Posted by: Linda Hobkirk | December 14, 2014

Crocheted Bike

Look closely and you will see the intricate details and creativity. It’s amazing! Who thinks to do something like this?
Hanging on the wall at The Pressroom.

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Posted by: Linda Hobkirk | December 5, 2014

IMPORTANT – Beaver Lake Dock permits

Please read this information if you have any desire to get a boat dock permit on Beaver Lake – deadline approaching quickly!

Community Boat Dock Beaver Lake

“The Army Corps of Engineers’ Beaver Project Office will temporarily suspend shoreline activity requests for Beaver Lake beginning Feb. 1, 2015 until spring 2016 to establish a baseline of the lake for officials to use while revising its 38-year-old master plan. New requests must be received or postmarked by Jan. 31, 2015.”

All the detailed information from the U. S. Corp of Engineers can be found at this link: Beaver Lake Shoreline .

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like more information.

photo credit: U.S. Corp of Engineers

Posted by: Linda Hobkirk | December 1, 2014

it’s 24 days to Christmas…have you sent your letter to Santa?

Out and about Downtown Bentonville  yesterday and spotted a direct delivery to the North Pole, located at the Ice skating Rink in Lawrence Plaza. How neat is that – take the kids and drop their wish lists in direct to Santa!

North Pole Express

North Pole Express

Oh, how I remember writing letters to Santa as a child. The excitement. The wonders of it all. My brother and I looking at the catalog’s and dreaming of the toys that he would bring…of course we were always “good” that year!! The special time spent with my Papo as he looked over our shoulders to see what we were asking for and Mamo always checking the spelling and grammar.

We anxiously waited for the postman to arrive to take our letters to the North Pole. It seemed like the longest time before Christmas morning arrived to see if we were naughty or nice in Santa’s eyes.

Me and Santa

me and Santa Circa 1960

Only years later would I learn that “Santa” was my Papo..My grandfather was the director of the YMCA and a Red Cross volunteer, so each year he would visit children as “Santa”. As I got older, I was able to be an “elf” for a few years. The joy in children’s eyes when they spot Santa is magical!

Have you been naughty or nice? Get your letters in the mail to Santa.

Make memories with children and grandchildren…it lasts forever.

Posted by: Linda Hobkirk | November 9, 2014

365 days have passed….Life goes on…

 

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The last few days have been especially difficult for me…

Very few married woman,in my opinion,are fortunate enough to have a very, very dear male friend. One who could hop on his scoot and ride the mile up the road in his “scooby do undies” in the middle of winter to ask “You got any coffee?” We would sit around and chat for hours. Some of his adventures were more than I wanted to hear about! Over the last 10 years our friendship developed to more like a brother/sister relationship.

We could talk and share anything with each other.

I was home that Friday afternoon – I could hear the sound of your bike coming up the road, I stepped out the back door, thinking you might stop for just a bit….but you didn’t. Earlier in the day you had played “Amazing Grace” on the fiddle at a funeral and were ready to have a little fun with friends. You loved LIFE, YOUR FAMILY and FRIENDS.

365 days have passed by since I last heard the unique sound of your Harley
going by as you headed out to enjoy your LIFE. Little did we know that 1 1/4 miles up the road, minutes later, your life would be cut short….
I would hear from the school bus that there was an accident up the road……I grabbed my keys and was there in a second…..

I am blessed and haunted to have been with you at the accident scene. Blessed to know that someone who loved you in a special way was with you, to tell you to hang in there, that your mom was coming, to know that you were so very special.

Today I celebrate my dear friend, Dave Lawson and his LIFE. Super” Dave, a man who choose to live his life to the fullest. He helped anyone who needed it. He loved and cherished many people. There was no stranger with Dave. His heart for people and life was huge. I know he is with us and continues to spread his help and love everywhere. Dave believed in living each day with a huge smile and grace and courtesy everyone. His momma, Miss Betty, and his 3 sisters did teach him how to be a gentleman to the woman!!

Dave, you are missed dear friend, but never gone…the chimes are blowing in the wind.

LIFE IS SHORT. DO WHAT YOU LOVE. HAVE PASSION.

Posted by: Linda Hobkirk | October 4, 2014

#GenBlue 2014 – Hollywood CA here we come!

GenBlue Hollywood

 

Universal Studios – One night only for Coldwell Banker associates!

Getting ready to leave Sunday evening for Hollywood CA. for the Coldwell Banker #GenBlue convention. This will be my 13th year attending the annual Coldwell Banker convention. This is an event that brings CB associates from all over the world. Looking forward to meeting the group from Spain, and seeing so many friends that I have met over the years!

I am very excited to say that we have a large group of 16 coming from our Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette  offices here in Northwest Arkansas. Many of them have never been to Southern California – so it will be fun to show them around and maybe see a movie star or two! A trip maybe to Rodeo Drive and the Hollywood Walk of Fame may be on the agenda…

I was born and raised a few miles west of Hollywood – so this trip to #GenBlue is coming home for me. Anxious to see how the area has changed over the last several years since my last visit. I will be taking in a little “beach action” too, as I do miss the sounds of waves crashing…also a quick 2 hr. trip west to the Palm Springs area to see my brother for a day or so.

I take the time to attend these functions to better myself and my clients. It will be a jam packed 3 days of  fabulous learning sessions and the people I meet are simply the best! Coldwell Banker brings in so many top notch, amazing speakers including the divine Jane Lynch, an actress, known for Glee (2009), Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) who is speaking at the opening session at the Dolby Theater. Yes, Coldwell Banker goes all out at these events! An amazing team of great people that pull this off – hats off to the entire team!

I come back pumped and energized to get my business going to the next level! And with technology – I am still available to handle the needs of my customers while I am 22oo miles away.

This year I am wearing a dear friends’ #GenBlue badge in memory. Our dear friend and colleague, Sandy Widdicombe, suddenly gone way too soon from sudden cardiac arrest a couple of weeks ago… So she will be with us in spirit! She was so excited to come to #GenBlue this year. What an amazing women and friend….please keep her daughter and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Off to see how few things I can take for 100* weather – really! It should be in the 70’s & 80’s in SoCal this time of year – crazy weather! Hope everyone has a fabulous week!

Follow my Hollywood adventures on FB or Twitter…

(photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker LLC/David Marine)

Posted by: Linda Hobkirk | September 22, 2014

You can almost hear the rumble…

The Ozark’s will be rumbling for the next week…the bikes are starting to arrive in NW Arkansas, which means it is time to keep your eyes on the road, and graciously welcome approximately 500,000 motorcycles to Bikes, Blues and BBQ.

This is the 15th year of this event, and I think we have only missed 1 or 2…it has grown from a few hundred bikes to hundreds of thousands! Some are coming from as far away as the Washington/Canadian border and south Florida. It is becoming a mini “Sturgis“.

Some of the locals grumble over the rumble of the bikes, say it’s to noisey and loud. Nothing but trouble…although, there is a “pipe” ordinance in Fayetteville, so be forewarned. What the locals don’t seem to realize is just how much money this event brings to the area and to the local charities. Bikers are givers…there will be poker runs for all kinds of charities. Money will be spent at restaurants, hotels, gas stations and tourist spots. Oh, and maybe at the new Indian store that just opened in Rogers, or the favorite Harley store or maybe at the mom and pop store off the beaten path…

So please keep your eyes on the roads, be a courteous driver and enjoy the cool bikes! It only last till Sunday!!

Ride safe my friends…

On the way to Dickson St.

On the way to Dickson St.

Posted by: Linda Hobkirk | September 11, 2014

9/11 Remembrance…Never Forget…

Today is a day of remembrance of so many lives lost in the most horrific attack on the U.S.A. 13 years ago…

In October 2013 I had the opportunity to visit New York for the first time. Growing up on the West Coast, NYC always had been on my “bucket list”. Arriving the day before the CB conference, I had an invitation from a dear friend, Sean Carpenter, to meet fellow Coldwell Banker friends that evening at O’Hara’s Pub, located across from the 9/11 Memorial. If you are ever in Lower Manhattan, I highly recommend a stop in at O’Haras’s –  so many tributes and stories of those that risked their lives to save others that day and for months to come. It was one of the few places that was able to provide food, drink and a place to rest to those giving their all to assist with rescue.

With the help of a fabulous doorman at the Wellington Hotel, I took my first subway ride down to Lower Manhattan where that terrible attack occurred. Exiting the subway and walking towards the entrance to the Memorial pools, I experienced such sadness that I had never felt in my life. Everywhere I looked there was evidence of destruction, even 12 years later. Buildings that were miles away showed how horrific this attack was. Yet, several buildings such as the Ladder 11 FDNY had minor damage…

#NeverForget

#NeverForget

Being alone and walking to the pools was overwhelming, yet very peaceful at the same time. I took my time just observing the surroundings and taking a few pictures. Upon reaching the South pool, I reached out and touched the names inscribed and could feel a sense of connection. I remembered my Dad sharing his first experience visiting NYC and being so proud to see the Twin Towers and the Statue of Liberty in person. This day I could feel the presence of him with me as I stood at the reflection pools and listened to the sound of the water flowing into the deep dark pools at the bottom…thinking of so many lives affected by this terrible, terrible attack. I will never forget this visit and the deep sadness I experienced.

Today, I hope that you are remembering 9/11/2001 and flying your Flag proudly. I pray that we #NeverForget. May we stand strong together U.S.A.

 #NeverForget.

Posted by: Linda Hobkirk | July 8, 2014

7 more nights…

…then I put the last items in the suitcase and head to the great city of San Francisco CA! It has been at least 10 years since I’ve visited this beautiful city. I am so ready for the smell of the ocean, fresh caught seafood and sourdough bread; since I have been off carbs for 30 days.. we will see how that goes!

This trip is so exciting for me in many ways.  One is that I have had a great desire to attend Inman Connect for several years, and now it is coming true. A few days and nights of a “sure to be fun” conference and a couple of days of sightseeing….what more can you ask for!

Photo courtesy of Inman Connect Facebook

Photo taken from Inman Connect Facebook page 🙂

For those of you not familiar with Inman Connect, it is the “premier” Real Estate and Technology conference! Two huge events are held each year, one in New York and one in San Francisco. Looks to be several thousand passionate “connecting” people hitting Union Square next week!

Over the last couple of years, I have come to “socially” know many of the fabulous, caring and  smart people that are associated with this fantastic conference. Several of the folks I have met at past events, and I know that a few Coldwell Banker peeps will be there too. Always makes me a little more comfortable to see a familar face in the crowd. I am so very excited to meet several more people in real life and make life changing “Connections”! Yes, I have a made a list …

#ICSF has a fantastic app that shares all the speaker information, schedules of classes and some of the “cocktail” hours! How cool is that! Only problem I have is – there is only one of me and way to many cool sessions to attend! 

I know it will be an exciting, overwhelming, fun, fabulous, knowledgable, and fantastic learning experience. The best part will be “connecting” with so many people from all over the world that are passionate about real estate and technology! 

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Photo from Wikipedia

I look forward to learning how to take my real estate business to the next level for my customers!

A big thanks to Chris for covering my business while I am away! Although I will be “plugged” in and available if needed. Stay tuned for pictures…

 

 

Posted by: Linda Hobkirk | June 5, 2014

Successful house hunting!

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Don’t you love the front porch and curb appeal on this home?

This is one example of a successful house hunt in the Rogers area of  Northwest Arkansas.

I have the pleasure of representing The Cooper family on the purchase of this beautiful home. A little background – I assisted The Cooper family over 10 years ago when they moved from this area. Upon their return to NWA and the decision to start locating a home here again – they reached out to me! Just proves that real estate is about the relationships you make along the way.

This mature neighborhood offers meandering streets, large trees, and close is to everything a busy family wants or needs.We can’t share any inside pictures or purchase price yet, as we have just completed the home inspection, and are on the road to close this home early July! I can share that this home has had a beautiful make over with granite counters, wood floors, soothing colors, and a fantastic tree house in the back yard!

Successful house hunting – this is why I enjoy working as a REALTOR®. The feeling of complete satisfaction when we find a home and area that works perfect for everyone!

Please contact me if you are looking to  sell a home or to have a successful house hunting experience in Northwest Arkansas.  With over 12 years assisting people from all over the world moving in and out of this area, I can help you! I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Posted by: Linda Hobkirk | June 1, 2014

Invasion of the WalMart Shareholders in Northwest Arkansas…

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WalMart headquarters Bentonville Arkansas

The invasion of the WalMart Shareholders kicked off today…

Approx. 20,000 plus people  will descend upon Northwest Arkansas area for the next week. From all over the world, associates and shareholders come to see what the retail giant has accomplished, what the future plans are, and to see the sights of #NWA.

WalMart Amp

WalMart Amp – #NWA newest outdoor concert place

At least 3 – 4 times a week, I pass by the corner of Walton Blvd. and Eighth Street in Bentonville Arkansas. This week, that area and along with Downtown Bentonville, will be avoided at all cost by the “locals”! Streets are blocked off for the tons of buses carrying people in to see where it all began for WalMart. The locals know well enough to stay away from many areas this week!

Pretty sure that many will visit the beautiful Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art while they are in town. So fortunate to have this wonderful museum here.

The new WalMart Amp opens this Wed. featuring Blake Shelton. We won’t be attending, as tickets went quick at $5…(won’t get into that subject right now.) It will be interesting to see how the traffic in that area handles the estimated 6000 concert goers!

Miranda Lambert, is rumored to be part of the actual ceremony on Friday at the Bud Walton Arena, along with other secret celebrities. WalMart does bring in big name celebrities! You never  who you will see in the area.

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WalMart headquarters at the corner of Walton and Eighth Street in Bentonville AR

No matter your thoughts on the retail giant – it certainly has put Northwest Arkansas on the map! And to think I had no clue 22 years ago what the heck WalMart was about when I moved to a then sleepy Northwest Arkansas town!

It’s going to be a traffic nightmare with the Invasion of the WalMart Shareholders and associates this week. Be patient locals, and please extend a warm welcome to our guests.

 

 

 

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