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

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

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

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

by Chris Druesedow July 2, 2014
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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

When Kenai Real Estate Virtual Tours Use Video

by Chris Druesedow June 25, 2014
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In today’s Alaska Real Estate, more and more often shopping of all kinds has become a virtual affair. Instant information is at everyone’s fingertips—nowhere truer than in Real Estate Kenai. No sooner has today’s buyer made the decision to start looking than—boom!—the laptop/tablet/iPhone is out and Kenai Real Estate virtual tours are underway. What’s most surprising is the key finding of the joint Google-NAR study of the growth of the web in home buying. “90% of home buyers searched online during their home buying process,” was the headline highlight. That’s 9 out of 10! “What’s surprising about that?” you might be asking yourself. The answer: that data is more than two years old! And we … Continue reading

Banishing Kenai Real Estate New Home Flaws via Simple DIY Fixes

by Chris Druesedow June 18, 2014
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Imagine the first time you turn the front door key to a new Alaska Real Estate home—the first time you step over the threshold of the home you now own. It’s a moment to truly savor. Whether it’s a feeling of well-being—that of a major milestone successfully accomplished—or just the sheer joy of appreciating the milestone it represents, it’s a moment you’d be remembering for a very long time. But after the joy (eventually) comes another moment: one that’s all but inevitable. It’s when you first begin to notice flaws in your new home you didn’t see before. Don’t worry! Most of them will be little imperfections that can be banished with simple Do-It-Yourself fixes. … Continue reading

Upping a Kenai Real Estate Home’s Value without Cratering Finances

by Chris Druesedow June 13, 2014

Especially when it comes to major decisions like buying or selling your home, human nature seems to tilt toward delaying action until it’s the end result is absolutely certain. After all, nobody wants to make a life-changing move that turns out to be anything short of fantastic! So even when you’ve outgrown your current home…or found yourself in a daily long-distance commute because work has moved…or any number of other reasons why you know you should be looking for a new house…it can be difficult to commit to such a looming decision. Adding to that is one of the most common assumptions many Alaska Real Estate homeowners believe: that they have to spend a boatload … Continue reading

Selling Your Home in Kenai Real Estate is a Collection of Decisions

by Chris Druesedow June 9, 2014
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Selling your home in Alaska Real Estate: from the first inkling that you will be putting it on the market until you sign off on the paperwork, the process can be seen as a series of dozens and dozens of decisions. Many are not simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decisions, either; and many have answers that no one can ever prove was right or not. From your Kenai Real Estate agent’s perspective, providing counsel on the choices when asked is an important part of the service we provide. We get to offer a deep reservoir of experience: what has worked (and not worked) before here in Real Estate Kenai, as well as where the latest trends … Continue reading

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