is open

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Norman Farm Market showcases locally grown produce, flowers, bedding plants and novelty items every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.