The Future of Real Estate Discusses Electrical Issues and Home Inspections

Court Appointed Special Advocates– CASA volunteers work with kids that have been removed from the home due to allegations of abuse or neglect.  CASA Volunteers talk with the kids, foster parents, parents, teachers, therapists, doctors, attorneys, case workers and more.  They are able to gather information and give the judge valuable information so that they can make the best decision for the child. Judges often have limited time and information simply based on a stack of papers.  CASA volunteers bring information and a perspective that the judge may not get otherwise.  For more information about Court Appointed Special Advocates, contact them at


Tulsa Home Inspections and Electrical Issues–  Things a licensed home inspector is supposed to look at…  First, his purpose is to make sure everything is working in the home.  Is there anything that’s unsafe?  The home inspector is not a licensed electrician but they have knowledge that will help them look for problem areas.  If something is mentioned on a home inspection, don’t get upset.  Call your Tulsa electrician for an inspection on the possible electrical problem areas.  The inspector will examine the service drop to make sure its safe.  He will make sure there is adequate service for the space.  He will check to make sure there are no double taps (only 1 wire per breaker)- which could cause overloading or indicate improper installation.

Fuse boxes were in use up until mid to late 50’s when circuit breakers came about.  Circuit breakers came about because fuses were limited. Circuit breaker boxes could be expanded and added too.  Lately a lot of insurance companies will refuse to write a policy for a home with fuse boxes. The cost to replace a fuse box with a circuit breaker is dependent on several things, including where the fuse box is located. The average cost to replace a fuse box begins at about $500.   For questions and service for Tulsa electrical needs, contact Murray Electric at 918-835-9605 or


What should I do with my pets during showing?– Pets present a liability issue and what to do depends on the pet.  If your dog bites or runs out the door, you have a liability and you can’t expect buyers and agents to keep the pet inside.  If your pet can be put in a crate or a certain room with a doggie gate, doesn’t run out the door, doesn’t bite, then it is usually ok for them to be present.  Be mindful of the stress that some animals go through during the sales process however. They may not normally bite but having strangers coming in and out may cause them to bite.  Remember they act differently when you are not present.  The best is to take them with you or crate them. Not everyone is a pet person, so a pet being present may just turn them off and they may not look at your home.  Also, removing pet dishes and any other items that may keep someone from looking can be very helpful to increase showings.  Remove pet dishes and make sure there is no odor or pet stains and hair.


Do I set my alarm or leave it off when there is a showing?–  This really is difficult to say.  Tulsa home buyers and agents may not be able to turn it off or may forget to turn it on when they leave.  With todays technology, if you can leave it on to ensure security for your Tulsa area home but are able to turn it off and on via your cell phone, that is ideal.  You could also create a code specifically to be used for agents during a showi Play it by ear.  Be flexible and make it as simple as possible.


How much value does my pool add to my Tulsa house?  It adds some value depending on where you are and how many other around you have a pool.  You may get about 1/3 of the value of a pool, but even that is not a specific amount.  There are so many variables in this, that discussing it with your Tulsa Realtor is one of the best ways to help determine the value of your home.   For more information about the value of your Tulsa home, contact Diana Smith of eXp Realty at 918-902-1089 or Darryl Baskin at 918-732-9732 or



Tulsa Real Estate for Sale

One Address, Thousands of HomesHome Guide Tulsa

Soon on the market-  55 acres, horse ranch, West Tulsa, $1,750,000.

8954 W 51st Street Tulsa- $999,999- over 9000 square feet, 5 acres, pond, circle drive, 8 car garage, plus more.

3510 E 104th Place Tulsa- $395,000- one level home in Jenks Schools, approximately 3/4 acre treed lot.

14994 N 147th East Avenue Collinsville- $399,900- mother-in-law suite, 2 bedrooms upstairs, 2 bedrooms downstairs, backs to greenbelt.

8307 E 63rd Court Tulsa- $95,000- Union Schools, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, needs structural repair (already have bids), 1933 square feet.

For all your Tulsa area real estate needs, contact Darryl Baskin and the Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or

The Future of Real Estate Discusses Your Realtor Their Role and Their Identity

Your Realtor- Role Versus Identity– As people we have an identity.  We often hire real estate agents because we are friends or relatives, or because of our or their identity.  When making that decision we choose them because we like them or we get along. Your choice in a realtor needs to be based on a role that they serve for you.  Your agent should have a good understanding of what their role is.  Managing the process, dealing with the conflict, the stress that goes along with it, dealing with people and their reactions and emotions along the way are all part of the Realtors role.  People want to trust someone but don’t want to be taken advantage of.  When you are hiring someone, don’t hire them for the identity or the relationship you have.  Hire them for the role they are playing.  Sometimes they have to be bold and be able to tell you the truth you may not want to hear.  Getting you to the closing table requires that separation- when to be the nice guy and when to be plain spoken and handle things.  The agents experience is often part of that.  Remember the Realtor is not writing the check.  You need to hire a realtor that you will allow to be honest and upfront with you. Also, as a seller or buyer, don’t be so bullheaded that your Realtor can’t be honest with you.  This is a two way street- your realtor needs to give you the facts and know the best strategy to get you to the closing table. You need to be able to hear the truth and the facts.  For all your Tulsa real estate questions, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists at 918-732-9732 or


Aluminum Wiring in Your Tulsa Home–  Houses that were built around the mid 70’s  used aluminum wire.  Copper was in shortage and aluminum wiring was popular.  When you replace your switch or your outlet you need to make sure it is rated for aluminum wiring.  Often if you put a copper rated switch with an aluminum wire, this can cause arcing due to the different metals coming in contact.  The building code in the 70’s did require aluminum rated switches however people are not often aware of how to take care of aluminum wiring.  If you have silver colored wiring in your home- make sure it is being attached to something rated for aluminum.  Now also remember that in the 50’s they used copper wire that was coated in tin so it also looked silver.  Aluminum is a soft metal and doesn’t take the abuse that copper can take but is a good conductor of electricity. Aluminum wiring doesn’t always need to be replaced.  Contact Murray Electric at 918-835-9605 or  for more information or to find out more about the wiring in your Tulsa home.


Tulsa Real Estate Market Statistics

Average list price from April 2016 to April 2017-    $176,000 (April 2016) to $182,000 (April 2017), Closings are down from last year but Pending is up from last year. 1517 pending now that have not yet closed. Average closed each month is 1197.  5423 active listings. Average months supply of inventory is 4.5 months.  That means there are fewer homes available as a buyer but fewer to compete with as a seller.


Tulsa OK Residential Real Estate for Sale

One Address, Thousands of HomesHome Guide Tulsa

1510 Lakeside Ridge Drive Sand Springs- $435,000- Close to downtown Tulsa, beautiful wooded private lot, 4 bedrooms, 4 full 1 half bathrooms

3909 N Battle Creek Drive Broken Arrow-$400,000- 4 bedrooms (2 upstairs, 2 downstairs), 3 full 1 half bathrooms, in great condition, side entry garage

630 Meadowood Drive Broken Arrow-$163,500- on Indian Springs Golf Course, had some updates and livable but needs some updates

3131 S 69th East Avenue Tulsa- $129,000-  pool, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

For all your Tulsa area real estate needs, contact Darryl Baskin of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or