Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Why Work with a Local Property Management Company?

In today's world, with technology at our fingertips, the way we do business (in any business) has changed dramatically. Technological advances in the vacation rental industry have changed the way we advertise, the way we market, how we gain access to properties, how we book guests, etc. We no longer have land line phones, VCR's, keys, paper contracts and we don't do bulk mailings, have phone book ads or do much, if any, print advertising. However, for us, the one thing that hasn't changed is that local, personal touch.


Vacation Rental Management 


If you wanted to, you could manage your vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks from another state (or country), book everything online, take your digital payments (credit cards, Paypal) set up your guest entry code via computer to your keyless entry lock and all you really need is someone to clean your property. Easy! This can save you 25% to 40% in management fees, which is great, until you have a problem or your guest has a question.

What happens when the housekeeper forgets to clean your property and your next guest shows up to a dirty home or condo at the Lake of the Ozarks? What happens when the AC goes out at 11 pm at night and you don't know who to call to get it fixed, the guest wants a refund or to move to another property, and you only have one property? What happens when the home has been invaded by ants, there is a water leak, the guest cannot find the property or they don't know where to launch their boat?

Property Management Services 


That is why with a local, professional vacation rental manager at the Lake of the Ozarks, you normally get all of these services as part of their management fee. Over the years, our owner has personally helped someone launch their boat at midnight because they couldn't find the boat launch. He has taken floor fans to a condo after 10 pm because the AC went out and no one could fix it until the next morning. He has battled ants in the kitchen, helped stop water leaks, communicated with guests while their power was out and helped them find their property when they arrived at 3 am after driving all night.

At Your Lake Vacation, we physically walk through each property prior to guest arrival to ensure that they are clean and working properly. We have local people answering our phones so that we can give guests accurate directions, answer questions and give suggestions on local restaurants and attractions. When there is an emergency, we are here 24/7 to help them and when the AC goes out, we have repair companies that work with us, even late at night, to help make our guests comfortable. We even have a local office in the heart of Osage Beach across from the outlet mall, which includes a visitor's center (stop in and see us) with all the latest coupon books, magazines, brochures, etc.

Your Lake Vacation is your premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks. For more information about our property management services, give us a call at 573-365-3367. Looking to purchase a home at the Lake to put on our rental program? We can tell you what to look for and help you find the perfect home or condo for a vacation rental!

Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 


4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

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Friday, June 15, 2018

17 Father's Day Fun Facts

The weekend of celebrating fathers and grandfathers is upon us! In honor of Father's Day, we wanted to share with you some fun facts about this holiday. Share these with dad and grandpa this weekend while you're spending time together.


Father's Day Fun Facts 


1. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the proclamation calling for Father's Day to be celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June each year.

2. In 1972, it was President Nixon who officially declared Father's Day a holiday and signed it into law.

3. Sonora Smart Dodd is credited as the founder of Father's Day, as she led the efforts for father's to be recognized after hearing a Mother's Day sermon at her church. Her father cared for his six children after their mother passed away while giving birth to the 6th child.

4. The first statewide Father's Day celebration was held on June 19, 1920 in Spokane, Washington.

5. According to Hallmark, Father's Day is the 4th-largest card-sending occasion, with over 72 million cards given every year.

6. The first Father's Day card dates back before Hallmark was established. One of the earliest records is dated back 4,000 years, when a Babylonian carved a card out of clay to "wish his father good health and long life."

7. Of the Father's Day cards bought, 20% of them are sent from wives to their husbands.

8. The necktie is consistently the most popular Father's Day gift given. Did you know that neckties could date back as far as 221 B.C.?

9. Ramjit Raghav of Haryana, India became the world's oldest first-time dad by fathering his first child at the age of 94.

10. Father's Day is far from an American-exclusive holiday. Over 40 countries around the world have a special day to honor dads.

11. The official flower for Father's Day is the rose. A red rose is worn on your lapel if your father is living, while a white rose is worn if he has passed away.

12. The word "dad" used to describe a father is said to have began around the 15th century. It's believed that it was derived from baby talk, as in many languages "dada" or "tata" refers to a baby's acknowledgement of father.

13. In 2017, there were 2 million households led by a single father. That's a 900% increase from the 1960s.

14. In 2017, Americans spent an estimated $15 billion on Father's Day gifts, approximately $133 per person.

15. According to the National Retail Foundation, most of the money spent on Father's Day gifts goes to clothing, gift cards and electronics.

16. The latest census data estimates there are more than 70.1 million fathers in the United States.

17. George Washington, the celebrated father of our country, had no children of his own.

Happy Father's Day from Your Lake Vacation! Whether you're spending the weekend with us here at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks or staying home, we hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating with family and friends. Planning a future trip to the lake with dad? Contact us for all your Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental needs!



Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 


4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Book Now for the 4th of July at the Lake of the Ozarks!

The 4th of July is almost here!  This mid-summer holiday is a celebration of our nation's independence and is chock full of family fun events.  There is no better place to spend this patriotic holiday than at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.  The Lake has many things going on to make your trip a memorable one.  We want to tell you about some great activities to do over the holiday week, and let you know about the fantastic vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks that are still available.  Did you know that the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday this year?  Why not make it a full week of vacation, and enjoy the world-class boating, fishing, golf, dining, shopping, and family friendly attractions at the lake.   Don't wait - we expect the best vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks to book fast.


Here's what is happening at the Lake of the Ozarks during the 4th of July week:

Fireworks and More:

Date: TBA
Time: 9:30 pm
Location: View this professional fireworks display by water only at the 5 Mile Marker of the Main Channel. Rain Date scheduled for July 2nd at 9:30pm.
Donations welcome - Click title above to donate.
Email for details: patrick.obrien@charter.net

Windermere's Freedom Celebration
Date: TBA
Time: 5:00 pm; Fireworks 9:00 pm
Location: Windermere Conference Center; 1600 Koehler Drive in Roach
recreation, old-fashioned games, bar-b-que supper, live music and more! Great fireworks at 9:00 pm. Donation per carload. A fee for some recreation/food.
Phone: 573-346-5200 

Playin' Hooky Fireworks Cruise
Date: TBA
Time: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: Departing from Millstone Marina at 18096 Hwy O in Gravois Mills
$25 per person
Call for reservations and details: 573-434-2627 

The Lodge of Four Seasons
Date: TBA
Time: Display begins at Dusk
Location: The Lodge of Four Seasons; 315 Four Seasons Drive in Lake Ozark
View by water at the 13 Mile Marker
Call for details: 573-365-3000 

City of Linn Creek
Date: Saturday, June 30th
Time: Display begins at dusk.
Location: Linn Creek Soccer Fields; 200-236 Lake Rd 54-69 in Linn Creek
Bring a blanket and/or chairs and sit beneath the stars for the fun!
Call for details: 573-346-6200

Runaway II Resort & Campground
Date: Saturday, June 30th
Time: 9:30 pm
Location: Runaway II Resort & Campground; 267 Runaway Drive in Climax Springs
Parking is limited; Arrive early.
View by water at the 45 Mile Marker
Call for details: 573-345-4116

Bear Bottom Resort
Date: Saturday, June 30th; Wednesday, July 4th; Saturday, July 7th
Time: 9:45 pm Both Nights
Location: View by Land at 123 Bear Bottom Drive or by Water at the Osage Arm 38MM.
Parking is limited; Arrive early.
Call for details: 573-374-6905

Captain Ron's Bar & Grill
Date: Tuesday, July 3rd
Time: Dusk
Location: Captain Ron's Bar & Grill; Hwy 5 to Lake Road 5-50 to 82 Aloha Lane in Sunrise Beach
Parking is limited; Arrive early.
View by water at the 34.5 Mile Marker
Call for details: 573-374-5852

City of Eldon
Date: Wednesday, July 4th
4th of July Parade begins at 10:00 am; Downtown Eldon
Free Swim at Eldon Aquatic Center
Fireworks begin at dusk; Eldon Model Air Park
Call for Details: 573-392-2291

Point Randall Resort
Date: Wednesday, July 4th
Time: 9:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Point Randall Resort; Hwy HH to Susan Road in Lake Ozark.
Viewing by land on the Point Randall Resort property reserved for resort guests only.
View by water at the 2 Mile Marker (McCoy Branch Cove)
Call for details: 573-365-2081

Tan-Tar-A Resort
Date: Wednesday, July 4th
Time: 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Tan-Tar-A Resort; Hwy KK to 494 Tan Tar A Drive in Osage Beach
Viewing by land on the Tan-Tar-A property reserved for resort guests only.
View by water at the 26 Mile Marker
Call for details: 573-348-3131

Tropic Island Cruises
Date: Wednesday, July 4th
Time: 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: Tan-Tar-A Resort; 494 Tan Tar A Drive in Osage Beach
View the Tan-Tar-A Resort fireworks display from the water at the 26 Mile Marker, aboard the Tropic Island Cruises yacht.
Call for reservations and details: 573-348-0083

Lake Valley Country Club
Date: Wednesday, July 4th
Time: Fireworks display begins at dusk.
Location: Lake Valley Country Club; 367 Blair Ave in Camdenton
Call for more info: 573-346-7218 

Old Kinderhook Fireworks Fun Fest
Date: Friday, July 6th
Time: 5:00 pm; Display begins at dusk.
Location: Hwy 54, West of Camdenton to 20 Eagle Ridge Rd.
Fun Fest with Fireworks Show, Entertainment and Kids Activities.
Parking is limited; Arrive early.
Call for details: 573-317-3560


Live Music at the Lake of the Ozarks:


Dr. Zhivegas
Jun 29, 2018 - Jul 01, 2018
Horny Toad Entertainment Complex at Camden on the Lake
2359 Bittersweet Rd.
Lake Ozark MO 65049
Phone: 573-365-5620

Cam Live in Concert
Jun 30, 2018
Shawnee Bluff Vineyard
8 Tolwood Road
Eldon MO 65026
Phone:  573-365-1100

Missouri Symphony "Pops" Orchestra Concert
Jun 30, 2018
School of the Osage Cummings Auditorium
636 Hwy 42
Osage Beach Missouri 65049
Phone: 573-964-6366

SoulRoot Live in Concert
Jul 03, 2018 - Jul 04, 2018
Horny Toad Entertainment Complex at Camden on the Lake
2359 Bittersweet Rd.
Lake Ozark Missouri 65049
Phone: 573-365-5620

Five Turn Knot Live in Concert
Jul 06, 2018 - Jul 07, 2018
Horny Toad Entertainment Complex at Camden on the Lake
2359 Bittersweet Rd.
Lake Ozark Missouri 65049
Phone: 573-365-5620

"Party in the Sticks" w/ Jamey Johnson
Jul 06, 2018
Ozarks Amphitheater
2629 North Business Route 5
Camdenton Missouri 65020
Phone: 573-346-0000


Stay at one of our available homes or condos for the week!


Clearwater 773-2B - This gorgeous 2nd tier 2 bedroom unit at Clearwater Condominiums on the 8 mile marker of the Niangua Arm will not disappoint! Kitchen comes equipped with all big and small appliances for all your cooking needs.








Palisades 160E-4A - Enjoy a great panoramic view from the deck of this gorgeous 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo located at the 14-mile marker. Deck overlooking the lake, gas fireplace and a gas grill. Two Master bedrooms, each featuring a King Bed (one a suite with a private bath) and a third bedroom with a Queen Bed. In addition, there is a queen air mattress to allow sleeping for up to 8 guests. Unit features wireless internet.




Allure of the LakeLovely home and new to our program. Location, location, location! This home sits in the heart of Osage Beach near lots and lots of shopping and dining. This 5 bedroom 3 bath home has practically everything you would need for your large group or family. Enter the house on the main level where you will find the Queen bedroom with flat screen TV, King Bedroom with flat screen TV and BluRay DVD player and another Queen bedroom adjoining the bunk room. The bunk room features 2 twin-over-twin bunk beds.


Paradise PointRecently updated, this owner adds something new each year. Bring your friends and family for the best view of the lake! You won't believe the view from the deck or the view from the three stories of windows overlooking the main channel. Features include wireless internet, a large master suite with a view of the water, King bed, flat screen TV and private bath.



Emerald Bay EB214-1BBeautiful waterfront 2 bedroom 2 bath condo located on Horseshoe Bend Parkway at Emerald Bay. Master Bedroom features a great lake view, updated King sized Bed, flat screen TV, and private bathroom. Guest Bedroom features a Queen Bed and flat screen TV with access to the Guest Bathroom. Do all your cooking here with the fully equipped kitchen.




Take advantage of the extended holiday this year by coming to the best recreational lake in the country as voted by USA Today readers.  Make your vacation a memorable one by staying in one of our great vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks.  We pride ourselves on making your vacation stay in one of our homes or condo rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks everything you are hoping for.  If we can help you find your rental for the 4th of July, please contact us now!

Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 



4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

5 FAQs About Vacation Rental Management

In today's blog, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the most common questions that we get asked by owners looking for a vacation rental manager at the Lake of the Ozarks. Below is a list of the most popular questions from over the last 14 years of speaking with over 400 potential owners.

1. How Much Do You Charge? 


This is usually the first question that I get asked. The amount a vacation rental manager charges will vary from company to company, and should depend of the level of services they offer, experience and the type of results they can deliver. For our area, the fee is typically between 25-40% of the gross rental fee.

2. What Services Do You Offer? 


Most companies offer the same basic services; it is the other services that separate the men from the boys. You should be asking if they inspect their properties prior to guest arrival, if they inspect the cleaning, if they offer landscaping, maintenance, decorating assistance, pest control, etc. Find out what you are getting for what you are paying.

3. How Do You Advertise? 


My guess is that most vacation rental companies at the Lake of the Ozarks, like us, do the bulk of their advertising on the internet. Some companies who charge a lower percentage make you pay for your ads on the top vacation rental websites in addition to their management fee. As a large rental company, we spent a lot of money on advertising and we don't charge extra to place your property on the top vacation rental websites. We also have an extensive past guest list or more than 8,000 names that we e-mail on a monthly basis.

4. Why Do I Have to Have Keyless Entry? 


This is one of the few costs to be on our program, but one of our most essential requirements. Our own internal research has shown that 100% of our guests would rather have keyless entry than to have to pick up keys, keep track of keys and then return keys when their rental is over. I recently had a potential owner say that the reason he didn't choose us was because the other company wasn't going to make him change his keyed lock. They would just use the lock he had. We were unwilling to compromise on providing great customer service to our guests.

5. What About Damages? 


Many owners are concerned about their property getting damaged. I completely understand their concerns. Stranger are in your home or condo at the Lake of the Ozarks, and maybe they won't take the best care of it. Most vacation rental companies charge a deposit, get a credit card on file or have a damage protection plan. We get a card, offer the damage protection plan and it has worked great for the last 14 years, as we have had minimal damages with over 10,000 rentals and counting.

Do you have other questions about renting your property as a vacation rental with us? Give us a call at 573-365-3367. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our rental program. Your Lake Vacation is here to help our owners and our guests have a wonderful experience with vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 



4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Memorial Day Fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you're ready for summer or not, Memorial Day Weekend is here to kick off the season! This is a special time of year to honor the brave men and women who gave their lives serving our country. This bittersweet holiday weekend offers both a time for solemn remembrance for the fallen and a celebration of what America stands for. All across the country, communities will host parades, concerts and of course, amazing firework displays. Keep reading to learn where you can view this year's Memorial Day fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks!



Memorial Day Firework Displays 


A holiday weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks just wouldn't be the same without some fireworks! During your Memorial Day Weekend stay with us, be sure to check out one or more of these great firework displays:

Bear Bottom Resort

Saturday, May 26th at 9:45 PM
View by land at Bear Bottom Resort, 123 Bear Bottom Drive in Sunrise Beach, or by water at the 38 MM. Parking is limited, so be sure to arrive early. Call 573-374-6905 for more details.


Photo Credit: FunLake.com

The Inn at Grand Glaize 

Sunday, May 27th at Dusk 
View by land at the Inn at Grand Glaize,5142 Osage Beach Parkway in Osage Beach, or by water at the 1 MM of the Grand Glaize Arm. Call 573-348-4731 for more details.

Tan-Tar-A Resort 

Sunday, May 27th from 8:30-9:30 PM (Dusk) 
Viewing by land is reserved for resort guests only, but you can view them by water at the 26 MM. Call 573-348-3131 for more details.

Tropic Island Cruise 

Sunday, May 27th at 7:30 PM 
Boarding begins at 7:30 PM, and you will then cruise out to the 26 MM to view Tan-Tar-A's firework display. Call 573-348-8550 for reservations or more details.

The Lodge of Four Seasons 

Sunday, May 27th at Dusk 
View the Lodge's firework display by water at the 13 MM. Call 573-365-3000 for more details.

We currently still have availability for the holiday weekend. If you've been thinking about a last minute trip to the Lake of the Ozarks, we've got your accommodations covered! Give us a call at 573-365-3367 today and come join us for Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you've already booked your reservations, we can't wait to see you and we hope you have a fun and safe holiday weekend at the Lake!

Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 



4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Monday, May 14, 2018

Long Term vs Nightly Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Your Lake Vacation, we frequently get asked whether it's better to rent a particular property as a Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental or as a long term rental. The answer to that question is usually, "it depends." Or "what do you mean by better?" Keep reading to learn more about the differences between nightly rentals and long term rentals.

Vacation Property at the Lake of the Ozarks 


The first question that I ask someone is, "Do  you want to use the property?" If you want to use the property at all for your own vacation, then you've already answered your question, unless you can find a long term renter who will let you hang out with them for a week or so every year!

If you are not going to use the property at all, then the next question becomes, "Do you want to manage it yourself or have someone else manage the property? It is easier to manage a long term rental yourself than to manage a vacation rental. After you have answered that question, then it becomes the simple question of economics. In other words, how can you get the best return on your investment?

Long Term vs Nightly Rentals 


Let's look at a three bedroom condo in Osage Beach for an example. A quick look at the long term rental market for a three bedroom condo in Osage Beach is showing an average rental price of around $1,000 per month. That would be a gross income of $12,000 per year. Last year, our best renting three bedroom condos in Osage Beach averaged $18,500 in rental income. Therefore, if you were going to manage the property yourself,  you could potentially receive more income from vacation rentals even after paying the electric bill (which long term tenants usually pay, but vacationing guests do not). Otherwise, you would have approximately the same expenses for the property regardless of how you  rented it.

Hiring a Property Manager 


If you hire a property manager at the Lake of the Ozarks, you would pay around 15% for long term management and based on the above numbers, that would leave you a net income of $10,200. For vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks, you would pay around 35%, which would leave you a net income of $9,625 after paying the manager and the electric (based on $200 per month for electric). So essentially, it would be break even at that point, except with the vacation rental, you could still use the property for personal vacations vs not being able to use it if it was rented as a long term rental. You then just need to decide if it's worth less than $600 per year to not be able to use your property?

Most of our owners want to use their home or condo as their own vacation rental property and then rent it to help off-set their costs. The majority of vacation rental properties do not make a profit but their income does allow them to have a second home or condo and take care of the majority of their expenses.

For more information on turning your second home at the Lake into a vacation rental, give us a call at 573-365-3367. Your Lake Vacation has been serving guests and helping owners with professional vacation rental management services at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1986, and we would love to help you too!

Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 



4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Friday, May 11, 2018

13 Mother's Day Fun Facts

It's Mother's Day Weekend, a time to celebrate mothers and grandmothers for all that they do for us. In honor of Mother's Day, Your Lake Vacation thought it would be fun to look up some fun facts about this holiday to share with you. Below are some fun facts about Mother's Day that you may not have known.


Mother's Day Fun Facts 


Mother's Day is a celebration of mothers and grandmothers all around the world. From cards and flowers to taking mom out to dinner, there are plenty of ways to show mom your appreciation of everything she does throughout the year. Take a look at these Mother's Day facts. Are any of them surprising to you? 
  1. More people purchase fresh flowers and plants for Mother's Day than for any other holiday except Christmas/Hanukkah. 
  2. The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that US consumers will spend $23.1 billion celebrating Mother's Day. Shoppers will spend an average of $180 on mom this Mother's Day. 
  3. According to the NRF, 77% of consumers will give cards to their mothers for Mother's Day this year. 
  4. According to the NRF, more money will be spent on jewelry than any other category this Mother's Day, at $4.6 billion. 
  5. According to Insure.com, the various tasks mothers perform at home would be worth $67,619 a year in the professional world. 
  6. More calls are made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year, approximately 122 million calls. 
  7. According to the NRF, 69% of consumers will purchase flowers for their mother on Mother's Day. 
  8. Carnations have special meaning on Mother's Day, with red for those living mothers and white for those who had passed. 
  9. The oldest mother on record is a 70 year old woman in India who gave birth to a son on April 19, 2016. 
  10. There are 48 words in the English language that contain the word "mother," including motherhood and motherly. 
  11. Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for the restaurant industry with 62% of Americans dining out. 
  12. Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May in 94 different countries. 
  13. Mother's Day is the third most popular holiday in the world, behind only Christmas and Easter.

Celebrating mother's doesn't have to be just this weekend! Why not take her on a Lake of the Ozarks getaway this summer? Whether you plan a girls trip for her or make it a family vacation, the Lake of the Ozarks is the place to be this summer! Your Lake Vacation is here to help with all your vacation planning needs. We'll hook you up with the perfect Lake of the Ozarks accommodations, from private waterfront homes to condos with all the best amenities. Give us a call at 573-365-3367 today!

Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 



4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076