Four things to know about Wayne Barnes:
- My favorite son is Brandon. (He is also my only child.) He has given me an amazing compliment… he asks my opinion.
- My favorite car, ever, was a 1965 Mustang Fastback 2+2, 289 V8, 225 hp, 4 barrel carburetor, 4 speed manual transmission. Alas, I kept it in my garage for 5 years after I wrecked it. During that 5 years, I tried, in vain, to find someone who would do the repairs. I really enjoyed that car. It was very quick and had glass packs.
- People really enjoy my cooking. I have some really, really good recipes and I know how to follow the directions. When I was teaching my son to cook, I told him when he could successfully do an egg over easy, he could cook anything.
- A visit to the Smithsonian Museum is on my “bucket list.” I understand you can spend every day there for a week and not see it all. Then there is all the other history in the area, including Arlington.
- And a bonus point would be, my vice is movies. Westerns, World War II, drama, action. One of my favorites is a b&w – Gaslight. Newer releases include the Bourne series and “Jesse Stone” series.
I was born in Covington, Kentucky and the year of that birth was 1950, which makes me a “baby boomer.”
I have been in Tulsa since I was 4 years old and grew up in a neighborhood that was nothing but girls!! (At least I learned how to get along with them to some extent…. Ha!!!) I started grade school at Sts. Peter and Paul. It wasn’t a large school so those with a modicum of ability were starters on the sports teams. I was barely okay at basketball, but I loved baseball. My mother would not allow me to play football, which turned out okay for me when I saw my best friend in a cast with a broken collar bone.
Summers, we ruled the area riding our bicycles to McClure Park to swim at the pool, or riding to the airport to have something different to do. The ball fields at Peter and Paul were ours to use as we saw fit and we almost always had a group to play a pickup game of baseball several times a week. During sleep overs with my pal, we played the board game, Risk, and baked a chocolate cake mix from a box but made the icing from scratch. (Seven Minute Frosting is still my favorite with chocolate cake and is still in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.)
The gang split up when there were no more grades to attend at Peter and Paul. Ninth grade was a shock when I walked into Eli Whitney middle school and I knew absolutely no one. Things were better when I got to Nathan Hale High School because I had made a new set of friends.
After high school I began the quest for a degree in Petroleum Engineering at Tulsa University. After 2 and a half years, that endeavor ended due to the pursuit of the girl of my dreams. I got married and began working at Unit Rig and Equipment Company which made HUGE off road dump trucks. (The largest was a 250 ton capacity.) I started there as a forklift driver but showed some initiative so was asked to become a Materials Expediter.
Meanwhile, my wife and I decided renting was a total waste of money!! We began saving all of her pay check, and part of mine, and bought 1/2 acre of “river bottom” land in Sand Springs. Soon, I took up a shovel and began digging the foundation for our new home. Through the home building process, I learned how to lay blocks, frame a house, install insulation and sheet rock, paint, tile and build cabinets. Thanks to the experts around me, I learned every phase of building a house. I was my own labor for much of the work and my own sub-contractor for what I couldn’t do. When we finished the carpentry rough-in (putting up the walls), the architect was amazed the house was only 1/4 inch out of square diagonally on a 30 by 70 foot building. It was a great endeavor and I was proud of the finished product.
From Unit Rig, I went to work for Amerada Hess Corporation, an oil company. (That was when oil was a major factor in the success of Tulsa, Oklahoma – “The Oil Capital of the World.”) My other corporate experience has been with Byron Jackson Pump and American Airlines.
My real estate career began when my dad became an “Area Managing Broker” who handled the foreclosures for the Veteran’s Administration. I went to real estate school and got my license so I could assist him in selling foreclosed properties from HUD and the VA. It has always been a pleasure to watch people get into their own home. In those days, most of those I helped were first time home buyers. It is still amazing to watch the thrill of someone who realizes they are going to be moving into a home of their OWN!!
After having my real estate sales license for the required 3 years, my dad encouraged me to get my broker’s license which would allow me to open my own real estate office and possibly continue with his VA contract. However, the VA changed their business model and that was no longer a viable option, but I still achieved the broker’s license.
After my dad had a heart attack, he quit real estate. I opened my own real estate agency for some time but decided operating a real estate office is really a team effort. I decided I wanted more training and support so I chose to team with one of the best companies in the area. I transferred My Real Estate License to John Hausam, Realtors on 4 October 1993 and I am proud to continue as part of this family to this date.
Here is some important information on How Wayne Works.
Wayne Barnes – 918-645-1470
Real Estate Broker Associate with Coldwell Banker Select, Tulsa, OK
Real Estate Designations:
- Senior Real Estate Specialist
- Real Estate Cyberspace Society
- Graduate of Real Estate Boot Camp
- Property Marketing Expert