Help for Soldotna First Time Home Buyers!

by Chris Druesedow January 16, 2015

As the end of 2014 approached, the National Association of Realtors® was able to come up with some general observations on the makeup of the current market—facts that anyone expecting to deal with Soldotna home buyers in the coming year should find useful. With consumer attitudes showing improvement across the board, you might have expected that all segments of the home buying public would have shown increased activity. Not so. According to the NAR’s annual survey—the big one that they’ve been conducting since 1981—the percentage of first time home buyers sank to a nearly 30-year low. It dropped 5% in just one year. Throughout the 40+ years of the survey, first time home buyers have usually made … Continue reading

A “Magic Number” for House Flipping?

by Chris Druesedow January 12, 2015

ABC’s Nightline recently aired an interesting segment about house flipping, which included a magic number that’s probably never been seen before. Soldotna house flippers would have been glued to their TVs if they’d stayed up late enough to catch Nightline, because if authentically magical, it’s a good number to know. The segment was part of a series called “Realty Check.” This one was about new strategies in the “ever-competitive world of flipping.” The show started with some background about how expensive house flipping can be if it’s done in a hurry and on the cheap. Just slapping a coat of paint on the walls can result in an investment that languishes on the market, often until … Continue reading

Schools Can Play a Leading Role in Soldotna Real Estate Home Buying

by Chris Druesedow September 8, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

Soldotna Real Estate residents don’t have to have children at home to know when we’ve gone through the familiar back-to-school rituals. Just turn on a radio or TV, step into a retail store, or drive past a school and the calls to educational muster are evident. At the same time, it’s hard not to be reminded how significant education is when it comes to Soldotna Real Estate home buying—how likely it is for schools to be on the forefront of many buyers’ minds. Most people know intuitively that top-notch schools carry significant weight in the searching and home buying processes—but the result of a survey done by realtor.com has spelled it out in black-and-white. Their … Continue reading

Selling Your Soldotna Real Estate Home…and Sprucing Up for Fall!

by Chris Druesedow September 5, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

Springtime is correctly known near and far as the peak season for selling your home—in Soldotna Real Estate; elsewhere in the U.S.; probably on Mars, too. Everybody knows it. This has created a most unfortunate side effect: namely, the notion that if you missed the spring home sales binge, you’d best cancel all plans and hold your house off the market until next year (even if you’re actually ready to list). So…should you give up on selling your home in Soldotna Real Estate as we move into the cooler months? Far from it! In fact, many agents with years of experience under their belts have done the math and consider autumn to be the second … Continue reading

New Homeowners Should Factor in Soldotna Real Estate Home Improvements

by Chris Druesedow August 29, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

You’ve done it: found what’s soon to become your family’s new Soldotna Real Estate home! It’s in a great neighborhood…reasonable commute…decent kitchen (size is right; definitely upgradeable). All this and it fits the budget! Congrats! Looks like your housing hunt is over… YET…before you sign on the dotted line, there should be one last check-off. Factor in all the costs that improving the house to your liking will entail. The cost of home improvements in Soldotna can be light—but since that’s not always the case, there are areas where the possible impact on your bottom line can be meaningful. For instance: Anyone who has had the experience of paying for new fencing—even for just a … Continue reading

Buying a Soldotna Real Estate House—Streamlining the Process

by Chris Druesedow August 28, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

According to last month’s National Association of REALTORS® announcement, existing home sales are up across the U.S., at the same time that home inventories are on the rise. In Soldotna Real Estate, it may point to a brisk fall market, with more prospective buyers deciding the time is right for buying a house. It’s true that a few lucky prospects will find the perfect home after just an afternoon or two. But that’s not often the case: for most people, buying a house requires a good deal more shoe leather. Buyers who aren’t really certain of what they want in their future house may have to visit a few…or 40! But if you and/or your … Continue reading

As Summer Wanes, Soldotna Real Estate Home Maintenance Time is Here

by Chris Druesedow August 27, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

It seems just yesterday that the beach towels were coming out of the closet—alas! With back-to-school specials ending and Labor Day Weekend upon us, it’s time to admit that summer is just about done for. Whether you’ve just purchased a new property, are sprucing up your Soldotna Real Estate home with thoughts of putting it on the market this fall, or are just getting ready for the change of seasons, now is time to take a critical look at your abode as you prepare for cooler temperatures. Fireplace If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, it’s unlikely to have gotten much use for quite a while. Now is the time to make sure … Continue reading

Using an iPhone to Create a Soldotna Real Estate Virtual Tour

by Chris Druesedow August 21, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

A newly-updated NAR survey confirms that 51% of agents with smartphones use iPhones. This fact is hardly startling, since these phones have been such a boon to the real estate business. Today’s agent can use apps to quickly scan and electronically sign documents, instantly get property details for clients, access key boxes—it’s almost hard to remember how we got along before! But what about the 9% of homeowners who choose to go the FSBO (For Sale by Owner) route? As many a do-it-yourself home seller has learned, just planting a sign in the front yard does not constitute much of a marketing campaign. For those who will be selling an Soldotna Real Estate home this … Continue reading

Credit Score Changes Could Spur Soldotna Real Estate Mortgage Activity

by Chris Druesedow August 19, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

For any Soldotna Real Estate resident who has ever been stymied by seemingly arbitrary (or, put another way, nutty) lowering of his or her all-important credit score, next month’s beginning rollout of Fair Isaac’s new credit score model should be welcome news. It will be known as “FICO 9”—and promises to correct a few of the previous model’s inadequacies. Why now? It’s been six years since San Jose’s Fair Isaac Co. last tinkered with their credit score methodology. Hmmmm…it’s been six years, too since the financial crisis of 2007-08, which Wikipedia correctly describes as “a major global recession characterized by various systemic imbalances…including high levels of household debt…” You might expect that the accuracy of … Continue reading

Choosing a New Home in Soldotna Real Estate Rewards Downstream Thinking

by Chris Druesedow August 15, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

“At the end of the day…” “The bottom line…” “When all is said and done…” The final verdict on whether any activity is ultimately deemed a triumph comes down to how successfully it addresses future circumstances. It’s especially relevant when you find yourself at the outset of searching for a new Solotna Real Estate home. That’s not always as easy as you might think. The pressures of the moment (especially when the change of residence is mandated by outside factors—like a job transfer or quickly approaching school registration deadline)—can loom so large that when you find a house that’s perfect for the family now, second thoughts about the distant future don’t even surface. Better idea: … Continue reading

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