May 2016

There are 9 blog entries for May 2016.



Alaskans believe that their state flower, the alpine forget-me-not (Myosotis alpestris) is symbolic of the spirit of the state’s pioneers; after all, they were the ones who originally selected the small, blue-flowering perennial to represent their new home.

 The forget-me-not is common to all areas of the state, with the exception of southeast Alaska, according to the University of Alaska. The United States Department of Agriculture, however, finds the forget-me-not common to all areas except one in the west, around Hooper Bay. One of the best places to view the Alaskan forget-me-not in its natural habitat is the Chugach National Forest.

 Alaska’s forget-me-not is common to the alpine meadows, open forests and stony areas of the state. A

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Nome is one of those small towns that feel a lot bigger than its size. Perhaps it’s the wide open skies and views of the Bering Sea. Or maybe it’s because it’s so easy to get a view of it from above. Nome isn’t connected to the Alaskan Highway system; if you’re coming in from out of town, you’ll arrive by air, by sea, or by dog sled (with or without the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race).

Located on the Seward Peninsula in Northwest Alaska, Nome hardly fills its 20 square miles with the estimated 3,700 residents. But that doesn’t mean everyone has a huge plot of land to look after. There are spacious apartments alongside large and small single-family homes.

Following the initial gold rush in 1898, Nome was officially incorporated in 1901. And,

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I wish I got paid for every time I answered this question ― that’s how often people ask. Before answering, my mind whirrs and hums, going over the current market conditions, and then, based on the questioner’s financial status I can pretty much answer intelligently. Since so many people are hesitant to share their finances (smart move, in my opinion), I’ve decided to arm you with information that will allow you to figure this out for yourself.

 It all comes down to current market conditions and your financial picture

Do you cringe when I ask you “How is your credit?” If so, you may not be ready to buy a home. If you cringe because you’re unsure where you stand as far as your credit score, let’s fix that right now.

All Americans are entitled

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There is something wonderful about a freshly painted and decorated room. It can be any room, from a tiny guest bedroom to the kitchen; it just feels good. The absolute opposite of that feeling happens when you walk into a room with faded paint and damaged drywall.

But, you can always achieve a lovely home sensation with a little bit of work. And, most drywall issues can be fixed… without replacing it completely.

Do You Have Problem Drywall?

While you can do repairs on a lot of drywall, there is such a thing as problem drywall. If your walls were installed between 2001 and 2009, you might have a “bad batch”. That’s not to say that all walls from this time are troublesome, but it helps to narrow any problems you may have. Check the copper

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With a name like V’s Cellar Door, you shouldn’t be surprised when you head underground to enjoy this restaurant. What may be startling, however, is just how comfortable this cellar can be. The décor is overwhelmingly simple. But, somehow, that only allows for the food and the service to stand in the spotlight. And both will impress you.

V’s Cellar Door isn’t like any other restaurant – and that’s not because of the strange setting. It’s the unusual blend of Korean and Mexican cuisines. It’s unlikely you’ve ever experienced food quite like this before. After all, a Bulgogi Steak Infused Burrito can’t be found on just any menu. In case you’re wondering, you’ll find that tortilla stuffed with more than Korean steak; it’ll also have cheeses, a cilantro

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Some folks just have better long-term vision than others. These are the homebuyers who can walk into what would appear to others to be a disaster and fall in love with the house. They see the “bones” of the home, the possibilities and the low price of most fixers makes these homes all the more attractive to those with vision.

The problem for those seeking a conventional home loan to purchase fixers in Alaska is that lenders see these homes as lacking in sufficient security. They’ll want repairs made before they’ll approve a loan. But don’t let that stop you.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has a program for homebuyers in your situation. It’s called the Section 203k loan and it covers not only the mortgage, but provides the

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Do you have a junk drawer in your kitchen? I do and I’m just wondering if this is unique to my family or if most Alaska families have one. NPR’s Linton Weeks says they serve “as a Rorschachian reflection of your life.” That’s rather distressing, isn’t it?

The garage is the most cluttered room in the house, according to a Moen Consumer and Market Insights Group survey of homeowners. The kitchen was the second and it tied with the home office. Homeowners complained of mail cluttering the countertops and small electrical appliances hanging around, taking up space.

Since the junk drawer says so much about our lives, imagine what a cluttered kitchen is whispering. Let’s look at some ways to bring order to the kitchen.

What’s ok?

According to

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You can take a train to and from most American states in the lower 48, but most of these trips just don’t provide the same experience as Alaskan Railroad. Tickets can be booked for traveling between one station and another, but with these trains… it’s all about journey.

Go Where You Want to Go

It’s easy to explore Alaska by train. Alaskan Railroad features stops and stations throughout the state. And, they have featured destinations that make vacation planning easy.

Anchorage is home to this railways operator, and they have their main station there, but you’ll find regular service to see the wildlife in Denali National Park, ski in the resorts of Girdwood, or watch whales in Seward. Other featured destinations include:

  • Fairbanks
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The absolute worst part of having your Alaska home on the market is trying to keep it clean in case a buyer drops in at a moment’s notice. Especially if you have kids, it may seem like you do nothing but pick up, dust and clean. It all pays off in the end, but in the meantime, it’s a complete hassle.

Most of our clients are conscientious about keeping the dirty dishes out of the kitchen sink and ensuring the bathrooms are tidy before they leave for work, yet there are several places that most homeowners neglect to clean before or while the house is on the market.


The National Association of Realtors (NAR) conducted a homebuyer survey and found that more than half of homebuyers want a garage and 86 percent of them want one with

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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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