Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Small Change, Big Difference

In this week's blog, we'll take a look at how to get the most out of your money when it comes to redecorating and updating your home or condo at the Lake of the Ozarks. Use these easy tips from Your Lake Vacation's on staff interior designer, Lisa Porter, to help make your property look better without breaking your budget or the bank!

New Bedding. 

The place you'll want to start is in the bedrooms. New bedding can really change the entire look of your bedrooms. The rooms will look fresh and appear updated with minimal effort. The cost for this small change is around $100 per bedroom. Just be sure to coordinate your new bedding with the current colors in the room. When it doubt, keep it neutral and simple.

Lamps & Artwork. 

The next step in the updating process is to look at your lamps to see if they are dated, need new shades or if they even work properly. Sometimes new shades will do the trick (yellow, pleated or stained shades are definitely out of date) or you can replace the entire lamp for $25 to $50 per lamp. Artwork, especially the frames, can also become dated if not changed out periodically. Avoid 80's brass frames and find something that looks nice and fits the space. Wood frames are usually a good option. New artwork can be found for $30 to $60 per piece.


Nothing makes a Lake of the Ozarks rental home or condo look more dated than old box televisions. They still work, so you are hesitant to get rid of them, even though you upgraded years ago at your primary residence. Everyone has flat screens now, and your property looks cheap and dated by not having them in every room. The bedrooms should have around a 32" TV and the living room a minimum of 40" to 55". You can now get a 32" for around $120 and the 40'-55" in the $200 to $400 range. 


Another simple fix is changing out that dated shower curtain with a new rod, hooks & curtain for less than $50!

Interior Painting. 

A fresh coat of paint can be very economical if you can do it yourself. If you're unsure on colors, get some advice from friends and neighbors or peruse the internet for ideas.  


It's time for a garage sale or maybe the dumpster for the following items: anything with 80's brass, box televisions, VCR's and anything prior to 2000. Also get rid of dust catching fake greenery and floral arrangements; they are not in anymore. Keep our accessories simple and to a minimum.

For a two bedroom condo at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can spend around $950 to $1,500 plus tax and you would have updated bedrooms, flat screen televisions, new lamps and artwork! A couple of extra rentals per year due to your updating would pay for your new decor. Taking just a little bit of money, you can make some small changes that will make a big difference!

Your Lake Vacation is the premier property management company at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1986! If you would like a vacation rental market analysis or more information on renting your home or condo as a vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573365-3367 today.

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
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Friday, March 17, 2017

How Much Do You Know About St. Patrick's Day?

Today is St. Patrick's Day, a day to put on your green, grab your friends and have a great time! While we all know St. Patrick's Day is an Irish holiday where you dress up in green, how much do you really know about this fun holiday? Find out by answering the trivia questions below:

St. Patrick's Day Trivia Questions

1. Who was St. Patrick? 

A. A British man who was captured and enslaved in Ireland
B. An Irish monk who banished snakes from Ireland
C. A French sailor who was captured by Irish pirates
D. An Irish monk who saved his countrymen by warning of a British invasion

2. What did St. Patrick use shamrocks for?

A. As medicine because of their healing power
B. To bring good luck
C. To symbolize the uniting of France, Britain and Ireland
D. To explain the Holy Trinity

3. According to legend, what did St. Patrick chase out of Ireland? 

A. Christians
B. Snakes
C. Demons
D. Leprechauns

4. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated to commemorate what event? 

A. The birth of St. Patrick
B. The death of St. Patrick
C. The day St. Patrick drove snakes out of Ireland
D. The day St. Patrick moved to Ireland

5. In the United States, where and when was the first St. Patrick's Day parade held? 

A. Boston 1809
B. New York 1762
C. Philadelphia 1798
D. Providence 1821

6. While we associate green with St. Patrick's Day, what color was originally associated with this Saint? 

A. White
B. Orange
C. Blue
D. Red

7. According to legend, what should you never do if you catch a leprechaun? 

A. Feed him
B. Kiss him
C. Wash him
D. Let him out of your sight

8. What profession does the leprechaun supposedly practice? 

A. Shoemaker
B. Teacher
C. Blacksmith
D. Goldsmith 

9. How many leaves does a shamrock have? 

A. Four
B. Two
C. Five
D. Three

10. What does "Erin go braugh" mean? 

A. Ireland Forever
B. I'm Irish
C. Bottoms Up
D. Spring is Here

11. Approximately how many Americans are of Irish ancestry? 

A. 9.4 million
B. 17.3 million
C. 33.7 million
D. 53.8 million



1. A - A British man who was captured and enslaved in Ireland
2. D - To explain the Holy Trinity
3. B - Snakes
4. B - The death of St. Patrick
5. B - New York 1762
6. C - Blue
7. D - Let him out of your sight
8. A - Shoemaker
9. D - Three
10. A - Ireland Forever
11. C - 33.7 million 

Ask your friends and family these fun trivia questions when you're celebrating this weekend! Happy St. Patrick's Day from Your Lake Vacation! If you haven't started making your spring, and even summer, vacation plans yet, now's the time to do it. We have a variety of homes and condos at the Lake of the Ozarks to accommodate any size group. Visit our website or give us a call at 877-284-0267 today!

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, March 9, 2017

Two 3 Bedroom Homes in the Heart of the Lake Area

New to our program for the 2017 season, The Fishing Lodge and The Hunting Lodge offer great Lake of the Ozark accommodations for your family and friends. Together, the homes sleep a total of 20 guests! The lodges are located in the heart of the Lake area, near Tan-Tar-A by land and in the same cove as Red Head Yacht Club by water. Keep reading to learn more about these two spectacular vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Fishing Lodge 

This beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath home comes complete with everything that you need to enjoy a great Lake of the Ozarks vacation. Granite counter tops, hardwood floors and fishing lodge decor are found throughout the home. The main level features a deck with plenty of seating and a view of the lake. The living area, complete w/ a 55 inch flat screen TV, is adjacent to the dining area, which seats 6 at the table and 3 at the breakfast bar, and open to the kitchen, featuring stainless steel appliances. Just off the kitchen, you will find the laundry room, complete with a full-sized washer and dryer, full bath with a walk-in shower and two bedrooms, one with two twin beds and the other with a queen bed. The master bedroom is located in the loft, and features a king bed and full bath also with a walk-in shower (there are no tubs in the home). It is just a short walk to the 35 foot uncovered courtesy pier. You can tie your boat up to the pier and in a complete no-wake protected cove. You can also swim and float in the cove right in front of the lodge. 

The Hunting Lodge 

The Hunting Lodge is very similar to the fishing lodge, with the exception of the decor theme: hunting instead of fishing. In this home, you will also find granite counter tops and hardwood floors throughout. From the deck offering plenty of seating and a lake view to the living and dining areas, this home mirrors the other lodge on property. The laundry room also features a full-sized washer and dryer and the bedrooms offer the same bed setup as The Fishing Lodge. Both bathrooms feature walk-in showers; there are no tubs in this home either.  

Amenities and Location

It is just a short walk to the 35 foot uncovered courtesy pier.  You can tie your boat up to the pier and in a complete no-wake protected cove. You can swim and float in the cove right in front of the lodge! Located close to fine dining, good food, attractions like Main Street Music Hall, mini-golf, go karts and more, these homes are the perfect place to stay during your summer vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks

To learn more about these homes or to book your reservations today, give us a call at 877-284-0267. At Your Lake Vacation, we've been helping guests with their vacation planning for over 25 years now! We are a locally owned, family business dedicated to providing visitors an exceptional vacation experience in one of the many private homes or condos at the Lake of the Ozarks that the company manages.

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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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Helpful Tips for Making Your Vacation Rental Investment a Success

Investing in a vacation rental property at the Lake of the Ozarks can be a great business opportunity. Yet many people don't realize the work and cost it takes to run a profitable vacation rental home. We've compiled a list of tips to make your lakefront home at the Lake of the Ozarks a successful investment opportunity.

Buy What You Can Afford

The biggest mistake a 2nd home buyer can make when buying investment property at the Lake of the Ozarks is depending on that property to bring in income to cover its own expenses. The majority of the Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals see the most activity during the summer months and see very little activity out of season. This means very little to no income during that time.

On top of your mortgage payment, there will be the initial cost of staging the home for renter use. If you don't have additional furnishings already, your cost of staging can be quite costly. You'll have utility start up fees and recurring expenses. If you buy within a condo or homeowner's association, there will likely be monthly, quarterly, or annual assessments due. Some associations require amenity memberships in order for owners and guests to be able to use the amenities. Last but not least, there will be taxes, insurance, and maintenance expenses as well.

Will Your Property Entice Renters?

Your ideal vacation spot may be somewhere secluded, but most vacation renters choose their stay at Lake of the Ozarks based on its convenient location to activities at the lake. Most people are drawn to the lake to enjoy the lake itself. So renters are more likely to look for lakefront properties than offshore properties for their stay. Find a property that provides the lakefront luxury and the convenience of close by shopping and activities.

What amenities does your property offer? Having access to a pool on-site rather than having to find one nearby will be more enticing for a renter. Making your home turn-key ready will also bring more renters. People don't want to have to pack their entire home just to go on vacation for a week. If everything is provided, it makes their trip easier and more enjoyable.

Having wi-fi and cable available for your renter's convenience is a must for today's tech-savvy generation. Many folks rely on internet for both work and leisure purposes. Set up a guest wi-fi that is password protected so they can use it without the frustration of a slow connection. After a fun-filled day out on the lake, your guests will appreciate being able to relax and unwind with their favorite show.

Consider Hiring a Property Manager

Between advertising the property to maximize its full rental potential, coordinating check-ins and check-outs, scheduling cleanings between guests, and handling any unforeseen maintenance that may come up, managing a vacation rental property can be a full-time job. You can do all of this via phone and email communications, but do you have the time to commit to following through? By hiring a property manager you eliminate the stress of keeping track of these tedious tasks.

Another great perk to hiring a property manager at the Lake of the Ozarks is their marketing experience. They will be knowledgeable about the local rental rates and can help maximize your advertising opportunities. A property manager can also make sure that any potential bylaws or regulations are not being violated.

If you have questions about what to look for in a vacation rental home at the Lake of the Ozarks to optimize your rental nights, don't hesitate to contact the best vacation rental property manager at the Lake of the Ozarks for all of your needs. With over 20 years of experience in property management, you can be certain we'll provide the best quality of service.

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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Fax - 573-365-5076  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Planning Your Spring Golf Trip to the Lake of the Ozarks

Spring is just around the corner, and with the warm weather we've been experiencing here lately, now's the time to start planning your golf trip to the Lake of the Ozarks. With a variety of amazing courses to choose from, the Lake of the Ozarks is the golf destination of the Midwest. The central location of the Lake area also makes for a great meeting place for you and all your golf buddies to get together for a weekend. Keep reading to learn more about how Your Lake Vacation can help you plan an awesome golf getaway!

Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail 

At the Lake of the Ozarks, you'll find one great golf course after another. Lake area courses challenge golfers at every skill level. Elevation changes, water features, rock outcrops and more have been built into the champoinship courses by famed designers including Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf, Ken Kavanaugh and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Which courses will you try during your next Lake of the Ozarks golf getaway?

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Bear Creek Valley
Located down Highway 42 in Osage Beach, the Bear Creek Valley Golf Club meanders through 250 acres of colorful Ozark forest, meadows and scenic valleys along "Little Bear Creek." The course offers an enjoyable, yet challenging round of golf.

The Cove
Located in the Four Seasons area of Lake Ozark, this challenging course features 72 bunkers, rolling hills and water on 9 of the holes. Breathtaking views of the Lake of the Ozarks and a classic design leave golfers wanting another shot at this legendary golf course. 

Deer Chase 
Located in Linn Creek, The Golf Club at Deer Chase offers a challenging track through the beautiful Auglaize River valley and surrounding hills. The course features Bermuda fairways overseeded for early spring green-up, multiple zoysia tees and the largest bentgrass green settings in the area.  

Eldon Golf Club
The Eldon Golf Club was recently voted the "Best Public Golf Course" at the Lake of the Ozarks by Lake Sun newspaper readers. Set amid a backdrop of wooded areas, rolling hills and creeks, this course is sure to provide a pleasurable experience for golfers. The exceptional layout offers four tee locations to challenge golfers of all skill levels. 

Hidden Lakes
Located at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach, this course has been ranked by USA Today as one of the best 9-hole courses in the U.S. This championship golf course features lush zoysia fairways and large bentgrass greens.

Indian Rock
Located in Gravois Mills, majestic rock formations guard Indian Rock Golf Club's signature 17th hole, while a deep clear lake guards the front. Golfers will experience Bermuda fairways and tee boxes and bent grass greens on this expansive, 300-plus acre course. 

Lake Valley 
Located in Camdenton and voted #1 course at the Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Valley features generous fairways, but the large greens are slick and demanding, with considerable back to front slop. Lake Valley is a "must play" course, providing a well-maintained, uniquely challenging course.

Old Kinderhook 
Also located in Camdenton, this Tom Weiskopf designed course offers spectacular vistas, elevations and a championship layout that meanders through the Ozark hills. The rolling topography, rock waterfalls and flowering trees make it one of the Midwest's finest courses. Currently ranked the 2nd best course in Missouri by GOLF magazine, each hole at Old Kinderhook captures a special aspect of the terrain and offers an experience to delight golfers of all skill levels.

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Osage National
Osage National Golf Course offers three, 18-hole combinations featuring zoysia fairways and bentgrass greens. The course is laid out on beautifully forested, rolling terrain and is surrounded by lakes, creeks and the imposing bluffs of the Osage River. The tranquil setting provides the backdrop for a challenging, enjoyable golf experience.  

The Ridge
Located at the Lodge of Four Seasons, The Ridge offers a resort style course that all players can enjoy. Many golfers refer to the course's altitude drops and generous landing areas as "player-friendly." The course offers rolling hills, natural rock outcroppings, native wildflowers and beautiful views of the Lake.  

Rolling Hills Country Club
Located in Versailles, Rolling Hills offers some of the Lake area's best bentgrass greens on a well-maintained, challenging course. It features a park-like setting with mature Ozarks woodlands lining bermuda fairways. Hills and strategically-placed bunkers provide a varied and fun-to-play setting for all golfers. 

The Oaks
Located in Osage Beach near Tan-Tar-A, The Oaks offers a championship layout, carved out of the natural Ozark hills. The multiple tee boxes and beautiful Bermuda and Zoysia fairways make this championship course a unique and enjoyable experience for the expert and the novice. Its undulating bentgrass greens, breathtaking elevation changes and scenic views of the Lake make this course a must play! 

Golf Packages with Your Lake Vacation

When you choose our premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we'll take care of everything from your accommodations to scheduling your tee times. Just let us know how many golfers you'll have, which course you're wanting to play and we will customize a package just for you! Call 877-284-0267 to start planning your golf getaway in one of our waterfront homes or condos at the Lake of the Ozarks today!

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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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

5 Valentine's Day Traditions from Around the World

When you think of Valentine's Day, what comes to mind? Flowers and chocolate are often a part of Valentine's Day here in the United States. However, every country celebrates this holiday of love differently. Keep reading to learn how Valentine's Day is celebrated around the world.

1. Jack Valentine in Norfolk, England

In Norfolk, a county in England, Jack Valentine acts like Santa for Valentine's Day. Children anxiously await to hear Jack Valentine knock at their doors. While they don't ever actually see him, children enjoy the candles and small gifts left on their porches by Jack Valentine. For the single women in England, on the eve of Valentine's Day, they would place five bay leaves on their pillows, one at each corner and one in the center. This was said to bring dreams of their future husbands.

2. Gift-Giving in South Korea

In South Korea, the gift-giving works a little differently than in the United States. Rather than men getting their lovers chocolates and flowers, on February 14, it's up to the women to woo their men with chocolates, candies and flowers. Then on March 14, a holiday known as White Day, the men not only shower the women with chocolates and flowers, but also include a gift. For those single people who don't have anything to celebrate on these holidays take part in Black Day on April 14. On this day, it's customary for singles to mourn their solitary status by eating dark bowls of black bean-paste noodles.

3. Saint Dwynwen in Wales

Instead of Saint Valentine, the Welsh celebrate Saint Dwynwen, the Welsh patron of lovers. Rather than February 14, this Welsh holiday is celebrated on January 25. The traditional romantic Welsh gift is a love spoon. Men carve intricate wooden spoons as a token of affection for the women they love. Patterns and symbols, each signifying a different meaning, are carved into the spoons. Horseshoes symbolize good luck and keys symbolize the keys to a man's heart. Today, love spoons are also exchanged for celebrations such as weddings, anniversaries and births.

4. The Spring Festival in Italy

Today Italians celebrate Valentine's Day with romantic dinners and a gift exchange between lovers. One of the most popular gifts to give in Italy is Baci Perugina, which are small, chocolate covered hazelnuts wrapped with a romantic quote printed in four languages. However, originally the holiday was celebrated as the Spring Festival. The young and amorous gathered outside in the gardens to enjoy poetry readings and music before taking a stroll with their beloved. Another tradition was for the young, unmarried girls to wake before dawn to spot their future husbands. It was believed that the first man a woman saw on Valentine's Day was the man, or at least resembled the man, she would marry within a year.

5. Qixi or The Seventh Night Festival in China

According to Chinese lore, Zhinu, a heavenly king's daughter, and Niulang, a poor cowherd, fell in love, married and had twins. When the king learned of the marriage, he sent his wife to bring Zhinu back to the stars. Upon hearing the cries of Niulang and the children, the king allowed the couple to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Today, during this holiday, single women prepare offerings of melon and other fruits to Zhinu in hopes of finding a good husband. Couples also head to temples to pray for happiness and prosperity. At night, people look to the heavens to watch the stars Vega and Altair come close during the star-crossed pair's annual reunion.

Happy Valentine's Day from Your Lake Vacation! If you're looking for a place to take someone special this year, consider a trip to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. There are a variety of romantic things to do in a weekend, such as touring bridal cave, hiking around the castle ruins at Ha-Ha-Tonka or enjoying a gourmet dinner over looking the water. To book your romantic getaway in one of our waterfront condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 877-284-0267!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Rumors About Banning Vacation Rentals at Lake of the Ozarks

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about various groups that are trying to ban vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. I have read articles, attended meetings and have spoken with various people who are concerned that our state legislature, along with Expedia, Inc. (one of the world's largest online travel companies) are out to either outright ban rentals or do so through over regulation.

Legislation on Vacation Rentals

Last year, Expedia, through the Missouri legislature and along with various state representatives, introduced legislation that would seek to prohibit municipalities within Missouri from banning vacation rentals or from over regulating them in order to in essence ban them. That bill ultimately failed.

There were a few issues with that legislation that were not friendly to vacation rentals. My opinion is that occurred because our representatives and Expedia do not own or manage vacation rental properties. Therefore, they didn't understand that some of the items in the legislation would actually harm Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals. This was not the intent of the legislation and thankfully it did not pass.

Educating About Vacation Rentals

After it failed, I met with Diane Franklin (Representative for the Lake Area's 123rd District) in an attempt to educate her on the various aspects of how legislation could affect our rental community. We had a great conversation and she was very receptive to the information that I provided. I left that meeting knowing that she wanted to do what was best for vacation rentals in general and for the Lake of the Ozarks area specifically.

Afterwards, I, along with other rental property managers at the Lake of the Ozarks, Realtors, local authorities and others associated with the vacation rental industry, were invited to sit on the committee that would seek to get the legislation correct (as we knew that it would be reintroduced in 2017).

We have had two meetings with our representatives and the Expedia lobbyist. Those meetings have resulted in getting everyone educated and seeking to protect the vacation rental industry, and by association the real estate market here at the Lake of the Ozarks. The reality is that a large number of vacationers turn into real estate buyers, fueling our economy first as a visitor and later as a resident. Hurting the rental market would also hurt the real estate market.

Vacation Rentals Moving Forward

Those opposed to the legislation think that the intention is to ban or regulate vacation rentals out of existence. Logically, if that were true, then Expedia would not have anything to advertise on their platforms, thus cutting off their source of income. The new legislation, currently HB608 specifically states, "A political subdivision shall not enforce an ordinance or law enacted after January 1, 2018, that prohibits or that has the express or practical effect of prohibiting residential dwelling rentals."

Diane Franklin has introduced a separate bill (HB632), "which will make sure all homes, regardless of how they are used, are assessed at a residential rate" (instead of commercial). So as you can see, (and look the bills up and read for yourself) that our legislators, far from trying to ban rentals, are working to protect the Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental industry.

Russell Burdette is the owner/broker of Your Lake Vacation, a professional vacation rental management company at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1986. Whether you own a home that you're looking to rent out to vacationers or you are a vacationer looking for a place to stay, give us a call 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