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St. Jude goes digital; Oklahoma City Dream Home will not be open to the public

EDMOND — The Oklahoma City St. Jude Dream Home will not be open to the public due to the coronavirus and concerns over the...

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July lawn and garden tasks in central Oklahoma

July is upon us, and hopefully you are beginning to enjoy the fruits of your spring and early summer labors such as beautiful...

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Marni Jameson: Downsizing the Family Jewels

When Christine Gerardi arrives at a client’s home, the shoeboxes start coming out of the closets. The boxes contain piles of...

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Howie Mandel lists home for $11 million

LOS ANGELES — Deal or no deal? In Hidden Hills, California, a 10,000-square-foot farmhouse tied to TV personality Howie Mandel...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for July 11, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a restored midcentury home on 0.24 acre in the Belle Isle area. The 3,652-square-foot home at 2225...

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Gallery of Homes at Rivendell fundraiser continues through Sunday in south Oklahoma City

The Gallery of Homes at Rivendell fundraiser continues with new homes open to the public from 1 to 8 p.m. daily through...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for July 11, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $58 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Good investments
Investor, builder find extra steps important

Lenardo Smith wants you to know: Investment in northeast Oklahoma City pays off. He just sold 11 duplexes at 700-722 NE 25 for...

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Soak plants to save them in triple-digit heat

It looks like the triple-digit summer weather has arrived and although one day is tough, multiple days in a row have a...

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Tips to spend less money on cooling your home this summer

Keeping your home cool and comfortable on hot summer days doesn’t need to cost a fortune. These tips can ensure your heating...

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Input sought for state energy assistance program

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is seeking public comment about the federally funded Low Income Home Energy...

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It's elementary: Caliber Development pairs housing with schools in OKC

The Grove could be a case study on housing development and public schools. The nearly 1-square-mile neighborhood has made a...

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Cambodian province famous for Angkor Wat bans dog meat trade

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Cambodian province that is home to the famous Angkor Wat temple complex, a major destination...

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With a satirical fictional memoir, Jim Carrey gets real

NEW YORK (AP) — When Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon handed in the book they had toiled on for eight years — a satirical...

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Bed Bath & Beyond announces plans to permanently close 200 stores over next two years

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. plans to close approximately 200 stores over the next two years, the company announced Wednesday.

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Daisies bring a sunny look to the garden

Give a child a box of crayons and a piece of paper, and ask for a flower, and you very likely will get a picture of a...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for July 4, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a former model home, Craftsman/Modern Farmhouse style, in north Oklahoma City, just west of the...

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Hot Property: 'Koothrappali' hopes to go out with a big bang

LOS ANGELES — Actor Kunal Nayyar is hoping to end his time in Hollywood Hills with a bang. The "Big Bang Theory" star and his...

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'Oklahoma Native Plants' earns second award for OKC authors

Landscape architects Connie Scothorn and Brian Patric's book, "Oklahoma Native Plants: a Guide to Designing Landscapes to...

Farzaneh brothers support education, housing, other causes in central Oklahoma

BusinessApr 28, 2019

MOORE — Revolution didn’t break out in Iran 40 years ago until after the Farzaneh brothers left to study architecture at the University of Oklahoma, but its effects reached around the world and lay a heavy weight on both of them. “Because of...

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Oklahoma City building permits

Basis Design: 1405 Ashton Place, medical clinic-office, erect, $1,700,000. Chad Hemphill Construction LLC: 17516 Prairie Sky...

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Gallery of Homes at Rivendell, OKC neighborhood, raising money and awareness for 2 nonprofits

The Gallery of Homes at Rivendell continues with four homebuilders showing new homes to raise money for The Sparrow Project in...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for July 4, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $32 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Love Your Yard: When Landscaping, Delays Go with the Territory, But Results Are Worth It

Despite evidence that would suggest otherwise, construction projects do end. Witness my new backyard. All you need are...

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OKC-area builders blast through pandemic

Oklahoma City-area homebuilders started more houses the first half of this year than last, despite the coronavirus, business...

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Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces...

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AP PHOTOS: India's lockdown spurs new gardeners in Nagaland

KOHIMA, India (AP) — Two healthy pots of coriander and two of spinach are enough to provide a sense of achievement for...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Apartment loans get more forbearance, but most renters won't feel it in OKC area

Most people living in apartments in the Oklahoma City area are caught up on rent, so extra dual protection given Monday to...

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Patriotic parade for seniors set for Thursday in Oklahoma City

With most Independence Day festivities canceled across Oklahoma City, one local group plans to help seniors celebrate in a...

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Climate change keeps changing the game for home gardeners

Every year now, gardeners should be rethinking what they grow and where because of climate change, experts say.The growing...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Regional service economy in shaky recovery, Kansas City Fed says

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said Friday that the region's service economy, which includes real estate, improved...

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Landscape lights add finishing flourish to yard makeover

“Are we done yet?” My husband, DC, wants to know as he writes one more check in an endless stream for our outdoor landscaping...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for June 27, 2020

Lingo Construction Services: 1130 N Harvey Ave., apartment, erect, $4,000,000. Monarch Property Group LLC: 817 NE 42,...

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How much home equity is needed for a mortgage refinance?

Today’s low mortgage rates have more homeowners dreaming of a lower rate and the smaller monthly payments that go with it, but...

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5 Insta-worthy hacks to get your home in tip-top summer shape

Looking to have a little fun with your chores? Try these five unexpected shelf liner hacks around your home to protect against...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for June 27, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $28 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Symphony Show House plays to coda in OKC

The Symphony Show House plays to its coda for 2020 this weekend during the coronavirus, with visitors turning out in person at...

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Summer showers boost flowers

We were getting very dry across Oklahoma and then this last week provided several really nice, thirst-quenching and cooling...

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Gallery of Homes at Rivendell returns to south OKC to raise money for The Sparrow Project, Moore Faith Medical Center

The Gallery of Homes at Rivendell opens Saturday with four builders opening doors to new homes on one street to raise money for...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for June 27, 2020

The Listing of the Week is an "estate-style" home with banquet-size dining, a pool and lush landscaping and grounds in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State Housing Finance Agency says ‘Say Yes to Homeownership’ during National Homeownership Month

Just a month or so before the coronavirus pandemic sent students and teachers home for the semester, Erin Francis closed on her...

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Making the most of your outdoor space, no matter how small

Coronavirus quarantine had many people rethinking the interiors of their homes this spring. DIY projects were tackled, and...

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Simple design steps can take your garden to the next level

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The flower beds are finished, the vegetables are growing, and yet something could be missing from the...

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Millennial Money: How to plan and budget for DIY goals now

Did you find yourself cooped up during the pandemic-induced stay-at-home orders, blankly staring at the walls of your house,...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for June 20, 2020

Jerry McNabb: 4300 Grant Blvd., bank, erect, $2,100,000. Colony Fine Homes LLC: 11021 NW 94 Terrace, residence, erect,...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for June 20, 2020

The Listing of the Week offers as much living outside as indoors, with a pool and hot tub, fireplace, fire pit, horse shoe pit,...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for June 20, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $52 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Mize: COVID-19 jars housing stats

Metro-area housing stats in May, technically speaking, were plumb crazy. Even with the number of new listings up 8% (to 2,329),...

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By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

NewsMay 16, 2019

SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Hot Property: Steve Harvey's new Atlanta estate is no joke

LOS ANGELES — Who says there's no money in daytime television? "Family Feud" host Steve Harvey has bought a 35,000-square-foot...

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Laughlin: Bagworms, webworms are hanging around

Bagworms and webworms are both common pests of our landscape plants. Bagworms Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive...

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Marni Jameson, Sir Terence Conran speaks out on plain, simple, useful living

As someone who’s spent way too much time asking herself, "If I could afford anything, what would my home look like?" I have...

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Oklahoma City St. Jude Dream Home is underway

EDMOND — The 2020 Oklahoma City St. Jude Dream Home is under construction and will be raffled off Aug. 23. Tulsa-based Shaw...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Symphony Show House plays well, and safely, with others in Oklahoma City

The Symphony Show House hasn't hit a sour note, despite being conducted during the coronavirus pandemic. “We had over 500...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Summertime home sales could sizzle on COVID-19 backlog

Home sales are set to sizzle through summer. Pending sales shot up in May, perhaps more than they fell in the first two months...

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Reality TV, not realty, for OKC Realtor, She can show a kitchen, but don't let her cook in it

Denise Schroder is a woman of many gifts and talents, but there's one thing she can't do: Cook. So, of course she found a way...

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Columbus as supremacist? Some with Italian roots reject him

BOSTON (AP) — Generations of Italian Americans embraced Christopher Columbus with little thought to the dark side of his...

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Chief: Seattle protest area is not a police-free zone

SEATTLE (AP) — Police will return to an area of a Seattle neighborhood being occupied by protesters if there are threats to...

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Have transplants ready to take place of harvested vegetables

One way to reap an abundance of vegetables from even a tiny garden is to keep planting throughout the growing season. Soon, you...

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Oklahoma housing tax credits allocated statewide

The Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency’s Board of Trustees allocated federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credits at a recent...

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Oklahoma City Orchestra League's Symphony Show House fundraiser opens in person and online

The Symphony Show House fundraiser is on and online at 2737 Guilford Lane, with social distancing observed because of the...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for June 13, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $46 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Hot Property: Leon Russell's old studio is for sale

LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Hills home that the late musician-songwriter and Oklahoma native Leon Russell once used as a...

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Marni Jameson: Building ‘skoolie’ was in couple’s wheelhouse

Shortly after Hannah and Ian Hernandez began dating five years ago, they took their relationship on the road, driving together...

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Rodd Moesel: It's beginning to feel a lot like summer in the garden

It is beginning to feel more like summer as the sun intensifies, the days get longer and the day and night temperatures rise....

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for June 13, 2020

OnCue: 820 S Meridian Ave., retail sales, erect, $5,350,000. Precision Construction Group: 2650 Shull Ave., office-warehouse,...

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Top tips to mow like a pro

If you’re a homeowner who already has a nice lawn but you are looking to take its appearance to the next level, striping is a...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for June 13, 2020

The Listing of the Week is an updated midcentury home on 0.23 acre next door to the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in...

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Symphony Show House fundraiser is on, and online, in Oklahoma City

The Symphony Show House fundraiser is on at 2737 Guilford Lane, with social distancing observed because of the coronavirus...

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Wanderlust woes? Décor ideas for the housebound traveler

If your actual travel plans are on hold, you can soothe your wanderlust with a few home décor change-ups or additions.Whether...

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Vienna Philharmonic purrs back to life after pandemic pause

The Vienna Philharmonic returned home, and its famous strings purred for the first time since March 10.Its 2,854-seat...

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Good fences make good neighbors of humans, wildlife

Fences are the best way to prevent deer and other foraging animals from damaging gardens, landscape plants and orchards, but...

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Multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud alleged in Oklahoma City

A federal grand jury indicted Ronald J. McCord, 69, of Oklahoma City, on charges of defrauding two banks, Fannie Mae, and...

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Boxer Mayer tests positive for COVID-19, out of return bout

Junior lightweight contender Mikaela Mayer has tested positive for COVID-19 and won't fight in the co-main event of Las Vegas'...

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Clashes, tear gas in Beirut as protests turn to riots

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese riot police fired tear gas at protesters in central Beirut on Saturday, after a planned anti-government...

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Mize: My house is still a feline farm

Oh, hey, here I am again, not really here, but on another week of furlough. Before I left, I pulled another one of my favorite...

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Steps to create household budget with staying power

These uncertain times are forcing more people to reexamine finances and rewrite their household budgets. According to the Pew...

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15 ways homes will change post-COVID

Should I get a birthday cake? My husband asks. One of our kids was coming over with his family to celebrate his birthday. (We’d...

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5 ways to master a move

While real estate agents report that far fewer people than normal have been moving during the COVID-19 pandemic, that may soon...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for June 6, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a custom two-story home in gated Stonebridge Lake Estates at Lake Overholser, in Yukon. The...

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Doors open for final weekend of Parade of Homes Spring Festival in Oklahoma City

EDMOND — The Parade of Homes Spring Festival continues Saturday and Sunday with nearly 100 new homes open free to the public...

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Laughlin: Now it’s time to mulch

Now that you have selected that last bedding plant, vegetable transplant, tree or shrub for spring and have everything planted...

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Gallery of Homes returns to Rivendell in Oklahoma City

The Gallery of Homes at Rivendell is set for June 27 to July 12, with new homes open from 1 to 8 p.m. daily. One one of...

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Hot Property, Sly Stallone readies for another round

LOS ANGELES — It's been a rocky road for Sylvester Stallone in La Quinta, but the movie star is trying to knock out a home sale...

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Some hot home renovation trends this summer

Whether building a home from scratch, doing a complete renovation or simply refreshing a room or two, you can take your project...

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Help your garden weather the extremes

It's really simple, just some easy tricks to help you with your garden through extreme weather in both cold and warm climates....

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Asia Today: Australia to restart flights to New Zealand

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Canberra Airport opened a register for travelers interested in flying from the Australian capital to...

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The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older...

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New Mexico close to historic all-female US House delegation

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has moved closer to possibly sending a historic delegation of all women of color to the U.S....

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Cool rains boost spring growth

We have enjoyed some cooler weather and scattered rains across the state this week and our rose bushes, lilies and many other...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 30, 2020

Guernsey: 6811 SE 59, office-warehouse, erect, $18,000,000. Design Architects Plus: 1901 NE 13, school, remodel, $3,900,000....

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Marni Jameson: Ceiling fans: To see or not to see, that is the question

“Don’t look up!” I say to my husband, who, naturally, immediately zooms in on the outdoor ceiling fan precariously swinging...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 30, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a completely restored Art Deco-influenced home near Campus Corner in Norman. The 3,586-square-foot...

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Container garden is a great place to start for novice gardeners

STILLWATER — For some folks, gardening is a mystery — perhaps even intimidating: Some want-to-be gardeners may believe they...

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You can skip mortgage payments, but what comes after that?

In March, like millions of others, Thomas Taylor saw his income plummet. The global pandemic left the 42-year-old furloughed...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for May 30, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $28 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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5 not-so-obvious household essentials for your time at home

Extended time at home is making many families more aware of what products they simply can’t do without, and while you may have...

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How to troubleshoot home technology issues

If you’re like most people, you’ve spent more time than you’re willing to admit troubleshooting a technology issue with any one...

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Planning for a money crunch in hard times

Has your income level changed recently? Or, are you worried about losing your job permanently? You might be terribly anxious...

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Parade of Homes Spring Festival starts Friday in Oklahoma City area

EDMOND — The Parade of Homes Spring Festival, delayed for a month because of the coronavirus, kicks off Friday. Nearly 100 new...

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The Latest: NBA reminding teams players overseas can return

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NBA reminded its teams Wednesday that...

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Body found in river may be that of missing Oklahoma child

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa said Wednesday that a body found in a river in eastern Oklahoma was believed to be that of...

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US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this...

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Oklahoma City Flower and Garden Festival Set for May 30

The west side walkways of Myriad Botanical Gardens will be lined, at a social distance, with local vendors of plants and more...

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Cardinals owner finds new home base

LOS ANGELES — It may be some time before baseball returns to Los Angeles, but that's not stopping St. Louis Cardinals owner...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Housing slides through hazardous virus conditions

Homes sales didn't hit the skids in April, just a patch of black ice, but everyone managed to keep it between the ditches. Like...

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'Oklahoma Proven' top plant selections for 2020

It is not always easy to decide what plants to use in your garden and landscape, especially if you have limited space, so...

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Marni James, The age-old question: Repair or replace broken appliances?

Just when you think it’s safe to do a home improvement for the sake of, heaven forbid, your own pleasure, your house has other...

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Take steps to protect your skin while working in the yard

Do you spend summer days outdoors mowing the lawn, tending to the garden and working on the house? Here are a few steps you can...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 23, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a one-owner luxury home with a pool on a 1-acre corner lot at River Oaks Golf Club, in the Oakdale...

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Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for May 23, 2020

BARTLESVILLE Investor buys mobile home parks A California investor new to mobile homes parks just bought two in Oklahoma in a...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for May 23, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $41 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Laughlin: Simple garden fun for children

I often share this story about how I became a gardener at 5 years old. My mom gave me several colorful packages of zinnia seeds...

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Parade of Homes Spring Festival kicks off Friday in central Oklahoma

The Parade of Homes Spring Festival will go on, just a little later than originally planned because of the coronavirus...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 23, 2020

The Oil Center: 2601 Northwest Expressway, office, remodel, $3,000,000. Lippert Bros. Inc.: 1001 NW 25, church, remodel,...

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Symphony Show House will be June 13-28 in Oklahoma City

The Symphony Showhouse will go on, with social distancing observed because of the coronavirus pandemic, June 13-28 at 2737...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for April 25, 2020

The Listing of the Week is ready for sheltering in place in style, or entertaining others when it is deemed safe to do so. The...

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Cities find green ways to reduce storm floods

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For more than a century, New Orleans has depended on canals and pumps to get rid of stormwater in a city...

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Plant-based materials catch on with home-goods designers

With an eye toward sustainability, makers of home furnishings are experimenting more and more with plant-based materials. You...

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Baby goat stolen from Baltimore garden reunited with owners

BALTIMORE (AP) — A stolen baby goat was returned home to its community garden in Baltimore late Tuesday night, police...

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AP PHOTOS: Celebrating high school seniors amid pandemic

EDGEWATER, Md. (AP) — No prom. No graduation. No award ceremonies. No last school pranks.The coronavirus pandemic has forced...

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Author urges gardeners to form one big `national park’

Imagine if all the back and front yards — and even patio container plants — across the country were seen as one magnificent...

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Small free libraries offering solace amid virus shutdowns

Christine Gale Reynolds worked at the public library in Yosemite National Park before it closed in March when California Gov....

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'Delusional' Martin Shkreli denied prison release by judge

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge rejected the request of convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to be let out of prison to...

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Nichols Hills Garden Tour called off

NICHOLS HILLS — The 2020 Nichols Hills Garden Tour scheduled for June 6 has been canceled because of the coronavirus. "Our...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for May 16, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $94 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Marni Jameson, The great pool debate: Liquid joy or sunk money?

The landscape design for our yard came in two versions. One with a pool, one without. Otherwise the plans were identical. Oh,...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 16, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a complete remodel with a split-bedroom design in the Quail Creek area. The 3,728-square-foot home...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 16, 2020

Gothic LLC: 10309 S Santa Fe Ave., parking, install, $5,350,000. Crown Enterprises Inc.: 6801 S Air Depot Blvd.,...

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How to deal with boredom to reduce stress

Are you climbing the walls these days, pushing hard to overcome the boredom of staying home more? Most of us feel nervous and a...

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Wait, you can cook? The secrets we're discovering about each other (and ourselves) while sheltering in place

All this time at home has a side effect: a chance to learn more about ourselves and the people quarantining with us. The...

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Moesel: Gardening flourishes in central Oklahoma

Welcome, new gardeners! We have seen the biggest influx of new gardeners this spring in many years. Many folks are tackling...

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North Texas home sales hammered by pandemic

DALLAS — North Texas home sales slid in April as buyers sheltered in place from the pandemic. Home purchases in the area were...

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When pandemic reality hits reality real estate shows

Stuck at home? HGTV and the ever-expanding universe of renovation and real estate shows are happy to accommodate — by serving...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: County sale, showhouse to go on; CBRE's loss is our gain

Catching up this week after a week of furlough ... Going, going on The Oklahoma County Treasurer’s Resale — the auctioning of...

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Beginning to bloom: New York creaking back to economic life

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — Idled contractors girded for long-awaited jobs and shoppers browsed spring flowers -- though masks made...

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Ramadan Lights to pick Detroit area's best-decorated homes

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Detroit-area Muslims who've had to socially distance themselves from the more communal aspects of...

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Happy golfers, anxious commuters as England eases lockdown

LONDON (AP) — The sound of crisply struck golf balls could be heard in England for the first time in nearly two months as...

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Consider growing some seeds for next year's garden

Since the coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in interest in gardening, especially vegetable gardening, some seed companies...

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EPL mulls early end even as gov't clears path to resuming

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Abandoning the English Premier League season prematurely was discussed by clubs as a potential...

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Pandemic upends life on isolated, idyllic Galapagos Islands

SAN CRISTOBAL, Ecuador (AP) — Before the coronavirus, sudden life-threatening ailments among tourists, fishermen and others on...

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What can I do about that awful moldy smell?

"What's that horrible moldy smell in my bathroom? Eek!" Yes, I confess: I am terrified of mold. Sometimes I fear that having...

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Oklahoma County property sales for May 9

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $41 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Hot Property: Lakers star hangs $8 million price tag on Southern California home

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent later this year, has...

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Bible lesson from Oklahoma: The housing warning from 2,700 years ago

Oh, hey. I'm not really here, but on another week of furlough. Before I left, I pulled another one of my favorite columns out...

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Laughlin: May gardening task list

As late spring approaches there are a lot of lawn, garden and landscape tasks to be aware of. Many of them are timely since it...

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At Home with Marni: Outdoor fire features are hot

Remember that three-week landscaping project we started in early January? Well, four weeks ago, after three months of huddling,...

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Philly garden activists are shipping millions of seeds to a nation fretting over food access

PHILADELPHIA — One afternoon recently, at a table in the back of West Philadelphia's Making Worlds bookstore, Kate Illes shook...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 9, 2020

The Listing of the Week is made for entertaining inside and out, with two patios, a big back yard and circle drive, in Quail...

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Happily growing together

Edible landscaping can be practiced in several ways. On a small scale, window boxes, containers and hanging baskets are some...

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Top tips for safe HVACR maintenance

The the importance of proper heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration installation, and maintenance is a...

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Tips to safely combat home bug invasions

Thanks to an unusually warm, wet winter, experts predict that Americans will face an extra buggy summer. According to the...

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How to turn a simple shed into a livable oasis

Once the domain of lawnmowers and gardening tools, today’s backyard sheds are being repurposed into functional spaces (think:...

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Colombian company creates bed that can double as coffin

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian advertising company is pitching a novel if morbid solution to shortages of hospital beds...

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Column: With sports on hold, athletes take up new pursuits

With sports still largely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and coaches have been looking for ways to pass...

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La Scala opens virtual tour during coronavirus lockdown

MILAN (AP) — Milan’s famed La Scala opera house on Thursday unveiled a virtual journey through its ornate premises and rich...

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Thai elephants, out of work due to coronavirus, trudge home

BANGKOK (AP) — The millions of unemployed in Thailand due to the coronavirus include elephants dependent on tourists to feed...

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Right at Home: What’s new and notable in outdoor grills

Barbecue season couldn’t be more welcome this year.Grilling is a way to change things up and expand the menu and the view for...

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Farm auction to tie up 1889 land-office business at Coyle, Oklahoma

To say that Gregg Pickens will auction off a piece of history come Friday doesn't quite cut it. What the Stillwater auctioneer...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC home parade delayed

The Parade of Homes Spring Festival would be going on this weekend if not for the coronavirus and continued concerns over...

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Pandemic changing how Americans buy and sell homes

The coronavirus pandemic is roiling the real estate market. Home sales are down. Job losses have soared. Lenders have tightened...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 2, 2020

Crooked Oak Middle School: 1901 SE 15, school, add-on, $2,750,000. A.C. Owens Construction: 1104 N Robinson Ave., church,...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for May 2, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $35 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Use common sense to avoid contractor scams

You and your home can be hit anytime with all kinds of repairs that necessitate the services of a contractor. You may need roof...

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Seed kit giveaway May 8

Scissortail Park and Myriad Botanical Gardens have teamed up to provide take-home seed growing kits that are great for all...

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Play safe at home with a fun-filled family staycation

Staying at home and practicing social distancing can feel more challenging as the weather warms and the itch for family fun at...

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Marni Jameson, All for Art’s Sake – Couple Donates Everything They Own to Museum

Not having kids is a good way to save a bunch of money. Not that I would know. Besides, I wouldn’t trade my kids for a bigger...

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Rodd Moesel, Beat the COVID-19 blues by gardening

We have been blessed with beautiful days, vibrant sunshine and a few life-nourishing rains to launch a gorgeous spring in our...

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Poll: Many Americans feel lonely and anxious during pandemic

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — Americans are feeling isolated and anxious. They fear they or their loved ones will get sick. They worry...

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New love for pretty, old-fashioned Grandmother’s Gardens

Even before the coronavirus crisis sparked renewed interest in vegetable gardens and victory gardens, there’s been a movement...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for April 25, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $37 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Top tips to plant, grow, care for container garden

Container gardens are a viable and popular cultivation option, especially for those who have limited sun-exposed spaces or are...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Visual but not virtual, home inspections go on

Presale home inspections are still going on despite the coronavirus pandemic, health safety concerns, and maybe some pressure...

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Paul Bianchina, Caulking techniques demystified

While caulking seems like a pretty easy thing to do — and all in all it is — there are some tricks of the trade that can make a...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for April 25, 2020

• Archdiocese of Oklahoma City/Resurrection Memorial Cemetary, 7500 W Britton Road, funeral services, erect, $2,000,000. •...

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Marni Jameson: Black-and-white interiors bring certainty to uncertain times

"If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’ — John Wayne. As we all figuratively gather together (because...

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Hot Property: The $30 million mansion that once got Prince in hot water

LOS ANGELES — Above the Sunset Strip, a palatial estate with a wild Hollywood history is for sale at $29.995 million. Since its...

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Laughlin: Be the Tomato King (or Queen)!

Nothing beats a fresh tomato from the garden. Tomato growers all over the world know the only thing better is if you grew it...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: For commercial real estate, COVID-19 is one thing; the crude oil price collapse is a bigger thing

The '80s are back, and I don't mean big hair and leg warmers, or big cowboy hats and gold nugget rings — because when crude oil...

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Women lag in wringing value from housing transactions

When it comes to building long-term financial security, it's widely known that women are held back by a persistent gender wage...

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Affordable DIY projects to transform your home

Transformative home renovations don’t need to be complicated, nor do they need to cost an arm and a leg. There are plenty of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Masks, gloves can't hide bruised home sales

April could be the cruelest month, indeed, for home sales, despite extraordinary steps being taken to keep the market going. By...

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The Latest: China reports 30 new virus cases, no deaths

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Virus delays launch of Chip and Joanna Gaines' new network

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Network will be blooming late because of the coronavirus crisis.The...

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A century later, victory gardens connect Americans again

During World War I, posters proclaiming “Food will win the war” encouraged Americans to grow victory gardens. A century later,...

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Ask a Designer: Improving your home's function as refuge

When your entire life is happening inside your home, it matters how that space feels and functions.Interior designers often...

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COVID-19 relief pledged

Veterans United Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Veterans United Home Loans, is pledging $1 million to assist with COVID-19...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for April 18, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $45 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for April 18, 2020

MLCV Oklahoma LLC: 1815 S Meridian Ave., hotel-motel, remodel, $1,456,120. Jim Quigley Custom Homes LLC: 1513 NW 158,...

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What you need to know about mortgage relief, COVID-19 scams

Unfortunately, during times of hardship, families often are targeted by fraud artists attempting to take advantage of those...

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D-FW's first-quarter home starts highest in 14 years

DALLAS — North Texas housing starts and new home sales surged in the first quarter. But most of those gains came before the...

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Marni Jameson, Let’s be kinder to our world on Earth Day, every day

Dear World: Among the lessons I am learning from this paralyzing coronavirus pandemic is not to take you for granted, which I...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma, the home showings must go on, online or in person

Home sales have slowed, but not stopped by a long shot. Here is a sampling of what real estate agents are seeing and doing out...

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Jumbo mortgage market disappearing as lenders shun risk

The jumbo loan market is shrinking as some mortgage lenders are facing a liquidity crunch. It's the perfect storm for lenders...

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Moesel: With weather warming, proceed to spring planting

We got reminded this week why April 7 is not the last freeze date but the last average freeze date as many areas of the metro...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Home sales take a hit, but remain brisk at entry level

Things were looking up in the metro-area housing market at the end of March — the number of listings, pending contracts and...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for April 18, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a new condominium at the North End at Jamestown near NW 63 and May Avenue. The 1,852-square-foot,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Assessor 'must wait and see' virus effects on property values

Oklahoma County Assessor Larry Stein said Friday that it will be next year before his office can consider the effect of the...

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Need for seed: Gardeners flock to stores, overwhelm websites

NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — The sweet peppers were picked over, the tomatoes were taken and the flowers were fixing to be next. The...

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Amsterdam set to ban tourist home rentals in 3 neighborhoods

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Amsterdam, in the midst of an unprecedented tourism slump caused by restrictions aimed at slowing the spread...

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Amid lockdown, Danes find way to celebrate queen's birthday

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Observing social distancing, Danes on Thursday sang birthday songs from homes, balconies, parks and...

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Starting a vegetable garden: the basics

Lots of people sheltering at home now because of the coronavirus pandemic are thinking about planting a vegetable garden. It...

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Nevada town fights plan to fix century-old canal amid COVID

FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — A conflict emerging on northern Nevada's high desert marks an unusual crossroads for a pandemic, a relic...

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Outlook 2020: It's about more than property for Monarch in OKC

Sisters Monique Short, 41, and Erica Emery, 33, co-managing partners in Monarch Property Group LLC, brought experience in...

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Outlook 2020: 'You are capable! No matter what your circumstances,' Habitat chief says

Ann Felton Gilliland, 76, CEO and chairman of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, has led the organization for 30 years....

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Outlook 2020: 'Give more than you take,' Judy J. Hatfield says

Name: Judy Hatfield, 71, is an owner and founding principal of Equity Commercial Realty II LLC, a Norman-based full-service...

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Riot of color: Flowering shrubs can wake up spring gardens

Spring has sprung, the days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and the flowers are opening. As a child, I...

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Home Help: Make a workspace that works for you and your kids

If you work from home and have kids, space and organization can be a constant problem. Here are some ideas from...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for April 11, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a Victorian-meets-farmhouse tucked onto an acre in the back of one of Newcastle's most sought-after...

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Paul Bianchina, Tile is a great choice for floors

When you’re looking for a flooring material that combines strength and durability with timeless good looks, it’s hard to beat...

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Oklahoma County property sales

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $43 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Barry Stone, Fencing requirement for swimming pools

DEAR BARRY: I'm preparing to build a fence around my swimming pool for child-safety reasons. Most likely, there are legal...

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Jameson: Put angst to good use, organize what’s most important

OK, let’s just get this over with, and talk about the skeleton, err, I mean elephant in the room. As long as we all have death...

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New to gardening? Try containers!

If you recently have decided you would like to grow some of your own food, but your vegetable gardening is limited by...

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The Oklahoman's Richard Mize, From 2001, Property's value found in hearts

EDITOR'S NOTE: Real Estate Editor Richard Mize is on one week of furlough. Here is a vintage column, one of his favorites,...

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Spring home improvement that will refresh your spirit

SPRING FORECAST: Increasing sun and warmth, no matter what's happening in the news. And we also forecast that you'll be...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Sowing seeds of victory

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Virus casts a dark cloud over once-thriving home market

BOSTON (AP) — When Rebeka McBride and her husband put their home in Washington state on the market in early March, the...

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Outlook 2020: 'Life throws curve balls, so grit is required,' Lisa Synar says

• Name: Lisa B. Synar, 64, executive director of OKC Beautiful, who has doubled programming at the only nonprofit dedicated to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gardening goes viral

The coronavirus has so many people staying in, but out in their gardens, that seeds are in short supply. "We garden every year...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: An American in Paris in the age of coronavirus comes home and plants a garden

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sarah Bytyqi, founder and managing broker of Verbode, a real estate brokerage downtown, was in Paris in late...

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Marni Jameson: When sheltering in place, home doubles as office, school and gym

“What’s for dinner at your house, Marni?” came the text from my future son-in-law (that is, if the July wedding isn’t canceled...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for April 4, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a large home with office in a 1.8-acre wooded, parklike setting in the Edmond area of northeast...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Two builders and a lender walk into a pandemic

It looked to me like a couple of homebuilders pulled extra building permits last week to get ahead of the coronavirus slowdown,...

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Rodd Moesel, Plant world is oblivious to coronavirus

We humans have been altering our schedules and behavior to avoid and beat the COVID-19 virus, but nature doesn’t know about...

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Barry Stone, Forced-air furnace won’t turn off

DEAR BARRY: Last year we replaced our rock roof with asphalt shingles, and the strangest thing has been happening ever since....

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The therapeutic value of the garden in trying times

If someone were to say I must self-isolate in the garden for the next few weeks, I would shake him or her by the hand. If I...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for April 4, 2020

Norev LLC: 3012 NW 150, medical clinic-office, supplement, $1,360,320. Justin S. and Lyndsie N. Dallas: 2845 S Portland Ave.,...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for April 4, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $102 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Top Oklahoma residential property brokerages emphasize service

Five Oklahoma brokerages — four in Tulsa, one in Oklahoma City — landed on the 2020 REAL Trends 500 rankings of leading U.S....

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High-tech growing systems bring joy of gardening indoors

Traditionally, growing your own herbs and veggies was reserved for those with the luxury of outdoor space and abundant...

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Feed the soul: In chaotic times, gardening becomes therapy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dig. Plant. Breathe.As spring's arrival in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with government...

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Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for...

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The census counts, Realtors say

Realtors are urging people to participate in the national census. It will have a big impact on the future housing market, said...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 28, 2020

Gary J Randolph Construction Inc.: 12208 Stonemill Manor Court, residence, erect, $785,000. Wheeler Construction LLC: 1701...

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Pau; Bianchina, Check hairline concrete cracks before sealing   

Q: We had a new driveway poured last spring, probably 100 by 25 feet. It has developed hairline cracks on some of the...

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Live-work-play is another way to stay at home in Oklahoma City's Wilshire Point neighborhood

The coronavirus has people in a temporary stay-at-home mode, but at Wilshire Point it will be a way of life for the long haul —...

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Barry Stone, Buyer questions illegal laundry drain

DEAR BARRY: The home I'm buying has a bootlegged drainpipe from the laundry, which was pointed out by my home inspector....

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Learn more about gardening, or even become a Master Gardener

If you are finding extra time on your hands due to the current health crisis, it is a great time to get outside and enjoy some...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma, Impacts on housing

Here are some notes on the coronavirus and its effects on the housing market. Showing online Oklahoma City Realtors rushed...

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Marni Jameson: How to keep coronavirus from coming home

I don’t know about you, but lately, as the spread of the new coronavirus has driven me and everyone else indoors to shelter in...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 28, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $57 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Espalier: how to train plants for the tracery of branches

Espalier is a way of training and pruning plants so their branches lie in an orderly and ornamental two-dimensional form. The...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Many rentless renters get a break

Many apartment renters who fall ill, can't work, lose their job or can't pay their rent for some other reason related to the...

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Marni Jameson, Six tips to finding your fountain

"Did you see the Fountain of Youth?” I ask Jessica, the graduate student living with us. She is freshly back from a day trip to...

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Barry Stone, Seller asks about smoke alarms

DEAR BARRY: Our listing agent says we have to install smoke alarms before selling our home. We've lived here for 35 years...

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Oklahoma City home show is postponed

The Oklahoma City Home + Outdoor Living Show, originally scheduled for March 27-29, has been postponed as a result of...

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Stuck at home? Get in some yard, garden time

Virus issues have taken over the newspaper, private conversations and the internet, and we aren’t talking plant viruses....

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 21, 2020

Plains Management Goup: 6201 N Western Ave., hotel-mtel, erect, $20,500,000. No name provided: 420 W Main St., office, remodel,...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 21, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $44 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Spring won't be the same without home shows

Spring has sprung, but with the usual popular spring events delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak, it will seem broken....

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Real estate briefs from The Oklahoman for March 21, 2020.

Treasurer's office has limited access The Oklahoma County Treasurer's Office will remain open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Online dispatches from the front lines (of home sales in Oklahoma City)

Don't be fooled by any stiff upper lips: The new coronavirus is hitting real estate agents where it hurts, in home showings and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Booming builders find buyers online

Home construction started the year with a boom in the Oklahoma City area, and two leading builders said they have seen no...

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About Andrew French

• Name: Andrew French. • Date of birth: March 17, 1992. • Birthplace: Oklahoma City. • Lives in: Edmond. • Title/position:...

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Close to home, Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association's young president grew up with experience

EDMOND — Andrew French, the youngest-ever president of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, does not have to look...

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Exceptional perennial varieties keep a garden fresh, interesting

Almost everything we encounter in life has three stages: anticipation, experience and memory. Of these, anticipation is the...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 21, 2020

The Listing of the Week has four bedrooms, plus an office, plus a bonus room, in the Rushbrook neighborhood, southeast of NW...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Sheriff's sales, foreclosures suspended

Add foreclosures and property foreclosure sales to the list of shutdowns. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s property foreclosure...

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How I bought a tiny home; one woman's story

HGTV shows have popularized tiny homes — typically those smaller than 400 square feet — in a big way. Many people are drawn to...

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`Re-Wilding’ your lawn takes work, especially at first

“Re-wilding” is the trend toward diversifying traditional lawns by putting in native plants that flower and fruit, boosting...

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No room for a boom, Mortgage lenders aren't quite over the last rush to refinance

If you blinked, you missed the refi boom. The rush to refinance home mortgages was two weeks ago, when investors fleeing...

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What now? Facing life without the entertainment world

NEW YORK (AP) — Overheard as the entertainment world stalled in response to the coronavirus outbreak: “What are we gonna do...

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105-year-old race massacre survivor's Tulsa home restored

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — When Lessie Benningfield Randle turned 105 on Nov. 10, she wanted two things for her birthday.Randle, one...

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Medical marijuana bills challenge Bible Belt politics

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Facing a potentially historic vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, Republican...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 14, 2020

Lingo Construction Services: 1801 Wheeler, office, erect, $4,000,000. SGA Design Group: 11333 SW 44, retail sales, erect,...

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Barry Stone, Inspection report isn't repair list for sellers

DEAR BARRY: We hired a home inspector to evaluate the home we’re buying, but now we’re wondering if it was worth the money. The...

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Oklahoma City-area garden events calendar from The Oklahoman for March 14, 2020

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Paul Bianchina, Replacement timers offer simple control for exterior lights

Good exterior lighting has long been acknowledged as one of the best ways to keep your property safe and secure. But to be...

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Kitchen redo story gives me sinking feelings

Rather than give my kitchen sink a hard look, a degunking and rearranging, as suggested by the how-to feature story on this...

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Coronavirus outbreak roundup for real estate in Central Oklahoma

Here is a rundown of issues, developments, and perspectives related to the new coronavirus, COVID-19, as it affects real estate...

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5 practical solutions for taming the mess around your kitchen sink

It's easy to ignore the clutter around the kitchen sink as you're rinsing kale or scrubbing a frying pan. But if you stop to...

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Marni Jameson, Late designer’s quest to elevate the ordinary lives on in new kitchenware line

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Inspired Home Show in Chicago was canceled amid coronavirus concerns. All journalistic objectivity aside,...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 14, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $37 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 14, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a condominium in The Logan, built in 1929, restored and updated by Brent Swift Design Build. The...

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You CAN grow your own food!

If you have always wanted to grow your own vegetables or herbs, this is the time to get started! Growing produce is a fun and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Housing market on edge; Oklahoma City Realtors brace for impact of virus

The social and economic impact of the coronavirus, not necessarily COVID-19 itself, has home buyers and sellers on edge and is...

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Bringing it home: Find inspiration in public spaces’ decor

Sometimes, sitting in a public place like a hotel lobby, you notice a mix of colors you’d never considered using in your own...

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March is a great time to prune many shrubs, but not all

Don't prune your forsythia, lilac or mock orange yet. Anything you cut off now will result in that much less of a flower show...

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Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity dedicates its 1,000th house

Call it Central Oklahoma Habitat for 1,000 families — so far. Brittani Githiri will call the charity builder's 1,000th house...

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Marni Jameson, 10 ways to design a forever home

Bob Thacker had a crazy idea for a house. He just wasn’t sure his fiance would go along. Like most couples who marry or remarry...

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Spring is tuning up

The daffodils are blooming, and it appears spring is ever closer as we begin the symphony of spring garden color. Soon we will...

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Oklahoma City-area garden events calendar events for March 7, 2020

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Real estate transactions

Cushman & Wakefield-Commercial Oklahoma reports these real estate transactions: • Tiger Tail 1234 LLC paid $494,000 to...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 7, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $41 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 7, 2020

SCI Construction Ltd.: 1400 E Memorial Road, nursing home, erect, $8,500,000. M Family Distributors Inc.: 3620 NW 39, retail...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 7, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a custom-built, one-owner home on the 5th green of the Golf Club at Surrey Hills. The...

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Barry Stone, Homeowner has swamp under house

DEAR BARRY: Every time it rains, the crawlspace under my house becomes a swamp, with ponds and puddles everywhere. Several of...

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Lowest-ever mortgage rates go viral

The new coronavirus freaked out the Fed, which sent mortgage interest rates to the lowest level ever, yes or no? Yes and no....

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Bianchina: Here's the lowdown on insulation

What is insulation? What’s it made of? How does it work and how is it measured? Here’s a little background that might help when...

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Myriad Botanical Gardens to present annual Oklahoma Gardening School at Oklahoma City University

The wind comes sweeping down the plain, storms are watched and warned, hail settles in drifts — no respite from a drought — and...

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Oklahoma Realtors recap 2019 at CapCon 2020

CapCon 2020 — the Oklahoma Association of Realtors' annual Capitol Conference, held this week — was as much about 2019. “The...

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Tributes, protest mark 250th anniversary of Boston Massacre

BOSTON (AP) — Solemn ceremonies and a protest marked the 250th anniversary Thursday of the massacre in Boston that helped spark...

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Pirates sanitize LECOM Park as proactive measure vs. virus

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have given their spring training home a deep clean as a proactive measure after a...

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City of Edmond, OSU host free outdoor water conservation classes

EDMOND — The city of Edmond Water Resources Department is partnering with the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension...

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Vuitton stages style history wall, Chanel goes pared-down

PARIS (AP) — Louis Vuitton staged a dazzling cinematic fashion production to cap Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with a wall of...

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UAW, stung by corruption, seeks $1.3M for vacation home

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers is seeking $1.29 million for the Michigan vacation home of its former president.The...

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Spring decor trends: soothing, soft, sustainable, stylish

If you’re looking for respite from this winter’s weather and news, you’ll find plenty of peace and quiet in the spring...

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Flowers and floral design are abloom in 2020 decor

In lighting fixtures, wallpapers, bedding and wall art, flowers are coming up all over in 2020. Along with floral design in...

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Bold decor, and you still get the security deposit back

Noelle Daumeyer and her roommates knew they needed a big, bold art piece to decorate the bland, white walls in the living room...

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Buy, build or fix: What’s best for first-time home buyers?

With a limited supply of entry-level housing for sale, getting your foot in the door you want could be a challenge if you’re...

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`Sustainable gardening' includes many eco-friendly practices

``Sustainable” is one of gardening’s trendiest buzzwords, yet it carries a range of definitions. Just what does it mean in...

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Virus news fuels return of forlorn White House briefing room

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House briefing room is back in business.The historic White House setting had fallen into something...

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Oklahoma City-area garden events calendar from The Oklahoman for Feb. 29, 2020

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Adjusting sales, Oklahoma City Realtors president learned to adjust to a whole new business

For JT Brown, life began at 60. A whole new kind of life did anyway. After a long career in retail, he sailed into real estate,...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Feb. 29, 2020

The Listing of the Week is an open-concept, ranch-style log home on 160 acres near Mulhall. The 2,455-square-foot home, at the...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Feb. 29, 2020

Charles A Shadid LLC: 9120 N MacArthur Blvd., retail sales, remodel, $981,900. JCT Custom Homes LLC: 17516 Egrets Landing,...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Feb. 29, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $48 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Ready, set, March!

Be sure to enjoy your “Leap Day” Saturday before the busy spring season begins! March is the beginning of the gardening season...

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Marijuana and property, schwag to mids to dank

The marijuana business is turning schwag property to mids and mids to dank. That's cannabis speak. Schwag is bad, mids is...

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Glass recycling market in U.S. is shattered

Glass is out as a recyclable, and it's everybody's fault. Since the first of the year, Republic Services, the recycling...

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Paul Bianchina, Any insulation works for dryer vent pipe

Q: I am running my dryer vent through my unconditioned crawl space and out the adjacent wall. I am using smooth, rigid pipe,...