Marion, AR Real Estate News

By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Pictures with Easter Bunny at First Community Bank in Marion Ar on 4/22 Friday from 2 pm to 5 pm Hey, parents, would you like to take your kids in their Sunday best to take pictures with Easter Bunny for $5 only this Friday, 4/22 at First Community Bank on Block Street in Marion, Ar?  This is also a charity event, all the money they collect go to Relay for Life.  The $5 will give you to take a picture with Easter Bunny, buy raffle ticket for a bike or Easter basket!!  There is also bake sale at the bank during that time, it sounds yummy to me. It is just 3 more days!!  Don't forget to stop by First Community Bank this Friday, 4/22 from 2 pm to 5 pm to take picture with Easter Bunny, and also for a good cause for only $5!! Happy Easter. photo courtesy : http://www.flickr.com by riptheskull
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Building a brand new home in Delta Acres Marion Ar. My first time home buyer client is building her very first home in Delta Acres!!  She is so excited and she is getting her house built in her dream subdivision, Delta Acres in Marion, Ar.  We couldn't really find any house they like and still in their budget, so I suggested her to consider building and see if it will work with her budget.  After talking with Dannik Home, the builder works with her numbers and she got what she wants!!  She is building a 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with a finished bonus room upstairs, close to 1,800 sq ft. She is working with me on and off for about an year, she works so hard to get herself ready to buy a new home.  We got pre-approved last year but she was not pleased with what she could get, and she waited...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
I took my daughter for her eye check up the other day, one of the nurses who I have known for a while told me this: "I was trying to find some information about  Gumbo Festival in West Memphis Ar.  Guess what came up immediately on the 1st page?  I saw you!"   8th Annual Gumbo Festival is coming on April 16 in West Memphis Ar. Mar 2, 2011 ... 8th Annual Gumbo Festival is coming on April 16 in West Memphis Ar. Are you ready for some homemade gumbo? Are you thinking of entering the ... activerain.com/.../8th-annual-gumbo-festival-is-coming-on-april-16-in-west- memphis-ar- -Cached   I told her it was because I wrote the blog about the festival, and when someone searches for the information with the same key words I used, they will find my blog.  She thinks it was too cool.  I think so, too...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Easter Egg Hunt on 4/16 4/17 and 4/23 in Marion Ar. Let's start to celebrate Easter on 4/16 in Marion, Ar: Get ready for a fun filled morning at Woolfolk Library this Saturday, 4/16 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Loads of fun things for kids to do, there is face paint, games, snacks, and of course Easter Egg Hunt!!  It is not just a Easter Egg Hunt, it is a Easter party! What's going on on 4/17? Marion United Methodist Church is hosting a pizza lunch after their service which starts at around 11:45 am this Sunday, 4/17, to raise money to help the tsunami victims in Japan, ticket is $15 per family.  Easter Egg Hunt follows right after.  For more information, please contact the church at 870-739-3434. What about Easter weekend? The annual Eggstravaganza of First Assembly of God will be held on...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
What price range of homes ranks the most in Marion, Ar? If you are wanting to buy a house in Marion, Ar and you are looking for prices from $110,000 to $199,999 then you are looking at the biggest group of homes for sale in Marion, Ar. There are total 83 out of 146 homes under this price range $110,000 to $199,999.  To be more specific, it breaks down to: $110,000 to $139,999  total 33 homes $140,000 to $169,999  total 29 homes $170,000 to $199,999  total 21 homes No matter you are a first time buyer or buying your next upgrade home, you have plenty to choose from for sure. How do you buy?  What do you need to do to buy?  Read these related topics: I am a first time buyer and I don't know what I need to do to buy in Marion Ar How long does it take to close when buying a house in Marion ...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Which subdivisions have the most houses for sale in Marion Ar? Are you thinking of buying or selling your house in Marion, Ar.?  Here is a quick look of the top 3 neighborhoods with the most houses for sale in Marion, Ar. Bayou Vista Estate:**26 active listings from $119,900 to $219,900, and 1,149 sf to 2,278 sf Pleasant Plains:**11 active listings from $112,000 to $145,900, and 1,256 sf to 1,661 sf Delta Acres:**11 active listings from $164,510 to $249,900, and 1,759 sf to 3.054 sf There are currently **146 houses for sale in Marion, Ar.  If your house is in one of the top 3 neighborhoods with the most houses for sale, here is the numbers of houses competing with you to get sold.  If you are looking to buy in these neighborhoods, then you have a varieties of houses to choose from. Wond...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Getting a loan approval nowadays is almost like hitting a jack pot of some sort.  If you are one of the 'lucky' participants who got yourself a loan pre-approval, I want to congratulate you for doing all the right things to earn this gold ticket, the pre-approval letter to buy a house. I am currently working with a few buyers and they all can get pre-approved to buy.  One of them told me she was so shocked that the loan process was so easy and she dreaded that part the most at first.  I told her the reason it was such a breeze was because they are such good buyers who do all the right things before and during the loan application.  You see, every customer I talked to would want to buy a house, but only a small fraction can actually buy, because most of them have some credit issues that ...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Real Estate March Madness in Marion Ar March Madness, I know many sports fans know what that means.  I am not going to pretend I know, but I know it is related to basketball games.  That tells you how knowledgeable I am about sports.  But, I am knowledgeable of the real estate market in Marion Ar though! We definitely had a real estate March Madness in Marion Ar.  There was 17 houses pending, and 6 of them were under contract in less than 40 days on the market!!  Buyers are out and about to buy, seriously.  If you are a serious buyer, you may need to pick up your pace and put an offer on the house you really want and get it going, before someone else gets it while you are thinking about it. Interest rate is still good, still have good amount of inventories for buyers to pick, there is n...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
When I go to list a house, I always mention to the seller to declutter their house if I see it is needed.  Every now and then, I see some great homes without clutter at all!!  Everything in its own place and there is a place for everything, such wonderful home owners like that. But occassionally, there are some home owners need some reminders from us to clean their house, put things away, keep decorations and personal pictures to a minimum.  That's okay, not all of us are great housekeepers, we have to work all day long, we are tired, we don't have too much energy left to do what we supposed to do to get the house cleaned.  I truly understand it, I really do.  And that's why it is important to get things done to a minimum, so you don't have to dust and keep things tidy all the time. Onc...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
How to be a smart and prepared home buyer in Marion Ar? As a real estate agent, I love to work with home buyers, especially those who have all the faith in me and willing to work with me because they know I will work hard and take good care of them, and the smart and prepared buyers. What do I mean by smart and prepared home buyers?  Do they have to have straight A's report card before they can be a smart home buyer?  No.   What I mean is they fit in the following criterias: Get pre-approved with the lender before start looking at houses, so they know how much they can afford and what price range they should look at.  They won't go beyond their means. If they are Internet savvy, they will start their search online first.  They take their time to narrow down the numbers of houses they wa...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Spring definitely has made a difference in our real estate market in Marion, Ar.  We see a lot of activities in March, houses are being shown, phones are ringing more, serious buyers are out to buy the house they want while the interest rate is still low right now. In March, we have 11 houses pending on the market, and only 1 of them is a foreclosure.  It means these sales are all resale listings, good for the home owners who did all the right things to get their house sold! What did they do to get their house sold, you ask?  Here is the check list: House is always ready to be shown, which means it is clean and no clutter, just like a model home Agent can always get hold of the home owner to set up appointment for showing Home owner is willing to do the things that their agent asks them...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
My two adopted cats are turning 1 year old in April, they have brought us so much laughter and joy this last year.  I was never a cat lover, but Chub and JJ, they are brother and sister, have changed me, and we all love them so so much. Chub loves to eat, he always comes out from nowhere when it is time for US to eat, he will be sitting next to you and ask you for food.  If you ignore him, he will tap you on your hand, thigh and meow, like he is saying he is waiting long enough, give me some food NOW.  He is so funny, very comical.  If we open the refrigerator, he will be sitting right in front of the fridge and staring at the inside of it, I wish I took a picture. JJ knows her name very early on.  JJ likes to eat, too, but not as bad as Chub.  She loves to cuddle with us and she loves ...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
A successful closed Short Sale 853 Bayou Vista Drive in Marion Ar 72364 From the day it is listed on the market to the day it closed, it is exactly 4 months.  This 4 bedrooms and 2 baths with a finished bonus room, over 1,800 sq ft short sale property is home for its new owner now. This short sale closed successfully because of all the efforts and hard work of all parties put into it to make it happen.  Constant communication, follow up, follow up , and follow up again.  If you want a successful closing of a short sale, make sure keep an eye on it all the time.  Part of the reasons for a successful closed short sale is when your agent works hard and diligently for you, also knows the process of a short sale, and willing to get things done.  It will help a lot when you have a negotiator ...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
I am glad you call me to ask about my listing in Marion, Ar.  I don't mind giving you some additional information about the house and all, but, if you are working with another agent already, please call your own agent to do the work for you, and show you the house.  You don't need to call the listing agent to show you the house, unless you are buying the house from the listing agent, or firing your buying agent.  If your answer is none of the above, then call your own agent.  Use the service, your agent needs to earn that pay check.  Why would you need to do all the callings from agent to agent, check about the houses?  Those should be your agent's job, not yours.  Didn't you tell your agent what you want in a house?  You see, if you have an agent working for you already, he/she is your...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Best caterer in Marion Ar Custom Catering  If you have not tried Debbie Elmore's (owner of Custom Catering) cooking before, you have missed some delicious treats!!  Debbie is also the owner of lil-sweet-shoppe in Marion, Ar.  Not just she can cook and make yummy goodies, she is also a very very nice and likable person.  I have the privilege to get to know Debbie more after I visited her candy store when it was opened in the Fall last year.  Customer service is what she is after, and she is very good at it. She started her catering business just a few short years ago, her business has been doing great and keeps expanding.  She has won several awards at the annual Taste of the Town event, they won Best Salad in 2009 and 2010, Best Entree in 2010.  Words of mouth is doing really well for h...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Spring is almost here, we still got just a little chill in the air, but Spring is definitely in the air.  Flowers start blooming, grass is getting green, leaves are growing on the trees again.  Colors are popping up bits by bits here and there.  It makes people happy and energized. With warmer weather around the corner, all sorts of community events will be coming up; various sports try outs, fundraisers, cooking contests, etc.  Kids are getting ready for their Spring Break, many of us are ready for Spring. Winter, it is time for you to go, sorry.......... Are you planning to sell your house soon?  It is time to get the yard spruces up, clean up, and get ready to put it on the market to catch the home buyers before they are gone. Many of them are trying to buy now before the private mot...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Open house in RiverWest Estate in Marion Ar 72364 this Sunday Come and visit my open house at this beautiful home in RiverWest Estate this Sunday 2/27 from 2-4 pm.  686 RiverWest Circle offers 4 bedrooms and 3 baths with a formal dining room over 2,500 square feet plus a finished bonus room upstairs, at $259,900.  Real nailed down hardwood floor, spacious kitchen with granite counter, beautiful cabinets, it leads to the covered porch for you to enjoy the outdoor.                   
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Things that turn off a buyer when looking at your house in Marion Ar Okay, your house is on the market for sale, it is open for business now.  Of course you want your house to be shown, right? Do you know there are a few things that turn off a buyer real fast when touring your house? The most common turn offs are: Smoke odor Pet odor Heavy scent of air freshener, potpourri, candles that you use to cover up any odor in your house Dirty dishes pile up in the sink Dirty bathrooms Stains on the floor dirty stove and oven smelly garbage an "ungroomed" yard wet towels hanging around general cleanliness of the house You got the idea.  If you are selling your house, keep it clean and tidy.  Buyers do judge the house from what they see the first time.  You only have one shot to make a good impre...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Open House in Pleasant Plains and River Trace in Marion Ar 72364 this weekend Perfect weather to come visit my open house in Pleasant Plains and River Trace in Marion, Ar. this Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, I will be hosting open house at 729 Lackey Road, Pleasant Plains from 11 am to 1 pm. This Short Sale is already approved by the bank, hardwood floor throughout except carpet in the bedrooms, spacious living room, and the eat in kitchen leads to fenced backyard.  Come and check it out. ************************************************************************************* On Sunday, I will be at open house 284 River Trace Drive in River Trace from 2 pm to 4 pm This spacious house offers 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a formal dining room plus a finished bonus room, over 3,300 square feet....
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Warm temperature is bringing buyers and sellers out in Marion Ar We are not quite there to Spring yet, but this week's temperature sure feels like Spring is already here in Marion, Ar. We've been having freezing temperature in Marion Ar weeks after weeks, and we are having 60-70 degrees this week, what a wonderful week coming up! With the warm temperature, it sure brings more buyers and sellers out this weekend.  I have at least 3 buyers called me and they are ready to buy, also getting ready to get a new listing.  I have shown a house to a buyer/seller client, met a prospect interested in selling/buying a new home at the open house.  Another appointment is already scheduled for this Tuesday evening for a house showing; people are taking advantage of this warm temperature to get the mos...
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