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

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

Soldotna Real Estate Property Type Sets the Stage for Marketing Message

by Chris Druesedow August 14, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

If you are preparing to sell your property in Soldotna this fall, it’s worth considering what the marketing angle will be: how to characterize it most accurately—and appealingly. It starts with the choice of wording for your home’s property type, which will set up prospective buyers’ expectations before they come upon the more detailed description. Cottage or Bungalow This property description instantly conjures up images of a small, cozy, picturesque Soldotna Real Estate property. Buyers attracted to a cottage are likely to appreciate features that indicate economy and efficiency. The marketing message can emphasize practicality and the charms of a compact, tidy, easily maintained living space. Penthouse This type of condo or co-op once indicated … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate Home for Sale or Not, Spring is Time for Simple Renovation

by Chris Druesedow April 10, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate, homes for sale

With spring in the air, you don’t have to have your Kenai Real Estate home for sale to catch the spring cleaning bug. Whether or not you’ve been cooped up inside for a longer-than-usual siege of the wintertime blues, as soon as the weather turns the corner, there seems to be a natural urge to open the windows and start freshening your place up. Spring also brings the traditional hot selling season, and if you’re among those getting ready to list your own home for sale to take advantage of it, you’ll want to add extra attention to the traditional cleanup. Home for sale or not, you can channel some of your annual sprucing-up energy … Continue reading

Foreclosures in Soldotna Real Estate Still Available for Careful Buyers

by Chris Druesedow April 9, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate, homes for sale

Despite the winter’s chilling effect on all sorts of sales, February saw single family homes, condominiums and townhomes selling nationwide at a full 7% increase over a year earlier. The opposite is true of foreclosures—no surprise, since the health of the market means fewer serious borrower delinquencies, hence fewer foreclosures. Even so, Alaska Real Estate foreclosures are still available, possibly because some of the fiercest competition may be tailing off. Real estate watcher RealtyTrac finds that the institutional investor buying spree appears to be losing steam—which could be very good news for individuals interested in purchasing foreclosures. Typically, Kenai Real Estate foreclosures are listed on an as-is basis — and that means exactly what it … Continue reading

No Longer Scorned, Soldotna Real Estate Piggyback Loans Find New Favor

by Chris Druesedow April 8, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate, homes for sale

It’s another aftereffect of the rise in housing prices: piggyback loans in Alaska Real Estate are making a comeback. According to a recent American Bankers Associations Report, the number of piggyback loans originated across the nation more than doubled within the past year. A piggyback loan involves taking out two mortgages simultaneously, with a home equity loan (aka “second mortgage”) ‘piggybacking’ on a first mortgage. In Kenai Real Estate home purchases, piggyback loans typically come into play when the buyer is unable to provide a full 20% deposit. Normally this would necessitate the buyer having to take out private mortgage insurance (PMI), which can be pricey. By going with the piggyback loan alternative, the Loan … Continue reading

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