by JACLYN ROSE
Both Keith and Sharon Aleshire have family ties in Polk County that stretch back to the 1840’s-1860’s. Their love, pride, and knowledge of the area is second to none, and as realtors, this gives them a great advantage. Keith was born in Mena and graduated from Norman. To him, Mena has always been home and he was fortunate to grow up on several different farms within the county. Sharon was born in Washington State, hearing the tales of beautiful Arkansas from her mom and dad, who had moved out West like so many others, looking for work. “My mom and dad would talk about living in Arkansas and it was a magical place, they would talk about riding horses and going out to look for that missing cow, hiding across the creek. It was a wonderful place,” said Sharon. Her family saved up all their money and moved back to Glenwood, Arkansas when she was a young teenager. Unfortunately, the farm they bought had been deemed unwell for animals, but because of the lack of disclosure laws, they had no idea when they bought the farm and her family lost everything. “This makes selling real estate very important to me. We were fortunate to be able to move to Cove, where I graduated from Van-Cove and I was blessed to know some wonderful people in South Polk County,” explained Sharon.
Keith and Sharon met while they were in high school and the couple married 44 years ago. They have three children, Greg Aleshire, Julie Gordon, and Kristy Hall, as well as seven grandkids and one great-grandchild. “We are really blessed that our children all stayed in Mena and we have been able to have our grandkids close to us,” said Sharon.
Eighteen years ago, Keith ran a bulldozer and tractor business, when he decided to get into real estate. Two years later, he got his broker’s license and in 1999 began working at Holly Springs Real Estate, for Don Brewer, which the Aleshire’s purchased in 2009. Their office, located at 1114 Highway 71 South, has seven agents, including Keith and Sharon and services all of Arkansas, with a focus on the Western portion of the state. Holly Springs Real Estate has been in business since 1985, when Bonnie Taylor started it in the Holly Springs Community, before later moving her office to Mena.
“Being familiar with farming and dozer work, we feel like, gives us an edge. Really every experience and career ties together in real estate. A lot of times we are the first contact a person has when they decide to move to the area, so we think it’s very important to know the area and the history well. We always take every transaction very seriously and we are honored to have someone put their trust in us to handle their real estate transaction. Small or large, each transaction is very important to the person buying, and each gets the same amount of attention,” explained Keith.
Both Keith and Sharon are members of the Area Board of Realtors, where Keith has served two terms as President and Sharon currently serves as Board President. Keith is also a member of the City Planning Committee. The couple attends Christ Community Fellowship Church and are honored to have recently helped their church purchase land on Highway 88 to build a new building. In addition to her work for Holly Springs Real Estate, where she is an agent and runs the office, Sharon has worked in the evenings for Wal-Mart for the past 16 years. Unfortunately, Keith has also been fighting cancer for the past nine years and is on his third round of chemotherapy, which he receives and then immediately goes back to work. His daughter, Julie, is the Mena High School Relay of Life Representative, so their family works hard for that wonderful cause.
“We think Polk County is the best kept secret in the United States and we want to make sure everyone who lives here finds the house that suits them in their budget, and has a smooth transaction. We love the lifestyle here and the friendly people. We feel like faith, family and friends are all so important. The idea that you have got hunting, fishing, ATV riding, everything you could want to do, you can do around here. We have made so many new friends with the people we have worked with over the past years and we are so thankful to have so much of our extended family here with us. We are thankful to be here, and are so grateful for our clients and to be able to serve our city in some capacity,” explained Keith.