Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Funny Last-Minute Halloween Costumes!

"Mommy! Daddy! Let's go trick-or-treating this year!!" The eager young faces beam up at you, and you can't possibly resist. You smile, help them plan a costume, and get ready to enjoy a night of spooky family fun. 

You're just about to walk out the door, but then a young hand pulls you back. "Wait, where's your costume? You can't go without a costume!" 

Does this sound familiar - or like a very real possibility? Don't get caught without a costume this Halloween! Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate is here to help you out with some of our favorite easy, funny, last-minute Halloween costume ideas. 

Tacky Tourist
This is the perfect quick costume (especially for the Lake of the Ozarks)! Grab some khakis or swim trunks and the brightest shirt you have, and embellish away. Fanny packs, socks and sandals, binoculars, giant cameras, and flower leis barely scratch the surface of everything you can use to complete this look.

Identity Thief
This costume is as easy as it is funny! Write different names on a bunch of name tags, stick them all over your shirt, and you'll be good to go.

Ceiling Fan
This pun-tastic costume couldn't be easier! Use duct tape to write the words "Go Ceiling!" across your shirt, grab a couple pom-poms, and you'll be set.


Three Blind Mice
Have a few friends that also need costumes? This one is perfect! All you need are matching grey sweatsuits, mice ears (which can be purchased or handmade) pink slippers, and dark sunglasses. Use eyeliner to draw a dark nose and a few whiskers on your cheeks, and you'll be set.

Ghost
Nothing wrong with the classics. An old white sheet with holes cut out for eyes is all you need to create this costume. If you want, you can jazz it up a bit by using a permanent marker to draw a howling mouth and dark circles around your eye holes.

Costume Not Found
Your inner nerd will love this one. All you need is a written "Error 404: Costume Not Found" message on an old white t-shirt.

We hope you find these ideas helpful! If you love trick-or-treating at the Lake and want to become a permanent member of the Lake of the Ozarks community, come see Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate about finding a new home at the Lake!

Got a Halloween costume you're particularly proud of? Tweet your pictures to @Gattermeir - we'd love to see them!

NOW is the perfect time to buy a Lake of the Ozarks condo or home. For real estate at Lake of the Ozarks, contact the Gattermeir Davidson team. We feature lakefront homes, condos, lake lots, and commercial real estate at Lake of the Ozarks. For more information on our properties in the Lake of the Ozarks area stop by our office near Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark or call us toll free 877-870-5253.

Stay connected with Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC

2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

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

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766
Mobile | 573.746.0133

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Meet the GATTERMEIR in Gattermeir Davidson!

The best real estate agency at the Lake of the Ozarks is led by three talented and dedicated co-owners: Ed Schmidt, Conda Davidson, and Ryan Gattermeir. You had the opportunity to get to know Ed and Conda a few weeks ago when we published "getting to know you" blogs about each of them. Now, you have the opportunity to get to know Ryan as well!

How long have you lived at the Lake of the Ozarks?
I have lived in the Lake area my entire life. In 1997 (after attending college), I moved away to St. Louis, where I held several corporate sales and management positions. In 2000, I moved back to the area with my now wife, Jen, and we have been here ever since.

Where did you attend college? Were you a member of a fraternity?
I attended Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri - my dad's alma mater. I was a member of Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity.

How did you get involved in the real estate industry?
Well, thanks to my father, Bob Gattermeir, you could say that I was always involved in real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks. He has been a REALTOR at the Lake since 1970. 

What is your position at Gattermeir Davidson? What is your favorite part about your job?
I am a Broker/Owner at Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, along with Conda Davidson and Ed Schmidt. We founded the company together in 2008. Prior to that, I was a Broker/Salesperson with my father's real estate company.

Who is your family? Do you have any pets?
My wife is Jennifer. Our daughter, Ellie, is nine and our son, Nicholas, will be four this year. We have two pets: Rosie the labradoodle and Annie the cat.

What is something very few people know about you?
I legally became an ordained minister a few years ago (only for the purpose of marrying one of my best friends, per his request).

What is your favorite movie?
A Time To Kill with Morgan Freeman and Matthew McConaughey is one of my favorites, along with pretty much anything with Robin Williams in it.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Mostly, I enjoy boating and traveling in my spare time... and - of course - spending time with my family, too!

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
That was too long ago... I can't remember!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To read people's minds. It would be handy in real estate sometimes!

NOW is the perfect time to buy a Lake of the Ozarks condo or home. For real estate at Lake of the Ozarks, contact the Gattermeir Davidson team. We feature lakefront homes, condos, lake lots, and commercial real estate at Lake of the Ozarks. For more information on our properties in the Lake of the Ozarks area stop by our office near Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark or call us toll free 877-870-5253.

Stay connected with Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC

2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

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

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766
Mobile | 573.746.0133

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How Much Do You Know About The Lake?

The Lake of the Ozarks is renowned as the best place to own a second home in the Midwest. People travel from miles around to soak up some sunshine, break out their fishing rods, get their shopping on, or relax on their private waterfront docks at the Lake. Despite their love of this great destination, however, many people do not know very much about the Lake of the Ozarks. How was the Lake formed? When was the Lake created?

That's why the Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate team has put together a list of some of the top fun facts about the Lake of the Ozarks. Who's excited to learn more about this great destination?!

Bagnell Dam was completed in 1931, which officially formed the Lake of the Ozarks.

At its greatest depth, the Lake of the Ozarks is 130 feet deep.

The surface of the Lake covers approximately 61,000 square miles.

There are more than 1,150 miles of shoreline along the Lake of the Ozarks - more than the coast of California!

Of all people who own two homes in the Midwest, 40% own one of them at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The original purpose of Bagnell Dam was to supply electricity to St. Louis.

From one end to the other, the Lake of the Ozarks spans 92 miles.

The Lake is home to approximately 70,000 docks.

There are 900 campgrounds around the Lake area.


When it was first built in 1931, the Lake of the Ozarks was the largest manmade lake in the world.

Today, the Lake of the Ozarks is the second largest manmade lake in Missouri (behind Truman Lake).

It took 20,000 workers two years to finish building Bagnell Dam.

Bagnell Dam is 2,543 feet long.

The Lake of the Ozarks holds roughly 617 billion gallons of water.

The town of Linn Creek is in its second location - it was moved after construction plans for the Lake of the Ozarks indicated that its original location would be flooded when the dam was completed.



If you would like to become a proud homeowner at the Lake of the Ozarks, don't hesitate to contact Gattermeir Davidson! We would be thrilled to help you become a permanent member of our beautiful community.

NOW is the perfect time to buy a Lake of the Ozarks condo or home. For real estate at Lake of the Ozarks, contact the Gattermeir Davidson team. We feature lakefront homes, condos, lake lots, and commercial real estate at Lake of the Ozarks. For more information on our properties in the Lake of the Ozarks area stop by our office near Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark or call us toll free 877-870-5253.

Stay connected with Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC

2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

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

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766
Mobile | 573.746.0133

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Waterfront Castle For Sale in Osage Beach!

It has been featured in not one, but TWO luxury living magazines. 

Its custom build and design boasts perfection from every angle.

And now, it could be YOURS!

Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate is here to give you an unofficial tour of one of the most stunning waterfront homes at the Lake of the Ozarks that we have ever seen. Whether you're dreaming peacefully in the magnificent master suite, entertaining like royalty in the gourmet kitchen, or soaking up some much-needed relaxation at the lakeside saltwater pool, this incredible home is sure to make your spirits soar!

In addition to a Lake of the Ozarks view that doesn't stop, this home - no, this castle - offers...
  • Two Decks - one covered and one uncovered
  • Storm Shelter / Workshop
  • Screened-In Porch
  • Private Pool
  • Media/Theatre Room
  • Intercom System
  • Security System
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-In Closets
  • 3-Car Garage
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 7.5 Bedrooms
  • 6,380 square feet

This unparalleled home offers everything that a homeowner could want and more. No matter where you are in this five-suite home, you'll be privy to the most exquisite view the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer. 

Don't forget about all the extra bells and whistles! This lakefront mansion also features a large elevator, upscale wood floors, tile, granite, a jetted tub, a wet bar, and the window treatments are included!



It's time to stop planning and take action. Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate Team can help you turn your dream home at the Lake of the Ozarks into a dream reality!

NOW is the perfect time to buy a Lake of the Ozarks condo or home. For real estate at Lake of the Ozarks, contact the Gattermeir Davidson team. We feature lakefront homes, condos, lake lots, and commercial real estate at Lake of the Ozarks. For more information on our properties in the Lake of the Ozarks area stop by our office near Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark or call us toll free 877-870-5253.

Stay connected with Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC

2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

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

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766
Mobile | 573.746.0133

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Best Shopping Event at the Lake of the Ozarks!

At Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, we love things that support the betterment of our beautiful Lake of the Ozarks community. It should come as no surprise, then, that we were very excited when we heard about the Lake's latest and greatest shopping event: Passport to the Parkway!


Several local businesses are coming together to support the local economy by offering customers great discounts, coupons, giveaways, and opportunities to win big prizes. Your favorite local REALTORS are here to give you the inside scoop on this week's exciting event!

Once customers pick up their passports at any of the participating businesses, they're good to go! Participants can visit the businesses and restaurants at any point from October 1st-October 11th. Each time they visit, they'll get their passport stamped. Find the full list of participating businesses here.

In addition to receiving great deals at each location they visit, each stamp qualifies them for a chance to win one of the grand prizes. Participants will have a chance to win a big screen TV, an iPad, a $500 Visa gift card, a two night stay at Inn at the Grand Glaize, and much more!

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to save big while supporting our local economy. It's going to be a great ten days.

This is another perfect example of why the Lake of the Ozarks community is second to none! Give Gattermeir Davidson a call today if you're interested in becoming a permanent resident. (573) 365-1555.

NOW is the perfect time to buy a Lake of the Ozarks condo or home. For real estate at Lake of the Ozarks, contact the Gattermeir Davidson team. We feature lakefront homes, condos, lake lots, and commercial real estate at Lake of the Ozarks. For more information on our properties in the Lake of the Ozarks area stop by our office near Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark or call us toll free 877-870-5253.

Stay connected with Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC

2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

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

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766
Mobile | 573.746.0133

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Buying a Home in Only 3 Steps!

Whether you're a first time buyer or practically a seasoned professional, buying a home at the Lake of Ozarks can seem like a daunting process. There are so many different styles of homes to choose from, and so many available homes within each location! How do you ever begin?

If this thought process seems all too familiar, the Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate team is here for you! We've condensed the entire home buying process down into three simple steps to help you prepare for your Lake of the Ozarks home search.


1. Getting Started

To get started, you'll need to accomplish two simple tasks: develop your wish list and get pre-qualified for a loan. 
  • Wish List: This is your opportunity for you and your family (whoever will be sharing the home with you) to be completely honest about what you do and do not want in a future home. Have you always dreamed about having skylights in your kitchen? Do you need a shorter commute to work? Now is the time to lay all it all out on the table. Many families choose to make two lists - the "required list" and the "desired list."
  • Pre-Qualification: This is when you work with your chosen lender to determine roughly how much house you'll be able to afford. After asking some basic questions about your income, current debt, etc, your lender will be able to give you an estimate on the size of the loan you'll be able to get.

2. Getting There

Now the fun really begins! This is when you begin touring homes with your REALTOR as you search for your dream home at the Lake of the Ozarks. Be sure to honestly evaluate all aspects of the homes you visit. Do they have enough closet space? Do you like the neighborhood? Give your REALTOR your honest opinion of the houses you tour so he/she can track down more homes that you will like.

After you fall in love with a potential home, you can work with your REALTOR to put together a formal offer. This is where you identify how much money you're willing to offer to the seller and what you want included in the sale (furniture, appliances, etc).

3. Getting The Job Done

Once the sellers accept your offer, it's time to get busy! There are several puzzle pieces that work together to complete the home buying process.
  • Loan Approval: It's time for your lender to get to know you better! He/she will conduct a full investigation of your financial assets and reliability, both past and present, and work continuously on your case until your loan is approved.
  • Home Inspections: As the buyer, it is your responsibility to hire a home inspector to evaluate your potential home. The inspector will thoroughly examine the entire house and present you with a complete evaluation of the working/safety status of every aspect of the home.
  • Final Negotiations: Once you've been approved for your loan and you have received the home inspection, you can make your final offer to the seller. If you want anything repaired before you close, now is the time to specify.

Congratulations!

Once the seller accepts your final offer, all that's left to do is close! As soon as everyone signs the closing documents, the home will officially be yours. You and your family can begin moving in and making your new house your home!

If you have any more questions about the home buying process, don't hesitate to ask! We are the most qualified real estate team at the Lake, and we will be happy to work with you on anything you need!

NOW is the perfect time to buy a Lake of the Ozarks condo or home. For real estate at Lake of the Ozarks, contact the Gattermeir Davidson team. We feature lakefront homes, condos, lake lots, and commercial real estate at Lake of the Ozarks. For more information on our properties in the Lake of the Ozarks area stop by our office near Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark or call us toll free 877-870-5253.

Stay connected with Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC

2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

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

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766
Mobile | 573.746.0133

Monday, September 15, 2014

Meet the DAVIDSON in Gattermeir Davidson!

At Gattermeir Davidson, we are more than a highly qualified real estate agency at the Lake of the Ozarks - we're a group of individuals who care about our community. We take our motto, "Lake Life by the Golden Rule!" to heart in everything we do or say. We are proud members the Lake of the Ozarks community and love helping others find their place to call home.

Few people exemplify this outlook on business and life better than Conda Davidson. This Gattermeir Davidson Co-Owner has a thorough grasp of the ins and outs of real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks, and looks forward to working with her clients every single day. 

Today, you get the opportunity to get to know Conda on a personal level! She hopes you'll enjoy getting to know her as much as she looks forward to getting to know and working with you!

How long have you lived at the Lake of the Ozarks?
I have lived at the Lake of the Ozarks full time since 1999, when I moved here after graduating from college.

Where did you attend college?
I attended Truman State University for my undergraduate and and Master program, and the University of Missouri for my Doctorate program.

How did you get involved in the real estate industry?
I got my real estate license as something to do in the summer when I was teaching. I went into real estate full time in 2000, when my husband got the Lighthouse Pointe condominium project and the Beacon Pointe housing project.

What is your position at Gattermeir Davidson? What is your favorite part about your job?
I am co-owner. My favorite part is the people I meet. Many of my clients have become very good friends.

Who is your family? Do you have any pets?
I have been married to Cody for twenty-two years. I have two daughters - Ciarra is 22 and is a State Farm agent, and Taylor is 17 and a senior at School of the Osage. We have a Shiatsu named Tika.

What is something very few people know about you?
How much I love nature - birds, flowers, gardens...


What is your favorite movie?
Pretty Woman.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Hanging out on our dock or going for a boat ride.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A teacher.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The ability to make everybody happy.

NOW is the perfect time to buy a Lake of the Ozarks condo or home. For real estate at Lake of the Ozarks, contact the Gattermeir Davidson team. We feature lakefront homes, condos, lake lots, and commercial real estate at Lake of the Ozarks. For more information on our properties in the Lake of the Ozarks area stop by our office near Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark or call us toll free 877-870-5253.

Stay connected with Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC

2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

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

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766
Mobile | 573.746.0133