August Coloring Book Submissions

We've made it to the "Dog Days" of summer! The bonus this month was draw food in the dog's bowl. Here are our entries:

Anna age 7:

Look at the detail that went into the dog's food. It must have taken a long time!

Pearle age 6:

Pearle included some doggie bones too, great job Pearle!

Josie age 8:

What great color combinations. Excellent job Josie!

Huck:

Huck has a dalmatian dog. His dog bowl is full and notice the lights he's drawn overhead!

Clara:

Clara did an incredible job this month! Look at the extra work she did on her dog's ears. 

Zoe age 11:

Zoe's dog stands out the most. How creative! Zoe is this month's winner, congratulations Zoe, well done!

 

 

June Coloring Book Submissions

June was by far the most coloring entries we’ve received yet! Thank you to everyone that submitted an entry. The bonus for this month was drawing your own luggage on top. From extra food to bear traps, we were blown away by the creativity. We understand the struggle of Summer boredom, so please join in the fun. You can download the coloring book here.

Here are our submissions for the month of June;

Isaiah age: 10

We love the shade of green used for the mountains and notice the excellent packing he’s done with the luggage? Good Job Isaiah!

We love the shade of green used for the mountains and notice the excellent packing he’s done with the luggage? Good Job Isaiah!

 

Addison age: 7

Addison has packed extra food for her adventure, and who wouldn’t want pink tires?! Wonderful, Addison!

 

Eliza age: 7

Rainbow snowcaps! Excellent detail on the road stripes, Eliza, we want to go with you on your next adventure.

 

Gwendolyn age: 7

Looks like we’ve gone off roading. Perfect combinations of blue for Gwen’s SUV. She has her luggage, toothbrush, and extra food for her travels. Bon Voyage Gwendolyn!

 

Pearle age: 6

This is Pearle’s first entry in the coloring contest. She has set the bar with her choice of vibrant colors! See how she has tinted her windows. Thanks Pearle!

 

Tej age: 6

Tej has one big suitcase and he informed us that the bear trap has been placed at the rear of the car so it is easily accessible. He used markers and was adamant about getting the right amount of each color. Superb Tej!

 

Zoe age: 11

Zoe is packed and ready for an adventure! The blinker light really stands out and we love that she went full chrome on her car. Hers was the only entry to have the mountains so high, giving the look that they were far off in the distance. Excellent artistic skills Zoe!

 

Kaida age: 4

Kaida is the only one submitted with passengers in the car. The beautiful sun is so big that she has put extra tint on her windows. She is extra prepared for her next adventure. Way to go Kaida and congratulations, you are this month's winner!!

May Coloring Book Submissions

Our May submissions were off the charts! The bonus was to draw a sun in the sky above the plant. Plants need sunlight to grow! Thank you to everyone who participated. Feel like you could have won? Join the fun! Download the coloring book here.

 

Anna age: 7

Anna went above and beyond. It must have taken all day to color. Great job Anna, keep up the good work!

 

Josie ae: 7

Josie’s is titled “Pink Popy”. We think it’s extraordinary!

 

Eliza age: 7

Eliza included a rolling green field and fluffy white clouds. Such a pretty flower and matching pot!

 

Kaida age: 4

We love Kaida’s choice of blue for her flower pot. Thank you for entering Kaida!

 

Siddha age: 10

Siddha’s sun is amazing! We’d love to sit under it.

 

Gwen age: 7

Gwen not only colored the entire flower beautiful colors but she also colored the whole background. Gwen is this month’s winner!

Anything but average

I find myself answering the question “what sets Clark Partners apart from other real estate teams?” quite often. I think the answers to that question are really great, but real estate is as much about relationships as anything else. Great agents get to know their clients well over the weeks or months they work together, so it’s important that every agent sets her- or himself apart and not rely on the company’s qualities alone.

About a year ago I heard a real estate coach say “there are enough average real estate agents in the world”. I can’t tell you how many times that’s been repeated in our office since then. None of us at Clark Partners want to be just average for our clients. I’ve become really conscious of all the things that set me apart from my colleagues, and I’d like to share a few of those things with you:

I’m consistent

Whether your home is worth $60,000 or $600,000 your investment is just as important to you. Therefore we treat every client the same – from the initial consultation to the professional photos – regardless of the price of the home they’re hoping to buy or sell, regardless of their situation. A real estate transaction can be emotional and stressful; the last thing you need is to feel like you’re being treated differently or “less” than others.

I listen first, and communicate back

Even if you’ve bought and sold a dozen homes in your lifetime you will have questions. Every real estate transaction is different. I’m going to do my very best to educate you about the process of buying or selling. In fact I pride myself in being able to anticipate how your transaction will progress, but the reality is that there are a thousand variables!  I don’t pass off my seller clients to an assistant and my buyer’s agents don’t pass of their buyer clients either. We are here for you when those questions arise!

I’m not afraid to say “no”

There are a lot of real estate agents that can’t say “no”. This means they list a house elsewhere in the state even though they have no knowledge of the area. This means they drop everything and open up your home for sale to a stranger that isn’t pre-qualified. Some agents will tackle any task or job, despite how it may impact your end result. If you present us with something that we’re not suited to handle we will help you find the right person for the job! We’ll never compromise your position by taking on something that we don’t excel at. Do you want a “yes man” that is chasing the next commission or a consultant that will help you find the best possible solution to your problem?

I understand my role in helping you

It’s not a real estate agents job to negotiate on your behalf or even speak for you. Trust me, I hear from agents all the time about decisions I know they haven’t discussed with their clients. Throughout your real estate transaction I will give you all your options. I’ll also explain the considerations with each choice – some will be good while others could be bad. I’ll share with you what I believe the outcome will be based on my experience. Ultimately every decision is yours but you won’t be making it blindly.

There are enough average real estate agents. At Clark Partners we are anything but average!

Enough about me for now. I’d still love to tell you what sets our team apart, from our comprehensive marketing plan to our efficient processes and systems. Give me a ring, and let’s do that over coffee!

April Coloring Book Submissions

April showers bring…butterflies! This month’s entries were so colorful and creative. The bonus was, draw a pattern on the butterfly’s wings. What colors will you choose? Download the coloring book here and enter one of your own.

Gwen age: 7

Gwen picked a wonderful pattern!

 

Josie age: 7

What a lovely butterfly Josie! Thank you from the bottom of our heart

 

Anna age:7

Good job Anna! Notice how both sides are identical?  

 

Kaida age: 4

Symmetry and vibrant colors! Absolutely gorgeous

 

Siddha age: 10

Such a great job Siddha! We wonder how long it took to follow all of those lines around.

 

Eliza age: 7

This month’s winner was hands down Eliza! “Be your own kind of beautiful” we couldn’t agree more.

March Coloring Book Submissions

March Color Madness! This month the bonus was, draw a fur pattern on the cat. What kind of pattern can you come up with? All of the entries we received were purrfect! Want to join the fun? download the coloring book here.

Anna age: 7

Anna’s cat has a pet mouse along with toys to play with. She did a great job coloring her pattern!

 

Eliza age: 7

Such a beautiful cat Eliza! This must have taken a very long time to color. We appreciate your dedication.

 

Josephine age: 7

Josephine did an excellent job using a combination of yellow and orange. Notice the sweet paws? Her cat also has some toys to play with

 

 

Siddha age: 10

Look at Siddha’s calico kitty! Wonderful pattern, she must know this cat very well.

 

Edith age: 10

Edith is this month’s winner! We love how it shows exactly where to touch and not to touch. Me-row!

February Coloring Book Submissions

Fishing in February! The bonus for February was to draw some creatures on the bottom of the ocean. What lives down there? We had some great entries this month, want to join the fun? Download the coloring book here

 

Anna age: 7

Anna has a stripped fish. Notice her detail on the seaweed!

 

 

Edith age: 10

Edith’s fish is beautiful! It also has friends along for the swim and what a perfectly drawn lobster and starfish!

 

 

Josie age: 7

Josie, we see where you were going with this and can picture it in our heads, it’s breathtaking!

 

Siddha age: 10

Siddha blew us away, look at the details of the scales and ocean floor! It is because of those that she was chosen as this month’s winner. Congratulations Siddha!

January Coloring Book Submissions

Enter our Coloring Contest for a chance to win prizes! Each month there's a new page for you to color and share with us. Complete the current month's coloring page and get your entry to us by the 20th of each month to be entered into a drawing for a fun giveaway. You can download the coloring book here.

Take it away January!

Kaida age: 4

Blue skies for Kaida! She also took advantage of the glue stick and shape punchers. Excellent job!

 

Lori age: 31

Lori took it to a whole new level. Notice the book shelves and cozy chair inside the house? Wow Lori, very impressive!

 

Bolton age:2

Bolton is showing great promise as an artist at age 2! We love the stars he pasted on the house. 

 

Marti age: 9

We love the way Marti has used a shading technique for each color. It really make the whole house pop! Thanks for the entry Marti and congratulations for being this month’s winner!!

What if I buy a historic home?

We love selling charming homes and working in historic districts. One of the most common questions I get asked when buyers look at homes listed for sale in historic neighborhoods is “what restrictions are placed on improvements and changes to the structure?” That’s an answer that can vary greatly.

All homes within city limits are going to be subject to zoning and ordinances, but homes in historic districts may be subject to special considerations based strictly on a house being in one of the city’s historic districts. Across the country there are some historic districts that are also “preservation districts”. Those districts sometimes have overlay zoning or the equivalent that puts restrictions on changes that can be made to the structures within certain geographic boundaries. For example, I lived in the Brady Heights neighborhood in Tulsa for several years. That neighborhood has a preservation overlay that prevents property owners from making significant changes to the front façade of the home without approval from a preservation commission. I currently own a home in Fayetteville's historic Wilson Park neighborhood. Unlike Brady Heights, Wilson Park does not have an overlay. There are no restrictions beyond city ordinance on what a homeowner can do to the structure. 

The best resource is your local preservation or historical commission. They can answer any specific questions about neighborhoods or changes to structures you own or might be interested in purchasing.

Some individual structures are also listed as historic sites. You might be familiar with the National Park Services’s National Registry of Historic Places. Many times a listing on this or another preservation registry doesn’t preclude a home owner from making changes. However, it’s important to note that some changes may cause the structure to lose its status. It will be important to research this before making any changes.

For more information about historic homes or any of your area’s wonderful historic districts contact me anytime!

Anything but average

I find myself answering the question “what sets Clark Partners apart from other real estate teams?” quite often. I think the answers to that question are really great, but real estate is as much about relationships as anything else. Great agents get to know their clients really well over the weeks or months they work together, so it’s important that every agent sets her- or himself apart.

About a year ago I heard a real estate coach say “there are enough average real estate agents in the world”. I can’t tell you how many times that’s been repeated in our offices since then. None of us at Clark Partners want to be just average for our clients. I’ve become really conscious of all the things that set me apart from my colleagues, and I’d like to share a few of those things with you:

I’m consistent

Whether your home is worth $60,000 or $600,000 your investment is just as important to you. Therefore we treat every client the same – from the initial consultation to the professional photos – regardless of the price of the home they’re hoping to buy or sell, regardless of their situation. A real estate transaction can be emotional and stressful; the last thing you need is to feel like you’re being treated differently or “less” than others.

I listen first, and communicate back

Even if you’ve bought and sold a dozen homes in your lifetime you will have questions. Every real estate transaction is different. I’m going to do my very best to educate you about the process of buying or selling. In fact I pride myself in being able to anticipate how your transaction will progress, but the reality is that there are a thousand variables! I don’t pass off my seller clients to an assistant and my buyer’s agents don’t pass off their buyer clients either. We are here for you when those questions arise!

I’m not afraid to say “no”

There are a lot of real estate agents that can’t say “no”. This means they might list a house outside of their normal market where they have no knowledge of the area. This means they might drop everything and open up your home for sale to a stranger that isn’t pre-qualified. Some agents will tackle any task or job, despite how it may impact your end result. If you present us with something that we’re not suited to handle we will help you find the right person for the job! We’ll never compromise your position by taking on something that we don’t excel at. Do you want a “yes man” that is chasing the next commission or a consultant that will help you find the best possible solution to your problem?

I understand my role in helping you

It’s not a real estate agents job to negotiate on your behalf or even speak for you. Trust me, I hear from agents all the time about decisions I know they haven’t discussed with their clients. Throughout your real estate transaction I will give you all your options. I’ll also explain the considerations with each choice – some will be good while others could be bad. I’ll share with you what I believe the outcome will be based on my experience. Ultimately every decision is yours but you won’t be making it blindly.

There are enough average real estate agents. At Clark Partners we are anything but average!

Enough about me for now. I’d still love to tell you what sets Clark Partners and Keller Williams Realty apart, from our comprehensive marketing plan to our efficient processes and systems. Give me a ring, and let’s do that over coffee!

Making The List

We think northwest Arkansas is a great place to live, learn, work and play. And it’s no secret… Here are a some “top” and “best of” lists featuring Fayetteville and other northwest Arkansas towns:

3 Under-the-Radar Cities That Make Great Hometowns – Fayetteville – U.S. News
6 Game-changing Cultural Attractions – #1, Crystal Bridges Museum – NYPost.com
7 Unexpectedly Green Cities – Fayetteville – huffingtonpost.com
8 Terrific Towns for History Lovers – Fayetteville – Where To Retire Magazine
9 Cities You Wouldn’t Think Are Hubs for Tech Startups – #6, Northwest Arkansas – Entreprenuer
10 Best BBQ Cities 2012 – Fayetteville – Livability.com
10 Best College Towns 2014 – Fayetteville – Livability.com
10 Cheapest Cities In the U.S. – #6, Fayetteville – Business Insider
10 Cheapest Places To Live In the U.S. – #4, Fayetteville – CBS News
10 College Towns for Grownups Fayetteville – Kiplinger’s
10 Coolest Small Towns in America – #4, Eureka Springs – BudgetTravel
10 Great Places to Take a Library Tour – Fayetteville Public Library – USAToday
10 Unique Small Towns to Explore – Eureka Springs – Travel + Escape
12 Cutest Small Towns in America – Fayetteville – Huffington Post
20 Best Affordable Place to Live – #1, Fayetteville – U.S. News
20 Best Small Towns in America – #14, Siloam Springs – Smithsonian Magazine
28 Best Trips in 2016 – Bentonville – Outside
50 Best College Towns In America – #40, Fayetteville – Best College Reviews
50 Best College Towns To Live In Forever – #27, Fayetteville – College Ranker
50 Best Places To Live in America 2015- Fayetteville – Men’s Journal
100 Best Places to Live 2015 – Fayetteville – Livability.com
101 Best Farmers’ Markets in America – #14, Fayetteville – The Daily Meal
America’s Best College Towns – #16, Fayetteville – Travel + Leisure
America’s Favorite Towns – #20, Eureka Springs – Travel + Leisure
America’s Most Beautiful Towns 2014 – Fayetteville – America In Bloom
America’s Top Small Town ArtPlaces 2013 – Eureka Springs – ArtPlace
America’s Quirkiest Towns 2016 – #7, Fayetteville – Travel + Leisure
Best American Colleges – #129, University of Arkansas – U.S. News & World Report
Best Cities for Job Growth – #6, Fayetteville – NewGeography
Best Cities for Mid-Career Professionals – #5, Fayetteville – Kiplinger’s
Best Cities to Live, Work, and Play – #7, Fayetteville – Kiplinger’s
Best College Cities & Towns in America – #28, Fayetteville – WalletHub
Best Healthy Places to Retire – Bella Vista – US News and World Report
Best in the U.S. – #7, Northwest Arkansas – Lonely Planet
Best Midsize Cities for Jobs – NWA MSA – Forbes
Best Performing Cities – Fayetteville – Milken Institute
Best Places For Business And Careers – #23, Fayetteville – Forbes
Best Places to Launch – #13, Fayetteville – CNNMoney
Best Places to Live – #3, Fayetteville – U.S. News
Best Places to Live and Launch – #82, Fayetteville – CNNMoney
Best Places to Live in the U.S. – #3, Fayetteville – Conde Nast Traveler
Best Places to Raise Kids – Centerton – BusinessWeek
Best Places to Retire – Bella Vista – Fortune
Best Places to Retire – Bella Vista – Money
Best Places to Retire – Eureka Springs – Wall Street Journal
Best Places to Retire 2015 – Fayetteville – Money
Best Places to Retire 2016 – Fayetteville – Southern Living
Best Small Cities for Startups – Fayetteville – BusinessWeek
Best Value Colleges for 2014 – University of Arkansas – USA Today
Best Value Law Schools – University of Arkansas – preLaw Magazine
Bicycle Friendly Community 2016 – Silver, Fayetteville – The League of American Bicyclists
Community Certified Wildlife Habitat – 1st in Arkansas – City of Fayetteville
Fastest Growing Cities – #26, Springdale & #90, Fayetteville – WalletHub
The Fittest Places to Live in America 2015 – Fayetteville – Men’s Journal
Hottest Cities Of the Future – #10, Bentonville – Business Insider
Hottest Travel Destinations of 2012 – Bentonville – Trave+Leisure
Library of the Year 2005 – Fayetteville Public Library – LibraryJournal.com
The South’s Best College Towns – Fayetteville – Southern Living
Top 10 Cities for Affordable Vacations – Rogers – Livability.com
Top 25 Hotels 2015 – #7, 21c Museum Hotel – TripAdvisor
Top 25 Small Cities – Eureka Springs – AmericanStyle Magazine
Top 100 Cities – Fayetteville – RelocateAmerica.com
Top College Sports Towns – #6, Fayetteville – Forbes
Top Small College Towns for Investment – #5, Fayetteville – NuWire Investor

For more information about our communities, schools, industries, events, or other incredible opportunities here in northwest Arkansas contact us anytime.