A Kenai Real Estate Open House Your Property’s Moment in the Limelight

by Chris Druesedow February 20, 2014
Kenai Real Estate

Your first open house in Kenai Real Estate can be compared to a movie’s world premiere. We may not have strobes flashing and paparazzi jostling each other, but all eyes are definitely on the above-the-title headline star: your house. It’s a star that has to look its glamorous best, too, or the fans will be disappointed. The purpose of any Kenai Real Estate open house is to sell buyers on the largely emotional dream of potentially owning your home. Doing so means banishing everyday imperfections—the debris created by daily living—from the stage (at least to the extent it’s practical). Absolutely essential is insuring that the whole property, inside and out, is clean and tidy. Your … Continue reading

Selling a Soldotna Real Estate Home this Winter From the Strongest Position

by Chris Druesedow January 7, 2014

The signs are positive for those who will be putting their home on the Soldotna Real Estate market this winter. Demand is there, mortgage rates are still low, and across the nation, prices are pointing higher. If you will be selling a home in town anytime soon, there are some extra steps you can take to strengthen your position. Clarify Your Finances Getting a home loan will be the concern of the buyer, not you. She or he will have to fill out the forms, go through the credit checks, etc. More subtle is the impact your own financial picture can have on the process of selling a home. If you will be moving to … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate Values: The Outlook for 2014

by Chris Druesedow January 6, 2014

If there is one question that homeowners and prospective shoppers have in common as we enter the New Year, it’s about the direction of Soldotna real estate values in 2014. Small wonder: the financial market meltdown of the last decade had such a profound impact on all forms of real estate that it still has many people looking nervously over their shoulders. How likely is another tumble in the coming 12 months? Will real estate values in Soldotna Real Estate continue to rise? Knowing the answer could make a big difference to anyone planning to buy or sell a home in Soldotna this year. Of course, absolute certainty on that score is not possible for … Continue reading

How a Kenai Real Estate Home Stager’s Experience Can Pay Off

by Chris Druesedow January 3, 2014

When you put your home on the market, one of the decisions it’s easy to overlook is whether to engage a Kenai Real Estate home stager. Especially if you know you have a good eye for décor or have experience in the visual arts, it may not seem necessary to call in a heavy-duty home staging pro to get your place in shape to sell. It’s certainly not a requirement for listing, but using a professional home staging company can be invaluable for a number of practical reasons: Your home is lived-in That does give it a warm, comfortable feeling, but that’s seldom as saleable as a home that presents itself as open and slightly … Continue reading

Isolate Emotions from Decisions When Buying a Home in Soldotna Real Estate

by Chris Druesedow January 2, 2014

You’re nearing your goal of buying a home in Soldotna Real Estate! You have zeroed in on a property, submitted your offer, and heeded your agent’s advice and ordered a home inspection. Soooo…what if the inspector finds major issues nobody expected? While most home inspections only uncover small problems that can be fixed easily, some do turn up serious issues. In 2013, 16% of REALTORS® reported sales that went off track due to the inspector’s findings. What’s your best course of action if that happens? Buying a home after major problems have been identified should only proceed after you know how much time and money it will take to solve them. Whether you are dealing … Continue reading

2013 New Year’s Roundup Confirms Soldotna Real Estate Trends

by Chris Druesedow December 30, 2013

It’s time for this Soldotna real estate observer to tackle the New Year’s roundup of the Year in Real Estate (along with the traditional disclaimer that, since the actual statistics won’t be tallied until 2014, this has to be a lot more sizzle than steak!) But this is one time in the year when we Soldotna residents get to take pause to relax, perhaps put a bottle of bubbly in the fridge for later on, and take a sweeping view of the general direction of things across the land. If you’ve been reading here throughout the year, you already know that 2013 Soldotna real estate activity might easily justify chilling a superior vintage champagne: it’s … Continue reading

Is Buying a Kenai Real Estate Condo Right for You?

by Chris Druesedow December 26, 2013

Existing home sales rose nationally throughout 2013 – and included in those numbers were a good many condominiums. If 2014 will find you investigating the market for a new home, it may be time to give condo living a serious thought.  Buying a condo in Kenai Real Estate can provide many of the benefits of home ownership minus much of the worry that goes with keeping your property. Of course, whether buying a condo is the right housing solution depends on the buyer as well as the particular condo itself – but there are some generalities usually hold true. Most condominiums include a variety of amenities for the owners. There may be an on-site fitness … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate Property Disclosures: Obligatory – and Common Sense

by Chris Druesedow December 19, 2013

Imagine that you have just moved into your new Soldotna Real Estate property, and suddenly you are up against some serious flaw you knew nothing about. Added on top of the normal moving turmoil: now there’s this! You didn’t have a chance to fix things up before you moved in because you were totally in the dark concerning the problem.  Imagine the frustration, disappointment, and anger… Enter: lawsuit. In other words, for you as a seller, there are some pretty convincing reasons to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. A disclosure is a written statement describing your obligations under state and local laws regarding property flaws you know about. Your … Continue reading

Kenai Real Estate House Pipe Freeze-ups Can Be Prevented by Early Action

by Chris Druesedow December 18, 2013
Kenai Real Estate

It’s easy to be caught off guard when the mercury drops before winter has even begun. And this year a visit from unusually early icy blasts of cold from up north has been the rule almost everywhere in the country. This Holiday Season, even local house owners who don’t have to worry about their own Kenai Real Estate house safety may be visiting relatives unprepared for the sudden December tundra; so it’s a good time to go over the Red Cross cold weather Preventive Action guidelines: • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing (but: move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of … Continue reading

Soldotna Real Estate Empty Nest Phenomenon Brings Multiple Opportunities

by Chris Druesedow December 17, 2013
Soldotna Real Estate

The kids are gone. Your big house seems either dreadfully empty or just plain wasteful.  Congrats: you are officially in possession of a Soldotna 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 Soldotna 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

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