Happy Thanksgiving!

With gratitude at Thanksgiving, we thank you all for your business! We are grateful for our friends, clients and family that refer their loved ones to us and think about us when they have any real estate needs! 

Thank you for your continued support and allowing us to do what we love to do every day. We are proud to be in the real estate industry and look forward to many years of helping you with all of your real estate needs!

May the good things in life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving, but throughout the coming year. 
Hopefully your November was stuffed full of fun, with turkey, traditions, and thankfulness! We wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings!

With Love,

The RED Team

Have you ever wanted to live in a true “farmhouse”?

8001 N Eastern Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73131

2 bedrooms  –  2 bathrooms  –  1348 sqft  –  Millwood Schools

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Want a true “farmhouse”? Look no further! This home is nestled on almost an acre lot with tons of mature trees, plus you have space between you and your neighbors. Open living and dining, stacked rock fireplace and bookshelf storage in living. Newer vinyl windows except for aluminum flower box over sink in kitchen. Totally remodeled kitchen with beautiful cabinetry, farmhouse sink, countertops, built-in pantry, plus it has a stackable washer/dryer. New, covered back patio perfect for entertaining or just to enjoy wildlife. Seller added $3000 worth of electric shades/blinds in bedrooms. The A/C was installed 3 years ago. All new electrical wiring was updated 4 years ago. Partial sprinkler installed where fescue grass is growing. Beautiful, fenced in property with a place for your garden, room to roam, plenty of outdoor storage and livestock are welcome. Great location with easy access to multiple highways. Unique opportunity you don’t want to miss out on! Come see it for yourself!

Decorating Tips for Creating a Beautiful Home

Decorating your home is an exciting process! However, it can be overwhelming when making decisions on what to buy and what looks best to you. First, you want to set your decorating goals. Are you selling, renting or decorating your family home for years to come? If you are decorating your permanent home, think about what your style is. Do some research- buy magazines and highlight what you love, go look at paint colors, search different home design boards on Pinterest, or you can hire a personal decorator, but be prepared to spend the extra cash.

If you are preparing your home to rent or sell, its best to keep your design approach conservative. A style that you love may be a turn off to potential tenants/buyers when touring the home. A few accent pieces are great, but you want the overall tone to be neutral so they can imagine themselves living there.  No matter what your decorating goals are, we have some ideas that will surely help!

Choose a feature piece that is most important to you and design around it. It will be the “tone setter” in your room and the first thing that captures attention. This can be a nice piece of furniture, a large art piece hung on the wall, or a beautiful chandelier. If you have tall, over-sized windows, you can even use window treatments to be your signature piece.

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How large is the room you are purchasing furniture for? It’s important to measure the dimensions and be sure you don’t buy something too big that will not fit. Match the furniture scale to the overall scale of the room.  Large furniture in a smaller room will look out of place and cause the space to feel cramped. Whether your room is large or small, it’s best not to push furniture against the walls. It will cause large rooms to loose their “welcoming” feel and small rooms to appear even smaller.

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Accomplish your unique look buy avoiding everything that matches. Mix it up. Create your own style by visiting different stores, antique shops, boutiques, or even flea markets and add something to your room from each place.  Remember that decorating is a process, it takes weeks or even months to achieve the final result. And even then, you will probably want to change something around!

How has your experience been in decorating your home? What are some helpful pointers that worked for you?

House vs Home

Happy Friday Everyone!

house (noun)
a building for human habitation, especially one that is lived in by a family or small group of people

home (noun)
the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household

Two letters separate the words house and home, but they make all the difference in the world in how we define the dwelling in which we live. A buyer makes the transition between the house and home when we see that smile slowly spread across their face as they walk into each room. Their eyes shine a bit brighter when they start visualizing the life they will build within those walls.

When we think about the holidays, people talk about going home. No matter how long you have a home of your own, going back to the house you grew up in or traveling to the city where you lived is still ‘home’ in your heart. We are part of that journey for so many people. How lucky are we?

As you prepare for Thanksgiving, know that we are always grateful to be a part of these stories of turning houses into homes! If there is anything we can do to help you with the buying or selling process, please let us know. And if you ever have any mortgage needs, Taylor can help you with the mortgage process! We wish you all the best whether you are traveling or staying here for the holidays. Either way, there’s no place like home! Happy Thanksgiving! 

Taylor Ortiz
Sr. Loan Officer
NMLS# 449866
OK# MLO10171
Phone: (405) 509-10642575 Kelley Pointe Pkwy., Suite 180
Edmond, OK 73013
http://taylorortiz.net/

Decorating Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is only six days away! We cannot believe how quickly this wonderful holiday has come this year! Do you have your menu planned out? How about the decoration for the most important place in the house — the dining room table? If you’re in need of some inspiration, we have some ideas below to help get you started!

1. Get your table done early so you’re not rushing around right before your guests arrive.  We recommend getting the majority of it done the night before so all you’re left with are those last minute tweaks the day of.

2. Start with your table cloth or table runner — choose something that matches the mood you’re trying to achieve and/or the time of day you’re planning to host.

3. If you’re bringing in additional chairs that don’t match your traditional dining room set, not to worry! Just be sure to arrange thoughtfully so there’s a nice balance between folding chairs, your neighbors chairs, and any other chair you found in your house!

4. Just as the chairs do not have to match, neither do the plates, silverware, and glasses. Mix and match these items, and again, be thoughtful about the placement so there’s an adequate balance.

5. The photo above is of a traditional place setting. This can be done in a variety of ways, but pre-setting the table will give you an idea of how much room you have to work with for your centerpiece.

6. For every six guests, it’s recommended that you provide condiments such as salt & pepper, bowls of cranberry sauce, butter dishes, and gravy boats spread throughout the table.  It makes it much easier for your guests as they are preparing their food for consumption.

7. Now for the fun part — decorating the center of your table! The possibilities are endless! Small gourds, pumpkins, low flowers, candles, and greenery are some of our favorites.

8. Lastly, so your guests aren’t forced to plan a seating arrangement, take care of it for them! Place cards are a simple way to make your guests feel special and add another decorative touch to your table.

Happy decorating!! We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week!

6 Secrets to Buying a Home

Are you in the market for a new home? Or you’re planning on it in the near future? If so, there are many things to consider to set yourself up for success and avoid as many unwanted surprises as possible. All of us with The RED Team want to make your home buying experience a smooth and pleasant process! Consider taking the following steps as you hunt for that perfect home.

1. Be careful with your money. Around three to six months prior to purchasing a home, be careful as to what you spend your money on, because this could ultimately hurt you and your buying power. Many families have learned the hard way that you shouldn’t buy a car, expensive pieces of furniture, or open a new credit cards as this will cue the lender that you may not be a responsible client. Increase your chances of getting a loan as well as a good interest rate by keeping your money where it is right now.

2. Avoid timing the market (or trying to at least!) Anticipating what the market will do will send you into a tizzy. Rather than waiting for the “perfect moment,” simply buy when you find the right home and when you can afford it. The last thing you want to do is wait for the perfect time and miss out on a property that would have suited you and your family well.

3. Be aware of all costs. Many new home buyers spend too much time focusing on the monthly mortgage payment and not on the total cost associate with owning a home. HOA dues, utlities, property taxes, and home maintenance costs can sure surprise you if you’re not careful. Taking time to learn what these costs are before signing the dotted line is critical to making the most wise decision for you and your family.

4. Get the lay of the land. Before Kim or Kiley even begin showing you homes, we recommend you drive around each neighborhood you’re interested in to see if it’s the right fit for you. And don’t just drive through once, choose multiple times throughout the day so you can get a good idea of what the neighborhood is really like.

5. Don’t buy the biggest house on the block. Most people tend to think bigger is always better, but not when it comes to buying a home. Typically the biggest home in the neighborhood has the least amount of appreciation, and you also limit the potential buyers because not everyone is looking for a large home. We will provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis so you can get a good idea of what the average square footage is in the neighborhood.

6. Get pre-approved. How do you know how much house you can afford? By talking with a lender! It can be as simple as a 20-30 minute conversation and you will have a clear idea of the maximum amount you can spend on a home. We also recommend doing this prior to beginning your home search. We don’t want you to find your dream home and later realize it’s outside of your means.

Happy Home Buying!!!

-Kim, Terra & Kiley

How to Clean the Stainless Steel in Your Kitchen

Is the stainless steel in your kitchen often overlooked? It certainly is in our kitchens! We’ve found that adding this cleaning routine to our monthly to-do list makes a big difference in the way this space in our homes sparkle. Yes, it takes a little bit of time, but even choosing to do one item a week will make a noticeable and positive change!

1. Wipe down all handles. Since the handles on your stainless steel appliances are used the most, these would also need the most attention in your kitchen. No need to use an harsh chemicals — a fine-woven microfiber cloth can be used on smears as well as dust.

2. Wipe down all counertops. If you have stainless steel counters, try avoiding abrasive cleaners or sponges and rather use gentle dish soap and hot water. This will not only keep your counters clean but scratch free as well.

3. Clean behind knobs. Dirt and grime can easily build up behind knobs on your appliances. By removing all knobs, you can seamlessly clean these areas of your kitchen that are often times the most unsanitary and hardest to get to.

4. Address oxidation. This is the film slowly starts to take over your entire appliance! Pumice powder is a gentle polishing cleanser that will help you fight any stainless steel that has oxidized. When applying this paste, go with the grain of the stainless steel then rinse with warm water.

5. Clean your hood. This especially is overlooked in most homes! Cooking grease can mix with dust and settle on your hood to give it a not so nice speckled look. Grab a cloth and rubbing alcohol and watch the grease disappear. Be sure to avoid this while the stove top is on!

Have you considered living in Edmond’s Wellington Park addition?

Give us a call to tour this GORGEOUS listing in southeast Edmond! See below for more details!

3100 NE 139th St
Edmond, OK 73013

4 bedrooms  /  3 bathrooms  /  2898 sqft  /  Edmond Schools

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This home is nestled on a spacious lot in the sought after Wellington Park addition! You are welcomed by plenty of natural light, soaring ceilings and wood floors opening up into the spacious formal dining and formal living room. The floor plan is split into two separate living areas. Kitchen is open with granite countertops, great cabinet space, bar seating, beautiful backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast nook. Second living is off of the kitchen with a built-in entertainment center and fireplace. Built-in desk and storage closet hidden under the stairwell. Master suite on first level with granite, double vanities, tub, shower and large walk-in closet. Second bed and full bathroom downstairs. two beds, a bath with two sink areas and two bonus areas upstairs (one currently used as fifth bed). Covered porch plus pergola over the patio with great space to entertain, run and play! Within walking distance to the HOA pool, park, walking trails, basketball court, pond and more! Great location close to restaurants, shopping and highways!

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Reduced AGAIN! Now listed at $177,777 with a $2000 credit towards buyer’s closing costs!! This southeast Edmond home is gorgeous inside and out. Wood-like floors, white painted brick fireplace, built-ins, granite counters throughout, larger backyard, and much more!

4 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / 2080 sqft / Edmond Schools

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