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

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

When Selling a Home in Soldotna Real Estate, Upgrade Choices Really Matter

by Chris Druesedow July 15, 2014
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For owners who are contemplating some major upgrades with an eye to eventually selling a home in Alaska Real Estate, there’s always the question of where to do the upgrading. Last year, the National Association of Home Builders weighed in with a study of what today’s home buyer “really want”—which supplies some guidance that may be helpful. Although the findings aren’t directly applicable for every home, the concepts that were cited as most popular can be informative, particularly to creative-minded homeowners ready to take a fresh look at how they might add allure and value to their property. While the kitchen remains the top location for upgrades, there are several other valuable options for adding … 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

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

Buying a Home in Soldotna Real Estate with No Owner Disclosures

by Chris Druesedow June 24, 2014
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Suppose that in the course of buying a home in Alaska Real Estate, your eye is drawn to a bank-owned home, or a home held in a trust. There are many reasons why you could find yourself buying a Soldotna Real Estate  home that’s currently vacant—which can also mean that the usual owner disclosures are not to be had. There are perfectly innocent reasons why this situation develops. Suppose the sellers of the property have just inherited it. How would they know that water tends to pool under the house during a strong rainstorm? Or that unpermitted repairs were made to the electric wiring in the kitchen? If thoughts like these cause beads of sweat … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate Seller Financing Agreements Can Make Deals Happen!

by Chris Druesedow June 23, 2014
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When home prices in Alaska Real Estate are on the rise, one side effect is that first-time homebuyers may run into a financing obstacle. Although the stricter lending standards of the past few years have been easing somewhat, it still can be difficult for some folks (younger buyers, especially) to purchase the Real Estate Kenai home they have in their sights. In that situation, an alternative to a traditional bank mortgage is seller financing. Many prospective buyers know little about the details that make up a seller financing agreement, and how it can–or cannot—help them secure a home. What Seller Financing Is…  It’s as simple as the words themselves. When part or all of the … Continue reading

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