One of my first listings and sales. Still pretty and a Searcy old-home classic.

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Searcy classic home

This house is back on the market and holds a lot of memories for me.  It sits on Arch Street under a few huge trees and is a Searcy classic.  There is very little yard but you could walk to downtown.  Probably 25 years ago I was fortunate to be chosen as the listing agent for the folks who owned it then. 

I shouted with glee when I also sold it.  A minister who wanted to be very close to his church bought it.  It was the time when ministers were beginning to get housing allowances instead of a free parsonage.  It was the first time he'd owned a house.  He lived there for so long I thought he'd probably have the 30 year mortgage paid off soon. 

But he sold it to a family member who sold it to someone else and now it is on the market again.  I went to visit it today and it is still a very unique house with features like glass doorknobs, wood doors, breakfast nook and the classic added on knotty-pine den.  It has had some modernization but mostly it is the same as it was.

The thing that saddened me and I found it hard to believe was this.  This man and his wife led the same church for probably 30 years, raised his children in Searcy, and was loved by everyone who knew him.  But upon retirement he was expected to move to another location.  The church does not want the old minister to stay in the town where they would attend the same church as the replacement minister.  They may have been happy to leave but if they had wanted to stay, my belief is that they should have been treated with reverence and respect for the rest of their lives in their long-time town.

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Gary Woltal
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I loved hearing the story of this house Barbara. But some rule of the former minister not staying in the same town sounded very strange to me. I don't know if I've ever heard of some such requirement. It certainly can't be enforced.

Aug 08, 2008 01:07 AM #1
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Harold Watts
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Barbara,

What a charming house!!!   We all remember our first listing, but mine was a basic tract house in La Quinta, CA.  I can't believe the church would make the minister move from his home after 30 years because of a new minister.....Absolutely shameful!!!

 

Aug 08, 2008 01:50 AM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Gary, a man of the cloth would never go against his church's mandate.  The wife is the one who told me that they were expected to move.  They were truly wonderful people and I hated to see them move.

Harold, three times the message came through.  Thanks for the comments.

Aug 08, 2008 02:07 AM #5
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Debi Ernst
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Barbara - What an adorable house!  I am saddened to hear that the minister must move, though.  It somehow doesn't seem right...

Aug 08, 2008 02:18 AM #6
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Harold Watts
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Barbara,

I don't know how my comments were posted 3 times, but I deleted the other 2.  Sorry about that.....Have a great weekend.

Aug 08, 2008 03:13 AM #7
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Dick Betts
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Sad story about having to move!  I wonder how much of Searcy you have sold in your 60 year career.

Aug 08, 2008 05:09 AM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Debi, I thought the very same thing and was ready to stand up and fight for rights!!  Maybe he wanted to move.

Harold, thanks.  Perhaps I would have just got more points!  lol

Dick, YOU BROKE YOUR PROMISE ALREADY! 

Aug 08, 2008 05:23 AM #9
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How sad... That is absurd that the old minister must move...

Aug 08, 2008 10:06 PM #10
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Gorgeous home. It resembles a Turtor style.  I have not heard of former minister's leaving the area unless they are to service a new church. Hope you sell this one again. Best wishes

Aug 09, 2008 01:13 AM #11
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Michael, thanks for comments.

Christina, the home is English Tudor style.  I always loved the look of the outside.

Aug 09, 2008 02:27 AM #12
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
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Barbara,

     I haven't heard of a church doing such a thing.  That is difficult to hear and I hope it is not common.  Definitely a sad situation.  Thanks for sharing.

Aug 09, 2008 05:31 AM #13
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Dick Betts
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You really expect me to be nice?  Anyway I have comment on 8 blogs and need 2 more so picked you!

Aug 09, 2008 08:19 AM #14
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Josh and Kathy, perhaps the family just thought it would be best to move but that's not what they told me.  I thought it strange then.

Dick Betts, you just use me....user, user, user.  But it may get me points too. : )

Aug 09, 2008 08:29 AM #15
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