Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Before there was Facebook... there was Blogging
Gosh, I have forgotten about my blog... since facebook now seems to be the medium of communication these days. 

My last blog was in 2015, and I dare say that no one missed my opinions or comments.  However, I loved my Blog!  I thought the articles were helpful and relevant to my buyers and sellers.  But,
I realize nobody would be interested unless they are in the market
to sell or purchase a home, and it's so hard to be found on the
World Wide Web.

I'm just a "little fish" in the sea of Realtors. So, if you found me on facebook... you might have found my web site.  Great! 
So then, you might have found my blog.  Great! 
And, after all that... you might find my phone number. I still take calls. Or text... or emojy 😉 


Thursday, January 7, 2016

December 2015 Housing Trends

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends December 2015 Newsletter

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, consumer videos, blogs, real estate glossary, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, and local community reports.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report:

 Evaluation Report

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and I am happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and I look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTOR® in the future.

Sincerely yours,

Deborah Allison, Broker
Deborah Allison Real Estate
23261 280th St. Washington OK 73093


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Luxury 5 Bedroom 4 Bath Home on 20 Acres in Goldsby Area

2191 W. Center Road, Norman, OK 73093
Goldsby Area & Washington Schools
Luxury 5 Bedroom, 4 Bath Home on 20 Acres in Goldsby Area...

Call, text or email for private showing or listing details.  Or, click on these links to view interior photos now. 

Click on this "hot link" to view details

Click on this link "hot link" for this home featured in HOMES & LAND 
Volume 13 Issue 11, Page 24

Monday, October 5, 2015

Bank Owned Property at 10701 NE 132nd, Newalla, OK 74857 as of 10-5-2015

Bank Owned Property at 10701 NE 132nd, Newalla, OK 74857 is a great investment for a 2700 sq. ft. home on 5 acres currently listed at only $32.93 per sq. ft.  This distressed home won't go a 30 year mortgage, but will be a great buy for a cash buyer or investor!  Call me, or the listing agent Randy Tarlton 405-703-2255 at REALTY EXPERTS for showing.


Friday, September 4, 2015

Truth About Real Estate--Somebody has to say it!: Six Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Truth About Real Estate--Somebody has to say it!: Six Tips for First-Time Homebuyers: A house is the biggest investment that most people will ever make. The decision to buy should not be taken lightly. Any time you buy a house...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Remolding Cost vs Less Expensive Curb Appeal Enhancements

Want to make your home more attractive to sell?  Try detail cleaning, like vacuuming out the central H&A closet.... a home that is well maintained and clean, attracts more buyer traffic.  But, it doesn't stop there.

Let's look at remodeling value.  A newly designed kitchen & bath remodel are the most expensive remodel of a home.  These updates don't provide the return  to your pocket book, but will produce buyers faster and your improve your market position.  New lighting and new hardware most always make a difference, and won't break the bank account.

The top projects to return a greater value is an attractive new front door!  Color and style matter, so if your not good at this kind of detail... pick from magazines for something exact.  Garage door replacement also offered great paybacks!

A fresh, crisp, neutral color paint for the interior and/or exterior, makes one of the most economical cost improvement when selling your home.  Neutral colors today can be macadamia nut or guilford green.  No strong or bold colors should be used when trying to sell your home.

Absolutely declutter your home, and try to stage with venues of comfort and appeal.  Don't forget the lawn work, and small areas of color. These tips should catch the eye of a prospective buyer in your neighborhood.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Illegal Drug Activity In A Home, Buyer Beware...

What's Lurking Behind Those Walls?  Readers can educate themselves on the signs of drug contamination when looking for a personal home purchase or "flip", (a purchase with intent to resale when rehabilitated).  The later is what scares me most for buyers.

This article was published in the September/October 2014 issue of REALTOR magazine and written by Melissa Dittmann Tracy.

What's Lurking Behind Those Walls?

Illegal drug activity in a home, even from years ago, can come back to taint a real estate transaction.
When sales associate Suzette Bailey of Real Estate Central in Cross Lanes, W. Va., tours a home with buyers, she knows that if it reeks of cat urine and has groupings of everyday household products like stripped-out batteries, lighter fluid, salt, and empty two-liter plastic soda bottles, the home’s problems are likely to stretch well beyond aesthetics. Such signs are potential red flags of a highly toxic substance lingering in the home—methamphetamine.
So-called “meth houses,” homes used in the manufacture of the drug, represent a small percentage of the overall inventory. Still, Bailey recently noticed an uptick, particularly among bank-owned homes, prompting her to contact the local police department to learn the signs so that she could warn buyers. On her website’s home page, she points clients to the state’s registry, which reveals the addresses of nearly 1,000 properties with clandestine-drug pasts.
Warning Signs of Meth Contamination
  • Eyes or throat burning when entering the property
  • Chemical stains on toilets and bathtubs
  • Large number of lithium batteries, particularly ones that have been stripped
  • Propane tanks with fittings that have turned blue
  • Strong smell of urine or unusual chemical smells like ether, ammonia, or acetone
  • Trash filled with a large amount of products like paint thinner, lighter fluid, 
drain cleaners, and cold tablet containers
Source: Meth Lab Cleanup

The Duty to Disclose

Growing media attention over the lingering effects of homes contaminated with clandestine drugs, particularly from meth and marijuana production, has prompted more public attention to the issues surrounding these properties.
Sometimes, drugs can seep into a home’s surfaces, insulation, and even drywall, and cause a host of health problems for unsuspecting home owners, from respiratory illnesses to neurological problems, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Homes where marijuana was produced may be more prone to mold, which poses similar health problems to meth. In addition, shoddy electrical rewiring is common in these homes, which can pose a fire danger. To remediate homes can cost $5,000 to $10,000 or more, depending on the level of contamination and size of the home, according to Meth Lab Cleanup LLC, a national company that does clandestine-drug remediation and conducts nationwide training.
Property disclosure laws pertaining to potentially hazardous substances, such as asbestos, radon, and meth, are largely a state matter, though the presence of lead-based paint is one area addressed by federal law. About half of the states—including Illinois, California, and Texas—require home owners and agents to disclose known meth exposure in homes for sale. Among those with no such disclosure requirements are Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, and Georgia. (A complete list of state laws and regulations is available at
Learn more about the legal issues surrounding marijuana grow houses and real estate in this video:
Regardless of which state you live in, “real estate agents have a general duty to disclose any material fact they know,” says Lesley Walker, an associate counsel with the National Association of REALTORS®. “If they are aware that a property has been used as a meth lab or that marijuana has been grown in the house, that would be considered a material fact and they would need to disclose.” Even in Colorado and Washington, which recently legalized recreational marijuana, real estate professionals must still disclose if they are aware of the drug being grown on the property. Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance under federal law, Walker says.

A Growing Problem

A home’s past is not always apparent. Standard home inspections often don’t turn up drug contamination, says Joseph Mazzuca, CEO of operations at Meth Lab Cleanup, though meth testing kits are available for about $50. The Drug Enforcement Agency maintains the National Clandestine Laboratory Register, a searchable database of addresses that include properties where meth labs have been identified.
Some counties and states also have databases to track such homes. “But if the property isn’t on there, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a problem,” Mazzuca says. “Millions of properties -potentially are contaminated.” The number of meth labs skyrocketed in the mid-2000s and reached more than 15,000 at the end of 2010—more than double the number reported in 2007, according to a 2013 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Reported meth lab incidents dipped to 12,694 in 2012 but remain elevated in some areas, particularly in southern and midwestern states, according to DEA data.
Help Buyers Sniff Out a Home’s Past
  • Check the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Clandestine Laboratory Register. Some states and counties also maintain their own registries of homes where authorities have discovered illegal drug use.
  • Talk to local police about signs to look for and  information about homes where there may have been previous drug-related arrests.
  • Talk to neighbors. About 70 percent of the cases Meth Lab Cleanup handles come from tip-offs from neighbors about the home’s past.
  • If you have suspicions, get a house tested. Meth testing kits, available for about $50, provide lab-verified results on the presence of meth. If it’s present, a professional should conduct further tests (typical cost: $500 to $700) to determine the level of contamination.
Source: Meth Lab Cleanup
The increase in foreclosures over the past few years has heightened the problem, Mazzuca says. Properties may sit vacant in foreclosure limbo for years, and the home’s tainted history may get lost. “Many homes are falling through the cracks,” Mazzuca says. “They haven’t been decontaminated, and they’re later put on the market [to unsuspecting buyers].” About 75 percent of the roughly 2,000 remediation jobs his company handles nationally are bank-owned homes, with the highest incidences of meth contamination found in Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Missouri.
The drug-related stigma can linger well past remediation and even hamper property values of neighboring homes. A 2011 study conducted by researcher Joshua Congdon-Hohman, assistant professor of economics at the College of the Holy Cross, found that the stigma caused by a meth lab can affect sales as far as half a mile away, with nearby home prices falling potentially from 10 to 19 percent up to a year after a meth-contaminated home was found in the community.
Bailey says she now enters foreclosures with more suspicion than in the past, since the homes are usually sold as-is and no one may be aware of the home’s past. “It used to be thought that only towns outside the city were the big concern, but huge meth labs and clandestine labs are creeping into other areas nearby. Some are nice homes that you never would have thought,” Bailey says. “It can be a financial disaster for home owners. They could face thousands of dollars to decontaminate the home. It’ll hurt their chances to ever sell the property, even if it’s remediated, and it’ll greatly affect the value of the home. I would never want that to happen to one of my buyers.