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, and a master of divinity degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. He also is a licensed minister and part-time pastor of Carrier Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ, near Enid, and is pursuing ordination in the United Church of Christ.

Top Stories


  • Dwindling Class A space leaves downtown Oklahoma City offices tighter than ever

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    New buildings underway and in the works will test the market in coming years with much higher rent rates. Price Edwards & Co. says established rents and asking rents for new Class A space could meet in the middle in two or three years.

  • Oklahoma City office market takes several stories

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Downtown Oklahoma City is humming. Northwest and north submarkets are in good shape. Midtown submarket takes a big hit.

  • Designs with two master suites gain popularity in upscale homes in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Home designs with two master suites have grown in popularity and will continue to do so, especially in higher-end homes, some Oklahoma homebuilders and Realtors say.

  • Idaho grocery chain may bring multiple stores to Oklahoma City metro area

    By Brianna Bailey, Staff Writers | Updated: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Idaho-based WinCo Foods has plans for as many as four grocery stores in Oklahoma City, Moore and Midwest City.

  • Oklahoma City-area retail property investment is in quiet recovery

    RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    The biggest property trades in Oklahoma City involved a stock sale and out-of-state buyers and sellers — and eclipsed Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s retail divestment.

  • Builders dig for licensing, get no worms

    BY RICHARD MIZE | Updated: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Homebuilder licensing: Can open, worms everywhere! Right? Not really. Not at a meeting this week of the state House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee. The committee met Wednesday to consider licensing, or registration — or something— to protect builders and homebuyers in the wake of “builders” who swarmed Moore to rebuild after the May 20, 2013, tornado. Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, a builder, called for the meeting. Lawmakers heard from representatives of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association who called for homebuilder registration.

  • Richard Mize: Builders dig for licensing, get no worms

    RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Richard Mize: Builders dig for licensing, get no worms

  • Norman couple rescues Spanish Mission Revival-style house

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Oklahoma’s State Historic Preservation Office presents Norman couple a Certificate of Merit for work to rescue a Spanish Mission Revival-style house.

  • Oklahoma City-area malls thrive amid national reports of other malls' deaths

    RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Penn Square, Quail Springs, Sooner Mall and Northpark Mall are alive and well, thank you very much.

  • Oklahoma homebuilders, weary of fly-by-nights, explore state licensing

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Leaders of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association tell the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee why and how builders should be registered or licensed.

  • Oklahoma universities work with cities, others on event centers

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

    Regents didn’t push for the joint ventures, but have always urged cooperation between town and gown.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma, Texas experience a mismatch for church marketplace

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

    Church property sales were pew and far between. So it took me awhile to get used to the idea of a market for “religious service properties.”

  • Auction to sell estate of Lawrence E. Walsh, Iran-Contra prosecutor, in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    The former federal judge and prosecutor’s philosophical and historical interests are reflected in his personal library. His wife Mary Porter Walsh’s taste in art and period furniture is shown in other items to be sold Friday and Saturday at 1902 Bedford Drive in Nichols Hills, which the Walshes called home since 1981.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Richard Mize: Cool off after door-to-door sales pitch

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

    Don’t let anybody rush you

  • Apartment boom is rocking Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Norman-based Commercial Realty Resources Co. and UBS Financial Services Inc. agree: Oklahoma is where the investment action is for multifamily properties.

  • Oklahoma City company's flooring projects get Coverings top ratings

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Frontier Elementary School’s flooring was tops with Coverings, a trade show that recently recognized installer Bentley Flooring and the designer, The Stacy Group, with its Installation and Design Award.

  • Healthy lifestyles driving real estate development, even in Oklahoma City

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    New publications by the Urban Land Institute and the firm formerly known as Ernst & Young outline real estate development projects with a healthy lifestyle focus and the role of infrastructure in meeting millennials’ desire for changes in property and community design. These preferences affect millennials’ decisions in Oklahoma City.




Richard Mize Mon, Aug. 18 2014 02:40:14 PM CST PREACHING Matthew 15:21-28:"Jesus? Being a Jerk?" ProLGBTQ, 8-17-14 (am), Carrier Cong.UCC Church, Carrier, OK https://t.co/LaJqtusdVi #enid
Richard Mize Mon, Aug. 18 2014 02:37:02 PM CST REFLECTING on Isaiah 56:1, 6-7: “ ‘Foreign' Prayer Practices Accepted: Icons" Carrier Cong.UCC, Carrier, OK https://t.co/c3NplZhmzb #enid
Richard Mize Mon, Aug. 18 2014 12:44:02 PM CST COMMENTS: Landfill note digs up lots of memories in Oklahoma LINK #cre
Richard Mize Mon, Aug. 18 2014 12:43:37 PM CST COMMENTS: Oklahoma City office market takes several stories LINK #cre
Richard Mize Mon, Aug. 18 2014 12:43:06 PM CST REPORTS: Dwindling Class A space leaves downtown Oklahoma City offices tighter than ever LINK #cre
Richard Mize Mon, Aug. 18 2014 12:42:40 PM CST REPORTS: Designs with two master suites gain popularity in upscale homes in Oklahoma LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 16 2014 04:11:59 PM CST @stevelackmeyer Yes. ?
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 16 2014 10:04:24 AM CST JUST GOT THIS NEW BOOK! Jesus is the Question | The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the Three He | UCC Resources LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 16 2014 08:25:50 AM CST : "Whoever builds his house with other people's money is like one who gathers stones for his burial ground." (Sirach [Ecclesiasticus] 21:8)
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Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 16 2014 07:47:37 AM CST COMMENTS: Landfill note digs up lots of memories in Oklahoma LINK #cre
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 16 2014 07:46:21 AM CST COMMENTS: Oklahoma City office market takes several stories LINK #cre
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 16 2014 07:45:13 AM CST REPORTS: Dwindling Class A space leaves downtown Oklahoma City offices tighter than ever LINK #cre
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 16 2014 07:43:57 AM CST REPORTS: Designs with two master suites gain popularity in upscale homes in Oklahoma LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 16 2014 07:41:42 AM CST REFLECTS: Isaiah 56:1,6-8:"'Foreign' Prayer Practices Accepted: Icons" 6 pm, 8-17-14, Carrier Cong. Church-UCC LINK #enid
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 16 2014 07:31:07 AM CST PREACHES: Matthew 15:21-28, "Jesus? Being a Jerk?" 11 am, 8-17-14, Carrier Congregational Church-UCC #ENID LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Aug. 16 2014 07:27:02 AM CST “@JesusOfNaz316: Coffee unto others as you would have them coffee unto you.”
Richard Mize Fri, Aug. 15 2014 06:47:31 AM CST @JesusOfNaz316 ... It only takes a spark to get the coffee going.
Richard Mize Fri, Aug. 15 2014 06:45:35 AM CST “@JesusOfNaz316: Coffee calls us o'er the tumult.” :-)
Richard Mize Thu, Aug. 14 2014 07:00:29 PM CST PREACHES: Matthew 15:21-28, "Jesus? Being a Jerk?" 11 am, 8-17-14, Carrier Congregational Church-UCC #ENID LINK