Wednesday, August 24, 2016

5 Real Estate Myths Debunked

There are many myths about the real estate industry floating around that makes it very confusing. When you buy or sell your home with a trusted REALTOR at the Lake of the Ozarks, they can help you debunk some of these myths. The Fran Campbell Team is here to explain the truths behind some common myths you may have come across during your research.

 1. Price your home high to leave room for negotiating. 

Truth: Many times, buyers won't even look at homes that are priced above the market value. You could lower your price, but buyers are often suspicious of homes that have sat on the market for a while. This means that if you overprice your home, you could be left very frustrated. Before pricing your home for sale, talk to a professional real estate agent and make sure your home is properly priced to sell.

2. Never buy the biggest house on the block.

Truth: The largest home in the neighborhood is often the most expensive. This myth occurs because most buyers are concerned about value when making an investment in a home. There are many factors you need to consider before buying a home one of those being resale value. If you fall in love with the biggest house, make sure it is a good investment before making an offer.

3. You should renovate before you sell and you'll earn back what you spend.

Truth: The two most common renovation projects are the kitchen and bathroom. If they work, a major overhaul could backfire. This is because potential buyers may not share your taste and they wouldn't want to redo something that was just renovated. The best way to avoid this is by adjusting the price of your home according, as most buyers will want to renovate themselves. If you do some renovations like installing a new HVAC system, you may sell your home quickly, but do not expect to earn back what you spent. You're likely to get back 60 - 70 percent of what you spent on a bathroom or kitchen remodel.

4. You can save money by not using a real estate agent to buy a home.

Truth: This one is confusing to those not familiar with the real estate industry. It may seem like you are saving money because you are not having to pay the commission of your agent. However, the commission is built into the asking price of the home that is listed with the selling agent. If you do not have a real estate agent when buying a home, the commission will go to the agent that was listed with the home. Don't skip on hiring a real estate agent thinking that it will save you money. REALTORS have industry knowledge and many resources that can help you find your dream home.

5. Selling your home without an agent can save you money.

Truth: Often times people believe they can save money by selling their home "for sale by owner." However, this could end up costing the person more money than if they used a professional real estate agent. When you hire a real estate agent, they help you through the entire process of selling a home. From correctly pricing your home to helping you negotiate offers. If you are selling your home "for sale by owner," you do not have the guidance of a professional that could help you avoid costly mistakes.

Let The Fran Campbell Team Help You Find Your Dream Home

If you hire an experienced real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks, they can help you navigate through the buying and selling process. Are you thinking of buying or selling your home? Call the Fran Campbell Team at 573-302-2390 today. We would love to help you with your real estate needs.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

9 Questions To Ask Your Seller’s Agent

When you decide to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, selecting the right agent is important. A home purchase is usually one of the biggest investments a person makes; when it comes time to sell this major investment, you want to find an agent who has your best interests in mind. The experienced Fran Campbell Team provides personalized service when it comes to selling our client’s homes. Below, the trusted real estate team in Osage Beach, MO has provided some questions a homeowner should ask their seller’s agent before they hire someone.

1. Can you explain the selling process?

Even if you are familiar with the process in general, this question can help refresh what will happen while your property is for sale. Each agent may have a different twist on how they handle few things, so it is best to hear about their plans for selling your property before making an agreement.

2. How much is my property worth? Why?

This is usually one of the first questions a seller will ask an agent. Homeowners want to know how much they can expect to get out of their property. Don’t forget to ask why or how they came up with the estimated property worth. Receiving information about the current market from an insider can be beneficial for selecting a pricing strategy your home.

3. What method of communication will you use?

Communication is critical when your home is listed on the market. There are a number of communication methods a seller and agent can use to send and receive messages between one another. Ask what method they will be using, and state if you would prefer a different communication medium. Also ask how often you should expect to hear from the seller’s agent.

4. What amount will I come away with?

Another popular question that is important to clarify upfront, is how much money to expect from the sale. A seller needs to know what amount the agent retains in return for their marketing and selling services.

5. How long have you been an agent?

Ask your seller’s agent about their credentials. You want an experienced agent to be in charge of the sale of your investment.  Be sure to ask about any special certifications or awards the agent may have as well.

6. Are you a full-time agent?

You want to work with someone who is dedicated to selling your home. A full-time agent will potentially have more time to dedicate to marketing and showing.

7. How many sellers are you currently representing?

The answer to this question can be a tricky one, depending how you look at it. An agent with a large list of current homes on the market, may not have a lot of time to spend working on your property. On the flip side, if an agent has a low number of listings, they may not have adequate experience needed to sell your home. It is important to know how many other listings the seller’s agent is representing for you to weight your options.

8. What methods do you plan to use to market my home?

Marketing of a home is important for gaining exposure. Be sure to ask your agent how they plan to get your property out in front of potential buyers. This can give you helpful insights to how they will present your home and how aggressively they will work to sell it.

9. How many homes have you sold in this area in the past year?

Know the current statistics that make up your potential listing agent’s portfolio. This information can help you see their experience in the current market, from a numerical standpoint.

The answers to the questions above can offer insight about the seller’s agent in order for you to make an informed decision. Your home is most likely your biggest investment, feel confident listing it with the right real estate seller’s agent. Contact the Fran Campbell Team if you are considering the sale of your home, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about listing a home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Named Among America's Best Real Estate Agents!

The real estate market at the Lake of the Ozarks is ever-changing and we pride ourselves on adapting and helping our clients navigate the market successfully. At the Fran Campbell Team, we work together with our clients to help reach their real estate needs and goals. Whether you wish to sell your current home, search for a new home, or both, the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to help. With over 103 years of combined experience in the Lake of the Ozarks real estate market, our team is knowledgeable and willing to work hard for our clients. We are proud to announce that we were recently named among America’s Best Real Estate Agents by Real Trends!

What is America’s Best Real Estate List?

A trusted source in residential brokerage, Real Trends, ranks the most productive real estate agents by state and metropolitan area across the United States each year. The ranking system is based on transaction sides and sales volume. This is the fourth annual ranking list of both individual agents and teams to recognize their efforts for the year. The Fran Campbell Team is proud to be included in the list of America’s Best Real Estate Agents for 2015.

Our Success

We pride ourselves on our rich history at the Lake of the Ozarks contributing to our team’s experience. Our first and foremost goal is to help make our client’s experience pleasant and successful. We work with our clients to help ensure their goals are met when working with us. Our high level of customer service and real estate knowledge attribute to the success of the Fran Campbell Team.

“We are focused on giving our clients the best possible home buying or selling experience. We believe that to best serve our clients, it is important to treat their real estate needs as if they were our own. We will earn your trust as we work together towards a common goal. Whether you are selling your own home or searching for a new place to call your own, here at the Fran Campbell Team, we will work hard to make sure that you are completely satisfied. Our team has the knowledge, experience, and dedication that it takes to get the results you are looking for.”

If you are in the real estate market, whether it be to buy a new home or sell your current home at the Lake of the Ozarks, trust your home buying and selling process with the best. Our experienced agents can help advise and guide you through all of steps to help make all your real estate dreams a reality. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Great Dam Duck Drop at the Lake of the Ozarks

There is never a dull moment when living at the Lake of the Ozarks; with exciting events happening every weekend, this is a great place to call home. If you are looking for a fun, family-friendly activity to partake in this Saturday, August 6, 2016, The Great Dam Duck Drop is the place for you! The Fran Campbell Team is here to help you enjoy your Saturday with the family, by providing details about this family-friendly opportunity. This event offers an chance to bring the kids out for a fun-filled time.

Photo credit: Great Dam Duck Drop 

What is all the Quackin’ about?

The Great Dam Duck Drop is a fund raising event for the Ozark Coast Kiwanis Organization, which helps local children in need throughout the year. Duck tickets can be purchased prior to the event and at the Fun Zone the day of the event. The numbered ducks will be dropped from a helicopter and pontoon boats into the river at noon and the first eleven ducks to cross the finish line win prizes.

Fun Zone activities:

Photo credit: Great Dam Duck Drop 
The Fun Zone at the Great Dam Duck Drop is the place the be! It is FREE this year, thanks to the great sponsors! Kids will be able to enjoy the games and prizes, as well as a range of bounce houses. Get your face painted and then hang out with the animals at the petting zoo. The Duck Drop Fun Zone will also feature martial arts and dance demonstrations for your enjoyment. There will even be a dunk tank for the kids enjoy. Hang out at the Fun Zone while listening to the live DJ, eating some great food, and cooling down with a shaved ice. Duck tickets will be for sale in this area until 11:00 SHARP!


The first duck to cross the finish line will receive $5,000 cash! $1,000 and $500 will be awarded to the second and third place duck, respectively. Places fourth through eighth to cross the finish line will each win $100 gift card to Wood’s Supermarket. A 4-hour rental from Iguana Watersports will be awarded to the ninth place winner. $100 gift cards to Panera Bread or Andy’s Frozen Custard will be given to the tenth and eleventh duck to cross the line as well.

Duck Drop Schedule of Events:

10:00 A.M. – Family Fun Zone opens
11:45 A.M. – Head to river access to view dropping of ducks
12:00 P.M. – Ducks are released
12:30 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. – Hang out at the Family Fun Zone & winners are announced

Join in on the Fun!

The Great Dam Duck Drop is a fun way to spend time with the family making memories (and maybe even winning some great prizes too!). The kids will love playing games and partaking in activities in the Fun Zone, as well as watching the ducks fly! Your team of trusted real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks wishes you a fun weekend with the family at the upcoming Great Dam Duck Drop. 

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Monday, July 25, 2016

7 DIY Home Improvement Projects For A Rainy Day

If you're like most homeowners, you probably developed a list of home improvement projects as soon as you moved in to your new home at the Lake of the Ozarks - and just as immediately, you probably realized that this list will be unending. As you scratch certain tasks off your list, you will inevitably add new ones. This is a good thing, because it shows that you care about your property and are willing to put in the time and effort required to keep it in good condition.

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. With so much rain in the forecast for this coming week, Fran Campbell Team is here to help you make the most of your time by offering this quick list of rainy day 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.

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 day when everyone is away at work/school and a little cooler in the evenings when everyone is home. This way, you're not paying to keep your home unnecessarily cool when no one is there to enjoy it - a great way to save you some extra money in the long run.

3. Evaluate The Gutters
When is the last time you took a close look at your gutters to see how well they were functioning? The next time it rains, step outside to see how the water is running off your roof. If it is flowing through your gutters and into the downspouts, all is well. If it's pouring off the roof in other places, it's a good sign that your gutters and/or downspouts probably need to be cleared of debris.

4. Enhance Indoor Safety
When it comes to your safety indoors, alarms are your first line of defense. Since it's too rainy to do many outdoor projects, now is a good time to replace all the batteries in and test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide meters. If you have a home alarm system, you can take this time to test it as well.

5. Organize Storage Space
Storage space is a valuable commodity in any property, and your home is no exception. Closets, crawl spaces, and other storage areas tend to get rather overrun with time. Every so often, it's important to go through these storage areas to get rid of unneeded belongings and organize them. Organizing your storage spaces will make them seem bigger and make it easier to locate specific items.

6. Touch Up Paint
Even the best paint job won't last forever. Eventually, your walls will need to be retouched. Rainy days provide the perfect opportunity to touch up your walls to cover up any nicks, dents, or repairs. If you're feeling really ambitious, you can always take the opportunity to repaint certain rooms as well.

7. Switch To Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
While your HVAC system may be the primary contributor to your high electric bill, it's not the only culprit. Standard incandescent light bulbs use a lot of energy and can contribute to a high energy output over time. It may be worth putting in in the initial investment to convert your home to energy-efficient light bulbs such as LEDs. Most experts estimate that a single LED bulb will save you anywhere from $20-$40 in its lifetime.

Make The Most Of Your Rainy Day!
With so much rain in the forecast for this coming week, it's important to take advantage of the opportunities the rain provides. If you are planning on selling your Lake of the Ozarks home in the near future, performing home maintenance tasks such as these is especially important. Even if you aren't planning on selling any time soon, keeping your home in good condition will make living there more enjoyable in the meantime and make it easier to sell down the road. 

If you are thinking about selling your property at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact one of our real estate agent in Osage Beach MO. We would be happy to help with the process!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Meet Our Marketing Specialist: Ms. Amber Elliott!

We are proud to be one of the top-performing real estate teams at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have been serving the Lake Area for many years, and we have worked hard to earn the trust of buyers and sellers all across the region. In order to ensure outstanding results for each of our clients, we hire only the best.

This week, we want to introduce you to one particularly important member of our team, our Marketing Specialist. Amber Elliott has been with us for almost a year now, and we can't imagine our team without her. Keep reading to get to know Amber a little bit better.

Where did you go to school?
I attended college at Central Missouri State University.

Who is your family? Any pets?
My husband is Bob Elliott, whom I met at Central Missouri State University. We have one son, Clayton Elliott. We have one Yorkie named Deuce, which stands for our second child. We live at Osage National Golf Course and enjoy golf cart rides, golfing, the pool, and dinners overlooking the course at the Eagle View Ridge.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
If I could have any superpower, I would pick the power to heal - the ability to take pain away from others.

What are your favorite hobbies?
Our family loves to water ski in the evenings, go on boat rides, camping, and canoeing. We are extremely active and enjoy the outdoors.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is Don't Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson.

What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is Wedding Crashers.

What is your dream vacation destination?
Our family loves to travel, but if I could pick anywhere to go, I would pick the British Virgin Islands.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was young, I volunteered at special education centers, Camp Wonderland, and schools helping both children and adults. I always wanted to be a Special Education Teacher.

What do you love about your job?
I love my job because:
  • The people at this company are a pleasure to work with and make it enjoyable to come to work.
  • We all work hard and are recognized for doing so.
  • Fran Campbell and our team are social, knowledgeable, and caring.
  • I am learning all the time, from the best team imaginable..

Thursday, July 14, 2016

5 Reasons To Use An Agent To Help You Sell Your House

Real estate is a complex and intricate industry. Even if you have bought and sold multiple homes in your lifetime, you may still be unfamiliar with some of the many subtleties and strategies involved in the process. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to consider working with a real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks the next time you prepare to buy or sell a home. A few weeks ago, we looked specifically at some of the reasons to use an agent to help you buy a home. This week, we're continuing the conversation with these reasons to use an agent to help you sell your home.

1. Help Marketing Your Home
In today's fast-paced digital age, simply sticking a "home for sale" sign in your front yard isn't going to be enough. You need to be able to get your home in front of quality buyers - and since your home typically gets the most traffic during its first 30 days on the market, you need to do it fast. A real estate agent will be able to help you market your home so you can get it in front of as many interested buyers as possible.

2. Valuable Referral Source
As you prepare to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, you may be in need of many professional services. Carpenters, plumbers, painters, landscaping artists, tree trimmers, and roofers are just a few examples of the different industry professionals whose services you may need during the process. Because they work with these individuals on a frequent basis, real estate agents should be able to provide valuable referrals to help you identify the professionals that will best be able to meet your needs.

3. Staging Advice
In today's day and age, professionally staging your home prior to listing it is absolutely essential. Younger buyers have seen enough reality TV shows about real estate to have some prior industry knowledge even if they have not yet bought their first homes, and they tend to have higher expectations as a result. Your real estate agent can help you stage your home to attract the attention of even the hardest-to-please buyers.

4. Pricing Assistance
Identifying the appropriate starting asking price is one of the most critical aspects to selling your house at the Lake of the Ozarks. To find the proper listing price for your home, you must strike a delicate balance. If you price your home too high, you may lose out on a large pool of potential buyers who dismiss your property because it's out their price range. If you price your home too low, you risk scaring off buyers who assume that there must be something wrong with your property. Again, since most homes get the best visibility and highest amount of foot traffic during their first thirty days on the market, you'll want to be sure that your listing price attracts the right buyers for your home.

5. Negotiation Guidance
Homes are possibly the most valuable investments people can make in their lifetimes. The years you have spent paying off your mortgage loan have been spent building equity in your home, and now that you're selling your home, you can finally take advantage of these savings. In order to make the most of your investment, you want to get the best possible price for your home. Your Lake of the Ozarks real estate agent will be able to help you navigate the negotiation process to ensure that you get the best possible deal on your home.

Fran Campbell Team Can Help You Sell Your Home!
If you're thinking about selling your Lake of the Ozarks home, contact Fran Campbell Team. Our experienced real estate professionals can help you with every step of the process, from staging to marketing to negotiating the final sale. To learn more about how we can help you, visit our website or call us at (573) 302-2390. We look forward to working with you!

Real Estate Lake of the Ozarks : Find Your Dream Home Now! 

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