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  • Oklahoma City trip was not a prize on “Wheel of Fortune,” and that's a bummer

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Despite a cascade of accolades, Oklahoma City is not among the Top 25 Travelers Choice Destinations. It surely would be in the Top 50.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Add-on fees become an issue

    By Kenneth R. Harney | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Critics say that by making conventional mortgages more expensive, these fees are partially responsible for declines in home purchases in recent months, especially among moderate-income, first-time and minority buyers.

  • Eight properties will be featured on Architect Tour in Oklahoma City

    By Tim Fall, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    The self-guided tour, which includes both homes and commercial buildings, will be from noon to 5 p.m. April 12.

  • Improving your home: When remodeling, get your priorities in a row

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    To avoid wasted money and disappointment after a remodeling, break your project down into its most basic elements.

  • Smart Moves: Pre-sale upgrades don't have to cost a fortune

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Expensive pre-sale improvements are rarely warranted, except for properties in exclusive areas where buyer expectations are high.

  • Oklahoma real estate briefs for April 5, 2014

    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Choice Hotels honors several Oklahoma properties

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Oklahoma County land sales

  • The House Detective: Dealing fairly with unpermitted dwellings

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: In a recent article, you gave some advice that showed a lack of professional ethics. Someone wrote to you about an unpermitted guesthouse in their backyard. The building department had learned about it and had ordered them to cease using it as a rental unit. Rather than advising them to obey the law, you showed disdain for the building code and suggested ways of avoiding compliance. If you don't agree with the laws, you should encourage people to change them. Building codes are intended to keep people out of substandard and potentially dangerous housing. The Internet is replete with stories of tragic house fires due to substandard conditions. I really find your position and the content of that column to be shocking and

  • Too few home buyers, sellers complicate market

    By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.

  • Oklahoma Senate committee passes bill banning vacant property registries

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    The state Senate General Government committee has passed House Bill 2620, which would stop Oklahoma City’s registry of abandoned and vacant properties and prevent any other city from creating such a registry.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.