Friday, September 16, 2011

Oklahoma Home Price Appreciation Ranks Third in U. S.

Oklahoma was one of three bright spots in the nation, as U.S. housing slogs through a slump now in its fourth year since the 2007 sub prime mortgage meltdown and start of the national housing bust.

It's Oklahoma in third by a nose in the home price appreciation race, one of just three winners in a field of 51 contenders.

Oklahoma home values eked out an increase of 0.28 percent for the year ending June 30, according to the Federal Housing Finance Administration's purchase-only index — refinancing scratched from the lineup — released Thursday.

The District of Columbia was first, with a gain of 12.13 percent, and North Dakota came in second with an increase of 3.87 percent.

Behind Oklahoma were 48 states where prices depreciated, from a 0.25 percent drop in Alaska to a 14.91 percent dive in Arizona.

Oklahoma was in one of the few winners' circles in the nation, as U.S. housing as a whole continues to slog through a slump now in its fourth year since the 2007 sub prime mortgage market meltdown and bust of the national housing bubble. Oklahoma missed the bubble, for the most part — and has missed the worst of the aftermath.

Linda Smalley, Chinowth & Cohen South Office, cell phone 918.630.8431,

Source: Richard Mize,, 8/26/11

Where to Live When You Retire!

Where to live when you retire!
No nursing home for us. We'll be checking into a Holiday Inn!

With the average cost for a nursing home care costing $188.00 per day, there is a better way when we get old and too feeble.
I've already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn.
For a combined long term stay discount and senior discount, it's $59.23 per night.
Breakfast is included, and some have happy hours in the afternoon.
That leaves $128.77 a day for lunch and dinner in any restaurant we want, or room service, laundry, gratuities and special TV movies.
Plus, they provide a spa, swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge and washer-dryer, etc.
Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free shampoo and soap.
$5 worth of tips a day you'll have the entire staff scrambling to help you.
They treat you like a customer, not a patient.
There's a city bus stop out front, and seniors ride free.
The handicap bus will also pick you up (if you fake a decent limp).
To meet other nice people, call a church bus on Sundays.
For a change of scenery, take the airport shuttle bus and eat at one of the nice restaurants there.
While you're at the airport, fly somewhere. Otherwise, the cash keeps building up.

It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. Holiday Inn will take your reservation today.
And you're not stuck in one place forever -- you can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city.
Want to see Hawaii ? They have Holiday Inn there too.
TV broken? Light bulbs need changing? Need a mattress replaced? No problem.. They fix everything, and apologize for the inconvenience.

The Inn has a night security person and daily room service. The maid checks to see if you are ok. If not, they'll call an ambulance . . . or the undertaker.
If you fall and break a hip, Medicare will pay for the hip, and Holiday Inn will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life.

And no worries about visits from family. They will always be glad to find you, and probably check in for a few days mini-vacation.

The grandkids can use the pool.
What more could I ask for?

So, when I reach that golden age, I'll face it with a grin.
Author unknown but works for me!
Seriously though, if you need help selling your house when that time comes I would be happy to help make the transition go as smoothly as possible and as always treat you as family. Call Robin Beene at 918-906-9525

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chinowth & Cohen Realtors Sponsor Fund Raiser for Bright Futures Joplin

Chinowth & Cohen Realtors recently held a company wide fundraiser for the “Adopt an Eagle” backpack program sponsored by Bright Futures Joplin. Realtors from the six Chinowth & Cohen offices in the Tulsa Metro area donated $2,318 to assist in providing backpacks to the 7,740 kids starting back school this year in Joplin, MO following the devastating tornado on May 3.

Bright Futures Joplin is a grass roots, community based program that creates partnerships and utilizes community resources for the common goal of helping Joplin kids and strengthening families and community. They have been integral in assisting the Public Schools of Joplin in reorganizing after the tornado.

Bright Futures Joplin spearheaded a campaign to raise money so that every student starting back school this year received a backpack with necessary school supplies. Joplin Public Schools estimates 54% of their students were in the zone of destruction. Ten schools were partially or completely lost and 260 teachers lost classrooms and supplies.

“Our company has remained active in assisting our neighbors in Joplin, MO through this difficult time. Our Associates have donated money to a Children’s Crisis Shelter and now to students of Joplin public schools. We will continue our efforts through additional fund raising activities through the end of the year, “ said Sheryl Chinowth, CEO of Chinowth & Cohen Realtors. “The sheer devastation that affected that community is unbelievable. Anything we can do to assist them to rebuild and reorganize we are glad to do.”

Founded in 2004 by Sheryl Chinowth and Lee Cohen, Chinowth & Cohen Realtors has six locations including South Tulsa, Midtown Tulsa, Owasso, Bartlesville, Sand Springs and Broken Arrow. With a reputation for elite service, Chinowth & Cohen Realtors has been voted “Best of the Best” Real Estate Company five years running by a statewide publication. Chinowth & Cohen Realtors has over 350 Associates affiliated with the firm. In addition to residential real estate, Chinowth & Cohen Realtors operates a full service Property Management division, Relocation Department and C&C Commercial Realtors.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jazz-Up Your Curb Appeal with Local Art

Looking for Ways to Enhance Your Curb Appeal and Your Yard?

This year's Living Arts "Art in the Garden" Preview Party, hosted by Southwood Nursery, is Thursday, September 22nd 6:30-9:30pm.

Experience original art designed for the garden and meet local artists while enjoying refreshments and live musical performances.

Tickets for the Preview Party are $20 and will be available at Southwood the day of the event. The ticket price also includes admission all four gardens on this year’s Living with Art in the Garden Tour. For more information on the preview party and Art in the Garden tour visit, or contact Southwood Nursery at 91st and Riverside.

Your home's curb appeal is the invitiation to tour your home when it's on the market. To learn more on how to get your home ready to list, give me a call at 918.630.8431. I am always available to answer your real estate questions.

Linda Smalley, Chinowth & Cohen, South Office

Featured art in photo, Garden Deva of Tulsa, 3rd and Trenton


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