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 With a focus on community and helping Central Arkansas be a  better place to live, work, and play, our No. 1 goal at Aspire is  serve you and make your home selling or buying dreams come a  reality.

April 28, 2017

Aspire's Allison Baker earns special designation

Allison Baker, an Aspire Realty Group agent, has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®.

Realtors® who receive the CRS Designation have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate. Only 32,000 Realtors® nationwide have earned the credential. Out of more than 1 million Realtors®, fewer than 3 percent are Certified Residential Specialists.

Home buyers and sellers can be assured that CRS Designees subscribe to the strict Realtor® code of ethics, have been trained to use the latest tactics and technologies and are specialists in helping clients maximize profits and minimize costs when buying or selling a home.

“I strive to be the best I can be for my existing clients and future clients. This designation further helps me fulfill their home-buying and home-selling needs. I look forward to what's to come," Allison says. 

March 31, 2017

Meet Aspire's Amy Bush

You may see us out and about posting for sale signs in yards and making people’s home dreams a reality. Or you may see us at various events, fulfilling our civic commitments and helping to make our community a better place to live and work. We invite you to get to know us a little better. Who knows, perhaps you’ve been wondering the answers to these very questions!

 

Meet Amy Bush

 

 

In the real estate industry for more than seven years, Amy works hard to provide her clients with attention to their needs and wants. Since the fall, she has been part of the Holly Driver Team at Aspire Realty Group. 

 

Born and raised in Little Rock and a Little Rock Central High School graduate, Amy’s love and passion for the Capital City grows deep. When she was small, she dreamed of being a successful businesswoman in her community. Now, she enjoys sharing her love of Little Rock with her clients, she says.

 

Her favorite spot in Little Rock is the Heights. “I love the shopping and eateries available,” she says.

 

In the car, we could find her jamming to Ed Sheeran Radio.

 

Her four children – with one in college at the U of A in Fayetteville – motivate her to get going every day and tackle each day with positive force.

 

Beach or mountains? “The beach.”

 

Favorite season and why? “Spring to see all the new growth blooming and hear the birds singing.”

 

Jan. 19, 2017

Staging Tips

Staging your home is a key part in the selling process and can increase the odds of closing the deal.

Some good advice from realtytimes.com states: "If you have a distinctive decorating style – whether it's Tuscan, shabby chic or modern – you're going to need to scale it back a bit. If you don't, your home will appeal to the small percentage of potential buyers who love your chosen style. Staging is about strategic editing and depersonalizing, rather than decoration and personalizing."

Aspire co-owner Mitsy Tharp says a little staging can do wonders for getting the top dollar for your home and getting it sold in the timeframe you desire. Proper staging can make the potential buyer forget about the outdated fixtures and features they may not like, she says. Their attitude can shift from "no way, no how" to "not perfect, yet I really like that pool and backyard."

It's important to remember that a house with furniture generally shows better than a vacant house, Aspire co-owner Lisa Leggett says. "When staging, it is not necessary to do the whole house. Stage key rooms – living room, master bed room, etc. – and any areas that may be difficult for a buyer to visualize. This could be an office, a bonus room or an odd shaped room."

The realtytimes article goes on to say, "Strive to stage your space with a current and fresh feel. Use updated neutrals on the walls and furnishings that are clean-lined and simple. Punches of color are great; just use them sparingly. A room arranged symmetrically and centered on the architecture reads as peaceful – one of those important aesthetics every buyer is drawn to."

Dec. 16, 2016

Meet Aspire's Karyn Wortsmith

You may see us out and about posting for sale signs in yards and making people’s home dreams a reality. Or you may see us at various events, fulfilling our civic commitments and helping to make our community a better place to live and work. We invite you to get to know us a little better. Who knows, perhaps you’ve been wondering the answers to these very questions!

Meet Karyn Wortsmith

A brand new agent and loving it, Karyn Wortsmith is originally from Anaheim, Calif., but was raised in Harrison. She’s worked with her sister, Diana Blount, at Aspire for about six months. 

Karyn moved to Central Arkansas 28 years ago to attend the University of Central Arkansas. She married Little Rock native Keith Wortsmith and they have happily resided here and raised their three daughters.

Her favorite Little Rock spot is her home. In fact, it’s not just her favorite spot here, it’s her favorite spot anywhere she is.

As a girl she dreamed of becoming a nurse so she could help people. “I went to college to pursue my dreams, but quickly discovered I would have to help people in another capacity. I graduated with an early childhood education degree and had the honor and privilege of helping little people for many years.”

To get her motivated throughout the day, Karyn enjoys listening to KLOVE in the car. “I love the positive, encouraging songs and messages.”

Karyn lives every day to the fullest. “What gets me out of bed every day is the promise of a new day and all that it may hold is enough inspiration for me to eagerly get out of bed.”

When she’s not busy working, Karyn enjoys traveling, reading, photography, interior design and party planning.

Beach or mountains: “I’m 100 percent a beach girl! I can’t stand being cold and I adore the sunshine!”

Favorite season: “Summer has been my favorite season as long as I can remember because it’s the most fun season and I always get to spend more time with my family during the summer.”       

 

Nov. 29, 2016

Meet Aspire's Lisa Leggett

You may see us out and about posting “for sale” signs in yards and making people’s home dreams become a reality. Or you may see us at various events, fulfilling our civic commitments and helping to make our community a better place to live and work. We invite you to get to know us a little better. Who knows, perhaps you’ve been wondering the answers to these very questions!

Meet Lisa Leggett

Lisa, wife of co-owner Mark Leggett, has been in real estate for seven years and with Aspire Realty Group since its beginning in March 2014.

She moved here from Texas as a little girl and has called the Natural State home ever since. “I can’t imagine living anywhere else,” she says. “Central Arkansas is my home.”

Lisa’s favorite Little Rock spot is anywhere her children are playing sports – Catholic High School to watch her older son; Central High School to watch her daughter cheer for Pulaski Heights Middle School; and the soccer fields to watch her daughter and younger son play soccer. 

When she was a girl, Lisa dreamed of becoming an attorney. She was accepted to law school but deferred so she could work a year. “I got a job in advertising producing television commercials and never looked back.”

Lisa says she loves all kinds of music, but we could often find her listening to praise and worship music, which keeps her grounded, she says. “I also listen to pop music, country and 80s music.”

Family is what motivates her every day to get out of bed and attack the day. “My life is centered on them.”

Beach or mountains? “BEACH ... no question!”

Favorite season and why? “Summer … I love the relaxed atmosphere that summer brings, meaning more time with the kids and less demands on our family's schedule.”  

 

Nov. 18, 2016

Meet Aspire's Mark Leggett

You may see us out and about posting for sale signs in yards and making people’s home dreams a reality. Or you may see us at various events, fulfilling our civic commitments and helping to make our community a better place to live and work. We invite you to get to know us a little better. Who knows, perhaps you’ve been wondering the answers to these very questions!

Meet Mark Leggett


Mark with wife Lisa, also with Aspire, and their children.

This Aspire Realty Group co-owner has been in real estate for more than seven years. Born and raised in Little Rock, he says he chooses to live and work here because he “would feel lost anywhere else.”

He loves so many places and hot spots in Little Rock, but is just as happy to be in Aspire’s Hillcrest office. “It’s a great place to hang out,” he says. And the place can really come to life on many occasions such as for fun activities surrounding First Thursday in Hillcrest.

When he was a boy, Mark dreamed of becoming a professional football player.

In the car, we could catch Mark listening to a wide variety of music – hip-hop, country, 70s, 80s, top 40 – “whatever doesn’t have a commercial playing on the radio and doesn’t put me to sleep.”

His three “charming kids and lovely wife” motivate him to get out of bed every day. “Oh, and the bill collectors,” he says, smiling.

Beach or mountains? “I prefer the mountains, but since my wife prefers the beach, you see where that's going.”

Favorite season and why? “Spring is my favorite, but fall is a close second. Those both provide the perfect Jeep weather; driving on a cool sunny day with the top off is invigorating and awesome!” 

 

 

Nov. 11, 2016

Meet Aspire's Diana Dominguez

You may see us out and about posting "for sale" signs in yards and making people’s home dreams a reality. Or you may see us at various events, fulfilling our civic commitments and helping to make our community a better place to live and work. We invite you to get to know us a little better. Who knows, perhaps you’ve been wondering the answers to these very questions!

Meet Diana Dominguez

Diana lives here because of her husband’s Air Force career and has been with Aspire Realty Group for two years. She has lived here since 2011 and absolutely loves it.

She and her hubby enjoy camping, and places like Petit Jean and Crater of Diamonds fulfill their need for outdoor fun.

When she was a girl, Diana dreamed of being an airline pilot.

With her many interests you could hear Diana jamming to anything from George Strait to Meghan to Meghan Trainor in the car.

Her desire to be a good example for her children through hard work, kindness and integrity is what motivates her every day to get out of bed.

Beach or mountains? “Mountains, I grew up surrounded by them and I miss them tremendously!” 

Favorite season and why? “That's a tough one. I love fall and spring equally. I love colder weather but with spring everything is reborn! I love that!” 

Nov. 3, 2016

Meet Aspire's Allison Baker

You may see us out and about posting for sale signs in yards and making people’s home dreams a reality. Or you may see us at various events, fulfilling our civic commitments and helping to make our community a better place to live and work. We invite you to get to know us a little better. Who knows, perhaps you’ve been wondering the answers to these very questions!

 

Meet Allison Baker

 

Allison has been with Aspire Realty Group for a year and a half. She and her family choose to live in Little Rock, even though her husband’s pilot career is based out of Louisville, Kentucky. “Both of us have family in Central Arkansas, and we love the size of the city and everything Little Rock has to offer,” she says. 

Favorite Little Rock spot? “The Little Rock Racquet Club. I love to play tennis, and we live right down the street so it's within walking distance. It has so many amenities – our kids love to hang out with their friends at the pool and play basketball or tennis. The grill is also a great spot to have lunch or dinner. We also work out on occasion!”  

When Allison was a child, she dreamed of being an Olympic athlete. “My close friends always thought I would compete in gymnastics or volleyball at the Olympics some day. I love sports and love to win!”

What do you jam to in the car? “Hip hop and rap. Eminem is my favorite.”

Who or what motivates you to get out of bed every day? “The thought of having a great and productive day and making a difference in this world, and my kids, of course!”

Beach or mountains? “Beach. I don't like cold weather, and the mountains are pretty to look at, but I cannot ski so I prefer the beach. I am fascinated by the sea – so many living creatures to be seen and knowing that there are some in the ocean that have never been seen.”

Favorite season and why? “Fall. I lived in California for a few years and love the weather. October in Arkansas is the closest thing to my favorite season.”

Oct. 27, 2016

Meet Aspire's Gina Richey

 

You may see us out and about posting for sale signs in yards and making people's home dreams a reality. Or you may see us at various events, fulfilling our civic commitments and helping to make our community a better place to live and work.
We invite you to get to know us a little better. Who knows, perhaps you’ve been wondering the answers to these very questions!

This week, meet Aspire agent Gina Richey!

Gina has a long history in real estate – 11 years – but is relatively new to Aspire Realty Group. She joined us six months ago.

She couldn’t imagine living and working anywhere else. She grew up in Central Arkansas and simply loves the area, she says.

Nearby Aspire headquarters on Kavanaugh Boulevard, Gina likely can be seen at her favorite haunt – Canon Grill.

When she was a girl, Gina dreamed of one day making her debut on the stage as an actress.

She gets to pretend that dream came true when she’s in her car jamming to “I’m Worth It” by Fifth Harmony.

Every day, Gina is motivated to get out of bed by her Yorkie, Katy Bugs.

Beach or mountains? “Beach”

Favorite season and why? “Summer – tennis moves outside!”

 

 

 

 

Oct. 19, 2016

Meet Aspire's Austin Franks

You see us out and about doing our house thing and in various ways boosting our community through our civic involvements. We invite you to get to know us a little better. Who knows, perhaps you’ve been wondering the answers to these very questions!

This week we feature Aspire Realty Group’s principal broker and co-owner Austin T. Franks. Austin brings 25 years of real estate experience to Aspire, his life’s passion next to family and golf.

Getting to know Austin...

It’s the “great” people, “good” restaurants and availability of fun outdoor activities that entice Austin to live and work here, he said.

His favorite Little Rock spot? “I can’t choose just one – Sandy's Restaurant, Pantry Crest and Cafe Prego.” 

As a child, Austin dreamed of being a lawyer.

In the car, you can catch him jamming to the Dave Matthews Band. 

Every day, he’s motivated by his family. They keep him going. 

Beach or mountains? "Mountains." 

Favorite season and why? “Spring, I love the cool mornings and the days are not to hot.”