Monday, November 18, 2019

Thanksgiving Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake area is a wonderful place to live all year long because there is always something to do down here! As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we wanted to let you know about Thanksgiving events that are happening, and even a few fun things to do after your dinner has settled and you want to get out of the house!


Thanksgiving Dinners at the Lake of the Ozarks

Thanksgiving Brunch at Inn at Grand Glaize
Nov 28, 2019
Inn at Grand Glaize
5142 Osage Beach Pkwy
Osage Beach MO 65065
Phone: 573-348-4731
Hours of Operation: 11 am

Thanksgiving Traditional Buffet

Regalia Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 28, 2019
Regalia Hotel
250 Racquet Club Drive
Lake Ozark MO 65049
Phone: 573-723-3000 ext. 5006
Hours of Operation: 11 am to 3 pm

Traditional Buffet-Style Thanksgiving Dinner.

Thanksgiving Menu at The Trophy Room
Nov 28, 2019
The Trophy Room at Old Kinderhook
56 Club Place Road
Camdenton MO 65020
Phone: 573-317-4314
Hours of Operation: 11 am - 4 pm

Old Kinderhook offers an amazing Thanksgiving Menu.

Thanksgiving Feast at Lodge of Four Seasons 
Nov 28, 2019
The Lodge of Four Seasons
315 Four Seasons Drive
Lake Ozark MO 65049
Phone: 573-365-3000
Hours of Operation: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Lodge of Four Seasons Thanksgiving Feast

Make reservations at OpenTable.com or call 573-365-8509.

Thanksgiving Buffet at H. Toad's
Nov 28, 2019
H. Toad's Bar & Grill at Camden on the Lake
2359 Bittersweet Rd
Lake Ozark MO 65049
Phone: 573-365-5620
Hours of Operation: 12 pm to 4 pm

Holiday Lights & Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

Looking for something fun to do after Thanksgiving events have settled down? The Lake area will be lighting up over the Thanksgiving weekend, and it is going to be a great time to get out and enjoy the festivities!

Enchanted Village of Lights
Nov. 22, 2019 - Jan 2, 2020
Laurie Fairgrounds
269 Fairgrounds Road, Laurie, MO
573-374-8776
Open Nightly 5 pm to 9 pm (10 pm weekends)

St. Patrick's Festival of Lights
Nov 28, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020
Shrine of St. Patrick/ Mother's Shrine
176 Marian Drive, Laurie, MO
573-374-7855
Open Nightly 5 pm to 10 pm

Versailles Unity Circle of Lights
Nov 29, 2019 - Jan 2, 2020
Versailles City Park
Jct Hwy 5 and 52, Versailles, MO
573-378-4634
Open nightly from dusk until midnight

Osage Beach Holiday Lights
Nov 30 - Dec 29, 2019
Osage Beach City Park & Osage Beach Pkwy
950 Hatchery Rd, Osage Beach, MO
573-302-2000
Open nightly

Christmas Village at Old Kinderhook
Nov 29, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019
The Ice at Old Kinderhook
678 Old Kinderhook Dr.
Camdenton Missouri 65020
Phone: 573-317-3500


The Lake Lifestyle at Its Finest!

If you do not live at the Lake of the Ozarks, but you have always wanted to, now is the time to get started! From primary residents to purchasing a vacation property at the Lake of the Ozarks, Team Lasson has helped so many people secure their dream home with home loans.

All of us at Team Lasson hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving season filled with friends, family and a LOT of food! If you come down to visit relatives and realize how much you love the area, let us know, we would love to help you get started!

For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 



Michael Lasson
Senior Loan Officer
NMLS #: 493712

4655 B Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Direct: (573) 746-7211





**The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent First State Bank of St Charles’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Types of Mortgages to Consider - Part 1

Whether you’re purchasing your first home or you have several scattered around in your favorite locations - purchasing a house will always be a big decision. For a large number of the population, getting a mortgage is the fastest and easiest way to complete your purchase, and that is where Team Lasson comes into play! Because there are so many different components to a mortgage, from the interest rate to the terms of the loan, it’s important to have a mortgage lender at the Lake of the Ozarks who you can trust. Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind as you work through the mortgage process, and how we can help!


Fixed vs. Adjustable Interest Rates

This will be one of the first major decisions you make in your mortgage process. Knowing how your interest rate is treated is going to make a difference in the long run, so you want to make sure you understand before moving forward. Here are a few pros and cons to the different types:

Fixed-Rate Mortgages
The pros of this type of mortgage are that the interest rate stays the same for the entire time it takes you to pay off the loan. This means that the size of your monthly payment stays the same, and it’s easier for budget planning. The cons are that should mortgage rates lower at any time during the term of your mortgage, your rate is going to stay the same throughout the term.

Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs)
Pros can include that ARMs offer a lower interest rate (which can mean a lower monthly payment) for the first few years. However, the cons are that while the low-interest rate at the beginning is appealing, there is a risk of higher interest rates down the road.

Mortgage Terms

Your mortgage term refers to the length of the loan in years. This is the agreement you make with your lender on the maximum amount of time it will take you to pay off the loan in full.

15-Year Mortgages
Pros are that a 15-year term can keep you on track to pay off your home quickly, and it can often have a lower interest rate and even cost less in total interest compared to other loan options. Cons are that this term comes with a higher monthly payment compared to options with a longer term.

30-Year Mortgages
A pro is that you will have lower monthly payments with a 30-year term, compared to a 15-year term. A con is that you could end up with a higher interest rate, and could end up paying more in interest than you would have with a shorter term.


Securing Your Mortgage at the Lake of the Ozarks

Team Lasson looks forward to helping you buy the home of your dreams at the Lake. From a primary residence to a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have done it all. Now is proving to be an AMAZING time to lock in your interest rate and get your mortgage or refinance finished up. If you have questions about this, we would love to chat with you! Start by visiting our website (www.YourLakeLoan.com) and filling out the application - we look forward to helping you buy the home of your dreams!

For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 



Michael Lasson
Senior Loan Officer
NMLS #: 493712

4655 B Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Direct: (573) 746-7211





**The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent First State Bank of St Charles’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Fast Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving at Your Vacation Home

The season of thankfulness is upon us, and with that, gathering with family and friends for food and friendship comes with it. One fun way to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday is to host, and it can be even MORE fun to host it at your vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks! Treating your family to a fun getaway can be a fun new tradition, so we have a few tips to help make celebrating Thanksgiving in your vacation home even easier!


Check-In With Your Guests

Chances are, you will all most likely be traveling to get to your vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks. Take some time over the next few days to check in with your friends or family and see if they will need anything while staying with you. Some family members may need more space because they will have multiple playpens or kids. Others may prefer to have a room near the bathroom - or alternately one of the master suites if your home has two. You may not be able to accommodate everyone, but checking can help avoid some last-minute emergencies.

Stock the Kitchen

The Thanksgiving holiday is ALL about the kitchen - and the living room for football, but primarily the kitchen. Before you head down for the weekend, take some time to evaluate what you already have in your kitchen at the Lake. Here are a few things you will want to make sure are stocked up for the holiday:

  • Wine glasses
  • Pie tins
  • Roasting pans
  • Large pots & pans
  • Baking sheets & dishes
  • Whisks
  • Ladles
  • Spatulas
  • Sharp knives
  • Serving dishes
  • Turkey baster
  • Meat thermometer


You will also want to stock the kitchen with food items. You can stock up on these when you get down here, but you will want to make sure you have plenty of butter, milk, flour, spices, and cooking oil on hand for this holiday!

Do Not Forget Toiletries!

There is nothing worse than realizing that you ran out of toilet paper with a house full of holiday guests! Stock up on the basics like toilet paper, hand soap, paper towels, kitchen cleaning supplies, and even laundry soap. You may even want to add some extras to the bathrooms just in case someone forgot something. Basics like toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wipes, cotton balls, and cotton swabs.

Plan Some Activities!

Everyone is not going to want to do the same things with their holidays, but there is SOMETHING for everyone to do around here! Some of your guests may enjoy the local events. You can refer to FunLake.com for a full calendar of fun at the Lake of the Ozarks! Some guests may enjoy crashing in front of the television and watching the football game - serve up some leftovers and leave them to it! Others may want to do some sightseeing in the area. You can put together a list of must-see places at the Lake based on what you enjoy doing.

Everyone can enjoy their holiday weekend just the way they like it. From horseback riding, pumpkin picking, Black Friday shopping, or hiking, there is something for everyone.


Vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks! 

If you do not have a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks, now is still a great time to make your purchase! The interest rates have been excellent for the last few months, but we cannot guarantee how long they will stay this way! If you are ready to start your home loan process at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit our website. We would love to assist you with your purchase, so head over to our website at www.yourlakeloan.com , fill out the online application and let’s get started.

Whether you are planning your Thanksgiving holiday season at your vacation home or somewhere else, we hope that you and your family have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 



Michael Lasson
Senior Loan Officer
NMLS #: 493712

4655 B Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Direct: (573) 746-7211





**The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent First State Bank of St Charles’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Five Ways to Enjoy the Fall Colors

As the Autumn colors begin to spread across the horizons, now is a great time to get out there and enjoy nature. From the scenic overlooks to hikes where you are up close in nature, the Lake of the Ozarks offers many beautiful ways to appreciate the colors, soak in the season, and enjoy every last drop of Fall. Here are five ways Team Lasson thinks you will enjoy the colors this year.


Scenic Overlooks

Stop by the Ameren scenic overlook, located just off the Bagnell Dam on Upper Power Plant Road in the Lake Ozark. This is a beautifully scenic spot and it offers a unique view of Bagnell Dam, the Lake of the Ozarks, and those gorgeous colors. Wilmore Lodge is also just down the road and they offer a breathtaking panoramic view of the lake from the back deck of their building.

From the Sky 

If you are looking for a new perspective on the Fall color sightings, you can book an aerial tour! There are a few options around the Lake, some by helicopter and others by airplane. Enjoy the narrated photography tours and choose from several different tour options for scenic views and lake area highlights.

State Parks

At the Lake of the Ozarks, we boast of two beautiful State Parks. About four miles south of Camdenton, you can visit Ha Ha Tonka State Park and enjoy the Fall colors from several different trails, overlooks, and even from the castle ruins. There are 14 walking trails throughout the park where you can also appreciate other aspects of nature like the geological formations, caverns, springs, and sinkholes - not to mention woodland areas and glades. The Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Osage Beach covers 17,626 acres and has 12 hiking trails ranging from 0.8 of a mile to 13.5 miles. There are also trails for mountain bikers and equestrians, which can offer an adventurous view of the colors. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a vigorous hike, both state parks have a lot to offer.

On a Boat

The views by water can be a truly breathtaking way to enjoy those Fall colors. If you haven’t winterized your boat, now is a great time to take it out for one last spin before getting it ready for Winter. You could take your boat down the Aquatic trail for a unique view, or you can coast the main channel and explore areas you haven’t seen before. If you don’t own a boat at the Lake, there are other cruise services available with narrated cruises and an emphasis on the history of the Lake.


Relaxing On Your Deck

Finally, one of the best ways to enjoy the Fall colors - from the porch or deck of your home. Even if you don’t have a lakefront home, there’s no view like the scenery at your own Lake of the Ozarks home. If you have a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks, now is a great time to come down, enjoy the season, and then make sure that your home is ready for the winter. If you don’t have a home at the Lake of the Ozarks yet, that’s where Team Lasson can help.

Now is an incredible time to make a real estate investment, as we’re seeing some amazing mortgage rates. Visit our website to submit your application and get the process started. We look forward to helping you secure your mortgage at the Lake of the Ozarks, and maybe even getting it all wrapped up before the end of the year for some tax benefits! Enjoy the season, and don’t forget to share your Fall photos!

For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 



Michael Lasson
Senior Loan Officer
NMLS #: 493712

4655 B Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Direct: (573) 746-7211





**The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent First State Bank of St Charles’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Reasons to Refinance

We’ve been covering the benefits of getting a home loan at the Lake of the Ozarks right now because rates are near a three-year low! However, refinancing your current home can be just as important as getting a new loan when you see that the rates are low. Team Lasson can help you with a refinance loan anywhere in the United States. Here are a few reasons to refinance right now while the interest rates are doing so well.


#1. Interest Rates

This is primarily the first reason to refinance a home and plays a huge role in why NOW is the time to refinance. Just reducing your interest rate by 1% can save you hundreds of dollars a month on your mortgage payment, but it can also save you thousands of dollars over the life of your home loan in interest.

#2. Home Equity

Another reason to refinance your home loan is because you have seen the equity in your home increase. The average equity across mortgaged properties is 32.8%. This number is well above the amount needed to make refinancing a wise money-saving option.

#3. Getting Rid of Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

PMI can get extremely expensive, and in some cases, it can add over $100 to your monthly mortgage payment. As long as you have at least 20% equity in your home, refinancing can be a quick and easy way to get rid of PMI as well as most likely get a lower rate and save even more money on your monthly payment.

#4. Tackle Home Improvement Projects

Do you have a home improvement project that you want to get started on or some other large expense you have been delaying? If you have enough equity in your home you could do a cash-out refinance and get the cash you need.


Refinancing a Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

There are so many reasons to consider refinancing your home, but you don’t need to become overwhelmed by it. If you have considered refinancing your home, start the process with us! We can help you evaluate the details, the benefits, or even the disadvantages if there are any. You can visit our website (www.YourLakeLoan.com) to start the refinancing process.

Start by filling out an application on our website. This pre-approval will help get the mortgage process started, whether you are getting a brand new home loan, or you are refinancing a current property. Team Lasson looks forward to assisting you in this new part of your home-owning journey!

For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 



Michael Lasson
Senior Loan Officer
NMLS #: 493712

4655 B Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Direct: (573) 746-7211





**The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent First State Bank of St Charles’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

How to Get Smart About Credit

Homeownership rates in the United States have been steadily increasing over the last decade. This is especially true over the last few months as housing prices are doing well and the interest rates have been low. October 17th is Get Smart About Credit Day, and it’s a great time to take a look at where your finances are and figure out where they need to be. If you are buying a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, whether it’s your first real estate purchase or you are a seasoned buyer, being smart about your credit is always important. Here are a few tips from Team Lasson for ways to improve your credit and give you the best possible chance for success when applying for a mortgage.


#1. Know Your Credit Score

It only takes a few minutes to learn about your credit score, in fact, many credit card companies make it easy to learn about inside your account. Surprisingly, there are many future home buyers who never review their scores or their credit history before submitting a home loan application, and they just assume that they will qualify. Before applying for a mortgage, it’s always smart to look at your credit report. Your scores and credit activity can have a major impact on your mortgage approval, and a minimum credit score is required for most loan programs. Several things that can affect your mortgage approval, other than your credit score, are missed payments, frequent late payments, and other derogatory credit information. Take time to clean up your credit history before applying for a mortgage and you could save some time and the additional effort of having to apply again later.

#2. Build Up Your Savings

Having money set aside before beginning your mortgage process can really help your application status. While several lenders have options for a zero-down mortgage loan, having a downpayment can be a huge advantage. The minimums will vary depending on the mortgage that you are applying for, but having money set aside can be a great advantage when starting the application process. Of course, down payments aren’t the only expense that you have to prepare for there will also be closing costs, inspections, appraisal, title search, credit report fees - and other expenses. You can expect that closing costs will be roughly 3%-5% of the mortgage balance.

#3. Stay At Your Job

If you want to buy a home, keeping your job through closing is extremely important. Any changes to your employment or income status can stop, or at the very least, delay the mortgage process. Lenders will approve your home loan based on the information provided in your application. Changing jobs, choosing a lower-paying career, or quitting your job entirely to become self-employed can greatly impact the plans, and lenders will have to reevaluate your finances to determine if you still qualify for the loan.


Getting a Lake of the Ozarks Home Mortgage

Getting your mortgage can feel a little intimidating at first, but when you are working with Team Lasson, we can help you evaluate your finances and establish a good goal to either work towards or to shop for when you start the home search. If you are ready to get smart about your credit and start the mortgage process, visit our website! You can fill out the pre-approval paperwork, and begin securing your Lake of the Ozarks mortgage. We can’t wait to begin working with you!

For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 



Michael Lasson
Senior Loan Officer
NMLS #: 493712

4655 B Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Direct: (573) 746-7211





**The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent First State Bank of St Charles’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

What’s Happening at the Lake This Fall?

It’s no surprise that Fall is a busy season around the Lake of the Ozarks. Last year, we were voted the 2nd best place in the nation to view the Fall colors, and combine that with great outdoor activities and a wonderful community, the calendars are filled! If you are still looking for fun things to do in the area over the next few weeks, we’ve got the scoop.


Fall Festivals & Events

34th Annual Fall Harbor Hop
Oct 12, 2019, from 9am-7pm
Multiple Waterfront Locations

Thunder Mountain Bridal Cave Fall Festival
Oct 05, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019
Saturdays & Sundays in October
Bridal Cave Thunder Mountain

19th Annual City of Osage Beach Fall Festival
Oct 12, 2019, from 10 am - 5 pm
Osage Beach City Park

OkToaderFest at The Horny Toad
Oct 12, 2019, from 11am-3pm
Horny Toad Entertainment Complex at Camden on the Lake

Apple Butter Days & Fall Festival
Oct 18, 2019 - Oct 19, 2019, from 9am-4pm
Camden County Museum

Alhonna Fall Classic Open Bass Buddy Tournament
Oct 26, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019, at 7 am
Alhonna Resort


Haunted Halloween

Halloween Havoc Baseball Tournament
Oct 19, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019
Osage Beach City Park

YMCA Halloween Spooktacular and Trunk-Or-Treat
Oct 19, 2019, from 1pm-3pm
Tri-County YMCA of the Ozarks

Lake Regional Cares For Kids Festival
Oct 19, 2019, from 10am-1pm
Lake Regional Hospital-Lot B

The Walking Dead Zombie Shoot
Oct 19, 2019, at 12pm
Haunted Holler/Fort 54 Paintball

Witches N' Wine
Oct 19, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019, from 5pm-11pm
Shawnee Bluff Vineyard

Haunted Holler Zombie Paintball Game
Oct 20, 2019, at 12:00 pm
Haunted Holler/Fort 54 Paintball

Halloween Bash on the Strip
Oct 26, 2019, from 2-5:00 pm
Bagnell Dam Strip

Halloween Happenings @ Stark Caverns
Oct 26, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019, Saturday at 6-10:00 pm, Sunday at Noon-5:00 pm
Stark Caverns

Captain Ron's 13th Annual Adult Halloween Party
Oct 26, 2019, at 7:00
Captain Ron’s

Captain Ron's 13th Annual Kids Spooktacular
Oct 26, 2019, from 5-6:30 pm
Captain Ron’s

Eldon PTO Trunk or Treat
Oct 26, 2019, from 6-8:00 pm
Eldon Elementary School

Halloween Family Day at Haunted Holler
Oct 26, 2019, at 12:00 pm
The Walking Dead at Haunted Holler/Fort 54 Paintball

Howl-O-Ween Festival
Oct 27, 2019, from 11am-3pm
Dogwood Animal Shelter

Haunted Holler Sunday Funday
Oct 27, 2019, at 12:00 pm
Haunted Holler/Fort 54 Paintball

HyVee Hallow Trick or Treat Maze
Oct 31, 2019, from 3pm-6pm
Hy-Vee Osage Beach

Halloween Spooktacular at Mid-County Fire
Oct 31, 2019, from 5-8:30 pm
Mid-County Fire Protection District

Halloween Trunk or Treat at Kent Memorial Church
Oct 31, 2019 - Nov 01, 2019, from 5pm-7pm
Kent Memorial Lutheran Church


Mark Your Calendars!

If you are filling out the rest of your October calendars, be sure to make plans and hit up one of these events this month! If you’re visiting the Lake of the Ozarks with the hopes of enjoying the Fall colors, you may just “Fall” in love with the area. If you do, Team Lasson is ready to help you make the dream a reality with mortgage services at the Lake of the Ozarks. Now is looking to be one of the best times in a long time to purchase a dream home. Whether you’re ready to take the leap and buy a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks or refinance your current residence in Missouri, we can help. Visit our website to learn more, and to submit your application!

For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 



Michael Lasson
Senior Loan Officer
NMLS #: 493712

4655 B Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Direct: (573) 746-7211





**The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent First State Bank of St Charles’s positions, strategies, or opinions.