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[24 Apr 2011 | One Comment | 7,991 views]
Act 885 — help for homeowners in default

So many bills came through the most recent Arkansas legislative session that a few important ones were somewhat overlooked.
One of those is Act 885, a bill that was introduced by State Rep. Tiffany Rogers (D-Stuttgart) and was signed into law by Gov. Mike Beebe at the end of March. What is that law? Simply put, it requires mortgage companies to provide a copy of the note and mortgage to people going through foreclosure.
That might sound like a minor bill, but it assures an essential right. Last year, of course, a …

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[10 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 1,474 views]
Week in Review — April 3-10

It was a busier week than usual here at First Arkansas News as stories kept flying in for some reason.
Is that a complaint? Heck no. However, it’s been busy around here and we do hope our readers didn’t miss out on some of the more significant stories. As always, we encourage people to stay up to date through using one of the free, convenient services we hope people find convenient — click it up to subscribe to our RSS feed, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or subscribe …

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[6 Apr 2011 | One Comment | 3,301 views]
Legislative wrap up

Before we get going on this post, it’s essential to put up a disclaimer of sorts — First Arkansas News is in no way, shape or form a comprehensive source for what’s going on in the state Legislature.
No, this site was beaten to the punch by some other Internet publications that live and breath Arkansas politics — BlueHogReport.com, TalkBusiness.net, TheCityWire.com, TolbertReport.com all did their part to keep Arkansas’ citizens informed of what their legislators were up to (and kept things buzzing on Twitter for all who followed the “#ARLeg” hash …

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[27 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 1,192 views]
Week in Review (March 21-27)

It’s been a heck of a week on a number of levels here in Arkansas.
For one thing, that pesky winter returned in full force about the middle of the week. Indeed, our 70-degree, sunny days were replaced by near-freezing temperatures and nasty rain by the weekend.
For another, the question a heck of a lot of us Arkansans wanted to know was answered this week — who will replace deposed Razorbacks Basketball Coach John Pelphrey? Also, we had the state Legislature going about its business of annoying us with new laws. …

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[22 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 2,555 views]
Legislature entering the home stretch

The Arkansas Legislature is still apparently on track to adjourn on April 1 — good news for those of us who dread what laws the state and money-flinging lobbyists will inflict on us next.
We’ve been watching some legislation here at First Arkansas News and figured it was about time for an update. No, we’ve never pretended to offer extensive legislative coverage as we simply don’t have the resources for it. Want in-depth legislative coverage by people who thrive on it? Head on over to TolbertReport.com or TalkBusiness.net.
That said, we’ve been …

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[21 Mar 2011 | One Comment | 1,210 views]
Week in Review (March 15-20)

After recovering from having daylight savings time cruelly sprung on us once again, we at First Arkansas News got busy with a big ole batch of stories.
Yes, we had everything from some politics to real estate to St. Patrick’s Day and the start of spring over the past week. Fun, fun.
Before recapping all of that, it’s time to invite our readers to keep up with what’s going on around here in a few very convenient ways. Feel free to subscribe to our RSS feed, like the heck out of us …

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[19 Mar 2011 | One Comment | 1,921 views]
So much for a home buyer credit in Arkansas

Just last week, we posted an article about HB1986, a bill that would give up to $2,500 to as many as 2,800 first-time home buyers in Arkansas.
That bill was filed on March 7, received a “do pass” recommendation from the House Committee on Insurance & Commerce on March 16 and then failed by a vote of 56-22 on March 17. Indeed, the bill had a legislative life of a mere 10 days.
The bill would have cost the state of Arkansas $7 million and was put forth as a way to …

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[9 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | 3,146 views]
Arkansas legislature considering giving cash to first-time home buyers

Remember how the federal first-time home buyer tax credit stimulated the housing market when it was in place in one form or another for two years starting in April 2008?
The Arkansas Legislature is, apparently, hoping to stimulate housing markets here in the Natural State with a similar program.
HB1986, which is pending before the House Committee on Insurance and Finance, would grant first-time home buyers up to $2,500 for purchasing new homes. There are some stipulations, of course. For one thing, a first-time home buyer is anyone who has not owned …

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[9 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | 4,527 views]
BPO legislation clears Senate subcommittee

After months of squabbling, a bill that would regulate broker price opinions (BPOs) prepared by real estate agents cleared the Arkansas Senate Committee on Insurance and Finance with a “do pass” recommendation.
The bill at issue — SB720 — is scheduled to go before the full Senate at 1:30 p.m. today. The battle lines are pretty well defined on this one, folks. On one side you’ve got appraisers claiming that BPOs — which are almost always cheaper to purchase than full appraisals — might in fact be used as appraisals. What’s …

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[8 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 1,065 views]
Week in Review — Feb. 28 through March 5

We reported on a slew of things here at First Arkansas News last week.
It would be a downright shame if some people missed some of the stories around here last week. Indeed, we covered everything form UA Basketball Coach John Pelphrey coming under fire to thuggery in downtown Little Rock to a Bella Vista resident winning the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.
We want to make things convenient for our readers so — as usual — we’re linking to all of the articles over the past week in the post so that people …