Keller Williams Rocks

Congratulations! The Wall Street Journal / LORE Top 400* survey results were just released and once again Keller Williams Realty illustrated why we are continuing to outpace the industry. The report breaks down categories and rankings by individual agents and teams.

In 2009, Keller Williams Realty had:
* Six additional associates ranked among the top 50 agents by transaction sides.
* 1,048 percent more transactions from the year before compared to an average increase of 31 percent for Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Prudential and REMAX combined.
Among the top 50 teams for total sides:
* Keller Williams ranked second with 11 teams.
* Those 11 teams had an impressive increase of 25 percent in transaction sides from the year before.
* Keller Williams was the only company that posted an increase for two years in a row.

The list is based on a survey of independently verified submissions to determine the top real estate professionals in the United States. REAL Trends states that it is the only independent study of its kind

The information above was clipped from KW.com 7/13/09.

I love working at Keller Williams!

Project Paybacks!

Interested in bringing up the value of your home? Or are you just wanted to do a little work on your home and you are not sure what should come first? First, you should always make sure that the home has curb appeal. The paint on the exterior is important and if your home has siding on it, then it should be nice and clean. Secondly, lanscaping is important. Making sure there are no weeds in the flower beds and that there is color and perinials is always a great help when it comes to sale your home. Thirdly, on the interior of your home, the kitchen and master bathroom are the best place to start a remodel or update. These rooms are both very important rooms that buyers look deeply into when they are searching for the perfect home. Plumbing and light fixtures always add value and catch the buyers eye. And most of the time countertops do also. Midrange decks, siding, kitchen remodels, and windows for the most part, will pay off when you sale your home. Call us if you are thinking about doing some touch ups or a remodel and need some help deciding what is most important and what should be done first.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Open house at 1404 NW 179th Terrace this Sunday from 2-4PM.
Directions: West om 2nd St from Western to first Twin Oaks entrance. Take first right on 179th Terrace and follow to home.

Oxford Park will be open Sunday from 2-5PM.

Directions: East of Bryant on Memorial, turn North at the blinking light, Scott St, follow to entrance of Oxford Park, not Oxford Park Villas and you can view 8 new construction homes by Mark Abel

Oklahoma- One Of the Cheapest Places To Live

Continued from Sunday, the perfect time to buy is slipping away, plus why not buy in a definte, affordable area.

On July 14, 2009, Forbes.com ranked Oklahoma City, OK as one of the cheapest places to live in the West South Central Region. Tulsa, OK was also included in the top three in this region. They ranked cities by using cost-of-living data by using Moody’s Economy.com and home affordability figures from Wells Fargo and the National Association of Home Builders. From their they used other Bureaus and companies to rank each city.

Go to http://www.forbes.com/2009/07/13/cheap-cities-americas-lifestyle-real-estate-cities_land.html to view the entire article.

The Perfect Time to Buy Is Slipping Away…

Homebuyers, first time home buyers in particular, are fixing to miss the best time to buy. In November, last year, there was an abundance of homes on the market and now in Oklahoma those numbers have gone way down.  If you are planning to take advantage of the $8000.00 tax credit you need to have a contract and then close on the house before the end of November. Plus rates at the end of the week were right at 5% on a 30 year mortgage. Time is slipping away. Call today if you are thinking about buying or selling today.

More Project Paybacks…

I have been thinking more about project paybacks this weekend. I agree with Keller Williams Realty when they say the following will help the value of a home.

Think Green–  Better insulation, replacing old windows, and caulking can increase the energy efficiency of the home and can be attractive to buyers.
Add Molding– Crown molding, wider baseboards, and framing doors and widows can be delightful in any home.
Paint Finishes– Faux finishes and accented walls can help your home stand out. Don’t get carried away; pick the color and texture wisely, keeping in mind that you are trying to make your home universally appealing.
Upgrade Floors– Dirty or old flooring can turn buyers away. Consider new carpet, tile, or wood. Refinishing existing flooring or professionally shampooing carpets can bring them back to life.
Outdoor Upgrades– A deck, or even a summer kitchen at certain price points, can add value to your home. The worth of different outdoor amenities varies from place to place, so be sure to get a professional opinion from your local agent before taking on a big project.

Short Sales and Foreclosures

Almost 1 million* new foreclosures have been filed in 2009. New foreclosures are happening daily in homes across the country and right here in Oklahoma. Call today for help if you think you might have a problem making a house payment or have already been contacted by your lender about late payments.

Simple definitions:

Short sales – the seller is late on their payments and can’t afford the payments because of job loss, health problems, or other reasons

Pre foreclosure – the bank has called the seller because the seller has been late on the payments and they are threatening to foreclose on your home

*Center for Responsible Lending

Edmond- Incredible!

Isn’t it great to be in Edmond, America???  We have the most incredible place to live and work.  But, don’t just take my word for it…..NEWSMAX  MAGAZINE recently ranked Edmond, Oklahoma as No. 19 among the top 25 cities and towns that best embrace core American values.  Check it out at www.Newsmax.com/cities <http://www.newsmax.com/cities>