When Downsizing or Listing Your Home for Sale in Tulsa, Donate Used Furniture to “Making Room For You”

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When downsizing, or moving, you may have extra furniture which you no longer need. It’s still in great condition, yet it’s no longer serving a purpose for you. Make a difference by donating your items to Making Room For You in Tulsa. They will come to your home, remove your unwanted items for free, and donate them to families in need, in the Tulsa area.

Making Room For You is a non-profit organization made up of community members volunteering their time. Their purpose is to provide much needed furniture to families in need. Many of the families they work with are in the process of moving into a new home or apartment, such as government housing. Often, they’re transitioning from a traumatic event, such as domestic abuse or a fire. Receiving a bed, or dresser for their child during an overwhelming time, offers them hope.

Typically, DHS, or a church, will reach out to Making Room For You with a request of what’s needed. The organization may not have the exact items they’re looking for, but they will help them none the less. Making Room For You doesn’t turn anyone down. They don’t have a warehouse, so their goal is to get items which are donated into people’s hands the same week.

Many of the donations are from people who are moving or preparing to list their home for sale in the Tulsa area. When preparing to stage a home, or downsizing, home sellers have extra furniture which needs to be removed. The process can be overwhelming, but Making Room For You will remove it, for free, reducing stress for home sellers and helping families in need.

If you have furniture items you would like to donate, reach out to Ron Hood at makingroomforyou.org or at (918) 830-5017. Ron runs this organization while working full time as an insurance agent. He specializes in working with people sixty-five and older, assisting with health and life insurance.

For questions about listing your home for sale in Tulsa, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or darrylbaskin.com

Buying a House in Tulsa: How to Make an Offer on the Highest Priced Home in the Neighborhood


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You found the perfect house. It has everything you’re looking for and you’ve fallen in love. Your real estate agent does comps for you and you learn it’s the highest priced house in the neighborhood. What kind of offer do you make? Is it okay to own the highest priced house in the area?

You may be tempted to submit a very low offer, which may insult the seller. Take some time to evaluate if the house justifies being the highest priced. Do the features, location, and amenities make it worth it? Perhaps it has an extra bathroom, or an addition that the neighboring houses don’t have. You can also do a radius search to compare surrounding homes.

You’ll then have to determine which factors are most important to you. Perhaps you have already looked at 30 houses and this is the only one that meets your needs. Which is more important you – that you have all the features you are looking for, or the price per square foot? Sometimes you have to narrow down what the point of your purchase is. What is your goal? You can pay a little more for a house with a pool, or pay to have a pool fit in. What is best for you?

Featured Properties:

  • 7957 South 78th East Ave in Sweetbriar – Great floorplan with 3 bedrooms downstairs plus theater and bedroom upstairs, game room with wet bar, detached office, kitchen with granite
  • 6708 S Atlanta Pl., Tulsa – 4 full-size bedroom’s, mother-in law suite, circle drive, new hardwood floor downstairs, and lots of closet space!
  • 8954 W 51st Street – 6 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, master suite with 2-sided fireplace, outdoor kitchen, 5 acres of property!

For a complete list of active listings, visit Homeguidetulsa.com

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

 

 

Commercial Property For Sale in Tulsa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6122 S Garnett Road, Tulsa

This 13,500 Sq. Ft. building has an available 7500 Sq. Ft. clear span space in the back, available for immediate occupancy. The property includes 5 front retail spaces on 1 year leases. Ideal for owner/user who wishes to have lease income! This space features 9’ ceilings, cable TV wiring, mini kitchen, security system-owned, smoke detector, and central AC.  Located in a commercial location at the high traffic intersection of 61st and Garnett, which is a convenient ½ mile from HWY 169. The concrete parking lot offers 82 spaces. Listed at $990,000

Contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or darrylbaskin.com

TTCU Federal Credit Union in Tulsa Can Save You Money at Your Closing

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TTCU Federal Credit Union recently converted to a Federal Charter. With this change, TTCU now works with Federal regulators, as opposed to state regulators.

What does this mean for home buyers? It means being able to save more money when you buy a house. The amount of taxes home buyers pay on a transaction is now lower at TTCU. On every transaction in real estate, home buyers pay a transfer tax, equal to 1/10th of 1% of the sale price. For example, on a $150,000 home, the buyer pays about $150 in taxes. Under the new federal credit union charter, there is a standard fee of only $5.00. This is a significant cost savings for a home buyers!

In addition, TTCU Federal Credit Union offers great interest rates! The closing cost fee is a standard $649 with no extra charges. TTCU also opened Integrity Title and Closing Company last year, now offering integrated services. When a home buyer gets their home mortgage and title services through TTCU, they receive a savings on their interest rate.

TTCU is focused on finding the best financial solutions for their members. For more information, or to complete a loan application online, visit ttcu.com

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

When Buying a Home in Tulsa, What Do You Need to Know on the “Electrical Side”?

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Buying your first home is very exciting! You’ve probably thought about furniture, paint colors, landscaping, and décor, but you also need to think of the “electrical stuff”. Steve from Murray Electric discusses what we need to know when it comes to the electrical aspects of your home. It’s less stressful when thinking of things beforehand and being prepared.

  1. Know where your water key is.

You need to know where your water meter key is located in case the water needs to be turned off. A water key is t-shaped, with a long handle, and an end that fits over the water valve. You may be wondering “what does my water key have to do with electricity”? Well, water and electricity don’t mix! If you are having an electrical emergency, you may need to turn off the water quickly.

  1. Know where your main shut off breaker is.

You may find the main shut off in the circuit breaker, labeled as “main”. In an older home, it may be outside, next to the meter can. If you need to turn off the power due to an emergency, the quickest method is to turn off the main circuit. Don’t waste time trying to find the individual breaker.

  1. Check circuit breaker labels; Update them if needed.

The easiest way to label your circuit breaker is to start with lights. Turn the lights on, and then turn off breaker switches until the lights turn off. Now you know which one it is. Outlets are a bit trickier. You can purchase an outlet tester, or have a second person plug in a lamp while you turn off the breaker switch. If your circuit breaker is already labeled, double check it because they are often labeled wrong. Also, if you are building a new home, don’t fill up the circuit breaker. There’s supposed to be four extra circuits in your breaker panel. If you need to, add a second panel. It’s better to add it during construction rather than doing so later on; as it can be very costly.

  1. Double tapping is not permitted.

Double tapping is when two wires are connected to a circuit breaker that’s designed for one. UL has tested the panel, and certified it, with all breakers installed- one wire per breaker. If a circuit breaker is double tapped, it’s a violation of UL’s testing. You can put in a junction box and a single wire in the breaker; this makes it legal so you aren’t violating UL testing. This is important information because it happens on inspections frequently. Double tapping will not meet code and will need to be fixed.

For all your Tulsa electrical needs, contact Steve at Murray Electric at 918-835-9605 or www.murrayelectric.com

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

Junior Achievement of Tulsa Needs Volunteers

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Junior Achievement (JA) of Tulsa, OK, is a rewarding community program worth becoming involved with.

It’s the time of year in which kids are back in school learning valuable information. However, at some point they will enter the real world. These young people will need to know how to balance a checkbook, pay their bills, elect officials, and how to pay taxes. The Junior Achievement program of Tulsa offers all of this, and more!

There can be a disconnection between what’s taught in the classroom and actual life skills. Students don’t always understand why they’re learning math, science, writing, and history. JA bridges this gap by connecting classroom experience to real life.

JA is in need of volunteers to teach and inspire young people to succeed in today’s economy. JA works with kindergarten through twelfth grade students; you choose which grade level you want to work with. As a volunteer, personal experience is applied with grade-level curriculum to teach the kids. Think of life lessons you learned in your teens and twenties, which you wish someone told you about earlier. These are valuable lessons kids need, and many of these kids don’t have their own role models.

For more information on volunteering with Junior Achievement Tulsa, visit www.jaok.org/

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

Do Dimmer Switches Need to be Replaced?

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How long do dimmer switches last? If you have a light which stopped working, and it’s controlled with a dimmer switch, it may be time to replace the dimmer.

There are two types of dimmer switches; digital and the older rotary style. Dimmers are rated for 600 watt’s, 1000W, 2000W, and so on, with 600W being the standard. It’s important to know the amount of wattage you’ll be dimming. It’s not ideal to run your dimmer at maximum power, as it will cause the dimmer to fail.

When lights are dimmed, the excess energy is burned off as heat. As a result, the switch may feel warm; however it should never be too hot to touch. If you find the dimmer is hot, this may be a sign the dimmer is about to fail, or you have too much wattage and need to upgrade your dimmer.

Another important factor to consider when using dimmer switches are the type of light bulbs you’re using. Many dimmer lights do not function well with LED lights. If you have LED lights with a dimmer switch, the light will flicker. Most incandescent and halogen bulbs will work well with a dimmer. Compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs can be used with a dimmer if they are labeled as “dimmable”.

For all your Tulsa electrical needs, contact Steve at Murray Electric at 918-835-9605 or www.murrayelectric.com

Featured Properties:

6708 S Atlanta Pl., Tulsa – 4 full-size bedroom’s, mother-in law suite, circle drive, new hardwood floor downstairs, and lots of closet space!

8954 W 51st Street– 6 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, master suite with 2-sided fireplace, outdoor kitchen, 5 acres of property!

For a complete list of active listings, visit Homeguidetulsa.com

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

What is an “As-if” Tulsa House Loan?

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The Tulsa “As-If” Tulsa House Loan- What is it?

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An “As-if” Tulsa House Loan is a product that  TTCU offers.  The name may leave you wondering, “What is an As-If Tulsa House Loan?  An As-If Loan is one that is based on the completed value of the house, before the home has been completed or remodeled. This is a one time close loan.   We get a list of all the things that you want to do in your home.  You get a bid on the work and we do an appraisal based on what the home value would be when it is finished with that list.  It is an “As-if” it was finished Tulsa house loan. Many first time home buyers in Tulsa either want to live in an area that is out of their price range or want more than what they can afford.  This loan can often help enable you to get the home you want, often at a lower price, instead of buying one already remodeled at a higher price. For many seeking a Tulsa house loan, working with new construction or homes that need to be remodeled ends up costing them much  more than a regular loan.  With a traditional new construction loan- or one used when you purchase a home and then remodel- you end up have more than one mortgage and  more than one closing.  With each closing and mortgage come closing costs and sometimes higher interest rates.  Then, when the work is complete, you refinance to get one mortgage and a lower interest rate.  That costs more in closing costs.  Those higher interest rates and multiple closing costs add up and cost lots of unnecessary money. With TTCU’s As-If loan- you will get one loan.  When the contractor does does the work, he gets his money.  This can allow you, as a Tulsa home buyer, to enjoy your Tulsa area home and get a good investment.

Does Stucco Siding Impact the Cost of Homeowner Insurance in Tulsa?

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Do you know what kind of siding is on your house? The type of siding can influence your homeowner insurance quote. People often apply for insurance online, or over the phone, and may forget to indicate if they have stucco siding. There’s a significant difference in the cost of siding materials. As a result, the cost can impact insurance quotes.

There are two possible outcomes when stucco isn’t listed on the initial insurance application. The underwriter may catch it, resulting in a significant increase in your quote. The second outcome may be that no one catches it. Then a few years later, a claim is submitted and the payout is less than what was expected and doesn’t cover the cost of repairs.

Stucco is a plaster type material which is applied over the wall. It’s a hard, durable surface which requires little maintenance over the years. An alternative to stucco is dryvit siding. Dryvit resembles stucco, however it’s a synthetic version of stucco and isn’t the same. There are benefits to using dryvit, but it’s not as hard of a surface as stucco. When dryvit siding is hit with something hard, such as a baseball or a tree branch, it will dent.

Bryan Smith of State Farm Insurance encourages people to meet with a local insurance agent to get the right information. The general rule in insurance is the harder the surface, the cheaper to insure. If you are building a new home, ask questions and know your options. One type of siding may cost more than another; however it may also lower your insurance rate and help with a re-sale in the future. If you are buying an existing home, make sure the insurance company knows what kind of siding you have.

Ask the right questions of your contractor and Realtor®. Know the materials your home is made of. If you are thinking about re-evaluating your insurance, contact Bryan Smith at State Farm (918) 481-7283

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

 

Fab Lab Tulsa Brings Imagination to Life

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Do you have an invention in mind that you dream of creating? Do you have a child who would enjoy visiting a lab to create just about anything? The Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa is a community center offering access to advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication tools for learning, developing inventions, creating businesses, and making personalized products. Need a storage unit in your home, or a new business sign? You can head over to Fab Lab Tulsa to design and create it yourself!

Fab Lab Tulsa is one of over 700 MIT-chartered Fab Labs created as an educational outreach program for MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. The program began in the late 90’s, when MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld, noticed many of his students weren’t interested in building physical products. They were mostly captivated with the virtual world. As a result, professor Gershenfeld started a class “How to Make Almost Anything,” forcing students to apply their knowledge with digital fabrication equipment to build physical objects. Professor Gershenfeld then joined with Mel King, a local activist who ran a community center. At the time, this community center offered public access to computers and the internet. Professor Gershenfeld brought in digital fabrication equipment and gave local children access to this incredible technology. This became the first “Fab Lab”.

Fab Lab is now present in over 70 countries! “Fab Lab Tulsa is one of the top labs globally in terms of leadership, organization, support, size and capabilities, and an excellent example of the impact a Fab Lab can make on a community”. The 3,700 square-foot space includes a Computer Lab section with CAD/CAM software, conference area/classroom with presentation equipment, machine room including CNC machinery, power and hand tools, and so much more! The possibilities are endless! Fab Lab Tulsa is located at 710 S Lewis Ave., and they provide tours every Saturday at 3:00. The standard membership fee is $156 per year, which is only $13 per month!

These resources add a tremendous value to our community in Tulsa. Our city and real estate market depend on people buying homes and living here. We need to have resources available to encourage young people to live here, rather than moving elsewhere for opportunities. Tulsa is ranking high on the list of places where young people want to be for creativity, arts, manufacturing. Your support with community programs, such as Fab Lab Tulsa, helps our city to thrive. For more information on Fab Lab Tulsa, visit fablabtulsa.org.

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