Wednesday, September 30, 2015

5 Crucial House Hunting Tips

There's nothing quite like searching for your new home! Walking through all the different homes is always a lot of fun (and a great way to get some new home decor ideas), but if you're not careful, it can become very time-consuming very quickly. Is there a way you can make your home search more productive? The team at Eagle's Nest Realty is here to help you out with these tried-and-true home hunting suggestions!

Tip #1: Take Notes. A LOT Of Notes.
Once you tour more than three or four homes, it will become very hard to remember which specific characteristics belonged to which home. Bring a notepad with you and take notes on each of the different homes you see. Write down anything - good or bad - that stands out to you about each home, such as carpet that needs replacing, unusual features in the kitchen, glass railings in the stairway, etc. You will rely on these notes more heavily than you might think!

Tip #2: Pay Attention Each Home's Surroundings.
Keep in mind that you won't just be buying your new house - you'll also be buying the neighborhood, the view, and the surrounding area. As you tour each potential home, take note of its surroundings. Is it located right next to a noisy street or highway? Are the neighboring homes in poor condition? Is there a lot of construction going on nearby? Add these observances to your notes about each property. While some of these things might not affect you directly, it's important to look at all of the variables when buying a home.

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Tip #3: Drive By Potential Homes Before Scheduling Showings.
The way homes look online tend to differ greatly from the way they look in real life. You can save yourself (and your Lake of the Ozarks real estate agent) a great deal of time by driving by the homes you want to tour before scheduling any showings. Sometimes, driving past the front of the home will reveal deal-breakers that you couldn't see from the online listings. Driving past the homes first will help you ensure that you only schedule tours of the homes that have legitimate potential!

Tip #4: Differentiate Your Needs From Your Wants.
Do you need a home with vaulted ceilings and a tile shower? Probably not, although it would certainly be a nice perk! On the other hand, you probably do need a home with enough bedrooms to give you and your family places to sleep. Taking the time to identify what you need in a new home versus what you want will help you stay organized and focused during your home search. It's certainly okay to get swept away by the dazzling features of each home you tour (that's half the fun of buying a house at the Lake of the Ozarks!), but you want to make sure you only do so after you make sure the home will meet your needs.

Tip #5: Be Realistic About What You Can Afford.
Unfortunately, the loan amount you may be approved for does not necessarily indicate how much you can afford to spend on your new home. Your monthly mortgage payment is only part of the picture; once you have moved into your new home at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will also have to pay for utilities (electricity, water, trash, etc), repairs, any association fees, and the upgrades you wish to make. All of these extra expenses tend to add up quickly! Protect yourself and your investment by creating a budget that outlines your income and projected expenses. Don't forget to add in the other costs of livings, such as groceries and fuel.

Want More Home Hunting Help? Contact Eagle's Nest Realty!
Buying real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks is big undertaking; it's important to make sure you go about it the right way! If you are looking for a Lake of the Ozarks REALTOR® to help you through the process, we hope you'll keep us in mind. We would love to help you find your new home!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

4 Reasons to List Your Home as a Vacation Rental Property

Are you moving away from the Lake? It's time to ask yourself an important decision: do you want to try to sell your Lake of the Ozarks home, or do you want to list it as a vacation rental property? There is no real right or wrong answer; it's simply a matter of which option will work best for your unique situation. Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider renting out your home.

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Benefits Of Renting Out Your Home

1. Supplemental Income
The chance to earn some extra money is often the most appealing factor that influences people to list their homes as vacation rentals. Shouldering two mortgage payments can be daunting, but by opening your home to renters, you can often earn enough money to cover your second mortgage payment - and maybe even turn a profit!

2. Supervision Of The Property
What is one of the biggest drawbacks of letting your home sit empty? There is no one there to keep an eye on things and make sure nothing is in need of maintenance or repair. By renting your home out to vacationers, you can feel confident that if any necessary maintenance arises, you will be able to respond to it quickly.

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3. Shared Experiences
Making wonderful memories and spending time with friends and family are some of the best thins about being at the Lake. By listing your home as a vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can enjoy the warm, fuzzy feelings that come from knowing you played a part in helping someone else make wonderful memories here at the Lake.

4. We Make It Easy For You!
We make it easy for you to list your home with Eagle's Nest Vacation Properties! We will market your home for you and coordinate with potential renters on your behalf, so all you have to do is sit back and reap the rewards of renting out your home at the Lake of the Ozarks. 

Questions? Give us a call for more information: 877-452-5338

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

2nd Tier Home For Sale in Sunrise Beach

Comfy, cozy, and PERFECT for anyone looking for a waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks! This lovely home for sale in Sunrise Beach MO is a must-see for anyone looking to relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks. Your friends at Eagle's Nest Realty are here to give you all the information on this fantastic property!

Lake Living At Its BEST
This beautiful lake home is in excellent condition. Situated on the second tier (offering a lovely lake view), you only need a short walk or drive down to your own 10 x 28 covered slip in the community dock. Mere minutes away from TT, highway 5, and the toll bridge, this home offers comfortable lakefront living without the price. 
  • Quiet Cove Location
  • 1 Well Community Dock
  • Concrete Seawall
If you'd rather enjoy the water from a distance, you can grill on your spacious deck overlooking the Lake or relax in front of your wood burning fireplace. No matter how you choose to enjoy your surroundings, this home has everything you need!

Comfortable & Welcoming
This 2 story, contemporary home offers a walkout lower level and is the perfect place to call home on the weekends or all year-round. Complete with a full kitchen, window treatments, tile floors, and vaulted ceilings, this cozy home is simply waiting for you to call home.
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
The best part? All of this can be yours for just $160,000! If you're looking for a first home, second home, or a place to retire, give us a call to schedule a showing. If you are not yet ready to buy a house at the Lake of the Ozarks, this home also offers the possibility of a one-year lease option.

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We Look Forward To Helping You Find Your Dream Home!
Looking for more information about available real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks? Eagle's Nest Realty has access to all the insider information that you need! Give us a call when you are ready to begin.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Lake of the Ozarks Air Show 2015

Airplanes and vendors and food - OH MY!

The Lake of the Ozarks Air Show is BACK. Designed as a salute to the brave men and women who serve our country, this great event is always a great time for people of all ages. If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, head to the Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport!

Lake Of The Ozarks Air Show - Event Details:
  • Saturday, September 12th, 2015 (Rain Date: Sunday, September 13th)
  • Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport
  • Event parking at the airport: $10 per vehicle
  • Event parking at Camdenton schools: free (Shuttles will run from 8:00a- 5:00p)
For the safety and enjoyment of everyone involved, participants are asked not to bring any pets (other than certified service dogs) and to not bring any personal coolers, food, or beverages. There will be plenty of refreshments available for purchase at the event. Participants are, however, encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs.

Lake of the Ozarks Air Show - Feature Acts

You've never seen aerial displays quite like this one! This air show will feature aerial performances by professional airshow pilots from all over. Here's a quick list of the acts scheduled for this weekend:
  • Franklin Air Show - "Dracula - Rise of Vacul"
  • Jeff Shetterly - Radial Rumble
  • Kenny Carroll to Race Aerobatic Planes
  • Brian Correll Airshows
  • Adam Baker's Playful Airshow
  • KC Flight Formation Team
  • B-25J Mitchell "Show Me"
  • Heartland Air Shows
In addition to offering these outstanding displays, the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show aims to show appreciation for our military by offering American veterans a chance to ride in a B-25 aircraft for free. (There will be a random drawing for available rides.)

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Have A Great Weekend!

This airshow is just another great example of all of the great events constantly happening around the Lake Area. If you are thinking about moving to the Lake of the Ozarks or would like more information about living in central Missouri, contact the team at Eagle's Nest Realty!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Buying vs Renting (We Can Do Both!)

You've lived in your current apartment for one-two years, and now your the end of your lease is approaching. It's time to make a crucial decision: do you buy or rent your next home?

Couples and individuals all over the country face this sometimes difficult decision every day. Both buying and renting have enticing advantages that make them compelling options, but which one is right for you and your lifestyle? Your friends at Eagle's Nest Realty, Inc. are here to help by evaluating some of the unique advantages of each.

Reasons To Rent Your Next Home

Increased Flexibility
If you are only planning on living at the Lake of the Ozarks for a short while, renting is almost definitely your best option. Rental leases typically range from one to two years. This shorter time frame gives you a place to stay now without locking you into anything long-term. When you are ready to move, you can simply choose to not renew your lease; you don't have to deal with the hassle of trying to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

No Maintenance Costs
As a renter, maintaining your home's fixtures and major appliances is not your responsibility. If the HVAC system quits working or your kitchen sink develops a leak, you can call your landlord and have him/her take care of it. Not being responsible for these continuous maintenance costs can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Saving Money
You might plan to buy a house at the Lake of the Ozarks eventually, but that does not necessarily mean that now is the right time to buy. Renting requires an initial deposit, but the deposit will be much lower than the down payment you would need to provide if you were buying. By biding your time and renting for a few years, you can save up to buy the home of your dreams.

Reasons To Buy Your Next Home

Home Equity
Equity is one of the biggest advantages homeownership offers. "Equity" refers to the amount of the home you actually own; you can determine your amount of equity by taking your home's current market value minus the amount you still owe on your home loan. You can use your equity to take out a second mortgage or provide a bigger down payment on your next home.

Buying a house might lock you into one location for a longer period of time, but many homeowners actually feel freer than they did when they were renting. As a homeowner, you are the one who gets to decide what color to paint your bedroom walls, how many pets you want to have, and whether or not to add decorative brick or stone to the front of your house. No one else gets to make those decisions for you!

In a growing economy (like the one here at the Lake), appreciation is almost unavoidable. As a homeowner, you can use this fact to your advantage. If you have your home for at least five years, chances are you will be able to sell your home for more money than you originally paid for it. In addition to giving you a stable place to live, then, owning your own home can actually help you make money.

Eagle's Nest Realty Can Help You With Both!

No matter whether you decide to buy or rent a house at the Lake of the Ozarks, the team at Eagle's Nest Realty is here to help. We have the experience you need to help you shop for, make an offer on, and negotiate the transaction of buying your very own home, but we also have insider information on some great long-term rental properties. Give us a call for more information!

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