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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma business briefs

    Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Oklahoma business briefs

  • New exemption to benefit property owners in Oklahoma

    Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Attorney Stephen Schuller, of GableGotwals discusses new property tax exemption for expenditures for repairs of damage from storms, tornadoes, fires and other disasters.

  • Richard Mize: Builders dig for licensing, get no worms

    RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Richard Mize: Builders dig for licensing, get no worms

  • Norman couple rescues Spanish Mission Revival-style house

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Oklahoma’s State Historic Preservation Office presents Norman couple a Certificate of Merit for work to rescue a Spanish Mission Revival-style house.

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $84 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • Oklahoma homebuilders, weary of fly-by-nights, explore state licensing

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Leaders of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association tell the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee why and how builders should be registered or licensed.

  • Affordable housing draws middle class to inland cities, like Oklahoma City

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The country’s fastest-growing cities are now those where housing is more affordable than average, a decisive reversal from the early years of the millennium, when easy credit allowed cities to grow without regard to housing cost and when the fastest-growing cities had housing that was less affordable than the national average, says The New York Times. Rising rents and the difficulty of securing a mortgage on the coasts have proved a boon to inland cities that offer the middle class a firmer footing and an easier life. In the eternal competition among urban centers, the shift has produced some new winners. Oklahoma City, for example, has outpaced most other cities in growth since 2011, becoming the 12th-fastest-growing city last year. It has also won over a coveted demographic, young adults age 25 to 34, going from a net loss of millennials to a net gain. Other affordable cities that have jumped in the growth rankings include several in Texas, including El Paso and San Antonio, as well as Columbus, Ohio, and Little Rock, Ark.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Getting past credit score logjam

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Though credit scores represent just one factor that lenders use in determining whether to grant an applicant a mortgage, today’s average scores are far above historical norms and represent a high hurdle for many would-be purchasers — especially first-time, minority and moderate-income buyers.

  • The Listing of the Week: 10609 Waterside Drive, Oklahoma City

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    The 2,696-square-foot home has three bedrooms, two baths, one living room, a formal dining room and an attached three-car garage.

  • Southwest Showcase of Homes reaches final weekend in south Oklahoma City and Moore

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Southwest Showcase of Homes wraps up this weekend with 24 homes to tour in south Oklahoma City and Moore.