Thursday, October 27, 2016

Home Tips For Winter Weatherizing!

Do you feel the chill in the air? Whether you call the Lake of the Ozarks home year round or enjoy a summer house in the area, winter is coming and you’ve probably given weatherizing your property some thought. Fran Campbell Team has compiled a to-do list to help you get your home prepared for the coolest months in Missouri. If you haven't found that perfect place to spend your seasons, call Fran Campbell Team and we will help you find your own home to cozy up in this winter.

Clean The Gutters

It's a nasty job, but someone has to do it! You can hire someone, or you can do it yourself but don't let clogged gutters be the cause of ice build up and damage this winter. Before the leaves really start to fall, clean your gutters and cover them with mesh guards to keep them clean of debris. Keeping your home's gutters clean will keep you from pricey repairs this winter.

Clean Your Garage & Store Machinery

Take time this fall to clean and organize your garage. You'll be glad you did! Make room in your garage to store your outdoor summer equipment, they'll be used less often and you don't want the unpredictable Missouri weather to damage them. Probably a good time to locate the snow shovels too!

Give Your Furnace A Test Run

We've had some chilly nights already, but if you haven't run your heat, it's a good idea to turn it on and ensure it's working properly. If you have to call a service technician to inspect your heating system, you'll want to do that as soon as possible to avoid long wait times as winter ascends. When your furnace runs efficiently, it also helps keep energy costs low. Also, be sure to clean or replace dirty furnace filters for maximum benefit.

Check Your Fireplace

While we're on the subject of warmth, now is the time to hire a chimney sweep to take a look at your flue. You want to confirm that the fireplace is working properly and there are no blockages before you burn your first bundle of wood.

Inspect The Roof

Walk the perimeter around your house to check on any roof leaks or bad shingles. Without a properly functioning roof, you could get water damage which can cause deterioration to your homes’ insulation, wood, or drywall. Hopefully, there are no concerns and your roof is ready for those holiday lights that will be going up before you know it!

Stay In Touch With A Neighbor Or Friend

It's always a good idea to have a neighbor or friend that you trust to check if you left the garage door up or take a walk around the property if you're out of town. If you use your lake home less frequently in the winter months you might consider asking a friend or neighbor to periodically check on your home. This will give you peace of mind and if there were to be a problem, you'll know sooner than later.

From packing up the pool toys to changing your furnace filter, you'll be glad you took the time to weatherize your home for winter. Fall is still a great time to find and purchase property and  Fran Campbell Team at the Lake of the Ozarks  is ready to help you. Contact our office and schedule a time to bundle up and view that piece of real estate you've been hoping to see!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Why The Fran Campbell Team Are YOUR Real Estate Specialists

The process of buying or selling a home is an intricate one, and the Fran Campbell Team understand that it requires a lot of knowledge about the local real estate market, contracts, escrow, appraisals, referrals and more. Experience counts when it comes to making the most of your budget or getting the most out of your money when buying or selling property at the Lake of the Ozarks and here are some reasons why it's a smart move to use Fran Campbell Team for your next real estate transaction.

Local Expertise

Fran Campbell Johnson and team can inform you about local amenities, school districts, neighborhoods and activities. And our agents know the market - we know how much homes are selling for all around the lake area, we know what areas are highly desirable if you’re coming in from out of town, and we know which areas are up-and-coming. You can trust our agents to know the local inventory and know how to get the best price for a home or property.


Buying a home can be an intimidating experience – you're making one of the biggest financial decisions of your life. As a buyer, you want to make sure stress and emotions don't get the better of you, especially when it comes to making important decisions. The Fran Campbell Team knows what buyers and sellers go through – we’ve been doing this a long time. While we have personal experience, we also have an experienced eye when it comes to the business portion of a real estate transaction. We want to be our buyer’s biggest advocates and a successful negotiation is our primary concern. We want our experience to make the process as smooth and stress free as possible.


The real estate transaction process requires a number of professionals and services. From a lender, home inspector, contractors and handymen for repairs, lawyers, and a number of other professionals, knowing the right people is beyond important when you want to have a smooth and successful transaction. If needed, our agents can provide referrals to respectable and dependable sources around the Lake of the Ozarks.

Documents and Paperwork

Our agents know the ins and outs of all the documents and paperwork required for a home sale or purchase because they've been through a number of transactions. From drafting a purchase agreement, to contacting any other agents and the title company, Fran Campbell Johnson and team will be able to provide help in the forms of knowledge, time and resources during the real estate transaction process. Our agents also know the important parts of an offer or contract. Having an agent that knows the process, the paperwork and the documentation is a valuable asset when it comes to making one of the biggest decisions of your life.

The Fran Campbell Team will work diligently to meet and exceed your real estate expectations. We understand the importance of making your transaction smooth and have the qualifications to assist you from beginning to end. Contact an agent at Fran Campbell and Team, then relax as we tackle the tough questions for you!

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fran Campbell Johnson & Her Award Winning Team are Committed to Real Estate Excellence!

With Fran Campbell Johnson leading the way, the award winning Real Estate agents of the Fran Campbell Team RE/Max Lake of the Ozarks proves you can't get any better than this!

As a former Kansas City native, Fran moved to the lake for the many opportunities this beautiful area has to offer; so she now lives in the heart of the lake, Osage Beach. She's been a Real Estate agent for twenty nine years and has successfully achieved her rite of excellence through stellar recognition. Along with her award winning team, she's achieved many accomplishments through her core values of outstanding customer service, ethical teamwork, communication, accountability and of course, the truest of values, her care for others, all tied up neatly adding, a great sense of humor. Thus making her and her eight woman team the best in what Real Estate stands for!

The agents at the Fran Campbell Team RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks have been working and striving towards Real Estate excellence for over twelve years.  Their various awards have let them all succeed in top levels of their achievements. They have accomplished this through their superior customer service, continuing professional education; along with professional designations. These qualities were instilled in them and held to the highest regard as a whole and as individuals so as to serve the most important value, their customers.

Personally, Fran and her Team have received awards and accomplishments through their commitment to Real Estate and their RE/MAX association in the state of Missouri. They were honored as being in the top ten teams in Missouri for the Mid-States Region consecutively for over nine years. Respectfully they have additionally received club and carer awards for over twelve years and are: RE/MAX Hall of Fame 2009, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement 2010, REBAC Hall of Fame 2013 and Lead Street Power User Award 2013.

The future goals for her and her team are to obtain the prestigious RE/MAX Circle of Legends Award before she retires from the industry. This award is of the highest level and is a true award of excellence.

These women collectively and individually are some of the top agents who not only value their business but have and demonstrate a true caring and concern for their customers and hold high the respect this industry deserves.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Energy Saving Tips for Fall & Winter

The weather is changing and nights are cooling off. Soon the trees will lose their leaves and people will swap their shorts and dresses for coats and scarves! With the new season comes a new opportunity to re-evaluate your home-energy usage and prepare for the cooler months. To help kick off your eco-friendly home improvement mindset, Fran Campbell and Team offer a few tips to curb your energy use and save you some money this fall and winter.

Give your furnace a tune-up. As the temperatures begin to fall, heaters start working overtime. Give your heating unit a tune-up early on in the season, this will ensure it runs efficiently, economically and safely throughout the season. When you service your furnace you will want to check and change your filter. You should check all heating vents to make sure they are uncovered; when a vent is blocked it is useless as heat can’t get out, and it can drive up your heating bill. You may want to schedule an inspection and maintenance visit from a certified HVAC technician, who can make sure your system is up to speed and catch any problems before they become major expenses. Routine maintenance can reduce your energy consumption.

Use the sun for free heat. That bright orb in the sky can be a great temperature control in your residence throughout the year. During the cooler months, let the sunlight in! This will naturally heat your home. Open the curtains on your south-facing windows during winter days to bring free heat into your home and, close the curtains and blinds when the sun goes down to reduce the chill from
cold windows.

Cover drafty windows and seal cracks. You can choose window treatments and coverings not only for decoration but also for saving energy. Carefully select window treatments; there are options that can reduce heat loss. However, to effectively reduce cold air leakage you will need to caulk and weather-strip around windows to reduce air infiltration.

Use ceiling fans to your advantage. Homes that have better ventilation and airflow can be more energy efficient throughout all seasons. Did you know, when a fan is spinning clockwise it will help trap heat inside to keep your rooms warmer during the cooler months. Turn your ceiling fan on a low setting to push that hot hair back down to warm you up!

Adjust the thermostat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save about 10 percent per year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat down about 10 degrees for eight hours. If you think you can do it, invest in some flannel sheets and warm blankets and sleep while thermostat is turned down.

Invest in Energy Star appliances. Do any appliances need replaced? This is a great time to consider
Energy Star qualified appliances. These refrigerators, dishwashers and heating and cooling systems run more efficiently than older models and can reduce your home energy use, sometimes up to 50 percent. These appliances will help you save on your bill and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption – you’re not only saving money but helping to protect the environment!

Whether you’re hoping to save some money by reducing your energy usage in a condo, home or office, these tips can help you get there. Part of the reason many choose to make the Lake of the Ozarks their home, or second home, are the beautiful Missouri Seasons. Are you looking for property in or around the area? The real estate team at Fran Campnell is here to assist in all your needs! We share a thorough knowledge of the area and local market and are available to help you find the perfect property, summer, winter, spring or fall!

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Charming Weekend Getaways for Fall!

You may not have time for the full fall foliage tour but if your busy schedule affords you a free weekend, you can enjoy the crisp autumn air and some stunning sites within a few hours’ drive (or less)! Fran Campbelland and team know how important it is to take that occasional break to enjoy the splendor of the Missouri and the Ozarks, especially this time of year. We urge you to consider a few of these fabulous weekend getaways to relax and reset for fall. While you’re taking in the beauty, keep in mind that the best real estate group at the Lake of the Ozarks is always here to help you find that perfect piece of property, you never know when or where you'll find your dream home! Here are a few great getaway options in and around Missouri that will impress you, excite you and intrigue you.

Fall In Love with Hermann

Hermann Missouri has all the charm of small town America. You will enjoy all the aspects with numerous wineries and lodging locations. Settled in 1837, Hermann was chosen for its luscious and green scenery as well as rolling hills and vintage charm. The city is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of large cities and just far enough from the Lake of the Ozarks to feel like a getaway. Enjoy Octoberfest 2016 each weekend in October or an Arts & Crafts and Antique festival the second weekend of the month. There are several wineries each with their own rich history and allure. Elegant Bed and Breakfasts are the staple of lodging in this historic town. Whether you want to gather a group or take an intimate couples trip, Hermann has all the makings of a great getaway!

The Beauty of Big Cedar Lodge

Fall is the perfect time to visit America’s premier wilderness resort. If you want to embrace the elegance and natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains in contemporary luxury, you will love Big Cedar Lodge, located 10 miles south of Branson, Missouri. The atmosphere is tranquil and the cooler weather leaves no excuse to take advantage of the hiking, biking and walking trails, horseback riding, golf and world class fishing on Table Rock Lake. You may be in the mood for relaxation or non-stop action and Big Cedar Lodge will not disappoint. You’re sure to have a wonderful weekend adventure here!

Eureka Springs- An Extraordinary Escape

Just a three hour drive from the Lake of the Ozarks sits a quaint, artistic Victorian Village with a historic chronicle that is sure to captivate. Experience the history in over 100 unique shops and galleries and award winning restaurants; Eureka Springs is a shopper, art lover, or foodie’s paradise. Bed and Breakfasts sit hidden in the Ozark hillsides throughout the town or for the more spirited, the Crescent Hotel, one of America’s most haunted hotels.  This fall you can look forward to the 69th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival as well as Oktoberfest, both downtown, the third weekend in October. We know you will unwind in exceptional Eureka Springs!

Come to Kansas City

Don’t let the thought of terrible traffic turn you off! Kansas City autumns are a special time and the trees are turning beautiful burnt oranges, toasty reds and golden yellows. From shopping on the Country Club Plaza to touring the Kansas City Renaissance Festival (open through October 16, 2016), there is certainly something for everyone, and the cool breeze is a bonus!  Families, couples or girls groups will love the many pumpkin patches, apple orchards and corn mazes. The atmosphere is fabulous and no matter the week, the city is sure to be bustling with some of the city’s biggest events- a great getaway!

We wanted to remind you that, while we’re all certainly busy this time of year, it’s important to take time to embrace the changing season and celebrate it. If you’re able to get away, the team at FranCampbell Lake of the Ozarks wishes you a charming adventure, and don’t forget – our amazing Lake of the Ozarks offers a variety of fall festivities to enjoy right in our own back yard! Get out and savor the spicy flavors of fall!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to Choose the Right Furnishings for Your Home

The day has finally come, you did a final walk through at the home, you've signed the last of the paperwork, and now you have your very own set of keys. Buying a Lake of the Ozarks home is an exciting time, and, as the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are proud to help you make this big step. Of course, now you have another big step in the moving process, and that's deciding how to furnish your home! September is National Home Furnishings month, so this is the perfect time to get started. Let the Fran Campbell Team - RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks show you a few ways you can incorporate the right furnishings so it feels like home.

Furnishing Your Home
The furniture that you have in your home is what sets the tone of the entire house. From trendy to time tested, there are many styles you can choose, not to mention different fabrics and materials. While choosing the furniture in your home does have to do with falling emotionally in love with a piece, you also have to consider the way the piece was made, the practicality of it in your home, and living with it. Here are a few ways you can tell if a piece will fit in your home.

Decide What You Like
Before even stepping foot into the furniture store, you need to think about the pieces you want, and what style they need to fit. This will help you stay on task and within budget. It's important to look at many different furniture pieces and decide what you like. Do you like rustic pieces with exposed wood and natural fabrics? Maybe you're more into plush, luxurious fabrics with bold metallic accent pieces.

Start With Size
You should also take a look at your living space and think about what will realistically fit in your space. You want plenty of navigating space in your home, and you don't want to be constantly running into corners or tripping over furniture feet. There are some online layout programs to help you see exactly what your furniture will look like from an overhead view in your space. This can help because you can know what you really have room for. Before you go to the furniture store, take measurements of your space so you know if that nightstand will actually fit between the side of your bed and the wall. You will also want to take the measuring tape with you so you can measure the pieces as well.

Do the Care Requirements Match Your Lifestyle?
This is one of the final details you'll want to think about before making any large purchases. Every piece of furniture will have a different set of requirements when it comes to the care of it. Before you make a large investment, think about the way this piece will fit in your life. If you have a dog, you will want to make sure that it's hair will either blend into the color of a couch or is easily wiped off. You also wouldn't want to choose a piece of furniture that could be easily torn to shreds by their claws. If you love the look of all wood pieces, do you have the time it takes to appropriately clean and condition the wood? Just know before making a purchase, every piece of furniture will need a different type of care - are you able to maintain that?

Fran Campbell Team Can Help You Relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks
If you're still looking for the perfect home for your current furniture, our team of Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents would love to help you find the perfect place. From luxury homes at the Lake of the Ozarks to perfect family dwellings in friendly neighborhoods, we would be honored to help you find your Lake of the Ozarks home.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

10 Fall Maintenance Projects for Your Home

When you're a new homeowner and fall comes around, that can mean one thing - seasonal maintenance. There are certain home maintenance projects that you will want to perform on your Lake of the Ozarks home in order to fully prepare it for the change in seasons. The Fran Campbell Team is here not only to help you find your Lake of the Ozarks real estate but also help you maintain it as well. Here are ten projects you should plan into your schedule this season.

Check For Peeling Paint
While peeling or blistering paint may seem harmless, it can actually be a sign that the existing paint film is failing and is no longer protecting your home. While the weather is cool, take some time to repaint and repair.

Clean The Gutters
After the leaves have fallen, you will want to empty the gutters and clean them out. Now you can inspect the joints and tighten any brackets. Ice dams can be detrimental to already weak systems, so you'll want to take care of them.

Caulk Windows
One of your main goals through the winter will be to retain heat and keep the cold out. One of the most cost-effective ways to do this is by caulking the windows and doors.

Inspect the Roof
The combination of snow, ice, rain, wind and changing temperatures can wreak havoc on your roof. If you notice any warping, missing shingles, or a lot of granules at your rain spouts, call a serviceman to come out and take a look.

Prepare the Fireplace
It's time to get your fireplace and heating unit in working order. Your heating systems will last longer when you have them inspected on a regular basis and make repairs as they come up. If you are spending your first winter in the house, you will want to have your fireplace inspected to make sure that everything is safe for burning.

Seal Your Driveway
Sealing your driveway before winter comes will help it last longer. Inspect it for cracks, clean out and repair the damage with filler, and then coat it with a commercial sealer.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
By remembering to reverse your ceiling fan, you can redistribute the warm air from the ceiling back down to your living space.

Cover Your Air Conditioners
Vacuuming out the internal parts of your air conditioners and then covering them with an appropriate cover can help your unit last longer and protect it from the elements. If you have a window unit, you can take them out or cover them up according to their instructions.

Clean Yard Equipment
You will most likely not need your lawnmowers and leaf blowers once you get the landscape cleaned up for the last time. Make sure that everything has been wiped down and cleaned up, as well as draining the fuel. You can also get any winter tools ready like your ice salt, snow shovel, etc.

Prepare Your Deck For Winter
While it was fun sitting on the deck for the summer, it's time to start packing things up. You can cover and store your patio furniture, inspect your deck for any places that need repairs, and don't forget to cover up your grill! You can also empty any planters that still have dirt in them. Clay pots with dirt still in them can crack from the temperature changes.

Living at the Lake of the Ozarks
Whether you're looking to buy or sell real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks this fall, the Fran Campbell Team is ready to assist you! There's no better time to find your dream home, and we would be honored to walk you through the process. Visit our website to learn more about our real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks, and see homes that are for sale!

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