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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

All time low in Mortgage rates for Alaska

Alaska’s mortgage interest rates have been so low for so long that there is the definite possibility that the real value they represent—for both Alaska home buyers and sellers—may now be being taken for granted. It’s only natural. If you believe that past history is the best predictor of future performance, last January’s common wisdom that mortgage interest rates in 2014 would head up to at least 5% or more wouldn’t have fazed you a bit. One quick glance at the … Continue reading

School Districts Rate Highly in Anchorage Real Estate Home Buying Survey

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Anchorage Real Estate residents don’t have to have children at home to know when we’ve gone through the familiar back-to-school rituals. Just turn on a radio or TV, step into a retail store, or drive past a school and the calls to educational muster are evident. At the same time, it’s hard not to be reminded how significant education is when it comes to Anchorage Real Estate home buying—how likely it is for schools to be on the forefront of … Continue reading

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

Anchorage Real Estate

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

Home Improvement Factor: Part of a Anchorage Real Estate New Home’s Cost

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You’ve done it: found what’s soon to become your family’s new Anchorage Real Estate home! It’s in a great neighborhood…reasonable commute…decent kitchen (size is right; definitely upgradeable). All this and it fits the budget! Congrats! Looks like your housing hunt is over… YET…before you sign on the dotted line, there should be one last check-off. Factor in all the costs that improving the house to your liking will entail. The cost of home improvements in Anchorage can be light—but since … Continue reading

Time-Savers for Buying a House in Anchorage Real Estate

Anchorage Real Estate

According to last month’s National Association of REALTORS® announcement, existing home sales are up across the U.S., at the same time that home inventories are on the rise. In Anchorage Real Estate, it may point to a brisk fall market, with more prospective buyers deciding the time is right for buying a house. It’s true that a few lucky prospects will find the perfect home after just an afternoon or two. But that’s not often the case: for most people, … Continue reading

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

Anchorage 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 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

Anchorage Real Estate

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

Anchorage Real Estate Residents’ Credit Scores Could Improve Under FICO 9

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For any Anchorage Real Estate resident who has ever been stymied by seemingly arbitrary (or, put another way, nutty) lowering of his or her all-important credit score, next month’s beginning rollout of Fair Isaac’s new credit score model should be welcome news. It will be known as “FICO 9”—and promises to correct a few of the previous model’s inadequacies. Why now? It’s been six years since San Jose’s Fair Isaac Co. last tinkered with their credit score methodology. Hmmmm…it’s been … Continue reading

Choose a New Anchorage Real Estate Home That Addresses Tomorrow’s Needs

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“At the end of the day…” “The bottom line…” “When all is said and done…” The final verdict on whether any activity is ultimately deemed a triumph comes down to how successfully it addresses future circumstances. It’s especially relevant when you find yourself at the outset of searching for a new Anchorage Real Estate home. That’s not always as easy as you might think. The pressures of the moment (especially when the change of residence is mandated by outside factors—like … Continue reading

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