Marion, AR Real Estate News

By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Ahhhh-1st snowfall in Marion Ar 2010  Our 1st snow fall in Marion, Ar. ****ahhhh****, even though it is not sticking on the ground, but it is so beautiful to see them coming down. It may not stay too long, but that's okay.  We usually don't see snow until January or February, unless we have a very cold front coming through in December. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.........:)
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Last night, I went to a mystery murder dinner Mystery Dinner Theater at the N-Zone on 11/20/10 from 7 pm to 10 pm in Marion, Ar. with a few friends, we had so much fun.  I never went to one before, I didn't have any clue how it was going to be like, what I was supposed to do, ask, interact.........The actors and actresses were so friendly, they interacted with us the whole night, they brought the best side of Sherlock Holmes out of me, lol, I am not kidding. Thanks goodness they gave us hints what to ask and stuff, I was still pretty clueless for a while.  I thought it would be like what I saw on TV, the light would be off suddenly, and you would hear a gun shot, BANG, some one would drop dead. It was not like that at all!! Somehow, during the conversation and questions asking, I figure...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
You got to check out this unique candy/goodies store - Lil Sweet Shoppe in Marion, Ar. After going to the Christmas Open House at the Lil Sweet Shoppe, I have to write another blog to brag about their amazing goodies: lemon squares, pumpkin bread, pumpkin rolls, banana nut bread, brownies, cinnamon sugar pecan, cookies.  Oh my gosh, they are so good, and cheap, yes, cheap! First, let me make it clear that this is not a paid endorsement for me to say anything good about Lil Sweet Shoppe, but they are so delicious, I want to let as many people know as I can.  They just open about a month ago, and I think they did an excellent job and I truly think their business will soar as more people know about their products.  All the goodies, lemon squares, pumpkin bread, pumpkin rolls, banana nut br...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
What do I need to do to buy my new home in Marion, Ar. if my credit is not up to par? Okay, you have talked to a lender and found out you need to work on a few things before you can be a home buyer, correct?  It is not the end of the world, it is doable, but, the question is if you are willing to commit to do it and work hard on it? I have helped many buyers to improve their credits and they became a happy home owner.  They all started out with lower credit scores, not so perfect credit history, but with the help of my lender and my constant check up with them, they finally could buy.  It is thrilled to see them to become a proud home owner.  They deserved that moment, because they work so hard to make it happened. Are you willing and ready to do so?  I can only help you if you are will...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
How do you know if you are ready to buy and become a home owner in 2011? 2010 is going to be over before you know it, are you tired of renting?  Do you vision yourself in a bigger place and have your own privacy and call it your own place - your home? Vision can turn to reality if you can answer these simple questions: Have you been always paying your rent on time?  That's an indication of how responsible you are in paying your bills.  You don't pay your mortgage, you will lose the home; and it will ruin your credit. How high can you go?  Can you afford to pay more than your current rent if you need to which includes home insurance and property tax. Do you have your most recent 2 years W-2 tax return?  Current 2-3 months of pay stubs, check statements, your social security card.  I have...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Mystery Dinner Theater at the N-Zone on 11/20/10 from 7 pm to 10 pm in Marion, Ar. Looking for something different to do this weekend?  What about trying to be Sherlock Holmes for one night and see if you can solve the mystery "Murder at the North Pole" at N-Zone on 11/20/10, Saturday from 7 pm to 10 pm? Sounds fun, isn't it?  This fun night can be purchased at $35 per person, which includes dinner, dessert, and 2 glasses of wine.  Look at the menu: House Salad Rolls Glazed Chicken Rice or Roasted Potatoes Broccoli with Hollandaise Bread Pudding or Banana Pudding It sounds yummy to me, what do you think?  Best yet, you can even put on your favorite Christmas costume to make this event more festive, that is just too cute! I hope you are the one who solve the mystery! For ticket purchase ...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Do you want to semi-custom build your new home in River West Estate, Marion,Ar? SOLD One lucky buyer puts an offer on this brand new house and it is under contract now!  You see what I mean by acting quickly?  Buyers who want to buy a brand new home and still be able to semi-custom it themselves, this is the perfect stage to buy it.  They also asked the builder to finish the bonus room for them, so the whole house will be completed when they move in. If you still want to semi-custom build your new home, just give me a call, there are still a few houses available in the Marion market for you to choose.  Remember, act quick! It is exciting to custom build your new home, the way you vision it and it becomes a reality with the help of the builder and your real estate agent. Do you know ther...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Christmas Open House at Lil Sweet Shoppe on November 13, 2010 from 10 am to 4 pm          Look at their entrance, how cute is that?   Do you follow your dream?  Isn't it nice to have your dream comes true?  That's what happened to Lil Sweet Shoppe's owner Debbie Elmore.  Debbie is also a caterer for over 3 years, and she dreamed of opening a candy store, literally.  It was so real to her, and she could see it happen, a month later Lil Sweet Shoppe was born. They open the store right on time to join the rest of the crowd for Christmas Open House in Marion this Saturday, November 13th, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Let me tell you, the moment you step into the store, it is like in a candy wonderland.  They sell all kinds of nostalgic candies, fudge, home made bread includes banana nut, pumpkin, ro...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
The color of Fall in Marion, Ar., finally! Even though Fall has arrived Marion a little while back, the temperature has been very pleasant and actually pretty warm most of the time.  I have been watching this tree outside our office for about a month, the color keeps changing little bit by little bit.  Finally, today, it has became pretty visible red, ahhh........         It was only a leaf or two turned red when it was in the mid of October. Then..........                         it got more red leaves on the tree after 2 weeks.  As it continues to November...............                                     more visible last week, and then....................                                 finally, today.                    
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Marion Church of God is going to fry the turkey for your Thanksgiving Dinner Do you like deep fry turkey for Thanksgiving dinner?  I have never tried to fry one myself, but last year was my very first time to taste a fried turkey for Thanksgiving and it was gooooood! I didn't cook it, I bought it already cooked, deep fried to golden brown and yummy, from Marion Church of God.  This is their fund raiser event for their church retreat, they are selling for $30 each from now till 11/17/10, and you can pick it up on 11/24/10, Wednesday anytime after 10 am at their church. I just ordered mine yesterday, if you would like to place an order, just call Al Miller at 901-497-9562, and he will take care of it for you.   photo courtesy: flckr.com by Patrick Lentz http://www.flickr.com/photos/violen...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Winterize your house if it is vacant and it is on the market................ Is your property on the market for sale and it is vacant?  Cold temperature is approaching and if you don't want to worry about pipes get frozen, you may want to consider winterizing the property. This process can be done easily and inexpensively by a plumber.  I have helped a client to winterize their property which was on the market last year during the cold months, and they already moved out of town.  It was a good decision indeed.  Thanks goodness we did, we had quite a few frozen nights dipped under the teens temperature. Winterizing the vacant property can give you peace of mind, and avoid frozen pipes and extensive damages to the property. Talk to your plumber if you have any questions. photo courtesy:fl...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Seller and Buyer - Work together so you can close Your house is under contract, hooray!  Both you and the buyer are so excited and look forward to the closing day, believe me, we all are. There are many things still need to be done before we can get to close.  So sit tight and follow the directions from your agents and do what it is needed to do before the closing. We, as your agent, have experience handling different situations.  Our job is to guide you and let you know what is going on every step of the way after the house is under contract.  There are times that it is fairly smooth, but, there are times that we can't foresee and it is beyond our control.  Some of the things that are not under our control will be the appraisal, home inspection, buyer's loan application, home title sea...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Babes in Toyland-Marion Christmas Parade on December 2, 2010 in Marion, Ar                                The annual Marion Christmas Parade is coming!  It will be here on December 2, 2010 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm., starting from Marion Shopping Center, Block Street to Military Road over the railroad track and ending at the Courthouse Square.  The theme of this year is Babes in Toyland, how cute is that?  I can already see the pretty lighted floats, cars, maybe even horses strolling along the way.  It is so easy to enter the parade, you can walk, it can be marching bands, singing groups, bring your horse if you have one, trailers no longer than 16 feet, ATV, and car, of course, but only passenger vehicles.  Just remember the deadline to put an entry is November 19, 2010. There are plenty of...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Come join the fun of The Fall Festival at Marion Church of God in Marion, Ar on 11/13/2010 With the cool and nice Fall weather arrived, there are many acitivities going on in Marion, Ar.  One of them are the Fall Festival at Marion Church of God which is going to be on 11/13/2010, Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm., located at 1747 on Hwy 64. There are so many activities going on at the festival, it is absolutely fun for all age groups.  To start off the morning, there will be a silent auction right at 10 am till 2 pm.  Items for auction includes gift baskets, home decors, salon products, gift certificates, socket and ratchet set, oil change, car wash kit, Snuggie/TM, and more...........WoW, someone may get a nice Christmas gift from one of these items!! What else?  You ask.........Here it go...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Christmas Open House at Pitchfork Gift & Home Decor in Marion, Ar. on 11/13/2010 from 9 am to 3 pm Are you getting ready for Christmas, and wonder what to get for your friends and family this year?  Just wait!  Go to visit the annual Christmas Open House at Picthfork Gift and Home Decor on 11/13/2010, Saturday from 9am to 3pm. It is fun to shop at Pitchfork, the owner, Glenn Williams makes sure you get the attention and great service you deserve.  Glenn is a hoot!  Let's not forget about Susan, she helps Glenn at the store, and she will wrap your gift so pretty that you don't want to unwrap it.  It draws so many customers to their Christmas Open House each year, delicious treats will be served, and selective items will be on sale, too.  You really don't want to miss it!!  They have so m...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Trick or Treat at Willowbend Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Marion, Ar. on 10/30/2010, 4-6 pm Come and share the fun of Halloween at Willowbend Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Marion, Ar. on 10/30/2010, Saturday from 4-6 pm. Wear your Halloween costume and go trick or treat at Willowbend, they have plenty of candies to give away, games and prizes for the kids.  Kids go from door to door and the residences are giving all kinds of treats! It will be a fun filled 2 hours, mark it down on your calender, 10/30/2010, trick or treat at Willowbend! This will be a great opportunity to teach our children not to forget about the elderly during the holidays.  They are just like everyone else, they would appreciate the fun they can share with their family and friends.  I remember my daugh...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Neighborhood Halloween Parade in RiverTrace, Marion, Ar. on October 24, 2010 Are you ready for the parade??  Here it is, The Neighborhood Halloween Parade in RiverTrace, Marion, this Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 2 p.m. starting at Delta Drive and go up to Catalpa.  Don't be late, they are going to start at 2:15 sharp, be there or be square! What do you need to do to be in the parade, you ask?  Simple!  If you have a bike, 4 wheelers, trailers, skates, skateboards, mopeds, anything with wheels, nothing huge though.  The only huge wheel there is the Marion Fire truck.  Don't forget your broom!!  Just decorate them as funky, scary as you want it to be, just be creative, have fun decorating it!!!!!! Hey, parents, would you please bring some treats and drinks along with your goblins, and sh...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
                 No kidding.  If anyone steps on me, I might bite, too!! lol  Halloween is coming up, there are all sorts of decorations and funny signs, this one may make you think twice before stepping on it, whatever it may be!?  It looks like it may hurt though, look at those fangs...................ewwww.  
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
St. John's Landing-another popular move up homes in Marion, Ar.            St. John's Landing is located on Mound City Road, one of the popular choice for move up buyers from their first home.  Homes in St. John's Landing are affordable, and beautiful, the setting of the neighborhood makes you think you live in the country, but you are not! Look at the pond, I actually saw people fish there before.  Won't it be nice to wake up in the morning with a view like this?  It is quiet and serene in St. John's Landing.               There are currently 6 homes for sale in St. John's Landing, including one is a new construction.  The new brick home is 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms with an unfinished bonus room, 1566 square feet, asking price is $161,888.  There will be granite counter in the kitchen, re...
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By Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale
(RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 )
Ghosts and Goblins will be in Marion, Ar. through Halloween weekend, 10/30 and 10/31    All the ghost and goblins will be in Marion, Ar. through the Halloween weekend on both 10/30 and 10/31.  Fun filled activities throughout the town at different churches.  Some do their Trunk or Treat on 10/30 and some on 10/31.  What a fun weekend for these little ghosts!! Have you got your costumes yet?  Have you decided what you want to be this year?  Just 2 more weekends, you need to get going.........or you will need to be creative to make your own costume.  That will be fun, too, won't it??  How about candies and treats for the little ghosts and goblins?  Here are two of the churches in Marion will host Trunk or Treat on 10/30, Saturday: Angels Way Baptist Church on 801 Angel Way from 1 pm to 5 ...
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