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Anchorage, Eagle River AK July 4th Celebrations

If you'll be in the area this Independence Day, consider the Anchorage July 4th Celebration as this year will mark its 14th annual event. The event is held on the Delaney Park Strip and features over 50 local vendors, activities for the kids, and free entertainment. Anchorage residents have been enjoying this holiday celebration for years and if you haven't yet attended, this is your chance!

The July 4th Celebration in Anchorage has been described as "part of the fabric of Anchorage" by elected officials, with over a thousand active participants and 25,000 attendees. The event will kick off at 8 AM on July 4th with a pancake breakfast after which guests can begin settling in to enjoy the parade at 11 AM. A festival will follow the parade from noon until 6 PM, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 PM, rides, games, vendors and food. ...

Alaskan Homebuyers Are Ready to Move, But Are Home Sellers?

You may have heard the buzz by now that mortgage rates are rising, housing prices are increasing and now is the time to purchase a home in Alaska— all of these may be true and in fact, point to a larger picture. While there are more homebuyers now ready to purchase homes in Alaska, home sellers are holding back. If you've been thinking about selling your home, it may be just as much your time. In today's market, with low inventory, it can be difficult to give buyers a property that is exactly what they're looking for— but you can make yours more appealing. Below are a few factors to consider to help your home stand out in the Alaskan real estate market this summer:

Know Your Competition
Home sellers will need to know the competition in order to successfully market their Alaskan homes in this market. When you work with ...

Weekend Events in Fairbanks, Anchorage, North Pole, Eagle River AK

The weekend is here again around the Fairbanks and Anchorage areas and there are many events to enjoy. Kick off the weekend with live music in Anchorage, catch a baseball game or local car show in Fairbanks, and embark on a nature hike in Eagle River. If you live near these communities, now is the time to get involved! This summer will be filled with events for the whole family—whether you're a longtime resident of Alaska or considering buying a home and making a move permanently—and here are just a few you won't want to miss:

Live After Five Concert Series
Friday, June 13, 2014; 5 PM to 8 PM
Town Square Park

Anchorage, AK 

Start your weekend on the right foot with...

Is the Alaskan Real Estate Market About to Get Busy This Summer?

In a recent survey, it was found that more Americans believe housing is the best long-term investment and now even more are revealing this summer is the best time to buy a home. The Alaskan real estate market may be about to see a jolt of activity from both homebuyers and home sellers as rising rates and housing prices prompt Alaskans to make a real estate move. 

Edelman Berland conducted a study among those in the market to buy or sell a home, with participants aged 25-64 years old, and found that there is a strong belief across the board that the housing market is right on track. Because of this, 7 out of 10 participants expressed a commitment to buy or sell a home this year. For Alaskan homebuyers and sellers, this could mean acting soon on your desires to move to a new home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, or Palmer as competition will soon be on the rise.

The...