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.
 

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