Time To Put Up Your Christmas Lights in Tulsa, OK!

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You don’t have to turn them on quite yet, but November is the perfect time to start planning and getting your Christmas lights set up. If you wait until December, you may be setting up decorations in the cold, freezing rain, or snow; which can be dangerous. Getting the decorations up now, while it’s still comfortable outside, will help prevent mistakes and accidents.

Also, check to be sure you’re using the right extension cord for indoor and outdoor use. The type of material on the cord is what makes it safe for outdoor use as it’s designed so it won’t crack. How can you tell the difference between indoor and outdoor cords? Indoor cords look like two pieces of cord put together; they have a seam down the middle. The outdoor cord is sealed, round, and the plug is one molded piece. You don’t want to use less than a 14 gauge wire. The cord should have “14 awg” stamped all over it. Also, use a 3 prong conductor so that it’s grounded.

You may have an outdoor outlet that isn’t grounded, meaning it only has 2 prongs rather than 3. In this case, you should replace the outdoor 2 prong outlet with a GFI (ground fault interrupter). The GFI will act as a safety when there’s no ground. You can use a GFI any time you have concerns about an outlet not being safe.

If you have more questions about installing your Christmas lights safely, or have electrical needs, contact Steve at Murray Electric in Tulsa, 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

18 Essential Steps for Homebuyers from Baskin Realty Specialists

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Buying a home is a process with many steps involved. We at Baskin Real Estate Specialists, have broken down the home buying process into 18 essential steps. We take the time to sit down with you and walk you through each of those steps.

We understand that every homebuyer has different needs, and those needs vary on the stage of life you’re in. Our main goal isn’t to get a deal closed as quickly as possible; we’re in the business of building life-long relationships. We do that by keeping our clients best interests close at heart and finding the house that’s perfect for them.

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in the Tulsa, OK region, reach out to Baskin Real Estate Specialists for a complimentary meeting. There’s no obligation and no cost. We would love the opportunity to meet with you to tell you why we have been in business for so long and why we have great customer satisfaction ratings.

To schedule a complimentary appointment, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or schedule an appointment online at askinforbaskin.com

A Perspective from a First Time Home Buyer in Tulsa

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Daniel is a first time home buyer in Tulsa. He recently closed on his first home and has useful feedback for fellow first time home buyers.

Daniel was surprised by how calm he felt through the process. After hearing stories from friends, he had expected the process of buying his first home to be stressful. He attributes the smooth process to Darryl Baskin from Baskin Real Estate Specialists. Darryl made sure Daniel was well informed throughout the entire process. As a result, Daniel was never surprised and didn’t experience many issues.

Darryl attributes the ease of the process to Daniel taking the time to plan properly. Daniel’s financial planning and preparation prior to beginning his home search helped make the process smooth. Obtaining pre-approval ahead of time allows the home buyer to budget properly and know their price limit.

Daniel took the time to look at houses online to see how much houses in Tulsa are listed for. He also began to compare features to determine his “must have’s”. He began this process a year before setting out to seriously look at homes.

There were a few speed bumps along the way. Daniel lost the first property he made an offer on. Another home buyer made a cash offer first. As a result, the seller chose the cash offer. Multiple offers on a home aren’t uncommon. This is another reason why having pre-approval can be beneficial. When receiving multiple offers on a home, the seller may choose the buyer who has been pre-approved.

When buying your first home in Tulsa, take the time to research, plan, save, and get pre-approval on a home loan. It also helps to attend a first-time home buyer class. Baskin Realty Specialists and TTCU Federal Credit Union are currently planning a first-time home buyer class!

Visit TTCU Federal Credit Union to review their financing options. They offer four different 100% lending options. This means you don’t put any down, you only pay closing costs. TTCU Federal Credit Union offers some of the lowest closing costs in Tulsa. In addition, when you close with TTCU Federal Credit Union, you receive .125 off your interest rate when the loan is a purchase transaction and close with Integrity Title and Closing. Visit ttcu.com for additional details.

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

 

 

Is it Too Late to Buy a House in Tulsa, OK, AND Move in by the Holidays?

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The holidays are approaching…is there time to buy a house and move in by the holidays? Yes, it’s possible!

Over the past three years, when comparing the seasonal time of year to peak times such as spring/summer, the actual ratio of homes sold compared to homes listed remained within the same percent. This is because the sellers who are serious keep their listing on the market during the holidays and winter. In addition, the buyers who are venturing out during this time are serious, too. Everyone is ready to make a deal! This is the time to buy. This is also the time of year investors purchase properties.

Featured Properties

  • 6708 S Atlanta Pl. – 2 bedroom’s on 1st level, optional 2nd master upstairs with private staircase, 3.5 baths, circle drive, office with separate entrance, $296,000
  • 7201 W Edison Street – 55 acres, luxury home, 6 bedrooms, 3 sub-zero’s in commercial grade kitchen, 24 stall barn. Endless possibilities for this luxury property in Tulsa! $1,750,000
  • 6718 Atlanta Ave. – Short sale in beautiful Williamsburg neighborhood with updated kitchen and enclosed sun room off master. List price is $245,000…Make an offer!
  • 1 N Armstrong St. – Commercial property in Bixby! Former IceHouse 24-hr Fitness Center. Equipment has been sold. Clear span, concrete construction, 6 zones heating/air. $260,000

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

Stress-free Tips on Winterizing Your Tulsa, OK Home

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It’s that time of year when we begin to see freeze warnings in Tulsa! When the temperature drops, there’s a potential for pipes to burst. You can help prevent winter water issues in your Tulsa home by doing the following:

  1. Disconnect your hose – hoses trap water. When you leave the hose connected, the water does not drain out. The water freezes and then leaks into the house.
  2. Open cabinet doors and laundry room doors where they don’t have good air flow, especially if the home is vacant, or you’re leaving for a period of time.
  3. Leave the heat on at 55 degrees.
  4. If the home is vacant, or you’re going away, turn off the main water supply lines and drain the pipes.

Take the time to winterize your home properly. These quick and easy steps may help prevent costly issues.

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 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