• Home Depot: hiring more than 80,000 workers for spring

    Updated: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot Inc., the nation's largest home-improvement retailer, says it has started to hire more than 80,000 seasonal workers for the spring selling season, the company's busiest period. That's level with the last few years. The positions include both part-time and full-time workers in stores and distribution centers. The hiring comes as the Atlanta-based company is moving beyond a huge data breach last fall that affected 56 million credit and debit cards. Home Depot reported in November that its third-quarter profit rose 14 percent on rising sales. That suggests the breach has not shaken the faith of its customers. Home Depot's stock has risen more than 40 percent in the past year.

  • Central Europeans feel crushed by Swiss franc loans

    Updated: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Elvis Constantin Cluci and his wife had planned a second child, their dreams set on a little brother for their 2 ½ year-old daughter. But due to a surge in the Swiss franc that caused the Romanian couple's mortgage payments to rise, not only is another child out of the question but they have had to send their daughter to live with grandparents 100 kilometers (60 miles) away. Now they see her only once or twice a month. They simply cannot afford both day care and their mortgage on a small studio apartment in Bucharest. They can barely even scrape together the gas money to drive to see her. "I can hardly smile anymore," said Cluci, 37. "My wife is completely destroyed. As the man I have to be strong

  • Job losses at Fort Sill could cut Lawton deep

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    The U.S. Army has projected that Fort Sill could lose as many as 6,000 military personnel and another 800 civilian jobs.

  • Oklahoma City home and garden notes for Feb. 7

    Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Oklahoma City home and garden notes for Feb. 7

  • The Nation's Housing Column: The scoop on Zestimates

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Zestimates are starting points in pricing discussion

  • Listing of the Week: Tri-level condo in Block 42 with views of downtown Oklahoma City from a rooftop deck

    Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    The 2,884-square-foot home at 249 NE 4 has three bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, an open living-dining area and an attached two-car garage with storage space.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Learning to let go of memories

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    So here I am deep in the throes of writing my next book. I had better be because the manuscript is due to the publisher in less than a month, and I have already asked for one 30-day extension. I needed more time because I had to move in January, which tends to set a person back a few days, or centuries, even me, who has managed to turn moving into an Olympic sport. This move, my sixth in four years, more than any other, has made me feel like a hot-air hypocrite.

  • OKC Beautiful's Gardening Tip of the Month: Spruce are a great addition to the garden

    Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    All spruce trees require good drainage; they will not live long in soil where the roots are waterlogged.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Feb. 7

    Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Oklahoma City building permits for Feb. 7

  • 2015 Symphony Show House selected

    Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    The 7,400-square-foot house at 15000 Wilson Road in Northwestern Estates, is a Raymond Carter design and is on 3 1/2 acres. It is surrounded by large oak trees and lush surroundings. It is dubbed a “Treasure in the Trees.”

  • 'New American Home' near Las Vegas impresses Oklahoma City-area builders

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    At 5,891 square feet, the four-bedroom contemporary home in Las Vegas is a “sort of a fantasy home in a lot of ways,” Moore homebuilder Tony Foust said, especially after a peek at the nearly $3 million price tag, but it features “systems that really do fit our Oklahoma market.”

  • Richard Mize: Take Zillow zeriously but not literally

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Let’z get to the nitty gritty of Zillow’s “Zestimates.” First, on the outside chance that someone reading about real estate doesn’t know about Zillow: It’s the most popular housing information site online, with listings of homes for sale as well as information about properties that are not on the market. For example, if you type in my address, you will see a satellite photo of my neighborhood and learn that my 2,001-square-foot home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 546-square-foot (two-car) attached garage. The home was built in 1987 and has central air conditioning. All accurate. For some reason, Zillow says it has “other” heating; well, it’s central, forced-air heating, although there’s a

  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.59 pct.

    Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, resuming their downward trend of this year after rising slightly last week. Rates are near historically low levels. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage declined to 3.59 percent from 3.66 percent last week. The average rate is at its lowest level since May 2013. The rate for the 15-year loan, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, eased to 2.92 percent from 2.98 percent last week. A year ago, the average 30-year mortgage stood at 4.23 percent and the 15-year mortgage at 3.33 percent.

  • Californian loses challenge to Nebraska real estate law

    Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a California real estate broker's lawsuit over a Nebraska law requiring licensing to market Nebraska homes online. Leslie Young's lawsuit said that advertising "for sale by owner" homes online was constitutionally protected speech. The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1LLlYOZ ) that Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon (buh-TAL'-yuhn) disagreed in a ruling issued last week, saying the issue was regulation of conduct, not regulation of free speech because he found that Young had acted as an unlicensed broker. "The court believes it is questionable whether the plaintiff's speech is even protected speech," Batallion wrote in an order. Young's Elist.

  • Ready to buy? How to make the most of your open house visits

    Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    Winter has several weeks yet to go. But in the realm of real estate it's already spring. The annual spring home-buying season traditionally kicks off the week after the Super Bowl, which serves as an unofficial cap to a typically slow holiday season. More homes are hitting the market and that means would-be buyers can expect to see a pickup in open houses, when real estate agents allow prospective buyers to tour a home, usually within days after it's been listed for sale. Open houses offer more than just the opportunity to get a closer look at a property, so being prepared is key. "Look at open houses as a fact-finding mission," said Mia Simon, an agent with the real estate brokerage Redfin in Palo Alto, California.

  • Oil price slide corrodes all cylinders in Oklahoma economy

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Oklahoma real estate market braces for the impact of oil’s decline.

  • Nation's builders express optimism at Las Vegas trade show

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Oklahoma leads way in returning to precrash construction rates, builders say.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Jan. 31

    Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Oklahoma City McGregor Mary Jean Trust, 14200 N Santa Fe Ave., warehouse, add-on, $21,000,000. Studio Architecture PC, 14613 N May Ave., church, add-on, $8,800,000. RBA Architects, 13601 N May Ave., shell building, erect, $6,200,000. Frankfurt-Short-Bruza, 7100 Terminal Drive, accessory, erect, $5,000,000. Omni Construction LLC, 13020 S Sunnylane Road, manufacturing, erect, $3,000,000. Omni Construction LLC, 13020 S Sunnylane Road, manufacturing, erect, $3,000,000. Omni Construction LLC, 13020 S Sunnylane Road, manufacturing, erect, $3,000,000. Aztec Building Systems, 4901 S Anderson Road, automotive repair-wash, erect, $1,500,000. Two Structures LLC, 8324 NW 138 Circle, residence,

  • 55-plus housing market to remain robust, experts say

    By National Association, of Home Builders | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    The 55-plus housing market fared quite well in 2014, and 2015 should be no different, according to industry experts.

  • What's causing the crazy buzzing in the bathroom walls?

    By Barry Stone, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Barry Stone answers home inspection questions.