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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!


11 Horrible Real Estate Ads

by David Tyler Mills

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but for most real estate agents, it could be mean losing a listing.  Even though there are other crucial factors that contribute to selling a home, it’s fascinating whenever a seller pulls a listing simply because a picture didn’t capture every alluring essence that only the seller sees.  However, this does not license a real estate agent to exert no effort while taking pictures. 

You think Rocket Science is hard?  Try photography.

On the flip side, sometimes real estate agents just don’t have much to work with. 

“Mrs. Jones, I know you like this table, but what kind of ‘value’ are we talking about that this is adding?”

Here is a list of pictures showcasing some truly effortless listing pictures.  Enjoy!

It’s one thing to move some toys out of the way, but having to take a mattress out of the kitchen might be pushing the requirements of an agent.  Maybe if we just shut the oven, fix the blinds, and sweep the floors.  Then again, we can always include “Fixer-upper” in the ad.

“So are we going for the whole ‘CSI investigative scene’ here?”

Can you imagine a world without spell check?  Believe it or not, there was a time we had to proofread stuff.  It’s amazing to see how replacing a “v” with a “c” can really change a message.  Now, I just hope I used proper spelling when poking fun at this ad.  That would be embarassing

Rule of Thumb: Apartments with spacious first floors are prone to lice.

I shouldn’t have to say this.  Nevertheless, a listing picture should include the house you are selling.  If unkempt shrubbery is your selling hook, then good luck trying to find an avid hedge artist.

Some buyer’s enjoy playing I Spy, right?

You might know this, but real estate agents have very fragile legs.  It’s a struggle to leave our beds much less our cars.  Lucky for us at McNaughton Real Estate, we’ve been taking full advantage of our Pilates instructor that moved in next door.   

Whoever said drive-bys were only for gangsters?  

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but some eyes must not work correctly.  Being from Arkansas, we’ve seen our share with camo theme houses.  Try to stay with neutral colors when selling your house.  And don’t use wrapping paper as wall paper either…

If you look closely, you can see the entire family wearing matching PJs.

“Desperate times call for desperate measures” has been the mentality for many realtors throughout the nation.  Lafayette, IN must be in great despair.  Not only do their houses need to be digitally enhanced, but the budget cuts required a downgrade on their computer software.

This agent’s proud mother added this gem to her refrigerator.

Nothing says “sold as is” than beef jerky sizzling in the corner.  A better idea would have been leaving the road kill on the street.  On the other hand, I bet this is actually the neighbor’s pet, and the owners panicked while trying to find a hiding place.  Too many scenarios, so little time.

The sellers also included the microwave that Sparky shot out of.

It’s always good to keep the tenant in the loop during picture day.  You never know what you’ll find or, better yet, not find (in this case a shirt.)  Sex does sell, but make sure your advertising something remotely sexy…

Try not to schedule your showing between 2:00-5:00.  That’s when Phil parties his hardest.

Between pink flamingos and garden gnomes, there are plenty of options to make your yard tacky.  Let’s try to keep the skulls and toilets to ourselves.  And don’t give me that “it’s an outhouse.”  Slap some walls around it and cut a crescent out of the door and maybe we’ll talk.

Seriously though, isn’t it up to the owner to decide how many bathrooms there really are?

I’ll admit some sellers work as stringently as agents.  And agents should know their client’s sleep patterns (well, enough to not be creepy.)  But if it’s picture day, we don’t need a client as a centerpiece. 

“Hey you with the camera, can you find me a new TV?  Maybe one that isn’t the size of a Teletubby’s belly? ”

It’s common to fumigate your house, but I haven’t heard too many instances where an exorcist was needed.  I’m scared enough going into a seller’s home where the electricity is off.  I definitely don’t need to add Ghost Hunter to the resume.    

Who ya gonna call??? Another agent…

Let me know if you find any horrible real estate ads.  You can send them to me at tyler@mcnaughtonrealtors.com.  I'll see if we can get a special section for your pictures on our Facebook page.

It’s Time to Take Another Look at Short Sales

by David Tyler Mills

As recently as a few months ago, if you would have told a real estate agent who specialized in short sales that they’d be raving about a lender’s stellar service and rapid approval times—not to mention significant cash incentives for financially strapped homeowners for pursuing a short sale—you’d have gotten some strange looks.

That’s all changed.  And it’s changed faster and to a greater extent than most real estate professionals ever could have imagined.

With a glut of bank-owned properties dragging down the recovery of the real estate market, as well as the national economy, major lenders are more eager than ever before to avoid foreclosure. So they’ve sharpened their focus on short sales. Big time.

The biggest lenders in the country have staffed up to ensure rapid processing of short sale applications. They’ve ponied up with cash incentives at closing for homeowners who pursue a short sale. And they’re proactively reaching out to CDPE agents and putting them in touch with delinquent borrowers.

This is big news and the media has not really caught onto it yet. What’s important for you to know is that whatever you’ve read or heard in the past about long lag times and frustrations with short sales is probably no longer the case.

As a member of the CDPEAdvanced community, we’ve tapped into major lenders and on top of major developments affecting short sales and bank-owned properties.  We invite you to visit our website http://www.allnwahomes.com/ to learn more and feel free to contact us any time at 479-442-9099 if you or anyone you know is struggling with an unmanageable mortgage.

Rent Condo for Next Razorback Game

by Whitney Kirkpatrick

Need a place to stay for the next Razorback Basketball game? Look no further! Call the McNaughton TEAM today to rent our condo that's only a mile to Bud Walton! Don't miss out on this great opportunity and come take advantage of our condo that features: a pull out sofa in addition to a queen bed in a private bedroom, stack washer/dryer, dishwasher, stove, microwave and all linens, plates, dishes etc. included. Television in bedroom and flat screen provided in living area. Basic cable is provided. Call us today to plan your next stay in Fayetteville! Go HOGS!

 

 

  

Rental Season is Here!

by Sarah Tuller

With the hustle and bustle of graduation and Summer in gorgeous Northwest Arkansas approaching, it seems we've come to that time of year: Rental Season! It's one of the busiest times of the year for the McNaughton Team and for good reason, too! We have many lovely houses, duplexes and condos available for rent, like our rental at 558 Redbud in Fayetteville! It's an adorable 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home with a garage, fenced in back yard, and storage building! And what a great price at only $725/month with a $550 deposit! If Redbud isn't your cup of tea, check out our rental website for a full list of any available rentals we have!

WWW.MCNAUGHTONRENTALS.COM

17 Days Left for the Home Buyer's Tax Credit!

by Sarah Tuller

Hurry! Qualified people who hope to receive a tax credit must have an accepted contract by April 30, 2010 and the purchase has to be closed by June 30, 2010! In this case, time really IS money!

Qualified first time home buyers can receive up to an $8,000 tax credit & others can receive up to $6,500 if they have lived in their homes 5 of the last 8 years! Don't miss out on this great home buying opportunity!

It's a Great Time to Buy!

by Jerry Sisson

You have great timing if you are ready to buy a home.  NW Arkansas home prices are the lowest since 2004-2005.   In addition there is an $8,000 tax credit for first time home buyer’s who purchase before April 30, 2010 and a $6,500 tax credit for other’s if you qualify.  Interest rates are some of the lowest in the last 30 years and there are a record number of homes for sale.

 

All of these factors coming together at the same time not only make it a buyer’s market but a GREAT buyer’s market.

 

 

 

HOMES FOR RENT IN FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team

 

4209 Meadowbrook 3 204-EXECUTIVE CONDO- 2 drm, 2 bath condo, granite, hardwood floors, 10ft ceilings, stainless steel appliances. Access to pool, gym, clubhouse & cyber café. Avail now $1200.00 month $950.00 deposit

 

 

Steele Crossing, 4245 Meadowcreek, #103, Fayetteville- City condo close to mall and all of Fayetteville conveniences. 2 bdrm, 2 baths, WATER, CABLE & TRASH PAID! Includes access to Gym, pool, cyber café, pool table & clubhouse!! $850.00month/$750.00 deposit

 

2369 Hummingbird, Fayetteville- 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 car garage, fireplace, deck. Available June 1st. $975.00/$750.00

 

1370 Oakland #5, Fayetteville-2 bdrm,1 bath condo close to U of A. Avail June 1st. $525.00 month/$400.00 deposit  ½ months free rent!

 

1852 Pinecone, Fayetteville-3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1 car garage, fenced backyard. Avail June 1st $875.00/650.00 deposit

 

2541 Golden Oaks, Fayetteville-3 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 car garage, fenced backyard, East Fayetteville, approx.1886 sqft. NO PETS! $1000.00 month/$1000.00 deposit

 

4261 Chapparal, Fayetteville- 3 bdrm, 2 bath,  2 car garage, fireplace, fenced backyard. Avail June 15th $850.00/$650

 

2464 Brophy, Fayetteville- 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, fireplace, great location off township $950.00 rent/$650.00 deposit Avail now!

 

2424 Jonquil, Fayetteville- 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, cul-de-sac, minutes to Gulley Park. $ 1200.00/$850.00 Deposit. Avail now!

 

1658 Saddlehorn, Fayetteville- 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath townhouse, fireplace, fenced patio area, approx 1600 sqft. Close to 540  Avail Oct 1st $850.00/650.00 deposit

 

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