Which Homes are Better- South Tulsa or Mid-Town? For first time home buyers, selecting a home can be a daunting task. There are many new things to learn and on top of everything you must decide whether to purchase a new home or older home and in what area of town you want to live. For many young professionals, Midtown is the place to be. It’s especially popular for those wanting to live near Brookside and Cherry Street. The Midtown area is about the lifestyle. It draws people. There are many locally owned shops and unique stores and restaurants in Midtown arTulsaea. It can also be good for those who work downtown.
Downtown Tulsa is developing more residential living options but the Midtown Tulsa area puts you near downtown Tulsa but in a lower density living environment that downtown Tulsa. The walk score- how walkable a neighborhood is- is good in Midtown as well. Midtown is quite different from South Tulsa though. There is lots of growth in the South Tulsa and Bixby area.
In South Tulsa and Bixby, you are more likely to find chain restaurants and stores. There are many new restaurants, stores, health food stores, and fitness centers. These have been great for South Tulsa and Bixby economic growth. There is also lots of new construction.
The types of residential real estate in Tulsa vary in Midtown versus South Tulsa and Bixby. Midtown homes are generally older homes built from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. These homes can often be pricey for first time home buyers. In South Tulsa and Bixby you are most likely to find newer homes than those in Midtown. For many Tulsa home buyers, especially first time Tulsa home buyers, purchasing a home in Midtown might seem a little out of their price range. Purchasing a home at a lower price and fixing it up can be a great opportunity to get a home in the area you want, whether Midtown or South Tulsa. When thinking about what type of home to buy and in what area, ask yourself:
What type of lifestyle are you looking for? Want to bike or walk to work?
How much risk you are willing to take?
How willing you are to work with a contractor? or How much work you can do yourself?
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As a Tulsa Realtor I am always being asked about choosing the best Tulsa neighborhoods. When helping clients choose a neighborhood I start by asking questions.
Why my clients are moving?
What do they need/what is important in their new home? Do they need a good Tulsa area school district? Are they concerned about crime, desire walkability, want to live in the country?
How in demand is the neighborhood? What is on the market now? What has sold recently? Are homes in that neighborh0od selling? Sometimes the contrast of what the demand is, is not always very clear.
How does the future look? We often fail to consider our future needs. Although we can’t predict the future, we can thin ak ahead and be wise when we make our purchases now. Consider what the demand will be for the neighborhood in the future. Also, remember to think about what you might need in the future? Is it possible that you might need room to care for a loved one? If you are older, is it possible that you might need a handicap accessible home?
These types of things can be a challenge for a buyer, but can also be a challenge for a Realtor. When you hire a Tulsa Realtor with experience, they can help guide you in a good path and help you remember important facts that you might otherwise forget. For help in choosing the right Tulsa neighborhoods, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists. If you prefer to schedule a call to avoid phone tag, use this link.
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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.
Buy Tulsa Real Estate Now?- The Future of Real Estate
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10:50- Buy Tulsa Real Estate?
40:30- Purchasing Land
44:35- Insurance Trends for 2015
John 3:16 Mission works with people who have become homeless to get back on their feet. They also are a great source to help men become the men they need and want to be. They help get them back into employment, which helps bring their dignity back. They do not simply provide food and shelter. They also don’t just provide a hand out. They are providing a help up for those who’ve been in unfortunately situations. The people John 3:16 helps, truly want to work but have just had unfortunate situations. Help John 3:16 restore people. For information on donating or volunteering with John 3:16 Mission, contact them at www.john316mission.org.
Is Now The Best Time To Buy Tulsa Real Estate?– The Feds have declared that they will raise consumer interest rate in 2015. This will affect mortgage rates. If purchasing is a plan in the near future, many people are considering doing it now. Some are doing it in order build or buy a new home. Others are considering business and commercial opportunities. Many years ago, we recall the price of property being at X amount and now we know that the value of the property is worth much more. That is a reminder that purchasing while rates are low enables owners to own property for less. Remember to consider if you want to buy a home or build a home that you want to own? Whatever you desire- commercial or residential- consider when is the best time to buy? Contact the professionals at TTCU The Credit Union or Darryl Baskin of eXp Realty to help you discover what the best choice is for your family and your situation. For all your Tulsa mortgage needs, contact TTCU at 918-749-8848 or www.ttcu.com.
Success with Significance is a video series that features interviews with different successful persons. Lots of great information and information on successful people from the Tulsa area. Visit the link provided to watch.
Purchasing Land in the Tulsa area can mean a big difference in financing options. The loan options are different. You can pay cash but for financing things are different. There is raw land where there is no utilities or buildings. There is also land with buildings or utilities. Each requires different financing and different loans. Contact TTCU for more information at 918-749-8828 or www.ttcu.com
Tulsa Insurance Trends for 2015– Tedford Insurance is an independent insurance company meaning that we work with different carriers. As far as pricing goes, many customers have seen insurance prices double or triple in the last couple of years. Because of the amount insurance has paid out in home claims the last few years (appx $1700 per home) Oklahoma insurance rates and statistics didn’t look good. Because 2014 was a pretty good year with lower claims, 2015 should level off with pricing. There are also higher wind/hail deductible trending now. For many homeowners, this is a change from what their policy was previously. There is also a trend towards actual cash value on the roof versus paying full replacement value. When purchasing a home consider the age of the roof, and how the insurance company treats various roofing factors in the policy. Another thing to consider is that credit score plays a role in the cost of your insurance costs. There is a strong correlation between late and slow pay and the likelihood of claims. A great way to help offset this is to keep your credit score in good health and make sure you are not late or failing to pay your bills. For all your Tulsa area homeowners insurance needs, contact Tedford Insurance at 918-299-2345 or www.tedfordinsurance.com.
The Future of Real Estate- Preparing Your Tulsa Home for Sale
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16:57- Preparing Your Tulsa Home For Sale
29:55- Interest Rates
49:19- Risk Management 101
John 3:16 Mission supports Tulsa area homeless persons. They provide food, shelter, clothing, and much more to those who have, for many reasons, found themselves without a home. John 3:16 Mission is not just a hand out it is a hand up as they work to help the homeless back to their feet and be able to provide for themselves. For more information on John 3:16 Mission contact them at john316mission.org or 918 587-1186.
Preparing Your Tulsa Home For Sale– There are many things that need to happen while preparing your home for sale. This process can be broken down into bits and pieces so that the process isn’t as stressful, overwhelming, and time consuming. Read the helpful article at Home Guide Tulsa now and begin the process of preparing your home for sale. Keep in mind you want to buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home. If your home is overwhelmed with family pictures of extremely personalized things buyers will have a hard time to seeing themselves there. It doesn’t mean that there should be no pictures of family but just not too many or walls full of them. Also, its a good time to get rid of clutter and the things that you don’t use regularly. You can put these things in storage or if you don’t have tons of stuff, consider putting it in the garage. If placing in the garage, consider putting it in a rectangular shape where your car would be parked. This helps buyers visualize a car fitting there. If you put it up against the wall, the garage will feel smaller. For more information on preparing your Tulsa Home for sale, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732(Darryl), 918-740-0077 (buyer hotline), 918-258-2600 or www.darrylbaskin.com.
Tulsa mortgage– Rates will be going up. Rates cannot stay this low forever. Sometimes it seems like we keep claiming rates will go up but they remain low. They will go up. Consider your families needs over the next 5-10 years. If you will be needing a larger or smaller home or different home needs, consider moving sooner versus later. Everyone has different needs and the same decision isn’t right for everyone. Think carefully through your needs and your future goals and plans. Would a higher house payment be a hindrance? Will you be stuck in your home if interest rates increase? Talk to your Tulsa mortgage officer or Tulsa Realtor for some professional advice. Contact TTCU The Credit Union at 918-749-8828 or www.ttcu.com.
Risk Management 101– Risk is uncertainty. MEAT is an acronym we will use for risk management.
If you do a high wire act, there is some risk management that will occur. Here are some examples….
M- Mitigation- harness myself in- mitigate the risk of falling.
E- Eliminate- don’t do it.
A-Accept risk- it is what it is- do it anyway.
T- Transfer- pay someone else to do it for you- transfer risk to insurance company.
This is a basic look at risk management but there are other things to consider. The insurance company may require certain things in order to give you the policy or they pay completely deny the policy. For more information on Tulsa area insurance contact Tedford Insurance at 918-299-2345 or www.tedfordinsurance.com.