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Dec. 5, 2019

Wil Montgomery REALTOR® & Buyers Specialist

Wil Montgomery REALTOR® & Buyers Specialist

REALTOR®

Buyers Specialist

Go Getter!

Wil Montgomery is a lifelong resident of Durant. He graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2001 with an undergraduate degree in education and is currently teaching math at Durant High School. Wil is truly invested in the southeastern Oklahoma region. His knowledge of the area, coupled with his degree in teaching, has provided him with valuable skills that he uses daily in real estate negotiations, educating home-buyers and sellers, and effectively marketing the team’s listings. Wil is also well trained in the use of current technology. He uses the latest internet marketing tools to expose your property to the widest possible range of qualified buyers. Honesty and integrity, along with determination and dedication, are philosophies that Wil strives for in all aspects of his life. He will work tirelessly on your behalf.

Posted in Real Estate Team
Dec. 3, 2019

Home Buying Checklist - What Happens After Your Offer Is Accepted-

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Buying a home is a long and exhaustive process and the help of a trusted real estate agent is most often necessary to ensure that you get to experience the exhilarating feeling of being on top of it all. However, as much as you might like to pop open a bottle of champagne and celebrate, having your offer accepted is still not enough reason to party – just yet.

This is an important moment of transition (from being a buyer to finally, a homeowner) that entails a few more steps that can make or break the deal. This helpful guide will enable you to be as ready and as prepared as possible, to go from offer to closing the deal on your dreams:

Seek loan approval.  Ideally, you should have already been pre-approved before making an offer. It is not too late, however, as long as you seek at least two or more lenders to increase your chances of getting approved for a mortgage loan.

Prepare earnest money. This is a security fund deposited into an escrow account, to demonstrate that you are a serious buyer. Depending on your agent, the earnest money may be required before submitting your offer, or after your offer has been accepted.

Hire a professional home inspector. It is important to have the property checked for any defects or initial construction issues. Aside from structural defects, also check for radon levels, pest infestation, mold presence, as well as septic and HVAC problems.

Get a home appraisal. Inform the lender as soon as the inspections have been cleared so they can order a home appraisal. You may need to negotiate with the seller if the home value is less than its asking price. Lenders require that the loan amount should match the appraised value of the home.

Prepare your lender documents.

Get ready to submit all the required documentation so the lender can start the mortgage process as soon as possible. Keep track of the progress and verify your timeline.

Review the title commitment. The Title Company will issue a document providing information on the property’s title history and liens if there are any. Seek the advice of a real estate attorney to resolve issues.

Shop for a Home Owner’s Insurance Policy. Find the policy that is best suited to your needs. Depending on your location, you may need to add additional coverage for flood, hurricane, or earthquake. In Durant OK, you may no longer need flood insurance since it is not located in a hazard area. It is also wise to purchase a home warranty as well.

Set the closing schedule. Reserve a time slot from the title company based on the agreed closing date. Coordinate with your real estate agent, seller, and the listing agent to finalize the purchase process. Prepare your identification cards and payment for the closing costs.

Final inspection. A brief walkthrough is needed so you can check if the repairs are completed and if the house is move-in ready. Check for any seller’s personal belongings which may have been left around, or ensure that there are no more issues that are against the contract.

Closing day. Pay the required amount for closing and sign all the required documents at the title company. Upon the release of the funds from your lender, and the signing of all the paperwork, you will finally receive the keys to your new home.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed with all the steps needed to accomplish after your offer has been accepted. You need a reliable agent by your side to make the sales process as smooth and organized as possible.

Are you looking for a new home? I can help you. Call or email us today.

 

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Posted in Buyer
Nov. 28, 2019

BJ Bellettini Real Estate Agent

BJ Bellettini Real Estate Agent

Born on a ranch just outside of Coalgate and having lived in Southeastern Oklahoma for most of his life, BJ Bellettini is your guide to the Lake Texoma region. He is proud to be from Texoma and knows the area like the back of his hand. BJ can tell you all the ins and outs you need to know about the region. 

After high school, BJ attended Oklahoma State University, where he graduated with a bachelors in Agricultural Economics. Over the years he has gained knowledge and experience in many different business sectors before launching his career in Real Estate. This gives BJ a unique background. His past experiences include ranching, trailer manufacturing, sales, banking, pharmaceutical, and medical devise sales, and he currently co-owns Marco Pizza in Durant.

BJ uses his knowledge and insight obtained through the many years working in the Texoma region to represent clients in their Real Estate negotiations. He is a seasoned Texoma realtor and has negotiated many property transactions. BJ also has experience with the sale of new home projects. He commits to creating an added leverage and strength in his client's negotiating position, assisting his clients in optimizing value and benefits in all of their Real Estate transactions.  

Focussed on making the buying and the sales process as simple as possible for his clients, BJ always comes up with a positive approach and solutions. He will break the whole process down to make it as understandable as possible, because BJ knows that the business can be confusing as a first-timer, but sometimes even for experienced buyers or sellers. He helps his buying clients to get the properties they want at the prices they need, and he helps the sellers market their home through the right channels to get it the attention it deserves. BJ is the epitome of "family first," and this includes his clients because BJ considers his clients family. Moreover, BJ loves to give hugs and sing happy birthday. Even when it's raining, BJ can make it feel like the sun shines.

BJ Bellettini has experience from the pasture to the office and is excited to partner with you for all of your real estate needs.  

Posted in Real Estate Team
Nov. 25, 2019

SOLD - 26220 US Highway 70 Bokchito OK 74726

SOLD -  26220 US Highway 70 Bokchito, OK 74726
26220 US Highway 70
 Bokchito, OK 74726

3 beds2 bath1553 sqft

 

Selling Agent: Tracy Powell Bryan Appraisal & Realty

Listing Agent: Macy Dunn REALTOR® 580 Realty®

 

Your secluded getaway only 15 min. from Durant far enough in the country to escape the most hectic of days. House sits on a lazy acre and includes a privacy fence for kiddos and pets alike. Plenty of room on the property to build your shop! New roof and painting in July 2018 and new HVAC in July 2019. CALL NOW!
Listing Agent
Macy Dunn
  • Macy Dunn
  • 580 Realty LLC

580 Realty LLC
Posted in Blog, SOLD
Nov. 22, 2019

The Winter Checklist -10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Winter Season

The Winter Checklist -10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Winter Season

Winter is fast approaching and the holiday season draws near, but there are still a few important things to do around the house. So before the frost bites your budget due to unexpected repairs, check out this handy list to prepare your home for the coldest time of the year. 

Inspect the Roof

On top of everything else, it is best to start with the roofing system. Come winter time, the snow can bring lots of problems that can affect all the other parts of the house. A little crack here and there could cause ice dams which will leak once the indoor heat melts the snow. Prevent water damage by scanning the entire roof up to the ridges and flashings.

Guard the Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause water to seep into the walls and floors. Remove accumulated dried leaves, tree branches, or dead birds and rodents that keep the collected water from flowing properly. Install mesh guards to keep the gutters free from debris.

Seal the Air Leaks

Caulk windows, baseboards, and doors to reduce air drafts. Weather stripping is the best way to save on heating costs, which is up to 10% annually according to the US Department of Energy. So inspect your home for gaps which can let the cold air in, especially the holes made for electrical, phone, and cable installations.

Check the Chimney

Hire a chimney sweep to inspect for loose bricks, remove flue blockage, and clean creosote build up (tar created from wood smoke) which may cause a fire if neglected.

Clean/Replace Air Filters

Keep your indoor home temperature to a comfortable level by removing the dust off your furnace filters. Clean or replace depending on the air filter material.

Test the Thermostat

Tune up the thermostat so it will be stable during the winter. Heating systems usually break down during winter months, due to heavy use. Prevent expensive repairs by having your furnace professionally inspected for worn belts, blocked ducts, damaged blower, or misadjusted parts.

 

 

Clean the Carpet

Accumulated dirt and grime from your carpet may make your indoors smell musty when the air is filled with moisture. Keep your home smelling fresh by giving your carpet a deep clean. The same goes for your upholstered furniture and mattresses.

Prepare the Plumbing

Frozen pipes are one of the most common winter home problems. Sprinkler systems buried underground, exterior faucets, and outdoor pipes are prone to bursting due to freezing and cracking. To avoid this, turn off the valves for the outdoor plumbing and drain the remaining water from the pipes.  For the indoor pipes, insulation is best for keeping a stable water pressure.

Secure the Driveway/Walkways

 Ice makes the driveway and walkways slippery, so reduce safety hazards by fixing cracks, loose paths, cement holes, uneven steps, damaged fencing, and shaky railings.

Trim the Trees

Large tree limbs of old trees pose a serious risk to your home during winter. Ice and moisture may cause the dried branches to fall on the roof, fence, and even on people. Trim tree branches, especially the large ones and keep the limbs as far from the roof as possible.

Free your home from the common winter problems by following the tips above. Regular home maintenance can make your home habitable and comfortable all year round.  Whether you’re buying or selling, We can help you, just send us a message or call our number today. 

Sources:
https://www.ahs.com/home-matters/repair-maintenance/winter-maintenance-checklist/
https://www.ahs.com/home-matters/lifestyle/dont-let-these-winter-home-problems-leave-you-out-in-the-cold
https://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/advice/your-homes-fall-checklist/
https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/winter-home-maintenance-checklist-2018/

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Posted in Seller
Nov. 22, 2019

SOLD - 4557 Hidden Path Kingston OK 73439

SOLD - 4557 Hidden Path Kingston OK 73439

11070 Standing Oak Drive, 
Kingston, OK 73439

3 bd1,404 sqft

Listing Agent: Susie Hall Lake Texoma Agency

Selling Agent:  Macy Dunn 580 Realty LLC  

Note: This property is not currently for sale or for rent. The description below may be from a previous listing.

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  • Nice home nestled among the trees on a corner lot backing up to the Corp property. CONCERTE RUNNERS for easy financing!!! Updated bathrooms and a 3 yr old roof. 30 x 30 shop with 2 12 x 10 doors. RV area and hook ups. Some furniture and appliances will stay with home. Home is located in a golf cart friendly neighborhood close to the Alberta Creek Marina and restaurant. Call now to schedule a viewing.
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 SOLD: $130,000
Sold on 10/22/19
Posted in Blog, SOLD
Nov. 22, 2019

SOLD - 416 N 5th Durant OK 74701

SOLD 416 N 5th Durant OK 74701

416 N 5th 
Durant, OK 74701

3 beds2 baths1,358 sqft

Listing Agent:  Brian Allen 580 Realty 

Selling Agent:  Brian Allen 580 Realty

Note: This property is not currently for sale or for rent. The description below may be from a previous listing.

 

Starter home; we beg to differ! The quintessential home for a family in Durant OK. 3 bedroom 2 bath across the street from the boys and girls club. Space out the wazzoo, fireplace and a cute little kitchen your Mom would fall in love with. Call today to schedule a tour!
 
 SOLD: $89,000
Sold on 11/22/19
Posted in Blog, SOLD
Nov. 22, 2019

SOLD - 726 Campbell St Ardmore OK 73401

SOLD - 726 Campbell St Ardmore OK 73401

726 Campbell St 
Ardmore, OK 73401

3 beds1 baths1,170 sqft

Listing Agent:  Kori Thompson I Sell Houses 

Selling Agent:  WIl Montgomery 580 Realty

Note: This property is not currently for sale or for rent. The description below may be from a previous listing.

726 Campbell St Ardmore OK 73401 - CLOSED!!

This cute little brick home is walking distance to shopping, Charles Evans School and churches!! This would be a great first time home or investment property, has central heat and air, updated electrical, a large fenced yard AND it's on a corner lot. All kitchen appliances will stay as well as the outbuilding.
 
 SOLD: $69,900
Sold on 11/22/19
Posted in Blog, SOLD
Nov. 21, 2019

Brian Allen - Broker #chifriedchicken

Brian Allen Real Estate Broker

#chifriedchicken

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

Brian Allen’s passion for digital marketing and real estate performance can best be described as a marriage between creativity and logic with a sprinkle of country-boy charm thrown in for “wow-factor”! In fact, he’s developed a special knack for connecting with people, customers, partners, and business owners.

It comes as no surprise that Brian has earned a positive reputation for his tireless work ethic and incredible follow-through. Brian's customers speak openly about his ability to make them feel that the most important part of his day was the time he spent with them the second they set foot inside his office. For Brian, it's never been a job. It's been devotion— to God, family, and country — that has positioned him as a leader in marketing, sales, and technology.

From a country boy who served in the US Navy as a Sonar Technician to Business Owner, Digital Director, and now Real Estate Broker / Partner, it’s fair to say Brian knows a thing a two about resourcefulness.  Brian’s experiences have taught him how to solve difficult problems, how to deliver creative solutions to please the most discerning customer, and how to keep his clients both stress-free and well-informed every step of the way.

To know Brian is to know his top priority is to build on, value, foster, secure and nurture long-lasting relationships with the people around him while being openly transparent, easy-going, and just a little eccentric in that ‘country boy’ sorta way.

Characterized as a hard-working, fun-loving professional with a high degree of integrity, Brian stays current and aware of the latest technological advances and is dedicated to aligning himself with the highest standards in the industry.  When away from work, Brian’s greatest pleasure is hanging out with his wife and kids.  He is available for consultations and can be reached by contacting him at 580-877-SOLD or by e-mailing him at brian@580Realty.com.  You may also visit him on the web at http://www.linkedin.com/in/chifriedchicken.

 

  • Business Stats
  • Real Estate Marketing & Sales Expert
  • Real Estate Industry since 2015
  • Close to $10,000,000 in production 2018
  • 74 Transactions CLOSED 2018
  • Graduate Realtors Institute
Posted in Real Estate Team
Nov. 18, 2019

Want to buy a home - learn how credit works

Want to buy a home - learn how credit works

When's the last time you checked your FICO score? If it has been a while and you're planning to purchase a home soon, you may want to look at your most recent credit report. That's because improving your credit score by even a few mere points can have a serious impact on your mortgage rate and save you thousands of dollars in interest payments over the upcoming years. Let's discover how credit and purchasing a house are related as you learn how credit works.

Why your credit is important while purchasing a home

It's very important to understand how credit works and what you can do to improve your credit score. Your credit score determines both the percentage you'll pay on a mortgage, and whether you can get a loan for a mortgage at all. Those with a credit score of 620 or less will have trouble getting a mortgage. That doesn't mean however, that it's impossible to do. Alternatively, if you have a score of 740 or greater, you'll qualify for the best interest rates from lenders.

Usually the difference between two people with scores of 620 and 740 is one-and-a-half percentage points, which might not sound like that big of a deal, but considering that the median home in Durant, OK costs nearly $100,000, a 1.5% difference on mortgage interest can lead to thousands of dollars saved over a year.

So, what can you do to fix your credit?

If you're someone with a 620-credit score (or even less) don't worry! It's never too late to improve your credit score. With the right effort and with enough time you can ensure that you receive a good interest rate for your mortgage. Start by checking your credit score. You can do this for free (every 12 months) by requesting your credit report from each of the three major consumer reporting companies (TransUnion®, Equifax®, and Experian®). Take time and review every single piece of information listed on your credit report and dispute anything that looks incorrect.

What do creditors look for?

Now that you have your credit report, it's important to understand what lenders look for while deciding the rate you'll receive. Creditors prefer people who make on-time payments every month. They also look at how much credit you have access to, versus what you're currently using. Some red flags to creditors include accessing all your available credit, having lots of credit accounts that were recently established, and applying for new credit at a variety of places.

What are my next steps?

If you are interested in purchasing a home, but you want to improve your credit score first, then the best solution is to wait a year or two to fix your credit. Disputes take time to go through, it’s important to pay off anything that’s delinquent, and you need to establish history of paying on time. These steps take time, so don’t rush into purchasing a home before working on your credit today.

If you want to learn more about buying a new home in Durant, OK or have questions regarding your credit score, credit history, income guidelines, and monthly obligations, we will be glad to help you with your search and assist with getting your finances prepared to succeed. Give us a call or send me an email today to get started!

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Posted in Buyer