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 an ordained minister in the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the United Church of Christ, has Ordained Ministerial Partner Standing in the Oklahoma Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and, as a Temporary Member of the Indian Nations Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA), serves as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2301 NE 23, Oklahoma City.


  • Richard Mize: Bathroom glam goes beyond potty parity

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    We certainly wouldn't want today's house buyers to have to share a bathroom with anybody.

  • Oklahoma City-area apartments sell in quiet holiday transactions

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    Three big Oklahoma City metro-area apartment sales slid through over the holidays, almost unnoticed because they involved out-of-state buyers and sellers.

  • It's auction time for the storm-damaged Lincoln Plaza Office Park building

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    Lincoln Plaza Office Park, in foreclosure after a hailstorm and flood damaged the 270,000-square-foot property at 4545 N Lincoln Blvd. in 2010, will be offered in Thursday's sheriff's sale.

  • Richard Mize: My treadmill's demise is one for the books

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    The good news is I hit the treadmill again two weeks ago, in self- defense of pie, pie, pie, pie and Christmas, after an extended absence. The bad news is the poor thing swooned on New Year's Eve Eve Eve. No kidding, on Tuesday, it just sputtered and quit. The lights were still on on the console, but nobody was home on the walking belt or platform. Talk about embarrassing. I felt like Charlie Brown the second after he hung that one lone red bulb on his poor little Christmas tree. The hep cat jazz playing in my head stopped cold, and I thought: "I've killed it. Augh! Everything I touch gets ruined." Well, not everything. But you step on a treadmill and watch it squirm and die. That hurts. I blame St. Augustine.

  • Oklahoma City metro housing: more highs than lows in ’15

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Dec 31, 2015

    “Slow and steady wins the race” is heard a lot in Oklahoma City homebuilding, meaning that with no bubbles come no busts — and 2016 will be another test of that. The national housing crash almost a decade ago missed us by an Oklahoma mile. Last year certainly was no bubble.

  • Homebuilding slows in Oklahoma City area, but sales thrive in 2015

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Dec 26, 2015

    Oklahoma City, Edmond, Midwest City, Moore and Norman — started the year off by 14 percent, judging by the number of building permits issued by each city.

  • Richard Mize: It's a wonder that my house hasn't left me

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 23, 2015

    I've been true to my home in Oklahoma for 16 years, without the help of the Chicago Public Library

  • Boldt Co. develops stock program to turn employees into owners

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Dec 24, 2015

    Boldt Co., based in Appleton, Wis., with its Southern Operations headquarters in Oklahoma City, has created an Employee Stock Ownership Program.

  • Federal Reserve says Oklahoma's development continues

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Dec 19, 2015

    Oklahoma's property development activities are continuing to move ahead, despite the past year's hardship on the state's economy, the Federal Reserve Bank says. Still, state homebuilders are expected to cut their plans because of the state's slowing energy sector.

  • Oklahoma City homebuilders slow work as energy layoffs continue

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Dec 19, 2015

    Oklahoma City area builders are slowing their pace of construction as the state's energy industry continues to slow. Some fear a recent decision by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates could further slow purchasing activity for area homes, although at least one real estate agent believes some people may be spurred to buy soon to avoid potentially higher interest rates in the future.

  • Oklahoma home designers get on ‘nice list’ by adding grand chimneys

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Dec 18, 2015

    Wood-burning fireplaces are for looks and ambiance more than heat. So, chimneys, likewise, are for looks and aesthetics, several Oklahoma City-area home designers said.

  • Richard Mize: A gloomy house for a dark soul

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Dec 18, 2015

    Here's one home of Christmas that is burned into my imagination.

  • Oklahoma City metro-area holiday light displays recover from ice storm

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Dec 12, 2015

    Installers of Christmastime light displays in the Oklahoma City metro-area were faced with a "tree-mendous" undertaking following last month's destructive ice storm. Many, like Yukon's Christmas in the Park, have finally recovered and have held re-lightings.

  • Don't be stumped by those lingering limbs of confusion

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Dec 12, 2015

    With limbs still lingering near the curb after last month's ice storm, you may be confused about which Oklahoma City metro-area city will be picking them up, so join the crowd, A sure-fire way to know is by knowing which city issued your building permit.

  • For some Oklahomans, historic preservation starts at home

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    Some 350 citations have been issued since the Citation of Merit program began in 1989, said Melvena Heisch, deputy historic preservation officer. The awards are presented at the annual Statewide Preservation Conference.

  • Richard Mize: Learn if your house is where home history is

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    The story of a vintage house can be as fascinating as genealogy, probably because when they come together an old house becomes a historic home. Interest in home research is high enough that the Oklahoma History Center has put together a guide (geared toward Oklahoma County). Here are highlights. •Oklahoma County Assessor's Office — to track ownership by name or address: www.oklahomacounty.org/assessor. “When you have located the entry for your home, be sure to note the subdivision name and the legal description, including the block and lot number. This site will also provide you with the names of the previous owners, but may be incomplete. State and Local Government on the web at www.statelocalgov.

  • Home values in Oklahoma City and Tulsa up year-over-year

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Dec 5, 2015

    The latest statistics on sale prices for homes were released this week by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Nationally, prices rose 5.7 percent, year-over-year. They also were up in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the statistics show.

  • Oklahoma City area home sales fall; Realtors suggest momentum gathering

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Dec 4, 2015

    October's home sale numbers provided by the Oklahoma City-area Realtors show fewer sold this year, compared to the same month a year ago. However, the average price paid for those homes increased year over year, the Realtors report showed.

  • Richard Mize: Cities aren't leaving folks out on a limb

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Dec 4, 2015

    Tree limb and brush collection has barely begun for most cities in the metro area. Here’s a rundown on what to expect after this weekend.

  • Two Oklahoma mothers enjoy new Habitat for Humanity homes this holiday

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Two more single moms needing affordable places to live saw their dreams come true just in time for Thanksgiving when they were presented their new Habitat for Humanity homes this week.




Richard Mize Today at 12:20 PM READING: @stevelackmeyer After years of planning, setbacks, hard work, KC celebrates streetcar grand opening https://t.co/8sFlRZnVyl
Richard Mize Today at 12:07 PM COOL! Local church group follows Jesus — literally — into the heavens https://t.co/VJ0iua6w0n
Richard Mize Thu, May. 05 2016 02:51:58 PM CST BRAVO ace ag reporter @stevelackmeyer :-) Oklahoma's wheat forecast rebounds from historic lows https://t.co/1SFqkZOCce
Richard Mize Thu, May. 05 2016 09:12:54 AM CST REPORTS: Shuttered OKC window company to be auctioned #CRE https://t.co/YrKaxVX8wS
Richard Mize Wed, May. 04 2016 09:14:22 PM CST Yo, @BriOKC continues her cool walk of Route 66 in OKC! Get caught up! #CRE Day 3 of Route 66 walk: NW 23 and N May https://t.co/pZPgbwPpDT
Richard Mize Wed, May. 04 2016 08:12:19 PM CST @briOKC NO idea!
Richard Mize Wed, May. 04 2016 08:11:26 PM CST @briOKC Grr. Boo.
Richard Mize Wed, May. 04 2016 08:02:24 PM CST @stevelackmeyer I have all confidence that there is nothing you can't master well enough to report well with one day's notice. :-)
Richard Mize Wed, May. 04 2016 07:58:09 PM CST @stevelackmeyer Pshaw. I was just ribbin' ya. :)
Richard Mize Wed, May. 04 2016 05:56:34 PM CST @stevelackmeyer You can't possibly be getting pissed. Yer bigger than that, so Ieave on that note. :-)
Richard Mize Wed, May. 04 2016 05:03:09 PM CST @stevelackmeyer What's the leaf curl ratio to the incidents of kernel smut???
Richard Mize Wed, May. 04 2016 04:30:48 PM CST Hey, @stevelackmeyer, wheatcha workin' on today?
Richard Mize Wed, May. 04 2016 03:47:24 PM CST @briOKC I'd dang near walk from Hooker to Beaver to Slapout just to be able to use the datelines!
Richard Mize Tue, May. 03 2016 10:44:35 PM CST @bigtrucktacos @TheFoodDood @briOKC OMG is that the precursor to Arby's?
Richard Mize Tue, May. 03 2016 10:43:38 PM CST Colleague Brianna Bailey @briOKC, cooler than beans, walking old Route 66 in OKC & tweeting her fool do-ragged head off. Check it out. #CRE
Richard Mize Tue, May. 03 2016 09:46:00 PM CST WILL PREACH: "One" John 17:20-26, First United Presbyterian Church, 102 E Noble Ave., Guthrie, Okla., 10:45 a.m., May 8
Richard Mize Tue, May. 03 2016 02:22:55 PM CST STUMBLED acrost this hyear wrtitin' o' mine from ought-ought-9! ... Redneck real estate might could be more funner! https://t.co/nw48oaJ220
Richard Mize Tue, May. 03 2016 10:02:18 AM CST COMMENTS: Retail, office, industrial hold their own #CRE https://t.co/McGuT7KSdt
Richard Mize Mon, May. 02 2016 02:38:59 PM CST WILL PREACH: "One" John 17:20-26, First United Presbyterian Church, 102 E Noble Ave., Guthrie, Okla., 10:45 a.m., May 8
Richard Mize Sun, May. 01 2016 05:14:39 PM CST "Hard Hat Area" John 14:23, 26, Revelation 21:10, 21:22-22:5, Richard Mi... https://t.co/4DndpzafGZ via @YouTube

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