Alaska Real Estate Blog

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Anchorage, Alaska, having a good Realtor can mean tens of thousands of dollars. According to a report by Consumer Reports, a recent survey of Realtors showed there are several home-buying blunders and seller slip-ups that account for between 11 and 20 percent of a home’s value. Depending on the list price of your Anchorage Alaska real estate, that can add up to tons of money you could be throwing away.   

•    Mistakes buyers make

Some of the most costly mistakes made by buyers, according to the Consumer Reports survey, include rushing into a deal. Your Realtor can nudge you when it’s time to walk away from a deal rather than over pay. Some financial mistakes home buyers make include failing to maintain a

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Maintaining a home you buy in Anchorage isn’t just about outdoor  maintenance. It’s also about finding a home that has easy maintenance features on the inside of the house. If you buy a new construction home, you will likely have the latest high-tech and energy-efficient appliances and furnaces. If you buy an older Anchorage home or even an Anchorage foreclosure, you don’t necessarily have to keep what’s already there. It can save you time and money to buy a move-in ready home that already has easy maintenance and low-maintenance upgrades.        

Quartz as an easy-care surface

According to a piece by thisoldhouse.com, quartz countertops make an easy-care kitchen surface. It’s also appropriate for a bathroom vanity. Experts say workers make quartz

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The inside of your Anchorage house might be amazing, but if the outside looks like a mess, you will turn off buyers before they even set foot inside the house. Curb appeal really makes a difference to home buyers; here's why.     

Curb Appeal: Why It Makes a Difference for Home Buyers

Potential home buyers will view images of your home's interior and exterior online or in print ads before they come to your house. If they fall in love with the images of your beautiful home interior, and pull up to a house with an overgrown lawn or a dead tree, they will be turned off. They might even decide that your home is not worth the asking price because the lawn is an eyesore. In some cases, they might even drive away without setting foot in your home because

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If you are thinking about taking out a mortgage to buy a second home or a primary residence in Anchorage, Alaska, you are likely watching how interest rates move. According to a research report by Zillow.com, rising interest rates cost homebuyers a lot of money. Higher financing costs in the future will affect buyers and sellers in Anchorage where home prices continue to increase. The Zillow report examined how a percent increase in interest rates would affect the monthly mortgage payments for an average home in 35 metropolitan areas. A 1 percent increase would cost prospective buyers throughout the country anywhere from $65 to as high as $700 a month in some markets. Experts say increasing mortgage rates means homebuyers would have to tighten their

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Those who have never visited or lived in the great state of Alaska often imagine Anchorage in one of two ways -- either as a snow-and-ice laden land where most of the available properties are igloos or as simply just another American city with no significant differences from its lower forty-eight counterparts. While neither extreme is true, living in Anchorage is not quite like living anywhere else.    

Following are three things that those who are relocating to Anchorage need to know in order to have the best possible experience.

Don't Feed the Bears

State officials recently had to relocate a family of black bears that was living in the Government Hill neighborhood in Anchorage because the animals had become acclimated to receiving a steady diet

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Because home prices are going up in Anchorage and around the country, some sellers assume they have the upper hand. Yet housing experts say it's a balanced real estate market this year, which means buyers can slip into a power position. Home buying is a winning scenario if you have the right Realtor and the right real estate market conditions. Your Realtor can help you find the home you want in a good neighborhood where you can find a bargain simply because homeowners in the area are staying put. If the last homes sold in a neighborhood were foreclosures or short sales from a few years ago, the prices may not reflect the true value. According to an article by Credit.com, there are several signs that indicate it’s not a seller’s market. At least, it’s not

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Keeping a clean house can be challenging for the best of us. Keeping it clean while staging a home and trying to sell? That can give anyone a headache, especially when you throw kids and pets into the mix. Some planning and preparation will go a long way in keeping stress at bay.     

    The dreaded list: It sounds cliché, but give a list a try. When the showing time is not the most convenient and you have a dozen other things on your mind, a well-organized list will save you the “What do I do next?” panic. Make your own or print out a pre-made checklist.

   Think creatively about space: Instead of leaving mail out, clear a spot in a drawer. If toys seem to make their way to common areas, establish a place there they can be quickly put away, such

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When it comes to selling your home, you have a lot of competition. There are a lot of nice houses competitively priced to sell. You may be wondering how you can make your house shine above the others. Give it curb appeal. Why does it need that? Many people drive by homes before they decide to look inside. If the front of your property is not well-maintained, they will probably go look at other homes first, before looking at yours. In order to make sure that your home gets as many showings as possible, give it the advantage that it deserves.      

Here are some tips to give your house some curb appeal.