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  • Credit lines are fashionable again

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    New data provided by national credit bureau Experian and researchers at the Oliver Wyman consulting organization suggest that a rebound boom in equity-tapping is underway. Owners have pulled out $120 billion in new home equity credit lines in the past 12 months.

  • Improving Your Home: Winning the battle against animal, insect invasions

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    With a weekend or two of effort and a few inexpensive materials, you can fortify your home and put an end to intrusion from a wide variety of common pests.

  • 'Lean building' is focus of Oklahoma Building Summit

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    The Oklahoma Building Summit, organized by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, will be Sept. 11 at the Reed Center in Midwest City. It is open to the public.

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $116 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • Marni Jameson: When life changes hit home, don't fear

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Changes are part of life. Learning to adapt to those changes is important, says columnist Marni Jameson.

  • The Listing of the Week: 1613 Saratoga Way, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    The 6,969-square-foot home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, one half-bath, two dining areas and an attached three-car garage.

  • House Detective: No one disclosed faulty furnace

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: We bought our first home last month. It was built in 1948 and has a very old heating system. Our home inspector advised having the gas company check the furnace to make sure it was safe. The gas company said it was working fine. When we moved in, the gas service was turned off. When the gas man turned it back on, he was unable to light the furnace pilot because of a faulty control valve. We filed a claim with the home warranty company. Its repairman said the repair was not covered because the defect was a pre-existing condition. He also said that “someone tried to fix the valve and made a mess down there.” The neighbor said the previous owner had trouble lighting the pilot.

  • Smart Moves: How to make sure the price is right

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    If you offer your home for sale this fall, would you be doing so in a market that favors sellers or buyers? That will depend heavily on the neighborhood where you live, the timing of your sale and intangible factors that even the most seasoned observers can’t predict — like buyers’ moods. “The tea leaves of real estate markets are always evolving,” said Mark Nash, author of “1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home.” Since the financial collapse that brought down real estate more than a half-decade ago, many homeowners have been happy to see much — if not all — of their lost equity restored. Indeed, some neighborhoods have enjoyed sharply rising values in recent years. But in other neighborhoods, values

  • Richard Mize: Home price drop barely noticeable

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Home prices in the Oklahoma City area dropped 1.9 percent in the second quarter of the year, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Aug. 30

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Oklahoma City permits for Aug. 30

  • Listing of the Week: 1423 Canterbury Place in Nichols Hill

    Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    The 3,469-square-foot home at 1423 Canterbury Place has four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining rooms and an attached two-car garage.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: No rush to a new credit score

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON — You may have noticed the big media splash recently when Fair Isaac, developer of the iconic FICO credit score, announced the debut of a new score version that no longer would penalize consumers who have medical debt-collection issues in their credit files. The announcement hit the front pages of publications such as The Wall Street Journal and was highlighted on national TV network news. Steve Brown, president of the National Association of Realtors, was so enthusiastic about the new score’s potential that he predicted it would “make a real difference in the lives of millions of Americans who have been shut out of the housing market or forced to pay higher mortgage interest rates because of flawed credit

  • Treeless prairie didn't stump Oklahoma City land developer

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City-area land developer Paul B. Odom III founded his wholesale tree farm, Rosebrook Nursery, in the early 1990s on a 160-acre wheat farm he bought near Interstate 44 and SW 134. It was prompted by his realization that the need for trees — for himself, for other developers and for private landscape artists — was going to continue to grow alongside development in the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Putting the Grace in Gracious Living

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    I have missed the point. For years, I have written about gracious living, and thought I knew what it meant. Not that gracious living is an art I have mastered. Donkeys will fly first. But it is the nirvana toward which I clumsily travel, in halting steps, like the last-place contestant in a three-legged race.

  • Smart Moves: Buying property with appreciation in mind

    By Ellen James Martin, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    As a homebuyer, how can you pinpoint a property that will gain value in the future rather than decline? Instead of relying on hunches, Allan Weiss suggests you take an analytical approach.

  • The House Detective: Beware of insulated stucco

    by Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: My neighbor recently insulated his home in an unusual way. A contractor installed thick foam panels on the outside of the building and then applied a stucco finish. I’m thinking about doing the same thing to my house. Is this something that you would recommend? — Walter DEAR WALTER: The installation you are describing is known as EIFS: exterior insulated finish system. There is much information about this online because EIFS has been the subject of controversy and complaint. When installed properly by a competent professional who complies with all of the installation requirements, there may be no major problems.

  • National Association of Realtors to launch top-level domain

    FROM WIRE REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The National Association of Realtors’ new .realtor top-level domain will be available Oct. 23 to members of the National Association of Realtors and the Canadian Real Estate Association. “The Internet is undergoing vast changes with the creation of over 1,900 new top-level domains, and with nine out of 10 recent buyers beginning their home search online, it has become even more critical for Realtors to create a branded space online,” the association said. The .realtor domain will help Realtors stand apart from other real estate professionals, the Realtors said. “This is truly an exciting time for (association) members to be on the cutting edge of Internet technology,” said Steve Brown,

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $36 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • Oklahoma City Permits for Aug. 23

    Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    Oklahoma City permits for Aug. 23.

  • Oklahoma City housing market splits with strong sales, slowing construction

    BY RICHARD MIZE | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Sales of pre-owned homes have been strong all year, as homebuilders watched for a construction rally that hasn’t happened.