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  • The Nation's Housing Column: Is spring the time to list a home?

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Reviews of realty industry and academic studies suggest that while sales totals generally are highest in May and June, they are actually reflecting listings, contracts and buyer searches that occur earlier in the year.

  • Improving Your Home: Tips provided for keeping the inside of your house dry

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Improving Your Home: Paul Bianchina gives some practical home maintenance tips for keeping that water where it belongs.

  • Realtors' groups launch app

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The app allows real estate agents and potential homebuyers to search for homes on the Multiple Listing Service.

  • Rebuilding Together OKC improves homes of elderly

    By Tim Fall, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Last Saturday volunteers repaired about 30 homes

  • The House Detective: Wasterwater drains into backyard

    by Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: We bought our home a few months ago and discovered septic problems as soon as we moved in. The septic tank was replaced less that a year ago, but there is an open pipe that spills water into our backyard. Fortunately it only drains water from the kitchen and laundry. Nothing was disclosed by the sellers or our home inspector, and the home warranty company says this kind of problem is not covered by the policy. What do you think about this problem, and who is liable for repairs? — Jennifer DEAR JENNIFER: What you describe does not appear to be a septic problem. More likely, the wastewater line from the kitchen and laundry was not plumbed to the septic system but was diverted to the yard area.

  • Listing of the week: 18500 Scarlet Oak Lane

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The Listing of the Week is an updated 11/2-level home in the Twin Oaks addition in northwest Oklahoma City.

  • Smart Moves: How to save for a house

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Here are a few pointers for would-be homebuyers with a weakness for impulsive shopping.

  • More consumers grow their own

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    At the Home Depot, edible plants have been the fastest growing category in live goods for the past five years.

  • Richard Mize: Easter: Open house?

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Realtors and others offer opinions on hosting an open house on Easter

  • Ray Ridlen: How do you become a Master Gardener?

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Last year, Oklahoma County Master Gardeners assisted more than 20,000 area residents with gardening questions.

  • Architectural Tour includes variety of properties in Oklahoma City

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Homes, offices and multiunit housing are featured in Saturday’s 13th annual Achitectural Tour in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City limits, school districts take time to get lined out

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    What your mail says and where your kids go to school say a lot, but neither tells you where you actually live or work.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Benefit restoration gets complicated

    By Kenneth R. Harney | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Mortgage forgiveness debt relief has strong bipartisan support in the Senate and some support in the House.

  • Oklahoma County land sales, April 12

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $28 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • Listing of the week: 3608 NW 174, Oklahoma City

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The 5,849-square-foot home has four bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, four living rooms, three dining rooms and an attached five-car garage.

  • Curb appeal more than just landscaping, Realtors say

    By Tim Fall, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Well-done landscaping can make a great first impression, but exterior improvements “like caulk, paint, stain and some minor labor” are what gives a buyer confidence in the overall property, said Realtor Al Perry, of Keller Williams Elite.

  • Richard Mize: Earthquake waves hit funny bone

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The slightest quake sends wee wavelets through the house detectable only by a slight ripple in the cat’s water dish, noticeable only if a cat actually witnesses it.

  • Smart Moves: Tips for all the single buyers

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    An increasing number of homebuyers — including numerous singles — are eager to leave their rental units and buy a first home as soon as possible.

  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity offers naming rights at Legacy Estates

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    The addition stalled amid recovery from the May 20 tornado, said CEO and President Ann Felton Gilliland. Offering naming rights and sponsorships seemed like a good way to raise the $2.5 million needed to develop the land, she said.

  • Richard Mize: Tornado Alley tales blowing in

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    After two springs in a row of throwing the cats into carriers and diving with my wife into a bathtub, tornado season is already wearing me out. But it’s here. Let me rummage up some nearly pleasant storm memories to take the edge off. I’ll soon be 50, and except for four months as a congressional intern in Washington, D.C., 26 years ago, I’ve lived my whole life in Tornado Alley: Muldrow; Stillwater; Wichita Falls, Texas; and Edmond. Around Muldrow, storms used to come up almost before we noticed, with the hills and tall woods in the way, blocking the view. One morning after a bad storm, Daddy came in and announced that one end of our big hay barn was gone. I was little and scared.