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Benton/Bryant’s Realtor of the Year thankful for support system

By: 13 September 2011 No Comment

Norma McCullough – named 2011 Realtor of the Year by the Benton/Bryant Realtors Association – said the successes she’s had throughout her career have had a lot to do with her support systems.

“It’s a nice feeling when you’ve got support at home and at your office,” she said.

On the home front, McCullough said her husband, David, is an insurance adjuster but still finds time to help her put out yard signs and collect them when homes sell. She said he’s also helped her career in various and sundry ways over the years.

“I really can’t say enough about what he’s done,” McCullough said, adding that here sister, Bonita, has been a great help, too.

The McCulloughs are looking after their nieces – who are three-year-old C.J. and seven-year-old Jade – and Bonita has been on hand to look after the children when needed.

As for the office, McCullough said she’s found other agents at Crye-Leike Realtors in Benton to be willing to help out and offer words of encouragement. She said her broker – Karen Crowson – has served as a great teacher, too.

McCullough started her real estate careers almost seven years ago after moving to Saline County from West Memphis. While in the Delta, she was the sales manager for a two-way radio dealership and said a lot of what she liked about her job in West Memphis is found in her real estate career.

McCullough said she spent years selling Motorola radios to farmers, ag pilots, fire departments and police departments, where she met “wonderful people.” She still meets wonderful people and works with them in her real estate career, McCullough said, adding that she has always gravitated to jobs in which personal contact is a major element.

She also enjoys the flexible schedule that selling real estate allows her, saying as long as she has access to a smart phone, a computer and the occasional fax machine, she can do her job without being tied to an office.

McCullough said the ability to work outside of an office and meet people means she spends a good deal of time spreading the word about Saline County.

“I think an advantage to Saline County is that it’s a wonderful place to call home,” she said, pointing out the city’s proximity to Little Rock, amenities such as restaurants and shopping and small town atmosphere make for a winning combination.

McCullough said Saline County is in an almost ideal location – people who work in Little Rock and want to enjoy the recreational opportunities of Hot Springs will find the county halfway between those two points.

McCullough is also positive on the prospects of the real estate market in the county. She said the county is still growing, having passed the 100,000 mark in terms of population growth last year, and that means people are moving to the area and looking to buy homes. Also, she said the markets in the county haven’t experienced the extreme swings in home prices as some other parts of the state and nation. That means homes have largely retained their values.

“It’s a good place to buy and sell homes,” she said.

McCullough said she has enjoyed a successful career in real estate, thanks in part to an emphasis on customer service. She earned her Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designations from the National Association of Realtors as part of her efforts to make sure the customer comes first in real estate transactions.

Service to her local board is important, too. McCullough is current the secretary/treasurer of the Benton/Bryant Association and has worked with past – and current – local drives to raise money for Special Olympics of Arkansas.

Also, McCullough is on the Leadership Saline County Board and will be a member of the Cooperative Arkansas Realtors MLS (CARMLS) Board next year. She has volunteered her time with local charitable causes including Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, Special Olympics of Arkansas and the Salvation Army.

 

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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