by November 29, 2012

  GO CHECK OUT THE NEW RED DAWN! OPENING ON FRIDAY AT ORCA THEATER IN SOLDOTNA!     RED DAWN  –  (Digital Projection)  –  11/30/12         ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE   Friday:  5:00, 7:15, 9:30   Saturday:  2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30   Sunday:  2:45, 5:00, 7:15   Monday thru Thursday:  5:00, 7:15   Synopsis:  In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky – shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge … Continue reading


by November 29, 2012

You are a newlywed couple in your late 20’s with decent jobs, respectable income, and reasonable credit. You’ve started your search to buy a home in Soldotna, but when you walk into the bank to pre-qualify for a loan, to your surprise, you find out… NOT! You’re not alone. The Federal Reserve studied the problem, and found that in the three years between 2009-2011, just 9% of youngsters between the ages of 29-34 were able to qualify for a first-time mortgage. It had been 17% only 10 years earlier. It’s no wonder that many have sought alternative financing routes to buy a home, which is why mortgage co-signing is becoming more and more common. Yet … Continue reading


by November 28, 2012

According to a recent survey, nine out of ten REALTORS® believe that clients who make improvements before selling a house are more likely to secure a successful sale. Why, you may wonder, would anyone take the trouble to run a survey to discover anything that obvious? Possibly because of a follow-up question Realty Times came up with: 65.9% of real estate agents – virtually two out of three – agree that a common mistake among homeowners is not making “the right” home improvements for the local market. Uh-oh! Remodeling in the wrong direction can cost you twice! If it’s such a common mistake, it’s safe to say it might be best to consult an agent … Continue reading


by November 27, 2012

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Don’t Let Your Kenai Peninsula Rental Property Manage You

by November 27, 2012

According to the non-profit Demand Institute, this year nearly 35% of housing in the United States is now categorized as rental property. On the Kenai Peninsula as elsewhere, some of these properties belong to “accidental” landlords — folks who had to relocate for professional or other reasons, but didn’t (or couldn’t) sell. Many others decided to buy investment properties when the prices of homes dropped so dramatically. One way or another, this winter a good many of our Kenai Peninsula neighbors find themselves in the position of owning rental property for the first time. What all new and long-time Kenai Peninsula landlords have in common is the simple need to secure a trouble-free tenancy – … Continue reading

In the Wake of Soldotna Home Foreclosures

by November 27, 2012

  Back in the day when home foreclosures in Soldotna were truly rare, people who had just gone through one had little knowledge of what the ultimate repercussions would be. Although home foreclosures are still to be avoided if at all possible, the circumstances that created many recent ones are often understandable. Just about everyone in and out of the banking and real estate industries has seen otherwise responsible individuals fall victim to outside economic conditions. Understandable though individual home foreclosures may be, future lenders will still follow hard and fast guidelines. If home foreclosures – in Soldotna or elsewhere — are in your recent past, putting yourself back on the right track to home … Continue reading

Virtual Tourists Can Sight-See Soldotna Homes

by November 26, 2012

Last month, 181 million people watched more than 39 billion online videos, according to industry scorekeeper comScore. The skyrocketing popularity of YouTube, Vimeo and their competitors has been increasing ever since our home computers started becoming agile enough to turn those original jerky, often-freezing “pretend” movies into today’s TV-quality (or better!) online videos. No wonder, then, that for homeowners in Soldotna, virtual tours have become such a powerful marketing tool. Videos take time to watch, and search engines reward web destinations when they hold prospects’ attention. That’s why presenting a virtual tour can markedly increase a property’s online visibility. There’s more: Virtual tours convince a wider audience. Out-of-towners give more credibility to listings that are … Continue reading

The Right Contractor & Kenai Peninsula Home Values

by November 26, 2012

Lately, as national home values have continued to rise, area homeowners have had reason to feel a lot more comfortable with the part of their portfolio that Kenai Peninsula home values represent. You didn’t have to be thinking of buying or selling to welcome the turnaround. Of course, homeowners don’t need to feel like helpless prisoners of overall trends when it comes to their own home values. Home improvement projects can significantly raise those values. Yet the opposite is possible — although it rarely happens, in the worst cases, projects gone wrong can actually damage underlying home values! Here are some important areas to bear in mind when you are evaluating potential contractors. If you … Continue reading

Breaking the Bankers’ Code: REO Terms

by November 21, 2012

Soldotna  REO (Real Estate Owned by a lender) houses have been a substantial part of the real estate conversation for some time.  Whether or not we ever need to delve into an REO transaction ourselves, well-informed local homeowners are familiar with some of the basic terms that come up when REOs are discussed: (1) Arrears: a home that is delinquent on payments – being there is red flags a possible future foreclosure. (2) Decree (short for decree of foreclosure): the ruling that declares a property should be sold to pay its mortgage. (3) Default property: a home behind in payments to a mortgager. May describe a property in (or close to going into) actual foreclosure … Continue reading

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