BCN Women History Month Spotlight: Keeping it real with the Arkansas “Realtists”

BCN Women History Month Spotlight: Keeping it real with the Arkansas “Realtists”

BCN Staff – March 14, 2021 — As part of the BCN Women History Month Spotlight, Central Arkansas real estate executives Anika Dixon and Gwendolyn Parker were special guests on this week’s edition of BCN Headlines on KABF FM, 88.3 FM.

Dixon and Parker are both top officers at the Arkansas Association of Realtists, a local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), the nation’s premier African American trade group for the real estate profession. Dixon is the current president and Parker the second vice president of the Realtists.

Today, Dixon is President and CEO of Dixon Ventures Inc., the parent company to Goss Management & Realty, a local full-service residential real estate, and property management firm. Besides her real estate career as a million and multi-million-dollar producer, Dixon has served in many capacities in the industry since 2001.

They include the legislative committee of the Little Rock Realtors Association; past City of Little Rock Housing Board member; past president of our local chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers; Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Member; Little Rock Realtor Association board member; and past chairperson of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Women and Diversity committee.

Parker also has been an active member in the Central Arkansas real estate industry for nearly 20 years and has served as a member of several industry organizations and committees. They include the National Realtors Association (NAR), Arkansas Realtor Association, Arkansas Realtor’s Diversity Committee, Little Rock Pulaski Board of Realtors and North Pulaski Board of Realtors. Her specific areas of expertise include new construction, real estate listings, market buyers, strategic planning, and financial structuring.

In their hour-long interview with BCN Media Host Angel Burt and BlackConsumerNews.com Executive Editor Wesley Brown, the Central Arkansas real estate executives talked about a wide range of issues impacting the nation’s red-hot housing market. For example, they discussed how the federal COVID-19 foreclosure and eviction bans and President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan will impact the local real estate market amid the ongoing pandemic.

Dixon and Parker also talked about their specific real estate market niches and how Black consumers can become homeowners, improve their home values, and become more financially literate. Both local real estate mavens also discussed the recent NAR apology for racist housing practices of the past, including steering, redlining, and creating covenants that prohibited non-white people from living in certain communities. The nation’s largest trade group, whose membership includes the Little Rock Realtors and Arkansas Realtors Associations, also vowed to keep working to correct lasting inequities in housing.

In response to several questions from Burt concerning the ongoing debate in Arkansas State Capitol House Bill1563, Dixon and Parker offered interesting views on why Arkansas is the only state in the U.S. where renters essentially do not have any rights and can go to jail for not paying rent.  

On Monday, the House Insurance & Commerce Committee will take up a special order of business on HB1563 that will require landlords to meet minimum rental housing standards. The legislation also creates a simple eviction procedure guaranteeing a hearing to both landlord and tenant.

To listen to the complete BCN Headlines interview with Dixon and Parker, go to BlackConsumerNews.com, or the Burt & Brown (B&B) weekly podcast here. To learn more about the two Little Rock real estate executives and the Arkansas Association of Realtists, go here.

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