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By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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I have been MIA for a few months....  but I`mmmmmmmm baaaaack! I want to start by saying a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all of you wonderful people that supported my trek to Realtor-dom! I did it... I got the licesnse. Then I got that taste of reality. I am a single mom and had no source of income at the time. To think I could make a living selling Real Estate right out of the gate was a pipe dream. I had no back up plan! I ended up having to get a real JOB. But the story is really just now getting started!!! I found a job working in wireless phone sales that I really love. I really like the company I work for and have a bright future with them in Management. I am currently the Store manager for Russell Cellular in Van Buren, Ar. But it doesnt fullfill my longing for freedom. I want to fly li...
By Brenda (Campbell) Burner
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Hello My name is Brenda, a Real Estate Agent in Van Buren, Ar and surrounding area. From May 15, 2009 through July 15, 2009, I am running the following special if you list your home with me: * 5% listing fee instead of 6% What you normally get by listing your home with me as your agent: * All my listing get a Talking House in their home, it is like having a real estate agent on duty 24 hours a day * Your home will be advertised on CableMart Ever weekend. * Open houses as needed * If you are in the Van buren area you will listed as a Featured Home on REALTOR.com So please do not delay and text, email, or call me for an appointment or questions and mention this special. Also, check out my website at www.bsellshomes.com/specialoffer Brenda :) RE/MAX Executives Independentaly owned and oper...
By Brenda (Campbell) Burner
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I love using The "Talking House" on my listings.  It is like I am at the house 24 hours a day!!!  I think it is a great marketing technique.  Does anyone else in the Van Buren/Ft Smith are use them?  Just curious.     List a house a with me and get my Talking House for Free!!!!    
By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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Mother nature struck again in Van Buren on Fathers Day Sunday night June 15th... I was sitting at home alone watching the telie and I heard it start to rumble very loud and deep in the near distance. I don't normally watch the news so I was not aware we were due to have storms. In fact, it had been a beautiful day. I had just got through mowing my yard a few hours earlier. About 11:10 PM the storm came down like a raging bull. The winds were extreme and the lightning was like I have never seen before. I have been through a few storms and even witnessed a tornado from a few miles away but I was very uneasy and scared about this storm. We had just started to finally recover from the storms we had in April that caused Van Buren and many other cities to be deemed disaster zones. I wrote abo...
By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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In the words made famous by Joan Rivers...... CAN WE TALK??? About Colon Cancer.In 2007, an estimated 112,340 Americans were diagnosed with colon cancer and 41,420 with rectal cancer. More than 52,000 people were expected to die from the disease last year. Colon cancer is largely preventable if precancerous polyps are found and removed before they become cancerous. If colon cancer is found and treated at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent.Would you take a moment to allow me to talk to you about Cancer and how it has affected my life? In Janurary of 2005 I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Colon Cancer. I had surgery to remove a tumor the size of a brick of cheese, about 3 x 4 inches, along with 16 inches of my transverse colon. The surgery was followed by 6 months of...
By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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Due to the severe damage caused by the many recent, very severe storms that battered our area over the past two months. FEMA has opened up a local offices in Van Buren and Fort Smith, Arkansas to help aid families who suffered damage.                                                                                                                                                                                   I was one of those families affected by the storms that raged through the area. I blogged about the massive hail and flooding that my home experienced.My car also received severe damage and my insurance company cut me a check for part of the damage to my car but it wasn`t enough to cover the repairs, so my car has not yet been fixed. It was about $1500 less than I needed to fix it....
By Debbie Severson
(Craft Real Estate)
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Developers of the Sleep Inn of Pointer Trail joined local business leaders for a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday. About 25 people mingled inside and outside a tent set up for the occasional munching on appetizers form Chill's. I was one of them. The ground breaking had been canceled twice but the sun was shinning Friday.Framing for the three-story hotel began a month ago, and construction work continued throughout Friday's ceremony. The hotel with a construction cost of between $3 and $4 million, has a grand opening date of Oct. 1,with a soft opening set for mid-September.The 58-room hotel will include 11 suites, along with an indoor pool, meeting room and fitness center. The hotel will create new jobs for Crawford County and Van Buren, not to mention the money people will spend at loc...
By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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I have been keeping track of some really interesting photos of Van Buren Arkansas that are taken by a local photographer who is also a music teacher for the Van Buren School District.I wanted to highlite some of his work and let ohters know about him. His name is J. Andrew Lockhart. He keeps a daily journal of his work in pictures on his blog, http://vanburendailyphoto.blogspot.com/This is a picture he took of the hail that I blogged about this past month. Incredible hail did a ton of damage. This is a shot of the cemetery right down the street from my house. Please go check out his blog and his pictures. I think he captures the charm of our wonderful city in very unique ways.Susan
By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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One of the great events that is held annually on Main Street in Historic Van Buren is the Old Timers Days Arts and Crafts Festival.   Six blocks of Van Buren's Main Street will be closed off to provide space for more than 200 exhibitors from more than seven states.  A variety of food and entertainment will be available. A children's carvnival will also be available. The event will be held rain or shine.  This annual event draws thousands of tourists and visitors. The festival goers enjoy food samples and music and also a carnival. A grand ole time is had by all! Friday:6 p.m. Carnival Opens6:00 Wecome & National Anthem6:30 St. James Gospel Choir7 p.m. Jesus Main Gospel BandSaturday9:00 a.m. Festival and Carnival Opens10:00 a.m. Free Entertainment Begins10:30 Excursion Train6 p.m. Welcom...
By Debbie Severson
(Craft Real Estate)
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Make plans to see the finest homes the area has to offer!  Plan to tour the Parade of Homes April 12-20 daily.  The Greater Fort Smith Home Builders Association has a show case tour for you and it is  free.  The tour features homes in Sebastian and Crawford County built by local builders.  It's your chance to see what's new in home building.  You may tour the homes at your own pace and set your own agenda.Whether you are planning to build, first time home buyer, or just like looking at homes, you won't want to miss the tour.Click on the link  for printable map and directions.  www.fortsmithhomebuilders.com    VISIT THIS HOME AT 2718 BOULDER, DRIVE VAN BUREN
By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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Well guys, if you have not read my blog from last, please read it before you read this:http://activerain.com/blogsview/462032/Scary-night-in-Fort This is the size of the hail that pelted us last night :The night passed pretty much uneventful after we finally got to sleep about 2:30 am. Had some more storms roll through around 5:30 and when we got up at 7:00 am to get my granddaughter up for school, we found out that all the schools in the area are closed, there is major flooding in 2 counties.I went downstairs to check on my dog, and my lower level is totally flooded with about 2 inches of standing water in it. My daughter had her beds and boxes and stuff stored down there and it is all ruined. Then my garage, which is actually a storage shed, has a river running through it. It is FULL ...
By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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 It has been a scary night here in Fort Smith and Van Buren. We have had tornado warnings, severe stroms and extreme hail. It got so bad that I made the decision to take my 26 year old daughter, grandkids and my dog Halle to the neighborhood storm shelter. The sirens were going off and they warned about rotation and very large hail.  In fact, just as we were arriving at the shelter, it started pelting the car. I mean, I thought it was going to come through the roof! We pulled up and the kids and my daughter managed to get out of the car but just as they were reaching the shelter, it opened up in rapid fire. I was stuck in the car with my dog and all I could do was pray. I was scared to death that it was actually going to shatter the windshield or come through the roof of the car. It die...
By Ray Nellum, Fort Smith Real Estate
(Envision Real Estate Group, LLC.)
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Get the bang for your buck in Crawford County.  The Ft. Smith Real Estate Market is good, but there's great value in homes for sale in the Crawford County area.New Construction Homes and Subdivisions are still being developed and the properties are still on the move.In some case, you can find a home with more square footage and slightly lower price in Crawford County.  Sometimes it takes time, but they are out there and waiting on people like you to make them your home.The First Quarter of 2008 looks good for the area in comparison to Residential Home Sales in 2007.  There were 166 Residential Homes sold in 2007, and 149 Residential Homes Sold in 2008.  That's only 17 less homes, and that could easily be made up within the following weeks.  AverageSquare ft.LpSpDOMUnits Sold20071,649$12...
By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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One down 8 to go! I made it up another notch from 10th to #9 ranking in the state of Arkansas!  I am that much closer to my goal of getting to the top of my state!I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who comment on my posts and offer your support and encouragement! I sure wouldnt get there without you!Please keep reading and commenting. You make me smile! Thanks again!To your success,  
By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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Congratulations to Donna Parker as this years Iverson Riggs Memorial "Citizen of the Year Award"  for Van Buren.KAIA LARSEN • TIMES RECORD Donna Parker holds her Iverson Riggs Memorial "Citizen of the Year Award" Wednesday at her home in Van Buren. A retired teacher and Van Buren city alderman, Parker has performed volunteer work for numerous organizations and activities in the city. You can read about her award in todays edition of the SW Times Record. Donna is a Graduate of Arkansas Tech University, Retired Teacher with the Van Buren School District and is an active volunteer in our community.It is people like Donna that make Van Buren  and Crawford County such a great place to live and raise a family!THANKS Donna!To your success,Susan Davis
By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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Let me introduce you to Van Buren`s Best kept Secret..... Cajun`s Back Door Resturant. While in Real Estate School, a bunch of us women decided to to go to this little restaurant in Van Buren. It is  owned by the Father of Amy Gilstrap~Craft, the Instructor of the Arkansas Real Estate Academy where I attended school.I had actually heard about Cajun`s Back Door from another friend and was told to give it try, but just had not gotten around to going. It is located in Downtown Historic Van Buren, Arkansas.I ordered my staple sandwich that I tend to order when eating a sandwich.Grilled Chicken Breast SandwichChicken Breast grilled with Sensational Seasonings, served on a split Top Hearth grilled bun with lettuce, tomato and mayo.I have to say it was the BEST Grilled Chicken I have ever eate...
By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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Our Van Buren Police Department gets new Squad Cars!photo by KENNETH FRYVan Buren Officer Chris Hoffsommer stands beside a newly designed black and white squad car.You can read about these new Police Cars and what they mean to our community on the Press Argus Courier website.I have got to tell you that I have been noticing these cars around town and you immediately get the feeling of "BIGGER & BETTER". I felt a bit more intimidated by them. My son even noticed them today while we headed down the road on the way to take him to youth ministry at First Baptist Church Van Buren`s Outloud Student Ministry 24/7.I really appreciate the Van Buren Police Department for providing safety to our community and our families.To your success!Susan
By Ray Nellum, Fort Smith Real Estate
(Envision Real Estate Group, LLC.)
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Fort Smith Real Estate might be very complicated to some but I will try to bring some clarity to the Crawford County Market Report:  January through February 2008.In 2007 there were 93 residential units that sold between January and February.  In 2008 there were 90 residential units sold during the same time frame.  Crawford county only saw a very slight decrease of 3%!!!  That is very good when other markets are suffering from double digit losses.Below are the Averages for the homes.2007List PriceSale PriceDOMSq. Ft.Jan-Feb138,991136,6581651,7052008List PriceSale PriceDOMSq. Ft. Jan-Feb$127,448$123,5831201630Please feel free to view other informative posts about Fort Smith Real Estate and Surrounding areas.Fort Smith Real Estate.... Sebastian County Market Report 2008You Are #1 And It'...
By Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate
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So it is final..... my son Alan will going to Baker University in Baldwin City Kansas to attend college in August. I am so happy and yet so sad.I have three children and this one is my middle child, oldest son. He just turned 18 and he has been awarded a scholarship to play football and get his education!!!!!! I am one PROUD MOM! With the departure of Alan (handsome son above), I will be left with one more at home and then I will be an empty nester!!! Yikes... am I really getting to be that age already? I sure don't feel like it.Alan is the current record holder in 5 categories as QB for our local Van Buren High School and he will be playing QB for Baker as well. He is 6`4 and weighs in about 210. He is an Honor Student, Leader in his Youth Group at First Baptist Church Van Buren, gives...
By Ray Nellum, Fort Smith Real Estate
(Envision Real Estate Group, LLC.)
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 Crawford County has been a very stable market when it comes to real estate.  The city of Van Buren, Arkansas continues to grow.  We have seen an increase in people purchasing homes in Van Buren and Alma and taking the short 1 hour commute to NWA.Van Buren and other Crawford County cities are just minutes from Ft. Smith, Arkansas.Buying or Selling a home can be very complicated.  Make sure you have a Realtor that is Knowledgeable about your current market and market conditions.Units Sold858781-9.86%Total Volume$103,195,040 $96,793,550-6.20%Avg. Price Home$120,274 $123,9353.04%Van Buren, Arkansas and surrounding cities in Crawford County saw a 6.20% slight decrease in total volume sales.  Total residential units sold were down slightly as well at 9.86%, but there's a slight increase in t...

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