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PARADE OF HOMES SHOWS CLASSIC, LUXURIOUS HOMES IN PARKE PLACE
SHARK PIT The Shark Pit, a restaurant and surfer’s paradise in the lobby of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Orlando, Fla., inspires beach themes for the home. PAGE 3F
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Builder and developer Steve Allen of AllenStyle Homes has his Parke Place addition and this model home at 7028 NW 160 in the Parade of Homes, which starts today and runs through Oct. 17. PHOTO BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN BY TIM FALL Special Correspondent firstname.lastname@example.org
Developer-builder Steve Allen said he heard the message loud and clear when people started to demand homes in the $200,000-to$300,000 price range, “but with a classic luxury look and feel.” His response has taken shape in Parke Place, his 42-lot neighborhood at NW 160 and Rockwell Avenue, one of six featured additions in this year’s Parade of Homes. Neighborhoods and homes will be open free to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. daily today through Oct. 17. Free parade plan guides, with photos, maps, descriptions and features, are available at metro-area Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse locations. In addition, the Parade of Homes has gone iPhone with a first-of-its-kind application. The app, available free at the Apple iTunes store. will let people view interactive maps of neighborhoods, photos and information on the homes and builders. It also will allow people to give the builders feedback on the home tour. SEE HOMES, PAGE 2F
NEW SPIN ON LIGHTBULBS Parke Place addition at NW 160 and Rockwell Avenue is one of six neighborhoods featured in the Parade of Homes. PHOTO BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN
Selling ‘premium property’ takes good showcase Does the home you plan to sell have such alluring features as 10-foot ceilings, a fireplace or a sunroom? With such visual enhancements, your place could rightfully go by the name real estate agents reserve for the best on the market: “a premium property.” No doubt you’re justifiably proud of your showplace. But that doesn’t mean you can fetch a price substantially higher than what the sellers of similar homes have obtained in your neighborhood recently, said Tom Early, a real estate broker and former president of the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents. “In most places, buyers still have a terrific amount of clout,” he said. Granted, the real estate market resembles a beauty contest in many respects; homes that show well and
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are in the best condition typically attract the most offers and sell sooner. Buyers are naturally drawn to homes that are well furnished and freshly painted. They also like properties with elegantly restored hardwood floors or brandnew carpet. But no seller can afford to be complacent so long as the U.S. economy continues to go through choppy waters. “In most areas, the pressure is still 100 percent on the sellers because there’s a lot of property on the market, including foreclosures,” Early said.
Still, there are several ways that the sellers of a showcase home can capitalize on its good looks. Here are a few tips: Choose a listing agent who understands how to create excellent visuals. “Anyone who owns a home in model condition should be doubly sure it looks good in all its advertising and marketing materials,” said Dorcas Helfant, a real estate broker and former president of the National Association of Realtors. Visuals include photos for print advertising and videos for online listings, such as virtual tours. Helfant said a growing number of agents have become skillful users of digital photography and can now produce the kinds of pictures that sellers need to appeal to prospects. Price modestly despite your property’s appeal.
Does the property you’re selling have a number of features that excite buyer interest, such as professional appliances in the kitchen and a master suite with a large bathroom? If so, you may be tempted to raise your asking price over that which neighbors without such features are seeking. But Helfant warns against doing so, lest you scare away price-conscious home shoppers. “Your first step is to determine the current market value of homes with the same floor plan in your neighborhood. Then go no higher than the top of that price range,” she said. Recommend an open house event. Many real estate agents downplay the value to sellers of open houses, saying they rarely attract serious buyers. Rather, they contend that most who attend
open houses are curious neighbors or passers-by looking for decorating tips. But Helfant said that by encouraging other sellers in the neighborhood to hold open houses the same day, you may increase your potential draw, especially if you’re selling a premium property. She suggests you ask your listing agent to call the other agents representing all the available listings in your neighborhood and try to coordinate your open houses. “It’s a good strategy for everyone in the neighborhood to have open houses at the same time because we’re all advertising for traffic. And with more traffic, you have a better chance of drawing in serious buyers,” Helfant said. E-mail Ellen James Martin at email@example.com. UNIVERSAL UCLICK
British manufacturer Hulger recently introduced Plumen 001, an artful take on the spiral-shape bulb. Unlike more common CFLs that people try to hide, “Plumen 001 is a bulb you’ll want on show,” Hulger says on the Web site Plumen.com. The name comes from plume, a feather intended to attract attention. The energy-saving bulb is available only in Europe, but the site promises U.S. sales soon. The company’s Flickr site (www.flickr.com/ photos/plumen) shows more designs in the works. Art comes at a price, however. The Plumen 001 sells for $31 to $39. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE INFORMATION SERVICES
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Left: A fountain is a prominent feature near the front entrance of the AllenStyle Homes model in the Parke Place addition. PHOTO BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN
Homes: Community feel important FROM PAGE 1F
AllenStyle Homes’ model at 7028 NW 160 in Parke Place is a parade home. The 2,262-squarefoot floor plan, with a huge master suite, open “family-living” flow and an upstairs bonus room, lists for $289,000. In Parke Place, a singlephase development which is “all about the small, quaint feel of historical neighborhoods,” the streets are tree-lined and a community playground has just been completed. “People really do want to know their neighbors,” Allen said, “They tell us all the time they’re tired of those big neighborhoods where they feel lost.” Parke Place homes all feature crown molding, wide baseboards and wood floors, “luxury elements people only expect to find in higher priced homes,” Allen said. AllenStyle is the only builder in Parke Place, which Allen said “allows us to maintain an excellent quality level.” Four homes are already occupied in Parke Place and three other AllenStyle models in addition to the featured home are being shown in the Parade of Homes. Floor plans for Parke Place homes range from 1,700 to around 2,600 square feet. Allen said he expects the addition to be built out in 18 months to two years. Lot sales have been “amazing,” he said.
Also featured Five other neighborhoods are being featured in the parade. Canyon Lakes addition, south of Memorial at Council Road, is in its sec-
ond phase of development. Developer Mark Livingston said 53 new lots in Phase 3 of the addition will be ready for viewing during the parade. “We’re still seeing very high demand for lots,” Livingston said, crediting the development’s “rural setting, yet great location.” Builders showing parade homes in Canyon Lakes include Jeff Justice, Caleb McCaleb, Patterson Custom Homes and Allenton Homes — AllenStyle’s bigbrother company, which builds primarily at $500,000 and above. Also featured are Fairfax Estates, at Coffee Creek and Sooner Road in Edmond, where estate and garden homes are available as well as five lots in Lamond Hill, a gated neighborhood where homes with views of the golf course range from $800,000 to $1.3 million. Developer J.W. Armstrong said 28 new lots will be available in Fairfax Gardens 4, a new phase of home sites, where homes are built from 2,400 to 3,400 square feet. “Lot sales have picked up in the past six months,” Armstrong said, with model homes “selling before they’re finished.” Custom Crafted Homes will be presenting a Parade home in Fairfax. Other featured additions in the Parade of Homes are: Foxmor Estates, developer Adam Barnard, SE 89 and Hiwassee. Lake Woods, developer John Woods, near SE 19 and Interstate 35 in Moore. Stone Mill, developer John Nail, off Mustang Road a mile north of Interstate 40 in Yukon.
The barrel ceiling is the defining feature of the entry. PHOTO BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN
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The AllenStyle model home at 7028 NW 160 has a large master bathroom with a double vanity. PHOTO BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN
Left: A bookcase in the dining room has a view to outside. PHOTO BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN
Right: This is the open kitchen at 7028 NW 160 in the Parke Place addition, one of six neighborhoods featured in the Parade of Homes today through Oct. 17. PHOTO BY
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Surfers’ paradise inspires beach theme
The Shark Pit at Four Points Sheraton in Orlando, Fla. PROVIDED BY MI-LING STONE POOLE
RE/MAX agent earns certification Jack McWilliams, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Preferred Properties, 3705 W Memorial Road, No. 1310, has completed a course in residential construction to receive the Residential Construction Certified designation. He has been in the real estate business for 12 years.
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Agent joins Paradigm AdvantEdge Larry Starbuck has joined Paradigm AdvantEdge Real Estate at its southside office, 1530 SW 119. He has a degree in theology from Midwest Christian College and served as a minister for the Independent Christian Church, a division of the Church of Christ. He entered the real estate business 13 years ago and has the professional designations Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI); Certified Residential Specialist (CRS); Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRS); and Certified Home Marketing Specialist (CHMS). He also is a graduate of the Missouri School of Auctioneering.
Beach themes are always a topic of discussion in my column. Often my readers venture off on a vacation to the islands and after returning, they want to recreate that feeling in their home or just find ways to incorporate the treasures they found into the space with ease and style. While traveling with my hubby to Orlando, Fla., the first stop on our way to a Caribbean cruise, I was inspired by an unusual restaurant called the Shark Pit, a surfers’ paradise in the lobby of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. This space was over the top and a little cheeky but an inspiring space for a fun family room or a child’s themed room. The carpeting set the tone for the space with colorful surfboards, and the lamp bases also were surf-inspired. The table tops appeared to be coat-
Mi-Ling Stone Poole ASK MI-LING ed with an epoxy overlay, highlighting ocean prints and photos of surfers. Colorful surfboards were used as artwork throughout, and the focal point of the space was a large round aquarium that could be seen from inside the restaurant and from a surf shop on the other side. Colorful tropical fish and a large nurse shark occupied the tank along with beautiful coral. Deep blue, coral, sand and green were some of the colors that were used throughout the space to mimic the colors of the sea. The built-in seats were
carved in the shape of waves and the upholstery was a vibrant mix of deep blue, light blue and cream and coral with an energizing pattern. This restaurant proved to be a fun and exciting spot to have a delicious mango margarita and eat great seafood. The ocean was in view from the rooms and provided a nice pre-cruise experience. Here are a few tips to help you create this surfers’ paradise in your home. Paint your room with the colors of the sea. Incorporate framed photos of the beach or create photos from shells you‘ve collected over the years. Add an aquarium to your room or paint a surf-inspired mural or apply wall paper and frame the border. Buy a few old surfboards from a garage sale
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or secondhand shop and paint them with bold colors of the sea to use as art work in the space. Now go out and create your own unique comfort zone! Look for more tips from my Caribbean cruise in future columns or go to www.miling.com.
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Despite low rates, mortgage refinancing elusive BY MARY PODMOLIK Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — The lowest mortgage interest rates in decades have sent thousands of homeowners eager to refinance their home loans scurrying into lenders’ offices. Many leave empty-handed and upset. A multipronged whammy of lower home values, new appraisal guidelines and tighter lending requirements frequently derail consumers from snaring loans at lower interest rates. Lenders say they are closing 60 to 70 percent of refinancings. “It’s a blow to (a borrower’s) ego,” said Todd Gosden, a loan originator at Avenue Mortgage in Naperville, Ill. “The guy who makes $250,000 a year, managing 150 people, who says, ‘I want to take advantage of this,’ and I have to say, ‘You can’t.’ The reaction is, ‘Are you kidding me?’ ” A decade ago, all types of consumers were able to qualify for a particular interest rate. In the current era of risk-based pricing, numerous variables determine the rate offered to an individual, including whether the property is a single-family home or condominium, and loan-level pricing adjustments are applied to eight different tiers of credit scores. “There are more people that can’t get a refinance today than two to three years ago,” said Brad Blackwell, an executive vice president at Wells Fargo. A case in point is a couple who six months ago easily refinanced the $365,000 interest-only loan on their $900,000 home, said David Hochberg, president of Townstone Financial Inc. in Chicago. Hochberg said the man’s credit score was 790; hers was 715. But since the last refinancing, credit guidelines have tightened, and the minimum credit score now required for a new loan at the rate they sought was 720. The only option, which the couple didn’t take, would have been for the wife to remove her
name, and thus her credit score, from the mortgage application. Self-employed borrowers face extra challenges because they have to produce two years of tax returns. If the owner of a sole proprietorship has a lot of tax write-offs that alter adjusted gross income, or the most recent year shows a substantial income decline, it can adversely affect his or her application. “The self-employed individual — you might just as well put a skewer through their heart, because they’re dead,” Hochberg said. “You have people that you could help and save a lot of money, and those people would put that money right back into the economy.” Appraisals are upending many refinancings. During the early part of the housing crisis, appraisers tried to separate distressed property transactions from conventional home purchases that are used as comparable sales in a neighborhood. But in some neighborhoods, distressed properties are the market and have lowered home values to a level that still surprises homeowners. “There’s definitely some people who have a realistic grasp on the market and what their home is really worth, and there’s definitely a portion that don’t believe it’s gone down,” said Chicago-area real estate appraiser Chip Wagner. Consumers who are underwater, meaning they owe more on the mortgage than the home is worth and are unable to meet the 80 percent threshold, are seeking assistance from federal government programs. Some are getting help through the Home Affordable Refinance Program, a sister effort of the Obama administration’s loan-modification program. But the program’s success has been stymied, in part, because second lien holders have to agree to the refinancing. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE INFORMATION SERVICES
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The Obama administration developed two programs to help consumers unable to refinance their loans through conventional channels: Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP): The program administered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has been extended to June 30. The program is intended for owner-occupants whose mortgages are held by Fannie or Freddie. Borrowers must be current on their mortgages, meaning they haven’t been more than 30 days late on a payment in the past 12 months, and unable to refinance because their loan-to-value ratio is greater than 80 percent but less than 125 percent. Borrowers paying mortgage insurance on their current loan will need to carry the same amount of insurance on a HARP loan. It’s up to loan servicers to determine whether a borrower
qualifies, and some servicers have little interest in refinancing seriously underwater loans. FHA Short Refinance: The program, which began Sept. 7, is designed for underwater borrowers who do not have a Federal Housing Administration-insured loan. One big difference from HARP: Participating lenders — and participation is voluntary — have to agree to write off at least 10 percent of the unpaid principal balance on the first mortgage, a thorny issue. The other potential hang-up is second lien holders, and the program hopes to tackle that issue by offering incentives to lien holders who at least partially extinguish those debts. Consumers must have a credit score of at least 500, and the refinanced loan must have a loanto-value ratio of no more than 97.5 percent. If there is a second lien on the property, the combined loan-to-value must be no greater than 115 percent. The program ends Dec. 31, 2012.
China curbs lending in move to cool hot housing market BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SHANGHAI — China is imposing fresh restrictions on lending and rolling out a new tax on real estate transactions in some major cities in its latest effort to cool the redhot housing market. The measures include a 30-percent down payment for a mortgage on a first home purchase, up from the previous 20 percent. Purchases of second homes require a 50-percent down payment, up from 40 percent. In line with many inves-
Grant Bailey joins Paradigm AdvantEdge Grant Bailey has joined Paradigm AdvantEdge Real Estate’s south office at 1530 SW 119 as a residential real estate sales associate. Bailey previously worked for 35 years in the restaurant business in Oklahoma City. He worked as a manager for several national chains before opening his own restaurant, Harbor House. He also owns and operates Incredible Catering. He has the Graduate, Realtor Institute, professional designation.
Churchill-Brown associate earns accreditation Peggy Burris, a residential real estate sales associate with Churchill-Brown & Associates Realtors, has earned the Accredited Buyer’s Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors. She completed a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, and documented her professional experience.
tors’ expectations, the government also said it would introduce a trial property tax in some major cities. Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Chongqing are expected to be among the cities where the tax will be rolled out first, state media have said. Loans for purchases of third homes are banned, said the announcement on the government’s website. “The housing problem affects people’s livelihood and apart from being an economic problem also affects social stability,” it said. “Excessively high housing prices make it dif-
ficult for families to find homes, increase financial risks and are an obstacle to coordinated economic development.” Authorities have sought repeatedly to cool the market by discouraging housing purchases for investment purposes, particularly speculative buying, that has helped drive prices out of reach for many city dwellers. The recent gains in the value of China’s currency, the yuan, are also believed to be drawing in illicit flows of investment from overseas, adding to upward pressures on prices.
“Together, the yuan’s appreciation and booming housing prices are thought to have contributed to the frothiness in the property market, perhaps risking an inflationary spiral or financial crisis,” said Hui Qiangjian, a senior researcher at E-house R&D Institute in Shanghai. The newest actions fol-
lowed news that real estate dealings had surged since mid-August, pushing prices higher. Overall, housing prices in 70 major Chinese cities rose 9.3 percent in August from the year before. The government is also seeking to discourage property developers from hoarding land, or newly
built housing, thus constraining supply, while waiting for prices to rise further. Worries over what the government might do to dampen the property market had been weighing on investor sentiment, and the moderate measures announced relieved some of that concern.
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Homeowners’ equity is on the rebound WASHINGTON — With all the grim rising home equity finding is mainly news about underwater mortgages and good news for residential real estate, but rising foreclosures, you the increase is not attribmight be surprised to utable solely to positive learn that a bellwether events. The Fed makes its measure of the national basic calculation the same Kenneth way most homeowners housing market — homeHarney owners’ equity — has would: You subtract your been on the rebound. total mortgage debt from It hasn’t received much the estimated market valpublicity, but the Federal THE NATION’S HOUSING ue of your real estate. Reserve’s latest “flow of The remainder — if funds” statistical report there is one — is your net on the nation’s finances found that equity. The Fed has access to the morthomeowners’ net equity holdings have gage debt holdings of banks and nonincreased from $5.9 trillion during the bank lenders, and uses a variety of govfirst quarter of 2009 — the hard bottom ernmental and private real estate data of the recession cycle — to just under $7 sources to arrive at quarterly home valtrillion through the second quarter of ues across the country. 2010, ending last June 30. But here’s where things get a little Big numbers, you say, but what does a complicated. The types of data that flow $1 trillion increase in homeowner equity into those massive debt and home value really mean? How could the Fed’s widely numbers include variables you might not accepted measurement have jumped 17.1 think about when you tally your own percent in just 15 months? equity. Home prices may be up modestly in Calvin Schnure, a former Fed econosome parts of the country over that mist who worked on “flow of funds” period — even by double digits in a reports and now is the director of ecohandful of California’s most volatile nomic analysis at Freddie Mac, said the markets. But those percentage gains are national mortgage debt statistic is being measured against the shellshocked pushed downward by principal reduclows of late 2008 and early 2009. Statis- tions and foreclosures by lenders — tically, even a modest increase in designs of homeowner distress — but also pressed median prices can look impresby faster paydowns of mortgage debt sive. balances. If home equity, as measured by the Each of these trends has been strongly economists at the Fed, has rebounded so under way during the past year. For one vigorously, how come most of our own illustration of faster paydowns, Schnure personal equity holdings haven’t done noted in an interview that 22 percent of anywhere near as well? Is the Federal all refinancings of Freddie Mac loans in Reserve’s equity number relevant to the most recent quarter involved a “cash owners and prospective buyers? in,” where homeowners bring money to The simple answer is this: The Fed’s the table to reduce their total mortgage
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Paradigm AdvantEdge adds associate Saundra Delgado has joined Paradigm AdvantEdge Real Estate’s south office, 1530 SW 119, as a residential sales associate. She was born and grew up in Oklahoma City. She earned a degree in social sciences at the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in education at Oklahoma City University. Saundra taught school for a number of years and then became an administrator for the Oklahoma City public schools, working with federal grants and academic programs. She has been a Realtor for the past eight years and holds the Senior Real Estate Specialist professional designation.
Lacy Wilder joins office Lacy Wilder has joined Churchill-Brown & Associates Realtors, 4401 W Memorial, Suite 109, as a residential real estate sales associate. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in marketing from the University of Central Oklahoma. She also studied languages and is fluent in Spanish. She is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. Previously, she was a teacher in the Putnam City public school system and has marketed contemporary art throughout the United States and Canada.
burden. American consumers have been deleveraging — cutting debt — across the board since the onset of the recession, Schnure said, from credit cards to student loans. This is a positive trend, he said, because “household balance sheets are getting better” in stark contrast to the credit gluttony that characterized the boom years. Also, some lenders are weaning borrowers off certain forms of high-balance credit, restricting home equity lines, for instance, and that further reduces mortgage debt outstanding. On the real estate side of the ledger, Schnure said home price appreciation has in fact pushed up homeowner equity holdings — accounting for roughly onethird of the $1 trillion gain in the Fed’s calculations. Some of the increase is also attributable to home improvements and remodeling investments. Doug Duncan, chief economist at Fannie Mae and a longtime analyst of real estate and mortgage trends, said still another factor pushing up equity totals
is the recent growth of “all-cash sales (of homes) where, of course, equity is always 100 percent.” On top of that, about one-third of all homeowners own their properties free and clear, having paid off all prior mortgage debt. Now back to the original question: What’s the significance of the Fed’s steadily rising home equity number for the average homeowner? There’s no dispute that a 17-percent increase is a positive sign at the very least. Home values nationwide no longer are on the downgrade, and household debt loads are moderating. None of this offers much solace to people still stuck with underwater mortgages or who lost their homes to foreclosures. But for just about everybody else who cares about home real estate, the latest Fed numbers suggest that the equity crash probably is over and that a rebuilding — with healthier credit habits — is under way. E-mail Ken Harney at firstname.lastname@example.org. WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP
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Tips offered so you can solder pipes like pro Soldering pipes is one of those things that you might shy away as being too hard to learn, or something only the “pros” know how to do. But with the right tools and just a little bit of practice, it’s a very useful home improvement skill to have.
Get the right tools and supplies For soldering copper pipe, you’ll first need to pick up a couple of tools, as well as few supplies (in addition to whatever pipe and fittings you need). They’re not expensive, and you can get them wherever plumbing supplies are sold. The first thing you’ll need is a good torch. The least expensive is a simple propane torch, which is just a nozzle and a valve that attaches to a small, disposable propane cylinder. For a little more money — and it’s worth the investment — you can get one that has a built-in lighter, which means you can skip the matches or the spark striker. The better torches also work with MAPP gas (a modified propane), which produces a hotter flame. This is something that’s a real advantage when working with larger-diameter pipe and
heavier fittings such as valves. The next thing you’ll need is a tubing cutter. While copper pipe can be cut with a hacksaw, it’s much better to use a tubing cutter. Tubing cutters have a small cutter wheel that comes in contact with the copper as the cutter is rotated around the pipe with increasing pressure, cutting through the pipe and producing a clean, square cut. To ensure a good solder joint, the pipe and fitting have to be clean. For that, you’ll need a pipe cleaning tool. This is simply a tool with wire brushes in different sizes that cleans both the inside of the fitting and the outer surface of the pipe. You can also use steel wool or emery cloth, but the cleaning tool is faster and easier for the common 1/2- and 3/4inch pipes used most often. Finally, you’ll need leadfree solder and acid-free flux or tinning flux, plus a disposable flux brush.
Successful soldering The outside diameter of a copper pipe is slightly smaller in diameter than the inside of the copper fitting. The idea with soldering — also called
Residential associate named Kylie Owens has joined Churchill-Brown & Associates Realtors’ south office, 9620 S Pennsylvania, as a residential real estate sales associate. She has lived in the metro area 26 years and has been selling real estate for one year. Previously, she worked in sales.
Paul Bianchina HANDY @ HOME “sweating a pipe” — is to fill all of that tiny space between the pipe and the fitting with liquid solder. There are three keys to success here: a clean joint, flux and proper temperature. Cut your pipe to length, and make sure everything is ready to go. Next, clean the end of the pipe and the inside of the fitting with your cleaning brush or other abrasive. Both the pipe and the fittings should look bright, clean and shiny. Once they’re clean, you next want to apply the flux. Flux helps to further clean the copper, and it also prevents further oxidation during the soldering process and promotes smooth flow of the solder into the joint. Flux comes in a paste form in a small can or jar. It’s applied to the end of the pipe and the inside of the fitting using a
small, stiff brush. Use caution when applying the flux, as it contains chemicals that can be harmful if you get it in your eyes, mouth or open cuts. Read and follow all label instructions carefully! Also, be careful where you set the brush, as the flux is somewhat sticky and it’s easy to pick up dirt and other impurities. If the brush gets dirty, either wipe it clean with a rag, or toss it and use a new one. Next, assemble the joint by slipping the pipe into the fitting until it bottoms out completely. Rotate the pipe inside the fitting a little to spread the flux. Support the pipe so that the joint stays completely seated during the soldering process. If possible, set up several joints at the same time prior to soldering, so that working on one joint doesn’t disturb the prior joint before it’s had a chance to cool. However, don’t get too far ahead of yourself. You want to complete the soldering as soon as possible after the joints have been cleaned and fluxed, to prevent the flux from drying out and becoming ineffective. Now you’re ready to sol-
der. The trick is to heat the fitting, not the solder. The fitting needs to be hot enough to allow the solder to melt and flow, but not so hot that the flux begins to smoke. Position your torch so that the blue part of the flame is about 1 to 2 inches from the fitting. Heat the fitting until the flux begins to sizzle, which usually only takes a few seconds. Next, unroll several inches of solder off the roll, and bend about an inch at the end into a 45 degree angle. Now you can test the joint by touching the solder against the seam of the fitting on the side opposite from where the torch is. When the fitting is hot enough, the solder will melt easily. When the whole fitting is properly
heated, solder will be sucked very quickly into the joint by way of capillary action.
Be careful! Needless to say, you’re working with open flame, often in confined areas. Be careful! Always be very aware of where you’re pointing the flame. Keep the torch off until you’re ready to solder, and shut it off between joints. When soldering close to wood and other flammables, use a shield of some sort to avoid igniting the wood. And please be very careful around dryer lint — it’s extremely flammable! Remodeling and repair questions? E-mail Paul Bianchina at email@example.com. INMAN NEWS
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How Utah came to own half-built city in desert DEVELOPMENT | CORAL CANYON CAME ABOUT IN LAND GRANT BY DAVID HARRISON Stateline.org
At one time, there was a cafe and a beauty parlor next to Tammy Smith’s remodeling store in Coral Canyon, Utah. Today, her business, Bliss Design Center, is one of the only shops left in the retail district of this new development located 20 minutes up the highway from the city of St. George, in the southwest corner of Utah. During the past year and a half, the stores closed down one by one, Smith said. Customers were scarce. Wide roads sat almost empty. Many of the homes that were supposed to bring life to this slice of desert — and customers to Smith’s store — are either for sale, in the process of being foreclosed upon, or simply never got built at all. Like many Western “boomburgs” in the wake of the recession, Coral Canyon is struggling. Unlike others, however, big chunks of this subdivision belong to the state government. Once just a dusty stretch of shrub land off Interstate 15, Coral Canyon came to life 10 years ago through an agreement between an obscure state agency and SunCor, an Arizona-based developer. The deal was that SunCor would lease the land from Utah, build houses, and then pay the state for the value of the land once
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OU grad joins Paradigm AdvantEdge Terry N. Taylor has joined Paradigm AdvantEdge Real Estate’s south office at 1530 SW 119. He is a lifetime resident of the metro area and attended the University of Oklahoma where he studied accounting and geology. He started selling real estate five years ago and specializes in downtown Oklahoma City housing. He is a past member of the “Core to Shore” committee and is now serving on the “River Front Design” committee for Oklahoma City.
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Smith joins Prudential Alliance Prudential Alliance Realty, 4101NW 122, has added Maxine Smith as a residential real estate sales associate. She has lived in Oklahoma City since 1964. She earned her real estate license and joined Abide Realtors in 1977. She retired in 2006, but recently decided to come out of retirement.
the houses sold. The plan called for roughly 2,000 houses on 2,600 acres. It was a good deal for the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, which manages about 3.5 million acres held in trust to benefit Utah’s schools. Those acres are all that’s left from an original land grant of 7.5 million acres given to Utah by the federal government upon achieving statehood. Some 22 other states received similar grants, with the requirement that they put the land to its “highest and best use” and that they put the proceeds in a trust to pay for schools. During the past decade, land agencies in several of those states tapped into the real estate frenzy. In Utah, revenues from development and land sales rose from $15 million in 2003 to $45 million in 2007. Coral Canyon was SITLA’s largest development by far — a showcase for how Utah could generate economic growth and money for schools at the same time. But the recession changed all that. Pinnacle West Capital Corp., SunCor’s parent company, has pulled out of the real estate business. The half-completed Coral Canyon development went up for sale last year along with other SunCor projects in Arizona and New Mexico. Rather than waiting for
a hedge fund to scoop up Coral Canyon and flip it for a quick buck, state officials decided to step in. In May, Utah’s land agency bought out SunCor’s stake in 172 finished lots for $3.4 million. The state now finds itself with a half-finished development on its hands, two hours from Las Vegas and four hours from Salt Lake City. Whether that turns out to be a good investment will depend on how long it takes for the housing market to bounce back. State officials said they aren’t worried about the risks involved. Doug Buchi, an assistant director at SITLA in charge of real estate development, said he has “no doubt at all” that the market will turn. When — and if — that happens, he expects to be able to sell each of those lots to builders for about $50,000, more than twice what the state paid for them. “We just felt that it was best for us to take control of our own destiny rather than rely on the market,” Buchi said. “It’s a new thing for us.” The state has an advantage over private landowners. Since it doesn’t pay taxes on land it owns and since it’s not answerable to shareholders, state officials can sit on a property until demand returns, reaping the benefits of patience. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE INFORMATION SERVICES
The home and garden of Debbie and John Benn at 207 NW 18 are among four homes and two gardens on the Heritage Hills Historic Homes & Gardens Tour today and Sunday. PHOTO BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
4 homes, 2 gardens on Heritage Hills tour EVENT | HOURS ARE FROM NOON TO 5 P.M. TODAY AND SUNDAY FROM STAFF REPORTS
The 44th annual Heritage Hills Historic Homes and Gardens Tour will be from noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. The tour presents different styles and periods of homes in the neighborhood. Visitors may visit four private homes and two gardens: Home and garden of Debbie and John Benn, 207
NW 18. Home of Charlie and Carla Flournoy, 206 NW 18. Garden of Jeff, Dana, Adam and Hanna Hirsch, 300 NW 19. Home of Timothy J. Lyons, 417 NW 16, a renovation under way. Home of Jeri and Trey Richardson, 801 NW 15. Three homes will include viewings of the homes’ carriage houses.
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The tour also will present the Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15, where food, beverages and souvenirs will be for sale. Tour tickets are $15 at area businesses and also will be sold during the tour at the featured sites. Proceeds from the tour support historic preservation efforts. For more information, go to www.heritagehills .org.
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Be prepared when putting an addition on BY MELISSA RAYWORTH For The Associated Press
Ask William Carter about expanding your home and he’s going to be blunt: It will be expensive. It will be messy. And it will take time. “This is a very taxing process,” said Carter, who has renovated homes in California for three decades and is now board chairman of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. “You’re probably going to make 1,500 to 2,000 decisions before this project is completed.” But, he said, if you plan carefully and trust your instincts, you can “end up with a quality project and everyone will be friends afterward.”
cost up to several hundred dollars, Donovan said, but “that’s what an architect would charge you for one hour.” When interviewing contractors, make sure all decision-makers are present. Come prepared with questions, and ask for clarification of details.
John Cowles works on an addition to a home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Putting an addition on your home is not a quick and easy job, but doing some research in advance will better prepare you for the project. AP PHOTO
big can make it harder to recoup the money when you eventually sell. Do research at local stores to decide what you like — particular appliances, types of flooring, and so on — and what it costs. This legwork makes you more informed when interviewing contractors, and helps create a budget. Work up a realistic budget, Kuperszmid-Lehrman said, leaving room for cost overruns of 5 percent to 10 percent. When budgeting, consider whether you’ll need to live elsewhere while work is being done.
Research, research Like all remodeling projects, adding on to your home starts with planning and research. In surveys of Consumer Reports readers who have remodeled their homes, “the thing they wish they had done is spent more time upfront,” said Celia KuperszmidLehrman, deputy home editor at the magazine. Make detailed notes about the basics you want, and a separate list of special things — maybe skylights or a fireplace — that you’d love to include but can live without. “There is almost always a conflict between what you can afford and what you want,” said Bill Harbrecht, a retired contractor from Florida who shares his knowledge at Remodeling4Dumbells.com.
Think big enough Be sure to plan a large
Sergio Samperio works on the roof of a home addition in Los Angeles. AP PHOTO
enough addition, he said, because scrimping on space may leave you unsatisfied with the finished product. But also consider how the value and size of your
home compares with others in the neighborhood. “You don’t want to go crazy beyond what’s common in your neighborhood,” Kuperszmid-Lehrman said, because building too
Extensive interviews You can commission plans from an architect before interviewing contractors or work with “design-build” contractors who create plans for their work. If the addition isn’t elaborate, you also can buy software to design your own plans. Software can
Carter’s proposals are carefully organized, and include numerous documents detailing every aspect of the job. “Look at how the bid was presented,” he said, because the effort put into the proposal may give a sense of the effort that will go into the finished job. Look for someone who is experienced in the specific type of work you’re
planning, and perhaps is certified in that area. Does the contractor point out potential difficulties up front or promise that the job will be totally smooth sailing? Ask about things like downtime while they wait for supplies.
Get it in writing “A lot of people get bids, and by then they’re already so tired of the process” that they just jump in and get started, Carter said. But it’s vital to move slowly and carefully when signing contracts. Don’t assume details are implied. Outline everything on paper, from which materials will be used to how clean the worksite will be at the end of each day.
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L.A. real estate scene attracts, creates celebs BY LAUREN BEALE Los Angeles Times
The face. The hair. The voice. Why does that real estate agent seem so familiar? Because, in that onlyin-L.A. kind of way, there’s a good chance the agent is also an actor, reality show personality or has had some other brush with fame. The past decade’s real estate bubble and bust spawned more than 20 reality cable television shows devoted to home buying, selling and flipping, so the odds are that some of those agents will end up at an open house. Broaden the spotlight to music and acting, and the recognition factor climbs even higher. “There’s been an explosion of celebrities,” said Stuart Fischoff, a professor emeritus of media psychology at Cal State Los Angeles. “There are so many different venues for people to become celebrities.” At age 17, Sharona Alperin was the inspiration for the song “My Sharona,” a No. 1 hit by Los Angeles band the Knack. Today, Alperin sells high-end real estate in West Los Angeles working for Sotheby’s International Realty, Sunset Boulevard. Although she had been selling real estate for more than 20 years, Alperin’s website doesn’t shy away from her connection with the energetic rock anthem, blasting it on the home page. A recent addition to the ranks of real estate licens-
Chad Rogers, center, a celebrity real estate agent, is having a brokers’ open house at developer/sports agent Dwight Manley’s house in Beverly Hills, Calif. With him are real estate agents Jennifer Quick, left, and Victoria Silver. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE PHOTO Celebrity real estate agent Stuart Damon, right, (of “General Hospital” fame) with his partner and son, Christopher Damon, are at a Beverly Hills, Calif., home their office has listed. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE PHOTO
Even when I’m at Coldwell Banker, sitting at the office meetings, I’ll be getting these strange looks: ‘Who are you? Do I know you? Haven’t I seen you before?’ And we’ll strike up a conversation.” STUART DAMON
REAL ESTATE AGENT AND ACTOR
ees is Stuart Damon, who played Dr. Alan Quartermaine on “General Hospital.” Damon, who ended his role of 31 years on the soap opera in 2008, teamed with his son Christopher Damon six months ago to establish Damon Group within Joyce Rey’s Coldwell Banker office in Beverly Hills.
An actor for five decades, he keeps a foot in both worlds, having made several appearances on “Days of Our Lives” this year while laying the groundwork for his real estate business. If strangers give him a puzzled glance, he just volunteers who he is. It’s an icebreaker. “Even when I’m at
Larry the Cable Guy’s home for sale BY MARY SHANKLIN The Orlando Sentinel
ORLANDO, Fla. — Anyone interested in living the life of Larry the Cable Guy can start by buying the comedian’s Sanford, Fla., home, which he recently listed for sale at $1.55 million. Signature features include a “man cave,” as his real-estate agent called it, with a pool table, bar and video machine. The pool area has a waterfall and grotto with an outdoor spa and a television that emerges from a rock. It also has an outdoor movie theater, fire pit and large bar. There’s a stocked fishing pond and detached gym. Dan Whitney, the actor known as Larry the Cable Guy, bought the rustic home when he was a bachelor in 2001 and rebuilt it. Situated on 20 acres, the property includes three buildings, with four bedrooms in the main house. Evans said the family has basically outgrown the house and may spend more time elsewhere to better accommodate Whitney’s travel schedule. “If he doesn’t sell it, he said that’s just fine, because he loves the area,” said Winter Park Coldwell Banker agent Donna Evans, who has the listing. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE INFORMATION SERVICES
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Johnson joins office Keller Williams Realty, 1624 SW 122, has added Vanessa Johnson as a residential real estate sales associate. She previously worked with another local company. The Austin, Texas, native graduated from Austin College in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and now lives in Moore. She earned the Graduate, Realtor Institute, designation in her first year in the real estate business.
Larry the Cable Guy is shown in 2007. The comedian has put his Florida home up for sale. AP PHOTO
Coldwell Banker, sitting at the office meetings, I’ll be getting these strange looks: ‘Who are you? Do I know you? Haven’t I seen you before?’ And we’ll strike up a conversation,” Damon, 73, said. “There’s just a general feeling of friendship and a kind of closeness because they know who I am, even though I was playing a
character.” His son Christopher, 34, who also comes from the entertainment industry, rode the rise in reality television to success working behind the scenes on such series as “Survivor,” “The Real World” and “Big Brother.” “Reality TV incentivizes real estate people to get a night gig as a celeb,” said Fischoff, senior editor for the Journal of Media Psychology. “They think, ‘Then my day job will just blossom.’ ” In the case of Hilton & Hyland agent Chad Rogers, that’s not far from what happened. He was approached by producers to audition for the docudrama series “Million Dollar Listing.” “And I got the role of Chad Rogers. So it’s a good thing I knew how to play that character,” he said. “I’m exactly who I am. It’s
like an advertisement for my business as opposed to when you are a celebrity playing a role.” The “Million Dollar Listing” gig has resulted in clients. When Texan Michael Jen came to town looking for a house, he contacted Rogers’ office. Jen’s wife had watched the show. Another time, Rogers and a client were standing in front of a $7 million house in the Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills, discussing the property. A Starline Tours bus drove by, stopped and then backed up. “We look at each other like ‘What’s going on?’ ” Rogers said. “Then the driver picks up his microphone. ‘We have a celebrity agent doing what he does best: selling houses. Take your pictures now.’ ” MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE INFORMATION SERVICES
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LISTING OF THE WEEK
The Listing of the Week is at 8501 NW 67.
Dallas-style home in River Bend Estates has gourmet kitchen The Listing of the Week is a Dallas-style house on a corner lot with lake views in the River Bend Estates neighborhood in northwest Oklahoma City. The 2,258-square-foot house has three bedrooms, two baths, two living rooms, one dining room and an attached three-car garage. The gourmet kitchen has a work island, breakfast bar and walk-in pantry. The living room has a fireplace, built-in book-
Spacious Winterberry ideal for big gatherings The bright and spacious gathering spaces at its heart make the Winterberry well suited for relaxed family living. From its large kitchen you can track goings-on in the vaulted living room and eating nook. Or gaze out the wide rear windows to observe the covered patio and beyond. On the front facade, arched openings and gable-end corbels provide visually intriguing accents. These, along with the brick and cultured stone veneer cladding, imbue the home with a European flavor. Access to the three-car garage on the left is not visible from the front. People pass by a handsome stone veneer column and under a graceful arch to step into the lofty covered porch. Inside the vaulted foyer, natural light washes in through sidelights. Double doors on the
left open into a vaulted den with a good-sized walk-in closet. Access to secondary bedrooms and a twosection main bathroom are on the right of the foyer. A high plant shelf crowns the passageway into the vaulted living room. Colorful flames and warmth from the gas fireplace can boost spirits during the darker months. On the opposite side, a set of double doors open into a large sunroom with cabinetry for a home entertainment center. Hardwood floors grace this space, along with the living room, home office and foyer. The sunroom offers patio access on the left, as does the owners’ suite on the right. The deluxe owners’ suite has two walk-in closets, one larger than the other, plus a roomy bathroom with a dual vanity and deep soaking tub. A
Keller Williams agency announces 3 new associates Keller Williams Green Meadow, 1624 SW 122, has added three residential real estate sales associates. Anita Curry previously was an account executive at Cox for 12 years and is a member of Business Women’s Golf Association. Micki Hernupont has several years of experience in real estate. Shelley Shoreland was an insurance for the past seven years.
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pocket door isolates the toilet and shower, for privacy and steam containment. The Winterberry’s deep utility room is conveniently situated at the juncture of the kitchen and garage. For a review plan, including scaled floor plans, elevations, section and artist’s conception, send $25 to Associated Designs, 1100 Jacobs Drive, Eugene, OR, 97402. Please specify the Winterberry 30-742 and include a return address when ordering. For more information, call (800) 634-0123.
case and ceiling fan. The master bedroom has a ceiling fan and bath with double vanities and walk-in closet. The house has a covered patio, security system, underground sprinkler system and lake views from the living room, dining room and master bedroom. There are numerous updates and custom window treatments. Built in 2002, it is listed for $219,900 with Linda Finch of Paradigm Advan-
tEdge Real Estate. Open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. From Wilshire and Council, go south to Riverbend, then left onto NW 69, left on Green Meadow, right on NW 68 Terrace, left on Stinchcomb, to the corner. For more information, call 348-4422. Nominations for Listing of the Week are welcome. Send information on single-family homes to The Oklahoman, Richard Mize, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Nominations may be faxed to 475-3996.
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Bargain hunting for inspector could be costly DEAR BARRY: I am buying a home and need to hire a home inspector, but they are so expensive. How can I find an inspector who charges a reasonable price? Elenor DEAR ELENOR: How would you define a “reasonable price”? Is it the lowest price possible? Or is it a fair price for the quality of service that you receive? Consider what is at stake. You are about to make one of the largest financial investments of your life. You want this to be a good investment, without any negative surprises. You don’t want unexpected repair costs after you buy the property. In short, you want the most thorough and experienced home inspector you can find, regardless of price. When people price shop for a home inspector, they assume that all inspectors provide the
Barry Stone INSPECTOR’S IN THE HOUSE
same degree of disclosure; that the only difference is price. This is a mistake that has saddled many homebuyers with costly regrets. Home inspectors do not provide equal degrees of disclosure. In fact, the differences from one inspector to the next can be startling and significant. Some of this is because of individual ability, but most of it is because of varying levels of experience. With rare exceptions, a home inspector with many years of experience will provide more details about the condition of a home than an
In fact, the differences from one inspector to the next can be startling and significant. inspector with few years in the business. And in most cases, the more thorough and experienced a home inspector is, the more money he is likely to charge for his services. If you hire a less experienced home inspector, you might save $100 on the inspection fee and be stuck with thousands of dollars in undisclosed defects after you purchase the property. Home inspectors who charge the most are likely to cost you the least. Don’t short-change yourself by hiring a cheap inspector. DEAR BARRY: We bought our home 10 years ago and did
not know that plaster contains asbestos. Last year, we had a plumbing leak. Some of the plaster came loose and had to be removed, but we were unaware of the potential danger. Now we’re planning to sell the house and are concerned about the danger to future owners and what we should disclose, as sellers. What do you advise? Al DEAR AL: Asbestos in plaster is not a significant danger because plaster is not friable. In other words, it does not crumble easily and is not likely to emit fibers into the air. Besides this, most plaster does not contain asbestos, so don’t as-
sume that because it is plaster that asbestos is necessarily present. If you are concerned about seller disclosure, send a few samples of the plaster to a certified environmental lab to see if asbestos fibers are detected. If so, you can simply disclose this to buyers when you sell the property. Some buyers will be concerned about it, and some will not. Buyers who plan to remodel the interior would have reason to be concerned because removal and disposal of asbestoscontaining materials involve increased costs. As long as buyers receive full disclosure, they can make an informed decision, and you will have done your ethical duty. To write to Barry Stone, visit him at www.housedetective.com. ACCESS MEDIA GROUP
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White roofs promoted to save energy EFFORT | FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SPURRING TREND TO SAVE MONEY WHILE CUTTING CARBON DIOXIDE BY SEAN O’DRISCOLL For The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Herb Van Gent points his infrared gun at a square of still unpainted gray shingle and clicks the trigger. He gets an immediate temperature reading: 143 degrees and rising. Then he aims it 5 feet away to a just-painted square of roof: 98 degrees and decreasing. He smiles. “A 45-degree difference and we’re only on the first coat,” he said. That means it also will be cooler inside the building, he said, saving energy. Its 11 a.m. and Van Gent is on the roof of a New York retirement home, rolling out a thick, shiny white paint. He is one of a volunteer group that has come up here to paint the roof as part of a city-sponsored “cool roof” program. The idea of painting roofs white is catching on across the country; Energy Secretary Steven Chu has said it could contribute to the fight against global warming. “Cool roofs are one of the quickest and lowest-cost ways we can reduce our global carbon emissions and begin the hard work of slowing climate change,” Chu said in July, while announcing that Department of Energy buildings would be painted white wherever possible. While white roofs keep homes cool in summer by letting less heat in, they have little impact on winter heating bills, according to the Cool Roof Rating Council, a nonprofit group created in 1998 to research and implement the technology. That’s generally because the sun is less intense in winter, the group said, and less important as a heat source. The roofs do not let any more heat escape than other roofs, it said. In Arizona, cool roofs are
Cool roofs are one of the quickest and lowest-cost ways we can reduce our global carbon emissions and begin the hard work of slowing climate change.” ENERGY SECRETARY STEVEN CHU CHU,
WHO ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY BUILDINGS WOULD BE PAINTED WHITE WHEREVER POSSIBLE
James Peterson with Bio Neighbors applies a coating of Acrymax to the roof of a row home in Philadelphia. AP PHOTO
mandatory for state and statefunded buildings, while Philadelphia has an ambitious green energy plan that put cool roofs at its center. In New York, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s blessing, the Department of Buildings and other public and private groups have vowed to paint 1 million square feet of roof on city-sponsored community buildings. Organizers have advertised on Craigslist for volunteers, promising that the painting is rewarding and fun.
There were half a dozen volunteers on the roof that day from Wayne, N.J.-based GAF Materials, which supplied the reflective white paint. Among them was technical specialist Steve Hecht, who showed them how to spread the paint. “This should bring the temperature down 50 or 60 degrees,” Hecht said. Proponents say the idea is as sound for private homes as it is for big, residential apartment buildings. The Cool Roof Council pro-
vides information on materials and resources at its website, Coolroofs.org. Philadelphia recently held a “cool roofs for free” competition, and a block of row houses won. “The biggest difference is definitely when we wake up in the morning,” said Terry Jack, who organized her block’s winning entry. “I noticed the difference the very next morning after they painted the roof. It was a good 15 degrees cooler inside; it was
much more livable.” Workers are painting the roofs on both sides of her street with reflective white paint, and insulating the houses. City officials hope to show that a white roof will reduce the amount of air conditioning used, saving energy and reducing electricity bills. According to former California energy Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld, an average, 1,000-square-foot roof painted white can save 10 tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of emissions from one car for about 2½ years. On a national scale, turning roofs cool could eliminate 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide, roughly the same as taking 20 million cars off the road for 20 years, according to Rosenfeld, who carried out his experiments with Hashem Akbari at the Lawrence Livermore Berkeley National Laboratory in California.
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Nonprofit offers hope for discarded homes BY BRUCE SICELOFF McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. — Wendy and Robby Haun had to sell their home near Cary, N.C., to make way for a state highway project, but the comfortable ranch house did not go to waste. It went to Builders of Hope, a pioneering Raleigh, N.C., nonprofit that has found new life and new families for more than 60 discarded dwellings in the past four years. Since 1999, the Hauns had lived in the house next door to Wendy’s childhood home. The North Carolina Turnpike Authority bought both houses for the 18-mile Triangle Expressway now under construction. After they moved in November into a bigger place on a smaller lot a few miles away, the Hauns yearned to see their old house put to good use. “We got frustrated trying to donate things from our old house to Habitat for Humanity,” said Robby Haun, 34. “We opened the doors and told people to take anything out. They got ceiling fans and some solid wood doors. Somebody took the carpet. They got a toilet.” Builders of Hope is
Roy and Judy Howell’s former home in Cary, N.C., has been stripped down to studs and subfloor for travel. Builders of Hope moved it to Raleigh, N.C., and will rebuild it and sell it. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE PHOTO
A house on its original site is in Cary, N.C., with former owners Wendy and Robby Haun. Builders of Hope stripped the Hauns’ house, which was donated by the state, and reduced it to little more than studs and subfloor. The remainder was trucked to Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and replanted in Consolidated Pines, a new subdivision that will be filled in during the next couple of years with 18 affordable “green” homes for first-time buyers. PHOTO PROVIDED BY BUILDER OF HOPE
moved by that same recycling impulse, but the group works on a larger plane. The organization stripped the Hauns’ house — which was donated by the state — and reduced it to little more than studs and subfloor. The remainder was trucked to Fuquay-Varina and replanted in Consolidated Pines, a new subdivision that will be filled in the next couple
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of years with 18 affordable “green” homes for firsttime buyers. Over the summer, the house was radically overhauled with super-efficient heat-and-air system and windows, foam insulation and low-flow plumbing, Energy Star appliances, airtight siding and roofing, and a big porch and front door where the side door used to be.
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2740 SW 46th Pl, 2/3bd, 1ba, 1 gar/carport, 1300 sf. 923-8297/213-3054 Seller Financing, Lease Purchase Homes 2, 3, 4bds all areas, 973-4322 or buyahouseinoklahoma.com OWNER FINANCED! New tile carpet, & paint 6208 S Drexel 3bd 1ba 1c 1100sf. Call 474-7918 Bargain for cash 2235 SW 51, 3/1/1 49K 417-2176 www.homesofokcinc.com
INCREDIBLE 4bd 4.5ba on 1 ac MOL 3921 Deerbrook. 2 liv 2 din bonus rm, pool, wkshp has it all! Blt in 2005 approx 3200' $369,900. Marian 850-7654 Cleaton & Assoc 373-2494 » PRICE REDUCED » GREAT COUNTRY HOME 6735 Mustang Rd NE 3Bd, 4Ba, Game Rm+ Office, 30x50 bldg w/ K Ba , 9 + AC $625K More Land Available. Leon 373-4820 Overland Exp Rlty 5215 HART DR NE 5Ac 5Bd, 3K Ba, 2 Liv, 1 Din, 3 Car, 3900 Sqft (MOL) Lg living areas. Pipe & Cable fence $375K Leon 373-4820 Overland Ex Realty, Inc 1 AC corner lt, great bldg site in Eastwind addt 164th between Sara & Mustang Rd builders welcome. $42,000. Marian 850-7654 Cleaton & Assoc 373-2494
MUSTANG SCHLS 208 Woodgate Dr. Whirlpool, tile & laminate flr, 3bd 2ba apprx 1269' $120,000 Marian 850-7654 Cleaton & Assoc 373-2494 BANK OWNED 5/2.5/2 brk 2538sf, blt 82, 2 liv, ch/a $119.9KArlene CB 414-8753
Open Houses 334.2 PIEDMONT OPEN SAT 2-4 & SUN 2-5. Model home. New hms on 1/2 ac lots. Info also available for new hms in other additions. From NW Expwy & Sara Rd go 4.5 mi N Cleaton & Assoc 373-2494 OKC NW, 3917 NW 19th Sunday 2-4, 3 bed, 2 bath plus office, 2 car carport, $92,000, 416-4663. OKC NW Sun 2-4pm 4621 NW 33 TR Windsor Hills 2582' Nice•503-5057 www.homesofokcinc.com
HUNTING CROPLAND AUCTION - BINGER AREA Fri. Oct 22, 2010 10am From Binger, 1/4 E. on Hwy 152, 1 N on Cemetery Rd, and 1 E SW/4 19-10-10W, Caddo Cty; timber, cropland, ideal hunting, pond. 10% down 580-233-9800 www.jkjauctions.com
Mobile Home Parks Community /Acreages 338 BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL! Free month's rent in. No application fee. wac Yukon schools 3bd/2 bath. All electric. Going fast. Call 787-0136 or 495.1463 Manager Special! Get it while its hot!! let us help you with your mobile home moving costs. Yukon Schools call for details 821-0297/495-1463 We'll PAY to have YOUR Home moved to any one of Our parks. Conditions apply Call 326-5728 for Details Want FREE lot rent? Call for more info. Conditions apply 405-326-5728
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Lakefront Home Lake Eufaula 2004 3 bed., 2 ba, 2 car, great room, decks in w/sandy beach & dock. $325,000 Karen @ ERA 918-617-3901 Shawnee Lakefront built in 2009, $149,500. Pics at mylakehome.info Marquee Rlty 420-2135
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Builders of Hope sold the 1,350-square-foot house at cost to Shaun Cross, pastor of a small Angier, N.C., church, and his wife, Melissa Cross. “We were doing fine, and our rent was cheap,” said Melissa Cross, 27. “But when they started this new neighborhood in Fuquay-Varina, it was where we wanted to live. We really like the Builders of Hope philosophy and
$99 move in special Lg 1bd quiet, clean, coin lndry on site, pool $365mo 794-5595
OKC Downtown 429.5 Exc 1br 1ba apt $890 mo, w&d, refrig, cable, 1209 N Harvey 205-2343.
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787-1620 Briargate 1718 N Indiana K Off Move in Special! 800sf 1bd 1ba, cha, all elec, wood floor, $450mo, $200 dep. No sec 8 409-7989 Mesta Park 804 NW 21 K Off Special 2bd 1ba 1000sf wood flrs, ch/a Free Laundry $600mo $400dp 409-7989 no sec8 The Plaza 1740 NW 17th K Off Special 1bd, 1ba 750sf, wood floors, all elec, $425 mo, $200dp. No sec8 409-7989
Rent to Own $505 month kit appl 2bd/1ba gas heat Edmond 3 4 1 - 9 2 0 9
Owner of well established western Oklahoma contract manufacturer wishes to retire. $4.5 million annual revenue, $700K profit. » 918-748-7995 » Pizza & Pasta Restaurant for sale in Edmond. Call 858-602-2994
HOMES YOU CAN AFFORD 3BD. Shingle Roof Vinyl siding $19,900 or $315mo. wac 405-787-5004
Investment Property For Sale 355
2810 Dorchester Dr Apt 5 spacious 2bd 1.5ba, large living area, ch/a, completely remod, $575 mo. Fidelity RE 692-1661, 410-4300
TOP DOLLAR for your Trade-In. Best Prices/ Biggest Selection 405-787-4035 THCOK.com
1 bds $369/mo
3/2 Bath set up in quiet park. Ready to move in. 405-631-7600 405-602-4526
Bank owned 18 units $350K, 300 units $17K/door, 16 units $549K, Short sale $69K, Income Property $200K earn 12%, $25K earn $250 monthly, 405-409-7779
3bd 2ba DW on acreage w/pond. Less than $500 mo, WAC 631-3609
Industrial Property For Rent 361
2528 NW 12th large 1bd 1ba K off Special, Wood flrs, 900 sf $450 mo $200dp 409-7989 no sec8
4 bd, 2ba, on 2 acres, close to SE 149 & Anderson • 820-8330 •
Warehouse/Office I-40 & Meridian, 2200-4819sf, 946-2516
Beautiful 2bd TH lrg prvt patio. Reasonable rent. $400 Special Willow Walk, 789-2692
DW on Acreage, 4 Bed/ 2Bath, 2350 sq ft, 2 car garage ¡ 405-412-6236
4/2 Bath set up w/2.5 Acres. Call for Details 888-878-2971 405-413-7257 3/2 DW needs work $20K Del. 301-2454/517-5000 Newcastle Land & 4x2 home 301-2454/517-5000
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Land & Mineral Auction Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 10 AM @ Harper County Fairgrounds, Buffalo, OK. The North Half (N/2) of Section 21, Township 29 North, Range 23 WIM, Harper County, OK. 320+/- acres & minerals of Harper county, approx. 189 acres of cultivated land, the remainder is native grass. The property will be auctioned 3 ways: Land only, mineral only, and land and minerals together. It will be sold to the highest bidder. Wilson Auction & Realty 580-727-5223
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GREAT Space OFFICE Convenient NW Locations: I-40 & Meridian NW Expressway & May Britton/Lake Hefner Parkway 200-6000sf 946-2516
1, 2 & 3-Room Suites $150 & up ¡ 50th & N. Santa Fe area 235-8080
Warehouse Space For Rent 363.5 1134 West Main 6000sf warehouse space avail downtown, overhead doors $2000mo $1000dp 409-7989
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MAYFAIR GARDENS Historic Area! Secure, wash /dry hardwd flrs 947-5665 No Deposit, No App Fee. Large 2 & 3bds, PC Schls, W/D hk, A/C 722-0787 NW 50th and Portland, Remodel, from $525/mo. »» 405-692-5584 »» Bills pd clean quiet furn eff/1bd $100/wk&up 10& Penn 751-7238/640-9413 $99 Move-In Special 1bd 1ba $295-350, stove, fridge, very clean 625-5200 SPECTRUM MGMT 3744 NW 36th 2/1 $495 848-9400
TOP LOCATION! Pd. wtr/garb. Near malls Try Plaza East•341-4813 800 N. Meridian: 1bd, all bills paid & weekly rates available. 946-9506
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I BUY HOUSES Any condition. No cost to U 495-5100
Furnished/Unfurnished Bills Paid » Wkly/Monthly Wes Chase Apts, Elk Horn Apts, Hillcrest 943-1818
1bd apartments, 2 & 3bd townhouses. Salem West 3928 NW 50th 947-2121
Seller Financing, Lease Purchase Homes 2, 3, 4bds all areas, 973-4322 or buyahouseinoklahoma.com
NICE 1-2 BED APTS NW 23rd & MacArthur, $450-$500, no sec 8, no smoking, 370-0278.
Furnished 1 bed, upstairs, $600. No smoking. No Sec 8. 370-0278
4236 NW 48, nice, 3/2/2 in PC schls, Oct. 16 10am A. Realty 376-4551
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2 Bed $525
SENIOR LIVING 55+ 1 BED APTS. 348-4065
Parkview Apartments Now avail 2bd townhms w/patios. 1st mo. Free. Call Jamie, 737-0211
$99 SPECIAL Lg 1bdr, stove, refrig., clean, walk to shops. $325 mo. 632-9849 1 bed, D&S Apts, 6101 S Klein Ave., ch&a, No Sec 8, No Pets. 631-2383 Furnished/Unfurnished Bills Paid » Wkly/Monthly Wes Chase Apts, Elk Horn Apts, Hillcrest 943-1818
RE for rent Bethany/ Warr Acres 464.5 3 bd, 2 ba, 2 car, 1600 sf. ‘ $850/mo Call Alex, 990-0488
come. That means, in most cases, a Wake County family of four would qualify with a yearly income of $61,500 or less. “And that’s working America,” said Nancy W. Murray of Raleigh, 43, a former advertising executive and real estate developer who founded Builders of Hope in 2006. “We’re building for a group of people that has been locked out of the housing market for decades.” Builders of Hope, now with 50 employees, is reaching beyond North Carolina. In New Orleans, Builders of Hope began moving and rehabbing 100 houses from a historic district that would have been bulldozed for a new hospital. More projects with a few hundred homes and apartments are planned in Dallas and Fort Worth.
17170 Hickory Trl 3/2/2 ofc 2.5ac, 1780sf $1100 WAC 3bd 2ba 2-car 1450 sq ft, 1.5 acres $925 WAC Home&RanchRlty 794-7777
817 NE 81 5 Bed $795 3328 NE 14 3 Bed $495 1718 E Madison 2bd $450 Others Free List 605-5477 or 2545 SW 59
San Tee Apts, Lg eff, $275/mo, $85/dep plus elec. 685-2909 9am-5pm
3120 Longridge 4bd $750 3925 SE 14 Pl 3/2/2 $695 3117 Overland 3/2/2 $695 4032 Thomas 3 Bed $495 4324 SE 38 3 Bed $450 Others Free List 605-5477 or 2545 SW 59
520K SW 47th, 2 bed, 1 car, $395 + dep, incl water/garbage 685-6817 Co
2601 SE 51st, brk, ch/a, 3/1.5/2 fncd cpt NO 8/No Pets, $750, 405-740-6072
$99 Move In Special!!! Lg 1 and 2 Bdr, $325 to $395 mo. 632-9849
2b/1b lg gar apt furnished All Bills Paid No pets, $128 wk 672-0877
1326 NW 100th 2 or 3bd, 1bath $475 1928 NW 30th 3bd 1ba, basement $495 3041 NW 29th 3bd 1ba, ch/a $525 681-7272
Furn 1BD most bills Paid + EMSA, no sec 8 and no pets, 524-2730
Condominiums, Townhouses For Rent 441 8012 NW 7th Pl Unit 322 extra sharp 1bd, 1.5ba, 1-car garage w/opener, new wood floor in living room, ch/a, $475. Fidelity RE 692-1661, 410-4300 » GRAND POINTE » 6500 N. Grand Blvd. Gated 2bd, 2ba, 2c, TH, appls, fp, available now. $875 » 728-8476 Hampton House 2br, heat pd, new carpet, $675 mo. 924-7851 3245 NW 50th #244 2 bed 2 bath $550 mo TMS Prop 348-0720
OLDETOWNE 2 bed 1 car attached 9129 Pepperdine 769-7177
NICE 3 bed, 1700 sf, fp, garage, PC Schools, no pets, no sec 8, 6 months lease, $775/mo, $750/dep, 4037 NW 34th St, 620-1881. » PCN Extra Nice, Large 6444 W Hefner Rd 3/2.5/2 lakefront $850 • 12111 Windmill Rd 3/2/2 $825 Call 721-1831 Surrey Hills - On the Golf Course! 2 bd, 1.5 ba, fireplace, 2 car, quiet neighbors, $825 mo, Won't Last, Call 826-2345. New Luxury Duplex 13516 Brandon Place 3/2/2, fp, Deer Creek Schls, near Mercy. Model open 10-4 842-7300 900 N. Gardner 3bd 1.75 bath, fireplace, w/d hookups, water paid $525/mo 408-5836 3bd/2K ba/2car, fenced bkyrd, 1600sf, $875/mo. Avail 10/1 308-9291 2530 NW 11th, 1bed, 1ba stove fridge fresh paint& crpt $475 mo 618-7338 3408 Cameron Ct 2/2/1 All appls No pets $650 J Watson Rlty, 755-2510 4051 NW 34th NO SEC. 8 3/1.75/1 w/fp, $875mo $650dep 408-3074
HOMES FOR LEASE www.executivehome rentalsokc.com 3-4BRs $1000-$3000 Welcome Home 877-884-7434 2616AshebriarLn4/3/2 $1900 722 Littler 3/1 $750 16925ValleyCrst3/2/2$1195 Express Realty 844-6101 www.expressrealtyok.com Home for Rent 200 S. University next to UCO. 2 bed/2bath Updated $795/mo. 740-5379 3 bd, 2 ba, 2 car, built in 2001, 1800sf $1100mo Call Alex, 990-0488 512 NW 141st, beautiful, Edmond Schools, 3/2/2, $950/mo. 749-0603 3 bd, 1.5 ba, 2300sf, $1000mo Call Alex, 990-0488
707 NE 19 3/2/2 $1600 Express Realty 844-6101 www.expressrealtyok.com 1400 NE 14 3bd 2ba nice. 2345 NE 22 4bd 1ba nice. sec 8 ok 305-1336
For Lease: VERY NICE, remodeled, 3 bd, 1 ba, 1 car, ch&a, 1 yr lease. $775/mo, dep. $675 No Sec. 8. 2520 Reeves Ave. ‘‘ 818-2700 ‘‘ 1436K NW 94th, nice 1bd house, ch/a, fridge, stove, fenced, only $350/mo, water & garbage paid. Fidelity RE 692-1661, 410-4200 1514 NW 17th 4bed 2ba 2 car 2000sf wood floors large kitch, mature trees $1300/mo $1300/dp 409-7989 no sec 8 2/3bd, liv, kit, ch&a, attach gar, w/d hkup, storage bldg, No pets 2917 Elmwood $675+$675dep, Avail 10/1 340-8416
3 bed, 1 bath, 1 car $700mo Call Alex, 990-0488
12409 Covey Crk 3/2/2 $995 336 NW 88 3/2/2 $650 Others Free List 605-5477 or 2545 SW 59
3 bd, 2K ba, 1425 sf, stv, frig, d/w, 1317 Mary Lee, $825+$400 dep, 478-3060
Lovely Home 2600 NW 42 Cir 2b, 2b, 2car,fence,wood fl, FP, $775+dep 918-289-1180
321 Silverwood 3/1/2 $650 1305PinewoodCt 3/1/1$525 1112 SycamoreDr3/1/1$475 9100 Jennifer Pl 3/1/1$475 3605WoodsideDr3/1/1 $475 681-7272 410 Babb. 1 bed, 1ba, cent heat/air, ceiling fans, fenced back yard, $450/mo. 405-413-1830.
3/2/2, fireplace w/garden room, $1400 month Surrey Hills-#1 fairway » 821-8468» 904 NW 109th K off move in special. 3bd 2ba 2car 1300sf $850/mo $800dp 409-7989 no sec8 3317 N Pioneer, 2bd, fenced, nice area $495 Fidelity692-1661, 410-4300
1002 Bell Dr. Immac. brk, 2/1/1, no pets/smoking, ch&a $650+dep 787-8099
929 Flamingo, $745/mo, Remod, 3/2/2, no sec 8 495-1389 or 313-4839
1 mi E of Tinker, 3bd/1ba ch/a, util rm $495+ $300 dep. No pets 732-4351
For 3bd or 4bd homes & apartments, go to katpropertiesllc.com
8717 NE 16 $525mo Clean 1bd 1ba carport w/d $300 dep 837-2223
Section 8•3bd, 2ba, 2car ch&a, new paint/carpet 11808 Lee Ave 414-7450
2/1/1 central HVAC, fenced yard. Nice, $535 MO No Sec. 8. 760-3550
$100 off 1st month, 2/1/1, ch&a, $500 + dep, MG Realty ¡ 831-0207
3220 NW 33rd 2bd, 1-car garage $550 Sec 8 ok, Fidelity410-4300, 692-1661
13112 Spring Creek Dr 4/2/2 1750sf $1200 WAC 13515 SE 149th 5 acres 4/2, 2800sf $1200 WAC Home&RanchRlty 794-7777 Ready Now! Clean, nice, cozy, 505 NE 20th, 3/1.5 /2, ch&a, no pets, 800mo $600dp 426-0028
Beautiful 3/1.5 1300 sf, $725 month, 6605 NW 27th, Call 722-8007 3 bd, $400 mo + $150 dep fncd yrd 1524 NW 10. 1 bed avail. 639-0556 Section 8 OK, 3bd compl. redone. 1149 NW 81 $795 mo 942-3552
EXECUTIVE HOME Gated community. Lease with Option to buy 405-641-0124
324 NW 92nd, 3 bed, 1.5 bath, 2car , CHA, $600 mo. $500 dep 317-6411
•ABC• Affordable, Bug free, Clean » 787-7212»
1008 NE 5th. 3 bed, 2 bath, 2c gar, fp, $950, 1480 sf. V&R 691-5396
908 NW 104, 3bed $750; 1809 NW 12, 1 bed $425 Sec 8 OK. 936-9058
Duplexes, 3 bed 2 bath, 2 car, some new, some gated, call Rick, 405-830-3789
500 N Butler, 3 bd, 2 ba, $825; 209 Bellaire, 4bd, 3ba, $1000; 405-205-3328
OCU-SHEP-HIST 3 bd, 2 ba, hdwd flrs, $750; 1 bd gar apt $325; 524-0222
3/2/2 brick w/ FP $1100/mo. Dave @ Realtex 691-0611
1624 SE 52 4bd ch/a $895 6216 S Kelley 3bd $595 709 SE 61st 3 Bed $595 1521 SE 45th 4Bed $595 1504 SE 48th 3bd $495 1122 SE 21st 2 Bed $450 Others Free List 605-5477 or 2545 SW 59
$201 Total Move-In Cost Energy Eff., $301 move in/1 bd, $401 move in/2 bd. $1 First Week Rent Weekly Avail: Effic $115 1bd $125, 2bd $165 616 SW 59th, between Western&Walker634-4798 Drug free environment Not all bills paid
Nice Efficiency$345 Gas pd 1608 NW 16th 232-9101
Hotels/Motels 462 Furnished/Unfurnished Bills Paid » Wkly/Monthly Wes Chase Apts, Elk Horn Apts, Hillcrest 943-1818
$200 OFF RENT 1 & 2 bedrooms. Spring Tree Apartments. 405-737-8172. 1 & 2 BEDROOMS, QUIET! Covered Parking Great Schools! 732-1122
the beautiful homes they make, and there was the first-time homebuyer tax credit. A lot of things lined up for it.” Builders of Hope’s radically rehabbed homes vary in size and sell for an average of $130,000, less than half the $270,000 average price of a new home in Wake County, N.C. The prices are low for several reasons. The donated houses are free. Federal, state and local government grants cover all or part of the land costs. Other government subsidies and private grants augment the organization’s revenue from home sales and from rent on dozens of green-rehabbed apartments. Most homes are available only to families that earn no more than 80 percent of the median in-
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ROOM FOR RENT ALL BILLS PAID $275MO 1712 NW 12 417-0701
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6100 S. Cox, completely remodeled 3bd, new roof, siding & carpet, fresh paint, only $450. Fidelity RE 692-1661, 410-4300 3/2/2 Avail Oct 1st $750 Rent w/ $750 dep (480) 570-5204 29 SE 37th 3bd 1.5ba $495 608 SE 49th 3/1 ch/a $450 681-7272 5209 Bodine, Nice 3/1/1 $700 •• 732-3411 www.homesofokcinc.com 2 bed with garage, w/d hook-up, fenced yard, $375 + dep. » 270-0647 3bd 1ba, 1152 SE 18th St $700+ $600dep Sec 8 Ok Avail Now 405-812-0096 Nice 3/1.5/2, fncd bkyd, ch&a, new paint $645mo. Sec. 8 OK. ‘ 609-7918
2236 SW 59th Pl 3bd 1ba 2car, 2 living ch/a $825 2509 Texoma Dr 3/1/1 ch/a $650 2401 SW 43rd #7 1bd apt, total elect, water paid $325 681-7272 2617 SW 103 3/2/2 $995 1628 SW 68 3bd ch/a$695 1104 SW 77 Pl 3/2/1 $695 5321 Blackwelder3/1/1$650 2520 Texoma 2/1/1 $495 2309 SW 40th 2bd $395 Others Free List 605-5477 or 2545 SW 59 New Rivendell Exec Home 408-4168 Luxury indoor pool & spa Fully equip'd media & wrkout rooms $5400/mo Openhouseok.com 4bd/1.5ba ch&a, w/d hkup fncd yd, cer tiled, Sec 8 preferred. 919-2645 after 3:30p M-F/Sa-Su anytime 4 bed, 1K bath, $875 mo, ch&a, newly remodeled, sec 8 ok, 4830 Broadway Pl, 882-1054. 3021 SW 20th, 2 bed, 1 bath, garage, $525/mo 408-5836 2 bed, 1 bath, major appliances, 1445 SW 35th St, $575 + dep, 604-3550. 2820 SW 61st, 3 bed, 1.5 bath, Garage, $695/mo 408-5836 3524 S. Dumas, 2 bd, 1 bath, Garage $295/mo 408-5836 Corner lot 3/1.5 2c/opnr CH&A $725Mo Sec 8 ok. 3017 SW 56. 751-4895
Small 3bd, 2car gar, 2ba $700+$600dep Outside pets only. 1006 SW 13th Newcastle 405-314-8496 3 bd, 2 ba, 2 car, 2800 sf, farm home, Tuttle school $1075mo 800-704-0410
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Permits Oklahoma City Grace Place Baptist Church, 9300 S Anderson Road, church, erect, $3 million. Matt Wilson Custom Homes, 5217 Pulchella Drive, residence, erect, $1 million. Capstone Construction Services, 324 S Czech Hall Road, storage, erect, $500,000. Capstone Construction Services, 324 S Czech Hall Road, storage, erect, $500,000. Capstone Construction Services, 324 S Czech Hall Road, storage, erect, $500,000. Khoury Construction Co., 2328 W Memorial Road, restaurant, remodel, $500,000. Richmond Signature Homes, 1509 NW 174 Court, residence, erect, $324,900. D.R. Horton, 6205 NW 162, residence, erect, $321,500. Richardson Homes, 14200 Locust Ave., residence, erect, $302,411. Heartland Homes LLC, 2404 NW 177, residence, erect, $268,951. Stone Manor Homes, 14508 Sedona Drive, residence, erect, $261,600. Jason Powers Homes, 8513 NW 111, residence, erect, $240,000. RW Custom Homes LLC, 1705 NW 194 Circle, residence, erect, $240,000. RW Custom Homes LLC, 1709 NW 193 Circle, residence, erect, $230,000. First Star Homes, doing business as Turner & Son Homes, 2400 NW 177, residence, erect, $229,000. Gary Owens Carpet & Construction Inc., 4801 Horizon Blvd., residence,
erect, $220,000. Vintage Custom Homes LLC, 7401 SW 112, residence, erect, $220,000. First Star Homes, doing business as Turner & Son Homes, 2416 NW 174, residence, erect, $219,000. Remington Builders Inc., 9316 NW 133 Court, residence, erect, $219,000. Manchester Elite Homes LLC, 14624 Sedona Drive, residence, erect, $216,650. RW Custom Homes LLC, 1816 NW 193 Circle, residence, erect, $210,000. Brass Brick III LLC, 3000 NW 191 Terrace, residence, erect, $207,000. E-Z Living Homes Inc., 12405 Lexington Drive, residence, erect, $200,000. Vintage Custom Homes LLC, 10816 Oaksplinter Lane, residence, erect, $200,000. Willa Construction Co. Inc., 3136 SW 139, residence, erect, $200,000. Woodland Homes LLC, 1417 NW 192 Terrace, residence, erect, $200,000. Claud Cypert, 220 Pointe Parkway Blvd., storage, erect, $185,075. Claud Cypert, 220 Pointe Parkway Blvd., storage, erect, $185,075. Claud Cypert, 220 Pointe Parkway Blvd., storage, erect, $185,075. Brass Brick III LLC, 3037 NW 191 Terrace, residence, erect, $185,000. Adams Kirby Homes LLC, 2209 SW 118, residence, erect, $180,000. Woodland Homes LLC, 1700 NW 193 Circle, residence, erect, $180,000. Bashaw Construction Co., 3101 NW 150, apartment, fire restoration, $179,000. Claud Cypert, 220 Pointe Parkway Blvd., storage, erect, $176,250.
REAL ESTATE Brass Brick III LLC, 19121 Summer Grove Ave., residence, erect, $175,000. E-Z Living Homes Inc., 4708 SW 124 Place, residence, erect, $175,000. Med Tech Construction Inc., 1010 SW 29, medical clinic-office, remodel, $170,900. D.P. Odom Construction LLC, 6812 NW 118, residence, erect, $170,000. Claud Cypert, 220 Pointe Parkway Blvd., office, erect, $165,000. Witt Construction Inc., 14009 Buck Circle, residence, erect, $160,000. Tranquility Homes LLC, 19513 Crest Ridge Drive, residence, erect, $155,000. Beacon Homes LLC, 19204 Blossom Court, residence, erect, $150,000. Beacon Homes LLC, 19212 Blossom Court, residence, erect, $150,000. Mass Architect Inc., 18 W Park Place, office, remodel, $150,000. Claud Cypert, 220 Pointe Parkway Blvd., storage, erect, $150,000. Two Structures LLC, 11729 SW 16, residence, erect, $130,000. Paul Dahl, 2135 W Memorial Road, retail sales, remodel, $125,000. Chuck Byrd, 11800 S Czech Hall Road, residence, erect, $118,000. Witt Construction Inc., 4005 Windgate West Road, residence, erect, $110,000. Witt Construction Inc., 4001Windgate West Road, residence, erect, $110,000. Home Creations, 11637 SW 10, residence, erect, $109,100. Home Creations, 6208 SE 81 Circle, residence, erect, $102,800. Home Creations, 11641 SW 10, residence, erect, $102,800. Huddleston Construction LLC, 2540 Clermont Place, residence, add-on, $100,000. Robert Mixer Construction Inc., 3217 Twisted Oak
Place, residence, remodel, $100,000. Home Creations, 6204 SE 81 Circle, residence, erect, $98,400. Home Creations, 11232 NW 100, residence, erect, $89,500. Home Creations, 920 Denmark, residence, erect, $85,900. Ideal Homes of Norman LP, 2640 NW 183, residence, erect, $85,000. Ideal Homes of Norman LP, 18420 Abierto Drive, residence, erect, $82,000. Clayburn Construction, 3330 W Memorial Road, canopy-carport, erect, $80,000. Ideal Homes of Norman LP, 1609 NW 143, residence, erect, $79,000. Central Oklahoma Habitat For Humanity, 537 SE 26 Circle, residence, erect, $75,000. Ideal Homes of Norman LP, 18501 Charla Drive, residence, erect, $72,000. Ideal Homes of Norman LP, 2501 Fountaingrass Road, residence, erect, $71,000. Keith Menefee, 5916 N May Ave., retail sales, remodel, $65,000. Dreams and Designs, 8025 Lakehurst Drive, residence, remodel, $55,000. Cellxion Wireless Services LLC, 6828 NW 122, tower-antenna, install, $50,000. Clayburn Construction, 3330 W Memorial Road, canopy-carport, erect, $40,000. Terry Howard, 13301 Spruce Valley Drive, residence, remodel, $35,000. Gresham (Sam), 15007 Bristol Park Blvd., medical clinic-office, remodel, $30,000. Brandon Schmidt, 727 SE 18, residence, erect, $30,000. Southwest Builders, 2726 SW 149, residence, add-on, $23,656. Wayne Davis, 2929 SE 44, restaurant, remodel, $22,000.
THE OKLAHOMAN | NEWSOK.COM 3 Level Design Inc., 2501 W Memorial Road, retail sales, remodel, $20,000. Napco, 11309 Blue Sage Road, residence, fire restoration, $20,000. Jack Powers, 2118 SW 45, accessory, erect, $20,000. Michael J. Wenthold, 2620 SW 84, residence, add-on, $20,000. Chris Wagner, 16525 Indian Hills Road, residence, add-on, $20,000. Holly Latham, 301 NW 82, residence, fire restoration, $20,000. Michael Pierce, 12701 SW 58, accessory, erect, $16,000. Alliance Property Development, 7005 W Wilshire Blvd., office-warehouse, remodel, $15,000. Double E Construction LLC, 3100 Quail Creek Road, residence, add-on, $15,000. Frymire Concrete Inc., 520 SW 89, parking, install, $15,000. Landrush Investors LLC, 20 SW 23, apartment, remodel, $15,000. Peggy Phillips, 8216 NW 65 Place, residence, remodel, $15,000. Peruch Construction, 3113 NW 34, residence, add-on, $15,000. Wayne & Lamesa Phea, 5620 Highley Drive, residence, remodel, $15,000. Blake Gibb, 3101 NW 19, residence, erect, $15,000. Thomas M. Marcotte, 25 E Ranchwood Circle, accessory, erect, $14,000. Don Lane, 1309 S Indiana Ave., apartment, fire restoration, $12,500. Hope Memorial Baptist Church, 1204 NE 30, church, remodel, $8,875. Geronimo Arandas, 4600 SE 134, barn, erect, $7,000. Cellxion Wireless Services LLC, 6828 NW 122, tower-antenna, install, $5,000. Ward Hall, 2911 W Wilshire Blvd., office, add-on, $5,000. Alloy Building Co., 5601
Midway Drive, canopycarport, add-on, $4,100. Larry Miller, 612 SW 155 Place, storm shelter, install-storm shelter, $3,995. Richard Justik, 12108 SW 56, storm shelter, installstorm shelter, $3,150. Flat Safe, 12400 Jasper Ave., storm shelter, install-storm shelter, $3,050. William F. Pawley, 8724 Ally Way, storm shelter, install-storm shelter, $2,800. Tyler Wickham, 3120 SW 140, storm shelter, install-storm shelter, $2,500. Ramon R. Osterman, 8037 Willow Creek Blvd., storm shelter, installstorm shelter, $2,500. Dennis Dustmann, 545 SW 156, storm shelter, install-storm shelter, $2,500. Carol Stanley, 9313 Lakecrest Drive, storm shelter, install-storm shelter, $2,500. Glen and Janet Brady, 7434 NW 106, storm shelter, install-storm shelter, $2,400. Alicia Mata, 820 SE 50, storm shelter, installstorm shelter, $2,400. Dana Smith, 5201 NW 117, storm shelter, installstorm shelter, $2,300. Alloy Building Co., 2827 Guilford Lane, canopycarport, add-on, $2,200. Henry Perez, 6024 SE 70, accessory, erect, $1,500.
Demolitions Duane Allen, 709 SE 79, vacant shed. K&M Dirt Services LLC, 1429 NE 14, vacant house. K&M Dirt Services LLC, 1444 NE 14, vacant back house. Kendall Concrete, 1801 NW 15, house. Kendall Concrete, 1721 NW 2, house. Rayâ€™s Trucking, 1112 SE 19, house. Don Wages, 1740 NW 1, garage.