• 'Rundown' Nichols Hills homes draw readers' ire with 'ramshackle' tag

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    NICHOLS HILLS — “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning,” Mark Twain wrote in 1890. ‘Tis the difference between “rundown” and “ramshackle,” as well, and I confess that I misused the word “ramshackle” last week in a story about Tony Say's plans for the old cottages on Cumberland Drive. Say plans to tear down most of the houses, and give away some, to make room for an upscale addition of million-dollar-plus homes, Cumberland Court. First: Say paid above market price — well above market price — for most of the houses.

  • Nichols Hills houses available to be moved, clearing path for new development

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Energy executive Tony Say, who plans to turn rundown Cumberland Drive into upscale Cumberland Court, said "10 or 12" of his 23 rent houses are sound enough to be moved to new locations.

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Oklahoma County land sales for Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.

  • The Nation's Housing: Goal of opening credit box is still elusive

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    According to the latest data compiled by Ellie Mae, there's been little change in the average FICO credit scores of home buyers getting funded. Lenders may say they're willing to approve loans to applicants with lower than average scores, but they're not necessarily following through and doing it.

  • Moore-based Westpoint Homes wins Best Of Design on Houzz

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    The company was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly users of Houzz, which has attracted than 1 million homebuilding, remodeling and design industry professionals.

  • Oklahoma City-area builders take ideas from New American Home

    By Tim Fall For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Most Oklahomans attending the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas binged on classes, presentations and aisle after aisle of booths, kiosks and displays, but a few strayed beyond the 500,000-square-foot show floor to view the 33rd annual New American Home, a "real-world laboratory" presented by the National Association of Home Builders.

  • Myriad Gardens to host gardening school, “The New American Prairie Garden,” on March 12

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Myriad Botanical Gardens' Oklahoma Gardening School, “The New American Prairie Garden,” will be March 12 at the Devon Auditorium at the corner of Sheridan and Hudson downtown.  It will feature internationally known landscape architect Lisa Delplace, as well as local experts Bill Farris, owner and operator of Prairie Wind Nursery; Jamie Csizmadia, landscape architect, ecoregional specialist and intuitive consultant; and Marilyn Stewart, owner of Wild Things Nursery. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $35 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Boxed lunches are available for an additional $13. Registration is requested by March 8, and may be done online at www.myriadgardens.org. Call 445-7080 for more info.

  • Richard Mize: Keep 'Antiques Roadshow' in mind when spring cleaning

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    PBS' "Antiques Roadshow" will be in Fort Worth, Texas, a mere 200 miles of potentially profitable memory lane away from Oklahoma City, on July 23.

  • Turner & Co. to build St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway House in Oklahoma City

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    The home has an estimated value of $500,000 and is in Douglas Place, adjacent to the historic Crown Heights neighborhood.

  • Marni Jameson: The country has storage space to let

    By Marni Jameson  | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    “It’s a sad American paradox that we tend to equate quality of life with having more, but the opposite is true,” said professional organizer Sue Marie Bowling, “Too much stuff robs us of time, space and money.

  • House Plan: Sherbrooke resembles Cape Cod cottage

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    The Sherbrooke brings to mind a European or Cape Cod cottage. And despite its immense charm, the home fits neatly on a fairly narrow city lot. Interior square footage is much more generous than you might expect. Close to 2,000 square feet of living space is spread out over three levels, and the basement adds another 900 square feet. Designed with only one bedroom, this plan is ideal for empty-nesters, or a single who appreciates having plenty of room to spread out. With its large walk-in closet, the second-story home office could double as a guest bedroom. The basement recreation room could also be converted to sleeping areas, if needed. It has two slender side windows, plus French doors flanked by sidelights and

  • Listing of the Week: 4805 Bocage, northwest Oklahoma City

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    The 7,053-square-foot home at 4805 Bocage has four bedrooms, four baths, two half-baths, four living rooms, two dining areas and an attached three-car garage. The limestone entry features a winding staircase. The updated kitchen has a large granite island and double ovens and opens to a large breakfast room with built-in hutch, double-sided fireplace and brick walls.

  • Technology still changing the way people buy and sell real estate

    By Chuck Harris Oklahoma Association of Realtors | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Homebuyers are becoming more educated and more sophisticated. The technology they expect to utilize when looking for homes may already exist in other industries and these technologies will quickly change how real estate is bought and sold.

  • Ray Ridlen: 10 things to consider when starting seeds inside at home

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Each year I get questions on how to start your own plants, and it is good to refresh our memories.

  • 2015 was good year for Edmond economic activity, official says

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    The beginning of 2015 volatile, but by the end of the year there was positive economic activity to report, Edmond Economic Development Authority Executive Director Janet Yowell said. “While businesses and residents may become more financially conservative in the current economic environment, Edmond remains a solid place for business investment,” she said.

  • 23 houses to be razed for new addition in Nichols Hills

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Energy executive Tony Say is leading an investor group that will turn a long-neglected street just north of Nichols Hills Plaza into a neighborhood called Cumberland Court. The blighted street, about 800 feet long, will give way to a tight enclave of million-dollar-plus homes.

  • House plan: Large townhome has stuccoed columns

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Bold stuccoed columns support the gently arched opening that frames the entry of the Montrose, a large contemporary townhome. A railed, covered porch spanning the rest of the front facade can comfortably shelter a suite of wicker or other outdoor furniture. Entering, you step into a foyer that opens out into the living room on the right. A small, conveniently placed bathroom hides behind the pocket door on the left side of the foyer. Stairs to the second floor are right around the corner. A gas fireplace serves as a warm and cheerful focal point in the living room, which is completely open to the dining area. Natural light washes in through high windows that flank the fireplace.

  • Smart Moves: Sensible tips for a quick sale

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Many owners who try to recoup the cost of excessive presale improvements find the price they're demanding is too high. Because of that, their property will likely languish unsold for a lengthy period until they take a price cut.

  • Oklahoma builders return from Las Vegas builders show with ideas

    By Tim Fall For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    For Mike Means, executive vice president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, and builders like Mike Gilles, founder of Savannah Builders, the annual International Builders’ Show is first and foremost an educational opportunity. The show in Las Vegas is presented by the National Association of Home Builders.

  • Listing of the Week: 3000 E University, Guthrie

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    The 3,112-squiare-foot home at 3000 E University has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, one half-bath, a living room, family room, two dining areas and an oversize two-car garage.