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Do You Need A Home Appraisal

Buyers can opt not to get a home appraisal but it is generally useful for all parties in a home buying process. What is a home appraisal? A home appraisal is the determination of a'

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of August 3rd to 9th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update of August 3rd to 9th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 628 are currently active listings where 70 of which are new

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Down Payment Assistance For Alaskan Homebuyers

Saving enough money to pay for the down payment is one of the reasons why many delay their homeownership. If you are one of them, this program may be for you.The NeighborhoodLIFT ProgramThe

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of July 27th to August 2nd 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update of July 27th to August 2nd 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 625 are currently active listings where 55 of which

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Pros and Cons of Co-Buying A Home

From our previous blog, How Co-Buying Can Help You Become A Homeowner, we discussed well, as what the title says, how co-buying can help you become a homeowner.With that being discussed, there are

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of July 20th to 26th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update of July 20th to 26th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 619 are currently active listings where 73 of which are new

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How Co-Buying Can Help You Become A Homeowner

Want to get out of the cycle of renting a home but you can't afford to buy it on your own?There is a thing called co-buying to help you achieve the American dream of owning a home! Co-buying is

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of July 13th to 19th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update of July 13th to 19th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 613 are currently active listings where 62 of which

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5 Criteria To Look For When Pricing A Home

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of June 22nd to 28th 2019

-Here's Alaska real estate market update as of June 22nd to 28th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 590 are currently active listings where 63 of

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Can You Invest Using An FHA Loan

Can You Invest Using An FHA Loan?Lots of people make money by investing in Real Estate. It requires a great deal of capital and knowledge to do so though. You really have to study and learn to avoid

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of July 6th to 12th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of July 6th to 12th 2019. Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 606 are currently active listings where 76 of

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A DIY Fix For Scratched Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of June 15th to 21st 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of June 15th to 21st 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 578 are currently active listings where 60 of which

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Which Is Better: A 30-Year Or A 15-Year Mortgage?

There are a variety of mortgages are available in the market but most American homebuyers mostly choose between a 15-year or a 30-year mortgage. 90% of them chose the latter according to Freddie Mac

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of June 8th to 14th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of June 8th to 14th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 566 are currently active listings where 64 of which

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3 Basic Wall Accent Ideas

An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically

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Red Flags to Look For When Homebuying

All buyers want to be confident that their decision to buy a home is going to be a good deal and beneficial for them. So, it is important to know the red flags to watch out for when buying a home to

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of May 25th to May 31st 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of May 25th to May 31st 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 561 are currently active listings where 80 of

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Eating Organic Food on a Budget

Organic food usually tastes better, and is better for you, but it can also be very expensive compared to non-organic products. Organic food can cost nearly 50 percent more, thanks to the extra labor

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of May 18th 2019 to May 24th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of May 18th 2019 to May 24th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 546 are currently active listings where 64

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5 Reasons to Buy Your Home in Alaska

There are many jobsAside from the oil and fishing industry Alaska is well known for, other career opportunities in healthcare, transportation, military construction and tourism are abundant too.You

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of May 4th 2019 to May 10th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of May 4th 2019 to May 10th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 542 are currently active listings where 79

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Top 5 Negotiation Tips For Homebuyers

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a

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5 Amazing Common Home Items For Your DIY Projects

Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store? There are some projects you can

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of April 20th 2019 to April 26th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of April 20th 2019 to April 26th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 506 are currently active listings where

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What to Know When Buying A Home in Spring

Have you heard about Spring Home Buying Fever? You are not alone. Spring is the busiest in real estate for most areas because why not? The weather is perfect for home hunting before the new school

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of April 13th 2019 to April 19th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of April 13th 2019 to April 19th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 509 are currently active listings where

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First Time Home Buyer Guide: The Road Map

Are you planning to buy a home for the first time? Here's the roadmap of the home buying process to help you out...If you are ready to buy a home especially in Alaska, call or text us 907 570-6757

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of April 6th 2019 to April 12th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of April 6th to 12th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 503 are currently active listings where 67 of which

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6 Great Benefits of Buying A Home

Are you thinking of buying your own home? Think no more! Let these 6 reasons convince you into getting...

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of March 30th to April 5th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of March 30th to April 5th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 493 are currently active listings where 75 of

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WHAT DOWN PAYMENT STRATEGY IS BEST FOR YOU?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and

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4 Things To Do Before Moving In to Your New Home

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of March 16th to March 22nd 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of March 16th to 22nd 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 455 are currently active listings where 50 of which are

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3 Reasons to Buy a Home You’ve Never Thought About

Are you ready to achieve your American dream? Read on to see more reasons for you to buy your own home.Buying a home is a forced savings plan to build wealthSpending is really easy. Everywhere we,

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What You Should Know About Anchorage Residential Tax Exemption

Did you know that there are several types of property tax exemptions available that may be applicable to you?A residential tax exemption is an amount of value that may be exempt from taxation. In

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Fur Rondy 2019

It's this time of the year again where Alaskans celebrate Fur Rendezvous Festival in Anchorage. We only have a few days before this festival ends.Fur Rendezvous Festival or just Fur Rondy is an

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10 First Time Home Buyer Tips

Are you planning to buy your first home for the first time? We can tell that being a first-time home buyer is exciting yet also stressful and overwhelming. So, here are 10 crucial tips to help

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3 Ways to Value A Rental Property

Are you planning to invest in a rental property? Whether it is a condo, multi or single family home, how would you know if it's going to be a good investment?Here are a few ways to determine if the

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3 Signs A Starter Home Is Right For You

A starter home is a small, economical house or condo that meets the requirements of people buying their first home.Are you ready to buy your own home for the first time? Have you also considered

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Why You Should Think About Buying a Home Now

Whether you are Alaska's native or interested in relocating to the Last Frontier, choosing the ideal time to buy a home is very crucial. It requires planning, preparation and research.;

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How to Choose a Realtor

A successful property hunt depends with whom you would hire to help you with it just like getting the perfect plumber or electrician to fix your home. Real estate market process always change over

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5 Reasons to Invest In Single-Family Rental Homes This 2019

Are you hesitating of investing in real estate? The rental market is one of the best investment investors can have. Read on to know some of the reasons why you need to invest a single-family home

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of January 19th to January 25th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of January 19th to 25th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 434 are currently active listings where 46 of which

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of January 12th to January 18th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of January 12th to January 18th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 425 are currently active listings where 49 of

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of January 5th to January 11th 2019

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of January 5th to January 11th 2019.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 408 are currently active listings where 38 of

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How to Get the Best Deal When Buying a Home

Are you planning to buy a house? There are ways to save a few bucks when doing so. Just follow these tipsUse a trusted and experienced real estate agentBeing represented by an agent is vital. When

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6 Tips To Help You Save Enough Down Payment To Buy A Home

Failing to save the required down payment is one of the main reasons renters having a hard time getting their own dream home. This new year, don’t you think it’s time for you to make

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6 Secrets To Avoid Losing Money In Real Estate

Are you in doubt to invest in real estate? Do you believe that the entire process is predicated on luck and chance? Do you blame the market or the real estate industry when your investments fail?

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How to Negotiate After the Home Inspection

Most buyers, especially first-timers, don’t realize that after an offer has been signed, you still have to get through post-inspection negotiations. Every discussion needs to be handled with

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of December 8th to December 14th 2018

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of December 8th to December 14th 2018.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 489 are currently active

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Before You Renovate or Buy a New Home, Read This Post

Most people at some point reach a real estate crossroad whether to renovate your existing home or buy a new one that will fit your current and future needs.To answer the question, you'll have to

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Is It Better To Pay In Cash Or Get A Mortgage?

Most people fear debt. So it is logical to think that if you have cash, it is better to buy a home with it to avoid massive debt associated with a mortgage. Are you buying a home in Alaska and

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7 Reasons to Have a Home Inspection Before You Buy

One of the most important process of home buying is the inspection where a professional makes sure everything in the house is functioning properly and identifies needed repairs.Buyers have an option

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of November 24th to November 30th 2018

Here's Alaska real estate market update as November 24th to November 30th2018.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 545 are currently active

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Before You Choose a Mortgage Lender, Read This Post

Shopping for a mortgage takes time and sometimes stressful especially when you don't have any idea on the process. So, here's the list of the things you have to know before you sign anything with

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of November 10th to November 16th2018

Here's Alaska real estate market update as November 10th to November 16th2018.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During this week, 574 are currently active

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7 Easy Ways to Winter-Proof Your Home on a Budget

Despite everyone, especially Alaskans, loving the sun, winter is here. Keeping our homes warm can cost a lot of money, especially as fuel prices rise.So, here are some ways to keep your home as warm

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3 Questions to Ask When Buying a Home in Short Sale

Short sale is real estate lingo for a house that is being sold for less than the amount the homeowner owes on the mortgage to try avoiding a foreclosure.If the homeowner is behind payments,

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of October 27 - November 2, 2018

Here's Alaska real estate market update as of October 27th to November 2nd, 2018.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During the week of 10/27/2018 to 11/02/2018, 622 are

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6 Keys to A Good Home Buy

How can you say that a property is going to be a good buy? Do you have a specific thing you are looking for in mind? Or are you just looking at a bunch of homes to see if you like them?One of the

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Why Buying is Better than Renting a Home

Is buying a home better than renting in Alaska?Renting a home has its own advantage such as it’s easy to move out when your lease is up and there is less upfront investment. However, when you

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4 Things First Time Millennial Home Buyers Should Know About

From my previous blog, I detailed four things why every Millenial should consider buying a home right now. If you are a Millenial who decided to do so here in Alaska, I am glad you did – it

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Why Millennials Should Buy A Home Now

We've all heard folks saying that it is harder for millenials than it was for the previous generations to buy a house. It is probably true given that the cost of living has gone up and there are

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Can Your HOA Limit Your Holiday Home Décor?

Are you planning to create a spectacular outdoor scene for your home this Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas? The holiday season is nearly upon us and we have begun to think about what kind of

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Homes By Vanna For Sale: 12830 Monterey Circle in Anchorage

Are you looking for a house for sale in Anchorage? Look no more!!!Homes by Vanna is proud to introduce our newest home for sale in Kempton Hills, situated in Anchorage near to shopping areas,

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of October 13 - 19, 2018

Here's Alaska real estate market update as October 13th to October 19th, 2018.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During the week of 09/29/2018 to 10/05/2018, 651 are currently

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Home Buying Guide for Pet Owners

Are you a pet Mom or Dad here in Alaska? If so, we all know how precious it is for you to keep your fur babies’ needs in mind when shopping for a new home. I had a friend who had to give up

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Real Estate Terms Made Simple

Every industry has its own jargon and real estate is no exception. Real Estate Professionals are used to using these terms but sometimes, we forget that consumers might be in the dark! So, if you

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update as of October 6th to October 12th, 2018

Here's Alaska real estate market update as October 6th to October 12th, 2018.Still, on the top of our list is the Anchorage market. During the week of 09/29/2018 to 10/05/2018, 736 are currently

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The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining a Home for New Homeowners

Congratulations on your new home! Your home is one of your biggest investments so maintaining it is a must! Home maintenance can feel stressful especially if you are a new homeowner. It is quite

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Tips to Prepare Your Yard for Winter

Winter is almost here! To make sure that you have a healthy lawn bursting with color when spring comes, now is the time to prepare and get your yard ready for winter! A real Alaskan is always ready

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update As of September 22-28, 2018

On the top of our list is the market in Anchorage. During the week of 09/22/2018 to 09/28/2018, 708 are currently active listings where 56 of which are new listings. 32 listings were pended and

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Low Credit Mortgage Loan Options

Worried that a low credit score will affect your mortgage rates? Improving your credit score takes dedication and time, but it can be done. While you work on that, check out some of the loan options

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Before You Buy Land in Alaska, Read This First!

Are you thinking of buying land in Alaska? The process of purchasing land is generally more simple compared to a home purchase. Buying land can also be more lucrative as an investment strategy. 

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6 Things to Consider Before Investing In A Multi-family Unit

Are you planning to invest in real estate by purchasing a multi-family home with two, three or even five or more units and then renting it out to tenants in Alaska? This is a great way to generate

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4 Questions to Ask When Shopping for your Next Home in Alaska

Alaska offers an experience different from any other state in the country- especially if you decide to make Anchorage your home. If you’re in the market to buy, here are the important

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Home Buyers: The HUD-184 Program Can Help you Secure a Mortgage

Are you a member of a federally recognized Native American tribe?  Check out the HUD 184 program. Low down payment. No minimum credit score. It is designed to help Alaska Native People to

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Alaska Real Estate Market Update

Real Estate market has been exciting for the past months in Alaska. Buyers have a lot more homes to choose from and Sellers are still seeing a success with an average of fewer than 3 months

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5 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

It is important to improve your credit score prior to getting a mortgage. You will improve your chances of getting approved by cleaning up your credit report and increasing your credit score. If

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What is the Difference Between a Mortgage Prequalification and Preapproval?

Mortgage prequalification and preapproval are two terms often spoken by lenders. It can be confusing if you aren’t sure what the difference is between the two. Mortgage pre-qualification is

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Tips In Listing A Home

Staging:The way you sell a home is very different from the way you live in a home.  And this can be a pain, but wouldn’t the result of netting more money be worth the pain?Biggest money

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6 Tips For A Smooth Move

You just got the keys to your next home- yay! It’s an exciting time but let’s face it, moving is extremely overwhelming.  Plan ahead to make your move smooth and stressfree!Prepare

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There’s Still Time to Check Out the Alaska State Fair!

Alaskans enjoy hunting, fishing, picking, and butchering, smoking, freezing and preserving food in hundreds of ways. So why not bring it all in one event?Since 1936, the Alaska State Fair is held in

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Why Being Represented By An Agent Never Fails

Thinking to buy a house and not get the help of a Realtor? Yes- it is possible to DIY this real estate thing. But is it a good decision considering that a home purchase is one of the biggest

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The Home Buyer's Guide To Closing Costs

Closing costs are the administrative and legal fees that come with purchasing a property. Typically, buyers pay the closing costs. But, there are situations where the seller takes care of

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The Truth About Living In A Condo

Are you in the market to purchase your next home? If so, you may be asking yourself- is getting a condo the better choice for me?Living in a condo has its advantage and disadvantages. Read on to see

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3 Reasons To Move To Anchorage

Are you thinking of moving to Anchorage? Well, start packing! Here are the top ways that Anchorage is the place to call home!BEST PLACE TO LIVELiving in Anchorage definitely means a different

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Top 4 Tips When Buying A Home

Are you buying a home? Check out the following four must know tips!DETERMINE HOW MUCH YOU CAN AFFORDKnowing how much house you can afford will help you save time and money. Narrowing down your price

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Eagle River Bear Paw Festival

Eagle River Bear Paw Festival  The Bear Paw Festival is an event that my kids look forward to each year. This year, the events start on July 11 and run to July 15, 2018. Click here

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Anchorage Alaska Market Update. Anchorage Real Estate Market.

Anchorage Alaska Market UpdateAnchorage Real Estate Market The Anchorage Real Estate Market has definitely picked up in 2018. Buyers have a lot more homes to choose from as more homes

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Anchorage, Alaska Real Estate Statistics

Anchorage, Alaska Real Estate Statistics In December of 2017, there were 199 home sales in Anchorage, compared to 246 in December of 2016. Average sales price decreased slightly, from $366

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Fur Rondy Schedule Of Events 2018

FUR RONDY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2018 Fur Rondy is the nation's premier winter festival. Since 1935, Rondy has proudly represented the pioneering spirit of Alaskans, offering wild and wacky fun for

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Home Buying Wants Versus Needs

WANTS  VS NEEDS When making a purchase as big as a home purchase is, it’s important to differentiate needs vs. wants. There’s a saying that goes something like, ;

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Pros and Cons of Buying a Short Sale. Anchorage, Alaska Real Estate Tid Bits

What is a Short Sale? Pros and Cons of buying a Short Sale PropertyAnchorage, Alaska Real Estate What is a Short Sale? A short sale is when the proceeds of a property 

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Curious About Local Real Estate? We are your Anchorage Real Estate Experts

Receive the Latest Local Market StatsCurious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price

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