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Buying a house is one of the most exciting times of your life. But that wonderful anticipatory feeling you get after you’ve found your dream home can quickly dissipate when you consider all the things that have to happen before the deal is finalized. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Here are some proactive steps you and your agent can take to make sure your home purchase goes through.

Get Pre-Approved

Even though agents don’t necessarily require home shoppers to be pre-approved for a mortgage, it’s worth it to take the time to get pre-approved with a lender before you home shop. Remember that being pre-qualified isn’t the same as being pre-approved. Pre-qualified simply means that you have one or more of the requirements to hypothetically get a

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Before hiring an agent to help you sell, ask them a few questions. Here are five good ones to use.

When you’re hiring an agent to help you sell your home, you want to make sure you hire someone who will do a good job for you. It’s not enough to get your home sold. You want it sold quickly and for the most money possible.

By asking your Realtor the right questions, you can determine whether they can represent you well or not. Here are some questions to consider:

1. How long have you been in residential real estate? While this doesn’t necessarily matter, it is a good sign if your agent has sold a lot of homes in the past.

2. How long does it take you to sell a home? If they have statistics, that’s great. Compare them to the market averages.

3. How

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Today I want to share an exciting announcement. Our company is growing and getting a new look!

I’ve got a really exciting announcement! We’re making major changes to our property management company, and I wanted to give you the scoop.

We’ve been incredibly fortunate to experience the large amount of growth that we’ve had in such a short period of time. In fact, people are often surprised by how many homes we are managing on a daily basis. How do we do it? By bringing the best available property management technology to you here in the heart of Missouri.

        The same great, world-class service that we’ve always had isn’t going anywhere.

Our property management company is also getting a new look! We’re excited to show you our new logos

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Friends and Clients —

If you bought your first home in 2016, chances are you're in for a very new tax experience this year.

That's because for many new homeowners, buying a house is the first time it makes sense to itemize taxes.

The good news is that itemizing your taxes is surprisingly easy to do.

Here's how to make sure you save the most on taxes while minimizing your filing headaches.

First, locate your Settlement Statement. This is a part of your home closing paperwork provided by your lender.

Second, add up the following four main real estate deductions:

1.  Loan origination fees

Your loan origination fee is the upfront fee charged by your lender for processing your loan application. Origination fees usually run about 0.5% to 1% of the

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Our team just received some incredible honors. We are humbled and want to share our success with you.

I’ve got some incredibly exciting news to share. Every year, our local county Board of Realtors honors the top salesperson of the year as well as the top Realtor of the year. We are proud to say that our team won both of those awards this year. This makes us the No. 1 team in the Pulaski County area.

We look forward to winning again in 2017.

We were able to serve 106 families in the last year, and we couldn’t have done it without your support. Whether you are a family member, friend, client, or supporter, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Debbie Austin and I may have won these awards individually, but we owe a lot of our success to

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to let you know about some sweet deals on some lovely homes in our area!

The first home is a cute little house listed at $123,800.

Located at 20834 Lacombe Road in Waynesville, Missouri, it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a total of 1,572 square feet. This charmer is move-in ready and boasts a fresh coat of paint in the living room. Located on a corner lot in the family-friendly Shalom Mountain subdivision, inside this ranch style home you’ll find a living room with vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, and carpet. The dining room and kitchen both highlight tile flooring. The kitchen also features white appliances, medium oak cabinetry, recessed lighting, vaulted ceilings, and a breakfast bar.

The master

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This past year, we donated more than 100 wreaths to the Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery. Here’s why.

This past year, we were fortunate enough to partner with the Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery at Ft. Leonard Wood. Each December, the national Wreaths Across America organization places wreaths on individual veterans’ graves in more than 1,100 locations to include ceremonies at sea as well as national cemeteries on foreign soil.

This year’s ceremony was held here in Waynesville at the Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery. We were so fortunate this year to donate more than 100 wreaths to the cemetery. We also gathered to welcome the delivery truck in St. Robert, which was a whole lot of fun. Our team was there with banners cheering the truck on as it

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We know this time of year can get very busy, so we just wanted to take a moment to wish you happy holidays!

We’d like to take a minute to thank you for your continued support this year. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you. It has been our pleasure to help make your real estate dreams come true.

We hope you enjoy this holiday season and make some wonderful memories with your friends and family. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Remember, we are always here to help you in any way we can. Just give us a call.

Happy Holidays!

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New Years Eve is approaching quickly and many of us are trying to make plans for a great night out! We want to help you with different options in the cities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Whether you are looking for a night out without the kids, or a family friendly environment-- there are options! Here are just a few that we have found:

Public House Brewing Company
New Year's Eve Cocktail Party
Begins at 7pm
Rolla, MO 

Tan-Tar-A Resort Grand Ballroom-
New Year's Eve Grand Ballroom Celebration
Osage Beach, MO

Old Kinderhook
New Year's Eve at Old Kinderhook
Camdenton, MO

Tan-Tar-A Resort
Timber Falls Family Fun New Year's Eve Celebration
Osage Beach, MO

The Lodge of Four Seasons
New Year's Eve at the Lodge of Four Seasons

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Have you ever visited Delmar Loop in St. Louis? Located approximately 2 hours from the Fort Leonard Wood area, it is worth the visit! Whether you are looking for great food, nightlife, shopping, hotels, or more, there is a good chance you will find it on Delmar Loop. There are several different types of restaurants on the loop-- whether you are looking for Thai, Mexican, Greek, Chinese, and more!
During our visit we ate dinner at the well-known Blueberry Hill followed by root beer floats at Fitz's Root Beer (pictured above). We highly recommend trying both! The loop is very walkable and easily accessible. There is a friendly vibe with lots of families enjoying their time. We look forward to visiting again soon! Check it out and share your thoughts!
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