Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor

Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999.



From 1989 to 1999, he worked for the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he first worked as a crime reporter, then general assignment reporter, farm-ranch-agribusiness editor, regional editor and city editor. Mize grew up on a farm and cow-calf ranch in Sequoyah County and attended Muldrow public schools. He holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism (news-editorial), a bachelor of science degree in political science (state and local government) with a minor in economics, all from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.


He holds a master of arts degree in history from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He is pursuing a master of divinity degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa.

He also is pastor, part-time, of Carrier Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ, northwest of Enid.

Top Stories


  • Architectural Tour includes variety of properties in Oklahoma City

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Homes, offices and multiunit housing are featured in Saturday’s 13th annual Achitectural Tour in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City limits, school districts take time to get lined out

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    What your mail says and where your kids go to school say a lot, but neither tells you where you actually live or work.

  • Richard Mize: Earthquake waves hit funny bone

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The slightest quake sends wee wavelets through the house detectable only by a slight ripple in the cat’s water dish, noticeable only if a cat actually witnesses it.

  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity offers naming rights at Legacy Estates

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    The addition stalled amid recovery from the May 20 tornado, said CEO and President Ann Felton Gilliland. Offering naming rights and sponsorships seemed like a good way to raise the $2.5 million needed to develop the land, she said.

  • Richard Mize: Tornado Alley tales blowing in

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    After two springs in a row of throwing the cats into carriers and diving with my wife into a bathtub, tornado season is already wearing me out. But it’s here. Let me rummage up some nearly pleasant storm memories to take the edge off. I’ll soon be 50, and except for four months as a congressional intern in Washington, D.C., 26 years ago, I’ve lived my whole life in Tornado Alley: Muldrow; Stillwater; Wichita Falls, Texas; and Edmond. Around Muldrow, storms used to come up almost before we noticed, with the hills and tall woods in the way, blocking the view. One morning after a bad storm, Daddy came in and announced that one end of our big hay barn was gone. I was little and scared.

  • Oklahoma City trip was not a prize on “Wheel of Fortune,” and that's a bummer

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Despite a cascade of accolades, Oklahoma City is not among the Top 25 Travelers Choice Destinations. It surely would be in the Top 50.

  • Oklahoma City homebuilding freezes with cold weather

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Builder Steve Allen reads no more than the frigid winter into the statistics. Builders are still busy and home shopper traffic remains high, according to Allen, president of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association.

  • Woman leaves her house and everything else to her Oklahoma City church

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Mayflower Congregational Church of Oklahoma City gets everything its late member owned

  • Oklahoma City's City Presbyterian Church, in former Pilgrim Congregational, sets open house

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    City Presbyterian Church is throwing open its new red doors to new neighbors, former members of old Pilgrim Congregational, and anyone else who wants to see how the historic property is being transformed.

  • Extreme outdoor living

    BY RICHARD MIZE | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Here’s a listing that wouldn’t surprise me: Exquisite exterior! This is a remodeled and expanded home designed for entertaining and outdoor living. The 2,317-square-foot home at 123 High Cotton Road has 4,634 square feet of living space. Oh, so traditional: The home has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two living rooms, two dining areas and an attached two-car garage. The living room has a fireplace. The kitchen has eating space, a breakfast bar, pantry, granite counters and double ovens. Oh, so mundane: The master bedroom has a full bath and walk-in closet. The home has window treatments, combination woodwork, wood floors in the entry and kitchen, a covered patio and security system.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma building projects take honors

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    The Build Oklahoma Awards were presented to the “Best of the Best” commercial-industrial construction projects in 2013.

  • Richard Mize: Marriage, mortgage to death

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    It really is like dating and finding a mate, you know, this home ownership thing – unless it’s just a fling.

  • Richard Mize: All in a day's work at The Oklahoman with Building Mechanicals Gone Mad.

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    Richard Mize: A little fire has a big impact on employees at The Oklahoman.




Richard Mize Mon, Apr. 21 2014 09:32:22 PM CST : Nothing treats post-Easter minister melancholia like discounted chocolate bunnies!
Richard Mize Mon, Apr. 21 2014 07:31:00 PM CST READING ABOUT NATURAL SELECTION! Rail safety an eye-opener: Law enforcement sees firsthand drivers taking risks LINK
Richard Mize Mon, Apr. 21 2014 06:14:29 PM CST PREACHING 1 Corinthians 11:17-34: "Mind Your Manners." Easter evening, 4-20-14, Carrier Cong.Church-UCC https://t.co/rdyxTwRCQr #ENID
Richard Mize Mon, Apr. 21 2014 01:50:20 PM CST @mckeetr @yukibeetheology I praught thrice yesterday!!
Richard Mize Sun, Apr. 20 2014 03:53:59 PM CST PREACHING (audio): John 20:1-18 "To Know His Voice" Easter morn, 4-20-14, Carrier Cong. hurch-UCC, Carrier,OK #ENID https://t.co/OfRniFNtsT
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 19 2014 09:13:44 PM CST PREACHES 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 "Mind Your Manners," Communion, 6 p.m. Easter Sun, Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, LINK #ENID
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 19 2014 09:12:21 PM CST Kids' prog., 5-min sermon John 20:1-18 "To Know His Voice," Communion, 11 am Easter Sun, LINK Carrier Cong.-UCC #ENID
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 19 2014 09:58:53 AM CST PREACHES 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 "Mind Your Manners" 6 p.m. 4-20-14, Easter, Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, LINK #ENID
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 19 2014 09:58:26 AM CST PREACHES John 20:1-18 "To Know His Voice" 11 am Easter, 4-20-14 LINK Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, Carrier, OK #ENID
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 19 2014 04:44:23 AM CST COMMENTS: Easter: Open house? LINK
Richard Mize Thu, Apr. 17 2014 09:42:30 AM CST PRESENTS:"Communion Like It's the Year 58" Maundy Thursday, 7 pm 4-17-14 Carrier Cong.Church-UCC LINK , Carrier,OK #ENID
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:43:59 PM CST PRESENTS "Communion Like It's the Year 58" Maundy Thursday, 7 pm 4-17-14 Carrier Cong.Church-UCC LINK , Carrier, OK #ENID
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:42:34 PM CST PREACHES 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 "Mind Your Manners" 6 p.m. 4-20-14, Easter, Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, LINK #ENID
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:40:04 PM CST PREACHES John 20:1-18 "To Know His Voice" 11 am Easter, 4-20-14 LINK Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, Carrier, OK #ENID
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:38:41 PM CST PRESENTS "Talk about Terrified" Mark 16:1-8, 7 a.m., 4-20-14, Easter Sunrise, Rose Hill Cemetery, Carrier, OK, LINK #ENID
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 16 2014 04:07:32 PM CST PREACHES John 20:1-18 "To Know His Voice" 11 am Easter, 4-20-14 LINK Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, Carrier, OK #ENID
Richard Mize Wed, Apr. 16 2014 02:01:38 PM CST PRESENTS "Communion Like It's the Year 58" Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. 4-17-14, LINK, Carrier, OK #ENID
Richard Mize Sun, Apr. 13 2014 06:15:57 PM CST PREACHING (audio): "Not a High Horse." Zechariah 9:9-10, Matthew 21:1-11 Carrier Cong. Church-UCC, 4-13-14 #ENID https://t.co/WhQjbla96i
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 12 2014 07:30:12 PM CST : 8-hour sermon 11am Sun LINK Ha ha, 2 write! 20 min 2 preach: Matthew 21:1-11 "Not a High Horse" #ENID ... Come!
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 12 2014 08:15:08 AM CST COMMENTS: Richard Mize: Earthquake waves hit funny bone LINK