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9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Seller's Agent

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A home purchase is arguably one of the biggest investments a person will make in their lifetime. 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, our 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. 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.

2. What amount will I come away with?
Another popular question that is important to clarify upfront, is how much money to expect from t…

6 Summertime Home Staging Tips

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As we settle into the summer season here at the Lake of the Ozarks, many families are visiting the Lake Area almost every weekend. Some of them may be 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.

Don't forget that your home needs special staging attention for summertime. After all, here at the Lake, we're selling the Lake living experience! If you're trying to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks this summer, don't forget these important staging tips.


Bring on the Bright Colors
Fall & winter color schemes are traditionally dark and subdued. When spring and summer hits, buyers are looking forward to warm weather and putting the need for warmth and coziness behind them. As you stage your home for the summer, try to cultivate a bright, cheery environment that will make buyers excited to see what's in store.

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4 Reasons to Work with the Fran Campbell Team!

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The process of buying or selling a home can be tricky and confusing, and the Fran Campbell Team understands 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. Here are 4 reasons why it's a smart move to use Fran Campbell Team for your next real estate transaction.


1. 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.

2. Experience
Buying a home ca…

Check Out the Great Dam Duck Drop Next Month!

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We're just over a month away from one of the Lake's favorite annual events - The Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop! Be sure to make plans to come on out and support our wonderful Lake community at this awesome event that raises money for many fantastic local organizations. Get registered for the 'Quackiest' golf tournament of the year, or bring the family to enjoy the Family Fun Zone. Be sure to purchase your Duck Drop tickets before 11 AM on August 1st for your chance to win $5,000! This is one family-fun charity event you don't want to miss!


DUCK DROP SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Celebrating its 12th year, the Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop will be better than ever in 2020! Here is the schedule of events:
8th Annual Duck Drop Golf Tournament The golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 31st at the Golf Club at Deer Chase. The 8th Annual Duck Drop Golf Tournament features quacky "twist" with crazy holes & fun obstacles placed around the course to test your game! 1:30…

4 Tried-and-True Tips for Building Equity in Your Home

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Building equity in your home is incredibly important and valuable. Simply put, "equity" is the amount of home you actually own. In order words, it is the difference between your home's actual market value and the outstanding loans you still have against the property. For example, if your home is worth $200,000 and your mortgage loan still has an outstanding balance of $160,000, you have $40,000 of equity in your home.


Home equity is a valuable asset to have. If you are short on cash, you can use it to take out a home equity loan. This is a loan against the amount of property you actually own. (To go with our previous example, this would be $40,000.) You can also use the equity in your home to put towards the down payment on your new home at the Lake of the Ozarks or to fund your retirement. So, how do you build equity in your home? Here are a few tried-and-true strategies.

1. Make Larger Mortgage Payments
If your loan doesn't have any prepayment penalties and if you h…

3 Tips for Pricing Your Home to Sell

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Are you considering taking the plunge and putting your current house on the market? If so, you've probably already been on the hunt for a new home, and may already have your eye on your dream home! Selling your home at the Lake of the Ozarks is a multifaceted process that should not be undertaken lightly. There are several different factors that must be given lots of consideration. Pricing your current home correctly is one of many important steps to turning that dream of yours into a reality. As you start to weigh your options, let the Fran Campbell Team help you get the best possible deal.

3 Tips For Pricing Your Home To Sell


1. Get a general idea of your home's potential worth.  There are several ways to go about this. Researching the asking prices of similar houses in your area or using online calculators can be great places to start. This information can be extremely varied, so be sure to get to get information from a variety of sources and average out your results.

After y…

7 Rainy Day DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Home

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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 …