Alaska Real Estate Blog

REAL Trends By SidesThe results are in! The 2014 REAL Trends report has revealed that Unity Home Group continues to remain a strong and steady competitor within the real estate industry, and ranks within the top 150 teams in the entire nation.

REAL Trends is a company that analyzes the real estate industry and keeps track of the best performing agents and teams in the country. Every year, REAL Trends releases a report of their findings, giving an unbiased and metric-based overview of real estate success that highlights the top 250 results.

Here's how we did for 2014, based on our performance in 2013:

Top Teams By Sides: #100

With a grand total of 355 transactions completed in 2013, Unity Home Group was ranked #100 out of all the real estate teams in the country.

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With the implementation of my new successful YouTube real estate strategy, in which I link directly to specific properties, it seemed more likely than ever that a potential buyer could land on an expired property listing. So, what's a REALTOR® to do?

Create the best 404 page ever! Check it out:

expired real estate listing

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Showing Visitors Their Options (& More)

My new expired property page serves three purposes:

1. It sends a 404 message to search engines
2. It tells users that the property they were interested in is not available
3. It gives those same users something else to do

I have linked directly to other pages on the site that might be of interest, and I'm also suggesting other nearby properties that may be interesting

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We're a bit biased, but we absolutely love living in Alaska. In addition to having some of the most gorgeous surroundings in the entire world, we also benefit from a strong economic climate. Check out our latest infographic, with 4 money smart reasons to live in Alaska!

4 Money Smart Reasons To Live In Alaska

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youtube real estate listingsWe've found a way to make our real estate listings more visible than ever. Google consistently favors YouTube in search engine results and will even increase visibility by embedding the video thumbnails, which makes sense considering both Google and YouTube are owned by Google Inc. By uploading our listing videos to YouTube, we can take advantage of this favoritism, and link potential buyers straight to us.

The video thumbnail doesn't appear every time—it's completely at Google's discretion—but when it does, it instantly dominates the search engine results. Users are instantly attracted to our video.

We've also linked our YouTube account with our Google+ profile. This ensures that our Google+ profile is regularly updated with fresh new content,

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When I had the opportunity to be the first person ever to get Real Estate Webmasters' custom iOS app for real estate listings, I had to seize it. Utilizing technology has always played a large role with my team, and I'm a strong believer in leveraging success with the best tools possible.

Our mobile app project officially began in September 4 and took a little over two months to complete. When the iOS app finally launched on November 21, 2013, it was an instant success.

323 people downloaded the app in the first week, and it has continued to receive double-digit downloads every day since. As of April 23, 2014, our mobile real estate app has been downloaded over 4,000 times and has received 1,937 lead registrations. 

The initial build for our

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This time of year, the snow starts to thaw and the real estate market in Alaska gets into high gear. Many times buyers find themselves competing with others who want to buy the same home. If this is your first time to be in a multiple offer situation, it can be a little unnerving. So let's take a little bit of creativity and see if we can make your offer more appealing.

These days, buyers are choosing their new homes from a much smaller inventory.  And demand is strong. The net effect for homes that are in great condition and in desirable areas is that sellers will be often considering several offers at once. If you are a potential buyer trying to get your offer considered ahead of others, here are some tips:

• It is NOT ONLY about the price.  This

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Condominiums and townhomes can be a very alluring purchase for some with the apparent ease of living with little-to-no maintenance responsibilities. In many condo associations this can be the case, but in others, quite the opposite can be true. When shopping for a condo or other multiple-family development it will be very important to do your research and find out just what the rules and responsibilities are at that particular condo. Hiring a real estate professional should be your first step; keep in mind that a buyer will normally not pay any commission to a real estate licensee, so this will be absolutely to your advantage. A real estate pro will be able to pull up condo association rules and covenants outlining how owners shall care for their

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So you have made the big decision to buy a home, but are you sure what exactly you want to buy? There are advantages and disadvantages to owning a condominium/townhome versus a single family home, it all depends on your situation and needs in a home.

The Run-Down: Condos

Condominiums and townhomes are attached units with shared walls and common areas. Some developments may have duplex-style condos where you will have just one shared wall between you and one neighbor, where others can have as many as 4, 8, even 12+ units where you will share 2 or more walls with 2 or more neighbors, depending on the layout.  An advantage to shared buildings such as these are you may have lower heating and cooling costs compared to single-family residences, and common

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Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group congratulates the Alaska Real Estate Experts Team... Brianna Tollefsen, Ryan Tollefsen, Tara VanOrsdal, Brent Dewan, Debbie Mumma, Kristen Couture, Jason Trout, Jeff Davis, Karen Allam, Karen McMaster-Skogstad, and Felicity Williams.... closing out January at number one in the state, with $3,688,802 million in closed volume! Way to Do Work!
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* This representation is based in whole or part on data supplied by, and to, the Subscribers of Alaska MLS. Alaska MLS does not guarantee nor is it in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by Alaska MLS is for its own use and may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. Report reflects sales through within 24 hours of the final report date.

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