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Tisha Sommerkorn

Welcome Aboard

As seen in the Montgomery County News

November 19, 2020

Our new Sales Associate.  

Steps for Hanging Holiday Lights Outdoors

As seen in the Montgomery County News

November 12, 2020

It begins to look a lot like Christmas when twinkling lights brighten up homes inside and out. Few thinks liven up the season more than holiday decorations, particularly clear and colored lights.

Safer Communities

As seen in the Montgomery County News

November 05, 2020

Thriving communities tend to share certain characteristics. Communities that are inclusive and encourage participation by all residents tend to thrive, as do those where there are opportunities to grow, both professionally and personally. Safety is another common component of thriving communities. When residents fell safe in their communities, they can feel free to pursue their goals. creating the sense that possibilities are endless.

5 Outdoor Projects That Add Value

As seen in the Montgomery County News

October 29, 2020

Exterior renovations can enhance the appearance of a property and make it more enjoyable for homeowners. Certain renovations have the potential to add value to a home, while others may do the opposite. Learning which one have the largest return on investment can help homeowners select features that will have the most positive impact.

Tips for First-Time Real Estate Investors

As seen in the Montgomery County News

October 22, 2020

Real estate can be a good investment that helps build wealth and secure a financial future. According to Investopedia, average 20-year returns in commercial real estate hover around 9.5 percent, while residential and diversified real estate average returns of 10.6 percent.

How to Store Firewood the Right Way

As seen in the Montgomery County News

October 15, 2020

A fireplace is a cozy and warm spot around which a family can gather. The home and real estate resource HomeGuides.com indicates that 60 percent of new homes have a fireplace, which I up from 36 percent in the 1970’s.

Suggestions when shopping for fencing

As seen in the Montgomery County News

October 08, 2020

Fences can improve functionality of a yard and provide extra security and privacy. Some fences are decorative while others are functional. Families with children and/or companion animals also may find fencing is a necessity to keep everyone safe and corralled.

Saving Tips for 1st Time Home Buyers

As seen in the Montgomery County News

October 01, 2020

Home ownership is a dream for people across the globe. Many people save for years before buying their first homes, squirreling away every dollar they can with the hopes they can one day become homeowners.

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Buying a Home in the Midst of COVID-19

As seen in the Montgomery County News

September 17, 2020

Historically low interest rates and limited inventory has made 2020 an especially unique time to buy a home. It’s also a competitive and potentially expensive time to buy a home. While the economic consequences of COVID-19 have been severe, the Federal National Mortgage Association, also known as Fannie Mae, forecasted a significant increase in median home prices in March 2020. 

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A Lesson in Building a Backyard Retaining Wall

As seen in the Montgomery County News

September 10, 2020

Flat, even landscapes are often coveted in backyards.  However, flat backyards are not always so easy to find. Fortunately, varied terrain does not mean that certain landscape plans are entirely off limits, especially for homeowners willing to build retaining walls.

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Benefits to Open Concept Floor Plans

As seen in the Montgomery County News

September 3, 2020

The way a home is designed can say a lot of things about it. In fact, many real estate professionals and contractors can determine when a home was built based on the design of its interior. For example, homes with sunken living rooms were likely built sometime in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

What Is Title Insurance and How Does It Work?

By Old Republic Title

August 28, 2020

To put it simply, title insurance is a way to protect yourself from financial loss and related legal expenses in the event there is a defect in title to your property that is covered by the policy. Title insurance differs from other types of insurance in that it focuses on risk prevention, rather than risk assumption. With title insurance, title examiners review the history of your property and seek to eliminate title issues before the purchase occurs. Title insurance also differs in that it comes with no monthly payment. It’s just a one-time premium paid at closing.

Why Land Surveys Are Crucial for Home Buyers

By Brian S. Harris of McBride-McGill on Angie's List

August 21, 2020

Land surveys can help home and property buyers avoid future headaches such as boundary disputes. Learn the costs and what you can expect.

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A Buyers Guide to Home Air Conditioning Units

August 14, 2020

Few experiences provide as much relief as walking into a cool room on a hot summer day. Air conditioning systems make such experiences possible, and homeowner’s decision in regard to which one to install in their home is significant.

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Six Home Trends to Consider

August 7, 2020

    Home design and real estate trends come and go, but once in a while 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.

Tips to Consider Before Showing a Rental Property

July 30, 2020

       Real estate can be a lucrative investment that provides income well into retirement. Real estate investors who intend to rent their properties will have to periodically show them to prospective tenants. The process of showing a rental property begins before such tenants arrive to look at the home. Landlords who want to get the best possible return on their real estate investments can consider these tips before showing their properties.

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Design Ideas for Your Dream Custom Built Home

July 23, 2020

  There are many advantages to designing your own home. Gone are the builder-basic styles, layouts that don’t work for your family, and exteriors you can’t tell apart from your neighbors’. To help with your planning, check out these tips

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Simple Ways to Improve a Kitchen Pantry

July 16, 2020

    People have been spending more time at home in 2020 than in years past, and certain projects around the house have become a priority. One home improvement idea that serves the double benefit of creating organization and making cooking at home more efficient is to reimagine the kitchen pantry

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Rooms Can Serve Double Duty

July 9, 2020

        Many homes do not have space for guest rooms, kid’s play areas and home theater lounges that are possible in homes with substantial square footage. But they may not be missing out at all.

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Why Weeds Can Be Found Everywhere

July 2, 2020

     The ubiquitous nature of weeds can make them seem like they can grow anywhere, and that’s because they can.

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How to Set Your Home’s List Price – The Only 4 Factors that Matter

April 26, 2018

    “How much is my home worth?” That’s the first question most homeowners consider when the time comes to sell.

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Improving Curb Appeal

June 25, 2020

      Curb appeal goes a long way toward attracting potential buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors, first impressions of a property have a strong influence on buyers.

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How to Build a More Efficient Home This Summer

June 18, 2020

       With weather forecasts calling for a warmer than normal summer and social distancing encouraging us to spend more time at home, we could all benefit from boosting our home’s energy efficiency to save on energy bills. 

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Bringing Natural Elements Into Outdoor Living Space

June 11, 2020

   Outdoor living is wildly popular, as more and more homeowners are bringing elements once reserved for home interiors into their backyards. 

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Improve Soil Quality for a Better Lawn

June 4, 2020

    A lush, green lawn can vastly improve a homes’ curb appeal. Thick, healthy grass indicates that the homeowners care enough about the property to invest the time, effort and money to make them beautiful.

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Things to Look for When Buying a Home

May 28, 2020

      When you get ready to pick your first home you will probably want to keep a checklist of all the homes you visit.

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Planning Your First Mortgage

May 21, 2020

      Looking to purchase your first home?  There are a number of benefits to owning your first home.  However, many will have to obtain a mortgage to do so.  You should calculate how much home you could afford.  When doing so you should consider your income, your debts and the down payments. 

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.