Tulsa Man Begs Buyers To 'Please' Purchase His House

Tuesday, August 3rd 2010, 4:15 pm
By: News On 6

By Rick Wells, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- It seems there are a lot of houses on the market in Tulsa.

Most of them just have the standard yard sign announcing the house is on the market. But, News On 6 reporter Rick Wells saw a sign from a seller who seemed to resort to polite begging, "Pretty Please, Buy My House."

Yale Avenue is one of Tulsa's busy streets, so trying to sell a house sitting on Yale with the cars whizzing by would seem to be a difficult task.

"Brand new front door, brand new big window with the UV protection," Jeramy Risenhoover said.

But, according to Risenhoover, it's not all that hard.

"You're right down the street from Lowes, Target and Reasor's," he said.

You can see Big Splash from the front yard. Risenhover said the location is a big plus.

"The people who live on Yale love living on Yale," he said.

This isn't his first makeover, but this one was in particularly bad shape. It was boarded up, the roof was bad, and it was overgrown; an eyesore in an otherwise nice neighborhood.

"It screamed, 'hey come make me look good, love me,'" Risenhover said.

That's what attracted him to the house, but what attracted News On 6 reporter Rick Wells was the sign out front.

"The sign says 'pretty please,' come on man I care," Risenhover said.

He says he's put a lot into it -- floors, fixtures, a new roof and windows.

It seems like a tough marketplace. The Association of Realtors says, as of June 30, there were 6,900 houses on the market in Tulsa, which they said is a pretty standard number in June in most years.

Houses, they said, are staying on the market a little longer now, which means you have to be flexible, offer financing or extra stuff, or maybe do a little polite begging.

"Pretty please buy my house," Risenhover said.

The house has been on the market for six weeks.