New USB Wall Outlet For Your iPad, iPhone Or Any Other USB Device

August 25th, 2012 • By: Owasso Real Estate Owasso Real Estate | Tulsa Real Estate

If you’re anything like me, I am always moving my iPad or iPhone adaptors from one place to the other throughout my house. Then somehow, one half of the adaptor seems to always disappear. I’ll have either the usb cable or the wall jack, but not both. There is a new item that has hit the market that will now eliminate the need for me to have any usb cables or bulky square chargers. Its a USB charger that’s built into your wall outlet.

It’s called the Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet.

It’s an easy do-it-yourself installation for anyone who knows how to turn off a circuit and use a screwdriver. Just remove the existing outlet from the wall, switch out the two leads, and screw it back into place.

USB Wall Outlet

The original plug in still works and it gives you the option to charge your devices faster, and you no longer have to worry about keeping track of any cables.

The outlets are UL-certified for use on a 15 amp 125 volt circuit. The outlets are compatible with iPads, iPhones, iPods, Android tablets and phones, tablet computers, cellphones, game systems like Nintendo, Sony and PlayStation, Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras and GPS devices that charge through a standard USB plug.

The outlets are available in white. The list price is around $30 an outlet, although they can be found for less at online stores such as Amazon.

Rural Development Loan Program to END October 1st, 2012

August 17th, 2012 • By: Owasso Real Estate Owasso Real Estate | Tulsa Real Estate

Rural Development Loans to END Very Soon

 A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the definition of a rural development loan and what it took to qualify for such a loan. You can click on the link below to read the article:

I recently spoke to three lenders and I have confirmed with them that the Rural Development loan program, also known as RD loans, will cease to exist after October 1st, 2012. For years, Owasso and Bixby have enjoyed the benefit of the RD loan program, despite the fast growth in both areas. The areas had still been considered “rural” because of old census data. The census numbers have now been updated and both areas are no longer deemed rural and don’t qualify for the RD program.

“I think that if someone was on the fence about buying a home and they were interested in getting a Rural Development loan, now would be the time to take advantage of those benefits while they still can,” said Lee Chinowth, Managing Broker at Chinowth & Cohen Realtors in Owasso. I also asked Mr. Chinowth what his thoughts were on what would happen to the Owasso and Bixby housing markets after the end of the Rural Development program. “There are parts of Owasso that haven’t qualified, and most of Tulsa that has never qualified. Those areas have continued to grow and I believe that they will continue to remain steady,” said Chinowth.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of the Rural Development program before it ends, call Mario at 918-261-0622 or email

Mario Avila Chinowth & Cohen

How To Drop A Pin With Your iPhone

August 5th, 2012 • By: Owasso Real Estate Owasso Real Estate | Tulsa Real Estate

How to drop a pin on an iPhone

For anyone who has ever tried to give directions to a house or anywhere else, typing those directions and trying to give them to someone else can be a hassle.

There have been many times in the past when I spent way too long trying to text directions to someone else who also had an iPhone. I recently learned a shortcut that will not only save me lots of time, but it will also be more helpful for the person receiveing the directions as well.

Maps has now made it easier to get directions to and from anywhere that the GPS can locate. First, type in and search the address you’re trying to give directions to. Sometimes this may be the same location you are currently at.

After the address is found, tap the bottom right hand of your screen, and a purple pin will drop.

This will give you the option of getting directions to the pin or from the pin, or even sharing your location via e-mail, text or Tweet.

If you want to drop a pin anywhere, click the bottom-right corner and hit “Drop Pin” (or “Replace Pin,” if you’ve already got one on the map). That way, you can drop a pin anywhere on the map, not just where you’ve searched.

So there you go. A faster way to give someone else directons.

Prevent Foundation Damage By Watering Your Foundation

July 29th, 2012 • By: Owasso Real Estate Owasso Real Estate | Tulsa Real Estate

With temperatures in Tulsa well over 100 degrees for several weeks now (just look at the local KJRH Channel 2 forecast), I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone about the importance of watering your foundation to prevent future foundation damage and costly repairs.

kjrh weather forecast

Why should you water your foundation?

Because the soil underneath your home expands and contracts constantly every year. Most of the time it isn’t enought to cause any severe damage to your home, but in drought like temperatures the lack of water can be hazardous to your foundation. As the soil gets extremely dry, it will contract and leave less support for you foundation and the weight of your home.

The best way to keep your soil moist is to use a soaker house and place it about 6 inches away from your home’s foundation. Let it run long enough to not just soak the surface, but to penetrate enough to soak the soil well beneath the surface, keeping in mind that your foundation is about 2 feet deep.

water your foundation

While you may see a big increase in your monthly water bill, the cost to keep your foundation in tact is well worth the cost. Keep in mind that recently, a client of mine made an offer on a home and backed out after inspections revealed that the home needed $9,000 worth of foundation repair.

6850 North Garden Stone Lane – Stone Canyon

July 28th, 2012 • By: Owasso Real Estate Owasso Real Estate | Tulsa Real Estate

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6850 North Garden Stone Lane

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