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When you are buying your first home, it can be a scary time. You have to worry about whether or not you will be approved for a mortgage. Though you are usually pre-approved, you still will probably worry that your mortgage may fall through, even on the day of your settlement.   However, as a first time home buyer, there are some things that you can do to make sure that you have a better chance at getting a mortgage.               

Here are some tips to getting a mortgage.

•    Have all your paperwork in order. It is very helpful to have all of your paperwork ready before you meet with your realtor and mortgage company. This will help to speed up the process and, hopefully, give you an idea of how much you can afford before you go looking at homes.

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It’s exciting to receive an offer when home selling, but what do you do when you get an appraisal that’s too low? Your Anchorage Realtor will guide you on the best listing price, but sometimes an appraiser doesn’t agree with the agreed upon sales price. According to a recent article by usatoday.com, rising home values and limited inventory could be to blame for low appraisals. In some cases, a buyer can put more money down so the seller still gets the full asking price. A lot of first-time homebuyers simply don’t have the extra money. If they can’t get a loan for the sales price, they have to walk away from the real estate deal.     

•    Preventing the dilemma

If you are proactive, you will save time when home selling in Anchorage, Alaska. It’s a

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Photo by DMD PhotographyWith spring and summer just around the corner, it’s a great time to boost curb appeal to sell your Anchorage home. According to a piece by Alaska Home, there are several cost-effective and quick improvements you can make. Curb appeal is important not only in terms of getting full asking price or above, but also for drawing more prospective buyers who wouldn’t otherwise give your home a second look. Great curb appeal can even affect the appraisal of your Anchorage home.   

•    Painting according to home style

Instead of choosing trendy paint color for the exterior of your home, stick with an authentic color that works with your home style. Painting the exterior of your home is one of the most cost-effective improvements you can make, but it’s only

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When it comes to home selling and staging, there is no reason to spend thousands of dollars. If you used a lot of dark colors in your Anchorage home, lighten things up with some bright yellow accent pillows and candles. If you already have a home that’s white and bright, balance out your décor with some warmer colors and furniture pieces. According to a recent piece by houzz.com, even people on the strictest budget can liven up their space for home selling success. Just don’t make the mistake of going overboard with one color or one style of accent pillow. Ask your Realtor for a second opinion on your staging ideas when getting your home ready to sell.                 

•    Replace the shower curtain and more

For less than $500, you can typically

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Staging a home was something you’d expect only in luxury homes featuring in magazines or HGTV, but now it's more mainstream. When home selling in Anchorage, Alaska, it’s extremely important to get your home in the best state possible to show. Some home sellers believe myths about home staging, according to a recent article by Gannet News Service. By working with a reputable Realtor in Anchorage who has helped sellers compete in the current housing market, you can get the edge you need to sell at top dollar and in less time. First, put aside some of the misconceptions you have about staging a home.        

•    I can sell my home ‘as is’

Although it’s up to you if you want to sell a home without any staging, it could take a lot longer if you don’t

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You went ahead and invested your hard earned money in an Anchorage land for sale. Now, you just have to prepare the land for the spring season, and any associated problems that might come up such as spring flood, which are common during this time of year. If you bought your land as an investment property, it is crucial you take the time to keep your property in shape and protected from potential disasters. Here are some ways you can prepare your Anchorage land for sale during the spring season:

After Purchasing Anchorage Land for Sale, Prepare for the Spring Season

Prepare for the Worst, Expect the Best

If you're about to experience spring in Anchorage Alaska, it's important you take the time to prepare for potential disasters. Purchasing

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The home buying process is often lengthy and involved. Which is probably for the best. It is, without a doubt, the largest purchase you will ever make. So it is very important that you have all of your financial responsibilities figured out, and a commitment to a relocation planned, several years before you even actually begin looking. If you are ready to take the leap and buy a new house, here are 5 tips to help you complete the entire home buying process.

Work with the Right Agent

Once you have the money for a down payment, and have squirreled away at least 20 percent for everything else, it's time to find an agent. While it is possible to go it alone, for optimum results we recommend finding an agent to help you get the best price for the…
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Just as you are shopping for a great home with your Anchorage Realtor, shop for a great mortgage. A reputable lender will offer you a competitive rate. With interest rates on a recent climb, real estate experts brace for a seller’s market. Getting a better mortgage rate will help you as a buyer because you have more purchasing power. According to a recent article by Philly.com, a survey by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau showed nearly half of home buyers did not shop around for a mortgage. Instead, they just dealt with one loan provider. By the time you get to the closing table, you will need to have a lender. Some lenders will lock you in at a specific rate for at least 30 days leading up to the closing, but policies vary from lender to

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Anchorage is a city of nearly 300 thousand people, the most populous city in Alaska, having grown about 14% in the last ten years. It is located tucked at the south east curve of the Alaska Peninsula.