One goal accomplished…

This arrived today. It’s official. One goal in life accomplished!

AR Associate Instructor

Linda Hobkirk, Associate Instructor, Arkansas

When I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a teacher. I was not able to finish college back in the 70’s, so I never imagined I would see “instructor” beside my name. Today, I am honored to have the official “Associate Instructor” certificate. I now have the privilege of helping real estate agents in Arkansas become better.

I believe that education is very important in this industry.  It’s important that we adapt to technology, the way we use it to teach agents and what we teach. The real life of day to day, from instructors that are in the field every day helping people buy and sell real estate. I believe this will “raise the bar” as they say. They are many people in this industry working to help make real estate professionals better. I am proud to now be apart of the change in educating agents.

Never ever give up, this goal took many, many years and many twist in turns in life to accomplish!







#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!

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(photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker LLC/David Marine)

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.

Successful house hunting!



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…


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.


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.




Around Rogers AR

Do you know which historic building this lamp post sits in front of?
I’ll give you a clue – it’s in Rogers, AR.

This building constructed in 1918-19 cost a total of $75,000 including the site, furnishings, and fixtures. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it served as the U.S. Post Office for Rogers AR for over four decades.

Around Rogers AR