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  • The Nation's Housing Column: Reprieve on debt forgiveness?

    Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Though there are hurdles ahead, the outlook for renewal of mortgage forgiveness debt relief — and possibly other housing benefits — looks more promising now than it has in months.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers update state's progress on registry ban

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    State Sen. Greg Treat, R-Edmond, said the government should not block an owner’s right ‘to find the best use for their property.’

  • Urban Institute asks of mortgages: 'Where have all the loans gone?”

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Not much criticism has been leveled at the conclusions of the Urban Institute study. Bankers want to bank. Realtors want to sell real estate. People want to own homes – except for a big swath of people who got burned in the bubble-bust debacle and may avoid home ownership for good.

  • House plan: Hillview provides stunning views

    Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Walking around and through the Hillview could easily take your breath away. It's equally stunning front and back, inside and out. Columns and a lofty arch frame the front porch, which is centered in front of a soaring hexagonal roof. A stone veneer colonnade spans the rear. Lower column sections bound a wide covered patio on the basement level that wraps across three walls of the hexagonal space. On the main floor, column tops link railings that edge a similarly wide deck. Double doors open into a richly windowed two-story entry that leads into the hexagonal great room. The circular staircase directly ahead of the entry curves up to a vaulted loft that covers half of the great room and overlooks the other half. Hidden

  • Listing of the Week: 7200 NW 195 Terrace

    Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    The 2,731-square-foot home has four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage.

  • The Washington Post's Kenneth Harney talks economy with Oklahoma Realtors

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    First-time buyers AWOL in housing recovery, national columnist says.

  • Oklahoma City apartments change hands in $65 million deal

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    An owner in New Jersey recently sold five Oklahoma City metro-area apartment complexes totaling 1,658 units for an average of $39, 227 per unit.

  • Rodd Moesel: With vegetable prices expected to rise, it's good time to grow your own

    Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    If there were ever a year in recent memory to plant your own food or vegetable garden, this is probably the year. More than half of all our fresh fruits and vegetables in the U.S. come from California and it is in a terrible drought, like our farm friends in much of western Oklahoma. The federal water reservoirs are not releasing water to large areas of vegetable and orchard farms across California. Depending on who you believe, somewhere between 500,000 and 850,000 acres of vegetables will not even be planted this crop season. Because of the drought, hundreds of thousands of acres of fruits, berries and nuts will not get the water they need and will produce smaller fruit and much less fruit while under drought stress.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Home equity makes big rebound

    By Kenneth R. Haney | Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    About 4 million owners around the country last year were able to climb out of the financial tar pit of the housing bust: negative equity.

  • Richard Mize: Man bites dog in piggy bank

    Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    My best guess is that after 15 years, we probably have about 32-percent equity in the house. That means we are among the 86.7 percent of homeowners who are happy to be above water with our houses – and all 42.7 million of us should be truly grateful, considering the late national housing debacle.

  • Shelters will be a highlight of next weekend's Home & Outdoor Living Show

    By Tim Fall, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    Show manager RaeAnn Saunders said that nearly 20 storm shelter companies will be exhibiting at the show March 21-23.

  • OKC Beautiful's Gardening Tip of the Month: Azaleas

    Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Some varieties that do well in this area.

  • Oklahoma City real estate notes for March 15, 2014

    Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    January home prices go up 3.5 percent in Oklahoma City

  • Oklahoma City takes abandoned property issue to Boston meeting with seven other cities

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Nels Petersen, president of the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors, and six other city and realty leaders, will get training through Boston’s Community Progress Leadership Institute.

  • House Plan: Columns spotlight front facade

    Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    This ranch-style home is well suited to the needs of a midsized family.

  • Listing of the Week: 2054 Bella Sera in northeast Edmond

    Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    The 2,367-square-foot home has four bedrooms, three baths, one living room, two dining areas and an attached three-car garage with storm shelter.

  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity elects three new directors

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Three new members have been elected to the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity board of directors: Joshua Fahrenbruck, vice president, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; state Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore; and Rayme Sanchez-Mantilla, pastor, Cristo mi Fortaleza Free Will Baptist Church. “All three of our newest board members embody the spirit of community and fellowship we share at Habitat for Humanity,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, president and CEO. “I appreciate Joshua, Mark and Rayme, and their willingness to bring their unique talents and expertise to our board. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue our work to provide safe and secure housing to Oklahomans.” Fahrenbruck is a native Oklahoman

  • Car salesman wants to build fortress-like home in Edmond

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    The residence, which could climb as high as 90 feet, would be the largest private residence in the United States if completed.

  • Oklahoma cities, Realtors differ on property rights

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    Vacant property registries are at issue in debate between municipalities and The Oklahoma Association of Realtors.

  • Moore considers enacting a stronger building code

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    Under proposed changes, homes in Moore would be built to withstand winds of 135 miles per hour and would require wind-resistent garage doors and hurricane clips on the roof.