• Improving Your Home: Air compressors are a great DIY tool

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    If you're shopping for your first compressor, here a few things you might want to take into consideration, along with a few tool tips.

  • Five kitchens to be featured Sunday on Nichols Hills tour

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    The 23rd annual tour, presented by the Oklahoma County Medical Society Alliance, will showcase five kitchens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will include a Starbucks coffee bar, raffles and cooking demonstrations.

  • Oklahoma City featured in recent 'House Hunters' episode

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City mortgage loan officer Dominic Dangora’s options — an Edmond fixer-upper, a Quail Creek family home and a downtown Oklahoma City loft — were given full coverage by the show’s crew, as was Edmond’s Cafe Evoke, Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar in Bricktown and other local hot spots.

  • Oklahoma City housing market steals the show on HGTV's 'House Hunters'

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    The show gives numbers and market context, and more positive exposure for the city, in a fun way.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: History as told by the chair

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Author Christophe Pourny said, “Over the centuries, furniture has evolved from the simple archetypal forms addressing only the most bare-bones needs to increasingly decorative pieces that reflected shifting political powers and tastes of sovereigns, to the domestication and eventual democratization of society,”

  • The Nation's Housing Column: FHA to quit financing short-term house flips

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Whether fix-up investors like it or not, FHA seems dead set on reverting to its prebust flipping restrictions. Financing will still be available, but selling prices of the end product — rehabbed houses for moderate-income buyers — are almost certain to be more expensive.

  • Oklahoma City housing permits for Oct. 18

    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust, 13700 S Douglas Blvd., public building, erect, $37,500,000. City of Oklahoma City, 2801 NE 50, amusement, add-on, $1,987,762. LG Construction, 431 SW 11, office, erect, $1,800,000. Thompson Thrift Development Inc., 2600 Watermark Blvd., apartment, erect, $1,407,721. Thompson Thrift Development Inc., 2600 Watermark Blvd., amusement, erect, $1,407,721. Thompson Thrift Development Inc., 2600 Watermark Blvd., apartment, erect, $1,407,721. Watermark Residential, 2600 Watermark Blvd., apartment, erect, $1,407,721. Watermark Residential, 2600 Watermark Blvd., apartment, erect, $1,407,721. Watermark Residential, 2600 Watermark Blvd.,

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $46 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • Smart Moves: Tips for homebuying families on a budget

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Here are a few pointers for budget-conscious homebuyers with young children.

  • The House Detective: Home inspector didn't disclose leaky roof

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: Before I bought my house, several friends said, “Don’t buy a place with a flat roof. You’ll have leaks.” But I didn’t listen. I figured that a home inspector would let me know if the roof was OK. Well I hired a home inspector, he said the roof was OK, but one month after moving in, it rained and the leaking began. The inspection report says that the inspector cannot report future problems such as roof leaks. My friends say I should sue him, but that’s not what I want to do. What is your advice? — Salvador DEAR SALVADOR: The purpose of a home inspection is to report defects that are visible and accessible at the time of the inspection.

  • Ray Ridlen: The Fab Four of Home Invaders

    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    As the days grow shorter and the nights colder, a certain cadre of insects slowly and methodically makes its way to our houses. These insects spend the winter as adults, and it is critical to their well-being that their little bodies don’t freeze. This is called overwintering. They gravitate to the south and west sides of many homes because these are the warmest sides of the building. They crawl upward until they can find a tiny crack or crevice to squeeze into. Some end up in your living area. Other unlucky ones attempt to spend the winter under a piece of siding or corner molding. They go to sleep, never to wake again. Others are more successful and end up in the wall cavity between the outside and the inside wall.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Oct. 11

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Oklahoma City building permits for Saturday, Oct. 11

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Midcentury modern: What was cool in 1950s, and is now hot

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Back at the turn of this century, whenever I heard the phrase “midcentury modern,” which was rare, I was puzzled. What’s modern about a style that started before I was born and that came of age alongside “Leave It to Beaver”? But now, when I hear the term, which is almost daily because this style is hotter than a lava lamp, I wonder what all the hullaballoo is about. I finally got to the bottom of it this week when I talked with two midcentury modern experts, Los Angeles architect Lawrence Scarpa and interior designer Pam Holladay, of Sarasota, Fla., who will both be speaking at SarasotaMOD Weekend, this weekend in Florida: www.sarasotamod.com.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Caught up in refi quicksand

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    If you are in or heading for retirement and may need mortgage money at some point, be aware of the industry’s rules on recurrent income flows.

  • Rodd Moesel: Time to plant cool-season varieties

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Not only can you harvest beauty and food from your spring and summer plantings in October, but there are many cool-season plants you can plant now to enjoy right away.

  • The Listing of the Week, 3109 Red Oak Road in northwest Oklahoma City's Quail Creek neighborhood.

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    The 4,524-square-foot home at 3109 Red Oak Road has four bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage.

  • McGregor Homes on fast track

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Inc. Magazine places McGregor Homes in top 600 of fastest-growing U.S. private companies. Scott McGregor said he will finish close to 30 homes in 2014.

  • Oklahoma County land sales, Oct. 10

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Oklahoma County land sales, Oct. 10, 2014

  • Oklahoma real estate briefs, Oct. 10

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Oklahoma real estate briefs, Oct. 10, 2014

  • Smart Moves: How to 'edit' your possessions for a better sale

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Organizational expert Virginia Barkley said the key to a successful home streamlining project is to plan ahead and maintain a positive attitude.