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Yukon Sports Medicine Sponsors- Sports Health 101

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Yukon’s High School Sport Medicine Program is starting the new School year out with a Bang! Their latest program Sports Health 101 is on fire! Yukon is the paving the way for their students with this informative and beneficial class to help their student athletes gain knowledge and optimize their greatest potential on and off the field.

So if you are asking these questions- How well do I know my student’s sports? What can I do as a parent to help them be the best they can be? Ever wish you knew more? We have the answers in our Sports Health 101 – August 24, 2013 This Saturday, 9:00 am – 12:00. Sign in begins at 8:30am

Registration Fee is $ 25.00 includes T-shirt at Yukon High School Wellness Center- South end of Football Field.

* Meet Head Athletic Trainer, Leander Walker and students
* Tour Yukon’s State of the Art Wellness Center
*Learn about injury prevention and treatment from team physicians
*Receive the latest information on sports nutrition from a licensed nutritionist designed to keep your player at optimum health
* Gain knowledge of sports positions and plays from Yukon’s head Football Coach Todd Wilson* Increase your knowledge of “the Rules of the game” with a session from an official football referee-capable of teaching even the most inexperienced!

Call Teresa Minick for more information 405-206-6931 or email at tdminick@gmail.com

Listing your home starts before you put the sign in the yard! 25 Quick, Cheap and Easy Home Sale Tips

If you want to get a home sold quickly and inexpensively, you should review these sales and design tips.

   August 2012 | By Barbara Ballinger

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Even with rising values and reduced inventory in certain markets, selling a home remains challenging. Buyers expect not just a shiny new stainless sink but pruned hedges, freshly painted walls, glistening hardwood floors, and more. Making everything look great can cost a pretty penny, and many sellers won’t be able to afford all the suggestions you might make.

You can help them prioritize based on the condition of what’s needed most, what buyers in the area typically request, what competing houses offer, and — of course — cost. Here’s a list of 25 affordable, easy-to-make changes from top design and real-estate pros:

  1. Add power outlets with USB ports in rooms that lack them, especially in the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms where they’re most needed. “Younger, more tech-savvy couples and individuals love them,” says Tyler Drew, broker and property investor with Anubis Properties Inc. in Los Angeles.
  2. Eliminate acoustic popcorn-style ceilings since they look dated and tacky.
  3. Remove exposed posts and half walls. Today’s buyers want more space, and partial walls and posts gobble up room. The only walls that should remain are those that offer privacy or conceal electrical wires or plumbing stacks.
  4. Update wiring for the Internet and flat-screen TVs. You don’t have to run CAT-5 through walls, which can be costly and require opening and closing and repainting walls. Instead, find a place to put a wireless router, Drew says.
  5. Clean carpets and wood floors since they’re often the first part of a room that buyers check out; you don’t need to replace them unless they’re in terrible shape. A good carpet steam cleaning or wood floor waxing can be relatively inexpensive, sometimes less than $200.
  6. Expand a small kitchen to make it work better and look larger. Two quick fixes: Change the backsplash by adding mirrors, stainless steel, or paint, which will introduce light and views; and add an island, which requires only 30” between counters and the island to pass through comfortably. If there’s not enough room for an island, bring in a rolling cart with pull-out shelves underneath and a wood top, says Libby Langdon, an interior designer, author, and expert with Liebherr Refrigeration..
  7. Clear out and clean a garage, a big selling feature.Power wash the floor or paint it if it’s in bad shape, remove dated cabinets, and remove all junk that’s been stored there, so prospects can see how much space they would have for their stuff.
  8. Change out corroded or dented door knobs and levers. The replacements don’t have to be expensive but they should look new and clean, Chicago architect Allan J. Grant suggests.
  9. Pay attention to landscaping, which can add 7 to 15 percent to a home’s value, according to HabitatDesign.com principals Jessy Berg and Bonnie Gemmell. Focus on mowing grass, removing crab grass, and eliminating dead plants and tree branches. “I’d rather have dirt and the potential to paint a picture for the buyers’ mind than a backyard full of dead plants,” Drew says. But if you have extra funds, consider Sacramento, Calif.-based landscape designer Michael Glassman’s ideas: Add lots of seasonal color through blooming annuals and perennial plants and remove problems like too much noise from traffic or neighbors by installing an inexpensive fountain with trickling water.
  10. Paint exterior windows, doors, gutters, downspouts, and trim, then go inside and paint the home’s trim, doorways, and walls that are in need of freshening. Don’t worry about the colors but consider those that veer toward quiet and comfort such as Benjamin Moore’s Yosemite Sand, Edgecomb Gray, or Carrington Beige. “Gray is a hot interior color now,” says Manchester, Vt.-based designer Amy Thebault. Painting rooms other, lighter colors such as white, yellow, and beige help to bounce and reflect sunlight and use more natural and less artificial light, according to Chris Ring, vice president at ProTect Painters, a professional painting source. But in cooler months, Ring says, dark colors such as deep brown and blue absorb sunlight, thereby reducing heating costs. And don’t forget ceilings, which can be a “fifth wall.” You can improve them with paint or old-style metal or faux-metal tiles, says Beverley Kruskol, a general contractor and owner of MY Pacific Building Inc. in Los Angeles.
  11. Remove outdated wallpaper, replacing it with paint and preferably a neutral color, says Shelley Beckes, ASID, CID, a designer with Beckes Interior Design in Los Angeles.
  12. Remove, store, or discard excessive accessories on tabletops and walls and in cabinets. “Less is more, and you want the house to be seen by prospective buyers without the distraction of too many personal items,” Grant says. Some suggest following the rule of three: Leave out only three things on any surface.
  13. Get the house inspected before it’s listed to know its condition and identify any structural issues that could derail sales. Many problems can’t be detected by an untrained eye, including those in a basement, crawl space, or attic, says BillJacques, president-elect of the American Society of Home Inspectors. “There might be roof damage or a plumbing leak. Many inspectors take photos and provide a detailed report,” he says. “And if home owners have repairs made, they should be handled by a qualified licensed contractor, so the home owner can get problems corrected.”
  14. Outfit closets for extra storage to make rooms look larger and less cluttered, but don’t redo all closets and elaborately. Top contenders for redos are an entry closet for a good first impression, kitchen pantries where storage is key, and a linen closet to keep sheets, towels, and other stuff neat, says Ginny Snook Scott, chief design officer at California Closets Co. “The costs needn’t be excessive. A linen closet can be fitted with baskets and cubbies for between $500 and $600, an entry closet for between $400 and $700, each dependent on closet size and features,” she says.
  15. Tighten a home’s “envelope” to improve energy efficiency and savings. Put money and effort into well-insulated double-paned windows, sealed furnace ducts, energy-efficient appliances, the newest programmable thermostats, LED and compact fluorescent lights, and a smart irrigation box on a sprinkler to cut water usage, says Kate Latham, energy consultant with WattzON, a service based in Mountain View, Calif., which analyzes home energy use to pare costs. “After a few months, sellers can show buyers how costs have dropped. They also should put together a green manual to show which features they added,” she explains.
  16. Improve a home’s healthfulness by using paints and adhesives with low or no VOCs. Point out these changes to prospective buyers in another list or manual, Latham says.
  17. Use what you have, and arrange each room in a conversational way if possible. Don’t set all furnishings in a family room so they face a TV, since most potential buyers like the idea of an open-room milieu for socializing.
  18. Remove and replaced faded draperies, fabrics, and rugs, or leave windows and floors bare to avoid showing lack of attention, Thebault says. Slipcovers, which can cover worn furniture can also provide an affordable decorative feature, changed for each season, says Hugh Rovit, CEO of Sure Fit, a manufacturer and distributor of ready-made slipcovers and other accessories. The company’s slipcovers range from $49.99 to $149.99, based on fabric and treatment.
  19. Replace old, dated, or worn bedding. Before any showing, fluff up pillows and covers, and make all beds neatly. Affordable choices can be found at stores like Target and Web sites like Overstock.com.
  20. Toss out old magazines. “You don’t want a People magazine from a year ago; it looks like nobody lives in the house or cares,” Thebault says.
  21. Check smells regularly. Besides getting rid of bad odors from pets and mildew, introduce nice fresh fragrances, but don’t go heavy on scents from candles. A light lavender or citrus spray is smart and inoffensive. Open windows before showings to bring in fresh air.
  22. Make rooms lighter and larger for showings with good lighting. Thebault prefers warm, cool colors rather than fluorescents. Additionally, 60-watt bulbs are a good choice, even though they’re not as energy-efficient.
  23. Go with plants rather than flowers indoors since they last longer, but either choice can add vivacity to a room.
  24. Pay attention to your bathrooms. Specifically, make sure you have freshly laundered towels, new soap in soap dishes, spotless mirrors, and no mildew in view.
  25. Be sure your house is priced competitively with the current market and homes in your area. In most regions, it’s still the No. 1 “fix” to sell quickly. Go a bit under the market price, and you may even bring forth multiple offers that are higher than expected, says Jill Epstein, a REALTOR® with Nourmand & Associates in the Los Angeles area.

Amp Up Curb Appeal

Buyers are quick to judge a home by what they see on the outside. Are your sellers ready for the scrutiny?

   September 2012 | By Melissa Dittmann Tracey

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A property’s curb appeal naturally makes a critical first impression. “If everything within the front space is well-chosen and in perfect repair—from the mailbox and house numbers to the walkway and landscaping—buyers will think, ‘This house is obviously well-cared for,’ ” says Lisa Grant Vail, a real estate professional with Keller Williams Atlanta Perimeter and coauthor of Creating Curb Appeal (Schiffer Publishing, 2009). “This message is imprinted on their brains, even if the rest of the house is actually not as well cared for. It’s very hard to change a first impression.”

While most real estate professionals advise their clients to tend to the yard work, trim the trees, and put out a new welcome mat, they may miss other opportunities to help sellers improve a home’s curb appeal. Staging and real estate professionals offer some compelling ideas for sprucing up exteriors.

Front door

A front door can be a home’s focal point—but you don’t want that to be because of its peeling paint or dinged hardware. Replacing an entryway door with a new steel door (which costs about $1,200) actually offers among the biggest bang for the buck at resale (an average of 73 percent of the cost may be recouped, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2011–2012 Cost vs. Value Report, which analyzed 35 remodeling projects’ payback potential).

Sometimes a front door can be salvaged with a fresh coat of paint. Just don’t overdo it: Vail recalls when her clients went too bold with their door’s hue—a vivid blue that didn’t complement the home. It had dated brass handle and lock hardware, too. (Satin nickel and black or oil-rubbed bronze are more the trend these days.)

Windows

Wash them—inside and out—and remove the screens for added sparkle. Then, try dressing up the windows with flower boxes, suggests Peggy Johnson, owner of Redesign + More, a Charlotte, N.C., interior design and staging firm. Also, consider a new color for shutters. The trend is a shift away from high-contrast green, red, or black to more monochromatic palettes that blend with the rest of the house, according to the Paint Quality Institute.

Garage

Depending on its orientation to the house, a garage can make a huge impact. Does the door need paint or repairs? Should it be replaced? While sellers might not be willing to spend on a stylish new cedar wood door, they can find more budget-friendly options in metal or fiberglass. A new steel garage door can cost about $1,500, but sellers, in average, recoup nearly 72 percent of that investment at resale, according to the Cost vs. Value Report.

Front porch

Don’t overlook this key selling point. “It’s an iconic symbol of American living,” Vail says. “‘Sell’ your front porch as additional square footage by staging it with as much care as you would other rooms. Invite buyers to ‘sit a spell’ with a pair of rocking chairs, Adirondacks, a porch swing, or even an outdoor living suite.” And don’t forget to “add a coffee and a side table for writing up contracts,” Vail notes.

Driveway

Is the driveway covered with cracks and oil stains? If sellers can’t afford a complete resurfacing (which may cost about $2,000 for concrete driveways), encourage them to look into patching up cracks using premixed concrete materials, Johnson says. Driveway cracks a quarter-inch or smaller may be able to be filled with asphalt or concrete that comes in caulk-like tubes. A patching compound for asphalt can be used for larger cracks. Some experts recommend kitty litter for removing oil stains, though hardware stores offer designated products, too.

After dark

Evening curb appeal also matters. “Conceal a couple of portable outdoor lamps and aim them at the house or a beautiful tree for low-cost, high-value impact,” Vail says. Have outdoor lights on a timer so they’re always on for nighttime showings. Interior lights, too, work to create a warm glow from the curb. If the home isn’t wired outdoors, line a pathway to the door with solar lights. “The technology has improved considerably over the past few years, and solar lights are much cheaper to install than hardwired lights,” Vail says. “Plus, sellers could probably take the lights with them when they move.”

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Stacy Lyons receives professional designation SRS (Seller Representative Specialist)

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Local REALTOR® is recipient of the Real Estate Designation Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)

Stacy Lyons with Paradigm AdvantEdge Realty has earned the Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) professional real estate designation conferred by the SRS Council.  The SRS Council  educates REALTORS® in the specialty of representing consumers looking for the highest benchmark of service and professionalism.  When selecting a listing agent to market their home, we believe the seller should have the best. 

Seller Representative Specialist Designation course is a two-day content rich course focusing on the special skills Listing Agents need to represent their seller clients plus interface with cooperating agents – specifically Buyer Agents”.   Congratulations to Stacy Lyons from all three founders of SRS Council, LLP.

 

Stacy Lyons completed her required course work in August and now joins an elite number designees who have earned the SRS designation.  Paradigm AdvantEdge Realty is proud that their fellow associate has reached a most sought after professional pinnacle by obtaining this designation. 

 

Great Ideas for Weddings and Showers!

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Free Wedding & Shower Printables

Download and print our Free Wedding & Shower Printables, cut them out, and let your creativity take hold. Here, 5 ideas to get you started:

 

  1. Prettify packages. Use our designs as custom tags for wedding, shower and anniversary gifts. Or add homespun charm to packages wrapped in plain craft paper by gluing on cut outs with rubber cement.
  1. Create shadow box art. Cut and layer different designs to create 3D Greeting Card Art, a heartfelt gift for bridal showers, weddings and anniversaries alike.
  1. Make pop-up cards. In place of shopping the greeting card aisle, craft pop-up scenes sure to delight any lovebird. Our Easy Pop-Up Cards are totally kid-friendly, too, making them a great way for youngsters to congratulate the couple.
  1. Decorate favors. Give shower and wedding favors the sweetest touch by tying or hot gluing cut outs to them.

Tip: Hosting a bridal shower? Pamper the girls with luxurious little favors—jars of homemade bath salts adorned with our pretty tags.

 

  1. Personalize place settings. Shower or wedding, rehearsal dinner or anniversary party, beckon guests to the table with place cards handcrafted just for them. Simply write guests names on one, or an assortment, of our designs.

Tip: Seat guests in sweet style, too. For beyond-the-bow chair decorations, string together tags to create precious garlands.

Creative Centerpieces

Creative Centerpieces

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                        Make your springtime table the center of attention with easy, beautiful centerpieces that you can create in an instant. Bring on the whimsy with teapots, pinwheels and pennants, or keep it classic with a simple floral arrangement. Whichever direction you take, these home décor ideas are perfect for Mother’s Day, graduation parties, weddings and beyond.

Our Guide to a Winning Centerpiece

  • Choose an Unexpected Container: Think outside the box when picking a vessel. In lieu of a traditional vase, use an antique coffee tin or a collection of soda bottles. Instead of a bowl, try a teapot or fruit crate.
  • Work with Color: Even if you’re creating an all-white centerpiece, be sure you’re displaying it against something saturated, like a colorful wall or tablecloth. The contrasting hue will give a neutral look extra depth and texture.
  • Give it a Twist: Before you complete your centerpiece, look for a quick, clever touch that will take it to the next level. Add height with a stack of vintage encyclopedias at the base. Or, lend a fresh shock of color to a glass vessel with sliced fruit, sea glass or sand.

Tip: Flowers are perfectly appropriate in spring centerpieces, but for something decidedly different, try mixing them with herbs for a tussie-mussie creation. Or, work with topiaries instead of blooms.

 

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After your gathering, use Dawn® Hand Renewal with Olay® Beauty to tackle messes on dishes and clean your centerpiece container, too! It goes beyond dishwashing to help your hands seal in moisture as you wash.

4 Looks to Try Try these centerpieces hand-in-hand with one of our easy spring place settings, or let them shine all on their own.

1. Cake Showcase: Let dreamy desserts sit front and center by placing them on cake stands of various sizes and heights. Finish the look by hanging a handcrafted pennant garland on the wall behind your confection spread, or use it as a cake topper with the help of small wooden dowels.

2. Pinwheel Pedestal: Keep it simple by putting a few charming crafts on display. Our playful paper pinwheels look sweet in mismatched glass bottles. Display the collection on a few ceramic pedestals to give the centerpiece an extra wink.

3. Sweet Tea: Beckon everyone to the table with this darling spin on the usual floral arrangement. You can blend a few different varieties together in your teapot—check out our guide to Do-it-Yourself Floral Arrangements—or use a single type of stem, like lush, bright white hydrangea.

Tip: Try turning your items upside down to discover brand new uses. We flipped over a ceramic white compote to extend the height of our teakettle.

4. Fruit & Flowers: Take a typical bouquet to the next level by filling the glass vase with something unexpected, like sliced citrus fruits, berries or even jelly beans. Be sure to choose ingredients that play well with your flowers, like tangerine slices with hot pink peonies.

5 Low-Cost Kitchen Redos Buyers Will Love

Kitchen remodeling sales were up 36 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared with the same time a year earlier, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. It’s no wonder: The kitchen is the focal point in many homes.

   March 2012 | By Erica Christoffer

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Kitchens are one of the features buyers compare most closely when they’re shopping for a home. Here are cost estimates for some of the low-cost kitchen upgrades that listing agents often recommend to sellers:

1. Hardware. Replacing cabinet hardware, such as handles, knobs, and hinges is a quick, DIY way to enhance kitchen space. According to HouseLogic.com, an average kitchen is 200 square feet with 30 linear feet of cabinetry, which equates to about 40 handles and knobs. Averaging between $2 and $20 per knob or pull, a home owner can expect to spend from $80 to $800 for this enhancement.

2. Faucet. There are myriad options today in terms of height, spouts, pullout hoses, and folding necks, with quality faucets starting at around $200.

3. Lighting. Adding an LED undercabinet light can have a dramatic effect for about $40.

4. Organization. Buyers today choose functionality over elaborate decoration, says Jamie Goldberg, a National Kitchen & Bath Association–certified designer. Practical storage in the kitchen will go a long way. Over-the-door hooks, baskets in the pantry, drawer organizers, wall hooks for pots and pans, and stackable shelves for cabinets will add appeal, typically for less than $100.

5. Countertops. Laminate can mimic the contemporary look of granite at a significant discount. The cost for an average kitchen with 30 linear feet of laminate countertop is roughly $1,575; the same space in granite would be about $2,400.

 

2011-12 Cost vs. Value: Big-Bang Remodeling Projects

Find out which remodeling projects will provide the biggest bang for your buck this year, according to Remodeling magazine.

   March 2012 | By Erica Christoffer

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Optimizing the use of space in a home will not only attract buyers but also give sellers more bang for their buck, according to Remodeling’s “2011–12 Cost vs. Value Report,” conducted in cooperation with REALTOR® Magazine and NAR’s HouseLogic.com.

An attic bedroom addition costing $50,148 was expected to recoup 72.5 percent of the cost nationally—inching up 0.3 percent from the 2010–11 report. The minor kitchen remodel also fared well, returning an estimated 72.1 percent of the nearly $20,000 job cost.

The report looks at the estimated cost and expected resale return of 35 midrange and upscale remodeling projects in 80 markets.  The estimated costs and returns were derived from a survey of more than 3,000 REALTORS® conducted last summer. As in past years, REALTORS® picked exterior projects to recoup the most at resale. Among those, new fiber-cement siding was expected to provide the highest return, recouping an estimated 78 percent of the $13,461 cost.

Top 6 Returns

Siding Replacement (upscale) – fiber-cement      Job Cost: $13,461 Resale Value: $10,493 Cost Recouped: 78%

Entry Door Replacement – steel     Job Cost: $1,238 Resale Value: $903 Cost Recouped: 73%

Attic Bedroom Addition              Job Cost: $50,148 Resale Value: $36,346 Cost Recouped: 72.5%

Kitchen: Minor Remodel              Job Cost: $19,588 Resale Value: $14,120 Cost Recouped: 72.1%

Garage Door Replacement              Job Cost: $1,512 Resale Value: $1,087 Cost Recouped: 71.9%

Garage Door Replacement (upscale)                Job Cost: $2,994 Resale Value: $2,129 Cost Recouped: 71.1%

Remodeling’s2011-12 Cost vs. Value Report ©2011 by Hanley Wood, LLC. Republication or redissemination of the Report is expressly prohibited without written permission of Hanley Wood, LLC.“Cost vs. Value” is a registered trademark of Hanley Wood, LLC.Visit www.costvsvalue.com for information on all 35 projects. There, you can also download a free PDF providing information on average cost and resale value nationally, regionally, and in a specific market. Estimates for construction costs were compiled by HomeTech Publishing.

LOCAL REALTOR- STACY LYONS ACHIEVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Stacy Lyons- LOCAL REALTORâ ACHIEVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Yukon, Oklahoma – Stacy Lyons with Ronck Realty has been awarded the Accredited Buyer’s Representation (ABRâ) designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council. (REBAC) of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORSâ (NAR).

Stacy Lyons joins more than 30,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABRâ designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience.

REBAC, founded in 1988, is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing the real estate buyer. There are more than 40,000 active members of the organization world-wide. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORSâ, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is the world’s largest professional association, representing over 1,000,000 members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry.

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