Tips to Keep Your Closing Date on Schedule

Finding a buyer for your home is obviously an important step to selling your Lake of the Ozarks Home - but during the weeks to come, it is critical that you do everything you can to make sure the deal closes! Here are a few tips that will help keep your closing date on schedule and your contract in tact.

Do Not Ignore Contingencies Some contracts will require that you do something before the sale is complete. If your contract designates specific repairs or improvements, be sure to do the job and do it well. The buyer will notice and it can delay your closing date or stand in the way of finalizing your contract.

If it's Broken, Fix it! The buyer will have the opportunity for a pre-closing walk through - this should be a very exciting and happy time for the buyer. However, if the buyer notices that things are "falling apart," it leaves a bad impression with the buyer and could prompt the buyers to back out of the sale.
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5 Questions to Ask Your Lender Before Buying a Home

When buying real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks, one of the most important things to consider is your mortgage options. While it may seem easier to just go with the first mortgage lender you come across, you may be doing yourself a disservice by not educating yourself before making a final decision. To help you make the right choice for your mortgage needs, here are 5 questions every homebuyer should ask their lender:

1. What type of loan is best for me?
Loans are not all one-size-fits all, and there are several options out there to meet just about any buyer's particular needs. By doing your research, you'll more easily be able to determine which option is best for you. And it's important to choose a home loan that best suits your financial circumstances, because it can save you major money and make sure those payments will likely remain within your financial reach. So, don't be hesitant to discuss your options with your lender before making a final decision.

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Home Staging Tips that are Worth Your Time

Selling a home at the Lake of the Ozarks is a big choice to make. You've lived in your home for many years and have made many great memories there. But sometimes, it's just time to move on. The best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks want to make sure selling your home is a smooth and quick process. So, this week we're sharing with you some home staging tips that'll prove to be worth your time.

Get Rid of the Clutter
We tend to accumulate a lot of stuff over the years, and where does all that stuff go? That's right. Stuffed in every nook and cranny we can find in our homes. Most of the time, never to be touched again. So before you list your home for sale, the first thing you should do is purge your home of all the unnecessary items you've collected over the years and simplify. Not only will this help make your home look more spacious and clean, but it'll leave less for you to move once you do sell your home. Plus, you'd be surprised at how fre…

Tips for Maintaining Your Heating Bill This Winter

These past few weeks have definitely brought on a "chill" in the air. Whether you've already broke down and turned on your furnace or are trying to hold out for as long as possible, we all know it's coming. When the weather does turn cold, you can be prepared to keep you heating bills down with just a few easy tasks. The best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks have some tips to help you maintain a warm cozy AND efficient home without the expensive heating bill!

Caulk Trim and Baseboards
As you walk through your home, you may feel some obvious drafts in your home that you will need to tend to. But if you inspect things a little closer, you will find some small gaps that are inviting the cold air into your home. A simple trick that will expose these drafts is by simply running your damp finger along the edges of your interior windows and trim. The moistened skin will be very sensitive to the draft and indicate the areas that you need to caulk.

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4 Reasons to Invest in a 2nd Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is by far one of the best places to vacation in the United States. The reason? We've got just about anything you could want for the perfect family vacation! Due to all that the Lake area has to offer, its central location in Missouri, and of course the Lake of the Ozarks itself, it's no wonder that families choose to return to vacation here year after year. If you're one of the many that come back every year to vacation with your family, we think it's time for you to get serious about your visits. Take a look at the 4 reasons we think you should invest in a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks and become a more permanent part of our wonderful community!

1. Vacation Home for the Family 
Buying a second home a the Lake of the Ozarks can be a special gathering place for friends and relatives and provide a second sense of “where I belong” to your children. Second homes that are regularly used for vacations and holidays provide a unique and valuable co…

7 Red Flags that Homebuyers Should Look For

When buying a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, it's important to view potential homes with a realistic mindset. In order to make a smart buy, don't base your decision on your emotions. Think realistically of all the potential maintenance expenses that could arise after the purchase. To better help you make a good choice when considering a home, we've come up with a list of 7 red flags to keep an eye out for before buying a home.

1. Roof
Well-maintained roofs can last up to 30 years with very little problems. But as a buyer, until you have the roof inspected, you're not going to know the true condition of the roof just by glancing. The last thing you want to do is buy a home and find out shortly after that you have to spend thousands of dollars replacing the roof. Ask the seller how old the roof is, and inspect the gutters to make sure the drainage systems are in good working order. Get a roofer to do an inspection, either before making an offer or during the contingencie…

6 Helpful Tips to Keep You Organized During the Home Buying Process

Buying a home at the Lake of the Ozarks can be a stressful time with all the details there are to remember, but with a good plan in place to keep yourself in order you don't have to be intimidated by it. With proper steps, and organizational techniques you can make this a breeze, and easily find a Lake of the Ozarks home that is perfect for you. At eXp Realty, we aim to not only help you find the right home but also help you get through the process easily and quickly! Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start the homebuying process to keep it easy on yourself.

1. Take Care of Current Bills
Now is the time to take charge of your finances and make sure that everything is in order. Pay off your credit cards and take care of any outstanding bills. Get your credit report and make sure that everything on it is accurate, and fix any mistakes. This is a critical step in securing your loan, so be sure to take a close look at your financial history and credit standing before house h…