June 2016

There are 9 blog entries for June 2016.

 When you live in Alaska, you can bet you’ll have a stream of house guests from the Lower 48. Our state is just so intriguing to everyone. And, you understand why, don’t you? Whether you have guests in and out of your home almost constantly – or you’re expecting your first overnight visitors, these few tips will make your Alaskan guest room as comfortable as it can be.

 Spend Time in Your Guest’s Rooms – You don’t need to go as far as packing an overnight bag and camping in the guest room for a weekend, but doing so will probably transform the space entirely. But, spend enough time to determine whether you need new lights, warmer blankets, or if that mattress is really as bad as you imagine.

 Toiletries and Towels – There’s a reason hotels

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What started as a planned agricultural community in 1935, has turned into one of Anchorage’s most intriguing suburbs. Farming persists today throughout the Mat-SuValley, but Palmer may just be the most picturesque city in the bunch.

Palmer covers slightly less than 3.75 square miles and is home to approximately 6400 residents. Downtown, the city radiates the charm of the 1930s when the city sprang into being. And yet, the surrounding community looks a scene from an Alpine postcard.

While there are a few older properties, much of Palmer has sprung up over the past few decades with many homes completed in the last ten. Land is also still available for those looking to build their dream homes.

The median price for existing homes falls near the

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As in most businesses, not all in real estate are successful. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, 90 percent of Realtors have only one to four sales a year. It’s the top 10 percent who are gaining experience, learning the nuances of how to list and sell property successfully.

If you’re looking for an agent to help you sell your Alaska home, look for the following four qualities.

1. Experience counts

Jerry Rice would walk onto the football field and make the game look easy. But he didn’t become the greatest wide receiver of all time by working at it part-time. In the off-season, Rice lifted weights every day ― twice a day. He could also be found jogging in the hills around the Bay Area, or running “wind sprints until

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Whether you live around the corner, the other side of the state, or somewhere in the Lower 48 there is a restaurant and pub you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Anchorage. The Glacier Brewhouse is so much more than you might expect from the austere exterior downtown.

For a start, the Glacier is a brewery, but not just any local brewery. With a classic array of brews, complemented by a couple of gluten-free beers, you’ll want to make sure you arrive with a healthy thirst. But, don’t arrive for after-work drinks unless you have a hungry belly too. The food here is temptingly plated and wondrously delicious at that.

Though everything on the menu has an Alaskan twist, the menu draws from various corners of the globe. You may want to start with the

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If you’re in the military, or a former member or spouse of a deceased veteran, and considering buying a home in Alaska, you owe it to yourself to read on. Active and former military members may be eligible for a home loan that many consider the best on the market – backed by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. If being able to negotiate your interest rate, kicking private mortgage insurance to the curb and reducing or financing your closing costs is attractive to you, you will love this loan.

1. How does no down payment sound?

The number one challenge to potential homeowners is coming up with that big chunk of cash for the down payment. While Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the FHA have gone a long way to reduce the size of that chunk, only

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Dads do a lot of work for the family and we take a moment every June honor their commitment. This year, we celebrate Father’s Day on June 19. And, if you haven’t thought about how you want to spoil dad this year, we’ve got a few ideas that will make your old man smile.

 Spend a Day at the Zoo – Remember when dad used to take you to see the animals when you were young? Perhaps it’s time to repay the favor now that you can walk more than 15 minutes without asking for an ice cream. Dad’s have free entrance to the Alaska Zoo on Father’s Day, and there is live music from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make sure everyone has a terrific time. Of course, you may also want to treat your dad to an ice cream.

 More of a Beer Guy? – If your dad is more of a

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When you start thinking of selling your home in Anchorage we’re willing to bet one of the first questions you’ll have is “I wonder how much it’s worth now?” It’s only natural. After all, the housing market debacle is still not far enough behind us that we feel completely relaxed about our home equity and how much we’ve regained.

There are several ways to figure out, at least roughly, what your home is worth on today’s Anchorage real estate market. The most reliable (because your buyer’s lender will require one) is with a professional appraisal. Be aware that appraisals in Anchorage cost between $300 and $500 depending on the company.

Experienced real estate agents typically match or come quite close to an appraiser’s value and our services are

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Working from home, especially if you don’t see clients in your home office, means being able to make as big of a mess as you want and no-one is the wiser. Close the door at the end of the day and all is forgotten. But, the clutter adds up and can eat away at your productivity.

According to a study by HLW International, folks that work in a clean office were 5 percent more productive than those that worked in a dirty environment. Let’s see what we can do to get your office clean and uncluttered and your productivity humming.

1. Keep the cleaning supplies handy

It’s too easy to put off routine tidying up when you have to leave the room to gather cleaning supplies and tools, so keep a stock of what you need right in your office. Fill a bin or

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You may turn to your tablet for a good read rather than heading to a bookstore to browse new titles – or perhaps you’re just the opposite. Either way, there’s no reason for your bookshelves to appear drab and unloved. Bookshelf makeovers don’t require a lot of DIY experience and have the power to transform just about any room in your home.

Take a Look Behind the Books – Bookshelves with plain (rather than open) backs offer the perfect opportunity for a revamp. And, the options are both limitless and bespoke. All you need is some wallpaper, fabric, or a small can of paint. Simply decorate the space behind the books for a fresh or classic feeling. And, you hardly need to limit yourself to one color or pattern. This is a chance to go wild.

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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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