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.


  • Retail, office, industrial hold their own

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Bob Sullivan’s NAI Sullivan Group has weighed in on the first quarter and Oklahoma City-area real estate performed better than many expected, and remarkably well considering the wailing and gnashing of teeth in the oil business.

  • Richard Mize: HUD gives buyers break on student debt

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

    In a nutshell, HUD told Federal Housing Administration- approved lenders — that is, those making home loans guaranteed by the FHA — that it had reduced by 50 percent the percentage of debt used to calculate monthly student loan obligations.

  • Earthquake insurance, housing needs go on tour as state agencies plan outreach meetings

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 23, 2016

    This spring and summer Oklahoma's housing issues are taking to the road as the Oklahoma Coalition for Affordable Housing will discuss issues. Also, the Oklahoma Insurance Department will address questions about earthquake insurance.

  • Richard Mize: Repeating information on earthquake meeting

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

    As rattled as most of us still are at finding ourselves in “Earthquake Central,” the efforts of the Oklahoma Insurance Department bear repeating in full in this space — because if you're reading the real estate section, you're paying extra close attention. My colleague Brianna Bailey reported this news Wednesday in the Business section. Here is the full release: Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak has ordered a public hearing to investigate a rise in earthquake insurance rates. The May 24 hearing will include data gathered by the Oklahoma Insurance Department as well as comments from insurers and citizens. “This is a proactive move to protect consumers,” said Doak.

  • Oklahoma's housing needs assessment is 77 studies

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

    The Oklahoma Housing Finance Authority and Commerce Department's study data is available in user-friendly form at oklahomahousingneeds.org — which gives details for all 77 Oklahoma counties and every city of 5,000 or larger.

  • Richard Mize: Quakes? Follow the load path

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

    It can’t hurt for homeowners to know something about path loads and fallen arches and insurance, both homeowner’s and homebuilder’s, as we all work on figuring out what it means to live in Oklahoma earthquake country.

  • Homebuilders explore easing customers’ earthquake fears

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 9, 2016

    Homebuyers are nervous about Oklahoma's new status as "Earthquake Central." Homebuilders have noticed, and recently attended a workshop to talk about ways to meet their customers' concerns.

  • Richard Mize: Columnist Marni Jameson's book hits the head and heart

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

    You made reading about the challenges you faced moving your parents into assisted living, liquidating their belongings, and selling their house, a joy. It’s one part how-to, one part how-I-did.

  • Notes on a mission to get recognition for Carrier Congregational Church

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 2, 2016

    Richard Mize writes about his two-year effort to get Carrier Congregational Church on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Richard Mize: Nichols Hills book benefits the town's parks

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Mar 31, 2016

    Konrad Keesee and Ann Taylor's big book "Nichols Hills: A Residential Community" is just out in a second edition.

  • Oklahoma housing study stops short of small towns

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Mar 26, 2016

    A state Commerce Department and the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency study about comprehensive housing needs drew the line at city's that were either county seats or had a population of 5,000.

  • Richard Mize: Your house really is an investment

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    There really is more potential to a house than a home — investment potential.

  • Commercial exhibitors are foundation of OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Mar 11, 2016

    The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show will be March 18-20 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Power Jack Foundation Repair, based in Norman, will be one of 300 or so showing their wares and pitching their services at the event.

  • Richard Mize: Reach out and touch someone

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Mar 4, 2016

    If I need to get ahold of you NOW, and we haven't established some alternative way of quick contact, I'm going to want to call you on the phone. I'm just wired that way, so to speak, even after 20 years of email, because I had 30 years of telephone before that.

  • On Oklahoma City economy, 'listen to the cab drivers'

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 27, 2016

    On oil, gasoline and the Oklahoma City economy, listen to the cab drivers, CBRE researcher says in Oklahoma City.

  • Richard Mize: 'Swarm' isn't the best term for quakes

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    After Tuesday, when in my house I felt six of the eight quakes that traced to Edmond — epicenter around Covell Road east of Interstate 35 — I’ve decided we need a new name for this new nuisance (new in geologic time).

  • 'Rosenwald' film showings aim to restore historic black schools

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 20, 2016

    Jewish philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, who rose to become the CEO of Sears, donated more than $62 million in fellowship grants to help build more than 5,300 schools for black students in the Jim Crow South. Films on the topic will be shown in Oklahoma City and Norman next week.

  • Richard Mize: Remembering creative Bolt from the past

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 17, 2016

    My colleague Miles Moffeit at The Dallas Morning News penned the following obituary in memory of writer, producer and musician Eric Bolt. We all share professional roots in the 1980s journalism program at Oklahoma State University.

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

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

    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.




Richard Mize Today at 9:12 AM 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
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:38:42 PM CST WILL PREACH "Hard Hat Area" John 14:23, 26, Revelation 21:10, 21:22-22:5, Sunday 11am, Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), 2301 NE 23, OKC
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 30 2016 09:13:46 AM CST REPORTS: Errant fax sends career on 10-year roll in mobile home parks for Oklahoma broker #CRE https://t.co/kQ4omCElDS
Richard Mize Sat, Apr. 30 2016 09:06:52 AM CST REPORTS: Village Verde in northwest Oklahoma City is 'green' from the ground up https://t.co/in523yEcBl

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