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.

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  • Richard Mize: Deal killer? An inspector weighs in

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Here’s the fourth and final (?) installment of a series that started with my musing over the ups and downs of “deal breaker” and “deal killer” home inspectors, and misunderstandings and disagreements between inspectors and Realtors. Jack L. Werner of A to Z Inspections, 3625 N McKinley Ave., was the only inspector to weigh in. Knowing him to be meticulous in these kinds of detailed matters, I yield the floor. This is an edited version of his lengthy email: “Inspectors are REQUIRED by the CIB (Construction Industries Board), our governing agency, to comment on the life expectancy of all appliances. Several inspectors were at the CIB meeting several years ago when this was addressed.

  • Water seems low on Counselors of Real Estate's Top 10 list of issues affecting real estate in U.S.

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Hugh F. Kelly, Ph.D., Counselors of Real Estate chairman, presented water as No. 6 on the list.

  • Power in the cards for 125-year-old Boldt Co.'s Oklahoma City office

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Construction company started in Appleton, Wis., in 1889, the same year as Oklahoma’s famous Land Run. The company has had an office in Oklahoma City for 30 of its 125 years.

  • Richard Mize: Deal killers raise ire of Realtor

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Here is part 3 of an online discussion of “deal killer” and “deal breaker” home inspectors. While a lot more thoughtful than many comment threads, it did get a little warm. I noted: “From the American Society of Home Inspectors’ ‘Standard of Practice’: ‘The inspector shall: A. inspect readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and components listed in this Standard. B. provide the client with a written report, using a format and medium selected by the inspector, that states: 1. those systems and components inspected that, in the professional judgment of the inspector, are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe, or are near the end of their service lives ...

  • ERC Cos. offers new Oklahoma City apartments as Greystar Real Estate buys management

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    An Arkansas developer asks aggressive price for new Traditions at Westmoore in the high-demand south Oklahoma City-Moore area.

  • Neighboring states outpace Oklahoma home price appreciation

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, May 31, 2014

    Considering the housing booms and busts in most big cities in the region, the first-quarter stats from the Federal Housing Finance Agency aren’t surprising.

  • Inspections look to facts, not the future

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, May 31, 2014

    An online discussion of “deal killer” and “deal breaker” home inspectors was downright mild compared to lots of conversation threads – which means there was actually some thought in it.

  • Oklahoma City area home sales, construction slow this year

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, May 31, 2014

    Realtors say financial regulations are frustrating sales and builders say a shortage of residential lots that are stymieing construction.

  • Oklahoma City seed compress has industrial facade, earth-friendly impact

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, May 24, 2014

    Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, a cottonseed and canola compress, stands out in contrast to booming downtown and its office towers and Bricktown’s eateries and attractions. It’s a throwback, but not as threatening as it looks.

  • Producers Cooperative Oil Mill plans to sell most of its land, but will remain just south of Oklahoma City's Bricktown

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, May 24, 2014

    Oil mill plans to keep 8 acres near downtown Oklahoma City and sell 170 acres of excess land.

  • Richard Mize: Who wants an inspector 'deal killer'?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, May 24, 2014

    When dealing with a home inspector, who wants a “deal killer”? Well, I did when my wife and I moved to Edmond and bought our first and, so far, only house. When our Realtor gave us a list of inspectors and pointed out the one known as a deal killer, I took it as a recommendation. I wanted a thorough inspection. But then I was the buyer and wanted all the information I could get. Not sure I’d feel much differently on the selling end: I believe in full information disclosure. But “deal killer” and “deal breaker” aren’t always compliments. It depends on who you ask, and not just whether it’s a buyer or seller. Not long ago, a new, young inspector wrote to Barry Stone, a home inspector in San Luis

  • A rare cloud drifts over Oklahoma City property markets

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, May 17, 2014

    Despite positives to let, national investment players see reasons to doubt Oklahoma City as a place to buy real estate in PwC-Urban Land Institute report.

  • Symphony Show House offers penthouse view

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, May 17, 2014

    Fundraising event continues this weekend atop Founders Tower, 5900 Mosteller Drive.

  • Six houses featured on May Home & Garden Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Thu, May 15, 2014

    Tour tickets are $10 at Garden Gate Antiques, 1307 N May Ave., 23rd Street Antique Mall, 3023 NW 23, or at any stop on the tour.

  • Richard Mize: Dead zones require home inspection

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, May 17, 2014

    They’re places with things. That’s all I know because I haven’t been in the places or examined the things for a long time.

  • PwC, formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers, has leased a downtown OKC office

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    The 18,876-square-foot workspace is in the South Tower of Leadership Square.

  • New owners set new course for Oklahoma City's Gaillardia Golf and Country Club

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, May 10, 2014

    Concert Golf Partners bought the troubled Gaillardia Golf and Country Club with cash to spare, and they’re spending it on a new clubhouse roof and other improvements inside and out.

  • Sale of Arkansas Whirlpool site felt in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE | Updated: Sat, May 10, 2014

    The Arkansas Whirlpool plant meant hard work and sparked hard partying for college boys in the ’80s. Some workers crossed over from Oklahoma to join the assembly line.

  • Richard Mize: Hailstorm of biblical proportions

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, May 10, 2014

    I heard the hail churning in the sky

  • Oklahoma City's spring home parade keeps builders busy

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, May 3, 2014

    New home starts were down in the first quarter, partly because of a slowdown in the depths of winter early in the year. Getting ready for the second annual Parade of Homes Spring Festival also could have distracted builders from getting new permits.




Richard Mize Today at 6:21 AM REPORTS: Auction to sell estate of Lawrence E. Walsh, Iran-Contra prosecutor, in Oklahoma LINK
Richard Mize Wed, Jul. 30 2014 08:04:19 PM CST RT @JesusOfNaz316: Christnado 2: The Second Coming
Richard Mize Wed, Jul. 30 2014 08:00:06 PM CST Watching #Sharknado2TheSecondOne 4 sermon fodder. @JesusOfNaz316 ?Kingdom of God like a bad sci-fi flick that brings freaks 2-gether ?
Richard Mize Sun, Jul. 27 2014 06:42:12 PM CST UNPREACHES: Reads Romans 8:26-39, muses on ordination exam, Kans.-Okla. Conference-UCC, 7-27-14 Carrier(OK)Cong.-UCC https://t.co/kXbJlrUU3d
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 26 2014 09:39:40 PM CST IS APPROVED for Ordination With Call, by the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the United Church of Christ. LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 26 2014 01:35:50 PM CST READING: Oklahoma descendant of Colorado massacre ponders forgiveness, healing LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 26 2014 06:51:54 AM CST COMMENTS: Richard Mize: Cool off after door-to-door sales pitch LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 26 2014 06:51:19 AM CST COMMENTS: Oklahoma creates its own affordable housing tax credit program LINK
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 26 2014 06:50:47 AM CST REPORTS: Homebuilding slows, sales jump in Oklahoma City area LINK
Richard Mize Thu, Jul. 24 2014 06:29:45 AM CST REPORTS: Apartment boom is rocking Oklahoma LINK #cre
Richard Mize Wed, Jul. 23 2014 05:52:12 PM CST : SHH! Cramming, as it were, for my ordination exam Sat, Wichita, Kans. Prayers, karma, happy thoughts accepted! LINK
Richard Mize Wed, Jul. 23 2014 05:05:35 PM CST : OPEN LETTER, UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, re: Children refugees from Central America: https://t.co/0C2bFsXRv9
Richard Mize Wed, Jul. 23 2014 03:58:53 PM CST PREACHES "What Paul Said" Romans 8:26-39, 11 am 7-27-14, Carrier Congregational-UCC Church, Carrier, OK LINK #ENID
Richard Mize Tue, Jul. 22 2014 09:35:30 PM CST TAKES WAY TOO LONG IN THIS SERMON TO JACK-SLAP A KANSAS CHURCH FOR EXCOMMUNICATING A GAY MAN https://t.co/Vm44bjdFSS #enid carrierucc,com
Richard Mize Mon, Jul. 21 2014 03:06:02 PM CST Richard Mize, preaching (audio): 1 Kings 8:22-30. "LORD, Hear Our Prayer." Carrier (OK) Cong.-UCC. July 20, 2014. https://t.co/WWduZUeg9D
Richard Mize Mon, Jul. 21 2014 03:02:45 PM CST Richard Mize, preaching(audio): Matt 13:24-30, 36-43 "Wheat Cheat Sheet" 7-20-14, Carrier(OK) Cong.-UCC https://t.co/Vm44bjdFSS #enid
Richard Mize Sun, Jul. 20 2014 06:32:26 AM CST “I belong to Folgers,” “I belong to Cains,” "I belong to Maxwell House,” "I belong to Coffee.” Has Coffee been divided? @JesusOfNaz316
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 19 2014 07:10:07 PM CST PREACHES "Hear Our Prayer," 1 Kings 8:22-30, rededication of prayer room, 6 pm 7-20-14, Carrier Cong.-UCC, LINK #enid
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 19 2014 06:56:15 PM CST PREACHES "Wheat Cheat Sheet" Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, 11am 7-20-14 Carrier(OK) Cong.-United Church of Christ LINK #ENID
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 19 2014 09:09:06 AM CST COMMENTS: House cats prompt new bingo game LINK #cre