Alaska Real Estate Blog

Making Home For Sale Appealing in Winter Seasonal weather - especially the wintry type experienced in areas where the temperatures get very cold, snow falls all too often, and the daylight hours are short - can have a real downer effect on the buyer interest levels needed for homeowners to get their homes sold.

While the milder temperatures and longer days of spring, summer, and fall can offer some real benefits for selling a home, it isn't always possible for sellers to wait for this more optimal weather before listing their home for sale. Luckily, buyers are searching for homes in every season.

If you are one of the many sellers who must brave the winter season every year in hopes of finding the perfect buyer, taking time to add welcome warmth and appeal can help you maximize every

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Helping Parents Downsize Being an adult is not always easy. In fact, it can be downright difficult, especially when you find yourself tasked with doing something that is both emotionally and physically demanding, such as helping aging parents sell the family home where they may have lived for several years or decades.

And this task can be even more difficult in cases where parents have special considerations that narrow their viable housing options. If you have been given the task of helping your parents sell their home and downsize or move into a new home, assisted living, or a nursing home, these tips can help you make the process more streamlined and less stressful for both you and your parents. 

Determine the End Goal Before Beginning 

If your parents have lived in

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Home Inspection Tips Choosing a home can be a very exciting time, but it's also a time to carefully avoid buying a house that has significant problems. Fortunately, that risk can be greatly reduced by working with the right home inspector. It is not just the chosen inspector, though, but what you ask that inspector that matters.

The more knowledge a home buyer has the better, from searching the mls to signing contracts, and the inspector is one of the best people to provide information about the home's systems and any potential concerns before you proceed with the purchase. Here are 10 of the most important questions to ask the home inspector.

1) Is the Electrical System Safe and Current?

Electricity can be very dangerous, and if it is not handled properly it can

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When do you pay Capital Gains on a Home Sale A capital gains tax is applicable whenever someone sells an asset for a profit. The most common instances of capital gains come from the sale of property, stocks, precious metals and bonds. If you are ready to put your home on the market, you should know about the capital gains tax, if it will apply to you, and if so, ideas as to how to reduce the tax burden.

Though briefly explained here, it is always recommend to speak to a tax advisor or specialist regarding your specific financial and tax situation regarding a potential or actual home sale.

The Basics

When selling a personal residence, most homeowners can exclude up to $250,000 of any profits -- or capital gains -- from taxes. If you file your taxes jointly with a spouse, the exclusion

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You don’t need to be an avid Alaska gardener to appreciate our local botanical gardens, but if you are you’ll find lots of ideas on what to grow at home. Non-green thumbers will find much to enjoy in the 110-acre Alaska Botanical Garden.

Learn which perennials do best in Southcentral Alaska

The Lower Perennial Garden is where you’ll want to go if you’re interested in learning more about which perennials are hardy to our area. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the number of plants that will do well in your landscape. These include poppies, delphiniums, roses and more.

Alaska natives

Take to the Wildflower Trail to view native Alaskan wildflowers. Native plants are always the ideal choice, regardless of where in the country one lives. They

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Demystifying the real estate purchase and sale process is something we here at Unity Home Group® take seriously, so here’s part two of our definitions for some of the most commonly used real estate terms. You’ll find part one here.

FHA mortgage – The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), guarantees home loans, making it easier for those with less-than-perfect credit to obtain a mortgage.

Jumbo mortgage – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announces what is known as the “conforming loan” limits every year. Loans that exceed this amount are jumbo loans.

Loan-to-Value –  Known as LTV, for short, loan-to-value refers to the ratio of the loan to the value of the home.

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Playrooms may be the star attraction for your kids, but they’re usually not terribly enticing for their parents. Even when they’re not messy, they can feel overwhelming cute. And it can be difficult for grownups to enjoy watching their children at play when everything feels too small.

Here are a few ways you can get around those challenges and decorate your playroom so everyone can enjoy being there.

Everyone needs a place to sit – If the playroom only has tiny wooden chairs, you’re not going to want to spend time reading while your child makes you a plate of plastic food. Make sure there’s enough room for everyone in the family to take a seat and make it a comfortable one.

Bring storage down, way down – You can hide seasonal décor on the

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Every industry has its own language and real estate is no exception. The trouble is that real estate agents and lenders are dealing with consumers, and often they forget that what they’re saying may seem like a foreign language to outsiders. Today we thought we’d interpret some of the more common terms you’ll encounter when buying or selling a home in Alaska. This is part one of a multi-part series, so check back next week for more.

Addendum – An addendum is a form used to make changes to the purchase agreement after it’s been accepted by both the buyer and the seller. For instance, if you find problems that the home inspection turned up and want the seller to remedy them, we would submit an addendum to the contract stating that the seller will pay

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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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* 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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