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

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 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 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 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