Tips & Tricks for Guests Over the Holidays

Whether you’re hosting a couple of friends for a dinner party or your parents are coming to stay for a week, holiday cleaning is a chore that seems to sneak up on us. After many hours of Christmas shopping and office parties, the last thing on your mind is to prep your house for guests.  Here are some tips to make your life easier for when guests arrive. 

1. Try to have plenty of the necessities your guests may need (extra blankets, towels, etc.) to prevent them from having to ask.

2. Allow guests to help themselves.  For extended house guests show them where everything is and let them know they can make themselves at home.

3. Make sure you keep them in the loop (what time dinner will be ready, when you will be away from the house, etc) so they don’t feel like they are in the way of things.

4. Have some coffee ready in the mornings, or a coffee station available for your guests to make their own when they wake up.

5. Give your guests their privacy because everyone needs some alone time.

6. A little decor goes a long way. Have your Christmas decorations put out and your guests are sure to feel right at home.

And don’t forget to call The RED Team when you or someone you know is ready to buy a home or get their home SOLD! 405-474-4242 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

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! 

What The Seller Should Expect from a Home Inspection

Home inspectors should be a welcome part of the home buying process for the seller the agent and the buyer. Not only will the inspector provide a list of items that need attention, but they also, by the process of elimination, indicate all the areas of the home that are in working order. If you’re the seller or agent, the home inspection process can be a seamless one if you follow some basic steps.

Make Repairs

Home inspectors are understandably meticulous when they look over the house. After all, that is what they are being paid for. It is the inspector’s job to find any existing issues or potential concerns, but that doesn’t mean they are going to tear the house apart and write up everything they see.

One area that they will pay special attention to are leaks. Be sure that anything that could be leaking is in good working order before inviting the inspector and the buyers into your home. Some things to look out for include:

  • Basement or crawl space water seepage
  • Appliances
  • Supply and waste plumbing
  • Crawlspaces and attics
  • HVAC units

A Clean House is a Happy House

You want to make a good impression on the prospective buyers as well as the inspector. It never hurts to clean the home before anyone arrives. Sweep, mop, vacuum, and dust to leave a fresh scent in your wake. Make sure any clutter or personal effects are put away and out of sight.

To Stay or To Go

Whether you decide to stay or go during the home inspection is ultimately your decision. It never hurts to ask the agents involved if the buyers have a preference. They may want you there to show them the trick to getting into the attic or where you’ve hidden the shed key. This can also be helpful for the inspector.

Knowing that your home is ready for another family’s memories is a little bittersweet, but it’s worth it. The home inspection process will go more smoothly if you prepare for it ahead of time.

Thank you to American Pride Home Inspection for sharing their tips on home inspections today! We appreciate you!

American Pride Home Inspection LLC
PHONE: 405-219-0925
EMAIL: customer.service@americanpridehomeinspections.com

Halloween Events in the OKC Metro Area!

Are you looking for ways to entertain your kiddoes the next few days or enjoy the Halloween holiday a little more? Here are few exciting, family friendly and some FREE events happening in the Oklahoma City and Edmond metro area this week leading up to Halloween! 

Oct. 23 – 30

Storybook Forest at Arcadia Lake (7200 # 15th St, Edmond) features a fun, not-scary trail filled with roaming characters. Additional activities include hayrides, games and a campfire for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. Weekdays, $8; weekends, $10. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 24

FREE Fall Bash at SpringHIll Suites OKC Quail Springs (3201 W Memorial Rd) features trunk-or-treating and activities for kids as well as an art show. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

FREE Mall-O-Ween at Penn Square Mall (1900 NW Expressway) features indoor trick-or-treating at participating retailers and a costume contest. Costumes are welcome but only during event hours. 6 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 25

FREE Escape Transylvania at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City). Discover clues, solve puzzles, and open the lock to escape Dracula’s castle. For ages 12 – 18. 4 – 5 p.m.

FREE Spike’s Spooktacular Fall Festival at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Explore the galleries while hunting for prizes, snap a photo with props at the photo booth, get your face painted or create the perfect fall craft. Kid-friendly costumes are encouraged. 4 – 7 p.m.

FREE Fall Festival at Crow’s Corral at Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda Dr, Norman) features face painting, games with prizes, popcorn, cotton candy and other treats. 5:30 – 7 p.m.

FREE Trick or Treat at Oklahoma City University’s Walker Hall (1829 Noble Dr) features a free indoor trick-or-treat alternative. 6 – 8 p.m.

Haunt the Harn at Harn Homestead (1721 N Lincoln Blvd) features trick or treating, face painting, pumpkin bowling, a cupcake walk, hay ride and more. $5 in advance or $7 at the gate. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

OSU Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween Pops Concert at The Seretean Center for the Performing Arts (132 Seretean Center for the Performing Arts, Stillwater) features music from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean and Wicked. Attendees can also enjoy an instrument petting zoo and a costume contest. $10; students & seniors: $7. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 & 26

Scary Tales at the Henry Overholser Mansion (405 NW 15th St) features spooky stories about Oklahoma history. This tour also explores areas of the mansion not typically open during daily tours. This event is family-friendly, but ghost stories will be told. $25. 7 – 9 p.m.

Oct. 26

FREE Autumn Jamboree at Infant Crisis Services (4224 N Lincoln Blvd) features free food, games, raffle prizes, and a petting zoo as well as a performance by Spaghetti Eddie. Costumes encouraged. 1 – 3 p.m.

FREE Fall Fest at Westminster Presbyterian Church (4400 N Shartel Ave) features Features trunk-or-treat, games, half-mile costume walk and food. In the event of rain, activities will be held in the basement of the church. Costume walk, $5. 5 – 7 p.m.

FREE Fall Festival at Church of the Servant (14343 N MacArthur) featuresa trunk-or-treat, carnival games, a costume contest, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, a cake walk and more. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display. A hot dog dinner, cotton candy and popcorn will be available for minimal cost. Children should bring their treat bags to collect candy and prizes. Dress up encouraged, but no scary costumes please. Families are encouraged to bring donations of diapers or wipes for Infant Crisis Services. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Halloween Movie at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features a screening of the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist, written by Steven Spielberg. Movie is rated PG. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Fall Fest in Downtown Norman (Main St, Norman) features trick-or-treating, costume contests for adults, kids and pets, moon bounces, activities and more. 6 – 9 p.m.

Halloween Carnival at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School (5000 N Grove St, Warr Acres) features carnival games, haunted house and food. All activities take place indoors. Free to attend. 6 – 9 p.m.

Halloween Forensic Night at Skeletons: Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane Rd) features hands-on activities to learn to “read” the features of a human skull to determine: age, sex, physical trauma and/or illness. Detective costumes encouraged. All Forensic activities involve replica human skulls cast from real trauma cases. Personal discretion is advised. $35. 6 – 9 p.m.

FREE Fall Carnival at Crossings Community Church (14600 N Portland Ave) features inflatables, a trackless train, food trucks, a jitterbug swing, a mega cakewalk, face painting, tattoos, games, candy and more. Family friendly costumes are encouraged. 6 – 9 p.m.

Family Fun Night at Tot Town (841 SW 119th St) features pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, a monster dance party followed by a family friendly movie. Pizza dinner options available. Preregister. $10 per child; pumpkins, $2; pizza, $1 per slice. 6 – 9 p.m.

Moonlight Masquerade Family Dance at the 12th Avenue Recreation Center (1701 12th NE, Norman) features a special night for families to celebrate Halloween together. Costumes encouraged and refreshments are included. Preregister. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $10. Two dances: 6 – 7:30 p.m. and 8 – 9:30 p.m.

Late Night Labs: Haunted Whodunnit at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl). There’s a mystery in the museum that needs to be solved! The group will solve the crime using fingerprints, blood types and other clues. Attendees can also explore Science Live and Kirkpatrick Planetarium shows and all of the museum’s permanent exhibits. Family-friendly costumes are welcome. Members, $18; nonmembers, $20. 6 – 10 p.m.

Trail of Fears at Little River Park (700 SW 4th St, Moore) features a haunted trail through the woods of Little River Park with terror lurking around each corner. Best suited for kids 12 and up. Children 11 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $7.50. 8 – 11 p.m.

Oct. 27

FREE Spooktacular in Downtown El Reno (Main St, El Reno) features a costume contest, trick or treating, prizes and more. 9 – 11 a.m.

Turn the Town Upside Down at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features fantasy and imaginative, kid-friendly activities including sampling sarsaparilla in the Silver Dollar Saloon, visit the Fleming Mercantile for peppermint sticks and salt water taffy and more. Costumes encouraged. $5. Museum or Oklahoma Children’s Theatre’s members, free. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Halloween on the Green at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Take a walk down a faerie tale trail with fun characters handing out candy. After the trail, attendees can decorate sugar skulls, get their face painted and pot a plant. No registration required. All ages welcome. $5. 10 a.m  – 2 p.m.

FREE Bethany Boo Bash at the Bethany City Hall (6700 NW 36th St) features live music, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, trick or treating, and more. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Trick ORR Treat at the Farm at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features trick or treating, a screening of The Great Pumpkin movie and bonfires in addition to the farm’s attractions. Costumes encouraged. FREE with admission.10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Gypsy Glam Roadshow Fall Festival at Tony’s Tree Plantation (3801 S Post Rd) features  trick-or-treating for children and dogs, a pooch parade with prizes, make and take art, cake walk, clowns, balloons, face painting, pumpkin decorating, games, prizes, animal rescues, food trucks and shopping with local Oklahoma businesses. Admission and parking is free. Costumes encouraged for children and pets. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

FREE Treats at the Square at the Châtenay Square (10600 S Penn Ave) features trick-or-treating, bounce houses and face painting. Costumes welcome. 2 – 4 p.m.

FREE Trick or Treat City at the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (Reno Ave & Douglas Blvd, Midwest City) has a Candy Village and a carnival featuring crafts, games and inflatables. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Candy Village, FREE; carnival tickets available for purchase. 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Spooksville at the Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features a dog costume contest, kids costume contest, carnival area with games, clowns, magicians and lots of treats. Costumes encourages. Kids, $3; adults, free. 2 – 6 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Variety Care’s Britton Health Center (721 W Britton Rd) features decorated trunks along with games and refreshments. Family-friendly costumes are welcomed, and treat bags will be provided. 3 – 5 p.m.

FREE Kings & Queens Special Needs Fall Festival at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (8140 NW 36th St, Bethany) features a sensory-friendly Bible walk, a sensory room, a glow in the dark room and other games.  Costumes are welcome.  Preregister. 3 – 5 p.m.

FREE Haunt the Library at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) feature an exhibit from the Museum of Osteology, crafts, snow cones, photo booth, games and more. All ages welcome, costumes encouraged. 4 – 7 p.m.

FREE Haunt Old Town in Moore (Broadway Ave, Moore) features family fun activities including trick-or-treating, inflatables, games, music & candy. 4 – 7 p.m.

Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Party at Unpluggits Paint & Play (575 Enterprise Dr, Edmond) features egular Unpluggits activities plus face painting, Halloween games, prizes and crafts.. Costumes encouraged. $5. 4 – 7 p.m.

Northwest Optimist Fall Festival at Dolese Youth Park (5105 NW 50th St) features free trunk-or-treating as well as a costume contest, bounce houses, carnival games, face painting and free popcorn and cotton candy, while supplies last. All activities included in the wristband can be purchased individually. Trunk or Treat, free; activity wristband, $5. 4 – 8 p.m.

FREE Festifall at Southmoore Baptist Church (3801 S Broadway St, Moore) features inflatables, carnival games, prizes and hot dogs for the first 200 guests. Costumes welcome. 5 – 7 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat in the Park at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features decorated vehicles and candy for kids in a safe & fun environment. Costumes encouraged. 5 – 7:30 p.m.

FREE Fall Fun Night at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (8140 NW 36th St) features a Bible Walk, trunk-or-treating, games and pumpkin chunkin. 6 – 7:30 p.m.

FREE Tractors & Treats at First Southern Baptist Church (6400 S Sooner Rd) features a treat trail for the whole family with candy, prizes and costumes. Costumes encouraged. Activities with take place indoors. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Hall-o-ween Extravagnza at Central Presbyterian Church (5101 N May Ave) features a night of indoor trick-or-treating, Halloween games, and a FREE chili dinner, while supplies last. Please, no scary costumes. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Outdoor Movie at RIVERSPORT Adventures (800 Riversport Dr) features a screening of Hocus Pocus. Kids can enjoy free s’mores and Halloween candy. 7 p.m.

Spook N’ Roll Halloween Party at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features a costume contest with prizes, festive decorations, music and more. Costumes encouraged. $12. 7 p.m. – midnight.

Red Dirt Halloween Drive-in Extravaganza at the Beacon Drive-In (2404 S Division St, Guthrie) features the showing of Halloween movies on a huge 40’ movie screen, drive-in style. Attendees can also enjoy raffles, music, concessions, pre-movie activities, vendors, costumed actors and prizes. Benefits the 6th Annual Red Dirt Film Festival. $5-$65. 7 – 10 p.m.

Oct. 27 – 28

Haunt the Zoo at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features photo opportunities, fantasy-themed booths & trick-or-treating. Costumes encouraged. Adults can dress up too but nothing too scary, please. Trick-or-treat bags, $7; members, $6. Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Halloween Train at the Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) features a Halloween train ride, moon bounce and miniature golf. Smiley O’Riley from Dental Depot will be handing out goodie bags to all of the children. Costumes encouraged. Train rides: 13 & up, $12, kids (3-12), $5; kids (under 3), FREE. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oct. 27 – 31

HallowMarine at the Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks) features an indoor trick-or-treat trail, games, inflatables, PeeWee Pirate Zone, treasure hunt and mermaid and pirate dive shows plus, all the exhibits are open. Children (3-12), $7; adults, $10; kids (2 & under), FREE. 6:30 – 9 p.m. nightly.

Oct. 28

FREE Day of the Dead Festival in the Plaza District (1745 NW 16th St) features a festive tribute to the Latino holiday. Activities include a parade, art, dancing, music, vendors, food, group art show, annual La Catrina Procession and more. 1 – 7 p.m.

FREE Magic Lantern Celebration in the Paseo Arts Distrtict (Paseo Ave). Children of all ages are invited to “come as they are” and transform themselves with the help of local artists and join in on a costume parade on the labyrinth painted on the street. 3 – 6:15 p.m.

Fall Festival at Winners Church (16000 N Western Ave, Edmond) features games for all ages, decorated trunks full of candy, costume contest, classic car show, music and giveaways. 4 – 6 p.m.

Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Party at Unpluggits Paint & Play (575 Enterprise Dr, Edmond). Enjoy regular Unpluggits activities plus games, crafts, slime and color lab, face painting and prizes. Costumes encouraged. $5 at the door; current passholder, free. 6 – 7 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Crown Heights Christian Church (4020 N Western Ave) features trunk or treating, candy, cake walk, bounce house and more. 5 – 6:30 p.m.

FREE Fall Festival at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church (1212 Bedford Dr, Nichols Hills) features a Chili Cook-off, hayrides, games, s’mores and more. 5 – 7 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (10600 N Council Rd) features moon bounces, cupcake walk, police cars and fire trucks as well as trunks filled with treats. 5 – 7 p.m.

FREE Tractors & Treats at First Southern Baptist Church (6400 S Sooner Rd) features a treat trail for the whole family with candy, games, prizes and more. Costumes encouraged. Activities will take place indoors. 5 – 7 p.m.

Yukon’s Mummy & Son Masquerade at the Jackie Cooper Gym (1024 E Main, Yukon) features carnival games, costume contest, hot dogs, spooky music and lots of candy for boys ages 4-12 & their “mummies.” $4 in advance; $5 the day of the event. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at New Covenant United Methodist Church (2700 S Boulevard, Edmond) features a family friendly evening with plenty of candy, decorated trunks, games, inflatables, music and free food. Costumes encouraged. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Lake Overholser Church of the Nazarene (3900 E Overholser Dr, Bethany) features decorated cars, games, inflatables, popcorn, candy and more. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at St. Matthew United Methodist Church (300 N Air Depot Blvd, Midwest City) features trick or treating, story time in the pumpkin patch and more. 6 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 29

FREE Brick or Treat in Bricktown (Reno & Mickey Mantle) features trick or treating at more than 40 Bricktown businesses, a pumpkin-painting station and SNL photo booth. 4 – 7 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Quail Springs United Methodist Church (14617 N Penn Ave) features trunk-or-treating, pumpkin decorating and costume contests, candy, games and a chili cook-off. Costumes encouraged. All ages welcome. 6 – 8 p.m.

Mummy & Son Masquerade at Jackie Cooper Gym (1024 E Main St, Yukon) features a fun evening of carnival games, costume contest, hot dogs, spooky music and lots of candy for boys ages 4 – 12 & their mummy. $4 in advance, $5 day of. 6 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 30

FREE Halloween Story Time at the Moore Library (225 N Howard Ave) features themed songs, stories, crafts, music and more. Costume welcome. 10 – 11 a.m.

FREE Dress Up Party and Parade at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122 St). Kids can play dress up and join in on a parade. Attendees can also enjoy a story and fall crafts. Wear your own costume or try on one of the library’s. Best suited for ages 5 & under. 10 – 11 a.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at J.D. McCarty Center (2002 E Robinson St, Norman) features a free trunk-or-treat event with cool cars. Costumes are encouraged. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Norman Parks & Recreation (201 W Gray St, Bldg C, Norman) features a family fun night of trunk or treating, food trucks and more. 6:30 – 8 p.m.

FREE Halloween Craft at Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave) features crafts and family-friendly activities for all ages. 6:30 – 8 p.m.

FREE Norman North Spooktacular at Norman North High School (1809 Stubbeman, Norman) features 50 plus decorated rooms and free candy for kids up to 10 years old. Costumes welcome. 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 31

FREE Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival at Memorial Road Church of Christ(2221 E Memorial Rd Edmond, OK 73013) features decorated car trunks and treating. 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. Join us for the annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat in the Summit Gym and the north parking lot of the Summit! Children 3 years through 6th grade can dress up and participate in carnival-like booths and a moon bounce. Trunk-or-Treat is in the parking lot directly outside.

FREE Spooktacular Storytime and Parade at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features story time and a costume parade. Preregister. Best suited for age 5 & under. 10 – 11 a.m.

FREE Trick-or-Treat at Northpark Mall (122nd & N May). Select stores will be handing out candy. Costumes welcome. 3 – 5 p.m.

FREE Haunt the Hill On Calle Dos Cinco in the Historic Capitol Hill District (SW 25th St between Hudson & Robinson) features safe trick-or treating including business booths offering free games and goodies. 5 – 8 p.m.

FREE Halloween Arts Spectacular at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a Halloween-themed art making time including drawing, painting, candy and treats. Costumes encouraged. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center (12716 NE 36th St) features a trunk-or-treat outside and haunted house inside. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Wickline Church (417 Mid-America Blvd, Midwest City) features decorated trunks and treats. 6 – 7:30 p.m.

FREE Trunk-or-Treat at Western Hills Fellowship Church of God, Int’l (11501 N Western Ave) features games, a cupcake walk, candy and more. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at McLoud Connect Church (1129 W. Broadway Ave, McLoud) features decorated vehicles and lots of candy. Costumes welcome. 6 – 8 p.m.

Fall Festival Hallelujah Party at Lincoln Park Senior Center (4712 Martin Luther King Ave) features an indoor event with games, prizes, giveaways, food, cakes, a moon bounce, face painting, music and candy. All ages welcome. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church (14700 N May Ave) features an evening of trunk-or-treating. Attendees can also enjoy hotdogs, chips, & drinks. 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Halloween Shindig at Skeletons Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunny lane Rd) features a spooky, but not too spooky party with scavenger hunts, owl pellet dissection station, Halloween-themed crafts, live animals and trick-or-treating stations. The Oklahoma City Zoo will be at the museum from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Costumes encouraged. $6; dissection kits, $5. 6 – 9 p.m.

 

New to Town?

Unpacking the Boxes is a 10-week class for women in the Edmond and Oklahoma City area. The class is inspired by Susan Miller’s book After the Boxes are Unpacked: Moving On After Moving In. Women from the Memorial Road Church of Christ run the weekly meetings. The class is designed to help women connect with other women who are new to area.  Bible-based lessons will help you learn to move past the pain and loss of what you’ve left behind and toward an appreciation of your new community.  You will have an opportunity to meet other newcomers in the Edmond area and build friendships by sharing relocation challenges, memories of “home,” and common interests.  The optional book may be purchased on the first day of class. 

Class meets Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30, at Memorial Road Church of Christ, 2221 E. Memorial Road, from September 5 to November 14.  Child care is provided. 

For more information about the class, visit  www.unpackingtheboxes.com or e-mail unpackingtheboxes@gmail.com or phone 405-478-0166.

Keys to Scoring a Mortgage

Getting a pre-approval letter will get you ahead of the game, and keeping your credit quiet will help you to the finish line! Here are some other pointers in the “winning the game” of closing on a home with a mortgage!

 

We know that buying a home can be intimidating with so many steps. With a solid team consisting of a real estate professional and a mortgage professional, WE will get you to the finish line. If you have any questions about the process, or if you’re ready to begin the pre-approval process, give US a call!

Rachel Slovacek

NMLS #140681

A/C Tips and Tricks!

The weather is warming up (finally!) and it’s time to start thinking about sunshine, outdoor activities and… cooling. You don’t want to be caught with a broken down air conditioner when the asphalt starts melting.
Tuning up your equipment is the best way to ensure that you get the most out of your air conditioner while lowering your utility bill.
                                                                                              
Here are the critical components you need on your tune-up list.
 
Your condenser coils need cleaning to keep the heat transfer up and maximize efficiency.
 
Your blower fan must be cleaned and oiled to reduce friction, lower energy consumption and keep it in working order.
 
The evaporator coil needs to be inspected for leaks and damage to coil fins which can cause problems with refrigerant and heat transfer.
 
Your air filter should be cleaned or replaced four times per year on average. If you haven’t done it recently, your filter should be cleaned or replaced.
 
Your drain pan collects the condensate from your evaporator coil. Your drain pan needs inspection for damage, which can cause leaks. The drain line should be inspected for blockages as this can cause your drain pan to overflow, especially as the humidity rises.
 
If your control system isn’t working properly, you run the risk of using more energy or having your system fail completely. Your thermostat should be calibrated and all control wiring inspected.
 
Don’t let summer sneak up on you. Give us a call and we can make sure you’re well prepared for the heat. 
 

 
 
HUNTER SUPER TECHS
580-798-4606

Weekly Mortgage Update

Has the housing market finally run out of steam?

 Buyers found the lack of available homes too much in April with all major regions failing to show any activity gains.

 The Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors was down 1.3% to a reading of 106.4, following two monthly increases including an upwardly revised 107.8 reading in March.

The index has fallen year-over-year for four straight months and was down 2.1% in April compared to a year earlier.

The dip in pending home sales meant the third-lowest level in the past year.

 “Pending sales slipped in April and continued to stay within the same narrow range with little signs of breaking out,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun

The PHSI in the Northeast remained at 90.6, 2.1% below a year ago. In the Midwest it was down 3.2% to 98.5, 5.1% lower than April 2017. In the South it declined 1.05 to 127.3, 2.7% higher than last April. In the West it slipped 0.4% to 94.4, 4.6% below a year ago.

 Mortgage rates, gas prices may dampen demand.

Yun added that the underlying sales data and feedback from Realtors show that buyers demand remains strong and the competitive market means listings are typically going under contract in under a month with increasing incidences of multiple offers.

However, rising mortgage rates and higher gas prices could dampen that demand if the trend continues while supply remains desperately restrained.

 “The combination of paying extra at the pump, while also needing to save more for a down payment because of higher rates and home prices, may weigh on the psyche of those looking to buy,” he said.

 Yun’s forecast for existing home sales for the whole of 2018 is 5.54 million, up 0.5% from last year. Median prices are expected to rise 5.1%.

Ted Clay,
Sr. Loan Officer/Sr. Loan Consultant 

Office: 405.341.8644 ext.102
e-Fax: 866.208.5309

tclay@certaintyhomeloans.com
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