Showing posts from January, 2016

4 Myths About Buying A House

It's no secret that real estate is an integral part of American culture. Almost everyone will buy or sell a house at some point in their lives. Despite its incredible pervasiveness in modern society, however, there are many myths surrounding real estate. This week, our real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to dispel some of the common myths about our industry. This week, we're going to look specifically at myths about buying a house. (See our blog next week for myths about selling a house.) MYTH #1: You Should Never Buy The First House You Tour If you've ever been shopping for homes at the Lake of the Ozarks , you probably had at least one person tell you that you should not buy the first house you see. However, we have worked with several buyers who chose to purchase the first house they ever toured, and couldn't be happier. The key is to never purchase a house without looking at a few others first. There are so many different types of homes ava

3 Intangible Benefits Of Homeownerhsip

When you think of the perks of owning a home, what comes to mind? Many people think of a place to raise a family, a valuable financial asset, and a place to call your own. While these are certainly all wonderful benefits of owning a home at the Lake of the Ozarks , the benefits of homeownership extend far beyond these. Fran Campbell Team is here to look at some of the many intangible benefits of owning your own home. A Sense Of Belonging As a renter, you may feel like your place in the community is fleeting. You may only plan to live there for a few months or a few years, depending on your career path and unpredictable financial changes. Because you don't plan on being there for long, you may not take the time to become fully invested in your local community. As a homeowner, however, you probably plan on living in your home for several years (if not the entire foreseeable future). As a result, you're likely to become more invested in your community, taking steps to ge

7 Home Hacks Every Homeowner Should Know

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: owning your home is incredibly rewarding, but it's also a big responsibility. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to lighten the load. Taking proactive measures can help prevent the need for costly repairs down the road, and thinking outside the box can also provide easy alternatives to expensive repairs. Fran Campbell Team is here to help all homeowners at the Lake of the Ozarks with this quick list of simple tips that can make your life easier. We hope you find them helpful! 1. Unclogging Drains What happens when your kitchen sink stops draining? You can buy harsh, expensive chemicals designed to unclog these drains, but they are not your only options. Use a small plunger over the mouth of the drain to get the primary clog out of the way. If it's still draining slowly, pour baking soda, boiling water, and then white vinegar down the drain. These natural products will create a chemical reaction that sh

8 Home Staging MISTAKES

If you've been researching ways to sell your house at the Lake of the Ozarks , you're probably familiar with the concept of home staging. For those of you who are new to the concept, staging refers to the act of displaying your home in the manner that will make it most appealing to the widest range of potential buyers. Common staging techniques include clearing your home of all clutter and decorating with neutral tones. However, some staging practices may actually hinder your efforts. Fran Campbell Team is here to help you avoid some of these common staging mistakes. Mistake #1: Overlooking The Closets And Pantries Organizing and staging your entire home from top to bottom can be quite the undertaking. Some people try to save themselves some time and effort by focusing their staging energies on the main living areas that get the most traffic. However, failing to stage your home's storage areas, such as the closets and pantries, can hurt your sale. Adequate (or pref