Alaska Real Estate Blog

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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5 Tips to Buy Real Estate Right

 

Buying a home can be a delicate process, but if done right it will be highly rewarding in the end. Purchasing a home will likely be the largest investment one will make in their lifetime, so here are some tips to make sure you get the best deal possible:

1.       Tidy up your Credit Score

Finding out your credit score before applying for a home loan will give you the chance to improve wherever needed, getting you a better interest rate and making sure you are even eligible for financing. There are numerous free sites online that you can get a report from, or pick out a good home loan company and lender and they will be able to pull your report for you, usually for free. A good lender will be able to walk through

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Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year.  

In 2011 the Alaska Real Estate Experts team finished number 8 in the State of Alaska for overall sales volume. In 2012 our team goal is to move up to the number one spot.  We would love to assist any of you with buying or selling real estate and if you have any questions we can help with please do not hesitate to ask.

Happy New Years!!

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Alright, so you have made the decision to sell your home. No matter your reasoning, there are some important steps to take to not only list your home for sale, but make sure it sells!

Aggressive Pricing: First and foremost, your home’s price will make or break a happy home sale. Make sure you are working with an experienced Realtor who knows the market and is able to not only research and present a competitive, comparative market analysis, but is also able to explain to you how your home’s price compares to other homes on the market and is in that perfect range where it will meet your needs as the seller, and is still aggressive enough to stand out among the rest as the hottest deal around.

Pack up, De-Clutter and CLEAN: It’s a fact, clean homes sell!

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Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to let you all know that the Alaska Real Estate Experts team and John Hagmeier Homes will be hosting an event Saturday December 3rd, 2011 with Santa Clause.  During our event you can tour new Hagmeier Homes, enjoy free coffee, lattes, mochas or hot chocolate and get your child's photo taken with Santa just in time for the Holidays!! 

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Photos will be offerred from 1-4pm and the directions are as follows:

5619 Kenai Fjords Loop - Directions: W on Raspberry, S on Sand Lake Rd, W on Kincaid, S on West Park Dr, to Kenai Fjords Loop, watch for sign.

Hope To See You There!!

 

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This information comes from the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, or AEDC, and it's my pleasure to share it with you.

Anchorage Likely To See 1,100 New Jobs
AEDC released its 2011 Anchorage Economic Forecast on January 26 to a large crowd at the 2011 Anchorage Economic Forecast Luncheon.  AEDC forecasts employment in Anchorage will increase to approximately 1,000 new jobs. "The main upside risk to the forecast is that the recovery will accelerate and pent-up demand in everything from Alaska travel to local housing will produce stronger than fore-casted growth…” 

Key Economic Forecasts:

  • Anchorage’s population level will surpass 300,000 in 2011.
  • Health care, retail, construction and transportation will continue to grow.
  • When asked about
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Anchorage Real Estate Property Showing!

Jeff Davis of the Ryan Tollefsen Real Estate Experts Team recently went out on a property showing. When he arrived this is what he found in the back yard of a residential home in the heart of Anchorage, Alaska. It was quite a spectacle and worth sharing. Luckily, he had his video camera available. You never know what you will find when looking in the Anchorage real estate market.

 

I hope you enjoy this video as much as we did here in our office.

 

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I just wanted to let everyone know about an exciting new iPhone App we have just created to help you search for homes in Alaska.  It uses Google mapping and the GPS in your iPhone.  It can map all of the active properties for you and you can see where you are at in relation to them when driving around.  We are very excited about this and would like to share it with all of our past web site visitors.  To view and or download this app please visit the link below.

DOWNLOAD THE APP:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alaska-real-estate-finder/id355211210?mt=8

Thank you again and we hope you find this to be a helpful tool when searching for your housing needs.

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Looking To Take Your Search Mobile - Check out our new GPS Mapping iPhone App!
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I'm pleased to share the following excellent news with you regarding the extension of the Home Buyer Tax Credit:

Both Houses OK Tax Credit Extension, Expansion
The House today and the Senate yesterday passed legislation to extend the $8,000 home buyer tax credit to May 1, 2010, for first-time buyers and add a $6,500 tax credit for repeat buyers if they've lived in their home for five of the past eight years. Home prices are capped at $800,000.

The legislation in both houses was included in a bill to extend unemployment benefits and is expected to be signed by President Obama shortly.

“REALTORS® appreciate the swift action by Congress to extend the home buyer tax credit and expand it to some current homeowners,” says NAR President Charles McMillan.

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New Larger Photos Now Available

Hi, we just wanted to take a moment to inform all of are valued visitors that we have just implemented a new feature here at www.AKHomeShow.com.  Now when you view the detailed page for a listing you can click on any photo and have it automatically enlarge.  For convenience, you can also scroll through all the larger photos in the same new window that opens.

Through our partnership with the Alaska MLS we are proud to be the first Alaska Real Estate web site to offer these larger photos to our visitors.  Originally the largest photos made available to the public were 320x240 pixels.  Now we are able to display photos that are 640x480 pixels, that is double the size! 

Give It A Try 

Please click on the link below to see

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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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