October 2014

Found 9 blog entries for October 2014.


Experts say the number of multigenerational households has reached a record high. For families living or relocating to Anchorage, there are a lot of spacious homes that accommodate several generations living under one roof.

Some simple home buying tips for the multi-generational household include layouts that provide privacy and separation as well as communal space. Some homes may have separate entryways, which is even more ideal for some households. According to a report by the National Association of Realtors, 57 million Americans or about 18 percent lived in households with several generations in 2012. Although the trend has been driven by young people in their 20s and early 30s living at home, experts

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Buying a fixer-upper home in Anchorage, Alaska may seem like the more affordable option. However, there are a lot of hidden costs to renovating a "vintage" or older home. Before buying a home that needs some work, consider the pros and cons of move-in ready or turnkey Anchorage Alaska real estate versus a “project.” According to an article by U.S. News & World Report, properties in need of serious repairs may cost homeowners more money and time than they realize. The article advises people to consider the location and risks before undertaking a complete home makeover. A lot of people are realizing the benefits of living in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska, where they can find everything from new construction inventory homes, lots for building custom homes as

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With a median age of 25 to 44, Anchorage, Alaska has not traditionally been a retirement Mecca. Active adults from the baby boomer generation are breaking tradition when it comes to retirement. According to an article by TopRetirements.com, Anchorage is great city for retirees who enjoy the outdoors and like an urban environment. It’s no surprise a growing number of retirees think relocating to Anchorage could be an exciting adventure.

Settling in a college town

According to an article by USA Today, baby boomers are flocking to college towns for retirement. Anchorage is a college town with both the University of Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University. Baby boomers relocating to Anchorage like the youthful energy

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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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