Be Prepared… Spring is on the way!

The temperature flucation… 60 today… 30 tomorrow… is a sure sign of one thing in beautiful Ozark Mountain Country… Spring Is On the Way!! Here and there we are seeing a few daffodils and hyacinths start to break through the soil and even a forsythia blossom or two has popped out. While we really had a very mild winter, you can still hear the collective sigh of area residents as we start to see these first signs of rebirth in these Ozark hills.
It’s a great time to begin looking at properties if you’re in the market for a new home, prices are still very reasonable and interest rates are great! But what if you’re not in the market… what if you have a place you love… what can this sight do for you? How ’bout a few great home maintenance tips to start your spring out right. Tips that will carry you right through another Ozark Mountain Summer!!
Recently, while browsing Popular Mechanics website I found 3 great tips and now is a perfect time to pass them right on to you, so here goes… you’ll love these!

Tip #1 – Organizing Garden Hoses
 Keep the hose coiled in the garage (or outside) around a five-gallon plastic pail. Attach the base of the pail to the wall of the garage with a large-headed nail and wrap the hose around it—it’ll spin when you want to pull out the hose—or weight the pail with rocks and hide it standing up between shrubs near the spigot. When the hose is not in use, it’s wrapped around the pail. You can store garden supplies inside.

Tip #2 – Keeping Your Mower Unclogged
A smooth, clean deck surface is the best way to keep the mower in top cutting shape,” says Clark Oltman, senior service representative for the Toro Company. “Make sure the underside of your deck is clean when you start. Spraying the underside of the housing with cooking spray prior to mowing can be helpful,” adds Oltman. You’ll maintain your mower better and avoid these chokes if after you’ve finished mowing, you wipe off all debris with a rag or paper towel, then spray a thin film of light lubricant on the deck surface.

Tip #3 – Cleaning Your Gutters with Ease
Make gutter cleaning easier—and safer (no ladder required)—with a long spray wand made from a 1/2-in.-diameter by 10-ft.-long PVC pipe. Cut two 6-in. lengths of pipe. Then use PVC cement to join these short sections and two 90-degree elbows with what is now a 9-ft.-long pipe, forming a J-shaped hook. At the short end of the hook, glue on a solid endcap. Drill three 1/8-in.- diameter holes in the cap. Glue a threaded adapter onto the opposite end of the pipe and attach a garden hose. Place the short end of the J-shaped hook inside the gutter and turn on the hose. As you walk along the house, high-pressure streams of water will rinse the gutter clean.

Here’s hoping your Spring will be off to a great start and this year’s home maintenance is the easiest ever!

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Keller Williams Realty Now #1 Real Estate Company in the United States by Agent Count
Company also announces franchise expansion into Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Turkey
DALLAS, TEXAS (February 17, 2013) — Keller Williams Realty, Inc. announced today that it is the largest real estate franchise company by agent count in the United States, with approximately 80,000 associates. In recent years, Keller Williams Realty has posted record growth numbers, surpassing RE/MAX, Century 21, and now Coldwell Banker to secure the industry’s top position. The news, based on publically available information as of February 6, 2013, was announced in front of more than 10,000 Keller Williams associates during the company’s annual convention in Dallas, Texas.
During his standing-room-only, annual State of the Company address, CEO Mark Willis made the announcement, stating, “Keller Williams associates: We are one family. We have one destiny. We share one thing…We are America’s #1 real estate company by agent count!”
Willis also reported strong productivity gains by Keller Williams associates in 2012. Year over year, per-agent units increased 23 percent, closed volume was up 31 percent, and gross commission income rose 28 percent. Moreover, a record 91 percent of the company’s offices were profitable for the year. The company also announced its final profit share total for the year, which added up to more than $55 million in profits distributed to Keller Williams associates – an increase of 44 percent over the previous year.
Keller Williams Realty President Mary Tennant updated attendees on the company’s charitable 501(c)(3) entity, KW Cares, which in 2012 awarded $2.7 million in grants to associates and their families in need.
And finally, Keller Williams Worldwide President Chris Heller announced plans to expand into two new regions: (1) Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; and (2) Turkey. The company previously announced global franchise agreements in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Southern Africa. Heller also extended a big welcome to more than 70 international guests who were visiting from 18 countries.
“One of the keys to Keller Williams Realty’s phenomenal success has been our ability to grow organically – from agent to agent, from market center to market center, from country to country – earning our reputation one person at a time,” Heller said.
Willis’ presentation was followed by a 30th anniversary party. The No. 1 announcement and celebration capped a remarkable year for the Austin, TX-based company:

  • J.D. Power and Associates ranked Keller Williams “Highest in Customer Satisfaction” among both home buyers and home sellers.*
  • Keller Williams was ranked No. 9 on America’s Top 150 Workplaces – the only national real estate company on the list.
  • And in April, Keller Williams co-founder and bestselling author Gary Keller will publish his latest book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.
Willis thanked associates and implored them to “Never back down” from their new position as the largest real estate company in the United States: “Let’s celebrate tonight, but watch out, competition. Tomorrow we’re going to be working harder than we’ve ever worked before. The real prize we’re pursuing is to be #1 in agent count and transactions and volume all across the world!”
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*Disclaimer: Keller Williams received the highest numerical score among full service real estate firms for home buyers and home sellers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Home Buyer/Seller StudySM. Study based on 2,994 total evaluations measuring five firms and measures opinions of individuals who bought or sold a home between March 2011 and April 2012. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed March-May 2012. Your experiences may vary. Visit

Who Me… a brand new home?

Nationwide the real estate market is continuing to make a great comeback. The combination of record low interest rates and abundant inventory due to the recent economic downturn have actually been very favorable to many first time buyers, retirees and investors.

The only area of real estate , though, that truly seemed to grind to a screeching halt was new construction. Foreclosures, short sales and downsizing worked together to silence the saws and hammers of many builders and construction companies. But the good news of 2013 is that we are beginning to once again hear the rumble of delivery trucks, notice freshly formed concrete and watch rafters being placed. While new construction is cautious and calculated, it is happening at an ever increasing, slow and steady rate. We’re seeing brand new family homes rising in subdivision at very family friendly prices.

Take this opportunity to check out some of the great new construction available in the Branson / Tri-Lakes area for under $145,000. You may find yourself saying “Who me… a brand new home… You Bet I Can!!”

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Why Keller Williams Tri-Lakes…

Marc King, Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Market Center Leader, recently shared these year-end facts with our agents. These results of great agents working in a win-win atmosphere for a caring company add up to an advantage for both the buyers and sellers.  Take a look and see why, whether you’re buying or selling, Keller Williams Tri-Lakes is the right agency for you.
* Keller Williams is outpacing Tri-Lakes Board Of Realtors in New Listings taken by a whopping 36%.  In fact, the board is down 4% in New Listings.
* 2012 was a better year for everyone and Tri-Lakes Board Of Realtors was up in Units Sold (12%) and Total Volume (12%).  The exciting news is that Keller Williams was up in Units Sold (29%) and Total Volume (43%).  Keller Williams is outpacing Tri-Lakes Board Of Realtors by 31% in Volume Sold for our clients and agents!!!
*  Time!  While the average days on market grew from 164 to 172 for the Tri-Lakes Board Of Realtors, Keller Williams saw a decrease in the days on market from 180 to 164.  We are selling our listings faster!
* Knowledge!  While the Tri-Lakes Board Of Realtors average List-to-Sell Variance is 90%, Keller Williams is at 92%.  That may not sound like it is substantial.  However, when on a listing appointment, we know that we are earning our clients an extra 2%.  That is key in defending commission value and proving that our agents are educated in the market.
*  We continue to “Play well with others”!  While the Tri-Lakes Board Of Realtors saw Co-op deals decline in 2012 by 5%, Keller William increased its number of sales of other companies listings by 17%.
“When looking to buy or sell real estate in the Tri-Lakes area, the choice of company is clear.  Keller Williams lists properties closer to sales price, we sell our listings faster and for more money!”

An Ozark Mountain Christmas












Christmas in Branson is unlike anything you have ever seen. As I have mentioned before, Branson is a community that comes together and celebrates what matters most, family. Christmas time is the best time to come see us. Christmas music in the air, tons of shops to visit, and trail of lights at Shepard of the Hills is the best way to start off the season!


Elves Helping Santa Get Ready!

Speaking of wonderful Christmas displays, Silver Dollar City Christmas is gorgeous! Over 1 Million light bulbs on the buildings alone! Silver Dollar City hosts two wonderful musicals that are free with admission! A Christmas Carol is one of my all time favorites. The story of Mr. Scrooge is a classic tale of being happy for what you have, and spreading the Christmas cheer! This huge cast takes you on a journey of suspense and fun! You will be shivering in your boots at the appearance of Scrooge’s business partner Jacob Marley, and dancing in your seat when you watch the cast twirl and spin to the sound of a well tuned fiddle.


The wonderful cast of Dickens Christmas Carol!

This year, Silver Dollar city opened a brand new musical in their park. It’s a Wonderful Life hit the stage in November, and has received nothing but rave reviews. I have plans to see it this week, and will be posting photos and my own critique soon! Keep checking back!


Beautiful Community Event: Balloons Over Branson

Living in Branson has many perks. One of the big ones for me is the sense of community. From the entertainers of the area, to a Realtor like me, everyone does their part to make sure everyone feels welcome.  One of the last events I was so blessed to be a part of was the Balloons Over Branson Creek. (Click here to learn more about Branson Creek, and Listings we have in the area). We had a booth out there, and met some amazing people!

View From My Tent

Friday was a tethered balloon ride, lets just say I was glad to be back on the ground! Saturday we had a huge crowd out there! Hayrides around the Branson Creek Property, bounce houses for the kids, great food by Famous Dave’s and Golden Corral, and wonderful music by the local college band made it a great experience!  As everyone settled down and the sun was setting, the balloons were up, and they started to glow. It was one of the most peaceful and beautiful things I have witnessed.

Balloon Glow


A friend of mine actually had a balloon that he made himself! (pictured below).

Our Friends Balloon

Our Friends Balloon

I took my beautiful wife, daughter and grandsons out to see how the balloons were blown up. The boys were amazed at how the balloons looking so small could blow up to be 100 x what they were laid out on the ground. ( and also that the fire did not set the balloons on fire lol)

My Daughter and Grand Sons Checking Out The Balloons

My Daughter and Grand Sons Checking Out The Balloons

This is a great experience that I look forward to participating in every year! Can not wait till next year!

Jim Robertson Team

Lake Front Living – Table Rock Lake

Have you ever wanted to live life by the lake? Want to have a little fun in the sun? Table Rock Lake is all about having the convenience of only being minutes away from fun for the whole family! Healthy living with many activity centers, hiking and biking trails, and beaches at your finger tips. Moonshine beach is one of the prettiest and most popular designated swimming areas in the Branson. Unlike Lake Taney Como, Table Rock is always 15 degrees cooler and much better patrolled. Being on Table Rock Lake, you have entertainment right down the road! Only a few miles away, the Showboat Branson Belle is docked at the beautiful White River Landing.You are far enough away from town to enjoy the peace an quiet, but close enough to easily access Branson or Hollister to meet your shopping needs.

Are you wanting a kind of home that offers these things, as well as a beautiful view, immaculate furnishings, and cozy feeling? If so, I have a home in mind for you!

Taney County Lake Front Home

Taney County Lake Front Home

Enjoy the peaceful location of this immaculate 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, lake view home. Family friendly area where you can walk to the lake, & enjoy getting to know your neighbors. There are boat launches, nature trails, and entertainment are close by too! The home’s interior features a open floor plan, hearth room with fireplace, granite tile counter tops, and custom oak cabinetry. Drawing your attention to the yard, it features a yard sprinkler system, privacy fence, water softener with whole house filter & softener system, large covered front porch, crawl space with storage area that can also double as storm shelter. This home comes with a 1 yr home warranty, & much more!

Updated Master Bath

Updated Master Bath

Beautiful Kitchen

Beautiful Kitchen

Spacious Living Area
Spacious Living Area

Interested in seeing this home? Feel free to contact me, or take a look at my website for more beautiful homes!

Keller Williams Branson Tri-Lakes Real Estate


Keller Williams Branson Tri-Lakes Real Estate
114 N Commercial
Branson, MO 65616

How to Prep Your Fireplace for Fall

“Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey
Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky, as lucky can be
Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when I shakes hands with you ” -Marry Poppins

This weekend I was watching Marry Poppins with my Niece, and as we watched, I remembered that it is getting to be that time of year again. The summer is on the down slide, and now instead of trying to keep the heat out, we will be fighting to keep in inside. I don’t know about you, but nothing says fall like a roaring fire place. Curled up with a warm blanket, a good book, and hot chocolate sounds like a perfect time to me! Even though we love to use the fireplace, it isn’t something that we always think about when it comes to maintenance. Here are three tips to help you prep your fireplace, or things to think about when you are buying a home…

1. Get your fireplace inspected. According to a survey, by National Fire Protection Association, last year  an alarming 42% fires in the country were credited to home heating fires. They suggest to have your chimney swept once a year to remove all of the soot and debris (building smaller fires will prevent build up in your chimney, and prevent cracking in the mortar). So make sure you call a local chimney sweep and have them come out to take a look, before you use your fireplace this fall. I have had some clients work with a local chimney sweep (Taney county area) R&L Chimney Sweeps and have had wonderful experience. They do professional work for a reasonable price!

2. Check chimney for cracks and loose bricks. Ash can escape through these cracks, and could potentially start a fire in or outside the home. The fireplace cap is located on the top of the chimney, and looks like wire mesh around the top, and on the inside rim. This is the part of the fire place that takes the most damage because it is always exposed to the elements. The chimney cap is there to make sure the air is filtered against rouge ashes, and to keep animals out of your home. This reminds me of the commercial for All State about the raccoon (mayhem) in the attic. Don’t let that be you!

3. Be sure that you are burning the right wood in your fireplace. Lets first start with the not to burn list. Do not burn freshly cut wood. This type of wood has more moisture, and produces more smoke than heat. Synthetic logs are a do not use because they can burn unevenly, and produce carbon monoxide. Which leads to my next tip. Make sure that you have a carbon monoxide detector inside your home. The perfect type of wood to burn is “seasoned” wood (wood that has been stored in a dry place for at least 6 months).

Speaking of fireplaces, we have tons of homes on the market with fireplaces! One of my favorites is this gorgeous ranch style home in Branson Missouri.

Plenty of room in this 5 bedroom 4 bath home situated on 3+ acres backing up to conservation land, is only 10 minutes to Branson’s northside shopping! This beautiful home is located within the Branson School district. Beautiful brick front, and spacious living room with vaulted ceilings and cozy fireplace. Nice walkout basement, large walk in cedar closet, formal dining room, oak cabinets in kitchen, and 24′ x 24′ workshop. A must see for those wanting a little more space around them!

Double Deck

Double Deck

Cozy Living Room
Open Dining Space
Open Dining Space

Interested in seeing this home on person? Feel free to contact us and set up an appointment!

The Jim Robertson Team

Keller Williams Branson Tri-Lakes Real Estate
114 N Commercial
Branson, MO 65616


Best of Both Worlds – Branson Creek

Do you love having the privacy of the country side, but the convenience of being only a 10 minute drive from town? If so then Branson Creek is the place to be! Branson Creek is only a 10 minute drive from Hollister, and a 15 minute drive to Down Town Branson Landing.

Branson creek is special in its ability to cater to every persons wants and needs. Known for its award winning golf courses Murder Rock (Golf Week top 2 out of 5 best courses in Missouri), Community Club House with many events to socialize, state of the art work out facility, and easy access to Branson’s only airport! Click here to hear some new exciting news about Fly Branson! In 2011, Branson Creek was listed in the Retire Magazine as one of the Top 50 Best Master Planned Communities.

Luckily, I have quite a few homes in this wonderful community. I am featuring a home that is perfect for entertaining.  This gorgeous home on Woodhaven Circle is a one level home located in the exclusive Oak Knoll area of Branson Creek. Many upgraded features include 10ft ceilings, hard wooad floors, and top of the line security system. Exterior features include, yard irrigation, 3 car garage, a fully fenced yard, spacious in-ground pool, custom landscaping with a gorgeous fountain, and much more! Experience living at its finest in this comfortable 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home!

Need more information? check out my website: . If you are interested in touring this home, feel free to contact me!


Keller Williams Branson Tri-Lakes Real Estate

114 N Commercial

Branson, MO 65616

Tips on Prepping and Painting a Room

The time has come for change!  My friends have moved into their first house a few months ago, and have not changed their “mancave” rooms since the move! It has now been painted! It is a long over due project , and you are about to see why.  The walls were separated horizontally in the middle; the top half was painted a deep horrid hunter green, and the bottom half was painted a bright orange. Could you imagine how hard it was to decorate this room? A wallpaper border ran along the walls, and served as a cover to hide the crease between the two colors. The print on this border included a green background with a galaxy of planets scattered along it.  Below is a pre-picture of the retro planet room:

Pre -Paint  Wall

First things first; we needed to take down the wallpaper border. As we tried to just peel it off we noticed that we were only getting the top paper layer off. Fortunately my mother-in-law had taught me how to make a mixture that would help us peel this off effortlessly. 1/4 Cup of Fabric Softener (I use snuggle-fer breeze for best smell and results) in a spray bottle (from the dollar tree), followed by filling up the rest up with warm water. After putting both into the spray bottle, make sure the spout is turned off, and shake for about one minute. Spray directly onto the surface of the wallpaper, and let soak for a minute. When you come back and grab a corner, it should peel right off. Make sure you have a scrub brush for the few stubborn places.

Wall Paper Removed

This room was also used as a mancave for the previous owner, so it has been smoked in for the past 5 years or so. So to prep the surface for the paint, we took a rag and used the same fabric softener/water mixture to scrub down the walls. After getting all the nicotine off the walls, it smelled so much cleaner and fresh!

Taping Wires

My personal favorite part of painting is taping. I swear that it is therapeutic in some way. Some people take off the trim, and socket covers to paint, but I prefer to cover them in tape. It is faster, and you are still ensured not to get paint on anything. We strictly use the Scotch Wide Blue Painters Tape you can get from Lowes. Using any other type will peel the paint off when you remove the tape at the end.

Thank goodness they decided to paint the walls something a little more neutral. A major plus for when they decide to re-sell their home, they wont have to re-paint this room. Keeping walls a neutral palate help you in decorating your home, and creates a warm environment for buyers to come into. They chose a dark navy-type color for the accent wall and ceiling. On the other three walls, they used a blue that was 3 shades lighter than the original color. This unified the room in color while still giving it an accent wall.

Painting the Accent Wall and Ceiling

Four Hours, Three cans of paint, Two paintbrushes, Two rollers, and Three coats of paint later; We have finished the room! It doesn’t even look like the planet infested man cave that it did before! It has been transformed into a sophisticated media room that can be used to entertain and relax. New Blog coming soon on how to remove smoke and grime from a room!

Finished Accent Wall Corner