Friday, August 27, 2010

Selling Seasons

There's a selling myth that you should wait till springtime to sell your home. While spring is the busiest season for real estate sales, people buy homes 365 days a year. If you decide you need to sell your home in the off-peak season, emphasize its seasonal amenities.

Choose Your Selling Season

Because many buyers prefer to move in the spring or summer, the market starts to heat up as early as February. Families with children are eager to buy so they can move during summer vacation, before the new school year begins.

The market slows down in late summer before picking up again briefly in the fall. November and December are traditionally slow months, although some astute buyers look for bargains during this period.

Despite these trends, not everyone's situation will be the same. Ask yourself questions like these:

How quickly do I need to move? If you need to relocate quickly for a new job or family emergency, you'll need to sell as quickly as possible. If your moving dates are more flexible, you may be able to get a higher sale price in the spring or summer.
What season will your home be most desirable? If you're selling a lake or beach home, for sale homes will be most in-demand in the early spring and summer months. A ski chalet in Aspen would make more buyers bite during wintertime.

Once you've chosen your selling season, play up its perks!

For the Fall take these tips from HGTV

Keep your lawn in shape. Just because summer is over doesn't mean you should abandon your lawn. Patch up any brown spots in the grass, and keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking.
Get a fall garden. As your summer plants start to fade, replace them with vibrant mums or other colorful plants. Tasteful fall decorations, like pumpkins or tri-colored corn, can also add to your home's curb appeal.
Get indoor fall decorations, too. Without breaking the bank, get a few fall-colored decorations, like inexpensive window treatments or seasonal dinnerware. Fresh decor will make your space seem current and well-maintained.
Repair outside lights. As the days get shorter, you may end up showing your home in the dark. Make sure your outdoor lights are clean and working -- if they're dirty or broken, buyers will get a bad feeling before they even come inside.
Keep exterior photos of your home up-to-date. If you listed your home in the summer, update your online photos with brand new fall shots. Pictures from the previous season make your listing seem dated.

Information courtesy of

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tennis, Anyone?

Do you have tennis balls just sitting around losing their bounce? Here are some creative ways to use them without ever setting foot on the court.

  • Cut an X in a tennis ball and slip it over the end of an old broom handle. Rub the ball over scuff marks on your wood or hard surface floors, and voila...they're gone...with no bending, stooping or scrubbing!
  • Got a light bulb that broke off in the socket? Carefully clear away any remaining shards of glass, then gently push a tennis ball against the light socket and twist to remove the bulb's embedded stem.
  • Cut an X in a tennis ball and slip it over the head of a hammer. Now you're less likely to ding up fragile or expensive wood.
  • Cut a tennis ball in half and use one of the sides to open those stubborn jars.
  • In the garage, hang a tennis ball on a string from the ceiling so that the ball touches the top left corner of your car's windshield. Now you have a marker and know exactly how far to pull the car in every time!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Why every Tulsa home buyer should schedule a final walk-through prior to closing

When representing a midtown Tulsa home buyer, I always schedule a final walk-though of their property purchase prior to closing. IF you asked for the refrigerator to remain with the property, the best time to find out if it is or isn't there is BEFORE you hand over a check at closing.

If you fell in love with that beautiful stained-glass light fixture in the entry way, you want to make sure it hasn't been replaced with something less expensive. Make sure everything you expected to be there, is there.

In the Oklahoma Contract for the Sale of Real Estate, there is a list of 32 items that automatically remain with the property unless specifically excluded in the contract. The list includes interior and exterior window treatments; fireplace inserts, doors and screens; ceiling fans, light fixtures, etc. Free standing items such as the refrigerator, washer and dryer do NOT automatically remain with the property, but can be specified for inclusion when negotiating the contract.

Why every Tulsa home buyer should schedule a final walk-through prior to closing

If the home seller knows that you intend to do a final walk-through prior to closing, there is less likely to be any shenanigans. However sometimes, it's truly a misunderstanding - the home seller may have had a personal attachment to a particular light fixture or mirror and neglected to communicate that to the Listing Realtor. Regardless, the best time to settle any dispute is before you hand the home seller a check.

I have also written contracts stipulating that something will be REMOVED from the property. If my Tulsa home buyers do not WANT the trampoline in your back yard, we're going to specify in the contract that the home sellers remove it. We want to make sure that's been done.

I always let the Listing Realtor know early on that my Tulsa home buyers and I would like to schedule a final walk-through prior to closing.

It seems the house is always a little cleaner and fresher than when I skip that final, crucial step.

Lori Cain, 918-852-5036,

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday will be held from Friday, August 6 - Sunday, August 8, 2010

Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday will apply to clothing and shoes priced at less than $100.

Beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, August 6, 2009, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday, August 8, 2010, Oklahoma will hold its fourth annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain clothing and shoes free of sales tax. This includes state, city, county and local municipality sales taxes.

“The sales tax holiday provides Oklahomans with the ability to save money on clothing and other items which are included while supporting their local retailers,” said Paula Ross, Oklahoma Tax Commission spokesperson. Retailers are required to participate and may not charge tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday. The sales tax holiday exempts the sale of clothing and shoes priced at less than $100 from sales taxes.

For more information and answers to common questions on the Oklahoma sales tax holiday, as well as a listing of sales tax exempt items please refer to the Oklahoma Tax Commission website.

Now, let's start shopping for those back-to-school clothes. Wear your armor at the mall!!

Originally Posted at: Midtown Tulsa Real Estate - Lori Cain

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