Top 10 Modern Ways Verbode Markets Real Estate

In today’s world of marketing, there are so many ways to get your product to the masses. Yet, it isn’t always so easy to figure out the best way to do that. Real Estate marketing has been pretty basic and lacking imagination for awhile now. The visionaries at Verbode didn’t want to have anything to do with that. So they decided to mix it up a bit and expand their marketing along with the growth of OKC!

Top 10 Modern Ways Verbode Markets Real Estate

 

10. Twilight Open House

A staple of Thursday nights after work, Twilight Open Houses are our chance to give the public the best first introduction possible to your property. We go all out for our Clients. We have included food trucks, catering from local favorites, local artist shows, and local musicians. If we can entice people to come see the home with their own eyes, it isn’t long before someone falls in love. It also gives the owner an excuse to have a going away party for the place they called home.

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9. Creative Wordsmithing

Yes, a great photo of a home can spark the interest, but the right language can convince a non-believer. If you haven’t noticed, “verb” is part of our name. We see too many listing descriptions give a great home a weak story. Verbode is here to change that. Every home deserves a great description.

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8. Branding

Branding is no longer just the logo and the phrase, it is living what you do. It is believing in an idea. One you can share with those you work with. At Verbode, our brand is synonymous with the Urban Core of Oklahoma City. We want to provide to our clients a concierge experience catered to their lifestyle. Our clients no longer look for a new home, they look for a new city, community, and neighborhood. Our mission at Verbode is to connect the beautiful individuals of Oklahoma City to their perfect community. One in which they not only live but thrive in.

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7. Historical Education

Oklahoma City has a shaky past when it comes to historic buildings. We believe our mentality for historical structures can be changed. By informing the public and community about our historic homes and buildings we hope to create a loving appreciation for the past. Oklahoma City has many stories worth telling and remembering, and the homes and structures that have stood the test of time are deserving of a platform to tell their unique histories.

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6. Blogging

If you are reading this right now, then our marketing is working. Blogging has become one of the optimal ways to inform. With news, events, and opportunities to see an open house conveniently placed at your fingertips, blogging is convenient and effective. There is a sea of Real Estate websites, but they are hard to navigate. We are able to give you a detailed list of properties we have open on the weekends, along with a map. Our blogs also underscore our love for Oklahoma City and commitment to being active in local events and a part of the communities in which we place our clients.

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5. Staging/Art

Not everyone can bring to life a home in their own minds. If you walk into an empty space and that is all you see, you will likely benefit from a staged home. Giving the buyer and seller an example of what the space could look like actually stimulates the imagination. When a realtor has a showing in a staged space, they don’t have to set a scene for every room. In some cases, the staged items and/or the art will stay with the home and go along with the sell.

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4. Website

The internet is a daily part of our lives in many different ways. Now with more people connected to it, having a website is the best way to connect clients to your business. Our website allows anyone to find an agent, a home, and learn more about their communities. We give them many options to find what they are looking for. They can search by district, neighborhood or even city. They can even find the featured listings we represent. In addition, our website makes it easier for potential buyers to connect with our team and get connected to your property on a shorter timeline.

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3. Photos and Videos

Visualizing a home is not as easy as it sounds. Being able to show a home at it’s best is what photography and videography can do. Photography has always been a great way to show a home and sparks the interest in those who are looking. Coupling photo with video has made for a beneficial bonus for both client and realtor. It helps everyone see the home as it is. It can also highlight the features that a client might be looking for in a home. Verbode builds working relationships with skilled local photographers that we trust to bring the best images of your home to the market.

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2. Social Media

If it is an app on your phone, we are likely already marketing on it. Facebook is one of the best ways to connect to our clients. Everyone is connected to it and everyone checks it several times a day. So we wanted to be ready and available in the places they spend most of their time. We also have an Instagram we update with new listings and open houses. Other social media accounts are listed below:

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1. We Listen

And we aren’t just saying that. Taking care of our clients is the most important part of our business model. We take everything they tell us and we use that as a tool to find them what they need. Customer service is not dead, it is alive and well at Verbode. Please contact us via email, phone, text, social media, etc. We want to work with you and get to know you! Let us show you a better way to real estate.

 

Top Ten Ways to Pick a Neighborhood for your Family

In modern day Real Estate, we have found more than ever that choosing a Neighborhood is the most important decision a Buyer makes. They are looking for the perfect community, not just the perfect home. Schools, retail, traffic, walkability and style all play a role in choosing a Neighborhood. The Urban Core of OKC is seeing a renaissance of the City Neighborhood.

The diversity of style and location in the Urban Core allows many buyers to have multiple options. Everything from Historic to modern housing is on the rise. So how do you find that perfect Neighborhood for your Family? We put together a list of ten ways to make that decision.

10. Traffic

Living in the Urban Core of a major Metropolitan area can be a time saver. Unless of course you live next to a major street or highway. Always check the traffic in and around the Neighborhoods you are looking at. You might find it is too much for your sanity to wait in line to get only a few blocks. Oklahoma City is still relatively light on traffic, but populations grow.

Example: Jefferson Park is close to a major highway, but is hidden away from major traffic.

9. Landscape

Believe it or not, there are Urban Core Neighborhoods with inclined streets and busy yards in OKC. If you love doing yard work yourself, look for homes that have customizable spaces. Streets lined with tall streets can give you shade during Summer months. However, those trees then drop their leaves all over yards and streets. If that is a hassle to you, choose a Neighborhood with younger, smaller trees.

Example: Crown Heights is known for the many different landscapes and has close access to multiple parks.

 

 

8. History

At Verbode we love the history of our homes. The stories of owners past and the many changes the Neighborhood and home have been through. Some Neighborhoods have more history than others which will likely give them protection from the Historic Preservation of OKC. Changes to homes must be approved in order to keep the Neighborhood as it was meant to look.

Example: Heritage Hills has more homes with great stories than they know what to do with.

7. Retail

With the rise of OKC districts, more and more local retail is opening near Urban Core Neighborhoods. Whether it be restaurants or shopping opportunities, the Urban Core has plenty to choose from. If your favorite store or restaurant is only walking distance away, you may want to rethink moving in that Neighborhood. It may cause you to gain weight or spend too much money. All joking aside, there are many Neighborhoods that benefit from their close proximity to retail.

Example: Gatewood, in close proximity of the Plaza District, is walking distance from many new shops and restaurants.

 

6. Walking & Biking Ability

Cities are trying harder to give their citizen’s more options of getting around town. It is a huge plus to have sidewalks and plenty of room for bikes in a Neighborhood. It almost seemed a sense of nostalgia to think of a Neighborhood that was walkable and bike safe. Now thanks to a few Maps Projections, OKC neighborhoods are getting new sidewalks and streets are being widened. Nothing is better than walking in your Neighborhood with your family and pets. Check out the walkscore of your favorite Neighborhood.

Example: Mesta Park has wide streets and brand new sidewalks that a many residents use on a daily basis.

5. Association

Not all Neighborhoods have Associations, but the strong and well connected ones do. In recent years a few Neighborhoods in the Urban Core lacked a plan of action to make their Neighborhoods better. Now there are strong Associations within even the smallest of Neighborhoods. Associations can help with beautification and maintenance of the area. It also allows for block parties and get togethers so you can better know those who live nearby.

Example: Miller has recently put together a great and well received Neighborhood Association.

4. Access

Access has a lot to do about location and how to get in and out of your Neighborhood. Most Neighborhoods in the Urban Core were planned on a grid system. Allowing multiple different entrance and exit points through out. It is now important to find the routes through your Neighborhood that take you to your favorite Districts. You may find out it is easier to access by foot or bike, than by car.

Example: Paseo is wedged between the Paseo Arts District and Uptown 23rd. Both a short walk from the Neighborhood.

3. Affordability

We are very lucky in the OKC Urban Core to have many ranges of affordability. Yes, most everyone wants to live in the Historic Neighborhood with large estates and amazing architecture. However, the best Neighborhood for your family, is the one that is affordable to your financial situation. There are Neighborhoods that would surprise you with their affordability.

Example: Crestwood gives you the historic feel with the affordability for all price ranges.

 

2. Schools

Now more than ever we are searching for schools that we feel safe sending our kids too. Not only do we want them to receive a great academic education, we also want them to have a strong social education. Learning to interact with all types of people and cultures. Many of the Urban Neighborhoods have schools built right in the middle. This means you can walk your most precious of family members to school everyday.

Example: Cleveland has a school with the same name and is also close to the Middle & High schools your children would attend.

1. Safety

Above all we want to feel safe in our Neighborhoods. Crime is not always consistent in certain areas, so it is important to research the area and those living in it. Ask potential Neighbors if they have felt safe living in that Neighborhood. Make sure the crime rate is low and on the decline. Take a stroll through the streets at night to gage if it feels safe. Street lights and open front doors are good indicators of how safe a Neighborhood is.

Example: Putnam Heights has sidewalks with lights and plenty of room between homes. Allowing for a buffer from the major streets and traffic.

 

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Top 10 Historical Homes Verbode Loves in OKC

Historical Homes in OKC have become a way to cherish the history of our City. Everyone at Verbode loves to hear the story of the homes we have the privilege to sell, so we decided to research some of our favorite Historic OKC Homes. We recommend taking a weekend day to drive around and see these wonderful homes for yourself. 

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Top 10 Historical Homes in OKC

10. Charles Frost Home, 316 NW 21st Street in Heritage Hills

Completed in 1919, Charles Frost was listed as the original owner of this Praire style beauty. A well-known citizen, who took part in the opening of April 22, 1889, and in several other openings by which the original territory of Oklahoma has been expanded. For several years, he was the general agent in Oklahoma for several large breweries of Kansas City, St. Louis and Milwaukee. In 1898, he established the Crown Bottling Works at Sulphur Springs, Indian Territory, which was engaged in bottling for the wholesale trade. 

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9. Walter & Frances Edwards Home, 1621 NE Grand Blvd.

The Edwards home is located in Hassman Heights, a community founded and built by the Edwards. Constructed in 1942, it is a one and a half story, cream-colored brick veneer in the Tudor Revival style. The foundation is unique, made of uncoursed random-sized sandstone blocks. The home has several intersecting gables, with the one at the center front being clipped. Seven of the windows are covered with wood lath, forming a sunscreen. A balcony is located on the second floor on the south side, next to a large dormer. Tall brick chimneys are located at several points. The varied gables and room arrangements give this home an actual twelve corners.

The story of Walter (1891-1972) and Frances Edwards is an amazing one. Arriving in the new state of Oklahoma in 1907, and moving to Oklahoma City in 1915, Walter began as a laborer in a junkyard. Within a few years, he owned several businesses and began a fight for economic opportunities for blacks. He was instrumental in obtaining platting for an area of town, during a time when segregation was the rule of the game. He began developing a housing addition in the mid-1930s and offered home financing from his own resources at a time when it was not available to the black community elsewhere. Hassman Heights was a community of nice homes on the northeast side of the city, growing to 120 homes by 1955. Edwards home is one of the earlier homes in this area, being built in 1941-1942. The Edwards donated land for a park, a school, and built a local hospital. All this with a fourth-grade education and coming through an era of severe segregation.
 
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8. Melvin F. Luster Home, 300 NE 3rd Street in the Deep Deuce District

This home, located on the southwest corner of N. E. 3rd Street and N. Central Ave., was built by Sidney D. and Mary Lyons, the mother and step-father of Melvin Luster who later owned and occupied the home. Lyons, who died in 1942, was one of the earliest African American businessmen in Oklahoma City. He owned the nationally known East India Toilet Goods & Mfg. Co., which made and sold toiletries, hair tonic, face powder, soap, and perfume, which was manufactured in an outbuilding on this property. The home is located in an upward-moving district known as “Deep Deuce”, the former center of African American business and music.

The home is a two-story brick home in the Italianate style, built in 1926. It has a Spanish tile roof, and a porch which extends across the full front. The porch has large arched openings, supported by embedded stone pillars. The front entrance is a single wood-planked door with a circular divided window. Surrounding the arched opening is a surround of stone detail work. The windows are single hung six-over-one. The entire property is surrounded by a low, scalloped brick wall, approximately three feet high.

The Register nomination form describes the interior as being lavish and unusual, with canvas walls, covered in oil paintings, sculptured ceramic tile and stone fireplaces, beveled glass French doors and Oriental rugs and carpets.
 
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7.  The John Sinopoulo Home, 4000 N. Kelley

The John Sinopoulo home, also known as Sundial was begun in 1915 and completed in 1919. An additional art studio for Mrs. Sinopoulo was built above a bedroom in 1929. The Sinopoulo’s lived in this home until their deaths in 1976 and 1977. It is still a residence, so the photos included here are not too intrusive. This is a Mediterranean villa, with 14 rooms on four levels. Basically, it is a two-story north-south rectangle with stone balustraded terraces, arched windows, and some stained glass windows. The main entrance is on the west, through a vestibule under a carport. The Register nomination forms indicate there are a large 18 x 28 ft. living room with a Spanish-style fireplace. A library on the 2nd level to the north overlooks the living room. The outside walls are stucco, with a red tile roof, and it has the typical Mediterranean use of brackets, masonry finials, balconies and open terraces. There is a detached garage to the north with living quarters above. 

John G. Sinopoulo was born in Greece, came to the United States in 1890 and arrived in Oklahoma in 1903. Not known specifically for his wealth, he was better known for his contributions to entertainment and culture in the Oklahoma City area. He built Delmar Gardens, a popular amusement park, with picnic facilities, train rides, refreshment stands, theater, Ferris wheel and other carnival rides which were enjoyed till it closed in 1910. He built the Lyric Theater and was part of the organization and management of many theaters and vaudeville houses in the area. Mrs. Sinopoulo was an artist, who painted throughout her entire life. She died in 1976, followed by her husband in 1977, at the age of 101. John Sinopoulo also built many buildings and cultural things in his hometown in Greece and was knighted by King Paul of Greece. He was inducted posthumously into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1995.

 
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6. The Goodholm Home, 3101 Grand Pershing Blvd.

The ornate, Victorian-style house located behind the Oklahoma Art Center on the State Fairgrounds appears to be more appropriate to a lazy, 1902 small town street than to a bustling state fair. The house was literally picked from its original location at NE 4 and Walnut in Oklahoma City and moved, in several sections, to the fairgrounds in 1979, to be restored and turned into a museum of early statehood days.
 

Andrew Goodholm, a Swedish immigrant who settled in Indian Territory, built the house on NE 4 in 1901. Goodholm was a miller and later became a city councilman and a director of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. His home was a three-story frame structure, with a round turret rising all three stories. The top floor included a ballroom. Around the outside a veranda, which held a porch swing during the Goodholm family residency, circled half the house. By 1978, when the urban area of Oklahoma City had grown up and was finally being torn down around the neighborhood, the Goodholm house, having passed through a number of owners and by then an apartment house, was in danger of being razed. Owner Jim Fentriss, a local businessman, donated the building to the State Fair.

The fair management accepted the building, valuing it as one of the few remaining architectural examples of that period. It was divided into several sections and lifted by crane onto trucks and carried to the fairgrounds, where it was reassembled. The roof, windows and railings have been restored, with attention to authentic details of its period. The Oklahoma Historical Society is helping raise funds for the restoration and has advised on the project, with assistance from Goodholm’s two daughters, residents of Stillwater. 

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5. Johnson-Hightower Home, 439 NW 15th Street in Heritage Hills

“This house, constructed in 1909 for Frank Johnson, is one of Oklahoma City’s finest examples of Neoclassical residential architecture. The entrance portico employs giant order Roman Doric columns with dentils and triglyphs in the entablature. Windows flanking the main entrance are also articulated with Doric pilasters and pediments. The entry features a paneled door with sidelights and a second-floor balcony and door with leaded and beveled sidelights. Johnson was a prominent financier and President of the First National Bank and Trust Company.”

The home, in the Greek Revival style, has five bedrooms, seven baths, a library, recreation room, numerous other living spaces, a 2,703-square-foot basement and detached garage with 936-square-foot apartment. The home passed to Johnson’s grandson, Frank Johnson Hightower, namesake of the Hightower Building downtown and other enterprises, who had the interior remodeled from its original Victorian to the Regency style.

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4. W.T. Hales Home, 1521 N. Hudson in Heritage Hills

The Hales Mansion is located at 1521 N. Hudson, facing Hudson to the east. This is a three-story Second Renaissance Revival home built in 1916 and designed by Hawk & Paar, well known early-Oklahoma architects. The home is constructed of Bedford stone with special gray brick imported from Greece. The home cost $125,000 to build (an astronomical amount in those days), and the furnishings within, cost another $125,000. The home contained a $10,000 elevator and an 8 x 10 vault for valuables.

The main entrance has a large, elaborate portico supported by eight Corinthian columns with a balustrade on the third level. A secondary entrance on the north is equally elaborate with its own portico and columns. The third-floor windows have iron balconettes. On the first level, the entrance opens into a Great Hall which can easily accommodate 100 people. A similar hall is on the second floor, which has been converted into a chapel. A grand staircase in the main hall, with two wooden lions at the base, leads to the upper floors. When built, this was the largest residence in Oklahoma City.

William T. Hales arrived in Oklahoma Territory in 1890 from Missouri, as a 17-year-old boy with nothing. He began trading horses and mules and eventually owned the largest mule barn business in Oklahoma. He invested well and became one of Oklahoma City’s financial leaders. After his death in 1938, the home was sold to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma and became the residence of the Archbishop.

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3. William Harn Home, 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd.

The Harn House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Built in 1904, William Harn lived here until his death in 1944. The property was inherited by their niece who lived here until her death in 1967 after which it was deeded to the City of Oklahoma City. It is currently a private museum known as the Harn Homestead. Several other buildings are located on this farm, but the main residence is the only one listed on the Register.

William Harn originally purchased 160 acres, later deeding 40 to the State for the capitol building. Currently, this property contains ten acres. The main home is a two-story frame residence in the Queen Anne Victorian style. It has lap siding and shingles and a minimum of ornamentation on the porch railings, balcony and cornices. There are six rooms on the first floor and three large bedrooms on the second level. There is also a finished attic. Surrounding the home are several outbuildings, including a residence, barns and service buildings for the operation of a territorial farm. The museum was closed at the time of our arrival, and we were unable to get a good photo of the home itself.

The property was placed on the NRHP due to the significance of Mr. Harn. he was born in 1859 and was called to the Oklahoma Territory in 1891 to serve as a Special Agent with the General Land Office. After the Land Run of 1889, there were many disputes over land ownership, and Mr. Harn was instrumental in resolving many of these. Because he was versed in property matters, he was very prominent in the developing of Oklahoma City.

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2. Donald Pollock Home by Bruce Goff, 2400 NW 59th St. in Belle Isle

Built in 1957, the home was purchased by Joe and Laura Warriner in 1966. They commissioned Goff to design an addition and remodeling of the existing home. Although the addition was not constructed the home was extensively remodeled in the early 1980’s in accordance with Goff’s plans. The remodeling improved the quality of the original design. Built on a corner lot, the Pollock home is a composition of nine square modules with an angled screened porch atop a detached studio. 

 

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1. Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street in Heritage Hills

The Overholser House, locally known as the Overholser Mansion, is a masterpiece of architecture and history. The home still contains the original French lace curtains, English carpets and French stained glass windows. Located at 405 N. W. 15th Street in the Heritage Hills Historic District, it is open to the public for tours Mon-Sat 10-3 and is closed on Mondays, holidays and during the month of January.

This is a three-story French chateau-style home that was lived in by the Overholser family until 1972, at which time ownership was transferred to the State of Oklahoma, and eventually to the Oklahoma Historical Society, who currently maintain it. The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Oklahoma has restored and maintains the nursery and provides financial support and volunteer docents.

Henry Overholser, who came to the Oklahoma Territory in 1889, was a driving force in early Oklahoma City development. He built over 35 buildings in Oklahoma City, including two opera houses, the United States Courthouse, and the State Fairgrounds. He was the founding President of the Board of Trade (now known as the Chamber of Commerce). He died in 1915; his wife in 1940.

This residence was designed by W. S. Matthews, who was trained at London’s Kensington Academy. He designed, oversaw construction and furnished the mansion. Overholser had the home built in 1903 to convey his belief in the permanence of Oklahoma City.

The home has many extraordinary features. It is covered with buff-colored brick, with a stucco covering over the foundation. On the southeast corner is an eight-sided tower with decorative terra cotta between the first and second floors. The roof of the tower is an eight-sided tile roof with a finial at the top. Between the second floor and the roof is a band of a fleur-de-lis with brackets under the eave.
 
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*Sources include waymarking.com, nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com, newsok.com