Junior Achievement of Tulsa Teaches Students Financial Responsibility

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Junior Achievement of Tulsa, OK, is a non-profit program which teaches students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, age appropriate finance programs. Through this organization, students learn about world economy, the stock market, budgeting, and how to write a check.

Darryl Baskin, of Baskin Real Estate Specialists, is a volunteer with Junior Achievement. He recently spent a few hours volunteering at “Finance Park”. Finance Park is one of the programs offered by Junior Achievement, and was developed to give students an idea of how their education affects family planning choices.

Students participating in Finance Park utilize a program running on an iPad and are presented with a simulated career and salary. The student makes real-life choices based on their virtual income, such as selecting a car, house, health insurance, and budget for childcare. If they make a mistake, such as choosing the wrong health insurance, they receive an error and have to re-do it. Once they are complete, the program then gives them a real life situation, such as “you just got a flat tire”. The student must work out a solution to the problem.

Junior Achievement puts together a framework for students and teaches how to adjust to financial issues. The program educates kids by applying what they learn in school and demonstrating how to be realistic with finances, including groceries, bills, and insurance.

The programs are run by volunteers who teach life appropriate materials. The volunteers have an opportunity to show the students they have the power to change their life. If you have any interest in volunteering, or for more information on Junior Achievement, contact them at jaok.org

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

 

Which Inspections are Necessary When Buying a House in Tulsa, OK?

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Buying a house in Tulsa, OK is an exciting time! However, it’s a big process and the steps can become confusing. An important part of the process, which you don’t want to skip, is a home inspection. There are a lot of different types of inspections. Which home inspections should you focus on in Tulsa, OK?

Tulsa has a wide range of properties for sale, including newer homes and older homes. Each property has different needs. It’s best to start with a general home inspection. This inspection will cover roof, structural, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical. The general inspection will uncover any major issues, as well as any problems which may develop over time. In addition, the home inspector can recommend any additional inspections which are needed, such as radon, lead paint, or mold.

Once the inspector presents any major issues, the buyer has some options. They may request the seller to fix any major issues before proceeding with the sale, or they may decide to not buy the house.

What qualities should you look for when choosing a home inspector in Tulsa? First, and foremost, choose an inspector who is licensed. Take the time to meet with a few inspectors. Ask them if they are associated with a professional inspector group and ask to see a sample report.

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

 

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How to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent; Tulsa, OK

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Darryl Baskin’s perspective as a Real Estate Agent is different. People often feel as though they’re always being “sold” something. It’s easy to get sucked into the hype sales people present. Darryl’s perspective is to skip the hype and present the facts on why his recommendation is a good option for you. If you don’t feel it’s the right option, then it’s okay to pursue something else, such as renting. Darryl recommends home sellers and buyers in Tulsa focus on the facts and make the choices which will make them happy.

If you are considering buying or selling a house in Tulsa, this is the perfect time! Traffic does slow down, inventory drops, and the actual number of sales goes down; however the market remains stable. This is because the home buyers who remain in the market through fall and winter are serious buyers. In addition, home buyers can get a great deal on a home because home sellers generally don’t want to hold on to their home through the winter. As a result, the absorption rates for the Tulsa metro area remain consistent through fall and winter.

The absorption rate is the percentage of homes going under contract from the listed inventory. It tells us of the number of homes available for sale and how quickly they are being sold. We’ve had a stable market in the Tulsa Metro area for 2015, 2016, and 2017. You might suspect that absorption rates would be huge for spring/summer and low for fall/winter, yet they remain fairly consistent throughout the year. In 2016, the absorption rates were 12% in September, 13% in October, and 13% in December. The absorption rate in March 2017 was about 14%. Although inventory and number of buyers drop in fall and winter, the buyers and sellers who remain are serious.

When selecting your real estate professional, don’t choose the first agent who shows up. Take the time to go through the interview process using Darryl’s FREE home seller report “20 Questions You Must Ask Your Next Realtor® Before You Sign on the Dotted Line.” Select an agent who will keep your best interests at heart.

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house in the Tulsa metro area, reach out to Darryl Baskin. There’s no charge, or obligation, to meet and talk.

 

Featured Properties:

5101-5103 E 32nd St – Duplex in Tulsa $149,000 (recent price reduction). Recent updates.

7957 S 78th East Ave – Detached office with separate entry, 3 living areas, upstairs loft, bedroom, and theater room. Listed at $225,000

8954 W 51st Street – 9042 sq ft. Amazing house, ideal family home, spacious, high quality upgrades, but also comfortable. Circle drive, pond, and 8 car garage. Listed at $999,999

6708 S Atlanta Pl – 4BR, outside office, 2BR on main level, hardwood floors, great patio, circular drive. Listed at $297,000

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

 

 

Do Outlets in Your Tulsa Home Require a GFCI and Arc Fault?

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A GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is a fast-acting device which turns off electric power when it senses an imbalance in electrical flow. It protects people from getting shocked. The unit may be a circuit breaker, or more commonly, an outlet. The outlet features a test/reset button and may have a green light.

Modern outlets self-test and will inform you when something is wrong. If your Tulsa home was built in the late 80’s, all your outside outlets and inside bathroom outlets are on one circuit, controlled by one GFCI. If all your outlets stop working, check your circuit breaker for a tripped breaker. If you have a breaker in an older home, the panel has a white test button which is the GFCI breaker. Check it to ensure the GFCI breaker is set.

The GFCI breaker and outlet are both considered up to code; however the breaker is more expensive.

In addition to GFCI’s the NEC (National Electrical Code) is requiring the use of Arc Faults. An Arc Fault senses a short in the wiring and will turn off the electricity. It goes on each individual circuit in your panel and it’s a code requirement in new homes. Currently, every receptacle needs to be arc protected, except garages and outside outlets. However, it’s anticipated that these will soon be included as well.

The NEC doesn’t require that older homes be updated to include arc faults. However, if a change is made to a circuit, the new circuit must be up to code.  It may be tempting to skip this step, but it’s worth putting in the effort in now. When you decide to sell your house in Tulsa, everything must up to code and you’ll end up paying more to re-do the circuit if it’s not current. It will save you money to do it right the first time around.

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

Tulsa CASA Gives High-Risk Children a Voice

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Tulsa CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a non-profit organization which trains volunteers to speak in the best interest of abused and neglected children in the court system. Their purpose is to ensure kids in high-risk situations are given advocates to speak out for them in hopes of achieving the best possible outcome.

Once a child becomes a ward of the state, they’re assigned a CASA volunteer. The volunteer becomes a constant presence in the child’s life, communicating the child’s best interest to the judge and involved parties. The volunteer may meet with the child’s teachers, family, DHS workers, and therapist. The CASA volunteer will remain in contact with the child until their case is closed.

A CASA volunteer plays a significant role in the lives of these children. The child is often experiencing difficult “adult” situations and doesn’t have anyone else speaking for them. Often, their CASA volunteer is the only consistent person the child has looking out for them throughout the entire process. The CASA volunteer may be the only person the child feels they can trust during this period.

Bruce Dart works for the Tulsa Health Department, but also serves on the Board of Directors for Tulsa Casa. His goal is to support all volunteers because children need a voice to ensure the best possible outcome for them. If you have time, and have a heart for children, please reach out to see how you can make a difference. Call Tulsa CASA at (918) 584-5740 and visit their website at tulsacasa.org.

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

 

Home Seller Tips in Tulsa: What Does it Mean to “Buy a Listing”

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When listing your house for sale in Tulsa, take the time to interview your Real Estate Agent. Be careful not to fall into an agent’s trap of “buying your listing”. What does this mean?

As you prepare to put your home on the market, you’ll meet with agents to determine how much you should list your home. It’s tempting to choose the Realtor® who suggests the highest price. However, keep in mind that it’s their job to build a relationship with you, to work towards listing your home. One of the “traps” some agents use is to suggest a higher than expected asking price, essentially “buying your listing”.

However, your home isn’t sold until you have a buyer and closing is complete. If your home is overpriced and not receiving offers, it may stay on the market for a long time. Home buyers may then wonder if something is wrong with your house.

Don’t be tricked into thinking the best deal is the highest price. The best deal is getting to the closing table in a timely manner OR as soon as possible. Take the time to interview your Realtor® and hire based on qualifications. 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 Properties

6718 S Atlanta Ave., Tulsa – 4 Bedroom home in beautiful Williamsburg neighborhood. Updated kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances. Short Sale subject to lender approval. Listed at $245,000

7201 W Edison Street – 55 acres luxury home with 6 bedrooms, 5 full baths, and an amazing kitchen with 3 Sub-Zeros. Property includes a 24 stall barn with living quarters. Listed at $1,750,000

6122 S Garnett Rd – Commercial property. One vacant space in the front. Back half is vacant. Located in a commercial location at the high traffic intersection of 61st and Garnett. Listed at $990,000

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

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