• Star buyer sought for TV in OKC

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Denise Schroder, an agent with Keller Williams Elite, said she’s gotten a couple of nibbles but no bites while fishing the Oklahoma City housing market for another buyer for another episode of “House Hunters” on HGTV.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: First-time homebuyers back in market

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    First-timers need to check out FHA again. For many of them, it could be the way to finally own, rather than keep paying rent.

  • Metro First Realty hires Judy Lindsay as consulting broker

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Metro First Realty has hired Judy Lindsay as consulting broker and director of education at the corporate office at 3232 W Britton Road.  She has 30 years of experience in the local real estate market. After working in office building management and leasing in the 1980s, she went into residential real estate in 1991. She holds the Certified Relocation Professional and Certified Residential Brokerage Manager professional designations. After two terms on the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors Board of Directors, she served as president in 2009. She is certified by the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission to develop and teach continuing education classes for Realtors and has done so for a number of years.

  • Urban amenities mean extras downtown during summer in Oklahoma City

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Living in downtown Oklahoma City has grown in popularity for the past decade, and as the heart of downtown got stronger, so did the beat of the street.

  • Smart Moves: How to get a cool deal in a hot market

    By Ellen James Martin  | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Given the real estate recovery that's strengthened the hand of sellers in many markets, homebuyers no longer have access to as many terrific bargains as they did even five years ago, in the wake of the economic downturn. ''There's much less low-hanging fruit for buyers now," said Tom Early, a veteran real estate broker who was twice president of the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents (naeba.org). But Early said it's sometimes still possible for buyers with a strategic plan to get a solid property without overpaying — even in some of the country's most coveted markets.

  • All the Home’s a Stage Part 7: The house that got away

    by MARNI JAMESON | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    I knew the minute we didn’t get the house it was the one I wanted. I hadn’t been this heartsick since I got sent home from summer camp with mono. After helping DC shop for a new home for months, a home he made no secret of saying could be ours if our stars stayed aligned, we had a good sense of what we were looking for — and weren’t. Like much of life, the house-hunting process turned out to be a string of butterfly-high hopes followed by canyons of disappointment. Houses with so much promise online turned out to have fatal flaws — literally. One was next to a cemetery. On one of our weekly house-hunting escapades-slash-therapy sessions, our agent, Wendy, drove us by a sunny-colored Mediterranean-style house

  • SoSA plan advances despite squabble

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    The Urban Design Review Committee has approved plans to build 14 townhomes in Oklahoma City's Cottage District over the protests of some residents who said the development plans are too dense and would obstruct their views of the downtown skyline.

  • Oklahoma City homeowners oppose development in SoSA neighborhood

    Brianna Bailey  Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based Northline Development has plans to build 14 new two- and three-story town homes in the SoSA or Cottage district at the northeast corner of NW 6 and N Francis Avenue.

  • Executive Q&A: Self-described 'hooligan' in high school finds his strong suit is in building houses

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Oklahoma City homebuilder Jack Evans, who is managing partner of TimberCraft Homes, recently talked with The Oklahoman about the effect growing up with deaf parents had on his life and career.

  • Richard Mize: Offend ye not the grill gods

    Richard Mize | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Summer officially began in Oklahoma City at 11:39 a.m. Sunday, which left 9 hours and 10 minutes to celebrate with fire and beefsteak or ribs -- or chicken or some other vegetable. If you didn't burn anything or blow anything up there's still the rest of summer! Just try not to offend the grill gods. And ... oh, whatever. Be safe. I just had to write a line or two so I could use this goofy photo illustration! (Actual grilling safety tips, also from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, are below!) By Trisha Gedon                  STILLWATER -- Shorts, flip flops and glowing coals in the grill are just a few of the signs of

  • Housing slips in rain: Oklahoma City metro-area home sales, permits slow after rainy May

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    The drought buster soaked construction sites, slowing starts, and may have dampened sales, according to the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association and the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors.

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $38 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill’s Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • Richard Mize: Housing and heav'n on Twitter

    Richard Mize | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Here's a taste of The Oklahoman's Saturday real estate section! My column! See the cover below. See the entire section here. --rm Twitter is not my go-to platform for social media, although I do tweet my every story, column and blog about real estate for The Oklahoman. And my every sermon. That’s explains the mix of heaven and housing among my Twitter followers. No offense, y’all, but my whopping 1,039 followers as a whole are not all that Twitterrific. Just three really stand out: one from housing, one a mix of housing and heaven, and one from heaven or thereabouts. • Housing: @HomeownerOwen, San Francisco Bay-area writer John Sailors has written and self-published a book

  • Temperatures, watering times down this year

    By Rodd Moesel | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    This year we have yet to reach 100 degrees and have been blessed with regular refreshing and thirst-quenching rains.

  • All the home’s a stage, Part 6: House hunting

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    So when Marni Jameson recently began looking for an already-built house, she hoped, for a change, she could be the beneficiary of someone else’s finish and fixture decisions — not the victim.

  • Builders gain confidence in new projects, home sales

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index climbed to 59 this month, up five points from 54 in the May reading.

  • Finding the perfect gift for a DIY Dad

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Gifts abound for the DIY dad.

  • Pond, water garden tour is set for this weekend

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Annual Water Garden Tour to feature ponds, gardens and water features.

  • Enhancing a vacant home’s appeal

    by Ellen James Martin ellenjamesmartin@gmail.com Universal UClick | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Smart Moves with Ellen James Martin

  • St. Louis residents seek to make Angelou’s home a landmark

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    A little more than a year since Maya Angelou died at the age of 86 in North Carolina, there’s an effort afoot to get Angelou’s 1,300-square-foot childhood home at 3130 Hickory St. designated as a local landmark