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

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

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

Selling Soldotna Real Estate During the Outdoor Months Means Exterior Staging

by Chris Druesedow May 22, 2014

As the days grow longer and the thermometer rises, everyone wants to start spending more time outdoors—to make full use of our yards and patios. But what if your Alaska Real Estate home is going to be on the market this summer? Does it mean you have to stop enjoying yourself, stop entertaining guests, just because you want to keep the place in showable condition? The answer is, of course, of course not. Using the outdoor spaces of your home means striking a balance between living your life and ensuring everything is in top condition when buyers come calling. It’s actually a staging opportunity, because most of your prospective buyers will be favorably impressed if … 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

New Soldotna Real Estate Home Market Tilt: End of the 3-Bedroom Home?

by Chris Druesedow May 8, 2014
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For decades, the three-bedroom house has been a cornerstone of the American dream. Now, as with the rest of the nation, Alaska’s real estate profile for new single family homes seems to be changing. And last year we may well have reached a turning point in the national new home market: now four bedrooms seems to have become the new norm! Last year, a full 48% of new homes—nearly half—were built with at least four bedrooms. That’s quite a jump when you compare it with just four years earlier: in 2009, the figure was 34%. We asked ourselves why the nation’s preferences would have undergone such a sizable shift. A little research revealed some likely … Continue reading

Low Soldotna Real Estate Mortgage Rates are Only Part of the Savings Picture

by Chris Druesedow April 28, 2014
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Mortgage rates may rise or fall this spring (lately they seem to be falling!)—but that needn’t prevent you from saving even more money when it’s time to structure your own Alaska Real Estate mortgage. The underpublicized fact is that mortgage rates are only one of the factors that affect how much you wind up paying. No matter what happens to mortgage rates in 2014, here are some keys to making mortgage decisions that result in significant savings: Tailor the term Evaluate your budget and see whether it is possible to increase the amount of your monthly payment. By increasing monthly repayments, you reduce the term of your Kenai Real Estate mortgage. Over the course of … 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

Soldotna Real Estate Rental Property Gains Make Selling Tempting

by Chris Druesedow April 18, 2014

It’s one of the skills a successful Alaska Real Estate rental property investor needs to cultivate: if or when to sell. With property prices on the rise, some Real Estate Kenai landlords may in fact be asking themselves whether now is the time to cash in. Especially for most everyone whose rental property investment was made during the last few years, it’s already been a profitable gambit. According to the Case Schiller Index, by last year’s close, property prices across the nation had risen at the fastest rate in the previous nine years. But if—and then when—to sell a Kenai Real Estate rental property can be a tough call. As a relatively illiquid investment, it … Continue reading

Kasilof Real Estate

by Chris Druesedow February 27, 2014
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Search for Kasilof Real Estate. Chris Druesedow is your Kasilof Real Estate Agent. Contact me to set up a personal search for Kasilof Homes. (907) 260-3000. Kasilof is centrally located on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula. The Kasilof River is a great place to go fishing. It has early runs of king salmon, both natural and hatchery, followed by a growing red and silver salmon run. The Kasilof River and the Kenai River is where you will find some of the best salmon fishing in Alaska. Those that are just looking for a fun time while fishing with the kids will enjoy fishing for rainbow trout in Johnson Lake. The Alaska Fish and Game stock Johnson … Continue reading

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