Arvest Promotes Faddis As Consumer Lender in Tontitown, Ark.

Monday, July 28 at 05:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Since 2009 we've enjoyed the privilege of having Stefanie Faddis work at Arvest. We're excited for her recent promotion to Consumer Lender so she can continue her excellent service to customers.

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that Stefanie Faddis has joined the Tontitown branch as a Consumer Lender.

Faddis started her career with Arvest Bank in 2009 as an Agricultural Loan Assistant in Siloam Springs. She transferred to Arvest Bank in Tahlequah as a Commercial Loan Assistant in 2012.

“Stefanie has the great customer service background that Arvest Bank instills in all its team members,” said Christy Queary, Consumer Loan Manager for Arvest Bank in Springdale. “She also understands lending and how the bank can help customers achieve the best deal for them and what they want to accomplish.”

A native of Westville, Okla., Faddis graduated from Westville High School in 2003. She graduated from Tahlequah Beauty Technical College with a license in cosmetology in 2008. 

She and her husband, Hank Faddis, share their home with daughter, Aubrey Dickinson, and sons Bandy Faddis and Colton Faddis.

Tags: Arkansas
 

Together We Can Help Get Little Rock, Ark. Children Ready for School

Friday, July 25 at 06:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to support Our House -- a Little Rock, Ark., organization which provides working homeless families with housing, job training, education and children’s programs.

Dressing for Success
Arvest Bank has partnered with Our House* to host a School Uniform Drive. New and gently used uniforms can be donated at Little Rock Arvest branches until July 31. Learn what types and color uniforms our students in the Little Rock School District need.*

Collecting School Supplies
In addition to providing school uniforms, Our House also provides a backpack full of school supplies. Help set a student up for a great school year by donating school supplies and back packs. School supplies needed include: backpacks, boxes of tissue, glue sticks, markers, scissors, lined paper, notebooks, folders, pencils, erasers, pens, calculators, compasses, protractors and more.* Supplies can be brought to the Our House Children's Center.

Volunteering
Interested in volunteering to fill back packs with supplies? Contact the Children's Programs VISTA by emailing kids@ourhouseshelter.org.*

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Little Rock
 

Hiring a Contractor

Thursday, July 24 at 09:55 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Whether you're planning an addition for a growing family or simply getting new storm windows, finding a competent and reliable contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home improvement project.

Your home may be your most valuable financial asset. That's why it's important to be cautious when you hire someone to work on it. Home improvement and repair and maintenance contractors often advertise in newspapers, the Yellow Pages, on the radio and on TV. However, don't consider an ad an indication of the quality of a contractor's work. Your best bet is a reality check from those in the know: friends, neighbors, or co-workers who have had improvement work done. Get written estimates from several firms. Ask for explanations for price variations. Don't automatically choose the lowest bidder.
Interview each contractor you're considering. Here are some questions to ask:

  • How long have you been in business? Look for a well-established company and check it out with consumer protection officials. They can tell you if there are unresolved consumer complaints on file. One caveat: If there is no record of complaints against a particular contractor that doesn't necessarily mean no previous consumer problems. It may be that problems exist, but have not yet been reported, or the contractor is doing business under several different names.
  • Are you licensed and registered with the state? While most states license electrical and plumbing contractors, only 36 states have some type of licensing and registration statutes affecting contractors, remodelers, and/or specialty contractors. The licensing can range from simple registration to a detailed qualification process. Also, the licensing requirements in one locality may be different from the requirements in the rest of the state. Check with your local building department or consumer protection agency to find out about licensing requirements in your area. If your state has licensing laws, then ask to see the contractor's license. Make sure it's current.
  • How many projects like mine have you completed in the last year? Ask for a list. This will help you determine how familiar the contractor is with your type of project.
  • Will my project require a permit? Most states and localities require permits for building projects, even for simple jobs like decks. A competent contractor will get all the necessary permits before starting work on your project. Be suspicious if the contractor asks you to get the permit(s). It could mean that the contractor is not licensed or registered, as required by your state or locality.
  • May I have a list of references? The contractor should be able to give you the names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three clients who have projects similar to yours. Ask each how long ago the project was completed and if you can see it. Also, tell the contractor that you'd like to visit jobs in progress.
  • What types of insurance do you carry? Contractors should have personal liability, worker's compensation and property damage coverage. Ask for copies of insurance certificates, and make sure they're current. Avoid doing business with contractors who don't carry the appropriate insurance. Otherwise, you'll be held liable for any injuries and damages that occur during the project.
  • Will you be using subcontractors on this project? If yes, ask to meet them, and make sure they have current insurance coverage and licenses, if required. Also ask them if they were paid on time by this contractor. A "mechanic's lien" could be placed on your home if your contractor fails to pay the subcontractors and suppliers on your project. That means the subcontractors and suppliers could go to court to force you to sell your home to satisfy their unpaid bills from your project. Protect yourself by asking the contractor, and every subcontractor and supplier, for a lien release or lien waiver.

Do your homework on home improvement contractors by asking your friends for recommendations and interviewing the contractors using questions like those above.

Article courtesy of
Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Information.*

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Home Loans, Mortgage
 

Mobile Web and App Updates Available Now

Wednesday, July 23 at 08:15 AM
Category: Arvest News

We are pleased to announce an Arvest Mobile Banking update is now available to improve your experience when using the iPhone® app, iPad® app, Android™ app or Mobile Web services.

Specifically, push alerts for iPad® and Android apps are now accessible. You can enable push notifications for our mobile alerts, which include:

  • Low balance
  • Deposit confirmation
  • Overdraft posted
  • Check cleared

iPhone®* and iPad®* users will be prompted to accept the required update. Android™* users will see a refreshed interface and will be prompted to accept the required update.

Mobile Web has always put the primary functions of Arvest Online Banking within reach of your preferred mobile device. Now, however, you will see a new look that provides a more app-like visual experience.

Some of the many functions you’ll still be able to enjoy include:

  • Check balances
  • Get history
  • Transfer funds
  • Pay bills
  • Locate a branch/ATM

If you have a question or would like more information, please call (866) 952-9523.

Message and data rates may apply. Please consult your carrier for details. To opt out of text banking, text HELP to 36272 or call (866) 952-9523.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Mobile Banking, Online Services
 

Ozark Guidance Golf Tournament

Wednesday, July 23 at 07:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest is a proud sponsor of the 19th Annual Reinert Cup Classic Golf Tournament. There's still time to sign up for a team if you'd like to participate!

WHAT:      Ozark Guidance will host their annual fundraising golf tournament. The proceeds will be used to provide counseling services for children.  Each year, Ozark Guidance serves over 14,500 people including 4,800 children.

WHEN:      Monday, July 28 starting at 7:30 a.m.

WHERE:      Springdale Country Club

PURPOSE:      Create awareness about Ozark Guidance services and provide funding for Ozark Guidance clients in Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties.

DETAILS:     Sign up for the 19th Annual Reinert Cup Classic Golf Tournament at ozarkguidance.org. Please pre-register by Friday, July 25.

For media questions and opportunities please contact:

Highlights of the Ozark Guidance Reinert Cup Classic Golf Tournament:

FLIGHTS

Morning Flight
Registration 7:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start 8 a.m.
Winners will be announced during lunch in two winning flights.

Afternoon Flight
Registration 12 p.m.
Shotgun Start 1 p.m.
Winners will be announced immediately following the tournament in two winning flights.

LUNCH
Lunch will be served 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Lunch courtesy of Catering Unlimited)

FOUR-PERSON SCRAMBLE

PRIZES

  • Closest-to-the pin (par threes)
  • Hole-in-one on selected par three
  • Longest drive
  • First and second in two winning flights for morning and afternoon.
Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Springdale

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