Spooky Sales Tips to Market Homes at Halloween

Spooky Sales Tips to Market Homes at Halloween

 

If you are selling your home this Halloween season, you can attract potential buyers by capitalizing on increased holiday traffic in your neighborhood. It’s also an excellent opportunity to talk with your neighbors about friends who are interested in moving into your neighborhood.

Be generous with the candy and use the following techniques to market:

  1. Distribute treats & info – Children love the treats that Halloween brings. Be prepared to hand out candy to kids along with passing out water bottles or adult beverages to parents. At the curb and near your front door, have fliers about the house along with information on any “open house” events you plan to host.
  2. Be conservative with décor – Don’t go overboard when it comes to Halloween decorations. A few festive touches are fine but leave the inflatables and over-the-top décor for another time. A Halloween wreath and mums and pumpkins on the porch are some great ideas.
  3. Remove decorations in a timely manner – Once Halloween is over, make sure to take your decorations down promptly. Leaving decorations up for weeks after Halloween could devalue your home and make it look unkept.

Ask Terra Myers with The RED Team for more marketing tips! She will be more than happy to offer advice on staging your home to make the most of the Halloween season. If you are interested in purchasing a home or refinancing, call me to discuss your financing options.

Taylor Ortiz
Sr. Loan Officer
OK# MLO10171
Phone: (405) 509-1064

2575 Kelley Pointe Pkwy., Suite 180
Edmond, OK 73013
https://taylorortiz.net/

   
 
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OKC 2019 Fall Fun Guide

Pumpkin Patches & Fall Farms

Now – Oct. 31

Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch (720 Henney, Arcadia) features hay rides, a cornfield maze, fun fort, petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides, fire pits for roasting, picnic areas and more. Cash or check only. General admission, $9; Thursdays, $8; kids (2 and under), free. Cash or check only. Thursday, 1-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. 315-7392

Now – Nov. 4

Sunshine Shelly’s Pumpkin Patch (7110 N Harrison, Shawnee) features u-pick-em pumpkins and ornamental gourds for sale, four-acre corn maze, hay rides, a kiddie train, corn cannon, haunted maze on the weekends, small petting zoo, rubber duck races, fire pits, picnic areas and more. Adults, $7; seniors (65 & up); kids (2-12), $5; kids (1 & under), free. Some activities require an additional fee. No admission charged to pick pumpkins. See website for hours of operation.

Now – Oct. 31

Wizarding World of Tiger Safari at Tiger Safari Zoological Park (963-S Frisco Rd, Tuttle) features up-close encounters with animals, themed photo stations, pumpkins and hay rides. Guests are encouraged to come in costume. Prices vary. Tuesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Now – Oct. 13

WINGS: A Special Needs Community Fall Harvest Pumpkin Patch (13700 N Eastern, Edmond) features pumpkins, pony rides, a pumpkin train, hay rides, hay slide, corn maze, bounce houses, games and more. $5; kids (2 & under), free. Operating hours are Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m. 242-4646


Now – Oct. 27

Pumpkin Patch at Kenny Farms (205562 E County Rd 40, Woodward) features pumpkins, a petting farm, corn pit, pony rides, pumpkin barrel train, pumpkin sling shots, pedal cars, yard games, bounce house, tractor play set and more. Admission is $10. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m. Kiddie Days offer half price admission on Tuesdays & Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 714-3453


Now – Nov. 2

Rustic Roots Pumpkin Patch (105340 Greer Rd, Lamont) features pumpkins and fall decor as well as a corn maze, petting zoo, corn cannon, hay maze, jump pad, hay fort, concessions and more. The corn maze is haunted after dark! $8-$12. Tuesday & Wednesday, by appointment only; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m. 580-716-3608


Now – Nov. 9

Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western) features hay rides, a pumpkin patch, corn maze and fun fall activities. Some activities may require additional fees like the Zombie Apocalypse Paintball, offered on select days. New this year, Farm After Dark is a fun, new way to experience Farm activities.Weekdays, $11.95; weekends, $15.95. Kids age 2 and under are free. Packages and season passes available. See website for hours of operation. 799-3276

Now – Nov. 1

The Busy Bee Pumpkin  Patch (10005 US 77, Lexington) features a variety of pumpkins for sale while supplies last. Families can explore the farm, browse the selection of gourds and snap a few photos. Free admission. Open seven day a week, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Now – Nov. 2

Wild Things Farm (700 Beaty Ave, Pocola) features a corn maze, flashlight maze, petting zoo, pony rides, jumping pillow and pumpkin patch. $12-$15; kids (under 18 mos), free. Thursday & Friday 2 – 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. Night Maze open select days. 918-626-4053.


Now – Nov. 3

 at Chester’s Party Barn & Farm (5201 Cimarron Rd, Piedmont) features a petting zoo, giant slide, pony rides, hay rides, 3-acre mystery maze, games and more. Admission includes one pumpkin per paid guest while supplies last. Annual memberships are available. Ages 1-10, $10; ages 11 – 64, $6. Infants 11 months & under and seniors ages 65 & older are free. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m. 373-1595


Now – Oct. 31

St. Matthew United Methodist Church Annual Pumpkin Patch (300 N Air Depot, Midwest City) features story time, garden shop, pumpkins of all sizes and picture opportunities. Proceeds benefit local missions and non-profits. Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 13. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 8 p.m. 732-6831.

Now – Oct. 30

The Pumpkin Patch at Woodbine Farms (5109 Kings Rd, Ardmore) features pick-your-own pumpkin patch, animals, tractor-pulled hay ride, duck races, and more. $7 for ages 2 & up.  Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 – 5 p.m. 580-226-4052.

TG Farms Newcastle (1580 NW Highway 37, Newcastle) features tractor-drawn hay rides, petting zoo, hay maze, hay jump and slide, corn maze, tricycle race track, duck pond, pony rides, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, concession stand, general store and more. $10 per person plus tax on weekdays and $12 per person plus tax after 3 p.m. and on weekends. Kids under walking age are free. Season passes available. Open daily, 9 a.m.-dark. 387-3276. Additional location at 4335 W Highway 9 in Norman.

Now – Oct. 31

Hay Maze at Brown Ranch (Hwy 77, Ardmore) features a hay maze, campfires for roasting, kiddie cow train, an educational hay ride, hay slides and a kid’s corral with pedal cars, scooters, diggers, playhouses and more. $10; kids (3 & under), free. Thursdays & Fridays, 5 – 9 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 2 – 9 p.m.

Now – Nov. 2

The Patch at Silver Wind Farm (16315 N MacArthur Blvd, Edmond) features farm games, petting zoo, tortoise & hare races, inflatables, pony rides, pop-up shops, pumpkins and more. Some activities not included in general admission.  3 & up, $10. FREE adult ticket with the purchase of a child admission. Friday, 4 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 4 – 7 p.m. 834-0411


Now – Oct. 27

 at the Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno) celebrates pumpkins and all things fall. Thousands of pumpkins are on display along with scarecrows and a variety of activities. Free admission for members and kids 2 & under. Non-members, $8. Open daily, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 445-7080


Now –  Oct. 31

Pumpkin Patch at Gate Church (7700 N Council Rd) features a variety of fall fun including pumpkins, photo areas, games and more. Admission and activities are free. Pumpkins available for purchase (price varies by size). Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m – 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 – 6 p.m. 728-7700, www.thegatechurch.tv

Do You Love Football or Just Need an Excuse to Host a Party?

Well, this Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 there is this little game known as the” Red River Showdown” ,  so why not host a party!

Oklahoma and Texas will be squaring off for the 115th time at 11:00 am.

So, let’s huddle up and uncover some appetizers and fun food to serve your guests!  Don’t be fooled by all the commercials with your favorite football player, no one likes basic pre made onion dip and potato chips.

 

Snacks! Snacks! Snacks!

JALAPEÑO POPPER FOOTBALL CHEESE BALL


 

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FOOTBALL SHAPED SPINACH DIP BREADSTICKS 

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 No-Cook Peanut Butter Dip 

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Of course game day is not game day with out the wings!!!

Game Day Buffalo Hot Wings

 

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Enjoy your Saturday rooting for your favorite team !!! 

 

 

How to Settle Into Your New Home and Connect with Neighbors

One of the most exciting parts of moving into a new home is decorating and making each room comfortable and appealing. The colors, furniture, and décor are all up to you, so you’re truly creating your own space when decorating a new home.


If you’ve moved from one town to another, it’ll take more than some Pinterest-worthy interior design to truly start feeling at home in the new area. Before you and your partner start swapping paint swatches, use these tips to settle into your new surroundings.


Unload Boxes and Start Loading a Grocery Cart

As soon as you unload the last box, make sure the fridge is working and head to the nearest grocery store for ingredients to make your first dinner and to prepare a treat for the neighbors.
Even if your table and chairs are covered with boxes, make a point of enjoying a simple meal at home as soon as possible. “There’s nothing that’ll get you feeling like yourself in your new kitchen quite like cooking,” according to Cambria Bold for the Kitchen. You can easily whip up some steamable veggies and a box of macaroni and cheese without completely unpacking.

While waiting for the water to boil, take an opportunity to get your bed set up and your basics unpacked and ready to rock. Your clothes and toiletries are easy to move when you begin organizing later, but you’ll be happy that they’re accessible at the end and beginning of each day while you’re still unpacking a week later.


Eating at home makes you comfortable with the layout of the kitchen and appliances. You’ll also get a better idea of what your counter space should be used for when you start pulling the toaster, blender and other small appliances from their boxes. These could be useful for preparing the treats you can hand out to neighbors.

Go for the Gut When You Introduce Yourself
A quick way to introduce yourself to the neighborhood and start getting comfortable is by leaving a letter or postcard in mailboxes. Let them know who you are and give them a little bit of information about you and your family, including your pets.


In an article for Realtor.com, Lorrie Cozzens suggests baking something to share or buying “little gifts to drop off as you introduce yourself.” Doing something like this cuts back on the time you would normally give to small talk, but it still leaves neighbors with a good impression — or taste — of what you offer the community.


Then, when you start to venture outside for small breaks from unpacking and staging furniture, your neighbors will feel much more confident approaching you. If they remember your dog’s
name because of your small note, even better.


Every Fur Body Needs Time to Adjust

Your dog needs to adjust just as much as you do to a new home. Moving can overwhelm your dog, and a stranger who knows their name might put them at ease. New smells, sounds, and people might cause your dog to act strangely until they settle in as well.


When you can, walk your dog on a leash around the new neighborhood and spend time together in your yard. Besides, spending time on your front porch lets you plug into the neighborhood, possibly making acquaintances and friends with passersby. Expand your connections by making playdates with other people’s pets.

Get Involved
Find your place in the community by learning about it, and you’ll be surprised how quickly the new town feels like home. From attending meetings to finding your new favorite restaurant, you have to expose yourself to new experiences before you start feeling like a local.

If your new neighborhood is part of a Homeowner’s Association, go to the next meeting. Your neighbors are a helpful source of information about the area. You could meet someone there that shares an interest with you, and you could either join or start a group together.

Other Things to Consider
When you move into a new neighborhood, there’s a lot of stuff to consider. So, don’t let any of the “smaller stuff” fall through the cracks as you get settled.


– Familiarize yourself with the local auto insurance laws and statistics. For example, in Oklahoma, the cheapest insurance company is State Farm Mutual Auto. However, you still need to shop around for rates before selecting a policy.
– When you move to a new town, chances are you’ll need a new dentist. Mouth Healthy has some tips to keep in mind when you start looking for a replacement.
– Similarly, you might need to find a new doctor, especially if you’ve moved far away from your old primary care physician. Fortunately, many websites provide information about the doctors in your area so you can see who you can depend on.
– If you have younger children and work full time, you might need to find reliable daycare. Do plenty of research to ensure you find one you feel comfortable with.

Once you’ve finished unpacking and made acquaintances along the way, finish settling into your new home by throwing a party. Knowing people are coming over will give you an extra boost of energy to finally unpack the last box and finish decorating your home. And is there a better way to feel good about your new home than by filling it with smiling faces?

Image via Pixabay. Thanks to our guest author Natalie Jones.

Oklahoma State Fair

It’s Oklahoma State Fair time! The fair started Thursday and since I can remember, before I was even 5 years old, my family has gone to the fair every year! Some years we’ve celebrated my birthday or my Dad’s birthday or we’ve just gone to eat fair food, shop, and people watch! What fun memories! 


Here is a link to the main Oklahoma State Fair website…https://okstatefair.com


And here is a link to the schedule of events for the upcoming week and a half…https://okstatefair.com/schedule


What’s your favorite food at the fair? Mine is the grilled corn on the cob(only because I have celiac). My families favorites are the corn dogs from Wanda’s stand. Yes we know her name. She’s located right by the old needle around the main circle of the fairgrounds. In the past we have loved the Silver Dollar cinnamon rolls that have been there since I was just a tiny tot. Oh and the Wisconsin fried cheese. Yummy! My mouth is watering! 

Check out this link if new fair food vendors this year…https://okstatefair.com/map?type=food

Tell us what your favorite food, activity, show, ride or even purchase from the fair has been this year or in the past! It’s OKC FAIR Time! Let loose and GO have some fun! 

August 24th & August 25th Open Houses

This weekend we have something for everyone!

Come by and visit these Open Houses and give us your feedback.

If you  would like to go back and tour one or more again call us we love to show houses!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Weekend in OKC

 

 July 19 – 21, 2019

KWCO

FREE Rides on the OKC Streetcars in Downtown on Friday

  1. Meet Me at Main in Yukon on Friday
  2. FREE Wheeler Summer Music Series presents a Wiggle Out Loud Preview in Oklahoma City on Friday
  3. Let It Glow Event at the Westwood Family Aquatic Center on Friday
  4. BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo at the Cox Convention Center on Saturday & Sunday
  5. “The Day We Walked On The Moon”  – Smithsonian Film Screening at the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday
  6. FREE Heard on Hurd Street Fest in Edmond on Saturday
  7. FREE 50th Anniversary Of The Apollo 11 Moon Landing Star Party in the Boathouse District on Saturday
  8. FREE Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show opens at State Fair Park on Sunday
  9. Big3 Basketball at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday

Free Fun

Here are some other  inexpensive ways for kids to try out new skills without great expense:

 

Red, White & Blue Fireworks Across or Great State!!!

Enjoy your 4th of July with family and friends!!!

Below is a list of all the cities in Oklahoma with firework celebrations today.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!!!

Alva

Ardmore

Bethany

  • Freedom Fest Parade on July 4 at 10 a.m.
  • Freedom Fest Fireworks on July 4 at 9:45 p.m. at Eldon Lyon Park

Bartlesville 

Choctaw

Concho

Edmond

El Reno

Elk City

Enid

Eufaula

  • 4th of July celebration on July 4 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Eufaula High School Football Stadium
    • Fireworks begin at dusk

Jenks

Luther

McAlester

Midwest City

  • Tribute to Liberty on July 4 starting at 6 p.m. at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park at Reno and Douglas
    • Fireworks begin around 9:45 p.m.

Moore

Norman

Oklahoma City

Pawhuska

Piedmont

  • Freedom Fest on July 4 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Piedmont

Stillwater

Tulsa

Weatherford

Yukon

  • Freedom Fest on July 3 and 4 at Yukon City Park – 2200 S. Holly and Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W. Vandament (both parks interconnect)
    • Fireworks start at 10 p.m. both days