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  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Decorating by the numbers

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    In nature, we see the proportionally progressive spiral in a nautilus shell, a hurricane, and a galaxy. It shows up in the seed pattern in the center of a sunflower, the pattern on a pine cone, the curl of an ocean wave and the unfurling tip of a fern

  • Improving Your Home: Tracking down property lines and historic use

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    If you need to get an accurate set of boundaries for the property, you need to contact a surveyor.

  • Oklahoma real estate notes for Aug. 2

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Oklahoma real estate notes for Aug. 2, 2014.

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $47 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • The House Detective: Rusty furnace worries homeowner

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: Our forced-air furnace is about 20 years old. We maintain it regularly, and it works fine. But a heating contractor noticed rust flakes in the heat exchanger and said further deterioration could allow deadly carbon monoxide into our home. He recommended replacing the furnace, but that’s a big expense, and we'd like to put off until next year, if possible. Do you think that waiting is too risky? — Cathy DEAR CATHY: Gambling your family’s safety against the expense of a new furnace is a risky business. Therefore, a definite determination of the condition of your furnace is vital. If the heat exchanger has any rust holes or cracks, the furnace could emit deadly carbon monoxide into your home.

  • Richard Mize: Big ol' boy just floored by door war

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize is floored by small doors on home’s bathroom and closets.

  • Rodd Moesel: Oklahoma needs a crape myrtle festival

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Crape myrtle should be the state shrub

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Aug. 2

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Oklahoma City Trinity Group Architects, 4101 SW 134, bank, erect, $1,600,000. Wynn Construction Co. Inc., 5100 N Classen Blvd., office, remodel, $1,000,000. Martin K. Eby Construction, 6005 S Air Depot Blvd., office, remodel, $882,000. Bridgeway Estates LLC, 17809 Blue Heron Court, residence, erect, $600,000. Poff (Doug) Homes, 7412 E Britton Road, residence, erect, $577,000. RBR Capital LLC, doing business as Ross Flinton Homes, 3017 NW 157, residence, erect, $564,550. Poff (Doug) Homes, 9216 NW 99, residence, erect, $468,000. Lemuel D. and Julie Workman, 9801 N MacArthur Blvd., residence, erect, $450,000. Blackrock Homes LLC, 9304 NW 94 Circle, residence, erect, $370,000.

  • Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

    By MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Internet lures people who are browsing for their next homes.

  • Homebuilding slows, sales jump in Oklahoma City area

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    The construction slowdown would be steeper without continued rebuilding from the May 20, 2013, tornado in Moore and south Oklahoma City.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: A creative way to reach a home sale

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Agents, sellers and buyers should at least be aware of the buy-down option. Then, if the numbers work and the buyer is open to a little creativity, make it happen.

  • Listing of the Week: 13050 Ramblerock Place, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    The 4,291-square-foot home has four bedrooms, three baths, three half-baths, four living rooms, two dining areas and an attached three-car garage.

  • Oklahoma City Home & Garden notes for July 26

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    CALENDAR For more information, call the phone number or use the email address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send email to mhowell@opubco.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS WATER GARDEN SOCIETY OF OKLAHOMA general meeting, 7 p.m. Aug. 13, The Stamp Store, 21 NE 40. WORKSHOPS CLEVELAND COUNTY MASTER GARDENER TRAINING CLASSES, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays Aug. 15 through Nov. 14, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 601 E Robinson, Norman. Visit http://oces.okstate.edu/cleveland/horticulture or call 321-4774. THIRD THURSDAY GARDENING, “Bang for your Buck Gardening,” 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21, OSU

  • Ideal Homes of Norman dedicates Oklahoma's first Home for Hope

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    This week, Ideal Homes of Norman dedicated Oklahoma’s first Home for Hope, a project house built to benefit Hope International’s continuing outreach.

  • Oklahoma creates its own affordable housing tax credit program

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    High demand for affordable housing built for working low-income families and the elderly exceeds the housing stock available in Oklahoma, especially in rural areas, according to the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency. The new state housing tax credit program will help meet the demand not met with federal housing tax credits, the agency said.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: How to have a garden party minus the whining

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    British stylist Selina Lake offers tips on how we all could make the outdoors even more enjoyable this summer, and for ways to overcome the realities of nature and the resistance of families, and create a little more al fresco magic.

  • Southwest Showcase of Homes opens Saturday in south Oklahoma City and Moore

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    The Southwest Showcase — co-presented by the Southwest Home Builders Association and Moore Home Builders Association — has 24 new homes open free to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. daily through Aug. 3 in south Oklahoma City and Moore.

  • Smart Moves: How to save for a home and curb overshopping

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    The Great Recession was supposed to make Americans less materialistic. But according to researchers who track consumer behavior, there’s no data to show that spending habits have changed. For overspenders, impulse purchasing is still a compulsive behavior, driven by the desire for immediate gratification, said Ryan Howell, an associate professor of psychology at San Francisco State University and a specialist in consumer research. But people in the habit of shopping as a “pick-me-up” can put at risk financial goals that are extremely important to their long-term happiness, Howell said. Indeed, bad spending habits can jeopardize the goal at the top of the priority list for many families: saving enough for a home in a

  • Oklahoma City building permits for July 26

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Oklahoma City Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., shell building, erect, $20,000,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., shell building, erect, $7,600,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $6,500,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $2,500,000. Design Architects Plus, 9821 S May Ave., shell building, erect, $1,900,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $1,600,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $1,500,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $1,300,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $1,200,000. Bomasada, 800 N Oklahoma Ave., apartment, remodel, $1,200,000.

  • Tornado shelter to be given away at Single Parent Family Day on Aug. 2

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    A limited supply of bike helmets, smoke detectors and backpacks full of school supplies will also be given away.