Real Deal

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News - Story and pho­tog­ra­phy by Beth Bright

Mak­ing peo­ple's dreams a re­al­ity is why Joy Bush, as­so­ciate bro­ker at Trade­mark Real Es­tate, has stayed in the business for 35 years.

“I have a won­der­ful job,” she said. “I've helped so many peo­ple with a dream of own­ing their own home find just that. From show­ing a house to mak­ing re­pairs to fi­nally clos­ing and a fam­ily mov­ing in — the whole process makes the job a chal­lenge and very re­ward­ing.”

Joy is a life­long res­i­dent of Hot Springs and grad­u­ate of Hot Springs High School. Both of her par­ents are life­long res­i­dents mak­ing her a “true na­tive.”

Though she'll be the first to ad­mit that real es­tate is a life­style for her, she does make time to visit her sons, Alex, in New York, and Mac here in Hot Springs, and is a mem­ber of First United Methodist Church. She has served on sev­eral com­mit­tees and is cur­rently ac­tive with the Mint Juleps Gar­den Club.

Hav­ing grad­u­ated with her bach­e­lor's and master's de­grees from the Univer­sity of Arkansas, she got in to real es­tate after col­lege and moved to Lit­tle Rock where she was an es­crow of­fi­cer for a ti­tle company. She then moved to Dal­las and worked as a com­mer­cial real es­tate de­vel­oper be­fore re­turn­ing home to Hot Springs. Over the span of her ca­reer, she has owned two of her own real es­tate com­pa­nies.

“You can say I've worked in all as­pects of the business,” she said. “I've closed over $150 mil­lion in trans­ac­tions in my ca­reer and I deal now in list­ing and mar­ket­ing homes, lots and com­mer­cial prop­er­ties.”

Joy has earned the Cer­ti­fied Res­i­den­tial Spe­cial­ist and Grad­u­ate RE­AL­TOR In­sti­tute des­ig­na­tions, well-equip­ping her with the tools needed to help in­di­vid­u­als buy and sell their homes, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the mar­ket in Hot Springs has im­proved.

“The mar­ket has re­ally bounced back since 2007,” she said. “We're see­ing more and more peo­ple buy­ing lake prop­erty and we're see­ing ev­ery­thing get­ting bet­ter.

She loves Hot Springs and makes sure when her clients are look­ing into pur­chas­ing com­mer­cial or per­sonal prop­erty here that they re­al­ize what all the city has to of­fer.

“I use this all the time and any­one who has worked with me has heard me say this, but it's so true — what­ever you're look­ing for, we've got it right here,” she said. “I've been for­tu­nate to have trav­eled the en­tire world and there's just no place like Hot Springs.”

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