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.

Friday, April 16, 2010

De-Clutter, Shred Fest Saturday!

Paper is such a HUGE factor in adding weight and, therefore, expense to a move. This weekend you can rid yourself of much of that expense by taking advantage Shred Fest in Tulsa. Grab your old statements, bills, and other documents and run down to 635 West 41st Street in Tulsa between 1pm and 3pm this Saturday to get them shredded in less time and with less effort. Now, your records that aren't old enough to be shredded can be securely stored at Accent Moving & Storage. Please call 918-251-5594 for a storage quote

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Different Types of Realtor

Very Successful – They are well known, well respected, their reputation proceeds them. Life is good; the fruits of success run long and taste amazing. They have become legendary, business comes to them and they have always been able to get the listing, just by showing up. Great success also breeds mediocrity. Being hungry is the key to continued success, so sometimes what you are getting is someone who once worked hard at being creative, but now skips a few steps in the process, and sometimes misses the obvious opportunities for their client. They are well connected, they are constantly being wooed by vendors, and sometimes relationships effect decisions more than diligence.

Average – Even average success pays well in our business. They worked hard to get where they are at, and they are happy. Happiness breeds contempt and a Realtor who is content will never go “above and beyond”. They spend a lot of time becoming your buddy, because that is how they attempt to keep their clients. Dinners, drinks, golfing, gifts, all mask the fact, you have someone who is trying not to get fired.

Newcomers – They don’t know enough to help the client. This is a complicated business; failure rate is high because a Realtor must know a lot about everything to be an effective consultant. You must be tough and intelligent, and often those characteristics don’t go together. Quitting is easier than what you must go through to make it, and many will move on to something else.

And then you have the–

Obsessed – This can be someone who has had tremendous success, or a newcomer. Real Estate is their life. Looking over a contract and analyzing the language, and how to interpret it to the client, is common place. They understand how things work. They understand that meeting the needs of the client, is more than marketing a home; it’s marketing yourself, your company, and what is has to offer. They know that their job is to do whatever it takes to satisfy the client. Seeing beyond the surface and doing what others won’t, makes them stand out from the crowd. They won’t do “anything” to get the client, but they do everything to keep one. Their passion, creativity, and attention to detail, is something that is given to every client, whether it’s getting them or keeping them. They know what to say when and are very seldom caught off guard. . It is almost as if, this is what they were meant to do.

I AM OBESESSED, is your Realtor???

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

Friday, April 9, 2010

Get Ready For The Shock

Yesterday Chinowth & Cohen Realtor Virginia Miller and I attended the WNBA Tulsa Shock draft pick party at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Sand Springs. It's the first time I've ever seen a draft pick (granted via satellite tv), and quite honestly the first time I've ever had an interest to see a draft pick in action. But, I've been following the teams steps since the announcement of Tulsa's newest Professional Sports Franchise the Detroit Shock relocating to Tulsa and thought this would be interesting.

At prior events I was fortunate to meet Head Coach Nolan Richardson, WNBA's President Donna Orender and Steve Swetoha, President of the Shock. What a great team to get this off the ground. I am convinced this is a terrific opportunity for Tulsa and it's going to be an exciting season! One that we can't miss.

The team underwent a name change to The Tulsa Shock and picked awesome team colors - black and gold with a splash of red. Who doesn't love black and gold? It's worked great for Chinowth & Cohen Realtors. Maybe our mojo will rub off on the team!

The BOK Center is going to be the Team's home court. The inaugural game is scheduled Saturday, May 15th against the Minnesota Lynx starting at 7:00 pm. Fans can purchase tickets for regular season Shock games online at or by calling 1-866-7-BOKCTR (265287). Tickets will also be available at the BOK Center Box Office, 200 S. Denver, beginning at 9 a.m. For more information about tickets, contact the Tulsa Shock at

Support our ladies! Plan to be there. They're going to Shock it to'em!!!

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