Moving with Kids: Tips to Make the Transition Easier

Moving is stressful enough, throw in some kids and it's like the stress multiplies by 10. One of the toughest parts about moving from your home where your children have grown up is not only leaving all the memories you've made, but leaving a place your children know and love. As the most experienced real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can bet we've seen families make the transition a few times in our years. That's why we've come up with some tips to make moving with kids a little easier.

Call a Family Meeting
Once the decision has been made to make the move, the time will come that you'll need to break the news to the family. Order some pizza and sit around the table discussing this change and why you made the choice. Share with your family that you're excited about this opportunity and encourage your kids to express their feelings. This will allow you the opportunity to get ahead of a possibly difficult transition.

Visit the Home
Once you decid…

Need a Career Change? Look No Further!

Looking for a career change? Whatever your reason for wanting a fresh new start, a career in the real estate industry is worth looking into! But don't just join any team, you need to look into joining the best real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks and get started in a career that offers the flexibility and tools you need to build a profitable business! Learn more about what eXp Realty has to offer:

In today's world, and especially at the Lake of the Ozarks, a career in real estate can seem like a scary choice. But with the right team, the right training, and the right motivation, you can be a rockstar! So stop spinning the real estate hamster wheel and start taking advantage of these awesome perks that only a career with eXp Realty offers!
80-100% or MORE Commissions
Keep more of your money. $16,000 Yearly Cap, 80/20 Commission Split on first $80,000 GCI. 100% for the remainder of your year. Our forward-thinking model eliminates the costs associated with a traditional brok…

7 Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Every season brings a whole new set of things to do when you own a Lake of the Ozarks home, and fall is no different. From making sure the leaves are all raked up to making sure your home is well insulated, it can be hard to know what to do next. At eXp Realty, we want to make sure that you are well prepared in any season as a homeowner, and that you can easily transition between each one. Here are 7 fall home maintenance tips you need to remember as the weather starts to change, and your home needs a few things done.

1. Gutters and Downspouts
Clean gutters and downspouts frequently throughout fall to prevent build up of leaves and other debris. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems and pest infestations, not to mention ruined gutters. Be sure water is not coming down behind gutters and that all support brackets are securely in place. Ensure that water drains properly and doesn’t pool. Pooling can cause damage to foundations, driveways, and walkways.

2. Inspect Your Roof
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Reverse Mortgages

The benefits of owning your own home go far beyond just having a place to stay - your home will likely be your greatest financial asset. The equity you build in your home will give you a huge advantage down the road. One way to take advantage of the equity in your home is to sell it and apply the equity towards your new home or towards your retirement. Another way is to take out a reverse mortgage. This week, the team at eXp Realty is here to help you get a better understanding of reverse mortgages and the advantages and disadvantages they offer.

What is a Reverse Mortgage?
A reverse mortgage is a type of home loan that lets you convert a portion of your home equity into cash. Essentially, the equity that you built up over years of making mortgage payments can be paid to you. Generally, you don't have to pay back the money for as long as you live in your home. However, when you die, sell your home, or move out, you, your spouse or your estate would have to repay the loan.

Types of Re…

Your Credit Score and How it Affects Your Ability to Buy a Home

Unless you plan to pay in cash, you'll likely require a home mortgage to purchase a home at the Lake of the Ozarks. And that means that you're going to need to get approved for that loan. In order to determine whether a lender will loan the funds to you to purchase property, they're going to look into your financial ability to pay it back - meaning they're going to be checking out your credit score to see if you're reliable or a risk. For some people, this may cause stress if they don't understand why their credit score is such an important part of the mortgage approval process. So, this week, we're sharing with you why your credit score affects your ability to buy a home and what you can do to improve yours.

What is a Credit Score?
First of all, it's important to know what exactly a credit score is and what it entails. A credit score is a statistical number that evaluates a consumer's creditworthiness and is based on credit history. Lenders use cre…

Do You Know How Much Your Home's Market Value is?

As a homeowner thinking about selling a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, it may be beneficial for you to have a comparable market analysis conducted on your home. Our experienced agents can help you with this by providing you with market information to help you choose a fair price and make suggestions on how to make your home more attractive to home buyers. If you're uncertain of what the purpose of a Comparative Market Analysis is, we're sharing with you some reasons why it's beneficial for sellers here:

Provides an In-Depth Look at the Local Market
Our eXp Realty real estate agents not only work in the local market each day, but they live here too. So they understand the tiny nuances of each area in which they work. They understand the amenities that are in demand, the highlights of each area, and the key buying drivers that are selling homes in the Lake of the Ozarks market. An experienced agent knows much more about their market than any technological tool can provide, a…

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Listing Your Home for Sale

Selling a home at the Lake of the Ozarks can be surprisingly time-consuming and an emotional time in your live, especially if this is your first time selling. With no experience and a complex, emotional transaction on your hands, it's easy for first-time home sellers to make lots of mistakes, but with a little know-how, many of these pitfalls can be avoided altogether. Check out these 5 mistakes to avoid when listing your home for sale to help keep your sanity in check throughout this high-emotion time:

Mistake #1: Letting Your Emotions Run the Show

Once you decide to sell your home, a lot of emotions can take over when you begin thinking about, not only all the memories you've made in your home, but all of the things you have to do to prepare to sell your home. However, by looking at the transaction from a purely financial perspective, you'll distance yourself from the emotional aspects of selling the property. Keep in mind that most buyers will also be in an emotional sta…