• More Americans to buy homes with 3 percent down

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans will soon be able to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3 percent, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say. The new lending guidelines being announced by the companies are designed to help more low-income and first-time buyers afford homes. Millions of Americans lost their savings or no longer had the income needed to set aside money for a home in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession. The guidelines are designed to prevent the kind of reckless lending that fueled a housing bubble and eventually triggered the recession. Borrowers must have enough income to repay loans on a monthly basis for homes that would be their main residence. This guideline

  • Chesapeake Energy bends light for Christmas in Oklahoma City

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    The growth in professional lighting installation, maintenance and storage is tied partly to the boom in LED lights as phasing out began for incandescent bulbs. Reduced energy use per bulb has allowed the use of more bulbs for Christmas decorating, and more strands of lights without stressing out an electrical system, Oklahoma installer Timothy Lloyd said

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Dec. 6

    Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Oklahoma City ADG Inc., 4 E Sheridan Ave., office, add-on, $1,900,000. Christopher Lee & Co., 3512 NW 174, residence, erect, $940,000. AllenStyle Homes LLC, 15812 Rockwell Park Lane, residence, erect, $356,000. Sun Custom Homes LLC, doing business as Sun Contracting LLC, 13008 Lexington Drive, residence, erect, $304,560. Majestic Construction LLC, 16724 Little Leaf Lane, residence, erect, $300,000. Meek Construction, 6501 SW 90, residence, erect, $300,000. Blue Ribbon Construction LLC, 7225 Ridge Manor Lane, residence, erect, $275,000. Timbercraft Homes LLC, 8329 NW 139 Terrace, residence, erect, $266,635. E-Z Living Homes Inc., 300 Land Run Lane, residence, erect,

  • Rodd Moesel: Plants play key role in Christmas celebrations

    Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Thanksgiving is now complete and our attention has shifted to Christmas as we prepare for a month of shopping, celebrating and worship. Plants play a key role in the Christmas celebrations. Most folks add a Christmas tree and greens like wreaths, evergreen rope or swags as part of their decorating for the holiday. The Christmas tree is one of the focal points for most family celebrations, and it can be a live tree you later plant in the yard or a cut tree you select at a tree lot or a garden center. We have a fair number of Christmas tree farms across our state and many families make an adventure out of going to the farm to select and cut their own tree.

  • Metro First Realty of Oklahoma City unveils new branding

    Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    NV Design and Marketing created the new logo

  • Richard Mize: Rope off home space for an exhibit

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Sometimes I look at a space in my own house and imagine it roped off, frozen in time, with an exhibit card posted — I mean, you know, if I’m ever famous.

  • Smart Moves: Carve out needed time when prepping to sell

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Here are a few tips for home sellers:

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $33 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Part 2 of Confessions of a Hoarder — How to let go of stuff

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Susan Gardner, a retired Methodist pastor who now hosts free hoarding workshops, offers 10 steps to letting go, lightening up and living better.

  • The Listing of the Week: 4309 Stirrup Lane, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    The 4,540-square-foot home at 4309 Stirrup Lane has four bedrooms four baths, one half-bath, four living rooms, two dining rooms and an attached three-car garage.

  • Retired nurse builds Norman home to 'clear path' for accessibility

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Retired nurse Jean Bayles said she “dreamed for 50 years” about building the kind of house her brother needed throughout his life — one completely accessible to the disabled or wheelchair-bound. This year, she achieved that goal with a rental house in Norman.

  • Improving Your Home: Gift ideas for the do-it-yourselfer on your list

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Here are some suggestions worth considering this year, listed in order of manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Mortgage lending restrictions are easing at last

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    WASHINGTON — When it comes to buying a house, are you in the “no way I could possibly qualify” category? Not enough cash in the bank for a down payment or closing costs? Credit scores good but not great? So much deferred student loan debt that you assume any lender would slam the door? Join the crowd. Large numbers of Americans feel the same, in part because they read and hear that qualifying standards for mortgages are the strictest they’ve been in decades.

  • Real estate briefs for Dec. 6, 2014

    Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Real estate briefs for Dec. 6, 2014

  • Real estate transactions for Dec. 6, 2014

    Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Real estate transactions for Dec. 6, 2014

  • Home sales volume breaking records in Edmond, Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Sales were up across the Oklahoma City area through October.

  • Ray Ridlen: Poinsettias are a symbol of Christmas

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Now more than 70 million plants are sold nationwide each year making the poinsettia the No. 1 selling flowering potted plant.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Nov. 29

    Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Oklahoma City Turner Construction Co., 1000 N Lee Ave., hospital, (St. Anthony Hospital), erect, $41,139,854. Joseph Knauf, 14201 N Kentucky Ave., retirement housing, erect, $13,000,000. Turner Construction Co., 1000 N Lee Ave., accessory, erect, $1,500,000. Fairview IV LLC, 1509 NW 158 , residence, erect, $900,000. Western Healthcare Partners LLC, 13401 N Western Ave., medical clinic-office, remodel, $900,000. Foster Wilcox, 2000 Sonoma Park Drive, business, erect, $600,000. Ben Aguirre, 9000 SE 29, restaurant, remodel, $500,000. Wayne Long Custom Homes Inc., 13609 Cascata Strada, residence, erect, $450,000. Authentic Custom Homes LLC, 17308 N May Ave., office, erect, $375,000.

  • At home with Marni Jameson: Where are you on hoarding spectrum?

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Look for the telltale signs of hoarding

  • The Listing of the Week: 22859 Crab Orchard Drive in Deer Creek area

    Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    The 3,823-square-foot home has five bedrooms, two baths, two half-baths, three living rooms, two dining rooms, a storm shelter and an attached three-car garage.