• Richard Mize: Contest could spur universal design efforts

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    The call is out for “concepts to model the future of housing” with the Re-defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow design challenge, which opened this week and extends to April 29. The winning entry’s ideas will be built into a model home used for experiential learning and offered to a family.

  • Marni Jameson: Finding the zen in getting digitally organized

    Marni Jameson, column | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    I have a confession. Remember when I wrote about downsizing my parents' home, then wrote a book about it, as if I had this all on lockdown? Well, I did clear the house out, figured out what to keep, toss and sell, and sold the old homestead, all inside a month. But what I didn't tell you was that I hit a hard stop at the photos. I cleared the boxes of snapshots and carousels of slides (my dad's preferred photographic medium) from my parents' home all right. But then I parked them at my brother's home in Los Angeles, where they've remained for three years in his garage stacked in a pile up to my elbows. When I sorted through my family home, I simply did not have time to go through each image, nor did my brother.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Jan. 29

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Oklahoma City Architecture Inc. PC, 4801 NW 16, school, add-on, $2,900,000. Guernsey (Shawn Kelley), 3400 Northwest Expressway, medical clinic-office, remodel, $1,750,000. Aztec Building Systems Inc., 4220 W Reno Ave., automotive sales, erect, $1,172,000. GBH Designs Inc., 3109  Quail Creek Road, residence, erect, $825,000. Boynton Williams & Associates, 8201 SW 44, school, erect, $800,000. Ward Construction, 13901  Parkway Commons Drive, shell building, erect, $700,000. Summerfield Contracting, 4801  Gaillardia Parkway, office, remodel, $657,500. Pinion Construction, 501 N Sara Road, office-warehouse, erect, $600,000. Landmark Fine Homes LP, 4300 SW 128 Court, residence, erect,

  • Rodd Moesel: Good choices for medium-size trees

    Rodd Moesel, column | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Selecting the right tree for your yard depends on your soil type, distance to your home or other structures, and purpose of the tree, whether for summer shade, fall color or sheer beauty and color like flowering or ornamental trees.

  • Kaitlin Smith of Oklahoma City named Rookie Sales Person of the Year

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    LAS VEGAS — Kaitlin Smith, community manager for Two Structures Homes in Oklahoma City, was named Rookie Sales Person of the Year in the Nationals new homes sales and marketing Gold Awards presented by the National Association of Home Builders' National Sales and Marketing Council. The award was presented recently during the National Builders Show. "Kaitlin's success is her drive to succeed and her willingness to study and 'perform' her sales training," the council said. "She has a talent to study what she needs to do and perform what she has studied. She improves on her process and it shows in her videoshops. She has sold two homes on a customer's first visit. She really believes she is going to sell a home when she meets

  • The Nation's Housing: Are some realty agents hyping their numbers?

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Researchers compared closing documents, which are supposed to indicate the final price in sales transactions, with the prices that agents actually reported to their local MLS and found that in nearly one of every 11 cases (8.75 percent) there were discrepancies.

  • National Register of Historic Places calls for technical writing; some might call it tedious

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Oklahoman Real Estate Columnist Richard Mize is trying his hand at a new type of writing as he nominates an Enid-area church to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mize finds the writing to be challenging and fun.

  • About space for Jan. 23

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    About space for Jan. 23, 2016

  • Land sales

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    Land sales Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $43 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 324 N Robinson LLC from Sandridge Realty LLC, 324 N Robinson Ave., $15,943,500. MSC OKC LLC from MWC Storage Investors LLC, 351 S Midwest Blvd., Midwest City, $3,319,000. Windsor Park SC LLC and 2536 N Meridian LLC from Windsor Park Associates Limited Partnership, 2500, 2504, 2506, 2508, 2510, 2512, 2514, 2516, 2518, 2520, 2522, 2526, 2528, 2530, 2532, 2534 and 2536 N Meridian Ave., $1,597,000. Worth D. and April D. Peterson from LSG Property Investments LLC, 2012 Brookhaven Drive, Edmond,

  • Oklahoma City Orchestra League cancels Symphony Show House event

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Orchestra League has canceled the annual Symphony Show House fundraiser, which was scheduled for April 30 to May 15 at a former monastery.

  • ‘Antiques Roadshow’ to come as close as Fort Worth

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    “Antiques Roadshow,” PBS' most-watched ongoing series, is headed to Fort Worth, Texas, as well as Orlando, Fla., Virginia Beach, Va., Indianapolis, Palm Springs, Calif., and Salt Lake City for its summer tour. Episodes recorded in those cities will be included in the show's 21st broadcast season, to air in 2017. The show will be in Fort Worth on July 23. “This year we are excited for first-time visits to Fort Worth and Virginia Beach, and a return to Indianapolis for the first time in 15 years,” executive producer Marsha Bemko said. Admission to “Antiques Roadshow” is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Fans can apply now for a chance to receive one pair of free tickets per

  • House plan: Carrington has pleasing front facade

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Textural variety melds with Craftsman styling to give the Carrington a pleasing yet unpretentious front facade. Shingles and foundation materials are slightly rough, while windows, doors, columns and railings are smooth and sleek. Fairly similar gables on the house and garage add to the visual appeal, and the full front porch has a welcoming appearance. Entering, you step into a wide foyer brightened by sidelights and a row of small windows high on the door. The right-hand hallway leads to the den and dining room. Decorative columns on the left mark the wide passageway into a living room with a fireplace flanked by Craftsman windows. Another walkway, at the rear of the room, leads to the owners' suite, stairs, and

  • Buckelews to present real estate programs for seniors at Northwest Library

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    There is no cost for seniors and caregivers. Register at www.seniorlivingtruthseries.com or by calling 708-7010, ext. 803.

  • Oklahoma Realtors are ready for new legislative session

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Earthquakes, the definition of “property management” and electronic notaries are on state Realtors’ agenda.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Jan. 22

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Oklahoma City Dematic Corp., 605 N Tulsa Ave., warehouse, remodel, $7,500,000. Robbie Hudson Oncue Marketing, 3700 SW 119, retail sales, erect, $4,448,200. Willco Homes LLC, 17700  Blue Heron Court, residence, erect, $1,250,000. Jahco Oklahoma Properties, 3725 S Western Ave., retail sales, erect, $850,000. Cortland Morgan Architect, 1615  Penn Park Blvd., retail sales, remodel, $647,910. Apollo Building Systems Inc., 13800 S MacArthur Blvd., warehouse, erect, $600,000. J.R. Bowers Jr. Construction Co. Inc., 10824  Orleans Court, residence, erect, $599,250. Jim Cooley Construction LLC, 6424 S MacArthur Blvd., office, remodel, $572,400. The Roberts Group LLC, 16412  Morningside

  • Richard Mize: A magnetron muffin with your coffee?

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    My ears are playing tricks on me, apparently in collusion with my house. They've been stopped up for a week, the left one more than the right one, so sound everywhere is out of whack. (Yes, I've seen my doc and am taking meds.) First, you all sound like chipmunks. No joke. Everybody's voice has higher pitch than it should have — mine, other people in person and other people on TV, Internet and radio. It's hard to take Corey Flintoff on NPR seriously when he sounds like Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Noah Adams doesn't stand a chance. My wife sounds like a cartoon. In my head, I sound like a 51-year-old Urkel with a Sequoyah County twang. The neighbor's dog, which is not a chihuahua, sounds like a chihuahua.

  • Listing of the Week: 3808 Deerbrook Court, Edmond

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    The Listing of the Week is a large, two-story brick home on a cul-de-sac lot on Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond.

  • Ray Ridlen: Tips on vegetable transplants

    Ray Ridlen, gardening column  | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    If a gardener has plenty of time and space, vegetables may be started indoors from seed and then transplanted to the garden. Growing transplants from seed gives the gardener a greater access to more cultivars and produces a large number of transplants inexpensively. To ensure the successful production of transplants, the gardener needs to meet the following requirements: insect-, weed- and disease-free growing medium; adequate heat and moisture; enough light to grow a stocky plant; and the time to harden off the transplants before planting them outdoors. Buy seed only from dealers with a reputation for handling good seed, and always look for well-adapted varieties that have insect and disease resistance.

  • 10 habits of daily living for an orderly home

    At Home with Marni Jameson | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Several months ago, right after DC and I bought a house and got engaged on the same day, and after I pinched myself into reality, the cold fact hit me that my four years of living a clean, well-ordered, show-home-ready, go-ahead-and-open-any-cabinet-because-it's-perfect-and-everything-is where-I-want-it lifestyle was about to change. I panicked. Living with someone else would mean, well, living with someone else, which means establishing a whole new order, or disorder. This new thought had me tying the ends of my hair in knots and worrying a hole inside my cheek. Sure, as we began to meld our respective households, DC and I tussled over whose dining room table to keep, whose artwork would get prime placement, and which

  • Paul Bianchina: How to deal with ‘old house smell’

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Q:  Our house was built in 1976. We like our house, it needs some updates, which we would like to do, but the problem is that it has what we call “an old house smell” and we can't determine the cause. We notice it especially after the house is shut up for two or three days, and when we return and open the door, there it is. We've heard it's insulation, Sheetrock or some other material used but I don't know about that.