• The Sweet Spot: Middle-quality apartment sales hum pleasantly

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Middle properties, Class B and Class C, are getting the most attention, both in capital investment and capital improvement in the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • About space

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    About space business briefs for July 25, 2015

  • Edmond's utility woes

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    EDMOND — The city of Edmond’s utility bills are a mess, but thankfully, city staff seem to have the patience to deal with the confusion they can cause. It took a staffer and I an entire hour the other day to go over my bills going back to November, before the city converted to a new utility billing software system. After an hour, and staring at the monthly statements and my notes since, I still can’t tell whether my own glitch was because of a hitch in the system. Part of my problem was that I missed paying my bill in April, which I didn’t realize until well into that hour. Maybe the Postal Service failed. Maybe I misplaced the statement. But maybe a gremlin in the system ate it.

  • Land sales

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Land sales Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $73 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 Lauridson Properties LLC from Stilt Building Associates LLC, 3300 NW 56, Nos. 300 and 301, $7,950,000. Red Mountain Asset Fund II LLC from HP OKC May Partners LP, 5401 N May Ave. Nos. 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700, $7,100,000. Woodbrier Associates LLC from Desert Crest Woodbrier LLC, 5522 Woodbrier Drive, Warr Acres, $4,506,000. KG SC Holdings LLC from Netrust Acquisition-Portfolio One LLC, doing business as NT Acquisition-Portfolio One LLC, 7720 NW 86, $4,500,000. WWC

  • How to buy a ticket for St. Jude Dream Home

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Tickets for the St. Jude Dream Home giveaway are available for the 2,800-square-foot house by TimberCraft Homes in The Lakes at Traditions addition. Tickets are $100 for the fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The value of the home is estimated at $400,000. Winners of the house and other prizes will be announced at noon Aug. 16 on KOKH-25. Tickets can be reserved by calling (800) 592-1596 or going to www.dreamhome.org. Sponsors of the fund-raising campaign include KOKH-25, TimberCraft Homes, 101.9 the Twister, The Oklahoman, Slice Magazine, Edmond Life and Leisure, Edmond Furniture Gallery, Storm Safe Shelters, Legacy Cleaners & Laundry, Epsilon Sigma Alpha as well as national sponsors Brizo, Shaw

  • TAP Architecture garage design wins awards

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    TAP Architecture, 415 N Broadway Ave., recently took top honors in an international design competition. TAP Architecture won the top award for architectural achievement and an award of merit for design of a parking garage with more than 800 spaces, the Arts District Garage, 431 W Main St., at the 2015 International Parking Institute Conference and Expo in Las Vegas. The 10-story, mixed-use garage has 802 additional spaces and 22,000 square feet of retail and office space. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority maintains rights to build apartments above the garage. The unique combination of metal fabric mesh, LED lighting and all white interior reduces the amount of energy necessary to keep the garage brightly lit.

  • The Glenridge soaks in the sun

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    This contemporary Mediterranean-style home has a tile roof, stucco exterior and plenty of arched windows.

  • God's Country staked out on Facebook

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The devil runs loose in Sequoyah County sometimes, but it's God's Country. Announcing that to the world via Facebook seemed like the thing to do.

  • Oklahoma Historical Society's Overholser Mansion gets facelift

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The Overholser Mansion in Oklahoma City recently completed a seven-year fundraising and renovation project that addressed the exterior of the landmark. The mansion is owned by the Oklahoma Historical Society.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for July 25

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City Cornerstone Architecture, 3300 NE 23, church, erect, $2,000,000. BRR Architecture, 13503 S Santa Fe Ave., retail sales, erect, $1,850,000. Quigley (Jim) Custom Homes LLC, 1508 NW 158 Terrace, residence, erect, $850,000. BRR Architecture, 13505 S Santa Fe Ave., canopy-carport, erect, $800,000. BRR Architecture, 13505 S Santa Fe Ave., retail sales, erect, $800,000. Pillar Contracting Inc., 12117  Slash Pine Drive, residence, erect, $600,000. Capstone Construction Services LLC, 3500 N Santa Fe Ave., office-warehouse, remodel, $600,000. Smith & Pickel, 3503 NW 63, office, remodel, $500,000. Seagull Homes, 15308  Kestral Lake Drive, residence, erect,

  • Listing of the Week: 10908 Blue Stem West Road, northwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The 3,990-square-foot home at 10908 Blue Stem West Road has three bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, three living rooms, two dining areas, a game room, safe room and an attached, three-car, rear-entry garage.

  • All the Home’s a Stage Part 11: Clearing a house, closing a chapter

    By MARNI JAMESON | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Though DC had handed down truckloads of furniture to his grown kids, the house still had layers of past life crammed to the rafters and studs. I’m always amazed at how a family home can continue to cough up its contents for days like a kid with the croup.

  • The House Detective: Repairing leaky pipes with epoxy

    The House Detective by Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Its use is still subject to debate among plumbing professionals, but many plumbing systems where epoxy coating has been used have withstood the test of time.

  • What controls the speed of home sales?

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    According to realty brokerage Redfin, the median time on market dipped to just 26 days during June — the shortest time on record for its database — with houses in some markets moving from listing to contract in 11 days or less.

  • Tips on choosing between one- and two-story house

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Mark Nash, a longtime real estate broker and author of "1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home," said homebuyers who have mixed feelings about housing styles should make sure they visit at least two horizontal properties and two vertical ones.

  • Seiridium cankers take toll on trees

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    On larger trees, death of the tree may take several years. Symptoms can be more severe in trees already stressed by drought or lack of available nutrients.

  • Millennials Who Are Thriving Financially Have One Thing in Common … Rich parents.

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Millions of America’s young people are really struggling financially. Around 30 percent are living with their parents, and many others are coping with stagnant wages, underemployment, and sky-high rent. And then there are those who are doing just great—owning a house, buying a car, and consistently putting money away for retirement. These, however, are not your run-of-the-mill Millennials. Nope. These Millennials have something very special: rich parents.

  • Historic property decisions are more than matter of good taste

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Reviewing nominations for the National Register of Historic Places were committee members Arn Henderson, architectural historian and professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Oklahoma, chairman; Ron Frantz, licensed architect specializing in historic preservation, associate professor at OU and director of Great Plains Studios, a part of OU's Institute for Quality Communities; and Charles Wallis Jr., historical archeologist with the State Historic Preservation Office.

  • Oklahoma county land sales

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $55 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • Landscape contest to award $150 for first place

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    The competition is open to anyone who receives a residential city of Oklahoma City water bill, including residents of The Village and Warr Acres. You can also nominate family, friends and neighbors with beautiful, water-wise landscapes.




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