Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to Choose the Right Furnishings for Your Home

The day has finally come, you did a final walk through at the home, you've signed the last of the paperwork, and now you have your very own set of keys. Buying a Lake of the Ozarks home is an exciting time, and, as the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are proud to help you make this big step. Of course, now you have another big step in the moving process, and that's deciding how to furnish your home! September is National Home Furnishings month, so this is the perfect time to get started. Let the Fran Campbell Team - RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks show you a few ways you can incorporate the right furnishings so it feels like home.

Furnishing Your Home
The furniture that you have in your home is what sets the tone of the entire house. From trendy to time tested, there are many styles you can choose, not to mention different fabrics and materials. While choosing the furniture in your home does have to do with falling emotionally in love with a piece, you also have to consider the way the piece was made, the practicality of it in your home, and living with it. Here are a few ways you can tell if a piece will fit in your home.

Decide What You Like
Before even stepping foot into the furniture store, you need to think about the pieces you want, and what style they need to fit. This will help you stay on task and within budget. It's important to look at many different furniture pieces and decide what you like. Do you like rustic pieces with exposed wood and natural fabrics? Maybe you're more into plush, luxurious fabrics with bold metallic accent pieces.

Start With Size
You should also take a look at your living space and think about what will realistically fit in your space. You want plenty of navigating space in your home, and you don't want to be constantly running into corners or tripping over furniture feet. There are some online layout programs to help you see exactly what your furniture will look like from an overhead view in your space. This can help because you can know what you really have room for. Before you go to the furniture store, take measurements of your space so you know if that nightstand will actually fit between the side of your bed and the wall. You will also want to take the measuring tape with you so you can measure the pieces as well.

Do the Care Requirements Match Your Lifestyle?
This is one of the final details you'll want to think about before making any large purchases. Every piece of furniture will have a different set of requirements when it comes to the care of it. Before you make a large investment, think about the way this piece will fit in your life. If you have a dog, you will want to make sure that it's hair will either blend into the color of a couch or is easily wiped off. You also wouldn't want to choose a piece of furniture that could be easily torn to shreds by their claws. If you love the look of all wood pieces, do you have the time it takes to appropriately clean and condition the wood? Just know before making a purchase, every piece of furniture will need a different type of care - are you able to maintain that?

Fran Campbell Team Can Help You Relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks
If you're still looking for the perfect home for your current furniture, our team of Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents would love to help you find the perfect place. From luxury homes at the Lake of the Ozarks to perfect family dwellings in friendly neighborhoods, we would be honored to help you find your Lake of the Ozarks home.

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

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Friday, September 16, 2016

10 Fall Maintenance Projects for Your Home

When you're a new homeowner and fall comes around, that can mean one thing - seasonal maintenance. There are certain home maintenance projects that you will want to perform on your Lake of the Ozarks home in order to fully prepare it for the change in seasons. The Fran Campbell Team is here not only to help you find your Lake of the Ozarks real estate but also help you maintain it as well. Here are ten projects you should plan into your schedule this season.

Check For Peeling Paint
While peeling or blistering paint may seem harmless, it can actually be a sign that the existing paint film is failing and is no longer protecting your home. While the weather is cool, take some time to repaint and repair.

Clean The Gutters
After the leaves have fallen, you will want to empty the gutters and clean them out. Now you can inspect the joints and tighten any brackets. Ice dams can be detrimental to already weak systems, so you'll want to take care of them.

Caulk Windows
One of your main goals through the winter will be to retain heat and keep the cold out. One of the most cost-effective ways to do this is by caulking the windows and doors.

Inspect the Roof
The combination of snow, ice, rain, wind and changing temperatures can wreak havoc on your roof. If you notice any warping, missing shingles, or a lot of granules at your rain spouts, call a serviceman to come out and take a look.

Prepare the Fireplace
It's time to get your fireplace and heating unit in working order. Your heating systems will last longer when you have them inspected on a regular basis and make repairs as they come up. If you are spending your first winter in the house, you will want to have your fireplace inspected to make sure that everything is safe for burning.

Seal Your Driveway
Sealing your driveway before winter comes will help it last longer. Inspect it for cracks, clean out and repair the damage with filler, and then coat it with a commercial sealer.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
By remembering to reverse your ceiling fan, you can redistribute the warm air from the ceiling back down to your living space.

Cover Your Air Conditioners
Vacuuming out the internal parts of your air conditioners and then covering them with an appropriate cover can help your unit last longer and protect it from the elements. If you have a window unit, you can take them out or cover them up according to their instructions.

Clean Yard Equipment
You will most likely not need your lawnmowers and leaf blowers once you get the landscape cleaned up for the last time. Make sure that everything has been wiped down and cleaned up, as well as draining the fuel. You can also get any winter tools ready like your ice salt, snow shovel, etc.

Prepare Your Deck For Winter
While it was fun sitting on the deck for the summer, it's time to start packing things up. You can cover and store your patio furniture, inspect your deck for any places that need repairs, and don't forget to cover up your grill! You can also empty any planters that still have dirt in them. Clay pots with dirt still in them can crack from the temperature changes.

Living at the Lake of the Ozarks
Whether you're looking to buy or sell real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks this fall, the Fran Campbell Team is ready to assist you! There's no better time to find your dream home, and we would be honored to walk you through the process. Visit our website to learn more about our real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks, and see homes that are for sale!

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fall Festival in Osage Beach City Park - Sept. 10, 2016

There are lots of fun, family friendly activities to enjoy when you own a home at the Lake of the Ozarks. The 16th Annual Osage Beach Fall Festival offers a full day of fun for people of all ages. The Fran Campbell Team has gathered some of the exciting details for you. 

On the Saturday after Labor Day, September 10, 2016 the Osage Beach City Park will be filled with all kinds of great activities and incredible entertainment from 10 am - 5 pm. This event is open to the public and admission is absolutely free. Hundreds of people flock to this amazing festival every year. It's a wonderful way to kick off the fall season.

By this time of year, most of the tourist have headed home for the season, and the local school children are back in class. The Fall Festival gives everyone a chance to get out, have some fun, and remember how lucky we are to own a home a the Lake of the Ozarks, no matter what time of year it is. 

Fun For Every Age

There is a little bit of something for everyone at this year's Fall Festival. No matter what your age, you will find lots to do among the following activites:
  • Hay Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Large Inflatables and Bounce Houses
  • Food Vendors
  • Arts & Crafts Booths
  • Local Fire, Police, & EMS Displays
  • Displays From Local Organizations & Businesses
  • Concert in the Park
The Missouri Department of Conservation will also be on hand to offer their own brand of fun.
  • Pellet Shoot
  • Archery
  • Dutch Oven Cooking Demo

Bring Your Four-Legged Friends

One of the most popular events is the Bow-Wow Contest. Get your dogs ready to compete in a variety of different categories. Registration begins at 10 am, and the competition will start at noon. It is free to enter, and the more contestants that enter, the more exciting it will be for everyone there. 

Fall Fun at the Lake

Owning a home at the Lake of the Ozarks gives you the chance to enjoy this amazing area during every season, not just the popular summer months. There is always something exciting going on, and each season is more beautiful than the next. If this sounds like the perfect place for you to live or own a second house, let the Fran Campbell Team help you find your new home.  

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Labor Day Celebrations at the Lake of the Ozarks

Labor Day weekend is often thought of as the closing to the summer. End this year right with fun area events at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Fran Campbell Team has compiled a list of activities for you to enjoy this upcoming weekend. From music to fireworks, the Lake of the Ozarks has fun activities for everyone to appreciate. Check out the list below for entertaining ways to spend your Labor Day Weekend! (Event information from FunLake.)

Live Music

Trixie Delight and Rivertown Live in Concert
Sep 02, 2016 - Sep 04, 2016
H.Toad's Bar and Grill at Camden on the Lake
2359 Bittersweet Rd.
Lake Ozark, Missouri 65049
Phone: 573-365-5620
Hours of Operation: 9:00 pm - 1:00 am each night

Morgan Highway
Sep 02, 2016
Picklehead's Roadhouse
1013 State Rd. TT
Sunrise Beach, Missouri 65079
Phone: 573-207-8366
Gates open at 5:00 pm. All ages show. No cover charge

Outshyne w/Guest Seqouia Drive
Sep 03, 2016
Picklehead's Roadhouse
1013 State Rd. TT
Sunrise Beach, Missouri 65079
Phone: 573-207-8366
Gates open at 5:00 pm, concert at 8:00 pm


Labor Day Fireworks Fun Fest
Sep 02, 2016
Old Kinderhook
20 Eagle Ridge Road
Camdenton, Missouri 65020
Phone: 573-317-3500
Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Free festivities to include clowns, bounce houses, face painting, and games for children and adults. We also offer free live entertainment. Food and drinks available for a small cost.

Bear Bottom Resort
Date: Saturday, September 3rd
Time: 9:45 pm
Hwy 5 to 123 Bear Bottom Drive
Sunrise Beach, Missouri 65079
View by land at Bear Bottom Resort or by water at the 38 mile marker.
Parking is limited – arrive early.
Call for details: 573-374-6905

Tan-Tar-A Resort
Date: Sunday, September 4th
Time: 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hwy KK to 494 Tan Tar A Drive
Osage Beach, Missouri 65065
View by land on the Tan-Tar-A property reserved for resort guests only.
View by water at the 26 mile marker.
Call for details: 573-348-3131

Tropic Island Cruises
Date: Sunday, September 4th
Time: 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
494 Tan Tar A Drive
Osage Beach, Missouri 6565
View the Tan-Tar-A Resort fireworks display from the water at the 26 mile marker, aboard the Tropic Island Cruises yacht.
Call for reservations and details: 573-348-0083

The Lodge of Four Seasons
Date: Sunday, September 4th
TIme: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
315 Four Seasons Drive
Lake Ozark, Missouri 65049
Paid non-hotel guests must be on The Lodge of Four Seasons property before 8:00 pm.
View by water at the 13 mile marker.

Celebration Cruises
Date: Sunday, September 4th
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jeffries Rd to 5076 Davis Drive
Osage Beach, Missouri 65049
View the Lodge of Four Seasons fireworks display from the water at the 13 mile marker, aboard the Celebration Cruises yacht.
Call for reservations and details: 573-480-3212

Come enjoy the last weekend of the summer at the Lake of the Ozarks. After you take in all the area has to offer while visiting this weekend, you may decide to invest in a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks to enjoy for years to come. We would love to help you explore the area and assist in finding your dream home in Osage Beach, MO. Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.