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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • House cats prompt new bingo game

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

    What’s Cat Barf Bingo? It’s something I just made up, as I threw my hands up, as a cat once again threw up.

  • Richard Mize: Do-it-yourself disposal swap left me drained

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize writes about his do-it-yourself disposal swap.

  • Does Oklahoma City commercial property really need an asterisk?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Foreign capital spilling out of gateway cities to lower-tier real estate markets? Does that include Oklahoma City? Should it?

  • Richard Mize: Fiery Fourth makes for smoky Fifth

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The ’hood smells like hell? Ah, I love the smell of sulfur, nitrates and carbon in the morning. SNIFFF! Breeeaathe in that fine ash still hanging in the air from all that black powder! Pack away those memories. Oh, what? You are one of those “people” who don’t like fireworks? So you sure don’t like the Fifth of July then, with its lingering smoke and smells and spent shells and duds and a scorched patch of grass here and there. When I was little, smoke just hugged the pastures around our place the morning of the Fifth. Coolish morning air at ground level helped it settle, I guess, just off the Cookson Hills to the north and down to the Arkansas River bottoms a couple of miles south.

  • Retail goes to extremes; experience is 'in,” realty experts say

    RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Post-recession recovery is hitting upscale stores and value stores but missing the middle. Long term, clicks and bricks creating experience are the future of shopping centers, experts told the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

  • Richard Mize: What is a life lived in luxury?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Twice in my life, I lived in luxury. Once was in 1979. My folks built a nice brick house next door to the frame farm house where I’d spent my first 14-15 years on this mortal coil. The new place had three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, a formal living room, formal dining room, an attached two-car garage and two back patios. I think it had 1,750 square feet, or so. It was filled with all-new furnishings, selected by Mama — a new console Zenith! A new Radarange! We got a new car that same year. And a new tractor. And a bunch of other stuff that came from the proceeds of selling land my dad had farmed and raised cattle on for 40 years. The lap of luxury! The other was in 1999.

  • Richard Mize: Did housing crash spook Millenials?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    HOUSTON — Someone finally said it, sort of: The idea of owning a home — as American as the flag and apple pie — may have been tarnished for good by the housing crash. We should all hope not. “The housing market appears to be in recovery mode, though at a meandering pace,” said Hugh F. Kelly, Ph.D, chairman of The Counselors of Real Estate, based in Chicago, and clinical professor of real estate at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. Yes, yes, go on.

  • Affordable Care Act affecting property development, according to The Counselors of Real Estate

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    The Chicago-based think tank presented its 2014 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate at the National Association of Real Estate Editors annual meeting in Houston. Health care, specifically Obamacare, was No. 4.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.




Richard Mize Today at 6:51 AM COMMENTS: Richard Mize: Cool off after door-to-door sales pitch LINK
Richard Mize Today at 6:51 AM COMMENTS: Oklahoma creates its own affordable housing tax credit program LINK
Richard Mize Today at 6:50 AM 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
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 19 2014 09:08:23 AM CST COMMENTS: Healthy lifestyles driving real estate development, even in Oklahoma City LINK #cre
Richard Mize Sat, Jul. 19 2014 09:06:36 AM CST REPORTS: Oklahoma City company's flooring projects get Coverings top ratings LINK #cre
Richard Mize Fri, Jul. 18 2014 07:22:17 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 Fri, Jul. 18 2014 07:21:56 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 Fri, Jul. 18 2014 07:21:05 PM CST @gohomekiki :-) sadly it did not appertain! :-(
Richard Mize Fri, Jul. 18 2014 10:36:10 AM CST READING: Tenth U.S. Circuit Court rules for gay marriage in Oklahoma case LINK