About Me

Debbie Solano, ALC, CRS

Accredited Land Consultant, Certified Residential Specialist
Broker Associate, REALTOR in Midtown Tulsa

Coming to Tulsa

I grew up in the Town of Southeast, which surrounds the village of Brewster, New York, famous for Elsie the Cow and That Girl. My father had moved his family to New York in 1940 because it was the hub of the export business; he exported oil field equipment overseas.

Debbie Solano and her father, Burton James Matteson, Jr.
Debbie Solano and her father, Burton James Matteson, Jr.

Since his clients were based in Tulsa, Daddy always came to Tulsa first before traveling anywhere. My parents had many friends here; my mother loved to visit the Tulsa Rose Garden and she always told us how much she liked it. As a result, I have always been very aware of both the economic importance and the beauty of Tulsa.

My most vivid memories of my first trip to Green Country are of the Grand Lake Dam, the Tulsa Rose Garden, and the magician at the Petroleum Club. That was in 1967 when I was 12 years old.

Although my family was from Texas, I had a Tulsa connection. My great uncle, James G. McMurtry, was the president of Kendall College, the predecessor of the University of Tulsa. When I moved to Tulsa in 1984 my uncle said, “I lived in Tulsa as a kid, the water tastes bad.” I replied, “Really, when was that?” He said, “1912.” A lot has changed since then. In those days Tulsa was a boom town, just forming it’s own identity as “the oil capital of the world.”

I moved here from Pittsburgh, where I had been the librarian and records manager for the General Counsel of Gulf Oil Corporation. Since then I have lived at Liberty Towers, Chimney Hills, Catoosa, on a farm in Claremore Sequoyah, in Broken Arrow, and now again in Tulsa. My goal is to buy another horse and board it on a farm with lots of acreage to enjoy without the work. Been there; done that; loved every minute of it; but I really don’t have time to run a brush hog.

So now I live in the city and go to church at the Church of St. Mary in Brookside. I love the convenience of being in the center of things. It is so easy for me to show property both in town and “out and about.” I specialize in land, country estates, and horse properties, but my bread and butter is in selling homes to regular people either right in Tulsa or within a thirty to forty-five minute radius of midtown Tulsa.

Volunteer Activities

DEBBIE HEADSHOT croppedOn Saturdays I work at St. John Medical Center in Midtown Tulsa as a Pastoral Care Volunteer Visitor, assisting the weekend chaplain by greeting new patients and offering compassionate listening and companionship. What’s fascinating about the job is that I really don’t have to say or do anything other than to just “be there if you need me and want to talk to someone.” It helps to keep me centered and focused outside of myself, thereby keeping my life in perspective.

Education, Designations, and Certifications

In 1994 I attended the Vince Mooney Real Estate School, got my real estate license and started with Gordona Duca. When I came back into real estate again in 2005 I placed my license with Sam Rader, because that’s where my mentors at Gordona Duca had gone.

Here are some of my designations and affiliations:

  • ALC , an Accredited Land Consultant and member of the REALTORS Land Institute (RLI)
  • CRS designee, a Certified Residential Specialist and a member of the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS).
  • GRI designee, a member of the Graduate Realtor Institute
  • ABR – an Accredited Buyer Representative and a member of the Real Estate Buyers Agency Council (REBAC)
  • SRES – a Seniors Real Estate Specialist
  • CNE – A Certified Negotiation Expert
  • CHMS, a Certified Home Marketing Specialist
  • Green designee, a designation of the National Association of REALTORS Green Council of REALTORS.
  • CDPE, a Certified Distressed Property Expert
  • RCC, Residential Construction CERTIFIED.
  • REOS – Real Estate Owned Specialist
  • e-PRO, a internet specialist designation of the National Asssociation of REALTORS
  • AHWD, At Home with Diversity
  • Member of the AAPL, The Association of Professional Landmen.

My formal education consists of a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in French from SUNY at Albany (1977), a Masters in Library Science from SUNY at Albany (1978), and a Masters in Divinity cum laude from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University (1997).

Over the years I took many classes in Horse Management and Golf Course & Landscape Management at Rogers State University. I studied Education at Northeastern State University, and took courses in computer programing and web design at Tulsa Community College. I have an Oklahoma license to teach French and Library & Media.

I”ve taken vo-tech classes in masonry, carpentry, and oil & gas drilling and production. I am currently a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen and the Tulsa Association of Petroleum Landmen and so I take classes occasionally regarding landman work. My understanding of the oil & gas industry, combined with my connections with local operators, has given me an edge in understanding some of the extra challenges and opportunities connected with rural property in Oklahoma.


I started taking French from a native speaker in second grade and continued throughout high school and college. I worked on the French Help Desk at Sabre translating technical documents and assisting travel agents from Quebec, the French Caribbean, and Haiti. I also taught Middle School French in Bartlesville.

In college I studied Greek, French, and Latin. My goal was to become a minister, but of necessity became a law librarian instead. So after working as an Acquisitions Librarian for Albany Law School I went to Pittsburgh and became the librarian for the General Counsel of Gulf Oil Corporation.

If you really want to fall asleep, go to LinkedIn to view a full résumé of Debbie’s job experience and accomplishments.