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Home Inspections

by David Tyler Mills

When purchasing a home, one of the most important steps you should take is having a home inspection.  Most home inspections cost about $275, and it well worth the money considering that buying a home is one of the biggest investments most people will make.  Many homeowners that failed to have their home inspected find that their repair bills in the thousands.  If you would like a referral to a home inspector, give us a call!

Homes are selling fast!

by David Tyler Mills

It's a buyer's market!  Homes are selling fast here in Northwest Arkansas.  Give us a call to help you find some amazing deals on any home ranging from HUD homes to short sales to quality homes to much more!


Available Rental Properties (2/21/2012)

by David Tyler Mills

The following are our available rental properties.  Give us a call at any time to schedule a showing.  Check out our website for a current list of our rentals.

1297 Deerfield, Fayetteville

rent: $895

Deposit: $700

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Pets: Negotiable
  • Split Floor Plan
  • Covered Back Patio

Directions: Head south on N College Ave toward E Masonic Dr.  Turn left onto E Township Rd.  Turn right onto N Crossover Rd.  Turn left onto E Huntsville Rd.  Turn left onto Deerfield Way (Destination on the left.)

424 Malinda, Fayetteville

rent: $800

Deposit: $650

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Car Garage
  • Pets: Negotiable
  • Fireplace
  • Back Porch

Directions:  Head south on N College Ave toward E Masonic Dr.  Turn right onto E Appleby Rd.  Take the 1st right onto N Wayne Dr.  Turn left onto E Village Dr.  Take the 2nd right onto E Malinda Dr (Destination on the left.)

747 Richland, Elkins

rent: $825

Deposit: $650

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Pets: Negotiable
  • Fenced Backyard

Directions: Head south on N College Ave, turn left on E. Township, turn right on N. Crossover, turn left onto AR-16/E. Huntsville Rd, turn right onto Oakwoods Drive, take the 1st left onto White River, take 1st right onto Richland Creek Road (Destination on the left.)

2245 Brookview, Elkins

rent: $800

Deposit: $650

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Pets: Negotiable
  • Split Bedroom Plan
  • Large Kitchen
  • New Paint

Directions: Head south on N College Ave toward E Masonic Dr.  Turn left onto E Township Rd.  Turn left onto AR-16 E/AR-16 Scenic E/E Hunstville Rd.  Continue to follow AR-16 E/AR-16 Scenic E.  Turn right onto Meadowbrook Dr.  Take the 1st right onto Scenic Oaks Ave.  Turn right onto Brookview St (Destination on the left.)

103 Alberta, Farmington

rent: $675

Deposit: $550

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Car Garage
  • Pets: Negotiable
  • New Paint
  • Fenced Backyard

Directions: Head north on N College toward Millsap Rd.  Make a U-turn at Joyce Blvd.  Slight right onto US-71 BUS S.  Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-540.  Take exit 62 to merge onto US-62 W/S Shiloh Dr toward AR-180 E/Farmington/Univ. of Ark.  Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.  Continue onto E Main St.  Turn right onto N Broyles St (Destination on the right.)

176 Plover Cove, Farmington

rent: $550

Deposit: $500

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Car Garage
  • Pets: Negotiable

Directions: Head north on N College Ave toward Millsap Rd.  Make a U-turn at Joyce Blvd.  Slight right onto US-71 BUS S.  Take exit 62 to merge onto US-62 W/S Shiloh Dr toward AR-180 E/Farmington/Univ. of Ark.  Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.  Continue onto E Main St.  Turn left onto AR-170 W/S Hunter St.  Turn right onto W Rainsong St.  Take the 1st right onto Killdeep Dr.  Turn left onto Plover Cove (Destination on the right.)

131 Briarmeadow, Farmington

rent: $550

Deposit: $500

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pets: Negotiable
  • Fireplace

Directions: Head north on N College Ave toward Millsap Rd.  Make a U-turn at Joyce Blvd.  Slight right onto US-71 BUS S.  Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-540 S.  Take exit 62 to merge onto US-62 W/S Shiloh Dr towardAR-180 E/Farmington/Univ. of Ark.  Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.  Continue onto E Main St.  Turn left onto S Hunter St.  Turn the 3rd right onto Briarmeadow St (Destination on the left.)

129 Killdeer, Farmington

rent: $625

Deposit: $550

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Car Garage
  • Pets: Negotiable
  • Fireplace

Directions: Head north on N College Ave toward Millsap Rd.  Make a U-turn at Joyce Blvd.  Slight right onto US-71 BUS S.  Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-540 S.  Take exit 62 to merge onto US-62 W/S Shiloh Dr toward AR-180 E/Farmington/Univ. of Ark.  Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.  Continue onto E Main St.  Turn left onto Southwinds Rd.  Take the 2nd left onto Killdeer Dr (Destination on the right.)

3838 Lilac, Fayetteville

rent: $795

Deposit: $650

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Pets: Negotiable
  • Fenced Backyard

Directions: Head north on N College Ave toward Millsap Rd.  Make a U-turn at Joyce Blvd.  Slight right onto US-71 BUS S.  Take exit 62 to merge onto US-62 W/S Shiloh Dr toward AR-180 E/Farmington/Univ. of Ark.  Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.  Turn right onto S Camillia Ln.  Turn right onto W Lilac Dr (Destination on the left.)

3092 Essex, Fayetteville

rent: $750

Deposit: $650

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Pets: Negotialbe
  • All Appliances
  • Wood Floors

Directions: Head north on N College Ave toward Millsap Rd.  Make a U-turn at Joyce Blvd.  Slight right onto US-71 BUS S.  Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-540 S.  Take exit 64 for Wedington Dr toward AR-16 W/AR-112 E.  Turn right onto AR-16 W/W Wedington Dr.  Take the 1st right onto N Shiloh Dr.  Take the 1st right onto Giles Rd.  Take the 1st right onto W Wildflower St.  Take the 1st right onto N Pine Cone.  Take the 1st left onto Essex Dr (Destination on the right.)

2833 Peg, Fayetteville

rent: $795

Deposit: $650

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Pets: Negotiable
  • New Paint
  • Fenced Backyard

Directions: Head south on N College Ave toward E Masonic Dr.  Turn right onto E Appleby Rd.  Turn left onto N Peg Ln (Destination on the right.)

1655 Timbercrest, Fayetteville

rent: $750

Deposit: $650

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Car Garage
  • Pets: Negotiable
  • Real Hardwood Floors

Directions: Head north on N College Ave toward Millsap Rd.  Make a U-turn at Joyce Blvd.  Slight right onto US-71 BUS S.  Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-540 S.  Take exit 64 for Wedington Dr toward AR-16 W/AR-112 E.  Turn right onto AR-16 W/W Wedington Dr.  Take the 1st right onto N Shiloh DrN Shiloh Dr turns slightly left and becomes W Dorothy Jeanne StW Dorothy Jeanne St turns right and becomes N Florene St.  Turn left onto W Anne St.  Take the 1st right onto Timbercrest Ave (Destination on the left.)

Coming Soon!

3720 Huntsville, Fayetteville

rent: $650

Deposit: $550

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pets: Negotiable
  • New Carpet
  • New Paint
  • Must Schedule Showing
  • Available March 1st

Directions: Head south on N College Ave toward E Masonic Dr.  Turn left onto E Township Rd.  Turn right onto N Crossover Rd.  Turn left onto E Huntsville Rd (Destination on the left.)

3738 Lilac, Fayetteville

rent: $795

Deposit: $650

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Pets: Negotiable
  • Fenced Backyard
  • Must Schedule Showing
  • Available March 1st

Directions: Head north on N College Ave toward Millsap Rd.  Make a U-turn at Joyce Blvd.  Slight right onto US-71 BUS S.  Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-540 S.  Take exit 62 to merge onto US-62 W/S Shiloh Dr toward AR-180 E/Farmington/Univ. of Ark.  Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.  Turn right onto S Dinsmore Trail.  Turn left onto Crape Myrtle Pl.  Turn right onto Chinaberry Ln

 

What Loans are Available for You?

by David Tyler Mills

The real estate market has hit the ground running with plenty of signs that this is going to be a good year.  Most people are aware now that it’s a buyer’s market in Northwest Arkansas with historically low interest rates and housing prices.  However, most potential buyers may not be aware of the financial loans that are available to them.  A simple reference chart of all the loans that are available for potential home buyers and investors will be provided below.  

Buyers interested in owner occupied properties have four options: Rural Development (RD), Veterans Administration (VA), Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and Conventional.  Notice the RD, VA, and FHA chart below are listed side-by-side for easy comparison between their set down payments and fico credit score requirements.  The Conventional chart is separated due to the correlation between the fico credit score and the down payment (a better credit score allows a lower down payment.)  

 

 

RD

VA

FHA

Financing

100%

100%

N/A

Down Payment Required

None

None

3.5%

Min. Fico Credit Score Required

620-640

620

640

 

   

 

Conventional

 

Down Payment Required

Min. Fico Credit Score

Number of Units

 

3%

720

1

 

5%

660

1

 

20%

620

1

 

20%

640

2

 

25%

640

3-4

 

Notes:  Conventional bonds do not offer 100% financing. Units refer to the type of property.  For example, a one unit is a typical home; a two unit is a duplex; and a three or four unit is a multiplex.

 

For investors, conventional loans are your only option.  Notice that the loan requirements are different for first time investors and veteran investors.  Two charts are provided for each scenario.

First Time Investors

 

Conventional

Down Payment Required

Min. Fico Credit Score

Number of Units

20%

660

1

25%

660

2

35%

660

3-4

 

Veteran Investors 

Conventional

Down Payment Required

Min. Fico Credit Score

Number of Units

10%

720

1

20%

620

1

 

Do not miss this opportunity to buy at the bottom of the market here in Northwest Arkansas.  For a free list of the listings available in NWA, check out our website.  For more information on loans, call our good friend Kelly Franks at Priority Bank.


The Feeling of Home is as Sweet as Mockingbird Pie

by David Tyler Mills

How does a place feel like home?  Is it the warm, inviting colors that conjure a friendly greeting?  Can it be the residents inside who provide hospitality out of the kindness of their hearts?  During the summer of my daycare days, the feeling of home overwhelmed me whenever I saw my dad’s black Toyota pick-up.  I knew there would be a 3 Musketeers bar elevated on the pullout cup holders directly under the A/C vent with my name on it.  In high school, it wasn’t “home” until my completely muddy dog Dixie pounced on me within two seconds before my girlfriend came over.  Later in college, the feeling of home didn’t transpire until 50 frat guys hackled me from our balcony as I walked back from class.  Whatever the case may be, there’s some alluring reason that can make a building feel like home.

A few years ago, my mom and uncle went on a trip to Colorado Springs.  Along their journey, they decided to take a break in a small town in the Northeast area of New Mexico.  This duo has a soft spot when it comes to small coffee/antique stores.  Luckily, they caught a glimpse of a sign advertising their kryptonite.  Without thinking, they immediately took the block and parked into the back lot of the store.  “This store definitely felt like home,” my mom later explained to me.

As they walked around the tiny store, they glanced at the small display of antiques.  The nervous elderly store clerk watched without greeting them.  She was obviously not the best salesperson in the world.  Rather disappointed at the trinkets, my mom asked if the clerk had any pie.  The clerk cocked her head and told my mom that she had some mockingbird pie in the freezer.  My mom and uncle both get excited about the pie.  Before the clerk leaved, my uncle questioned the clerk about the sitting arrangement or the lack there of.  The clerk said that she would take care of it. 

A few minutes passed and finally the elder clerk came shuffling towards my mom and uncle with a heavy load of chairs, a table, and mockingbird pie.  They rushed over to help the over-burdened clerk.  After assisting with the preparation of the dining table, my uncle asked if any coffee was made.  The clerk shook her head.  Feeling a little perturbed at this point, they both settled for water.  After being done with their meal, they patiently waited for their ticket.  Finally, they asked the clerk how much they owed her.  The elder clerk told them not to worry about it.  Maybe it was her poor service or her nervousness that prevented her from charging; nevertheless, they received a free meal.

As they pulled away from the most unprofessional restaurant ever, my mom and uncle couldn’t argue about the homey feeling they experienced.  Once they drove out the parking lot onto the road, they noticed another store next door with the exact same logo as the small billboard displayed prior to turning into the parking lot.  Why would they put two of the exact same stores next to each other?  This was no Starbucks.  Then, it all became clear to my oblivious family.  My mom and uncle barged into some elder ladies home assuming that she was running a coffee/antique store.  The duo was so embarrassed they didn’t make any more stops until they were out of New Mexico.

Was it the quaint coziness of the elder ladies home that gave it a homey feeling?  Or was the lady herself the conductor of the mood?  Either way, the sweetness of that home entranced my mom and uncle to eat that poor lady’s mockingbird pie.  Hopefully, this blog can find that nice elderly clerk because I would like to apologize on my crazy family’s behalf.

We are sorry, Nice Elderly Lady!

Speaking of “feeling like home,” here are some great homes to check out!

1756 Greystone in Springdale, Arkansas

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Approx. 2,712 Sq ft.

This home just had beautiful granite counters installed with a backsplash in the kitchen.  Also, this home features a fireplace, tile floors, a study room, Cathedral ceilings, walk-in shower, Whirlpool tub, and covered patio.  Another huge feature is the convenience of having parks, schools, a hospital, and a fire station nearby.

2644 Hyland Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas

  • $2,900 PRICE REDUCTION!
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Approx. 1,777 Sq ft.

Beautiful hardwood floors, spacious living room, and a warm fireplace can all be found in this home.  Outside, a covered and an open, air-railed deck will be waiting for you.  If that doesn’t tickle your fanny, then maybe the $2,900 price reduction will!

Pictures for these listing will be on our Facebook page at “Terri Lynn McNaughton Realtors” soon.  Be sure to “Like” our page in order to update you on any other special featured homes in Northwest Arkansas. 

House vs Home

by David Tyler Mills

My dad and I are too completely different individuals.  He has a menagerie of animals in his man lair.  If you look closely, you might see two little horns (and I’m using horns loosely here) mounted somewhere amongst the trophy bucks.  Yeah, those are mine.  My dad has been doing construction all of his life.  It took me a whole summer to figure out how to use a Metabo® slicer without it flying out of my hands.  I have the scars to prove it.  He loves the great outdoors, and I try to like it half as much as he does. 

One of my favorite childhood memories is whenever my dad finally convinced me to go camping with him.  He knew a great spot up the Ouachita River where we could set up camp right on the river banks.  Now, don’t get me wrong; I do like camping, but this was during the time when video games were getting so popular.  Thankfully, I found a happy medium between video games and the outdoors, a portable Nintendo Game Boy ®.  At the time, I didn’t think my dad knew I brought it.  Now I know my parents are a lot smarter than I thought they were.

Nevertheless, we all have our moments.  My dad thought it would be a great idea to use a mesh covering, which are usually used to keep mosquitos away while you’re eating, as our tent.  Not a bad idea in theory.  Our previous camping trips were always great until it was time to go asleep in those muggy tents.  Unfortunately, my dad failed to check the weather, and a huge thunder storm completely interrupted that beautiful day.  Since the ceiling of our mesh tent was immensely smaller than the base of the tent, we had to huddle all of his gear (and my Game Boy) to the center.  With our boat flooded, we were forced to survive. 

As I get older, moments like that remind me of the difference between a house and a home.  A house can be composed of wood, brick, and metal, but a home can be a raggedy mesh tent trying to survive a storm.  I knew my dad wouldn’t let anything happen to me during that storm, so I wasn’t afraid.  To me, home is a safe place where I can grow as a person.  I felt like at some point when I put away my Game Boy and helped my dad through this catastrophe, I grew as a man.  Well, closer to a man anyways.  I still need my dad’s help to take a brim off my hook every now and then, but my dad helped me develop a lot of character that night in that mesh tent.

When I write about a house, I never use the word “house.”  I always use “home” (if I don’t, then you caught a typo.)   I know what you’re thinking, “What a great sales technique…”  It’s nothing like that.  I’ve noticed that each of our Realtors® truly get an understanding of our clients and their families.  We actually receive a sense of what “home” is for each of these families.  Features and benefits come in second when it comes to selling a home or finding you a new place to grow.  Don’t worry though.  We’re not going to try to sell you a mesh tent.

Northwest Arkansas Festivals and Events

by David Tyler Mills

With spring arriving, it seems Northwest Arkansas has finally awakened from hibernation, and it’s about time!  Sure, I love snow as much as the next guy, but it’s the festivals and various events that cause NWA to thrive.  Believe me; spring is delivering this year.

 

War Eagle Craft Fair

On May 6th through the 8th, the War Eagle Craft Fair begins.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet a variety of craft men and women and see their different creations of watercolor and oil painting, folk art, pottery, wicker items, clothing, quilts, candles, and much more.  Don’t worry about leaving hungry.  There are an assortment of unique breakfasts, lunches, and dinners being served throughout the day.  Click here for more info.

 

University of Arkansas Graduation Ceremony

On May 14th, come celebrate with all the new graduates at the University of Arkansas.  If you don’t know anyone who is graduating, you can congratulate me as I receive my bachelors in marketing.  I’ll be the one in the black gown.

 

Comedian Ron White at Walton Arts Center

On May 25th and 26th, Ron “Tater Salad” White will be gracing Fayetteville with his presents at the Walton Arts Center.  Best known for his Blue Collar Comedy debut, this comedian also claims two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials on Comedy Central, a New York Times Bestselling book, and a number of CDs and DVDs.  For more info, click here.

 

Wakarusa at Mulberry Mountain

On June 2nd through 5th, the annual Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival will be taking place at Mulberry Mountain.  This four day camping event features over 100 bands that will be performing non-stop.  This festival is great for music and nature lovers that just simply need a break from the stresses of life.  Click here for more info.

 

It would be a real shame to miss out on these awesome events just because you don’t have a place to stay.  Yeah, you could stay at an over crowded, boring hotel, OR you could check out our condo on 2130 Garland! It has everything from a queen size bed, a pull out sofa bed, towels, all your linens, plates, dishes, a stove, a microwave, and a dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, an outdoor pool, and a flat screen television.  Also, this condo is only MINUTES away from Baum Stadium, the university, and Dickson Street!  Call for an appointment at (479) 442-9099 or visit our website at www.McNaughtonRealtors.com.  

How to Prepare Your Home For Winter

by Shonnie Gilbreath

Here are ten tips to help you prepare your home for winter:

1) Furnace Inspection

  • Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.
  • Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly.

2) Get the Fireplace Ready

  • If the chimney hasn't been cleaned for a while, call a chimney sweep to clean & inspect the chimney
  • Buy firewood or chop wood. Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.

3) Check the Exterior, Doors and Windows

  • Inspect exterior for cracks and exposed entry points around pipes; seal them.
  • Use weatherstripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and caulk windows.
  • Replace cracked glass in windows and, if you end up replacing the entire window, prime and paint exposed wood.

4) Inspect Roof, Gutters & Downspouts

  • Check flashing to ensure water cannot enter the home.
  • Replace worn roof shingles or tiles.
  • Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the home.

5) Service Weather-Specific Equipment

  • Drain gas from lawnmowers.
  • Replace worn rakes and snow shovels.
  • buy bags of ice-melt / sand.

6) Check Foundations

  • Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from the foundation.
  • Seal up entry points to keep small animals from crawling under the house.
  • seal foundation cracks. Mice can slip through space as thin as a dime.
  • Secure crawlspace entrances.

7) Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Buy extra smoke detector batteries and change them when daylight savings ends.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace and / or water heater.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work.
  • Buy a fire extinguisher or replace an extinguisher older than 10 years.

8) Prevent Plumbing Freezes

  • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
  • Drain all garden hoses.
  • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.
  • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees.

9) Prepare Landscaping & Outdoor Surfaces

  • Trim trees if branches hang too close to the house or electrical wires.
  • Plant spring flower bulbs and lift bulbs that cannot winter over such as dahlias in areas where the ground freezes.
  • Move sensitive potted plants indoors or to a sheltered area.

10) Prepare an Emergency Kit

  • Buy a battery back-up to protect your computer and sensitive electronic equipment.
  • Store extra bottled water and non-perishable food supplies (including pet food, if you have a pet), blankets and a first-aid kit in a dry and easy-to-access location.
  • Prepare an evacuation plan in the event of an emergency

Fall Has Arrived!

by Amber Perish

Fall is finally here! Come to Northwest Arkansas to enjoy the fall beauty. Because we didn’t get much rain this season, the trees aren’t as vibrant as usual; however, there is still a lot of beauty to take in. Visit Battlefield Park in Prairie Grove to enjoy some history and soak up the sun or take a stroll around the University of AR campus. Both locations are great places to get some great fall photos. Don’t forget about the new pumpkin patch in Cave Springs. It is open everyday for your convenience. Hope to see you soon! Stop by our McNaughton Real Estate office on your visit to get information on houses in the area.

Daylight Savings Time

by Tiffany Cook

November 7, 2010 at 2:00 am officially ends daylight savings time for 2010.  Although many Americans have differing opinions on the practice of Daylight Savings Time, it wasn’t created to confuse our internal clock.  It was instituted to use less energy in lighting our homes, by utilizing the increased daylight hours.  But did you know that the U.S time zones also change their names?  Eastern Standard  Time (EST) becomes Eastern Daylight Time, Central Standard Time (CST) becomes Central Daylight time, Mountain Standard Time (MST) becomes Mountain Daylight Time, and Pacific Standard Time (PST) becomes Pacific Daylight time. 

 

During the 1st World War, the United States first instituted DST as a way to save energy for war production during the longer daylight times.  Again during World War II the government required the United States to observe the time change.  Between the wars and thereafter until 1966, states chose whether or not to observe DST.  Congress passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966 which made Daylight Savings Time a standardized length of time.

 

Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not practice Daylight Savings Time; most likely because these areas are closer to the Equator which has more consistent length of days.

 

So, don’t forget to set your clocks back on November 7th

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Don McNaughton
McNaughton Real Estate
4299 W. Persimmon
Fayetteville AR 72704
479-442-9099
Fax: 479-442-0948
       

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