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6 Tips to Save Money and Conserve Energy this Fall & Winter

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The weather is changing and the temperatures are cooling down. The trees have already begun to lose their leaves and people are swapping their shorts and dresses for jackets and scarves! With the new season comes a new opportunity to re-evaluate your home-energy usage and prepare for the cooler months. To help kick off your eco-friendly home improvement mindset, the Fran Campbell Team offers a few tips to curb your energy use and save you some money this fall and winter.

1. Cover drafty windows and seal cracks.
You can choose window treatments and coverings not only for decoration but also for saving energy. Carefully select window treatments; there are options that can reduce heat loss. However, to effectively reduce cold air leakage you may also need to caulk and weather-strip around windows to reduce air infiltration.

2. Give your furnace a tune-up.
As the temperatures begin to fall, heaters start working overtime. Give your heating unit a tune-up early on in the season, this will e…

Halloween Decorations to AVOID When Trying to Sell Your Home

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It's that time of year when the leaves are beginning to change, the temperatures are dropping, and people are gearing up for Halloween! It's a fun time to get in the spirit of the holiday and we all want to have fun decorated houses that trick-or-treaters will ooh and ahh at when it comes time to knock on your door. But if you're attempting to sell your house, you may want to err on the side of caution with the decorations. That's not to say you shouldn't decorate at all, but perhaps keeping to neutral autumn decor is best. Check out some Halloween decorations you should AVOID when you're trying to sell a home at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Forego the Scary Decorations This Year
Many home buyers have small children. If they bring their child along with them while walking through your home, it could become more of a hassle trying to enter your home if your front lawn is covered in gruesome decor that the children are afraid to pass by. Home buying is stressful enough…

Pro Tips for Planning the Ultimate Housewarming Party

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After all the work of purchasing a new home at the Lake of the Ozarks and getting everything moved in, hosting a party may be the last thing on your mind. But this is actually a fantastic time to show off your new home to those friends and family members who've been dying to see your new digs. Plus, it's also a great opportunity to meet your new neighbors! Your housewarming party doesn't have to be anything fancy or extravagant, by any means! But just to help you get started with this next exciting adventure in being new homeowners, the Fran Campbell Team has some simple tips for when you're planning your housewarming party!

Invite, Invite, Invite!
If you're looking to show off your new home to family and friends, creating an invite on social media can save you some time. If, however, you're looking to get to know the neighbors, a personal or printed invitation is the best option since your new neighbors are probably not on your friends list yet. Adding a simpl…

Investing in Real Estate: Foreclosures

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Investing in a foreclosure property can have big potential, but it takes real effort to cash in. As such, it should be approached as any significant investment, requiring focus, diligence and careful research into local property, economic and demographic trends. Let's learn a little about what investing in a foreclosure property entails:


Are foreclosures a good investment?
A foreclosure property is a home that has been repossessed by the lender because the owners failed to pay the mortgage. Thousands of homes end up in foreclosure every year. Economic conditions affect the number of foreclosures, too. Many people lose their homes due to job loss, credit problems or unexpected expenses. It is wise to be cautious when considering a foreclosure. Many experts, in fact, advise inexperienced buyers to hire an expert to take them through the process. It is important to have the house thoroughly inspected and to be sure that any liens, undisclosed mortgages or court judgments are cleared o…