Wednesday, November 22, 2017 / by Susan Tucker
Mirror Image of Home Pricing in Oklahoma County
When it comes to the reality of pricing a home in Oklahoma County, it’s natural that buyer’s and seller’s points of view reflect their different roles and objective. In a way, they are mirror images of each another.
From the seller’s point of view, pricing their Oklahoma County home starts out from the reality check of the “comps” the prices registered in recent comparable neighborhood sales. Pricing decision revolves around the tradeoff between maximum asking price versus the desire for a speedy sale. Even if there is no time pressure at all, serious sellers will still set the asking price below a level that indicates disregard for the reality of the current market . Rather than communicating “this place is worth more than what people are willing to pay,” overpricing only serves to needlessly put off buyers and their agents. If time pressu ...
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 / by Susan Tucker
Oklahoma County Homeowners Note Latest Home Design Trends
Oklahoma County real estate like all real estate is a supremely local activity. Area homeowners who like to keep an eye on Oklahoma and national trends do so because some of them may surface in future buyer preferences. For Oklahoma County homeowners in a remodeling frame of mind, it doesn’t hurt to be aware of “what’s hot.”
When it comes to nailing down the latest home design trends, there’s no shortage of commercial firms whose publicity departments are determined to make convincing arguments that their products are in the vanguard. Since the National Association of REALTORS isn’t selling anything, that’s one good reason to give special attention when Realtor Magazine puts out its annual “Home Design Trends” roundup.
This year much of what they reported had more to do with American community and social environments than with the kind of details Oklahom ...
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 / by Susan Tucker
Two Ways It’s Getting Easier to Buy a House in Oklahoma City
Buying a house should be getting easier. For most people who are looking into buying a house in Oklahoma City for the first time, the two greatest obstacles appear to be financial and for lack of a better word emotional. Let’s deal with the second barrier right off the bat. Emotional may not be an apt adjective because most of the emotions that accompany the process of buying a house are positive. The potential of joining your Oklahoma City friends as a homeowner is certainly a positive goal. Accompanying your chosen Oklahoma City REALTOR "Susan Tucker" on house-hunting tours in search of your dream house takes energy. The pride of ownership that comes with unlocking your own front door for the first time is a truly satisfaction-producing moment. Stacked up against all those positives is one strong negative for first-time buyers: the instinctive impulse to avoid the unknown. The process of buying a h ...
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 / by Susan Tucker
OKC Relocation Tips: Nuts and Bolts of the Move
If you go looking for new ideas to make a relocation to or from OKC easier, it’s amazing how often the words “stress” and “relocation” appear in the same paragraph. The most universally agreed-upon method is to separate the two by hiring relocation professionals not surprising since many of the most-read articles are authored by people involved in the industry. The runners-up when it comes to relocation are either work-related (for those who are making the move to change jobs) or moving-related (the nuts and bolts of a household move).
Since I’m involved in moving day drama reduction on behalf of my clients, some of the tips are those I’ve seen work wonders. The first one is something you can get started on long before any move is on the calendar:
1. Stockpile cartons, bubble wrap, padding paper—even those peanut-shaped plastic fillers. More and more, residents a ...