Kenai Peninsula: Short Sales Take Sound Strategy

by September 28, 2012

August, the number of  new foreclosures listed nationally barely crept upward — even as average sale prices leapt dramatically. Realtytrac compiles the numbers, and they show a sizeable 10%+ jump in foreclosure sales prices from July to August. Of course, homes listed as foreclosures and short sales still close at prices markedly lower than homes sold in traditional transactions, but that rise in price seems to say that more buyers are feeling confident that a home purchased now will look like a wise move in the future. If you have been looking at the distressed property market in the Kenai Peninsula , these numbers suggest that the short sale and foreclosure possibilities are still being … Continue reading

Mixing Kids with Your Kenai Peninsula Home Sale

by September 26, 2012

Every Kenai Peninsula home sale is unique. Not only is the product being offered one of a kind – to the customer, it represents a gigantic, life-changing purchase. Usually, the only comparison economists site is with buying a new car, but in reality, that isn’t even close. There is no production line creating new land. Any home sale takes carefully thought-out advertising, the right price, and excellent exposure. When you are selling your house while still living in it, there is some additional juggling to be done. Then, especially if you have young children, there’s that extra ball in the air to juggle! Have no fear. There are tried-and-true solutions to that one! Kids make … Continue reading

KENAI PENINSULA: BROWN BEAR OCTOBERFEST!

by September 26, 2012

WHEN: Friday, October 19, 2012 TIME: BEGINS AT 7PM WHERE: SOLDOTNA SPORTS CENTER Join the party, celebrate the changing of the seasons, and support your Junior A hockey team, The Kenai River Brown Bears. There are ONLY 300 tickets available! You can purchase tickets at the following locations: The Duck Inn, Halcyon Spalon, Alaska Gifts, The Grind, The Espresso Barn, St. Elias, Uptown Motel & Soldotna Little League Bingo. You MUST BE 21. There will be free cab rides, courtesy of ALASKA CAB. They will be featuring Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets. There will be prizes & auctions!

Kenai: Car Seat CHECK-UP Event

by September 25, 2012

September 24, 2012 at the Kenai Fire Department from 1pm-3pm. Come by the event to have your children in their car seats/booster seats to make sure they are riding safely and properly according to their height, weight, and age. The week of September 16-22 is National Child Passenger Safety Week. For more information call 714-4539      

Kenai Peninsula: When Building Income is a Property Manager Benefit

by September 25, 2012

The stage is set for those with investment dollars to spare: income properties — including rentable Kenai Peninsula vacation homes  – are still being offered at discount prices. At this point, the fire sale psychology has been pretty well hosed down, but… Despite the evidence of an improving market, the recovery is from such a deep downturn that, stacked up beside historical levels, real bargains are still out there. Add in the fact that recent pronouncements from Washington indicate that a lid is firmly in place on those extremely attractive mortgage rates, and it’s clear why investors are likely to continue on course to match or beat last year’s 7% growth in vacation home sales. … Continue reading

Predicting Future Kenai Peninsula Property Listings

by September 24, 2012

How about this for a stunner: each and every day for the next 17 years, more than 10,000 American “baby boomers” will hit retirement age. That is based on 65 being considered retirement age (although many 65-year-olds I know haven’t the slightest intention of abandoning their careers anytime soon). Nevertheless, the impact that this demographic wave will have on everybody is bound to be substantial. In the housing industry, even seniors who are anything but retired will be gravitating toward newer, smaller homes that better fit the lifestyle of adults whose children are now out on their own. So some fine-tuning of property listings will be in order. I expect more local property listings to … Continue reading

KENAI RIVER MARATHON

by September 24, 2012

RUNNERS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Sunday, September 30th from 9a.m. – 4 p.m. is the Kenai River Marathon. Registration for runners online is www.kenairivermarathon.org until Saturday, September 29th. The race will begin at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center, – Full marathon, half marathon, relay and walkers encouraged to register. Volunteers are needed to give runners directions and man the water tables. For more information on volunteering call Peter Hansen at 283-4611

Kenai Peninsula: 25th Annual Gala Auction

by September 20, 2012

The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of the Kenai Peninsula Invite you to celebrate the 25th Annual Gala Auction! When: Saturday, November 10, 2012. The doors open at 6pm and festivities start at 6:30pm. There will be both live and silent auctions. To reserve your table today call 283-2682

Kenai Peninsula Home Sales May Follow TOM

by September 20, 2012

September is a transition time for almost everybody. Here in town, the kids have shifted into school gear, adults have moved out of vacation mode, and businesses are already sprucing up for the (believe it or not) Holiday Season. In real estate, we are looking with more than casual interest at what’s going on nationally. Especially those measures that tend to affect local home sales. The largest professional association in the country is our own National Association of Realtors®.  At the beginning of September, they broke another piece of welcome news. This one looks like the difference between ‘indicators’ of a strengthening home sales market — and signs that it’s already fact. The NAR release … Continue reading

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