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  

Thursday, May 3, 2018

5 Bedroom Waterfront Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

Away From It All 


Get away from it all in this amazing waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks! Located off Horseshoe Bend, the newest addition to our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental program features 5 bedrooms total and sleeps up to 19 people! The property features the main four bedroom home, a large bunkhouse that sleeps nine guests, a boat house overlooking the water and two docks with three boat slips. Plus there's plenty of parking and over 300 feet of shoreline!


The four bedroom home features two bedrooms each with a king bed on the mail level, along with a full kitchen, dining area and plenty of windows to view the lake. The lower level features the third bedroom with a queen bed and another bedroom with two twins and a queen sleeper.


The main level walks out to a large wrap around deck and the lower level walks out to the boat docks. The adjacent boat house features a kitchenette with a stove, microwave and refrigerator, seating for 10 guests and plenty of windows to view the water and swim area.



The large bunkhouse is located approximately 40 feet from the home at the top of the driveway. The bunkhouse features three twin over full bunk beds, a living area with a large flat screen TV and also a half bath, refrigerator and Keurig.



Three boat slips, parking for six vehicles as well as trailer parking makes this the perfect property for large groups and family reunions! Located at the 8 mile marker by water and just a short drive to the grocery store, restaurants, shopping and the Bagnell Dam Strip.



Book your reservations in this or one of our other Lake of the Ozarks vacation homes by giving us a call at 573-365-3367. Whether you're booking a family getaway or couples retreat, we're here to help you find the perfect accommodations for your vacation 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  

Friday, April 27, 2018

Book Now for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend, the official start of the summer season here at the Lake of the Ozarks, is now just a month away! How will you be celebrating? Now's the time to make your plans to stay with us at Your Lake Vacation. Keep reading to learn about some of the fun holiday events to enjoy and the awesome places you can stay during Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Memorial Day Weekend Events


Enjoy live music all across the Lake this holiday weekend. Each of the waterfront restaurants is sure to have a great music lineup. If you're looking for a big show though, check out one of these events:

Dr. Zhivegas Memorial Day Weekend
Head over to the Horny Toad Entertainment Complex this Memorial Day Weekend as Dr. Zhivegas hits the outdoor stage to kick off the summer season. Music will run from 8pm to 12 am each night, May 25-27.

Dinner Theater
Enjoy dinner and a show at the Camden County Museum, May 25-26. The show is “Give My Regards To Broadway” by George M. Cohan. Dinner starts at 6 pm each night, and showtime is 7 pm. Seating is limited, so reservations are strongly suggested. Tickets are $15 per person. Call 573-346-7191 for more info.  

Alabama Live in Concert 
ALABAMA is the band that changed everything. They brought country music to the mainstream and from side stage to the main stage. ALABAMA introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics and sounds to the country audience. They have charted 43 #1 singles including 21 #1 singles in a row, a record that will likely never be surpassed in any genre. Come see them LIVE at the Ozarks Amphitheater on Saturday, May 26th at 7 pm. 

You're sure to see some fireworks across the Lake as well. Stay tuned at FunLake.com for additional events. Plus, you can make your own fun this holiday weekend with a day of boating, watersports, BBQs and more!

Places to Stay at the Lake


Your Lake Vacation offers a wide variety of Lake of the Ozarks accommodations to meet everyone's needs. Here are just a few of the options still available for Memorial Day Weekend.

Hook Lane - 6 Bedroom Home 

You will love this incredible waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks located near the 31 mile marker just West of Camdenton. This six bedroom, four and a half bath, 4500 square foot home is nestled in a cove just past the Niangua bridge about 20 minutes from Osage Beach, and it's perfect for your large family gathering this Memorial Day Weekend!

Newport 107 - 4 Bedroom Condo 

Newport 107 is located in the heart of Lake Ozark and by water at the 1 mile marker. You will enjoy a beautiful view of the cove located just off the main channel from either of the screened in decks. The condo sleeps up to 10 people, making it the perfect place for your large family to stay this holiday weekend.

Paradise Point - 4 Bedroom Home 

Bring your friends and family for the best view at the lake! Paradise Point describes it all! You won't believe the view from the deck or the view from the three stories of windows overlooking the main channel. There's no better place to relax this Memorial Day Weekend!


Bring the friends or bring the family, as this unit has it all! Located in the heart of Osage Beach near shopping and dining and all there is to do, welcome to Land's End! This unit sleeps 8 people and offers a great view of the water. 


Looking for a relaxing holiday weekend getaway at the Lake of the Ozarks with your spouse? This one bedroom condo is the perfect place to stay. You will enjoy a great main channel view from the deck which overlooks the water & the pool. 

Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake 


Book your Memorial Day Weekend reservations today by calling 573-365-3367! This is just a small selection of the waterfront homes and condos at the Lake of the Ozarks we have available for rent this holiday weekend. Let us help you plan the perfect Memorial Day Weekend getaway 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  

Friday, April 20, 2018

6 Tips for Choosing a Vacation Rental Manager

Do you own a second home or condo at the Lake of the Ozarks? Have you found that you don't use it as much as you expected? Have you thought about off-setting some of your expenses for that property by renting it out to other vacationers? To get the most out of a vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks, you'll want to work with a professional vacation rental manager.

Finding the right company to manage your vacation rental property can make a big difference in your overall experience. Keep reading for some tips on how to choose the right Lake of the Ozarks property manager for the job.

1. Find Someone with Experience. 


Obviously experience counts when trying to find the right property manager for the job. Find out how long they have been managing property and how successful they have been in renting properties similar to yours. Beware of any company that promises a certain number or rental nights or guarantees a certain amount of rental income. However, a good vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks will be able to provide you with potential income and rental night numbers based on their past history with similar properties.

2. Ask About Their Support Services. 


Does the company offer housekeeping, maintenance, interior design, AC and appliance repair or landscaping and yard work? Are they available 24/7? When renting out your home to vacationers, you never know what could go wrong. You don't want to be the one dealing with them at 2 am in the middle of the summer when your AC unit stops working and they can't sleep because it's so hot in there. When you're working with a great property manager at the Lake of the Ozarks, those types of issues will be handled by the property management company so you don't have to worry about a thing. They will have a list of trusted vendors that they can call in any emergency situation. In addition, you don't have to worry about cleaning the home in between guests and you have someone that's looking after your property while you're away.

3. Understand Their Marketing Approach. 


The next thing you will want to check with a prospective property manager about is how they market their properties. Do they provide plenty of images, virtual tours, videos and detailed information about their properties? Do they utilize social media, digital marketing and e-blasts? Is their website easy to navigate and is the presentation professional? In addition to their website, how do they advertise their properties?

4. Look Into Their Screening Process. 


Since damage is always a possibility when renting your home, how does the company screen potential guests? Do they have age restrictions? What kind of questions do they ask prospective guests during the booking process? How do they handle damage if it occurs? Do they offer any type of damage protection? Have the company provide you with examples of how they have handled past damage situations.

5. Ask How They Rent Their Properties. 


Some vacation rental companies at the Lake of the Ozarks rent their properties on a rotating basis. If you have a nice property or a great location, companies using this procedure should be avoided. Your hard work, decor, amenities and location should be allowed to work in your favor. A company that presents all of their properties in the same manner and allows your features to sell your property to potential renters is your best bet. Wouldn't you want to be able to choose if you were a guest and not have to take the next unit in line?

6. Find Someone Honest with Good Ethics. 


Your potential property manager should have good ethics and be truthful about the potential for your property. Ask around to find out if the company you're considering has a good reputation. Does the company belong to other professional organizations? You should be able to get references from current owners, as well as other professionals within the Lake community. And finally, you should feel at ease and be comfortable with the potential manager.

If you have a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks and are considering hiring a property manager to manage it for you, give us a call at 573-365-3367. We would be happy to discuss our program and your rental potential with you. In addition, if you're looking to buy a home at the Lake of the Ozarks to use as a vacation rental, we can advise you on what type of properties rent the best. Don't hesitate to call with any questions you may have.

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, April 9, 2018

Beautiful 4 Bedroom Condo at the Towers at Parkview Bay

Towers 9106


Enjoy a beautiful view from the 9th floor when you rent our condo at the Towers at Parkview Bay! This 4 bedroom, 4 bath waterfront condo at the Lake of the Ozarks features 3 master bedrooms. The grand master includes french entry doors, laminate floors, ceiling fan, king sized bed, walk-in closet, flat screen TV, electric fireplace, slider entry to screened deck, private bathroom with jetted tub, large shower with grab bars and hand held shower head, toilet with grab bars and two sinks.


The second master bedroom features a king size bed, flat screen tv, closet, slider entry to deck, private bathroom with jetted tub, corner shower and 2 sinks. The third master features a queen size bed, flat screen TV with DVD player (no cable in this room), closet, private bathroom with tub/shower and two sinks. The fourth bedroom features a queen size bed, exterior entrance, closet and access to the guest bathroom.


The open kitchen has full-sized appliances including a flat-top range, microwave, side-by-side refrigerator with water and ice in the door, and dishwasher. All the things you will need to cook are provided if you choose to do so! The dining table is a square pub-height table that seats 8 comfortably for dining or game playing. There are an additional 4 bar stools located in the kitchen.


The living room features 2 large couches, chair and half with ottoman, flat screen TV, DVD player, surround sound with receiver, gas fireplace, 3 slider entrances to the screened deck and a wet bar.



Once outside, enjoy the 6-top table, 4-top table and 2 cushioned chairs, screened deck with roll down shades (you can still see through them), large gas grill with lights and rotisserie and the extra large refrigerator for all your extra drinks. Oh, and we don't want to forget to mention that there is a flat screen TV to watch the game while you also enjoy the 180 degree unobstructed view!


Complex amenities at the Towers include elevator access to the 9th floor, indoor and outdoor pools, indoor hot tub, exercise room, 1 covered parking space and ramp access to the docks. This condo at the Lake of the Ozarks is great for couples, families or a small reunion as it will hold up to 10 people. You will love it!


Book your reservations by calling 573-365-3367. Your Lake Vacation is your premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks with more than 90 different rental options to choose from! Let us help you plan your next Lake of the Ozarks vacation 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  


Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Importance of Spring Cleaning and Maintenance for Vacation Rentals

Spring Is In The Air! 


Each year after the first of January, we begin preparing for the upcoming rental season. We send out notices to each of our property owners reminding them that their property needs a good spring cleaning. Along with the reminder, we send a spring cleaning check-list and a spring maintenance check-list. They can do the cleaning and maintenance themselves, hire someone or allow us to take care of it.

So what are the things we see each year that can affect Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals or allow for less than stellar reviews?

1. Air Conditioning Maintenance 


Probably the most important item is to have a spring AC check-up and cleaning. Over the years, we've had numerous AC units freeze up or go out during the height of the summer. in 95% of those cases, either the owner didn't have their AC checked and cleaned, or they did and were warned that they needed to replace their AC unit and didn't. I had one owner that was told he needed a new AC unit. He decided to wait one more season. His AC conked out just before the 4th of July! He lost 2 rentals while he had to wait for a new AC unit to be installed (during the busiest time of the year). He lost approximately $2,000 in net income. That was $2,000 more that he had to come up with to replace his unit instead of having that income help pay for the new AC unit.

2. Power Washing 


The next thing that owners will overlook is power washing their Lake of the Ozarks vacation home, decks, walk-ways and docks. This is money well spent if you want guests to keep coming back to your property. This is mainly for homes, but even if you own a condo, ensure you are washing the outside of all your windows, your deck and the exterior siding on your deck. For homeowners, you want your deck nice and clean for your guests to be able to eat outside in the summer. It's especially important you clean your deck if you have a lot of trees around. Also, it doesn't take long for your dock, walk-ways and siding to get dirty. To retain guests year after year, you need to make a good first impression and remember you only get one chance to make that first impression!

3. Interior Cleaning 


On the inside of your property, ensure that you are cleaning the baseboards, behind furniture, ceiling fans, inside your kitchen cabinets & drawers, behind appliances, under beds, slider tracks and the inside of trash cans. Be sure you're disposing of outdated condiments and if necessary, replacing stove top drip pans and that old shower curtain. Finally, clean your gas grill, replace batteries in clocks, remotes and keyless door locks. Stock up on AC filters, light bulbs, batteries and check your brooms, grill brushes and grill drip pans. Our list has many more items, but you get the pictures!

Be sure your property is ready for guests this season by having us take care of all your spring cleaning and maintenance needs. Our thorough process will ensure your home or condo makes a great first impression on new guests, helping you get return guests year after year. If you have a vacation property at the Lake of the Ozarks, and it's not on our rental program, give us a call at 573-365-3367. We'd love to discuss our program with you, and now's the best time to join us, before the season gets underway!



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