Make Finding a Home EASY With 6 Tips!

When it comes time to buy a home at the Lake of the Ozarks it’s an exciting time! Although exciting, sometimes navigating through the real estate process can be a challenge or stressful. Buying a home should be exciting - especially at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks! Today, our real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks has six tips for finding your dream home! 

1. Consider the Location

When searching for you new home, consider the location. How far are you willing to commute to work? How far is the drive to schools, shopping, grocery and other amenities that you will need. Is the home next to a vacant lot or neighbors? How is the upkeep of the surrounding neighbors, building etc?

2. Do Your Research

It goes without saying that we have a wealth of information at our finger tips with one simple Google search. Use this to your advantage to access information about recent home sales, number of homes on the market, comparable home sale prices and community information.

3. Get Pre-Approved …

4 Reasons Experience Matters When Buying and Selling a Home

If you’re considering selling your home this year, often the difference between getting your home sold and it sitting on the market comes down to experience! When it comes time to choose a real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks, experience matters! You can count on the Fran Campbell Team to bring plenty of experience to the table to help you sell your home. Read on to learn more about the experience you gain when you hire the Fran Campbell Team
Hometown Experts
When you choose a Fran Campbell Team associate to sell your home or help you purchase a new home, you'll experience a whole new level of service. First, our associates are "The Hometown Experts With a World of Experience." We make our living in the same communities in which we live. We're the people next-door, or just down the block. To top it off, RE/MAX Associates lead the industry in advanced real estate education and production. That's why we're known as "The Real Estate Leaders®" a…

Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approval

When you decide to buy a house at the Lake of the Ozarks, searching for the perfect property can be a lot of fun! However, before you start looking it’s important to make sure that you know how much house you can afford. Did you know the difference between being “Pre-Qualified” and “Pre-Approved”? It’s important to understand the difference and today, our real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks has the answer!

What it Means to be Pre-Qualified
This gives you an idea of how much you might qualify to borrow. This process usually requires that you provide information to your mortgage lender but the information has yet to be verified. You have not actually applied for the loan yet, the information has not been verified, your credit history has not been reviewed and the loan is NOT guaranteed. A pre-qualification letter merely states that you MIGHT be approved for the mortgage amount.

What it Means to be Pre-Approved
When you are "pre-approved" for a loan, your mortgage lender h…

4 Tips for Decluttering Your Home

2020 is officially here and if you’re thinking about selling your home at the Lake of the Ozarks this year, it’s never too early to start thinking about the selling process. One of the first things you will need to start thinking about is getting your home ready for showings. It’s important to not wait until you list your home to get it ready for showings because it’s possible a potential buyer will want a showing on the first day your home is on the market. A cluttered and unorganized home can turn away buyers, so if you know that you plan to list your home soon, it’s never too early to start decluttering your home and getting organized! Read on to get a few tips for decluttering your home from the Fran Campbell Team!

1. Set Goals. The thought of decluttering your home can be overwhelming. Where do you even start? Making a plan and setting goals will help you stay focused and be efficient in decluttering your home. Start with a list or map of all the rooms and specific areas that nee…

5 Tips for Buying a Home!

Buying a home at the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the biggest and best personal investments you will make in your lifetime. Navigating through the home buying process can be an overwhelming experience but when you have a professional and knowledgeable real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks to help it’s a lot less stressful. Read on to get a few tips for successfully buying a home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

#1 Make A Plan And Get Pre-Qualified

Every important decision needs to be clearly thought out. Developing a home buying plan can help you focus on the important factors and organize the entire process. You may even want to use a binder with sections on house hunting, home financing, service providers, etc. Loan pre-qualifying helps you determine the home price you can afford and presents you as a genuine prospect to the seller. A lender typically uses the 28% formula (your monthly mortgage can't exceed 28% of your monthly income) in approving your loan. Planning your actions…

Living Room Home Improvements

Many homeowners make home improvements in hopes to increase the value of their homes. When it comes time to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, everyone hopes to get some form of return on their investment. When you think about making improvements to your home, you may think you have to make major home improvements like a complete kitchen remodel to increase the value. This isn’t always the case. Today, our real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks has some tips for home improvements in your living room.

Install Efficient Windows Energy-efficient windows can substantially reduce costs associated with heating and cooling, which is a huge perk to most interested buyers. Cold glass can create uncomfortable drafts as air next to the window is cooled and drops to the floor. Also, strong direct sunlight through a window onto people and interior surfaces can cause overheating and discomfort. They can also allow natural light to be let in without the concern of letting unwanted heat in…

Safety Tips for Home Showings

When selling a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, one of the concerns we hear from the homeowner is about the safety of their home during showings. Having a stranger walk through your home can make some feel uneasy, but here at the Fran Campbell Team, we take every precaution to ensure the safety of your home. In today's blog, we have a few safety tips to consider for showing your Lake of the Ozarks home.

Depersonalize Your Home Depersonalizing your home is actually essential for two reasons: 1. to allow buyers to envision themselves in your home, and 2. to protect your family's safety. If you've got tons of photos of your family up on the walls and in every nook and cranny in your home, buyers may easily become distracted by this and have a hard time picturing building their life in your space. On the safety side of this, part of effectively marketing your home is to market it online. Once your agent puts your listing up on the MLS, your home becomes visible across hundreds …