• Ray Ridlen: Is blossom end rot a calcium or water problem?

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    It is getting close to the time that we begin to see tomato plants for sale in garden centers and farm and feed stores. Gardeners and farmers are anxious for planting time to arrive but are also wondering what problems they might encounter this year. For many, one of these is blossom end rot — BER. For most people who have dealt with BER the first thing that comes to mind is “calcium deficiency.” While this is true, it is somewhat misleading because BER may occur in soils that are low in calcium as well as in soils with adequate calcium. So, while soil calcium can be an issue, it is often not a causal factor. With BER the deficiency is in a specific part of the plant, the fruits, and not in the overall plant.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for April 18

    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Oklahoma City building permits for April 18

  • Broker helps sell Oklahoma City's old schools

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Five years ago, Oklahoma City Public Schools decided recently to actively market its surplus property. It contracted with Bob Sullivan, broker-owner and CEO of Oklahoma City’s NAI Sullivan Group, to do it, treating it like any other commercial investment property for sale.

  • Purple is in for property descriptions

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize writes about property descriptions.

  • Futures File: Prices at the pump expected to cool this summer

    Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: Gasoline futures are pointing toward the cheapest summer driving season since 2009, with wholesale prices projected to be near $1.75 per gallon.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: The rest is done with mirrors

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Let me count the ways I love mirrors

  • Oklahoma City building permits for April 11

    Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Oklahoma City building permits for April 11

  • Richard Mize: Faithful hail new garage sale season in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Blame it on my upbringing, but it’s garage sale season, and I am a heathen nonbeliever. When I was young and itching to run errands just to get to drive, nobody ever sent me to shop. “Go to Muldrow and get some milk” — all the time. “The mower’s broke again. Run to the co-op and get some more shear pins — a sack full” — more often than I care to remember. Maybe it was a list: “Go to the Piggly Wiggly and get milk, bread, a can of tomato paste — paste, not sauce — a can of Eagle Brand milk and some vanilla extract.” Yes, ma’am. But never in my formative years was I ever told: “Go shopping.” Which is why, although I do go to stores to buy specific things, I don’t shop

  • Keller Williams to sponsor benefit 5k run/walk

    Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The event May 16 at the Oklahoma City Zoo will benefit Life Troops

  • Oklahoma homeowner chooses concrete forms over wood-frame construction

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Von Elmegreen’s Oklahoma City-area home is being constructed of insulated concrete forms, or ICF. Building houses with poured concrete is “stronger, healthier, safer and more economical” than traditional wood-frame construction, said Daniel Keeslar, owner of Insulated Concrete Forms & More Inc., who is building the home.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Reverse mortgage paperwork on the rise

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The new requirements will exclude potentially thousands of senior homeowners from obtaining a reverse mortgage, especially those who are on the margins economically and need the cash to help pay for ongoing household expenses.

  • The Listing of the Week: 3401 Ridgewood Drive, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The home at 3401 Ridgewood Drive has four bedrooms, three baths, two half-baths, four living rooms, three dining rooms and an attached two-car garage.

  • Architecture Tour on Saturday afternoon includes eight stops

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    This self-guided tour of great architectural design in the Oklahoma City area features homes and commercial buildings.

  • Oklahoma real estate notes for April 11

    Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Oklahoma real estate notes for April 11, 2015

  • Smart Moves: Tips to save for a house

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    In many parts of the country, home sales are rising, the supply of available properties is shrinking and the market is again tilting toward sellers. That’s a source of frustration for aspiring homeowners who are tight on cash. “Cash is king when it comes to homebuying, and that’s always been so,” said Mary Kuehn, a long-time real estate agent affiliated with the Council of Residential Specialists (www.crs.com). Before she’ll take any buyers on a property shopping tour, Kuehn insists they first see a mortgage lender to assess their readiness to make a purchase. This is known as the mortgage “preapproval” process.

  • Oklahoma Realtors miss media with video-only annual report

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Text is often needed to answer questions prompted by video, and better later than never, The Oklahoman’s real estate editor gripes.

  • Oklahoma Association of Realtors makes itself at home at the state Capitol

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The annual Realtor Day and Legislative and Economic Summit attracted Realtors from across the state.

  • Land sales

    Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Land sales Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $44 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 Georgia M-H LLC from Bigbee LLC, property near the southwest corner of Council Road and SW 15, $4,108,500. Mid-Am Properties LLC from Base Hit LLC, property near the northwest corner of NW 150 and Western Avenue, $2,075,000. Zipper Office LLC from Appian Properties LLC, 4300 F200 Highline Blvd., $2,000,000. Waukesha-Pearce Industries Inc., from Gresel LLC, property near the southwest corner of County Line Road and SW 29, $1,651,000. 485 Fall Creek LLC from Donna Jean Thompson Trust,

  • The House Detective: Asbestos pipe insulation not disclosed

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Can I resell it in this condition, without penalty? Am I required to have the asbestos removed?

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Betting on the future value of your home

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Home equity lines of credit, by far the most popular way to turn equity into cash, are booming again — up by 36 percent in the past 12 months alone, according to the Consumer Bankers Association.




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