The First Impression

The first impression is very important when you are selling your Tulsa home. When I hear “first impression”, I think “curb appeal”. An attractive curb appeal is critical if you want to sell fast.

If your house doesn’t look good from the outside, chances are that Tulsa buyers won’t even stop to visit it. In order to show how beautiful the inside is, your Tulsa home needs to catch the potential buyers’ eyes right away. A few little changes go a long way.

Below are a few solutions you can adopt:

  • Clean up; rake leaves and kill weeds. Trash cans and cars should be out of sight because you want people to focus on your house and nothing else.
  • Add color to spice up the front of the house. Simple but colorful flowers, foliage and fresh mulch are all you need to make potential buyers feel welcome.

The impression the front door area makes is crucial. Tulsa buyers have plenty of time to look around and notice the flaws while waiting for the agent to unlock the door. Therefore you should:

  • Replace the house numbers (if needed) or spray paint them black.
  • Replace mailbox if dated or spray paint it black to freshen it up.
  • Make sure your doorbell works.
  • Add a welcome door mat.

Last but not least, don’t forget to clean up the windows to maximize natural light.

All this should help you make an amazing first impression. Your curb appeal will show nicely, your Tulsa home will look well maintained and buyers will be eager to discover the inside.

Staging tip of the week:

To clean your windows inside and out, you need a window cleaner along with a squeegee. Use a vertical motion on one side and a horizontal motion on the other. That way, you will know what side streaks are on for follow-up cleaning.

Good luck!
Virginie Gill, Certified Staging Expert
Owner of Voila Design

Foreclosure Vs. Short Sale

In today’s uncertain economy, we are seeing more and more distressed property owners. At least 10% of all homes across the country are either in foreclosure or in pre-foreclosure (behind in payments) per the Certified Distressed Property Institute. This drastic change in our economy and banking system is creating a very interesting Tulsa real estate market.  Most Tulsa home owners in this situation don’t know what options they have and believe they will either have to file bankruptcy or get foreclosed on, and lose their Tulsa home.

There is a third option though and is it called a short sale. The short sale is a tool to sell the property for the Tulsa home owner that might be experiencing a period of financial instability, be behind on payments and owes too much on the property to sell for a profit in today’s market. If you or someone you know is in this situation, the first thing to do is to find an educated Tulsa realtor that is a certified distressed property expert. They will be able get your Tulsa home orBroken Arrow home listed, and package all the appropriate forms needed by the lender to stop the foreclosure process and work on getting the lender to accept a contract on the Tulsa home that is even less than what is owed. If the Tulsa home or Broken Arrow home is sold for less than what is owed, the goal is to get the bank to wave the difference owed with the seller owing no money at closing and have a settled account, not a foreclosure on the sellers credit record.

If you know of anyone in this situation, please have them call me. I am a Certified Distressed Property Expert and handle situations like this daily and keep many of our clients out of foreclosure.

Warmest Wishes!

Paul Wheeler
Owner/ Broker
The Paul Wheeler Team at Accent Realtors
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4625 S. Harvard, Suite 100
Tulsa, OK 74135
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