Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Value of Professional Photography for Your Real Estate

In the day where people use their phones for research, and digital media is king on the internet, it's important to remember that the same applies when selling your home. A potential buyer is more likely to set their opinions based on the initial first impression they get of your home, and in most cases that is through online marketing. At Gattermeir Davidson, we realize that professional photography for your real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks is so important - so we're going to show a few reasons why.


How Are Your Buyers Finding Their Home?

In 2006, 80% of home buyer used the internet to search for their home. Only four years later in 2010, the percentage jumped to 89%, and now in 2017, the numbers are skyrocketing. While some buyers may trust their agent to find a few homes that fit their demographic, many home buyers want to be heavily involved in the process and in many cases, already have a few homes they want to look at by the time they reach out to a buyer agent at the Lake of the Ozarks. If buyers are finding your home online, your photos need to be exceptional.

Do Homes Sell Better With Professional Photography?

While a small point and shoot or even your phone can take photos - that doesn't always create the style that you are trying to achieve. In fact, a professional camera can affect how a buyer looks at your listing, and your home only needs to be $300,000 to start seeing results.

A Professional Photographer Can Save Time

Taking photos takes time, and taking good photos take even more time. If you are even the slightest bit interested in having a professional photographer photograph your home, please mention it to your real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks. We are the right team to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we can help you find the right photographer to capture your home in the best light.

Do Professional Photos Receive More Clicks?

Professional photos can draw more attention to your property, and in turn, can help it sell faster. There are no guarantees in the real estate market, but there are things you can do to help the process. Studies have been done to show that the click rates of professional photography and the average increase was 139% compared to photos without. While more clicks don't mean you will get a sale in a specific time frame, or even at all, reaching potential buyers with great photos can make a great impact.

Best Real Estate Agents at the Lake of the Ozarks

Are you planning to sell a home at the Lake of the Ozarks? The team at Gattermeir Davidson would love to assist you. We have a large team of real estate agents, all with a lot of experience in real estate and the Lake of the Ozarks area. We would be honored to help you through this process -  visit our website to learn more about our services and how we can serve you!

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Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC
752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

3 Easy Things To Do Before The Movers Arrive

Buying a home at Lake of the Ozarks is a huge and exciting time in your life. It can also be a very stressful time when you consider the next steps once your closing process is complete - The Move. Moving can be overwhelming, but planning ahead can help. At Gattermeir Davidson we want to get you ready for the moving truck and get you on the fast track to enjoying living at the Lake of the Ozarks.


1. Purging and Packing

We accumulate a lot of stuff over the years and we don't really realize it until it comes time to move. Use this opportunity to go through your personal belongings and declutter. Not only will you clear up some space for your new home, but you'll make your move easier by lightening the load. Before you start packing, comb through each room and start making a "dispose or donate" pile. Now you're ready to start packing.

Make a list of overnight essentials such as a change of clothes, toiletries, and medications so you're prepared to set those things aside to avoid having to dig through boxes once you're moved. Determine ahead of time what you'll need to unpack first such as cooking utensils and bed linens. Plan to pack those items last and clearly mark those boxes so they're easy to locate. Let the movers know load those boxes last so they're the first to be unpacked. Pack room by room and indicate on the box what room the box goes to so the movers can place them accordingly as they're unloading. This will help to easily begin unpacking rooms one at a time and avoid the hassle of not being able to find boxes. Once your boxes are unloaded and in their respective locations, the task of unpacking is all that's left!

2. Make Sure You're There When The Movers Arrive

Be present for the move. You can give direction to the movers as to any specialty items they need to be careful with when moving, and in what order you'd like the home to be moved in so as to make for a smooth unpacking process. Minimize chaos by having a plan in place for your pets or children. Moving a home can quickly become very stressful and hazardous if there are bolting dogs or children under foot. Arrange for a sitter or a safe place for them to be on that day.

3. Transferring and Cancelling Services

Being proactive is good, but not when that means you have no electricity on moving day. Schedule the termination or transfer of services for after the move. No lights and no working plumbing will make the move unpleasant and hazardous. If the movers can't see where they're going damage could occur to your furniture, the property, and the movers. Avoid that liability.

Keep these tips in mind and you'll save yourself a lot of stress and headache before the moving truck arrives. Find yourself quickly enjoying your new home at Lake of the Ozarks. Remember: lists are your best friend and having a plan will make the move much smoother. Don't forget if you need to sell a home at the Lake of the Ozarks Gattermeir Davidson is here to help. Visit our website to learn more about our selling process.

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752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Fax | 573.365.1766


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What YOU Need to Know About Buying a Lake Home

There’s nothing sweeter than escaping to your Lake home for the weekend, week, or even summer. The warm summer sun, cool lake waves, and great activities that you can only find when you own a home at the Lake of the Ozarks are glorious. The best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks know how important it is to you to not only find a home that’s in the right price range or the best area, but that matches your lifestyle. We are ready to help you find THAT home - whether it’s a primary residence or a second home. Here are a few things you should keep in mind as you consider buying a Lakefront home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Photo Credit: FunLake.com

Home Orientation

This may not be one of your primary considerations when looking for your lake home, but you may want to know whether the sun will be setting right into your kitchen window when you want to fix dinner or rising over your front porch where you can drink coffee and watch the sunrise. This may not be a make or break deal when buying you lakefront home, but it is definitely something you may want to consider.

Current State of the Home

The Lake of the Ozarks has been around since the 1930’s - for the real estate market, that means that there are many homes with varying ages. Your Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents knows that this is something to consider when shopping for your Lake home, and we’ll help you find a home that fits your lifestyle. If the home is too old, it could have some maintenance tasks you weren’t planning on.

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Are There Modern Conveniences Nearby?

While many Lakes may be situated out in the middle of nowhere, you can be sure that you are generally within close proximity to local shopping, gas, and grocery. While the Lake area can have some rural areas, there are many locations that are just minutes from town. Our real estate agents can help you find a home that is in the best location for your needs.

Are There Expansion Possibilities?

For some lake homes, local zoning can vary quite a bit, and sometimes the lots can be smaller than lots that aren’t on the Lake. Our real estate agents can help you not only figure out what the lot looks like around your home and whether you can expand in the future, but we can also help you find the homes that will fit your future plans.

Does It Have a Dock?

Having a dock isn’t just a simple statement, you’ll want to make sure you’re up to the challenge of caring for the dock that comes with your home. From the electric to caring for it in the rainy and dry seasons, there can be a lot that goes into it. If you don’t want a dock with your home, we can help you find one that works for you.

Photo Credit: FunLake.com

LOVE the View

The main reason you’re buying your Lake home is because you want to see the lake, right? Make sure you love the view. Imagine yourself sitting out on the back deck, or in the windows that face the water and drinking your morning coffee, or enjoying cold drinks in the evening after a day on the water.

The Best Real Estate Agents at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Gattermeir Davidson, we know that any real estate you purchase is going to be a big investment for you. There is nothing better than being able to enjoy your new lakefront home, and because we are so confident in that - we want to help you find YOUR dream home. Visit our website to learn more about our buying and selling processes, as well as start looking through our inventory.

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Missouri Association of Realtors

Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC
752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Fax | 573.365.1766



Monday, January 30, 2017

12 Ways We Sell Your Home

Selling your home on your own is an option, but there are so many advantages to selling your home with a real estate company at the Lake of the Ozarks that we're sure you won't want to go at it on your own. At Gattermeir Davidson, not only do we walk you through the process of selling a Lake of the Ozarks home, we can also help you answer questions, work through any legal questions and more. Here are just a few ways our real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you.


Net More

Statistics show that real estate agents can help you net 25% more on average than For Sale By Owner (FSBO).

The Local Market

You can count on your real estate agent to know, understand, and interpret the local market data.

Listing Price

It can be hard to set the price of your home, and it's vital to a successful sale. We can help you determine the appropriate listing price.

Online Marketing

When selling your home on your own, it can be hard to get it on home websites. Count on your local real estate agents to get your home listed on the internet for max exposure.

Professional Photography

The photos of your home can make or break the sale. We can use professional photography to help in your marketing efforts.

Finding Buyers

Do you know where to find the buyers for your home? We do! We have a large client base, which includes buyers. 

Collaboration

Not only can you count on our expertise, but you get the experience of our entire team. You don't just get one agent, you get the whole Gattermeir Team.

Reverse Prospect

If you could only look for buyers who were wanting a home of your exact size, in your area, would you do it? Reverse prospecting is a tool that real estate agents have, and it could be the difference between selling your home and not.

Negotiations

There are many situations in the buying or selling process, negotiations need to be made. Whether it's in regards to the price, details about the property, or even closing costs. You can count on us to make negotiations for you and with your best interest at heart.

Intercept Problems

If you've ever sold a home before, you probably realized that sometimes problems can arise.

Increase Your ROI

Return on investment (ROI) - if you've invested any money in your home, and we're sure you have, you want to have that money returned. Real estate agents tend to have a better chance of increasing your ROI than you would by going at it alone.

Target the Audience

Finally, your Lake of the Ozarks real estate agent can find your target audience. It's our job to find the buyers for your home, and that isn't a job we take lightly.

Selling Lake of the Ozarks Real Estate

Selling your home isn't just a lot of work, it can be emotional as well. Whether you need to find a bigger place, or you're relocating for a job - your home is where your heart is. We understand that it can be an emotional ride, and we want to help you navigate all of the twists and turns. Visit our website to learn more about Gattermeir Davidson, or give us a call at 877-870-5253 today.

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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Why Winter is the Right Time to Buy

While you're all cozy and "hibernating" for the winter, it may not seem like a great time to buy real estate in the Lake of the Ozarks. Contrary to what you may think, though, it's actually a great time to find the house of your dreams. Here at Gattermeir Davidson, we know that buying a home can be a daunting experience, but that's why we come alongside you and help you navigate all of the challenges and celebrate the successes. Here are a few reasons why buying your home in the winter can be a great option.


Sellers Are Motivated

In many cases, when a seller is trying to get their home off of the market in the winter, it's because they are in a hurry and need the house to be gone fast. Whether it's because of a job change or needing to relocate for personal reasons - if you find a motivated seller you could have better chances of negotiating. Use it to your advantage!

Get Bargain Prices

Prices are predicted to continue rising through the year, so if you want to get a great deal on a new home - start looking now. Winter is also a less popular time to sell homes, and because of that, you will find the overall price of homes to be lower than in the busier seasons, like summer.

Less Competition

While winter weather could scare some buyers away because it's not an easy time to move or the weather is generally cold and dreary - it could mean you have less competition for the home of your dreams.

Seasonal Perspective

Sure, the winter weather could be frightful, but it may give you some great insight into the home you're looking at! How does the heating system work? What about cold drafts through the home? These are things you will notice on a day to day basis when you live in a home, and touring in the winter can give you a heads up.

Quality Time With Your Agents

At Gattermeir Davidson, we make a point to always invest time with our clients no matter what season you're buying a home in - but for other professionals in the industry, you could get more time from them. In the busy summer months, mortgage lenders, inspectors, and title companies are swamped with work. When you buy your home in the winter, you maybe be able to get more flexibility from them.

Your Lake of the Ozarks Real Estate Agent

Are you ready to buy the home of your dreams at the Lake of the Ozarks? Let the team at Gattermeir Davidson give you hand. We have many experienced real estate agents on staff, who are all the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks. In fact, our company has been nominated for the Best Real Estate Company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and many of our agents have been nominated for the best agents at the Lake as well. We would love to get your vote! Check it out here: http://promotions.lakenewsonline.com/l/Lake-Medias-Best-of-the-Lake-2017/Ballot


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Seller's To-Do List

There are a  lot of things a person has to remember when selling a Lake of the Ozarks home. Whether this is your first time selling, or you're a pro - it's still a lot of work and nobody knows this more than the Gattermeir Davidson team. We specialize in selling Lake of the Ozarks Home, but there are still several things you need to do in order to get the results you want. Here is a to-do list to help keep you on track as you prepare to put your home on the market.


Objectively Evaluate Every Room

It's time to get serious about your home, and everything that you have in it. Since you'll be preparing to move by packing and reorganizing, it's time to declutter and take each room at a time. Use these tips to look at your home through fresh eyes.

The Whole House

It's time to start dusting, and we mean everything. Walls, blinds, ceilings, baseboards, windows, A/C intake vents, and ceilings fans - nothing should go uncleaned.

These items should be cleaned and replaced as needed:

  • Light switch covers
  • Fireplace
  • Light bulbs
  • Front door
  • Carpets
  • Blinds
  • Doors and door knobs
  • Interior & exterior paint
  • AC/Heater vents


Are you ready to make your home inviting? Rearrange the furniture to maximize the floor space. Take some time to pack up all of the knick-knacks and figurines you have. Do you have houseplants? Prune and nurture them. If you have furniture you can live without, remove it to make it look like you have more space. Clear out your bookshelves by only keeping a few of the decorative books, and pack away family photos to de-personalize the home. Reduce wall art to just a few items per room, and add lamps to any dark spaces to brighten them up.

The Living Room


  • Use pillows and throws to soften up the area.
  • Store all toys out of sight.
  • Do you have ashtrays in your home? Remove all sight of them.
  • Remove unnecessary furniture.
  • Clear off the coffee tables.


The Dining Room


  • Do you have extra chairs from the table? Find a new place to store them.
  • The table should seat 4 to 6 chairs max.
  • Remove extra leaves from the table.
  • Clear off the dining room table and only leave one centerpiece.
  • If you have a chandelier, it should be a minimum of 60" from the floor.


The Kitchen


  • Clear the items from your countertops.
  • Clean the tile grout and bleach it if necessary.
  • Deep clean your stove, oven, and microwave.
  • Take all magnets, pictures, and messages off of the refrigerator.
  • Do you have broken or loose corners on the Formica countertops? Take time to repair them.
  • Replace the burner pans on the stove if they are dirty and cover with aluminum foil if you'll still be using them.
  • Keep all cleaning supplies like mops, brooms, and vacuums put away.
  • If you have a showing coming up, empty the trashcans
  • Remove all pet food and water dishes before showings.
  • Organize your pantry so it looks like there is plenty of space.
  • If you can live without certain dishes and cooking supplies - box them up.
  • Scrub and polish your sink to make it shine like new.


The Bedrooms


  • Make the beds daily.
  • If your bedspreads are getting old, invest in some new ones.
  • Clear off the bedside tables and dressers.
  • Store the daily necessities in drawers.
  • Organize your closets, and only keep what you have to have in them. Don't forget to keep the doors closed!
  • Keep the floors clear and vacuum them regularly.
  • Only keep tasteful pieces of art in the rooms and remove everything else.
  • If you have holes in the wall, repair and repaint them.


The Laundry


  • Put the soap and supplies in the cupboards.
  • Keep all surfaces clean and empty.
  • Use high watt bulbs to make it look brighter.
  • Remove ALL clothing, clean or dirty.
  • Keep the floors cleared of clutter.


The Bathroom


  • Clear and clean all surfaces.
  • Display a bottle of hand soap on the sink - make sure it smells nice and clean, but not overpowering.
  • Do you need new towels? This is a great time to get them.
  • Coordinate all of your linens in one or two colors.
  • Fold towels in thirds on the towel rack.
  • Remove all unnecessary items out of the shower stalls and tubs.
  • Clean or replace your shower curtains.
  • If you have ANY moldy areas of your tub, scrub them clean. This can easily scare off a buyer.
  • Replace the caulking to make it look new.
  • Hide garbage and close toilet lids.


The Exterior


  • Look at your home from your neighbor's yard with a critical eye.
  • Clean or repaint the front door if necessary.
  • Does your home need new paint? This is a good time to accomplish this task.
  • Replace all rotten wood on the exterior.
  • Sweep and pressure wash walkways, patios, porches, decks and dirty or stained concrete.
  • Wash windows, inside and out.
  • Use outdoor furniture to show off outdoor spaces.


The Garage


  • Clean and sweet the garage.
  • Keep storage nice and tidy.
  • Repaint dirty areas.
  • Pack everything you can live without.


The Yard


  • Prune bushes and plants.
  • Don't allow anything to block the windows.
  • Weed all planting areas.
  • Put down fresh mulch.
  • Keep your lawn mowed, and hire a maintenance service if necessary.
  • Remove any dead plants
  • Add some flowers for a splash of color if you need to.


Selling Your Home FAST!

While you can never guarantee how long a home will be on the market, you can take a few necessary steps to make it go faster. At Gattermeir Davidson, our goal is to help you sell your home as quickly as possible, and we can help recommend ideas to bring your home up to speed. Visit our website to learn more about our home selling services and get started today!


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Steps For Finding the Best Mortgage Lender

Buying a home can be a big step in your life, and for many home buyers, it's also a long-term monetary commitment. Because of this, you'll be working with a mortgage lender for as many as 30 years, if not more, and you'll want to find someone who you can trust. When you're ready to find the best real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks, you hire the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks - but you need a strong team, so you need to find the best mortgage lender as well.


Get Your Credit Score In Shape

While it has become a lot easier for buyers to find a lender to help them buy their home than it has in the past, there are still ma individuals who are not qualified to be approved. Having a low credit score can label you as risky, which could make it harder for you to get financing. You can shape up your credit by first looking over your credit score and making sure there aren't any errors or mistakes that could be harming your score. After that, you could start paying off some debt that has the highest interest rate to lower your overall debt to income ratio. These are all things you should discuss with your lender or even a financial advisor because any change in your account can make a huge impact.

Know Who You Can Borrow From

There are many different types of lenders you can borrow from, and in order to know what's best for your situation, you need to know what's available. Here are are a few of the different types of lenders you could choose from:

  • Credit Unions - These are member-owned financial institutions and the often offer favorable interest rates to shareholders.
  • Mortgage Bankers - Bankers who work for a specific financial institution and package loans for consideration by the bank's underwriters.
  • Correspondent Lenders - These lenders are often local mortgage loan companies that have the resources to make your loan, but count on a pipeline of other lenders to sell your loan.
  • Savings and Loans - This is a smaller financial institution, and they are often very community-oriented and worth seeking out.
  • Mutual Savings Banks - This is a type of thrift institution, like savings and loans, mutual savings banks are locally focused and often competitive.


Compare Rates

There can be a lot of homework involved in this part, but it's important that you do your research and stay patient. With all of the lenders and banks, you have many options to choose from.

You can search for mortgage rates online to start, but keep in mind that the rate quote you see online is a starting point. Once you have several quotes in hand, compare the costs and decide which on makes the most financial sense for you.

Ask the Right Questions

When you choose a lender or broker, you can start by asking them the right questions. Here are a few important questions you can ask your lender:

  • What is the best way to communicate with you - email, text, phone calls, or in person? How quickly do you respond?
  • Do you have an estimated turn around time on your preapproval, appraisal, and closing?
  • What fees will I be responsible for as the lender at closing?
  • Do you waive these fees or will be rolled into my mortgage?
  • What are your down payment requirements?

Buying a Lake of the Ozarks Home

Now that you know what steps you should take to get your mortgage secured, it's time to find your dream home. We have many different types of homes available on the market right now, from luxury lake homes, comfortable family homes in town, and quaint vacation homes when you need a second home. Visit our website to learn more about what we have available, how we can help you find your home and even a few recommended mortgage lenders in the area!


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Missouri Association of Realtors

Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC
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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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