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30 May 2012 - 19:24, by , in news, No comments
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel recently won court judgments against two roofing companies that defrauded Arkansas homeowners and violated state law. These companies engaged in similar, illegal tactics, despite one being a multistate corporation based in Georgia and the other being an operation based locally. It is those kinds of tactics that homeowners should avoid, McDaniel...
11 April 2012 - 19:22, by , in news, No comments
Other states are reporting that scammers have devised schemes to unscrupulously profit from the $25 billion national mortgage settlement with the nation’s five largest banks to target homeowners. In February, Arkansas was one of 49 states to join the federal government’s settlement with Ally, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. As part...
9 April 2012 - 0:47, by , in House To House, No comments
For the last two weeks, my co-workers and I have been enjoying the flirtations and frequent visitations of a family of cardinals outside our office windows. They often perch on the small ledges outside as if to ask if we, like the 6,000-plus Realtors in Arkansas, could help them find a home. Visit the website...
4 April 2012 - 14:58, by , in House To House, No comments
The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) reported today that the unusually warm weather that the country has been experiencing has posed a challenge for many homeowners.  PLANET is the international organization representing lawn care and landscape professionals worldwide. With the warm weather, plants are growing and blooming ahead of schedule while, at the same time, the...
1 April 2012 - 16:23, by , in House To House, No comments
I don’t know if it is the warm weather, but there seems to be a lot more news about bats in Arkansas lately. Just last week I was reading about a bat with rabies being found near the Old Mill in North Little Rock. The good news is that bats are one of the best...
28 March 2012 - 14:51, by , in news, No comments
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants you to know that when spring blooms, con artists often start knocking, offering to make improvements to homes and property. “Spring is a prime time for people looking to take advantage of senior citizens, people who live alone and families with weather-related damage to their homes,” McDaniel said. “I...
19 March 2012 - 14:17, by , in House To House, No comments
Residents should be very careful when returning home following tornados. Once it is safe to do so, Allstate (NYSE: ALL) recommends that homeowners carefully inspect their homes for signs of damage. While checking for damage, Allstate reminds residents to pay particular attention to the following areas: Look for wall cracks in spots where there weren’t...
14 March 2012 - 13:40, by , in news, No comments
A recent news release from  The Maids suggests easy ways to enjoy a sparkling start to the new season. Wash your walls. Use a spray bottle filled with water and a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Spray the solution on a clean cloth, and clean each wall in sections. Let the solution sit for a few minutes before...
13 February 2012 - 16:17, by , in House To House, No comments
One of my friends was recently shocked to learn I had not joined the Pinterest craze. She showed me how she is using the social networking website to save and make plans for her future house (she’s a newlywed).  It’s a board full of features, paint colors, design ideas and furniture that she is saving...
11 January 2012 - 17:08, by , in news, No comments
LITTLE ROCK – A type of warranty being offered to many Arkansas consumers is intended to provide protection for water service lines. Instead, consumers who purchase the product may be throwing their money down the drain.  Arkansas homeowners have reported receiving solicitations by mail from a company that touts warranty coverage for the water service...