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How to Buy a HUD Home

by David Tyler Mills

Here at McNaughton Real Estate, we are asked everyday on how to buy a HUD home.  Rightfully so, HUD homes are the hot topic in terms of getting the most value out of your investment.  Believe it or not, it is surprisingly easy to buy your own.

  1. Get a Pre-Approved letter.
  2. View the Property with a McNaughton Realtor®.
  3. Submit your Bid.
  4. Submit your Contract Package to Asset Manager.

Not only is it that easy, we’ll do steps 3 and 4 for you!  Don’t let the buying process keep you from a great investment.  Check out all the HUD homes in Northwest Arkansas at and give us a call!

Buying a HUD Home: Easy as 1-2-3 (Video Included)

by David Tyler Mills

Here at McNaughton Real Estate, we are asked everyday on how to buy a HUD home.  Rightfully so, HUD homes are the hot topic in terms of getting the most value out of your investment.  Believe it or not, it is surprisingly easy to buy your own.

  1. Get a Pre-Approved letter.
  2. View the Property with a McNaughton Realtor®.
  3. Submit your Bid.
  4. Submit your Contract Package to Asset Manager.

Not only is it that easy, we’ll do steps 3 and 4 for you!  Don’t let the buying process keep you from a great investment.  Check out all the HUD homes in Northwest Arkansas at and give us a call!


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.

Don't Be Hosed!

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
The first Freeze is just around the corner! It's very important that you un-hook your water hose from the spigot!  If the hose is not removed, it can freeze and bust and cause major problems and leaks! This can be a very costly problem that is easily avoided by simply un-hooking your water hose.

Burglar Proof your Garage

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
Treat any door to your garage like an external door, which means making sure it has a good dead bolt on it. Burglars will scour neighborhoods with common brands of remote openers, looking for garage doors that will open. Change your garage-door opener code. New openers come with factory-set codes that are meant to be changed, but many people neglect to do so. Keep your car locked with the alarm on, even in your garage, and consider additional anti-theft devices such as The Club or any device that allows you to track your vehicle through a GPS system. Use a large key lockbox in the garage for storing rarely used car keys. Make sure garage lights can be turned on from inside the house so you never have to walk into a dark garage.

Old Main

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
The symbol of higher education in Arkansas, Old Main was the first permanent building to be erected on the ArkansasIndustrialUniversity campus. Its exterior was finished in 1875, just three years after the university opened for classes. It is the oldest building still standing on the campus and the only one built in the 19th century still standing.
Initially, it was simply referred to as “the University building,” but it was formally named University Hall in 1895. By the turn of the 20th century, the more sentimental name of Old Main had gained currency, and the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees officially changed the name to Old Main in 1991.
A firm at Helena, Arkansas, McKay and Helmle, was originally considered for designing a university hall, but trustees visited campuses in Illinois and Michigan, coming away set on having a main building like the one at IllinoisIndustrialUniversity, designed by John Mills Van Osdel, a Chicago architect. Although the two buildings were nearly identical, the towers were swapped, with the taller bell tower to the right side of the building and the smaller clock tower moved to the left. Although the reason for the switch is unknown, two myths for why this switch occurred have attained:
  • Moving the taller tower to the north would symbolize the Union’s victory in the Civil War, waged only a decade earlier.
  • The contractor while drunk got the plans backwards.
Whatever the reason, the switch made it easier for residents of downtown Fayetteville to see the clock tower, not that there was a clock to see. Because of expense, installation of a clock was put off.
The construction bid from Mayes and Oliver of Fayetteville was accepted, and Joseph Carter Corbin, the superintendent of public instruction for Arkansas and ex-officio president of the university board of trustees, signed the $123,885 contract for erection of University Hall. John McKay was made supervising architect, and two Fayetteville civic leaders, Lafayette Gregg and Stephen K. Stone, were added to the trustees’ building committee.
Materials for construction came mostly from local sources. Lumber was milled at Peter Van Winkle’s mill near the historic War Eagle Mill and hauled to Fayetteville by oxen. Bricks were made from clay deposits on the south side of Fayetteville and fired in the brickyard of John L. Kelton. Cut stone for the exterior trim came from northeast Washington and western Madison counties. And sandstone for the foundation and basement was quarried near the building.
Old Main’s architectural style is known as Second Empire, and its mansard roof is perhaps the most obvious expression of that style. The east portico, however, is a classical design and is immortalized in the official seal of the university.
Although the building has needed repairs almost as soon as it was finished and has been remodeled almost as often as new academic programs were initiated at the university. By the early 1980s, though, the building was closed because of safety concerns. A fund-raising campaign was launched to renovate the structure, and it was rededicated in 1991.
In 2005, a clock was finally installed as part of the culmination of the Campaign for the Twenty-First Century. Today, Old Main is home to the dean’s offices of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences as well as several academic departments.

Graffiti Removal and Cleanup

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced in April 2007 the Fayetteville Police Department in partnership with Fayetteville in Bloom, Target, and the Fayetteville Fire Department will now provide graffiti cleanup kits to Fayetteville citizens that are victims of graffiti.

With instances of graffiti in Fayetteville on the rise, officers from the Fayetteville Police DepartmentTMs Community Policing Division began working with other community stakeholders and representatives from the City of Fayetteville to develop ways to assist citizens with the removal of graffiti on private property. By teaming up with Fayetteville in Bloom and Target, the Fayetteville Police Department was able to obtain the materials needed for graffiti clean up kits.

The kits are available to citizens at each Fayetteville Fire Station and available for pick up by citizens victimized by graffiti. Citizens must first file a police report and take the incident number to the Fire Station to sign out a clean up kit. Once the graffiti has been removed, the citizens are asked return the kit to the Fire Station.

McNaughton Team New Virtual Tour Software

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
We have choosen a new virtual tour program to better server our clients. This is an excellent program is highlights your homes features very well.  Plus it has mapping, downloadable feature sheets and flyers, and the best of all is that it will tell us and you how many people have viewed your home online even down to how many views each room has had!  This should really help us be very accurate as to how many "Virtual Showings" you get.   Virtual Showings is the new way prospective buyers view homes.  You can check out our tours at

B-2 from Whiteman AFB To Perform Flyover At Kentucky-Arkansas Game

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
Fayetteville, AR - An Air Force B-2 aircraft, based at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, will perform a fly over at the Kentucky-Arkansas football game Saturday following the National Anthem. The 5:00 pm game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Saturday will be televised by ESPN2.

Fresh Start

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team

Calling all pack rats: Are you ready to conquer clutter once and for all? The National Association of Professional Oranizers ( offers these handy tips.

Kids Room

1. Place bins and boxes on lower shelves so a child can put away toys.

2. Lable storage so it's easy for children to put items where they belong.

3. Provide low hooks to hang up sweaters, pajamas, jackets,book bags, etc.

4. Take children with you when you go to donate unused items. This helps them learn to part with things.


1. Pull out evertything youhavent worn in the past year.

2. Display what you want at your fingertips and store the rest on top shelves or drawers

3. Make sure you can see what you have in your closet.

4. Consider installing good lighting.

5. Hang ike items together shirts, pants, dresses, etc.


1. Consolidate things that work together, such as baking pans, electrical appliances, plastic containers (with lids) and pots and pans.

2. Use drawer dividers to keep utensils in orders.

3. Rotate food staples out of your pantry.

4 Feel the flow of activity. Place glasses near the sink or refrigerator. Put snacks in a convenient drawer or cupboard.


1. Decide how to use the space. Is it a workshop? Is it a stoarge center?

2. Toss things that don't work!

3. Sort, purge and propely store treasures.

4. Consider floor-to-ceiling shelving, racks, stackable drawers, hooks and pegboards.

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