Monday, December 3, 2012

Let your holiday sparkle!

Let your holiday sparkle!

Looking for decorating idea's for the holiday's?  I found this one on  I did mine in red and have really enjoyed it.  The more lights and bling the better!

Use one color to make a statement. RMSer Manzardo mixes gold ornaments and accents into a mantel garland to create a holiday focal point. Any metallic, like bronze or silver, adds sparkle, while a more colorful choice, like red, blue or lime green, makes for a bold, eye-catching display.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cardigan's Resturant

Tulsa has many great places to dine but one you should definitely try is Cardigan's Restaurant on Lewis.  Tulsa Urban Weekly review of the restaurant describes it as, "a comfortable yet classy dining experience."  Check out the good looking bar manager serving up delicious plates of food!  (Of course, I'm a little biased since he is my son!)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Interior Design Trends for 2012

We all know trends come and go, but here are some that stand out this season and could be worth a try in your home!

Nontraditional art and lighting
Even though these are two different trends, I’ve grouped them into the same category because they have an underlying commonality; they are both “nontraditional.” Lighting is turning toward LED options and popular art today tends to be oversized and three-dimensional.

Although many are experimenting with elaborate lighting choices, you can try a less risky approach by gathering string lights in a decorative vase or you can try spot lighting focal points in your garden to double up on drama. Art is also evolving and is oversized, 3-D, or both if you’re feeling daring! Both of these styles can be played down by pairing them with traditional furniture or a subdued color pallet.

Mixing Pieces
Mixing pieces has become a favorite new trend for many reasons. First of all, it allows you to use heirloom pieces you might not have found a place for otherwise. Secondly, mixing pieces also allows you to use antique family heirlooms, forge a flea market or build your own piece proving this trend can also be cost effective. And finally, it’s fun! Having no rules while decorating means you can mix not only furniture styles, but also colors and patterns.   

Bold Graphics
Many once-retro patterns are making a comeback with Ikat, chevron and chain links topping the popularity list. The fun part comes when deciding how to use these bold prints. Many dive right in and try wallpaper, but if you’re looking for a less permanent option, throw pillows and rugs are an easy way to infuse your interiors with this trend.

Good news for Oklahoma State University fans, the color of the year named by Pantone is... Tangerine Tango! Sticking with the bold color trend happening in fashion right now, this juicy orange shade stands out for all of the right reasons. Suggested color pairings to tame these tones are neutrals, this season neutral means gray, white or black. Other bold colors that are popular this year are chartreuse, magenta and bright yellows.

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#54 in the nation for best places for business and careers according to

Tulsa Ok at a glance
  • Metro Population: 948,000
  • Major Industries: Aerospace, Financial services, Telecommunications
  • Median Household Income: $48,817
  • Median Home Price: $128,700
  • Unemployment: 5.5%
  • Job Growth (2011): 0.3%
  • Cost of Living: 6.1% below nat'l avg
  • College Attainment: 24.8%

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Right Size Your Home

If you are house hunting and looking to down-size or right-size and don't want to spend as much time with yard work, a zero-lot line home could be for you. Typically a zero-lot line home can be a home with a shared common wall with the home constructed on a lot line. A home built along the property line allows maximum use of indoor space and outdoor living of a smaller lot. A focal point of the layout can feature a large private outdoor courtyard with minimal lawn or garden yet have space for a decorative water feature and plantings with hardscape. Baby Boomers and Young Professionals alike find attractive such a casual relaxing lifestyle. Sometimes called Garden or Patio Home these homes could offer just your type of home ownership.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Beware of Wasp Nests While Looking at Homes!

Wasps Nest

In the past few weeks, the summer heat has made it hard to show homes to prospective buyers. However, there is something out there that has made two of my last attempts at showing homes even harder: wasps nests. And can you guess where their nest was? Yep, you guessed it. Right above the front door.

I decided to take control of my showings by being prepared. Now when I go to show homes, I load up a can I wasp spray in my car. I actually had to whip it out an use it the other day. What could have ended in a missed showing, because I have had clients to scared to walk by a nest, turned into a successful showing and offer.

Even if you aren't the agent showing and you're the one looking to buy this summer, carrying a can of wasp spray can get you into that dream home that others were too scared to see!

Mario Avila
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors

Prevent Foundation Damage by Watering Your Foundation

With temperatures in Tulsa well over 100 degrees for several weeks now (just look at the local KJRH Channel 2 forecast), I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone about the importance of watering your foundation to prevent future foundation damage and costly repairs.

kjrh weather forecast

Why should you water your foundation?

Because the soil underneath your home expands and contracts constantly every year. Most of the time it isn't enought to cause any severe damage to your home, but in drought like temperatures the lack of water can be hazardous to your foundation. As the soil gets extremely dry, it will contract and leave less support for you foundation and the weight of your home.

The best way to keep your soil moist is to use a soaker house and place it about 6 inches away from your home's foundation. Let it run long enough to not just soak the surface, but to penetrate enough to soak the soil well beneath the surface, keeping in mind that your foundation is about 2 feet deep.
water your foundation

While you may see a big increase in your monthly water bill, the cost to keep your foundation in tact is well worth the cost. Keep in mind that recently, a client of mine made an offer on a home and backed out after inspections revealed that the home needed $9,000 worth of foundation repair.

Mario Avila
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors

How to Drop a Pin on your iPhone

How to drop a pin on an iPhone

For anyone who has ever tried to give directions to a house or anywhere else, typing those directions and trying to give them to someone else can be a hassle.

There have been many times in the past when I spent way too long trying to text directions to someone else who also had an iPhone. I recently learned a shortcut that will not only save me lots of time, but it will also be more helpful for the person receiveing the directions as well.

Maps has now made it easier to get directions to and from anywhere that the GPS can locate. First, type in and search the address you're trying to give directions to. Sometimes this may be the same location you are currently at.

After the address is found, tap the bottom right hand of your screen, and a purple pin will drop.
This will give you the option of getting directions to the pin or from the pin, or even sharing your location via e-mail, text or Tweet.

If you want to drop a pin anywhere, click the bottom-right corner and hit “Drop Pin” (or “Replace Pin,” if you’ve already got one on the map). That way, you can drop a pin anywhere on the map, not just where you’ve searched.

So there you go. A faster way to give someone else directons. Happy Searching!

Mario Avila

Rural Development Loan Program to End October 1st, 2012.

Rural Development Loans to END Very Soon

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the definition of a rural development loan and what it took to qualify for such a loan. You can click on the link below to read the article:

I recently spoke to three lenders and I have confirmed with them that the Rural Development loan program, also known as RD loans, will cease to exist after October 1st, 2012. For years, Owasso and Bixby have enjoyed the benefit of the RD loan program, despite the fast growth in both areas. The areas had still been considered “rural” because of old census data. The census numbers have now been updated and both areas are no longer deemed rural and don’t qualify for the RD program.

“I think that if someone was on the fence about buying a home and they were interested in getting a Rural Development loan, now would be the time to take advantage of those benefits while they still can,” said Lee Chinowth, Managing Broker at Chinowth & Cohen Realtors in Owasso. I also asked Mr. Chinowth what his thoughts were on what would happen to the Owasso and Bixby housing markets after the end of the Rural Development program. “There are parts of Owasso that haven’t qualified, and most of Tulsa that has never qualified. Those areas have continued to grow and I believe that they will continue to remain steady,” said Chinowth.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of the Rural Development program before it ends, call Mario at 918-261-0622 or email

Mario Avila Chinowth & Cohen

New USB Wall Outlet for iPad, iPod and other Devices

If you're anything like me, I am always moving my iPad or iPhone adaptors from one place to the other throughout my house. Then somehow, one half of the adaptor seems to always disappear. I'll have either the usb cable or the wall jack, but not both. There is a new item that has hit the market that will now eliminate the need for me to have any usb cables or bulky square chargers. Its a USB charger that's built into your wall outlet.

It's called the Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet.

It’s an easy do-it-yourself installation for anyone who knows how to turn off a circuit and use a screwdriver. Just remove the existing outlet from the wall, switch out the two leads, and screw it back into place.

USB Wall Outlet

The original plug in still works and it gives you the option to charge your devices faster, and you no longer have to worry about keeping track of any cables.

The outlets are UL-certified for use on a 15 amp 125 volt circuit. The outlets are compatible with iPads, iPhones, iPods, Android tablets and phones, tablet computers, cellphones, game systems like Nintendo, Sony and PlayStation, Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras and GPS devices that charge through a standard USB plug.

The outlets are available in white. The list price is around $30 an outlet, although they can be found for less at online stores such as Amazon.

Mario Avila
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Transitional style: Fabulous home in Berwick Fairways blends clean lines, sophisticated design

Transitional style: Fabulous home in Berwick Fairways blends clean lines, sophisticated design

Transitional design is fast becoming a leading trend in the home-building industry. Blending traditional and contemporary elements, the transitional home offers warmth and comfort with a sophisticated flair.

This week’s featured home at 4408 S. Orange Ave. in Bixby’s Berwick Fairways addition is a breath of fresh air with its functional beauty.

Jerry Hall built the 5,000-square-foot home in time for this year’s Parade of Homes. Ginni Jacobs and Jolene Stevens of Ginni & Jolene Designs provided interior design expertise.

Clean lines and thoughtful design dominate the home’s spacious interior, which has an inviting continuity. Red oak flooring with a walnut stain adds a warming touch to the living spaces.

“In the Parade, most people said they like the openness and airiness and how much light is in this house,” said Hall.

Living spaces flow together in the transitional home, and ceilings tend to have more impact. Painted beams in this home’s great room, study and breakfast room provide architectural interest. While beams are common in transitional homes, they have a simple, clean design.

“The house has beautiful amenities,” said Linda Smalley, the Chinowth & Cohen Realtor representing the property. “For instance, the kitchen includes honed granite countertops, a six-burner Jenn-Air gas cooktop, stainless steel appliances, transitional-style light fixtures and custom cabinetry with beautiful glass on some doors and lighting in the top cabinets.” A walk-in pantry and oversize butler’s pantry and wine bar are located between the kitchen and formal dining room.

Hall gave the nearby breakfast nook a breathtaking treatment with a vaulted, beamed ceiling set off by a wall of stone. The effect is stunning, creating a casual eating space that draws you in.

Open to the great room, these three spaces make up the heart of the home where most of the living is done.

Located off the great room is the master suite. This relaxing retreat is painted a sophisticated light blue-green. Wood flooring, crown molding, a tray ceiling and a separate sitting area add to its allure.

“The fireplace in the sitting room has a travertine facade,” Smalley added. “There are even reading lights above the bed, and individual doors into the master bath for convenience.”

The master bath has a lovely spa design with his and her closets that include a safe room in her closet.

An outdoor living space, which is accessible from the master suite and breakfast room, includes a beautiful stone fireplace.

Upstairs are three bedrooms as well as a game room and media room. The media room connects to the game room, which has a refreshment bar with a dishwasher and refrigerator.

Two of the home’s best features are split garages that include an oversize two-car on one side and a single-car garage on the other and a floored third floor for storage.

4408 S. Orange Ave., Bixby
PRICE: $785,000
GARAGE: 3-car
LOT SIZE: .26 acre
SQ. FOOTAGE: 5,000
EXTRAS: Red oak floors, beamed and vaulted ceilings, crown molding, honed granite and marble, travertine tile floors, custom cabinetry, chef’s kitchen with Jenn-Air six-burner gas cooktop, safe room in master closet, study with hidden storage behind built-in cabinets, game room with refreshment bar and connected media room, house wired for surround sound, third floor storage, outdoor living space with fireplace and flagstone patio, professional landscaping, sprinkler system, fenced backyard
OFFERED BY: Linda Smalley • Chinowth & Cohen Realtors • 918-630-8431 Contact Linda for showings or open house information.
Source:  Source:  BY STEFANIE FORNEY World of Homes Editor
Monday, August 20, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Two Quick Fixes for Making a Small Kitchen look Larger!

Generally, the kitchen is one of the first rooms a buyer will check out. The larger your kitchen appears the better your chances of a quick sale. Here are two quick fixes: Change the backsplash by adding stainless steel, paint,or my favorite, the fake tin that comes in rolls and a variety of colors. It will completely change the look of your kitchen! You can also add an island, which requires only 30” between counters and the island to pass through comfortably. Many come with wheels making your island portable. One of the most important thing to do to make any room appear larger is to de-clutter! Remember, less is more when it comes to staging your home for a quick sale. If you are looking to sell your home, give me a call today for a free market analysis. Robin Beene 918-906-9525

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Seasons in Your Home

This past Spring I purchased heirloom tomato plants at the Sand Springs Herbal Affair & Festival along with a handful of other peppers and herbs. My vegetable garden is small, some planted in-ground and others in pots. This morning while watering the tomatoes, my thinking had me wondering if the cost of the water had exceeded the benefit of the small crop that made in this heat and drought, heat such that I've covered the tomato plants with old sheets to give some relief from the scorching sun to try to save the plants and just maybe get a fall crop.

Your home needs care and nurture as does your garden. You may live in your home many seasons over time. Throughout that duration there will be maintenance needs and possible upgrades. All this work may help get that extra boost in value and quick sale when the time comes to sell your home. Just like the diligent watering of heirloom plants yields a good crop so can care of your home, as if it were a valuable heirloom, yield pride and benefit from your work. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

C&C Call Me Maybe

At Chinowth and Cohen, we take our day-to-day work seriously, giving our clientsthe very best service in Oklahoma! That's why we are known as Oklahoma's "Elite" Realtors.  We had a blast last week creating the video below   Take a look, let us know what you think and pass it on to a friend! 

Harvard Baseball Team's video to Carly Rae Jepson "Call Me Maybe" inspires Realtors with Chinowth & Cohen in Tulsa, Oklahoma during a sales meeting. This is great!!
Copyrights of the song playing in the background belong to Carly Rae Jepson and her record labe

Linda  Smalley, Sales Associate, South Tulsa Office
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Is it a Gift or Inheritance?

Transferring the title of a home from one person to another may seem simple but it could have a significant tax implication.

When a person inherits property, the basis is “stepped-up” to fair market value at the time of the decedent’s death. On the other hand, a gift has a carry-over basis which means that the recipient receives the unrealized gain also.

As an example, let’s say an elderly parent, in an attempt to get their affairs in order, gives their home to their adult child. The rationale might be that they are the sole beneficiary and will get the property eventually. In an effort to settle things early, unnecessary income tax may be incurred.

If the home was purchased for $20,000 and worth $100,000 at the time of transfer, there is a possible gain of $80,000. However, if the adult child inherited the property at the time of the parent’s death, their new basis would be $100,000 or the fair market value at the time of death and the possible gain would be zero.

This is meant to be an example and many other variables could be involved. If you’re concerned about a situation, you should seek specific advice from a tax professional and your attorney.

As always, I’m here to help you as your real estate professional. If you find you are in a situation where you wish to sell the property, I can guide you through the process of getting the home ready to sell.  I have a team of reliable, reputable and reasonable resources from cleaning, staging, hauling, repairs and estate sales that can help you through what is sometimes an overwhelming process. 

I am always available to answer your real estate questions. 

Linda Smalley, Tulsa Real Estate Agent    918.630.8431
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, Tulsa

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Area home sales continue upward trend

April's numbers are up 12.4 percent from the same month last year.

Tulsa-area home sales rose yet again in April, continuing 2012's strong improvement over last year.
The Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors reports that 1,028 homes were sold in April, up 3.6 percent from March and an increase of 12.4 percent from April 2011.
The 3,748 homes that were sold in the first four months of 2012 represent a 20.1 percent increase from the same period last year.
Rodger Erker, president of GTAR, said people shopping for homes are getting more enthusiastic.
"If buyers are seeing things they like, they're jumping on it," he said. "They're not delaying their decisions. We haven't had that in a long time."
Erker said his personal sales at McGraw Realtors are up 62 percent this year.
The month was the third-highest April in the past five years, behind the 1,060 homes that sold in April 2008 before the market began to collapse, and the 1,170 in April 2010 during the final days of a federal tax credit for first-time home buyers.
Erker said the improvement is due to a combination of low interest rates, a relatively low local unemployment rate, reasonable prices and improved consumer confidence.
Pending listings, which indicate purchases that are under contract, rose to 1,299 this April from 951 a year earlier. That was the second-highest month for pending listings in five years, below the 1,479 logged for April 2010.
At the same time, the April 2012 inventory declined 7.2 percent to 9,161, giving the month the second-lowest level since 2009.
Erker said the drop in inventory and the increase in pending sales are helping to change the face of the market.
"We're starting to see homes for sale getting multiple offers," he said. "That's definitely a good sign for sellers."
Additionally, the average sale price of $159,509 is 15.5 percent higher than the same point in April 2011, and the median of $125,000 is 4.25 ahead of last year.
Erker said the increases stem from sellers gaining strength.
At this point, the improvements should continue through the summer, he said.
"There's not any reason for things to go the other way, unless we have a major crisis." By ROBERT EVATT World Staff Writer Published: 6/5/2012  2:24 AM Last Modified: 6/5/2012  4:00 AM
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Beautiful Wild Flowers in Brookside

Beautiful Wildflowers in Tulsa Brookside Neighborhood

Yesterday,  after being treated by my two children to a wonderful Mother's Day brunch experience at the Brassiere, we stumbled on to this vacant lot in Brookside boasting the most colorful wildflowers!  It is located just East of Peoria on 35th Street, around the 1300 Block.  

Tulsa Midtown neighborhoods are in full spring bloom right now and if you're a flower lover, or enjoy beautiful landscaping, a tour of the Utica Square area, Brookside neighborhoods,  and Cherry Street neighborhoods will find you in awe of the splendor of Spring! 

If you are in Brookside this week, take a quick detour and enjoy a wonderful moment taking in the beauty of  these gorgeous flowers!  Be sure to take your camera.   

Many thanks to the owner of this lot for creating such a lovely sight for so many to enjoy and enhance the beauty of our wonderful city!  Go ahead and click on the pictures to enjoy a larger preview.

Have a great week!

Linda Smalley,Sales Associate           South Tulsa Office     My cell 918.630.8431

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bidding Wars are Back!

A great article appeared recently in the Wall Street Journal about the resurgence of BIDDING WARS on listings across the country.  We are seeing some of this in Tulsa, too.   If you have been thinking about selling your home, don't miss out!  CALL ME for a complimentary consultation at 918-951-7009.   I look forward to hearing from you!   Read the article here.

Allison Sheffield
Multi-Million Dollar Producer
918-951-7009 cell

Chinowth & Cohen Realtors
3912 E. 91st St.
Tulsa, OK 74137

Friday, April 27, 2012

Home sales looking up: Sales reach four-year high

Tulsa-area home sales aren't just having a better year - they're having the best year so far since 2008. Approximately 992 homes changed hands during March, according to data from the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors. That's a 28.5 percent increase from February and a 28 percent increase from March 2011. The three-month total of 2,446 is 23.5 percent above the total for the same time period of last year and is the highest recorded in the area since 2008. It also marks a full 12-month streak of year-over-year monthly home sales improvements. March's local figures were better than the overall U.S. performance. National sales of single-family home sales declined 2.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.97 million in March from 4.07 million in February but are 5.9 percent above the 3.75 million-unit pace a year ago, according to figures from the National Association of Realtors. Rodger Erker, president of the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors, said traffic at local real estate agencies has picked up dramatically over the past few months. "Back last year, an open house might draw three or four groups looking at it," he said. "Now we're getting 15 or 16." Sheryl Chinowth, broker/owner and CEO of Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, said her business has already generated $20 million more in sales so far this year compared to this time last year and sellers are seeing more competition. "We're starting to see some homes with multiple offers coming in," she said. Chinowth and Erker both said that improved consumer confidence is the main factor bringing buyers back into the market after worries about a collapsing national home market and unemployment kept them on the sidelines. "Job confidence is certainly a good thing for us," Erker said. ROBERT EVATT World Staff Writer Published: 4/26/2012 2:36 AM Last Modified: 4/26/2012 7:46 AM

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tulsa-area commercial vacancies decrease

Vacancies for office properties in Tulsa improved slightly during the first quarter, a new study indicates.The percentage of empty office buildings decreased from 21.1 percent at the end of last year to 20.6 percent at the end of March, according to a report compiled by real estate data service Xceligent. Brian Hunt, author of the report, said interest in office property has picked up, especially from companies specializing in energy, law, engineering, staffing and medical tenants. Industrial properties improved slightly, from 9.7 percent at the end of last year to 9.6 percent now. Hunt noted industrial activity also picked up, though smaller warehouses continue to find tenants more easily than larger spaces.

By ROBERT EVATT World Staff Writer Published: 4/16/2012
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Monday, April 2, 2012

Tulsa Women CEO's

When Sheryl Chinowth first came to Tulsa in 1996, she really just wanted to be an outstanding real estate agent, help clients and make sure they got the best possible service.

She never really envisioned becoming CEO of her own real estate agency.

Today, Chinowth with her husband, Lee Cohen, who is chief financial officer, oversees Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, which has about 330 licensed, full-time real estate agents and another 80 or so who are referral agents.

To get the business to that level has taken long hours and lots of work. In those first few years of starting the company, neither Chinowth nor her husband took a vacation or a day off work.

"To be a woman CEO and to start your own business, you have to understand you're going to be working 80 hours a week for the first four or five years ... You're not going to get a lot of sleep," Chinowth said. "To be an entrepreneur, you have to really have a strong drive. You have to have passion for the business that you're in and really, really enjoy it and just an extremely hard work ethic."

Looking back at it now, Chinowth jokingly said she wonders if she weren't a "little bit crazy." But she has no regrets. She loves people and real estate, and with the combination of the two, "it's been a great fit." "When your job is something that you enjoy doing every day, it's not work," she said.

She is glad to know that she and her husband helped achieve and build something that will last long after they are gone. If she were to do it all over again, Chinowth said she would have started the company 10 years earlier.

"I really do believe there are no limits. The only limits a person has in life are the limits they put on themselves. If you work hard, there aren't any limits." Women don't hear the term "glass ceiling" anymore like they did when she was growing up, although there are still a lot of men who own their own companies. The playing field is changing, however, and Chinowth sees a society that increasingly values individual talent, skills, knowledge and personal integrity. "Those are the things that will rise you above everyone else - whether you're male or female," she said.

By LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer Published: 4/1/2012 2:26 AM Last Modified: 4/1/2012 5:20 AM

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tulsa, OKC rank high for job recovery

Tulsa and Oklahoma City are among 24 metropolitan areas that gained jobs in each of the past four quarters, according to a report released Wednesday by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

Strong gains in manufacturing helped contribute to the Tulsa metro's improved jobless rate at the end of last year.

That encouraging news is part of the March MetroMonitor, which tracks the economic recovery in the nation's 100 largest metro areas through the fourth quarter 2011.

The reports look at economic performance using several key indicators, including changes in employment, unemployment, output and the housing price index.

Overall, the report found that widespread economic growth continued in the 100 largest metros in the fourth quarter - just at a slower pace. The nation's recovery also continued to be uneven.

The big drivers of recovery nationwide have been the manufacturing, high-tech and government sectors, Howard Wial, a Brookings fellow and co-author of the report, said in a phone interview.

The rate of manufacturing job growth slowed every quarter last year, which actually is typical during a recovery, Wial said. In the early stages of a recovery, manufacturing grows quickly, then slows and subsequently experiences some periods of growth for places that specialize in manufacturing.

The manufacturing slowdown probably portends slower future growth for some areas, though not necessarily Tulsa or Oklahoma City, Wial said. But it could be troubling for places such as Detroit or Youngstown, Ohio.

The Tulsa area saw manufacturing employment growth of more than 10 percent between the first quarter of 2010 and the fourth quarter of 2011 compared with nationwide manufacturing employment growth of 1.5 percent over that same period.

"Even though Tulsa is not a big manufacturing center, manufacturing is growing extremely strongly, and that is contributing to its strong recovery," Wial said.

Oklahoma City's manufacturing employment growth during this period expanded between 5 percent and 10 percent.

Overall, Oklahoma City also was included among those metros that have regained more than half of the jobs lost between its pre-recession high and post-recession low.

Over the past two years, manufacturing has grown 16.6 percent in Tulsa and 8.4 percent in Oklahoma City, Wial noted.

"I was surprised at the turnaround overall in government employment in large metros, especially in state government," Wial said. "Although you don't see that in Tulsa, you do see it in Oklahoma City. I was expecting to see continued job cuts in state government, and that is true in some places. There are many others where it is not true."

Tulsa has seen a loss of government jobs - including federal, state and local positions - during the recovery, which has been a drag on the area's rebound, Wial said.

In the survey's ranking, the metros are divided into five groups of 20, based on whether they are the strongest, second-strongest, middle, second-weakest or weakest. Oklahoma City is categorized among the top 20 strongest performers, and Tulsa is placed in the second-strongest group.

For the fourth quarter, Tulsa's gross metropolitan product grew 0.9 percent, making it No. 19 among the nation's 100 largest metros. Tulsa's gross metropolitan product has grown 7.3 percent since it hit bottom in the third quarter of 2009 compared to 9.2 percent for Oklahoma City and a 6.6 percent U.S. average.

Among other categories, Tulsa ranked No. 21 for its unrevised 6.6 percent unemployment rate in December and No. 34 for its fourth-quarter change in employment.

Metro Tulsa also ranked No. 9 for its 1.6 percent fourth-quarter change in housing prices while Oklahoma City ranked No. 4 for its 2.3 percent change.  

By LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer Published: 3/28/2012 2:24 AM
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

My Tulsa Home & Garden 2012 Favorites This Year

The Tulsa Home & Garden Show is boasting another great turnout this year! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Chinowth & Cohen Booth on Thursday and Friday. It was great to greet many new faces and catch-up with old friends. We saw many of our current clients and really appreciate their choosing Chinowth & Cohen Realtors to help them achieve their real estate goals!

There's lots to see at the Tulsa Home & Garden Show this weekend and I have the aching feet to prove it! My favorites? Renaissance Floors has a stunning floor installed in their booth this year, along with many other beautiful flooring samples. EuroCraft Granite has a unique finish on a countertop installed in an outdoor kitchen display at the Metro Appliance Booth, and the really WOW exhibit this year is Baker Pool's, located on the lower level. Just wish a Margarita was included!
Also, The Yard Sheriff, "keeping lawn n order" is a fun booth to visit and offers some great services for keeping your lawn and flower beds looking wonderful throughout the year! Ask for Brian and Shae! Yeeee-haaah!

Thinking about a new dream home in the Tulsa area? It's a great time to buy! Interest rates are low and there are some great homes on the market! Call me for a free consultation.
Linda Smalley, Sales Associate 918.630.8431

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tulsa Home & Garden Show, March 8-11, 2012 It's Here!

The annual Tulsa Home & Garden Show presented by the Home Builders Association of Tulsa kicks off Thursday evening, March 8th at the Quik Trip Center at Expo Square presenting over 400 exhibitors from the Tulsa area. Come explore this top-notch selection of vendors for the latest in home building, landscaping, green energy, decorating and remodeling products and services. The vendor list goes on and on, so come out and see for yourself!

Be sure to stop by the Chinowth & Cohen Realtors booth,located at Elgin & Creekmore Streets. I will be there Thursday evening from 4 pm until 9 pm and Friday morning until noon. I would love to hear about your favorite vendors at the show this year! Besure to register for our give-away, a dinner for two at Mahogany's Restauarant.

Click on the link below to learn more about the Tulsa Home & Garden Show hours, vendors and much more!

Linda Smalley, Sales Associate

Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, South Office, 918.630.8431

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

From the Oklahoma Magazine Professionals Q&A March 2012:       

Q:  What can I do that will best help sell my newly listed home in the shortest time period?

A:  I recently read a story with some interesting statistics from the website From my own experience this holds true in the current market. The top thing you can do to is to super clean and de-clutter the home. What is most astounding is the statistic showing homes which are professionally staged, sell 83% sooner than other homes that are not staged. Put a calculator to that! So if you wish to sell in the first 60-90 days take these ideas to heart. You'll want to accentuate the best features of your home rather than have clutter of accessories and furniture hide your home. Learn more tips on staging at

Mark & Janet Youngblood
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors
3912 E 91st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137
(918) 810-4527 -  (918) 740-3717

Warren Buffett: It’s Time to Buy Real Estate

Warren Buffett agrees.... it's time to buy!

Warren Buffett: It’s Time to Buy Real Estate

Allison Sheffield
Residential Real Estate Specialist
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors
918-951-7009 Cell

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Buying Short Sale Houses

Buying Short Sale Houses
First, what is a short sale? A short sale is opposite of what it sounds like.... a short sale does not take a short amount of time, it often take 3-6 months (or longer) from offer to close. A short sale is when the sellers mortgage holder is accepting less than full payoff of their mortgage in exchange for releasing the lien. But if you are long on patience, have an open time frame in which to purchase and are hoping to get a good deal, the short sale market may be a good choice for you.
There are several importants things to consider before entering the short sale market:
Know your market: Not every short sale property is a good deal. Sometimes the banks set the list price of the property and when doing so set a price higher than the true market value. It is important to know the values in the area and the condition of the property.
Work with an experienced agent: There are a lot of potential issues in trying to purchase a short sale and an experienced agent can help you navigate them. It is important to know how far along in the foreclosure process the property is and whether or not there are additional liens or encumbrances on the property that might prevent the sale.
Be prepared to be patient: The banks have been working to streamline their short sale processes, but it may take 3-6 months (or longer) to successfully purchase a short sale, and some of them may go to sheriff's sale before approval can be reached.
For additional information on short sales, foreclosures, homes for sale in Tulsa, visit my website at
Susie Genet
Realtor Associate
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors

Monday, February 20, 2012

How's Your Winter Curb Appeal?

Yes, there is such a thing as winter curb appeal!

When everything is brown and dull, how do you make your home look inviting to potential buyers? Your home's first impression and welcome mat, is the front yard. As you prepare the inside of your home to sell, don't neglect getting the outside staged as well.
Here are a few ideas to liven-up your home's curb appeal during the winter months and make your home stand-out and attract potential buyers.

Start with the front door. If the weather permits, a fresh coat of paint will rejuvenate a faded, dusty door. Just after the holidays, you can modify your pine wreath or garland with lots of pine cones and miniature birds, or as winter progresses into spring, add a wreath with seasonal colors and early spring floral such as forsythia, tulips, pussywillow stems, pansies and Iris. Include a little bit of green ivy and a colorful ribbon for a fresh welcoming look.

Welcome door mats are a great way to invite a buyer into your home and are available in many colorful patterns and prints, as well as colorful synthetic weather-hardy mats. Keep your porch free of debris and your home's windows should be sparkling clean.

Add a large colorful ceramic pot, a bench or chairs ,or some artificial topiaries on the front porch area. Don't forget to add an arrangement or topiary near your garage, if there is a space for it. Be sure to stage your patio and pool area too. Bring your furniture cushions out for showings or open houses and create the visual of a wonderful area to entertain and enjoy with family and friends.Once your flower beds are clear of leaves and dead plants, add fresh mulch and plant hardy winter flowers such as pansies and ornamental cabbages. If you planted crocus, daffodils or tulips in the fall, (kudos to you!) you will soon have a beautiful splash of spring. Look for large pieces of yard art from local sculpturers, trellis, or gazing balls to enhance any area of your yard.

Remove all debris, leaves, branches, etc. from your lawn, flower beds and sidewalks. Be sure to add a little bling to your mail box area or just clean your mailbox if it is not encased.

Seasonal, decorative flags are a great way to add color to your sidewalks, flower beds, mailbox or garage area. You'll find they come in a variety of sizes, themes, and mountings.

The possibilties are endless. Just get creative! The end result is money in the bank, netting potential buyers who can't wait to see the inside of your home because the outside is so inviting!

Happy Selling!


Want to know more about getting the optimum price in optimum time when selling your home?
Call me for a free consultation. Linda Smalley, 918.630.8431

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tulsa among top 200 cities for employment, income growth

Tulsa and Oklahoma City ranked among the world's top 100 metropolitan economies for income and employment growth during 2010 and 2011, according to a report released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution.
Ranked alongside metros in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the U.S., Tulsa placed 73rd and Oklahoma City 82nd in the Global MetroMonitor, part of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings.
Fifty-seven U.S. metros are included in the report that analyzes data on gross domestic product, employment, income (per capita GDP), and population, among other factors. Most of the rapidly growing metros lie outside the United States and Western Europe.
While the report concentrates primarily on the most recent data (2010 to 2011), it draws on information regarding the economic performance of metros dating back to 1993.
Metro areas specializing in commodities - such as Tulsa and Oklahoma City with their connection to oil and natural gas - and business-financial services exhibited the strongest performance in 2010-2011.
Those with high concentrations of non-market and other local sectors such as education, health care, government and construction experienced sluggish growth, according to the report.
Manufacturing accounted for the largest share of output growth in 59 metros from 2010 to 2011.
The Tulsa and Oklahoma City metros specialize in commodities, including extraction, processing and manufacturing related to the oil and gas industry, said Alan Berube, a senior fellow at the Metro Program and one of the Global MetroMonitor's authors, in a phone interview.
For the first half of 2011, oil prices were high, and as the global economy rebounded there was more demand for oil, he said.
Examining the industries that drove growth in the last year, the story is slightly different between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Berube said, noting several things played a role in Oklahoma City's growth, including commodities, manufacturing and transportation.
In the Tulsa metro, manufacturing accounts for about 15 percent of the region's economy but about 75 percent of the increase in output for 2010 to 2011, he said, pointing to manufacturing related to the petroleum industry.
Metro Oklahoma City's GDP ranks 155th, with a 2011 GDP of roughly $50 billion, while the Tulsa metro ranks 187th with a GDP of about $37 billion, Berube said.
Tulsa's income (per capita GDP) grew 1.1 percent from 2010 to 2011 while its employment grew 2 percent, according to the report.
The Tulsa area's per capita GDP was $37,402. Oklahoma City's per capita GDP grew 1.4 percent to $37,512.
A series of events across the world, including natural disasters, political unrest and policy tensions led to slower growth in both developed and developing countries in 2011, the report states.
The fastest-growing regions are in the developing world such as China, Latin American and Eastern Europe, Berube said.
In some of the bigger nations, there is a wide range of performance among metros. In the United States, for instance, Houston ranked 19th while Kansas City ranked 190th.
"It's the metro areas that are driving growth or holding back broader growth, depending on what they do and how well positioned they are," Berube said.
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C.

Metropolitan economic powerhousesTop 10 of the 200 fastest-growing metro economies, 1993-2011 (ranked by 2010-2011 performance).
1. Shanghai, China 2. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 3. Jiddah, Saudi Arabia 4. Izmir, Turkey 5. Hangzhou, China 6. Ankara, Turkey 7. Instanbul, Turkey 8. Shenzhen, China 9. Santiago, Chile 10. Shenyang, China
U.S. metros in the top 100
19. Houston 36. Dallas 46. Rochester, N.Y. 56. Milwaukee 61. San Jose, Calif. 68. Buffalo, N.Y. 70. Seattle 71. Boston 72. Detroit 73. Tulsa74. Austin, Texas 77. Louisville, Ky. 80. Salt Lake City 82. Oklahoma City89. Nashville, Tenn. 91. Pittsburgh 96. Minneapolis 98. Hartford, Conn. 100. Bridgeport, Conn.

By LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer Published: 1/18/2012 1:48 AM
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Monday, January 2, 2012

Look Ahead: Realtors Expect Home Sales to Recover in 2012

Look Ahead: Realtors Expect Home Sales to Recover By ROBERT EVATT World Staff Writer 2011 was a relatively flat year for home sales overall, local sellers and builders are feeling optimistic going into 2012.

Rodger Erker, president of the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors, said he and his colleagues have experienced an uptick in sales over the last month, and he's hopeful that will continue.

"People are starting to regain their confidence," he said. "I think people are getting tired of putting off buying a house."

Rather than experience any sudden upswings, he expects the recovery to be slow but steady.
Additionally, he feels that the rock-bottom interest rates should stick around for a while longer.

"Unless something drastic happens, I'm not sure much could happen to cause them to go up," he said. "During election years, rates tend to stay where they are."

Erker believes that home sales in all price ranges will improve, particularly the $200,000 to $500,000 range, which was especially hard-hit during the recession.

Bill Butts, president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa, said he feels home construction is also headed for a more positive year based on early indications from builders.

"Several builders are already looking for a prosperous 2012," he said.

Butts said that higher consumer confidence, low interest rates and a relatively strong local economy should help lift home construction over last year, which was down 17 percent from 2010 through November.

Additionally, a few more builders are taking a risk and building speculative homes in hope they'll find buyers later, though that number is still far lower than custom jobs, he said.

"There's some builders starting to put some spec homes out there, and they are selling," Butts said.

Like home sales, Butts expects the rate of home construction growth will be moderate.

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