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Richard Mize: Marriage, mortgage to death

It really is like dating and finding a mate, you know, this home ownership thing – unless it’s just a fling.
by Richard Mize Published: March 8, 2014

Year 17: Will this man ever grow up?! Put on some real clothes!


Day-month-year One: What? A “great room”? A great room! We have arrived! What an awesome open floor plan! And that ceiling! Truly, fit for a cathedral.

Year 17: What was so “great” about this huge space? Arrrgh! It’s too big to talk in a normal speaking voice! And drafty. Too small for real privacy! And no walls! We need walls! For bookshelves! To hang art! And the ceiling? It’s just the shape of the roof, not a cathedral!


Day-month-year One: What a great cut! She is sooo hot with her hair like that! I am so lucky to have her on my arm!

Year 17: That ’do cost how much!?


Day-month-year One: What a man! What a manly man! That beard! Rowr!

Year 17: Get away from me with that brushpile on your face!


Day-month-year One: What a nice red brick patio! How lovely, the way the baby green grass peeks around the bricks in the spring!

Year 17: Brick patio? What patio? In that grass? Did we used to have a patio?

“Mortgage” comes from an old legal term meaning “death pledge,” meaning the pledge to pay dies when a contract is paid in full, or when property is foreclosed.

Mortgage? Marriage? Both, one way or the other, quirks, flukes and peculiar habits notwithstanding, are meant to last ’til death do you part.

by 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...
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