Steve Reese's Blog Posts

Protesting your property taxes: know your rights and take action!

Did you recently get a notice that your property taxes are increasing? As an experienced REALTOR® in Shawnee, Oklahoma, I can be your valuable resource in lowering your property tax bill. Modest

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Ways to use your tax refund if you want to buy a home

Have you been saving up to buy a home this year? If so, you know there are some expenses involved—from your down payment to closing costs. But did you also know your tax refund can help

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Why we aren't headed for a housing crash

If you’re holding out hope that the housing market is going to crash and bring home prices back down, here’s a look at what the data shows. And spoiler alert: that’s not in the.

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Why you want an agent's advice for your move

No matter how you slice it, buying or selling a home is a big decision. And when you’re going through any change in your life and you need some guidance, what do you do? You

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Why today's housing supply is a sweet spot for sellers

Wondering if it still makes sense to sell your house right now? The short answer is, yes. And if you look at the current number of homes for sale, you’ll see two reasons why. An article

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The truth about down payments

If you’re planning to buy your first home, saving up for all the costs involved can feel daunting, especially when it comes to the down payment. That might be because you’ve heard

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How changing mortgage rates impact you [INFOGRAPHIC]

  Some Highlights If you’re looking to buy a home, it’s important to know how mortgage rates impact what you can afford and how much you’ll pay each month. ’

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Expert home price forecasts for 2024 revised up

Over the past few months, experts have revised their 2024 home price forecasts based on the latest data and market signals, and they’re even more confident prices will rise, not fall. ,

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Some experts say mortgage rates may fall below 6% later this year

There’s a lot of confusion in the market about what’s happening with day-to-day movement in mortgage rates right now, but here’s what you need to know: compared to the near 8% peak last fall,

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Strategic tips for buying your first home

Buying your first home is a big, exciting step and a major milestone that has the power to improve your life. As a first-time homebuyer, it's a dream you can make come true, but there are

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It's time to prepare your house for a spring listing

If you're thinking of selling your house this spring, now is the perfect time to start getting it ready. With the market gearing up for its busiest time of year, it'll be

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1528 N Minnesota Ave

PENDING SALE 1528 N. Minnesota Ave • Shawnee, OK 74801 $148,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 1 Bath • 1,014 Sq Ft Welcome to your sunny sanctuary! A home in the heart of Midtown Shawnee, this enchanting

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Achieve your dream of homeownership with condos and townhomes [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights If you’re trying to buy a home and having a hard time finding something in your budget, here’s something that can help: consider condos and townhomes. They may better

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Condo vs. townhouse: understanding the key differences in ownership

Today, we're exploring the differences between condo ownership and townhome ownership. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, understanding these distinctions can

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Don't let the latest home price headlines confuse you

Based on what you’re hearing in the news about home prices, you may be worried they’re falling. But here’s the thing. The headlines aren’t giving you the full picture. If you

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Why so many people fall in love with homeownership

Chances are at some point in your life you’ve heard the phrase, home is where the heart is. There’s a reason that’s said so often. Becoming a homeowner is emotional. So, if

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Bridging the gaps on the road to homeownership

Homeownership is a major part of the American Dream. But, the path to achieving this dream can present challenges. While progress has been made to improve fair housing access, households

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What's really happening with mortgage rates?

Are you feeling a bit unsure about what’s happening with mortgage rates? That might be because you’ve heard someone say they’re coming down. But then you read somewhere else that they’re up

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Winning plays for buying a home in today's market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights In today's housing market, you can still come out on top if you have the right team and plan. To win when buying a home, you need to build your team, make

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Home equity can be a game changer when you sell

Are you on the fence about selling your house? While affordability is improving this year, it’s still tight. And that may be on your mind. However, understanding your home equity could

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Why pre-approval is even more important this year

On the road to becoming a homeowner? If so, you may have heard the term pre-approval get tossed around. Let’s break down what it is and why it’s important if you’re looking to

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Houses are still selling fast

Have you been thinking about selling your house? If so, here’s some good news. While the housing market isn't as heated as it was during the ‘unicorn’ years when houses sold quicker than

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Why having your own agent matters when buying a new construction home

Finding the right home is one of the biggest challenges for potential buyers today. Right now, the supply of homes for sale is still low. But there is a bright spot. Newly

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There's no foreclosure wave in sight [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights Headlines saying foreclosures are rising might make you feel uneasy. But the truth is, there’s no need to worry. If you look at the latest numbers, they’re

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Don't wait until spring to sell your house

As you think about the year ahead, one of your big goals may be moving. But, how do you know when to make your move? While spring is usually the peak homebuying season, you don’t need to wait

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Homeownership is still at the heart of the American Dream

Buying a home is a powerful decision, and it remains at the heart of the American Dream. Unlike renting, owning a home means more than just having a place to live – it offers a sense of belonging,

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Home prices forecast to climb over the next 5 years [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights If you’re worried about what’s next for home prices, know the HPES shows experts are projecting they’ll continue to rise at least through 2028. Based on that

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Winterize and Energize: 8 Tips to Prep Your Home for the Big Chill!

As winter blankets Oklahoma, it's crucial to safeguard your home against freezing temperatures and potential plumbing issues. Here's a concise guide with practical tips tailored to our Southern

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The dramatic impact of homeownership on net worth

If you're trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home this year, here's a powerful insight that could give you the clarity and confidence you need to make your decision. Every three

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Avoid these common mistakes after applying for a mortgage

If you’re getting ready to buy a home, it’s exciting to jump a few steps ahead and think about moving in and making it your own. But before you get too far down the emotional,

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Ways your home equity can help you reach your goals

If you’ve owned your house for at least a couple of years, there’s something you’re going to want to know more about–and that’s home equity. If you’re not familiar with that term,

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What lower mortgage rates mean for your purchasing power

If you want to buy a home, it's important to know how mortgage rates impact what you can afford and how much you’ll pay each month. Fortunately, rates for 30-year fixed mortgages

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Achieving your homebuying dreams in 2024 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights Planning to buy a home in 2024? Here’s what to focus on. Improve your credit score, plan for your down payment, get pre-approved, and

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Smart Homebuying Starts Here: The Importance of Mortgage Pre-Approval

Considering a home purchase? Let me guide you through a crucial step in the process that you don't want to overlook: pre-approval. Before you get lost in daydreams of your new living space or

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Considering making a move? Ask yourself these key questions.

If you're tossing around the idea of snagging your dream home, you're probably knee-deep in the real estate buzz. You know, soaking up info from all angles – news, social media, your go-to 

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Shawnee coffee survival guide

Updated for 2024! You probably know our go-to coffee shop is Starbucks. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they were unable to keep the cafe and patio open. That gave us the chance to spend time at the

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Cracking the code: unveiling the reasons your home isn't getting showings

Alright, homeowners, let's get down to business. Today, we're tackling a burning question: Why isn't your house getting the attention it deserves? Stick around, because I've got a few insights and a

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3 Keys to hitting your homeownership goals in 2024

If buying or selling a home is your goal for 2024, it’s important to understand today’s housing market, know your why, and work with industry experts to bring your homeownership vision

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3903 Pine Ridge Rd

CONTRACT PENDING 3903 Pine Ridge Rd • Shawnee, OK 74804 $230,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 2½ Baths • 2 Living Areas • 2,416 Sq Ft Introducing your next home in the heart of Smoking Oaks! This

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The benefits of working with an agent when selling your house [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights When it comes to selling your house, the expertise of a trusted local real estate agent can make a big difference. We’ll explain what’s happening today, what

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What you need to know about saving for a home in 2024

If you’re planning to buy a home, knowing what to budget for and how to save may sound intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be. One way to ease those concerns is to make sure you

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Get ready to buy a home by improving your credit score

As the new year approaches, the idea of buying a home might be on your mind. It’s an exciting goal to set, and it's never too early to start laying the groundwork. One crucial step to

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These non-financial benefits turn a house into a happy home

There’s no denying the long-term financial benefits of owning a home, but today’s housing market may have you wondering if now’s still the time to buy. While the financial

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Get your house ready to sell this winter [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights As you get ready to sell your house, there are a few things you should add to your to-do list to make it inviting and boost curb appeal. To name

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Sell smarter: why working with a local real estate agent may beat going solo

If you're thinking about selling your house on your own, called “For Sale by Owner” or FSBO, there are some important things to consider. Going this route means taking on a lot of

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Reflecting on 2023: a heartfelt journey with friends, challenges, and real estate triumphs!

Hey there amazing friends and neighbors! As we wrap up 2023, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey we've had together. Life is full of twists and turns, highs and lows,

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Why mortgage rates could continue to decline

When you read about the housing market, you’ll probably come across some information about inflation or recent decisions made by the Federal Reserve (the Fed). But how do those two

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Expert quotes on the 2024 housing market forecast

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon, you probably want to know what you can expect from the housing market in 2024. In 2023, higher mortgage rates,

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Why now is still a great time to sell your house

If you were worried buyer demand disappeared when mortgage rates went up, the data shows there are plenty of interested buyers still out there. The housing market isn't

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What you need to know about down payments [Infographic]

Some Highlights If you want to buy a home, you may not need as much for your down payment as you think. There are various loan options for qualified buyers with down payments as

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If your house hasn't sold yet, it may be overpriced

Has your house been sitting on the market a while without selling? If so, you should know that’s pretty unusual, even right now. That’s because the supply of homes available

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Down payment assistance programs can help pave the way to homeownership

If you’re looking to buy a home, your down payment doesn’t have to be a big hurdle. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 38% of first-time homebuyers

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The perfect home could be the one you perfect after buying

There’s no denying mortgage rates and home prices are higher now than they were last year and that’s impacting what you can afford. At the same time, there are still

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Your homebuying adventure [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights Here are the key milestones you’ll encounter on your path to homeownership.  From building your team, to house hunting, all the way to moving into your new

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Why you should use a real estate agent when you buy a home

If you’ve recently decided you’re ready to become a homeowner, chances are you’re trying to figure out what to do first. It can feel a bit overwhelming to know where to start, but the

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Navigating the Real Estate Maze: Your Roadmap to Choosing the Right REALTOR®

Let's delve into the world of selecting the perfect real estate agent. Whether you're a seasoned homeowner or stepping into the real estate realm for the first time, these tips are your compass for

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Experts project home prices will rise over next 5 years

Even with so much data showing home prices are actually rising in most of the country, there are still a lot of people who worry there will be another price crash in the immediate

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Holiday cheer for homebuyers as mortgage rates take a dip

Hello, savvy readers! Steve Reese here, your friendly REALTOR® from the heart of Shawnee, Oklahoma. I've got some encouraging news that's sure to add a sprinkle of holiday magic to your homebuying

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What are the top 3 housing market questions on your mind?

When it comes to what’s happening in the housing market, there’s a lot of confusion going around right now. You may hear one thing in conversation with your friends, see something totally

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Why homeowners are thankful they own

Countless people have set out on the exciting journey of homeownership. Ask around and you’ll find the vast majority are thankful they took the leap and bought a home. But why? It’s because

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Is your house the top thing on a buyer's wishlist this holiday season?

This time every year, homeowners who are planning to move have a decision to make: sell now or wait until after the holidays? Some sellers with homes already on the market may even remove their

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2024 Housing marketing forecast [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights Thinking of buying or selling a house and wondering what the new year holds for the housing market? Experts forecast home prices to end

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People are still moving, even with today's affordability challenges

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home, you might have heard that it’s tough right now because mortgage rates are higher than they’ve been over the past

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The latest 2024 housing market forecast

The New Year is right around the corner, and you might be wondering if 2024 will be the right time to buy or sell a home. If you want to make the most informed decision possible, it’s

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Life-changing events that move the housing market

Life is a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns, like the excitement of welcoming a new addition, retiring and starting a new adventure, or the bittersweet feeling of an empty nest. If

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VA loans help heroes achieve homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights VA home loans can help people who served our country become homeowners. These loans can help qualified individuals purchase a VA-approved home or

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How VA loans can help make homeownership dreams come true

For more than 79 years, Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans have helped millions of veterans buy their own homes. If you or someone you care about has served in the military, it's essential

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Thinking about using your 401(k) to buy a home?

Are you dreaming of buying your own home and wondering about how you’ll save for a downpayment? You're not alone. Some people think about tapping into their 401(k) savings to make

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Homeowner net worth has skyrocketed

If you’re weighing your options to decide whether it makes more sense to rent or buy a home today, here’s one key data point that could help you feel more confident in making your

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From pumpkins to pine, how to transform your home for winter

Halloween's come and gone, Bedlam is behind us (sorry, Sooners), and now some folks (maybe even you) might be rushing right into Christmas mode. But hold your mistletoe, because there's still plenty

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Don't believe everything you read about home prices

According to the latest data from Fannie Mae, 23% of Americans still think home prices will go down over the next twelve months. But why do roughly 1 in 4 people feel that way? It

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A real estate agent helps take the fear out of the market

Do negative headlines and talk on social media have you feeling worried about the housing market? Maybe you’ve even seen or heard something lately that scares you and makes you wonder if you

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Shawnee's strategic advantage: close to Tinker AFB and major highways

Are you in search of a place to call home that offers a convenient, accessible location in Oklahoma? You've found it in Shawnee, OK! Nestled in the heart of the Sooner State, Shawnee combines the

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108 Lake Shore Dr

SOLD 108 Lake Shore Dr • Shawnee, OK 74804 $470,000 $474,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 2.1 Baths • 3+ Living Areas • 3,163 Sq Ft Enveloped in the exclusive Stafford Lake Estates addition, this

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Affordable homeownership strategies for Gen Z

The idea of owning a home has always been a big part of the American Dream. It's a symbol of stability, independence, and having a place to truly call your own. But for Gen Z, the "Zoomers" born

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Invest in yourself by owning a home

Are you wondering if it makes sense to buy a home right now? While today’s mortgage rates might seem a bit intimidating, here are two compelling reasons why it still may be a

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The perks of selling your house when inventory is low

When it comes to selling your house, you’re probably trying to juggle the current market conditions and your own needs as you plan your move. One thing that may be working in your

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What are the real reasons you want to move right now?

If you're considering selling your house right now, it's likely because something in your life has changed. And while things like mortgage rates play a big role in your decision, you don

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The risks of selling your house on your own

Are you thinking about selling your house as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO)? If so, I think it's important that you know there's so much more time and expertise needed in that process than you might

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Shawnee Area Fall Events

We're excited to tell you about all the fantastic fall festivals and Halloween activities happening right here in Shawnee, Oklahoma and beyond. Whether you're new to the area or a long-time,

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The difference between renting and buying a home

Some Highlights When deciding between buying a home or renting, think about these three important factors. Buying a home means avoiding rising rents, owning a

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Growing your net worth with homeownership

Take a moment to imagine where you want to be in a few years. You might be thinking about your job, money, wanting more stability, or goals you want to reach soon. Is homeownership a part of

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Are grandparents moving to be closer to their grandkids?

During the pandemic, many people distanced themselves from their loved ones for health reasons. Grandparents were told to stay away from their grandkids, especially as schools started to

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Key skills you need your listing agent to have

Selling your house is a big decision. And that can make it feel both exciting and a little unnerving. But the key to a successful sale is finding the perfect listing agent to work with you

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Buying a home makes more sense than renting

If you're trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home, consider these three things: If you're ready to take advantage of the benefits of homeownership, let's connect to explore your options.

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Why your house didn't sell

If your listing expired and your house didn’t sell, you’re likely feeling a little frustrated. Not to mention, you're also probably wondering what went wrong. Here are three questions to

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Plenty of Buyers Are Still Active Today

Across the country there's chatter about retracting number of buyers because of low housing inventory for sale combined with recent rises in interest rates.  Locally the opposite is true. The

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Planning to Retire? Your Equity Can Help You Make a Move!

Reaching retirement is a significant milestone in life, bringing with it a lot of change and new opportunities. As the door to this exciting chapter opens, one thing you may be considering is 

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Why choose a local Realtor

Discover the unparalleled benefits of partnering with a local REALTOR® in this must-watch video! Join me as we delve into the advantages of working with a real estate expert deeply ingrained in the

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5 Dangers of overpricing your home

A topic that's crucial for a successful home sale is avoiding the pitfalls of overpricing your home. In this video, I talk about the five dangers you can face if you price your listing above what

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Avoid mistakes when buying a new home

Are you considering buying a new home and wondering whether you should work with a REALTOR® or just go directly to the on-site sales representative? As a local REALTOR® in Shawnee, Oklahoma, I'm

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Did you buy a home in 2022? READ THIS!

You can save money on your property taxes beginning this year by filing for homestead exemption!What is homestead exemption?The Oklahoma Homestead Law protects your primary residence from forced

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4 Ways home sellers can stand out to the competition

In a crowded—or not-so-crowded—real estate market, it's important for home sellers to make your home listing stand out from your competition to attract potential buyers.In real estate,'

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Shawnee Tornado Shelters

UPDATED March 30, 2022 In 2014, Shawnee closed two of its public storm shelters in City Hall and Fire Station #3 on MacArthur. This brings us to wonder sometimes what to do if we're caught in a

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Shawnee Public Schools calendar and supply lists

The school calendars and supply lists continue to be one of the most popular posts, so below is the 2022-2023 academic year calendar for your reference and to stick on your fridge! [maxbutton id="

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Shawnee spring clean-up day announced

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR SPRING CLEAN-UP! The City of Shawnee will host a Spring Clean-Up Day on April 16, 2022 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM for residential utility (water and sanitation) customers. Roll

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2021-2022 Shawnee Public Schools calendar and supply lists

The school calendars and supply lists continue to be one of the most popular posts, so below is the 2021-2022 academic year calendar (rev. 03/01/21) for your reference and to stick on your!

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2019-20 Shawnee area schools calendar and supply lists

View the 2020-2021 calendar here! Students of Shawnee Public Schools start school Tuesday, August 20, 2019. It'll be here before you know it! Click image to download PDF and print for your!

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5 Ways to meet new neighbors

Moving in to a new town or neighborhood has the potential to be a little scary. Being that “new kid on the block” can be uncomfortable and a little daunting. As an established neighbor, meeting

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South Central Industries offers many products, employs diverse workforce

South Central Industries is an organization that's doing some great things for the Shawnee community. They're not only a major local employer, but they also employ a number of individuals with

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Shawnee students learning through community service

Last week Mary K Rolette invited me to speak in a panel discussion for her Family and Consumer Sciences class last week about the adoption option. I enjoyed getting to talk to these high school

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Richard's Drug beats a national chain with service

Sharon and I are customers of Richard's Drug and were won over by their service. As owner Jamie Barrick would say, "We're better than an app!" We had been customers of a national chain primarily

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Sadie J's Popcorn finds delicious niche in Shawnee!

Wade and Tammy Sinor are the owners of Sadie J's Popcorn, a terrific boutique popcorn, candy and gift store on North Harrison in Shawnee. Look what I found in their shop! We appreciate their

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Shawnee High School is the foundation of a great community

Someone I think you need to know is Matt Johnson, the principal at Shawnee High School. This week he hosted Coffee with the Principal in the school library where he laid out some plans, gave

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Zoe Loeser embodies the excitement and passion for Shawnee

Get ready to fall in love, y'all. This girl Zoe Loeser is a bundle of energy and love for everything around her. (Before I forget: Loeser rhymes with closure. You're welcome!) She's sincere,,

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I always want to be better at inclusiveness

Y'all, on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I'm especially mindful of treating people better. Lately we've seen some very ugly examples of how NOT to do it. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the

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New Leadership at St. Paul's part of change

I'm celebrating local businesses and community partners and the amazing people behind them who are making Shawnee, Oklahoma such a terrific place to live and work. Surely you've noticed the

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Shawnee School Board approves 2018-19 calendar

Recently, faculty and staff of Shawnee Public Schools voted on two options for the 2018-19 academic calendar. The top choice among personnel who voted was approved by the school board at last

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Michael Cappo is a true community partner

I'm celebrating local businesses and community partners and the amazing people behind them who are making Shawnee, Oklahoma such a terrific place to live and work. Surely you've noticed the

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OPEN HOUSE - 115 E Cammack, Shawnee OK

OPEN HOUSE Sunday Nov 12 • 2:00-4:00 PM 115 E Cammack • Shawnee, OK 74804 $84,900 • 3 Bedrooms • 1.1 Baths • 1,517 Sqft See yourself relaxing in the serenity of Shawnee’s lush Broadway

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Shawnee fire station undergoing renovation to remove mold

If you haven't driven past Fire Station No. 2 on Bryan and Independence in the past week, you might wonder what happened. The fire station is undergoing mold remediation due to a longtime problem of

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Street light maintenance depends on neighbors

Whether it's summertime and we're taking advantage of cooler temps walking for exercise and a little endorphin boost or getting in some extra steps in the early evenings when the days are shorter,

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What is an appraisal?

You may be wondering “What is an appraisal anyway and when does it occur?” If you are, you aren’t alone. Those are common questions. The rest of the process including the appraisal,

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