August 2015

Found 8 blog entries for August 2015.

If you are currently thinking about putting your home on the market, you might have heard about the importance of staging a home to make it more appealing for potential buyers. However, you might not have a lot of extra money to spend on extra decor for your home. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can stage your home on a budget to make it extra appealing to potential buyers without spending a fortune.     

1. Check Out the Dollar Stores

Check out your local dollar stores to look for decorative items that will make your home look nice. Inexpensive throw pillows, candle holders and other decorative items can still add a nice touch without being costly. You can also look for things like inexpensive, fresh new curtains and shower curtains that can

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As you undoubtedly already know, establishing curb appeal is one of the most effective ways of convincing prospective buyers that they should purchase your home. First impressions matter -- and even though Anchorage is a modern city by any standards, its still situated on the edge of a wilderness, and those two worlds overlap frequently. Following are three strategies specific to life in Alaska that will provide your home with maximum appeal.                      

Don't Feed the Bears

Anchorage residents sometimes forget that the contents of their trash cans are considered gourmet smorgasbords by our bruin friends. Few things deter home buyers more thoroughly than neighborhoods that are strewn with trash from one end to another. Keeping trash cans

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One of the most important elements of staging a home is the ability to create the illusion of space.  When potential buyers look at a home, they want to be able to imagine all of their things fitting into the existing space with room to spare--and it's your job to create the impression that they'll be able to do exactly that.  Your home currently reflects your life.  Your things are everywhere.  Even though you're not sure you're ready to begin packing yet, removing some of the clutter will greatly benefit your odds of successfully selling your home. 

One of the most important things to many potential buyers is the amount of closet space available.  That means that the first thing you need to do is make your closets look twice as big as they actually

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Ready to take on a mortgage for the first time in your life? Congratulations because becoming a homeowner is great for your financial future. However, in order for it to be truly good for your finances, you must be careful to live up to your responsibilities. Keep reading to learn helpful mortgage advice for first-time homebuyers.                       

Keep Track of Your Financial Records

Once you've become a homeowner, your biggest responsibility is making sure that your mortgage gets paid on time every month. Hence, you need to keep good track of your money at all times to ensure that you will have the money to pay for your next mortgage payment. Grab a notebook and use it to track your earnings and spending. Or if you prefer, use Excel or some

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When home buying in Anchorage, Alaska, you will inevitably have costs associated with a move. As a retiree or younger person interested in downsizing, remember to budget for hidden costs. A reputable Anchorage, Alaska, Realtor will show you the hottest properties that appeal to baby boomers and older retirees. Many of the renovated and new construction properties on the market are smaller in terms of square footage, but modern, intelligent and elegant in terms of design and layout. According to a recent article by, people moving in retirement need to evaluate a variety of costs including property taxes, home owner’s insurance, condo fees, moving costs and travel expenses. If you are relocating to Anchorage from another state, talk to an

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Moving to Alaska is something many people dream of doing yet never accomplish. If you're among the lucky few who'll be making the big move, you're probably wondering if there are ways to quickly acclimate yourself to Alaskan culture after your arrival. Fortunately, Anchorage is a modern city with much in common with its lower forty-eight counterparts, but everything's just a little bigger in the Last Frontier, including the annual state fair.                               

In fact, if you and your family are relocating to Anchorage in the near future, the Alaska State Fair in Palmer provides an excellent crash course in all things Alaskan.

Just a short 45 or so minutes from Anchorage proper in the agricultural community of Palmer, the fair runs for

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Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make so it makes sense that you should take care of it. However, most people don't really think about the maintenance of their home. Of course, they try to clean it. They also fix things when they break because they have to but they don't really think beyond that. Instead, they just do what they have to.        

It is really important to maintaining a home for the following reasons:

•    Safety reasons. A well-maintained home is safer. A well-maintained home has less fire hazards because you take care of the chimneys and other potential fire hazards. You will also make sure that all of your windows and doors work, if you need to exit your home at any point.

•    Repairs cost less now. If

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With the hot rental market, some people wonder whether they should sell or keep their old home when buying a step-up house in upscale Anchorage, Alaska. An article by points out some people skip the home selling process even though they are becoming move-up buyers. It’s no longer a matter of trading up to a nicer, more expensive home. In some cases, your old Anchorage home could make a lucrative rental property with very little home improvements. reports most real estate investors don’t flip their properties for profit. Instead, 65 percent keep the homes as rental properties. Before making a final decision, talk to a Realtor who specializes in Anchorage, Alaska housing and real estate trends. Depending what kind of

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