Prepping Your Home for Sale

September 24th, 2014

What should you do when Prepping Your Home for Sale?


This is one of the biggest questions I get as I run into people thinking about the idea of moving.  I put together this quick set of slides with photos of homes I’ve sold over the years to show what really stands out when you are prepping your home for sale.

Most sellers don’t realize that the first showing for buyers these days takes place online, on a mobile device, in the car, at work or late at night after their kids are tucked in bed and they are perusing listings on their tablet.

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Professional photography is considered a given (and if you are reading this and have listed your home with an agent who is careless enough not to know better, good luck).  Buyers don’t want to waste time by scheduling a showing in person if they can’t already see the majority of the info they need online.

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These slides cover just the tip of what I might ask a seller to do for their home before we start to market it.  And if all of this sounds like more than you want to deal with, that’s ok too.  I have a hand selected group of professional stagers and designers who can make incredible transformations with minimal investment.

Prepping Your Home for Sale is one of the single greatest tools you can use as a seller to get your place noticed first, over the competition.

Shingleton Earns International Designation For Luxury Home Marketing

September 4th, 2014

News Release



(Oklahoma City, September 3, 2014)Simon Shingleton, President of 405 House & Home, Inc. at Keller Williams Elite has earned the prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® designation in recognition of hisexperience, knowledge and expertise in the luxury home market. “Simon Shingleton is an example of a real estate professional who has worked to develop market knowledge and the special skills and competencies necessary to provide exceptional service in the fine homes and estates marketplace,” said Institute President Laurie Moore-Moore, upon announcing Shingleton’s designation. “Affluent buyers and sellers can turn to sales professionals who have this designation and be confident that they have special expertise and experience in the luxury home marketplace.”

“I am committed to providing outstanding service to my clients,” said Shingleton “the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® designation is evidence of my ability to meet the needs of affluent buyers and sellers. My membership in The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing also provides me with marketing tools and networking capabilities that benefit my clients.”

Shingleton is an award-winning real estate professional who has gone through special training and met performance standards in the upper tier market. He has been in real estate since 2001 and specializes in the Oklahoma City, Nichols Hills & Edmond markets. Most recently featured on an episode of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County, Shingleton has been a contributor to many stories regarding successful marketing strategies for luxury homes. In 2009, Shingleton joined Oklahoma City’s Keller-Williams Elite, where he has become a multi-million dollar producer, with over $17 million in transactions in 2013 alone. In 2013, a home he sold in Nichols Hills made the top 10 highest price list on the MLS, with a price tag of $1.825 million. He currently holds the #1 position in his office of over 200 agents and is the top 1% of agents based on sales production for both the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors and Keller Williams Realty International.

For current information on the upper tier market, contact Simon at Keller Williams Elite at 405-633-3611 or e-mail


Contact: Simon Shingleton, President

405 House & Home, Inc. at Keller Williams Realty Elite

5629 N. Classen Blvd.

Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® Simon Shingleton

Simon’s Profile in the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing can be seen by clicking this image

KW Luxury Homes International


Underground Home So Bright You Won’t Believe It

September 3rd, 2014

A Home So Bright You Won’t Believe It’s Underground

Ever dreamed of living off the grid with solar power?  This underground home was designed to do just that.  Angled roof lines were designed to sold solar panel equipment while numerous skylights provide ample natural light that radiates throughout the entire home.  Call to see it today, 405-633-3611.

Underground Home Oklahoma 7400 Aurelia

7400 Aurelia Road is an impressive underground home built of concrete and steel that is one of the most unique homes you will find in the Oklahoma City Metro area.  In the ultra-exclusive gated neighborhood of Coltrane Hills, this 5.5 Acre parcel is loaded with trees and a fort for the kids to play in.

4 Beds – 2.5 Baths – 2 Main Living – 2 Dining – 2 studies




Click Here for Current Pricing 

Master suite w/ tub & shower, 2 studies, open layout, perfect for entertaining a crowd. Loads storage & Safe Room. Clean lines, updated kitchen, metal roof & outdoor living space w/ pergola. Mature trees & community pond.

Call Simon Shingleton, 405 House & Home at Keller Williams Realty Elite 405-633-3611 for a private showing for to find out more about the unique property.

Real Housewives of Orange County in Oklahoma City with Simon Shingleton

May 28th, 2014


Oklahoma City Realtor Simon Shingleton to Appear on Season 9 Episode


Oklahoma City, May 27, 2014 – Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” enters its ninth season with a big move: Long-time cast member Vicki Gunvalson is preparing to say goodbye to her daughter and son-in-law, Briana and Ryan Culberson, who are moving to the other OC — Oklahoma City.


Assisting the couple to find their new home is Realtor and Oklahoma City native Simon Shingleton.


Shingleton, 33, spent two days last December with Gunvalson, the Culbersons and a film crew from Bravo; he showed the couple several metro area homes and introduced them to life in Oklahoma City. Shingleton makes a brief appearance in the trailer for Season 9, explaining the value of an underground tornado shelter to a slightly stunned Gunvalson; he will play a larger role in an episode to air on June 2nd which focuses on the young couple’s house hunt.


About Simon Shingleton

Shingleton is a lifelong member of the Oklahoma City community. He was born and raised in Oklahoma City, where he attended Christian Heritage Academy. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, he started his real estate career working for a developer in the Dallas metroplex, a job that began as a summer internship and stretched to seven years of residential development experience back in Oklahoma City.


In 2009, Shingleton joined Oklahoma City’s Keller-Williams Elite, where he has become a multi-million dollar producer, with over $17 million in transactions in 2013 alone. In 2013, a home he sold in Oklahoma City made the top 10 highest price list on the MLS, with a price tag of $1.825 million.


Shingleton is married to blogger and graphic designer Rachel Shingleton; the couple have one son. They live in Quail Creek, where Shingleton serves as the Vice President of the Homeowners Association and the Communications Chair. He is also a member of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League and helped plan their 2011, 2012 and 2013 Symphony Show House Events. The Shingletons are active members of Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.


Simon Shingleton can be reached at (405) 633-3611 or at You can find him online at or on Facebook (405houseandhome) and Twitter (@simongshingleton).

View the clip of the upcoming episode here. 

Rose Creek Edmond Golf Course Home

November 15th, 2013

Rose Creek Edmond Golf Course Home

16708 Rugosa Rose, Edmond OK

3 Beds, 2.5 Baths, Study/optional 4th Bed, Theater Room luxurious finishes from top to bottom.

Cul-de-sac villa location includes lawn maintenance and is quietly tucked off the street.

Golf Course & Lake Views are unobstructed.  Enjoy outdoor kitchen & fire pit or balcony.  Stunning interiors with loads of natural light, quality craftsmanship and ideal floor plan with open kitchen, living & dining a study or optional 4th bedroom downstairs with 2 additional bedrooms and a theater room upstairs.

For up to date pricing and additional info, click here to be directed to listing information

Call Simon Shingleton for a private showing of this Rose Creek Edmond Golf Course Home today!  405-633-3611

The Rose Creek Edmond Golf Course is one of the premier courses in the Oklahoma City & Edmond areas.  This gated neighborhood offers an aquatic center and fitness center.

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Brentwood Addition in Moore Homes for Sale

April 20th, 2013

Brentwood Addition in Moore Homes for Sale in this a red hot new neighborhood that is selling quickly.  Take a look at the available homes listed exclusively Simon Shingleton Keller Williams Realty Elite.

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Nearing Completion:

608 NE 23rd St, Moore OK      1756 SqFt    MLS#519572

612 NE 23rd St, Moore OK       1695 SqFt    MLS#519576

616 NE 23rd St, Moore OK       1730 SqFt   MLS#519575

620 NE 23rd St, Moore OK       1795 SqFt    MLS#519584

716 NE 23rd St, Moore OK       2084 SqFt   MLS#519569 *BONUS ROOM

724 NE 23rd St, Moore OK       2072 SqFt MLS#519579  *BONUS ROOM

Finished Homes Available NOW! 

628 NE 23rd St, Moore OK       1729 SqFt    MLS# 514601

3 Bed w/ Study or Optional 4th Bedroom

2 Full Bath

Floor Plan of 628 NE 23rd St

Master Suite features beamed ceiling and Walk-in Closet with Built-ins, Jetted Tub, Walk-in Tile & Stone Shower & double vanity w/ exotic granite.

Hand-srcaped hardwood floor in living room & study, custom cabinetry and granite countertops in the kitchen.  This open concept plan features island sink with breakfast bar overlooking living and dining room.

All the extras already included in this home.  Full gutter system, fully fenced backyard, sprinkler system, prepped for storm shelter, smoke & security system installed.

Click Here for Current Pricing & Additional Details

View the Tour

To schedule a showing for any homes for sale in Brentwood Addition in Moore or ask a question contact Simon Shingleton Keller Williams Realty Elite at 405-633-3611

632 NE 23rd St, Moore OK

1763 SqFt

3 Bed

2.5 Bath with

Optional 4th Bedroom Currently Used as Study.

Amazing high end designer finishes with slate shower, honed granite with leather finish, moasic tile and and more, a killer master bath. Floor to ceiling bookcases accent a modern fireplace with floor to ceiling tile. All extras included: full gutters, sprinklers, privacy fence, stainless steel appliances, hand scraped wood floors.

View the Tour

Brentwood Addition in Moore is minutes to Tinker/Boeing, Moore Shopping at 19th & I-35. From NE 27th & Bryant, head south to Brentwood Addition on west side of Bryant. Only 40 homesites were available in this red hot addition. Don’t miss this opportunity for the best.




Home Near Tinker Air Force Base and Boeing, Better Than New

December 26th, 2012

7105 Eagles Lndg, Oklahoma City, OK 73135

Liberty Trails Addition Home Near Tinker Air Force Base & Boeing, Beyond special, in Pristine condition with wide open living/dining space, water feature & landscaping greet you at door.  Beautiful pergola & hot tub in backyard, flagstone pathways.  High quality wood laminate floors throughout.  Extra built-in shelving in garage.  Gas fireplace, breakfast bar & tons of counter-space.  Double vanity & shower in master.  Tornado/Storm Shelter in garage.  Don’t miss this!

3 Bedrooms

2 Full Bathrooms

2 Car Garage w/ Tornado Shelter

Raised garden and flowerbeds, water feature & pond

Hot Tub, Pergola & Paver Stone Patio

1,416 Sq. Ft. (MOL)

MLS: 506934

Click Here for current pricing!


This home near Tinker AFB is an easy commute for any military or civilian and offers great access to I-240 & Sooner Road.  Close to shopping, restaurants, and many conveniences.  Neighborhood offers jogging trail and park.


Contact Simon Shingleton, Keller Williams Elite for more details at 405-633-3611 or 405-948-7500.



Oklahoma City Home Contemporary Style Remodel in Quail Creek

December 1st, 2012

This NW Oklahoma City Home in the coveted Quail Creek neighborhood has been remodeled with only the finest materials and features his and hers master bathrooms with glass showers and luxurious marble floors.  Exotic granite was used in the remodeled kitchen with all stainless steel appliances.  Dark hand scraped hardwood floors seamlessly flow throughout the entire first floor of the home through the open layout of multiple living and dining spaces.


See the Virtual Tour with even More Pictures at

See Full MLS Listing & Details of this home here

Master and guest/mother-in-law suite are downstairs and 2 additional bedrooms w/ huge bonus room or 5th bedroom upstairs.  There are storage closets tucked throughout this home and a large pantry in the mudroom.  Circle drive and deep driveway offer plenty of parking for family and friends.  Fenced backyard w/ stained concrete patio is both private and inviting.  Surround sound wiring and speakers were installed throughout the home as well as halogen lighting and dimming switches to set just the right mood.

Watch your kids walk to and from Quail Creek Elementary school which is one block away from this home.

11708 Blue Sage, Oklahoma City, OK 73120 MLS 504288

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Full Baths
  • 4 Living & 2 Dining Areas
  • Includes Mudroom/Office + Utility Room
  • 4303 Square Feet (per appraisal)

Price Recently Reduced to $387,000  

Listed by Simon Shingleton, Keller Williams Realty

Contact for a private showing: 405-633-3611

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Nichols Hills Home for Sale features Stunning Architecture and Design

October 20th, 2012

1605 Pennington Way

Nichols Hills, OK 73116

Offered at: $1,950,000

Hill Country Architecture w/ timeless style and abundance of natural light on unbelievable lot in Nichols Hills, OK represent this truly one of a kind home. Enter Master wing through gallery of bookcases, w/ study, professional kitchen (Viking/Sub-Zero), only the finest materials. 2 beds w/ baths & 2 living spaces up. Master w/ BainUltra tub, spa shower, heated flrs. & generous storage. Sport court, outdoor fireplace, on-demand generator.  Steve Callahan design & Matt Wilson Custom Homes.


Featuring over 6,000 Square Feet (MOL) this Nichols Hills Home For Sale features:

4 Bedrooms
4.5 Bathrooms
4 Living
2 Dining

Exclusively Marketed by:
Simon Shingleton
Keller Williams Northwest
405-948-7500 or 405-633-3611

Staged Homes Get Sold in 3 Days or Less and My First Television Appearance

May 23rd, 2012

It’s been a busy month here and I wanted to share some of the successes.   I’ve had the pleasure of working with seller’s who really “Get It” when it comes to marketing a home.  Buyers seem to be out in full force and the inventory of homes available for sale in the Oklahoma City metro is less than it has been in the past couple of years.  I’m finding more and more that Staged Homes Get Sold

A few minor changes to the flow of this room helped open up the view.

In the past 2 weeks 3 of the 4 listings I’ve taken have had offers within 3 days or less!  All had some degree of staging and the sellers did exactly what I asked of them to make their properties shine.

Adding a punch of color and sitting area outside really helped buyers envision living outside all the time

So, with all the activity of late I failed to mention my new television career (sorta).  I was asked to do a segment on the May 14th episode of KSBI Channel 52’s All About You  Host Kealey McIntire & her crew brought me on to discuss what it takes to make your home stand out over the others in today’s market.  It was a great experience.  Are there any other topics you would like to hear discussed on the show?

Click on the image to be directed to watch the show

Here are the notes from the segment:

Your home is now a commodity get ready to merchandize & showcase every feature to get top dollar.  There is a reason you see people hanging around in all those staged spaces in IKEA!  Your home should feel like a hotel and give the idea to a buyer that if they lived there, they could be that organized.
1.   Professional, jaw-dropping photos are what get people in the door.  That’s the number one complaint I hear when working with buyers, the photos don’t give any idea of the space or details. Over 90% of buyers start their search online and if you don’t wow them with their photos they aren’t going to even bother coming to take a look.  Remember the above statement that Staged Homes Get Sold.
2.  Curb Appeal & Landscaping
  • Green Grass, fertilize & water
  • Edge your yard
  • plant some colorful flowers
  • Mulch those flowerbeds
  • exterior lighting
3. Professional stager, or at least a consultation
  • Can accessorize & rearrange to maximize your homes best features
  • De-clutter, organize, edit.
  • Plan on renting a storage unit or pod to unload
  • Lamps & overhead lights
What is the view out of each room, can you make it better?
Take before pictures and then pull them up on a tv of computer screen, that’s what other people are going to see and ultimately make them decide to see it tour not.  You will be shocked at what you see on screen that you don’t or have gotten used to seeing in person

3. Showings
  • Fresh flowers in the house
  • Music-Music playing softly- I have a playlist set that includes Norah Jones, Michael Buble’ & Jack Johnson.
  • Lights-Every light in the house on, all window treatments open to make it as bright as possible
  • Scent- Splurge on a really nice candle that will make the house smell amazing, I buy Anthropologie’s Volcano candle in bulk and use it at almost every home.
Hire a professional REALTOR® to help make this as seamless as possible.
Whether you are selling your $50,000 condo or million dollar plus estate, your property has to be the one that stands out in front and remember Staged Homes Get Sold!
If you know anyone interested in getting their home sold, I’d love the chance to talk with them.  It is an honor when I receive a referral from a friend or colleague.  Simply email me and I will follow up as soon as I can.