By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Real Estate | Issue: November 2014
The REALTORS® of OklaHomes Realty (clockwise from left): Teresa Collins, Toni Fuson, Jim Courtney, Rose Ann McCaw-Ransom, Founding Partner Allen Stout, Cindy Ryan, Edd McGehee, Judy Cutsinger, Founding Partner Nell Clark, Bob Cutsinger, Tia Stout, Chris Peterson, Kathy Geyer, and Angela Doyle.
When Allen Stout opened the doors of his real estate office in 1989 with four other partners, he never envisioned the changes that would take place over the next 25 years. Since that time, he has become the sole owner of OklaHomes Realty, Inc., located at 2104 S. Hwy. 66. Initially, the
company was called First Team Realtors and was comprised of what Stout calls “some of the best REALTORS® in Rogers County” who all had the same vision of being an outstanding group of professionals providing the public with uncompromising customer service.
Although the company name and ownership has since changed, the vision is the same. “We follow the Golden Rule as stated in the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of REALTORS®,” says Stout. “We want to serve the public in the most appropriate way with the keywords being servant, honesty and trust. How we conduct ourselves as realtors is a reflection on the company and what we’re trying to achieve.”
Over the 25-year history of the company, one thing that Stout sees as a big game changer is the use of technology to sell houses. When their office doors opened, they boasted a fax machine, electronic typewriter and photocopier. When they graduated to a computer, dial-up was the only option for the growing company – and that was 1990. Stout also built that computer, along with several others in the office, from used computer parts he purchased at a junk auction for $500.
But OklaHomes grew and so did its technology, with each agent now sporting the best tools in the business to help clients achieve their goals. “We’ve always been on the cutting edge, using all the tools available in tech marketing,” he adds. “We have an up-to-date website with a live feed for all of our listings.”
REALTORS® at OklaHomes believe in putting their best foot forward, assisting their clients by helping them present their house in the best possible way before putting it on the market. “We have two certified home stagers working for us,” he says. “It’s a failure on our part if we can’t convince the home owner to make the necessary repairs or to declutter their home before it goes on the market. We want the homeowner to get the best price possible for their property, so we take our time coaching and working with people to get their house ready to sell.”
To stay on top of their game, OklaHomes REALTORS® continue to improve their skills through continuing education. For example, a recent training event focused on taking better photographs to place on the company’s website. “After the training,” he adds, “I noticed a marked improvement in the quality of the photos. We want to do everything we can to improve our services and make a difference.”The company motto certainly reflects their goal: “A friend you can trust in real estate.”
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After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.