Start the Conversation to Find the Right Realtor® for Your Tulsa Home

Darryl & Stan review the importance of understanding the purpose of an appraisal and how you can start the conversation to find the right Realtor® for you.

We have a short sale listing which has been on the market for quite awhile. While the Tulsa real estate market is a good one, sometimes homes take longer to sell. The reasons can be many. With a Realtor® on your side, should you find yourself as a Tulsa home seller in a situation where your property hasn’t sold as quickly as you imagined, you have a good chance at finding out why and how best to adjust and find a solution.

For our listing at 6718 S. Atlanta Ave., one of my team members, Stan, had some updated information which has shed light on why this home hasn’t yet sold. The appraisal given for this property appears to be out-of-line with specific features applicable to the home. This property was appraised at $240,000 yet has not sold at the list price of $200,000.

If an appraisal is supposed to reflect what the market value is, and what Tulsa homebuyers are likely willing to pay, how could a significantly higher appraisal be accurate? Chances are it’s not. This isn’t to say the appraiser did a poor job, but rather to point out the specific aspects of this property were likely not taken into consideration when comparing other nearby properties.

$240,000 is a solid value for homes in the general area, about 2 blocks away from where the listing is, which happens to also have an apartment complex behind it and other neighborhood aspects which would call for a lower appraisal. Now my job as the listing agent is to review with the seller, and a buyer whom has made an offer, to ensure we come up with an equitable sale price all parties can agree upon.

When you’re ready to buy or sell your home you want to have an agent who is a good match for you. This can be a challenge to determine, and why I encourage everyone looking at residential real estate in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, or any other part of the region, and across the nation, to check out the 20 Questions I have compiled which can help you start the conversation with potential agents.

One question to ask is whether an agent has a personal staff and how many of them are licensed themselves. If you work with an agent who has a support team, where more than one person is able to take care of different aspects of a real estate transaction, you will have that whole team working for you. This will help keep the process efficient, and you won’t be faced with a one-man show where your agent may not be able to help you when you need it, or get tasks done in a timely manner. Stan and his in-depth review of our short-sale listing was integral in my being able to provide insight and options to my client. We are a team and help support each other as much as our clients.

You may not know all the questions to ask, but with this guide you will have an in-depth resource to assist you through the hiring process. Download my FREE home seller and home buyer report,20 Questions You Absolutely Must Ask Your Next Agent Before You Sign on the Dotted Line for a complete list of questions to ask your real estate agent before listing your home for sale.

Featured Properties

940 E. College St.  Very affordable condo ideal for convenient living. $68,000. 2-bedroom, 1.5-baths, 2 level unit in Broken Arrow, close to downtown, recreation center across the street. Great for active lifestyle.

2748 E. Admiral Blvd. Reduced Price $109,500. 4-bedroom, 2-bath. Value-priced property.

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For real estate questions, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or


Understanding the Electrical Code for Tulsa Homeowners

Our discussion with Steve from Murray Electric sheds light on current electrical codes and home DIY projects.

Are you a Tulsa homeowner who loves taking on a DIY challenge? Have you made any electrical updates in your home recently? Just last year our electrical code was changed, requiring power to run differently for lighting fixtures. It used to be power would be run to a fixture, then back down to a switch, but this is not so anymore; now power needs to be fed directly into the switch. Now that you know of this change, what does it mean and why should you care?

Darryl shared a great story with Steve about his trials and tribulations over installing a new dimmer switch at home; not knowing about the change in how wires are fed kept Darryl in the dark when a dimmer switch didn’t work right. After the switch was installed, it came to light that the toggle was actually reversed, up was off and down was on. Darryl attempted to correct this, but it was only a partial success; the toggle worked but the dimmer slide switch itself was now opposite what it should be. Darryl was at a loss, so naturally he turned to Steve from Murray Electric, a trusted Tulsa resource.

Steve explained the issue readily. There were wires in the new dimmer switch which were for features Darryl’s fixture didn’t have; chances were, he was using them for the wrong application. With new products having more capabilities, and standards being different from one manufacturer to another, it pays to read instructions closely on a DIY project such as this, and to know that it’s not always necessary for all the wires to be used. With the change in the electrical code, matching the color-coded wires is no longer enough. The instructions will make a big difference in the functionality of your updated light fixtures.

While many of us enjoy working on DIY projects, sometimes is takes a helping hand, and expert advice. Having Steve’s number nearby is like having directory assistance at your fingertips. Whether you have a question about a project you want to complete yourself, or are ready to call in a professional, the folks at Murray Electric are one of the best resources when it comes to Tulsa electric repair. The same applies for anyone looking to sell or buy a home in the Tulsa area. Having access to a network of local resources, including electricians for home updates and repairs, can make the process a lot easier.

As Steve says, “There’s no dumb questions” when it comes to all things electrical, all questions are encouraged; they are truly happy to help. One way to get the help you need, is to have a conversation with Steve at Murray Electric yourself. This is one local service where there is a live person on the other end of the phone. With two locations in Tulsa (918-835-9605) and Broken Arrow (918-254-9771), help is just a phone call away. Find more information at their website:

Oil Patch Entrepreneurs are Good for the Tulsa Economy

Darryl and Don Burdock discuss how Tulsa’s local economy is turning around with the growth of Oil Patch Entrepreneurs.

 Over recent years Tulsa has seen a lot of changes in the local economy. Not long ago we saw the departure of public utilities such as SM Energy and Newfield. While this may feel like cause for concern with such big companies leaving the area, the Tulsa economy is holding strong, and even seeing some incredible growth. This is great news for Tulsa homeowners, and anyone looking to sell or buy property here. You may wonder how is it that our economy has held out; one reason is the strong growth of Oil Patch Entrepreneurs, small, locally owned oil companies such as the one owned by Don Burdock, Oliphant Oil.

These smaller companies have had a big impact on the Tulsa economy. With over 40 companies in our region alone, each with 10-25 employees and managing between $150-$700 million budgets, these innovative businesses are helping to drive our community toward the future. This is a $12 billion industry being run by Tulsans, not out-of-state corporations, but local community members.

The success of the Oil Patch Entrepreneur is reflected in the Tulsa real estate market as well. At a grass-roots level, one would expect to see a decrease in housing values and an exodus away from the area as big energy companies move out. We are past the time of losses in the Tulsa economy. We aren’t sitting with empty homes on the market for months at a time. Average sale prices are up, and homes are moving fast in Tulsa and Broken Arrow neighborhoods, for example.

With the rise in Oil Patch Entrepreneur companies, concerns have been raised over the impact of drilling practices such as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, in particular, the increased seismic activity the Tulsa region has experienced over recent years. Don shared his insight and expertise on the subject to help clarify just what fracking is, and what’s really been causing many of our tremors, as well as the solution to limit them once again.

Fracking is the term used for pushing large amounts of water and sand into drilling holes in the attempt to crack rock 100 feet above and below the drilling holes, with the goal of releasing oil held within the deep earth–on average 2 miles deep as Don explained. The increase in earthquake activity is not due to fracking itself, but rather has come from the need to return expelled water from drill holes, which is too toxic to use, back into the earth where it came from. Unfortunately, some of the return tracks made were near fault lines. The pressure generated by the returning water triggered seismic activity.

Now that this has been confirmed, the solution is quite simple–find different tracts of land from which to return the water, away from faults. Since this began, seismic activity has significantly decreased. The key to the success of this situation rested upon the team work of our local oil companies and regulatory agencies seeking better ways to deal with the processes, without severely damaging the place we call home.

The above situation is an excellent example of how the Oil Patch Entrepreneurs are working in support of Tulsa’s economy and community at large. If you’re thinking of buyer or selling, now is a great time to be in Tulsa.

For real estate questions, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or


A New Irish Fest for Downtown Tulsa

Special Guest Don Burdock of Oliphant Oil has a special, new family friendly event to tell us about.

It’s March and for many across the country, it’s time for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. While Tulsa has held celebrations in the past, it’s been many years since we’ve had an Irish Festival; the closest one to us has been in Kansas City. That’s about to change with the inaugural Tulsa Irish Festival, happening on Saturday, March 17th. Don Burdock and the Oklahoma Oil Patch, have partnered with 36 local Tulsa companies to bring our community a free, family-friendly celebration centered around Irish inspired music.

We all know Bluegrass music. But have you heard of Celtgrass music? You can discover this intriguing blend of Celtic sounds and Bluegrass, which brings a whole new experience to music, at the Tulsa Irish Festival. From Noon to 9 at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa, there will be live performances of local Celtgrass bands and other high-energy music to tap your toes to and enjoy the day when everyone’s Irish.

Not only will there be Irish music, but food and drink as well, and kids’ activities such as face painting too. The entire family is welcome; a wonderful way to celebrate together. Learn more including the bands that are lined up to perform at the Tulsa Irish Fest Facebook page. The hope is this new festival will be a success, so it can return next year and the year after that.

For real estate questions, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or

Two-Level Condo in the Heart of Broken Arrow



940 E College, #940 Broken Arrow, OK

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Two-level condo located in the heart of Broken Arrow. This is one of the only condominiums available in Broken Arrow, and at such a low price! It’s only blocks away from new BA Activity Fields and popular Rose District. Faces common courtyard, plus private courtyard off kitchen. New flooring and paint. Stacked laundry connection. Guest bathroom downstairs.

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Beautiful 4 Bedroom Home in Tulsa


4706 S 178th E Ave Tulsa, OK

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Beautiful Home Available! This is a 4-bedroom, 3-bath home with excellent floorplan! The master bedroom along with 3 additional bedrooms are located downstairs. Upstairs is a game room or what could be a full bedroom suite. The home features solid surface flooring, granite countertops, a formal living room and dining rooms that are open for flexible use. It has large closets and plenty of storage, a pergola outdoor living area, and garden.

Join us for an Open House this Sunday, March 18th from 2-4pm.

Contact the Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or


Who Pays for Electrical Repairs Outside Your Home? PSO or You?

Our discussion with Steve from Murray Electric will enlighten you as to who is responsible for external electrical repairs on your property.

When it comes to interior electrical issues, you, the homeowner, are responsible for the cost of repair. But what about external damages? What does our regional electric provider, PSO cover in terms of cost and time to repair? While exterior issues are not too common, they happen often enough that it pays to know who has to pay before something happens, if for no other reason than to lessen the shock.

Examples of owner-responsible issues include damages to electrical poles attached to your home and issues with the meter socket, where your meter is “plugged-in” to your house. PSO is responsible for electrical lines outside your home, meter cans, and service masts, where the wires are in place above your house.

For condo owners, it’s a bit different as the HOA managing the property is a third party responsible for some repair costs. For any damages inside the building, the owner will be responsible. To really know what your HOA covers in terms of electrical repair cost, its best to check your HOA rules.

Ultimately, it’s best to be prepared and understand how your wallet could be impacted by storm damages or other electrical issues, you may think you don’t have to cover. One way to do this is have a conversation with Steve at Murry Electric yourself. This is one local service where there is a live person on the other end of the phone, and you’ll find the electrical help you need, whether it’s information, advice or a service call. With two locations in Tulsa (918-835-9605) and Broken Arrow (918-254-9771), help is just a phone call away. Find more information at their website:

Featured Properties

7365 E 112th St, Bixby – $439,000, 4,898 SQ Ft. 6 bedrooms, 2 of which are full bedroom suites on the lower level. Priced well and ready to sell.

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Ask the Right Questions, Find the Right Realtor® & Best Funding Solutions

Darryl reviews the importance of asking the right questions to find the best Realtor® for you.

How do you find the right Realtor for you? How do you know a real estate professional really knows what they are doing? You can’t rely on a great headshot or fancy car to confirm the success of a real estate agent.

You can however, rely on yourself to interview multiple candidates, and ask the right questions. When you ask specific questions, which are designed to trigger insightful dialogue, you can make your decision of whom to hire with confidence.

There’s plenty of real estate opportunities for everyone around here. Getting a license is the easy part, gaining knowledge, insight and experience which can help clients with their home dreams and needs, takes much more. My team and I are aiming to raise the bar of professional, compassionate service within the real estate market, so everyone can benefit. This is best achieved through consumer education.

One example to ask: “How do your average selling prices compare to actual selling prices?” You need not, and probably won’t find a Realtor® where these two figures match up 100%. Instead, this question can lead to an open discussion with honest candor as to why there maybe a range of actual selling prices lower or higher than what was listed. This question gives agents a chance to show their integrity through open and honest conversation.

Arming yourself with good information which can make an impactful difference will help you be happy with your home buying or selling experience. Discover what are the right questions to ask by downloading my FREE home seller report 20 Questions You Must Ask Your Next Realtor® Before You Sign on the Dotted Line for a complete list of questions to ask your real estate agent before listing your home for sale.


Darryl and Dan Newberry of TTCU discuss Interest Rates, how they can impact homebuyers.

Interest rates for mortgages have been in fluctuation, especially with the latest tax reform laws passed and bond market ups and downs. These things and other economic influences impact the rise and fall of interest rates, sometimes from one day to the next. A higher interest rate means a higher mortgage payment. Once you have locked in your interest rate with your mortgage lender, you will know how much interest will be included in your monthly home payment. But this can’t happen until you go to your funding source with a home you’ve made an offer on.

How can you prepare and plan for an affordable payment without knowing what the interest rate will be prior to getting a loan for your new home? Applying different financial solutions to your monthly expenses can make a big difference. The folks at TTCU for example, can run a Credit Expense Analysis and review where you may be able to consolidate or refinance debt to lower your primary expense budget. If you’re paying less out of pocket when you find the home you want, chances are you’ll be better able to absorb a higher mortgage payment if interest rates have gone up.

The key is to watch the market regularly and know how interest rates are changing so you won’t be surprised. Keep ongoing communication with your lending institution. A good financial plan can help ensure you have peace of mind when you move into your new home. Visit to start the discussion of financial solutions for you and your family.

For real estate questions, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or


The Demand Project: Protecting and Educating Tulsa Kids


Special Guest Kristin Weis, co-founder of The Demand Project talks about a critical issue facing our children today, and how we can help protect them.

The world has changed a lot since the internet came into our homes. While much of what we gain from having access to the world wide web are positive things, not everything online is nice. Some aspects are literally dangerous, especially for young, impressionable children. One of the worst side-effects of our digital world today is the prevalence of online predators. Motivated by the desire to help make the internet a safer place, The Demand Project works to prevent and prosecute against the sexual exploitation of kids. They also work to rescue & restore a sense of security and peace for victims of these horrific crimes.

Two key components to The Demand Project include school assemblies and parental education. Within the school assemblies, the founders Kristin and her husband Jason, speak to the kids in terms they can understand. The crimes they are aiming to prevent are clearly explained to their audiences, along with practical ways to avoid them. It’s also vitally important for parents to know what they can do to help protect their children; knowing just what website and applications kids are accessing, and ongoing discussion with them will go a long way to help this younger generation understand what dangers exist and how they can avoid them.

The internet and today’s technology make the sexual exploitation of children easier to do than you may think. This type of crime is not only something terrible to experience, but also brings with it life-altering trauma, and a long, hard road towards a better, happier future. The Demand Project wants to help protect kids from being victims in the first place, and help those in need already. Check out their website, to learn more, and be sure to tune in for our next show, when we will visit with Kristen again to learn about the amazing restoration facility this incredible organization has in the works.

For real estate questions, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or


Help Yourself in Finding the Right Realtor® for You


Darryl Discusses one of the Right Questions to ask a Real Estate Agent Before you hire them to help you sell or buy a home.


When it comes to dealing with something important, which you don’t have extensive personal experience in, it pays to hire a professional. This can be said of hiring an attorney for a court case, going to a specialist for a medical concern, and, for when it’s time to sell or buy a home. The process to sell a property or buy a house is a complex one, not because it’s difficult to understand the basic steps, but because there are so many different aspects involved in the process; it’s not as simple as signing on the dotted line.

In addition to the lengthy process, which, when all lines up well with a quick offer, can be at least a 30-day process, laws, taxes, regulations and the market can change quickly; and often they do. Instead of stressing yourself over what you may miss or not understand, hire a professional who has your best interests in mind, and the expertise to help you.

Before you call the first agent listed in an online search however, you need to take some time to find the right partner for you in this endeavor. There’s also a difference in education between a real estate agent and a Realtor® which is important to be aware of. An agent with the Realtor® designation has met certain criteria in professionalism, education and experience in the real estate market, beyond just gaining a real estate license which is really just the first step towards becoming an expert in this field.

We all have different needs, personalities and experiences, which is why it’s important to interview several agents before you make a decision. Asking any prospective real estate agent the right questions can help you narrow down the choices to determine who is the best match for you.

One key question to ask is, “How many homes have you sold in the past 6-12 months?” The answer will give you insight not only into how successful a prospective agent has been, but also help confirm if they are up on current rules and regulations. An agent who hasn’t sold any properties in the last 6 months or so may not be up-to-date and as informed as you would want them to be. To help you ask the right questions, download my FREE home seller report “20 Questions You Must Ask Your Next Realtor® Before You Sign on the Dotted Line” for a complete list of questions to ask your real estate agent before listing your home for sale.

Featured Property
1013 S. Cypress Ave – 5 Bedroom, 3-car garage in Broken Arrow and part of Union Schools. $279,900

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For real estate questions, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or