Arvest Announces Coloring Contest Winner

Friday, July 14 at 08:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We are excited to announce the winner of our coloring contest hosted by Arvest and the Early Childhood Initiatives Center* in Bentonville, Ark.

Congratulations to our winner Shraunak Sagare, age 4! His art will be featured on an Arvest Bank debit card along with the logo of the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center- Early Childhood Initiatives Center.

Sagare’s entry was selected from more than 80 submissions in the competition, which was held June 24 at the Bentonville Farmer’s Market - Kids Art Park.*

“Every piece was unique and reflected a wonderful insight about the child that created it,” said Michelle Barnes, executive director of the Early Childhood Initiatives Center. “It's incredible to watch … young children move through stages of development beginning with random scribbling and moving to lines and patterns, and finally being able to draw pictures of objects and people. It's only then a child is developmentally ready to write letters. 

“The contest winner was selected because the artwork reflects a young learner’s process towards developing fine motor skills. Additionally, he used art to express his view on life. When we make art a part of regular part of learning, children are able to express their feelings, problem solve, learn cause and effect, and gain confidence.”

Thank you to all of the young artists who participated in this fun event!

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arvest Benton County, Bentonville, Community Support, Debit Cards
 

Coloring Contest Set for June 24 in Bentonville, Ark.

Thursday, June 22 at 03:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Attention young Bentonville artists, it’s your time to shine! Arvest and the Early Childhood Initiatives Center* in Bentonville, Ark. will be hosting a coloring contest from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 24, at the Bentonville Farmer’s Market - Kids Art Park.* 

The lucky winner will have his or her artwork featured on an Arvest Bank debit card, along with the Early Childhood Initiatives Center logo. The debit card will be available to new and current Arvest Bank customers at any bank location across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.
 
Children are invited to visit the Arvest tent, located in front of Pressroom,* to participate in the contest. There is no fee to enter. A panel of Arvest and Early Childhood Initiatives Center representatives will select the winning entry. The winner will be announced Monday, July 10.
 
We’re excited to see imaginations soar at this fun event! Hope to see you there!
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arvest Benton County, Bentonville, Community Support, Debit Cards
 

Roberts Promoted in Northwest Arkansas

Wednesday, May 17 at 05:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Role includes leadership of advertising and marketing efforts.

ROGERS, Ark. – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Kyle Roberts has been promoted to marketing manager for Arvest Benton County.

Roberts has worked in the financial services industry for more than three years, most recently as a marketing specialist for Arvest Benton County. In his new role, Roberts will provide leadership for that market’s advertising, public relations and marketing efforts, among other responsibilities.

“We are very excited to promote Kyle Roberts as our new marketing manager,” said Robyn Breshears, executive vice president and sales manager for Arvest Benton County. “During his time with our team, Kyle has filled a much-needed spot with his creativity, communication skills and high energy.

“Kyle shows true leadership and the desire to provide outstanding marketing services to our local team and the corporate marketing team. We look forward to Kyle’s forward-thinking initiatives to help us grow in the future.”

Roberts has worked in the banking industry for more than three years, and previously served as an adjunct professor at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, Okla. Roberts earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with an emphasis in public relations and minor in marketing from NSU, where he later added a master’s degree in communication arts.

Among other civic activities, Roberts serves as a volunteer at Keypoint Church in Bentonville and as a youth soccer coach. He and his wife, Sarina, live in Pea Ridge with their two children.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Associates, Bentonville, Press Release, Rogers
 

Commercial Real Estate Market Absorbs Over 1,000,000 Square Feet of Space in Northwest Arkansas

Monday, April 24 at 08:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Multi-family vacancy rates up slightly but remain low.

Arvest Bank today released its Skyline Reports on commercial and multifamily real estate in Northwest Arkansas for the last six months of 2016.

In the commercial real estate market, 1,005,502 square feet of commercial space were absorbed in Northwest Arkansas during the second half of the year, while 541,561 square feet of new space were added, resulting in a net positive absorption of 463,941 square feet. The vacancy rate for all commercial space fell from 12.7 percent in the first half of 2016 to 11.7 percent in the second half. During the first half of 2016, the commercial market experienced net positive absorption of 11,847 square feet.

The retail submarket has seen a slight increase in vacancy rates from 9.2 percent in the first half of 2016 to 9.4 percent in the second half of 2016, while the warehouse submarket has seen a more significant decrease in vacancy rates year-over-year from 11.5 percent in the second half of 2015 to 8.1 percent in the second half of 2016. According to Kathy Deck, lead researcher for the Skyline Report and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, this trend is likely a result of the changing shopping preferences of consumers.

“As consumers have increasingly embraced online shopping, it stands to reason that these new shopping preferences will have an impact on different types of commercial real estate with the retail real estate market softening while the warehouse market begins to tighten. I think that is what we are likely witnessing here in Northwest Arkansas,” said Deck.

The office submarket continues to show strength. While 155,933 new square feet were added in the second half of 2016, 271,396 square feet were absorbed – a net positive absorption of 115,463 square feet.

From July 1 to Dec. 31, 2016, there were $137.2 million in commercial building permits issued in Northwest Arkansas, a decrease from the $206.5 million in commercial building permits issued in the first half of the year and a slight increase from the $112.8 million in issued in the last half of 2015.

“Overall, the commercial real estate market can be described as both very active and well-balanced at this time,” Deck continued.

Vacancy rates in multifamily real estate rose slightly from the first half of the year but remain at low levels throughout Northwest Arkansas.  The overall vacancy rate for the Northwest Arkansas multifamily market during the second half of 2016 was 3.2 percent, up from 2.4 percent in the first half of the year. The Skyline Report tracks 336,159 multifamily units in 735 multifamily properties across Northwest Arkansas.

Craig Rivaldo, president with Arvest Bank of Benton County, said about the Skyline results, “We are visiting with a large number of clients who have been very encouraged regarding the real estate development market here in Northwest Arkansas. They have been seeing and hearing what this report indicates – that the market is well balanced, and there are plenty of good opportunities for intelligent commercial and multifamily projects now and in the future.”

Springdale continues to have the lowest vacancy rate in the region, now falling below 1.0 percent to 0.9 percent followed by Bentonville at 1.3 percent, Siloam Springs at 1.8 percent, Rogers at 2.7 percent and Fayetteville at 4.7 percent. Fayetteville’s vacancy rate of 4.7 percent was up from 3.6 percent in the first half of 2016, the result, according to Deck, of a substantial number of “by-the-bed” rental units targeted to college students coming onto the market after the start of the Fall school semester.

Increased demand put upward pressure on lease rates with the average monthly lease price for a multifamily property unit in Northwest Arkansas increasing to $627.04 from $608.88 in the first half of 2016.

“We are running out of adjectives to describe the multifamily market in Northwest Arkansas,” Deck said. “Considering that what is generally considered the normal vacancy rate in multifamily properties is 5 percent, for the overall rate in Northwest Arkansas to be in the 3 percent range and to have stayed under 4 percent since the second half of 2014 is remarkable. With so many new multifamily properties under construction or recently announced, we anticipate that we will likely be in the more normal range of 5 percent within 18- to 24-months. And with so many of the newer properties having a more robust set of amenities, it won’t be surprising if we see higher average rates at that time, even with a higher overall vacancy rate.”

The Arvest Skyline Report is a biannual analysis of the latest commercial, single-family residential and multi-family residential property markets in Benton and Washington counties. The report is sponsored by Arvest Bank and conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in the Sam. M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

In 2004, Arvest Bank entered into a contract with CBER to collect information about the local real estate markets. CBER researchers aggregated and analyzed data from local governments, property managers, visual inspections and the business media to provide a complete picture of the status of property markets in the two counties.

The CBER provides excellence in applied economic and business research to federal, state and local government, as well as to businesses currently operating or those that desire to operate in the state of Arkansas. The center further works to improve the economic opportunities of all Arkansans by conducting policy research in the public interest.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Arvest Biz, Bentonville, Business Banking, Community Support, Home Loans, Mortgage, Northwest Arkansas, Prairie Grove, Press Release, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Springdale
 

Skyline Report Finds Active, Balanced Residential Real Estate Market in Northwest Arkansas

Friday, March 10 at 07:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Significant increase in absorption matches increase in permits.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank today released the residential real estate market Skyline Report results for the second half of 2016 in Northwest Arkansas. The report noted an almost equal increase in building permits issued, with a 37.0 percent increase over the same period in 2015, and new homes being occupied showing a 37.6 percent increase.

Significant absorption of new homes led to the lowest level of remaining months of unbuilt lot inventory, 35.1 months, since the inception of the Skyline Report in 2004.

“Given the increase in building permits we’ve seen during the past twelve months, it is quite impressive that the absorption of newly constructed homes has kept pace,” said Kathy Deck, lead researcher for the Skyline Report at the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. “Overall the residential real estate market is as hot as we’ve seen it since the recession. Moving forward we will be paying attention to two issues that could slow down the pace of absorption – the forecasts for slower job growth in the area and the price of lots that are remaining, as this could limit builders’ ability to build the price of homes that are selling.”

There were 1,561 building permits issued in Benton and Washington counties in the first six months of 2016 and 1,574 new homes sold in the last six months of the year indicating good balance between the number of new homes being constructed and the number of new homes being purchased. In the second half of the year there were 1,638 permits issued, a 37.0 percent increase from the 1,196 permits issued during the same period of 2015.

The average sale price of homes sold during the period increased 7.4 percent from the same period in 2015 in Benton County, from $206,575 to $221,944. In Washington County, it increased 6.7 percent, from $189,093 to $201,804.

Centerton, in Benton County, has emerged as a hotbed of building activity. The number of building permits issued in Centerton from July through December was 208 – a 49.9 percent increase year-over-year and the third highest total of all cities in Northwest Arkansas. On the same note, there were 288 houses sold in the city during the period, a 46.9 percent increase over the same period in 2015.

“It is good to see the residential market being so active while also remaining well-balanced in terms of supply,” said Deck. “The market was equally hot prior to the recession, but at the end of 2006 there were more than 2,500 complete but unoccupied houses on the market and now there are fewer than 300. We hope that this balance is sustainable moving forward.”

“As Northwest Arkansas has continued to experience strong growth, we at Arvest have had the opportunity to help thousands of customers get into homes,” said Craig Shy, executive vice president and loan manager for Arvest Bank in Fayetteville. “During the next several years, expectations are that interest rates will rise slightly, but we keep reminding customers that even if rates increase slightly, they will still be very, very low from a historical perspective. The best news is that, in a balanced market like this, it is generally good for both buyers and sellers, as is evidenced by the large number of both new and existing homes that sold during the last half of 2016.”

The total number of new and existing homes sold in the last half of 2016 was 4,772 – a 12.1 percent increase from the 4,257 sold in the last half of 2015.

The Arvest Skyline Report is a biannual analysis of the latest commercial, single-family residential and multi-family residential property markets in Benton and Washington counties. The report is sponsored by Arvest Bank and conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in the Sam. M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

In 2004, Arvest Bank entered into a contract with CBER to collect information about the local real estate markets. CBER researchers aggregated and analyzed data from local governments, property managers, visual inspections and the business media to provide a complete picture of the status of property markets in the two counties.

The CBER provides excellence in applied economic and business research to federal, state and local government, as well as to businesses currently operating or those that desire to operate in the state of Arkansas. The center further works to improve the economic opportunities of all Arkansans by conducting policy research in the public interest.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Northwest Arkansas, Prairie Grove, Press Release, Siloam Springs, Skyline, Springdale

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