…are you a tourist in your own town?

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Bentonville Square

I Love NWA and I love playing tourist in my town!

The majority of my real estate customers are relocating to this area from other parts of the country and world, so it is important for me to know what’s going on in this area. Typically I am one of the first people to show them around our area. Yes, they have usually “googled” the area and looked at the maps & schools on the internet, talked with co-workers – but until their feet hit the ground…they have no idea why they are moving to NW Arkansas, other than a new job!

It was beautiful this past week, so I decided to be a tourist in Bentonville AR. I enjoy stopping by the Downtown Square,  as there are many great local food places to sample. One of my favorites is Table Mesa Bistro,  Modern Latin with a Blend is their motto. The service is excellent and the food fabulous. The owners, Carl and Lindie Garrett opened back in 2008 and since opened several other restaurants in the NWA area. The have certainly added to the revitalization of the Downtown area.

For a fabulous ground Angus steak burger, you must visit the The Station Cafe! This is the best burger in NWA! The Station cafe was established in 1977 by Cecil & Betty Turner. Many days, you will find Cecil clearing tables or chatting to the guests.

Over the last year, several more eating places have opened around the Bentonville Square. It’s truly become a cuisine delight in Northwest Arkansas!

Till next time…..

 

 

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The “Golden Rule”…

The most familiar version of the Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I think of this saying each time I pass by this old historic building in Downtown Rogers AR and it made me wonder where this old building got its name.

It’s not known exactly when this brick building was erected, the best guess is about 1894. The earliest use of the ground floor was Roger’s last saloon, The Blue Goose Saloon, which was there prior to 1896.Golden Rule

Sometime in 1907 for 1908 the building received the name the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule was a chain of stores similar to the old five and dime stores. James Cash Penney opened the first Golden Rule store in Wyoming in 1902 with a partner. When that partnership dissolved in 1907, James Cash Penny bought this store and another and in 1913, Penny changed the name to J.C. Penny’s .

Over the years, this building housed many different stores and homes were added upstairs in what was previous office space.

Today, this building is home to Showcase Trophies and the upstairs remained as living space. Downtown Rogers is becoming a hot spot and many of the old buildings are receiving face lifts. A trip to Downtown Rogers is a must when visiting this area.

Predicting the NW Arkansas real estate market …

Predicting the real estate market….

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Predicting the real estate market…

The question I hear most is: “How is the real estate market, and where do you see the increase in growth in NW Arkansas in the next 3 – 5 years? 

My answer is usually – let me look into my “Crystal Ball”…  (I say, somewhat jokingly.)

Predicting the real estate market in any area is created by supply and demand. Location, location, location will always bring the better investment. As a professional real estate agent, you study past and current trends, you have lived with the growth, you are aware of what the city and county planners have on the twenty year projections; however, you can never predict human nature. What a buyer emotionally feels when entering the house will determine the value of the property. When a property is priced within their budget, in a location that they desire, that buyer is willing to pay a fair market price based on knowledgable facts from their real estate agent.

The Northwest Arkansas area draws people from all over the world to work with vendors that supply WalMart. Every product you see in a WalMart store is represented by an office here in the NWA area. Some are quite large, like Proctor & Gamble and Hershey’s, while others may be only a small one person office. Many people relocate to this area everyday bringing their families for possibly a short 3 – 5 years here. It’s important to make the right financial choice, as well as manage the emotional feelings.

Living here for 25 years, I have experienced the explosion of growth all over NWA. The scramble for this area is to keep up with the transportation, schools and housing demands. We are in a state of constant change! We have become a desirable destination to live, work and play. All indicators show the NWA area will see continued growth over the next many years. So many opportunities are here. Each day brings news of companies moving or expanding here.

If you would like to chat with me about what I see in the “crystal ball”, connect with me. I am here to share my 15 years of real estate market info with buyers and sellers in the Northwest Arkansas area.

“I predict the future is good for Northwest Arkansas!”