Next weekend, locals can enjoy the 33rd Annual Mesta Park Holiday Homes Tour.   Mesta Park is a Historic Preservation District, located just north of Midtown in Oklahoma City.   The neighborhood is brimming with vintage charm, tree lined streets, ample sidewalks, and generous front porches.

 

 


Saturday, December 4, 2010
4pm to 8pm (Candlelight Tour)

Sunday, December 5, 2010
1pm to 5pm

Ticket prices are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door.

The Homes
720 NW 16th – Al McAffrey
920 NW 16th – Dana & Mike Templeton
924 NW 16th – Mary Schneeberger
817 NW 19th – Carol Haaksma & James Tomasek
931 NW 19th – Janie & Mark Reeser

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Refreshments will be served outside on the beautiful porch of
Tiffany & Todd Davis at 929 NW 17th.

 

 

Ticket Outlets
23rd St. Antique Market Mall – 3023 NW 23rd St.
Cobblestone Gifts and Ineriors – 6714 NW 39th in Bethany
Courtyard Antique Market – 3314 S. Broadway in Edmond
Crescent Market – 6409 Avondale Dr.
Forward Foods – 5123 N. Western
French Cowgirl – 4514 N. Western
Full Circle Bookstore – 50 Penn Place
Homeland – 1108 NW 18th
Langhorne Antiques Place – 9115 N Western
Mister Robert – 109 E. Main in Norman
Painted Door – 124 E. Sheridan
Prairie Thunder Bakery – 1114 Classen Dr.

 

This is a wonderful event to meet and greet your neighbors of Mesta Park, or to admire this gorgeous historical neighborhood.   Money raised from ticket sales goes to support street lighting, sidewalk improvements, park and boulevard beautification, historic preservation, and their local school.

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Keeping in tune with the utilities post, we’re sharing a perk with you today.   It’s the VIP program offered through Cox Communications, & it’s loaded with benefits if you’re setting up new service or transferring service.   To participate in the program, your Realtor refers you and submits your information via fax to Tasha Casey-Loveless, the VIP program director.   After your information is processed, you’ll receive a call from the VIP team to set an appointment time for installation.

Benefits to you:

  • Free 1st month of cable, internet, and phone.
  • Free HBO for 1 year.
  • Free upgrade from Preferred High Speed Internet to Premier High Speed Internet.
  • Free voice mail for 1 year.
  • Free wireless router with qualifying internet tier.
  • Free professional installation.
  • Preferred scheduling.

Remember, your Realtor must initiate this process.   Cox Communications will not honor this special if you call them.   So be sure to ask your Realtor about it for a year of savings on your cable bill!

*In full disclosure, Realtors receive 20 “Cox Bucks” for each referral.

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Whether you’re buying or selling, when it’s moving time, you’ll have the tedious task of setting up or transferring utility services.   Your time is valuable, so that’s why I’ve created a list of public utility contacts by city, for you.   Just find your city in the list below and call, or follow the links to check for pricing information.

 


Electric:   OG&E – 405-272-9741
Gas:   ONG - 800-664-5463
Cable:   Cox Communications – 405-600-8282
Telephone:   AT&T – 800-288-2020
Water, Sewer & Trash:   City of OKC – 405-297-2833

 

 


Electric:   OG&E – 405-272-9741
Gas:   ONG - 800-664-5463
Cable:   Cox Communications – 405-600-8282
Telephone:   AT&T – 800-288-2020
Water, Sewer & Trash:   City of Bethany – 405-789-5005

 

 


Electric:   OG&E – 405-272-9741
Gas:   ONG - 800-664-5463
Cable:   Cox Communications – 405-600-8282
Telephone:   AT&T – 800-288-2020
Water, Sewer & Trash:   Deer Creek Water Corp – 405-348-0285

 

 


Electric:   OG&E – 405-272-9741
Electric:   Edmond Electric – 405-359-4541
Gas:   ONG - 800-664-5463
Cable:   Cox Communications – 405-600-8282
Telephone:   AT&T – 800-288-2020
Water, Sewer & Trash:   City of Edmond – 405-359-4541

 

 


Electric:   OG&E – 405-272-9741
Gas:   ONG - 800-664-5463
Cable:   Cox Communications – 405-600-8282
Telephone:   AT&T – 800-288-2020
Water, Sewer & Trash:   City of Moore –   405-793-5032

 

 


Electric:   OG&E – 405-272-9741
Gas:   ONG - 800-664-5463
Cable:   Cox Communications – 405-600-8282
Telephone:   AT&T – 800-288-2020
Water, Sewer & Trash:   City of Mustang –   405-376-4521

 

 


Electric:   OG&E – 405-272-9741
Electric:   OEC – 405-321-2024
Gas:   ONG - 800-664-5463
Cable:   Cox Communications – 405-600-8282
Telephone:   AT&T – 800-288-2020
Water, Sewer & Trash:   City of Norman –   405-366-5320

 

 


Electric:   OG&E – 405-272-9741
Gas:   ONG - 800-664-5463
Cable:   Cox Communications – 405-600-8282
Water, Sewer & Trash:   City of Piedmont –   405-373-2000

 



Electric:   OG&E – 405-272-9741
Gas:   ONG - 800-664-5463
Cable:   Cox Communications – 405-600-8282
Telephone:   AT&T – 800-288-2020
Water:   City of OKC – 405-297-2833
Sewer & Trash:   City of Warr Acres – 405-491-6474

 

 


Electric:   OG&E – 405-272-9741
Gas:   ONG - 800-664-5463
Cable:   Cox Communications – 405-600-8282
Telephone:   AT&T – 800-288-2020
Water, Sewer & Trash – City of Yukon – 405-350-7695

 

 

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Each day as I look through hundreds of listings on the OKC MLS the photos never cease to amaze me. I see Aunt Bettty poking her head around the corner, Realtors taking pictures of themselves in the mirror, last nights dinner still sitting on the counter top, laundry on the floor, chochkties everywhere. People, do you really want to sell your house? And, what was the hiring criteria for your Realtor? Holy moly.

Pictures are such a HUGE part of marketing your home. They are the first step in getting buyers interested enough to set up an appointment to see your home in person.

Let me share a recent situation with you. I recently got a listing as the third Realtor. The first Realtor had one single picture up for about 10 days before the client finally took some pics and sent them over. Only then did the Realtor come take interior pictures. When she did take the additional pictures, she never asked the sellers to move anything so their kids toys were all you saw in every picture. The sellers ended up releasing Realtor 1 from her duties. Along comes Realtor 2 and she decides to use the first Realtor’s pictures. After six weeks and only 3 showings between the pair, they released Realtor 2 and called me. I came over, looked at the house, decided the house was priced well and a fabulous find at that but there was too much stuff sitting around. I asked them to move some large items to the garage, store the bulk of the toys in the closets and remove some knick knacks. Then I took about 300 pictures which I later came home and weeded through to make the final cut, edited the brightness and color, stitched them together for a virtual tour, etc. I uploaded the listing to the MLS with 17 well thought out pictures of a very tidy home and a virtual tour. We ended up having three showings in the first three days. The houses ultimately brought asking price, 22 days on the market.

84% of home buyers search for homes online. If there is only one picture of the exterior, their first conclusion might be that there is something wrong with the inside. If they see that you are too lazy to pick up your dishes when you know the Realtor is coming to take pictures, they are concerned that you probably don’t maintain your home or the mechanical systems either. Realtors need to be candid with their clients when it comes to this matter. By not addressing it head on, this is bound to create an uncomfortable conversation weeks in when there has been zero activity because buyers just don’t find the listing attractive enough to go see in person.

A few tips for taking photos of your own:

  • Clear the room- Remove excess/over-sized furniture. If your furniture is too big for the space, your space will look smaller than it is.
  • Minimize the clutter – Pair down decorations. Leaving a vase here or a plant there is fine but no one needs to see your entire cookie jar collection.
  • Remove personal items – Pictures, awards and the such are a distraction to most buyers. We are all curious about the people who live in the house but the buyer may focus more on you than the house and if they don’t remember the house, they probably aren’t buying it.
  • Turn on the Lights – All of them! A well lit house photographs and shows better. While you are at it, open the curtains too.
  • Back up a Bit – Get as far outside of the room as you can without photographing the door frame.
  • Fill the Frame – When photographing the exterior, fill the frame with the house. We don’t need to see the curb or your for sale sign. The pictures on the MLS are tiny at first glance. Give ‘em something to look at that will capture their attention.

If you have a Realtor whose pictures resemble the story above, talk to them. Tell them that you want pictures that represent your home in a positive light. Don’t standby and be victim to this scenario. If they cannot or will not provide proper pictures, release the listing and find someone who will.

For more examples of my listing photos please visit my Real Estate Collection on Flickr.

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18 days on the market. Sold for 94% of asking price

Gardener’s Delight! This charming home sits on over a quarter of an acre with a separate dog run. New roof, new paint, newer stainless appliances including a 5 burner gas range, a new built-in microwave, loads of kitchen storage in custom oak cabinets, 2 living areas, original hardwoods, fireplace, security system, excellent access to highways AND walkable to restaurants and shops on Western.

3 bedroom, 1.1 bath, 2 living area with 2 car garage

1514 sf

Wileman Addition behind Bishop McGuinness High School

Please visit my website to search the entire Oklahoma City MLS to find a similar listing.

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Another listing in the Mayfair Heights neighborhood!   Today we have a fantastic family home with a spacious, private backyard and deck.   New 30 year roof, gutters with leaf guards and lots of energy saving features.   Newly refinished hardwood floors throughout most of the home, and new carpet is in the family room. Side by side refrigerator, washer/dryer, and microwave stay!

 


Priced at $139,900
Bedrooms:   3
Bathrooms:   1.1
Garage:   2
Home Size:   1,753 sq. ft.
Community:   Mayfair Heights
Property Type:   Single Family Detached
Year Built:   1956
MLS Number:   440357

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Today’s listing is a lovely two story home in the Mayfair Heights neighborhood.   This home is full of upgrades within the last year, including a new heating/cooling system, roof, carpet, flooring, and resurfaced front porch.   The most recent upgrade was exterior paint, completed in November 2010!   The kitchen is updated with glass block detail, under-counter lighting, and pantry.   Washer/Dryer and refrigerator will stay.   A cozy second living area with beautiful, original woodwork would make a perfect study.

Priced at $132,500

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.1
Garage: 2
Home size: 1,663 sq. ft
Community:   Mayfair Heights
Property Type:   Single Family Detached
County:   Oklahoma
Year Built:   1946
MLS Number:   440771

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16 days on the market. Sold for 101% of asking price!

 

This is a fabulous open floor plan home, perfect for entertaining. Large living room loaded with built-ins, fireplace and flush mounted Altec Lansing surround sound speakers. 2nd living area boasts a huge bar with built in shelves, sink and a Beer Meister fridge/tap and hot tub with skylight above. 9.5 ft deep pool, outbuilding and surround sound speakers in beautifully landscaped backyard. 3 car garage, security cameras/system. TOO MUCH TO LIST!

 

 

3 bedroom, 2 bath, 3 car garage
1932 sf. Additional sun room not included in Assessor’s sf.
Northaven Addition on Council between Hefner and Britton in OKC

 

 

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Cutest house on the street! One owner home with new roof, carpet, kitchen flooring, paint, blinds, stove, vent hood and so much more.   Detached two car garage with additional shop / storage shed located behind.   Storm shelter with access from inside the home.   Truly the largest and nicest home in Packinghouse View, with the lowest price per foot. This won’t last!



Priced at $74,900

Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms:   1
Garage: 2
Home Size:   1,590 sq ft.
Community: Packinghouse View
Property Type:   Single Family Detached
County: Oklahoma
Year Built:   1954
MLS Number:   434791

 

This home qualifies for up to $6,000 in down payment assistance through Community Action.   Be sure to review my post on down payment assistance, then visit the Community Action Agency online to see if you qualify!

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When you purchase a home, you are not always presented with all of the information you need to make the best choices in protecting your family and your assets. Some of the title companies I work with give you more in-depth information at the closing table on this topic than others which is why I decided to write on this post. Even the County Assessor’s website only addresses one facet of the exemption (tax liability) and it is, in my opinion, the least concerning. Sooo…….

What is the Homestead Exemption’s primary purpose?

  • It is an exemption of $1,000 of the assessed valuation that reduces your annual tax liability by approximately $100. It provides shelter to surviving spouses and prevents the forced sale of your primary residence to meet demands of creditors.

What does it cover?

  • Oklahoma exemptions protect 160  acres of land of any value outside of a municipality’s corporate limits and 1-acre of land of any value within a municipality’s corporate limits. Most homestead exemptions cover the land including fixtures and improvements to it, such as buildings, timber, and landscaping.

How do I qualify?

  • You must be a resident of Oklahoma and the current homeowner of the house for which you are filing the exemption on or before January 1. The deed must be executed on or before January 1 and filed with the County Clerk’s Office on or before February 1.

How do I apply?

  • You can either download the form and mail it in or visit the office in person between 8:00am and 4:45pm, Monday through Friday. The Oklahoma County Assessor’s office is located at 320 Robert S. Kerr, Room 315, Oklahoma City, OK, 73102.  

Do I need to renew annually?

  • No, the homestead exemption will stay in place as long as you are the primary resident occupying the home and you do not change the way you hold title.

Are there other exemptions I should be aware of?

  • There are other exemptions for seniors over the age of 65, people with income restrictions, disabled veterans and surviving spouses of veterans. Please check with the County Assessor for more information by calling (405) 713-1236.  
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2 Responses to “Benefits of the Oklahoma Homestead Exemption”

  1. Garland Hines says:

    Thank you, Michelle. This is excellent information. Don’t forget to let people know that if you move from one county to another, you must go through the process again.

  2. Michelle Foy says:

    Yes, Garland, this is true. You must reapply every time you purchase a new home whether it is in the same county or otherwise and it must be owner occupied in order to qualify for the exemption.

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