Wednesday, December 28, 2016

How to Entertain the Kids this Holiday Break

Now that Christmas is over and your kids have been playing with their new toys for a few days, they may be getting a little restless. The best real estate agents in Sunrise Beach, Missouri are here to help! We have come up with a list of family-friendly activities in which your kids can partake over their holiday break. For ideas to keep your kids entertained while they are out of school, see some examples below!

Tour Bridal Cave

Come inside Bridal Cave to escape the cooler winter weather. With an exciting tour below ground, your children can learn about the history of the cave and the area. To mix fun and education this Christmas break, visit Bridal Cave!

Hike at Ha Ha Tonka

While the temperature is a bit cold, bundle up and take the kids for a hike around the beautiful state park. Whether you want to visit the castle or take a hike up the stairs, you can help your kids burn off some of that built up energy!

Skate at Old Kinderhook

A great way to keep the kids entertained over the holiday break is to visit The Ice at Old Kinderhook. With skate rental and sessions available, your children will love skating around the rink and hanging out with friends and family. If you are not up for skating, sit back and relax by the fire pit, as you watch the skaters go round and round.

Watch a Movie at Lake West Cinema

A movie is a great way to escape the cold weather while the kids are out of school. With a variety of movie selections, there is a flick that will appeal to your child’s tastes. You can even kick back and enjoy the show with a bowl of popcorn for the family!

Bowl at Westside Lanes

Westside Lanes is a full service bowling alley with state of the art automatic scoring, cosmic lights, and a great sound system. An arcade area is available for your children’s entertainment as well! The bowling alley offers a restaurant and snack bar to satisfy your hunger as you and your family bowl.

There is still about a week left until school is back in session, get your kids out of the house and entertain them for a while! Your trusted real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks are happy to have provided you with plenty of family-friendly ways to stay entertained over the holiday break. As you make your way to and from these various venues, you may notice a few for sale signs in the yard as you pass by. If any of these homes pique your interest, contact Eagle’s Nest Realty for a showing! The New Year may bring about the right home for you and your family!

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

7 Winter Selling Tips for Your Home

Now that it is officially winter, it is time to focus on selling your home during the cooler months. While a number of people think of winter as a slower time to sell, the buyers who are looking during the winter are serious about finding a home. You want to take advantage of these potential buyers who are dedicated to purchasing a home at the Lake of the Ozarks. There are a few tips to selling your home in the winter, some of which are provided below by Eagle’s Nest Realty.

1. Focus on Curb Appeal

During the winter months, many think curb appeal does not matter – they are wrong! A number of potential buyers will drive by a property, before deciding to schedule a showing. If the curb appeal outside your home is not up to par, you may miss out on a number of buyers as they drive off. Remember to keep any leaves or yard debris cleaned up and your plants trimmed back. If you experience snow, be sure to clear your sidewalk and front porch to make it easy for buyers to enter your home.

2. Lighten Up the Interior

The sun sets earlier and earlier in the winter months. Focus on the lighting inside your home, when it is for sale. You want to create a bright, inviting space for potential buyers to experience. Lighting is a major factor that sets the mood for a home. Ensure your space is well light if you are selling this winter.

3. Crank the Heat

While you may not normally keep your home that warm, you should when a showing is scheduled. Potential buyers are braving the cold to come look at your home, invite them in with a warm, cozy space. You want to make buyers feel comfortable in your home, crank the heat up a few degrees to accomplish a warm and memorable home.

4. Be Flexible

While a number of activities may be taking place, especially during the holiday season, keep your schedule flexible. If a potential buyer cannot schedule a showing within a few tries, they may become discouraged and move on to the next house. If your schedule is flexible, you won’t miss out on potential buyers looking at your home.

 5. Showcase Home Features

If you have a feature in your home that stands out during the winter months, showcase it! A fireplace is a great example of a feature that is mainly used during the winter months. Make sure your fireplace is cleaned up, before showing your home to potential buyers.

6. Consider Adding Fragrance

While adding a scent to your home can be a bit tricky, keep it basic. A neutral, winter smell would be a nice touch for buyers as they make their way through your home this winter. Try to keep the scents neutral in order to avoid being overpowering. A light pine cone or clean fragrance is typically appealing to most people.

7. Increase the Cozy Factor

You want potential buyers to feel comfortable, when they enter your home. Create a cozy space in which they can imagine themselves relaxing. Add a throw blanket to the chair, couch, and even to the foot of the master bed. Simply adding a warm throw can help increase the cozy factor when your home is for sale.

With winter officially here, now is the time to get your home prepared for a successful showing. The buyers who are currently looking are dedicated and seriously looking to buy a house at the Lake of the Ozarks. You always want to put your best foot forward and represent your home in the best light. The tips found above can help you when selling your house during the cooler months of the year. If you are interested in putting your home on the market, contact Eagle’s Nest Realty today! We would be pleased to help you through the home selling process this winter!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Family-Friendly Holiday Events at the Lake

This time of the year creates the perfect environment for spending time with friends and family. To get into the holiday spirit, consider bringing your family to one of these local events. There is something for you and your children to enjoy as you participate in a number of unique activities. Provided below, by Eagle’s Nest Realty, are events to squeeze in as the number of days until Christmas dwindles. Take advantage of one (or all!) of these family-friendly events at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Holiday Activities:

Christmas Village

Bring the entire family to enjoy the area’s only Christmas Village at Old Kinderhook! Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, until Christmas you can partake in the Christmas Village. With a ton of free activities, your group can enjoy carolers, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, and build gingerbread houses, and more! For a small fee, your children can also enjoy skating around The Ice and chowing down on s’mores over one of our fire pits. For more information, call 573-317-4314.

Christmas on Main Street

Running through December 18th, The Main Street Music Hall is celebrating the spirit of the holidays with a Christmas on Main Street. Enjoy your favorite songs with a night of laughter, as Gabby Gumm and our talented cast gives you that warm fuzzy feeling you use to get when you were just a kid. It’s guaranteed to entertain every kid from one to ninety two with an evening of clean family fun, as well as celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

Area Light Displays:

Enchanted Village of Lights

Through January 1, the City of Laurie presents the Enchanted Village of Lights at the Laurie Fairgrounds. The Enchanted Village of Lights is one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in Mid-Missouri. There is no charge to drive through the Enchanted Village, but any donations are greatly appreciated. The display is open nightly from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. on weekends).

St. Patrick’s Festival of Lights

Now until January 1st, the Festival of Lights at the Shrine of St. Patrick, off of Highway 5 in Laurie, is the oldest light park in the area. It was started in 1981 with hundreds of lights decorating the buildings and grounds, which has continued to grow each year. With 4,000 strings of lights, over 60 automatic timers and more than 350 extension cords, the Festival of Lights has turned into one of the major places to see over the holiday season. Instead of animated displays, the focus is on the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus and His Mother, Mary. Open from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., come out to enjoy the spectacular light display! There is no charge for this beautiful light display, it is simply our gift to the community.

Deck the Docks

Through December 30th, the sixth Annual DECK THE DOCKS Festival of Lights give a different perspective on Christmas light displays. Participate in the cruise that benefits Dogwood Animal Shelter! The beautiful Celebration Yacht will embark on a cruise each Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday to tour sparkly docks and lakefront homes decorated for the holidays! Tickets are $25 each. To make your reservation, contact the Celebration Cruises at 573-480-3212.

Versailles Unity Circle

For the 10th straight season, the city of Versailles will light up its city park for the Unity Circle of Lights until January 1. The holiday light park is named after the "Unity Circle," a monument erected at the park entrance to show cooperation among various entities in the community. The Unity Circle of Lights is located at the junction of Highways 5 and 52 and will feature as many as 40 lighted displays, including several animated holiday scenes for the family. The park is open from dark until midnight and admission is free. Bring the entire family to enjoy the beautifully displayed Christmas lights!

Osage Beach Holiday Lights

Every Wednesday through Sunday evening, until December 31st, enjoy the Osage Beach Holiday Lights at the Osage Beach City Park. Holiday themed lights will be on display at the City Park and at various locations along Osage Beach Parkway. Drive through with your friends and family to enjoy more than 100 light displays! The light display is free to the public.

For further information about local holiday events, visit

There are a number of festive activities in which your entire family can partake. The best real estate agents in Sunrise Beach, Missouri are excited to help you get into the holiday spirit this Christmas. Take a moment to escape the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy time with your family, after all, that is what the season is all about! Your trusted real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

7 Tips to Improve Your Home Value

The value of a home is a very important number, especially if you are considering selling your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, now or in the future.  Some home improvement projects pay off, while others are less valuable. Provided below, by your trusted real estate agents in Sunrise Beach, Missouri, are some home improvement projects that can help add value to your home.

1) Fixture Upgrades

An easy and inexpensive way to update an entire room is to change out the fixtures. Changing draw pulls and cabinet handles give the room a new feel. Once your handles are changed, you can also upgrade the lighting fixtures to a similar, matching tone.

2) Think Flooring

Floors are a major value added item to incorporate in your space. Whether you plan to replace carpet or add new hardwood or tile, upgraded floors are a major selling point for future buyers.

3) Create Space

Square footage is an important factor in a home, adding floor space to your house can help improve the value. If you are not ready to take on a full room addition, you can create the illusion of more space. Opening up a room by knocking down a non-load bearing wall can help add visual space to your home. Adding recessed shelving can also help to create storage space, opening up floor space in the room.

4) Power of the Front Door 

The front door is a focal point of the home. Having the right door is a small change that can do wonders for the value of your house. Whether you want a pop of color or a striking wooden door, choose one that fits the look and feel of your house.

5) Allow Natural Light In

Light creates the illusion of more space, which is an easy way to increase the size appearance of your home. Adding a skylight in a room can increase the light level, as well as save a little on electrical light. Another way to allow natural light in, is to use sheer curtain window coverings.

6) Routine Maintenance

Before you spend time and money upgrading your home, perform basic repairs. Add insulation, replace gutters, seal windows and doors, and repair leaky faucets and pipes are all great ways to improve your space.

7) Neutral Color Pallet

The color pallet is geared more toward those wanting to sell. A neutral color theme appeals to a larger number of potential buyers, than a bold color pallet. The investment involved with paint is minimal when compared to the amount that may be taken off of the asking price, if a potential buyer does not like the color theme of the house.

Now that you know some of the ways to add value to your home, you are ready to start your home improvement projects. The key to diving into a remodel or improvement project is to plan, prepare, and take your time. When rushing through a project, an important step may be overlooked.

If you are ready to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would be happy to help you through the process. From preparing your home to listing it on the market, the professional real estate agents in Sunrise Beach, MO can help guide you through each step successfully. To list your home with Eagle’s Nest Realty, give us a call at 573-374-0769 today!

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