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  • Oklahoma City homebuilding freezes with cold weather

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Builder Steve Allen reads no more than the frigid winter into the statistics. Builders are still busy and home shopper traffic remains high, according to Allen, president of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association.

  • Woman leaves her house and everything else to her Oklahoma City church

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Mayflower Congregational Church of Oklahoma City gets everything its late member owned

  • Smart Moves: Young couples need to talk money

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Because the purchase of real estate is the largest financial decision most couples make, they need to talk through any underlying issues that could color their thinking.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: An FHA retreat with a hitch

    By Kenneth R. Harney | Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Thanks to a regulatory mandate from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, FHA has agreed to end its controversial full-month interest policy, but only for future borrowers.

  • The House Detective: Overreaching advice from home inspector

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: I am selling my home, and the buyer’s home inspector recommended replacing the furnace and water heater because of their age. Both are 20 years old and in good working order. Should I replace them even though they are in good condition? — Paul DEAR PAUL: When home inspectors evaluate old furnaces and water heaters, it is typical to report that the fixtures may have limited remaining life and to recommend further evaluation by a plumbing and heating contractor. But to advise replacement without specifying actual defects is not a reasonable recommendation. A furnace may be damaged, inoperative, or improperly installed, which would call for further evaluation, repair, or replacement, but age itself is not

  • Realtors group provides tips for tornado preparation

    Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    The Oklahoma Association of Realtors offers these tips for preparing your home for tornado season. •Have a good roof over your head. High winds, heavy rains and hail can create a “perfect storm” for your roof. Make sure your roof is in good repair and there are no loose shingles to minimize potential water leaks. Roofs should be replaced about every 20 years, so if you’re in the market for a new roof, consider an impact-resistant option. •Build a shelter. Building a storm shelter can not only help protect your family during a tornado, but it can also be a good investment for your home. In many cases, homeowners who have storm shelters professionally installed can see up to two-thirds return on that

  • Land sales

    Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Oklahoma county land sales

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Reprieve on debt forgiveness?

    Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Though there are hurdles ahead, the outlook for renewal of mortgage forgiveness debt relief — and possibly other housing benefits — looks more promising now than it has in months.

  • Improving Your Home: Sorting through confusing DIY advice

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Q: I visited a home center recently to buy a light fixture for a specific application. The first person who waited on me in the electrical department seemed very confused about my request, and admitted she usually worked in the garden department. She called their lighting expert, who got me what he thought I needed. Before I left the store, I studied what he'd given me in more detail. It just didn't seem right, so I ended up putting it back on the shelf and went elsewhere. I found out later that what he'd given me was completely the wrong item, and would in fact have been quite dangerous if I'd used it as and where this "expert" recommended.

  • Ray Ridlen: Detecting winter-kill of turfgrass

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Due to the cold temperatures throughout Oklahoma this past December and January, some areas have experienced more winter-kill of bermudagrasses than in most previous years. Winter-kill is a relative term, meaning that some portion of a plant or portion of a turfgrass stand has died during the winter. In this article we discuss winter-kill, what it is, how it occurs, and how to detect the amount of winter-kill so that planning can begin to effectively help the turfgrass stand recover in spring. Winter-kill or tissue death during the winter can be from dehydration, true low temperature injury, or a combination of the two. For the purposes of this article, we discuss winter-kill associated with low temperature injury.

  • Extreme outdoor living

    BY RICHARD MIZE | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Here’s a listing that wouldn’t surprise me: Exquisite exterior! This is a remodeled and expanded home designed for entertaining and outdoor living. The 2,317-square-foot home at 123 High Cotton Road has 4,634 square feet of living space. Oh, so traditional: The home has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage. The living room has a fireplace. The kitchen has eating space, a breakfast bar, pantry, granite counters and double ovens. Oh, so mundane: The master bedroom has a full bath and walk-in closet. The home has window treatments, combination woodwork, wood floors in the entry and kitchen, a covered patio and security system.

  • Listing of the Week: 7200 NW 195 Terrace

    Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    The 2,731-square-foot home has four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers update state's progress on registry ban

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    State Sen. Greg Treat, R-Edmond, said the government should not block an owner’s right ‘to find the best use for their property.’

  • Urban Institute asks of mortgages: 'Where have all the loans gone?”

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Not much criticism has been leveled at the conclusions of the Urban Institute study. Bankers want to bank. Realtors want to sell real estate. People want to own homes – except for a big swath of people who got burned in the bubble-bust debacle and may avoid home ownership for good.

  • House plan: Hillview provides stunning views

    Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Walking around and through the Hillview could easily take your breath away. It's equally stunning front and back, inside and out. Columns and a lofty arch frame the front porch, which is centered in front of a soaring hexagonal roof. A stone veneer colonnade spans the rear. Lower column sections bound a wide covered patio on the basement level that wraps across three walls of the hexagonal space. On the main floor, column tops link railings that edge a similarly wide deck. Double doors open into a richly windowed two-story entry that leads into the hexagonal great room. The circular staircase directly ahead of the entry curves up to a vaulted loft that covers half of the great room and overlooks the other half. Hidden

  • The Washington Post's Kenneth Harney talks economy with Oklahoma Realtors

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    First-time buyers AWOL in housing recovery, national columnist says.

  • Oklahoma City apartments change hands in $65 million deal

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    An owner in New Jersey recently sold five Oklahoma City metro-area apartment complexes totaling 1,658 units for an average of $39, 227 per unit.

  • Rodd Moesel: With vegetable prices expected to rise, it's good time to grow your own

    Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    If there were ever a year in recent memory to plant your own food or vegetable garden, this is probably the year. More than half of all our fresh fruits and vegetables in the U.S. come from California and it is in a terrible drought, like our farm friends in much of western Oklahoma. The federal water reservoirs are not releasing water to large areas of vegetable and orchard farms across California. Depending on who you believe, somewhere between 500,000 and 850,000 acres of vegetables will not even be planted this crop season. Because of the drought, hundreds of thousands of acres of fruits, berries and nuts will not get the water they need and will produce smaller fruit and much less fruit while under drought stress.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Home equity makes big rebound

    By Kenneth R. Haney | Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    About 4 million owners around the country last year were able to climb out of the financial tar pit of the housing bust: negative equity.

  • Richard Mize: Man bites dog in piggy bank

    Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    My best guess is that after 15 years, we probably have about 32-percent equity in the house. That means we are among the 86.7 percent of homeowners who are happy to be above water with our houses – and all 42.7 million of us should be truly grateful, considering the late national housing debacle.