April 2016

There are 8 blog entries for April 2016.

 

There’s so much going on this weekend so get out the calendar and circle some dates.

Spenard Food Truck Carnival

Forget brown bagging; get your street food fix this week at the Spenard Food Truck Carnival, happening through August. The carnival is open on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Chilkoot Charlie’s parking lot (2435Spenard Rd.). Live entertainment is on tap as well. Stay up to date with who will be there on Facebook.

Harlem Globetrotters

Can you believe the Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 90th Anniversary this year? That makes this year’s tour extra special. Check out the basketball magic the Globetrotters have running through the tips of their fingers with a performance on Friday night or Saturday afternoon at

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If you’re in the market for a home in Alaska you know what we mean when we say “Yikes!” First, there are so few homes available, especially in the more popular price ranges (such as those for first-time buyers) that those that are in good condition sell quickly, sometimes with multiple offers.

What a tight inventory of available homes does is drive up prices. Now, if you’re a homeowner considering selling your Alaska home, this is good news because you’ll get top dollar (again, if your home is in good condition). For Alaska homebuyers, however, it’s beyond frustrating.

So, how long is this situation going to last and what needs to happen to stabilize this market for buyers? One thing that would help is for builders to start building. “We haven’t

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Closets only became an element of American homes around the time Alaska joined the Union. It didn’t take long for developers to realize that it was one of those features that buyers would pay for; closets were built into every room.

But, what are you to do with that space if you don’t need your closets for clothes? These ideas are more than a weekend makeover; they may just change your life.

Create a Clever Work Station – Remove the hanging bar and insert a desk – or any surface that works for writing or typing. Use the upper shelf for storage by dividing supplies between sturdy, decorative boxes. Once you add a coat of paint and a shine a little light onto the space, all you need is a chair and you’re ready to work.

Cozy up with a Lovely

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Have you ever met someone that appeared to be just about perfect only to find out later that he or she was riddled with flaws? The same thing can happen with houses – I see it every day in my real estate practice. Sure, it’s hard to put the brakes on your attraction when the living room you’re standing in is perfect for your family and your furniture, but brake you must ― especially if you notice any of the following warning signs.

1. Poor maintenance

There is no excuse for evidence of poor maintenance when a home is on the market. Gutters full of leaves and other debris, torn window screens and overgrown landscaping are all signs that the homeowner is either too lazy or too broke to maintain the home. You should definitely wonder what else was

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Looking for something exciting to do with the kids in and around Anchorage this spring? You’re sure to find something on this list that appeals to the children in your life. And, you won’t find these activities boring either!

Take a Walk on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail – Whether you’re pushing a stroller or you’ve got older kids that can last just over a mile on their own two legs, spring is a great time to hit the trails. You’ll be able to spot wildlife and see the city from a new viewpoint. Running parallel to the Alaskan Railroad tracks, you’ll be able to experience the best of Anchorage in one short walk.

Ride a Train… Just About Anywhere – If walking really isn’t your speed, you can board a train and still take in all the splendors of the

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Hey, we get it – preparing your credit to buy a home isn’t nearly as fun as touring houses for sale in Alaska. Finding the right lender, going through the application process and then waiting to find out how much the lender will lend you is boring, especially when all you really want to do is look at homes or condos for sale in Alaska!

Unfortunately, this is a task that must be taken care of upfront, before looking at what’s on the market. If your credit is ready before taking the step, you’ll be far more successful in obtaining a mortgage with an attractive rate, saving you money on your house payment. Take the following steps as soon as you decide you’d like to buy a home.

1. No late payments

You’ll need to be extra careful that you pay all

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 You might just find it at the Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria here in Anchorage. Okay, it’s remarkably difficult to determine exactly which restaurant offers the best pizza in the state – any state. But, if you were to ask locals, nine times out of ten, they’re likely to say the Moose’s Tooth is the best. In fact, the biggest (perhaps only) complaint people have about this establishment is that it’s too small.

 That’s pretty impressive considering that the owners never thought they would fill the premises when they launched about two decades ago. If you can see past all the people, you’ll notice that the restaurant has a rather casual vibe with plenty of red paint. But, that’s just what you’d expect from large pub and pizzeria with a neighborhood

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The average annual cost for homeowner’s insurance in Alaska is $952, according to Value Penguin. While this is lower than the national average, you still might be able to save money on the annual premium.

Buying a newly constructed home in Alaska will automatically lower your premium. Insurers like the fact that new homes have new wiring, plumbing and HVAC systems. If the home is constructed of materials that resist fire, such as concrete, brick or stone, you’ll save even more money on your homeowner’s insurance premium.

Let’s take a look at three other ways you can save on your homeowner’s insurance when you buy a new house in Alaska.

1. Smaller Homes are Cheaper to Insure – This only makes sense when you understand that your premium is

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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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