The Hoarder Culture: Why being a minimalist increases the value of your home

Over the last two years I have been in thousands of homes. Thousands. More often than not, in preparation for sale, the sellers have moved their worldly possessions to the garage.  Sure, we watch reality TV shows about hoarding.  Some little old lady hung on to...

Why You Should Sell Mom & Dad’s Home ASAP

Over my career in real estate, I have had multiple opportunities to represent siblings in the sale of their deceased parents' home.  As you know, when family gets together around the death of a loved one tensions tend to rise, there can be power struggles and the...

10 Ways To Stage Your Home For Listing

Monika MacIntyre has an incredible team. Her role and work ethic are vital to our listings. In fact, if you list with us, we will provide her first consultation free of charge. We rank staging your listing above doing cosmetic upgrades. Simply because the right...

3 Ways Zillow’s Zestimate® Can Mislead You on the Value of Your Home

One of the most fascinating innovations in the real estate industry over the past several years is the rise of online real estate websites like Zillow.com, Realtor.com and Trulia.com.  These sites have done their part to transform our industry.  Primarily, they...

How spending around $500 can add more than $10,000 to the sale price of your home.

Photo Credit: Past clients, the McMurray's. They spent 16k on cleaning, painting, and carpeting their investment property. We sold their 198k home for 237k with multiple offers in one week. Some things are too good to be true.  This isn't one of them. What if I told...

Baby steps to buying a home

Buying a home is one of the most gratifying human endeavors. Understanding the steps in the process make for a wonderful experience.  Breaking them up into small pieces lets you stand on a solid foundation as you enter the process. This roadmap is meant to orient you...

How cognitive dissonance is the real reason your home is not selling

This is from an online friend looking for a new home: "We’ve been in the housing market for months. (Thankfully, we’re under contract now — so glad!) But we noticed that some photography can be so good that it doesn’t tell the truth about what could be an absolute rat...

Can I pay my home insurance and property taxes on my own and not through escrow?

"Can I pay my home insurance and property taxes on my own and not through escrow?" Maybe. First, let’s define the term “escrow.” In the context of mortgage accounts, “escrow” means something different than when you purchased your home. (That kind of escrow is where a...

Find Out the Real Amount of Equity in Your Home

Many of us purchased our homes years ago. A lot has changed since then and it can be difficult to predict how much money we would have from the proceeds of the sale of the home we currently own. We may go to Zillow.com or Realtor.com and look at the estimates these...

Finding a Great Investment Property

Of course everyone is looking for the best deal possible on a property.  Undervalued property is often valued less for a reason. Most often, there are defects and repairs that need to take place.  Purchasing one for a low enough cost is the key to great real estate...

Your Formula for Success Flipping an Investment Property

There are many reasons buyers wish to find a property that is undervalued. It is rare to find a perfectly remodeled home with no defects priced low. REALTORS® representing sellers are savvy and know that a sale ready home will command a top dollar. So, those willing...

Why You Shouldn’t Choose a REALTOR® Only Because They Are Family or a Close Friend

There must be other, better reasons. I will be the first to raise my hand and admit, as a real estate professional, that I have benefited from close family and friends.  They have bet on me as I have started a new business.  They too have benefited from from my...

The Fundamentals of Buying a Home

When we show a client a prospective home to purchase, we always begin with the primary concern that the buyer should have. The marketability of the home given they would wish to sell it in the future.  We are realists though, most buyers are not concerned as much with...

Our Favorite Gray

We are a fan of Sherwin Williams paints.  This is for a number of reasons. Being a customer service minded business, we love great customer service.  Sherwin Williams has positioned itself to serve you well as you prepare your home for sale. They locate their stores...

Sell Fast, Buy Slow

I tell my clients something really important when transitioning to a new home. Take the counterintuitive approach: "Sell fast. Buy slow." Selling SLOW I have observed this behavior often. A couple has invested money in their home over the years and has an unrealistic...

How Important is Good Photography to Your Listing?

This summer, we listed a home in Bixby, Oklahoma.  The owners had cared for the home incredibly well.  We had only minor repairs and some touch up painting in order to make the house sale ready. In our process we have a professional stager work with the...

Should I Use a Local Mortgage Professional?

It has been my experience that when the purchase of a property does not go through, most often the deal breaks on the buyers ability to gain financing.  It is relatively easy for buyers to gain a pre-approval letter to purchase a home.  Yet, after the process gets...

When Siding & Trim Contact the Top Side of Shingles

WhiteTree Company has made major exterior repairs on two homes in the last couple of months. In both cases, trim and siding had rotted away due to moisture. This is a common problem. If you are a homeowner, it seems you always notice it taking place, yet...

Paint Color Changes

It is a fact. Updating paint colors is one of the least expensive things one can do in order to sell a home. This is true of small and large homes alike. Last month, a South Tulsa couple, Bob and Loretta Yandien, reached out to WhiteTree Company to update...

Why Closing On Time Matters

The closing date is typically set by the the buyers when they write their initial offer. It is placed on the contract and rides through the transaction.  All of the events dictated by buyer and seller and governed by the language in the contract are driving toward...

Structural Add-Ons Need Proper Support

When adding on to a property, it most often includes removing an exterior wall to open up a space. 100% of the time the exterior wall of a home is load bearing. Problems can occur if the remodeling contractor does not put in a appropriate beam or truss in the attic to...

Do It Yourself Projects. Will It Sell?

When executing a "Do It Yourself" project, the homeowner most always assumes that what is being done will obviously cause the house to increase in value. And this assumption is in part true. For 100% percent of the time, the intrinsic value to the homeowner does...

Should I Upgrade My Countertops To Hard Surfaces?

When we speak with homeowners about what upgrades to make the topic of hard surface counters comes up most every time. Homeowners wanting to sell are often torn because of this seemingly high ticket item. They almost always ask, "will I get my money back in the sale...

How Important Is Feedback On Your Home’s Listing?

Really important. In this case, a Realtor showed my listing using the electronic lock box we place on the door. The box logs the showing and after it is over, we automatically send a message to the Realtor asking for feedback. At Skyline we have a appointment center...

Breaking & Entering

After being out of town on vacation, I came back to check on my listings. One is vacant. Something I regularly do is take care of my listed properties as if they were my own. This is where I discovered the property had been broken into. Since the home was vacant,...

10 Ways To Stage Your Home For Listing

Monika MacIntyre has an incredible team. Her role and work ethic are vital to our listings. In fact, if you list with us, we will provide her first consultation free of charge. We rank staging your listing above doing cosmetic upgrades. Simply because the right...

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Baby steps to buying a home

Buying a home is one of the most gratifying human endeavors. Understanding the steps in the process make for a wonderful experience.  Breaking them up into small pieces lets you stand on a solid foundation as you enter the process. This roadmap is meant to orient you...

read more

Finding a Great Investment Property

Of course everyone is looking for the best deal possible on a property.  Undervalued property is often valued less for a reason. Most often, there are defects and repairs that need to take place.  Purchasing one for a low enough cost is the key to great real estate...

read more

Our Favorite Gray

We are a fan of Sherwin Williams paints.  This is for a number of reasons. Being a customer service minded business, we love great customer service.  Sherwin Williams has positioned itself to serve you well as you prepare your home for sale. They locate their stores...

read more

Sell Fast, Buy Slow

I tell my clients something really important when transitioning to a new home. Take the counterintuitive approach: "Sell fast. Buy slow." Selling SLOW I have observed this behavior often. A couple has invested money in their home over the years and has an unrealistic...

read more

Paint Color Changes

It is a fact. Updating paint colors is one of the least expensive things one can do in order to sell a home. This is true of small and large homes alike. Last month, a South Tulsa couple, Bob and Loretta Yandien, reached out to WhiteTree Company to update...

read more

Why Closing On Time Matters

The closing date is typically set by the the buyers when they write their initial offer. It is placed on the contract and rides through the transaction.  All of the events dictated by buyer and seller and governed by the language in the contract are driving toward...

read more

Do It Yourself Projects. Will It Sell?

When executing a "Do It Yourself" project, the homeowner most always assumes that what is being done will obviously cause the house to increase in value. And this assumption is in part true. For 100% percent of the time, the intrinsic value to the homeowner does...

read more

Breaking & Entering

After being out of town on vacation, I came back to check on my listings. One is vacant. Something I regularly do is take care of my listed properties as if they were my own. This is where I discovered the property had been broken into. Since the home was vacant,...

read more