July 2016

There are 8 blog entries for July 2016.


Want to get out of the city for a few hours? Looking for a cozy place to watch a game? Head over to the Palmer City Alehouse day or night to enjoy good food, good friends, and, of course, a good game.

It’s almost a guarantee that your spirits will perk as you pull up a chair and figure out which television offers the best view. Inside, the red walls evoke warmth, whatever the temperature outside and the wide selection of draft and craft Alaskan beers will make you glow.

The Palmer City Alehouse is like the neighborhood sports bar you’ve always wanted. The menu isn’t spectacular; it’s what you’d expect, with burgers, sandwiches, and plenty of delicious pizzas to choose. If you want to spoil yourself, the Top Cut Sirloin Entrees will surely

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No matter how well you maintain your home, outside factors may influence the amount of money you get for your home when you sell. Let’s take a look at three of these.

1. Market conditions

Housing market conditions vary and they can change quickly. If the Feds decide to raise interest rates, lenders may jump the gun and raise mortgage rates as well. When that happens, many first-time homebuyers get locked out of the market. When the buyer pool shrinks, yet the inventory of available homes remains the same, a buyers’ market occurs. Supply and demand at work; home prices typically take a tumble.

2. Neighborhood changes

Homeowners typically don’t keep abreast of local zoning changes but homebuyers and their agents do. A new power plant or city

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Every homeowner gets to a point when their bathrooms feel drab. Rarely are these rooms as bland as you think they are; it’s just that you spend time in them every day. Worse, when they are up-to-date and have everything you need, it’s difficult to justify spending a fortune on transforming your bathrooms.

You don’t need to outlay a lot of cash to spruce your bathrooms. You can do it relatively cheaply – and quickly. In fact, most rooms don’t need a lot of work to feel brand new again.

Start with a good clean (and don’t forget the light bulbs) and then consider any of these options for a super fast fix.

Organize the cabinets – The more you can pull off the counters, the cleaner and newer that everything will feel. Clear out all the drawers

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 dilapidated house

Sometimes selling a home as-is is unavoidable. We’ve had clients trying to beat the bank in foreclosure who just needed to sell quickly and were committed to deeply discounting the price because they would still make more than they would if the bank took the home. We’ve worked with folks selling a deceased parent’s home who likewise didn’t have the time or money to fix the home enough so that it would bring in current market value. So, we understand that there are many circumstances that might warrant an as-is sale.

Much will depend on what type of loan the eventual buyer is using, unless you exclude those buyers when marketing the home. Let’s take a look at some of the basic repairs you’ll need to make and also those specific to certain loan

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young family


There’s no place like home – especially when it has all the space and details of Briarcliff Townhomes in Anchorage. This condominium community boasts friendly neighbors and homes with plenty of light and space.

Though there are streets in Anchorage called Briarcliff, the townhouses in this association are found on Briar Loop Drive as well as Bridgestone and Blackburn courts. You can find the entrance to this neighborhood off of Merlin Loop, which can be found off Old Seward Highway.

Each of the more than 50 units in this community has roughly 1350 square feet spread over two floors, not including the space taken by attached double garages. Homes have two different floor plans, though both feature three bedrooms.

 The “Retreat” floor plan

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Winter came and went a long time ago, and you’ve opened all the windows to air out your home for a spot of spring cleaning Chances are you’ve taken for granted your windows ― these essential home structures, especially in Alaska. While you probably won’t need to worry about them for awhile, it never hurts to give each one a quick once over to make sure you don’t suffer this winter.

You Can’t Open or Close Your Windows – It’s awful when you need to fight with anything in your home. When it’s your windows, with all that glass and the security problems a broken window can present, it’s even worse. Sure, a firmly closed window isn’t going to let drafts through, but it’s also not going to improve the quality of your life or the value of your home.

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Anchorage as seen from the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

If you’re looking for a luxury lifestyle on the west side of Anchorage, you don’t need to look any further than Atwood Estates. Though the neighborhood itself is quite small, comprising of properties along two short streets in the community of Turnagain, the homes here are anything but.

Atwood Estates can be found along Bob Atwood Way and Evangeline Lane, along with the corner at Bob Atwood Circle. The area is best known for the Atwood Mansion, home of Robert Atwood, a local publisher and editor. The mansion itself has a classic appearance while homes in the Atwood Estates are significantly more modern, though just as luxurious (if not more so). Vacant plots of land are still available for anyone wanted to build their dream home in this incredible

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wallet in a man's pocket

Millions of would-be homeowners struggle under the misconception that they can’t buy a house in Alaska without having a huge down payment to give the lender. They spend countless hours roaming the Alaska  MLS, dreaming about buying a home in Alaska. In reality, there are several ways to realize the dream of homeownership with little cash out of your pocket.

No down payment loans

If you are a current or former member of the United States military or the spouse of a deceased member, you may qualify for what is one of the best loan programs in the country, offered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA doesn’t grant the loan, a conventional lender will do that. Instead, the VA offers a guaranty making the lender far more likely

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