Kenai Real Estate Homes Should Greet Seasonal Change Fully Prepared

by Chris Druesedow August 27, 2014
Kenai 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 Kenai 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

What Sellers May Not Reveal About the Cost of a Kenai Real Estate Home

by Chris Druesedow July 28, 2014
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When you begin scouring the Alaska Real Estate listings for a new home, the cost of the home appears to be right there at the top: the asking price. All the other details about the property are there, too, but they usually get close attention only after that dollar amount at the top falls within (well, is at least close to) your target number. But as soon as the shopping starts to narrow the field, the financial implications of those other details begin to reveal themselves. Good thing! In fact, the true bottom line cost of your new Kenai Real Estate home will be greatly affected by them. Many buyers work with the details exactly as presented—but as a purchase … Continue reading

Kenai Real Estate Listings Share One Thing in Common…Even in Summer

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 Kenai 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

Easy Weekend Projects to Boost a Kenai Real Estate House for Sale’s Appeal

by Chris Druesedow July 22, 2014
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“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” It’s a saying that job applicants (at least the successful ones) take to heart. It’s why a lot of serious primping goes on before a blind date. It’s why movie directors spend as much time as it takes to light and prepare the first shot that will introduce their lead actress. And if you’re going to have a house for sale in Alaska Real Estate this summer, it’s why it’s worth it to take pains to make its first impression as strong as possible. Making any Real Estate Kenai house for sale’s debut a success doesn’t have to break your back or your bank account. Here are some simple, affordable … Continue reading

Downsizing in Kenai Real Estate Follows an Empty Nest—or Not!

by Chris Druesedow July 18, 2014
Kenai Real Estate

Many people assume that when the kids leave home, their newly empty nest automatically signals that downsizing into a smaller house or condo is the next step. In truth, for such families living in Alaska Real Estate, downsizing is a common option—one that could very well be the best choice. But, as the old Gershwin tune says, “it ain’t necessarily so…” For many of us, once we establish a firm direction in life, a lot of decisions are more or less made without much hesitation. Career, family, and even community needs head us in certain directions, so a lot of choices are obvious. But every once in a while the paths open up, and it’s time … Continue reading

Good News for Some FHA Applicants with Kenai Real Estate Foreclosures

by Chris Druesedow July 11, 2014
A nice entrance of a luxury house

There is encouraging news for some prospective homeowners with an Alaska Real Estate foreclosure in their recent past: more common sense seems to have entered the picture. The financial crisis that began in 2007 caused global disarray: across the U.S. (and Alaska Real Estate was no exception), large numbers of responsible homeowners were clobbered by the fallout, often finding their incomes suddenly reduced or even obliterated as business cutbacks and closings reverberated through the economy. The Real Estate Kenai foreclosure rate jumped as a direct result—and it’s taken quite a while for the effects of that to work through the system. But even after the economy has resumed something like normal activity, more than a … Continue reading

How to Find the Right Realtor® in Kenai Real Estate

by Chris Druesedow July 10, 2014
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When you set about buying a house, you will have already taken as a given that this will be among the most expensive purchases you will ever make. It’s going to be your house on the line; you’ll want to make sure you have the top resources in your arsenal. Chief among them will be having a Realtor® in Alaska Real Estate who understands your goals, respects your bottom line—and who sees the joint goal the way you do: recognizing the right properties when they become available, and helping to remove any and all obstacles to securing it. But this summer, just how will you recognize the Realtor® in Real Estate Kenai who fits the … Continue reading

Selling a Kenai Real Estate Home Means Recruiting a Skilled Team

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 Kenai 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 Kenai 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

Last Year’s Kenai Real Estate Investors: They’re Smiling Now!

by Chris Druesedow July 8, 2014
Nice Brick House On Shady Hill

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

Kenai Real Estate for Sale by Owner: the Top 5 Challenges

by Chris Druesedow July 2, 2014
Kenai Real Estate

When you determine to sell your house, one of the first choices that comes up is tactical: do you try to sell it yourself as an Alaska Real Estate “For Sale by Owner” property—or do you enlist a real estate agent? Since your object is to maximize your profit, you might think that most thrift-minded home owners would decide to eliminate the agent’s commission and do the work themselves. But that’s not the case. The majority of sellers ultimately team up with a Kenai Real Estate agent. Sometimes they go the For Sale by Owner route first, but after testing that method, change courses. The statistics show that the selling price of Realtor®-assisted home sales … Continue reading

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