Chi­anne Capel con­tin­ues fam­ily legacy

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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.

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