NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:
January 26, 2009

Contact:  Mike Cotrill, RCE
Chief Operating Officer
(918) 663-7500
mcotrill@tulsarealtors.com

2008 YTD Numbers for Tulsa Housing Market Outperform National Averages TULSA, OK (January 26, 2009) –

2008 YTD Average Sales Price

In 2008, amid what most consider the worst financial crisis of our time, Tulsa home values remained stable. The local 2008 YTD average price outperformed the national market. The Tulsa MSA average price YTD showed a slight increase from $146,354 in 2007 to $147,118 in 2008. Nationally, the average price of homes sold in 2008 fell 8.6%; it should also be noted that nationally the average price of $243,100 is almost $100,000 more than the local average of $147,118. GTAR noted that as one major strength of the local market; Tulsa has always had significantly lower prices than most of the country which allows buyers to get more house for their money.

Although prices have fallen nationally, lower prices are the stability of the local market. When other markets experienced rapid price increases, we remained steady at reasonable growth rates. The number of closed transactions in December 2008 were 3 fewer than that of a year ago; nationally, sales increased 6.5%.

National Sales Prices Compared to Tulsa

National Average Real Estate Prices compared to Tulsa Area Real Estate Prices

The Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS® (GTAR) statistics are published monthly by GTAR based on the Northeast Oklahoma Real Estate Services (NORES) multiple listing service data. The statistics are based on residential properties in the Tulsa MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area), which is defined as a standard government based area. The Tulsa MSA currently includes seven counties: Tulsa, Creek, Osage, Rogers, Pawnee, Okmulgee, and Wagoner.

The Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS® is a real estate organization whose Northeast Oklahoma members are united to provide services; to promote education, professionalism, and ethical standards in order to assist members in better serving the public and protecting the free enterprise system and private property rights.

For comments on the statistics, contact NORES President, Gloria Allred at 481-8200 or GTAR President, Harriett Dunham at 825-2847.

As your real estate consultant, my goal is to be an adviser. Here is some home buying advice.

With the variety of homes available today, buying a house can often seem like an overwhelming task. Knowing where to begin can make the process more manageable for potential homebuyers.

Focusing on three major areas – location, personal taste and budget – can help buyers narrow their search and select the best home for their needs. Commuting time, quality of schools and style of the home are all factors that can determine your satisfaction with a home. It is also important to establish what you can afford ahead of time to ensure that you are looking at homes within your price range.

Do a little research on your own to determine your personal tastes and learn more about a location that interests you, or if you are considering purchasing a new home, feel free to contact me and I can provide you with valuable information on local communities and help you determine a price range that fits your needs.

Contact me and use my free HomeFinder Service to make your house search very simple.

And a new web site to visit – http://www.mytulsahomefinder.com/

Now, here’s my monthy E-Newsletter which will provide you with Cyber Tips and Tricks along with pointers to Internet places of special interest to real estate owners, buyers, investors and related professionals.

Just click the link below to access your copy of the most current issue of “Real Estate CyberTips,” the archives are there, just make note of which issue you want..

Newsletter Links and Archives

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REAL ESTATE CYBER TIPS April 2006
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CYBER TRICK #1 Fly This Magic Carpet

CYBER TRICK #2 Music Magic

GREAT PLACE #1: Bird Flu Central

GREAT PLACE #2: Get Your Image Act Together

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TRICK #1 Fly This Magic Carpet

Want to get away? How about visiting the Eiffel Tower — the Millennium Wheel — the Egyptian Pyramids — or some of the beautiful places in your favorite city — or even your hometown?
This great place is the leading spot on the web for live web cams with the most comprehensive search engine of web cams from around the world. They will zip you in real time to live images of some of the world’s most interesting and unique views and events. You can search by keyword or simply browse through the categories and subcategories. You can see what is happening around the world right now — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Watch out though — this place is addictive.

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TRICK #2 Music Magic

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This is neat. Just create a “station” by telling these folks what kind of music you like. Shazam — any time you want, just click the station and enjoy the type of music you identified – exactly as you ordered it. No downloads – no cost – just a little ad or two along the way.
This tool is so simple it’s scary. Type in the name of one of your favorite songs or artists and quicker than you can whistle “In the Mood”, a “station” appears that plays songs that are musically similar to the song title or artist you provided.
Great service — and the price is right.

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GREAT PLACE #1 Bird Flu Central

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Here’s a place to keep handy — just in case. This site provides comprehensive government-wide information on pandemic and avian influenza. In the event of a pandemic, this will be the authoritative site for U.S. government information on the pandemic.
An “Individual Planning” tab leads to directly pertinent information including checklists, fill-in sheets for family health information and emergency contact information — all to help guide your planning and preparation.
Keep this handy — and pray you won’t need to use it.

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GREAT PLACE #2 Get Your Image Act Together

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Do you have a an image problem? Is your photo collection spread all over your computer? You’re not alone, so the smart folks from Google came up with a neat program that will get you organized with the click of a mouse.
This free program helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your computer. The program doesn’t move or change your photos — just finds them all (even ones you forgot all about) and gets them organized (usually a heck of a lot better than you had them 🙂
With lots of other photo tools this program is a winner — and of course –the price is right.
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As always, remember, referrals are the lifeblood of my business.

Who do you think of right now who may need some advice or may have a couple of questions they want answered about buying, selling or borrowing? Please have them call me at 918-645-1470, or they can send an email. There is no obligation to them, all of this is part of my services as your real estate consultant.

I hope you enjoy “Real Estate CyberTips”. If you find this information worthwhile, please forward this email to your friends and family and have them contact me to be added to my email list and receive notification of each issue.

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Courtesy of:
Wayne Barnes
918-645-1470
Broker Associate at ERA John Hausam, Realtors

Hello for May 2005. I hope you are appreciating the rain in Tulsa. At this rate, they may remove the burn band and we may be able to grill outside before the end of the year.

In case you think we are getting too much rain….

Lessons From The Story Of Noah’s Ark

* Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
* Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something really big.
* Don’t listen to critics. Do what has to be done.
* Build on the high ground.
* If you can’t fight or flee — float.
* Take care of your animals as if they were the last ones on Earth.
* Don’t forget we’re all in the same boat.
* When the doo-doo gets really deep, don’t sit there and complain — shovel.
* Remember that the ark was built by amateurs and the Titanic was built by professionals.
* DON’T MISS THE BOAT!

Now, here’s my monthy E-Newsletter which will provide you with Cyber Tips and Tricks along with pointers to Internet places of special interest to real estate owners, buyers, investors and related professionals.

To view the links from the CyberTips, just visit online. Just click the link. Archives of past issues are always available.

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REAL ESTATE CYBER TIPS MAY 2006
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CYBER TRICK #1: Get A New View With One Click.
CYBER TRICK #2: A Personal Desktop Weather Station
GREAT PLACE #1: What Is Bill Up To?
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TRICK #1 Get A New View With One Click.
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This is another one of those “one trick ponies” that make life just a little bit better. Most all of us have muttered (some even cussed) when the words on our web browser are too small to read — at least without a lot of wrangling with our resolution settings.
This little Internet Explorer add-on allows you to magnify any HTML page as you browse the web. Once you apply this easy little assistant, a + and – sign will appear on your browser tool bar. Click either and –Shazam – the page immediately appears exactly the way you wish. And you can also print the enlarged or reduced version of the page in its new adjusted proportions.
This pony is quick, easy, handy — and best of all it’s on the house.

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TRICK #2 A Personal Desktop Weather Station
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This neat personal desktop weather station automatically retrieves your local weather. Now with one click you can bring yourself up to date on current conditions plus hourly, daily and detailed forecast plus severe weather alerts. You can also view weather maps for over 77,000 cities around the world.
There are lots of features allowing you to customize the weather reporting — or you can just add your city and leave the rest alone. Not only is this valuable program a freeware product, but unlike other earlier weather programs, it contains no form of bad stuff like spyware, viruses or Trojans.
Clear sailing!

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GREAT PLACE  #1 What Is Bill Up To?
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Ever wonder what’s going on up there at Microsoft. Sometimes it seems like these folks just sit around and think up new stuff (just like Google does :).This great place will give you a peek inside their brainstorming sessions as they roll out various betas you can try (at your peril).
Here you’ll find over a dozen new programs such as: Windows Live Toolbar beta (they all start with “Windows Live” and end with “beta”), Messenger, Mail, One Care, Safety Center — to name just a few.
This great place will keep you up to date and, if you are adventurous, you may find some neat new applications.

As always, I appreciate your help, referrals are the lifeblood of my business.

Who do you think of right now who may need some advice or may have a couple of questions they want answered about buying, selling or borrowing? Please have them call me at 918-499-7102, or they can send an email. There is no obligation to them, all of this is part of my services as your real estate consultant.

I hope you enjoy “Real Estate CyberTips”. If you find this information worthwhile, please forward this email to your friends and family and have them contact me to be added to my email list and receive notification of each issue.

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Courtesy of:
Wayne Barnes
Broker Associate at ERA John Hausam, Realtors
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