Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tulsa is Number 5, Best Place to Buy a Home recently released their list of the best places to buy in the nation and Tulsa, OK was rated #5! Those of us who live and work in Tulsa were not surprised by this high ranking. Tulsa has maintained a relatively stable housing market compared to much of the nation. The rankings are based upon several different factors including appreciation of price, foreclosures, unemployment and affordability. According to Zillow, the average Tulsa home was valued at $114,000 as of September 2011. Oklahoma City ranked slightly above Tulsa at number 2. The rankings of the top 5 are as follows: #1 Utica, NY, #2 Oklahoma City, #3 Rochester NY, #4 Pittsburgh, PA, and #5 Tulsa.

Susie Genet
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Today's Hot Topic: Housekeeping tips you'll love!!

Microwave splatters are the worst!...or at least they USED to be. Did you know... If you have hard-to-wipe-up, dried splatters in your microwave, there is an easy way to clean them! Take a wet washcloth and microwave on high for up to 1 minute. Carefully remove (it will be very HOT!) and wipe off the splatters with ease! This is my favorite housekeeping tip!

Another tip...If you have a front loader washing machine and notice your clothes smelling a little funky, pour a little vinegar and bleach into the soap dispenser and run it through the "sanitary" cycle. Chances are you have a build up of detergent and fabric softener, thus creating that unwanted smell. This works!

Last tip for the day...(a great tip especially if you're getting ready to list your home and need it to look its best)... If your kitchen (or bathroom) cabinets are starting to look a little worn or dull, wash them down with warm, soapy water...clean them well...and then wipe them down with Old English. You get great bang for your buck with this one! You'll be amazed at the difference it makes for just a few dollars!!

Please share if you have any sure-fire secrets of your own!! :-)

Jeanette Bagrosky
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Baby It's Cold Outside...

But if you are selling your home in the winter, keep it warm inside! Winter can be tough on home sellers so here are some tips to help make your home shine!

1. Don’t forget the curb appeal! Keep the leaves cleaned up, add a colorful wreath to the door and if it snows, don’t forget to shovel a nice wide path!

2. Turn on the lights and open the blinds, the more light the better. Make sure the windows are clean, though!

3. Keep it warm! Buyers will spend more time in a warm house than in a cold house.

4. Clean and clean some more. Fresh paint, clean carpets and a spotless house are a key to a good showing in any season.

5. Add some splashes of color to brighten up your home, bright colored pillows or festive d├ęcor will make your home stand out.

6. A closed up house, especially one with pets, can get a little smelly! Make sure that yours smells great when buyers are coming! Vanilla and cinnamon are wonderful welcoming smells for buyers and you can never beat the aroma of fresh baked cookies.

Susie Genet 918-809-8296

Chinowth & Cohen Realtors

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Selling and Buying All at Once?

"For many people this can be a true nightmare but it doesn't have to be. And that's a good thing because a lot of people find themselves in the position of needing to sell and buy all at once.
If you're in this situation then you know that timing and money are two critical issues. What you do or don't do, can affect whether you have a successful sale and purchase of your next home.

Here are some important tips to expediting and effectively navigating the sell and buy process.

Collaboration. The real estate process is about collaboration and teamwork. When you begin the process, experts advise that you use a notebook to record your timeline of important dates such as when you absolutely must be relocated. For instance, if you're moving to another city for a job, when are you starting? When do you have to have the kids in school, etc? In this notebook, jot down details of conversations with experts and any transactions. Also, use the notebook to write down your questions that you have for your team of experts so that you're certain to get the answers you need.

Meet with your team which likely includes a real estate agent, lawyer, lender, inspector, appraiser, and advise them of your needs and time frame.

First things first–must sell that home. Many homeowners need the money from their homes in order to purchase their next one. With that in mind, be proactive. Get a home inspection so that you can find out any potential issues that will slow the sale process. Then repair or adjust your asking price before you list your home for sale. Get your home on the market as soon as possible. Delaying listing your home will result in a shorter time-frame to get it sold."

Click on the above link for the entire article written by Phoebe Chongchua with Realty Times.

Bill Whitescarver & Tammy Perry
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors

Bill: 918-691-7653
Tammy: 918-906-8064

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wow! Housing market is picking up!

A sure sign of the housing market picking up is that people are out and about looking at open houses even in the cold! My last few open houses have had a remarkable turnout which is definitely an encouraging sign for the market. So if you are just kind of thinking about selling your house, now is the time!

Also, the media is presenting that the this is the last quarter for the interest rates to stay below 5% and will make a steady climb towards the end of the year. You are going to feel real smart if you buy now, at say 4.5%, rather then waiting and seeing interest rates at 5.5% or higher. Give me a call today and let's take advantage of the times! Robin Beene 906-9525

Monday, January 17, 2011

That Blogging Bagrosky!

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: The Dreaded New Year's Resolutions!!!

So, it is January 17th...Are YOUR new year's resolutions still intact?! So far, mine are on track; however, not perfect. Now is the time to revisit your resolutions, even if you've fallen off the wagon! Get back on the horse, as they say! I'm certainly not perfect (although I do strive for it!) but it's not about being perfect. It's about learning from your mistakes and pursuing until you reach your goals!

Tips for this blog: If your resolution has to do with being healthier, try alternating workouts so you don't become bored. Also try using a calorie counter (, even if you only use it for a short period. You'll be surprised at the nutritional data in some of the foods that claim to be healthy and even more suprised at how many calories/fat/etc your favorite sinful treat contains! It might just be enough of a shocker to keep you on track! :-) Last tip: No matter what your resolutions are, TELL A FRIEND...It will hold you accountable! Please feel free to respond to this blog if you would like to share your triumphs and/or struggles with YOUR new year's resolutions. Good Luck!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tulsa Ranks #15 on List of America's Most Affordable Cities by Forbes

Many Tulsans are already aware of how affordable it is to live in our city. If you know of anyone who is considering moving to Tulsa, you may want to share this with them. Tulsa has been ranked #15 on Forbes list of America's Most Affordable Cities. Click below to read the article, and contact a Realtor to find out more about living in Tulsa!

Forbes.Com- America's Most Affordable Cities

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale

If you are planning on or considering putting your home on the market soon, here are five helpful tips to prepare you for listing. Contact your Realtor for more ideas and information. If you're not already working with someone, feel free to contact me. It's going to be a great spring!

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Good News is coming in 2011

Tulsa’s economic recovery should gain momentum this year according to an article published in the Tulsa World, Sunday, January 2nd. Russell Evans, director and research economist of the Center for Applied Economic Research with Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business stated that 2011 will actually feel like a genuine recovery with the gap between Tulsa and Oklahoma City’s unemployment rate closing as well. Economic forecasts call for nonfarm job growth of 2.8 percent for the Tulsa area this year. The metro’s hiring outlook for the first quarter is tied for the fourth-strongest in the U.S. according to Manpower’s recently released Employment Outlook Survey. Among individual sectors, job gains this year in Tulsa are projected for construction, financial activities, professional and business services, education, health services and government according to the OSU economists.

Now is the time to get your home ready to sell and retain the services of a professional, knowledgeable real estate agent to get your home sold this coming spring. The Tulsa real estate market will start heating up in February. With interest rates still at an all time low, it’s also a great time to find your dream home, and it’s especially a great time to buy in Tulsa!

Complete Article at Tulsa World by Laurie Winslow

Linda Smalley, Sales Associate

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Open Houses in Wakefield Ponds Jan. 8th 3-5pm

12501 S1st Street $209,900 12512 s 4th court $241,500
Located in prestigous Wakefield Ponds in Jenks, these two beautiful homes will be open Sunday Jan. 8th 3-5pm. This neighborhood features walking trails around ponds with fountains going 24/7. It also has a playground and neighborhood pool.
Whether you are needing an all one level or a two story with a three car garage you will have your pick of these homes that are priced below comps for the neighborhood.

Monday, January 3, 2011

No Excuses for the New Year!

New workout gear for the new year means no excuses! I now have cold weather workout gear for outdoors. My dear son also gave me a new ab routine and I just have to say, "OUCH!" Happy New Year everyone!

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