May 2015

Found 8 blog entries for May 2015.

It's a great time to invest in a new home. In 2014, the housing market was on fire, and people all over the country (including Alaska) looked and found great houses for their families. We are confident 2015 will be very much the same.     

But, just ask anyone with experience, home buying can be a tricky, daunting affair, full of anxiety and convoluted paperwork. If you do it wrong, it's much like buying a clunker from a shifty car salesman. Except in this case, you're investing exponentially more than on a car, and you could be stuck with it for a very, very long time. 

Here are 5 huge mistakes you can make as a first time homebuyer.

1. You buy a home and never consider your options. Like, renting. Financially, buying a home is a huge

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Your Anchorage home doesn't have a modern architectural style to appeal to buyers who want the modern look. When it comes to home selling in vibrant cities such as Anchorage, modern finishes and features often wow today's buyers. Although it's a seller's market in Anchorage, one major turnoff for buyers is a home that's outdated. If you are fortunate to have a home that already has a lot of windows and natural materials such as stone for fireplaces and wood for flooring, play up the features. At the same time, you can achieve the modern look with almost any floor plan. Talk to your Anchorage Realtor about how modernizing your home will affect the listing price and home value. When home selling, tackle different zones of your home such as the

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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, 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, 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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