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Home Rehabbing? Be Aware of These Costs.

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From Zillow Christina El Mousa Start your flip off on the right financial foot — with a little planning and the right team, you’ll keep your budget in the black. So you want to calculate the price tag on a house rehab, but you have no construction background. How do you go about it? Understandably,… Continued

July 11, 2017

Rental Vacancies Reach 10 Year High

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  An aerial view of homes in western Anchorage on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (Marc Lester / Alaska Dispatch News)  From the Anchorage Dispatch News Anchorage’s typically tight rental market is loosening. Vacancies are up and rents are down compared to last year, with some landlords even offering one month free on a year lease… Continued

June 22, 2017

What Home Buyers Want

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From The Alaska Journal of Commerce Connie Yoshimura   If homebuilders are wondering what type of housing they should build in 2017 and beyond, all they have to do is read the recently published book by the National Association of Home Builders. The 124 pages with 156 pages of addendums is a blueprint of home… Continued

June 20, 2017

Housing both affordable and trendy snapped up in Anchorage

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By: Naomi Klouda Alaska Journal of Commerce   Key Anchorage building projects underway this summer add more than 100 units to residential availability and inject a nouveau mix of retail space for town segments in sore need of beautification. A glimpse at high market demand shows itself in the proposed Downtown Edge project sited above… Continued

June 14, 2017

Buying a Starter Home, Smart Move?

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Brendon Desimone Your parents’ rite of passage may not make sense for you. When the Baby Boomer generation was venturing into adulthood, it was common to buy a “starter home” — a modest, small dwelling. As their families grew and careers advanced, they moved into bigger or better homes. Now, many people struggle to come up… Continued

June 7, 2017

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Who Pays What in Closing Costs?

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Brendon Desimone Zillow Usually, the buyer faces more line-item expenses, but the seller pays the commission. Rarely does a buyer or seller show up to the closing without knowing exactly what their costs of sale will be. In fact, based on the mortgage loan amount of the purchase/sale price, it’s not hard to ballpark either… Continued

June 1, 2017

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What the Rise of Big Data Means for Buyers and Sellers

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From ADN Barb and Clair Ramsey Most Alaskans enjoy their privacy. We love the lesser-populated spaces and the majestic beauty of remote locations. The respect for privacy is one reason Alaska is one of 14 states that do not disclose the purchase price of a real estate transaction in public tax records. Yet is this… Continued

May 23, 2017

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What to Expect From an FSBO

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From Zillow Porchlight Will buying a FSBO home be easier, riskier, or the same? Here’s what to expect. During the home-buying process you’ll see tons of homes, mostly listed by real estate agents. But from time to time you might encounter a home listed for sale by owner (FSBO). You may even have a friend or relative… Continued

May 20, 2017

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Remarkable Stability in Anchorage Market Year to Date

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Connie Yoshimura From Alaska Journal of Commerce Inside Real Estate/For the Journal Post date: Wed, 05/17/2017 – 12:43pm The first four months of this year have demonstrated a remarkable stability in the Anchorage housing market due to a continued lack of single-family inventory. The Multiple Listing Service tracks listing and sales data from thirteen geographical… Continued

May 17, 2017

Dutch Harbor House for Sale

Rare Dutch Harbor Property

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The fishing capital of North America. Home of the Deadliest Catch. Not to many lots, or homes come available in the town of Unalaska. This old house on a 5000sf lot in downtown Unalaska would be a prime candidate for redevelopment. Build a multi family building, rents are sky high in Dutch, and there is… Continued

May 16, 2017

4 Tips For Buying A Fixer Upper

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From Zillow Porchlight What if your dream home just happens to have ancient wiring and a cracked foundation? So you’ve set your sights on a home that, to put it mildly, needs a little repair work. The stairs are creaky, and you’ve noticed a leak (or three). Still, your mind is made up. What’s a… Continued

May 12, 2017

Anchorage Housing Market

Anchorage Housing Prices Not Quite Recovered

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From :Jeannette Lee Falsey Anchorage Dispatch News Alaska housing prices last year remained just short of recovering from the global Great Recession that started a decade ago, according to a new report from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. By 2016, Alaska’s average single-family home price was about $3,000 short of the 2006 prerecession high of… Continued

May 10, 2017

Historic Government Hill Home For Lease

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Fantastic home on the Government Hill Bluff, on Harvard ST. Built in 1915, This 2 bedroom home is one of the oldest properties in Anchorage. Features a fenced yard, hardwood floors, views of the city, and a large open kitchen. Available June 1st. Will update with pictures soon, and post on MLS. The Lease rate… Continued

May 5, 2017

A Step Toward Affordability in Anchorage

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INSIDE REAL ESTATE: A step toward affordability in Anchorage By: Connie Yoshimura Inside Real Estate/For the Journal Alaska Journal of Commerce Post date: Wed, 05/03/2017 – 12:36pm Working its way through the public process is a new land use concept that if passed by the Anchorage Assembly would allow for fee simple ownership of attached… Continued

May 4, 2017

Predictions for Renters and Buyers 2017

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Renters and Home Buyers in 2017 BY AMIE FISHER ON 21 MAR 2017DATA From If you’re making big decisions about housing this year, you’ll want to keep these factors in mind. If you’re a renter, you (and your bank account) probably know this already: Over the past decade, rents have been going up. And… Continued

May 3, 2017

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In Alaska Energy Efficiency Brings Value to Home

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Energy efficiency improvements bring value to a home now — and when you’re ready to sell it Author: Barbara and Clair Ramsey From Anchorage Dispatch News  Updated: April 20 Published April 20 Sometimes, making home improvements and repairs can make owners feel like they are spending money without getting anything back. However, if you were one… Continued

May 2, 2017

Market Update Alaska Real Estate

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The market is currently going through a flat period. Home prices are not really going up or going down. The saving grace in Anchorage, is the balance of supply and demand. There is still a lack of inventory, which is stifling supply of homes in all price ranges, while a normal demand for homes, people… Continued

May 1, 2017

Investing in Your Future

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Here is a great video from Zillow, talking about the benefits of buying a home. Check it out after the jump. With low rates still sticking around, and some people moving south, today might be a great buying period.

April 26, 2017

Spring Cleaning Projects

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By See Jane Drill on 21 Apr 2017 Welcome warmer weather with a spotless home (in just one weekend). Spring cleaning is all about getting our homes ready for a new season of sunshine, warmth, and time outdoors — and indoors, too! Now’s the time to wipe off the grime, clear out the cobwebs,… Continued

April 25, 2017

Nunaka Valley Remodeled Ranch

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Single family home, for the price of a condo. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, with a large one car garage, fenced yard, and sunny back deck. Total remodel, new paint, flooring, appliances, bathroom and kitchen. New roof and deck in 2015′. RV Parking. Fantastic location, close to JBER, UMED, schools and shopping.

April 25, 2017

Eagle River Chalet Style Home

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Chalet with astonishing views of Eagle River Valley. Large south facing windows, European style solid oak kitchen, master bedroom with private deck, built in closets. Pool room has a dramatic rock fireplace with bar and gorgeous parlor, mammoth family room behind ideal for trophies. 3 car garage, Tons of SHOP space, 3 shops actually! Would… Continued

April 25, 2017

How Mortgage Strategies Have Changed

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Tips & Advice / story / By Julian Hebron on 4 Mar 2016 Early-career home buyers tend to be light on cash, while mid-career home buyers are saving for retirement, and retiree home buyers are facing less income. Each of these life phases requires a different mortgage strategy. Here are some planning tips to help you make… Continued

March 8, 2016

How to Sell A House With Tenants

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Tips & Advice / story / By Brendon DeSimone on 29 Feb 2016 As the real estate market continues to recover in many parts of the country, millions of homeowners will consider getting back in the market, after unsuccessful attempts just a few years ago. When they couldn’t sell their home, many owners became what we… Continued

March 2, 2016

Southside Condo only $128K!!

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Affordable, Southside, ground level condo. Features include a new boiler and water heater, laminate flooring, stainless refrigerator, and covered patio. Super location, close to Dimond and Abbott shopping, hiking, golf, skiing, and great schools. FHA Approved Unit!! Low down payment. Must sell immediately, seller will look at any reasonable offer!!

February 27, 2016

3 Signs You Should Not List Your Home Yet

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STORY / BY BRENDON DESIMONE ON 22 FEB 2016 Many sellers think they’re ready to sell, but scratch the surface and you may find fear, anxiety, or undue pressure to make a move. Since typical real estate transaction contracts don’t provide an exit for the seller — only the buyer — it’s best to hold off listing if… Continued

February 25, 2016

How to Get Approved For Your First Mortgage

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From Business Insider   The first step to buying a home is getting pre-approved for a mortgage. As the U.S. economy continues to rebuild slowly from the recession 7 years ago, lots of people are looking to buy homes after years of renting or staying put in a previous house. As a result, the real… Continued

September 26, 2015

First Time Home Buyers Guide to Making an Offer

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Tips & Advice / story / By Brendon DeSimone on 24 Aug 2015 After months, maybe even years, of looking at homes online, going to open houses and stalking listing data, the time has come. You’ve fallen for a home, and you’re ready to make your first offer. It can be scary, but it’s… Continued

August 25, 2015

12 Unexpected Buyer Turnoffs

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By Laura Agadoni   Not getting a great response from potential buyers? Easy-to-overlook buyer turnoffs could be the culprit.Homebuyers are a notoriously picky bunch. Even if your house is practically perfect, with lots of light, amazing curb appeal, a large kitchen, and spa-like bathrooms, you could be missing the mark. What’s holding you back from… Continued

May 29, 2015

Improving Curb Appeal

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Jason Vansteenwyk Veteran agents know that buyers can make a “no” decision on a house before they even step in the door. It has nothing to do with the numbers. It’s the curb appeal that sets the tone, before they even see the inside of the listing. That’s not just speculation. Studies confirm: Big,… Continued

April 3, 2015

Tips for Selling this Spring

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Just because there are slim pickings at the start of this spring’s housing season doesn’t mean sellers are in the driver’s seat entirely. Today’s homebuyers are a nit-picky, recession-scarred bunch, and they want to get serious value for their hard-earned cash. Sellers need to not only price their homes carefully, but prepare their homes thoroughly… Continued

March 25, 2015

Upcoming Spenard Investment Property

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Duplex, and SFH on one lot. Central location in Spenard, close to Boys and Girls Club. This is a good investment. Rents total $2575 a month. Would be a great owner occupant property, live in the house, rent out the duplex, live for free! Coming to market in early April. Contact us today if interested.

March 24, 2015

Upcoming Listing in Goldenview Park

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We have an upcoming listing in Goldenview Park. This home is 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 3 car garage, approx. 2400sf on a 12000sf lot, with views of the inlet, mountains, and city lights. Tucked away on a cul de sac in one of Anchorages most desired neighborhoods. Approx list price $525,000. Call us today… Continued

March 23, 2015

Will a Vacation Home Work as a Retirement Home?

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y / By  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