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

 

Commercial Building For Sale in Historic Downtown area of Bixby!

1 N Armstrong St., Bixby, OK

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Commercial Building for sale in Bixby features concrete/brick construction, barrel roof, and men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers. 5,328 sq. ft., Clear span with no support posts. Six zones mini-split Mitsubishi HVAC. Additional features include door sign, roof sign, dumpster, smoke detector, and security system. This building is the former Ice House 24 Hour Fitness Center, located in the original town of Bixby, across from new city park. Listed at $260,000

Contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or darrylbaskin.com

New Listing! Duplex For Sale in Tulsa – Yorkshire Estates!

5101-5103 E 32nd Street, Tulsa, OK

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This charming Duplex features remodeled kitchens and baths, and corner fireplaces. New as of July 2017, HVAC on 5103, new interior paint in 5101, and new exterior paint. The property offers a total of 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 2 car garage. This inviting home is located on a cul-de-sac with private yard. Singular lease in place. The buyer may immediately occupy. Located in Yorkshire Estate and listed at $149,900

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

When Is the Best Time to Lock in an Interest Rate in Tulsa?

During the radio show this week, a home buyer asked a great question. “I’m buying a second home and expect to close in December. Should I lock in an interest rate soon, or wait?”

 

Interest rates are constantly going up and down. If you lock in now, rates may go down afterwards. On the other hand, if wait too long, you have to accept what you get. When is the best time to lock in an interest rate? Why is it important?

The interest rate affects how much you’re paying for the money which you’re borrowing. Therefore, a lower rate means a lower payment. However, there are a lot of things happening in our world which affect market cycles, creating uncertainty.

It’s important you work with a lending professional who can analyze the bond market and explain what’s happening. For example, if we look at this year, bonds have been up and down considerably, with a low point in mid-September. During this time, the country was experiencing hurricanes and threats from North Korea, causing investors to wonder where the safest place to invest money was. They decided to invest in bonds, driving the cost of bonds down. As a result, at that moment, you could’ve gotten the lowest interest rate available this year. Looking at it now, 30 days later, we have returned to the average rate of 2017. If interest rates look high right now, it’s because they were recently low.

One year ago, you would’ve paid 1 point lower, but rates are trending up. The best advice is to talk with your lender and review all options. Consider what’s most important to you. The difference in interest rates between now and December is anticipated to be an eighth of a percent. Is it more important to you to save in interest, or to feel secure as a property owner?

For more information on interest rate, or to complete a loan application online, contact Dan Newbury at TTCU Federal credit Union or visit ttcu.com

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

 

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TTCU Federal Credit Union Tulsa Can Save Home Buyers Money at Closing


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TTCU Federal Credit Union recently made a choice to convert from a State Charter to a Federal Charter credit union. What does this mean and how will it affect members?

Previously, TTCU Federal Credit Union had two regulators, State and Federal. Under the new charter, TTCU has only Federal regulators. Ultimately, this offers a reduction in costs for services the credit union provides.

At TTCU, they often ask themselves “What benefits can we offer our members?”  TTCU is focused on finding the best financial solutions for their members. One member benefit is they no longer have to pay a mortgage tax when purchasing a home. They only pay the $5.00 county portion. For example, on a home which costs $150,000, the buyer would pay approximately $150 in taxes under state regulations. Under the new federal credit union charter, there is a standard fee of only $5.00. The savings may not sound significant, however, when you add up all the fees on a sales transaction, it helps. Most fees are standard and can’t be lowered.

Additional benefits members can expect are lower fees on real estate transactions. TTCU charges a standard rate of $649 in closing costs, no matter how much the sale price is. Also, there is no charge for flood certification or credit reports, and no tax service fee.

For more information, or to complete a loan application online, visit ttcu.com 

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

When Downsizing or Listing Your Home for Sale in Tulsa, Donate Used Furniture to “Making Room For You”

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When downsizing, or moving, you may have extra furniture which you no longer need. It’s still in great condition, yet it’s no longer serving a purpose for you. Make a difference by donating your items to Making Room For You in Tulsa. They will come to your home, remove your unwanted items for free, and donate them to families in need, in the Tulsa area.

Making Room For You is a non-profit organization made up of community members volunteering their time. Their purpose is to provide much needed furniture to families in need. Many of the families they work with are in the process of moving into a new home or apartment, such as government housing. Often, they’re transitioning from a traumatic event, such as domestic abuse or a fire. Receiving a bed, or dresser for their child during an overwhelming time, offers them hope.

Typically, DHS, or a church, will reach out to Making Room For You with a request of what’s needed. The organization may not have the exact items they’re looking for, but they will help them none the less. Making Room For You doesn’t turn anyone down. They don’t have a warehouse, so their goal is to get items which are donated into people’s hands the same week.

Many of the donations are from people who are moving or preparing to list their home for sale in the Tulsa area. When preparing to stage a home, or downsizing, home sellers have extra furniture which needs to be removed. The process can be overwhelming, but Making Room For You will remove it, for free, reducing stress for home sellers and helping families in need.

If you have furniture items you would like to donate, reach out to Ron Hood at makingroomforyou.org or at (918) 830-5017. Ron runs this organization while working full time as an insurance agent. He specializes in working with people sixty-five and older, assisting with health and life insurance.

For questions about listing your home for sale in Tulsa, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or darrylbaskin.com

Buying a House in Tulsa: How to Make an Offer on the Highest Priced Home in the Neighborhood


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You found the perfect house. It has everything you’re looking for and you’ve fallen in love. Your real estate agent does comps for you and you learn it’s the highest priced house in the neighborhood. What kind of offer do you make? Is it okay to own the highest priced house in the area?

You may be tempted to submit a very low offer, which may insult the seller. Take some time to evaluate if the house justifies being the highest priced. Do the features, location, and amenities make it worth it? Perhaps it has an extra bathroom, or an addition that the neighboring houses don’t have. You can also do a radius search to compare surrounding homes.

You’ll then have to determine which factors are most important to you. Perhaps you have already looked at 30 houses and this is the only one that meets your needs. Which is more important you – that you have all the features you are looking for, or the price per square foot? Sometimes you have to narrow down what the point of your purchase is. What is your goal? You can pay a little more for a house with a pool, or pay to have a pool fit in. What is best for you?

Featured Properties:

  • 7957 South 78th East Ave in Sweetbriar – Great floorplan with 3 bedrooms downstairs plus theater and bedroom upstairs, game room with wet bar, detached office, kitchen with granite
  • 6708 S Atlanta Pl., Tulsa – 4 full-size bedroom’s, mother-in law suite, circle drive, new hardwood floor downstairs, and lots of closet space!
  • 8954 W 51st Street – 6 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, master suite with 2-sided fireplace, outdoor kitchen, 5 acres of property!

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

 

 

Commercial Property For Sale in Tulsa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6122 S Garnett Road, Tulsa

This 13,500 Sq. Ft. building has an available 7500 Sq. Ft. clear span space in the back, available for immediate occupancy. The property includes 5 front retail spaces on 1 year leases. Ideal for owner/user who wishes to have lease income! This space features 9’ ceilings, cable TV wiring, mini kitchen, security system-owned, smoke detector, and central AC.  Located in a commercial location at the high traffic intersection of 61st and Garnett, which is a convenient ½ mile from HWY 169. The concrete parking lot offers 82 spaces. Listed at $990,000

Contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or darrylbaskin.com

TTCU Federal Credit Union in Tulsa Can Save You Money at Your Closing

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TTCU Federal Credit Union recently converted to a Federal Charter. With this change, TTCU now works with Federal regulators, as opposed to state regulators.

What does this mean for home buyers? It means being able to save more money when you buy a house. The amount of taxes home buyers pay on a transaction is now lower at TTCU. On every transaction in real estate, home buyers pay a transfer tax, equal to 1/10th of 1% of the sale price. For example, on a $150,000 home, the buyer pays about $150 in taxes. Under the new federal credit union charter, there is a standard fee of only $5.00. This is a significant cost savings for a home buyers!

In addition, TTCU Federal Credit Union offers great interest rates! The closing cost fee is a standard $649 with no extra charges. TTCU also opened Integrity Title and Closing Company last year, now offering integrated services. When a home buyer gets their home mortgage and title services through TTCU, they receive a savings on their interest rate.

TTCU is focused on finding the best financial solutions for their members. For more information, or to complete a loan application online, visit ttcu.com

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