Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bridge and Dam Half-Marathon & 10K

A brand new event is coming to the Lake! If you like running for great causes, this half marathon or 10K could be exactly what you need to kick off another great weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. This event involves not one, but TWO races here at the Lake. Races are to be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate team is here to provide you all the info on this upcoming event.


10K

  • 6.24 miles
  • Starts at Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark, MO
  • Registration: $65 per person
  • 8:00 AM
This route is perfect for beginner athletes. The race will kick off at Bagnell Dam and run 6.24 miles across paved roads, through wooded forests, and even across the Lake.

Half Marathon

  • 13.14 miles
  • Starts at Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark, MO
  • Registration: $75 per person
  • 7:30 AM
If you're looking for a bigger challenge, the Half Marathon could be exactly what you need. The race kicks off at Bagnell Dam and follows the same route as the 10K, but then the participants will turn around and retrace their steps back to the original starting location.

Race Info


Packets for the runners will be available for pickup at the Lodge of the Four Seasons on Thursday from 5:00-8:00 PM, Friday from 4:00-9:00 PM, and on the morning of the race. If you are racing, don't forget to fill out the permission waiver and bring it with you on the day of the race. You can find these permission waivers and all other race information on the Bridge & Dam Half Marathon and 10K website.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Lake of the Ozarks FCA chapter. The vision of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is "to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes."

Relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks?

Spring is finally here, and this event is just one of the many great things happening at the Lake. If you are considering becoming a full-time member of our great community, feel free to reach out to one of our experienced Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents. We would be happy to help you find your new home at the Lake.

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

Monday, March 16, 2015

Selling Your Home - What NOT To Do

Have you been thinking about selling your home? With springtime finally here, it could be the perfect time to relocate or treat yourself to that newer, bigger home you've been dreaming about. If you're planning to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, there are certain things you can do to help speed up the process - and certain things you should NOT do. Here's a quick list of things you shouldn't do if you're trying to sell your home.


DON'T Get Sloppy
Buyers have a lot of different homes to choose from. If they walk into a dirty or cluttered home, chances are they will turn around and walk right back out. Don't lose out on potential sale just because you forgot to do the dishes or sweep the floor. Now is the time to embrace that inner OCD and keep your home spotless at all times!

DON'T Wait For The Buyers To Come To You
Simply sticking a "for sale" sign in your front yard isn't going to cut it. (Besides, some homeowners associations won't even let you put those signs out.) If you're selling your Lake of the Ozarks home, it's important to go all out with the marketing aspect. When you sell your home with Gattermeir Davidson, our experienced agents can help get your home the exposure it needs. 

DON'T For Sale By Owner
Real estate transactions involve huge sums of money, and both the sellers and the buyers are trying to get the best possible deal for themselves. For Sale By Owner is incredibly challenging because you deny yourself your most valuable asset - your real estate agent. Your Lake of the Ozarks real estate agent can help you determine what offers are reasonable and can help you negotiate to ensure the best outcome for all parties.

DON'T Ask For Too Much Money
Every seller wants to make millions off of their home, but sometimes that just isn't realistic. Your home will hopefully have gone up in value since you purchased it, but you can't simply assume that it has. Your real estate agent will be able to identify the selling price of comparable homes and help you determine an appropriate asking price.

DON'T Mask Problem Areas
Many sellers understandably want to hide any problem areas with their home in order to attract more buyers, but this is never a good strategy. Home inspections are a mandatory part of the real estate process, and they are guaranteed to uncover the problems you are trying to hide. Rather than covering them up, you will be better off either repairing them ahead of time or (depending on the severity of the issue) lowering the asking price of your home.

DON'T Be There To Greet The Potential Buyers
Picture this: you're trying to buy your dream home. You see one listing that really catches your eye, and you can't wait to see it in person. You drive there and walk in the door... and then the current owner says, "Hello, welcome to our home!" It makes it hard to envision the home as your own, doesn't it? As the seller, it's important to give your buyers the space they need to imagine themselves living in the home.

DO Call Gattermeir Davidson!
Selling your home can seem like an overwhelming prospect, but it doesn't have to be! With an experienced real estate agent on your side, selling your home can be a breeze. Contact the Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate team to get started today!

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

5 Reasons Why The Lake of the Ozarks is a GREAT Place to Live

The Lake of the Ozarks is well known for being one of the best vacation destinations in the Midwest, but it is also a wonderful place to live full-time. With its own blend of tourism and local business economy, the Lake of the Ozarks offers a unique living experience that can't be found anywhere else. Here's a quick look at some of the things that makes the Lake such a great place to live.


Photo from www.funlake.com

1. Recreation

Why limit yourself to only taking advantage of the fun things to do at the Lake of the Ozarks while you're on vacation? Full-time residents get to enjoy all of the great activities at the Lake all year long. The Lake has plenty of outdoor activities available year-round, including hiking, biking, camping, and fishing. 

There are also lots of shopping opportunities at the Lake. With 110 stores, the outlet mall in Osage Beach is the largest in Missouri. There are also plenty of other local and large retailers located all over the Lake Area.

2. Education

The Lake of the Ozarks school district is one of the best in the area. The graduating seniors consistently achieve higher ACT scores than both the national and state averages, and two of every three graduates continue on to college. 

In addition to all of the elementary and high schools, the Lake Area is also home to college extension campuses, satellite community colleges, and technical career centers.

3. Healthcare

It's no surprise that quality healthcare is a must-have for people thinking about relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks. Fortunately, Lake Regional Health System offers comprehensive health care services to both residents and visitors to the Lake Area. They specialize in everything from urgent care to cancer care, and patients can rest assured that they will be in excellent, capable hands.


Photo from www.funlake.com

4. Cost Of Living

As if all of these other advantages of living at the Lake of the Ozarks weren't enough, the Lake Area also maintains the 11th lowest cost of living index in the entire United States (at 92.7). Here's a quick breakdown of a few of the factors:
  • Utilities - 3rd lowest
  • Gasoline - 7th lowest
  • Health Care - 16th lowest
  • Housing & Grocery - 18th lowest
Not only is the Lake of the Ozarks a great place to live, then - it's also more affordable than you think!

5. Housing

The housing opportunities at the Lake of the Ozarks are as unique and varied as the people who live here. Residents can choose from any number of different options, including apartment complexes, condominium complexes, interior homes, and waterfront homes. There are currently several homes for sale at the Lake of the Ozarks, and it's a great time to buy. Contact Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate to get started!

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

Real Estate - A Home AND An Investment

Finding the perfect home is about more than putting a roof over your head. It's about building equity, increasing your assets, and making an investment in you future. At Gattermeir Davidson, we talk a lot about how to find the perfect home at the Lake and local real estate trends, but this week we wanted to look closer into the investment side of real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Owning Your Own Home Enables You To Build Equity

The terms "building equity in your home" get tossed around quite frequently, but do you know what they really mean? Essentially, "equity" refers to the amount of the home that you actually own - the portion of the loan that you have already paid off. 

Having equity is an asset, and it comes with important benefits. For example, if/when you sell your home at a later date, you will be able to turn your equity into cash. Also, if you are short on cash at a later date, you can actually borrow against the equity you already have built up in your home (this is typically done through what is called a "second mortgage" or a "home equity loan."


Owning Your Own Home Can Help You Earn Money

Most people have a negative opinion of inflation, because it requires us to pay more for things we were previously able to purchase at a lower price. In the world of real estate, however, inflation is every homeowner's friend. 

If you own a home for several years, the value of your property will (statistically) increase. By the time you decide to sell it, chances are that you will be able to sell it for a greater price than you originally purchased it for. As a renter, you do not get any money back at the end of your lease. As a homeowner, however you not only get money back - you have the opportunity to turn a profit.

The Gattermeir Davidson Team Can Help You Get Started

Successfully investing in real estate requires dedication to detail and advance preparation for the perfect opportunity. If you're thinking about buying real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks, or if you simply have questions on the matter, the team at Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate is here to help. We look forward to assisting with your investments!

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Passport to the Parkway Kick-Off Party

Looking for something fun to do? Love supporting the Lake of the Ozarks community? Don't miss the Passport to the Parkway Kick-Off Cocktail Party!

Passport to the Parkway was first introduced to the Lake of the Ozarks in the fall of 2014. It's an event designed to promote and encourage the local economy at the Lake of the Ozarks by bringing patrons together to support businesses all along the Osage Beach Parkway. As vested members of the Lake community, the team at Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate is excited to give you all the info on this upcoming event.

Passport To The Parkway Kick-Off Party

The kick-off event is designed to raise awareness and funds for this great event at the Lake of the Ozarks. Attendants will have an opportunity to participate in a silent auction, enjoy drinks and hors d'oeurves, listen to live music by Mitch Shields, and support our wonderful community. 
  • Passport to the Parkway Kick-Off Cocktail Party
  • Thursday, February 26th from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Red Room Lounge at J. Bruner's
  • Tickets are $10 in advance / $15 at the door
Tickets are on sale now and include a drink ticket and hors d'oeurves. For tickets or more information on the event, contact Kim Loehr at Interior Motifs by calling (573) 480-0686 or email obparkwaywest@gmail.com.

Passport To The Parkway Event

Save the date! Passport to the Parkway will return to Osage Beach, Missouri April 15th-30th, 2015. To participate, pick up a shopping bag filled with coupons for local Lake of the Ozarks businesses and your passports at any time during the event. Take your passport to the participating businesses to get it stamped. Every stamp serves as an entry into a drawing for fantastic prizes. Last year, prizes included a $500 Amazon gift card and a flat-screen TV!


Participating businesses represent a wide range of business sectors, including everything from restaurants to home decor to auto repairs. For a full list of this year's participating businesses, visit www.passporttotheparkway.com. To keep up with everything happening with Passport to the Parkway, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PassporttotheParkway.

The Lake of the Ozarks Community Is Second To None!

The Lake of the Ozarks is one of the most sought-after communities in the Midwest. If you are interested in becoming a permanent resident, our Lake Ozark real estate team can provide you with the resources you need to find your dream home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What Should Your Home Do For You?

Buying a new home at the Lake of the Ozarks is a big step. Homes are major financial commitments, and moving typically requires a lot of effort on your part. Since you're giving so much of yourself into moving to the Lake of the Ozarks, it's only right that you find a home that will give a lot right back to you. 

With that in mind, what are some of the key factors you should look for when touring Lake of the Ozarks homes? What should your new home do for you?


Your Home Should Be A Welcoming Sanctuary After A Long Day
In a perfect world, we'd all have jobs that we loved in completely stress-free environments. Unfortunately, life is not usually that simple. Long, stressful days are sometimes unavoidable. Your new home should be a place you look forward to coming home to after a long day at work - a place to kick back and relax so you can face a new day tomorrow.

Your Home Should Be A Place To Raise A Family
It's all part of the American Dream, right? A good job, a loving husband/wife, a great house, and beautiful children. While not every couple wants to have children, it's always a good idea to buy a new home with that possibility in the back of your mind. Life tends to have a mind of its own, and never hurts to be prepared!

Your Home Should Reflect Who You Are
Your home, especially when it comes to your interior decorating choices, should reflect who you are. If you love being outdoors, go for a home with a rustic theme. If you enjoy the finer things in life, treat yourself to one of the coveted luxury homes at the Lake of the Ozarks. When buying a home, make sure the layout and design matches your and your family's lifestyle.


Your Home Should Be A Place To Entertain Friends And Family
There's a unique sense of pride that comes from welcoming friends and family members into your home for the holidays, a game night, or dinner. As you tour potential new homes for you in your family, ask yourself if they have a place to spend time with the people you care about most.

Your Home Should Be A Place To Get Away From It All
Sometimes life can be overwhelming. When your in-laws or projects at work are bringing you down, your home should be a place to hide yourself away from the stress in the real world. Strive to find a home that makes you feel comfortable, safe, and protected.

Your Home Should Be A Place To Build Traditions
What is one of the best things about family? Family traditions, of course! These traditions are unique to everyone, reflecting each family's own values and beliefs. Finding the perfect home for your family is about finding the right place to build your family's own traditions.

Get Started Today
Your family's dream home could already be on the market - don't wait and risk losing it to another buyer! If you're reading to buy a second home or relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks, contact Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate to help find your dream home.

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

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying Your First Home

Are you thinking about buying your first home at the Lake of the Ozarks? Congratulations! Buying your first home is a big step, and it's incredibly exciting. As experienced real estate agents at the Lake, we have learned a few tricks that can make the process of buying your first home much easier. If you're getting ready to buy your first home, ask yourself these questions.


Where do you see yourself in five years?
This isn't just an interview question. Before you can find your perfect first home at the Lake, you have to understand what your long term homeownership goals are. Will you raise children in that house? Do you plan on moving again in a few years? The length of time you plan to spend in your first home will determine how big of a house you need and what type of mortgage loan you may want to try for, to just name a few factors.

What factors are non-negotiable?
The odds of finding a home that meets every single one of your desired criteria are slim, so buying a home often requires compromise. Before you can find a good compromise, though, you must first identify which factors are non-negotiable. Do you have children that need their own bedrooms? Are you willing to all share a bathroom, or does your home need to have at least two? Once you identify your future home's must-have qualities, you will be able to begin your search.

What size mortgage loan can you qualify for?
Before you begin actively searching for your first home, do yourself a favor and talk to a mortgage lender. There are two steps that must be completed before you can be fully approved for a mortgage loan: prequalification and preapproval.
  • Being prequalified means you have talked to a mortgage lender and he/she has provided a written statement that he/she believes you will qualify for a certain loan amount, based on the information you provided.
  • Being preapproved means that you have submitted an official mortgage application, that your mortgage lender has investigated proof of your income, total financial assets, and outstanding debts, and that your lender has provided a written statement he/she they believe you will be able to receive a loan for 'x' amount.
Because it is more involved, being preapproved carries much more weight in the real estate market. Not only will you have a realistic idea of what price you'll be able to afford - sellers will realize that you are serious about buying and will likely be more accommodating.

How much house can you actually afford?
Unfortunately, the mortgage loan you qualify for and the amount of house you can actually afford to purchase are not always the same thing. In order to approve you for a loan, lenders only look at your debt-to-income ratio and how your new mortgage payment will affect it. Owning your own home comes with lots of extra expenses that your lender will not consider, however. The bigger the home, the more your monthly electricity bill will be. Home repairs come unexpectedly and can be quite costly. It's important to take a critical look at your monthly income and your anticipated (and unanticipated) expenses to see how much you will be able to truly afford.

What's the resale value of your potential home?
Even if you don't plan on selling your home for many years, it's always important to consider the resale value. You never know when your life may take an unexpected turn and you will have to sell. Even if you don't sell the home, your children may decide to sell it someday. Location has a huge impact on resale value, as does the quality of the home's interior features and its curb appeal. Will there be ways that you can increase your home's value while you live there? 

Gattermeir Davidson Can Help!
Don't attempt to buy your first home alone. Having a dedicated real estate agent on your side to guide you through the process makes a world of difference. If you're ready to begin your Lake of the Ozarks home search, give us a call! 

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