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


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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
 

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