Searcy, AR Real Estate News

By Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
(RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR)
Today I received an e-mail that had been forwarded to me.  I normally don't respond to them, but this one caught my attention.  It was a prayer request from Iraq.  Here it is: Prayer request for Gary and Cindy Hogman-don't delete please!  Gary is serving in Iraq while his young wife is fighting cancer here.  THIS COUPLE NEEDS OUR PRAYERS.  PLEASE READ THIS.  IT MUST BE TERRIBLY DIFFICULT TO BE IN IRAQ WITH A SICK WIFE AT HOME! Bobby S. Briggs, MSgt. USAF   823 ESFS/SFOC    Flight Seargeant     BAGHDAD AB, IRAQ Tough times don't last....Tough people do.  My name is Gary Hogman.  Some of you receiving this know me, some do not.  My wife, Cindy, is 32 years old and has just been diagnosed 3 days ago with stage 4 cervical cancer and her chances for survival are very slim.  She was pregnant ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
  Searcy Arkansas has one of the oldest theaters in Arkansas.  It was built in approximately 1923 and still flashes its Neon sign as busy Race Street passes within a few feet of its ticket window. The theater building is owned by the city of Searcy as it was donated to the city by a prominent family several years ago.  It is now operated by a gentleman who gets to rent it free because he paid about $75,000 of his own funds to renovate the Rialto. It's a win-win situation because the building is not sitting vacant.  Victor Weber runs the theater and charges much less for tickets than the newer Cinema 8 charges.  Example is a ticket for $2 and possibly free popcorn.  Mr. Weber seems to have the theater in his blood and has been in the theater business since 1954. Personally I love having ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
  What a treat to put up this old picture.  These two ladies worked at a bank in Searcy Arkansas and there was a contest to name the bank.  Reportedly the one on the right won the contest with the name Security Bank.  This lady also is the mother of Anita, who comments on my blogs and gives us additional information about our city. First Security Bank, as it is now named, stretches out over the whole city block but they are restoring this old building to resemble the way it was originally.  I love this picture and it was sent to me by Don and Paula.  So look at this old picture, probably from the 40's, and compare it to the way it is being restored.  And, ladies only, look at the legs.  The legs appear to be housed in cotton stockings.  They probably sagged and that's why the ladies fel...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Comparing the old with the new in Searcy AR, White County, is interesting.  Here's another shot of yesteryear vs. today. In the old photo, the old Security Bank is on the left and the building in the background is Lee Biggs old office building.  It still is, as a matter-of-fact.  But the upstairs has changed.  It has become private living quarters for a Searcy couple who also has a home in Little Rock and Aspen and no telling where else! Living upstairs in downtown Searcy may become very fashionable as more of the old buildings are renovated.  
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
  Some of you have said you like my old photos and I'm glad.  Some have said to give us the present to compare with the old.  I am doing that today.  First Security Bank used to look like the picture below.  It was added on and covered over many times during the years.  Now it is being restored to some of its former majesty.  It's on the court square and the first picture is courtesy of Paula, who took it as a photography project for the Girl Scouts in the 40's. I like the way it is looking. 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Years ago the ice-man came to your house.  He'd have blocks of ice on a wagon or some vehicle and he'd lift those blocks into your refrigerator (ice box)  which had a place for ice storage.  You could buy probably 25, 50 or 100 lb. chunks. (Correct me if I'm wrong, Anita or Don.) Here'a a picture of the ice plant taken by Paula for a Girl Scout's project in photography.  It's the place where the ice was frozen.  What there was for coal I don't know.  I never remember anyone delivering coal to anyone in the South but that's probably because I only knew wood-burning fireplaces.  The ice plant was located on Woodruff Street at the back side of Spring Park.  It is gone now.   
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Last year I had communication from someone who wanted to move from Baltimore to the country.  They decided to look at Searcy after doing extensive searches on the internet. First trip they just looked around and went back to place their house on the market. Then they came back with the intent to buy!  Lucky me!  We found them a house in a beautiful part of the country with a basement!!  We don't have basements in this area.  Only foolish people build houses with basements in the south.  And this house with a basement wouldn't sell because it had a basement.  Southerners know better. They knew and loved basements so it was just waiting for them.  They bought it, left Baltimore and settled in our area.  They still come to see me.  He calls me Mom and she and I go out to eat and catch up....
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
On my way to work, I thought I saw birds on the power line.  Look again!  Not birds.  Shoes!  Two pairs of shoes wrapped around the power line.  Little brat kids have been throwing shoes up in the air! BUT THEN....BUT THEN....I started thinkin'.....little brat kids playing outside!!  HOORAY!! They got away from the computer games, the TV, and actually played outdoors.  I can even hear them. "MMMOMMMM. Brother threw my tennis shoes onto the power line!"  Mom, "Brother, what did you do that for!" Brother, "I didn't mean to.  I just threw them in the air and they landed there.  I couldn't help it."  ______________________________________________ Next day, sister spends half a day throwing brother's shoes up into the air with shoe strings tied together and finally succeeds in hanging them ...
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By Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
(RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR)
I got a call from a sweet little lady to list her home.  She has moved to an assisted living home, but she is in the independent section.  She doesn't need any assistance, she gets along just fine by her self. She drives and does her own cooking.  THE FUNNY THING IS,  SHE IS 93 YEARS OLD, LOOKS YEARS YOUNGER AND HAS A GREAT ATTITUDE.  THAT IS HOW I WANT TO BE,  IF I LIVE THAT LONG! She is a retired school teacher, an avid reader, works crossword puzzles and is a very smart lady.  I think keeping an active mind is a big plus in how we age.  She is a very remarkable person.  I knew her daughter from high school and she told her mother to call me.  Her daughter was one of the most beautiful girls in school.  As she was showing me her home we had the best time!  She went from room to room, ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
    This great old photo of Searcy AR comes from the White County Historical Society collection of photos.  It dates back to 1900 and also looks like a photo from an old Western movie.  This quote below is from the WCHS explanation of the photo. This scene is from approximately 1900, when Gem Café operated on the southwest corner of Spring and Center in Searcy. Directly behind the café, Giles Walker had the City Meat Market. And, as the giant sign on the side of the building proclaims, Cokes were only a nickel. The name at the top of the front of the building is "O.W. James." At least four chimneys can be counted. The streetlight dangling from the wires overhead appears crude but was probably very effective. Note the onlookers in the upstairs windows, which obviously had no screens. Aft...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Everyone loved Andy Griffith's Mayberry.  Everyone loved Opie and Aunt Bee and Otis and Barney and the whole cast.  Searcy, Arkansas is a lot like Mayberry.  We have folks who love each other and care about the town and about morals and doing the right thing.  If you get your hair cut, you learn about the whole town and what is going on.  Our police chief is just as handsome as Andy Griffith.    And we have our own Little Opie.  He's sitting here watching the town go by!  OR....he may be waiting for the postman to pick him up.  The flag is up which means pick up the mail!!  And, yes, we do have a Barney!   
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By Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
(RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR)
I have been glued to the tv set, watching this incredible swimmer! He is like a fish in the water!  HE HAS WON EIGHT GOLD MEDALS, BREAKING MARK SPITZ RECORD OF SEVEN!!! Michael is 23 years old and hails from Baltimore, Maryland.  His mother, Debbie, is the light of his life.  It was so refreshing to see a young man, after each event, find his mother to hug her.  Girls, take note, you can tell what kind of a husband a guy will be by the way he treats his mother.  Michael does not take all the credit himself for the gold.  The relay team nailed his last medal.  He was quick to say that they were a team.  I think Michael is not only a swimmer, but a very nice guy.  GOOD JOB, MICHAEL!  WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!!         www.http://maryjpaul.com  
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By Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
(RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR)
IT DOESN'T MEAN IT WAS PRICED TOO LOW!  When a Realtor does the comps for your property, that is where it needs to be priced.  If you get a quick offer, it only means that someone was looking for a property like yours and snatched it up when it became available.  The buyers may have been looking for six months. I recently had a quick low offer on some acreage, the seller countered.  The buyer then countered with a respectable offer and I advised the seller to take it.  He said, "It hasn't been on the market long enough and I don't want to leave any money on the table."  I replied, "It is your call, but remember, not everyone can pay cash, yes cash, for that amount."  We countered and the buyer did not respond.  About two weeks later I get a call from the seller asking if I would let the...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
The TV and newspapers are full of reports of the crime that took place in Little Rock Wednesday.  A lone gunman entered the Arkansas Democratic headquarters and shot the chairman, Bill Swatney, 48, as he was in his office.  No discussion, no real altercation, just sudden death. The man who killed him was from our town of Searcy and lived on one of our streets called Janet Lane.    I've seen him a few times but didn't actually know him.  He is also now dead, gunned down as he led a chase for several minutes. The news said he'd lived with his parents who are deceased and he was a single man, never married. The reasons why it happened may never be known for sure but the reporters will make a determined effort and I applaud them in their efforts to find out why a man suddenly snaps and does...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Searcy has lots of churches.  Some have been added on to become almost not recognizable.  Some were torn down and rebuilt.  Some were torn down and replaced with commercial.  This church is located right across the street from our historic Rialto Theater.  Traffic passes by continuously night and day because the street has become so busy.  The church on the outside is largely unchanged and without all the grown landscaping you can see the real structure of it.  That's why I like the old photos.  Inside I don't know of the amount of changes but it is a pleasure to drive by this old church and know that it still has services and the members love it and cherish it and keep it as it was originally.  It is on the court square in Searcy Arkansas.  This view was reportedly a 1900 view and you...
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By Larry DeGroat, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI in Searcy
(Realty Professionals, Inc.)
The Searcy Board of Realtors names Larry DeGroat as the "2008 REALTOR OF THE YEAR" I am a Realtor in Searcy, Arkansas and I sell new homes, existing homes, commercial property, farms and land as well as manage and own rental properties. If you are looking for real estate for an investment or a home, I will be glad to assist you! You can call my personal cell number at 501-278-7659 or e-mail me at Larry@Searcy4Sale.com.  Visit my website at http://www.searcy4sale.com/
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
  Our continuing saga about railroad depots.....here's another one.  This photo was taken by Paula in her Girl Scouts' project about photography.  That was in the 40's.  I mistakenly said it was a 4H project earlier but I've been corrected.  Paula went around old Searcy snapping photos of buildings and businesses and those photos have almost made her a new Disfarmer.  (Look him up if you've never heard of him. He was an eccentric photographer in Heber Springs and is worth a blog all by himself. His photos now sell for thousands.) I need someone in Searcy-land to tell me which railroad depot this was.  There's a very interesting article in the Searcy Daily Citizen http://www.thedailycitizen.com/articles/2008/08/09/news/local_news/news01.txt today about the M&NA Railroad line which went t...
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By Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
(RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR)
I have worked so hard, trying to finish my e-PRO course!  I worked on it every spare minute that I could manage, I didn't think I would ever get it finished!!  But, when you set your mind to it, YOU CAN DO IT!! It was a very interesting course and I am glad I took it.  They even had a section on blogging!  I whizzed through that, I love to blog! I was familiar with most of the things in the course, but there was a lot that I didn't know.  If you want to know more about the internet, e-mailing, marketing and anything that pertains to real estate, this is a great course.                                 www.http://maryjpaul.com
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
A day or two ago we put up a picture of the bus stopping in Searcy AR for passengers to board, alight, or have a rest stop.  Lots of us boarded buses to get around. Here's an old picture of the train depot in Searcy AR.  I think it may be here still but turned into a business location.  Native Searcians may have to tell me. I hope some people can enlighten us on riding a train because my one experience with train riding was a nightmare.  I was traveling from Arkansas to Georgia and it must have been in the early 60's.  It was a rainy night and water came into the train and stood in the aisles.  I had my young daughter with me and she couldn't get on the floor at all.  Even the bathrooms flooded.  I swore that if I ever got off that train, I'd never board another one....and I haven't.  ...
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By Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
(RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR)
HAS ANYONE NOTICED THE PRICE OF POTATOES??  I have not bought them in several weeks and my husband is having withdrawals!  They are $7.99 for an 8 pound bag!!!  It used to be that people who were low on money would eat beans and potatoes, not anymore, only the rich can buy potatoes!!! I simply refuse to buy them, and I hope no one else does!  Maybe, they will all rot on the grocery shelves!!  The last time I bought potatoes I paid $3.99 for a 20 pound bag.  We are big potato eaters and we use them up quickly.  When fall comes I will buy them from the local farmers, but not at that price!! What will they raise the price on next?     www.http://maryjpaul.com
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