Add Moving to Tulsa OK to Your New Year Resolutions

Oklahoma Communities and Real Estate

New Year Resolutions can be more than diet and exercise, you can also add real estate to your list.  Moving to a community in or near Tulsa can be a great move in 2014. The local real estate economy is doing better each month.  Below is a list of communities and a little information about each one to help you make a sound decision when it comes to choosing the right Oklahoma community for your family.

Oklahoma Communities

Tulsa OK Real EstateThe City of Tulsa is located in the County of Tulsa in the northeastern section of Oklahoma.  Because of the rolling green hills and wooded terrain of the Ozark foothills, it is one of the most beautiful places to live.  Tulsa real estate has a pleasant climate.  Residents enjoy 230 days of sunshine each year.  Tulsa is proud of its low unemployment rate.  Its economy is based on manufacturing, telecommunications, transportation, energy and aerospace.

Broken Arrow OK Real Estate – Once a rural community of ranches and farms, Broken Arrow is now a thriving city and one of Oklahoma’s fastest growing cities; a distinction it has held for over four decades.  Money Magazine (2006) has named Broken Arrow real estate as one of the “Best Places to Live in America”, ranking the city’s placement as #66.  Broken Arrow has also been rated the safest city in Oklahoma for the past two years and ranks #46 as one of the safest places to live in the nation.  Statistically, no other Oklahoma City even comes close.  What makes this city such a great place to live?  Quality of life is the answer.

Jenks OK Real Estate – The City of Jenks is located in Tulsa County in the northeastern part of Oklahoma.  It is a suburb of Tulsa and is situated between the Arkansas River and US Highway 75.  The city has an outstanding school district, quality housing and is in close proximity to the Tulsa Metropolitan Area.  The citizens maintain a small town value as Jenks real estate continues to grow and Jenks offers just plain “down home” living.

Bixby OK Real Estate – The City of Bixby is located in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, just south of Tulsa.  Bixby real estate offers the charm and lifestyle of a small community along with the cultural and recreational benefits of being next door to a major metropolitan area.  Its nickname is “The Garden Spot of Oklahoma” because of a rich heritage.  It is one of Oklahoma’s fastest growing communities, but it remains a sod-growing center and a popular location for purchasing fresh vegetables.

Owasso OK Real Estate – Owasso real estate is situated in Rogers and Tulsa Counties, in the northeast portion of Oklahoma, just ten minutes north of Tulsa.  The City of Owasso offers a beautiful rural setting, with woodsy areas that offset business and residential zones.  You can put in an eight-hour day at the office and be either out fishing on the lake or dining in the finest of restaurants within minutes.  The options are plentiful for those looking for the laid back lifestyle America’s western frontier has to offer.

Keystone Lake OK Real Estate – Keystone Lake is located along the Arkansas River 15 miles west of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Keystone Lake is a beautiful 26,000 acre flood control lake that is truly an urban playground.  Keystone Lake real estate offers natural beauty and beautiful clear water along with the perfect setting of low rolling hills, grasslands, high bluffs, sandy beaches and wooded shoreline, making it a sight to see all year long.  The lake meanders into small valleys, creating many arms and land fingers with many points overlooking the lake.

Berryhill OK Real Estate – Berryhill is small community located in West Tulsa, Oklahoma, about four square miles in area.  It’s located south of the Arkansas River.  Berryhill real estate is comprised of nine or ten churches, a store, a business or two, several creeks and many hills.

Sand Springs OK Real Estate – Sand Springs is a suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma, nestled in the hills along the Arkansas River and located mostly in Tulsa County, with some areas of the city located in Osage County to the north.  The city was founded by Oklahoma philanthropist Charles Page, who envisioned Sand Springs real estate as a haven for orphans and widows.  Today, Sand Springs is a lively city offering its residents an abundance of activities.  Sand Springs real estate offers neighborhoods featuring tree-lined streets, City parks and an extensive trail system for recreational opportunities for people of all ages.

This information is brought to you by: Tom and Bev Herring, your real estate resource for Tulsa OK and surrounding communities.

Red Flags to Look for During a Home Inspection

HouseMaster recently showed that more than 40% of previously sold home passed a home inspection even though it had at least one serious problem. Therefore, we have come up with some red flags to look for during a home inspection.

Home Inspection TipsEvery home needs some type of repair or improvement if it has been previously owned. Some repairs are expected, but with today’s high repair costs you want to make sure you know what you are getting into you buy a home. If there is a major problem, you may need to keep looking for your dream home.

The more serious defects to look for include cracked heater exchange, water contamination, failing air conditioning compressors, lead paint, asbestos, environmental hazards like radon, underground storage tanks, moisture in the basement, mixed plumbing, defective roofing or flashing, aluminum wiring, undersized electrical system, foundation cracks, chimney separation, and extreme house settlement.

Most all problems can be repaired. However, if the defect involves one of the major systems, the cost can be quite substantial, which could affect your purchasing decision. A new air conditioning compressor could cost you up to $1,400 and a new roof can end up costing several thousand dollars. Basement moisture problems can be an extremely high cost fix too.

When you are searching for a home inspector, be sure to hire a qualified inspector and get referrals from friends or people you trust that has used the inspector and was satisfied with the experience. Check for affiliations with organizations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors or the American Association of Home Inspectors. Members of these organizations must be certified and meet professional qualifications. They must also adhere to specific business ethics. Once you have an appointment set it is very important to be there during the home inspection.

Another Reason to Keep Tulsa, OK on Your Mind

If you’re looking for a city with easy navigation, Tulsa, OK should be on your mind. Between Tulsa’s Downtown Coordinating Council and the Vision 2025 initiative, there are new city goals to Tulsa, OK - Downtown Tulsaconvert all the one-way streets into two-way streets. As it is now, Main Street from Sixth Street to 10th Street allows only one direction, which is north to south. The Vision package allocated $457,000 for the street project on Main from Sixth Street to Seventh Street to include that conversion. And, the Downtown Council set aside $115.000 to create the conversion between Seventh Street and Tenth Street.

This improvement will revitalize Downtown Tulsa and make it more accessible to suit everyone’s needs. The people that don’t work in the downtown area will soon want to visit the area because the two-way streets will make it easier for them. Between 2001 and 2008, a number of streets were converted to make the traffic more accessible. Boston Avenue from Third Street to Tenth Street are the most recent conversion projects completed.

When funding is available, the Downtown Tulsa project will be to complete Fifth Street from Denver to Boulder Avenues, Fourth Street from Denver to Detroit avenues, Boulder Avenue from First to Eleventh Streets and Cheyenne Avenue from First Street to the Broken Arrow Expressway.

According to the Director of the Metro Chamber Downtown Development, the conversions are in line with Tulsa’s Downtown master plan. The streets will be more pedestrian-friendly. There will also be more people on the streets, which will bring more business. It may even encourage new growth with retail stores, restaurants and even hotel operations.

This is exciting news and will keep Tulsa, OK on your mind.

Finding the Perfect Neighborhood for You in Tulsa, OK

Finding the perfect Tulsa, OK neighborhood

Searching for the best place to call home in Tulsa can be made easier with the right real estate professional. After you’ve been pre-qualified for a loan, you can begin searching the Tulsa area at full speed. The area in which you live will dictate your whole way of life, like walking to a nearby park with your children, knowing the other children your kids will attend school with and being close to restaurants and shopping for convenience. These are all pluses to knowing you will appreciate your new home and neighborhood at a healthy rate.

One way to help find the perfect neighborhood is to get in the car and explore it, especially if you’re not familiar with the area. A good Realtor® will be able to tell you about the strong points and the weaknesses of specific neighborhoods you may be looking at.

Some questions to ask your Realtor® when looking for the perfect neighborhood are:

What are the crime statistics? No one wants to live in a neighborhood when homes are broken into often. There are websites that provide you with information on such problems. Or, you can visit the local police department, which is the best way to get the most information.

What is the school district like? Even if you don’t have school age children this will be important in the future when you want to sell your home.

Are the schools in walking distance?

Do you want to be close to shopping areas?

Do you want to be in an area with public transportation?

Do you want to be in close range of restaurants and parks?

Remember a home is not just an investment when you have a family. You’ll have to consider how many bedrooms you’ll need, if an attached garage is needed and you’ll want to consider the community first.

All of these are important things to consider when you have a family and you’re looking for the perfect neighborhood.

Tulsa’s Central Library Made a Trendsetter by Its Architecture

Tulsa’s Central Library set trends for library’s across the nation with its innovative architecture design. And now it’s up for another renovation. The library opened in downtown Tulsa as a symbol of education and literacy with a vision that would pave the way for how we use public libraries today. Charles Ward, the man who designed the Central Library in 1965 was not happy with the functionality of libraries back then. You’d have to go through a card catalog to find your book and then the librarian would have to retrieve it from a stack of books that ran from floor to ceiling. Therefore, he designed the Central Library so everyone could retrieve their own books and for use as a gathering space to inspire ideas or public discussions. Back in the 60’s it was a unique design. People were not used to walking through and taking books for themselves. However, the low stacks allowed people to browse for on their own.

Mr. Ward visited the library to retell how he conceived the idea for the unique design. Now, on the second floor you will find a two story quote wall, and a plaque with the names of the people responsible for constructing the original library can be seen next to it in bronze Renovations to Tulsa Central Library words. The plaque hides a time capsule that includes newspapers and photo’s that will be opened in the future.

Tulsan’s are now face with the job of how to improve the half century old building. They rejected a bond proposal to build a new building in a different location in 2004 and decided to stay downtown. Local Tulsa resident’s have voted to use $12 million from the reserve for a major renovation. Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle out of Minneapolis was hired to lead the renovation and construction will begin next fall with the reopening in the fall of 2013.

The future back then – The original design for the library in the mid 60s included open floor plans, low book stacks, kiosks for displays and carpeting to cut down on noise. They added a fountain in the atrium to fill a large space, which was a unique design for a library. The basement has a working space and storage room and the foundation was constructed to support two extra floors. Who knew they were actually thinking that far ahead.

People liked the children’s section with its small furniture and reading room. There was also an electronic media room created to hold collections since electronic media was just beginning to be part of the normal everyday life. Once upon a time, Tulsa’s Central Library even boasted about their 16mm films, long playing records, projectors and microfilm that was available to its visitors.

We’ve come a long way in such a short amount of time. So, we’ll see how much talk the new renovations will get.

Countdown to a Perfect Holiday

Happy Thanksgiving Tips

Halloween is over and it’s on to the next great holiday. Thanksgiving is for family and friends, entertaining, or you just may spend that time in quiet gratitude. But, no matter how you will spend your holiday, if you are prepared, you’ll enjoy your holiday so much more. Therefore, we have found some tips to get you started while there is still plenty of time. You’ll enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving and have a head start on Christmas, too.

Getting organized for your holiday rush:

Holiday events: If you and your family enjoy holiday productions, then order tickets early to assure you’ll get the best tickets before they sell out. Special shows sell out fast and you don’t want to be left out.

Travel: If you’re planning a trip for the holidays, be sure to book your travel arrangements now. Thanksgiving is the busiest time for travel, so get your tickets weeks in advance.

Outside décor: Decorate the outside of your home so that quests will feel more welcome. It will help everyone to be in the spirit of the season. Use door wreaths, makeover planters and outside pots with fall colors and things you can gather from the yard.

Inside décor: Decorate your home’s interior with a fall wreath for the wall. Make a centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table. Make these items ahead of time and get the kids involved to make it a family project. They’ll enjoy finding things to use from outdoors such as branches with berries, pine cones, and foliage that is bright with fall colors.

Menu: Plan your holiday menus and shop for items that will keep for some time to lighten your load closer to the big day. Also, plan your guest list and get those invitations in the mail. If you plan to have over night guest, consider items you’ll need to make their stay more enjoyable and get that shopping done as well.

Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Working on your behalf as single party brokers, we offer guidance that will help you make knowledgeable decisions in either buyer or seller situations. So, when you’re ready to become a homeowner or sell your property, contact Tulsa Realtors® Tom and Bev Herring. Or, visit their website at:

Cleanup Tulsa Days

City of Tulsa, OKIt’s time to clean up Tulsa with free landfill days on October 22nd and October 23rd. All Tulsa homeowners can bring their junk piles and dump them for free at the landfill. There are two landfills in Tulsa in the same proximity with the primary location at 13740 East 46th Street North, which is open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. All Tulsa residents and those who pay utilities will be able to dump for free. You must show a valid driver’s license or a City of Tulsa utility bill for free entrance to the landfill on those assigned days

The outline below is to provide additional information about the landfill:

* Items containing Freon refrigerant will NOT be accepted (air conditioners and refrigerators).

* Discarded tires with rim sizes up to 19.5 inches will add a fee of $2.50 each. For tires larger than 19.5 inches, there will be a fee of $3.50 each. Motorcycle and smaller tires will require a fee of $1.00 each. These fees cover the state fee for disposal and recycling of tires.

* Trucks and trailers should have secured and covered contents to prevent contents from blowing onto roadways and creating possible hazards and littering fines.

There are two landfills on East 46th Street. Look for the Quarry Waste Management Inc. signs for the free landfill on specified days.

Working on your behalf as single party brokers, we offer guidance that will help you make knowledgeable decision in either buyer or seller situations. So, when you’re ready to become a homeowner or sell your property, contact Tulsa Realtors® Tom and Bev Herring. Or, visit their website at: