RE/MAX of Conway is open for business at 913 Oak St., brining 16 licensed real estate agents to downtown Conway.
RE/MAX has been looking to move from their former location in front of Walmart Supercenter on Skyline Drive for the past several years, said principle broker Robert Henson who co-owns the agency with his wife Diane.
Robert said they first started looking for property downtown three years ago, but never found a property that would be the right fit for RE/MAX.
"We have to not only be happy, but our agents have to be happy with the property too," he said.
Their lease was up at the first of the month, right about the same time a building become available downtown.
The Conway Downtown Partnership suggested RE/MAX move into the former Pazzaz Interiors space at 913 Oak St. across from the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.
"We feel very blessed we had the opportunity to move into this building," Diane said.
The building is approximately 8,200 square feet with space for a boardroom, offices on each side for agents, a break room in the back and plenty of room for future growth, Diane said.
There will also be an area with movies, puzzles, games and an old-fashioned popcorn machine for families with children.
Diane said she decided to put the boardroom behind the storefront windows, so people could see their day-to-day business as they walk by.
"We want people to see us working," she said. "We want to be part of the community. A lot of the time things are done behind closed doors, but we wanted people to know we are alive and vibrant in our community."
She has plans to put a TV on the wall in front of the window, so passersby can view a slideshow of all RE/MAX of Conway’s listings.
In the back of the building, Robert is setting up a training room, so agents can stay up to date on all the latest material that is available to RE/MAX agents online. The Hensons also plan to host classes there.
"We have to stay current with everything that’s available, so we can help our clients the best that we possibly can, and stay on the cutting edge of real estate knowledge," Diane said.
RE/MAX of Conway signage is on its way, Diane said, but for now she has a banner hanging in the window to let the community know about the new location.
With such great help moving into their new location, Robert said, RE/MAX was conducting business on Skyline Drive in the morning and working out of boxes on Oak Street by the afternoon.
Paul Baker set up the Hensons’ Wifi services with multiple connector boxes throughout the facility, so they never lose a bar, Diane said.
"We’re really excited about our updated technology; it’s the best available on the market," she said.
RE/MAX of Conway agents buy and sell residential and commercial real estate in Conway, Vilonia, Greenbrier, Mayflower, Cabot and surrounding areas. They also provide property management services.
"We’ve always tried to give our agents the tools they need to be successful," Robert said, "and I think we’ve taken a step forward in doing that by making this move."
(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)