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  • More apartments coming to downtown's Sycamore Square

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Owners plan to add a new building, and convert two-bed units into smaller residences.

  • Average fixed mortgage rates hover around historic lows

    By The Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average rate for a 30-year loan rose to 4.15 percent from 4.12 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage increased to 3.24 percent from 3.22 percent.

  • New program a 'dream come true' for some homebuyers

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    OHFA Dream has less-restrictive qualifications to help get people on a potentially quicker path to home ownership with down payment assistance — not restricted to first-time buyers.

  • Improving Your Home: Replacement best way to handle cracked concrete slab

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Q: Our house is only 4 years old. Within months of closing our builder went under, so we have no warranty. Also within months, our covered back porch started to crack. The crack now extends all the way across — about 25 feet — and several additional cracks are starting to appear. Although my husband and I are knowledgeable about remodeling and repair, we are wondering whom to contact about this problem. We do not believe the issue to be structural and can remember that there were haunches extending from the foundation and columns.

  • Richard Mize: Fiery Fourth makes for smoky Fifth

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The ’hood smells like hell? Ah, I love the smell of sulfur, nitrates and carbon in the morning. SNIFFF! Breeeaathe in that fine ash still hanging in the air from all that black powder! Pack away those memories. Oh, what? You are one of those “people” who don’t like fireworks? So you sure don’t like the Fifth of July then, with its lingering smoke and smells and spent shells and duds and a scorched patch of grass here and there. When I was little, smoke just hugged the pastures around our place the morning of the Fifth. Coolish morning air at ground level helped it settle, I guess, just off the Cookson Hills to the north and down to the Arkansas River bottoms a couple of miles south.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Fighting back on maternity discrimination

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Whatever the attitudinal cause of the problem, though, this much is clear: Lenders legally cannot turn down an otherwise qualified applicant — or tell her to come back later — simply because she is pregnant or taking family leave.

  • Richard Mize: What is a life lived in luxury?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Twice in my life, I lived in luxury. Once was in 1979. My folks built a nice brick house next door to the frame farm house where I’d spent my first 14-15 years on this mortal coil. The new place had three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, a formal living room, formal dining room, an attached two-car garage and two back patios. I think it had 1,750 square feet, or so. It was filled with all-new furnishings, selected by Mama — a new console Zenith! A new Radarange! We got a new car that same year. And a new tractor. And a bunch of other stuff that came from the proceeds of selling land my dad had farmed and raised cattle on for 40 years. The lap of luxury! The other was in 1999.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for June 28

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Oklahoma City The Hodges Group PC, 14141 S Pennsylvania Ave., school, erect, $18,000,000. SGS LLC, 14901 N Kelley Ave., shell building, erect, $1,400,000. Candelaria Foster, 5800 NW 135, office, erect, $1,373,900. Quigley (Jim) Custom Homes LLC, 15804 Chapel Ridge Lane, residence, erect, $950,000. Korte Construction, 7300 SW 29, manufacturing, erect, $720,000. Vega Architecture, 7013 N May Ave., retail sales, remodel, $651,250. Lippert Brothers, 620 N Harvey Ave., public building, remodel, $520,000. Ben Hayes Construction, 4001 Northwest Expressway, bank, add-on, $500,000. Richmond Signature Homes, 1520 NW 177 Terrace, residence, erect, $386,900. Bill Gumerson & Associates,

  • Listing of the Week: 1405 Canterbury Place, Nichols Hills

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    The 4,295-square-foot house has four bedrooms, four baths, three living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Scoring boost coming for renters' credit

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Updated: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Just because you don’t have lots of traditional credit data on file doesn’t mean you can’t buy your first house. Things are looking up.

  • Smart Moves: Solving the two-house problem

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Are you a two-home couple who will soon marry and need to forge a unified housing plan? If so, these few pointers could prove useful.

  • Oklahoma City home sales zoom

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Low inventory and high demand trimmed listings’ average days on market to 58 in May, according to the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors.

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $30 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • The House Detective: Do nonpermitted additions add value to a home?

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: Our home has a bedroom addition that was built without a permit. Now that we are selling, we want to know if the nonpermitted addition adds value to the home, or will it not be considered when the property is appraised. How should we consider this when pricing our home for sale? — Kevin DEAR KEVIN: Nonpermitted additions to a home pose a challenge to appraisers because, on one hand, they cannot include the square footage of an illegal addition in their measurement of the building, while on the other hand, they realize that the addition has real value as a usable feature of the home. For example, a three-bedroom home in which one bedroom was added without a permit has more usefulness, and therefore more actual

  • Oklahoma City realty agents react to FAA drone notice

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Not many real estate agents in Oklahoma City have adopted drone technology to obtain aerial photos and videos. Now the Federal Aviation Administration says if they do, they need to be certified by the FAA for commercial use.

  • U.S. new home sales zoom higher in May

    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer, AP Economics Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    New home sales jumped 18.6 percent last month following a 3.7 percent increase in April, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The gains followed declines in February and March that were blamed in part on harsh winter weather.

  • The Listing of the Week: 1015 Irvine Terrace, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    The 3,497-square-foot home has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Some search firms offer racial, ethnic makeup of neighborhoods

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    In a hyper-wired era where consumers can access just about any data they want online, should real estate search sites enable them to select home locations on racial or ethnic grounds? There’s no definitive legal answer right now.

  • Builders have lots to be concerned about

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City is in the unusual position of being in step with a national homebuilding trend. Metro-area builders have faced lot shortages and rising prices since at least late 2012.

  • Improving Your Home: Cleaning up with a new pressure washer

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Pressure washers can help you with a wide variety of tasks year after year, and they’re probably more affordable than you thought — and they even do windows.