Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Nationwide Open House Weekend June 4-5


The 2011 Nationwide Open House Weekend is this coming weekend, June 4th & 5th!

Come tour tons of beautiful homes and check out neighborhoods where you might want to live! For a list of open houses, download the new Tulsa MLS app, go to TulsaRealtors.com, and look for this Saturday's edition of the Tulsa World's World of Homes.

I'll be at 2169 S. 77th E. Ave. Saturday 10a-12p & Sunday 2-4p, and at 3916 W. Orlando St. on Saturday 2-4p. Come see me for some light refreshments! Questions? Call, text, or email me- 918-951-7009 or asheffield@cctulsa.com.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Avenue of Flags a Special Tradition in Honoring our Veterans at Broken Arrow Cemetary

Honoring our Veterans this Memorial Day


If you have never driven by Floral Haven Cemetary in Broken Arrow, the site of almost 3,000 American flags is a sobering reminder of those who have served our country and their sacrifices they made to keep us safe and strong at home.

Some of the flags at Floral Haven represent veterans buried at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens. Some represent those buried far away. These flags, which will be raised for display in Floral Haven's 39th annual Avenue of Flags beginning Friday, have seen it all. Many are the casket flags carried with the deceased during their funerals, and some have been raised and lowered over the burial grounds for decades.
"It actually started back in '72 when a widow brought her husband's flag in and asked if there was any way to fly it because she didn't have a way to," said Stephen Moeller, director of community relations at Floral Haven, 6420 S. 129th East Ave. "So we flew it on a little pole that year, and people saw it, asked questions, and the Avenue of Flags was born."
This year, the avenue will include 118 new flags for veterans who died within the last year.


Linda Smalley, South Tulsa Office


Friday, May 20, 2011

Remodeling to sell?


The secret to successful pre-sale home remodeling is to keep up with the Jones', but never surpass them. Whether you want to make more money than you spend, or just recoup your remodeling expenses when you sell your home, know what's standard in the neighborhood. Give me a call today and I'll show you the Jones' house for comparisons! Call Robin Beene 918-906-9525

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Changes to Tulsa Public School Boundaries


Changes to Tulsa Public School Boundaries

The Tulsa Public School Board of Education approved Project Schoolhouse at the May 2, 2011, regular meeting. The board approved the new school boundaries at the May 6, 2011, special meeting. View new boundary maps for 2011-2012.

Boundary maps are provided on the Tulsa Public Schools web site to give general boundary information. Please contact your individual prospective school for the most current school assigned to your address. On this site are links for:
  • boundary map
  • boundary map with streets
  • Booker T. Washington Historical Boundary
  • Elementary Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • High Schools

An online "School Lookup" function has been added to the Tulsa Public Schools web site. This will allow parents to enter their home address to identify and access their child's home school locations. This new feature provides the elementary, middle and high school information for your property address.

Originally Posted at: Midtown Tulsa Real Estate - Lori Cain
www.LoriCain.com
918-852-5036

Monday, May 16, 2011

Lipstick on a Pig?


I thought this was a great tip from my awesome broker!

Lipstick on a Pig?
By:Sheryl ChinowthAccording to a 2010 study by Old Dominion University, homes with marketed improvements such as new paint or carpet, actually sell for less than homes that do not mention them. If a seller highlights new features, a cautious buyer may wonder why these items have been replaced - and if there are other things wrong. If you've made improvements, let potential buyers be pleasantly surprised.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Choosing Your Dream Home





Here's an article from the latest Whitescarver & Perry team newsletter at Chinowth & Cohen Realtors about choosing your dream home!


There's a lot to think about when it comes to buying your dream home. Every decision, small to large, is important! Let's look at a list of common issues that buyers face.

1. Neighborhood: Deciding on what neighborhood you desire is tricky. You must consider your wants and needs. They vary by person. Do you have children and need to live within the boundaries of a specific school district? You might want a short commute, a neighborhood with historic homes, or homes that are near night life and restaurants.

2. Square footage: What size of home fits your needs? The average home in the United States is 2,195 square feet. Thirty years ago the average size was just 1,645. The trend has been for larger and larger homes, with special purpose spaces, such as exercise rooms, offices, studies, and media rooms. This trend is now receding.

3. Floorplan: Architectural styles offer a wide range of choices! Open floor plans might appeal to you, with their great flow for entertaining. Or you may have a more traditional aesthetic, preferring cozy rooms. Think about how you live your life and what style best fits your needs.

4. Finishes: There are different grades of homes. Take your kitchen, for example. You can find a wide range of beautiful laminate counters, just as you can find a wide range of beautiful granite ones. These choices dramatically affect price. Think carefully about what you want in your dream home. Do you want stone floors or will ceramic suffice? Are you looking for green building materials, such as zero-voc paint, bamboo floors, and recycled counters?

5. Amenities: Our homes extend past the borders of our property. We live in the parks, shopping, and restaurants that surround us. Be sure to think outside the "box" of your house when you buy.

6. Landscaping: A large yard can mean lots of entertaining potential, but it can also mean a lot of work. Be sure to consider your needs now and down the road when it comes to yard maintenance. Many buyers prefer a townhouse or condo as their "dream home". These options afford buyers with much less responsibility when it comes to upkeep!

Be sure to discuss all of these topics with your real estate agent. They can help you decide on a happy compromise among the long list of choices. They'll also help you know what items on your wish list you can get in your price range. Good luck on your dream home search!

Written by Carla Hill

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bowl For Kids Sake 2011



Chinowth & Cohen Realtors recently participated in a fundraiser with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Oklahoma at Andy B's Bowling Alley. Seven teams of over 45 Realtors turned out to bowl for this worthy cause! A total of over $3650 was raised for the organization. Click on the following link for a peek at how much fun we had Bowling for Kids Sake! Bowl For Kids Sake 2011
 

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