Court Appointed Special Advocates– CASA volunteers work with children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect. CASA Volunteers speak up for these children in court. Volunteers talk with teachers, parents, foster parents, children, doctors, therapists, counselors, case workers, attorneys and anyone else that is involved in the case. They are able to give valuable information and opinions to the judge so that the judge can make the best decision for the child. For more information on CASA, contact them at tulsacasa.org.
20 Question You Must Ask Your Next Realtor Before You Sign On The Dotted Line– This report is very helpful for Tulsa buyers and Tulsa sellers before they select a Realtor. Selecting the right Realtor is important. When you make decisions in the real estate process you can have a more positive or negative experience depending on your choice of a Realtor. Your Realtor should ask you the tough questions to help you make the right decision. You need a Realtor that you trust and that you will be willing to hear that tough advice, when necessary. To get a copy of this report or for all your Tulsa real estate needs, contact Darryl at www.darrylbaskin.com or 918-732-9732.
What is a 3-D Tour?– We do a 3-D tour of our properties. New technology is allowing us to put people in a house virtually. We take lots of pictures and with this new technology the pictures are put together in such a way that you can get a virtual tour of the house, like you were in a doll house. You can walk up stairs, go in bathrooms, and much more. This type of tour is like a tour of the property from the comfort of your home. This enables many buyers and agents to look through houses that they may not have had the time to go through otherwise. This can be a huge benefit when selling your home.
Tulsa Abstract History– Tulsa Abstracts are the history book of ownership of your property. It proves that you own the property and that no one else owns it. This is the record of the title of your property. In Oklahoma, we put things in a physical book that we store. In the past we stored abstracts in our basement, hence the letter “B” on the identification for some abstracts. If you or a family member stores their own Tulsa abstract, please consider letting us store them. We store them for free and if they are damaged or lost while in our care we pay to have them completely rebuilt. If you store your abstract, you will be responsible for paying for them to be rebuilt if they are opened, damaged, or lost. In the future, abstracts will likely be scanned and stored digitally. For all your Tulsa Abstract questions, contact Guaranty Abstract at www.guarantyabstract.com or 918-496-9090.
How certain is my closing date? There is really no formula for closing. Things can change even when you do everything right. Closings are generally about 45 days from the date of the contract. There are many variables and can be stressful for Tulsa sellers who need to schedule movers, have utilities turned on and off, and so much more. Realize that these variables occur. In good circumstances, you could have a weeks extension from the closing date that is on the contract. Be prepared for these scenarios and extensions. For all your Tulsa real estate questions, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or www.darrylbaskin.com.
Tulsa Real Estate for Sale
One Address, Thousands of Homes- Home Guide Tulsa
7201 West Edison Street- $1,750,000- just west of downtown, galley sink, Wolf appliances, pool, 55 acres, 24 stall barn
8954 West 51 Street- $999,999- 9042 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, gated entrance, 8 car garage
1 North Armstrong- commercial building, approximately 5200 square feet, located in Bixby
Forest Trails is a South Tulsa neighborhood that features quality Tulsa custom built homes built in the 80’s. They also feature larger lots with mature trees. If you are interested in properties in Forest Trails or anywhere in the Tulsa or surrounding areas, contact Tracy Jam at 918-508-5247 or Darryl Baskin of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or www.darrylbaskin.com.
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate– Midtown Tulsa is generally considered the area between Riverside and Yale and around 5th/11th to 41st Street. Many are wanting to be back in the Midtown area. It is not just a geographic area it is really a way of life. There are more parks, people are concerned about walk-ability, they tend to frequent farmers markets and there are generally more locally owned businesses. In addition to being close to Riverpark, Downtown Tulsa areas such as the Blue Dome and Brady Districts, Guthrie Green, and Utica Square, there is a also a different mind set. The homes generally have more architectural interesting and are often historic as well. For more information on Midtown Tulsa Real Estate contact Lori Cain of eXp Realty at 918-852-5036 or www.loricain.com.
Oklahoma Abstracting Bill– Speaker of the House, Charles McCall, had constituents that were having trouble getting their Oklahoma abstracts because of the length of time it often takes to get done in rural counties. Sometimes it can take longer because the process to track back records to statehood (or even before) is very lengthy. There is also the process of Quiet Title which requires notification. Sometimes there are also Abstractors who are doing things improperly, such as requiring extra funds to get the abstract completed. This bill is intended to bring some transparency to the Oklahoma abstracting process and bring faster return times. This bill will place requirements that will help prevent Abstractors from delaying the process unnecessarily. This bill has passed the Oklahoma House and will be voted on in the Senate soon. For more information on this bill or to contact your Oklahoma State Legislator visit oklegislature.gov.
Tulsa Mortgage– Interest rates have been all over the place lately. With the new President, things have gone back and forth and mortgage rates have fluctuated. This is not uncommon. When you are getting a Tulsa mortgage, you need to work with someone who knows what they are talking about. Let us work with you and discuss your short term and long term plans and goals. There are many products and options that are available. Let us help you find the right fit for your needs. Contact TTCU The Credit Union at 918-749-8828 or www.ttcu.com
Tulsa Area Real Estate For Sale
One Address, Thousands of Homes- Home Guide Tulsa – The entire Tulsa MLS at one address.
10653 S 68th East Avenue Tulsa-$410,000- 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, appx 4100 square feet (per appraiser), 1/2 acre lot
171 and Mingo- 35 acres in Bixby (find it at BaskinCommercial.com)
8954 W 51 St Tulsa- $999,999- 4+ acres, 6 bedrooms, over 9000 square feet (per appraiser)
Court Appointed Special Advocates– CASA trains volunteers to speak for neglected and abused children in court. When children from Oklahoma are put in state custody due to allegations of neglect or abuse, a Tulsa area CASA volunteer can be appointed by the judge. The CASA volunteers talk with case workers, foster parents, parents, teachers, doctors, attorneys, the children and those involved with the case. They will be able to make recommendations and give information to the judge so that they can make the best decision for them. To become involved in CASA, contact Tulsa CASA at tulsacasa.org.
Can a Generator Be a Benefit to Your Tulsa Home? A generator is a convenient thing to have but can also enhance the value of your Tulsa home. More experienced buyers will often pay for the quality items that have been added to your home, such as a generator. A generator is not an extraordinary expense to have the peace of mind that you will be able to use the appliances and equipment necessary in an outage. A generator can run just the minimal number of appliances- hot water tank, a couple of light fixtures and electrical circuit, microwave, etc. Those few appliances and electrical outlets don’t take a really big generator. Evaluate what you need (including any necessary medical equipment) and let us help you determine what size generator you need. We will put the necessary items in one panel and when the power goes out those items in the emergency panel will be run with the generator.
Tulsa area homes are using less electricity than in years past. This is due to newer style light bulbs, fixtures and appliances. For an average house you are looking at about $8000 for the entire job- the panel, generator, labor. Now the gas line would need to be run separately by your Tulsa plumber. It is important that you have a licensed Tulsa electrician install the generator and electrical panel. Without the proper installation and transfer switch people can get hurt.
Also remember a whole house surge protector. They are affordable and can save you from lots of expense and difficulty in the future should an electrical surge occurs. For Tulsa electrical repair, installation, or questions, contact Murray Electric at 918-835-9605 or www.murrayelectric.com.
What are Quality of Life Features? When designing your Tulsa home, remodeling, or simply doing repairs to your Tulsa home, consider quality of life features. There are many features that increase your quality of life. Extra thick walls, wider doorways and hallways, and upgrading your thermostat, lightbulbs and light fixtures are all examples of things that can increase your quality of life. Sometimes these features can protect you in the event of a storm (such as wall thickness and material or a built in storm shelter), other times they decrease the amount you spend on utilities. For more information on quality of life features to consider in your Tulsa home, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists at 918-732-9732 or www.darrylbaskin.com.
Tulsa has the worlds largest collection of Art Deco buildings! This is a unique feature of Tulsa and a great thing to explore, whether you have lived here for years or are just visiting. For more information on these building, visit Art Deco Tour here at darrylbaskin.com.
Does The Homeowner Have to Be Present During Whole House Surge Protector Installation? If your Tulsa electrician is installing a surge protector at the panel the homeowner does not necessarily have to be there during the install. Sometimes we have to shut off the electricity and sometimes we can leave the electricity on. As a homeowner, depending on your preferences and what we need access to, will determine whether you need to be present during installation.
Tulsa Real Estate for Sale
One Address, Thousands for Sale- Home Guide Tulsa
171 and Memorial- Commercial Acreage, appx 35 acreage, good highway access
6718 S Atlanta Avenue Tulsa- $255,000- one level, side entry 2 car garage, modern updated kitchen
1 N Armstrong Street Bixby- $285,000- The old Ice House Fitness Center, can be sold with or without equipment
3909 N Battle Creek Drive Broken Arrow- $400,000- gated community, quality of life features, therapeutic hot tub
630 Meadowood Drive Broken Arrow- $163,500- Indian Springs, Backs to golf course, 4 bedrooms, partially remodeled.
For more information on Tulsa area real estate, contact Darryl of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or www.darrylbaskin.com.
What is the Oklahoma Abstractors Board? The Oklahoma Abstractors Board is made up of 9 members- 6 are employees or holders of a certificate of authority (the certificate allows the company to be an abstractor of the county). That means that 6 know the abstracting business, 1 must be a licensed real estate broker for 5 years prior to being a member, 1 must be an attorney licensed to practice in Oklahoma for at least 5 year prior to being a member, and 1 an officer of a bank in Oklahoma. Prior to 2008 the Governor designated the board, however now, each July the members come up for reappointment. The board can change each year and are not reappointed or confirmed by the Senate. They receive no compensation for this job. Abstractors gather the information that has been filed on record for your property. The title side of business examines the abstract and determines what requirements must be taken care of in order to transfer title of the properly. The abstract process is the first part of the process but there are other things are going on at the same time.
What is a Quiet Title Suit? When you have two parties and they aren’t agreeing on who owns the property or what is going on it goes to a quiet title suit. They will each be able to speak to an attorney and give evidence to prove that they own the property. It will go before a judicial review to determine who owns the property. Even though people think that Oklahoma has more of these problems because we are an abstract state, others have problems just like this as well.
In order to help prevent problems with the title, make sure you purchase owners title insurance. You can also go to the county clerk to verify that the release was filed with them after your closing occurs. For all your Tulsa area Abstracting needs contact Guaranty Abstract at 918-587-6621 or www.guarantyabstract.com.
Tulsa Real Estate and Historic Homes- Handling Older Wiring- When purchasing a historic or older Tulsa home, there can be many concerns with older electrical wiring. Anything built before around 1954-1955 could have wiring and electrical issues that could be problematic. With knob and tube wiring the wires were run open with porcelain knobs to keep wires from touching the wood. It was actually a pretty safe method but can sound terrifying to us today. The two wires that were used, if they come in contact would cause sparks and arching. With knob and tube, one side of the stud would be the hot side and the other would be the cold side. So, until they went into the box, they couldn’t come in contact. Years later, we came up with different wiring for the convenience and cost savings. Knob and tube by itself is safe, as long as it is fused correctly. The problem occurs when you have knob and tube and add other electrical outlets. Cloth wiring was used in knob and tube wiring. If cloth wiring is in a temperature and humidity controlled environment, it can be pretty safe. Remember, you need to have someone that knows what they are doing to come tie into older wiring and make additions or repairs. If you need to update your wiring, try doing it circuit by circuit or room by room. Rewiring and entire house is quite costly.
As a Tulsa home buyer, what do I do if this comes up in an inspection report? If you like the house, have a licensed Tulsa electrician, experienced in knob and tube wiring, come and inspect it. Realize that inspectors are not experts at everything. They have a good general working knowledge of the systems in your home that the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board requires. When something occurs in the inspection, talk to an expert in that particular field. Don’t just take what the inspector says as the final story. Call professionals in the related area to inspect that area and give you recommendations. For all your Tulsa electrical repairs, contact Murray Electric at 918-835-9605 or www.murrayelectric.com. For more information on historic homes in Tulsa visit homeguidetulsa.com.
Tulsa Area Real Estate For Sale
Tulsa MLS- One Address, Thousands of Homes- Home Guide Tulsa
E 171st Street Bixby- $1,120,000- Corner of 171st and Mingo, 35 acres
6428 S 87th East Avenue Tulsa- $165,000- 4 bedrooms, 2 full 1 half bathrooms
10653 S 68th East Avenue Tulsa-$410,000- 1/2 acre lot, mature trees, 4 bedrooms, 3 full 1 half bathrooms
For some Tulsa, Ok. homeowners it can be quite scary to find a swarm of bees in or around their Tulsa area home. Some might even discover honey running down the mantle or walls of their Tulsa home for sale. Whatever the situation it is important to remember some basic information when handling a swarm of bees in your Tulsa home.
First, don’t spray a swarm of bees. The best way to handle the situation is to call a local Tulsa beekeeper to come and take a look. They can let you know what to do and how best to do it. If it is indeed a swarm of honeybees, they can find someone to come and take away the bees and the hive so that there will be no further problems.
Second, don’t decide to take on beekeeping without educating yourself first. Seeing a swarm of bees might make you think that you can just create your own hive and become a Tulsa beekeeper yourself. More beekeepers are needed, however, before you decide to take it on as a hobby, educate yourself. Make sure you are educated before you decide to take on beekeeping as a hobby. Remember, if bees scare you then beekeeping is probably not a good choice. Also, if you are not able to perform labor intensive work in the heat while lifting heavy objects then it is best to leave beekeeping to someone else.
Finally, if you need more information on Tulsa bee control, removing a beehive in your Tulsa area property, or beekeeping in Tulsa, contact one of the people or organizations below.
Tulsa Swarm Hotline 918-520-4970
Bob Martin 918-698-1741
Dane Strickland 918-698-1741
Green Country Beekeepers facebook page
NEOBA (NorthEast Oklahoma Beekeepers Association) facebook page
Smoke Detectors And Your Tulsa Property– The current code in Oklahoma requires that smoke detectors be hard wired with a battery back up. In the last 5-7 years Tulsa EMP inspectors will flag the detectors if there is more than one wire in the breaker for your smoke detector. We recommend people change their smoke detector batteries in their Tulsa home once per year. A good time to remember is to change batteries during Daylight Savings Time or some other time or holiday that will help you remember every year to change your detector batteries. Don’t wait until you hear the chirp from your smoke detectors in the middle of the night.
Also remember that smoke detectors do expire. The material that is used to detect the smoke has a life expectancy. The lifespan is usually 5-7 years. When this time comes, or if you haven’t changed them in 20 years, throw them out and have them replaced. A good idea if you are changing them out in your Tulsa home is to go with the dual detectors that detect smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (is usually found in heat and is deadly and has no smell). Any wood or oil based product will produce carbon monoxide. The code in Tulsa now says you have to have 1 smoke detector for every bedroom and 1 for any common area or hallway outside the bedrooms as well as 1 on each floor. You can add more than 1 but that is the minimum. For all your Tulsa electrical repairs and remodeling, contact Murray Electric at 918-835-9605 or www.murrayelectric.com.
QUICK TIP– Homestead is an exemption of $1000 off the millage of your Tulsa home. This averages $90-130 savings each year. It also lasts every year you own the home. Also realize that this can be beneficial in some instances of financial problems. You have until March 15th to get Tulsa county homestead filed. Go to assessor.tulsacounty.org to fill out application for Tulsa county homestead exemption.
Common Last Minute Mistakes on a Tulsa Title and Abstract. One common problem we find in Tulsa closings is mistakes with name spellings. We must make sure we get all names correct. The names must match on the abstract and deed. Another problem is getting the correct signatures when closing on Tulsa property. One signature to buy, two to sell is a common phrase used in Tulsa real estate. For example, you buy a property when you are single but then get married. Generally we will ask for the spouses signature at closing. This can be confusing but is very important to get right to avoid further problems. These things revolve around the marriage laws in Oklahoma. For more information on Tulsa Country Abstract and Title, contact Guaranty Abstract at 918-587-6621or www.guarantyabstract.com.
Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers that go into the courtroom to give neglected and abused children a voice in court. When a child is removed from the home due to allegations of abuse or neglect a judge can appoint a CASA volunteer. Parents in most cases have to prove that they can get the kids back. Judges must make a life altering decision based on papers and in a short amount of time. The CASA Volunteer will speak with the child, parents, attorneys, case workers, foster parents, teachers, doctors, therapists and will relay this information to the judge so that they can make a well informed decision. To become a CASA volunteer, contact tulsacasa.org.
Tulsa Homes for Sale
The Entire Tulsa MLS on one site- One Address, Thousands of Homes- Home Guide Tulsa
6726 South 91 East Avenue, Tulsa- $165,000- large lot, convenient location, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
North 214th West Avenue, Sand Springs- $28,000- approximately 3.5 acres near Keystone Lake.
1510 Lake Ridge Drive, Sand Springs- $435,000- beautiful view, decks, 4 bedrooms, 4 full 1 half bathrooms
10716 South 66th East Avenue, Tulsa- $499,000- backs to pond, over 6000 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 full 3 half bathrooms
For more information on these properties or any Tulsa area real estate for sale, contact Darryl of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or www.homeguidetulsa.com.