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

Using an iPhone to Create a Soldotna Real Estate Virtual Tour

by Chris Druesedow August 21, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

A newly-updated NAR survey confirms that 51% of agents with smartphones use iPhones. This fact is hardly startling, since these phones have been such a boon to the real estate business. Today’s agent can use apps to quickly scan and electronically sign documents, instantly get property details for clients, access key boxes—it’s almost hard to remember how we got along before! But what about the 9% of homeowners who choose to go the FSBO (For Sale by Owner) route? As many a do-it-yourself home seller has learned, just planting a sign in the front yard does not constitute much of a marketing campaign. For those who will be selling an Soldotna Real Estate home this … Continue reading

Choosing a New Home in Soldotna Real Estate Rewards Downstream Thinking

by Chris Druesedow August 15, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

“At the end of the day…” “The bottom line…” “When all is said and done…” The final verdict on whether any activity is ultimately deemed a triumph comes down to how successfully it addresses future circumstances. It’s especially relevant when you find yourself at the outset of searching for a new Solotna Real Estate home. That’s not always as easy as you might think. The pressures of the moment (especially when the change of residence is mandated by outside factors—like a job transfer or quickly approaching school registration deadline)—can loom so large that when you find a house that’s perfect for the family now, second thoughts about the distant future don’t even surface. Better idea: … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate Foreclosed Home Market Echoes National Trend

by Chris Druesedow August 11, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

If you’ve been following foreclosure news, you already suspect that cashing in on foreclosed home opportunities in Soldotna Real Estate must be getting more difficult. According to CoreLogic’s Insights report at the end of last month, foreclosure inventory across the nation had dropped 35% from a year earlier. Whenever the number of available bank-owned homes shrinks, the tighter market produces some predictable results: the best deals are usually snatched up quickly with multiple offers and/or higher-than-asking prices, while questionable deals—foreclosed homes priced over market or requiring too many dollars in repairs—seem to predominate. If you are investigating the market for foreclosed homes in Soldotna, that doesn’t mean you will have to settle for a dubious acquisition. It … Continue reading

Bubble, Bubble? Soldotna Real Estate Home Price Rises Prompt the Question

by Chris Druesedow May 15, 2014
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Over the past two years any upward movement in Alaska Real Estate home prices tended to raise a question in many local minds—a question that ends with the word ‘bubble.’ As with any commodity whose price is determined by a changeable mix of subjective public perception as well as supply and demand, when home prices head north, there is always the possibility that a ‘bubble’ could be inflating: an unsupportable rise that could suddenly plummet with a “pop!” Now comes some reassuring news on that score. According to a report from real estate website Trulia that covers this year’s first quarter, the national average of home prices looks to be 5% undervalued when measured by … 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

Soldotna Real Estate Homeowners Watch Google’s Latest Acquisition

by Chris Druesedow April 7, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate, homes for sale

Right at the start of the year, Google announced a surprising move. It said it was purchasing a home appliance maker most of us had never even heard of…for $3.2 billion in cash! It was a gambit that every Soldotna Real Estate homeowner should note, because it signals where some very smart money is headed: right where we live! Remember, Google isn’t just famous for its search engine; it’s also frequently in the news for its forays into any number of futuristic enterprises (those mysterious barges, for instance). The appliance maker that now has Google’s billions in its pocket is called Nest Labs, Inc. Nest makes smart devices that reinvent the traditional ones every Alaska … Continue reading

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