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Fall Festivals in Anchorage, Fairbanks This October

A new season is here in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer and along with it comes new festivals for residents and tourists alike to enjoy. Fall is a great time to get out and explore everything Alaska has to offer, including the beautiful landscape and changing colors. No matter where you live—from North Pole to Chugach to Wasilla— there are plenty of events to enjoy! 

Here are three events you can plan to attend this October:

Make It Alaskan Festival
October 3-5, 2014
Sullivan Arena
Anchorage, AK 
Friday: Noon to 8 PM; Saturday: 10 AM to 7 PM; Sunday: 11 AM to 6 PM

The Make It Alaskan Festival returns again this year, just minutes from downtown Anchorage. The oldest and...

Real Estate in Alaska Makes Big Impact on Local Economy

When you purchase a home in Alaska, you are likely thinking about new home projects, your finances, the mortgage payment. What you might not be thinking about is how much of an impact that home sale has on the local Alaskan economy in places like North Pole, Eagle River, Fairbanks and Anchorage

The National Association of Realtors recently recorded findings from a Bureau of Economic Analysis & Macroeconomic Advisors study, taking into account the results of a home purchase. As it turns out, the total impact one typical home sale has on the local economy is just over $52,000.

Alaskan homebuyers are often unaware of how much their single home purchase can affect their...

Alaska Real Estate: Why You Should Buy a Home in Fairbanks, Anchorage Before Winter

While summer has just about finished and Alaska residents may not yet be ready to think about winter, homebuyers would be wise to start the real estate process early. There's a reason summer is busy for the Alaskan real estate market— conditions are ideal for moving and families are ready for a change of scenery. If you sat on the sidelines this summer, not quite ready to purchase a home in Fairbanks or Anchorage, no problem! But you won't want to wait until winter to make the move.

Prices will be higher
You may have already noticed that home prices and mortgage rates are rising, so don't delay. As we get closer to winter, the prices will continue to rise and as a result, so will your potential ...

Organizing the Garage in Your Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer Home

It's time to get in the garage this weekend and organize the summer clutter that accumulated over the past few months. There is no better way to start the new season than with fresh, clean spaces— including your storage areas! Below are a few ideas for beginning the project, from cleaning and clearing to organizing and storing.

Remove all of it
The best way to start organizing your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River or Palmer, even the garage, is by taking all of the items out of the space. Remove every box from the garage and set it outside the door; you'll be surprised how much bigger the space looks and you'll be able to get a read on what you are actually storing. Next, go through the items and separate into "Donate, Keep and Sell" piles. If you haven't used something in the past six months, or didn't even know you had...