Searcy Arkansas homes expert, Larry DeGroat, will see you at the White County Business Expo!

On July 30, business leaders from around White County and the state will gather at the White County Business EXPO. This is the 13th year that the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce has hosted a Business EXPO and should be an exciting year as the Business EXPO theme is “Green”.

The EXPO will be held in the Ganus Center on the Harding University Campus. A “By Invitation Only” Business Networking Event will be held from 10:30 until noon and will feature a variety of guest from organizations that can help small businesses with energy savings, rebates and programs to help with their green initiatives.

The EXPO will open to the general public at noon and will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor Space Reservation Forms are available on the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce”s website. EARLY BIRD booth pricing is available until July 16, 2013.
• 10″ X 10″ booth with backdrop, draped sides and carpet
• One draped 6″ table with two chairs
• Publicity campaign to boost attendance from general public
• Direct mail to Chamber Members and area businesses
• News releases to local and regional media
• Posters and street signs publicizing the event
• Promotion in the Chamber”s E-mails and on our website
• Pre-Event Tradeshow & Event Marketing Seminar to be held July 2!
• Listing in Exhibitor information

The EXPO is a strategic part of the chamber”s efforts to promote businesses in our community. We strive to keep the prices at an affordable rate. EXPO Sponsorships are available and range from $250 to $3500. It”s a great way to get recognition for your business!

If you like more information about becoming a sponsor or purchasing a booth, contact the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce office at 501-268-2458 or download a registration form.

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AT&T 4G LTE Available In Searcy – PR Newswire (press release)

AT&T 4G LTE Available In Searcy SEARCY, Ark., July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* has turned on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network** in Searcy, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. AT&T’s 4G LTE coverage in the Searcy area extends to parts of Beebe …

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Larry DeGroat, Searcy Arkansas homes expert, is glad to see jobless rate decrease!

Jobless rate continues to drop – Searcy Daily Citizen

Jobless rate continues to drop Kimberly Friedman, communications director for the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, said the 6.9 percent state unemployment rate, as well as the national figure, are not seasonally adjusted. Searcy banker Donnie Miller said though it may seem …

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NWS to certify Searcy company as storm ready – KATV

NWS to certify Searcy company as storm ready SEARCY, Ark. (AP) – The National Weather Service will recognize a Searcy company as a member of its StormReady Supporters program. The designation recognizes businesses and non-governmental facilities that incorporate specific items into their severe …

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This week’s events – Arkansas Online – Arkansas Online (subscription)

This week’s events – Arkansas Online SEARCY – Arkansas State University-Searcy will host an AARP Driver Safety course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 127 of the Technology East building at ASU-Searcy. Instructors for the class are Jerry and Bertie Yates. The cost of the course is …

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Searcy Arkansas home owners, get your AC ready for the summer with these great tips!


How to get your AC ready for summer – MSN Money

How to get your AC ready for summer It’s probably the easiest AC maintenance you can do, and many people aren’t doing it often enough. The filters … If the pipe becomes clogged it could back up into the air conditioner (or into your house) and you’ll have a messy problem and a big … and more »

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When to fertilize your lawn in Searcy Arkansas!

Fertilizing Your Lawn – FSA-2114 – University of Arkansas

Agriculture and Natural Resources. FSA2114. Fertilizing Your Lawn. Aaron Patton. Assistant Professor -. Turfgrass Specialist. Arkansas Is. Our Campus. Visit our

I hope this helps you to determine when and how much fertilizer your lawn needs!

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WOW!  Searcy Arkansas homes expert Larry DeGroat looks at putting affordability into perspective!


This is something to think about.  YES! home prices have been rising over the past 20 years, but let’s take a look at the affordablity of homes today.  In 1993 the average sales price of homes in Searcy, Arkansas was around $65,000 and with an interest rate of 10% for a 30 year mortgage, the principal and interest payment was $570.42.  Now lets look at todays numbers.  The average sale price of a home today is $155,429 that’s nearl;y $90,000 more than it was 20 years ago.  BUT, you take the low interest rates of 3% which will make your principal and interest payment $655.29.  That is only $84.87 difference than what your payment would have been 20 years ago.

If you are considering buying a home today, do it now and take advantage of these great rates!  Call Larry DeGroat today at 501-268-8489 and start packing.

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5 Tips for a Successful Open House in Searcy AR – Real Estate Expert Larry DeGroatís Tips on Appealing to Buyers in the Searcy AR Market

Having an open house has been a proven marketing tactic for decades now. Giving a lot of buyers the chance to look at your house is a great way to gain exposure and interest among buyers. In this article, weÍll discuss in dept how to appeal to buyers in the Searcy AR market using the open house.

Tip #1 Ñ Meticulous Staging

Stage your house beautifully. Everything should be spotless and clean. The house should be well lit and lightly scented. The overall impression should be that the house is in top notch condition.

Tip #2 Ñ Collect Contact Information

To increase the likelihood that a buyer will make an offer on your house, itÍs important to collect their contact information so you can follow up. Ideally, you want to get their name, phone number and email addresses.

The best way to do this is to have a sign in sheet.

Tip #3 Ñ Provide Snacks

Remember that the home buying process is an emotional one. By providing snacks, cookies, water and/or fruit juices, youÍre associating a feeling of pleasantness to visiting your house.

Tip #4 Ñ Have an Amazing First Impression

As an experienced real estate agent, I can tell you that buyers make their decision on a home within seconds. ItÍs vitally important that you keep your front yard and the entrance to your home in tip top condition. A plastic bag thatÍs lying around can literally cost you thousands of dollars.

Tip #5 Ñ Have the Price in Mind

Make sure your agent knows what your price range is. This gives your agent to talk about price to qualified buyers on the spot if theyÍre interested.

These tips will take you a long way towards having an amazing open house. As always, make sure that youÍre working with a real estate agent that really knows what theyÍre doing when youÍre selling your house.

There is a lot of free information available to you about selling your home in Searcy AR. For complete information about the Searcy AR real estate market including selling tips and current market values and more please visit the most complete website online dedicated to everything Searcy AR real estate at Please feel free to contact me with any of your real estate or mortgage related questions and I will be more than glad to answer your questions. Call me on my cell at 501-278-7659 or email me at

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