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George Waldon

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George Waldon joined Arkansas Business in 1985 as an associate editor and has covered a smorgasbord of topics during his tenure, ranging from weighty matters to the absurd. He grew up in Corning (Clay County), graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and worked as a general assignment reporter at the El Dorado News-Times before signing on with Arkansas Business.

Waldon edits Arkansas Business' Whispers column and writes the weekly Real Deals column on Arkansas real estate transactions. He's also one of the state's most experienced banking reporters.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

$6.2M Transaction Visits Village Green Apartments (Real Deals)

A 172-unit apartment project in southwest Little Rock weighed in at $6.2 million. Entities with common ownership were on either side of a $960,000 transaction in downtown Little Rock's The Residences at Building 5. read more >

Purchases Spur Redevelopment Of Bank Branch Sites

Two competitors recently stepped into the Pulaski County banking market to replace Metropolitan National Bank and National Bank of Arkansas. Even with the redevelopment of four NBA branches, Pulaski County has no shortage of banking locations, with 199 full-service branches operated by more than two dozen lenders. read more >

NLR Acreage Acquisition Approaches $2.7 Million (Real Deals)

More than 420 acres on the eastern edge of North Little Rock changed hands in a transaction valued at $2.69 million. The sale of two Citgo convenience stores added up to a $1.4 million combo deal. And a 7,460-SF industrial project in North Little Rock changed hands in a $450,000 sale. read more >

Bank-Owned Property Draws $3.9M Buyer (Real Deals)

A 49,100-SF office building in west Little Rock weighed in at $3.9 million. A four-building, 22,912-SF office project in west Little Rock changed hands in a nearly $1.66 million transaction. read more >

Chateau West Moves In $2.8 Million Sale (Real Deals)

The sale of a 141-unit apartment complex in south Little Rock weighed in at $2.86 million. A carwash in downtown Little Rock is under new ownership after a $491,000 sale. And a 1,744-SF office building in west Little Rock changed hands in a $300,000 deal. read more >

FBI's Arkansas Headquarters Attracts $19.5M Sale

The Arkansas headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $19.5 million. A 260-unit apartment project in Little Rock's Riverdale area is in the works after a $2.57 million land deal. And a 9,460-SF office building in west Little Rock that was the subject of foreclosure proceedings has been sold for $750,000. read more >

Bear State Buy Poised To Take Assets to $1.5B

Bear State Financial Inc. of Harrison, recently renamed from First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas, is days away from almost tripling its size with the pending acquisition of First National Security Co. of Hot Springs. read more >

Acme Creditors Oppose 3-Branch Sale, Say Allied Assets Should Be Separate

A proposed $2 million sale of three of Allied Bank's six branches to an unidentified buyer has drawn opposition from the largest secured creditors of its parent company, Acme Holding Co. of Little Rock. read more >

First Federal Bancshares Changes Name to Bear State Financial

First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas Inc. of Harrison is now Bear State Financial Inc. The name change approved by shareholders on March 21 became effective Tuesday. read more >

Tribal Land in Arkansas Draws Scrutiny

Two Indian tribes have made successful forays into Arkansas to reclaim historic ties through land ownership. One was made with the aid of a gift and the other through acquisition thanks to profits from casino operations in Oklahoma. read more >