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

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#GenBlue 2014 – Hollywood CA here we come!

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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!

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(photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker LLC/David Marine)

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

The secret is out…

 The other day I had the rare opportunity to get in the car and cruise around Bentonville Arkansas. It’s not very often that I can sneak away and drive around town without having buyers in the car or on a mission involving real estate! Don’t get me wrong – I love what I do. Sometimes – you just have to cruise around town by your self!

 A windy, cool, mid-week day made it fairly quiet on the square.  The renovations of the first store of  Sam Walton have been completed; today they had his old Ford truck parked in front! I had a chance, brief encounter with Mr. Sam Walton and his brother Bud when I first arrived in this area. They both appeared to be just good home town men.  At that time in 1992,  I really had no concept of what Wal-Mart was and no idea that it would become the world’s largest retailer.

It was a little early for the noon time rush at the great restaurants around the square. If you are in town – you must make plans eat one of them! I am fond of several, but a great steak burger at The Station Cafe is always good for the soul; but not for the waistline! No I didn’t have on on this journey. It’s a meal to share with friends.

Leaving the square I headed northeast passing the construction site of the new 21c posh hotel coming Spring of 2013. Another added boast to the overall economy in this area! No one out on the skating rink today – it’s a fun place to take the kiddos!

I love driving around and seeing many of the older homes in various stages of reconstruction. Lots of hammers were heard in the background as I cruised up to see the new back look out area for the Crystal Bridges Museum

This overlook area is convenietly located on NW A street with public parking and restrooms, with very easy access to the walking trail. This new overlook is of the back side of the museum and was a place used to observe the construction. It now offers stone benches and a serene view of the copper roofs. Wonderful aromas waft from the museum restaurant, Eleven as they prepare to serve lunch. The walking and biking trails that surround this beautiful place are wonderful. The cities in Northwest Arkansas are really promoting and supporting the trail system.

After driving through several of the surrounding areas of downtown, I headed west to check out some new subdivions that I hadn’t been in since the new construction building started again in earnest a couple of months ago. The growing pains have been especially hard on the traffic flows – personally I don’t think the people on the planning stages 20 years ago had any idea of the growth that would occur here. This area at one time was more farmland and apple trees than buildings and freeways. So therefore, it’s grow and catch up at the same time.

A snapshot of the past on the way to present day subdivisions. I saw many crumbling buildings along the way to the several new building areas – this one just stuck with me. It’s sad in a lot of ways, and yet growth to survive is also necessary for towns.

 New freeways are coming in around here, streets are being widen,  more houses are coming and more people are moving in.  Growth is essential for survival. Northwest Arkansas has been placed on the map as one of the Top  12 Travel & Leisure destinations for 2012.

Our little secret is out – Northwest Arkansas

is the place to live!