• Block party Saturday to usher in northeast renaissance

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    “oNE OKC: A Northeast Renaissance,” a free outdoor event, will be held Saturday at Douglass High School's Miller Football Stadium. It will be presented from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by the Northeast Renaissance Steering Committee, Leadership Oklahoma City's LOYAL Class XI and the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City. "Imagine a vibrant block party that merges the models of Better Block, H&8th, and the Arts Festival with the intentional use of pop-up shops and real estate tours, said Quintin Hughes, co-chairman of the committee. “Now picture it in Northeast Oklahoma City. That is our goal for oNE OKC.

  • Oklahoma City opens new demonstration garden

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Oklahoma City's fourth water conservation demonstration garden is open at Bluff Creek Park, 4551 W Hefner Road (entrance at 11301 N Meridian). Stroll through the water conservation demonstration garden and see practical, firsthand examples of Oklahoma-tough plant materials and landscape designs adaptable to home landscapes. The Oklahoma City Utilities Department worked with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service on the garden to promote water conservation through proper outdoor watering and landscaping. The demonstration garden also will be used as a teaching tool for workshops and seminars.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for April 29

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Harrison French & Associates, 12324 NW 10, retail sales, erect, $3,000,000. Kirkpatrick Forest Curtis PC, 6900 SW 29, warehouse, remodel, $1,129,500. Robert Lee, 16500 Arthurs Circle, residence, erect, $700,000. Kirkpatrick Forest Curtis PC, 6900 SW 29, warehouse, remodel, $500,000. The Roberts Group LLC, 16208 Morningside Drive, residence, erect, $400,000. Structural Systems of Oklahoma, 5135 SW 29, office-warehouse, erect, $400,000. Rex Massey Construction Inc., 11817  Quail Creek Road, residence, add-on, $400,000. Mustard Seed Construction LLC, 7001 S Cimarron Road, residence, erect, $310,000. Ramey Steel Construction, 12701 W Wilshire Blvd., accessory, erect, $300,000.

  • Richard Mize: HUD gives buyers break on student debt

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    In a nutshell, HUD told Federal Housing Administration- approved lenders — that is, those making home loans guaranteed by the FHA — that it had reduced by 50 percent the percentage of debt used to calculate monthly student loan obligations.

  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity renames stores

    Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity renames...

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity has changed the name of its stores from Renovation Station to Central Oklahoma Habitat ReStore. They remain as home improvement resale stores that sell donated new and “gently used” furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of retail price. The rebranding aligns Central Oklahoma Habitat's stores and donation centers with Habitat ReStores across the nation. Both remain independently owned and operated by Central Oklahoma Habitat. Central Oklahoma Habitat Restores are at 1800 N Broadway Ave., open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 2805 SW 29, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

  • Marni Jameson: Color caution — Let the experts do the picking

    Marni Jameson: Color caution — Let the experts...

    AT HOME WITH MARNI JAMESON   | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    I'm about to make your life a lot easier. For years I have followed and shared this design principle: When choosing a color palette for your home, start with an inspiration piece — a painting, rug, fabric or wallpaper swatch you love — and let the colors be your dowsing rod. Now I know why. While talking recently with interior designer Susan Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, of Cleveland, Ohio, I told her about an area rug I was using to divine color in my home. Her response: “Using a great piece of art, or area rug or fabric that contains colors you love as a guide is foolproof because the colors have been curated.” Of course! Trained artists select and combine — or

  • Ray Ridlen: Asian pear rust is widespread across area

    Ray Ridlen, gardening column | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The last several weeks I have observed in the field Asian pear rust. The Master Gardeners have received numerous samples and have answered many phone calls concerning this disease. Many of you might be familiar with Cedar-Apple rust. It makes the walnut-size galls on cedar trees that produce orange gelatinous tentacles right after our first warm spring rain. From these orange tentacles, fungal spores are produced and are blown onto the leaves of susceptible apple and crabapple trees in our landscapes causing leaf spots on the upper surface of the leaves. Over the summer, these spots mature and form a gall on the underside of the leaf; this gall will finally rupture, sending fungal spores back to infect the cedar tree.

  • The House Detective: Don’t expect VA inspector to be building inspector

    The House Detective by Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    DEAR BARRY: We just read your article about window requirements for a basement bedroom. The windowsills in our basement are too high to comply with this code, but this was never mentioned by the Veterans Affairs inspector when we bought our home. Our agent advised us not to hire a home inspector. He said the VA inspector would find everything. If a veteran can't trust a VA inspector or his agent, what should he do? — Mike DEAR MIKE:  This is not just a matter of trust. It's also a misunderstanding of professional qualifications. Many people do not realize that VA inspectors are not building inspectors. They are actually appraisers for VA loans, and they do not conduct the detailed evaluations that would be expected of a

  • The Nation's Housing: Fannie Mae gives 'transactors' credit for good behavior

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Be aware that how you manage your credit could now become a key determinant of whether you get a mortgage. Transactors will reap the benefits; revolvers playing games with credit cards will get more scrutiny.

  • Listing of the Week: 3216 Silvercliffe Court, Edmond

    Listing of the Week: 3216 Silvercliffe Court,...

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The 4,188-square-foot home at 3216 Silvercliffe Court has five bedrooms, four baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached four-car garage. The living room has a fireplace, cathedral ceiling and ceiling fan. The kitchen is open to the family room and has a breakfast bar, eating space, stainless-steel appliances, a butler’s pantry and island.