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

Selling Your Soldotna Home: Decisions, Decisions, and Decisions!

by Chris Druesedow June 9, 2014
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Selling your home in Alaska Real Estate: from the first inkling that you will be putting it on the market until you sign off on the paperwork, the process can be seen as a series of dozens and dozens of decisions. Many are not simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decisions, either; and many have answers that no one can ever prove was right or not. From your Kenai Real Estate agent’s perspective, providing counsel on the choices when asked is an important part of the service we provide. We get to offer a deep reservoir of experience: what has worked (and not worked) before here in Real Estate Kenai, as well as where the latest trends … 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 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

How to Make Showing Your Soldotna Real Estate Home a Breeze

by Chris Druesedow May 5, 2014
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When you’re selling your home, keeping it ready to show at a moment’s notice can sometimes make a major difference. In a perfect world, prospective buyers will always have time to schedule showings in advance—but exceptions do occur. That’s why experienced sellers know how to juggle living a normal life at the same time they are keeping their place ‘show-ready’ by calling on a few organizational tricks. They really aren’t all that difficult (but do take a commitment to stay organized). When you follow them, it makes showing your home in Alaska Real Estate a snap! Supplies at the Ready: The easiest way to stay on top of messes is to nail them when they … Continue reading

When’s the Best Time to List a Soldonta Real Estate Vacation Home?

by Chris Druesedow May 1, 2014
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Before April 15th came and went, perhaps you and your accountant had one of those occasional chats about your assets and liabilities. If owning your vacation home in Alaska Real Estate has resulted in more taxes or less financial gain than you’d planned for—or if you and your family just don’t use the place as often as you used to–this spring or summer is a good time to consider selling. If you have lost some love for your extra house, but don’t want to go through the rigmarole of renting it out season-to-season, the selling alternative could be at hand. USA Today recently featured an article headlined, “How to Sell Vacation Property.” In it, author … Continue reading

It’s Spring—Prime Time to Waylay Soldotna Real Estate Property Damage

by Chris Druesedow April 24, 2014
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The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, noses are running (hopefully not yours)…spring has definitely arrived! It’s that time of year when, if you are lucky enough to own Alaska Real Estate property, to conduct the few simple maintenance operations that 1) Are all too easy to overlook; and 2) Are guaranteed to save you big money as time goes on. Sooooooo… Clear those branches Termites are one of the nastiest little creatures on Earth. They can enter an Alaska Real Estate property undetected and immediately begin to munch through your home’s wooden underpinnings. Branches that lean up against a home provide the perfect pathway for termites and other creatures (the list includes squirrels, mice and spiders). Spring … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate First-Time Home Buyers Hear Experts, Make Choices

by Chris Druesedow April 24, 2014
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Alaska Real Estate first-time home buyers in 2014 are faced with a question that hasn’t changed for generations: is it more practical to buy right now, or to continue to rent? Over the past few years, buying has been the easy choice. Nationally, in 2013 it cost 35% less to own a home than to rent according to that year’s study by real estate website Trulia. That despite rising house prices and mortgage rates. But that was last year, and the experts have been pretty unanimous in predicting that interest rates will continue to rise—ending up somewhere near 5.5% by 2014’s end (per the National Association of REALTORS®). In the face of higher interest rates … Continue reading

A Soldotna Real Estate Home Inspection: Time to Get Under the Hood!

by Chris Druesedow April 21, 2014
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Congrats! Your offer has been accepted and you are officially in escrow. Now what? Usually the first order of business is to arrange your Alaska Real Estate home inspection. When you were house hunting, you were weighing so many factors it was next to impossible to thoroughly examination of every nook and corner of every one of the serious contenders…in fact, it wasn’t necessary. But now that you’re moving forward to a purchase, you want to do more than kick the tires. It’s time to get under the hood! Here is a taste of just some of the areas you and your inspector will be examining during your Real Estate Kenai home inspection: Plumbing You will be taking a … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate Homeowners Ponder Price Rises in the Coming Year

by Chris Druesedow April 18, 2014
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2014 has already given an encouraging start for Alaska Real Estate homeowners who consider national price movements as the best pointers for what we can expect for local real estate. Already in February, median house prices were up 7.6% nationally year over year (that according to the US National Housing Trend Report). It followed a similar 8.3% increase in January. The question many Real Estate Kenai homeowners have is whether this upward movement can be sustained throughout 2014. Two Years of Historically High Growth  If we look at the historical record, values normally rise somewhere in the area of 3% to 5% annually. But over the last couple of years, gains have been considerably higher. … Continue reading

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