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  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma real estate notes for Aug. 23, 2014

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Oklahoma real estate notes for Aug. 23, 2014

  • Oklahoma City building summit, home tours ahead

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    The early fall home event lineup includes the Oklahoma Building Summit, the “Fall Classic” Parade of Homes, the Heritage Hills Historic Homes Tour and the Garden Tour for Connoisseurs.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Wake-up call on title insurance?

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Under federal law you are free to shop for title and other services. Your realty firm may recommend an affiliated company as the best around, but you are free — and wise — to test that proposition by checking out the competition.

  • Designs with two master suites gain popularity in upscale homes in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Home designs with two master suites have grown in popularity and will continue to do so, especially in higher-end homes, some Oklahoma homebuilders and Realtors say.

  • Improving Your Home: Periodic flushing helps water heater health

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Sediment buildup can potentially decrease the amount of hot water the tank can hold, or it can clog the drain valve.

  • Listing of the Week: 2804 SE 39, Moore

    Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    The 1,824-square-foot house has three bedrooms, two baths, one living room, two dining areas and an attached three-car garage.

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $31 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Does this bracelet boost my curb appeal?

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    To giving your house jewelry an affordable makeover, a product marketing manager offers hardware refresh tips

  • The Housing Detective: No simple repair for rusty metal ducts

    By Barry Stone | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: The forced-air vents in our floor fill with water whenever it rains. This has caused the metal ducts to rust out and expose the dirt. I have no idea who I should call or what kind of business does this type of repair work. Someone said I should seal the floor vents and install new vents in the ceiling, but that sounds very expensive and I would prefer to keep my floor vents. What is the most practical way of solving this problem? — Vicki DEAR VICKI: Many homes that were built in the 1950s and ’60s had forced-air heating ducts in the ground below the slab floor. This was a poorly conceived method of construction because ground moisture caused rust damage and allowed flooding of the air ducts.

  • Landfill note digs up lots of memories in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Richard Mize, real estate editor for The Oklahoman, and his readers share memories of trips to “the dump.”