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10 July 2011 - 18:37, by , in House To House, 1 comment
This week’s House to House is written by Gary Isom, Executive Director of the Arkansas Real Estate Commission.  Gary can be reached at gary.isom@arkansas.gov. In Arkansas and other states, real estate brokers and salespersons are required to meet established entry-level educational and experience requirements in addition to undergoing state and federal background checks. Afterward, throughout...
6 July 2011 - 18:30, by , in House To House, 2 comments
I wanted to share with you information I received today from my friend Joel Doelger who is the Director of Counseling at Credit Counseling of Arkansas. Joel tells me that a recently unveiled Emergency Homeowner’s Loan Program (or “EHLP” for short) has great potential to help a relatively narrow slice of delinquent homeowners. It’s targeted...
3 July 2011 - 18:42, by , in House To House, 2 comments
I was surprised to learn that in fixing the damage caused to Arkansas roofs by this year’s storms, Arkansans repairing the damage may be creating a potentially deadly problem. According to a recent FEMA news release toxic carbon monoxide, or CO, an odorless, colorless gas, may be trapped in a home by damaged venting systems,...
1 July 2011 - 14:48, by , in news, No comments
Right now Congress is debating whether to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  It expires on September 30th.  This is the tenth time in three years this program has been set to expire.  It’s time we stop the band-aid approach to flood insurance and give the program a long-term extension. For this reason we are...
28 June 2011 - 17:27, by , in news, No comments
Fireworks stands across the state are starting to do big business as Arkansans prepare to celebrate the Independence Day weekend.   Arkansas’s Attorney General recently shared these safety tips to remind Arkansans about state laws concerning fireworks.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, three people were killed and an estimated 8,600 others injured in...
27 June 2011 - 17:26, by , in news, 1 comment
The Arkansas REALTORS® Association reported today that the average price of homes in Arkansas showed a decline of 1 percent to $140,256 over the same period last year and a 7 percent decrease in the average price of homes sold for the month. The monthly report covers a 42 county area, including some of Arkansas...
26 June 2011 - 18:56, by , in House To House, No comments
One day we are going to get around to selling our house and finding something new.  We’re not ready yet, but one day we surely will be.  In the meantime, I’ve been spending some time looking around my house and starting to consider what I would need to do to make is more “sellable.” According...
23 June 2011 - 20:58, by , in News Releases, No comments
LITTLE ROCK (June 24, 2011) – The Arkansas Realtors® Association recently named Arkansas Senator Jonathan Dismang and Arkansas State Representative Darrin Williams the group’s 2011 Legislators-of-the-Year.  The annual award was established to recognize Arkansas legislators whom the association believes made a powerful and positive impact on the future of the Arkansas real estate industry and...
22 June 2011 - 15:36, by , in news, No comments
Win a trip to Anaheim in the 2011 REALTORS® Conference & Expo Video Contest! Break out the video camera, and tell us how the 2011 REALTORS® Conference & Expo will make a difference to your business. Your video should be no longer than three minutes, and all you have to do is explain in your...
21 June 2011 - 18:32, by , in news, No comments
The amazing thing about being a REALTOR® is being able to help people in my community achieve their dreams.  Much of the time this is through the purchase or sale of a home, but sometimes it is through fund raising efforts.  I have found that REALTORS® across the state have big hearts when it comes...