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When is it OK to take out a mortgage once you're debt-free?

When is it OK to take out a mortgage once you're debt-free?

News

'Beyond Vision': an exhibit to touch, smell and hear, too

NEW YORK (AP) — Cutting-edge technologies and designs can make daily life better, particularly for those with sensory...

News

To love honeysuckle, plant the right one in the right spot

Who couldn't love a plant with a name that speaks of both sweetness and nurturing? Yet there are those who scorn honeysuckle....

Business

Fresh ways to save some green at the farmers market

The difference between the produce at farmers markets and supermarkets is more than "tomayto" versus "tomahto." And buying...

News

Rauners move back to renovated Illinois governor's mansion

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It's moving day for Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner, who are returning to the Illinois...

Business

Home green home

Marla Esser Cloos, a green home expert, earned national recognition by Professional Women in Building just in time to help...

News

Hawaii lava flow ramps up as new magma mixes with old

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as...

Business

New agent for Berkshire Hathaway

New agent for Berkshire Hathaway.

Business

Symphony Show House open through Sunday

Symphony Show House open through Sunday.

Business

Three things you should have at home

These will save you headaches, sore knees and wet feet.

Business

Here are some new books for garden, home

With longer days and shorter nights come warm weather opportunities to make home and garden improvements. Become inspired to...

Business

Dog bites man, bankers oppose regulation

The American Bankers Association reported that nearly three out of four bankers said Qualified Mortgage regulations, "which...

Business

Unlock that panel

Inspector says remove padlock from electrical panel

Business

Kenneth R. Harney, Lawsuit dismissed against Zillow's Zestimates

Lawsuit dismissed against Zillow's Zestimates

Business

Learn how to buy and maintain a home

Realtors foundation to present homeownership workshop.

Business

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 19, 2018

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 19, 2018.

Business

Do your homework before picking exterior color scheme

Do your homework before picking exterior color scheme

Business

Designing outdoor getaway

Marni Jameson shares her plans for updating an outdoor getaway for her relatives who are coming to visit.

Business

Pooh, Piglet and Tigger, too, at the Gardens

The 10-day festival is Jun 8-17. Step into Christopher Robin’s 100 Acre Wood to do crafts, activities and see imaginative...

Business

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts.

Business

The Oklahoman's house plan for May 19, 2018, the Tealwood

The Oklahoman's house plan for May 19, 2018, the Tealwood.

Low enrollment may force OKC district to close schools

News1 day ago

Oklahoma City Public Schools will consider closing some schools, expanding others and redrafting boundaries before the end of the year to cut costs amid declining enrollments.

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Business

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 19, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 19, 2018.

Business

Rodd Moesel: May marches on flower power

Every season is a march through our wide range of plant material that blooms at different temperatures and different day...

Business

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for May 19, 2018

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for May 19, 2018

Business

Animals' house: More than dogs tied up in owner-tenant disability rights disputes

Property managers were loaded with questions at a fair housing workshop in Enid organized the Oklahoma City-based nonprofit...

News

For a prince's wedding, even the greenery has royal roots

WINDSOR, England (AP) — Even the foliage in the flower arrangements will have royal roots.Philippa Craddock, the London florist...

News

Where 'Great Gatsby' writer lived, a museum with an Airbnb

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As she sat in the house where "Great Gatsby" writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, once...

News

Group says Obama center won't be true presidential library

CHICAGO (AP) — A nonprofit group suing the city of Chicago says the Obama Presidential Center shouldn't be built in a Chicago...

Business

RIGHT AT HOME: Fashion-forward tile for walls and floors

One of the oldest materials in home design is now trending like a hot newcomer.Shelter magazines, design blogs and home...

Health

Is homegrown food safer? Only if gardeners take precautions

Food safety often is cited as the primary reason why people grow their own edibles, but that's frequently an illusion....

News

The Latest: Hawaii volcano's sulfur dioxide threatens health

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii (all times local):5...

Business

Will Alsop, UK architect with exuberant style, dies at 70

LONDON (AP) — British architect Will Alsop, whose exuberant buildings enliven cities on both sides of the Atlantic, has died,...

Business

Housing, hail and hunters are real concerns

Western Oklahoma is hurting for homes

Business

Women Build for family of 7

In the Oklahoma City area, female team members from the Interstate 240 Lowe’s and Edmond Lowe’s will volunteer several days...

Business

One we can afford to lose, Oklahoma beaten out by four other states on hail insurance claims

Farmers Insurance ranks states for hail claims, and Oklahoma falls in the middle of the Top 10. Eh. Earthquakes are more...

Business

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts.

Business

How to patch any hole in your house

Proper fillers help with all kinds of patching problems.

Business

Environmental expo has something for everyone

Have you always wanted to learn how to make your own compost pile to recycle kitchen and garden waste? Would you like to learn...

Business

Kenneth R. Harney, The growing gender gap that gets little notice, home buying

The growing gender gap that gets little notice, home buying.

Business

Real estate briefs from The Oklahoman for May 12, 2018

Real estate briefs from The Oklahoman for May 12, 2018

Business

The Oklahoman's house plan for May 12, 2018

The Oklahoman's house plan for May 12, 2018.

Business

Song remains the same for Symphony Show House

The location of the Orchestra League’s annual Symphony Show House event changes from year to year, but the purpose is...

Business

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 12, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 12, 2018.

Business

RE/MAX First adds agent

RE/MAX First adds agent.

Business

Living with a hot-tempered showerhead

Barry Stone answers a reader's question about unwanted shower temperature shifting.

Business

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 12, 2018

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 12, 2018.

Business

State adds Freddie Mac help to housing programs

State adds Freddie Mac help to housing programs.

Business

HGTV star has advice for new homeowners: Slow down

“HGTV is good for inspiration,” Chip Wade said, “but if you think you’re going to watch a show where you buy a $50,000 ranch...

Business

Oklahoma County property transactions from The Oklahoman for May 12, 2018

Oklahoma County property transactions from The Oklahoman for May 12, 2018.

News

Rockefeller treasures break record for single-owner auction

NEW YORK (AP) — Peggy and David Rockefeller's lavish artworks and other treasures set a new world record this week at a...

Business

What's that smell? Flower town's shift to pot creates stink

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (AP) — This picturesque coastal town cradled by mountains and sandy shores is a scene out of a Southern...

The OK -- The Travel Issue

LifeMay 6, 2018

As probably too many of my co-workers here at The Oklahoman can tell you, I bleed purple. In a newsroom and state where the favored college colors tend to crimson and cream or orange and black, that can make a fella feel, well, let's just say...

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Business

Japanese fashion trends boost L.L. Bean sales

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — While L.L. Bean has seen flat sales in the U.S., the Maine-based company is rapidly growing overseas due...

Business

$1 house draws multiple offers

Real estate agent Ryan Hukill's idea to list a home for $1 and see if a bidding contest erupted seems to have paid off. The...

Business

California moves to require solar panels on all new homes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jumping out ahead of the rest of the country, California on Wednesday moved to require solar panels...

News

Maryland woman fired after cancer diagnosis awarded $113K

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland woman who was fired weeks after telling her employer she had breast cancer has been awarded more...

News

ASK A DESIGNER: For spring, window treatments with flair

Even the simplest window treatments have an important role to play in the look of a room."They really soften and furnish a...

Business

Outdoor entertaining with indoor style

Hosting an outdoor party on the balcony or in the backyard has often involved a run to the big-box store for utilitarian paper...

News

Is it art or is it decor? A British artist's playful work

NEW YORK (AP) — The furniture, drapes, wall coverings, ceramics, textiles and other works by London-based artist Marc Camille...

News

Angelique: One of the prettiest tulips is also easy to grow

Angelique is soon to arrive in my garden, but only briefly. And as in years past, I'll miss her when she leaves and will look...

Business

House where Lizzie Borden lived after acquittal opening soon

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts mansion where Lizzie Borden lived after being acquitted of the ax murders of her...

Business

Oklahoma County property transactions from The Oklahoman for May 5, 2018

Oklahoma County property transactions from The Oklahoman for May 5, 2018.

News

Johnny Cash's boyhood home makes national historic register

DYESS, Ark. (AP) — The Man in Black's boyhood home has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.The Arkansas...

Business

Kenneth R. Harney, Appraisal-free loans save millions for buyers

Appraisal-free loans save millions for buyers.

Business

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency report goes behind open doors

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency report goes behind open doors.

Business

Delight in decay

For composters of all kinds, there's delight in decay.

Business

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 5, 2018

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 5, 2018.

Business

Paul Bianchina, Central vacuum system a convenient alternative

Central vacuum system a convenient alternative to traditional vacuums.

Business

Parade of Homes Spring Festival continues

Parade of Homes Spring Festival continues.

Business

Meetings, workshops and events for central Oklahoma's garden enthusiasts

Meetings, workshops and events for central Oklahoma's garden enthusiasts.

Business

The Oklahoman's house plan for May 5, 2018

The Oklahoman's house plan for May 5, 2018.

Business

Making the case for a more perfect pillow

Making the case for a more perfect pillow.

Business

Real estate briefs from The Oklahoman for May 5, 2018

Real estate briefs from The Oklahoman for May 5, 2018

Business

It's planting time for everything

We have had some gorgeous spring weather the past couple of weeks, and lots of gardening is underway across our state. We are...

Business

Extension office offers master gardener classes

The Oklahoma County Master Gardeners are accepting applications for the 2018 Master Gardener training program beginning in...

Business

Grace notes, New features added to vintage Symphony Show House fundraiser

Proceeds from the interior designer showcase fund the Oklahoma City Orchestra League's music education programs.

Business

Fortify your home to save on insurance

If a homeowner retrofits or builds a new home to certain specified standards, a new law requires the insurance company to...

Business

New agent for Berkshire Hathaway

New agent for Berkshire Hathaway.

Business

Flatware a little ... flat? Find a set that really shines

Flatware a little ... flat? Find a set that really shines.

Business

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 5, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 5, 2018

Business

No Nichols Hills Garden Tour

Amid road construction project, Nichols Hills Garden Tour won't take place this year.

Business

Readers identify with woman’s reluctance to downsize

This week, Marni Jameson writes, I am going to get out of my own way, and let my readers tell you what they think.

Business

Barry Stone, When buyers decline to hire home inspector

When buyers decline to hire home inspector.

Business

This luxurious Edmond home is on sale for $1 — no fooling

Home sellers Dan and Sharla Bradley liked real estate agent Ryan Hukill's unusual marketing approach: List their house for $1,...

Business

Parade of Homes features House of Hope

Traffic for the first weekend of the Parade of Homes Spring Festival was heavy, according to Rusty Appleton, executive director...

Dozens of schools built safe rooms following Moore tornado

News2 days ago

At least 65 school districts across the state have constructed safe rooms since 2013, according to a survey conducted by The Oklahoman.

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Business

Storm safety standards get homeowners lower insurance rates

Homeowners who retrofit or build a new home to certain specified standards are entitled to a discount because of the more...

News

Swimming-pool landscaping: pretty with a minimum of debris

Landscaping around an outdoor swimming pool requires no-muss, no-fuss plant selections. The pool can be a flowery focal point,...

News

Pruning olive trees is a balance of art, lore and science

TORRETTA, Sicily (AP) — Watching Giovanni Caruso prune an olive tree is like observing a mountain climber decide how to reach...

News

WHICHCRAFT: Mix-and-match ingredients for custom lip balms

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — After a long, multi-blizzard winter, homemade lip balm is just the thing to get spring off to a smoother...

Business

The Oklahoman's house plan for April 28, 2018, the Heartford

The Oklahoman's house plan for April 28, 2018, the Heartford.

Business

Real estate briefs from The Oklahoman for April 28, 2018

Real estate briefs from The Oklahoman for April 28, 2018.

Business

Weichert adds agent

Weichert Realtors Centennial in Norman adds agent.

Business

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts.

Business

How to research your great-grandpa's land

"A Guide to Researching Land in Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Historical Society," by Katie Bush, is for sale at the Oklahoma...

Business

Parade of Homes Spring Festival neighborhood offers small builders, big variety

Nine custom builders work in Timber Crest, the featured neighborhood in this year’s Parade of Homes Spring Festival organized...

Business

Miller in May home tour canceled

Miller in May home tour canceled.

Business

Mini daffodils are perfect for small spaces (and budgets)

Mini daffodils are perfect for small spaces (and budgets)

Business

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for April 28, 2018

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for April 28, 2018.

Business

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for April 28, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for April 28, 2018.

Business

Showers bring flowers, new Master Gardener class, and a new columnist

Showers bring flowers, new Master Gardener class, and a new columnist.

Business

Half-dugout home on the range, for sale

A new listing by Tumbleweed Territory Real Estate in Snyder helps demonstrate use of a new booklet on how to do land research...

Business

Barry Stone, Dealing with a property line discrepancy

Dealing with a property line discrepancy

Business

Marni Jameson: Make sure stuff you love goes to good home

When downsizing, make sure stuff you love goes to a good home.

Business

Renters are moving in next door

Oklahoma City has the largest percentage of single-family rentals than any other big city, according to RentCafe.com.

Business

Kenneth R. Harney, Tired of the hassle of selling your home? Try this all-cash alternative

Tired of the hassle of selling your home? Try this all-cash alternative.

Life

OKC's Myriad Gardens to host 2018 Garden Fest

The OKC Garden Fest returns to the Myriad Botanical Gardens 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5.

Business

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for April 28, 2018

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for April 28, 2018.

Crime

Tomb of President Andrew Jackson vandalized in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials at Andrew Jackson's historic home in Tennessee say the seventh president's tomb has been...

News

Historic Delaware lighthouse keeper's house to be restored

FENWICK ISLAND, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is planning to restore a historic...

News

For Trump lookalike, crops mean more than social media fame

MADRID (AP) — A woman in Spain has found unexpected fame on social media after many found she bore a striking resemblance to...

Martha Stewart's studio props up for auction

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — The pots and pans that once appeared on home decor and food expert Martha Stewart's television shows may...

The Dallas mayor says a police officer has died a day after being shot at a home improvement store

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas mayor says a police officer has died a day after being shot at a home improvement store.

Business

RIGHT AT HOME: Modern folklore patterns adorn decor

Many young international designers are drawing on heritage, folklore and their imaginations to create contemporary textile,...

For both beauty and flavor, consider planting berry bushes

No need to choose between planting either an ornamental or a fruiting bush in your yard. Plant both with a single plant! Many...

Business

2 approaches to turning recycled materials into art

What have you not seen recycled into an art form? Everything from T-shirts to trash finds new life, as artists and crafters...

Life

Gardeners can enter an iris in show

The Oklahoma Iris Society will host its annual iris show from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400...

Business

Asian shares advance as US bond yields push dollar higher

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Tuesday as a surge in U.S. bond yields pushed the value of the dollar higher against...

Business

No typical double date: Trumps, Macrons dine at Mount Vernon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tending to bonding before business, President Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron opened the French...

Auto thefts decline in Oklahoma City

NewsMay 14, 2018

Auto thefts in Oklahoma City have declined by about 30 percent since 2012. Police said although it's difficult to say why the number of thefts increase or decrease from one year to the next, advances in technology likely have played a role in the...

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The Latest: Trump, Macron return to White House after dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the state visit by President Emmanuel Macron of France (all times local):8:15 p.m.President...

Business

Symphony Show House coming soon

Symphony Show House coming soon

Business

'Health equity' includes universal design, aging in place

'Health equity' includes universal design, aging in place.

Business

The Oklahoman's house plan for April 21, 2018, the Lindley

The Oklahoman's house plan for April 21, 2018, the Lindley.

Business

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts.

Business

'Health equity' is part of 'fair housing' at annual seminar

The aging and disabled population is the focus of the Administration for Community Living, "but both of those populations are...

Business

Quail Creek Home Tour is Saturday

Quail Creek Home Tour is Saturday.

Business

Parade of Homes Spring Festival starts next weekend

Parade of Homes Spring Festival starts next weekend.

Business

This is why it's an 'average' freeze date

This is why it's an "average" freeze date.

Business

Kenneth R. Harney, Are lower tax rates linked to higher home appreciation?

Are lower tax rates linked to higher home appreciation?

Business

Don't forget pets when wildfire threatens

A special message from Ice-T, Eames, General Sterling Price (a.k.a. Lurlene) and Sir Linus (Waylon) "Boy Boy" of Advent: Don't...

Business

Parade of Homes Spring Festival: Welcome back, cottagers

Dusty Hutchison, owner of Alder Fine Homes in Edmond, said his company is rolling out the cottages to allow families to get...

Business

Marni Jameson, Ten tips for first-time homebuyers

Marni Jameson offers real estate expert's 10 tips for first-time homebuyers.

Business

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for April 21, 2018

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for April 21, 2018.

Business

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for April 21, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for April 21, 2018.

Business

Texas builder moves into Oklahoma

Texas builder moves into Oklahoma.

Business

Why some flowers greet us each spring

Why some flowers greet us each spring.

Business

Oklahoma County property transactions from The Oklahoman for April 21, 2018

Oklahoma County property transactions from The Oklahoman for April 21, 2018

Business

Furniture designers explore what it is to be sustainable

MILAN (AP) — Designers are confronting what it means to be sustainable at the Milan Furniture Show.There is the tried and true...

Business

Housing official to sexual abusers, 'We're coming for you'

Anna Maria Farias, assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...

Business

County Assessor does deeds good with new extensive search engine

The Oklahoma County Assessor's office launched a property transaction search engine and mobile apps Wednesday that it said were...

Business

Manhattan turf war: 'Billionaires Row' vs. homeless shelter

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the world's wealthiest people have apartments in the half-dozen new skyscrapers built along a stretch...

Business

Condemned Northern California house sells for $1.23 million

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — A condemned Northern California house with holes in the roof and mildew in the pipes sold last month for...

Business

Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers

Spring is the busiest time of year for bees and their beekeepers. Queens begin laying their eggs, scouts head out of the hive...

Exhibit focuses on homes that adapt and change with us

Most housing is designed for nuclear families, but most U.S. households don't meet that description.That's why flexible floor...

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Fattoush

During the month of Ramadan, observant Muslims perform daily fasts from dawn to dusk, only breaking the fast with a meal...

Business

This red tide might be good news for New Jersey oyster beds

GREENWICH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A red tide is heading for thousands of acres of oyster beds in New Jersey's Delaware Bay.But...

Business

OKC builders build on success

None of the top three builders has a corporate face and a consumer face. Real people run these mostly small businesses — even...

Business

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for April 14, 2018

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for April 14, 2018.

Business

Preferring to nurture talent over plants, author demystified design

Preferring to nurture talent over plants, author demystified design.

Business

Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command to offer senior living fair

WARR ACRES — The Salvation Army 7th Annual Senior Living Fair will be April 27 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Warr Acres...

Business

MLSOK Inc. names officers

MLSOK Inc. names officers.

Business

Quail Creek Home Tour is April 20-21

The third annual Quail Creek Home Tour is April 20-21.

The U.S. Air Force is getting close to receiving its next generation aircraft tanker.

BusinessMay 13, 2018

SEATTLE — Boeing Co. brought more than a dozen reporters to various production and testing facilities here earlier this month to update progress it has made toward delivering its first group of KC-46A Pegasus tankers to the U.S. Air Force. The...

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Business

Paul Bianchina, More to the humble caulking gun than meets the eye

More to the humble caulking gun than meets the eye.

Business

The Oklahoman's house plan for April 14, 2018, the Walcott

The Oklahoman's house plan for April 14, 2018, the Walcott

Business

Agent joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Agent joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

Business

Barry Stone: Seller refuses to make repairs

Seller refuses to make repairs.

Business

Meetings, workshops and events for Oklahoma City's garden enthusiasts

Meetings, workshops and events for Oklahoma City's garden enthusiasts.

Business

Harney: Equity-affluent Americans have options for tapping into funds

Equity-affluent Americans have options for tapping into funds.

Business

Pros and cons of container plants

OSU Extension Master Gardener Charles Lillard shares some pros and cons of container plants.

Business

Signing Day at Metro Tech?

New incoming high school students will be celebrated as they sign a letter of intent committing to their education and future.

Business

Marni Jameson: Orchids can be an extravagant bargain

Orchids can be an extravagant bargain

Business

1968 fair housing law is something to celebrate

The 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act is celebrated locally and nationally.

Business

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices adds 2 agents

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices adds two agents.

Business

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for April 14, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for April 14, 2018.

Business

Climate control goes high tech at Metro Tech

The Climate & Energy Control Technologies Center of Excellence is not only the latest pride and joy of Metro Technology...

Business

Rebuilding Together OKC descends on Akers Park

Rebuilding Together OKC descends on Akers Park.

Business

Oklahoma real estate briefs for April 14, 2018

Real estate briefs from The Oklahoman for April 14, 2018.

Business

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for April 14, 2018

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for April 14, 2018.

Business

French Quarter Festival kicks off with food, music, culture

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's spring festival season kicks off Thursday with what has been called the largest free showcase of...

Business

RIGHT AT HOME: Decor that brings the luxe outside

Innovations in design, materials and manufacturing have had a big impact on home decor — outdoors as well as in.Besides...

Business

3 ways parents can help grown kids own a home

When responsible first-time homebuyers need help buying a home, the family bank sometimes can lend a hand.Younger homebuyers...

Gardening: quick and easy strawberries

Given how quickly strawberries begin to bear fruit and how easily they are grown, it's a wonder that strawberry beds aren't as...

Business

Paul Bianchina, Door Terminology 101

Paul Bianchina: Door Terminology 101

Business

Barry Stone: Troubles with an uninsured home inspector

Barry Stone: Troubles with an uninsured home inspector.

Business

Warm-weather planting looms

Warm-weather planting looms

Business

The Oklahoman's house plan for April 7, 2018, The Carmichael

The Oklahoman's house plan for April 7, 2018: The Carmichael.

Business

Now it's time to start spring garden prep

It's time to start spring garden prep.

Business

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for April 7

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for April 7.

Business

Marni Jameson: Five steps to a healthier home

Marni Jameson: Five steps to a healthier home

Business

What to see on city architecture, home, neighborhood tours

It's tour time for architecture, homes, hoods.

Business

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 7, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 7, 2018.

Business

Homebuilding maintaining parade pace

Activity has improved, despite headwinds including rising mortgage interest rates, rising construction costs, other inflation —...

Business

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts.

Business

Get your fraidy hole ready for tornado season

Whatever fascination I ever had with tornadoes is long gone.

Business

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for April 7, 2018

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for April 7, 2018

A new Cold War? Depends on who you ask.

NewsMay 7, 2018

With tensions between Russia and the U.S. heating up, we talk to a Russian living in Oklahoma and Oklahomans living in Russia.

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Business

Scientists harvest 1st vegetables in Antarctic greenhouse

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Antarctica have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or...

Hawaii mansion made famous in TV series set to be demolished

HONOLULU (AP) — The house made famous in the "Magnum P.I." TV series has been scheduled for demolition.Hawaii News Now reported...

Squeezing the most out of small outdoor spaces

As herb and vegetable gardens, composting and other aspects of green living become more popular, many people with limited...

Exhibit looks at history, influence of French parks, gardens

NEW YORK (AP) — Just in time for spring, a section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been transformed into a sort of 19th...

Gardening's benefits jibe with today's emphasis on wellness

Modern gardening isn't just about growing plants — it's part of a movement toward personal and family wellness that includes...

Business

Oklahoma teacher: 'I'd be on food stamps' without second job

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — From rodeo announcer to custom-cabinet builder, second jobs have become a necessity for many teachers in...

Pope celebrates Easter Mass in packed St. Peter's Square

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Tens of thousands of faithful have undergone heavy security checks to enter St. Peter's Square to...

It's white roses, peonies and foxgloves for UK royal wedding

LONDON (AP) — The royal wedding will take place among white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, set off by branches of beech,...

Trump's former home with Ivana listed for $45 million

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A property once owned by President Donald Trump and Ivana Trump is back on the market for $45...

Business

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 31, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 31, 2018.

Business

Flagship Rivendell sails on

P.B. Odom III's legacy neighborhood has been sailing nearly three decades in south Oklahoma City.

Business

Kenneth R. Harney, Why wannabe sellers are looking but not listing their homes

Kenneth R. Harney: Why wannabe sellers are looking but not listing their homes.

Business

Barry Stone, Sellers’ wall repairs were soft, shrinking

Barry Stone: Sellers’ wall repairs were soft, shrinking.

Business

How to transplant a shrub

How to transplant a shrub.

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The Oklahoman's house plan for March 31, 2018, the Springwood

The Oklahoman's house plan for March 31, 2018: the Springwood.

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Selling your home may cost more than you think

Zillow and Thumbtack spell out the hidden costs of selling a house.

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Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts.

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Paul Bianchina, Getting your home ready for fresh paint

Paul Bianchina, Getting your home ready for fresh paint.

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Lakes up stakes for home market

Oklahoma lake home values are up 26 percent the past year, according to Lake Homes Realty.

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Marni Jameson: 7 gifts for those whose homes have too much stuff

Marni Jameson: 7 gifts for those whose homes have too much stuff

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 31, 2018

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 31, 2018.

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 31, 2018

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 31, 2018

Syria bomb kills 2 coalition troops from US and UK

KOBANI, Syria (AP) — A roadside bomb in northern Syria killed two coalition personnel, an American and a Briton, and wounded...

The Latest: Blast in Syria kills member of UK armed forces

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):7:55 p.m.A member of the British armed forces has been...

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Persian quilt design is having a moment in the U.S.

Persian quilt design is having a moment in the U.S., and not just on beds.

Architectural Digest Show: calm, cool and collected decor

NEW YORK (AP) — This month's Architectural Digest Design Show offered winter-weary attendees a breath of fresh air with many...

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'Genuine leather?' 'Real wood?' How to read furniture labels

Americans spend billions of dollars a year on furniture, but they're often not getting what they paid for. A big part of the...

Grow many plants _ or just one _ for curry flavor

As a gardener, I consider anything I would reach for in a food store to be fair game to try to grow at home. That accounts for...

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Hong Kong's skyline farms harvest more happiness than food

HONG KONG (AP) — High above downtown Hong Kong's bustling, traffic-clogged streets, a group of office workers was toiling away...

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Lowe's Chairman and CEO Niblock is retiring

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Lowe's Chairman and CEO Robert A. Niblock is retiring.Niblock, who's worked for the home improvement...

Ohio congresswoman sets mark for longest tenure by female

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. House raised money for her first campaign more three...

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Barry Stone: Dimwitted way to wire a ceiling fan

Dimwitted Way to Wire a Ceiling Fan.

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Paul Bianchina, Sanding offers option to save aging wood deck

Sanding offers option to save aging wood deck.

Oklahoma Baptists weigh in on beleaguered seminary leader

LifeMay 13, 2018

Oklahomans are among those weighing in for and against Southwest Baptist Theological President Paige Patterson, a prominent and influential Southern Baptist Convention leader who is currently embroiled in controversy surrounding past remarks he...

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It's OK to shop around for better mortgage deal

Kenneth R. Harney: Don't be afraid to shop around for a better mortgage deal

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 24, 2018

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 24, 2018.

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Property owners responsible for sidewalks in Oklahoma City

Property owners responsible for sidewalks in Oklahoma City.

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New agent for Berkshire Hathaway

New agent for Berkshire Hathaway.

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Order rain barrels now

Order rain barrels now.

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 24, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 24, 2018.

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Kimray helps former employee with Central Oklahoma Habitat home

Kimray helps former employee with Central Oklahoma Habitat home

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Marni Jameson, The power of the porch

Marni Jameson: The power of the porch

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How to become a Certified Aging in Place Specialist

Oklahoma State Home Builders Association offers training for the Certified Aging in Place Specialist professional designation...

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Firm buys Texas engineering concern, Oklahoma roots and all

KBGE, based in Austin, is acquired by Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc., a top firm based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Real estate notes: Oklahoma City Architecture Tour set for April 14.

Real estate notes: Oklahoma City Architecture Tour set for April 14.

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Today's finest landscapes are positively wild

Forget the perfect trophy garden: Today's finest landscapes are positively wild.

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The Oklahoman's house plan for March 24, 2018, the Stapleton

The Oklahoman's house plan for March 24, 2018, the Stapleton.

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Spring is time for changing bloomers

Spring is time for changing bloomers.

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 24, 2018

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 24, 2018.

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Garden designers will toe to toe

Precure Nursery in Oklahoma City goes up against Whitetail Landscaping of Blanchard and Garden Anywhere Box of Newalla in...

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Love that home's view? See how much more you'll pay

A house with a fabulous view can be hard for a homebuyer to resist. But seeing the mountains, water or city lights from the...

Bad weather forces Justin Timberlake to postpone NYC concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake's Wednesday night concert New York City is being postponed due to the spring nor'easter.The...

Ben Carson on $31K dining set: I left details up to my wife

WASHINGTON (AP) — Housing Secretary Ben Carson, under fire after his office ordered a $31,000 dining set, told a House panel...

Books placed backward: art or nonsense?

Looking for an easy way to organize a messy bookshelf? You might consider turning all the spines backward.Yes, the backward...

Today's houseplants do more than look pretty

Houseplants have been a mainstay of indoor decor item for generations, but their selection and use has changed over time,...

Pakistani ex-dictator's party seeks security for his return

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The party of Pakistan's former dictator Pervez Musharraf has asked authorities to provide and guarantee...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 17, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 17, 2018

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Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for March 17, 2018

Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for March 17, 2018.

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 17, 2018

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 17, 2018.

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Drywall-covered ceilings cause asbestos concerns

Drywall-covered ceilings cause asbestos concerns

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Master Gardener: Time to cut back

it is time to cut o rnamental grass and the seed heads of your perennials back to make way for new growth.

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Attic ladders can make space more accessible

Attic ladders can make your attic more accessible.

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Kenneth R. Harney, Cutbacks in high-debt-ratio loans could hurt buyers

Cutbacks in high debt ratio loans could hurt buyers.

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Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts

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Polybutylene piping pokes up in new class-action lawsuit

It's the return of polybutylene piping, the faulty building material that just won't die.

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Winter gives way to a burst of pink petals

Winter gives way to a burst of pink petals

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Steel yourself for higher construction costs

President Donald J. Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs will throw cold water on economic growth, leading trade groups declare.

How did the Oklahoma state health department build a slush fund worth millions?

Health3 days ago

The Oklahoma State Department of Health appeared bankrupt because no one at the top fully understood the accounting mechanisms that had built up a “slush fund” worth millions, according to a grand jury and the state’s auditors.

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New agent at Berkshire Hathaway

New agent at Berkshire Hathaway

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Putting the ‘you’ in your home

Marni Jameson shares how she layered in the You Factor into her office.

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Suburban garden veggie tales at Oklahoma City Home + Outdoor Living Show

Unlikely suburban Oklahoma City gardeners to tell veggie tales at Home + Outdoor Living Show.

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The Oklahoman's house plan for March 17, 2018, the Stevenson

The Oklahoman's house plan for March 17, 2018, the Stevenson

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 17, 2018

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 17, 2018.

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Pipe dream? Hong Kong architect proposes low-cost tube homes

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's notoriously expensive housing makes owning an affordable home a pipe dream for many residents.A...

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BC-INDUSTRY

The Symposium will provide resources and expert insight for professionals facing compliance challenges in the highly regulated...

SXSW Interactive Announces 2018 Innovation Awards Winners

[STK][IN] CPR STW NET ECM CSE MLM HRD ENT HEA[SU] AWDTO BUSINESS, AND TECHNOLOGY EDITORS:SXSW Interactive Announces 2018...

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Home sales dip gives renovators, appliance sellers a boost

NEW YORK (AP) — A slowdown in home sales is creating opportunities for small businesses like home renovators and appliance...

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Swiss Post Solutions will be co-hosting a roundtable session at the 12th Annual OPEX in Financial Services Conference in...

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Housing finance genius, "Hold my beer"

CoreLogic's “Evaluating the Housing Market Since the Great Recession,” seen through Oklahoma eyes.

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Oklahoma City building permits

Oklahoma City building permits for March 10, 2018

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Paul Bianchina, For deck railings, lots of options besides wood pickets

Paul Bianchina: For deck railings, lots of options besides wood pickets

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GiGi Faulkner earns regional RE/MAX honor

GiGi Faulkner earns regional RE/MAX honor.

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IRS clarifies interest deduction status

Taxpayers can "often still deduct interest on a home equity loan, home equity line of credit or second mortgage, regardless of...

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Myths, facts of VA home loans

Myths, facts of VA home loans: Who is eligible and how are they different from conventional loans?

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Builder backfire, Oklahoma City homebuilders race to end 2017, coast into 2018

Oklahoma City homebuilders race to end 2017, coast into 2018

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Professional Women in Building honors Edmond member

Professional Women in Building honors Edmond member.

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Retired Tinker pilot's hobby job soared into second career

Retired pilot's hobby job soared into second career.

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Warm-season veggies, bedding plants have to wait

Warm-season veggies, bedding plants have to wait.

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Should home inspectors disclose asbestos?

Barry Stone answers a reader's question about whether or not a home inspection report should include possibility of asbestos.

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Berkshire Hathaway adds 2 agents in Piedmont

Berkshire Hathaway adds 2 agents in Piedmont.

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Jameson: Seven steps to transform any room

When facing a room you want to redecorate, there are seven steps you can follow to see your dream room come true.

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Agent earns buyer's rep designation

Agent earns buyer's rep designation.

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Oklahoman listing of the week

The Listing of the Week is a loaded custom home with an open floor plan ready for entertaining, overlooking the 14th fairway at...

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Real Estate Notes from The Oklahoman for March 10, 2018

Real Estate Notes from The Oklahoman for March 10, 2018.

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House plan of the week for March 10, 2018

The Oklahoman's house plan of the week for March 10, 2018: The Breckenridge

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Dispelling seeds of doubt about doomsday vault

On its 10th anniversary, dispelling myths around the Arctic Circle’s famed ‘doomsday’ seed vault.

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Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for March 10, 2018

Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for March 10, 2018.

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 10, 2018

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 10, 2018.

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Barry Stone: Asbestos removal stalls remodel

Barry Stone: Asbestos removal stalls remodel

Employment falls as the oil industry becomes more efficient

Business2 days ago

A heightened focus on technology and efficiency gains over the past four years has allowed the oil and natural gas industry to return to profitability and recover from the deepest industry downturn in a generation. But not all of the industry...

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Value of rising rents depends on where you live

The Oklahoma City apartment market ended 2017 on a positive note for owners and investors, not so much for renters: rising rent.

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County assessor not so user-friendly; county clerk eases public access

Oklahoma County clerk improves public access to property data as the Oklahoma County assessor's website remains dormant.

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Marni Jameson: Follow these eight steps to less daunting drapes

Though choosing drapery is a multifaceted, often trying process, drapes can make a room. They are the finishing touch, the...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 3, 2018

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 3, 2018

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Aucuba is great in the shade year round

Aucuba japonica is native to the Himalayas and Japan and was brought to the United States by Robert Hall about 1860 and is now...

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Oklahoma City apartment building cools off

Fewer apartments were built last year than the year before, and even fewer are on tap for this year, according to Price Edwards...

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The Oklahoman's house plan for March 3, 2018, the Solano

The Oklahoman's house plan for March 3, 2018, the Solano

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Paul Bianchina, Common-sense answers about attic ventilation

Paul Bianchina: Common-sense answers about attic ventilation.

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 3, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 3, 2018.

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Congress asked to crack down on mortgage 'trigger leads'

Congress asked to crack down on mortgage 'trigger leads'

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Meetings, workshops and events for OKC garden enthusiasts

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC garden enthusiasts.

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Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for March 3, 2018

Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for March 3, 2018

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Oklahoma County property transactions from The Oklahoman for March 3, 2018

Oklahoma County property transactions from The Oklahoman for March 3, 2018

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Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for March 3, 2018

Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for March 3, 2018

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OKC home tour offers glimpse at life in the heart of the city

Self-guided Sunday tour offers nine distinctive stops, both vintage and new.

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Tips to protect birds in your yard and garden

Tips to protect birds in your yard and garden

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Feb. 24, 2018.

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Feb. 24, 2018.

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Ten stops on Downtown Home Tour

The free self-guided tour in downtown Oklahoma City will showcase nine new, popular and historic properties beginning at any...

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Marni Jameson, What every entertainment center should have

Marni Jameson: What every entertainment center should have

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Rodd Moesel, Rain saves the gardening day

Rodd Moesel: Rain saves the gardening day.

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New budget holds hidden tax benefits

Kenneth R. Harney: New budget holds hidden tax benefits.

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Feb. 24, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Feb. 24, 2018.

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Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts

Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts.

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The Oklahoman's house plan for Feb. 24, 2018, the Kent

The Oklahoman's house plan for Feb. 24, 2018: the Kent.

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Early childhood renovation in the Plaza District

An Oklahoma City Plaza District homeowner is restoring his home as he knew it growing up.

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People are freaking out over inflation

A little inflation is a good thing. It's all in the timing.

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Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for Feb. 24, 2018

Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for Feb. 24, 2018

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Good deeds go punished at Oklahoma County assessor's office

The Oklahoma County Assessor's Office has let a public website go dormant as it upgrades its record-keeping system. It has...

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Barry Stone, Inspector vetoes open-door policy

Barry Stone: Inspector vetoes open-door policy

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Would-be homebuyers chew on rising mortgage rates

A Redfin survey says most homebuyers won't balk at 5-percent interest.

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Oklahoma Gardening School set for March 10 at Myriad Gardens

"Designs to Nurture Nature & Ourselves," presented by Devon Energy Corp. and the Meinders Foundation.

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Paul Bianchina, The best order for major remodeling

Paul Bianchina: The best order for major remodeling.

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Feb. 24, 2018

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Feb. 24, 2018

A 10-year-old kid just wrote one of Oklahoma's newest laws

NewsMay 14, 2018

Fifth-grader Ephraim Bowling noticed that Oklahoma didn't have an official state raptor. On Nov. 1, his bill becomes law.

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LED bulbs, Time to switch on new lights

LED bulbs, Time to switch on new lights

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Bingo winners will start spring with roses

The Oklahoma Rose Society's annual Bingo for Roses will be from 1 until 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Will Rogers Garden Center, 3400...

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How to add tech to your living space

How to add tech to your living space.

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Kenneth R. Harney: Lenders who prey on veterans hurt other homebuyers, as well

Lenders who prey on veterans hurt other homebuyers, as well.

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Feb. 17, 2018, the Kelseyville

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Feb. 17, 2018, the Kelseyville.

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Barry Stone: Is heater problem cause for concern?

Is heater problem cause for concern?

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Oakleaf hydrangea, a plant for all seasons

Oakleaf hydrangea, a plant for all seasons.

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Meetings, workshops and events for OKC's garden enthusiasts

OKC's home and garden notes for Feb. 21.

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Feb. 17, 2018

The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Feb. 17, 2018.

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Update home office for greater productivity

Update home office for greater productivity

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Berkshire Hathaway adds 2 agents

Berkshire Hathaway adds 2 agents.

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OKC home sellers sail into 2018

"It's a sellers' market. Sellers currently hold the keys in the buyer-seller relationship," according to the Oklahoma City...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Feb. 17, 2018

Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Feb. 17, 2018.

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Color-driven landscapes are harder than they look

Color-driven landscapes are harder than they look.