Bringing Some Basic DIY Chops to a Soldotna Real Estate New Home

by Chris Druesedow June 18, 2014
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Imagine the first time you turn the front door key to a new Alaska Real Estate home—the first time you step over the threshold of the home you now own. It’s a moment to truly savor. Whether it’s a feeling of well-being—that of a major milestone successfully accomplished—or just the sheer joy of appreciating the milestone it represents, it’s a moment you’d be remembering for a very long time. But after the joy (eventually) comes another moment: one that’s all but inevitable. It’s when you first begin to notice flaws in your new home you didn’t see before. Don’t worry! Most of them will be little imperfections that can be banished with simple Do-It-Yourself fixes. … 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

Is It Time to Move On from Your Soldotna Real Estate Empty Nest?

by Chris Druesedow May 2, 2014
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The kids are gone. Your big house seems either dreadfully empty or just plain wasteful.  Congrats: you are officially in possession of a Alaska Real Estate empty nest! Now it’s time to consider where and how you want to live next. When Do You Sell? It’s not a bad time to be selling in Kenai Real Estate—but since you will be buying, too, you would have to deduce that it might not be the perfect time to be on that side of the table. When you are swapping your full-sized family home for a snug nest for two, you want to get full value for your old home without paying too much for the new … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate Home for Sale or Not, Spring is Time for Simple Renovation

by Chris Druesedow April 10, 2014
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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
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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
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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

Soldotna Real Estate Apartment Investors Eye “Gen Y” Demographics

by Chris Druesedow April 4, 2014
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Kenai real estate investors come from every kind of background, but all share a common trait: they like to think ahead. For that reason, investors eyeing Alaska Real Estate apartment building prospects may want to take a close look at what’s going on with the Millennial generation. For those of us who are a bit uncertain about which group is considered “Generation Y” and which are “Millennials,” there’s a reason for that. Both terms refer to the same group—everyone born between 1977 and 2000. And whatever you call them, they are a very important demographic. According to some statistics, they are 80,000,000 strong! That makes them a larger demo than Baby Boomers, and 20% larger … Continue reading

Responses Quicken with Quality Soldotna Real Estate Listing Photos

by Chris Druesedow April 3, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate, homes for sale

In advertising, they call the photo that glamorizes a product its ‘hero shot.’ In the case of a real estate listing in Alaska Real Estate, the pictures that accompany the written description can all be hero shots, if enough care is taken. In one Auburn University study (The Relationship between Property Price, Time-on-Market, and Photo Depictions in a Multiple Listing Service), it was found that adding a single photograph to a listing could lift the final sale price by as much as 3.9%. That’s not surprising, but what is noteworthy is that each additional listing photograph added several hundred dollars to the final selling price. In other words, it’s not just the curbside photo at … Continue reading

Staging Approaches to Boost any Soldotna Real Estate Home Sale

by Chris Druesedow April 2, 2014
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With spring already upon us, we stand at the threshold of Alaska Real Estate’s first major selling season of 2014. If you are preparing to add your own property to the Kenai Real Estate home listings, the International Association of Home Staging Professionals would like to draw your attention to some statistics that bolster their members’ proposition. None is more compelling than this one: non-staged homes remain 79 days longer on market than their professionally-staged neighbors. Still, since not everyone hires a professional staging company to work their magic, you’d think there would be a few DIY alternatives that would well worth doing. Of course, there are: and some go beyond the most well-known staging … Continue reading

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