Refinishing and refurbishing hardwood floors is something we do a lot of in midtown Tulsa, and I’ve discovered a miracle treatment for this project – coconut oil. Our hardwood floor are 100 years old and the 2nd story of our homestead was rented out for many years – so much traffic and much moving of furniture.
The floors on this level of our home are much more used and show much more wear and tear. I saw on Pinterest one evening where a woman hadrefurbished a wooden desk with coconut oil, so I decided to try it on my hardwood flooring. I was pleasantly shocked at the results. And the reason I decided to refurbish them instead of refinish them is that the wood is now so thin, there’s really nothing left to sand off.
Here is the top of our stair landing where we shut the pups off when we have guests downstairs. So, there are more scratches from long nails and a lot of scuffling here. Enjoy the before and after photos.
After this project, I was showing a rather large (and expensive) home in south Tulsa and the prospective Buyer commented on the wear and tear of the pickled wood built-ins. So, I ran over the next day with my trusty coconut oil and below are the before and after photos of one panel. Of course, then my Seller purchased her own coconut oil and went over all of her built-ins and kitchen cabinets – huge improvement.
So, refinishing or refurbishing hardwood floors just got a lot easierthan when my Grandmother was on her knees with paste wax – and there’s hope for those than are worn thin. I’m sure a little extra buffing as the last step will preserve the work longer. More on that if I get that far.
It doesn’t have to be expensive to prepare your home for sale. Sometimes a little coconut oil plus elbow grease will go a long way.
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I asked him if he could proceed with a Tulsa purchase IF his home in Houston did not sellfor some reason. Did he have accessible funds to purchase a 2nd home regardless if his Houston home sold?
Well, at first he looked at me like I was crazy, but admitted that he would NOT be able to proceed with a home purchase in Tulsa if his Houston sale fell through. What kind of predicament would he be in if the first domino did not fall?
“Then, you need to write an offer contingent upon the sale of your Houston home,” I replied.
A contingent offer is NOT a detriment if your home is already under contract. Yes, it slightly increases the unpredictability of the transaction, but it’s not the same as writing a contingent offer when your home is only listed for sale, but NOT under contract.
When you submit an offer contingent upon the successful sale of your home under contract, the Seller and Listing Realtor will want to see: (1) your executable contract; (2) that Buyer’s pre-qualification letter; and if available, (3) inspection reports and appraisal.
When to write a contingent offer in real estate
In this case, the inspections and appraisal had been completed, so no surprises there. Knowing that those two issues are out of the way will make them much more comfortable about accepting your contingent offer.
Everyone involved in a transaction deserves to know where everybody else is and what they’re dealing with. The quickest and surest route to a smooth transaction is 100% honesty and transparency when possible.
If you are relocating to Tulsa – whether selling a home elsewhere or not – I would love to welcome you to Tulsa and help you find the perfect home. Please call me to assist you! 918-852-5036
Midtown Tulsa – the best little corner in Tulsa
Midtown Tulsa is not just a geographic area – it’s a culture, a mind-set, if you will.
Yes, we love our historical neighborhoods and the architecture of our older homes, but midtown is more than that.
We have the highest walkability score in our city, and we have multiple public parks. Within two blocks of my midtown home are four parks: RiverParks, Veterans Park, the Creek Stickball park and the Creek Council Oak Tree site, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
We want to walk to our jobs and cycle to our activities. The expansion of the Riverparks has been a huge aid in these endeavors. In fact, our city officials are currently discussing plans to make our roads more bike-friendly.
We have the highest concentration of locally-owned businesses, and we support those businesses. Whether in Utica Square, downtown, Cherry Street or Brookside, we have many restaurants, groceries, pet supply stores and a variety of retail stores owned and operated by fellow Tulsans. We take pride in keeping our money local.
We love our farmer’s markets and local diners. Our farmer’s market on Cherry Street on Saturday morning has become quite the gathering place with opportunities to purchase locally-grown, organic produce¸ dairy products, meats, breads, soaps and more.
Ask Chinowth & Cohen REALTORS about midtown and enjoy our video – We GET it!
Most of the city’s 5K runs begin at Veteran’s Park and our ethnic festivals are found on the RiverParks, the Greek church at 13th & Guthrie or the German American Society which is on the border of the historic Gillette neighborhood.
But midtown is STILL about our historic neighborhoods and older homes with beautiful architecture – often still containing knob and tube electrical wiring. We regularly clean out tree roots from our sewer lines, because we refuse to eliminate our beautiful old oak and maple trees. We restore our homes steadily and patiently – always a project on the horizon.
And you’ll get different answers from different people as to the boundaries of midtown. I consider midtown boundaries to be Riverside to the west; Yale to the east (with the exception of White City and Lortondale); Tulsa University area to the north; and 41st Street (maybe 51st Street) to the south.
And it will be their home where they will build lasting memories. All for less than a $650 monthly payment.
What was the sales price, you ask? Does it matter? We did indeed get a good deal on the house – a gem that we jumped on quickly. It appraised for $10,000 more than the list price, which probably made ME feel better than anyone else involved.
Interest rates are rising and there’s no reason to believe that they shouldn’t or that they will drop at some point. NOW is a good time to buy.
If you are considering home ownership, call a local Lender and ask how much you can spend to keep your monthly payments at $800 per month or $2,000 per month – whatever fits your budget. Stay within your comfort zone and don’t over-spend.
Don’t wait until you get your credit score up ten points in order to get a better interest rate. It will be a wash at best and may actually hurt you to wait. Don’t linger until you have more money saved up for closing costs. Don’t put off calling a Lender. Don’t be embarrassed to ask family for help.
If you are qualified to purchase a home, contact a Realtor and start shopping now. And, if you’re shopping in the greater Tulsa area, give me a call – I pick out great homes! 918-852-5036
Tulsa’s famous Art Deco architecture, fine museums, wonderful art collections, trendy dining and shopping venues along with our great local music scene were recently featured in the New York Times.
The article spins a litte Tulsa history and showcases our incredible downtown buildings and churches. It mentions the newest housing and the fabulous Juniper fine dining restaurant in the Blue Dome District. The chic and esoteric shops and dining venues of Cherry Street, and two of our most famous music venues, the legendary Cain’s Ballroom and the historic Brady
The Gilcrease Museum and Philbrook Musuem of Art are also touted as great venues for fine art and beautiful settings. You can read the complete article by clicking on the link below.
So I ask you this. Why wouldn’t one want to live in Tulsa? There’s always something to do, a place to dine, wonderful local music as well as seasoned performers and fun events throughout the year.
And where to live in Tulsa? Thoughout Tulsa are wonderful neighborhoods from historic to new construction homes. Call me to find the home that suits your lifestyle and budget and start living on Tulsa Time!