Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year's Eve Resolution Run 2011


Looking for something to do New Year's Eve night? How about running a 5K? Starting at 10:30 pm downtown in the Blue Dome District at 2nd and Frankfort in front of Fleet Feet Blue Dome Store racers can see in the new year with a 3.1 mile run benefiting the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.

The race will be run on closed, safe, well lite streets in downtown Tulsa. Start and finish will be on 2nd Street. It's a timed race with the state of the art Chrontrack D-Tag disposable tag timing system.

Post-race - one free beer to all registered participants and a champagne toast at midnight! Party favors and post race snacks will be available for all runners and walkers! And, Champagne flute glassware is to be awarded to all age group and overall winners!

Please bring your used shoes and other clothing items for our Tulsa Day Center shoes and clothing drive. Fleet Feet will be collecting items all week and on race night!

Be a part of the Blue Dome District New Years Eve Block Party! Enjoy food, drinks, music, and FIREWORKS! You can register at 61st & Yale Kingspoint Fleet Feet location or the downtown Fleet Feet store for $20.00 in store registration beginning on Thursday December 23, 2010. There is a $25.00 race day registration at both locations from 10 am until 5 pm on December 31, 2010. Registration at the Blue Dome store will re-open at 8 pm on New Year's Eve.

For more information visit the Fleet Feet website at http://www.fleetfeettulsa.com/.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Associates Join Chinowth & Cohen Realtors

Meet our newest associates to Chinowth & Cohen Realtors.

Bartlesville


Cindy Folk recently joined the Bartlesville office of Chinowth & Cohen Realtors. Before receiving her real estate license, Folk had a successful career in the farming and ranching industry and livestock marketing. A business owner for over 23 years, Folk is highly trained in sales and marketing as well as negotiations. Folk is an eleven year breast cancer survivor and supports the Susan G. Koman Foundation.





Realtor Associate Paula Garrett has joined the Bartlesville office of Chinowth & Cohen Realtors. Garrett has over ten years experience in the real estate field. Honored as a Top Producer in 2007 and 2009, Garrett works with buyers and sellers in Bartlesville as well as Broken Arrow, Tulsa and Owasso. Garrett is married with 2 children and enjoys gardening, sewing, football and music.





Broken Arrow


Chinowth & Cohen Realtors welcomes Broker Associate Brent Head to the Broken Arrow office. A seasoned professional with over 10 years of real estate experience, Head owned a Real Estate brokerage in the Tulsa Area. In addition to residential and commercial real estate he is experienced in buying and selling industrial, investment and income producing properties as well as vacation and second home properties. Head is a certified short sale foreclosure resource specialist and a member of the Oklahoma chapter of CCIM, Certified Commercial Investment Member.




Midtown

Brenda Hughes joined the Midtown Office of Chinowth & Cohen Realtors. Prior to her career in Real Estate, Hughes spent 16 years as an office manager for a local engineering firm. Licensed in Real Estate in 2002, Hughes utilizes her extensive organizational and business marketing skills to assist her buyers and sellers. Hughes works with clients throughout the Tulsa area. Her community activities include volunteering at Jarmon Elementary and volunteering with the Woodland Meadows Homeowners Association.




The Midtown Office of Chinowth & Cohen Realtors welcomes Shawn Peters. Peter’s has an extensive knowledge of midtown neighborhoods, schools and business. Shawn’s professionalism, high standards of excellence and extensive background in commercial and residential real estate have resulted in her being named a top producer in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Shawn is a member of the Brookside Merchants Association, Cystic Fibrosis Board of Directors and the Eliot Elementary PTA.

Monday, December 20, 2010

First Impressions Do Matter


According to the recent 2010-11Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report released by the National Association of Realtors, the top five remodeling home projects that give sellers the greatest cost recovery at resale are the following:

1) Entry Door Replacement (Steel) – cost recouped 102.1%
2) Garage Door Replacement – cost recouped 83.9%
3) Siding Replacement – cost recouped 80%
4) Kitchen Remodel – cost recouped 72.8%
5) Deck Addition – cost recouped 72.8%

Do you notice anything about the list? Four out the top five projects pertain to the exterior of the home.

“Curb appeal remains king – it’s the first thing potential buyers notice when looking for a home, and it also demonstrates pride of ownership,” said National Association of REALTORS® President Ron Phipps.

Inside, adding livable space without changing the footprint of the house is a winner. Adding an attic bedroom or finishing out a basement are both projects that seem to recoup the most money. Projects with the least return on your investment appears to be mid range office remodel, sunroom additions and backup generators.

To read the full project descriptions, access national and regional project data, and download a free PDF containing data for any of the 80 cities covered by the report, visit www.costvsvalue.com. “Cost vs. Value” is a registered trademark of Hanley Wood, LLC.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

High Tech Gift Idea: Just in Time for the Holidays!

I was recently having dinner with a friend whose daughter bought her a brand new washer and dryer set. "It has a steam function," She exclaimed! As I sat wondering why I was so EXCITED about this I realized a couple of things: 1) Wow, I am really getting old if this is big news and 2) I've got to get a life!

But the more I thought about this gift, I realized, it really was a heck of a Christmas present! And, then I came across this article on this very topic! Enjoy!

Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this.

Copyright 2010 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Upcoming Event: Jingle Bell Run



The annual Jingle Bell Run supporting the Arthritis Foundation is coming up Saturday, December 11th. This run/walk is a fun and festive way to kick off the holidays with family, friends and coworkers. It's easy to form a team and raise funds. You can even create your very own holiday-themed costumes. Then tie jingle bells to your shoelaces, and complete a 5 kilometer route.


To sign up for the Tulsa Jingle Bell Run register at Fleet Feet Sports Kingspointe Village this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during regular hours. You can also visit the Tulsa Arthritis website at http://tinyurl.com/267vs4t. Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Cookies For A Cause: Sand Springs, Friday, December 3rd


Plan to visit the Sand Springs Chinowth & Cohen Office located at 420 Plaza Court in the Shops at Adams Road Friday, December 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m for a Holiday Open House. Visitors are asked to bring a canned good to donate to Sand Springs Community Services. As part of this special food drive," Cookies For A Cause" every donation receives a cookie! While enjoying your treat, sip on hot cocoa and cappuccino as we help Sand Springs families in need. The beverages were generously donated by Imperial Coffee Service. After the event be sure to watch the Annual Christmas Parade which marches right past the C&C offices!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Hosts Two Holiday Concerts


The holidays are fast approaching and the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center has 2 exciting events taking place that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. The first one is a free holiday concert on December 4th at 2 pm. The show features Mark Frie and his wife along with a host of talented singers and dancers from around the area. It is a wonderful way to kick off the season! Even though the event is free, you must have a ticket to attend.

On December 19, David Phelps brings his signature voice back to the BAPAC for a Christmas concert that you won't want to miss. Tickets range from $20 -$50 and there is a special group rate discount of 20 or more people for $15 per ticket.

Make plans to attend both of these exciting concerts. They will be a memorable addition to your holidays! Contact the BAPAC at 918.259.5778 to purchase your tickets or go on line to www.thepacba.com.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving


This year we are traveling to my hometown of Hutchinson,Kansas to be with my mother who lives in assisted living. My sister and her husband are flying in from Atlanta and my brother will drive down from Kansas City. The only place in town that will be open is a truck stop! Yes, we are all having thanksgiving dinner at a truck stop. Really the food isnt bad but I am thankful we can all be together.



A special thanks goes to all my buyers and sellers for their continuing loyality and business. I am so thankful for referrals and would love to help your family and friends.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veterans Day



Have you called your favorite Veteran to wish him or her a Happy Veterans Day? Today, November 11 is Veterans Day, a day to honor both fallen and living serviceman and servicewomen in our country. It’s a day to reflect back on the sacrifices made for us to live in a free democracy.

Last night, as part of a school project for Veterans Day, my daughter interviewed veterans in our family. Of course, as usual, I didn’t find out about this assignment until the night before it was due. So hastily after dinner, she made a couple of phone calls to her Grandfathers.

I think both men were a bit taken back when she bypassed the Grandmother’s and asked to speak to them on the phone. It was definitely a treat for all involved. As she spoke with them on the phone, I was impressed with her questions and her thoughtfulness to their answers. Both men served in the Marines. My father spent time in Korea and her other Grandfather was in Japan. Many years have passed since their time in the Military, but I am sure the memories feel like it was just yesterday.

The school project was a great opportunity for my daughter to reach out to her Grandfathers and connect in a special way. In our busy lives, we rush to soccer practice, to basketball practice, work on homework, buy groceries, fix dinner, clean the house and try to fit everything in a 24 hour day. We often forget about those in our lives who made a difference in our world. Take time today to reach out and thank a veteran. Life as we know it could have been quite different had these men and women not felt the call to duty.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chinowth & Cohen Sponsor Food Drive






Hunger has many faces. It could be the child you see at the bus stop every morning. It could be the Secretary that greets you every day in your office. The fact of the matter is hunger in America and in Oklahoma is a problem. Oklahoma currently ranks fourth in the nation in the number of people who experience hunger. One in every five children in Oklahoma lives in poverty and is at risk of going to bed hungry. Working families sometimes have tough choices. Of the households serviced by Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, 36% report having to choose between paying for food or paying the rent or mortgage.

This Thanksgiving season, Chinowth & Cohen Realtors is sponsoring a company wide food drive throughout the month of November. Donations are now being taken at any of our six office locations. Items most needed include baby cereal/formula, canned meats, peanut butter, 100% fruit juice, pasta sauce, canned fruit and vegetables, chili, stew, and soup. The Food Bank cannot distribute food that is homemade, home-canned or previously opened. All products must have labels and be in its original packaging. No perishable food, alcohol, medicine or sodas are accepted.


All items collected will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Sand Springs Community Services. For more information on the Food Drive contact Eileen Neighbors at 392-0900 or eneighbors@ccelitemail.com



Friday, November 5, 2010

C&C Relocation Graduates


If you’ve ever moved, whether across country or across the street, you know how stressful this situation can be. Now, couple that move with a change of employment, and you have a volcano just waiting to erupt!

Many times in corporate moves, a Relocation Company is involved helping the transferee and their family to the new destination. This Relo Company basically “manages” the move. As part of this process, a Realtor is selected to work with the transferee to ensure a smooth transition in buying or selling a home. Finding that Realtor is simple, right? Well, not really.

A corporate relocation involves multiple layers of tasks, paperwork and deadlines. And, it takes a Realtor knowledgeable in the processes of Corporate Relocation to be able to navigate this tricky path.

At Chinowth & Cohen Realtors our Associates must complete a training course before they work with individuals and families relocating via a corporate relocation. This course is intense, but well worth the time of the Associate.

Just this past week, we graduated a new group for our Relocation Team. Welcome aboard Jeanette Bagrosky, Pamela Braswell, Teri Coppoc, Paula Garrett, Tracy Ledbetter, DJ Roberson, Barbara Senn, Linda Smalley, Lisa Stanton, Sharon Tate, Todd Thornton and Brooke Watson. Congratulations team!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Is Now a Good time to Buy a House in Tulsa Oklahoma?

Is Now a Good time to Buy a House in Tulsa Oklahoma? Let's ask the experts!

Realtors are asked at baseball games, restaurants and every where we go, "Is now a good time to buy a home?"

Let's see what a few experts say about that!

“If you don’t own a home buy one. If you own a home, buy another one, and if you own two homes buy a third and lend your relatives the money to buy a home.” ~ John Paulson, President and Portfolio Manager of Paulson & Co. Inc. ~

Paulson is ranked as the 3rd largest Hedgefund in the World. And, according to MSN Real Estate, Tulsa ranked #9 for real estate bargains. Rates are the lowest in history.

And if it's a good time to buy, it's also a good time to sell. Homes that are (1) move-in ready, (2) staged, (3) priced competitively, and (4) marketed aggressively will sell for top dollar in a reasonable period of time.


Home values are up in Tulsa Oklahoma, and safe and sound. It's a great time to buy and sell in Tulsa Oklahoma. Contact a REALTOR today.


Video credit: Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors, Northeast Oklahoma Real Estate Services


Originally Posted at: Midtown Tulsa Real Estate - Lori Cain

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hallowmarine 2010


Hallowmarine at the Oklahoma Aquarium runs Wednesday, October 27th through Sunday, October 31st from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm . This wonderful family event is something you don't want to miss. Dress up your ghouls and goblins and let them wander through the spooky Oklahoma Aquarium. Enjoy a kids carnival, trick or treat trail, mermaid and pirate dive shows and a secret decoder treasure hunt! Chinowth & Cohen Realtors will be on hand Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights passing out treats at our spooktacular Haunted House! We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tulsa Oktoberfest 2010


Can you smell it in the air? Bratwurst on a bun, smoked turkey leg, Bavarian cheesecake, German fried potatoes....... It's that time of year! Tulsa Oktoberfest kicked off in full swing last night! The fun continues through this Sunday, October 24th.

The festival has been named by USA Today as one of the top 10 Oktoberfest in the country! Now, that's an honor! The event takes place at River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave. Admission for adults is $6. Children under 12 are free. Pets are allowed on the grounds, but not in the tents. All money raised goes back to our community. To date, Oktoberfest has contributed over $850,000 to the Tulsa River Parks for enhancements and improvements.

It's always an experience to attend this festival. There truly is something for everyone. Between the entertainment, the food, the beverages, the carnival rides and the arts and crafts, you will not be bored! Mark your calendar and get ready to do the Chicken Dance! Viel SpaƟ (Have Fun)!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

DeWeese Joins Leadership Jenks


Carrie DeWeese, a Chinowth & Cohen Realtor Associate, has been accepted in the Leadership Jenks Class of XXIV. The goal of the Leadership Jenks program is to identify and motivate emerging leaders in order to increase the leadership base within the Jenks community.

“As a company, Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, encourages our Associates to become involved in their communities,” said Sheryl Chinowth, CEO of Chinowth & Cohen Realtors. “The Leadership Jenks program is an outstanding community program. Identifying leaders and encouraging them to play a bigger role in their city and service organizations is an excellent way to grow your community. Carrie DeWeese is an outstanding Realtor and has a passion for Jenks. Her enthusiastic attitude and energy will be great assets to Leadership Jenks.”

Leadership Jenks is a joint community leadership building program organized and co-sponsored by the Jenks Chamber of Commerce and the City of Jenks.

Chinowth & Cohen Realtors is a full service residential real estate company with six locations throughout Northeast Oklahoma. In addition to residential real estate, the company operates a commercial division, C&C Commercial Properties. For more information on Chinowth & Cohen Realtors visit www.ccoklahoma.com.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Why "as is" properties are not selling and why "move in ready" properties ARE selling

When preparing your home for sale, you need to evaluate what home buyers have purchased in your neighborhood in order to determine your list price AND to determine what you need to do to prepare your home for sale. If every home sold in the past six months had granite countertops and you have Formica countertops, do you think your home will sell? If every home sold was "immaculate and move-in ready," do you think your home that needs painting and new flooring will sell?

Home Buyers today want a bargain, but they don't want to do any work. And they don't have to. The inventory of homes in our market is huge and ever increasing. Even if your home is priced to reflect the need for new carpet or fresh paint, the average home buyer will walk six doors down and pay more for the home that needs no work.

Remove as many possible home buyer's objections BEFORE you list your home for sale in Tulsa. Think Buyers may not like your OU crimson-colored game room? Paint it. Brass light fixtures looking a bit dingy and dated? Install new ones. Carpet in the den looking a little worn? Replace it, and consider wood flooring.

Seek the advice of a home stager and/or real estate professional to identify improvements that will likely yield a return on your investment. Spending money up front to make your home shine and stand out from the competition will make your selling process so much easier. If you can't do the work yourself, your home stager or Realtor will have vendors to recommend.

Why "as is" properties are not selling and why "move in ready" properties ARE selling

The winning home selling strategy does not change. Your home will sell if it is in top condition, priced correctly and marketed aggressively. Choose the Listing Realtor that understands this selling strategy.

Preparing your home for sale requires some sweat equity and a humble attitude – but your participation in getting your home ready for market is truly “priceless.”

Originally Posted at: Midtown Tulsa Real Estate - Lori Cain

Monday, October 4, 2010


For the third consecutive year, Chinowth & Cohen has been selected for the 2010 Best of Tulsa Award in the Real Estate Agents category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).

The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Nationwide, only 1 in 120 (less than 1%) 2010 Award recipients qualified as three-time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2010 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

About Chinowth & Cohen Realtors
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors is a full service family owned Real Estate Company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Currently there are six offices including Bartlesville, Broken Arrow, Midtown Tulsa, Tulsa, Owasso and Sand Springs. The company was founded in 2004 by Sheryl Chinowth and Lee Cohen. Currently, there are over 320 Associates affiliated with the firm. In addition to residential real estate, Chinowth & Cohen Realtors has a full service Property Management Division and Relocation Department. C&C Commercial Realtors, a division of Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, focuses on commercial real estate in the Tulsa area.

About U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA)
U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USLBA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USLBA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. The organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Their mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Todd Thornton Joins Bartlesville Office


Chinowth & Cohen Realtors is pleased to announce Todd Thornton as the Office Manager for the Bartlesville Office located at 3061 SE Washington Blvd. A seasoned professional, Todd’s expertise in residential, commercial, and rural real estate will be an integral part of the continued growth and success of the local office. “We are thrilled to have Todd join us at Chinowth & Cohen Realtors,” said Sheryl Chinowth, CEO of Chinowth & Cohen Realtors. “ He is extremely respected in the Bartlesville community and understands the needs of both REALTORS® and clients in today’s market. His real estate experience and management skills are an asset for our company and agents in Bartlesville.”

In his new role as Office Manager, Todd is responsible for the day to day management operations of the office, development and training of associates, customer service and response and continued business development. Todd has been a licensed Realtor® since 2002. In 2009 he was voted Realtor® of the year, and in 2005, he was voted Most Cooperative Realtor® by his peers. He is highly trained in the sales, marketing and promotion of residential, commercial and agricultural real estate.

Todd is a board member of the Bartlesville Association of Realtors® and Committee chairman for the Bartlesville Association of REALTORS®/Habitat for Humanity fund raising committee. prior to entering into the Real Estate profession Todd spent 24 plus years in the construction industry in Bartlesville and the surrounding area where he worked with local residential and commercial contractors and Architects.

“I am extremely pleased to have joined Chinowth & Cohen Realtors and look forward to the incredible opportunities ahead, “ said Todd. “The company is invested in our community and places a high value on customer service and offers tremendous support to their REALTORS®. I am looking forward to working with such a professional organization. “

Chinowth & Cohen Realtors is a full service real estate company specializing in residential and commercial real estate. Founded in 2003, by Sheryl Chinowth and Lee Cohen, the firm has over 350 Associates in six offices. The offices are located in Bartlesville, Broken Arrow, South Tulsa, Midtown Tulsa, Sand Springs and Owasso. For more information visit the company’s website at www.cctulsa.com.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Living Arts Garden Tour September 25-26, 2010, Tulsa Oklahoma


It's time for Tulsa's Living Arts Garden Tour and this year seven gardens are included on the tour!
Admission is $10 for all gardens. All proceeds benefit Living Arts of Tulsa. You can begin at any garden, purchase your ticket there, then begin your tour.

Art is available at each garden for sale from participating artists.
Hours on Saturday are 10:00am-5:00pm and hours on Sunday are 1:00pm-5:00pm.

Garden locations:
1708 West Easton Court
1524 South Newport
3167 East 22nd Street
3828 South Utica Ave.
4747 South Yorktown Place
4407 South Atlanta Ave
1450 East Fir drive, Sand Springs

Living Arts Garden Tour September 25-26, 2010, Tulsa Oklahoma

Come enjoy seven one of a kind gardens!

Living Arts of Tulsa has continued to present high quality contemporary art to the Tulsa and Oklahoma area and has established a national reputation of it’s strong support of contemporary art in the Midwest.

For more information, call 918-607-1937 or visit http://www.livingarts.org/

Friday, September 17, 2010

Home Buying and Selling Tips for Fall


HGTV’s real estate site Front Door says the weeks between now and the end-of-the year holidays are the best ones to find a bargain. Here are some of their tips for fall buyers and sellers:



Fall Sellers:
· Replace faded summer plants with fall-blooming flowers and add autumn decorations to the home.
· Expect low-ball offers and be prepared with higher counter offers.
· Freshen up listing photos by shooting pictures that make it less obvious that the seasons have changed.
· Price the home to sell. A price that is a little lower than the competition may be a winning move.
· Be willing to show the property and hold open houses whenever potential buyers are ready.

Fall Buyers:
· Look for motivated sellers who have a reason to move on by the end of the year.
· Explore new constructions. Builders are often particularly interested in selling before the new tax year.
· Beware of fall maintenance issues. Consider overflowing gutters and leaf-covered lawns warning signs.
· Shape offers carefully. Even in this market it is possible to turn sellers off with a too-low bid.

Source: FrontDoor.com (09/16/2010)

Your Vacant Home May Not Be Insured


If circumstances dicated you to move before your home sold or rented, you may be surprised to find that your homeowner’s insurance could stop covering it if it sits vacant for too long.

A recent news release by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) warns that you should check the fine print on your homeowner’s policy to see what happens if your home is vacant or unoccupied. “Vacant” means that you have moved out and taken your belongings with you, so the house is empty. “Unoccupied” means that nobody is staying at the home, but the furniture and other belongings remain.

NAIC says that insurers differ on how they cover vacant and unoccupied homes. Some policies might not cover claims if a home has been vacant for 60 days or more. Others might automatically shift to a different amount of coverage (e.g. liability insurance only) after a specific number of unoccupied days.

It makes sense that insurers would have concerns about an empty house. It’s at more risk for a break-in if it’s obvious that nobody’s living there. With nobody around to call 911 or a repairman, a problem like a small electrical fire or leak could turn into a big, expensive disaster. And there’s nobody around to supervise or keep others off the property.

NAIC President Jane Cline recommends that you check with your insurance company before you leave the house vacant and be honest about your situation. While an extra endorsement or vacancy policy may cost more, it could save you big bucks if something bad happens at the house when you are not there.

Article Courtesy of Tulsa Better Business Bureau, www.tulsa.bbb.org

Thursday, September 16, 2010

10 Reasons to Buy a Home


Time magazine is being overly pessimistic in its recent cover piece that called into question the benefits of homeownership. In fact, now is a great time to buy. And, what's more, tomorrow will be a great time to own, because the fundamental strength of homeownership hasn't changed.

Why is now a great time to buy? Here are 10 reasons:

1. You can get a good deal. Prices are down 30 percent on average. They're at a level that makes sense for people's income.

2. Mortgages are cheap. At 4.3 percent on average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, your costs to own are down by a fifth from two years ago.

3. You can save on taxes. When you add up the deductions for mortgage interest and others, the cost of owning can drop below renting for a comparable place.

4. It'll be yours. The one benefit to owning that never changes is that you can paint your walls orange if you want (generally speaking; there might be some community restrictions). How many landlords will let you do that?

5. You can get a better home.In some markets, it's simply the case that the nicest places are for-sale homes and condos.

6. It offers some inflation protection. Historically, appreciation over time outpaces inflation.

7. It's risk capital. If the economy picks up, you stand to benefit from that, even if you're goal is just to have a nice place to live.

8. It's forced savings. A part of your payment each month goes to equity.

9. There is a lot to choose from.,There are some 4 million homes available today, about a year's supply. Now's the time to find something you like and get it.

10.Sooner or later the market will clear. The U.S. is expected to grow by another 100 million people in 40 years. They have to live somewhere. Demand will eventually outpace supply.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Brett Arends (9/16/10)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dialing 10 Digits? It's around the corner!


Information courtsey of BTC Broadband

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a plan to prevent "number exhaust" in the region served by the 918 area code. The Overlay Plan will add another area code (539) to the entire existing 918 area code geographical area. There will be no change to existing numbers, local call boundaries, or to 911 or 211 services (which will remain a 3-digit number). What is currently considered a local call will remain a local call, regardless of the number of digits dialed.

August 7, 2010 began the period called "permissive calling period," where all calls will be completed using 7 digits or 10 digits; this period will run 7 months.

As of March 5, 2011, the "permissive calling period" ends and all calls must be made with 10 digits (the area code + the 7 digit number).

Beginning April 1, 2011, new numbers in the area will receive the new 539 area code, though a customer may ask for a 918 number if they are still available.

What needs to change?
• You will need to dial 10 digits (area code + 7 digit phone number) for all local calls
• You may need to reprogram auto-dial numbers on your telephone equipment, including fax machines, alarm & security systems, speed dialers, voice mail services and similar functions
• Remember to dial a "1" only if the call is long distance
If you have questions regarding this information, please contact BTC Broadband at 918-366-8000 or www.btcbroadband.com or you may contact the Oklahoma Corporation Commission at 918-581-2869 or www.occ.state.ok.us.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Selling Seasons


There's a selling myth that you should wait till springtime to sell your home. While spring is the busiest season for real estate sales, people buy homes 365 days a year. If you decide you need to sell your home in the off-peak season, emphasize its seasonal amenities.

Choose Your Selling Season

Because many buyers prefer to move in the spring or summer, the market starts to heat up as early as February. Families with children are eager to buy so they can move during summer vacation, before the new school year begins.

The market slows down in late summer before picking up again briefly in the fall. November and December are traditionally slow months, although some astute buyers look for bargains during this period.

Despite these trends, not everyone's situation will be the same. Ask yourself questions like these:

How quickly do I need to move? If you need to relocate quickly for a new job or family emergency, you'll need to sell as quickly as possible. If your moving dates are more flexible, you may be able to get a higher sale price in the spring or summer.
What season will your home be most desirable? If you're selling a lake or beach home, for sale homes will be most in-demand in the early spring and summer months. A ski chalet in Aspen would make more buyers bite during wintertime.

Once you've chosen your selling season, play up its perks!

For the Fall take these tips from HGTV

Keep your lawn in shape. Just because summer is over doesn't mean you should abandon your lawn. Patch up any brown spots in the grass, and keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking.
Get a fall garden. As your summer plants start to fade, replace them with vibrant mums or other colorful plants. Tasteful fall decorations, like pumpkins or tri-colored corn, can also add to your home's curb appeal.
Get indoor fall decorations, too. Without breaking the bank, get a few fall-colored decorations, like inexpensive window treatments or seasonal dinnerware. Fresh decor will make your space seem current and well-maintained.
Repair outside lights. As the days get shorter, you may end up showing your home in the dark. Make sure your outdoor lights are clean and working -- if they're dirty or broken, buyers will get a bad feeling before they even come inside.
Keep exterior photos of your home up-to-date. If you listed your home in the summer, update your online photos with brand new fall shots. Pictures from the previous season make your listing seem dated.


Information courtesy of Frontdoor.com

Thursday, August 19, 2010



Tennis, Anyone?



Do you have tennis balls just sitting around losing their bounce? Here are some creative ways to use them without ever setting foot on the court.

  • Cut an X in a tennis ball and slip it over the end of an old broom handle. Rub the ball over scuff marks on your wood or hard surface floors, and voila...they're gone...with no bending, stooping or scrubbing!
  • Got a light bulb that broke off in the socket? Carefully clear away any remaining shards of glass, then gently push a tennis ball against the light socket and twist to remove the bulb's embedded stem.
  • Cut an X in a tennis ball and slip it over the head of a hammer. Now you're less likely to ding up fragile or expensive wood.
  • Cut a tennis ball in half and use one of the sides to open those stubborn jars.
  • In the garage, hang a tennis ball on a string from the ceiling so that the ball touches the top left corner of your car's windshield. Now you have a marker and know exactly how far to pull the car in every time!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Why every Tulsa home buyer should schedule a final walk-through prior to closing

When representing a midtown Tulsa home buyer, I always schedule a final walk-though of their property purchase prior to closing. IF you asked for the refrigerator to remain with the property, the best time to find out if it is or isn't there is BEFORE you hand over a check at closing.

If you fell in love with that beautiful stained-glass light fixture in the entry way, you want to make sure it hasn't been replaced with something less expensive. Make sure everything you expected to be there, is there.

In the Oklahoma Contract for the Sale of Real Estate, there is a list of 32 items that automatically remain with the property unless specifically excluded in the contract. The list includes interior and exterior window treatments; fireplace inserts, doors and screens; ceiling fans, light fixtures, etc. Free standing items such as the refrigerator, washer and dryer do NOT automatically remain with the property, but can be specified for inclusion when negotiating the contract.

Why every Tulsa home buyer should schedule a final walk-through prior to closing

If the home seller knows that you intend to do a final walk-through prior to closing, there is less likely to be any shenanigans. However sometimes, it's truly a misunderstanding - the home seller may have had a personal attachment to a particular light fixture or mirror and neglected to communicate that to the Listing Realtor. Regardless, the best time to settle any dispute is before you hand the home seller a check.

I have also written contracts stipulating that something will be REMOVED from the property. If my Tulsa home buyers do not WANT the trampoline in your back yard, we're going to specify in the contract that the home sellers remove it. We want to make sure that's been done.

I always let the Listing Realtor know early on that my Tulsa home buyers and I would like to schedule a final walk-through prior to closing.

It seems the house is always a little cleaner and fresher than when I skip that final, crucial step.

Lori Cain, 918-852-5036, www.LoriCain.com

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday will be held from Friday, August 6 - Sunday, August 8, 2010

Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday will apply to clothing and shoes priced at less than $100.

Beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, August 6, 2009, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday, August 8, 2010, Oklahoma will hold its fourth annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain clothing and shoes free of sales tax. This includes state, city, county and local municipality sales taxes.

“The sales tax holiday provides Oklahomans with the ability to save money on clothing and other items which are included while supporting their local retailers,” said Paula Ross, Oklahoma Tax Commission spokesperson. Retailers are required to participate and may not charge tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday. The sales tax holiday exempts the sale of clothing and shoes priced at less than $100 from sales taxes.

For more information and answers to common questions on the Oklahoma sales tax holiday, as well as a listing of sales tax exempt items please refer to the Oklahoma Tax Commission website.

Now, let's start shopping for those back-to-school clothes. Wear your armor at the mall!!

Originally Posted at: Midtown Tulsa Real Estate - Lori Cain

Monday, July 19, 2010

Clear the decks so you can relax this summer!

Before you start sweating the summer away, make sure to schedule time to organize the things that matter most to you! School starts in just a few weeks, and your home should be the last thing you worry about once the chaos starts back.

John Sawyer

SAWYER WALLACE HOME COLLECTION


918.289.7065

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Walkability Score - what is it and why it's important to Tulsa real estate!


Walkability Score - what is it and why it's important to Tulsa real estate!

People are looking for alternatives to driving, whether it be for environmental, financial or health reasons - or a combination of each. People truly do want to walk to the grocery, a restaurant, the park or a library.

As defined by Wikipedia, "Walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking. Walkability has many health, environmental, and economic benefits."

Walkable neighborhoods strengthen our community in that residents tend to meet and associate with their neighbors. Not only does that make living in your neighborhood more pleasant, it includes an obvious deterrent to crime.

Walking is good for our health. Studies show that the average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs less than one living in a sprawling neighborhood.

What makes a neighborhood walkable? [Source: WalkScore.com]
• A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it's a main street or a public space.
• People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
• Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
• Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
• Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
• Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
• Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.

So how walkable is your neighborhood? Go to this "walk score" web site, enter your address and find out! Tulsa is becoming a more 'walkable' city and we invite those considering a move to Tulsa to walk around with us!!

Lori is a residential Realtor with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors serving the greater Tulsa area, and specializing in midtown Tulsa real estate. Please visit Lori’s web site, LoriCain.com or call 918-852-5036.

Friday, July 2, 2010

KOTV Channel 6 Interview- Sheryl Chinowth


Last night on KOTV Channel 6, Sheryl Chinowth was featured discussing the new square footage regulations affecting the real estate industry. Below is the interview conducted by Tara Vreeland. You can also click on the link in the title and see the actual interview!

By Tara Vreeland, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- For most folks who are looking to buy a home size matters. But buyers looking for specific details about square footage are discovering just how hard it is to find that information.

Home for sale. Four bedroom. Four bath. Three-car garage. One number likely missing from the listing? Square footage.

Due to a lawsuit, Bowman vs. Presley, realtors are opting out and not posting square footage stats to protect the real estate industry.

"It's very difficult for us to assure accuracy because realtors are not the ones that measure the homes," Sheryl Chinowth, Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, said. "The measurements are done either by court house records, which are not always accurate, or also by appraisers and builders.

Because the Oklahoma Supreme Court allowed the lawsuit to move forward last June, realtors were put on notice to make sure square footage is accurate.

"It's similar to using more or less," Chinowth said. "When you have this many square feet more or less."

But Sheryl Chinowth, a real estate broker, says measuring is subjective. She says second levels, stair cases and open areas make uniform measuring difficult and viewpoints vary.

"Builders measure differently. Most builders go wall to wall or frame to frame," she said. "Appraisers measure differently and it's rare that you will see two appraisers measure a home exactly the same.

The lawsuit says its fraud if a realtor passes square footage information on to the buyer and that number turns out to be incorrect.

That puts the realtor's license in jeopardy.

However, Chinowth says through the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors, a waiver and release form was developed for sellers to give the square footage information to the buyers.

She also says there is a new system that allows three square footage estimates to be put into the MLS system.

Then that way the buyers can decide which square footage seems most accurate to them.

Chinowth says people don't buy homes specifically for square footage, but she says if you must know, you can always get your own square footage appraisal. She says that can cost between $60 to $100

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Not Once, Not Twice, But FOUR Times: Best of the Best 2010




Chinowth & Cohen Realtors announced today, the company has been voted by the readers of Oklahoma Magazine as a winner of “The Best of the Best Awards 2010” of Real Estate companies. This is the fourth year in a row Chinowth & Cohen Realtors has been awarded this honor.

The award comes from readers across Oklahoma polled through the magazine and asked to select their favorites in multiple categories. Thousands of ballets were received. “Winning Best of the Best Real Estate Company four years straight is a huge accomplishment,” said Sheryl Chinowth, CEO of Chinowth & Cohen Realtors. “Lee Cohen and I are so proud of our Realtors and staff. They are the Best of the Best! Our recognition in the community is a direct result of the caliber of people we have in our company. I wish to express my sincere thanks to all who voted for Chinowth & Cohen Realtors.”

Chinowth & Cohen Realtors is a full service residential real estate company with six locations in the Tulsa Metro area. Founded by Sheryl Chinowth & Lee Cohen in August of 2004, the company has over 350 associates and a commercial division, C&C Commercial Realtors. For more information on the company or to view any listing on the MLS visit www.cctulsa.com

Thursday, June 10, 2010

What is a garage really worth when you are selling a home in midtown Tulsa?

How much does the absence of a garage affect the value of your property when you're selling a home in midtown Tulsa?

Depending on the area of midtown, many of us have no garages or we have detached garages, a detached carriage house (used for living space) and often a porte-cochere (carport one can drive through).

My girlfriend who lives in Swan Lake sold a home last fall in the Patrick Henry district - darling home with a 3/4 acre lot - but no garage. This property should have sold in one week, yet every prospective Buyer wanted to see surveys and get estimates to add a garage.

Another home Seller is preparing his mother's home for sale in an area of midtown perfect for 1st-time home buyers. Although the converted garage is probably the best insulated portion of the house, I told my Seller that he probably ought to convert it back to a garage before we put the house on the market.

I currently have a midtown home for sale where the garage was converted to living quarters that were handicap accessible. It's a nice and spacious 3-bedroom home and the converted living space could be a 4th bedroom or den. We are advertising in the public remarks that the Seller will convert the space back to a functional garage if the Buyer chooses. Few inquiries, thus far - Buyers seem to want the garage already there.

So, what's the big attraction of a garage if there is a shed or some other location to store your lawnmower and yard tools? Is it that everyone cares that much about hail damage on their automobiles? Few of our garages in midtown Tulsa are attached to the primary residence, so I can't see safety being the issue.

What say you? What is a garage really worth when you are selling a home in your neighborhood? My guess is that garage conversions are rarely a good idea for re-sale, regardless of the area of town you're in. Think about this before you convert your garage into extra living space!

Lori is a residential Realtor serving the greater Tulsa area, and specializing in midtown Tulsa real estate. Please visit Lori’s web site, LoriCain.com or call 918-852-5036.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Looking for something to do tonight??





Talena M. Floyd
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors
"Make My Hometown, Your Hometown"
www.WelcomeHomeTulsa.com
Talena@WelcomeHomeTulsa.com
(918) 361-3404


PARADE IS UPON US





The Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes is the area's only new home showcase, with more than 150 homes on display from 70 of the areas top builing companies. Homes are located throughout metro Tulsa from Bartlesville to Coweta, and range in price from $100,000 to more than $1,000,000. Homes are open from 1 – 7 p.m. daily during the event as well as three extended hour events in featured subdivisions. The Official Guide will be for sale at all area QuikTrips beginning June 18. June 19-27, 2010. Homes are open daily from 1-7 p.m., and the event is FREE to the public. June 19-27, 2010. Homes are open daily from 1-7 p.m., and the event is FREE to the public.

Talena M. Floyd
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors
"Make My Hometown, Your Hometown"
www.WelcomeHomeTulsa.com
Talena@WelcomeHomeTulsa.com
(918) 361-3404

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Be Prepared for Severe Weather

Losing a home to a tornado, fire, or flood can be a disaster for a family. But losing that home and the lives of loved ones inside can be a heartbreak that never ends. More often than not, families who avoid serious injuries and loss of life in such disasters are those which have prepared ahead of time. For this reason, the City of Broken Arrow is providing this collection of information that can help you do just that. There are links from this page to pamphlets published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.

Also, more and more homeowners in this part of the state are building storm shelters or safe rooms for their homes. It's extremely important that City officials know where these facilities are located. If there is storm damage to your neighborhood, rescue workers will know where to look in case debris is covering the home or shelter. You may register your storm shelter or safe room with the City of Broken Arrow (at no cost). Click here for the form.

Here are brief descriptions of the material available:

Helping children cope with disaster -- Ways you can help your children deal with disasters. (PDF, 99 KB)
Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book -- Several pages for children to color in, along with tips that might help save their lives. (PDF, 1.64 MB)
Emergency Preparedness Checklist -- You may think you're prepared, but there are always little things that can help even more. (PDF, 109 KB)
Family Disaster Plan -- Sit down with your children and go over some ideas that have proven to save lives, then develop your own plan for a fire, tornado, etc. (PDF, 279 KB)
Family Disaster Supplies List -- Many of these items you might already have. But take a look at what the experts recommend. (PDF, 165 KB)
Food & Water in a Disaster -- You don't have to make a last-minute rush with everyone else to the food stores. (PDF, 355 KB)

Source: http://www.brokenarrowok.gov/

Bill Whitescarver
Broker Associate
918-691-7653

Friday, May 14, 2010

C&C Opens In Sand Springs!


It's official.


Chinowth & Cohen Realtors is open in Sand Springs, Oklahoma! We are so excited to have offices in this wonderful community. The new office space is located in the Shops at Adams Road at 420 Plaza Court. Drop by and say hello! The staff and Associates are ready for business.

At the moment we're at 10 Associates and growing! Our Associates either live directly in Sand Springs or in the surrounding communities of Sand Springs. They work, live and play in this area. So, they know the market like the back of their hands.

A little trivia on Sand Springs.
  • The earliest known settlement in the Sand Springs area dates back to 1826 with the Cherokee Indians settling there who came through the Trail of Tears.

  • In 1908 Sand Springs became a town in Tulsa County. Wealthy oilman Charles Page bought a 160 acre tract of land and built a home for orphans.

  • Page built the Sand Springs Railway in 1911 originally to reach the home. It then became the conduit for Sand Springs to become a suburb of Tulsa.

  • In 1912 Sand Springs was incorporated with a population of 400. Page platted out the original town site. The flat areas were designated industrial. The hilly areas for residential.

  • It became a thriving industrial and manufacturing area due to its abundance of natural gas and pure spring water.

  • Today, Sand Springs has a population of 17,765

Monday, May 3, 2010

Accent Moving & Storage: Help Your Neighbors While Cutting Moving Costs!

Accent Moving & Storage: Help Your Neighbors While Cutting Moving Costs!: "It's Spring. School will be out for Summer break in approximately three weeks. It's time to move. But you (along with everyone else) need to watch your moving costs. What do you do? Well, everything you move will weigh something and, if your house is anything like mine, there are things you can donate to make your move cost less. Did you ever think about all those canned goods you've been stock piling in the pantry? Those are going to add up fast! Here's the answer: Saturday, May 8th the United States Post Office is sponsoring the 'Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.' All you have to do is place non-perishable food items in a bag. Place the bag of food at your mailbox. And your letter carrier will pick it up when they deliver your mail. How awesome is that?! You are helping your local food bank and you don't have to leave your home! All along, you are reducing your potential moving expenses! Of course, you don't have to be moving to help out. Unfortunately, our food banks are in greater need than ever and most people donate during the holidays. This is a great opportunity to purge your pantry and help others at the same time. Go to www.helpstampouthunger.com to get more information. As always, for all your moving needs (such as: boxes, storage, estimates, labor, etc.) contact Accent Moving & Storage at 918-251-5594."

Monday, April 26, 2010

Keep Chemicals Out of Water and More Money in Your Pocket

When most people think about water pollution, images of leaking oil tankers, factories spilling toxic wastes into waterways, or garbage strewn along the beach come to mind. The fact is the problem is a lot closer to home. In fact, it's in your home.

One of the major sources of water pollution is area residents, not industries. Commonly used products like paint, motor oil, pesticides, and many cleansers contain toxic chemicals which, when poured down drains, pass through wastewater treatment plants and end up in local creeks, lakes and the ocean, harming fish and wildlife. Wastewater treatment plants are designed to treat biological wastes and cannot remove all the metals, solvents, and chemicals contained in many household products.

Use these tips to help keep pollutants out of our water. Many of these tips will also save you money because they are less expensive than commercial cleaning products:

* Use baking soda mixed with water as an inexpensive, effective, all-purpose cleaner instead of using harsh commercial products.
* Use lemon juice or vinegar mixed with water to cut grease, clean glass, and clean vinyl and linoleum floors.
* Use toothpaste to remove scuffmarks from floors and watermarks from wood furniture.
* Use vinegar around faucets to remove hard water mineral deposits. Cover the deposits with vinegar-soaked strips of paper towels for about an hour, then wipe clean.
* Use club soda to clean carpet and upholstery stains.
* Use olive oil or linseed oil to revitalize old furniture.
* Use a plunger instead of chemicals to clear clogged toilets and drains.
* Use digital fever thermometers instead of ones that contain mercury.
* Use latex instead of oil-based paints. Use water-based paint removers.
* Use boric acid to control cockroaches and ants instead of toxic pesticides.
* Use traps instead of poisons to control mice.

Dispose of unwanted paint, pesticides, solvents, cleansers and potentially hazardous household products at your local Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility - never down the drain or in the trash.
 

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