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Monday, September 24, 2018   /   by Marty Gum

Fall Buyer Tips



The Fall buying season is officially upon us. School has started, the weather has begun to cool off. People aren’t spending all their time on the lake and real estate lookers have become real estate buyers. There is nothing we want more than to be sure our clients have the best chance to see the area and buy the property they want. To make sure your Lake of the Ozarks dream home becomes a reality, here are some tips to help you prepare for your home search. Being prepared will help make the process smooth and successful for you and all parties involved.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017   /   by Marty Gum

How the Latest Real Estate Technology Can Help You

On our real estate team, we work with the latest, greatest technology to make your job as a homebuyer or seller much easier. 





One brand-new tool we started using is a 3-D camera. This camera can build virtual tours of your home. We have done a few open houses with this technology, hosted 3-D tours on Facebook, and shared these images with potential buyers. 





There are several different ways to look at these 3-D images. You can use your computer, phone, or products like Google Cardboard to get a true 3-D experience. Buyers can feel like they are in your home without having to leave the comfort of their own. 





Unfortunately, as a real estate agent, it’s common to hear buyers say that they are disappointed when they come to see a house in person. With 3-D images, you cannot hide anything. These 3-D tools help save you time as a buyer because you won’t waste time looking at disappointing properties. 





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Friday, February 3, 2017   /   by Marty Gum

Your 2017 Lake Ozark Market Update

Our economy is expected to grow in 2017, but what about our local real estate market? These figures should key you in. 

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With the new year well underway, today I want to talk about what the rest of 2017 holds for our Lake Ozark real estate market. 



If you’ve been following the news lately, you might’ve heard that the stock market recently went over 20,000 for the first time ever. That means that businesses expect the economy to grow and the new administration to have fewer regulations and fewer taxes. 



How does this impact our market? Let’s start with condos. During the height of the downturn in 2007 and 2008, there were about 1,600 condos for sale. This morning, we had around 488 listed for sale. At this time last year, that number was 800. Of the 488 condos currently listed, only 322 have docks, whi ...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016   /   by Marty Gum

Have You Visited Our New Home Search Website?

Looking to buy in Lake Ozark? Get a full Home Search 

Looking to sell in Lake Ozark? Get a free Home Price Evaluation



Fall is gorgeous down here at the lake with the weather cooling down and the leaves starting to change colors. We wanted to take this time to talk to you a little bit about our new website and some of the cool new features on it.

Our website, searchlakeozarkshomes.com is pretty simple to use, but we wanted to give you an overview of some of the features that it has. For starters, the entire active MLS is on our website and is updated in real time.

The many different menus on our site have pages for buyers, sellers, and featured listings. In addition to those, we also have a few different home search functions. The first is the “search for homes” page that allows you to do an advanced search of our MLS. There are a lot of different filters you can add to your search to give you the homes you want to see. In addition to searching b ...

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Saturday, July 18, 2015   /   by Marty Gum

What if I wait until next year to buy?

First-time homebuyers are flocking to the housing market in greater numbers than any time in the last few years. Renters who are ready and willing to buy are now realizing that they are also able to as well. Many first-time buyers are Millennials (born between 1981 – 1997).
If you are one of the many in this generation who sees your friends and family diving head first into the real estate market, and wonder if now is the time for you to do the same, keep reading!
The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
Let’s look at an example of what the experts are predicting for the upcoming year, and what that really would mean for you. Let’s say you’re 30 and your dream house costs $250,000 today. Right now mortgage interest rates are at or about 4%.
Your monthly mortgage payment (principal & interest only) would be $1,193.54.
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