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Kayla Ferris

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FIVE STAR REVIEW!

9/30/2017

"She is a very sweet Lady, she goes beyond her service to help answer any questions and makes sure everything is in order and is quick to answer all questions. She made the process of our buy quick and easy. Loved her friendly personality and very professional." - littlesis665

Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in Mabelvale, AR. 

FIVE STAR REVIEW!

8/28/2017

"I would highly recommend Kayla, she kept us informed all the way till closing. I was very satisfied with the way it all turned out. We had multiple offers and she went over everyone in great detail. She was very knowledgeable and fast." - Ian Kumpe

Sold a single family home in 2017. 

Improving Safety for The Citizens of Saline County

7/20/2017

Selling items on craigslist, facebook, and other social media sites has become increasingly popular. With that popularity has been an outpouring of crimes happening during the exchange, so the Benton Police Department has decided to take a stand to help prevent these crimes. The department has added a safe location spot that is under 24 hour video surveillance for people to use when selling items on the internet. This area is also a great location to do a child custody swap.

If you take exit 117 and cross over Military Road then the Benton Police Department is located behind the Benton Utilities building. Once you are there then you will notice a "Safe Exchange" sign right beside the parking lot.

Midtown Subdivision in Bryant, AR

7/5/2017

Midtown Subdivision gives the feeling of a city within a city. It is located right off Hwy 5 in Bryant, but it feels like a city all on its own. There are single family homes, townhomes and cottages. What is most appealing is the small town feeling that is apparent the moment you enter the subdivision. There is a small shopping center, farmers market, picnic area and of course a community pool. Their vision is to continue to develop the neighborhood to include a neighborhood grocery store, numerous shops and parks.
These charming homes resemble a beach type theme with brightly colored siding and simple yet beautiful landscaping. All the grounds and the community pool are maintained by the POA. There is a rather steep HOA fee of $800 to maintain these, but it can hardly be a surprise with all the amenities that Midtown offers. This area is rare and much different than the all brick subdivisions that normally pop up around Benton/Bryant.
It is only 3 minutes to get to the main road in Bryant (Reynolds Rd) and approximately 15 minutes to the Little Rock Outlet Mall/Bass Pro Shop. Homes are zoned for Bryant Schools and Collegeville Elementary. Experience the relaxing neighborhood you've always dreamed about. It is a wonderful place for children or a great place to retire.

Longhills Village Subdivision in Benton, AR

7/3/2017

Longhills Village is located on Hwy 5 approximately three minutes from Interstate I-30. It's a quiet subdivision, with sidewalks that are used widely by the residents for walking and/or running, and easy access to the main roads for both Benton and Bryant. The neighborhood is split between Benton and Bryant Schools, so it would be easy to find a home that fit your preference of school.

Lyndsey Management recently purchased the golf course and added "The Greens" apartments near the subdivision. They have also planned to reopen the Longhills Village Community Pool. There are speculations as to whether Lyndsey Management will continue operation of the community pool after the summer of 2017.

There is an active POA which facilitates events, picks a Yard of the Month, has a Neighborhood Watch, welcomes new residents, and holds meetings to actively involved the whole neighborhood. The HOA fees are $150 a year.

It is widely popular for people to come with families during Halloween. Many homes are decorated and the streets are packed with kids and families enjoying the streetlamps guiding their way. With the new Shoppes of Benton being within a few minutes from Longhills Village it is sure to increase the popularity of this family friendly subdivision.

Heritage Farm Subdivision in Benton, AR

6/28/2017

Heritage Farm has a wide range of homes that are ideal for families in diverse price ranges. Homes range from $150K - $300K. It is tucked away near I-30 with easy access back to the main roads in Benton. Many of the properties are zoned for Hurricane Creek Elementary, Bryant Middle, and Bryant High School. There are POA dues of $210.00 which are due on the 1st day of June each year.

There are many activities that are active throughout the year including the community pool, neighborhood garage sales, and the pavilion which can be rented out for parties, get-togethers, and other events. Renting the pavilion will allow access to the restrooms, but does not include exclusivity to the pool.

The POA for Heritage Farm takes a lot of pride in the fact that this is a welcoming, well-maintained and safe neighborhood for residents of all ages. They follow through with this by providing and maintaining a lovely subdivision with homes that do not stay on the market long.

St. Charles Subdivision

6/16/2017

The well established St. Charles Subdivision has been seeing a lot of growth both inside the subdivision and out! New families moving into St. Charles love the pool, tennis courts, playgrounds, fishing pond, and community gazebo, but the amenities inside the subdivision are not the only thing making this neighborhood widely sought after. Popularity of this area is still growing due to the Promenade Chenal Shopping Center, Altitude Trampoline Park, and wide variety of restaurants and shops.

Most homes here were built between the 1980's and 1990's and have been well maintained. The residents there often provide events for neighbors to get to together. Upcoming events can be found on their website and are currently featuring an event which includes bouncy houses, pony rides, and potlucks for the residents. To maintain all of this amenities the HOA for this area is approximately $370 a year.

Elementary school choices for this neighborhood are for the well sought after Don Roberts Elementary, which has a 10/10 great schools ranking, and Fulbright.

If a quiet neighborhood nestled right in the heart of West Little Rock is what your looking for then St. Charles should be definitely be considered.

Olde Salem Township Benton's Newest Subdivision

6/7/2017

Olde Salem Township brings beautiful homes to Benton with a wonderful outlook on what a subdivision should be. The subdivision is so new that is fairly hard to find since it has not been added to most maps. The homes here are pale colored (blue, yellow, gray) siding. Which gives the neighborhood a unique french country style feeling and you will likely see residents taking in the views on their large front porches.

Most of the homes are three or four bedrooms cottages with new modern designs inside despite the french country neighborhood. The homes are built with energy efficiency and have tankless water heaters, foam insulation, E-glass windows etc.There was nothing overlooked from walk in showers and soaker tubs to granite counters, walk-in pantries, and soft close cabinets. The outside of the homes have low maintenance landscaping and large front and side porches that look like they are straight out of a magazine.

Sizes of the Cottages range from 1800 - 2500 Sq Ft, but most of them are over 2000 Sq Ft. Prices start at $130 a Sq Ft which makes homes in this neighborhood higher than normal for the Benton area. There is also a yearly HOA fee that is $400+ and has a pool, picnic area, and bike trail that makes this fee worth while. The homes are zoned for Salem Elementary, Bethel Middle School, and Bryant High School.

These homes feel like a great escape from the normal brick subdivisions around this area. The community here feels secluded, but still has attention to so many details inside the home. I am hopeful that more subdivisions will look to Olde Salem Township and replicate some of these attributes that have made it so charming.

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling!

6/5/2017

Whether you are buying or selling a home it can be quite an adventurous journey, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner.

The 5 reasons you NEED a real estate professional in your corner haven’t changed, but have rather been strengthened by the projections of higher mortgage interest rates & home prices as the market continues to pick up steam.

1. What do you do with all this paperwork?

Each state has different regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true real estate professional is an expert in his or her market and can guide you through the stacks of paperwork necessary to make your dream a reality.

2. Ok, so you found your dream house, now what?

There are over 180 possible steps that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, someone who knows what these actions are, to make sure that you achieve your dream?

3. Are you a good negotiator?

So maybe you’re not convinced that you need an agent to sell your home. After looking at the list of parties that you will need to be prepared to negotiate with, you’ll soon realize the value in selecting a real estate professional. From the buyer (who wants the best deal possible), to the home inspection companies, to the appraiser, there are at least 11 different people who you will need to be knowledgeable of, and answer to, during the process.

4. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

It is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to attract the right buyers and shorten the amount of time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you the truth as to your home’s value. According to the National Association of Realtors “the typical FSBO home sold for $185,000 compared to $245,000 among agent-assisted home sales.”

Get the most out of your transaction by hiring a professional.

5. Do you know what’s really going on in the market?

There is so much information out there on the news and the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively, and correctly, price your home at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a lowball offer?

Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring an agent who has his or her finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

You wouldn’t replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic. Why would you make one of the most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a real estate professional?

More Americans Chose to Own a Home Than Rent

5/30/2017

According to the latest report from the US Census Bureau, more Americans chose purchasing a home over signing a lease to rent in the first quarter of 2017. This marks the first time since 2006 that the number of new homeowner households outpaced the number of new renter households.

Of the 1.22 million new households that were formed in the first quarter, 854,000 were new-owner households making the jump straight to homeownership rather than renting first.

That means that the homeownership rate amongst new households was 70%!

This is huge news as the national homeownership rate is currently 63.6% and has only ever come close to this figure in the second quarter of 2004 when the homeownership rate reached an all-time high of 69.2%.

A recent Wall Street Journal article pointed to the uptick in first-time homebuyers coming to market as a reason for the jump:

“The return of first-time buyers is accelerating. In all they have accounted for 42% of buyers this year, up from 38% in 2015 and 31% at the lowest point during the recent housing cycle in 2011, according to Fannie Mae, which defines first-time buyers as anyone who hasn’t owned a home in the past three years.”

Bottom Line

As more and more potential first-time buyers realize their ability to buy a home without having to rent first, not only will the homeownership rate benefit, but so will the overall economy.

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