Alaska Real Estate Blog

When home buying, you're most concerned about location, price, and floor plan. However, because you live in the 21st century, you also want a place that can handle the modern technology that you depend on every day. Here are some things to think about when searching for such a home.

•    Is anybody out there? Even if you decide to go retro with a land line, you probably rely on your smartphone to keep in touch with the outside world. So make sure your home has adequate cellphone reception. As soon as you step on the grounds, call up a friend so you can gauge the signal. Do the same things in each of the different rooms. After all, you don't want to step outside your house every time you want to make a smartphone call.

•    Green means nature and

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Your water heater is something you probably don’t think about often, yet it is something that’s needed multiple times each day. One of the basics of maintaining a home water heater involves draining and flushing the tank from time to time in order to remove sediment. This is actually a very simple process that you can do yourself, even if you have little or no plumbing experience.

Flushing the Tank: Steps to Take

Over time, sediment can build up inside your tank, causing cold water lines to become clogged, and reducing the efficiency of your unit. Flush the tank by turning off the electricity and cold water inlet, and then connecting a garden hose to your tank’s drain valve. Open the drain valve, which will allow water to be removed from your tank

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Home Selling takes a lot of work, and it should. When owners sell a home, it's usually because of a major transition in their lives--trade up or down-size to something smaller, a new job, family addition or subtraction, financial circumstances, and the like. A serious effort is required to fetch the highest possible price in the shortest amount of time and achieve the owners' goals.

It can seem like a daunting process to an owner, who likely has been out of the real estate market for several years. In general, there are four major factors affecting marketability: Pricing, Location, style / floorplan, and the property Condition. An owner has complete control over only one--Condition

A seller has no control whatsoever over location and style - it is

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Home buyers in Anchorage, Alaska, or anywhere else for that matter, do often look for the best deal they can get in real estate.  Everyone wants to feel like they "got a deal or a concession" when they make a major purchase.   To sell a home in less time, it may behoove sellers to consider offering buyer incentives or perks. Sweetening the pot with various incentives can work to your advantage when home selling in Anchorage. According to an article by Alaska Dispatch News, end of the year buyers are more selective and cautious when buying a home in Anchorage. Although the inventory of homes is still low, sellers still have to stand out to potential buyers. If you live in home that’s not in a desirable location or can’t provide what experts call “long-term

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If you are over the age of 50 and trying to sell your home, you may have noticed a lot of younger buyers interested in Anchorage real estate. Staging a home to appeal to younger buyers can increase your odds of getting solid offers.

Experts say Millennials are most likely to buy starter homes. First-time home buyers often search for homes in the lower price range, but they may spend more if the home doesn't seem too old-fashioned. According to a recent study by Trulia, half of all Millennial home buyers say they plan to ask relatives for down payment money.

If you haven't received many offers, you could be making a few key mistakes that prevent a younger buyer from considering your home.  Staging a home to appeal to as many people as possible can

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Snowbirds or part-time residents of Anchorage, Alaska, shouldn’t have to worry about their property when they are far away on a beach in a tropical climate. Home buying for snowbirds doesn’t have to be complicated because there are a number of condos that offer the lock-n-leave advantage. Anchorage condos and townhomes range in price from $100,000 to over $500,000. Part-time residents don’t have to worry about outside maintenance. A security system as well as attentive neighbors can help keep their property safe when they are away. An experienced Realtor who knows the Anchorage, Alaska, condominium and townhouse market can help you figure out what’s best for your active lifestyle whether you are a retiree or young world traveler.

For the small

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Between the cash it takes to get started on your own and college debt following you from school, it takes many young people a while to build up their credit and adaquate cash researves to be able to buy their first home; In addition, the uncertain real estate market over the previous five years overshadowed the home buying commitment with some skeptisism.  The combination of the above has created a pent-up demand for the so-called “starter homes.” Meanwhile, some retiring baby boomers are also looking to downsize into smaller and less expensive homes, often those without stairs.

According to an article by Active Rain, first-time homebuyers are demanding something different in an entry-level home. A recent survey of first-time homebuyers found 87

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Now that fall has arrived, it is a good time to turn your attention to your home before the weather prohibits a needed repair. The changing of the season always acts as a call to action for fine-tuning your home, and the onset of fall is no different. Below are five tips for getting your home fall-ready.

Check out your furnace. Nothing is worse than discovering your furnace is out-of-order on that first chilly fall night. Furnace companies get really busy in the fall because once it's cold, equiptment starts to fail.  It's not a bad idea to have your furnace cleaned and serviced at least once a year and plan ahead for that apointment!

Update your windows. It's time to take those screens out and make sure the windows are tight and secure.

Clean

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If your Anchorage, Alaskan home is 5 to 20 years old, it may be slightly outdated. Unfortunately, what’s trendy when you buy your home isn’t typically in style when it comes to home selling. Although you can’t change whether or not your home has a mountain view, you can make some minor updates that are fairly inexpensive. According to a home improvement article by HGTV, it pays to upgrade when selling your home.

Remodeling the bathroom
Many homes in the Anchorage, Alaska and surrounding area have bathrooms with mirrors with no frame, gold-trimmed shower doors and gold lighting fixtures. As a rule, anything with gold trim looks outdated. Although glass block was popular in bathrooms, it’s now a telltale sign of a bathroom that needs a contemporary

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If you have recently applied for a mortgage, and suffered from sticker shock after yougot your quote, you're not alone. For the average homebuyer, knowing every detail about what drives up mortgage costs isn't necessary when applying, but it helps to know some. Because knowing what additional factors are driving up your costs, and how to curb them, can means thousands of dollars of savings placed securely back in your wallet. Here are just 3:

Credit Score
While many brokers and lenders don't rely solely on a credit scores when deciding mortgage amounts, there is a number threshold that dictates: 740. The fine print often doesn't tell you that anything below 740 can increase interest. This plays a factor after mortgage rates are calculated.

Equity
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