July Newsletter
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JULY
Greetings!

In 2020, a record 63% of consumers purchased real estate sight unseen, according to Redfin. The pandemic caused some homebuyers to be nervous about touring homes in person. Now, people are buying homes before they see them in person because of low inventories and if they wait, they may lose a chance at their perfect home. If you are thinking of doing the same, how can you reduce your risk and have a smooth transaction? Read on to find out more about buying a home sight unseen.

Hope you have a great and safe Independence Day!

Sincerely,

Susie and Nichola
"We would highly recommend Susie to anyone who is selling or buying a home in the Village. We contacted her to sell our home and it was immediately put in the system and "voila", a buyer was found! We felt very comfortable and at ease, as she kept us informed of every detail. The entire transaction went smoothly thanks to her professional expertise."

~Bob and Maureen Bartlett
This Month's Featured Listing
28 Mano Way (SOLD)
New homes being built! Call or email me today for more information.



New construction homes being built just minutes from the Fitness Center & Glazy Peau gate with access to Walmart and West Gate stores. Open the door and immediately enjoy the open plan including kitchen with an island, fireplace and windows bringing the outside in. Granite throughout. Master tile shower and walk in closet. Covered and uncovered patios for nature watching. These homes are being built for you to "Age in Place". Builder one year warranty.

NEW BUILDS!
Building new homes.  
For floor plans or more information, email me at susieburns@remax.net.


Should you buy a house sight unseen? Here's what you need to know.

Many home buyers these days have to move quickly because demand outweighs supply and appealing homes don't last long on the market. So, buyers who are eager to move will buy a home 'sight unseen', without ever touring the home in person. This can be a good strategy in a competitive real estate market, but there are some things you should keep in mind. Here are some good ideas you should know before making an offer.


1.) Evaluate the property remotely using photos, facetime or video tours and descriptions provided by your real estate agent.

2.) Get pre-approved for a mortgage to show the seller you are serious and can afford to finance the home.

3.) If paying cash, be able to provide proof of funds.

4.) Make an official offer to the seller to purchase the property. You might consider placing a home inspection contingency in your offer.

5.) Make an earnest money (or 'good faith') deposit.

6.) Have the property professionally inspected. This is optional, but strongly recommended, especially for a sight-unseen offer. If you are satisfied with their findings, the deal continues.

7.) Order a title report to make sure it is clear to transfer ownership at closing.

8.) Finalize the terms of your home loan and lock in your interest rate.

Then, you'll schedule a closing date to sign your final documents.

Using your agent as your representative, be sure to ask the homeowner about any aspects you aren't sure about based on the listing photos, video tours, etc. This can clarify any questions you have regarding the home's features, appliances, systems, design aspects, renovations, etc.

~Courtesy of themortgagereports.com
Green Market kicks off May 6, runs through September 2
Green Market is an organic farmer's market with Arkansas-grown fruits, vegetables and Arkansas-made artisan crafts for purchase. The Market runs every Thursday 8-11:30AM from May 6 to September 2, 2021.  
 
Green Market is held at Grove Park (1105 DeSoto Blvd.), near the Ponce de Leon Center.
 
For more information, contact the Ponce de Leon Center at 501.922.4231.

HSV Stars and Stripes Festival 2021
July 2 - 5
Music, golf, fishing, fireworks and more! Click on the link below for a full, printable schedule. Also includes parking and shuttle information for fireworks show on Sunday.


GOLF

Click on the picture above for current golf events and information.
RECREATION

For information on all types of events happening in HSV, click on the picture above.
Events

The above link has information and tickets for shows, concerts and other events around the Village.
Welcome HSV Newcomers
Newcomers Meeting on July 28
Ninety new Hot Springs Village residents attended our May 26 Newcomers Meeting at Woodlands Auditorium. If you missed it, save the date for the next one: July 28, 10 - 11:30 AM. No reservation is required. We'll remind you on Facebook as the date approaches.
 
Newcomers meetings introduce our members to POA managers from Golf, Lakes, Recreation, Human Resources, Public Services, Police, Fire, and more. And they're a great way to meet your new neighbors!


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Barbecue Chicken Bacon Ranch Cheese Dip

Ingredients
2 Cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8oz)
1 pkg. (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1 container (8 oz) sour cream
2 tbls ranch dip powder mix
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
3 green onions, thinly sliced, green and white parts separated
1/2 chopped cooked bacon
Crackers for dipping (Ritz go well)

Instructions
1.) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8-inch square (2 qt.) glass baking dish with cooking spray.

2.) In a medium bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups of the Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, sour cream and ranch dip mix. Spread evenly in baking dish.

3.) In medium bowl, mix chicken, barbecue sauce and green onion whites. Spoon evenly over cheese mixture in baking dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, then top with cooked bacon.

4.) Bake 20 - 25 minutes or until hot and bubbling at edges.

5.) Top dip with the green tops from onions. Serve with crackers.

TIP: Rotisserie chicken works well.
Hot Springs Village POA Website
Click on the link below for the HSV POA webpage. Under Golf/Recreation, you can find out more on golf, trails, racquet sports, outdoor adventures, our workout facility and more.

Under the Lifestyle tab, you can find out more about HSV's many clubs and organizations, arts and entertainment.