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Death in a new house complicates things for sellers Some parts of the country don’t care if sellers disclose that someone died in their house, but others are much stricter. DEAR DAVE: My mother lived in our house with my husband and I until she passed away on our couch from a heart attack earlier this year. Now my husband and I would like to sell our home and move into a retirement community. Would we be required to disclose my mom’s death in our home to a potential buyer? ANSWER: I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Whether you must tell a buyer about the death in your home mostly depends on the state’s real estate disclosure laws, or possibly even tighter restrictions that may have been enacted by local officials. Some states don’t require that a seller disclose an in-home death at all. Others require such a disclosure only if the death was caused in the commission of a crime or if the death was the result of a suicide – either of which could give a buyer clues about the overall safety of
the neighborhood or even of the home itself. If you’re planning to sell your home with the help of a professional real estate agent (which I always recommend), the salesperson can tell you which disclosure laws are applicable in your area. If you don’t plan on using an agent, you should call the state’s department of real estate or similar regulatory agency for help or contact an attorney. Though savvy sellers always follow disclosure laws, it can be an expensive proposition. Here’s an example: My sister passed away, alone, in her Southern California home last year after suffering a massive stroke. As the successor trustee of her estate, I was legally obligated to tell the buyer about her death in the house – even though it was from natural causes – because state law in California mandates that any death that occurred in a home (unless the victim died of AIDS) must be disclosed if it happened in the previous three years. The home is nice, but not what many
ABOUT REAL ESTATE DAVID MYERS Southern Californians would call “spectacular.” Nonetheless, the appraiser deemed that the disclosure of my sister’s in-home death knocked a staggering $60,000 off of the property’s value: I sold it on behalf of her heirs last month for $850,000 rather than the $900,000plus it could have fetched if she instead died in a hospital. ••• REAL ESTATE TRIVIA: Not very trivial, but the Uni-
versity of Stanford’s School of Medicine reports that while about 80% of all Americans would prefer to die at home, only 20% do so. Four out of five instead pass away in a hospital or nursing home. ••• DEAR DAVE: What is a due-onsale clause? ANSWER: It’s a clause, found in nearly every mortgage contract, that allows a lender to demand payment in full if the borrower
sells or refinances the house that was used to secure the bank’s loan. A due-on-sale clause is a reasonable provision, because the lender might otherwise lose a lot of money if the borrower could instead sell the house and pocket the proceeds without paying off the original mortgage. ••• DEAR DAVE: My wife and I like the idea of forming the type of inexpensive living trust that you sometimes mention, so that our home and other assets could quickly pass to our grown children and other heirs instead of forcing them to go through the long and costly probate court process. But if we cre-
ate a trust, would we be required to notify our heirs about how we want our assets to be divided after we die? ANSWER: No, your heirs wouldn’t have to be notified about the creation of the trust – or how you and your wife want to have your assets divided – until after you both pass away. Many property owners create a basic living trust because, unlike a will, trusts are not subject to the lengthy and expensive probate process. Other owners, however, create an inexpensive trust because it provides a lot of privacy
while they are still living and even after they die. That’s because a living trust is legally considered a private document – sort of like a “love letter” that you may have sent to your sweetheart – that no one else is allowed to read. A living trust, like a love letter, is not subject to public inspection by most other people. A recorded will, conversely, can be viewed by virtually anyone after you and your spouse die. That includes your grown children, bill collectors, nosy neighbors or anyone who feel that they may have been shortchanged.
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Early leaf drop on trees care and avoiding issues that can compromise their health. For Payne County, basic care 101 is watering in times of drought, removing storm damaged limbs and avoiding
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lated to this: Many of us rarely take a close look at our trees. When something unusual like this happens, it tends to draw us in for a closer look. When we do this, we’re sometimes shocked by what we see in the form of broken or dead limbs, decay, woodpecker damage, etc. This damage doesn’t necessarily mean a tree is in trouble, but it may mean that it can use some attention with basic pruning care. Of course, a lot of damage could also mean that the tree is in a serious state of decline. If it is, there’s a very good chance corrective action is not going to prevent its demise. However, even if this is the case, it’s helpful to know this as soon as possible so replacement trees can be planted close by and given a chance to become established. This helps minimize the shock of losing a significant part of the landscape when a mature tree must be removed. The point here is simply to take a good close look at your trees on a regular basis and give them good basic
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The Payne County Extension office has received an unusually high number of calls in the last two weeks from clients concerned about browning and premature leaf drop on their deciduous trees. Beginning in late spring, our weather pattern created an ideal environment for a variety of leaf blight issues to develop. While the symptoms can vary from one species to another, the overall result is leaves that just don’t look very good. Brown edges, mottling, deformation and complete browning have all been a common theme this year. Add to this the sustained hot, dry spell and some trees are now dropping leaves like it was late fall. While this can be alarming, an otherwise healthy tree can handle this without long term damage. However, to give your landscape the best chance of long term success, all landscape plants would benefit from a good deep irrigation right now as they are working on building and storing energy reserves for the coming winter. A side note re-
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stein, Social Security Solutions’ head of research, was eligible for a since-discontinued strategy called a restricted application that allowed him to receive spousal benefits based on his wife’s earnings record while his own benefit was left to grow. The Social Security agent who processed the application ignored Reichenstein’s directive and signed him up for retirement benefits instead. Reichenstein was able to withdraw the incorrect application and get the spousal benefits, but mistakes are often irreversible. He advises applicants to be informed and to respond quickly if Social Security makes a mistake. “Find out what you’re eligible for and make sure you get that,” Reichenstein says. To be fair, many people have no idea how complicated the claiming decision can be and may not understand what they’re being told by Social Security representatives, Franklin says. Social Security administers several different types of benefits – retirement benefits based on your own work record; spousal and survivor
benefits based on the work record of a current or former spouse; child benefits for the minor children of people receiving Social Security and various kinds of disability benefits. Each benefit comes with its own regulations, and the best strategy may depend on your marital status, your longevity, your tax situation and many other factors. WHERE TO GET INFO People can educate themselves by visiting Social Security’s recently redesigned site and learning how the various ben-
efits work, Franklin says. AARP has a free Social Security claiming calculator that allows people to model different strategies. Or you can spend $20 to $40 and up to use paid software, such as Social Security Solutions or Maximize My Social Security, that allows you to model more complicated situations, including those involving a minor child or a pension from a job that didn’t pay into Social Security. Consulting a financial planner who uses similar software also can be a smart move.
Franklin urges people to learn as much as they can before approaching Social Security, then keep a record of all interactions with the agency, including the names of representatives and their direct phone numbers, in case they need to appeal or correct a decision. “I’m not here to bash Social Security representatives because most of them work very, very hard,” Franklin says. “But the rules are so complex.” Email: lweston@ nerdwallet.com.
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monthly income only goes down $50,’ or whatever it is,” Meyer says. “They don’t tell you, ‘Hey, over your lifetime, that could be a reduction of $20,000.’” A 2016 study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that applicants “were not consistently provided key information that people may need to make well-informed decisions.” A 2018 report from Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General estimated that 9,224 widows and widowers age 70 and older were underpaid by about $131.8 million because they weren’t properly informed of their options. EDUCATION, NOT ADVICE Social Security employees aren’t supposed to give advice, just education, Franklin says. But she and other financial planners can relate many stories of people being encouraged to sign up early when waiting was a better strategy, or receiving bad information such as being told they weren’t eligible for certain benefits or that they couldn’t take actions that were in fact allowed. William Reichen-
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Few retirement decisions are as critical, or as easy to get wrong, as when and how to take your Social Security benefits. The rules can be so convoluted that many people rely on what they’re told by Social Security employees, but that could prove to be an expensive mistake. Certified financial planner Kate Gregory of Huntington Beach, California, uses sophisticated Social Security claiming software to recommend strategies that maximize clients’ lifetime benefits. Gregory advised one of her clients, a widow, to apply for her own small retirement benefit first so that her survivor benefit could grow, then switch to the larger benefit later. When the woman contacted Social Security, however, she was told she could get the survivor benefit only. “That left her really flustered,” Gregory says. The widow eventually was able to get the benefits she’s entitled to in the correct order, but Gregory and other financial planners worry about people who don’t get
professional advice and who could be led astray. “Most people are going to say, ‘Well, that’s what the government told me’ and let it drop. And that’s unfortunate,” says CFP Mary Beth Franklin, author of “Maximizing Social Security Retirement Benefits” and a contributing editor for Investment News. THE COST OF MISTAKES A lot of money is potentially at stake. The difference between the best claiming strategies and the worst could add up to $100,000 over the lifetime of a single person and $250,000 for married couples, says William Meyer, CEO of Social Security Solutions, a claiming strategies website. Even seemingly small decisions can have outsize consequences. People who apply for benefits may be told they’re eligible for six months of back payments and that claiming the lump sum reduces their monthly benefits only slightly. Over time, though, that reduction adds up, especially when cost-of-living increases are factored in. “The agents are saying, ‘Hey, your
Stillwater NewsPress • Thursday, September 23, 2021
Signs it is time to overhaul your kitchen Remodeling a kitchen adds value to a home. Remodeling Magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report” indicates mid-range kitchen remodels cost about $66,000, and homeowners can expect to recover about 60 to 80 percent of that cost at resale. Homeowners may wonder if remodeling their kitchens is worth the investment. But homeowners should not just consider cost, but also the current conditions of their kitchens when deciding if a renovation project is the right move to make. These signs indicate it may be time to renovate a kitchen. • Breakers are triggered: If the lights go dark from a tripped circuit breaker every time
you try to microwave and run the toaster oven at the same time, your wiring is likely not up to the task of handling the workload and could be out of date. A kitchen remodel will assess wiring load needs and an electric overhaul may be necessary. • Lack of storage: One of the biggest hassles homeowners encounter in their kitchens is a lack of storage space. If making a meal involves a Jenga-like stacking and rearranging of kitchen tools, or if an avalanche occurs whenever you search for an item, you might need more storage. A carefully planned redesign can achieve this, even in a smaller kitchen.
• Poor lighting: Task lighting is essential in a kitchen, but older homes may not be equipped with lighting where it’s most needed. A carefully designed remodel can improve lighting with under-cabinet lights, METROCREATIVE pendants, overhead Kitchens can be redesigned and downsized to reflect a home- lighting, and even owner’s new needs and desires, such as the addition of a wine natural light to make the space atchiller or espresso station. tractive and more functional. • Outdated appanding (or shrink- a couple becomes • Frequent runpliances: Even if ing): Kitchens often empty nesters, ins: The notion that your appliances are are the heart of a kitchens can be renot avocado green home. They need to designed and down- you can have too or mustard yellow meet the needs of sized to reflect their many cooks in the kitchen refers to relics of the 1970s, the family that renew needs and they might still sides in that home. desires, such as the having too many people trying to need to be replaced. A remodel can add addition of a wine pitch in or offer According to CRD space as needed. On chiller or espresso their opinions. Design, appliances the flip side, when station. are only expected to last around 10 to 15 years. If appliances have become unsafe or energy hogs, it could be time for a remodel. • Family is ex-
However, it also can apply to when too many people are gathering in a small space. Redesigning a kitchen can improve the efficiency of a space and make the room feel larger. • Aesthetic appeal: Many kitchen remodels have been inspired by unsightly kitchens. Cosmetic changes can lead to big improvements. Kitchen renovations can add instant appeal and help address issues that tend to plague outdated rooms. – MetroCreative
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Stillwater NewsPress • Thursday, September 23, 2021
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Nancy Lee Dr.
Perkins Rd. Star Dr.
Jardot Rd. Marine Rd. Burdick St. Manning St. Briarwood St.
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35th Av. 36th Av.
Jardot Rd. 44th Av.
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Vista Ct. Vista Ln.
S. Westchester St.
Mockingbird Ln. Collins Ct. Colby Lance
3rd Av. 4th Av.
Peach Tree Av. Stonegate Av.
2nd Av. 4th Av.
Denver St. St.
Payne St. Payne St.
Mar Vista St. 28th Av.
Blair St. Payne St.
Timbercrest Dr. Timbercrest Cr.
Denver Ct. Denver St.
Wedgewood Ct. Wedgewood Dr.
James Ct. Springfield St.
Crestwood Dr. Crestwood Ct.
Matthews Av. Virginia Av.
Chester St. Fern St.
Lewis St. Lewis St.
Canyon Rim Dr.
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Grandview Ct. Grandview St.
Berry Ct. Arrington Ct. Arrington Dr.
Hartford St. Dryden St. Redbud Ct.
Hoke St. Husband St.
Duncan St. Duncan St.
17th Av. 18th Av.
West St. Duck St. West St. Duck St.
West St. West Bl.
Birchwood Ct. Ct. Wedgewood
Connell Ct. Connell Av.
13th Av. 13th Pl. 14th Av. 16th Av.
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West St. Duck St.
Hester St. Knoblock St. Knoblock St. Knoblock St.
Whitney Ct. McElroy Rd.
9th Av. 10th Av.
Park Dr. Park Dr. Keller Dr.
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Washington St. Bellis St.
Monroe St. Jefferson St.
Blakely St. Stanley St.
McFarland St. Kings St.
4th Av. 5th Av.
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Walnut St. Melrose Dr. Pine St. Redwood St. Gray St. Cleveland St. Stanley St. Garfield St.
Garfield St. Clevelan
McFarland St. . Kings St
Kings St. Orchard St.
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Ridge Dr. Rid g Western Rd.
Summ erlin Ct. Bridlew ood
Black Oak Dr.
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Airport Ln. Lincoln St.
Lincoln St. Lincoln Brooke Lincoln St. St. Hollow Ct. Monroe St. Monroe Monroe St. St. Jefferson St.
Willis St. Ridge Rd. Dr. Ridge
Devon St. Wicklow St. Ln.
August Dr. Cambridge Ct.
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Fountain View Dr.
Will Rogers Dr. Cimarron Pl. Cimarron Dr. Leland Frontier Dr. Linda Av. Willham Dr. Ct. Boyles Ct. Willham Dr. Manning Ct.
Country Club Rd.
Forest Trail Ct.
Turtle Pond Ct.
Isabell Pointe Dr.
Will Rogers Dr.
Hall of Fame Av. Mathews Av.
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Fountain View Ct.
Red Rose Dr.
22nd Av. 23rd Av.
Woodland Trails Dr.
Pheasant Eagle Creek Ave. Ridge Ave.
Quail 25th Av. Ridge Ct.
29th Ct. 30th Av.
Inverness Ln. Deer Crossing Dr.
Fox Ledge Ln.
13th Av. 14th Av.
20th Av. 21st Ct.
Fox Ledge Dr.
Pioneer St. Quail Ridge Dr. 28th C t.
Willow Park Cr.
Fox Ledge Ct. 32nd Av.
4th Av. 5th Av. 5th Av.
Emma Swim Ave.
Krayler Ave. Ridgecrest Av. Brooke Av. Moore Av. Franklin Ln. Knapp St.
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Black Oak Dr. Countryside Dr.
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Davinbrook Ln. Fiddlers Hill St. Berkshire Dr. Dublin Dr.
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Shumard Ct. Oak St. W. Shumard Dr.
Westridge St. Hillside Ct.
Sangre Rd. Murphy St.
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St. Tyler Av.
Farm Av. Olive Ln. Drummond Av. Athletic Av. Monticello Dr.
Admiral Av. Sherwood Av.
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Abbey Ln. Windsor Dr.
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Pecan Lake Av. Trenton Ct. Pecan Trail Ct.
Stillwater NewsPress • Thursday, September 23, 2021
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Virgina Av. 2nd Av.
Hall of Fame Av.
7th Av. 8th Av.
8th Ct. 9th Ct. Trenton Av.
Dr. nett Graham Av. Ben Will Rogers Dr. Eskridge Av. Eskridge Av.
Keller Dr. Lakeview Ct.
Oak Crest Rd.
Brooke Jefferson St.
Brooke Moore Franklin
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Liberty Rd. Preston Av.
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Harned Av. Madison Ct.
Thomas Av. Frances Av.
Memory Ln. Country Ln.
Newman Av. Hillcrest Av. Brown Av.
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Lisa Ct. Lori Ct. Lakeview Rd.
Stillwater Municipal Airport
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Hartford St. Dryden St. Benjamin St. Burdick St. Burdick St. Berry St. Arrington St. Marshall St. Doty St. Blair St. Grandview St.
Richmond Hill Rd.
Washington St. Garfield St.
Husband Pl. Northgate Dr.
Park Pl. Tower Park Dr.
Richmond Hill Ct.
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