Small Home? Try These Hacks to Open Up Your Space

Even if you have a small living space, you can still make it look big. There are tons of hacks to make any room of your home seem more spacious. Whether you have just purchased a new home or condo; or you are getting ready to list your Lake of the Ozarks real estate, the Fran Campbell Team is here to help you improve the space in your home. This week, our blog will feature seven hacks to make your home feel more spacious.

1. Hang Mirrors in Small Rooms
If you have a small room in your home, mirrors are a great way to make the room appear bigger. The light that reflects from the mirror can make the room feel larger. Hang your mirror directly across from a window for best results. This will maximize the amount of light coming in from the window. Another method is to hang a mirror across from the doorway. This will enhance the depth of the room and give the perception of a larger room.

2. Adjust Your Curtains 
There are a few methods to make any room of your home feel more spacious just …

6 Tips for Staging Your Home for Sale This Spring

Spring is here, and the Lake community is gaining momentum for another great summer season. Hopeful homeowners are visiting the Lake Area almost every weekend, looking to become permanent residents of our beautiful area. With so many people currently looking to buy Lake of the Ozarks homes, now is is a great time to list your house at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you're trying to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks this spring, don't forget these important spring staging tips.

1. Bust Out The Bright Colors
Winter color schemes are traditionally dark and subdued. When spring returns, buyers are looking forward to warm weather and putting the need for warmth and coziness behind them. As you stage your home for spring, try to cultivate a bright, cheery environment that will make buyers excited to see what's in store.

2. Put Some Spring In Your (Front Porch) Step
Nothing says "spring" like flowers on your front porch! Potted flowers or greenery are a key way to boos…

Understanding the Benefits of a Comparative Market Analysis

Knowing the current market value of your home is most important when thinking of selling, especially if the proceeds of the sale are needed to purchase another home. When planning to sell a home, obtaining a reliable and comprehensive “Market Analysis Report” is a very important consideration for homeowners. There are many benefits this report offers to both buyers and sellers and we'll share some of those with you. But first, let's take a look at what a comparative market analysis is.

What is a CMA?
A comparative market analysis is an examination of the prices at which similar properties in the same area recently sold. Real estate agents perform a comparative market analysis for their clients to help them determine a price to list when selling a home or a price to offer when buying a home. Since no two properties are identical, agents make adjustments for the differences between the sold properties and the one that is about to be purchased or listed to determine a fair offer o…

7 Simple Home Improvement Projects to Tackle this Spring

Home improvement projects are a great way to keep your home in good condition and, when performed correctly, add value to your Lake of the Ozarks home in the process. Fran Campbell Team is here to help you make the most of your time by offering this quick list of home improvement suggestions.

1. Check For Leaks
Leaks are often some of the most detrimental issues homes can develop. If left unchecked, water that leaks into your home over the course of several months can cause extensive (and expensive) damage. During the rainy days ahead, take the opportunity to check your home thoroughly for any unwanted water that may be coming in and take steps to remedy it. Better yet, hire a professional roofer to come out to inspect your roof BEFORE the rain has a chance to do any damage!

2. Install A Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for your home for different times of day. For example, you can set your home to be a little warmer during the d…

Importance of Spring Curb Appeal

You spent countless hours and exhausted your budget trying to get the inside of your house ready to sell this Spring. It's been on the market a couple months and you have not got the number of showings you were hoping for, much less an offer on your house. You are probably asking yourself, what is the problem? A common problem our sellers run into is curb appeal. How does your house look from the road without even walking into the door? Curb appeal is a big deal when it comes to selling your home at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Fran Campbell Team is here to tell you why it is so important and some tips to boost your curb appeal.

Why Is Curb Appeal So Important?
First impressions matter, big time! Think about it, if you have a job interview you probably spent extra time getting ready, possibly rehearsed a good handshake, or reviewed some interview questions they might ask you. Why did you do that? The answer is you wanted to leave a good first impression. First impressions often mak…

6 Fantastic Advantages of Owning a Lake Home

It doesn't matter whether it's a full-time residence or a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks - your lake house will probably be your favorite house you ever own. Lake homes offer several great advantages that can't be found in any other type of property. Keep reading to see what we mean!

1. There Is Always Something Fun To Do
With private lake access, you'll never sit at home wondering how you should occupy yourself ever again. As the owner of your own lake home, you'll constantly have the water at your disposal. Boating, tubing, swimming, fishing, water skiing, wake boarding, riding the jet ski, canoeing, kayaking... Countless fun activities are always mere seconds away.

2. You Will Never Have To Go To Someone Else's House
As the owner of a lake house, you'll hardly ever have to pick up and drive to another friend or family member's home - because YOUR HOUSE will be where the party is! Everyone you know will be anxious for the chance to get out and …

5 Helpful First Time Buyer Tips

Buying a home at Lake of the Ozarks can is a very exciting time for first time home buyers... however, it can also be a bit overwhelming. Purchasing a home is likely the largest purchase you have made at this point in your life so for good reasons, you may be feeling some pressure.

Here are a few tips to ease the tension and maintain an organized search with some boundaries and guidelines that will put you on the right track.
1. Determine a Realistic Price Range
A very common mistake for any home buyer is purchasing more house than they can afford. Know your budget before looking for a home and be honest about the expenses that you have. By determining this in advance, you will be able to weed out the homes that you cannot afford and only view the homes that fit into your budget. 
2. Get Pre-Approved  A pre-approval letter will give you some negotiation power when it comes to the price of the home that you are considering. The pre-approval letter along with your offer is a more f…