Sunday, April 26, 2009

Way to Go Cowboy!

As the 20th selection overall in Saturday's first round of the NFL draft, Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew became the first Cowboy drafted by the Detroit Lions since 1989, when Heisman Trophy-winning running back Barry Sanders was taken third overall.

Pettigrew is the 15th OSU player to have been an NFL first-round draft pick.

"It's been a long journey." Pettigrew said in a story on the Lions' Web site. "I've been playing football for a long time. This is what I've been working for. I'm excited."

A Tyler, Texas, native, Pettigrew completed his Cowboy career with 114 catches, making him the most prolific tight end in school history. He finished with 1,450 receiving yards (ranking him seventh on OSU's career chart). Overall, he is tied for sixth on OSU's career list for total receptions.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Electrical Grounding for Corrugated Stainless Steel to Insure against Lightning Strike and Possible Fire

We were recently handed an item labeled as major concern on a Treatment, Repairs and Replacement report from a buyer. This was a concern to the seller as the home was less than two years old. The problem was not a code violation but a concern from insurance companies that are required to insure safety against lightning strike and possible fire.

This was also an easy fix for an item labeled as a major concern that stirred the emotions of both the buyer and seller for both safety and cost. They parts and labor turned out to be minimal. The repair only required a U clamp attached to the gas line where it enters the home, a #6 gage wire connected to a ground post. Now we have a happy seller and a buyer that feels safer in their new home.







Bill Whitescarver - Broker Associate
Cell: 918-691-7653

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

TULSA...THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN THE U.S.!


Most of us already knew that Tulsa is a great place to live, but this just confirms it. Relocate America has declared Tulsa the No. 1 place to live in America. Relocate America's TOP 100 Places To Live! list is compiled using data regarding local economy, housing, education, employment, crime, parks and recreation, and other statistics used to make home-buying decisions.Communities around the country are nominated by residents, and information is submitted about neighborhoods, the city's beauty, the quality of schools, recreational activities and economic growth. The TOP 100 Places to Live! list is published annually.
JOHN SAWYER
SAWYER WALLACE HOME COLLECTION
918-289-7065
jsawyer@cctulsa.com
SawyerWallace.com

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CLOSET ORGANIZATION 101

I like to edit my closet every 3 or 4 months and get rid of things I haven't used or worn.  I will either give the items to a charitable organization, or if it's a designer item I will take it to an upscale consignment store.
This list is a perfect way to take inventory of what you have and what you need to get rid of.
Download it, print it off, and make room in your closet.
I believe that when we get rid of the stuff we don't need we make room for new things to come into our lives... including clothes!
JOHN SAWYER
SAWYER WALLACE HOME COLLECTION
jsawyer@cctulsa.com
918-289-7065

Friday, April 17, 2009

GOODBYE TO OKLAHOMA ESTATE TAX

Any resident of the State of Oklahoma who dies on or after January 1, 2010 will not leave an estate burdened by the Oklahoma estate tax lien. After several years of legislative orchestration toward a total phase-out of the tax, the finale of the Oklahoma estate tax is to be played on December 31, 2009! This holds the potential to greatly decrease the time necessary to close a transaction which involves real estate owned by the estate or trust of a decendent.

No longer will it be necessary to wait until the inventory of the estate of the decedent is formally accounted to the Oklahoma Tax Commission so that a release or exemption of the Oklahoma estate tax lien may be obtained. Where title to real estate is held by a surviving joint tenant or a private revocable trust, not only may the necessity for the probate or the administration of the decedent's estate be avoided, the extra time and expense of securing the tax release will also be spared the surviving property owner or successor trustee.

The above information was obtained from Jack Holloway's, attorney with Holloway & Managhan, e-newsletter in April, 2009. Always seek the advise of an attorney for estate planning.


The Butler Team
Tina & Mike Butler
918.740.1000
ButlerTeam@cctulsa.com

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Home Ownership Seminar


Chinowth & Cohen offering FREE Home Ownership Seminar

Tuesday, April 21 or
Saturday, April 25


Buying a home can be both enjoyable and exciting, and sometimes a little intimidating. At Chinowth & Cohn Realtors we want to take the apprehension out of home buying. That’s why Chinowth & Cohen Realtors is sponsoring two free Home Ownership seminars this month.

Plan to attend either April 21st from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm or Saturday, April 25th from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon at the Chinowth & Cohen offices, 9110 S Sheridan Rd. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register call (918) 392-7887 or email cmanchester@ccelitemail.com

This educational seminar is designed to provide consumers a comprehensive overview of the buying process, understand mortgage terminology, review the $8000 tax credit, and discover the 10 steps to homeownership. The seminars will be taught by Oklahoma’s real estate elite, Chinowth & Cohen Realtors and Oklahoma FHA lender, Elite Financial Services.

Attendees will receive an on-site loan pre-qualification with a free credit report. For more information contact Cindy Manchester, Broker/Trainer at 918-392-0900 or cmanchester@ccelitemail.com.

Tulsa's Designer Showcase

Tulsa's Designer Showcase opens April 17th through May 10th. It is located in Fairway Estates (just North of Southern Hills Country Club) 5686 S Evanston this year. If you are not familiar with the showcase house...the home is remodeled and decorated by Tulsa's top designers and open to the public, all proceeds benefit The Foundation for Tulsa Schools. Take your friends and family to see this gorgeous home! Many of the furniture and decor is for sale as well as great items in the boutique.
Go go www.tulsadesignershowcase.com for hours and ticket information.

C&C's own Ellen Simmons is the designer for the cafe this year. Ellen's vision was a Mediterranean beach cafe. She was assisted by Cindy Manchester and her husband Mark Salas. Ellen's husband David lended his support and time as well.

Support Tulsa schools and see a beautiful home!

Five Ways to Wow Buyers

These days, tax credits and high housing inventory make it a buyers' market. If you're a seller, don't despair. There are a variety of renovations that can help make your home stand out.

Clearing clutter, taking down personal photos, applying a fresh coat of paint, making minor repairs, and keeping a pleasant aroma are all basic techniques to make your home more appealing. But there are a few other creative enhancements that you can do to wow buyers without emptying your wallet.

While not everyone has the same taste in housing, typically buyers are attracted to larger kitchens, extra storage space, light and bright rooms, and open floor plans. Special finishing touches on a home can be the needed incentive to generate an offer.

Here are five areas where homeowners may spend some of their remodeling money to add the "wow" factor to your home.

1. Go green. Energy efficient products and household goods are attractive to buyers. Things such as better insulation, replacing old windows, caulking, and adding skylights can increase value.
2. Crown molding and wider baseboards. Adding a wider baseboard and a fresh coat of paint makes the room come to life. Also, framing windows and doors helps complete the look of a room.
3. Textured paint. Faux finishes, accented walls, or even just a little fresh paint on them makes a lasting impression. Choose colors and textures wisely.
4. Improved flooring. Wood, tile, and new carpet can be a showstopper. But if the flooring is chipped, torn, or dirty, you'll get the opposite reaction from buyers.
5. Add a deck. Adding a deck can add value to your home.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Drillers Baseball Starts Tonight

The Tulsa Drillers will play their 2009 home opener on Thursday, April 16 when they host the Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros). The opening home stand will consist of six total games, with three meetings against the Hooks and three more against the San Antonio Missions (San Diego Padres).

It will be the final opener at Drillers Stadium. The Drillers are scheduled to move into the new ONEOK Field in downtown Tulsa for the 2010 season.
This season begins with Opening Nights I and II on the 16th and Friday, April 17. Free tickets for both games are available from sponsors of Drillers Baseball, including QuikTrip, Mazzio's and Subway.

The opening home stand will also feature several other great events, including the season's first post-game Fireworks Show on Saturday, April 18. The game on Sunday, April 19 will feature the year's first Kids Eat Free Sunday and the first Youth Clinic.

After a Monday Ladies Night on the 20th, the home stand will conclude with Day Baseball on Tuesday, April 21 and a starting time of 12:05PM.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

You Go Girl! Scottish Woman Knocks Simon's Socks Off!

I am not much of an American Idol watcher...please no booing and hissing. Not that I don't like it, just never watched much. But, this lady is amazing. I really thought this was just being overly hyped but watching this woman sing gave me goosebumps. Amazing. I hope she goes all the way.

Check her out on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OcQ9A-5noM&feature=bz303

Home Buyers Seminar

Learn from Oklahoma's Real Estate Professionals

Becky George with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors
Patti Vuocolo with Cityscape Home Mortgage
  • Info on the $8000 Tax Credit.
  • Are you Qualified?
  • How to get Pre-Approved.
  • The First Steps to buying a Home

Come Join Us!!

Thursday April 16th at 6:15

Case Community Center in Sand Springs

1050 W Wekiwa Rd Room C

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

GETTING ORGANIZED!


Ok, so tax season is basically over, and you're probably feeling somewhat accomplished. Why not keep going? Organizing your home is getting really stylish. Whether you are planning on selling your abode or not, organizing counters and closets are two easy ways of making your home look amazing and bringing you a sense of accomplishment. Who doesn't feel better in a well organized space?

Take a minute and read this article.

Great ideas!

JOHN SAWYER

SAWYER WALLACE HOME COLLECTION

918-289-7065 cell

jsawyer@cctulsa.com

Monday, April 13, 2009

Oklahoma: One Happy Place To Be!

10 Happiest States in the U.S.

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make life a whole lot easier.

MainStreet.com’s Happiness Index examined household income, debt, employment, and foreclosures to choose the states that are surviving the current economic crisis with the most panache.The analysis discovered that despite disastrous conditions in parts of Michigan and Ohio, overall, the Midwest is navigating the financial meltdown with the highest average salaries, lowest unemployment, and fewest foreclosures. In fact, Nebraska, in the center of the corn belt, scores highest on MainStreet’s Happiness Index.

Here are the rest of the top-10 happiest states:
  1. Nebraska
  2. Iowa
  3. Kansas
  4. Hawaii
  5. Louisiana
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Wyoming
  8. South Dakota
  9. West Virginia
  10. Wisconsin

"The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has." -Will Rogers

I don't know if you play golf, but I'm willing to bet that you pay income tax. We all pay taxes, we all hate paying taxes-and we're all interested in finding ways to decrease our tax bill.

Did you know that a simple real estate purchase can help you decrease taxable income or save a person money at tax time? It's true. And with the $8000 stimulus package for first time homebuyers you will save even more.

If you'd like more information about how you can save money by investing in real estate, please call me anytime. I 'm always available to answer any questions you might have.

Debbie VanDenhende 640-9003
debbie@vandenhende.org

Saturday, April 11, 2009

HAPPY EASTER!




Here's a great site for some Easter Holiday fun with your family. CLICK HERE for unique Easter egg decorations, recipes, crafts, egg hunt tips, party ideas, games, and activities for children.

Happy Easter From The Butler Team!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

TERMITES - Don't Ignore The Signs

Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year. They primarily feed on wood, but also damage paper, books, insulation, and drywall. While buildings may become infested at any time, termites are of particular importance when buying or selling a home since a termite inspection/infestation report is normally a condition of sale. Besides the monetary impact, thousands of winged termites emerging inside one's home are an emotionally trying experience — not to mention the thought of termites silently feasting on one's largest investment. Termites are found in every state in the US. Hawaii has the highest concentration of infestation and Georgia tops the list in the continental US. It has been said that there are two types of homes in the US "Those with termites and those that will have them." and "It's not if you have termites, it's when you'll have termites."

Why are infestations often discovered during March - May? Spring typically is when large numbers of winged termites, known as "swarmers," emerge inside homes. In nature, termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. Triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall, the winged termites emerge from the colony and fly into the air. The swarmers then drop to the ground, shed their wings, pair off with a mate, and attempt to begin new colonies in the soil. Few swarmers emerging outdoors survive to start new colonies. Swarmers emerging indoors are incapable of eating wood, seldom survive, and are best removed with a vacuum. They do, however, indicate that an infestation is present.

Other signs of infestation are earthen (mud) tubes (shown right) extending over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor joists, etc. The mud tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil, but sometimes can be thicker. Termites construct these tubes for shelter as they travel between their underground colonies and the structure. To help determine if an infestation is active, the tubes may be broken open and checked for the presence of small, creamy-white worker termites. If a tube happens to be vacant, it does not necessarily mean that the infestation is inactive; termites often abandon sections of tube while foraging elsewhere in the structure.Termite-damaged wood is usually hollowed out along the grain, with bits of dried mud or soil lining the feeding galleries. Wood damaged by moisture or other types of insects (e.g., carpenter ants) will not have this appearance. Occasionally termites bore tiny holes through plaster or drywall, accompanied by bits of soil around the margin. Rippled or sunken traces behind wall coverings can also be indicative of termites tunneling underneath.Oftentimes there will be no visible indication that the home is infested. Termites are cryptic creatures and infestations can go undetected for years, hidden behind walls, floor coverings, insulation, and other obstructions. Termite feeding and damage can even progress undetected in wood that is exposed because the outer surface is usually left intact.

Ridding a home of termites requires special skills. A knowledge of building construction is needed to identify the critical areas where termites are likely to enter. Many of these potential points of entry are hidden and difficult to access. Termite control also utilizes specialized equipment such as masonry drills, pumps, large-capacity tanks, and soil treatment rods. A typical treatment may involve hundreds of gallons of a liquid pesticide injected into the ground alongside the foundation, beneath concrete slabs, and within foundation walls. Termite treatment is a job for professionals.


The Butler Team
Tina & Mike Butler
918.740.1000
ButlerTeam@cctulsa.com

Can Your House Make You Thin?


Forget the Stairmaster in the basement. What if the house itself was your Stairmaster. Hungry? Climb the ladder to the kitchen. Want a shower? Use the two-story rock wall to get to the bathroom. There's no way around it. These houses were designed to be fat-free, to make you move even if it means having to strap on skis to get there!
JOHN SAWYER
SAWYER WALLACE HOME COLLECTION
918-289-7065

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tulsa Fifth On Forbes' Most Livable Cities

According to Forbes', Tulsa is one of the the top 5 most livable cities. Tulsa has low unemployment compared to the rest of the nation. Also, Tulsa ranked second in the lowest cost of living. So keep this in mind if if you are thinking of moving. Tulsa is the place to be!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Restaurant Review - The ClubHouse Bar & Grille


If you're new to Tulsa or planning a move here, have no fear about your selection of restaurants. The Tulsa area is overflowing with a variety of places to eat ranging from high end eclectic to down home cooking.

One of my newest discoveries happened on a recent birthday. Turning 40 was a little hard to take. I still vividly remember being 16, laying on my bed with the radio blaring Van Halen and staring at my Eddie Van Halen poster above my bed. On my mind at the time was the question where will I be when I'm 25 or 30 or (gasp) 35 ! I never fantasized about 40! But, here I am. And it's not as bad as I thought!

For this milestone birthday, a group of close friends surprised me with a stretch limo, manicure/pedicure, and a wonderful meal at The ClubHouse Bar & Grille. Lest we forget, the out of this world chocolate cake from Whole Foods. But, that's another blog!

The atmosphere at the ClubHouse has an upscale laid back feel. It's a great place to take clients for an impressive dinner. And, at the same time, you can take the family for a nice meal. This is provided our little ones are used to restaurants. There's a great circular bar to meet friends for happy hour and upstairs is 2 dining areas for private parties. The menu has quite a few selections. And, of course the drink menu was quite diverse too! Remember, I turned 40. I needed to sample everything!

We ordered quite an array of food. Everything from sliders to grilled portabella mushrooms. I can honestly say it was all good! I had the sliders topped with caramelized onions. Tasty, Tasty. One of the gals had the smoked chicken salad with a cilantro vinaigrette. Excellent salad! The chicken had a great taste, and the little fried chips on the side added just the right crunch to it. The marinated portabella mushroom was probably the hit of the table. It had a great smoky flavor with melted cheese on top and tiny cutup red bell peppers. It sat on a bed of lettuce drizzled in balsamic. I even sampled and liked the fried veggies. I didn't care for the cauliflower, but I'm not a huge cauliflower fan. Now, one of the best things enjoyed that evening (besides the Sophia Coppola Champagne in a can with a straw!!) was the buffalo fried cheese. WOW! If I thought it wasn't illegal, I would eat this appetizer all by myself! I was a little worried the Weight Watchers Police might send out an APB.

So after reading this I hope you're as sufficiently hungry as I am. Make plans to try the ClubHouse. It's located right next to the Spirit Bank Event Center at 105th & S. Memorial. You won't be disappointed.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME?


As real estate markets in many areas of the country become more balanced between buyers and sellers, home prices have stabilized. However, most homeowners can still realize a very good return on their investment. Consumers who bought their homes six years ago have seen more than 50 percent appreciation in their home’s value during that time.
Don't you want to know how much your home is worth?

Call me and get a complimentary market analysis of your home.

JOHN SAWYER
918-289-7065 CELL
 

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