Archive | September, 2014

Chores to Doors Simplifies Shopping in Edmond

30 Sep

Chores to Doors Simplifies Shopping in Edmond

Making a run for your daily or weekly groceries can be incredibly time-consuming. Even when we do go shopping, there are times when we tend to buy of what we actually don’t need.

A new shopping concept is being introduced in Edmond that can solve this problem. This service enables residents to shop for their groceries and foods without having to do the shopping themselves.

Chores to Doors is one way of shopping for your own groceries and foods with the convenience of staying at home. Only one phone call away, you can shop for your favorite food items, house essentials and even fast food takeouts.

The new shopping concept is owned and operated by Edmond residents. The goal is to provide an easy service for residents to save precious time while effectively filling needs.

Chores to Doors offer an extensive list of groceries that consumers can choose and buy. There are more than 4,000 items listed. Consumers can simply call the hotline for their grocery list, including beverages, deli, produce, snacks and meats. An employee can then deliver their groceries right to the customer’s door.

Deliveries are available daily from 8:00am to 10:30pm for groceries and 5:00am to 2:00am for fast food. Delivery has a cost of $6.99 and is done on the same day, regardless of size and quantity of the orders placed.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Upgrading Your Home Before Selling It

29 Sep

Upgrading Your Home Before Selling It

The real estate business is exciting and challenging, and people who work within the industry thrive on the fast-paced nature of it. There are endless possibilities and business opportunities when it comes to real, but in order to capitalize on them, you must learn how to do things the right way.

If you decide to sell your house, it is important to understand certain things about how the buying and selling process works, so you can maximize your profit. Upgrading your home will increase its market value, as well as the likelihood that you will sell it quicker. First, you must cover the basics by researching home renovations to figure out with ones bring the greatest return on investment.  There are certain areas in your home that add more value to it than others, so focus your attention there first.

The kitchen is considered one of the most important areas of the house that potential buyers check first because it is the most used room in the house. You can start the upgrading process by repairing any fixtures and appliances, so they work properly and efficiently.  Examine drainage, plumbing, and electrical systems that are essential to everyday kitchen activities.

Also consider aesthetics, such as the walls, flooring, faucets, fixtures, and appliances. Functionality is only part of the equation when it comes to kitchens. Buyers are also looking for something that not only is updated, but also feels updated when you’re in the room. Upgrading flooring by removing linoleum and upgrading countertops by adding granite or other higher-quality materials are two things that people commonly look for.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Drug Testing Policy Considered by Oklahoma City Public Schools

25 Sep

Drug Testing Policy Considered by Oklahoma City Public Schools

Teachers, school officials and staff are all in direct contact with students on any given school day. Positions which involve regular interaction with school children require the need to ensure that all students are in safe hands.

One way to ensure safety is to implement strict hiring guidelinesso as to minimize the risk of hiring the wrong person. A drug-testing policy can significantly help in identifying people who may be a risk to the school.

Officials of the Oklahoma City Public Schools are now considering a pre and post-employment drug testing policy for its teachers, staff and administrators. This is an extra precautionimplemented to protect students.

According to officials of the OKCPS, the district does not have a current policy relating to drug-testing, but is considering one. Pre-employment drug testing would not require a union approval while post-employment would need the approval of the unions of teachers, personnel and administrators. The School Board will also need to approve the policy.

The district is implementing a drug policy, starting with bus drivers only. It is also starting background checks for first-time teachers as required by the Federal Law.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Healthy Lifestyle Seminar to be Held in OKC

23 Sep

Healthy Lifestyle Seminar to be Held in OKC

Maintaining our health is a common and constant effort that all humans share. Unfortunately, it is much easier said than done. Staying healthy requires a certain level of understanding regarding the maintenance and general functionality of the human body.  Many individuals lack this knowledge.

This coming Thursday, September 25th, the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting a healthy lifestyle seminar featuring the various ways to stay healthy. The seminar aims to provide attendees with valuable information about healthy foods, including which foods to eat and which to avoid.

The seminar will be able to teach attendees the right kinds of food to eat so they will remain in shape as well as what foods to reduce and eventually eliminate in their diet. This way, they will be able to reduce or avoid obesity and other detrimental conditions.

Amanda Horn, a Registered Dietitian and the Family and Consumer Science Educator for Oklahoma County will be presenting the facts during the seminar. It will be a free event sponsored by the Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) and is open to all.

Those who wish to attend can come to the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service located at 930 N. Portland on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Increase Your Home Value by Adding a Fireplace

22 Sep

Increase Your Home Value by Adding a Fireplace

According to the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, “The hearth is the heart of the home.” That sentiment continues to be shared today, as most home buyers include fireplaces on their wish lists. In fact, according to research done by the Hearth Patio Barbeque Association, 85% of homeowners want to have a fireplace for their home. Those numbers are also supported by the National Association of Home Buyers, which reports that the second most desired features in a home is a  fireplace, preceded only by having outdoor space.

But, what if your home doesn’t have a fireplace? Is the return on investment worth adding one to your home?

According to research conducted by Marshall & Swift, the answer is yes. They have found that the average appraisal of any home can rise up to $3,500 when the home has a fireplace, and even up to $5,400 if it is customized. Fireplaces give builders and sellers a competitive advantage. When you compare a picture of a home with a fireplace to one that does not, it immediately leaves a greater impression. It is the little things that that sway a buyer’s ultimate decision.

Regardless of the style of your home, you can find a fireplace that suits it. One of the most popular choices these days are contemporary linear gas fireplaces that have a sleek, modern look. Traditional wood fireplaces, on the other hand, offer a more old fashioned cozy ambiance. And, when you want a greener version of a fireplace, direct vent technology is available to provide a more energy efficient, environmentally friendly option.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Real Estate Investing Tips for Beginners

18 Sep

Real Estate Investing Tips for Beginners

There are many ways to make a profit in the real estate industry. However, having the right amount of capital is an instrumental part of real estate investing. You will have to use all of your unique talent and skills to prosper in this competitive industry. Here are some of the real estate basics you will need to know to get on top:

  1. Selling real estate properties:A career in real estate can be incredibly rewarding if you utilize your skills effectively. Selling property is one of the primary skills that makes real estate professionals most successful. Agents are paid on a commission basis, and it doesn’t take many sales to create a solid income base. For new agents, have confidence in your abilities and approach every situation with a positive outlook.
  2. Property investments: Investments make up a formidable part of the real estate industry. Good investments create a passive income that is stable and reliable. This can create another revenue stream, allowing you to focus additional income towards more investment opportunities.
  3. Flipping houses: This is another excellent opportunity to earn income in the real estate industry. Flipping houses is the process of buying an old and distressed house and renovating it to increase its value, thus allowing you to sell it at a higher rate.
  4. Occupants in common. This is one of the simplest ways to earn income in the real estate industry. This business is conducted by bringing together a large group of friends and family members to buy a piece of property. This is considered to be the best way to save money and to reduce financial fees.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Oklahoma City Introduces First Municipal Archive for Public Access

16 Sep

Oklahoma City Introduces First Municipal Archive for Public Access

Oklahoma City has more than a century of history to share with the world and soon, it will be able to open up more information to the public with its first municipal archive program. The upcoming project will feature interesting facts and information about the city that can be useful to the public.

Let the Sunshine in: Processing Government Records of the City of Oklahoma City” is a new project of the City of Oklahoma City, which aims to offer public access to records of the city. Documents will include various economic and social records of the city over the last 125 years. There will be documents that date back to the 1890, the date of the citys incorporation.

The project will provide more transparency to the public and allow everyone to search the records online. This will also inform the public as to which records are accessible by the public.

Some of the records available will include building plans and abstracts, deeds, the Journal of Proceedings of the City Councils and resolutions.

The projects will be supported through the grant funded by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. A $185,000-grant was given in order to pay for the project archivist and intern for two years. Preservation supplies for two years will also be covered by the fund.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031