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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