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February Events in Central Missouri

System - Tuesday, February 6, 2018

This February has already started off great! There are some fun events coming up throughout the month all around the Ozarks that we want to share with you. Scroll through the list below of lots of great things to do. If you know of some other great events coming up this month or next, share them with us!

Chocolate Truffles

Pre-Order Valentine’s Day Truffles

WHEN: February 6 – 12, 2018, all day
WHERE: I Love Ice Cream & More, St. Robert, MO Get Directions
HOSTED BY: I Love Ice Cream & More
DESCRIPTION: Pre-order your GLUTEN FREE creamy chocolate truffles covered in your choice of milk, dark or white chocolate. Boxed for gift-giving. Please click the "ticket" link to order! Orders will be available for pick up on Valentines Day, February 14th from 11am to 7pm. If you would like to pick up earlier, please contact us at the shop and we will be happy to accommodate!
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/314716409019834/
TICKET LINK: https://squareup.com/store/i-love-ice-cream-and-more/

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

WHEN: February 9 & 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM, February 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Leach Theatre, 400 W 10th St, Rolla, MO 65401 Get Directions
HOSTED BY: Missouri S&T Ballet and Dance Club
DESCRIPTION: Be our guest for the Ballet and Dance Club's production of Beauty and the Beast. With shows on February 9, 10, 11, and a pre-show at 1:45pm on February 11th you won't want to miss this tale as old as time being told through dance. Tickets are on sale now at the Leach Theater box office (phone: 573-341-4219) and will also be available before each show. Tickets are $5 for S&T students, $7 for children, and $9 for adults.
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/147915642589930/

Public Antique Auction

Public Antique Auction

WHEN: February 9, 2018 at 4:00 PM
WHERE: Mills Center, 650 Mills Dr, Lebanon, MO 65536 Get Directions
EVENT LINK: https://www.lebanonmissouri.org/event

First Annual Rolla Lioness Trivia Night

First Annual Rolla Lioness Trivia Night

WHEN: February 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM
WHERE: Rolla Lions Club Den 1061 S. Bishop Rolla, MO 65401 Get Directions
HOSTED BY: Rolla Lioness Club
DESCRIPTION: Please join the ladies of the Rolla Lioness Club on their 1st trivia night. There will be a silent auction and raffles. A cash bar and food concession will be open, no outside drinks allowed. Cost is $10.00 per person. To reserve your table please call 573-578-6769. Doors open at 6:00PM and starts at 7:00PM.
EVENT LINK: https://visitrolla.com/?event=1st-annual-rolla-lioness-trivia-night&event_date=2018-02-09

Pulaski County Farmers’ Market

Pulaski County Farmers’ Market

WHEN: February 10, 17, 24, 2018 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE: 163-599 Revere Ln, Waynesville, MO 65583 Get Directions
HOSTED BY: Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
DESCRIPTION: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest year-round farmers market Farmers Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park Pulaski County Farmers Market (Bruce Main)- 573-842-9079.

Comedy Jam

Comedy Jam

WHEN: February 10, 2018 at 8:00 PM
WHERE: St. Robert Community Center Get Directions
HOSTED BY: C & B Entertainment
DESCRIPTION: Featuring: B Cole (HBO Def Comedy Jam), Ray Lipowski (HBO Bad Boys of Comedy), Kym Dobbs (BET Comic View), Marlon Mitchell (Martin Lawrence Comedy Show) Hosted By: Jay Deep (The hit movie "Barber Shop 2") Admission $25 in advance, $30 at the door
TICKET LINK: https://c--b-entainment.ticketleap.com/pre-valentines-day-comedy-jam/
EVENT FLYER: HERE

St. James Lion’s Club Craft Fair

St. James Lion’s Club Craft Fair

WHEN: February 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM
WHERE: Lucy Wortham James Elementary School 314 S Jefferson St, St. James, MO 65559 Get Directions
HOSTED BY: St. James Lion’s Club
DESCRIPTION: This is a great time to pick up special Valentine’s Day gifts. There will be backed goods, canned goodies, handcrafted jewelry and vendors. Food will be available for purchase.
EVENT LINK: https://visitrolla.com/?event=st-james-lions-club-craft-fair&event_date=2018-02-10

Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance

Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance

WHEN: February 10, 2018, 4:00PM to 7:30PM
WHERE: Nutter Field House Fort Leonard Wood Get Directions
HOSTED BY: Armed Services YMCA – Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
DESCRIPTION: Nutter Field House. The event lets Father & Daughters enjoy a night together, good food and great dancing with DJ Steve. Door will open at 4:00pm for Pictures and the Dance begins at 5:00pm to 7:30pm. Tickets on sale from 16 January to 2 February at the Leisure Travel Office. $20 per person, Ages 2 and under for free.
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/533400230360623/

26th Annual ‘It’s A Gas!’ Swap Meet

26th Annual ‘It’s A Gas!’ Swap Meet

WHEN: February 10, 2018, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
WHERE: Cowan Civic Center Exhibition Hall Get Directions
DESCRIPTION: It's A Gas is a swap meet selling Petrolania and offering all things associated with the gas and oil collector's hobby, including good advertising, nostalgia, coin op, vintage toys and other related items. *This is NOT an Auto Parts Swap If you're a collector or dealer in gas and oil collectibles, plan to attend the 26th Annual "It's A Gas!" Swap Meet on February 10th, 2018!
EVENT LINK: https://www.lebanonmissouri.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=2774&month=2&year=2018&day=10&calType=0 WEBSITE: http://itsagasswapmeet.com/

Kid’s Night Out @ The ARK

Kid’s Night Out @ The ARK

WHEN: February 14, 2018, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: The ARK Community & Sports Center Get Directions
HOSTED BY: The ARK Community & Sports Center
DESCRIPTION: We are having a special Kids Night Out this month. We will be hosting Kids Night Out on Wednesday Feb. 14!! Admission is $7 for each kid. Dinner included!! Ages 6 wks -12 yrs! Great date night for parents!! Especially on Valentine's Day!! Sign up sheet will be available Feb. 5th! Payment due day of.
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/1771746019795155/

SweetHeart Shoot

SweetHeart Shoot

WHEN: February 14, 2018, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
WHERE: Mission Outpost Outdoor Outfitters Get Directions
HOSTED BY: Mission Outpost Outdoor Outfitters
DESCRIPTION: SweetHeart Shoot Best of 10 Rounds 3 Rounds at Different Distances 15.00 entry per couple Open Sights and Pistols only Can come in at anytime the day of Valentines Day. Prizes may be of the following: 1/2 POUND OF FUDGE | 1 DOZEN CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERIES $25.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR MISSION OUTPOST | 5 HOUR RANGE CARD
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/394374124352051/

Bluegrass at the Barn – The Hunt Family Band

Bluegrass at the Barn – The Hunt Family Band

WHEN: February 17, 2018, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
WHERE: The Barn 13015 Highway 28, Dixon, MO 65459 Get Directions
HOSTED BY: Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center
DESCRIPTION: Presented & hosted by The Baker Band Music In The Barn Dixon, Mo. Bluegrass Night at The Barn on Saturday, February 17, 2018 will feature The Hunt Family Band. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. with the show, featuring traditional Bluegrass music, starting at 7:00 p.m. Formed in 2004, The Hunt Family Band is a product of one family pooling their individual efforts and love of music to create a four-piece Bluegrass band with a fresh, tight sound and building a successful independent career in the music industry. Each member- Terry, Leanne, Andrew, and Jonathan- plays a different and vital role both on and off stage to make The Hunt Family Band a reality. HFB’s music could be described as being grounded in tradition while including a strong dose of west coast Bluegrass sensibility, the influence of contemporary talent in the genre, and of course their own creative energy. For HFB there is no distinction between fan and friend and you are sure to come away from an HFB performance inspired by their solid picking, harmonious and persuasive singing and interactive spark that have become their trademarks. All of the members of HFB currently make their home in Holden, Missouri. For more information on HFB go to www.huntfamilyband.com. For more concert information visit www.thebakerband.com. To purchase tickets call Bill at 573-433-9370. The Barn is a family friendly venue- no smoking or alcohol.
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/163359077617831/

Chocolate Wine Trail

Chocolate Wine Trail

WHEN: February 17, 2018, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; February 18, 2018, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
WHERE: 150A Market St, Hermann, MO 65041 Get Directions
HOSTED BY: Hermann Wine Trail
DESCRIPTION: The Chocolate Wine Trail has become a romantic Valentine’s tradition for many couples, who spend the third weekend of February sampling luscious chocolate and wine pairings at seven stops along the Hermann Wine Trail.
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/1632338643497955/

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Sweet Honey in the Rock

WHEN: February 22, 2018 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Leach Theatre 103 Castleman Hall 400 W 10th St, Rolla, MO 65401 Get Directions
HOSTED BY: Missouri S&T Leach Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Sweet Honey in the Rock is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture and known for meshing its finely honed a cappella, world, gospel and folk roots with elements of hip hop, jazz and rhythm & blues. The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf and hearing impaired. Sweet Honey in the Rock currently consists of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, American Sign Language interpreter Shirley Childress (who continues the group’s distinct and long-standing commitment to the deaf community), and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. With a history spanning over four decades of distinguished service, Sweet Honey in the Rock has created positive, loving and socially conscious message music that pertains to spiritual fortification, and has consistently taken an activist stance toward making this planet a better place for all in which to live. Tickets: Adults $40.00 and Youth $35.00. Tickets available August 21, 2017, for more information or to purchase tickets please visit http://leachtheatre.mst.edu
EVENT LINK: https://visitrolla.com/?event=sweet-honey-in-the-rock&event_date=2018-02-22

Sedalia, MO Pro Rodeo

Sedalia, MO Pro Rodeo

WHEN: February 23-24, 2018 at 8 PM
WHERE: Sedalia, MO NFPB Bull Riding & Pro Rodeo 2503 W 16th St, Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions
HOSTED BY: Jackson-Walkowe Productions & Sedalia, MO NFPB Bull Riding & Pro-Rodeo
DESCRIPTION: 23rd Annual Pro Rodeo in Sedalia, MO at the Mathewson Expo Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds on Feb 23 & 24, 2018 at 8 pm. Tickets available at the door day of event $15 adults, $8 kids 4 yrs-12 yrs, 3 yrs and under free. $2 off advance tickets at Dukes & Boots and Gene's Boots & Hats in Sedalia.
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/979391658881075/

Nerf Wars & Nerf Jr

Nerf Wars & Nerf Jr

WHEN: February 23, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
WHERE: The ARK Community & Sports Center Get Directions
HOSTED BY: The ARK Community & Sports Center
DESCRIPTION: Admission $6 (dinner included) Ages 4-15yrs Gun rentals start at $2. Kids can bring their own guns. Night full of fun Nerf games Parents welcome to stay and join the fun for free! Parents must sign kids up by Thursday - day before event. Sign up sheet will be available at front desk week of event. (Payment taken day of event)
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/325475431286737/?event_time_id=325475441286736

RK Gun Show

RK Gun Show

WHEN: February 24-25, 2018, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Cowan Civic Center Exhibition Hall Get Directions
DESCRIPTION: Looking for a great way to spend a day or the weekend of Feb. 24-25? If you are a gun collector or are a hunting enthusiast, the gun show at Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon, MO is a great place to spend some time. RK Shows will have a variety of vendors displaying guns, hunting supplies, military surplus and outdoor gear available to teach you, answer your questions, and find exactly what you’re looking for. Safety is first at all of RK Shows Events, so we will have security and check-in points for the safety of our attendees and vendors.
EVENT LINK: https://www.lebanonmissouri.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=2770&month=2&year=2018&day=24&calType=0

There certainly are lots of fun things to do all across the Ozarks! Come learn about everything there is to love across central Missouri. Call us at 573-855-9304 to talk to us about our favorite part of living in the Fort Leonard Wood area and how we can help you find your dream home!

3 Signs Your Furnace is on Its Way Out

System - Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New furnaces can last up between 15 and 20 years, according to manufacturer reports. But if you’ve purchased a home with an existing furnace, you may not know when that time period is coming up. What you can know for certain is that whenever your furnace decides to call it quits, it will never be a convenient time for you. Stay on top of an upcoming furnace meltdown by keeping a lookout for these three signs your furnace is on its way out.

1. Your heating bills are much higher than last year at this time.

Your energy company may have raised the rates a little, but a big jump in your heating bill indicates that your furnace isn’t working efficiently. This is one of the primary signs that the furnace is reaching the end of its lifespan. The good news is that new furnaces are so energy efficient that you’ll recoup your cost fairly quickly with lower heating bills.

2. The repair visits are becoming a routine part of life.

Every furnace needs maintenance and repair visits now and again. But if your furnace repairman is on a first name basis with everyone in your household, it’s time to start looking into a replacement rather than a repair. There’s only so much even the best repairman can do with a furnace on its last legs.

3. Your furnace is trying to tell you something.

If your furnace routinely makes knocking, groaning, or other scary sounds, those are signs that you probably need a new furnace. Those are the sounds of an inefficient furnace working too hard to maintain the proper temperature in your home.

When you rent a home from Walker Real Estate Rentals, you never have to worry about broken furnaces. We take care of our tenants as well as the quality of the appliances, including furnaces. To find your perfect single-family rental home, call us at 573-855-9304 today!

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

System - Wednesday, December 20, 2017



The trouble with frozen pipes isn’t that you no longer have running water in the home. Frozen pipes quickly lead to damaged or burst pipes, since water expands when it freezes. Frozen pipes can happen in any home, but there are ways to prevent this disaster from happening in yours.

Open Cupboard Doors When You’re Away From Home

Even a weekend away can be long enough for pipes to freeze when temperatures drop too low. To keep interior pipes in kitchens and bathrooms from getting too cold, open the cupboard doors so the heat in your home can access those hidden pipes.

Wrap Pipes in Insulating Foam

Insulating foam for pipes is available at hardware stores. It comes with a slit down one side, which makes it easy to pop right onto your pipes. All you have to do is cut the foam to the correct length. Be sure to wrap both cold water and hot water pipes. A side benefit to insulating pipes is some energy savings.

Set Thermostat No Lower Than 50 Degrees

It’s smart to save on heating bills when you’re away from home by lowering the thermostat. But, to be on safe side, don’t set it at anything lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Let the Water Drip

If for some reason the temperatures outside get really chilly, play it safe and let the water in your faucets drip just slightly. Running water can’t freeze, so this will prevent frozen pipes. To conserve water, set a bucket under the faucet to collect the drips. You can then use the water for cleaning or laundry.

Turn Off Outside Water Lines

If you have an outdoor water spigot for a garden hose, be sure to disconnect the hose. Then, turn off the water leading to that spigot in order to avoid a frozen pipe.

Would you like to enjoy the benefit of having your rental property management completely taken care of? Call us at 573-855-9304 to find out all the benefits you get when you hire Walker Real Estate Rentals.

Celebrating Christmas in Pulaski County

System - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fort Leonard Wood families are fortunate to live in a region where there are endless opportunities for families to bond together in wholesome activities year round. Christmas is a special time that presents, even more, chances to enjoy everything that Fort Leonard Wood and surrounding areas have to offer.

Journey to Bethlehem, December 8th and 9th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Crocker Christian Church, Junction of Highway 133 and Highway 17 North

This is an inspiring free activity that is perfect for adults and children of all ages. Live performers reenact the tale with over 100 characters, plus live animals. Complimentary refreshments served after the event.

Richland Christmas Parade, December 10th, 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Downtown Saint Robert

Bring a lawn chair or a stroller for the toddlers to relax and enjoy the annual Christmas parade. The local high school band will be in attendance, as well as police cars, fire engines and an assortment of holiday performers.

Christmas on the Square, December 7th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Downtown Waynesville

Enjoy the opening ceremony and festive lighting of the live Nativity scene at 6:00, then get the kids’ photo with Santa Claus and his elf, plus the Grinch. Vendors selling refreshments, snacks and handmade crafts will be on hand. Pony rides, face painting, and train rides will delight the children, as well as complimentary hot cocoa.

Richland Holiday Bazaar, December 9th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saint Robert Community Center, Saint Robert

Get all of your holiday shopping done in a social and enjoyable setting at the Richland Holiday Bazaar. Over 100 vendors will display their handmade wares for sale. Satisfy your craving for holiday treats with cookies, fudge, and all manner of confectionary delights.

Christmas in Pulaski County is sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season. Discover all the delights that this region of the country offers. If you want to learn more about Christmas in Pulaski County, call us today at 573-855-9304.

How to Manage a Bad Tenant

System - Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Despite every effort, every once in a while you might be faced with the situation of a bad tenant. It’s important that the case is handled correctly, both to protect you as well as your property.

Communicate

First, try to come to an understanding. Is the rent chronically late? Maybe the due date can be altered to better align with the arrival of your tenant’s paycheck. Is the rent proving too much to handle? Perhaps you can let the tenant out of their lease early. Open up the doors of communication to try and figure out what the problem is, and see if you can reach a compromise on the issue. It’s always better to work together with the tenant than to be at odds with one another.

Cover Your Bases

Don’t let the issues devolve into a case of “he said, she said.” Every communication with the tenant should be in writing whenever possible. In the case of warnings and notices, be sure these are delivered by certified mail in writing. Any agreed upon resolutions should be put in writing and signed by you and the tenant. This will all serve to help protect you, should the events snowball into legal proceedings.

Confirm Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities

Each state carries its mandates with regards to the legal rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants. Confirm the laws in your state before taking any action at all against your tenant. If you have any questions about it, your property management team at RentWalker.com can help clarify your legal position in the case of a bad tenant.

Remember that bad tenants don’t all want things to be that way. Sometimes unexpected events make it challenging for tenants to carry through with their lease agreement. If both of you treat the situation as a solvable problem, the odds are that things can come to a reasonable arrangement. To make managing a bad tenant even easier, hire the property management team of Walker Real Estate.

Contact us today at 573-855-9304

Tax Time Documents for Landlords

System - Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Get a head start on tax time by beginning to gather these documents now. You’ll be able to file faster, receive any refund quicker, and generally be able to make what can be a complex process a whole lot easier for you and your tax accountant. It can be difficult to remember all the docs you need, so here’s a reminder list of things you’ll need for your tax returns as a landlord:

Expense Receipts

Most, if not all, of your expenses as a landlord will be tax deductible, so you’ll want to gather your receipts for such things as:
  • Rental items like steam cleaners, power washers, etc.
  • Services rendered, including property management services, lawn care, roof repair, electrical and plumbing repairs and maintenance.
  • Marketing and advertising expenses; such as having property descriptions written up, photography costs, online ads, and print media advertising costs.

Permit Records

If you’ve ever applied for and received permits for fences, outbuildings, additions, or anything else on your rental property, make sure you retain all those records for legal reasons as well as for the deduction on permit application fees.

Leases and Addendums

These agreements won’t be submitted with your tax return, but they will be helpful for your tax accountant to review in order to confirm the rent owed and paid over the course of a year, as well as any charges like overdraft fees or late rent penalties.

Property Purchase Documents

Your tax accountant firm can better help you in getting the maximum for property ownership if you provide them with your purchase documents, including mortgage agreements.

Proof of Security Deposits

You may have to show proof that any security deposit you’ve collected has been deposited into an interest-bearing account on behalf of your tenant.

Bank Statements

Bank statements help your tax account cross-reference that the amount of rent on the property coincides with your rental income on your bank statement.

Company Legal Documents

If you’ve formed any kind of legal entity to hold your real estate investment property, you’ll want to submit those papers so your tax accountant can file your taxes accordingly.

Hiring the services of Walker Real Estate for your property management needs makes it very easy for landlords to file correctly at the end of the year. Contact us at 573-415-8111 to find out more about how convenient we make it for property owners.


4 Unique Decorating Features to Attract Top Tenants

System - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

You can attract the kind of top tenants that will take care of your rental property, pay rent in a timely manner and notify your property manager right away when there is a problem that needs attention. Here are some ideas for unique decorating features that will appeal to those who appreciate quality and fine craftsmanship.

1. Automatic Sensor Faucet

If you need to replace the faucet anyway, consider upgrading to an automatic sensor faucet. This technologically advanced faucet will take your kitchen décor up a notch. It also makes it easier for tenants to keep the sink area clean.

2. Pendant Lighting

It’s a simple matter to install pendant lighting instead of recessed lights in the soffit or ceiling over a kitchen breakfast counter. Pendant lighting offers style, grace and the kind of upscale atmosphere that quality tenants will immediately be drawn to.

3. Built-In Shelves

Even if you have only constructed a 24 x 12 built-in shelving area in the rental property, prospective tenants will walk away remembering that the house offers this desirable but scarce feature. Your carpenter can build modest built-in shelves fairly easily in between studs in the wall in the course of a day or two. It needn’t be an expensive addition. Wooden shelves and surrounding molding can be painted or varnished at very little cost.

4. Arbor

A vinyl or wooden arbor installed at the front or back door, or as an entryway toward the backyard makes a stunning and unique decorating feature that quality tenants will gravitate toward. This simple addition can be installed without professional help in an hour or so. Yet, it makes a memorable and charming addition to any rental property. You don’t even need to wind vines through the arbor. Your prospective tenants will do that for you.

These small little features can help to make your rental property stand out in such a way that you will have your pick of the best tenants. For assistance in interviewing and vetting prospective tenants for your rental property, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at 573-415-8111. We’re always here when you need us!


Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) FAQ

System - Sunday, October 15, 2017

Here at Walker Rentals, we are proud whenever we get the chance to help an active duty military member find a home that suits their needs. Our military puts their lives on the line to defend our country, and the Basic Allowance for Housing assists them to make the rest of their lives just a little bit easier. But many people aren't completely aware of what the BAH is, and how it benefits military personnel. For those of you who are trying to wrap your heads around the program, here are some frequently asked questions that we have answered for your convenience.

Who qualifies for BAH?

Depending on a military member's rank, station's zip code, and dependency status, they will receive a variable Basic Allowance for Housing amount if they are assigned to a permanent duty anywhere inside the 50 United States (assuming they aren't furnished with Government housing). For military members stationed overseas, there is an Overseas Housing Allowance.

Have there been any recent changes to BAH?

Yes, in 2015 the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act reintroduced a cost sharing element to BAH in the form of an out of pocket expense for members. This out of pocket cost cannot exceed one percent of the national average for housing costs. Additionally, since the same year, the cost of renter's insurance is no longer included when determining Basic Allowance for Housing.

Will I be affected by the out of pocket amount?

Depending on the cost of your home in relation to the local average, you could end up paying an out of pocket cost on your home. Generally, a  home right around the local median would only require a slight out of pocket cost, while homes above the median would have that cost increase. Members who choose homes below that national median may likely pay nothing in out of pocket costs.

Am I protected by housing price changes?

Military members are protected by rate protection both from changes in the housing market as well as changes in BAH policy. This is to ensure that members who commit to long term contracts are not penalized for their decisions. Rate protection applies as long as members do not interrupt their eligibility.

Can rate protection be lost?

Rate protection can be dropped for one of three reasons if the posted allowance for your location and grade are less than what you are currently getting.

  • After a permanent change of station (PCS), your BAH will change to reflect the housing prices in the new location.
  • If you receive a demotion, your BAH will revert to the rates of your new rank.
  • If your dependency status changes (adding or losing dependents), your BAH will change to reflect it.

Hopefully we have helped answer any BAH questions you may have. If you are looking for homes for rent in the Waynesville, St. Robert, or Ft. Leonard Wood areas, Walker Rentals can help. Feel free to give us a call for more information on the properties available in your area.

Tips for Finding the Perfect Home

System - Sunday, October 15, 2017

Here at Walker Rentals, we are happy to help people from all over find homes for rent in Waynesville, Ft. Leonard Wood, St. Robert, and the surrounding areas. Missouri is a beautiful state, and this is a beautiful area. There are plenty of lovely homes to choose from, and we can help you in your decision. Feel free to give us a call for more information, but in the meantime here are some tips for finding the perfect home.

Budgeting Comes First

The last thing anybody wants to have to deal with is to have more money coming out in bills than they have coming in. Since your home (either renting or owning) is most likely one of the biggest purchases you will make in your life, it is an effective place to budget to ensure you're financially comfortable. That doesn't mean you have to give up everything by any means, just that you need to be very clear about where you can comfortably cap your spending, and what you will have to give up if you don't.

Rank Features You Want

Once you have a budget set, it is time to get into the nitty gritty of what you want in a house. Of course, rarely does anyone find a home with everything they want. However, thinking about which features are most important ahead of time can help ensure you get the most possible features you want out of a house. 

Consider Location

Besides hugely affecting the price of a home, location also largely determines what living in a home will be like. You want to know what you want out of a location before hand, so that you can use that information when budgeting and accounting for must have features. 

Know a Home's Value

For both renting and buying, it can be a great help to know a home's value. This helps tell you whether you are getting a fair price for the area. It requires a little research before hand (you can likely find local housing rates at your municipality building), but will give you valuable information to make your decision.

Inspect the Home

As we mentioned earlier, signing in to a rental agreement is no small step. You want to make sure that all the features and appliances in the home work as intended, as well as ensure the structural integrity of the home (you are paying for it, after all). Since most people aren't architects or construction workers, it is best to hire an appraisal to inspect your home for you. 

We hope these tips help you in your search. If you are looking for homes for rent in Waynesville, Fort Leonard Wood, or St. Robert areas, then give the professionals at Walker Rentals a call today. We have access to plenty of beautiful homes for you to choose from. If you have any questions about our services, please do not hesitate to give us a call. One of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be happy to provide any answers that you may need.

How to Attract Quality Tenants

System - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

As a property owner, it’s beneficial to attract quality tenants. Quality tenants are more likely to consistently pay rent on time, take care of the property, and to alert you or your property management team if some issue needs to be addressed. But how do you find good tenants that meet all your criteria? Here are some ways to attract top-quality tenants.

1. Create a Tenant Persona


What would your ideal tenant be like? Create a list of the qualities of your perfect tenant, such as a stable job, family-centered, or animal lover. Putting this in writing helps make it clear in your own mind. When you share the tenant persona with your property management team it also helps them find quality tenants for you.

2. Write a Carefully Worded Advertisement


Your property advertisement can send a powerful message to attract quality tenants. This is where you can really home in on the things you’re looking for in a tenant. For example, if you want a family to move in, emphasize the good schools nearby and the playground around the corner. If you’re seeking a young single professional, mention the short commute to the city center, or the subway station just around the corner.

3. Make Your Property Worth It


Quality tenants are more discriminating about the properties they rent. Make sure that your property is worth it in their eyes by taking extra steps to make it attractive. Consider investing in fixture upgrades or landscaping. At the very least, the property should be clean and not in need of any repairs.

4. Take Lots of Pictures


Nowadays, tenants shop for rentals online. Make sure that your property is represented nicely with plenty of high-quality photos. If there are special details, be sure to highlight them with close-up shots. Don’t forget to take pictures of special amenities like sidewalks, a fenced backyard, the nearby public swimming pool, and the local museums and library. The better you show off your property, the higher quality tenants you’ll attract.

5. Manage Your Online Reputation


Online reviews on property rentals are increasingly common. Work with your property management company to ensure that your tenants have a positive experience. When the contract ends, ask tenants if they’ll write a nice online review for your property. Future tenants will see from the reviews that your property is of the best quality.


Attracting quality tenants isn’t hard once you take these simple steps. For help getting new tenants or taking care of your existing tenants, please call us today at 573-415-8111.

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