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3 Reasons to Sell Your Home in Fairbanks During the Holidays

Now that Thanksgiving is said and done, the craziness of the holiday season will really start to pick up. On top of your day-to-day responsibilities, you’re now expected to host cocktail parties, cross names off of your shopping list, and make time for visiting with out-of-town guests. When a slew of holiday stressors are added to your already overflowing list of to-do’s, trying to sell your home in Fairbanks probably seems downright overwhelming. However, there are some unique advantages to keeping your home for sale in the Alaskan real estate market over the holidays. If you’re thinking about putting a hold on your efforts and re-listing your property in 2014, we encourage you to take a look at the following points first:

  1. More motivated buyers
    Any buyer who is persistent with their home search from Thanksgiving through New Years is serious about making a purchase. Whether they are relocating...

Explore the 35th Annual Arts & Crafts Emporium in Anchorage

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is coming up in just a few days. If you’re like most Alaskans, you’re probably looking forward to a day of indulging in turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Then, just as quickly as you slip into a food-induced slumber, you’re awoken in the wee hours of the morning to begin your Black Friday shopping extravaganza. Rising with the sun and heading out into the cold morning on the day after Thanksgiving is a tradition for many families in Anchorage. With the Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall at the epicenter of the downtown area, thousands of hopeful shoppers will battle the crowds for their chance to score the deal of the year on electronics, technology, games, and more.
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How to Prepare For & Stay Warm During a Winter Storm

It’s safe to say winter has made a dramatic appearance here in Fairbanks! Slick driving conditions, power outages, and downright chilling temperatures have forced many businesses to close up shop until the storm has passed. If you recently decided to buy a home in Fairbanks, you’ve officially caught a glimpse of how unpredictable our weather can be. Although most homes in Alaska have been built to withstand subarctic temperatures, it’s a smart idea to be prepared in case your power goes out during a winter storm. To help you face the unexpected, here are our tips for being prepared and staying warm during a winter power outage.

Move all members of your household into one room
When your power goes out, the first step is to gather your emergency disaster kit and all members of your household into one room. This way, instead of trying to heat the entire house, you’re just...

Prepare Your Fairbanks Home for Thanksgiving

Can you believe we’ll all be sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner in just three weeks? If you recently decided to buy a home in Fairbanks and will be hosting guests for the very first time, you might feel a lot of pressure to pull off a flawless meal. While there’s a lot of preparation that goes into playing host/hostess for your first holiday, it’s nothing that can’t be managed with some proper planning and organization. To save you time, stress, and the headache that often accompanies out-of-town guests, we’ve created a handy timeline to ensure you’re on track to a picture-perfect Turkey Day.

Three weeks before Thanksgiving
Get a general idea of the dishes you plan to make as well as the dishes your guests plan to bring. As you start planning your menu, you can figure out which recipes use the same oven temperature so they can cook simultaneously. Coordinating your oven...