About Real Estate: Speed up insurance claim after natural disaster or fire

There are several steps that homeowners can take to expedite an insurance claim, regardless of the factors that caused the loss. Q. We suffered major damage to our Texas home when Hurricane Harvey hit in late August. We have already called our insurance agent, but it will be several days before an adjuster can visit … Read More »

House to House: Survey highlights real estate firms’ top challenges, expectations

In August, the National Association of Realtors released the 2017 Profile of Real Estate Firms, which provides insight into the business characteristics and activity of real estate firms, the benefits and education provided to agents and an outlook for the future. The report’s findings, based on a survey of firm executives who are members of … Read More »

House to Home: Step by step — Transform staircase into painted showpiece

Q. What are your thoughts about painting staircases? We live in the country and don’t wear shoes in the house, so I don’t think chipping or excessive wear on the paint will be a concern. Also, what’s the best way to go about the project if the stairs have to remain in use during the … Read More »

Sensible Home: Durable, eco-friendly roofing options abound

Q. The old, dark asphalt-shingle roof on my house is leaking — again. I prefer to install a longer-lasting roof this time, even if it costs a little more. Other than metal, what durable roofing materials are available, and which ones are environment-friendly? A. There are many nonmetal roofing options that have a significantly longer … Read More »

About Real Estate: Keeping real estate purchase a secret is possible but difficult

It’s hard to prevent a property sale from becoming public knowledge, but there are ways to slow it down. Q. My girlfriend and I would like to purchase our first home but, for reasons I don’t want to explain, we would like to keep our purchase secret. I know that when the property would be … Read More »

House to Home: Many of those traditional design ‘rules’ no longer apply to modern home decor

Once upon a time, only white wine accompanied fish, red wine went with meat, and mixing gold and silver in jewelry design was taboo. All that has changed. I broke the rules in my recent kitchen renovation; see what you think. The hottest metal finish around for home interiors at the moment is copper. Copper … Read More »

House to House: Tips for transforming residential renters into homeowners

This week’s column was written by Sharon Tremor, an associate broker with Meyers Realty in Hot Springs. Tremor serves on the board of directors for the Hot Springs Board of Realtors and on the local Arkansas Realtors Association’s Realtors Political Action Committee, the state Committee for Risk Reduction and the Legislative Committee. She has earned … Read More »

House to House: Realtor-stager shares top tips for preparing home to sell

This week’s column, the last in a three-part series, was written by Allison Moore of Warnock Real Estate in Fort Smith. Moore is a licensed real estate agent and has been selling and staging homes in Arkansas since 2014. As a Realtor-stager, she combines a passion for the real estate industry, a background in marketing … Read More »

House to Home: Look to paint, stencils to create affordable wall decor

Q. I am redecorating our guest room on a budget. I’d like some sort of design on the walls, but I don’t want the expense of wallpaper. Is stenciling out of date? Are there more contemporary designs? A. Painting and stenciling will always be a great replacement for expensive wallpaper. You can emulate special effects … Read More »

About Real Estate: Homeowner’s credit score shouldn’t be affected when lender ‘sells’ mortgage

Q. We bought our house in 2014, and we received a notice from our lender last week that says our mortgage has been “sold” to another bank. What does this mean? Is this a scam? Even if it’s not, will it hurt our credit score because we now will have to deal with a new … Read More »