2010 Start! Central Oklahoma Heart Walk

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2010 Start! Central Oklahoma Heart Walk

WHO: American Heart Association

WHAT: The Central Oklahoma START! Heart Walk – The largest walking event in the State of Oklahoma!

WHERE: Bricktown Ballpark

WHEN: Saturday, April 17, 2010

  • 8:00 a.m.  Top Walker & Survivor Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m.  Survivor Rally & Warm-up
  • 10:00 a.m.  Walk begins

WHY: Heart disease and stroke are the # 1 and # 3 killers of Oklahomans:

The Heart Walk educates the Central Oklahoma area of the risk factors of cardiovascular diseases & stroke, and what we can do to prevent it.  Funds raised support local medical research & educational programs of the American Heart Association currently totaling 2.1 million dollars!  Survivors of heart disease, stroke and related surgeries are honored the morning of the walk.

HOW:

1) Start a Heart Walk Team

Recruit co-workers, friends and family to help you raise money, and then come out and walk.

2)  Walk as an individual

Sign up on our website – it’s easy!

3)  Volunteer opportunities at the Heart Walk

Before, during and after the event

Log on and register: www.okcheartwalk.org


For additional information call:

Terra Myers, participant – 405-474-4242

Terri Bailey, Sr. Corporate Market Director – 405-948-2135

Shawna Garcia, Corporate Market Director – 405-948-2136

Pat Brogan, Heart Walk Coordinator – 948-2123

Reminder: cell phone numbers are going public!

All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies this month and you will start to receive sales calls soon if you have not already.  YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS, too!

To prevent these calls, call the following number from your cell phone:
888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time.  It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked and added to the DO NOT CALL LIST. You cannot call from a different phone number. You can go to the government website and make sure you are blocked. You can also block you number at https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx as well.

Some Oklahoma cities saw gain in 2009 home prices

Some Oklahoma cities saw gain in 2009 home prices

BY RICHARD MIZE The Oklahoman   

Published: February 20, 2010

Home prices ticked up last year in Altus, Bartlesville, Lawton, the Midwest City, Del City and Moore area, Ponca City and Shawnee, but the gains weren’t enough to prop up the statewide average.

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That’s according to year-end statistics from the Oklahoma Association of Realtors, which calculated the state average home sale price at $147,296 in 2009, down 3.7 percent from 2008.

The largest drop was in the Ardmore area, where the average sale price of $112,172 was 23.5 percent less than in 2008. The smallest decrease was in Enid, where the average price of $112,842 was 1.4 percent down from 2008.

Altus had the largest increase, 9.9 percent, to an average price of $94,592. Norman squeaked by with the tiniest increase, 0.02 percent, to an average of $158,134.

The sputtering housing market also was seen in the dip in the numbers of homes changing hands.

Home sales handled by the state’s 9,000-plus Realtors — homes bought directly from builders and direct transactions between buyers and sellers were not counted — fell 4.6 percent down to 44,897 last year.

The biggest percentage drop in the number of home sales was 32.5 percent in Woodward, where just 129 homes sold. The smallest percentage drop was 2.1 percent in the Oklahoma City area, where 16,038 homes changed hands in 2009.

Only Lawton, benefiting from an influx of people to Fort Sill, saw an increase in the number of home sales — 1,706, up 10.1 percent over 2008.

The Realtors cautioned that the annual averages don’t tell “the entire story.”

Sales were down in the first quarter of last year, but for the rest of the year they were comparable to 2008, the association said.

The average price fell partly because in the second half of the year first-timer buyers responding to federal tax incentives rushed to buy less expensive houses, bringing down the average price, the Realtors said.

For 2010?

“I am optimistic,” said Doug Emde, owner of ERA Emde & Associates in Stillwater and president of the Oklahoma Association of Realtors. “While the overall economy is still not out of the woods, I feel that the real estate market has hit the bottom of its cycle and will start to improve.”

Federal inducements to people to buy homes should fuel demand at least until April 30 when tax credits expire, he said.

“The extension of the first-time homebuyer tax credit along with the new $6,500 tax credit for existing homeowners (who buy a house) should provide real incentives for people that are sitting on the fence,” Emde said.

Spring Cleaning

Well, the weather sure has been a tease lately and I don’t know about you, but I am definitely looking forward to the sun coming out and the weather being warmer. That also brings “Spring Cleaning” to mind. Here are a few helpful hints to help prepare for the months ahead.

  • Trim trees and bushes at least 7 inches away from the home to protect the siding and roof.
  • Clean and clear screens by rinsing them with soap and water.
  • Clearing any and all clutter.
  • After a rainy day, examine the ceiling inside your home for wet spots, which may be a sign of roof issues.
  • Change your air filter monthly to keep your unit free of dirt and running efficiently.
  • Make sure there is not anything touching your air conditioners.
  • Clean the carpets and rugs.
  • Wash down the tables, chairs and all other furniture.
  • Seal up any cracks around the home where pests could potentially enter.
  • Repaint areas of chipped or peeling paint on the outside of your home to avoid wood rot.
  • Dust from floor to ceiling. Most people forget to dust the baseboards, the ceilings and corners of rooms, artwork, or shoe racks in closets.

Spring is a great time to remember to do these things and keep your home “HAPPY”!

Real Estate/Mortgage Update

Bottom line this week?  We are flat.  Unemployment remained basically flat for the 2nd month in a row while productivity and economic output are strong.

Think of the economy as a large ocean liner…say the Titanic…trying to stop while heading toward an iceberg.   Its momentum  won’t let it slow down and avoid disaster so it keeps on moving until it slowly comes to a halt and begins to back up.  Then, once it reverses direction, it takes a long time to get back up to speed.  This week’s reports show that we have stopped.  And while we aren’t doing any more damage to the ship, it will take a while to repair the damage and even longer to get back up to speed.

Though we may see some surprises, we’ve started the road back to a healthy economy and this is the PERFECT time to buy.  The GDP is good, temporary worker numbers are good, inventory numbers are in line, and the massive layoffs have stopped.  But make no mistake, while THIS Titanic won’t sink, it will take several years to get back up to speed.

Remember – Fed stops buying mortgages in 3 weeks – bad for rates – and buyers only have 7 weeks to contract for a home or the LOOSE forever the $6,500-$8,000 Uncle Sam will give them.  Hey, if you are interested in buying a home, you are  flat out SILLY if you don’t write a contract and lock in on an interest rate asap!

State Bond Money is now at $3.9 million with a rate of 5.65% and 3.5% Down Payment Assistance.  Please keep in mind that the expiration date for this Bond Issue is the 30th of April.  Which means if you are interested in Down Payment Assistance then you need to get moving and the loan must close by the 30th of April.

This week rates ended up between 4.75% and 5.0%, depending on program, credit and points.  Have a great weekend and  call Ted if you are ready to get pre approved to buy!

Ted Clay
Sr. Loan Consultant

Office: 405-341-8644
Cell: 405-826-1320

tclay@wrstarkey.com

www.TedClay.com

State of the Company

State of the Company at Keller Williams Family Reunion

Keller Williams Realty is full of Shining Stars! Mark Willis, CEO of KW, announced the good news of 2009 and 2010 goals in the State of the Company meeting at Keller Williams Family Reunion.  He reviewed a range of accolades and key industry rankings. Mark Willis said, “You’ve shifted and we’re a whole lot more than alright. You’ve emerged as the shining stars of the real estate industry!” Among the goals for 2010 and beyond, Willis announced the beginning of Keller Williams Realty’s long-term vision to go global. “We expect our first overseas launch to occur sometime in 2011,” said Willis, “And our vision is that outside North America we will be as large as inside North America.” Looking forward to 2010, Willis also announced the following goals: * 82,000 associates * 720 market centers * $36 million in profit share * More than 500 new mega agents * More than 200 mergers * 100+ new team leaders for our new and transitioning market centers * 1,000+ new KW Commercial associates * 200+ new Luxury Homes by Keller Williams associates.  I love working for a company that keeps growing when the economy is down with no one being laid off. WOW is all I have to say!

The Ball’s in Your Court!

 

Keller Williams Family Reunion 2010 was unforgettable. Wonderful speakers, educating classes, KW family fun, and much more! One of the inspirational speakers stood out among the rest. His name is Kevin Carroll.

“Never underestimate the transformative power of a ball.” Kevin Carroll asserted during one Tuesday morning’s keynote address. The founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst LLC, and a renowned author, speaker and agent in social change, Carroll captivated attendees with his compelling life story that began with a “dysfunctional, nomadic childhood” and abandonment by two drug abusing parents. Salvation bounced into Carroll’s life at the age of 6, when he found a red rubber ball on a playground. After playing alone for a few hours, he heard “the words that changed his life: ‘You want to play with us?’”

Carroll says he’s been chasing his “Red Rubber Ball” ever since and encourages others to do the same. For Carroll the Red Rubber Ball is a “simple, little icon” that represents passion, joy and play.

A proponent of play and sports as vehicles for resourcefulness, unity, social inclusion, conflict resolution and celebration, Carroll observed how a Super Bowl victory has lifted New Orleans’ spirits. “They’re now champions. Just look how a football game healed a city.”

“Adults don’t think play has importance or a purpose.” But having seen the difference that a ball can make he emphasized. “a ball can change the world.”As Keller Williams associates, “you are in alignment with me.” Carroll said. “We’re committed to making a difference in the world.”

Making a difference is a matter of getting in touch with “what you are willing to chase after every day. We have 86,400 seconds every day that are filled with possibilities. Will you waste them or maximize them?”