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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...
2 August 2011 - 19:32, by , in News Releases, No comments
Arkansas Realtor® and ARA Past President Karen Crowson has been named President-Elect of the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO). Founded in 1930, ARELLO is an international association of real estate regulatory agencies around the world that promotes excellence in global real estate regulation. Crowson is managing broker for Crye-Leike REALTORS®-Benton Branch. She has been...
2 August 2011 - 18:35, by , in news, No comments
Any changes to the mortgage interest deduction now or in the future could threaten recent progress toward stabilizing the housing market, critically erode home prices and values, destroy middle-class wealth accumulation and hurt economic growth. That was the message delivered by National Association of Realtors® NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun during a recent Rethinking the...
1 August 2011 - 15:59, by , in House To House, No comments
The amazing thing about working with REALTORS® is being able to help people in my community achieve their dreams.  Much of the time my REALTOR® friends and colleagues help 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...