Key to Happiness

Love for the job and Hot Springs motivates Realtor

By Elisha Morrison, photography by Mara Kuhn

By Elisha Morrison, photography by Mara Kuhn

There are three main things Mary Anne Couch, a Realtor for Trademark Real Estate, loves about her job: meeting new people; helping people to find the right home; and sales. Even better, she gets to do it in a place she loves — Hot Springs and the surrounding areas.

Couch said she has gained many lifelong friends through helping people buy and sell property. And, she says her job is diverse and interesting, allowing her to do something different every day.

Before going into real estate 13 years ago, Couch worked in the apparel business with her husband, Kent, for 23 years. They traveled to Canada and both the East and West coasts for work. When they sold the business, Couch was not ready to just stay at home. She said she knew she wanted to work in sales without having to travel nearly as much, so she thought she would give real estate a try, and it turned out to be the perfect fit.

“Anyone who buys property in Hot Springs makes a substantial positive investment,” Couch said.REAL DEAL

Couch said it doesn’t matter if a person buys property in Hot Springs Village, on the lakes or downtown, they will be making a good investment.

Over the years, Couch has been happy to work in the Hot Springs market. Even when other parts of the country were facing low real estate values, Hot Springs stayed solid.

She said she feels Hot Springs is a unique town, which she calls “a real treasure.”

In her years as a Realtor, Couch said the internet has become a crucial part of the business. She said more people are going online to research properties and areas. For example, a person can go on a site in Wisconsin, put in their criteria and see available Hot Springs properties.

Positive changes for buyers since Couch started have included the availability of low interest rates and programs, like rural development. Couch loves her own property on Lake Hamilton, where she lives with her husband of 31 years, and her children enjoy visiting often. She gets to enjoy one of her favorite Hot Springs activities, spend time on the lake.

REAL DEALWhen not hard at work or on the lake, Couch and her husband have taken up collecting antiques and classic cars. They also love the horse races at Oaklawn.

“I wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world,” said Couch.

Couch loves downtown Hot Springs and all the history it has to offer. She enjoys the Ohio Club and the Arlington. She said Hot Springs has a great small town feel, while being just the right size town.

She often combines her love of the job and love of the lake by showing property by boat.

Couch’s motto as a Realtor is “By lake or land, if real estate is in your plan, call Mary Anne.”

One of the things that helps Couch to be good at her job is her competitive nature. She jokes it came from being raised with brothers.

Couch has a favorite qREAL DEALuote she lives by.

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving; To reach the port we must sail sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Couch offers two pieces of advice to anyone getting into Real Estate, network to meet the right people and enjoy the job.

“You have to love what you do to be good at it. I really believe that,” said Couch.


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