Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What We Love About Real Estate

Real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks is a wild ride! Whether you're buying or selling, real estate is an exciting adventure with its fair share of ups and downs. The Property Shop at the Lake has been helping our clients fulfill their real estate dreams for many years, and we couldn't be happier. This week, we thought we'd share with you some of the things we love most about real estate.

Buying Real Estate at the Lake

There are a lot of excitements and joys that come with buying a house at the Lake of the Ozarks, but there are a few that rise above the rest. Specifically...

Helping Our Clients With The Home Search
Searching for your new home is absolutely thrilling. There's something magical about walking through each potential home, imagining yourself waking up there every morning and falling asleep there every night. As an added benefit, walking through lots of different homes is a great way to get some home decor ideas! We love seeing all of the different homes for sale at the Lake of the Ozarks along with our clients.

That Moment When Our Clients Find "The One"
Our clients often ask us how they will know when they find the right home, and we always give them same answer: when you just know. As cliché as it sounds, it's so true. There's nothing like the moment when you walk into a home and are hit by the realization that you've just found your dream home at the Lake of the Ozarks. Even after working with hundreds of clients, the moment is still just as exciting!

Helping Our Clients Secure Their Dream Homes
Finding "the one" is only half of the process - there is still a lot to do after our clients find the homes they want to buy. We have to negotiate with the sellers, arrange for appraisals and inspections, and coordinate with the lender and the title company. We always stick by our clients through every step of the process, helping them out in any way we can. 

Selling Real Estate at the Lake

Selling homes at the Lake of the Ozarks comes with an entirely unique set of challenges and thrills. There are several different aspects that we especially love helping our clients with, such as...

Getting Their Homes Ready To Sell
If you want your home to sell quickly, you can't simply stick a "for sale" sign in your front yard and hope for the best. You have to make any necessary repairs or upgrades, stage your home, and aggressively market it so that you can get it in front of as many prospective buyers as possible. We love watching our clients transform their homes into stunning properties for the market.

Helping Them Negotiate The Sale
People choose to sell their homes for any number of different reasons, but the end goal is always the same: they want to get as much money for their home as possible. Whether our clients plan to use the money from the sale to put towards a new home or to fund their retirement, securing top dollar for their properties is always a big priority. We love helping our clients negotiate with their buyers so they can get the best possible price.

Closing Day
The real estate market is infamous for being unpredictable. Even in a seller's market, some homes take several months to sell. Even if they have only been on the market for a short while, our clients experience a huge wave of relief when their homes sell. Closing day is such an exciting time (for both the sellers and the buyers); we absolutely love getting to share this experience with our clients.

Remember The Property Shop at the Lake For All Your Real Estate Needs!

We absolutely love our jobs; even if we won the lottery, we would continue to work in real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you are thinking about buying or selling in the near future, we hope you will keep our team in mind! We would love to help you through this exciting time.

The Property Shop at the Lake
2086 Horseshoe Bend Parkway
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 693-1100
(573) 480-7760

Monday, September 21, 2015

5 Essential Kids' Bedroom Decorating Tools

Ask any parent, and they'll tell you that raising kids is one of the most rewarding things you'll ever experience. Whether it's your first child or your fifth, creating a safe, enriching home for your child to grow up in is a big part of parenting. Since real estate is (obviously) very near and dear to our hearts, the team at The Property Shop at the Lake wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of our favorite ideas to decorate your children's bedrooms.

1. Wall Decals
Looking for a fun, simple, and (better yet) non-permanent way to personalize your children's bedrooms? Wall decals could be perfect solution. From their names to trees and flowers to baby animals, wall decals come in all sorts of shape and sizes. Choose your favorite theme and go for it!

2. Chalkboard Paint
"Stop drawing on the walls!" Rather than fighting this constant battle with your little ones, you can let their creativity flow all over the bedroom walls without any cause for concern. Chalkboard paint works just like its name implies - your children can draw pictures all over the walls with chalk, and then simply erase it when they are ready for a new creation. They will love it!

3. Galvanized Metal
Did you know that galvanized metal is magnetic? It can be purchased in sheets from most home improvement stores. By hanging a few sheets around your child's room, your children can use them as magnetic boards to showcase their favorite drawings and pictures.

4. Glow-In-The-Dark Paint
Bedtime might not be so hard if your child got to fall asleep in a magical room that glows in the dark! Painting all of the walls with glow-in-the-dark paint might be a little extreme, but this paint works perfect for adding little stars, moons, or planets as accents.

5. Bookshelves
Bookshelves are good for a lot more than storing books. In kids' rooms, they can also be used to showcase favorite toys, knickknacks, or miscellaneous treasures. They can also be a great place to store cubbies or baskets filled with markers, crayons, scissors, glue, construction paper, and more.

Need A New Home To Raise The Kids In?
We can help! If you are looking for a new home at the Lake of the Ozarks, pick up the phone and call The Property Shop at the Lake at 573-693-1100. We can help you comb through the MLS to find the properties that best meet the description of your dream home, and we can help you critically evaluate each potential home to make sure it's kid-friendly. Let us know when you want to get started!

The Property Shop at the Lake
2086 Horseshoe Bend Parkway
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 693-1100
(573) 480-7760

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

4 Pricing Pointers

Ask anyone who has attempted to sell homes at the Lake of the Ozarks, and they'll tell you that pricing your home is one of the crucial (and unfortunately also one of the most challenging) aspects to selling your home effectively. Pricing your home correctly from the very beginning is the best way to attract the right buyers, but it requires striking a delicate balance. If your price is too high, you will scare away potential buyers because you may be out of their price range. If your price is too low, on the other hand, buyers may assume there is something wrong with the property and write it off before giving it a chance.

Our team of experienced Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents are here to help you navigate this tricky process. By keeping these simple suggestions in mind, you'll be pricing your home like a pro in no time!

4 Pricing Pointers

1. Do Your Research.
Researching the actual sale prices of comparable houses (or "comps") is a great place to start. By the time the negotiations are all said and done, the actual sale price often differs greatly from the original asking price. By identifying the sale prices of similar homes, you will be able to get a better idea of how much your home is actually worth.

2. Choose Your Actual Price Carefully.
Did you know? The numbers that make up your asking price can have a big impact on your buyers. If you are considering pricing your home at $250,000, for example, you may be better off asking for $249,900 or even $249,995. These prices can have a subconscious effect on buyers, making your home seem more affordable. Not only that, but this price will allow your home to show up in "range searches," such as $200,000 to $250,000.

3. Price It Right From The Start.
This is not to say that pricing your home a little high or a little low will kill your chances of selling your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, but pricing your home accurately in the very beginning typically helps the process go more quickly. Some sellers make the mistake of pricing their home intentionally high because they have time before it needs to sell, and they want to see if they can find a buyer who will agree for the higher price. While this may sound like a good idea at first, it almost never works out in the sellers' favor.

4. Have A Backup Plan.
If your house sits on the market without generating much interest for several months, it may be time to lower your asking price. Not only can this be disheartening - it can cause sellers to have to go through the whole pricing dilemma all over again. You can save yourself time and energy by coming up with a plan B, C, and even D before your home ever goes on the market.

Contact The Property Shop To Help You Sell Your Home!

Selling your home can be nerve-wracking, but if done right, it can also be incredibly financially rewarding. If you are looking for help selling your house at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact The Property Shop at the Lake, LLC. Our seller's agents have the expertise you need to price your home, market to potential buyers, and help you sell your home efficiently. Give us a call to get started!

The Property Shop at the Lake
2086 Horseshoe Bend Parkway
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 693-1100
(573) 480-7760

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

15th Annual Fall Festival in Osage Beach

If you think summer is the only fun season at the Lake of the Ozarks, think again! Summer may be quickly winding down to a close, but the Lake of the Ozarks still has plenty of fun things to do. This week, the team at The Property Shop at the Lake is here to give you the inside scoop on one of our area's favorite autumn events: The Fall Festival in Osage Beach.

Free Family Event in Osage Beach!

Hosted by the City of Osage Beach, this free event is ideal for families with children of all ages. They have lots of of great activities and attractions planned, including...
  • Free Kids' Activities:
    • Four Large Inflatables / Bounce Houses
    • Petting Zoo
  • Department of Conservation Activities:
    • Pellet Shoot
    • Archery
    • Dutch Oven Cooking Demo
  • Demos:
    • Fire
    • Police
    • EMS
  • Arts & Crafts Booths
  • BOW WOW Contest at Noon (Sign-Up Starts at 10:00 AM)
  • Live Entertainment
  • Evening Concert
There will also be plenty of food available! Your whole family is sure to have a great time at this wonderful event.

Fall Festival Event Details
  • Saturday, September 12th, 2015
  • Osage Beach City Park (950 Hatchery Road, Osage Beach MO)
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks?

The Lake Area is a great place to live year-round. If you're tired of only getting to enjoy all that the Lake has to offer on the weekends, contact one of our experienced real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our team would be honored to help you find your forever home here at the Lake!

The Property Shop at the Lake
2086 Horseshoe Bend Parkway
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 693-1100
(573) 480-7760

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BUYERS - Don't Miss Out On These Amazing Homes!

Are you coming to the Lake for Labor Day Weekend? This weekend, travelers from all over the Midwest will be making their way to the best recreational lake in the country to celebrate the last big weekend of the summer season, and the team at The Property Shop at the Lake is excited to welcome all of the tourists to our beautiful community!

While you're in town this weekend, our Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents would love to take you on some showings to see a few of our gorgeous homes for sale at the Lake of the Ozarks. Check out two of these amazing homes we have available.

Lot 10 Grand Cayman - Sunrise Beach, MO

Life on the west side doesn't get any better than this. Located in the prestigious Grand Cayman subdivision, this beautiful home is only one year old and in ideal condition.
  • 3,200 Total Square Feet
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3.5 Bathrooms

With a high-end kitchen, beautiful hardwood floors, wall-to-wall windows, endless views, a screened-in porch, and a community pool practically right outside its door, this amazing home is perfect for anyone thinking about relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks. Priced at just $515,000, this home offers luxury lake living at its finest!

If the Lake Ozark side is more to your taste, this beautiful home could be perfect for you! Cozy and comfortable with two gas fireplaces, this home boasts low utility costs and the potential for a high return on investment.
  • 1,419 Total Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms

Your whole family will love the nice dining area, beautiful master bedroom, spacious lot, and beautiful covered deck. With a stunning view of the cove and the main channel in the distance, this house (and its accompany slice of paradise) could be yours for only $350,000. Click here to learn more about this amazing waterfront home for sale in Lake Ozark, MO.

Contact Our Team To Schedule Some Showings

Are you tired of being a weekender at the Lake? Contact our real estate agency at the Lake of the Ozarks to schedule some showings while you're in town this weekend, and we can help you become a full-time resident of our beautiful community. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Property Shop at the Lake
2086 Horseshoe Bend Parkway
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 693-1100
(573) 480-7760