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  • Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 1, 2014

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 1, 2014

  • Oklahoma City's Midtown makes the grade

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Another urban Oklahoma City neighborhood matures with recent additions.

  • Linwood Place Tour of Historic Homes scheduled for Oct. 5

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    The tour will feature antique cars, volunteers dressed in period clothing, an old urban trolley for transportation, and five distinctive homes and one garden.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Oklahoma ‘City area home and garden notes for Saturday, Sept. 27.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Flexible rules could extend mortgages to millions

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    If you’re one of the millions with “thin” or unscorable credit and would like to buy a home but are shut out: Don’t give up hope. Fannie and Freddie are at least thinking about adopting more advanced scoring techniques.

  • Parade of Homes ends this weekend in north Oklahoma City and Edmond area

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    The Fall Classic Parade of Homes, organized by the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association and sponsored by The Womble Co., ends this weekend. Three featured developments and more than 100 homes will be open free to the public Saturday and Sunday.

  • Heritage Hills Home Tour returns this weekend in Oklahoma City

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    The Jacobsen home, 301 NW 19, is one of five that will be featured in this year’s Heritage Hills Historic Homes Tour on Saturday and Sunday in Oklahoma City.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Exterior house color: Public service or public nuisance?

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Careful home improvers looking to paint their houses — and these warm Indian summer days of early autumn are an ideal time —should consider these pointers.

  • Heritage Hills Home Tour to offer festival atmosphere

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Special events are scheduled on the lawn of the Overholser Mansion on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Listing of the Week: 3100 N Harvey Parkway, Oklahoma City

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    The 4,125-square-foot home at 3100 N Harvey Parkway has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, three half-baths, two living rooms, a formal dining room, a two-car attached garage and two-car detached garage.

  • Rodd Moesel: Gardeners can get ideas from tour

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    The Oklahoma Horticulture Society is hosting its annual Garden Tour for Connoisseurs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at six special gardens and outdoor living areas in Oklahoma City. The tours are come-and-go at one or all six gardens.

  • Lean building advocate describes waste in industry

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    In a presentation titled “My Favorite Train Wrecks,” Scott Sedam’s examples ranged from Dumpsters full of usable air-conditioning duct work, to dozens of wood trusses exposed to weather for long periods of time, to homes overbuilt with features.

  • Parade of Homes good for builders, Realtors in Oklahoma City

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    With home sales flat in August, the new-home event is seen as timely

  • Smart Moves: Leaving the empty nest behind

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    With her children just off to college, a widow in her early 50s tackled a tough question. Should she keep the big family house with high mortgage payments that symbolized security and comfort for her kids? Or should she sell to cut expenses and pursue the dream of leaving her corporate job for interior design school? “On the one hand, she felt wedged in by her high-paid career. But on the other, she worried her kids would be unhappy if they couldn’t return to their old home for summer vacations and holidays,” said Savannah Mayfield, the life coach who helped guide the widow through her decision- making process. After several hours sifting through the pros and cons, the widow finally decided to sell, which proved

  • The House Detective: Seller wants to withhold sick tree from disclosure

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: We are selling our home and have a question about disclosure. There is a large elm tree in our front yard. It has a disease that will cause the tree to die in two or three years, but so far there are no visible symptoms. The buyers don’t know about this and we're wondering whether to say anything about it. Should we tell them about it or just let them enjoy the tree until it needs to come down? — James DEAR JAMES: Your question involves two issues and one answer. The first issue is disclosure liability. The second is ethics. In the first case, you are required by law to disclose all issues that would be of concern to a buyer. Failure to do so exposes you to legal and financial liability.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Sept. 27

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Oklahoma City J.T. Harrison Construction Co. Inc., 10546 NW 10, office-warehouse, erect, $17,000,000. Sage Architecture Inc., 5924 SW 12, apartment, erect, $2,432,926. Sage Architecture Inc., 5924 SW 12, apartment, erect, $2,432,926. Sage Architecture Inc., 5924 SW 12, apartment, erect, $2,135,221. Sage Architecture Inc., 5924 SW 12, apartment, erect, $1,942,923. Sage Architecture Inc., 5924 SW 12, apartment, erect, $1,942,923. Sage Architecture Inc., 5924 SW 12, apartment, erect, $1,942,923. Sage Architecture Inc., 5924 SW 12, apartment, erect, $1,942,923. Sage Architecture Inc., 5924 SW 12, apartment, erect, $1,942,923. Sage Architecture Inc., 5924 SW 12, apartment, erect,

  • 2014 Fall Classic Parade of Homes award winners from Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association announces the 2014 Fall Classic Parade of Homes award winners. Judges were Paul Keller of Verbode, Edmond; Phil Rhees of BMI Next Generation Hones, Tulsa; Tim Weeks of Metro First Realty, Edmond; Debbie Lynn Benton of Marlow Real Estate, Marlow; Jack Crossman of Crossman Appraisal Service, Ponca City; Glenn Bacher of Century 21 Group One, Ponca City; Page Provene of Fisher Provence Realtors, Stillwater; and Mary Huckaby of Huckaby & Associates, Ada. $200,000-$249,900 Best Curb Appeal •  First Place: McCaleb Homes, 500 Outer Banks Way, Edmond (Porches at Arbor Creek). •  Second Place: J&A Homes, 14108 Savannah Ave., Yukon (Savannah

  • 'Real estate' is in the eyes of the editor

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s real estate editor, Richard Mize, responds to an anonymous readers’ question.

  • Oklahoma County land sales for Sept. 27

    Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Oklahoma County land sales for Sept. 27, 2014

  • Oklahoma City homebuilders show new wares at Parade of Homes

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Construction is down compared to this time last year, but Oklahoma City homebuilders say they — and buyers — are ready for the annual new-home showcase, Parade of Homes.