KIM | How to maintain your HOME and warm up prospective buyers this winter

Kim Jordan, Oklahoma City bespoke Realtor® with priceless pointers on preparing your HOME for showing to buyers in the wintertime.

Picadillo-Stuffed Jalapeno Chiles


Vegetable oil for frying
16 large jalapeno Chiles

Tomato Sauce
2 tomatoes, cored
¼ white onion
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 baby red potato, cut into 1/8-inch cubes
¼ white onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1-pound ground beef
½ cup dark raisins
Salt & black pepper

Pickled Onions
For a garnish with a kick, try adding this finishing touch.
1 red onion, quartered and cut into 1-inch strips
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 5 limes)
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon crumbled dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt


In a heavy skillet, pour enough vegetable oil to fill half way up the sides, heat to 350°F.  Add the chiles and cook until golden (approximately 4 minutes per side).  Remove from heat and drain off excess oil. Once cooled, cut lengthwise in half and carefully remove seeds, leaving stem intact.  

Tomato Sauce 
Combine tomatoes, onion, and garlic in a medium pot filled with water.  Bring to a boil and turn off heat. Let cool, then drain and transfer to a blender, process ingredients until smooth. Season to taste with salt. Heat the vegetable oil in a medium saucepan, add the tomato sauce, and cook, stirring occasionally, until bright red (approximately 10 minutes).

Cook potatoes in vegetable oil, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Remove potatoes from pan. In the same pan, combine carrot, onion, and garlic, stirring till fragrant (approximately 5 minutes). Add the beef and cook, stir and break up meat until it is no longer pink. Add the raisins and cooked potatoes. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until meat is fully cooked (approximately 10 minutes), add salt & pepper, seasoning to taste. Divide and stuff mixture evenly into chiles. Place on a platter and drizzle with tomato sauce. Serve warm.

Pickled Onions
Stir together all the ingredients in a medium bowl.  Let stand until the onions soften (approximately 30 minutes).

Full transcript

Hello again! Since we are now into the heart of winter, I wanted to give you some helpful maintenance tips and ways to be prepared for showings at your home.

First, be sure to check around windows and doors and make sure your weather stripping is in good shape and doing its job to keep out the cold air.

Be sure that, if you currently have your home listed, to keep the air set at a good temperature. If it’s cold inside, buyers will think there is something wrong,  and that the heat’s not working properly.  

Second, keeping the house warm will help keep pipes from potentially freezing up and causing burst pipes, which is no fun for anyone.

Lastly, if we happen to get any type of measurable snow, be sure to keep walkways clear. We don’t want anybody slipping and falling.

If you need any references on repair or handymen that can help around the house with any maintenance issues, give me or Alice a call.  We can definitely help you out!

Good bye!