Foreclosure filings are at the lowest in 5 years. Finally, the wave of foreclosures around the nation is much less according to recent reports by RealtyTrac. Their reports show that there is a decline of 7% in September from August and far below one year ago of 16%. The recent report shows that foreclosures are the lowest since the fall out in 2007.
These days, foreclosures are not making headlines like they once were. However, some economists believe there could be another wave of foreclosures to hit the housing market. Since the mortgage settlement was reached in April, many experts believed the market would once again be flooded with repossessions. But, that is not the case now.
Foreclosures are down more steeply in some states over others. Part of the reason for the decline is overall economy improvement. The government and banks have also helped with their efforts to prevent foreclosures. The Home Affordable Modification Program was a big factor in getting millions of homeowners down to an affordable mortgage payment.
Banks are still a big part of the recovery as they continue to help homeowners look for ways to keep from foreclosure. Many banks are letting homeowners refinance at lower rates or they are agreeing to short sales, which is a more preferred method over foreclosure. And, the improving economy is helping more people get and keep jobs so they can pay their mortgages.
This November, Tulsa will have a lot going on with expos, shows and events for the whole family to enjoy. There, we have found a list of some of the most exciting to share.
Tulsa OK November Events:
√ South Tulsa Baptist Arts and Crafts Expo – This will be the 5th annual Arts & Crafts Expo for South Tulsa Baptist. The event will have a variety of local vendors selling, home décor, photography, jewelry, woodcraft items, baby items, and more. There will be a concession and bake sale also. Admission is free.
Date: November 10, 2012
Time: 9am to 4pm
Location: South Tulsa Baptist Church – 10310 S Sheridan Rd.
√ Mistletoe Market – This craft show features Tulsa’s unique creativity and talent. There will be local businesses and party vendors there also. Admission is free.
Date: November 10, 2012
Time: 9am to 3pm
Location: Legacy Christian Academy – 1201 N Elm Place, Broken Arrow
√ Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show – This arms show is the world’s largest gun show.
Dates & Times:
November 10, 8am to 6pm
November 11, 8am to 4pm
Location: Quick Trip Center
Price: $10 per adult, $3 for 12 and under
√ Kids World 2012 – Kids will get to discover over 30 different cultures and countries through live activities, entertainment and great food. Watch dancers from India, try on Dutch shoes, write your name in Japanese and more.
Date: November 15 – 17, 2012
Time: 9am to 6pm Thursday, 9 am to 8pm Friday & Saturday
Location: Exchange Center, Expo Square – Tulsa Fairgrounds – 4145 East 21st Street
√ Thanksgiving Outreach – This event is for the community. There will be free hot chocolate, hot dogs, haircuts, clothing, oil changes, balloon animals, face painting and Thanksgiving dinners. There will also be services provided for those who want to attend. Admission is free.
Date: November 17, 2012
Time: 11am to 2 pm
Location: World Outreach Church – 8863 E 91st St.
√ Route 66 Marathon – This event is held annually the Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving. This will be the 7th anniversary for the Williams Route 66 Marathon weekend. The event includes a fitness and health expo, marathons, walks, live music and fun for the whole family to enjoy. If not running or walking, admission is free.
Dates: November 17 – 18, 2012
Location: Veterans Park – 19th and Boulder
Tulsa Oklahoma’s Gilcrease Museum is another great reason to relocate to Tulsa, OK. The museum is located in downtown Tulsa and now houses the world’s biggest and most comprehensive collection of American West art. They also have a growing collection of artifacts and art from Central and South America.
Gilcrease Museum is a must see for every art and culture buff. Many of the most famous American artists have their work displayed in the Gilcrease Museum. Some of those famous names include Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Joseph Henry Sharp, Frederic Remington and many more.
The museums art collections focus on the cultural history of North, Central and South America. There are approximately 300,000 artifacts that cover historic and prehistoric archaeology. These artifacts are materials from Native American, Anglo-American, pre-Columbian and Hispanic cultural traditions.
Gilcrease Gardens is also a must see. There are twenty-three acres of themed gardens that reflect gardening styles and techniques from four time periods in the American West, including Pre-Columbian, Pioneer, Colonial, Victorian and there’s even a rock garden.
When you’re hungry, you can enjoy the Restaurant at Gilcrease. The restaurant overlooks the splendid Osage Hills that surround the facility.
If you like this Tulsa museum, you may also like other Tulsa Museums. There are many in the area; therefore, we have found an online directory of all Tulsa OK Museums for your convenience. Click here for the directory.
First-time Tulsa homeowners will soon be moving to new rehabilitated homes in the Tulsa, OK area. The mayor recently announced the three lucky first-time homeowners who will get new homes through the City’s Rehabilitation Program; a program that is partnered with the Tulsa Development Authority and Wells Fargo Bank.
Wells Fargo foreclosed on a few properties in Tulsa earlier this year in hopes to help rehabilitate them and increase property values in the surrounding neighborhoods. Three of those homes were chosen by the Tulsa Development Authority and Wells Fargo to be part of the program.
Each of the three recipients of the rehabilitation program received a grant for $35,000 to rehab the homes with new siding, kitchen and bath fixtures, heating and air, and appliances. The recipients also had to attend New Homeowner Training that was giving by the Tulsa Housing Authority.
Now, three happy families will be moving into their first new home and will soon discover the pride of being a homeowner. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that you can take care of your family while pursing the American dream.
The rehabilitation program was started in Tulsa to help retain safe housing for all the citizens of Tulsa, OK. And unknown to many local Tulsan’s, the program has been in effect for over 20 years. The program is there to assist individuals and families who meet certain income levels to own a rehabilitated residence.
Tulsa’s largest family event, the Tulsa State Fair will be here September 27 through October 7 at Expo Square in Tulsa, OK. Along with cool rides and attractions, the fair will have a variety of free concerts on three stages. There will be some big names coming to the Tulsa State Fair this year.
The fair attractions will include a variety of entertainment you don’t want to miss. There will be featured attractions and daily attractions including just for kids adventures, the Muscogee Greek stage, the Bud Light tailgate tent, the international beer garden, a wine garden, a culinary stage and more. And best of all, each attraction is free with your paid general admission.
Disney on Ice will perform at various times each day and you don’t want to miss the biggest event, the PRCA Rodeo and concert series. Rodeo and concerts will be October 5 and 6 at 7pm. For an additional $30 you will get to enjoy the rodeo and live performances by Jake Owen and the Randy Rogers Band.
Don’t forget to have fun on the rides and visit the livestock shows and the competition exhibits. For more information about the fair you can visit www.tulsastatefair.com.
Tickets prices are as follows:
Friday-Sunday – $10 for adults
Monday-Thursday – $8 for adults
Military, Seniors 62+ and Youth 5-12 are $6
Children Under 5 – Free
Tulsa, OK has several events this July for the whole family. Therefore, we have found a few that you may not want to miss out on. So, gather the family and grow together with summer family fun.
Tulsa’s Family Events in July:
Mini Masters – The investigation into different elements that make up art, forms, colors, textures, shapes, contrast and lines. Kids will get to view a variety of art techniques while they explore the galleries. Events each Thursday and Friday from 10am to 11am for children ages 3 to 6 at Gilcrease Museum – 1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd in Downtown Tulsa. For more information, call 918-596-2700.
The Kids On First Performing Arts Academy – If you or your child can perform, you can join in the national competition that will be held this month. All acts are accepted for ages 3 – 25 years. You can get complete details at 877-745-5162.
Cool Off – It’s hot and the pool is open. Cool off at several public pools in Tulsa…
Lacy Park – 2134 N Madison Place
McClure Park – 7440 E 7th Street
Reed Park – 4233 S Yukon Avenue
Zeigler Park – 3903 W 4th Street
Springdale Park – 2223 E Pine Street
Turner Park – 3503 E 5th Street
Whiteside Park – 4009 S Pittsburg Avenue
Manion Park – 3003 E 56th Street
Berry Park – 5002 N Wheeling Avenue
Hawthorne Park – 955 E 33rd Street North
Preschool Story Time – Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11am, bring your child ages 3-5 to the Tulsa Library for story time fun. Times and locations may vary, so visit www.tulsalibrary.org for more information.
A crucial step to selling your home is to have it inspected by a professional home inspector before you place it on the market. By having your home inspected first, you will know if there are any major or minor details that need to be addressed. This will also help you get the maximum for your home. Therefore, we have some steps that will help you prepare for a home inspection.
Hiring an inspector – There are some companies who will do a free pre-listing inspection in hopes that you will hire them to do any needed repairs. However, you can invest money and hire a professional home inspector. Either way, you will be notified of any problems your property may have. You can then get all your repairs done and sell your home quickly.
During the inspection – Because many home inspectors can be very critical of a home, you may want to leave while the inspector is there. Criticism can set you on the defense; however, when it comes to the reality of your home, you need to be on the offense.
Availability – If you do decide to be away during the home inspection, you will need to make sure the inspector will have access to your homes functioning units like the furnace, water heater, circuit breaker, appliances and more. In many cases, this will help you get a good inspection report.
Get down to business – Once you know if or what repairs need to be done, don’t procrastinate. Get down to business as soon as possible. The longer you wait on repairs, the longer your home will be on the market.