Schools Can Play a Leading Role in Soldotna Real Estate Home Buying

by Chris Druesedow September 8, 2014
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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

As Summer Wanes, Soldotna Real Estate Home Maintenance Time is Here

by Chris Druesedow August 27, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

It seems just yesterday that the beach towels were coming out of the closet—alas! With back-to-school specials ending and Labor Day Weekend upon us, it’s time to admit that summer is just about done for. Whether you’ve just purchased a new property, are sprucing up your Soldotna Real Estate home with thoughts of putting it on the market this fall, or are just getting ready for the change of seasons, now is time to take a critical look at your abode as you prepare for cooler temperatures. Fireplace If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, it’s unlikely to have gotten much use for quite a while. Now is the time to make sure … Continue reading

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

Soldotna Real Estate Interest Rates Dodge Anticipated Escalation

by Chris Druesedow June 3, 2014
Soldotna Real Estate

Alaska Real Estate homeowners who had been bracing themselves for sharp rises in mortgage interest rates must now be scratching their heads. As the online Mortgage News Daily put it last week, “…rates have been extraordinarily sideways, and right in line with the lowest levels in 11 months.” Since historical averages are still significantly higher, it’s no wonder that most observers still believe the greater likelihood is for rate increases. But recent Fed happenings show a crack in their avowed determination to let that happen by tapering off purchases of mortgage-backed securities. The hemming and hawing is notable. It’s all pretty much up in the air. In any case, one thing I can guarantee is … 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

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

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

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

Soldotna Real Estate Market Finds Ways to Cultivate Millennials

by Chris Druesedow May 7, 2014
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The generation born between the early 80s and just after the turn of the century (aka Millennials) have been slower to take the first steps toward home ownership than previous generations. That’s likely one of the byproducts of the cultural and economic shifts which have combined to make real estate less affordable (and proportionately less appealing). While there is no denying that lately it’s been a difficult environment for many Millennials to jump into the real estate market in Alaska Real Estate, there are still plenty of young people who would like to buy a home. But what makes Kenai Peninsula Real Estate attractive to these younger prospects can be a lot different than what … Continue reading

Buying an Soldotna Real Estate Home: Follow-up to the Adventure

by Chris Druesedow April 25, 2014

Buying an Alaska Real Estate home is sort of a modern day adventure. At first there’s the intrigue of figuring out the advantages and disadvantages between the neighborhoods and listings competing for your attention; then there are all the challenging, sometimes exhausting—then, ultimately, exhilarating steps that lead to home ownership. But even after the previous owner has handed over the keys, there’s more to come: a few extra steps new homeowners can decide they wish to take. Here are five of those—things you can choose to do after buying a Kenai Real Estate home: #1 Change the Locks   Who knows how many people have a copy of those keys?  It’s a good idea to … Continue reading

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