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


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