Soldotna Real Estate Holders Pleased by Gallup Poll Findings

by Chris Druesedow June 4, 2014
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For Alaska Real Estate investors (BTW, that includes homeowners and soon-to-be homeowners of all stripes), there’s some long wished-for news: the solid reputation of real estate as an investment is back! After years of falling off, the latest Gallup poll on the economy and personal finance finds that Americans are now convinced that their best long term investment is in the housing market. Real estate won out against all other alternatives: bonds, gold, stocks, mutual funds and CDs. For the past few years, gold had been investment #1—but see-sawing gold price movements have whiplashed public sentiment. Just as takes place everywhere in the nation, whenever Alaska Real Estate market improves, so does its reception by potential buyers who view … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate Interest Rates Dodge Anticipated Escalation

by Chris Druesedow June 3, 2014
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Alaska Real Estate homeowners who had been bracing themselves for sharp rises in mortgage interest rates must now be scratching their heads. As the online Mortgage News Daily put it last week, “…rates have been extraordinarily sideways, and right in line with the lowest levels in 11 months.” Since historical averages are still significantly higher, it’s no wonder that most observers still believe the greater likelihood is for rate increases. But recent Fed happenings show a crack in their avowed determination to let that happen by tapering off purchases of mortgage-backed securities. The hemming and hawing is notable. It’s all pretty much up in the air. In any case, one thing I can guarantee is … Continue reading

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

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

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

Getting the Most from Your Online Soldotna Real Estate Property Search

by Chris Druesedow May 16, 2014
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A property search in Alaska Real Estate just ain’t what it used to be. Young adults grew up with computers, so to them the advent of the connected world—the Internet—brought fewer startling lifestyle changes than it did for their parents and grandparents. But for anyone who thought the emergence of the Web would be the most lifestyle-changing technical innovation to happen in our lifetimes: SURPRISE! Now the whole circus has gone mobile—migrated into phones and tablets and who-knows-what other kinds of devices—all bluetoothed and wirelessed everywhere! The Wired World brought information into our offices and homes (to the dismay of encyclopedia and dictionary salesmen everywhere); now the Wireless World brings information to wherever we are … Continue reading

Bubble, Bubble? Soldotna Real Estate Home Price Rises Prompt the Question

by Chris Druesedow May 15, 2014
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Over the past two years any upward movement in Alaska Real Estate home prices tended to raise a question in many local minds—a question that ends with the word ‘bubble.’ As with any commodity whose price is determined by a changeable mix of subjective public perception as well as supply and demand, when home prices head north, there is always the possibility that a ‘bubble’ could be inflating: an unsupportable rise that could suddenly plummet with a “pop!” Now comes some reassuring news on that score. According to a report from real estate website Trulia that covers this year’s first quarter, the national average of home prices looks to be 5% undervalued when measured by … Continue reading

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