Want to Sell Your House? Think Like Soldotna Real Estate Agents Do!

by Chris Druesedow May 29, 2014
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Because real estate agents in the state of Alaska see everything in the market, we have a pretty good idea about why some houses sell (and why others sit on the market for years). Whether as buyer or seller, anyone planning to enter Alaska’s Real Estate market this summer can benefit from some of the tactics and factors that Kenai Real Estate agents keep in mind when as they go about the business of making home sales happen: When Speed Matters… When the overriding goal is a quick sale, leading with a price slightly lower than what comparables suggest it is really worth is the surest tactic. When a home is priced at only a … Continue reading

Alaska’s Kenai River Festival 2014

by Chris Druesedow May 28, 2014

 Kenai River Festival is almost here! Come to Centennial Park in Soldotna for free, family fun for everyone! The annual Kenai Watershed Forum’s Kenai River Festival will be held at Soldotna’s Centennial Park June 6th through the 8th.  Enjoy three days of fun and inspiration at this pet free party in the park right on the banks of the world famous Kenai River.  There’s something for everyone with over 20 free hands-on activities in the KWF Kid’s Zone, free live music, local art in the Alaskan Artisans Market and unique food vendors complete with pioneer salmon dinners. This will be a great community event you will not want your family missing out on. If you … Continue reading

Drop in Soldotna Real Estate Foreclosures Would Rebalance Market

by Chris Druesedow May 28, 2014
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When the number of foreclosures decreases, it’s not without impact for Alaska Real Estate homeowners and investors. In any given month, Real Estate Kenai foreclosures may not always mimic the national averages, but over the long run, they do tend to be pretty close. And the national trend is clear: first quarter foreclosure activity decreased to the lowest level since the second quarter of 2007 (‘activity’ includes default notices, scheduled auctions and outright bank repossessions). Recent figures from RealtyTrac, the leading source of housing data, put U.S. foreclosures at their lowest levels in seven years. The 42-month national decrease had been momentarily interrupted by a 4% rise in March, but even with that momentary hiccup, … Continue reading

Summertime Open House in Soldotna Real Estate: the Timing is Perfect!

by Chris Druesedow May 27, 2014
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Estimates so far indicate that summer 2014 is likely to be a better than usual season for Alaska Real Estate home sales. The past winter threw a wet blanket over all kinds of business activity, creating a perfect scenario for a sales bounce back—and that’s exactly what is beginning to show up in the stats. As Bloomberg News reported last week, sales of homes “climbed in April for the first time in three months…the biggest in six months…” If you will be taking advantage of the uptick by listing your property for this summer’s market, having an open house in Real Estate Kenai is a prime way to attract prospective buyers. With a little focus … Continue reading

Reasons To Buy A House Rather Rent One-Soldotna Real Estate

by Chris Druesedow May 23, 2014
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  Buying a house from Alaska Real Estate has a lot of advantages over renting one, such as financial freedom. Once you have invested in a house, you will not need to pay money over and over in terms of rent. Likewise, you can make changes to your house as per your wish. Read on. Although mortgage payments will take some time to finish, you will not need to pay rent as long as you live in the house. Once you have paid out mortgage payments, the house will be yours for good. In case of a rental house, on the other hand, you will need to keep paying rent until your leave the house. … Continue reading

Selling Soldotna Real Estate During the Outdoor Months Means Exterior Staging

by Chris Druesedow May 22, 2014

As the days grow longer and the thermometer rises, everyone wants to start spending more time outdoors—to make full use of our yards and patios. But what if your Alaska Real Estate home is going to be on the market this summer? Does it mean you have to stop enjoying yourself, stop entertaining guests, just because you want to keep the place in showable condition? The answer is, of course, of course not. Using the outdoor spaces of your home means striking a balance between living your life and ensuring everything is in top condition when buyers come calling. It’s actually a staging opportunity, because most of your prospective buyers will be favorably impressed if … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate Rental Home Prep is a Matter of Checking Off the To-Do’s

by Chris Druesedow May 21, 2014
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The sunny attitude that encourages entrepreneurs to look at a box of lemons and think ‘lemonade!’ is widely admired, and it does seem to be a viewpoint that successful people cultivate. For anyone who is determined to sell their Alaska Real Estate property—but only at a price the market is not yet willing to pay—well, the turn-lemons-into-lemonade situation is entirely apt. After all, smart investors are buying up and renting properties like yours quite deliberately because they realize that a Kenai Real Estate rental home is not just an asset that can appreciate over time, but one that can also produce income at the same time. Whatever your own reason for renting, when you put … Continue reading

Selling Your Soldotna Real Estate Property…for Bitcoins!

by Chris Druesedow May 20, 2014

Would you be willing to sell your Alaska Real Estate property to a buyer who is offering virtual currency? In recent news, there has been an influx of people who are putting their homes up for sale in Bitcoins. It may be actually worthwhile to consider the upsides, because doing so opens up your Real Estate Kenai property to a vast new market (not to mention potentially garnering the attention of your local media and scads more traditional buyers who are in their audience). You may have read last December’s reports about the man who tried to sell his ranch-style home in New York for $799,000 worth of bitcoins. Another seller, a 22-year-old Canadian man, … Continue reading

Sterling Judo Club Women’s Self Defense Class

by Chris Druesedow May 19, 2014
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Calling all females! The Sterling Judo Club will be conducting a self-defense class for women and girls at Sterling Elementary School on Wednesday May 21st, 2014. Learn how to defend yourself in life threatening situations involving another person. You will leave feeling confident in your ability to defend yourself and help those around you. This will be a great class for all women, make sure to come! The class is for females ages 8 years old and up. Your instructor for the class will be Kati Gibler. She holds a blackbelt in judo and competed for many years. She has been a serious student of jujitsu for several years as well. In this 2 hour … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate Mortgage Applicants May Benefit as Guidelines Change

by Chris Druesedow May 19, 2014
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“U.S. Backs Off Tight Mortgage Rules” screamed the top headline on the front page of The Wall Street Journal last week. For Alaska Real Estate mortgage shoppers, it could scarcely have been better news. Probably. ‘Probably’ because any change is not yet a done deal, but it’s hard to see what will derail the likely full reverse of the federal establishment’s years-long tight home loan policy. Why is this suddenly in the cards? The full answer is complicated, but here is a quick (admittedly over-simplified) summary of what’s been happening to Real Estate Kenai mortgage applicants—and what probably lies ahead. The ongoing real estate recovery has been less of a boon to banks (including Kenai … Continue reading

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