Owasso, OK Real Estate News

By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Welcome to Ashlock Chiropractic in Owasso, Oklahoma, where the motto "We Love our Patients" is exactly how they make you feel.  Established by Dr. Justin Ashlock, Ashlock Chiropractic opened its doors in March of 2007 in the 76th Professional Plaza.  At the time, Dr. Ashlock had been looking for the perfect place to put his new office.  He saw a beautiful new shopping center going in at the corner of 76th and 129th in Owasso, so he called John K. Davis Jr, (www.owassocustomhomes.com) the developer and builder to see if space might be available.  Sure enough, it was.  And Mr. Davis was willing to build the space to Dr. Ashlock's specifications, which was a big deal because Dr. Ashlock had a vision for what he wanted his office to look like.  When they were done, it was mission accomplish...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Welcome to McGraw Realtors in Owasso, Oklahoma, your hometown real estate professionals!  Located at 12620 East 86thStreet in Owasso, the McGraw building is easy to find.  Many residents remember that at one time, it was the offices of Doctor Sharon Barnes and the Springer Clinic.  Click here to see the Google Maps picture.  Note, this picture was taken when the building was still the Springer Clinic.  McGraw Realtors purchased the building, remodeled the entire inside, landscaped the outside and took occupancy in October of 2008.  The move was prompted by the growth of the Owasso office.  They were literally running out of space at the old location (12315 East 86thStreet North, Owasso).  Since then, clients and associates agree that the move was timely and that the building is beautifu...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Welcome to the Owasso Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Store in beautiful Owasso, Oklahoma!  Here in our town when you want a sweet treat, one of the places you head to is Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Store.  According to the Braum's website, Bill Braum opened the first Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Storein 1968...but the Braum story actually begins long before that time, spanning three generations with over six decades of history behind it. To visit the Braum's website and read their history, click here. Also be sure to let your kids check out the Braum's kid's page.  There are games, tongue twisters, pictures to color, clip art and even an educational but fun page about chewing gum. To visit the Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy shop kid's page, click here. Braum's is one of those places where you ...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Welcome to Sole FX, the (Diabetic) Feet Fixing Folks in Owasso, Oklahoma!  Sole FX is quickly becoming the place people turn to when their feet hurt due to diabetes and/or other foot related problems.  That's because Mark Dougherty, founder and owner of the business takes excellent care of his patients.  Opening in January 2008, in an Owasso, Oklahoma storefront shop, Mark has built his Sole FX business by providing top notch, hands on customer service.   And it's paid off.  By June of 2009, his business had doubled from that of his first year.  Not bad for a guy who saw a business opportunity and decided to go for it in a very uncertain economy.  And why would Mark Dougherty do that?  "I decided I wasn't a very good employee...for anyone," he said.  So he decided to be a boss...well th...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Owasso Pawn is the friendliest Pawn shop you'll find in the town of Owasso, Oklahoma.  Located at 106 E 2nd Ave # B, Owasso, OK, and owned by Marlin Kerr since 2006, it offers a wonderful treasure trove of items that can be purchased.  It's one of those places where the more you look around, the more you find.  For example, you'll find CD's and DVD's, jewelry and tools, rings, coins, electric and acoustic guitars and amps and even horse saddles and golf clubs.  I was surprised to look down one isle and to find an ocean rig fishing pole. Owasso Pawn truly is a cross section of the Owasso and North Eastern Oklahoma communities. Now some folks think of Pawn shops as mostly "man" stores.  But this is not the case at the Owasso Pawn shop.  On the day I was there, a lady came in to pay her bi...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Welcome to Owasso, Oklahoma, a wonderful place to call home! Owasso is an Indian word that means "end of the trail."  History records that sometime around 1900, Owasso was the location where the several railroads ended and had to turn around. In 1904, Owasso became a town under the laws of Indian Territory, and eventually was chartered as a city in 1972. Through the years Owasso has grown from a sleepy town of mostly homes and residents to a thriving city with shopping, new home construction, two hospitals and lots to do. The population of Owasso by summer of 2008 was right around 27,500.  This is a marked increase of almost 50% growth since the year 2000.  For further stats on the make up of Owasso, visit the city data page by clicking here. I took a quick driving tour yesterday to see...
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I'm getting locked up for a good cause!  The Muscular Dsytrophy Association, or Jerry's kids, raises money each year to help find a cure for this terrible disease. I got a call yesterday that a good friend of mine, Mark Daughtry, had turned me in.  Mark owns Sole FX in Owasso, OK.  His store specializes in rapid relief for aching feet.  Now I'm going to be locked up on August 25th...for a good great cause!  I'm going to help raise money for Jerry's kids this year for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. To see my personal home page and to donate click here. My bail goal is $1230.00 and I can start raising it right now!  Donations are accepted by cash, check or credit card.  You can contact me directly at Bob@BobHaywood.com in order to donate.  Also, you can join the cause too!  If you'd ...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Welcome to our beautiful Timber Gate subdivision in Owasso, Oklahoma, a wonderful place to call home.Located in one of the fastet growing suburbs of Tulsa, Timber Gate offers large, beautiful full brick homes with side entry garages.  Houses for sale begin at $249,900 and run as high as $669,900.  The average square foot size is right around 3000 square feet.  Homes sit on 1 acre lots.Many of the homes were built by Darrell Moody of Moody Construction Group.  Mr Moody is a member of the Home Builder's Association of Greater Tulsa.  He also builds in the Owasso high end subdivision, Stone Canyon.Timber Gate offers a neighborhood home owners association.  Dues are $100 per year per lot.  You can find out more about the neighborhood association by clicking here. (www.Timbergate.net)Interes...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Welcome Home to Lake Valley in Owasso, OK! Lake Valley is an Owasso, OK neighborhood developed by Owasso Land Trust and it's a great place to build your brand new home!  The neighborhood features new and existing single family homes with various community amenities that include a maintained pool, park with playground and three lakes.  Homes Range from 1100 Sq Feet to 2300 Sq Ft and are priced in the $140,000 range.               Floorplans include the Hawthorne, Emerson, Sinclair, Ashton, Barrymore, Hudson, Connelly, Carnegie, Anderson, Kennedy, Stanton, Barrett, Clancy, Kippling and Franklin.  The Lake Valley neighborhood is located at the corners of 145th Street and 106th Street North.  It is also located in Rogers County. Utility companies for the neighborhood include AEP/PSO, Oklaho...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
A friend of mine posted this video from YouTube on Facebook today.  I thought it was so fun that I had to share it with you.  It will make you really appreciate a great entrance!  It starts kind of slow, so stay with it.  The lady at the beginning is very hard to hear...but stay with it... Enjoy!
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
You know someone who sells real estate right?  We all do.  In fact, you probably know several people who are real estate professionals.  But did you know that your real estate Realtor brings you some excellent benefits when you work with them? You are protected As your real estate professional, I am not allowed to point you to just one mortgage lender or service provider.  And I'm not allowed to take kick backs from anyone in exchange for business. This is a good thing.  It protects you as a consumer.  And quite frankly, you don't want that kind of thing going on, because when it does, I'm not working for you anymore.  I'm working for ME and lining my pockets.  However, this doesn't mean that we, who are real estate agents by choice, do not have preferred lenders, home inspectors, title...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
I own a Blackberry Pearl.  It's a great phone for real estate as I can get my emails all day long, text when I need to and jump on the internet. Recently, I noticed that my battery life was toast.  You know how it works. Your battery suddenly won't hold a charge anymore.  You have to literally keep it plugged in all the time.  And even worse, it just dies suddenly. Well, we can't have this in the world of real estate, so off I went to replace my battery.  My service provider has stores, so I went there first.  They want $80 bucks for a new battery.  I about choked on the price. I thought, "I can do better than that.  I'll go online."  So I did.  After scouting around online, I ended up on Amazon.com where I found a brand new replacement battery for...get this...$8 bucks! The key to buyi...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Had an offer come in on a property I had listed.  It was an okay offer, but below my seller's bottom line.  In talking with the other Realtor, I learned that she had arrived at the offer price by doing her comps like she always does them. Her formula was simple...comp the neighborhood and then go 1/2 mile out. The only problem with this formula is that, in this location it doesn't work.  That's because the house is located in a rural area.  The neighborhood is one street.  There was only 1 house that came close to be comparable and even it wasn't a true comp.  Within 1/2 mile, the agent found nothing else to work with. Here in our part of the world, we have learned that you have to look for your comps within the entire school district, within the entire county or both.  Sometimes you en...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
I mentioned the other day that I had finally closed a deal where I had had to literally argue and fight over a Dishwasher and pier that had been removed from under a house in order to run AC duct work. I think I'm in enough recovery from this nightmare (just paid the counselor my final payment!) in order to tell you the story now. Let's begin with the dishwasher since that's the most ridiculous item.  Well, I think it is anyway.  We'll see... When the listing was entered into the MLS by our office, a mistake was made and the listing showed that the house had a dishwasher.  Honest mistake.  I should have caught it.  I didn't. The house had incredible traffic and showings.  No one ever mentioned the missing dishwasher.  Then we got our offer.  We negotiated, got into contract and moved fo...
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Bill Bartmann says a powerful loan presentation will get lenders to want to invest in a business by loaning them money    Tulsa, OK - Bill Bartmann has already explained to his students how to create a winning business plan which is an important part of a loan proposal.  Bill Bartmann's lecture series continues as he explains to his students the powerful message they are conveying in a loan proposal document.  Bill Bartmann explained "The loan proposal that you present to a lender should be very simple; yet informative.  This document should contain all the answers to the questions that are commonly asked by a loan officer.  Remember, though it may not always appear so, lenders want to make business loans; this is how they make money."   Bill Bartmann went over the 12 sections that a lo...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
It's Friday morning here in our part of the world.  Our routine for Friday mornings was moving along nicely - the wife getting ready for work, the senior getting ready for highschool.  Me at work on my laptop.  The dogs asleep at my feet.  It's all good for the moment. Then the senior leaves for school.  Five minutes later I see him walking back up to the house through our front yard.  "Uh-Oh, that's not good," I think.  Seems he's gotten about three houses down the road and his car quit shifting.  Bummer. So then we go into scramble mode. Call the insurance company 1-800-pick-me-up number (not a real number, don't call it, please).  My wife gets the lady on the phone who is having some kind of PMS bad morning.  So the lady starts yappin at my wife over this deal, which means the phone ...
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How do you really know if being in business is right for you?  How can you be sure that people will be willing to pay for your product or services?   Tulsa, OK - Bill Bartmann continues his lecture series by asking his students if they are right for business ownership and if business ownership is right for them.  Bill Bartmann said, "There are many things to consider if you are thinking of going into business for yourself."   There are several basic questions that people considering entrepreneurship need to ask themselves.  Bill Bartmann wrote the following questions on the board:   Is there a need for your product; is there a customer base? Are consumers ready for you; do they share your passion? Do you have enough money?  Are you ready to assume some risk?  Are you confident in yourse...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
So the wife and were out eating at our local chicken restaurant the other day.  This is the one that one of our major soft drink companies now owns.  We like this place, although sometimes it actually kind of "feels" greasy. Anyway, we're at the restaurant for lunch.  We've got our food and I go up to the counter to ask for some honey.  While I'm waiting there to be helped, the little girl who is assembling meals say's, "Hey (name), we're out of biscuits!" Now she's got a real problem here.  She's supposed to be putting everything together for waiting customers and she is missing a very important piece of the meal.  There are no biscuits.  What's she to do?  This is basically what she was asking her manager who was on the other side of the big metal chicken holding bin.  He was in charg...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
I'm sitting here writing this in a Word document in frustration as I wait for my wireless connection at my house to try to re-establish itself.  Ah, there it is!  The icon says we're connected!  But wait...I go open Internet explorer only to find...nothing.  It won't connect.  My heart falls and my frustration level rises because I know what this means.  I will call the cable company.  I will listen to their forever long menu of choices.  I will finally reach some live person who may or may not be in India somewhere.  They will tell me to disconnect the power to the modem and the router then plug it back it.  This I have already done...twice, having been through this drill more than once.  They will then tell me to unplug the power, unscrew the cable that goes into the modem, wait a mom...
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By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Believe it or not, one of the most important lessons I learned in real estate and about real estate has to do with the cell phone. How often do you take your incoming calls? If you're like most of us, a ringing cell phone is a call to action.  If the thing rings I'm scrambling to answer it before the caller hangs up.  Might be another client you know.  And I can't miss anybody, especially in today's economy. When I first began in this business two years ago, I wouldn't miss a call for anything.  I'd keep my phone turned on and right by my side.  I was a like a gun slinger from the old west, only my weapon was my trusty cell phone.  And the fact that I kept going over my minutes each month once I began to get busy meant that I was being successful!  Look at ME.  My phone is ringing a lot...
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