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  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for June 21

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    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 Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS Apogon Iris Garden Club, 10 a.m. Wednesday, 3421 NW 19. Garden brunch will be served. Hosts are D. Treat and K. Brian. Program and tour is “How Does Diana’s Garden Grow.” Roll call is “What Is Your Favorite Rose and Why.” Oklahoma Horticulture Society, 7 p.m. Wednesday, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland. TLC Nursery Landscape plant specialist Cindy Townsend will give a presentation on Plants for the Butterfly

  • Improving Your Home: Cleaning up with a new pressure washer

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Pressure washers can help you with a wide variety of tasks year after year, and they’re probably more affordable than you thought — and they even do windows.

  • Builders have lots to be concerned about

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City is in the unusual position of being in step with a national homebuilding trend. Metro-area builders have faced lot shortages and rising prices since at least late 2012.

  • The Listing of the Week: 1015 Irvine Terrace, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    The 3,497-square-foot home has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage.

  • Richard Mize: Did housing crash spook Millenials?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    HOUSTON — Someone finally said it, sort of: The idea of owning a home — as American as the flag and apple pie — may have been tarnished for good by the housing crash. We should all hope not. “The housing market appears to be in recovery mode, though at a meandering pace,” said Hugh F. Kelly, Ph.D, chairman of The Counselors of Real Estate, based in Chicago, and clinical professor of real estate at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. Yes, yes, go on.

  • The House Detective: Home inspection vs. builders' warranty

    by Barry Stone | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: I’m buying a brand-new home and was planning to hire a home inspector before closing escrow. Two of my friends in a similar community advised me to save my money because the builder provides a new home warranty and his crew will fix any defects we find on the final walk-through. Under these circumstances, is there any reason that I should spend hundreds of dollars for an inspection? — Arthur DEAR ARTHUR: Your friends are giving you some very uninformed advice, and here is why. Warranties on new homes provide free repair work for problems that are called to the attention of the builder. What many people do not realize is that most construction defects are not apparent to the untrained eye and often are

  • Rodd Moesel:: Break in weather provides another good planting season

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Oklahoma has been blessed with wonderful soaking rains the past three weeks. Our trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables have responded with lots of new growth and great green colors. This break in the weather has given us another good planting season. Many plants are the happiest they have been in years with the nurturing rains and mild temperatures. You can still plant most all kinds of container-grown color annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs and trees and get lots of enjoyment this year. At some point we will get hot and dry again. Mulch your vegetables, annuals and perennials now to reduce soil temperatures, soil moisture evaporation and to reduce watering by up to half when it does get hot and dry. This is also the

  • Prudential Alliance Realty honored for distination services

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    This award recognizes the office in the Prudential Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services networks that demonstrates excellence in destination referral relocation performance, conversion, customer satisfaction, supporting the needs of Brookfield Global Relocation corporate and government clients.

  • Feed The Children launches new logo and vision and introduces new food programs for Oklahoma City and New Orleans

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Kevin Hagan, chief executive officer of Feed The Children, said the Oklahoma City-based relief organization has been working for two years to “rebrand” and “revision” how it seeks to reduce food insecurity in America and around the world.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for June 17

    Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for June 17, 2014

  • Mark Dale dies after helping shape two sets of Oklahoma City home builders, 20 years apart

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Dale, 63, owner of Carriage Homes, died Saturday after a bout with cancer. He was a former president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association and two-time former president of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association.

  • Plan your home remodels with your life in mind

    Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Why heat, cool, clean and pay taxes on space that isn’t contributing to you or your family? Many clients feel they need more space, so the first thing they think of is an addition, when many times they aren't fully using the space they already have.

  • Richard Mize: Deal killer? An inspector weighs in

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Here’s the fourth and final (?) installment of a series that started with my musing over the ups and downs of “deal breaker” and “deal killer” home inspectors, and misunderstandings and disagreements between inspectors and Realtors. Jack L. Werner of A to Z Inspections, 3625 N McKinley Ave., was the only inspector to weigh in. Knowing him to be meticulous in these kinds of detailed matters, I yield the floor. This is an edited version of his lengthy email: “Inspectors are REQUIRED by the CIB (Construction Industries Board), our governing agency, to comment on the life expectancy of all appliances. Several inspectors were at the CIB meeting several years ago when this was addressed.

  • Improving Your Home: Tracking down the perfect gift for dad

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    These items can be found at most home centers, hardware stores and other retailers, as well as online.

  • Oklahoma City Metro Technology Center student learns about floral industry

    By Billie Smith, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Jacqueline Sanchez gained valuable experience by working for a flower shop during the Mother’s Day rush.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for June 21

    Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for June 21.

  • Ray Ridlen: Dealing with abiotic diseases of tomatoes

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    While tomatoes are easy to grow, insects and diseases can damage plants and reduce crop yields. Environmental stresses can cause additional problems. Physiological disorders of tomatoes include blossom end rot, fruit cracking and sunscald. Blossom end rot Blossom end rot is a common problem on tomatoes. It appears as a brownish black spot on the blossom end (bottom) of the fruit. Secondary organisms invade the brownish black spot and cause the fruit to rot. Blossom end rot is most common on the earliest maturing fruit that ripen in July and early August. Blossom end rot is caused by a calcium deficiency in the developing fruit. Wide fluctuations in soil moisture levels impair calcium uptake by the root system of the

  • Listing of the Week: 1101 Olde Bridge Road, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    The 3,508-square-foot home has four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, three living rooms, two dining areas and an attached side-entry two-car garage.

  • Marni Jameson: Love wood floors but not the cost?

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Unlike wall color, tile, carpet, windows, cabinets, or any other home finishing or furnishing choice that is easy to blow, you can’t miss if you choose wood floors.

  • Couple offer charitable contribution to market secluded home east of Edmond

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Tom and Lisa Price are using an “I win/you win” philosophy to market the more than 7,600-square-foot house in the Sugar Hill addition, which they built in 2007.