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Each week, Ouachita Real Estate provides content to the Montgomery County Newspaper in Mount Ida, Arkansas on topics related to real estate and home ownership. Check the newspaper each week, or bookmark this page and check back regularly to read our latest articles!

Do you need to fund a home improvement project?

As seen in the Montgomery County News

May 16, 2024

Do you have equity in your home? Consider a HELOC or HELOAN. Borrowing against your equity could free up cash for many purposes.
A HELOC(Home Equity Line of Credit) is a revolving line of credit that provides ongoing access to funds. It’s like a credit card, except with a HELOC, your home is used as collateral.  A HELOAN(Home Equity Loan) resembles a traditional loan. You borrow a specific amount, provided as a one-time cash payout at closing, and then make regular payments during a fixed repayment period.

10 Lawn and Landscape Features That Will Increase Your Home's Value

As seen in the Montgomery County News

April 11, 2024

Almost 91% of real estate agents recommend basic yard care as the top curb appeal project to tackle before selling. A well-kept lawn pleases buyers and improves the property’s look, offers a play area for children, and gives the adults a sense that they will enjoy a relaxed lifestyle. If you don’t take care of the lawn before you list, you leave money on the table.

Are There Alligators in Lake Ouachita?

As seen in the Montgomery County News

May 9, 2024

There are alligators on the Ouachita River, but so far, there have been no alligator sightings in Lake Ouachita State Park. Alligators populate the southern half of Arkansas, as the north is too cold. They are most common in Millwood State Park and Arkansas Post National Memorial.

Leading Causes of Home Fires and Their Prevention

As seen in the Montgomery County News

February 8, 2024

Home isn’t just the building that we live in. It’s a special place that provides shelter and warmth, keeps us safe, and protects the people and items that we treasure; you want to protect it and those who share it with you. Preventing home fires is at the top of the list. Awareness of the most common causes of home fires enables you to prevent them.

Earn up to $10,000 for Wildlife Enhancements on Your Land

Earn up to $10,000 for Wildlife Enhancements on Your Land

As seen in the Montgomery County News

February 1, 2024

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has launched a one-year pilot project to increase wildlife habitat with the help of landowners across the state. The Conservation Incentive Program offers landowners up to $10,000 in reimbursements for expenses related to qualifying conservation practices.

 

Listing Photos - Dos and Don'ts

As seen in the Montgomery County News

January 18, 2024

First impressions are everything. Sellers have a brief chance to capture buyers’ interest, and it all starts with making sure that your listing photos shine.

Outdoor Winter Maintenance - Shrub Pruning

Outdoor Winter Maintenance - Shrub Pruning

As seen in the Montgomery County News

January 11, 2024

Before pruning, you should have a goal for each shrub. Are you pruning to reduce the plant’s height? Are your shrubs overgrown and need rejuvenation? What do you want your shrubs to look like in the future? Understanding why you’re pruning them will help you achieve those goals and improve your landscape.

Outdoor Winter Maintenance - Tree Pruning

Outdoor Winter Maintenance - Tree Pruning

As seen in the Montgomery County News

January 4, 2024

Your home’s curb appeal starts with a well-manicured lawn, which includes trees and shrubs. Lawn mowing may end when the growing season is over, but that is when pruning should begin. 

Pruning at the wrong time is one of the biggest pruning mistakes. The best time to prune a tree varies, but it is usually during winter or early spring while the tree is dormant. Trees that receive the appropriate pruning while young require less corrective pruning as they mature. 

Should I Buy A House Now or Wait?

As seen in the Montgomery County News

December 28, 2023

Five reasons that buying a house now makes sense:                                          

1. You can buy a house now and then refinance later.
2. Home prices are probably heading up.
3. There’s less competition.
4. Inventory of homes is on the rise.
5. If it’s the right time for you to buy a house, then it never makes sense to wait.

 

First-time Home Buyer

As seen in the Montgomery County News

November 2, 2023

Applying for a mortgage does not have to be a stressful process. Knowledge of the available products and loan types will assist you in the selection of the financing that best suits you. A home should be a blessing to your family—not a long-term financial nightmare! If you are about to sign on the dotted line for a mortgage, there are a few things you need to know first.

Home Loans : Pre-Qualification vs Pre-Approval

As seen in the Montgomery County News

October 26, 2023

Are you planning a home purchase utilizing financing? If so, you may need to provide a pre-approval letter when home shopping. It’s important to note that while the terms pre-qualification and pre-approval sound similar, there’s a big difference between the two.

Things to Consider Before Applying for a Home Loan

As seen in the Montgomery County News

October 12, 2023 & October 19,2023

Know and understand the five C’s of credit: character, capacity, capital, collateral, and conditions. Lenders use them as a framework to evaluate a borrower’s creditworthiness prior to approval for a financial product and set your loan rate and terms.

Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Assessment

As seen in the Montgomery County News

August 31, 2023

How much was your electric bill last month? Opportunities to reduce energy use exist in nearly all homes, even those recently built. A home energy assessment can identify ways to reduce energy use and save money. While a professional home energy assessment is advisable, you can start with a “do-it-yourself” audit. The US Department of Energy offers a Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Assessment guide at: http://bit.ly/DIY-Audit

Moving With Kids

As seen in the Montgomery County News

August 24, 2023

Moving into a new home can be hectic for buyers and sellers. Changing residences with children in tow adds complexity to the process, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Hail falling on roof of house

The Hidden Dangers of Hail

As seen in the Montgomery County News

August 10, 2023

Although your roof may seem to have weathered a hailstorm without any issues, there may be unseen damage. Hail can cause various types of roof damage, the severity of which can vary based on the size of the hail, the intensity of the storm, and the age and condition of the roof. Older roofs and those with pre-existing damage may be more susceptible to extensive hail damage.

Avoid Roofing Scams After a Hail Storm

As seen in the Montgomery County News

July 20, 2023

After a hailstorm, roofs can sustain various types of damage, including dents, cracks, granule loss, torn shingles, weakened sealant, and gutter damage. These impacts compromise the roof’s integrity and hinder proper water drainage. Prompt assessment of hail damage is crucial. Have a professional roof contractor perform an inspection to identify and address any issues. Timely repairs can prevent further damage and extend the roof’s lifespan. Additionally, check insurance policies for possible hail damage coverage to help offset repair costs.

Determining Home Backup Power Needs

As seen in the Montgomery County News

July 20, 2023

A backup power system can help keep essential appliances and devices powered up when the electric grid goes down. Choosing a solution that can support vital circuits in your home, plus a few conveniences, is important. How do you determine how much backup power you need?

Home Backup Power Solutions

As seen in the Montgomery County News

July 13, 2023

How many times has your home been without electricity so far this year? Most modern households depend on electric power supplied by utility companies. We have come to rely on a steady supply of electricity to complete everyday tasks and have built our lives around it. Unfortunately, power outages are both unpredictable and inevitable.

Protecting Your Home from Power Surges

As seen in the Montgomery County News

July 6, 2023

Fluctuating voltage can damage your home’s electrical system, appliances, and other devices, resulting in costly repairs. Fortunately, there are preventive measures you can take to help protect your home.

Photo of electric meter.

Tips to Lower Your Summer Electric Bill

As seen in the Montgomery County News

June 29, 2023

As outdoor temperatures increase, so do electric bills. Although cooling a home costs less than heating it, your electric bill may be higher in the summertime because residential cooling systems rely almost exclusively on electricity. If you want to lower your electric bill this summer, cultivating a habit of turning off lights and fans in empty rooms and unplugging appliances that draw power when not in use (like TVs) can be helpful. However, taking control of your thermostat is the most impactful action you can take. According to Entergy Arkansas, over 55% of the average customer’s summer electric bill comes from air conditioning.

Window Screen Repair

As seen in the Montgomery County News

June 22, 2023

Window screens let in fresh air and keep out bugs – when they’re in good condition. However, screens can develop issues like holes, tears, or sagging over time and may require repairs. Fortunately, most window screen repairs are simple and inexpensive tasks that homeowners can easily handle. Read on to learn more about the materials and tools typically needed for window screen repair and the different types of replacement screen materials available.

Enhance Your Home with an Outdoor Shower

As seen in the Montgomery County News

June 15, 2023

Outdoor showers are a desirable addition to enhance your home and increase its value. They offer a convenient way to rinse off after outdoor activities and prevent tracking dirt indoors. From simple setups to elaborate installations, outdoor showers provide versatility and practicality. Consider factors like plumbing access, privacy, water damage prevention, and durable fixtures. With careful planning, you can create a valuable outdoor shower that complements your lifestyle.

How to Dispute Credit Report Errors

As seen in the Montgomery County News

February 16, 2023

Credit bureaus and the organizations submitting information to them sometimes make mistakes. After obtaining your credit reports, check for inaccuracies. A study by the Federal Trade Commission found that 1-in-4 consumers identified errors on their credit reports that could affect their credit scores. Accounts you don’t recognize could signify identity theft. Monitoring credit reports is an effective way to discover identity theft in its early stages.

What is my Credit Score?

As seen in the Montgomery County News

February 9, 2023

Lenders use credit scores and credit reports, combined with other factors such as a borrower’s income, length of employment, and debt-to-income ratio, to help decide whether to extend credit, how much credit to offer, and what interest rate to charge. A high credit score can make it easier to get a loan, rent an apartment, or qualify for lower insurance rates.

documents on wooden surface

Get Your FREE Annual Credit Reports

As seen in the Montgomery County News

February 2, 2023

Unless you are prepared to make an all-cash offer, the first step in the home buying process is often checking your credit reports. You have a right to see your credit report. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each credit bureau to provide consumers with a free credit report once a year, upon request. Due to COVID-19 and increased scams, you are entitled to a free copy of your credit reports once a week through December 2023.

Investing in Rental Property

As seen in the Montgomery County News

January 26, 2023

Earning passive income from rental properties is the dream of many looking to invest in real estate. Yet, experienced landlords know managing a rental property requires an active approach. Consider whether you’ll be comfortable in the role of a landlord before adding a rental property to your investment portfolio. Taking care of the property and the tenants can be a 24/7 job that’s sometimes unpleasant. Carefully choosing properties and screening tenants can lower the risk of significant issues. However, being a landlord is a hands-on investment unless you hire a property manager.

Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors in Winter

As seen in the Montgomery County News

January 19, 2023

Three-quarters of American adults say they are interested in nature and enjoy outdoor activities, according to “The Nature of Americans” study. Yet, on average, 90% of our time is spent indoors. The average American spends more than 7 hours a day looking at screens (over 2 hours a day on social media) and gets less than the recommended minimum of 7 hours of sleep. Not getting enough sleep can result in a lack of energy, difficulty remembering things, reduced attention span, slowed thinking, lowered sex drive, poor decision-making, irritability, daytime sleepiness, and other mood changes. Spending time outdoors is good for our mental and physical health – even in winter. 

Save Money by Conducting Home Energy Audit

As seen in the Montgomery County News

January 12, 2023

Do you know how much you spend on electricity in a year? The average electric bill for Arkansas residences is $198 per month, or $2,376 per year.ᅠA home energy assessment, or home energy audit, is a comprehensive evaluation of your home’s energy usage. It can help you understand how much energy your home uses and identify ways to reduce energy consumption, enabling you to save money on your electric bill.ᅠEntergy-Arkansas customers may qualify for a free home energy assessment through the Home Energy Solutions Program. If the audit finds ways to save energy in your home, you will be eligible to receive qualifying core measures installed at no additional cost by a trade ally.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

As seen in the Montgomery County News

January 5, 2023

In January, it is common to focus on health and wellness when making New Year’s resolutions. As we vow to eat healthier, exercise more, and improve our finances, it is also an excellent time to make some resolutions regarding our homes. Reducing energy use at home is one resolution worthy of consideration. Your electric bill is likely to be the highest of all utility bills – fluctuating based on energy prices, the time of year, and usage. The most significant contributor to high electric bills is heating and cooling living spaces.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree as Fish Habitat

As seen in the Montgomery County News

December 22, 2022

Once you’ve decommissioned your Christmas tree, what do you do with it? For real trees, as long as you haven’t sprayed anything on it like artificial snow it can become part of a fish habitat – after you’ve removed all decorations, including lights, ornaments, and tinsel. Christmas trees make excellent nursery habitats for small fish. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has drop-off locations where your old Christmas tree can provide underwater cover.

Give Your Home a Smart Thermostat for Christmas

As seen in the Montgomery County News

December 22, 2022

This Christmas, as you enjoy the company of friends and family, share holiday meals, and exchange presents, consider giving your home a gift as well! Keep your home comfy-cozy by installing a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats automatically adjust your heating and cooling systems to keep you comfortable, help you save money on utility bills, and offer protection from cold weather damage by sending status alerts.

Indoor Air Quality Around the Holidays

As seen in the Montgomery County News

December 15, 2022

In colder weather, especially around the holidays, some things we do to help us feel warm and cozy, like putting up a Christmas tree, lighting candles, and burning wood in the fireplace, may have a detrimental effect on our comfort and joy by decreasing Indoor Air Quality, (IAQ).

Christmas Lighting Safety Tips

As seen in the Montgomery County News

December 8, 2022

It’s the holiday season! Time to gather with friends and family, embrace Christmas cheer, and ring in the New Year… safely! Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are among the leading days of the year for home fires. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment are the third leading cause of cold weather home fires. As you decorate your home with Christmas lights, avoid overloading circuits…


Making Your Home's Interior Merry & Bright

As seen in the Montgomery County News

December 1, 2022

When it’s cold outside we tend to spend more time inside. This makes winter a good time to tackle indoor home improvements. Upgrading interior lighting is one of the most immediately impactful and least disruptive projects to undertake. Especially, during the holidays as we ‘deck the halls’ and ‘trim the tree’ with colorful and festive lights.

Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips

As seen in the Montgomery County News

November 24, 2022

The 4 steps to food safety — clean, separate, cook, and chill — are important at every meal. Especially, at Thanksgiving, as many gather together to share meals with friends, family, and loved ones.

Selling Your Home in Winter

As seen in the Montgomery County News

November 17, 2022

As winter approaches, you may be thinking about what you want to accomplish before the year ends. One key decision may be whether or not you want to move. If the location or size of your current home no longer meets your needs, finding a house that’s a better fit for your lifestyle may be a high priority. But in today’s housing market, with winter approaching, is now a good time to sell, or should you wait?

The Secrets to Cold Weather Entertaining

As seen in the Montgomery County News

November 10, 2022

Upon the arrival of cold weather, people tend to move indoors and limit their time spent in the elements. For those who live where there are restrictions placed on indoor entertaining and gatherings, it may be challenging to find ways to spend time safely together as temperatures drop.

Top 3 Interior Renovations for ROI

As seen in the Montgomery County News

November 3, 2022

Homeowners renovate and remodel for various reasons. According to a recent National Association of Realtors (NAR) report, when consumers remodel it is to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes, and materials (30 percent), to add features and improve livability (20 percent), and because it is time for a change (16 percent). Whether you’re thinking of selling your house or just like the idea of a return on your investment (ROI), certain home improvements can not only make your house look better, but also increase its market value.

Fire Extinguisher ABC's

As seen in the Montgomery County News​

October 27, 2022

Do you have fire extinguishers in your home? More importantly, do you know where your fire extinguishers are located? 

Not all fire extinguishers are the same. Portable fire extinguishers are classified by the type of fire they are designed to extinguish. There are five basic classes: A, B, C, D, and K.

 

Cold Weather Fire Prevention Tips

As seen in the Montgomery County News​

October 20, 2022

Serious home fires are more likely to occur during colder months due to the use of heating systems and temporary heat sources. Home heating is the second leading cause of home fires. No matter what kind of heating system you have, it’s important to perform preventive maintenance tasks and follow fire prevention advice.

Fire Prevention Week

As seen in the Montgomery County News​

October 13, 2022

October 9-15, 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week. The goal is to raise fire safety awareness and help ensure your home and family are protected.

Preparing Your Fireplace for Winter

Preparing Your Fireplace for Winter

As seen in the Montgomery County News​

October 6, 2022

Before you light up your fireplace (or wood stove) for the first time this season, prepare for a safe experience by being proactive about fireplace maintenance…

September Home Maintenance Checklist​

September Home Maintenance Checklist

As seen in the Montgomery County News​

September 29, 2022

As September comes to a close and the days become cooler and shorter, don’t forget to keep up with seasonal home maintenance…

Fall Home Improvements

Fall Home Improvements

As seen in the Montgomery County News​

September 22, 2022

Just as spring is a good time of year to give your home a thorough cleaning, fall is a great time to tackle some home improvement projects. When the heat of summer passes and before the chill of winter arrives, there’s a window of opportunity to protect and beautify your home…

Build or Buy

Build or Buy?

As seen in the Montgomery County News​

September 15, 2022

If your dream home doesn’t exist in your dream location you may consider buying land on which to build or place a new home. Perhaps, you’ve already purchased land and are eager to call it home. Next, you’ll need to decide whether to build a house or buy a prefabricated house… 

Do You Want to Buy Land

Do You Want to Buy Land?

As seen in the Montgomery County News​

September 8, 2022

If your ideal home doesn’t include nearby neighbors, you may be thinking of buying land where you can build a new house or set up a prefabricated (mobile, modular, or manufactured) home. Buying raw land is different from buying an existing home. Some factors to consider include financing, restrictions, access, and utilities…


3 Tips for Home Sellers

3 Tips for Home Sellers

As seen in the Montgomery County News​

September 1, 2022

Today’s housing market is full of unprecedented opportunities. High buyer demand paired with record-low housing inventory has created a seller’s market – making it a good time to sell. Three things to keep in mind as you consider listing your home for sale are objectivity, pricing, and staging…

Minor Issues Add Up to Big Deterrent for Home Buyers

As seen in the Montgomery County News​

August 18, 2022

Once you’ve checked deep cleaning, decluttering, and basic yard care off your pre-listing priority list, it’s time to look at functionality.

Start with the basics. Before performing major upgrades, like installing new flooring, take note of smaller items needing attention. Begin at your front door and do a walk through, going from room to room, looking for issues as if you were a potential buyer.

Best Home Improvements to Maximize Return On Investment (ROI)

As seen in the Montgomery County News​

August 4, 2022

Looking for the best home improvements to maximize return on investment (ROI) and attract more potential buyers? Deep cleaning, decluttering, and basic yard care are the most impactful and cost-effective choices.

Buyers’ top priorities are cleanliness, functionality, and energy efficiency, in that order – according to a report by iPropertyManagement. Be sure to keep these elements in mind as you prepare your house for market.

Have You Taken a Rain Shower?

As seen in the Montgomery County News

July 28, 2022

With relentless summer heat and increasing drought conditions, it seems we’re all looking forward to a rain shower. The kind that falls from the sky to benefit our gardens, lawns, crops, and livestock. Outside, where weather belongs. But, what about inside? Have you experienced a rain shower indoors? Rain shower heads are increasingly considered a must-have in many new construction and bathroom renovation plans.

Short-Term Rental Management Services

As seen in the Montgomery County News

July 14, 2022

With all of the tasks that come with running a short-term rental business, property owners wishing to keep their investment as passive as possible may consider turning to a property management company.

Ouachita Real Estate now offers Short-Term Rental Management Services to help property owners with these tasks. Contact Edwenna Rowland for details.

Tips for Buyer's in Seller's Market

Tips for Home Buyer's in a Seller's Market

As seen in the Montgomery County News

July 7, 2022

A combination of factors, including low interest rates and a pandemic-driven decision by many city dwellers to look for houses in the suburbs, has created a housing boom for much of 2020 and 2021. That boom has created an undeniable seller’s market in real estate. So where does this leave buyers interested in relocating? Here are some tips.

Tips to Prepare for your Next Big Home Project

As seen in the Montgomery County News

June 30, 2022

The planning process is one of the most exciting parts of a home renovation project, and with social distancing keeping us home more, now is the time to dream big and get ready. Whether it’s a basement makeover, a pool addition or even building a new house from scratch, here are some tips to get started:

What to Plant When Privacy is a Priority​

What to Plant When Privacy is a Priority

As seen in the Montgomery County News

June 23, 2022

A backyard oasis can feel like an even more welcoming retreat when the area is private. Homeowners and their families often find that a backyard is most relaxing when they cannot hear or see their neighbors, and creating such an environment can be as simple as planting some privacy trees.

When planting privacy trees, homeowners can consider these varieties that can do the job while also providing some aesthetic appeal.

How to Prepare Landscapes for New Plants​

How to Prepare Landscapes for New Plants

As seen in the Montgomery County News

June 16, 2022

New plants can add much to a landscape. Whether they’re replacing plants that are no longer thriving or being added to supplement an existing landscape, new plants are an affordable way to give a home’s exterior a whole new look.

Affordable Ways to make Homes more Appealing to Modern Buyers

As seen in the Montgomery County News

June 2, 2022

Warm weather means more time to relax outdoors. For those homeowners lucky enough to have entertaining spaces outside, spring and summer provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy fresh air under the sun or stars.

Turn Your Yard into a Vacation Worthy Oasis

As seen in the Montgomery County News

June 2, 2022

Warm weather means more time to relax outdoors. For those homeowners lucky enough to have entertaining spaces outside, spring and summer provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy fresh air under the sun or stars.

Budget-friendly Ways to Upgrade a Landscape

As seen in the Montgomery County News

May 19, 2022

Landscaping projects run the gamut from simple changes that can be accomplished on a weekend afternoon to more significant and costly undertakings that require the work of a professional. Budget-conscious homeowners may be looking for simpler projects, and the following are some less costly ways to upgrade a landscape.

Home Improvement Tips - Fire Pit

Outdoor Improvements that Boost Home Value

As seen in the Montgomery County News

May 5, 2022

Whether home improvement projects are designed to improve the interior or exterior of a house, focusing on renovations that make the most financial sense can benefit homeowners in the long run. The right renovations can be assets if and when homeowners decide to sell their homes. The following outdoor projects are just a few renovations that tend to add value.

How to Cut Costs on Home Renovations

How to Cut Costs on Home Renovations

As seen in the Montgomery County News

April 20, 2022

Home improvement projects come in all shapes and sizes — some with huge budgets and others that are more cost-conscious. Regardless of what homeowners hope to achieve with their renovations, a common goal across any price point is a desire to save as much money as possible. There are ways to cut costs.

Pick the Right Trees

How to Pick the Right Trees for Your Property​

As seen in the Montgomery County News

March 2, 2022

Trees benefit a landscape by serving both aesthetic and utilitarian functions. A home surrounded by healthy green trees can be a sight to behold, and those same trees can benefit surrounding plants and wildlife at the same time. As appealing as trees are, not all trees and landscapes make for the perfect match.

Sustainable Agriculture

Common Sustainable Agriculture Practices

As seen in the Montgomery County News

February 24, 2022

The concept of sustainability varies by industry. Within the agricultural industry, sustainability is a multifaceted concept that has become increasingly popular in recent decades.

Tips for Negotiating with Contractors

Tips for Negotiating with Contractors

As seen in the Montgomery County News

February 17, 2022

Spring is the season for fixing up a home. Homeowners who aren’t interested in doing the work themselves turn to contractors to ensure the job is done not only to code, but on time and efficiently. After receiving an initial estimate from a contractor, homeowners may wonder if there is any additional wiggle room in contractors’ costs.

Pros and Cons to Open Concept Homes

Pros and Cons to Open Concept Homes

As seen in the Montgomery County News

February 10, 2022

Open-concept homes have become increasingly popular in recent years. An open-concept home is one in which the rooms flow into one another with limited obstruction from walls or other barriers.

7 Things to Know Before Replacing Windows

7 Things to Know Before Replacing Windows

As seen in the Montgomery County News

February, 2022

The decision to replace windows often comes down to aesthetics and necessity. Drafty windows can reduce energy efficiency in a home, requiring HVAC systems to work harder to keep interiors comfortable. The harder the HVAC must work, the more homeowners will pay in energy costs.

Is it Time to Downsize?

How to Determine if it's Time to Downsize

As seen in the Montgomery County News

January 13, 2022

Individuals work hard to save enough money to purchase their homes. And the hard work doesn’t end there. Once homeowners settle into a new home, they may set their sights on renovations that suit their individual needs. And even when buyers find a home that needs no such work, maintenance requires homeowners’ utmost attention…

Radon Gas

How Builders can Keep Radon From Entering a Home

As seen in the Montgomery County News

January 06, 2022

As the world has changed, so, too, have home buyers. The home buyers of today typically want homes that align with life in the 21st century.   That means extra outlets for all of our devices and homes pre-wired for high speed internet access…

Small Kitchen Improvements

Small Kitchen Improvements That Maximize Functionality

As seen in the Montgomery County News

December 30, 2021

Many homeowners wish for expansive kitchens. Modernized kitchens that include sought after features and showcase the latest trends go a long way to improving the overall value of a home.

Cut Costs on Home Renovations

How to cut Costs on Home Renovations

As seen in the Montgomery County News

December 23, 2021

Do you still have an avocado green kitchen? Is your living room dank and dark? Perhaps there is only one bathroom for a family of six? Answering yes to any of these questions could serve as the catalyst for a home renovation project.

Tips For First-Time Real Estate Investors​

Tips For First-Time Real Estate Investors

As seen in the Montgomery County News

December 16, 2021

Real estate can be a good investment that helps build wealth and secure a financial future. 

MLS# 21026026 Kevin Carmack

How Small Businesses Can Support And Help Each Other Grow

As seen in the Montgomery County News

December 09, 2021

Small businesses play a vital role in economies across the globe.  

Mattie

Meet Our New Agent Mattie Fiorello

As seen in the Montgomery County News

December 02, 2021

Our new agent, Mattie is born and raised in Mount Ida.  Her roots run deep here.  She loves Montgomery County, Lake Ouachita, and all the area has to offer.  

Making the Best of a Small Dining Space​

Making the Best of a Small Dining Space

As seen in the Montgomery County News

November 25, 2021

Some homeowners may aspire to have expansive dining rooms replete with seating for 12 beneath a stunning chandelier. That kind of space certainly makes hosting dinner parties easier. However, modern homes typically have small dining rooms that require homeowners or renters to be resourceful when entertaining guests.

Responsible Building Decisions Deserve Benefits​

Responsible Building Decisions Deserve Benefits, too

As seen in the Montgomery County News

November 18, 2021

Beauty, spaciousness and interior design are all important when building a personal dream home. Today, however, with the reality of energy and environmental concerns, homeowners also insist their forever home must be as eco-responsible as possible. And it turns out many decisions initially based on being environmentally friendly can deliver unexpected aesthetic results, too.

Dining Room

Budget-Friendly Dining Room Renovation Ideas

As seen in the Montgomery County News

November 04, 2021

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the dining room may be akin to one of its arteries. The mood created in the kitchen spreads to the dining space where family and friends gather to eat and enjoy one another’s company. Dining rooms can get lost in the home renovation shuffle, as many homeowners tend to focus on renovating kitchens and bathrooms instead. Homeowners do not have to invest a lot of money in renovations to give their dining spaces awe-inspiring makeovers. Here’s how to do so on a budget.

Jack-o-lantern

Tips to Carve the Perfect Jack-o-lantern

As seen in the Montgomery County News

October 28, 2021

Jack-o-lanterns are one of many indelible symbols of Halloween. It’s hard to pinpoint the precise origins of jack-o-lanterns, but many historians trace the tradition to 19th century Ireland. In fact, this instantly recognizable staple of Halloween décor actually gets its name from an Irish folktale character named “Stingy Jack”.

Bathroom remodel

Must-Have Features in Your Bathroom Remodel

As seen in the Montgomery County News

October 21, 2021

 Veteran homeowners recognize the value of remodeling their kitchens and bathrooms. Kitchens and baths tend to appear dated more quickly than other spaces such as living rooms and bedrooms, which can always be revamped with some fresh paint and new furnishings.

Halloween

Top Tips to Stay Safe This Halloween Season

As seen in the Montgomery County News

October 14, 2021

Much like Christmas, Halloween is no longer relegated to a single day. A number of Halloween enthusiasts now begin decorating at the start of October. Hijinks and autumn revelry fill the air as individuals eagerly count down to the end of the month.

House Fire

Reduce Cold Weather Fire Risks

As seen in the Montgomery County News

October 07, 2021

Plenty of things heat up when the temperature drops, including the risk for fire hazards. Fireplaces, stoves, heating systems, candles and even electric lights are used more often during the winter than any other time of year, so it makes sense that the risk of home fires increases when the mercury drops.

Hidden Appliances

Six Home Trends to Consider

As seen in the Montgomery County News

September 30, 2021

Home design and real estate trends come and go, but once in awhile certain concepts exhibit considerable staying power. Staying abreast of what’s hot and what’s not can be a bit overwhelming. This list breaks down some of the trends that have made a splash and figure to be around for some time.

Tisha Sommerkorn

Welcome Aboard Tisha Sommerkorn

As seen in the Montgomery County News

November 19, 2020

Ouachita Real Estate is proud to welcome Tisha Sommerkorn as our new real estate agent. Thisa is a lifelong multi-generational Oden, Arkansas resident with deep roots in the area going back to the early 1900’s. Living with her husband and raising three children on ther family farm offers Tisha a unique perspective  on farm and ranch sales. 

Ouachita Real Estate Ribbon Cutting
Ouachita Real Estate Ribbon Cutting

Mount Ida Area Chamber Welcomes Ouachita Real Estate with Ribbon Cutting

March 26, 2020

The Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce and Ouachita Real Estate hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, March 19, to celebrate the grand opening of Montgomery County’s newest real estate business.