What is a first response certificate? Well in Tulsa and Broken Arrow Oklahoma as well as other cities around the State it is a permit or fee to register your alarm system with the city’s emergency management system.

Instead of fining owners for excessive false alarms, the city now stops providing an immediate Police response unless certain conditions are met.

A first response certificate that is not renewed within ninety 90 days after its expiration shall not be renewed. CITY OF TULSA Application for First Response Certificate. Complete all sections of the application and submit it to City of Tulsa Business Licensing with the 30.

The costs of these vary by city but generally cost $30.00 per year.

Bottom line is that if you don’t have a certificate/Permit the Police are not responding to your next alarm. The bad thing is most people don’t know this even though alarm companies tell us about it when they install or activate a new system or user. It just seems to be one of those things that goes in one ear and out the other so to speak.

Take 5 minutes and google your city no matter what state you live in to see if you are required to have a First Response Certificate or similar permit. You will be glad you did some day.

Jim Bigelow and Lindsey Stucky from Bigelow Group Real Estate
The Bigelow Group team: Jim Bigelow, daughter Lindsey Stucky, Scot Jobe, Ali Herrmann, Kathy Zwart

I know some of this may sound silly but it will affect your ability to qualify for a mortgage.

  1. Don’t change jobs even if you get a large raise. Ask the new employer if you can wait to start until your mortgage is closed. Also don’t reduce hours, quit or start your own company.
  2. Just because you are on vacation don’t make a late payment for anything. Make the payment early and be safe.
  3. Don’t buy a vehicle for any reason again wait until after closing. You will be glad you did.
  4. Okay maybe your new house deserves some new furniture but don’t buy it until after closing. Just writing up the ticket or getting no payment for a year can and will jeopardize your mortgage closing.
  5. Don’t close a credit card, increase the balance or max out the limit.
  6. Oh yah Don’t Shop for any new credit cards of any type either.
  7. Do not co-sign for a loan or credit card with another person.
  8. Don’t spend any of your down payments money even if you think you have more than enough.
  9. Do not take a loan against your retirement/investment funds or get a gift for the closing cost without talking with your lender first. There are specific guidelines that must be followed.
  10. Don’t make any large deposits into your bank account outside of payroll. And if you do have the funds documented as in some case these funds will not be allowed to be used for closing.
  11. Do not deposit cash
  12. Do not change bank accounts or transfer funds to a new bank
  13. Continue to pay all of your existing bills timely
  14. Do check your email on a regular basic as your lender may need addition documentation and respond as timely as possible.

I know this sounds like common sense but will all do things on a daily bases without thinking that yes we can afford but causes an underwriter to ask for additional information or just reject the loan at the last minute.

Call me anytime and let’s discuss real estate. We are here to help or Check Out Heather Jobe at First Mortgage  www.firstmortgageco.com/heatherjobe

Garden Fresh Salad

Garden Fresh Salad

Having small – medium or large garden in the backyard is a fun thing to do for the whole family. And, when it comes to eating it wow, what fresh and rewarding dinner. Try this as an example:

6 Tomatoes cubed, or 4 cups of cherry tomatoes halfed.

3-4 Cucumbers, Chopped or Diced.

1 large Onion – whatever type you planted.

8-10 oz of Blue Cheese or Feta crumbled

¼ c red wine vinegar

½ c Olive oil

1 Tbsp of dried herbs your choose.

Optional Bell Peppers, Carrots, Snap peas or whatever else you may have grown in your garden.

Enjoy your home and family this summer and don’t forget to Contact Jim Bigelow, Lindsey Stucky, Ally Herrmann, Scot Jobe or Kathy Zwart when it is time to learn more about how we can work to get your home SOLD!

Jim Bigelow Associate Broker Coldwell Banker select

918-640-4657, Jim@jimbigelow.com, www,jimbigelow.com

Serving the Tulsa Metropolitan area.

WATERING TIPS

SPRING WATERING TIPS

 

Fortunately, we enjoyed a very wet spring. Lakes are full and lawns are green. Of course, no one knows what the summer months will bring, but in most years the weather turns hot and dry, necessitating watering our lawns, flowers and Landscape.

 

Here are some tips for maximizing the benefits from watering your lawn.

 

First, raise the cutting height of your lawn mower and use a mulching blade. The taller grass and grass clippings helps to insulate the ground from the effects of the sun. It keeps the temperature of the soil cooler and helps to maintain more moisture in the soil.

 

Second, water less frequently, but when you water, do it for a longer period of time. It is far more effective to give your lawn a good soaking about once or twice a week than it is to water a little every day or every other day. The heavier, less frequent water encourages the lawn’s root system to grow further into the earth and makes for a healthier lawn. Obviously, watering amounts and cycles will vary with the type of grass and soil conditions with each lawn.

 

Flower beds and landscape may require a light afternoon watering. Just a few minutes for each landscape zone to refresh the plants and flowers.

 

Curb appeal makes everyone happier for the Owner to the neighbors and really attracts              Buyers when you are selling.

Contact Jim Bigelow, Lindsey Stucky, Ally Herrmann, Scot Jobe or Kathy Zwart to learn more about how we can work to get your home SOLD!

Jim Bigelow Associate Broker Coldwell Banker select

918-640-4657, Jim@jimbigelow.com, www,jimbigelow.com

Serving the Tulsa Metropolitan area.

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CUSTOM PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEOS

Today, all major studies show the vast majority of prospective home buyers utilize the internet to search for homes. The same studies also report buyers will spend more time looking at homes which have quality pictures and/or videos for them to view than those that don’t. At The Bigelow Group / Coldwell Banker Select we recognize the importance of photos and video in selling homes today.

Therefore, we now have a professional state-of-the-art video tours which may include aerial drone footage, indoor tours and voice-overs. These stunning, high definition videos highlight your home and its amenities to give the viewer the best impression of your home and keep their attention on your property. We also provide a YouTube video which can be shared easily online to generate more interest in your home.

The Bigelow Group / Coldwell Banker Select we also know how to disseminate these photographs and Videos to be included on all the residential home searches to include www.coldwellbanker.com, www.cbtulsa.com, www.jimbigelow.com, www.trulia.com/Homes, www.Realtor.com, www.zillow.com, www.youtube.com/user/realestate, just to name a few.

Contact Jim Bigelow, Lindsey Stucky, Ally Herrmann, Scot Jobe or Kathy Zwart to learn more about our custom photography & videos and how they can work to get your home SOLD!

Jim Bigelow Associate Broker Coldwell Banker select

918-640-4657, Jim@jimbigelow.com, www,jimbigelow.com

Serving the Tulsa Metropolitan area.

FLAG DAY

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Flag Day

Most of us know that once an American flag is worn, torn, or otherwise in need of being retired, we’re supposed to burn it.

But most of us probably aren’t in any position to burn one properly.

Going in and out of so many homes each year, I see people with flags that need to be retired, just sitting in the garage, or basement. Most likely because nobody ever motivates to figure out where to bring a flag to be properly retired.

So, with Flag Day approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to send along where you can bring any flags you have that need to be retired.

In our area, you can bring your flags to Boy Scout Troop 3 at Heritage United Methodist Church 5300 E Kenosha, Broken Arrow. You can bring them there on July 2nd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 3rd from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and July 4th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Boy Scouts of Troop 3 are performing this project as a service to the community and to promote good citizenship as the birth of our nation is celebrated.

Hope this information comes in handy for you now or in the future!

 

As a reminder in the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777. In 1916, the president of the United States issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday

Jim Bigelow Coldwell Banker Select Broker Associate
Realtor, CRS, GRI, LOAR,ePro,SRES
918-640-4657
jim@jimbigelow.com
www.jimbigelow.com

Home Buyer Viewing Code of Etiquette

In today’s world of high security, video cameras, nanny cameras and audio monitors, it is becoming common for sellers to not only monitor who is in their home and when they were there, but also listen to every word that is said by a potential buyer.

For these reasons, we have created a “Viewing Code of Etiquette” that we would encourage our buyers to consider when they are in another person’s home whether a home is being monitored or not.

  • Buyers are there as guests – Although the seller’s goal is to sell their home, buyers should give the same respect that they would want when people were in their home.
  • Respect the property – Buyers should refrain from opening dresser drawers in any bedroom and should they need to use the restroom, always flush and clean up.
  • Control the kids – We love children, but children need to be supervised and need to stay with the group and not wonder off. Playing with toys that belong to the kids of the seller should be left in place and not played with.
  • Don’t make negative comments about the home – Comments about the furniture, the family pictures, or the homeowner’s choice of paint color should be made after you’ve left the house. Negative comments can be taken personally and might estrange negotiations.
  • Don’t rave about how perfect the house is – You can negate much of your negotiating strength if the sell knows that the house is exactly what you’re looking for and you could easily end up paying too much for the property.
  • LEAVE A CARD! – People like to know if someone has been in their home.
  • Follow the directions – Agents put directions in the MLS for a reason. Day Sleepers, alarm codes, pet’s directions or you may need to call the agent before showing. Don’t get off on the wrong foot with the listing agent by not following the directions in the MLS.

As you can see the Home Buyer Viewing Code of Etiquette is as much for the Realtors as it is for the Buyers. The Bigelow Group Realtors at Coldwell Banker Select try to follow this Etiquette do you?

Jim Bigelow Broker Associate

918-640-4657

Jim@jimbigelow.com

www.jimbigelow.com

The Bigelow Group

Coldwell Banker Select

Tulsa, OK.

     Open House in Falcon Ridge Estates

In the middle of your Memorial Day festivities, feel free to come check out my Open House that is in an awesome neighborhood! The neighborhood is Falcon Ridge Estates in Bixby, Oklahoma. Driving around the neighborhood, you notice everyone living there takes great pride in caring for their beautiful homes. The neighborhood is perfect for families of any ages, but people with younger kids get the extra perk of a playground for their children to play on. Something everyone is sure to enjoy is the neighborhood pool! Personally, I’m envious of anyone living in an area with a neighborhood pool because you get the best of both worlds. A pool within walking distance to your house, but without all the hassle of cleaning, treating and general upkeep a pool in your backyard entails.

My Open House is being held at 14348 S. Urbana Place Bixby, OK 74008 from 2-4 on Sunday, May 28th. This house is gorgeous and move-in ready! It’s a four-bedroom home with an open floor plan, great master bathroom, huge living room and perfect entertainer’s back patio. Another huge plus to this house? It qualifies for USDA Rural Development loan. If you are not familiar with that type of loan, it basically means no down payment for you!

This house is ready for a family to move in now and have fun all summer long at the pool, playground and White Hawk golf course only half a mile away. I hope to see you Sunday!

Ally Herrmann

The Bigelow Group

allyh@cbtulsa.com

918.766.4906

www.jimbigelow.com

Here are a couple other homes for sale in Falcon Ridge Estates. If my Open House does not suit your needs, remember, I am able to show you any house listed in the MLS system.

14344 S. Urbana Pl. Bixby, OK 74008 MLS 1717687

14416 S. Toledo Avenue Bixby, OK. 74008 MLS 1716689

Both homes qualify for USDA Rural Development loans

9 STAGES OF EMOTION WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

 I recently ran across this article on the Realtors http://houswlogic.com website. I found it to be both fun and informative so I thought I would share it with you. I hope you enjoy it!

 

  1.  Excitement – HoorayWe’re selling our house and moving to our dream home.
  2. Anxiety – Will anyone want our home? Is I worth the asking price?
  3. Delight – This is our house? Who knew staging could make it look so great?
  4. Disappointment – Noooo. This is all someone thinks our house is worth? Will decent offer ever arrive?
  5. Elation – Hoorah? – We accepted an offer! We’re going to move!
  6. Worry – What if the appraisal is too low? Or the inspection goes bad.
  7. Relief – Phew! – It’s official! The selling process is finally behind us.
  8. Sadness – Our time in this home is really over. We’re walking away from so many happy memories.
  9. Joy – It’s really done! On to our future!

These are all so true but when it is all done the highs and the lows are all worth the journey if you are working with a professional realtor that know how to prevent or at least temper the lows. I would enjoy discussing the buying and sales  process and how I try to prevent and temper the lows in real estate transaction. Just like children we can go from laughing to crying back to laughing all in a very short time. the key is to never get to the crying stag after all this is most likely. I look forward to discussing all real estate topics with you either before, During or after you deside to buy or sell a house.

Jim Bigelow 918-640-4657 Jim@jimbigelow.com http://Jimbigelow.com

Broker Associate

Coldwell Banker Select  Tulsa, OK. 74133

Tulsa metro area Tulsa, Jenks, glenpool, mounds Beggs, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Owasso, Skiatook, Collinsville.Catoosa

WEBSITE CMA’s ?

Recently, a member of the Bigelow Group heard a commercial for a website purporting to provide the value of a home to anyone who went to the website and entered the information requested, including an email address. After all the information was submitted, the website responded by saying my colleague would be contacted by a real estate professional in the area who would give him a market value of his home.

 

In other words, the website was using the homeowner’s interest in the value of their home to generate prospects for a real estate agent who is most likely paying the website a hefty fee to generate leads.

            Note:  The website itself never did provide a value for the home.

 

If you are interested in learning the value of your home, you can go to such a website or you can contact me Jim Bigelow at 918-640-4657 or jim@jimbigelow.com. There is not a charge or obligation for this service. I know home values in the neighborhood. I can also give you the most accurate value for your home because I will look at your home and evaluate it based on its features, condition and location within the neighborhood. Finally, the information will come from a trained, knowledgeable associate who is familiar with homes in the area. I think you will find the information more reliable and the experience more enjoyable.

Jim Bigelow and Lindsey Stucky from Bigelow Group Real Estate
The Bigelow Group team: Jim Bigelow, Lindsey Stucky, Ally Herrmann, Scott Jobe, Kathy Zwart.