Local realtors showcase featured listings, fashion and discuss the Lake market.

Tammy Rosenthal   |   Owner and Team Leader with the Fran Campbell

1. Give us some background about yourself? 
I joined Fran Campbell Team 14 years ago as the office manager and then I became a full-time Realtor. I'm thrilled to say that in January 2020 I became the owner and team leader for this great company. Unbeknownst to me, I have been preparing myself for the past 14 years for this great opportunity. I love what I do and I am very excited about what the future holds for the team, myself, and our industry.
2. What is it that you love about your job here at the Lake?  
I love meeting so many wonderful people and helping their families when they are looking to buy a home or condo at the Lake. Everyone seems so excited to be here and I love making new friends along the way. I have built some fabulous relationships through this business.
3. What are you seeing in the market these days?
Our market is very active right now, so if you want to buy a Lake home don't wait, do it now. It is somewhat of a seller's market right now and we are seeing multiple offer situations. Buyers need to position themselves to put their best offer forward and this includes either having proof of funds or a pre-approval from a local lender. As a buyer, if you find the home that hits 7 out of 10 of your top features then you need to be ready to put an offer on it. Chances are it is a match for other buyers too. The mortgage interest rates are at historic lows. 
4. Are you seeing any trends? What are people looking for?
More people are looking for high-end finishes and open living spaces. Luxury condos and maintenance-included villas are on the rise. Some baby boomers are wanting to downsize and they are selling their million-dollar homes to enjoy a resort lifestyle with lots of amenities.  
5. What is your best piece of advice for those buying or selling a Lake home?  
For the buyers, I feel it is critical if they plan to do any financing that they get pre-approved. This is the best roadmap for them. With this knowledge, the buyer knows what they can afford and it helps the realtor find the perfect Lake home for them. As for the seller, be sure to work with a full-time agent and don't be fooled by an agent that gives you an unrealistic price on your home. Work with someone that has your best interest at heart. You can always read agent reviews on Zillow or the agent's website to see who you are working with. It doesn't do the seller or the agent any good to overprice a property.  

Kate Coffin   |   Listing & Sales Executive/Assistant for the Mary Lou Stone Team

1. Give us some background about yourself? 
After moving to the Lake in 2013 from Crystal Lake, Ill., I began my career in real estate as an administrative assistant. After a few cross-country moves, my husband and I came back to the Lake in 2017. I joined the Mary Lou Stone Team at Four Seasons Realty as an assistant and real estate photographer. Mary Lou presented me with the opportunity to become a licensed agent and I jumped at it! I still assist the Mary Lou Stone Team and do photography, but also am a licensed real estate agent.
2. What is it that you love about your job here at the Lake?
I love meeting people from all walks of life, hearing their unique stories and aiding them on their journey by helping them with the purchase or sale of property here at the Lake. It’s amazing to see how closely tied we all are and how small the world is once conversation opens up.
3. What are you seeing in the market these days?
It is definitely a seller’s market at the Lake for residential properties. We are still experiencing a shortage of listings to satisfy buyers’ wants and needs.
4. Are you seeing any trends? What are people looking for?
It seems that less people are looking for fixer-uppers and more people are looking for move-in ready homes and condos. Residential construction is also picking up, which is exciting.
5. What is your best piece of advice for those buying or selling a Lake home?
My best piece of advice for those buying and selling is to get your ducks in a row. If you’re buying and need a loan, get pre-qualified and use a local lender. Also, research and figure out what general area of the Lake you’d like to be at. The Lake’s a big place! For sellers, consider getting a pre-inspection of your home done so there aren’t any big surprises once you’re under contract. A little bit of decluttering, cleaning and staging can go a long way, too!

Sherry Stevens   |   Licensed Agent with the Keller Williams Lake of the Ozarks Realty

1. Give us some background about yourself? 
I fell into real estate and started in the business with an independent Realtor who saw talent in me. She hired me to help her sell her brother's condo development in Osage Beach. She was a God-send. I am very much a “people person.” Direct sales were right up my alley and I fell in love with real estate. Fast forward 20 years and here I am. I work hard. I am dedicated. I have an amazing team. I try to remain as positive as possible throughout the entire real estate process. Bringing my clients peace of mind is key in every transaction.
2. What is it that you love about your job here at the Lake?
Working with the people. I love to help them. I love seeing the buyer's faces light up when they find the perfect home or property. I love helping the sellers move forward with their next phase of life. I especially love working with first-time homebuyers and seniors. I enjoy working with other agents, lenders and title companies. 
3. What are you seeing in the market these days?
The market is hot, hot, hot right now. We are seeing quite a bit of new construction which indicates a strong market. We have a shortage of inventory and are all fighting for listings. Prices are strong. It is definitely a seller's market. Our days on market are dropping and our average sales prices are rising for most property types.
4. Are you seeing any trends? What are people looking for?
If it is on the water under $200k and shows well we can hardly keep it on the shelf. We are seeing a lot of customers who are still into the gray and white themes, a lot of Chip & JoAnna Gains style. We are also seeing more modern/contemporary homes and condos in the new construction field. There is a subdivision of new homes currently under construction in Linn Creek. They are a contemporary-farmhouse style. There is a new high-end villa complex in Sunrise Beach that is ultra-contemporary. Each unit can opt for their own private swimming pool! We have such a diverse area that you can find everything from bare ground and hunting cabins to multi-million dollar homes.
5. What is your best piece of advice for those buying or selling a Lake home?
Do it NOW and do NOT delay.  The interest rates are still great for buyers. If you are looking to buy and are getting a loan, you need to be pre-approved and ready to go. The stronger you can look on an offer the better off you will be in winning the contract. If you have even toyed with the idea of selling your home you should have someone price it for you. I think you may be pleasantly surprised at what you can get for it right now. We are in an appreciating market. The prices we are seeing are the highest since 2006. 

Models are wearing fashions provided by Shabby Chic Boutique in Osage Beach (1056 Main Street, located in the Landing on Main Street). Hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. & Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.