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  • Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

    By MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Internet lures people who are browsing for their next homes.

  • Homebuilding slows, sales jump in Oklahoma City area

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    The construction slowdown would be steeper without continued rebuilding from the May 20, 2013, tornado in Moore and south Oklahoma City.

  • Listing of the Week: 13050 Ramblerock Place, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    The 4,291-square-foot home has four bedrooms, three baths, three half-baths, four living rooms, two dining areas and an attached three-car garage.

  • Oklahoma City Home & Garden notes for July 26

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 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 mhowell@opubco.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS WATER GARDEN SOCIETY OF OKLAHOMA general meeting, 7 p.m. Aug. 13, The Stamp Store, 21 NE 40. WORKSHOPS CLEVELAND COUNTY MASTER GARDENER TRAINING CLASSES, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays Aug. 15 through Nov. 14, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 601 E Robinson, Norman. Visit http://oces.okstate.edu/cleveland/horticulture or call 321-4774. THIRD THURSDAY GARDENING, “Bang for your Buck Gardening,” 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21, OSU

  • Southwest Showcase of Homes opens Saturday in south Oklahoma City and Moore

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    The Southwest Showcase — co-presented by the Southwest Home Builders Association and Moore Home Builders Association — has 24 new homes open free to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. daily through Aug. 3 in south Oklahoma City and Moore.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: How to have a garden party minus the whining

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    British stylist Selina Lake offers tips on how we all could make the outdoors even more enjoyable this summer, and for ways to overcome the realities of nature and the resistance of families, and create a little more al fresco magic.

  • Ideal Homes of Norman dedicates Oklahoma's first Home for Hope

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    This week, Ideal Homes of Norman dedicated Oklahoma’s first Home for Hope, a project house built to benefit Hope International’s continuing outreach.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: A creative way to reach a home sale

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Agents, sellers and buyers should at least be aware of the buy-down option. Then, if the numbers work and the buyer is open to a little creativity, make it happen.

  • Tornado shelter to be given away at Single Parent Family Day on Aug. 2

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    A limited supply of bike helmets, smoke detectors and backpacks full of school supplies will also be given away.

  • Smart Moves: How to save for a home and curb overshopping

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    The Great Recession was supposed to make Americans less materialistic. But according to researchers who track consumer behavior, there’s no data to show that spending habits have changed. For overspenders, impulse purchasing is still a compulsive behavior, driven by the desire for immediate gratification, said Ryan Howell, an associate professor of psychology at San Francisco State University and a specialist in consumer research. But people in the habit of shopping as a “pick-me-up” can put at risk financial goals that are extremely important to their long-term happiness, Howell said. Indeed, bad spending habits can jeopardize the goal at the top of the priority list for many families: saving enough for a home in a

  • Richard Mize: Cool off after door-to-door sales pitch

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Don’t let anybody rush you

  • Oklahoma creates its own affordable housing tax credit program

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    High demand for affordable housing built for working low-income families and the elderly exceeds the housing stock available in Oklahoma, especially in rural areas, according to the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency. The new state housing tax credit program will help meet the demand not met with federal housing tax credits, the agency said.

  • Ray Ridlen: Walnut caterpillar can harm trees

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    There are two generations of this pest per year in Oklahoma. Moths emerge from mid-May to early June and in late July and early August. Larvae feed on the leaves in June and July and from late August into October.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for July 26

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Oklahoma City Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., shell building, erect, $20,000,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., shell building, erect, $7,600,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $6,500,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $2,500,000. Design Architects Plus, 9821 S May Ave., shell building, erect, $1,900,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $1,600,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $1,500,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $1,300,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $1,200,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $1,200,000.

  • Apartment boom is rocking Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Norman-based Commercial Realty Resources Co. and UBS Financial Services Inc. agree: Oklahoma is where the investment action is for multifamily properties.

  • Unhappy residents say goodbye to Sycamore Square as owners pursue changes

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Tenants are unhappy that the new owners of Sycamore Square apartments in downtown Oklahoma City are asking residents of two-bedroom units to move out as part of a plan to downsize units at the complex.

  • Midwest City family gets donated roof

    By Catherine Sweeney, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Sue Bridges wrote a post on Facebook about not being able to afford a new roof because of her husband’s medical problem. Parker Bros. Roofing and Affordable Contruction Co., two competing contractors based in the Oklahoma City metro area, took on the job for free.

  • U.S. home sales increase 2.6 percent in June

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that sales of existing homes increased 2.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million homes. Sales haven’t been above the 5 million-mark since October.

  • Healthy lifestyles driving real estate development, even in Oklahoma City

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    New publications by the Urban Land Institute and the firm formerly known as Ernst & Young outline real estate development projects with a healthy lifestyle focus and the role of infrastructure in meeting millennials’ desire for changes in property and community design. These preferences affect millennials’ decisions in Oklahoma City.

  • Real estate leader completes luxury home marketing training

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Kermit Brown, president and CEO of Churchill Brown & Associates Realtors, recently completed a luxury home marketing training course in Beverly Hills.