Friday, November 17, 2017

5 Benefits of Owning a Vacation Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

Are you considering purchasing a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks? Investing in a second home has a lot of great benefits, from always having a place to stay to extra income. Today's blog discusses some of those benefits of owning a Lake home.

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1. There's Always a Place for You to Stay. 

One of the challenges of vacationing is finding a place to stay. When you own a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks, you always have a place to stay when you want to come for a visit. While we have a great selection of Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals that you could choose from, there's something special about not only coming back to the same place each year, but also knowing it's yours. You can use it anytime you want - allowing you to come visit the beautiful lake area even more often. You'll create a home away from home where family memories can be made!

2. Less Packing for Your Trip. 

When you come to the Lake of the Ozarks, there's a lot of extra "stuff" you typically bring with you. You need beach towels, water toys, paper products, toilet paper, condiments, etc. If you own a home at the Lake, you can leave a lot of those items in the home, which cuts back on the amount of stuff you need to pack and bring with you. Keep all  your lake gear at the lake instead of dragging it back and forth all the time.

3. Extra Side Income. 

If you choose to rent out your Lake home to other vacationers when you're not using it, you can make some side cash to offset the cost of owning a second home. While you don't want to depend on this income to pay your mortgage, you can consider that rental income when crunching the numbers to determine if purchasing a home at the Lake is a good financial investment for you. Depending on how many times you visit the Lake area each year and how much you pay for accommodations, you could actually save money in the long run by investing in real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks.

4. Tax Deductions. 

Just like with your primary residence, owning a second home comes with some tax benefits as well. Depending on the number of nights that you used your home for personal use, you might be able to deduct "operating expenses" for your vacation home. You will need to talk to a tax professional to learn all the details, but it's another possible benefit of owning an investment property.

5. Get a Jump Start on Retirement. 

If you eventually plan to retire at the Lake of the Ozarks, why not start now? You can start with more regular vacations and create community ties that will help you with a smooth transition down the road. You can consider it a trial run to determine if it's really where you want to retire. It gives you time to build friendships and other relationships, get involved in community activities and more.

When looking to purchase vacation property at the Lake of the Ozarks, be sure to consult local professionals. If you're planning to rent out your home or condo to vacationers, you'll want to consult a local property manager at the Lake of the Ozarks. Find out what types of properties rent best, what you need to be looking for and how many rental nights you can expect. Give Your Lake Vacation a call at 573-365-3367 with any questions you may have.

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  

Friday, November 10, 2017

Join Us at the Lake of the Ozarks This Thanksgiving!

Take a break from preparing a large Thanksgiving feast for the family this year and head to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. Our lake is the perfect place to visit over the holidays. Often times we get wrapped up in hosting others that we don't take the much needed break the holidays are meant to provide. If you're looking for a great getaway this season, consider staying in one of our Lake of the Ozarks condos or private homes for Thanksgiving. Keep reading to learn about some of the properties we currently have available for Thanksgiving weekend, as well as where you can grab a delicious Thanksgiving meal or hit up some Black Friday shopping!

Places to Stay

Gray Haven
This is a 5 bedroom 4 bath ranch style home located off Highway KK in Osage Beach! Since it sleeps up to 18 people, it's the perfect place for your large family to stay this holiday season. The kitchen features an island that seats 4, a flat top range, microwave, dishwasher and side by side refrigerator with water and ice in the door. Everything you need to prepare a holiday meal is here, or better yet, take the family out and there's no clean up!

Towers 9106
This beautiful 4 bedroom, 4 bath unit is located at the exclusive Towers at Parkview Bay! Enjoy the view from the 9th floor of this luxury condominium. This condo includes 3 master bedrooms, an open kitchen with all your appliances and plenty of seating indoor and out.

Imperial Point 761
This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath waterfront home would be perfect for your family or group this holiday season! Featuring two stories of windows overlooking a great main channel view, this home sleeps 10 people and offers everything you need for a wonderful holiday getaway.

Bridge Pointe Condo
This beautiful two bedroom, two bath condo is located on the main channel at the 19 mile marker and by land just off Highway 54 in the heart of Osage Beach. The condo is conveniently located near all the attractions, golf, shopping and award winning fine dining.

New floors throughout, new appliances, new light fixtures, new bedding - you will this one bedroom condo at Woodcrest. It's perfect for a romantic holiday getaway for two! Enjoy a great main channel view from the deck, and the best part is that you're close to the Bagnell Dam Strip featuring both great shopping and dining. 

Places to Eat

Thanksgiving at J. Bruner's 
Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, featuring a traditional turkey dinner or our famous steak and seafood menu, at J. Bruner's restaurant. The restaurant opens at 3 pm on Thursday, November 23. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 573-348-2966.

Thanksgiving Buffet at Tan-Tar-A 
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings, without stepping foot in the kitchen! Tan-Tar-A's fabulous Thanksgiving buffet features Sage Roasted Turkey, Carved Ham with Bourbon Pecan Praline Glaze, Sherried Beef with Bouquetiere of Vegetables, Seared Salmon with Shrimp and Prosciutto Pesto Creme and much more! Reservations are required. The buffet will be open from 11 am to 5 pm on Thursday, November 23. Call 573-3448-8619.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Old Kinderhook 
Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at The Trophy Room at Old Kinderhook. Dinner will be served from 11 am to 4 pm on Thursday, November 23. Reservations are required. Please call 573-317-3560.

Thanksgiving Brunch at The Lodge of Four Seasons
The Lodge of Four Seasons will hold their annual Thanksgiving Brunch in the HK's dining room on Thursday, November 23 from 11 am to 2 pm. Call 573-365-3000 for reservations.

Thanksgiving  Feast at Inn at Grand Glaize
Join family, friends and new acquaintances at the Inn at Grand Glaize for a traditional Thanksgiving feast of Roast Turkey, Honey Glazed Ham and all the sides and pies. The feast will be served from 11 am to 3 pm on Thursday, November 23. Reservations are recommended. Call 573-348-4731.

Thanksgiving Dinner at H. Toad's Bar & Grill 
Head over to H. Toad's on Thanksgiving Day from 11 am to 5 pm for their featured three-course menu, where guests can choose from delectable starters, entrees and desserts for just $35. Reservations are suggested. Please call 573-365-5620 for more details.

Places to Shop

Osage Beach Outlet Mall
If Black Friday Shopping is your thing, there's no better place to go than the 110 store outlet mall in Osage Beach! Each store will have their own special deals, featuring deep discounts on your favorite products such as American Eagle, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap, Carters, Levi's and Eddie Bauer. Be sure to get there early because the lines get pretty crazy for this event!

Black Friday Must-Stops
Unless you're a newbie, you know that all the big stores like Target, Walmart, Menards and Kohls have great prices on Black Friday! Osage Beach is home to all of these stores, so you'll be able to bounce around and hit them all. From clothing and bedding to toys, electronics and more, you can get a great jump start on your Christmas shopping during this annual event. Be sure to look at the Black Friday ads prior to Thanksgiving to map out your route and swing into the stores with the stuff you want most first. Things go quickly on Black Friday!

Your Lake Vacation is your premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks. From one bedroom condos up to 5+ bedroom homes, we've got all your accommodation needs covered. Call 877-284-0267 to book your Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years reservations today. We can't wait to see you this holiday season!

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  

Thursday, November 2, 2017

3 Bedroom Waterfront Home on the Lake of the Ozarks

When vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks, no matter the time of the year, you just want to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. The owners of Pawnee 322 have worked hard to make their waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks warm and inviting, to give guests the best stay possible!

The Bedrooms

On the upper level, you will find the master bedroom with features a California king bed with memory foam topper, walk-in closet with lots of shelves to unpack and feel right at home, a flat screen TV, a large walk-out balcony with amazing views of the lake and a private bathroom complete with a large jetted tub.

The second bedroom features a queen bed with memory foam topper, flat screen TV and a great view of the Lake. The third bedroom features a twin over full bunk bed, and a loft with a queen mattress, great for the kids. There's also a flat screen TV and DVD player in this room, as well as a nice lake view.

The Living Areas

Down stairs you will find the living room with an L-shaped sectional sofa sleeper, with memory foam mattress, as well as a large 50" flat screen TV. Enjoy your time here with provided movies, books, board games and the bean bag toss!

In the dining room, you will find a 6-top table with 1 extra chair and 3 bar stools at the breakfast bar. The extra large kitchen is loaded with all your cooking needs. There is also a full bath off of the kitchen, complete with a shower.

The Outdoors

Walk out on the large deck to enjoy the beautiful views of the Lake of the Ozarks. Just a few steps down, and you'll be on the dock with 2 boat slips featuring V-bottom lifts and 3 jet ski slips, as well as a picnic table, slide and and diving board off the swim platform. Also for your enjoyment, you'll find floats, skis and two kayaks to explore the cove or paddle over to a great restaurant and bar in the cove.

This spectacular vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks is located at the 4 mile marker of the main channel, and is very close to the Bagnell Dam Strip by land. Shopping and dining are not far. Play, fish, shop or just relax - you're sure to enjoy your stay here!

To book reservations in this home or any of our other Lake properties, give us a call at 877-284-0267. We are your premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks. From one bedroom condos to 5+ bedroom homes, we've got your Lake of the Ozarks accommodations needs covered. 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  

Friday, October 27, 2017

5 Road Trip Tips and Facts

With the holidays just around the corner, the amount of road trips taking place is going up! People will be hitting the roads to visit family and friends across the country. Whether you're joining us for a vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks or traveling states away, Your Lake Vacation has a few road trip tips and fun facts to help you prepare.

1. Start with a Full Tank of Gas. 

One of the most important aspects of a road trip is making sure you're always good on gas. Depending on the time of day and location that you are driving in, sometimes you won't find a gas station for hundreds of miles. If you're driving at night, fill up at any open gas station, even if your tank hasn't gotten that low yet. You never know when the next 24-hour gas station will show up.

2. Make a Few Pit Stops. 

In addition to bringing some snacks for the ride, be sure to make a few stops to refuel your body along the way. With more than 7,000 Dunkin Donuts stores, 14,000 McDonald's chains and nearly 26,000 Subway restaurants in the United States, it should be easy to find your favorite fast food stops along your route. Not only is it important to grab a bite to eat every once in awhile, but you should also stop to stretch.

3. Take It Slow. 

Don't be in too much of a hurry to get to your destination. Driving too fast can hurt your fuel economy and increase your road trip expenses. Avoiding aggressive driving can actually improve your gas mileage by up to 33%. Minimize driving in the fast lane, changing lanes and merging a lot, and drastically changing your speed as much as possible.

4. Play Some Road Trip Games. 

A great way to pass the time on long road trips is to play some road trip games. The most popular games played on a road trip, aside from those on your smart phone, are I spy, the license plate game and 20 questions. If you have young children, be sure to bring along plenty of toys to keep them occupied, and a portable DVD player or tablet is also a great option to keep them from getting bored and restless.

5. Visit Family and Friends. 

While many road trips are memorable adventures to new, exciting destinations, a large number of trips are to visit loved ones that live far away. Each year, 50% of road trips are taken to visit family and friends. These road trips are most common during the holidays, when 93.3 million people hit the road to see family and friends for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.

The Lake of the Ozarks is a central meeting place, perfect for gathering with friends and family over the holidays. To book your reservations in one of our condos or private homes at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 877-284-0267. We have a variety of accommodations to fit everyone's needs.

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  

Friday, October 20, 2017

Celebrate Halloween at Lake of the Ozarks

October is already coming to a close and it's time to put on your costumes and celebrate Halloween. Whether you have little ones or not, celebrating this holiday can be fun for all ages. Take your kids out trick-or-treating or have an adult only night out with drinks and costume contests. Keep reading to learn about all the fun Halloween events happening at Lake of the Ozarks next weekend. Book your Lake of the Ozarks accommodations with us and get ready for some Halloween fun!

Pumpkin Patch & Fall Attractions - October 28-29

Off Hwy 54 West of Camdenton sits MECCA Family Farm, where you will find a pumpkin patch and other fall attractions. Family activities include corn crib, corn cannon, big slide, face painting & photo ops, petting zoo, hay rides and a maize walk. The pumpkin patch will be open from 10 am - 5 pm.

Zombie Wasteland Haunted House - October 26-28

Survive a zombie wasteland with your family with lots of foam darts and a nerf gun of your choice! This is the scariest haunted house in mid-MO. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The haunted house is located at 474 S. Hwy 7 in Camdenton next to the airport. Tickets are $10 per person and proceeds will go to benefit Kids Harbor Child Advocacy Center. Zombie Wasteland opens at 7 pm.

Hy-Vee Holler Trick-or-Treat - October 26 

Head over to the Hy-Vee parking lot for the annual Hy-Vee Hollow Trick-or-Treat event! This year it will be a food allergy friendly event. Each booth will have candy, as well as non-food treats! If your child has food allergies, they will be provided a teal bag or necklace at the entrance. Admission is $2 per child, and the proceeds will benefit two local organizations, The Dream Factory and Camp Wonderland. Refreshments will also be provided for the kids. The event runs from 4-7 pm and don't forget your costumes!

The Haunted Holler - October 27-28

The Haunted Holler is a quarter mile haunted trail in the woods. Admission is $10 per person on Friday and $15 per person on Saturday. It will be open from 8 pm to Midnight each night. The trail is located one mile behind Hy-Vee in Osage Beach. The trail is recommended for children ages 6 and older; children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Howl-O-Ween Festival - October 28 

The 7th Annual Howl-O-Ween Festival will be at Dogwood Animal Shelter from 10 am to 2 pm. The event is free to attend, and is always a fun event for both two-legged and four-legged family members! Meet Captain Scalawag, Sparkie da Clown and DJ Gary Phillips. There will be a pet costume contest and other fun competitions, a raffle, grilled lunches available for purchase, local artists, crafters on site, a mini Dogwood Thrift Shop and so much more!

Halloween on the Bagnell Dam Strip - October 28

Celebrate Halloween on the Bagnell Dam Strip from 8 am to 9 pm. Starting at 8 am there will be a 3K Haunted Fun Run. Then enjoy a pancake breakfast from 9-11 am. Trick-or-Treating will run from 2-4 pm. Be sure to stop by Luby's Plaza for games of skill and a cookie walk. At 4 pm, theere will be a costume contest and pie eating contest at Luby's stage. Teens can enjoy a scary movie, bonfire and dance party from 5-8 pm. After 9 pm is when the adult fun begins with costume contests, bands and entertainment at participating establishments.

Kid's Halloween Spooktacular at Captain Ron's - October 29 

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Captain Ron's to grab some loot! Several local businesses will be handing out goodies from 5 - 6:30 pm.

To secure a place to stay at the Lake of the Ozarks for Halloween weekend, give Your Lake Vacation a call at 877-284-0267. From one bedroom condos up to large waterfront homes, we've got something for every size group. For the best vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks, look no further than here! Happy Halloween!

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  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Insurance for Vacation Rental Owners

Insurance is one of those things that we hate to pay for, but are glad that we have it when we need it! If you are going to rent your home or condo at the Lake of the Ozarks to the vacationing public, you definitely want to make sure that you have your property properly insured. Keep reading to learn more about rental property insurance and loss of income coverage.

Rental Property Insurance

One of the first things that I tell new vacation rental owners at the Lake of the Ozarks that are joining our program is to let their insurance agent know that they will be renting out their property to vacationers. If there is a claim situation, that is not the time to let your insurance agent know that you have been renting out your property. You don't want any surprises or coverage denials when it comes times to make a claim.

Some insurance companies offer rental property insurance and some don't. Therefore, it's very important to check with your current company and not just assume that you will be covered if something happens. Also, different companies will have different limits on their policies. You may need to shop around to ensure that you can get the coverage you need. Some agencies won't go above $500,000 in coverage, while others will go up to $2 million.

Loss of Income Coverage 

In addition to letting your agent know that you are renting out your property, you will want to ensure that you are now covered for loss of income. While some homeowner policies would cover you in a rental situation, they may not provide for loss of income. We had this happen to one of our owners this past year when the unit above had a water leak. It took three months for all the repairs to be completed and he lost income in May, June and most of July. He was able to collect insurance money for that loss of income because he had the property policy.

When discussing your rental property with your agent, ask if there are any policy exclusions and exactly what is covered and what is not. Again, you don't want to find out that you are not covered when you need it most.

Finding an Insurance Agent 

If you go with an out of town insurer, make sure they know your market. For instance, they may assume property values are similar, when in reality they could be quite different. Also, if your property is a condo, you may only be responsible for the interior and your association would be responsible for the exterior. In this case, you may only need coverage on what you are responsible for replacing, any upgrades (and contents) and not the entire value (sale price) of your condo.

If you are thinking of renting your vacation property at the Lake of the Ozarks and have questions about insurance, ask an expert! Two great local agents we deal with are Chris Wagner of Farmer's Insurance, who can be reached at 573-302-0001 and Nathan Reid of American Family Insurance, who can be reached at 573-348-5451. Either one of them would be glad to speak with you about your Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental insurance needs.

Russell Burdette is the owner/broker of Your Lake Vacation, a professional vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1986. If you would like more info on renting your Lake of the Ozarks condo or home as a vacation rental, give us a call at 573-365-3367. If you're interested in making a reservation in one of our condos or waterfront homes at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact us at 877-284-0267.

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  

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cozy Up at Lakehurst Lodge

Lakehurst Lodge 

There's no better place to cozy up when the cool, crisp air creeps in than at Lakehurst Lodge. If you're planning a fall or winter getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks, this is the perfect home to stay in! This comfortable 5 bedroom, 3 bath waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks sits nestled along the shoreline, among the trees, and is just waiting for you to come and enjoy!

Prepare a Delicious Meal in the Kitchen   

As you enter the main level of the home, you'll find the lakeside dining room just off the kitchen, with deck access that includes all the amenities of home. Refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and flat top ceramic range with a built in ventilation system are just a few of the conveniences that will make your stay more comfortable. All you need is to bring your food!

Cozy Up by the Fireplace

The lakeside living room features leather furniture, a fire place, deck access, flat screen TV and wireless internet. There is also a main level bedroom that has a twin bed with trundle, a guest bath and access to the garage. The upper level features 2 bedrooms. The Moose Room features a queen sized bed, while the Ski Room features a king sized bed. The bedrooms share a full sized bathroom as well. 

Get Some Rest in the Master Suite

The lower level features a lakeside family room with fireplace, deck access, comfortable furniture and a wall-mounted flat screen TV. The lakeside master suite features a queen sized bed and full sized bathroom. Also on the lower level is the laundry and utility room with sink and an additional hideaway bedroom with a full sized bed. 

Outdoors you'll enjoy a full sized deck off the main level with seating for 10, and a lower level deck with conversation seating. The covered dock has a 14' x 42' boat slip and 2 jet ski lifts. This home is located on the 18 mile marker of the main channel and by land, in the heart of Osage Beach near all the shopping and dining!

Reserve the Lodge Today! 

Book your reservations at Lakehurst Lodge today by calling Your Lake Vacation at 877-284-0267. We're here for all of your Lake of the Ozarks vacation planning needs. Whether you want to join us for the gorgeous fall foliage, the holiday season or get a jump start on next year's summer vacation, we'll help you find the perfect accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks.  

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