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! 

7 Tips to Help Stay Safe This Winter

7 Tips to Help Stay Safe This Winter
The New Year is upon us and I hope with all my heart that everyone reading this has a happy and fruitful year. The New Year arrives in the dead of winter, and cold weather brings with it too many deaths, injuries and property damage. Many home fires and carbon monoxide poisonings stem from faulty furnaces and unsafe practices, like placing flammable materials too close to furnaces and other heat sources. To keep from being one of those statistics, here are some simple household safety tips related to your furnace and its surroundings.
  • Every home should have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors placed in strategic areas, especially within 10-15 feet of bedrooms. Research by the National Fire Protection Association tells us that around half of home fire deaths result from fires occurring between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. Working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a house fire in half and CO is odorless and undetectable without an alarm.
  • Multi-story homes should have CO and smoke detectors on every level. Don’t place the devices directly inside kitchens or bathrooms. Humid air may interfere with their functioning and kitchen smoke may set off too many false fire alarms. CO detectors placed too near your furnace are also likely to give off nuisance alarms. Be sure to replace batteries in your CO and smoke alarms at least once a year.
  • Don’t turn thermostats all the way off when you go away for any length of time. Keep them set at least to 50-60 degrees to make sure pipes don’t freeze in the event of a cold snap.
  • After a heavy snow or ice storm, go outside to check that sidewall vents from your furnace and other household appliances have not been blocked by snow or ice. Blockages can cause CO to build up inside. The same goes for your roof vents.
  • While you’re outside doing this, visually check your neighbors’ vents if you think of it. Especially if they’re elderly and/or disabled. In this case, being a nosey neighbor could save someone’s life.
  • Be extremely cautious using electric space heaters. Avoid using them in the house and if you use them in a garage or cold basement, keep children away, make sure the plug fits tightly and turn them off when you leave the area. Better yet, turn them off and pull the plug out when you leave. Use heavy-duty cords with space heaters. Small extension cords are okay for reading lamps but the wattage of a space heater can heat them up and start a fire.
  • Be sure to schedule an annual inspection/maintenance service for your heating system. Sign up for our low-cost service plans to assure you get reminded by us. It’s the best way to keep your heating and cooling system in tip-top shape and extend the life of your equipment.unnamed

Weekly Mortgage Update

Oil has been trading in the 30’s for quite some time and even dipped into the 20’s last week.  This will most certainly lead to a slow down in the upper end of the real estate market.  That makes this a good time to think about purchasing your FIRST home. Homes with lower asking prices are still moving according to The RED Team!

We’ve all been reading and hearing about Millennials and starting this year they make up the largest percentage of the US workforce.

laborThere has been some talk about this group’s reluctance to purchase homes.   According to Fannie Mae that doesn’t appear to be the case:

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The top line represents the % of 25-39 year olds who want to buy and the bottom line represents the % who will likely always rent.  As you can see, Home Ownership is still firmly implanted as a goal among Millennials!!

 

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Last Week 4.00 Dow Industrials 16,002 Oil (WTI) 30.71
Today 3.99 Devon 23.98 Natural Gas 2.09
FHA Today 3.75 Chesapeake     3.18 Gold 1,107

Security System 101

We thought this was an interesting article by Joseph D’Agnese and wanted to share it with you. If you have questions about how a security system adds value to your home or need a referral for a good Security System company, please let us know and we would be glad to help you. Just email me at myerst@kw.com or call my cell at 405.474.4242. Stay safe!

Home Security Systems: Types and Costs

By: Joseph D’Agnese

Published: November 12, 2010

Understand home security systems’ price, installation, and options.

What you’ll pay

A home security system’s price comes in two forms. First, there’s the equipment cost, which can vary from $250 to $700, depending on the options you choose. Some companies may offer a basic package at a deep discount just to get your business.

They make their real money on the monthly monitoring fee, which ensures that someone is keeping an eye on your home 24/7. Expect to pay $35 to $75 a month for that peace of mind.

Talk to your insurance agent about a discount

You might be able to save money. Some insurance companies will shave off a percentage of your yearly premium if you have an electronic alarm system; a few go as high as 20%.

With an average national premium of $800, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, that means a basic security system can pay for itself in as little as three years.

Prepare for light construction…

Installing a basic home security system takes a pro about three hours. If you’re building a new house or an addition, you can simply run the wires through open walls. Retrofitting an older home takes more time.

…Or go wireless

You can also go completely wireless. In this case, key components of your home security system are battery-powered and communicate with a monitor device inside your home. That monitor is in touch with a remote cellular network—the heart of your provider’s service.

Some critics point out that a wireless home security system can be disabled more easily than a wired one.

Get more than security

Sensors or detectors can be added to address just about any household danger, from fire to carbon monoxide poisoning. Elderly home owners can even get a wearable “panic button” in case they fall or need assistance.

Some home security systems are part of a larger home automation complex that will adjust your home’s temperature, turn lights on and off depending on whether a room is occupied or not, and even water your landscape plants when soil dries out. Expect to pay $5,000 or more for a full home automation system.

The key element: you

For all its bells and whistles, a home security system is useless if you don’t use it correctly and consistently. Resolve to learn how to arm and disarm your system, teach each family member, and use it daily. ??And don’t forget to use those stickers and signs to broadcast your new home security system. Some security experts say their presence is the biggest deterrent of all.

Joseph D’Agnese is a journalist and book author who has written numerous articles on home improvement. He lives in North Carolina.

Edgemere Parks Newest Price Reduction!

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436 NW 43rd in Oklahoma City’s Edgemere Park

Just lowered to  $235,000

To view the virtual tour go to http://www.tourfactory.com/1244620

Sought after neighborhood in a great location! 3 bed, 2 bath, 2 living, 2 dining, 2018 sqft and built in 1951. Mid-century modern home, open floor plan and big windows make it light and bright! Wood floors in living, dining and formal living/study.  Large living room with stacked stone fireplaces in living and formal living. Kitchen has updated glass back splash and accent back splash above stove, bar seating, tons of storage and neutral counter tops. Tons of potential to make it your own. Call Kim, Terra or Kiley at Keller Williams Central Oklahoma 405-330-2626 to make an appointment today!

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Happy Valentines Day!

The Hug

 

No moving parts, no batteries

No monthly payments, and no fees;

Inflation proof, non-taxable,

In fact, it’s quite relaxable.

It cant be stolen, wont pollute,

One size fits all, do not dilute.

It uses little energy,

But yields results enormously.

Relieves your tension and your stress,

invigorates your happiness:

Combats depression, makes you beam,

And elevates yourself-esteem!

Your circulation it corrects

Without unpleasant side effects.

It is I think, the perfect drug.

May I prescribe, my friend…

the hug!

(And of course, fully returnable!)

 

The RED Team hopes you have a Happy Huggable Valentines Day!

Open House on NEW Listing in Oakdale Valley

10704 Saint Michel Circle Oklahoma City, OK 73151 $289,777

 

OPEN HOUSE TODAY 2:00-4:00 p.m.

3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2 living, 2 dining, plus a study, built in 2005, and 2333 sqft/mol.Exquisite home located in Oakdale Schools! Immaculate throughout with extra amenities. Gourmet kitchen with a beautiful view, granite and designer island.  Ample storage and built ins. Stairs leading to large attic space that could be completed as flex room. Stained concrete side walk wrapping around home. Backs up to greenbelt with trees and pond! Active HOA includes gated entrance, well maintained grounds, pool, ponds, and community center.