• The House Detective: Buyer told house needs rewiring

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: When I bought my house four years ago, my home inspector said there were no electrical problems. Recently, I lost power to half the house, so I called an electrician. He said that the circuit breakers were the wrong size for the wires, that the wiring in the house was never inspected by the county building department, and that the whole house needs to be rewired. My home inspector obviously did not do a good job. Do I still have recourse after four years? — Dawn DEAR DAWN: Whether your home inspector is liable after four years depends on a number of legal variables, but there are other issues to be considered in this situation. If the circuit breakers are not properly sized for the wiring, that

  • Richard Mize: Does Realtor.com's 'Haunted Housing Report' match Oklahoma market?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Being haunting doesn’t necessarily keep a house from selling, a survey finds.

  • Nuns on the move at Oklahoma City's Villa Teresa

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    The Carmelite Sisters of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus are hosting a moving sale Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Villa Teresa Convent, 1300 Classen Drive.

  • Oklahoma business briefs, Oct. 7

    Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Oklahoma business briefs, Oct. 7, 2014

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Oct. 4

    Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    Oklahoma City Flintco LLC, 300 NE 9, office, erect, $45,000,000. Greenstone Properties, 14701 Hertz Quail Springs Parkway, shell building, erect, $20,000,000. BC Construction Group LLC, 5101 S Council Road, shell building, erect, $8,500,000. Hornbeek Blatt Architects, 4114 Perimeter Center Place, office, erect, $8,000,000. Satish Patel, 11820 N Interstate 35 Service Road, hotel-motel, erect, $4,000,000. Atlas Construction, 11510 W Interstate 40, hotel-motel, erect, $3,500,000. Trinity Group Architects, 715 Metropolitan Ave., office, add-on, $2,400,000. L5 Construction LLC, 6339 SW 3, shell building, erect, $2,177,520. Clyde Riggs Construction, 4015 S Purdue Ave., office-warehouse,

  • The Nation's Housing Column: The emerging 'non-QM' market

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    If you assume you can’t qualify for a mortgage because you depart from federal guidelines in some way, go shopping. The emerging non-QM mortgage market wants to hear from you.

  • Linwood Place tour in Oklahoma City includes five historic homes, garden

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    The 2014 Linwood Place Tour of Historic Homes will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the tour of the historic Oklahoma City neighborhood, bounded by NW 23, NW 16, Drexel Boulevard and Interstate 44, can be purchased in advance for $10 or at any tour house for $12.

  • Garden Tour for Connoisseurs has six stops in Oklahoma City

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    The 2014 Garden Tour for Connoisseurs, presented by the Oklahoma Horticultural Society, will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Tour tickets are available at Oklahoma City area garden centers or at any host home.

  • The Listing of the Week: 3500 N Coltrane Road, Oklahoma City

    Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    The 9,563-square-foot home was the retreat of Robert S. Kerr, the late Oklahoma governor and U.S. senator, a sportsmen’s lodge and a monastery that operated a bread bakery.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Antique rescue makes chest better than old

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    One stomach-sinking morning last week, I went into my garage to find my 200-year-old, hand-painted, Hungarian chest blooming with green mold. I was ill. This lovely antique was now doomed for the funeral pyre because I’d stuck it in my hot, damp garage. When I moved into my current home-staging project in July, for reasons of style or space, the rustic chest along with several other pieces of furniture didn’t make the cut. For those who’ve never been, Florida in the summer is hot as wax melt and muggier than an opera singer’s armpits. Things grow here that wouldn’t grow anywhere else. I am all for plant life. I just don’t want it growing on my antiques.

  • About Space for Oct. 4

    Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    About Space for Oct. 4, 2014

  • Oklahoma City homes featured on HGTV's 'House Hunters'

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    Oklahoma’s Keller Williams Realty agents Denise and Troy Schroder showed a potential buyer the sites of the city for popular HGTV show.

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    Land sales The recent major sales in Oklahoma County, 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 30 West Pershing LLC from Houghton Heights LP, property southwest of the corner of N Western Avenue and W John Kilpatrick Turnpike, $2,900,000. Kingfisher Enterprise LLC from Arbor Glen LLC, 4638 NW 19, $2,696,000. Jerry Hunter from Patricia J. Coupens and Steven D. Coupens, 5204 Verbena Lane, $2,500,000. Gulfport Energy Corp. from Caliber Investment Group LLC, property northwest of the corner of W Memorial Road and N May Avenue, $1,500,500. Enduro & Chem LLC from Robert A. Funk, 6300 Northwest Expressway,

  • Smart Moves: Tips for the serial mover

    by Ellen James Martin | Updated: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    Michael Connerly, author of the new book “How to Win With Real Estate,” cautions that frequent transitions can be expensive, both in terms of dollars and psychological costs.

  • The House Detective: Builder won't remove odor from house

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    If the builder continues to sweep the matter under the rug, you can file a complaint with the state agency that licenses building contractors.

  • Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 1, 2014

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 1, 2014

  • Oklahoma City's Midtown makes the grade

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Another urban Oklahoma City neighborhood matures with recent additions.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Flexible rules could extend mortgages to millions

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    If you’re one of the millions with “thin” or unscorable credit and would like to buy a home but are shut out: Don’t give up hope. Fannie and Freddie are at least thinking about adopting more advanced scoring techniques.

  • Listing of the Week: 3100 N Harvey Parkway, Oklahoma City

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    The 4,125-square-foot home at 3100 N Harvey Parkway has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, three half-baths, two living rooms, a formal dining room, a two-car attached garage and two-car detached garage.

  • Linwood Place Tour of Historic Homes scheduled for Oct. 5

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    The tour will feature antique cars, volunteers dressed in period clothing, an old urban trolley for transportation, and five distinctive homes and one garden.