The Scoop on Mold in the Home- What Tulsa, OK Residents Need to Know


Special Guest, nationally recognized expert on Mold in homes, Tom Brick joins us for a phone interview every Tulsa Home Seller or buyer should know about.

We recently had a client with a mold issue. There was some possible mold found when preparing to list the property, so a mold inspector was brought in for an assessment. Mold, the spores of mother nature which can cause health issues, had gotten into the structure of the house; or so they thought. A second inspection and test showed no high levels of mold. This disparity brought up some interesting questions which we posed to one of the top national experts on mold in the home, Tom Brick.

According to Tom, there are some key things to keep in mind when it comes to mold. First- while there can be health issues, such as respiratory problems, mold isn’t fatal. Second, prevention of mold is the key to keeping your home environment healthy. Third, if mold is suspected, working with an experienced licensed inspector and technicians will be your best resources for mold issues. And fourth, getting a second or third opinion is always a good option to consider.

Mold grows in moist air. With a bit of care and diligent maintenance, most Tulsa homeowners can prevent mold from ever being an issue. This is best achieved with a good HVAC system where the moisture level in the air is kept between 40%- 50%. A good air flow exchange through your air conditioning system is likely to be all that’s needed to maintain this ideal air quality environment.

If a musty smell is noted in a home, or water spots appear on walls or ceilings, your home could be impacting the overall health of you and your family. It’s best to have a mold inspection done, and if needed to have the mold removed by a professional. When mold is confirmed in the home, proper clean up includes keeping the area sealed off from the rest of the house, as molds are airborne spores, disturbing them can send them to other rooms in your home and prolong the issue.

Just as hiring an electrician or plumber is the ideal for complex repairs, so too is working with an experienced, licensed mold inspector and removal service. As mold levels in the air can fluctuate greatly depending on the weather and season, getting at least two opinions is recommended. If both inspections have a large disparity in results, it’s worth it to get a third for a better comparison.

Find out about more things every Tulsa, OK Homeowner should know about mold by listening to the entire phone interview with Tom Brick on The Future of Real Estate is Now. If you have concerns with mold in your home, check out the CDC Government website for more information about mold and air quality, as well as additional resources.

Unlock Freedom, Bring New Hope to the Vulnerable in Tulsa, OK

Special Guest Sara Weller of Unlock Freedom talks with Darryl about the fastest growing crime enterprise in the world, and how it’s impacting our Tulsa communities. 

There are times where we want to live life through rose-colored classes, where everything is perfect, there’s no stress, nothing but happiness and joy. While this is not always a full reality as nothing is truly perfect, most of us manage to get there at least partway. We may not always have our ideal job, or we may need to deal with financial or health stresses, but generally speaking, leading a happy, healthy lifestyle is achievable. Many of us understand we have our own choices to make, that we can create a good life with a bit of hard work and perseverance, and a lot of support from family, friends and colleagues.

This is not so for everyone however, in particular for the disenfranchised. There are victims within our own community who have been forced into a life of having no choice, most horrifically within the world of human sex trafficking. Sara Weller of Unlock Freedom was on our latest airing of The Future of Real Estate is Now radio show, sharing vital information regarding this often hushed-up aspect of today’s world, and how we can make a difference.

As with many community initiatives, help and a better future begin with education. Unlock Freedom is an organization dedicated to fighting the battle against the fastest growing crime enterprise in the world, human trafficking. If you think this only impacts unfortunate souls just in third-world countries, we have a shock for you. Human trafficking affects people right here in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, across the region. The enforced labor of young girls and boys alike is a very scary and very real concern. But we can help protect our most vulnerable and help them get out of this unfortunate life situation.

According to Sara, this is best achieved with education and outreach programs. With the “It Stops With Me” curriculum presented by Unlock Freedom at schools around the Tulsa, OK area, kids and parents a like are learning about what human sex trafficking is, the various ways it exists, and that there’s actually an industry of money making businesses out there which are perpetuating the cycle of abuse, all for the sake of a dollar. By giving this issue a name and providing resources and tools to gain a better understanding of what to watch for, such as warning signs, everyone can be better prepared to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Unlock Freedom is also about helping those who are direct victims of this terrible situation. Help comes in the form of rescues from forced abductions or work in sex industries, as well as providing a local connection. Meeting with someone who really cares about them, what happens to them and who genuinely wants to help can make a big difference. One beautiful way this is being achieved is the giving of a small gift from an Unlock Freedom volunteer to a victim. The gift is given with love, to provide a piece of hope, and to let them know that regardless of their situation, they are worthy, they are a good person, they are loved. Feeling a sense of support through an emotional bond is a major stepping stone for people in our own communities to embrace and begin feeling empowered themselves, to get help and get out.

I encourage you to listen to the entire discussion with Sara and myself on The Future of Real Estate is Now. This is a critical topic which can impact anyone, including those we love. It’s important to know about community issues and the organizations and people whom are out there, making a difference to help those in need so we can all benefit as a whole. You can also discover more at UnlockFreedom.org.

 

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

Tulsa OK Homebuyers: What You Need to Know About Contract Timelines


Darryl and Dan Newberry of TTCU discuss the latest State contracts for home mortgage loans and how they can impact Tulsa home buyers.

When you make an offer on a Tulsa, OK home, and it’s accepted by the seller, the clock starts ticking, and there’s only so much time available to get everything done so you can close on your new home on time. As Dan Newberry of TTCU explained on our latest episode of The Future of Real Estate, this is a vital piece of the process for home buyers to understand.

The most recent state contracts for Oklahoma home mortgages provides a 5-day window for lenders to have everything in order for the closing process, including the scheduling of an appraisal. This 5-day time limit was put in place to help both buyers and sellers be assured of the funding process, that a home buyer will in fact be able to purchase the home they have made an offer on.

This is great news, but home buyers need to remain diligent in their part of the process as much as they should be in choosing a lender to work with. As a Tulsa home buyer, as soon as you have an agreed upon offer signed by the seller, you’ll want to contact your lender immediately to get the ball rolling on the process.

You’ll also want to have a lender who understands the time sensitive nature of this type of transaction. A lender with built-in practices and processes to keep the 5-day time table attainable will be key to helping you avoid losing your earnest deposit. The way TTCU understands the new real estate contracts for Oklahoma, this is a real possibility which home buyers may now face. If the 5-day period isn’t met, a buyer can lose their earnest money to the seller.

One way to help lessen the possibility of delays is to get full pre-approval from your lender before you make an offer. Having the documentation in hand which shows how much of a mortgage you are approved for will make a big difference in how quickly the process of getting your funding in order can happen. TTCU offers loan approval options, when you’re ready to buy a home in the Tulsa or Green Country region, visit www.ttcu.com to start the discussion of mortgage options.

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

Tulsa OK Real Estate Review: Home Warranties

Darryl talks with Penny Roth of Home Warranty of America, reviewing the benefits of this important added insurance for your home.

A home warranty is something every Tulsa, OK seller, buyer and homeowner should seriously consider. Just as with other types of insurance, a home warranty is in place to help you defray the costs of repairs when things go wrong. As explained by Penny Roth of Home Warranty of America (HWA), this type of coverage is often over-looked yet can be quite beneficial.

With a home warranty close to 120 items which fall under household appliances and systems are covered for repair. This goes beyond standard homeowner insurance policies; good news for policy holders faced with significant damages or repairs. Home warranties can cover items such as appliance repair and replacements, leaking gas or water pipes, plumbing fixtures, alarm system repairs, garage door systems and so much more.

Suppose you have a water pipe leak and your wood floor is damaged. Chances are your homeowners’ insurance will cover the damage to the floor, but what about fixing the pipe? Unless you have a home warranty, you’re looking at having to cover that expense yourself. With a home warranty you can save considerable funds when it comes to home repairs.

Tulsa, OK and the surrounding areas of Bixby, Broken Arrow, Collinsville, Glenpool and Sand Springs, are in a growing sellers’ market. An excellent incentive for home sellers to provide to buyers is a home warranty with the sale of their property. Home buyers can also opt to purchase their own warranty; typical plans last for a year and give a measure of peace that should anything go wrong after moving in, the expense won’t be cost prohibitive.

Even if you’ve been in your home for a while, you can still benefit from a home warranty, the fees are a bit higher, but the expense is worth it for the extra insurance against the unexpected.

Find out more about home warranty options by checking out the Home Warranty of America website: www.hwahomewarranty.com For real estate questions, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or darrylbaskin.com

 

Featured Properties

NEW LISITNG: 1203 W. Austin St. $127,000 3-bdrm, 2-bath, 2 car garage, in South Broken Arrow, great low price for the area- check out the eXp 3-D tour online, this is not expected to be on the market long!

1181 E. 131st Street 16,000 sqft; close to 55 acres, Courtyard, Pool, 4-car garage, $2,400,000. Check the eXp 3-d online tour of this incredible listing. Jinx/Bixby area. Great for a Bed & Breakfast investment.

940 E. College St.  Very affordable condo ideal for convenient living. $68,000. 2-bedroom, 1.5-baths, 2 level unit in Broken Arrow, close to downtown, recreation center across the street. Great for active lifestyle with the best of urban village living and a home-town atmosphere.

2748 E. Admiral Blvd. Reduced Price $104,500. 4-bedroom, 2-bath. Value-priced property. Multiple offers Pending, yet it may not be too late, call today to find out if you can get this incredible home.

26721 E. 80th Pl. South $268,000, 2,698 sqft. need a workshop? Love your cars and recreational vehicles- this is a haven for you- attached garage AND a separate 500 sqft. insulated garage; in Kensington Ridge, near Forest Ridge MPC.

Save Stress and Time by Calling an Expert in Electrical Repairs

Our discussion with Steve from Murray Electric reviews the benefits of having an expert you can call for help

We all have things we need to get done at home, and often we can take care of them ourselves. But when you are faced with an issue you don’t have experience in or are stumped as to what the source of a problem may be, you can save yourself stress and time by calling on an expert to help.

When it comes to electrical concerns at home, here in the Tulsa OK metro area and Green Country, we have an excellent resource to turn to. The folks at Murray Electric follow a similar business model to eXp Realty, providing help and support with compassion and understanding. So many of us get the run around when we call a business seeking answers, a human voice seems almost impossible to reach. Not with Murray Electric, there is a person on the other end of the line who genuinely wants to help.

Just the other day I was at home working, yet again, on my exterior lights. I took all the basic steps to try and figure out why my lights weren’t working. Then I got to a point where I couldn’t go any further, so I called Murray Electric. When I explained my situation, they asked me questions to try and troubleshoot the problem. These guys are not just looking to make a buck, they really want to help. They’re not afraid to try to help you avoid a service call, they just want you to get the problem fixed, service call or not. This is the key difference to search for when it comes to finding local services and businesses to work with.

The next time you have an electrical issue come up at home, save yourself a lot of stress and time, by having a conversation with Steve at Murry Electric yourself. This is one local service where there is a live person on the other end of the phone. With two locations in Tulsa (918-835-9605) and Broken Arrow (918-254-9771), help is just a phone call away. Find more information at their website: www.murrayelectric.com.

 

Junior Achievement Aids in Financial Literacy for Tulsa OK Students


Special Guest Erika Irvine, joined Darryl in our latest show to review Financial Literacy Month and JA Programs

 Junior Achievement in Tulsa, OK, is an incredible community program which brings the experience of local business and students together to work towards a brighter future. One important way for kids to be able to grow and choose their own destiny is through learning the vital life skill of financial literacy. April is National Financial Literacy month and JA is spending this time focused on specific programs to teach our Tulsa students about what it means to understand how finances work.

Through the JA program Finance Park, students experience real-life scenarios centered around establishing and using a budget to take care of one’s basic needs. Many kids don’t know, much less think about how they will take care of themselves once they reach adulthood. Finance Park shows them with the support of local volunteers.

Through the program kids are given a role to play as an adult, going to work and bringing home a paycheck which is ‘used’ to pay the bills of everyday life. This is a great way for students to see a direct link between the career path they choose and their own quality of life; that they do have choices, and with the right kind of education, they can make choices for their own benefit.

JA Finance Park needs volunteers! If you have been considering being a part of this great organization, Financial Literacy Month is a great time to get started. Contact Erika Irvine directly to find out how you can help by emailing her at eirvine@jaok.org, or calling her at 918-660-2158. Find more information at their website as well jaok.org. For real estate questions, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or darrylbaskin.com

 

Smoke and Guns V MMA Event in Tulsa Supports OK Special Olympics and Firefighters Burn Camp

Tulsa, OK BOK Center:  Firefighters and Policeman face off in Smoke and Guns, the ultimate MMA event, raising money for Oklahoma Firefighters Burn Camp and Special Olympics of Oklahoma.  Watch America’s finest compete for the coveted title in the nation’s only charity MMA event between the two.

Sponsored by The Baskin Real Estate Specialists at eXp Realty, Myers-Duren Harley Davidson, Quiktrip.

Gorgeous Tudor Styled Home in Tulsa, OK

 

1554 S Yorktown Place, Tulsa, OK

You’ll step back into Tulsa’s history with this 1930 Tudor styled home with modern features, classic style, and plenty of space for your lifestyle needs. The home has a total of 5 bedrooms and 5,769 square feet. The main level is a traditional layout with a wide door and passage opening, which gives it an open feel. The kitchen has been remodeled and features an island and bar with a breakfast area as well as a small living space.

The upper level offers extraordinarily large bedrooms, and a fireplace in the master suite. Additionally, the master suite has an optional connection to an adjacent bedroom should a nursery, reading room, or extended master suite be preferred. Downstairs is a full basement with two enormous living spaces, two fireplaces, and the main laundry room, which accommodates two sets of washers and dryers, if desired.

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

 

All About Real Estate Appraisals

If you have ever wondered why real estate appraisers don’t give credit for square footage in certain areas, what they can and can’t give value to, how values are calculated, what happens when real estate prices are improving or declining?  Listen to these appraisal experts as they explain the latest rules and how they affect home buyers and sellers.

This presentation took place at the Home Builder’s Association of Metro Tulsa and was sponsored by Gateway Mortgage.  OKLiveevents.com stream made possible by Gateway Mortgage andThe Baskin Real Estate Specialists at eXp Realty.

Asking Questions Will Lead You to the Right Tulsa OK Realtor®


Darryl & Stan talk about asking questions to find the right agent

Being a Realtor® goes beyond the idea of a glamorous career. Being a successful Realtor® takes more than a sign in the yard and some great photos. It takes experience, knowledge of the local market, a trustworthy network of community contacts, and a genuine desire to help others achieve their home dreams.

I am here to take the burden of coordinating the process of selling or buying a home. I am here to handle the unexpected, be it a ‘mini-fire’, such as some furniture left behind by a seller, or a big emergency (the roof does leak after all!). Client or not, I encourage anyone looking at residential real estate in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, or anywhere in the state or nation, to check out the 20 Questions I have compiled which can help you start the conversation with potential agents.

This in-depth guide is a valuable resource to assist you through the process of finding the right agent. Download my FREE home seller and home buyer report,20 Questions You Absolutely Must Ask Your Next Agent Before You Sign on the Dotted Line for a complete list of questions, including an agent interview when hiring a Realtor®.

If you do live in Green County, and have some questions about Tulsa real estate, or just looking for some answers to help you prepare for the next step in either buying or selling, I encourage you to book an appointment with me. With my easy-to-use online scheduling site, AskinForBaskin.com, you can choose a time frame and date which is convenient for you. Be it for a quick phone call, or an in-depth interview to see if we’re a good match.

I truly enjoy the opportunity to help others directly. I am passionate about what I do and where I live. There is no place like Green County and the communities such as Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Bixby and Colinsville. Wherever you live, or are looking to move, I am here to help. 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.

 

Featured Properties

 NEW LISTING: 1181 E 131st Street, Jenks 17,000 SF. Close to 55 acres, courtyard, pool, 4-car garage, $2,400,000. Check the eXp 3-d online tour of this incredible new listing.

NEW LISTING: 752 Knobb Hill Dr – Sand Springs $170,000, Split-level, 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 3 acres with a lakeside view, wrap around back porch, storm cellar.

4706 S 178th East Ave. Broken Arrow, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, plus bonus game room/suite on upper level. $259,000

8954 W. 51st St. 9,042 SF. 5 Acres of ultimate luxury living. 9,000 square feet with plenty of bedrooms, baths, and living space. Additional 8 car garage. Perfect for weekend ranchers and horse lovers.

1013 S. Cypress Ave. $274,900. 5-bedroom with master suite on first level, 3-car garage, private lot on cul-de-sac. Property borders include natural fielded area,. No backyard neighbors. 2,000 square feet.