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.


  • Apartments appeal to investors with rent consistently increasing in Oklahoma City

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Over the past 10 years, apartment rents have risen 32 percent and have nearly doubled during the past 20 years in Oklahoma City. Last year's 4.52 percent rise was the highest since 1994.

  • Richard Mize: Be inspired, informed at Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency's 2016 Housing Summit

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    The Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency has put together a great day of information and inspiration for its 2016 Housing Summit: Raise the Roof, set for April 14 in Oklahoma City.

  • 'Rundown' Nichols Hills homes draw readers' ire with 'ramshackle' tag

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    NICHOLS HILLS — “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning,” Mark Twain wrote in 1890. ‘Tis the difference between “rundown” and “ramshackle,” as well, and I confess that I misused the word “ramshackle” last week in a story about Tony Say's plans for the old cottages on Cumberland Drive. Say plans to tear down most of the houses, and give away some, to make room for an upscale addition of million-dollar-plus homes, Cumberland Court. First: Say paid above market price — well above market price — for most of the houses.

  • Richard Mize: Keep 'Antiques Roadshow' in mind when spring cleaning

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    PBS' "Antiques Roadshow" will be in Fort Worth, Texas, a mere 200 miles of potentially profitable memory lane away from Oklahoma City, on July 23.

  • Expert talks about what's hot, what's not across Oklahoma City metro area in commercial realty

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize discusses with Chicago-based Bob Bach, director of research for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, what's hot, what's not across Oklahoma City metro area in commercial realty.

  • Richard Mize: Contest could spur universal design efforts

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    The call is out for “concepts to model the future of housing” with the Re-defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow design challenge, which opened this week and extends to April 29. The winning entry’s ideas will be built into a model home used for experiential learning and offered to a family.

  • National Register of Historic Places calls for technical writing; some might call it tedious

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Oklahoman Real Estate Columnist Richard Mize is trying his hand at a new type of writing as he nominates an Enid-area church to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mize finds the writing to be challenging and fun.

  • Richard Mize: A magnetron muffin with your coffee?

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    My ears are playing tricks on me, apparently in collusion with my house. They've been stopped up for a week, the left one more than the right one, so sound everywhere is out of whack. (Yes, I've seen my doc and am taking meds.) First, you all sound like chipmunks. No joke. Everybody's voice has higher pitch than it should have — mine, other people in person and other people on TV, Internet and radio. It's hard to take Corey Flintoff on NPR seriously when he sounds like Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Noah Adams doesn't stand a chance. My wife sounds like a cartoon. In my head, I sound like a 51-year-old Urkel with a Sequoyah County twang. The neighbor's dog, which is not a chihuahua, sounds like a chihuahua.

  • Attention, shoppers: Here's where the stores are hot, and where they're not, in Oklahoma City

    Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 16, 2016

    Columnist Richard Mize writes that Price Edwards & Co.'s latest snapshot of retail vacancies in the metropolitan Oklahoma City area shows about 9.3 percent of the space remains vacant, which is about the same amount as what was vacant midway through the year. However, some parts of the metropolitan area saw strong growth the past six months.

  • Richard Mize: Symphony Show House: history portal

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The Orchestra League is swinging the doors to history open again this year at 3500 N Coltrane Road in Forest Park.

  • Edmond Homeland's closure disappoints one nonshopper

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

    Shopping at Real Estate Editor Richard Mize's neighborhood Homeland was about as no-fuss as you could get. But its consistency, as much as anything else, may have done it in, he laments.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.




Richard Mize Fri, Feb. 12 2016 08:46:38 PM CST WILL PREACH "The Best Times to Sin" Luke 4:1-13; Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), 2301 NE 23rd, Oklahoma City, 11 a.m. Sunday Feb. 13
Richard Mize Wed, Feb. 10 2016 10:42:38 AM CST WILL PREACH: "The Best Times to Sin" Luke 4:1-13; Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), 2301 NE 23rd, Oklahoma City, 11 a.m. Sunday Feb. 13
Richard Mize Wed, Feb. 10 2016 08:32:12 AM CST @JesusOfNaz316: "Conquering the tongue is better than fasting on bread and water." ~Saint John of the Cross #AshWednesday” BUT IT'S HARDER!
Richard Mize Wed, Feb. 10 2016 06:40:39 AM CST READING: Redevelopment set to start for shopping center in northeast Oklahoma City #CRE https://t.co/j9usUTMYsf
Richard Mize Wed, Feb. 10 2016 06:37:19 AM CST READING: Food company property value lies at center of OKC downtown park plan debate #CRE https://t.co/UEQZQDV1ue
Richard Mize Wed, Feb. 10 2016 06:20:53 AM CST STAY ON 'EM, JUSTICE. Ferguson City Council seeks changes to DOJ reform agreement https://t.co/hEmpBXEaxI
Richard Mize Wed, Feb. 10 2016 06:15:21 AM CST READING: Oklahoma City City Council approves convention center land deals #CRE https://t.co/p0cmzSWScX
Richard Mize Tue, Feb. 09 2016 11:13:06 PM CST "Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved." (Psalm 80:3, NRSV)
Richard Mize Tue, Feb. 09 2016 04:07:51 PM CST READING: The Land That the Internet Era Forgot #CRE https://t.co/tMT8n4N1Kz
Richard Mize Tue, Feb. 09 2016 02:22:07 PM CST L.A. Rams owner buys Waggoner Ranch in Texas #CRE https://t.co/lADOvobTaE
Richard Mize Tue, Feb. 09 2016 12:35:05 PM CST READING: Tax incentive critics take aim at TIFS in Kansas City #CRE https://t.co/ruERSzOYMj
Richard Mize Tue, Feb. 09 2016 08:27:11 AM CST READING: Major south OKC interchange to get multilevel makeover https://t.co/NcEy0BvJI6
Richard Mize Sun, Feb. 07 2016 09:28:17 PM CST American Church Calendar: Advent. Christmas. Epiphany. Super Bowl. Up next: Ash Wednesday and Lent. #realclergybios
Richard Mize Sun, Feb. 07 2016 06:58:41 PM CST PREACHING A RERUN! "Grace in Your Face" Luke 4:14-30, again, Trinity Presbyterian (PCUSA), OKC https://t.co/qUqTMBmvPi via @YouTube
Richard Mize Sun, Feb. 07 2016 07:41:30 AM CST Psalm 118:24! Can I get a Philippians 4:20? BIBLE NERDS UNITE! Peace unto y'all'n all on this Lord's Day. #realclergybios
Richard Mize Sun, Feb. 07 2016 07:35:17 AM CST COMMENTS: Keep 'Antiques Roadshow' in mind when spring cleaning https://t.co/oXYfMGFOhQ
Richard Mize Sun, Feb. 07 2016 07:34:15 AM CST COMMENTS: 'Rundown' Nichols Hills homes draw readers' ire with 'ramshackle' tag #CRE https://t.co/PeDaYTNpsQ
Richard Mize Sun, Feb. 07 2016 07:33:22 AM CST REPORTS: Nichols Hills houses available to be moved, clearing path for new development #CRE https://t.co/XSQ9OGTNg1
Richard Mize Sat, Feb. 06 2016 08:50:50 PM CST #realclergybios Campaigning to make "praught" the past tense of "preach."
Richard Mize Sat, Feb. 06 2016 07:13:26 PM CST All to Jesus, I surrender -- and credit -- my ideas about social and economic justice

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