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WEAR ALOT OF HATS? - 06/30/07 04:39 PM
WHAT HAT DO YOU WEAR TODAY? There are factors in every occupation that either enhance enjoying your work, or adversely affect your outlook. What I have always enjoyed in being a REALTOR is the hunt. Sort of a safari around Shell Knob and Table Rock Lake. I want to search out and find the trophy home for my hunters. People come to us with the expectation of being guided through a maze of concerns and questions to help them find the perfect property. They have been dreaming, scheming, searching and planning for this and want instant fulfillment.
I often seem to be (3 comments)
STUFF GOES UP..... BUT WHAT GOES DOWN? - 06/25/07 05:16 PM
EFFECT OF GAS PRICES? It's a puzzlement to me how real estate sales go down,and prices drop in my market area, here in Shell Knob. They apparently continue to go down nationally, according to recent posts on Yahoo .com, but prices are going up on a multitude of other things. This is an important question for retirees here in the Ozarks, as well as the rest of the country. When you are on a fixed income, price increases can really hurt. It seems that the companies providing petroleum to the gas stations have a dart board that they use to supply today's gas prices (1 comments)
GOLDEN LAKEFRONT - 06/25/07 04:30 PM
SOLD SOLD SOLD There are panoramic views of Table Rock Lake from every room in this house, even the basement! You can relax on the large covered deck and enjoy the lake in this Emerald Beach Village home. Open living, kitchen has granite counters, all stainless steel appliances, and ceramic tile floors show off the quality built into this lake home. This is perfect for full time living or it would make a great week end getaway home. There are 4 bedrooms , 2-1/2 baths, concrete driveway and community water. Most of the furnishings will be included in the sale, except for a few (0 comments)
VIEW YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR - 06/25/07 02:52 PM
EAGLE ROCK ROCKS for HORSE LOVERS SOLD SOLD S O L D That's what you'll be saying once you see the view this home offers. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Sits on almost 2-1/2 acres. This dwelling is in move-in condition and features a large open floor plan and a master loft with jetted tub. This home has tongue-in-groove pine cathedral ceilings and walls, pine raised-panel doors throughout. An expansive deck faces the lake. The large garage has a separate workroom which is heated and has air conditioning. Plus a fenced area for (1 comments)
OVER 4,000 FEET OF LIVING SPACE - 06/25/07 02:03 PM
PRIVACY PLUS SPACE This beautifully landscaped, spacious home has room inside and out. It sits on six country acres with it's 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. The living room is a generous 15 x 25 ft. with an open floor plan expanding into a 20 x 16 kitchen. A huge wrap around deck has 864 sq ft, to enjoy countryside views, plus another 40 x 12 covered patio on the lower level walk out from the family room. Just 9 miles north of Shell Knob and Table Rock Lake, there is also a security system, storm shelter and out buildings. More acreage is (0 comments)
JUST WHAT EVERYONE WANTS....... SOLD SOLD This house in Golden, MO has what everyone wants - Great view of Table Rock Lake. It is on a large acre+ lot that is gentle to the water with a 32 x 40 workshop or storage for water toys building Open living/dining/kitchen, so the cook never feels left out. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1400+ square feet of living. Wall of windows on Table Rock Lake side. Boat slip is included in the price of $260,000 SOLD SOLD
Prudential 1st Choice Realty, Inc 417-858-2600 For area information call Joan Toll Free at 858-823-4125 (0 comments)
FANTASTIC VIEW - 06/25/07 12:34 AM
SOLD There is over 3200 feet of living space in this large rambling ranch with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Seated on a bluff. A breathtaking view of Table Rock Lake can be had from the massive decks, or the glassed in sunroom or the Master bedroom suite, which opens on to the deck. YOU MUST SEE THE VIEW FROM THIS HOME!
The house has been completely renovated. Everything is new. Zoned heat and air - quality and convenience. There is also a boat slip available at a (0 comments)
GREEN SHORES HOME FOR SALE - 06/25/07 12:15 AM
OFF THE MARKET This gracious 4 bedroom home sits on three levels with a nice seasonal view of Table Rock Lake. Green Shores is a lovely, upscale neighborhood, 3 miles south of the Shell Knob bridge - convenient to shopping.
OFF THE MARKET
PRUDENTIAL 1ST CHOICE REALTY, INC. 417-858-2600 For additional information on Shell Knob real estate, call Joan Toll Free at: 888-823-4125 (1 comments)
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED? - 06/24/07 05:25 PM
HOW DO WE GET OUR POLLS UP Have you noticed that it seems like everything in life has to be done by taking a poll today? There was a poll released in the REALTOR MAGAZINE not long ago that showed Real Estate Agents' popularity ranking down around lawyers and snake oil salesmen (just kidding Mr. Attorney). Seriously, I was surprised and less than thrilled with that projection of my profession, and therefore ME and how I'm doing in my Shell Knob community. Than I saw a current poll on line this past week. The question posed was : Were you SATISFIED with your last (7 comments)
NO LOT FLIPPING - 06/23/07 02:09 PM
SUBDIVISION INVESTMENT One facet of current real estate trends that I haven't seen much comment on, regards land. More specifically, investors in new developments. This is not apparent in the Shell Knob area, but our neighbors to the south (northwest Arkansas) are experiencing a problem in the Bentonville, Springdale area.
Many of the individuals attracted to make quick profits on lots in newly developed subdivisions, are coming face to face with the knowledge that what they paid for their land has now dropped substantially in value. There will be no quick flip. They paid a higher price for land, than what the (2 comments)
TIME IS NOW FOR SAVY BUYERS - 06/23/07 01:44 PM
12 MONTH WINDOW TO BUY The best time to buy property in many housing markets, including Shell Knob, will be in the next 12 months, according to Housing Predictor , an on-line market forecaster.
Markets in many areas are bottoming out or have already bottomed out. These areas hold surplus inventories of homes, causing a downward pressure on pricing, which we have seen locally. It may take up to 18 months before the national real estate market flattens to the point where enough inventory has been purchased for a higher number of sales to result. That's when prices will begin edging up again. The (6 comments)
WATER WELLS IN SHELL KNOB - 06/23/07 11:09 AM
PART 2 - WELLS AND SEPTICSIn the Shell Knob area, unless you purchase a lot in a subdivision which has a community well, you will need to have a well installed on your property. A safe water supply at your home is obviously vital.Having a well drilled may be considered expensive by some, but on the other hand, as a REALTOR, I know that a home will be devalued when resold, if it doesn't have a good water supply. Most homes need a well that produce 7 gallons of water a minute. In certain areas of the country low yielding or (4 comments)
GOT THE LOT - WHAT NOW? - 06/22/07 04:28 PM
PART 1 WELLS AND SEPTIC SYSTEMS You've found the perfect waterfront lot with the help of your Shell Knob real estate agent. Settled on a great house plan. Now what? Now it's time to get started on some things you can't see, but can't do without.... the well and septic system. In the Stone County portion of Shell Knob, you will need to have an expert, a registered soil scientist, do a site evaluation. This is often done with a Perk Test and costs between $125 - $150. The site evaluation is used to determine the suitability of the soil for a conventional (0 comments)
FLATHEADS HOT ON TABLE ROCK Trotlines baited with live bluegill are attracting some nice flatheads. A neighbor told me he has been getting two or three nice catfish every morning when he checks his lines. It's even nicer when he shares. Yum - sweet meat.
According to our resident author and fishing expert, Tom Koob, the best black bass fishing has been with soft plastics in the 20 to 25 foot range. Fish are still in many locations, and it pays to target secondary banks with cover, points and transition areas. The good shoreline cover, with the lake as high as it is (2 comments)
People move to Table Rock Lake to enjoy the water, and part of that enjoyment for many is useing their boat. The next logical step is to have a place to park your boat, which is normally a boat dock or slip. As a Shell Knob REALTOR, I know it is becoming more difficult to find these boat slips, due to restrictions placed by the Army Corps of Engineers, but an ad in our local paper this week, The Rattler, kind of says it all. WANTED TO BUY BUY, LEASE, RENT, WHATEVER. We need (0 comments)
WATER HAZARDS There are many water hazards floating on Table Rock Lake, warns the Coast Guard Auxiliary as they check waters around Shell Knob. The problem was created by unusually large rains the past two weeks, which dislodged logs and branches into the water. The normal pool level on Table Rock is 915, but the spring rains raised that to 919 for a few days. When the water rises higher on the edges of the lake, the dead trees float free and can be in the path of a boat.
Boats traveling at a high speed may not see a log, or a partially (0 comments)
ALMOST TWO ACRES OF WOODS - 06/21/07 02:59 PM
SHELL KNOB LOTS Lose yourself in the Mark Twain National Forest. These 7 wooded lots are being offered as one unit. They are surrounded by national forest and less than two miles down the road to a boat launch on Table Rock Lake. Individually, each lot measures 75 x 150. Together they come to 1.8 acres., 525' road frontage. This is a good buy at $20,000
PRUDENTIAL 1ST CHOICE REALTY, INC. 417-858-2600 (0 comments)
GREAT LAKE HOME BUY - 06/20/07 04:04 PM
SHELL KNOB AFFORDABLE HOME This 4 bedroom 2 bath home is one of the best buys in Shell Knob. Over 2000 square feet of living on a large lot with a view of Table Rock Lake. The lake is less than 100 yards away. Priced at only $105,000 MLS:309814
PRUDENTIAL OZARKS 1ST CHOICE REALTY, INC. 427-858-2600 For additional information call Joan Toll Free at 888-823-4125 (0 comments)
Quality built 1-1/2 story cabin with high energy efficientfeatures such as structural styrofoam panels and comfort aire system heating and air . Composite decking for low maintenance. Maple flooring, Knotty Alder cabinets, Graphite appliances, Granite Countertops and a wetbar in the basement. The 20 x 18 loft ads to the charm of this cabin at the end of a cove. Price of $250,000 includes a slip in the community boat dock, not far from the Shell Knob bridge and convenient to town. PRUDENTIAL OZARKS 1ST CHOICE REALTY, INC. MLS #: 312508 417-858-2600 (0 comments)
SHELL KNOB RESTAURANT FOR SALE - 06/20/07 02:42 PM
POPULAR FAMILY RESTAURANT Recently remodeled - updated and priced to sell - this full service facility on Hwy 39, is five miles south of Shell Knob. The restaurant seats 90. Sale includes kitchen and serving equipment, tables and chairs, coolers. It has new hardwood flooring, asphalt parking lot, two new hotwater heaters. A complete equipment list is available upon request. Priced at $235,000, owner will finance with $150,000 down and carry balance for five years at 5% MLS: 309499 PRUDENTIAL 1ST CHOICE REALTY, INC. 417-858-2600 For additional area information call Joan, Toll Free at 888-823-4125 (0 comments)
HEADS-UP MISSOURI REALTORS What is the absolute dullest thing you can think of to read? For me it's the legal notices stuck at the back of the newspaper, which fulfill the requirements of the law for public notice of back taxes, foreclosure, etc.
Running a close second on boredom, has to be reading the Official Publication of The Missouri Real Estate Commission (sorry guys, but it is dull). Don't get me wrong, it is necessary reading to keep abreast of new laws and changes in regulations, forms, etc. It's raining today, and I've got my appointments and calls for the day done, so (1 comments)
BUYER ALERT - 06/18/07 02:30 PM
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL FOR SELLERSThe general media is not heralding this from their front pages, Nor prime time news, but some knowledgeable persons are stating that the Real Estate market may finally have hit bottom. Once you hit bottom, the only way to go is up - at least the last time I checked it out. As a Shell Knob, MO REALTOR, I know I am seeing more activity now. The Housing Predictor, which specializes in real estate news on the net, is publishing that the"Worst May Be Over In National Housing Market Slowdown". According to them, (6 comments)
Googalize This! - 06/16/07 11:55 AM
SHELL KNOB LIBRARY We are blessed in Shell Knob with an excellent library. As one local user put it: "I love coming into a friendly library where I don't have to whisper all the time." Personally, I love Google and use it daily. Definitely use it in place of getting out one of the old World Book Encyclopedias, but it is unlikely to ever replace actually reading a good book that you hold in your hands when away from your computer, even in this information age we live in. Pat Skinner, Head Librarian, tells me that area residents organized the library in 1981, and (2 comments)
SURE.......REALLY? - 06/16/07 10:29 AM
MAGIC WORD?An article in a recent issue of my Missouri REALTOR magazine got my attention. It was titled: Enhancing Customer Service. It used excerpts from various authors to supply the reader with positive ideas to assist in giving better customer service. As a Shell Knob REALTOR, I'm always looking for ways to improve my service. One tip, however, had me puzzling over it. It said to use the magic word "sure". Sure? It is not a word I use often. It could be a substitute for "yes", I guess. According to the author, John R. Graham, "Customers find the word "sure" so (7 comments)
HOME BUYERS NEED HELP - 06/15/07 05:24 PM
HOME INFORMATION GAP I came across an excellent article in a recent issue of my Missouri REALTOR magazine. It concerned the homeownership information gap. There is a new web site out there that should be on every potential homeowner's list of Favorites or Bookmarks. It was launched by the Missouri Association of REALTORS to help educate consumers on buying a home , as well as help them locate financial assistance to help reduce the costs of homeownership. The web site is loaded with a wealth of information that can be located in the comfort of your home. If you have any (2 comments)
EVER WONDER? How much are you and your services worth? Really worth? What would happen if we didn't set a price for our services. What if you told your client to just pay you what ever they think is fair when you find that perfect house for them.
Whew - that's a scary thought. First off, they have no idea of how many hours I spend in prep work. Hours on the phone, on the computer, screening property. Hours (read gas $) driving potential buyers around Shell Knob on showings. So if they don't know what our work actually entails, how (26 comments)
Table Rock Lake Temperatures are in the upper 70's with 80 degree surface water to arrive soon, so night fishing is becoming the better option. Good cover along shorelines holds possibilities for shallow bass, but most fish are spending more time in deeper water now. Plastic worms are good, according to author Tom Koob, along secondary banks, points and transition areas. Faster lures like crankbaits and spinnerbaits can be useful to find fish on these areas. Bass are staging at around 20-25' but can move even deeper. Drop-shot rigs with a Fish Doctor, French fry or razor worm (0 comments)
WILDLIFE CAUTION - 06/14/07 04:20 PM
LEAVE BABIES ALONE This time of year, the majority of Missouri's wildlife will be with their young. People coming into contact with baby wildlife is almost certain. Living around the Mark Twain National Forest, we get to frequently see deer in the Shell Knob area. Young deer are the most common type of wildlife to be encountered and mistakenly thought to be orphaned. Many residents find fawns without their mom's nearby and decide the fawn has been abandoned. Thinking they are doing a good thing, they bundle the adorable spotted animal off to their house and try to raise it themselves - sadly. (0 comments)
SHELL KNOB ADDICTION - 06/12/07 11:06 PM
AUCTION TIME IS HERE Auctions are a fun part of Shell Knob's culture. On the practical side, it is a way to move used goods, like a garage sale, but better. It is a form of recycling before the word 'recycling' even existed. It is also addicting. Ask this local Realtor, about how easy it is for families to have an auction to cut back on having to move all their goods when reducing the size of the home they are moving into, or due to their health, going to live with one of their children. Shell Knob residents enthusiastically attend local auctions. (2 comments)
DANGER IN OZARKS - 06/11/07 02:15 PM
LOW WATER CROSSINGS KILL When first moving to Shell Knob and I encountered a Low Water Crossing after heavy spring rains, the surprise of seeing water rushing over the road, was surpassed by the deafening roar of this powerful force of nature.
Then I got confused by the terminology LOW WATER - shouldn't that mean that the water was actually 'low'? Seemed to me that it should say HIGH WATER. In reality, a Low Water Bridge provides a bridge for when the water is actually low. Southwest Missouri has had an unusual amount of rain this week, and as usual, there (2 comments)
LIFE AFTER THE FAST LANE I had a lady ask me not long ago, "Just what do you DO in Shell Knob?"Her question gave me pause, but I had to answer truthfully, "If you have to ask , then Shell Knob probably isn't the right place for you." We don't have any malls (unless you want to call the Bridgeway Plaza a mall), theatres, night clubs or fancy restaurants. We don't even have a Walmart, but you can get to a Walmart by driving 30 miles in any direction.
Shell Knob is actually rural, and if it weren't for a large (1 comments)
Heavily wooded and sloping, this lot is set at the end of a quiet deep cove on Table Rock Lake, just minutes from Shell Knob, MO for shopping, library, bank, etc. It sits in Crystal Beach, an established rustic development south of Shell Knob.
Crystal Beach offers residents a community swimming pool with clubhouse, a playground for children, community sewer and water.
This lot measure 123 x 150. It is priced at $44,500 MLS#: 312901 For additional information on this or other Shell Knob real estate, call Joan Toll Free: 888-823-4125 (0 comments)
PROSPER IN LEAN TIMESAre you a survivor? Will you make it through this slump the real estate business is going through? Slump is an interesting word that the media seems to use more frequently now. Answer.com defines SLUMP as to fall, or sink heavily; collapse. So has your business collapsed? Your phone isn't ringing and no one is walking in the door on your floor time. Listening to or watching the evening news your hear comments like: Housing slump may rival late 80's, per Boston Globe.State Taxes falling below projections, a result of the housing market slowdown, NY TimesFederal Reserve Chairman (1 comments)
GOT CARDS? Do you always have some of your business cards on your person? I have to admit that I frequently run into a store around Shell Knob, clutching only my debit card and shopping list. This was not the case earlier this week and I was extremely glad I had mine with me. We need to be aware that eyes and ears of potential clients are always around us. I had to retake the Realtor Ethics Class at the board's office in Branson, MO this week, as I had changed brokers and this class is required to join Tri- Lakes Board. (12 comments)
Is your boat safe? The Auxiliary has no legal authority, and checks to make sure your boat complies with federal, state and local laws and that it is property equipped in case of an emergency. Don Spirks is the man to call to request a safety check. Don can be reached at: 417-858-9405 The Coast Guard Auxiliary will also be conducting an America's Boating Course in Shell Knob on Saturday June 23. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lower level of the Shell Knob Library. Pre-registration is required. Call Mary (2 comments)
SHELL KNOB MARKET There is always a friendly air in customers as they shop the Farmers Market on Wednesday mornings. Neighbors greeting neighbors that they haven't seen since last summer. Farmers Market in Shell Knob is recommending that now is the time to plant perennials and the market has a wide variety available, including lilies, iris, bleeding hearts, coreopsis, clemantis, hen-n-chick, astilbe, ferns, phlox and hosta. New potatoes are being harvested now with green beans coming soon. Customers can expect to see beets, turnips, spinach, cabbage, napa cabbage, bok choy, fresh basil, radish, green onions, fresh dill, lettuce. There is usually a good variety (1 comments)
MAJORITY RULES?` - 06/07/07 01:35 PM
ONE SQUEAKY WHEEL IN SHELL KNOB Whatever happened to Majority Rules? This is a fundamental American concept that has seemed to work well for many years, but Incidents in recent times have given me great concern about how the opposite seems to be happening even here in Shell Knob. There was the atheist father who threatened his daughter's school board with a lawsuit because of a Christian club at her school(one man). How about Madalyn Murray O'Hair who managed to get prayer in school thrown out (one woman). It seems more and more that individuals can threaten suing and (2 comments)
WHAT IS A 1031 EXCHANGE - 06/04/07 03:22 PM
1031 IN SHELL KNOB?There are Shell Knob residents growing their nest egg by use of an IRS Ruling known as a 1031 , but can it be applied to a vacation home on Table Rock Lake? Normally when you sell property, you receive either a gain or a loss in the transaction. If it is a gain, you pay tax on it. Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), however provides an exception to that rule.Instead of selling property, paying taxes on it, and then using the reduced after-tax proceeds to buy other real estate, IRC & 1031 allows the deferment (8 comments)
DON'T SQUOOSH THE TARANTULAS - 06/02/07 03:29 PM
SHELL KNOB DRIVER'S ALERT It's that time of year again. Two weeks ago I warned about being alert for 3 Toed Turtles crossing the road around Shell Knob, but today my Missouri Conservationist Calendar reads: Look For Tarantulas Crossing Road. The first time I saw one of those huge furry creatures, I freaked out. I had no idea that they resided in these hills. The variety that lives here is harmless and really fascinating to watch - from a distance - for this city girl.
This hairy species is Missouri's largest spider. Body and legs are uniformly dark chocolate-brown, according to (24 comments)
TABLE ROCK LAKE - 06/01/07 11:17 AM
ENJOYING THE GOOD LIFE What does "The Good Life" mean to you? This question came to me as I was enjoying a boat ride on Table Rock Lake last night. The sun wasn't too hot at 7 pm. The water was smooth as glass, and we were the only boat I could see on the water in any direction! We finally saw a couple of boats fishing in coves , but not a ripple on the water, until we created it in passing.
Now this IS a huge lake, depending upon whose measurement you use, between 857 and 745 miles of shoreline, (2 comments)
MAY MARKET REPORT UPDATE - 06/01/07 10:56 AM
TRI LAKES TOTALS Sales have started to pick up for the members of the Tri Lakes Multiple Listing Association in southwest Missouri, but average sales price has dropped.
There are 1,584 single family homes on the market in the Tri Lakes area, with an average price of $278,000. This includes 350 new single family listings. These new listings have an average price of $257,000. There were 128 homes closed at an average price of $186,000 when listed. Selling price averaged $177,000. This gives an average percentage of 95% list to sell price. Days on the market for these sales average 111. This covers Barry, (0 comments)
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