Soldotna Real Estate Commercial Property: Taking the Long-Term Perspective

by Chris Druesedow April 30, 2014
Is Buying a Kenai Real Estate Condo Right for You

This year, it looks as if the busy spring real estate season extends beyond the residential arena. Latest reports show commercial property sales on the rise throughout the nation—and in volumes that make it one of the main contributors to the overall economic upturn. The most reliable data comes from the National Association of Realtors®, whose latest quarterly survey shows year-over-year sales increasing a full 11% (with prices rising 4%). It’s an encouraging backdrop for businesspeople and individual investors who are gauging the opportunities in today’s Alaska Real Estate commercial property market. Despite the vagaries of the tax and political climate (it is an election year, after all), with rental rates increasing and leasing activity … Continue reading

Remodel or New Home? The Pros and Cons are Significant in Soldotna Real Estate

by Chris Druesedow April 29, 2014
Isolate Emotions from Decisions When Buying a Home in Soldotna Real Estate

Last week’s Rasmussen Reports survey reported that the majority (52%) of Americans consider their home to be a family’s best investment at the same time that the number of people who are choosing to remodel their home is on the rise. According to the Houzz & Home survey, the number of people who planned improvement projects rose a dynamic 12 % last year. Of those, 40% wanted to remodel their home or build an addition. While remodeling may be becoming more popular, there are still plenty of advantages to the alternative route: purchasing a new home in Alaska Real Estate. Here are some of the pros and cons of each route: • Before you start … Continue reading

Alaska State Trooper Recruitment Event

by Chris Druesedow April 29, 2014

Interested in being an Alaska State Trooper? Representatives from the Alaska State Troopers will be at the Peninsula Job Center on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014. They will be meeting will individuals between the times of 10:00am and 1:00pm, who are interested in starting a career as a State Trooper. This will be well educational and you wont want to miss out. No appointment is needed just show up within the given times. The hiring process takes approximately 10 months.  This is an extensive hiring process that will require you to gather ALL of your current and past employment, resdential, driving, and criminal history. Unlike some employers, we require that you be prepared to go far beyond … Continue reading

Low Soldotna Real Estate Mortgage Rates are Only Part of the Savings Picture

by Chris Druesedow April 28, 2014

Mortgage rates may rise or fall this spring (lately they seem to be falling!)—but that needn’t prevent you from saving even more money when it’s time to structure your own Alaska Real Estate mortgage. The underpublicized fact is that mortgage rates are only one of the factors that affect how much you wind up paying. No matter what happens to mortgage rates in 2014, here are some keys to making mortgage decisions that result in significant savings: Tailor the term Evaluate your budget and see whether it is possible to increase the amount of your monthly payment. By increasing monthly repayments, you reduce the term of your Kenai Real Estate mortgage. Over the course of … Continue reading

Cooper Landing Alaska Youth Group Mystery Dinner 2014

by Chris Druesedow April 25, 2014

Everyone loves a good mystery. On Saturday April 26th, the Cooper Landing Youth Group will be hosting a murder mystery dinner theater at 5:30pm. Bring your whole family for a great night of dinner and entertainment. And best of all, we are helping to support the kids in our community! They are basing their theme off of the 81st Annual Academy Golden Bowls Awards Banquet. This special banquet honors cereal mascots around the world. In the 81st Annual Academy Golden Bowl Awards Banquet, one cereal mascot is honored each year with a gold trophy for his/her dedication to advertising. Cereal Mascots mysteriously start to disappear at the prestigious award ceremony. Helps us solve the mystery! … Continue reading

Buying an Soldotna Real Estate Home: Follow-up to the Adventure

by Chris Druesedow April 25, 2014

Buying an Alaska Real Estate home is sort of a modern day adventure. At first there’s the intrigue of figuring out the advantages and disadvantages between the neighborhoods and listings competing for your attention; then there are all the challenging, sometimes exhausting—then, ultimately, exhilarating steps that lead to home ownership. But even after the previous owner has handed over the keys, there’s more to come: a few extra steps new homeowners can decide they wish to take. Here are five of those—things you can choose to do after buying a Kenai Real Estate home: #1 Change the Locks   Who knows how many people have a copy of those keys?  It’s a good idea to … Continue reading

Square and Round Dancing-VFW Post Soldotna, Alaska

by Chris Druesedow April 24, 2014

We all love to dance, just some of us don’t know the moves too well! Learn how to square and or round dance in no time by coming to beginning lessons at the VFW Post in Soldotna, Alaska. This will be a great time to learn and master the art of square/round dancing! Have a good time with friends, dancing and making memories. Dancing is a form of movement and exercise and its simple. Hope to see you out there! Beginning Square and Round Dancing is held from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the VFW Post 10046 in Soldotna. It is free and open to the public. Beginners welcome. For more information, call Theresa … Continue reading

Homer, Alaska’s Combined Youth Orchestras Spring Concert 2014

by Chris Druesedow April 24, 2014

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club and the Central Peninsula Community Orchestra are combining for a Spring Concert under the direction of Tammy Vollom-Matturro on Sunday, May 4th at the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. Admission is free and concert starts at 4pm, with reception following the performance. This will be a great event for the whole family to enjoy. These youth orchrestras are under the auspices of The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. This event will take place on May 4th, 2014 at 4:00pm. Remember to show up early for desired seating. Event is located at 95 Sterling Highway, Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. For more events taking place … Continue reading

It’s Spring—Prime Time to Waylay Soldotna Real Estate Property Damage

by Chris Druesedow April 24, 2014

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, noses are running (hopefully not yours)…spring has definitely arrived! It’s that time of year when, if you are lucky enough to own Alaska Real Estate property, to conduct the few simple maintenance operations that 1) Are all too easy to overlook; and 2) Are guaranteed to save you big money as time goes on. Sooooooo… Clear those branches Termites are one of the nastiest little creatures on Earth. They can enter an Alaska Real Estate property undetected and immediately begin to munch through your home’s wooden underpinnings. Branches that lean up against a home provide the perfect pathway for termites and other creatures (the list includes squirrels, mice and spiders). Spring … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate First-Time Home Buyers Hear Experts, Make Choices

by Chris Druesedow April 24, 2014
Exterior of an American Luxury Wooden House

Alaska Real Estate first-time home buyers in 2014 are faced with a question that hasn’t changed for generations: is it more practical to buy right now, or to continue to rent? Over the past few years, buying has been the easy choice. Nationally, in 2013 it cost 35% less to own a home than to rent according to that year’s study by real estate website Trulia. That despite rising house prices and mortgage rates. But that was last year, and the experts have been pretty unanimous in predicting that interest rates will continue to rise—ending up somewhere near 5.5% by 2014’s end (per the National Association of REALTORS®). In the face of higher interest rates … Continue reading

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