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Christopher Hodge is the son of an engineer father and a mother with a love for the arts and dancing. Jeana Hodge-Cook is the daughter of a Navy man who later became one of the few who received the Master of Vessels distinction and a mother who spent her life involved the medical field from nursing to the emergency room.
We were both raised in Texas with strong family values.
- Two sons who both attended and graduated Russellville High School
- One son graduated Arkansas Tech University with a degree in the arts, while the other son is currently attending ATU, majoring in music as a member of the Band of Distinction.
HOBBIES / INTERESTS
- Traveling, being out and about!
- The beach!
- Disney – parks and movies are both adored
- Being involved in the local community (Art Walk, Fall Fest, etc.)
- Music – collecting albums of every genre and attending live shows!
- Being with family, of course, when time and schedules allows
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions!)
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE BUSINESS?
We as a family have been in the real estate business since 1999! We have had a while to develop as professionals and establish ourselves out on the market, from Texas to Arkansas. Seventeen years has offered countless chances to meet so many people from so many different walks of life.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH THE COLDWELL BANKER COMPANY?
Since 1999, we have been with the Coldwell Banker James R. Ford & Associates but we have been with the Russellville branch, here locally, since 2010!
ANY HELPFUL TIPS FOR BUYERS AND SELLERS?
There are different kinds of buyers out there and each is unique in how they go about purchasing a home. Number buyers who focus on their budget and nothing more can be missing out on an ideal home by not broadening their scopes to see more houses. However, it is also a necessity to take a family budget into consideration when settling down. A buyer should ask themselves if the house fits their family, if it offers everything they need or will need, not just what they want. The biggest thing, though, is for a buyer to trust their feet always! If a buyer feels the floor sinks or is uneven, they shouldn’t take it lightly. Remember, you can always paint, but it takes more work to fix a house with flooring issues.
Lightbulbs, lightbulbs, lightbulbs. A bright idea that most people don’t consider is changing out their home lights. It may seem trivial, but changing these not only offers up the idea that a home owner takes care of their home and updates appliances, but it also shows potential buyers a more refreshed and brighter environment when they walk in to view. On top of that, it is also crucial to clean the return air! Sellers, don’t leave it dirty! Anything left unclean in a home gives off an aura that a seller does not care about their home. As far as the outside of the house, mulch can be your best friend! Freshening up the front or back yard with a little mulch can make a world of difference to those focused on buying a home with a nice yard.
HOW MANY FAMILIES HAVE YOU HELPED BUY OR SELL?
In our 17 years, we have helped over 500 families.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A REAL ESTATE AGENT?
The most rewarding thing about being an agent is the simple reminder that we are helping families or individuals who are moving forward with their life. It’s always an honor when we are chosen to help a family find the house that they will be settling into for the next stage of their life. The rewards is when everything goes smoothly and they meet the goals they started out with, or even better, when we can exceed their expectations.
ARE THERE ANY FUNNY CLIENT STORIES YOU REMEMBER?
We can recall a very fond memory of showing a doctor and his wife potential homes to buy. Each time we brought the couple to a house we would ask them the same question and get the same answer.
“Do you like this home?” We would ask them.
“Yes,” they would reply.
From then, we would ask: “Do you want to buy this home?”
The answer was always a simple: “No.”
After showing a couple more homes, we finally invited the couple into one where, as we were waiting for them to finish their tour, we heard laughter and giggling coming from upstairs. When they returned, we could tell their attitudes had shifted completely.
“Do you like this home?”
In the next few moments, a miracle would occur.
“Do you want to buy this home?” We asked for what felt like the hundredth time. They replied for the first time ever with something new.
It’s in times like these, as a realtor, we are often reminded of how big of a step buying a home is. It’s scary, sure, but it is also one of the most enjoyable and emotional moments a family will face. In the end, it makes the experience even more valuable.
ANY ADVICE FOR ASPIRING AGENTS?
Our simple advice for anyone looking to become a realtor is to make sure this is the job for you. If you love helping others and making each day an enriching and rewarding opportunity to make life easier for someone else, this is the career you want to pursue.
WHAT DO YOU WANT OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
If there is one thing we want our buyers and sellers to know about us, it is that we are a family oriented duo who loves what we do, but are also good at what we do. Our customers have commended us on our professionalism, our attention to detail, and, most importantly, our ability to work around busy schedules. We are very active in our community and the people within it so we take pride in our friendly and responsive nature and are quick to work with our clients on every aspect of the home buying and selling process.