Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Top 7 Benefits of Homeownership

Are you thinking about buying a home? Whether it’s your first home or you have plenty of transactions under your belt, homeownership offers a TON of benefits. Some are commonly known while others may not come to mind at first. In this week’s blog, your expert team of real estate agents in Sunrise Beach, MO are here to share some of the perks of homeownership with you! Take a look below to learn why you should start reaping the benefits when you buy a home at the Lake of the Ozarks.


1) Build Equity

Each month as you make your mortgage payment, you are investing in your home. Homes typically appreciate over time, which can help you actually make money when it comes time to sell your property. Think about owning a home as investing in yourself. It’s a great way to save for the future as you make your monthly payments.

2) Create a Stable Environment

Renters typically move around each year and don’t always know where they will live next. A stable environment is a major perk of owning a home. Not only do children tend to thrive in a stable home environment, adults can have confidence in their future too. For the emotional health of everyone in the home, buying is the best option! FUN FACT – Children who live in a home that is owned tend to do better in school.

3) Reap Tax Benefit

Many costs associated with homeownership are also tax deductions. Energy efficient upgrades and property taxes are just a few examples of items that can be used to help with your taxes, come the end of the year. There are also some tax benefits the first year you own a home- don’t forget to bring this up when it comes tax time!

4) Be Proud

Owning a home is a BIG DEAL! Be proud of this great accomplishment that you have reached. You have likely worked hard to become a homeowner and it’s time to enjoy it now! Take pride in the fact that you have overcome hurdles to own your very own property.

5) Start Saving Money

Each month when you make your home mortgage payment, you are essentially adding to your savings account. In a sense, it’s a way to force yourself to save. The investment of a home is a great way to put money away to grow.

6) Express Yourself

A major perk of owning a home is getting to do anything you want within the space. Many times renters are not able to paint or even hang pictures on the walls for fear of damaging them. Once you own a space, you are can choose to decorate it exactly how you want it. This is a very exciting perk for many who have been renters previously. You an let your creative juices start flowing!

7) Enjoy a Sense of Community

Owning a home can help you and your family get a sense of community. It’s a great way to start your roots in your town. Getting to know your neighbors and start getting involved in the community are great ways to increase this, as well. If you have kids in school, get involved with school events to help create a sense of community.

Are you ready to start your home search after you’ve heard about all these great benefits! From financial well-being to the emotional perks, there are many reasons pointing to owning a home at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you’re ready to get started, contact Eagle’s Nest Realty today! We look forward to hearing about your wants and needs and finding the perfect property for your family. Get in on some of these great benefits when you become a homeowner!


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Easy Changes to Conserve Energy in Your Home this Winter

Are you looking for ways to save money this winter? As the temperatures drop, the electric bill usually rises. Utility bills are typically at the highest during the cold winter months in mid-Missouri. If you are looking for ways to help reduce the negative impact on your bank account, our real estate agents in Sunrise Beach, MO are here for you! We've provided some helpful and easy changes that can be made to reduce the amount of energy used to keep your home warm. Take a look below to learn more!


Layer, Layer, Layer

During the winter months, if you encourage your family to add a few more layers when at home, you can turn the heat down a bit. A few degrees cooler inside your home can be combatted with an additional layer. Instead of wearing jeans and a tee-shirt, consider a sweatshirt and extra socks to keep warm. You will be amazed at how much a few degrees can save on your monthly bill.

Build a Fire

If your home at the Lake of the Ozarks has a fireplace, use it to your advantage. Building a fire can help to keep heat inside your home. Your family can hang out together around the fire and enjoy the beautiful glow that it puts off. Just the sight of the fire may help to warm you up a bit!

Turn the Fan On

This may seem counterproductive but turning it counter-clockwise on low, a fan can help to push the warm air back down into the room. Many times the heat gets trapped at the ceiling and a fan can push it into the lower part of the room, where you and your family can enjoy it!

Invest in a Smart Thermostat

When you aren't home there is no reason to have the temperature as warm as you prefer it when you are at home. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature at your home throughout the day. When you aren't home, you can allow the temps to drop in your home and set it to rise again around the time you get home. At night when you are warm in bed, you can typically turn it down a few degrees too.

Clean the Furnace

Ensure your furnace is running at high capacity by having it cleaned on a regular basis. As a homeowner, try to have regular maintenance done. Over time dust and debris can build up inside your vents and can end up blocking the warm airflow throughout your home.

Add Insulation

Insulation can help to keep the warm air inside your home. Attics are a great place to start when it comes to insulating your home. Heat rises and if you don't have a well-insulated home, it can exit through the roof.

Block Off Unused Rooms

Close off the vents in rooms that are not used on a regular basis. This can help to keep the warm air in the rooms that you and your family use. You may as well be able to enjoy the nice warm air that you are paying for! Keeping the heat confined to a few rooms can help to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat your home.

Now that you've read about the easy ways to conserve energy this winter, you're ready to start making these easy changes around your home. As a homeowner at the Lake of the Ozarks, you may be eager to start reducing your energy consumption. As the cold weather has most of the area's residents inside, you may be taking a look at your space. If you don't love what you see like you once did... it may be time for a new home. When you are ready to start your home search at the Lake of the Ozarks, give Eagle's Nest Realty a call! We look forward to helping you find a fresh, new space for your family to enjoy.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

All About Eagle Days

One of the most anticipated winter events at the Lake of the Ozarks is upon us! Eagle Days 2018 is taking place on January 6th and 7th. This annual event is a great opportunity for the entire family to get out of the house and enjoy some quality time together. Come out to be a part of this fun and educational experience! Eagle's Nest Realty has provided some information about this majestic event and the schedule of events for the weekend.


All About the Event:

Learn all about the majestic creatures as they gather around the area. It's a weekend full of fun and learning at the Willmore Lodge, Heritage Elementary, Bagnell Dam Access, and Osage National Golf Resort. Stop by one or all of the locations to get the full eagle experience! Don't miss out on this family-friendly activity at the Lake of the Ozarks! Be sure to bundle up as you head out for Eagle Days this year and get ready to see some beautiful eagles!

Schedule:


Saturday, January 6th
9:30 am - Eagles of North America
10:30 am - Owls of Missouri
11:30 am - Eagles of North America
12:30 pm - Owls of Missouri

 
1:30 pm - Eagles of North America
2:30 pm- Owls of Missouri
3:30 pm- Eagles of North America
4:30 pm- Owls of Missouri

Sunday, January 7th
10:30 am - Eagles of North America
11:30 am - Owls of Missouri
12:30 pm - Eagles of North America

1:30 pm - Owls of Missouri
2:30 pm - Eagles of North America
3:30 pm - Owls of Missouri

Locations:


Willmore Lodge
Wild Eagle Viewing
(Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Bagnell Dam Access
Wild Eagle Viewing - Free Hot Chocolate - Eagle Nest Building by the Master Naturalists - Boy Scout Activities
(Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Osage National Golf Resort
Live Eagle Programs presented by World Bird Sanctuary
(Hourly: Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm)

School of the Osage Heritage Elementary 
-Coloring & Photo Contest - Face Painting - Ameren Missouri - Jim Rathert Photography & Mugs
-MO Dept. Conservation - Master Naturalist, Lake of the Ozarks Chapter - MO State Parks
- Adair's Animal Nuisance Trapping - MO State Highway Patrol/Water Patrol - Lake Area Camera Club
- Dickerson Park Zoo presents three shows (rotating hourly)

Now that you have seen when and where you can enjoy this great winter event, you're ready to make plans to attend this weekend. As your real estate agent near Sunrise Beach, MO, we know how important it is to get out and enjoy local events with your friends and family. It is part of what makes living at the Lake of the Ozarks year round so special. Don't miss this fun opportunity to make new memories with your family, as you enjoy the majestic views of the eagles as they make their way through the area. 

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

New Year's Eve Celebrations at the Lake

As the year comes to a close, it's a great opportunity to celebrate 2017 and start 2018 off right! If you are looking for a place to ring in the new year at the Lake of the Ozarks, we've got you covered. Whether you live at the Lake of the Ozarks full time or love to visit the beautiful area, don't miss out on one of these spectacular parties! As your trusted real estate agents in Sunrise Beach, MO, we want to you fully enjoy your New Year's Eve at the Lake of the Ozarks. Take a look below to find out more details about the local events!


New Year's Eve at Old Kinderhook

From 7:00 pm to 1:00 am, a booming celebration will take place at the resort. Live music will be performed by the Atomic Sunburns - the Lake's #1 party band. Live action food stations will be available to prepare your food in a memorable way. A champagne toast and sweets table will be served at midnight. Capture all the fun in the photo booth! A cash bar will be stocked and ready for your enjoyment! The party will cost $99 per person & a package is available including a night's stay at The Lodge, as well. 

New Year's Eve at Tan-Tar-A

The Grand Ballroom is the place to be from 6:30 pm to 1:00 am. Dance the night away with music by Butch Wax and the Hollywood's and the Cherry Pistols. Delicious food will be provided, as well as an open bar. A package is available for you to enjoy the party and stay at the hotel that way you can enjoy the party!

Family Fun New Year's Eve Celebration

A celebration your entire family can enjoy is taking place at Timber Falls indoor water park. Keep the kids and adults entertained all night as you celebrate the new year together! A deluxe package is available that includes a night's stay, four passes to the water park for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, and pizza for four! Splash and laugh the night away with your family at this celebration. 

New Year's Eve at the Inn at Grand Glaize

For an exciting time, visit the Inn at Grand Glaize this New Year's Eve. Appetizers and dinner will be served to help fuel all that dancing. Live music will be provided, as well. Enjoy time with your friends and family at the resort. 

New Year's Eve at Redhead Lakeside Grill

Join Redhead for a Winter Wonderland New Year's Eve party. First, indulge in a tasty dinner at the Lakeside Grill and then get your party on at Performance Boat Center Showroom. Live music from St Louis' Breakdown Shakedown can be enjoyed by all. Tickets are $10 at the door or free with a receipt from dinner. 

New Year's Eve Dinner and Party at H. Toad's

Enjoy the sounds of Phil Vandal Band and Soul Root until 1:00 am and a DJ playing until 3:00 am. A champagne toast will be provided at midnight to help you and your friends start the new year right! A package is available for dinner before the party and a room to stay in after. 

New Year's Eve at the Lodge of Four Seasons

Mingle with locals and visitors alike during this annual party at the Lodge of Four Seasons. The Ralph Butler Ensemble will be playing sweet sounds for you to enjoy all night. Several food stations will be set up for you to sample and an open bar will also be available. 

Check out Fun Lake for more information on these New Year's celebrations. 

Now that you know all the details, you're ready to choose which celebration is best for you! No matter what you choose, it's sure to be a good time ringing in the new year in style! As you celebrate the beginning of 2018, you may start to set some resolutions for yourself. If you plan on buying a home in the new year, there's no better time than now! Contact Eagle's Nest Realty today to start your home search. We would be honored to be a part of your Lake of the Ozarks real estate transaction.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Common Home Buying Pitfalls to Avoid

Buying a home is an exciting time in the life of many, even if it is not your first home purchase. Our Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents know how important it is to find the perfect home for you and your family. As you start your home search near the Lake of the Ozarks, we want you to be aware of some common pitfalls that go hand-in-hand with buying a home.

Waiting to Get Pre-Approved

The pre-approval process does not take long, but it could lead to a homeowner missing out on making an offer on a hot property. It's best to get pre-approval BEFORE you even start looking at homes. This process helps you know exactly how much you can afford in a home and lets you and your REALTOR® know what price range to search within. Once it comes time to make an offer, a pre-approval letter can help you seem like a more serious buyer to the home seller.

Maxing Out Your Budget

When you do establish a budge for your home search, it's important to keep all of your expenses in check. Many homeowners will find a property at the top of their price range. While this is still within your price range, it can limit your budget for other life expenses.

Too Many Advice Outlets

When buying a home, family, friends, and real estate professionals all try to give their best advice for you to follow in the process. The tricky part is when all of these sources of advise start to contradict each other. Take a step back and really listen to the few sources that you fully trust, when searching for the perfect home for you and your family.

Skipping the Inspection Process

Some loans to not require a home inspection to be completed. While it may not be necessary for your financial source, it's a good idea to pay for an inspection of a property that you wish to purchase. A professional inspector can help to point out structural issues, that you may not even be aware of in a home. It's best to get an inspection to know exactly what the home you are interested in needs to be a safe place for you to live.

Getting Attached to a Home

It's great to find a home that you truly like, but getting your heart set on a certain property early in the process can be frustrating. You never know what will happen with the home - whether it doesn't pass inspection or the seller won't come off the asking price - try to stay positive during your home search and find the right home that is meant to be for you and your family.

Now that you know some of the most common pitfalls, you can work to avoid them when it comes time to search for your dream home. Steer clear of these home buying pitfalls when buying a home at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you are ready to jump into homeownership, contact Eagle's Nest Realty today. We look forward to helping you through the home buying process and help you reach your dreams of homeownership.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Tips to Appeal to Millennial Home Buyers

Do you have the perfect first home for a young couple or individual? It's time to focus on potential home buyers, as you prepare your home to sell. As your trusted real estate agents near Sunrise Beach, MO, we know how important it is to help your home for sale at the Lake of the Ozarks to appeal to your ideal buyer. This week's blog focuses on ways to help your home stand out to millennial home buyers at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Reach Your Audience

The typically millennial can be reached on their phone. Whether it's through a house search app or on social media, it's important to get your message where this group of buyers looks. As you find the right real estate agent for your home sale, ask about how they will market your home. Ensure your property can be easily found by your ideal buyer.

Consider Selling Furnished

For some millennials, this is going to be their first time out on their own. The cost of buying a home may be overwhelming enough for many. If you are in a position to do so, consider selling your home partially or fully furnished. This can entice a buyer who does not have much furniture of their own to be even more interested in your property.

Be Upfront About Your Space

Whether your home is move-in-ready or you have a fixer-upper property, be upfront about the condition of your home. Don't pre-judge a millennial in thinking they will write off a fixer-upper - more and more homeowners are interested in making their space uniquely theirs and don't mind putting in the time and effort to make updates to a home.

Stage Your Home for Entertaining

Millennials are typically social and like to entertain. Showcase your space as the ideal place to entertain! It's a great way to get this group of the buyer pool to show interest in your home. Consider placing our interior furniture in a way to promotes optimum socialization. When staging your space for optimum entertainment, don't forget about the exterior too. Showcase a fire pit or a social setting for your deck or patio.

Create an Open Feel

Even if you don't have a completely open floor plan, stage your space to FEEL open. With the ease of traffic flow through your living room and a kitchen that is easy to maneuver through, think about your potential buyers are you get your home ready to sell.

Are you ready to start making changes around your space? Now that you have this lists of ideas to help your space better appeal to millennials, you're know exactly what you need to do! If you'd like to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can help you through the entire process. Contact Eagle's Nest Realty today to get started!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

FAQs When Buying a Home

When buying a home, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, you probably have a lot of questions. Today’s blog from your favorite real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks offers some insight into some of the most frequently asked questions about home buying.

1. Should I Talk to a Lender Before Looking for a House?


Answer: The answer is yes! The first step in the home buying process is to talk to a mortgage lender and get a mortgage pre-approval. Not only does a pre-approval help you determine how much you can afford in a home, but you’ll also be one step ahead of other buyers. Having a pre-approval tells both your REALTOR® and the seller that you are serious about purchasing a home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

2. Do I Really Need a REALTOR® When Buying a Home?


Answer: While many people feel they can cut costs by not hiring a Lake of the Ozarks REALTOR®, that’s usually never the case. Local real estate agents have the knowledge and expertise to find you a great deal. They know the market, they know what homes are worth and they know how to negotiate with buyers. Attempting to buy a home without a real estate professionals help can make the process quite difficult. Plus, in most cases, the seller pays the REALTOR® fees.

3. What Kind of Credit Score Do I Need to Buy a Home?


Answer: The better your credit, the better deal you’re going to be able to get. Your credit score is one of the biggest determining factors in what interest rate your mortgage lender will offer you. While there are programs out there to help those with low credit scores, having a score above 620 is going to be best. Different loan programs will have minimum requirements for credit score, so talk to your lender about what options are available to you.

4. How Much Money Do I Need for a Down Payment?


Answer: Traditionally, you were required to put down at least 20% when buying a home. Today, programs are available to help people get into homes with as little as 3-5% down. Just keep in mind that the more money you can put down, the better deal you’re likely to get and the more equity you already have built up in your house. You’ll also want to know that anything less than 20% down typically requires you to pay PMI, or private mortgage insurance. This is an insurance that protects the lender if you default on the loan.

5. How Many Homes Should I Look at Before Making an Offer?


Answer: The answer is simple; there’s no set number of homes you should look at before making an offer. Some people find their home within hours, while others search for months. When you find a home that you like, at the right price, go ahead and make an offer. Your trusted real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks will be able to offer you advice about making an offer on the particular home you are looking at. If someone else is interested in the same house, you’ll want to make an offer as soon as possible, not waste time looking at other homes.

Whether you are moving down the street or relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks, Eagles Nest Realty has the expertise and resources to help you find the perfect home! We work closely with our clients to understand your real estate needs, and to answer all your questions about the home buying process. Our goal is to help you find the best home at the best possible price. Give us a call at 877-452-5338 to get started today!

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