• The Nation's Housing: Keeping your home deal on track in the new year

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    The big three causes for delays are buyer financing setbacks, home inspection issues and appraisals that diverge from the agreed upon contract price.

  • The House Detective: Choosing the best type of smoke alarm

    By Barry Stone Certified Building Inspector | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    DEAR BARRY: I installed new smoke alarms in my home about a year ago. Now that I'm selling the property, the buyer's home inspector says these are not the best kind of smoke alarms. He recommends replacing them with the “photoelectric” kind. As long as the smoke alarms work when tested, what difference does it make if they're one kind or another? — Ben DEAR BEN: The purpose of a smoke alarm is to detect minute particles in the air and to make a loud noise when particles are present. There are three kinds of detectors on the market: ionization detectors, photoelectric detectors and combinations of both. When smoke alarms came into common use in the 1970s, the only kind available was the ionization type.

  • Land sales

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Jan 16, 2016

    Land sales Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $26 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 Shiv Investments LLC from H.I. Heritage Inn of Oklahoma City LP, 13500 Plaza Terrace, $3,150,000. District at Portland LLC from North Portland Development Co. LLC, property near the southeast corner of N Portland Avenue and NW 164, $2,436,500. 1 Peter 2 LLC from JCG LLC IV, 6919 W Reno, $1,100,000. $999,999 to $300,000 Excel Food Mart Inc. from Interstate Fuels LLC, 924 SE 59, $952,000. Hazel Marie Roberson from Emmanuel and Simret Jacob, 1517 Idlewild Trail, Edmond,

  • Crashing crude, rising rates, may jolt high-end apartment investment across Oklahoma City metro area

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    New apartments loaded with many amenities are most exposed to the downturn in crude oil prices, but the multifamily property market also could plateau in Oklahoma City, jolting investment according to the 2015 year-end Apartment Report from Commercial Realty Resources Co.

  • Stable growth is projected for Oklahoma real estate in 2016

    By Chuck Harris Oklahoma Association of Realtors | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Oklahoma Association of Realtors President Chuck Harris takes a look at the new year

  • House plan: Contemporary home is spacious

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The Bellewood offers close to 3,400 square feet of indoor floor space.

  • Oklahoma Housing Hall of Fame gains first two inductees

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The late Mark Dale of Edmond and Joe Robson of Tulsa were the first Hall of Fame inductees.

  • Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show continues through Sunday

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Vendors and experts offer creative, contemporary ideas

  • Richard Mize: Symphony Show House: history portal

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The Orchestra League is swinging the doors to history open again this year at 3500 N Coltrane Road in Forest Park.

  • An Oklahoma City home to have, to hold in time for the holidays

    By Tim Fall For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    With rent on their two-bedroom apartment increasing from “about $800 a month to $1,500,” Alyssa Gilliam said she “turned to Facebook” where a friend gave her the name of a trusted Realtor. That was in mid-November. By Christmas, Alyssa and Justin Gilliam, newlyweds, were moved into their new home at 3404 Brookend Court, in the Springhollow area of Quail Creek.

  • Smart Moves: Tips for a quick sale

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Kathy Zimmermann, a broker-owner with RE/MAX, said that stress levels are highest among sellers who face strict time limits. For such people, choosing the right selling price is paramount.

  • Marni Jameson: How to save on a wedding

    By Marni Jameson  | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Jennifer Durbin, author of “Party Tips for the Clueless Chick,” helped me come up with these 10 don’ts to consider before saying I do:

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Jan. 15

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Oklahoma City Wynn Construction Co. Inc., 7626 W Reno Ave., public building, erect, $4,700,000. L5 Construction, 7725 W Reno Ave., parking, install, $850,000. Coleman Homes Inc., 13236 N Eastern Ave., residence, erect, $600,000. Huffman Construction, 12509  Sardonyx Drive, residence, erect, $400,000. J.E. Dunn Construction, 4440  Newcastle Road, office-warehouse, remodel, $350,000. Permits Today, 1901 Northwest Expressway, retail sales, remodel, $337,300. Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, 3301 N Harvey Parkway, pedestrian walkway, install, $332,000. Jason Powers Homes Inc., doing business as J.P Homes, 5201 NW 116, residence, erect, $283,000. Jason Powers Homes Inc.,

  • The House Detective: Maintenance advice for septic systems

    By Barry Stone | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    DEAR BARRY: We just moved from the big city to the country. So for the first time ever, we have a septic system and have to think about what goes down the drain. The contractor who inspected the septic tank advised us to flush an additive down the toilet once a month to maintain the bacteria level in the tank. Our new next-door neighbor says he's never used the stuff and insists that it's a waste of money. What's your advice for the care and maintenance of a septic system? — Jeffrey DEAR JEFFREY: Bacterial additives are often advised by septic contractors, but the need for this is debatable because micro-organisms are added to the tank every time solid waste is flushed down the toilet.

  • Rodd Moesel: House plants are beneficial in winter

    Rodd Moesel mugbug | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    I also offer my top 25 list of deciduous large trees for Oklahoma that will ultimately grow to 40 feet or more.

  • Listing of the Week: 2501 Portofino Place, Edmond

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The 3,814-square-foot home at 2501 Portofino Place has three bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, three living rooms, two dining rooms and an attached three-car garage. The living area has built-in bookcases and a fireplace. The home has a library with two-sided fireplace, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with island and pantry, bonus room and screened-in back patio.

  • The Nation's Housing: Home buyers not using new mortgage shopping tool

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Under new rules, after you receive your Loan Estimate you have 10 days for shopping the competition before finally agreeing to the deal or ditching it. The CFPB recommends borrowers obtain Loan Estimates "from three or more lenders" before making a final choice.

  • About Space real estate notes for Jan. 9

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Jan 9, 2016

    About Space real estate notes for Jan. 9, 2016

  • Listing of the Week: 3701 Redmont Trace, Edmond

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    The 4,288-square-foot house at 3701 Redmont Trace has four bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, four living rooms, two dining rooms, a safe room and an attached three-car garage. The library has a masonry fireplace. The kitchen has Kitchen Aid double ovens, an island, walk-in pantry and custom stained maple cabinetry.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Jan. 8

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Oklahoma City Hixon Construction Co. LLC, 2012 NW 178, shell building, erect, $1,900,000. A List Construction, 7601 NW 132 Place, residence, erect, $700,000. 4 Corners Construction LLC, 12008  Grand Cedar Lane, residence, erect, $500,000. Sam Gresham Architects, 2115 NW 122, shell building, erect, $500,000. J. Howell Construction  Inc., 4221  Oakdale Forest Road, residence, erect, $450,000. L5 Construction LLC, 6413 SW 3, retail sales, remodel, $393,377. Aaron Tatum Custom Homes LLC, 12616  Jacinth Court, residence, erect, $364,000. George Thomas Jester, 15800 N Indian Meridian, residence, erect, $300,000. United-Built Homes LLC, 14301 N Indian Meridian, residence, erect,




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