Wes Madden's Real Estate Blog

Alaskan Home Seller Tips for Rethinking Rooms

As you prepare to sell your home in the Fairbanks or Anchorage area, take a walk around your home. Are you using every room to its full potential? For instance, is that cramped, small spare bedroom being used as a bedroom or now as an office? Have you transformed that lone extra room into a closet or media room? Home sellers may be able to peak Alaskan homebuyer interest by rethinking rooms and using them as spaces that add appeal to a home, like a larger closet or even extra bathroom.

Too-Small Bedroom
Many Alaskan homeowners may find there is one room in their home that is simply too small to be used as the bedroom it was intended to be. What's the solution? Consider changing the space over to a closet or an extra bathroom. Especially if the bathroom is located to another, it will be easy to make over the space and carry over the plumbing. As a homeowner, transforming the too-small...

The Best Remodeling Projects for Homes in Alaska

For many Alaskan homeowners this year, remodeling will prove to be a better bet than selling altogether. In fact, a new survey found that most Americans believe real estate is the best investment for long-term wealth, over stocks, gold and savings! It is a great idea to invest in your homes in Fairbanks or Anchorage if you plan on staying put, but if you are planning to sell in the coming months, it's important to know which remodeling projects are worth your time (and money!). So, before you pick up that hammer or paintbrush, keep in mind the following tips:

Replacing the Front Door
According to Remodeling Magazine's new Cost vs. Value report, replacing your front door has the highest ROI (return on investment) of all remodeling projects. It's the first feature of your home a potential Alaskan homebuyer will see and will likely set the tone for their entire perception...

What Not to Do in Alaskan Real Estate

The beginning of spring marked a spike in Alaskan homebuyer confidence with many ready and willing to make a move to a new home in Fairbanks or Anchorage. But now as we get ready to head into summer, it seems home sellers are feeling just as confident. As you prepare to sell your Alaskan homes this year, take note of these costly seller mistakes that could spoil your excitement for your next dream home in Alaska.

Don't Choose the Wrong Realtor
One of the first steps you will take in selling your home in Alaska is choosing a real estate agent. It may be tempting to choose the one your friend recommends, but take the time to research. Madden Real Estate is happy to help answer any questions you may have about the Alaskan real estate market and can be just the team you need to sell your home and find you the next one that meets...

Your Timeline for Buying Alaska Real Estate

Despite rising rates nationwide, including rising housing prices, it's a great time to break into real estate— no matter if it's your first time purchasing or your fifth. If you're on the fence about whether now is the best time to buy a home in Fairbanks or Anchorage, the answer is yes! Consider the following as timeline, your guide to preparing to buy Alaskan real estate. Madden Real Estate is here to help and happy to answer any questions you may have along the way!

Plan in Advance
If this is your first time purchasing a home in Fairbanks or Anchorage, it's time to use your handy mortgage calculator. You can determine whether now is the right time for you to switch to homeownership by weighing the costs of owning vs. renting. More often than not, the costs of owning a home prove a better investment than renting (a recent study found that owning a...

What Homebuyers Want in Alaska Real Estate

If you're planning to list your home in Fairbanks or Anchorage or have recently done so, you're probably familiar with what features of the home you are marketing to potential homebuyers. For instance, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, garage, price, and much more. But there are likely a few aspects of your home you are not highlighting— and some that Alaskan homebuyers are looking for! Below are a few of those features that homebuyers want to see, but sellers are overlooking. When you play up these features, that could mean more buyer traffic and a home sale for you!

Storage
Right now, storage is a big factor for buyers on the search for Fairbanks and Anchorage real estate. It may be one of the reasons you've decided to sell the home yourself and find a new home in Alaska with more storage space. But don't write off your current...