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Old 02-28-2009, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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We tried to move to Arkansas over by Greers Ferry Lake. Too many snakes. They seemed to be everywhere. If you want a real estate agent that won't lie to you to much then hire your own. Never, ever, try to deal with the sellers agent. There only duty is to protect the interests of seller, not the buyer.

Don't trust the sellers agent no matter how nice they talk to you, how much the wink at you and if they try to show you too much clevage then you should run!!!!
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I own a home in Louisiana and Arkansas. There is snakes of all varieties here. Now, my question. Where is a place in the south that don't have snakes ? Or the north? I just assumed snakes where everywhere. I think more people get bit by spiders than snakes around here. Wasp and bees are my biggest problem. Not to mention fire ants. But the worst is the mosquitoes and the no-see-ums.
We have lived in Fl, No VA, all throughout Ca, Tx, NM and now NWA. All have snakes, some poisin ones, some harmless. The only place we personally have seen a one that would have hurt us was, a couple of times in Ca we had rattle snakes in our garage and once in fl when I was just a little girl. I have seen some harmless ones in my life. I don't like any of them to be honest..

We haven't had as many problems with fire ants around here as we had in NM and TX, at least we didn't last summer. The worst we have dealt with are Chiggers, can't see um, hard to get of um but boy do they like to feed on my hubby...

OP, I am sure, because you live in a cool climate, unless you live near water you probably don't have a snake problem..I don't know why you want to re-locate, but many of the most popular states right now, especially for retirees are onew with snakes. Every state in the SoWest and south will have them.

We have heard one of the secrets of controlling them is to keep the grass and weeds down around your property. We have forest on both sides of us, never to we venture into the treed areas.

Again, I don't know what part of AR you were seeing property but you realtor may have been telling you the truth. Saying she hasn't seen any and sayingt they do not exist isn't the same.

Good luck with your search for a new home.

Nita
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:20 AM
 
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I don't know about this person or homes you are look at to purchase, but Arkansas has poisonous snakes, that is not in doubt.

However, snakes common to Arkansas, mostly want to be left alone. As long as you don't bother them, they are not going to bother you.

This comes from someone that grew up in Arkansas, worked in pest control business crawling under thousands of homes, and outdoors man. Personnelly, I have never seen a Rattlesnake in Arkansas in the wild alive. I have seen tons of Copperheads and Cottonmouths, up close. In fact, we have had someone in the business bitten in the past, but he put his hand directly on the snake.

There are lots of websites about snakes in general, in Arkansas, and hold to deal with them available to you. Many of them will explain steps to take to limit your involvement with snakes including in your home.

Here is one as example: Herps of Arkansas: HomePage
Fasder's absolutely right.

There's a very good chance the average person will never see a snake.

I have a timber farm, and I'm frequently "out in it". A small creek runs through it, and the creek area is walled by bedrock/boulders on both sides.

I bush hog areas occaisionally, and I have seen copperheads from time to time in the brush, which are swiftly tried/found guilty/terminated. At this time of year, if I *wanted* to find snakes, I could do so eventually by flipping big flat rocks, but I prefer other forms of amusement.

There is a resort in a town near me that is preferred by visitors, and the manager told me that he has to go out every morning and turn the canoes upright because the snakes will crawl under them for shelter, and if a guest sees a snake they get the heebie jeebies and don't come back.

However....I just had some logging done, the loggers were in the woods from August to November, and the head loger who is probably as old as my trees said he didn't see a single snake.

His explanation was....and I'd believe this guy if he told me the sun was coming up in the west....the growth of the turkey population in the area was responsible for it, as the turkey eat young snakes.

I wouldn't worry a bit about snakes.

If you look both ways before crossing the street, you can sure look at the wood pile before you pick out firewood.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Haynesville, La.-Pangburn, Ar.
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If you look both ways before crossing the street, you can sure look at the wood pile before you pick out firewood.

I agree RogMar. Just look where you step or where you reach to get something and you will be fine.
What's funny about snakes in Arkansas is, it's unlawful to kill them. So I've always heard. This may be the case in other states too, I don't know. If it's a cottonmouth, rattler, or copperhead, It usually develops lead poison around me. I had a green snake in my shrubs last year. I would pull him out and play with him then put him back. Then one day I seen him with one of my lizards in his mouth. I had to carry him up into the woods. Don't mess with a mans lizards or you outta here.

I have an old Chevy Corvair convertible that I bought several years ago. I was going to fix it up but it turned out to be a storage area instead. The other day I went out to get something out of it. When I opened the door, I seen a long snake skin in the floor. Now I know to be more careful when digging through it.

I think this thread was about real estate agents so I guess I could hit that a lick too. When we bought our house in north central Arkansas last year, our realtor was brand new to the business. I think she was honest to us. The first place that we found that we really liked, she informed us that the lady who lived there before had taken her life in the house. I think she had to tell us that by law. My wife wouldn't even go in after that news. Do I believe all agents are completely honest? No I sure don't. But what group of people are going to all be honest? None! That's my 2 cents.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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Gosh yes, be aware of fire ants. As far as dogs go. A batch of fire ants almost killed a ****z zu dog a few years back in Florida. Even after it was taken into a tub and washed ASAP. They rendered it unconscious and if it were not for the Benadryl given immediately, it would have died. The doc said that is what saved her. The fire ants mound was unseen in the grass of the complex.
( what is bleeped is the dogs breed...lol....sorry)

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Old 03-01-2009, 09:24 AM
 
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After the many, many real estate people we have dealt with, including one today, I would say they all lie. If you can find me a strait shooter, wouldn't lie if his life depended on it real estate agent, send him/her my way. I alway say that if I can't trust your word, I can't trust you, and real estate is one of those professions that believes that "bending the truth" to make a sale, isn't considered lying.

GRRRR!!!!,
Dawn, your blanket statement is uncalled for. I am not a real estate agent either, but I do recognize a posting by someone who doesn't know what she is talking about. To say that every single real estate agent you've ever encountered in a professional setting is a bold faced, liar, is most likely, simply not true. Relax, Dawn, everyone is not out to get you, and you do owe an apology for a completely ridiculous statement.

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I've dealt with dozens of real estate agents. Some lie. The smarter ones will either avoid your question or just not answer it instead of lying. The good agents dont lie, they dont have to.
In any profession, you have your good and your bad, and Benny said it about right. Dawn, Benny is telling you not everyone in the profession is bad. Isn't that more reasonable to believe than your posting?


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Northern Illinois, where I have lived all my life.. camped out and only saw a few garter snakes.. We don't have the cottonmouths and copperhead problems.. that is why I was asking. I hate snakes so I guess Arkansas is out of the question for me and my dogs...
Gussie, I feel sorry for you. Your apparent fears of some things that will probably never happen to you the entire time you step foot in Arkansas, is really unfounded. To not consider moving to Arkansas out of northern Illinois because of the extremely remote chance you would have an encounter with a poisonous snake, with all due respect, is just a bit too extreme in the "exercise caution" aspect of your decision making. I would venture that every single town or city in the US has some remote chance of a bad encounter with something. You probably have a better chance of winning your states' lottery or getting a hole-in-one than you will ever have of getting up close and personal with a dangerous, poisonous snake anywhere you considering moving to.

The funny thing is that being up there in northern Illinois, you routinely deal with poisonous snakes and do it on a voluntary basis. They're called Illinois politicians that you all up there continue to vote in, lol. Sorry to a few relatives I have up there in Illinois, couldn't help myself on that one, but Gussie, I think I would take my chances on the off-chance encounter with a snake to enjoy the overwhelming beauty that Arkansas has, than to keep that 100% guarantee you have of crooked, selfish politicians who have never had your best interest at heart, wastefully thow away your money, and force you pay some of the most outrageously high taxes in the entire nation. That is a blanket statement that can be backed up with facts, lol.

Seriously, we swim, boat, and water-ski in lakes in Arkansas every summer, and have never seen a snake yet. I'm not saying they're not around, but they really don't want anything to do with you if they can help it. Relax and re-think. You'll be just fine.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Haynesville, La.-Pangburn, Ar.
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Well said CVer72529.
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:01 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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After the many, many real estate people we have dealt with, including one today, I would say they all lie. If you can find me a strait shooter, wouldn't lie if his life depended on it real estate agent, send him/her my way. I alway say that if I can't trust your word, I can't trust you, and real estate is one of those professions that believes that "bending the truth" to make a sale, isn't considered lying.

GRRRR!!!!,
You are dealing very harsh words about a reputable profession. I am not an agent but I have gone through the schooling. I will now tell you that RE Reps, Agents etc. are professionals. Since they are professionals they can be sued. As a group, RE Professionals tried very hard to be known as such and therefore they are liable for what they say to a client or potential client who is asking the agent questions when he/she is representing an agency.

For example: An agent who is showing you a home says that a specific room in the home has been painted in the last 3 months and this room has new and upgraded electric outlets.
If you discover that it has never been painted and does not have new or upgraded electrical outlets the agent has become liable for a lawsuit.

There is no reason to post a negative blanket statement about real estate agents...Guess what. You now have become liable....
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:08 AM
 
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I was looking for a house in the country in Arkansas.. I noticed on a web site that there are alot of poisonous snakes there. I asked the real estate lady and she said she has never seen one out in the country....Well I went to a web site that talked about old fashioned swimming holes and all the areas mentioned in Arkansas said BEWARE OF SNAKES!!!!
Did she lie?

Hmmm

Do they have Diamonds in Crater of Diamonds state park? "I've never seen any."

Is there a MOLE problem in NWA? "I've never seen any moles."

Why is termite insurance required to have a termite bond? "I've never seen any termites."


Your realtor may very well be telling the truth, she has never SEEN a snake in the country. Either she hasn't looked, doesn't visit the country much, or just plain hasn't seen one! I'm sure there are plenty of snakes in Arkansas, as with many other states. But if you don't frequent the places they spend their time, you won't see them.

I feel really bad defending a realtor To me, they belong in the same boat as lawyers and accountants. However in this case, I think you'll agree - she may well be telling the truth.
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Haynesville, La.-Pangburn, Ar.
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Did she lie?

Hmmm

Do they have Diamonds in Crater of Diamonds state park? "I've never seen any."

Is there a MOLE problem in NWA? "I've never seen any moles."

Why is termite insurance required to have a termite bond? "I've never seen any termites."


Your realtor may very well be telling the truth, she has never SEEN a snake in the country. Either she hasn't looked, doesn't visit the country much, or just plain hasn't seen one! I'm sure there are plenty of snakes in Arkansas, as with many other states. But if you don't frequent the places they spend their time, you won't see them.

I feel really bad defending a realtor To me, they belong in the same boat as lawyers and accountants. However in this case, I think you'll agree - she may well be telling the truth.

I can comment on the diamonds. My boy found a 1.75 carrat a few years ago. But I do see your point.
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