How to Begin Your Home Search in Alaska

If you're not fully prepared to navigate the Alaskan real estate market, it can be overwhelming— especially if you're a first-time homebuyer. It helps to know the facts from the beginning of your home search, as well as have a local real estate expert on your side, like our team at Madden Real Estate

Below are four ways to start your home search in Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole, or Anchorage:

Get Preapproved
This should always be your first step when shopping for homes in Alaska. Even if the market begins to slow down, you will be able to better understand your budget and whether or not your dream home is within your reach. Not to mention, this documentation tells sellers that you are serious about following through with the purchase!

Know What to Compromise On
Make a list of what you absolutely need in a home and what you'd be willing to compromise on before you even set out to tour homes in Alaska. Do you need four bedrooms, but would be willing to compromise on the number of bathrooms? Do you need a large backyard, but could do without the updated light fixtures for now? Get these things out of the way first and you'll enjoy a more streamlined search.

Research Location
Start your home search off in the neighborhoods you'd like to live in. Not only will this save time for both you and your real estate agent—you won't waste your time touring properties in the wrong areas—but it could allow you to be the first offer on a home you would have otherwise waited to see! 

Keep a List of Homes You Like
Once you've started to visit properties in Alaska, everything can start to feel like a blur. Keep a list of the properties you've visited and highlight those you actually like. You may even want to go so far as to make a pro and con list to narrow down the homes further.

Start your home search today with our team at Madden Real Estate and avoid the common frustration under-prepared buyers feel! Give us a call today for more information about available properties in Alaska.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wes Madden, CEO
Madden Real Estate with Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group
(907) 452-3000

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