central arkansas real estate: Gas Prices vs. Buying a home in Little Rock, Arkansas - 04/13/11 05:21 AM
Gas Prices  vs. Buying a home in Little Rock, Arkansas
 As you may see every day on the local and national news stations, Gas is on the rise! And I don't see the prices dropping anytime soon. How does this affect the average person out there looking to buy a house in Little Rock, Arkansas? Well with Gas Prices at a current price in Little Rock, AR at $3.70 per gallon most people are reducing the non essential trips to movies, shopping, even canceling vacations. So if they are canceling vacations how do you think they feel about driving around searching … (0 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Buyer's Market Spurs Confidence in Young Professionals and Affluent Homeowners - 04/05/11 08:53 AM
Buyer's Market Spurs Confidence in Young Professionals and Affluent Homeowners
By Paige Tepping

RISMEDIA, April 4, 2011-As the cold temperatures become a distant memory, and the spring selling season gains momentum, consumers have come to agree on one thing-now's a good time to get off the fence and into the real estate market. This is the overall theme in the latest American Express Spending and Saving Tracker survey, a monthly survey that tracks the spending and saving habits of consumers in order to get an indication of what's happening in the market. "This month's Spending and Saving Tracker provided an … (2 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Buying a Home as a First Time Home Buyer? Where do you Start? - 03/28/11 09:05 AM
Buying a Home as a First Time Home Buyer? Where do you Start?

So I asked my friends on Facebook what they wanted me to talk about and I had someone ask, " How do i get started buying a home?" Well Kara, Here is what i would do to get started.
The biggest misconception about buying houses is that you have to start months and months ahead of time... That Myth is so not true....
Step 1 I would go meet with a lending institution or bank of your choice and get a Pre-Qualification Letter. This letter states, what … (0 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Stop Listening to National News... You Buy Locally not nationally... - 03/25/11 07:52 AM
 Stop Listening to National News... You Buy Locally not nationally...

So i read the Wall Street Journal article detailing the top 10 Reasons to Buy a House. And i have to say i agree and Disagree with certain parts of this article.
As you may hear everyday on the National News the Housing market takes another hit in Feburary. Well I am Hear to Testify to the opposite for Central Arkansas.
National News said the U.S. Housing market took the biggest hit in NAR (National Association of Realtor) Recorded history. Well that might be true for a … (0 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Ok, You just Bought a Foreclosure now what do you do? - 03/07/11 04:14 AM
Ok, You just Bought a Foreclosure now what do you do?

If you are like a few of my clients, You see a Foreclosure as a chance to get a really good deal on a house.
So my question is what do you do with a foreclosure once you purchase it? Well hopefully you Had a home inspection which I myself as YourExitRealtorhighly recommends on any home. I would study the home inspection and make a plan of attack. What do you the buyer have to do to make the home livable? (if it is not)
Every foreclosure is … (0 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Earthquakes in Central Arkansas and Does your Homeowners Insurance cover you? - 02/28/11 04:09 AM

Earthquakes in Central Arkansas and Does your Homeowners Insurance cover you?
I don't know if any of you felt the 4.7 Magnitude earthquake that hit Central Arkansas last night at 11pm. I sure felt it...So of course my first call was to my Insurance Agent, regarding wether my home is covered or not under my current home owners insurance policy.... You would be surpised to find out that my home owners insurance doesn't cover any earthquake damage...So i did some research to help you the consumer know more about Earthquakes and how it affects you if the BIG ONE Hits … (0 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Existing Home Sales Rise in January! - 02/23/11 04:15 AM
Existing-Home Sales Rise in January

www.realtor.com Posted an article about rising home sales for the 3rd month in a row across the country.
Sales in Central Arkansas haven't not been as lucky... Home sales here have dipped slightly but we expect the trend to catch on this spring. 
First time home buyers would be crazy not to take advantage of this down market. Sellers are more apt to pay closing cost and reduce the sales price on existing homes. Rates are still great.. There are plenty of programs out there that will help with Closing Cost and or Down Payment.
I … (0 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Spring Time is Here!! - 02/14/11 03:55 AM
I don't know about you, but the 12 inches of snow we have had in Central Arkansas in the last month can stay gone!
The sun is shinning and the buyers are out in force.... I guess they read my blog post "Now is the Time to Buy"!  Last week during the 8 inch snow i secured 3 new offers for First time home buyers. I guess they realized that there are some amazing deals out there and decided to take advantage of the Great interest rates...
I know rates are 3.99% like they were 2 months ago, but don't be … (0 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Now is the Time to BUY!! Why are buyers waiting? - 01/14/11 03:21 AM
With Interest Rates Low, and good deals on the Market. Why are the buyers waiting?
After talking with some of my potential clients about purchasing their first home, i have heard some startling objectins to why they are hesitant to purchase a home?
 Buyer: The media says we are still in a slight recession and i just dont think purchasing a house is right for us at this time.
YourExitRealtor: Now is the perfect time to purchase your first home, Interest rates are at a Historical LOW! I have had clients lock in at 4.00% we haven't seen rates that low … (2 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Is 2011 The Year for the Housing Market to Come Back? - 01/14/11 03:03 AM
December 28, 2010
Economic and Housing Outlooks Brighten for 2011
RISMEDIA, December 28, 2010-Improvements in consumer spending and consumer confidence, increased demand for goods and services, and falling unemployment claims are all positive factors for a brighter outlook as we move into 2011, according to the December 2010 Economic Outlook released today by Fannie Mae's (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis Group. Downside risks still exist, however, including a weaker than expected employment report, the ongoing economic turmoil in Europe, and potential inflation problems in China.
For 2011, forecasted growth was upgraded from 2.9 percent to … (1 comments)

central arkansas real estate: 11 Reasons to List your home during the Holidays - 12/10/10 06:39 AM
11 Great Reasons To...  
•1             People who look for a home during the holidays are more serious buyers.
•2             Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition mean more money for you.
•3             Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home.  Less demand means less money for you.
•4             Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays.
•5             Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays so they are more … (0 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Little Rock Metro Area Housing numbers - 11/30/10 08:20 AM
Yep, Arkansas homes sales dropped by 21% compared to September of 2009.  Of course, at that time last year the tax credit deadline was approaching.  BUT....home prices have actually INCREASED by 4%.  The Arkansas market is actually one of only a handful of states that the average home prices have increased.  FYI....the Little Rock market was recently ranked by MetroMonitor as the fourth strongest economy in the country based on employment change, unemployment change, gross metropolitan product and home price changes.  We have a good market
Per Scott Deaton of Exit Realty Deaton Group..

central arkansas real estate: 10 Ways to make your Small Room look Larger! - 11/28/10 11:18 AM
10 Ways to Make a Small Room Look LargerRISMEDIA, November 27, 2010--Most people have one: that room in the house that they wish was just a little larger. What many don't realize is that with a little work and some TLC, they could have exactly what they're looking for. Here, Lowe's offers 10 designer tricks to help you make any room look larger: 1. For the illusion of a larger room, use a color scheme that is light rather than bright or dark. Pastels, neutrals and white are all color possibilities.2. Use a monochromatic color scheme on the furniture, rugs and … (1 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Americans Still say Real Estate is a great investment. - 11/03/10 09:47 AM
Nearly 80% of Americans Still Believe Buying a Home Makes Good Financial Sense
Nearly Eight in 10 Americans Still Believe Buying a Home Makes Good Financial Sense
RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010-Nearly eight out of 10 respondents believe buying a home is a good financial decision, despite ongoing challenges with the economy and housing market. That's according to the 2010 National Housing Pulse Survey, an annual report released by the National Association of Realtors. The survey, which measures how affordable housing issues affect consumers, also found job security concerns to be the highest in eight years of sampling, with 70% of … (0 comments)

central arkansas real estate: YourExitRealtor (Blake Roussel) - 11/03/10 09:36 AM
I just wanted to let you know what my past clients have said about me in the recent months.
I promise to provide 100% customer service... I look forward to hearing from you soon.
"Blake made the sale of our first home a comfortable experience.  He made us feel more like friends than clients.  Since this was the first home we ever sold, we had many questions and concerns.  Blake was available day and night to put us at ease and to show us any house we wanted to see.   He was a joy to work with.  I would recommend … (0 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Buying V. Renting in Conway, AR - 11/03/10 09:26 AM
Many people living in Conway, AR rent their homes. I have always asked them why do you just throw money away? The answer i get time and time again is, "i can't afforda a house, or i don't want to spend that much money a month."
Well folks her is the answer to them.
Renting a 1200 square foot home in Conway, AR cost the tenant any where from $750-$900 each month. That is money that is being thrown down the drain...
A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Conway, AR, that is 10 years old, has a market price of … (2 comments)

central arkansas real estate: Over 60? What are your financing options.. - 11/02/10 09:32 AM
For Your Clients: In 60s, Refinance to Shorter-Term Mortgage  
By Claudia BuckRISMEDIA, November 2, 2010--(MCT)--From loan modification offers to finding a reputable financial adviser, this week's "Ask the Experts" questions cover wide ground. The answers are from Steven Zeller, an investment adviser from Gold River, Calif., and Jerod Wurm, a certified financial planner in Roseville, Calif.QUESTION: My bank sent an unsolicited letter saying I have a week to sign up for a loan modification. I currently have a 5.75 percent, 30-year fixed loan with about 24 years left. The bank says it can lower the interest rate to 4.75 percent … (1 comments)

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