The Future of Real Estate Discusses Tulsa Historic Homes


 

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

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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

The Future of Real Estate Discusses Handling a Swarm of Bees in Your Tulsa Home

Continuing Care Retirement Living- Inverness is designed for those 55 and older.  Inverness is designed for people that are active and healthy and also for those who need additional care.  We promote an active and independent lifestyle with our residents.  There are fitness centers, housekeeping, restaurants, a hair salon, activities and much more.  There is one monthly fee that includes certain amenities such as activities, housekeeping, and dining.  There are formal dining, a bistro, and even a casual dining room. We work with residents who choose this lifestyle for themselves as well as family members and attorneys who are helping a family member.  In addition to living for those that are active and healthy, we have a place for those that need continuing care as they age.  Our Tulsa residences are from 750 square feet to over 2000 square feet. Call Jessica at Inverness Village at 918-388-4235 for more information on Inverness Village and Tulsa area continuing care residences.

 

QUICK TIP–  You can often get a great deal on a Tulsa home when you buy it with the ugliest and worst features (such as old flooring and wallpaper) and make it into something that is new and updated.

 

Tulsa Abstract Legislation- Over the last 10 years there has been Oklahoma legislation that has been introduced to eliminate abstracts in Oklahoma and the need for attorneys to examine them.  Overall, people don’t like abstracts.  Oklahoma is one of the only states left to have abstracts.  Part of the problem is that in smaller cities and counties, it may take a longer time to get the abstract completed. In Tulsa county we don’t have the problem of an extended time to get the abstract.

In some of the southern counties there were some issues getting abstracts when trying to buy or sell properties.  The Oklahoma House Bill was brought about to try to bring light to the problems that had been occurring.  It would have eliminated the need for abstracts and the need for attorneys to go over them.  The bill got the attention that was needed to help bring about the change to the problem areas in Oklahoma. The bill was more or less for the smaller counties that were taking too long to get the abstract updated.  The newer bill brings fines and fees for those that are taking too long to bring the abstract up to date.

When it comes to Abstracting in Oklahoma, there are many things that need to be done to be licensed.  You do not have to be an attorney.  You go to apply for a license.  When you are licensed you build your indexes. Building the index is a huge reason why there aren’t more Abstractors in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Abstract Board makes sure that the Abstractor is keeping the index up to date and producing abstracts whenever they are asked for it and also that the abstracting process is time effective.

Because the abstract helps prevent claims being filed on a property, the insurance is cheaper.  By cancelling abstracts completely, there will be more claims because accuracy will go down and insurance would end up costing more.

 

There is something called Adverse Possession.  Basically, adverse possession is when someone has occupied the land for a period of time, the property would now become theirs. Over the years homeowners will get the idea that because their fence was over the owners property line for 20 years the law says the property is now theirs. This is not exactly the case.  There must be evidence that there were notices given. In situations of adverse possession and updating an abstract, we simply gather the information that attorneys and judges need to make the determination of who owns the property.

For all your Tulsa county abstract needs, contact Guaranty Abstract at 918-587-6621 or www.guarantyabstract.com.

 

Why is it Important to Have Tulsa area Beekeepers?  We need beekeepers because the bee population has declined due to pesticides and insecticides that are being used. Bees are getting diseases and pests are causing problems with bees.  We need more beekeepers in Tulsa.  We don’t encourage irresponsible beekeeping and we really want those who are willing to educate themselves and do the hard work that is required.  If you are scared of bees, this is not for you.  If you can’t handle labor intensive work during the heat and lift heavy things, this is not for you.

It is extremely common for Oklahoma homeowners to find a hive of bees inside a home, wall, etc.  If you see swarms or hives of bees, there are people that will take care of this for you.  It is important not to spray them and kill them.  Have a Tulsa beekeeper come out and take the hive and bees away.  Just spraying the bees might get the bees away but you will still have the hive and honey inside your walls.  You can also check out “How to Handle a Swarm of Bees in Your Tulsa Home” for more information on who to contact for beekeeping and hive removal. For more information on Tulsa beekeeping contact Kevin Hyland at 918-779-9811.

 

Tulsa, OK Area Property for Sale

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630 Meadowood Dr. Broken Arrow- $163,500-  Backs to Indian Springs Golf Course, partial remodel, 4 bedrooms, 2 full 1 half bathrooms.

6718 South Atlanta Avenue, Tulsa- $255,000- Short sale, 4 bedrooms, 2 full 1 half bathrooms

1812 West Sandusky Street, Broken Arrow-$239,000-Backs to Battle Creek Golf Course, one level, brand new kitchen, 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms.

10716 South 66 East Avenue Jenks- $499,000- Forest Trails,  4 bedrooms, 4 full 3 half bathrooms

10653 South 68th East Avenue- Forest Trails- This property is not yet listed, contact Darryl at 918-732-9732 for more information.

For more information on Tulsa real estate contact Darryl of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or www.darrylbaskin.com.

How to Handle A Swarm of Bees in Your Tulsa Home

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

www.beeremovalsource.com