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Your Realtor is the best resource you have during the home buying process, and he/she will walk you through it in as stress-free a way as possible. To help you prepare for your upcoming purchase, here are a few things you should know about negotiating the purchase of a home...

 

Have the property inspected

Hire a home inspector to inspect the property. This isn't very expensive, between $250 and $400 in Anchorage.  This accomplishes two things at once. First, it will give you a first look at any major issues with the house, like code compliance items or items that might be getting ready to fail. Because the inspector will find at least a few things that need attention, you can reference these problems with the seller.

If it's not in writing,

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If you are planning to put your house on the market this year, now may be the best time to do so. The temperatures are rising, the days are lengthening, and what little snow we had is disappearing. Whether you are hoping for a quick sale now or planning on selling your house this summer, it's a good idea to take advantage of our warmer months to show off your residence to potential buyers. Here are three ways to prepare your home for any potential buyer who walks through the front door...


Sell my Anchorage home- what is my home worth1. Clean out your closets & cabinets. Buyers are looking for properties that are equipped with adequate storage space. Even if your home is lacking in this area, clean, uncluttered closets and cabinets can give the impression of plenty of space. We recommend

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When you decide to buy a home, one of the most important factors to consider is your interest rate. With poor credit, you can expect a higher interest rate, which can have a huge impact on your monthly payments. Ideally, you should understand some different ways to avoid higher rates on your mortgage.

 

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A surefire option to reduce your interest rates is to pay for lower rates. If you have some extra money saved up, it might be worth it to pay for a lower rate, which can provide you with great savings on a monthly basis. For example, over the period of the loan, you could save thousands of dollars by paying for just a quarter of a percent off.  When you buy the rate down, it is called paying "points."

 

Find a Co-Signer

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When interest rates are this good, a lot of people feel the need to rush their home buying ventures. However, getting a mortgage is an involved process. You are not going to find the perfect home and be able to get a mortgage the next day. Here are some tips to make sure that you ready to be preapproved for a mortgage!pREAPPROVED

  • Look at your credit score. Make sure that it appears to be accurate. Are there any unpaid debts on there that shouldn't be? Are there inconsistencies that you need to look into? Be sure to start taking care of any potential issues now.
  • Work on paying off your debt. You won't be disqualified if you have some debt, but creditors won't approve you for a mortgage if you have too much. Start paying off as much of your debt as possible
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When it comes to how the recent stock market correction affects Anchorage, Alaska real estate, experts have different opinions. If you want to list your Anchorage home this fall or winter, the chances are you will find plenty of prospective buyers.  Of course, price and condition matter a lot.  Most active real estate experts believe the market will remain active on house priced below $550,000.  The median price in Anchorage is close to $345,000 and we expect that market to remain strong because home inventory is limited. 

Depending on whether you live in a high demand neighborhood or own a home with popular features, you could sell your home for above listing price. At the same time, it is prudent to keep realistic expectations since Anchorage

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If you plan to list your home in Anchorage, Alaska, or anywhere really, you will be facing a home inspection.  Either ou can get a 'pre-market" home inspection done, or your buyer will do one after making an offer.  It’s important to pass a home inspection (home inspectors typically spot all the defects with your real estate property).  According to a recent article by RealtyToday, unexpected large repairs often complicates and lengthens the entire selling process.  Instead of feeling nervous or anxious about the home inspection, consider ways to get ahead of it; you can address problems in advance to speed up the home selling process.  An experienced Anchorage Realtor will let you know the market value of your home and give you advice on major fixes. 

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When we sit down with you as a potential seller, someone who is interested in listing your home, we have a strategy in mind. This strategy is comprised of four parts: AttractivenessPriceCondition, and Availability. If you focus on just one of these parts, or on less than all four of them, you'll likely sacrifice the speed of the sale or profit. If your goal is to sell your house quickly for the best price possible, make sure you emphasize these four qualities of home marketing equally. 

dan wolf certified residential specialist anchorage alaskaHighlight the Good

Every home has both good qualities and flaws. Leave the flaws to the home inspector, and focus on what makes your home desirable! Is the backyard spacious and well-landscaped? Draw attention to that outdoor space to attract gardeners and BBQ

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If you own Anchorage real estate, or if you're thinking of buying some, you've already made a good decision - real estate is one of the strongest investments around! It's so different from other types of investments, which helps make it particularly profitable. However, there are several costs besides your monthly mortgage payments associated with owning property. Although it's generally still more than worth it, it's important to consider all of these expenses, both prior to purchasing the property and while you own it. Here are a few costs of maintaining a home.

 

Insurance

If you owned your house out-right, insurance wouldn't be required, however it's extremely important and would be foolish not to have it. Any lender would require homeowners

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Let's say you decide to buy your dream home or the perfect investment property in Anchorage, or a weekend cabin in Girdwood or Big Lake. Or maybe you want to sell your property, ready to downsize or move on to something bigger & better. Whatever your situation, it makes sense for you to work with the best of the best, the Realtors with a working knowledge of the particular areas and homes in which you are interested. You want a specialist who really knows how to market your home effectively, negotiate to get you the best price and terms, and carry everything through to a successful closing. That kind of expertise takes more than just knowledge - it takes experience, advanced qualifications, and the right track record. While Anchorage has quite a few

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Whether you own a sprawling home in a prestigious Anchorage neighborhood or want to sell your small residence in a humbler part of town, one truth remains: it behooves you to list your home with a Realtor. Listing with a Realtor saves you, the seller, a significant amount of time and money, and typically nabs you a higher sale price. In four particular cases, it pays to have a real estate agent who intimately knows the Anchorage, Alaska real estate market.


Your home is in an up-and-coming real estate market 

Let's say you own a home in an on-the-rise neighborhood in Anchorage, like Spenard or Airport Heights. If you want to get the most money for your real estate, it's critical to work with a Realtor who knows how to price and market your

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