Thursday, February 24, 2011


Daily Real Estate News February 23, 2011 Realtor Magazine

Existing-Home Sales Up Again in January
The uptrend in existing-home sales continues, with January sales rising for the third consecutive month with a pace that is now above levels a year ago, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Existing home sales which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 2.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.36 million in January from a downwardly revised 5.22 million in December, and are 5.3 percent above the 5.09 million level in January 2010. This is the first time in seven months that sales activity was higher than a year earlier.

Linda Smalley, South Office
Cell 918.630.8431

Leaders Light Their World


Chinowth & Cohen Realtors recently held their 2011 Celebration Banquet and honored the Associates for their business accomplishments and community service in 2010! A guest at the event, Mike Henry, wrote a wonderful blog on his experience at the event. Mike's wife, Vicky Henry, is a Realtor with Chinowth & Cohen in the Owasso Office. It was a well written and thought provoking blog. Please take time and read Mike's thoughts......Leaders Light Their World

Friday, February 18, 2011

From Wool Socks to Flip Flops

Will Rogers once said, "If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it will change."

Nothing could be further from the truth as Oklahoman's just experienced record snow fall in February with frigid artic temperatures. Just a week ago the temperature was 12 below zero with giant snow drifts and icy roads, bringing us to dead halt in our everyday activities and local commerce. Schools and businesses were closed, and grocers experienced outages of milk and eggs with gas stations running out of regular unleaded gas. Now one week later, it's a balmy 71 degrees, my fescue is greening up and today, I am wearing my flip flops and a sleeveless blouse.

Oklahoma is known for it's beautiful seasonal changes which can unexpectably happen over night.

I have to admit that it feels great to have this little splurge of spring late in February. I hope the Ground Hog is right and Spring is truly just around the corner.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Now is the time to start thinking about your lawn for spring

Weed Control Begins With Pre-Emergent Herbicide

Contrary to popular belief, pre-emergent weed killers don't destroy weeds and their seeds. They simply stop them from growing. Some seeds are known to last fifty years, so if the herbicide isn't applied each year, the weeds will grow. The big question for pre-emergent weed killers is when to apply them. Pre-emergent herbicides only work if they are applied to your lawn before the weed's growth period. But if applied too early, weather will dilute the herbicide and the weed will grow unencumbered.

According to garden experts from many regions of the U.S., the two dates to remember are March 15 and September 15. Those are the two dates of theyear around which pre-emergent fertilizers should be applied so that they activate before seasonal weeds make an appearance.

There are two application dates because there are two types of weeds,winter weeds and summer weeds. This is especially true in regions that don't completely freeze over in the winter. The summer weed date is March 15th, because that is usually when average soil temperatures reach above 50 degrees. Major summer weeds like crabgrass or clover will only emerge once the soil is consistently over this temperature. In warmer areas, the date will probably be earlier. The September 15th date is to catch weeds as they set new seed. This fall application will limit any late fall growth and hopefully begin weeding work for next year.

If you use a pre-emergent herbicide, keeping these two dates in mind can help you get a head start in weed control.

Linda Smalley, South Office Source: Alex Russel, Columnist, All About Lawns

Thursday, February 3, 2011

How Sweet it is!

February ushers in Valentine's Day for treating our Sweethearts, and a day honoring a long legacy of U.S. Presidents.

I have just regained my willpower from the Christmas holiday "sweets" over-indulgence, when along comes Valentine’s Day with chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. How can we not succumb to the beautiful goodies, our Sweethearts, (with the best of intentions), shower upon us. Chocolates, champagne, flowers, a wonderful dinner, with dessert, of course, ever temping our sweet tooth. Though, I would prefer some low-calorie diamonds or rubies, you won't hear any complaints from me. I will graciously indulge myself in all the above.

So, you may think that there is not really a celebration for President’s Day and we can consume a few extra calories on Valentine’s Day without guilt, but not in my case. As a Christmas gift from my kids, I received the Capital Hill Cook Book, written by Linda Bauer. This cookbook contains a collection of recipes from The White House, Congress and all of the past presidents. My first thought was to prepare a meal from my new cookbook over President’s Day weekend. Special holidays and occasions keep me planning unique meals all year long. I haven’t put the menu together yet, but the most difficult decision will be the dessert selection. Will it be Abigail Adam’s Apple Pan Dowdy, or Shrewsbury Cakes by George Washington? Now if I could only get my hands on a bottle of wine from Thomas Jefferson’s French wine collection, then it would truly be a grand celebration!

I’m looking forward to a couple of really great meals celebrating February.
And as for March.... .there is Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, and the Vernal Equinox.

Bon Appetit! Linda Smalley, Sales Associate, South Office
 

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