Wrong way Vs. Right way

If you ask any REALTOR® how to buy a house, if they are good at what they do, they’ll tell you to go talk to a lender to get prequalified FIRST. There is only one exception to this rule. If you are paying cash of course you have no need for a lender. So, if you happen to be 11% of buyers in Alaska you can skip the prequalification process. When Katie my old school friend asked me to show her a home...

Prepping your home for sale

Home selling season is here, as well as camping season, vacation season, out of town visitors season, fair season, farmer's market seasons...... you get the idea. We Alaska's do as much as possible all in the span of four months.  Getting your home to market can be an overwhelming task to say the least. There are repairs to be made and carpets to be shampooed or replaced. As well as what seems like...

Housing Shortage Continues!

  Even with our current economic conditions  & rising interest rates Anchorage housing shortage persist.  Homes properly prepared and priced correctly are receiving multiple offers as soon as they go on market.  It’s a seller’s market, now  may be the perfect time to sell your home. For more details on our market check out these stats Residential Properties - A Look at Supply And...

Putting your best foot forward in a cover letter

Cover letters are one example of how to put you offer above the competition, and looking at how tight inventory is in our market today, you could use any extra you they can get. A letter to the seller can help, but it has to be done a certain way. The point of the letter to the seller is to make you come alive. You want to be more than just a number on a paper. When viewing the property, did you find...

Searching for homes online

We live in a time much different from realtors of the past. Decades ago the only way you would know if a house was for sale is by passing a yard sign. You would call us your local realtor and they would look through THE BOOK. About the size of a large phone book would be printed all the imperative details of the current homes on the market. Needless to say it was always outdated. Today the Internet has...

Home previewing

Do you like being under a microscope? Well get used to being scrutinized when you’re trying to buy a home. Your behavior can sway sellers to bestow their precious home on you—or pass you up for someone nicer or way less annoying. But don’t worry (APP) is here to help! Just be sure to follow these unwritten rules of house-buying etiquette to stay in the good graces of all...

Saving for your down payment

Saving for a down payment can be one of the biggest reasons why some people are renters and not owners. For some saving is difficult, with monthly bills, the cost of food, and  the kids extra curricular activities it can be a miracle that there is enough funds for the gas tank. If this sounds like the situation you are in don't give up. Cook Inlet House down payment assistance could be a option...

Steps to a real estate sale

After decades of working in real estate I think I've pretty much seen it all (of course every once in a while I get surprised). The ins and outs of the contracts and deadlines and procedures are drilled into my head. So when I talk to a first time home buyer it can sometimes go a little over their head without even realizing I'm talking jibberish to them. Being confused is the last thing I want my clients...

Spring Cleaning

Hip Hip Hooray, Spring is here!  Above freezing temperatures and the extra day light can only mean one thing in Alaska, Spring has sprung.  My home and most likely your home too took a beating, it weathered and endured Winter. Every day for the last give or take five months snow,silt and grim walked into my house via my boots. With spring and summer close to approach Deep Cleaning is a...

What to expect in 2018

First and foremost we would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients from 2017 that bought or sold real estate through us. The trust and confidence you placed in us guaranteed us as a Top Producer last year.  It is our honor and pleasure to represent you in your real estate goals. Top Producer Awards Secondly, we have a new member of our team to introduce. Being that our fearless leader...

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