• The House Detective: A chip off the old tub

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    DEAR BARRY: I purchased my house about a year ago. At the time, the bathtub seemed to be OK, but now it is apparent that it was painted to cover rust. I found plumbing problems under the sinks, but none of these issues was reported by my home inspector. What can I do about this? — Dawn DEAR DAWN: The parties who are potentially liable are the sellers and your home inspector. Sellers are required to disclose all known defects. However, the sellers in your case may not have thought the painted tub was a defect. It might have seemed to them that this was a former defect, having been repaired with paint. Unfortunately, paint is not a permanent repair for the damaged finish on a bathtub. In most cases, chipping or peeling

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $37 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • OKC Beautiful's Gardening Tip of the Month: Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree

    By Carla Sharpe | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Arbor Day, a national tree-planting holiday, is Friday. The Arbor Day Foundation serves our nation to “inspire people to plant nurture and celebrate trees.” You can join in the fun celebrating Arbor Day this year and plant a tree — or maybe two! You can find out more about Arbor Day and the Arbor Day Foundation at www.arborday.org. Being a tree enthusiast, Loretta Aaron loved Arbor Day. Here are her thoughts about this wonderful holiday: Arbor Day is a day set aside to plant trees in most of the United States. When you plant a tree, you plant not only for your enjoyment, but for generations to come. Large-specimen trees increase the value of your property by 20 percent. Trees conserve energy.

  • Ray Ridlen: Is blossom end rot a calcium or water problem?

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    It is getting close to the time that we begin to see tomato plants for sale in garden centers and farm and feed stores. Gardeners and farmers are anxious for planting time to arrive but are also wondering what problems they might encounter this year. For many, one of these is blossom end rot — BER. For most people who have dealt with BER the first thing that comes to mind is “calcium deficiency.” While this is true, it is somewhat misleading because BER may occur in soils that are low in calcium as well as in soils with adequate calcium. So, while soil calcium can be an issue, it is often not a causal factor. With BER the deficiency is in a specific part of the plant, the fruits, and not in the overall plant.

  • Oklahoma boards rise to meet new standards of the National Association of Realtors

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    New standards mandated by the National Association of Realtors have had the Oklahoma Association of Realtors counseling local boards on how to adapt.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for April 18

    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Oklahoma City building permits for April 18

  • Broker helps sell Oklahoma City's old schools

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Five years ago, Oklahoma City Public Schools decided recently to actively market its surplus property. It contracted with Bob Sullivan, broker-owner and CEO of Oklahoma City’s NAI Sullivan Group, to do it, treating it like any other commercial investment property for sale.

  • Purple is in for property descriptions

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize writes about property descriptions.

  • Futures File: Prices at the pump expected to cool this summer

    Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: Gasoline futures are pointing toward the cheapest summer driving season since 2009, with wholesale prices projected to be near $1.75 per gallon.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: The rest is done with mirrors

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Let me count the ways I love mirrors

  • Oklahoma City building permits for April 11

    Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Oklahoma City building permits for April 11

  • The Listing of the Week: 3401 Ridgewood Drive, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The home at 3401 Ridgewood Drive has four bedrooms, three baths, two half-baths, four living rooms, three dining rooms and an attached two-car garage.

  • Keller Williams to sponsor benefit 5k run/walk

    Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The event May 16 at the Oklahoma City Zoo will benefit Life Troops

  • Oklahoma homeowner chooses concrete forms over wood-frame construction

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Von Elmegreen’s Oklahoma City-area home is being constructed of insulated concrete forms, or ICF. Building houses with poured concrete is “stronger, healthier, safer and more economical” than traditional wood-frame construction, said Daniel Keeslar, owner of Insulated Concrete Forms & More Inc., who is building the home.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Reverse mortgage paperwork on the rise

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The new requirements will exclude potentially thousands of senior homeowners from obtaining a reverse mortgage, especially those who are on the margins economically and need the cash to help pay for ongoing household expenses.

  • Richard Mize: Faithful hail new garage sale season in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Blame it on my upbringing, but it’s garage sale season, and I am a heathen nonbeliever. When I was young and itching to run errands just to get to drive, nobody ever sent me to shop. “Go to Muldrow and get some milk” — all the time. “The mower’s broke again. Run to the co-op and get some more shear pins — a sack full” — more often than I care to remember. Maybe it was a list: “Go to the Piggly Wiggly and get milk, bread, a can of tomato paste — paste, not sauce — a can of Eagle Brand milk and some vanilla extract.” Yes, ma’am. But never in my formative years was I ever told: “Go shopping.” Which is why, although I do go to stores to buy specific things, I don’t shop

  • Land sales

    Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Land sales Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $44 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more. $1,000,000 or more Georgia M-H LLC from Bigbee LLC, property near the southwest corner of Council Road and SW 15, $4,108,500. Mid-Am Properties LLC from Base Hit LLC, property near the northwest corner of NW 150 and Western Avenue, $2,075,000. Zipper Office LLC from Appian Properties LLC, 4300 F200 Highline Blvd., $2,000,000. Waukesha-Pearce Industries Inc., from Gresel LLC, property near the southwest corner of County Line Road and SW 29, $1,651,000. 485 Fall Creek LLC from Donna Jean Thompson Trust,

  • Smart Moves: Tips to save for a house

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    In many parts of the country, home sales are rising, the supply of available properties is shrinking and the market is again tilting toward sellers. That’s a source of frustration for aspiring homeowners who are tight on cash. “Cash is king when it comes to homebuying, and that’s always been so,” said Mary Kuehn, a long-time real estate agent affiliated with the Council of Residential Specialists (www.crs.com). Before she’ll take any buyers on a property shopping tour, Kuehn insists they first see a mortgage lender to assess their readiness to make a purchase. This is known as the mortgage “preapproval” process.

  • Oklahoma real estate notes for April 11

    Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Oklahoma real estate notes for April 11, 2015

  • Oklahoma Realtors miss media with video-only annual report

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Text is often needed to answer questions prompted by video, and better later than never, The Oklahoman’s real estate editor gripes.




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