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30 August 2011 - 14:38, by , in news, News Releases, No comments
Arkansas Realtors® Have Outstanding July  Arkansas REALTORS® Association Releases July Housing Report LITTLE ROCK (August 30, 2011) – As predicted, the Arkansas REALTORS® Association  announced today a sizable jump in sales of Arkansas homes in July 2011.  The month’s number of units sold surpassed the same month in 2010 by 20 percent.  In addition, values...
28 August 2011 - 16:01, by , in House To House, No comments
Dear Pepe Le Pew:  Your kind has returned to my neck of the woods and, as much as I enjoyed watching you on cartoons as a child, the thrill is gone. Actually, in all fairness Pepe, it’s not you, it’s the reality show version of you.  Unlike the song you once crooned to me, I...
23 August 2011 - 16:41, by , in news, No comments
“The Arkansas REALTORS® Association is pleased to offer Arkansas REALTORS® an all-inclusive package from Form Simplicity at no additional charge,” said Mark Marchand, Chief Executive Officer of the ARA. “There is not one thing that Form Simplicity offers that is not included in the ARA’s package. “ This unlimited package includes unlimited e-signatures, unlimited faxing,...
22 August 2011 - 20:28, by , in news, No comments
Organizers of the Alzheimer’s Arkansas Conway Walk recently hosted a luau and auction at the Conway Country Club.  The event raised $6,500, surpassing the $5,000 goal set by organizers. “We were excited when we went over the goal,” said Melissa Longing. Music was provided by Sharpe Dunaway. A silent auction featured a variety of gift...
14 August 2011 - 18:41, by , in House To House, No comments
Recent speculation over eliminating or reducing the mortgage interest deduction (MID) has caused widespread rumors and myths about the vital tax benefit for homeowners. The MID is not only crucial to the stability of the American housing market and the overall economy, but any changes to it could lower the homeownership rate in the U.S. As...
9 August 2011 - 16:12, by , in news, No comments
We at the ARA  have been dealing with calls about the “so-called” transfer tax on real estate.  This is an internet urban myth (apparently in the form of an email) that will not die.  Yes there is a 3.8% tax.  It is NOT a sales tax or transfer tax on the sale of a principal residence.  It...
9 August 2011 - 14:34, by , in news, No comments
Julie Mills at the Arkansas Home Builders Association asked us to pass the word that anyone doing any work over $2,000 in a home is now required to have a license.  They can be grandfathered in until December 31, 2011.  This was Arkansas HB1991.
8 August 2011 - 15:00, by , in House To House, No comments
I am a composter.  Recently, my family built its first composting bin and, wow, are we filling it up.  The kids love it, are learning a lot and, much to my surprise, it is easy to do and hasn’t been stinking up my side yard (even in the 100 plus degree Arkansas heat).   At least...
7 August 2011 - 18:36, by , in House To House, No comments
I am a composter.  Recently, my family built its first composting bin and, wow, are we filling it up.  The kids love it, are learning a lot and, much to my surprise, it is easy to do and hasn’t been stinking up my side yard (even in the 100 plus degree Arkansas heat).   At least...
3 August 2011 - 19:36, by , in House To House, No comments
As a write this, the temperatures in Arkansas are soaring higher and higher.  Little Rock just hit 112 degrees tying the all time hottest day ever.  And, records date back to 1877.  So what can Arkansas homeowners do to maximize your air conditioning unit’s efficiency and help keep your home cool ?  Have Your Unit...