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

Kenai Real Estate First Time Home Buyers Resume Strong Buying Patterns

by Chris Druesedow July 21, 2014
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The upheaval in global financial markets over the past few years may have been unnerving for almost everyone, but among the hardest-hit group was first time home buyers, in Alaska Real Estate and across the country. Many had to deal with the stress caused by an uncertain economy, the fallout on business and job security, and, more directly, a pronounced increase in the difficulty of securing mortgages. The good news for Alaska Real Estate first time home buyers is how the national situation has stabilized. It’s confirmed by the increase in the number of people interested in buying a home for the first time—which has climbed out of the slump. The latest NAR (National Association of Realtors®) annual Profile—a … Continue reading

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

by Chris Druesedow July 18, 2014
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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

Sniffing Out Some of the Best Investment Properties in Kenai Real Estate

by Chris Druesedow July 16, 2014
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When promising investment properties, in Alaska Real Estate or anywhere, are well-promoted, you can count on them drawing a crowd. Why wouldn’t they? Investment properties that perform well are like money machines: put in a quarter, get back a quarter and a nickel (and another nickel, and another, and another…). What’s not to like? But not all Real Estate Kenai investment properties are well-promoted. There can be any number of reasons why, but the bottom line is that some of the best ones are hard to sniff out. In that case, they may take a “Bird Dog” to discover. A word about the term. Ask any hunter (or even any regular viewer of Duck Dynasty—and … Continue reading

Creative Upgrade Ideas Make Selling a Kenai Real Estate Home Easier

by Chris Druesedow July 15, 2014
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For owners who are contemplating some major upgrades with an eye to eventually selling a home in Alaska Real Estate, there’s always the question of where to do the upgrading. Last year, the National Association of Home Builders weighed in with a study of what today’s home buyer “really want”—which supplies some guidance that may be helpful. Although the findings aren’t directly applicable for every home, the concepts that were cited as most popular can be informative, particularly to creative-minded homeowners ready to take a fresh look at how they might add allure and value to their property. While the kitchen remains the top location for upgrades, there are several other valuable options for adding … Continue reading

Good News for Some FHA Applicants with Kenai Real Estate Foreclosures

by Chris Druesedow July 11, 2014
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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

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

by Chris Druesedow July 8, 2014
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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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