Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Enjoying the Holiday's at The Lake of the Ozarks

'Tis the season for spreading holiday cheer and that's exactly what Fran Campbell Team want to do for you! Lake of the Ozarks is a hot spot for family fun in the summer but for those year-round homeowners and visitors, the lake is a wonderfully spirited place in December, too. If holiday adventure is what you're looking for, search no further, your favorite real estate team has some seasonal suggestions to help you and yours celebrate the holidays in your own backyard. No matter how you choose to celebrate the holiday, we hope you have an amazing time with your family and friends!



Drive-Through Holiday Light Parks

There's something truly irresistible about Christmas lights, no matter what age you are. The Lake of the Ozarks is home to four drive-through holiday light parks where you and your family can enjoy beautiful holiday light displays from the comfort and warmth of your vehicle. Whether you choose to visit one or all four of them, we're sure your whole family will love these beautiful displays.

Osage Beach Holiday Lights
Now through December 31, 2016
Osage Beach City Park
Open nightly

St. Patrick's Festival Of Lights
Now through January 1, 2017
Shrine of St. Patrick / Mother's Shrine in Laurie
Open nightly from 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Versailles City Of Lights
Now through January 1, 2017
Versailles City Park
Open nightly from dusk until midnight


Enchanted Village of Lights
Now through January 1, 2017
Laurie Fairgrounds
Open nightly from 5:00 - 9:00 PM (10:00 PM on the weekends)

Donations are greatly appreciated at most of these locations, but admission is free to each of these four parks.

Frosty Float

The Celebration Cruise boat is a Lake of the Ozarks staple and this season it's setting sail for a great cause. In collaboration with KRMS 93.5 the event proceeds will benefit local organization, Children's Learning Center. Attendees will go on a magical journey, cruising the Lake of the Ozarks and celebrating the season. Children and adults alike will enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, Christmas carols and beautiful Christmas light displays. Santa will make an appearance with special gifts for the kids! 

Cruises depart on December 11 & 18th at 4 PM and sail for two hours. Tickets are $20  and you'll want to grab yours now, there are a limited supply of tickets available for each cruise. Click here to purchase tickets or visit www.CruiseLakeoftheOzarks.com.  

Lake Ozark Christmas Parade

Parades and Christmas are like pumpkin pie and whip cream, they just go together! The Lake of the Ozarks Christmas Parade presents "Christmas Through The Years" Saturday, December 10th at 3:00 PM. Celebrate the holiday season at the annual Christmas parade along the historic Bagnell Dam Strip. The Lake Ozark Christmas Parade will line up at the HH & Bagnell Dam Blvd. intersection and will proceed down Bagnell Dam Blvd. toward the Dam. Immediately following the parade, Santa will greet kids and families for a bonfire at the top of Bagnell Dam Strip at Two Bit Town. Children and adults will enjoy hot cocoa, coffee and refreshments while they listen to Christmas carols. 

Merry Christmas From Fran Campbell Team!

The Lake Area is truly a remarkable place to live year-round. If you are thinking about relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call! One of our Lake Ozark realtors would be honored to help you find your dream home at the Lake of the Ozarks. In the meantime, we hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Prep Your Home for a Winter Vacation in 8 Steps

Missouri winters can be unpredictable and many Lake of the Ozarks homeowners plan a vacation during our coldest months. If you’re hoping to relax and escape the Ozark chill, a winter getaway should do the trick - and when you’re miles from home, the last thing we want you to worry about is the safety of your home. Fran Campbell Team knows homes, condos and everything in between – let us share some simple tips to prepare your home for a vacation.


Hold the News

You don’t want to worry about a pile of newspapers in the driveway, it’s a sure sign of being absent from your home. If your mail is delivered to your home, contact your newspaper delivery company and stop service while you’re gone. Furthermore, contact your local post office and have them hold your mail.

Light It Up

A dark house stands out, especially in a neighborhood when all the other homes are lit up with activity. Before you leave, consider purchasing a timer and install it on a lamp in your home. It’s not a bad idea to install a motion activated sensor on an outdoor floodlight that will be triggered should someone walk buy it. If you have a trusted neighbor you could ask them to turn on a light for you in the evenings.

Keep it Clean

During the winter you won’t be worrying about the grass growing but snow may be a concern. Depending on the weather, you may need to contact a snow removal company and have them schedule your driveway into their rotation in the case of snowfall. If you’re going to be gone longer than a week, you won’t want to overlook this.

Unplug to Unwind

We want you to have a worry-free vacation and by unplugging small appliances and electronics before you leave will help you do just that. Not only will you save energy, you can rest easy knowing that appliances that are still active even when turned off, won’t be an unpredictable problem. Before you leave, unplug those items that won’t be used while you’re gone (coffee makers, toasters, espresso machines, etc.). This is also a good time to ensure all smoke detectors are working properly throughout your home.

Turn Down the Thermostat

Your thermostat makes sure your home maintains a specific temperature throughout the day. Before you leave, set the thermostat to a lower temperature if the house is going to be empty. This will help conserve energy while you’re gone. If you do choose to turn down the thermostat, be sure to keep you home at a temp that will keep plants, pets (if home) and furniture protected.


Let Your Water Heater Take a Vacation

Many water heaters heat water throughout the day, even when you’re not using water. Before you head out on a vacation, put your heater in a vacation mode as well. It may have a setting labeled – VAC, which indicates “vacation mode.” If not, turn the settings down. If you plan to be gone during the coldest part of the year, it may be a good idea to turn off water valves to the dishwasher, washing machine and any sinks. The last thing you want to come home to is a broken pipe.

Tidy up

This is especially important if you home is currently on the market. Before you leave for vacation, clean out the fridge and dispose of anything that might spoil. Run some vinegar down the sink and eliminate any bad smells being harbored there. Make sure you take out the trash and or recycling. If an agent schedules a viewing of your property you won’t want the potential buyers to come into a smelly house.


Let Someone Know

You’ll want to leave emergency contact info with your family and neighbors before heading out. It’s also a good idea to inform your real estate agent if your home is on the market. Let a trusted neighbor know you’re going to be out of town and for how long. Provide them with any information they might need in the case of an emergency.

Your friends at Fran Campbell Team want you to have a relaxing and worry-free vacation. That’s why it’s a good idea to prepare your home before you leave on any long trip. For answers to any of your real estate questions please contact an agent at Fran Campbell TeamREMAX Lake of the Ozarks. Our team is qualified, professional and ready to get you results!



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

4 Reasons To Sell Or Buy During The Holidays

We often hear that spring or summer is the prime time to get your home on the real estate market and while it's true lots of homes are sold during this time, listing your home or looking for a home during the holidays or in the winter is not as taboo as some would lead you to believe. Did you know Fran Campbell Team has had large success selling homes in the winter and there are actual benefits to listing or looking for a home during the holidays. If you've missed out on the real estate scramble of the spring and summer, start your home search today with a specialized real estate agent at Fran Campbell Team. Here are some of the top reasons why you shouldn't avoid listing your home, or looking for a home, right now!

Buyers Never Stop Looking

You may have been told that the real estate market comes to a standstill during the holidays or in the winter, but we're here to tell you, that's not the case. The Lake of the Ozarks real estate market thrives year-round, and that does include the holiday season. Serious buyers never stop looking, and a serious seller will keep their home or property on the market all year long. The holidays bring out the buyers and sellers that are determined. 


Inventory and Competition

While typically, home inventory is largest during the spring and summer months, the local MLS always has homes and properties listed. Fall and winter will have properties available, but the number of properties may be lower. If you are willing to modify your needs and search criteria, you can be sure to find a property that will fit your housing needs throughout the year.

Despite the fact that inventory may be lower in the fall and winter, people still list their homes, especially if they are serious sellers. During this time, you might also find less competition. It's likely the fall and winter will create less scenarios of multiple offers on one property, enabling buyers and sellers to have more time to think about offers. Less competition guarantees that you're not making a rushed decision when you find the perfect property. 


Affordability

This specifically affects buyers. Prices do tend to fall slightly in the fall and winter when the market has cooled down a bit and you may find more serious sellers are keen to sell. But that's not to say if you list your home in the fall you're going to have to drastically reduce the price in order to sell your property. While it's possible it may sit on the market a bit longer, fall and winter sales do happen. 

Homes Look and Feel Charming

There's something warm and inviting about a decorated home, or a home that feels cozy, and people who list their homes in the fall and winter can take advantage of decorating their homes for the holidays - tastefully, of course.

Don't feel put off when thinking about selling your property during the holidays or in the winter. There are ways to use the season to your advantage. Fran Campbell Team is confident that with our home selling strategies we can advise you and help sell your home as quickly as possible. Ready to list or buy? Our Lake of the Ozarks real estate professionals are dedicated to serving YOU and will make your real estate journey positive and successful. Contact our office today. 





4 Reasons To Sell Or Buy During The Holidays

We often hear that spring or summer is the prime time to get your home on the real estate market and while it's true lots of homes are sold during this time, listing your home or looking for a home during the holidays or in the winter is not as taboo as some would lead you to believe. Did you know Fran Campbell Team has had large success selling homes in the winter and there are actual benefits to listing or looking for a home during the holidays. If you've missed out on the real estate scramble of the spring and summer, start your home search today with a specialized real estate agent at Fran Campbell Team. Here are some of the top reasons why you shouldn't avoid listing your home, or looking for a home, right now!

Buyers Never Stop Looking

You may have been told that the real estate market comes to a standstill during the holidays or in the winter, but we're here to tell you, that's not the case. The Lake of the Ozarks real estate market thrives year-round, and that does include the holiday season. Serious buyers never stop looking, and a serious seller will keep their home or property on the market all year long. The holidays bring out the buyers and sellers that are determined. 


Inventory and Competition

While typically, home inventory is largest during the spring and summer months, the local MLS always has homes and properties listed. Fall and winter will have properties available, but the number of properties may be lower. If you are willing to modify your needs and search criteria, you can be sure to find a property that will fit your housing needs throughout the year.

Despite the fact that inventory may be lower in the fall and winter, people still list their homes, especially if they are serious sellers. During this time, you might also find less competition. It's likely the fall and winter will create less scenarios of multiple offers on one property, enabling buyers and sellers to have more time to think about offers. Less competition guarantees that you're not making a rushed decision when you find the perfect property. 


Affordability

This specifically affects buyers. Prices do tend to fall slightly in the fall and winter when the market has cooled down a bit and you may find more serious sellers are keen to sell. But that's not to say if you list your home in the fall you're going to have to drastically reduce the price in order to sell your property. While it's possible it may sit on the market a bit longer, fall and winter sales do happen. 

Homes Look and Feel Charming

There's something warm and inviting about a decorated home, or a home that feels cozy, and people who list their homes in the fall and winter can take advantage of decorating their homes for the holidays - tastefully, of course.

Don't feel put off when thinking about selling your property during the holidays or in the winter. There are ways to use the season to your advantage. Fran Campbell Team is confident that with our home selling strategies we can advise you and help sell your home as quickly as possible. Ready to list or buy? Our Lake of the Ozarks real estate professionals are dedicated to serving YOU and will make your real estate journey positive and successful. Contact our office today. 





Thursday, November 17, 2016

Things To Consider When Buying And Selling A Rennovation

If you're a potential buyer purchasing a renovated property or a seller interested in starting an update, there are a few things to think about when considering the real value of a renovation. Establishing the value placed on a renovation requires some experience and knowledge and Fran Campbell Team would like to help you understand how renovated properties are priced and valued. Our Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents have experience in this arena and understand the local market. In addition to assisting you with the home buying process, we have considerable experience evaluating a home's condition. From sellers considering their own renovation to those looking to purchase a home with the work already done, we can help you understand the ins and outs of valuing a renovation. 

Price

The seller essentially sets the price of the home by what he or she is willing to accept as an offer, however, when potential buyers feel good and enjoy the home, the more likely they are to make a higher offer. The value of a renovation may or may not affect the offer, but the quality of the renovation could make a difference where buyer's preferences are concerned. Typically, quality renovations are worth doing to ensure the highest sale price as possible.


Market

By renovating your property to sell, improving the home to bring the highest price possible is likely your goal. A deeper understanding of the market will help to ensure that the sale price of the home will cover or exceed the cost of the renovations. This is definitely something to consider prior to embarking on what can be an expensive, time consuming endeavor. By contacting an agent at Fran Campbell Team, we can share a current market analysis of your home pre-renovation and discuss what upgrades may be best for your home.


Quality

A job well done, whether by yourself or a hired professional, shows. Whether the project is a complete overhaul or simple update, you want the work to be of high quality. A well thought out design is important and a great design can add the most value to the renovation. From the internal aspects of the renovation like electric and plumbing to the light fixtures and kitchen counter, you want all your choices to reflect quality work.


Flipping

For most, the hope when renovating a property is that the money put into it results in an increase in the sale price. Often renovations are needed to simply bring a home up to the value and standards of other homes in the area. If you're seeking to "flip a home" (buying an under-valued home, repairing it, and selling it at profit), you may be on the hunt for something that requires major renovations. Our agents have considerable market knowledge and are ready to help you find that opportunity. 

The key to evaluating a renovation is understanding the end result. What was achieved, how was it achieved, who did the work and with what quality of materials, are all questions a potential buyer should ask when considering purchasing a renovation. The budget, time, inconvenience and enjoyment of the renovation are things for the seller to consider. Fran Campbell Team-RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks is just a phone call away - by understanding the market and the scope of the renovation, together we can help sellers determine what their Lake of the Ozarks property is worth or assist potential buyers in making an offer. 




Thursday, November 10, 2016

How To Have Successful Holiday Season Showings

Selling your property can be stressful any time of year and as the winter holiday season approaches, the parties, holiday events and out-of-town guests are likely to increase. Simply living in your home can be a challenge while you have it on the market – keeping it neat and tidy at all times is not something most achieve with ease. So entertaining and decorating for special occasions might just seem impossible! Fran Campbell Team wants to share some tips and tricks for ensuring success in showing your home and living in it around the holidays, too.


Decorating – Highlight the Home


Celebrating holidays and events with festive decor can make your home more memorable to potential buyers. We do advise you to be aware of the scale of items you bring in to decorate your home for the holidays. Choose decorations to showcase great features of the home – if you have a high ceiling with crown molding, a tall holiday tree can illuminate this asset. However, if your space is small, ensure that the tree you choose does not overpower the room. Remember, home-made decorations may be beautiful, but consider the look before unpacking everything you’ve saved over the years.


Host a party


It's a great time to have a party! In addition to the exposure Fran Campbell Team is providing prospective buyers, you have the opportunity to entertain your friends and remind them that your home is for sale and to share the news with others. Do keep in mind, if you are selling your home during the busy season of entertaining and holidays, weekends are prime time for showing a home - have your party at the beginning or middle of the week as not to impact potential showings.


Holiday Smells


It seems like nearly everywhere you go, the holiday season creates a natural time for good smells. Scents of baking, evergreen trees and cinnamon spice are common, however, watch out for overpowering smells of other food and overly scented candles, you don’t want it to seem like you are masking other unpleasant odors.


Clean Up


All good things must come to an end, and that includes taking down your decorations in a timely manner. If you can't avoid going over the top with the party trimmings, have a plan for how and when things to return your home to it's normal state. If you hosted a holiday party or two don't forget to give the exterior of your property a good walk around. Have a plan to remove all trash to enhance your curb appeal. 

If your home is on the market during this busy time of year, we want you to enjoy the holidays as usual. You don't have to stop entertaining but you do need to focus on things from a buyers perspective. If you've not yet listed your home but need to sell Fran Campbell Team would love to share your Lake of the Ozarks property with potential buyers. Give us a call to find out how our experienced real estate team can help you. Enjoy your home, show it off at your holiday parties, and keep these tips in mind and you're guaranteed to have successful showings this season!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

5 Steps To Successfully Invest In Rental Property

Have you considered purchasing a rental property at the Lake of the Ozarks? In addition to seeing gains from property value appreciation, rental income can provide a monthly cash flow. Rental properties can be great investments, and your real estate specialists at Fran Campbell Team want to help you find that perfect property. Follow these steps and start enjoying your Ozarks rental property as well as pocketing some monetary gains as soon as possible.

Purchase With A Plan

There are several questions to ask yourself before you invest in real estate. Will you want to use the property part of the year? Vacation rentals are enticing on many levels, though considering how often you will use them during the "off season" may affect your potential rental income. Do you want to invest in a house or a condominium? The type of property you intend to invest in will affect your monthly maintenance budget. Your agent at Fran Campbell Team will be your guide as you decide the best location and type of property to invest in.

Before you look at properties, sit down with a mortgage lender to see how you qualify for a loan. Being pre-approved for the investment ensures that you have enough capital and having back-up funds is important as well, in the case that the property produces less income than you expected.

Understand Your Investment

When you find the property you intend to buy, it's important to understand the condition of the building, and surrounding area. We encourage professional inspections prior to finalizing the investment. You'll most likely have a budget for repairs and maintenance; communicate your price range to your agent, this will ensure additional funds will be available in the case upgrades are needed before your first rental customers are booked.

If you're interested in purchasing at the Lake of the Ozarks, it may be because you already own property in the area, or have visited and understand the amazing opportunity the community boasts. You'll want to know all the best the community and lake area has to offer, and your knowledgeable Fran Campbell Team agent is here to introduce you to all the great places and things to do!

Evaluate Your Options

As you look at properties with Fran Campbell Team, consider your Lake of the Ozarks options - you'll have many! From location and style of building, to how you plan to use the property personally. We want you to be happy with your decision. Buying a property in a good location is one of the best ways to ensure the steady flow of rental income and help you and your family utilize the best of what your investment has to offer.

 

Get Insurance

Proper insurance includes insurance on the structure itself as well as liability insurance, in case someone is injured while on the premises. You will want to have the right types of insurance with sufficient coverage to protect your investment. Having this information right out of the gate will give you peace of mind going forward with the legal aspects of renting a property.

Don't Forget: You're In Business

Buying a rental property is essentially going into business for yourself. As you look at properties with your agent, do your research. Find out what the property's financial expectations will be, such as: mortgage estimate, maintenance, taxes and other fees like assessments. Will the purchase need repairs? You want to be successful immediately, and we want to help you start strong!

If you're planning to purchase a Lake of the Ozarks vacation home as an investment, there are plenty of benefits and we want you to be successful. Consider these tips and contact the experienced agents at Fran Campbell Team and we will work diligently to help you achieve you investment goals.

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

Contact Fran Campbell Team at RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks for all your real estate needs.


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