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

Summertime Listings (and Summertime Soldotna Real Estate Selling Mistakes)

by Chris Druesedow July 23, 2014
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The Alaska Real Estate listings aren’t dominated by any particular kind of seller—like local listings everywhere, all kinds of homeowners are represented. One attribute they generally have in common is the motivation to make their sale happen quickly. Sometimes that’s because they have settled on a new home purchase and want to avoid months of paying double duty on multiple residences. Sometimes a seller is relocating; sometimes there’s been a death or divorce.  Regardless of the reason for entering their property in the Real Estate Soldotna listings, most sellers are strongly motivated to do what it takes to accomplish a sale. Even in what has proven to be a generally strong market, a quick sale can be harder to … 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

Soldotna Real Estate Investment Properties Can Use Some Bird-Dogging!

by Chris Druesedow July 16, 2014
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When promising investment properties, in Alaska Real Estate or anywhere, are well-promoted, you can count on them drawing a crowd. Why wouldn’t they? Investment properties that perform well are like money machines: put in a quarter, get back a quarter and a nickel (and another nickel, and another, and another…). What’s not to like? But not all Real Estate Soldotna investment properties are well-promoted. There can be any number of reasons why, but the bottom line is that some of the best ones are hard to sniff out. In that case, they may take a “Bird Dog” to discover. A word about the term. Ask any hunter (or even any regular viewer of Duck Dynasty—and … 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

The Pros to Consult before Selling a Home in Soldotna Real Estate

by Chris Druesedow July 9, 2014
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It’s a bit complicated, selling a home in Alaska Real Estate. Although you can make a case for the feasibility of doing the whole thing yourself, there are enough areas of knowledge where experience, expertise, and even licensure are recommended that few would ever try it. At the end of the day, selling a Soldotna Real Estate home is a true team undertaking. And you’re the one selling a home, so you’re Captain. In addition to interviewing and selecting the Soldotna Real Estate agent you will be working with, there are other professionals you should plan to engage as well. Here’s who and why: The Inspector It’s quite a good idea to have a professional … 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

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