Friday, January 19, 2018

3 Reasons to Put Your Second Home on a Vacation Rental Program

Do you own a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks? Are you using it less than you expected? It might be time to consider putting your home on a Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental program. Here's why...

1. To Offset the Expenses of Owning a Second Home. 

The most obvious reason to put your second home on a vacation rental program is to make some extra cash. Instead of letting your home sit empty when you're not using it, why not rent it out to other vacationers to help offset your mortgage costs? Managing two mortgages is no small feat, and every little bit of extra income can make that easier.

2. To Have Someone Look After Your Home While You're Away. 

When you hire a property manager at the Lake of the Ozarks to rent your second home out to vacationers, they aren't just managing guests, they're looking after your property. The manager is constantly checking on your home to ensure everything is in proper working condition. If there's an issue with the A/C, plumbing, etc., they'll be able to catch those problems before they turn into more costly situations. A property manager is also going to have a list of trusted vendors to take care of these issues for you. When you only spend a few weekends of the year at your second home, you're not likely to be familiar with what reputable companies are in the area.

3. To Avoid Finding Renters on Your Own. 

While you could rent your home out to vacationers on your own, hiring a property manager takes that stress off you. For a small fee, you don't have to deal with finding renters, collecting money, cleaning the house after each guest, etc. Plus you get to utilize all the advertising benefits of using a premier vacation rental company. A property manager is likely going to be able to find you more, quality renters than you would be able to on your own.

To learn more about putting your home on our vacation rental program, call 573-365-3367. Your Lake Vacation is your premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you don't currently own a second home at the Lake, but are considering purchasing one, we can advise you on the type of property that makes the best vacation rental. We're here to help you succeed with your investment property!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
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Osage Beach, MO 65065
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Book Now for Your Favorite 2018 Annual Events

As we dive into 2018, we prepare for all of our favorite annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks! Today's blog offers the dates for this year's biggest annual events so that you can start planning your Lake of the Ozarks vacation now. During these popular event weekends, accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks book up fast. Now's the time to arrange your stay with the best vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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FEBRUARY 17: 17th Annual Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

The biggest party of the year is back in 2018! This year's Mardi Gras Pub Crawl will feature over a dozen local bars and restaurants. Wristbands are $10 and get you into each venue. Leave the keys at home as the buses will take you safely from stop to stop. Enjoy live music and entertainment at each of the various locations on the 2018 Mardi Gras Pub Crawl map!

MAY 4-6: 30th Annual Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals 

The Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals is a unique show for all makes, models and years of show vehicles, trucks and motorcycles. The event takes place along the historic Bagnell Dam Strip, which is closed to normal traffic during the show. It's an absolutely electric atmosphere, and one event you don't want to miss!

MAY 5: 21st Annual Spring Harbor Hop 

Kick off the 2018 boating season by participating in the 21st Annual Spring Harbor Hop at the Lake of the Ozarks. At the Lake's largest poker run on the water, you'll be able to choose from over 40 of the best waterfront restaurants and marinas to stop at. Collect cards at each stop to create a winning poker hand. Prizes are awarded to the winners and anyone can play!

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MAY 30 - JUNE 3: Lake Race 2018

Enjoy 5 days of action-packed powerboat and racing themed events at the Lake of the Ozarks. A variety of festivities, including street parties and meet & greets with the racers, lead up to a weekend of powerboat racing! The official viewing spot for the races is Beavers at the Dam, but fun can be had all along the Bagnell Dam Strip the entire weekend.

JUNE 8-10: The Canine Cannonball 

The Annual Dock Dogs jumping contest will be held at Dog Days Bar & Grill again this year. Canine athletes will compete in Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve at this family-friendly event.

JULY 21: Aquapalooza 

The Lake's largest family boating event is happening July 21st at Dog Days Bar & Grill. All boaters are invited for a great day on the water featuring live music and other activities. They're still finalizing the 2018 music lineup, but it's sure to be even better than last years set! Take your boat to the 19 MM, just West of the Grand Glaize Bridge, tie up and make some new friends while enjoying this huge on-the-water party!

AUGUST 25-26: 30th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout

Mark your calendars for the largest unsanctioned boat race in the Midwest! The event will bring top powerboat racers and off shore power boats from across the country, topping 200 MPH. Proceeds from the event benefit Lake Area Rescue Teams and other charitable organizations. Make a whole week of it, as there are fun racing themed events happening all week long leading up to the races!

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SEPTEMBER 12-16: 12th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 

The largest biker event at the Lake of the Ozarks will be back in 2018, bigger and better than ever! Events include spectacular scenic rides, more than 200 biker-friendly bars and restaurants, great parties, vendors and rockin' concerts at night. Plus you'll have a chance to win a new custom Harley!

OCTOBER 13: 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop

Visit over 40 participating locations on the water to collect the best poker hand. You can enter by stopping at any of the checkpoints. Then you'll hop your way around the Lake, drawing one card at each location until your hand is complete with 7 cards. Turn your hand in by 7 pm for a chance to win big!

These events will be here before you know it, so now's the time to start arranging your travel plans and getting your accommodations booked. Your Lake Vacation offers the best selection of private home and condo rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call at 877-284-00267 to make your reservations today. The earlier you book the more a selection you'll have to choose from, as we fill up for these major events quickly!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
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Osage Beach, MO 65065
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Friday, January 5, 2018

New Years Resolution: Vacation More!

Who doesn't need more down time in their lives? Each year, we seem to get busier and busier, whether it be with work or the kids or our social lives. While staying busy can be fun, it can also be exhausting. Our suggestion for reducing this issue, make a new years resolution to vacation more! Whether you can only make time for a weekend getaway or you want to plan a 2-week summer vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks, we want to be a part of it!

Why Vacationing is Important

Not only are vacations good for you and your health, research shows they may also increase work productivity once you return. That means that taking not vacation because you feel you might fall behind at work is a flawed excuse. Vacation could be exactly what you need for your career. Vacations make you all around happier, who doesn't love taking a vacation, experiencing a new place and enjoying some downtime? Vacations loosen you up, reducing your stress levels and making you feel less tense. We could all use a little more of those feelings in our lives.

Vacations are surely good for your emotional health, but they can promote physical health as well. Chronic stress from work or other things in our lives puts a strain on our bodies physically and therefore increases health risks. A vacation offers a way for our bodies to de-stress, recuperate and repair. Research shows that people on vacation immediately feel healthier and have less physical complaints. In addition to being good for you, vacations can also be beneficial to your workplace. Research shows that people who take vacations, letting their brain rest from the chaos that is work, are more productive upon their return to the workplace. Employees who take their vacation days have lower levels of job stress and burnout.

Vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks 

Our vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks offers affordable accommodations for any size group! From one bedroom condos to waterfront homes at the Lake of the Ozarks, we've got the perfect place for you to enjoy some relaxation and downtime. Bring your boat or rent one, and hop on the water for some family fun! Bring your girlfriends for a spa weekend filled with pampering and shopping. Bring the guys for a golf getaway accompanied with some amazing waterfront dining. The possibilities for fun at the Lake of the Ozarks are endless. Learn more about our accommodation options below:

Lake of the Ozarks Waterfront Homes 

Our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals feature more than 15 different private, waterfront homes for you to choose from. Whether you're looking for a secluded place in the woods or something a little closer to the Heart of Osage Beach, we've got something for you. Our homes range from 2-6 bedrooms, and can sleep anywhere from 6 people up to 18. View all of our home rentals on our website here.

Condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks  

Condo rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks offer a great alternative to standard hotel rooms. You've got more space to spread out and a place to prepare meals, as well as great amenities! Our rental program offers condos at various locations around the Lake of the Ozarks, with a variety of options at The Knolls Resort and Lazy Days. Whether you want to stay in the Four Seasons area, Osage Beach or on the Northshore, we've got a condo just for you! Check out our various condos here.

Your Lake Vacation is here to help with all your vacation planning needs, whether it be for a weekend or week long stay! Start your vacation planning today by calling 877-284-0267. Take advantage of our off-season rates, and save big time on your vacation budget. There's plenty to do at the Lake all year round!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
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Monday, December 18, 2017

3 Bedroom Home Rental in Four Seasons

Tree Loft 108 - 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath

Nestled among the trees in a truly unique Four Seasons community, Tree Loft 108 offers comfort as your home away from home. This octagon-shaped home rental at the Lake of the Ozarks features three levels. The main living level is home to the master bedroom, bath, living room, kitchen and dining room. Downstairs you will find a second bedroom complete with a queen bed, plus a full bath. Upstairs is a loft with a queen bed and a half bath.

Tree Loft Community

Amenities of this community include a year-round indoor pool, complete with sauna & hot tub, 2 outdoor pools (one next to the indoor one and one overlooking the lake), a tennis court and a basketball court. The best part is that the indoor pool is only a few hundred feet away from this home! You get condominium amenities with the privacy of your own home when you choose to stay at Tree Loft 108.

You couldn't ask for a better location, as this community is close to shopping, attractions, and fine dining, including Ruthie D's & Li'l Rizzo's. It's also a great location for golfers, with the Season's Ridge golf course just minutes away!

What People Are Saying About Tree Loft 108 

"Great price and location! Enjoyed my time here. Nice size, especially for the price. 10 to 15 minutes from Shady and Camden on the Lake." - July 2017 

"Quiet comfortable property. Quiet setting tucked away off Horseshoe Bend. Unusual octagon shaped units but still with plenty of space. Comfortably furnished. We felt right at home. Very relaxing. Only downside is the "workout" to & from the pool. :-). Very hilly terrain. Lots of steps to get to the sports court, pool, lake - all on different levels. Still would stay here again for the setting." - July 2017

Book your reservations for Tree Loft 108 or any of our other Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals by calling 877-284-0267 today. Your Lake Vacation is your premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks, offering a wide variety of accommodations to fit your needs. We hope to see you soon!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

19 Holiday Shopping Fun Facts and Statistics

Each year, on December 25th, people across the country celebrate Christmas. One of the main traditions associated with this holiday is gift giving, and that means shopping during the holiday season increases. In today's blog, Your Lake Vacation thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the facts and statistics surrounding holiday shopping. Where do you fit into these numbers this year?

Holiday Shopping Stats

1. For the 2017 holiday season, 73.5% of shoppers plan to spend about the same amount of money on Christmas as they did last year. In addition, 14.6% plan to spend more than last year.

2. In 2016, consumers spent a total of $655.8 billion on holiday spending (sales in November & December). Holiday sales for 2017 are expected to increase by between 3.6-4% over 2016 sales.

3. Compared to 2016, this year's e-commerce sales during the holiday season are expected to increase by 16.6%. E-commerce's share of total retail sales this season is estimated at 11.5%.

4. In 2017, roughly 72.1% of consumers plan to look for gifts on Amazon. Amazon's share of e-commerce sales this year is estimated to reach 34% compared to 30% last year.

5. According to a consumer survey, approximately 41% of people completed all, or the majority of, their holiday shopping online in 2016. That number is sure to increase with the 2017 season.

6. When choosing where to shop, consumers plan to spread their holiday shopping out across a variety of options. Of those options, 59% of consumers choose to shop online, 57% choose departments stores and 25% choose local, small businesses.

7. When it comes to holiday shopping, 48% of consumers said free shipping and shipping promotions are key factors in purchasing from a retailer.

8. According to a survey from NRF, consumers plan to spend a total of $967 this holiday season. Of that total, $608 is spent on gifts for family, friends and coworkers, $218 on other holiday purchases like candy, food and decorations, and $141 on other non-gift purchases for themselves and their families.

9. The top factors that determine where people will do their holiday shopping this year include sales and price discounts, followed by quality and selection of merchandise, and then free shipping. According to 73% of consumers, sales and price discounts are most important when determining whether or not to shop at a particular retailer.

10. As of early November, 56% of consumers had already started their holiday shopping this year. However, only 12% were more than halfway done by then.

11. When it comes to giving back during the holiday season, 73% of consumers plan on engaging in a charitable activity this year. Over 7 in 10 consumers plan to either donate items or financially contribute to a charity or cause, while 2 in 10 plan to do so by purchasing from retailers that support a cause.

12. During the holiday season, 80% of people plan to spend time with family and friends.

13. The holiday tradition of gift giving will be celebrated by roughly 63% of people.

14. When it comes to holiday cooking, 50% of people plan to make a special meal or festive treats this season.

15. Only 45% of consumers plan to decorate their home or yard this year for the holidays.

16. In 2016, Barbie topped the toy wish list for girls, while Legos topped the list for boys.

17. For the 2017 holiday season, 6 in 10 holiday shoppers plan to purchase clothing and accessories and gift cards.

18. Those consumers purchasing gift cards this season plan to buy an average of 4 gift cards, worth roughly $45 each. Total gift card spending this holiday season is expected to reach $27.6 billion.

19. In 2017, more than 174 million Americans shopped in stores and online during the 5-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The most popular day for in-store shopping, of course, was Black Friday, followed by Small Business Saturday.

Happy Holidays from Your Lake Vacation! We hope your holiday season is everything you dreamed of and that you get everything on your wishlist. If you're looking for a last-minute gift, consider surprising that special someone with a vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks. Call 877-284-0267 to book your reservations in one of our Lake of the Ozarks condos or homes today!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Entertainment for a Rainy Day

Fortunately,  at the Lake of the Ozarks, it is bright and sunny every single day of the summer. Your guests enjoy boating, swimming and water skiing all day long and rarely spend any time inside your rental home or condo at the Lake of the Ozarks. Right? I know that our guests wish that were true, but if you have lived here as long as I have, you know that it does rain, and even seems like it rains almost every summer holiday, at least part of the time.

So how can you make your Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental property more attractive in case it does rain during your guest’s stay? While some of our larger properties have added a pool table, foosball table or game table, many of our properties don’t have the room (or budget) for something that big. So what can you do for your guests on those rainy days?

Inexpensive Additions

Here are some inexpensive options that can add real value to your rental property at the Lake of the Ozarks

1. Add a DVD collection. - Visit a pawn shop and you can find most titles for $1.00 to $2.00 each. For less than $50.00, you can provide some great movies for your guests to enjoy.  

2. Collect some board games. - Remember those? Same thing, you can pick up old board games at yard sales, thrift stores, Craig’s List, etc. Have some dominos, cards and dice on hand as well. 

3. Create a library! - You can pick up used books at thrift stores, garage sales, etc. and build a nice little library for your guests.

Have a little more money to spend? 

4. Add a game system - and pick up some used games to provide a variety of games for young and old alike. Again you can pick up used games at pawn shops, garage sales and from online community garage sales. 

5. Install an electronic dart board. - This is a good game to add that doesn’t take a whole lot of room, and with electronic darts, you will avoid the holes in the wall (that I remember from my youth).

Really want to impress your guests? 

6. Add an arcade game to your vacation rental home at the Lake of the Ozarks (this might not work in a condo situation). One of the last homes we rented on vacation featured a real pinball machine that we must have played at least 50-100 times during our stay! You can purchase a used game or you can even rent the games for a few months, switch games out, etc. Another game that takes up a little less room, since you can put along a wall, is a shuffle board game.

These are just a few ideas, most of them fairly inexpensive, that you can add to your vacation rental property that will allow your guests to enjoy one of those rainy days at the Lake, or wherever your rental property may be.

Russell Burdette is the owner/broker of Your Lake Vacation, a professional vacation rental management company at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1986. If you would like more info on renting your home or condo as a vacation rental, give us a call at 573-365-3367.

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Spend Christmas at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Are you tired of the same old Christmas traditions? Do you want to get away for the weekend? Consider a Lake of the Ozarks vacation with us. While many people only think about traveling to the lake during the summer, the holiday season is a magical time at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. Keep reading to learn all about the local events happening throughout the holidays - and places to stay at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Christmas Events

Lake Holiday Light Parks 
The Lake of the Ozarks is home to 4 different drive-thru holiday light parks. Each one has their own set of unique holiday light displays that the entire family will enjoy. While donations are gladly accepted, all these holiday light parks are free! The Enchanted Village of Lights at the Laurie Fairgrounds is open nightly from 5-9 pm, and 10 pm on weekends, now through January 1st. St. Patrick's Festival of Lights at the Shrine of St. Patrick in Laurie, MO is open nightly from 6-10 pm, now through January 1st. The Versailles Unity Circle of Lights at the Versailles City Park is open nightly from dusk until midnight, now through January 1st. The Osage Beach Holiday Lights at Osage Beach City Park is open nightly, now through December 31st.

Christmas Village at Old Kinderhook
Every weekend from now through Christmas Eve, the Christmas Village at Old Kinderhook will be open. Head on over to The Ice at Old Kinderhook for horse drawn carriage rides, gingerbread house decorating, tree lighting and trimming gatherings, Santa & Mrs. Clause, Elf storytelling, S'mores around the fire pit, Spa features, fun games for the family, great food and great company, and Ice Skating with a special guest.

Deck the Docks Holiday Light Cruises
The 7th Annual Deck the Docks Festival of Lights Cruises to benefit Dogwood Animal Shelter are underway! Cruises are happening each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through December 30th. Tour the lake featuring sparkly docks and lakefront homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets are just $25 each. Reserve your spot today by calling 573-480-3212.

Christmas Dinners

Christmas Dinner at J. Bruner's
Enjoy your family without the fuss and mess! Let J. Bruner's prepare you a special holiday dinner with great steaks and seafood. The restaurant will open at 5pm on Christmas Eve and 3 pm on Christmas Day. Reservations are recommended. Call 573-348-2966.

Christmas Dinner at HK's Restaurant
HK's Restaurant at The Lodge of Four Seasons will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 3-9 pm. Call 573-365-3000 for reservations.

Christmas Day Buffet at Tan-Tar-A 
Head over to the Black Bear Lodge Restaurant at Tan-Tar-A Resort for their famous Christmas buffet! The restaurant will be open from 11 am to 4 pm. Reservations are required. Please call 573-348-8619.

Places to Stay

Woodcrest 109-2D
If you're looking for a romantic couples getaway this Christmas season, check out our one bedroom condo at Woodcrest! Recently updated with new floors throughout, new appliances, new light fixtures and new bedding, you will love this condo! It is located off Horseshoe Bend, near golf, restaurants, shopping and more!

Runabout Drive
Enjoy the comforts of home this holiday season when you stay at Runabout Drive! This 3 bedroom waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks features a kitchen with everything you would need, great views of the lake from the living room, a screened in deck and more! Located in Osage Beach, this home is close to shopping, dining, golf and all the holiday happenings.

Harbor Towne West Unit 105
The beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath waterfront condo at Harbor Towne West is the perfect place for your holiday at the Lake. Features include screened in deck with a lovely view of the lake, a kitchen with everything you would need for your family and a dining room with plenty of seating. Located just a short distance from town, this Lake of the Ozarks condo is close to dining and shopping!

Newport 111
Newport Condominiums offers the perfect location, right off the Bagnell Dam Strip! Check out this 4 bedroom, 4 bath ground floor unit. Features include a fireplace, plenty of seating, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a large family room downstairs with wet bar and full refrigerator. Bring the whole family and then some. We have multiple units in this complex!

Book your stay with Your Lake Vacation today! Call 877-284-0267 to reserve one of these beautiful homes or condos, or visit our website and browse our other options for vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. We offer a wide variety of accommodation options to fit everyone's needs. We hope to see you this holiday season at the Lake of the Ozarks! Merry Christmas!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076