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A “Magic Number” for House Flipping?

ABC’s Nightline recently aired an interesting segment about house flipping, which included a magic number that’s probably never been seen before. Alaska house flippers would have been glued to their TVs if they’d stayed up late enough to catch Nightline, because if authentically magical, it’s a good number to know. The segment was part of a series called “Realty Check.” This one was about new strategies in the “ever-competitive world of flipping.” The show started with some background about how … Continue reading

Selling Your Home in Anchorage Real Estate’s Fall Sales Season

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Springtime is correctly known near and far as the peak season for selling your home—in Anchorage Real Estate; elsewhere in the U.S.; probably on Mars, too. Everybody knows it. This has created a most unfortunate side effect: namely, the notion that if you missed the spring home sales binge, you’d best cancel all plans and hold your house off the market until next year (even if you’re actually ready to list). So…should you give up on selling your home in … Continue reading

Time for a Little End-of-Summer Anchorage Real Estate Home Maintenance

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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 Anchorage 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 … Continue reading

An Anchorage Real Estate Virtual Tour Can be an iPhone Production

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A newly-updated NAR survey confirms that 51% of agents with smartphones use iPhones. This fact is hardly startling, since these phones have been such a boon to the real estate business. Today’s agent can use apps to quickly scan and electronically sign documents, instantly get property details for clients, access key boxes—it’s almost hard to remember how we got along before! But what about the 9% of homeowners who choose to go the FSBO (For Sale by Owner) route? As … Continue reading

Short & Sweet—Alaska Real Estate Open House Checklist

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Estimates so far indicate that summer 2014 is likely to be a better than usual season for Alaska Real Estate home sales. The past winter threw a wet blanket over all kinds of business activity, creating a perfect scenario for a sales bounce back—and that’s exactly what is beginning to show up in the stats. As Bloomberg News reported last week, sales of homes “climbed in April for the first time in three months…the biggest in six months…” If you … Continue reading

Listing for Alaska Real Estate Summertime Means Staging Outdoors

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As the days grow longer and the thermometer rises, everyone wants to start spending more time outdoors—to make full use of our yards and patios. But what if your Alaska Real Estate home is going to be on the market this summer? Does it mean you have to stop enjoying yourself, stop entertaining guests, just because you want to keep the place in showable condition? The answer is, of course, of course not. Using the outdoor spaces of your home … Continue reading

Mortgage Rules Alaska Real Estate Mortgage Turnaround Expected as U.S. Rules are Loosened

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“U.S. Backs Off Tight Mortgage Rules” screamed the top headline on the front page of The Wall Street Journal last week. For Alaska Real Estate mortgage shoppers, it could scarcely have been better news. Probably. ‘Probably’ because any change is not yet a done deal, but it’s hard to see what will derail the likely full reverse of the federal establishment’s years-long tight home loan policy. Why is this suddenly in the cards? The full answer is complicated, but here … Continue reading

What Bubble? Alaska Real Estate Home Prices v. Underlying Value

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Over the past two years any upward movement in Alaska Real Estate home prices tended to raise a question in many local minds—a question that ends with the word ‘bubble.’ As with any commodity whose price is determined by a changeable mix of subjective public perception as well as supply and demand, when home prices head north, there is always the possibility that a ‘bubble’ could be inflating: an unsupportable rise that could suddenly plummet with a “pop!” Now comes … Continue reading

Schedule Ample Time for Your Alaska Real Estate Home Inspection

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Congrats! Your offer has been accepted and you are officially in escrow. Now what? Usually the first order of business is to arrange your Alaska Real Estate home inspection. When you were house hunting, you were weighing so many factors it was next to impossible to thoroughly examination of every nook and corner of every one of the serious contenders…in fact, it wasn’t necessary. But now that you’re moving forward to a purchase, you want to do more than kick … Continue reading

Credit Score Review Pays Off for Frugal Alaska Real Estate Homeowners

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Your credit score will have a major impact when it comes to the cost you wind up paying for a Alaska Real Estate mortgage. A buyer with a high credit score of 750 or above will qualify for the most competitive interest rates available; but today’s tightened lending standards mean that some borrowers with scores under 600 may not qualify for a mortgage at all. And no matter what, a low credit score can mean paying an extra 3%-4% interest … Continue reading

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