Published: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    Land Sales Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $45 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 Immanuel Properties LLC from The K Group Hospitality LLC, 3141 Northwest Expressway, $5,400,000. Abadan Properties LLC from Waterford Investors LLC, 3600 S Thomas Road and 2 properties near the southwest corner of SW 29 and Meridian Avenue, $2,450,000. Arrowhead RE Properties LLC from HF Properties LLC, 2021 S Villa Ave., $1,965,000. Anil D. and Sonal H. Patel from Lance and Julie Keller, 3916 Old Forest Lane, $1,078,000. Timothy D. and Jennifer Starks from Tamara R. Skinner and Paul

  • Developer 'building community,' not just houses, on Oklahoma City's southwest side

    By Tim Fall For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Rocky and Phyllis Clark, whose R&R Homes has been developing neighborhoods in the Oklahoma City area for more than a decade, decided as far back as 2008 to build a community around the needs of adults desiring to give up day-to-day responsibilities of homeownership. Their idea has come to fruition with the opening of Whispering Creek, a new active-adult retirement neighborhood.

  • Smart Moves: Take time to move on before you move out

    By Ellen James Martin | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Making hasty financial decisions after a relationship breakup can be a poor idea.

  • Clean your chimney for safety and efficiency

    By Paul Bianchina | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Dirty chimneys are simply a fact of life if you have a fireplace or a wood stove. As wood burns, a byproduct of the combustion process is smoke, which contains both soot and creosote. Soot is particles of partially burnt material, leading to that soft black buildup you see in chimneys, metal flue pipes, and flue caps. Worse yet is creosote, which is a thick, oily material that results from the distillation of wood smoke, and which solidifies as it cools into a black, sticky layer that's highly combustible and highly dangerous. The best way to keep your home safe from a chimney or flue fire and to ensure your fireplace is operating at peak efficiency is to keep it clean.

  • The House Detective: Damage due to undisclosed plumbing problem

    By Barry Stone Certified Building Inspector | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    My plumber just discovered that the shower drain was never connected and has been draining on the ground under the house for many years, causing foundation settlement.

  • Listing of the Week: 5700 NW 160, Oklahoma City

    From staff reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    The 3,374-square-foot home at 5700 NW 160 has four bedrooms, two baths, two half-baths, two living rooms, two dining rooms and an attached three-car garage.

  • The Nation's Housing column: FHA reforms don't rescue condo buyers

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Bottom line: If you're counting on FHA to help finance your condo purchase, it's possible the new changes will convince more associations to seek eligibility. But, as a consultant notes, there's more sizzle here than red meat.

  • House Plan: Midsize ranch-style home has welcoming look

    From staff reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Perky dormers and a wide railed porch give a friendly, welcoming look to the Hillrose, a midsize ranch-style home with all but one room on the ground floor. Doors to the three-car garage face to the side. Designated as a recreation room, the room over the garage could be used for anything that suits the owners' fancies. Light spills into it through skylights and two large windows. Deep storage areas nestle under the ceiling's sloped sides. Gathering spaces are expansive. Entering, you step into a vaulted foyer, where light washes in through the high dormer. The parlor is even brighter. It, too, has a vaulted dormer, plus a wide bay window that fills most of the front wall. The vaulted family room has wide windows and a

  • Halo Home Renovations in Oklahoma City tells its story

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Last Saturday’s cover story about renovations and the sale of a home in the Classen’s North Highland Park neighborhood in Oklahoma City left out an important player: Amber Meiki and Harley “Hunter” Meiki’s Halo Home Renovations, the company that actually did the work.

  • Rodd Moesel: Take advantage of extended growing season

    By Rodd Moesel | Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    We are still blessed with a lot of nice days this time of year, which provides you great opportunities to plant new trees and shrubs in your yard.

  • Brothers restoring classic homes in vintage Oklahoma City neighborhood

    By Tim Fall For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Sat, Nov 14, 2015

    Assembling a team that included Brent Gibson Classic Home Design, brothers Tarek and AJ Wazzan brothers painstakingly rebuilt a century-old, three-bedroom bungalow at 303 NE 14 in Oklahoma City. Their Wazzan Homes LLC also has other projects underway in Oklahoma City's once-neglected Classen's North Highland Park neighborhood.

  • Land sales in Oklahoma County for Nov. 14

    Published: Sat, Nov 14, 2015

    Land sales in Oklahoma County for Nov. 14, 2015

  • 525 Realty Group in Edmond adds more than a dozen Realtors

    From staff reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    EDMOND — 525 Realty Group has attracted more than a dozen additional Realtors, according to the  owners, mother and son team Mariana Lloyd and Benjamin Floyd, who started the company in April. The additions were Julie Davis, Karen Finchum, Katy Giles, Carol Grieb, Kori Hall, Jamie Hayes, Kimmi Houston, Melissa Little, Krista Lusey, Devrie Peoples, Mack Stewart, Christen Thomas, Lindsay Turner, Kirstie Wirth, Alesha Wilson and Anne Woody.  Lisa Morrison also came on as marketing coordinator. “My mission is to create an environment that helps women become financially independent,” Lloyd said. “This has been a dream of mine for many years.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Nov. 14

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Oklahoma City Smith & Pickel Construction Inc., 11500 N Portland Ave., office, erect, $4,300,000. Clyde Riggs Construction, 715 NE 122, office, erect, $3,500,000. GL Barron Co., 7201 W Britton Road, church, add-on, $2,600,000. Studio Architecture, 7500 SW 29, warehouse, add-on, $1,400,000. Tim Hughes Custom Homes LLC, 13411  High Sierra Blvd., residence, erect, $1,000,000. Adams Kirby Homes LLC, 12301 SW 59, residence, erect, $700,000. Merrick Home Construction LLC, 5901  Twin Fawn Trail, residence, erect, $600,000. Lambeth Ventures LLC, 5420 SE 44, day care center, erect, $525,000. AllenStyle Homes LLC, 6509 SW 90, residence, erect, $507,625. J. Bentley Developments, 13417 

  • The Mirabel's front facade offers graceful blend

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    This four-bedroom home also features a large bonus room over the garage.

  • Listing of the Week: 10600 Chardonnay Drive, south Oklahoma City

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    The 3,499-square-foot home at 10600 Chardonnay Drive has four bedrooms, three baths, three living rooms, one dining area and an attached two-car garage. The main living room has a cathedral ceiling and fireplace.

  • Richard Mize: New homes mean lessons in Norman

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Hats off to Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma and the Norman Chamber of Commerce for recognizing getting an early start on 2016's parade of homes publicity with a little pizzazz this week.

  • Housing market must appeal to educated buyer

    By Kacy Bell OAR President | Published: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Buyers are embracing all available research tools online to be knowledgeable about what they want as they enter into the homebuying process, using Realtors as a partner in the process to offer expert guidance, keep the client’s best interest in mind and ensure a smooth process and successful sale for all parties involved.

  • Marni Jameson: The towel trap — Tricks to buying the perfect towel

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Missy Tannen, founder of Boll & Branch, shares her discoveries, so we, too, know what to look for when picking that perfect towel? (Hint: It’s not that first feel.)

  • Ray Ridlen: Straw itch mites can be unwelcome guests in yard decorations

    Ray Ridlen gardening | Published: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    These mites are associated with stored commodities, including hay, and have been commonly found in wheat straw hay.