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 United Church of Christ.


  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau distills stats from stories

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The main object of consumers' ire is not a consumer financial service provider, it turns out.

  • Edmond's utility woes

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    EDMOND — The city of Edmond’s utility bills are a mess, but thankfully, city staff seem to have the patience to deal with the confusion they can cause. It took a staffer and I an entire hour the other day to go over my bills going back to November, before the city converted to a new utility billing software system. After an hour, and staring at the monthly statements and my notes since, I still can’t tell whether my own glitch was because of a hitch in the system. Part of my problem was that I missed paying my bill in April, which I didn’t realize until well into that hour. Maybe the Postal Service failed. Maybe I misplaced the statement. But maybe a gremlin in the system ate it.

  • God's Country staked out on Facebook

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The devil runs loose in Sequoyah County sometimes, but it's God's Country. Announcing that to the world via Facebook seemed like the thing to do.

  • Historic property decisions are more than matter of good taste

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Reviewing nominations for the National Register of Historic Places were committee members Arn Henderson, architectural historian and professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Oklahoma, chairman; Ron Frantz, licensed architect specializing in historic preservation, associate professor at OU and director of Great Plains Studios, a part of OU's Institute for Quality Communities; and Charles Wallis Jr., historical archeologist with the State Historic Preservation Office.

  • 1980s radio comes in on St. Jude

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    The St. Jude Dream Home fundraiser reminds me of my good friend Mark Adams, who played a part in one of the earliest St. Jude radiothons.

  • Fair housing ruling lost amid furor

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    A boring ol’ Supreme Court ruling on fair housing law barely stood a chance to get any attention in the recent news cycles. It was Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project.

  • Bureau protecting consumers provides glimpses of home ownership nightmares

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editorrichardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Three tales are told from a consumer financial protection database about Oklahoma homeowners with complaints about their mortgages that seem more like nightmares.

  • Star buyer sought for TV in OKC

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Denise Schroder, an agent with Keller Williams Elite, said she’s gotten a couple of nibbles but no bites while fishing the Oklahoma City housing market for another buyer for another episode of “House Hunters” on HGTV.

  • Class of 2015 in Burns Flat recognizes special member

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    James Hendrix was like many high school graduates last month, smiling as he accepted his diploma from Burns Flat-Dill City Superintendent Ron Hughes. The only difference was he got his diploma about 65 years later than his classmates.

  • Housing and heav'n on Twitter

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Looking online for real estate information in Oklahoma.

  • An Oklahoma take on United Church of Christ real estate deals

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Richard Mize, real estate editor at The Oklahoman, says transactions are afoot for the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio, and Wichita, Kan.

  • Richard Mize: Why not stage more than homes?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Home staging can be a hoot — and most of the time it makes sense.

  • Oklahoma lenders have advice for coping with new home loan regulations

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has rewritten the rules for home loan disclosure and Oklahoma real estate pros say it will add 10 days or more to the time it takes to close a loan.

  • Facebook's 'Blackjack Poets' group lets tough, and silly, questions be asked

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    “Master,” as in bedroom, gets another pass until the word cops catch on.

  • Oklahoma is happy to come in 15th in home price appreciation

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Avoiding the top is a good thing, considering the swings of booms and crashes. Oklahoma likes its home appreciation to be steady.

  • Everything is timing in Oklahoma City home and garden planning

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Drought-tolerant garden is oddly timed. It’s past time for affordable housing effort. It’s time to play in city parks.

  • Waggoner Ranch in Texas has ties and heart strings to Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The ranch, just south of the Red River below Altus, is for sale $725 million, after a family squabble over the W.T. Waggoner Estate.

  • Oklahoma rains fall mainly on the pain of stopped-up gutters

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    There are gutter-cleaning companies in Oklahoma, and you can call one up, but they’re probably — ha ha — swamped now.

  • Story of Enid, Oklahoma, architect R.W. Shaw, 1880-1947, yet to be fully told

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    R.W. Shaw’s work was extensive, especially with Oklahoma public schools, other public buildings and churches, although he designed homes, too. His design of Enid’s earliest school buildings garnered national attention.

  • Computers? Cats already won the war for control of humans

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize faces the reality: He’s been colonized by his cats!




Richard Mize Wed, Jul. 29 2015 09:53:53 PM CST WILL PREACH: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15: "Traveling Mercies," 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Hillcrest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1501 SW 59, OKC
Richard Mize Wed, Jul. 29 2015 07:16:36 PM CST FLASHES BACK: July 2004: Colorado home prices Rocky Mountain high http://t.co/qmmTdQrleu
Richard Mize Wed, Jul. 29 2015 02:55:13 AM CST READING: Crescent, Okla., quake makes, breaks history http://t.co/2RJINoDPP7
Richard Mize Mon, Jul. 27 2015 07:00:11 PM CST WILL PREACH Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15: "Traveling Mercies," 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Hillcrest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1501 SW 59, OKC
Richard Mize Mon, Jul. 27 2015 09:44:54 AM CST GOOD OL' COUNTRY PRIVILEGE (smh) Were there illegal 'shenanigans going on' in Shelton-Lambert divorce? http://t.co/rKWHjjdvKG
Richard Mize Mon, Jul. 27 2015 09:31:46 AM CST LOL Seven Oklahomans are among the unknown 2016 presidential candidates http://t.co/BOLaeIJnxN
Richard Mize Sun, Jul. 26 2015 10:30:30 PM CST WORTH REPEATING: Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater: Demonstrate our faith through deeds, not words http://t.co/mBSXrtfIET
Richard Mize Sun, Jul. 26 2015 03:03:59 PM CST WOW & AMEN: County District Attorney David Prater: Demonstrate our faith through deeds, not words http://t.co/hIaI3TGMpQ
Richard Mize Sun, Jul. 26 2015 09:41:51 AM CST @briOKC It came out in '87, my, um (cough) 5th year as an undergrad, cementing my decision of major!
Richard Mize Sun, Jul. 26 2015 09:19:45 AM CST COMMENTS: Utility futility: Paying bill is taxing in Edmond, OK #CRE http://t.co/N6fZZJ3Tdc
Richard Mize Sun, Jul. 26 2015 09:17:38 AM CST COMMENTS: God's Country staked out on Facebook http://t.co/vvhDicqLFC #CRE
Richard Mize Sun, Jul. 26 2015 08:59:40 AM CST REPORTS: THE SWEET SPOT: Middle-quality apartment sales hum pleasantly in OK #CRE http://t.co/AspSS5u9Oh
Richard Mize Sun, Jul. 26 2015 04:07:20 AM CST @briOKC Have you read Corpse yet? Great, great book.
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 25 2015 01:53:51 PM CST : I B'LIEVE I HIT A NERVE: Edmond's utility woes http://t.co/SGXXakhjEr
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 25 2015 09:13:57 AM CST COMMENTS: Edmond's utility woes http://t.co/N6fZZJ3Tdc
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 25 2015 09:05:38 AM CST Edmond's utility woes #CRE http://t.co/N6fZZJ3Tdc
Richard Mize Fri, Jul. 24 2015 11:17:14 PM CST IT'S OUR PETRO 401(k). LEAVE IT BE. What should US do with 700M barrels of oil it has in strategic reserve? http://t.co/E6Eq74GtoA
Richard Mize Fri, Jul. 24 2015 07:41:48 PM CST READING: You Can Now Buy a Texas Ranch That's the Size of a Small Nation, For $725 Million #CRE http://t.co/i4ApnfmkWB
Richard Mize Fri, Jul. 24 2015 03:10:01 PM CST REPORTS: TAP Architecture garage design wins awards http://t.co/sI4HZ0e18i
Richard Mize Fri, Jul. 24 2015 03:07:35 PM CST REPORTS: How to buy a ticket for St. Jude Dream Home in OKC http://t.co/TH1tzKABZc

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