by Dan Wolf
on Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 12:14pm.
When people get into a real estate market that is new to them, there are plenty of pitfalls to look out for. What could be considered a home in “move-in” condition in one part of the country could be a “fixer-upper” someplace else. Anchorage, Alaska offers plenty of opportunity to invest in the right kind of property for you and your family, but you do need to keep your eyes open for certain features that could make or break your deal.
Alaska is known for its snowfall, which means that a solid roof is important in Anchorage property. As you tour properties you are considering buying, make sure that you have someone with you who is an expert on roofs. It could cost thousands just to make the simplest repair on an Alaskan roof, which is why you need to be very careful when you are examining a home for sale.
The temperatures in the area tend to be just below the national average, which means that the summers and springs in Anchorage are extremely comfortable. The winters can get cold and that can mean higher energy bills. The best ways to fight high energy bills is to have the proper kind and amount of insulation in your home. A good contractor can examine a home you are considering investing in and let you know if it needs to be re-insulated, or if it is already well-protected for the coming winter months. The State of Alaska offers an energy program which begins with an audit of your house to determine where you are now; then they will offer suggestions on ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home. If you follow their suggestions, they will reimburse you a percentage of the money you spend to improve your home's energy efficiency.
Location can be extremely important when you are looking at homes in Alaska, especially if you are hoping for a quick turnaround and sale. The Anchorage skyline is enhanced by a panoramic view of the mountains that are just off in the distance. With the right view from a front picture window, your property could suddenly become very valuable to any future investors. There are plenty of great angles to consider when it comes to a view in Anchorage, so be sure that you take your time and find the right backdrop for your home.
Anchorage is a city of over 250,000 people that has been growing steadily for over a decade now. As industry and more people move into the area, the property values continue to go up. This is the time to buy property in Anchorage, especially if you want to take advantage of the continues upswing in property values and the kind of financial benefit those high property values can bring.