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Quit Claim Deeds

Quit Claim Deeds

 

A lot of people that own land or Lots typically transfer ownership via a Quit Claim Deed. Which if done correctly is not a problem at all. However with the internet making form so readily available I am seeing more and more deeds that are completed incorrectly or not filed.

In the last 2 months I have run into these type problems in several forms. One person use commas (,) in the legal description of land instead of the word “of”  i.e. Northwest ¼ of the Northwest ¼ –NOT—Northwest 1/4,Northwest 1/4 . Another common mistake is the use of the owners names John Doe and Jane Doe need to have a further description behind the names. i.e. John Doe and Jane Doe Husband and Wife or John Doe and Jane Doe single persons.

Another common problem we have been seeing is a tract of land being deeded off to someone else after a bankruptcy of divorce has been filed. I don’t think these were done to hide anything from the bankruptcy or divorcing spouses at least not in the case of the one I have run into lately. But if the Quit Claim Deed transfer takes after the date of the bankruptcy or divorce filing it now has a cloud on the tile. In the case of a bankruptcy the bankruptcy will have to be reopened and the property dealt with. In the case of t a divorce the ex-spouse will have to sign a new quit claim deed.

And the final problem is someone give you a quit claim deed and you do not file it at the county court house in the county the land is located in you may or may not have legal ownership, I will leave that to the attorney’s.

The bottom line is have an attorney or title company review it for you and check to make sure no leans have been levied on the property before you take ownership. The small fee they would charge you will save you a big headache and possible legal fees in the future.

 

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.

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.