• Richard Mize: Home blessing beats cussin’ put off repairs

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Deferred maintenance is reaching somebody-call-HGTV-we-got-us-a-fixer-upper-here proportions.

  • Outdoor lighting gives nighttime curb appeal

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Realtor Peggy Oberfield of Keller Williams Realty Green Meadow said sellers can show off the “elegant, serene” side of a house, the side that comes out after the sun goes down, with downward lighting from soffits and eaves.

  • Ray Ridlen: Tips on managing turf in the shade

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Turfgrasses can be difficult to grow in shady areas and proper management strategies are needed for success.

  • House plan: Linfield is hexagon with wings

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    This plan is designed for construction on a down slope to the rear. That puts the entrance at ground level, while elevating the panoramic deck that wraps across the rear, one flight up from the ground.

  • Listing of the Week: 17216 Hawks Ridge Lane, Edmond

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    The 4,348-square-foot home is at 17216 Hawks Ridge Lane in the gated Rose Creek neigborhood, a golf course community northwest of NW 164 and May Avenue. The home has four bedrooms, four baths, two living rooms, two dining areas, a study with a hidden safe room, a media room with wet bar and an attached four-car garage.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Picking paint — It ain’t a snap

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    I had spent a good part of the summer just walking through my new house THINKING about color, letting the house speak to me. Eerie as that sounds, walls will talk. If you listen, they will say, “Psst, I should be apricot,” or “It’s soft sage, you moron.”

  • Smart Moves: The home you want vs. the home you think you want

    By Ellen Martin | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Richard Courtney — a seasoned real estate broker for an independent firm and author of the humorous book "Buyers Are Liars And Sellers Are Too!" — said a housing search is a learning process, especially for first-time buyers who haven't given a lot of thought to their ideal lifestyle.

  • Barry Stone: Three years after closing escrow, tax penalty arrives

    Barry Stone mugbug | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    My advice is to visit the tax assessor’s office to get the full details and to explain that you had no way of knowing about the assessment at the time. Hopefully, they will be willing to make some adjustments.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Sept. 5

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Oklahoma City KBR Building Group LLC, 6811 SE 59, office, erect, $50,000,000. David Spear Boynton Williams & Associates, 8125 SW 44, accessory, erect, $2,400,000. Arco Construction Company Inc., 6300  Air Cargo Road, terminal, add-on, $1,752,884. Mass Architecture, 3400 S Council Road, warehouse, erect, $1,500,000. Aztec Building Systems, 1616 S Mustang Road, medical clinic-office, erect, $1,100,000. D Build LLC, 1173 NW 56, residence, erect, $500,000. Willa Construction Co. Inc., 13701 S Independence Ave., residence, erect, $410,000. Sam Gresham Architect, 14500  Hertz Quail Springs Parkway, office, erect, $400,000. Beacon Homes II LLC, 3408 NW 189 Terrace, residence, erect,

  • Couple find a taste of Tulsa in wooded Oklahoma City

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Northeast Oklahoma City's Stonemill Manor nestles against Stonemill, a David Yost neighborhood known for lots 1 acre and larger carved into the undulating hills of northeast Oklahoma City, with old-growth trees and Yost’s trademark landscaping to frame each luxury home site. Stonemill Manor lots range from a quarter-acre to just less than a half-acre and will accommodate houses from 3,000 to 7,000 square feet.

  • And all the builders said amen

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    It was like Revival Week for Oklahoma homebuilders, with passionate talks by U.S. Sen. James Lankford and the “Prophet Doctor,” Charles C. Shinn Jr., at separate gatherings Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Weak crude prices starting to give local builders jitters

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    A decent rebound in crude oil prices this week didn't cast off the pall gathering at the edges of Oklahoma City metro-area housing, leaving homebuilders and others in the business closely watching the price for West Texas Intermediate crude.

  • Land sales

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $63 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • Oklahoma real estate briefs for Aug. 29

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Oklahoma real estate briefs for Aug. 29, 2015

  • Listing of the Week: 508 E Olivia Terrace, Mustang

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The 3,344-square-foot home at 508 E Olivia Terrace has four bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, three living areas, one dining room and an attached three-car garage.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Aug. 29

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Oklahoma City City of Oklahoma City, 11501 N Rockwell Ave., recreation center, erect, $8,000,000. Geis Construction, 421 N Portland Ave., office-warehouse, add-on, $6,500,000. ARCO/Murray National Construction, 13600  Pawnee Drive, recreation center, erect, $4,000,000. Stellar Construction, 5301 E Britton Road, residence, erect, $1,377,000. Lingo Construction, 629 W Main, retail sales, remodel, $1,300,000. Grapevine Home LLC, 208 NW 151, residence, erect, $450,000. FRCH Design Worldwide, 1901 Northwest Expressway, retail sales, remodel, $450,000. Authentic Custom Homes LLC, 17620  Hampton Park, duplex, erect, $360,000. Authentic Custom Homes LLC, 17620  Hampton Park Drive, duplex,

  • Metro First Realty celebrates 10-year anniversary

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Morrie Shepherd started Metro First Realty in August 2005 with two associates, and has grown to have almost 500 associates working out of eight offices.

  • Richard Mize: And, yea, all the builders wanted, verily, to say amen

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    U.S. Sen. James Lankford pretty much preached to the choir with a legislative update for the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association Tuesday night.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: FHA opens window to more borrowers

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Just because your credit reports and scores continue to bear the wounds of the recession and financial crisis, don't assume you can't buy a house. Shop aggressively among FHA lenders in the coming weeks and months, and you're likely to find a better reception than you feared.

  • Couple find a taste of Tulsa in wooded Oklahoma City

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Brenda and Gregg Jaynes, who moved from from Tulsa, found a wooded lot in Stonemill Manor, southwest of NE 122 and Coltrane Road developed by David Yost. They have just completed the dream house they spent nearly a year building.




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