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5 Great Places For Coffee Lovers In Tulsa

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Some of the perks to living in a city are the array of options for shopping, dining and entertainment… and, of course, a good cup of coffee! And when it comes to great coffee shops, you don’t need to look any further than Tulsa. With a wide variety of flavor, methods and locations there are many coffee shops that are a happy retreat for the avid coffee lover. (more…)

Home Buying Checklist: What to Look For When Buying a Rental Property

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As any property owner would tell you, there are many advantages and disadvantages to owning a rental property. However, when done well, rental properties can provide a steady and profitable income. Whether you are a seasoned landlord or just getting your feet wet, there are a few things to consider when buying a rental property. (more…)

5 Things To Do Around Tulsa This October

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There are many reasons why fall is a beloved season in Tulsa. From college football to the crisp weather and change in leaves, it is a precious season full of adventure for any age. That’s why it’s important to take advantage of the exciting events happening in and around Tulsa this October. Here are few happenings you shouldn’t miss: (more…)

6 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Tulsa

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Now that you know you’ll be moving to Tulsa soon, it’s important to learn all you can about your new city before you and your family make the transition. The city was named one of the most affordable by Forbes in 2014, and there’s lots to do in terms of arts and culture in Tulsa, so there’s a very good chance that you’ll enjoy your time there. Here are a few things to be prepared for before you call Tulsa home.

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Moving Checklist: Don’t Forget the Essentials

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Moving to a new home is filled with challenges. You may feel that you’re pressed for time when it comes to getting all your belongings packed and ready for your new residence. Following a checklist can be very helpful when you’re moving, especially when you include important items on your list that will make the transition much smoother.

Here are a few essential things to include on your moving checklist, along with a timeline to keep you from being overwhelmed on moving day.

Two Months Before Your Move

  • Star sorting out all your belongings and throw out the things that are no longer useful. You can even donate clothing or items that you don’t use anymore to a local charity or thrift store. When it comes to the items that you’re keeping, determine whether you’ll need special insurance or packing to transport them.
  • Start researching moving companies in your area. Don’t simply ask for prices over the phone: request that a company representative come out and provide you with an on-site estimate. Get the estimate in writing, and make sure that the moving company is properly licensed and insured. The estimate should also have a Department of Transportation number on it to be considered valid, especially if you’re moving out of state.
  • Keep a binder to store all the documents related to your move. This includes receipts, estimates and lists that help you keep track of moving tasks.

 

Six Weeks Before Your Move

  • Visit your child’s school to make arrangements for school records to be transferred to your new district. Doing this ahead of time ensures that you’re not waiting for the records to arrive once you actually move.
  • Order the boxes and packing supplies you’ll need for your move. Remember special packing supplies for fragile items.
  • Measure the doors and openings of your new home to ensure that your larger furniture pieces will fit through the doors.
  • Now is also a good time to start using up items like cleaning supplies or perishable foods, so you won’t have as much to throw away as moving day approaches.

 

One Month Before Your Move

  • Choose your moving company. Confirm the date and time that the movers will arrive. Get a clear understanding of which items the movers will transport, and how they’ll pack your items.
  • Start packing your belongings as much as possible, and label all your boxes. Mark items that you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home as “essentials.”
  • Forward your medical records, fill out a change of address and notify your utilities, cable and credit card companies of your move so that you’ll still receive your mail on time.

 

Two Weeks Before Your Move

  • Arrange to take a day off on the day of your move.
  • Contact the moving company again to confirm details.
  • Take your car to the mechanic to see if a tuneup is needed if you’re moving to a different climate or a long distance.

 

One Week Before Your Move

  • Refill your prescriptions.
  • Pack suitcases for your family members. Make sure everyone has enough clothing for a few days so you won’t have to frantically sort through boxes.
  • Defrost your freezer.
  • On the day of your move, take inventory of your items while the movers are still at your home. Sign the inventory list, and keep a copy for your records.

These helpful tips can make moving day much less stressful, so you can focus on the excitement of enjoying your new home.

5 Great Tulsa Parks For Some Summer Fun

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Summer in Tulsa can be especially enjoyable if you and your family want to spend more time outdoors. The city has a number of quality parks and recreational areas that will showcase the beauty of the season while giving you and your loved ones some much needed relaxation.

Woodward Park

Woodward Park is a great place to take a nature walk, since there are 45 acres of horticultural gardens for you to enjoy. There’s an arboretum as well, and the Victorian conservatory is beautiful. The park is open to the public seven days a week from 5am to 11pm, and it’s the perfect family outing when you want to learn about both local and exotic plants.

Guthrie Green

Guthrie Green is one of the best places to go for concerts and outdoor summer music events in Tulsa. There are also fitness classes and boot camps at the park, so you can get in shape while taking in the beautiful scenery. Different community organizations host picnics at the park during the summer, and there’s even a story time for the kids. Guthrie Green also has Food Truck Wednesdays, which gives you and your family a chance to sample local fare that will make your summer even more memorable. The park also hosts an outdoor movie night that the entire family can enjoy.

LaFortune Park

If you just want to have a lazy day and enjoy the weather and scenery while you’re in Tulsa, LaFortune Park is the place. This park has tennis and golf courts, and there are a number of open fields in case you and your friends want to play a game of baseball or kickball. LaFortune features a number of playgrounds, and you can take a swim in the large, on-site pool. If you’ve lived in the city for some time, you may visit the park to go for a scenic jog. However, a number of tourists also say LaFortune is a great place to see parts of Tulsa and take a relaxing walk in between visiting local attractions.

Mohawk Park

Mohawk Park is 2,800 acres, making it Tulsa’s largest park, and one of the largest parks in the U.S. The Oxley Nature Center is on-site, with a number of interactive exhibits that allow you to learn more about the local wildlife. There are a number of trails for hiking and biking, as well as a golf course if you want to play a couple of rounds with friends. Mohawk Park is also home to the Tulsa Zoo, so you can easily spend the entire day at the park and not run out of things to do.

Safari Joe’s H2O Water Park

Finally, you can take the kids to a park that is water-themed. The rides and attractions at Safari Joe’s help to keep everyone cool and entertained. High-speed water slides are among the rides that park-goers like best, and there’s also a huge wave pool. There’s even a lazy river if you just want to float along in the water for a minute or two. Safari Joe’s has water activities for children and adults, and there are several live animals on display at the park to help children learn more about the ecosystems of oceans and rivers.

Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Landlord?

Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Landlord?

If you’ve considered purchasing residential property that is suitable for tenants, this means you’ll be the landlord of the property. While this may seem like an easy task, there’s a lot that goes into this position, and it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for the job. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you take on this new venture.

Can I afford to be a landlord?

Being a landlord is more than just renting your property. Since you’re the owner of the building, it’s your responsibility to take care of homeowner fees. You’ll also be covering the bill when repairs need to be done. Just because you can afford the mortgage for your property each month (which is important in case your tenants miss a month of rent) doesn’t mean that you can truly afford to be a successful landlord. Become familiar with all the cost of property ownership and understand the landlord and tenant laws before making the big leap.

Am I willing to get dirty?

Whether you have construction skills under your belt or know some quality contractors, you’re going to have to do some hands-on work when it comes to getting the property ready for tenants. You’ll have to delegate tasks, take a good look at electrical wiring, and maybe even cut a piece of wood or two in order to ensure that your property is in its best condition. This will be time-consuming and physically demanding, so make sure you’re up for the challenge before you get started.

Can you make a profit?  

The profit you’ll make from being a landlord should be enough for you to cover maintenance of the property and the monthly mortgage payment, with some left over as a source of income. Consider the city and state where you want to become a landlord and learn about the capitalization rate in that area. Become familiar with the trends in your local housing market so you’ll have a realistic idea of how much money you’ll make.

Are you a people person?

Landlords often have the reputation of being mean and slow to assist their tenants. If you truly want to be successful as a landlord, think about whether you’re a people person. Are you willing to listen to the concerns of your tenants? When something needs to be fixed in your building or house, do you tend to it right away? Are you willing to make improvements and upgrades on your property as often as possible? Are you understanding when tenants need to make arrangements for their rent every once in a while?  These things will help you determine if being a landlord is truly for you. These factors will also make your properties especially attractive to tenants, so that your landlord business can turn into a lucrative income opportunity for you.

Are you willing to attend to emergencies?

Emergencies don’t wait for a convenient time to happen. It could be the middle of the night when you receive a phone call from a frantic tenant wondering what to do about the water leaking from their ceiling from that thunderstorm you didn’t know was going to happen. What if the air conditioning goes out during the Oklahoma 100 degree plus weather? If you are on vacation, do you have someone in town to attend to emergencies? Being a landlord will require flexibility and resourcefulness for when the unexpected happens.

Spring Cleaning Tips to get Your Home in Tip Top Shape

 

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Theres an old Japanese saying: start your day off by eating a frog. This basically means that you should start your day by doing all the things you really dont want to do in order to get them out of your way as soon as possible, so you can enjoy the rest of your day. Spring cleaning is one of those things that just needs to get done. It is also a critical factor when you are trying to sell or lease your home. It’s all about presentation and that first impression. People want to see the potential and possibilities when house hunting.

Spring cleaning might not always be your first choice of recreational activities, but with these handy cleaning tips and tricks youll find that your spring cleaning will be a lot easier and less time consuming.

Oven Cleaning

Spring time is a great time to clean out that oven if you havent done it in a while. Many ovens nowadays are self cleaning, which is great because you no longer have to scrub your oven for hours like the olden days. You just set it to clean and when its finished you wipe it out. Simple and quick.

Clean Your Gutters in No Time

Who would have thought a blower would be your most powerful weapon against climbing up a ladder in order to clean out your gutters? All you need to do is get your blower, add an attachment so it can reach your gutters and blow away. Dont forget to wear protective eye gear.  While youre at it. why not give the driveway and lawn a quick blow as well?

Declutter

Theres no two ways about it; we all have unwanted clutter in our homes that make our spring cleaning sessions that much longer than it needs to be. Why not kill two birds with one stone and sort and discard your unwanted items at the same time? That way, you will drastically cut your time spent on cleaning the next time around. There are a few easy and fun ways to declutter your home. One way that can feel more like a game than a task is to see how fast you can fill an entire trash bag by asking yourself whether you have used or even looked for that item within the last few months. As an added bonus, you can send the bag of goodies to Goodwill

Spring Clean your Garden

Theres no reason why the outside of your home shouldnt be included in a good spring clean. Pick up any fallen branches or twigs. If you would like to repurpose your garden debris, you can rent a wood-chipper from your local hardware store and turn it into mulch in no time. Raking the lawn is also not merely a task to make your yard look cleaner, but is a critical part of gardening. If leaves are left all over your lawn, your grass cannot absorb sunlight. Rather, collect them all and turn them into compost. This is also the perfect time to invest in your flower beds. Start planting any plants, shrubs or trees to increase your curb appeal.

How to Improve Your Rental Property This Season

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If you have a rental property and are looking for new tenants, you can protect your investment by improving the property itself. Renovations can make your property much more appealing, and if you already have a tenant, making improvements to the property can improve your professional reputation. If you’re making these changes during the winter season, you can immediately make the property safer and more comfortable. Of course, bettering your rental property can also increase the value of the home overall, which is a sound financial move. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

 

Improve the Kitchen and Bathroom

These are often considered the two most important rooms in a home. During the winter, your tenants should feel warm and comfortable in the entire home, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to focus on the kitchen and bathroom. Check the water heater to make sure the water is as warm as possible, and make sure the faucets in both rooms are properly attached and up to date in terms of style. Flooring options for the kitchen and bathroom should be visually appealing, but should also be equipped to insulate the room and repel moisture buildup. You can even find the supplies you need to make these changes at close-out stores and thrift shops, which makes the renovation especially affordable.

 

Upgrade the Windows

If you haven’t replaced the windows in your rental property in a while, there’s a good chance that it’s time for an upgrade. Replacing the windows will make the home warmer, and can improve the overall look of the home. Quality windows will also let more sunlight into the home, which can reduce heating bills. Adding window paneling and additional insulation can also make the property more valuable and help you conserve energy. For even more aesthetic appeal, you can add stained glass appliques to the windows. These are easy to apply and remove, and give tenants more privacy.

 

Landscaping

Here in Tulsa, you may find that the grass is brown and withered during the fall and winter seasons. In order to make the home more attractive and increase the property value, choose grass that will stand up to cold weather. Flowers like pansies and lamb’s ear are also beautiful flowers that will still thrive in cold weather, and these blooms will immediately make the exterior of the home stand out. In order to keep the landscaping looking great even when the winter has passed, plant flowers like hostas and tulips, since these blooms return every spring. Taking the time to spray your lawn for weeds before they even start is a good idea as well.

 

Paint

You can easily upgrade your rental property with a fresh coat of paint. Light colors make a room look more expansive, and when you choose a neutral shade, you’ll allow renters to picture themselves in your property. You can also use paint to create an accent wall, which will make the home one of a kind. A semi-gloss paint is elegant yet affordable, and it’s best to choose a paint that includes primer so you can get the job done even faster.

Rental Property of the Week

Condo for Rent in Jenks Schools!

Our featured rental property this week is a condo for rent in Jenks School District.

* Large 2 bedrooms in 2nd floor. Clean and open floor plan with natural light in living area, working fireplace, vaulted ceilings, full size W/D hookups.
* Water & trash service included with rent. Tenant responsible for electric service, no gas needed.
* Pet Restrictions: Only 1 pet under 20 lbs allowed
* Amenities: Community pool & 1 assigned parking spot assigned, guest parking available

Find more information here or call us at 918.592.6000

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