Will a Vacation Home Work as a Retirement Home?

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y / By ProfessorBaron.com  It sounds like a dream situation: Buy an oceanfront cottage as a vacation home, and years later, use it as an idyllic retirement home. Ideally, this sounds like it could work, but with any investment, especially real estate, there are significant risks to be weighed. For most people, the goal in… Continued

March 20, 2015

New Home Construction Down 17%

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Share this image more Slingpic Powered by photo by: Garreth Wilcock via Flickr If you’re in the market for a new-construction home, you might have to wait a bit longer. Groundbreakings plunged 17% from January to February, meaning homebuilders are not keeping pace with market demand or expectations. In January, builders broke ground on 1.01 million… Continued

March 18, 2015

Getting a Mortgage is Getting Easier

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Market Trends / story / By Melissa Allison on 13 Mar 2015 Getting a mortgage now is considerably easier than it was a year ago, according to the inaugural Zillow Mortgage Access Index (ZMAI). In fact, access to mortgages is about two-thirds of the way back to 2002 levels, which was before the housing bubble and… Continued

March 15, 2015

When is The Best Time to List Your Home?

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#ZillowTalk / Market Trends / story / By Catherine Sherman on 6 Mar 2015 You’ve heard it before: List your home early in the year. That way, you’ll be ready to close the deal when home sales peak in June. But what exactly does “early in the year” mean? Based on an analysis of supply, demand… Continued

March 9, 2015

Things to Ask Your Agent Before You List

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Tips & Advice / story / By Brendon DeSimone on 2 Mar 2015 You plan to sell soon, and you’ve already chosen your agent. You are in the middle of cleaning, painting and prepping the home. As the listing period approaches, it is time to dig deeper into the final pricing, sales and marketing plan…. Continued

March 5, 2015

A Sellers Market

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A seller’s market simply means that demand is exceeding supply. The result of being in a seller’s market is being able to sell for the highest price, there are other benefits as well. Here are 3 advantages of selling in a Sellers Market.   Higher Sales Price The list-to-sales-price ratios is downgraded in a seller’s market, meaning… Continued

March 3, 2015

Buying a Foreclosure in Alaska

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8 smart moves for buying a foreclosure By: Amy Fontinelle, February 23rd 2015     The flood of foreclosures that rampaged through the recession looks more like a swift stream of repossessions this year. As a result, the deals you’re likely to find aren’t quite as compelling as they once were. But if you can… Continued

March 2, 2015

Over the Top Open Houses

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By Candace Jackson Candace Jackson The Wall Street Journal BiographyCandace Jackson Candace.Jackson@wsj.com @candace_jackson Feb. 26, 2015 11:59 a.m. ET More than 250 guests gathered at a home in Los Angeles’s Pacific Palisades neighborhood last fall. Models swam in the pool, guests attired in all-white drank mojitos and a singer strummed an acoustic guitar. The guest… Continued

March 1, 2015

Surreal Estate

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In the hands of these comedians, it’s not just real estate … it’s surreal estate. Unique Homes / story / By Stephanie Reid-Simons on 27 Feb 2015 The acclaimed sketch comedy series “Portlandia” has long made itself at home in the hearts of people who like to laugh at left-coast obsessions and hipster eccentricities. And in… Continued

February 28, 2015

House Flipping In Vegas

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  Eli Segall Vegas Inc House flippers are slowing down in Las Vegas and making less money than investors nationally, but they’re still doing plenty of deals here and booking strong profits, a new report shows. A total of 2,992 single-family homes were flipped in Southern Nevada last year, down 19 percent from 2013, according… Continued

February 27, 2015

Desirable Eastridge Condo

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Partial remodel In desirable Eastridge. Perfect for the first time buyer. Beautiful fireplace in the living room, spacious master bedroom, great sun on the deck in the summer backing to greenbelt. New carpet and pad will be installed before closing. Buyer will be able to choose between 3 neutral colors. Great deal for a convenient… Continued

February 26, 2015

Alaska’s Most Expensive Home

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February 25, 2015

Eagle River Homes Needed

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We have several military families moving up next month. Looking for 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage home in Eagle River, $350K or under. If you or someone you know has any leads please let us know! Inventory is suuuuuuper low right now. We need Eagle River and Chugiak homes to list. Give us… Continued

February 22, 2015

FHA launches historic homebuyer ‘care package’ for 2015

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Reductions in annual premiums signal savings for consumers by Ray Brousseau Feb 19 After several years of lackluster participation in the housing market, first-time homebuyers are getting a boost from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) this year. Last year, the percentage of homes sold to first-time buyers remained at 29 percent for the second straight… Continued

February 21, 2015

Anchorage Home Sales Down, Prices Up

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By Elwood Brehmer, Alaska Journal of Commerce Original Story   Published: 2015.02.05 09:02 AM   <img src=”/images/cache/cache_1/cache_0/cache_2/04residential-real-estate-53ce3201.jpeg?ver=1423159451&aspectratio=1.6494845360825″ alt=”Land constraints in the Anchorage bowl continued to limit new construction in 2014, but sale prices rose even as the number of transactions dipped in the municipality.”> Land constraints in the Anchorage bowl continued to limit new construction… Continued

February 20, 2015

New Office

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The Kameron Draper Group Alaska Real Estate Experts We have opened up a new office! We are now located at 6200 Lake Otis Parkway, Anchorage, Alaska 99507.

January 30, 2015

New Construction Wasilla Alaska

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Another beautiful, rock solid, energy efficient home from Wilson Development. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath home features: engineered hardwood floors, granite counter tops throughout, bonus office, and a spectacular master suite. Quiet country living on a shy acre, close to fishing, hunting, golf, schools and shopping. Call Kameron at 301-0208 for details

January 30, 2015

Equestrian Acres Ranch Home

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3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage ranch style home on half acre, in Equestrian Acres subdivision, located conveniently between Palmer and Wasilla. This charming home features a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, corian countertops, fresh paint, new appliances and flooring. Private, landscaped corner lot. Now only $229,900!! Call Kameron at 301-0208 for a private… Continued

November 16, 2014

The Seller Won’t Negotiate?

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By Brendon Desimone Zillow.com You’ve found your dream home, visited it a few times and reviewed the reports and disclosures. You’ve made an offer — only to discover that the sellers aren’t willing to negotiate. They’re firm on their price, no matter how high it seems relative to the market. Unlike retail businesses, which price… Continued

October 1, 2014

Wasilla New Construction Starting in The Low $200’s

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Shafer Estates, at mile 7 of Knik Goose Bay Road, offers quiet country living, yet close to amenities (Three Bears Grocery, central Wasilla shopping) ,employment (new Native hospital, Goose Creek prison), and recreation ( Settlers Bay Golf, multiple fishing lakes).  All homes offered on ample sized Acre lots. Multiple floor plans and options available. Limited availability, call… Continued

September 9, 2014

How to Buy a Flipped House

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Brendon Desimone Zillow.com Buyers often assume a flipped home is like new — move-in ready and free from hassles. The newly renovated home gets top dollar, and the buyer assumes it is perfect. Most buyers, however, don’t realize that some contractors or property “flippers” are anxious to move on to the next job, and their work… Continued

August 13, 2014

Wasilla Lakefront Estate

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Outstanding! Beautiful, private, lakefront home situated on 5 acres. Extensive landscaping, waterfall feature, greenhouse, firepit, huge deck with sunny exposure. This 3 bed, 2.5 bath home features oak floors in the family room and kitchen, a sunken living room with fireplace, formal dining, master suite with WIC and soaking tub. Fantastic mountain and lake views…. Continued

May 16, 2014

Beautiful Chugiak Alaska Home

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Beautiful country home. Gambrel roof, soaring tongue and groove ceiling, massive brick fireplace. Tons of light from the large bay windows, peekaboo views of the inlet, and outstanding mountain views. Features include a loft, family room, quartz countertops in the kitchen, high efficiency Lochinvar boiler, office, and wood accents throughout. Large sunny deck, 1/2 acre… Continued

April 22, 2014

Why Being Pre-Approved Matters

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Zillow Blog Brendan Desimone So much has changed in the past few decades that the old ways of buying or selling a home simply won’t work today. For decades, buying a home was pretty much the same thing: You shopped around, made an offer and then went to the bank to get a loan. If… Continued

April 18, 2014

FHA Considering Spot Condo Loans Again

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 Ken Harney Inman News Good news for Realtors, lenders and condominium unit owners who’ve been frustrated by FHA’s prohibition of “spot loans” in developments that haven’t obtained certification: The agency is now seriously exploring how to relax its ban and bring them back. Officials are mum on the details and timing, but they confirmed to… Continued

April 12, 2014

Tips for Buyers in a Sellers Market

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By Brendon Desimone Zillow.com There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to buy a home but being unable to through no fault of your own. In many markets across the country, there simply are more buyers than sellers and homes are moving quickly — sometimes for more than the asking price due to high demand… Continued

March 23, 2014


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Affordable investment property in Anchorage Alaska. Tri-Plex close to JBER and UMED district. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION http://www.kamerondraper.remaxagent.com/remaxak/?p=findahome.asp&listing=true&mlsnumber=14767&mlsid=1070

March 20, 2014

Rental Properties And Taxes

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ProfessorBaron.com A rental property can generate “taxable losses” that can be used to reduce your normal salary income, hence the federal income taxes you pay. It’s difficult for most people to understand how taxes work, and even more confusing once we get into the realm of rental properties and taxes. Note that understanding how taxes… Continued

March 13, 2014

Don’t Skip Your Heating System Tune Up

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BobVilla.com It’s tempting to skip the annual furnace or boiler tune-up. Service contracts are expensive and you can often get away with skipping a year or two, especially if your fuel is gas. Gas burns cleaner than oil, so repairs are less likely and it’s less critical to clean components. For a number of reasons,… Continued

March 8, 2014

Wasilla 4-Plex

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EXCELLENT 4-Plex!! This is a very nice building with recently updated  interiors; New exterior paint in 2012. Well maintained common areas with interior stairs and unit storage closets. Open living areas, 2 units with laminate floors others with recent carpeting. Two sets of coin-op washer/dryers with recent upgraded flooring. This is the rare turnkey 4-Plex,… Continued

February 22, 2014

How to Find and Keep a Real Estate Agent You’ll Love

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By Brendon Desimone In some ways, the buyer-real estate agent relationship is similar to a romantic one. In either situation, the relationship’s success or failure depends a lot on picking the “right” partner from the beginning. Chemistry and communications also play an important role. Here’s how you can find the best real estate agent “match”… Continued

February 13, 2014