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OKC Realtors: The most vulnerable parts of your house

OKC Realtors: What parts of your house are most vulnerable to break-ins

We all want to make sure our homes are as safe and secure from burglars as possible. But which parts of our home are most likely to be targeted by a burglar? OKC Realtors has some answers and some DIY tricks to help strengthen these weak points in your home.

The Front Door: It might seem paradoxical at first, a burglar trying to remain hidden busting into your home right through the front door. Sadly however, that’s how many choose to do it. Many homes have features that can help hide a burglar as they break into your home. recessed doorways, nearby trees, and potted plants can all hide a smart burglar just long enough to get into your home. The key here is to make your front door more visible. Lights are the best way to do this. Painting the door a bright color is another way to make it less appealing to burglars. “Beware Dog” signs and stickers can also deter some burglars not wishing to get chomped.

Specialty Doors: By specialty doors we mean things like sliding glass doors and French doors. These can be a beautiful addition to any home, but they are also particularly vulnerable to burglars. One of the many small glass panes on a French door can be busted open and the lock undone. Sliding doors might have tougher glass, but they can be undone with something as simple as a screwdriver. These doors can be strengthened in a couple of ways. When installing locks on French doors, make sure the locks are at least 36 inches away from the glass panes. For sliding doors, a simple, sturdy rod placed in the track can stop a burglar in their tracks.

These are just a couple of ways you can make your home burglar proof. If your in the market for a new home, give Metro First Realty, OKC Realtors, a call today at 405-242-4004.

 

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OKC Realtors: Is a Fixer-Upper for you?

OKC Realtors: Should you buy that fixer-upper?

It can seem romantic, a beat-up old house sitting in a quaint neighborhood. You eye it while house-hunting and get an idea. You’ll buy this old, run-down house and renovate it to look better than new! And it’ll be cheaper than buying a new home! Well, it might be! But there are some factors to consider. If you want it for some of the reasons below, then OKC Realtors says goes for it!

Because it’s a bargain: The obvious reason you want to but a fixer-upper is that it’s a bargain. Fixer-Uppers are often cheaper than buying a new home. But, as the name suggests, it needs work. Before you buy, make sure the home’s needed repairs aren’t going to be too expensive. Having good DIY skills also helps keeps these costs down. Speaking of DIY

Because you want a DIY project: Doin many of the repairs yourself not only keeps costs down, but it can be a great way to add character to you home and make it truly yours. Some people love the challenge and freedom that comes with doing these repairs and renovations. If your DIY skills are not as good as they could be, you’ll have to pay for more professional help which may drive up the price of this bargain fixer-upper.

You want to flip the house for profit: Buy low, sell high, some of the oldest advice you can get. Buying a fixer upper can be one of the easiest ways to make a profit on a house. Assuming you can do most of the renovations your self and the house itself hasn’t degraded too much, buying a fixer-upper can be a really solid investment.

If your looking for a home in the OKC area, give Metro First Realty, OKC Realtors, today at 405-242-4004!

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OKC Realtors: Are foreclosures cheaper?

OKC Realtors: Is it really cheaper to buy a foreclosed home?

Buying a home is all about balancing the perfect set of features with price. This might make foreclosed home look more attractive as common wisdom says they’re cheaper, but are they? Well, OKC Realtors is here to set the record straight.

According to most data, it is actually cheaper more often than not to buy a foreclosed home. Depending on where you buy the home, it may be anywhere between 18 to 59% cheaper than surrounding homes. And while this initial price reduction might make the home seem like a steal, there are a few things to consider when buying a foreclosed home.

Foreclosed homes often show signs of stress and neglect. People who get behind on payments often stop taking care of the home as well. The previous tenants may have also become upset at losing their home and done damage to the home on there way out. Banks are not likely to fix these damages either. The other thing to keep in mind is who owns the home in the case of a foreclosure. Unlike other homes, foreclosed homes are owned by a bank. Homeowners will try to make small improvements to help increase the value of their home. Banks are usually just trying to recoup losses on a foreclosed home and are less likely to make these improvements as a homeowner will. Before you buy a foreclosed home, make sure that it hasn’t deteriorated to the point that it’s not worth the price cut to make it livable. The home may be cheaper up front, but if the home has been left idle long enough, it might cost more to renovate the home than to just buy a new home!

If your in the market for a new home, give Metro First Realty, OKC Realtors, a call today at 405-242-4004!

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OKC Realtors: Major Winter Problems for Homeowners

OKC Realtors lays out major problems to be aware of this winter.

Winter is here, and that means cold, dry weather. While this means alot of good things: Snow, Christmas cheer, holiday dinners, football. It can also mean some real trouble for your home. OKC Realtors has some major issues to watch out for this holiday season.

Tree Branches: Ice and snow place alot of extra stress on tree branches. This extra stress leads to an increased chance that these branches will snap. If one of those tree limbs happens to be around your home it can deal some real damage. Keeping dead limbs trimmed off your tree whenever possible can help insure your house is not damaged by a rouge tree limb. Falling tree limbs can damage fences, gutters, roof tiles, and other landscape additions.

In-Ground Automatic Sprinklers: While very convenient in the summer, automatic sprinklers can freeze and leak in the colder months. You can avoid this problem by draining and winterizing your sprinkler system. The last thing you want in freezing temperatures is a soaked lawn!

Burst Pipes in General: Burst pipes can cause extensive damage around this time of year. Faucets located outdoors are especially vulnerable to this kind of damage. Making sure your pipes are properly insulated is key to making sure they don’t freeze and burst. Keeping cabinet doors open and the heat up also helps insure pipes don’t freeze. Letting the faucet drip slightly when you expect a freeze can also help prevent freezing and bursting pipes.

Those are just some of the dangers to be aware of as a homeowner. If your in the market to sell your home or your looking to become a homeowner, let the experts at Metro First Realty OKC, OKC Realtors, help you find the perfect home! Call us today at  405-242-4004!

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OKC Realtors: Tips for setting up those Christmas lights!

OKC Realtors: How to Safely String up Christmas lights

Christmas is fast approaching, and that means Christmas Decorations are out in full swing! You may be feeling the urge to get those lights set up. For most people, lights are a big part of their decorations. It’s important however, to follow some important safety rules when putting up these gorgeous decorations. Aside from Christmas tree lighting fiascos, outside lighting issues cause hundreds of severe tragedies on an annual basis from improper hanging? The first thing you should do is test your lights to make sure they work, even before you hang them up. A burning house isn’t anyone’s idea of a christmas miracle. OKC Realtors has a few more tips to help you decorate safely.

  • Follow Instructions. Not hard to do and can save you a not-so-happy accident!
  • Make sure the lights are plugged into a plug with a ground fault circuit (GFCI).
  • Don’t hang lights with sharp fasteners. (Nails, Staples, Hooks, etc.)
  • Never use cloth or paper as a cover
  • Never use a frayed or damaged cord.
  • Additionally, never use cracked or broken bulbs and sockets.
  • Check to make sure the lights are designed for outdoor use.
  • Check your extension cords are fray free and that they can handle the load you put on them.
  • Again, make sure those extension cords are plugged into a GFCI outlet.
  • Replace any lights that go out.

In addition, keeping the lights unplugged until you have them all strung is the safest bet. If you’re planning on hanging your own lights our realtors would encourage you to keep ladder safety in mind as well. Our OKC realtors advise on using a good, sturdy ladder and make sure it’s on level ground before you start climbing up to the roof! It might not hurt to have a helper so you don’t have to climb up and down the ladder too much.

Additionally, keep the lights unplugged until you have them all strung up. It’s the safest way to hang them! If you plan to hand your own lights OKC Realtors would also encourage proper ladder safety. OKC Realtors advise on using good, sturdy step-ladder and make sure to place it on level, steady ground. It also helps to have a helper hold the ladder while you climb up.

Our OKC Realtors love Christmas lights as much as you do, but they’re not worth risking an accident. On behalf of our realtors at Metro First Realty, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

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OKC Realtors: The best time to buy a house?

OKC Realtors lay out the best time of the year to buy a new home!

Buying a new home is a process. Finding the right home, in the right neighborhood, with the right neighbors is just the beginning. After that you’ve got to deal with making the down payment, hiring movers (or prepping to move it all yourself), and making sure all the little things are in order for your move. Your considering a lot of factors, but have you ever considered when your buying your home? When is the best time of the year to buy a new home? Well, Metro First Realty, OKC Realtors is here with the answer.

You may notice that alot of houses come up for sale in the spring. Houses get built, deals are signed, and people are looking for a fresh start. It’s nice outside so moving isn’t as much of a pain. There are alot of reasons why the housing market tends to spike in the spring. Here’s the thing, the spring can actually be the worst time to go house shopping. Why? Because everyone else is also house shopping! The spring selling market is the most competitive time of the year, the chance that someone won’t be looking at the same house you are are slim. These leads to generally higher prices and less favorable deals. Sure Spring is when the largest number of houses are on the market, but that’s also when they’ll be the most expensive!

If your looking for low competition and good deals, then you’ll want to wait for things to cool down a bit, or a lot! Houses drop to a 12 month low in December. Specifically though, buying a house on or around Christmas is the best time for many reasons:

  • People are in a giving, cheery mood because of the holidays
  • There aren’t going to be a lot of buyers competing with you
  • If a person has a home on the market over Christmas, you know they’re serious about selling.

The big key here though, is making sure you’ve got a real estate agent persistent enough to work through the holidays and get you that home! Nobody is more persistent that Metro First Realty, OKC Realtors. Give us a call at 405-242-4004

 

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OKC Realtors How to protect from Freezing pipes

Now that we’ve had a couple of freezes this year, it’s a good time to talk about freezing pipes. Freezing pipes are not only inconvenient because they stop water flow, they can also lead to major damage to your home from bursting pipes. OKC Realtors is here with a few tips to protect your home from freezing pipes this year.

1.) Keep the heat on: Obviously, keeping the heater on in your place is one of the simplest ways to prevent freezing, while also keeping you warm as well! If your going to leave for an extended period, leaving the heater on so that your home or apartment does not fall below 50 degrees is sufficient to keep your pipes from freezing.

2.) Keep Interior doors open: Pipes are often located in cabinets. This can insulate them from the heat of your home and make them freeze even if it’s perfectly warm in your home. When it get cold, keep these cabinet doors open to let the heat in for  the pipes.

3.) Allow the faucet to drip: If you think your pipes might freeze, like during the night when your sleeping, allow the faucet to drip slightly. This will relieve pressure on the water system. Whenever a pipe bursts, it’s because the freezing creates pressure within the pipes. This pressure will build up and eventually bust the pipe. Allowing your faucet to drip keeps that pressure from building up and keeps your pipes intact.

4.) Add Extra Insulation: Pipes are often located in areas that don’t have proper insulation like basements. You can add extra insulation to these areas to help keep the pipes warm and prevent freezing. You can also outfit your pipes with Foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to directly insulate the pipes. This can get pretty expensive if the pipes aren’t already exposed though. OKC Realtors doesn’t recommend tearing out your walls to insulate a few pipes, instead try one, or all, of the previous methods.

Thinking of selling you home or buying a new one? Give the realtors at Metro First Realty, OKC Realtors, a call today at 405-242-4004!

 

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OKC Realtors Explain Bank Loans Vs. Mortgage Company Loans

OKC Realtors Discusses Mortgages

Our OKC realtors are required to know and understand a great deal about how homebuyers can obtain financing for a home loan.  We often have to help many homebuyers through the process of deciding which ways to obtain a loan is the best for them. Today, to help you determine which path might be best for you, our OKC realtors are going to explain a little about bank loans versus mortgage company loans.

1.) Bank Loans: This is a very common method for both OKC realtors used to working with banks and for many homebuyers. For many buyers, going the bank route could be the quickest and easiest option, because the bank you have your money with should already be pre-aware of your financial cash flow. In some cases, there are lower interest rates by working with a bank for your loan. Plus, if you have your banking account where you have your mortgage account it could make life a little simpler for you with options to set up automatic payments from one account to the other.

2.) Mortgage Company Loans: Our OKC realtors know that sometimes mortgage brokers will actually offer lower rates than the bank, but you have to check. Homeowners like to go to mortgage companies when they don’t want to go through a bank, or simply can’t get financing through the bank. Mortgage companies often have more options on the table for the “little guys”. It’s natural for the big bank mentality to scare some people so they turn to mortgage companies which are seemingly less bureaucratic.

Either way, the bottom line is that our OKC realtors believe that most investors with multiple home buying opportunities may be better off going the bank loan route, while single homeowners may be better off going the mortgage company route to obtain their loan. No matter which route you choose to go, don’t settle with just one opinion if you aren’t fully satisfied that they’re being as helpful as they could be.

If you have any questions about buying a home, Metro First Realty is here to help! Don’t hesitate to give our OKC realtors a call at 405-242-4004.

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OKC Realtors Talk About Home Fire Prevention

OKC Realtors Discuss Fire Safety

Each year many people honor a week in October which is dedicated to fire prevention. This commemoration started due to a large fire known as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The flames ignited on October 8th, lasted overnight and went into the next day, causing more than 250 deaths. In addition, the fire left 100,000 people homeless as well destroyed 17,400 structures. While it was a very long time ago, the memorable tragedy brought awareness. This year, Fire Prevention Week is from October 8th through October 14th which is exactly why our OKC realtors care about spreading the word to show the importance of home fire prevention and safety!

Thanks to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), our OKC realtors were able to put together a list of a few things all families can do to be safer overall.

1.) Plan: Make an escape plan and set a safe meeting place. Review your plan thoroughly with every member of the household. Whether you’ve been in your home for a long time and know it very well or you’ve just moved into a new home, it’s best to map out plans for everyone anyway!

2.) Replace: If your smoke alarms are over 10 years old or don’t respond properly then it is time to replace them. You can often get a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector combination.

3.) Install: Place smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home.

4.) Test: It’s important to make sure your smoke alarms function properly. In order to ensure this, test all of them monthly.

Our team of OKC realtors hope that these simple tips will help you begin thinking about fire safety and prevention. Our OKC realtors believe that by being prepared we all have a better chance of surviving in the event of a home fire. If a fire should occur, please remember that items are replaceable, but people aren’t! Don’t worry about grabbing up everything you own. Be safe and practice your fire safety tips.

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OKC Realtors Share 3 Signs Your Garage Door Needs Repairs

OKC Realtors Discuss When To Fix Garage Doors

Lots of people consider their home to be their most important investment and they take pride in keeping it looking its best both outside and inside. Ideally, homeowners will do just about anything to ensure that the place they live in truly feels like a home. As with every other part of a home, garage doors need some care from time to time. Today, our OKC realtors are here to discuss when it is time to fix your garage door as sometimes homeowners may be inclined to let things slide just a little too long.

To avoid larger and more costly problems later on, our OKC realtors stand by the idea that it’s always better to proactive rather than reactive when it comes to caring for your home. In the course of your very busy day you may not stop to notice little problems as they occur, especially with your garage door. Some homeowners simply may not know what to look for in order to know that their garage door needs to be fixed.

To help you out here are 3 signs your garage door needs repairs:

  • It’s Abnormally Loud: Listen for whirring or clicking noises that weren’t present before. This could be a sign that the motor is on the fritz. It could also signify that the garage door has worn out springs on the side, worn torsion springs at the top, or faulty hinges.
  • It’s Off Balance: The garage door should open pretty quickly. If you begin to notice that it has slowed down this could mean that the springs which make is possible for the door to open have worn out. Sometimes, the springs can wear out only on one side and cause the door to be unbalanced. Letting this go on for too long will eventually cause the garage door to stop working all together and that could mean a total door replacement versus a simple repair!
  • It’s Damaged On The Outside: Changes in temperature and elements such rain, snow, and heat are all enemies to your garage door as they slowly decay the outside. If your door is beat up from hail, hit by people, or damaged from a run in with a vehicle this should be cause for concern. Damage can prevent the garage door from functioning properly.

Our OKC realtors sure hope this information has been informative for homeowners out there. The bottom line is that to save yourself the trouble of high end replacement cost, it’s a good idea to keep everything repaired as it breaks.

If you would like to know more about real estate, buying a home, or selling a home, feel free to reach out to our OKC realtors at Metro First Realty by giving us a call at 405-242-4004.