• Oklahoma City metro housing: more highs than lows in ’15

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Dec 31, 2015

    “Slow and steady wins the race” is heard a lot in Oklahoma City homebuilding, meaning that with no bubbles come no busts — and 2016 will be another test of that. The national housing crash almost a decade ago missed us by an Oklahoma mile. Last year certainly was no bubble.

  • Listing of the Week: 4809 Robin Hill Lane, southeast Oklahoma City

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    The 5,772-square-foot home at 4809 Robin Hill Lane — to be offered at public auction at noon Jan. 15 — has six bedrooms, six baths, two half-baths, four living rooms, two dining rooms and an attached three-car garage.

  • Smart Moves: Handling contractors without the headaches

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    Home improvement is a $300 billion business in America. Yet many sellers do a lot of head scratching when they need to hire a plumber, electrician, painter, carpenter or roofer to get their property prepped for market. ''Most people don't know where to turn to find the right contractors to get their walls repainted or their leaky faucets fixed without paying too much or waiting too long," said Eric Tyson, co-author of "House Selling for Dummies." Tyson said it's a rare house that doesn't need some level of help from contractors before it's put up for sale. Problems that should be addressed could include such relatively minor tasks as replacement of a non-functional doorbell or such complex ones as new roofing. But

  • Rodd Moesel: Take time to review landscaping, gardening goals

    By Rodd Moesel  | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    Welcome to the New Year 2016!  This is an exciting time of year as we say good-bye and close one chapter of our life and open and plan for an intriguing new chapter, full of hope and possibilities. Just as we take time to examine and assess our personal lives at this changing of the years, it's also a good time to review our landscape and gardening efforts of past years.

  • Marni Jameson: Decorating Mom's new room

    AT HOME WITH MARNI JAMESON | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    I arrived with four boxes my brother had shipped. That this was all my mother had left was a sad relief — sad because her material life had boiled down to what could fit into four boxes and a suitcase, and a relief because I didn’t have more to contend with.

  • The Nation's Housing: Are baby boomers causing shortage in real estate listings?

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON — They rocked at Woodstock, marched in protest on campus, distrusted authority, and then as adults, took out mortgages and bought lots of real estate. But now, say some economists, baby boomers aren't selling their houses as earlier generations did. They're not downsizing fast enough as they approach and pass traditional retirement ages, and that's contributing to inventory shortages of homes for sale as well as rising prices. Boomers are part of a "clogging up (of) the whole chain of home sales," Sean Becketti, chief economist of giant mortgage investor Freddie Mac, told me last week.

  • Okahoma City area home and garden notes for Jan. 2

    Published: Fri, Jan 1, 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. MEETING •OKLAHOMA CITY COUNCIL OF GARDEN CLUBS, 10 a.m. Friday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Coffee is at 9:30 a.m. Program is “What's Happening at the Center” presented by Kenton Peters. Members from all garden clubs are asked to participate. WORKSHOPS •TERRIFIC TERRARIUMS, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Jan. 16, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Learn to build your own at-home terrarium. Pricing includes a standard

  • Land sales

    From staff reports | Updated: Thu, Dec 31, 2015

    Land sales Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $48 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more. $1,000,000 or more MSC OKC LLC from Penn Properties LLC, 12520 N MacArthur Blvd., $5,100,000. MSC OKC LLC from Edmond Storage LLC, 1000 N Santa Fe Ave., Edmond, $4,762,500. MSC OKC LLC from Security Self Storage II LLC, 12118 N Pennsylvania Ave., $3,675,000. MSC OKC LLC from MBP LLC, 13601 N Santa Fe Ave., $3,446,500. MSC OKC LLC from Rockwell Business Park LLC, 7100 NW 50 and 5000 N Rockwell Ave., $3,101,500. Hung Viet Do Family Trust from Timothy and Tesha Loven, 4823 NW 220,

  • Homebuilding slows in Oklahoma City area, but sales thrive in 2015

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Dec 26, 2015

    Oklahoma City, Edmond, Midwest City, Moore and Norman — started the year off by 14 percent, judging by the number of building permits issued by each city.

  • Marni Jameson: A look back at 2015 lessons learned, Part 2

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Fri, Dec 25, 2015

    Here’s what a check in my rearview mirror reflected for the last six months of the year. Top takeaways range from cutting a sofa down to size to finding the next best thing to home for an elderly parent.

  • Smart Moves: Easing the pain of a sudden move

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Dec 25, 2015

    No matter the hardships of having to sell suddenly, you'll fare better if you take an active approach.

  • The Nation's Housing: Congress decks holidays with tax benefits

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY  The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Dec 25, 2015

    The $620 billion "extenders" legislative package passed by the House and Senate before the holiday recess hands out generous tax presents to all sorts of niche pleaders, from racehorse owners, motorsports track operators, rum makers in Puerto Rico, TV and film producers and a wide assortment of others.

  • Richard Mize: It's a wonder that my house hasn't left me

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 23, 2015

    I've been true to my home in Oklahoma for 16 years, without the help of the Chicago Public Library

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Dec. 25

    Published: Fri, Dec 25, 2015

    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. WORKSHOPS •TERRIFIC TERRARIUMS, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Jan. 16, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Learn to build your own at-home terrarium. Pricing includes standard terrarium, potting materials and plants. Bring personal items from home to customize work. Cost is $25. Registration closes Jan. 14. Call 297-3882 or email parkrentals@okc.gov for information. •“ALL ABOUT BOUQUETS” Third Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 21, Will Rogers

  • Ray Ridlen: Beat winter blues by leafing through garden catalogs

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Fri, Dec 25, 2015

    The cold, gray days of winter can be hard on the mind, body and spirit. Fortunately, there are effective ways to beat the winter blues. Some individuals like to take a brisk walk in the woods after a snow. Others prefer to sit in front of a roaring fire and read a good book. Many gardeners, on the other hand, love to leaf through garden catalogs and make plans for the coming spring. Hundreds of garden catalogs are available from companies throughout the United States. Some companies specialize in specific plants, such as perennials, bulbs, roses or fruits. Other companies offer a wide assortment of plant materials and garden accessories.

  • Listing of the Week: 1216 Settlers Drive, Edmond

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Dec 25, 2015

    The 5,408-square-foot home at 1216 Settlers Drive has four bedrooms, five baths, five living rooms, two dining rooms and an attached three-car garage. The main living room has wood floors, a fireplace and vaulted ceiling with rustic wood beams.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Dec. 26

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Dec 25, 2015

    Oklahoma City Hines BSC LLC, 499 W Sheridan Ave., office, erect, $36,180,000. McBride Orthropedic, 9600  Broadway Extension, hospital, erect, $29,000,000. Hines BSC LLC, 499 W Sheridan Ave., parking, erect, $8,064,700. Hines BSC LLC, 499 W Sheridan Ave., parking, erect, $3,758,913. L5 Construction, 7725 W Reno Ave., office, remodel, $2,500,000. L5 Construction LLC, 7725 W Reno Ave., office, remodel, $1,000,000. Autozone Development, 2015 NW 164, retail sales, erect, $525,000. Larry Russell Homes, 2505  Majestic Way, residence, erect, $400,000. No name provided, 1106 NW 50, retail sales, add-on, $390,000. Cobanks Construction Inc., 5405 NW 116, residence, erect, $300,000.

  • Home builders group installs Kenyon Woods as president

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Dec 25, 2015

    Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association installed 2016 officers at a recent ceremony.

  • House plan: A blend of traditional, contemporary

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Dec 25, 2015

    Nostalgic wood detailing accents handsome posts that draw attention to the recessed front porch of the Heartshaven

  • Land sales

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Dec 25, 2015

    Land sales Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $38 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more. $1,000,000 or more R.W. Timms Investments LLC from Seventy Seven Land Co. LLC, 4050 W Interstate 40 Service Road and one property near the southwest corner of S Portland Avenue and W Reno Avenue, $6,600,000. B3DC LLC from Base III Capital LLC, 14200 and 14300 N Western Ave., 3232 and 3234 NW 150, 7901 NW 85 Terrace and 4500 E Interstate 240 Service Road, $6,360,000. Danforth Office Park LLC from Surelot Investments LLC, 307 E Danforth Road, units 100, 106, 112, 118, 124, 130, 136, 148, 154 and 160, Edmond,




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