Chianne Capel continues family legacy
Being able to help a homebuyer with the process to find the “perfect” home is one of the things Chianne Capel finds most enjoyable about her job as a realtor for Lake Hamilton Realty.
Having worked for the company for 15 years, Capel said she is a third generation family member working for the company created by her grandfather, Roy Harris.
“My grandfather built several housing projects and he started Lake Hamilton Realty. Kenny Harris, my father, is one of the brokers and owners, and I’m the third generation to work for the company,” Capel said.
After the housing slump of 20072008, Capel said sales are getting better and Hot Springs has a good inventory of available properties.
“This is turning out to be one of our better years. In the past few years, it’s been in a slump for awhile, but it’s definitely rising,” she said.
And property sales have amounted to types all across the board, she said.
“I’ve got people looking for rental property, lake condos, suburban homes with acreage, so really, it’s just everything.”
And, while she said she would not say it’s “easy” for homebuyers to get financing, lenders have “definitely been great” in helping buyers get lined out in order to get a loan.
“But, you definitely have to have the (high) credit scores. That has gotten a little more strict, but the lenders are really good here with working with people and trying to get them lined up so that if they can’t qualify for a loan right now, they can further down the road,” she said.
Although new construction is not at the level it was about 10 years ago, Capel said more new homes are being built in the Hot Springs area.
Capel, and her husband, Tim, a teacher and coach in the Cutter Morning Star School District, have a blended family of seven children ranging from 4 years old to 19 who attend schools at Lake Hamilton, in Benton, and Duke University.
A resident of the Lake Hamilton School District for many years, Capel and her family have recently bought a home behind the school.
“This area is a great community. I love the natural setting, the wooded areas. It’s really pretty out here,” she said.