Digging for the True Cost of a New Soldotna Real Estate Home

by Chris Druesedow July 28, 2014
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When you begin scouring the Alaska Real Estate listings for a new home, the cost of the home appears to be right there at the top: the asking price. All the other details about the property are there, too, but they usually get close attention only after that dollar amount at the top falls within (well, is at least close to) your target number. But as soon as the shopping starts to narrow the field, the financial implications of those other details begin to reveal themselves. Good thing! In fact, the true bottom line cost of your new Soldotna Real Estate home will be greatly affected by them. Many buyers work with the details exactly as presented—but as a purchase … Continue reading

A Soldotna Real Estate House for Sale—Nailing that First Impression!

by Chris Druesedow July 22, 2014
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“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” It’s a saying that job applicants (at least the successful ones) take to heart. It’s why a lot of serious primping goes on before a blind date. It’s why movie directors spend as much time as it takes to light and prepare the first shot that will introduce their lead actress. And if you’re going to have a house for sale in Alaska Real Estate this summer, it’s why it’s worth it to take pains to make its first impression as strong as possible. Making any Real Estate Soldotna house for sale’s debut a success doesn’t have to break your back or your bank account. Here are some simple, affordable … Continue reading

Clues to Analyzing Soldotna Real Estate First Time Home Buyers

by Chris Druesedow July 21, 2014
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The upheaval in global financial markets over the past few years may have been unnerving for almost everyone, but among the hardest-hit group was first time home buyers, in Alaska Real Estate and across the country. Many had to deal with the stress caused by an uncertain economy, the fallout on business and job security, and, more directly, a pronounced increase in the difficulty of securing mortgages. The good news for Alaska Real Estate first time home buyers is how the national situation has stabilized. It’s confirmed by the increase in the number of people interested in buying a home for the first time—which has climbed out of the slump. The latest NAR (National Association of Realtors®) annual Profile—a … Continue reading

A Soldotna Real Estate Foreclosure Needn’t Disqualify Responsible Applicants

by Chris Druesedow July 11, 2014
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There is encouraging news for some prospective homeowners with an Alaska Real Estate foreclosure in their recent past: more common sense seems to have entered the picture. The financial crisis that began in 2007 caused global disarray: across the U.S. (and Alaska Real Estate was no exception), large numbers of responsible homeowners were clobbered by the fallout, often finding their incomes suddenly reduced or even obliterated as business cutbacks and closings reverberated through the economy. The Real Estate Soldotna foreclosure rate jumped as a direct result—and it’s taken quite a while for the effects of that to work through the system. But even after the economy has resumed something like normal activity, more than a … Continue reading

Recognizing the Right Realtor® in Soldotna Real Estate: Key Points

by Chris Druesedow July 10, 2014
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When you set about buying a house, you will have already taken as a given that this will be among the most expensive purchases you will ever make. It’s going to be your house on the line; you’ll want to make sure you have the top resources in your arsenal. Chief among them will be having a Realtor® in Alaska Real Estate who understands your goals, respects your bottom line—and who sees the joint goal the way you do: recognizing the right properties when they become available, and helping to remove any and all obstacles to securing it. But this summer, just how will you recognize the Realtor® in Real Estate Soldotna who fits the … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate Investors: Rewarded When Rents Rise

by Chris Druesedow July 8, 2014
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Last year comprised a decision point for many a local investor who had been holding back from the Alaska Real Estate market. There’d been a number of good reasons for them to hesitate. First, there were memories of the pervasive price drops that followed the global financial meltdown. Not exactly what a prudent investor was looking for—even given the real estate’s traditionally invincible long-term record. Then there were fears that the economy’s slow reverse out of the Great Recession (a term that was in itself enough to freeze many a checkbook!) would hamper apartment and single family unit rental increases. A landlord could get squeezed by inflation…if there were any inflation…who could know for sure? … Continue reading

Selling a Home: What Makes Your Soldotna Real Estate Property Stand Out?

by Chris Druesedow July 1, 2014
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This summer, success in selling a home in Soldotna Real Estate will depend upon the same factors as always: location; quality; buyer appeal. A home’s location—short of calling in the house movers—is pretty much what it is. The structural quality of workmanship and the level of maintenance that it’s received though the years can be gussied up where it shows (and should be!), but that, too, is largely a done deal. Which leaves that other factor in selling a Real Estate Kenai home—the little things that reach out to appeal to buyers. The difference between receiving a swift offer and not can hinge on what makes your home more desirable than others in its price range. … Continue reading

Success Belongs to a Patient, Cool Soldotna Real Estate Home Buyer

by Chris Druesedow June 30, 2014
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Wasn’t it just yesterday that we seemed locked into a classic home buyer’s market in Alaska Real Estate? Bad economy, bad job numbers, tanked real estate values were all we heard about…until it eventually shifted. Over the past year or so, it’s become a very different landscape. If you’ve been out looking to become a Real Estate Soldotna home buyer, it’s possible that you’ve found yourself putting in offers on multiple houses…and also possibly watching from the sidelines as another Soldotna Real Estate home buyer walked away with a deal. If this isn’t a true seller’s market, to you the difference may not be apparent. In any case, when a prospective home buyer in Real … Continue reading

Coping with Home Buyers Stress in Soldotna Real Estate

by Chris Druesedow June 27, 2014
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Buying a home from Alaska Real Estate is a rather emotional experience. Your emotions can go out of control. Moreover, your chances of making costly mistakes are higher. Many factors can cause stress, such as unreasonable or argumentative sellers, revelation of defects in home inspection, low appraisal, uncommunicative agent, and so on and so forth. While going through documents for purchasing one of Real Estate Soldotna homes for sale, you should relax and tell your agent to take care of the important aspects for you. Sign the documents when you know what is written in them. An offer may contain a lot of things, such as purchase price, down payment, earnest money deposit, a closing date, loan … Continue reading

Online Soldotna Real Estate Virtual Tours & Video

by Chris Druesedow June 25, 2014
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In today’s Alaska Real Estate, more and more often shopping of all kinds has become a virtual affair. Instant information is at everyone’s fingertips—nowhere truer than in Kenai Real Estate. No sooner has today’s buyer made the decision to start looking than—boom!—the laptop/tablet/iPhone is out and Real Estate Kenai virtual tours are underway. What’s most surprising is the key finding of the joint Google-NAR study of the growth of the web in home buying. “90% of home buyers searched online during their home buying process,” was the headline highlight. That’s 9 out of 10! “What’s surprising about that?” you might be asking yourself. The answer: that data is more than two years old! And we … Continue reading

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