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Do’s & Dont’s of Selling A Home

Welcome to the second post in the series of tips and tricks when you’re buying or selling your home! These helpful hints will give you quick insight on what to do (and not to do) when you’re listing your house.

DO

  • Declutter and Depersonalize–  it is important that your home be as clean and free of your personal items (stuff that makes it “home” for you) before realtors come in with prospective buyers. It allows people to visualize what they would want the home to look like for them, without getting overwhelmed with too much clutter.
  • Make sure your home is fresh and clean- homes that have a fresh and clean scent are much less distracting. Buyers can be turned off if a home has a funky smell, so making sure yours is fresh will benefit you and your home!
  • Be realistic on your price- it’s often difficult to go with the trends of the market because everyone believes that their home is the best. Try to take the sentimental value out of it. Your realtor will know what  houses in your area are selling for, and will advise you on a price that is both realistic and that will allow you to place your home at a great value.
  • Have an aggressive marketing strategy- similar to being realistic on your price, you want to adjust it to follow the trends in the market. You want to make sure that you’re staying on top of those trends so you can draw in the most attention and buyers!
  • Be prepared for when your home sells- sometimes homes sell quicker than expected, and it’s important to have everything on your list completed. The selling process can be overwhelming sometimes, especially for people who don’t have a lot of experience, so you don’t want to get bogged down with too much. Your realtor should have prepared you on what to expect during this process, so hopefully everything will run smoothly from selling to closing!

DON’T

  • Check listing websites and expect them to be accurate- this is probably the main tip your realtor will tell you not to do. It’s important to be patient and trust that they are keeping you in the loop of what’s happening. Checking listing websites can be discouraging because they often times take up to 24 hours to update. As always, it is best to contact your realtor directly if you have questions instead of trusting websites.
  • Keep pets in your home while it is showing- pets are a distraction and can take away from the actual experience of looking at a home. Pets make it difficult for realtors to concentrate on the prospective buyer and showing your home if they have to worry about pets on the premises.
  • Leave repairs unattended- It is important that your home be in the best possible condition while it is showing. Any repairs and updates that you plan on doing need to be completed before the showing process begins. Not only do they add value to your home, but they make it more aesthetically pleasing for the buyers.
  • Expect your home to sell within 30 days- Sometimes there is a quick turnaround and a home can sell sooner than 30 days. However, more often than not, your home will be on the market for longer. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t get impatient with your realtor. They are doing their best to bring in buyers for you. How quickly a home sells also depends on the market. Remember that there are slower times.
  • Withhold information- be upfront and completely honest with your realtor. This is especially important during inspections and disclosures. Withholding information about your property can result in an extremely complicated legal situation should the buyer run into any problems. It’s just easier to be honest from the beginning and deal with problems all at once.

 

These tips come straight from team of realtors at The Gardner Home Team. We hope they can be useful to you! If you have any questions or are looking to list your home, contact The Gardner Home Team at 918.430.8247.

Do’s & Don’ts of Buying A Home

When it comes to purchasing a home, there are some things you should do, and some things you shouldn’t. Having these tips will allow you to get the most out of your experience while also allowing the process to run smoothly. Here’s a short list to keep you (and your realtor) happy.

DO

  • Get pre-qualified with a lender– this allows you to see what your budget for a home will be so your realtor can keep you within your price range.
  • Find a real estate agent that matches your personality- and stay loyal to that agent. Working with multiple realtors only makes things more difficult for everyone.
  • Do your research– whether that be for agencies, homes, or lenders, it’s important to know exactly what you want and qualify for. The more straightforward you can be, the better.
    • Your agent will also have a list of local lenders for you to use. Take the recommendations seriously. Using a trusted and quality lender is key.
  • Ask questions– make sure you know exactly what the process will entail. Have your agent lay everything out so you won’t be confused later on. Call The Gardner Home Team for help and to answer any questions!
  • Do a walkthrough- before buying the home, make sure that you are comfortable purchasing the property as is and be sure to note anything that is wrong or needs fixing.

DON’T

  • Don’t buy anything with your credit after pre-qualifying- this causes your line of credit to adjust and may cause you to be disqualified from the lender.
  • Don’t go into open houses without mentioning you have a realtor- it is important, not only for your realtor, but for you. Mentioning you are already working with someone ensures that the process keeps running smoothly and you are represented by someone you know you trust.
  • Don’t look at too many houses- the process can already be overwhelming, especially for first time buyers, so keeping the number of homes you look at to a low number will be better for you in the long run.
  • Don’t be shy about what you want- it is easier for your agent to find homes based on the qualities you are looking for instead of presenting you homes that they think you might like.
  • Don’t assume your agent has control over 100% of your file- while they will be in contact with third parties checking on everything for you, after they turn the contract over they have no control over how long the rest of the process will take. Call The Gardner Home Team for advice!

Always remember that buying a home is different for everyone. Things that work for someone else might not work for you. When in doubt, just be open and honest with your realtor and they will make sure the process is as stress free as possible!

 

For additional information on the Do’s and Don’ts of purchasing a home, contact The Gardner Home Team at 918-430-8247.

Dowtown Living- Join the Trend

The trend is downtown urban living. It is where the millennials want to be. It offers nightlife, shopping, restraunts and entertainment galore.

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Urban 8 Townhomes are right in the center of Tulsa’s Urban Core; located within walking distance to bars and restaurants.

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Downtown offers close access to OneOK field to watch a Tulsa Drillers game as well as the BOK Center for a variety of entertainment.

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Are you interested in relocating to the Downtown Tulsa area? Call the Gardner Home Team today and we will find you the perfect place 918-955-8248!

Trends you’ll be seeing in 2017…

With a new year comes new trends, and with new trends comes an array of ideas to try to implement in your home. So to save you a little headache, as well as time, The Gardner Home Team has been doing our research. Here are a few of our favorites from this year’s “hottest” trends for 2017 that we expect to see in Owasso soon.

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Gone are the days of all white kitchen cabinets paired with a sleek subway tile backsplash. This season you’ll have more opportunity to put your personal touch in your kitchen because professionals are saying that colorful patterned tile and geometric shaped tile backsplashes are the way to go.

 

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Photo: Lindsay Chambers

Another trend making an impact in kitchens this year is tuxedo cabinets; which consist of light upper cabinets mixed with a darker lower cabinet color.

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Although if this mix is outside your comfort zone don’t worry, grey is the new white for kitchen cabinet colors for 2017.

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But, kitchen cabinets isn’t the only place you’ll be seeing more grey tones in the kitchen. Check out GE’s new line of kitchen appliances in “Slate”, it’s a dark brushed metal finish that’s almost matte and, as an added bonus, it’s fingerprint resistant.

2017 Paint Colors of the Year:

Pantone | Greenery

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Sherwin Williams | Poised Taupe

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Photo: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore | Shadow

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2Stan Gardner  918-430-8247,  Owner

The Gardner Home Team has been selling homes in the Tulsa area for over a combined 35 + years.  Stan, the owner, has been living in the area for over 23 years.  The Gardner Home Team has experience in listening to a client’s needs and finding them the perfect home; be it a custom built home or move in ready.  Call Gardner Home Team today for more information on listings.

 

Article written by Cheryl Ward

 

 

Keep Calm…I’ve Got Your Listing

So, it’s time to sell your home and you want the best price possible.  You’re asking yourself, “Should I use a realtor, if so, which one?

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Sold! And We Can Sell Your Home Too!

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Sold!  And we can sell your home too!  Over the last 30 days we have sold many homes. This is just a few highlights here in Owasso, Ok.  The real estate market is growing.  Read More

Dream It & Build It: Champion

We all want to live in that perfect home, our dream home, a personal retreat away from our busy world we call life.  Yet, many of our homes are small and don’t accommodate all our needs.  What to do…?  Look for a new home; move in ready or maybe a custom dream home?  I’ve been told that a move in ready home can meet about 50% of our needs BUT a custom home can meet 75- 100 % of our needs.  The difference being a custom home allows for all our wants within our budget.  (Those things we call budgets do tend to hinder our wants.)  Read More

Owasso Public Schools, an Oklahoma Top Rated School

Relocating can be difficult.  There’s so many things to consider; where to buy a home, what schools are the best in the area, and is this a good move for the family.  Hopefully, with this article, I can help with one of those questions; the schools.

Owasso city hallOwasso is a fast growing city just outside of Tulsa, OK; minutes from downtown Tulsa and the airport. In the past few years a number of businesses have moved to town along with two medical centers.  And with this growth the school system has grown as well.

Owasso Public Schools are ranked in the Top 10 schools in Oklahoma.  It’s a 6A District school and competes with other 6A schools in the area.  Students score well in Reading and Math and are ready for

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college when they graduate. The school district has done a great job creating programs to interest every student like sports, the arts, speech/debate and many others.

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Pride of Owasso Band 2015

The Pride of Owasso Band has received a Superior Rating at the OSSAA State Contest for 37 years in a row and awarded The John Philip Sousa Foundation’s coveted Sudler Trophy for marching excellence.  The Owasso Band is the only band in the state of Oklahoma to receive the Sudler Trophy.  They have also been invited 5 times to perform at the Tournament of Roses Parade.  Recently, the band was invited to march in Dublin, Ireland to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  There are other parts of the band like the Wind Ensemble and Concert Bands that are making a name for themselves and winning other awards.

All students interested in instrumental music begin learning the fundamental and

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rehearsal ethics in the sixth grade.  In seventh and eighth students are placed in one of the two grade corresponding bands, each are performing, concert, and contest ensembles.

If singing music is more interesting there is the Voice of Owasso Choirs.  It consists of the Master’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Mixed Choir, Men’s Choir and Jazz Choir; performing

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different styles of music.  They have performed in cities such as Washington D.C., Orlando, and Chicago; as well as a Royal Caribbean cruise and most notable Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Other programs offered to students are visual arts, drama, media, and speech/debate.  The media department has filmed instant replays for the Jumbo-tron and submitted videos to Fox 23 Techno Teen.  The speech and debate program won multiple team sweepstakes awards and have had several State finalists and Nationals qualifiers.

If the arts aren’t the only interest of your student Owasso Schools offer a wide variety of sports programs.  The following is a list of sports:Broken-Arrow-Owasso-1

 

So, if relocating to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area with your family is in your future consider Owasso.

 

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Article written by Cheryl Ward

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