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Home Features that Affect Alaskan Real Estate Values

It's safe to say that all Alaskan homeowners aim for a healthy home value, one that doesn't take a hit when they decide to renovate. You may think you have your home's best interest in mind when bringing in new appliances, but their effect on the resale value may not be what you had hoped. Especially if you're planning to sell in the near future, be mindful of the factors that can influence the value of a home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River or Palmer

Consider these tips before you make any big changes to your Alaskan home this year:

Layout and Size
Despite what you may think about local real estate, larger homes are not necessarily what homebuyers want. With a larger home comes more upkeep, time and maintenance costs. Layout is a much more...

Christmas in July— Madden Real Estate Introduces You to North Pole, Alaska

You've heard of Christmas in July, but what about celebrating Christmas all year long? That's what you can expect in North Pole, Alaska. We have an office located in North Pole and this growing community is just one of many idyllic destinations in this great state that the Alaskan homebuyer dreams of calling home.

North Pole is a small community located just 15 minutes south of the state's second largest city, Fairbanks. It's a city that draws numerous tourists year-round for its dedicated to the Christmas spirit— simply driving through North Pole, you will notice decorations, street names and even light poles that reflect this cheery state of mind. There's even a Santa Claus Lane!

The city indeed comes alive during the holiday season, with the annual ...

Inexpensive Home Staging Ideas for Alaskan Homes

As part of working with Madden Real Estate, we guarantee your home sale or we'll buy it. It's part of our Guaranteed Sales Program and part of what makes us the team you'll want on your side when selling your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer, or Eagle River this summer. We'll help you—as an Alaskan home seller— to come up with an overall strategy that works for your particular home, including a desirable listing price and perhaps even home staging. 

Before you list your home this summer, or before you let prospective homebuyers through the door, keep these home staging tips in mind to give your home sale an added boost:

Bird's Eye View
Put yourself in the homebuyer's...

3 Important Documents to Understand When Buying a Home in Alaska

When it comes to buying a home in Alaska, there are many moving parts. All along your homebuyer journey, from finding your dream home to the closing, there will be paperwork— some of which may include terms you've never seen if you're a first-time homebuyer in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer and Eagle River AK.

"The challenging part of the closing process is perusing the transactional documents that indicate whether or not you are getting the deal you believe you negotiated or were promised," a mortgage expert tells MSN Real Estate. "This is the most challenging part of the process because the stakes are high, and the time pressures severe."

But don't stress about the process of understanding the paperwork for Alaskan real estate, homebuyers! The following can help you take one document at a time and by the time you close on your ...

Easy Updates to Sell Your Alaskan Home

More homebuyers are entering the Alaskan real estate market this summer, searching for new homes in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer and Eagle River. If you're a home seller, one of the best steps you can take is to update the property and help the home stand out among the rest. While there may still be limited inventory in the local real estate market, these simple, inexpensive updates could be just what your Alaskan home needs to attract the right homebuyers.

Update the Front Door
Nothing can update the overall vibe of your home like a fresh coat of paint; it's also one of the most inexpensive fixes in terms of curb appeal. To grab the interest of an Alaskan homebuyer, you do not need to paint every room in your home. Before you start, put yourself in...