Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Why YOU Want to be Living at the Lake Year Round

We all know why people choose to visit the Lake of the Ozarks for the summer year after year, but what drives those who stay to dig their roots here? If you haven't taken the opportunity to visit the lake in the off-season, you really have no idea what you might be missing. From some of the best shopping around to some amazing hidden gems, the Lake of the Ozarks has a little bit of everything to suit anyone's desires.

Attractions

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In 2016, Ha Ha Tonka State Park was ranked as #1 on Trip Advisor for "top things to do in Lake of the Ozarks". If you've ever been, you know why. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? This park features more than 15 miles of trails leading to lake access, caves, natural bridges, sink holes and a bluff-top castle. This is the place to go for any nature enthusiast. Enjoy the changing of the fall leaves, or the budding of spring flowers at one of the most beautiful places around. Don't miss a changing season - this park is open year round!

Not into the outdoor scene? No worries, there are plenty of cozy Lake of the Ozarks venues to check out that you won't find anywhere else. Ozark Distillery is a local family owned business that hand crafts their special "Ozark Moonshine" along with several other flavored Moonshines, Vodka, Bourbon, and Whiskey. Stop by anytime of year for a tour and tasting. They love sharing their story of how they make their hand-crafted spirits! Not into spirits? Check out the many highly rated wineries at Lake of the Ozarks.


Shopping


Perhaps the opportunity to shop until you drop is what drives you to the Lake. Osage Beach Premium Outlets is home to over 110 stores all in one location. Talk about convenient! Whether you're shopping for clothes, gifts, home decor, or specialty items, there's a place for all of your needs there. Don't forget about the other great shopping areas at the Lake, like Prewitt's Point Shopping Center or the Stonecrest Mall just off Osage Beach Parkway.

Schools


While year round activities and events are great, what about the school districts? School of the Osage has been rated as "Accredited with Distinction in Performance" by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The school's goal is to work hand in hand with families and the community to ensure their students are equipped to reach their maximum potential for lifetime success. Camdenton R-III has also received numerous local, state, and national awards of distinction for the achievements of their students and teachers. So the real question comes down to do you want to show your team spirit in maroon and gold or purple and yellow?

Trust us when we say there are year round events at Lake of the Ozarks outside of the summer season, from Eagle Days in January to the Christmas events in December. If you have an interest in learning more about the Lake of the Ozarks area, don't hesitate to contact the team with the best realtors at the Lake of the Ozarks. Fran Campbell has been a resident and business owner in the lake area for 40 years and is an active member of the community. She and her team are happy to share their wealth of knowledge of the Lake area and will always work hard to ensure client satisfaction. Talk to us about relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

5 Benefits of Owning a Second Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

With the market booming and interest rates still low, now is a great time to think about investing in real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks. Not only is the Lake of the Ozarks a great place to live full-time, but the area offers an amazing location for second homeowners as well. Keep reading to learn some of the benefits of owning a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

1. The Convenience of Always Having a Place to Stay on Vacation.


The Lake of the Ozarks is the premier vacation destination in the Midwest. In fact, it was voted the #1 recreational lake in the country! If you love vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks and find yourself here multiple times, year after year, you might consider purchasing a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks. Rather than searching for a hotel, motel or rental home each time you make the trip, you'll have a great place to stay every time you're here. You can even leave items such as watersports equipment, boating accessories, and common household items in your home to simplify travel and packing. Returning to the same place time after time can also be comforting; you're able to create a home away from home, a place you can be yourself.

2. The Advantage of Tax Deductions.


Being a homeowner has its advantages when tax time rolls around. Owning a second home can also offers some of those benefits. If your home sits unoccupied when you're not using it or if you rent it out for no more than 2 weeks per year, the interest on the mortgage and the property taxes are fully deductible. For tax purposes, you can treat the mortgage on your second home the same way you would the one on your primary residence. Talk to your tax professional for more information on the deductions you would be able to take as a second homeowner at the Lake of the Ozarks.

3. The Possibility of Rental Income to Offset Costs.


You aren't the only one that loves to vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks. Year after year, people from across the country vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks and need a place to stay. When you own a second home, you have the ability to rent it out to other vacationers. You can easily offset some of the expenses of owning a second home by renting it out during the times you're not using it. Depending on how often you use the home yourself, you might even be able to deduct operating expenses. Again, you'll want to talk to your tax professional about this. 

4. The Fact that You Have a Place to Retire To.


The Lake of the Ozarks is a great place to retire. From the beauty of the Lake to the exquisite golf courses and other activities available, this area has a lot to offer. Buying a second home prior to retirement enables you to experience the benefits of the area and makes it easier to move when you are ready to retire. A common retirement goal is to have a place of retreat, and the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place to sit back and relax!

 5. The Ability to Get the Entire Family Together.


If your family is spread out across the country, owning a lake home offers a great place for family to gather. The central location of the Lake of the Ozarks, along with all the recreational activities available, makes it the perfect place for family reunions and annual parties. You can create traditions that bring your family closer together. The memories made in your Lake of the Ozarks home are something you can cherish forever.

If you're in the market to purchase a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, Fran Campbell Team is here to help! We are your Lake of the Ozarks real estate experts, focused on giving you the best possible home buying experience. Our team has the knowledge, experience and dedication that it takes to get the results you are looking for! Give us a call at 573-302-2390 to start house hunting today!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

4 Tips for Decluttering Your Home

When you're ready to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, one of the first steps you should take is to declutter your home. From the attic to the basement and everything in between, you want to go through every room in the house. While it may be difficult, try not to be sentimental, if you don't use it, get rid of it. Potential buyers are seriously put off by clutter. Keep reading for tips on de-cluttering 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 need tackling. Then prioritize them by which area needs the most work. Set goals for when you want each area completed and be sure to set aside specific time to work on the project, especially for the areas that may take longer like the garage or the basement. If you only have an hour or less to work, consider tackling a smaller area such as the under-the-sink cabinet.


2. Create a System.


As you go through each area, you want to have a system for how you will sort your personal belongings. One of the most common methods uses three baskets or three piles: one for keep, one for donations and one for trash. This method forces you to make decisions one item at a time; this helps you avoid creating a bigger mess than the one you started with. Clear a space in your house where you can stack boxes and bags that you want to get rid of or donate. As for the things you want to keep, make sure you have a place to put them where they are out of the way. Consider using labeled bins or other organizers to keep your space looking nice and clean.


3. Make a Commitment. 


If you're serious about decluttering your home, you need to make a commitment to yourself that you're actually going to get rid of stuff. You need to mentally prepare yourself for what's to come. Many of the items you'll find don't have much monetary value anymore, but may hold some sentimental value. Think about the last time you used the item - if you can't remember when that was, you should probably just get rid of it. Consider the 80/20 rule. We typically only wear 20% of the clothes we own, 80% of the time. The same applies for the use of other items in your house as well. Your mission should be to get rid of the things that you don't use 80% of the time.


4. Clean Off Flat Surfaces First. 


Before you commit to an entire room, pick a small project to tackle, to give yourself a sense of accomplishment. Counter tops, shelves and other flat services are the biggest clutter-magnets in your home. They are the "catch-all" places for everything you're either too lazy to put away or that doesn't have a place. Mail, bills, magazines, you name it, you're sure to find them on those flat surfaces. This is a great starting point for your decluttering project. While you may need to keep a few items on the counter, make it a goal to keep those areas free of clutter.

Once you've gone through everything and decided what you're keeping or getting rid of, consider having a moving sale. Then you can use the money to purchase new paint or other items to spruce up the home to get it ready to sell. If you don't want to try to have a sale, donate them to your local thrift shop or a charity in need. For all your Lake of the Ozarks real estate needs, whether you're trying to sell or are ready to buy, contact the Fran Campbell Team!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Preparing for an Open House - What to Know!

When your home is on the market, it's a possibility your real estate agent will suggest an open house. When you list your home with Fran Campbell Team RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks, we bring our experience to you. Our agents want to help you sell your home in the shortest amount of time and for the best possible price, and we understand the importance of an organized and well-prepared home. If you're considering selling or your home is currently on the market, you may want to consider these tips for preparing your home for an Open House

Make a great first impression. The minute your home hits the market you want to address the curb appeal. Freshen up the landscaping and exterior by removing debris and leaves. If your home needs some updates, consider putting some money into a new paint job or a new front door and hardware. Take a look at you mailbox and walk the property with the eyes of a potential buyer. 

  • Clean gutters and windows.
  • Check and replace outdoor light bulbs, if needed.
  • Buy a new welcome mat. 
  • Give the front door and porch a wash.


Set a welcoming mood. Do your best to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. You want to evoke a positive and comfortable environment where buyers can imagine their own families.

  • Open all windows to air out the property before the open house. Keep curtains and blinds open.
  • Light a subtle candle or plug in an air freshener.
  • Play some tasteful music in the background.
  • Keep the room temperatures comfortable depending on the time of year.

Stage your home with furniture and accessories. If you're living in your home, consider some small touches such as neat, fresh towels in the bathrooms, a vase of flowers in the entryway, some throw pillows on the sofa. With furniture, keep things simple and consider repaiting any wild-colored or damaged walls. 
  • Organize closets.
  • Rearrange furniture to make rooms appear as large as possible.
  • Keep accessories neutral.
  • Consider adding artwork to bare walls.

Remove clutter and personal items. If your house has an overflow of clutter, furniture or knick knacks, it may be hard for buyers to see the features of the home. You want your home to feel clean and streamlined so viewers can move about the property with ease.
  • Find a discreet home for family photos.
  • Ensure the refrigerator is free of magnets and other personal effects. 
  • Clean spare rooms and full closets.

Follow these tips and you're nearly ready for your big Open House! Make sure pets are not in the home, turn on your lights, and let in the guests. Fran Campbell Team wants you to have the best home selling experience possible. Make your home shine and stand out from the competition and aim to gain the maximum price for you home. If you're ready to sell, contact our agents at (573) 302-2390.


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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Real Estate Through The Seasons

The Fran Campbell Team knows that the real estate market fluctuates with the seasons, sometimes it's a sellers market and often, it's a buyers market. Many operate under the opinion that the real estate season begins in the spring and ends in the fall. While many homes and property sales take place in the spring and summer, the reality of the real estate market is that it largely depends on location in addition to the time of the year. Our agents are viewing and showing properties year-round and you never know when YOUR buyer will call - Fran Campbell Team RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks offers some insight into real estate through the seasons.


Spring and Summer Market

Real estate inventory fluctuates with each season and generally, there tend to be the most properties on the market in the spring and summer months. Professionals typically consider this the best time for real estate buyers as the market tends to have a wide variety of properties. Additionally, this can mean that more competition from other buyers is likely. It's good to keep in mind that in particularly competitive real estate markets, sellers will be able to sell anytime of the year, determined buyers don't stop looking just because the seasons change. 

What Makes Spring & Summer a Good Time to Buy/Sell?
  • Households with families who have school-aged children often want to make a move when their kids are out of school for summer vacation. In areas where there are concentrated number of schools, spring and summer are great seasons for selling.
  • Location, location, location! The Lake of the Ozarks is known for our influx of seasonal visitors. This can drive the selling market during the summer. Selling during the spring or summer can be a great way to attract potential buyers in a tourist driven economy.

Fall and Winter Market

Early fall is a popular time to list a home, especially at the Lake of the Ozarks. You may find that sellers who were using their property over the summer are ready to hit the market. For buyers, the winter is also a good time of year to house hunt, many sellers this time of year are motivated and eager to make a deal. Listing in the winter also allows time for sellers who aren't in a rush to make decisions without feeling the pressure of spring or summer competition. 

What Makes Fall & Winter a Good Time to Buy/Sell
  • Properties listed in the fall and winter may attract more serious sellers and it's possible that there will be less competition overall. 
  • Sellers are realistic with their pricing, looking to create an opportunity for themselves as well as the buyers. 

Spring flowers will be budding before you know it. If you are looking to relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks, the most experienced team of real estate professionals are assembled with the Fran Campbell Team. If you are interested in a new home or property, we advise you to start your search with Fran Campbell Team RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks as soon as possible. We are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and appreciate our clients spring, summer, winter or fall! 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Importance of Winter Curb Appeal

When buyers are house hunting, the first thing they typically view are pictures of your home. If these images interest them they may even take a drive past your property. Savvy sellers know that curb appeal is a key tool to finding a buyer more quickly, and Fran Campbell Team RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks has some guidelines for sprucing up this viewing angle. Money spent on improving your home's exterior and landscaping is among the smartest investments prior to placing your home on the market. Here are a few ways to transform your home and capture the attention of potential buyers.


What Makes Curb Appeal Important to Buyers?

When buyers approach a well maintained home front it can help pave the way for a successful interior viewing. When a home's exterior and landscaping are well taken care of, people may feel that the interior will also be in good shape. Driveways and walkways that are well maintained and artfully presented greet potential buyers as soon as they step out of their vehicles, serving as a positive first impression.

Curb Appeal is Important in the Winter

Trees and shrubs that lose their leaves can be unattractive if allowed to affect landscaping and lawns. During the winter, when snow and ice might prove to be a problem, it is essential to maintain driveways and walkways carefully. Ensure that you consider this when selecting trees to plant near driveways, and keep leaves in check year round. To elevate your curb appeal during winter, keep windows washed and consider power washing decks, sidewalks and siding. 

Follow These Tips for Creating Curb Appeal

  • Ensure that the yard and landscaping is neat, tidy, and well-maintained. Choose options that flatter the home. Freshly pruned vegetation illustrates careful attention to detail.
  • Remove flowering plants that are past their prime. Trim back seasonal plants and remove wilted or fallen leaves. Keep up with mulch and position potted plants in an attractive style. 
  • Control growth of large trees to optimize light and safety of the home and surrounding buildings and property. Remove debris under trees daily, if needed.
  • Pay close attention to the front door and garage doors, including paint or stain condition and color, hardware and details. Consider adding seasonal decorations like a wreath or potted plants near the door. 
  • Assess and improve the driveway and walkways to and around the home.
  • Pressure wash the exterior of your home and ensure the gutters and roof are clean.
  • Ensure the lighting by doors and pathways is stylish and helps your home stand out day or evening.
  • Clean and repair windows and screens. Window treatments should be clean and in working order.
  • Check the condition of your decks and make improvements if needed. Create an inviting space on decks and patios by keeping them clean.
When listing a home, there are several things motivated sellers can do to improve the curb appeal of their home. By improving the exterior and landscaping around the home, the marketing images will look their best and potential buyers will appreciate the the effort. If selling your home is a goal, let Fran Campbell Team guide you through the process. Our team of professionals has the experience and resources to help you make the sale! Contact our office at (573) 302-2390.



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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

5 New Year Home Maintenance Tips

At the beginning of a new year, it can be a good idea to assess your home and evaluate its condition. Let your home's appliances and systems be your guide as you take notes of possible home improvements and updates that could help get your home running more smoothly. Fran Campbell Team knows houses inside and out and are your specialists in all things "home." Listed below are some home systems and details to evaluate in the new year to keep you home well-maintained and operating efficiently.


HVAC

Missouri weather can take its toll on a home's HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system. January is the perfect month to replace disposable filters or wash permanent ones in your home's system. Filters should be replaced or washed regularly. Heat vents are susceptible to dust, dirt, pet hair and other particles that float through the air, vacuuming the vents and ducts helps to keep your home's HVAC system clean and free of indoor pollutants. As you tend to your system, check for any leaks in your home's air ducts. 

Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors


Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are important safety features of your home. Checking alarms and detectors is especially important when cold temperatures in the winter leave homes sealed up for long periods of time. Inspect, clean and test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and be sure to replace any that are faulty, no longer working or old. 

Fire Extinguishers

Don't overlook this important tool during your yearly maintenance check. January is a great time to inspect and charge any working fire extinguishers you have in your home. Fire extinguishers should also be placed in all accessible areas of the home, including the kitchen, garage and areas that house furnaces, boilers, fireplaces and stoves. 

Drafty Windows and Leaky Electrical Outlets

With the chill of winter setting in, finding and repairing the weak points in your home will help keep your home warm and could help reduce the cost of heating, as well. Identify any windows that may have broken seals and examine electrical outlets throughout your home. Insulate any drafts you find.

Cold Weather Equipment & More

Living in the Midwest means the possibility of inclement weather is serious. If you haven't done so already, make sure you have proper snow removal equipment and have alternative energy options in case of power outages. January is also a great month for reviewing warranties and product information on a furnace, large appliances, and any other large systems in your home.

You want to focus on preventative maintenance not only to save you money and keep your home safe, but to protect the investment in your home. Fran Campbell Team RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks are your professional real estate advisers and want to help you maintain your lake home. With the new year, getting a head start on yearly to dos, and anticipating yearly maintenance, will put you ahead of the issues and have you prepared for any upcoming unforeseen fixes. 

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