Lock and Leave - The Dream Property for Alaskan Snow-Birds
by Dan Wolf
on Saturday, August 11th, 2012 at 10:20am.
There are people who love Anchorage, but don't like the long winters. For many of these folks, their days of skiing and snow machining are behind them, yet, they consider themselves Alaskans and don't want to completely leave. Alaska can have great summers, but the winters can get a little long - and short days affect some people - that is known as cabin fever. Some of them have children and/or grandchildren in Anchorage and would never want to be away from their families very long.
These people often become "snow birds" or people who migrate south to warmer climates, like the ducks and geese, when the weather gets cold. They return in the spring when it gets too hot in the south and the snow is gone in Alaska.
There is a certain sort of property that accommodates the snowbird population very well. Many of these folks are looking for a property they can clean their way out of, lock the door, and leave the property for a month or the entire winter season, and not have to worry about it. Security is important to them.
Condominiums work well because generally there is minimal maintenance to the exterior. You pay dues so the exterior lights are on, the trim or decks get painted and the winter snow is removed.
Realtors call these properties "Lock-n-leave" because they are appealing and work well for this group. If you are interested in a property like I've described, let us know and we can keep an eye out for you. In Anchorage you can find condos priced between $150,000 and $300,000, depending on what you want and where you want it, that will work for lock and leave snowbirds.