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Team Andy Gibson Spotlight - Getting to Know Laura

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Part of selecting a real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks to represent you when selling or buying a home is getting to know the agent you'll be working with. Team Andy Gibson wants to make sure you feel comfortable with our agents. So, to help you feel at ease and confident in our agents, we're sharing with you a little bit about our agents so you can get to know them better. This week, our spotlight agent is Laura Hatfield!


Family Life
Laura is the newest member of our team and we couldn’t be more excited to have her! Laura is originally from the state of California. She was raised in Northern CA, where she received a degree in Theater from San Diego State University, with a major in Musical Theater. Laura moved from Los Angeles to Branson in 1993 and performed there for many years as a singer/dancer/actress in Mississippi Love, Smoke on the Mountain, and other various variety shows. The most famous venue she performed in was the saloon show at Silver Dollar City. Yes, s…

Take Advantage of Our Property Management Services!

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While real estate is a large part of what we do, we also offer property management services at the Lake of the Ozarks. Andy began his real estate career as a long-term leasing manager in 2010. Andy’s extensive experience as a property manager at the Lake of the Ozarks makes him the logical choice when choosing a property manager to care for your investment property. Here are some advantages of hiring Team Andy Gibson that can benefit your investment goals.

Marketing Your Property When you decide to rent out your home or condo, part of the process of finding a tenant is marketing the property. When hiring a property manager to handle this process for you, you can be sure the advertising used will be crafted to draw in interest to reach prospects more quickly. There is also a certain strategy to marketing properties to avoid scams or unwanted visitors from showing up to your property and causing damage. Our experience in knowing how to word advertising and what information to include an…

3 Reasons to Have a Home Inspection Done Before Listing

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There's nothing more frustrating than getting an offer on your home for sale at the Lake of the Ozarks with hopes that it closes quickly, only to find the deal put on hold or the buyer asking for a lower price all because of some unexpected issues that showed up on the inspection report. This is an issue that could be avoided before even listing your home. Team Andy Gibson, the best real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks, understands that frustration and wants to help you overcome this issue. So this week we're sharing with you 3 reasons why it's a good idea to have a home inspection done before listing your home for sale:


1. Can Save You Money
It can seem daunting to make repairs before you list your home, but it can save you in the long run. If issues show up in the buyer’s inspection report, the buyer will likely ask for a price reduction, a credit, or have you make the fix yourself. If the buyer is in a hurry to move on closing, any red flags that show up on a home …

5 Common Mistakes First-Time Buyers Make

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As a first-time homebuyer, there are many things you will need to do when buying a home at the Lake of the Ozarks. By hiring an experienced agent, you'll have a helping hand to handle the many tasks that are bound to arise. While there are things you definitely should do as a first-time buyer, there are several things you SHOULDN'T do as well! Keep in mind that no deal is final until it's done. Here are a few things you should NOT do while trying to buy your first home.


1. Don't Buy the First Home You Fall in Love With
Chances are, you'll be super eager to find a home and get the show on the road. You may walk into the first house on your list and get the warm and fuzzies and feel like this is the one. However, pulling the trigger without shopping all of your options could mean that you're setting yourself up to either pay a lot more than necessary or to find your real dream home shortly after buying. Take time to view all of your options and to be thorough and …

Importance of Completing a Seller's Disclosure in it's Entirety

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As a homeowner trying to sell a home, there are many forms that you'll be requested to complete by your agent to ensure your listing is as accurate as possible. One of these forms is the seller's disclosure form. This is a statement that discloses important or relevant information to a real property buyer. In real estate disclosure, a seller has to disclose to a buyer the latent defects in the property. While many people may not see the importance of completing this document in its entirety, we're discussing why your completion of this form is an essential part of the listing process. Take a look:


Provides the Buyer with a Sense of Security
A disclosure statement that is barely filled in can raise some serious red flags for buyers. They may either think the seller is uninformed about the property or trying to cover up something. Make it a point to sit down and thoroughly fill out your disclosure statement. Use this opportunity to convey your knowledge about the property to …

3 Essential Spring Staging Tips Before Listing Your Home For Sale

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As a Lake of the Ozarks homeowner, there are several things that you can do to prepare your home in advance if you're considering listing it for sale this spring. Some of the items that should be addressed aren't always at the top of mind though. So this week, we've decided to compile 3 essential spring staging tips for you to accomplish before listing your home for sale this spring.


Start by Spring Cleaning
Scrub your home until it sparkles – and don't forget the windows, treatments and trim! Pull all furnishings out and clean underneath and behind them. Focus on areas that you typically don't touch when cleaning on a daily basis: baseboards, air registers, corners collecting cobwebs, cabinets and shelves collecting dust, etc. If it's been a hot minute since you last cleaned your carpet, now would be a great time to hire a professional carpet cleaner. Another thing many people forget about is to replace furnace filters and clean out air ducts.

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How Does Your Credit Score Affect Your Ability to Buy?

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When you start looking at buying a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, there are several things to consider. First and foremost, how much can you afford and how will you pay for it? Chances are you'll require a mortgage to cover the cost of buying that dream home. Your credit score, as well as the information on your credit report, are key ingredients in determining whether you’ll be able to get a mortgage, and the rate you’ll pay. A higher credit score reflects a better credit history and can make you eligible for lower interest rates. With that said, we're sharing with you why your credit score affects your ability to buy a home and what you can do to improve yours.


Understanding Your Credit Score
A credit score is a statistical number that evaluates a consumer's creditworthiness and is based on credit history. Lenders use credit scores to evaluate the probability that an individual will repay his or her debts. A person's credit score ranges from 300 to 850, and the highe…